While carbon capture fitted coal plants are opening all over the world, the global demand for cheap energy is climbing. The initial investment for carbon capture technologies, though, is high, and green technologies are struggling to have an impact on pollution levels.
A decade later after 9/11, the U.S. is yet to rally itself against Pakistani-sponsored terrorism and India has not better prepared to defend itself. Gateway House’s Neelam Deo and Akshay Mathur cover India’s national security in a piece published in InDepthNews.
India's security concerns seem to grow weaker by the year. The dangerous political polarity, a paralysed ruling coalition, a fractured opposition, a popular distaste for a corrupt polity and complicit bureaucracy, and a slowing economy, has handicapped any progress towards this issue.
Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s visit to Dhaka was, by and large, a success; but poor internal coordination hampered the greater possibilities of the visit. India and Bangladesh can now explore new prospects, on maritime issues, oil and gas and environmental concerns in the Sundarbans.
A decade after 9/11, the U.S. has prevented further terrorist attacks - a major achievement. But with a $1.3 trillion budget deficit, a debt downgrade, and 24 million Americans searching for jobs, the U.S. needs to attend to matters at home rather than intervening in the world's affairs.
On September 6, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh will visit Bangladesh for a highly anticipated round of talks. This is the moment for both sides to look afresh at the Sundarbans and make it the creative spur for our bilateral prosperity, says Shloka Nath.