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Business and Economy
  • Cotton Output Up
    Industry estimates predict a rise in cotton output to 260-275 lakh bales against 245 lakh bales last year despite crop damage due to floods in Maharashtra and Gujarat earlier with the use of genetically altered and hybrid cotton seeds.

  • Indo-Sri Lanka Trade Looking at USD 3B
    From a mere USD 650 million in 2000, the Indo-Sri Lanka Free Trade Agreement (FTA) is set to take bilateral trade to USD 3 billion next calendar year despite unethical business practices not-conducive to business by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG).

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Quota Panel Report
    The Oversight Committee submitted their proposals to the Federal Government proposing that the contentious 27% reservation for Other Backward Classes (OBC) be reviewed in another 5 years and again after a decade to determine the relevance of the policy.

  • 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.

Environment, Health and Education

  • Mosquito-based Epidemic Outbreak
    Reportedly 76 people died in Kerala with Chikungunya and nearly 128,500 cases of Dengue have been reported nation-wide causing severe strain on an ill-equipped and ill-motivated system to deal with the crisis on a war footing.<More>

  • New Environmental Guidelines
    In a bid to decentralize environmental impact assessment, the Federal Government announced new Environmental Impact Assessment (EIA) guidelines that grant concessions for builders, automobile, and biomedical sectors.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Multi-Faceted Trouble for Pakistan
    As rumors of a coup continues to be fuelled by weapons discoveries around President Pervez Musharraf’s office, a grand Jirga of 95 Baloach tribal chiefs met and decided to move the International Court of Justice (ICJ) on their status.<More>

  • US Promises to Upgrade Pakistan F-16s
    The row over the stripped down version of avionics and fighter systems on the 18 new and upgraded second-hand F-16s seemed to have blown over with Pakistan agreeing to the terms and signing the letter of acceptance in Rawalpindi.<More>


  • Iran-US Verbal War
    In a continuing war of words, Iran and the US have castigated each other with the US demanding sanctions as “time was of essence” and Iran refuting these and unilateral American sanctions as “useless.”<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>


  • South Africa to Back Nuke Deal
    Visiting Prime Minister Manmohan Singh elicited South Africa to support its civilian nuclear deal with the US and got a commitment from President Thabo Mbeko that his country will support the deal in the Nuclear Suppliers’ Group (NSG).<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>

Hot Topics
  Multi-Faceted Trouble for Pakistan
  Quota Panel Report
  Iran-US Verbal War

Featured Analyses     More


Mosquito-based Epidemic Outbreak

Reportedly 76 people died in Kerala with Chikungunya and nearly 128,500 cases of Dengue have been reported nation-wide causing severe strain on an ill-equipped and ill-motivated system to deal with the crisis on a war footing.


New Environmental Guidelines  


China Claims Fusion Reactor Successes 


Judiciary vs Legislature Judgment Reserved 


Reliance Opposes Open Bidding for Gas 


LTTE Agrees to Talks 


China ’s Aging Population Plan 


Torture, Censorship, and Repression in ‘Azad’ Kashmir 

Featured Edits

A turning point in ties, says Hu Jintao

Four things Sebi needs to do to save small investors

India's mystifying rise

Insecure General

The Dinesh Dalmia trail gets hotter

Competing for space

Sycophancy, now with a new, desperate edge

That sinking feeling


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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