Sunday, April 30, 2017
Wednesday, April 26, 2017
They gave him Op-Ed space even while the same guy was mocking Modi's condemnation of the massacre of 25 CRPF jawans in Chattisgarh.
Modi calls Maoist attack cowardly, why? Does he believe they wander around with guns so they can offer roses to the CRPF?— Hartosh Singh Bal (@HartoshSinghBal) April 25, 2017
Meanwhile NYT's Celia Dugger has advocated not using the term "female genital mutilation", on the grounds that such a phrase may be "culturally loaded" and thus derogatory to this practice.
Now that Bill O'Reilly has been brought down by Shikhandi tactics from the Left, Tucker Carlson is proving to be a strong replacement in the same nighttime viewing slot.
There are already some companies which are unveiling their models of flying car, which are basically small Vertical TakeOff and Landing (VTOL) aerial vehicles:
If such "air taxis" were to become more common, then perhaps running them all under a single common Uber-style service would be useful, in order to better coordinate and keep track of all such vehicles in the air, to minimize chaos and maximize collision-avoidance.
Tuesday, April 25, 2017
This sounds like a stupid idea - everyone has bias, so who's to say these appointees won't have their biases? Also, Wikipedia has only been useful for technical topics that aren't controversial, because as soon as something is in contention, then rival users would keep overwriting each others' statements.
What might work is AI - because at least AI can't intrinsically have any racial, gender, religious or political affiliation or bias. And besides, with so many fretting over being thrown out of work by AI automation, I can't think of a more deserving bunch than the journos (most of whom are Lefties anyway).
Senolytics are an emerging class of drugs which may be used to reverse the aging process in people, by eliminating aged cells from the body and cleaning out harmful substances which contribute to aging. This then leaves the human body with a greater proportion of healthier, less aged cells than prior to treatment.
Aging is a non-linear process -- the more aged you are, the faster you will further age, because of cascade effects. Therefore, treatment to stave off aging is more effective/easier when started earlier.
In addition to having the largest pool of biomedically skilled personnel in the world, India is of course a country blessed with a very large population of younger people, which are seen as an asset to its future economic growth. Anti-aging medicine would be a strategic area for India to invest in, given its large base of younger people whose productive potential could be extended through such technology. Also, there is a large potential for medical tourism based on treating the wealthy aging populations of the developed world. The market opportunities for this are predicted to grow by leaps and bounds in the next 5 to 10 years.
Fwd: India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval buildup+The secret deal : Details of the Framework Agreement +Kashmiri Shops in Tourists Spots
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Date: Mon, Apr 24, 2017 at 4:07 PM
Subject: India needs to learn that economic development comes before a naval buildup+The secret deal : Details of the Framework Agreement +Kashmiri Shops in Tourists Spots
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The Union Government will create an autonomous district council with financial autonomy on the lines of the Bodoland Territorial Council for the four hill districts of Manipur (Senapati, Tamenglong, Chandel and Ukhrul)
A Naga regional council will be set up, which would look after the religious, cultural, traditional and social interests of all Nagas. NSCN(IM) general secretary T Muivah may be made its chairman. A separate flag for the council is under negotiation. A formula for the rehabilitation and absorption of the 15,000-strong Naga army is under negotiation. Its soldiers will surrender their arms and may be inducted into newly-formed battalions of the Border Security Force and Rashtriya Rifles.'
Monday, April 24, 2017
Sunday, April 23, 2017
- Carnage in Indian IT? Visa norms, AI and automation are weighing heavy on India's IT workers
..Isn't IT always about automation? What's new, can someone explain?
- Land of the Pure: Why Telangana's Expanded Reservation To Muslims Is Not Grounded In Facts
- Are Christian and Muslim nations ok and Hindu nations not? Hindus do not, unlike Christians and Muslims, divide humanity into those who are chosen by God and those who are eternally damned. Hindu children are not taught to look down on those who are not Hindus, unlike children of the dogmatic religions who are taught that their God does not love those others unless they join their ‘true’ religions.
- Pure capitalism fails in health care:
- Batteries + Gas Turbines: Batteries can serve as a shock absorber, ramping up to meet these signals while allowing the turbines to run less frequently, to meet sustained peaks in market demand.
- India can use: Travis is a handheld translator with 80-language support
Pure capitalist models fails in health care.— Sankrant Sanu सानु (@sankrant) April 23, 2017
More disease=>More profit.
Pharmaceuticals focus on annuity drugs to take for life, not cures. https://t.co/AI6rh65lTM
Elon Musk has announced Neuralink, his own effort which involves direct brain-machine interface:
Here's an explanation on why brain-machine-interface could revolutionize society:
Here's a critique on why it may be too difficult to accomplish in the near future:
Friday, April 21, 2017
From: Vaidyanathan R
Mobiles May Make Banks Extinct
April 17, 2017
The mobile phone is now being used for small-time financial activities, such as information on prices, billing settlements, etc. We have service providers like Air Tel/Jio providing internet based TV channels which will provide competition to Dish TV /Tata sky etc. Over period of time satellite based TV channels might be extinct if the number of TV towers serves well to offer hundreds of channels.
This is one major disruption .But more important is the service provider replacing banks.
Service provider as banker
Already Jio is tied up with, SBI and Air Tel with Kotak bank etc. This is to act as payment banks.
One step more is required to make mobile revolution complete in the Banking services. The important development that service providers and bankers should work towards is to make it drive a retail credit revolution. One observes that in the boat markets of Bangkok, one can either pay by baht, the local currency or get charge cards from the service providers and pay through them.
The service providers initially provide an overdraft or revolving credit facility to the retail trader, which is adjusted on a daily basis by crediting the retailer for every debit incurred by the buyer. The payments made by customers are used to bring down credit given in the morning. This is one of the interesting possibilities, wherein the retail trade network is provided a credit facility and which reduces their cost of borrowing. It requires one mobile instrument with them and periodic crediting of their account based on received calls, which are mostly available free.
The share of trade, [around 10 per cent of the national income] is at Rs 17 L crore. The trade sector would have needed Rs. 14 lakh crore as credit requirements (since, in trade, the major portion of capital is working capital). The combined financing to trade by all banking sources was around Rs 5 lakh crore. This implies that around 30 per cent of credit requirement is met by banking channels and the remaining by non-banking ones including money lenders. So, the potential available for mobile phone service providers is a market of the order of Rs9 lakh crore for digital-based lending.
Even assuming only Rs 1 lakh crore of this is tapped in the next, say, five years, at an interest cost of 20 percent (retail credit today in the `open' market is around 48 to 60 per cent) the sum to be earned is Rs 20,000 crore. We can call this digi-financing.
Instead of permanently singing the WalMart kirtan, we should think of innovative ways in which technology can facilitate the vast base of self-employed groups. The millions of entrepreneurs involved in the retail trade, instead of being dismissed as "unorganized," can be made more effective by the credit enhancement and price discovery process simply by using mobile telephony.
It is not required for WalMart to come here and squeeze our farmers and small manufacturers and sell their produce/products to consumers at "lower prices". We can think of leveraging on telecommunications to make all factor markets more efficient and lower consumer prices.
The most important thing about the mobile phones is that — unlike computers — even people who are not literate can use them. The only requirement is ability to speak and/or hear. We need not worry about language or massive software development. This small communication device provides phenomenal power unthinkable by economists or financial experts some ten years ago.
Hence the interesting question is if the service provider will swallow the banks or other way. Here the technology savvy service provider can give banking services easily compared to banks becoming tech savvy. So banks may become endangered species to be shown on animal planet or National Geography channelsJ
The appropriate thing to consider is to make the mobile sets—more so the "smart" ones- free goods for the poorer, self-employed groups. This can be done even through SHGs, wherever they are active, as they may be better able to identify the right beneficiaries. The Central and State governments, as well as various aid organizations, can give the handset free to many in these segments.
It must be seen as a process of asset creation and making markets work and should not be condemned, by the metropolitan experts, as a populist scheme. Most of the time, these beneficiaries need to receive calls rather than make them. If we have a market of 800-1000 million smart sets, the unit cost can be brought down to even less than 000rs. But the Government seems to think that the service sector is the economy's milch-cow, rather than the engine of India's growth. It may now be taxed at 18 per cent, and the argument is that their share is more than 50 per cent in our GDP and, hence, they should contribute more.
The impact of telecommunications on the self-employed and more particularly among the poorer groups has not been fully understood or appreciated. Mobile phones have created a sort of tsunami among lower level entrepreneurial groups like plumbers, carpenters, masons, small time construction contractors, painters, cooks, repair mechanics, winders, welders, water suppliers, tea suppliers, vegetable vendors, retail traders, flower vendors, auto drivers, priests, astrologers, etc. Actually, more than three hundred categories of self-employed entrepreneurs.
Since the growth in the economy is not due to the Government but in spite of it, the least it can do is to allow million of these entrepreneurs to flourish for a vibrant and sustained growth process.
Prof R. Vaidyanathan; Cho. S Ramaswamy Visiting Chair Professor of Public Policy SASTRA University; Professor IIMB[Rtd]
Thursday, April 20, 2017
China knows its game with the US involving North Korea is now reaching its limits, so China is trying to create other similar games involving Iran, etc:
Tuesday, April 18, 2017
“We are limited by capacity though this (PSLV) is a very good launch vehicle. We want them (industries) to form a consortium to build PSLV and launch satellites. Our target is to have 12 PSLV flights in a year first, then scale it up 18 and even 24 in a year,” A.S. Kiran Kumar, Chairman, ISRO, told Deccan Chronicle.
It's good that ISRO isn't wasting time on this. Now that the new era of the GSLV-Mk3 rocket is being ushered in, the veteran PSLV rocket will be spun off to the private sector for manufacturing and launch operations. This will allow ISRO to focus on GSLV-Mk3, as well as development of newer vehicles. Now India can get a head start on building a private sector ecosystem in space launch technology. Let's also see if the private sector pups can show older dog ISRO some new tricks.
Monday, April 17, 2017
- Will algorithms replace your physician? AI can predict heart attacks more accurately than doctors
- Celebrity endorsements of fairness products: A pale skin is associated with the exercise of power. The Bollywood-crazed nation has more idols perpetuating the notion than those who do not.
- Khan Academy-Tata Trusts program: Khan academy adds entire CBSE math curriculum to its video tutorials
- Muslim personal law: According to Nehruvian secularism, the “majority” can do no right and the “minority” no wrong. Hence, when laws designed to bring some of the traditional practices of those professing Hinduism into the 20th century, any effort at ensuring a similar modernising exercise on the Muslim community was discarded. Since that time, much of the policies of the Indian state have had the unintended effect of distancing Hindus and Muslims from each other.
- Dieselgate: EU passes rules that could spell 'much faster' end of diesels
- Bound tariff rates: NAFTA helps US exports more than Mexico's
- Barbarians cannot be treated like civilized people
- Clear message to communal forces!!
I support army action to parade stone pelter on top of jeep. Barbarians should not expect to be treated like civilized people pic.twitter.com/Go91w1LBE9— Rajiv Malhotra (@RajivMessage) April 15, 2017
Indian Union Muslim League (IUML), ally of Congress wins a constituency with 75% Muslims, but hey it is a clear message to communal forces 😂 pic.twitter.com/W2xSPDcHDk— The Masakadzas (@Nesenag) April 17, 2017
Friday, April 14, 2017
Thursday, April 13, 2017
Just as cellphones have done great things for personal communication in India, likewise devices like this could have a major impact on health and disease.
He's the other guy besides General Michael Flynn who could have tilted the playing field against jihadism. The ouster of both from the Whitehouse could mean a return to the same old establishment geopolitical alignments in Washington.
Wednesday, April 12, 2017
From: Madhu Kishwar <email@example.com>
Date: Sun, Apr 9, 2017 at 9:32 PM
Subject: [Manushi] Non Bailable Arrest Warrants by Kashmir Court against Madhu Kishwar
To: Manushi-india <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Patently Illegal Non Bailable Arrest Warrants Issued by Chief Judicial Magistrate against Madhu Kishwar in response to criminal defamation suit filed by Shujaat Bukhari, Editor Rising Kashmir
Facts of Defamation Case:
I am ready for the prolonged legal and political battle this involves, no matter what it takes.
It is noteworthy that Shujaat Bukhari does not deny my charge that his paper is pro-separatist and follows the Pak agenda. The only charge he has denied is that he takes money from Indian agencies. Is he willing to reveal where he got the funds to set up his paper? Who pays for his many trips to Pakistan, Dubai and other countries? Knowledgeable people close to him allege that Shujaat cultivates and curries favour with Indian intelligence agencies and Military Intelligence as a cover for his ISI links!
Shujaat should be willing to reveal where the money came from for his setting up three papers--two in Urdu apart from Rising Kashmir in English as well as a printing press. Is he willing to reveal how he bought several prime properties in Srinagar? All this when the print edition of Rising Kashmir and the two Urdu papers he set up subsequently all have a minuscule circulation in the Valley! They are meant only to make money through government ads and other forms of patronage. He inflates the circulation figures to corner more ads and subsidised news print. Its only on the Net that Rising Kashmir gets some traction.
I have a right to ask him to reveal information about his financial affairs because in the interest of transparency, MANUSHI posts on its website accurate information regarding every rupee that it gets by way of donations or sale of its publications as well as audited accounts of how the money is spent. Is Shujaat Bukhari ready to be as transparent about the finances of his newspapers?
The big question I want answered: Why is the J&K government and central government patronising separatist newspapers?
The deafening silence of the champions of "freedom of expression": Please note the deafening silence regarding this case in the "liberal" mainstream media. Compare it to the national and international media fury unleashed when a defamation case was filed against Ashis Nandy by an Ahmedabad based NGO for Nandy's baseless and outrageous defamatory statements published in The Times of India against Modi and Gujarati Hindus. He was projected by the entire media as a victim of "fascist" wrath. Top Congress party lawyers rose to his defence and argued his case up to the Supreme Court--all free of charge. But it didn't make big news when Nandy ended up offering an unconditional apology for his defamatory article when the Supreme Court was on the verge of indicting him!
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Tuesday, April 11, 2017
I take it nobody in India has ever heard of a 'doggie bag'? I've eaten at buffet restaurants where they'll charge you extra if you don't clean off your plate. But why should the govt poke its nose into how much a person wants to eat?
The solution to food wastage should perhaps be disposal fees, along with options to take home unused portions of food orders. Developed countries simply allow the market to naturally mediate supply & demand, having long left shortages behind - but for some reason BJP's backward leaders don't seem to know any better.
Likewise, I notice Yogi Adityanath's govt focusing more on Romeos and cow-squads again, when they could be finding more ways to keep development and clean governance in the headlines. Perhaps it's jarring to talk of Hindutva as a "brand", but when voters desperate for development are flocking to BJP for that purpose, then it's best to keep focus in that direction, or face the peril of being thrown out in the next election. Just as it's not good to see food being wasted, likewise the opportunity given by the people from their political mandate should also not be squandered.
Sunday, April 09, 2017
The blue-shaded section at the rocket's base is the recoverable portion of the vehicle that is supposed to return back for landing and re-use, since it contains the engines which are the most expensive component that needs to be saved. With ISRO also trying to begin development on reusable launch vehicles, they also need to look seriously at the vertical landing concepts like the Rossiyanka concept design above, instead of just winged landing designs. Wings add a lot of weight and drag on the way up, relative to the aerodynamic benefit they provide on the way down.
When considering a vertical-landing reusable rocket, ISRO should give serious thought to designs like this Russian one, with an eye to landing them in the Andaman Islands after launching from Sriharikota. Note the wider cross-section and squatter aspect-ratio of the reusable bottom section, which might afford a better cross-range glide capability to make it to the Andamans for landing. Space launches are always in an easterly direction, and hardly any countries have the convenience of a less-populated easterly island wing at a distance from their mainland like India does, to serve as a landing point for a recoverable vehicle. Advantages like this can help rockets save fuel mass, which could give India an unbeatable advantage.
Saturday, April 08, 2017
Rather than Tata discontinuing their Nano vehicle line, they should try to create a lower-cost Electric Nano to bring electric cars within the reach of more Indians. Lithium-ion batteries could then be mass-produced for such vehicles at a lower price point, leveraging economies of scale.
Thursday, April 06, 2017
Tuesday, April 04, 2017
This move also shows ISRO's interest in supporting private companies in its mission of creating a robust space industry. In other news, the body has lined up a space park where every small component will be manufactured under one roof, making it one of the first in the entire world.
Monday, April 03, 2017
- Project 'Everest' to crush small retailers: Amazon has already been flexing its muscles in India’s $600 billion retail market.
- Demographic invasion: Jammu activists find 5,155 Rohingya families comprising five to eight members presently in Jammu
- Why private vehicles are restricted in many urban centers: The longest commute times were in Bengaluru, India, and Hong Kong
- Green authority: California's new car emission standards defy Trump
- Pedestrian deaths spike: Distracted driving - and walking - blamed
- Solar energy: India’s Auctions Have Pushed Solar Prices Down 73% Since 2010
- Man and his planet: The Sahara Desert used to be green and lush — then humans showed up
- Experts agree: You can stop wasting your money on multivitamins
Not 5000, over 30000 Rohingya Muslims have been brought to Jammu to change its Hindu-majority character/undermine national security. https://t.co/brfx7KFZl8
— Hari Om (@Prof_HariOm) March 25, 2017
Sunday, April 02, 2017
Saturday, April 01, 2017