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2007        Jan 3, In northern India ash-smeared and naked Hindu saints led millions of devotees in a pre-dawn holy dip at the meeting of three major rivers, starting a weeks-long pilgrimage to wash away their sins.
    (AP, 1/3/07)

2007        Jan 5, In India suspected separatists and rebels in Assam state killed 35 migrant workers and wounded at least 19.
    (SSFC, 1/7/07, p.A3)

2007        Jan 6, In northeast India suspected separatist rebels fatally shot 13 sleeping migrant workers before dawn, adding to a string of attacks over two days that killed a total of 48 people and wounded at least 19.
    (AP, 1/6/07)

2007        Jan 7, Suspected separatists fatally shot eight people in India's northeast as army, police and paramilitary forces swept through a remote corner of the region after earlier militant attacks killed dozens.
    (AP, 1/7/07)

2007        Jan 8, Thousands of poor migrant laborers fled India's remote northeast despite a government promise of protection after dozens were massacred at the weekend by a powerful rebel group.
    (AP, 1/8/07)

2007        Jan 9, More than 100 Indian fishermen left for home after Pakistan set them free in a goodwill gesture to its longtime rival.
    (AP, 1/9/07)

2007        Jan 10, In northern Indian a 4-story building under construction in Allahabad collapsed, killing 10 workers and injuring at least 25.
    (AP, 1/10/07)

2007        Jan 13, Pranab Mukherjee, India’s foreign minister, visited Islamabad to discuss Sir Creek and other disputes. 2 days later Indian and Pakistani surveyors began mapping the creek in preparation for settling their maritime border there.
    (Econ, 1/20/07, p.52)

2007        Jan 15, In India hundreds of Hindu holy men, naked but for the ash smeared on their bodies and an occasional marigold garland, led a sea of humanity to the waters of the Ganges River to wash away their sins at the apex of a weeks long pilgrimage.
    (AP, 1/15/07)

2007        Jan 16, Indian PM Manmohan Singh reiterated his government's offer for talks with separatist rebels in restive northeast Assam state after recent violence left 73 people dead.
    (AFP, 1/16/07)

2007        Jan 17, In India a bomb planted in a vegetable carton by suspected members of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) exploded in a market in Dispur. Two people, including a child, were killed and 12 people were injured in the attack.

2007        Jan 18, India prepared to send 125 of its crack policewomen to Liberia to act as UN peacekeepers, the first time the world body has deployed an all-female unit.
    (AFP, 1/18/07)
2007        Jan 18, In India a boat carrying people to a religious festival sank on the Krishna River. As many as 66 pilgrims were feared drowned.
    (AP, 1/19/07)

2007        Jan 21, In India at least one person was killed and eight wounded in two separate explosions in the insurgency-hit northeastern state of Assam.
    (AFP, 1/21/07)
2007        Jan 21, In India Tata Motors broke ground on a new factory at Singur in West Bengal that took the land or jobs of at least 14,000 farmers and sharecroppers.
    (Econ, 1/27/07, p.43)

2007        Jan 23, In northeast India suspected separatist rebels set off a large bomb in a crowded market in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state, killing at least one person and wounding 12.
    (AP, 1/23/07)

2007        Jan 24, India and Russia agreed two arms deals meant to bring bilateral military ties into a new era, a day before Russian President Vladimir Putin's arrival for a two-day summit.
    (AP, 1/24/07)
2007        Jan 24, In India some 18,000 rickshaw operators went on strike in Kolkata to protest a ban on rickshaws by the Communist government of West Bengal.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.43)

2007        Jan 25, Russian President Vladimir Putin arrived in India, hoping to use the two nations' decades-long friendship to push for deals in civilian nuclear cooperation, military hardware and trade expansion. Putin sealed a deal to construct more nuclear power plants in India.
    (AP, 1/25/07)
2007        Jan 25, In India an angry crowd severely beat up two suspects who are accused of sexually assaulting and killing up to 20 children and women. The crowd pounced upon the two as they were being taken to a lockup by police after a court in Ghaziabad, a town on the outskirts of New Delhi, sent them to police custody for 15 days.
    (AP, 1/25/07)

2007        Jan 26, In western India a four-story boarding school collapsed, killing at least 11 girls and injuring 14. The school in Tichakpura, a village in Gujarat, served tribespeople in the area.
    (AP, 1/27/07)

2007        Jan 28, Officials said India will set up an aerospace defense command to shield itself against possible attacks from outer space.
    (AP, 1/28/07)

2007        Jan 30, Reliance Industries opened 9 shops in and around Delhi. They were among the first supermarkets to appear in India.
    (Econ, 2/3/07, p.64)

2007        Jan 31, Tata Steel said its $11.3 billion offer to acquire European steel maker Corus (formerly British Steel) is strategic to its global ambitions, even as the winning bid raised concerns that the deal's high cost could undermine the combined company's financial health.
    (AP, 1/31/07)(SSFC, 2/11/07, p.C3)

2007        Jan, A 67% stake in Hutchinson Essar, India’s 4th largest mobile operator, was put up for sale by Hutchinson Telecom, which in turn was controlled by Li Ka-shing, Hong Kong’s richest tycoon. The other 33% was owned by Essar, an Indian steel and oil refining group controlled by the Ruia family.
    (Econ, 1/13/07, p.59)
2007        Jan, Police in India’s Jammu & Kashmir state turned up 5 bodies of Kashmiris buried as Pakistani militants. 8 police officers in the Ganderbal district were arrested including Hansraj Parihar, Ganderbal’s top policeman.
    (Econ, 2/17/07, p.44)

2007        Feb 2, In northern India a crowded bus veered off a steep mountain road and fell into a gorge, killing at least 10 people and injuring 17 others.   
    (AP, 2/2/07)

2007        Feb 3, In India at least 19 laborers were crushed to death when a wall they were building collapsed near Mumbai.
    (AFP, 2/3/07)

2007        Feb 5, In India “Metro Now," Delhi’s first tabloid, was launched. A 2nd tabloid called “India Today" was due to appear later in the year.
    (Econ, 2/17/07, p.69)
2007        Feb 5, In India a fire gutted a garment factory in eastern India, killing seven workers in Howrah, a suburb of Calcutta.
    (AP, 2/5/07)

2007        Feb 8, India’s air force chief S.P. Tyagi told reporters at the Bangalore air show that the government expects to sign a contract to buy 40 Russian Sukhoi-30 aircraft by the end of the fiscal year March 31.
    (AFP, 2/8/07)
2007        Feb 8, An object fell from the sky and killed 3 nomads in northern India’s Rajasthan state. The impact left a crater and the object was believed to have been a meteor.
    (SFC, 2/17/07, p.B6)

2007        Feb 13, India's central bank tightened monetary policy for a second time in two weeks to fight accelerating inflation, hiking the amount of cash commercial banks must keep on deposit. Inflation at 6.73% hit a 2-year high, despite 5 interest rate hikes in the past year. Italian PM Romano Prodi led a jumbo-sized trade delegation to India and called for closer ties for companies from his country with Indian industry in farming and manufacturing.
    (AP, 2/13/07)(AFP, 2/13/07)(WSJ, 2/17/07, p.B1)

2007        Feb 14, Deutsche Boerse, operator of the Frankfurt stock exchange, said it has agreed to buy five percent of the Mumbai stock exchange for 42.7 million dollars (32.8 million euros).
    (AFP, 2/14/07)

2007        Feb 17, Police in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh recovered 390 pieces of bones of newly born babies or fetuses from the backyard of a Christian missionary hospital. Last December, the government said 10 million girls had been killed by their parents in the past 20 years either before they were born or immediately after.
    (Reuters, 2/18/07)

2007        Feb 18, India’s federal minister for women and child development said the government plans to open centers where people can abandon unwanted daughters in a bid to tackle the abortion of female fetuses and infanticide.
    (AFP, 2/18/07)
2007        Feb 18 In northern India 2 bombs exploded on a train headed from India to Pakistan, sparking a fire that swept through two coaches and killed at least 68 people. Most of the dead were Pakistani. Officials said the attack was aimed at undermining the peace process between the rivals.
    (AP, 2/19/07)(Econ, 2/24/07, p.47)

2007        Feb 20, In southern India a river boat carrying children on a school trip capsized, and at least 18 children and four teachers drowned, a local official said. Sixteen children were missing.
    (AP, 2/20/07)

2007        Feb 21, India said it has banned the export to Iran of all material, equipment and technology which could contribute to Tehran's nuclear program.
    (AP, 2/21/07)
2007        Feb 21, India and Pakistan signed a deal to reduce the risk of a nuclear arms accident in a show of cooperation and defiance against terror attacks that killed 68 people from both countries.
    (AP, 2/21/07)

2007        Feb 23, In India the Toxics Link environmental group said India has generated 150,000 tons of electronic waste each year for the last 3 years, with no laws to regulate its disposal.
    (AP, 2/23/07)

2007        Feb 24, In India 16 police officers were killed when suspected rebels ambushed their patrol in northeast Manipur. In eastern India an ill Sabita Behera (30), was beaten to death by her in-laws. They suspected she had AIDS and feared she would infect the rest of the family.
    (Reuters, 2/26/07)(Econ, 3/3/07, p.50)

2007        Feb 25, In India a 6-day national meeting of Indian sex workers started in the city of Kolkata to press demands for labor rights and legal recognition as entertainment workers.
    (AP, 2/25/07)

2007        Feb 28, In Kashmir Indian officials charged 7 policemen in Srinagar with murdering a man and claiming he was an Islamic militant, the first charges in an alleged plot by officers to kill innocent people and earn rewards.
    (AP, 2/28/07)
2007        Feb 28, In India finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram presented his annual budget speech. As inflation approached 7% he increased funds for education by 34% and money for health and family welfare by 22%. Defense spending was set to increase 7.8%.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.49)
2007        Feb 28, French author Dominique Lapierre opened the first of 15 schools planned in India with money raised by auctioning an iconic dress worn by Audrey Hepburn in "Breakfast at Tiffany's."
    (AP, 2/28/07)

2007        Feb, An Indian chili, the bhut jolokia, was accepted by Guinness World Records as the world’s spiciest chili. In 2010 the Indian military decided to use the bhut jolokia to make tear gas-like hand grenades to immobilize suspected terrorists.
    (SFC, 3/24/10, p.A2)(www.thehottestpepper.com/)

2007        Mar 1, India’s government approved a proposal to merge 4 state-owned air-carriers in order to make them more competitive.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.59)
2007        Mar 1, Surender Koli, an Indian servant, confessed to killing and sexually assaulting at least 19 children and women and stuffing their dismembered remains into a storm drain outside the house where he worked.
    (AP, 3/2/07)

2007        Mar 4, In eastern India suspected communist rebels assassinated lawmaker Sunil Mahato as he watched a soccer game being played. Two bodyguards and a civilian also were killed.
    (AP, 3/5/07)

2007        Mar 5, A Tokyo paper said Japan, the United States and India will carry out a joint military drill in the Pacific off Japan's coast amid concerns about China's military build-up.
    (AFP, 3/5/07)

2007        Mar 6, In western India wildlife officials said poachers had killed three highly endangered Asiatic lions in their only remaining sanctuary, removing their claws and bones and raising fears for the future of these rare cats. Tiger numbers in India had collapsed to around 1,800 in the wild, about half the world’s total.
    (AP, 3/6/07)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.41)
2007        Mar 6, Researchers reported in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences that pollution from Asia is helping generate stronger storms over the North Pacific, according to new research. Satellite measurements have shown an increase in tiny particles generated from coal burning in China and India in recent decades.
    (AP, 3/6/07)

2007        Mar 7, In Pakistan senior officials from India and Pakistan wrapped up the first meeting of a joint panel on counterterrorism set up in September under a peace process begun in 2004. They pledged to share information and help each other prevent terrorism. In southwestern Pakistan a bomb attached to a motorcycle exploded near a vehicle carrying pro-government tribal elders, killing one of them and wounding 12 others.
    (AP, 3/7/07)

2007        Mar 12, In mountainous northern India a bus carrying a wedding party plunged into a gorge, killing at least 18 people and injuring another 27.
    (AP, 3/13/07)

2007        Mar 14, Farmers in eastern India angered by government plans to build an industrial park on their land fought police with rocks, machetes and pickaxes. At least 14 people were killed in Nandigram, West Bengal state.
    (AP, 3/14/07)(SFC, 6/18/07, p.A13)

2007        Mar 15, Communist rebels armed with rifles, hand grenades and petrol bombs attacked a police post in the jungles of eastern India, killing at least 55 officers. In eastern India farmers angry over plans to build an industrial park on their land torched a government office in a second day of unrest that has claimed 14 lives.
    (AP, 3/15/07)(AP, 3/16/07)

2007        Mar 16, In eastern India thousands of activists burned buses and blocked roads to protest the recent killing of 14 farmers opposed to government plans to build an industrial park on their land.
    (AP, 3/16/07)

2007        Mar 17, India’s West Bengal state government said it is dropping plans for an industrial zone after deadly riots by farmers furious that their land was being taken for the project.
    (AP, 3/17/07)

2007        Mar 26, In India New Delhi’s High Court imposed new measures aimed at deterring habitually bad drivers in the capital, including the smoking ban and a prohibition on using mobile phones while behind the wheel.
    (AP, 3/27/07)

2007        Mar 29, India's Supreme Court suspended a government program to reserve spots for lower-caste students at the country's top medical, engineering and professional schools.
    (AP, 3/29/07)

2007        Apr 1, Laurie Baker (90), a British-born architect, died in India. He spent more than 60 years in India building homes that were ecologically sound and affordable for the poor.
    (AP, 4/8/07)

2007        Apr 3, Activists said traffickers are selling children in India for amounts that are often lower than the cost of animals and most of them end up working as laborers or commercial sex workers.
    (Reuters, 4/3/07)

2007        Mar 24, Uttar Pradesh, one of India’s poorest states, numbered some 170 million people. By 2016 the state had over 210 million people.   
    (Econ, 3/24/07, p.48)(Econ, 4/9/15, p.41)

2007        Apr 4, In India South Asian leaders (SAARC) wrapped up a two-day summit predicting a new dawn for the region but offering little in terms of concrete action.
    (AP, 4/4/07)

2007        Apr 7, In India a jeep carrying a gelatin-based explosive used for a highway construction project exploded in a southern village, killing 16 people and injuring 22 more.
    (AP, 4/7/07)
2007        Apr 7, The 17-year insurgency in Kashmir continued with an average of 3 lives lost every day. India had an estimated 600,000 soldiers and paramilitary police stationed in Jammu & Kashmir state.
    (Econ, 4/7/07, p.14)

2007        Apr 12, India test-fired a new missile capable of carrying nuclear warheads with a 1,900-mile range. Indonesia said the missile forced 2 of its jetliners off course.
    (AP, 4/12/07)(WSJ, 4/14/07, p.A1)

2007        Apr 16, The staff of an Indian news channel in Mumbai was attacked and its offices ransacked by dozens of Hindu protestors after it broadcast an interview with a runaway couple, a teenage Hindu girl and a young Muslim man. In southern India a passenger train crashed into a minibus carrying local council officials at an unmanned rail crossing, killing 11 people and injuring another 12 in the vehicle.
    (AP, 4/16/07)(Reuters, 4/16/07)

2007        Apr 18, Ultrasound machines in India, primarily sold by GE, were reported to be linked to a declining sex ratio, even though laws forbade doctors from disclosing the sex of fetuses. Female fetuses were widely aborted due to high dowry costs.
    (WSJ, 4/18/07, p.A1)

2007        Apr 22, In India’s Uttar Pradesh state a small political party pushed for the reinstatement of the legal rights of people wrongly declared dead by unscrupulous relatives trying to steal their assets. The Indian Express reported that 8 tigers were missing from the Ranthambore National Park in western India, raising new concerns about the country's dwindling big cat population.
    (AP, 4/22/07)(AP, 4/22/07)

2007        Apr 23, Indian police discovered a human "bones factory" in West Bengal state and arrested six people for illegally trading in skeletons. Authorities in northeastern Assam state launched a crackdown on rhinoceros poachers, rushing in armed paramilitary soldiers to a sprawling game reserve.
    (Reuters, 4/23/07)(AP, 4/23/07)

2007        Apr 26, In India police arrested 3 suspected Islamic militants armed with explosives near the Dilli Haat crafts market, a popular New Delhi tourist site. A Pakistani national and two Kashmiris were carrying a package of explosives, a detonator and a hand grenade. They were believed to be members of the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Tayyaba militant group.
    (AP, 4/26/07)

2007        Apr, In India Mahindra Renault, a joint venture formed in 2005, launched a new version of the Logan priced at $7,100 before taxes. The original Logan was designed in Romania. It went on sale in Iran in March under the name Tondar (thunder), with record orders and deliveries due in May. Iran’s model was built by Iran Khodro (IKCO) and Saipa.
    (Econ, 4/28/07, p.78)

2007        May 8, In India Mohammed Shahabuddin, a popular Muslim lawmaker from the state of Bihar, was convicted and sentenced to life in prison on a charge of kidnapping with intent to kill a rival who disappeared eight years ago and has never been found.
    (AP, 5/8/07)

2007        May 11, In India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh, a party dominated by the lowest caste (dalits) scored a surprise win in elections, while the country's ruling and main opposition parties both lost ground. In eastern India a bus plunged nearly 30 feet into a riverbed, killing at least 20 people and injuring 12. Three Indian officials working for a South Korean steel company were taken hostage by activists who contend that the company's plan to build a plant in eastern India would displace thousands of people.
    (Reuters, 5/11/07)(AP, 5/11/07)(AP, 5/12/07)(Econ, 5/26/07, p.41)
2007        May 11-2007 May 12, At least 31 people died as a storm hammered northern India. All the deaths were reported from the worst-hit state of Uttar Pradesh.
    (AFP, 5/12/07)

2007        May 14, In India Dr. Binayak Sen (b.1950), a human rights activist, was arrested for conspiring with Naxalites in Chhattisgarh state. He was charged with carrying messages to the Maoist insurgents.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Binayak_Sen)(Econ, 5/31/08, p.48)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.41)
2007        May 14, In western India a gas tanker, truck and bus collided, sparking a fire that engulfed the three vehicles and killed at least 30 people.
    (AP, 5/14/07)

2007        May 15, In India separatist rebels fatally shot six migrant workers in northeastern Assam state. At the heart of the violence is simmering resentment by Assam's indigenous people, most of whom are ethnically closer to people in Myanmar and China than India, against the federal government in New Delhi, some 1,000 miles to the west, and ethnic Indians who have migrated to the state over the centuries.
    (AP, 5/16/07)

2007        May 16, Indian company United Spirits bought Scottish liquor maker Whyte and Mackay for more than one billion dollars, emphasizing India's growing economic clout abroad.
    (AP, 5/16/07)

2007        May 18, In India a bomb attack at the 17th-century Mecca Majid, the main mosque in Hyderabad, killed 13 people. Two other unexploded bombs were found and defused by police. Ensuing clashes with police left five more dead. A serial killer who has been leaving headless torsos outside the Indian capital's jail for more than a year, allegedly in revenge for wrongful imprisonment, struck again. This was the fourth time since December 2005 that a torso had been left in a sack outside the Tihar Jail.
    (AP, 5/18/07)(AP, 5/19/07)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A6)

2007        May 21, Indar Jit Rikhye (86), Indian peacekeeper, died. In 1970 he set up the Int’l. Peace Academy in NYC to train military officers and diplomats in simulated conflicts.
    (Econ, 6/9/07, p.99)(www.ipacademy.org/our-work)

2007        May 22, In India streets were deserted and shops closed across the northern state of Punjab after Sikh leaders called a general strike in the wake of a clashes with a quasi-religious sect that have left one person dead. The Akali Dal, the Sikh’s main political party, encouraged protests against the Dera Sacha Sauda, a powerful group that had supported Congress in state assembly elections.
    (AP, 5/22/07)(Econ, 7/7/07, p.43)

2007        May 25, The US filed a complaint at the World Trade Organization against India, saying its duties on alcoholic beverages and other imports violate global trade rules.
    (AP, 5/25/07)

2007        May 26, In India a bomb exploded in a busy market in northeast Assam state, killing 7 people and injuring 18.
    (Reuters, 5/26/07)

2007        May 29, In India clashes between police and thousands of people demanding government aid in the northern state of Rajasthan left at least 13 people dead.
    (AP, 5/30/07)

2007        May 30, Officials said one of the world's largest slums, a filthy shantytown in western India, will be razed and replaced with free homes for Mumbai's poor in a multi-billion dollar project by a private developer.
    (AP, 5/30/07)

2007        May 31, India and the United States began talks intended to resolve delays in a nuclear energy deal that will give India access to long-denied Western nuclear technology.
    (AP, 5/31/07)

2007        Jun 1, Police in northern India issued shoot-on-sight orders as eight more people were killed in ethnic clashes that have left 28 dead so far.
    (AP, 6/1/07)
2007        Jun 1, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected Islamic militants attacked a paramilitary camp, a police post and an army vehicle in an upsurge in violence, killing three government soldiers and wounding another 22.
    (AP, 6/1/07)

2007        Jun 2, India and the United States failed to resolve differences over an American offer to share nuclear know-how and fuel, ending three days of negotiations that were intended to seal a deal seen as the cornerstone of an emerging partnership.
    (AP, 6/2/07)

2007        Jun 3, In northeast India suspected rebels ambushed a police vehicle, killing four policemen and injuring two others.
    (AP, 6/4/07)

2007        Jun 4, Emerging economic powers India and Brazil pledged to increase bilateral trade four-fold to 10 billion dollars in the next three years.
    (AFP, 6/4/07)

2007        Jun 7, The Bollywood Oscars was formally launched in England.
    (AP, 6/7/07)

2007        Jun 8, It was reported that the student wing of the Shiv Sena party, a right-wing Hindu group, has asked public Internet centers in India to partly block access to Orkut, and is making a software to monitor abusive communities on the popular social networking site operated by Google.
    (Reuters, 6/8/07)

2007        Jun 9, Indian officials said a group claiming to represent the al-Qaida terror network declared a holy war on India over its partial control of the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/9/07)

2007        Jun 14, India's governing coalition chose Pratibha Patil (72), the governor of northwestern state of Rajashtan, as its presidential candidate, setting the stage for her to become the country's first female president. It was later reported that in the late 1970s she had favored compulsory sterilization for people with hereditary diseases. Reports also said that the Reserve Bank of India had shut down a women’s co-operative bank where she had given favorable loans to relatives.
    (AP, 6/14/07)(Econ, 6/30/07, p.49)

2007        Jun 16, It was reported that a coin shortage had gripped Calcutta, India. Bank officials investigated claims that coins were being melted down to make razor blades.
    (SFC, 6/16/07, p.A2)

2007        Jun 18, Officials said 2 high schools in Mumbai have banned pupils from holding hands, kissing or touching on campus, warning that they will face disciplinary action if caught.
    (AP, 6/18/07)

2007        Jun 19, Indian police said they have discovered a stash of hundreds of human skulls and thigh bones and arrested a gang for allegedly smuggling them to the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan for use in Buddhist monasteries.
    (Reuters, 6/19/07)

2007        Jun 22, In India 12 members of a wedding party were among 31 feared drowned overnight in two separate boat accidents in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Heavy rains and flooding killed at least 45 people in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh and left nearly 100 children stranded on the roof of their school.
    (AP, 6/23/07)

2007        Jun 23, In India the mutilated bodies of Manoj and Babli Banwala were fished out of Barwala Link Canal in Hisar district by Kheri Chowki police, their hands and feet tied. Manoj and Babli Banwala (19), childhood sweethearts in northern Haryana state, were murdered some days earlier by male relatives of Babli, who was forced to drink pesticide by her brother. Manoj was garroted by the bride’s uncle. Their alleged crime was to have married within the same Hindu clan.
    (Econ, 4/17/10, p.48)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Kaithal_honour_killing_case)

2007        Jun 24, In Indian Kashmir 3 suspected Muslim rebels were shot dead trying to cross from the Pakistan side of the divided state. The region's main guerrilla group vowed to continue attacks and shun peace talks. A landmine attack by rebels on an Indian police convoy wounded 10 on the outskirts of Srinagar.
    (AFP, 6/24/07)

2007        Jun 25, In India police arrested Dr. K. Murugesan and his physician wife, the parents of Dhileepan Raj, who supervised their son while he allegedly performed the Caesarean section.
    (AP, 6/26/07)

2007        Jun, BP PLC said it will invest $90 million in a joint venture with UK-based D1 Oils PLC, a biofuels startup that is developing the jatropha plant in India and elsewhere. The oil rich, non-edible plant was first cultivated in South America and brought to India by Portuguese traders.
    (WSJ, 8/24/07, p.A12)

2007        Jul 4, In India 13 passengers aboard the Karnataka Express from Bangalore to Delhi were found unconscious in their compartment. They had eaten cookies laced with sedatives offered by thieves and lost all their possessions.
    (SSFC, 7/15/07, p.G2)

2007        Jul 5, Shares of top real-estate firm DLF, which raised 2.24 billion dollars in India's biggest ever public share offering, leapt 36% on their first day of trade before retreating.
    (AP, 7/5/07)

2007        Jul 6, India’s Health Ministry released a report saying the number of Indians infected with HIV is between 2-3 million, half of what experts had previously estimated, and about 0.3% of the 1.1 billion population.
    (SFC, 7/7/07, p.A3)

2007        Jul 7, Authorities said floods in eastern India have left nearly a million people stranded from torrential monsoon rains.
    (AFP, 7/7/07)
2007        Jul 7, A global poll picked the Great Wall of China, Rome's Colosseum, India's Taj Mahal, Peru’s Macchu Picchu, Jordan’s Petra, Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer and Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid as the new seven wonders of the world. The campaign to name the new wonders was launched in 1999 by the Swiss adventurer Bernard Weber.
    (AP, 7/8/07)

2007        Jul 8, In India at least four people drowned or were electrocuted over the weekend in the northwestern desert state of Rajasthan, bringing India's overall monsoon death toll to 177.
    (AP, 7/9/07)
2007        Jul 8, Chandra Shekhar (b.1927), former Indian prime minister (1990), died from a blood-related illness. He served briefly during a period of political turmoil.
    (AFP, 7/8/07)

2007        Jul 9, In India’s Chattisgarh state an hours-long battle between police and Maoist rebels armed with machine guns and mortars ended with the deaths of 25 rebels and 24 police. The Maoist insurgency is now spread across 13 of India's 28 states and the rebels are believed to have 10,000-15,000 fighters in an increasingly well-armed force.
    (AP, 7/11/07)

2007        Jul 12, An influential and conservative Islamic theological school in India said marriages of Muslim couples using Internet Web cameras were acceptable and legal.
    (AP, 7/12/07)

2007        Jul 13, UN officials said they are investigating allegations that Indian peacekeepers in Congo traded food and even military intelligence with Rwandan Hutu rebels in return for gold.
    (Reuters, 7/13/07)

2007        Jul 16, Reliance Communications, India's second largest telecom company, said it paid 300 million dollars to buy US-based telecom firm Yipes Holdings to expand data services.
    (AFP, 7/16/07)
2007        Jul 15, A minister said India's southern coastal Kerala state was reeling from an outbreak of mosquito-borne Chikungunya viral fever infections that have claimed 193 lives. Chikungunya, transmitted by the Aedes aegypti mosquito, was first detected in 1955 in Africa and last year caused the deaths of some 200 people on the French Indian ocean island of Reunion. Federal health minister Anbumani Ramadoss told parliament last year that some 1.1 million Indians were infected with Chikungunya.
    (AFP, 7/16/07)

2007        Jul 18, In India at least 26 people were killed and 15 others injured when a seven-story building collapsed in Mumbai.
    (AP, 7/19/07)

2007        Jul 19, Lawmakers voted in an election widely expected to give India its first female president. Pratibha Patil (72), governor of the northwestern state of Rajasthan, was said to have been selected for her unswerving devotion to Sonia Gandhi, leader of the Congress party, and Gandhi's powerful family, which has historically controlled the party. Pratibha Patil was elected as the country's first female president in a vote seen as a victory for the hundreds of millions of Indian women who contend with widespread discrimination. An Indian anti-terror court sentenced three more men to death for their involvement in a series of bomb attacks in Mumbai in 1993 which killed 257 people.
    (AP, 7/19/07)(AFP, 7/19/07)(AP, 7/21/07)

2007        Jul 22, Indian police killed Shiv Kumar (Dadua), one of the country's most notorious bandits. He had ruled the ravines and forests of central India through a mixture of fear and love for three decades, with many hailing him as a modern-day Robin Hood.
    (AP, 7/22/07)

2007        Jul 23, Indian officials said dozens of plastic bags stuffed with body parts believed to be from aborted female fetuses or newborn girls killed because their families wanted boys have been found in an abandoned well in eastern India.
    (AP, 7/23/07)

2007        Jul 25, India inaugurated Pratibha Patil (72) as its 1st female president. She promised to fight for the rights of women and an end to the widespread practice of aborting female fetuses. In northeastern India 2 domesticated elephants went on a rampage through several villages, killing eight people and wounding five before being shot dead by police.
    (AFP, 7/25/07)(AP, 7/26/07)

2007        Jul 26, Germany's Identity Foundation said leading Indian economist and Nobel laureate Amartya Sen (73) will be awarded the Meister Eckhart prize for his work on human development theory.
    (AFP, 7/26/07)

2007        Jul 27, The United States and India said they have worked out differences blocking the sharing of civilian nuclear fuel and technology, hailing a "historic milestone" accord that would reverse three decades of American anti-proliferation policy.
    (AP, 7/27/07)
2007        Jul 27, Mohamed Haneef (27), an Indian doctor, was freed from custody after Australia's chief prosecutor said that a charge linking him to failed terrorist bombings in Britain was a mistake. In 2010 Haneef accepted what his lawyer described as a "substantial" but confidential settlement for his ordeal in which authorities incorrectly linked him to failed car bombings at airports in London and Glasgow.
    (AP, 7/27/07)(AFP, 12/21/10)

2007        Jul 28, In southern India police shot dead at least eight protestors after a political demonstration turned violent. Police opened fire after hundreds of protestors burned furniture in a government office in a small town in Andhra Pradesh state, where communist parties campaigned for distribution of government land to the rural and urban poor.
    (Reuters, 7/28/07)

2007        Jul 29, Dilip Ganguly (b.1949), journalist, died in Calcutta. His 21-year career at The Associated Press saw him report from Baghdad during the Gulf War, on the aftermath of the Rwandan genocide and on stories across South Asia.
    (AP, 7/29/07)

2007        Jul 30, It was reported that India’s Maharashtra state government has banned domesticated elephants from Mumbai, India's largest city, saying that forcing the animals to walk the city's chaotic, crowded and polluted streets was an act of cruelty. The ban took effect last week.
    (AP, 7/30/07)

2007        Jul 31, An Indian anti-terror court sentenced Bollywood film star Sanjay Dutt to six years in jail for illegal weapons possession in connection with serial bombings in Mumbai in 1993. Dutt was freed on bail after 22 days in jail. In 2013 India's Supreme Court upheld the weapons conviction.
    (AP, 7/31/07)(Econ, 8/4/07, p.38)(AP, 8/23/07)(AP, 3/21/13)

2007        Aug 1, An overcrowded boat evacuating people from a flooded village capsized in a rain-swollen river in northern India, killing at least 28 people. Dozens of people were killed across South Asia as surging flood waters caused by heavy monsoon rains forced millions from their homes.
    (AFP, 8/1/07)

2007        Aug 2, Officials said days of heavy monsoon rains have devastated large swaths of northern India and Bangladesh, killing at least 164 people, stranding millions and washing away vital crops.
    (AP, 8/2/07)

2007        Aug 3, The death toll in south Asia rose to at least 186 people killed. 19 million have been driven from their homes as heavy monsoon rains triggered floods, destroyed crops and submerged roads across a wide swath of northern India and Bangladesh. The UN child welfare agency said that in India alone, the number of dead from the monsoons topped 1,100.
    (AP, 8/3/07)(AFP, 8/4/07)

2007        Aug 7, Indian communist parties, which shore up the government, rejected a landmark nuclear pact between New Delhi and Washington saying it compromised India's sovereignty and imposed US influence. In northeastern Assam state, gunmen killed 4 traders in the village of Harinagar after they refused to pay about $1,200 each. Police blamed the militant group Dima Halam Daogah, which demands an autonomous state for people of the Dimasa tribe.
    (AP, 8/7/07)(AP, 8/9/07)
2007        Aug 6, Wal-Mart signed an agreement to start wholesale operations in India in equal partnership with Bharti Enterprises, an Indian conglomerate.
    (Econ, 8/11/07, p.59)
2007        Aug 7, The toll from severe floods across South Asia soared to nearly 1,900 and although water levels in the region's swollen rivers started to recede, millions of people in Bangladesh, India and Nepal still faced hunger. About 40% of Bangladesh was under water.
    (AFP, 8/7/07)(Econ, 8/11/07, p.34)

2007        Aug 8, In northeastern India's Assam state suspected separatist rebels fatally shot 12 people in two separate attacks. Police suspect the attack was carried out jointly by the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) and another local insurgent group, the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front, which is fighting for autonomy for people of the Karbi tribe.
    (AP, 8/9/07)

2007        Aug 9, The death toll from the worst monsoon floods to hit South Asia in decades passed 2,000 even as torrents of muddy water receded from millions of acres of farmland and rains shifted west.
    (AFP, 8/9/07)

2007        Aug 10, In India a government report said 77% of Indians, about 836 million people, live on less than half a dollar a day in one of the world's hottest economies. Suspected separatist rebels gunned down a group of migrant workers as they slept and bombed two markets in the insurgency-wracked northeast, bringing the total number of people killed in a week of violence to 23. Police have blamed the violence on the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom and the Karbi Longri National Liberation Front.
    (Reuters, 8/10/07)(AP, 8/11/07)

2007        Aug 11, The int’l. medical charity Doctors Without Borders said it has been stopped from working in a Maoist-hit area of India, after being accused of treating banned rebels.
    (AFP, 8/11/07)

2007        Aug 12, In India suspected rebels killed four Hindi-speaking migrant workers before dawn and 3 more bodies were found from an earlier killing in the insurgency-wracked northeast, bringing the death toll from a week of violence to 30.
    (AP, 8/12/07)

2007        Aug 16, Australia’s PM John Howard said he would lift a ban on selling uranium to India, subject to strict conditions.
    (Econ, 8/25/07, p.40)

2007        Aug 21, The leader of India's ruling party, Sonia Gandhi, arrived in South Africa for a three-day visit in a bid to strengthen ties between the two nations.
    (AP, 8/21/07)
2007        Aug 21, Japanese PM Shinzo Abe arrived in New Delhi to firm up billions of dollars of investment projects, expand trade ties and discuss India's controversial nuclear cooperation deal.
    (AFP, 8/21/07)

2007        Aug 25, In Hyderabad, India, where Hindu-Muslim animosity runs deep, a pair of almost simultaneous bombings blamed on Islamic extremists tore through a popular family restaurant and an outdoor arena, killing 43 people. Another 19 bombs were discovered and made safe in the area. In Hyderabad, Muslims make up 40 percent of the population of 7 million. Officials blamed foreign militants.
    (AP, 8/26/07)(WSJ, 8/27/07, p.A1)(Econ, 9/1/07, p.34)

2007        Aug 29, In India the world-famous Taj Mahal was closed to tourists after officials in the city of Agra imposed a curfew following rioting that left one person dead and 50 hurt. Rioters fought pitched battles with police, pelting them with stones, glass bottles and setting vehicles alight, after a speeding truck crushed four Muslims to death. Officials in the eastern state of Orissa said at least 105 people have died of cholera and some 6,000 people are suffering from diseases caused by drinking dirty water.
    (AFP, 8/29/07)

2007        Aug 31, Australia and India agreed to study the possibility of a free trade agreement. Trade Minister Warren Truss said it was a natural result of New Delhi's rising economic power.
    (AP, 8/31/07)

2007        Aug, In India Ashok Malhotra was arrested for illegal real estate deals on the outskirts of New Delhi. He allegedly obtained and sold some 5,500 small plots meant for the resettlement of slum-dwellers. Malhotra had established himself financially by delivering a curried chickpea breakfast to members of Delhi’s state assembly.
    (Econ, 8/11/07, p.35)

2007        Sep 1, It was reported that Mumbai, India, had a population of 14 million, making it the largest city in south Asia. The UN said it expected Mumbai to reach 25 million by 2015.
    (Econ, 9/1/07, p.33)

2007        Sep 4, 5-nation war games began in the Bay of Bengal. Indian and US aircraft carriers launched fighter jets into the air as American submarines cruised below Japanese, Australian and Singaporean warships.
    (AP, 9/6/07)

2007        Sep 7, In northwestern India a large truck crammed with Hindu pilgrims crashed into a gorge, killing at least 85 people and injuring 64.
    (AP, 9/8/07)

2007        Sep 9, In southern India a highway overpass collapsed in Hyderabad, crushing vehicles and injuring pedestrians taking shelter from a rainstorm. At least 2 people were killed. officials said they feared 20 people had died.
    (AP, 9/10/07)

2007        Sep 11, India's Supreme Court gave permission for ship breakers to dismantle a former French cruise liner, the Blue Lady, that environmentalists say is lined with toxic asbestos.
    (AP, 9/11/07)
2007        Sep 11, Mexican President Felipe Calderon visited India's technology hub of Bangalore to get a feel for the success of its outsourcing companies, and to encourage them to invest more in Mexico.
    (AP, 9/11/07)

2007        Sep 15, Officials said nearly 13.5 million people have been marooned or displaced by floods in India and Bangladesh. The flooding in South Asia caused by the June-to-September monsoon has been described as the worst in decades, with more than 3,300 people killed. Landslides and floods in Nepal killed at least another 185 people since the start of monsoon.
    (AP, 9/15/07)

2007        Sep 20, Officials in India said torrential rains and thunderstorms over the last 4 days have killed at least 63 people in southern India, and flooded dozens of villages.
    (AP, 9/20/07)

2007        Sep 22, To date 144 countries had ratified the UN Convention Against Torture. Holdouts included Sudan, North Korea, Myanmar, Zimbabwe and India.
    (Econ, 9/22/07, p.72)

2007        Sep 23, Indian Oil Minister Murli Deora witnessed the signing of three accords between state-run Oil and Natural Gas Corp (ONGC) and the state-run Myanmar Oil and Gas Enterprise at Nay Pyi Taw, the administrative capital of Myanmar.
    (AFP, 9/24/07)

2007        Oct 3, In India at least 13 elderly women traveling to a Hindu festival were trampled to death and 42 others were injured in a northern railway station when two trains arrived on adjacent platforms in Mughalsarai.
    (AP, 10/4/07)

2007        Oct 4, Philippine President Gloria Arroyo called for increased trade with India at the start of a three-day visit.
    (AP, 10/4/07)

2007        Oct 10, Some 30 Tibetan exiles protesting Chinese religious policies stormed the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi, with several breaching the front gate and chaining themselves to the flag pole inside.
    (AP, 10/10/07)

2007        Oct 11, In India 2 worshippers were killed and nearly a dozen injured in a bomb attack near a revered Islamic shrine in the northern state of Rajasthan. A bus carrying Hindu pilgrims fell into a river in a remote part of northern India, killing at least 41 people.
    (AFP, 10/11/07)

2007        Oct 12, The government of India, under pressure from opposition, indicated that that they would rather shelve a nuclear energy deal with the US rather than risk a general election.
    (Econ, 10/27/07, p.51)

2007        Oct 14, In a northern Indian an explosion ripped through a crowded cinema, killing at least five people in the industrial city of Ludhiana. The area around the Shingar Cinema has a large Muslim population. At least 12 Hindu devotees were trampled to death on a narrow path crowded by thousands heading to a temple in western India. Another eight people were injured.
    (Reuters, 10/14/07)(AP, 10/14/07)
2007        Oct 14, Indian PM Manmohan Singh arrived in the Nigerian capital Abuja in the first state visit by an Indian premier to the oil-rich west African state in 45 years.
    (AP, 10/15/07)

2007        Oct 16, India and Nigeria reaffirmed their stance in favor of UN Security Council reform and signed up to a slew of cooperation agreements on day two of a state visit to Nigeria by Indian PM Manmohan Singh.
    (AP, 10/16/07)
2007        Oct 16, India's PM Manmohan Singh raised fresh doubts about a landmark nuclear energy accord with the US, telling President Bush that his government is having "certain difficulties" finalizing the deal, which has faced mounting domestic opposition.
    (AP, 10/16/07)

2007        Oct 17, In South Africa the leaders of Brazil, India and South Africa vowed to push the interests of poor nations in stalled international trade talks and said any agreement would have to benefit the developing world.
    (AP, 10/17/07)

2007        Oct 18, India and Pakistan pledged to maintain a ceasefire after resuming talks as part of their slow-moving peace process but reported no specific progress on issues under discussion.
    (AP, 10/18/07)

2007        Oct 19, India and Pakistan reviewed their efforts to cut the risk of accidents involving nuclear weapons and discussed arms and security issues.
    (AP, 10/19/07)
2007        Oct 19, In Indian Kashmir Rawathpora village residents claimed that Indian soldiers detained teacher Abdul Rashid Mir (26) outside a school, then tortured and fatally shot him while he was in custody. The Indian army said Mir was accidentally shot after he got into a squabble with an army patrol team. Violence quickly erupted.
    (AP, 10/20/07)

2007        Oct 20, In Indian Kashmir thousands of angry Rawathpora villagers torched government vehicles in street battles that injured 30 police one day after army soldiers allegedly shot dead a schoolteacher.
    (AP, 10/20/07)

2007        Oct 21, New Delhi Deputy Mayor S.S. Bajwa was rushed to a hospital after the attack by a gang of Rhesus macaques, but succumbed to head injuries sustained in his fall.
    (AP, 10/21/07)

2007        Oct 27, In eastern India Naxalite rebels opened fire on a crowd of revelers at a festival, killing a politician's son and 17 other people in Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 10/27/07)

2007        Oct 28, Tens of thousands of impoverished Indians arrived in New Delhi ending a monthlong march to draw attention to the plight of those dispossessed of their land by recent economic development.
    (AP, 10/29/07)

2007        Oct 29, In India 14 children working in a textiles factory were rescued after media reports said an Indian clothing supplier to US retailer Gap was employing underage workers.
    (AFP, 10/30/07)

2007        Oct 30, German Chancellor Angela Merkel met India's leadership at the start of a state visit aimed at boosting trade and security links.
    (AP, 10/30/07)

2007        Nov 1, The Indian government proposed to recruit retired soldiers to patrol tiger sanctuaries in the hopes of saving the last of the cats after an official report confirmed a drastic drop in wild tiger numbers.
    (AP, 11/2/07)

2007        Nov 5, The Delhi State Consumer Commission ordered ICICI Bank to pay $137,500 in penalty after its loan collectors beat a man with iron rods and dragged him from a car before seizing the vehicle.
    (AP, 11/6/07)

2007        Nov 6, In Bangalore, India, doctors began operating on Lakshmi, a 2-year-old girl born with four arms and four legs, in an extensive surgery that they hope will leave the girl with a normal body. Surgeons completed the surgery the next day and said will it give the girl a chance at a normal life.
    (AP, 11/6/07)(AP, 11/7/07)
2007        Nov 6, In Kashmir a 4-day gunbattle began that left five Islamic militants and four Indian soldiers killed.
    (AFP, 11/9/07)

2007        Nov 12, IUCN, a Geneva-based conservation group, said the world's smallest bear species faces extinction because of deforestation and poaching in its Southeast Asian home. The sun bear, whose habitat stretches from India to Indonesia, has been classified as vulnerable by the World Conservation Union.
    (AP, 11/12/07)

2007        Nov 16, The communist parties that support India's ruling coalition backed off their strong opposition to a landmark nuclear deal with the US, clearing the way for the pact to go forward after months of high-stakes political gamesmanship.
    (AP, 11/17/07)

2007        Nov 21, India and the International Atomic Energy Agency agreed to start negotiations on putting Indian reactors under IAEA safeguards, clearing a key hurdle to closing a US-Indian nuclear supply pact. Dozens of soldiers marched through Calcutta and police imposed a curfew to try to quell riots that erupted after protesters alleged government brutality.
    (Reuters, 11/21/07)(AP, 11/21/07)

2007        Nov 23, A series of near-simultaneous explosions ripped through courthouse complexes in three north Indian cities, killing at least 13 lawyers and injuring dozens of other people. Federal authorities blamed militants trying to spark unrest between India's Hindu majority and Muslim minority for the blasts in Lucknow, Varanasi and Faizabad.
    (AP, 11/23/07)

2007        Nov 24, In India protesting tea plantation workers in the remote northeast clashed with area residents, in violence that left six people dead and 60 others injured. A group of nearly 10,000 workers from tea plantations all over the state of Assam, led by the All Assam Tea Tribes Students Association, had been marching in the state capital of Gauhati to demand that the government recognize them as a separate tribal group.
    (AP, 11/24/07)

2007        Nov 30, India's Tata Steel signed a joint venture with Australia's Riversdale Mining to develop a hard coking and thermal coal project in Mozambique.
    (AP, 11/30/07)

2007        Dec 4, Police in northern India broke up a major tiger poaching ring, arresting an alleged kingpin and 15 others.
    (AP, 12/6/07)

2007        Dec 5, A survey said Indian business confidence has slumped to a five-year low on the back of flagging exports, aggressive monetary tightening and a rising rupee that has slowed the economy.
    (AFP, 12/5/07)

2007        Dec 6, India overturned a 1914 law that banned women from tending bar in New Delhi. A ruling in New Delhi in January said women could do bar work in hotels and restaurants, ended a 92-year-old law barring their employment. In August the Delhi government sought a ban on such jobs for women. Each of India’s 29 states has its own laws governing the sale of alcohol, and many restrict women working behind the bar.
    (SFC, 12/22/07, p.A15)(http://in.news.yahoo.com/071206/211/6o422.html)

2007        Dec 12, India announced major plans to increase its nuclear capabilities, saying it was close to testing a ballistic missile capable of hitting targets up to 6,000 kilometers (3,800 miles) away.
    (AP, 12/12/07)

2007        Dec 13, In northeast India a bomb tore through a moving train, killing five passengers and wounding four others in Assam state. The Adivasi National Liberation Army, a little-known militant group, said it was responsible for the attack. In southern India two men attacked a self-proclaimed holy man (80) and chopped off his right leg, apparently believing it had magical powers.
    (www.guardian.co.uk/world/2007/dec/13/india.randeepramesh)(AP, 12/14/07)

2007        Dec 14, In northern India a bus collided with a train, killing at least 16 people, including nine children on their way to school.
    (AP, 12/14/07)

2007        Dec 16, In eastern India 299 communist prisoners overpowered guards and escaped from a prison.
    (AP, 12/16/07)

2007        Dec 21, India announced a final successful test of the surface-to-air Akash missile before starting mass production under a plan to build a national missile defense shield.
    (AP, 12/21/07)

2007        Dec 22, Police in India arrested two men near Lucknow suspected of being Islamic militants involved in a series of explosions that ripped through courthouse complexes in three north Indian cities last month, killing at least 16 lawyers.
    (AP, 12/22/07)

2007        Dec 23, India's main Hindu nationalist party swept to an impressive election victory in the western state of Gujarat after a bitter campaign fought in the shadow of deadly 2002 anti-Muslim riots that still scar the state. Chief minister Narendra Modi led the BJP to carry 117 of 182 seats. Modi represented the most anti-Muslim wing of the BJP.
    (AP, 12/23/07)(Econ, 1/5/08, p.36)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.44)

2007        Dec 24, In Indian Kashmir 5 worshippers were being held hostage inside a mosque for a second day by Muslim rebels as security forces sought to end siege peacefully. Indian forces killed three suspected Islamic militants ending the two-day hostage standoff and sparking angry protests that injured dozens of people.
    (AFP, 12/24/07)(AP, 12/25/07)

2007        Dec 25, In eastern India Hindu extremists attacked Christians celebrating Christmas, ransacking and burning at least six village churches. One person was killed in the violence.
    (AP, 12/26/07)

2007        Dec 27, In eastern India Hindu extremists burned down the house of a prominent Christian politician, as violence by gangs from both sides continued despite a curfew imposed after two days of attacks against Christians by Hindu hard-liners. In Orissa state at least three people were killed when they opened fire on a group of hard-line Hindus who set fire to a police station during ongoing clashes between Hindus and Christians.
    (AP, 12/27/07)(AP, 12/28/07)

2007        Stephen Alter authored “Fantasies of a Bollywood Love Thief: Inside the World of Indian Moviemaking."
    (SSFC, 8/12/07, p.M3)
2007        Ramachandra Guha authored “India After Gandhi: The History of the World’s Largest Democracy."
    (Econ, 6/23/07, p.93)
2007        Edward Luce authored “In Spite of the Gods: The Strange Rise of Modern India."
    (SSFC, 2/4/07, p.M3)
2007        Robyn Meredith authored “The Elephant and the Dragon: The Rise of India and China and What It Means for All of Us."
    (SSFC, 7/29/07, p.M1)
2007        Martha C. Nussbaum authored “The Clash Within: Democracy, Religious Violence, and India’s Future."
    (Econ, 6/23/07, p.93)

2007        MTV India, launched in 1996, came to America.
    (Econ, 1/2/10, p.46)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/MTV_India)
2007        India planned to complete a 1,800 mile fence along the Pakistan border and a 2,500-mile fence along the Bangladesh border were scheduled to be completed at a cost of $3 billion.
    (SFC, 5/29/04, p.A1)
2007        India scrapped 129 ships at its ship recycling yard in Alang, down form a high of 428 in 2001. Business was lost to less regulated recycling yards in Bangladesh and Pakistan.
    (SSFC, 7/6/08, p.A2)
2007        India’s Bihar state, one of its poorest and least developed, began a bike giveaway program for females. Their literacy rate of 53 percent was more than 20 points below that of males. The results from Bihar were so encouraging that the program was soon adopted by the neighboring states of Madhya Pradesh and Chhattisgarh. By 2012 the Indian government hoped to expand the program across the country to help improve female literacy.
    (AP, 5/21/12)
2007        In India brothers Himanshu and Varun Aggarwal founded Aspiring Minds, an assessment technology pioneer, in order to provide a full spectrum of assessments including Language, Aptitude, Skill and Personality assessment.
    (Econ, 1/30/10, p.76)(www.aspiringminds.in/)
2007        In India Sachin Bansai and Binny Bansal setup shop in a flat in Bangalore and began an e-commerce business that delivered books to people’s homes. By 2011 their firm, Flipcart, was one of India hottest Internet businesses. In 2018 Walmart bought a control stake in Flipcart.
    (Econ, 10/22/11, SR p.18)(Econ., 7/4/20, p.56)
2007        Road accidents in India averaged nearly 100,000 per year.
    (SFC, 12/7/07, p.A25)
2007        Australia, India, Japan, and the US met for a "quadrilateral dialogue" on security matters. The first iteration of the Quad ceased to exist following the withdrawal of Australia in February 2008. The pact was revived in 2017.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Quadrilateral_Security_Dialogue)(Econ., 11/21/20, p.36)

2008        Jan 1, In northern India 2 assailants with guns and grenades ambushed a police recruitment center in an attack that killed seven police officers and a civilian in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh state. In Bihar state suspected Maoist rebels shot dead four soldiers.
    (AP, 1/1/08)

2008        Jan 2, In northern India an unusually fierce cold snap has killed nine people over the past two days, bringing the death toll from weeks of unusually chilly weather to 38.
    (AP, 1/2/08)

2008        Jan 3, Worshippers at a Hindu temple in southern India stampeded as they tried to draw close to a goddess' statue, trampling at least five people to death and injuring 15 others. The northern state of Himachal Pradesh said it planned to use unemployed youths to sterilize monkeys to try to combat aggressive primates who have been raiding farms. The idea drew immediate condemnation from conservationists, who said the plan was unscientific and would likely worsen the problem.
    (AP, 1/3/08)
2008        Jan 3, Ford Motor Co. named Tata Motors Ltd. the top bidder for its Jaguar and Land Rover brands and entered into "focused negotiations at a more detailed level."
    (AP, 1/3/08)

2008        Jan 4, P. Chidambaram, India’s finance minister, urged state-run banks to reduce lending rates by half a percentage point to spur consumption and investment as signs emerge of a slowdown in consumer spending. Police arrested 14 men for allegedly harassing two women outside a five-star hotel in Mumbai during New Year's celebrations, a case that drew widespread criticism after police initially refused to pursue it.
    (AP, 1/4/08)(AFP, 1/5/08)

2008        Jan 6, Dr. Pramod Karan Sethi (80), inventor of a low-cost prosthetic foot that has helped millions of people in developing and war-torn countries, died in Jaipur, India. The surgeon developed the Jaipur Foot in 1968 with India's rural poor in mind.
    (AP, 1/8/08)

2008        Jan 10, India's Tata Motors unveiled the world's cheapest car, bringing new mobility within the reach of tens of millions of people and nightmares to environmentalists, traffic engineers and safety advocates.
    (AP, 1/10/08)

2008        Jan 11, The World Bank uncovered serious incidents of fraud and corruption in about $750 million of health projects it has funded in India dating back to 1997.
    (WSJ, 1/14/08, p.A1)

2008        Jan 13, Indian PM Manmohan Singh arrived in Beijing for a three-day visit aimed at boosting sometimes strained relations between the two Asian giants.
    (AP, 1/13/08)

2008        Jan 14, In India hundreds of residents were evacuated as a towering fire in a central Calcutta market burned for the third straight day. Some 2,500 shops have been destroyed in the blaze, although there have been no serious injuries or deaths reported.
    (AP, 1/14/08)

2008        Jan 15, India confirmed a bird flu outbreak among poultry following the death of thousands of chickens in the past week in the state of West Bengal. A train collided with a packed auto rickshaw in eastern India, killing nine people and injuring two.
    (AFP, 1/15/08)(AP, 1/15/08)
2008        Jan 15, Australia's new government told an Indian envoy that it will not sell uranium to his country while it is not a member of the global nonproliferation treaty.
    (AP, 1/15/08)

2008        Jan 19, In India laboratory workers analyzed new samples from dead chickens amid fears that India's worst-ever bird flu outbreak may have spread in eastern India as locals resisted a massive cull.
    (AFP, 1/19/08)

2008        Jan 20, Britain's PM Gordon Brown arrived in India hailing relations between the two countries as a "partnership of equals" as he looked to further boost links.
    (AP, 1/20/08)

2008        Jan 20, In western India a bus carrying Hindus on a religious pilgrimage skidded off a hill and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 38 people and injuring 40 others.
    (AP, 1/21/08)

2008        Jan 21, Israel launched an advanced spy satellite that will be able to track events in Iran, the country it considers its top foe, even at night and in cloudy weather. India successfully launched the Israeli spy satellite into orbit.
    (AP, 1/21/08)(AFP, 1/21/08)

2008        Jan 22, In India officials said an outbreak of bird flu in India's most densely populated state could spiral out of control, as the disease spread to a seventh district in West Bengal.
    (Reuters, 1/22/08)

2008        Jan 25, India and France said they would push their military ties beyond weapons sales and open up nuclear power cooperation as soon as New Delhi is able to enter the global atomic energy market.
    (AP, 1/25/08)

2008        Jan 30, Police in India said they broke up an illegal organ transplant ring spanning five Indian states and involving at least four doctors, several hospitals, two dozen nurses and paramedics and a car outfitted as a laboratory (see Feb 7).
    (AP, 1/30/08)(WSJ, 1/31/08, p.A1)

2008        Jan 31, India's Tata Chemicals, part of tea-to-steel conglomerate Tata Group, announced it was buying US-based soda-ash producer General Chemical Industrial Products for over one billion dollars.
    (AP, 1/31/08)

2008        Feb 2, South Korean car giant Hyundai Motor Co opened a second plant in India, making the country its biggest foreign manufacturing site.
    (AP, 2/2/08)

2008        Feb 3, In western India a four-story building collapsed in Ahmadabad, killing eight people and injuring another 12 after a warning to evacuate days before went unheeded.
    (AP, 2/3/08)

2008        Feb 4, India and Pakistan signed an agreement to exchange security information, opening up a new channel of communication between the two nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AFP, 2/4/08)

2008        Feb 7, In western India Dynaneshwar Sathawane, a local leader of the ruling Congress party, was stripped, stoned and beaten to death by a mob during a rally of nearly 500 people in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 2/9/08)
2008        Feb 7, Nepalese authorities arrested Amit Kumar, the alleged mastermind of a shadowy organ transplant operation in India that illegally removed hundreds of kidneys, sometimes from unwilling donors, at a jungle resort in southern Nepal (see Jan 30).
    (AP, 2/8/08)

2008        Feb 9, In India Baba Amte (93), founder of a leper center in Warora (1951), died at the center in western Maharashtra state.
    (SFC, 2/22/08, p.B9)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.93)

2008        Feb 14, Boeing and India's Tata Industries announced an agreement to set up a joint venture company to handle an initial 500 million dollars of defense-related aerospace component work in India.
    (AFP, 2/14/08)

2008        Feb 15, In eastern India hundreds of Maoist militants stormed six police compounds in carefully coordinated attacks, killing 13 police personnel and one civilian. 11 policemen were injured.
    (AP, 2/16/08)

2008        Feb 17, Indian troops killed at least 20 Maoist guerrillas in clashes following the killing of 13 policemen by the insurgents in the eastern state of Orissa.
    (AFP, 2/17/08)

2008        Feb 18, At least 13 Maoist rebels and six paramilitary soldiers were killed in renewed fighting in eastern India, days after carefully coordinated rebel attacks killed 13 police and two civilians.
    (AP, 2/18/08)
2008        Feb 18, In Goa, India, the bruised body of Scarlette Keeling (15), a British citizen, was found on a beach with her clothes partially removed. Some of her injuries indicated sexual assault. In March 3 men were detained in connection with her murder. On March 13 police confirmed murder charges against local barman Samson D'Souza (29) and Placido Carvalho, an alleged drugs dealer working the beaches of the former Portuguese colony.
    (AP, 3/9/08)(AFP, 3/13/08)

2008        Feb 22, South Africa and India agreed to allow businessmen traveling between the two countries multiple entry visas, as part of several agreements signed in Pretoria.
    (AFP, 2/22/08)

2008        Feb, India announced a debt waiver to some 30 million small farmers as part of its budget along with a massive job creation scheme for rural paupers.
    (Econ, 3/22/08, p.46)

2008        Mar 8, India awarded Russia a 965-million-dollar contract to upgrade its multi-role MiG-29 warplanes. The two post-Cold War allies signed the deal to extend the life of India's fleet of 70 MiG-29 jets another 15 years from their current 25 years.
    (AFP, 3/10/08)

2008        Mar 10, Hundreds of Tibetan exiles began a six-month march from India to Tibet to protest Beijing's hold on the Himalayan region and China's hosting of the Olympic Games. Indian police barred the Tibetan exiles from marching.
    (AP, 3/10/08)(WSJ, 3/11/08, p.A1)

2008        Mar 13, Indian police arrested 100 Tibetan exiles trying to walk to their homeland as part of a major protest ahead of the Beijing Olympics, although the demonstrators vowed the march would go on.
    (AP, 3/13/08)

2008        Mar 16, In India suspected insurgents lobbed a hand grenade at thousands of people participating in a cultural festival in the northeast Jonai, killing three and wounding another 50.
    (AP, 3/16/08)
2008        Mar 16, In northern India 15 poor people were freed from captivity after selling their blood to private clinics to make money. Five people were arrested and later charged with illegal confinement of people and attempt to murder.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

2008        Mar 17, In India 7 migrant workers believed to be from northern Uttar Pradesh state were shot and killed on the outskirts of Impala, the capital of Manipur state.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

2008        Mar 18, In India 4 migrant workers were shot and killed in two separate shootings on the outskirts of Impala, the capital of Manipur state.
    (AP, 3/18/08)
2008        Mar 18, In India the Dalai Lama vowed he would resign as leader of Tibet's exiles if violence back home worsened, just hours before his aides said 19 people were killed in new demonstrations.
    (AP, 3/18/08)

2008        Mar 26, India's Tata Motors said it had bought British luxury icons Jaguar and Land Rover from ailing US carmaker Ford Motor Co for 1.15 billion pounds (2.3 billion dollars).
    (AP, 3/26/08)

2008        Apr 1, India scrapped import duties on cooking oils and maize and extended a ban on pulse exports, escalating its fight against surging inflation driven by rises in global commodity prices.
    (AP, 4/1/08)

2008        Apr 9, India ended its first-ever summit with African nations, aimed at deepening ties with the resource-rich continent and trying to ensure it is not eclipsed by Asian rival China.
    (AP, 4/9/08)

2008        Apr 11, In India Rajiv Agarwal, a senior official of Uttar Pradesh state, said state authorities have banned the sale of a cheap variety of hair dye after debt-ridden farmers were found to be drinking it to end their lives.
    (AP, 4/11/08)

2008        Apr 13, In eastern India Biranchi Das (40), the controversial coach of a young boy who ran a marathon in an attempt to set a world record, was shot dead. Also in eastern India Naxalite rebels fatally shot five policemen and a luggage porter and seriously wounded two others in an attack on a railroad station.
    (AP, 4/14/08)

2008        Apr 14, Train service between Bangladesh and India resumed after a 43-year hiatus.
    (AP, 4/14/08)

2008        Apr 16, In western India at least 44 people, nearly all children heading to school for final exams, drowned when their bus plunged off a bridge into a canal in Bodeli, Gujarat state.
    (AFP, 4/16/08)

2008        Apr 17,     India's central bank tightened monetary policy to fight high inflation, raising by half a percentage point the amount of cash commercial banks must keep in reserve.
    (AFP, 4/17/08)
2008        Apr 17, In India runners carried the Olympic flame along a heavily guarded route through central New Delhi, protected by about 15,000 police who kept Tibetan exiles and other anti-China protesters from disrupting the ceremony. Tens of thousands of pro-Tibetan demonstrators gathered across India to protest the torch relay.
    (AP, 4/17/08)(SFC, 4/18/08, p.A16)

2008        Apr 29, A $7 billion gas pipeline that would link Iran and India topped the agenda as the Islamic republic's president made his first visit to New Delhi, despite strong US objections to the project.
    (AP, 4/30/08)

2008        May 4, In India 16 people, including three children, were killed when an overcrowded jeep crashed into a truck outside Mumbai. The jeep was filled with members of a family traveling to a wedding party.
    (AP, 5/4/08)

2008        May 7, India successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can hit targets from Beijing to Baghdad.
    (AP, 5/7/08)

2008        May 9, In Balla, India, 5 armed men killed Sunita (21), 22-weeks pregnant, and her boyfriend, Jasbir Singh (22). They were beaten, dragged into waiting cars, driven away and strangled. Their bodies, half-stripped, were laid out on the dirt outside Sunita's father's house for all to see, a sign that the family's "honor" had been restored by her cold-blooded murder. At the small police post in Balla, a constable later admitted the case was unlikely to ever reach prosecution, with the village putting enormous pressure on the police, and especially Jasbir's family, to quietly drop the case.
    (Reuters, 5/16/08)

2008        May 11, In India suspected rebels lined up and fatally shot eight railroad workers in the insurgency-wracked northeastern region of Assam.
    (AP, 5/12/08)
2008        May 11, Indian forces and suspected Islamic militants clashed in two separate incidents in Indian-controlled Kashmir, killing six people, including two civilians and a news photographer.
    (AP, 5/11/08)

2008        May 12, In India Renault-Nissan and India's Bajaj group said they planned to make a 2,500-dollar car by early 2011, the second effort to make a cheap car for the South Asian nation's rapidly growing middle class.
    (AP, 5/12/08)

2008        May 13, In India 8 bombs ripped through bustling streets in Jaipur, killing 63 people and injuring 216. Evidence pointed increasingly towards Indian Islamists backed by a Bangladeshi militant group as being behind the blasts. The Indian Majuhideen claimed responsibility.
    (Reuters, 5/14/08)(AP, 5/16/08)(Econ, 5/17/08, p.54)

2008        May 14, In India a poor worker and his 4-year-old daughter were crushed to death by a bus after the conductor pushed them off for not having the fare for the journey. Angry passengers set the bus on fire near Jharsuguda, Orissa state. The bus conductor was arrested and charged with unintentional murder.
    (AP, 5/15/08)

2008        May 18, In eastern India at least 16 people were killed in clashes between rival political parties during local council elections. Over 200 people were injured as supporters of the Communist Party, which governs in West Bengal state, and the Congress Party that heads the federal government, fought battles using guns and rocks.
    (AP, 5/19/08)(WSJ, 5/20/08, p.A15)

2008        May 19, In southern India police said locally brewed liquor apparently tainted with lethal chemicals killed at least 59 people over the weekend. By May 21 the death toll rose to 156.
    (AP, 5/19/08)(AP, 5/21/08)

2008        May 20, West Bengal, India, completed 2 weeks of local elections, which left 37 people killed in fighting by rival parties.
    (Econ, 5/24/08, p.59)

2008        May 21, India and Pakistan signed a pact in Islamabad granting consular access to prisoners in each other's jails but reported no significant progress in negotiations on the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 5/21/08)

2008        May 25, In India authorities invited leaders of one of India's lowest castes for talks as the death toll rose to 37 from three days of bloody demonstrations over caste classification in western Rajasthan state. The Gujjars sought to reclassify their hereditary sect to a lower level in order to qualify for government jobs and university places. The opposition Bharatiya Janata party won elections in Karnataka state.
    (AP, 5/25/08)(WSJ, 5/24/08, p.A16)

2008        May 27, India's military veterans staged protests nationwide to press for higher wages for defense personnel and warned the unrest could spill over into the serving ranks if New Delhi fails to act.
    (AP, 5/27/08)

2008        May 29, Members of one of India's lower castes blocked major roads, burned car tires, and threw stones at police in several areas around New Delhi in a continuation of protests in the country's north and west that has left 39 people dead. Police said a truck ferrying people to a wedding has plunged into a river in southern India, killing at least 39 people. An elephant rampaged through a village in northern India, killing at least 7 people who tried to surround it.
    (AP, 5/29/08)

2008        May 30, In India police fired on protesters from one of the lower castes in western Rajasthan, killing two people and bringing the death toll to 43 after a week of violence.
    (AP, 5/30/08)

2008        May, In India Aarushi (14) was found dead on her bed in suburban New Delhi with her throat cut. The decomposing body of domestic servant Hemraj Banjade (45) was discovered on the roof a day later. Investigators later alleged that her parents killed Aarushi in a fit of rage when they found her with the 45-year-old servant in an "objectionable" situation. In 2013 Rajesh and Nupur Talwar were found guilty of slitting the throats Aarushi and Banjade. In 2017 a court overturned the conviction for lack of material evidence.
    (AFP, 11/25/13)(Reuters, 10/12/17)

2008        Jun 9, South Africa's ruling African National Congress party chief Jacob Zuma kicked off a visit to India with talks with PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.
    (AP, 6/9/08)

2008        Jun 10, In eastern India tens of thousands of tourists were stranded in the Darjeeling tea-growing region of West Bengal state after a Gurkha separatist group called a strike to press its demand for an independent state, shutting down hotels, shops and roads.
    (AP, 6/10/08)

2008        Jun 11, India’s central bank raised its key short-term lending rate by .25% to 8%.
    (WSJ, 6/12/08, p.A13)
2008        Jun 11, Japanese pharmaceutical firm Daiichi Sankyo said it would buy control of top Indian generics firm Ranbaxy for up to 4.6 billion dollars, entering the fast expanding non-branded drugs market.
    (AFP, 6/11/08)

2008        Jun 13, In Indian-controlled Kashmir Islamic rebels ambushed an army vehicle and killed five Indian soldiers, including two senior officers.
    (AP, 6/14/08)

2008        Jun 14, In northeast India landslides and house collapses caused by 2 days of heavy rains killed at least 14 people and injured more than 50 others.
    (AP, 6/14/08)

2008        Jun 18, Leaders of one of India's lower castes reached an agreement with the government of a western Indian state, ending weeks of often violent protests. In eastern India officials said monsoon floods that have killed at least 29 people in the past week.
    (AP, 6/18/08)

2008        Jun 19, In India officials said soldiers and rescue workers rushed to provide relief to hundreds of thousands of people stranded in eastern India by monsoon floods that have killed at least 38 people in the past week.
    (AP, 6/19/08)

2008        Jun 21, India's finance minister warned against "panic" and promised more measures to tame prices, a day after the country's inflation rate shot to a 13-year high.
    (AP, 6/21/08)

2008        Jun 25, In India several commanders of a leading separatist group in the restive northeast announced a cease-fire and called for an end to their 30-year rebellion.
    (AP, 6/25/08)

2008        Jun 27, In India Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw (b.1914) died. He became the 8th chief of the Indian army in 1969 and in 1971 led India’s forces in the war with Pakistan that ended with the creation of Bangladesh.
    (SFC, 7/1/08, p.B5)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.95)

2008        Jun 29, In India at least 39 members of an elite anti-insurgency unit were missing feared drowned in eastern Orissa state after their boat capsized following an attack by Maoist rebels. A blast at a crowded roadside market in the restive northeast killed six people and injured 40.
    (AFP, 6/29/08)(AP, 6/29/08)
2008        Jun 29, In India several hundred gay rights supporters took to the streets of Calcutta, Bangalore and New Delhi to call for an end to discrimination in a society where intolerance is widespread. The marches came days before the Delhi High Court is expected to hear arguments on overturning Section 377 of the penal code, a law against homosexual sex that dates to the British colonial era with punishment of up to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 6/29/08)(Econ, 7/5/08, p.51)

2008        Jun 30, India’s massive waiver for the debts of small farmers took effect. This cost the government an estimated 1.6% of GDP. Banks and credit cooperatives will be reimbursed in installments over the next 4 years.
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.84)

2008        Jul 2, In India an estimated four million truckers went on strike to press for uniform diesel prices and to protest against an increase in taxes.
    (AFP, 7/2/08)
2008        Jul 2, In Kashmir the Indian army said 11 Muslim rebels and an Indian soldier have been killed in two days of fierce fighting in a district bordering the Pakistani part of the disputed state.
    (AFP, 7/2/08)

2008        Jul 4, India's coalition government underwent a major shake-up with the dominant Congress party pushing on with a controversial nuclear deal with the US and ditching left-wing allies. In eastern India at least six people were killed and 20 injured in a stampede at a popular Hindu religious festival in Orissa state’s Puri district. Truck drivers called off their strike after the government agreed to roll back rising road tolls.
    (AFP, 7/4/08)(WSJ, 7/5/08, p.A5)

2008        Jul 5, In northern India flooding, house collapses and lightning strikes from heavy rains killed at least 14 people, raising the reported death toll in the annual monsoon season to 79.
    (AP, 7/6/08)

2008        Jul 8, Indian PM Manmohan Singh's communist allies withdrew their support for his four-year-old coalition government to protest the government's plan to push forward with a controversial nuclear deal with the United States. The government had gained new support from the Samajwadi Party (SP) and submitted a draft request to the IAEA for a required safeguards accord on July 9.
    (AP, 7/8/08)(Econ, 7/12/08, p.50)

2008        Jul 15, In eastern India at least 20 members of a wedding party were killed when the jeep carrying them plunged into a roadside canal outside Patna, the capital of Bihar state.
    (AP, 7/15/08)

2008        Jul 16, In eastern India at least 20 special commando police officers were killed when their vehicle struck a land mine planted by communist rebels in Orissa state.
    (AP, 7/17/08)

2008        Jul 18, A border clash triggered by a smuggling attempt left two Bangladeshi troops dead and one Indian soldier seriously wounded.
    (AP, 7/18/08)

2008        Jul 20, In northern India a packed bus collided with a truck in Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least 17 people and wounding 35 others.
    (AP, 7/20/08)

2008        Jul 22, India’s BJP opposition was defeated in a confidence vote and charged the ruling Congress Party-led coalition of offering bribes in exchange for abstentions in the vote.
    (WSJ, 7/23/08, p.A8)

2008        Jul 25, India's high-technology capital Bangalore was rocked by 8 bomb blasts. One woman was killed and over 150 wounded.
    (AFP, 7/25/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.44)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A6)

2008        Jul 26, In western India at least 51 people were killed and 161 wounded when 19 bombs went off in several crowded neighborhoods of Ahmadabad, Gujarat state.
    (AP, 7/26/08)(Econ, 8/2/08, p.44)

2008        Jul 29, India’s central Reserve Bank raised its key lending rate an unexpected half per cent to 9%, a 7-year high.
    (WSJ, 7/30/08, p.C2)
2008        Jul 29, Indian and Pakistani soldiers traded fire across the heavily armed Kashmir frontier for more than 12 hours overnight and into the day in what the Indian army called the worst violation of a 2003 cease-fire agreement between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
    (AP, 7/29/08)

2008        Jul 31, At least 36 Hindu pilgrims from Nepal were killed when their bus plunged into a river in the mountainous northern Indian state of Uttarakhand.
    (AFP, 7/31/08)

2008        Aug 1, The UN atomic watchdog's board of governors unanimously approved an inspections agreement with India that is key to finalizing a US-India nuclear deal.
    (AP, 8/1/08)
2008        Aug 1, In southern India at least 32 people have died after several coaches of the Gautami Express train caught fire.
    (AP, 8/1/08)

2008        Aug 2, In northern India 40 farm laborers died after a truck carrying them home from the fields plunged into a river near Ghoomsa in Bihar state.
    (AP, 8/3/08)
2008        Aug 2, In Sri Lanka a two-day summit of leaders of the 15th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation (SAARC), opened amid extraordinary security. Leaders of Afghanistan, Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, The Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka attended the summit. Government troops captured rebel-held Vellankulam village in Mannar, the last rebel stronghold in the area. Fresh fighting between Sri Lankan troops and Tamil Tiger separatists killed 14 rebels and two soldiers across the embattled northern region.
    (AP, 8/2/08)(AP, 8/3/08)

2008        Aug 3, In northern India 145 people, including many women and children, were killed when pilgrims stampeded at a Hindu temple. The devotees were attending a 9-day religious festival at the Naina Devi Temple in the Bilaspur district of the Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/3/08)
2008        Aug 3, In Sri Lanka the South Asian summit ended. Tensions between India and Pakistan overshadowed the summit, but the two nuclear-armed rivals vowed to work together and save a tenuous peace process. A draft summit declaration called for collective action to combat "all forms of terrorist violence" that was threatening their "peace, stability and security." The leaders also agreed to implement a regional trade pact, signed in 1995 but never fully implemented.
    (AFP, 8/3/08)

2008        Aug 4, Indian officials pledged to stop Hindus from imposing an economic blockade on the mainly Muslim Kashmir valley as tensions heightened with the deaths of protesters. Police opened fire at hundreds of stone-throwing Hindu protesters angry over a government decision to not transfer land to a Hindu shrine, killing two people. A Muslim protester was also killed by a tear gas shell.
    (AFP, 8/4/08)(AP, 8/4/08)(WSJ, 8/6/08, p.A10)
2008        Aug 4, India announced an additional $450 million in aid for development projects in Afghanistan. PM Singh met with Afghan Pres. Karzai in New Delhi and both countries pledged to fight terrorism.
    (WSJ, 8/4/08, p.A10)

2008        Aug 6, In Indian Kashmir a Hindu protester was shot dead in army firing as Premier Manmohan Singh was due to hold talks with political parties in a bid to defuse tensions in the region.
    (AP, 8/6/08)

2008        Aug 7, Critics of China's human rights record made sure they were not forgotten, a day before the grand opening of the Beijing Olympics, with protest actions the world over and in China itself. Thousands of Tibetan exiles demonstrated in Nepal and India.
    (AFP, 8/7/08)(AP, 8/7/08)

2008        Aug 9, In India an official said monsoon rains had crumpled homes and triggered flash floods in southern India, killing 18 people. Floods, mudslides, house collapses and lightning strikes have killed at least 184 people across the country so far this year.
    (AP, 8/9/08)

2008        Aug 10, In southern India 40 villagers riding on a truck were swept away by a flooded river and feared dead. Monsoon rains have claimed at least 59 lives in the past three days.
    (AP, 8/10/08)

2008        Aug 11, Indian troops shot dead Sheikh Abdul Aziz (52), a prominent Kashmiri separatist leader, and three other protesters. The shooting came as Indian security forces tried to prevent about 100,000 Muslims from marching towards the de facto border with Pakistan.
    (AFP, 8/11/08)

2008        Aug 12, Indian security forces shot dead 15 Muslim demonstrators in Kashmir amid a wave of anger against New Delhi's control over the disputed region.
    (AP, 8/12/08)(Econ, 8/23/08, p.33)
2008        Aug 12, Tesco, the biggest British retailer, announced plans to open wholesale grocery stores in India that will supply goods to hypermarkets owned by Indian conglomerate Tata Group.
    (AFP, 8/12/08)

2008        Aug 13, The Indian army said that it was investigating UN allegations its troops had engaged in sexual abuse while on peacekeeping duties in the Democratic Republic of Congo. A five-story building in a crowded residential neighborhood of Mumbai, India's main financial city, collapsed after monsoon rains, killing at least 20 people.
    (AP, 8/13/08)
2008        Aug 13, Riots erupted across Indian-controlled Kashmir as Muslims mourned 15 people killed in a day of bloody violence, as the protests spread to other parts of India. Indian police say they have issued orders to shoot protesters defying a curfew in the town of Kishtwar in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    (AP, 8/13/08)

2008        Aug 14, India’s cabinet approved a 21% average wage increase for federal-government employees to be backdated to January 2006. In southern India at least nine schoolchildren and two adults were killed after a speeding school bus plunged into a river outside Mangalore.
    (WSJ, 8/14/08, p.A8)(AP, 8/15/08)
2008        Aug 14, Thousands of Muslims poured into the streets of Kashmir, demanding independence from India hours after archival Pakistan called on the United Nations to stop what it characterized as gross human rights violations in the divided Himalayan region. Police shot dead another protester, bringing the death toll from days of rioting to 22 as security was boosted on the eve of India's Independence Day celebrations.
    (AP, 8/14/08)(AFP, 8/14/08)

2008        Aug 15, In India's part of Kashmir tens of thousands of Muslims took to the streets again, ignoring a plea by the country's prime minister for an end to weeks of violence that has left 34 people dead.
    (AP, 8/15/08)

2008        Aug 16, In India police arrested the alleged leader of the July Ahmadabad bombings. Mufti Abu Bashir was arrested in the northern Indian city of Lucknow.
    (AP, 8/16/08)
2008        Aug 16, Tens of thousands of Muslims marched in India's portion of Kashmir in honor of a prominent separatist leader killed in a recent wave of violence that has rocked the volatile Himalayan region.
    (AP, 8/16/08)

2008        Aug 18, The river Kosi, a tributary to the Ganges, burst an embankment on the Nepali side of the border with India and flowed into a channel it had abandoned a century earlier. Water flooded into Bihar state and displaced over 3 million people.
    (Econ, 9/6/08, p.51) 

2008        Aug 20, International and domestic flights were disrupted across India as thousands of airport employees went on strike to protest plans to privatize airports.
    (AP, 8/20/08)

2008        Aug 21, Monsoon rains pummeled northern India, bringing dozens of buildings crashing down and killing 74 people. The deaths were reported in Uttar Pradesh state, bringing this monsoon season's death toll to more than 300 people across India.
    (AP, 8/21/08)

2008        Aug 22, In Indian Kashmir hundreds of thousands of Muslims marched in Srinagar in the largest protest against Indian rule in over a decade. Police estimated the crowd at 275,000.
    (AP, 8/22/08)(SFC, 8/23/08, p.A8)

2008        Aug 24, In India about 40,000 protesters surrounded the Tata Motors factory slated to produce the Nano, the world's cheapest car, alleging land for the site was forcibly taken from local farmers. A day earlier Ratan Tata, whose Tata Motors is India's top vehicle-maker, warned he would move the plant out of the state if the demonstrations kept up, although his company has already invested 350 million dollars in the project.
    (AFP, 8/24/08)
2008        Aug 24, In India Swami Laxmanananda Saraswati, a hard-line Hindu leader, was killed in the eastern state of Orissa. His death triggered violence between Hindus and Christians that left dozens dead. Right-wing Hindu groups blamed Christians for killing, but a month later Maoist rebels say they had murdered the Hindu leader.
    (AP, 10/5/08)
2008        Aug 24, In Kashmir soldiers and police fired at Muslim protesters demanding an end to Indian rule killing one person, as authorities arrested top separatist leaders in a bid to quash unrest that has left at least 37 people dead since June.
    (AP, 8/25/08)(SFC, 8/25/08, p.A3)

2008        Aug 25, In India authorities struggled to get aid to more than 1 million people stranded by floods in northern Bihar state. A Bihar official described the situation as a catastrophe. Bunty (whose real name was Om Prakash), the notorious gang leader who terrorized New Delhi from astride a motorcycle, died in a pre-dawn shootout with police. A Roman Catholic nun was raped by a Hindu mob in Orissa state. On Oct 24 she said that she will not cooperate with local police, alleging that they stood by idly during the attack. In Jan, 2009, police charged 10 men with gang raping the Catholic nun.
    (AP, 8/25/08)(AP, 8/26/08)(AP, 10/24/08)(AP, 1/29/09)

2008        Aug 26, In India Christians clashed with Hindu mobs who attacked churches, and eight people died in the violence in Kandhamal district of Orissa state, a region known for deadly religious fighting.
    (AP, 8/27/08)
2008        Aug 26, Andhra Chiranjeevi (53), Indian film star, launched his People’s Rule Party (Prajarajyam) in southern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (Econ, 3/14/09, p.43)
2008        Aug 26, In Dubai a fire in a building packed with foreign laborers killed 11 people. 10 of the victims were Indian.
    (AP, 8/27/08)

2008        Aug 27, Indian police were ordered to shoot on sight to end Hindu-Christian clashes. Parts of eastern Orissa state have been rocked by Hindu-Christian clashes since Aug 23, when a hardline Hindu holy leader and four other people were shot dead by unknown assailants.
    (AFP, 8/27/08)
2008        Aug 27, In Indian-administered Kashmir police traded fire with militants allegedly holding 8 people hostage, including 6 children, in a building in Jammu. 3 soldiers and 3 civilians died in the violence. The militants had illegally crossed into Indian Kashmir from Pakistan a day earlier.
    (AP, 8/27/08)(AP, 8/28/08)

2008        Aug 28, In India Hindu mobs ransacked a church and clashed with Christian villagers in eastern Orissa state. Hindu mobs had already destroyed over a dozen churches following the murder of a Hindu leader in Kahdhamal.
    (WSJ, 8/29/08, p.A10)
2008        Aug 28, In Indian Kashmir Government forces ended a hostage crisis in the mainly Hindu city of Jammu when they killed the last of three rebels believed to have seized eight people. 2 hostages died in the gunbattle.
    (AP, 8/28/08)

2008        Aug 29, In India Tata Motors suspended work on its new plant in Mumbai, West Bengal, due to ongoing demonstrations in support of local farmers who say they were forced off their land to make way for the plant.
    (WSJ, 8/30/08, p.A5)

2008        Aug 30, In India, officials said more than 300,000 people, trapped in India's worst floods in 50 years, have been rescued but that nearly double that number remained stranded without food or water. In eastern India 12 policemen were killed in a landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoist rebels.
    (AP, 8/30/08)(AFP, 8/30/08)

2008        Sep 6, The 45 nation Nuclear Suppliers Group (NSG) overcame fierce obstacles and approved a landmark US plan to engage in atomic trade with India, a deal that reverses more than three decades of American policy. The plan still needs backing from US Congress.
    (AP, 9/6/08)

2008        Sep 8, Australian Trade Minister Simon Crean said Australia will not sell uranium to India unless it signs a key non-proliferation pact, despite a decision by nuclear supplier nations to end a ban on trading with New Delhi.
    (AFP, 9/8/08)

2008        Sep 13, In India a coordinated series of bombings struck crowded shopping areas across New Delhi, killing 21 people with over 100 wounded. 5 bombs exploded and 3 were defused. India blamed a group with ties to Lashkar-e-Taiba. A Muslim extremist group claimed responsibility for the explosions.
    (AFP, 9/14/08)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A6)(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)

2008        Sep 19, Indian police in New Delhi battled suspected Islamic militants holed up in a house, killing two and arresting one before 2 others escaped. They were believed to be members of the Indian Mujahedeen, the group responsible for the Sep 13 serial bombings in New Delhi.
    (AP, 9/19/08)(SFC, 9/20/08, p.A10)

2008        Sep 20, Indian officials said thousands of people have been evacuated and at least were 7 swept away in eastern Orissa state after 4 rivers burst their banks and inundated scores of villages. Uttar Pradesh state, meanwhile, reeled under torrential rains which killed at least 16 people and toppled trees and houses.
    (AFP, 9/20/08)

2008        Sep 22, The death toll from heavy monsoon rains and flooding across India reached 119 in the past three days.
    (AP, 9/22/08)

2008        Sep 25, A joint statement said India's PM Singh met with Pakistan's Pres. Zardari at the UN in New York and they agreed to boost a faltering peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
    (AP, 9/25/08)
2008        Sep 25, In India about 50 Christians armed with knives, sticks and stones hacked a Hindu man to death in the eastern state of Orissa in the latest outburst of sectarian violence that has left 27 people dead. In a 2nd incident about 500 Hindus attacked and burned about 50 Christian homes and two prayer halls in Beherasahi village.
    (AP, 9/26/08)

2008        Sep 27, In India one child was killed and 18 people were wounded in a bomb attack in a crowded shopping area in New Delhi. A young boy was killed instantly when he picked up a bag containing the bomb to return it to suspects who fled the market before the explosion. A 2nd man died the next day from his injuries.
    (AFP, 9/27/08)(AP, 9/28/08)

2008        Sep 29, Two bombs exploded in separate towns in western India in crowded markets packed with Muslim shoppers, killing six people and wounding 45 others.
    (AP, 9/30/08)

2008        Sep 30, In western India thousands of pilgrims panicked by false rumors of a bomb stampeded at a Hindu temple in Jodhpur, killing at least 224 people in the crush to escape.
    (AP, 9/30/08)(AP, 10/2/08)

2008        Oct 1-2008 Oct 3, In India over 100,000 Bollywood actors, technicians and cameramen began an indefinite strike protesting irregular pay and the hiring of non-union members. The strike was called off Oct 3 after unions and producers announced they had thrashed out a deal for better pay and working conditions.
    (WSJ, 10/2/08, p.A14)(AFP, 10/3/08)

2008        Oct 2, India’s ban on smoking in public places became effective, leaving public health officials with a much tougher task: get the nation's estimated 120 million smokers to stub out their cigarettes.
    (AP, 10/2/08)

2008        Oct 3, India's Tata Group announced it was abandoning a plant in eastern India which was slated to turn out the world's cheapest car after weeks of violent demonstrations triggered by a land dispute.
    (AFP, 10/3/08)

2008        Oct 5, Clashes between Hindus and Muslims in Dhule, a western Indian town left at least four people dead and 80 injured, forcing police to impose a curfew.
    (AP, 10/6/08)

2008        Oct 6, Clashes between ethnic groups in India's remote northeast killed 19 more people, bringing the death toll from four days of violence to 49, including 15 people shot by police. Another 100,000 people have fled their homes.
    (AP, 10/6/08)
2008        Oct 5, In southern Mexico 5 state police officers were arrested in connection with a deadly raid to dislodge protesters from a Mayan archaeological site. Mexican authorities seized 7 million pills of pseudoephedrine, the main ingredient used to make methamphetamine, at the Guadalajara airport. More than 1,100 pounds (500 kilograms) of the pills were found packed in 24 boxes on a shipment from Calcutta, India. Three separate shipments of more than a ton each were confiscated last month at Mexico City's airport. Those also originated in Calcutta.
    (AP, 10/6/08)

2008        Oct 7, In India Tata Chairman Ratan Tata said the company had acquired 1,100 acres in Gujarat state and will relocate equipment from the failed Nano minicar project in West Bengal.
    (WSJ, 10/8/08, p.A14)
2008        Oct 7, In northeast India 5 days of clashes between members of the Bodo tribe, Assam’s largest tribe, and local Muslims left 53 people dead with 25 of them shot by police.
    (Econ, 10/11/08, p.60)

2008        Oct 8, Pres. Bush signed legislation allowing American businesses to enter India’s multi-billion-dollar nuclear market.
    (SFC, 10/9/08, p.A13)

2008        Oct 10, The US and India signed a pact allowing American firms to sell nuclear technology to India.
    (WSJ, 10/11/08, p.A1)

2008        Oct 11, India's PM Singh launched Kashmir's first train service, the fruit of an eight-year project that overcame tough terrain and rebel strife, on a visit overshadowed by violence. Shops, businesses and schools were shut to protest Singh’s visit.
    (AFP, 10/11/08)(AP, 10/12/08)

2008        Oct 12, Pope Benedict XVI gave the Roman Catholic church four new saints, including an Indian woman whose canonization is seen as a morale boost to Christians in India who have suffered Hindu violence. They included Sister Alphonsa (1910-1946) of the Immaculate Conception, a nun from southern India and India’s first woman saint; Gaetano Errico (1791-1860), a Neapolitan priest who founded a missionary order in the 19th century; Sister Maria Bernarda, born as Verena Buetler (1848-1924) in Switzerland, who worked as a nun in Ecuador and Colombia; and Narcisa de Jesus Martillo Moran (1832-1869), a 19th century laywoman from Ecuador who helped the sick and the poor.
    (AP, 10/12/08)

2008        Oct 13, In India police arrested seven relatives of a 75-year-old widow for doing nothing to prevent the woman from killing herself by jumping into her husband's funeral pyre.
    (AP, 10/14/08)

2008        Oct 14, In north and northeastern India a series of road accidents killed at least 48 people and injured another 64. 43 of the dead died in 2 bus crashes.
    (AP, 10/14/08)
2008        Oct 14, Indian author Aravind Adiga (b.1974) won the 2008 Booker Prize with his first novel: “The White Tiger." The book follows Balram Halwai, the son of a rickshaw puller, who dreams of better things than life as teashop worker and driver.
    (AFP, 10/15/08)

2008        Oct 19, In India 2 people were killed and 12 injured after a bridge being built to extend New Delhi's six-year-old metro system collapsed onto a bus and cars.
    (AFP, 10/19/08)

2008        Oct 20, India’s central bank cut its repurchase rate, a leading rate for which the central bank lends to other banks, to 8%, the first reduction since March 2004.
    (WSJ, 10/21/08, p.A4)

2008        Oct 21, In India 25,000 members of the United Forum of Reserve Bank Officers and Employees went on strike in a dispute over pensions. The Reserve Bank of India denounced the strike as illegal.
    (Econ, 10/25/08, p.87)
2008        Oct 21, A bomb exploded outside a training center for police commandos in northeast India, killing at least 17 people and wounding 23 more.
    (AP, 10/22/08)
2008        Oct 21, In Kashmir trucks laden with fruit, honey, garments and spices crossed the heavily armed frontier as India and Pakistan opened a trade route between the two sides of the divided region for the first time in six decades.
    (AP, 10/21/08)

2008        Oct 22, India launched its first mission to the moon, rocketing the Chandrayaan 1 satellite up into the pale dawn sky in a two-year mission to redraw maps of the lunar surface. On board was the Mono Mineralogy Mapper, a NASA spectroscope.
    (AP, 10/22/08)(Econ, 10/25/08, p.96)

2008        Oct 23, A huge explosion at an illegal fireworks factory in western India killed 27 people, including 12 children.
    (AP, 10/23/08)

2008        Oct 25, Police in India arrested more than 1,000 students in eastern Bihar state after their protests over the release on bail of a firebrand politician turned violent.
    (AP, 10/25/08)

2008        Oct 26, Government troops in Indian Kashmir opened fire on hundreds of angry protesters demanding the release of several people arrested during a recent strike, killing one and wounding at least three others.
    (AP, 10/26/08)

2008        Oct 29, In Germany Viswanathan Anand of India retained his world chess title by drawing with the white pieces against Russian challenger Vladimir Kramnik.
    (AP, 10/30/08)

2008        Oct 30, In India a series of 11 coordinated blasts tore through northeast Assam state, killing at least 77 people and sending police scrambling to find any unexploded bombs in a province troubled by years of separatist violence and ethnic tensions. The next day the "Islamic Security Force-Indian Mujahedeen" took responsibility and warned such attacks would continue in Assam state.
    (AP, 10/30/08)    (AFP, 10/31/08)(SFC, 10/31/08, p.A2)

2008        Oct, A US Embassy cable called Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Mayawati, a powerful leader of the nation's bottom caste untouchables, a 'virtual paranoid dictator' who had institutionalized corruption throughout India's most populous state, charged potential candidates $250,000 to run for Parliament on her party's ticket and was obsessed with becoming prime minister. The cable was revealed by WikiLeaks in 2011.
    (AP, 9/6/11)

2008        Nov 4, India’s finance minister called in the bosses of state owned banks for a chat. Afterwards they said they would cut their lending rates by .75%.
    (Econ, 11/8/08, p.91)
2008        Nov 4, In northern India. a passenger bus rolled into a gorge near Kufri, a popular ski resort, killing at least 45 people.
    (AP, 11/4/08)

2008        Nov 7, India said it will send one of its most decorated army units to join a UN mission in Congo and support other Indian troops as Congolese rebels advance to seize fresh areas.
    (Reuters, 11/7/08)

2008        Nov 8, In India at least five people were killed when they tried to dismantle a discarded artillery shell in the northern town of Meerut.
    (AFP, 11/8/08)

2008        Nov 10, Malaysia's Scomi Engineering said its consortium with an Indian company has won a 1.85 billion ringgit ($523 million) state contract to build the first monorail in India.
    (AP, 11/10/08)

2008        Nov 14, An Indian probe landed on the moon, in a milestone for the country's 45-year-old space program.
    (AFP, 11/14/08)
2008        Nov 14, In India suspected Maoist insurgents triggered landmine blasts to scare away voters in Chhattisgarh state, killing 2 people.
    (WSJ, 11/15/08, p.A6)
2008        Nov 14, In India the Kuber, a 45-foot fishing boat, left port at Porbandar with a crew of 5 men. It was soon hijacked by terrorists from Pakistan, who used it to reach Mumbai for the attacks that began late Nov 26. The crew were all killed, including lead crewman Amar Narayan Singh (45), who was found with his throat slashed.
    (WSJ, 12/2/08, p.A6)

2008        Nov 18, Separate bands of pirates seized a Thai fishing trawler with 16 crew members and an Iranian cargo vessel with a crew of 25 in the Gulf of Aden. Pirates on the trawler then apparently fired on the Indian naval frigate Tabar. The Indians, believing the trawler to be a pirate "mother ship," returned fire turning the Ekawat Nava 5 into a massive fireball and killing 14 of the 15 crew as well as the pirates. The Tabar then chased two attack boats into the night. A surviving sailor spent six days adrift in the shark-infested ocean before another ship picked him up. The Iranian vessel was released on Jan 9, 2009.
    (AP, 11/19/08)(AP, 11/26/08)(SFC, 11/26/08, p.A3)(AP, 1/10/09)(AP, 6/5/09)

2008        Nov 25, In eastern India suspected communist rebels blew up a bridge, killing five police officers who were escorting election officials in Chattisgarh state.
    (AP, 11/25/08)

2008        Nov 26, In India 110 people were killed and over 300 injured when suspected Islamic militants attacked 10 sites in Mumbai including the five-star Taj Mahal Palace and Tower and the 19th century Chhatrapati Shivaji railroad station. On Oct 3, 2009, David Headley (b.1960 as Daood Sayed Gilani), a US citizen of Pakistani descent, was arrested in Chicago on suspicion of doing reconnaissance Mumbai attack. In 2010 Gilani pleaded guilty and testified that the Pakistani spy agency provided individual handlers for the Lashkar-e-Taiba attackers. In 2013 Cathy Scott-Clark and Adrian Levy authored “The Siege: Three Days of Terror Inside the Taj.
    (www.talkleft.com/story/2009/12/7/125726/611)(AP, 11/27/08)(SFC, 10/20/10, p.A5)(Econ, 11/23/13, p.81)

2008        Nov 27, Black-clad Indian commandoes raided two luxury hotels to try to free hostages, and explosions and gunshots shook Mumbai, India's financial capital, a day after suspected Muslim militants killed 110 people.
    (AP, 11/27/08)

2008        Nov 28, In India commandos who stormed the Mumbai headquarters of an ultra-orthodox Jewish group found the bodies of five hostages inside, as a fresh battle raged at the luxury Taj Mahal hotel and other Indian forces ended a siege at another five-star hotel. More than 150 people have been killed since gunmen attacked 10 sites across India's financial capital on Nov 26, including 22 foreigners, two of them Americans. Commandos killed the last two gunmen inside the luxury Oberoi hotel, where 24 bodies had been found.
    (AP, 11/28/08)(AP, 11/29/08)

2008        Nov 29, In India a 60-hour terror rampage that killed at least 173 people across Mumbai, India's financial capital, ended when commandos killed the last three gunmen inside the 565-room Taj Mahal hotel while it was engulfed in flames. A group called Deccan Mujahideen, which alludes to a region in southern India traditionally ruled by Muslim kings, claimed responsibility for the attack. Officials said they believed that just 10 gunmen had taken part in the attack. Nine were killed and one was captured. The 10th gunman was later identified as Mohammad Ajmal Amir Imam from Faridkot village in Pakistan. 19 foreigners were killed including 6 Americans.
    (AP, 11/29/08)(WSJ, 11/29/08, p.A1)(AP, 12/1/08)(WSJ, 12/5/08, p.A1)(SFC, 12/10/08, p.A9)(Econ, 12/6/08, p.57)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2008_Mumbai_attacks)

2008        Nov 30, India's top security official, Home Minister Shivraj Patil, resigned as the government struggled under growing accusations of security failures following terror attacks that killed 174 people.
    (AP, 11/30/08)

2008        Dec 1, India has formally demanded that Pakistan take "strong action" against the people behind the Mumbai attacks. An Indian police official said the only gunman captured alive after the attacks claimed to belong to Lashkar-e-Taiba, a Pakistani militant group with links to the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and one long seen as a creation of the Pakistani intelligence service.
    (AP, 12/1/08)

2008        Dec 2, India demanded Pakistan hand over 20 of its most wanted fugitives as a sign of good faith, while both sides tried to cool tensions over the Mumbai attacks before a visit by Washington's top diplomat. India named Yusuf Muzammil, the senior leader of Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba, as the mastermind of the attacks in Mumbai. A bomb exploded in a train coach in India's insurgency-hit northeast, killing at least three people and injuring another 29.
    (AP, 12/2/08)(WSJ, 12/3/08, p.A1)

2008        Dec 5, India and Russia signed a civilian nuclear deal that would see Russia build four nuclear reactors for power-starved India.
    (AP, 12/5/08)
2008        Dec 5, Police in India arrested two Indian men accused of illegally buying mobile phone cards used by the gunmen in the Mumbai attacks. In eastern India suspected Maoist rebels killed five police officers in an ambush.
    (AP, 12/6/08)(AP, 12/5/08)

2008        Dec 6, India’s central bank cuts its benchmark short term lending and borrowing rates by one percentage point. The next day the government unveiled a stimulus package that included increased spending and easing of some taxes.
    (WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A8)

2008        Dec 7, Pakistani security forces overran a militant camp on the outskirts of Muzaffarabad, Pakistani Kashmir's main city, and seized Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, an alleged mastermind of the attacks that shook Mumbai last month. Zarar Shah, another top operational commander, and 10 others were seized at the camp run by the banned group Laskhar-e-Taiba.
    (AP, 12/8/08)(WSJ, 12/9/08, p.A10)

2008        Dec 9, India police released the names of nine suspected Islamic militants killed during their attack on Mumbai, bolstering India's charges that all of them came from Pakistan. A speeding bus caught fire in northern Uttar Pradesh state, killing at least 63 Hindu pilgrims.
    (AP, 12/9/08)(AP, 12/10/08)

2008        Dec 11, Indian authorities reported an outbreak of bird flu in Assam state. Some 245,000 birds had been culled and the outbreak was localized.
    (WSJ, 12/12/08, p.A12)

2008        Dec 13, The Indian navy captured 23 pirates who threatened a merchant vessel in the lawless waters of the Gulf of Aden, where dozens of ships have come under attack by gunmen in recent months. The pirates were from Somalia and Yemen. A German helicopter thwarted another attack on a freighter being chased by speed boats off Yemen.
    (AP, 12/13/08)(SSFC, 12/14/08, p.A20)

2008        Dec 21, India arrested 3 suspected Islamic militants, including a Pakistani soldier, for allegedly planning a suicide attack in Indian-controlled Kashmir. The suspects were members of Jaish-e-Mohammed, one of more than a dozen groups fighting since 1989 to oust India from Kashmir.
    (SFC, 12/24/08, p.A5)

2008        Dec 26, Pakistan began moving thousands of troops to the Indian border, sharply raising tensions triggered by the Mumbai terror attacks.
    (AP, 12/26/08)

2008        Dec 28, Indian PM Manmohan Singh called the higher than expected turnout in elections in disputed Kashmir a "vote for democracy," as results showed no one party dominated the polls.
    (AP, 12/28/08)

2008        Dec 29, The Indian Coast Guard rescued two people off India's east coast during a search for more than 300 illegal immigrants missing for the past four days and feared dead. Survivors told Indian authorities that more than 300 people from Bangladesh and Myanmar, members of the ethnic Rohingya minority, had jumped from a rickety boat that had been drifting for 13 days in the Indian Ocean and tried to swim to shore near the Andaman Islands. On Jan 16 a refugees' advocacy group accused the Thai navy of tying up four illegal immigrants and throwing them into the ocean before abandoning hundreds of others on a barge in open water, where some 300 drowned. At least 100 were rescued in Indian waters. Survivors at the time told Indian authorities they had been detained by Thai authorities, who towed them into the open sea and left them.
    (AP, 12/30/08)(AP, 1/16/09)(SSFC, 1/18/09, p.A5)
2008        Dec 29, In India Manjit Bawa 67), a leading Indian artist, died. His work had highlighted peaceful coexistence.
    (AP, 12/29/08)

2008        Dec 30, In Indian Kashmir the National Conference, which with 28 seats won more than any other party, and the Congress party, which won 17, struck an agreement to form a new coalition, giving them a majority in the state parliament.
    (AP, 12/30/08)

2008        Dec 31, India's president signed an anti-terror bill into law to boost police powers in the wake of a bloody attack on the country's financial capital.
    (AP, 12/31/08)
2008        Dec 31, A senior Pakistani government official said Zarar Shah, a militant arrested in Pakistan, has confessed involvement in the Mumbai terror attacks and is giving investigators details of the plot. Shah and another suspect, Zaki-ur-Rehman Lakhvi, were said to be cooperating with investigators.
    (AP, 12/31/08)

2008        L.K. Advani, head of India’s Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) authored “My Country My Life," a history of Indian politics.
    (Econ, 5/31/08, p.88)
2008        Amit Chaudhuri (b.1962) authored “Clearing a Space: Reflections on India, Literature and Culture."
    (Econ, 7/5/08, p.92)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amit_Chaudhuri)
2008        Tarun Khanna authored “Billions of Entrepreneurs: How China and India are Reshaping The Futures and Yours."
    (Econ, 1/26/08, p.80)
2008        Arvind Panagariya authored “India: The Emerging Giant."
    (Econ, 3/8/08, p.94)
2008        India’s Congress Party boasted of paying bribes to wavering lawmakers to secure passage of a landmark civilian nuclear deal between India and the US. In 2011 WikiLeaks revealed a diplomatic cable that described Congress insiders showing off chests of money to achieve this end.
    (SFC, 3/18/11, p.A2)
2008         Research in India began to document two little known languages, Aka and Miji. A third language, Koro, was discovered in the process. In 2010 researchers said Koro, spoken by only about 1,000 people, was a distinct language with an entirely different vocabulary and linguistic structure from Aka.
    (AP, 10/6/10)
2008        India’s treated sewage was estimated 13%. An estimated 700 million people in India had no access to a proper toilet.
    (Econ, 12/13/08, SR p.11)
2008        A study published in Delhi estimated that 40% of the city’s residents had damaged lungs along with a range of other ill effects due to pollution.
    (Econ, 11/12/16, p.38)
2008        India-based Tata Consultancy Services opened a new facility in Milford, Ohio.
    (Econ, 11/5/11, p.74)

2009        Jan 1, In India 3 bombs exploded in Gauhati, capital of northeast Assam state, killing at least five people and wounding 50, about an hour before the nation's top security official arrived in the area.
    (AP, 1/1/09)(SFC, 1/2/09, p.A8)

2009        Jan 2, India eased foreign borrowing for real estate and certain other companies and allowed additional liquidity for non-banking financial firms to boost growth.
    (AP, 1/2/09)

2009        Jan 5, India handed to Pakistan what it said was evidence linking the country to the Islamic militants who attacked Mumbai in November.
    (AFP, 1/5/09)
2009        Jan 5, Boeing signed a $2.1 billion deal with India for eight P-81 maritime patrol aircraft.
    (WSJ, 1/6/09, p.B4)

2009        Jan 7, B. Ramalingu Raju, the chairman of India's Satyam Computer Services Ltd., quit after admitting the company's profits had been doctored for several years, shaking faith in the country's corporate giants as shares of the software services provider plunged nearly 80 percent. Raju was arrested 2 days later as Indian authorities fired the remaining board members and launched an accounting review of the company.
    (AP, 1/7/09)(WSJ, 1/10/09, p.B1)

2009        Jan 9, In India some 55,000 white collar workers at state-run oil companies called off a three-day strike, after causing a severe fuel shortage in India.
    (AP, 1/9/09)
2009        Jan 9, Pakistan’s PM Gilani said his intelligence agency has given India information about the Mumbai attacks, as US Vice President-elect Joe Biden arrived in Pakistan for talks with the country's top leaders. A series of blasts have gone off near a theater in the eastern city of Lahore, but there has been no immediate word on casualties.
    (AP, 1/9/09)

2009        Jan 11, At the Golden Globe awards, "Slumdog Millionaire" emerged as the potential film to beat at the Academy Awards, an unexpected position for a movie with a cast of unknowns and a story set among orphans and criminals on the streets of Mumbai. The late Heath Ledger won a best supporting actor Golden Globe for “The Dark Knight."
    (AP, 1/12/09)(WSJ, 1/12/09, p.A1)

2009        Jan 12, In Dubai Kabir Mulchandani, chairman of the Dynasty Zarooni development company, was arrested on charges of fraud and embezzlement. He was accused of defrauding investors of more than $100 million. He has been under investigation in India for the past 10 years by the excise department, directorate of revenue intelligence (DRI), enforcement directorate (ED), and income tax authority.
    (WSJ, 1/24/09, p.C3)(http://tinyurl.com/amevml)

2009        Jan 15, Pakistani officials said 71 people have been arrested in a crackdown on groups allegedly linked to the Mumbai attacks, while adding that the information India has handed over needs work before it can be used as evidence in court. Pakistan also said security forces had closed five training camps run by Lashkar-e-Taiba, the group blamed for the Mumbai attack, and arrested the entire top, middle and lower-level leadership and those of a related charity. Security forces killed and injured a large number of militants in the Swat valley in the country's northwest. Four local militant commanders died in the clash.
    (AP, 1/15/09)(Reuters, 1/15/09)(AP, 1/16/09)(WSJ, 1/16/09, p.A5)

2009        Jan 16, In India a herd of nearly 150 hungry elephants rampaged through a village in the remote northeast, trampling to death a young family as they slept in their hut.
    (AP, 1/17/09)

2009        Jan 21, In northeastern India an Assam Rifles paramilitary soldier shot and killed six of his colleagues, then fled their military camp in a remote and dangerous outpost.
    (AP, 1/22/09)

2009        Jan 23, Indian PM Manmohan Singh was hospitalized and will undergo heart bypass surgery after doctors found blocked arteries.
    (AP, 1/23/09)

2009        Jan 24, In India a right-wing Hindu nationalist group, outraged by what they viewed as "obscene" behavior, stormed a fashionable bar in the southern city of Mangalore and the assaulted female patrons. The Sri Ram Sena (Lord Ram's Army) claimed responsibility for the attack.
    (AFP, 1/31/09)

2009        Jan 25, Indian police shot dead two suspected militants from Pakistan in a pre-dawn car chase near New Delhi.
    (AP, 1/25/09)

2009        Jan 26, It was reported that recent analysis of vials of treated wastewater taken from a plant in Patancheru, where about 90 Indian drug factories dump their residues, enough of a single, powerful antibiotic was being spewed into one stream each day to treat every person in a city of 90,000.
    (AP, 1/26/09)

2009        Jan 27, Ramaswamy Venkataraman (98), India's eighth president (1987-1992), died. He helped draft the country's 1950 constitution.
    (AP, 1/27/09)

2009        Jan 29, India began a plan to issue a new biometric identity card to its whole 1.2 billion population. On June 25 Nandan Nilekani, a co-founder of Infosys, was given ministerial status and appointed to run the scheme.
    (Econ, 7/4/09, p.36)(http://tinyurl.com/nvfahh)

2009        Jan 30, Indian officials said tigers have killed at least three children and four adults in northern Uttar Pradesh in recent weeks, forcing frightened villagers to stay indoors while forest rangers search for the wild cats.
    (AP, 1/30/09)

2009        Jan, In Sharjah, UAE, a mob of up to 50 people beat Masri Khan, a Pakistani man, to death with metal bars in a fight over control of an illegal liquor business. In March, 2010, 17 Indians were sentenced to death for the beating. In 2011 the victim’s family accepted over $900,000 in "blood money," allowing the men to return to their families. In September, 2011, an Emirati court commuted the death sentences to two years in prison, paving the way for their return home.
    (AFP, 3/30/10)(AP, 7/21/11)(AFP, 9/12/11)

2009        Feb 2, The International Atomic Energy Agency (IAEA) signed a nuclear inspections deal with India.
    (AP, 2/2/09)

2009        Feb 4, French group Areva signed a draft accord for the sale of two to six nuclear reactors to India, a huge new market now open with the end of a nuclear trade embargo on New Delhi.
    (AFP, 2/4/09)

2009        Feb 8, In London the film "Slumdog Millionaire", the rags-to-riches tale of a Mumbai tea boy who wins big, swept the board at the British Academy Film Awards (BAFTAs) with seven prizes including best film.
    (AP, 2/8/09)

2009        Feb 11, India’s Supreme Court declared ragging, the bullying of first-year undergraduates by older university students, a “human rights abuse in essence" and ordered measures to stamp it out.
    (Econ, 8/1/09, p.38)(http://tinyurl.com/lg6v9a)

2009        Feb 12, In India Chief Justice A.P. Shah said the High Court in New Delhi is so behind in its work that it could take 466 years to clear the backlog.
    (SFC, 2/13/09, p.A4)

2009        Feb 13, In eastern India at least 15 people were killed and more than 160 injured when a train derailed in Orissa state near Jajpur.
    (AP, 2/14/09)

2009        Feb 19, In southern India lawyers sympathetic to Sri Lankan rebels set fire to a police station in Chennai and clashed with police leaving 20 police injured.
    (WSJ, 2/20/09, p.A12)

2009        Feb 21, In India Sivaprakasam (60), a former civil servant, burned himself to death in Tamil Nadu to protest Sri Lanka’s campaign against the Tamil Tiger rebels. His was the 5th Tamil Nadu suicide by fire this year.
    (Econ, 2/28/09, p.46)

2009        Feb 22, The film "Slumdog Millionaire," a tale of hope amid adversity and squalor in Mumbai, came away with 8 Oscars, including best picture and director for Danny Boyle. Sean Penn won his second best-actor Oscar, this one for playing slain gay-rights pioneer Harvey Milk in "Milk," while Kate Winslet took best actress for "The Reader," in which she plays a former concentration camp guard. Heath Ledger (d.2008) won as best supporting actor in “The Dark Knight"; Penelope Cruz won as best supporting actress for “Vicky Cristina Barcelona."
    (AP, 2/23/09)(SFC, 2/23/09, p.A1)

2009        Feb 25, In India police charged Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the man they say is the lone surviving gunman in last year's Mumbai attacks, with "waging war" against India and included two Pakistani soldiers among 37 others charged.
    (Reuters, 2/25/09)

2009        Feb, In India the high court of Chhattisgarh state ordered an inquiry into the deaths of 12 Gond tribe people allegedly killed by police in Singaram village.
    (SSFC, 5/31/09, p.A8)

2009        Mar 4, In India officials said investigators looking into an outbreak of hepatitis uncovered a huge operation engaged in illegally recycling hundreds of tons of used medical equipment. Gujarat state officials launched the probe 2 weeks earlier after 56 people died of hepatitis B.
    (SFC, 3/5/09, p.A2)

2009        Mar 6, India's government said it assisted an Indian businessman in his successful $1.8 million bid for Mohandas Gandhi's eyeglasses and other items, despite initially protesting the auction as a "crass commercialization" of the pacifist leader's legacy. An Indian court had even filed an injunction in an attempt to prevent the auction in New York.
    (AP, 3/6/09)

2009        Mar 18, Mumbai police arrested an Indian businessman (49) for allegedly raping his daughter for more than eight years, apparently on the advice of a Hindu mystic who .said it would make him wealthy. Tantrik Hansmukh Bhai Rathode (54) was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 3/19/09)

2009        Mar 22, In India the Election Commission found Varun Gandhi (29), the great-grandson of India's first prime minister, guilty of hate speech and inciting violence against Muslims. He was filmed on March 16 comparing a rival Muslim politician to Osama Bin Laden and threatening to cut the throats of Muslims during two political rallies earlier this month.
    (AP, 3/23/09)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.46)

2009        Mar 23, India’s Tata Motors launched its ultra-cheap Nano car in Mumbai. The vehicle was hoped to herald a revolution by making it possible for the world's poor to purchase their first car.
    (AP, 3/22/09)

2009        Mar 25, The Indian army said it had killed 17 militants from Lashkar-e-Taiba in Kashmir. Recent fighting has left at least 25 people dead.
    (AP, 3/26/09)

2009        Mar 28, Police in northern India arrested a great-grandson of the country's first prime minister, Jawaharlal Nehru, over allegations he made inflammatory comments against Muslims. Police fired in the air and baton-charged a crowd of at least 10,000 of Varun Gandhi's supporters shouting pro-Hindu slogans as he was arrested in his constituency in Uttar Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 3/28/09)

2009        Mar 30, Findings were presented for an experimental combo pill, to prevent heart attacks and strokes, indicating it as effective as nearly all of its components taken alone, with no greater side effects. The study tested the Polycap, an experimental combo formulated by Cadila Pharmaceuticals of Ahmedabad, India.
    (AP, 3/30/09)

2009        Mar 31, Volkswagen opened a new plant in western India, pledging to make further inroads into the country's growing auto market.
    (AFP, 3/31/09)

2009        Apr 6, In India 2 bombs ripped through crowded markets in the restive northeast, killing at least seven people and wounding 60 others. A grenade attack left two police officers injured. Authorities suspected the separatist United Liberation Front of Asom was behind the attacks.
    (AP, 4/6/09)

2009        Apr 9, A prominent Indian comedian took aim at the country's notoriously corrupt political elite by starting up his own party with promises to bribe as many voters as possible. Jaspal Bhatti, known for his biting satire on Indian TV shows, unveiled his new party and field of candidates, saying he hoped to give the big parties a run for their dirty money.
    (AFP, 4/9/09)

2009        Apr 10, In western India a blaze at a fireworks factory killed at least 23 workers and injured 48 others.
    (AP, 4/10/09)

2009        Apr 13, In India IJP candidate Bahadur Sonkar (48) was found hanging from an acacia tree in Jaunpur, Uttar Pradesh state. Dhananjay Singh, a rival BSP candidate and alleged gangster, was accused of Sonkar’s murder.
    (http://labs.aljazeera.net/console/taxonomy/term/3043)(Econ, 4/18/09, p.47)
2009        Apr 13, Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency arrested 20 Indian fishermen and seized their four boats for illegally trawling in its waters in the Arabian Sea. Authorities estimated that more than 100 Pakistani fishermen are languishing in Indian jails while Indian authorities say nearly 500 Indian fishermen are in Pakistani prisons.
    (AFP, 4/14/09)

2009        Apr 14, Indian police arrested Ashok Sahu, a Hindu nationalist politician and member of the main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), for an alleged April 5 anti-Christian hate speech at a poll rally in Orissa state, which was hit by Hindu-Christian riots last year.
    (AFP, 4/14/09)
2009        Apr 14, In Himalayan Kashmir an avalanche hit an Indian army post, killing 7 soldiers.
    (AP, 4/14/09)

2009        Apr 16, Indians voted in their tens of millions as the world's largest democracy kicked off month-long, five-stage elections, with little hope of a clear winner emerging at the end of it all. Attacks at 14 polling stations left 17 people dead in eastern and central India.
    (AFP, 4/16/09)(SFC, 4/17/09, p.A3)

2009        Apr 21, India's central bank cut two key short-term interest rates by 25 basis points each, in a bid to kickstart the Asian giant's slowing economy. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) lowered the repo, the rate at which it lends to commercial banks, to a record low of 4.75%, from a peak of 9.0% last year. It also reduced the reverse repo, the rate at which it borrows from banks, to 3.25%.
    (AFP, 4/21/09)

2009        Apr 23, Around 110 million Indians voted in the second and largest stage of month-long elections. In eastern India suspected communist rebels blew up a jeep carrying polling officials in Bihar state, killing five people as part of a wave of violence that has marred national elections. Ethnic separatist rebels killed two policemen when they opened fire on the convoy of a politician in northeastern Assam state.
    (AP, 4/23/09)(AP, 4/24/09)

2009        Apr 24, In India's remote northeast Assam state wild elephants demolished two thatched-roof huts, killing five villagers in a pre-dawn attack. India's northeast has the world's highest number of wild Asiatic elephants, with 7,000 estimated in the states of Assam and Meghalaya alone.
    (AP, 4/24/09)

2009        Apr 25, In India two employees of Airworks, the company that maintained the helicopter of an Indian billionaire Anil Ambani, sabotaged the gear box. The potentially lethal tampering was not motivated by corporate rivalry, but was part of a dispute between Airworks employees and management dating back to 1995. Two janitors were arrested in the attempted sabotage. Uday Warekar (42) and Palraj Ganpat Tewar (38) faced life in prison for violating the unlawful activities act and the civil aviation act.
    (AP, 5/4/09)

2009        Apr 30, In India millions cast their votes in the third wave of month-long elections, with security tight as the staggered polls took in the Kashmir Valley and the financial capital Mumbai.
    (AP, 4/30/09)

2009        Apr, In India Mahanand Naik, a Goa auto-rickshaw driver dubbed "The Dupatta Killer," was arrested and later charged with 16 murders between 1995 and 2009. In 2011 He was also found guilty of killing Vasanti Gawade in 1995 in a village 35 km (20 miles) north of the state capital, Panaji.
    (AFP, 7/20/11)

2009        May 1, In India officials said at least 18 people have died in a scorching heat wave that has swept through more than a dozen Indian states.
    (AP, 5/1/09)

2009        May 2, India's biggest drug maker Ranbaxy announced the recall of an antibiotic, on sale in the US, because of manufacturing problems, marking a new setback for the company. The Japanese-controlled company said it was voluntarily recalling all lots of nitrofurantoin capsules, an antibiotic used in the treatment of urinary tract infections.
    (AFP, 5/2/09)

2009        May 7, In Kashmir scores of protesters clashed with government troops in Srinagar as residents went to the polls in the disputed Himalayan region and other Indian key states in a monthlong parliamentary election.
    (AP, 5/7/09)

2009        May 8, Indian police used teargas and batons to disperse hundreds of rock-throwing Kashmiris protesting against the holding of national elections in the revolt-hit region.
    (AP, 5/8/09)

2009        May 13, Voting in India's marathon elections ended, with early exit polls giving the ruling Congress party and its allies a slight edge over the opposition bloc led by the Hindu nationalist BJP.
    (AFP, 5/13/09)

2009        May 14, In India Azharuddin Mohammed Ismail, the 10-year-old child star of "Slumdog Millionaire," was awakened by a policeman wielding a bamboo stick and ordered out of his home. Minutes later it was bulldozed along with dozens of other shanties in the Mumbai slum he calls home.
    (AP, 5/15/09)

2009        May 16, Indian PM Manmohan Singh's ruling coalition won an overwhelming election victory, boosting hopes of a stable government as the emerging Asian power faces economic downturn and tensions with Pakistan. The Congress party won 206 seats, short of the 272 needed for a parliamentary majority. The BJP won just 116 of 545 seats.
    (Reuters, 5/16/09)(Econ, 10/10/09, p.48)

2009        May 18, In India Krishna Pattabhi Jois (b.1915), a yoga teacher and practitioner famous for popularizing Ashtanga yoga in the West, died in Mysore. He concentrated on stretching and balancing. Ashtanga yoga literally means "eight-limbed yoga," as outlined by the sage Patanjali in the Yoga Sutras. According to Patanjali, the path of internal purification for revealing the Universal Self consists of the following eight spiritual practices: Yama (moral codes), Niyama (self-purification and study), Asana (posture), Pranayama (breath control), Pratyahara (sense control), Dharana (concentration), Dhyana (meditation), Samadhi (contemplation).
    (AP, 5/20/09)(Econ, 6/6/09, p.85)(www.ashtanga.com/html/background.html)

2009        May 19, In India newly elected Congress lawmakers formally chose PM Manmohan Singh as their leader for a second term, clearing the way for the swearing in of his new government this week.
    (AP, 5/19/09)

2009        May 20, In India the shanty home of another "Slumdog Millionaire" child star was torn down by Mumbai authorities as they demolished part of city's slum where she lived.
    (AP, 5/20/09)

2009        May 25, In India 2 protesters were killed in Punjab state in fierce rioting sparked by the shooting dead of a guru in fighting between rival Sikh communities in Austria.
    (AP, 5/25/09)

2009        May 26, Cyclone Aila lashed low-lying areas in eastern India and Bangladesh, destroying thousands of homes, stranding tens of thousands of people in flooded villages and killing at least 191 before it began to ease.
    (AP, 5/26/09)(AP, 5/27/09)

2009        May 28, The Indian navy thwarted a pirate attack on a merchant ship in the Gulf of Aden off the coast of Somalia.
    (AP, 5/29/09)

2009        May 29, In Kashmir the bodies of two young women (17 & 22) were found in Shopian town. The pregnant wife of Shakeel Ahmed Ahangar and his teenage sister were allegedly raped and murdered by Indian soldiers.
    (Reuters, 6/20/09)(Econ, 6/27/09, p.48)

2009        May 30, In Indian Kashmir massive protests and clashes erupted after the bodies of two young women were found amid claims that they were raped and murdered by Indian soldiers.
    (AP, 5/30/09)

2009        May 31, In Indian Kashmir more than 40 people were wounded as clashes continued for a 2nd day between Indian police and Kashmiris demonstrating over the recent deaths of two young Muslim women.
    (AFP, 5/31/09)

2009        Jun 3, India's Parliament elected Meira Kumar (64) as its first-ever female speaker. Kumar is the daughter of a former deputy prime minister and an untouchable, a member of India's lowest caste.
    (AP, 6/3/09)

2009        Jun 8, In Indian Kashmir security forces opened fire on protesters, wounding at least seven people, including two critically, in the worst clash since unrest broke out last week over the deaths of two young women.
    (AP, 6/8/09)

2009        Jun 9, An Indian air force transport plane crashed near the disputed Chinese border in the mountains of northeast Arunachal Pradesh state. All 14 on board were killed.
    (Reuters, 6/10/09)
2009        Jun 9, In Indian Kashmir 30 protesters were hurt when police fired shots in the air and teargas during fresh protests over the alleged rape and murder of two Muslim women.
    (AFP, 6/9/09)

2009        Jun 12, Indian Home Minister P. Chidambaran, speaking in Srinagar, said India is to phase out the controversial presence of large numbers of its troops in towns across the Muslim-majority Kashmir region. Indian troops and paramilitaries were thought to number up to 500,000.
    (AFP, 6/12/09)

2009        Jun 13, In India a rebellion by left-wing activists began against West Bengal state's communist rulers. About 1,800 state and federal troops were deployed to quell the uprising. By June 18 ten CPM activists had been killed as security camps and party offices were burned down.
    (AP, 6/20/09)

2009        Jun 16, Indian PM Manmohan Singh met with Pakistan's president for the first time since last year's deadly terrorist attacks on Mumbai, and told him Pakistan must prevent its territory from being used to launch such attacks. The leaders of South Asia's nuclear-armed neighbors met on the sidelines of summits in the Ural Mountains city of Yekaterinburg.
    (AP, 6/16/09)

2009        Jun 18, China angrily denounced the recent approval by the Asian Development Bank of a 2.9-billion-dollar funding plan for India, saying the scheme encroached on a territorial dispute between the Asian giants. China was particularly concerned about a 60-million-dollar watershed protection project in the Arunachal Pradesh region, where much of China and India's territorial dispute is centered.
    (AFP, 6/18/09)

2009        Jun 20, Indian troops regained control of Lalgarh town captured by Maoists during a rebellion by the left-wing activists against West Bengal state's communist rulers.
    (AFP, 6/20/09)

2009        Jun 21, In central India at least 11 special police personnel were killed and 10 injured in a landmine blast triggered overnight by suspected Maoist rebels in the state of Chhattisgarh.
    (AFP, 6/21/09)

2009        Jun 22, Across eastern and central India security forces were on high alert as Maoists staged a 2-day general strike and the federal government slapped a formal ban on the rebels.
    (AP, 6/22/09)
2009        Jun 22, In Kashmir 4 Indian police officials were suspended over their handling of a rape and murder case that has sent shockwaves through the disputed Muslim-majority region.
    (AFP, 6/22/09)

2009        Jun 23, An Indian court issued arrest warrants for 22 Pakistani nationals accused of masterminding last year's deadly Mumbai terrorist attacks, including the founder of an Islamist militant group recently freed by a Pakistani court.
    (AP, 6/23/09)

2009        Jun 24, In northern India a passenger bus plunged into a gorge, killing at least 25 people in Jammu-Kashmir state.
    (AP, 6/24/09)
2009        Jun 24, In Indian-ruled Kashmir thousands of people defied a ban on protest marches with a fresh demonstration over the alleged rape and murder of two young Muslim women by Indian troops.
    (AFP, 6/24/09)

2009        Jun 28, In India hundreds of gay rights supporters waved flags and danced past traffic during marches through three Indian cities to celebrate gay pride and call for the decriminalization of homosexuality in this deeply conservative country.
    (AP, 6/28/09)
2009        Jun 28, In India at least 35 people including eight children were killed after they were struck by lightning in the adjoining eastern Indian states of Bihar and Jharkhand.
    (AFP, 6/29/09)

2009        Jun 30, India's first "sea bridge" was officially opened in Mumbai, raising hopes that the state-of-the-art structure will ease chronic congestion on the city's notoriously choked roads. The 5.6-kilometer (3.5-mile) Bandra-Worli Sea Link, an eight-lane freeway, will help cut the 40-minute journey between the suburbs of Bandra and Worli to just eight minutes. Suspected militants used automatic weapons and machetes to kill a family of four migrant workers in India's insurgency-hit northeast.
    (AFP, 6/30/09)(AP, 6/30/09)

2009        Jul 1, The Indian government announced a rise in petrol and diesel fuel prices, saying its hand had been forced by the increase in global crude oil prices.
    (AFP, 7/1/09)
2009        Jul 1, In India Tyeb Mehta (b.1925), a celebrated modernist painter, died in Mumbai.
    (SSFC, 7/5/09, p.C8)

2009        Jul 2, A top Indian court issued a landmark ruling that decriminalized gay sex between consenting adults by declaring Section 377 of a colonial-era ban on homosexuality unconstitutional. The decision applied only to the territory of the capital, New Delhi. In December 2013 two Supreme Court judges overturned the ruling. In 2018 the top court said it would re-examine its earlier decision.
    (AFP, 7/2/09)(SFC, 7/3/09, p.A5)(Econ, 10/11/14, p.29)(SFC, 1/9/18, p.A2)

2009        Jul 6, In western India people began falling ill after a night of drinking tainted home-brewed liquor. The death toll soon rose to at least 112.
    (AP, 7/8/09)(AP, 7/9/09)(AP, 7/10/09)

2009        Jul 7, In India at least 16 people were killed and 25 injured after a fire tore through a firecracker factory in Madurai.
    (SFC, 7/9/09, p.A2)

2009        Jul 8, Protesters in Indian Kashmir set fire to a police van and stoned other security vehicles after the body of a missing young man was recovered in the regional capital Srinagar.
    (AFP, 7/8/09)

2009        Jul 11, In India 2 boats capsized in the Wainganga River in western Bhandara district leaving 26 women drowned.
    (SFC, 7/13/09, p.A2)

2009        Jul 12, Indian Maoists killed at least 30 policemen, including a senior officer, in two separate ambushes in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh. A section of a bridge being built for the New Delhi metro rail system collapsed, killing 6 people and injuring 13 in a major setback to the project that officials hope to complete before the 2010 Commonwealth Games.
    (AFP, 7/12/09)(AP, 7/13/09)

2009        Jul 15, A court in Indian-run Kashmir ordered the arrest of four police officers for allegedly destroying evidence in the rape and murder of two women that triggered violent protests last month.
    (AP, 7/15/09)
2009        Jul 15, Luxury carmaker Jaguar, owned by India's Tata Motors, announced it would end Liverpool production of its X-Type car by the end of the year with the loss of up to 300 jobs.
    (AFP, 7/15/09)

2009        Jul 16, The leaders of India and Pakistan, following rare talks in Egypt, vowed to cooperate in the fight against terror in the wake of the devastating Mumbai attacks.
    (AFP, 7/16/09)
2009        Jul 16, In India Rita Bahuguna Joshi, a leading politician of India's ruling Congress party, was arrested and her house set on fire by activists after she suggested that a rival leader be raped so she can better understand the plight of rape victims.
    (AP, 7/16/09)

2009        Jul 20, The United States and India agreed on a defense pact that takes a major step toward allowing the sale of sophisticated US arms to the South Asian nation as it modernizes its military. New Delhi also approved sites for two US nuclear reactors.
    (Reuters, 7/20/09)
2009        Jul 20, In India Ajmal Kasab (21), the lone surviving gunman in the Nov 26, 2008, Mumbai attacks, pleaded guilty and gave a detailed account of the plot, his training in Pakistan and his role in the rampage that killed 171 people dead and paralyzed the city for three days.
    (AP, 7/20/09)(SFC, 7/21/09, p.A3)

2009        Jul 26, India launched the first nuclear-powered submarine built on its soil, asserting itself as a world power. It joined 5 other countries that can design and construct such vessels. The 367-foot (112-meter) -long submarine, named "Arihant" or "Destroyer of Enemies," was sent for sea trials at a ceremony attended by PM Manmohan Singh.
    (AP, 7/26/09)

2009        Jul 29, One of India’s last queens, Maharani Gayatri Devi (90), died. She was feted as an international style icon and spent time in jail after she became a politician. Devi had married the Maharaja of Jaipur in 1939, becoming a member of the royal family that effectively ruled the city of Jaipur and the surrounding area of Rajasthan state. She became a successful politician winning a seat in parliament in 1962 and retaining it twice in elections.
    (AFP, 7/29/09)

2009        Jul 31, An Indian court issued a warrant for the arrest of Warren Anderson, the former head of the American chemical company responsible for a gas leak that killed at least 10,000 people in Bhopal 25 years ago. Anderson was the head of Union Carbide Corp. when its factory in the central Indian city leaked 40 tons of poisonous gas on Dec. 3, 1984, in the world's worst industrial disaster. In 1989, Union Carbide paid $470 million in compensation to the Indian government and said officials were responsible for the cleanup. India said its efforts were slowed when Midland, Mich.-based Dow Chemical Co. took over Union Carbide in 2001, seven years after Union Carbide sold its interest in the Bhopal plant.
    (AP, 7/31/09)

2009        Aug 4, India’s Right to Education Act (RTE) was passed. It included provisions for the minimum size of playgrounds and the minimum level of teachers’ salaries effective in 2014. It made school attendance compulsory up to age 14.
    (Econ, 3/23/13, p.74)(Econ 6/10/17, p.39)
2009        Aug 4, In eastern India at least 11 people were killed and 15 others seriously injured after being struck by lightning in Burdwan district in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 8/5/09)

2009        Aug 8, India’s army said its troops killed three Islamic militants along the de facto Kashmir border, thwarting the seventh attempt by rebels to infiltrate from Pakistan in a week.
    (AFP, 8/8/09)
2009        Aug 8, In northern India landslides triggered by heavy rains killed at least 43 people in three remote villages in Pithoragarh district of Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 8/9/09)

2009        Aug 13, In India thousands of schools, colleges and cinemas shut down in Mumbai to combat the spread of swine flu as the government struggled to contain public anxiety.
    (AFP, 8/13/09)

2009        Aug 20, The Association of Parents of Disappeared People (APDP) said their workers have discovered several unmarked graves containing about 1,500 unidentified bodies in Indian Kashmir, and alleged that some of corpses were likely innocent people killed by government forces. APDP said at least eight of the graves held more than one body.
    (AP, 8/20/09)

2009        Aug 22, India and Nepal agreed to a new trade treaty as PM Madhav Kumar Nepal ended a five-day official visit to the regional giant that both countries hailed a great success.
    (AFP, 8/22/09)

2009        Aug 28, It was reported that dozens of impoverished Indian farmers in southern Andhra Pradesh state have killed themselves in recent weeks due to debt and poor rainfall.
    (SFC, 8/28/09, p.A2)
2009        Aug 28, India's first moon mission, launched amid much fanfare in 2008, came to an abrupt end after the country's lunar craft lost contact with its controllers. The satellite was launched on October 22 and then fired a TV-set-sized probe painted in the green, white and orange colors of the Indian flag which landed on the moon on November 14.
    (AFP, 8/29/09)

2009        Aug 29, Britain’s Cairn Energy began pumping crude from a vast oilfield in the Indian desert state of Rajasthan that is set to increase the country's crude output by 20 percent.
    (AFP, 8/29/09)

2009        Sep 2, In India a helicopter carrying Y.S.R. Reddy (60), a powerful politician from southern Andhra Pradesh state, disappeared in heavy rains as it flew over a forested region largely controlled by Maoist rebels. Wreckage and the bodies of all 5 aboard were found the next day.
    (AP, 9/2/09)(AP, 9/3/09)

2009        Sep 3, In India heavy rain triggered a landslide in Sakinaka, a densely populated suburban Mumbai slum killing at least 12 people and injuring 25 others. Many others remained trapped under piles of mud and stones.
    (AP, 9/4/09)

2009        Sep 10, In India hundreds of students, who were jammed into a narrow New Delhi school staircase, panicked and set off a stampede that left five girls dead and 31 other students injured. Mohammed Shahabuddin, a 12-year old snack vendor, had to have his left leg amputated after Bihar state railway police threw him out of a moving train when he failed to pay them 10 rupees (20 cents) as a bribe. The boy had offered the policemen five rupees, which was all the money he had.
    (AP, 9/10/09)(AP, 9/11/09)

2009        Sep 18, In India at least nine Maoists and a soldier were killed when government troops launched a major offensive against a rebel stronghold in the central state of Chhattisgarh.
    (AFP, 9/18/09)

2009        Sep 23, In central India an 820-foot (250m) chimney collapsed during bad weather killing 40 people. More than 100 workers were feared dead at the site in Korba, Chhattisgarh state, where the giant chimney came crashing down on the plant's cafeteria as the workers had tea. On Jan 11, 2010, 2 Chinese engineers and a project manager wee charged with culpable homicide not amounting to murder. The arrests took to 7 the number of people held in connection with the accident.
    (AP, 9/24/09)(AFP, 9/24/09)(AFP, 1/11/10)

2009        Sep 29, In India 2 boats capsized in flooded rivers in eastern Bihar state during a major Hindu festival, killing at least 27 people and leaving around 24 missing.
    (AP, 9/29/09)

2009        Sep 30, In southern India a state-owned boat carrying 75 tourists capsized on a reservoir in the remote Thekkady forest area in Kerala state, killing at least 17 people and leaving dozens missing.
    (AP, 9/30/09)

2009        Oct 2, In southern India flash floods and heavy rains killed at least 172 people in the state of Karnataka and 50 in neighboring Andhra Pradesh. One more person was killed in the southern seaside resort state of Goa as heavy rains resulted in the collapse of 250 houses. Fifty of the victims drowned when a rescue boat capsized.
    (AFP, 10/3/09)(AP, 10/4/09)(AP, 10/5/09)

2009        Oct 8, In India some 200 Maoist rebels, known as Naxalites, killed 17 Indian policemen in the western state of Maharashtra, the latest in a series of bloody assaults by the guerrillas.
    (AFP, 10/8/09)(SFC, 10/9/09, p.A2)

2009        Oct 15, It was reported that the Taj network, funded by the National Science Foundation, now connects India, Singapore, Vietnam and Egypt to the larger Global Ring Network for Advanced Application Development (GLORIAD) global infrastructure, and "dramatically improves existing US network links with China and the Nordic region," according to an NSF statement.

2009        Oct 16, In southern India a blaze erupted at a fireworks warehouse in Pallipat near Chennai, killing at least 32 people and injuring 10 others as millions of Hindus prepared to celebrate Deepavali, the festival of lights.
    (AP, 10/17/09)

2009        Oct 19, In India in an interview published in the weekly magazine Open, Mupalla Laxman Rao, better known as Ganapathi, vowed to unleash a "tornado" of violence if the government goes ahead with a planned large-scale offensive against his Maoist forces.
    (AFP, 10/19/09)

2009        Oct 20, An Indian official said 8 South Asian countries have agreed they can't be part of any climate change deal that sets legally binding limits on their emissions.
    (AP, 10/20/09)

2009        Oct 21, China and India put aside a diplomatic spat to sign a five-year agreement in New Delhi to cooperate on climate change leading up to crucial talks in Copenhagen.
    (AFP, 10/21/09)
2009        Oct 21, In northern India a passenger train 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.
    (AP, 10/21/09)

2009        Oct 28, Britain’s PM Gordon Brown welcomed Indian President Pratibha Patil on the second day of her state visit which he said showed growing ties between the two nations.
    (AFP, 10/28/09)

2009        Oct 29, In India a huge fire at an oil depot near Jaipur killed at least six people and injured 150. Officials said it would be allowed to burn out as firefighters had little hope of dousing it. The blaze was visible from over 25km (16 miles) away.
    (AP, 10/30/09)
2009        Oct 29, India banned pre-paid mobile telephones in Kashmir, following concerns that militants were using them to trigger bombs and hide their identities.
    (AFP, 10/30/09)

2009        Oct 30, Congo's foreign minister said India has offered Democratic Republic of Congo $263 million in loans to build hydroelectric plants and repair battered infrastructure in the war-ravaged nation. The two countries agreed to the final terms of the loan package this week during a four-day visit by Foreign Minister Alexis Thambwe Mwamba to India.
    (Reuters, 10/30/09)

2009        Nov 2, The International Monetary Fund said it has sold 200 metric tons of gold worth $6.7 billion to India's central bank as part of an effort to shore up IMF finances and increase low-cost lending to developing countries. The purchase put gold at 6% of India’s reserves and helped push the price of gold to over $1,100 a troy ounce.
    (AP, 11/3/09)(Econ, 11/14/09, p.86)

2009        Nov 4, In southern India at least eight children drowned when a boat carrying at least 35 students capsized on the Chaliyar river in the Malappuram district of Kerala state.
    (AP, 11/4/09)

2009        Nov 6, In northern India a crowded bus plunged down a steep mountain gorge, killing 32 people near Baner Khud, Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 11/6/09)

2009        Nov 8, In India joyous Buddhist pilgrims welcomed the Dalai Lama back to the Himalayan town he first set foot in five decades ago while fleeing Chinese rule in his native Tibet, a rare trip close to his homeland that has angered Beijing.
    (AP, 11/8/09)

2009        Nov 10, Indian officials said at least 43 people have been killed in landslides caused by torrential rains in the Nilgiris hills in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
    (Reuters, 11/10/09)

2009        Nov 12, Afghanistan exported 12 tons of apples to India and touted the shipment as a key step in exploring much-needed international markets for its agricultural products.
    (AFP, 11/12/09)

2009        Nov 13, India officials said all elephants living in Indian zoos and circuses will be moved to wildlife parks and game sanctuaries where the animals can graze more freely.
    (AP, 11/13/09)

2009        Nov 14, In western India a speeding train derailed, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 80 in Jaipur, Rajasthan state.
    (AP, 11/14/09)(SSFC, 11/15/09, p.A6)
2009        Nov 14, Indian troops shot dead five suspected Islamic militants as they tried to enter Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani side of the disputed state.
    (AFP, 11/14/09)

2009        Nov 15, India's Essar Group, and energy-to-steel conglomerate, said it has agreed to buy a majority stake in Dhabi Group's telecommunication businesses in African nations Uganda and Congo.
    (Reuters, 11/15/09)

2009        Nov 16, French tire maker Michelin announced plans to invest nearly 900 million dollars to build a tire plant to supply India's fast-growing vehicle market.
    (AFP, 11/16/09)

2009        Nov 18, South Korean auto giant Hyundai said it would roll out another new small car in India as it jostles with rivals for a larger slice of the fast-growing Indian market.
    (AFP, 11/18/09)

2009        Nov 19, In India thousands of sugar cane farmers staged a massive demonstration in New Delhi, halting traffic as they demanded higher prices for the crop.
    (AFP, 11/19/09)
2009        Nov 19, In eastern India a passenger train derailed after Maoist rebels blew up a key track in Jharkhand state, killing two people and injuring at least 30 others.
    (AP, 11/20/09)

2009        Nov 20, In India 7 people were arrested in Mumbai after activists from a hardline Hindu regional political party ransacked a television station's offices and beat up staff.
    (AFP, 11/20/09)

2009        Nov 22, India’s PM Manmohan Singh arrived in Washington for talks with Pres. Obama.
    (SFC, 11/23/09, p.A6)
2009        Nov 22, In northeast India suspected separatists set off two explosions killing five people and wounding at least 52 more near Gauhati, the Assam state capital. Two people died later in a hospital.
    (AFP, 11/22/09)(AP, 11/22/09)

2009        Nov 23, India's army tested a nuclear-capable Agni missile after sunset for the first time to demonstrate it could be fired whenever required.
    (Reuters, 11/23/09)

2009        Nov 24, President Barack Obama showered praise on India and PM Manmohan Singh in an elaborate welcoming ceremony, declaring it was only fitting the Indian leader should be the first state visitor of his administration. Virginia couple, Michaele and Tareq Salahi, met Pres. Obama in the receiving line of the state dinner for PM Singh. A "deeply concerned and embarrassed" Secret Service later acknowledged that its officers never checked whether the two were on the guest list before letting them onto the White House grounds.
    (AP, 11/24/09)(AP, 11/28/09)

2009        Nov 29, In India senior government officials said workers at the Kaiga nuclear power plant in southern Karnataka state were treated for poisoning after drinking water was deliberately spiked with radiation.
    (AFP, 11/29/09)
2009        Nov 29, San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom led a 50-person Bay Area delegation to Bangalore, India, on a 3-day trip to sign business deals as part of the San Francisco-Bangalore Sister City Initiative.
    (SSFC, 11/29/09, p.D1)

2009        Nov, India launched a counter-insurgency drive name named by the Indian media as "Operation Greenhunt" along five states in the "Red Corridor."
    (AFP, 6/29/12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Operation_Green_Hunt)

2009        Dec 1, In India newspaper executives and editors gathered from around the world heard calls to seek more payment for their content on the Internet as they decried their industry's sharply falling advertising revenues.
    (AP, 12/1/09)

2009        Dec 2, The World Bank said it will give India at least one billion dollars to help clean up the heavily polluted holy river Ganges as part of moves to sharply hike lending to the country.
    (AFP, 12/2/09)

2009        Dec 4, Indian officials said Arabinda Rajkhowa, the commander of a powerful rebel movement in the remote northeast, was arrested along with a top deputy. Security officials said the chairman of the United Liberation Front of Asom, or ULFA, was actually arrested days earlier in Bangladesh, where he had long been thought to be hiding.
    (AP, 12/4/09)(Econ, 12/12/09, p.47)
2009        Dec 4, GM and its Chinese partner SAIC announced a joint venture to produce small cars in India.
    (Econ, 12/12/09, p.72)

2009        Dec 9, India’s federal government agreed to give in to a high-profile hunger strike and create the new state of Telangana out of the vast state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AP, 12/11/09)

2009        Dec 11, In India protesters took to the streets of Hyderabad, setting public buses on fire and clashing with police, in anger over the government’s decision to carve a new state out of the southern region of Andhra Pradesh. Leaders of the Gorkhas, a group of ethnic Nepalis living in West Bengal, called for an indefinite strike to push their decades-old demand for the creation of Gorkhaland.
    (AP, 12/11/09)

2009        Dec 12, In India 20 state ministers resigned amid mounting street demonstrations and violence to protest India's decision to carve a new state out of southern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 12/12/09)

2009        Dec 14, India's inflation rate jumped to its highest level in 10 months, according to official data, raising pressure on the central bank to begin reversing deep interest rate cuts. The wholesale inflation rate climbed by a larger-than-expected 4.78% in November from a year earlier after rising by 1.34% in October.
    (AFP, 12/14/09)

2009        Dec 18, India said it has withdrawn 30,000 soldiers from Kashmir as rebel attacks decreased over the past two years. Hundreds of thousands are believed to remain in the heavily militarized region also claimed by Pakistan.
    (AP, 12/18/09)

2009        Dec 21, In India Riona Wines, based in western Maharashtra state, the country's grape-growing centre, signed investment agreements with Italian vintners Moncaro and Enzo Mecella.
    (AFP, 12/22/09)

2009        Dec 23, Rajendra Pachauri, chairman of the Nobel-winning Intergovernmental Panel on Climate Change (IPCC), said India had to curb its high-polluting coal consumption in the near future or risk burning through its reserves.
    (AFP, 12/23/09)

2009        Dec 24, In southern India police with bamboo batons clashed with crowds of protesters as outrage over a delay in creating a new state (Telangana) erupted into violent demonstrations in several cities in Andhra Pradesh. Over 40 people were feared dead after the bridge under construction over the Chambal river collapsed on the outskirts of Kota city in western Rajasthan state. 12 bodies were recovered and 30 others remained missing.
    (AP, 12/24/09)(AFP, 12/25/09)(AP, 12/26/09)

2009        Dec 26, In India Andhra Pradesh Gov. Narain Dutt Tiwari (86) resigned, a day after a television news channel broadcast a tape allegedly showing him in bed with three women.
    (AP, 12/26/09)

2009        Dec 27, Japanese PM Yukio Hatoyama arrived in India on a three-day visit aimed at strengthening economic and security cooperation with the emerging giant.
    (AFP, 12/27/09)

2009        Ram Charan, India-born business consultant, authored “Leadership in the Era of Economic Uncertainty," his 16th book on business management.
    (Econ, 2/28/09, p.72)
2009        Wendy Doniger authored “The Hindus: An Alternative History," a loosely chronological cultural history of the Hindu people.
    (WSJ, 4/2/09, p.A17)
2009        Nandan Nilekani, co-founder of Infosys, authored “Imagining India: The Idea of a Renewed Nation."
    (Econ, 3/21/09, p.90)
2009        Arundhati Roy, Indian writer, authored “Listening to Grasshoppers: Field Notes on Democracy."   
    (Econ, 8/1/09, p.73)
2009        Amartya Sen (b.1933), Indian Nobel prize winning economist, authored “The Idea of Justice," a summation of his work on economic reasoning and on the elements and measurement of human well-being.
    (Econ, 8/8/09, p.71)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Amartya_Sen)
2009        In India armed violence in Manipur state left some 444 people dead this year.
    (Econ, 2/20/10, p.41)
2009        In India Ramalingu Raju, the boss of Satyam, confessed that he had cooked the company books on an epic scale. Within days the share value of India’s 4th largest technology firm collapsed by about 90%. In 2012 the company looked to be taken over by Tech Mahindra.
    (Economist, 9/1/12, p.63)
2009        The world Muslim population was estimated at 1.57 billion, or about 23% of the global population of 6.8 billion, including 203 million in Indonesia, 174 million in Pakistan and 160 million in India.
    (Econ, 10/10/09, p.62)
2009        More than 17,000 Indian farmers committed suicide, a seven percent rise on the previous year, according to new government figures released in 2011.
    (AP, 1/17/11)

2010        Jan 2, In northern India 4 trains collided in two separate accidents caused by dense winter fog, killing 10 people and injuring 47 others.
    (AP, 1/2/10)
2010        Jan 2, In Australia Indian accounting graduate Nitin Garg (21) was stabbed by unknown attackers before collapsing in the Melbourne burger restaurant where he worked. On June 17 a 15-year-old Australian boy was charged with the stabbing murder. On June 18 the boy (16) was charged with accessory to the killing. On April 20, 2011, the boy (16) pleaded guilty to the murder and one count of attempted armed robbery.
    (AFP, 1/4/10)(AFP, 6/17/10)(AFP, 6/18/10)(AP, 4/20/11)

2010        Jan 3, In northern India police said more than 30 people have died in cold weather-related incidents in the past 24 hours, including 10 people killed in train accidents caused by dense fog.
    (AP, 1/3/10)

2010        Jan 5, In India global car manufacturers eyeing the explosive growth of the Indian market unveiled new compact models at the Delhi auto show as they sought to break the dominance of entrenched local producers.
    (AFP, 1/5/10)

2010        Jan 6, In Indian Kashmir suspected Muslim militants opened fire in the main market area of Srinagar, killing one police officer and sending residents running for cover. A suicide bomber struck an army facility in the Pakistan-controlled portion of Kashmir, killing four soldiers and wounding 11 others in an area where such attacks are rare.
    (AFP, 1/6/10)(AP, 1/6/10)

2010        Jan 7, In Indian-controlled Kashmir government forces ended a 20-hour gunbattle with suspected rebels in Srinagar, shooting and killing the two attackers who paralyzed the region's main city.
    (AP, 1/7/10)

2010        Jan 8, Australia angrily condemned an Indian newspaper cartoon likening its police to the Ku Klux Klan over their investigations into the recent murder of a young Indian man.
    (AFP, 1/8/10)
2010        Jan 8, Government forces in Indian Kashmir killed two suspected rebels in a gunbattle. The fighting started after troops cordoned off a house in Khrew village after receiving a tip that suspected militants were hiding there.
    (AP, 1/8/10)

2010        Jan 11, Indian PM Manmohan Singh laid out ambitious plans to make his country a global leader in solar power as he launched a government initiative to boost use of the technology. Andy Pag (35) was detained in the western state of Rajasthan for having an unlicensed satellite phone. He (Andrea Pagnacco) was ordered held for 14 days while police investigate whether he is a threat to national security. The London-based environmental campaigner was traveling around the world in a biofuel-driven bus. In March ordered to pay a fine for illegally using a satellite phone and became free to leave India 69 days after his arrest.
    (AFP, 1/11/10)(AP, 1/17/10)(AP, 3/21/10)

2010        Jan 14, In India hundreds of thousands of Hindus bathed in waters considered sacred across large parts of India to mark the start of a religious festival. In West Bengal state six women were among seven people killed in a stampede as thousands bathed at the confluence of Ganges river and the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP, 1/14/10)

2010        Jan 15, In India suspected Maoist rebels blew up a police jeep in eastern Jharkhand state killing six officers and their civilian driver.
    (AP, 1/15/10)

2010        Jan 17, In India Jyoti Basu (95), communist leader of West Bengal’s opposition and the state’s chief minister for 23 years, died.
    (Econ, 1/23/10, p.82)

2010        Jan 24, In India environment ministers from Brazil, South Africa, India and China said that talks in New Delhi had further cemented their alliance following the Copenhagen climate change summit. The group, known by the acronym BASIC, pledged to strengthen its unified stance but would seek consensus with developed countries.
    (AP, 1/24/10)

2010        Jan 25, South Korea's president offered to help energy-hungry India build more nuclear plants as the two Asian powerhouses set a goal of doubling bilateral trade by 2014.
    (AFP, 1/25/10)

2010        Jan 30, Ashes of Indian independence hero Mahatma Gandhi, kept for decades by a family friend after his assassination, were scattered off South Africa's coast.
    (AFP, 1/30/10)

2010        Jan 31, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir Wamiq Farooq (14), a Muslim boy, died after being struck by a shell fired by police to quell a demonstration by separatists in Srinagar.
    (AFP, 2/2/10)(AP, 2/13/10)

2010        Feb 2, In Kashmir Indian police and Muslim protesters clashed for the second day running over the death of a Muslim boy killed by a police tear-gas shell.
    (AFP, 2/2/10)

2010        Feb 7, India again successfully test-fired a nuclear-capable missile that can hit targets across much of Asia and the Middle East. It was the fourth test of the Agni III missile.
    (AP, 2/7/10)

2010        Feb 8, In Kashmir 17 Indian soldiers were killed in an avalanche that slammed into a group of 70 combat troops at a high-altitude warfare training camp.
    (AP, 2/8/10)

2010        Feb 9, India halted the release of the world's first genetically modified eggplant, saying further study needed to be done to guarantee consumer safety before it could be cultivated in the country.
    (AP, 2/9/10)

2010        Feb 12, In India thousands of devout Hindus bathed in the waters of the Ganges river as part of the Kumbh Mela, often described as the world's largest religious gathering. The festival began on January 13 in Haridwar, a temple-filled town at the foothills of the Himalayas where the Ganges river enters the sprawling plains of northern India. The festival ends April 28.
    (AP, 2/12/10)
2010        Feb 12, In India Rouvanjit Rawla (12), a pupil at the prestigious La Martiniere for Boys school in the eastern city of Kolkata, hanged himself in his room after being caned for bringing stink bombs into class. Illegal but often tolerated, caning was rife in India's school system, but the suicide of the pupil after a beating brought the practice out of the shadows.
    (AFP, 7/03/10)(http://tinyurl.com/29t956x)

2010        Feb 13, In India a terror attack took place at the German Bakery restaurant in the western city of Pune. The death toll reached 17 people with some 60 others injured. A group called Lashkar-e-Taiba al-Almi claimed responsibility in response to India's "refusal" to discuss the disputed region of Kashmir. A terror cell responsible for the attack was broken up in 2011.
    (AFP, 2/13/10)(AFP, 2/20/10)(AP, 11/30/11)
2010        Feb 13, Fourteen Indian border guards were suspended for suspected involvement in the Feb 5 shooting death of Zahid Farooq Shah (17) in the Indian-ruled portion of Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/13/10)

2010        Feb 14, Kuwait's state news agency said the Kuwaiti telecom group Zain has agreed to offload its African assets to India's Bharti Airtel, in a deal valued at $10.7 billion. The next day Bharti confirmed the deal.
    (Reuters, 2/14/10)(Econ, 2/20/10, p.61)

2010        Feb 15, In eastern India suspected armed Maoist rebels riding motorcycles killed at least 24 policemen in a daring gun and bomb attack on a security camp. Two Maoist guerrillas were also killed in the raid in West Bengal state's Midnapore district.
    (AFP, 2/15/10)(AP, 2/16/10)

2010        Feb 18, In India suspected Maoist rebels raided a village in eastern Bihar state, and killed at least 12 people in an apparent act of revenge after several guerrillas were captured and turned over to police. The dead included a family of 4 burned to death in Kasari.
    (AP, 2/18/10)(SFC, 2/19/10, p.A2)

2010        Feb 20, In India forestry officer Uday Vir Singh bluffed his way past private militia guarding the Belekeri port and proceeded to uncover a massive scam of illegal shipments of iron ore to China that involved hundreds of officials and politicians in Karnataka state.
    (Econ, 3/15/14, p.23)

2010        Feb 23, India responded cautiously to an offer by a top Maoist guerrilla leader for a cease-fire and talks with the government, with the home minister saying he would wait for a formal proposal before considering the offer.
    (AP, 2/23/10)
2010        Feb 23, India's biggest carmaker Maruti Suzuki India announced it has recalled 100,000 of its best-selling A-Star hatchback cars due to a fuel leakage problem.
    (AFP, 2/23/10)

2010        Feb 25, India and Pakistan held their first official talks since the 2008 Mumbai siege, with both sides saying they wanted to rebuild trust shattered in that attack but acknowledging that the meeting was just a first step toward a renewed peace process.
    (AP, 2/25/10)
2010        Feb 25, In India a Hindu newspaper said India's best-known painter M.F. Husain (94), who went into exile after death threats from Hindu hardliners, has been granted Qatari citizenship, sparking new soul-searching about his persecution at home. Husain, known as the "Picasso of India," had angered hardline Hindus by portraying Hindu deities in the nude or in a sexually suggestive manner.
    (AFP, 2/25/10)

2010        Feb 28, In Saudi Arabia Indian PM Manmohan Singh pitched for investment in his economy and closer petroleum sector cooperation with Saudi Arabia, the second day of a visit to the Middle East oil giant.
    (AFP, 2/28/10)

2010        Feb, In India four men ambushed Dimple Patel (27) as she returned to her home in Ahmedabad from college. She spent 10 months in a coma following the vicious attack that left her severely disabled. In 2014 she identified her alleged assailants in court. Her brother Dharmendra Patel said his wife's relatives assaulted his sister to get back at him after a row over money.
    (AFP, 8/14/14)

2010        Mar 1, In southern India nearly 3000 Muslims protested a newspaper article they say was critical of Islam, clashing with police and leaving at least two people dead and dozens injured in Shimoga, Karnataka state.
    (AP, 3/2/10)

2010        Mar 4, In India a stampede among thousands of poor villagers scrambling for free food and clothes at a commemorative event killed 63 women and children at a Hindu temple in Kunda, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 3/4/10)(AP, 3/5/10)
2010        Mar 4, A collection of 300 films capturing the final days of the British Empire in India and other parts of south Asia was released by the University of Cambridge. The free archive footage is available at www.s-asian.cam.ac.uk/films.html. The silent films, taken between 1911 and 1956, celebrate unique moments in history, from life after the Quetta earthquake of 1935 to the partition of India and Pakistan in 1947.
    (AFP, 3/4/10)

2010        Mar 9, China and India gave a qualified approval to the nonbinding Copenhagen climate accord brokered by Pres. Obama in the final hours of the December, 2009, climate summit.
    (SFC, 3/10/10, p.A2)

2010        Mar 12, In India a troupe of 10,780 tribal villagers in northeast Mizoram state set a record for the largest dance ensemble in the world with a carefully choreographed routine to welcome in the summer.
    (AFP, 3/12/10)
2010        Mar 12, India and Russia signed an agreement for the construction of as many as 16 Russian nuclear reactors at three different sites in India.
    (AFP, 3/12/10)

2010        Mar 13, In India Abdul Latif Rashid and Riyaz Ali were arrested late in the day in Mumbai's Matunga suburb. Police said the two men were preparing to attack several targets in the city, the country's financial and entertainment hub. Police said the men had links with terror groups in Pakistan and were acting on directions from handlers there.
    (AP, 3/14/10)

2010        Mar 21, India successfully tested a new, more maneuverable version of its BrahMos supersonic cruise missile that was jointly developed with Russia.
    (AP, 3/21/10)

2010        Mar 23, In India at least four people died and 18 others were injured when a fire engulfed a landmark building in the heart of the eastern city of Kolkata.
    (AFP, 3/23/10)
2010        Mar 23, Pakistani hardliners vowed to wage a holy war to liberate the disputed Himalayan state of Kashmir from Indian control.
    (AFP, 3/23/10)

2010        Mar 29, Officials said the US and India have reached an agreement on reprocessing nuclear material, clearing a major hurdle in putting into practice a landmark atomic energy pact.
    (AFP, 3/29/10)

2010        Mar 30, In India Paramhamsa Nityananda (32), a Hindu holy man with thousands of followers across India, resigned as head of Dhyanapeetam (knowledge center) after police began investigating his role in a sex scandal. On April 21 Nityananda, who claims to have devotees in 33 countries, and an aide Nithya Bhaktananda, were nabbed in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh on charges including obscenity and hurting religious sentiments.
    (Reuters, 3/30/10)(AFP, 4/21/10)
2010        Mar 30, An Indian naval spokesman said Somali pirates may be holding several dhows carrying an estimated 100 Indian sailors they have seized over the past five days.
    (AP, 3/30/10)

2010        Mar 31, In Kashmir 4 Indian soldiers and 10 separatist guerrillas were killed in clashes, the highest number of people killed in firefights in 24 hours in recent months.
    (AP, 4/1/10)

2010        Apr 1, In India the Right to Education Act came into effect. The Right of Children to Free and Compulsory Education Act or Right to Education Act (RTE), was passed by the Indian parliament on 4 August 2009.
2010        Apr 1, India began a yearlong census of its billion-plus population in which it plans to photograph and fingerprint every citizen over the age of 15 to create a national database and then issue its first national identity cards.
    (AP, 4/1/10)

2010        Apr 6, In eastern India Maoist rebels launched a series of devastating attacks on government forces patrolling the forests of Chattisgarh state, killing 76 armed policemen in the deadliest strike against the state in the 43-year insurgency.
    (AP, 4/6/10)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.45)

2010        Apr 7, China and India signed an agreement to set up a hot line linking their top leaders.
    (AP, 4/7/10)

2010        Apr 11, In India’s Manipur state Naga tribes people began a blockade to the rest of India to protest Manipur’s announcement of local elections in Naga-inhabited areas in June.
    (Econ, 5/22/10, p.46)

2010        Apr 13, Indian Sikhs celebrated World Turban Day to demonstrate the importance of retaining the headgear rather than adopting Western-style haircuts.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, In Indian Kashmir one person was killed and 24 hurt during a strike to protest the conviction of six Muslims, including a Kashmiri separatist, for a 1996 bombing in New Delhi.
    (AFP, 4/13/10)
2010        Apr 13, In India a cyclone demolished ten of thousands of mud huts, killing 137 villagers in the northeastern parts of West Bengal and Bihar states. Officials later said more than 200,000 houses were fully or severely damaged by the storm, which packed wind speeds of 120 kph (75 mph).
    (AP, 4/14/10)(AP, 4/15/10)(AP, 4/22/10)

2010        Apr 14, Chinese President Hu Jintao and Indian PM Manmohan Singh arrived in Brazil to participate in bilateral meetings with the leaders of other emerging economies and a BRIC summit on April 16.
    (AFP, 4/15/10)

2010        Apr 16, India banned some phone users in insurgency-hit Kashmir from sending SMS text messages, causing anger on the streets and provoking the wrath of the volatile region's chief minister. Kashmir chief minister Omar Abdullah termed the ban "harassment."
    (AFP, 4/16/10)
2010        Apr 16, Renault announced that it has pulled out of a joint venture with Indian car manufacturer Mahindra and Mahindra, which produced its first car for the growing South Asian market, the Logan.
    (AFP, 4/16/10)

2010        Apr 19, In western India police found 12 fetuses dumped near a garbage bin in Ahmadabad, the main city of Gujarat state.
    (AP, 4/19/10)

2010        Apr 20, India’s trade ministry said it will launch a formal dispute against the EU at the World Trade Organization (WTO) over EU seizures of Indian generic drugs.
    (Reuters, 4/20/10)

2010        Apr 27, India’s foreign ministry said a female diplomat, Mrs. Gupta (53), working in the Indian embassy in Islamabad has been arrested on charges of spying for Pakistan. Strikes to protest rising food and fuel prices shut down air, rail and road traffic in several parts of India.
    (AFP, 4/27/10)(SSFC, 5/2/10, p.M3)

2010        Apr 29, The prime ministers of India and Pakistan agreed to resume peace talks between their top diplomats and work toward rebuilding trust shattered by the deadly 2008 Mumbai terror attacks that New Delhi blamed on Pakistani militants.
    (AP, 4/29/10)

2010        May 3, In India Mohammed Ajmal Amir Kasab (22), a Pakistani national, was found guilty for his role in the 60-hour siege (Nov 26-28, 2008) that left 166 people dead. He was convicted on most of the 86 charges against him and faced the death penalty. The next day Judge M.L. Tahaliyani imposed the death penalty against Kasab on four counts of murder, waging war against India, conspiracy and terrorism offences.
    (AFP, 5/3/10)(AFP, 5/6/10)

2010        May 7, India's Supreme Court ruled in favor of the country's richest man Mukesh Ambani in his long-running feud with his brother Anil over a family deal to share the nation's largest gas find.
    (AFP, 5/7/10)

2010        May 8, In northern India at least 52 people were killed and scores injured by heavy rains over the past two days. The worst hit areas were the central and eastern regions of Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, where 35 people died and some 50 were injured. The other 17 casualties were reported from neighboring Bihar state. Maoist rebels in central India blew up an army truck killing 8 paramilitary soldiers and wounding 2 others in a densely forested area in Bijapur district of Chattisgarh state.
    (AFP, 5/8/10)(AP, 5/8/10)

2010        May 14, In central India a bus carrying wedding guests hit a high-tension electricity line, killing 28 people on board, mostly women and children, who were on their way back from the ceremony in the Mandla district of Madhya Pradesh state.
    (Reuters, 5/14/10)
2010        May 14, In Indian Kashmir 4 policemen and 2 civilians were injured in a grenade attack by suspected Muslim militants, minutes after protesters and police clashed.
    (AFP, 5/14/10)

2010        May 15, In central India Maoist rebels kidnapped and killed six villagers in a thickly forested area of Chattisgarh state, alleging that the men were police informants. Their bodies were found the next day. The rebels were currently present in 20 of the country's 28 states with an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 fighters.
    (AP, 5/16/10)

2010        May 16, In India at least two people died in a stampede at a railway station in New Delhi as thousands of passengers waited to board trains.
    (AFP, 5/16/10)

2010        May 17, In central India a Maoist land mine blew up a bus filled with police and civilians as it drove through Chhattisgarh state, killing at least 35 people.
    (AP, 5/17/10)

2010        May 18, India’s home minister said the government is willing to begin peace talks with Maoist rebels, but only if the insurgents halt all attacks for 72 hours.
    (AP, 5/18/10)

2010        May 19, India's auction of 3G bandwidth for mobile telephone services ended, with final bids earning the government close to 15 billion dollars -- double its own estimate.
    (AFP, 5/19/10)

2010        May 20, In India Cyclone Laila slammed into the southeast, toppling power lines and plunging a large swath of coastal Andhra Pradesh state into darkness. Heavy rains and strong winds claimed at least 23 lives.
    (AP, 5/20/10)(AP, 5/21/10)

2010        May 22, An Air India Express plane trying to land at a tricky hilltop airport in southern India overshot the runway, crashed over a cliff and burst into flames at dawn, killing 158 people. There were 8 survivors. An investigative panel later said Serb flight commander had slept through more than half the flight and was disoriented during landing.
    (AP, 5/22/10)(SFC, 11/20/10, p.A2)

2010        May 27, Indian President Pratibha Patil sought to soothe trade disputes and recent border tensions in meetings with Chinese leaders in Beijing.
    (AP, 5/27/10)
2010        May 27, In India temperatures close to 50 degrees Celsius gripped large swathes of the country, killing dozens of people as the country waited for the annual monsoon rains.
    (Reuters, 5/27/10)

2010        May 28, In eastern India suspected Maoist rebels derailed an overnight passenger train, triggering a crash with an oncoming cargo train that killed 145 people near the small town of Sardiha, about 90 miles (150km) west of Calcutta in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 5/28/10)(Reuters, 5/29/10)(AP, 5/30/10)

2010        May 29, Indian railway authorities canceled all night trains in West Bengal state one day after a passenger express train derailed and was hit by a cargo train. The government accused Maoist rebels of sabotaging the tracks.
    (AP, 5/29/10)
2010        May 29, Police in Indian Kashmir fired teargas to disperse thousands of villagers protesting against what they said was the staged killing of three Muslims by the security forces.
    (AFP, 5/29/10)

2010        May 30, In India at least 30 people, including 10 children, were burnt alive when a bus bound for the southern city of Bangalore ploughed into a roadblock and caught fire.
    (AFP, 5/30/10)

2010        Jun 7, An Indian court convicted seven former senior employees of Union Carbide's Indian subsidiary of "death by negligence" for their roles in the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy that left an estimated 15,000 people dead more than a quarter century ago in the world's worst industrial disaster. The former employees, many of them in their 70s, were sentenced to two years in prison and ordered to pay fines of 100,000 rupees ($2,175) apiece. All seven were released on bail shortly after the verdict.
    (AP, 6/7/10)

2010        Jun 9, Sri Lanka's President Mahinda Rajapakse began his first foreign trip to influential neighbor India since being re-elected, in a visit that drew protests from Indian Tamils.
    (AP, 6/9/10)

2010        Jun 10, India’s government took steps to make divorce easier as nuptial breakdown becomes more common. The proposed amendment, which was passed by a cabinet meeting chaired by PM Manmohan Singh, will include "irretrievable breakdown of marriage" as a legal justification for divorce for the first time.
    (AFP, 6/10/10)

2010        Jun 11, In India Reliance Industries said it will pay 48 billion rupees ($1 billion) for a 95 percent stake in Infotel Broadband, the only company to win pan-India broadband wireless spectrum in a government auction. The auction yielded 383 billion rupees ($8.2 billion) in spectrum fees.
    (AP, 6/11/10)

2010        Jun 14, Indian security forces killed 10 Maoists in an operation that involved about 2,000 men to clear a rebel stronghold in Jharkhand. One paramilitary policeman was also killed in the fighting, which began late the previous evening.
    (AFP, 6/14/10)
2010        Jun 14, In northern India at least 52 people drowned after a boat capsized on the Ganges river in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 6/14/10)(AP, 6/15/10)

2010        Jun 18, India handed over to Pakistan a new dossier of evidence related to the November 2008 Mumbai attacks, ahead of talks next week between top foreign ministry officials.
    (AP, 6/18/10)

2010        Jun 19, In India at least 100 tourists were stranded by an indefinite strike in Darjeeling, as a Gorkha political party campaigned for an autonomous Gorkha homeland. The tourists had to be escorted out by police.
    (SSFC, 6/27/10, p.N3)

2010        Jun 20, Indian troops fired on hundreds of demonstrators who tried to torch a paramilitary bunker in Kashmir, killing one person and wounding at least five. More were injured in subsequent clashes.
    (AP, 6/20/10)

2010        Jun 21, In India a group of government ministers, appointed to suggest remedies for the 1984 disaster at Bhopal, made its recommendations. As many as 100,000 people continued to suffer chronic sickness from the poisonous gas that leaked from a Union Carbide plant.
    (Econ, 6/26/10, p.43)

2010        Jun 22, In southern India a speeding truck rammed into two tractors pulling trolleys loaded with guests returning from a wedding, killing 18 people, including the groom.
    (AP, 6/22/10)

2010        Jun 24, Indian authorities arrested a key separatist leader and 40 other activists in a bid to quell spiraling protests in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/24/10)
2010        Jun 24, Indian and Pakistani diplomats pledged to strive for sustained dialogue to get their fragile relations back on track and deny militants space to derail reconciliation efforts.
    (AFP, 6/24/10)

2010        Jun 25, India detained a Pakistan-bound cargo ship carrying a "huge quantity" of explosives and other weapons at a harbor in eastern India. Police identified the vessel as the MV Aegean Glory and said it was registered in Panama.
    (AFP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jun 26, In eastern India an overcrowded bus collided head-on into a truck along a sharp curve on a highway, killing 23 people and injuring 15 others in Bihar state.
    (AP, 6/26/10)

2010        Jun 29, In India gunmen believed to be Maoist rebels killed at least 26 paramilitary personnel during a roadside ambush in Chattisgarh state.
    (SFC, 6/30/10, p.A2)

2010        Jul 2, In India leading Naxalite Cherkuri Rajkumar, aka Azad, was killed security forces in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (Econ, 7/24/10, p.44)

2010        Jul 13, In Muzaffarabad, Kashmir, PM Raja Farooq Haider Khan, the top official in Pakistan-held Kashmir, vowed to fight India for control of the disputed territory in a speech to thousands of people assembled by a coalition of banned militant groups.
    (AP, 7/13/10)

2010        Jul 14, India's Foreign Minister S.M. Krishna arrived in Pakistan saying that he brought a message of "peace and friendship" but called on Islamabad to act decisively against terrorism.
    (AP, 7/14/10)
2010        Jul 14, An Air India plane carrying more than 200 passengers from New York became the first commercial flight to land at New Delhi's new Terminal 3, part of a $2.7-billion airport upgrade.
    (AFP, 7/14/10)(Econ, 7/10/10, p.72)
2010        Jul 14, In India at least 92 people were sickened, eight of them critically, when they inhaled chlorine that leaked from a cylinder in an industrial part of Mumbai.
    (AP, 7/14/10)

2010        Jul 15, India unveiled a symbol for its rupee currency that it hopes will become as globally recognized as signs for the dollar, the yen, the pound and the euro. The symbol was designed by research student D Udaya Kumar, who earned $5,300 for his pains.
    (AP, 7/15/10)(Econ, 7/24/10, p.43)
2010        Jul 15, Pakistan and India sought to improve their strained relationship with high-level talks aimed at rebuilding trust that was fractured by the terrorist attacks that killed 166 people in the Indian city of Mumbai nearly two years ago.
    (AP, 7/15/10)

2010        Jul 19, In eastern India a powerful crash between two express trains at a station killed 63 people and injured scores more in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 7/19/10)(AP, 7/20/10)

2010        Jul 22, India unveiled the prototype of a $35 basic touchscreen tablet aimed at students, which it hopes to bring into production by 2011.
    (AP, 7/23/10)

2010        Jul 24, India’s Chhattisgarh state, seen as a bastion of an increasingly deadly Maoist revolt, said it was seeking one billion dollars to counter the left-wing insurgency with a surge in development.
    (AFP, 7/24/10)

2010        Jul 25, In India Amit shah, a minister of Gujarat state, was arrested in connection to the 2005 murder of Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a suspected extortioner whose murdered was staged on Nov 26, 2005. The killing was orchestrated by senior police officers of the Indian Police Service, and was allegedly ordered by Gujarat minister for home Amit Shah.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Sohrabuddin_Sheikh_fake_encounter)(Econ, 7/31/10, p.30)

2010        Jul 26, In northeast India gunmen ambushed a jeep In Assam state, killing four paramilitary soldiers and wounding another three in an attack blamed on separatist rebels.
    (AP, 7/26/10)

2010        Jul 28, British PM David Cameron kicked off a much-hyped visit to India, pitching for investment and open trade to boost Britain's fragile post-recession recovery.
    (AP, 7/28/10)

2010        Jul 30, In India separatist rebels triggered a land mine that killed at least five paramilitary soldiers and wounded 41 others in the remote northeastern state of Assam.
    (AP, 7/30/10)
2010        Jul 30, In Indian Kashmir paramilitary soldiers fired on thousands of demonstrators, killing three men and wounding at least 80 others as protests against Indian rule spread across the disputed region.
    (AP, 7/30/10)

2010        Jul 31, UNESCO added seven cultural sites to its World Heritage List including Bikini Atoll in the Marshall Islands, home to nuclear bomb testing in the 1940s and 1950s. Also added to the list were the Turaif District in Saudi Arabia; Australia's penal colony sites; the Jantar Mantar astronomical observation site in India; a shrine in Ardabil in Iran; the Tabriz historic bazaar complex, also in Iran; and the historic villages of Hahoe and Yangdong in South Korea.
    (AP, 8/1/10)

2010        Jul, In India SKS Microfinance went public in a $350 million offering that was 13 times oversubscribed. It had a $1.2 billion loan book.
    (Econ, 1/12/13, p.65)

2010        Aug 1, In northern India a truck carrying Hindu pilgrims plunged into a gorge in a mountainous region in Uttarakhand state, killing at least 20 people as rescuers searched for another seven who were missing.
    (AP, 8/1/10)

2010        Aug 4, Indian police battled Maoist rebels who ambushed their patrol in dense jungle, as violence worsens in an insurgency that has seen bigger and bolder attacks on government forces this year. 5 people were killed when the rebels blasted a vehicle carrying security guards of a bank in the eastern state of Jharkhand.
    (Reuters, 8/4/10)

2010        Aug 5, In Indian-controlled Kashmir the death toll from civil unrest rose to 48 after two more people were killed when paramilitary forces opened fire on demonstrators angry about decades of Indian rule over the Himalayan region.
    (AP, 8/5/10)

2010        Aug 6, In Indian Kashmir at least 113 people were killed and hundreds injured after rare rainfall triggered flash floods in an area popular with foreign fans of high-altitude adventure sports.
    (AFP, 8/6/10)

2010        Aug 7, The Panamanian-registered MSC Chitra smashed into the St. Kitts-registered MV-Khalijia-II near Mumbai's Jawahar Lal Nehru port. The environment minister of Maharashtra state told reporters the next day that about 2 tons of oil was pouring into the water every hour. Indian authorities plugged the fuel leak on Aug 9 after some 500 tons of oil had spewed into the Arabian Sea.
    (AP, 8/9/10)(AP, 8/10/10)

2010        Aug 12, India ordered telephone operators to allow security agencies access to BlackBerry services carried on their networks by the end of the month.
    (AFP, 8/12/10)
2010        Aug 12, In India Cindy Iannereli, an American from Cecil, Pa., was murdered near the Osian resort in Rajasthan state. Her son teenager Joncarlo Patton (15) was arrested as the prime suspect in the murder. On May 3, 2011, the boy was sentenced to serve three years in an Indian juvenile detention facility. On May 11, 2012, an Indian court overturned the conviction and Patton was released.
    (http://tinyurl.com/3wtvvn5)(AP, 5/3/11)(AFP, 5/11/12)

2010        Aug 15, India's PM Manmohan Singh appealed to the people of Indian-controlled Kashmir to end violent protests and said his government is ready to hold talks to resolve their long-standing problems. An off-duty officer flung a shoe at Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, Indian-controlled Kashmir's top elected official, during India's independence day ceremony.
    (AP, 8/15/10)(AP, 8/16/10)

2010        Aug 18, Indian tycoon Anil Ambani's Reliance Broadcast Network Ltd and CBS Studios International announced plans to launch three new television channels in India and South Asia.
    (AFP, 8/18/10)
2010        Aug 18, In northern India a mudslide triggered by heavy rains demolished a school building, killing at least 18 children.
    (AP, 8/18/10)

2010        Aug 20, India's Cabinet cleared a nuclear liability bill, a crucial step on the path to bringing foreign companies into its potentially vast nuclear energy market. The bill caps the liability of foreign firms at $320 million in the case of an industrial accident.
    (AP, 8/20/10)

2010        Aug 26, Canada-based Research in Motion said it was willing to work with India to support the country's needs to lawfully access encrypted services on the company's Blackberry smartphone.
    (Reuters, 8/26/10)

2010        Aug 28, Indian officials said at least 215 people, mostly children, have died in an outbreak of Japanese encephalitis in an impoverished region of northern Indian and that the death toll is likely to soar.
    (AFP, 8/28/10)

2010        Aug 30, In Kashmir police opened fire with live rounds at rock-throwing Kashmiris, sparking violent street protests by hundreds in India's portion of the troubled Himalayan region. At least five people were wounded, one critically.
    (AP, 8/30/10)

2010        Sep 1, India's government began allocating third-generation (3G) bandwidth for cellphone services to mobile operators after a multi-billion-dollar auction of licenses.
    (AFP, 9/1/10)
2010        Sep 1, In western India wave after wave of tar balls floated ashore on the renowned Goa beaches after a ship dumped tons of waste oil, about three days after officials believe a ship dumped burnt oil at sea.
    (AP, 9/1/10)

2010        Sep 3, In eastern India police found the body of a policeman in a remote forested district 150 km (100 miles) from the Bihar state capital Patna. A handwritten note found near the body said: "We will kill the three other policemen and send their bodies soon." The rebels had seized 4 men during a raid on security forces last week that left 10 policemen dead.
    (AFP, 9/4/10)

2010        Sep 6, In Kashmir Indian government forces fired on protesters hurling stones at them, killing three people and wounding at least 17 other demonstrators.
    (AP, 9/6/10)

2010        Sep 8, British mobile phone giant Vodafone lost a legal appeal against an Indian tax bill estimated at $2.0 billion relating to the group's 2007 purchase of local group Hutchison Essar.
    (AFP, 9/8/10)

2010        Sep 13, India’s PM Manmohan Singh again voiced his willingness to talk to Kashmiris and to respond to their demands, but the government has not yet responded to a proposal by the separatists for peace talks. Indian forces killed 18 protesters and wounded scores of others in confrontations across Kashmir fueled in part by a report that a Quran was desecrated in the United States. A police officer was also killed.
    (AP, 9/13/10)(AP, 9/14/10)
2010        Sep 13, In India Maoist guerrillas killed two policemen and five civilians as the rebels began a two-day shutdown across the east of the country.
    (AFP, 9/13/10)

2010        Sep 14, Indian police opened fire on stone-throwing protesters in Kashmir as small groups took to the streets in defiance of curfew orders.
    (AP, 9/14/10)
2010        Sep 14, It was reported that only about 3,500 tigers worldwide were left in the wild, with less than a third of them breeding females. Most of the tigers were in India.
    (SFC, 9/15/10, p.A2)

2010        Sep 15, Indian police opened fire on Muslim demonstrators in a town near Kashmir, killing four people and wounding 30 as leaders of India's main political parties debated how to end months of separatist protests in the region.
    (AP, 9/15/10)

2010        Sep 16, In the Indian portion of Kashmir protesters defied a round-the-clock curfew and attacked government forces with rocks, wounding six of them.
    (AP, 9/16/10)

2010        Sep 17, India deployed soldiers on the streets of protest-hit Kashmir to restore order, as three more people were shot dead by security forces during violent demonstrations.
    (AFP, 9/17/10)

2010        Sep 18, Kashmir police fired on fresh anti-India demonstrations, killing 3 protesters and bringing the number of civilian deaths in an unprecedented wave of unrest to 102.
    (AFP, 9/18/10)

2010        Sep 19, In India gunmen on motorbikes shot at a tourist bus near the main mosque in New Delhi, wounding two Taiwanese visitors, weeks before the city hosts the Commonwealth Games.
    (Reuters, 9/19/10)
2010        Sep 19, In northern India heavy monsoon rains and landslides swept the hilly areas. 24 people died as falling boulders crushed their homes in three villages in Almorah district in Uttrakhand state. Another 23 people were either swept away by floodwaters or died when homes collapsed in landslides in Pitthoragarh, Champawat and Uttarkashi regions over the weekend.
    (AP, 9/20/10)
2010        Sep 19, In Indian Kashmir 3 people wounded during recent protests against Indian rule died ahead of a visit by a delegation of lawmakers seeking ways to defuse months of civil unrest. A 22-year-old woman was killed in Sopore town by security forces.
    (AP, 9/19/10)(AP, 9/20/10)

2010        Sep 20, A delegation of Indian lawmakers launched a mission in Kashmir to find ways of defusing months of deadly unrest, but their trip was immediately derided by the Himalayan region's separatists as a publicity stunt. Fresh protests erupted in Sopore town, a day after a 22-year-old woman was killed by security forces.
    (AP, 9/20/10)
2010        Sep 20, In central India a freight train on the wrong track slammed into a stationary passenger locomotive amid heavy rain at the Bhaderwah rail station, killing at least 21 people and injuring 53.
    (AP, 9/20/10)

2010        Sep 21, In India the Delhi Commonwealth Games were plunged into crisis 12 days from the start after the athletes' village was described as "uninhabitable" and a footbridge collapsed at the main stadium. An avalanche hit army mountaineers in northern India, killing two and injuring about 20.
    (AFP, 9/21/10)(AP, 9/21/10)   
2010        Sep 21, Eighteen people have died and 48 are missing after Fanapi churned through southern China, while 65 people were killed in monsoon rain in India and 100,000 displaced after a lake burst in southern Pakistan. Two people went missing and thousands of homes flooded when a record rainstorm hit parts of South Korea during a national holiday.
    (AFP, 9/22/10)

2010        Sep 23, Indian officials said raging floodwaters triggered by heavy rain in the north have killed at least 17 people, washed away thousands of homes and forced some 2 million people to evacuate in a 24 hour period.
    (AP, 9/23/10)
2010        Sep 23, In eastern India a speeding freight train struck a herd of elephants overnight in a densely forested region, killing seven. India's wild elephant population was recently estimated at around 26,000.
    (AP, 9/23/10)

2010        Sep 25, The Indian government said it will ask authorities to release hundreds of students and youths detained during months of civil unrest that has left at least 107 people dead in Kashmir and review the massive deployment of security forces there.
    (AP, 9/25/10)

2010        Sep 26, Kashmiri separatist leaders rejected India's offer to release hundreds of young detainees and review the massive deployment of security forces in the Himalayan territory to defuse deadly civil unrest.
    (AP, 9/26/10)

2010        Sep 29, India began the massive task of issuing unique identification numbers to its 1.2 billion people, many of whom don't have documents establishing their identity. By 2017 the Aadhaar identification scheme covered 99% adults.
    (AP, 9/29/10)(Econ, 2/4/17, p.8)
2010        Sep 29, India imposed a nationwide ban on bulk cell phone text messaging amid concerns that a potentially explosive court judgment on who should control a disputed holy site could spark unrest.
    (AP, 9/29/10)

2010        Sep 30, An Indian court ruled that a disputed holy site that sparked bloody riots in the past should now be divided between the Hindu and Muslim communities. The compromise ruling gave Hindus control over the area where the now-demolished Babri Mosque stood, and where a makeshift tent-shrine to the Hindu god Rama now rests. Some 2,000 people were killed in 1992 when Hindu hard-liners razed the Babri Mosque built on the site in 1528 by the Mughal emperor Babur.
    (AP, 9/30/10)

2010        Sep, In India Kalamandalam Hemaletha danced for 123 hours in Thrissur, Kerala state. She had practiced an Indian classical dance for 10 hours a day and ran for 28 miles (45 km) to build her stamina. Guinness World Records confirmed the record on Jan 6, 2011.
    (AP, 1/6/11)

2010        Oct 1, Indian cinema's most expensive movie "Endhiran" (Robot), starring former bus conductor Rajinikanth, opened. The weekend opening of the $35 million film broke box office records.
    (AFP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 3, In India the troubled Commonwealth Games got underway with a glittering opening ceremony in a fortress-like New Delhi after a shambolic run-up that threatened to derail the event.
    (AFP, 10/3/10)

2010        Oct 6, In Indian Kashmir 50 students arrested during months of deadly protests were released from custody in a latest move to defuse tension in the Himalayan region.
    (AP, 10/6/10)

2010        Oct 7, Interpol notified its members that India has issued arrest warrants for five Pakistani citizens, including two army officers, for alleged involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.
    (AP, 10/7/10)
2010        Oct 7, The assembly in Indian-controlled Kashmir erupted in violence when opposition lawmakers scuffled with security guards to protest a suggestion that only a deal between India and Pakistan could bring peace to the region.
    (AP, 10/7/10)

2010        Oct 10, In India a boat carrying dozens of farm workers capsized on the flooded Ganges River killing at least 22 people.
    (SFC, 10/11/10, p.A2)

2010        Oct 11, Krishna Poonia won India's first Commonwealth Games athletics gold medal in 52 years when she led a stunning host nation clean sweep in the women's discus.
    (AP, 10/11/10)

2010        Oct 12, In India a second doping case in two days, and again involving a Nigerian runner, was reported. Both cases involved Methylhexaneamine. It was also found in about a dozen Indian athletes in recent months.
    (AP, 10/12/10)
2010        Oct 12, At the United Nations Colombia, Germany, India, Portugal and South Africa were elected to join the big guns on the UN Security Council for two years, starting in January.
    (http://news.yahoo.com/s/csm/20101012/ts_csm/331624)(Reuters, 10/13/10)

2010        Oct 14, In India the Commonwealth Games ended after 11 days of fiery competition that went some way to mending the damage done to Indian pride and prestige tarnished by the chaotic buildup to the event.
    (AFP, 10/14/10)

2010        Oct 17, In northern India an argument over sacrificing goats during a Hindu festival triggered a stampede that killed 10 people in a packed temple.
    (AP, 10/17/10)

2010        Oct 18, Human rights activists said Indonesian security forces have been captured on video torturing an alleged separatist in Papua province, burning his genitals as he screams out in agony and then threatening to shoot him in the mouth.
    (AP, 10/18/10)
2010        Oct 18, India's largest coal producing company Coal India (CIL) opened its initial public offering (IPO) for subscription. The government sold 10% of its shares and raised about $3.5 billion. The offer was over-subscribed on its 2nd day.
    (www.deccanchronicle.com/business/coal-india-ipo-subscribed-34-481)(Econ, 10/23/10, p.76) 
2010        Oct 18, In India Yertward Mazmanian (aka Eight Finger Eddie, 1924-2010), an American-born hippie died of a heart attack in Anjuna's hospital. In 1965 he and some other hippies had settled in Anjuna, Goa state, and helped put the area on the travel map for global backpackers and stoners.
    (AP, 10/28/10)

2010        Oct 19, India announced the creation of a tribunal to punish those who sully the forests or rivers or otherwise break its environmental laws, in the hopes of clearing a backlog of some 5,000 such cases languishing in a sluggish court system.
    (AP, 10/19/10)
2010        Oct 19, In India the Microfinance Institution Network petitioned the Andhra Pradesh state high court to block new provisions designed to protect impoverished people. High interest and coercive loan collection by some microfinance groups had led to some 30 suicides.
    (SFC, 10/20/10, p.D7)

2010        Oct 22, In eastern India suspected Maoist rebels triggered a land mine as a police vehicle drove past, killing six officers in the Sheohar district of Bihar state.
    (AP, 10/23/10)

2010        Oct 23, New Delhi Commonwealth Games organizers informed Sri Lanka that boxer Manju Wanniarachchi (30), Sri Lanka's only gold medalist at this month's games, had tested positive for the performance-enhancing steroid nandrolone.
    (AFP, 10/24/10)

2010        Oct 24, Pakistani soldiers allegedly fired machine guns and rockets on an Indian military post killing an Indian soldier in the Poonch sector of Kashmir.
    (AP, 10/25/10)

2010        Oct 25, The leaders of India and Japan signed a broad agreement in Japan aimed at increasing trade and agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear energy deal despite sensitivity in Japan over India's past atomic test blasts. PM Naoto Kan and PM Manmohan Singh also agreed to speed up talks toward a civilian nuclear cooperation deal that would allow Japanese companies to export nuclear power generation technology and equipment to India.
    (AP, 10/25/10)

2010        Oct 29, A leading ratings body warned that India may have to step in to avert collapse of the 6.7-billion-dollar microfinance industry, as lenders once hailed as saviors of the poor faced a major crisis.
    (AFP, 10/29/10)

2010        Oct 30, In eastern India rescuers battled to find survivors after a ferry overcrowded with Muslim pilgrims capsized and sank in the Hooghly River near the Bay of Bengal. The 60 person capacity boat was carrying around 224 people. After 3 days 69 bodies were recovered.
    (AFP, 10/30/10)(AFP, 11/1/10)(SFC, 11/3/10, p.A2)

2010        Oct, The Times of India newspaper reported that the Adarsh Housing Society in Mumbai, intended to giving shelter to wounded Indian war veterans and the widows of those slain in battle, appeared to have been a huge scam. Nearly every one of the valuable units was sold for a song to a clutch of top politicians, their kin and retired generals. The land had been earmarked for a six-story building of apartments for disabled veterans, war widows and heroes of the 1999 Kargil conflict between India and Pakistan that raged for three months across the disputed Kashmir region. But the original blueprints for a modest building were cast aside and in its place arose a 31-story luxury high-rise. The scandal rocked India's ruling Congress Party. On Jan 16, 2011, Environment Minister Jairam Ramesh said the building must be demolished within three months for violating coastal zoning laws. 
    (AP, 11/1/10)(AP, 1/16/11)
2010        Oct, India began assigning its 1.2 billion citizens a universal identity number (UID) based on biometric markers. The program under Nandan Nilekani was assigned to 3 vendors: Accenture, L-1 Identity Solutions of America and Morpho of France.
    (Econ, 1/29/11, p.61)(Econ, 1/14/12, p.39)

2010        Nov 2, India's central bank raised key interest rates for the sixth time this year to contain persistently high inflation, another sign of the gulf between fast growing emerging Asian economies and tepid growth in the developed world.
    (AP, 11/2/10)
2010        Nov 2, US motorcycle maker Harley-Davidson said it will open an assembly plant in India next year to meet demand for its luxury two-wheelers in the country's booming economy.
    (AFP, 11/2/10)

2010        Nov 3, Purushottama Lal (81), Indian poet and publisher, died. He published some 3,500 titles of Indian writers in English.
    (Econ, 11/13/10, p.105)

2010        Nov 4, In India Irom Sharmila, an extremely frail 38-year-old woman dubbed "The Iron Lady," marked 10 years without voluntarily taking food or water, a hunger strike launched to protest an anti-terror law that grants Indian soldiers sweeping powers to crack down on rebels. She had her last voluntary meal on Nov. 4, 2000, in Imphal, capital of Manipur, one of several northeastern states facing armed rebellions against Indian rule. She was arrested three days later and has been force-fed through her nose ever since.
    (AP, 11/4/10)

2010        Nov 5, China and India received long-sought recognition as global economic heavyweights as the International Monetary Fund gave them and other emerging powers a significantly larger role in stabilizing the world economy. IMF chief Dominique Strauss-Kahn announced planned reforms to the fund's voting power after a meeting of the organization's board in Washington, DC.
    (AP, 11/5/10)

2010        Nov 6, President Barack Obama announced a host of new trade deals with India supporting tens of thousands of US jobs as he began a 10-day trip through Asia on a determinedly domestic note.
    (AP, 11/6/10)

2010        Nov 8, In India Bodo militants in Assam state began killing innocent people to avenge the killing of a suspected rebel. 22 people were killed by the end of the week.
    (SSFC, 11/14/10, p.A4)
2010        Nov 8, President Barack Obama backed India for a permanent seat on the UN Security Council, a dramatic diplomatic gesture to his hosts at the end of his first visit to this booming nation. The White House said Indian and US companies have discussed or signed over $14.9 billion in deals around President Barack Obama's trip that will support 53,670 US jobs.
    (AP, 11/8/10)

2010        Nov 9, India’s ruling Congress party sacked 2 officials, Suresh Kalmadi and Ashoka Chavan, over graft relating to the Commonwealth Games.
    (Econ, 11/27/10, p.50)

2010        Nov 12, Canada and India launched talks on a free trade deal they said could boost gross domestic product in each nation by C$6 billion ($5.9 billion) a year and increase existing trade flows by 50 percent.
    (Reuters, 11/12/10)

2010        Nov 15, Indian police arrested two top former officials of the Delhi Commonwealth Games on charges of corruption. In New Delhi a five-story building pancaked, killing 67 people and injuring scores.
    (AP, 11/15/10)(AP, 11/16/10)(AP, 11/17/10)

2010        Nov 16, India's national auditors slammed a former telecommunications minister over a multi-billion-dollar scandal in which government contracts were handed out at "unbelievably low prices." The row over the second-generation (2G) spectrum for mobile phones being sold in 2008 at far below market rates forced Andimuthu Raja to quit on Nov 14.
    (AFP, 11/16/10)

2010        Nov 18, India's Supreme Court issued a sharp and rare rebuke of PM Manmohan Singh, demanding he explain why the government took a year to investigate a cell-phone licensing scandal that cost the country billions of dollars.
    (AP, 11/18/10)

2010        Nov 21, A global tiger summit meeting in St. Petersburg, Russia, approved a wide-ranging program with the goal of doubling the world's tiger population in the wild by 2022 backed by governments of the 13 countries that still have tiger populations: Bangladesh, Bhutan, Cambodia, China, India, Indonesia, Laos, Malaysia, Myanmar, Nepal, Thailand, Vietnam and Russia. Experts said wild tigers could become extinct in 12 years if countries where they still roam fail to take quick action to protect their habitats and step up the fight against poaching.
    (AP, 11/21/10)

2010        Nov 22, India gave the green light for the construction of a second international airport in the commercial capital Mumbai, a two billion dollar project that was ten years in the making.
    (AFP, 11/22/10)

2010        Nov 24, In India police arrested eight people, including senior executives of leading state banks, in Mumbai on accusations of taking bribes of more than 200 million dollars to smooth large corporate loans to builders. Those arrested include the chief executive of LIC Housing Finance, India's second largest housing loan firm, as well as executives of the Bank of India, Central Bank of India and Punjab National Bank.
    (AFP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, In India police in the central state of Chhattisgarh arrested 11 people including a "witchdoctor" and his wife after the body of a boy (2) was discovered in their house. Further searches of the property in the industrial town of Bhilai, about 45 km (30 miles) from state capital Raipur, revealed the skeletal remains of a second victim, a girl (6). The accused man had confessed to killing both children to acquire "occult power and good fortune."
    (AFP, 11/25/10)
2010        Nov 24, In India Chief Minister Nitish Kumar's National Democratic Alliance won 206 seats in the 243-seat Bihar assembly, a huge jump from the 143 seats it controlled in the last assembly. Bihar's reputation as one of India's most crime-ridden states forced officials to hold the elections in six phases over a month to allow the limited police force to protect the polls.
    (AP, 11/24/10)
2010        Nov 24, In India a local official said the northern Lank village council in Uttar Pradesh state has banned unmarried women from using cell phones for fear they will arrange forbidden marriages that are often punished by death.
    (AP, 11/24/10)

2010        Nov 25, India told financial firms to review their exposure to a string of companies whose executives were arrested on suspicion of taking millions of dollars in bribes.
    (AFP, 11/25/10)

2010        Nov 27, In eastern India suspected Maoist rebels blew up an ambulance with a land mine in Orissa state, killing at least three people inside.
    (AP, 11/28/10)

2010        Nov 29, In Indian Kashmir 3 suspected militants and a policeman were killed in a gunbattle in a busy market in Srinagar, as panicked locals ran for cover. Police said one of the slain militants was identified as Abdul Rehman, alias Naveed of Lashkar, a Pakistani national active in the area for the last four years.
    (AFP, 11/29/10)

2010        Dec 1, In India Azim Premji (b.1945), chairman of Wipro Ltd., announced a nearly $2 billion donation to fund education programs for the poor.
    (SFC, 12/3/10, p.A2)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Azim_Premji)

2010        Dec 2, Australian contractor Leighton Holdings said it had won a 22-year coal mining contract with India's state-owned NTPC power company worth 5.5 billion dollars (5.3 billion US).
    (AFP, 12/2/10)

2010        Dec 6, India and France signed a multibillion agreement to build two nuclear power plants in India as French President Nicolas Sarkozy worked to drum up business for his nation during his four-day visit.
    (AP, 12/6/10)

2010        Dec 7, In India a bomb hidden in a metal canister exploded in Varanasi as thousands gathered for a Hindu ceremony, killing a toddler and triggering a stampede that left many others wounded.
    (AP, 12/7/10)

2010        Dec 9, Human Rights Watch said India's security forces routinely gun down cattle smugglers and other civilians crossing the border with Bangladesh despite scant evidence of any crime.
    (AP, 12/9/10)

2010        Dec 10, Police in Indian-controlled Kashmir arrested a college lecturer on charges he gave his students an English exam filled with questions attacking India's crackdown on demonstrations in the disputed region. The exam written by Noor Mohammed Bhat and administered to students across the region on Dec 8 included questions such as, "Are the stone pelters real heroes? Discuss."
    (AP, 12/10/10)

2010        Dec 11, Turkmenistan signed broad agreements with Afghanistan, India and Pakistan at a summit in its capital Ashgabat on the 1,700-km (1,050-mile) TAPI pipeline. Afghanistan the next day said it will deploy up to 7,000 troops to secure the major transnational gas pipeline, slated to run through some of the most dangerous parts of the war-torn country.
    (AFP, 12/12/10)

2010        Dec 13, India's parliament ended its winter session without having passed a single piece of legislation, after the opposition forced adjournments for 22 business days in a row.
    (AFP, 12/13/10)

2010        Dec 14, In India a bus carrying wedding guests plunged into a reservoir killing 29 people in Karnataka state.
    (SFC, 12/15/10, p.A2)

2010        Dec 15, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao's travelled to India to build trust between two Asian powers with increasingly close economic ties despite their ongoing competition for regional influence.
    (AP, 12/15/10)

2010        Dec 16, Chinese Premier Wen Jiabao pressed on with a charm offensive in India, offering support for New Delhi's bid for a greater role in the United Nations and agreeing on an ambitious target of $100 billion annually in trade between the rising Asian powers by 2015.
    (Reuters, 12/16/10)(SFC, 12/17/10, p.A2)
2010        Dec 16, India's Hero Group said it was ending a 26-year-old joint venture with Honda Motor and buying out the Japanese firm's stake in the biggest Indian motorcycle manufacturer by sales.
    (AFP, 12/16/10)

2010        Dec 21, In India Russia’s Pres. Medvedev clinched agreements with its Cold War-era ally to deepen nuclear energy cooperation and develop a supersonic fighter to rival a US jet. Russia and India pledged to share intelligence and work together to fight international terror.
    (Reuters, 12/21/10)(AP, 12/21/10)

2010        Dec 22, The Indian government, facing mounting public anger over soaring onion costs, scrapped tax on imports of the vegetable to try to rein in prices of the staple food.
    (AFP, 12/22/10)

2010        Dec 23, Indian official data showed that food price inflation has returned to double-digits, fuelled by surging onion prices, adding to pressure on the scandal-hit Congress government.
    (AFP, 12/23/10)

2010        Dec 24, In India Dr. Binayak Sen (60), a physician, outspoken government critic and human rights activist, was convicted along with 2 others of aiding communist rebels in eastern India. All three were sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 12/25/10)

2010        Dec 25, In India a rocket carrying a GSAT-5P communications satellite exploded just after takeoff from the Sriharikota space center in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (SSFC, 12/26/10, p.A5)
2010        Dec 25, In northern India a bus collided head-on with a van that was carrying mourners returning from a funeral, killing 35 people.
    (AP, 12/26/10)

2010        Dec 29, A payments dispute between India and Iran escalated after Tehran refused to sell oil to India under New Delhi's prohibitive new rules. Last week, the Reserve Bank of India said deals with Iran must be settled outside the Asian Clearing Union (ACU) system, used by central banks of member nations to settle bilateral trades.
    (Reuters, 12/30/10)

2010        Jonathan Holslag authored “China And India: Prospects for Peace."
    (Econ, 2/6/10, p.89)
2010        Hamish McDonald authored “Mahabharata in Polyester: The Making of the World’s Richest Brothers and Their Feud." It was about Indian brothers Mukesh and Anil Ambani.
    (Econ, 11/6/10, p.105)
2010        In India over 200 poor, debt-ridden residents of Andhra Pradesh killed themselves late this year following over indebtedness to microfinance companies.
    (SFC, 2/25/12, p.A4)
2010        In India some 410 million people lived below the UN’s estimated poverty line of $1.25 per day.
    (Econ, 9/25/10, p.36)
2010        In India nearly 135,000 people or 366 a day died on the country’s roads this year.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)

2010-2013    In India some 300 young people reportedly killed themselves over a 3-year period in Telangana, a territory of 35 million people who make up about 40% of Andhra Pradesh state.
    (Econ, 3/30/13, p.40)

2011        Jan 1, In India separatist leader Arabinda Rajkhowa (54) was released on bail, and said he was committed to peace talks with the Indian government to end his group's 30-year insurgency in the northeastern state of Assam.
    (AP, 1/1/10)

2011        Jan 3, In India a government environmental panel approved the initial stage of a project by POSCO of South Korea, to produce 4 million tons of steel on a 4,000-acre site in Orissa state. Activists opposed the project citing ecological damage.
    (Econ, 1/8/11, p.67)

2011        Jan 4, In India school principal Rupan Pathak fatally stabbed Raj Kishore Kesri (51), a Hindu nationalist lawmaker, while he was meeting with some of his supporters at his residence in eastern Bihar state. Pathak accused Kesri of sexually harassing her over a three-year period. Kesri's guards overpowered Pathak, who is in her early 40s, and beat her up.
    (AP, 1/4/11)

2011        Jan 5, Indian officials said near-freezing temperatures and icy Himalayan winds have killed dozens of people in northern India over the past two weeks and forced schools to close in the capital. A sightseeing bus overturned and plunged into a gorge, killing 22 Indian tourists and injuring 12 others who were visiting Mussoorie at the foot of the Himalayas. The driver fled the scene but was arrested the next day.
    (AP, 1/5/11)(AP, 1/6/11)

2011        Jan 7, India’s Border Security Force (BSF) shot dead a 15-year-old girl, Felani, at an illegal crossing into Bangladesh from West Bengal. She was on her way to get married.
    (Econ, 2/5/11, p.54)

2011        Jan 8, India said at least 22 people, many of them homeless, have died over the past three days in Uttar Pradesh state, pushing the death toll from two weeks of cold weather to 63.
    (AP, 1/8/11)
2011        Jan 8, In India a 2-day cricket player auction for the Indian Premier League was watched by some 19 million people. 127 cricketers were sold for $62 million.
    (Econ, 1/15/11, p.70)

2011        Jan 9, In eastern India at least 12 Maoist rebels were killed in two separate clashes with police. 9 were killed in Orissa state and 3 rebels were killed in a clash with police in Bokaro district of neighboring Jharkhand state. According to the Home Ministry the rebels were present in 20 of India's 28 states and have an estimated 10,000 to 20,000 fighters.
    (AP, 1/9/11)

2011        Jan 13, In India Tata Coffee Ltd, part of the Tata group conglomerate, and Starbucks said they have signed a pact to source coffee in India and explore opening local retail stores.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)
2011        Jan 13, Canada’s BlackBerry maker Research In Motion said it has given India the means to access its Messenger service and reiterated that no changes could be made to allow monitoring of secure corporate emails.
    (Reuters, 1/13/11)

2011        Jan 14, In India a senior government official said the government will reduce its enormous military presence in the Kashmir region by 25% if anti-Indian violence there ends.
    (AP, 1/14/11)
2011        Jan 14, In southern India more 102 pilgrims were killed and 44 injured in a stampede following a religious festival in Kerala state.
    (AP, 1/14/11)(AP, 1/15/11)

2011        Jan 18, In western India a major fire on the outskirts of Mumbai burned nearly 10,500 gallons (40,000 liters) of lubricant oil at a depot of state-owned Indian Oil Corporation.
    (AP, 1/18/11)

2011        Jan 19, India’s Supreme Court asked the government to release more details on how rich Indians stash money abroad to evade taxes.
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.51)

2011        Jan 24, India's sports ministry removed the top two organizers of last year's tainted Commonwealth Games in New Delhi to enable an "unhindered" police probe into alleged corruption.
    (AFP, 1/24/11)
2011        Jan 24, Bhimsen Joshi (88), singer of India, died. 
    (http://wn.com/Pandit_Bhimsen_Joshi__AIR_Films_Division_Documentary_Part_1)(Econ, 1/29/11, p.100)

2011        Jan 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir thousands of police prevented a Hindu nationalist party and a separatist group from raising flags for their opposing causes in a central square to mark India's Republic Day.
    (AP, 1/26/11)

2011        Jan 27, Indian police raided the Gyuto monastery, home of Ugyen Thinley Dorje, the 17th Karmapa Llama, and seized about $777,000 in cash. The top Buddhist monk was seen as the possible next spiritual leader for Tibet. The next day India's NDTV news chain reported Indian security officials planned to question the Karmapa over alleged Chinese links, saying the monk was suspected to be planning to set up a string of pro-Chinese monasteries. On Feb 11 authorities cleared the Karmapa saying the money found during a raid had been donated by his followers.
    (AFP, 1/28/11)(SSFC, 1/30/11, p.A4)(AP, 2/11/11)
2011        Jan 27, In northwest India an American man, Jeff Knaebel (71), died after setting himself on fire in an abandoned Buddhist center in Virat Nagar, Rajasthan state, leaving a cryptic suicide note that blamed his death on "cruel incidents" in his homeland and India.
    (AP, 1/28/11)

2011        Jan 29, Tibet's parliament-in-exile rallied behind a Buddhist monk seen as the possible next spiritual leader for Tibet after Indian police seized hundreds of thousands of dollars from his monastery.
    (AFP, 1/29/11)

2011        Jan 30, In India at least 5,000 people marched through central New Delhi to show their anger over recent scandals that hit PM Manmohan Singh's government. This was the anniversary of the death of independence leader Mohandas K. Gandhi, who was known for his scrupulous honesty.
    (AP, 1/30/11)

2011        Jan 31, India rejected Canada-based Research In Motion's (RIM) offer to allow it only partial access to its BlackBerry data services, while neighboring Pakistan reversed its earlier decision to restrict the popular smartphone's services.
    (Reuters, 1/31/11)
2011        Jan 31, India gave approval to South Korea's POSCO to build a giant $12 billion steel plant, in the country's biggest foreign investment deal since market reforms launched in 1991.
    (AFP, 1/31/11)

2011        Feb 2, Indian police arrested former telecom minister A. Raja and other senior officials as part of a probe into one of the country's biggest corruption cases.
    (AFP, 2/2/11)
2011        Feb 2, Afghan President Hamid Karzai arrived in New Delhi to discuss efforts to restore security in Afghanistan and to attend a conference on sustainable development.
    (AP, 2/2/11)

2011        Feb 3, An Indian court granted police the right to detain arrested ex-telecom minister A. Raja for five days as investigators probe one of the country's biggest ever corruption cases.
    (AFP, 2/3/11)

2011        Feb 5, In India doctors in Gujarat reported two more cases of Crimean-Congo haemorrhagic fever, a tick-borne virus endemic to parts of Africa. 4 people in Gujarat had already died of the disease this year.
    (Econ, 2/12/11, p.68)

2011        Feb 6, In India heavily armed men kidnapped six volunteers from WWF-India who were counting the tiger population at the Manas Tiger Reserve in Assam state. 3 female volunteers were released on Feb 8.
    (AP, 2/7/11)(AP, 2/8/11)
2011        Feb 6, In Bhutan the top diplomats of India and Pakistan held talks in Thimphu, the Bhutanese capital, in the first high-level meeting between the two rival countries since July.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)
2011        Feb 6, The Indian navy and coastguard captured 28 suspected Somali pirates after a firefight with a "mothership" off southwestern India. At least some of 24 other men on board were believed to be hostages rescued as a result of the firefight on the Thai fishing vessel that had been hijacked up to six months ago off the coast of Somalia.
    (AFP, 2/6/11)

2011        Feb 8, In India 2 supporters of a Gorkha separatist party were killed and 4 were injured after attacking a group of officers during a protest march in the northeast state of West Bengal.
    (AP, 2/8/11)

2011        Feb 9, In India millions of census workers fanned out across the country as they began a mammoth effort to document every person in the world's second most populous country over the next three weeks.
    (AP, 2/9/11)

2011        Feb 10, India's Supreme Court told the government to set up a special court to speed up hearings into an alleged telecoms fraud that cost the nation up to $40 billion in lost revenues.
    (AFP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, A rebel group in India's violence-plagued northeast began peace talks with the government in an effort to end a decades-old insurgency.
    (AP, 2/10/11)
2011        Feb 10, India and Pakistan announced they would resume wide-ranging peace talks that were frozen after the 2008 terrorist attacks in the Indian city of Mumbai, which were blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
    (AP, 2/10/11)

2011        Feb 16, In India Maoist rebels in eastern Orissa state kidnapped a senior local official and his aide and demanded an end to security force operations in the area.
    (AFP, 2/17/11)

2011        Feb 20, Indian lawmakers said the government is to concede to opposition demands for a cross-party probe into an alleged telecoms fraud that cost the nation up to $40 billion in lost revenue.
    (AFP, 2/20/11)

2011        Feb 21, British energy giant BP and India's Reliance Industries announced a massive investment deal which could be worth up to $20 billion with later investment in key Indian oil and gas assets.
    (AFP, 2/21/11)

2011        Feb 22, An Indian court convicted 31 people on conspiracy and murder charges over a deadly train fire in 2002 that triggered anti-Muslim rioting in which 2,000 people were killed.
    (AP, 2/22/11)

2011        Feb 23, Indian police arrested Commonwealth Games’ director general, V. K. Verma and its secretary general, Lalit Bhanot, two top organizers of last year's tainted games, as part of a widening probe into alleged graft.
    (AFP, 2/23/11)

2011        Feb 24, The southern Indian state of Kerala passed a bill allowing compensation claims against soft drink giant Coca-Cola over alleged environmental damage caused by a bottling plant. The Palakkad bottling factory in Kerala was closed in 2005 after protests from activists and residents. A high-level state panel concluded last year that the plant had caused environmental and soil degradation as well as water contamination, and recommended a fine of 47 million dollars.
    (AFP, 2/25/11)

2011        Feb 28, Indian police said they have arrested Sanjay Shah, the manager of a company that made intravenous fluids suspected of killing 13 pregnant women at Umaid Hospital in Jodhpur. The deaths occurred over a 13-day period from February 13.
    (AFP, 2/28/11)

2011        Mar 3, India's graft-tainted government suffered a fresh setback when Central Vigilance Commissioner P.J. Thomas, its candidate to be the chief corruption fighter, was rejected by the Supreme Court because of a pending criminal case. Thomas was appointed in September despite having been charged in 2000 over his role in allegedly fraudulent imports of palm oil from Malaysia while he worked as a civil servant in the Kerala state government in the 1990s.
    (AFP, 3/3/11)
2011        Mar 3, In India about a dozen workers, after learning they were laid off, attacked a vehicle carrying steel factory executive Radhey Shyam Roy as he was leaving the factory in eastern Orissa state. They doused the Jeep with gasoline and set it on fire. Two other people in the vehicle were allowed to flee but Roy (59) was trapped inside and later died of severe burns. Two people were detained and faced murder charges.
    (AP, 3/4/11)

2011        Mar 4, In India police said a self-styled godman has been arrested in South Delhi for kidnapping five boys from Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Prem Dass (50), a Hindu priest, was arrested for kidnapping boys as young as 10 years old to train them to be preachers. Dass was released on bail after four nights in custody.
    (AP, 3/17/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4kxkkmm)

2011        Mar 5, In India the DMK party, a key member of the ruling coalition, said it was withdrawing from the Congress-led government, dealing a huge blow to PM Manmohan Singh as he battles a series of corruption scandals.
    (Reuters, 3/5/11)

2011        Mar 6, India's defense ministry said it successfully shot down a missile in a test of a homegrown missile interception system.
    (AP, 3/6/11)

2011        Mar 7, India's Supreme Court ruled that in rare cases a terminally ill patient can be removed from life support, a major shift in a country where such acts have long been illegal. It rejected, however, a plea to end the life of a woman who was brain damaged more than 30 years ago.
    (AP, 3/7/11)

2011        Mar 9, US auto giant Ford said it will start exporting its top-selling Figo compact car from India to Mexico and over 50 other countries as it strives to make the South Asian nation an export hub.
    (AFP, 3/9/11)
2011        Mar 9, Zimbabwe won its biggest foreign investment in a decade with a $750-million steel deal. The agreement gave India's Essar Group a 54% stake in the mothballed state steel firm Zisco, in a deal worth 12.5 times Zimbabwe’s total 2009 recorded foreign investment.
    (AFP, 3/13/11)(http://tinyurl.com/4w97xuq)

2011        Mar 10, In India the Dalai Lama (76) said that he will give up his political role in the Tibetan government-in-exile and shift that power to an elected representative.
    (AP, 3/10/11)
2011        Mar 10, Sri Lanka’s PM D.M. Jayaratne said remnants of the island’s defeated Tamil rebels are undergoing military training in India in a bid to revive their separatist campaign at home. The Indian government immediately rejected the claims.
    (AP, 3/10/11)

2011        Mar 13, The Indian navy captured 61 pirates who jumped into the Arabian Sea to flee a gunfight and fire on the hijacked ship from which they had staged several attacks. Two Indian navy ships also rescued 13 crew members from the Mozambique-flagged Vega 5, a fishing boat seized in December.
    (AP, 3/14/11)

2011        Mar 16, Indian businessman Sadiq Batcha, who had been questioned over a multi-billion-dollar telecoms fraud, was found dead in the southern city of Chennai after apparently committing suicide. Batcha was a business associate and aide to A. Raja, the former telecoms minister at the centre of a scandal that has rocked the government.
    (AFP, 3/16/11)

2011        Mar 18, In India 2 British men were sentenced to six years in jail in India for sodomizing young boys living at the Anchorage Shelter Home in Mumbai. Charges against Duncan Grant and John Allan Waters were originally filed in 2001.
    (AFP, 3/18/11)

2011        Mar 19, In northeastern India a fire raged through a refugee camp in Nifingpara camp in Tripura state, killing 21 people and injuring about 100. The camp was home to some 5,000 families from the minority Bru ethnic group, which in 1997 fled alleged persecution in neighboring Mizoram state.
    (AP, 3/19/11)

2011        Mar 25, In India Pradeep Kumar, a government aviation official, and 3 other people were arrested in a widening investigation of corruption in awarding flying licenses to airline pilots.
    (AP, 3/26/11)

2011        Mar 27, India's navy and coast guard captured 16 Somali pirates after a three-hour-long battle in the Arabian Sea. The pirates were trying to seize a merchant ship, MV Maersk Kensington, using a hijacked trawler. 16 crew members who had been taken hostage by the pirates were rescued from the hijacked Iranian trawler off India's western Lakshadweep islands.
    (AP, 3/28/11)

2011        Mar 29, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a "terror hotline" to warn each other of possible militant attacks, a move to build trust as the two nuclear foes get their peace process back on track. India and Pakistan said they have agreed to host Indian investigators looking into the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks blamed on Pakistan-based militants.
    (AFP, 3/29/11)(AP, 3/29/11)

2011        Mar 31, In India provisional census figures said the population jumped to 1.21 billion in 2011 from 1.02 billion in 2001, making it more populous than Indonesia, the United States, Brazil, Pakistan and Bangladesh combined. The nation's cultural preference for male children continued to shape the population as child sex ratio in the country declined to 914 females to 1,000 males, the lowest figures since 1947.
    (AFP, 3/31/11)

2011        Apr 2, Indian police charged a former telecom minister with abuse of power and conspiracy in an alleged mobile spectrum fraud that cost the country billions of dollars in lost revenue. A. Raja was also accused of cheating, forgery and criminal misconduct on a charge sheet and annexed documents that ran to 80,000 pages and were carried to New Delhi court in seven steel trunks.
    (AFP, 4/2/11)
2011        Apr 2, In India separatist rebels in Assam state ambushed paramilitary soldiers on a patrol in the insurgency-wracked northeast and fatally shot three of them.
    (AP, 4/2/11)

2011        Apr 3, In India 15 female fetuses were found in jars left on a rubbish dump near a private nursing home in Kishanganj town, Bihar state. Recent census data showed the ratio of girls to boys is at the nation's lowest level since 1947.
    (AFP, 4/4/11)

2011        Apr 7, In India Anna Hazare, a 73-year-old Gandhi devotee who has promised to fast until death unless the government toughens its anti-corruption laws, piled pressure on the graft-tainted administration. Hazare began his hunger strike in New Delhi on April 5. On April 9 the government conceded to Hazare’s demands and his hunger strike ended.
    (AFP, 4/7/11)(Econ, 4/16/11, p.45)

2011        Apr 11, A group of 39 Pakistani prisoners held in India returned home, the second high-profile prisoner release in days that underscores an easing of tensions between the two rivals.
    (AFP, 4/11/11)

2011        Apr 14, Pakistan freed 89 Indian fishermen imprisoned for fishing and violating its territorial waters as the nuclear-armed rivals resume a fledgling peace process.
    (AFP, 4/14/11)

2011        Apr 15, In northeastern India gunmen ambushed and shot dead seven policemen in Manipur state, but a local politician managed to escape unhurt.
    (AFP, 4/15/11)
2011        Apr 15, Somali pirates took a multi-million ransom and released the Asphalt Venture, hijacked last Sep 28, and some crew members. 7 Indian crew members were kept hostage in retaliation for the holding of over 100 Somali pirates by the Indian Navy.
    (AP, 4/16/11)(SFC, 4/16/11, p.A2)

2011        Apr 16, In India Brigadier Sawai Bhawani Singh (79), the last maharaja of Jaipur, died. Singh served as the maharaja or hereditary ruler of Jaipur after his father Sawai Man Singh's death in June 1970.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

2011        Apr 17, In India 180 people from 19 countries began the Rickshaw Run, a more than 3,000-mile (5,000-km) ride that was part of a five-year-old charity event.
    (AP, 4/17/11)

2011        Apr 18, India's Supreme Court banned travelling circuses from employing children and ordered the government to conduct raids on all performing companies to rescue minors.
    (AFP, 4/18/11)

2011        Apr 19, India's Supreme Court told state governments to "ruthlessly" stamp out so-called honor killings and warned that officials who fail to deal with the practice would be prosecuted.
    (AFP, 4/19/11)
2011        Apr 19, In India a mob opposing a government plan to build a nuclear plant in the western state of Maharashtra ransacked a hospital and set buses on fire during a protest strike.
    (AP, 4/19/11)
2011        Apr 19, In India a helicopter hit a wall and burst into flames as it was trying to land in the remote northeast, killing at least 17 people.
    (AP, 4/19/11)

2011        Apr 22, In India an army helicopter went down in the state of Sikkim, killing four.
    (AP, 5/1/11)

2011        Apr 24, In India Hindu guru Sathya Sai Baba (b.1926), revered by millions worldwide, died after nearly a month of hospital treatment near his southern Indian ashram. Trust members found 98 kg (215.6 pounds) of gold, 307 kg of silver and 115 million rupees ($2.55 million) in cash afterwards in his private quarters. The treasure was recorded in the presence of two retired judges. On June 28 trustees offered to pay tax on the vast piles of cash and gold.
    (AP, 4/24/11)(Econ, 5/14/11, p.110)(AFP, 6/28/11)

2011        Apr 25, Indian officials arrested the chief organizer of last year's Commonwealth Games and two other officials as part of a corruption investigation into the scandal-plagued competition in New Delhi.
    (AP, 4/25/11)

2011        Apr 26, An Indian court ordered the chief organizer of the scandal-tainted Delhi 2010 Commonwealth Games to be held in police custody over corruption allegations in awarding contracts.
    (AFP, 4/26/11)

2011        Apr 29, In eastern India villagers protesting a noisy stone crushing plant burned to death its three owners and four employees in Orissa state's remote Bandaguda village.
    (AP, 4/30/11)

2011        Apr 30, India's premier Manmohan Singh urged the country's top police agency to investigate a series of corruption scandals embroiling his government "without fear or favor."
    (AFP, 4/30/11)
2011        Apr 30, In India a single-engine helicopter, carrying Arunachal Pradesh Chief Minister Dorjee Khandu (56), two other passengers and two pilots, disappeared in bad weather just 20 minutes after taking off from the Himalayan Buddhist retreat of Tawang for the state capital, Itanagar. Wreckage and bodies were found on May 4.
    (AP, 5/4/11)(AP, 5/1/11)

2011        May 6, Nearly 800 Air India pilots demanding more pay ended their 10-day-old strike, which cost the state-run airline around 12 million rupees ($2.7 million) a day.
    (AP, 5/6/11)

2011        May 9, India's top court suspended a ruling that divided between Hindus and Muslims the Babri Mosque holy site in northern India that had been the cause of deadly riots.
    (AP, 5/9/11)

2011        May 10, India's top court recommended the death penalty for perpetrators of "honor killings," calling the practice barbaric and feudal.
    (AP, 5/10/11)

2011        May 11, India said it had lodged a complaint with the Australian government over swimwear carrying the image of the Hindu goddess Lakshmi that has sparked protests. Fashion house Lisa Blue promised to halt production immediately and apologized for any offence the design may have caused.
    (AFP, 5/11/11)

2011        May 12, Indian PM Manmohan Singh offered Afghanistan $500 million in fresh aid, during his first visit to the war-torn country since 2005.
    (AFP, 5/12/11)

2011        May 13, India’s ruling Congress party and its allies weathered a string of corruption scandals to win three major state elections. The state of West Bengal said goodbye to three decades of uninterrupted rule by the world's longest-serving democratically-elected communist government. Communists also lost in Kerala state, where they ruled for the last 5 years. The Trinamool Congress Party and its allies looked set to take close to 220 of the state assembly's 294 seats, with the Marxists reduced to less than 70.
    (AP, 5/13/11)(AFP, 5/13/11)(Econ, 5/21/11, p.41)

2011        May 15, In India police said 2 Muslim mothers in Baghpat, Uttar Pradesh state, have been arrested on accusations they killed their daughters for dishonoring the family by eloping with Hindu men. Newlyweds Zahida (19) and Husna (26) were strangled last week when they returned home after getting married to men of their choice.
    (AP, 5/15/11)

2011        May 17, In eastern India seven paramilitary soldiers were killed in a land mine explosion they believe was triggered by Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 5/18/11)
2011        May 17, India broke with past practice and called on Sri Lanka to investigate allegations of human rights abuses during the island's civil war, upping pressure on President Mahinda Rajapakse.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)
2011        May 17, Spanish wind turbine giant Gamesa said it had won a $2 billion (1.4-billion-euro) deal to supply turbines in India, touting it as one of the largest contracts of its kind in the world.
    (AFP, 5/17/11)

2011        May 19, India's most powerful politician, Sonia Gandhi, promised to push forward with legislation to reform land acquisition rules after deadly clashes near the national capital.
    (AFP, 5/19/11)

2011        May 20, Indian police brought formal charges against the Delhi Commonwealth Games chief for alleged fraud involving a $31 million deal awarded to Swiss Timing for timekeeping equipment. The Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) filed a 50-page charge sheet in a New Delhi court against Suresh Kalmadi and eight others for their role in the contract.
    (AFP, 5/20/11)

2011        May 23, India's PM Manmohan Singh began a six-day trip to Ethiopia and Tanzania, aiming to strike deeper economic ties with a continent rich in minerals and commodities, but where Asia's third-largest economy lags far behind rival China.
    (Reuters, 5/23/11)

2011        May 24, In India representatives of eight countries with large wild elephant populations pledged to eradicate poaching of the animals and smuggling of ivory to ensure their survival for future generations. The "Elephant 8 Ministerial Meet" included officials from Thailand, Sri Lanka, Indonesia, India, Botswana, Congo, Kenya and Tanzania.
    (AP, 5/24/11)
2011        May 24, In Ethiopia at an address to an India-Africa summit in Addis Ababa, Indian PM Manmohan Singh trumpeted his country's historical ties with Africa and offered $5 billion dollars for the next three years under lines of credit to help Africa achieve its development goals.
    (Reuters, 5/24/11)

2011        May 25, In India the Dalai Lama turned down pleas from the Tibetan community to accept a ceremonial role in the Tibetan government-in-exile after giving up his position as political leader.
    (AP, 5/25/11)

2011        May 27, India and the United States said a new homeland security dialogue will be crucial to cooperation in counterterrorism, intelligence sharing and cybersecurity.
    (AP, 5/27/11)
2011        May 27, Air India was forced to cancel some flights after oil companies refused to give the cash-strapped state-run carrier fuel because of a failure to pay bills.
    (AFP, 5/27/11)

2011        May 28, In India the Dalai Lama signed amendments to the constitution of the Tibetan government-in-exile giving up his position as political leader.
    (AP, 5/29/11)

2011        May 30, India and Pakistan worked to reduce tensions in the world's highest battlefield, as their defense secretaries discussed ways to demilitarize the Siachen Glacier.
    (AP, 5/30/11)
2011        May 30, In India a would-be groom and several relatives going to a wedding were among the 28 people killed when a wooden bridge collapsed near Hayo, Assam state, and sent a bus crashing into a lake in the remote northeast.
    (AP, 5/31/11)

2011        May 31, In India medical services were paralyzed across the eastern state of Bihar by a one-day strike by thousands of doctors demanding better security after one of their colleagues was killed by a group of prisoners.
    (AP, 5/31/11)

2011        Jun 1, India pledged to help strengthen the capabilities of Afghanistan's security forces after a meeting between the defense ministers of both countries in New Delhi.
    (AFP, 6/1/11)

2011        Jun 4, In India yoga guru Baba Ramdev started an indefinite hunger strike in New Delhi that critics say undermines the country's democratic institutions, but that he says will last until the government agrees "100 percent" to his long list of demands to root out endemic corruption. Tens of thousands of his followers also went on hunger strikes across India and in several cities in the United States, Europe and Africa.
    (AP, 6/4/11)

2011        Jun 5, Indian police fired tear gas to break up a hunger strike by charismatic yoga guru Baba Ramdev demanding an end to endemic corruption, forcibly removing him and thousands of his followers.
    (AP, 6/5/11)

2011        Jun 9, Indian news reported that 2 wild elephants killed a man and injured other people in Mysore.
    (SFC, 6/9/11, p.A2)

2011        Jun 11, In India Jyotirmoy Dey, an investigations editor at the Mid-day daily tabloid, was gunned down in a daylight drive-by shooting in a northern suburb of Mumbai.  On Nov 25 Jigna Vora, a journalist with the Asian Age, was remanded in police custody until December 1 on suspicion of conspiracy and aiding and abetting the killers of Dey. Police believe he was killed on the orders of underworld crime boss Chhota Rajan. On Dec 3 an indictment was filed in a Maharashtra state court naming Rajan along with 11 other people, including the alleged gunmen and those suspected of providing material used in the killing.
    (AP, 11/25/11)(AP, 12/3/11)

2011        Jun 14, Indian officials signed an agreement with the World Bank to use a $1 billion loan to finance a new effort to cleanup of the Ganges.
    (SFC, 6/15/11, p.A2)

2011        Jun 16, Indian budget airline GoAir said it had placed a $7.2-billion order for 72 new Airbus aircraft as local carriers continue an aircraft shopping spree to meet booming demand on the subcontinent.
    (AFP, 6/16/11)

2011        Jun 19, An Indian general led a delegation to Beijing as the two countries moved to resume exchanges between their militaries after a yearlong freeze.
    (AP, 6/19/11)

2011        Jun 21, Indian police said they had ordered Google to stop taking photos of the city of Bangalore for its Street View product because of fears the images could be used by militants.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)
2011        Jun 21, The Indian state of Orissa said it has temporarily halted land acquisition for a planned South Korean steel plant after mass protests by locals and rights groups.
    (AFP, 6/21/11)

2011        Jun 22, In northeastern India a protest against squatter evictions turned deadly as riot police fired tear gas and live rounds into the air to disperse thousands of stone-throwing protesters in Gauhati, Assam state.
    (AP, 6/22/11)
2011        Jun 22, In France European plane maker Airbus won a slew of orders for its A320 medium-haul workhorse, including a record deal for 180 from Indian budget carrier IndiGo at a rainy Paris Air Show.
    (AFP, 6/22/11)

2011        Jun 23, India and Pakistan held talks on peace and security issues in Islamabad, part of efforts to stabilize South Asia.
    (AFP, 6/23/11)

2011        Jun 24, India and Pakistan wrapped up a fresh round of peace talks in Islamabad without any breakthrough other than an agreement to meet again in New Delhi ahead of ministerial talks next month. They did agree to work on new nuclear confidence-building measures and expanded trade and travel across the ceasefire line dividing disputed Kashmir.
    (AFP, 6/24/11)(Reuters, 6/24/11)
2011        Jun 24, India’s government announced a hike in the price of some petroleum products, increasing inflationary pressures in the fast-growing economy.
    (AFP, 6/25/11)

2011        Jun 30, India’s media reported that at least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at the government-run B.C. Roy Hospital for Children in Kolkata, West Bengal. In 2006, 22 infants died in three days at the same hospital because of prematurity or acute forms of either meningitis, encephalitis or septicemia.
    (AP, 6/30/11)

2011        Jun, In India a government doctor, accused of conspiring to kill two other doctors, was found shot dead in jail in Uttar Pradesh state. He was said to have been preparing to name people involved in a widening scandal of corruption. All three dead doctors had been in charge of spending Lucknow’s portion of nearly $2 billion in state health funds.
    (SSFC, 9/18/11, p.A8)

2011        Jul 1, In India scientists warned that water off the famed beaches of the Indian holiday state of Goa was unfit for bathing and fishing due to high levels of bacteria from untreated sewage.
    (AFP, 7/1/11)

2011        Jul 2, British mobile phone giant Vodafone said it is taking full control of its Indian joint venture by buying out its local partner Essar Group.
    (AFP, 7/2/11)
2011        Jul 2, In India reports first came out of a treasure trove found in the underground vaults of a temple in the 16th century Sree Padmanabhaswamy temple in southern Kerala state. A temple official said most of the articles were offerings made by devotees and wealth the erstwhile rulers of the Travancore princely state had stored there. Unofficial estimates pegged the bounty at $22 billion.
    (Reuters, 7/3/11)(AP, 7/4/11)

2011        Jul 4, In India a group of ruling party parliamentarians and dozens of state lawmakers resigned en masse to protest the government's sluggishness in addressing their demand for the new state of Telengana to be carved out of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AP, 7/4/11)
2011        Jul 4, India's Supreme Court ordered a special investigation into undeclared money stashed in foreign bank accounts, while accusing the government of "serious lapses" in handling the issue.
    (AFP, 7/4/11)
2011        Jul 4, The Athletics Federation of India said two more of its athletes have tested positive for banned substances, taking the number to eight in the space of five days.
    (AP, 7/4/11)

2011        Jul 5, Police in India arrested a man suspected of killing his 20-year-old daughter, Mukesh, in an apparent "honor killing" after she walked out on an arranged marriage with a man 25 years her senior. She had apparently fled her husband's home in the north Indian state of Haryana and refused to return to him.
    (AFP, 7/5/11)

2011        Jul 6, Police in India arrested 2 men in a Mumbai suburb with weapons. They allegedly belonged to the Indian Mujahideen (IM), an Islamist group behind eight attacks.
    (Econ, 7/16/11, p.42)

2011        Jul 7, In northern India a train hit a stopped bus at a railway crossing, killing at least 35 people returning from a wedding party in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/7/11)

2011        Jul 8, In India heavy monsoon rains caused a stone wall to collapse, killing 10 construction workers, on the outskirts of Mumbai.
    (AP, 7/8/11)

2011        Jul 9, An Indian wildlife official said 3 wild elephants were electrocuted after they toppled a high-tension electricity line near Dudhwa National Park, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 7/9/11)

2011        Jul 10, In northern India rescuers searched through the wreckage of a packed express train for people trapped inside after it derailed in Uttar Pradesh state, killing 68 people and injuring 239 others.
    (AP, 7/10/11)(AP, 7/11/11)

2011        Jul 12, One of India's oldest rebel groups announced a unilateral ceasefire to push forward formal peace talks aimed at ending three decades of insurgency in the northeast state of Assam.
    (AFP, 7/12/11)

2011        Jul 13, In India a triple bombing killed at least 17 people in Mumbai, India's financial capital. By July 28 the death toll climbed to 25.
    (AP, 7/14/11)(AP, 7/16/11)(AFP, 7/19/11)(AFP, 7/23/11)(AFP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 14, Bangladesh and India launched a census of "enclaves" -- areas where one country's territory is surrounded by the other -- in an effort to end complex border disputes.
    (AFP, 7/14/11)

2011        Jul 17, In India officers in the western state of Gujarat, the scene of serial blasts in 2008, arrested Sahazad Rangrez and recovered eight live bombs from his possession. Rangrez's wife Reshma reported him to the police after suffering domestic violence.
    (AFP, 7/18/11)

2011        Jul 18, India signed an "historic" deal granting autonomy to an ethnic group in the Himalayan tea-growing area of Darjeeling that has fought for decades for a homeland.
    (AFP, 7/18/11)
2011        Jul 18, In India construction began at two new indigenously-designed 700-megawatt nuclear plants in the western state of Rajasthan.
    (AFP, 7/19/11)

2011        Jul 19, An Indian government official said the new Tumalapalli mine in Andhra Pradesh state could contain the largest reserves of uranium in the world.
    (AFP, 7/19/11)
2011        Jul 19, Iran issued a new warning that it will halt supplies of crude to India unless the issue of billions of dollars in overdue payments is resolved. New Delhi has been struggling for more than six months to pay Tehran due to international banking sanctions imposed on the Islamic republic over its nuclear program.
    (AFP, 7/19/11)

2011        Jul 24, In India the Darul Uloom seminary, one of the world's most revered schools of Islamic learning, ousted Ghulam Mohammed Vastanvi (60), its reformist leader, just months into his term, after he praised a Hindu nationalist politician loathed by many Indian Muslims.
    (AP, 7/24/11)

2011        Jul 25, In India some 3,000 eunuchs met in Kolkata to draft a strategy to highlight the poverty, discrimination and sexual abuse faced by them. The term eunuch is used in India to describe transvestites, transsexuals and others who identify themselves as neither male nor female but as a members of a third gender.
    (AP, 7/25/11)

2011        Jul 27, An Indian judge investigating corrupt mining practices in a resource-rich southern state said that illegal extraction had cost the public $3.6 billion. He accused politicians in Karnataka, including the state's chief minister B.S. Yeddyurappa, of causing the losses from 2006 to 2010 through the illicit mining of iron ore, much of which is thought to have been shipped to China. A day later Yeddyurappa offered to quit following the charges.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)(AFP, 7/28/11)
2011        Jul 27, India and Pakistan's foreign ministers insisted relations were back on track after peace talks that highlighted a "new era" of cooperation over the ruptures of the past. It was the first meeting of the arch-rivals' foreign ministers for a year.
    (AFP, 7/27/11)
2011        Jul 27, An Indian army officer was shot dead in a battle with rebels along the de facto Kashmir border. The latest fighting came after Indian foreign minister S.M. Krishna and his Pakistani counterpart, Hina Rabbani Khar, outlined in New Delhi the countries' commitment to fight militancy, boost trade and sustain the peace process.
    (AFP, 7/28/11)

2011        Jul 29, India's top court halted iron ore extraction in Karnataka state, home to some of the country's biggest deposits, after revelations about a $3.6-billion mining fraud.
    (AFP, 7/29/11)

2011        Jul 31, In India B.S. Yeddyurappa (68), head of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party government in Karnataka state, resigned. He was accused of being at the center of a $3.6 billion mining fraud.
    (AFP, 7/31/11)
2011        Jul 31, In India hundreds of protesters took to the streets of New Delhi for India's first "Slut Walk," to protest at an alarming rise in sexual assault cases and the growing sense of insecurity among women.
    (AFP, 7/31/11)

2011        Aug 1, In India at least five people died in a bomb blast in the Sangakpham Bazaar in Imphal, Manipur state, which has been plagued for decades by separatist militants.
    (AFP, 8/1/11)(SFC, 8/2/11, p.A2)

2011        Aug 2, In southern India at least 10 people were beaten to death by a group of angry villagers who thought they were thieves in the village of Barlahally Cross, Karnataka state.
    (AP, 8/3/11)

2011        Aug 4, In India a 740-foot (225-meter) vessel, which had been transporting coal from Indonesia to the western Indian state of Gujarat, sank off Mumbai. The navy rescued 30 crew members. The ship was estimated to be carrying 325 tons of fuel oil and 56 tons of diesel. By Aug 7 oil had spread over an area of 7 nautical miles and cleanup efforts were underway.
    (AP, 8/7/11)

2011        Aug 5, India's top court allowed limited resumption of iron ore mining in Karnataka state that was suspended a week ago following revelations of a $3.6-billion mining fraud.
    (AFP, 8/5/11)

2011        Aug 7, Indian army and police claimed they killed a Pakistani commander of Lashkar-e-Taiba militants during a gunbattle in Poonch region of Kashmir. An investigation found the dead man was a local Hindu resident and mentally unsound. A soldier and police officer were arrested and investigated for murder.
    (AP, 8/8/11)

2011        Aug 8, In India Lobsang Sangay, a Harvard-trained legal scholar, was sworn in as new head of the Tibetan government-in-exile, taking over from the Dalai Lama as the official leader of his people's fight for freedom.
    (AP, 8/8/11)

2011        Aug 9, Indian police in new Delhi used water cannon, tear gas and bamboo batons to disperse thousands of opposition activists protesting against a slew of corruption scandals racking the government.
    (AFP, 8/9/11)

2011        Aug 10, In India a protest over long-running plans to acquire agricultural land for a water pipeline happened between the popular hill station resort of Lonavala and the city of Pune, some 100 km (60 miles) from Mumbai. Police shot and killed 3 farmers during the protest.
    (AFP, 8/11/11)

2011        Aug 13, In India suspected rebels fired guns at motorists on a highway in the insurgency-wracked northeast, killing one person and wounding five others in Assam state.
    (AP, 8/13/11)

2011        Aug 14, An Indian naval ship closed in on a cargo ship, believed to have been hijacked and used to smuggle contraband in the eastern Arabian Sea. The "overwhelmed" crew did not offer any resistance. Automatic weapons were found on the ship. The crew included five Yemenis, two Tanzanians, one Kenyan and one Somalian.
    (AP, 8/15/11)
2011        Aug 14, Bollywood superstar Shammi Kapoor (b.1931) died in Mumbai. The Indian movie star was featured in over 100 films including “Tumsa Nahin Dekha" (Never Seen Anyone Like You, 1957) and “Junglee" (1961).
    (Econ, 8/27/11, p.76)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shammi_Kapoor)

2011        Aug 16, In India anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare (74), arrested for planning a public hunger strike, began his fast behind bars as his supporters held protests across the country, with thousands detained by police. The government decided to release as public anger rose, but Hazare refused to leave jail unless he was given written permission to resume his fast in a park in central Delhi.
    (AP, 8/17/11)(SFC, 8/17/11, p.A3)

2011        Aug 18, In India Anna Hazare, who has been fasting since Aug 16, reached an agreement with police to hold a 15-day demonstration fast starting Aug 19 to push for tough new anti-corruption legislation, after a two-day standoff at a New Delhi jail.
    (AP, 8/18/11)

2011        Aug 19, In India the West Bengal government, in an all-party meeting, decided to rename the state Paschim Banga, which means West Bengal in Bengali.
    (Econ, 4/21/12, p.60)(http://tinyurl.com/7vutsbu)
2011        Aug 19, In eastern India suspected Maoist rebels attacked a police patrol, fatally shooting nine officers and one civilian in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 8/19/11)

2011        Aug 20, Indian troops in Kashmir fought a deadly gunbattle with suspected rebels crossing the military Line of Control from Pakistani-controlled territory. One soldier and 11 suspected rebels were reported killed.
    (AP, 8/20/11)
2011        Aug 20, India’s West Bengal state government said at least 11 people have died in the last 24 hours from flood-related causes, including drowning and injury from collapsed homes.
    (AP, 8/21/11)

2011        Aug 21, An Indian government report said hundreds of unmarked graves in Kashmir hold more than 2,000 bullet-riddled bodies that may include innocent victims, despite police claims that they were militants fighting Indian rule in the disputed Himalayan territory.
    (AP, 8/21/11)

2011        Aug 22, In northern India a flatbed trailer carrying pilgrims to a Hindu temple overturned and fell into a roadside pond, killing at least 40 people in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/22/11)

2011        Aug 23, The Indian government opened talks with aides to fasting anti-graft activist Anna Hazare, as Premier Manmohan Singh offered concessions to persuade the 74-year-old to end his hunger strike.
    (AFP, 8/23/11)

2011        Aug 24, Indian lawmakers agreed after frantic talks to discuss a stringent anti-corruption law proposed by a reform activist whose eight-day fast demanding the legislation has drawn burgeoning support and tested the scandal-tainted government. Anna Hazare's fast has drawn tens of thousands of supporters to a round-the-clock protest rally in the heart of the capital. Four lawmakers were charged for their role in an alleged cash-for-votes scandal during a crucial confidence vote the ruling Congress party faced in 2008.
    (AP, 8/24/11)

2011        Aug 27, Indian hunger-striker Anna Hazare (74), who has led a huge public campaign against corruption, agreed to end his 12-day fast after forcing new concessions from lawmakers.
    (AFP, 8/27/11)

2011        Aug 28, Indian anti-corruption activist Anna Hazare (74) ended his 13-day hunger strike triggering wild celebrations among supporters after parliament agreed to consider his demands.
    (AFP, 8/28/11)

2011        Aug 29, In India car production was halted at the factory in Manesar after the Japanese-controlled firm Maruti Suzuki accused some workers of sabotaging production and "deliberately causing quality problems."
    (AFP, 9/3/11)

2011        Aug 31, Three Pakistani soldiers were killed and one Indian trooper was hurt in an exchange of fire by the rival militaries across their sensitive border in divided Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/31/11)

2011        Sep 2, The Indian state of West Bengal will now be known as "Paschim Banga" after state lawmakers voted unanimously in favor of the name change.
    (AFP, 9/2/11)

2011        Sep 3, The Indian government signed a pact with the United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) one of its oldest rebel groups to end militant violence in the restive northeastern state of Assam and pave the way for peace talks.
    (AFP, 9/3/11)

2011        Sep 4, In northern India bus fell into the Tons River swollen by monsoon rains, killing 12 passengers in Uttrakhand state.
    (AP, 9/4/11)

2011        Sep 6, Indian PM Manmohan Singh arrived in the Bangladeshi capital Dhaka on an official visit aimed at boosting the sometimes fraught relations between India and its smaller Muslim-majority neighbor. Bangladesh and India signed two deals to tackle poaching of critically-endangered Bengal tigers from the world's largest mangrove forest.
    (AFP, 9/6/11)(AFP, 9/7/11)

2011        Sep 7, Indian PM Manmohan Singh said he would "intensify efforts" towards a deal to share water from the Teesta river after failing to sign the key agreement during a visit to Dhaka. A deal to share water from the river fell through after opposition from the chief minister of India's West Bengal.
    (AFP, 9/7/11)
2011        Sep 7, In India a powerful bomb hidden in a briefcase ripped through a crowd of people waiting to enter a New Delhi courthouse, killing 13 people and wounding 74 more in the deadliest attack in India's capital in nearly three years.
    (AP, 9/7/11)(AP, 9/8/11)(SFC, 9/9/11, p.A2)

2011        Sep 12, Indian officials said at least 23 children who received blood transfusions have tested positive for HIV, as authorities launched an investigation into a government hospital.
    (AFP, 9/12/11)
2011        Sep 12, Indian officials said heavy rains and flooding have killed 16 people in Orissa state leaving nearly 100,000 others homeless.
    (SFC, 9/13/11, p.A2)

2011        Sep 16, India welcomed the previous day’s decision by the US State Department to designate the homegrown militant group Indian Mujahideen a terrorist organization.
    (AFP, 9/16/11)
2011        Sep 16, India's central bank raised its repo interest rate a quarter point (to 8.25%) for the 12th time in 18 months on to combat near double-digit inflation, despite signs of slowing economic growth.
    (AP, 9/16/11)

2011        Sep 18, In India a magnitude 6.9 earthquake hit Sikkim state in the northeast near the border with Nepal. Some buildings collapsed in Sikkim's state capital of Gangtok. At least 108 people were killed with more than 100,000 homes damaged. The confirmed deaths included 6 in Nepal and 7 in Tibet.
    (AP, 9/19/11)(AP, 9/20/11)(AP, 9/23/11)

2011        Sep 25, In India 5 young men traveling on top of an overnight train in Rajasthan state were killed when they slammed into a bridge.
    (AFP, 9/25/11)
2011        Sep 25, In India a Nano hatchback, billed as the world's cheapest car, caught fire in New Delhi under unexplained circumstances. The next day Tata Motors launched an inquiry.
    (AFP, 9/26/11)

2011        Sep 26, Indian officials said monsoon rains have destroyed mud huts and flooded wide swaths of the north and east, killing at least 48 people in recent days and leaving hundreds of thousands marooned by raging waters.
    (AP, 9/26/11)
2011        Sep 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir fierce fighting erupted between rebels and government forces. 4 days of fighting left at least 9 people dead.
    (AP, 9/28/11)(AFP, 9/29/11)

2011        Sep 27, Indian air force helicopters dropped food parcels and hundreds of boats shuttled stranded people to safer ground as surging floodwaters hit eastern India. 5 people were missing in addition to the 79 killed in Orissa state since Sep 23. Flooding also killed at least 44 since Sep 23 in northern Uttar Pradesh and Bihar states.
    (AP, 9/27/11)(AFP, 9/28/11)

2011        Oct 4, Afghan President Hamid Karzai met with PM Manmohan Singh in New Delhi. They agreed to enhance their strategic partnership with India training Afghan security forces.
    (AP, 10/4/11)(SSFC, 10/9/11, p.A4)

2011        Oct 5, India introduced a cheap tablet computer, saying it would deliver modern technology to the countryside to help lift villagers out of poverty. Developer Datawind is selling the tablets, called Aakash, or "sky" in Hindi, to the government for about $45 each. Subsidies will reduce that to $35 for students and teachers.
    (AP, 10/5/11)

2011        Oct 6, The UN said increased access to technology that allows parents to know the sex of their fetus has left Asia short of 117 million women, mostly in China and India.
    (AFP, 10/6/11)

2011        Oct 7, India's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki said a fresh strike by workers halted production at a north India plant, just days after the end of a bitter month-long dispute.
    (AFP, 10/7/11)

2011        Oct 10, India's largest car maker Maruti Suzuki called for authorities to evict 1,500 striking workers who have seized control of one of its plants, amid allegations of sabotage and violence. The workers began staging a sit-in strike at its Manesar factory in northern Haryana state on Oct 7.
    (AFP, 10/10/11)

2011        Oct 12, An Indian-French satellite that will study monsoon patterns and global warming was launched from a space center in southern India. Three other smaller satellites were also released from the rocket.
    (AFP, 10/12/11)
2011        Oct 12, India and Vietnam signed an accord to promote oil exploration in Vietnamese waters that could escalate long-standing tensions with China as it presses territorial claims to much of the South China sea.
    (AP, 10/12/11)

2011        Oct 14, In India Uttar Pradesh chief minister Mayawati (55), a powerful politician known as the "Dalit Queen," opened a huge memorial complex to herself and other low-caste icons as opponents slammed her extravagance. The vast sums Mayawati has spent on marble, granite and sandstone statue parks, scattered around the poverty-hit state, has appalled critics.
    (AFP, 10/14/11)

2011        Oct 15, In India the former chief minister of Karnataka, B.S. Yeddyurappa, surrendered to authorities in state capital Bangalore after a judge issued a warrant for his arrest. He faced accusations of taking kickbacks in exchange for illegally selling government land. The former chief minister also faced accusations over an alleged $3.6-billion iron-ore mining fraud.
    (AFP, 10/15/11)
2011        Oct 15, Indian officials said at least 430 people, mainly children, have died from an outbreak of encephalitis in a deeply neglected region of the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
    (AFP, 10/15/11)

2011        Oct 21, In India the latest in a series of strikes at top car maker Maruti Suzuki came to an end, at a cost of $400 million in lost production and major damage to the group's reputation.
    (AFP, 10/21/11)

2011        Oct 22, In northeastern India a wooden bridge collapsed in the Darjeeling district as over 150 villages gathered on it to hear speeches by local officials in Bijanbari. At least 31 people were killed.
    (SFC, 10/24/11, p.A2)

2011        Oct 25, India's central bank announced the deregulation of interest rates on savings bank deposits, in a landmark decision seen as a key financial sector reform.
    (AFP, 10/25/11)
2011        Oct 25, In India Sushil Kumar, a poor government clerk, became the first person to win $1 million in an Indian game show in India’s version of “Who Wants to Be a Millionaire."
    (SFC, 10/28/11, p.A6)

2011        Oct 28, India’s government said the rate of suicides in the country is increasing and that more than 15 people kill themselves every hour.
    (SFC, 10/29/11, p.A2)

2011        Oct 29, In northeast India a foot bridge spanning the Kameng River collapsed. Arunachal Pradesh state police said 30 people were feared drowned.
    (AP, 10/29/11)

2011        Oct 31, In India Samdup Taso (83), the last Lepcha priest in Sikkim, died. This left the Lepchas without a spiritual leader to offer prayers to Kanchenjunga, the world's third-highest mountain, which is revered as Sikkim's guardian deity.
    (AFP, 11/6/11)

2011        Oct, In central India Lalita Tati (7) disappeared and her dismembered remains were found a week later in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh state. Two men were arrested in December for allegedly killing the girl and cutting out her liver in a ritual sacrifice to ensure a better harvest.
    (AP, 1/2/12)

2011        Nov 2, The Pakistani cabinet approved a proposal granting India the status of "most favored nation" in a move towards normalizing trade relations between the two nuclear-armed arch rivals. The decision reciprocates India's move to grant MFN status to Pakistan in 1996.
    (AFP, 11/2/11)

2011        Nov 4, In India senior police officer D.D. Misra alleged that the government of India's most populous state, Uttar Pradesh was the "most corrupt regime ever," before going on to accuse chief minister Mayawati and top bureaucrats of graft. He was sent to a mental hospital after making the accusations of corruption.
    (AFP, 11/5/11)

2011        Nov 8, In northern India a stampede killed 16 Hindu pilgrims and injured about 50 during a religious ceremony on the banks of the Ganges River at Haridwar in Uttrakhand state.
    (AP, 11/8/11)

2011        Nov 9, In India a court sentenced 31 Hindus to life imprisonment for killing dozens of Muslims by setting a building on fire in early 2002 during one of India's worst rounds of communal violence.
    (AP, 11/9/11)

2011        Nov 10, The prime ministers of India and Pakistan said they expected to open a "new chapter" at future talks between the rival nations after they met at a regional summit in the Maldives.
    (AFP, 11/10/11)

2011        Nov 15, India and Pakistan agreed to normalize two-way trade, signifying a gradual thaw in relations between the two bitter rivals.
    (AP, 11/15/11)

2011        Nov 18, India's Reliance Industries and British giant BP announced the creation of an equal joint venture firm to source and market natural gas in India.
    (AFP, 11/18/11)

2011        Nov 19, In Bhutan a Climate Summit for a Living Himalayas was held in Bhutan's capital Thimphu. India, Nepal, Bangladesh and Bhutan agreed to cooperate on energy, water, food and biodiversity issues.
    (AP, 11/20/11)

2011        Nov 20, In India a fire blazed through a makeshift tent in east Delhi where eunuchs, a community of castrated men, transvestites and transsexuals, had gathered to honor deceased friends. 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 11/21/11)

2011        Nov 21, In India lawmakers in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, voted to support a call for it to be split into four smaller states. State Chief Minister Mayawati’s idea is to create four new states called Purvanchal, Bundelkhand, Paschim Pradesh and Awadh Pradesh. The final decision was up to the Congress party-led central government.
    (AP, 11/21/11)
2011        Nov 21, The New Delhi-based Asian Centre for Human Rights (ACHR) said in a report released today that 1,504 people died in police custody and 12,727 in judicial custody across the country between 2001 and 2010.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)

2011        Nov 22, Indian IT entrepreneur Sabeer Bhatia launched a free text messaging service, JaxtrSMS, promising that it would be as revolutionary as his previous venture, Hotmail.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)
2011        Nov 22, In eastern India 7 people including a four-year-old girl and an Australian woman died when a fire swept through an overnight train in Jharkhand state.
    (AFP, 11/22/11)

2011        Nov 24, India's cabinet cleared a plan to throw open the nation's huge retail sector to global supermarket chains in a reform that could herald a consumer revolution. It also raised the foreign investment cap to 100% from 51% at present for single-brand retail operations.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)
2011        Nov 24, India’s West Bengal police killed Koteswara Rao (58), better known as Kishenji, one of the nation’s most wanted Maoist guerrillas in a major blow to the armed leftwing insurgency which has spread across a wide swathe of the country.
    (AFP, 11/24/11)(Econ, 12/3/11, p.52)

2011        Nov 30, Indian authorities said they have broken up a terror cell responsible for a series of bombings, including a deadly blast at a southern cafe popular with foreigners. The cell was responsible for the Feb. 13, 2010, blast that killed 17 people at a cafe in Pune.
    (AP, 11/30/11)

2011        Dec 3, A key ally of India’s ruling coalition said the government has "suspended" plans to open the nation's huge retail sector to global competition that have paralyzed parliament.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)
2011        Dec 3, Thousands protested in India against the country's decision to compete in the London Olympics despite sponsorship of the Games by Dow chemical, a US firm linked to the 1984 Bhopal gas tragedy. Thousands of survivors of the tragedy blocked trains demanding more compensation.
    (AFP, 12/3/11)(SSFC, 12/4/11, p.A8)
2011        Dec 3, Pakistani actress Veena Malik said a nude photo has been published in violation of her agreement with FHM India and she was considering legal action against the magazine. She had posed in the nude for the Indian magazine with the initials of Pakistan's feared and powerful intelligence agency on her arm and triggered fury across her conservative nation.
    (AP, 12/3/11)

2011        Dec 4, In eastern India a landmine attack by Maoist rebels struck the convoy of a senior politician, killing ten policemen and a young boy in Jharkhand state.
    (AFP, 12/4/11)
2011        Dec 4, Australia’s Labor party passed PM Julia Gillard's proposal with 206 votes to 185, reversing a decades-old policy excluding New Delhi from Australia's uranium trade because it is not a signatory to the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty.
    (AFP, 12/4/11)

2011        Dec 6, India’s police said Maoist rebels have raided police posts, engaged in shootouts and bombed government buildings and railway lines in eastern India in a two-day campaign of violence protesting their leader's killing on Nov 24.
    (AP, 12/6/11)

2011        Dec 7, India’s finance minister Pranab Mukherjee confirmed that retail reform to allow foreign supermarkets into India would be indefinitely suspended.
    (Econ, 12/10/11, p.47)

2011        Dec 9, In India at least 89 people were killed when a fire engulfed patients at a hospital in the city of Kolkata. Police arrested 6 hospital officials on charges of culpable homicide.
    (AFP, 12/9/11)(AP, 12/9/11)

2011        Dec 14, An Indian newspaper reported that plans were being finalized for a Taliban office in the Gulf state of Qatar.
    (AP, 12/15/11)

2011        Dec 15, Indian officials said at least 143 people have died after consuming toxic home-made liquor in West Bengal state. Police arrested 10 suspected bootleggers. Khonra Badshah, the suspected kingpin behind the illegal liquor racket that left 172 people dead, surrendered to police on Jan 16.
    (AP, 12/15/11)(AFP, 1/16/12)

2011        Dec 16, Indian student Jyoti Amge (18), measuring just 62.8 centimeters (less than two foot, one inch), was confirmed as the world's shortest living woman.
    (AFP, 12/16/11)

2011        Dec 22, Berlin-based Transparency International published a survey: "Daily Lives and Corruption: Public Opinion in South Asia," which found 62% of south Asians believed corruption had got worse over the past three years, with Indians and Pakistanis the most pessimistic.
    (AFP, 12/22/11)

2011        Dec 26, India's Tata Motors offered to replace the starter motor on all old Nano models, but said the move was not related to safety concerns surrounding the world's cheapest car.
    (AFP, 12/26/11)

2011        Dec 27, India and Pakistan tentatively agreed to renew an agreement designed to reduce the risk of an accidental nuclear war.
    (SFC, 12/28/11, p.A2)

2011        Dec 30, In India a severe cyclone packing winds of 135 km (83 miles) an hour tore into the southeastern coast. At 42 people died when Cyclone Thane hit coastal southern India near the former French colony of Pondicherry.
    (AFP, 12/30/11)(Reuters, 12/31/11)(AP, 1/1/12)

2011        Sonia Faleiro, Indian writer, authored “Beautiful Thing" based on the story of Leela, a highly paid dancer at a Mumbai club, and her own five years immersed in the brothels of Mumbai, befriending bar dancers, transsexuals and policemen.
    (Reuters, 11/3/11)
2011        Patrick French authored “India: A Portrait."
    (Econ, 1/22/11, p.97)
2011        Joseph Lelyveld authored “Great Soul: Mahatma Gandhi and His Struggle With India."
    (SSFC, 4/10/11, p.G1)
2011        David M. Malone authored “Does the Elephant Dance? Contemporary Indian Foreign Policy."
    (Econ, 6/11/11, p.85)
2011        Rani Singh authored “Sonia Gandhi: An Extraordinary Life, An Indian Destiny."
    (Econ, 10/15/11, p.94)
2011        India's NIA charged Wuthikorn Naruenartwanich and three others in 2011 with criminal conspiracy to wage war against the Indian government. The National Investigation Agency said the men had sold arms to Naga rebels who have been fighting the central government for more than 50 years, despite a 1997 a cease-fire. Wuthikorn was arrested in Thailand in 2013 and extradited to India in 2014.
    (AP, 3/31/14)
2011        India was ranked 132nd of 183 countries in the World Bank’s report on “Ease of Doing Business."
    (Econ, 6/23/12, p.47)
2011        In India an estimated 17% of the population held half of the country’s spending power.
    (Econ, 10/22/11, SR p.16)

2012        Jan 1, Pakistan and India exchanged lists of their nuclear sites under an accord which prohibits both sides from attacking these locations.
    (AFP, 1/1/12)

2012        Jan 3, Indian activists reacted angrily after 12 doctors were fined less than $100 each for conducting secret drug trials on children and patients with learning disabilities.
    (AFP, 1/3/12)

2012        Jan 4, US car giant Ford said it is opening a new dealership in India every 10 days to feed demand in a market it expects to be the third-biggest worldwide by the end of the decade.
    (AFP, 1/4/12)

2012        Jan 6, US hotel chain Best Western announced plans to build 66 new hotels in India, part of a nearly $300 million investment in the country's hospitality industry.
    (AFP, 1/6/12)

2012        Jan 7, Pakistan freed 179 Indian fishermen who were imprisoned for violating territorial waters.
    (AFP, 1/7/12)

2012        Jan 9, Indian software outsourcer Mahindra Satyam said it has filed a case against past directors and a former auditor, seeking damages over a $1 billion accounting scam.
    (AFP, 1/9/12)

2012        Jan 10, India's Premier Manmohan Singh called malnutrition in the country "a national shame" as he released a major survey that found 42% of children under five were underweight.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)
2012        Jan 10, A survey across 33 states by the Food Safety and Standards Authority of India, a government watchdog, found that 68.4% of 1,791 milk samples contained adulterants. Detergent was found in 8.4% of all samples.
    (AFP, 1/10/12)

2012        Jan 11, India's Tribal Affairs Minister V. Kishore Chandra Deo said an investigation had been ordered as rights campaigners and politicians condemned a video showing women from a protected and primitive tribe dancing for tourists reportedly in exchange for food on India's Andaman Islands.
    (AFP, 1/11/12)
2012        Jan 11, It was announced that China and India are signing on as partners in the Thirty Meter Telescope when it’s built on the summit of Hawaii’s Mauna Kea volcano in 2018.
    (SFC, 1/12/12, p.A6)

2012        Jan 12, Malian President Amadou Toumani Toure ended a 2-day visit to India. At the end of the visit a joint statement announced that India extended a $100-million loan to Mali for a power project, while Bamako promised to support the Asian giant's bid for a permanent UN Security Council seat.
    (AP, 1/13/12)

2012        Jan 16, In India Khonra Badshah, accused of making toxic home-brewed alcohol that killed 172 people, surrendered to authorities after a month-long hunt by police.
    (AFP, 1/16/12)

2012        Jan 17, India, the world's biggest bullion consumer, sharply hiked import duties on gold and silver in a move that will raise domestic prices of the precious metals.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, India said it was continuing to buy oil from Iran, despite an intensifying US campaign to smother Tehran's vital oil exports until it abandons its nuclear program.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, It was reported that a new online game in India called "Angry Brides," available as a free application on Facebook, has attracted more than 270,000 fans. It seeks to highlight the problem of illegal dowry demands for women.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)
2012        Jan 17, The Indian government dispatched a team of medical experts to the financial capital, Mumbai, to assess reports of a handful of cases of apparently untreatable tuberculosis.
    (AFP, 1/17/12)

2012        Jan 19, India's largest lender to the poor, SKS Microfinance, posted its third straight quarterly loss, hit by bad loans and dwindling investor confidence.
    (AFP, 1/19/12)

2012        Jan 21, In eastern India a landmine attack by Maoist rebels killed at least 12 policemen and injured three others in Jharkhand state.
    (AFP, 1/21/12)
2012        Jan 21, Pakistan detained 31 Indian fishermen and seized their 14 boats for fishing in its territorial waters in the Arabian Sea.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)

2012        Jan 22, Indian authorities said at least 26 infants have died in the past five days in a state-run hospital in West Bengal state. Most of them were underweight and had been suffering from birth asphyxia.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)
2012        Jan 22, British author Salman Rushdie accused Indian police of making up an underworld plot to assassinate him that forced him to pull out of a literary festival this weekend.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)

2012        Jan 23, Indian police said they had arrested two people in connection with triple blasts in Mumbai in July last year which claimed 27 lives. The two suspects from the eastern state of Bihar are accused of taking orders from the alleged mastermind Yasin Bhatkal.
    (AFP, 1/23/12)
2012        Jan 23, Indian navy personnel took command of the country's first nuclear-powered submarine in two decades after collecting the vessel near the Russian port of Vladivostok. India decommissioned its last Soviet-built vessel in 1991.
    (AFP, 1/22/12)

2012        Jan 24, India's central bank moved to release billions of dollars to commercial lenders in a policy shift designed to boost slackening growth in Asia's third-biggest economy.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)
2012        Jan 24, Nearly 700 Indian separatist rebels laid down their arms at a ceremony that the government hailed as a major step towards bringing peace to the restive northeast region.
    (AFP, 1/24/12)

2012        Jan 25, In western India a bus driver went on a rampage in central Pune, killing at least nine people and injuring dozens during rush-hour.
    (AFP, 1/25/12)

2012        Jan 27, In India a leopard badly mauled two people including a pregnant woman after straying into Guwahati, the largest city in northeast Assam state. It was the third such attack there in as many weeks.
    (AFP, 1/27/12)

2012        Jan 28, In northeast India a suspected Naga rebel opened fire at a police station packed with voters on a tense election day in Manipur state, killing 4 people before he was shot dead.
    (AP, 1/28/12)

2012        Jan 31, Rafale, made by Dassault, emerged as preferred bidder in the contest to supply India with 126 warplanes in what will be a $15 billion (9 billion pounds) deal. Its competitor, the Eurofighter Typhoon, is developed by a consortium comprising the German and Spanish branches of EADS, Britain's BAE Systems and Italy's Finmeccanica.
    (Reuters, 2/1/12)

2012        Feb 2, India’s Supreme Court cancelled second-generation (2G) mobile licenses issued in 2008. The court cancelled 122 licenses. The ruling affected about 70 million subscribers -- out of India's 894-million odd mobile users -- who were clients of the operators which lost their licenses.
    (AFP, 2/3/12)(Econ, 2/11/12, p.67)

2012        Feb 4, An Indian judge out a petition to prosecute powerful home minister Chidambaram over a huge telecom corruption scandal, bringing some relief to the embattled government.
    (AFP, 2/4/12)

2012        Feb 8, Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous state, went to the polls in a contest pitting Rahul Gandhi (41), the scion of the Gandhi political dynasty, against the ruling party of local low-caste leader Mayawati.
    (AFP, 2/8/12)
2012        Feb 8, In India officials said at least 30 people have died and more are sick after drinking toxic bootleg liquor made from cough medicine in Orissa state.
    (AP, 2/8/12)(AFP, 2/9/12)

2012        Feb 13, In India and Georgia assailants targeted Israeli diplomats in near-simultaneous strikes that Israeli PM Benjamin Netanyahu blamed on archenemy Iran, and its Lebanese proxy, Hezbollah. The attacks wounded four people. A hitman on a rented motorbike attached a magnetic bomb to the back of an Israeli embassy car carrying the 42-year-old diplomat as she went to pick up her children from school in New Delhi. The woman, also the wife of the defense attache at the embassy, was left in a critical condition with spinal injuries and was flown to Israel for further treatment. 3 men of Iranian origin were later identified as suspects.
    (AP, 2/13/12)(AFP, 3/15/12)

2012        Feb 15, Guards on an Italian cargo ship, the Enrica Lexie, fired at an Indian fishing boat off Kerala state that it mistook for a pirate vessel, killing two fishermen. Indian police took two Italians into custody on Feb 19. Rome warned that the two were soldiers who enjoyed immunity. The 2 Italian marines were granted conditional bail on May 30.
    (AP, 2/16/12)(AFP, 2/19/12)(AFP, 5/30/12)

2012        Feb 16, Indian police detained 35 Tibetan students at a protest outside the Chinese embassy in New Delhi against Beijing's rule over Tibet.
    (AFP, 2/16/12)

2012        Feb 17, It was reported that Kolkata, once the capital of British India, is slowly being painted blue -- the favorite color of Mamata Banerjee, the fiery new chief minister of West Bengal, who has ordered a makeover.
    (AFP, 2/18/12)

2012        Feb 18, In India a school bus plunged into a river and at least seven people, including 6 children, were killed in the west-coast resort state of Goa. The driver and conductor both jumped from the vehicle as it was falling and were unharmed.
    (AP, 2/18/12)

2012        Feb 21, A senior Tata executive said India’s Tata Motors has selected a partner to build an assembly plant for its luxury British car brands Jaguar and Land Rover in China.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)
2012        Feb 21, The Times of India said Tsutomi Omori (49), managing director of Olympus Medical Systems in India, was found hanging from iron railings within his luxury apartment complex in Delhi's satellite city of Gurgaon. Police said Omori appeared to have committed suicide late on Feb 19.
    (AFP, 2/21/12)

2012        Feb 22, Researchers in northeast India released a report on the discovery of a new family of legless amphibians, named Chikilidae, in a rare scientific breakthrough.
    (AFP, 2/22/12)
2012        Feb 22, In Kashmir at least 16 Indian soldiers on duty in the mountains were killed and three others were missing in massive avalanches.
    (AFP, 2/23/12)

2012        Feb 25, India was taken off a list of polio endemic countries by the World Health Organization, marking a massive victory for health workers battling the crippling disease.
    (AFP, 2/25/12)

2012        Feb 29, India's home minister said that police had foiled a major attack by suspected militants from the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) group who were caught with explosives at a rail station. It was not disclosed when the men were detained.
    (AFP, 2/29/12)

2012        Mar 2, In India rampaging lawyers at a court complex in Bangalore, India's software hub, assaulted TV camera crews and pelting onlookers and police with furniture and bottles during a brawl. The journalists said they were attacked because of their coverage of a lawyers' street protest last month against an alleged police assault on a fellow advocate. The brawl erupted during a trial involving a mining fraud in Karnataka, of which Bangalore is the state capital.
    (AFP, 3/3/12)

2012        Mar 5, India’s commerce ministry banned the export of cotton.
    (Econ, 3/10/12, p.78)

2012        Mar 6, India's ruling Congress party and its famed Gandhi political dynasty suffered a stinging election setback in crucial state polls. Figures showed Congress winning clearly in only one of five states and suffering a landslide defeat in Uttar Pradesh (UP), India's most populous and politically significant state. Mayawati (56), India's low-caste "Dalit queen" who once saw herself as a future prime minister, was dethroned after a scandal-tainted term running UP.
    (AFP, 3/6/12)

2012        Mar 7, Indian police said they had arrested Syed Mohammed Kazmi (50), an Indian journalist working for an Iranian media organization in connection with a bomb attack last month targeting an Israeli diplomat.
    (AP, 3/7/12)

2012        Mar 10, In India charismatic politician Akhilesh Yadav (38) was chosen to take power in Uttar Pradesh, India's most populous and politically key state, after dealing a stinging electoral humiliation to the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi.
    (AFP, 3/10/12)

2012        Mar 11, India reversed its ban on cotton exports in a swift U-turn just six days after the policy announcement was greeted with outrage from farmers.
    (AFP, 3/11/12)

2012        Mar 12, India's cash-strapped Kingfisher Airlines cancelled nearly a fifth of its flights, including at least one international route, after its staff staged a strike over unpaid wages.
    (AFP, 3/12/12)

2012        Mar 14, In eastern India Maoist rebels kidnapped two Italian tourists in central Orissa, in what is believed to be the first abduction of foreigners by the left-wing militants. Officials identified the kidnapped Italians as Paolo Bosusco and Claudio Colangelo. The rebels released Colangelo on March 25. Bosusco was released on April 12 after local officials agreed to release five rebels from prison.
    (AFP, 3/18/12)(AFP, 3/25/12)(AP, 4/12/12)
2012        Mar 14, India's beleaguered Kingfisher Airlines said it had curtailed its overseas flights to avoid losing further cash as it struggles to keep flying amid mounting operational difficulties.
    (AFP, 3/14/12)

2012        Mar 16, India boosted military spending by 17% to $40 billion for the coming year as it seeks to counter China's rapid military build-up and its traditional rival Pakistan.
    (AFP, 3/16/12)

2012        Mar 19, In southern India police arrested nearly 200 activists who were protesting the start of work at a long-stalled nuclear power plant in Tamil Nadu's Koodankulam region. Engineers resumed working the next day on one of two 1,000-megawatt nuclear reactors after the local government gave the green light for the resumption of the Russia-backed project.
    (AFP, 3/20/12)
2012        Mar 19, In India G.D. Agrawal (80), a former professor of environmental engineering who is also known as Swami Gyan Swaroopanand, was hospitalized in Varanasi during a hunger strike to protest against pollution and dams in the holy Ganges river. He has refused food and water since March 8.
    (AFP, 3/19/12)

2012        Mar 22, India said it has barred its airlines from complying with the EU’s carbon taxation scheme, with the government saying no Indian carrier would share emissions data with the EU. The EU has directed Indian carriers to submit emission details of their aircraft by March 31, 2012. China decided last month to ban its airlines from complying with the EU directive. Over two dozen countries, including Russia and the United States, have opposed the EU move, calling it a violation of international law.
    (AFP, 3/23/12)

2012        Mar 23, In India Maoists seized Orissa politician Jhina Hikaka (37) as he was being driven through a hilly area, 450 km (280 miles) from state capital Bhubaneswar and stuffed his car with Maoist propaganda posters.
    (AFP, 3/24/12)
2012        Mar 23, In India health activists blamed the government for inadequate tuberculosis treatment and the spiraling number of drug-resistant cases. An estimated 99,000 cases of drug-resistant TB were being added each year.
    (SFC, 3/24/12, p.A2)

2012        Mar 26, India's defense minister ordered federal investigators to probe revelations by the country's top military officer that he had been offered a $2.8 million bribe to clear a procurement deal. Army Chief General V.K Singh told the Hindu newspaper that a lobbyist for an unnamed military equipment supplier had offered him the cash incentive to approve the purchase of 600 sub-standard vehicles.
    (AFP, 3/26/12)
2012        Mar 26, In India Tibetan exile Jamphel Yeshi lit himself on fire and ran shouting through a demonstration in New Delhi, just ahead of a visit by China's president. Yeshi sustained burns on 98 percent of his body and his condition was critical. Jamphel Yeshi died on March 28.
    (AP, 3/26/12)(AFP, 3/28/12)

2012        Mar 27, In India Maoists insurgents killed 12 paramilitary officers and injured 28 others in a landmine blast in Maharashtra state, marking the rebels' third high-profile strike this month.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)(SFC, 3/28/12, p.A2)(Econ, 3/31/12, p.50)
2012        Mar 27, Pakistan was reported to have banned India's James Bond, outlawing a high-octane Bollywood action flick in which an Indian secret agent thwarts Pakistani spies from detonating a nuclear bomb in Delhi. Agent Vinod grossed $9.7 million on its opening weekend. It showed an Indian agent jetting around the world, dodging assassins to save his country from nuclear armageddon plotted by rogue Pakistani spies and terrorists.
    (AFP, 3/27/12)

2012        Apr 2, The United States announced a $10 million bounty on Hafiz Mohammad Saeed, the founder of Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), the Islamist terror group blamed for the 2008 Mumbai attacks. He lived openly in Pakistan. Washington also posted a $2 million reward for Hafiz Abdul Rahman Makki, described as LeT's second-in-command.
    (AFP, 4/3/12)

2012        Apr 5, Jaguar Land Rover, owned by India's Tata Motors, announced that it plans to build its new Jaguar F-Type sports car in Britain.
    (AFP, 4/5/12)

2012        Apr 6, Indian police said a French school teacher (25-30) has been found murdered in a New Delhi guesthouse located in a rundown district popular with backpackers in the heart of the capital. New Delhi is widely perceived as an unsafe city for women. Among the 35 biggest cities in the country, it had the largest numbers of crime cases against women. A suspect was arrested on April 8.
    (AFP, 4/6/12)(AFP, 4/9/12)

2012        Apr 8, Pakistan’s President Asif Ali Zardari became the country’s first head of state since 2005 to visit India. Zardari and India’s PM Singh agreed to adopt a gradual approach to resolve their differences.
    (AFP, 4/8/12)(SFC, 4/9/12, p.A2)

2012        Apr 9, An Indian court convicted 23 people over the “Ode massacre" of nearly two-dozen Muslims during religious rioting in Gujarat state on March 1, 2002. Another 23 people were acquitted for lack of evidence in the case. Rioting at the time left more than 2,000 dead. On April 12 the court sentenced 18 of the men to life imprisonment. Five other men were handed seven-year jail terms.
    (AFP, 4/9/12)(AFP, 4/12/12)

2012        Apr 11, A global tax group added its voice to protests against an Indian plan to retroactively tax business deals, saying it could deter foreign investment in Asia's third-largest economy. New Delhi's planned change to the Income Tax Act announced in last month's budget would be retroactive to 1962 and would oblige domestic and foreign firms alike to pay tax on any transaction involving an Indian asset.
    (AFP, 4/11/12)

2012        Apr 12, Pakistan released 26 Indian fishermen held in prison for more than two years for violating territorial waters. Officials said at least 450 Indian fishermen are still in Pakistani jails, while India has over 150 Pakistani fishermen in its prisons.
    (AFP, 4/12/12)

2012        Apr 13, India's Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee described as "totally baffling" a huge downward revision in industrial output data that undermined hopes the nation's economy was recovering. January industrial output growth a day earlier was revised downward to 1.1 percent from an initial 6.8 percent estimate.
    (AFP, 4/13/12)

2012        Apr 15, In southern India a beef-eating festival at Osmania University triggered clashes between rival students as Hindu activists fought with low-caste Dalit groups who had organized the event in Hyderabad.
    (AFP, 4/16/12)

2012        Apr 17, India's central bank lowered interest rates for the first time in three years, springing a bigger-than-forecast cut of 50 basis points along with a warning that further easing will be difficult. The benchmark repo rate would fall to 8.0 percent and the reverse repo rate, which it pays banks for deposits, would fall to 7.0 percent.
    (AFP, 4/17/12)

2012        Apr 18, Pakistan called for negotiations with rival nuclear power India over the disputed Siachen Glacier to the north of Kashmir, an apparent softening in attitude toward a neighbor with which it has fought three wars since 1947.
    (AP, 4/18/12)

2012        Apr 19, India successfully tested a powerful new missile that can carry nuclear weapons 5,000 km (3,100 miles). The Agni-V took off from a small launcher on what appeared to be railroad tracks from Wheeler Island off India's east coast.
    (AP, 4/19/12)
2012        Apr 19, In India 3 commuters hanging onto the outside of a train in Mumbai were killed when they were hit by an iron pole in the latest accident on India's overcrowded railways.
    (AFP, 4/19/12)

2012        Apr 21, In India Maoist guerrillas shot the two guards dead and captured Alex Paul Menon (32), a district collector, as he toured a village in Sukma district, 320 km (200 miles) from the state capital Raipur. Menon was freed on May 3.
    (AFP, 4/22/12)(AFP, 5/3/12)
2012        Apr 21, In India 10 French nationals, including 6 women were thrown out of the Indian state of Bihar after they were alleged to be working with a charity linked to Maoist rebel fighters.
    (AFP, 4/23/12)

2012        Apr 24, An Indian couple who "married" when aged just one and three had their wedding annulled in Jodhpur in a ground-breaking case that activists hope will challenge the culture of child marriages.
    (AFP, 4/25/12)

2012        Apr 30, In India a ferry packed with 280 passengers capsized on the Brahmaputra River in Assam state. 103 bodies were soon recovered, but dozens of others were feared swept by the current to neighboring Bangladesh. Over 160 people were feared drowned or missing.
    (AP, 5/1/12)(SFC, 5/2/12, p.A3)
2012        Apr 30, Norwegian telecom giant Telenor wrote off the rest of its mobile business in India worth 3.9 billion kroner (513 million euros, $680 million) after New Delhi scrapped licenses in a massive fraud probe. In 2009 Telenor acquired a 67.25 percent stake in Uninor which holds 22 of the 122 licenses cancelled by India’s Supreme Court.
    (AFP, 4/30/12)

2012        May 4, In India a Reliance company executive said the government has asked the energy giant to pay a $1.25 billion penalty for a fall in gas production from its main oil fields.
    (AFP, 5/4/12)

2012        May 8, At least 100 pilots from India's debt-laden national carrier Air India failed to turn up to work in a move the civil aviation minister described as an "illegal" strike. The pilots were protesting against former Indian Airlines flyers -- who moved to Air India when the two firms merged -- also being trained for new Boeing 787 Dreamliner airplanes, claiming that would threaten their own career prospects.
    (AFP, 5/8/12)

2012        May 9, In India the number of pilots involved in a wildcat strike at national carrier Air India rose to 150, as the walkout forced the cancellation of more international flights.
    (AFP, 5/9/12)

2012        May 11, India agreed to a $560-million deal to buy 145 howitzer guns from BAE Systems of the United States as it upgrades its antiquated military hardware.
    (AFP, 5/12/12)

2012        May 15, Police in northern India probed alleged fraud in the construction of giant sculptures of elephants and low-caste political heroes that were the $1.2-billion pet projects of former leader Mayawati.  Akhilesh Yadav, the new chief minister of the state and bitter rival of Mayawati, estimated that the total fraud could be as much as 400 billion rupees once everything was taken into account.
    (AFP, 5/16/12)
2012        May 15, India said it would cut purchases of Iranian oil by 11% following pressure from the US to join a drive to isolate the Islamic republic over its disputed nuclear program.
    (AFP, 5/15/12)

2012        May 18, India's central bank promised to use "all its available tools" to stabilize the rupee, which sank to a record low against the dollar for a third straight day amid turmoil in global markets. India outlined plans to curb government foreign trips as part of an austerity drive and says it is "vigorously" committed to curtailing ballooning spending.
    (AFP, 5/18/12)(AFP, 5/19/12)

2012        May 22, In northern India at least 24 Hindu pilgrims were killed when a packed bus plunged into the fast-flowing Alaknanda river after colliding with a truck near the town of Byasi.
    (AFP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In southern India a passenger train rammed into a parked freight train and caught fire before dawn, killing at least 25 people and injuring dozens more in southwestern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/22/12)
2012        May 22, In India the government of Maharashtra state says injuring or killing suspected poachers will no longer be considered a crime. Maharashtra Forest Minister Patangrao Kadam said the state will send more rangers and jeeps into the forest, and will offer secret payments to informers who give tips about poachers and animal smugglers.
    (AP, 5/23/12)

2012        May 28, In Myanmar India’s PM Manmohan Singh with President Thein Sein in Naypyidaw and signed 12 agreements as part of a 3-day visit aimed at boosting trade and energy links and contesting the influence of regional rival China.
    (AFP, 5/28/12)(SFC, 5/28/12, p.A2)

2012        May 30, In Moscow world chess champion Viswanathan Anand of India retained his title, beating Israeli challenger Boris Gelfand 2.5-1.5 in a rapid tiebreaker round of four games.
    (AP, 5/30/12)

2012        May 31, In India a nation-wide strike against rising petrol prices closed shops and disrupted public transport, with the under-fire government facing new dissent over its economic management. Mohan Paswan, in his late 40s, was lynched in Parhuti village in Bihar state when he disobeyed an order by a local thug not to use the pump during a heatwave. Paswan was attacked and brutally thrashed by a village strongman Pramod Singh and his henchmen for taking water.
    (AFP, 5/31/12)(AFP, 6/6/12)

2012        May, In northeast India large hairy spiders began to be noticed across Tinsukia district's grassy plains and dense jungle forests north of the Brahmaputra River. Two people died in Tinsukia district after witch doctors used razor blades to drain the wounds.
    (AP, 6/5/12)

2012        Jun 1, India's central bank warned economic growth could fall further after the country's worst quarterly figures in nine years, as business leaders and newspapers blasted the government over the slump.
    (AFP, 6/1/12)

2012        Jun 3, In India anticorruption campaigners Baba Ramdev and Anna Hazare drew thousands of supporters in New Delhi to press the government to act against graft and bring back billions of dollars stashed overseas.
    (SFC, 6/4/12, p.A2)

2012        Jun 9, Indian demonstrators supporting the global hacking movement Anonymous took to the streets to protest against what they consider growing government censorship of the Internet. Concerns about Internet freedom stemmed from an update to India’s Information Technology Act that was given by the IT and communications ministry in April last year.
    (AFP, 6/9/12)

2012        Jun 10, Hundreds of Kashmiris staged an emotional demonstration on the banks of a fast-flowing river to urge India and Pakistan to withdraw troops from the disputed Himalayan region.
    (AFP, 6/10/12)

2012        Jun 12, In India police raided factories in New Delhi and rounded 26 up children working in 3 textile factories and a metal processing plant. An estimated 50,000 children were believed working in New Delhi factories despite laws against child labor.
    (SFC, 6/13/12, p.A2)

2012        Jun 13, In southeast India at least 10 people were killed and several others seriously injured in an explosion at a steel factory in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jun 14, The Indian military said Pakistani forces killed one Indian soldier in firing across their disputed frontier in the Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 6/14/12)

2012        Jun 15, In India large parts of New Delhi were struggling with acute water shortages on after a neighboring state cut its supplies at the peak of summer.
    (AFP, 6/15/12)

2012        Jun 16, In western India at least 32 pilgrims were killed and more than 20 injured when their bus plunged off a bridge in Maharashtra state.
    (AFP, 6/16/12)

2012        Jun 18, In western India marble miner Ogad Singh upset over his 20-year-old daughter's lifestyle chopped her head off with a sword and then paraded it through his Rajasthani village of Dungarji before surrendering to authorities.
    (AP, 6/18/12)

2012        Jun 21, In India Abu Hamza, also known as Sayed Zabiuddin, an Indian-born member of the Pakistani militant group Lashkar-e-Taiba, was detained at Delhi international airport when he arrived from the Middle East. Hamza was allegedly one of the handlers based in Karachi, Pakistan, coordinating the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks in which 166 people were killed.
    (AFP, 6/25/12)
2012        Jun 21, Indian police in Goa said they had arrested two teenage males, aged 14 and 15, on suspicion of killing their grandmother and taking her money to gamble on Indian Premier League (IPL) cricket games. They were among a gang of five held by police for the alleged murder of Linda Cajetan Andrade (65), who was found naked in her home last month.
    (AFP, 6/21/12)

2012        Jun 22, In India villagers in the eastern state of Jharkhand killed a man and his two teenaged sons, accusing them of practicing witchcraft.
    (AFP, 6/24/12)

2012        Jun 26, Indian Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee (77) stepped down, leaving behind a faltering economy and a plunging rupee as he set his sights on the country's presidency. Cabinet minister Virbhadra Singh, resigned one day after a court in Himachal Pradesh charged him and his wife with conspiracy and corruption in a 23-year-old case related to one of his five terms as chief minister of the northern state.
    (AFP, 6/26/12)

2012        Jun 28, Indian officials said at least 27 people have died and 900,000 others forced to leave their homes as monsoon rains swamped wide areas of northeastern Assam state.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)
2012        Jun 28, Surjeet Singh (69) was freed after spending 3 decades in a Pakistani prison for spying and walked across the border into India where he was met by family and hordes of reporters.
    (AFP, 6/28/12)

2012        Jun 29, Indian police said at least 21 Maoist rebels were killed in a series of clashes with security forces in the central state of Chhattisgarh, a hotbed of left-wing extremism.
    (AFP, 6/29/12)

2012        Jul 3, In India officials said at least 95 have died in Assam state under the worst monsoon floods to hit in a decade.
    (SFC, 7/4/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 5, India and Pakistan ended two days of peace talks, vowing to keep their dialogue on track despite renewed tensions over the alleged role of Pakistani "state actors" in the 2008 Mumbai attacks.
    (AFP, 7/5/12)

2012        Jul 6, In northeast India four men on motorcycles shot and killed two Muslims in Assam state. Indigenous animist Bodo tribesmen have said the mostly Muslim Bengali-speakers are illegal immigrants from Bangladesh and want them kicked out.
    (Econ, 8/25/12, p.29)

2012        Jul 9, Indian officials said devastating floods in the northeast have killed around 600 animals in Kaziranga National Park, Assam state, including 14 threatened one-horned rhinos.
    (AFP, 7/9/12)

2012        Jul 12, Work at Indian courts was disrupted for a second day as Indian lawyers went on strike to protest against a controversial draft law on legal education in the country.
    (AFP, 7/12/12)

2012        Jul 14, India's struggling Kingfisher Airlines cancelled more than three dozen flights when frustrated pilots and other workers walked off the job to protest about long-overdue pay.
    (AFP, 7/14/12)

2012        Jul 15, In Nepal at least 38 pilgrims were killed when an overcrowded bus carrying them from India to a Hindu festival swerved off a highway and plunged into the Gandak river.
    (AFP, 7/15/12)

2012        Jul 16, Indian officials suspended 12 doctors for allegedly conducting prenatal sex tests, a practice banned to stop the abortion of female fetuses that has widened India's gender gap.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)
2012        Jul 16, US Navy gunners aboard the USNS Rappahannock, a refueling ship, opened fire on a small boat racing toward them in broad daylight near the Gulf city of Dubai. One Indian was killed in the incident, and three of his countrymen were seriously wounded. An Indian fisherman aboard the boat told officials the crew received no warning before being fired upon. In 2013 a Navy investigation said the sailors acted within rules of engagement.
    (AP, 7/17/12)(AP, 4/8/13)

2012        Jul 17, India's Jindal Steel and Power scrapped plans to invest $2.1 billion in a Bolivian mining project and blamed the South American nation's "non-friendly business attitude" for the deal's collapse.
    (AFP, 7/17/12)

2012        Jul 18, In India Rajesh Khanna (69), popularly known as Bollywood’s "first superstar" and the Hindi film industry's biggest heart-throb in his day, died after months of illness.
    (AFP, 7/19/12)

2012        Jul 19, Indian national and state lawmakers voted for a new president, with former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee seen as a certainty to take up the mainly ceremonial post.
    (AFP, 7/19/12)
2012        Jul 19, India's top carmaker Maruti Suzuki suspended production at a plant near New Delhi after a manager was burnt to death and scores of others injured in a riot by angry workers. At least 88 workers were arrested and faced possible charges from murder to rioting and arson. In 2017 thirteen factory workers were sentenced to life imprisonment for taking part in the violence. Four other workers were sentenced to five years in prison.
    (AFP, 7/19/12)(AP, 3/19/17)

2012        Jul 22, India’s former finance minister Pranab Mukherjee (76) was elected president after votes from national and state lawmakers were counted for the mainly ceremonial post.
    (AFP, 7/22/12)

2012        Jul 23, India police said about 25,000 villagers have fled their homes in Assam state during clashes between Bodo tribal groups and Muslim settlers in which 15 people have been killed. Police issued shoot-on-sight orders in an attempt to quell ethnic violence in Assam state, after rioters burnt shops and houses and attacked rival gangs.
    (AFP, 7/23/12)(AFP, 7/24/12)
2012        Jul 23, In India Lakshmi Sehgal (b.1914), a top Indian female revolutionary, died following a heart attack. She had fought Allied forces during World War II.
    (AFP, 7/23/12)(Econ, 8/4/12, p.82)

2012        Jul 24, India's top court banned tourism in tiger reserves across the country in a ruling that aims to protect the endangered big cats but may disrupt travel plans for droves of tourists who booked stays at the hundreds of hotels that have sprung up deep inside the forests.
    (AP, 7/24/12)
2012        Jul 24, Indian security forces shot dead four rioters, taking the death toll from ethnic violence in the remote northeast to 26.
    (AFP, 7/24/12)

2012        Jul 25, Indian police recovered 12 bodies from rice fields and roadsides in the remote state of Assam as the death toll from ethnic violence rose to 38 after four days of clashes.
    (AFP, 7/25/12)
2012        Jul 25, Indian anti-graft activist Anna Hazare, whose hunger strike last year generated a nationwide outpouring of support, vowed to hold another fast to pile pressure on the government.
    (AFP, 7/25/12)

2012        Jul 26, Indian authorities rushed more troops to northeastern Assam state to quell ethnic violence that has left 42 people dead and 13 others missing.
    (AP, 7/26/12)
2012        Jul 26, In India about 100 disabled children took part in the "Bhopal Special Olympics" at a muddy sports ground in the shadow of the Union Carbide factory responsible for the 1984 world's worst industrial accident.
    (AFP, 7/26/12)

2012        Jul 27, Indian officials said a truck bringing pilgrims from the Amarnath Shrine in Jammu-Kashmir state plunged into a gorge killing 16 men, bringing the overall toll in this year’s pilgrimage to 128.
    (SFC, 7/28/12, p.A2)

2012        Jul 30, Northern India's power grid crashed, halting hundreds of trains, forcing hospitals and airports to use backup generators and leaving 370 million people, more than the population of the United States and Canada combined, sweltering in the summer heat.
    (AP, 7/30/12)
2012        Jul 30, The Times of India, citing a police investigation, said that five suspects were believed to have worked with a local Indian journalist to plan the Feb 13 attack on an Israeli diplomat in New Delhi. Police concluded that members of Iran's Revolutionary Guards, a branch of the Iranian military, carried out the attack.
    (AFP, 7/30/12)
2012        Jul 30, Indian anti-graft activist Anna Hazare (75) threatened a "wave of protest" that would bring down the government on the second day of a hunger strike to push for stronger anti-corruption laws.
    (AFP, 7/30/12)
2012        Jul 30, In southern India a fire swept through a train car packed with sleeping passengers, killing at least 47 people and sending panicked survivors rushing for the only clear exit once the train stopped.
    (AP, 7/30/12)

2012        Jul 31, In India a massive power failure hit the country for the second day running as three regional power grids collapsed, blacking out more than half the country in a crisis affecting over 600 million people. This was the world’s largest ever blackout.
    (AFP, 7/31/12)(Econ 7/29/17, p.31)

2012        Aug 1, India overturned its ban on foreign investment from Pakistan in a move designed to build goodwill amid a renewed push for a peace settlement between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
    (AFP, 8/1/12)

2012        Aug 3, In India torrential rains hit the state of Himachal Pradesh, drowning a man in his vehicle, washing away several bridges and partly destroying a key highway.
    (AFP, 8/5/12)

2012        Aug 4, Minor Bollywood actress Sherlyn Chopra (28), the first Indian woman to pose naked for Playboy magazine, said she is proud to have "pushed the envelope" in a country where public nudity in any form remains largely taboo.
    (AFP, 8/5/12)
2012        Aug 4, In India flash floods in the northern state of Uttarakhand killed at least 34 people and left hundreds of Hindu pilgrims stranded.
    (AFP, 8/5/12)

2012        Aug 8, India's struggling Kingfisher Airlines was forced to cancel more than 30 flights after pilots and engineers refused to show up for work because of unpaid salaries.
    (AFP, 8/8/12)

2012        Aug 11, In northern India at least 52 people were killed and 45 injured when a heavily overloaded bus plunged into a gorge near Chamba town in Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 8/11/12)

2012        Aug 15, India’s PM Manmohan Singh confirmed plans to launch a space probe that will orbit Mars, after press reports that the mission was scheduled to begin late next year.
    (AFP, 8/15/12)

2012        Aug 16, Thousands of Indians from the northeast of the country fled southern cities after rumors they would be attacked by Muslims in reprisal for recent ethnic violence. The army and paramilitary troopers called out in the Nalbari and Kamrup districts after mobs torched a bus, a car and a wooden road bridge. 11 people were injured when acid was thrown on a group in the western Assam town of Gossaigaon in the troubled Kokrajhar district.
    (AFP, 8/16/12)
2012        Aug 16, India's top carmaker Maruti Suzuki said that more than 500 workers had been sacked after riots on July 18 at a plant near New Delhi left one manager dead. Production was set to partially re-start on August 21 with 200 anti-riot police on rolling shifts inside the factory.
    (AFP, 8/16/12)

2012        Aug 17, India's national auditor said the government lost huge sums of money by selling coal fields to private companies without competitive bidding and in a deal for Delhi's international airport, adding to massive losses from dubious auctions of other state assets.
    (AP, 8/17/12)
2012        Aug 17, India demanded social networking websites take down provocative messages and blocked some online content after anonymous threats sparked an exodus of migrants from southern cities. Local media reports estimated that over 35,000 people had fled cities including Bangalore and Mumbai, packing special trains arranged to carry panicked students and workers back to the northeast. The government later said much of the inflammatory Internet activity originated from Muslim-majority Pakistan.
    (AFP, 8/21/12)

2012        Aug 22, India's opposition vowed to block parliamentary proceedings until the prime minister resigned over a coal scandal, raising the prospect of more legislative deadlock and stalled reforms.
    (AFP, 8/22/12)
2012        Aug 22, In India up to one million public sector bank employees started a two-day nationwide strike, protesting against reforms they fear could lead to mergers and job losses.
    (AFP, 8/22/12)

2012        Aug 23, Indian officials said heavy rains over the past two days have killed at least 27 people and left thousands homeless in western Rajasthan state.
    (AFP, 8/23/12)

2012        Aug 25, In northeast India 5 Muslims were murdered by an armed gang from the ethnic Bodo community in fresh violence, after more than a month of clashes.
    (AFP, 8/26/12)

2012        Aug 26, In India hundreds of Indian protesters angry at a controversial allocation of coal fields were baton charged by police and sprayed with tear gas during a demonstration in the capital New Delhi.
    (AFP, 8/26/12)

2012        Aug 28, The government-linked Japan Bank for International Cooperation said it would purchase a 26% stake in the Delhi-Mumbai Industrial Corridor Development Corp. (DMIC).
    (AFP, 8/28/12)

2012        Aug 29, India's Supreme Court confirmed the death sentence handed down to Mohammed Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai attacks in which 166 people were killed.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)
2012        Aug 29, An Indian court convicted Maya Kodnani, a former Gujarat state minister, and 31 others of murder during one of the worst massacres in religious riots in 2002.
    (AFP, 8/29/12)

2012        Aug 30, In India 9 air force personnel were killed when two Russian-designed military helicopters apparently collided in mid-air in the western state of Gujarat.
    (AFP, 8/30/12)

2012        Aug 31, Indian gangster-politician Arun Gawli, who rose from the working classes to be called "daddy" by his adoring followers, was sentenced to life imprisonment for murdering a local rival in 2008. A court earlier this week found Gawli and 10 others guilty of killing right-wing Hindu politician Kamlakar Jamsandekar four years ago in India's financial capital.
    (AFP, 8/31/12)

2012        Sep 4, Indian Defense Minister A.K. Antony announced that joint military exercises between India and China will be resumed after a four-year gap, after talks in New Delhi with his Beijing counterpart.
    (AFP, 9/4/12)
2012        Sep 4, Indian police opened a probe into five coal companies after raiding premises across the country over the alleged misallocation of lucrative mining rights.
    (AFP, 9/4/12)

2012        Sep 5, In southern India a massive blaze swept through a fireworks factory, killing at least 40 workers and injuring 60 others in Sivakasi town, Tamil Nadu state.
    (AP, 9/5/12)

2012        Sep 8, Pakistan and India signed a new visa agreement in Islamabad that makes cross-border travel easier, the latest sign of thawing relations between two countries that have long seen each other as enemies.
    (AP, 9/8/12)

2012        Sep 9, In India Verghese Kurien (90), father of India’s National Dairy Development Board, died. He had revolutionized milk production in India.
    (Economist, 9/22/12, p.106)

2012        Sep 10, In India political cartoonist Aseem Trivedi, whose drawings mock Indian government corruption, has been jailed in a sedition investigation that was widely condemned as evidence of political leaders' growing intolerance of criticism. Trivedi refused bail at a court hearing in Mumbai, saying he would remain in jail until the sedition charges against him were lifted. The court then extended his stay in police custody from one week to two.
    (AP, 9/10/12)

2012        Sep 14, India agreed to open its huge market to foreign retailers such as Wal-Mart in a surprising decision that was part of a flurry of economic reforms aimed at sparking new growth in the country's sputtering economy. The reforms would also allow foreign airlines to invest in Indian carriers for the first time.
    (AP, 9/14/12)(Economist, 9/29/12, p.69)

2012        Sep 23, In India officials said a flash flood in the northeast had killed at least 9 construction workers and left 15 others missing in Chungthan. At least 30 people were killed in the state of Sikkim. Some ten thousand villagers were cut off by heavy road damage.
    (SFC, 9/24/12, p.A2)(SFC, 9/25/12, p.A2)

2012        Sep 24, In India Ranjit Singh, an alleged drug kingpin, escaped from police custody while being transported back by train to Delhi’s Tihar Jail from a hearing in northern Punjab state. He was suspected of running a $40 million heroin and methamphetamine network. His escape was not made public until Sep 25.
    (SFC, 9/28/12, p.A4)

2012        Sep 26, In western India 17 bus passengers died when their vehicle plunged into the Purna river in Maharashtra state.
    (SFC, 9/27/12, p.A2)

2012        Sep, In southern India police fired at thousands of anti-nuclear protesters in Kudankulam, Tamil Nadu state, killing one fisherman. A new 2,000 MW nuclear plant was being filled with fuel and locals feared a Fukushima-style disaster.
    (Economist, 9/15/12, p.39)

2012        Oct 4, India's Cabinet pushed ahead with a second wave of economic reform proposals, endorsing higher levels of foreign investment in insurance and pension funds and amendments to laws governing competition.
    (AP, 10/4/12)

2012        Oct 11, Indian police said they have arrested three Muslim militants suspected of planning terror attacks in New Delhi during a major Hindu festival season that starts later this month. The three suspects, members of the Indian Mujahideen, were arrested in New Delhi over the past two weeks and were said to be responsible for several small explosions in the western city of Pune in August in which one person was injured.
    (AP, 10/11/12)
2012        Oct 11, Four UN agencies called on India to take action against child marriages on the first Int’l. Day of the Girl Child.
    (SFC, 10/12/12, p.A2)

2012        Oct 19, Seattle-based Starbucks inaugurated its first coffee house in India in a historical building in Mumbai.
    (SFC, 10/20/12, p.A2)

2012        Oct 31, A tropical storm slammed into southern India, bringing heavy rain and a storm surge and displacing 150,000 people. Six deaths were reported in India and Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 11/1/12)

2012        Nov 9, PM David Cameron's government announced that Britain will halt all aid spending in India in 2015 in a significant shift in relations between the emerging economic giant and its former colonial ruler.
    (AP, 11/9/12)

2012        Nov 17, In India Bal Thackeray (86), a Hindu extremist leader linked to waves of mob violence against Muslims and migrant workers, died after an illness of several weeks.
    (AP, 11/17/12)

2012        Nov 19, In India at least 17 people were killed in the eastern state of Bihar. The accident happened when a bamboo bridge collapsed on the banks of Ganges river where Hindu devotees were offering prayers as part of the annual Chhath ritual.

2012        Nov 21, India executed Mohammed Ajmal Kasab, the lone surviving gunman from the 2008 Mumbai terror attack, four years after Pakistani gunmen blazed through India's financial capital, killing 166 people.
    (AP, 11/21/12)

2012        Nov 24, India began issuing Chinese citizens visas embossed with maps of India showing all territories claimed by New Delhi. The move was in response to China’s newly revised passports that show disputed territory near their shared border as part of China.
    (SSFC, 11/25/12, p.A6)

2012        Nov 25, In India hundreds of gay rights activists marched through New Delhi to demand that they be allowed to lead lives of dignity in the coun try’s deeply conservative society.
    (AP, 11/25/12)

2012        Dec 4, Vietnam said it would begin new patrols in the South China Sea after it accused a Chinese fishing boat of cutting a seismic cable attached to one of its vessels exploring for oil and gas. India also said it would consider sending navy vessels to protect its interests in the area.
    (SFC, 12/5/12, p.A3)

2012        Dec 16, In India six men raped medical student Jyoti Singh (23) and savagely beat her and her companion with iron rods on a bus driving around New Delhi, passing through several police checkpoints, before stripping them and dumping them on the side of the road. The rapes triggered massive protests on Dec 19 as police fished out the raped body of a 10-year old girl from a canal in Bihar state's Saharsa district. Singh died on Dec 29. Ram Singh, the bus driver and the fifth suspect in the crime, was found hanging in his cell in Tihar prison in March 2013. Four of the suspects were sentenced to death in 2013. On Dec 20, 2015, the youngest convict from gang rape was released after fulfilling his three-year sentence in a reform home.  
    (AP, 12/19/12)(AP, 12/29/12)(Econ., 3/14/15, p.43)(CSM, 12/20/15)(AP, 5/5/17)   

2012        Dec 23, In India police in New Delhi used tear gas and water cannons for a second day in a high-security zone to break up protests by thousands of people demonstrating against the gang rape and beating of a 23-year-old student on a bus.
    (AP, 12/23/12)

2012        Dec 28, In India authorities in Punjab state took action when an 18-year-old woman killed herself by drinking poison a month after she told police she was gang-raped. Authorities suspended one police officer and fired two others on accusations they delayed investigating and taking action in the case. The woman was raped Nov. 13 and reported the attack to police on Nov 27. The three accused in the rape were arrested only on the previous night night, a month after the crime was reported.
    (AP, 12/29/12)

2012        Dec 29, Indian police charged six men with murder, adding to accusations that they beat and gang-raped a woman on a New Delhi bus on Dec 16 in a case that shocked the country. The victim "passed away peacefully" early today at Mount Elizabeth hospital in Singapore.
    (AP, 12/29/12)

2012        Dec 30, In eastern India a passenger train struck and killed 5 elephants in a herd crossing railroad tracks in the Rambha forest area.
    (SFC, 12/31/12, p.A2)

2012        Katherine Boo authored “Behind the Beautiful Forevers: Life, Death, and Hope in a Mumbai Undercity.
    (Econ, 2/18/12, p.83)
2012        Gurcharan Das authored “India Grows at Night: A Liberal Case for a Strong State."
    (Econ, 11/10/12, p.85)
2012        Akash Kapur authored “India Becoming: A Portrait of Life in Modern India."
    (Econ, 3/3/12, p.96)
2012        Manosi Lahiri authored “Mapping India."
    (Econ, 3/24/12, p.87)
2012        In India developers broke ground on GIFT City near Ahmedabad, Gujarat state. By 2024 they hoped to have 110 towers, a metro and 25,000 apartments. This was one of the first of 100 smart cities to be built by 2020.
    (Econ, 5/23/15, SR p.9)
2012        India’s Kingfisher airline company was grounded with debts of more than $1.5 billion.
    (Econ, 11/21/15, p.61)
2012        In India Ratan Tata, head of the Tata Group, handed over the helm to Cyrus Mistry. In 2016 Mr. Tata orchestrated the firing of Mr. Mistry from the holding company.
    (Econ, 11/19/16, p.12)

2013        Jan 3, In India 5 men accused of raping a university student for hours on a bus as it drove through New Delhi were charged with murder, rape and other crimes that could bring them the death penalty. A sixth suspect, listed as a 17-year-old, was expected to be tried in a juvenile court, where the maximum sentence would be three years in a reform facility. Authorities said they will seek the death penalty against the 5 men.
    (AP, 1/3/13)(SFC, 1/4/13, p.A2)

2013        Jan 6, Pakistan and India traded accusations of violating the cease-fire in the disputed northern region of Kashmir, with Islamabad accusing Indian troops of a cross-border raid that killed one of its soldiers and India charging that Pakistani shelling destroyed a home on its side.
    (AP, 1/6/13)

2013        Jan 8, An Indian army official said Pakistani soldiers crossed the cease-fire line in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir and attacked an army patrol, killing two Indian soldiers before retreating back into Pakistani-controlled territory.
    (AP, 1/8/13)

2013        Jan 10, Indian troops fired across the disputed Kashmir border and killed a Pakistani soldier, the third deadly incident in the disputed Himalayan region in recent days.
    (AP, 1/10/13)

2013        Jan 12, In India police arrested six suspects in another gang rape of a bus passenger in Punjab state. Police also arrested a 32-year-old man for allegedly raping and killing a 9-year-old girl two weeks ago in Ahmednagar district in western India.
    (AP, 1/13/13)

2013        Jan 14, In India millions of devout Hindus led by naked ascetics with ash smeared on their bodies plunged into the frigid waters of the Ganges River in a ritual they believe can wash away their sins. The ceremony in the northern city of Allahabad took place at the start of the 55-day Kumbh Mela, or Pitcher Festival. An estimated 100 million people were expected to participate in the gathering, which is held every 12 years.
    (AP, 1/14/13)(SSFC, 2/24/13, p.A4)

2013        Jan 16, India and Pakistan agreed to ease tensions in disputed Kashmir after recent clashes there.
    (AP, 1/16/13)

2013        Jan 24, David Headley (52) was sentenced in a US federal court in Chicago to 35 years in prison for his role in the 2008 Mumbai attack, that killed 166 people in India’s financial capital.
    (AP, 1/25/13)

2013        Jan, It was reported that that air pollution in Delhi, India, kills an estimated 10,500 people each year.
    (SFC, 1/23/13, p.34)

2013        Feb 9, In India Mohammed Afzal Guru, a Kashmiri man convicted in Dec 13, 2001, attack on India's Parliament that left 14 people dead, was hanged after a final mercy plea was rejected. Guru had confessed in TV interviews that he helped plot the attack, but later denied any involvement and said he was tortured into confessing. Protests broke out in at least four parts of Indian Kashmir, including the northwestern town of Sopore, which was Guru's home.
    (AP, 2/9/13)

2013        Feb 10, In Allahabad, India, a stampede killed 37 people following the Kumbh Mela religious gathering. Tens of thousands of people were in the station waiting to board a train when railway officials announced a last-minute change in the platform.
    (AP, 2/11/13)

2013        Feb 14, Indian troops shot and killed a Pakistani soldier who crossed the makeshift border separating Indian and Pakistani held Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/15/13)

2013        Feb 16, In India the bodies of three sisters — aged 7, 9 and 11 — were found in a village well in Bhandara district in Maharashtra after they had gone missing from school two days earlier. Police eventually registered a case of rape and murder after a post-mortem of the girls found that they had been sexually abused and brutally killed.
    (AP, 2/22/13)

2013        Feb 18, British PM David Cameron flew into India promising to try to revive Indian interest in the Eurofighter even though New Delhi has chosen a French-made rival.
    (Reuters, 2/18/13)
2013        Feb 18, Britain's Royal Mint said it has started to manufacture gold sovereign coins in India for the first time since 1918.
    (Reuters, 2/18/13)

2013        Feb 21, In India 16 people were killed and 117 injured in a pair of bomb explosions in a crowded area of the southern city of Hyderabad.
    (AP, 2/21/13)(AP, 2/22/13)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.41)

2013        Feb 27, In India a fire broke out at an illegal six-story plastics market in Kolkata, killing at least 19 people.
    (AP, 2/27/13)

2013        Mar 4, In India Irom Sharmila (40) was charged with attempted suicide. She has been on a 12-year hunger strike — and force fed through a tube by authorities — to protest an Indian law that suspends many human rights protections in areas of conflict.
    (AP, 3/4/13)

2013        Mar 11, In India Ram Singh, who was accused of driving the bus during a December rape attack, was in a cell with three other inmates at Tihar Jail in New Delhi when he hanged himself either with his own clothes or a bed sheet.
    (AP, 3/11/13)

2013        Mar 15, In India a Swiss woman (39) on a cycling trip in Madhya Pradesh state with her husband was gang-raped by eight men. On March 17 police arrested 5 men, who admitted to the attack. At least 2 others remained at large.
    (AP, 3/16/13)(AP, 3/17/13)

2013        Mar 19, In western India a bus packed with passengers crashed through a guard rail and fell off a bridge, killing at least 37 people and injuring another 15 in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 3/19/13)

2013        Mar 21, India passed anti-rape legislation that included a controversial provision setting the age of sexual consent at 18.
    (SFC, 3/22/13, p.A6)

2013        Mar 22, Italy returned Marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone to India to face murder charges in the shooting deaths of two fishermen, reversing a decision that escalated diplomatic tensions.
    (AP, 3/22/13)

2013        Mar 31, A study by the New Delhi-based Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry said the number of foreigners traveling to India has dropped by 25 percent due to sex attacks. The number of women tourists has dropped by 35 percent.
    (AP, 4/1/13)

2013        Apr 1, India’s Supreme Court rejected a patent application by Novartis for Gleevec, a major cancer drug. The ruling allows Indian makers of generic drugs to continue making copycat versions of the drug. The wholesale cost of the brand-name version was about $77,000 for a year’s supply.
    (SFC, 4/2/13, p.A2)(SFC, 4/15/13, p.A8)

2013        Apr 2, In India the film actors of Tamil Nadu held an anti-Sri Lanka hunger strike. Most of the state’s 72 million people are ethnic Tamils.
    (Econ, 4/6/13, p.51)

2013        Apr 4, In India a residential building being constructed illegally on forest land in a suburb Mumbai collapsed into a mound of steel and concrete, killing at least 72 people and injuring more some 70 others.
    (AP, 4/5/13)(AP, 4/6/13)

2013        Apr 8, India’s wildlife authorities began using aerial drones to oversee a sprawling natural game park in the northeast to protect the one-horned rhinoceros from armed poachers.
    (AP, 4/8/13)

2013        Apr 17, In India a 5-year-old girl was found after being raped and tortured by a man who held her in a locked room in New Delhi for two days. Manoj Kumar (24), who lived in the room where the girl was found, was arrested on April 20 in Muzaffarpur town, Bihar state. The girl remained in serious condition. Kumar led police to a 2nd suspect, Pradeep Kumar (19), who was arrested April 22.
    (AP, 4/20/13)(AP, 4/22/13)

2013        Apr 26, In central India a portion of the Kasturba Gandhi Hospital collapsed and up to 15 people were feared trapped in the debris in Bhopal.
    (AP, 4/26/13)

2013        Apr, In India a multi-billion-dollar, barely-regulated, “chit fund" in Kolkata collapsed and destroyed the savings of hundreds of thousands of poor people. Up to a dozen people committed suicide.
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.71)

2013        May 1, Indian officials said that for two weeks Chinese soldiers have moved into the  barren Depsang Valley in the Ladakh region and refused to move back over the so-called Line of Actual Control, that divides Indian-ruled territory from Chinese-run land, leaving India on the verge of a crisis with China.
    (AP, 5/2/13)

2013        May 2, In Pakistan convicted India spy Sarabjit Singh died at Jinnah Hospital in the eastern city of Lahore. He was was attacked by fellow inmates on April 26 and had been comatose and on a ventilator for days. Singh was arrested in 1990 after bombings in Lahore and Faisalabad, Pakistan, that killed 14 people. Indians expressed outrage at the Pakistan government over his death.
    (AP, 5/2/13)

2013        May 8, In northern India a bus fell into a river in Himachal Pradesh state killing at least 39 people.
    (SFC, 5/9/13, p.A2)(www.bbc.co.uk/news/world-asia-india-22457396)

2013        May 15, It was reported that Ranbaxy Labs, India’s biggest drugmaker, has agreed to pay $500 million to resolve fraud allegations related to adulterated drugs sold in the US and lying to US regulators. A 2007 whistle-blower’s lawsuit was unsealed on May 12. Whistelblower Dinesh Thakur had resigned from Ranbaxy in 2005 and contacted American regulators regarding invented data to win approval for drugs in American and treatment for HIV patients.
    (SFC, 5/15/13, p.C3)(Econ, 9/21/13, p.65)
2013        May 15, The Arctic Council, meeting in Sweden, agreed to expand membership and provide observer status to 6 new nations including China, India, Italy, Japan, Singapore and South Korea.
    (SFC, 5/16/13, p.A4)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Arctic_Council)

2013        May 16, In India 3 cricketers and a dozen bookmakers were arrested for alleged match-fixing in the Indian Premier League (IPL).
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.18)

2013        May 17, In India 8 festival-goers were killed in Bastar village, Chhattisgarh state, as they were reportedly mistaken as Maoists.
    (Econ, 6/1/13, p.41)

2013        May 19, China's new Premier Li Keqiang visited India on his first foreign trip as the neighboring giants look to speed up efforts to settle a decades-old boundary dispute and boost economic ties.
    (AP, 5/19/13)

2013        May 21, In India Chinese Premier Li Keqiang told Indian business leaders that developing stronger economic ties between their two nations would have huge benefits for both sides.
    (AP, 5/21/13)

2013        May 25, In India some 200 suspected Maoist rebels killed 28 people by setting off a bomb and firing on a convoy carrying ruling party leaders and members in insurgency-wracked Chhattisgarh state. 4 state party leaders and 8 police officers were among the people killed.
    (AP, 5/26/13)(Econ, 6/1/13, p.41)

2013        Jun 4, India’s police reported that an American tourist was gang-raped in the northern resort town of Manali. 3 men picked her up in a truck while she was hitchhiking, then drove to a secluded spot and raped her. Himachal Pradesh police on June 6 arrested 3 Nepalese men in connection to her rape.
    (AP, 6/5/13)(SFC, 6/7/13, p.A5)

2013        Jun 5, India’s police said they have arrested a man accused of raping an Irish woman (21) who volunteered at a children's charity in the Indian city of Kolkata.
    (AP, 6/5/13)

2013        Jun 9, India's main opposition party announced that Narendra Modi, a deeply divisive Hindu ideologue, will head its 2014 election campaign.
    (AP, 6/9/13)

2013        Jun 12, India’s government announced the end of its telegram services. The state-run telecommunications company sent its final telegram on July 14 ending 163 years of service.
    (AP, 7/12/13)(AP, 7/15/13)

2013        Jun 14, In northern India monsoon rains began early and soon washed away whole villages. By the end of the month over 1,000 were dead and many more missing in Urrarakhand state.
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.38)

2013        Jun 16, In India torrential monsoon rains and landslides led to flooding in Uttrakhand that washed away roads and nearly two dozen bridges and demolished 365 houses and partially damaged 275 others.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

2013        Jun 17, Officials in India said torrential rain and floods have killed at least 23 people in the northern state of Uttarakhand. 50 people remained missing.
    (SFC, 6/18/13, p.A2)

2013        Jun 19, India's PM Singh said that the death toll from flooding this week in the northern state of Uttrakhand had reached 102 and could rise substantially.
    (AP, 6/19/13)

2013        Jun 21, In northern India rescuers found bodies in the River Ganges and in the muddy, broken earth left by landslides, raising the death toll from monsoon flooding in mountainous to nearly 600.
    (AP, 6/21/13)

2013        Jun 22, In India at least 7,000 people were air-lifted by air force and privately-owned helicopters and transported to Uttarakhand's capital, Dehradun. Some 22,000 people remained stranded in the flood-hit state with bad weather and heavy rainfall predicted over the next two days.
    (AP, 6/22/13)

2013        Jun 25, In India an air force helicopter returning from a rescue mission in the flood-ravaged north hit the side of a mountain in Uttarakhand and fell into a river. The bodies of 20 people, including five air force crew members, were recovered the next day.
    (AP, 6/25/13)(AP, 6/26/13)

2013        Jul 3, The Indian government launched a $22 billion welfare program to give cheap food to hundreds of millions of people, a center-piece of the ruling Congress party's plan to win a third term in office in elections due by May 2014.
    (Reuters, 7/3/13)

2013        Jul 7, In India a series of 10 bombs exploded in and around the Mahabodhi Temple complex, a revered Buddhist site at Bodh Gaya in Bihar state. This is where Gautama Buddha is said to have obtained enlightenment.
    (Econ, 7/27/13, p.35)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bodh_Gaya_bombings)

2013        Jul 12, India's legendary actor Pran (93) died of pneumonia at a Mumbai hospital. He played some of Bollywood's most memorable villains in a career that spanned six decades, and was especially remembered for his supporting role as a villain-turned-hero in 1973's smash hit "Zanjeer" (Shackles).
    (AP, 7/12/13)

2013        Jul 15, India officially declared that nearly 6,000 people were missing a month after flash floods ravaged large parts of its northern state of Uttarakhand, but stopped short of saying they were presumed dead.
    (Reuters, 7/15/13)
2013        Jul 15, Nissan launched a new Datsun in India, three decades after shelving the brand that helped win Western acceptance of Japanese autos. The reimagined Datsun, a five-seat hatchback, will go on sale in India next year for under 400,000 rupees (about $6,670).
    (AP, 7/15/13)

2013        Jul 16, In India 23 children died and more than two dozen others were sick in Bihar state after eating a free school lunch that was tainted with insecticide. The principal of the school was arrested on July 24, nine days after she went into hiding. In October Meena Kumari and her husband were charged with murder.
    (AP, 7/17/13)(AP, 7/18/13)(AP, 7/24/13)(AP, 10/22/13)

2013        Jul 18, Indian paramilitary soldiers fired at protesters in the Kashmir region, killing 4 and wounding 40 members of a crowd demonstrating against what they said was the desecration of the Koran by Indian security forces.
    (Reuters, 7/18/13)

2013        Jul 20, An Indian court sentenced six men, convicted of the gang rape last March 15 of a Swiss woman, to life in prison.
    (Reuters, 7/20/13)

2013        Jul 28, Israel approved the release of 104 Arab prisoners in a move intended to facilitate the restart of peace talks with the Palestinians and end nearly three years of diplomatic standstill.
    (Reuters, 7/28/13)

2013        Jul 30, India's ruling Congress party approved the break up Andhra Pradesh state and the creation Telangana state, a move that has revived deep political divisions and raised fears of violence in the area, home to global firms including Google.
    (Reuters, 7/30/13)

2013        Aug 6, Five Indian soldiers were killed in an ambush by militants and Pakistani soldiers along the disputed border in Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 8/6/13)

2013        Aug 10, India’s PM Manmohan Singh announced that the reactor of the country’s first indigenously designed and built nuclear submarine, the Arihant, had been activated and that sea trials would soon begin.
    (Econ, 8/17/13, p.36)

2013        Aug 11, India and Pakistan exchanged more gunfire across the disputed border in Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 8/11/13)

2013        Aug 12, India launced its first home-built aircraft carrier, the Vikrant. It was expected to enter service in 2018.
    (SFC, 8/13/13, p.A2)(Econ, 8/17/13, p.36)

2013        Aug 13, In India some weapons detonated accidentally on a submarine and fire swept through it. 18 sailors were on board the 16-year-old Russian-built INS Sindhurakshak. It was docked at the main naval base in Mumbai when two blasts rocked the vessel late just before midnight.
    (Reuters, 8/14/13)

2013        Aug 14, India’s finance officials tightened capital controls to stop locals from taking money out of the country.
    (Econ, 8/24/13, p.12)

2013        Aug 16, Indian security forces said they had picked up Abdul Karim “Tunda," a bomb maker for the Pakistani-based Lashkar-e-Talib.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.42)

2013        Aug 19, In eastern India a train ran over a group of Hindu pilgrims at a crowded station in Dhamara Ghat, Bihar state, killing at least 37 people. A mob infuriated by the deaths beat the driver severely and set fire to coaches.
    (AP, 8/19/13)
2013        Aug 19, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif called for better relations with India in a conciliatory gesture on national television after weeks of increased military activity along the two nations' disputed border.
    (Reuters, 8/19/13)

2013        Aug 20, India launched its new food law aimed at giving 5 kilos of rice or wheat each month at a nominal price to some 80 million people. It was part of the welfare program launched on July 3.
    (Econ, 8/24/13, p.38)
2013        Aug 20, In western India Narendra Dabholkar (67) was shot and killed by men on motorbikes in Pune, Maharashtra state. In 1989 he had founded the Committee for the Eradication of Blind Faith (Mans).
    (Econ, 9/14/13, p.98)

2013        Aug 21, The Pakistani military accused Indian troops of shelling across the disputed Kashmir border and killing an army captain, the latest in a series of alleged attacks over the past two weeks that have sparked tension between the nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AP, 8/21/13)

2013        Aug 22, In India a young photojournalist was repeatedly raped by five men in a deserted textile mill in Mumbai. One suspect was arrested the next day. On April 4, 2014, three of the men were sentenced to death and a 4th was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AP, 8/24/13)(SFC, 8/24/13, p.A5)(SFC, 4/5/14, p.A2)

2013        Aug 24, In India police arrested a 2nd man in the gang rape of a young photojournalist in Mumbai, and said they had enough evidence to prosecute those responsible for a crime that has renewed public outcry over sexual violence in the country. The victim (22) remained in a hospital and was recovering well after being repeatedly raped by five men on Aug 22 in a deserted textile mill.
    (AP, 8/24/13)
2013        Aug 24, Pakistan released 337 Indian prisoners, most of them fishermen, in the latest sign that Pakistan's new government wants to improve rocky ties between the nuclear-armed neighbors.
    (Reuters, 8/24/13)

2013        Aug 25, India’s police arrested the last of five men wanted in the gang rape of a photojournalist in Mumbai.
    (AP, 8/25/13)

2013        Aug 26, India's parliament passed a flagship 18-billion-dollar program to provide subsidized food to the poor that is intended to "wipe out" endemic hunger and malnutrition in the aspiring superpower.
    (AFP, 8/26/13)

2013        Aug 28, Indian intelligence agencies arrested Yasin Bhatkal, one of the founding leaders of the Indian Mujahedeen, a group blamed for a series of terrorist bombings in the nation’s cities.
    (SFC, 8/30/13, p.A2) 2013        Sep 4, Indian security forces nabbed Talib Lali, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, one of five militant groups at large in Kashmir.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.42)

2013        Aug 28, In western India at least 11 people were killed and several more feared trapped when a 4-storey apartment block collapsed in Vadodara.
    (AFP, 8/28/13)

2013        Aug 29, India's president signed a Companies Act replacing a version from 1956. Among its provision was a requirement for companies to divert at least 2% of annual profits to corporate social responsibility (CSR) projects, effective as of April 1, 2014.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Companies_Act_2013)(Econ., 1/9/21, p.56)

2013        Aug 31, An Indian teenager was sentenced to three years in juvenile detention for the December gang rape of a trainee physiotherapist, the first verdict in a case that sparked debate over whether India is too soft on young offenders. The woman died in a Singapore hospital two weeks after the December 16 attack.
    (Reuters, 8/31/13)

2013        Sep 1, In India Asaram Bapu, a controversial spiritual guru, was arrested on a rape charge filed by a teenage girl in the northwestern state of Rajasthan.
    (AP, 9/1/13)

2013        Sep 2, India's upper house of parliament approved a $20 billion scheme to distribute subsidized wheat and rice to 800 million people, backing an anti-malnutrition drive that investors fear will mean missing the fiscal deficit target.
    (Reuters, 9/2/13)

2013        Sep 3, An Indian report said a woman dies at the rate of almost one an hour in disputes over how much her family has paid in dowry for her marriage.
    (SFC, 9/4/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 4, In India Raghuram Rajan became the nation’s 23rd governor of the Reserve Bank of India.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.69)
2013        Sep 4, India's lower house of parliament approved changes aimed at luring foreign asset managers to run retirement funds, a small victory in government efforts to rescue the economy before elections next year.
    (Reuters, 9/4/13)
2013        Sep 4, Indian security forces nabbed Talib Lali, a commander of Hizbul Mujahideen, one of five militant groups at large in Kashmir.
    (Econ, 9/7/13, p.42)
2013        Sep 4, In India holyman Baba Premdas (60) was found bleeding late in northern Uttar Pradesh state after severing his genitals in what reports said was a protest at last week's arrest of Asaram Bapu, a self-styled Hindu holyman.
    (AFP, 9/5/13)

2013        Sep 7, The Indian army was called in to contain communal violence pitting Hindu Jats against Muslims that killed at least 10 people in northern Uttar Pradesh state. 19 people were killed in Kawal village. The death toll in the district of Muzaffarnagar rose to 31 by the end of the weekend.
    (Reuters, 9/8/13)(AP, 9/9/13)(SFC, 9/9/13, p.A2)

2013        Sep 13, An Indian court sentenced to death four men for the December gang rape and murder of a young New Delhi woman, ordering them to the gallows.
    (AP, 9/13/13)
2013        Sep 13, In India a homemade bomb exploded at a market in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, killing at least 8 people.
    (SFC, 9/14/13, p.A3)

2013        Sep 18, In northern India a court in Muzaffarnagar, Uttar Pradesh, ordered the arrest of 16 politicians and community leaders for inciting the Sep 7-8 violence that left over 40 people dead.
    (Econ, 9/21/13, p.42)

2013        Sep 20, India's new central bank chief unexpectedly raised interest rates, putting a higher priority on taming stubbornly high inflation than bowing to pressure to juice the struggling economy with cheap credit.
    (AP, 9/20/13)
2013        Sep 20, In India rescuers found the bodies of 17 Hindu devotees who were swept away in the Yamuna River during a 10-day festival celebrating the birth of Ganesha, an elephant-headed deity worshiped as a god of wisdom, prosperity and good fortune.
    (SFC, 9/21/13, p.A3)

2013        Sep 26, In India militants dressed in army uniforms attacked police and soldiers near the border with Pakistan, killing 9 people, including 3 militants, and triggering calls for talks at the UN between the prime ministers of the rival nations to be called off.
    (Reuters, 9/26/13)
2013        Sep 26, The Indian army said it had killed at least a dozen militants from a group of 30 it said had crossed over from Pakistan into northern Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 9/26/13)

2013        Sep 27, In India rescuers pulled a small girl alive from a collapsed apartment building in Mumbai nearly 12 hours after the structure caved in, and leaving dozens trapped under the rubble. At least 45 people were killed. It was owned by the Brihanmumbai Municipal Corp., the city's municipal government, and that most of the people who lived in its 22 apartments were city employees.
    (AP, 9/27/13)(AFP, 9/28/13)

2013        Sep 30, In India Lalu Prasad Yadav, a prominent lawmaker allied with the government, was found guilty of corruption, a fresh blow for an administration that was widely lambasted last week for trying to protect convicted politicians in the run-up to elections.
    (Reuters, 9/30/13)

2013        Oct 2, The Indian army said its troops have been battling dozens of armed rebels who have crossed over from Pakistan’s border of Kashmir. The army said 12 militants have been killed over the last nine days.
    (SFC, 10/3/13, p.A2)

2013        Oct 3, An Indian court sentenced Lalu Prasad Yadav, a powerful ally of the ruling Congress party, to five years in jail for siphoning off state funds, underlining that a wave of public disgust with rampant corruption is finally catching up with the nation's politicians.
    (Reuters, 10/3/13)

2013        Oct 8, In India blackouts hit emergency services and industry in parts of Andhra Pradesh state, the third day of a strike by public workers protesting against a government decision to split the southern state in two.
    (Reuters, 10/8/13)

2013        Oct 10, In India cricket star Sachin Tendulkar, one of the world’s richest sportsmen, announced his retirement.
    (Econ, 10/19/13, p.48)

2013        Oct 11, In India tens of thousands fled their homes in eastern coastal areas and moved to shelters, bracing for Cyclone Phailin.
    (AP, 10/11/13)

2013        Oct 12, India detained an armed ship operated by a US maritime security company and the 35 people on board for failing to produce papers authorizing it to carry weapons and ammunition in Indian waters. The Sierra Leone-flagged ship Seaman Guard Ohio belongs to Virginia-based AdvanFort, a maritime security firm that specializes in anti-piracy operations.
    (Reuters, 10/13/13)

2013        Oct 12, In India the massive Cyclone Phailin hammered the eastern coastline of Orissa state with heavy rains and destructive winds, as hundreds of thousands of people living in the region moved inland and took shelter. The storm left at least 17 people dead.
    (AP, 10/12/13)(AP, 10/13/13)

2013        Oct 13, In India at least 115 people were killed and more than 100 injured in a stampede after a bridge collapsed near a remote Hindu temple in Ithe central state of Madhya Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 10/13/13)(AP, 10/14/13)(AFP, 10/15/13)

2013        Oct 14, The Indian coast guard rescued 17 sailors whose cargo ship sank during Cyclone Phailin. At least 43 people were killed by the storm.
    (AP, 10/14/13)(SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 16, Indian police in the holiday resort state of Goa arrested Gary Baird (45), a British man, after their biggest ever drugs seizure, worth 20.5 million rupees (330,000 dollars, 205,000 pounds). Baird was arrested for illegally possessing more than four kg of amphetamine.
    (AFP, 10/17/13)

2013        Oct 17, Pakistani officials said a Pakistani Ranger was killed by "unprovoked firing" by Indian troops along the disputed northwestern India-Pakistan border. An Indian Border Security Force officer said their forces retaliated after being fired on by the Pakistani side. Another Pakistani soldier was killed by militants in South Waziristan.
    (AP, 10/17/13)
2013        Oct 17, A global index on modern slavery said some 30 million people are enslaved worldwide, trafficked into brothels, forced into manual labour, victims of debt bondage or even born into servitude. Almost half were in India.
    (Reuters, 10/17/13)

2013        Oct 18, Indian police arrested and questioned 33 people aboard a ship operated by a US anti-piracy firm for carrying guns and ammunition in Indian waters without proper permits. The captain and the chief engineer were not among those arrested. The ship was detained on Oct 12. India charged the 33 men for failing to produce papers authorizing them to carry weapons in Indian waters
    (AFP, 10/18/13)(Reuters, 10/19/13)

2013        Oct 19, Police in India said at least 32 people have died in Adampur village in Uttar Pradesh state after drinking toxic bootleg liquor.
    (SSFC, 10/20/13, p.A6)

2013        Oct 21, In India heavy rains began falling in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states. 39 people were reported dead from flooding by Oct 26.
    (SSFC, 10/27/13, p.A4)

2013        Oct 23, India accused Pakistani troops of firing guns and mortars on at least 50 Indian border posts overnight in disputed Kashmir, calling it the most serious cease-fire violation between the nuclear-armed neighbors in a decade.
    (AP, 10/23/13)
2013        Oct 23, In Beijing China’s PM Li Keqiang and India’s PM Manmohan Singh sounded a new optimistic tone in their relationship as they oversaw the signing of 9 agreements including a Defense Cooperation Agreement.
    (AP, 10/23/13)(Econ, 10/26/13, p.47)

2013        Oct 24, In India retail prices of onions were reported to have quadrupled in three months - now costing over 100 rupees ($1.62) a kilo, which is what a third of the population live on per day - as a supply squeeze caused by wet weather has hampered harvests.
    (Reuters, 10/24/13)
2013        Oct 24, Indian and Pakistani troops fired machine guns and mortar shells over the border in Kashmir, wounding at least 12 people — including children.
    (AP, 10/25/13)

2013        Oct 26, The Press Trust of India reported that torrential rains have claimed as many as 48 lives in eastern India. Up to 45 people were killed in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states and 3 in West Bengal.
    (AFP, 10/26/13)

2013        Oct 27, In India a series of small bomb blasts killed 6 people and injured dozens in Patna, Bihar state, just before a speech by Narendra Modi of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party at a campaign rally. Investigators believed the Indian Mujahedeen, an outlawed Islamic group, was responsible.
    (AP, 10/27/13)(AFP, 10/28/13)(SFC, 10/29/13, p.A2)
2013        Oct 30, In southern India a packed bus crashed into a highway barrier and burst into flames, killing 45 passengers who were locked inside the cabin in Andhra Pradesh state. The driver, a bus cleaner and five passengers managed to escape through a window in the front of the overnight bus.
    (AP, 10/30/13)
2013        Oct 30, In India a Nigerian man was found stabbed to death in Goa. Goan police arrested 53 Nigerians after around 200 of them staged a protest against the killing. On Oct 5 police detained a man in north Goa, accused of being part of a gang who stabbed the Nigerian to death.    
    (AFP, 11/6/13)

2013        Nov 2, In southern India a train struck and killed 8 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (SSFC, 11/3/13, p.A3)

2013        Nov 5, In India separatist militants of the Garo tribe killed 5 police officers in a shootout in Meghalaya state.
    (SFC, 11/6/13, p.A2)
2013        Nov 5, India launched its Mngalyaan (Mars Vehicle), its first spacecraft bound for Mars.
    (AP, 11/5/13)(Econ, 11/2/13, p.46)

2013        Nov 16, Russia handed over a $2.3 billion aircraft carrier to India after years of delays, extending India's maritime reach in the Indian Ocean as it looks to counter China's assertive presence in the region.
    (Reuters, 11/16/13)

2013        Nov 22, In India hundreds of thousands were evacuated as Cyclone Helen slammed into Andhra Pradesh and the eastern state of Orissa., packing strong winds and torrential rains and killing at least two people.
    (AFP, 11/22/13)
2013        Nov 22, In India Magnus Carlsen (22) of Norway defeated Viswanathan Anand of India in the chess world championship, becoming the first Western player since Bobby Fischer to hold the title. The match in Chennai, which began Nov. 9, has been shown live on TV in both Norway and India, with millions more watching online.
    (AP, 11/22/13)

2013        Nov 24, In India gay rights activists paraded through New Delhi to demand an end to the stigmatization of gays.
    (SFC, 11/25/13, p.A2)

2013        Nov 26, An Indian court sentenced dentist couple  Rajesh and Nupur Talwar to life in prison for the murder of their 14-year-old daughter and a Nepalese servant in 2008.
    (Reuters, 11/26/13)

2013        Nov 30, China urged India not to aggravate problems on the border shared by the two nations, a day after the Indian president toured a disputed region and called it an integral part of the country.
    (Reuters, 11/30/13)
2013        Nov 30, In India Tehelka Editor Tarun Tejpal (50) was taken into custody for allegedly assaulting a female colleague in the elevator of a hotel in Goa. Tejpal was charged on Feb 17, 2014, for sexual assault and rape. Tehelka magazine was one that pushed Indian society to confront corruption and sexual violence.
    (SFC, 2/18/14, p.A2)

2013        Dec 6, Indian-owned luxury carmaker Jaguar Land Rover announced plans to open a £240-million manufacturing plant in Brazil.
    (AFP, 12/6/13)

2013        Dec 8, India's Congress party headed for a bruising defeat in key state elections, in early results underlining the struggle it will face to cling to power in a national election due by May. The main Hindu nationalist party trounced the nationally ruling Congress in four heartland states and knocked them out of New Delhi in a ballot contest closely watched for clues to next year's general election.
    (Reuters, 12/8/13)(AP, 12/8/13)

2013        Dec 11, India's Supreme Court struck down a 2009 lower court decision to decriminalize homosexuality, dealing a blow to gay activists who have fought for years for the chance to live openly in India's deeply conservative society. The court said only lawmakers can change a colonial era law that bans same-sex relations. Gay sex was reinstated as a criminal offense, punishable up to 10 years in prison.
    (AP, 12/11/13)(SSFC, 12/15/13, p.A20)(Reuters, 9/6/18)

2013        Dec 12, India's ruling party slammed the Supreme Court for reinstating a ban on gay sex, taking an unexpectedly bold stance ahead of elections in the religiously conservative nation.
    (Reuters, 12/12/13)
2013        Dec 12, In NYC Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general, was arrested and strip searched for allegedly underpaying her nanny and committing visa fraud to get her into the United States.
    (SFC, 12/18/13, p.A8)

2013        Dec 14, Visiting Afghan President Hamid Karzai said in New Delhi he no longer "trusts" the United States, accusing the Americans of saying one thing and doing another in his troubled homeland.
    (AFP, 12/14/13)

2013        Dec 17, Indian authorities removed security barriers in front of the US embassy in New Delhi apparently in retaliation for the arrest and alleged heavy-handed treatment of an Indian diplomat in New York. Devyani Khobragade, India's deputy consul general in New York, was arrested last week for allegedly underpaying her nanny and committing visa fraud to get her into the United States.
    (Reuters, 12/17/13)

2013        Dec 18, The United States voiced regret to India over the treatment of a diplomat whose account of being stripped and cavity-searched triggered outrage.
    (AFP, 12/18/13)

2013        Dec 20, India's government petitioned the Supreme Court urging it to reverse a ban on gay sex, saying individual rights must be respected.
    (Reuters, 12/20/13)
2013        Dec 20, Indian protesters ransacked a Dominos Pizza outlet in a Mumbai suburb, demanding a ban on US goods as officials from the two countries struggled to defuse a row over the arrest of an Indian diplomat in New York.
    (Reuters, 12/20/13)

2013        Dec 22, India's anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal vowed to clean up "dirty politics" in a fiery speech suggesting that his Aam Aadmi will team up with the Congress party to form a state government in Delhi.
    (AFP, 12/22/13)(Econ, 12/14/13, p.49)

2013        Dec 23, India's anti-corruption crusader Arvind Kejriwal announced he would head a state government for New Delhi in a stunning breakthrough for his fledgling party just months before a general election.
    (AP, 12/23/13)

2013        Dec 28, In India tens of thousands of jubilant supporters watched as Arvind Kejriwal, a mild-mannered former tax official, was anointed chief minister of Delhi. Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi (Common Man) Party, or AAP, has emerged as a force to be reckoned with barely a year since it was created.
    (Reuters, 12/28/13)
2013        Dec 28, In southern India a fire engulfed a coach of an express train, killing at least 26 passengers.
    (AP, 12/28/13)

2013        Dec 31, In India a pregnant girl (16) died in Kolkata following severe burn injuries. She had been raped two times On Oct 25-26 and ended up in a hospital on Dec 23 with sever burn injuries. Her family said she was set on fire by associates of those who had gang raped her.
    (AP, 1/7/14)

2013        Jagdish Bhagwati authored “Why Growth Matters: How Economic Growth in India Reduced Poverty and the Lessons for Other Developing Countries.
    (Econ, 4/20/13, p.88)
2013        Assa Doron and Robin Jeffrey authored “The Great Indian Phone Book: How Cheap Mobile Phones Change Business, Politics and Daily Life."
    (Econ, 3/23/13, p.88)
2013        Bruce Riedel authored “Avoiding Armageddon: America, India and Pakistan to the Brink and Back."
    (Econ, 5/25/13, p.85)
2013        Amartya Sen and Jean Dreze authored “An Uncertain Glory: India and Its Contradictions."
    (Econ, 6/29/13, p.74)
2013        Kishore Biyani (b.1961) founded the Future Group, an Indian conglomerate based in Mumbai.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Future_Group)(Econ., 9/5/20, p.55)
2013        In India an investigation began in Madhya Pradesh state with the arrest of 20 people accused of impersonating candidates in technical examinations. By 2015 investigators believed that $3 billion in kickbacks over five years took place from students and their families and about 50 people connected to the Vyapam scam had turned up dead. 
    (Econ, 8/1/15, p.35)

2014        Jan 2, In western India a bus plunged into a 120m (400-feet) deep gorge, splitting open on the rocky ground below, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 1/2/14)

2014        Jan 3, Indian PM Manmohan Singh ruled out serving another term after an election due by May and threw his support behind Nehru-Gandhi dynasty scion Rahul Gandhi to lead the country if their party wins the vote.
    (Reuters, 1/3/14)

2014        Jan 4, In India a five-story building under construction in the southern state of Goa collapsed, killing at least 15 workers and leaving dozens more feared trapped under the rubble.
    (AFP, 1/4/14)(AP, 1/5/14)

2014        Jan 8, India chipped away at America's diplomatic perks, ordering the envoys to obey local traffic laws and warning that a popular US Embassy club violates diplomatic law because it is open to outsiders.
    (AP, 1/8/14)
2014        Jan 8, In India a fire on an overnight train killed at least nine people near Mumbai with sleeping victims overcome by flames and smoke as the blaze ripped through three carriages.
    (AFP, 1/8/14)

2014        Jan 10, India ordered the United States to withdraw one of its diplomats from New Delhi, as Devyani Khobragade (39), the Indian consul at the center of the dispute between the two countries, flew home after being indicted in New York for visa fraud.
    (Reuters, 1/10/14)
2014        Jan 10, India's overcrowded financial capital unveiled its long-awaited $2 billion new airport terminal. Mumbai’s renovated Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport was delayed for nearly two years and overran its construction budget by 25 percent.
    (AP, 1/10/14)

2014        Jan 13, An Indian official said police arrested napkin seller (38) over the weekend for allegedly torturing an 11-year-old maid who was forced to eat chilies, which were also rubbed on her body. He and his wife had bought the girl in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh for 15,000 rupees ($240) from her parents about a year ago on the pretext that she would be well looked after and given a better education.
    (AFP, 1/13/14)

2014        Jan 14, In India a Danish tourist (51) was gang-raped, robbed and beaten in New Delhi after she got lost and approached a group of men for directions back to her hotel near Connaught Place. Nine attackers took her to a secluded spot, robbed her and raped her repeatedly at knifepoint. On June 10, 2016, five men were sentenced to life in prison for the attack. One of the accused men died during trial in February. Three who were younger than 18 at the time of the attack were handed to the Juvenile Justice Board to remain in custody until they are 18 and reformed.
    (AP, 1/15/14)(AP, 6/10/16)
2014        Jan 14, In India the body of a woman, killed by a tiger prowling for food, was found Uttar Pradesh state. She was the animal’s 7th victim.
    (SFC, 1/16/14, p.A2)
2014        Jan 14, It was reported that canine distemper virus has killed four tigers and several other animals across northern and eastern India.
    (SFC, 1/14/14, p.A5)

2014        Jan 16, Indian police said that they were closing in on six homeless men in the Jan 14 gang rape of a 51-year-old Danish tourist in New Delhi.
    (AP, 1/16/14)

2014        Jan 17, In India Sunanda Pushka, the wife of government minister Shashi Tharoor, was found dead in a New Delhi hotel room having earlier accused her husband of adultery. Her death was described as "sudden" and "unnatural" following an autopsy. In 2015 a medical board concluded that she had been poisoned.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)(AP, 1/7/15)
2014        Jan 17, In India Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin (102), the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community, died in Mumbai.
    (AP, 1/18/14)

2014        Jan 18, India and Pakistan agreed to allow round-the-clock movement of trucks and containers through their main Wagah-Attari border border crossing in Punjab.
    (Reuters, 1/18/14)
2014        Jan 18, In India a pre-dawn stampede killed 18 people as tens of thousands of people gathered in Mumbai to mourn the death of Muslim spiritual leader Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, the head of the Dawoodi Bohra Muslim community.
    (AP, 1/18/14)

2014        Jan 20, In India Arvind Kejriwal, New Delhi's chief minister, and his supporters launched a sit-in against the city police, creating traffic chaos and a standoff with hundreds of officers in the latest radical step by the anti-graft crusader who has shaken up a national election. Kejriwal called on the public to join him in a ten-day protest to demand the police be transferred from the Home Ministry to his control.
    (Reuters, 1/20/14)
2014        Jan 20, In India a woman (20) was assaulted by 13 men in Birbhum district in West Bengal. Police later said was gang-raped on the orders of a village court as punishment for having a relationship with a man from a different community. The village chief and all 13 men were soon arrested.
    (Reuters, 1/23/14)

2014        Jan 21, In India police clashed with protesters led by Delhi chief minister Arvind Kejriwal, the first violence during a two-day rally in the capital that has put a focus on the radical politics of the man shaking up a national election.
    (Reuters, 1/21/14)

2014        Jan 22, In southern India forest officials in Tamil Nadu state shot dead a tiger suspected of killing three people, ending its three-week reign of terror which forced dozens of schools to close.
    (AFP, 1/23/14)

2014        Jan 26, At least 21 people died after a boat carrying Indian tourists capsized off India's Andaman Islands. The boat carried no life jackets.
    (Reuters, 1/26/14)(AFP, 1/27/14)

2014        Jan 31, In India Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal named a string of high-ranking Indian politicians he described as corrupt and said his anti-graft Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) would target them in an upcoming general election.
    (Reuters, 1/31/14)

2014        Feb 7, India acceded to Italy's request and said it won't invoke an anti-piracy law carrying the death penalty when it tries two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen in 2012.
    (AP, 2/7/14)

2014        Feb 8, In India an angry crowd gathered outside a Delhi police station to protest poor policing and racist treatment of people in the northeast after a 14-year-old girl from that part of India filed charges of rape in the capital.
    (Reuters, 2/8/14)

2014        Feb 10, Penguin Books India agreed to withdraw from sale all copies of "The Hindus: An Alternative History" (2011) by Wendy Doniger, a book that takes an unorthodox view of Hinduism, and will pulp them as part of a settlement after a case was filed against the publisher.
    (Reuters, 2/11/14)

2014        Feb 11, In India Arvind Kejriwal, Delhi's new chief minister, took his anti-graft campaign to new heights, ordering an investigation into India's richest man, Reliance Industries Chairman Mukesh Ambani, and policymakers over gas pricing.
    (Reuters, 2/11/14)

2014        Feb 13, In India a lawmaker sprayed pepper spray inside Parliament, creating chaos that left his colleagues coughing and crying as they were ushered from the hall. Lawmakers had been set to vote on a long-contentious proposal to create the new southern state of Telangana from mostly poor, inland districts of Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/13/14)(SFC, 2/14/14, p.A2)

2014        Feb 14, In India anti-graft activist Arvind Kejriwal quit as the top elected official in the New Delhi state government after lawmakers blocked the introduction of a bill to create a strong ombudsman in the capital. He said he would recommend that new elections be held in New Delhi.
    (AP, 2/14/14)

2014        Feb 20, India's Parliament approved a plan to create a 29th state following days of political mayhem over the division of southern Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/20/14)
2014        Feb 20, In India police found the body of Erin Willinger, an American woman, in a deserted part of Agra near the Taj Mahal. Police said she was stabbed to death by her husband, Bunty Sharma, who then committed suicide by igniting cooking gas. They had been married for four months.
    (SSFC, 2/23/14, p.A4)

2014        Feb 21, India came under pressure over the deaths of over 450 nationals in almost two years in Qatar, the host of the 2022 World Cup. Amnesty International called on the Indian government to release more information about the deaths amid mounting criticism over safety and working conditions in Qatar.
    (AFP, 2/21/14)

2014        Feb 24, Indian attorney general Ghoolam Vahanvati told the Supreme Court the prosecution did not intend to proceed against Italian marines Massimiliano Latorre and Salvatore Girone, accused of killing two fisherman, under the anti-piracy section of the Suppression of Unlawful Acts. The sailors said they mistook two fishermen for pirates during the incident in February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state.
    (Reuters, 2/24/14)
2014        Feb 24, Indian soldiers killed 7 rebels in a gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/24/14)

2014        Feb 26, India's navy chief resigned after a submarine accident off the coast of Mumbai saw two sailors missing and another seven injured on the Russian-built INS Sindhuratna. Rescuers a day later found the bodies of two Indian navy officers inside the submarine.
    (AFP, 2/26/14)(AP, 2/27/14)

2014        Feb, An Indian team visited Moscow to firm up a deal under which it will pay Russia to supply arms and equipment to the Afghan military as foreign combat troops prepare to leave the country. An agreement was signed in April in a move that risked infuriating Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 4/30/14)

2014        Mar 3, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels ambushed a police vehicle and killed two officers outside a court in Pulwama town.
    (AP, 3/3/14)

2014        Mar 4, India's highest court ordered that Subrata Roy (65), the head of the Sahara conglomerate, to remain in custody until a March 11 hearing over billions of dollars in an outlawed bond scheme.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)
2014        Mar 4, The Government of India notified in the official gazette that the new state of Telangana will come into existence on 2 June 2014. India's 29th state, was carved out of Andhra Pradesh state after nearly six decades of street protests and strikes.
    (AP, 4/30/14)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Telangana)
2014        Mar 4, Sri Lanka's navy said it has detained 32 Indian fishermen who were fishing illegally in Sri Lankan territorial waters less than two months after the two countries agreed to work together to combat poaching.
    (AP, 3/4/14)

2014        Mar 5, In India street clashes marred an announcement that a general election will start on April 7 in a race that pits Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi against the unpopular Nehru-Gandhi family's ruling party.
    (Reuters, 3/5/14)

2014        Mar 7, An Indian naval officer was killed and "some" dock workers were injured in a gas leak aboard a yet-to-be commissioned naval ship.
    (AFP, 3/7/14)
2014        Mar 7, Hundreds of people protested in the streets in Indian-controlled Kashmir over the expulsion of dozens of Kashmiri college students because they cheered for the Pakistani cricket team over India's.
    (AP, 3/7/14)

2014        Mar 11, In eastern India Maoist rebels ambushed police and killed 16 involved in a mine clearing operation in a remote part of Chhattisgarh state, demonstrating their strength ahead of a general election next month.
    (Reuters, 3/11/14)

2014        Mar 14, In India an old, seven-story residential building collapsed in a Mumbai suburb, killing at least 2 people and possibly trapping more under the debris.
    (AP, 3/14/14)

2014        Mar 17, Toyota said it has shut down production at its two auto-assembly plants in India, locking out 6,400 workers amid testy wage negotiations and allegations of threats against management.
    (AP, 3/17/14)

2014        Mar 19, In India Maharashtra government spokesman Satish Lalit said authorities have confirmed 7 farmer suicides since Feb. 24. But Kishor Tiwari, president of pro-farmer group Vidarbha Jan Andolan Samiti, put the toll much higher, at 32. The suicides followed freak hailstorms and heavy unseasonal rains destroyed crops across much of a western state.
    (AP, 3/19/14)

2014        Mar 21, An Indian court sentenced four men to life in prison for raping a call-center operator last August inside an abandoned textile mill in the financial hub of Mumbai.
    (AP, 3/21/14)(SFC, 3/21/14, p.A5)
2014        Mar 21, In western India 10 women drowned when a small boat loaded with farmworkers sank in a lake in Rajasthan's state Tonk district.
    (AP, 3/21/14)

2014        Mar 22, Indian police arrested Zia Ur Rahman, a Pakistani bomb maker, along with three associates in Rajasthan. Police said Rehman helped the Indian Mujahideen, an Indian terror group blamed for a series of bombings in the nation's cities.
    (AP, 3/23/14)(Reuters, 3/23/14)

2014        Mar 25, Indian police arrested Tehseen Akhtar (23), the alleged head of militant group the Indian Mujahideen. The group was blamed for a string of deadly attacks including one at a rally in October by election frontrunner Narendra Modi.
    (AFP, 3/25/14)

2014        Mar 27, The World Health Organization declared India polio-free after three years with no new cases.
    (SFC, 3/28/14, p.A2)

2014        Mar 28, An Indian air force cargo plane inducted into service just last year crashed during a training mission, killing all five crew members.
    (AP, 3/28/14)

2014        Apr 7, India began to hold the world's biggest election. Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi held a strong lead but was likely to fall short of a majority.
    (Reuters, 4/7/14)
2014        Apr 7, India's Sun Pharmaceutical Industries said it is buying troubled generic drugmaker Ranbaxy Laboratories from Japan’s Daiichi Sankyo in deal valuing it a $3.2 billion. In 2008 Sankyo paid $4.6 billion for Ranbaxy.
    (AP, 4/7/14)(Econ, 4/12/14, p.67)

2014        Apr 8, Indian government forces engaged suspected rebels in a fierce gunbattle overnight that left two rebels dead along with an Indian soldier and two police officers in Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/8/14)

2014        Apr 12, In India suspected Maoist rebels set off two bombs in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh, killing 14 people, most of them paramilitary soldiers and officials charged with holding elections in the region.
    (Reuters, 4/12/14)(SSFC, 4/13/14, p.A6)

2014        Apr 15, India's top court issued a landmark verdict recognizing transgender rights as human rights, saying people can identify themselves as a third gender on official documents.
    (AP, 4/15/14)

2014        Apr 16, In southern India 6 people were burned to death and another 12 seriously injured early today when a bus caught fire in Karanataka state.
    (AP, 4/16/14)

2014        Apr 20, In India 2 victims were found dead aboard the Chinese-built carrier Tuo Fu 3 anchored near Haldia city in the Bay of Bengal. They had reportedly collapsed immediately after entering the cargo hold filled with coal and accumulated methane gas.
    (AP, 4/22/14)

2014        Apr 24, In India Mumbai voters were among the 180 million people who were registered to vote in the sixth phase of the mammoth general election, but many were unable to cast ballots when their names were not found on the electoral lists.
    (Reuters, 4/25/14)
2014        Apr 24, In Kashmir Indian forces used tear gas and wooden batons to disperse scores of demonstrators who shouted anti-India slogans and threw rocks to protest against voting in national elections in the disputed region. Voter turnout was low.
    (AP, 4/24/14)

2014        Apr 28, Six environmental advocates won this year's Goldman Prize. India's Ramesh Agrawal received the prize for helping villagers fight a large coal mine in Chhattisgarh state. American lawyer Helen Slottje received the award for helping communities fight fracking in New York State. Peru's Ruth Buendia was recognized for helping to prevent construction of two large dams that would have displaced nearly 10,000 indigenous people in the Peruvian Amazon. Russian zoologist Suren Gazaryan won for defending protected areas around Sochi from illegal land seizures for Olympic construction projects. South Africa's Desmond D'Sa won for helping to close down one of the country's largest toxic waste dumps. Indonesian biologist Rudi Putra won for helping to shutter 26 illegal palm oil plantations that were causing deforestation in northern Sumatra.
    (AP, 4/28/14)

2014        Apr 29, Indian police and paramilitary officers said they have detained more than 600 Kashmiri residents over the last five days in a crackdown on suspected separatists ahead of voting in a general election.
    (AP, 4/29/14)

2014        May 1, In India twin blasts ripped through two coaches of a train just minutes after it pulled into Chennai railway station, killing a 22-year-old woman and injuring 14 other people.
    (AP, 5/1/14)
2014        May 1, The EU as of today banned imports of Indian mangoes including the Alphonso, considered the king of all the mango varieties grown in South Asia, because a large number of shipments were contaminated with fruit flies. The pests are considered a threat to crops grown in Europe.
    (AP, 5/7/14)

2014        May 2, In northeastern India Bodo separatist rebels wearing black masks opened fire overnight on Muslim villagers in western Assam in two attacks, killing at least 11 people, mostly women and children. A 3rd attack in Baksa left 19 people dead.
    (AP, 5/2/14)(SSFC, 5/4/14, p.A12)
2014        May 2, In India politician Kamruzzama Fauji died in hospital after suffering burns to 75 percent of his body when a member of a TV audience doused himself in petrol and grabbed him in Sultanpur, Uttar Pradesh state. The attacker also died.
    (AFP, 5/3/14)

2014        May 3, India deployed troops to the state of Assam after 31 Muslims were gunned down in three days of what police said were attacks by tribal militants who resent the presence of immigrants from neighboring Bangladesh. Police said they have arrested 22 people for helping separatist rebels accused of killing Muslims in Assam state.
    (Reuters, 5/3/14)(AP, 5/3/14)
2014        May 3, In central India a blaze in a fireworks factory killed 15 people and seriously injured another four near Ujjain in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/3/14)

2014        May 4, India’s police said they have killed 3 suspected rebels and arrested eight forest guards for alleged involvement in the killings of 31 Muslims in northeastern Assam state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)
2014        May 4, In western India a passenger train derailed, killing at least 18 people and injuring more than 100 as rescue workers raced to free those still trapped in Maharashtra state.
    (AP, 5/4/14)

2014        May 6, Police in India recovered 6 more bodies from a river in Assam state after the worst ethnic violence in the remote northeast in two years, raising the death toll to 39. Ten people remained missing.
    (AP, 5/7/14)

2014        May 8, India rejected the findings of a World Health Organization (WHO) study that ranks New Delhi as the world's worst city for air pollution.
    (Reuters, 5/8/14)
2014        May 8, Indian scientists reported the discovery of 14 new species of so-called dancing frogs in the jungle mountains of southern India — just in time, they fear, to watch them fade away.
    (AP, 5/8/14)

2014        May 10, In northern India a private bus plunged off a mountain road, killing 17 people and injuring five others in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 5/10/14)

2014        May 11, In central India leftist rebels detonated a land mine under a police vehicle and killed 7 officers. The blast was followed by a gunbattle between police and the insurgents in the Maharashtra district of Gadchiroli.
    (AP, 5/11/14)

2014        May 12, Millions of Indian voters wrapped up the country's mammoth national election, braving the searing sun on the final day of polling in which Narendra Modi, a Hindu nationalist opposition candidate, is seen as the front-runner for prime minister.
    (AP, 5/12/14)(Reuters, 5/12/14)

2014        May 16, India’s opposition candidate Narendra Modi thundered to victory, with partial results showing that the pro-business Hindu nationalist and his party trounced the ruling Nehru-Gandhi dynasty in a seismic political shift.
    (Reuters, 5/16/14)

2014        May 21, Transparency International said South Asia is the most corrupt region of the world and governments must strengthen their anti-graft agencies to prevent political interference and protect whistleblowers. The watchdog group found serious problems with anti-corruption efforts in Bangladesh, India, Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 5/21/14)

2014        May 23, An Indian court ordered anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal to remain behind bars for another two weeks as he continued to refuse to pay bail in a defamation case.
    (AFP, 5/23/14)

2014        May 25, Pakistan said it was releasing 151 Indian fishermen who were detained on charges of crossing illegally into its territorial waters.
    {Pakistan, India}
    (AP, 5/25/14)

2014        May 26, In India Hindu nationalist Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister.
    (Reuters, 5/26/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India the Gorakhpur Express passenger train plowed into a parked freight train, killing 26 people near Churaib station in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/26/14)(Reuters, 5/27/14)
2014        May 26, In northern India five men, including the father, a brother and a cousin of a man accused in a May 11 rape, followed the victim's mother away from her house and beat her relentlessly, demanding she drop the accusation. Three men were arrested on May 29 and police searched for two others in Etawah, Uttar Pradesh state. On Nov 27 India's top investigative agency said that two teenage girls believed to have been raped and hanged by attackers in a north Indian village actually committed suicide because of shame over a relationship with a boyfriend.
    (AP, 5/30/14)(AP, 11/27/14)

2014        May 27, New Indian PM Narendra Modi met with Pakistan's PM Nawaz Sharif and asked that his country "abide by its commitment" to prevent its territory from being used in terrorism against India and speed up investigations into the 2008 attack in Mumbai. Modi also met with the leaders of Afghanistan, Sri Lanka, Nepal, Afghanistan, Mauritius, Bangladesh and Maldives, a day after they attended his inauguration.
    (AP, 5/27/14)

2014        May 28, In India villagers found the bodies of two girls (14&15), who had gone missing the previous day, hanging from a tree near Katra village in Uttar Pradesh state. A group of men had raped and killed the two cousins, then hung their bodies from a mango tree. On May 30 two police officers were arrested and two more fired in the case. By May 31 three suspects were in custody and two remained missing.
    (AP, 5/29/14)(AP, 5/31/14)

2014        May 29, In western India a woman was crushed to death after a conductor pushed her on a moving train for boarding the wrong coach in Jalgaon, east of Mumbai. She lost her balance, slipped into the gap between the coach and platform and was run over by the train.
    (AP, 5/29/14)

2014        May 31, In eastern India lightning struck farmers working in fields, killing at least 13 people in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 6/1/14)

2014        Jun 1, In India a three-story building under construction collapsed in New Delhi, killing at least 3 people and injuring 13.
    (AP, 6/1/14)

2014        Jun 2, In India celebrations greeted the creation of the country's newest state of Telangana, marking the formal division of the southern state of Andhra Pradesh. Regional political leader K. Chandrasekhar Rao was sworn in as Telangana's chief minister.
    (AP, 6/2/14)
2014        Jun 2, In Pune, India, Mohsin Sadiq Shaikh and a friend were returning home from a mosque when a group of men surrounded the two men and beat Shaikh with iron rods and hockey sticks. Shaikh (28) was killed. By the end of the week seventeen members of a hard-line Hindu group were arrested in the case.
    (AP, 6/6/14)

2014        Jun 3, India's minister for rural development, Gopinath Munde (64), died after a road collision in New Delhi. Newly elected PM Modi had entrusted to Munde the crucial task of spearheading a battle on poverty in the countryside.
    (Reuters, 6/3/14)

2014        Jun 6, In India 17 police officers were convicted of kidnapping and killing a 22-year-old jobseeker in custody. Ranbir Singh had gone to the northern Indian city of Dehradun looking for a job when he was arrested by police for allegedly committing a robbery. He died in police custody in 2009. On June 9 the court sentenced all 17 police officers to life in prison.
    (AP, 6/6/14)(AP, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 6, In northern India thousands of people stormed an electricity substation near the state capital of Lucknow, ransacking offices and taking several workers hostage for 18 hours until police intervened the next day. People were enraged by power cuts during an extreme heat wave.
    (AP, 6/7/14)

2014        Jun 8, In India 20 students and a professor were swept away by waters released from a dam while the group was bathing in a river in the mountainous northern state of Himachal Pradesh. All were believed killed.
    (Reuters, 6/9/14)
2014        Jun 8, China's foreign minister visited India's new leaders in hopes of spurring stalled trade and easing decades of tensions between the Asian nations.
    (AP, 6/8/14)

2014        Jun 9, In India two men on a motorcycle shot dead Omveer Singh, a local politician of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), the ruling party of PM Narendra Modi in Uttar Pradesh, the second such killing in a week.
    (Reuters, 6/10/14)
2014        Jun 9, In northern India a bus carrying 14 Russian tourists fell into the Bhagirathi River, killing at least two people in Uttarakhand state.
    (AP, 6/10/14)

2014        Jun 11, In India a woman (45) was found dead and hung from a tree by her sari in Uttar Pradesh state. Relatives said she was gang-raped and murdered.
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A6)

2014        Jun 12, In eastern India six men allegedly chopped off a 19-year-old man's fingers before pouring acid into his eyes following a minor dispute. The man was attacked when residents objected to him repairing his motorcycle which had broken down in front of their home in Vanbhaur village, Bihar state.
    (AFP, 6/13/14)
2014        Jun 12, In India the body of a woman (19), last seen a day earlier, was found hanging from a tree in Uttar Pradesh state. Relatives said she was raped and murdered by two men who had been bothering her.
    (SFC, 6/13/14, p.A6)
2014        Jun 12, In Kashmir bomb explosion killed an Indian army soldier and wounded three others close to the cease-fire line between longtime rivals India and Pakistan.
    (AP, 6/12/14)

2014        Jun 15, Indian PM Narendra Modi began his first visit abroad since taking office, arriving in Bhutan to launch a drive to reassert Indian influence in the region.
    (Reuters, 6/15/14)
2014        Jun 15, In India an angry mob of workers wielding iron rods and stones beat the CEO of a West Bengal jute factory to death in a dispute over increasing their working hours.
    (AP, 6/16/14)

2014        Jun 16, In northern India two crowded buses went out of control and fell off roads in separate accidents in the Himalayan foothills, killing a total of 21 people.
    (AP, 6/17/14)
2014        Jun 16, Bhutan promised it will not allow its territory to be used against India, an early success for Indian PM Narendra Modi's region-wide drive to shore up diplomatic relations with neighbors in return for stronger economic ties.
    (Reuters, 6/16/14)

2014        Jun 18, The Indian government said 40 Indian construction workers have been seized near Iraq's second-largest city, Mosul, which ISIL and allied Sunni fighters captured last week. The Turkish Foreign Ministry said its diplomats were investigating a Turkish media report that militants grabbed 60 foreign construction workers, including some 15 Turks, near the northern Iraqi oil city of Kirkuk.
    (AP, 6/18/14)

2014        Jun 19, It was reported that India is cracking down on foreign-funded charities after receiving an internal report alleging they are costing the country up to 3 percent of its GDP by rallying communities against polluting industries.
    (AP, 6/19/14)

2014        Jun 23, In Kashmir a protester was killed and four others were wounded when Indian government forces fired at demonstrators protesting the killing of a suspected rebel in an earlier gunbattle.
    (AP, 6/23/14)

2014        Jun 26, In India a Bengal tiger snatched Sushil Manzhi as he was crab fishing with his son and daughter off a boat in a mangrove swamp in Sunderbans National Park, West Bengal state.
    (SFC, 6/28/14, p.A2)

2014        Jun 27, In India 14 people were killed and 20 injured in a blast and fire at a gas pipeline in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (Reuters, 6/27/14)

2014        Jun 28, In India a dilapidated building collapsed in New Delhi leaving 11 people dead. An 11-story building under construction near Chennai collapsed, killing at least 60 people as rescuers searched for dozens of others feared trapped. Nearly 90 contract workers had been in the basement collecting wages. Over the next days 27 people were rescued from the wreckage.
    (AP, 6/28/14)(AP, 6/29/14)(AP, 7/1/14)(SFC, 7/1/14, p.A5)(AP, 7/3/14)
2014        Jun 28, In western India a blast triggered by a suspected gas leak in a ship being dismantled killed five workers and injured another seven at the Alang ship-breaking yard in Gujarat state.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, Indian authorities rushed food and drinking water to thousands of people marooned by monsoon rains and mudslides that left at least 11 dead in the remote northeast.
    (AP, 6/28/14)
2014        Jun 28, Chinese President Xi Jinping feted neighbors India and Myanmar, dusting off the 60th anniversary of a now rather obscure agreement signed in the early days of the Cold War to pledge a rising China's commitment to peace.
    (Reuters, 6/28/14)

2014        Jun 29, Police in southern India detained five construction company officials as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains.
    (AP, 6/29/14)

2014        Jul 2, In India a girl (6) was assaulted when she left her classroom to go to the restroom in Bangalore. It took two weeks for the incident to be reported. On July 19 thousands of people angry over alleged police inaction rallied to demand that authorities arrest those responsible for the attack.
    (AP, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 3, India's Foreign Ministry said that nearly 50 Indian nurses from the southern state of Kerala have been taken against their will from a hospital in the militant-controlled city of Tikrit in Iraq. The 46 nurses, trapped in Tikrit for more than a week, crossed into the Kurdish region on July 4. All returned to India on July 5.
    (Reuters, 7/3/14)(AP, 7/5/14)

2014        Jul 4, India’s newly elected PM Narendra Modi made his first official trip to Indian-controlled Kashmir, where separatist groups called a strike that shut shops, businesses and schools.
    (AP, 7/4/14)

2014        Jul 6, In India 11 workers were crushed under a warehouse wall in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
    (Reuters, 7/6/14)
2014        Jul 6, In eastern India a 14-year-old girl was dragged into a forest and raped on the orders of a village council in retaliation for a sex assault blamed on her brother.
    (AP, 7/11/14)

2014        Jul 7, India’s Supreme Court ruled that Islamic courts have no legal authority in India, saying Muslims cannot be legally subject to a parallel religious authority.
    (AP, 7/7/14)

2014        Jul 8, Bangladesh was awarded nearly four-fifths of an area sprawling over 25,000 sq km (9,700 sq miles) in the Bay of Bengal by a UN tribunal, ending a dispute over a sea border with India that has ruffled ties between the neighbors for more than three decades.
    (Reuters, 7/8/14)

2014        Jul 10, India's new government introduced a reform-minded budget, telegraphing a contentious overhaul of populist subsidies and vowing to lift economic growth to rates of 7-8 percent by spending billions of dollars on infrastructure. The budget included $33 million for a 182-meter (nearly 600 feet)-tall replica of Indian independence leader Vallabhbhai Pate.
    (AP, 7/10/14)

2014        Jul 11, In northeast India four Muslim lemon traders were abducted by a rebel group in Assam state. The body of one was found July 12 and the bodies of three others on July 13.
    (Reuters, 7/13/14)

2014        Jul 12, In India a crude bomb exploded in the troubled northeast, wounding at least six passersby in Manipur state.
    (AP, 7/12/14)

2014        Jul 15, In Brazil leaders of the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) met for their 6th annual summit. They created two financial institutions: The New Development Bank (NDB) to finance infrastructure with $50 billion to start and the $100 billion Contingent Reserve Arrangement (CRA) to tide over members in financial difficulties.
    (AP, 7/15/14)(Econ, 7/19/14, p.62)

2014        Jul 16, In Indian-controlled Kashmir an army truck collided with a taxi, outside Srinagar killing 7 people, including a pregnant woman, and triggering violent protests. An Indian border guard was killed by firing from Pakistani border officers.
    (AP, 7/16/14)

2014        Jul 18, Indian government forces used tear gas and wooden canes to disperse hundreds of Kashmiri workers who clashed with them at a sprawling camp for Hindu pilgrims heading for a Himalayan cave, leaving dozens of people injured.
    (AP, 7/18/14)

2014        Jul 19, India's new Hindu nationalist government cleared proposals worth nearly $3.5 billion to modernize the nation's ageing Soviet-era military hardware and boost its domestic defense industry.
    (AFP, 7/19/14)

2014        Jul 23, The World Bank offered India up to $18 billion in financial support over the next three years while lavishly praising new right-wing PM Narendra Modi's "ambitious vision" for the country.
    (AFP, 7/23/14)

2014        Jul 24, In southern India 18 children were killed when a train crashed into their school bus at an unmanned railroad crossing in Telangana state. The bus driver also died. 20 children ages 7 to 14 were injured.
    (AP, 7/24/14)

2014        Jul 30, In western India torrential rains triggered a massive landslide that buried a remote village, killing at least 76 people as it swept away scores of houses and trapping many more people under debris in Malin village, Pune district, Maharashtra state. At least 88 people were missing and feared dead.
    (AP, 7/30/14)(SFC, 7/31/14, p.A7)(SSFC, 8/3/14, p.A2)

2014        Jul 31, India's tough diplomacy blocked a landmark world trade treaty late today, despite last-ditch talks to rescue what would have been the first global trade reform since the creation of the WTO 19 years ago.
    (Reuters, 8/1/14)

2014        Aug 3, India’s PM Narendra Modi embarked on a visit to Nepal to help speed up negotiations on a power trade pact.
    (Reuters, 8/3/14)

2014        Aug 6, Pakistani security forces arrested an Indian border guard for allegedly violating their de-facto border in the disputed Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/8/14)

2014        Aug 11, Indian police accused Pakistan of injuring four people during overnight firing along their border in Kashmir, on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's visit to the disputed region.
    (AFP, 8/11/14)

2014        Aug 13, Pakistan dismissed as "baseless rhetoric" claims by Indian PM Narendra Modi that it was waging a "proxy war" in disputed Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/13/14)

2014        Aug 14, An Indian court sentenced the man convicted of killing India's "bandit queen" Phoolan Devi to life imprisonment. Devi (38) was gunned down in broad daylight in 2001. Sher Singh Rana was convicted last week after a trial that had dragged on for more than a decade.
    (AFP, 8/14/14)

2014        Aug 17, Indian border police noticed Chinese troops in a disputed and unpopulated area of Ladakh during a patrol of the informal border that separates India and China.
    (AFP, 8/19/14)

2014        Aug 18, Indian and Nepalese officials said that flooding and torrential rains have left at least 100 dead in Nepal and 84 dead in India.
    (SFC, 8/19/14, p.A5)

2014        Aug 23, India and Pakistan traded gunfire in the disputed Kashmir region, killing two villagers on each side and wounding several others.
    (AP, 8/23/14)

2014        Aug 25, In central India a pre-dawn stampede killed 10 people as tens of thousands of Hindus worshipped in an annual procession in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/25/14)(SFC, 8/26/14, p.A2)

2014        Aug 28, India’s PM Narendra Modi launched a campaign for the state-owned banks to open millions of accounts for poor citizens off the financial grid and vulnerable to black market money lenders. The Jan Dhan plan translated as “Prime Minister’s People’s Wealth Scheme."
    (SFC, 8/29/14, p.A6)(Econ, 9/17/16, p.72)

2014        Aug 30, India’s PM Narendra Modi was welcomed by Japanese PM Shinzo Abe as he began a five-day visit to the country.
    (Reuters, 8/30/14)
2014        Aug 30, In northeastern India a march by hundreds of supporters of the United Naga Council left 2 people dead and 13 other Naga tribespeople injured in the Ukhrul district of Manipur state. The council in response called for a general strike in the area.
    (AP, 8/31/14)
2014        Aug 30, In Kashmir suspected rebels clashed with Indian soldiers near the highly militarized cease-fire line dividing disputed Kashmir between India and Pakistan, killing one soldier and wounding another. At least 3 Indian soldiers and 5 Kashmiri militants had been reported killed in fighting over the past week in the mountainous Kupwara region.
    (AP, 8/30/14)

2014        Sep 1, Japan and India agreed to step up their economic and security cooperation as visiting PM Narendra Modi won pledges of support for his effort to revitalize the lagging Indian economy.
    (AP, 9/1/14)
2014        Sep 1, In India a 16-year-old went missing after trying to save her father from being attacked by village elders as punishment for failing to repay a loan. Her body was found the next morning. Police soon arrested three people after the girl's father lodged a complaint that she was raped and murdered in West Bengal state.
    (AFP, 9/3/14)

2014        Sep 4, In Indian-held Kashmir a bus carrying over 50 wedding guests was swept away by a flooded stream. All but 5 passengers were missing.
    (SFC, 9/5/14, p.A2)
2016        Sep 4, In the Indian portion of Kashmir around 100 people were injured as Indian government forces fired tear gas and shotgun pellets to quell thousands of protesters who pelted rocks and burned a government office.
    (AP, 9/4/16)
2014        Sep 4, Al-Qaida announced it had created an Indian branch that the terror network vowed would bring Islamic rule to the entire subcontinent.
    (AP, 9/4/14)

2014        Sep 5, Australian PM Tony Abbott and India’s PM Narendra Modi signed a long-awaited uranium nuclear. Modi also announced $20 million in funding for further India-Australian scientific projects.
    (AFP, 9/5/14)

2014        Sep 6, Authorities in northern India and Pakistan said more than 230 people have been killed in torrential monsoon rains which triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses. This included at least 155 people killed in both sides of Kashmir.
    (AFP, 9/6/14)

2016        Sep 8, An Indian court sentenced a man to death for killing his neighbor by throwing sulfuric acid at her for refusing to marry him three years ago. A Mumbai court sentenced Ankur Panwar after finding him guilty of killing Preeti Rathi (23). She died of serious burn injuries 30 days after the attack.
    (AP, 9/8/16)

2014        Sep 9, The death toll from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to at least 420, including 217 on India’s side and 213 on the Pakistani side.
    (Reuters, 9/9/14)

2014        Sep 10, The death toll from the flooding in India and Pakistan climbed to at least 457. Thousands of people fled their homes in Pakistan as monsoon flooding that has already inundated the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir coursed down onto the plains. Parts of Srinagar remained under two storeys of water for nearly three weeks.
    (AP, 9/10/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.41)

2014        Sep 11, In India and Pakistan monsoon floods inundated more villages as the death toll in both countries reached 461.
    (SFC, 9/12/14, p.A2)

2016        Sep, 12, India's technology hub of Bengaluru deployed riot police and banned public gatherings to rein in protests as a water dispute turned violent. The violence erupted after India's Supreme Court ordered Karnataka state, where Bengaluru is based, to release 12,000 cubic feet of water per second every day from the Cauvery river to neighboring Tamil Nadu until Sept. 20. Police gunfire killed one protester and injured another after rampaging mobs set fire to dozens of buses, trucks and cars and attacked shops and businesses in Bangalore and other parts of the state. Police arrested nearly 400 people for looting and vandalism after the curfew was imposed to quell violence.
    (Reuters, 9/12/16)(AP, 9/13/16)

2016        Sep 13, Indian and foreign technology companies including global outsourcing firm Accenture closed offices and told staff to stay home in the technology hub of Bengaluru after riots over the diversion of water from a river.
    (Reuters, 9/13/16)
2016        Sep 13, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir two anti-India protesters were killed and scores were injured in clashes with security forces.
    (AP, 9/13/16)

2014        Sep 14, India’s Supreme Court cancelled 214 of 218 coal mining licenses sold between 1992 and 2010. The government pledged to auction new licenses quickly.
    (Econ, 9/27/14, p.72)

2016        Sep 15, In India thousands of indigenous people rallied in the eastern state of Jharkhand, protesting against the government's proposal to amend decades-old land laws, saying it would deprive them of their rights.
    (Reuters, 9/16/16)
2016        Sep 15, India detained Khurram Parvez (39), a leading Kashmiri human rights activist, a day after it stopped him from boarding a flight to attend a UN Human Rights Council meeting in Geneva. Parvez has spoken out against the use of force in an ongoing security crackdown.
    (Reuters, 9/16/16)
2016        Sep 15, In India Tariq Hameed Karra, a founding member of the People's Democratic Party, resigned from India's Parliament and from his regional party to protest a government crackdown in Kashmir that prevented people from offering Eid prayers for the first time in the troubled region.
    (AP, 9/15/16)
2014        Sep 15, Gilead Sciences said it will begin selling its $1,000 per pill hepatitis C treatment in India and other developing countries at a fraction of the price it charges in the US. Gilead said it had struck agreements with seven Indian generic drug makers to sell lower cost versions.
    (SFC, 9/16/14, p.D2)

2014        Sep 17, Chinese President Xi Jinping landed in the Indian prime minister's home state of Gujarat for a three-day visit expected to focus on India's need to improve worn out infrastructure and reduce its trade deficit.
    (AP, 9/17/14)

2014        Sep 18, Indian PM Narendra Modi stood beside Chinese President Xi Jinping at a news conference and said he raised India's concerns about repeated incidents at the border. Both leaders said peace and stability along the border were necessary for economic growth and development in the region.
    (AP, 9/18/14)

2016        Sep 19, In northeastern India 2 people were killed and several others were injured as police tried to stop protests against the demolition of homes on the periphery of Kaziranga National Park, a rhino sanctuary.
    (AP, 9/19/16)
2014        Sep 19, Nepal's government signed an agreement with Indian company GMR to build the Himalayan nation's largest hydroelectric plant in a small step toward easing chronic power shortages and attracting new investment.
    (AP, 9/19/14)

2014        Sep 20, In northern India an explosion ripped through a makeshift fireworks factory, killing at least 5 people.
    (AP, 9/20/14)
2014        Sep 20, An Indian court sentenced 13 people, including a village headman, to 20 years in jail for gang-raping a woman (20) last January in Subalpur, West Bengal state.
    (AFP, 9/20/14)

2014        Sep 22, Indian officials said heavy rains in parts of the northeast have triggered landslides and flash floods, killing at least 7 people.
    (AP, 9/22/14)

2014        Sep 23, Indian military officials said that Chinese troops have set up a camp about 3 km (2 miles) into territory claimed by India in the Chumar region of the Ladakh plateau more than a week ago. Indian soldiers have set up their own base nearby and have been told not to back down.
    (Reuters, 9/23/14)
2016        Sep 23, India signed a deal to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France for around $8.7 billion, the country's first major acquisition of combat planes in two decades and a boost for PM Narendra Modi's plan to rebuild an ageing fleet.
    (Reuters, 9/23/16)
2016        Sep 23, In western India an angry mob attacked Sangita Ranawasia, a low-caste pregnant woman, and her family for refusing to clear away a cow carcass because of a weeks-long strike against such work in Gujarat state. Six persons of the upper-caste Darbar community were soon arrested for assault.
    (AP, 9/26/16)
2016        Sep 23, In Kashmir one person was killed and dozens of others wounded when Indian government forces fired live ammunition and shotgun pellets to stop protests against Indian rule in the disputed region.
    (AP, 9/23/16)

2014        Sep 24, India's top court said that private companies will have to return most of the coal fields allocated to them by the government since 1993 under a corruption prone bidding system.
    (AP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, India won Asia's race to Mars when its unmanned Mangalyaan spacecraft successfully entered the Red Planet's orbit after a 10-month journey on a tiny budget.
    (AFP, 9/24/14)
2014        Sep 24, In India the death toll from flash floods and landslides in the northeast rose to 73.
    (AP, 9/24/14)

2014        Sep 25, The human rights group American Justice Center filed suit in Manhattan federal court on behalf of two unnamed survivors of the 2002 violence in Gujarat, India. The suit summoned India's PM Modi to respond to accusations of human rights abuses, casting a shadow over the Indian leader's first trip to the US on Sep 26 as head of government. Immunity rules for visiting foreign leaders mean Narendra Modi can't be served papers to start a lawsuit.
    (AP, 9/26/14)(AP, 9/27/14)

2014        Sep 27, In India Jayaram Jayalalitha, a charismatic former actress who later joined politics and became the top elected official in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu, was sentenced to four years in prison after a court found her guilty of corruption in a case filed 18 years ago.
    (AP, 9/27/14)

2016        Sep 28, German carmaker Volkswagen said it has stopped buying mica from some suppliers in India, following a Thomson Reuters Foundation investigation that found child workers were dying in illegal, unregulated mines. At least seven children were killed since June mining for mica in the states of Bihar, Jharkhand, Rajasthan and Andhra Pradesh. The mineral puts a sparkle in makeup and car paint.
    (Reuters, 9/28/16)

2014        Sep 29, New Jersey-based Honeywell International Inc. said that it is partnering with Tata Power to help make navigation systems for India's military.
    (AP, 9/29/14)

2014        Sep 30, US Pres. Obama and India's new PM Narendra Modi said that "it is time to set a new agenda" between their countries, addressing concerns that the world's two largest democracies have grown apart.
    (AP, 9/30/14)

2016        Oct 1, India started its biggest ever telecoms airwaves auction, receiving 535.31 billion rupees ($8.04 billion) worth of bids on the first day of the sale.
    (Reuters, 10/1/16)
2016        Oct 1, It was reported that four people died in eastern India when police opened fire during clashes with villagers who allege state-run NTPC Ltd violate forestry rights and does not offer enough compensation when acquiring land for a coal mining site.
    (Reuters, 10/1/16)

2014        Oct 2, India’s PM Narendra Modi joined millions of people in a countrywide campaign to clean parks, public buildings and streets on the birth anniversary of Mohandas Gandhi.
    (SFC, 10/2/14, p.A6)
2016        Oct 2, India ratified the Paris climate change agreement at the UN in New York.
    (SFC, 10/3/16, p.A2)

2014        Oct 3, In eastern India at least 32 people were killed in a stampede triggered by rumors that an electrical wire had fallen on people attending the Dussehra Hindu festival in Patna, Bihar state.
    (SFC, 10/4/14, p.A2)
2016        Oct 3, In India Aradhana Samdhariya (13), died due to cardiac arrest, a day after her family held a procession in the southern city of Hyderabad in which she rode in a chariot with her parents to celebrate the end of a 68-day fast. Family members publicly denied forcing the girl to fast during the holy period of Chaumasa, observed by the Jain community from July.
    (Reuters, 10/9/16)

2016        Oct 4, In India police detained more than 700 detained in a raid on makeshift call centers in the Mumbai suburb of Thane. 70 people arrested. An estimated $36.5 million was extorted from US residents in an alleged tax scam that was run for about a year from call centers on the outskirts of Mumbai.
    (Reuters, 10/6/16)

2014        Oct 6, In Kashmir tens of thousands of villagers fled their homes as Indian and Pakistani troops bombarded each other with gunfire and mortar shells over the border separating their portions of the disputed region. 9 civilians were killed.
    (AP, 10/6/14)(AP, 10/7/14)

2014        Oct 7, Indian and Pakistani troops fired bullets and mortar shells across the border between Kashmir and Pakistan for a second day, with both accusing the other of provoking the violence. Police in both countries said troops exchanged fire for hours overnight, killing a Pakistani man and injuring at least 22 others.
    (AP, 10/7/14)

2016        Oct 8, Indian forces fired shotgun pellets and tear gas as thousands of people carried the body of a 12-year-old boy killed overnight during an anti-India protest in the main city of the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.
    (AP, 10/8/16)
2014        Oct 8, In Kashmir 5 more civilians were killed and thousands took refuge in camps in the disputed region after some of the most intense fighting between nuclear-armed neighbors Pakistan and India in a decade.
    (Reuters, 10/8/14)

2014        Oct 10, Taliban attack survivor Malala Yousafzai (17) became the youngest Nobel winner ever as she and Kailash Satyarthi (b.1954) of India won the Nobel Peace Prize for working to protect children from slavery, extremism and child labor at great risk to their own lives.
    (AP, 10/10/14)

2014        Oct 11, India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire across the Kashmir frontier, ending a pause in fighting that has already killed 17 civilians.
    (Reuters, 10/11/14)

2016        Oct 12, The Indian army said a three-day standoff with suspected rebels in Kashmir has ended after government forces killed two militants inside a building in Pampore town. The building was extensively damaged in the fighting.
    (AP, 10/12/16)
2014        Oct 12, In India Cyclone Hudhud pounded a large swath of the eastern seaboard with heavy rain and strong winds, killing at least 41 people and causing major damage to buildings and crops.
    (AP, 10/12/14)(Reuters, 10/18/14)

2014        Oct 14, The WTO said India broke World Trade Organization rules by blocking US poultry imports because of unsubstantiated bird flu fears.
    (Reuters, 10/14/14)

2014        Oct 16, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi announced a series of labor reforms aimed at transforming Asia's third-largest economy into an international manufacturing hub.
    (AP, 10/16/14)

2016        Oct 17, In eastern India a fire broke out late today at the private Sum Hospital in the city of Bhubaneswar, killing at least 23 people.
    (AP, 10/18/16)
2014        Oct 17, India’s environment minister said a new air quality index has been launched to help citizens understand complex pollution data and its implications for their health.
    (Reuters, 10/17/14)

2016        Oct 18, India's National Human Rights Commission (NHRC) accused the western state of Maharashtra of negligence over the "shocking and painful" deaths in the past decade of more than 700 indigenous children in schools run by the authorities.
    (Reuters, 10/19/16)
2016        Oct 18, In India the Delhi Zoo was closed to the public after autopsies confirmed at least three birds had died from H5N1 avian influenza. Days later city authorities closed Hauz Khas Deer Park after eight birds died of suspected bird flu.
    (AP, 10/21/16)

2016        Oct 20, India reported that a Dalit man has died in a fresh protest over land, as a campaign for land rights for the low-caste community widened across the country. He was one of three Dalit men who had been protesting over a lack of land titles in Junagadh in Gujarat state, and had consumed poison earlier this week.
    (Reuters, 10/20/16)
2014        Oct 20, In southern India a blaze engulfed a fireworks factory, killing at least 13 workers and seriously burning seven others in Vakatippa village, Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 10/20/14)

2016        Oct 21, Indian banks scrambled to contain the damage after finding that more than 3.2 million debit cards may have been hacked.
    (AP, 10/21/16)
2016        Oct 21, In India a smartphone application was launched that allows residents to report the presence of construction dust or the burning of leaves and garbage in New Delhi's public parks to authorities. The phone app was launched by the Environmental Pollution (Prevention and Control) Authority, a monitoring group set up on the order of India's Supreme Court in April.
    (AP, 10/22/16)

2016        Oct 23, In India police opened fire in Saiko in the district of Khunti, Jharkhand state, after protesters blocked the road, assaulted police and took several policemen hostage. One man was killed.
    (Reuters, 10/24/16)

2016        Oct 24, In eastern India police killed 24 rebels in a shoot-out near the border of Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states, one of the heaviest casualties inflicted in recent years on the Maoists who are waging a long-running insurgency.
    (AFP, 10/24/16)

2014        Oct 26, In India 9 people were killed when a passenger bus traveling in the remote northeast swerved over a bridge and broke through the railing to fall into a marshy ravine near the town of Kaliabor, Assam state.
    (AP, 10/26/14)
2016        Oct 26, Pakistan's military said Indian troops have killed two civilians and wounded eight others in what it called an incident of "unprovoked firing" in a remote village bordering Indian-controlled Kashmir, while a third villager died in hospital of gunshot wounds sustained in a similar incident the previous day.
    (AP, 10/26/16)

2016        Oct 27, The US Justice Department charged 61 defendants at home and abroad in connection with a call center operation that officials say is based in India. Authorities served nine warrants in eight states and arrested 20 people in the international fraud and money laundering scheme investigation on five call center groups.
    (AP, 10/27/16)

2014        Oct 28, Off India’s west coast a boat taking tourists on a dolphin-sighting trip capsized, killing three Russian women.
    (AP, 10/28/14)

2014        Oct 29, India's government handed over the names of more than 600 Indians with foreign bank accounts to the Supreme Court after public outrage over rampant tax evasion.
    (AP, 10/29/14)
2014        Oct 29, In Kashmir 2 suspected rebels were been killed in a fierce gunbattle near the heavily militarized line of control. An Indian army officer and a suspected rebel died a day earlier in the fighting.
    (AP, 10/29/14)

2016        Nov 1, Indian officials said 7 civilians were killed in Kashmir and nine others wounded by Pakistani shelling. Two women were also reported killed in the Rajouri sector in cross-border firing.
    (AP, 11/1/16)

2014        Nov 2, Indian authorities set fire to a stockpile of tiger skins, elephant tusks, rhino horns and other illegal animal parts in an effort to discourage wildlife smuggling in South Asia.
    (AP, 11/2/14)

2014        Nov 5, In Indian-controlled Kashmir shops and businesses were closed and small protests broke out after separatists called a strike following the killings of two teenagers by army soldiers at a roadblock.
    (AP, 11/5/14)

2014        Nov 8, In India Dr. R.K. Gupta performed more than 80 sterilization surgeries after which 13 women died. Two days later, another camp was held in the same Bilaspur district of Chhattisgarh. One woman died and more than a dozen fell ill with shock and vomiting. Gupta, who had gone into hiding, was arrested on Nov 12 at a relative's home near Bilaspur.
    (Reuters, 11/12/14)(AP, 11/13/14)

2014        Nov 9, India’s PM Narendra Modi appointed 21 new ministers to his 66-member cabinet. Jarring with his pledge to clean up politics seven of the new ministers faced prosecution.
    (Reuters, 11/11/14)

2014        Nov 12, In central India furious protesters took to the streets of Raipur, Chhattisgarh state, smashing up cars and demanding the chief minister resign, as the death toll from a mass government-run sterilization program rose to 13.
    (AFP, 11/12/14)

2014        Nov 13, India won US support for its food stockpiling scheme, rescuing the World Trade Organization from paralysis and giving new Prime Minister Narendra Modi a victory without major concessions.
    (Reuters, 11/13/14)

2014        Nov 14, Indian news reported that police have arrested Ramesh Mahawar, the director of Mahawar Pharma Pvt Ltd. The firm allegedly supplied medication to women in a mass sterilization that left 13 dead. Mahawar’s son was also arrested. A senior official said the deaths may have been caused by antibiotic pills contaminated with rat poison.
    (AP, 11/14/14)(SFC, 11/15/14, p.A2)
2014        Nov 14, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir 2 suspected rebels and a civilian were killed in a fierce overnight gunbattle.
    (AP, 11/14/14)

2014        Nov 15, Indian officials said tainted drugs apparently killed 13 women in Chhattisgarh state who underwent Nov 8 sterilization procedures after autopsies ruled out any surgery faults.
    (AP, 11/15/14)

2014        Nov 16, In northern India a collision between a minibus and a truck killed 12 people in Uttar Pradesh state. 8 others were killed in Maharashtra state when a truck hit people waiting at a roadside bus station.
    (AP, 11/16/14)
2014        Nov 16, In India a mob of junior doctors in Kolkata killed a suspected mobile phone thief at a medical college in a gruesome case of vigilante justice, tying him up and slashing his penis with a razor.
    (AFP, 11/17/14)

2014        Nov 18, In northern India hundreds of armed supporters of controversial guru Rampal Maharaj (63) clashed with baton-wielding riot police who tried to storm his fortified ashram and arrest him for using women and children as human shields outside Hisar city, Haryana state.
    (AFP, 11/18/14)

2014        Nov 19, Northern India police arrested Sant Rampal (63), a controversial religious leader, at his sprawling ashram in Haryana state, ending a days-long standoff in which 6 people died and hundreds were injured. Rampal and 38 others have been charged with murder and other offenses after a violent clash between his supporters and another group killed one person in July 2006.
    (AP, 11/19/14)

2014        Nov 20, In Kashmir Indian forces reportedly fired across the border into the Pakistan-administered portion of the disputed Himalayan region, killing a soldier.
    (AP, 11/21/14)

2014        Nov 21, In India Srinjoy Bose, an opposition national lawmaker, was arrested on suspicion of stealing funds from a multibillion-dollar Ponzi scheme that collapsed in eastern India. The scheme was run by the Saradha Group, a state-based consortium of private companies running collective investment plans collapsed in April 2013.
    (AP, 11/21/14)

2014        Nov 23, Pope Francis canonized six new saints, including a priest and a nun from the Indian state of Kerala and 4 Italians. Eufrasia Eluvathingal and Kuriakose Elias Chavara were from the Syro-Malabar Church, one of 22 Eastern rite churches that operates in full communion with Rome.
    (AP, 11/23/14)

2014        Nov 25, Nepal signed an agreement for an Indian company to build a $1 billion hydroelectric plant to boost supplies in the energy-starved Himalayan nation and export power to India.
    (AP, 11/25/14)

2014        Nov 27, In Nepal eight South Asian heads of state attending their first summit in three years reached a deal on energy sharing, but failed on two other economic agreements during a retreat where Indian and Pakistan leaders shook hands.
    (AP, 11/27/14)

2014        Nov 30, In India nearly a thousand gay rights activists marched through central New Delhi to demand an end to discrimination against gays in the country’s deeply conservative society.
    (AP, 11/30/14)

2014        Dec 1, In central India at least 13 paramilitary troops were killed in an attack by Maoist rebels in Sukma district, Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 12/1/14)

2014        Dec 2, Indian soldiers killed 6 militants near the border with Pakistan in Kupwara, northern Kashmir.
    (Reuters, 12/3/14)

2014        Dec 4, In northern India 5 children were killed when a train crashed into their school van at the unmanned Mahaso railroad crossing, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 12/4/14)

2014        Dec 5, In India’s section of Kashmir a series of rebel attacks killed 21 people, including 8 Indian soldiers and 3 police officers. The rebels had crossed over from Pakistani territory.
    (AP, 12/8/14)(Econ, 12/13/14, p.41)
2014        Dec 5, In India Uber taxi driver Shiv Kumar Yadav raped a young female passenger (25) in New Delhi. On Nov 3, 2015, Yadav was sentenced to life in prison.
    (AFP, 10/20/15)(AP, 11/3/15)

2014        Dec 8, In India US online ride-hailing service Uber was banned from operating in New Delhi after a female passenger accused one of its drivers of rape on Dec 5. Uber employed Shiv Kumar Yadav even though he had been arrested on allegations of sexual assault three years ago.
    (Reuters, 12/8/14)(SFC, 1/14/15, p.A2)

2014        Dec 9, India ordered state governments to halt the operations of all unregistered, web-based taxi companies after a female passenger reported she was raped in New Delhi by a driver contracted to US cab company Uber.
    (Reuters, 12/9/14)

2014        Dec 10, India's government said that it was decriminalizing suicide attempts, which earlier were punishable by up to a year in prison.
    (AP, 12/10/14)

2014        Dec 11, Indian PM Narendra Modi told President Vladimir Putin that Russia will remain India's top defense supplier. Modi spoke after a one-day summit in which the two sides signed billions of dollars of deals in nuclear power, oil and defense. The Russian Direct Investment Fund and India's IDFC agreed to invest up to $1 billion in Indian infrastructure projects including in ports, toll roads and hydropower, to deepen economic ties between the two countries.
    (Reuters, 12/11/14)

2014        Dec 17, Low-cost Indian airline SpiceJet grounded all flights after oil companies stopped supplies of jet fuel to the financially beleaguered carrier.
    (AP, 12/17/14)

2014        Dec 18, A Pakistani anti-terrorism court cited lack of evidence and granted $5,000 bail to Zaki-ur-Rahman Lakhvi, the chief suspect in the 2008 Mumbai attack trial, a decision immediately criticized by India. On Dec 19 Lakhvi ordered back to jail for at least three more months.
    (AP, 12/18/14)(SFC, 12/19/14, p.A2)(SSFC, 12/21/14, p.A10)

2014        Dec 21, In northeastern India an explosion in the parking lot of a bus station killed 3 workers and wounded five others in Manipur state.
    (AP, 12/21/14)

2014        Dec 22, Indian PM Narendra Modi's reform agenda suffered a setback as protests erupted in parliament and in the streets over a campaign by Hindu hardliners linked to his party to convert Muslims and Christians to Hinduism.
    (Reuters, 12/22/14)

2014        Dec 23, In northeastern India rebels belonging to a faction of an indigenous separatist group, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland, attacked tribal settlers known as Adivasi. At least 80 people were killed.
    (AP, 12/24/14)(Reuters, 12/26/14)
2014        Dec 23, In India two men riding a motorcycle threw acid on a woman in a crowded neighborhood in New Delhi, causing serious injuries. The men also stole her purse before fleeing.
    (AP, 12/24/14)

2014        Dec 26, In India a Japanese research scholar (22) escaped after being held hostage and raped for nearly three weeks near a Buddhist pilgrimage center in Bodh Gaya, Bihar state. By Jan 4 five men were arrested.
    (AP, 1/3/15)(AFP, 1/4/15)

2014        Dec 27, In India a fire broke out in a timber shop on the outskirts of Mumbai early today, burning eight people to death.
    (AP, 12/27/14)

2014        Dec 28, In India a crude bomb exploded outside a busy restaurant in Bengaluru, killing a woman and wounding a man. Bengaluru, formerly known as Bangalore, has been on a general alert since police picked up Mehdi Masoor Biswas, an engineer, for allegedly running a pro-Islamic State Twitter account that had tens of thousands of followers worldwide.
    (Reuters, 12/28/14)

2014        Dec 31, Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire near the border that divides the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir, leaving one dead on the Indian side and two wounded on the Pakistani side.
    (AP, 12/31/14)
2014        Dec 31, Off the coast of India a fishing boat stocked with explosives blew up. India later said 4 men on the boat blew it up themselves as Indian coast guard officers approached on New Year's Eve. Senior coast guard officer B.K. Loshali was later removed from his post after he contradicted the government saying coast guard personnel had destroyed the Pakistani "terror boat".
    (AP, 2/25/15)

2014        Rana Dasgupta authored “Capital: A Portrait of Twenty-First Century Delhi."
    (Econ, 3/1/14, p.84)
2014        Rajdeep Sardesai authored “2014: The Election that Changed India."
    (Econ, 11/29/14, p.75)
2014        India's PM Narendra Modi successfully lobbied the United Nations to designate June 21 International Yoga Day in his first year in power.
    (AP, 6/21/19)
2014        The population of the India-owned Andaman Islands was about 400,000.
    (Econ, 9/13/14, p.48)
2014        India’s Tamil Nadu state launched a postcard program as a way of tracking the education of some of the more than 10 million children who are estimated to migrate with their families to different parts of India every year.
    (Reuters, 7/20/16)
2014        In India some 1,700 people died this year after imbibing toxic home brew.
    (Econ, 2/20/15, p.33)

2015        Jan 1, India scrapped its 65-year-old Planning Commission and replacing it today with new National Institution for Transforming India (NITI), which PM Narendra Modi said would do more to involve the regions.
    (AP, 1/1/15)

2015        Jan 3, Pakistani and Indian border guards traded artillery fire overnight along the disputed border region of Kashmir, killing 4 people and wounding eight.
    (AP, 1/3/15)

2015        Jan 4, A city in central India elected the country's first transgender mayor, nine months after a court ruled that transgender be recognized as a legal third gender. Madhu Kinnar (35) won the mayoral election in Raigarh in the mineral-rich state of Chhattisgarh.
    (Reuters, 1/5/15)
2015        Jan 4, In India a 16-year-old victim was attacked and gang-raped after arriving in eastern Bihar state late today where the gang, including a local administrator's driver, approached her and offered her a lift to a relative's home. Police soon arrested one of five suspects.
    (AFP, 1/6/15)
2015        Jan 4, In eastern India 14 langur monkeys died after snatching and then eating biscuits laced with rat poison being sold by a hawker in West Bengal state. The hawker who fled in the aftermath of the deaths.
    (AFP, 1/5/15)

2015        Jan 5, Pakistani troops fired gunshots and mortar shells that killed an Indian soldier in northern Kashmir.
    (AP, 1/5/15)

2015        Jan 7, In India around half a million coal workers vowed to continue their strike after inconclusive talks with the government, possibly jeopardizing power supplies.
    (AP, 1/7/15)
2015        Jan 7, In southeastern India a passenger bus veered off a road and fell into a gorge, killing at least 11 people in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 1/7/15)

2015        Jan 13, In India 15 more people died and about 90 remained in hospital in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh after drinking batch of bootleg liquor on Jan 11, taking the total death toll to 28.
    (Reuters, 1/13/15)
2015        Jan 13, In India villagers in Uttar Predesh state began noticing bodies floating in an offshoot of the Ganges. Some 102 bodies, many of them children, were found near the village of Pariyar. They were believed to be the result of water burials.
    (SFC, 1/15/15, p.A4)

2015        Jan 14, In India authorities in Uttar Pradesh state suspended 23 officials in a crackdown on illegal liquor sales, as the death toll among villagers who drank from a bad batch of cheap alcohol climbed to 38.
    (AP, 1/14/15)
2015        Jan 14, In India wildlife rangers shot 3 suspected poachers dead in a gunbattle in remote northeastern Kaziranga National Park, Assam state.
    (AP, 1/14/15)
2015        Jan 14, Indian troops killed a suspected rebel in a gunbattle in the northern Kashmir town of Sopore.
    (AP, 1/15/15)

2015        Jan 15, Indian soldiers and police killed five suspected rebels during a fierce gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 1/15/15)

2015        Jan 18, In eastern India at least 4 Muslim villagers were killed, 3 of them burned to death, when their thatched huts were set on fire during a clash in Bihar state. Hindu fishermen blamed Muslims for killing a boy who was friendly with a Muslim girl from the village. 14 people were arrested the next day on charges of arson and murder.
    (AP, 1/19/15)

2015        Jan 20, Indian officials said a 2014 census found at least 2,226 tigers in forests across the country, up from 1,707 counted in 2010.
    (SFC, 1/21/15, p.A2)

2015        Jan 22, Pakistan's Maritime Security Agency arrested 38 Indian fishermen for violating its waters in the Arabian Sea.
    (AP, 1/22/15)
2015        Jan 22, In India a court ordered the release of frail activist Irom Sharmila (42), who has been on a hunger strike for nearly 15 years to protest alleged military brutality in the remote northeast. She has been protesting against the Armed Forces Special Powers Act, which is in effect in Indian-ruled Kashmir and in northeastern areas like Manipur that are wracked by separatist insurgencies.
    (AP, 1/22/15)

2015        Jan 24, India's communist parties held a protest march and burned an effigy of President Barack Obama on the eve of his New Delhi visit, voicing fears of a US domination in economic, nuclear and defense ties with India.
    (AP, 1/24/15)

2015        Jan 25, In India US President Barack Obama and Indian PM Narendra Modi unveiled a deal aimed at unlocking billions of dollars in nuclear trade, a step that both sides hope will help establish an enduring strategic partnership. America and India issued a joint strategic vision for the Asia-pacific and Indian Ocean region.
    (Reuters, 1/25/15)(Econ, 1/31/15, p.34)

2015        Jan 26, In India US President Barack Obama ended a landmark day with a pledge of $4 billion in investments and loans.
    (Reuters, 1/26/15)
2015        Jan 26, Acclaimed Indian cartoonist R. K. Laxman (94) died. He was the creator of the innocuous character the Common Man, who held up a mirror to the absurdity and silliness of Indian politicians.
    (AP, 1/27/15)

2015        Jan 27, In Kashmir a brief gunbattle between Indian government forces and suspected rebels killed two rebels and two troops.
    (AP, 1/27/15)

2015        Jan 31, India succeeded for the first time in using a mobile launcher to test-fire the Agni V missile, a long-range missile capable of delivering a nuclear warhead deep inside rival China. This was the first time the weapon had been fired from a so-called canister mounted on a truck rather than from a concrete launch pad used in previous trials.
    (AFP, 1/31/15)
2015        Jan 31, It was reported that a mysterious annual epidemic in northern India was likely due to a toxin found in litchi fruit.
    (SFC, 1/31/15, p.A5)

2015        Jan - 2015 May, Indian forces killed 20 Bangladeshis trying to cross the border illegally.
    (Econ, 6/13/15, p.40)

2015        Feb 2, In central India rebels ambushed a paramilitary police team in Kanker district of Chhattisgarh state, killing the two policemen instantly.
    (AP, 2/2/15)

2015        Feb 5, An India official said  police over the last ten days have rescued hundreds of children working in hazardous industries in in Hyderabad despite laws that ban child labor.
    (AP, 2/5/15)

2015        Feb 7, Air pollution in Delhi, India, was reported to be the worst in the world with levels of smaller particulates routinely 15 times above levels deemed safe by the World Health Organization (WHO).
    (Econ, 2/7/15, p.38)

2015        Feb 8, In India a Japanese student (20) was raped while touring Jaipur. Three men (20-24), who offered to be her tour guides, took her to a farming village outside the city, raped her on a roadside and fled. Villagers heard the woman crying and helped her contact police. On Sep 4 a court sentenced the three men to 20 years in prison. Three other defendants were sentenced to two years in prison for helping the three main accused commit the crime.
    (AP, 9/4/15)

2015        Feb 9, Police in India said that they had arrested eight people suspected in the rape and murder of a Nepalese woman in the northwest state of Haryana. The 28-year-old woman had been staying with her sister when she went missing Feb 1. Her mutilated body was discovered three days later. In northern India police searched for a man who raped a Japanese student sightseeing in Jaipur a day earlier. The accused tour guide turned himself in on Feb 13.
    (AP, 2/9/15)(AFP, 2/13/15)

2015        Feb 10, India's PM Narendra Modi suffered his first major election setback since becoming prime minister last May, as anti-corruption campaigner Arvind Kejriwal won a landslide victory in Delhi state polls.
    (AFP, 2/10/15)

2015        Feb 13, In southern India a train derailed after hitting a boulder that had fallen on the track, killing at least 11 people and injuring dozens near Bangalore, Karnataka state.
    (AP, 2/13/15)

2015        Feb 15, In northern India a newly built house collapsed early today killing 13 residents as they slept in Dulhaipur village, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AFP, 2/15/15)

2015        Feb 17, In India police arrested three men for allegedly stealing classified documents from the ministry of petroleum and natural gas and selling them to energy companies. Four other men, including two energy consultants, were arrested soon after.
    (AP, 2/19/15)

2015        Feb 20, Health authorities in India said a flu outbreak has killed over 700 people in the last ten weeks.
    (SFC, 2/21/15, p.A2)

2015        Feb 21, Indian government forces killed two suspected rebels in a gunbattle in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 2/21/15)
2015        Feb 21, A new report said India's filthy air is cutting 660 million lives short by about three years.
    (AP, 2/21/15)

2015        Feb 24, Indian police said they had made the single biggest seizure of gold smuggled into the country after arresting six people leaving an airport with 60 kg of the precious metal flown in from Dubai. The arrest was likely to strengthen pressure on Finance Minister Arun Jaitley to cut the gold import duty from a record-high 10 percent in his budget on Feb 28.
    (Reuters, 2/24/15)

2015        Mar 1, India's ruling Hindu nationalist party formed a coalition government in Kashmir, marking the first time it will hold a leadership position in the disputed Muslim-majority region.
    (AP, 3/1/15)

2015        Mar 2, In India a law banning the possession and sale of beef went into effect in the state of Maharashtra. The ban on the slaughter of cattle put thousands out of work and created problems for struggling farmers. The ban would not apply to buffaloes India was the world’s 2nd largest exporter of beef behind Brazil.
    (SFC, 3/6/15, p.A5)(SFC, 3/27/15, p.A2)(Econ., 4/11/15, p.37)

2015        Mar 4, The BBC aired the documentary “India’s Daughter," about a fatal New Delhi gang rape in which one attacker blamed the victim. A court order in India had halted a March 1 screening.
    (SFC, 3/6/15, p.A2)

2015        Mar 5, In northeastern India several men mobilized thousands of people who broke into the jail in Dimapur city, Nagaland state, and seized the rape suspect, whom they also accused of being an illegal migrant from Bangladesh. They pelted him with stones and beat him to death. One person was killed and several others were injured when police fired to disperse the mob.
    (AP, 3/7/15)

2015        Mar 6, Millions across India welcomed spring with their annual "festival of colors", celebrating by covering each other in water and dazzling paint.
    (AFP, 3/6/15)
2015        Mar 6, In northeastern India Nagaland state authorities suspended the district magistrate of Dimapur, the city's police superintendent and the jail's warden after a mob lynched a jailed suspect a day earlier.
    (AP, 3/7/15)

2015        Mar 8, In India Vinod Mehta (73), founding editor of India's Outlook magazine and a fearless commentator on Indian politics, died.
    (AP, 3/8/15)

2015        Mar 10, Indian police detained about a hundred Tibetans who were protesting outside the Chinese Embassy in New Delhi on the anniversary of a failed 1959 uprising against China's rule in Tibet.
    (AP, 3/10/15)

2015        Mar 11, In northern India a crude bomb exploded in a crowded market in Imphal, the capital of Manipur state, killing at least 3 people and injuring 15 others.
    (AP, 3/11/15)

2015        Mar 12, Indian biologists at MIT said the swine flu outbreak in India, which has claimed over 1,500 lives, may have mutated into a more dangerous strain.
    (SSFC, 3/15/15, p.A6)

2015        Mar 14, Indian PM Narendra Modi visited the former war zone of northern Sri Lanka in a show of solidarity with ethnic Tamils.
    (Reuters, 3/14/15)
2015        Mar 14, In eastern India a nun in her 70s was gang-raped by a group of bandits when she tried to prevent them from robbing a Christian missionary school in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 3/14/15)

2015        Mar 19, In eastern India Sashimani Devi (92), the last consort of the god Jagannath, died in Puri. She had married the god around 1930 as part of the devadasi system, which was banned in 1988.
    (Econ., 4/4/15, p.86)c

2015        Mar 20, In eastern India education authorities said about 600 high school students in Bihar state have been expelled for cheating on pressure-packed 10th grade examinations this week.
    (AP, 3/20/15)
2015        Mar 20, In northern India three coaches of a passenger train derailed, killing at least 32 people near Bachhrawan village in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 3/20/15)(SFC, 3/21/15, p.A2)

2015        Mar 21, Indian soldiers killed two suspected Kashmiri rebels after they tried to sneak into the army's main infantry headquarters in the Indian portion of the disputed Himalayan territory.
    (AP, 3/21/15)

2015        Mar 28, In northeastern India 3 policemen were killed and six others injured when militants of the Hmar People's Convention attacked a convoy of lawmakers in Mizoram state with automatic weapons.
    (AP, 3/28/15)

2015        Mar 30, In eastern India a bus driver lost control of his vehicle on a sharp curve on a mountain road and plunged into a gorge, killing at least 11 people in Garhwa district of Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 3/30/15)

2015        Mar 31, In India fierce rain and lightning toppled houses and trees in Bihar state, killing 20 people.
    (AP, 3/31/15)

2015        Mar, Ford Motor Co. opened a 400-acre car factory in Gujarat, India.
    (Econ, 8/8/15, p.57)

2015        Apr 2, In northeastern India armed insurgents ambushed an army convoy in Arunachal Pradesh state, killing 3 soldiers and wounding four others. Suspected Kashmiri rebels killed two Indian security personnel and wounded two soldiers and a civilian in a fierce gun battle in the northern Himalayan territory.
    (AP, 4/2/15)

2015        Apr 5, Indian police arrested former nightclub bouncer Raminder Singh (28) wanted in connection with two sex attacks in Britain. He was arrested in New Delhi after three years on the run.
    (AFP, 4/7/15)

2015        Apr 7, India’s National Green Tribunal passed a series of stringent measures aimed at curbing air pollution in New Delhi.
    (SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)
2015        Apr 7, In southern India police killed 5 prisoners, including accused terrorist Syed Viqaruddin, when they tried to escape from a police van in Telangana state.
    (AP, 4/7/15)
2015        Apr 7, In southeastern India police shot and killed at least 20 workers, hired by smugglers of endangered red sandalwood trees, in Andhra Pradesh state. At one of two sites seven of nine workers were shot in the face or back of the head.
    (SFC, 4/8/15, p.A4)(SSFC, 4/12/15, p.A4)

2015        Apr 9, India said it has blocked foreign funding to the local branch of Greenpeace and restricted some activities, with New Delhi accusing the environmental group of misusing funds. In recent months, Greenpeace activists have accused Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government of watering down environmental rules after it allowed industries to operate closer to protected green zones.
    (Reuters, 4/9/15)

2015        Apr 10, India's PM Modi announced plans to buy 36 Rafale fighter jets from France, but said negotiations on "terms and conditions" of the multibillion euro sale are ongoing.
    (AP, 4/11/15)
2015        Apr 10, In eastern India an overcrowded bus skidded into a ditch, killing 13 passengers, including two children, and injuring 43. The bus, which normally seats 54, had been so crowded with Hindu pilgrims that some were sitting on the roof.
    (AP, 4/11/15)

2015        Apr 11, In central India Maoist rebels attacked a group of policemen patrolling in a forest, killing 7 and wounding another 10. The ambushed policemen were part of a special task force out searching for rebel activity in Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 4/12/15)

2015        Apr 13, In central India Maoist rebels set off a land mine, killing at least 4 policemen and injuring seven others in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state.
    (AP, 4/13/15)
2015        Apr 13, In Kashmir a militant commander's brother was killed near Tral. The Indian army said the man was killed in a gunbattle along with a militant. Local residents said the man was tortured to death.
    (AP, 4/17/15)

2015        Apr 15, Indian PM Narendra Modi, on the first full day of his visit to Canada, signed a deal to buy more than 3,000 tons of Canadian uranium over the next five years to fuel his country's power reactors.
    (AP, 4/15/15)

2015        Apr 19, In India tens of thousands of flag-waving farmers rallied in New Delhi to protest a government plan to ease rules for obtaining land for industry and development projects. Both Gandhi family scion Rahul and his mother, party leader Sonia, addressed the rallying farmers at a protest park.
    (AP, 4/19/15)

2015        Apr 21, In India a fire engulfed a public bus killing 7 people and burning another 16 passengers in Amethi, Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 4/21/15)
2015        Apr 21, India said it has intercepted a Pakistani boat with what appeared to be 500 pounds of heroin valued at some $100 million. Eight Pakistanis were arrested.
    (SFC, 4/22/15, p.A2)
2015        Apr 21, In India a storm struck Bihar state late on today, uprooting trees and electricity poles, ripping through farmland and destroying over 25,000 mud-and-thatch homes. The storm killed at least 48 people and left thousands more homeless.
    (Reuters, 4/23/15)

2015        Apr 22, In India Gajendra Singh Rajput, a poor farmer, hanged himself at a farmer’s rally in New Delhi. He was the 42nd farmer from Rajasthan state to hang himself in the last two months.
    (SFC, 4/23/15, p.A2)

2015        Apr 25, In Nepal a magnitude 7.9 earthquake killed hundreds of people, toppling a 19th-century tower in the capital Kathmandu and touching off a deadly avalanche on Mount Everest. More than 8,800 were killed making this disaster the deadliest to hit the Himalayan country on record. India reported at least 49 killed in Bihar, Uttar Pradesh and West Bengal states.
    (Reuters, 4/25/15)(AP, 4/25/15)(Reuters, 4/26/15)(Reuters, 5/17/15)(AFP, 8/5/15)

2015        Apr 27, In Nepal the death toll from the April 25 magnitude 7.9 earthquake climbed to more than 4,000. Reports trickling in from remote areas suggested it would rise significantly Another 66 were reported killed across the border in India and at least another 20 in Tibet.
    (Reuters, 4/27/15)(AP, 4/27/15)

2015        May 4, In central India at least 21 people were burned to death when a bus fell into a ditch and caught fire in Panna district, Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 5/4/15)

2015        May 6, In India Bollywood star Salman Khan (49) was sentenced to five years in jail on charges of driving a vehicle over five men sleeping on a sidewalk and killing one in 2002. The hit-and-run case has dragged on for more than 12 years.
    (AP, 5/6/15)

2015        May 8, In India Maoist rebels rounded up some 250 villagers in Chhattisgarh state's Sukma district late today and held them in nearby forests. The rebels were protesting the construction of a bridge.
    (AP, 5/9/15)

2015        May 9, In central India Maoist rebels killed one villager and released around 250 others they had held for a day to stop the construction of a bridge.
    (AP, 5/10/15)

2015        May 11, In India an appeals court acquitted Jayaram Jayalalitha (67), a powerful politician in Tamil Nadu, of corruption charges. This cleared the way for her to return to public office. On May 23 she began her 5th spell as chief minister of Tamil Nadu.
    (AP, 5/11/15)(https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Jayalalithaa)

2015        May 12, In Nepal a magnitude 7.3 earthquake killed at least 42 people, bringing down buildings already weakened by a devastating tremor less than three weeks ago and unleashing landslides in Himalayan valleys near Mount Everest. 2 people were reported killed in India.
    (AP, 5/12/15)(Reuters, 5/12/15)

2015        May 13, In eastern India Jairam Manjhi (25) and his 16-year-old girlfriend Parvati Kumari were stopped by Kumari's relatives at a railway station in Gaya district as they tried to run away together. The couple were beaten to death and cremated by relatives as a crowd looked on. Police soon arrested one person and searched for 14 others.
    (Reuters, 5/14/15)

2015        May 14, Chinese President Xi Jinping hosted Indian PM Narendra Modi in his ancestral home town at the start of a three-day visit to China as the two Asian giants work to boost economic ties despite decades of mistrust.
    (Reuters, 5/14/15)

2015        May 15, China and India proposed fresh measures to stabilize their border during PM Narendra Modi's visit to China. India’s Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar has ordered a mountain strike force to be 25-30,000 strong, initially planned at 90,000.
    (Reuters, 5/15/15)

2015        May 16, In China Indian PM Narendra Modi got down to business on the final day of his trip, saying his country was open for investment as firms signed deals worth more than $22 billion.
    (AFP, 5/16/15)

2015        May 18, South Korea and India agreed to step up defense cooperation while South Korea pledged $10 billion (6.4 billion pounds) in finance for infrastructure projects as Indian PM Narendra Modi arrived for a visit.
    (Reuters, 5/18/15)
2015        May 18, In India nurse Aruna Shanbaug (66) died after 42 years in a coma following a brutal rape in 1973, in a case that led India to ease some restrictions on euthanasia. Her attacker was freed after a seven-year jail sentence.
    (AFP, 5/20/15)

2015        May 23, Officials in India said about 230 people have died since mid-April in a heat wave sweeping Andhra Pradesh and Telangana states.
    (AP, 5/23/15)

2015        May 25, Officials in India said soaring temperatures have gripped parts of southern and northern India in an extreme heat wave which has killed more than 500 people and looked set to continue.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)
2015        May 25, In Indian Kashmir militants killed 4 Indian soldiers and an employee of a mobile phone shop, in a spate of attacks in the disputed region.
    (Reuters, 5/25/15)

2015        May 27, Authorities in India said more than 1,100 people have died in a blistering heatwave, as forecasters warned searing temperatures would continue. The next day the toll was raised to nearly 1500.
    (AFP, 5/27/15)(AFP, 5/28/15)

2015        May 29, Indian officials said dizzying temperatures have caused water shortages in thousands of Indian villages and killed hundreds more people over the past day, driving the death toll from a weeks-long heat wave to at least 1,826.
    (AP, 5/29/15)

2015        May 31, India said it will only buy 36 Rafale fighter jets as they are "way too expensive." Defense Minister Manohar Parrikar said the previous government's plans to buy 126 French jets from Dassault were "economically unviable and not required".
    (AFP, 5/31/15)
2015        May 31, In Kashmir suspected rebels tried to storm an Indian military camp, sparking a fierce gunbattle that left a civilian and 3 militants dead near the border between the Indian and Pakistani-controlled parts of the Himalayan region.
    (AP, 6/1/15)

2015        Jun 1, In India journalist Jagendra Singh was set on fire and killed in Uttar Pradesh state. Before he succumbed to his burns, Singh implicated Uttar Pradesh's dairy minister, Ram Murti Verma, and two police officers in the attack.
    (AP, 6/22/15)

2015        Jun 3, US defense officials said India and the United States have sealed an agreement to jointly develop protective gear for soldiers against biological and chemical warfare, and another on building generators.
    (Reuters, 6/3/15)

2015        Jun 4, In India a group of rebels using rocket-propelled grenades and automatic weapons ambushed a military convoy in Manipur state, killing at least 21 soldiers and wounding 14 others.
    (AP, 6/4/15)

2015        Jun 5, India’s Food and Safety Standards Authority imposed a ban on the Maggi brand of instant noodles made by Nestle India after a food-safety agency in Uttar Pradesh found excessive levels of lead in the noodles. Export of the noodles was allowed on June 30, but a ban on local sales remained in place.
    (Econ, 7/4/15, p.55)

2015        Jun 6, Bangladesh and India sealed a historic land pact to swap territories in the presence of visiting Indian PM Narendra Modi and Bangladeshi premier Sheikh Hasina.  This will finally allow tens of thousands of people living in border enclaves to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo. India announced a "US$2 billion line of credit" to Bangladesh in an effort to deepen bilateral ties.
    (AFP, 6/6/15)
2015        Jun 6, The Indian army killed 3 militants along in Kashmir the disputed border with Pakistan, foiling the third infiltration attempt in the past two weeks.
    (Reuters, 6/6/15)

2015        Jun 7, Thousands living near the Bangladesh-India border celebrated an historic agreement that will allow them to choose their nationality after decades of stateless limbo.
    (AFP, 6/7/15)

2015        Jun 9, In eastern India police killed at least 12 Maoist rebels in a clash early today in one of their strongholds in Palamau district in Jharkhand state. Indian special forces attacked rebel camps in Myanmar and claimed to have killed 40 rebels, but locals said there were no fatalities.
    (AP, 6/9/15)(CSM, 6/24/15)

2015        Jun 12, In India Nek Chand (90), creator of the Rock Garden of Chandigarh, died. He had begun the project on his own in 1958 and by 1975 it covered 13 acres.
    (Econ, 6/27/15, p.78)
2015        Jun 12, In western India an electrical wire fell on a bus carrying people to a wedding, killing at least 17.
    (AP, 6/12/15)

2015        Jun 17, Stores, businesses and schools slammed shut across Indian-controlled Kashmir after separatists called a strike to protest a series of assassination-style killings over the past week.
    (AP, 6/17/15)

2015        Jun 18, In India police in Mumbai arrested three suspects (aged 30, 47, and 50) following the deaths of some 41 people who drank a toxic home-made liquor. Police the next day said eight police officers have been suspended for failing to stop production and sale of the liquor on their beat. By June 21 death toll climbed to 94.
    (AFP, 6/19/15)(AP, 6/21/15)

2015        Jun 20, In northern India a passenger bus rolled down a gorge on a mountainous road, killing at least 16 people.
    (AP, 6/20/15)

2015        Jun 21, Indian PM Narendra Modi led tens of thousands of people in a yoga session in the center of New Delhi to showcase the country's signature cultural export. Millions of yoga enthusiasts across the world bent and twisted their bodies in complex postures to mark the first International Yoga Day.
    (Reuters, 6/21/15)(AP, 6/21/15)

2015        Jun 22, Indian officials said police have arrested two men suspected of kidnapping and killing journalist Sandeep Kothari in central Madhya Pradesh state. Kothari was abducted by a group of men who beat him to death and then burned his body and left it near a railway track in Katangi town. His family said the journalist was killed for reporting about illegal mining in the Balaghat district.
    (AP, 6/22/15)

2015        Jun 25, In western India a head-on collision between a bus and a truck killed at least 18 people and injured 13 others near Jalgaon, about 410 km (255 miles) southwest of Mumbai.
    (AP, 6/25/15)

2015        Jul 3, An Indian official said some 1,400 primary school teachers have quit in Bihar state in recent months amid an ongoing investigation into fake qualifications.
    (AFP, 7/3/15)

2015        Jul 8, India's leading crime-fighting agency registered a case against a prominent critic of PM Modi for accepting foreign funds, amid concerns that overseas charities are interfering in the country's domestic affairs. Teesta Setalvad faced charges of fraud, misappropriation of funds and violation of the Foreign Contribution Regulation Act.
    (Reuters, 7/8/15)

2015        Jul 9, India's top court ordered a federal investigation into a multimillion-dollar college admission and government job recruitment scandal in central India said to be linked to dozens of mysterious deaths.
    (AP, 7/9/15)

2015        Jul 10, The prime ministers of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan agreed at a rare meeting to cooperate on eliminating terrorism in South Asia.
    (AP, 7/10/15)
2015        Jul 10, Russia’s President Vladimir Putin announced that India and Pakistan will join the Shanghai Cooperation Organization, a group dominated by Russia and China and also including former Soviet republics in Central Asia.
    (AP, 7/10/15)

2015        Jul 12, An Indian government report said 10 endangered Asiatic lions, 1670 blue bulls and 87 spotted deer were amongst hundreds of wild animals killed in the recent floods to hit west India's Gujarat. At least 81 people died in mudslides collapsed homes or high waters in Gujarat state last month.
    (AFP, 7/12/15)(SFC, 7/13/15, p.A2)

2015        Jul 13, In central India rebels held up a bus carrying a group of police commandos in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh state, and abducted four of them. The bodies of the men were found on July 15 on the side of a road.
    (AP, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 13, In eastern India a couple and their six children were asleep in their mud home in the village in Odisha's Keonjhar district when a mob armed with axes broke in and attacked them. Two of the children survived. Nine people were soon arrested for the hacking to deaths. They had accused the family of practicing witchcraft and making village children sick.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)

2015        Jul 14, In southern India at least 27 people were killed and dozens injured in a stampede on the first day of the Hindu Pushkaralu bathing festival on a bank of the Godavari River in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 7/14/15)

2015        Jul 15, In eastern India police recovered the remains of a man who was beaten to death and burnt by a mob last week over allegations of sorcery in Odisha's Rayagada district. Ten people have been arrested.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)
2015        Jul 15, The Pakistani military shot down a small Indian spy drone in Kashmir. Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire in Kashmir, killing a woman and wounding at least 4 other people on the Indian-controlled side.
    (Reuters, 7/15/15)(AP, 7/15/15)

2015        Jul 16, India and Pakistan exchanged gunfire and mortar bombs in the disputed Kashmir region, killing 5 civilians and injuring more than a dozen.
    (Reuters, 7/16/15)

2015        Jul 18, In eastern India a stampede at a religious festival attended by tens of thousands of people left two women dead at the Rath Yatra (Chariot Festival) in Puri, Orissa state.
    (AP, 7/18/15)

2015        Jul 20, In India Moni Orang (63), a mother of five, was seized from her home in the northeastern state of Assam after local priests said she was casting spells. Orang was dismembered and beheaded by machete-wielding villagers who accused her of practicing witchcraft. Seven people were soon arrested. Villagers the next day stormed the local police station to protest against the arrests.
    (AFP, 7/21/15)

2015        Jul 27, Indian forces fought an extended gunbattle with militants who attacked a moving bus and stormed into the Dina Nagar police station at the Pakistan border in Gurdaspur, Punjab state. 3 civilians and 4 policemen were killed in the violence. All 3 attackers were killed in the 12-hour fight.
    (https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/2015_Gurdaspur_attack)(AP, 7/27/15)(SFC, 7/28/15, p.A2)

2015        Jul 30, India hanged Yakub Abdul Razak Memon (53), an accountant convicted of supporting the 1993 Mumbai bombings that killed 257 people in the country's worst terrorist attack, ignoring pleas and petitions by civil society groups.
    (AP, 7/30/15)

2015        Jul 31, India ordered Internet service providers to block access to 857 adult websites in what the government has described as a way to protect social decency.
    (AP, 8/3/15)
2015        Jul 31, Bangladesh and India hoisted their respective flags in 162 enclaves -- 111 in Bangladesh and 51 in India -- to assume sovereignty over the territories following a border agreement in June. Around 1,000 people on the Bangladesh side opted to keep their Indian nationalities, meaning they will have to relocate by November.
    (AFP, 7/31/15)

2015        Aug 3, India's PM Narendra Modi signed an accord in New Delhi with Thuingaleng Muivah, the leader of the Isak-Muivah faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN), ending a rebellion that festered in Nagaland and Manipur states for more than six decades.
    (AP, 8/3/15)(Econ, 8/8/15, p.33)
2015        Aug 3, In eastern India at least 75 people have died and tens of thousands have had to take refuge in state-run relief camps after heavy rains caused floods and landslides. Exacerbated by Cyclone Komen which struck the east coast on July 31, the rainfall has made major rivers overflow, inundating villages in parts of West Bengal, Odisha and Manipur states.
    (Reuters, 8/3/15)

2015        Aug 4, In India 12 people were killed early today when an old building on the outskirts of Mumbai collapsed after days of heavy rain.
    (AP, 8/4/15)
2015        Aug 4, In Kashmir Pakistani and Indian border guards traded gunfire and mortar shells along their disputed border, killing two Pakistanis and an Indian.
    (AP, 8/4/15)

2015        Aug 5, In India two passenger trains jumped off damaged tracks on a bridge near a rain-swollen river, killing at least 24 people near Harda, Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 8/5/15)
2015        Aug 5, In Indian-controlled Kashmir 2 paramilitary soldiers and a suspected rebel were killed when a convoy of troops was ambushed. Indian forces captured a Pakistani militant after the deadly attack. Two boys aged 10 and 11 were killed in a blast as they were playing with an explosive device they found in the Ganderbal area.
    (AP, 8/5/15)(Reuters, 8/5/15)

2015        Aug 7, In northern India a building wall collapsed while being constructed, killing 10 workers near Narnaul, Haryana state.
    (AP, 8/7/15)

2015        Aug 8, In eastern India dozens of villagers beat to death 5 women, accusing them of practicing witchcraft and blaming them for a series of misfortunes in Kinjia village, Jharkhand state. Police arrested around 50 people involved in the attack.
    (AP, 8/8/15)

2015        Aug 9, In Kashmir 2 suspected rebels and an Indian army soldier were killed in two gunbattles after a group of militants crossed over from Pakistan in the nearby Tangdar sector of the border.
    (AP, 8/9/15)

2015        Aug 10, In eastern India a stampede at a temple during a Hindu religious festival left 10 pilgrims dead and dozens injured n Deoghar, Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 8/10/15)

2015        Aug 11, An Indian official said the government is seeking damages from Nestle India, accusing it of unfair trade practices and false labeling after several states found its popular brand of instant noodles contained unsafe levels of lead.
    (AP, 8/11/15)
2015        Aug 11, In Indian Kashmir government troops killed 2 militants in a prolonged gunbattle that also wounded a police officer. One protester died in a separate incident.
    (AP, 8/11/15)

2015        Aug 15, India and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortars in Kashmir, killing at least 4 civilians and injuring 23 others.
    (AP, 8/15/15)

2015        Aug 16, Indian and Pakistani troops traded heavy gunfire and mortar rounds for a seventh straight day along the highly militarized line of control in Kashmir. Indian police said 6 civilians had died in the Pakistani shelling over the last two days. Pakistan's army said that 2 civilians had been killed.
    (AP, 8/16/15)

2015        Aug 17, Indian budget airline IndiGo finalized an exceptionally large order for 250 single-aisle Airbus A320neo jets to keep up with rapid growth in the country's air travel.
    (AP, 8/17/15)
2015        Aug 17, In northern India brothers Nanhe and Gul Hasan beheaded Phool Jehan (17), their teenage sister, and carried her head through their village because they disapproved of her romantic relationship with a cousin.
    (AP, 8/19/15)

2015        Aug 18, In the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir suspected rebels opened fire at a police post, killing a police constable and a civilian.
    (AP, 8/18/15)

2015        Aug 19, In Kashmir border guards from Pakistan and India continued trading fire in violence that killed two Pakistani villagers.
    (AP, 8/19/15)

2015        Aug 22, Indian officials said monsoon flooding killed at least 14 people and forced around 200,000 to leave their water-logged homes and take shelter in state-run camps this past week in northeastern Assam state.
    (AP, 8/22/15)

2015        Aug 25, In India a mass rally turned violent, with protesters torching cars, buses and police stations in Gujarat state. The violence appears to have been triggered by the detention of the 22-year-old leader of a mass movement by the Patidar or Patel caste to demand preferential treatment for jobs and university places. At least 6 people died in the worst violence to hit PM Narendra Modi's home state in more than a decade.
    (AFP, 8/26/15)

2015        Aug 27, The Indian army killed 4 insurgents and captured another during a 12-hour clash near the disputed border with Pakistan in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.
    (AP, 8/27/15)

2015        Aug 28, India's army killed 5 insurgents from a Naga rebel group that months earlier attacked the military in the country's remote northeastern region.
    (AP, 8/28/15)
2015        Aug 28, In Kashmir Indian and Pakistani border guards traded gunfire and shelling overnight, leaving 9 civilians dead and another 63 wounded.
    (AP, 8/28/15)

2015        Aug 30, Indian scholar Malleshappa M. Kalburgi (77) greeted two unidentified visitors and was shot in the head and the chest, becoming the third critic of religious superstition to be killed in the country in three years.
    (AP, 8/31/15)   

2015        Aug 31, In India rioters set fire to the homes of seven lawmakers during a rampage to protest new legislation defining who can claim to be from the northeastern state of Manipur. By the next day at least 5 people were left dead.
    (AP, 9/1/15)

2015        Sep 6, In India lightning killed 22 people, mostly farm laborers working in fields, across the southeastern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AP, 9/7/15)

2015        Sep 9, Police in India investigated complaints from two Nepalese women that a Saudi Arabian diplomat raped them repeatedly and confined them in his home near New Delhi. He claimed diplomatic immunity, and the Saudi embassy in a statement denied all the allegations.
    (AP, 9/9/15)
2015        Sep 9, A top Indian Muslim leader said more than 1,000 Muslim clerics in India have ratified a religious ruing that condemns the Islamic State and calls the extremist group's actions "un-Islamic".
    (AP, 9/9/15)

2015        Sep 11, Indian and Pakistani border forces agreed to maintain restraint on their disputed Kashmir frontier, as they sought to defuse tensions that have been heightened in recent months by militant attacks that each side blames the other for.
    (Reuters, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, In India twelve suspected Islamic militants were convicted in the July 12, 2006, bombings of seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800.
    (AP, 9/11/15)
2015        Sep 11, India said the bodies of six Indian seamen missing since their boat was apparently hit by Saudi-led coalition airstrikes in Yemen have been found and a seventh is still missing. Boats carrying 21 Indian nationals had been hit as they traveled across the Red Sea to the Yemeni port of Mokha on September 8.
    (AFP, 9/11/15)

2015        Sep 12, In central India 90 people were killed at a restaurant when a cooking gas cylinder exploded and triggered a second blast of mine detonators stored illegally nearby in the town of Petlawad, Madhya Pradesh state. Police looked to arrest contractor Rajendra Kashawa for illegally storing the detonators.
    (AP, 9/12/15)(SFC, 9/14/15, p.A3)(SFC, 9/14/15, p.A3)
2015        Sep 12, In India two trains derailed, killing at least four passengers, including two British tourists near Kalka, Himachal Pradesh state.
    (AP, 9/12/15)

2015        Sep 15, Pakistan's military accused neighboring India of killing a Pakistani soldier by resorting to what it called "unprovoked firing" in the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir.
    (AP, 9/15/15)

2015        Sep 19, In western India sporadic clashes erupted as police detained Hardik Patel, the popular leader of a farming caste group, after denying him permission to hold a rally in Surat, Gujarat state.
    (AP, 9/19/15)

2015        Sep 22, India cleared a $2.5 billion deal to buy 37 military helicopters from aviation giant Boeing, on the eve of PM Narendra Modi's visit to the United States.
    (AFP, 9/22/15)

2015        Sep 25, In the Indian portion of Kashmir government forces fired tear gas and used batons to quell thousands of anti-India protesters who turned violent after Eid prayers in various mosques.
    (AP, 9/25/15)

2015        Sep 27, India’s PM Modi concluded a diplomatic visit to California with a visit to San Jose. He has promised to turn India into the next Silicon Valley.
    (SFC, 9/27/15, p.C1)

2015        Sep 28, India successfully launched its first space observatory and six satellites into orbit.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, In northern India Mohammad Akhlaq (50) was beaten to death with bricks and his son (22) severely wounded over allegations they had eaten beef. Six suspects of the Save the Cow movement were soon arrested and police searched for at least four others. On July 15, 2016, police registered a case of cow slaughter against Akhlaq’s family.
    (SFC, 10/1/15, p.A2)(SSFC, 10/11/15, p.A23)(AP, 7/16/16)
2015        Sep 28, In northeastern India a motorized boat crowded with passengers capsized and sank in the Kolohi River of Assam state. Dozens of people were missing and feared drowned.
    (AP, 9/28/15)
2015        Sep 28, Nepal's cable federation said it would suspend Indian television channels and protesters marched in Kathmandu carrying an effigy of India's PM Modi, accusing their neighbor of imposing an economic blockade and meddling in internal politics.
    (Reuters, 9/28/15)

2015        Sep 29, India’s central bank cut interest rates by half a point citing flagging global demand.
    (Econ, 10/3/15, p.74)

2015        Sep 30, Indian trucks carrying food and fuel began trickling into Nepal, a welcomed development for a nation grappling with shortages caused by a blockade during protests against the country's new constitution.
    (AP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, An Indian court sentenced five suspected Islamic militants to death and gave seven others life in prison for bombing attacks nine years ago on seven Mumbai commuter trains that killed 188 people and wounded more than 800.
    (AP, 9/30/15)
2015        Sep 30, Pakistani PM Nawaz Sharif proposed steps to ease tensions between the nuclear rivals, including the formalization of a fraying 2003 cease-fire along the disputed frontier in Kashmir at the annual gathering of world leaders at the UN. The next day India delivered a blunt response: "Give up terrorism" and we can talk.
    (AP, 10/2/15)

2015        Oct 1, India, the world's third-largest carbon polluter, filed its climate action plan to the Germany-based UN climate secretariat.
    (AP, 10/2/15)

2015        Oct 2, Pakistan took its long-running dispute with neighboring India to the UN as the country's UN Ambassador Maleeha Lodhi presented three dossiers to Sec.-Gen. Ban Ki-moon's office alleging Indian involvement in fomenting unrest in Pakistan.
    (AP, 10/2/15)

2015        Oct 5, Indian PM Narendra Modi said Germany will provide India more than 2 billion euros ($2.25 billion) for developing a clean energy corridor and solar projects following talks with Chancellor Angela Merkel.
    (Reuters, 10/5/15)
2015        Oct 5, In Kashmir 4 Indian army soldiers and three suspected rebels were killed in separate clashes in the disputed Himalayan region.
    (AP, 10/5/15)   

2015        Oct 9, India said it had lodged a protest with authorities in Riyadh after Kasthuri Munirathinam (55), a maid from Tamil Nadu, allegedly had her hand chopped off by her Saudi employer for complaining about her work conditions.
    (AFP, 10/9/15)

2015        Oct 11, India said that the Maldives leader has committed to an "India first" policy in talks with its external affairs minister.
    (AP, 10/11/15)

2015        Oct 14, In India villagers fled after an attack on a truck loaded with five cows and 10 bulls in Sarahan, a village in Himachal Pradesh state. Five occupants of the truck hid in the forest until police found them and took them to the hospital, where one of them died. The survivors were arrested for alleged animal cruelty.
    (AP, 10/16/15)
2015        Oct 14, In Sweden Cambodian activist Phymean Noun was awarded the $50,000 World's Children's Prize for helping children who live in garbage dumps in Cambodia's capital, Phnom Penh. Another $50,000 was evenly split between the winners of the World's Children's Honorary Award: Javier Stauring of the Catholic Archdiocese in Los Angeles who works with jailed children, and India's Nobel Peace Prize winner Kailash Satyarthi who fights against child slavery and for children's right to education.
    (AP, 10/14/15)

2015        Oct 16, In India a cooking gas cylinder blast killed at least 8 people in a small hotel in Mumbai.
    (AP, 10/16/15)
2015        Oct 16, In India a two-and-a-half-year-old girl was abducted from a religious event in west Delhi by two men and raped before being dumped in a park near her home. In a separate incident on the other side of the city, a five-year-old was lured to a neighbor's house and raped by three men. Police the next day arrested three men for raping the 5-year-old. On Oct 18 police arrested two teenagers for allegedly raping the toddler in New Delhi.
    (AFP, 10/17/15)(AP, 10/18/15)

2015        Oct 17, In southern India at least 15 people headed for a wedding were killed when a mini-bus they were riding collided with another bus as they were traveling to Malakonda town in Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 10/17/15)

2015        Oct 19, A general strike and curfew shut Indian-controlled Kashmir following the death of a Muslim teenager attacked by a Hindu mob over rumors of cows being slaughtered. Zahid Rasool and another truck driver had been set ablaze by a mob after their vehicle stopped in the Hindu-dominated Udhampur neighborhood. Rasool died a day earlier from burns suffered in the attack.
    (AP, 10/19/15)

2015        Oct 20, In India Uber taxi driver Shiv Kumar Yadav was convicted of raping a young female passenger in the capital last Dec 5. Uber was banned from operating in New Delhi in the aftermath of the attack.
    (AFP, 10/20/15)

2015        Oct 21, Police in northern India arrested four men over allegations that they burnt alive two low-caste children. An officials said the incident was a family feud and not related to caste violence.
    (Reuters, 10/21/15)

2015        Oct 23, India accused Pakistan of a cease-fire violation in Kashmir in which one Indian civilian was killed and another was wounded.
    (AP, 10/23/15)

2015        Oct 25, Indonesian police on Bali arrested Rajendra Nikalje, one of India's most wanted gangsters, sought in more than two dozen murder cases. On Nov 5 he was deported to India after being on Interpol's most-wanted list for two decades.
    (Reuters, 10/2615)(AP, 11/5/15)
2015        Oct 25, In Pakistan gunfire and shelling by Indian border guards killed three civilians near Sialkot, a city in the eastern Punjab province. Another 14 people were wounded. India said Pakistan fired first.
    (AP, 10/2615)

2015        Oct 30, Indian folk singer S. Kovan was arrested on charges including sedition for writing songs criticizing J. Jayalalitha, the chief minister of southern Tamil Nadu state, and her government of profiting from state-run liquor shops at the expense of the poor.
    (AP, 11/3/15)

2015        Nov 1, New Delhi, India, introduced a toll for all trucks and commercial vehicles in an attempt to improve air quality in the world's most polluted capital ahead of Diwali celebrations.
    (AFP, 11/1/15)

2015        Nov 2, In Kashmir 2 Indian army soldiers were reported killed by Pakistani firing along the militarized de facto border dividing Kashmir between the two countries.
    (AP, 11/2/15)

2015        Nov 4, Indian police said authorities have detained key separatist leaders and hundreds of their supporters to prevent them from holding a protest rally during a visit by PM Narendra Modi to Kashmir this weekend.
    (AP, 11/4/15)

2015        Nov 6, Greenpeace said its registration to operate in India has been canceled. Tamil Nadu state, where it was registered, canceled the permit without giving the group a hearing. India began cracking down on foreign-funded charities last year after a government intelligence bureau report said economic growth was hurt when the groups rallied communities against polluting industries. On Nov 20 Greenpeace said a hold has been put on the ban to operate.
    (AP, 11/6/15)(AP, 11/20/15)

2015        Nov 13, An Indian man threw acid at a 23-year-old Bulgarian woman after she reportedly spurned his marriage offer in Varanasi.
    (AP, 11/13/15)

2015        Nov 17, An Indian army colonel was killed by suspected militants who fired automatic rifles from the forest in the Indian portion of Kashmir.
    (AP, 11/17/15)

2015        Nov 25, Indian media and a rights group accused the Assam Rifles paramilitary force of attempting to curtail press freedom by asking newspapers in the insurgency-hit northeastern state of Nagaland to stop publishing statements from the banned Khaplang faction of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland.
    (AP, 11/25/15)
2015        Nov 25, In the Indian portion of Kashmir 3 heavily armed rebels stormed an army camp and were killed in a fierce gunbattle with soldiers. A civilian was also killed.
    (AP, 11/25/15)(SFC, 11/26/15, p.A4)

2015        Nov 29, In India hundreds of gay rights activists danced to drum beats and held colorful balloons as they marched in a parade in New Delhi, celebrating what they call the diversity of gender and sexuality.
    (AP, 11/29/15)

2015        Dec 1, In southern India the city of Chennai, once called Madras, experienced some 20 inches of rain.
    (Econ, 12/12/15, p.40)

2015        Dec 3, In southern India the heaviest rainfall in more than 100 years has devastated swathes of Tamil Nadu state, with thousands forced to leave their submerged homes and schools, offices and a regional airport shut for a second day.
    (AP, 12/3/15)

2015        Dec 4, In southern India rains eased in the flood-hit city of Chennai, raising hopes that rescue efforts could pick up, after the death of 18 patients at a private hospital added to the official toll of 280 confirmed killed in the disaster. The death toll from the flooding was later raised to some 450.
    (Reuters, 12/4/15)(Econ, 12/12/15, p.40)

2015        Dec 6, The top security officials from India and Pakistan held talks in Thailand's capital, signaling a resumption of the rival countries' on-again, off-again peace dialogue.
    (AP, 12/6/15)

2015        Dec 7, In eastern India a speeding train rammed into an SUV at an unmanned railroad crossing, killing all 13 people in the vehicle in Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 12/8/15)

2015        Dec 9, India and Pakistan announced that they were resuming the dialogue on outstanding issues, ending a two-year-long stalemate. A regional conference held in Pakistan ended with calls for the resumption of Afghan peace negotiations and an agreement by Islamabad and New Delhi to relaunch bilateral talks that broke down in August over tensions in Kashmir.
    (AP, 12/9/15)(SSFC, 12/13/15, p.A25)

2015        Dec 11, Indian officials investigating the death of a 30-year-old pregnant woman working at a brick kiln in Telangana state said they had uncovered an organized racket where hundreds of people were being trafficked and forced to work in inhumane conditions.
    (Reuters, 12/11/15)

2015        Dec 12, India and Japan signed agreements in New Delhi that could pave the way for Tokyo to supply New Delhi with military aircraft and high-speed trains, as PM Shinzo Abe promised to fully support India's efforts to become an economic powerhouse.
    (AP, 12/12/15)

2015        Dec 15, Japan-based SoftBank said SB Energy, a three way joint venture of Japan's SoftBank Group, Bharti Enterprises and Foxconn Technology Co Ltd, has won an order to develop a solar plant in India, marking SoftBank's first foray into renewable energy there.
    (Reuters, 12/15/15)

2015        Dec 16, India's top court ordered a temporary ban on the sale of large diesel cars in New Delhi to combat toxic smog in the city, prompting concern in the auto sector as some carmakers say they may reconsider investment plans in the country.
    (Reuters, 12/16/15)
2015        Dec 16, In India a maintenance technician was accidentally sucked into an aircraft engine at an airport in Mumbai.
    (SFC, 12/18/15, p.A2)
2015        Dec 16, The World Bank said it has approved a $1.5 billion loan for a state-led sanitation program in India, where millions of people have no access to toilets.
    (AP, 12/16/15)

2015        Dec 17, Indian defense ministry sources said the Defense Acquisition Council has cleared the purchase of five S-400 air defense systems from Russia.
    (Reuters, 12/17/15)

2015        Dec 22, India passed legislation lowering the age at which someone can be tried for rape and other crimes to 16, spurred into action by an uproar over the release of a minor convicted in a 2012 fatal gang rape of a 23-year-old woman on a Delhi bus.
    (Reuters, 12/22/15)
2015        Dec 22, India’s media reported that Alam Khan, the son of an murder victim, has confessed to stabbing his father's killer to death and chopping his body into 12 pieces, one for every year since his father was slain.
    (AFP, 12/22/15)
2015        Dec 22, A small Indian paramilitary plane crashed just outside New Delhi's main airport, killing all 10 people on board.
    (AP, 12/22/15)

2015        Dec 23, Russian Pres. Vladimir Putin welcomed Indian PM Narendra Modi. Their planned talks were expected to focus on defense, nuclear and space cooperation.
    (AP, 12/24/15)

2015        Dec 24, In India Delhi's firebrand Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal called on residents to cooperate with his ambitious plans to clean up the toxic air of the world's most polluted city.
    (AFP, 12/24/15)

2015        Dec 25, Indian PM Narendra Modi made a surprise "goodwill" visit to Pakistan to meet his counterpart Nawaz Sharif, both reaffirming to resume high-level peace talks.
    (AFP, 12/25/15)

2015        Dec 30, India asked authorities in and around its capital to crack down immediately on overloaded trucks, illegally parked cars and vehicles emitting visible smoke in the world's most polluted city.
    (Reuters, 12/30/15)

2015        Dilip Hiro authored “The Longest August: The Unflinching Rivalry Between India and Pakistan."
    (Econ., 2/21/15, p.81)   
2015        In India fake pesticide caused brought infestations of whitefly to the cotton crop in the Punjab.
    (Econ, 11/28/15, p.36)
2015        Tuberculosis claimed the lives of an estimated 1.8 million people around the world this year, 60% of whom lived in China, India, Indonesia, Nigeria, Pakistan and South Africa.
    (AFP, 3/23/17)

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