May 14, 2011 |
India wrapped up its biggest political event of the year Friday as results were announced in four state elections, including an end to the communist government in West Bengal after 34 years in power. In Tamil Nadu, a party linked to a massive corruption scandal also lost despite a promise to give away millions of food processors, laptop computers and even houses. The elections, in a nation proud of its status as the world's largest democracy (a sign reminds you in four languages as you enter from Pakistan)
April 17, 2009 |
India's first day of voting in a monthlong election got off to a rocky start Thursday as militants attacked polling efforts in four states, killing at least 17 people. India's multiphase general election, as ambitious and complex as the nation itself, is a massive undertaking involving 714 million eligible voters using 1.3 million voting booths in more than 823,000 polling sites.
April 16, 2009 |
Voting in the world's most populous democracy kicks off today, featuring hundreds of political parties, aging leaders and a colorful cast of Bollywood and cricket stars offering themselves up for the yea or nay of the masses. An estimated 714 million people -- more than twice the population of the United States -- are eligible to vote in India's monthlong, rolling election.
July 22, 2007 |
India named its first female president Saturday after weeks of acrimonious campaigning that touched on sensitive issues such as political corruption, partisan gamesman ship and women's rights. Federal and state legislators elected Pratibha Patil to the largely ceremonial post, making this country the world's largest to boast a female head of state. The last woman to serve that function for India was Queen Victoria, during the days of the British Raj.
February 25, 2007 |
Fifteen police officers were killed Saturday when suspected rebels ambushed their patrol in India's remote northeast, officials said. Sixty armed police officers who had been supervising elections in Bishenpur district were traveling in six vehicles back to their headquarters when rebels fired on them with automatic weapons, local police chief Jayanta Singh said. A fierce gun battle ensued, and the rebels then fled into dense forest, Singh said.
October 11, 2002 |
The political party that ruled Jammu and Kashmir state for the last half a century was humiliated at the polls Thursday, sparking calls for a new style in governing the region that has been racked by a Muslim insurgency. No party earned a majority in the 87-seat local legislature, paving the way for a coalition to replace the old guard.