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by vsunder
18 Apr 2019 19:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

:rotfl: ^^^^ Garibaldi and his Red shirts, always the Italian connection too
by vsunder
17 Apr 2019 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Someone asked about Kasurgod. In the MLA election BJP lost by a very slim margin in Kasurgod. Current BJP candidate for the MP election is Raveesh Thantri Kuntar, ( who also stood for the MLA election, see link below) a well known priest (Thanthri) associated with the Kuntar temple that lies between...
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 09:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

hanumadu wrote:Modi should learn Tamil (and perhaps Malayalam) for next elections.


Nodi, Nodi Kannada (without notes too)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OC0TYgbHY

:D

In Kanpuriya, Modi bahut bada bakait aur Bhaukali hai.
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 08:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

^^^ Some railway projects 1. Kollam(Kerala)-Sengottai (TN) over the Western ghats re-gauging completed and commissioned after 10 years once the MG tracks were uprooted. An important lifeline. 2. Podanur-Pollachi re-gauging after 5 years of neglect, simplified scores of commuters lives to CBE. 3. Sal...
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 07:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

@Kakkaji: Gulbarga from where Kharge stands was a center of a Sultanate so it has its dynamics. For sure this time it will not be easy from what I read. His son or some progeny is also in the fray. This one time railway minister did bugger all. There was a long standing demand to connect Bidar(anoth...
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 03:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

This is in Bengali and unknown channel to me. Their survey (seat by seat) is saying BJP 20, TMC 18, INC 3, Left 1 in WB. I don't expect the left to win any seat. They are giving both seats to BJP in phase 1 with comfortable margins. https://youtu.be/wl6xsUhfY2E Comments are very interesting. It see...
by vsunder
14 Apr 2019 09:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The reception Shri Modi got at Theni is not surprising. Theni and Bodinayakanur lies at the foot of the Cardamom hills. Cardamom and other forest produce was transported by a MG line to Madurai, rest of India and the world. Then 10 years ago they ripped up the tracks and never provided funds to re-g...
by vsunder
13 Apr 2019 12:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 1316
Views: 88974

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Finally this thread is firing up. So the campaign will all fire up. :) Have you guys following Karnataka rallies. Must see this Twitter thread https://twitter.com/Pruthvinreddy/status/1116743617316409345 when people come on their own to listen to a leader they walk miles in the hot summer sun This ...
by vsunder
10 Apr 2019 20:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 143732

Re: Indian Army History Thread

A Phd Thesis (2007) by Michael John Creese at the University of Leicester titled "Swords Trembling in their Scabbards" A study of Indian officers in Cavalry regiments of the Indian Army 1868-1918. A study is made of 4 officers. https://lra.le.ac.uk/bitstream/2381/8635/1/2007creesemjphd.pdf
by vsunder
08 Apr 2019 07:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 143732

Re: Indian Army History Thread

Yesterday, April 6th was the 75th anniversary of the start of the battle of Kohima that raged till June 1944. Our Paras were bloodied for the first time in the curtain raiser at Sanghshak which helped in giving time to shore up a bit the defences at Kohima. The anniversary was marked by a somber and...
by vsunder
08 Apr 2019 07:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 909
Views: 143732

Re: Indian Army History Thread

http://www.ourstory.info/library/4-ww2/Tiger/triumphsTC.html?fbclid=IwAR31xGSAfA5xKchwLWHugisd2z8EBOOu1yIVFzwntDuHQM-gdl0k3_42eOM link to history of ops conducted by the fourth, eighth and tenth Indian Divisions during WW2 The very books that you see on this link now belong to me. A convoluted stor...
by vsunder
31 Mar 2019 05:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

vsunder ji, Are there any routes that can take advantage of the full speed of Vande Bharath express? What needs to be done to bring the infrastructure to enable semi high speeds to ply? Signalling, tracks, bridges or something else? Will the new lines (double, triple and quadruple lines) that are b...
by vsunder
31 Mar 2019 05:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

10, 319 km targeted for Railway Electrification in 2019-2020. This is 68% higher than the target for 2018-2019 which was 6125 km. However only 3700km of this target was achieved till March 2019. The remaining has been moved to 2019-2020. The organizations responsible will be RVNL(Rail Vikas Nigam Lt...
by vsunder
29 Mar 2019 20:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Two Bypass Lines: 1. The Itarsi bypass lines will allow Rajdhanis and Durontos that skip Itarsi to bypass Itarsi and its extremely busy yard. Itarsi is where the Chennai-Delhi line splits from the Mumbai-Bhusawal-Delhi line. Another line joins here ^^^ the Kolkata line via Jabalpur and Prayagraj. Th...
by vsunder
26 Mar 2019 07:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Kerala Government is as usual proving intransigent with funds for LA for important Railway projects in the state. Mangalore-Trivandrum doubling as I explained above will not be complete till at least 2020 since the state is not helping to acquire 3.5 ha of land and finish the Chingavanam-Kottayam se...
by vsunder
24 Mar 2019 20:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Track Linking finally on Eastern DFC in Punjab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USRuYDrp9Lo This will be single line between Ludhiana(Sahnewal) and Khurja where it will join the main branch of the EDFC to Dankuni(WB). OHE is seen to be installed in some sections of the linked track. PS: The Cuddalor...
by vsunder
24 Mar 2019 03:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 400
Views: 84885

Re: India's Shipping Sector

Progress of Namami Ganga at Sahibganj and progress of IWAI multimodal terminal at Sakrigalli outside Sahibganj(Jharkhand) on R. Ganga. There will also be a LNG bunkering terminal at Ghazeepore( between Varanasi and Patna) in UP. This will allow barges to top up on LNG that will run the turbines for ...
by vsunder
22 Mar 2019 07:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 400
Views: 84885

Re: India's Shipping Sector

In a first, Maersk Line to move on river Ganga from Varanasi to Kolkata tomorrow Several big firms line up for using National Waterway-1 World’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line will move 16 containers on river Ganga (National Waterway-1) from Varanasi to Kolkata tomorrow. Maersk move...
by vsunder
22 Mar 2019 03:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4416
Views: 537061

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

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by vsunder
22 Mar 2019 00:51
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 4416
Views: 537061

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

^^^ Regarding Babaji etc etc, a person said that "In wartime truth is so precious that she should always be attended to by a Bodyguard of Lies". The book below was written a long time ago, but it should be required reading( many literary critics panned it in 1975 as the author did not have...
by vsunder
21 Mar 2019 20:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Its official, Cuddalore port to Villupuram and Thanjavur-Trichy electrification inspection is tomorrow and day after. https://sr.indianrailways.gov.in//view_detail.jsp?lang=0&id=0,4,268&dcd=7780&did=15531739345079BD45876D32965FA17F6EA89A66F4D68 Regarding the remaining 18km Ettumanoor-Kot...
by vsunder
20 Mar 2019 07:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

:rotfl: CRS's in India are a harassed lot nowadays, line inspections all over before formal commissioning, and that too the poor fellow has to travel 75 kms on a rail trolley before the obligatory speed trial. So it is not the usual one or two block sections but huge number of block sections. Since...
by vsunder
20 Mar 2019 02:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

For V Sunder Saar https://www.railpost.in/150-years-of-bombay-calcutta-connection-the-alfred-viaduct Thanks. There are some additional comments on that article. Brereton the engineer who designed the bridge(Prince Albert viaduct) over the River Tawa, went to California after his stay in India. Ther...
by vsunder
19 Mar 2019 21:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

:rotfl: CRS's in India are a harassed lot nowadays, line inspections all over before formal commissioning, and that too the poor fellow has to travel 75 kms on a rail trolley before the obligatory speed trial. So it is not the usual one or two block sections but huge number of block sections. Since ...
by vsunder
10 Mar 2019 23:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^ The team of Sudhanshu Mani is broken up, this is old news by now, I thought some person will post this. One team member of Team 18 (Shubhranshu, not Sudhanshu, as some of the comment writers have confused with) has been sent to RDSO, Nakhlau( thats how Cawnporiah's and Lucknowites pronounce it) ...
by vsunder
07 Mar 2019 21:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

CRS performed an inspection of the Bhua-Ait-Parauna block sections of the Kanpur-Jhansi doubling project and gave clearance for running trains at 90kmph on the new line. With this commissioning 51km of the 206km line (CNB-JHS)will be doubled. This is a highly congested route towards Mumbai and Chenn...
by vsunder
07 Mar 2019 21:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

These are pictures of the last remaining gauge conversion project on the Southern Railway. Madurai-Usilampatti-Theni-Bodinayakanur. Bodi is at the foothills of the Cardamom hills in the Western Ghat. The old metre gauge train was the conduit by which cardamom, tea and other spices could be brought t...
by vsunder
07 Mar 2019 01:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^ First train ever arrives in the commercial hub of Hyderabad Karnataka, Gangavathi also known as the rice bowl of Karnataka. It has been a long wait 23 years of broken promises since the time of Deve Gowda. Those parts of Karnataka that were part of the Nizam's dominion is called Hyderabad Karnata...
by vsunder
06 Mar 2019 21:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2883
Views: 368348

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

Sir can you please provide link for this? Not that i not trust you, but that would be helpful to bash the propaganda[/quote] %%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%%% Here is a picture from 1958 of S/L Devayya who is acting as the bar table with his squadron mates. https://pbs.twimg.com/media/D040Z9uXcAEI...
by vsunder
06 Mar 2019 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir
Replies: 2883
Views: 368348

Re: MiG-21 Bison shoots down F-16 in Kashmir

There is indeed some kind of procedure. Evidences like gun camera, corroboration from fellow pilots, from enemy sources etc are used. RoE also matter. I read that during Korean War, many US pilots were not given credits to a lot of (American claims, so take it FWIW) MiG kills near the MiG alley whi...
by vsunder
28 Feb 2019 07:52
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

On March 2, Gangavathi the Rice Bowl of Karnataka will appear on the Railway map. Ginigera-Raichur new line. Two days ago CRS inspection was done between Minchinyal-Vijayapura-Jumnal doubling on Gadag-Hotgi doubling. With commissioning in a few weeks 75 km/284 km will be doubled. NTPC has paid money...
by vsunder
24 Feb 2019 09:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Arshyam, my post was not directed at you. I hold you in high esteem as someone very knowledgeable and whose posts I enjoy reading for their content. It is a fact though that the level to which the bus lobby and Malayali lobby is blamed for poor connectivity is taken to extreme levels of paranoia. Th...
by vsunder
24 Feb 2019 06:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Automatic signalling has been commissioned on Feb 20th between Bangalore Cantt and Whitefield. This will allow more capacity and less detention for trains plying between Bangalore and Chennai. Mangalore-Hyderabad is a mistake ^^^ it must be Bangalore-Hyderabad. This is seeing doubling, but still lar...
by vsunder
21 Feb 2019 22:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Another important project in East-West connectivity but lower down, in the Peninsula. This is between Goa and the new Andhra capital Amravati, Vijayawada and Machilipatnam port. 1. Guntakal-Hubbali doubling 23 km left and electrification left between Ballari and Goa. Doubling left between Londa and ...
by vsunder
21 Feb 2019 20:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Yard work taking place at Hoshangabad preparatory to commissioning the third line between Itarsi and Hoshangabad. Trains face severe detention on Chennai-Delhi, Hyderabad-Delhi and Mumbai-Delhi routes as they have to crawl at 15kmph over the section where automatic signalling is turned off. Beyond H...
by vsunder
19 Feb 2019 20:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Feb 14-16th, CRS inspection was done for railway electrification between Ballari(Bellary) and Guntakal. Also CRS inspected doubling between Annigeri-Binkadakatti on the same route Guntakal-Hubli. Now two block sections remain to be doubled between Hospet and Hubli all around Gadag, Gadag-Binkadakatt...
by vsunder
19 Feb 2019 19:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

3 block sections remain to be doubled between Trivandrum and Kochi, rest is all complete and electrified. Out of these one block section is in a fairly advanced state and will probably be commissioned in a few months. The Chingavanam to Kottayam block section is a worry due to LA issues and this is ...
by vsunder
17 Feb 2019 20:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Track side signalling equipment must go for semi HSR and HSR. It is a liability at speeds above 160kmph. Though Japan Railway uses it even in HSR as one tier of safety, it is not the primary system. If I find time I will write a technical post on how in cab signalling works, both historically and wh...
by vsunder
11 Feb 2019 23:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3245
Views: 439924

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I read somewhere that BG was the legacy of Dalhousie, who was the Gov-Gen when railways were first set up and he happened to be from Scotland, where BG lines were in use. Mandating the new railway lines in India be BG, ensured steady contracts and profits for his "associates" back in Scot...

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