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Wednesday, November 08, 2006

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Business and Economy
  • Security and Telecom Investment
    After a year of deregulation in the Telecommunications space allowing Foreign Direct Investments (FDI) from 49% to 74%, the Government has received only 2 applications while others complain that the security restrictions are too harsh for viable investment.

  • China Pushing FTA
    An important component in Chinese President Hu Jintao’s visit will be a push India to grant it a “market economy” status through a free trade agreement (FTA), something that most developed economies have so far refused.

  • India 3rd Largest Investor in Belgium
    Making a strong pitch for Indian investments in Belgium, visiting Prime Minister Guy Verhofstadt said that his country has fought red tape and liberalized tax and labor laws and is becoming a “magnet” for investments making India is the 3rd largest investor.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

Environment, Health and Education

  • Modest AIDS Allocation
    At the valedictory function of a three-day national workshop on HIV/AIDS for teachers Minister of State for Health and Family Welfare Panabaka Lakshmi says that the Federal Government had allocated Rs. 906 crore (USD 196 million) to combat AIDS.<More>

  • Ayurveda ‘Standardization’ Plans
    Instead of dealing with burning issues such as rampant cases of Dengue, Chickengunya, recurrent polio, and newer strains of tuberculosis (TB), and unacceptable child and maternity mortality rates, Federal Health Minister wants standardization of Ayurveda.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Assam Blasts Pinned on ULFA
    A top Government team headed by the Federal Home Secretary and attended by Army and Central forces pinned the blame for the twin blasts in Guwahati killed 14 people and injuring 48 others on United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA).<More>

  • Improved Thorium Reactor Next Year
    The Bhabha Atomic Research Centre (BARC) said that its work on an improved heavy-water based reactor capable of generating 300 megawatts (MW) using thorium will be available sometime next year. When ready, the design will be adopted by the Nuclear Power Corporation (NPC) to generate 700 mw of power.<More>

  • Siachen on Indo-Pak Agenda
    Responding to Pakistan Foreign Minister Khurshid Mehmood Kasuri's statement that the two countries were close to an agreement on Siachen, an External Affairs spokesperson said that Pakistan is aware of India ’s “terms on which an agreement can be reached.”<More>


  • Speculation on Balanced Baglihar Dam Verdict
    India and Pakistan is to meet the independent World-Bank (WB) appointed expert adjudicating on the Baglihar Dam dispute this week and the report is stated to favor Pakistan on the height of the Dam and India on the presence and location of sluice gates.<More>

  • China Happy With Border Talks
    Ahead of Chinese President Hu Jintao’s impending visit and echoing upbeat Indian sentiment, a Chinese Foreign Ministry document said that there has been “progress” on the “boundary negotiations” and “border areas have remained peaceful and tranquil.”<More>


  • Saudis Warn of Iraq Disintegration
    Saudi Arabia believes that Iraq is a “lost battle” that will disintegrate because of Iranian “interference,” Kurdish drive for quasi- independence, and there is no “endgame” to the US occupation that has “failed by every single measure.”<More>

  • Saddam to Hang
    An astounded Islamic world was shocked at the anticipated verdict of death by hanging for ousted Iraqi despot Saddam Hussein for the 1982 killing of 148 people coincidentally timed for the November US elections as observers remained divided.<More>

Hot Topics
  Speculation on Balanced Baglihar Dam Verdict
  India 3rd Largest Investor in Belgium
  China Pushing FTA
  Security and Telecom Investment
  Assam Blasts Pinned on ULFA
  Improved Thorium Reactor Next Year
  Siachen on Indo-Pak Agenda

Featured Analyses     More


IB Says Cannot ISI Info to Pak

The Intelligence Bureau Deputy Director Ashok Karnik said that it is cannot provide detailed evidence to Pakistan about ISI’s involvement in the July 11 Mumbai train blasts because “It would be difficult to say what is credible and what is clinching.” Therefore, he says that “It is not a viable proposal.”


Saddam to Hang


Disinvestment Not for Judicial Review


Constitutional Crisis in Bangladesh


Internal Security Concerns to the Fore


J&K Autonomy Working Group DoA?


Manmohan in Damage Control Mode

Featured Edits

Life-term for India-born Al-Qaeda man

Hu's visit a chance to "enhance political trust"

Blair-Bush divide over Saddam verdict?

Democrats are smiling but New Delhi isn’t too anxious

The Malegaon blast and inventing Hindu terror

Neo Bhai Bhaists

Is India next battleground?


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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