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by vera_k
12 Aug 2017 22:34
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Armoured Vehicles Discussion Thread - August 9, 2014
Replies: 2935
Views: 177618

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: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3472
Views: 268174

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: 337
Views: 22755

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: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3472
Views: 268174

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: 337
Views: 22755

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: 3965
Views: 218040

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: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3472
Views: 268174

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 589018

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: 2895
Views: 55773

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: 369
Views: 29095

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: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 8439
Views: 534024

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: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 8439
Views: 534024

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: 749
Views: 90274

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: 2441
Views: 316057

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: 1876
Views: 105173

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: 934
Views: 67213

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: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 3472
Views: 268174

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: 3824
Views: 107559

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: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 324080

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: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 324080

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: 4116
Views: 157048

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: 4116
Views: 157048

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: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: LCA: News & Discussions - October 2016
Replies: 4125
Views: 589018

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: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 324080

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
by vera_k
09 Jan 2017 21:46
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Neutering & defeating Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 8439
Views: 534024

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

Either China is extremely stupid (at least vis a vis India) or the Agni tests have kicked them in the balls. Why do we care if they provide more range to the Pakis? Paki missiles already cover whole of India. If the Chinis want to give the Paki headache to many more countries too, please go ahead. ...
by vera_k
09 Jan 2017 00:17
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7409
Views: 451637

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Suppose, I get paid in cash and make just enough in the year so that I don't breach the tax free threshold do I have BM even though it's all cash if I A. don't file my tax return and so my income is undeclared and below the ITO radar B. file my tax return and no tax is payable ? If there were no ta...
by vera_k
06 Jan 2017 09:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 324080

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

The problem with this bill is it does not take into account geographical variations in prevailing wages. Silicon Valley wages are inflated due to high living costs. Wages for the same position in other US states would be lower. $100k minimum might be ok for SV, NYC etc. but seems way to high for ot...
by vera_k
01 Jan 2017 07:08
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14
Replies: 4681
Views: 465104

Re: Indian Missiles and Munitions Discussion - June'14

To fit 8 Warhead into K-15 of diameter 0.74 m, each Warhead must have a diameter less than 22.9 cm. :) Perhaps we can do that. I have no reference. Not a straightforward calculation without knowing more. The vehicle can be configured many different ways. The following is from a recent Isro launch. ...
by vera_k
31 Dec 2016 23:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7409
Views: 451637

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

A silly question perhaps. Is there any value to taking USD as cash to India? Some level of cash $s (under $50) are required to pay off the government registered touts at the airport since they do not accept INR. Beyond that a credit card with 0 foreign transaction fees works for most places. No nee...
by vera_k
23 Dec 2016 23:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 12011

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

It also means that 71% is well above the grade to get a United sates citizenship - for a person who has no reason to become a US citizen. The idea that only competence is allowed into the US is exemplified by your post, but that is part of the positive self image that Indians get when they reach th...
by vera_k
23 Dec 2016 22:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 12011

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

Wouldn't all of this depend on how hard the questions are? you could just as easily conclude from the data that the American system simply throws easy questions and gives people 90% to give them a sense of accomplishment. ... in a thread about PsyOps no less No, it would not. It simply means the &q...
by vera_k
23 Dec 2016 02:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 12011

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

:rotfl: For US citizenship 60% (6/10) is pass Correct. 60% is a D, which is a passing grade. 59% is a F or failing grade. I meant the 71% equals First Class comment as a way to point out one common psy-ops in use that then leads to thinking a honest try is excellent work. Maybe inherited from the e...
by vera_k
22 Dec 2016 08:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians
Replies: 121
Views: 12011

Re: Psy-Ops techniques employed to sucker Indians

shiv wrote: I scored 71% which would be "First Class pass" in many Indian tests.


Reminds me that 71% in the USA would be a C grade or third class pass. Using First Class for low grades is a convenient way to fool gullible students that they learnt something.
by vera_k
21 Dec 2016 23:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7409
Views: 451637

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Taking dimensions of gold bars from https://invest.usgoldbureau.com/gold-bar-sizes, 170 kg gold will be:

680cm x 1360cm x 306cm

Not in a shoebox for sure.
by vera_k
04 Dec 2016 03:56
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 324080

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

Left actively pursues the policy of such a black-swan event if it were to happen let it happen elsewhere. Left spends energy in actively diverting the eventuality of black swan elsewhere. More like the left will let the black-swan happen, then spend energy in minimizing the consequences later on. T...
by vera_k
04 Dec 2016 03:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7409
Views: 451637

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

If the price of gold is likely to slide to world levels, BM would not find it so attractive, would it? Better to hoard dollars or speculate in yuans, etc. BM does not use gold for speculation. Gold is used for money laundering. Say you have Rs. 100 in black money. You'll go buy gold jewelry. When t...
by vera_k
03 Dec 2016 22:24
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions III
Replies: 3964
Views: 324080

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions III

^
Not so sure about that. Mr. Buffett is on record predicting a N-attack on the USA, and the fighting is coming ever closer to the mainland. Although Europe is liable to get hit first...
by vera_k
02 Dec 2016 22:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7409
Views: 451637

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

A business always has the option of investing back into the business to generate expenses and not pay tax. Amazon is probably the biggest practitioner of this tactic. But this does mean the money is accounted for and is put to productive use somewhere. Plus indirect taxes will have been collected on...
by vera_k
02 Dec 2016 08:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7409
Views: 451637

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

4Businesses and people will swith back to cashpayments once there is sufficient currency arround. Prices will be lower if you use INR notes, as it is Tax free. All in all, i do not think the demonetisation will have an effect on the BM alone. It is a good step towards a bank driven economy. But to ...

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