Wednesday, December 13, 2017

Quick notes: Hybrid plane, Spewing power plants...

  • Hybrid electric plane: The turbine powering the generator will run on jet fuel and provide power for the electric engine. Any excess power from the generator will be stored in banks of batteries in the fore and aft holds with the stored energy to be used during take-off and landing... Similar to the Serial Hybrid architecture in Chevy Volt.



  • Surround Delhi with a deep ring of forests: Not only will this modify the weather within the city, but the forest will absorb a major portion of airborne dust from across the Thar Desert and from Pakistan. Without afforestation, even if you take all cars off road, it would just scratch the surface of Delhi's smog.


  • Pollution from power plants: The worst of this pollution runs from north of Patna in the state of Bihar to south of Raipur in the state of Chhattisgarh.


  • BJP feeds the hostile media: Modi govt spent Rs 3,755 crore on publicity blitz - 1,656 crore on electronic media and Rs 1,698 crore on print media. The govt's allocation for pollution abatement in the last three years has been only Rs 56.8 crore.


  • Marxist-Leninist-Maoist: Left alliance sweeps Nepal elections, Oli set to return as Nepal PM


  • Oneness:



  • Satya Nadella's off-break: Microsoft's Redmond campus to have a cricket field.


  • You are being programmed: Facebook and others had succeeded by exploiting a vulnerability in human psychology... Facebook lies about its ability to influence individuals based on the data it collects on them.


  • Sri Rama Setu is man-made:


Monday, December 11, 2017

Bangladeshi Triggers Suicide Bomb in NY Subway

A 27-year old Bangladeshi man has survived his bungled attempt to detonate a suicide bomb in the New York subway system:

http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/nypd-fbi-swarm-brooklyn-home-suspect-port-authority-attack-article-1.3691267



The bomber's family have generated some backlash with some ill-thought remarks:

http://www.foxnews.com/us/2017/12/12/port-authority-bombing-suspects-family-face-backlash-after-chastising-authorities.html

Saturday, December 09, 2017

Quick notes: Indian drone, Microwave weapon...

  • A drone from an Indian Start-Up: Can achieve an altitude of "at least 65,000 feet". NewSpace Research and Technologies did all research and development in-house, which is being validated by Boeing.


  • Microwave weapon: The U.S. has microwave weapons that could dismantle North Korean missiles by firing microwave energy to interfere with ground controls and power circuits within the missiles themselves.


  • “It was all theater”: Pentagon-backed Kurdish commander confirms U.S. made secret deal with ISIS to let thousands of fighters flee Raqqa... Russia has long accused the U.S. of being supportive of ISIS and other jihadi groups


  • Israeli startup helping bring kirana stores online: Seemba is a mobile phone-based platform that helps businesses build their websites, giving the country’s 51 million kirana stores an online identity through a website.


  • You remember more of what you read out loud: Hearing your own voice boosts the likelihood that it will stick to your memory. This trick can be used not just by students but adults and seniors working on recall


  • Sand to soil: China's success in reversing desertification.



  • A legitimate Tesla rival: The Jaguar I-Pace signals the beginning of the end of Tesla’s hegemony in the premium, high-performance electric vehicle market.


  • A world with fewer cars: Volkswagen thinks its ride-sharing electric minibus will take 1 million cars off the road


  • Future generation: Babies' brains at risk from toxic pollution


  • Religion in politics :


Friday, December 08, 2017

China Doing a Kargil, Occupying Doklam Posts

China appears to be doing what Pakistan did in Kargil - they're occupying the winter posts vacated by Bhutan:




Logically, they may likely do this for all theie border posts with India, too - since those provide more immediate advantage to them.

Wednesday, December 06, 2017

Rooftop Solar Growing Fast in India

Rooftop solar installations are the fastest growing part of the solar market in India:

https://qz.com/1148332/rooftop-solar-is-the-fastest-growing-segment-in-indias-renewables-market/

China's Geography

Looking at China's geographic strengths and weaknesses, it would seem obvious that India would benefit greatly from trying to unify the divided group of Vietnam, Laos, Myanmar, Cambodia and Thailand to turn them into a united front against China. And yet we never hear our strategic experts ever talking about such an idea, even when discussing 'Look East'.





China Squeezes Funds to Pakistan

China is tugging on the leash - imposing new restrictions and cutting off its funding of various Pakistani projects, after experiencing Pakistani pushback and corruption on various ventures:

http://www.breitbart.com/national-security/2017/12/05/report-pakistan-stunned-china-pulling-plug-corruption/




It seems all is not well in the heavenly marriage. Should we be surprised?

Tuesday, December 05, 2017

Quick notes: Real-life Mowgli, Brown cloud...

  • Two-year-old Samarth Bangari: Meet real-life Mowgli, darling of monkeys, from village near Dharwad


  • Asian Brown Cloud? European Space Agency's Sentinel-5P captures dense carbon monoxide cloud over India and China. Carbon monoxide displaces oxygen in the blood and deprives the heart, brain, and other vital organs of oxygen.
  • http://www.esa.int/spaceinvideos/Videos/2017/12/Global_carbon_monoxide_measured_by_Sentinel-5P


  • Harmful "vegetable" oils: Why you should avoid consuming new age oils -- Canola, Corn, Soybean, Sunflower and Safflower. The best part is that none of these “vegetable” oils is vegetables and all, with the exception of coconut oil, are extremely dangerous for you. 


  • Cow manure to fuel: Toyota plant to produce 1.2 tons of hydrogen fuel per day and 2.35 megawatts of electricity -- all from cow manure ... Perfect for India. Show this to Nitin Gadkari.


  • Dharmic foundation at home: When TamBram ladies marry white guys or Muslims, in most cases their children grow up as Hindus. Strong dharmic foundations.


  • Does Amazon create jobs? Well, it hired 75,000 robots in 2017.... 2017 saw 170,000 fewer retail jobs in the US and 75,000 more Amazon robots.


  • Amazon tax: "Since 2008 Walmart has paid $64B in corporate income tax, while Amazon has paid $1.4B. This is despite the fact that, in the last 24 months, Amazon has added the value of Walmart to its market cap. The most uncomfortable question in business, in my view, is how do we pay our soldiers, firefighters, and teachers if a firm can ascend to $460B in value (#5 in the world) without paying any meaningful corporate taxes" -- Prof Scott Galloway is renowned for his marketing acumen and having accurately predicted that Amazon would buy Whole Foods.


  • Congestion charges: London traffic model in New Delhi soon?


  • Pedal Power: Ola begins offering a bicycle-sharing service


  • Solar fires – DC arc faults: Why you should stay away from cheap Chinese solar inverters.

Sunday, December 03, 2017

US Withdraws from Global Treaty on Migrants

The US has withdrawn from the global compact on migrants, saying that it will set its own policy:

https://www.voanews.com/a/us-backs-out-of-migration-pact/4147078.html

http://www.cnn.com/2017/12/03/politics/us-global-compact-migration/index.html

While the US is proud of its leadership on migration and refugee issues, the global approach is not compatible with the nation's sovereignty, according to Nikki Haley, the US ambassador to the UN.
...
"Our decisions on immigration policies must always be made by Americans and Americans alone," she said. "We will decide how best to control our borders and who will be allowed to enter our country."

So what's wrong with India and others doing the same? We don't want to be overrun by Rohingya, etc.

Saturday, December 02, 2017

Gravity Changes Give Faster Earthquake Assessment

Gravity sensors can provide a faster way to assess the severity of earthquakes as compared to current seismological methods:


http://www.bbc.com/news/science-environment-42183077

Friday, December 01, 2017

Why Is the Value of Bitcoin Soaring?

Bitcoin seems to be soaring in value these days - but why? Speculative bubbles have been seen before, but what's driving this latest surge?









I've previously mentioned how China's OBOR initiative poses a threat to the status of the US dollar as the global reserve currency. If the US dollar was displaced from that, then it would lead to a steep plunge in the value of the US dollar. Perhaps certain farsighted people in the know are then reacting in advance to this prospect, by stashing their money into Bitcoin as a non-fiat currency.

BJP Sweeps UP Local Civic Polls

BJP has made a huge sweep of the local civic body polls in Uttar Pradesh:

http://www.dailypioneer.com/todays-newspaper/bjp-romps-home--in-up-local-polls.html


http://www.firstpost.com/politics/uttar-pradesh-civic-polls-2017-bjps-thumping-victory-is-the-result-of-honeymoon-period-goodwill-say-experts-4237795.html


Perhaps the change away from Mulayam and Mayawati felt like a breath of fresh air to people.

Maybe people were tired of also being caricatured as 'gau rakshaks' by the Left-wing media, and decided to show them up.

Kamala Harris Being Prepped for 2020 Run Against Trump

US Senator Kamala Devi Harris, daughter of an Indian mother and Jamaican father, is increasingly being touted as a likely Democrat candidate to challenge Donald Trump in the 2020 US presidential elections:

https://www.usnews.com/news/the-report/articles/2017-12-01/kamala-harris-navigates-the-2020-presidential-landscape

https://www.thoughtco.com/california-attorney-general-kamala-harris-2834885

https://www.ndtv.com/blog/the-rise-of-kamala-harris-and-why-indian-link-is-not-an-advantage-1625798

http://www.breitbart.com/california/2017/12/01/u-s-news-kamala-harris-inevitable-2020-democratic-nominee/




Called the "female Obama", her politics leans far to the Left.

Quick notes: Anonymous sources, Refugee ban...


Tuesday, November 28, 2017

North Korea Tests 8100-Mile ICBM

North Korea has just tested an ICBM with an 8100-mile range:

http://www.chicagotribune.com/news/nationworld/ct-north-korea-ballistic-missile-20171128-story.html
If it had flown on a standard trajectory designed to maximize its reach, this missile would have a range of more than 8,100 miles, said David Wright, co-director of the global security program at the Union of Concerned Scientists.





A missile with this range would be capable of hitting any city in the United States. Clearly, North Korea is advancing far more quickly than predicted.

Quick notes: Nepal vote, Loss of night...

Monday, November 27, 2017

Fwd: History of Early Indian Immigration to USA Since the 1700s



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Date: Tue, Nov 28, 2017 at 3:11 AM
Subject: History of Early Indian Immigration to USA Since the 1700s
To:

 

 

 

History of Early Indian Immigration to USA Since the 1700s

 

 

Most ethnic and religious groups in America have taken great pains to research and explain their respective histories as American immigrants. They take great pride in sharing how their ancestors were pioneers and sacrificed a great deal to help build the USA.

 

Sadly, Indians have not done this. To open this line of inquiry and education, I am doing a mini-series on this important chapter of American history. This chapter concerns the history of people from India entering America since the 1700s.

 

This is a powerful, moving story that should not remain unknown.

 

In each episode of this mini-series, I interview Shefali Chandan, noted historian and educationist, to take advantage of many years of research on this subject. The first episode describes the following:

 

  1. The new arrivals from India are called "Hindus", regardless of their faith.
  2. Most of them are Sikhs.
  3. They are considered exotic, strange, weird and interesting personalities. Their looks/clothes evoke many different reactions from White Americans.
  4. They come by ship across the Pacific Ocean and arrive in California.
  5. Surprising to many of us: Some of the Indians were brought to America by the officers of the East India Company as slaves or indentured laborers.
  6. The Indian immigrants quickly adapt and become pioneers in the true American sense.
  7. They live frugal lives, save a lot of money, and become very successful farmers.
  8. Many Indians work as manual laborers to build railroads and other infrastructure.
  9. Gradually, the White public and media become racist and Hinduphobic. They see Indians as an economic threat.
  10. The inflow of Indians was numerically small compared to the influx of Whites from Europe, and yet this was often called the "Hindu invasion".
  11. Indians started becoming stereotyped by Whites as dirty, scantily clad, poor, hungry, infected with contagious diseases, etc. Newspaper articles started describing them as "undesirable people", "public burdens", "inferior laborers", etc.
  12. Indians were branded as caste-ridden, superstitious, and as a menace to "American civilization".
  13. By the early 1900s, media campaigns had started to ban the Indian from entering the USA. The second episode will continue the fascinating story, one that every Indian child must be taught.

 

For more information on Shefali's work, please visit www.janoed.com and www.facebook.com/janohistory

 

 

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Saturday, November 25, 2017

Will US-India-Australia-Japan 'Quad' Become Asian NATO?

Will the new quadrilaterial alliance growing between the US, India, Japan and Australia become the next Asian NATO?

http://www.scmp.com/week-asia/opinion/article/2121474/us-japan-india-australia-quad-first-step-asian-nato

the world is changing?

The fourth industrial revolution is upon us
Jim Hoagland November 22 2017
From Palo Alto to Marrakesh, the world is changing.

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Friday, November 24, 2017

India's Space Businesses Are Ready for Takeoff

An article from 6 months ago - but still a good one:


http://www.livemint.com/Science/tWvAvnsZ7GQEiYhopKU6tM/Indias-space-business-is-ready-for-liftoff.html

brahmos from sukhoi: is it a game-changer?

In big leap towards deep surgical strike capability, BrahMos missile successfully test-fired from Sukhoi jet
Rajat Pandit | TNN | Updated: Nov 23, 2017
The BrahMos was successfully tested for first time from a Sukhoi-30MKI fighter jet in the Bay of Bengal at about 10.40 am on Wednesday.
This supersonic cruise missile flies almost three times the speed of sound at Mach 2.8.
IAF said "the missile's capability coupled with the Sukhoi's superlative performance allows it to dominate the ocean and battle-fields."


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Fwd: Brahmos on Su30MKI – Towards an Indian CPRS Capability + China, Djibouti agree to establish strategic partnership+Nepal India the Ramayan Circuit+Communist alliance in good stead to win Nepal elections


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We should raise the Quad dialogue to political level, intensify naval exercise with Australia bilaterally and make the Quad Malabar a reality opportunely.
 
2. Brahmos on Su30MKI – Towards an Indian CPRS Capability  24.11.17 by navneet bhushan http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/brahmos-on-su30mki-towards-an-indian-cprs-capability/
India should strategically take-up to evaluate alternative structures for Indian Armed forces in general to achieve a Conventional Precision Strike capability at least in the regional scenario of say 5000 Km from the borders of India.'
 
2a. India's changing approach to global governance editorial MINT 24.11.17 Good read. http://www.livemint.com/Opinion/wlirF9hiBa4FK0g3jsJvII/Indias-changing-approach-to-global-governance.html
New Delhi is now gradually shifting its approach to global governance and multilateralism. The primary objective of this new approach is to help shape the global rules and external realities in favour of India's economic growth and strategic interests
 
3. The new bio-polarity in Asia by M K Narayanan 24.11.17 http://www.thehindu.com/opinion/lead/the-new-bipolarity-in-asia/article20723195.ece
The message emanating from the Party Congress is loud and clear. China is in no mood to compromise, and any attempt to contain or check China would be effectively met. The reality also is that apart from its massive military build-up, China is positioned most advantageously as far as economic aspects are concerned.'
 
4. China will decide when the Afghanistan war ends by Lawrence Sellin 23 November 2017 http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=4502
 
5. China, Djibouti agree to establish strategic partnership 24.11.17 http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/1124/c90000-9296382.html

 

6.  Communist alliance in good stead to win Nepal elections 24.11.17 https://asia.nikkei.com/Politics-Economy/International-Relations/Communist-alliance-in-good-stead-to-win-Nepal-elections

 

6a. Nepal India the Ramayan Circuit 24.11.17 https://thehimalayantimes.com/opinion/nepal-india-relations-ramayan-circuit/

Significantly, the Indian government has recently included Nepal under its Leave Travel Concession (LTC) arrangement. As such, nearly five million central government employees of India who enjoy grant of leave and ticket reimbursement facilities under LTC while travelling in India could also get such facilities if they travel to Nepal. In order to encourage tirthatan/tourism industry in the region, such events as Janakpur Mahotsav could be organized in Ayodhya and Ayodhya Mahotsav and in Janakpur each year.

 

7. DPRK'S Non-Nuclear Arsenal  23.11.17 by wamika kapoor http://www.indiandefencereview.com/dprks-non-nuclear-arsenal/
 
8. Weathering the winds of change in Indian Ocean security by R Hariharan  18 October 2017 http://www.vijayvaani.com/ArticleDisplay.aspx?aid=4497

 


 
 
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Thursday, November 23, 2017

China Following Path of Imperial Japan in Asia

China is following the path taken by Japan's imperial govt in the lead-up to WW2, offering its own version of the Greater East Asian Co-Prosperity Sphere:

https://www.realclearpolitics.com/articles/2017/11/23/chinas_new_greater_east_asia_co-prosperity_sphere_135602.html

China May Export Advanced J-20 Stealth Fighter to Pakistan

China may export its advanced fifth-generation J-20 stealth fighter to Pakistan:

http://www.atimes.com/article/beijing-rumored-woo-allies-fighter-technology/



Wednesday, November 22, 2017

total #hinduphobia by amykazmin of the FT

Modi's India: the high cost of protecting holy cows
Laws backed by the ruling Hindu nationalists are wreaking havoc for farmers in the meat, milk and leather markets
8 MINUTES AGO Amy Kazmin in Pipaliya Mira, Madhya Pradesh

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pedophilia in pak


Madrassas allegedly 'infested' with sexual abuse of minors
By News Desk Published: November 21, 2017
The AP found hundreds of cases of sexual abuse by clerics reported in the past decade, and officials suspect there are many more within a far-reaching system that teaches at least 2 million children in Pakistan.


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india's missing middle class?

Found: 111 Million Indian Workers as Data Rules Change
By Jeanette Rodrigues
November 22, 2017, 3:30 AM GMT+5:30 Updated on November 22, 2017, 2:11 PM GMT+5:30
Tiny firms contribute more than $200 billion to India's output
Sidbi, Crisil to publish quarterly sentiment tracker next year

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US ready to slam china on trade?

U.S. Readies Trade Sledgehammer for China
Will Robert Lighthizer spark a trade war with Beijing and blow up the WTO in the process?
By Andrew Browne
Nov. 21, 2017 6:01 a.m. ET
SHANGHAI—Bill Clinton called it a "hundred-to-nothing deal for America."

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@trueindology massacres the leftie scum!

what a thorough and damning riposte to the thugs and goons of the left!

'True Indology' Responds 
by  True Indology
Nov 21, 2017
The owner of the Twitter handle, @TrueIndology, responds to the allegations made against him/her in a leading national daily and on the web.

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china's rise an opportunity for india?

Why China's economic rise is an opportunity for India
China has so far belied all predictions of an economic apocalypse but a combination of factors can be disastrous for not only the country or the region but for the world economy.
OPINION Updated: Nov 21, 2017 15:28 IST
Seshadri Chari

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the honor of padmavati

The honour of Padmavati
Box office considerations cannot be allowed to besmirch memories of a hero
Tarun Vijay | Published:November 22, 2017 

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Fwd: Trump’s Asia visit leaves China stronger+ Suu Kyi promises 'steady progress' on Rohingya refugees issue+Pakistan and the CPEC


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1. Indian officials' visit to disputed border area a political trick: expert 21.11.17 http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/1121/c90000-9294821.html
 
SN – article tells why Madhav Rao Peshwa was probably amongst the greatest Peshwas and how he brought most of India under Maratha sway, even though for a limited period.
 
3. Trump's Asia visit leaves China stronger 21.11.17 by mayuri b http://www.orfonline.org/expert-speaks/trumps-asia-visit-leaves-china-stronger/
 
 
5. Indo-US relationship – Watch your step 21.11.17 by sumit walia http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/indo-us-relationship-watch-your-step/
 
6. US. at loggerheads with Iran 20.11.17 by maj gen s s kakkar http://www.indiandefencereview.com/us-at-loggerheads-with-iran/
 
7. Pakistan and the CPEC 20.11.17 by shahid burkhi https://tribune.com.pk/story/1563176/6-pakistan-road-belt-initiative/
 
8. South Korea's Strategic Imperatives to Shed Historical Mind sets on Japan 20.11.17 http://www.southasiaanalysis.org/node/2231
 
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Tuesday, November 21, 2017

ISRO Plans Rocket That Can Be Made in 3 Days

ISRO plans to come out with a new rocket that can be assembled much more quickly than before, and at far less cost:

https://timesofindia.indiatimes.com/india/isros-plan-a-rocket-that-can-be-made-in-3-days/articleshow/61746668.cms

History of Indian Launch Vehicles

A history of Indian launch vehicles, taken from the ISRO archives:


Brits Lose to India on ICJ Candidature

The Brits are sore about losing to India in the candidature for the International Court of Justice:

http://www.bbc.com/news/uk-politics-42063664

Govt Unveils Draft of Law to Regulate Space Sector

ISRO has published the first draft of the new "Space Activities Bill, 2017" which will set the framework under which Indian private space sector companies will operate. The future is coming - faster than we think!



http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/govt-unveils-draft-of-law-to-regulate-space-sector/article20629386.ece

First bid in 50 years seeks to define & regulate activities as new players enter

The draft of the country’s first Space Law, unveiled on Tuesday, stipulates licences for all space-related players and activities. The draft also sets out penalties of ₹1 crore and above and jail terms for violations.

The proposed Space Activities Bill, 2017 that will go before Parliament, also seeks to keep the government out of any liability arising out of harm that these commercial activities may cause — to people, environment, other countries or outer space.

So far, the national space agency Indian Space Research Organisation’s major works have related to satellites, launchers and applications. These were governed by the Satellite Communication Policy, 2000; the Remote Sensing Data Policy, 2011; and international treaty obligations on outer space activities as mandated by the UN Committee on Peaceful Uses of Outer Space or UNCOPUOS.

New body proposed

The draft Bill defines objects, people and geography that will come under the future law. While all persons or entities engaged in space will now need a licence, the government will form a new authorised body for this purpose.

The Centre will keep a registry of all space objects.

The draft has been posted on the website of Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO). Stakeholders have a month to send in their comments, according to a note signed by G. Ravi Shankar, Under Secretary in the Department of Space.

Explaining the need for a Space Law now, the notification says increasing applications of Space-based solutions have meant an increased participation of private sector industry and startups. “Commercial opportunities in space activities and services, nationally and internationally, demand a higher order of participation by private sector agencies. This situation demands a necessary legal environment for orderly performance and growth of space sector,” it said.

A.S. Kiran Kumar, ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space, stated at an industry event in Delhi on Monday that the country needed to at least double the number of its 42 functional satellites in order to meet national demands. ISRO has started the process of selecting industry teams to quickly build spacecraft and launch vehicles for it in the next two to three years. It also launches many foreign spacecraft for a fee on the PSLV launcher.

Multiple players

According to a senior DoS official who requested not to be named, “Until now, ISRO being the only player never felt the need for a separate law. Now, many Indian and foreign companies are setting up shops here as well as 20-odd Indian startups. It is very important now that to have a regulatory mechanism and law to govern these activities.”

The draft clearly defines space players, licences, violations, the official said, adding that detailed specific guidelines may come in later for each activity in consultation with stakeholders and industry bodies. The draft law is available at:

https://www.isro.gov.in/update/21-nov-2017/seeking-comments-draft-space-activities-bill-2017-stake-holders-public-regarding

Quick notes: Rafale decision, Slaughterbots...

  • Rafale decision: When Parrikar reached the PMO, the Prime Minister sprang a bombshell. Parrikar was told that, on Modi’s forthcoming trip to Paris, he and French President would announce an agreement for India to buy 36 Rafale fighters. Taken aback, Parrikar still caught his flight to Goa. Over the next week, he batted loyally on behalf of his PM, publicly defending a decision he neither understood nor agreed with, that was taken over his head. Parrikar told PTI in Goa that all 36 Rafale fighters would join IAF service within two years; in fact more than six years will elapse before the final delivery is made. India needs some 200-300 fighters to replace the MiG-21 and MiG-27 fleet that is being phased out of service. Just 36 Rafales provides little cover.... About the deal.


  • Spike Anti-Tank Guided Missile: India scraps $500 million Israeli missile deal, wants DRDO to make in India. Advantage Pak, worries Army


  • Slaughterbots: And drone swarms



  • Long tail-pipe: Electric vehicles charged in China (and India) produce two to five times as much particulate matter and chemicals that contribute to smog versus petrol-engine cars. The hidden cost of electric cars!


  • Skill and Scale: Why Suzuki-Toyota alliance is a huge deal for India’s EV dream


  • Birds changing their path: Not just people, smog affecting flight of migratory birds 


  • An ARM killer from IIT, Madras? Meet the brains behind India’s ambitious processor project... RISC-V 101


  • Han Prowess: China challenges Nvidia's hold on AI chips. "Draw level with the US in AI within 3 years, and become the world leader by 2030".


  • Make India a higher education hub:


  • Our Living Planet From Space: NASA satellites watch earth 'Breathe'



Monday, November 20, 2017

Saturday, November 18, 2017

Boston Dynamics Improves Humanoid Robot


Boston Dynamics has posted the latest improvements in its Atlas humanoid robot - now featuring bajrangi backflips:



It's not clear why machines necessarily have to be shaped like people, but it looks entertaining.
Boston Dynamics is owned by Japan's Softbank, who bought it from Google's parent company Alphabet.

Possible India-Japan Lunar Sample Return Mission

India and Japan may collaborate on a lunar sample return mission in the not too distant future:


http://www.thehindu.com/sci-tech/science/india-japan-working-on-lunar-sample-return-mission/article20533828.ece

India plans to visit the moon a third time and also return, with Japan for company this time. 
Their lander and rover mission will bring samples back from moon, the chiefs of the two space agencies said on Friday. 
The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) and the Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) have started to work out the contours of their joint trip — which will be the third for both countries. They did not say when it would be sent. 
The plans are in the early stages: ISRO Chairman and Secretary, Department of Space, A.S.Kiran Kumar, and JAXA president Naoki Okumura said the ‘implementation arrangements’ are likely be reached in a couple of months. The pre-phase studies to decide the scope of work — or the focus of the mission — should be clear in the next six months. 
They were addressing a news conference in connection with the annual Asia Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum APRSAF-24 which met here over the last four days.
Dr. Okamura said that with this collaboration, “India and Japan will lead the space sector in the Asia Pacific region. We hope we can do it as soon as possible. It is not easy as we are understanding each other’s [goals and capabilities].”


http://www.deccanherald.com/content/643290/isro-announces-indo-japan-joint.html

Isro chairman AS Kiran Kumar on Friday announced a Indo-Japanese joint lunar mission. 
Speaking to reporters on the sidelines of 24th Asia-Pacific Regional Space Agency Forum (APRSAF), he said that India and Japan have decided to take up a joint lunar mission. 
"We've just now decided to work together in this regard. We will discuss modalities and clarity would emerge in about six months," he said.
Kiran Kumar clarified that there would not be any participation from other countries in the mission. 
"We want to study traces of water which Isro established on the soil of the moon. We want to take some samples, bring them to earth for further studies," he said.

http://zeenews.india.com/space/india-japan-to-jointly-explore-the-moon-says-isro-2057912.html

New Delhi: The Indian Space Research Organisation chief AS Kiran Kumar on Friday said that both India and Japan are working towards a joint lunar mission, which will hopefully take place soon.
"We are looking at a possible joint lunar mission which is still in a very preliminary stage. We are working on the details at the moment," state-run ISRO's Chairman told media persons here.



http://www.business-standard.com/article/economy-policy/india-japan-look-at-joint-moon-mission-will-bring-samples-to-earth-117111701151_1.html

India and Japan will collaborate to send a joint mission to the moon, which includes landing a rover and bringing samples back to the earth, a feat that was last achieved over four decades ago.

Indian Space Research Organisation (Isro) Chairman A S Kiran Kumar and Japan Aerospace Exploration Agency (JAXA) President Naoki Okumara said on Friday that an implementation agreement for the collaborative mission will be finalised within the next two months.

"We can do as soon as possible," said Okumara on timelines, but did not elaborate much. Both the countries have increased cooperation due to efforts made by Prime Minister Narendra Modi and his Japanese counterpart Shinzo Abe. The space agencies plan follows the November 2016 agreement signed during PM Modi's visit to Japan, where they agreed on collaborating for deep space explorations.

They may try to get it done as soon as possible, so as not to lag too far behind China, if not beat it outright. China was due to launch its own lunar sample return mission Chang'e 5 this month, but that's been delayed until 2019 due to the crash a few months ago of their Long March 5 heavy lift rocket.


Friday, November 17, 2017

Bannon Feels US Must Stop China

Steve Bannon feels that the US must go all-out to stop China, or else face total defeat from it:

http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2017/11/15/steve-bannon-if-america-doesnt-thwart-these-five-things-china-will-be-a-hegemonic-power/




tesla's truck that is supposed to change the world

announced today. 

frankly, it's not all that revolutionary.

http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-42021713

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Thursday, November 16, 2017

Fwd: Potential of Ayurveda - An eye opener+Sikkim: Harmonious Himalayan Highland+How Punjab’s Misplaced Agricultural Priorities Contribute To Delhi Pollution


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