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by Malayappan
20 Dec 2017 20:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indus Water Treaty
Replies: 2976
Views: 320681

Re: Indus Water Treaty

Environment ministry’s panel clears 800 MW Bursar hydroelectric project in J&K The project, permitted under the Indus Water Treaty (IWT), is strategically important for India and its clearance is in line with the Indian government’s decision to step up exploitation of India’s share of water in ...
by Malayappan
06 Dec 2017 08:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1640
Views: 199063

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

U.S.-India Insight: Do Not Give Up on the Bilateral Investment Treaty Rationale for the BIT for the Indian Side: U.S. investors (including capital aggregators like pension fund managers and global life insurers ) are well aware of many recent cases where investors have seen reversals due to governm...
by Malayappan
26 Nov 2017 10:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 579
Views: 72041

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

In Egypt, Furious Retaliation but Failing Strategy in Sinai Egypt under (broader) West Asia? Taking that liberty and posting here! The twitter comment that directed to this article is worth quoting - by Richard Haas - Hard to read this without a strong sense of foreboding about Egypt. Large fast-gr...
by Malayappan
23 Nov 2017 12:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 579
Views: 72041

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

'American mercenaries are torturing' Saudi elite rounded up by new crown prince - and billionaire Prince Alwaleed was hung upside down 'just to send a message' The source said that Salman, often referred to by his initials MBS, is conducting some of the interrogations himself. 'When it's something ...
by Malayappan
12 Nov 2017 12:19
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 579
Views: 72041

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

If The Saudi Arabia Situation Doesn't Worry You, You're Not Paying Attention
The first part of the article contains stuff that has been covered here earlier, worth skimming but some interesting observations later on - especially on China.
by Malayappan
11 Nov 2017 16:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 579
Views: 72041

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Saudi Arabia forcibly detained Lebanon’s prime minister, sources say Interesting details - Hariri received an urgent call from MBS’s protocol team asking him to see the crown prince on Friday, Nov. 3, and spend the weekend with him. The Friday meeting didn’t happen, and Hariri stayed that night at ...
by Malayappan
10 Nov 2017 13:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 579
Views: 72041

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

EXCLUSIVE: Senior figures tortured and beaten in Saudi purge Some excerpts - One of the most famous is Prince Bandar bin Sultan, a former Saudi ambassador to Washington and confidant of former US President George W Bush.There is no word on his fate, but Saudi authorities said that one of the corrup...
by Malayappan
15 Oct 2017 21:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indus Water Treaty
Replies: 2976
Views: 320681

Re: Indus Water Treaty

In case you've been searching for news on the filling up of Kishanganga dam this year (I have been!) - A top district official said that 90% of the work has been completed as the 37-metre high dam has been filled with water . Link - 330 MW Kishen Ganga project may miss 2nd deadline “There are some w...
by Malayappan
12 Oct 2017 08:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4506
Views: 317615

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

UDAN routes ink massive 75 pct PLM An update on the UDAN scheme. Some interesting numbers! Good! load factor on the Chennai to Mysore routes is around 75%, while the same on the Hyderabad to Nanded route registers 67% on average. The occupancy levels on the Hyderabad to Kadappa route is around 65%
by Malayappan
06 Sep 2017 14:45
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 480452

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

https://twitter.com/CNBCTV18Live/status/905288977690886148

The video covers the speech of Sanjeev Sanyal in a seminar. Interesting insights on the way this government processes issues. Worth a watch - a bit less than 40 minutes long! Worth it!
by Malayappan
28 Aug 2017 08:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920374

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

This is worth reading. Some information nuggets! Apart from the headline 'impact' - Oppo, Vivo send Chinese expats home on low sales, high hostility Buyer resistance in some parts of northern India, Uttar Pradesh, Chhattisgarh and Odisha has prompted the parent companies to restrict front-office rol...
by Malayappan
18 Aug 2017 15:57
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4506
Views: 317615

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

One more round of new airline / aircraft/ services, this time in Rajasthan - New Jaipur-Kota flight to start from Friday; to be connected with Delhi soon The airline is Supreme Airlines. Seems to be operating with one Cessna aircraft, with Jaipur as the hub. website: https://supremeairlines.com/
by Malayappan
18 Aug 2017 13:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920374

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

This should make many on the board happy - Vietnam confirms purchase of cruise missiles from India Vietnam's government has confirmed it has taken delivery of a batch of short-range ramjet supersonic cruise missiles from India. She said the strategic comprehensive partnership between Vietnam and Ind...
by Malayappan
13 Aug 2017 12:52
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920374

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

Not strictly a "neutering the threat" issue but given the discussions in this thread, could be an interesting viewpoint. Monu Nallapat assesses that a 'neocon' faction in PLA is influenced by pakistan. Pak GHQ using PLA ‘neocons’ to damage India-China ties His suggested "way out"...
by Malayappan
13 Aug 2017 12:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1139
Views: 59627

Re: Indian Health Care Sector

Re Gorakhpur / Japanese Encephalitis - A long read but worth it if one wants to understand the problem or at least the dimensions to the problem - The Gorakhpur mystery Preventing the scale of deaths requires - - far higher capacity in diagnostics, and decentralised - far higher capacity of doctors ...
by Malayappan
09 Jul 2017 21:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Tracking India's Admission into International Groups & Bodies
Replies: 716
Views: 50278

Re: Tracking India's Admission into International Groups

NSG Bid - India trying to join Wassenaar Arrangement and Australia Group

Article says a team from Wassenaar Group visited India. No mention of a formal application done or time frame. PTI piece!
by Malayappan
17 May 2017 14:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications
Replies: 835
Views: 102420

Re: OBOR, Chinese Strategy and Implications

Can China Afford Its Belt and Road? Author explores two possible routes of financing - Yuan and Dollar. Both have serious issues. Also the keenness to rope in others can be understood. If we accept the analysis, one possible conclusion - OBOR is a cloak, CPEC like smaller scale actions are likely t...
by Malayappan
25 Apr 2017 21:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Watch Thread-I
Replies: 815
Views: 76761

Re: China Watch Thread-I

Puffing across the ‘One Belt, One Road’ rail route to nowhere Compared to sea or air, the Europe-China freight service just makes no economic or environmental sense, either coming or going it is the breathless claim that the rail service is cheaper than air freight and faster than shipping by sea t...
by Malayappan
02 Dec 2016 21:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7748
Views: 607751

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

There's one more update. Apparently the "Opening Figure" used needs to be updated - by a whopping 1.26 lakh crores! Link: http://swarajyamag.com/insta/rs-25-lakh-crore-will-not-come-back-into-the-system-says-sbi-report Ref first point in that article - The market estimates for the current ...
by Malayappan
26 Oct 2016 09:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5377
Views: 482101

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Russia-China bonhomie: India has no reason to worry A perspective - worth reading! The author summarises - In the larger scheme of things, from the Russian point of view, cooperation with the Chinese has obvious limitations and is more useful for sustaining a balance of power in the South China Sea...
by Malayappan
03 Oct 2016 12:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1214
Views: 172787

Re: Analyzing CPEC

One More

China’s Rising Pile of Infrastructure Debt

Second part of the article talks about CPEC. Many points therein discussed earlier on this board, but some data points worth keeping..
by Malayappan
02 Oct 2016 20:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1214
Views: 172787

Re: Analyzing CPEC

A Senate special committee on the China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC) has prepared its third report on the project raising questions over the fate of the Gwadar port. The Senate committee noted that there were many indications on ground which suggested that the agreed western route was not bein...
by Malayappan
29 Sep 2016 20:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1214
Views: 172787

Re: Analyzing CPEC

Hidden costs of CPEC From that piece - the day after Chinese President Xi Jinping’s visit to Pakistan, the military put out a press release announcing the creation of a ‘Special Security Division for Pak-China Economic Projects’, which would consist of nine army battalions and six wings of civil ar...
by Malayappan
18 Aug 2016 14:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016
Replies: 2846
Views: 295837

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-13 June,2016

Rice exports: Pakistan loses market to India Some quotes from that article - Pakistan Research Institutes have failed to develop a single seed during last two decades contrary to India where a lot of new seeds have developed Zahid Hussain expressed concern over the future of the country's rice expo...
by Malayappan
11 Jun 2016 08:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Jan 24, 2016
Replies: 2851
Views: 78529

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Jan 24, 2

Why do we always have Muslims as Ambassador to Saudi Arabia? Why not pick anyone else? Why do we feed their crazy religious chauvinism? I hope Modi Govt picks a Hindu for the next time a change is to be made. One reason I have heard - Just Practical - Haj Services. So many Indians visit Makka for H...
by Malayappan
01 Apr 2016 07:43
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: China Watch Thread-I
Replies: 815
Views: 76761

Re: China Watch Thread-I

http://www.straitstimes.com/opinion/pavlovian-conditioning-and-correct-thinking-on-the-south-china-sea Plenty of interesting insights! Apart from a great overview, some thought nuggets - No one can ignore or shun China. Vietnam is the prime example. Quite apart from the SCS disputes, Vietnam has a ...
by Malayappan
25 Dec 2015 08:13
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5377
Views: 482101

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Bharat Karnad (yes!) weighs in - http://bharatkarnad.com/2015/12/23/endangering-the-russia-connection/ He's a maximalist, all right... Still.. Navy wants a Yassen-class SSN, when there are only two such boats in existence, both in Russian naval service. So Yassen won’t happen, unless Modi sweetens t...
by Malayappan
01 Nov 2015 20:54
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 920374

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

An update from Bharat Karnad http://bharatkarnad.com/2015/11/01/strike-one-against-china-at-the-hague/ This is about Philippines' arbitration case in The Hague and some implications. He also discusses USS Lassen sailing. Excerpt The important thing to note is that Beijing did nothing against Lassen,...
by Malayappan
23 Oct 2015 11:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-Russia: News & Analysis
Replies: 5377
Views: 482101

Re: India-Russia: News & Analysis

Bharat Karnad weighs in - http://bharatkarnad.com/2015/10/23/raining-trouble/ He says - Sushma Swaraj in Moscow ..... got a proper, if cold, reception depending on how things progress or don’t, Russia’s participation in sensitive strategic DRDO and DAE projects will be re-thought In conclusion Combi...
by Malayappan
27 Sep 2015 07:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05, 2015
Replies: 2850
Views: 72100

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05,

http://conservativepapers.com/news/2015/09/26/german-mood-sours-as-migrant-gangs-stalk-local-women Many data points in that piece on pakistan. On the busy shopping street in Giessen, a German university town twinned with Winchester, migrant Atif Zahoor tucks into a chicken dish with his brother and...
by Malayappan
20 Sep 2015 13:50
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Article on MMRCA for Swarajya Magazine
Replies: 34
Views: 1675

Re: Article on MMRCA for Swarajya Magazine

suryag Sir, why don't you just subscribe? And get the issues delivered at home? I am one and am quite happy with the effort!

Link: http://swarajyamag.com/subscribe/
by Malayappan
12 Sep 2015 10:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05, 2015
Replies: 2850
Views: 72100

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan-Sept 05,

http://www.business-standard.com/article/international/saudi-arabia-to-review-relations-with-untrustworthy-pakistan-115091100601_1.html In that article They further pointed out that because Sharif's daughter was married to a grandson of King Fahd, he became a member of the Saudi royal family.
by Malayappan
05 Sep 2015 20:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion
Replies: 3769
Views: 192552

Re: Sri Lanka - News and Discussion

http://www.slguardian.org/how-india-killed-two-birds-with-one-stone-in-the-region The article sums up - Chinese President to grab power in the Indian Ocean disappeared in no time. The Chinese funded Mattala Airport is now being turned to a paddy store. The Hambantota Port is viewed as an unwarrante...
by Malayappan
24 Jun 2015 18:38
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3940
Views: 287691

Re: Indian Railways Thread

http://swarajyamag.com/economy/railways-dream-design-make-in-india-i/

"If we aspire to shift our man and material shipment on to rail, it is imperative to have structures which foster internalisation of technology purchased."

Some good points there!
by Malayappan
28 Dec 2014 09:30
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 96649

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Rafale deal deadlock Interesting Author name! :-) He has had to add a 'Rao' to stay different! From that article If India forgets about technology transfer for now, allows complete manufacture in France and in return insists on an accelerated delivery schedule of all 126 aircraft, and a significant...
by Malayappan
03 Oct 2014 18:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014
Replies: 3963
Views: 96649

Re: Rafale & MMRCA News and Discussions-9 August, 2014

Did Germany Try To Sell Us A Lemon? From Swarajyamag Fighter jet maker Eurofighter’s plans to sneak in through the backdoor looks set to backfire. Just last month, both German ambassador in India, Michael Steiner and his boss, German foreign minister, Frank-Walter Steinmeier confidently told member...
by Malayappan
19 Jun 2014 15:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 391050

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Iraq crisis hits Turkish economy From that article - “Borders that were drawn superficially 60 years ago will be re-demarcated. Parts of the region will find their right places. There is so much diversity, with Arabs, Sunnis, Shiites, Turkmen and Kurds. Then there are plenty of radical groups. They...
by Malayappan
19 Jun 2014 15:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 391050

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

The Power of Sacred Geography in Iraq

Something that is known to the people in the forum, but could be a useful reference piece
by Malayappan
18 Jun 2014 16:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: West Asia News and Discussions
Replies: 12577
Views: 391050

Re: West Asia News and Discussions

Someone Is Spilling ISIS’s Secrets on Twitter From that piece ISIS’ inner chamber of power, hidden by Baghdadi’s public front, is led by a former Baathist and colonel in Saddam’s army called Haji Bakr. The account claims, as Hassan's translation below shows, that the two groups struck a deal which ...

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