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by vsunder
02 Jun 2019 23:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

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: 3386
Views: 474214

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: 3386
Views: 474214

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: 3386
Views: 474214

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: 3386
Views: 474214

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: 7293

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: 3386
Views: 474214

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: 407
Views: 26317

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: 407
Views: 26317

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: 1759
Views: 96050

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: 407
Views: 26317

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: 7293

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: 92627

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: 92627

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: 92627

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: 92627

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: 92627

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: 92627

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: 469650

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: 7293

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: 3386
Views: 474214

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,...
by vsunder
21 May 2019 20:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Another takeaway from the video posted by Arshyam towards the end is when the ALP calls out double yellow, and soon after advanced Green. That means the loco has to slow down and then allowed to speed up to MPS(maximum permissible speed). The reason is the train is seen passing through a platform li...
by vsunder
21 May 2019 19:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

@Arshyam: Thanks for posting the video and a clean link to the signs which is far better than I could do. Your schematic of the connections shows clearly the various taps made of the 3-phase current coming from the central power plant. R,Y,B in the schematic refers to Red, Yellow and Blue wires. I c...
by vsunder
21 May 2019 08:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 409
Views: 88862

Re: India's Shipping Sector

Nitin Gadkari installed the foundation stone of the intermodal terminal at Ghazipur, UP in Jan 2018. Ghazipur (UP) is from where Manoj Sinha, MoS for Communication and Railways is contesting the Lok Sabha seat. The Ghazipur intermodal terminal will also have a bunkering facility for LNG to power bar...
by vsunder
21 May 2019 08:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Approaching a neutral section when the pilot sees the diamond sign at 500m, he notches down to 0, and shuts down all blowers that keep the machinery cool and shuts down any power electronics that may get damaged by arcing and sudden jumps of voltage. Now essentially the loco is coasting. The pilot h...
by vsunder
20 May 2019 08:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Neutral zones have a catenary wire just so that the pantograph is in contact with something, or else there will be an additional problem when the pantograph again makes contact with the live section. RDSO specs deal with the type of insulators to shield the neutral zone from the live ends (at either...
by vsunder
20 May 2019 07:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

SWR is getting its first electric loco shed with the track km of electrification on SWR increasing substantially. The venerable Krishnarajapuram (KJR) diesel loco shed outside Bangalore which was established in 1983 will be converted to an electric loco shed by Dec 2019 or Jan 2020. Hubbali (HQ of S...
by vsunder
19 May 2019 21:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 409
Views: 88862

Re: India's Shipping Sector

Status of the Intermodal terminal at Sakri galli, Sahibganj, Jharkhand on R. Ganga https://www.google.com/maps/place/25%C2%B015'06.3%22N+87%C2%B042'12.4%22E/@25.2517424,87.7028085,220m/data=!3m2!1e3!4b1!4m19!1m12!4m11!1m3!2m2!1d87.7036968!2d25.2516574!1m6!1m2!1s0x39fa97f5e9767769:0xe6fce960abcbbbf1!...
by vsunder
19 May 2019 08:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Sorry I do not understand the logic why if there is OHE equipment one cannot then launch missiles? why? The missile carrying train will of course be hauled by diesel in case there is loss of power to the overhead lines by enemy action. The trains will be housed in specialized sidings as the US does,...
by vsunder
18 May 2019 04:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469650

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

^^^^ Fish Onionmistress has a notorious pedigree. Her mother is the notorious W. Vasantha, a professor of mathematics at IIT Madras. According to various "dalit" writeups, Vasantha is an "illustrious mathematician that has taken on the brahmanical stronghold that prevails in IIT Madra...
by vsunder
16 May 2019 08:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469650

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The Deccan Herald is an extremely pro-Congress newspaper and has also blocked people on Twitter who have made adverse comments against the Congress, Shiv for e.g.. This is what they ran: https://www.deccanherald.com/lok-sabha-election-2019/bjp-may-emerge-single-largest-party-nda-majority-733719.html...
by vsunder
15 May 2019 22:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469650

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

^^^ Neville Maxwell is the infamous author of the book India's China War, which is often used by the Chinese to bolster their territorial claims on Aksai Chin. The book was praised by both Zhou-en-Lai and Kissinger though Lee Kuan Yew of Singapore called it revisionist pro-Chinese history. This infa...
by vsunder
15 May 2019 02:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469650

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Karpatri Swami one of the eminent leader of the Gau Rakshak andolan was not any figure. He was a very well known philosopher in his own right and an authority on Saivism. Just like Swami Lakshman Joo is considered the last in a distinguished line of Kashmir Saivism. Karpatri Swami was the guru of Al...
by vsunder
15 May 2019 02:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469650

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Siddharth Shankar Ray was a scum bag in bhadralok guise. He perpetrated undue violence in Bengal to overthrow the first CPM govt. He had two henchmen of whom Illustrated Weekly used to write glowing reports. One was Priyaranjan Das Munshi and Dikgaj could remember the other rascal. One of the dirti...
by vsunder
14 May 2019 23:15
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 930
Views: 148847

Re: Indian Army History Thread

The definitive history book about this battle is by John Colvin, Not Ordinary Men. He has searched the war diaries, and dispatches and taken oral and written testimony of both sides Japanese and Allied. He has also gone through the Japanese military records and the book has a very large list of his ...
by vsunder
14 May 2019 18:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: BR Maths Corner-1
Replies: 1759
Views: 96050

Re: BR Maths Corner-1

Do not know where to post this about Kollam/Rangoli art and Mathematics https://www.atlasobscura.com/articles/indian-rice-art-kolam This reminds me very strongly of the small and beautiful monograph titled Symmetry by my mathematical idol Hermann Weyl. This monograph is very old and explores similar...
by vsunder
13 May 2019 20:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

When I meant oil used in transformers, do not forget there is track side equipment in the form of TSS's (Traction sub stations) and these need transformers which need to be maintained and cooled even at altitude, so not only the loco but the fixed assets have to be thought about. Stores for example ...
by vsunder
13 May 2019 20:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3386
Views: 474214

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

With the professed goal of the current dispensation to achieve full electric traction on IR, and hopefully the goal for the next dispensation which increasingly looks like Modi 2.0 again, the 1000 diesels made by GE look like white elephants. Piyush Goyal justified the 1000 as needed for strategic r...
by vsunder
13 May 2019 12:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 469650

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

did siddharth shankar ray use ruthless extra judicial methods with support from Indira gandhi to break the back of the naxals in WB? someone from that era needs to educate us. This thread has lost focus. But since you asked and I remember very well, I will make a few comments. Bengal when I went to...

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