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Business and Economy
  • India OK to Pay More for Iranian LNG
    India announced that it is considering paying a higher price of up to USD 4.50 per million British thermal units (BTU) for Iranian Liquefied Natural Gas (LNG) and close a long-term supply deal to fuel its fast growing economy.

  • Global Trust Deficit on China FDI
    As China’s major allies in India, the Communist Party (M) of India (CPM) seem to have given up their campaign to gain economic access for Beijing, there is increasing evidence that India has many economic reasons not trust China  yet.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Tighter Child Marriage Laws
    Minister for Women and Children said the new Prohibition of Child Marriage Bill 2006 has tighter regulations that would heap jail terms and fines on priests, police, and local leaders if they willfully permit child marriages.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Sethusamudram Destruction Begins
    Dismissing environmental concerns and acting under secrecy, India started the destruction of an ancient crossway between India and Sri Lanka called the Adam’s Bridge but believed to have been constructed by God-King Rama to facilitate the Sethusamudram Project.<More>

  • Reasons for HIV Propagation
    A UNAIDS and World Health Organization (WHO) study has found that “poor knowledge of HIV” especially “among homosexual groups,” male prostitution, and unsafe drug abuse practices are main drivers of HIV propagation.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • India to Retain Testing Rights
    As US President George Bush signed in the nuclear deal that granted India access to nuclear fuel outside the ambit of the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT), harsh criticism was heaped in India on restrictions placed on the nation by US policy makers.<More>

  • China-Pak End Exercises
    China and Pakistan ended a 10-day joint military exercise that focused on anti-terror operations to share “each others experiences in planning and conduct of anti-terrorist operations” for mutual benefit and also to strengthen traditional bilateral bonds of friendship.<More>


  • The Iran Problem for US
    As Tehran civic polls brought in moderate and reformist opponents of hard-line President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s to power, US policy makers are increasingly concerned about developments and statements from Iran and especially about their nuclear program.<More>

  • 4 Advisers Quit in Bangla
    Four members of Council of Advisers of President-cum-Chief Adviser Iajuddin Ahmed resigned protesting that there was “no situation” that “warranted an army deployment” of the Army ahead of the general election.<More>


  • Chavez Single Party System
    Venezuela President Hugo Chavez initiated steps to consolidate his landslide re-election to move his nation towards a single party system through consolidation of loosely allied parties and concentrate more powers to himself.<More>

  • Darfur Force by UNSC
    The United Nations Security Council urged Sudan to accept deployment of a peacekeeping force that will contain African Union (AU) and European troops in the ravaged Darfur region to augment the 7000 under-funded and ill-equipped AU force that has failed to stem the bloodshed.<More>

  • ICG Says Iraq Close to Collapse
    As the Pentagon reported an all-time high violence levels, an International Crisis Group (ICG) report warned that Iraq is on the brink of total disintegration and drag the entire West Asian region into a regional war.<More>

Hot Topics
  The Iran Problem for US
  India to Retain Testing Rights
  Chavez Single Party System
  Darfur Force by UNSC
  Tighter Child Marriage Laws
  ICG Says Iraq Close to Collapse

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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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