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Business and Economy
  • Service Tax Collections Up 
    The Chief Controller of Accounts reported that Service Tax collection went up 62.83% year on year from USD 3.19 billion to USD 5.19 billion.<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

  • Development of Unorganized Sector 
    The Government is working on a positive draft that seeks to bring development benefits such as health care, sick benefits, maternity benefits, and life insurance to 362 million workers in the unorganized sector earning less than Rs. 6500 a month.<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
  • Indo-British Naval Exercises 
    India and the United Kingdom (UK) fielded their navies in a second exercise that involving an aircraft carrier, nuclear submarines, guided missile frigates, missile destroyers, supply tankers, and 1 embedded French ship off the Konkan coast.

  • Vacancies & Exodus Plague Defense 
    Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee told the Parliament that 27% of the Army's strength below the rank of Lt. Colonel was vacant due to shortage of suitable candidates.<More>


  • No Siachen Pullout, Troop Reduction in J&K
    Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee told Parliament that India would not pullout of Siachen as it did not get ironclad guarantees from Pakistan and that the threat perception has not changed to warrant a troop reduction.<More>

  • Iran Ridicules EU Offer
    Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad ridiculed the European Union (EU) proposal that offers incentives for Iran to give up ambitions to enrich uranium fuel likening the offer of "candy for gold."<More>


  • India-US to Meet on Nuke Deal; US No to Pak 
    Even as Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran and US Under-Secretary of Political Affairs Nicholas Burns plan to meet to try iron out last minute hurdles in the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear deal, the US firmly spurned Pakistan's request for a similar deal.

  • 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"
Dalits in India
Was Jinnah a Secularist?
Burying the Howitzer?
Smoking Out Smoking
Featured Edits
Danger looms in Afghanistan
OBC quota: stirring wider issues
Artificially prolonging the life of RSEs
Balochis Attack Pak Nukes
What Ails Counter-Terrorism?
The Doctor needs a shot in the arm
A Wake-Up Call To India


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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