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by nandakumar
20 Jan 2019 11:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 2631
Views: 339892

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

And this is supposed to replace murica as no1? The victims were not bottom of pole farmhands but educated workers This story dates back to 2000 or 2001. Don't recall the exact time period but definitely going far back. Knew a person who was employed by a leather export firm in Chennai. Besides bein...
by nandakumar
17 Jan 2019 15:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2646
Views: 427296

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

and this is the same lot which messed up on the GST software?? would you rather have a 100% gora outfit do it? looking at the past history in GOTUS/UK govt IT contracts such mishaps and "issues" are common worldwide. UK NHS https://www.theguardian.com/society/2013/sep/18/nhs-records-syste...
by nandakumar
13 Jan 2019 21:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 2277
Views: 135156

Re: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala

[quote="Dileep"]An urban naxal who happened to direct a couple of 'art movies' (and hence a 'cultural leader') made an FB post in utter dirty language about the birth of Lord Ayyappa. Under severe backlash he deleted the post, but still play victim and says "I deleted the post because...
by nandakumar
10 Jan 2019 09:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1817
Views: 222397

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

The new visa proposal that UK plans to formally submit to the Indian Govt, are they really going to put Indian at part with EU residents? This news report seems to imply that. But the examples quoted suggests that Polish plumbers and Portugese nannies would still get a preference over their Indian c...
by nandakumar
08 Jan 2019 10:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4111
Views: 349551

Re: Internal Security Watch

The citizenship amendment Bill which was passed by the look Sabha recently is the reason. The bill essentially confers citizenship to Bangladeshi and Pakistani citizens facing persecutions. The AGP is opposed to it.
by nandakumar
05 Jan 2019 21:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4204
Views: 213527

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

the highway blr-chennai running through Sriperumbudur urgently needs upgrade to 4+4 with proper service roads and entry/exit ramps and underpasses from the large industrial parks. it is gridlocked in office commute hours on weekdays with just perpendicular junctions, U turn cuts and frequent traffi...
by nandakumar
05 Jan 2019 11:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4204
Views: 213527

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

From assembling pov this is good as the foxcon factory down south will generate more jobs hopefully can be the main manufacturing hub away from China to export globally Even cheap iPhone will have to compete in Indian market with likes of Indian Chinese and Korean model which is a uphill task for t...
by nandakumar
02 Jan 2019 11:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4868
Views: 366293

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Bulk of the aircraft movements at BIAL are domestic flights. Domestic airlines pilots are not trained for Cat 3 ILS. Such training costs a lot of money and airlines fight shy of incurring that expenditure. The way they reason it out is that barring a few days in the winter and that too mainly at Del...
by nandakumar
01 Jan 2019 14:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4868
Views: 366293

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

I once mentioned to a journalist friend of mine with some knowledge of flying (he had trained as a commercial pilot) that a technical halt at Istanbul should put West Europe and parts of East coast US within reach for private airlines to do more international flights with 737s or A320s fleet. The wa...
by nandakumar
25 Dec 2018 17:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - October 8, 2018
Replies: 1886
Views: 178075

Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

SSridhar From the link mentioned by you, I don't get the impression that it is $3 plus 9 billion. The sense I get is that the deferred oil payments is a revolving facility that is restricted to $3 billion and will be in place for 3 year period. I am open to correction. The following para is relevant...
by nandakumar
25 Dec 2018 10:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - October 8, 2018
Replies: 1886
Views: 178075

Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

6B (Saudi) and 3B (UAE) is what I recall reading. Of this 3B from Saudi in the form of oil supply on credit is the only tangible BoP support. The rest is cash deposit to avoid immediate repayment triggers on foreign loans. The fundamental imbalance on their external sector is still very much in plac...
by nandakumar
17 Dec 2018 15:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 3500
Views: 649915

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

There's a cyclone in the Bay of Bengal, which will make its landfall in the next 1-2 days. Would this impact the GSLV Mark2/GSAT-7A launch? Oh and has anyone noticed:-) that the GSLV Mark 2 will use the new upgraded cryogenic stage, the C-15? The cyclone has already made landfall some time in the a...
by nandakumar
10 Dec 2018 12:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2283
Views: 199366

Re: Understanding the US - Again

From what I have been to gather the problem for Huawei stems from using American components (chipset from Qualcomm, perhaps?) in their smartphones. Now American companies can export products to countries other than Iran which are not under American sanctions. In turn the US companies take an underta...
by nandakumar
08 Dec 2018 15:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4868
Views: 366293

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

The Indonesian transportation safety committee has released its initial findings on how the Lion Air crash happened. See the article linked below. https://leehamnews.com/2018/11/28/indonesian-authorities-release-preliminary-lion-air-crash-report/ A summary of the findings according to one technical ...
by nandakumar
07 Dec 2018 12:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - October 8, 2018
Replies: 1886
Views: 178075

Re: Terroristan - October 8, 2018

ACTUAL RESERVES – SBP : 01.7021 – COMM BANKS : 06.4940 – TOTAL : 08.1961 Peregrine ji, where do you get the actual reserves details from? It looks way too high for me. As far as I know, foreign currency assets held by commercial banks is not counted as part of official reserves. When we talk of a c...
by nandakumar
04 Dec 2018 11:52
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1763
Views: 246770

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Do you think India will abide by Indus Water Treaty in such a war? We will stop the flow of water as needed. I think the IA needs to have second look at the Arjun requirement. In 1965 the Centurions were bought at minimal buy (~185) with the hope that the Vickers tank will soon be made at Avadi. Th...
by nandakumar
28 Nov 2018 11:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7851
Views: 645912

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Let us get one thing out of the way. Every expert committee since the famous Wanchoo Committee has conceded that any war on black money ought to involve demonetisation of high denomination currency as one of its components. While it would be nice if all the ill gotten and tax evaded money stored in ...
by nandakumar
22 Nov 2018 13:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2283
Views: 199366

Re: Understanding the US - Again

A related question. Will Rupay card work at all ATMs? Also what about card reader machines at petrol bunks?
by nandakumar
21 Nov 2018 15:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2912
Views: 243588

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Delhi Metro is the project consultants Namma Metro. It's boss E Sreedharan is a votary of overhead pillar based railway line structure for metro rail projects. The assumption is that it costs more to construct underground. But this reckons without land acquisition costs and more importantly litigati...
by nandakumar
20 Nov 2018 21:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3020
Views: 380517

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I am all for improving rail connectivity to the North East. My daughter lives there!
by nandakumar
20 Nov 2018 17:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3020
Views: 380517

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

The safety protocol can be a real speed breaker on single lane sections. I once travelled to Guwahati on the Yeshwantpur Kamakhya Super fast express. The Train was late leaving Bongaigaon. The Section Bongaigaon-Rohingya- Kamakhya is a single line. Because our train was running late it was stopped a...
by nandakumar
20 Nov 2018 13:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3020
Views: 380517

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I recall someone mentioning a long time ago that as per Railways safety protocol, an express train needs 20 kms of free passage on the track for it to proceed further. If the track isn't clear then the train is stopped. While it makes sense to synchronise train speeds rather than outright stoppage, ...
by nandakumar
20 Nov 2018 13:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3020
Views: 380517

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

A Nandy wrote:200 kmph average is not going to happen at least till Railways is in a far better position. Let them run on average of 130 first. Whats the average now? 80? :P

A super fast express train runs at an average speed of 65 kmph.
by nandakumar
18 Nov 2018 21:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3020
Views: 380517

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

faster acceleration while it gains more from real stops, but I dont think rest of time it can steadily cruise at its top speed despite rajdhani/shatabdi being given line clear and all other trains pushed to sidings - there are speed limited sections and old bridges that need due care. human and cat...
by nandakumar
18 Nov 2018 12:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3020
Views: 380517

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I don't understand this. The Train 18, at least in the initial phase, is supposed to replace the existing Shatabdi type inter city express trains. Most of them have one or two stops at the most. So the advantage of faster acceleration can only be marginal at best. Of course if the advantage is over ...
by nandakumar
13 Nov 2018 14:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4868
Views: 366293

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: 4868
Views: 366293

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: 2646
Views: 427296

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: 2004
Views: 150934

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: 2004
Views: 150934

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: 2277
Views: 135156

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: 2283
Views: 199366

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: 2646
Views: 427296

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: 2277
Views: 135156

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: 314
Views: 31757

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: 2277
Views: 135156

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: 314
Views: 31757

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: 1698
Views: 250654

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: 2646
Views: 427296

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 ...

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