Thursday, October 19, 2017

Quebec Bans Face Coverings for Public Services

Canada's province of Quebec has passed a law which bans those with face coverings from giving or receiving public services:

Critics are accusing the law of having been passed to target Muslims in particular.

TIllerson Calls for Ties with India to Counter China

US Secretary of State Rex Tillerson has called for closer ties with India in order to counter China:

The United States has announces that it will provide its electromagnetic catapult technology to India for its aircraft carriers:

Tuesday, October 17, 2017

Quick notes: Fasting craze, INS Kiltan...

Monday, October 16, 2017

morgan stanley optimistic about india

superb piece by sanjeev nayyar

judges are like marie antoinette or the queen of hearts. off with their heads! they cry. 

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Friday, October 13, 2017

Nikki Haley Scuttling Iran Deal?

A report says that Nikki Haley is behind the move by the Trump Whitehouse to decertify the US deal with Iran:

Haley may also be in line to take over Rex Tillerson's job as Secretary of State down the road.

Reports Claim New Chinese Activity on Doklam Plateau

There are fresh reports of new Chinese activity on the Doklam plateau, which was the recent site of a military standoff between Indian and Chinese forces:

Pak Civil-Military Relations Fraying

There are increasing frictions between Pakistan's military rulers and the elected govt of Nawaz Sharif:

Thursday, October 12, 2017

Quick notes: Missile story, Cycle sharing...

  • 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.”

Rivals Attack Modi Over Economy

Political rivals continue to snipe at Modi over India's lack-luster economic growth data:

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.

Monday, October 09, 2017

Fwd: The "Spiritual But Not Religious" Movement: A Hindu conversation

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Monthly Hindu Persecution Digest: June- August 2017

By IndiaFacts Staff on Oct 07, 2017 10:00 am

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Monthly digest from IndiaFacts documenting news of Hindu persecution during June to August 2017

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Time is Ripe for Deeper Look at Indian Knowledge Systems

By Smrithi Adinarayanan and Varalakshmi Lakshminarayanan on Oct 05, 2017 10:15 am

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It is time to call for interdisciplinary explorative research across Indian knowledge systems like yoga, ayurveda and jyotisha, the benefits of which can reach a larger section of the society.

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What the Nobel Prize for Medicine Means for Ayurvedic Research

By G L Krishna on Oct 04, 2017 10:14 am

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We have a veritable treasure of sound medical observations waiting to get their biology unravelled. This unravelling would enhance both ayurveda and biology.

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Book Review: Aadhaar, A Biometric History of India's 12-Digit Revolution

By Abhinav Agarwal on Oct 03, 2017 10:11 am

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Shankkar's book is the one place to go for people wanting to understand the history of Aadhaar, and its progression from an idea, to its launch, its being sidelined, resuscitation in 2013, and its eventual adoption by the BJP in 2014.

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Happy Birthday Mr Gandhi!

By Ankur Jayawant on Oct 02, 2017 09:51 am

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No Mr Gandhi, I cannot call you a Mahatma even by the wildest stretch of imagination. You could never go beyond pious platitudes. India is an eternal land, not formed by a mandate or signature on a piece of paper. Why then should you be called as its father?

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Quick notes: Amrita University, Fighter pilots...

  • 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.

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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Did you know that Fali Nariman is a refugee from British Burma. Can a Parsi be compared to Rohingyas? What is the population of Paris in India today? About 75k. The number of Rohingyas surely exceeds 40k, could perhaps be closet to 50k now.
3. Put three heads together by G Parthasarathy 5.10.17
The animosity of the army, which dominates national life in Myanmar, toward the Rohingya has increased ever since sections of Rohingya formed armed groups to wage an ill-advised armed struggle after indoctrination in Pakistan. The Myanmar army has continuously battled 22 ethnic insurgencies in the country on its borders with China and Thailand. But seldom, if ever, has the army undertaken the sort of scorched earth policy it has adopted against the Rohingya. And never has the Buddhist clergy reacted so strongly, as in what has transpired in Rakhine, after recent coordinated cross-border attacks on police posts and the army by the Rohingya Solidarity Army.'
Myanmar has a crucial role in supplementing our efforts to deal with insurgencies backed by Pakistan and China in our landlocked Northeastern states, notably Manipur and Nagaland. India is currently building the Kaladan corridor, linking Northeastern states across the Rakhine state with the Bay of Bengal, through the deep-water Sittwe Port in Myanmar. New Delhi has just completed the construction of the port. India has also pledged resources for the development of Rakhine, in an effort that will be helpful in addressing Rohingya grievances. These are crucial projects strategically as they are located alongside a massive Chinese transportation/energy corridor, linking China's Yunnan province with Myanmar's Bay of Bengal Port of Kyaukpyu
4. $ 1 billion for nuke power plant in Bangladesh 5.10.17
Q What is the value of Line of Credit extended by India to Myanmar in the last 5 years and how does it compare with Bangladesh?
5.  China diverts 10 billion cubic meters of water from south to the north 4.10.17
6. FICV Tangle – needs early resolution 5.10.17 by lt gen prakash katoch
7. Gathering clouds over West Asia 5.10.17 by shashank joshi
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017

Pak Army vs Nawaz Sharif

As Nawaz seeks to regain political office, the Pak Army is trying to block him:

SC Wants to Dictate to Govt on Rohingya

India's Supreme Court is once again usurping powers (claiming to not 'abdicate' them) by trying to tell the govt how to deal with the Rohingya issue:

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

Quick notes: Arms lobby, Mandal 2.0...

  • 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

Quick notes: EV opportunity, Divine powers...

  • 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

US-Russia Plan Lunar Station, India May Participate

NASA and Roskosmos, the space agencies of the USA and Russia, have signed an agreement to create a "Deep Space Gateway" - an orbital space station near the Moon, which will serve as a gateway for sending manned missions to the Moon, Mars, and farther out into deep space. BRICS countries including India may participate in this project.

From the Russian news agency:

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

Quick notes:F-16 tech, Defence manufacturing...

  • 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

Nationalism vs TransNationalism: Trump's Speech to UN

US President Donald Trump makes a speech in front of the United Nations General Assembly, where he advocates the values of nationalism over those of trans-nationalism:

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

Pak Uses Fake Pic to Attack India at UN

Pak envoy Maleeha Lodhi used picture of a young girl to attack India at the UN for alleged atrocities in Kashmir - however, it turns out the girl in the picture was from the Gaza Strip, and had nothing to do with Kashmir:

Mass Grave of 28 Hindus Found in Myanmar

Myanmar security forces say they've found a mass grave containing the bodies of 28 Hindus killed by Rohingya militants:

Ata Ullah, the leader of the Rohingya insurgents was born and raised in Karachi, Pakistan and later Saudi Arabia:

Saturday, September 23, 2017

Modi Promotes Co-Ops to Elevate Farmers

PM Modi has usefully highlighted the benefit of farming co-operatives to improve the lives of small farmers:

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.

Oil Prices Set to Drop as Shale Technology Improves

Shale oil producers are improving at a pace which will see significant drops in oil prices:

This will provide great benefits to oil-importing countries like China, India, Japan, etc.

Drug-Resistant 'Super-Malaria' Spreading

A new form of 'super-malaria' which is resistant to most drugs is now spreading in East Asia at an alarming rate:

Friday, September 22, 2017

Lefty Elites Combine with Deep State Hawks

Liberal elites from Hollywood are joining forces with anti-Russia hawks in calling for "war" on Russia, yet meanwhile they give China a free pass. Atlanticism makes for strange bedfellows.

This is the same Rob Reiner who used to protest against war in Vietnam, early on in his career:

Wednesday, September 20, 2017

Quick notes: Driver-less tractor, Ahimsa milk...