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by nandakumar
26 May 2018 14:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1665
Views: 185857

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: 1393
Views: 196755

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: 1393
Views: 196755

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: 403
Views: 34880

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: 1156
Views: 126836

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: 2324
Views: 255600

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: 2324
Views: 255600

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: 2324
Views: 255600

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: 3932
Views: 617881

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: 1393
Views: 196755

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: 1665
Views: 185857

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: 1393
Views: 196755

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: 4179
Views: 282631

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: 1384
Views: 166634

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: 1393
Views: 196755

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: 1020
Views: 84642

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: 1020
Views: 84642

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: 1579
Views: 192489

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: 1579
Views: 192489

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: 1393
Views: 196755

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: 1248
Views: 152816

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: 2324
Views: 255600

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: 207705

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: 1665
Views: 185857

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.
http://data.imf.org/?sk=E6A5F467-C14B-4 ... 09EC4E62A4
by nandakumar
27 Feb 2018 10:36
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1665
Views: 185857

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

https://idsa.in/idsacomments/the-coming-of-the-petroyuan_srdadwal_220218 The author is making a fundamental mistake. The EU consists of a number independent nation with separate parliaments, budgets and memberships of the U.N. So trade between these nations constitute external trade and figures in e...
by nandakumar
22 Feb 2018 16:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terrorist State of Pakistan - Multimedia Links
Replies: 2704
Views: 269645

Re: Terrorist State of Pakistan - Multimedia Links

An article in The Diplomat quotes from Steve Coll's book (Americas's Secret Wars in Pakistan and Afghanistan) that the 2014 terrorist attack on the ship (PNS Zuliquar) was motivated by the fact that they wanted seize control of a ship with a nuclear capable missile. But it expresses doubts about whe...
by nandakumar
21 Feb 2018 09:11
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 1665
Views: 185857

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

well well well.... China Dropped Its One-Child Policy. So Why Aren’t Chinese Women Having More Babies? http://comment-news.com/source/www.nytimes.com/2018/02/20/opinion/china-women-birthrate-rights.html/ The government’s latest demographic program has unmistakably eugenic undertones. Not a very ser...
by nandakumar
13 Feb 2018 14:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 4562
Views: 684036

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Meanwhile there is a news report of a blast at Cochin Shipyard in which four people died. The blast occurred in an ONGC Offshore vessel. More details are awaited.
by nandakumar
12 Feb 2018 21:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1393
Views: 196755

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

IIM study finds 15 million jobs created every year. http://www.financialexpress.com/economy/modi-vindicated-as-iim-study-debunks-jobless-growth-theory-says-15-million-added-to-labour-force-yearly/1018590/ I think the FE story is confused between 'Labour Force' and 'Participation rate'. The latter r...
by nandakumar
10 Jan 2018 21:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Arihant (ATV) News and Discussion -2
Replies: 4096
Views: 589304

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: 1277
Views: 110552

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: 1277
Views: 110552

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: 1665
Views: 185857

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: 432
Views: 47971

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: 61
Views: 5388

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: 213311

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: 4360
Views: 298368

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: 468692

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: 468692

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 ...

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