- Mahindra showcases driver-less tractor: Developed in Chennai. Available in 2019.
- Ahimsa Milk: The UK's first "slaughter-free" dairy farm moves to a permanent home... USA's First certified slaughter-free dairy in Gita Nagari Creamery in Pennsylvania... Gau Raksha goes global
- HGH: Fasting boosts Human Growth Hormone. No drugs, no supplements, simple fasting does the trick. For those interested in athletic performance, the benefits are even greater.
- Life from Light: Is it possible to live without food?
- Hindi out: Three-language formula in high schools may go in Karnataka
- Uttarakhand’s Education Minister makes a fool of himself:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
Sunday, September 17, 2017
Sri Lanka's second-largest airport is designed to handle a million passengers per year. It currently receives about a dozen passengers per day. It has annual revenues of roughly $300,000, but now it must repay China $23.6 million a year for the next eight years. To relieve its debt crisis, the Sri Lankan govt agreed to give China control of a deepwater port in exchange for writing off $1.1 billion of the island’s debt.
“We always thought China’s investments would help our economy. But now there’s a sense that we’ve been maneuvered into selling some of the family jewels.” ..This will be the story of OBOR down the road.
NYTimes: What the World’s Emptiest International Airport Says About China’s Influence.
Forbes: China's Ghost Town Diplomacy: The Story Behind The World's Emptiest International Airport
Saturday, September 16, 2017
Friday, September 15, 2017
From: kalyan <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Date: Fri, Sep 15, 2017 at 6:45 AM
Subject: Against Occidentalism: A Conversation with Alice Crary and Vishwa Adluri on The Nay Science
Thursday, September 14, 2017
- Bibek Debroy: For 95% commuters, Bullet train means nothing.
- Financial viability: An IIM Ahmedabad study estimated the bullet train would have to ferry 88,000-118,000 passengers a day for the railways to keep it financially viable.
- Not made in India:
- Diabetes reversal hope: Reversal of diabetes is now "clearly attainable" for some, possibly many, but most patients and doctors remain oblivious to these developments
- Centre makes Rs 1.6 trillion (Rs 1.6 lakh crore) more on fuel: Additional excise duty imposed by the NDA government on petrol and diesel after coming to power.
- Preventing oil addiction: The Jaggi lists 10 reasons why high oil taxes are good for India.
- Is BJP losing support? RSS alerts the BJP to credible signs of a shift in the public mood over govt's failures -- economic slowdown, job losses and dismal job creation, the failure of demonetisation to throw up immediate results and unrest among farmers.
- Who funds anti-BJP newspapers? The BJP, who else.
- The Han solution: Man sentenced in China for teaching Quran online
- They understand hacking, they do it all the time: China Reportedly Has a Secure Quantum Communication Network
2/n Most countries that introduced BulletTrains did after developing own know-how to prove they'd arrived.Only India importing &yet boastful— MadhuPurnima Kishwar (@madhukishwar) September 14, 2017
Likewise, leaders in the BJP and the RSS need to be able to undertake interviews to properly frame their ideas in context, and seize back the narrative from their critics.
Wednesday, September 13, 2017
From: Sanjeev Nayyar
Points 1. Ryan International School runs 186 schools in 18 States. Started in 1976. 2. Acc to Shantanu Bhagwat art he has recd foreign funding? 3. Avail of benefits of Art 29 and 30. Is this why benefits were granted to Christian Schools. 4. Schools are exempt from RTE. 5. This is business so why exempt from RTE. Their site https://www.ryaninternational.
Dr Pinto "acknowledged God's constant guidance in building one of India largest chains of privately owned schools". Which made me wonder how much of the "success" of such minority-institutions (in particular, Catholic-faith based schools and educational groups) is due to the relative "freedom" they enjoy from government interference and controls (e.g. minority-institutions are exempt from the recent RTE legislation), as well as the generous funding they receive from abroad? More questions.
Of Islamic VC Funds and Christian Chambers of Commerce by Shantanu Bhagwat 8.12.2012
t talked about an "Excellence Award" for 2012 that was bestowed upon Dr Augustine F Pinto (Chairman) and Grace Pinto (MD) of the Ryan Group of Institutions by the Governor of Rajasthan, Margaret Alva.
What was interesting was not the award but the body that was honouring Dr Pinto and Grace Pinto. This organisation was the Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry.
Now, up until I was alerted to this news-item, I had never heard of the "Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry" (nor the "Excellence Award"). But it did remind me of something else I had read more than a year back. Something which I had filed in the hope to dig further when I have more time.
That something was a conference that was held in May 2011 in New Delhi on "Prospects for Islamic Venture Capital Funds in India"
As with the "Christian Chamber of Commerce and Industry", I had never heard of "Islamic Venture Capital Funds" – either in India or elsewhere.
The news-report on the conference was largely innocuous but a few lines towards the end were revealing. They included (emphasis added):
"The fast and unhindered growth of economic disparities, regular occurrence of banking and financial crises, and stock market crashes, the world over, testify to the fact that the interest-based paradigm of banking and finance has grossly failed to ensure sustainable and inclusive economic growth."
The article made all the right noises about ""justly inclusive economic growth", about how the "right of doing business fairly and fearlessly" was a "humanist goal" and "social justice". Words and phrases like "inclusive", "humanist" and "social justice" always make me sit up and take notice. They also make me a little nervous.
For most of the time, these are but a cloak for something else – usually some kind of redistribution, or other socialism-inspired ideas. Sometimes there is not even pretence of a cloak. But I digress.
Implicit in both these news-stories was the belief or the assumption that Muslims and Christians in India (which is neither Islamic nor Christian; nor Hindu, for that matter) may need some "special" treatment since they perhaps suffer discrimination living in a non-Islamic or non-Christian country – or get sidelined in some other manner.
The first question that came to my mind when I read about the Christian Chamber of Commerce (as well as the Islamic Venture Finance Conference) was this, "What is Christian about a Chamber of Commerce? And what exactly is Islamic about an "Islamic Venture Capital Fund"?
I wondered whether an Islamic Venture Capital Fund will only invest in companies founded by Muslims. If yes, how about companies founded by Muslims where the majority stake is actually owned by non-Muslims?
What about the Christian Chamber of Commerce? Would it welcome non-Christians? Would it charge more fees from them? Would it favour Christians over others? Or none of these?
But the most important question – which also makes me most uncomfortable – is this, "Have things now come to such a pass that each identity-based group and each "minority" in India feels compelled to organise their own narrow lobbying groups to protect their "interests" and their identities?
Where does this stop? And what does this mean for the "Idea of India"?
Questions, questions and more questions…but few answers.
Jai Hind, Jai Bharat!
Tuesday, September 12, 2017