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Business and Economy
  • Freight Corridor on, Speed Trains No
    A high level committee chaired by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh rejected a proposal to built a Bullet Train network in the nation for passenger traffic but accepted the plan to built a dedicated freight train corridor at a projected cost estimate of USD 5.06 billion.<More>


  • India wants TAPI 
    With a dead-on-arrival Iran-Pakistan-India (IPI) pipeline, India signaled strong interest in the Turkmenistan-Afghanistan-Pakistan-India (TAPI) project that will transport natural gas for a severely energy deficient and rapidly expanding India.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Anti-Quota Struggle Expands, Students Threaten Suicide
    Students and doctors protesting the quota-based reservation system expanded their protests to other cities and intensified them in New Delhi and Mumbai even as a group of students wrote to the President Abdul Kalam seeking permission to commit suicide.<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

  • China Reports Three Gorges Dam Completion
    In an astounding feat that took less than 10 years, China has completed the Three Gorged Dam (TGD) which is being labeled the largest hydroelectric and water management project in the world that employed 26,000 people from over 50 countries. <More>

  • India & China Work on Diabetic Drug 
    India and China, vying for the dubious distinction of being the diabetes capital of the world, are working together their vast herbal drug knowledge to identify medicine and herbs that can control diabetes.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Terrorists Strike Cong Rally on Anti-Terrorism Day
    Two days before the arrival of the Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to continue his roundtable discussions with Kashmir separatists, two terrorists dressed as policemen attacked a youth Congress rally in Srinagar.<More>

  • India to Double Nuclear Power Capacity
    Atomic Energy Commission Chairman Anil Kakodkar revealed plans that India will double its nuclear power capacity from 20,000 megawatts (mw) to 40,000 mw by 2030 and that the Planning Commission has prepared a 30 year plan to facilitate this plan. <More>


  • Suu Kyi May be Released?
    For the first time in more than 2 years, the {Myanmar} military junta allowed UN official Ibrahim Gambari to meet jailed opposition political leader and Nobel Laureate Aung San Suu Kyi for about an hour spiking hopes that she may be released soon. <More>

  • Nepal Clips King’s Powers 
    The recently reinstated Nepalese Parliament unanimously voted on a resolution to severely curb the rights of the King, make the country a Republic, abrogate his legal immunity, and aggrandize power over the Army, court, and Constitution to itself.<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
Indians in Afghanistan
Watch those proceedings
The A Q Khan effect
End of the road for Gyanendra
Beijing’s Arab Initiative


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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