Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other four BRICS leaders on November 14 called for an "urgent need" to strengthen and reform the United Nations and other multilateral organisations, including the WTO and the IMF, to address the significant challenges being faced by the developing countries. Prime Minister Modi was in the Brazilian capital of Brasilia to attend the 11th BRICS Summit.In a joint statement, the leaders of India, Brazil, Russia, China and South Africa said they are committed to multilateralism, cooperation of sovereign states to maintain peace and security, advance sustainable development and ensure the promotion and protection of human rights and fundamental freedoms for all and build a brighter shared future for the international community.The BRICS leaders said they are committed to "helping overcome the significant challenges currently facing multilateralism, as well as upholding the central role of the UN in international affairs and respecting international … [Read more...] about PM Modi, other BRICS leaders call for ‘urgent’ need to reform UN
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It’s no secret that interpersonal skills are the way of the future. In fact, it’s likely they will define your future. A 2018 LinkedIn global survey of 4,000 professionals concluded that “training for soft skills is the number-one priority.” advertisement advertisement Why? Soft skills—often referred to as emotional intelligence, or EQ—are what set us apart. According to a 2015 LinkedIn report, people with high EQ make on average $29,000 more than their non-emotionally intelligent counterparts. The bottom line is that you’ll thrive in the job market if you have strong interpersonal skills. While there is a broad range of skills that can be called “interpersonal,” the following five are absolutely critical: 1. Respectfulness It’s easy to get absorbed in our work (or ourselves) and forget about common courtesy, but demonstrating respect for others is key to developing personal relationships. When … [Read more...] about 5 soft skills you need to succeed at work
Traditional investment options rally around mutual funds, the stock markets and gold. The real estate sector, has, over time, yielded good returns over medium and long-term horizons, but with a large inventory overhang in the ready and near-ready segments, the portfolio is in a bind these days. Let us align ourselves to credible real estate investment opportunity, in a micro-market that will be the natural beneficiary of several mega infrastructural projects, and systematically geared for planned migration, growth, and business activity.Traditionally, real estate bears the influence of both macroeconomic and microeconomic factors. While the predominant bias is to de-risk investments and go for RTMI (Ready-To-Move-In) inventory, or commercial units, Grade-A residential real estate in pre-launch stage, bolstered with the right product composition and infrastructural developments, will stay true to the core Indian bias towards property purchase. With a few remnant micro-markets that offer … [Read more...] about Kharghar: A compelling Real Estate option?
In many ways, Lakshmi Niwas Mittal’s global trek began with the acquisition of a plant in Trinidad & Tobago in 1989.Earlier in 1976, as a 26-year-old, he set up a plant in Indonesia for his father Mohanlal Mittal. But it was far away in the Caribbean island that Mittal first sowed seeds of a global strategy, which over the next two decades made him the largest steelmaker in the world. ArcelorMittal’s presence would go on to include plants in 18 countries and offices in 60.Thirty years since that first acquisition though, the Trinidad and Tobago unit is a part of Mittal’s global empire that doesn’t make for a pretty picture.Close ArcelorMittal closed the Point Lisas plant in 2016, a day after the worker’s union got a favourable decision from the courts on a pay hike. Low steel prices and increasing costs had already impacted the operations. related news Bharti Airtel posts staggering Rs 23,045 cr net loss in Q2 after AGR provisioning Glenmark … [Read more...] about Lakshmi Mittal ‘s global empire: An asset or a liability in his Essar Steel bid?
You hear chatter about climate change everywhere from corporate boardrooms to fashion runways these days. But in presidential-campaign coverage, nothing. What gives? I recently helped moderate the first candidate forum on climate and energy, in which John Edwards and Hillary Clinton offered similar explanations for the silence: Voters just aren’t there yet. They aren’t demanding answers from candidates, and until they do, the issue won’t penetrate the Beltway press bubble. advertisement advertisement If a business like GE can stoke mass interest in sustainability (i.e., ecomagination), then why can’t a presidential contender? The candidate that connects will be the one that skips the icebergs, polar bears, and far-off dangers in favor of pragmatically making business a partner, not an enemy. Here’s how. Bribe them. When candidates talk about fighting climate change, voters clutch their wallets. There are complicated, sophisticated ways of … [Read more...] about Paint the House Green