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Business and Economy
  • Indian Outward FDI Expansion
    In further expansion of Indian business with outward foreign direct investment (FDI), Wipro announced the acquisition of a Swedish hydraulic company and Tata Power announced plans to set up plants in South Africa, Nepal, Vietnam, and Bhutan.

  • 31 New SEZ
    Despite intense opposition and public debate over Special Economic Zones (SEZs) policy, the Board of Approvals (BoA) cleared 31 proposals including the South Korean Posco’s proposal for a Rs. 55,000 crore (USD 12 billion) steel project.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Judiciary vs Legislature Judgment Reserved
    The Supreme Court (SC) has reserved its verdict on cash-for-query (CFQ) case and the subsequent judgment will essentially define the scope of the judiciary over Legislature or over the Executive.

  • 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

  • More HIV Treatment Centers
    The National AIDS Control Organisation (NACO) announced that it has increased the number of free anti-retroviral treatment (ART) centers from 54 to 91 complete with specially trained doctors, counselors, and laboratory technicians.<More>

  • 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>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Maoist Meet Focuses on Coordination
    In an ominous note, the fourth conference of the Coordination Committee of Maoist Parties and Organizations of South Asia (CCOMPOSA) in Nepal resolved to better coordinate to turn South Asia “into a flaming field of people’s upsurges.”<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>


  • China Claims Fusion Reactor Successes
    Chinese scientists claimed that their first experimental thermonuclear fusion test replicating sun’s energy generation process in the Experimental Advanced Superconducting Tokamak (EAST) reactor was successful.<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>


  • 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
  More HIV Treatment Centers
  China Claims Fusion Reactor Successes
  Indian Outward FDI Expansion

Featured Analyses     More


Judiciary vs Legislature Judgment Reserved

The Supreme Court (SC) has reserved its verdict on cash-for-query (CFQ) case and the subsequent judgment will essentially define the scope of the judiciary over Legislature or over the Executive.


Reliance Opposes Open Bidding for Gas 


LTTE Agrees to Talks 


China ’s Aging Population Plan 


Torture, Censorship, and Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir 


New Polio Campaign in UP 


Military Coup in Thailand

Featured Edits

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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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