Libya’s populations and energy production 2011

Gen VK Singh exposes reality of Indian Army preparedness: “The state of the major (fighting) arms i.e. Mechanised Forces, Artillery, Air Defence, Infantry and Special Forces, as well as Engineers and Signals, is indeed alarming.

In the today controversy, and for the opening of the DefExpo show 2012, the question should be “where goes the money” invested in major arms programs as the Indo-Russia cruise missile Brahmos.

India endorses BRICS bank

India’s prime minister said Thursday that international institutions are failing to lift up the developing world and endorsed the creation of a new development bank to be run by five fast-rising nations.

Prime Minister Manmohan Singh spoke at a summit of the so called BRICS group — comprised of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa — aimed at harnessing the nations’ increasing global clout and forging stronger ties between their fast-growing economies.

Dilma Rousseff, Dmitry Medvedev, Manmohan Singh, Hu Jintao and Jacob Zuma at the Brics summit in New Delhi.

Will World Bank top job bind BRICS?

The BRICS will claim to have truly “arrived” if the top five emerging economies can throw up a joint candidate for the World Bank’s top job over the next few days. As China’s Hu Jintao, Brazil’s Dilma Rouseff, Russia’s Dmitry Medvedev and South Africa’s Jacob Zuma arrive here for the fourth BRICS summit, the hope is that political uncertainties in the member countries should not come in the way of achieving closer economic cooperation.

India Said to Plan Using Foreign Currency for Iran Oil Deals

India may continue paying for Iranian oil in foreign currencies until European Union sanctions take effect in July, when buyers will start using rupees, according to two people with knowledge of the matter.

India will waive taxes on rupee-payments for crude, it said in its March 16 budget. That raised speculation refiners will start settling its oil bill with Iran in local currency to avoid international sanctions. While India could start paying for about 45 percent of the oil in rupees from next month, the countries prefer to settle trades in foreign tender such as euros, the people said, declining to be identified because the information is confidential.