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Konerirajapuram Temple Inscriptions

Business and Economy
  • Wipro in Saudi JV
    Wipro Infotech and Dar Al Riyadh Group formed a joint venture called the Wipro Arabia Ltd specifically to cater to the IT market in Saudi Arabia with Wipro owning 2/3rd and the Saudi partner the rest.<More>

  • “Red Tapism” Slowing Indo-UK Trade
    Chairman of the Indo-British Partnership Network (IBPN) Lord Karan Bilimoria said in an interview with the Times of India that although “reduced to a great extent,” the biggest bottleneck to further bilateral trade is “Red tapism.”<More>

  • Pak Hurdles on SAFTA
    Hailing Afghanistan’s entry into the South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), an Indian official complained about Pakistan’s refusal to implement South Asian Free Trade Agreement (SAFTA) which impeded regional trade.<More>

  • M&A Worth $8B in FDI
    Global economists have predicted that the “high performance of the Indian economy” infused by “the improving policy environment” is expected to accelerate “direct investment” to USD 8 billion from USD 6.5 billion the previous year.<More>

  • IT Revenues Projected at USD 47B
    An industry review of Information Technology and Information Technology Enhanced Services (IT/ITES) projected a 28% growth revenue from these sectors to net USD 47.8 billion and its portion of gross domestic product (GDP) at 5.4% in 2006-07.<More>

  • India Bullish on Growth
    A recent survey of 200 business houses found that business confidence index for October 2006-March 2007 was higher by 2.5 points at 71.8 from the previous 6 months and 85% of the respondents revealed plans for increased investments.<More>

  • Stalemate on SEZ
    The Empowered Group of Ministers (EGoM) for Special Economic Zones (SEZs) ended its review meeting “inconclusively” but said that it is considering ways of infusing “export obligations” in order to differentiate between proposals.<More>

  • FDI Grows 120%
    Commerce & Industry Minister Kamal Nath said that Foreign Direct Investment (FDI) inflow surpassed all previous projections and is expected to grow at 120% to USD 15 billion this fiscal year.<More>

  • Over 200m Jobs by 2020: Brown
    British Prime Minister in waiting and Chancellor of the Exchequer Gordon Brown said that India is set to create 25% of extra jobs or an estimated 200 million jobs by 2020 which will be more than the numbers created in the US, Europe, and China put together.<More>

  • Need to Resuscitate Doha Round 
    “Confident that India will make a constructive contribution to the last laps,” World Trade Organization (WTO) Chief Pascal Lamy warned that the “window of opportunity” will “close sometime this year.”<More>

  • SEZ Policy on Hold
    Spreading protests from farmers arbitrarily thrown out of their land for below-the-market payments to create under-planned Special Economic Zones (SEZ) has prompted the government to suspend this policy.<More>

Democracy, Politics and Judiciary
  • SC Stays Sidhu Conviction
    In a surprising verdict, the Supreme Court (SC) stayed a High Court verdict convicting Navjot Singh Sidhu of third-degree murder of an old man in a fit of road rage and allowing him to contest in the by-election for the Amritsar constituency.<More>

Environment, Health and Education
  • Bird Flu in South Korea, Egypt, Indonesia
    South Korean official revealed plans to cull “273,000 poultry within a 500 meter radius” while Egypt reported the 11th death and Indonesia culled thousands of chicken after the deadly H5N1 strain of bird flu was found.<More>

  • New Initiatives for Tigers at Sariska
    After being severely criticized for the disappearances of tigers from the Sariska Reserve, the Rajasthan government has started relocating villages that fall inside the Sariska reserve to pave way for the re-entry of the big cats.<More>

Terrorism, Defense, Security and Science & Technology
  • NK Nuclear Help to Iran, Indian Help Sought
    The Daily Telegraph carried an expose that accused North Korea (NK) of helping Iran with nuclear testing similar to the one it carried out last October by providing Iranian scientists relevant data and know-how.<More>

  • Satellite recovered from sea
    The Indian Space Research Organization (ISRO) Space Capsule Recovery Experiment (SRE-I) was a “grand success” as the capsule “gently” splashed down into the Bay of Bengal and recovered by the Coast Guard.<More>

  • Russian Engines and Chinese Planes
    Russia has assured India that it will not allow China to use its RD-93 engines in the JF-17 Thunder multi-role fighter aircraft in planes it plans to sell to Pakistan and is apparently covered in the end0user certificate contracts barring export of technology to Pakistan.<More>

  • Pak Forces Attacked by NATO
    NATO troops using helicopter gun-ships returned fire on a Pakistani check post on the Afghanistan border in an obvious retaliation for Pakistani Army giving covering fire for infiltration of terrorists in North Waziristan.<More>

  • China Satellite Killer Missile
    After many wishy-washy statements, China for the first time confirmed the successful testing of a satellite killer missile but insisted that it was “peaceful development of outer space” and “opposes the arming of space and military competition in space.” <More>

  • Islamic Leader Surrenders in Kenya
    An Islamic leader of Somalia’s ousted Islamic movement surrendered to Kenyan authorities raising hopes that the moderate Sheik Sharif Sheik Ahmed can facilitate moderation of widespread Jihadist insurgency in Africa..<More>

  • Involve Myanmar in ULFA Hunt
    With increased violence from United Liberation of Asom (ULFA), External Affairs Minister Pranab Mukherjee is visiting Myanmar over the weekend to cement oral agreement on the sidelines of the ASEAN meet in the Philippines on joint operations.<More>

  • New Amphibious Ship is 'Jalashva'  
    The Indian Navy took possession of US Trenton and rename it INS 'Jalashva' in the hope that it will greatly enhance rescue operation and troop transportation capabilities.<More>

  • Majors at Aero India Expected
    With a planned purchase of 126 Multi-Role Combat Aircraft (MRCA) valued at more than USD 7 billion still undecided, the Aero India in Bangalore this Bangalore is expected to attract major players.<More>

  • Karuna Group Destabilizing, SLG Colludes
    Annoyed by selective leaks of an internal document by the Sri Lankan Government (SLG), donor nations outed the report blaming the SLG-supported Karuna faction as a major destabilizing factor and the Human Rights Watch (HRW) also blamed the government for “willful blindness.”<More>

  • Iran Bars IAEA Inspectors, US Warns
    In an apparent retaliation against UN sanctions imposed last month on its controversial nuclear program, Iran barred 38 UN nuclear inspectors from entering the country and the US upped the ante saying that rapprochement with Iran was “not possible.”<More>

  • Nepal King Public Appearance
    Since being sidelined by the Seven Party Alliance (SPA), Nepali King Gyanendra made his first appearance in connection with a Hindu festival Vasanta Panchami but government officials and politicians who traditionally the attend the festivities remained aloof.<More>

  • Personality-Neutral Relations with Iran
    In an act of militant defiance in response to the second US aircraft carrier USS John C. Stennis into the Persian Gulf, Iran tested short range Zalzal and Fajr-5 missiles ostensibly to evaluate “defensive and fighting capabilities of the missiles.”<More>

  • SLG, LTTE Criticized for Child Soldiers
    As the Sri Lankan Army (SLA), helped by Israeli and Pakistani mercenaries, claimed success to take a key town in the East, a UN report has criticized the insurgent groups, the government, and their sponsored militia of abducted conscription of children.<More>

  • Bangla CEC Quits, Elections Cancelled
    Bangladesh’s controversial Chief Election Commission M.A. Aziz resigned citing a “rapidly changed” political landscape and visibly resigned President Iajuddin Ahmed accepted the resignation and called off the elections.<More>

  • Nepal Maoists Start Disarmament
    About 350 combatants including 150 women handed over their arms to UN officials as part of a deal that granted them a 1/3rd of Parliament seats and a Deputy Prime Minister post so they can work on elections in June.<More>

  • India-Sino Border Talks Resume
    Special Representatives of India and China resumed the border settlement talks into the 9th round but as usual refused to divulge details of deliberations but are apparently still working on the April 2005 “political parameters” and “guiding principles.”<More>

  • Russia Wants Energy, Military Pie
    Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India to rejuvenate ties hoping to win a strong share of India’s large energy and military budget and also be the Guest of Honor of the Republic Day Parade that showcases Indian military and cultural might.<More>

  • Chavez Armed With Decree Powers
    Empowering President Hugo Chavez with sweeping powers to enforce economic, social, and political change via, Venezuelan lawmakers called such measures a “historic necessity” to initiate an “unstoppable” process.<More>

  • Halted Support for US Iraq Strategy
    Even as US allies in West Asia expressed support for the US’s new Iraq strategy, Riyadh haltingly expressed support but also doubted the even-handedness of the government in Baghdad to deal with the Sunni population or its capacity to stop sectarian violence.<More>

  • Mexican War on Drugs
    Mexico said that it has deployed 7,600 soldiers in the Pacific coast state of Guerrero to neutralize drug gangs who have committed atrocities such as beheadings and perpetrated violence in resort haven Acapulco.<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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