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October 15, 1985 | Associated Press
An outbreak of encephalitis has claimed 79 lives in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous, the Indian Express newspaper reported. Encephalitis is an inflammation of the brain and spinal cord. For many forms, there is no treatment.
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September 24, 1996 | From Times Wire Reports
The Congress (I) Party, which ran India for much of its independence only to lose power this year, chose Sitaram Kesri, a low-caste confidant of the former prime minister, as its temporary president. Former Prime Minister P. V. Narasimha Rao resigned the party leadership after a judge ordered that he be charged with corruption. Kesri is a respected leader of low-caste Hindus in northern India. He has been party treasurer for the last 20 years.
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December 1, 2002 | From Associated Press
Health experts have begun investigating a mysterious virus that has killed nearly 100 children and sickened hundreds more people over the last two months in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh, officials said Saturday. The children, most of them younger than 12, died after what doctors and officials described as a high fever brought on by mosquito bites. Doctors said children and older people were more susceptible because their immune systems were weaker.
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December 16, 2000 | From Reuters
The chief of the north Indian state of Uttar Pradesh banned beauty contests Friday, saying they violated traditional culture. His move follows an unprecedented wave of success by Indian women in beauty pageants abroad--including this month's Miss World--which has prompted dozens of beauty competitions to spring up in India. "There is no place for vulgarity in our society," said Rajnath Singh, who belongs to the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, or BJP.
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November 29, 1993 | Associated Press
The right-wing party that gained substantial power by championing Hindu extremism appears to have lost much of its popularity in India, according to early results from Sunday's state elections. The elections in four northern states and New Delhi were seen as a test of the popularity of the right-wing Bharatiya Janata Party, which became India's main opposition by whipping up Hindu resentment against the country's Muslim minority.
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October 13, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, This post has been updated. See note below for details.
NEW DELHI -- At least 89 people died Sunday in a stampede near a Hindu temple in central India when people panicked on a crowded bridge. In addition to the confirmed death toll, many of the 100 injured were in critical condition, so the death toll was likely to rise, according to Dilip Kumar Arya, Chambal Range deputy inspector general of police. [Updated at 9:33 p.m. Oct. 13: The death toll rose to at least 109. ] Hundreds of thousands of people had gathered at the Ratangarh temple in central Madhya Pradesh state Sunday morning for the last day of a nine-day religious festival when a crowd bolted on a packed bridge, authorities said.
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December 25, 1994 | ARTHUR MAX, ASSOCIATED PRESS
By the code of India's ancient caste system, Asim Arun should have been a cobbler or tanner of hides, socially unfit to touch an upper-caste Hindu or even look him in the eye. Defying history, Arun is in an elite academy, training for a coveted position in India's civil service. He was admitted under a quota that reserves one in five government jobs and university places for people from India's primitive hunter-gatherer tribes, members of Hinduism's lowest castes and the even lower-placed "Untouchables."
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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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March 15, 2002 | PAUL WATSON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A local official and the 92-year-old leader of a nationalist movement to build a Hindu temple on the site of a demolished mosque reached a last-minute compromise today that was expected to avert a confrontation with heavily armed police. Before the agreement, the Hindu holy man, Ramchandra Das Paramhans, sought the advice of his doctor and divine inspiration Thursday as he prepared to challenge police roadblocks.
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May 16, 2004 | Paul Watson, Times Staff Writer
Sonia Gandhi was unanimously reelected as parliamentary leader of her Congress Party on Saturday, moving the Italian-born politician closer to making history as the first person of foreign origin to serve as prime minister of the world's largest democracy. After the vote, Gandhi immediately took aim at Hindu nationalists who called her a foreigner unfit to govern India.
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