May 14, 2001 |
Opposition parties won landslide victories in legislative elections in five regions of India, in what was seen as a public assessment of Prime Minister Atal Behari Vajpayee's governing alliance, according to results announced Sunday. With most of the votes counted, the Communists and the party of former actress Jayalalitha Jayaram emerged the big winners in Thursday's elections in the states of West Bengal, Assam, Kerala, Tamil Nadu and the union territory of Pondicherry.
May 11, 2001 |
Defying threats of violence, millions voted in legislative elections in five Indian regions, but rebel attacks and clashes between political parties killed 16 people, officials said in New Delhi. Bomb explosions and deadly clashes marred the balloting, mostly in the northeastern state of Assam and in West Bengal. Nearly 130 million people were eligible to vote in 823 districts in Assam, West Bengal, Kerala and Tamil Nadu states and the union territory of Pondicherry.
November 4, 2000 |
A leader of the Shia Muslim community and six separatists were among 18 people killed in a land-mine blast and gun battles in Indian-controlled Kashmir, police said. "Militants detonated [an explosive device] at Kanihama when the vehicle carrying the Shia leader Agha Syed Mehdi along with five others passed through the area, killing them," a police spokesman said.
August 16, 2000 |
The volatile region of Kashmir greeted this country's independence holiday Tuesday with empty streets and vacant bleachers, underscoring anew that 53 years of living in India have failed to make Kashmiris feel a part of the nation. As politicians in New Delhi made speeches and watched parades, thousands of soldiers and paramilitary troops lined the streets in Srinagar to ensure that the violence of the past three weeks didn't return.
December 30, 1999 |
The Islamic militants holding 160 hostages aboard a hijacked Indian Airlines jet dropped two key demands Wednesday but refused to budge any further amid reports today that Indian negotiators offered to free jailed guerrillas. As the hostages awoke from a sixth night in captivity today, Western diplomats at the scene of the hijacking in Kandahar, Afghanistan, told Associated Press that Indian negotiators had offered to release some of the jailed Kashmiri guerrillas.
December 29, 1999 |
The Indian Airlines hijacking took an ominous turn Tuesday as the terrorists escalated their demands, asking for $200 million and the release of 35 jailed guerrillas in exchange for the freedom of their 160 captives. The new demands, which the Muslim extremist hijackers announced in a letter dropped from the door of the plane in southern Afghanistan, included the exhumation and return of a comrade buried in India.