Friday, February 24, 2017
Besides being used in the GSLV-Mk3, the system may one day be adapted for use on the upper stage of the TSTO (Two-Stage-to-Orbit) Reusable Launch Vehicle.
Thursday, February 23, 2017
- Solar tariffs hit all-time low: Rs2.97/unit. It couldn’t be a worse time for the coal-fuelled power plants in the country as India’s current installed capacity of 3,10,005 MW and the projects under construction are expected to meet the country’s electricity demand till 2026. This effectively means that there will be no requirement for new coal fuelled power plants in the country till then.
- Cognitive computing: Watson helps treat heart disease by looking at medical images
- Clogged cities: On an average, 353 new cars and 1,372 new bikes joined Bengaluru’s slow-moving traffic every day in 2016, taking the total number of vehicles to 66.65 lakh. "No amount of infrastructure will be adequate if private vehicles are not reduced".
- Tackling smog: London to charge all pre-2004 cars $27 to enter on weekdays
- Manu Prakash: Saving lives with simple Engineering
- 17 equations that changed the world:
It remains to be seen how Bannon will get this agenda implemented at the National Security Council, where a new seat has been created for him. Will the establishment be successful in opposing the new reforms?
Wednesday, February 22, 2017
This is a key area where India can make the leap into electronics manufacturing, and develop its own thriving ecosystem for homegrown hardware innovation. This in turn would have tremendous ripple effects on other sectors like defense and aerospace, as well as Make-in-India as a whole.
Tuesday, February 21, 2017
This technology could reduce India's dependence on external suppliers of Uranium.
Monday, February 20, 2017
Lt. Gen. H.R. McMaster has staked out a decidedly more hawkish position on Russia and gone out of his way to assert that the war against terrorism must not turn into a war against Islam.McMaster's worldview and positions are significantly different than Michael Flynn's. The Lefties at CNN, etc are thrilled:
If pro-establishment establishment forces are successful in veering Trump back towards establishment policies of appeasement towards Islam, then India will have to look for strategic alternatives.
Sunday, February 19, 2017
Some private customers (private Indian and private Japanese) will be paying ISRO to send their lunar rovers to the Moon, which should be happening by year's end:
ISRO will also be sending its own rover to the Moon with the Chandrayaan-2 mission.
- Tech Shift: Half of Indian IT workforce may become irrelevant in 3 years: McKinsey
- Cutting Meat Without Cutting Muscle: Science finally settles the issue: If muscle-building protein is what you seek, plant protein is just as good as animal protein. ...Dangal got this wrong!
- Scientific Superstition: “As there is religious superstition, so also there is a superstition in the matter of science. …As soon as a great scientist’s name, like Darwin or Huxley, is cited, we follow blindly. It is the fashion of the day. Ninety-nine per cent of what we call scientific knowledge is mere theories. …Just as we should be careful with the priests, so we should be with the scientists. Begin with disbelief. Analyze, test, prove everything, and then take it.” -Swami Vivekananda
- The Helical Model - our solar system is a vortex
Saturday, February 18, 2017
US President Donald Trump has vowed not to let China claim the South China Sea as its own.
This powerful upper stage engine will be used on the new GSLV Mk-3.
Thursday, February 16, 2017
Musk is has targeted this particular sector because he feels it's ripe for innovation and disruption, since the technology hasn't advanced in over half a century. India should look at applying any revolutions in this field towards improving its own infrastructure.
I know Rajeev feels urban concentrations go against India's traditional village existence, but on the other hand, big cities can function more efficiently by concentrating large numbers of people in close proximity to infrastructure and resources. "3D cities" could enable more people to live within close proximity of work to ease their commute, while also making more efficient use of mass transit. Previously it was the rise of the automobile and cheap gas which facilitated suburban sprawl, while in the future the opposite scenario may be favored.
Additionally, India has some of the highest mountainous regions in the world, located in remote and highly disputed boundary areas. The ability to tunnel deeply into mountainsides could help in creating more fortified and impregnable defenses, as well as in improving logistical transport supply lines to these remote areas.
Wednesday, February 15, 2017
When the Deep State feels threatened by the winds of change, they seem to have claimed their own right to undermine the Trump Whitehouse, for the purpose of preserving their own policy agenda. The American Left are very gleeful about it, of course.
The real story here is why are there so many illegal leaks coming out of Washington? Will these leaks be happening as I deal on N.Korea etc?— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 14, 2017
The real scandal here is that classified information is illegally given out by "intelligence" like candy. Very un-American!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2017
Fwd: New Delhi will suffer loses if it plays Taiwan card+Windfall for Chinese on coal fired projects+Make In India’ Fighter Aircraft: Strategic Options+Managing scarce water resources Pak
From: Sanjeev Nayyar
The official documents revealed that by including the cost of insurance, also paid to a Chinese insurance company, the cost of borrowings would surge to 13 per cent. Adding insult to injury, the government has already exempted income of Chinese financial institutions from dividend income tax.'
10. Managing scarce water resources 14.2.17 by talat masood GOOd read. https://tribune.com.pk/story/
What is not well known that India having the advantage of being the upper riparian is cleverly utilising the ground water to its advantage! In Pakistan, unlike India, there is absence of laws for ground water usage to ensure equitable distribution among provinces.Pakistan is also faced with the danger wherein in certain areas saline water is mixing with sweet water.
The Indus River basin aquifer spans the two countries and when the Indians carry out excessive abstraction it results in starving the Pakistani side and lowering the water table. This in turn creates a favorable situation for Indian Punjab as water starts flowing to their side having a lower water table. This in turn adversely affects the water availability and quality on the Pakistani side.
When sanctity of treaties are violated then it could well open up a Pandora's box with China similarly exercising the option of diverting the Brahmaputra River!When sanctity of treaties are violated then it could well open up a Pandora's box with China similarly exercising the option of diverting the Brahmaputra River!'
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Tuesday, February 14, 2017
Monday, February 13, 2017
Looks like the Deep State has claimed its first main casualty - they'd managed to undermine Flynn by claiming that he'd talked to the Russians about possible lifting of sanctions against them. So by that standard, should Kissinger and Nixon have been labeled traitors by the Washington establishment for opening secret talks with China? Of course not - when Atlanticists dominate the Deep State, then all is forgiven in the interest of confronting Moscow - and that's what the imperialists in Rawalpindi and Beijing always bank on.
In the meantime, Trump's team has scheduled General David Petraeus for an interview, with an eye to having him replace Michael Flynn.
Sunday, February 12, 2017
Saturday, February 11, 2017
Friday, February 10, 2017
Thursday, February 09, 2017
- PwC report: China, India to overtake U.S. economy by 2050.
Largest GDP-PPP in 2050:
13. Saudi Arabia
16. Pakistan (..please ignore this, there will be no Pakistan in 2050)
18. South Korea
GDP purchasing-power-parity calculations aren't the gold standard for most U.S. macroeconomists.
- Republican Group Calls for Carbon Tax: $40 per ton of carbon dioxide produced.
- Renewables Boom, Emissions Plunge: Since 2007, U.S. GDP has grown by 12 percent, while energy consumption has fallen by 3.6 percent.
- BJP's Uttarkhand miscalculation: “The BJP was certain to get a decisive mandate had we not indulged in toppling Rawat. Now, we have welcomed even the liabilities of the Congress into our fold.”
- Om Shreem Shriyei:
Tuesday, February 07, 2017
Afterwards, interviewer Bill O'Reilly - who knows Trump quite well - speculated on who that #1 problem was, which Obama had told Trump his serious concern about:
Meanwhile, what are the implications of Trump's "America First" policy for India?
Friday, February 03, 2017
Thursday, February 02, 2017
- A nod to evangelical Christian supporters: Trump pledges to end political limits on churches.
The Christian right sees Saudi Arabia and India in the same light:
- A symbol of imperial conquest: How the British stole the Kohinoor from a child
- Jaswant Singh Rawat: The hero who prevented the Chinese from invading Assam
- The Fourth Turning: The history of a people moves in 80-to-100 year cycles called "saecula."
- Ford's CEO: "The future of cities has almost nothing to do with cars".
- Pedestrian-only streets: Seoul’s version of the High Line -- turning an old overpass into an elevated urban park
- Silent Valley: A forest that survived 'development'
- H-1B? Snake Hunters From Tamil Nadu Recruited By US To Catch Pythons
- Expected to cost $62 billion?? India’s govt to bring free Wi-Fi to 1,050 villages
I predicted during US elections that Trump's support base will demand expanding evangelism in India. | https://t.co/tbnZ9S7wfX— Rajiv Malhotra (@RajivMessage) February 2, 2017
This bears a superficial resemblance to the old Tamil legends of a 'lost continent of Kumarikandam' which was supposed to have been a cradle of Tamil civilization. Perhaps the story is just a myth, but the recent discovery will no doubt give believers something to chew on.
Given their crooked stuntsmanship in Delhi, if AAP comes to power in Punjab, they may destabilize it, just Kashmir has recently been destabilized. If that happens, then Pakistan/ISI will be sure to take full advantage to re-extend their hand back into the state. Furthermore, China might get involved to help advance its CPEC ambitions.
I don't know if Doval is devising a doctrine to deal with Punjab under AAP, but we're going to need more than just positive wishful thinking.
The question is - will the US do anything about it, if Iran continues down this path, as it is likely to?
Trump's strategic advisor Steve Bannon had last year publicly wondered about the likelihood of war between the US and China in the next 5 to 10 years:
Additionally, Trump's Secretary of State Rex Tillerson had said during his recent Senate confirmation hearings that the US would act to block China from access to its newly-built islands in the South China Sea.
“We’re going to have to send China a clear signal that, first, the island-building stops and, second, your access to those islands also is not going to be allowed,” Tillerson said.
Wednesday, February 01, 2017