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Monday, September 18, 2006




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Business and Economy
  • Industrial Growth Fastest in Decade
    The Central Statistical Organization announced that the index of industrial production (IIP) showed that industrial production grew the fastest in a decade at 12.4% in July, output in all sectors including manufacturing showed impressive growth.

  • 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.”

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

  • 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>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • 18 Nuclear Emergency Response Centers
    India has set up 18 emergency response centers that will augment existing emergency preparedness capacities to deal with nuclear-related emergencies that could be triggered by terrorism, nuclear attacks, transportation, or accidents.<More>

  • 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>


  • Lanka Says Willing to Talk Peace
    At sharp variance with international mediators, Sri Lanka denied agreeing to hold unconditional talks with Tamil rebels but said it was committed to peace and negotiated settlement provided there is “a comprehensive and verifiable cessation of hostilities.”<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>


  • Women CRPF for Liberian Peacekeeping
    An all women Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) contingent with 125 officers are being deployed as part of the UN Formed Police Unit (FPU) to train Liberian National Police, participate in joint patrolling, and perform riot control duties. This is the first time, an all woman continent is being sent as part of a UN mission.<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
  18 Nuclear Emergency Response Centers
  Women CRPF for Liberian Peacekeeping
  Lanka Says Willing to Talk Peace
  Industrial Growth Fastest in Decade

Featured Analyses     More

  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.”

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  Manmohan-Mush Peace Dialogue in Havana
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  Pak-Taliban Peace Pact
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Featured Edits

Chill thaws in humid Havana

I, Enos Ekka, can be CM

Improvement needed

The inevitability of Capital CONVERTIBILITY

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The Pope and Islam

Hobbled PSUs


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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