Sunday, October 20, 2019

Quick notes: Digital colony | Arms race...

Wednesday, October 16, 2019

Pak Student Youth Convention for Conquering India

So this is an actual video and not some fake parody - apparently conquering infidels can be something to look forward to, like going to Disneyland:

Saturday, October 12, 2019

Quick notes: Kurd slaughter | RCEP bait...

  • Kurds may be wiped out before Turkey sanctions happen: “Reestablish safe zones to protect Kurds and prevent the reemergence of ISIS before it’s too late”.

  • 'You are leaving us to be slaughtered': Military leader of Syrian Kurds tells US

  • Did we betray the Kurds for Trump Towers?: Donald Trump's longtime business connections in Turkey back in the spotlight

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  • India rejects RCEP e-commerce chapter: Acceptance would have prevented it from implementing the rules on data localisation. . . . “No Party shall require a covered person to use or locate computing facilities in that Party’s territory as a condition for conducting business in that territory,” reads the wording in the draft chapter.

  • Swadeshi Jagran Manch Is Right: The RCEP is not for India. Very often, we get into bad deals because of the fear of being left out in the cold. In theory, FTAs are good for everybody; in practice, they are often tilted towards manufacturing powers to the detriment of services powers. India has a huge trade deficit of over $50 billion with China precisely because of this. We export only low-value added products, while we import higher-value products, and our services industry has been kept out substantially through non-tariff barriers.

    FTAs are not an either/or option for us. We can substitute FTAs with bilateral deals that are renegotiable based on actual results over the coming years. These can later be converted to FTAs once the benefits are seen as two-way.

  • Xi in Nepal with promises and pressure: China has been pressuring Nepal to sign an extradition treaty, one that leaves Tibetans fleeing Chinese oppression via Nepal with less hope of escape.

  • Affordable EV? Tata Nexon EV gives India an affordable domestic-brand electric car

  • Women transform rural Vellore: How an army of women in Vellore resurrected a river that once served as their lifeline

  • US sanctions Gupta family over widespread corruption: Ajay, Atul, and Rajesh Gupta immigrated to South Africa (from Uttar Pradesh) in the 1990s, and due in large part to their generous donations to a political party and their reportedly close relationship with former South African President Jacob Zuma, their business interests expanded. The family has been implicated in several corrupt schemes in South Africa, allegedly stealing hundreds of millions of dollars through illegal deals with the South African govt, obfuscated by a shadowy network of shell companies and associates linked to the family.

Tuesday, October 08, 2019

Quick notes: Drone catcher | Indian students...

  • Another Paki Drone Entered Punjab: Heavy-duty drones had dropped AK-47 assault rifles, satellite phones and grenades meant for terrorists in Jammu and Kashmir in eight sorties last month.

  • Indian students flock to China: China restricts teaching of MBBS in English to 45 colleges amid big surge of students from India. At present over 23,000 Indian students are studying different courses in Chinese universities.

  • East India Company is laughing: Amazon, Flipkart sales generate Rs 19,000 crore in six days

  • Sober is the new black: Startup offers to help people get sober.. “We are in a time that we think drinking alcohol is natural, that we are supposed to do it. We are approaching this tipping point of realizing how toxic and unnecessary it is.”... India’s Coolberg Beverages, which makes non-alcoholic beer, recently raised VC to cater to a similar demographic

  • PDF link: English-Sanskrit dictionary of computer terms

  • You aren't stuck in traffic, you ARE the traffic:.


  • Cycle Superhighway: When can we in India bike 18km without having to stop once for cars?

  • What causes Solar Power fires?: DC Arc Faults

  • Priti Patel tells Zuckerberg: Facebook encryption threatens public safety. . . . . FBI director warns Facebook could become platform of 'child pornographers'

The Great Indian Streaming Wars

India's large viewing market is the new battleground for streaming services trying to gain new growth and an edge over each other, as competition heats up. Streaming services have also become a new weapon in India's political culture wars:

The Indian Right need to seize the opportunity to help get their narrative across, and to deny the Left-dominated Bollywood from gaining new wings to spout its Left-slanted narrative. Streaming services could be used to provide the likes of Republic TV, NewsX, Zee News, etc newer distribution platforms to help their content reach more viewers.

Saturday, October 05, 2019

Bhutto Positioning Himself as Next Favourite

After Imran Khan's flop performance at UN, the Pak Army are showing their significant displeasure. Meanwhile, Maulana Fazlur Rehman, who is yet another mullah politician patronized by the military, has now announced his party JUI's plan for a massive protest march against Imran's "illegal govt from a rigged election". Former PM Nawaz Sharif's PML-N party also plans to participate.

Against this backdrop, Benazir's son Bhilawal Bhutto of the Pakistan People's Party has said he won't participate in the protest march. He obviously feels that he's the next in line for a shot at PM, following Nawaz and Imran: