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Business and Economy
  • TRAI Releases 3G Roadmap
    Breaking the suspense, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) announced a roadmap for third generation (3G) mobile services to start next June, but Minister for Telecommunication Dayanidhi Maran said that he will formalize a report in 3 months.

  • Reliance Opposes Open Bidding for Gas
    Reliance Industries Ltd (RIL) has petitioned the Government not to institute competitive bidding for the valuation or sale of gas to avoid “inherent problems” and has instead asked for a crude-oil linked pricing along the lines that Iran had proposed to India.

  • An Ultra Mega Power Project in Jharkhand
    A 4000 megawatt (MW) ultra mega project will be set up in Jharkhand making it the 9th of a series of such projects throughout the nation rising from the original 5—
    Orissa, Andhra Pradesh (AP), and Tamil Nadu (TN) wanted one each and got it.<More>

  • 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.

  • Poultry Broiler Set to Grow
    The US Department of Agriculture (USDA) predicted that India’s poultry broiler meat productions is likely to grow by 10% to 2.2 million tons (mt) in 2007 because of strong domestic demand and the nation is free from Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI).

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary
  • SC Allows Haj Subsidy for This Year
    While allowing the Government to continue with its Haj plans for lakhs of Muslim pilgrims this year, the Supreme Court (SC) questioned the Government’s continued “largesse” to one community while denying others of similar facilities.

Environment, Health and Education
  • Tiger Skin Trade Flourishing in China
    Two non-Governmental organizations asserted that despite international condemnation and demands, trade in tiger and derivative products continue unabated and overtly in China for costumes and medicines and suppliers are mostly Indian poachers.<More>

  • 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>

  • 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.<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>

  • 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>

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Reliance Opposes Open Bidding for Gas  

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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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