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by member_27845
17 Jun 2016 09:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 601210

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Total abolishment of income tax might be a tad too radical and also without merit Just a few supporting arguments for total abolishment in the link below ( but I am not for it ) http://www.firstpost.com/business/economy/go-ahead-mr-modi-heres-the-case-for-abolishing-income-tax-1324061.html But a rat...
by member_27845
15 Jun 2016 18:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II
Replies: 4037
Views: 165771

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II

NYTimes editorial. http://www.nytimes.com/2016/06/14/opinion/a-deepening-partnership-with-india.html ^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^^ The reason for this reasonable editorial is in the penultimate para : "The two sides also announced plans to complete a deal under which India will buy six nuclear reactors f...
by member_27845
13 Jun 2016 19:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II
Replies: 4037
Views: 165771

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II

Having been interrogated by the FBI in 2013 , it is surprising that he was able to buy an assault rifle + a gun and didn't set off a red flag Unless he did so with a fake ID The FEDs and intelligence agencies dropped the ball on this one No fake id is needed. Terrorists can buy guns legally under c...
by member_27845
13 Jun 2016 10:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II
Replies: 4037
Views: 165771

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II

Having been interrogated by the FBI in 2013 , it is surprising that he was able to buy an assault rifle + a gun and didn't set off a red flag

Unless he did so with a fake ID

The FEDs and intelligence agencies dropped the ball on this one
by member_27845
27 Apr 2016 18:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests (09-08-2014)
Replies: 651
Views: 40330

Re: Indian Interests (09-08-2014)

^^^

This is as per the kural

Anyway , if you are strong enough , they will necessarily have to be friendly to you
by member_27845
27 Apr 2016 18:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Interests (09-08-2014)
Replies: 651
Views: 40330

Re: Indian Interests (09-08-2014)

The following kural succinctly defines the 6 attributes of a great power : குறள் 381 படைகுடி கூழமைச்சு நட்பரண் ஆறும் உடையான் அரசரு ளேறு A brave / strong army , patriotic and intelligent citizens , endless wealth , ministers who work for the welfare of the nation , friendly neighbouring states , and ...
by member_27845
28 Mar 2016 18:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 260786

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

While we are at it , how come there are no crashes of the Mig 21s or Bisons any more , at least in the last 2-3 years ?

I would think that they are still being flown in training missions at the same rate as before

So have they become more air worthy or there are fewer pilot errors ?
by member_27845
12 Feb 2016 08:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 601210

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

IMO assets of the big defaulters should be confiscated to make at least partially recovery. One such big defaulter is Vijay Mallya. The BIGGER defaulter by FAR is Air India and the govt insists on throwing tax payers money continually into that bottomless pit. Liquidate Air India. Sell off /Liquida...
by member_27845
27 Jan 2016 10:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 260786

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

This $11 billion is a huge red herring to get us to accept $7 billion which will be presented as a fait accompli At a $100 mil a pop , the deal value should be approx $3.6 bil , so the French coming down to $7 bil is now seen as a big climbdown This is a mega scam in the making - sorry , cant explai...
by member_27845
27 Jan 2016 09:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 260786

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

There is no issue regarding political capital being invested in this deal ... <snip> It IS now all about political capital actually ... to make good of a promise made by the PM. I think the PM should worry about his political capital with the Indian public , rather than some vague assurance to the ...
by member_27845
27 Jan 2016 08:42
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 260786

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

There is no issue regarding political capital being invested in this deal , at any rate far less than that invested by MMS in the US nuke deal , and see where that stands ( at least wrt to the US ): Modi went to Paris once and in turn Hollande was chief guest here , more as solidarity with the Frenc...
by member_27845
26 Jan 2016 09:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 260786

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

11 Billion for 36 aircraft is 305 mil per aircraft !! Even 7 billion is 195 mil per aircraft !! If each aircraft was supposed to cost 100 Mil , the deal should be valued at 3.6 Bil , instead now it is 2x , 3x multiples I just hope we ditch the deal and focus in MKIs and LCA mix for the medium term f...
by member_27845
25 Jan 2016 08:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015
Replies: 3973
Views: 260786

Re: IAF Rafale News and Discussions - 26 May 2015

Should we just focus on the future , which is presumably away from manned aircraft ? Just put our money into air defense systems , missile systems and UAVs ? http://www.nationalinterest.org/blog/the-buzz/are-us-fighter-jets-about-become-obsolete-12612 http://gizmodo.com/us-navy-secretary-wants-to-st...
by member_27845
20 Jan 2016 08:28
Forum: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions
Replies: 1820
Views: 300899

Re: MBT Arjun - News and Discussions

If the weight of Arjun is a deal breaker for IA , then maybe DRDO / CVRDE can offer bridge manufacturing + logistics as an integrated battlefield solution to the IA to overcome their apprehensions
by member_27845
14 Jan 2016 11:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II
Replies: 4037
Views: 165771

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II

What exactly has Obama achieved in his 8 year tenure ? Just 3-5 major achievements would suffice ? I can only think of Obamacare - but I am not sure if this is an achievement !! For someone who was dubbed THE ONE , like some kinda messiah , it would be interesting to take stock list his major achiev...
by member_27845
23 Nov 2015 10:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 4036
Views: 321698

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

Maybe the MOD can set up a new Bharat Rakshak Force ( BRF ) made up of army + air force units that would be purely kitted with indigenous products such as INSAS / EXCALIBUR / ARJUN / LCA

And take the funds out of current IA/IAF budgets to finance this new unit
by member_27845
14 Nov 2015 14:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc)
Replies: 795
Views: 33781

Re: Terrorist Attack in Paris

what is the diversity, income disparity and ethno/religious tinderbox in switzerland? almost zero. they dont take in immigrants or refugees. The point is , its not just about gun ownership alone BTW , Switzerland has taken in quite a no of migrants from Bosnia / Slovakia etc , you can see these guy...
by member_27845
14 Nov 2015 13:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Re: The Levant crisis.(Israel,SYRIA,Lebanon,etc)
Replies: 795
Views: 33781

Re: Terrorist Attack in Paris

Giving easy access to guns will make no difference other than non terror related crime going up, what is needed is better humint assets, and the ability to punish perps where it hurts most...pureland All Swiss men who have underwent National Training get to keep their automatic weapons at their hom...
by member_27845
02 Nov 2015 12:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: 2015 FIDE World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship
Replies: 37
Views: 2276

Re: 2015 FIDE World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship

Chennai has an active chess club scene and there are many chess classes being held for children Also the TNCA holds a regular schedule of chess ratings competitions at various centres More than all these , credit is due to the dedicated parents who spare no effort or expense in developing their kids...
by member_27845
31 Oct 2015 14:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 973
Views: 69281

Re: BR Forum Feedback

My post count seems stuck at 95 for some reason :(
by member_27845
30 Oct 2015 09:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Watch Thread-I
Replies: 815
Views: 98158

Re: China Watch Thread-I

[quote="Singha"]China to allow all couples two children to counter aging population It's too late - to reverse the trend Chinese women ( like all educated women elsewhere ) will restrict the number of children they have to 1 ( rarely 2 ) In more developed and materialistic countries like S...
by member_27845
28 Oct 2015 15:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-2014)
Replies: 3715
Views: 354348

Re: Islamism & Islamophobia Abroad - News & Analysis (9-8-20

GunterH wrote:Trump 4 El Presidente !

Burqa means no need for makeup : Trump


Absolutely brilliant - trivialise all things Malsi and make them squirm
His approach - that he does not wish to debate Burkha wearing is correct - why get involved , when they are digging their own graves
by member_27845
26 Oct 2015 12:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: 2015 FIDE World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship
Replies: 37
Views: 2276

Re: 2015 FIDE World Youth & Cadets Chess Championship

SwamyG : all the very best to your kids !!
by member_27845
11 Sep 2015 10:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: States News and Discussions
Replies: 1144
Views: 118811

Re: States News and Discussions

KL work attitude is legendary I was based in Cochin for a period of time and thoroughly enjoyed the place , except for this one little thing viz work culture I will just give 2 examples : There was this promising young sales rep and as a way of motivating him , I told him that if he continued the go...
by member_27845
06 Sep 2015 18:42
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: States News and Discussions
Replies: 1144
Views: 118811

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

What's this cattle class business ?? Fyi - most of the unskilled jobs ( temp jobs in factories , restaurants , construction etc ) are done by migrant workers from Bihar / UP / Orissa etc It's difficult to find local workers for low paying jobs I think posters who have commented about TN above have a...
by member_27845
21 Aug 2015 08:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4011
Views: 678120

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

The PKR has been strengthening against the INR over the last 5 years - consistently It is now around 1.55 to the INR as against 1.90 in 2011 http://www.xe.com/currencycharts/?from=INR&to=PKR&view=5Y It just shows how much the INR has weakened against the USD ( an astounding 50% over the last...
by member_27845
21 Aug 2015 08:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 157645

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

Japan Post is actually a huge savings bank as well as an insurance company
Postal revenues are a small part of its total turnover
by member_27845
11 Aug 2015 11:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1274
Views: 170030

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

I think Vina ji won the bet with a 50center that Indian will have higher GDP growth than China by 2015 @CNNMoney: By our estimates, the fastest growing economies this year will be: #India #Qatar #China http://t.co/Oz2iHfyrWx http://t.co/ZiIMleUKH3 This is no cause for satisfaction The Chinese econo...
by member_27845
13 Jul 2015 05:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 157645

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

IIP is calculated on volume basis IIRC , so there could be some difference betweeen the volume growths reflected by IIP whereas the tax collections might capture any price increases ( inflation effect ) and hence be more , so it's possible that both figures might be right - JMT
by member_27845
12 Jul 2015 08:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4280
Views: 297801

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

[The other funny thing is that per the Money conversion as of March 25, the Euro was only $1.09, but now it is $1.2? How, if the USD has been going up and the Oiro down? All seems like Madarssa math to me. UB : the euro has been trading at 1.09-1.11 to the Dollar for last 4 months You probably saw ...
by member_27845
09 Jul 2015 07:54
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II
Replies: 4037
Views: 165771

Re: India-US Relations : News and Discussion- II

Poor Bobby. Just a little too much Gora for the home crowd. And just too, too ambitious. India / Indians never did form the home crowd for Bobby Jindal : TSJ is just being a smartaleck as usual His home crowd is white Christian folks in the US And I remember watching this moron's reply to one of Ob...
by member_27845
08 Jul 2015 18:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1274
Views: 170030

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

http://www.livemint.com/Politics/fgtow0fZMi9y61UDwSyfpI/So-far-the-Modi-government-has-done-nothing-but-talk-Jim-R.html Jim Rogers : " How do you see China—mid and long term? I bought Chinese shares last week, even though it was going through the roof. China might be my largest position. China ...
by member_27845
29 Jun 2015 09:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3757
Views: 257499

Re: Indian Education System

^^^ For most of our history any type of education, esp. modern education was actively denied at the pain of death to the majority. And you did not need any macaulay to do that. We did it to ourselves. Theo : can you back up the above statement with any shred of evidence ? " at the pain of deat...
by member_27845
16 Jun 2015 16:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 479
Views: 61223

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

We should basically drive the hawkers, vendors, encroachers and others out of the sidewalks in the cities. Only then we will have some semblance of sanity and cleanliness.[/quote] This part , I totally agree with. The only ( half ) decent road in Chennai is the Cathedral Road ( that too only till Ci...
by member_27845
16 Jun 2015 06:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 157645

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

I would like to make some more comments : How is that EU / Japan / US and even China have near zero inflation or even deflation , at near zero interest rates ? Rate cuts or increases can only halt the momentum of inflationary changes . But the structural or underlying causes will determine actual ba...
by member_27845
16 Jun 2015 06:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 157645

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

Got to disagree on most above points Asset bubbles are caused by money supply + low interest rates ( meaning really low , not these reluctant cuts that RR is doing ) Inflation will pick up soon , dont worry : the main cause was reduced crude prices which also strengthened the INR , making all import...
by member_27845
15 Jun 2015 18:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3980
Views: 157645

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

RR has consistently adopted a cautious approach in easing interest rates ( he displays a pretty dogmatic attitude ) so much so that its a case of too little too late when he cuts rates in drips Now with inflation ticking up again the window for dramatic lowering of rates is probably gone ( with an e...
by member_27845
13 Jun 2015 11:35
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 375011

Re: Indian Railways Thread

what would be the cost of travel on bullet vs current first class even? Typically as much as an air ticket for the same sector ( I am talking about Tokyo-Osaka or the Seoul-Busan trips ) The real benefit is in frequency of the trains and surprisingly the time saved ( if you take a flight , you will...
by member_27845
08 Jun 2015 17:46
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions
Replies: 3980
Views: 180894

Re: LCA Tejas: News and Discussions

If the IA / IAF brass want $$$ / Natashas / etc , I think DRDO / HAL / Avadi should have the budget to take care of these needs , if it helps in getting orders for desi products. The DRDO / HAL / Avadi should ensure customer " satisfaction " in all respects and not just product design and ...
by member_27845
08 Jun 2015 10:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Achievement Tracking - Modi 2.0 Govt - No Discussions
Replies: 1211
Views: 244774

Re: Achievement tracking - Modi Govt. No discussions

Two major " achievements " are both non-negatives

The absence of corruption ( so far ) and absence of terror incidents aimed at the public ( leaving aside the attacks on armed forces in J&K and NE )

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