Monday, October 16, 2017
Friday, October 13, 2017
Haley may also be in line to take over Rex Tillerson's job as Secretary of State down the road.
Thursday, October 12, 2017
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.”
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.
Tuesday, October 10, 2017
This needs to be used for other things too, like citizenship fraud, etc.
Monday, October 09, 2017
- 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.
Tamil culture has strong Vedic connections owing to the great yogis and acharyas of the region. Should honor its dharmic heritage!— Dr David Frawley (@davidfrawleyved) October 9, 2017
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
From: Sanjeev Nayyar
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Wednesday, October 04, 2017
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.