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by manish
14 May 2015 21:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread -2
Replies: 583
Views: 100614

Re: Indian Autos Thread -2

Ah, at the risk of replying to a post that is already over a month old, I would humbly suggest kenop ji to at least re-consider the Duster/Terrano twins and take a test ride if not done so already. So here's my (unsolicited!) 2 cents on the topic. Your observations about the Duster are indeed spot-o...
by manish
11 Jun 2014 06:31
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 21 Apr 2014
Replies: 2852
Views: 106119

Re: Sunni Terrorist Fragments of Unstable Pakistan - 21 Apr

Talibs claim to have damaged half a dozen planes. At least one seems to have engine damage. http://i.imgur.com/GSFpykc.jpg?1 Guys, not that I am an expert in aircraft, but this one particular bird seems to have been already put in storage (most probably for use as a parts donor) and pensioned off a...
by manish
21 Feb 2014 21:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Ah, the A330-200s that AI flies are nearly 15 years old, no wonder they are in a bad shape. I've flown in old planes before. This was a whole different level though. What I was really thinking about was that if the maintenance standards were this bad inside the cabin, what about the more important ...
by manish
20 Feb 2014 20:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

indigo has recently fitted more rows of seats. it is no longer comfortable for a 6' person. I had the misfortune of traveling on one of Air Parasite's A330's, from SIN to BOM after I missed my Singapore Airlines flight. That is one experience I do not wish to have again. Ah, the A330-200s that AI f...
by manish
03 Feb 2014 14:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

what is the reason for this unhappiness? I can think of a few reasons, although I am no expert. So with the disclaimer in place, let me proceed: ⋅  Its too big - needs Code-F (imaginary 80mx80m box to hold the bird, plus other assorted requirements including suitable aerobridges for its t...
by manish
02 Feb 2014 10:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

UlanBatori wrote:US airlines don't fly A-380s, do they?

No.

And almost everyone other than Emirates seems to be not too happy with them at present.
by manish
27 Jan 2014 23:14
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections
Replies: 20717
Views: 771965

Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

Wow I'm really stunned to see MD Pai bashing Tipu Sultan left, right & center. He seems to be somewhat cured of secularitis. Don't know about his general outlook, but in Coastal KA where Pai has his roots, there's little love for Tipu amongst both Hindus as well as Catholics. Anyone who has vis...
by manish
27 Jan 2014 14:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Airbus A380s cleared for landing in India airports New Delhi: The aviation ministry has lifted a ban on jumbo jet Airbus A380, a move that will allow international airlines such as Singapore Airlines Ltd, Emirates and Deutsche Lufthansa AG to start its flights to India, aviation minister Ajit Singh...
by manish
27 Jan 2014 11:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread
Replies: 3776
Views: 434884

Re: Indian Autos Thread

Things are going from bad to worse for Tata Motors. Karl Slym, the MD of Tata Motors has died in Bangkok , reportedly a result of a fall he suffered at a hotel. New Delhi: Karl Slym, managing director of India’s largest vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors Ltd, died in Bangkok on Sunday, the company sa...
by manish
26 Jan 2014 17:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread
Replies: 3776
Views: 434884

Re: Indian Autos Thread

Things are going from bad to worse for Tata Motors. Karl Slym, the MD of Tata Motors has died in Bangkok , reportedly a result of a fall he suffered at a hotel. New Delhi: Karl Slym, managing director of India’s largest vehicle manufacturer Tata Motors Ltd, died in Bangkok on Sunday, the company sai...
by manish
24 Jan 2014 11:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

News: AAI Chairman Removed for Opposing Privatization of More Airports MUMBAI: In a late night development, chairman of the state-run Airports Authority of India, V P Agarwal, was removed from his post apparently because of his "opposition" to privatisation of more airports in the country...
by manish
14 Jan 2014 14:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Bombay T2 looks grand. I'll try flying through bombay if only to get to see it.. Are you flying domestic or int'l? Int'l ops start shifting from Feb, but the domestic flyers won't get to fly through T2 before 2015. The only downer about T2 is the delays that we have had to put up with. Agreed that ...
by manish
12 Jan 2014 18:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Mean-e-while, the glorious workers revolution rumbles on with AAI leading the charge at MAA. Taking a cue from the private players, AAI too seems to have gone in for putting in place some 'plantations' within Chennai airport. Notice the flora & fauna (fungus :eek: :-? ) growing rapidly on the wa...
by manish
12 Jan 2014 18:40
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

BIAL is more of a "functional" airport - standard Zurich/Frankfurt tupe of steel glass architecture (Metallica) but one thing though - you can generally get in and out of the airport pretty quickly.Delhi and Mumbai(Previously - I don't know now) has problems of shuttling through various t...
by manish
08 Jan 2014 18:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Mumbai T2 to open. Pics on SSC. Waiting for GVK or GMR to bag Kolkata. GMR/GVK are barred from getting more than one major and one of the smaller airports individually in the current round of bidding. The clause is built into the tender docs. Theoretically it is still possible that the Big Two can ...
by manish
08 Jan 2014 18:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

AAI and GoI wants to make sure that we suffer their indignities for life. AAI wanted to privatize Chennai airport and now the parliamentary panel headed by may day bhai Sitaram Yechuri is putting a spanner on the works. Javee saar, AAI 'wanted' to privatize Chennai only after public finally lost pa...
by manish
08 Jan 2014 09:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

bangalore T1-MKI now known as Kempegowda airport expanded is also entering service probably by end of next week. capacity ups from 12 mil to 20 mil pax/annum. T2 and 2nd runway work will start in a few yrs. my only sore point is the very basic car parking and having to move across 2 driveways manua...
by manish
08 Jan 2014 09:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Why is my poor madras alone made a scapegoat and has to be stuck with piss-poor execution :(( Saar, that question needs to be asked of DMK along with the commies/unions. The Central Govt during NDA tenure kick started the process and these gentlemen were the ones who staunchly opposed the handing o...
by manish
17 Dec 2013 09:09
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

looks like a solid vote bank for the local MLA/MP. Yup. My understanding is that the current BOM airport team is actually doing a wonderful but thankless job of running a 30m+ pax terminal amidst all those constraints and challenges. I am told that BOM has something like ~1300 acres of space availa...
by manish
18 Nov 2013 08:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

GE90 definitely not as big as 737 fuselage. EMB-145 / ATR-72 maybe. http://upload.wikimedia.org/wikipedia/commons/2/2a/Engine_of_Jet_Airways_Boeing_777-300ER.jpg GD saar, the GE-90 is surely not as big as the B737 fuselage (~3.7m or ~148") and I certainly did not claim it was. But the overall ...
by manish
17 Nov 2013 22:26
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Boeing has released a lot of new images and animations featuring artist's impressions of the new 777X. It's pretty interesting to note the renderings with the folding wingtips which will help the aircraft squeeze itself into 'Code-E' stands where the existing B777/B747-400 used to park. http://www.n...
by manish
17 Nov 2013 19:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3978
Views: 179473

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

Jairam Ramesh -- IIT Mumbai (dad prof there), MPA some top US Univ, returned to India, right had man of Narsimha Roa Admin, key media guy responsible for UPA -1 defeating NDA /countering India Shining, seems to have some grey matter between his ears, erudite , clean hands and can get a job done com...
by manish
17 Nov 2013 16:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

dubai seems to be sinking some 200b into being a airport hub between new plane orders and the new airport. they must have one of the largest and newest fleet of heavies already . Oh yes they do - and they are a wide-body only airline to boot. EK is the largest operator of A380s in the world - a tot...
by manish
17 Nov 2013 13:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

In another important development, the mighty 777-X family has its first confirmed commitment, with Lufthansa signing up for 34 of the gigantic 777-9X which will be by far the largest, heaviest and the most powerful twin-engine jetliner ever built and will bring to the table advanced tech engines an...
by manish
14 Nov 2013 19:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread
Replies: 3776
Views: 434884

Re: Indian Autos Thread

here is a pic of the mumbai bound bus..burnt down to its skeleton http://www.thehindu.com/news/national/seven-killed-as-mumbaibound-volvo-bus-catches-fire/article5349942.ece some kind of fire retardation and suppression system like used in military tracked vehicles will need to be installed in the ...
by manish
13 Nov 2013 19:23
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40179
Views: 1490276

Re: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India

Mangalore woman, mother of three, held for funding Patna blasts [Ayesha Bano] Some more interesting tidbits from local press (whose comments section is usually a stronghold of the real J and EJ types, you've been warned) It is said that Aysha was born 'Asha', a Hindu, and later she fell in love wit...
by manish
04 Nov 2013 20:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Reports now coming in that there are now unexplained delays in the Chennai airport privatisation - the announcement on shortlisted bidders scheduled for today has now been pushed to December 23, 2013. Chennai airport privatisation: Naming of shortlisted bidders postponed The Airport Authorities of I...
by manish
31 Oct 2013 06:43
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread
Replies: 3776
Views: 434884

Re: Indian Autos Thread

X-posting from Nukkad: From the TV screengrabs, it appeared to be a multi-axle model, meaning it is of fairly recent vintage(i.e. less than 3yrs or so) which means it is a complete Volvo product. Generally they seem to have decent specs and build quality and well marked emergency exits and strategic...
by manish
31 Oct 2013 06:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread
Replies: 3776
Views: 434884

Re: Indian Autos Thread

it is possible for the tank to catch fire - from the leak of hitting the culvert and the sparks from the friction. These buses sometimes have two doors, the one where you enter the bus itself and the one where you get into the cabin. I wonder if the driver/cleaner had the inner door locked and they...
by manish
30 Oct 2013 19:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Autos Thread
Replies: 3776
Views: 434884

Re: Indian Autos Thread

http://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/Andhra-bus-tragedy-Police-to-conduct-DNA-tests-for-identifying-dead/articleshow/24943993.cms Horrific and disgusting bus accident kills over 40 people, including 5 techies. BTW, why would a bus catch fire just from hitting a railing of a culvert- did the gas...
by manish
25 Oct 2013 22:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3937
Views: 406718

Re: Indian Railways Thread

^^^ Passenger services will never become profitable. The very best that we can hope for is for break-even and that too with sky high fares. It is the aam-admi which is keeping this service running. I hope they at least tone down their practice of squeezing every little drop of blood out of freight ...
by manish
21 Oct 2013 22:05
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Phone, Tablet and Gizmo Thread #0x02
Replies: 8048
Views: 273511

Re: Phone, Tablet and Gizmo Thread #0x02

1520 a 6" monster is due to release soon http://www.phonearena.com/news/Nokia-Bandit-phablet-to-be-called-Nokia-Lumia-1520_id46787 This is the one my contact told me to wait for instead of the Lumia 1020. I was told it is to have an even better camera than the 1020. But Mort ji, leaked specs p...
by manish
03 Oct 2013 23:14
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion 27 May 2012
Replies: 3973
Views: 156656

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion 27 May 2012

Meanwhile, the bloodbath on the jobs front in core sector industries seems to continue although the media and general populace largely ignores it. The tendency is to ignore more or less all news from non-ITVity sectors esp on the jobs and people front. The infra sector has seen a fairly brutal culli...
by manish
01 Oct 2013 20:29
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion 27 May 2012
Replies: 3973
Views: 156656

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion 27 May 2012

Not really, With the Chennai ORR being built to reach Ennore and Kattupalli ports and with the Chennai east coast tracks going past these ports a few KM away, I don't it will be too difficult getting Rail access. I think Amma wants to kill the Chennai port in favour of these 2 new ports. The added ...
by manish
01 Oct 2013 20:11
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion 27 May 2012
Replies: 3973
Views: 156656

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion 27 May 2012

India must be commended for the speed at which the new ports were authorized and built. In the west it can take 10+ years to do just the environmental study on a new port. For instance the attempts to export coal from the west coast are in such reviews right now and earliest date of export is 2018 ...
by manish
30 Sep 2013 14:00
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Phone, Tablet and Gizmo Thread #0x02
Replies: 8048
Views: 273511

Re: Phone, Tablet and Gizmo Thread #0x02

my question was not about adhesives but if people use screenguard at all. I do not. I do not understand the need for going for the latest Ultra-Super-Whatnot-HD screen if you are finally going to wrap it up in cheap plastic. I have never used any screen guards on my devices and never will. My SGS I...
by manish
30 Sep 2013 08:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

I spent a long layover inside changi once. used the light rail to explore the other terminal also. was not too impressed with the interior ... looked kind of cramped, disorganized and busy. their LCC part was undergoing renovation at the time to be fair. bangkok was much newer, more spacious and mo...
by manish
29 Sep 2013 10:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

they do have 195 a/c on order incl 150 of a320neo. http://articles.economictimes.indiatimes.com/2013-09-24/news/42361248_1_crore-cent-rise-kingfisher-airlines "This is the fifth year in a row that we have posted profits since we broke even in 2008-09. We submitted our financial results to the ...
by manish
29 Sep 2013 09:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

In fact just a couple of days ago IndiGo proclaimed its stated goal of becoming a 1000-aircraft airline - and no one really doubted them all that much. IndiGo currently flies 70 aircraft. :roll: sanjaykumar ji, instead of dismissing them off hand rolling eyes do look at what was stated by IndiGo if...
by manish
28 Sep 2013 19:27
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5732
Views: 585470

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

was reading reviews of shanghai pudong one of the largest and swankiest in the new china crop. recent reviews are very negative. seems just like android phones, there is more to a pleasant and efficient airport than a QUAD CORE processors, 2GB RAM and FHD screen :rotfl: http://www.airlinequality.co...

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