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June 9, 1989 | From Reuters
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 | From Associated Press
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.
January 8, 2014 | By Shashank Bengali
MUMBAI, India - In the latest salvo of a surprisingly bitter diplomatic feud, the Indian government on Wednesday ordered the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi to cease commercial activities at a popular club for Americans on its premises. The demand comes as U.S. officials weigh whether to prosecute an Indian diplomat in New York on charges that she obtained fraudulent visa documents for her housekeeper and violated labor laws by paying her far below minimum wage. The case involving Devyani Khobragade, the Indian deputy consul general in New York, has touched off a furor here and prompted officials in New Delhi to take a number of retaliatory steps against Americans in the Indian capital.
December 12, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Kaushik began shoplifting gum balls at age 7 and eventually graduated to carbonated beverages, books, expensive name-brand deodorant and hair gel, usually from high-end malls. He didn't need to swipe the merchandise; his family was comfortably middle class. But Kaushik, now 28, relished the adrenaline rush and his ability to look calm as his heart raced. "It's totally the thrill, the sense of power of hoodwinking the security," said the New Delhi media employee, who would give only his first name, adding that he had quit stealing six years ago. "I had no moral dilemma, only concern over the legal ramifications if I got caught.
October 22, 2009 | Times Wire Reports
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.
May 30, 1985 | Associated Press
Temperatures in northern India hit 118 degrees Wednesday, and six people died of heat stroke. New Delhi and the states of Uttar Pradesh, Haryana, Punjab and Rajasthan were hardest hit by the dry, scorching heat. Six people died in Uttar Pradesh. Agra recorded an all-time high of 118.6 degrees. Bhatinda in Punjab had a record 116.6 degrees. New Delhi's high was 109 degrees. Forecasters in the capital said temperatures may rise today.
October 31, 1986 | Associated Press
While officials attending a memorial service for Prime Minister Indira Gandhi on the anniversary of her assassination today hailed her as a martyr, thousands of Sikhs thronged their holiest shrine to extol her two killers. The 66-year-old Gandhi was slain two years ago by two Sikh guards in her New Delhi garden. Government officials gathered at her riverside memorial in New Delhi. Commandos ringed the area as her son and successor, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, arrived wearing a bulletproof vest.
June 30, 2008 | From Times Wire Reports
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.
June 10, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Reporting from Karachi, Pakistan, and New Delhi -- India's most famous artist, M.F. Husain, often referred to as the Picasso of India, died Thursday in a London hospital. He was 95. The cause of death was not immediately clear, although he was being treated for fluid in his lungs. Husain left India in 2006, angered by Hindu hardliners who condemned his nude depictions of Hindu gods. Last year Husain, a Muslim, became a citizen of Qatar, dividing his time between homes there and in London.
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