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Business and Economy
  • India and Japan has reached an agreement on Japan’s fee for technical services (FTS) on Indian corporation’s operations in that country. With the lowering of tax rate from 30% to 10% and the drop in requirement to pay tax on offshore earnings by Indian companies, have improved margins of companies operating in Japan. This was a major hurdle for Indian investment in Japan, especially for Information Technology companies. From a net importer early 21st century, India is fast evolving as a net exporter where the country has successfully negotiated deals with several countries including Hungary and Slovenia and is renegotiation dual taxation with Singapore and Italy.

  • Govt to Release Spectrums, Boost Telecom 
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said that his Government would release a part of the spectrum that it owns.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Overturning a Delhi Court verdict, the Supreme Court (SC) concluded that under the Hindu Marriage Act 1955, non-consummation of marriage and mental cruelty are grounds for divorce. They ruled, "Indifference and frigidity towards wife, denial of company and abhorrence, or physical, like acts of violence and abstinence from sexual intercourse without reasonable cause." They added that even "non violent acts but of injurious reproaches, complaints, accusations, or taunts" can be treated as abuse because mental cruelty could cause even more serious injury than physical harm to the married woman. However, it ruled, "Mental disorder as a grounds for divorce is only where it is of such a kind and degree that the appellant cannot be reasonably expected to live with the respondent.".

  • River Water Generates Inter-District Feud 

  • President Disqualifies Jaya Bachan 

  • India Urgently Needs Inter-State River Water Dispute Management  

Environment, Health and Education
Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology


  • India established a bio-resource institute in central Sri Lanka to "train rural youth in modern, eco-friendly, and low-cost solutions that help supplement their incomes." SriLankan President Mahinda Rajapakse inaugurated this institute that contained a farm, floriculture, vegetable growing, bee keeping, and herbal-aromatic plant cultivation. An agriculture equipment and tissue culture lab orator are also part of this institute.

  • Editorial: The Nepal Stalemate

  • Editorial: Iran's Nuclear Program


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