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by Malayappan
10 Jul 2020 16:14
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 969142

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

Chest-thumping over disengagement is premature: As volatility becomes new normal in India-China ties, get ready for a hotter LAC Worth checking out this assessment! Author brings together many data points as well. Some excerpts - As China witnessed an exponential rise in power, its power projection...
by Malayappan
02 Apr 2020 21:43
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7701
Views: 839977

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Thus a very important request to Gurus here. If someone can write a pointwise and well articulated rebuttal piece on this subject (Irrelevance of Mass Testing in Indian Context) and get it published through dharmic media outlets like Swarajya or Opindia. The first one in Swarajya written two weeks ...
by Malayappan
09 Mar 2020 14:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7701
Views: 839977

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Saudi Arabia seals off Shia Qatif region over coronavirus fears Saudi Arabia has cordoned off an oil-rich Shia region, suspended air and sea travel to nine countries and closed schools and universities, in a series of measures to contain the fast-spreading coronavirus. The lockdown on Qatif on Sund...
by Malayappan
09 Mar 2020 14:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 465
Views: 55251

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

Saudi Arabia seals off Shia Qatif region over coronavirus fears The lockdown on Qatif on Sunday, an eastern area that is home to around 500,000 people, is the first action of its kind across the Gulf region, which has confirmed more than 230 coronavirus cases – most of them people returning from re...
by Malayappan
09 Mar 2020 14:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security
Replies: 465
Views: 55251

Re: Saudi Arabia and its impact on Indian security

Saudi crown prince signals new purge with ‘treason’ arrests A purge of princes and aides continued across Saudi Arabia on Saturday after the kingdom’s crown prince, Mohammed bin Salman, claimed to have foiled a coup being plotted by two of the country’s most senior royals – widely seen as among the...
by Malayappan
21 Oct 2019 10:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations
Replies: 1155
Views: 184228

Re: Turkey News, discussions, India Turkey Relations

India-Turkey relations under Erdogan: Back to square one? Turkey had two requests of India. It wanted India’s help in the nuclear field. “Turkey has nuclear ambitions, and India has huge thorium reserves in Kerala, and we have a fast breeder reactor which we have developed using thorium. Turkey wan...
by Malayappan
09 Jun 2019 07:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2903
Views: 572478

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

^^Pakistan is mis-calculating seriously, as is their usual practice. If it thinks that a box of sweets from Sushma Swaraj and FM S.Jaishankar's enunciation of India's responsibility in the region are to be interpreted as a thaw, then they are repeating the mistake. And the warning mixed in the bese...
by Malayappan
16 May 2019 10:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Terroristan - May 1, 2019
Replies: 2903
Views: 572478

Re: Terroristan - May 1, 2019

Missing men and the neighbouring country that cannot be named An interesting account of the Shia disappearances and their re-emergence(s) Some snippets - the arrested men received financial help from a neighbouring country. “The arrested terrorists would hide in a neighboring Islamic country after ...
by Malayappan
26 Dec 2018 21:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016
Replies: 982
Views: 204575

Re: Afghanistan News & Discussion - April 2016

Abandoning Afghanistan: Trump may have a point by Sushant Sareen But is all fairness to Trump’s impatience with the quagmire in Afghanistan and his seemingly impulsive decisions, the war in Afghanistan wasn’t going to be won with more of the same, which is what the generals were recommending. Even ...
by Malayappan
19 Nov 2018 21:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 1126
Views: 155964

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

Maldives: Solih Takes Over- The Challenges ahead The third challenge would to manage the high debt already incurred under the Belt and Road Initiative of China. It was earlier thought that the debt burden was around 1.5 billion dollars. It was later learnt by Solih that debt burden was around 3 bil...
by Malayappan
08 Oct 2018 10:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2459
Views: 334673

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

How the Rafale deal was struck The article by KP Nayar deals more with FP issues. Despite the title it is not about Ambani, Offsets or such matters! Modi had done his homework. He quoted from cipher telegrams sent by Ranjan Mathai — who was ambassador in Paris — in 2007 after Dassault Aviation plac...
by Malayappan
25 Sep 2018 07:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Maldives Civil-Military Issues
Replies: 1126
Views: 155964

Re: Maldives Civil-Military Issues

New Maldivian Govt To ‘Reassess Chinese Projects’ The new Maldivian government will work closely with India to ensure the security of the Indian Ocean sea-links, said Ahmed Naseem, former Maldivian Foreign Minister in a video call with Strategic News International. Naseem, who is currently in Colom...
by Malayappan
20 Dec 2017 20:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indus Water Treaty
Replies: 3169
Views: 462060

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: 4688
Views: 769247

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: 1650
Views: 242509

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: 1650
Views: 242509

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: 1650
Views: 242509

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: 1650
Views: 242509

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: 1650
Views: 242509

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: 3169
Views: 462060

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: 5789
Views: 624786

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: 678731

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: 1374819

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: 5789
Views: 624786

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: 1374819

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: 1374819

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: 1176
Views: 109899

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: 754
Views: 87248

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: 994
Views: 173915

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: 111663

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: 7876
Views: 876495

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: 5641
Views: 715397

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: 1405
Views: 287388

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: 1405
Views: 287388

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: 1405
Views: 287388

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: 388731

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: 173260

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: 111663

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 ...

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