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Business and Economy
  • Increased Foreign M&A Projected
    Investment bankers and analysts project increased merger and acquisitions (M&A) activity in the information technology (IT) space where smaller Indian companies are acquired by larger foreign players but do not rule out a large deals either.

  • 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.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • NCW Rejects Adultery Proposal
    The National Commission on Women (NCW) citing social disempowered position of women, has reportedly recommended that a woman, even if she is involved in an illicit relationship, cannot be punished for adultery and be treated as the victim under law. It has asked the government not to amend Section 497 of the Indian Penal Code (IPC).<More>

  • Massive Aid for J&K
    The Prime Minister's Special task force on Jammu and Kashmir (J&K) has proposed a Rs 8,302-crore (USD 1.8 billion) aid package to develop that state and proposed another Rs. 200 crore (USD 43.47 million) to develop a satellite business city satellite business city..<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Diabetes a Major Worry 
    According to the International Diabetes Federation's (IDF) India continues to don the dubious distinction of being the Diabetic capital of the world with the largest number of diabetics—China comes second but leads on pre-diabetic phase population.<More>

  • 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>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Pak Says N-sites Can Withstand Strike
    Marking the 130th birth anniversary of Pakistan founder Muhammad Ali Jinnah, President Pervez Musharraf asserted that his nation will continue to invest in defense capabilities and that its “nuclear and missile power” are protected even from a “nuclear attack.”<More>

  • Bush Allays Indian Concerns
    US President George Bush called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to wish him for the season and to also allay fears in India over the civilian cooperation bill and both leaders concluded that these concerns can be addressed in the “1-2-3 Agreement.”<More>


  • Bangla Polls On
    After objecting bitterly about election planning irregularities and breach of Constitution, Awami League led 14-party opposition is reportedly decided to contest in parliamentary election scheduled January 22 next year.<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>


  • Ethiopia Declares War against Islamists
    Ethiopia formally declared war on Islamists in neighboring Somalia claiming that such dramatic step was necessary to protect its sovereignty and its warplanes bombed two Islamist-held airfields in Somalia including the one in capital Mogadishu.<More>

  • Japan Considering Nuke Deterrent
    In a move that has consequences way beyond the region, a Japanese daily Sankei report says that the Japanese government is apparently considering a nuclear warhead as deterrent to North Korean (NK) nuclear weapons program which is being denied by government spokesperson.<More>

Hot Topics
  Increased Foreign M&A Projected
  Pak Says N-sites Can Withstand Strike
  Ethiopia Declares War against Islamists

Featured Analyses     More


Bush Allays Indian Concerns

US President George Bush called Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to wish him for the season and to also allay fears in India over the civilian cooperation bill and both leaders concluded that these concerns can be addressed in the “1-2-3 Agreement.”


Energy Concerns & Alternatives


Recoverable Sat on PSLV


No Shortcuts in Kashmir


The Iran Problem for US


No Sanctions Says NK


Manmohan’s Japan Visit

Featured Edits

Indo-Pak talks: the backroom is abuzz

People to advise U.K. Government

`Treasures of ancient India' exhibition opens in Beijing

China's different kinds of hot water

China In Africa

The Year-End Al Qaeda Threat

The Global Jihad In 2006


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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