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Hundreds of millions without power after Indian grid goes down for second time in 2 days
nbcnews.com ^ | July 31, 2012 | NBC News and wire reports

Posted on 07/31/2012 4:47:12 AM PDT by John W

NEW DELHI -- Half of India's 1.2 billion people were without power Tuesday as the grids covering 19 states broke down, the second major blackout in as many days.

Stretching from Assam, near China, to the Himalayas and the deserts of Rajasthan, the power cut was the worst to hit India in more than a decade. The power loss includes grid failures in northern, eastern and northeastern India.

Trains were stranded in Kolkata and New Delhi and thousands of people poured out of the sweltering capital's modern metro system when it ground to a halt at lunchtime. Office buildings switched to diesel generators and traffic jammed the roads.

The cut left hundreds of miners trapped underground in Kolkata, Sky News reported, citing AFP.

The power outage is likely the largest ever in India, the Economic Times reported.

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1 posted on 07/31/2012 4:47:21 AM PDT by John W
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To: John W

“This is the second day that something like this has happened. I’ve given instructions that whoever overdraws power will be punished,” Power Minister Sushilkumar Shinde told reporters.


2 posted on 07/31/2012 4:49:05 AM PDT by John W (Viva Cristo Rey!)
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To: Kartographer; blam

“It can’t happen here?” ping...


3 posted on 07/31/2012 4:51:51 AM PDT by Uncle Ike (Rope is cheap, and there are lots of trees...)
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To: John W
Having visited India the thing that astounds *me* is that there's a single structure in the entire *country* that has electricity in the first place.
4 posted on 07/31/2012 4:55:08 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: Uncle Ike
"It can’t happen here?”...

Saw something recently on cable (Science Channel? Discovery Channel? not sure..) that said that the North American power grid (Canada's wired into it too) was designed to handle loads no bigger than those seen in the '60s.

5 posted on 07/31/2012 5:00:54 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: John W

600 million people right now are being involuntarily green and planet friendly. If I were the suspicious type, I’d say it was intentional.


6 posted on 07/31/2012 5:01:33 AM PDT by SpaceBar
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To: Uncle Ike

It’s Always Something. (IAS)


7 posted on 07/31/2012 5:20:12 AM PDT by blam
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To: Gay State Conservative
Saw something recently on cable (Science Channel? Discovery Channel? not sure..) ...
Me too and it was all about globull warming, the end of life as we know it, the demise of the poooor polar bears, etc.
I'm so cynical now I wouldn't believe a documentary on TV if it was filmed in my house.
8 posted on 07/31/2012 5:22:06 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: John W
Half of India's 1.2 billion people were without power ...
That statement makes it sound like all Indians had power to begin with.
I don't think so ...

9 posted on 07/31/2012 5:26:39 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: oh8eleven
Me too and it was all about globull warming, the end of life as we know it, the demise of the poooor polar bears, etc.

I don't recall the one I saw focusing at all on "global warming",etc.Perhaps there's more than one documentary out there that's made reference to the power grid.

10 posted on 07/31/2012 5:26:44 AM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Poor Barack.If He's Reelected,Think Of The Mess He'll Inherit!)
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To: oh8eleven
I'm so cynical now I wouldn't believe a documentary on TV if it was filmed in my house.

Thank you for the morning laugh!

11 posted on 07/31/2012 5:27:22 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: John W

That’s why they want everyone to have smart meters. So they can shut off your power at will if someone determines that you are “over-drawing.”


12 posted on 07/31/2012 5:30:16 AM PDT by smokingfrog ( sleep with one eye open (<o> ---)
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To: John W

This should create a smell detectable in outer space.

The country is a filthy cesspool on the best of days with electricity.

Make sure you never take any medication manufactured in India (or China for that matter) as they know nothing about hygiene.

Also our government needs to stop the H1B visas before this lifestyle contaminates the USA.

See: http://www.chinasmack.com/2010/pictures/filthy-india-photos-chinese-netizen-reactions.html


13 posted on 07/31/2012 5:38:45 AM PDT by Wurlitzer (Nothing says "ignorance" like Islam!)
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To: Gay State Conservative
I don't recall the one I saw focusing at all on "global warming",etc.
That wasn't my point.
14 posted on 07/31/2012 5:40:13 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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To: Wurlitzer

OMG!

I couldn’t get through all of it.


15 posted on 07/31/2012 6:27:24 AM PDT by Alas Babylon!
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To: John W
India is highly corrupt, which is something that the US could exploit competitively, because businesses who go there have to deal with that corruption.

I know someone who was so besotted in multi-culti ecstasy because he went to a wedding and was the honored father-in-law (which is kind of a god to Hindus, or something). What he saw when he got there was a "nice" part of India and how they got their electricity into their homes...

It was a wooden pole in the middle of the neighborhood with all kinds of jerry-rigged and dangerous looking amateur hookups, splices and wiring. When this bragabond asked why the government electrical inspectors didn't enforce the laws against all this *stolen* electricity, he was told that you just have to pay off the inspectors when they come around.

Of course, you're not reading about how the power people are doing without is stolen in the first place.

16 posted on 07/31/2012 6:58:48 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: oh8eleven

I’m so cynical now I wouldn’t believe a documentary on TV if it was filmed in my house.

That’s funny!


17 posted on 07/31/2012 7:02:18 AM PDT by colinhester
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To: liberalh8ter

The only documentary about India that I even gave was Jeremy Piven’s tour of the place. I gave it five minutes and it was long enough to hear that he thought the place exceptionally dirty, and he said so to my suprise. Other than that I read Jim Corbett’s accounts of being a game warden.


18 posted on 07/31/2012 7:20:23 AM PDT by junta ("Peace is a racket", testimony from crime boss Barrack Hussein Obama.)
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To: junta

I am fascinated by aspects of Indian culture but would never travel there. Delhi belly isn’t something I’m keen to experience.


19 posted on 07/31/2012 7:36:53 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: oh8eleven
I'm so cynical now I wouldn't believe a documentary on TV if it was filmed in my house.

Same here, but you expressed it so well. LOL

20 posted on 07/31/2012 8:17:38 AM PDT by arasina (So there.)
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To: Gay State Conservative
"the North American power grid (Canada's wired into it too) was designed to handle loads no bigger than those seen in the '60s.

And that's why everyone should be driving a government subsidized electric car! (No wait, that would create an even greater stress on the fragile grid...) /sarc

21 posted on 07/31/2012 8:30:23 AM PDT by uncommonsense (Conservatives believe what they see; Liberals see what they believe.)
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To: Mamzelle
India is highly corrupt, which is something that the US could exploit competitively

Our foreign affairs aren't screwed up enough, lets attempt to exploit more countries....

Gezzz..

22 posted on 07/31/2012 8:36:12 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: John W

Livin in an Al Gore paradise.


23 posted on 07/31/2012 12:06:51 PM PDT by TurboZamboni (Looting the future to bribe the present)
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To: dragnet2

Sigh. If your competitor is corrupt it is sometimes to your advantage. If India can’t provide a safe and fair place to do business we might be able to attract some of our expat business back! Such competition is absolutely fair game.


24 posted on 08/01/2012 7:35:45 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: liberalh8ter

Go to china smack dot com and see the human remains they drop in the Ganges and allow to decompose. Nothing much romantic about India for me.


25 posted on 08/01/2012 7:38:30 AM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle

I’ve seen it and it’s shocking. It’s the Hindu customs that as an observer, interest me.


26 posted on 08/01/2012 8:20:18 AM PDT by liberalh8ter (If Barack has a memory like a steel trap, why can't he remember what the Constitution says?)
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To: Mamzelle
If India can’t provide a safe and fair place to do business we might be able to attract some of our expat business back! Such competition is absolutely fair game.

You seem a bit slow.

Ya see the only thing you'll attacked here from India are more people from India which we certainly do not need. Might be a shock to you but fairness and safety have zip to do with anything when it comes to dirt cheap labor.

27 posted on 08/01/2012 10:41:54 AM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: dragnet2
I'm slow, so I'll hasten to catch up with the lightning brilliance of your exposition.

Companies went to Mexico for cheap labor. Guess how that worked out?

puff-puff-puff, rushing ....

Well, not so good, Mexico. It got dangerous and corrupt and the companies left.

puff-puff-puff

Many of them went to India, which had the traditions and law patterns of Great Britain as well as a cheap labor source.

Somehow, I think if the incompetent and corrupt government of India does not deliver reliable energy and the corporations start to become afraid of the behaviors of that chap labor, we might be in a position to attract some business back.

Are you you such an advanced intelligence that this makes no sense? Slow as I may be...I think you might slow down your dazzling intellectual speed to consider my argument, humbly chugging along at the speed limit.

Did you know that kidnapping for ransom has become almost as commonplace in Mumbai and Delhi as in Mexico City?

28 posted on 08/01/2012 7:19:02 PM PDT by Mamzelle
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To: Mamzelle
Well, not so good, Mexico. It got dangerous and corrupt and the companies left.

Can I see a list of all the companies who opened up shop in Mexico and left within the past 10 years due to fairness and safety?

Thanks.

Once again, fairness and safety have zip to do with anything when it comes to off shoring for the dirt cheap labor.

Ya think Communist China is safe and fair?

Lets see ya twist into knots and explain that.

29 posted on 08/01/2012 8:34:18 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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To: Mamzelle
Many of them went to India, which had the traditions and law patterns of Great Britain as well as a cheap labor source.

Law patterns? LOL!

Did you know that kidnapping for ransom has become almost as commonplace in Mumbai and Delhi as in Mexico City?

Oh sure, all these companies are going to run back to the U.S. because India might be unsafe or unfair.

All these American companies+ more, moved to India. Which ones have come back from India due to lack of fairness or safety?

Agilent

Agro Tech

American Express

Amway

Avaya

Caltex

Caterpillar

CB Richard Ellis

Cisco

Citigroup

Coca Cola

Cognizant

Colgate Palmolive

CSC

Cummins

Discovery

Dupont

EDS

Eli Lilly

Emerson Electric

EXL

Federal Express

Ford

Franklin Templeton

GE

General Motors

Gillette

Honeywell

BM

Intel

Johnson & Johnson

JPMorgan

Kellogg India

Kimberly Clark

Kodak

McDonalds

Metlife

Microsoft

Morgan Stanley

New York Life

Ogilvy and Mather

Oracle

Pepsico

Pfizer

Pizza Hut

Sun Microsystems

Texas

Tecumseh

Timex

Tyco

UPS

Visteon

Whirlpool

Xerox Modicorp

Take your time

30 posted on 08/01/2012 8:45:36 PM PDT by dragnet2 (Diversion and evasion are tools of deceit)
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