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October 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India breathed a sigh of relief Sunday as assessment teams fanned out across the eastern part of the country in the wake of the biggest storm in 14 years and found extensive property damage but relatively little loss of life. The state news service, Press Trust of India, reported that 23 people died as a result of Cyclone Phailin, most from falling trees or flying debris. Many had predicted a far higher death toll from the storm in this country of 1.2 billion people, where crisis management, regulation, planning and execution are often inadequate and thousands lose their lives each year to natural disasters, building collapses, train accidents and poor crowd control.
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October 17, 2013 | By Mark Magnier and Robyn Dixon
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. When she got there, agents forced her onto a train to New Delhi and sold her. The buyers were a family that abused her and forced her to work long days cooking, cleaning, caring for two young children and preparing for parties without pay or being allowed to contact her family. "I worked from 6 a.m. until midnight or 1 a.m.," said Savita, now 15 and freed from her bondage.
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September 5, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
This city of 20 million people, the frenetic embodiment of India's energy, ambition and chaos, doesn't do quiet very well, even as it pauses for a few hours after midnight to rejuvenate. Tonight, monsoon rains from the Arabian Sea are forcing its thousands of street dwellers to retreat to dank hallways and dimly lit underpasses. Mahesh Suresh Kamble and his co-worker, Sangpal Sitaram Bachate, wait for the rain to ease before heading to a complex of four-story apartments in the heart of the city, aware that their prey prefers indoor comfort in such weather.
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April 19, 2012 | By Mary Forgione, Los Angeles Times Daily Travel & Deal blogger
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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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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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June 21, 1987 | United Press International
The World Bank will ask officials from the United States and 12 other nations this week to pledge $10 billion worth of aid to India over the next two years, officials said Friday.
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