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by arshyam
15 Nov 2017 07:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: GST - Discussion on all aspects.
Replies: 539
Views: 47027

Re: GST - Discussion on all aspects.

I don't see anything wrong with 0% tax on unprocessed food and some x% on processed food products. The processing is an industrial activity and should attract tax, whereas raw food, while also an industry in its own right, is closer to people's day to day lives and we should be careful in adding som...
by arshyam
14 Nov 2017 18:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: GST - Discussion on all aspects.
Replies: 539
Views: 47027

Re: GST - Discussion on all aspects.

Err, debit card fees are annual. Wish folks can do basic verification before posting... [Added l8r] The default card that comes with a savings account has no fee. It does not have a name, so it is not personalized. If one wants a personalized card, there are options with the above mentioned annual f...
by arshyam
28 Oct 2017 08:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3203
Views: 432197

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

I hope they get cracking on the follow-on for the Vikrant at least. Let's get to the long-awaited 3-carrier force, and then revisit the nuke option - hopefully with more money on the table then, and we'll have more data on how the Arihant class reactors performed.
by arshyam
19 Oct 2017 05:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Shubh Deepavali!
Replies: 23
Views: 1047

Re: Shubh Deepavali!

Happy Deepavali, BRFites!
by arshyam
08 Oct 2017 10:16
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 819
Views: 140454

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

And... as expected, they didn't let me down. Well done, DD. "Correcta kotta vittutanga" (dropped the ball as expected)
by arshyam
08 Oct 2017 10:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 819
Views: 140454

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Watching the flight display right now, and am fully expecting DD to screw it up as usual (anti-jinx).
by arshyam
05 Oct 2017 19:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

I think AP is even better than TN is providing better built buses and generaly cleaner environments. But it doesnt matter. Road transport is managed by state governments. And is generally excellent in southern states. Agreed. TN hasn't invested in its public transport of late, thanks to its focus i...
by arshyam
05 Oct 2017 19:07
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

If you are talking about HDI then TN is better. As you can see in my reply, I was only talking about public transport. vina saar made some points about HDI, etc., on which I have no comment. I believe the ORR is still incomplete. Hyd I believe started later and finished it. Beliefs are easily verif...
by arshyam
05 Oct 2017 16:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

From my experience there 2 TN 1) Dirty filthy and congested -> i.e CHennai 2) Cleaner better kept cities -> rets of TN. Vina or Arshyam will not travel to Sowcarpet, Cheptet, Vyasarpadi, Kodambakkam, West Mambalam,T Nagar, Periamet etc especially during peak hours or do their Deepavali shopping in ...
by arshyam
05 Oct 2017 07:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Chennai old part is congested. New part is largely unplanned. One ECR and one OMR I believe and a ring road perpetually in making. Nothing much to shout about. Countryside not much different from even AP. You have to move out of your comfort zone to explore the country. Chennai has 3 ring roads ( I...
by arshyam
01 Oct 2017 23:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2054
Views: 176881

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

I was in Chennai central yesterday and needed to take a leak. A brightly lit toilet beckoned - 2 rupees, well maintained and clean. Most importantly, no smell. This is in one of the most dirtiest stations on IR. So there is hope. Another anecdote - family travelling on the Kacheguda-Chennai express ...
by arshyam
27 Sep 2017 06:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Even if GoI pushes in a stimulus, most of the money could go in increasing Chinese imports Infra: Chinese steel, cement products undercutting local companies FYI India slaps countervailing duty on some Chinese steel products - DNA India has slapped countervailing duty for a period of five years on ...
by arshyam
21 Sep 2017 19:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Mass Rapid Transit in India
Replies: 1455
Views: 88931

Re: Mass Rapid Transit in India

^^ which city was that saar, if you don't mind? Sounds too go to be true :mrgreen:
by arshyam
18 Sep 2017 18:31
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 823
Views: 7734

Re: BR Forum Feedback

^^ Too flippant, don't you think? Best leave the ranks to those who really earned it...
by arshyam
14 Sep 2017 09:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India and Japan: News and Discussion
Replies: 1946
Views: 109892

Re: India and Japan: News and Discussion

Looks like Japan also has its share of congi types in it's media. Not everyone is supportive of Abe's muscular policies. The pacifist lobby is also strong is what I understand.
by arshyam
14 Sep 2017 08:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7668
Views: 512168

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Mort Walker wrote:I wonder what Rajan is being paid for these speeches? If I were GoI, I would cancel his passport and let him become a US citizen. Then ban him from ever getting an Indian visa.

That seems a bit drastic. Why do say so?
by arshyam
14 Sep 2017 07:29
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Chakra joins IN - Where is the Mithai?
Replies: 301
Views: 17852

Re: INS Chakra joins IN - Where is the Mithai?

I assume 2.5B includes some sort of hidden ToT for the Indian SSN programme else sounds unbelievably high for a single sub lease Modi had eye on Yasen submarine, but Putin can't spare it plus Russian mic is overstretched in building these superboats. Some of the tech will be slipped into the Shucka...
by arshyam
14 Sep 2017 07:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7668
Views: 512168

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

As an ex-central bank governor, he should know better when to speak and when not to. Mumbai was curiously quiet during the UPA days, but became sort of hyperactive during NDA. And now this publicity tour for discussing monetary policy almost right after he left Mumbai leaves a poor taste. By contras...
by arshyam
09 Sep 2017 04:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2054
Views: 176881

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^ You are referring to the ACD suraksha kavach developed by KR. It is operational in KR and NFR (Siliguri to Guwahati, iirc). It is effective, but in single line stretches only, given the accuracy of GPS (it can't tell which track has the running train). There was a plan to expand its deployment to...
by arshyam
08 Sep 2017 20:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2054
Views: 176881

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

They just need to double down on the E-DFC and take the pressure off the mainline route through Kanpur and Allahabad.
by arshyam
07 Sep 2017 22:11
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: BR Forum Feedback
Replies: 823
Views: 7734

Re: BR Forum Feedback

^^ 2200 for Oldie.
by arshyam
06 Sep 2017 07:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: GST - Discussion on all aspects.
Replies: 539
Views: 47027

Re: GST - Discussion on all aspects.

^^ +1 to Gus's request. It's very useful for us non-business folk to understand how this works out in reality.
by arshyam
05 Sep 2017 07:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Looks like the logistics industry is happy with the way GST has rolled out so far: Moving to the faster lane - M. K. Agarwal, The Hindu We are in times of outstanding significance and consequence for our nation. The start of the GST era is already upon us with the law coming into effect July 1 onwar...
by arshyam
05 Sep 2017 07:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Moving things back on track... RBI gives HDFC Bank 'too big to fail' status along with SBI and ICICI - Reuters via TNIE MUMBAI: Reserve Bank of India (RBI) has added HDFC Bank to a list of "domestic systemically important banks", or the equivalent of "too big to fail", according ...
by arshyam
05 Sep 2017 07:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

^^ Suraj saar, a request: please delete the previous ones as well. It's quite nauseating to read, frankly. Looking at the flurry of posts, I came here to see some more gyan from disha and vina saars, and got this with my morning cuppa :((.

Oh, and please delete this post of mine too if you'd like.
by arshyam
03 Sep 2017 18:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3
Replies: 1133
Views: 87631

Re: Indian Nuclear Submarines -3

We also have an operational ELF facility at INS Kattabomman, this new one must be a backup (?). It opened in 2014 per this Diplomat article link though, and The Hindu article itself alludes to it. This thread's previous avatar had this discussion with a Janes report from 2013 which mentioned the fac...
by arshyam
31 Aug 2017 07:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2054
Views: 176881

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

^^ ICF coaches are also non-telescoping. Telescoping means that in the event of an accident, coaches collapse in the horizontal axis into each other (like a telescope), which of course, leads to a greater loss of lives. One of the original rationales for the current 'ICF' design coaches was that it ...
by arshyam
28 Aug 2017 22:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 759965

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

Frankly, having followed this thread closely, it amazes me to see the lack confidence we have in ourselves even after 200+ pages. "Modi didn't punch 11, so we lost", "Baahubali didn't shout at Bhalla", "What if they do it they do it again?", "what happens at night ...
by arshyam
25 Aug 2017 09:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Malegaon blasts and the limits of fake secularism
Replies: 1000
Views: 62809

Re: Malegaon blasts and the limits of fake secularism

^^ You should see the emphatic way in which he says that in his NewsX interview. Link was posted above by someone... I too had the same thought - here's a person wrongly in jail for almost 10 years, a serving officer to boot, and the public wondering how the Army could let this happen to one of thei...
by arshyam
23 Aug 2017 18:44
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Malegaon blasts and the limits of fake secularism
Replies: 1000
Views: 62809

Re: Malegaon blasts and the limits of fake secularism

NewsX is announcing an interview of Col. Purohit at 7PM, please tune in if you can.
by arshyam
20 Aug 2017 21:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?
Replies: 1375
Views: 139899

Re: Latest Chinese boast: should we shiver or die laughing?

^^^ That video was a MAJOR self-goal for the Chinese. Finally loud-mouthed Chinese are getting to see what the world really thinks of them - spoiled brats, that's what. I honestly can't imagine another nation as delusional, and as short-sightedly complacent as China is today. And it reflects perfec...
by arshyam
20 Aug 2017 20:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2054
Views: 176881

Re: The Great Indian Political Drama July 14th 2017

If true, that's serious negligence. The drivers usually gets a list of caution orders when he starts the route and he has to sign his acceptance of the list. The list is to be prepared by the controller of that track section and presumably vetted by multiple people .... These news reports indicate ...
by arshyam
20 Aug 2017 07:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2054
Views: 176881

Re: The Great Indian Political Drama July 14th 2017

^^ If true, that's serious negligence. The drivers usually gets a list of caution orders when he starts the route and he has to sign his acceptance of the list. The list is to be prepared by the controller of that track section and presumably vetted by multiple people. The drivers are usually certif...
by arshyam
18 Aug 2017 06:37
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7668
Views: 512168

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

I don't see 2000 notes coming from ATMs in BLR anymore. Only 500s and 100s. Anyone else seeing this?
by arshyam
15 Aug 2017 11:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4541
Views: 391366

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

^^ Rattling the cage, saar? :)
by arshyam
13 Aug 2017 22:01
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3203
Views: 432197

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

CNN-News18 Travels to INS Sindhudhvaj to See How Sailors Live Inside the Submarine Just saw it on TV. These TV buggers seemed to have lifted off a lot of clips from the Ghazi Attack film and didn't have the decency to credit it. And the lady interviewer asking about torpedo drills (paraphrasing, em...
by arshyam
08 Aug 2017 07:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Mass Rapid Transit in India
Replies: 1455
Views: 88931

Re: Mass Rapid Transit in India

It's interesting to see the reactions to a mildly +ve posts on BLR. Immediately, people take an example of one stretch here and there and try to counter my argument about BLR's platforms. I know it is received wisdom on BRF to say all is bad in BLR, and it is true in many areas. But no harm in appre...
by arshyam
08 Aug 2017 07:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Mass Rapid Transit in India
Replies: 1455
Views: 88931

Re: Mass Rapid Transit in India

Shyam this is somewhat dramatic - but I had to take a day off yesterday as I had a fall when my foot went into a small ditch while walking from Mantri Mall Metro station towards High Grounds. I have a black eye now. Ouch. Sorry to hear that sir. Hope you are better now. I had a similar incident nea...
by arshyam
04 Aug 2017 22:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Mass Rapid Transit in India
Replies: 1455
Views: 88931

Re: Mass Rapid Transit in India

^^ Agreed, but that's no excuse for poor footpath infrastructure.
by arshyam
04 Aug 2017 22:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Mass Rapid Transit in India
Replies: 1455
Views: 88931

Re: Mass Rapid Transit in India

What I WOULD recommend people to do is to WALK (it is great , believe me), and if not get a bicycle and park near the metro. Worst case, if you MUST, get a two wheeler (motorbike/scooter) and park and take the train. Nothing like it. Trouble is don't look to park NEXT to the metro and take the trai...

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