China Is About To Fly It’s First Commercial Aircraft in April 2017!

C919 AirPlane of China
COMAC Air Plane 2017
China, in continuation of it’s most aggressive industrialization is all set for the first trial run of its 168-seater commercial aircraft, challenging the monopoly being enjoyed by Airbus and Boeing.

According to Philippe Petitcolin, chief executive officer of Safran SA, an aircraft engine maker.

Any problems with taxi trials may alter the schedule, Petitcolin said in an interview in Paris. The Chinese C919 aircraft will be powered by the LEAP engine, made by CFM International, an equal joint venture between Safran and General Electric Co.

COMAC functions as the main vehicle in implementing large passenger aircraft programs in China. COMAC is the acronym of the Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China, Ltd. The basic version of C919 is designed to cover a range of 4,075 km

Wish them all the best with the endeavor!!

Demonetization of Indian Currency – A Success or Failure?

On Nov. 8 th 2016, the Indian prime minister had announced demonetization of Rs.500 and Rs.1000 notes that constitute 86% of the Indian currency. The move, though hailed as a bold step to root out black money, was later criticized by the media. The opposition parties have been criticizing the move from day one. The points that contributed to the perception that the move was not good are:

  1. All the money that was demonetized has reached banks, leaving no room for the government to own any money that had not been deposited to banks. Earlier, it was expected at least 3-4 lakh crores of rupees would not be finding its way to banks, thus providing a fillip to use unaccounted money for welfare schemes.
  2. The problems associated with refurbishing the economy with new currency are innumerable. There were long queues outside ATMs for money withdrawals even after  45 days of demonetization. This has led to slower growth as people don’t have money to spend though it was possible to pay any amount of money using cashless payments such as credit card, cheque, wire transfer, etc.
  3. Several small businesses, such as restaurants, petty shops had tough time during this period as some businesses collapsed or resorted to staff retrenchments. Pensioners were not able to draw monthly pensions, etc.
  4. The government spent huge money in way of printing new currency, waiving of road toll fees (due to lack of change and long queues), and fee waiver on electronic form of payments.

However, the benefits may be noted as below:

  1. All the money (500 and 1000 notes) has been deposited in the banks, providing a fillip of Rupees 14 lakh crores to banks. Only about INR 5 lakh crores has been disbursed as on 22nd Dec 2016. Even if another 5 lakh crore is withdrawn for making the economy cash sufficient, it leaves another 4 lakh crore with the banks. There is a possibility of reducing the interest rates which, in turn increase investments and industry.
  2. By going through the money trail, the govt agencies, post demonetization, are able to identify several tax evaders and initiate steps in accounting the black money.
  3. The gold imports have been reduced to record lows, as the govt is keen on identifying people holding inordinate amounts of gold.
  4. The Indian government is trying to go through the bank accounts of the depositors to find tax evasion, and impose taxes and penalty, which may be substantial.

The general opinion is that the government could have done the same with less inconvenience to the public. One needs to wait another 2-3 months to see full impact of demonetization.

India – Withdrawal of 500 and 1000 Currency Notes by the Govt.

India (PM Modi Ji) announced that the Rs. 500 and Rs. 1000 denomination currency will be dicontinued from 00.00 hours on 9th Nov. 2016. This is considered by noted economists as a major step towards bringing out un-accounted money in India.

Update as on 13/11/2016: As much as Rs. 50,000 Crore has been deposited in SBI (State Bank of India) alone. Cumulative deposits (in all banks) during first five days said to be around 4 lakh crore rupees.

Update 2: As on 18/11/2016, 5,44,000 crores has been deposited in banks.

There is huge support for PM Modi in favor of demonitization. Surprisingly, all opposition parties are rallying against the move, where as majority of the people are behind Modi.

Checkout Modi’s app: http://www.narendramodi.in/downloadapp

Tejas, Light Combat Supersonic Fighter Plane Becomes Operational

Tejas, a supersonic fighter plane, indigenously developed by various government and semi government organizations in India, has finally became operational. Two Tejas fighter planes had been inducted into the Indian Air Force, to be followed by several more such aircraft in next few years.

Undoubtedly, it is mile stone in the history of Indian defense and technological capabilities, coming after the successful launch of GSLV rocket that placed a large satellite in the geo-stationary orbit recently. Hearty congratulations to our scientists, technocrats, and other teams that worked on making the project a success. Another feather in the PM Modi’s cap, a hard working prime minister that India is fortunate to have.

A screenshot of the fighter place may be seen below:Tejas Fighter Plane India

A fighter aircraft such as Tejas, include several electronic gadgets, most of which have been indigenously developed by DRDO (A short form for Defense Research and Development Organization), HAL (Hindustan Aeronautics Limited), NAL (National Aeronautics Limited) and others. The capabilities include the following:

  1. Maximum speed of 2,205km/hour and at maximum altitude of 15,200m. The range of the aircraft is 3,000km.
  2. Weighs approximately 5,450kg, with a maximum take-off weight of 13,500kg.
  3. Uses General Electric 85kN turbofan engine
  4. A multi-mode radar that was jointly developed by DRDO and HAL
  5. AIr-to-air missiles, AIr-to-ground missiles, anti-ship missiles, anti-aircraft guns, and mid-air refueling,
  6. Electornic airfare suite, and others.

Congratuations!

Wish DRDO, HAL, NAL, and all others every success in their endeavour in making India self-reliant.

Reference:

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/HAL_Tejas

New Year Greetings To You All

Happy New Year 2016
Happy New Year 2016

A review of 2015 achievements:
1. Released Android apps for all out exam sim products
2. Developed GUI config versions of our NetSim products
3. Code signed our executables using Comodo
4. Updated our websites TutorialsWeb.com, AnandSoft.com, and SimulationExams.com
5. Changed our work premises from Basco Court to Deviah Court
6. Updated our Visual studio to VS 2013 Community Edition, and made .Net 4.5 as the base frame work used for our Windows apps.
7. Added CCNA Security, and CCDA Exam Simulators

What to expect in 2016:
1. More exam simulators, like CCNA Cloud, CCNA Voice, CCNA Data Center, CompTIA Cloud
2. iPhone apps development
3. Server based licensing of our products
4. More exhaustive troubleshooting methods in our NetSim products, and updated reporting formats.
5. Addition of new software products
6. Product quality improvements

Chennai – Inundated in Water Due to Heavy Rains and Floods

Chennai, the capital of TamilNadu, India has been submerged in water due to incessant rains and floor waters for the past several days. Millions of people rendered homeless due to these rains as most parts of the city of 10+ millions has taken about 1200 mm of rains during the past few days, a record in about 100 years.

Chennai airport has been closed for the past few days, and is not likely to open anytime soon. See a few aircraft submerged in water here.

Chennai-airport-inundated

The floods have submerged several parts of the city, and people have climbed to the roof tops to save themselves from the heavy flood of water. People are being moved to safer places in boats, see pic below:
chennai-floods-boats

See birds view of the City of Chennai flooded due to heavy rains and subsequent floods:
Chennai floods -- Birds view

We wish the people of affected parts of the state a full and fast recovery!

Websites updated for broken links and script errors

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International Yoga Day – 21st June 2015

yoga-logo21st June 2015 has been celebrated as International Yoga Day all over the world. On December 11, 2014, the United Nations adopted a resolution started by India, declaring June 21 as ‘International Day of Yoga’. 175 countries have co-sponsored the resolution on the proposed Yoga day.

What is Yoga?

The word yoga means “union” in Sanskrit, the language of ancient India where yoga originated. We can think of the union occurring between the mind, body and spirit.
What is commonly referred to as “yoga” can be more accurately described by the Sanskrit word asana, which refers to the practice of physical postures or poses.

Major branches of Yoga include: Hatha Yoga, Karma Yoga, Jnana Yoga, Bhakti Yoga, and Raja Yoga. Raja Yoga, known simply as Yoga in the context of Hindu philosophy, is one of the six orthodox (āstika) schools of thought, established by the Yoga Sutras of Patanjali.

Some references:

http://www.ashtangayoga.info/

http://www.ashtangayoga.info/source-texts/

http://www.ashtangayoga.info/source-texts/

http://www.davedavies.com/splanet/raja.htm

 

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Amaravathi – The Capital of Andhra Pradesh

AmaravathiThe Government of Andhra Pradesh has named the new capital city as Amaravati. The first phase of the capital city construction will be completed within four years. Amaravati has historical, spiritual and mythological significance as below:

It was the capital of Satavahanas, the first great Andhra kings who ruled from the 2nd century BCE to the 3rd century CE, after the downfall of Maurya empire.  After the decline of Satavahanas, Andhra Ikshvakus and later Pallava kings ruled Krishna river valley. Subsequently, Eastern Chalukyas and Telugu Cholas held sway over the region. Kota Kings were in control of Amaravati during the medieval times. Kota kings were subdued by Kakatiyas in 11th century CE and Amaravati became part of the unified Telugu empire.

After the declaration of Hyderabad as the capital of former Andhra Pradesh, the Guntur and Krishna region had been neglected for several decades. With the bifucation of united Andhra Pradesh state as Telangana and Andhra Pradesh (residual state of AP), the andhrites started looking for a new capital as the existing capital Hyderabad had been made the capital city of Telangana. This inevitably driven the government to the cradle of AP, i.e. Guntur – Krishna region, which also happens to be centrally located in residual state of AP. Considering that Amaravathi had been the capital of Satavahana kings, and the spiritual importance associated with the region, the government aptly named the new capical city of residual state of AP as Amaravathi. This should not be mistaken with the Amaravathi town that is closely situated to the capital Amaravathi. Over a period of time, the town is likely to become part of Andhra capital due to close proximity.

The capital city will be situated on the banks of river Krishna combining the districts of Guntur and Krishna.

AP Capital Master Plan

1) Cities comes under Capital region: Vijayawada, Mangalagiri, Guntur, Tenali, Sattenapalli, Nandigama, Nuzvidu, Gudivada and Gannavaram.

2) Proposed Urban Regions: Vijayawada, Mangalagiri, Gannavaram regions comes under capital core region. The region will be extended with the areas Sattenapalli, Nandigama, Nuzvidu, Gudivada, and Tenali.

3) Proposed Industrial Corridors / Regions: Sattenapalli, Nandigama, Guntur – Yadlapadu, Pamarru, Tenali, Ganavaram, Kondapalli, Nuzividu, Mangalagiri, Amaravathi along with Nizampatnam and Vadarevu ports.

Growth Corridors: Following are the growth corridors in the proposed capital city master draft plan – I. Airport is also proposed at Mangalagiri.
1) Nizampatnam Port – Tenali – Capital City
2) Telangana border – Nandigama
3) Narasaraopet – Sattenapalli – Amaravathi – Capital City
4) Vissannapet – Nuzvidu – Capital City
5) Gundugolanu – Eluru – Hanuman Junction – Gannavaram
6) Machilipatnam – Pamarru – Gudivada – Gannavaram
7) Martur – Chilakaluripet – Guntur – Mangalagiri