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Business and Economy
  • US Says Reforms Stalled, Growth Up
    The US Ambassador to India David Mulford voiced concerns of the investment community that the coalition politics has caused a “a pause in the reform process” and warned of “serious economic costs to any loss of momentum on the reform front.”

  • SAIL Top Dog in Steel
    Well executed capacity expansion plans and good earnings growth has propelled public sector utility company Steel Authority of India Ltd (SAIL) to outpace its rivals including private players such as Tata Steel and Hindustan Zinc.

  • Fastest Mobile Growth as Margins Drop
    India raced past the capture the fastest growing mobile market in the world but operators say that the average revenue per user (ARPU) has steadily fallen correlating to steep declines in tariffs because of intense competition and cheaper short-message service.

  • 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).

  • Govt Reduces SGRY Grain Allotment
    The Ministry of Rural Development announced that it will allocate lesser amount of food grain for Sampoorna Grameen Rozgar Yojana (SGRY), a food-for-work program, to laborers from 5 kilograms to 3 kilograms because of “limited availability.”

  • IBSA Trade Rises Dramatically
    Calling the India-Brazil-South Africa (IBSA) grouping an “emerging trinity in the new geography of international trade,” United Nations Conference on Trade and Development (UNCTAD) values the intra and inter regional trade close to USD 10 billion for 2007.

  • Increase in Import of “Sensitive” Items
    Ministry of Commerce and Trade says that the total import of “sensitive” items during April-May 2006 has been Rs.2792 crores (USD 606 million) compared to Rs.2524 crore (USD 548 million) last year or an increase of 10.6%.<More>

Environment, Health and Education
  • Forests Threatened by Elephant Training Camps
    Environmentalists say that while elephant training camps brings eco-tourism, they also increase population around these camps, create a shortage of fodder, and compromised the well being of elephants who are now unemployed because of mechanization.<More>

  • Polio Back Again
    The number of polio cases reported in the first 8 months of this year was 283 compared to 66 for 2005 with most from Uttar Pradesh and 69% of the victims being Muslims even as UN Secretary General warned that India is inadvertently exporting the virus.<More>

  • Complaints about AP Uranium Hearing
    The Movement Against Uranium Project (MAUP) has faulted Andhra Pradesh (AP) Pollution Board (APPB) hearing on uranium mining in the state as a “mockery” through a “private rather than a public meaning.”<More>

  • 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
  • Russia Tests sub-ice Missile
    After a space of 11 years, Russia successfully tested an intercontinental missile from a K-84 nuclear submarine from below the ice in the North Pole and hit targets at a testing range in Arkhangesk while another fired at the same target from the Pacific Ocean.<More>

  • “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>

  • India Worried About Taliban Resurgence
    India is increasingly worried about conventional offensive well-orchestrated operations of a resurgent Taliban and their hold on the fight till broken with air raids and analysts say that these tactics bring back memories of their ascendance in early 1990s.<More>

  • Nepali Maoist Protest Indian ‘Arms’
    An unsubstantiated report in a local paper claiming a convoy of trucks carrying arms for the Nepal Army provoked the Nepali Maoists to call for a strike, block main arteries, burn tires, and disrupt transportation.<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.<More>

  • 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.<More>

Hot Topics
US Says Reforms Stalled, Growth Up
Forests Threatened by Elephant Training Camps
SAIL Top Dog in Steel
Fastest Mobile Growth as Margins Drop
Polio Back Again
Nepali Maoist Protest Indian ‘Arms’
Russia Tests sub-ice Missile
Complaints about AP Uranium Hearing

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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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