October 31, 1986 |
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 |
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 24, 2007 |
Meena discovered she had been sold while riding in an auto-rickshaw headed to New Delhi's red-light district. The 12-year-old was working as a servant in Calcutta when the homeowner told her of a good-paying job at his sister's house in India's capital. But instead, she was sold to a brothel owner and forced into prostitution for little more than a place to sleep and the occasional meal. Her ordeal lasted four years and Meena, now 21, says it left her "a very angry person."
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.
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.