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Tuesday, October 03, 2006




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Business and Economy
  • 31 New SEZ
    Despite intense opposition and public debate over Special Economic Zones (SEZs) policy, the Board of Approvals (BoA) cleared 31 proposals including the South Korean Posco’s proposal for a Rs. 55,000 crore (USD 12 billion) steel project.

  • Reliance Opposes Open Bidding for Gas
    Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has petitioned the Government not to institute competitive bidding for the valuation or sale of gas to avoid “inherent problems” and has instead asked for a crude-oil linked pricing along the lines that Iran had proposed to India.

  • An Ultra Mega Power Project in Jharkhand
    A 4000 megawatt (MW) ultra mega project will be set up in Jharkhand making it the 9th of a series of such projects throughout the nation rising from the original 5—
    Orissa, Andhra Pradesh (AP), and Tamil Nadu (TN) wanted one each and got it.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Judiciary vs Legislature Judgment Reserved
    The Supreme Court (SC) has reserved its verdict on cash-for-query (CFQ) case and the subsequent judgment will essentially define the scope of the judiciary over Legislature or over the Executive.

  • SC Allows Haj Subsidy for This Year
    While allowing the Government to continue with its Haj plans for lakhs of Muslim pilgrims this year, the Supreme Court (SC) questioned the Government’s continued “largesse” to one community while denying others of similar facilities.

Environment, Health and Education

  • Tiger Skin Trade Flourishing in China
    Two non-Governmental organizations asserted that despite international condemnation and demands, trade in tiger and derivative products continue unabated and overtly in China for costumes and medicines and suppliers are mostly Indian poachers.<More>

  • SC Halts Genetic Foods
    The Supreme Court (SC) asked the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) to halt approvals to genetically modified products till it can determine that these foods have been sufficiently tested and safe for human consumption. <More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Maoist Meet Focuses on Coordination
    In an ominous note, the fourth conference of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) in Nepal resolved to better coordinate to turn South Asia “into a flaming field of people’s upsurges.”<More>

  • Iraq War “Spawned new Terror”
    A classified report by US Intelligence found that the war in Iraq has “spawned new terror” activity and a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terror threat has grown significantly since September 11, 2001.<More>

  • Pak Delays F-16 Deal
    Accusing the US of stripping down the F-16s to less than effective and imposing unacceptable conditions for usage, Pakistan has delayed signing the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) for the USD 3 billion deal till December 31, 2006.<More>


  • LTTE Agrees to Talks
    Responding to calls from many parties and despite afterthought caveats introduced by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG), the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said that his organization is ready to resume stalled talks on a peaceful future in the island.<More>

  • Maldives Opposition Wants India to Facilitate
    Maldives opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) wants India to stop arming the island Government as the threat perceptions and rationale for spending 8% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense is unclear.<More>


  • Russia-US Relations Set to Worsen
    A Russian Parliamentary report alerted policy makers that the US will continue to pursue a hostile policy towards Moscow regardless of political affiliations or incumbent in the White House as they struggle for influence over world energy, power, and politics.<More>

  • Hezbollah Refuses to Disarm
    In his first public appearance Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed before a massive 500,000-rally that his cadre will not disarm and claimed a “divine, historic and strategic victory” even as Israeli troops withdrew and UN peacekeepers deployment was on track.<More>

Hot Topics
  Maoist Meet Focuses on Coordination
  31 New SEZ
  Judiciary vs Legislature Judgment Reserved

Featured Analyses     More


Reliance Opposes Open Bidding for Gas

Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has petitioned the Government not to institute competitive bidding for the valuation or sale of gas to avoid “inherent problems” and has instead asked for a crude-oil linked pricing along the lines that Iran had proposed to India.


LTTE Agrees to Talks 


China ’s Aging Population Plan 


Torture, Censorship, and Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir 


New Polio Campaign in UP 


Military Coup in Thailand


UN Treaty Seeks to Curb Arms Trade

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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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