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Monday, October 16, 2006

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Business and Economy
  • Y-on-Y Industrial Growth Higher
    An upsurge in manufacturing took cumulative industrial production from April-August to 10.6 compared to 8.7 last year and August saw a 9.7% rise compared to 7.6% but lower than July’s growth of 12.7% but analysts say that consumer demand has not slacked.

  • Macro Indicators Strong, Agri Worrisome
    Although economic growth is at 7.5%-8%, inflation in check at 5%-5.5%, investments in Telecom & IT estimated at USD 16 billion, and more reforms on financial and retail sector in the offing, the Indian economy continues to roar but Agriculture continues to be a major worry.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • UN Wants to Stop Violence against Women
    A study sponsored by the UN Secretary General concluded that it has found “compelling evidence that violence against women (VAW) is severe and pervasive throughout the world” but there is no “knowledge base to inform police and strategy development.”

  • Child Labor Law Becomes Active
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh cajoled, threatened, and entreated the nation to “stop employing children as workers and actively encourage them to join schools” and that “Firm action will be taken against those violating the law.”

Environment, Health and Education

  • NHAI Plan to Tackle Highway HIV
    Migrant population living along highways suffer higher rates of HIV infection because of poor family support, lack of healthcare, unsafe sex, easy access to brothels, and lack of awareness but a new plan is being created to specifically target this population.<More>

  • Pollution, Poaching Affecting Conservation
    Two different and unrelated reports show that there increasing pollution and poaching are affecting quality of rivers and wildlife depending on these rivers despite large spends to clean rivers.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Softened North Korean Sanctions
    Facing severe opposition from China, the UN Security Council led by the US whittle down the sanctions targeted at North Korea (NK) as punishment for its nuclear test even as NK and Iran rejected the sanctions as discriminatory and “gangster-like.”<More>

  • Indian Navy Declines Harriers
    After decline PC-3 Orion from the US , the Indian Navy has declined 8 British Sea Harrier FA2 fighter jets phased out of the Royal Navy because vital components such as missile carrying capability, fire control radar, and other avionics were missing.<More>


  • Southern Consensus in Sri Lanka?
    In a significant political move, Sri Lankan President Mahinda Rajapakse’s Sri Lankan Freedom Party (SLFP) and former Prime Minister, Ranil Wickremesinghe’s United National Party agreed to pursue a “national consensus” on all issues.<More>

  • Corporate Military in Pakistan
    Many analysts are now accusing the Pakistani military for developing strong commercial interests to create an oligarchy of serving and retired officers to control banks, transport, road building, communication, and construction businesses worth billions of dollars.<More>


  • Darfur Refugees Live in Fear
    Belying expectations that African Union (AU) peacekeepers would bring peace to the ethnically torn Darfur region of Sudan , refugees in camps say that the peacekeeping mission is escalating the conflict and the resultant violence is driving away aid.<More>

  • 7th Indo-EU Summit
    Inaugurating the 7th Indo-EU summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh emphasized that the “Consolidation of strategic partnership and intensification of dialogue with the European Union” is a key foreign policy priority for India.<More>

Hot Topics
  Softened North Korean Sanctions
  Darfur Refugees Live in Fear
  NHAI Plan to Tackle Highway HIV

Featured Analyses     More


7th Indo-EU Summit

Inaugurating the 7th Indo-EU summit, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh emphasized that the “Consolidation of strategic partnership and intensification of dialogue with the European Union” is a key foreign policy priority for India.


Y-on-Y Industrial Growth Higher


India, Britain Share Terror Concerns


North Korea Blasts Nuclear Regime 


Multi-Faceted Trouble for Pakistan 


Mosquito-based Epidemic Outbreak 


New Environmental Guidelines  

Featured Edits

Veil triggers row in U.K.

A new era of media freedom?

Declaration of Independents

Reduce Army, expand Air Force and Navy

A magical land too

Customer is a joker in the banking services pack

Foreign policy lacks humility


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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