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by vera_k
18 Mar 2019 09:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread -2
Replies: 465
Views: 57997

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

^ That's great news. Although EVs are still in a false dawn, the Kona EV is a great car and hard to find in stock in the USA. Wonder if this plant will export cars to North America as well.
by vera_k
18 Feb 2019 23:56
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 155136

Re: Pulwama Attack

Was talking to a friend, and civilian life appears to be pretty normal. No obvious civil defense preparations for any big time escalation. Neither siren drills nor potassium iodide distribution is under way.
by vera_k
17 Feb 2019 00:37
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 155136

Re: Pulwama Attack

UlanBatori wrote:ATM! Is NaMo REALLY going to do what I think he is about to do - coordinate an attack against Paki power in Balochistan with the Iranians? And keep that up until PA is out of Balochistan?


Would say this is unlikely. Without a land corridor to Afghanistan, it does not solve the AfPak problem.
by vera_k
14 Feb 2019 23:29
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Pulwama Attack
Replies: 2282
Views: 155136

Re: Pulwama Attack

Unfortunately, with the USA getting ready to leave Afghanistan, time has run out. Attacks will only increase from here on out as resources are freed up in Afghanistan.
by vera_k
08 Feb 2019 07:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2139
Views: 288099

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

this one says 450K undocumented, and 23K "Dreamers" ..but doing a sooth asia thing clubbing pakis as well. I know this is different as none of these are naturalized, but it's a significant number that we "documented" folks just ignore. https://www.thehindu.com/news/international...
by vera_k
07 Feb 2019 08:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2492
Views: 234814

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Abortion as a cultural issue has gone off the deep end too. Forget Roe vs. Wade and what the Supreme Court might do... Ralph Northam should be remembered for advocating the slaughtering of deformed babies "If a mother is in labor, I can tell you exactly what would happen. The infant would be de...
by vera_k
04 Feb 2019 03:20
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2139
Views: 288099

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^ Well, the fake university was set up during the Obama admin. Crackdown on visas started after 9/11 when some students flew planes into buildings.
by vera_k
03 Feb 2019 22:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 2139
Views: 288099

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

online in nature (IIRC, F1 students cannot take online based courses...should be a physical classroom based courses), with very liberal exam practices and thus for most part freeing up the "student" to search for jobs & attend interviews. It's more nuanced than that. There isn't a bla...
by vera_k
29 Jan 2019 22:12
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017
Replies: 1951
Views: 251720

Re: Indo-UK News & Discussions- June 2017

But the fact is that we are beneficiaries of Unkil doing the dirty jobs, so undermining Unkil is not a good idea... Could you elaborate on this please. I tried to think but didn't get any reasons as to why we are beneficiaries of unkil. Aside from what's said already, the Taliban have been kept bus...
by vera_k
24 Jan 2019 23:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2492
Views: 234814

Re: Understanding the US - Again

well from another couple of weeks time the courts and the FBI will start to be severely impacted... now that might be fun! Well, the conspiracy theorist in me thinks the FBI being shut down might be welcome for this administration. Commentary in the WSJ today about how the FBI overlooked Obama's Ir...
by vera_k
24 Jan 2019 21:18
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2492
Views: 234814

Re: Understanding the US - Again

Looks like the shutdown will be resolved by Memorial Day.

Trump admin planning for even longer shutdown

House chief of staff Mick Mulvaney told agency leaders he wants to know what high-impact programs would be jeopardized if the shutdown lasts into March or even April
by vera_k
22 Jan 2019 08:33
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2492
Views: 234814

Re: Understanding the US - Again

There is a ton of direct democracy due to the initiative and referendum process. If anything, this has reduced the importance and power of elected representatives. Election turnout rates below 50% (sometimes near 40%) indicate people don't generally disagree with the direction government is going in.
by vera_k
18 Jan 2019 11:41
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US - Again
Replies: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 1951
Views: 251720

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: Mil-Tech Archive
Topic: Tejas Mk.1 & Mk.1A News & Discussions: 09 February 2018
Replies: 3910
Views: 831239

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: 1066
Views: 125191

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2431

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: 3223
Views: 427319

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: 7852
Views: 665111

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: 1193
Views: 229587

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: 2875
Views: 480971

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: 2875
Views: 480971

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2492
Views: 234814

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: 2139
Views: 288099

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: 2139
Views: 288099

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: 2139
Views: 288099

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: 3724
Views: 201447

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: 2875
Views: 480971

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: 2875
Views: 480971

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: 2875
Views: 480971

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: 1951
Views: 251720

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...

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