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by vsunder
13 Sep 2019 21:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

People ask here often: What do DFC stations look like, do they sell Laya Patti, Channa and garam chai at DFC stations along with Paganini serenading you and Bouillabaise served with watercress in the upstairs dining room followed by Gateau St. Honore and cigars and brandy later. No No No. DFC statio...
by vsunder
11 Sep 2019 19:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 420
Views: 96155

Re: India's Shipping Sector

I was wondering when the second intermodal terminal at Sakrigalli, Sahibganj, Jharkhand on NW-1/Ganga would be inaugurated. MoS Shipping, Rajya Sabha MP, Mansukh Mandaviya had announced in July in Parliament, a completion date of Aug 30th. Tomorrow Sept 12, PM Modi will inaugurate this terminal. It ...
by vsunder
09 Sep 2019 19:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^ If Akola is re-connected with Indore and the re-gauging is done, there will be a saving of 400km about 8 hrs in time between Hyderabad/Bangalore and Delhi over current routes. There is a description of travel by the non-existent Meenakshi express from Ajmer to Hyderabad on the "choti line&q...
by vsunder
09 Sep 2019 08:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^ 1. Yes WR screwed up and the line alignment between Mhow and Omkareshwar went through the Choral reservoir. After the re-gauging is done between Mhow and Khandwa(the old Holkar State Railway route), the entire section will be transferred from WR to CR. However, there is talk of leaving the Patal...
by vsunder
08 Sep 2019 23:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Thank you VSunder Sir and Arshyam for the detailed reply. Its incredible the amount of effort you take to get detailed information and identify the core issues and I(and many others) really look forward to your posts. I wonder why a large number of machines cannot be bought or leased, to at least d...
by vsunder
05 Sep 2019 21:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: 1965 India Pakistan War: History
Replies: 531
Views: 53199

Re: 1965 India Pakistan War: History

September 7th, coming soon: Day IAF swung into action with bombing raids. September 13: The famous raid on Peshawar by the Tuskers. How time has flown, I was all of 10 and located in a city with a major IAF base that also did maintenance with an IAF hospital where casualties both IA and IAF were eva...
by vsunder
30 Aug 2019 20:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Track capacity expansion is not translating to timely movement of trains just yet. There are regular reports @RailwaySeva of trains moving 3 hrs late. Operations needs real attention. And why do you believe capacity expansion has happened? The major sections were operating at 160% capacity, and cur...
by vsunder
25 Aug 2019 22:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

DFC corporation has moved to a new website. Current status updated to March 2019 is on the web site. In addition Land acquisition status has been updated to Dec 2018. http://www.dfccil.com/Home/DynemicPages?MenuId=79 http://www.dfccil.com/ DFC has started issuing a journal bi-annually. The journal c...
by vsunder
21 Aug 2019 21:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 1920
Views: 211914

Re: 2019 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

^^^^ Karan M and Suraj, here is a round up and analysis of recent decisions of Modi 2.0 related to the economic front by Sucheta Dalal. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kSKT_JrBfio These things have been so pervasive that the system will need quite some time to be cleaned up. Corporate India is a mes...
by vsunder
20 Aug 2019 21:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Mamata Banerjee, Nitish Kumar and the Eastern Dedicated Freight Corridor The EDFC will never become a potent artery for movement of bulk goods till the DFC is constructed through the states of Bihar, Jharkhand and West Bengal. The route through these three states passes through forest land which in...
by vsunder
19 Aug 2019 22:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

On 15th August, the first e-loco ran on any section of the DFC between New Khurja to New Bhadan 194km of the EDFC on the Kanpur----Khurja section of the EDFC. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zEocmRZHPmg Signals were also activated on the 15th on this section. Diesel locos were run on this section wi...
by vsunder
19 Aug 2019 07:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

They should have popped the poles into the holes by now(sic). As of last weekend, it's done at Bellandur Road and Carmelaram, the stations before Heelalige. Work is surely going on. Thanks for the fresh update. Here is a short video that IR wonks on this forum may like for the statistics, cost of r...
by vsunder
19 Aug 2019 00:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Since I called Nitish Kumar a moron. Here is a prime example. About 15 years ago a new line was sanctioned between Hajipur(across the Ganga from Patna) to Vaishali to Sugauli ( near the border with Nepal). As with UPA projects, line was sanctioned but funds were not . This is a very backward part of...
by vsunder
18 Aug 2019 06:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

The big loop around Ahmedabad of the western DFC can be clearly seen now on Google Earth. One can now see the huge Trishul at Sanand, west Ahmedabad where the DFC splits into three tracks. One goes over the Ahmedabad---Viramgam line(to Kandla ports etc) and the other parts of the trishul connect wit...
by vsunder
18 Aug 2019 03:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

As far as station infra goes, Habibganj(Bhopal) and Gandhinagar(Gujarat) and Surat were to be transformed to what was called a world class station. Gandhinagar will have a 300 room hotel atop the station. Here is the Gandhinagar station: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kqkY7FwIj70 Habibganj station:...
by vsunder
17 Aug 2019 23:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Third Line work between Gwalior and Jhansi(100 km) and Jhansi to Bina(153 km) https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xy6MYfw7hao At the other end in AP, third line work Gudur---Vijayawada(294 km) on Delhi-----> Chennai mainline Part 1: Vijayawada to Ongole https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xxagl3NJ8Fw Part 2...
by vsunder
17 Aug 2019 22:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^ Not planning it has long started and poles fixing started between Kelamangalam and Hosur. Stores have been stocked at Royakottai for the electrification of the line at least upto Dharmapuri. If the work progresses at the current speed, we can expect the electrification of the Omalur-Dharmapuri-H...
by vsunder
17 Aug 2019 22:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^^ On the DFC there will be only two OCC's (Operational Control Centres) one on the Eastern arm and one on the western arm. No section controllers etc etc. Stations are 40km apart. The OCC for the eastern arm is up and running since June 30 and based at Prayagraj, while the western one has not bee...
by vsunder
02 Jun 2019 23:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^^ 1. DFFCIL have ceased updating trimonthly progress and have now become silent for close to a year, no updates. 2. Suddenly in Dec 2018 they brought out what they called Volume 1 of a journal where in the opening pages (in fact page 2) they gave timelines where the DFC, both Eastern and Western a...
by vsunder
31 May 2019 21:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

BRO is viewed as a corrupt organization which does shoddy work. Look I am just reporting what people told me. These are local Uttarkhandis who drive taxis and make tea and serve simple meals along the main road Joshimath-Rishikesh. When you are with a guide and your life sometimes depends on him and...
by vsunder
31 May 2019 20:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Sir, any updates on Chennai Bangalore HSR project? Germans submitted feasibility study to IR in Nov last year, nothing much after that. I have heard nothing. The best you can hope for is the third rake of Train 18 will run on the Chennai-Bangalore route. The second rake of Train 18 has headed to De...
by vsunder
31 May 2019 16:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

In other news, the construction of the strategic railway line connecting Rishikesh to Karnaprayag(beyond Rudraprayag on the Rudraprayag-Chamoli-Joshimath road) has started with the start of tunneling activity of the longest tunnel on this railway. It currently takes about 6-7 hours by road and more ...
by vsunder
31 May 2019 15:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

A short video by WR on gauge conversion of Ahmedabad-Udaipur MG line. There is an older video of this line made by a French team of the days of steam. This line underwent CRS inspection between Ahmedabad and Himmatnagar in March 2019. Once the Zawar tunnel is completed near Udaipur, the line will be...
by vsunder
31 May 2019 12:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections
Replies: 73
Views: 8053

Re: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections

https://twitter.com/PrinSciAdvGoI/status/1133663028535123968 Principal Scientific Adviser, Govt. of India ‏ Verified account @PrinSciAdvGoI 10h10 hours ago More Thread Early- & mid-career Indian scientists in India and abroad; those in industry, NGOs, universities, research labs. Across all sec...
by vsunder
28 May 2019 18:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I am also told that the terminology DJ has an origin from the French word disjoncteur which means circuit breaker. So there seems to be two roots for DJ, one is as above D type circuit breaker in a J type frame and this French thingie.
by vsunder
28 May 2019 08:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 588
Views: 56767

Re: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread

In 1996 M. J. Akbar wrote a book on various "separatist" movements, DMK, Akali and others. Some of you have evinced interest in the origins of the DMK and other Tamil movements, you probably can read this slim book. I have a copy. https://www.amazon.com/India-Siege-Within-Akbar-1985-01-03/...
by vsunder
28 May 2019 06:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 588
Views: 56767

Re: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread

Interestingly, it takes 1 hr from TCR to PKD by express train (the Passenger takes 3). But then it takes 1 hr from PKD to CBE (Coimbatore) though that is like 25 mi. away or so. This is because of concerns about elephants crossing track, plus a couple of needless very tight corners in the track. If...
by vsunder
28 May 2019 06:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1777
Views: 106765

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

Okay, just for fun - For year 2019. Given a, b, c are real positive numbers can you prove: a^2 + b^3 + c^4 + 2019 > 79 (a+b+c) This problem is totally trivial via elementary calculus. Re-write it as (a^2-79a)+(b^3-79 b)+(c^4-79c) + babaji -----(1) Now notice that if a>79 first term is positive, b> ...
by vsunder
27 May 2019 17:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread
Replies: 588
Views: 56767

Re: Kerala, Andhra and Tamil Nadu - news and strategy thread

I have a feeling that an IED is being planted for Modi by the Kerala Government. This regards a proposal for semi High speed rail with just 10 stations between Trivandrum and Kasurgod. The Government needs 1200 ha of land. :rotfl: In the railway thread I pointed out ages ago that the government of K...
by vsunder
27 May 2019 07:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections
Replies: 73
Views: 8053

Re: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections

Education Universal Secondary Education (up to 12th) Add new IIT, IIM and AIIMS in response to increase in reserved seats You obviously have no understanding of the serious problems the IIT's are facing to hire competent faculty to teach let alone do research and teach. The newer IIT's are running ...
by vsunder
24 May 2019 22:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112391

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The aadheenams wear deserted looks. Only a few old people there. I suppose younger people are busy doing whats app and forwarding memes. Other sites like jeeva samadhis in TN are largely unknown by younger people in TN. The buildings in the adheenams for the most part need serious renovation and are...
by vsunder
24 May 2019 21:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112391

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

So Congi cannot be Leader of Oppn, or Loo(this has some connotation in UK) as they need 54 to be that. Nobody can be Loo, all <54. What's with TN and KL, with the superior intelligence in those states, it looks like they are unable to do basic reasoning and understand what evils visited on the maste...
by vsunder
24 May 2019 19:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112391

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The late Swami Sathyananda Saraswathi was the highly influential Chenkottukonam Swamy (mentioned above), who closely co-ordinated with Shivagiri monks. He was a great networker and a close friend of my grandpa, till the end. A master of the Jedi temples found in that area The original Jedi master o...
by vsunder
24 May 2019 02:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112391

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Lot of people here in Chennai are upset about the win of. Bjp as there was large anti modi and anti bjp propaganda. They foresee lot of issues for TN due to bjp perceived North Indian tilt. Separatist seeman's party and anti Hindu kamal are posting 3 to 5 percent in most seats. Kamal party did pret...
by vsunder
24 May 2019 02:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112391

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

I missed watching the NDTV meltdown live but this one is too delicious ! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=M3K9YhQAjto Have watched an hour of it so far, will watch the rest over the weekend. :mrgreen: You seem to be a serious boy who has read Born and Wolff cover to cover, ami sab jachi , and you wa...
by vsunder
23 May 2019 20:59
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections : Results Discussion
Replies: 2982
Views: 112391

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

SBajwa wrote:What happened to all those Jyotishis and their stars against NAMO? Paid by congoons?

They did not apply the post Newtonian correction to the perihelion of Mercury. So that made their panchangs wrong. :mrgreen:
by vsunder
23 May 2019 04:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 509989

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

No worry all take medicinal compound:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=y5ak-JkzfKc


https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lydia_Pinkham

The Polish version of the song sounds esp. good after some slivovitz.
Likewise the Italian version after some grappa. :shock:
by vsunder
22 May 2019 04:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections
Replies: 73
Views: 8053

Re: Structural Reforms Milestones post 2019 Elections

^^^ Ramana: Your point 1. is already being implemented. For example in the Satpura narrow gauge conversion that is very near completion and will replace the narrow gauge track between Jabalpur and Gondia through parts of Kanha National forest such provisions have been provided. This is an unusual pr...
by vsunder
21 May 2019 22:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3505
Views: 522394

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Another takeaway from the video Arshyam posted. Notice the steering wheel where the loco pilot is manually adjusting the tap and so the amount of current the loco is drawing from the overhead line and so keeping the speed at some maximum permissible. Then also listen carefully to the noisy chitchat,...

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