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Business and Economy
  • NE Power to North
    The central transmission utility under the Power Ministry Powergrid Corporation is launching a critical power transmission project that will connect power rich North East, estimated at 50,000 megawatts, with power starved rest of India.

  • India, EU Talk FTA
    India and the European Union (EU) have signed a “Joint Feasibility Study” to pave way for a regional and bilateral free trade agreement even as officials acknowledge that a multilateral trade agreement is preferable.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Armed Forces Act Amendment
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh visiting Manipur said that his government will amend the Armed Forces Act withdrawing extraordinary provisions such as shoot-to-kill thus complying with demands made by many politicians of the North East (NE).<More>

  • Siddhu Guilty of “Culpable Homicide”
    Former cricketer and Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) Member of Parliament (MP) Navjot Singh Sidhu was found guilty by the Punjab and Haryana High Court for his role in a road-rage incident resulting in the death of a middle-aged man in 1988.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Forest Guard Recruitment Accelerated
    The National Tiger Conservation Authority (NTCA) has asked all states to urgently fill existing vacancies of forest guard position especially in Tiger Sanctuaries even if they have to relax recruitment norms.<More>

  • AIDS Deaths Can be Lower
    A recent paper by World Health Organization scientists say that 28 million lives can be saved by 2030 if newer HIV infections are curbed and access to life-prolonging anti-retroviral cocktails increased but warn that 117 million will die if these are not done.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • China’s Threatening Maritime Plans
    Naval Chief Admiral Sureesh Mehta warned that China’s maritime plans, co-opting neighboring nations including Myanmar, Pakistan, Sri Lanka and Eastern African nations, could be used against India in the future.<More>

  • Update on Missile Programs
    Defense Minister A.K. Antony updated the Parliament that the supersonic cruise missile BrahMos has been inducted into the Defense forces and the Trishul anti-Missile project completed while the Akash and Nag missile programs are behind schedule.<More>


  • LTTE Wants “Independent” Nation
    The Sri Lankan Government rejected Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) leader Vellupillai Prabakaran’s call for an “independent” Tamil Eelam as there is no other option left for the Tamils and has enacted tougher anti-terror laws.<More>

  • Is Baglihar Hydro Project Viable?
    The World Bank (WB) appointed arbitrator rejected Pakistan’s demand that India scrap the Rs 5,200 crore (USD 1.1 billion) 450 megawatt Baglihar hydro-electric power project across the Chenab in Doda district but asked for a reduction of dam height by 1.5 meters.<More>

  • Mauritius Offers 2 Islands
    During negotiations for a bilateral trade pact, Mauritius offered two islands over 1000 kilometers from its borders measuring 70 square kilometers to India to develop for tourism, trade, or strategic purposes.<More>


  • Chávez Wins a Polarized Nation
    In yet another irritant for globalization enthusiasts, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez won the presidential election by a landslide for the 3rd time based on a strong economy and blatant anti-Americanism and global economy he calls “socialist revolution.”<More>

  • Coup in Fiji
    The military commander of Fiji overthrew the elected Government, declared a state of emergency, and installed a new prime minister and police chief claiming to prevent legislation that favored indigenous Fijians over naturalized and native Indians.<More>

Hot Topics
  Is Baglihar Hydro Project Viable?
  China’s Threatening Maritime Plans
  NE Power to North
  LTTE Wants “Independent” Nation
  Mauritius Offers 2 Islands

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Chávez Wins a Polarized Nation

In yet another irritant for globalization enthusiasts, Venezuelan President Hugo Chávez won the presidential election by a landslide for the 3rd time based on a strong economy and blatant anti-Americanism and global economy he calls “socialist revolution.


Coup in Fiji


Jordan King Visit


Hu’s Visit to India


No Role for Iran in Iraq


Update on Missile Programs


Federal Minister Convicted

Featured Edits

Menon: nuclear deal a stand-alone arrangement

"Litvinenko was murdered"

Tinsel role models

The Curious Case Of Rashid Rauf

Tigers On The Rampage

Their Latest Trick

So Hu Did What In Pakistan?


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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