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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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

 


 
 
Warm Regards
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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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The eSamskriti effort to promote Indian Culture, Spirituality & Travel started in 2001. The site has over 1100 articles and 13,000 pictures today. So far site is funded by me with token contributions from well wishers.

To help us sustain and grow the effort we seek your support. Every contribution is valued.

 

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1. Potential of Ayurveda - An eye opener by Prof Mahesh Vyas. If Ayurved and Western systems of medicine combine it could be beneficial for all. Thus there is huge potential for Ayurveda. Article is courtesy Gujarat Ayurved University. http://www.esamskriti.com/sa/Ayurveda/Potential-of-Ayurveda-~-An-eye-opener-1.aspx

 

2. How Punjab's Misplaced Agricultural Priorities Contribute To Delhi Pollution by Sanjeev Nayyar . Everyone is talking about pollution in Delhi caused by paddy stubble. None are asking why does water deficient Punjab grow water guzzler rice. http://www.esamskriti.com/e/National-Affairs/Ideas-ad-Policy/How-Punjab-colon-s-Misplaced-Agricultural-Priorities-Contribute-To-Delhi-colon-s-Pollution-1.aspx

 

3. Sikkim: Harmonious Himalayan Highland by Rajiv Malik. Author shares interesting insights on Sikkim. Covers culture, origin of tribes, places to see, threats and lots more.

http://www.esamskriti.com/e/Culture/India-Travel-ad-Yatras/Sikkim-Harmonious-Himalayan-Highland--1.aspx

 

4. The Method and Significance of Tantra by Swami Kritarthananda
 
 
6. Tribes of Nagaland photos with their homes and clothes. http://www.esamskriti.com/a/Nagaland/Tribes-of-Nagaland.aspx
 

 

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from gokul kunnath: We are all Hindu Nationalists


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Namaste,

As you know, by now every one has heard about the New York Times article on the connection between Sari and Hindu Nationalism. Below is an opinion piece that I wrote on the subject. I am not a writer by any measure. But I thought this article of NYT deserved some response from every one, including me. The more the merrier, I felt. So I did what I could. If you think it is ok, please distribute to your friends and email lists. I am very grateful to News India Times for publishing it on a busy day for them when many of their publications go to print. Thanks.



Yours in the service of Dharma,

Gokul Kunnath
President, US Hindu Alliance
Co Founder, Hindu Students Council


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Fwd: Getting around Beijing’s ways+Trump’s new Asia strategy strokes India’s false pride+Centre hides long term CPEC plan from provinces


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1. The Quaid and Dina Wadia 15.11.17 by L Merchant https://tribune.com.pk/story/1558394/6-quaid-dina-wadia/
 
 
3. Forces Rejected Advanced Versions of Indigenous Tejas and Arjun 15.11.17 by col pk vasudeva http://www.indiandefencereview.com/news/forces-rejected-advanced-versions-of-indigenous-tejas-and-arjun/
 
4. Getting around Beijing's ways 16.11.17 by G Parthasarathy http://www.tribuneindia.com/news/comment/getting-around-beijing-s-ways/498129.html
China's much-touted OBOR initiative will enable Beijing to dominate the sea lanes of the Western Pacific and Indian Oceans by extending credits which the recipients cannot repay. India must strengthen pact with other players.
 
5. China Laos railway line to be complete by 2021 http://en.people.cn/n3/2017/1115/c90000-9293209.html
 
6. Trump's new Asia strategy strokes India's false pride 15.11.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1075467.shtml
Some Indian media started to boast about New Delhi's strategic significance to Washington after the quadrilateral talks, arguing that Trump's decision to shift his attention from the Asia-Pacific to "Indo-Pacific" is a signal that Washington was elevating New Delhi to the center of its Asia strategy. No matter how Indian media reports US-India relations and the country's democratic system, economic development is the determining factor for India's regional and international influences. '
 
7. Centre hides long term CPEC plan from provinces 16.11.17 https://tribune.com.pk/story/1559683/1-centre-hides-long-term-cpec-plan-provinces/
 
8. Apprehensions in Sri Lanka: Will Hambantota be the next Djibouti? by sanjay kapoor 7.11.17 http://www.orfonline.org/research/apprehensions-in-sri-lanka-will-hambantota-be-the-next-djibouti/
 
9. Pakistan Water Insecurity 15.11.17 by neil buhne https://www.dawn.com/news/1370550/water-insecurity
 
10. U.S. holds off sanctions barring proof 16.11.17 Myanmar https://www.mmtimes.com/news/us-holds-sanctions-barring-proof.html
 
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Wednesday, November 15, 2017

Quick notes: GST pain, Faraday Future...

  • Can our artisans survive GST? 'I don't know how long the small-scale handmade sector can survive'.


  • Are Tatas so naive?  Rumor has it that Tatas are paying $900 million for a 10% stake in Faraday Future, thus valuing the electric car startup at $9 billion.. Ridiculously overpriced, if true.


  • Bringing Bikes Back: Bikes are having a second coming in China — in the form of bike-shares.


  • Nirvana Shatakam performed by school children in Dublin, Ireland:

  • मनोबुद्ध्यहङ्कार चित्तानि नाहं
    न च श्रोत्रजिह्वे न च घ्राणनेत्रे ।
    न च व्योम भूमिर्न तेजो न वायुः
    चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥१॥

    न च प्राणसंज्ञो न वै पञ्चवायुः
    न वा सप्तधातुः न वा पञ्चकोशः ।
    न वाक्पाणिपादं न चोपस्थपायु
    चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥२॥

    न मे द्वेषरागौ न मे लोभमोहौ
    मदो नैव मे नैव मात्सर्यभावः ।
    न धर्मो न चार्थो न कामो न मोक्षः
    चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥३॥

    न पुण्यं न पापं न सौख्यं न दुःखं
    न मन्त्रो न तीर्थं न वेदा न यज्ञाः ।
    अहं भोजनं नैव भोज्यं न भोक्ता
    चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥४॥

    न मृत्युर्न शङ्का न मे जातिभेदः
    पिता नैव मे नैव माता न जन्मः ।
    न बन्धुर्न मित्रं गुरुर्नैव शिष्यं
    चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥५॥

    अहं निर्विकल्पो निराकाररूपो
    विभुत्वाच्च सर्वत्र सर्वेन्द्रियाणाम् ।
    न चासङ्गतं नैव मुक्तिर्न मेयः
    चिदानन्दरूपः शिवोऽहम् शिवोऽहम् ॥६॥


  • 'What can India teach us' by Max Müller: I remember one of our masters (Dr. Klee) telling us, that there was a language spoken in India, which was much the same as Greek and Latin, nay, as German and Russian. At first we thought it was a joke, but when one saw the parallel columns of numerals, pronouns, and verbs in Sanskrit, Greek, and Latin written on the blackboard, one felt in the presence of facts, before which one had to bow. The concept of the European man has been changed and widely extended by our acquaintance with India, and we know now that we are something different from what we thought we were. The study of Sanskrit has not only widened our views of man, and taught us to embrace millions of strangers and barbarians as members of one family, but it has imparted to the whole ancient history of man a reality which it never possessed before.


  • Consciously quantum: Perhaps the most renowned of Quantum mechanics' mysteries is the "observer effect" -- the fact that the outcome of a quantum experiment can change depending on whether or not we choose to measure some property of the particles involved. This deeply troubled the early pioneers of quantum theory. It seemed to undermine the basic assumption behind all science: that there is an objective world out there, irrespective of us. If the way the world behaves depends on how – or if – we look at it, what can "reality" really mean?


  • A bitter harvest: Low prices leave farmers seething. “The farm crisis is worsening by the year”.


  • Something In The Air: Why does India lead the world in deaths from TB? The rise of TB infections has coincided with the dismal air quality index in many Indian cities.


  • Smog shortening lives. Patient numbers have more than tripled in Delhi hospitals since pollution levels spiked.


Tuesday, November 14, 2017

Fwd: Indian students in US dwarf America's FDI in India, spend whopping $6.54 bn - The Financial Express


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Indian students in US dwarf America's FDI in India, spend whopping $6.54 bn

Indian students spent a massive $6.54 billion in the US in 2016-17, up 30% from the previous year, dwarfing the North American country's foreign direct investment (FDI) of $2.37 billion in India.

Indian students, Indian American students, FDI in India, America FDI in India, US dwarf  Indian students spent a massive .54 billion in the US in 2016-17, up 30% from the previous year, dwarfing the North American country's foreign direct investment (FDI) of .37 billion in India. (Image: Reuters)

Indian students spent a massive $6.54 billion in the US in 2016-17, up 30% from the previous year, dwarfing the North American country's foreign direct investment (FDI) of $2.37 billion in India. Of course, a large part of US FDI routed through low-tax jurisdictions like Mauritius is not counted here, although recent changes in tax treaties have made the route a bit less attractive. Among large countries, India was outstripped by China in 2009-10 to become the largest place of origin of students coming to the US, with correspondingly high spending. However, in recent years India has been bridging the gap with a scorching pace of growth in students it sends to the US — 29% in 2014-15, 25% in 2015-16 and 12.3% in 2016-17. Between 2010-11 to 2012-13, when the global financial meltdown hit the US economy badly, there was negative growth in Indian students going to that country. Chinese students spent $12.55 billion in the US in 2016-17, up about 10%.

"The American higher education system introduces international students to networks and contacts that provide benefits and advantages over a lifetime," said Karl M Adam, deputy cultural affairs officer at the US embassy in India. Most of the Indian students in the US pursue graduation courses in mathematics, computer science and engineering. For the record, the US was the fifth largest source of FDI for India in 2016-17, behind Mauritius, Singapore, Japan and Netherlands. Though services FDI fared better, US investments in India's manufacturing sector needs to grow, officials here feel.

According to Open Doors, a study by the Institute of International Education along with the US government's education department, students from India and China now represent approximately 50% of the total enrolment of 1.08 million international students in the US. Indian students comprise 17.3% of all international students in the US, it added. The continued growth in international students coming to the US for higher education has had a significant positive impact on its economy. About 1.08 million international students studying at US colleges and universities contributed $36.9 billion and supported more than 450,000 jobs to its economy during 2016-2017, said NAFSA, an association of international educators.

Open Doors reported that about two-thirds of all international students receive the majority of their funds from sources outside of the US, including personal and family sources as well as assistance from their home country governments or universities. Interestingly, the number of US students coming to India to study for academic credit at their home university has been on the decline since 2013-14 and it fell by 5.8% to 4,181 in 2015-16, as they increasingly prefer European countries. India's rank in terms of outbound destination for US students also declined to 15 from 13.



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Fwd: An inconsistent United States, an assertive China and Asia’s Hobbesian order+Baloch abductions scorch Pakistan+ Bangladeshi Hindus less than 5% very soon


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1. As China asserts itself, India must give its urgent attention to addressing gaps in border infrastructure 13.11.17 by lt gen prakash katoch http://www.firstpost.com/india/as-china-asserts-itself-india-must-give-its-urgent-attention-to-addressing-gaps-in-border-infrastructure-4207235.html
 
2. How China 'played the shrewder card' when dealing with Donald Trump 14.11.17 by Kanwal Sibal  http://www.dailymail.co.uk/indiahome/indianews/article-5078935/China-played-shrewder-card-dealing-Trump.html#ixzz4yNboDM1O
The US President had two principal issues to flog with China — reducing America's massive trade deficit and countering the North Korean nuclear threat. By seeking China's crucial support for defanging Pyongyang of its nuclear teeth, Trump has weakened his hand on pummelling Beijing on trade issues. He cannot solicit Chinese cooperation on one vital issue and threaten China on another. This implies absence of any recognition that its muscle flexing is causing unwanted tensions in the region. In sum, it remains unclear at the international level how forcefully Trump wants to respond to China's challenge to US power.
India has to keep watching.

 
3. East Asia Summit: 'The Quad' Rises From the Dead to Take On China 13.11.17 by brig gurmeet kanwal https://www.thequint.com/entertainment/tv/bigg-boss-11-episode-34-review
 
4. An inconsistent United States, an assertive China and Asia's Hobbesian order 13.11.17 by harsh pant http://www.hindustantimes.com/opinion/an-inconsistent-united-states-an-assertive-china-and-asia-s-hobbesian-order/story-zNHFTmCiIlrvC9L2Uf8vCI.html
 
5. Baloch abductions scorch Pakistan 14.11.17 by sandhya jain http://www.dailypioneer.com/columnists/edit/baloch-abductions-scorch-pakistan.html
 
6. Bangladeshi Hindus less than 5% very soon 14.11.17 by jaideep m https://swarajyamag.com/world/bangladeshi-hindus-less-than-5-percent-very-soon
 
7. Indo-Pacific alliance could end prematurely 13.11.17 http://www.globaltimes.cn/content/1074998.shtml
 
 
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