Search found 2870 matches

by vera_k
12 Oct 2020 22:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 7985
Views: 1059722

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

^ Article is silent about what use was permitted. It's possible that park use was permitted, which would be fine. OTOH, if industrial use was permitted, that not be appropriate. It seems the author of the article has a vested interest in allowing industrial use of the land via the metro project.
by vera_k
06 Oct 2020 11:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5327
Views: 705033

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Trump has ties to drugmaker Regeneron -- and now its stock is surging ^ This is the article I glanced at in passing. It's a sensational headline, since buried in the article is this revelation - Meanwhile, Trump also recently owned shares of Regeneron (REGN) -- as well as Gilead Sciences (GILD), ma...
by vera_k
06 Oct 2020 06:16
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5327
Views: 705033

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Read that Donald Trump has an investment in Regeneron, and would benefit from its soaring stock price because a treatment from Regeneron was administered to him. I must say he is truly milking the presidency for all it is worth in a very transparent manner! Not only back door pay offs via book deals...
by vera_k
05 Oct 2020 01:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7664
Views: 827122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

Influenza season is tapering off in most of India, and starting up again in the USA, and other northern countries. This likely means India will get over the first wave soon and the USA will start the second wave in earnest. There are some northern states in India where the flu season coincides with ...
by vera_k
03 Oct 2020 11:23
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018
Replies: 3607
Views: 1010979

Re: Indian Missiles News & Discussions - 17 Dec 2018

It's a containerized missile. They had to manufacture the nukes as well, and there was a reported shortfall of N-material.
by vera_k
02 Oct 2020 05:29
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 7985
Views: 1059722

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

If these Bollywood bimbos/bimbas are heavy drug users, how come they still keep looking good? Their acting schedule must be quite hectic as well. Doesn't heavy drug use and lack of proper rest take a toll on their looks? Youth, makeup and plastic surgery go a long way. Check out Princess Leia's sto...
by vera_k
30 Sep 2020 10:57
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2
Replies: 2327
Views: 377633

Re: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020 - Part 2

Posting here as another insight into how China sees things. Strikes me that the same policy is being pursued at the land borders. How China Is Taking Over International Organizations, One Vote at a Time To Beijing, such divisions and the U.S. pullback from the multilateral order presented an opportu...
by vera_k
29 Sep 2020 10:30
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 544060

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Don't think there is any need to send commercial operation offshore. It would happen over decades as new features and products are developed. Boeing itself is a good case study with how production is farmed out, and how the company has been slowly moving from a high wage location to a low wage locat...
by vera_k
29 Sep 2020 01:58
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 544060

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

^ If a ERJ deal is concluded, the next project ERJ takes up can be a A320/B737 competitor. Due to suppressed demand for commercial aviation, there is a window of opportunity right now for a lower cost entrant.
by vera_k
28 Sep 2020 22:09
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments
Replies: 2999
Views: 544060

Re: Military Acquisitions, Partnerships & Developments

Buying ERJ makes sense if the math works out. Will easily advance domestic civil aircraft development by 30 years. No doubt the tech can be developed locally, however if there is a short cut offered, it must be taken.
by vera_k
22 Sep 2020 07:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5327
Views: 705033

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Dems did mess up big time when they removed 60 vote rule. Part of a plan. There is angst that Bush & Trump won because of the electoral college. Hence the move towards favoring a majority vote. No matter what happens with this nomination, if the White House and Senate flip, the addition of 2-4 ...
by vera_k
18 Sep 2020 11:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5546
Views: 1176171

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

There's more than Fedex though. The part about remote work going mainstream must be positive for the Indian IT industry as well, and perhaps will result in a real estate boom in India too as people look for more homes with more room as a result. executive vice president Brie Carere said on the call ...
by vera_k
18 Sep 2020 10:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5546
Views: 1176171

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Important observation about how things are playing out in terms of shifting economic activity from services to goods. The US economy is 80% services, while India is 60% services. If a shift from services to goods is under way, C-19 will provide a helpful tail wind to the effort to get more manufactu...
by vera_k
16 Sep 2020 00:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 7985
Views: 1059722

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

It's coming, no matter what. Given the oversight in drafting the personal laws, it can be included in a new UCC that retires the personal laws. Or the special marriage act.
by vera_k
15 Sep 2020 06:45
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Naval Aviation
Replies: 1459
Views: 279180

Re: Indian Naval Aviation

Boeing is hurting for work atm in the civilian market. There may be good deals available on all types of military planes.
by vera_k
13 Sep 2020 00:25
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: INS Vikrant News and Discussion
Replies: 1961
Views: 236632

Re: INS Vikrant News and Discussion

Building a bomber would be a good way to prove an aero engine. Kaveri's probably too small for anything but a baby bomber, but the new engine for the AMCA could be proven using such a large aircraft.
by vera_k
11 Sep 2020 22:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 7985
Views: 1059722

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

^ The timing is inconvenient, however this is a legitimate question. Going by prior history, I will not be surprised to learn that this difference arose from the need to have defense spending fund Congress party political machinery.
by vera_k
05 Sep 2020 11:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: India's Border Security with China and Pakistan-2020
Replies: 8042
Views: 964642

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

https://twitter.com/defence_news/status/1301847476572487681 Prolonged impasse on China border can have high economic costs: Shyam Saran , former foreign secretary This is why the nuclear first use option has to be on the table! NATO forces in Europe had to rely on first use to control economic cost...
by vera_k
04 Sep 2020 23:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5327
Views: 705033

Re: Understanding the US - Again

^ That needs to be done because of the lack of positive discrimination for blacks over the years. The storyline has been one of removing one type of negative discrimination, and then inventing a new way of negative discrimination to disadvantage blacks or having other groups like women or hispanics ...
by vera_k
03 Sep 2020 23:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion
Replies: 1368
Views: 127982

Re: International Nuclear Watch & Discussion

US gives first-ever OK for small commercial nuclear reactor

Wonder if this tech can be scaled down to fit into a backyard, and be competitive to replace the half dozen Tesla batteries required to power a modern home.
by vera_k
03 Sep 2020 22:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

A few days back Ram Madhav had liked/re-tweeted an article about Trump surging ... I thought it was not appropriate for such a visible BJP member. Forgot to post it then. Seems he has been involved in building bridges with other right wing political parties. Appropriate coming from him then. BJP jo...
by vera_k
03 Sep 2020 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread
Replies: 7664
Views: 827122

Re: Wuhan Coronavirus Resource Thread

chola wrote:So how can an economy return when you don't even know who is carrying the disease?


And what if this is the new normal? In that there is a new virus or strain every few years. That would require a wholesale reimagining of economies and put paid to a whole bunch of prior planning.
by vera_k
02 Sep 2020 07:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 5327
Views: 705033

Re: Understanding the US - Again

^ Nov 3 is the date that BLM and Covid are resolved.
by vera_k
01 Sep 2020 13:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Mort Walker wrote:As far as JayPal is concerned, she is a snake and does not give a lick about human rights. She is serving the agenda of the Islamists.


No more than any number of Indian politicians though, eh? I'll leave this link here, as most of the bio is about work not related to India.

Wiki bio page
by vera_k
01 Sep 2020 09:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

The USCIRF is a commission with appointees from the executive branch and legislative branch. USCIRF is a curious collaboration of left and right, two groups that usually will not collaborate. It's existence derives from the fact that Americans without exception will hold interventionist views on fo...
by vera_k
21 Aug 2020 23:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Separately, in addition to data localization laws, GoI needs to push more strongly in its effort to develop a domestic social media ecosystem. A nation of India's size and might cannot be dependent on Twitter, Whatsapp and Facebook. It has to be a local platform integrated with local technologies l...
by vera_k
21 Aug 2020 09:48
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1135
Views: 315869

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

Still not a system anywhere near production. At worst, a project to enhance range can be undertaken. Plus, it seems the extra range is achieved not by changing the gun, but by changing the charge. In which case, it can be replicated with a different gun.
by vera_k
21 Aug 2020 09:02
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

India needs its own version of FARA . Its surprising (or instructive!) that this does not already exist given that Indira Gandhi used to complain about foreign interference. Policy and infrastructure about the internet will also need to be looked at afresh because cutting off the internet as is done...
by vera_k
21 Aug 2020 02:41
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion
Replies: 1135
Views: 315869

Re: Artillery Corps: News & Discussion

^ Based on the specs, they are just catching up with ATAGS, and won't be in production for years.
by vera_k
15 Aug 2020 00:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Another point I have wondered: how is it that Pakistanis have such a disproportionate influence on Democrats in US and Labour in UK? Indians in these countries take pride in the fact that they are one of the highly educated, financially well off and successful minorities in their countries, ahead o...
by vera_k
12 Aug 2020 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Those claiming to vote for Biden should clarify if they are registered democrats, independents or have ever voted republican. Trump is not ideal on every issue, but is the better choice of the two at the moment. The alternative is living with perma-riots and a revolving door from county jail to our ...
by vera_k
09 Aug 2020 21:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 7985
Views: 1059722

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

I have to say that right now the health card looks like a make work program to keep government employed. Shouldn't it otherwise be a simple matter of sending all Aadhar holders a health card using India Post? The cases where people don't get one through the mail can be handled via the Aadhar centers.
by vera_k
09 Aug 2020 10:03
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016
Replies: 4360
Views: 1044211

Re: Indian Space Program: News & Discussion - Sept 2016

Posting here as it is an important indicator of the way things are shaping up. Hopefully plans are being made to transfer launcher technology to private industry. The new gold rush in space “In terms of managerial effectiveness,” he says, “using private business for space is like Queen Elizabeth I’s...
by vera_k
09 Aug 2020 08:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5789
Views: 622459

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Who makes the decision as to where the aircraft will land? Is the Captain authorized to divert to another airport if landing conditions are not ideal (i.e. daylight, no rain, no wind)?
by vera_k
08 Aug 2020 22:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1
Replies: 7985
Views: 1059722

Re: 2020 Strategic and Political Analysis-1

An Indian royal was shot dead by police in broad daylight. Now, 35 years later, his killers have been jailed Surprisingly well reported story about an an encounter killing in Rajasthan, alleged to have been ordered by the then chief minister. Also has detail on legal tactics used to slow down court...
by vera_k
31 Jul 2020 08:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4818
Views: 459955

Re: Deterrence

This runs counter to Indian nuclear doctrine. However, India should plan for first use against China given it has some advantages. 1. India is less urbanized than China, therefore much of the population is dispersed away from urban areas to a greater degree. 2. China is demographically below replace...
by vera_k
26 Jul 2020 09:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Arjun Sethi@arjunsethi81 · Jul 22 San Francisco just passed a resolution denouncing the CAA & NRC. Six U.S. cities have now condemned Modi, Amit Shah & fascism in India. Organized Hindutva elements tried to stop the measure, but they failed. More resolutions are coming. You can't stop the f...
by vera_k
16 Jul 2020 12:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 4571
Views: 754983

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^ #4 - Ability to operate airplanes if required in a hurry. India is limited to using Russian types today. Nehru Sought US Assistance During 1962 Indo-China War A minimum of 12 squadrons of supersonic all weather fighters are essential. We have no modern radar cover in the country. The United States...
by vera_k
10 Jul 2020 07:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 5546
Views: 1176171

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

This is from an agreement signed in the 1950s. Was the Indian government inclined to discount manufacturing all this while in favor of building a services based economy? India’s trade agreement with China was one-sided to begin with China would export machinery, but India would export raw materials ...

Go to advanced search