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by nandakumar
21 Oct 2018 13:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Kerala Floods - Aftermath and Save Sabarimala
Replies: 877
Views: 42300

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: 301
Views: 28014

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: 877
Views: 42300

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: 301
Views: 28014

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: 1436
Views: 200488

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: 2197
Views: 343424

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: 877
Views: 42300

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: 61
Views: 14916

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: 1446
Views: 185148

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: 619324

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: 877
Views: 42300

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: 877
Views: 42300

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: 2299
Views: 283297

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: 1500
Views: 199724

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: 3018
Views: 204401

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: 3018
Views: 204401

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: 4127
Views: 196883

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: 2197
Views: 343424

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: 1633
Views: 137487

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: 2299
Views: 283297

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: 4006
Views: 314595

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: 2197
Views: 343424

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: 90712

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: 1500
Views: 199724

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: 1500
Views: 199724

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: 1446
Views: 185148

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: 9336

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: 9336

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: 2537
Views: 306487

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: 2537
Views: 306487

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: 2537
Views: 306487

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: 1342
Views: 126457

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: 2537
Views: 306487

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: 4006
Views: 314595

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: 1578
Views: 188708

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: 4006
Views: 314595

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: 4127
Views: 196883

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: 1633
Views: 137487

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: 1446
Views: 185148

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 ...

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