From an Army officer who is at the forefront of rescue and relief operations at Kochi:

From an Army officer who is at the forefront of rescue and relief operations at Kochi:

“I have been in the centre of activities at Kochi. While there is no doubt the armed forces have been doing a tremendous job and it has to be acknowledged, I would like to bring out the differences I felt in this mission and the ones carried out at Srinagar, Chennai, Uttaranchal and Mumbai.

Firstly to the credit of the civil administration, they have also been in the front and have been operating along with the public. Unlike other places where they had hid themselves and were unwilling to show themselves to the public, here they were shoulder to shoulder with all affected people

Secondly, youngsters had on their own taken on the task of organising the efforts. IT companies had given their people off, to work on relief and rescue. These ppl had all sorts of software programmes created, to coordinate the efforts. The place where they were coordinating the efforts were teaming with the youngsters who were bringing in supplies and other essentials as needed. From my flat complex, young ladies had overnight collected over Rs 3 lakhs and were supplying packed food.

Thirdly, the fishermen community had on their own transported their boats and were rescuing the stranded. Similarly, others also had formed their own little organisations to rescue the stranded.

The population in general did not wait idly for the govt machinery to begin the actions as in other places.

I find tremendous happiness having seen all the groups work together without any sense of religion or caste or other divisions. I had gone to a church with rations and they directed us to a temple as there were more people there.

I am sure with such an attitude, in spite of our politicians and what a number of us say, this country has a good future.”

Great that there are enough people who still believe in humanity above all…. it’s better that the hate mongers keep out… it will be a favour to the nation.

Here are the top 10 updates on PM Modi’s Independence Day speech:

Here are the top 10 updates on PM Modi’s Independence Day speech:
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“Today, from the ramparts of the Red Fort, I want to give the country a good news,” Prime Minister Modi said. “India has always advanced in space science but we have decided that by 2022, when India completes 75 years of Independence, or before that, a son or daughter of India will go to space with a tricolor in their hands,” he added. India will become the fourth nation after US, Russia and China to send a human to space.
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Ayushman Bharat, popularly referred to as “Modicare”, will be rolled out on September 25, on the birth anniversary of Deen Dayal Upadhyay, co-founder of the Bharatiya Jana Sangh, the Prime Minister said. The programme aims to provide coverage of Rs. 5 lakh to 10 crore economically backward families.
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In the inspirational speech on India’s 72nd Independence Day, the Prime Minister invoked the nation’s achievements — from the scaling of Mount Everest by tribal children to the expedition to South Pole expedition by Indian women.
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In a dig at the Congress, he said, “If we don’t look at where we started, we will not be able to how far we have come. If we take 2013 as the base year, you’ll be surprised to learn the pace of progress… The world used to talk about electricity blackouts, bottlenecks in India. Today it says the “sleeping elephant” has started walking”.
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PM Modi also issued a warning on the spiraling atrocities on women — one of the subjects recommended by the people after he sought their advice on subjects to be covered in his Independence Day address. “Rapes are being tackled sternly. It should be widely reported how rapists are being sent to the gallows for their crimes. Rule of law is supreme, no one can take law in their hands,” he said.
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He also spoke of Kashmir, saying the way forward was the one indicated by Atal Bihari Vajpayee — Insaniyat, Jamhuriyat, Kashmiriyat. “We want to go ahead on that road… Not bullets and abuse, we want to embrace the patriotic people of Kashmir,” he said.
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India, he said, has improved its standing in the world today. “Today when any Indian goes anywhere, all countries of the world welcome them… The power of the Indian passport has increased,” he said.
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He also promised that the law against triple talaq will materialize and the removal of AFSPA from large parts of the northeast. “Our forces have ushered in a new era of internal security,” he said.
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For his Independence Day speech, PM Modi had asked for ideas from people, a practice he has followed for the past three years. Some of the suggestions received on the MyGov.in website included on rape, open defecation, reservation system and education.
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Huge security arrangements have been made at the Mughal-era fort and the national capital, where 70,000 Delhi Police personnel have been deployed

Petrol cars will vanish in 8 years, says US report from Stanford economist.

Petrol cars will vanish in 8 years, says US report from Stanford economist.

” A Tesla Model S, which has 18 moving parts, one hundred times fewer than a combustion engine car. “Maintenance is essentially zero,” says Stanford University economist Tony Seba. “That is why Tesla is offering infinite-mile warranties. You can drive it to the moon and back and they will still warranty it.”

No more petrol or diesel cars, buses, or trucks will be sold anywhere in the world within eight years. The entire market for land transport will switch to electrification, leading to a collapse of oil prices and the demise of the petroleum industry as we have known it for a century.

This is the futuristic forecast by Stanford University economist Tony Seba. The professor’s report, with the deceptively bland title Rethinking Transportation 2020-2030, has gone viral in green circles and is causing spasms of anxiety in the established industries.

Mr Seba’s premise is that people will stop driving altogether. They will switch en masse to self-drive electric vehicles (EVs) that are 10 times cheaper to run than fossil-based cars, with a near-zero marginal cost of fuel and an expected lifespan of 1 million miles (1.6 million kilometres).

Only nostalgics will cling to the old habit of car ownership. The rest will adapt to vehicles on demand. It will become harder to find a petrol station, spares, or anybody to fix the 2000 moving parts that bedevil the internal combustion engine. Dealers will disappear by 2024.

Cities will ban human drivers once the data confirms how dangerous they can be behind a wheel. This will spread to suburbs, and then beyond. There will be a “mass stranding of existing vehicles”. The value of second-hard cars will plunge. You will have to pay to dispose of your old vehicle.

It is a twin “death spiral” for big oil and big autos, with ugly implications for some big companies on the London Stock Exchange unless they adapt in time.

The long-term price of crude will fall to $US25 a barrel. Most forms of shale and deep-water drilling will no longer be viable. Assets will be stranded. Scotland will forfeit any North Sea bonanza. Russia, Saudi Arabia, Nigeria, and Venezuela will be in trouble.

It is an existential threat to Ford, General Motors, and the German car industry. They will face a choice between manufacturing EVs in a brutal low-profit market, or reinventing themselves a self-drive service companies, variants of Uber and Lyft.

They are in the wrong business. The next generation of cars will be “computers on wheels”. Google, Apple, and Foxconn have the disruptive edge, and are going in for the kill. Silicon Valley is where the auto action is, not Detroit, Wolfsburg, or Toyota City.

The shift, according to Mr Seba, is driven by technology, not climate policies. Market forces are bringing it about with a speed and ferocity that governments could never hope to achieve.

“We are on the cusp of one of the fastest, deepest, most consequential disruptions of transportation in history,” Mr Seba said. “Internal combustion engine vehicles will enter a vicious cycle of increasing costs.”

The “tipping point” will arrive over the next two to three years as EV battery ranges surpass 200 miles and electric car prices in the US drop to $US30,000 ($40,600). By 2022, the low-end models will be down to $US20,000. After that, the avalanche will sweep all before it.

“What the cost curve says is that by 2025 all new vehicles will be electric, all new buses, all new cars, all new tractors, all new vans, anything that moves on wheels will be electric, globally,” Mr Seba said.

“Global oil demand will peak at 100 million barrels per day by 2020, dropping to 70 million by 2030.” There will be oil demand for use in the chemical industries, and for aviation, though Nasa and Boeing are working on hybrid-electric aircraft for short-haul passenger flights.

Mr Seba said the residual stock of fossil-based vehicles will take time to clear, but 95 per cent of the miles driven by 2030 in the US will be in autonomous EVs for reasons of costs, convenience, and efficiency. Oil use for road transport will crash from 8 million barrels a day to 1 million.

Insurance costs to fall by 90 per cent

The cost per mile for EVs will be 6.8 cents, rendering petrol cars obsolete. Insurance costs will fall by 90 per cent. The average American household will save $US5600 per year by making the switch. The US government will lose $50 billion a year in fuel taxes. Britain’s exchequer will be hit at the same rate.

“Our research and modelling indicate that the $10 trillion annual revenues in the existing vehicle and oil supply chains will shrink dramatically,” Mr Seba said.

“Certain high-cost countries, companies, and fields will see their oil production entirely wiped out. Exxon-Mobil, Shell and BP could see 40 per cent to 50 per cent of their assets become stranded,” the report said.

These are all large claims, though familiar those on the cutting edge of energy technology. While the professor’s timing may be off by a few years, there is little doubt about the general direction.

India is drawing up plans to phase out all petrol and diesel cars by 2032, leap-frogging China in an electrification race across Asia. The brains trust of Prime Minister Narendra Modi has called for a mix of subsidies, car-pooling, and caps on fossil-based cars. The goal is to cut pollution and break reliance on imported oil, but markets will pick up the baton quickly once the process starts.

China is moving in parallel, pushing for 7 million electric vehicles by 2025, enforced by a minimum quota for “new energy” vehicles that shifts the burden for the switch onto manufacturers. “The trend is irreversible,” said Wang Chuanfu, head of the Chinese electric car producer BYD, backed by Warren Buffett’s Berkshire Hathaway.

At the same time, global shipping rules are clamping down on dirty high-sulphur oil used in the cargo trade, a move that may lead to widespread use of liquefied natural gas for ship fuel.

This is all happening much faster than Saudi Arabia and Opec had assumed. The cartel’s World Oil Outlook last year dismissed electric vehicles as a fringe curiosity that would make little difference to ever-rising global demand for oil.

It predicted a jump in crude consumption by a further 16.4 million barrels a day to 109 million by 2040, with India increasingly taking over from China as growing market. The cartel said fossils will still make up 77 per cent of global energy use, much like today. It implicitly treated the Paris agreement on climate targets as empty rhetoric.

Whether Opec believes its own claims is doubtful. Saudi Arabia’s actions suggest otherwise. The kingdom is hedging its bets by selling off chunks of the state oil giant Saudi Aramco to fund diversification away from oil.

Opec, Russia, and the oil-exporting states are now caught in a squeeze and will probably be forced to extend output caps into 2018 to stop prices falling. Shale fracking in the US is now so efficient, and rebounding so fast, that it may cap oil prices in a range of $US45 to $US55 until the end of the decade. By then the historic window will be closing.

Experts will argue over Mr Seba’s claims. His broad point is that multiple technological trends are combining in a perfect storm. The simplicity of the EV model is breath-taking. The Tesla S has 18 moving parts, one hundred times fewer than a combustion engine car. “Maintenance is essentially zero. That is why Tesla is offering infinite-mile warranties. You can drive it to the moon and back and they will still warranty it,” Mr Seba said.

Self-drive “vehicles on demand” will be running at much higher levels of daily use than today’s cars and will last for 500,000 to 1 million miles each.

It has long been known that EVs are four times more efficient than petrol or diesel cars, which lose 80 per cent of their power in heat. What changes the equation is the advent of EV models with the acceleration and performance of a Lamborghini costing five or 10 times less to buy, and at least 10 times less to run.

“The electric drive-train is so much more powerful. The gasoline and diesel cars cannot possibly compete,” Mr Seba said. The parallel is what happened to film cameras – and to Kodak – once digital rivals hit the market. It was swift and brutal. “You can’t compete with zero marginal costs,” he said.

The effect is not confined to cars. Trucks will switch in tandem. Over 70 per cent of US haulage routes are already within battery range, and batteries are getting better each year.

EVs will increase US electricity demand by 18 per cent, but that does not imply the need for more capacity. They will draw power at times of peak supply and release it during peak demand. They are themselves a storage reservoir, helping to smooth the effects of intermittent solar and wind, and to absorb excess base-load from power plants.

Mark Carney, the Governor of the Bank England and chairman of Basel’s Financial Stability Board, has repeatedly warned that fossil energy companies are booking assets that can never be burnt under the Paris agreement.

He pointed out last year that it took only a small shift in global demand for coal to bankrupt three of the four largest coal-mining companies in short order. Other seemingly entrenched sectors could be just as vulnerable. He warned of a “Minsky moment”, if we do not prepare in time, where the energy revolution moves so fast that it precipitates a global financial crisis.

The crunch may be coming even sooner than he thought. The Basel Board may have to add the car industry to the mix. There will be losers. Whole countries will spin into crisis. The world’s geopolitical order will be reshaped almost overnight. But humanity as a whole should enjoy an enormous welfare gain.

India becomes first South Asian country to get access to America’s cutting-edge technology

India becomes first South Asian country to get access to America’s cutting-edge technology

Source :- Business Today – July 31, 2018

The United States on Monday designated India as a Strategic Trade Authorization-1 (STA-1) country – a status that will allow the country to buy highly advanced and sensitive technologies from America. With such coveted designation, India will now be at par with the United States’ closest allies and partners such as NATO.

In a statement, US Commerce Secretary Wilbur Ross said that this new designation reflects India’s membership in three of the four multilateral export control regimes, as well the development of its national export control system.

“US companies will be able to more efficiently export a much wider range of products to Indian high technology and military customers. India’s new status will benefit US manufacturers while continuing to protect its national security,” he added.

STA Tier 1 treatment will expand the scope of exports subject to the Export Administration Regulations (EAR) that can be made to India without individual licenses. This regulatory change will enhance the bilateral defence trade relationship and result in a greater volume of US exports to India.

Currently there are 36 countries on STA-1 list. India is the only South Asian country to be on the list. Other Asian countries designated as STA-1 are Japan and South Korea.

According to Ross, STA-1 provides India greater supply chain efficiency, both for defence and for other high-tech products, that will increase activity with US systems, the interoperability of the systems, and will reduce time and resources needed to get licensing approved.

“We calculate that it will be a competitive advantage for the US, in terms of supplying those kinds of products to India. It looks as though over the last seven years, some USD 9.7 billion of products would have been affected, so it’s a meaningful-sized number. And probably, it’ll be much more than that because a lot of things they knew wouldn’t be exportable, they didn’t order from us,” the US Commerce Secretary said.

In 2016, the US had recognised India as a major defence partner – a move which paved the way for India’s STA-1 status. Both the countries had issued a joint statement saying, “Noting that the US-India defence relationship can be an anchor of stability and given the increasingly strengthened cooperation in defence, the US hereby recognises India as a Major Defence Partner.”

Both the countries had reached an understanding under which India would receive license-free access to a wide range of dual-use technologies in conjunction with steps that India has committed to take to advance its export control objectives.

STA-1 designation authorises the export, re-export and transfer (in-country) of specified items on the Commerce Control List to destinations posing a low risk of unauthorised or impermissible uses.

Reacting to US’ move, Indian Ambassador to the US Navtej Singh Sarna said: “It is a sign of trust not only in the relationship but also on India’s capabilities an economy and as security partner, because it also presupposes that India has the multilateral export control regime in place, which would allow the transfer of more sensitive defence technologies and dual use technologies to India and without the risk of any proliferation.”

US Commerce Secretary Ross yesterday said that India has partnered with the United States to improve its own export control regimes and has met most of the export control rules which the US thinks is useful.

 

Eye opener Message for all intelligent Indians.

*intelligent Indians*

Brushing with *Colgate*

Shaving with *Gillette*

Bathing with *Pears*

Aftershave with *Old Spice*

Wearing *Jocky* underwear

Wearing a
*Allen Solly* shirt

Wearing a *Levis* pant

Eating *Maggi* and

Drinking *Nescafe*

Using a *SONY* phone

Using *Vodafone* net work

Wearing a *Ray-ban*

Seeing time on *RADO*

Moving on a *Honda* bike

Using *Apple computer*

with *Coke* on the side

Finishing lunch at ,
*McDonald’s*

Buying Pizza for the
wife from *Dominos*

And…,

Then asking a question,
*”WHY IS THE INDIAN*
*RUPEE GOING DOWN*
*AGAINST THE DOLLAR*

Eye opener Message for all intelligent Indians.

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A Collection of superb, hard hitting, humorous comments…

A Collection of superb, hard hitting, humorous comments…

*”In my many years I have come to a conclusion, … that one useless man is a shame, two [useless men] is a law firm and three or more [useless men] is a government.”*
~John Adams

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*”If you don’t read the newspaper you are uninformed, if you do read the newspaper, you are misinformed.”*

~Mark Twain

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*”I contend that for a nation to try to tax itself into prosperity is like a man standing in a bucket and trying to lift himself up by the handle.”*

~Winston Churchill

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*”A government which robs Peter to pay Paul can always depend on the support of Paul.”*

~George Bernard Shaw

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*”Foreign aid might be defined as a transfer of money from poor people in rich countries to rich people in poor countries.”*

~ Douglas Casey, Classmate of Bill Clinton at Georgetown University

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*”Giving money and power to government is like giving whiskey and car keys to teenage boys.”*

~P.J. O’Rourke, Civil Libertarian

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*”Just because you do not take an interest in politics doesn’t mean politics won’t take an interest in you!”*

~Pericles (430 B.C.)

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*”No man’s life, liberty, or property is safe while the legislature is in session.”*

~Mark Twain (1866)

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*”The government is like a baby’s alimentary canal, with a happy appetite at one end and no responsibility at the other.”*

~ Ronald Reagan

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*”The only difference between a tax man and a taxidermist is that the taxidermist leaves the skin.”*

~Mark Twain

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*”What this country needs are more unemployed politicians.”*

~Edward Langley, Artist (1928-1995)

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*”A government big enough to give you everything you want, is strong enough to take everything you have.”*

~Thomas Jefferson

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*”We hang the petty thieves and appoint the great ones to public office.”*

~Aesop

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*”If you think health care is expensive now, wait until you see what it costs when it’s free!”*

~P.J. O’Rourke

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