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October 4, 2010 | By Mark Magnier and Anshul Rana, Los Angeles Times
When the Commonwealth Games kicked off here Sunday night, India relished the spectacle as an antidote to months of bad press over alleged corruption and mismanagement, including headlines about a collapsed footbridge, a tourist shooting and a filthy athletes' village. India has hoped to use the Games to showcase its booming economy and growing international clout in the same way China did with the 2008 Summer Olympics. But the many scandals in the run-up to the Games have left some worried that they would dent the nation's stature rather than elevate it. Some in the news media have dubbed them the "Shame Games.
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April 1, 2013 | By Emily Alpert
Female tourists are avoiding India and canceling trips there after violent rapes made headlines around the world, according to a business association based in New Delhi. The number of tourists coming to India has fallen 25% since December, the Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry of India found in its recent survey of 1,200 tour operators around the country -- a trend that frustrates government plans to ramp up the number of tourists by 12% every year. Women are even more likely to steer clear of India: The flow of female travelers has plunged 35% as women from Britain, Canada and the United States scrap tours they had already booked, local businesses told the group.
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December 17, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI -- India reacted Tuesday to the arrest of one of its diplomats in New York last week by snubbing a U.S. Congressional delegation, removing security from outside the U.S. Embassy and threatening to treat U.S. diplomats the same way it says its envoys were treated by America. The issue has become a major story, with India's often-breathless media calling the situation a “full blown diplomatic war,” while National Security Adviser Shivshankar Menon was quoted describing the U.S. action as “barbaric” and “despicable.” The incident was sparked off when Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested last week by New York police on charges of visa fraud.
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August 28, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
An anti-corruption activist who sparked a major political crisis in India agreed Saturday to end a 12-day hunger strike after officials acceded to his demands for tackling graft. Septuagenarian Anna Hazare thanked tens of thousands of supporters at the protest site, even as he cautioned that the struggle was far from over. "I feel this is the country's victory," he told the cheering crowd, adding that "we have won only half the battle. " He was flanked by key aides in front of an oversized image of his idol, Mohandas Gandhi.
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April 6, 2010 | By Anshul Rana and Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times Staff Writers
Maoists in eastern India killed at least 70 paramilitary soldiers Tuesday, authorities said, underscoring the continued strength of an insurgency that India has tried for decades to wipe out. The dawn attack in Chhattisgarh state was among the deadliest in memory. S. R. Kalluri, a deputy police inspector in densely forested Dantewada district where the attack occurred, told local media that the soldiers were on an extended overnight patrol and stopped Monday night to rest. At some point, insurgents learned of their location and "at the break of dawn the Maoists attacked," Kalluri said.
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January 24, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
They struck shortly after dawn on a weekday morning this month, taking bulldozers, backhoes and sledgehammers to the Noor Masjid mosque. But the stealth tactics by municipal workers fell short: Well before they finished razing the building, 1,000 Muslim protesters had gathered, and things got ugly. Across town a few hours later, the city's public works department was busy again, this time leveling the Hindu Pushp Vihar temple. Followers clashed with police, devotees sang to the gods and protesters blocked a main road, sparking massive traffic jams.
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December 19, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Pawan Kumar is looking for a job. Not just any job; he wants to be India's newest hangman. Kumar, 50, an apparel salesman from a family of executioners, says it's in his DNA, demonstrating with well-callused hands how to slide a hood over a condemned person's head, grease the noose and wrench the lever so the floor parts like a wave. He acknowledges that he's never performed a hanging, India's preferred execution method, but says he's witnessed several and practiced using sandbags.
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September 22, 1985 | From Reuters
At least 143 people have been killed in heavy rains and floods sweeping through India's northern Uttar Pradesh state during the current monsoon season, the Press Trust of India reported Friday.
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March 16, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
NEW DELHI, India - The gang rape of a 39-year-old Swiss tourist while on a camping trip with her husband has further ratcheted up the spotlight on sexual violence in India. The woman, who had been cycling with her husband in impoverished Madhya Pradesh state in central India, was attacked by at least seven men while the couple were camping for the night, police said Saturday. The assailants also robbed the couple of $180 and a cellphone. The attack comes at a sensitive time for India.
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