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by amritk
22 Feb 2016 06:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1089
Views: 123878

Re: Solar energy in India

About $10,000/INR6.5 lakh would be a good guess (i.e. $2/watt of peak installed capacity). My background is on the technology and manufacturing side and I can tell you that decent quality China panels are sold at about $0.55/W, by container load (a few hundred kW) CIF any port in the world, with del...
by amritk
28 Jan 2016 18:47
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Tourism: News & Discussion
Replies: 377
Views: 70682

Re: Indian Tourism: News & Discussion

For HP, would recommend flying to Chandigarh, saves road time vs. Delhi.
by amritk
27 Jan 2016 22:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch
Replies: 4292
Views: 836227

Re: Pakistani Economic Stress Watch

Gurus, what explains the appreciation of PKR against INR over the last 5 years or so?
by amritk
29 Sep 2015 18:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1312
Views: 203028

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

Yes, people are preparing for a recession there. Partly a "normal" bust and partly a more general slowdown due to becoming less competitive. Barclays analysts visited China and came back saying it was one of the most bearish trips they've ever taken As China's economy boomed, US industrial...
by amritk
29 Sep 2015 07:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015
Replies: 1312
Views: 203028

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : April 20 2015

Speaking of anecdotes, I wonder how many of us have been to China, and if so what cross section of China we have seen first hand. The Internet Yindoo is typically not a manufacturing or even trading person. Manufacturing is hard to do well, really hard. Please make a trip and see for yourself. Lots ...
by amritk
18 Jun 2015 06:33
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3937
Views: 439468

Re: Indian Railways Thread

Basics like gloves and eye protection is sorely needed. Gloves also act as force multipliers ...

@theo fidel go to pahadganj to see the washing machines in action. Then watch Delhi belly.
by amritk
22 Apr 2015 05:21
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion
Replies: 1697
Views: 212515

Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

schinnas, What you suggest could be very effective. IPL is clearly very professionally (i.e. American-style sports management) run and could be more attractive to our neighbours in the short term ... OTOH not everyone is as crazy about American culture or the ME-influenced Bollywood as we are. Nepal...
by amritk
17 Apr 2015 23:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion
Replies: 1697
Views: 212515

Re: Nepal and Bhutan News and discussion

May sound radical but one could say what is happening in Nepal (both us and China wooing them) is good. The region might develop while remaining friendly and accessible. Which is more than one can say at present for large parts of our own north east, unfortunately. May even present opportunities for...
by amritk
16 Apr 2015 06:12
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3978
Views: 205223

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

Can someone explain the mechanics of the gold deposit scheme in layman terms? One reads that the government will pay interest back in gold. How is that possible? You can't print gold. What makes the gold deposit scheme not a ponzi scheme? Or is it basically a sale, with the government paying in inst...
by amritk
16 Apr 2015 05:46
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Solar energy in India
Replies: 1089
Views: 123878

Re: Solar energy in India

For those interested in solar systems, NREL SAM is an excellent, free program developed by US Department of Energy for comprehensive performance and financial analysis of PV systems. Apologies if posted before.
by amritk
07 Apr 2015 23:13
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Railways Thread
Replies: 3937
Views: 439468

Re: Indian Railways Thread

^ sounds like a good candidate for crowd-sourced information, in the absence of official GPS data on train location.
by amritk
31 Mar 2015 22:24
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5789
Views: 634979

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

If it does NOT say "Deny"... I think it won't be found "undamaged". I believe the Deny position is spring loaded (it returns to Lock). If you push it to Deny, the keypad is locked out for a few minutes. If you want to continue Denying entry, you have to keep pushing it to Deny b...
by amritk
26 Feb 2015 00:45
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Indian Foreign Policy
Replies: 2459
Views: 339123

Re: Indian Foreign Policy

Ouch.
by amritk
15 Jan 2015 18:56
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3978
Views: 205223

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

Jhujar wrote:http://hindi.newsroompost.com/8985/vibrant-gujarat-vows-investment-worth-250-billion/
वाइब्रेंट गुजरात : 250 खरब रुपये निवेश के वादे

250 Billion $ MOU at Vibrant Gujarat.
( More Like The GDP of Saarc-India)


kharab = 10^11, therefore this is closer to $400B.
by amritk
27 Dec 2014 00:21
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3978
Views: 205223

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

GST!! If there is something that will get rid of the disgrace that passes off at the interstate borders, nothing will be more useful. Since the purpose of these is to collect money, why not replace it with the following system. The truck files a declaration of goods online at a convenient time, pay...
by amritk
19 Dec 2014 05:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013
Replies: 3978
Views: 205223

Re: Indian Economy - News & Discussion Oct 12 2013

The Consequences of a Strong Dollar Not sure if this was posted before (the article is from 2013). What do the gurus think about this article, and is it still relevant after (a) the elections and (b) oil price drop? High inflation and a strong currency have propelled demand for foreign capital. It ...
by amritk
29 Nov 2014 05:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5789
Views: 634979

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Right, but they are not funding Emirates with oil, which is what one might assume. Per Wikipedia oil is only 5% of their economy. They are making money as a financial centre and a port and recycling some of that towards gaining a monopolistic advantage. Cochin (or Colombo) are well positioned for so...
by amritk
28 Nov 2014 02:36
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5789
Views: 634979

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

Yes DEL does make sense. In your opinion what benefit does Dubai get from doing this. They don't have much oil. It's basically a financial centre/tax haven for individuals/laundry for money and goods, correct?
by amritk
27 Nov 2014 19:55
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: PRC Economy - New Reflections : Dec 15 2011
Replies: 3942
Views: 223610

Re: PRC Economy - New Reflections : Dec 15 2011

Come on Liu. You know as well as anyone that Chinese are still suckers for foreign brands. It's a side effect of the media isolation from the world. Sometimes I think China could become the most powerful country on earth but the Chinese people would still be deeply unhappy because they would not kno...
by amritk
27 Nov 2014 19:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5789
Views: 634979

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

The ideal scenario would be to develop a large, new hub possibly co-located with a new city. Maybe gift city or near a major tourist destination (Khajuraho, Jaipur, Hampi ...)? I think we need to think big and aim to service pan Asian traffic from this hub. Could carve out a quasi Union Territory if...
by amritk
28 Oct 2014 04:35
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Project 75I - It Begins
Replies: 1142
Views: 229327

Re: Project 75I- It Begins

But if SSN can do all the jobs of SSKs and some more and if the cost is almost one and same is it not prudent for us to go for SSNs based on Arihant? Will it also not standardize the supply line and production line and will reduce the costs further. I mean how many nations have the variety of subs,...
by amritk
21 Oct 2014 11:11
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion
Replies: 5789
Views: 634979

Re: Civil Aviation Development & Discussion

ManjaM wrote:How about putting together a metallic, conventional turboprop designed to go head to head with the Cessna Caravan.


In a way we have this, with Mahindra's acquisition of Gipps.
by amritk
01 Oct 2014 14:06
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Neutering & Defanging Chinese Threat (09-08-2014)
Replies: 10352
Views: 1396715

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

I wonder if HK protests are covered by mainland chini media? Who knows it may be start of great Chinese winter. Not a whisper. The media and internet control is nearly complete. Even google does not work there. Too few Chinese know English well enough to be interested in VPNing out to see what's ha...
by amritk
29 Sep 2014 12:56
Forum: Military Issues & History Forum
Topic: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission
Replies: 2751
Views: 174339

Re: Mangalyaan : ISRO's Mars Orbiter Mission

Just curious - what happened to Arun_S. Is he here under a different name?
by amritk
06 Sep 2014 21:19
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Perspectives on the global economic changes
Replies: 4310
Views: 357997

Re: Perspectives on the global economic changes

the US government shouldn't waste money on mundane social spending, but should waste it on things that are more likely to have large benefits in the very long term, ie: super technologies. That the US will survive long enough to implement such an approach is demonstrated by the survival of the Japa...
by amritk
10 Aug 2014 06:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Relations : News and Discussion
Replies: 3947
Views: 205404

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

The USG itself is not a monolith (though almost universally composed of patriots), and further, the CIA and other shadow agencies work independently of the USG. Often they work to spite the President/elected USG it would seem.
by amritk
16 May 2014 23:04
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: General Elections 2014 : RESULTS thread
Replies: 4038
Views: 7201

Re: General Elections 2014 : RESULTS thread

That said, Congress and Left are finished. From now on we will have BJP and some version of AAPtard as main parties. Thats why it is important to start and sustain DHARMIC regional parties as a counter balance to BJP. Throw all those colonial-identity based (Islamic, Christian, Secular, Communist &...
by amritk
16 May 2014 07:53
Forum: History & Current Affairs Archive
Topic: General Elections 2014 : RESULTS thread
Replies: 4038
Views: 7201

Re: General Elections 2014 : RESULTS thread

Thanks for sharing that story rudradev and congrats.
by amritk
12 May 2014 23:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US Strategic News and Discussion
Replies: 14521
Views: 665238

Re: India-US Strategic News and Discussion

Re: caste, etc, the US grew to be a great power at least in part because of the superb balance of the 4 varnas there. Fundamentally this is what appeals to so many , including Indian immigrants. Now in the recent past, say 20 years or so, the trader tendencies got the better of the US (e.g. outsourc...
by amritk
04 May 2014 09:54
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40179
Views: 1706369

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

Gus wrote:
sivab wrote:Transcript of Modi's interview to Kranthikari Aaj Tak in Hindi

http://aajtak.intoday.in/story/narendra ... 63262.html


no anglais? anybody here willing to do a quick translation of the important parts?


You can use google translate.
by amritk
01 May 2014 22:31
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40179
Views: 1706369

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

Maybe she really hates Modi and doesn't want to be associated with him. Modi may have meant well but the statement could seem presumptuous to some.
by amritk
01 May 2014 07:23
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40179
Views: 1706369

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

Rahul Mehta wrote:And why is 35% of BJP flag green?


I guess we'll have to wait for the census data to find out. :)
by amritk
27 Apr 2014 08:12
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections
Replies: 20717
Views: 886068

Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

bhargava wrote::eek: :eek:



Gowhati Jalukbari


... dafaq??
by amritk
23 Apr 2014 15:55
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Narendra Modi vs the Dynasty: Contrasting Ideas of India
Replies: 40179
Views: 1706369

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

ravi_g wrote:They are eating wrong and sleeping wrong and not exercising.


Yes, they are tired due to the gruelling schedules. In fact I thought Modi was showing signs of burnout/PTSD in that otherwise excellent interview with the Hindi channel. I hope I am wrong.
by amritk
18 Apr 2014 01:58
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Should we discontinue EVMs?
Replies: 2401
Views: 150787

Re: Should we discontinue EVMs?

^ Luckily in this case the Congress light still flashed. Someone didn't do their hack well enough to cover their trail. Maybe just hardwired all the buttons together to the Congress input. How hard is it to forge a seal when it is known that even passports can be forged. To the computer security gur...
by amritk
14 Apr 2014 16:16
Forum: BR Nostalgia Archive
Topic: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections
Replies: 20717
Views: 886068

Re: Statewide and National runup to 2014 General elections

only exception is brazil where again the votes are not stored but transmitted by satellite link somewhere http://www.intelfreepress.com/news/brazil-offering-a-model-for-us-elections/195 . IOW the data are submitted in near real time, reducing the potential for "post-processing"/photoshopp...
by amritk
13 Apr 2014 06:03
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: General Elections 2014- Transition of power & World Reaction
Replies: 708
Views: 35910

Re: General Elections 2014- Largest peaceful transition of p

Thanks chaanakya. The ppt didn't really explain the security and integrity mechanisms but your explanation makes sense.

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