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Business and Economy
  • Iran Gas Deal Fast-Tracked
    On the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO), Petroleum Minister Murli Deora met Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, discussed the Iran-Pakistan-India liquefied natural gas (LNG) pipeline and returned more optimistic on the deal.<More>

  • India to Pay Myanmar for Port
    Vexed with Bangladesh’s recalcitrant attitude to deny land, sea, and rail access to North Eastern India from the mainland, India is offering Myanmar money and sops to open a sea and river trade route.<More>

  • Exports Up, So is Deficit
    According to the provisional trade data released by the commerce ministry, India’s merchandise export in May was 35.31% higher than previous year’s even as imports increased by 27.04%.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Budgetary Quota Plan
    A sub-group of Ministers on financial controls have agreed to propose to the Federal Government is considering a proposal that will create a budgetary quota of 22.5% for Scheduled Castes (SC) and Scheduled Tribes (ST) welfare.<More>

  • GoM Stops Pvt Sector Quota Proposal
    A Group of Ministers (GoM) headed by Federal Agriculture Minister Sharad Pawar have ruled that the proposal to reserve employment in the private sector is not politically desirable, feasible, or legal and has asked that the proposal be shelved.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Army to Hunt Poachers, Safeguard Forests
    The Ministry of Environment and Forests briefed Army Chief J.J. Singh about a new proposal, apparently supported by non-Government organizations, to amend relevant laws that will empower the Army to track and kill poachers.<More>

  • Indian woman faces high risk of AIDS
    New survey data show that a majority of HIV-infected women did not report a history of multiple partners, intravenous drug use, or blood transfusions and seem to have been infected through sex with their infected husbands.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Harpoons Missiles for Pakistan
    The George Bush Administration has notified the US Congress that it will sell Harpoon Block II anti-ship missiles and related equipment and services valued at USD 370 million to Pakistan, seen as a “key ally” in the “war on terror” and a “friendly nation.”<More>

  • China Firm on Fighting Terror
    China vowed to strengthen coordination efforts and support for the Shanghai Cooperation Organization Regional Anti-Terrorism Structure (RATS) “To fight the ‘three evil forces’ including the ‘East Turkistan’ force and safeguard security and stability in the region.<More>


  • India, China to Open Nathu-la
    India and China have agreed to open the old silk route through Nathu-la pass in Sikkim for trade after 44 years and re-establish direct trade links to trade 28 items including blankets, agro-chemicals, dry fruits, beverages, canned food, and farm implements.<More>

  • Indo-Sino Relations in “new phase”
    Indian Minister for Petroleum and Natural Gas Murli Deora met Chinese President Hu Jintao on the sidelines of the Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) meeting and learnt that China views that its relationship with India has entered a “new phase.”<More>


  • SCO to Resist US?
    The Shanghai Cooperation Organization (SCO) ended its fifth meeting last week with a powerful message from Iran asking China, Russia, and other Central Asian nations to combine their diplomatic, economic, and political clout to resist the US.<More>

  • India, Kuwait Keen to Expand Ties
    While signing 3 agreements, India and Kuwait expressed keen interest to expand ties in oil, energy, construction, steel, fertilizers, food processing, tourism, training, education, and healthcare.<More>

  • Bringing Economic Focus to Indo-Japan Ties
    With Indo-Japan relations not growing at the right pace, both countries have signed an accord that will “meet the needs of Japanese investors” and “address India’s needs” to ensure “strategic importance of both countries” are met.<More>

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Indo-US Nuke Talks End Positively
Hamas-Abbas Clash Deepens
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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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