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by pune
Thu May 19, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Due to the economic policies followed by the present Govt. the middle-class which was growing at a healthy 5-6% year or year had been going down. This article from before the pandemic actually tells you what the situation was and pandemic and the Russia-Ukraine war has made things much more difficul...

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by pune
Thu May 19, 2022 9:49 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

I already shared the maths, if you have dedicated one HSR, then only 1% will be able to travel on that route, what happens to others. They won't be able to travel. Is India so poor that only 1% can afford travelling on HSR? And regardless of answer, I am definitely sure more than 1% people in Calif...

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by pune
Thu May 19, 2022 9:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

Re: How Norway killed the petrol car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJtzuZIO-88 Very relevant to our times. How a bunch of wealthy white people made themselves feel better by driving massive chemical reactors around filled with heavy metals…. To me it has no relevance. And that’s my demographic group, more or less (shrug!) If we care...

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by pune
Wed May 18, 2022 8:05 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

And while granted what I'm sharing is just city-wide, inter-city is the same thing. What you would ideally want are services which are at least twice-thrice a day or even more. I'll just share for e.g. the traffic between Mumbai and Pune and there were something like 200+ trains between the two cit...

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by pune
Wed May 18, 2022 5:16 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Adani Group's networth is 26k crore INR but their loans are today 2.2 trillion rupees. This was published in the Hindu just a couple of months ago and even came today with the latest figures mentioned. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/corporate-file/can-the-adani-group-digest-its-debt/...

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by pune
Wed May 18, 2022 12:08 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: How Norway killed the petrol car
Replies: 26
Views: 1195

How Norway killed the petrol car

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJtzuZIO-88

Very relevant to our times.
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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OJtzuZIO-88

Very relevant to our times.

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 2646

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

I just shared crime stats of India in another thread viz-a-vis the U.S. even though we have thrice the population of the U.S. in less than half the area compared to the U.S. https://www.nationmaster.com/country-info/compare/India/United-States/Crime Ooookay but crime stats for India are not really ...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 11:40 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages
Replies: 12
Views: 854

Re: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages

Bank of England governor sounds ‘apocalyptic’ warning on food shortages due to Vladimir Putin’s invasion of Ukraine https://www.standard.co.uk/news/uk/bank-of-england-governorandrew-bailey-warning-food-shortages-putin-invasion-ukraine-b1000338.html May 17, 2022 Soft Paywall The Bank of England gove...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 11:24 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 2646

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

https://www.nationmaster.com/country-in ... ates/Crime
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I just shared crime stats of India in another thread viz-a-vis the U.S. even though we have thrice the population of the U.S. in less than half the area compared to the U.S.

https://www.nationmaster.com/country-in ... ates/Crime

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 10:03 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 2646

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Comparing murders to mass shootings is comparing apples to oranges. No. A dead person is a dead person. Whether it's political or crime related, it's a dead person. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Even in crime rate, India is far lower than the U.S. https://www.nationmaster....

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 9:56 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 2646

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Comparing murders to mass shootings is comparing apples to oranges. No. A dead person is a dead person. Whether it's political or crime-related, it's a dead person. People who live in glass houses shouldn't throw stones. Is India a developed economy? First answer this question and then we can compa...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 5:49 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Adani Group's networth is 26k crore INR but their loans are today 2.2 trillion rupees. This was published in the Hindu just a couple of months ago and even came today with the latest figures mentioned. https://www.thehindubusinessline.com/specials/corporate-file/can-the-adani-group-digest-its-debt/a...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 5:23 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 2646

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

India's murder rate isn't especially low, considering the lack of firearms. True, but murder is far different from mass shootings. Murders have gone up, but many of them are political in nature. The current political party in the center is against Muslims. So you see the violence done on them and t...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 2:46 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 2646

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

Gang shootings aren't typically included because they often involve other gang members being shot and are easy to avoid if you aren't involved in a gang. Additionally, when people picture a "mass shooting", they typically picture something like what happened in Buffalo rather than two gan...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 1:37 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages
Replies: 12
Views: 854

Re: The Coming Global Debt Storm & Global Food Shortages

Sri Lanka's debt crisis is a warning to the world. The World Bank says a global debt storm is coming. It could engulf 70 developing countries & make their economies fall like dominoes. What are the threats they face? It's surprising how many large and small countries depend on their wheat comin...

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 1:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Lawyers can't meet clients before being charged in Scotland ?
Replies: 1
Views: 267

Lawyers can't meet clients before being charged in Scotland ?

I have been reading a couple of Scottish novels. in it, both written by Stuart MacBride, it seems in Scotland. you cannot get a lawyer before you are charged and he/she/they cannot counsel you before your initial statement to the police. Is this true ?

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 1:28 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting
Replies: 85
Views: 2646

Re: One dead 5 wounded in Laguna Woods CA church shooting

What I find funny and ironic is that at the same time if an American or multiple Americans are killed anywhere outside the U.S. it can become a diplomatic incident. While if is shot in the good old U.S. its an everyday occurence.

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by pune
Tue May 17, 2022 5:35 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 493
Views: 28748

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

There are solutions and as times goes on, more such solutions will be there in lesser time - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vHuldVlpFA Solar and wind would be good, but it's not always sunny or windy. So there has to be reasonable solutions for generating a charge that can actually charge up thos...

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by pune
Sun May 15, 2022 5:34 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.
Replies: 201
Views: 7552

Re: 10 killed in Buffalo mass shooting.

The report I read said after this a-hole shot up the place, he put the gun to his chin but the cops talked him out of doing himself in. Too bad - nothing would be more deserving than this piece of filth to be removed from the planet. There are no words in the English language to strongly enough con...

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by pune
Sun May 15, 2022 4:26 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Gasoline prices, it hurts.
Replies: 493
Views: 28748

Re: Gasoline prices, it hurts.

Right next to the gas station in the woods…. Sent from my iPhone using Tapatalk I know that's somewhat facetious, but... it's a legit question, I think. You can bring fuel in your actual gas tank and then you can bring more fuel in reserve tanks; yes, they cost weight and space, but it's extra fuel...

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by pune
Sat May 14, 2022 5:04 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Too many cooks in the kitchen. In some respects, there is too much democratic process in local politics. Ever been to a planning commission meeting that has a public comment component? I have and sometimes they only get to agenda item 4 by 1 AM and call it a day with five items remaining. But if yo...

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by pune
Sat May 14, 2022 4:55 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

The point of the posting the news article, was to show that big building projects on the scale of the CAHSR project cannot be done in this day and age sadly. The only large-scale project that has gone relatively on time so far is the LGA terminal rebuilds. Even AA had a dumpster fire building its t...

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by pune
Fri May 13, 2022 12:39 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

For Japan look at - https://documents1.worldbank.org/curated/en/256221468752350809/pdf/multi-page.pdf 1. Why are you quoting a document from the year 1992, which is a whole 30 years ago? 2. Even this document identified, "Gradually, competition from automobiles and aircraft intensified, and JN...

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by pune
Fri May 13, 2022 12:24 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Americans, and to some extent Canadians, have been so indoctrinated with this fantasy that cares and airplanes are the only travel options. We have been told for decades that trains are slow and unreliable all while watching the EU, Japan, and China build high-speed networks in addition to air and ...

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by pune
Thu May 12, 2022 8:23 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Americans, and to some extent Canadians, have been so indoctrinated with this fantasy that cares and airplanes are the only travel options. We have been told for decades that trains are slow and unreliable all while watching EU, Japan, and China build high speed networks in addition to air and road...

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by pune
Wed May 11, 2022 11:44 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

What you have missed in the enthusiasm are the loans taken by the Japanese and the Chinese for the development of their HSR networks and both are in debt traps. Obviously, one day or the other the respective Governments will bail them out. The Japanese put sweeteners and actually gave a proposal to ...

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by pune
Wed May 11, 2022 5:19 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

Before I start, I wanna make a point clear, I'm a proponent of rail and more rail but HSR has issues. Just went through some of the arguments above. FWIW, the problem with HSR is that it's costly and has to be subsidized one way or the other. The Japanese for e.g. have been living with stagflation f...

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by pune
Wed May 11, 2022 4:45 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

IMO, the current plan to wander through the Central valley while connecting the Bay area with LA is quite similar to the reason Micky Mouse left Minnie Mouse. They lost a lot of support with that. Totally outside the topic but when did that happen, I thought Micky and Minnie were soul mates ??? (he...

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 4:20 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

I think the Air Asia India & Air India merger makes a lot of sense. Considering AI has condensed their operations to mostly BOM and DEL based operations, Air Asia India flies many routes that were flown by Air India themselves before the pandemic. Take COK for an example, Air India used to fly ...

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 3:50 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

https://www.facebook.com/10000627889265 ... 312194800/
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There is a pretty good summation of what happened by one of the travelers who was there at Ranchi Airport, her account of the proceedings. I tried to copy but because it is text-heavy airliners.net wouldn't let me copy -

https://www.facebook.com/10000627889265 ... 312194800/

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 3:01 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Indigo's statement to the press -

"As a small token of appreciation, IndiGo would like to offer electric wheelchair for child barred from boarding flight: CEO"

Can somebody tell me how does 'appreciation' fit in here ?

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 2:53 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

There was an interview on NDTV, a one-sided interview of the Indigo management only. They had got a disability expert but somehow forgot to get him on set (he was in the make-up room) while this interview was done - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=VBx5_Ls9i40 After that bit got exposed on SM they ar...

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by pune
Tue May 10, 2022 2:46 am
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

This was spiraled quite a bit, seems there was more to the story - https://twitter.com/aditya_mani_jha/status/1523303658217086976 Apparently, there were quite a few 'rich' drunk Indians who also created ruckus while boarding but they were allowed to board, it was only the disabled/specially-abled ch...

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by pune
Mon May 09, 2022 10:32 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties
Replies: 103
Views: 4224

Re: California High Speed Rail running into difficulties

https://www.cato.org/policy-analysis/hi ... s-obsolete
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This is a good read on the subject - https://www.cato.org/policy-analysis/hi ... s-obsolete

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by pune
Mon May 09, 2022 9:16 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

Re: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.

I have been reading this book 'Decipher' by Stel Pavlou written in 2001 and yet I can see so many things which would raise heckles (more by right than left). It is about 600 pages plus and goes deep about civilizations, the first civilizations, the sciences, and how they came to be and whatnot in a ...

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by pune
Mon May 09, 2022 5:00 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

https://www.fortuneindia.com/enterprise ... ium/108085
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Adani raising more funds ostensibly for Mumbai Airport -

https://www.fortuneindia.com/enterprise ... ium/108085

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by pune
Mon May 09, 2022 4:57 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022

Outrage as teen with disability stopped from boarding IndiGo flight at Ranchi airport source : https://www.moneycontrol.com/news/trends/current-affairs-trends/outrage-as-child-with-disability-stopped-from-boarding-indigo-flight-at-ranchi-airport-8473661.html Glad to see other passenger stand up for...

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by pune
Fri May 06, 2022 7:12 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

Re: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.

The film has many themes in addition to climate change and willing mass deception. How tech entrepreneurs are convinced of their own infallibility, and that their solutions will always work until they don't. How election cycles dominate the thinking of elected officials. How the powerful ensure the...

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by pune
Thu May 05, 2022 5:58 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

Re: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.

just not with a commit, commit to what exactly? I can't tell if you're being facetious or not, but Dutchy certainly meant comet , not "commit." I had no clue what he was talking about since I haven’t seen the film, or even heard about it until now. Same here. It was nominated for the Osca...

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by pune
Wed May 04, 2022 12:12 pm
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

Re: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.

Happened for real in the UK a couple of weeks ago, whatever your view on the activist and her point it was bad interviewing and journalism, from a man who noted he's been a journalist for 50 years. Indeed but not in a positive sense. He is often compared usually for his faux pas to the comic creati...

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by pune
Wed May 04, 2022 4:51 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Don't :Look up and the realness of it.
Replies: 31
Views: 1802

Don't :Look up and the realness of it.

I saw this yesterday - https://www.imdb.com/title/tt11286314/ and the only thing I can say is I can very well see it happening exactly the way it has been shared. And the part about 'modern culture' or the part about literally don't look up and could happen in the U.S., the UK, and even India with t...

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by pune
Sun May 01, 2022 6:01 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread
Replies: 122
Views: 12901

Re: Unite the Right / Jan 6 - Legal Impacts - A thread

Same argument applies to Sen Warren, AOC and Bernie. Fringe voters give you fringe candidates. Not the same at all - the ones you mention support a far left agenda. I think this is a perfect illustration of how screwed up US politics have become, and how words have lost their meaning. None of the s...

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by pune
Sun May 01, 2022 5:55 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022
Replies: 61
Views: 2878

Re: Migrant Crisis at the Texas Border 2022

I just finished a few days back John Grisham's 'The Street Lawyer' which addresses the same problem. And that book was written in the 90s and according to the book, that started from 1970s and seems the needle hasn't moved at all to date :(

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by pune
Wed Apr 27, 2022 1:45 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

India has over 1.3 billion people, and as they are rapidly developing/urbanizing, more and more people will be in the air. Although 300 might seem like a lot compared to other airlines in India, considering the amount of people and future growth that will occur, the 1000ish total commercial airplan...

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by pune
Wed Apr 27, 2022 1:27 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

So for the near future, basically any Indian domestic travel will have to connect though BOM/DEL unless Indigo? That's sad to see then, also explains why COK only has only 1-2 destinations from SpiceJet, Go First, Vistara, Air India, AirAsia India, etc. Not really. Its just that 6E has more flights...

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by pune
Mon Apr 18, 2022 1:46 pm
Forum: Civil Aviation
Topic: Indian Aviation Thread - 2022
Replies: 185
Views: 21960

Re: Indian Aviation Thread - Q1 2022

Air India Employees quarters given to Adani and they are moving to Bombay HC to protest the same - https://hr.economictimes.indiatimes.com/news/industry/air-india-employees-to-move-bombay-hc-over-eviction/90913483 These are the same people or almost 90% of them who voted for the BJP in the center. W...

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by pune
Sun Apr 17, 2022 7:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars
Replies: 198
Views: 12595

Re: Will Smith assaults Chris Rock at the Oscars

I think one good thing from this attack will be attention given to the medical condition of Alopecia. It affects 3 million a year in the USA alone. It is autoimmune disorder It can be treated but it may be difficult. Losing hair from this medical condition can be embarrassing and cause psychologica...

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by pune
Sun Apr 17, 2022 6:37 am
Forum: Non-Aviation
Topic: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"
Replies: 217
Views: 9534

Re: Florida bans 54 math textbooks because of "indoctrination"

Here's a meme that is math related... With a little bit of climate change and gender studies for good measure. https://live.staticflickr.com/65535/51142598812_34b43c2972_n.jpg I’m not picking up on this one really. Can you break down where the humor is? same here, it's beyond my understanding :(

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