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Business and Economy
  • No Price Reduction Proposal from Cement Manufacturers 
    Commerce and Industry Minister Kamal Nath announced that cement manufacturers will supply cement for Government projects at a 5% discount and increase production but did not say what proposals the manufacturers had to keep the price down. <More>

  • Industrial Growth Slow Down 
    Government data suggested that industrial growth slowed to 8% from 8.4 because of steep fall in mining and slower year-on-year growth in electrical and manufacturing sectors.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Govt Softens & Threatens on Quota, Protests Spread 
    The Government seemed to soften its stand a bit inviting striking students and doctors for talks even as Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss vainly threatened to dismiss striking doctors even though there is a shortage of doctors in the country.<More>

  • Quota Reservation Protests Intensifies 
    Undeterred by widespread protests against his retrograde suggestions on quota-based reservations in premier institutions and private sector, Human Resources Development Minister Arjun Singh dismissed criticisms and refused to review his proposals.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Ayurvedic Drug Labeling Made Compulsory 
    The Health Ministry has made all Ayurvedic, Unani, Siddha, and Herbal medicine labeling compulsory and has extended the deadline to July 1 of this year.<More>

  • Another Toxic Ship Story 
    The Supreme Court (SC) demanded an answer from the Federal Government on information and advice on whether the largest ocean liner SS Norway should be allowed to be dismantled at Gujaratís Alang Ship breaking Yard within 15 days.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Rural Maharashtra a Terror Safe Haven 
    An anti-terror squad (ATS) of the Mumbai police raided a safe house of Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) in Nashik and seized dreaded ammunitions and weapons and literature that talked about bombing the millenniums old Ellora Caves near Aurangabad.
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  • Super-Advanced Weapons Systems in Pipeline 
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced that India would be soon begin production of super-advanced weapons systems using remote-controlled sensors, robotics, and propulsion systems and develop new precision-guided munitions and unmanned vehicles.<More>

Neighbors

  • Pakistan Admits to Nuclear Bomb Exports
    After consistently denying any official knowledge of export of nuclear bomb proliferation by disgraced scientist A.Q. Khan, Pakistan finally admitted that such proliferation did take place to North Korea, Iran, Libya, and Syria.<More>

  • Anti-King Resolution Stalls 
    Nepalís bid to pass an anti-King resolution stalled as disagreements within the Seven Party Alliance (SPA) on what should be included and what excluded.<More>

World

  • France Promises to Lobby for India in NSG 
    Even as the US Congress deliberates the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, France has promised that it will pitch for India at the plenary session of the 44-nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) meeting in Rio de Janeiro later this month.<More>

  • Agricultural Work Plan with Israel 
    India and Israel will sign a first-of-its kind work plan for a 3 year engagement that would cover joint research, development of businesses, and technology transfer regimes.<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?
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Inscription

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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