Cleaning up Asia's polluted air

AS THE lure of economic opportunity and modern lifestyles draw people into cities, the long-running trend of global urbanisation continues unabated.

Role of businesses in water conservation

WORLD Environment Day has been celebrated every year on June 5 since 1974. Its objectives are to encourage environmental awareness and promote actions for environmental protection.

India's demographic dividends could be a boon - or bane

INDIA, the world's largest democracy, started its multi-stage election for its lower house, Lok Sabha, on April 11. Some 900 million people - about one in eight people in the world - are eligible to vote during the six-week electoral process. While its GDP is now growing at the fastest pace of...

Reflections on 40 years of Chinese reforms

ON Dec 18, 1978, the Communist Party of China (CPC) approved paramount leader Deng Xiaoping's historic plans for reform and opening up of China. It was an experiment unprecedented in human history. It ended the planned economy of the country but maintained the primacy of the CPC. It...

Balancing economy and environment

DEC 18, 1978, is a milestone in China's history. It was the start of the third plenum of the Communist Party of China (CPC) during which Deng Xiaoping announced historic "reform and opening up" policies. These historic policy changes have radically transformed China to an extent...