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by nandakumar
13 Nov 2018 14:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4712
Views: 345898

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

There are a very 'small ppm' of population who got a genetic condition that ferments sugar into alcohol. Other than that, it is a myth that sugar/starch will become alcohol in the body. Ah! That explains. And I also knew he would scrupulously avoid alcohol at club get togethers if he was scheduled ...
by nandakumar
12 Nov 2018 21:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4712
Views: 345898

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

From what I know from pilot acquaintance of mine. Two idlis the night before an early morning flight would show up as above normal blood alcohol level.
by nandakumar
08 Nov 2018 11:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2380
Views: 371042

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

On the Govt Vs RBI controversy this is what I think. The RBI has parked 8,22,000 crore of its surplus under two heads: Foreign Currency and Gold Revaluation Account and Contingency Fund Account. Of this the former comes to Rs6,90,000 crore and the latter, the 2,32,000 crore. There is another small e...
by nandakumar
06 Nov 2018 12:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 1997
Views: 147099

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Japan's outstanding loans and still to be disbursed quantum approved loans could easily add up to $75 billion. In that sense, this is no doubt a ringing endorsement of India's macro economic fundamentals. Only saying that these swap arrangements won't really be called in. They are just part of diplo...
by nandakumar
06 Nov 2018 08:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 1997
Views: 147099

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Some additional piece of information. This is the third of similar agreements from the past. The first such agreement was in 2008 for a swap of $25 billion. This was increased to $50 billion in 2013. The latest takes it to $75 billion. Ever since such an agreement was signed India have not had to av...
by nandakumar
01 Nov 2018 11:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1430
Views: 73368

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Thanks Ramana. That was a very useful tip.
by nandakumar
28 Oct 2018 11:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1895
Views: 159322

Re: Understanding the US - Again

I think it is a case of Trump changing his mind after he instructed State Department to say 'yes' to the Indian Ambassador. Diplomacy is conducted in such a way that an invitation for a specific event would never be issued unless there was concrete assurance that should such an invitation be issued ...
by nandakumar
27 Oct 2018 13:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2380
Views: 371042

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Now Ruias will go to NCLAT alleging that creditors have wrongly rejected their offer and if they lose appeal before the SC. The circus will go on.
by nandakumar
21 Oct 2018 13:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1430
Views: 73368

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

In any case WHERE ARE THE PETITIONERS, the ladies from MH & DL who were itching to visit sabarimala. Can they be forced or dragged by hair to visit now pls. That's the question I am also asking. On most occasions, the Courts have straightaway dismissed cases on the fact that the petitioners wer...
by nandakumar
21 Oct 2018 13:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Renewable Sources of Energy
Replies: 303
Views: 29015

Re: Renewable Sources of Energy

Here is a thought. Is it possible that every municipal water storage overhead tank be supplemented with a underground sump that draws power from a solar PV farm close by? Excess solar power generation can be used to pump water up and when extra power is required drain the water back to the sump via ...
by nandakumar
19 Oct 2018 14:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1430
Views: 73368

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

Rangarajan chilkur @csranga SC judgement Sabarimala case ignored view of nine judge bench State Trading Corporation Ltd v Comm Tax Officer that "all persons" in Art 25(1) includes juristic person & wrongly concluded Sabarimala Deity has no right under Art 25(1) to practice his Naishti...
by nandakumar
11 Oct 2018 14:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Renewable Sources of Energy
Replies: 303
Views: 29015

Re: Renewable Sources of Energy

https://oilprice.com/Energy/Energy-Gene ... Metal.html
This article says Vanadium is the new energy storage medium. It can be scaled up at decreasing unit cost of such storage. Don't know how close the world is to adopting it. But there it is.
by nandakumar
25 Sep 2018 14:13
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016
Replies: 1474
Views: 209235

Re: VayuSena Rafale: News and Discussions - 17 Oct 2016

People would do well to remember that Maruti Udyog was just a tin car shed. After Sanjay Gandhi's death it lost what little automobile expertise it had, to build cars. It is this company that Suzuki chose to build a car with. We know how that story ended. On the Rafale deal the downside to GoI was n...
by nandakumar
08 Sep 2018 12:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2380
Views: 371042

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

At the risk of sounding presumptuous let me venture some thoughts on FTAs by way of elucidation to members on this forum. FTAs are entered into not as a favour to the citizens of the other country but as a favour to importers in the home country. The benefits can be in the form of small incremental ...
by nandakumar
08 Sep 2018 11:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1430
Views: 73368

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

India has a private agency for weather forecasting. Nothing prevents the Kerala Government from subscribing to their service out of funds voted by the State legislature. But I doubt if their forecasts are any better than IMD. The truth is that Indian monsoon is such a difficult phenomenon that most ...
by nandakumar
06 Sep 2018 10:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018
Replies: 76
Views: 20282

Re: Intelligence & National Security Discussion - July 2018

China doesnt even have to flex but need only bare its economic muscle for American Universities to resort to self censorship as this article in New Republic argues.
https://newrepublic.com/article/150476/ ... ship-china
by nandakumar
04 Sep 2018 10:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1447
Views: 186463

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

The Reuters story above fails to mention whether the contract is CIF Indian port or an Iranian port. The distinction is crucial as in the case of CIF contract a loading port in Iran the title to the goods pass on to India with all the risks of ownership falling on Indian oil company. In the event of...
by nandakumar
30 Aug 2018 13:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7766
Views: 623833

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Demonetisation announced in November 2016 virtually weede .. Read more at: http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/articleshow/65598633.cms?utm_source=contentofinterest&utm_medium=text&utm_campaign=cppst There is a mention of counterfeit notes in the Rs 500 and Rs 1000 denomination in story linke...
by nandakumar
27 Aug 2018 15:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1430
Views: 73368

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

Mean while the main stream Malayalam media is back to spreading its divisive agenda. How should a good ruler be? UAE PM's tweet goes viral. The media seems to play up the role of UAE in Kerala. Saw another report in Malayalam which talks about the UAE Ambassador making a tour of the effected areas ...
by nandakumar
21 Aug 2018 14:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 1430
Views: 73368

Re: Kerala Floods - Aug 2018

This particular time, what happened is that the southwestern monsoon was active, and a depression happened in Bay of Bengal, which 'pulled' the moist air over KL. I don't remember a depression in BoB happening in the past during SW monsoon Now what I am scared of is another depression in Indian Oce...
by nandakumar
02 Aug 2018 12:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2397
Views: 300182

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

The Chinese operate a Tamil language radio service! Wonder who all tune in. Must be used for peddling influence amongst the Tamil populations of Srilanaka, Southeast Asia as well https://twitter.com/spatranobis/status/1024171622561771521?s=21 It has been around for a long time. I remember as a coll...
by nandakumar
30 Jul 2018 21:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1502
Views: 201939

Re: India's Power Sector

This news about the Hoover dam would warm the cockles of Theo Fidel. He has been for long a votary of pumped storage.
https://www.nytimes.com/interactive/201 ... nergy.html
by nandakumar
28 Jul 2018 12:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3021
Views: 206281

Re: Iran News and Discussions

chetak
This news report says Reliance will stop Iranian imports.
https://www.business-standard.com/artic ... 364_1.html
by nandakumar
28 Jul 2018 11:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3021
Views: 206281

Re: Iran News and Discussions

The importance of Iranian oil comes from the fact that currently global oil market is tightly balanced with supply disruptions from Venezeula, Libya and Nigeria. The American sanctions against threatens to pull out 3 million barrels per day of oil that cannot be made good from supply elsewhere. Henc...
by nandakumar
23 Jul 2018 10:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4129
Views: 199286

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

The problem about investing foreign exchange surpluses in SDRs is that the backer of that paper is IMF. Now, IMF lending is to chronic borrowers with dodgy political and economic situation. Think Argentina, Pakistan etc. This results in chronic rescheduling of old debts into ever larger newer loans....
by nandakumar
16 Jul 2018 07:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2380
Views: 371042

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

If you include inward remittances, we might actually see a current account surplus in 2018-19.
by nandakumar
15 Jul 2018 10:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 1895
Views: 159322

Re: Understanding the US- Again

To my limited understanding, grand jury indictments are rulings where the jury decide on whether case is fit to go to trial with a regular jury and prosecution and defence lawyers. A grand jury indictment is not a verdict of guilt. It is merely a preliminary step towards eventual verdict of guilt or...
by nandakumar
13 Jul 2018 15:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2397
Views: 300182

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)

"Meanwhile, an official from Uttar Pradesh said a bridge was washed away within weeks of its construction as the Kosi river changed course."
A quote from the above story.
So the bridge existed where there was no river?
by nandakumar
09 Jul 2018 22:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4027
Views: 322388

Re: Internal Security Watch

If they don't go the extra yard they don't get future recruits. So Ranbir had to be exfiltrated after his cover was blown.
by nandakumar
08 Jul 2018 22:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2380
Views: 371042

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

This has always baffled me. Hoped with new govt. these idiotic rules would be relaxed. Also, so many buildings are stuck because of lack of approvals from civil aviation etc. Not only we have lowest FSI, but also such bureaucratic hurdles. As mentioned in the video, if FSI is raised, houses will be...
by nandakumar
05 Jul 2018 12:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: GST - Discussion on all aspects.
Replies: 704
Views: 91556

Re: GST - Discussion on all aspects.

The 'reverse tax' concept in a value added tax regime is in my view, meaningless. It made sense under the old salestax regime where cascading levies were perfectly acceptable and 'purchase tax' the other name for 'reverse tax' was a more efficient form of tax collection. Consider this case. The gove...
by nandakumar
05 Jul 2018 11:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1502
Views: 201939

Re: India's Power Sector

India's hydro electric projects are almost invariably linked to irrigation needs. Does that not pose a constraint in expanding pumped storage facilities? Also there is the aspect of submergence of land at the plains to create a pond for storing water before being pumped up. Land acquisition could be...
by nandakumar
04 Jul 2018 16:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1502
Views: 201939

Re: India's Power Sector

A website for news and commentary dedicated to petroleum sector has a section dealing with discussion among forum members. I chanced upon one such discussion on electrical grid management. One poster claimed that the UK National grid has 2800 mw of pumped storage capacity of hydro electric which can...
by nandakumar
26 Jun 2018 13:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1447
Views: 186463

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

Any thoughts among members here as to how the impending US sanctions on Iran will affect oil prices for supplies to India? Last time around oil companies routed payments through UCO Bank which was not exposed to US operations and the bank got interest free funds which helped it show profits. There w...
by nandakumar
14 Jun 2018 14:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion
Replies: 124
Views: 9474

Re: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion

Cheap labour and export proceeds funneled back into the US as Chinese holdings of US treasury bills and G Secs. The US could scale up their federal spending without any thought for fiscal consequences of their military adventures. This was the China deal and US thinks it can do the same with cheap N...
by nandakumar
14 Jun 2018 07:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion
Replies: 124
Views: 9474

Re: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion

Globally, the oil market is tightly balanced with demand continuing to rise while supplies are not keeping pace. US oil and gas production is constrained by pipeline capacity restrictions. There are limits to how far we can play the US oil card. As far playing the US card in a larger geopolitical co...
by nandakumar
13 Jun 2018 17:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2662
Views: 325183

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

The reservation algorithm does try to put passenger in contiguous seats. But the bane of Railways is this thing called VIP Quota. In addition there are certain seats earmarked for emergency requests (EQs). Taken together, in a 1A coach of 24 berths, as many as 12 are not available till the last date...
by nandakumar
13 Jun 2018 14:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2662
Views: 325183

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Talking of nostalgic train jouneys my favourite is the Bombay-MadrasJanata Express. The train would arrive at Sholapur junction (enroute to Madras) around 6.30 pm and would stop for a good 15 to 20 mts. Enough time for us to hop across to the wine shop across the road on the other side of the railwa...
by nandakumar
13 Jun 2018 14:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2662
Views: 325183

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Sachin What I meant by 'chart not prepared' was that there is uncertainty about berth numbers even though one has a confirmed ticket. The allotment is made on the evening before the date of departure. There is no guarantee that a group of three or four will be given berths in the same cabin. I think...

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