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December 26, 2004 | Ramola Talwar Badam, Associated Press Writer
You say Bombay and I say Mumbai. You say Calcutta and I say Kolkata. The old song about pronunciation -- "Po-tay-to, po-tah-to; to-may-to, to-mah-to" -- could be the refrain of most Indians, as well as people from other former colonial territories who are bent on dropping the Westernized versions of city names. In 1995, the city council of Bombay renamed India's largest city Mumbai, after the Hindu goddess Mumbadevi.
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.
May 15, 2004 | Paul Watson and Shankhadeep Choudhury, Times Staff Writers
Sonia Gandhi is set to become India's prime minister after securing the support of left-wing allies Friday, as the nation's stock market experienced its worst fall in four years. Gandhi, the Italian-born wife of late Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, could clinch the nation's top post in a vote of her Congress Party this weekend. Her rise would restore to power a dynasty that has largely dominated Indian politics since independence from Britain in 1947.
May 8, 2008 | Kavita Daswani, Special to The Times
As a child growing up in the backwaters of Kerala, India, Santosh Sivan recalls trekking up the narrow, winding roads that had been cut into the mountain jungle. "I used to ask my father, 'Who made the road like this and how did they do it?' He would tell me about the prayers that had been performed along the way, the ghost stories, the tribal culture that ruled the place."
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