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New Brics bank in Shanghai to challenge major institutions"Nicholas Stern recalled how he and Joseph Stiglitz conceived the idea for the Brics bank at Davos as a way for emerging markets with large trade surpluses to recycle those savings into productive investments."
Ethiopia: A Consultative Conference On the Financing of Sustainable InfrastructureLord Stern spoke in a session on sustainable infrastructure at a conference in Addis Ababa.
India, Pakistan Could Not Afford to Be Left Out of SCOProfessor Athar Hussain comments on the acceptance of India and Pakistan as members of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization.
Banishing ghostsIn this article on 'ghost cities', Professor Athar Hussain comments on migration in China.
Policy Brief: China’s “new normal”China has grown rapidly for more than three decades. It now entered a new phase of economic development - a “new normal” - focused on better quality growth.
Research Grant for Scholars of Chinese StudiesApplication deadline 31 May 2015 for Research Grants for Foreign Scholars in Chinese Studies offered by the Center for Chinese Studies, based in Taiwan.
Nicholas Stern elected an international member of the American Philosophical SocietyAmerican Philosophical Society promotes useful knowledge in the sciences and humanities. Election to the Society honours extraordinary accomplishments in all fields.
China-Pakistan RelationsAthar Hussain comments on Chinese investment in Pakistan and the recent state visit to Pakistan by Chinese President Xi Jinping (Article in Italian - cinaforum 24 April 2015)
Podcasts: LSESU China Development Forum 2015Podcasts of sessions from the LSESU China Development Forum 2015 are now available to download.
Farm Crisis Kills Ryots, Government Remains in DenialAn ARC working paper by former fellow Srijit Mishra is quoted in this article on agrarian distress in Odisha state, India (New Indian Express 24 April 2015)
Aroon Purie named Editor of the YearLSE alumnus Aroon Purie, Chairman and Editor-in-Chief of India Today Group, received the top honour of Editor of the Year in the prestigious IAA Leadership Awards for Excellence 2015 held in Mumbai (India Today 19 April 2015)
Google celebrates man who fought for India's 'untouchables'Google has celebrated the birth of one of the leading figures in the Indian freedom movement with a special doodle to commemorate the birthday of Dr Bhim Rao Ambedkar (The Guardian 14 April 2015)
BR Ambedkar's 124th BirthdayDr BR Ambedkar, was a politician and jurist who fought for the rights of dalits and other persecuted classes in the Indian social system. Now the 124th anniversary of his birth has been celebrated with a Google Doodle (The Independent 14 April 2015)
Nicholas Stern on India's futureNicholas Stern talks about India's future and how the issues are interwoven with environment and climate change on the sidelines of a conference in Delhi.
Opportunity with the European Council on Foreign RelationsThe ECFR is looking for a Project Assistant for its India Programme in Paris. Closes 13th April.
New Gandhi statue unveiled in London's Parliament SquareUnveiling of new statue marks 100th anniversary of Gandhi’s return to India to start the struggle for independence from British rule (The Guardian 14 March 2015)
I want to know Flipkart’s business model: JhunjhunwalaRakesh Jhunjhunwala, Ramesh Damani and N Jayakumar discuss the "irrational" valuations of e-commerce space on the sidelines of Economic Forum for India at LSE 2015.
Britain's involvement in AIIB reflects its pragmatism in bonds with Asia'Danny Quah, said that Britain has already re-adjusted its trading, economic and financial ties with Asia, as the world has entered into a new normal with strong characteristics of the rise of the east.' (China.org.cn 14 March 2015)
Nicholas Stern receives the Schumpeter Award 2015The Schumpeter Award is awarded by the Schumpeter Society for innovative achievements in the field of business, economics, or economic policy.
Kashmir: Can new government provide healing touch?The alliance between India's ruling BJP and the regional PDP to govern Indian-administered Kashmir is the most hopeful development in the region in a quarter of a century, writes Professor Sumantra Bose (BBC News 3 March 2015)
Peripheral diplomacy needed before Chinese firms can aim globallyBeijing's discussion on China's relationship with surrounding countries has entered a new phase. In academia, professors have long been concerned about the surrounding countries ever since the founding of People's Republic of China. But the concept of "periphery countries" has not been defined as a principle until recent years (Global Times 10 February 2015)
LSE Southeast Asia and ASEASUK Postgraduate WorkshopLSE Southeast Asia Centre and Association of Southeast Asian Studies in the UK have announced a call for papers for their Postgraduate Workshop on 15th May 2015 at LSE. The workshop is open to PhD students and early career researchers from all fields of the social sciences, arts and humanities.
China internationalise only when wise'China should liberalise its capital account controls and foreign exchange rate controls at a speed that benefits its economic growth' (China Daily 20 February 2015)
China's soft power promotes international understandingChina's practice of soft power is aimed to better facilitate the understanding between itself and the world, rather than imposing its own opinions onto other nations (Ecns 10 February 2015)
Sinologist calls for improving translation of Chinese literatureLess-qualified translation and less attention from Western publishers have made Chinese literature less acknowledged (Globalpost 9 February 2015)
Increasing renminbi activities in London: expertsLondon's development of a renminbi offshore centre is gaining speed as China's trade and investment flows with the UK increase and the Chinese currency internationalises (The China Post 10 February 2015)
Thailand Government ScholarshipApplications are now being accepted for this Scholarship which gives LSE students the chance to conduct a research project in Thailand.
LSE & Tata ISESApplications are now open for the Tata ISES scheme which offers LSE students the chance to undertake social entrepreneurship projects in India.
Experts optimistic about China's reform agendaAt an event organised by the LSESU China Development Society, Professor Craig Calhoun commented that China's economic growth is unmatched in world history and the growth is not just the GDP figure, but also growth of the middle class (Xinhua 6 February 2015)
China's Pension System ReformListen to Professor Athar Hussin, and others, speak on China's pension system reform (China Radio International 4 February 2015)
Great leaps in soft powerThe spread of Chinese culture is opening paths as companies go global and creating an eagerness to learn more about the country. This trend will be explored at the LSESU China Development Forum in London (China Daily 6 February 2015)
What makes the Tata empire tick?The Indian conglomerate has become a major presence in the UK economy and has a unique way of operating (The Independent 5 February 2015)
Maharashtra govt to buy London house where Ambedkar livedThe Maharashtra government has approved a proposal to purchase the London house where Dr BR Ambedkar lived and convert it into an international memorial (India Today 3 February 2015)
All the Bapu's missionariesIn Ahmedabad, Gandhi found men and women to be his frontline satyagrahis. One, Anasuya Sarabhai, had been a student at LSE (Times of India 1 February 2015)
PM Modi must continue reforms in the BudgetLord Meghnad Desai comments on the India economy.
Subir Chowdhury Post-doctoral Fellowship on Quality and EconomicsNow accepting applications: The LSE India Observatory/Asia Research Centre Subir Chowdhury Post-doctoral Fellowship supports scholars in the social sciences with experience of research on India and/or Bangladesh. Applicants should hold a PhD.
Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral FellowshipNow accepting applications: The LSE India Observatory/Asia Research Centre Sir Ratan Tata Post-doctoral Fellowship supports scholars in the social sciences with experience of research on South Asia. Applicants should hold a PhD.
Mobility grant for doctoral research on contemporary ChinaFrench Centre for Research on Contemporary China scholarship application deadline extended to 25th January 2015
BJP seeks Centre's help in acquiring Ambedkar's London bungalowMore on the story of the Indian government being urged to acquire and preserve the house where BR Ambedkar lived while studying at LSE during 1920-21 (TheHindu.com 10 January 2015)
Don't rule out Rajapaksa: 8 takeaways from Sri Lanka Presidential electionsLSE's Rajesh Venugopal discusses the recent elections in Sri Lanka (Firstpost.com 11 January 2015)
Pakistan and the IMF: The ties that bindKhurram Husain unravels the complicated strings that tie Pakistan to the IMF, with reference to a paper written by Dr Ehtisham Ahmad and Azizali Mohammad (Dawn.com 11 January 2015)
Top 10 economic and development challenges for India in 2015Ruth Kattumuri reviews key challenges that are of priority for India’s development in 2015, from sustainable growth to social protection to urbanisation, for the India@LSE blog.
LSE Research Festival 2015Submissions now open for this multi-event celebration of social science research at LSE.
UN agrees way forward on climate change – but path is unclear'Governments took a step back from chaos in the climate change discussions in Lima and found a way forward on Sunday...giving themselves just 12 months to finalise a crucial international agreement to avoid dangerous levels of global warming' writes Lord Stern (The Guardian 14 December 2014)
Climate change to hit Karnataka harder than other statesExperts from LSE India Observatory and IISc amongst others have warned that Karnataka is likely to be more vulnerable to climate change in India than other states (Deccan Herald 8 December 2014)
Dr Ruth Kattumuri presented with the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Award 2014Dr Ruth Kattumuri, Co-Director of the LSE India Observatory and Asia Research Centre, has received the Mahatma Gandhi Pravasi Award 2014 in recognition of her contributions and dedication to worthy causes and her achievements in keeping the flag of India high.
Saw Swee Hock Student Centre Official OpeningFriday 24 October will be a day of festivities for the LSE community, celebrating the official opening of the Saw Swee Hock Student Centre.
Britain turns up heat over Hong Kong, but has weak handAthar Hussain argues London must keep up the pressure on China over Hong Kong (The Straits Times 1 October 2014)
Lord Stern wins prize for contribution to British energy economicsProfessor Lord Stern has received a prize from the British Institute of Energy Economics for the greatest contribution to British energy economics over the last ten years.
Manjhi wins with lesson in humilityJitan Ram Manjhi appealed for help for his state when giving a key note address at LSE. He portrayed the grim reality of governing a state that had for long been ungovernable, but over the last decade has demonstrated a remarkable turnaround (The Telegraph India 23 September 2014)