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by Dipanker
12 Dec 2017 14:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

I would tend to think that if a constellation of stars appear more or less in same relative position with respect to each other during the course of 1 year ( period of earth's revolution around sun), then precession of equinoxes should not have any effect on appearance of such constellations, for e....
by Dipanker
12 Dec 2017 13:57
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

To explain the above better - precession of the earth's axis alone was not enough to make Arundhati periodically walk ahead of Vashishta. If it was left to precession alone, A before V would have never have happened. But added on top of the periodic precession phenomenon, was this (practically) lin...
by Dipanker
12 Dec 2017 06:06
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

Simple question about rotation of constellations around the celestial north pole in northern hemisphere, from a viewer perspective the stars of constellation which appear to be in "front/top" position in relation to other stars in the same constellation before the culmination will appear t...
by Dipanker
11 Dec 2017 03:34
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

My Vaman Shivram Apte "The Student's Sanskrit English Dictionary" gives the meaning of Saras (सरस्) as 1. a lake, pond, pool, a large sheet of water 2. water Thanks for posting that. Two other online sources give same meanings with RV as source for first set of meanings and Naigh (?!) as ...
by Dipanker
11 Dec 2017 00:30
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

This is a new one for me. My exposure to Sanskrit is up to 10+2 level, and I have read tons and tons (hyperbolically speaking) Sanskritized Hindi literature both prose and poetry. I have never come across this meaning of Saras! You are welcome to pick up a Sanskrit dictionary - it is a basin/pond/r...
by Dipanker
11 Dec 2017 00:01
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

shiv wrote:Saras means water.


This is a new one for me. My exposure to Sanskrit is up to 10+2 level, and I have read tons and tons (hyperbolically speaking) Sanskritized Hindi literature both prose and poetry.

I have never come across this meaning of Saras!
by Dipanker
09 Dec 2017 08:42
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

So what happened to the Andronovo => Sintashta => BMAC people? Did some of them make it India or not? Were they the carriers of R1a1* to India? Did some of these people also end up in Tarim basin in China( Tocharian mummies carrying R1a1* DNA )? Why is it that other than the commonality of R1a1* bet...
by Dipanker
09 Dec 2017 06:25
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: ALT-Tech Dhaga
Replies: 31
Views: 4214

Re: ALT-Tech Dhaga

^ I am guessing more or less, the difference being the number of intermediate layers, more the number of layers better the learning. Of course additional layers also demands additional computing power. Kaggle website has interesting data sets available for practicing machine-learning/data-science al...
by Dipanker
09 Dec 2017 05:22
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1737
Views: 252401

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

If we were to compare the per capita GDP in 1958 to per capita GDP in 2017, we would need to convert them to same base year, inflation data comes handy for doing just that. If we use the inflation data from the cited source, 1 unit of money in 1958 is roughly equivalent to ~72 unit today. Divide the...
by Dipanker
09 Dec 2017 04:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1737
Views: 252401

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Dipankar, Do you have any data to show that percapita of India was higher in 1950 than what it is today? Never heard this before. I used the inflation data (1958 - 2016) from this source, couple of data points look little off and probably should be cross checked from another source. http://www.infl...
by Dipanker
08 Dec 2017 01:33
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: ALT-Tech Dhaga
Replies: 31
Views: 4214

Re: ALT-Tech Dhaga

I find this utterly and truly mind boggling that a deep learning convolutional neural network program can teach itself to play chess in 4 hours tabula rasa (from scratch and without any prior domain specific built in knowledge) and beat the world best dedicated/conventional chess playing program Sto...
by Dipanker
08 Dec 2017 01:00
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182378

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

India to ban imports of petcoke as concerns about air pollution grow DECEMBER 6, 2017 NEW DELHI—India's government says it plans to phase out imports of a dirty fuel known as petroleum coke, or petcoke, after an Associated Press investigation found US oil refineries are exporting vast quantities of...
by Dipanker
05 Dec 2017 10:41
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1737
Views: 252401

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Billion people standing together is asset and powerful. Yet I don't think any one said that population was a burden. What was said was having too many kids, more than you can afford, is a great burden on family and social infrastructure of the country. All those extra kids would either die of sickn...
by Dipanker
04 Dec 2017 20:50
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017
Replies: 1737
Views: 252401

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Nov 27 2017

Per the data provided above, the growth rate till 1990-91 turns out to be around 4.1%, so if we are to compare the "Nehruvian" vs. "Post Nehruvian" growth rate, we should at least cite right figure of 4.1% instead of some fictitious "Hindu rate of growth" of 3.5%. Also ...
by Dipanker
04 Dec 2017 18:17
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Positive News from the USA
Replies: 3007
Views: 106428

Re: Positive News from the USA

Manish_P wrote:
saip wrote:The most intelligent President of the USA in the history of mankind has no use for LIGO Scientists.


Thus proved..

The Most Intelligent U.S. Presidents Ranked By IQ Score


NOT...
https://www.snopes.com/donald-trumps-in ... -quotient/
by Dipanker
02 Dec 2017 07:40
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121178

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Dipankar: I am not sure China will just settle for some circumpolar sea routes to Europe. It already has trains running to Europe. It can just keep doubling/quadrupling those tracks. The train takes 11 days and can transport something in the order of a few hundred containers -- a single container s...
by Dipanker
02 Dec 2017 01:23
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121178

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

De-nuking of NOKO will only happen if their nukes are genuinely owned by China (otherwise NOT) and the US is willing to pay the price China wants. I am not sure China will just settle for some circumpolar sea routes to Europe. It already has trains running to Europe. It can just keep doubling/quadru...
by Dipanker
01 Dec 2017 23:58
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182378

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

US exporting dirty fuel to already pollution-choked India HIGHLIGHTS * US oil refineries that are unable to sell a dirty fuel waste - petcoke- at home are exporting vast quantities of it to India instead * In 2016, the US sent more than 8 million metric tons of petcoke to India * Petcoke contains m...
by Dipanker
29 Nov 2017 22:07
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2
Replies: 4985
Views: 286143

Re: Out-of-India - From Theory to Truth: Part 2

So Saraswati did not flow through the paleochannel through which Ghaghar/Hakra now flows, rather it was Sutlej?! Wow! This is going to negate a lot of writings/theories floated in the last 20 years or so. So the question is where did mighty Saraswati river flow, if not in the Ghaghar/Hakra paleochan...
by Dipanker
25 Nov 2017 12:54
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: GST - Discussion on all aspects.
Replies: 697
Views: 86117

Re: GST - Discussion on all aspects.

GST should be all fixed in the next 6 - 9 months: GST May Have Fewer Slabs In Future, Says Chief Economic Adviser Hyderabad: Chief Economic Adviser (CEA) Arvind Subramanian today said going forward the Goods and Services Tax (GST) may "probably" have fewer rates by "collapsing" 1...
by Dipanker
25 Nov 2017 04:59
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2429
Views: 276830

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

After fare hike in October, Delhi Metro lost over three lakh commuters a day, RTI data reveals Delhi Metro lost over three lakh commuters a day after the Delhi Metro Rail Corporation (DMRC) increased the passenger fare for the second time this year in October, according to an RTI query. The daily a...
by Dipanker
25 Nov 2017 04:58
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2429
Views: 276830

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Vasco Da Gama-Patna Express derailment: Train mishap kills 3 in Chitrakoot; Railways Minister announces compensation At least thirteen coaches of the Vasco Da Gama-Patna express derailed at Manikpur railway station in Chitrakoot, Uttar Pradesh on Friday morning, killing three people and leaving at ...
by Dipanker
23 Nov 2017 09:28
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182378

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

US Senate’s pass to LeT may’ve emboldened Pakistan to release Hafiz Saeed WASHINGTON: Pakistan's release of 26/11 massacre principal Hafiz Saeed+ , almost on the anniversary of the carnage in Mumbai, follows the United States taking the heat off Islamabad insofar as action against the Lashkar-e-Tai...
by Dipanker
20 Nov 2017 10:38
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182378

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

From Paki paper Dawn, the more things change the more they remain the same?! Pentagon persuades Congress to delink LeT from Haqqani network WASHINGTON: The US Depart­­ment of Defence persuaded Cong­ress to drop a provision that linked reimbursements to Pakis­tan with a demonstrable action against La...
by Dipanker
18 Nov 2017 20:23
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 474368

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Nothing much seems to be happening in Pak except a thin line along Indus. Bdesh and parts of Nepal seems to be doing fine. Maoist corridor in India is still in dark. Why low electricity consumption along western ghats right upto Kerala? Because of Western Ghats! The lit coastal area falls on the we...
by Dipanker
17 Nov 2017 21:27
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 474368

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Moody upgrades India's sovereign ratings from Baa3 to Baa2, is this really a big deal? Some perspective can be had from looking Moody's rating for nations in sorted order (click on rating's up/down arrow) from this Wikipedia Link: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_countries_by_credit_rating#Mood...
by Dipanker
15 Nov 2017 02:17
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015
Replies: 4573
Views: 474368

Re: Indian Economy News & Discussion - Aug 26 2015

Prem wrote: We will be b'ween 9-10 T in 2030


For that a growth rate of 10 to 11% is required. Last quarter it was 5.7%.

So the question is how do we raise the growth rate from 5.7% to 11% ?
by Dipanker
12 Nov 2017 07:08
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2879
Views: 228806

Re: Indian Roads Thread

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by Dipanker
12 Nov 2017 00:20
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2879
Views: 228806

Re: Indian Roads Thread

They don't claim these pictures to be from India, but being the website of ministry of road transport and highways one would expect that they would post pictures of Indian roads as banner pictures instead of roads from Canada and USA. What's the point of putting of pictures of Canadian and American ...
by Dipanker
11 Nov 2017 05:28
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Roads Thread
Replies: 2879
Views: 228806

Re: Indian Roads Thread

Check out the GOI's Ministry of Road Transport and Highways website, two of the 4 cycling banner images are of Canadian and American Roads! This is not the first time. Another time the website had posted image of roads from Spain and claimed them to be Indian! https://parivahan.gov.in/sarathiservice...
by Dipanker
08 Nov 2017 07:38
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy
Replies: 7747
Views: 600674

Re: Currency Demonetisation and Future course of Indian Economy

Cash still king as digital payments inch up slowly CHENNAI: If demonetisation was a push for a cashless economy, it has been working very slowly. Reserve Bank of India data shows the usage of wallets, non-UPI banking apps and Aadhaar-enabled payments has been slow to catch on, while that of debit c...
by Dipanker
05 Nov 2017 09:01
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2429
Views: 276830

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

Isn't the Data published in the Business Standard provided by Railways itself? So Railways is providing BS data? :roll:
by Dipanker
03 Nov 2017 23:52
Forum: Technology & Economic Forum
Topic: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)
Replies: 2429
Views: 276830

Re: Indian Railways Thread (Dec 2015)

......................A study carried out by IIM, Ahmedabad, indicated that a 100 daily trips would be required between Ahmedabad and Mumbai to make the bullet train financially viable. About 35 trips are reportedly being planned. Is this right? If 100 daily trips are required to break even then si...
by Dipanker
29 Oct 2017 12:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: J&K News and Discussion - 2016
Replies: 2226
Views: 340655

Re: J&K News and Discussion - 2016

Now BJP says Hurriyat is a Stakeholder?? Jammu and Kashmir Deputy CM says Hurriyat is stakeholder, rules out talks with militants SRINAGAR: The BJP is holding its first-ever state working committee meeting in Srinagar on Sunday while a senior J&K BJP leader and State Deputy Chief Minister Nirmal...
by Dipanker
29 Oct 2017 01:53
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121178

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

North Korea Rouses Neighbors to Reconsider Nuclear Weapons As North Korea races to build a weapon that for the first time could threaten American cities, its neighbors are debating whether they need their own nuclear arsenals. The North’s rapidly advancing capabilities have scrambled military calcu...
by Dipanker
28 Oct 2017 23:26
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182378

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

H-1B visa issue raised with US 'very strongly', says Suresh Prabhu NEW DELHI: Amid the tightening of visa norms in the US, India has "very strongly" raised the issue of H-1B and L1 visas asserting that the American economy has been immensely benefited by the Indian IT professionals. Union...
by Dipanker
28 Oct 2017 19:47
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India - South & North Korea Thread
Replies: 1342
Views: 121178

Re: India - South & North Korea Thread

Mattis: North Korea nuclear threat accelerating

The threat of nuclear attack from North Korea is increasing, US Defence Secretary James Mattis said during a visit to South Korea.
by Dipanker
27 Oct 2017 21:04
Forum: Strategic Issues & International Relations Forum
Topic: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV
Replies: 1517
Views: 182378

Re: India-US relations: News and Discussions IV

Despite Tillerson, US won’t abandon Pakistan for India It has become commonplace to caution American policymakers against irrational exuberance when dealing with India: Keep expectations low (conventional wisdom goes) and you won’t be disappointed. In the wake of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...
by Dipanker
27 Oct 2017 21:02
Forum: Trash Can Archive
Topic: Terroristan - 29 September 2017
Replies: 2847
Views: 217308

Re: Terroristan - 29 September 2017

Despite Tillerson, US won’t abandon Pakistan for India It has become commonplace to caution American policymakers against irrational exuberance when dealing with India: Keep expectations low (conventional wisdom goes) and you won’t be disappointed. In the wake of US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson...

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