March 21, 2013 |
NEW DELHI -- India's lumbering legal system delivered its final verdict Thursday in a 1993 serial bombing attack in Mumbai that killed 257 people and injured 700, upholding the death penalty for one of the accused masterminds and reducing to life in prison from death the sentences against 10 others. The 10 don't deserve execution because they were pawns in the plot, the Supreme Court ruled about two decades after the deadliest terrorist attack in India's history. The court blamed Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence spy agency for training the attackers and providing them with weapons, an accusation Pakistan has long denied.
March 30, 2012 |
NEW DELHI - Sailor-suited Russian models touted their nation's submarines. Indian officers posed for pictures atop foreign-made armor-plated vehicles. And working the room at New Delhi's aging exhibition center were French, British and American arms merchants from global defense giants, elbowing each other aside in the search for a deal at Defexpo India 2012, the country's biggest-ever weapons trade show. Fueled by superpower ambitions and rivalry with China but hampered by a creaky domestic defense industry, India is on a military buying spree that's made it the belle-of-the-global-military ball.
August 2, 1986 |
A bus fell into a ditch Friday near the holy town of Badrinath in the Himalayas, killing at least 30 Hindu pilgrims and seriously injuring 12 others, the United News of India said. It said the driver lost control of the bus on a curve on the hilly road about 190 miles northeast of New Delhi.
July 5, 1987 |
Indian Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi arrived in New Delhi on Saturday, ending a three-day official visit to the Soviet Union during which he inaugurated the Festival of India and held talks with Soviet leaders.
December 26, 1987 |
A train slammed into a truck crowded with people returning from a market in southeastern Orissa state, killing 15 and injuring 14 others, the Press Trust of India reported. The domestic news agency said the accident occurred Wednesday near Koraput, 660 miles southeast of New Delhi.
June 9, 1989 |
A 5-year-old girl rolled into India's commercial capital of Bombay and a civic reception after roller-skating 1,000 miles from New Delhi. Sheetal Pandya arrived Wednesday after spending 52 days on the road with her father raising nearly $12,500 for cancer research.
May 27, 1989 |
A farm tractor pulling a wagon loaded with wedding guests fell into a canal Friday, killing 13 people, according to a news report. About 30 people were riding on the tractor and in the wagon near West Godavari, about 825 miles southeast of New Delhi.
August 29, 2013 |
MEERUT, India - A militant who topped India's most-wanted list and helped found one of the nation's most infamous homegrown insurgent groups was apprehended on the border with Nepal, police said Thursday. Yasin Bhatkal, 30, mastermind and a co-founder of the Indian Mujahedin, is wanted in connection with more than 40 bombings over the last decade. Bhatkal - born Mohammed Ahmed Siddhibappa but widely known by his pseudonym - was tracked to Nepal by Indian intelligence agencies.
January 28, 2012 |
India'splan to issue each of its citizens a biometric identity number, an ambitious program aimed at cutting corruption, mismanagement and red tape, may yet founder on the very bureaucracy it was designed to minimize. On Friday, after a battle between two agencies over who would collect and control the fingerprints, retinal scans and other information before issuing the 12-digit numbers,India'sprime minister resolved the issue: Both bureaucracies will collect the information "with suitable provisions to eliminate avoidable overlap.
October 22, 2009 |
A passenger train in northern India crashed into another train's rear carriage reserved for women and disabled passengers, killing 22 people and injuring 16 who remained trapped for hours near Agra, the home of the Taj Mahal, police said. Rescuers had to cut open the wrecked compartment to free trapped passengers after the crash, about 130 miles southeast of New Delhi, said Rajesh Bajpai, a railway spokesman. Rescuers recovered 19 bodies during an operation that lasted nearly seven hours, said Rajesh Dikshit, a police spokesman.