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Business and Economy
  • Palm Oil Duty Cut
    Citing desire to control prices of palm oil, the Federal Government announced that it will cut customs duty on both crude and refined palms oil and plamolein by 10% to 70% that is estimated to cost the nation Rs. 650 crore (USD 141 million).

  • China Trade Surplus Dismays Many
    Despite measures to arrest exports, trade outflows from China once again exceeded expectations at 40.6% above the previous month and net USD 14.6 billion with exports up 22.6% or USD 80.3 billion and imports up 19.7% at USD 65.7 billion.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • The Hindu’s Dubious Survey Analysis
    Left-leaning national and well-respected newspaper The Hindu, published a survey it conducted on national perception of Government performance with dubious analysis slanted to favor Sonia Gandhi and anti-National Democratic Alliance (NDA).

  • Women Judges to Try Rape
    A new legislation has been cleared by the Federal Cabinet that provides for rape victims to be tried by women judges, witnesses provided a protection program, and victims’ right to appeal against acquittal of the accused, and acceptance of video as evidence.

Environment, Health and Education

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Major Terrorism Attack over Atlantic Averted
    British counter-intelligence seem to have averted a major terrorism attack attempt on as many as 10 civil aircraft using common over-the-counter chemicals used by most people that officials say would have been worse than September 11 twin tower bombing.

  • Pak Navy’s “Offensive punch”
    Claiming to not have “offensive designs,” Pakistan President
    Pervez Musharraf  revealed plans that his country was following a strategy of “offensive defensive deterrence” and strengthening its armed forces. <More>


  • India, Bangla Border Clashes Continue
    Indo-Bangla border tensions escalated with heavy mortar attacks from the Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) to cover mass troop movement along Assam killing 2 women and retaliatory fire from Border Security Force (BSF) resulted in the death of 5 BDR soldiers. 

  • LTTE to Stay Banned, No Lanka Intervention
    The National Security Advisor M K Narayanan said that India has no plans to lift the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) and for “direct intervention” in peace initiatives in Sri Lanka where hostilities has escalated rapidly to civil war proportions.  <More>


  • Pressured Iran Threatens NPT Withdrawal
    In an interview to national English newspaper The Hindu, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad asserted that he still believes in dialogue but did not like the continued pressure and insistence on taking away the rights that his country has.

  • Hezbollah Asks Arabs to Vacate Haifa
    In a clear sign of major terrorist activities to come, Hezbollah leader Sheik Hassan Nasrallah warned Israeli Arabs to leave the port city of Haifa so the guerrilla organization could attack the city unimpeded so as not to “shed” their blood.

Hot Topics
  The Hindu’s Dubious Survey Analysis
  Palm Oil Duty Cut
  Whale Deaths in Ramanathapuram
  Major Terrorism Attack over Atlantic Averted
  Kerala Ban Cola Production, Industry Cries Foul
  India, Bangla Border Clashes Continue
  Pak Navy’s “Offensive punch”
  China Trade Surplus Dismays Many
  Pressured Iran Threatens NPT Withdrawal

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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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