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Business and Economy
  • Iran Rejects Indian Price Offer for Gas
    Iran rejected India’s demand for international long-term contracts gas price parity insisting that it will sell for at least USD 7.2 per British thermal unit (mbtu) price while the international long-term gas price is USD 4.2 mbtu for the Iran-Pakistan-India pipeline.<More>

  • RTAs to be More Transparent
    Countries like India that have been excluded from Regional Trading Agreements (RTAs) for political reasons will benefit from new Negotiating Group on Rules that require transparency mechanisms of World Trade Organization (WTO) be implemented in RTAs.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Population Issues in China, India
    Beijing Student Federation announced that over two hundred students from over 20 universities in Beijing have volunteered to work in rural areas to advocate the message “a girl is as good as a boy” and work for respect for and protection of women's legal rights.<More>

  • Cabinet Wants Farm Loan Waiver
    A Cabinet Subcommittee has recommended that the Government waive loans of farmers and individuals who had borrowed money from the Punjab Backward Classes Finance Corporation and the Punjab Scheduled Castes Finance Corporation.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Thailand Tamil-Brahmi Inscription
    A team of Thai and French archaeologists found a shred of pottery dating back to the 2nd Century Christian era (CE) with three letters including the characteristic Tamil-Brahmi letter ‘Ra’ attesting the prevalence of Tamil civilization and extent of maritime contacts. <More>

  • ADB Fund for Bird Flu
    The Asian Development Bank (ADB) has disbursed more than USD 11 million to Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN), the United Nations Food and Agriculture Organization (FAO) and the World Health Organization (WHO).<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Global Anti-Terror Initiative
    Ahead of the G8 summit, US President George Bush and Russian President Vladimir Putin announced a global initiative to combat nuclear terrorism to jointly detect, track, and capture terrorists trying to obtain nuclear and radioactive materials.<More>

  • Mumbai Restarts, Terrorist Hunt Continues
    In true defiance of terrorism, Mumbai restarted life in just 12 hours after 8 blasts ripped through suburban trains causing scores of death and mayhem even as authorities are on heels of Islamic terrorists from Pakistan outsourced terror to local disenfranchised youth.<More>


  • India Not “Opposing” Iran
    Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran cautioned journalists that India's relationship with Iran cannot be reduced to the two votes New Delhi cast against Teheran at the International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) in September 2005 and February 2006.<More>

  • High Expectations for Trilateral Meet
    Chinese diplomats and experts visiting the G8 summit for the “outreach program” were upbeat about the first trilateral meet between Russia, China, and India hoping that it will develop stuttering bilateral and strategic ties with India and maintaining global peace. <More>


  • India Says Nothing Beyond July 18 Commitments
    Foreign Secretary Shyam Saran said that India will has fulfilled all July 18, 2005 commitments and will not go beyond them but warned that any departure from those promises will involve a large price as faced in after the 1998 nuclear tests.<More>

  • Israel & Hezbollah Attack Each Other
    As the world watched in horror, Israeli planes and Hezbollah militants attacked vulnerable sites in either territory killing scores of innocent civilians, injuring hundreds more, and displacing thousands in Lebanon.<More>

  • UN Resolution Chides North Korea
    A Japan-sponsored United Nations resolution condemned North Korea for its recent missile tests compromising regional security and heightened international concerns on the intentions of the economically bankrupt nation running on defunct communist ideology.<More>

  • Putin Proposes India, China & Brazil in G8
    Piggybacking on Britain Prime Minister Tony Blair’s comments on including India and China in G8, Russian President Vladimir Putin said he would back such an expansion but also include Brazil.<More>

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Arjun Kills Education Bill, Moots Muslim Reservation
Human Resource Development Minister Arjun Singh scuttled an important Right to Education Bill to make way for his reservation schemes that violate Constitutional norms for different pockets of population that is to now include “backward” Muslims.
Mumbai Restarts, Terrorist Hunt Continues
Terrorists Target Mumbai Again
Focus on Children with AIDS
India to be Major Textile Supply Hub
Dictatorship at AIIMS
North Korean Missiles Shakes Up the World
Farm Sector Disagreements Stall WTO
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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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