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Thanjavur Brihadhiswara Temple Photos and Essay

Business and Economy
  • NE Power to North
    The central transmission utility under the Power Ministry Power grid 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.

  • Impact of China-Pak FTA
    A closer look at the China-Pakistan Free Trade Agreement (CPFTA) to targeted at specific products for trade and opening avenues to liberalize services shows that this deal may not affect Indian businesses or trade with China or Pakistan.

  • 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.

  • Mauritius Tax Treaty in Trouble
    The Indo-Mauritius comprehensive economic cooperation and partnership agreement (CECPA) bilateral treaty covering investment and trade in goods and services has hit a hurdle with New Delhi demanding disclosure of cover-up companies hiding identities.

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>

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>
  • 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>

  • Bangla Blockade Resumes
    President Iajuddin Ahmed met separately with Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) leader Khaleda Zia and Awami League (AL)-led 14-party alliance leader Sheikh Hasina failed to resolve differences which saw a resumption of blockade of Dacca. <More>

  • Hu’s Visit to India
    India categorized Chinese President Hu Jintao as “an important step forward” to develop “cooperative framework of engagement” but acknowledged “outstanding issues” even as the two nations signed 13 agreements covering a range of cosmetic issues.<More>

  • India-China Joint Declaration
    Joint Declaration by the Republic Of India And The People’s Republic Of China H.E. Mr. Hu Jintao, President of the People’s Republic of China, is currently paying a State visit to the Republic of India from 20 to 23 November 2006 at the invitation of H.E. Dr. A.P.J. Abdul Kalam, President of the Republic of India.<More>

  • Indo-Sino Press Conference
    Following is the text of the Statement by the Prime Minister, Dr. Manmohan Singh, at the Joint Press interaction with the President of the People’s Republic of China, Mr. Hu Jintao:<More>

  • Indo-Sino Agreements Nov 20-23, 2006
    Agreements/ Protocols/ Mous Signed During Visit Of Chinese President Hu Jintao To India ( Nov 20-23, 2006 ).<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>

  • Jordan King Visit
    King Abdullah II visited India on a three day state visit and both nations used the visit to boost ties by signing four agreements to promote and protect investments, cooperate in agriculture, conduct exchange programs, and increase tourism.<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.


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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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