December 19, 2011 |
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.
July 15, 2011 |
India's home minister said Thursday that it was too early to blame any particular militant group or individual for the deadly blasts that struck Mumbai at rush hour a day earlier, but that the coordinated attack was the work of terrorists. He also defended the intelligence services' record in the run-up to the three explosions, adding that they had no information that an attack was coming. "Whoever planned this attack worked in a very, very clandestine manner," Palaniappan Chidambaram told reporters Thursday morning.
November 7, 2010 |
One of the first people President Obama met after checking in Saturday to the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower here was Karambir Singh Kang, the hotel's manager. Kang lost his wife, Niti, and their two sons in the terrorist attack on the hotel and other sites in Mumbai two years ago, but then went on to help save others. Obama made the refurbished hotel the first stop of his two-week trip to Asia in order to convey a message to plotters of that attack and others. "In our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity," he said, "the United States and India stand united.
November 6, 2010 |
President Obama visited the site of the 2008 terrorist attacks here Saturday, making it the first stop of his two-week trip to Asia in order to convey a message to plotters of that attack and others. "In our determination to give our people a future of security and prosperity," he said, "the United States and India stand united. " Obama spoke with a group of hotel employees and other survivors gathered in a hotel courtyard shortly after checking into the hotel. He is the first foreign head of state to stay at the Taj Mahal Palace and Tower Hotel since the attacks, an event known in India by the shorthand 26/11.
October 18, 2010 |
The wife of a U.S. citizen who has admitted scouting targets for the 2008 Mumbai terrorist attacks had provided details to federal agents about the man's ties to Pakistani militant groups three years earlier, but the FBI determined the information was insufficient to legally justify opening an investigation, a federal official said. The man, David Coleman Headley, was briefly arrested in New York City in 2005 after a domestic dispute, and his wife told the FBI-led Joint Terrorism Task Force about his political leanings and associations, the official said.
July 15, 2010 |
A senior Indian official has accused Pakistan's powerful spy agency of planning and carrying out the 2008 terrorist attack in Mumbai, the toughest and most direct allegation by the Indian government against its neighbor over the assault that killed 166 people. The allegation of Inter-Services Intelligence agency involvement, published Wednesday in the Indian Express newspaper, comes a day before the foreign ministers of the nuclear-armed rivals are scheduled to meet in Islamabad in a bid to ease suspicion stemming from the attack.