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by Dhiman
22 Jan 2012 03:14
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Should we discontinue EVMs?
Replies: 2401
Views: 133257

Re: Should we discontinue EVMs?

Actually, even without printer, the only way for fraud is if Santa Claus came flying and magically changed all the votes. The candidates and their agents would have to be duffers to not notice Santa Claus, no? Sir, the problem with electronic voting is that fraud can be done behind closed doors (by...
by Dhiman
20 Jan 2012 23:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Should we discontinue EVMs?
Replies: 2401
Views: 133257

Re: Should we discontinue EVMs?

I am not sure if it also generates a duplicate for the voter to take home. The other one is it generates a receipt and the voter has to verify and put it into a box. The plan is to count the ballots and see if they match the EVM counts. Sir, I couldn't find any details, but wondering if anyone know...
by Dhiman
20 Jan 2012 03:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

I decided to do some digging for information. In doing so I came across this very technical paper (I must confess I'm a bit of a nerd in these kind of things! :P ) Impact of Organized Retail on the Economy of Punjab on Google Scholar. [citation: Singh, Sanjeet, Sharma, Gagan Deep and Mahendru, Mand...
by Dhiman
19 Jan 2012 13:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

I call this East India Company syndrome. :lol: Being vary of foreign influence is not unique to India, it exists in almost all countries. You cannot wish away history in India just like you can't wish away history in other parts of the world. In any case your position is probably more irrational gi...
by Dhiman
17 Jan 2012 14:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Let's clear the basics first Exactly, which is why I'm not interested in obscure studies done in Maine or the Klang Valley. You didn't even bother to read it, did you? :D It cites around 30 to 40 other peer reviewed papers looking at impact of big retail on small shops all over the world and is its...
by Dhiman
17 Jan 2012 14:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Nice. Bharti-Walmart certainly knows the "Walmart Way" :lol: 30th Sept 2010 VAT ‘evasion’ detected in raid on Bharti Walmart Govt suffers losses in crores Chandigarh, September 30 The Punjab Excise and Taxation Department has detected major irregularities in Best Price, a joint venture bet...
by Dhiman
17 Jan 2012 13:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

2) The Bharti-Walmart cash and carry shop in Jalandhar has resulted in 40 per cent business loss for small kiranas. Let's clear the basics first: based on present terms of agreement with GoI, Bhart-Walmart in Jalandhar is not a retail outlet, its a whole-sale outlet with Bharti having majority stak...
by Dhiman
17 Jan 2012 13:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Public Advocate for City of New York January 11, 2011 NEW STUDY: WAL-MART MEANS FEWER JOBS, LESS SMALL BUSINESSES, MORE BURDEN ON TAXPAYERS NEW YORK – Public Advocate Bill de Blasio and the Hunter College Center for Community Planning and Development today released “Wal-Mart’s Economic Footprint” a...
by Dhiman
17 Jan 2012 13:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Klang Valley (Malay: Lembah Klang) is an area in Malaysia comprising Kuala Lumpur and its suburbs, and adjoining cities and towns in the state of Selangor. Copying selected portions from http://econ.upm.edu.my/ijem/vol2no2/bab07.pdf Int. Journal of Economics and Management 2(2): 323 – 342 (2008) Li...
by Dhiman
16 Jan 2012 14:18
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

However, I still fail to see how domestic reforms and FDI in retail can be an either/or situation. I mean why can't you have both ? Why do you give impression that you think that FDI in retail would stall domestic reforms? Heck folks want to invest millions in India to build up infrastructure that ...
by Dhiman
16 Jan 2012 13:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

I think that the success of the 91 reforms was not at all about foreign investment. It was about freeing the domestic one. That it had to take that route was to blind side the babudom. Correct sir and bulk of India's growth continues to be domestic driven as opposed to China's growth that is export...
by Dhiman
15 Jan 2012 14:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

http://www.thehindu.com/business/Industry/article2801712.ece Representatives of major farmers' organisations who participated in a consultation with the Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) on foreign direct investment (FDI) in multi-brand retail said on Saturday that they were “opp...
by Dhiman
15 Jan 2012 14:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Sigh! Dhiman babu we are talking about supply chains - Indian ones linked seamlessly to global ones. Plenty of literature has been posted on that. And here you are just fixated with a small component of a supply chain, a cold storage. What can I say? :roll: . Amit ji, The devil is always in details...
by Dhiman
14 Jan 2012 13:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Well I suppose this article written by an associate professor of the Institute of Financial Management and Research (IFMR) is hogwash because he thinks FDI in retail is about supply chains . What rubbish right? FDI in retail will bring down inflation by investing in supply chain logistics, that is,...
by Dhiman
13 Jan 2012 11:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Not allowing FDI in retail will not solve the power problem . Nor will allowing it . These 2 issue's have no link with each other . Exactly my point, the only problem is that there are people who think that FDI in multi-brand retail will somehow make the supply chains "super efficient" wh...
by Dhiman
13 Jan 2012 01:06
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

So Dhiman babu, You seem to forget that there are other successful retail chains out there who don’t have Walmart’s “reputation”. Read my last few posts, I have already clarified this. Retail is not a scarce commodity that needs to be imported or high tech item that is not available in the country....
by Dhiman
12 Jan 2012 11:16
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

First of all, Walmart already operates in India in the supply chain business behind Bharti's retail outlets. The issue is not about whether Walmart can "improve" India's supply chain or not. The issue is weather Walmart can open giant retail outlets across India with 100% ownership. What I...
by Dhiman
11 Jan 2012 10:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Singha wrote:Govt yesterday notified the rule that grants 100% FDI in single brand retailers.

so any single brand chain can now setup in India with 100% ownership ...


Govt certainly knows how to keep themselves busy with frivolous things.
by Dhiman
09 Jan 2012 13:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

You forgot the microwave emitting satellites in space. They will beam energy from space and we have to collect them. :D Yes definitely and perhaps satellite with mirrors to reflect sunlight onto a Solar plant during night :D I guess 24x7 solar electricity without storage could be a whole new discus...
by Dhiman
08 Jan 2012 13:05
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Iran News and Discussions
Replies: 3161
Views: 309849

Re: Iran News and Discussions

Kashi wrote:Why did they refuse to open an account? I thought Turkey was now cool to the idea of joining the EU and their relations with Iran are not bad.

I also wonder what happened to our potential agreement with Iran on Rupee trade.


This should explain both your questions: Petrodollar Warfare
by Dhiman
08 Jan 2012 11:31
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Once again!! FDI in any field should be welcomed for a country with 1/3 of its population living below poverty line. India has too many middle men who do not add any value to the product between producer and consumer. FDI is no excuse for lack of domestic reforms, and bad, absent or corrupt governa...
by Dhiman
07 Jan 2012 10:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Well, GOI has been planning 24x7 power for 60+ years now. Demand always stays ahead. I say we settle for what we can get. It turns out that even solar can give 24x7 power without adding any storage. For example if Brazilian electric grid is linked to Indian electric grid, then Brazil will supply In...
by Dhiman
06 Jan 2012 13:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Does all this discussion mean that only viable option remain is that of Nuclear Power as Japan adopted it after Oil shock to ensure import independence in energy sector?? Japan only produces 27% of its electricity from nuclear (imported uranium), while around 60% of Japan's electricity comes from i...
by Dhiman
06 Jan 2012 10:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

In India we are so short of power most people would be comfortable with just 8AM to 6PM electricity. Maybe if GOI wants to be nice add in some storage and make it a 10PM electricity band. This argument over base power and intermittent power is less meaningful in India. Back in my young days, whenev...
by Dhiman
05 Jan 2012 11:55
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Theo ji, Lot of fudging in numbers, this should give a better picture: 2020 Forcast : 1. Mcinsey Forcast: 300GW by 2017 (assuming GDP growth of 8% per year) 2. Electric Power Survey of India Forecast: 300GW (peak load) by 2021. 3. KPMG: 1200 TWh (or ~280 GW peak generation) by 2020. So what I am wor...
by Dhiman
04 Jan 2012 11:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Theo ji, Some very good information in your post. Per email from my cousin at Neyveli, India's T&D losses are not 30%. Apparently that is an euphemism for 'stolen' power. Apparently TNEB's T&D losses are about 16%-17%. That is high and they are working on dropping it to 12%, which is world s...
by Dhiman
03 Jan 2012 11:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

More competition and capital in a sector that needs both. Anyway, round and round we go... What good is more competition in retail when infrastructure is missing. I would put whatever money that is available (including FDI) into infrastructure rather than in fancy retail outlets that no one needs a...
by Dhiman
03 Jan 2012 11:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

The point is we need 200,000 MW additional by 2035. ... Coal can do it but we have looked at the problems. I think we both agree this is a dead end. So currently we have an installed capacity of ~200GW, if one brings the electricity distribution grid to world standard (i.e 10% transmission loss as ...
by Dhiman
03 Jan 2012 03:23
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Personally, I prefer Hydro-electric, geo-thermal, nuclear, and gas-fired thermal power plants in that order. All can operate 24x7 with high efficiency. Hydro - Max projected capacity is only 80,000. Also suffers from intermittent nature when monsoon fails. So no 24x7. I would disagree with this. Hy...
by Dhiman
03 Jan 2012 01:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

My point was that if you want to stop wastage and pilferage of farm produce, then you need to invest in infrastructure that would prevent wastage and pilferage of farm produce but not in multi-brand retail. FDI in multi-brand retail is not going to magically stop wastage and pilferage of farm produ...
by Dhiman
03 Jan 2012 00:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

Can foreign retailers solve world hunger, end all wars, and tie your shoelaces? The answer is clearly NO, so they are useless and should be kept out. Indian retailers, meanwhile, can do all of the above. My point was that if you want to stop wastage and pilferage of farm produce, then you need to i...
by Dhiman
02 Jan 2012 23:45
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Economics today are clearly stacked against solar and wind, i.e you need to put in double the capacity (day vs night, windy days vs non-windy days, etc) to get the same output as compared to say a thermal power plant electricity. I would rather invest my hard-earned money elsewhere where there are ...
by Dhiman
02 Jan 2012 23:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

^^^ Peaking power is made available using thermal plants or hydroelectric stations that run only for a short time. The viability calculations for projects are based on the amount of power generated, not how often or how long a plant operates. http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Peaking_power_plant http://...
by Dhiman
02 Jan 2012 15:51
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: FDI in Retail
Replies: 373
Views: 16053

Re: FDI in Retail

FDI in retail is complete waste. If infrastructure is bad then invest in infrastructure or supply chain, but not in opening mega stores. Are foreign retail outlets going to improve the conditions of Indian roads and make railways that transport farm produce run faster? Are they going to build power ...
by Dhiman
02 Jan 2012 15:30
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Not sure if this has been discussed, but the problem with Solar is that it won't operate during night and storing power in batteries is very inefficient and cumbersome. Wind is even worse. Night time power will have to come from hydrocarbon, nuclear or hydroelectric sources. The good thing is that ...
by Dhiman
30 Dec 2011 00:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1023
Views: 106880

Re: Solar energy in India

Not sure if this has been discussed, but the problem with Solar is that it won't operate during night and storing power in batteries is very inefficient and cumbersome. Wind is even worse. Although someone once told me that solar electricity can be used to pump river water up the mountain during day...
by Dhiman
27 Dec 2011 15:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)
Replies: 3372
Views: 228425

Re: Indian Economy: News and Discussion (Apr 1 2011)

Wealthy nations attract FDI because investors have confidence that their money is safe. It took the US, the UK and Japan years of development to build this confidence. Developing nations who gain hard currency from FDI take advantage of this confidence. I do agree that world has confidence in the e...
by Dhiman
27 Dec 2011 03:35
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 431
Views: 22003

Re: India-China News and Discussion

"active armed rebellions in 40% land administrated by India" is not enough to wake you up from day dreaming? You will get the exact answer to your question when those liberation forces have a public demonstration for their . So given that "splitist" Pakistan has already tested t...
by Dhiman
27 Dec 2011 02:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-China News and Discussion
Replies: 431
Views: 22003

Re: India-China News and Discussion

Simple question sir. Assume that India gave nuclear boom boom to a random "splitist" group in china and these crazy splitist actually boom boomed a Chinese city using indian provided nukes. In that case would china nuke India? Some of you guys think insanity would make India invincible. H...

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