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by vera_k
03 Jan 2018 21:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1126
Views: 47238

Re: Indian Health Care Sector

The equivalent of AYUSH practitioners are already practicing and prescribing medicine. In fact many of them are highly paid and sought after even in urban areas. Of course, some of them are no better than faith healers who prey on people's hopes for a cure. I think best way out would be to have the ...
by vera_k
31 Dec 2017 05:32
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 21
Views: 2587

Re: Understanding the US- Again

Anger grows and hope fades as Puerto Rico’s ground zero remains without power Looking at the numbers, Puerto Rico will be without electricity for a very long time. 17 million conductors, which carry the electrical charge, are needed, but just 347,000 were on the island. Workers had 7,639 insulators...
by vera_k
29 Dec 2017 05:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 370
Views: 46555

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

FATCA, the topic at hand is something that is a non issue elsewhere. Yet banks here ask everyone to sign it and (probably) share details with US authorities. Why should Indian nationals details be shared with them?? Apart from the obvious privacy issue, India isn’t a client state nor are Indians be...
by vera_k
25 Dec 2017 09:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Understanding the US- Again
Replies: 21
Views: 2587

Re: Understanding the US- Again

If they had vetoed, US would also have justified cutting UN contributions (which is largely self-defeating - present mood of UN would make it likely that UN HQ moves to Oirope) That would not be a bad thing given that the UN was set up only to ensure that the Europeans do not get at each other's th...
by vera_k
14 Oct 2017 22:44
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

^^ The data in GHI report (and the low weight to height ratio) should be taken with a huge truck load of salt. In essence the GHI data is useless and not even worth the toilet paper it is printed on. The weight to height ratio even though is generally a good indicator is actually useless. The key i...
by vera_k
14 Oct 2017 21:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Before taking such reports seriously one needs to make sure the methodology is correct or not. The data in the GHI report pretty much agrees with data from GoI. The implication is that nutrition in India is not improving as fast as elsewhere in the world, which is why the country slipped in the ran...
by vera_k
11 Oct 2017 19:39
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 970
Views: 111038

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

It's always been a mystery to me why we have so few IITs. We should'e had by now at least 20+ around the country,in Tier-2 cities (if Calicut can have an IIM ,why not an IIT too?) as well. The greater the proliferation of institutions of excellence like IITs,IIMs, sponsored by the GOI,the easier it...
by vera_k
08 Oct 2017 05:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 970
Views: 111038

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

^
Iran and USA have something similar today for education. Couldn't find a link for Iran, but here's the US program-

Public Service Loan Forgiveness Program

In India, if the true cost of higher education is charged to students, then this issue can be addressed.
by vera_k
29 Sep 2017 19:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

One thing we need to understand, Indian income tax for salaried person is low, because GoI accepts it cannot provide the service Indian personal income tax rates are not that low, at least not low enough to excuse the lack of services provided by government. Worlds highest effective personal tax ra...
by vera_k
27 Sep 2017 20:18
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

The earlier price of food in various restaurants had a tax component that was not separately shown in the all inclusive sticker price. that all inclusive old sticker price has now become the "new" price to calculate the GST, whereas it should have been the old sticker price minus the incl...
by vera_k
23 Sep 2017 23:29
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812208

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

Why Clinton decided to release that Vajpayee letter to China and allowed it to take the centre-stage in UNSC and G-7 remains a mystery. Or, probably the Clinton administration had realized that the US was becoming more and more impotent vis-a-vis China and saw the writing on the wall. What mystery?...
by vera_k
22 Sep 2017 21:40
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: International Naval News and Discussion
Replies: 2967
Views: 331271

Re: International Naval News and Discussion

The U.S. Navy's most advanced submarines will soon be using Xbox controllers

The Navy is beginning to use an Xbox 360 controller – like the ones you find at the mall – to operate the periscopes aboard Virginia-class submarines.
by vera_k
08 Sep 2017 07:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4372
Views: 209017

Re: Deterrence

North Korea’s H-bomb test

Pakistan, incidentally, tested a new 2,200-km range Ababeel ballistic missile, which carries a MIRV (multiple independently targetable re-entry vehicles) payload, for the first time in January this year.


Time for Afghanistan to start a nuclear power program :!:
by vera_k
05 Sep 2017 20:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread
Replies: 173
Views: 18168

Re: OFB, MoD Companies Discussion Thread

^^
Well, how is that different from the current state of affairs? Rather, there would be plenty of people in ISRO, DRDO who have delivered on significant projects. Putting some of them in charge would be a start.
by vera_k
05 Sep 2017 08:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea
Replies: 66
Views: 4346

Re: Geopolitical consequences of possible nuclear conflict in Korea

UlanBatori wrote:I am trying to figure out why Trump despite all his rhetoric, and despite having accumulated forces nearby for the past 6 months, is not striking.


OpEd in the WSJ says the President may be in favor of having Japan go nuclear, followed by South Korea and Taiwan in quick succession.
by vera_k
12 Aug 2017 22:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 3146
Views: 234385

Re: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014

Indian tanks crash out of international military games after engine troubles The fan belt snapped in the first tank. The reserve tank was then deployed for the race but its entire engine oil leaked just two kilometres before the end...it could not complete the race. It was sheer bad luck that led t...
by vera_k
12 Aug 2017 22:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

On vacation last month, I found card payments are being accepted willingly in metros. However in smaller cities, merchants refuse to accept card payments saying the network is down or the machine is not functional. Even in metros where card payments are accepted, not all merchants are able to accept...
by vera_k
04 Aug 2017 13:14
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread -2
Replies: 423
Views: 36931

Re: Indian Autos Thread -2

yeah! just like to drink a glass of milk a man buys a cow builds a cowshed, simple behavioral change like ego management will suffice. Not the right analogy. Something like 90% of highway capacity available today is wasted because humans cannot drive as well as machines can. Behavior change in huma...
by vera_k
29 Jul 2017 10:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Much of the external debt will be due to foreign currency deposits held by banks.
by vera_k
28 Jul 2017 21:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread -2
Replies: 423
Views: 36931

Re: Indian Autos Thread -2

^^
To solve this, regular cars can be banned from the Jamuna Expressway, and only AI cars allowed. It will eliminate accidents for the most part. AI cars can drive with 1-2 meter gap without causing accidents.
by vera_k
24 Jul 2017 18:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 4238
Views: 262620

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

The capacity coverage of the 777-X and 787 families is much more comprehensive than the A350 and A380 families. A380 is ahead of its time. Currently the A380 is problematic because of the level of investment airports need to make. Most have not invested in supporting the A380 for an optimal passeng...
by vera_k
24 Jul 2017 13:48
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

In stead of building a new airpot, they should invest in a fast trainservice that connects Mumbai and pune. The 150 km should be postbible to be made in 30 min by TGV style train. Even Mumbai AirPort could be moved out of the city. Existing Indian airports are pretty small affairs with limited conn...
by vera_k
07 Jul 2017 07:59
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 629072

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

How many shifts does the LCA assembly line run? Can management use the possibility of action on the China front to run additional shifts?
by vera_k
05 Jul 2017 21:49
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 3007
Views: 87877

Re: Positive News from the USA

Looks like war zone in Chicago. And this is just one city in the country.

More than 100 shot in Chicago over holiday weekend
by vera_k
03 Jul 2017 02:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: GST - Discussion on all aspects.
Replies: 614
Views: 61242

Re: GST - Discussion on all aspects.

Is KitKat chocolate or biscuit?’, because chocolates and biscuits suffer different rates. From the rate schedule, 'biscuits and waffles without chocolate'. The attention to detail and the granularity in slicing and dicing 'waffles without chocolates' is frankly incredulous and seems to be a vestige...
by vera_k
02 Jul 2017 13:16
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812208

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

Which makes it puzzling as to why would they even try something like this, and that too at a time when they are trying to launch OBOR. If the Chinese economy was about to implode, the marginal cost for starting a war would be low. And it would help the CPC retain control for some more time. But in ...
by vera_k
02 Jul 2017 07:19
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 812208

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

We are obviously not as backwards compared to China, but if we lock them in a 'must win' position for them, they will escalate to total war, which we will then lose..... India-China dynamic at present is same as Pakistan-India dynamic. The larger economy has more to lose by going to war. China need...
by vera_k
25 Jun 2017 06:50
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Analyzing CPEC
Replies: 1026
Views: 129750

Re: Analyzing CPEC

History shows that the small nation of Japan was able to defeat China and take it over. Not for a minute am I suggesting that Pakistan could do a 19th century-Japan on China. But, China can be undone. Pakistan has seen off USA and USSR, so China would be a piece of cake. If India sets up CNY or PKR...
by vera_k
03 Jun 2017 21:53
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3777
Views: 521097

Re: Indian Navy News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

There is no such thing as leapfrogging and Indian technology managers are fooling themselves if they think they can leapfrog and miss current generation technologies and go on directly to the one coming later. True. Another point to be noted is that leapfrog technologies will under perform the then...
by vera_k
22 May 2017 01:44
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014
Replies: 2180
Views: 158602

Re: PAK-FA and FGFA Thread - June 2014

Do not expect innovation to come from thin air. But I suspect most are screwdriver level onlee". Need to say here that most "innovation" is on the level of tweaks to existing tech. Snapchat is a recent visible example of a tweak that is held up as an innovation. So yes, start somewhe...
by vera_k
14 May 2017 07:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian IT Industry
Replies: 955
Views: 81509

Re: Indian IT Industry

We do not have a competitive university system that responds to changes in landscape fast enough. People might agree/disagree with the importance of this but I have seen universities with courses in 2017 like 8051 microcontroller and exchange server 2008. Compare this to latest courses from georgia...
by vera_k
14 Apr 2017 23:51
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 421413

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Well, areas around Bengaluru and Mumbai-Pune-Nashik belt shows more light as well. Doubt these places were suffering from power shortages back in 2012.
by vera_k
17 Mar 2017 08:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 3873
Views: 137152

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

Feds raise interest rates. What does this do to $, DOW, Emerging Markets? LIBOR? At this time interest rates are rising because the economy is doing well, and there's little risk to let rates rise. $, DOW, Libor will rise. Emerging market currencies will fall to compete against more attractive US m...
by vera_k
14 Mar 2017 07:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 357371

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

KJo wrote:If Barkha did that to Modi, folks here condoning this behavior would be up in arms.


Cannot happen...Modi's third assistant would have a dozen people hovering around to run interference, and the store would be closed to the hoi polloi.

Maybe should go in Understanding US thread.
by vera_k
07 Mar 2017 07:20
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 357371

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

The H1B issue is complicated. It has two streams: F1 students transitioning to Green Card using H1B visa. This process gets delayed due to the quota system for green cards. Second stream is IT outsourcing by software companies from India. This causes most visible heart burn and leads to H1B visa cl...
by vera_k
10 Feb 2017 12:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4372
Views: 209017

Re: Deterrence

^
Read footnote on Page 509 in India's Emerging Nuclear Posture (available from Google Books).
by vera_k
10 Feb 2017 11:48
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Deterrence
Replies: 4372
Views: 209017

Re: Deterrence

According to Ashley Tellis book, Evernden data is to be discounted because it was found to have included data from another earthquake that happened at the same time.
by vera_k
08 Feb 2017 23:57
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 629072

Re: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016

Not to say that having to study an additional language takes time away from what could be spent studying another subject in depth. For a time there was hope that the arrival of foreign universities would allow students to self select into transitioning to an English-first system, but alas!
by vera_k
30 Jan 2017 22:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 357371

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

With E911, officers are able to get a fix on 911 call origination using GPS. Which means you can be approached and asked if you happen to be in the vicinity of someone who happened to dial 911, by mistake or for real.

Meanwhile...
Mock Donald Trump shooting gets Indian origin teacher in trouble

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