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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>


  • Citizens in Crossfire
    Thousands of civilians took shelter in schools and Buddhist temples after wayward artillery fire wounded dozens and killed and wounded many soldiers, rebels, and civilians and the Sri Lankan Army (SLA) and rebels trading charges on who was responsible.<More>

  • Bangla Army Deployed
    Bangladesh President Iajuddin Ahmed ordered the army to aid civil administration to deal with broad based blockade of cities by a 14-party opposition led by the Awami League but also “to avert any unwarranted situation on the eve of the coming general election.<More>


  • Hezbollah Show of Force
    Heightening the political deadlock, the pro-Syrian Hezbollah led massive demonstrations outside government offices demanding the government’s dissolution accusing it of “corrupt” leadership but Lebanon ’s west-backed cabinet vowed not to give in.”<More>

  • Iran Wants US Out of Iraq
    Even as Iran said it will help when the US pulls out of the region, the Iraqi President rejected recommendations by the Iraq Study Group because it contained “dangerous articles” undermining “the sovereignty of Iraq ” and was an “insult to the Iraqi people.”<More>

Hot Topics
  Bangla Army Deployed
  Citizens in Crossfire
  Hezbollah Show of Force
  Iran Wants US Out of Iraq

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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.


Chávez Wins a Polarized Nation


Coup in Fiji


Jordan King Visit


Hu’s Visit to India


No Role for Iran in Iraq


Update on Missile Programs

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U.S. Congress for killer clause in Nuclear Suppliers Group guidelines

Dead spy's wife points the finger at Russia

U.S. nuclear Act ignored Rice plea on key points

The US nuclear enactment

Parochial and intolerant: State of the states

Every bump in market shrinks investor population

End of long nuke winter

CPM gets taste of own medicine over Singur

Mumbai reckoning

Outstanding debt = expansion plan + more


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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