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Business and Economy
  • NHPC to Start Inter-State Power Trading
    With plans to become a 10,000 megawatt (MW) company by 2010 from current 3750 MW, the National Hydroelectric Power Corporation (NHPC) plans to start coal-fired units, inter-state trading of electricity, and revive proposals for units in Nepal and Bhutan.

  • Commies Blocking Labor Reforms
    Often portrayed as a capitalist communist of the modern Chinese variety, West Bengal Chief Minister Buddhadev Bhattacharjee conceded that “globalization is inescapable” but told Industry representatives that major labor reforms are unnecessary.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

Environment, Health and Education

  • SC Halts Genetic Foods
    The Supreme Court (SC) asked the Genetic Engineering Approval Committee (GEAC) to halt approvals to genetically modified products till it can determine that these foods have been sufficiently tested and safe for human consumption. <More>

  • 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>

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>


  • LTTE Agrees to Talks
    Responding to calls from many parties and despite afterthought caveats introduced by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG), the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) said that his organization is ready to resume stalled talks on a peaceful future in the island.<More>

  • Maldives Opposition Wants India to Facilitate
    Maldives opposition Maldivian Democratic Party (MDP) wants India to stop arming the island Government as the threat perceptions and rationale for spending 8% of its Gross Domestic Product (GDP) on defense is unclear.<More>


  • Russia-US Relations Set to Worsen
    A Russian Parliamentary report alerted policy makers that the US will continue to pursue a hostile policy towards Moscow regardless of political affiliations or incumbent in the White House as they struggle for influence over world energy, power, and politics.<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>

Hot Topics

LTTE Agrees to Talks


NHPC to Start Inter-State Power Trading


SC Allows Haj Subsidy for This Year


Maldives Opposition Wants India to Facilitate

Featured Analyses     More


China ’s Aging Population Plan

Thanks to its disastrous and draconian one-child policy, China is set to have an “irreversible” ageing society in the 21st Century but the country seems to have devised a broad-based plan to address economic and social pressures from the ageing population.


Torture, Censorship, and Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir 


New Polio Campaign in UP 


Military Coup in Thailand


UN Treaty Seeks to Curb Arms Trade


Iran Complains of US Negative Role


Lanka Says Willing to Talk Peace

Featured Edits

With a plan in the oven, Bush dines edgy allies

Chinese FDI hitting `national security' barrier

Punjab reeks of corruption

Throwing Dust In His Own Eyes

Fractured truths

Flawed justice


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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