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Business and Economy
  • FII Exposure valued at USD 80 billion 
    With an estimated 8% Gross Domestic Product (GDP) growth rate, India continues to attract Foreign Institutional Investors (FII) whose numbers have grown from 685 to 898 in a year and valued at USD 80 billion driven up by the 180 A-group companies.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Islamic “Court” Defies SC 
    The highest religious body of Sunni sect in Orissa, the Jamait-ul-Ulama chided the Supreme Court (SC) for interfering “in religious matter” and promised to excommunicate the couple that SC granted protection to stay married. <More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Over 5 million HIV cases in India 
    The National AIDS Control Organization (NACO) estimates that India has a HIV positive population of 5.21 million but cautioned that this figure could be much higher and the Government did not know how many people were dying of his disease.

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Advanced Russian Defense Systems in Belarus 
    Anti-missile system deployment in Poland and Eastern European nations, air bases in former Warsaw pact nations Romania and Bulgaria, and expansion of the North Atlantic Treat Organization (NATO) is prompting Russia to deploy advanced defense systems.

  • Pak to get Chinese Nuke Plants 
    A report published in Pakistan paper The Dawn said that Pakistan will seek 4 more nuclear plants at a cost of USD 6.5 billion in addition to the 2 on order for USD 1.2 billon claiming that these plants will allow it to generate 8,800 megawatts of power by 2030.


  • King Amenable to Parliament Resurrection 
    Softening his offer to the 7-party political alliance, Nepal’s King Gnanendra said that he is willing to accept the resurrection of the Parliament by a Prime Minister appointed by them but the alliance has been recalcitrant to this softened position.<More>

    The Nepal Stalemate


  • Germany Softens Stand on Nuclear Deal 
    Softening her stand on the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal, German Chancellor Angela Merkel acknowledged India’s non-proliferation record and International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) backing but wanted to await outcome of US Congress discussions.<More>

  • Malaysia Destroys 100 Year Old Hindu Temple 
    Even as Hindus, treated as 3rd class citizens in their own nation, were worshipping Malaysia destroyed a 100-year-old temple with a single day’s notice and without a clear indication of why it is taking this extreme step.<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
A new theory to sustain the bull market
Behind the market madness and RPL issue
Bush says Blair had option to withdraw from Iraq invasion


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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