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Business and Economy
  • Japan Investment Bank Opens India Operations
    Japan’s leading global investment bank Daiwa Securities SMBC has started operations in India to market various investment banking products for prospective Indian investors and also as a vehicle for Indian companies to seek funding from Japan.

  • Govt Plans to Sell Residual Maruti Interest
    Faced with increasingly recalcitrant and belligerent opposition from communist allies to disinvestment plans, the Government is apparently proposing to sell all its residual 10.24% stake in Maruti Udyog Limited (MUL) to net Rs. 2500 crore (USD 543 million).

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

Environment, Health and Education

  • Diluted Wildlife Bill Passed
    After promising major reforms, the Federal Government greatly diluted the Wildlife Bill in a bid to appease the tribal lobby and passed the Wildlife Bill in great hurry that could greatly affect conservation efforts and endangered species.<More>

  • Ramdoss Absolves Cola Companies
    Expectedly, Federal Health Minister Anbumani Ramdoss absolved the cola companies in the Lok Sabha that pesticide levels in their products were “within the permissible levels” and called an independent report “inconclusive."<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • 7 Nation Futuristic Nuclear Reactor
    Indira Gandhi Centre for Atomic Research (IGCAR) Director at Kalpakkam Baldev Raj has been elected Chairman of a 7 nation collaborative project to define a futuristic fast reactor with closed nuclear fuel cycle capable of generating 300-500 GWe nuclear energy.

  • India, Singapore for Air Force Cooperation
    In the first ever Air Force-level dialogue, India and Singapore agreed to focus on “mutually supportive roles,” including “interoperability” between respective air forces for disaster management and humanitarian relief in South East Asia.


  • Mush Wants to Share Intelligence
    In a recent interview to an Indian magazine, Pakistan President
    Pervez Musharraf said that the intelligence agencies of the two nations were “operating against each other” and should agree “to stop interference in each other's internal affairs."  <More>

  • BSF, BDR to Reduce Tension
    After exchanging gunfire, troop movements, and tension the Border Security Force (BSF) and Bangladesh Rifles (BDR) agreed to reduce tensions by pulling out additional troops from the frontier and adhere to border guidelines and land-boundary agreement.  <More>


  • Israeli Commando Operation Tests Ceasefire
    Even as thousands of Lebanese troops and French engineers started to occupy areas vacated by Israeli Army to strengthen the ceasefire that promises a stop to rocket attacks by Hezbollah, reports emerge of a clandestine Israeli action deep inside Lebanon.

  • 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.

Hot Topics
  7 Nation Futuristic Nuclear Reactor
  Controversial Provision in Religious Bill Withdraw
  Mush Wants to Share Intelligence
  Diluted Wildlife Bill Passed
  ‘Cash-for-query’ MPs Pardoned?
  SC Demands Identity of Person Withholding Pay
  Japan Investment Bank Opens India Operations
  Ramdoss Absolves Cola Companies

Featured Analyses     More


Contrarian HIV Estimates in New Survey

A study of People Living with HIV (PLHIV) has proposed a contrarian view that the number of those living with this infection may be a third lower than current estimates of 5.2 million but warned that a nation-wide survey is required for a more accurate estimate.


SLA Claims Military Successes as TN Censures It


Subsidy Cuts on the Cards


Major Terrorism Attack over Atlantic Averted


LTTE to Stay Banned, No Lanka Intervention


Forbes Calls “India is next Great Bull Market”

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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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