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June 20, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New members of India's Parliament flooded into the capital Wednesday, humbled by final election results that punished all major political parties by denying any of them a majority victory, while the leaders of slain former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Congress-I Party spent their third straight day behind closed doors, heading for a showdown today in their choice of the nation's next prime minister.
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June 20, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
New members of India's Parliament flooded into the capital Wednesday, humbled by final election results that punished all major political parties by denying any of them a majority victory, while the leaders of slain former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi's Congress-I Party spent their third straight day behind closed doors, heading for a showdown today in their choice of the nation's next prime minister.
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October 14, 1993 | From Times Staff and Wire Reports
The official death toll from the Sept. 30 earthquake in southern India was 9,748, Maharashtra Chief Minister Sharad Pawar said. Pawar, the highest elected official in the state, said estimates of up to 30,000 casualties were "highly exaggerated." Army units that led relief and rescue operations have extricated all bodies from the rubble and fixed the death toll at 9,748, he said. He did not say why a high toll was initially reported.
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October 9, 1993 | Reuters
The Indian government set an ambitious three-month target Friday for rebuilding 30,000 homes devastated by the country's worst earthquake in more than 50 years. Sharad Pawar, chief minister of the worst-hit state of Maharashtra, said reconstruction will begin in two weeks, with a target completion date of Jan. 26, India's Republic Day holiday.
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June 22, 1991 | From Associated Press
P.V. Narasimha Rao, a Gandhi family loyalist, was sworn in Friday as India's ninth prime minister. He named a top economist to his Cabinet to confront India's looming debt crisis. Manmohan Singh, who has headed India's federal bank and was negotiating a loan from the World Bank to tide over a $63-billion foreign debt, was among 54 Cabinet ministers sworn in along with Rao.
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March 15, 1993 | From Associated Press
Police Sunday found a booby-trapped motor scooter that could provide leads to a series of synchronized bombings that killed 300 people in Bombay. The scooter's luggage compartments were stuffed with plastic explosives wired to the ignition, Police Commissioner Amarjit Singh Samra said. No one has claimed responsibility for Friday's blasts, but police say they have been questioning many people.
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September 30, 1993 | From Times Wire Services
A powerful earthquake toppled houses and devastated villages in southern India before dawn today, burying hundreds of people under their collapsed homes. As many as 500 people could be dead, the chief minister of the state of Maharashtra was quoted as saying by the United News of India news agency. An officer of the state police control room also said 500 were feared dead. The quake, which registered a magnitude 6.4, occurred at 3:56 a.m.
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January 10, 1993 | From Reuters
Hindu-Muslim bloodshed spread to new parts of Bombay on Saturday as rioters fought gun battles with police and burned shops and cars, taking the death toll in four days of clashes in India's business capital to 90, police said. At least 20 people were killed Saturday as shops, a cinema and homes were set ablaze. Rioters pelted fire engines with stones and gasoline bombs to try to stop them from putting out scores of fires.
NEWS
October 4, 1993 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
The Indian army on Sunday cracked down on a human wave of well-wishers, thrill-seekers and amateur aid-givers who flooded flattened villages where thousands had died, and political leaders appealed for cash--not relief goods--as authorities struggled to bring order to the aftermath of India's worst earthquake in half a century.
OPINION
June 30, 1991
For a democracy, inauguration day is usually a time of renewed faith. But in India, the fall of three governments in 20 months, combined with religious and sectional violence, has tempered hopes. Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao, 70, took office recently after the most traumatic parliamentary elections in India's history. Former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, the leader of the largest political party, Congress-I, was only one of more than 300 people killed.
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June 21, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
With a show of hands and a deafening thump of their table tops, members of India's long-ruling Congress-I Party on Thursday unanimously elected P. V. Narasimha Rao, an aging, scholarly compromise candidate, to serve as India's ninth prime minister. The selection of Rao brings to a close the most traumatic chapter in India's politics, which included last month's assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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