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Business and Economy
  • Demands to Phase-Out Ore Export
    The Federal Steel Ministry, at variance with the Mining and Commerce Ministries, demanded that iron ore exports be phased out since “current ore reserve is slated to last only 60 to 70 years” and this policy could jeopardize the stability of domestic steel units.

  • Railways Profits Up
    The largest railways in the world, the Indian Railways, reported earnings in November at Rs. 1706 crore (USD 370 million) and an increase of 22% from last year due to better freight and passenger capacity utilization.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Japan Loan for Buddhist Circuit
    Japan and Singapore have offered the Bihar State Government loan of Rs. 5.8 billion (USD 126 million) to develop the cultural Buddhist circuit Nalanda-Bodhgaya-Rajgir as an international tourist destination.<More>

  • ASI to Reconstruct 843 Year Old Temple
    The Archaeological Survey of India (ASI) is planning to start reconstruction of a 1000 pillared hall of a Kakatiya temple dedicated to Shiva build in 1163 A.D. by King Rudra Deva as its foundation was sinking.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Tobacco Companies Targeting Children
    Surrogate advertising is a euphemism for alcohol and tobacco companies advertising using innocuous products sharing the brand name of alcohol and tobacco products, but it looks like they are now using unconventional advertising methods to target children.<More>

  • Fund to Acquire Clean Tech
    An Indian MP proposed that the United Nations create a “Clean Technology Acquisition Fund” so poorer countries will be able to access crucial technologies that will be clean and “significantly impact the realization of sustainable development goals.” <More>

  • Tax Breaks for Bio-Diesel
    The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy has floated a draft National Policy on Biofuels suggesting that India offer several fiscal incentives and a National Biofuel Development Board to promote adoption of blended petrol and diesel. <More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Small Success Against Naxals
    Targeting senior terrorists of the outlawed Communist Party of India (Maoist) group, the Andhra Pradesh police have managed to make tactical gains on Naxalism seizing sophisticated weapons and cash from the encounter.<More>

  • Terror Attack from Sea
    Home Minister Shivraj Patil revealed that “in view of the recent Indo-US agreement of civil nuclear energy cooperation, our atomic power plants have become highly vulnerable” apart from “multi-purpose projects and shipyards” to terrorist attacks.<More>


  • India Reiterates Afghan Support
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh “reiterated India’s commitment as a neighbor and friend to continue assisting Afghanistan despite the challenges posed by the security situation” and continue its rehabilitation work but declined to deploy regular troops.<More>

  • Iran Flexes Missile Muscle Again
    In a surprise and unscheduled military exercise displaying its conventional weapons strength and leaving Israel very worried, Iran fired a battery and range of land and ship-borne missiles and maneuvers along with anti-tank and anti-helicopter weapons.<More>


  • Bush Wants WMD Deals Stopped
    Fearing further North Korean (NK) proliferation missiles and nuclear weapons, like the Nodong missile to Pakistan (now being paraded as Ghauri) in return for nuclear weapons technology, the US said that it considered these transfers “a grave threat.”<More>

  • The Last Big Push
    Accused of being “in a state of denial,” US President George Bush rejected calls for a phased withdrawal of American troops from Iraq and instead has come up with a plan that will give it one “last big push” recognizing “the conditions on the ground.”<More>

Hot Topics
  Tobacco Companies Targeting Children
  Fund to Acquire Clean Tech
  Tax Breaks for Bio-Diesel
  Small Success Against Naxals
  Demands to Phase-Out Ore Export
  Railways Profits Up

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India’s Faltering Energy Strategy

Gearing for the future, India is formulating a policy for development of Natural Gas Pipelines for cities and on November 16, met with a number of prospective providers including Exxon Mobil, BG, Shell, RIL, ADAG, TERI, BP (India), and Oil PSUs.


Ground Water Management


US Upset with UK Taliban Truce


The Last Big Push


Huge US Senate Support for Nuke Deal


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Nuke Deal Listed Top Priority

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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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