India to train Singapore's armed forces

India will now be a regular host for the training of Singapore’s small but high-tech armed forces. The two countries are poised to ink a unique five-year defence cooperation pact to allow the city-state’s armed forces to exercise regularly on Indian territory and airspace.

The comprehensive agreement, along with a detailed logistical pact, is likely to be signed when Singapore defence minister Teo Chee Hean and permanent secretary (defence) Chiang Chie Foo come visiting over the next few days, say sources.

The former’s visit from October 14 to 18 will be preceded by the Foo’s visit from October 8 to 10. The Singapore delegations are scheduled to hold discussions with defence minister A K Antony, Navy chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta and defence secretary Vijay Singh, among others. during the talks, the two sides will also discuss “regional security, including expanding cooperation in the maritime security arena”.

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Mr Wang has also written about this news here.


Reliance Petroleum shares bought

Just what i was waiting for. A dip in the market and i picked up some more of Reliance Petroleum and Praj Industries‘ shares. Am hoping for some more correction so as to continue my cherry picking.

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A picture of Alkylation Plant – Depropaniser ODC being transported to the Reliance Petroleum’s Jamnagar factory.


Brahmos cruise missile inducted into Indian Navy

INS Rajput, 8 Other Warships To Deploy Brahmos Cruise Missiles

The Indian Navy has already deployed the Indo-Russian BrahMos supersonic cruise missile on the INS Rajput, P Venugopal, director, Defence Research and Development Laboratories (DRDL) and head of the BrahMos mission told a packed audience at the Indian Institute of Technology (IIT), Powai, Mumbai, which is holding the aerospace meet Zephyr 2007.

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INS Ranjit is next in line among the eight warships that the Indian Navy has planned to equip with this missile. Each ship will be fitted with four missile launchers, two on each side of the vessel. The Indian Army has already inducted its first group of truck-launched missiles.

The four-tonne rocket has a diameter of 70 cm and is 8 metres long. It has a maximum range of 300km and a payload of 500kg. Both the latter are the maximum limits mandated by the international missile control regime, he said, hinting that they could have achieved higher parameters in these two areas had it not been for the limits.

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The missile can fly from a sea-skimming height of just 10 metres above the waves to an altitude of 15km. While it can achieve a maximum velocity of Mach 2 in the denser air at sea level, this goes up to Mach 2.7 in the rarefied upper atmosphere above 7 km, he said.

The missile has three propulsion systems. First, a gas generator blows it out of its canister, then a solid fuel booster speeds it up to Mach 2, after which an air-breathing liquid fuel ramjet takes over to propel it to its target.

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India develops tsunami-warning system

India has developed its own tsunami warning system, barely three years after it was caught off guard when the sea waves spawned by a massive earthquake wreaked havoc along its southern coastline.

The National Early Warning System for Tsunami and Storm Surges in the Indian Ocean, a project of the Ministry of Earth Sciences, has taken shape at the Indian National Centre for Ocean Information Services (INCOIS) in Hyderabad.

Scientists last week installed two bottom pressure recorders (BPR), key sensors that indicate the generation of tsunami, off the Gujarat coast in the Arabian Sea. A set of four BPRs have already been installed in the Bay of Bengal region and were put to test on September 12 when a massive undersea earthquake hit southern Sumatra.

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Johnny Gaddaar – Review

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Whoopie, finally i got to watch Johnny Gaddaar this weekend. Its for sure among the best movies to come out this year. An absolute must watch. This movie is up there along with Anurag Kashyap’s Black Friday as one of the best. A crime caper where a gang of 5 plan to buy out drugs confiscated by a corrupt cop. And, then everything goes horribly wrong as one of the insider decides to betray the gang and decamp with the money. As the body count starts to pile up, the movie races to an exciting climax.

Scene stealers? Zakir Hussain, Vinay Pathak, Govind Namdeo and a special mention for Neil Nitin Mukesh. Am sure we are gonna see quite a lot of this guy in the future. Btw, its an awesome movie to make a debut in the industry. Special mention to the ‘He-Man’ Dharmendra. As he says in the movie…

Its not the age, its the mileage

Whoops. That dialogue is in itself the price of admission. Special mention to the director of the movie Shriram Raghavan. After ‘Ek Hasina Thi‘, he’s pulled off another fantabulous movie. The movie is a terrific homage to the crime capers, Vijay Anand used to churn out in the 60s and 70s.

My rating **** (4 stars of 5)


Weekend music – Dhoom 2

Crazy kiya re

Though i find Aishwarya Rai plain and boring, i should admit that this is one of her better choreographed songs. Or is it something to do with Hrithik? Ummm….well….maybe.

Dhoom again

Still remember, when i watched this movie (Dhoom-2), i was so transfixed with Hrithik, that i missed out on the opening credits that appeared alongside this song. So enthralled was I by the song picturisation and the energetic dancing.


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I simply cant believe this. Neither has Johnny Gaddaar nor Manorama-Six feet under released in Singapore. Honestly, Adlabs sucks big time.

Anil Ambani, i dont know how your business arrangement with Adlabs works, but honestly you need to look into the way the companies that you have invested in work. Producing movies are not the only way to go. You need to make sure that they are distributed well and that it reaches the intended masses as soon as possible. To make sure that piracy doesn’t eat into your revenues. Am sure you are not looking into the day to day working of the company and that Manmohan Shetty and his team do the job, but still…

Probably Adlabs and Shemaroo (producers of Manorama) should look at how Yash Raj films market their movies, which are even released in Golden Village here in Singapore. Anil, please go learn some marketing tips from your brother Mukesh at least. Sorry, but Iam really pissed off.


Isro plans a S.Asia GPS with 7 satellites

India will put a constellation of seven satellites into a geo-synchronous orbit in the next six years to create a comprehensive navigational system for the South Asian region, ISRO chairman G Madhavan Nair said today. The system, to be called the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System (IRNSS), will provide invaluable positioning and timing data to aircraft and ships operating in the region. The constellation is being designed on the lines of the US Global Positioning System (GPS).

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“This will be a very important step in the direction of having an efficient navigation system for countries in the region,” Nair said, adding that the first of the seven satellites would be launched in 2009. All of them will be carried on PSLVs and the total cost of the project is estimated to be Rs 1600 crore.

Like GPS data, information produced from IRNSS is likely to be freely available for everyone to use. This constellation would be part of nearly 60 launches that ISRO has planned over the next five years. Admitting that launching so many satellites would put severe strain on ISRO, Nair said he did not think that the target was unrealistic.

“Right now we do about four launches a year against a capability of five or six. By outsourcing more of our work to the industry, like manufacture of satellite components, we are quite hopeful of achieving that target,” Nair said. In the next twelve months, ISRO plans two GSLV and three PSLV launches.

Article courtesy: Indian Express