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Business and Economy
  • Indo-Russia Trade Needs Addressing
    Ahead of Russian President Vladimir Putin’s visit later in January, Indian industry leaders want a permanent vehicle to discuss and manage non-tariff barriers and developing reliable trade routes is created.<More>

  • UK Interests in Indian Agriculture
    The largest business delegation from the UK totaling representatives from 150 businesses has promised investments in food processing, agriculture retail, and manufacturing and also seeks deregulation of financial, legal services, and retail sectors.<More>

  • FDI & FII May be Merged
    The government is reportedly mulling to amend the Foreign Exchange Management Act (FEMA) to remove theoretical distinction between foreign direct investment (FDI) and foreign institutional investor (FII).<More>

  • Tele-Density Rises
    Keeping pace with a smart economic growth, tele-density (the number of telephone subscribers) surged to 17.16% or 189.33 million users in December 2006 with wireless subscribers registering the largest segment with 149.5 million. <More>

  • Stronger Pitch in Sakhalin Bid
    Responding to Russian President Vladimir Putin’s invitation of a higher Indian participation in his country’s energy sector, Indian oil major Oil and Natural Gas Company (ONGC) may tie-up with Russian firms for a larger bid in Sakhalin-III project. <More>

  • Economic Outlook for 2006-2007
    Prime Minister Manmohan Singh’s high-powered economic advisory council (EAC) presented their economic outlook projecting current account deficit (CAD) of 1.5%, foreign direct investment inflow of USD 9 billion, and reserve buildup of USD 22.6 billion.<More>

  • More Areas for Wheat & Maize
    An Agriculture Ministry note claims that the area with wheat and maize cultivation this year is larger than that of 2005-06 in Bihar, Gujarat, Karnataka, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra and Uttar Pradesh lending hope of higher production of these staple crops.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary
  • ICDS Needs Overhaul
    Concern over poor implementation of Integrated Child Development Services (ICDS) has prompted Prime Minister Manmohan Singh to write to all States and Union Territories asking them to set up a process of dealing with child development.<More>

  • SC Upholds MP Expulsion
    The Supreme Court (SC) upheld the Parliament’s controversial expulsion of 11 Members of Parliament (MPs) caught in a media sting over the cash for query scandal and said that the expulsion was in accordance to law. <More>

  • NHRC Orders Compensation for STF Victims
    In a landmark verdict, the National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) found the Special Task Force (STF) charged to capture now-dead criminal Veerappan guilty of perpetrating atrocities on civilians and order an interim compensation of Rs. 2.8 crore. <More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • AEC Chairman Guarded on Nuke Deal (January 18, 2007)
    In an interview with The Hindu, Atomic Energy Commission (AEC) was guarded on the Indo-US Civilian Nuclear Deal only to list the concerns that the Indian establishment still hankers but also said that these are issues that can be clarified.<More>

  • India in New Security Block (January 18, 2007)
    A new four party security block including the US, Japan, Australia, and India is being formed and apparently discussed by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh during his visit to Japan with his counterpart Shinzo Abe Indian PM Visit to Japan.<More>

  • US Accuses Pak of Harboring Taliban (January 17, 2007)
    NATO troops claimed to have killed 150 ill-equipped and ill-trained insurgent recruits sent to fight by Jalaluddin Haqqani whom senior US officials lives in Pakistan even as there is a surge of Taliban fighters crossing the border to fight coalition troops.<More>

  • China Tries to Curb Export Growth
    Aiming to better strained relationship with the US and the EU over out-of-control trade surplus, Beijing is trying to adopt new polices to cut its export growth to avoid a potentially disastrous “political” problem.<More>

  • “Progress” in Indo-Pak Talks
    Urging analysts to take a “holistic view of relations with Pakistan,” Prime Minister Manmohan Singh guardedly said the 3 year old peace process was making “progress” but acknowledged that it was “premature” to conclude to claim success.<More>

  • Maoist Join Nepali Government
    In a landmark event, Nepal’s Maoist insurgents gave up violence and joined the interim government and assumed “responsibility to conduct the elections for the constituent assembly” as part of a peace deal with mainstream political parties.<More>

  • ASEAN Terror & Economic Plans
    Anxious to remain competitive against China and India, Southeast nations met in Philippines created a rules-based foundation for cooperation on economic, political, and terrorism policies along the lines of the European Union, but disagreed on Myanmar. <More>

  • New Govt in Bangladesh
    In a dramatic move, bowing to international pressure President President Iajuddin Ahmed resigned his position of caretaker prime minister paving way for former Bangladesh central bank governor Fakhruddin Ahmed to take over the government.<More>

  • Gender Imbalance in China
    Thanks to its one-child policy introduced in 1970s, the Chinese Government acknowledged that it in less than 30 million more men of marriageable men than women resulting from a hard choice parents had to make to prefer male children.<More>

  • US for More Sanctions on NK
    The US complained that the UN committee monitoring sanctions on North Korea (NK) has not adopted US-sponsored and other amendments to October 14 sanctions that would limit transfer of equipment, goods, and technology to the communist regime. <More>

  • Hamas Wants Internal Peace
    Hamas leader and Palestinian Prime Minister Ismail Haniyeh urged Palestinians to “halt internal clashes” and renewed his call for a “national unity government” but President Mahmoud Abbas’s Fattah party quickly rejected the call as “vague.”<More>

  • Indo-Portugal Ties Takes Off
    Portugal President Professor Anibal Cavaco Silva, a politically representative parliamentary delegation, and large business delegation visited India and signed 4 significant agreements.<More>

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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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