* Posts by Raj

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India flies Mach 6 scramjet for 20 whole seconds

Raj

Re: Amazing.

British 'aid' to doesn't go into sanitation. It feeds British influence. You can't actually 'pay money into sanitation' as a foreign entity other than an international agency like WB - the funding process needs stability and is budgeted ahead of time under the budgetary overview of CAG, not at the annual whim of some bloke in London. You can't just walk up and write a cheque 'towards 10 toilets' or something ridiculous like that.

All recent gains are planned and budgeted spending. In the past 5 years India has

* increased coverage of access to toilets from under 40% to near universal coverage: https://sbm.gov.in/sbmReport/home.aspx

* electrified essentially every last village in India:

https://saubhagya.gov.in/

The government's current goal is universal piped water access by 2024, a project that was started with ~18% coverage last year, and is now at 28%:

https://ejalshakti.gov.in/WaterDashboard/HouseHoldConnection.aspx

People wonder why a so called right wing demagogue is so popular in India, winning back to back majorities in a manner not seen in over 40 years. That's because he isn't a right wing demagogue but a social democrat who's been spending tens of billions of the budget each year to ensure the poor have access to every basic need. That's why he's continuously retained an approval rating at or above 70% for 6 years now.

Raj

Re: "Pakistan hasn't been a threat since 1971"

For the same reason India doesn't invade Pakistan - we don't want to deal with 200 million people who are poorer and nothing but trouble.

Thank God for partition.

Raj

Oh, you can 'attest' eh ? How exactly do you accomplish this awesome feat ? Stand around with a clipboard and pen to note the relative distress of the victims on a checklist and offer a detailed comparison ?

Mind you, I'm not diminishing the crime. I'm mocking your laughable pretensions of grandeur - "Oh I've been to India and I've the self styled right to issue certificates now". Hahaha.

For 400 years, westerners have been making up fantastic stories from their travels. The modern day version of tales of sea monsters and hydra headed serpents, to be fed to their gullible brethren who are only too willing to believe you just because you share the same color of skin.

Raj

Re: Amazing.

"Huge amounts of money to help with basic sanitation" ?

Ah the same regurgitated tabloid whine, going strong 25 years later. Let's pretend youre right. What does it tell you about the competence of your own government if they've been throwing money away like this ?

India holds hard currency reserves of nearly $550 billion, of which about $170 billion is US treasuries, perhaps $50 billion in UK debt. In other words, India currently holds more western debt in the form of its currency reserves than all the 'aid' ever sent to India.

Raj

The "caste system and untouchables" ?

Most British and westerners in general simply do not understand this.

* Most 'caste conflicts' are not between 'high' and 'low' - it's between 'low' and 'lower' competing for a limited economic gain.

* Almost all caste barriers are fundamentally economic ones now - those who are clearly competent are going to make their way to the top.

* You can cross state borders and change caste 'position'. I am 'low caste' in one state and 'high caste' in another.

* For most people, your caste is invisible until you state it. There's no official documentation. Remove any caste appellation and poof, you're 'generic'.

The current Indian President is an untouchable, and he's not even the first. The Prime Minister is "low caste". The Indian Constitution was drafted by an "untouchable" - who was the greatest legal mind of his time, taken out of poverty by a local raja and sent to study in the US and then UK back in the 1920s.

An untouchable in India can demonstrably get far higher in life than a black in the UK. Fix your own problems first.

Raj

Re: Amazing.

So you're belaboring under the misapprehension that the British government actually spends money properly in your area then ? Fix your home before you point fingers elsewhere.

Raj

Re: "Pakistan hasn't been a threat since 1971"

North Korea is a nuclear armed state. So what ? You should read history before spouting off.

There was a time when Pakistan threatened India's existence. They were huge, quite a bit richer, better armed, and angry about the partition.

Today, they're just a shell of their former self. Poorer than Bangladesh. India's strategic weapons are designed with China in mind. ICBMs are an overkill against a country whose targets are within artillery or SRBM reach.

Raj

Re: You forgot

Pakistan hasn't been a threat since 1971, when they were split into separate halves and have never come close to being the kind of existential threat they were before that.

China has always been the country India viewed as a real threat, even back in the 1950s. There's an ongoing skirmish between India and China right now, as we speak.

China lashes India’s app ban, calls for return to ‘win-win cooperation’

Raj

Re: Dont piss off your buyer

The Mumbai - Delhi high speed line IS a Japanese collaboration - it is slated to run E5/E6 series Shinkansens.

Raj

Dont piss off your buyer

The Chinese made the mistake of pissing off the country with whom they have their second largest trade surplus (overall #3 behind US and the multi state EU). Only an idiot starts a border war with a country that’s a destination for your finished goods, a source of your raw material, AND a competitor for your manufacturing base. The Chinese, for all their supposed smarts, did that.

The app ban is not even the first round, TikTok was banned a month ago, and stopped working in India the day after the ban. Huawei/ZTE have been banned from all 5G contracts. Chinese construction companies have been debarred from all the expressway and high speed line construction projects (the Mumbai Ahmedabad 515km high speed line is being extended to a 1500km Delhi-Mumbai 350km/h line, plus 6-8 other lines). Chinese goods imports have been hit with mandatory inspection requirement at ports, causing them to pile up for months without clearance.

The loss in exports and business value has probably hit about $25 billion now, with more to come. And to add:

PUBG app ban: Tencent loses $34 billion in value in two days

https://www.news18.com/news/tech/pubg-mobile-ban-tencent-has-lost-about-34-billion-in-just-two-days-2849597.html

The best the Chinese have managed in response is to beat up some Indian gold traders in Hong Kong.

India to trial restoration of Internet access in Kashmir

Raj

Re: Poorly researched

This is a tech site. The article is about tech.

You want politics to suit your world view ? You'll find it in your own preferred poison elsewhere. You won't get it from an article that doesn't get even the basics of the technological information right.

Raj

Poorly researched

The story is factually wrong on multiple counts.

1. There is no state of J&K. There was, but it's been gone for a year. There's only a union territory of J&K, which is only a small part of the former state of J&K, encompassing less than half the Indian controlled area.

2. The internet restrictions existed primarily in the more violence prone Kashmir valley within this smaller UT, and not the southern Jammu area.

3. Post paid mobile services have been running all this while. Prepaid services were briefly curtailed, then restored.

4. 2G internet services were running since early 2020.

It's just 4G speeds that are being fully restored throughout the UT, not 'internet access'.

Google promises another low-end Android effort as it buys into Indian mega-carrier Jio Platforms

Raj

Re: Google doesn't want India to become another China

Indian commercial ad gains staying within India , denominated in Indian currency is just fine .

Raj

Re: Google doesn't want India to become another China

Any notional ‘control’ Google has is effectively neutralized by Facebook having an equally large - and still single digit - stake in Jio as well . They’re both competitors for data, and $4.5 billion isn’t a particularly large sum at Jio’s scale . All their data is now subject to a Indian data localization laws anyway .

Google creates $10bn 'digitisation fund' for India

Raj

Both Facebook and Google have invested in the same behemoth entity - Reliance Jio. Half of this Google digitization fund goes into investment in Jio. Facebook and Google have both invested near identical $5 billion sums into Jio, which gives them under 10% each. Both made investments after Mukesh Ambani (net worth approx $75 billion) who owns the Jio platform, put a 20% stake on the block in spring 2020.

It doesn't get them much by way of control, but they're simply responding to the reality that Jio is THE big dog of Indian mobile data, and if they have no stake in it, they lose. With <10% stakes each, they just ensure they each have a stake in a mobile market with 1.1 billion subscribers, but neither are strong enough to demand anything from Ambani.

India bans 59 apps it says have privacy, national security problems. In a massive coincidence, they’re all Chinese

Raj

Re: Tit for tat fail?

The Chinese worship one thing - cold hard cash.

They aren’t always smart - their worldview often predisposes them to make stupid mistakes . Like you don’t piss off the guy you have a $50 billion surplus with. Particularly when the other side exports intermediates to you, If he blocks your exports its benefits him. If you block his exports that also benefits his efforts to replace what you’re exporting to him.

So far the Indian government has avoid saying anything while enacting sweeping bans on everything Chinese. Imports mostly blocked. Apps already stopped working. Huawei/ZTE banned, and more. The Chinese are in the ‘let’s not overreact’ mode and India has no interest in listening . Their misadventures gonna cost them billions and it’s a long way from the final cost.

Raj

Re: Tit for tat fail?

I realize youre just trying to sound funny using the extent of your limited awareness..The reality is that a lot more is happening.

* [url=https://indianexpress.com/article/explained/explained-shipments-from-china-are-stuck-at-indian-ports-heres-why-6476135/]Shipments from China stuck at Indian ports as government blocks import clearance[/url], and the Indian government has avoided responding to urgent clearance requests from Beijing.

* [url=https://economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/politics-and-nation/modis-amended-enemy-property-law-gives-jitters-to-china/articleshow/62601031.cms]India amends enemy property law, enables broad confiscation of Chinese investments if war occurs[/url]

* All online shopping portals now required to clearly indicate country of origin. Specific countries (e.g. Vietnam, Thailand) required to furnish additional information of who owns the factory, to curtail Chinese producers using third countries as originator.

India ran a $55 billion trade deficit with China. A large part of Indian exports were intermediate goods, while most of Chinese exports were finished goods. Rather poor trade policy at work on India's part...

... until the Chinese start a war. They then demonstrate that they forget the cardinal rule of a trade imbalance - you don't piss off your third biggest source of a trade surplus (behind the US and EU). You coddle them and get them hooked to your cheap wares. If you piss them off, they can block your exports and blocking THEIR exports doesn't hurt them because they'll just feed that ore and intermediates into their industrial system instead.

This unfortunate war is going to end up costing the Chinese anywhere from $10-40 billion a year in foregone surpluses, going forward.

India reveals plans to make electronics manufacturing its top industry

Raj

Re: Follow in the footsteps of the Mahatma

Boo hoo, throwing the toys out of the pram are we ? Europe has a long history of protectionism when it comes to non-tariff barriers against the outside world and state funding of its own entities. When you're done not subsidizing Airbus and the rest, maybe you'll actually sound like you're making some sense. Oh wait, you'll never stop subsidizing them . What you'll do is furiously wave your hands about pretending you don't.

Raj

Re: Maybe but...

Well said . "Anti-Muslim politics and economics" my foot. I wouldn't have been anywhere as charitable as you were to the troll.

India says its brains saved the world from the last colosso-crisis – cough, Y2K – proving it can become self-reliant

Raj

Re: Self-reliance was fashionable!

Modi only espouses one side of 'self reliance' - blocking imports and pushing exports. Espousing overt mercantilism is a dog whistle that any sane politician would avoid stating openly. Always better to use more unoffensive language.

Raj

As is typical of most El Reg (and in general, British) articles on India, it is heavily coloured by successive generations of prejudice about India. Rather odd coming from a country that finds new ways to screw up its own COVID response, with its head of government contriving to get himself nearly killed in the process.

Modi's reference is a signal of that the very large stimulus measure (approximately 10% of GDP) will be kept from flowing out of the country by those spending it on purchasing imported gear, through the application of import duties, and that businesses need to apply their smarts to expand their own manufacturing base to compensate. In the post-COVID world of stimulus actions, it's important for national policymaking to consider that a stimulus measure is useless if their own population is simply an agent taking the stimulus cash and handing it to a foreign entity.

The appeal to ego is just a simple construct to express the fact that the stimulus is going to be accompanied by measures to impose duties on imported items and will instead encourage local production focused on the domestic market and exports. Therefore 'you're smart - figure out how to put the money to use to build capacity to feed the domestic market and export into a crippled outside world, rather than passing the money into outside hands'.

Sounds too mercantile ? It's what everyone's going to try to do when they try to pick up the wreckage of their own economies. Getting an early mover advantage on it always helps to quickly push your way into markets when others cannot. For example, India produced no PPE gear until February (the first COVID case in India was on Jan 30). It now produces quarter of a million PPE items per day, second only to China. The paracetamol at Boots is likely to be made in India, too.

That's what the Chinese are doing too - grabbing the opportunity to saturate the world market while others have their industries shut. Modi simply wants his share of that pie while keeping the Chinese out of India.

India releases data-use protocols for its contact-tracing app... after five weeks and 100 million downloads

Raj

Re: "may be" uploaded on to an NIC server

The NIC isn’t in the business of monetizing anything. They manage all the national data portals and are a 45 year old government agency.

Contact tracing without location data is useless . Location describes HOW the contact occurred - in a crowded plaza, a quiet street, or something else.

Infosys fires employee who Facebooked 'let's hold hands and share coronavirus'

Raj

Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

Speaking of context, why do you presume this is a reasonable time to criticize India in the first place ?

The article talks about an Indian company firing someone for something that'd get him fired anyplace else in these times as well. Explain why that construes your self-entitled right to tar the whole country.

Raj

Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

Did you not read the part where I stated that I do not even consider his original claims to be worth a serious rebuttal ?

The 'two wrongs don't make a right' argument depends on the respective arguments being actually factual claims of wrongdoing.

The original post in question makes a series of gross exaggerations, on par with standard western views of India - find one odd story, then proceed to paint the entire nation with it. Therefore I'll treat his kind exactly the same way, tarring them all - which would include you - equally. It's only fair.

Raj

Re: Ah, that old chestnut.

Ah yes and now let’s list the very long list of thing they do in Britain, where the monarch walks around wearing things stolen from all over the place, something he average person would be clapped in irons for.

When you’re done absolutely spotlessly washing yourself clean of your every sin, I’ll consider thinking about the drivel you just wrote.

Raj

Re: Misfiring joke?

Not necessarily . There’s a subgroup of people, particularly Muslims, who hate the Indian PM and want to make the lockdown a failure so they can blame the PM. This subgroup also overlaps those who have no regard for just how potentially dangerous a public health crisis the Coronavirus could be.

Historically this demographic was the hardest to address when India eradicated polio as well - nearly all of the country was sanitized by the end of the 20th century, but several lame Islamic clerics issued fatwas ‘haram vaccines’ and the job took another 10 years.

Surprise! Plans for a Brexit version of the EU's Galileo have been delayed

Raj

Re: Good

The Indian NAVIC system is currently a 7-satellite constellation covering all of India and a 1500km region past its borders. Four more satellites are due for launch by 2022 to further expand coverage past India's borders. The long term plan is a 24-satellite GINS (Global Indian Navigation System) for which statutory filing of the frequency spectrum was done about 8 years ago. Qualcomm's Snapdragon 865 is the first SoC from them to have NAVIC support.

As with most such technologies developed by India, this has its genesis in adverse technology denial - back when GPS was degraded during the 1999 Kargil War. The Indian government responded by sanctioning the IRNSS project soon after and 20 years from the original incident, it's fully in operation.

How many times do we have to tell you? A Tesla isn't a self-driving car, say investigators after Apple man's fatal crash

Raj

Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

"What Tesla has done here, deliberately reducing cognitive load below safe sustainable levels, would have the researchers that pioneered the fields of cognitive ergonomics and studied human factors as they relate to machine control spinning in their graves."

This thesis is wrong. "Deliberate" is your subjective assertion, which you cannot substantiate anyway. However, they have done opposite of the factual aspect of the claim. The car I bought 4 years ago had a VASTLY different Autopilot in terms of capability and cognitive load, than what is the case now.

The autopilot software is updated over the air several times a year, when the car is parked and connected to wifi. Four years back, Autopilot lacked a lot of the finesse and detail it has now. Artificially induced cognitive load was basically nonexistent then. There were warnings to hold the wheel, but that's it. It used to accelerate and brake like an inexperienced teenage driver - lacking the smoothness of gradual human control. It simply didn't engage in a lot more situations. It was clear it was an early technology, but still better than its then peers.

Today, even v1 Autopilot is a vastly different creature. The deceased Mr Huang had a car with v2 Autopilot that's even better. All Model 3s have v2, only the older Model Ss and some Xs have v1.

The difference is on two fronts. One, it's a LOT more smoother and 'real'. It brakes and accelerates gradually. With hands on wheel as immediate backup, I let it work in pouring rain - it handles the circumstances extremely well, managing astonishing lanekeeping combined with noticeably more gradual acceleration and braking than in dry conditions. It recognizes stopped cars and objects, an early criticism It detects and adjusts to speed limit signs. These are the smoothness and 'realness' factors.

The other change is in cognitive load. It is much higher now in terms of how often and how much you need to keep telling the car that you're actually responding to it. It has become - as lamented heavily on Tesla forums - a nanny role now. If you do not respond to the car's 'demonstrate attention' notices thrice, it disables autopilot and forces you to stop the car, wait and restart to re-enable it.

There are therefore two themes here - one is that the car has dramatically more cognitive load applied artificially, on the very basis you claim. The other is that car's Autopilot system has become vastly more capable than it was 3-4 years ago. It's nowhere near Musk's exaggerations, but it works spectacularly well both in stop-start city and highway grand tourer cruising modes.

I do not think the problem is a lack of cognitive load. Rather, L2+ autonomy is fundamentally a sweet spot of the perfect storm of being competent enough to convince the user that it works great, but it fundamentally does not. Making it either less or more capable would improve things. I do not see even an increased cognitive load compensating for the fact that the system works so well that it engenders complacency, but still lacks the competence to be actually trusted.

Raj

Re: Tesla never said it's driverless

The problem here - as someone whos driven a Tesla for a few years now - is not bad advertising . Owners know it doesn’t drive itself . The problem is that it does it’s autonomous driving so well that progressively drivers become complacent .

I’ve done 100+ mile drives with essentially no manual intervention other than hand lightly on the wheel and the odd lane change signal (the car changes lanes itself when you signal it and it sees the adjacent lane free).

The mental effort of such long drives is about that of one maybe 10-20% the distance without Tesla autopilot . It’s a significant contributory factor to drivers progressively thinking it can just handle itself, when it really can’t.

Raj

The explanation doesn’t make sense . The 85 carpool exit on 101 southbound is on the left, not right . It has a long poorly demarcated split off area leading to the gore point . Cars often cut across lanes there because the exit lane it much faster . The guy was playing and video game and didn’t even listen to the car . I know firsthand that a Model S warns you it’s losing lane delineation there , and to take over .

Deadly 737 Max jets no longer a Boeing concern – for now: Production suspended after biz runs out of parking space

Raj

Re: So what happened

It’s HCLs problem ? Last I checked, the planes have ‘Boeing 737’ written upon them, not ‘HCL 737’ . You need to do better than blame-some-brown-guys here .

Boeing makes the aircraft . They are responsible for ensuring the fidelity and functionality of every last piece of hardware and software, regardless of whom they subcontract to . Unless the subcontractor willfully concealed or misrepresented things to Boeing - which NO ONE is claiming here - this is entirely on Boeing , and for good reason .

The only thing the Bloomberg article makes clear is Boeing’s incompetence . Hand out mission critical software to lowest cost bidder ? Check . Piss poor product management including not accounting for lack of domain knowledge ? Check . No in house QA at the very least ? Check .

There’s a good reason why the throw HCL under the bus tactic hasn’t fooled anyone yet . The optics and facts are against Boeing . There’s no way they can pin 300 lives on anyone else especially when there’s absolutely no malicious wrongdoing on the suppliers part. Just Boeing’s.

Baby alert! Japan Air lets passengers book seats far away from screaming abdabs

Raj

Re: Solution to the problem

Babies and toddlers can equalize pressure in their ears when they suckle or are given something to drink - anything that promotes swallowing. Do that during takeoff roll and they're fine through to cruising altitude.

Our child traveled the equivalent of two round the world trips before he was two - a combination of multiple transpacifics and US transcons. He has no trouble with it and quite enjoys flying, with his trusty bag of toys and ipad, and his preferred window seat to play in calmly, and makes a show of swallowing right after takeoff too.

Roscomos: We know all about how the hole in the Soyuz went down, but we're not telling you

Raj

Re: Success rate

And you’re judging success by anticipated potential for discovery, which is just another subjective metric entirely based on unknowns. You cannot even offer a quantitative measure, just a probabilistic one.

The rover weighs 27kg and has a design life of 14 days . The orbiter has a 2300kg weight and had an original design life of 1 year, since extended to almost 7 years due to the high precision of orbit injection . The lander got within a few hundred metres of lunar soil under perfect control before fine braking failed, having gotten that far with much greater accuracy than hoped for.

Their relative weights and design lives offer a clue to their relative importance. While the rover might have been a great discoverer, it was never designed for much. The orbiter was and remains the main payload carrier and its own projected life has been enhanced almost an order of magnitude. The ISRO has very good cause to claim whatever percentage of success they chose to state .

In related news, Mangalyaan-1 has completed 5 years in Mars orbit days ago, far more than its original goal, for similar reasons.

Valorous Vikram lunar lander – or Star Wreck: Enterprise? India's Moon craft goes all silent running during descent

Raj

Re: Some fan of Modi used Hindu distance units?

India uses the metric system . ‘Modi fans Hindu distance units’ - while there might be some such thing, are entirely irrelevant to the topic and are more a reflection of the commenters religio-political bigotry than anything else.

Raj

Re: Some fan of Modi used Hindu distance units?

Indeed . Offshoring has been going on for 3 decades now . Indian companies have been uniforms dismissed as incompetent at it, yet the business has grown from $1-2 billion a year in earnings to over $200 billion now. Now, either they’re sufficiently competent to grow business that much - and it’s a competitive business - or, those who are offshoring are substantially MORE incompetent over the course of a generation.

Either way, the standard ire at the topic is, at best, directed at the wrong entities who only see a guy ‘taking away’ a job and fall over trying to blame him.

Raj

Re: Re. 404

That’s been the common refrain of Indian watchers for some time - give us a continuous split screen of the telemetry even if you’re otherwise going to repeatedly pan the mission controllers.

Raj

No, one of the fine braking thrusters overcompensated and tilted the lander over.

The ISRO have also stated that he lander has been found by the orbiters cameras, and that they’re trying to communicate with it . This suggests it didn’t hard land, because if it was in many pieces there would be no point in trying to talk to it.

Raj

Re: It was the moon tardigrades...

Jokes on them when the rover battery dies after 500m and there’s no local supercharger to plug it into .

Raj

Re: Some fan of Modi used Hindu distance units?

A political rant, racism and reference to unrelated business all in one post . You win the prize.

Raj

Re: Major achievement

ISRO has further mentioned that due to the precision of orbit injection , the orbiters planned life was extended from the original 1-2 years to potentially 7 years .

ISRO got almost everything right in this . It sucks to lose the lander a mere 2km from surface but it all worked perfectly until then . It’s easier to land on Mars than the moon because the gravity conditions are closer to the Earth compared to what it is on the moon .

India's Chandrayaan-2 and Vikram lander split amicably above Moon, SpaceX hops over Texas

Raj

Re: One Lunar Day?

It is part of the set of experiments . They have published several research studies on the ability to wake up the systems after the cold soak of a lunar night , including technical analysis of the Li-Ion cells being used at ultra low temperatures . There’s a greater than 0 chance that the systems will actually revive as they hope it will .

Six-day cruise lies ahead for India's Chandrayaan-2 probe before the real lunar shenanigans begin

Raj

Re: The Vikram lander

You’re simply making my point further - unrelated Middle Eastern origin anecdotes are simply too obscure when the story is about an Indian mission and not a middle eastern one .

Most Indians would look at you confused if you tried to make the joke to them, until you spelled out what you meant, whereupon they’d tell you the same thing - Vikram in this context is not a reference to a person at all, and neither is the name of the rover (Pragyan).

Two Soyuz launches, Starhopper hops, sats play chicken with Indian weapons test fallout

Raj

Re: India shouldn't have done that

The 'major nations' - US, Russia and China - have already done ASAT tests themselves. We're hardly about to see any negative commentary from them as anything more than rank hypocrisy.

Amazon triples profit to $11.2bn, pays ZERO DOLLARS in corp tax – instead we pay it $129m

Raj

Wait, so *I* can’t deduct state and local taxes beyond $10K anymore but Amazon can deduct a billion of it ?

Space policy boffin: Blighty can't just ctrl-C, ctrl-V plans for Galileo into its Brexit satellite

Raj

There have been NAVIC reference chipsets out for a couple of years now, and India is in the process of requiring all commercial mobile / navigation devices sold within the country to have NAVIC as the default option, from a point in near future.

Raj

Re: NAVIC

The NAVIC constellation of seven IRNSS satellites covers India and 1500kms past its borders. Nothing to do with the UK in any form.

Galileo, here we go again. My my, the Brits are gonna miss EU

Raj

Re: Forget the politicians

"In the case of the US, are you confusing visas with their electronic travel authorisation system for visa free travel? In most cases a "visa" still means sending off your passport and getting a visa put in it."

No, there is such a thing as an electronic visa that combines the ESTA mechanism with visa issuance. It involves an online registration, uploading your passport bio page and a picture in scanned form, and paying a fee. You get your approval or denial by email and you print the approval notice and carry it with you.

India has updated its immigration systems to process pretty much the entire world this way, for tourism and medical visitors. You no longer send out a passport anywhere. That's only done for longer and more specialized visit types, that don't apply to the vast majority of the visitors.

Raj

Re: Fgs

"The Commonwealth doesn't have one, India has one.

If you ask nicely and permit increased immigration they might let you join in... but it is a regional system with coverage of the area containing targets for their nuclear missiles."

The current IRNSS system is indeed regional. It was conceptualized after GPS access issues during the 1999 Kargil War. Budget allocations started 2006, and satellite launches started in 2013.

It became operational in Spring 2018 with the launch of the 7th satellite IRNSS-1I in April, and covers India along with an area extending 1500km around it. The total cost so far is approx $340 million for the project, 7 sats and launchers (PSLV-XL).

It will be expanded to a global network of 24 satellites, probably by the mid 2020s.

Raj

India already has an operational sat nav system as well .

Raj

Re: Fgs

It has ‘limited geographical coverage’ because it’s not a commonwealth or global system by design . IRNSS is the Indian Regional Navigational Satellite System. Like the Chinese Beidou system, it’s India’s homegrown navigational satellite system, created after the US blocked access to accurate GPS signal in the past, leading them to decide the only way forward was a homegrown system .

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