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Thursday, September 14, 2006




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Business and Economy
  • India Ups CFTC Contribution
    Pledging support to “develop institutional capacity among the developing member countries” of the Commonwealth, India promised to increase its contribution to the Commonwealth Fund for Technical Cooperation by £50,000 to £850,000.

  • Energy Usage Patterns and Social Progress
    India estimates that it will consume 70% more energy by 2030 and although it seeks to generate energy through other sources such as nuclear, coal, and renewable sources, about 60% of this will be from oil and natural gas.

  • Four Ships with Wheat in South
    A Ministry of Food note said that four ships are offloading .155 million metric tons (mmt) of wheat at Chennai, Cochin, and Vizag ports out of which 78,380 mt has already been distributed. An additional 6 ships have arrived with .325 mmt of wheat and are being fumigated, quality checked, and berthed.

  • Indo-US Trade Set to Exceed 2005 Level
    Indo-US bilateral trade during January-May 2006 has grown substantially with 23.3% increase in imports and 19% increase in exports totaling USD 12 billion and set to pass last year’s level of USD 26.8 billion (previous year’s level was USD 21.6 billion).

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Congress Expels Natwar’s Son
    In a major blow to Natwar Singh’s hopes of rescue by the Gandhi family, the Congress Party expelled Natwar’s son Jagat Singh even as Jagat’s friend’s petition in the Supreme Court (SC) for absolution from Justice RS Pathak Inquiry commission’s indictment

  • Disappearances on Rise in South Asia
    As nations of South Asia fight terrorism, Amnesty International (AI) says that “enforced disappearances” of people is growing and while “new patterns” are emerging from Pakistan, Nepal, and Sri Lanka

Environment, Health and Education

  • SC Fines Coal Unit for Environment Damage
    The Supreme Court fined India’s largest coal producing company for using forest land in and ruled that all companies using forest land are required to pay a Penal Compensatory Afforestation cost and amount of Net Present Value to continue operations.<More>

  • Integrated Forest Management Planned
    In the next 5 year plan, India plans an Integrated Protection Scheme to increase interfaces with communities, communication, and surveillance of forests and wildlife to facilitate their conservation and protection.<More>

  • New Dangerous TB Strain
    The World Health Organization (WHO) has warned of a new drug-resistant Tuberculosis (TB) spreading in several countries and continents including the United States , Eastern Europe , and Africa that could greatly compromise AIDS treatment programs.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • “Mercury Thunder” Operational
    The Phase - III of Army Static Switched Communication Network (ASCON) named “Mercury Thunder” became operational to cover the whole nation where units and formations will have access to ‘triple play’ services including voice, video and data.<More>

  • IAEA Complains About Iran ’s Cooperation
    The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) Director-General Mohamed El Baradei expressed “serious concern” that lack of cooperation was hampering his organization’s efforts to determine the nature of Iranian nuclear program.<More>


  • Manmohan-Mush Peace Dialogue in Havana
    Rejecting domestic opposition, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh revealed that he will discuss terror with Pakistan on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Havana and sources say that stalled talks may be resumed soon

  • Pak-Taliban Peace Pact
    Pakistan announced that it had arranged a peace pact with the Taliban is seen by many as an admission by the Pakistan Army of its inability to control the region by brute force methods it employs against opponents and having lost hundreds of soldiers


  • India , Brazil Take “Gigantic Step”
    Visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and Brazilian President Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva signed a set of agreements on trade, technology, and agriculture and agreed to develop their bilateral relations into a strategic partnership.

  • Syria Promises Embargo on Hezbollah
    UN Secretary-General Kofi Annan said that Syria has promised to adhere to the UNSC Resolution 1701 demanding an arms embargo on the Hezbollah but objected “to the presence of foreign forces along the Syrian-Lebanese border.”

Hot Topics
  India Ups CFTC Contribution
  Energy Usage Patterns and Social Progress
  “Mercury Thunder” Operational
  Four Ships with Wheat in South
  Indo-US Trade Set to Exceed 2005 Level
  IAEA Complains About Iran ’s Cooperation

Featured Analyses     More

  Manmohan-Mush Peace Dialogue in Havana

Rejecting domestic opposition, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh revealed that he will discuss terror with Pakistan on the sidelines of the Non-Aligned Movement (NAM) summit in Havana and sources say that stalled talks may be resumed soon.

  IBSA Trade Rises Dramatically
  Pak-Taliban Peace Pact
  Naxalism, Micro-Terrorism Major Security Threats
  BDR Denies ULFA Presence
  Confusion on Iran as Deadline Passes
  Security Concerns Bar Chinese Investment
Featured Edits

Our men in Havana

Being non-violent today

Paralysis On Sri Lanka Front

Closely watching Afghan scene: Wen

U.S. curbs on nuclear issue a barrier to trade: Pranab

Towards a doctrine for internal security

'Trust Deficit'


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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