External Affairs Minister of India Dr S Jaishankar exchanging a MoU with External Affairs Minister of Brazil, Mr Ernesto Araujo, in presence of the Prime Minister of India and the President of Brazil at New Delhi in January 2020. Photo Source: Twitter of Minister Araujo @ernestofaraujo

The COVID19 crises has hit countries hard. Both lives and livelihood has been strongly affected. In times like these, India has established itself as a good and reliable friend of the Latin American and Caribbean(LAC) countries. India has helped various countries in the LAC region with critical medical supplies to fight the virus. The India missions in these countries have been doing an outstanding job in helping people to combat the virus. External Affairs Minister of India, Dr S Jaishankar, has been speaking with his counterparts in the region on this and how the countries can further their partnership, both…


View from the famous Christ the Redeemer statue. Source: RioTur

Famous for its samba, football, carnival, Rio de Janeiro is known as the “Cidade Maravilhosa” — meaning ‘marvellous city’, in Portuguese.

The grandeurs of the Rio Carnival are known across the globe and to be part of it has always been the dreams of a lot of people. The five-day fiesta, held before Lent, starts on Friday and ends on Fat Tuesday, also known as Mardi Gras. The principle attraction is the samba schools’ parade at the Sambadrome in Rio de Janeiro. Designed by Oscar Niemeyer, it can seat almost a lakh people at a time. For four consecutive nights…


Bolsonaro during his first-round campaign. Source: www.bolsonaro.com.br

New Delhi: Brazilians last week elected far-right candidate Jair Messias Bolsonaro as the next President of Brazil. A quick internet search leads to hundreds of articles that criticize Bolsonaro for his supposed homophobic, misogynist, and racist statements, but a deep dive into his election manifestation this year and his proposed policies reveals that his conservative social views have been exaggerated, most of the times fake news spread by the opposition, and are secondary to his interest in rebuilding the Brazilian economy.

Bolsonaro has promised that he will be the face of change for Brazil. He has also promised that he…


Each color has a belief attached to it

Brasilia: Año Nuevo in Spanish or Ano Novo in Portuguese means New Year in Latin America. New Year’s Eve is without a doubt one of the most celebrated and preferred parties for Latin Americans. Each county has its own customs and traditions for welcoming in the New Year. The New Year’s Eve party holds special charm for Latin Americans, who celebrate the coming year with different customs and superstitions. …


President Michel Temer and Minister Jungmann at Helibras’ pavillion. Source: Newsavia

Rio de Janeiro: One hundred and ninety-five official delegations from 85 different countries, more than 600 exhibitors, and 40,000 visitors from across the globe came together in one of the most beautiful cities in the world, Rio de Janeiro, and took part in the eleventh edition of LAAD 2017 Defence & Security, Latin America’s biggest and most important military industry exhibition, from April 4 to 7 at Riocentro. The exhibition takes place once every two years. In 2015, the event saw 170 official delegates from 74 countries and 32,650 visitors. LAAD 2017 also counted on several important seminars that promoted…


Flight VA236’s upper component — composed of SGDC, the SYLDA dispenser system and Ariane 5’s protective payload fairing — is lowered over KOREASAT-7 to complete launcher build-up. Flight VA236. SGDC and KOREASAT-7. Source: Arianespace

The much-awaited launch of the Brazilian Geostationary Defense and Strategic Communications Satellite (SGDC) has been postponed without a date for resumption due to labor strikes in Guyana Space Center in Kourou, French Guyana. The flight designated as VA236 was initially scheduled for launch on 21st March. According to an update from Arianespace, though the flight VA236 has been cleared for liftoff, the launch, rescheduled for 23rd March, has been delayed indefinitely because of the continuing labor strikes in French Guyana.

Flight VA236 will carry two payloads, Brazilian SGDC and South Korean KOREASAT-17, and will be launched by Arianespace, a French…


Rio de Janeiro — Photo from Riotur

Brasilia: The Brazilian government is progressing positively to get its economy back on track. Coming out straight from Carnival, as planned by the federal government to get the Brazilian economy out of recession, the Brazilian Central Bank, Banco Central, through its COMPOM report has projected a lower inflation rate from 4.36% to 4.2%. Thus, it has projected to cut the interest rate (SELIC) from current 12.25% to 9.75% until the end of 2017 in a bid to overcome recession.

Petrobras, the Brazilian oil giant, after making news in various scandals involving corrupt politicians, made news for record export volume from…


Aravind Krishnan

Update(1st September 2016): On 31st August 2016, in a historic judgement session, Dilma Rousseff’s impeachment was approved by the Brazilian Senate by 61 votes to 20, nine months after the ex-speaker Eduardo Cunha, started the process in the Lower House. Vice president Michel Temer took the oath, the same day, as the new president of Brazil to complete the current term till 2018.

Dilma Rousseff biking with securities — Photo by Ueslei Marcelino from Reuters

Brasilia: It is early hours of a Sunday morning and the dawn chorus are just starting in the capital of Brazil, Brasilia. Dressed in red pullovers and black tracks, with cycling helmet, sports sneakers and black goggles…

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