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Business and Economy
  • Energy Concerns & Alternatives
    As India’s economy grows at a breathtaking 9.1% its hunger for energy to sustain this growth is higher and though per capita energy consumption is relatively low, its energy use is expected to surpass Russia and Japan to be the third largest consumer of energy by 2030.

  • Govt to Divest from Maruti
    After 25 years of partnership with Japanese Suzuki Motors through Maruti Industries, the Government has decided to sell its remnant 10.27% stake for an estimated Rs. 2,700 crore (USD 586 million) to overcome budget deficits.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • SC Criticizes Domestic Violence Bill
    The Supreme Court severely criticized the Protection of Women from Domestic Violence Act for “clumsy” drafting of definition of terminology that could easily be exploited by some to appropriate property of a husband and his family.<More>

  • 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

  • Retrograde Forest Bill Passed
    Dismissing concerns by environmentalists and conservation experts, the government passed the politically convenient Scheduled Tribes and Other Traditional Forest Dwellers (Recognition of Forest Rights) Bill, 2006 that essentially hands over forests to forest dwellers.<More>

  • 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>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Security Ties with Myanmar
    Visiting Myanmar Home Minister Major General Maung Oo assured Home Minister Shivraj Patil that his nation will co-operate with India to share information at field and national level on insurgent movements, border management, and drug trafficking.<More>

  • Recoverable Sat on PSLV
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said that it is preparing to launch four satellites on a single Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) in January and one of the satellites will be recoverable after a week or so in orbit.<More>


  • Iran Sanctions, Shaky Azeri Relations
    After inviting UNSC sanctions and losing civic level elections, Iranian President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad sought to upgrade his souring domestic popularity by escalating tirades against the West and called President Bush "the most hated person" in the world.<More>

  • Maoists Block Envoy Designate to India
    Nepali Maoists and political groups supporting them said that they will block Prime Minister Girija Prasad Koirala’s envoy designate for India, an obscure retired diminutive woman who is also a niece of the PM claiming that the decision was taken without consulting them.<More>


  • Somalia in “State of War” with Ethiopia
    Somali Islamic leader Sheik Hassan ahir Aweys claimed that the nation is in a “state of war…against Ethiopia” contradicting his earlier pledge to return to peace talks with the government and is now asking “All Somalis” to “take part in struggle.”<More>

  • Little Progress in US-NK in Direct Talks
    The United States and North Korea (NK) made no progress in their first direct meeting after a long time on the sidelines of the six-nation nuclear arms talks in Beijing to discuss US financial restrictions on Pyongyang, a key stumbling block in the arms negotiations.<More>

Hot Topics
  Iran Sanctions, Shaky Azeri Relations
  Energy Concerns & Alternatives
  SC Criticizes Domestic Violence Bill
  Security Ties with Myanmar
  Somalia in “State of War” with Ethiopia
  Maoists Block Envoy Designate to India

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Recoverable Sat on PSLV

The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) said that it is preparing to launch four satellites on a single Polar Satellite Launch Vehicle (PSLV-C7) in January and one of the satellites will be recoverable after a week or so in orbit.


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The Iran Problem for US


No Sanctions Says NK


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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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