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by Uttam
29 Oct 2020 03:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Replies: 663
Views: 129659

Re: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry

Sugarcane is also water intensive crop. All the more reason to not lean on sugar.
by Uttam
29 Oct 2020 01:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Replies: 663
Views: 129659

Re: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry

Sugar consumption stagnant in India; need to bust myths about its use: Govt Joint secretary in the food ministry Subodh Kumar Singh said there is “a campaign against sugar and sugar products in India that they are harmful and are the main cause of obesity and diabetes”. “We are a sugar producing co...
by Uttam
23 Oct 2020 22:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837053

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

COVID-19 vaccine: Bharat Biotech to conduct Phase-3 trials in 26,000 volunteers BharatBiotech,which is into developing Covaxin, a vaccine candidate for COVID-19,on Friday said it has successfully completed interim analysis of Phase I and II trials and is initiating Phase-III trials in 26,000 partic...
by Uttam
23 Oct 2020 20:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1643
Views: 292105

Re: India's Power Sector

Surprise! India Is Leaping Ahead in Clean Energy No country will contribute more to the rise in global carbon emissions than India. Energy consumption among its 1.4 billion people is rising fast, with 65 percent of the country’s electrical power currently generated from coal. The world’s filthiest ...
by Uttam
23 Oct 2020 00:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Somebody posted a news about this article in strategy forum. I gathered info from the article. Here it is: Title: Comparison of the costs and benefits of the Clean India Mission Journal: World Development (this is fairly well-known journal in the field of developmental economic, meaning it publishes...
by Uttam
15 Oct 2020 23:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Another green-shoot India’s exports turn positive in September; up 6% at USD 27.58 billion The country's imports contracted 19.6 per cent to USD 30.31 billion in September. It was USD 37.69 billion in the same month last year. The trade deficit narrowed to USD 2.72 billion, compared to a shortfall o...
by Uttam
02 Oct 2020 22:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5238
Views: 969358

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

Cross-posted with few more nuggets: The Imperial Overreach of China’s Belt and Road Initiative Xi Jinping’s signature foreign project is poorly defined, badly mismanaged and visibly failing Pundits often describe today’s China as uber-strategic, seeing its every move as carefully coordinated, guided...
by Uttam
02 Oct 2020 22:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - November 11, 2019
Replies: 1936
Views: 468106

Re: Terroristan - November 11, 2019

The Imperial Overreach of China’s Belt and Road Initiative Xi Jinping’s signature foreign project is poorly defined, badly mismanaged and visibly failing Pundits often describe today’s China as uber-strategic, seeing its every move as carefully coordinated, guided by history and focused on the long...
by Uttam
01 Oct 2020 21:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

A few green shoots: Manufacturing activity expands at fastest pace in 8 years in September: PMI The Nikkei Manufacturing Purchasing Managers' Index, compiled by IHS Markit, jumped to 56.8 in September from 52.0 in August Petrol demand returns to pre-Covid-19 levels, diesel sales inching up India's p...
by Uttam
14 Jul 2020 19:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (15-11-2017)
Replies: 5238
Views: 969358

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

From USNews.com Pompeo: U.S. to Take a Stand Against China in South China Sea SECRETARY OF STATE MIKE Pompeo on Monday ramped up pressure against China over its contested territorial claims in the South China Sea, saying the U.S. would break from its prior de facto neutrality and condemning as "...
by Uttam
14 Jul 2020 19:38
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 968188

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020

From USNews.Com China Denies Funerals for Soldiers Killed in India Skirmish: Source THE CHINESE GOVERNMENT is pressuring the families of soldiers who died in a violent border clash with India in June not to conduct burials and in-person funeral ceremonies in an attempt to cover up an episode that Be...
by Uttam
07 Jul 2020 23:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

#Reform Govt eases export, import process; lays out ‘Turant Customs’ plan for faster clearance In an effort to smoothen the process of imports and exports in India, the government has introduced a contactless process, which would enhance the in-house testing capability of the customs. M Ajit Kumar, ...
by Uttam
13 May 2020 21:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837053

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

This link between Vitm D and COVID-19 related mortality seems to me the age old causation versus correlation problem. Do people with low Vitm D have higher death rates due to COVID-19, thus two are correlated ? OR does lower Vitm D causes more death rates in among COVID-19 patients? Italy provided t...
by Uttam
08 May 2020 20:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 8119
Views: 1079840

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

No, it’s a problem . Petty and parochial resentment, and rhetoric prevents the forum from developing the necessary unemotional abstract throught needed to consider what happens to national politics when the vast majority of the population aren’t on the margins of destitution . They may be cash and ...
by Uttam
08 May 2020 20:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Suraj wrote:Please do post suggestions like this on the Twitter feed of the UP CM, or any similar means. Now's a time when people are receptive to ideas and have the space to implement them too.


I have done that a few times but usually via email to senior officials. Some day I will open a twitter account!
by Uttam
08 May 2020 00:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

I Agriculture remains incredibly stifled by the heavy hand of regulation and state control. Based on some personal experience in UP, there are two huge challenges in front of the agri-economy in UP. 1) Land reforms. Over time land was divided among farmer's offspring, and then further divided and f...
by Uttam
07 May 2020 23:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Here is another news of a very significant reform in UP.

UP: Mandi tax on 46 fruits, vegetables abolished

From the article: Farmers will save 2% tax as well as 15% handling losses due unnecessary loading and unloading.
by Uttam
02 May 2020 01:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Suraj wrote:

Uttam: USA is no longer AAA sovereign rated at S&P. They're down to AA+ now. Moody's still has them Aaa. Not that it matters to them.


That's correct. And it didn't bode well for the S&P analyst who led the effort to downgrade US.
by Uttam
01 May 2020 21:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Not sure, but suspect that it has to do with income per person (GNP). Anyone know how much impact credit rating has on interest ? Look at the column called Adj. Default Spread on this webpage http://pages.stern.nyu.edu/~adamodar/New_Home_Page/datafile/ctryprem.html . Adj. Default Spread = Interest ...
by Uttam
01 May 2020 18:52
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Not from economics or finance background. But in the year 2016-17 while taking decision to invest in stocks of credit rating agency (CRISIL/ ICRA/CARE) did good amount of reading about them & subsequently made some money also. ....................................... This is really good informat...
by Uttam
01 May 2020 01:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Suraj, bar setting up our own agency, is there any way to basically bypass and show S&P, Moody and Fitch their place? They are basically holding our entire economic growth hostage. I am not as well informed as Suraj, but I'll give it a try. Ultimately, it depends on who do the investors trust. ...
by Uttam
29 Apr 2020 23:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

While "artificially low" (my opinion) credit rating for India has not impeded availability of debt, it has been detrimental in keeping interest rates high for govt and corporate borrowers in India. Higher interest rates in turn make project financing more expensive, which reduces the amoun...
by Uttam
29 Apr 2020 00:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Is the coupon rate tied to ratings or do the central bank etc have an option of amending that if it fills the rating is unfair ? Complete novice here, so .... Issuers (=borrower) assign a coupon rate such that the bond is sold at par, meaning neither at discount nor at premium. For example a bond w...
by Uttam
28 Apr 2020 19:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

I have lost faith in credit rating agencies. Not that I trusted them much in terms of fully assessing credit risk. They are really discriminatory in their dealings with India versus western nations. Here is an example: India's rating could come under pressure if fiscal outlook worsens: Fitch Fitch R...
by Uttam
27 Apr 2020 21:02
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019
Replies: 3626
Views: 1086841

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A: News & Discussions: 23 February 2019

GE Bet on Aviation to Pull Through Its Troubles; Then Coronavirus Hit [Mods: please feel free to delete or move if not appropriate for this thread] I never post on Military Issues as I know very little about them, though I love to read these threads. But I do have some expertise in Economics, Finan...
by Uttam
03 Apr 2020 00:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837053

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Extensive testing is costly and wastage of resources.. Thank you sharing your very informed thoughts. Here is another data point that bolsters your point. The testing in the US is giving about 33% false negatives. Thus testing masses does not provide any assurance that it will curtail the spread of...
by Uttam
27 Mar 2020 01:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837053

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

This is from Spain


Rapid tests for coronaviruses purchased in China do not work well

Microbiology laboratories report that the tests acquired by the Government have a sensitivity of 30% when they should exceed 80%
by Uttam
24 Mar 2020 19:55
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837053

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

The following news is from Czech Republic. It is in local language. I used Google translator. Coronavirus rapid tests from China have an error rate of up to 80 percent Rapid tests with coronavirus detection in the Moravian-Silesian Region will not help much. Their error rate is about 80 percent. The...
by Uttam
16 Mar 2020 23:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7700
Views: 837053

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

High Temperature and High Humidity Reduce the Transmission of COVID-19 https://papers.ssrn.com/sol3/papers.cfm?abstract_id=3551767 Just a note regarding SSRN. Anybody can post an article on SSRN. Just because an article is posted on SSRN, it does not mean it is peer-reviewed or verified by any repu...
by Uttam
03 Mar 2020 20:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

BREAKING NEWS: U.S. Federal Reserve Cuts Interest Rates By Half Percentage Point Central bank lowers Fed-funds rate range to 1% to 1.25% Australia: The RBA lowered its benchmark cash rate by 25 basis points to a new record low of 0.50%, with central bank Governor Philip Lowe signaling further action...
by Uttam
06 Feb 2020 01:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

PMI figures for a single month are too noisy to be useful indicators. Same for IIP, CPI etc. For quite some time, I'd posted 3- and 6-month averaged IIP data on this thread to offer greater insight. However I've not done so for PMI and I don't know of anyone else who has. The 3-month trend definite...
by Uttam
01 Feb 2020 01:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The entire economic survey is here: Economic Survey of India 2019-20 Thank you! I have started reading it. The first one I focused is Chapter 7: Golden Jubilee of Bank Nationalisation: Taking Stock https://www.indiabudget.gov.in/economicsurvey/doc/vol1chapter/echap07_vol1.pdf The report rightfully ...
by Uttam
31 Jan 2020 21:15
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Here is another one from the Economic Survey. This absolutely needs to be addressed: According to the National Restaurants Association of India (NRAI), a total of 36 approvals are required to open a restaurant in Bengaluru, Delhi requires 26, and Mumbai 22. Moreover, Delhi and Kolkata also require a...
by Uttam
31 Jan 2020 21:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Tonnes of info in the Economic Survey. Here is one: "The IBC proceedings take 340 days on an average compared to 4.3 years earlier and resulted in recovery of 42.5 per cent amount involved compared to 14.5 per cent under SARFAESI Act," it said. https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/eco...
by Uttam
31 Jan 2020 03:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Another positive for Indian Economy is the drop in Gold demand.

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by Uttam
16 Jan 2020 21:15
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Uttam, GOI won't be able to do away with fuel/diesal taxes. It is one of their biggest revenue streams and until the GOI are able to collect income taxes from 80% of the population, the fuel/diesel is a indirect way (not perfect but still) of collecting the actual income tax from the 80% that don't...
by Uttam
16 Jan 2020 03:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Suraj wrote:Uttam: Great long post . Agree with all the points.


Thank you for your kind words.
by Uttam
16 Jan 2020 00:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5595
Views: 1187762

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

The transient state of economic formalization certainly played a big role in slowing down the economy. However, I wonder if we were a little too ambitious with inflation control. Very high real interest rates when banking sector was sitting on piles of worthless assets, probably had a bigger impact....

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