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by vsunder
10 May 2019 05:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

only if you marry without official permission and such permission is rarely ever granted. The only option is for the guy to resign. Yes lot of service folks or other senior folks had foreign spouses. I think Raj Mahindra, Group Captain Suranjan Das - but got the requisite permissions to keep their ...
by vsunder
07 May 2019 19:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

CRS inspection on 13th May between Alnawar and Devarayi 21 km between Dharwad and Londa Jn. Once commissioned essentially Guntakal to Tinaighat is completely doubled barring one or two block sections (around Gadag) that are almost finished. This leaves Tinaighat-Castle Rock--Dudhsagar Falls-Madgaon(...
by vsunder
05 May 2019 23:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

don't think that the family ever anticipated this pappu's traitorous hobnobbing with the hans should have at least taught him this basic lesson wasn't it was confucius who said: “Before you embark on a journey of revenge, dig two graves.” ‘Bofors ka dalal kaun hai? Rajiv Gandhi,’ How the Opposition...
by vsunder
05 May 2019 09:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Rahul M: The list is not fake. Rahul Roy, (listed as 101) Indian Statistical Institute, Delhi and one other person started the movement. This is a CSIR funded institute.

https://www.isid.ac.in/~rahul/
by vsunder
05 May 2019 05:37
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

256 "Scientists" signed a petition which is couched in language that is subtly anti-Modi. It was released before India went to the polls. https://indianculturalforum.in/2019/04/03/more-than-150-scientists-appeal-to-citizens/ They are from DAE institutes like TIFR, HRI, and also from IISc, ...
by vsunder
29 Apr 2019 21:10
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

https://www.business-standard.com/article/elections/lok-sabha-elections-2019-kanpur-tanneries-shutdown-stares-at-ruling-bjp-119042700444_1.html This is what is symptomatic of WB. As the article above says the tanneries in Kanpur were closed down for Kumbh mela and now their certificates are not bein...
by vsunder
28 Apr 2019 05:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

As PM Modi said in his interview with Kanwal, Kashyap etc at Varanasi, while talking to one of the women, that one of his first acts while taking over office was to ask for files on projects that were stuck. He went on to state that he was surprised that there were projects whose foundation stones w...
by vsunder
27 Apr 2019 20:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

A question for vsunder Sir or anyone familiar with Chennai suburban railway network. Wouldn't it make more sense for Southern Railway to operate Gummidipoondi/Tada suburban trains from Fort Station. The present arrangement of operating from Moore Market Complex results in suburban trains crossing w...
by vsunder
27 Apr 2019 08:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Circular trains Chennai Beach--> Kanchipuram----> Arrakonam----> Tiruvallur--->Chennai Beach have commenced after commissioning of Takkolam-Arrakonam track with electrification. With this Chennai division of SR has no more non-electrified lines. This ends a more than 10 year saga and tussle between ...
by vsunder
27 Apr 2019 08:42
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016
Replies: 3735
Views: 817970

Re: Indian Air Force News & Discussion - 15 Dec 2016

Ha Ha Matheswaran, I had the insufferable experience to be cooped up with him on a 24 hour train journey from CSTM Mumbai to Kanpur. He was Squadron leader then in July 1987. Though he told me about TACDE etc and was on his way to Gorakhpur where he was flying Jaguars, one got the impression then th...
by vsunder
25 Apr 2019 08:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3448
Views: 492121

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

@vsunder, Correct me if I am wrong. India has only reverted to the original names. In her article (in the link I provided) she rants about Mumbai, Chennai, Kolkata, and Bangaluru, about Anglo names. But never mentions that India has retained Ghaziabad, Faridabad, etc. But, she does mention that the...
by vsunder
25 Apr 2019 06:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 3448
Views: 492121

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

National Public Radio's "deceit with dignity" has presented itself upfront here with this report. The process of demonizing India has renewed in the American left. The right always hated brown non-Christian people, so not much is remaining. It is a week long reporting about India during t...
by vsunder
21 Apr 2019 08:52
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

^^^ Bhagawathi in Kerala is none other than Kannagi. The principal Bhagavathi temple is at Koganallur where Kannagi is supposed to have attained salvation, or at least the realization that she was an incarnation of Bhadrakali. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kodungallur_Bhagavathy_Temple Bhagavathi te...
by vsunder
21 Apr 2019 01:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Sunder saar, will the MPS be increased gradually to match the speed limit on the current existing older line? Yes, CRS must have made this a condition. Once the earthworks settle and tamp down, MPS will be increased to 100kmph and then 110 kmph. I hope some of the powerful electrics on IR are used ...
by vsunder
21 Apr 2019 01:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Indian summers are getting hotter and this places stresses on rails with hot days and relatively cooler nights. Let us wait for the accident panel to release its findings on the Rooma derailment. The old method of tapping wheels and rails with a hammer should go and modern ultrasonic methods brought...
by vsunder
18 Apr 2019 19:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

:rotfl: ^^^^ Garibaldi and his Red shirts, always the Italian connection too
by vsunder
17 Apr 2019 21:51
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Someone asked about Kasurgod. In the MLA election BJP lost by a very slim margin in Kasurgod. Current BJP candidate for the MP election is Raveesh Thantri Kuntar, ( who also stood for the MLA election, see link below) a well known priest (Thanthri) associated with the Kuntar temple that lies between...
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 09:15
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

hanumadu wrote:Modi should learn Tamil (and perhaps Malayalam) for next elections.


Nodi, Nodi Kannada (without notes too)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=O4OC0TYgbHY

:D

In Kanpuriya, Modi bahut bada bakait aur Bhaukali hai.
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 08:08
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

^^^ Some railway projects 1. Kollam(Kerala)-Sengottai (TN) over the Western ghats re-gauging completed and commissioned after 10 years once the MG tracks were uprooted. An important lifeline. 2. Podanur-Pollachi re-gauging after 5 years of neglect, simplified scores of commuters lives to CBE. 3. Sal...
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 07:09
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

@Kakkaji: Gulbarga from where Kharge stands was a center of a Sultanate so it has its dynamics. For sure this time it will not be easy from what I read. His son or some progeny is also in the fray. This one time railway minister did bugger all. There was a long standing demand to connect Bidar(anoth...
by vsunder
15 Apr 2019 03:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

This is in Bengali and unknown channel to me. Their survey (seat by seat) is saying BJP 20, TMC 18, INC 3, Left 1 in WB. I don't expect the left to win any seat. They are giving both seats to BJP in phase 1 with comfortable margins. https://youtu.be/wl6xsUhfY2E Comments are very interesting. It see...
by vsunder
14 Apr 2019 09:14
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

The reception Shri Modi got at Theni is not surprising. Theni and Bodinayakanur lies at the foot of the Cardamom hills. Cardamom and other forest produce was transported by a MG line to Madurai, rest of India and the world. Then 10 years ago they ripped up the tracks and never provided funds to re-g...
by vsunder
13 Apr 2019 12:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion
Replies: 6200
Views: 538048

Re: 2019 General Elections News and Discussion

Finally this thread is firing up. So the campaign will all fire up. :) Have you guys following Karnataka rallies. Must see this Twitter thread https://twitter.com/Pruthvinreddy/status/1116743617316409345 when people come on their own to listen to a leader they walk miles in the hot summer sun This ...
by vsunder
10 Apr 2019 20:12
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 938
Views: 160964

Re: Indian Army History Thread

A Phd Thesis (2007) by Michael John Creese at the University of Leicester titled "Swords Trembling in their Scabbards" A study of Indian officers in Cavalry regiments of the Indian Army 1868-1918. A study is made of 4 officers. https://lra.le.ac.uk/bitstream/2381/8635/1/2007creesemjphd.pdf
by vsunder
08 Apr 2019 07:33
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 938
Views: 160964

Re: Indian Army History Thread

Yesterday, April 6th was the 75th anniversary of the start of the battle of Kohima that raged till June 1944. Our Paras were bloodied for the first time in the curtain raiser at Sanghshak which helped in giving time to shore up a bit the defences at Kohima. The anniversary was marked by a somber and...
by vsunder
08 Apr 2019 07:27
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Indian Army History Thread
Replies: 938
Views: 160964

Re: Indian Army History Thread

http://www.ourstory.info/library/4-ww2/Tiger/triumphsTC.html?fbclid=IwAR31xGSAfA5xKchwLWHugisd2z8EBOOu1yIVFzwntDuHQM-gdl0k3_42eOM link to history of ops conducted by the fourth, eighth and tenth Indian Divisions during WW2 The very books that you see on this link now belong to me. A convoluted stor...
by vsunder
31 Mar 2019 05:35
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

vsunder ji, Are there any routes that can take advantage of the full speed of Vande Bharath express? What needs to be done to bring the infrastructure to enable semi high speeds to ply? Signalling, tracks, bridges or something else? Will the new lines (double, triple and quadruple lines) that are b...
by vsunder
31 Mar 2019 05:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

10, 319 km targeted for Railway Electrification in 2019-2020. This is 68% higher than the target for 2018-2019 which was 6125 km. However only 3700km of this target was achieved till March 2019. The remaining has been moved to 2019-2020. The organizations responsible will be RVNL(Rail Vikas Nigam Lt...
by vsunder
29 Mar 2019 20:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Two Bypass Lines: 1. The Itarsi bypass lines will allow Rajdhanis and Durontos that skip Itarsi to bypass Itarsi and its extremely busy yard. Itarsi is where the Chennai-Delhi line splits from the Mumbai-Bhusawal-Delhi line. Another line joins here ^^^ the Kolkata line via Jabalpur and Prayagraj. Th...
by vsunder
26 Mar 2019 07:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Kerala Government is as usual proving intransigent with funds for LA for important Railway projects in the state. Mangalore-Trivandrum doubling as I explained above will not be complete till at least 2020 since the state is not helping to acquire 3.5 ha of land and finish the Chingavanam-Kottayam se...
by vsunder
24 Mar 2019 20:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Track Linking finally on Eastern DFC in Punjab: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=USRuYDrp9Lo This will be single line between Ludhiana(Sahnewal) and Khurja where it will join the main branch of the EDFC to Dankuni(WB). OHE is seen to be installed in some sections of the linked track. PS: The Cuddalor...
by vsunder
24 Mar 2019 03:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 424
Views: 100833

Re: India's Shipping Sector

Progress of Namami Ganga at Sahibganj and progress of IWAI multimodal terminal at Sakrigalli outside Sahibganj(Jharkhand) on R. Ganga. There will also be a LNG bunkering terminal at Ghazeepore( between Varanasi and Patna) in UP. This will allow barges to top up on LNG that will run the turbines for ...
by vsunder
22 Mar 2019 07:39
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 424
Views: 100833

Re: India's Shipping Sector

In a first, Maersk Line to move on river Ganga from Varanasi to Kolkata tomorrow Several big firms line up for using National Waterway-1 World’s largest container shipping company Maersk Line will move 16 containers on river Ganga (National Waterway-1) from Varanasi to Kolkata tomorrow. Maersk move...
by vsunder
22 Mar 2019 03:02
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 5105
Views: 786972

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

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by vsunder
22 Mar 2019 00:51
Forum: Military Issues Archive
Topic: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion
Replies: 5105
Views: 786972

Re: Operation Balakot: News & Discussion

^^^ Regarding Babaji etc etc, a person said that "In wartime truth is so precious that she should always be attended to by a Bodyguard of Lies". The book below was written a long time ago, but it should be required reading( many literary critics panned it in 1975 as the author did not have...
by vsunder
21 Mar 2019 20:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Its official, Cuddalore port to Villupuram and Thanjavur-Trichy electrification inspection is tomorrow and day after. https://sr.indianrailways.gov.in//view_detail.jsp?lang=0&id=0,4,268&dcd=7780&did=15531739345079BD45876D32965FA17F6EA89A66F4D68 Regarding the remaining 18km Ettumanoor-Kot...
by vsunder
20 Mar 2019 07:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

:rotfl: CRS's in India are a harassed lot nowadays, line inspections all over before formal commissioning, and that too the poor fellow has to travel 75 kms on a rail trolley before the obligatory speed trial. So it is not the usual one or two block sections but huge number of block sections. Since...
by vsunder
20 Mar 2019 02:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 3539
Views: 553815

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

For V Sunder Saar https://www.railpost.in/150-years-of-bombay-calcutta-connection-the-alfred-viaduct Thanks. There are some additional comments on that article. Brereton the engineer who designed the bridge(Prince Albert viaduct) over the River Tawa, went to California after his stay in India. Ther...

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