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February 11, 1986 | DON A. SCHANCHE, Times Staff Writer
Pope John Paul II ended his 10-day pilgrimage to India on Monday on the same low key on which it began, avoiding offense to the country's predominant Hindus or to its divided Roman Catholics. Here, in what has become a hotbed of Hindu fundamentalism, the weary pontiff addressed a group of seminary students and confined his remarks to a reminder of their allegiance to Rome and the importance of their spiritual duties.
April 11, 2007 | From Times Wire Reports
Laurie Baker, a British-born architect who spent more than 60 years in India building homes that were ecologically sound and affordable for the poor, died April 1 at his home in Trivandrum, India. He was 90. Baker used local, mostly inexpensive, materials to construct quality buildings all over India in what became known as the Laurie Baker style.
November 10, 2005 | Valerie J. Nelson, Times Staff Writer
K.R. Narayanan, a former president of India who brought a deeper meaning to the largely ceremonial position when he rose from the bottom of the country's ancient caste system to become the first "untouchable" to hold the office, has died. He was 85. Narayanan, who had been suffering from pneumonia and kidney failure, died Wednesday at an army hospital in New Delhi, a spokesman for India's defense ministry announced. He had been on life support since Oct. 31.
July 10, 1988 | Associated Press
The confirmed death toll in a train wreck in southern India rose to 103 on Saturday as divers using blowtorches cut open a railway car and found 13 more bodies, officials said. The rescue operation stretched into Saturday night as divers searched for more victims beneath the sunken coaches in Lake Asthamudi, in Kerala state. At least 103 bodies have been recovered, said Abdul Latif, a senior official in Quilon, a town near the accident site.
May 14, 2001 | From Associated Press
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.
January 15, 1999 | From Associated Press
Thousands of barefoot pilgrims jostling for space atop a holy mountain caused part of a hill to collapse, triggering a stampede that killed 51 people during a Hindu holiday Thursday in southern India, police said.
December 22, 2003 | Jane E. Allen
Living in a community where a common pesticide has gotten into the soil, water and air may interfere with sexual development in young men. Until now, scientists had evidence only from laboratory animals that pesticides could affect the male reproductive system. The challenge was finding a place where they could look for the effects of a single pesticide on humans.
September 9, 2000
K. George "Thampi" Varughese, a former taxi driver, died at his home in Camarillo after a yearlong illness. He was 55. Varughese, who died Wednesday, was born Aug. 28, 1945, in Kerala, India, where he grew up and went to school. He worked as a taxi driver before moving his family to Camarillo in October 1992. Varughese bought and drove an ice cream truck and also worked in the maintenance department of a convalescent home in Camarillo.
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