Thursday, October 19, 2017
Critics are accusing the law of having been passed to target Muslims in particular.
The United States has announces that it will provide its electromagnetic catapult technology to India for its aircraft carriers:
Tuesday, October 17, 2017
- Silicon Valley's fasting craze: Calorie restriction may have positive effects not just for our metabolism, but for our brains and longevity too.
- Read this and you may never eat chicken again: Resistant bacteria are responsible for at least 700,000 deaths each year
- INS Kiltan: The first Indian warship with a superstructure entirely made
of composite material.
“An ASW corvette without towed array sonar and an ASW helicopter, is nothing more than a feeble joke".
- Waiting for the US: India aims to start Chabahar port operations by the end of 2018. To bypass Pakistan and move goods to and from Afghanistan via road and sea.
- Shiva Thandav: Sapthaakshara
- Energy storage at the terawatt scale: “Air-breathing” battery can store electricity for months, for about a fifth the cost of current technologies.
- Mazda's EV range extender: Rotary engine makes gobs of power in a small, low-vibration, package. Perfect for EV range extension
- Nehruvian rate of growth: India's compounded annual growth rate was 1.68% between 1947 and 1964
Monday, October 16, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Haley may also be in line to take over Rex Tillerson's job as Secretary of State down the road.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
India's Missile Story:
In autumn 1982, Kalam presented his findings to the defence minister at that time, R Venkataraman. If Kalam was a hard-driving visionary, so too was Venkataraman. Dismissing all talk of a "phased programme", he ordered all programmes to be taken up simultaneously. The Integrated Guided Missile Development Programme was formally sanctioned in July 1983, and funds were pre-allocated for a 12-year period up to 1995.
Those were heady days for the DRDO's idealistic young scientists, buoyed by the 1971 victory over Pakistan and the "peaceful nuclear experiment" of 1974. In 1972, two young IIT graduates, VK Saraswat and Avinash Chander joined the DRDO just ten days apart. They were amongst more than a hundred young scientists who joined the DRDO's missile complex after graduating from premier institutions like the IITs, and Jadhavpur University. Within three years, Saraswat was heading propulsion development, while Chander spearheaded the development of navigation and guidance systems.
"Wherever we have worked without the option of import - be it on strategic missiles, nuclear weapons, atomic energy or the space programme - we have achieved self-reliance. In the super-secret world of electronic warfare, where import is not an option, we have built world-class systems. We should ourselves ban imports, and we will indigenise. Necessity is the mother of invention."
- Debájit Sarkar explains: How good is LCA Tejas compared with other fighter jets in its category?
- Urban mobility: Zoomcar launches PEDL, India's first technology enabled cycle sharing service
- Hydrogen is right choice as fuel for automobiles: G Madhavan Nair, former chairman of ISRO: "Lithium, you cannot throw it around. That becomes the most polluting thing. There has to be an adequate mechanism for collection and reprocessing. The availability of lithium is scarce and that's why the cost of LiBs is high. That's why I say for the long-run, one should look for (Hydrogen) fuel cell "
- Nerdy and proud of it: The smartest Americans are heading west
- Foreign languages not to be part of 3-language formula: Students who are keen on learning foreign languages should opt for the subject as fourth or fifth language
- Better to learn to code than learn English as a second language: Programming encourages students of all disciplines to be inventive and experimental: “It’s not just for the computer scientists. Creativity is in the front seat; technology is in the backseat.”
What I feel Modi's govt should have done is to devolve powers over key economic policies - like labor policies, minimum wage, land reform, etc - to the state and local district govts. Doing this would have allowed those state and local govts who are more boldly inclined to proceed more aggressively in reforms and thus boost national economic growth, while the state and local govts with less inclination would have been able to lag according to their preferences. This would have entailed no political backlash cost for Modi directly, as the ensuing reform decisions by various state and local govts would be on their own heads and not Modi's. It would have been a way to jump-start reforms and spur competition between various parts of India in reforming themselves faster in order to reap opportunities faster. I don't understand the purpose of keep all authority over economic policies so tightly in the hands of the Centre. When there's no political cost to doing so, and when there's plenty of benefit to be gained, then I don't see why Modi's govt hasn't proceeded in this direction.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
This needs to be used for other things too, like citizenship fraud, etc.
Monday, October 09, 2017
- The spiritual guru who is pushing innovation: Mata Amritanandamayi's hospital has developed protein nanomedicines for drug-resistant leukemia and nano-structured wafers to prevent recurrence of brain tumours. Amrita University developed “Amrita OceanNet” to communicate with and track fishing vessels in real time 60 km into the sea. Amrita’s researchers have also developed their own 3D printer to test printing of blood-vessels.
- Sweeping the armed forces away: The ‘Swachh Bharat’ project has been a much-needed initiative. But surely, there can be nothing more thoughtless than an attempt to use the military as one vast force of safai karamcharis. That truly verges on the demented, to say the least. The military is motivated to make sacrifices primarily as a matter of honour, for defending one’s own or the units’ izzat, and not cleaning somebody else’s muck.
- Country’s first three female fighter pilots: Flight Cadet Mohana Singh, resident of Khetpura village of Jhunjhunu district of Rajasthan, Avni Chaturvedi of Madhya Pradesh and Bhawna Kanth will take the responsibility as fighter pilots after couple of months.
- Exploring on wheels: Bengaluru is soon going to see a welcome change with a system of ‘bicycles-on-rent’ in Cubbon Park.
- Tamil culture has strong Vedic connections:
- Yeh hai Bengal meri jaan:
- Done deal for Swedish firm Saab? IAF planes flying Gripen formation sparks speculation..
Reader Kautilya comments: If the Gripen is indeed selected, the IAF will earn itself the dubious distinction of not supporting an indigenous aircraft (HAL Marut) for lack of indigenous jet engines but selecting an aircraft from a foreign vendor who cannot provide jet engines.
- Making in India already, say telecom gear makers: Nokia manufactures all the radio equipment for local customer requirements in India. Similarly, Swedish telecom giant Ericsson said it was the first to start manufacturing telecom equipment in India in 1994.
Tamil culture has strong Vedic connections owing to the great yogis and acharyas of the region. Should honor its dharmic heritage!— Dr David Frawley (@davidfrawleyved) October 9, 2017
Thursday, October 05, 2017
Fwd: China diverts 10 billion cubic meters of water from south to the north+Can India protect Rohingyas asks SC+ Naval Chief Lamba visit to Vietnam
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017
Since when does the Supreme Court have the power to dictate foreign policy? The Rohingya are not citizens of India, and have entered the country illegally, claiming asylum. The court is once again exceeding its jurisdiction, thinking that everything under the sun falls under its purview.
Tuesday, October 03, 2017
- How a US arms lobby group played both India and Pakistan on F-16: In February 2016, the state department and the department of defense announced that they were approving a sale of eight more F-16s to Pakistan, clearly a victory for Lockheed Martin. Under the terms of this new deal the sale of these additional F-16s was to be subsidized by the US govt.
India’s leaders recognized the jets for what they were: a nuclear capable force projection that could be used against them.
- Mandal 2.0 to redistribute OBC quota benefits:. “The economic and social angle in reservation will be considered a criteria. This will further help settle the reservation issues with the Jats, Marathas and Patels,”
- Car ownership: In the future, owning a car could cost twice as much as taking driverless taxis everywhere. UBS forecasts that taking “robotaxis”—i.e., self-driving taxis—will be half as expensive per kilometer as owning a car in the future.
- Anti-pollution drive: China to tolerate slower growth as a result of its pollution curbs... Flashback: Water turns poison in Punjab villages
- Paris holds a city-wide 'car-free' day: Paris just held a third "Day Without Cars" that forbade nearly all private transport across the complete core of the city -- about 40 square miles of it.
- Global shift: Maruti Suzuki plans electric car.
- Aruna Sairam: Kalinga Narthana Thillana
Friday, September 29, 2017
- Waiting for policy clarity: Electric cars about to be profitable, says Mahindra. Biggest opportunity for decades - “We’re not looking for subsidies, we were just saying, ‘Tell us that’s the track you’re going to follow.’ If you’re going to do that, there’s money to be made, there’s going to be a return.”
- Danger signs: Businessmen are putting their money into speculative schemes instead of factories. Due to pressure from Chinese imports, micro, small, and medium enterprises are not able to generate satisfactory returns.
- Maybe a bit late? Govt to create Rs 500-cr fund for R&D in 5G
- Bengaluru to get public bike sharing: Bicycle riding facilities to be created with 6,000 bicycles.
- Ideal for India: 48-volt mild-hybrid feature a larger starter motor that can recover braking energy to recharge the battery and send some additional power to the driveline. Cost-effective solution to boost efficiency by cutting fuel consumption at idle.
- The Boy With Divine Powers :
- “Eat as little as possible”: The new food pyramid in Belgium sticks meat next to candy and pizza
- Europe’s two largest train makers: Siemens and Alstom to merge to counter China's CRRC, which is bigger than the train businesses of Siemens, Alstom and Bombardier combined. Competition from China has already been a factor in other big European mergers.
Wednesday, September 27, 2017
The heads of the Russian and US space agencies have agreed on joint efforts to create what has been called a Deep Space Gateway (DSG) cislunar station, Roscosmos CEO Igor Komarov told the media at an International Astronautical Congress in Australia.
"We’ve agreed to jointly participate in the project for creating a new international lunar station Deep Space Gateway. In the first phase we will create the orbital component with a view to eventually use well-tested technologies on the surface of the Moon and, in the longer term, Mars. The first modules may be put in space in 2024-2026," Komarov said.
So far the participating countries have held a preliminary discussion on their likely contributions.
"We may provide one to three modules and the standards for a unified docking mechanism for all spacecraft that would be approaching the station. Also, Russia offers to use its future super-heavy space rocket, currently in the development phase, for taking parts and components to the Moon’s orbit," Komarov said. Roscosmos’s manned programs director, Sergey Krikalyov, said that alongside the airlock unit Russia might provide a residential module for a future station.
Komarov said individual countries’ technological contribution and the financial aspect of a future project would be the subject matter of the next phase of the talks.
"For now we’ve signed a joint statement on the intention to work on a lunar space station project and to eventually work on missions on the surfaces of the Moon and Mars. A future treaty will require fundamental research and examination at the inter-state level," Komarov said.
Participation of the BRICS member-states in this project was approved.
"Our initiative was taken into account of expanding the number of countries that might take part in discussing this project. It was decided that China, India and other BRICS countries would be involved in the joint work on the lunar station," Komarov said.
Tuesday, September 26, 2017
- F-16 minus tech? US firms would retain control over sensitive technology. Saab’s Gripen NG offer could be equally problematic since it, too, has American technology, including the GE F414 engine that powers it. Sweden and Saab can only part with non-American technology.
- F-16: Obsolete and exposed, says Bharat Karnad: “Upgraded avionics cannot make the F-16 fly and maneuver better than the version of the aircraft with the Pakistan Air Force. PAF long ago passed on an F-16 to China for its aircraft designers to study and to reverse engineer many of its technologies. So this plane is an open book for India’s two adversaries – a bad situation for any ‘frontline’ IAF aircraft to be in.”
- Defence manufacturing mission: Manohar Parrikar had earlier set up a small defence firm supplying hydraulic systems and parts to a defence public sector unit. Under him, the ministry of defence drafted an out-of-the-box strategic partnership model by building on recommendations of several expert committees and groups.
According to the model, for each of these SP (strategic partnership) verticals—single-engine fighter planes, helicopters, air independent propulsion submarines and armoured fighting vehicles/main battle tanks—the government will choose a few foreign OEM partners as well as local Indian firms. Indian firms will then team up with foreign OEMs and bid for RFPs (request for proposals) under the strategic partnership policy on a competitive basis. The bid winner will manufacture the products and service them through the life cycle, locally—creating jobs, and building infrastructure and indigenous capabilities.
- Tackling drones: Lockheed’s Laser Cannon Shoots Drones Out of the Sky, No Fuss
- Alt-E: India’s record-low Wind and Solar prices may not be sustainable. Some Chinese module suppliers are now reneging on price agreements,
- Carbon Pricing: Shell bashes bans on gasoline cars, proposes carbon pricing instead
- Beef: U.S. beef production roughly equals the annual emissions of 24 million cars
- After JLR: Tatas looking to buy another luxury auto brand. Maserati or Alfa Romeo possible.
- My Journey from Islam to Hinduism:
Monday, September 25, 2017
Many of the thoughts expressed here are congruent with what Indian nationalists seek. The constitutions and institutions of governance created within nations like India and the US were designed to balance them internally against domestic abuse of power - but they were never expressly designed to resist domination by foreign-linked transnationalist forces supplemented from abroad. However, India and the US place different emphasis on which rogue regimes are the most threatening.
India's Sushma Swaraj also gave her speech at the UN:
Sunday, September 24, 2017
Ata Ullah, the leader of the Rohingya insurgents was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and later Saudi Arabia:
Saturday, September 23, 2017
Given that farmers are a huge demographic in India, and so many of them eke out a miserable existence on tiny plots, the advantages of co-operatives are multifold, allowing them to pool their efforts and their bargaining power, shoring themselves up through joint efforts.
This will provide great benefits to oil-importing countries like China, India, Japan, etc.
Friday, September 22, 2017
This is the same Rob Reiner who used to protest against war in Vietnam, early on in his career:
Wednesday, September 20, 2017
- Mahindra showcases driver-less tractor: Developed in Chennai. Potential competitive edge in global markets such as the US and Japan
- 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: