UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 21, 2014

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 21, 2014
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Court stays release of three convicted in former PM's assassination

NEW DELHI, Feb. 20 (UPI) -- India's top court blocked the release Thursday of three people convicted in the 1991 assassination of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.

Indian state moves to free 7 convicted in Rajiv Gandhi assassination

CHENNAI, India, Feb. 19 (UPI) -- India's Tamil Nadu state decided to free all seven prisoners convicted in the 1991 assassination of Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi, a government official said.

Rahul Gandhi to lead election campaign for Congress Party

NEW DELHI, Jan. 17 (UPI) -- India's Congress Party said Rahul Gandhi will lead its election campaign, but the Gandhi family scion was not officially named the prime ministerial candidate.

Sonia Gandhi admitted to hospital, later discharged

NEW DELHI, Aug. 27 (UPI) -- India's ruling Congress Party head Sonia Gandhi was admitted to a hospital after becoming ill during Parliament debate and later discharged, her party said.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, Aug. 20, 2013.
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India moves closer to buying U.S.-made howitzers

BANGALORE, India, Aug. 9 (UPI) -- The U.S. Defense Security Cooperation Agency has notified Congress of a potential foreign military sale to India of M777 155mm lightweight towed howitzers and associated equipment.

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UPI Almanac for Tuesday, May 21, 2013.
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Angela Merkel heads list of powerful women

Angela Merkel heads list of powerful women

NEW YORK, Aug. 22 (UPI) -- German Chancellor Angela Merkel, U.S. Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and Brazilian President Dilma Roussef head this year's Forbes list of powerful women.

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UPI Almanac for Monday, Aug. 20, 2012.
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UPI Almanac for Monday, May 21, 2012.
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India ready for U.S. howitzer purchase

NEW DELHI, May 17 (UPI) -- India's Defense Acquisition Council gave the go-ahead to buy 145 howitzer guns nearly 25 years after a procurement scandal derailed the purchase.

Indian ban hits Israel's defense industry

TEL AVIV, Israel, March 9 (UPI) -- India's blacklisting of Israel Military Industries, a major arms manufacturer, because of alleged massive kickbacks is the final chapter in a 2009 bribery scandal that has dogged links between the Jewish state's defense industry and one of its biggest customers.

India moves on howitzer purchase

NEW DELHI, March 8 (UPI) -- The Indian army has order 100 howitzer artillery guns to be made by the Ordnance Factory Board, based in Kolkata, West Bengal state.

Ruling Congress party suffers poll setback

NEW DELHI, March 6 (UPI) -- India's ruling Congress Party Tuesday lost a crucial assembly election in the largest state, a key test of Rahul Gandhi's ability to lead the party.
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Rajiv Ratna Gandhi (i/rɑːjɪv ˈrətnə ˈɡɑːndi/; Hindi: राजीव गांधी; 20 August 1944 – 21 May 1991) was the 6th Prime Minister of India (1984–1989). He took office after his mother's assassination on 31 October 1984; he himself was assassinated on 21 May 1991. He became the youngest Prime Minister of India when he took office at the age of 40.

Rajiv Gandhi was the elder son of Indira and Feroze Gandhi. He was educated at Cambridge, where he met Italian-born Sonia Gandhi, whom he later married. After Cambridge, he became a professional pilot for Indian Airlines. He remained aloof from politics despite his family's political prominence. It was only following the death of his younger brother Sanjay Gandhi in 1980 that Rajiv entered politics. Following the assassination of his mother in 1984 after Operation Blue Star, Indian National Congress party leaders nominated him to be Prime Minister.

Rajiv Gandhi led the Congress to a major election victory in 1984 soon after, amassing the largest majority ever in Indian Parliament. The Congress party won 411 seats out of 542. He began dismantling the License Raj - government quotas, tariffs and permit regulations on economic activity - modernized the telecommunications industry, the education system, expanded science and technology initiatives and improved relations with the United States.

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