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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 4, 1992
Your special section "Toward a New Asian Order" (World Report, May 19) was an absolutely biased piece of work. The new Asian order cannot be complete without a focus on India. On behalf of the Indian community in Los Angeles, I would like to protest. India has long been ignored. It is high time Americans realize that India is a part of Asia. SIMONE SHAH West Covina
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BUSINESS
April 20, 2014 | By Ronald D. White
Former professional basketball star Bill Walton's back and leg pain was once so severe that he considered suicide. Nothing worked until he underwent spinal surgery with a procedure by NuVasive Inc. of San Diego. "I had lost everything. But now I'm back in the game of life. There is hope," said Walton, who has been a paid spokesperson for NuVasive, in company publicity materials. NuVasive is a medical device company that develops minimally disruptive surgical products and procedures for the spine.
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WORLD
March 3, 2010
The autobiography of entrepreneur Captain Gopinath who started India's modern aviation revolution by launching the country's first low-cost airline, Air Deccan -- think People Express -- launching millions of Indians into the clouds for the first time. "Simply Fly: A Deccan Odyssey"
WORLD
April 7, 2014 | By Tanvi Sharma and Shashank Bengali
NEW DELHI - Balloting began Monday in the world's largest election, as Indian voters frustrated by an economic slowdown and political mismanagement were expected to drum the ruling Indian National Congress out of power. Six weeks of staggered voting began with residents in a handful of remote northeastern constituencies going to the polls. It was the first of nine days of balloting with 814-million registered voters spread across India's 935,000 polling stations. Preelection polls predicted a resounding win for the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, whose prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi, has captured the country's attention with a pro-business, anti-incumbency message.
OPINION
January 19, 2014
Re “Tourist gang-raped after asking for help in India,” Jan. 16 It was horrifying to read of the gang rape of the Danish woman in New Delhi, who was attacked after asking for directions. Tragically, I suspect similar crimes against women occur throughout the world. But is there a sudden upsurge in India, and, if so, why? Or, are attacks in India being disproportionately singled out? Konrad Moore Bakersfield It's hard to understand India's indignation with the strip-search of a diplomat by law enforcement officials in New York when gang rape is epidemic within that country.
WORLD
April 18, 2012 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI - She was called dirty, ugly, a "little packet of poison," the offspring of donkeys. These days, Kalpana Saroj is called something else: a millionaire. Saroj, a dalit , or "untouchable," epitomizes what was once unthinkable in India: upward mobility for someone whose caste long meant she would die as she was born: uneducated, dirt-poor, doomed to a life of dangerous and filthy work. The manufacturing tycoon - one admirer called her "a real slumdog millionaire" - is among a legion of dalits embracing new opportunities in business, politics, the arts and academia as prejudices ease and economic reforms open new doors in a culture that traditionally emphasized fate and reincarnation.
WORLD
October 17, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- When Savita Debnath was 14, two unknown men came to her impoverished village in eastern India, promising her a job cleaning houses for $40 a month in nearby Kolkata, but when she got there, agents forced her onto a train to New Delhi and sold her to a family. She was abused and forced to work long days cooking, cleaning, caring for two young children and preparing for family parties without pay or being allowed to contact her family. “I worked from 6 a.m. until midnight or 1 a.m.,” said Debnath, now 15. “When a dish burned, she slapped me many times.
WORLD
March 31, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - One week before elections that will determine a new prime minister, Indians are deeply dissatisfied with the direction of their country and overwhelmingly want a change in leadership in New Delhi, according to a survey released Monday. The Pew Research Center found that Indians favor the main opposition group, the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, to the ruling Indian National Congress by a ratio of more than 3 to 1. The BJP's strong showing rests on the perception that it would do a better job combating the country's range of woes including corruption, unemployment, inflation and political deadlock, the survey said.
TRAVEL
March 29, 2014
Harvinder Singh is a friendly, kind, protective and generally delightful man who will drive you anywhere and also treat you to special places and experiences in Delhi, India. Harvinder Singh, Harvinder Tours & Travels; 011-9199-1089-9032 (24-hour help line), 011-9192-1309-6061. Alexandra Harrison Cambridge, Mass.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 21, 2014
Tony Benn Renounced title to stay in House of Commons Tony Benn, 88, a committed British socialist who irritated and fascinated Britons through a political career spanning more than five decades and who renounced his aristocratic title rather than leave the House of Commons, died March 14 at his home in west London, his family said in a statement. No cause was given. Benn held cabinet posts in Labour Party governments in the 1970s and clung unswervingly to his leftist beliefs while his party, in opposition, moved to the center and reemerged to take power again as New Labour.
WORLD
March 15, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - The Indian government Saturday expressed its displeasure with the U.S. Justice Department for refiling criminal charges against a diplomat whose arrest in New York last year on charges of underpaying her domestic help caused a crisis in bilateral relations. The U.S. attorney's office in Manhattan on Friday issued a new indictment against the diplomat, Devyani Khobragade, just two days after a judge dismissed a similar indictment on diplomatic immunity grounds. Khobragade has returned to India and is unlikely ever to answer the charges in New York.
WORLD
February 27, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - The Hindu epic "Ramayana" features a 10-headed villain, a magical golden deer and the flying monkey god Hanuman. But when an American religion scholar described the canonical poem as fictional, some religious conservatives were shocked. Angered by what they called an insulting, inaccurate and sexualized depiction of India's predominant faith by University of Chicago divinity professor Wendy Doniger, Hindu activists waged a four-year court battle against her book "The Hindus: An Alternative History.
TRAVEL
February 23, 2014
ITALY Presentation Adrian Kalvinskas of Distant Lands will show you how to see Italy at its best, including finding less crowded corners of the country. When, where: 7:30 p.m. Tuesday at Distant Lands, 20 S. Raymond Ave., Pasadena. Admission, info: Free. RSVP to (626) 449-3220. INDIA Workshop Hostelling International will conduct a workshop on how to travel to India safely and inexpensively. When, where: 7 p.m. Wednesday at the REI store in Santa Monica, 402 Santa Monica Blvd.
WORLD
February 15, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
KURUKSHETRA, India - Sakit Poswal, an engineering graduate and aspiring actor, never gave much thought to politics until last fall, when a new party burst into the spotlight promising total transparency and handing out white caps stamped with the message, "I am the common man. " The grass-roots group that has upended India's staid political scene is the Aam Aadmi Party, whose name means "common man" and whose platform amounts to a full-throated rejection...
HOME & GARDEN
February 15, 2014 | By Marissa Gluck
When Samad Firdosy bought the two-bedroom, one-bath home in La Crescenta in 2005, it was a fairly conventional single-story ranch house - with one difference. The house was nestled in the foothills of the San Gabriel Mountains and bordered in back by a 6-acre watershed owned by the Los Angeles County Flood Control District. But it failed to take advantage of its rustic landscape and mountain views. Firdosy says he purchased the house intending to add more space but just couldn't visualize how. So the Jet Propulsion Lab materials engineer called a friend - Ali Jeevanjee of LOC Architects in downtown L.A. - to design an addition for him. Jeevanjee had grown up with him and done a renovation for Firdosy's parents.
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