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Business and Economy
  • Textiles Gearing Up, Cotton Bear Hugged 
    In a proactive move, the Government is preparing a series of measures that will benefit the Textiles industry and remove clogs to increase its competitive against the Chinese when trade restrictions on China will be lifted by 2008.<More>

  • Steel Projects Suffer as Govt Plans Ore Export 
    Major steel projects announced largest year with much publicity have reportedly not started because of administrative difficulties and iron ore supply issues while the Government plans to export high quality Iron Ore to China and Japan.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Rape Victim's Testimony Enough for Conviction 
    In a landmark judgment that could have a large impact on male behavior in India, the Supreme Court said that just the testimony of a rape victim without supporting documents or evidence is enough to gain conviction.<More>

  • Indian Political Perceptions on Religion 
    Information & Broadcasting Minister Priyaranjan Dasmunshi said that he has asked the board that certifies films not to approve the Da Vinci Code movie before he gets a nod from the Catholic Church.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Bird Flu Spreads in Indonesia 
    Indonesia said that it found the H5N1 virus in its easternmost province Papua among fighting cocks possibly imported from neighboring Sulawesei Island.

  • 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>

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.

  • 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>


  • 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>


  • US and Libya Establish Ties
    After decades of hostility, the United States and Libya reestablished diplomatic ties and the US announced that it would take Libya off its countries that support terrorism and open an Embassy in Tripoli in the near future.<More>

  • 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>

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"
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Was Jinnah a Secularist?
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India is a positive story
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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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