June 30, 2008 |
Men wore sparkling saris, women draped rainbow boas and hundreds of people chanted for gay rights in three Indian cities in the largest display of gay pride in the deeply conservative country, where homosexual acts are illegal. Gay rights supporters took to the streets of Kolkata, formerly Calcutta, Bangalore and New Delhi to call for an end to discrimination and push for acceptance in a society where intolerance is widespread. "This is a national coming-out party," said Alok Gupta, a lawyer from Mumbai, as he stood among several hundred activists in New Delhi.
May 7, 1985 |
Hindu mobs attacked Sikhs and set fire to their shops today in the first major religious violence to rock northern India since the murder of Prime Minister Indira Gandhi last October. Officials in Punjab state said a 24-hour curfew was imposed on the village of Dhariwal, about 250 miles north of New Delhi and 40 miles northeast of Amritsar, to end the strife. The violence was sparked by the slayings Monday of two Hindus by suspected Sikh extremists.
February 25, 1996 |
A bus collided with a truck and burst into flames Saturday, killing 30 people and critically injuring 25 others in a southern Indian town, a news report said. Firefighters took more than three hours to put out the blaze after the vehicles collided on a narrow bridge near Sulur, 1,500 miles south of the capital, New Delhi, United News of India said.
January 24, 2003 |
Pakistan told four officials at India's embassy to leave Islamabad within 48 hours, in retaliation for New Delhi kicking out four officials at Pakistan's embassy in India a day earlier. The four Pakistanis had been accused of "activities incompatible with their official status," an apparent reference to espionage. The tit-for-tat expulsions were expected to aggravate tensions between the nuclear rivals, who ended a 10-month standoff in October when they pulled back troops from their border.
December 28, 2012 |
The 23-year-old Indian medical student who was gang-raped and beaten on a New Delhi bus two weeks ago died of organ failure at a Singapore hospital early Saturday, Singapore's Strait Times newspaper reported online. The brutal assault on the woman triggered massive protests in the Indian capital and demands for harsher punishment of those who commit violence against women. Six men have been arrested in the Dec. 16 attack that occurred after the woman, who has not been named, boarded what she thought was a public commuter bus. The driver and five other men on a joy ride gang-raped the woman and beat and stripped her and her companion before throwing them from the vehicle, police reported.
October 10, 1986
The official death toll from the 1984 gas leak in Bhopal, India, has risen to at least 2,233, the state government of Madhya Pradesh reported. The toll previously had been reported at more than 2,000. A spokesman said 338 other fatalities are awaiting verification as being gas-related. The government has said that 200,000 were injured. The casualties occurred when 40 tons of methyl isocyanate, used in manufacturing pesticide, escaped from a Union Carbide Corp.
February 7, 1987 |
India and Canada signed a treaty Friday that will make it easier for India to extradite Canadian-based Sikh extremists. Canadian External Affairs Minister Joe Clark signed the treaty--the first of its kind between Ottawa and New Delhi--with his Indian counterpart, Narain Dutt Tiwari. A ministry news release said the accord could "serve as a precedent for future agreements" with other countries.