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May 25, 1999 | Associated Press
Ending a leadership crisis for India's main opposition party, Sonia Gandhi announced Monday that she will remain at the helm of the Congress Party. "She has reconsidered her decision [to resign] and agreed to continue as Congress president," senior party leader Pranab Mukherjee told reporters.
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September 2, 2013 | By Mark Magnier
NEW DELHI - India passed into law Monday an ambitious program to provide nearly free food to some 800 million Indians. Supporters hailed it as a long-overdue fix for the nation's rampant poverty, while critics slammed it as a shameless and electoral ploy the country can't afford that will encourage more waste and corruption. The National Food Security Bill gives two-thirds of India's population the right to buy 12 pounds of rice, wheat, millet or other cereals each month at no more than 3 cents per pound.
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September 13, 2001 | From Times Wire Reports
Italian-born Sonia Gandhi is a legitimate citizen of India, the Supreme Court ruled, upholding her election to parliament. Two voters had challenged her election two years ago to the lower house of parliament. They alleged government irregularities in granting her Indian nationality. Sonia Gandhi became an Indian citizen in the 1980s, after having lived in New Delhi for 16 years with her late husband, Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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November 20, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
Priyanshi Srivastava, a second-year student at the Footwear Development Design Institute here in Amethi, was quite taken with lawmaker Rahul Gandhi during his recent visit to the institute that he helped start. "I never expected he'd have such a deep knowledge about leather goods," Srivastava said of the scion of India's most famous political family. "And I never thought he'd be so damned handsome. " As campaigning for legislative assembly seats in the north-central state of Uttar Pradesh kicked off last week, Gandhi may hope other voters in India's most populous state have the same reaction.
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May 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Monica Bellucci will star in a film about Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, who married into India's most powerful political dynasty and now heads the country's ruling party, the Times of India reported Tuesday. Jagmohan Mundhra, a well-known Indian filmmaker, will direct the movie. The Italian Bellucci, 37, starred in "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004.
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May 23, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Sonia Gandhi was in no mood for outsiders. She was with her people now, working for her husband, barnstorming his dusty, crushingly poor voting district several hundred miles southeast of the nation's capital. "No, no, sorry, no interviews, no pictures, please," she said, hiding her face and all but pushing away the reporter and photographer who had stumbled onto her election campaign party in a tiny village of the huge Amethi district during India's last hard-fought campaign in November, 1989.
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May 23, 1991 | MARK FINEMAN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Shocked and terrified Indians all but deserted the streets of their capital on the first day of official mourning Wednesday as slain leader Rajiv Gandhi's Congress-I Party moved swiftly to cash in on a political windfall of sympathy by naming the former prime minister's widow to replace him as the party's president. But Italian-born Sonia Gandhi was strongly resisting the leadership post, according to sources close to the family.
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October 1, 1989
India launched its first locally manufactured submarine, giving its navy and arms industry a major boost and heightening regional fears over its rapid military expansion. Sonia Gandhi, wife of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, pressed the launch button from the yard of the state-owned Mazagon Dock, sending the submarine sliding down its dry dock at Bombay into the Arabian Sea.
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June 3, 1999 | Associated Press
Sri Lanka's Tamil Tiger rebels, blamed for several political assassinations in their quest for an independent homeland, on Wednesday denied reports that they were plotting to kill Indian politician Sonia Gandhi.
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August 19, 1999 | From Times Wire Reports
Sonia Gandhi, widow of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, opted to seek two seats in India's Parliament. "I have decided to contest from this constituency [Bellary] as well as north," she said after filing her nomination papers as a Congress Party candidate in the southern state of Karnataka. She will also probably seek a seat in the Amethi district, which was once represented by her husband, in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
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July 13, 2011 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
In a bid to jump-start a flagging government and move beyond persistent corruption scandals, India's ruling coalition Tuesday announced a Cabinet reshuffle. But analysts questioned whether the relatively modest changes would be enough to restore political momentum and burnish the image of the Congress Party and its allies. Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announced new leaders for 13 ministries, mostly in the social welfare area, while leaving the four most powerful portfolios — defense, external affairs, finance and home — untouched.
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June 12, 2011 | By Richard Rayner, Special to the Los Angeles Times
India A Portrait Patrick French Alfred A. Knopf: 401 pp., $30 There are 7 billion people on the planet, and nearly 1.2 billion of them live in India, making it famously the world's biggest democracy by far. In the thriving, striving new Indian economy, businessmen make sudden, amazing fortunes, as the American robber barons did in the 19th century, and regularly place on the Forbes list of the world's most wealthy. Yet at least 300 million Indians live in desperate conditions, many of them starving.
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August 26, 2007 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
With his trademark blue turban, Clark Kent glasses and salt-and-pepper beard, Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh still looks like the earnest, unassuming, bookish economist he has been for most of his adult life. His speeches bear the unmistakable ring of a lecture-hall drone, and his vision for the world's most populous democracy would probably work best as a PowerPoint presentation.
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May 31, 2006 | From the Associated Press
Monica Bellucci will star in a film about Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, who married into India's most powerful political dynasty and now heads the country's ruling party, the Times of India reported Tuesday. Jagmohan Mundhra, a well-known Indian filmmaker, will direct the movie. The Italian Bellucci, 37, starred in "The Passion of the Christ" in 2004.
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March 24, 2006 | Henry Chu, Times Staff Writer
Sonia Gandhi, head of India's ruling party, resigned Thursday from Parliament to defuse a growing controversy over whether she illegally held two political posts at once. However, the country's most powerful woman said she would run again in the by-election for her seat, a contest she is almost certain to win and which would return her to the Lok Sabha, the lower house, within six months.
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February 6, 2005 | Deborah Hastings, Associated Press Writer
Even before the tsunami ripped away her husband, Vallatha was the subject of gossip and derision, through no fault of her own. Because her eyes are a stunning green, an unusual twist of genetics in a country of brown-eyed people, she was considered evil. Behind her back, villagers call her the "cat-eyed woman." Adding to her reputation was the fact that she married her husband because she loved him. That is not a valued reason to wed in this seaside village.
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December 29, 1999 | From Associated Press
Sikh officials armed with swords stopped Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi on Tuesday from entering the seat of the Sikh religion, the site of an army raid 15 years ago that was called by her late mother-in-law. "Stop her!" officials standing on the steps of the Akal Takht building shouted as Gandhi walked toward it. Sikhs traditionally wear swords, one of the five symbols of their religion. The Akal Takht building is the Sikh spiritual and temporal throne in the Golden Temple complex.
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May 14, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Sonia Gandhi, the woman who Thursday staged one of India's memorable electoral comebacks, is a reluctant politician with a distaste for the rough and tumble of politics. Gandhi is said to have threatened to divorce her husband, Rajiv, after he decided to enter politics to succeed his assassinated mother and former prime minister, Indira Gandhi. After Rajiv's assassination in 1991, Sonia Gandhi became a virtual recluse. She avoided Indian politics and tried to shield her two children from it.
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June 22, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Most people in this farming region haul their water home in buckets. It's often so dirty it makes them sick. Their roads are rutted like washboards. Half the time, they have no electricity. For more than 25 years, this deprived district has been the Gandhi family's political finishing school, where the heirs of India's most privileged dynasty are groomed for power. Amethi's voters recently sent Rahul Gandhi, 34, to Parliament for the first time. His late uncle Sanjay once held the seat.
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May 21, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Incoming Prime Minister Manmohan Singh promised Thursday that he would reshape economic reforms to benefit millions of India's poor, protect workers in state-run firms and boost farm output. "I have always been saying that we need reforms," Singh told reporters here. "We will increase reforms, but it will be reforms with a human face, reforms that benefit the common man of our country."
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