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by Suraj
02 Dec 2007 02:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 48368

Months ago Andy Mukherjee wrote at length suggesting the repeal of ULCRA in Mumbai along with the RCA. Now that the former has been eliminated: Urban Renewal Beckons in Mumbai as Law Repealed India's most important city finally has a good shot at urban renewal. Lawmakers in India's Maharashtra state...
by Suraj
27 Nov 2007 23:00
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Replies: 577
Views: 91843

Are there any technical publications that analyze these claims and possibilities ? I find the exotic explanations for why Indian crop yields are lower, questionable at best, with more theoretizing than anything particularly convincing. Any actual data on climate and yields in SE Asia as well as vari...
by Suraj
21 Nov 2007 01:31
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32723

Any tips on reducing blood pressure without completely avoiding salt? 10 min cardio followed by weights for an hr thrice a week doesn't seem to be helping in anyway. Why not do cardio for longer ? It seems odd that cardio lasts 10 minutes and weights receive 1hr of time. You typically want to break...
by Suraj
20 Nov 2007 03:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 48368

About the JNNURM: Urban reform gets going [quote]Why does capitalism succeed only in capitalist nations and fail in so many others? This, of course, is the famous question posed by the Peruvian economist, Hernando de Soto, who explained this by arguing that most developing countries locked up valuab...
by Suraj
17 Nov 2007 01:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Infrastructure News & Discussion
Replies: 700
Views: 137214

Theo and others: Since this discussion has delved into urbanization, would you mind driving it further in the Urban Development and Public Policy thread, which I created for this specific topic ? It has some background discussion already but has been dormant for a while. There's a lot of ongoing dis...
by Suraj
09 Nov 2007 01:11
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32723

I've used a rowing machine, though I have no idea what model it was, since I tried to do it sporadically. I agree its a good workout. I typically did 30 minute sessions (gym time restriction), and covered typically between 7-8km in that time, so probably your 2min/500m suggestion as well. It takes a...
by Suraj
08 Nov 2007 23:22
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Personal Health, Nutrition and Fitness Thread
Replies: 6544
Views: 32723

I'm one of those who finished grad school with 'conference room pizza' flab, so to speak. Soon afterwards, on an impulse I joined a gym and started working out. Lost ~35lbs over 5 months to get to my current weight of ~150lb, which is good for my height (5'9"). Can't say my approach then would ...
by Suraj
08 Nov 2007 00:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: NRI Investment in India and R2I Financial Concerns
Replies: 208
Views: 48077

The USD situation is looking increasingly precarious now, IMHO. Gold is up. Silver is up. Commodities/oil are up. I don't envision an apocalyptic global crash, but the USD is no longer something I have much faith in. There are a lot of US based NRI folks on here who would benefit from diversifying o...
by Suraj
29 Sep 2007 01:05
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal and Power - ONLY Articles
Replies: 99
Views: 24386

Greg Sheridan again: We must make room for a nuclear India Nothing is more important in India at the moment than its nuclear co-operation deal with the US. The deal effectively accepts India as a nuclear weapons state. It divides the Indian nuclear program into its peaceful and military components. ...
by Suraj
19 Sep 2007 08:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 411
Views: 90111

emsin and vina, thanks. I was looking for just such a detailed response about the profile of goods being traded. It is obvious that our port capacity is grossly inadequate - I posted in the economy thread over a year ago with a data reference indicating well over $1 billion in export losses just at ...
by Suraj
19 Sep 2007 00:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 411
Views: 90111

emsin: It appears you are familiar with the shipping sector. Could you please expound at length about the current capacity for dry and liquid cargo, as well as TEU capacity of various ports, the trends in recent years etc ? I'm also interested in know how containerization is related to the economic ...
by Suraj
18 Sep 2007 13:04
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Shipping Sector
Replies: 411
Views: 90111

The largest container ship is the Emma Maersk, as far as I know. It has a 11,000 TEU capacity. [url=http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Emma_Mærsk]link[/url] According to this preso (slide 28 ), Mundra port can handle 8000 TEU ships as of 2003, while JNPT could only handle 4000 TEU vessels at that time. I...
by Suraj
04 Sep 2007 11:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Large Infrastructure Projects: Inertia and Opposition
Replies: 325
Views: 48492

Gotta hand it to the Koreans for coming up with novel ideas. The POSCO project displaced are being compensated monetarily and with land elsewhere, plus assured export markets for their fish and mango pickle in South Korea. If people are this serendipitous, I see these opposition issues slowly dissol...
by Suraj
30 Aug 2007 05:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1161
Views: 76457

csubash: Thanks for the inside view of the Novartis situation. IMO, it was stupid of them to react in this manner. The Madras High Court clearly saw their attempts as an attempt at patent evergreening. Barely a day after they cast aspersions on Indai's IPR regime, the Swiss Govt spokesperson herself...
by Suraj
29 Aug 2007 20:04
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: BR Forums Feedback
Replies: 1566
Views: 159043

Broken Link: While searching for the Battle of Assal Uttar on google, the 2nd result is a BR link: http://www.bharat-rakshak.com/LAND-FORC ... tton2.html . However this gives me a 404 page not found error.
by Suraj
28 Aug 2007 23:10
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Health Care Sector
Replies: 1161
Views: 76457

Re: the Novartis patent case in Madras High Court, their hubris is turning out to be a lot of hot air and noise. First the Swiss Government themselves declined to press forward with an appeal to the WTO, indicating that Indian IPR regime is WTO compliant. Novartis responded by saying it will pull ou...
by Suraj
23 Aug 2007 23:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Large Infrastructure Projects: Inertia and Opposition
Replies: 325
Views: 48492

This article describes the importance of zoning laws in the context of land acquisition for industrialization and development: Zone it, forget it [quote]After a brief hiatus, following the central government’s decision that land for industrial and other private projects would no longer be procured...
by Suraj
16 Aug 2007 23:13
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Agriculture and Agro-based Industry
Replies: 577
Views: 91843

An example of the mismanagement and lack of market-oriented policies in the agri sector: Poor bond-age The government’s decision to issue bonds worth Rs 6,000 crore to fertiliser manufacturers, to partly offset their massive outstanding subsidy dues, reflects a continuation of the ill-conceived po...
by Suraj
14 Aug 2007 22:44
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News & Discussion - 13 Aug 2007
Replies: 338
Views: 50411

Hasn't this been posted yet ? I didn't see any reference. The Aussies seem to be doing just as kgoan posited: Australian uranium bound for India AUSTRALIA has decided to start uranium shipments to India with the condition that Australian inspectors be allowed to check on-site that the yellowcake is ...
by Suraj
09 Aug 2007 11:10
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News & Discussion - 07 Aug 2007
Replies: 268
Views: 45644

The whiff of $$$ takes centerstage... Posted in full Areva, GE, Rosatom Vie for $14 Billion India Nuclear Contracts When Ban Ends: Bloomberg Areva SA, the world's largest maker of nuclear power stations, and General Electric Co. are among four companies poised to share $14 billion of orders from Ind...
by Suraj
08 Aug 2007 22:38
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News & Discussion - 07 Aug 2007
Replies: 268
Views: 45644

From Bloomberg: Tata To Build Nuclear Plant If Rules Changed: Ratan Tata Tata Power Co., India's third-biggest utility, may build nuclear power plants if the government changes rules, Chairman Ratan Tata said. ``Tata Power has alignment with some major nuclear equipment suppliers and is ready to go,...
by Suraj
06 Aug 2007 12:05
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 48368

This article describes one of the key issues behind urban development (bolded): Ambani brothers ride Mumbai`s makeover Today, if you travel by road from the central suburb of Ghatkopar to the western suburb of Versova, it could take you an hour if you are not caught in a bad traffic jam. Come 2009 a...
by Suraj
30 Jul 2007 23:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1534
Views: 223297

Reliance Energy bags 4000MW Sasan power plant deal, to invest $5 billion The uncertainty over the 4,000 Mw Sasan ultra mega power project is over. Anil Dhirubhai Ambani Group (ADAG) company Reliance Power (formerly known as Reliance Energy Generation) has bagged the project after matching the tarif...
by Suraj
30 Jul 2007 04:17
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Nuclear News & Discussion - 28 Jul 2007
Replies: 272
Views: 47215

Agriculture+fisheries+forestry together contribute 18.4% of GDP, as of 2006-07 (i.e., the last) fiscal. Combined, they grew by 2.6% last year. Agriculture alone grew 1.5% . Despite these figures, the gross domestic product grew 9.4% in 2006-07 . The industrial sector (which contributes ~28% of econo...
by Suraj
27 Jul 2007 22:18
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: Indian Nuclear News & Discussion - 25 Jul 2007
Replies: 268
Views: 46752

Came across this while trawling Bloomberg for economic news. Posting in full: Indian Pledge on Reprocessing Led to Breakthrough India's pledge to set up a ``state- of-the-art'' reprocessing site for spent atomic fuel led to a breakthrough in stalled talks on a civilian nuclear energy agreement, firs...
by Suraj
18 Jul 2007 02:02
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1534
Views: 223297

Despite strong power generation growth so far this fiscal, it is apparent that the power ministry's targets were much higher than the current achieved additions: Power scorecard: 50% achievement in Q1 [quote]The power sector’s addition to its capacity in the first quarter of the year has been a li...
by Suraj
03 Jul 2007 06:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Large Infrastructure Projects: Inertia and Opposition
Replies: 325
Views: 48492

Here's an interesting episode - a bunch of Orissa villagers who happen to support the POSCO project protest against the actions of the rent-a-protest-mob brigade and demand their eviction so the POSCO project can proceed unhampered: Posco plan supporters block roads in Paradip Hundreds of villagers ...
by Suraj
29 Jun 2007 21:53
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion - June 26-2007
Replies: 322
Views: 60276

Surajji, So, what may happen IF Mainland goes Demo? Will their minds sync? I am not looking for an answer. Boss, you're looking at the wrong reason for either PRC/KMT or a theoretical unified nation syncing in that manner. Democracy doesn't necessarily equate to a move to emphasize some nationalist...
by Suraj
29 Jun 2007 10:36
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion - June 26-2007
Replies: 322
Views: 60276

Did you know that Taiwan supports Main land China on the Arunachal Pradesh issue? A Demo Mainland China would be a formidable country with T's backing. Just a thought. Reality is far more complex. It is the Pan Blues, the Kuomintang, who are associated with this position, not the country at large. ...
by Suraj
29 Jun 2007 01:23
Forum: Nuclear Issues Archive
Topic: India Nuclear News and Discussion - June 26-2007
Replies: 322
Views: 60276

On a related tangent on the subject of US political capital, Bush's immigration bill has effectively been killed a short while ago, in the Senate. Bush is entering the final stretch of his term, with no major breakthroughs, on the domestic or foreign fronts. Interesting position from the nuclear dea...
by Suraj
29 Jun 2007 00:03
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 48368

Some people have spoken about having a HK-style special economic region to jumpstart inward investments. Here's Andy Mukherjee thinking aloud for Bombay to play that role: A Mumbai Fantasy for City of Stars, Poverty This week, a young man in Mumbai lost his only productive assets -- a few glasses an...
by Suraj
24 Jun 2007 02:53
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2950
Views: 268210

For those who wanted to know what the Delhi-Gurgaon expressway is like now, here's a video: Youtube: ride from South Delhi to IFFCO Chowk in Gurgaon Very bideshi look and feel, as Singha would put it; a look at the up and coming India.The airport interchange is getting done soon, so you can take the...
by Suraj
13 Jun 2007 01:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Large Infrastructure Projects: Inertia and Opposition
Replies: 325
Views: 48492

More on the growing interest in shares-for-land compensation. Looks like a homegrown solution is emerging, six months after Singur and Nandigram: Share-for-land model catching on in the east [quote]Sajjan Jindal's model of making land-losers stakeholders in his Bengal project appears to be attractin...
by Suraj
10 Jun 2007 02:29
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Large Infrastructure Projects: Inertia and Opposition
Replies: 325
Views: 48492

A Business Standard reporter drove to the JSW Steel plant site in West Midnapore to talk to the villagers themselves, about the equity share distribution plan announced as compensation, and concludes: Has the land problem been solved? Sajjan Jindal makes the most unexpected announcement of giving fr...
by Suraj
09 Jun 2007 02:34
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Large Infrastructure Projects: Inertia and Opposition
Replies: 325
Views: 48492

Ok so far we've talked about how the land acquisition problem caused conflict and opposition. Here's are two very recent cases where new rehabiliation policies were announced by companies setting up SEZs, which have been well received, and could set a baseline: Case: JSW $8 billion steel plant in Mi...
by Suraj
08 Jun 2007 02:32
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1534
Views: 223297

Powerful worries [quote]The fact that eight state electricity boards (SEBs) are approaching the ministry of power to ask for more time to unbundle their operations does not look like being very bad news, even though the unbundling into separate generation, transmission and distribution companies wa...
by Suraj
06 Jun 2007 03:52
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1534
Views: 223297

Katare: BHEL's book profitability is not sufficient. That is rather easy for them to achieve under the current circumstances. Our economic and industrial prerogatives require them to be significantly more capable, as Theo described. Rapid development requires significant heavy engineering capability...
by Suraj
05 Jun 2007 02:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1534
Views: 223297

Arguments going on between Power and Industries ministries. The former are very critical of the rate at which the latter, and particularly its flagship, BHEL, is producing power equipment. Claims the low rate of production is responsible for 10th Plan power generation goals not being met, and plans ...
by Suraj
04 Jun 2007 22:49
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Urban Development and Public Policy Discussion
Replies: 444
Views: 48368

Bombay is debating eliminating ULCRA: Mumbai Seeks to Free Up Land as Boom Boosts Rents Mumbai, India's commercial hub, is seeking to curb soaring rents and prices for offices and homes by easing a 30-year-old law that limits the amount of land available for development in the city of more than 17 m...
by Suraj
04 Jun 2007 05:48
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: India's Power Sector
Replies: 1534
Views: 223297

Power boards` unbundling stumbles [quote]Eight states will be knocking at the doors of the power ministry this month to seek more time to unbundle their electricity boards (SEBs) into separate transmission, generation and distribution entities. This is not the first time such extensions will be sou...

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