August 7, 2001 |
A fire raced through a palm-thatched shed housing mentally ill people in southern India, killing 25 patients, many of whom were chained to their beds, police said. At least five other patients were seriously injured in the fire at the Badshah asylum, attached to a Muslim mosque in Erwady, about 350 miles south of Madras, the capital of Tamil Nadu state.
June 19, 2001 |
Thirteen protesters were killed and hundreds injured in the northeastern Indian state of Manipur when police opened fire to quell protests over the extension of a cease-fire with rebels. Police said a mob of about 2,000 people burned down the legislature in the state capital, Imphal. They also burned cars, political parties' offices and lawmakers' homes. At least 11 of the protesters who died were shot by police.
February 20, 2000 |
A predawn fire on a train in the western Indian state of Maharashtra killed 18 passengers and injured 15 more, a senior railway official said Saturday. "Investigations are taking place to find out the cause of the fire, which has since been contained," Mukul Marwah, public relations officer of the Indian Railways, said in a telephone interview. He said the fire aboard the Punjab Mail occurred between two small stations in Maharashtra, about 280 miles from Bombay.
March 15, 1999 |
A fire swept through a shantytown in the Indian capital Sunday, killing at least 28 people, injuring 20 others and leaving thousands homeless, fire officials said. Most of the charred bodies were found in a mosque where people had assembled to pray in the eastern district of New Delhi. A police official said today that those trapped in the fire had been rescued and that the entire slum area had been cleared.
November 12, 1998 |
Legend has it that the apostle St. Thomas brought Christianity to India almost 2,000 years ago. But among this country's hard-core Hindu revivalists, the faith has never lost its foreign taint. A string of violent attacks--some with the apparent complicity of government officials--on churches and missionaries has sparked a panic among India's 23 million Christians and opened a debate about national identity in a country still tormented by its colonial past.
April 29, 1998 |
Bhutan's most revered monastery will be rebuilt after sacred relics and icons are removed from the burned ruins on the side of a cliff, officials said Tuesday. King Jigme Singye Wangchuck ordered the reconstruction of the Taktsang Monastery, where an April 19 fire consumed much of the wood and stone structure built in the 17th century. The original site dates back 1,200 years.