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by nandakumar
10 Jan 2018 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4067
Views: 558669

Re: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2

To liven up the proceedings. Some bloggers on this site are having a ball on about their respective country's navy. The Rev Kev January 10, 2018 at 8:42 am India knocked its new, $3 billion nuclear-missile sub out of commission — by leaving a hatch open I wouldn’t be too hard on the Indians here. Th...
by nandakumar
29 Dec 2017 11:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1084
Views: 81143

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

India's import is roughly 200 million tonnes per annum. Out of this 50 million tonnes represents export of refined petrol products (principally by Reliance and to some extent Essar). Net consumption is only 150 million tonnes or thereabouts. India has a population that is 60 times as large as North ...
by nandakumar
28 Dec 2017 20:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1084
Views: 81143

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

C'est la vie: Cheen spotted lying again :lol: U.S. spy satellites reportedly captured photos of Chinese ships illegally selling oil to North Korean boats some 30 times since October. Satellite images released by the U.S. Department of Treasury appeared to show vessels from both countries illegally ...
by nandakumar
13 Dec 2017 09:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 462
Views: 53124

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

Hari Seldon Even though these units are cost centres (R&D customer support etc.) a profit element is imputed and subject to tax as per Indian tax law. In tax parlance it is called 'transfer pricing'. Of course if they are set up in an SEZ or otherwise eligible for tax Incentive for export turnov...
by nandakumar
04 Dec 2017 21:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread -2
Replies: 423
Views: 36976

Re: Indian Autos Thread -2

An article dissing Tesla's EV programme(model 3). The comments are interesting too.

https://www.nakedcapitalism.com/2017/12 ... tesla.html
by nandakumar
28 Nov 2017 09:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive news from the Middle Kingdom
Replies: 55
Views: 3814

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

But septic tanks are supposed to have an air vent to prevent such things. It is almost standard design. How come the Chinese Don't have it?
by nandakumar
20 Nov 2017 18:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 187368

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

Why would international lenders change their mind now? Nothing on the ground has changed for the project to become viable for international lenders. The article was just one of those with click bait headlines.
by nandakumar
03 Nov 2017 21:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4242
Views: 263438

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

The story of a pilot's struggle to get his prototype six seater aircraft registrrdd with DGCA was reported here. Now comes the news that it has been cleared. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/transportation/airlines-/-aviation/heres-a-test-case-for-ease-of-doing-business-in-india-a-pilot...
by nandakumar
25 Oct 2017 10:49
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

The SLR (the % of deposits that banks must necessarily invest in govt securities) is currently pegged at 23% of their deposits. But bank's are holding close to 30% of their deposits base in such securities. So the notion that bank's are unable to lend because they are undercapitalised is ab initio f...
by nandakumar
24 Oct 2017 19:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

"Tatas keep making products which are 'just enough' for the market and keep pushing it until people move towards something else. Look at Tata Indica, which was similar to the Hyundai santro when both of them hit the market. Look at the quality of the cars Hyundai makes now. Hyundai matches the ...
by nandakumar
11 Oct 2017 15:47
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Aditya_V wrote:India major Trade defecit over the last 5 years

http://commerce.nic.in/eidb/iecnt.asp

Trade deficit of USD 190 Billion in 2012-13 down to USD 109 Billion 2016-17

The link doesn't work. Any way, is this net of oil import bill?
by nandakumar
11 Oct 2017 11:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

There seems to be some misconception about the SC ban on sale of firecrackers. The latest SC order suspends the operation of its own judgement/order(?) of Sep 12th. That in effect means it restors the operation of the earlier Nov 2016 order. What the Nov 2016 order of the SC did was to cap the numbe...
by nandakumar
04 Oct 2017 18:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Back from a weeklong trip to Kerala (drove through TN to get there and back). Took the BLR-MDU-Aryankavu Pass-Punalur-Kollam route, and stayed and travelled and lived in literally no name Podunk places in Kerala. A couple of observations. 1. Every city /town, in TN (starting from Hosur, Dharmapuri,...
by nandakumar
27 Sep 2017 15:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

From the Swarajya article penned by Jagannathan: "Modi and Jaitley needed to change the fiscal roadmap in 2014-15 after restating the real fiscal deficit at a higher level than the 4.1 per cent Chidambaram had penciled in his interim budget after a lot of fiscal legerdemain." I don't under...
by nandakumar
22 Sep 2017 09:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Kapildave's point about the monopoly status of the ESI Corporation is a very important one. We need a model similar to that Govt sponsored provident fund. Under the PF scheme employers are entitled to set up their own private PF scheme as long as the benefits under the scheme are similar to that of ...
by nandakumar
19 Sep 2017 14:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812750

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Oops! sorry. Didn't realise that the link was incomplete.
https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China- ... -his-reign
SSridhar's link is the article I had in mind.
by nandakumar
19 Sep 2017 11:26
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812750

Re: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

It is high stakes game that Xi is engaged in, in the context of consolidating power in his hands beyond 2022. He has removed the names of two prominent generals of the PLA from the list of delegates for the forthcoming party congress as this article postulates. https://asia.nikkei.com/Features/China...
by nandakumar
15 Sep 2017 11:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1084
Views: 81143

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Here is an extract of an article which says the latest U.N. Security Council resolution merely caps the crude oil imports at current level. The Resolution does restrict the supply of refined oil and gas products to North Korea. However it seems that these are not being supplied to North Korea in any...
by nandakumar
01 Sep 2017 22:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812750

Re: Neutering & defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

If you spell the word in English from an Indian phonetic pronounciation it would be 'China' as the alternative 'cheena' or 'chena' was not only phonetically different that was also not how the Indian languages identified that particular region of what china passes for today. In Tamil it was always '...
by nandakumar
31 Aug 2017 07:01
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812750

Re: Neutering & defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Happy on Jacob's position is on very predictable lines. His sole prescription for the Indian Government in any challenge to the authority of the Indian State is, "engage". Thus, we must engage with China, engage with Pakistan, Kashmiris, Naxals and so on. As if China has no obligations to ...
by nandakumar
29 Aug 2017 13:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7687
Views: 545358

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

not sure what report this is and will it have full details on notes deposited or just the FICN part... http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/economy/finance/rbi-to-give-details-of-fake-notes-deposited-post-demonetisation-next-week/articleshow/60215146.cms The Reserve Bank of India's annual repor...
by nandakumar
29 Aug 2017 08:12
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812750

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

The way the Chinese are spinning it is like this: 'Patrolling' also means 'standing still' in one place. And of course it is natural to substitute one individual with another. It still amounts to 'standing still'. This has been our definition of 'patrolling' for the common Chinese and the Indian arm...
by nandakumar
24 Aug 2017 06:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2105
Views: 199006

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

His claims to managerial prowess was never tested. In the first NDA govt he was Shiv Sena representative holding the Power ministry. He refused to engage in corrupt deals that would benefit his party/chief. He chose to resign instead. Later he drifted away from Shiv Dena. Integrity was his hallmark.
by nandakumar
23 Aug 2017 13:37
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812750

Re: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

China struggles to revive its industrial heartland - Michael Schuman, NYT "The factory, and the more than 200 jobs it has created, is just one small part of a grand plan led by China’s government to rejuvenate the city of eight million, by replacing stumbling state industries with modern manuf...
by nandakumar
15 Aug 2017 12:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 3614
Views: 197355

Re: Internal Security Watch

But what happens if Bangladesh stops them at the border or for that matter if Myanmar refuses to acknowledge that they are its citizens?
by nandakumar
08 Aug 2017 08:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812750

Re: Managing Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)

Up until the 9Os and even early 2000 we had three companies in the private sector making Penicillin G. SPIC was one, JK was the other. I forget the third one. But the point is we were 100% self sufficient in Pen G. But one by one they shuttered because they couldn' t match Chinese on price. Some cap...
by nandakumar
24 Jul 2017 11:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2105
Views: 199006

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

i have discovered a prominent but seldom used huge loop line around BLR. north of BLR, the main line to hyderabad goes via makali durga ghat. follow that line south to near yelehanka and you will see a single line forking away east. for a while it is parallel to the BIAL road, and then keeps going ...
by nandakumar
17 Jul 2017 16:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Essar Steel loses the case in Gujarat High Court. http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/industry/banking/finance/banking/gujarat-hc-turns-down-essar-steels-bad-loan-plea-in-big-win-for-banks/articleshow/59631228.cms It is another matter that the High Court should never have entertained the plea in the...
by nandakumar
17 Jul 2017 10:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1005
Views: 58124

Re: Solar energy in India

Rest of the article. So as the Samsung Galaxy Note 7 battery fires proved, the rapid introduction of new battery designs is risky. As my battery engineer says: “Lithium ion batteries are so dangerous because they are so energetic. The way you make them more safe is by reducing their propensity to re...
by nandakumar
17 Jul 2017 10:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1005
Views: 58124

Re: Solar energy in India

Couldn't post the full link as there were limitations on my hand phone. Here is some more. Batteries, though, are not atomic bombs, integrated circuits, or penicillin. With a great deal of effort on the part of engineers, you get progress, not breakthroughs. That progress will not come at a pace tha...
by nandakumar
17 Jul 2017 08:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1005
Views: 58124

Re: Solar energy in India

From Financial Times. Not very bullish on battery technology. People have lost their faith in the presidency, quantitative easing, the social value of Twitter, and even the decline of France. Yet they still have a childlike belief in the electric battery industry. Americans buy Tesla stock, with or ...
by nandakumar
29 Jun 2017 21:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4242
Views: 263438

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

pandyan wrote:IA used to fly dorniers right? I remember flying in one

yes. The Indian Airlines subsidiary Vayudoot.
by nandakumar
29 Jun 2017 12:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4242
Views: 263438

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Doesn't IA run unprofitable routes solely due to being a govt entity and service like railways is implied? If AI goes private then unions will :(( Heck even for madras airport modernisation the unions went :(( and couldn't be done like hyd or blr. Forget about Hyderabad and Bengaluru which at least...
by nandakumar
29 Jun 2017 10:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4242
Views: 263438

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Tatas do seem to be interested. Tata Sons chairman did meet with senior government officials according to news reports. Ratan Tata calls the shots in Tata Sons. His passion for aviation business is well known.
by nandakumar
29 Jun 2017 09:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1246
Views: 148247

Re: India's Power Sector

nandakumar, You posted in the wrong thread. It should go in the telecom thread. I was responding to the specific point that if only all appliances can be designed to use low voltage DC current it is a cost efficient solution for solar power. I mentioned Jhunjhunwala's track record in telecom where ...
by nandakumar
28 Jun 2017 20:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1246
Views: 148247

Re: India's Power Sector

The problem with Ashok Jhunjunwala approach is this. He has an idea which is just short of MNC technology in terms of output. But he persuades the powers that be that what he has is what the country needs. The newspapers give a big build up. The Govt is paralysed into taking any decision. The way he...
by nandakumar
20 Jun 2017 14:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1246
Views: 148247

Re: India's Power Sector

A novice question. Does the world have enough lithium reserves and I believe cobalt which too is required although in smaller quantity?
by nandakumar
03 Jun 2017 11:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality
Replies: 709
Views: 37231

Re: Climate Change: Propaganda Vs Reality

That is the bane of India. Here in TN the local politicians are loath to let go of control. As a result long after the transmission infrastructure for Southern regional grid was put in place the TNEB refused to connect with the southern grid. By islanding the windmills they were able to generate kic...
by nandakumar
01 Jun 2017 10:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1005
Views: 58124

Re: Solar energy in India

Theo Fidel
Good to see you back in action. Your posts have been valuable in the past. I had benefited from it.
by nandakumar
01 Apr 2017 16:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421806

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

India did do QE, of a kind. Unlike the US where the Fed bought toxic assets. India expanded public expenditure at the cost of increasing fiscal deficit. This was part of a G20 consensus way back in 2008. The US was very keen that all G20 countries participate so that their EQ stimulus doesn't hurt t...

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