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Business and Economy
  • SENSEX Breaks 12K-Barrier
    Defying international trends relating to oil and security concerns, strong domestic fundamentals inspired Indian mutual funds to flood the stock markets raising the SENSEX index beyond 12,000 in just 16 sessions.<More>

  • Tariff Relief per SAFTA 
    At a meeting of South Asian Commerce Ministers meeting at Dhaka, India and Pakistan agreed not to charge import duties on 5% of products traded within the South Asia Free Trade Area (SAFTA) region.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Reservation Politicking in Private Sector 
    With state election campaigning in full swing, politicians have been ballooning innovative but retrograde ideas on reservations in private sector, premier institutions, and based on religion, which have been routinely opposed and trashed.

  • Cong Pussyfoots around Commies 
    With State Election campaign in full swing, the Congress Party finds itself in the unenviable position of leading a Federal coalition but face their allies as opponents in States who continue to eat into their vote-banks and criticize it with impunity. <More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Govt to Allow GM Soya Oil Import 
    Ministry of Environment & Forests said that it intends to allow the import of genetically modified (GM) Soya oil into India if it meets certification criteria to be defined by the Government.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Closer to Agreement 
    Over the last several months, India and Pakistan have been silent working on a deal to demilitarize Siachen, the world’s highest battlefield. <More>

  • Good Voting in Naxal Areas in WB
    People defied threats from naxal terrorists and stood in long lines for over two hours, endured clinical security screening, and followed intense Election Commission restrictions to vote in large numbers in naxal-infested areas of West Bengal (WB).<More>


  • Worried But No Progress 
    Visiting Special Envoy Dr. Karan Singh returned from a 2-day tour of Nepal where he met King Gnanendra and major political actors to say, “he is optimistic” that Gnanendra will “make an announcement shortly.”<More>

    The Nepal Stalemate


  • China Opposed to India’s UNSC bid
    China has said that it is opposed to India’s inclusion in the United Nations Security Council as a so-called permanent member ostensibly because of India’s association with Japan through the G-4 initiative.<More>

  • India Will not Accept No-Test Option 
    India said that it had rejected a proposal from the US to amend the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal that would disallow further nuclear testing by India and terminate the contract if India would conduct a nuclear explosion. <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
India a different proposition: Blair
Myanmar deserves attention
Karan and the King
Building bridges with Myanmar


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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