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by vera_k
18 Jan 2019 11:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

AOC is too young. Can't even be a senator yet.

Besides, what will all the freshmen have to show if the government stays shut until Nov 2020?
by vera_k
17 Jan 2019 06:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1821
Views: 222679

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

The UK can be the equivalent of Pakistan to the EU. Although it would be a peaceful coexistence. Brexit will be messy given the deadline imposed by EU rules. If the EU is flexible about the deadline, then perhaps things can be unwound over time. If not, then both sides should get on with it. The glo...
by vera_k
13 Jan 2019 23:26
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3477
Views: 732217

Re: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018

Don't understand why FOC version production should not be continued until MK1A comes online. As i mentioned earlier, the fault is with MoD, who is watching this nonsense, instead on laying down a red line. Since the missile force and nukes are being built, MoD may be playing along with minimal fund...
by vera_k
12 Jan 2019 06:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 1056
Views: 118516

Re: Indian IT Industry

‘The Beginning of a Wave’: A.I. Tiptoes Into the Workplace The market for A.I.-enhanced software automation is poised for rapid growth, but that expansion, analysts say, will ultimately bring job losses. Seems that this type of tech would be a threat to at least some of the back office work sent of...
by vera_k
12 Jan 2019 00:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

^ In this matter, US immigration operates like the caste system does. Goes by birth, not citizenship.

Meanwhile -
U.S. approved thousands of child bride requests
by vera_k
06 Jan 2019 23:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

question to amreeki residents - how is the new regime doing with visas for desi IT'vity types? am hearing cases of people ROI on the basis of no visa prospects for longer stay The policy is to encourage self deportation. For visa employees, renewals are dicey. More so if someone needs to travel to ...
by vera_k
23 Dec 2018 01:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Why US needs to stay in Afghanistan
Replies: 18
Views: 2178

Re: Why US needs to stay in Afghanistan

Who is funding the Taliban these days? Is it Pakistan or China directly, or China and the USA indirectly via aid provided to Pakistan?
by vera_k
21 Dec 2018 01:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3026
Views: 381135

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Pratyush wrote:Throwing stones at passing trains has become a pass time for many in some parts of the country.


Army chief is on record saying stone throwers are like terrorists. I suspect local administrations are soft and have not updated tactics to match current situation.
by vera_k
22 Nov 2018 03:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7851
Views: 646083

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Another round of demonetisation is required. With better management. No need to fix a cieling for exchange, just deposit the demonetised notes into your bank account. ITO will ask source in future. Meanwhile limit withdrawal to not more than ₹50k per week. Let's see what happens. IMO, a better opti...
by vera_k
14 Nov 2018 22:07
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018
Replies: 972
Views: 180155

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 03 July 2018

Singha wrote:After the end of nimitz class funding the pace is slow and numbers down to what 10 now from a peak of 13 ?


Metric seems like a good one. There are 20 if the conventional powered ones are included. The smaller ones are about the size of the Vikrant under construction.
by vera_k
11 Nov 2018 22:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2646
Views: 427369

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Perspective on why the government and RBI are at odds. India’s banking system is flirting with a Lehman moment For several years state-run banks have failed to get to grips with a $100bn mountain of dud loans. Now panic has seized parts of the privately run system. One bank boss says the situation i...
by vera_k
09 Nov 2018 10:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2646
Views: 427369

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Theoretically, a central bank does not need large reserves. Long as it has paper, ink and metal, it can always create more money.

Does the US Fed have more ability to fire up the printing presses than the RBI?
by vera_k
05 Nov 2018 10:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

^ I suspect there is a lot of non-immigrant population that will be affected. Certainly will be if US citizenship law starts to mirror Indian citizenship law.
by vera_k
04 Nov 2018 01:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

It makes for good reading, but then much of Silicon Valley and tech elsewhere owes its existence to defense spending.
by vera_k
03 Nov 2018 23:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

google must have wound up its funding rounds early with large infusions, so that permitted founders to retain 51% generally founders are left with 10% after 4 rounds ? Not really. They came out with multiple share classes after going public. One of the share classes gets you 10x the voting power. I...
by vera_k
03 Nov 2018 07:27
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Hope he has a nice huge golden parachute. They want to grab the CEO post for a suitable gora/gori like the bibi who took Yahoo from Chapter 11 to Chapter 13. Time for him to get out: Google stock is heading down, even b4 donkeys grab COTUS House and get the Just-Iss Dept to break up Alphabet. The Y...
by vera_k
02 Nov 2018 09:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

UlanBatori wrote:Sundar Picchai has been stabbed in the back? Global walkout etc. means he's going to get kicked out. Victim of the Usual Quarters.


Stabbed by whom? If you read the NYTimes article, Google has had a problem with sexual harassment since the very beginning starting with the founders.
by vera_k
25 Oct 2018 19:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

mortji - an NRI amreeki friend tells me that many like him are looking to trump to save him/them from the Hispanics and blacks, who would otherwise devour them. what do you make of that line of thought? That friend is not alone :!: Take this case for a public example. Not those many NRI students ha...
by vera_k
11 Oct 2018 05:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Polls are starting to come in. The Rs may keep the house after all if this pattern is seen elsewhere.
New poll shows 10-point lead in the 8th District

spike in support came largely from women, who broke sharply for him over the weekend (see the gender breakdown in the chart below)
by vera_k
28 Sep 2018 21:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Trump administration sees a 7-degree rise in global temperatures by 2100

But the administration did not offer this dire forecast as part of an argument to combat climate change. Just the opposite: The analysis assumes the planet’s fate is already sealed.
by vera_k
27 Sep 2018 21:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2007
Views: 260276

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^ Brothers and sisters are allowed under current law. Long wait times, but otherwise allowed.
by vera_k
27 Sep 2018 20:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2007
Views: 260276

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

In my opinion they will try to reduce the number of Indians becoming citizens, or green card holders, family reunification will be reduced too. Can We Have a Sensible Immigration Policy? "Chain migration" needs to be reconsidered. The New York Times recently told the story of Jagdish Pate...
by vera_k
19 Sep 2018 06:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2007
Views: 260276

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^
Or India has concluded that unilateral liberal trade policies serve it well.
by vera_k
14 Sep 2018 08:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Education System
Replies: 3721
Views: 192282

Re: Indian Education System

disha wrote:What's wrong with training new brides to be on how to manage household?


Nothing. But where is the course teaching grooms on how to be good husbands? :wink:
by vera_k
13 Sep 2018 20:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2646
Views: 427369

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

So can't US increase output even more and cause prices to crash? I think an oil price crash will be in US interest because as long as oil prices stay high, no amount of sanctions will trouble Russia in the least. Extracting more oil will happen if it makes economic sense. There are no PSU type enti...
by vera_k
12 Sep 2018 20:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2646
Views: 427369

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

QUESTION- If the US shale producers have been increasing production (as reported many times over the last year) then why are crude prices rising? I kbow OPEC and Russia have been reducing production to push the prices up, but is the US shale not able to fulfill the shortage? Oil 2018 Demand is star...
by vera_k
08 Sep 2018 20:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2646
Views: 427369

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

How government can cut taxes on fuel without taking a hit in revenues Nice graphics showing why fuel prices on the street are higher today, although crude oil prices are lower than 5 years back. The suggestion to move away from having taxes added on as a percentage (ad valorem) of the raw fuel pric...
by vera_k
04 Sep 2018 06:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1821
Views: 222679

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

I believe this is the amount they disburse through their "NGO"s and churches. even if GoI says no to the money, Britain will insist on it since it is the only legal way for them to influence people. The libraries run by the British Council in major Indian cities are funded from some of th...
by vera_k
31 Jul 2018 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Trump Alone Can Cut Taxes In the halls of Congress, the corridors of the administration, and the nerve centers of activist groups, forces are aligning behind a plan: a White House order to index capital gains for inflation. If this happens, it will free up a lot of capital that today otherwise is p...
by vera_k
04 Jul 2018 06:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Behind paywall. Search for it on Google and click through.
The progressives who don't have Trump

Even Bernie Sanders has said not-unkind things about the president
by vera_k
21 Jun 2018 10:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US- Again

^ Wasn't the question about what happens when the family is in the USA and has to move out due to circumstances? The government won't interfere unless the child wants it to. All bets are off if the child is able to get a job and a driver's license, and before that it depends on how strong the family...
by vera_k
21 Jun 2018 07:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2286
Views: 199727

Re: Understanding the US- Again

I have a question to gurus, My daughter has American passport. She is studying in India happily. We didn't go to US after I returned to India. Now if I come to US on H1 or on L1, and I loose job and want to return to India, will my daughter be snatched away from us? Can she return to India? I have ...
by vera_k
17 Jun 2018 08:25
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 988545

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

^
Wikipedia and available evidence of no MIRV.
by vera_k
17 Jun 2018 04:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - May 2017
Replies: 5115
Views: 988545

Re: Indian Missiles News and Discussions - May 2017

ramdas wrote:Paki ababeel seems to have 3 warheads. Do they have a miniaturized high yield physics package?


They have more warheads. Indian inventory is not as substantial.
by vera_k
04 Jun 2018 08:22
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2007
Views: 260276

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^ FDI is essential to get new tech. Without FDI it will take far longer to obtain and absorb.
by vera_k
23 May 2018 06:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Internal Security Watch
Replies: 4112
Views: 349826

Re: Internal Security Watch

The government, like the British, sees Indians as a nuisance

Lots of laws to hold people without even being charged for a long time.

Prevention of Dangerous Activities of Bootleggers, Drug offenders, Forest offenders, Goondas, Immoral Traffic Offenders, Slum grabbers and Video Pirates Act :!:
by vera_k
02 May 2018 07:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 2646
Views: 427369

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

India’s Crude-Oil Crunch Four years ago, India exported $310 billion worth of goods a year. Now, it exports $302 billion a year If the rupee does in fact hit record lows, India shouldn’t mourn. It should see the new level as a boost for its exporters, an unhoped-for reduction in the price of Indian...
by vera_k
05 Apr 2018 06:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Kaveri & Aero-Engine: News & Discussion
Replies: 4520
Views: 776528

Re: Kaveri & aero-engine discussion

According to Wikipedia, the only active engine development program with any funding is for an engine for a UCAV. That perhaps explains the lack of progress or news on this front, as the UCAV project does not yet have a prototype.
by vera_k
02 Apr 2018 09:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2007
Views: 260276

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Re - the cost discussion From experience, expecting that a middle class lifestyle in the USA translates to a wealthy lifestyle in India does not work. For instance, sending the kids to a government school in the USA, and then wanting them to go to a private school in India does not pencil out. Howev...

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