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Business and Economy
  • Commies Say No to Oil Price Hike 
    Buoyed by the exit polls that predicted an ultra-left victory in state elections, the communists vowed to stop the Government from hiking oil prices that could force oil companies to absorb a loss of over USD 16.5 billion or $13.5 billion for the exchequer.

  • Tea Production Falls in NE 
    After the euphoria over lower Kenyan output in tea, its largest international competitor, the Indian Tea Association (ITA) said loss of rainfall in the North East, which produces 75% of Indian tea, has resulted is lower output.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • National Knowledge Commission Proposes Reforms 
    The National Knowledge Commission (NKC) created by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to propose ways to scale to a knowledge-driven economy has recommended 10 steps that entail overhauling Government processes and creation of systems.

  • Bill to Skirt Office of Profit 
    The Government is planning on a Bill that will amend the Prevention of Disqualification of the MPs Act 1959—commonly known as the Office of Profit act, to enable many communist allies and Congress politicians to hold on to their offices of profit.

Environment, Health and Education

  • Sharp Increase in Wind Power Generation
    Turbine manufacturers in India say that they registered a 45% rise in installed wind power capacity grew to 5,200 megawatt (MW) from 3,595 MW with Tamil Nadu contributing a bulk of this capacity addition of 870 MW.<More>

  • Major Opposition to AIDS Patent Application 
    Several groups opposed the patent application by Gilded Sciences to patent the AIDS cocktail Tenofovir Disoproxil Fumarate (TDF) and accused the company of filing a “frivolous claim” on the drug without actually enhancing it.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Singapore Allowed to Train in India 
    In a major policy departure, India will allow Singapore to station its troops in India for an extended period of time to train them independent of the Indian Army.

  • US to Arm Pakistan 
    After accusing it of not doing enough on terror and illegally exporting nuclear technology to Iran, Libya, and North Korea, the United States will arm Pakistan with the latest conventional weapons apart from the pre-announced F-16 fighter aircraft.<More>


  • Japan Warns of Civil War 
    Japanese peace envoy Yasushi Akasi said that Sri Lanka is at the lowest ebb since his involvement in 2002 and on the verge of resumption of civil war among reports that more people have died in April than during several periods of times when “war” was declared.<More>

  • Maoist terrorists Break Ceasefire 
    Violating their own ceasefire, the Maoist terrorists in {Nepal} broke their own ceasefire by kidnapping 5 security and 2 civilians from different parts of the country.<More>


Hot Topics
Featured Analyses
National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme : Making Panchayat Raj Institutions Effective
The Bill on National Rural Employment Guarantee Scheme seeks to provide guaranteed employment to one member of every rural household for at least 100 days a year for a minimum wage of Rs.60 per day. Out of 260 million poor people in the country, about 200 million poor people are in rural areas. People in 45% rural India do not get work for six months in a year. 
The Saga of the Jemaah Islamiah
Will Kashmir go the way of Aceh?
A Cry for Help
Watch the Dragon
Cage This "Tiger"
Dalits in India
Was Jinnah a Secularist?
Burying the Howitzer?
Smoking Out Smoking
Featured Edits
BBC's coverage comes under fire


South Indian Inscriptions
Ancient Indian dynasties documented their administration, significant developments, grants, and milestones as inscriptions in temples. The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) has documented these inscriptions from 1886. These pages contain inscriptions from Pallava, Chola, Pandya, Western Chalukya, Eastern Chalukya, Rashtrakuta, Hoyasala, Vijayanagara, Vishnukundin, Kakatiya, Reddi, Vaidumba, Chinda, Eastern Ganga, Gajapathi, Kalchurya, Qutb-Shahi of Golkonda, and Moghul,  dynasties.

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