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Business and Economy
  • ONGC’s Mangalore SEZ
    The Oil and Natural Gas Corporation (ONGC) will invest Rs. 35,000 crore (USD 7.6 billion) in the Special Economic Zone at Mangalore to house a Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) plant, a 15 million ton (mt) refinery, petrochemical plant, and power plant.

  • OECD Asks India to Overhaul Regulations
    An influential international body advised India to overhaul its outdated business regulations such as reservations for small firms, tariff structures, and labor laws for large companies to derive benefits from global economy such as investments and technology.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Child Labor Targets Missed, Enforcement Tightened
    Karnataka, home to India’s Silicon Valley, has said that it will most likely miss child labor targets but has promised that the new federal law aiming to curtail this inhuman practice will be enforced strictly and more vigor.

  • 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

Environment, Health and Education

  • Torture, Censorship, and Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir
    Human Rights groups say that in so-called ‘Azad’ (free) Kashmir , largely closed to international and independent scrutiny, the Pakistani Government represses democratic freedom, stymies the press and media, and uses torture as instrument of administration.<More>

  • New Polio Campaign in UP
    Facing sharp criticisms from all quarters on failure to curb spread of polio in Uttar Pradesh (UP), the Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss now says that it “will launch a massive campaign” to “win the battle with the virus.”<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Army Restarts War on ULFA
    India called off its truce with the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) moving several Army columns to re-launch anti-militant operations in Tinsukia and Jorhat districts in upper Assam and in Nagaon, Barpeta, and Darrang districts in lower Assam.<More>

  • Iraq War “Spawned new Terror”
    A classified report by US Intelligence found that the war in Iraq has “spawned new terror” activity and a new generation of Islamic radicalism and that the overall terror threat has grown significantly since September 11, 2001.<More>

  • Pak Delays F-16 Deal
    Accusing the US of stripping down the F-16s to less than effective and imposing unacceptable conditions for usage, Pakistan has delayed signing the Letter of Acceptance (LoA) for the USD 3 billion deal till December 31, 2006.<More>


  • Indian ‘No’ to TNA Team, ‘Yes’ to Others
    Affirming its policy of separating the rights of the Sri Lankan Tamils from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), India refused to entertain members of the Sri Lankan Tamil National Alliance (TNA) but has invited other parties for consultations.<More>

  • Military Coup in Thailand
    The Thai Army took over administration from to break deadlock and stop “rampant corruption” in the 74 year old democracy but promised to return “power to the people” as soon as possible but after cleaning the political system.<More>

  • Maoists Force Children to March for Peace
    Maoist guerrillas and their once-banned ultra-leftist student union forced children, some as young as 10, to attend a 5-hour rally under scorching sun listening to diatribe against US imperialism and Indian expansionism. <More>


  • Hezbollah Refuses to Disarm
    In his first public appearance Hezbollah leader Hassan Nasrallah vowed before a massive 500,000-rally that his cadre will not disarm and claimed a “divine, historic and strategic victory” even as Israeli troops withdrew and UN peacekeepers deployment was on track.<More>

  • UN Treaty Seeks to Curb Arms Trade
    A draft resolution for an international arms trade treaty is being floated by Britain, Finland, Japan, Argentina, Australia, Costa Rica, and Kenya in the UN seeking to reduce human rights, limit the spread of terrorism, and reduce unintended suffering of millions.<More>

Hot Topics

Army Restarts War on ULFA


Iraq War “Spawned new Terror”


Torture, Censorship & Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir


Indian ‘No’ to TNA Team, ‘Yes’ to Others


Pak Delays F-16 Deal


Hezbollah Refuses to Disarm

Featured Analyses     More


New Polio Campaign in UP 

Facing sharp criticisms from all quarters on failure to curb spread of polio in {Uttar Pradesh (UP)}, the Health Minister Dr Anbumani Ramadoss now says that it “will launch a massive campaign” to “win the battle with the virus.”


Military Coup in Thailand


UN Treaty Seeks to Curb Arms Trade


Iran Complains of US Negative Role


Lanka Says Willing to Talk Peace


US Says Reforms Stalled, Growth Up


Energy Usage Patterns and Social Progress

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Chinese troops in Lebanon

CIA paid Pakistan for Al-Qaeda men

Musharraf and the truth about Kargil

Call for Blair's resignation

Why I am with the Leader of the Free World

Sting jobs, employee surveillance and a new work environment

Freedom From Afar

The elusive goal of energy security

Heart of terror


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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