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Business and Economy
  • Private Sector Wheat, Sugar Imports Allowed (June 23, 2006)
    Concerned at rising prices of wheat and sugar, the Cabinet Committee on Prices (CCP) has approved the Government to allow private sector operators to import them and has banned the export of pulses.<More>

  • Govt to Sell 10% of Nalco, NLC (June 23, 2006)
    The Cabinet Committee on Economic Affairs (CCEA) agreed to allow the Government to disinvest 10% of two profit making public sector non-navratna companies to raise resources for the National Investment Fund (NIF) mostly to fund social sector expenses.<More>

  • Business confidence index up 8%, says CII  (June 22, 2006)
    Belying stock market reverses, a Confederation of Indian Industry (CII) outlook survey says that compared to six months ago, significant increase in business confidence has hiked growth expectations for the current financial year by over 8%.<More>

  • India to Pay Myanmar for Port (June 20, 2006)
    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>

  • Iran Gas Deal Fast-Tracked (June 20, 2006)
    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>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary
  • Wheat Import Gets Murkier  (June 21, 2006)
    Whittling down the quarantine and quality norms in importing wheat, the latest tender of State Trading Corporation of India (STC) received eight global bids trying to sell 3 million tons while Indian requirements was for 2.2 million tons (mt) of wheat.<More>

Environment, Health and Education
  • Central Tobacco Authority Being Planned (June 08, 2006)
    Federal Minister of Health Anbumani Ramdoss said that a Central Tobacco Authority (CTA) with unprecedented powers to implement the provisions of the Tobacco Act is being planned and revealed in the next couple of months.<More>

  • Oil Slick Threatens Goa (June 07, 2006)
    As oil patches from the Panama-registered MV Ocean Seraya which broke into two after hitting a rock during a recent storm system began washing up on the popular tourist beaches in Goa, environmentalists warned of larger dangers of an oil slick.<More

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • US Subpoenaed International Money Transfer Records  (June 23, 2006)
    US Treasury Department gained sweeping access to international banking records as part of a secret program to choke off financial support for terrorism that US Government sources say is "legal and proper use of our authorities.< More>

  • LTTE Wants EU Monitors Removed (June 22, 2006)
    The Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) has categorically told Norwegian peace facilitators in Sri Lanka that it will not accept truce monitors from the European Union (EU) because of the terrorism-related ban on LTTE in Europe.<More>

  • India to Consider Bangla FDI  (June 21, 2006)
    After considering recommendations of a joint task force of Chambers of Commerce from both countries, Federal Minister of State for Commerce & Industry Jairam Ramesh said India will consider lifting the ban on foreign direct investment (FDI) from Bangladesh.<More>

  • India, China to Open Nathu-la (June 20, 2006)
    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” (June 19, 2006)
    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>

  • US Cautions India on Iran’s Nuke Program (June 22, 2006)
    A key extremist politician leading the US Congress International Relations Committee warned India to act responsibly by not supporting Iran’s nuclear ambitions and not to jeopardize Indo-US civilian nuclear deal up for discussions in the Committee on June 27.<More>

  • US Asks G-8 Support for Nuke Deal (June 21, 2006)
    The US is lobbying the Group of Eight (G8) nations to meet in July at St. Petersburg to back the Indo-US civilian nuclear deal amid serious reservations in the US policy making establishment, some G8 nations (like China & Japan), and European Union (EU) states.<More>

  • Bringing Economic Focus to Indo-Japan Ties  (June 19, 2006)
    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>

  • SCO to Resist US? (June 19, 2006)
    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>

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Private Sector Wheat, Sugar Imports Allowed
Concerned at rising prices of wheat and sugar, the Cabinet Committee on Prices (CCP) has approved the Government to allow private sector operators to import them and has banned the export of pulses.
LTTE Wants EU Monitors Removed
Wheat Import Gets Murkier
India, China to Open Nathu-la
SCO to Resist US?
China Firm on Fighting Terror
Indo-US Nuke Talks End Positively
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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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