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Business and Economy
  • Russia-EU Energy Disagreement
    Depending on over 25% of energy from Russia, the 25 EU nations are unable to agree on how to demand “predictability” in energy supply while balancing values and economic interests.

  • Action to Increase Wheat Production
    India has formulated an Action Plan to increase production and productivity of wheat by targeting 50% of wheat cultivation areas in 138 districts of Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Punjab, Haryana, and West Bengal.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • SC Creamy Layer Definition
    Introduced first in 1992 by the Supreme Court (SC), the creamy layer concept was defined as those who were children of the elite of the Other Backward Classes (OBC) and has now been extended to cover those who are in the Scheduled Castes and Tribes too.

  • SC Verdicts Cuts Up Political Plans
    In far-reaching verdicts, the Supreme Court (SC) asked the Government for “compelling reasons” for including particular castes that are entitled for reservations and “quantifiable” data to retain those castes in the list has created churn in the caste-politics.

Environment, Health and Education

  • WHO Wants TB Program Sustainability
    Wanting a more effective management of the tuberculosis (TB) programs, the World Health Organization (WHO) said that “financial sustainability and manageability” was required in addition to mere funding.<More>

  • 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>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • ISI Subversion of Army
    A few days after two soldiers were arrested on charges of spying, Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee revealed that he is “deeply concerned that there were spies in the army” but the establishments has started initiatives “to unravel the spy rings.”<More>

  • Army Plans Bunker & Fence Mending Along LoC
    After foiling a spurt of infiltration bids along the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu & Kashmir in the last few days, the Army has set itself a winter deadline to fix bunkers and anti-infiltration fence damaged by the October 2005 earthquake.<More>

  • Mizo Insurgent Group Surrenders
    After fighting a bush war for 9 years with the Assam Rifles, about 800 activists of the Bru Liberation Front of Mizoram (BLFM) surrendered to in Tripura along with their fire arms and grenades in exchange for a grant Rs. 40,000 to each surrendered insurgent.<More>

  • Improved Climate Forecasting for Agri Productivity
    The Ministry of Earth Sciences is proposing a new 5-year plan which will provide easily available improved weather forecasting for farmers in the hope that this will improve agricultural productivity and therefore positively impact economic growth.<More>

  • Navy plans joint exercises with U.S., Russia
    In continuation of its policy to practice naval skills and operate in the backyards of friendly nations, the Indian Navy revealed plans to hold exercises with the United States and Russia in quick succession next year in the Pacific Ocean.<More>


  • Lankan Leaders Agree on MoU
    Sri Lanka President Mahinda Rajapakse and Leader of the Opposition Ranil Wickremesinghe seemed to have agreed on the 6-point cooperation Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) on crucial issues facing the island nation.<More>

  • Afghan Violence Continues
    The NATO-led International Security Assistance Force (ISAF) said that its soldiers returned fire and killed 15 insurgents in the southern Zabul province of Afghanistan but conceded that 2 of their vehicles were damaged in the conflict but suffered no casualties.<More>

  • Malaysia Grants ‘Visa on Arrival’
    Malaysia announce a “visa on arrival” for Indians visiting Malaysia for tourism purposes entering the nation from “six different points of entry” to “spur intra-regional travel and bolster tourism” in a “Hassle-free environment.” <More>


  • Russia Accuses US for NK Tests
    Russia virtually accused the US of pushing North Korea (NK) into a corner and provoked their tests and called for more flexibility from the Bush Administration for the resumption of the 6-party talks.<More>

  • Sudan Expels UN Envoy over Blog
    Looking for an excuse to rid the UN of its soil to pursue its unholy war on innocent ethnic Africans, Sudan expelled UN envoy for authoring a blog that reported a serious Sudanese army reversal in fighting insurgents in Northern Darfur.<More>

Hot Topics
  ISI Subversion of Army
  Army Plans Bunker & Fence Mending Along LoC
  Mizo Insurgent Group Surrenders
  SC Creamy Layer Definition
  Improved Climate Forecasting for Agri Productivity
  Navy plans joint exercises with U.S., Russia

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Russia Accuses US for NK Tests

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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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