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American Information Resource Center (AIRC)
New Delhi, 9 March, 2000
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1. Government 2. Political Parties 3. Government Organizations 4. Ministries 5. Defense and Security 6. Economy and Business 7. Information Technology 8. Educational Institutes 9. Environment, Science & Technology 10. Legal Information 11. Media 11.1 Daily Newspapers 11.2 Magazines 11.3 Radio and Television News 12. Search Engines

1. Government
The Constitution of India:
Prime Ministers Councils: Includes council on trade & industry, and economic advisory council:
Indian Parliament: Indian Parliament, a supreme legislative body, is comprised of the president and the two houses - Lok Sabha (house of the people) and Rajya Sabha (council of states):
The Lok Sabha: Lok Sabha is the lower house of Indian Parliament:
The Rajya Sabha: Rajya Sabha is upper house of Indian Parliament:
Union Government: Provides access to all government departments and ministries:
Cabinet Secretariat: Under the direct charge of the Prime Minister is responsible for the administration of the government of India facilitating smooth transaction of business in ministries/departments of the government:

2. Political Parties
Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP): Official website includes party history, details on their philosophy, organization, national agenda for governance and more:
Indian National Congress Party: Information on history, organization, achievement, and people of the party:
Communist Party of India (Marxist) (CPI): Committed to build a left and democratic front which can present a real alternative to end imperialism:
Shivsena: Formed to build flourishing, strong, and corruptionless hindustan:

3. Government Organizations
Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI): CBI, the national investigative agency of India, plays a pivotal role in national security and coordinates investigation in India on behalf of Interpol member countries:
Central Water Commission: An attached office of the Ministry of Water resources is responsible for initiating, coordinating and furthering in consultation of the state governments concerned schemes for control, conservation and utilization of water resources throughout the country:
Indian Council of Agricultural Research: An autonomous apex national organization plans, conducts and promotes research, education, training and transfer of technology for advancement of agriculture and allied sciences:
Khadi and Village Industries Commission: Charged with the planning, promotion, organization and implementation of programs for creating self-reliance amongst the poor and building up of a strong rural community spirit:
Mahanagar Telephone Nigam Limited: Telecom operating company in the cities of Delhi and Mumbai:
National Centre for Trade Information: Set with the primary aim of providing inter-linkages at national and international level for the promotion of trade of products and services:

4. Ministries
Ministry of Agriculture: Comprised of four departments namely:
-Department of Agriculture & Cooperation
- Department of Agricultural Research & Education/icar
-Department of Animal Husbandry & Dairying
-Department of Food Processing Industries
Department of Atomic Energy:
Devoted to Indian nuclear program:
Ministry of Chemicals & Fertilizers:
-Department of Chemicals & Petrochemicals - is responsible for policy, planning, development & regulation of chemicals, petrochemicals & pharmaceuticals
-Department of Fertilizers - deals with fertilizer planning, projects, production, company affairs, fertilizer import & distribution:
Ministry of Civil Aviation - directorate general of civil aviation: a statutory authority responsible for laying down, implementation, and monitoring of civil aviation standards:
Ministry of Commerce & Industry:
-Department of Commerce - responsible for formulating policies in the sphere of foreign trade, in particular, the import and export policy of the country:
-Department of Industrial Development - is mainly concerned with intellectual property rights, productivity, quality, standards, r&d:
-Department of Supply - nodal department for purchase & inspection of stores for the ministries/departments of the central government:
Ministry of Consumer Affairs & Public Distribution: Ensures food security in India and to support the consumer movement:
Ministry of Culture, Youth Affairs & Sports:
-Department of Youth Affairs & Sports - was setup with the objective of developing human potential in the field of youth & sports:
-Department of Culture - develops ways & means by which basic cultural and aesthetic values remain dynamic among people:
Ministry of Communications:
-Department of Telecommunications - policymaking, licensing & coordination matters relating to telegraphs, telephones, wireless, data, facsimile & telematic services & other forms of communication:
Ministry of Defence - Indian Armed Forces:
Official website for Indian Air Force, Indian Army, and Indian Navy:
Ministry of Environment & Forests: Planning, promotion, and co-ordination of environmental and forestry programs:
Ministry of External Affairs: Site for all news and information on various facets of India:
Ministry of Finance: Information on the budget economic indicators, and more:
Ministry of Health & Family Welfare:
Ministry of Heavy Industries & Public Enterprises:
-Department of Public Enterprises - lays down policy guidelines on performance improvement & evaluation & in related areas:
-Department of Heavy Industry:
Ministry of Home Affairs: All matters relating to internal security, centre-state & inter-state relations:
-Department of Official Languages - an independent department of the ministry of home affairs was setup with a view to ensuring the compliance of the constitutional and legal provisions and to promote the use of Hindi for the official purposes of the union:
Ministry of Industry:
-Bureau of Industrial Costs & Prices:
-Secretariat for Industrial Assistance:
-Memorandum of Understanding:
-Department of Company Affairs:
-Companies Bill:
Ministry of Information & Broadcasting:
-Press Information Bureau works as an interface between the Government of India and the media and provides authentic government information:
Ministry of Law, Justice & Company Affairs:
Comprised of the Legislative Department which is concerned with drafting of principal legislation for the central government and the Department of Legal Affairs which is responsible for advising the various ministries of the central government:
Ministry of Planning & Program Implementation:
-Department of Statistics - an apex body for official statistical information:
Ministry of Power: Primarily responsible for the development of electrical energy in the country:
Ministry of Science & Technology: Department of Science & Technology, the Department of Scientific and Industrial Research, and the Department of Biotechnology are the departments under this ministry:
Ministry of Water Resources: Lays down policy guidelines and programs for the development and regulation of country's water resources:

5. Defense and Security
Bhabha Atomic Research Centre: A premier nuclear research centre of India with an infrastructure of advanced research and development facilities and expertise covering the entire spectrum of nuclear science and engineering:
Centre for Policy Research: An autonomous institution established with the objective of studying major policy issues before the nation and suggesting alternative policy options:
Defence Scientific Information & Documentation Centre (DESIDOC): DESIDOC is a central information agency for collection, processing and dissemination of scientific and technical information of interest to defense research laboratories, establishments and other agencies of the ministry of defence:
Institute for Defense Studies & Analyses (ISDA): IDSA initiates studies, discussions, and research on problems of national security and the impact of defense measures on economic, political, and social spheres:

6. Economy and Business
All India Yellow Pages:
The Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India (ASSOCHAM): A premier business organization provides economic information on different segments of Indian industry:
Confederation of Indian Industry (CII): Information and knowledge that covers all aspects of the interface between the government, Indian industry and international business:
Federation of Indian Chambers of Commerce & Industry in New Delhi:
India Business Yellow Pages Online:
Indian Institute of Foreign Trade: Provides management training in international business:
Indian Trade Resource: Caters to the needs of exporters in the country and importers/investors/buying organizations abroad:
Indo-American Chamber of Commerce:
Reserve Bank of India: The Reserve Bank of India is India's central bank:
U.S.-India Business Council: Formed to enable Indian and American business decision-makers to conduct a continuing dialogue on bilateral economic relations:

7. Information Technology:
Delhi Library Network (DELNET): Promotes "resource-sharing" among the libraries through the development of a network, which aims to collect, store, and disseminate information:
Department of Electronics: Autonomous body which plays a major role in formulation, implementation and review of government policies in the electronics sector:
National Informatics Centre: Information technology development and support for the government of India:

8. Educational Institutes
The Indian Institutes of Management: Dedicated to providing high quality management education:
-Indian Institute of Management, Ahmedabad
-Indian Institute of Management, Bangalore
-Indian Institute of Management, Calcutta
-Indian Institute of Management, Kozhikode
-Indian Institute of Management, Lucknow
Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore: Premier institute of research and advanced instruction:
Indian Institutes of Technology: Centres of excellence for higher training, research and development in science, engineering and technology:
-Indian Institute of Technology, Mumbai
-Indian Institute of Technology, Delhi
-Indian Institute of Technology, Kanpur
-Indian Institute of Technology, Kharagpur
-Indian Institute of Technology, Chennai
Indira Gandhi National Open University (IGNOU): The headquarters of the university are in New Delhi; there are 19 regional centres and 315 study centres in various parts of the country:

9. Environment, Science & Technology
Centre for Science & Environment: Aims to improve policy making systems with respect to air quality management in India through policy critique, raising awareness and advocacy:
Council of Scientific and Industrial Research: R&D organization providing scientific and technological inputs to a diverse spectrum of economic, industrial and societal sectors:
National AIDS Control Organization: Under the Ministry of Health & Family Welfare, oversees HIV/AIDS prevention and control efforts:
Tata Energy Research Institute: Involved in research activities as well as information dissemination on various aspects of economy, energy, and environment:

10. Legal Information
India Law Firms:
Law Information Centre: A database of all legal information including the judgements delivered by the Supreme Court of India:
"India's largest legal resource base on the web"
National Human Rights Commission:
Supreme Court of India:

11. Media (newspapers, magazines & radio/television news)
Press Information Bureau: An interface between the government of India and the media; provides authentic government information:
Press Trust of India:

11.1 Daily Newspapers:
Deccan Herald:
The Economic Times:
The Hindustan Times:
The Hindu:
Indian Express:
Indian News:
The Telegraph:
The Times of India:

11.2 Magazines:
Dataquest India: A fortnightly computer magazine about the Indian IT industry:
Electronics for You: For hardware engineers:
Export Import Trade Flash: Fortnightly magazine related to trade opportunities, market trends, import-export strategies, etc.:
India Today: A weekly magazine devoted to reflections on India:
PC Quest: Infotech monthly magazine on computer technology:

11.3 Radio and Television News:
All India Radio: A national service planned, developed and operated by the Ministry of Information and Broadcasting under the Government of India, Air Today has a network of 195 broadcasting centres. The coverage is 90% of the area, serving 97.3% of the population:
Delhi Doordarshan: National television network for news bulletins, direct coverage of parliament and state assembly proceedings, direct coverage of national events, news magazines and programs on various issues:
India Today (Aaj Tak): Daily news on national and international affairs:

12. Search Engines
Jadoo: (As of March 8, 2000, this site was undergoing an upgrade and was not available. The date of availabity was not provided.)

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Note on 8 March 2000. Web site list copied here was created by the American Information Resource Center
which supplied the following information--

This is a select list of Indian websites which may provide useful background information for the POTUS visit. It was created by the American Information Resource Center (AIRC), New Delhi. All sites were functional as of March 7, 2000.

Please note:
1. Most of the descriptive comments are from the pages themselves and do not reflect an evaluation by the AIRC.
2. Many of the sites have U.S. URLs, such as .com, because they are hosted by American webhosts. (This includes some quasi-government sites.) However, as far as can be ascertained, they are Indian sites.
3. This list of sites should not be construed as endorsement.

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