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by nandakumar
14 Jun 2018 14:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO) - News & Discussion
Replies: 124
Views: 8527

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: 8527

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: 2372
Views: 265450

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: 2372
Views: 265450

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: 2372
Views: 265450

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...
by nandakumar
13 Jun 2018 12:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1334
Views: 118396

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Bottom line: this looks like a sensible deal, not much chest-thumping on either side. 1. NoKo stops nuko. 2. NoKo stops mijjiles (they are visibly scrapping their engine test sites and oursourcing to Chinese sites in the Gobi) 3. No more missile overflights over Japan. 4. US-SoKo stop saber-rattlin...
by nandakumar
12 Jun 2018 21:52
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2372
Views: 265450

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Why can't railways throw open seat reservation the way airlines do? They can even charge a premium the way airlines do. I would love to travel with my grandson, daughter and son in law or my wife in AC First Class Chennai to Kamakhya junction on the Yeswantpur Kamakhya super fast express. My grandso...
by nandakumar
12 Jun 2018 11:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3773
Views: 260656

Re: Internal Security Watch

Edited excerpts on the incident from Assam Tribune newspaper starting from June 9, the day after the incident. See below. Quote: "Guwahati, June 9 (IANS): In a shocking incident, two youths from Guwahati were beaten to death by an agitated mob at a remote location in Karbi Anglong district on s...
by nandakumar
11 Jun 2018 22:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1362
Views: 147389

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

It is not Belize or some obscure Latin American or Carribean vohntries. Most countries of the West including the US accept dual nationality. The Indian laws have no means of ascertaining if someone is travelling using a passpot of another country while simultaneously possessing an Indian passport.
by nandakumar
11 Jun 2018 22:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3773
Views: 260656

Re: Internal Security Watch

https://www.outlookindia.com/website/story/nilotpal-abhijit-were-killed-by-the-system-not-people-friends-of-two-assamese-me/312391 One of the most sickening, revolting incidents you could ever hear about. That mob must be executed en masse, and quickly. And shame their families as much as possible....
by nandakumar
09 Jun 2018 12:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4034
Views: 176036

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

The article in the link below argues that US sanctions against Iran will not have the same effect as in 2009-14 leading eventually to a nuclear deal. The sanctions will fail for the crucial reason EU will not play ball this time around unlike last time. http://jpkoning.blogspot.com/2018/06/evading-n...
by nandakumar
05 Jun 2018 11:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 607
Views: 56817

Re: Understanding the US- Again

A nice and insightful piece on Trump's skill as a negotiator. The articles makes two points. His skill as a negotiator in business dealings is over rated. Two, they are in any case ill suited for political diplomacy. https://www.politico.com/magazine/story/2018/06/01/donald-trump-deals-negotiation-a...
by nandakumar
05 Jun 2018 09:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1400
Views: 171514

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

At $7 plus per MBTU the generation cost will be quite high but less than diesel. Only those gas based power stations which have power purchase agreement with a utility company where fuel cost is allowed to be passed through can afford it. I think the LNG will be used as domestic fuel under pipeline ...
by nandakumar
03 Jun 2018 12:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2041
Views: 312481

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

One of the biggest way to route money nowadays is via hotel bookings. All these kashmiri hotels have no cancellation policy, so hotel rooms are booked online for guests that never show up. Free money directly under the nose of the establishment under the garb of legal business. This is the reason w...
by nandakumar
30 May 2018 13:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1362
Views: 147389

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Robert Clive was a Scotsman or at least born as one.
by nandakumar
26 May 2018 14:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1743
Views: 200942

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

Defence equipment purchases do not get reflected in trade data at least in India's case. This skews the external transactions somewhat. If this is included I am sure Russia would come out with a substantial surplus in its trade with India. The other point is chinese trade surplus is seen as only mar...
by nandakumar
18 May 2018 16:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1553
Views: 223093

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Vina I have an issue with your contention that it is normal for futures price to be lower than the spot. Let us say, I have one barrel of oil. I sell in the spot market (30 dollars) and collect cash. Take the cash and buy 180 day T Bills and thus lock into a certain amount of interest income. Addit...
by nandakumar
18 May 2018 16:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1553
Views: 223093

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Vina I have an issue with your contention that it is normal for futures price to be lower than the spot. Let us say, I have one barrel of oil. I sell in the spot market (30 dollars) and collect cash. Take the cash and buy 180 day T Bills and thus lock into a certain amount of interest income. Additi...
by nandakumar
17 May 2018 21:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 405
Views: 36269

Re: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion

How about if sewerage treatment plants are set up in public private partnership mode like in road projects? Just as concessaionaires in toll road projects gets revenue from vehicle users STP operators should get revenue based on treated water output. In order to strengthen the contractual relationsh...
by nandakumar
10 May 2018 10:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1362
Views: 147389

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

Suraj A query on the following point in your post "because his businesses were Indian based and registered, and he was a politician in India. He probably just visited UK regularly enough to 'reset the clock' on his ILR expiry. " This would seem to suggest that even an ILR has a fixed perio...
by nandakumar
10 May 2018 10:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2372
Views: 265450

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I do think that the Indian Railways needs to be broken up into multiple operating companies and decentralised. The current railways is such an unresponsive and inefficient beast driven by random political imperatives and being centrally command-controlled from New Delhi no longer serves the growth ...
by nandakumar
07 May 2018 21:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2372
Views: 265450

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Why is Arakkonam called a 'Joint Junction? I mean, stations where more than one line converges is a 'junction'. But a 'joint junction'? Just curious. Before independence, the railway lines were built and operated by many companies. Arakkonam Jn, was a "jointly" developed by two such compa...
by nandakumar
07 May 2018 08:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2372
Views: 265450

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Why is Arakkonam called a 'Joint Junction? I mean, stations where more than one line converges is a 'junction'. But a 'joint junction'? Just curious.
by nandakumar
04 May 2018 13:24
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Small Arms Thread
Replies: 3972
Views: 630569

Re: Small Arms Thread

Yes, Their Indian arm is called Stumpp &Lewies SS full name is Stump Schule and Somappa. Somappa group is founded by Machani Somappa a very well known entrepreneur in Karnataka. M.S. Somappa He set up many mechanical products factories. They were very big for making all kinds of springs for aut...
by nandakumar
03 May 2018 17:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1553
Views: 223093

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Austin Checked the RBI website. The 4% interest rate that you mentioned was Reverse Repo Rate which was set at that level in January 2009. But this was also accompanied by reduction in Repo Rate. In other words the spread was maintained at 1.5%. Post the collapse of Lehmann Brothers there was declin...
by nandakumar
26 Apr 2018 22:25
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1743
Views: 200942

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

Really .. China is a export oriented market economy and India is a billion plus market growing exponentially. I say China can take it's act and shove it you know where. Supporting terrorism violating India's territorial integrity and freebies for a terror state like Pakistan does not give brownie po...
by nandakumar
14 Apr 2018 14:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1553
Views: 223093

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The crude is extracted in Barmer. It is a very heavy crude meaning so viscous, that you could drop crude the size of a lemon on the table and it would stay put. If you have to transport it, you would need to heat up the pipeline so the waxy crude melts a little and make transportation a little easie...
by nandakumar
05 Apr 2018 21:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry
Replies: 4197
Views: 289946

Re: Indian Sports and Entertainment Industry

Host gets to choose the non core sports . In my opinion this should be India’s last CWG. Here are my reasons : - shooting is being eliminated from the next games . We have 156 CWG golds of which 56 are in shooting. Stupid sh1t like lawn bowls is a core sport but not shooting . - the games provide u...
by nandakumar
01 Apr 2018 17:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion
Replies: 1400
Views: 171514

Re: Oil & Natural Gas: News & Discussion

If India makes rupee payments for "all" it's oil imports will it help the economy? There was a news about Venezeula wanting to do so. See this link. https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/business/india-business/venezuela-wants-to-trade-with-india-using-indian-currency/articleshow/63274560.c...
by nandakumar
30 Mar 2018 08:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1553
Views: 223093

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

If Indians pay for it in dollars , euros or yuan, is it Indian or foreign financed ? How about if it’s an American shelling out rupees ? :-) So many contradictions in first saying ‘Indian financed’ then saying ‘capital has no nationality’ . By that logic the Chinese could front up some Indian emplo...
by nandakumar
30 Mar 2018 08:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1033
Views: 88521

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

As of Feb 2018, Hong Kong Monetary Authority had 443 billion dollars (US) in forex reserves. The peg to the US dollar should not, on the face of it, be too difficult to maintain. Of course no reserve is too large. It is a matter of circumstances. If the tightening inter bank money market is due to H...
by nandakumar
29 Mar 2018 16:44
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1033
Views: 88521

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

panduranghari wrote:Image

Holee Sheet!

Panduranghari
A line or two explaining what this graph is about would be greatly appreciated.
by nandakumar
24 Mar 2018 21:55
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1583
Views: 196959

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

I am an absolute newbie in matters of defence technology. So please bear with me. I understand that engine has to high power to weight ratio. That it also implies a certain degree of miniaturization, is granted. But it seems to me that that an armoured vehicle's performance characteristics and the e...
by nandakumar
24 Mar 2018 14:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1583
Views: 196959

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

Was looking at the specs for large Tata Hitachi excavators used in mining. Their biggest excavators use Cummins engines of 1940 hp capacity. Cummins India claims they manufacture that and higher rated engines (2,400 hp). Not sure about the level of indgenisation or whether they would be allowed by U...
by nandakumar
08 Mar 2018 11:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1553
Views: 223093

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

where can I get central budget allocation for each state. I am having running arguments over AP drama of CBN. States get their share of resources under various centrally sponsored schemes within the overall entitlement of money under finance commission award. Individual State's share depends on pop...
by nandakumar
07 Mar 2018 22:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1358
Views: 164979

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

To supplement Rudradev's post about Italian Americans author Mario Puzo wrote a powerful novel on the Italian Americans titled The Fortunate Pilgrim before he became famous for his novel, Godfather. The novel is a poignant tale of the struggle of an Italian woman to bring up his three children in th...
by nandakumar
07 Mar 2018 13:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2372
Views: 265450

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I recently travelled to Kayankulam in Kerala from Chennai. While the train journey is not exactly overnight- Trivandrum Mail leaves Chennai at 19.45 hrs and reaches Kayankulam junction around 09.00 hrs the next day- it was still a preferrable mode of travel compared to air. This was because while Ch...
by nandakumar
01 Mar 2018 10:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - 4th Jan 2018
Replies: 2862
Views: 210342

Re: Terroristan - 4th Jan 2018

German Chief Executive Of PIA "Stole" Plane And Flew It To Germany In Revenge For Unpaid Salary :twisted: PIA plane taken to Germany caused heavy liabilities Pakistan Observer Karachi A PIA A-130 aircraft, stolen from airline headquarters office in Karachi, now parked at a German airport ...
by nandakumar
28 Feb 2018 10:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1743
Views: 200942

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

According to IMF data, Chinese Renminbi accounted for just one percent of Central Bank's official foreign exchange reserves as of third quarter 2017.
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