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Business and Economy
  • YSR’s Electricity Sops
    Andhra Pradesh (AP) Chief Minister Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy (YSR) said that his government will absorb the additional cost burden of electricity incurred because of purchases from federal pools at a higher cost.

  • RBI Rate-Based Navigation
    While the economy was in full throttle last year, increasing concerns on excess liquidity and inflation saw the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) trying to steer the economy to sustainable levels through a process of rate hikes.

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary

  • Longest Rock Art Chain
    The Rock Arts Society of India (RASI) has claimed that Madhya Pradesh hosts the world’s longest rock art chain near Mandsaur district near Malwa for 12 kilometers (kms) with most of its petroglyphs intact.<More>

  • Indian Art in Beijing
    For the first time and marking an end to India-China friendship year, India is showcasing 100 ancient antiquities of Hindu, Buddhist, and Jain art dated from the 3rd Century BC to 18th Century AD in China and one of the largest show showcasing of heritage outside India.<More>

Environment, Health and Education

  • Tiger Conservation Gaps
    An international panel said that lack of proper amenities, delays in payment of compensation for human and cattle losses, illegal fishing, and illegal minor forest activity are seriously affecting tiger conservation efforts.<More>

  • Educational Priorities Need Reevaluation
    According to a senior University Grants Commission (UGC) official, research work in basic sciences is declining which may cause a decline in required talent pool that could indirectly affect India’s dominance in Information Technology (IT).<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • Bigger S&T Budget
    With increased input from educationalists and technologists, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised a significant increase in budget allocation for science and technology (S&T) so there is a “new thrust to and renewed investment in basic sciences.”<More>

  • US Warns NK of N-Tests
    The US warned North Korea of "severe consequences" to the diplomatic effort in response to a South Korean legislator’s warning that Pyongyang is now fully prepared to carry out a second nuclear test.<More>


  • Bangladesh in Turmoil
    Bangladesh police fired tear gas and charged with batons on demonstrators in Dhaka to break up opposition blockades for the second day trying to force a delay in elections scheduled January 22.<More>

  • UN Calls for Ceasefire in Lanka
    A top UN official appealed to the Sri Lankan Government (SLG) and the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) to stop their fighting as the citizens “continue to suffer deeply” and the recent civilian death from SLG air attack is causing “deepest concern.”<More>


  • New Goal-Oriented Iraq Strategy
    As US Generals gave a sobering view of progress made by their troops in Iraq, a recent report suggested that President George Bush may introduce a new policy in Iraq that includes a set of goals that the government must meet.<More>

  • Israel Plans to Strike Iran
    In what could transform the whole West Asian region into decades of crisis and human suffering, Israel is reportedly planning to launch low-yield nuclear “bunker busters” to destroy Iran’s contentious nuclear sites at Ishafan, Natanz, and Arak.<More>

  • Abbas Shows Street Muscle
    Palestinian President Mahmud Abbas’s supporters showed their strength through a massive congregation at a stadium in Gaza City and encouraged Fattah party strongman Mohammed Dahlan threaten hard-line party Hamas of reprisals.<More>

Hot Topics
  Longest Rock Art Chain
  US Warns NK of N-Tests
  Israel Plans to Strike Iran
  Abbas Shows Street Muscle
  New Goal-Oriented Iraq Strategy
  Bigger S&T Budget
  Bangladesh in Turmoil

Featured Analyses     More


Bangla Polls Dubious

After indicating their participation in the January 22 polls, the 14-party opposition led by former Prime Minister and Awami League leader Sheikh Hasina have now decided to boycott the elections alleging that it was “stage-managed.”


Indo-Japan Ties Need Boost


No SLMM in Combat Areas


Islamists Driven Out of Mogadishu


Tehran Defiant on Sanctions


Increased Foreign M&A Projected


Bush Allays Indian Concerns

Featured Edits

Israel "plans'' strike against Iran

PM promises advisory agency for Pravasis

MIN: A number to identify MF investors or harass them?

Nine ways to look west

BJP’s Hindutva won’t find political support

Pressure for Manmohan, Mirwaiz meeting


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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