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.

India boosts artillery orders

NEW DELHI, March 2 (UPI) -- The Indian army is seeking to upgrade its artillery with a contract with Indian defense manufacturer Ordnance Factory Board.

Report: Gandhi, Modi may face off in India

WASHINGTON, Sept. 14 (UPI) -- Rahul Gandhi, a Congress Party chief, and Gujarat state Chief Minister Narendra Modi may face off in the 2014 Indian election, a U.S. congressional report says.

Gandhi: BJP was soft on terrorism

FARUKKHABAD, India, May 4 (UPI) -- Indian National Congress President Sonia Gandhi said terrorists were "treated like guests" by the Bharatiya Janata Party during its reign of power in India.

India observes anti-terror day

NEW DELHI, May 22 (UPI) -- Indians observed Anti-Terrorism Day by highlighting the dangers of terror and violence in the country and vowing to fight terror.

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Wednesday, May 21, 2008.
By United Press International

Suicide bombing a crime

LOS ANGELES, Feb. 26 (UPI) -- The time has come for the international community to strongly and unequivocally condemn suicide bombing as a tactic of war and political violence. U.N. member states, individually and collectively, must come together to clearly proscribe suicide terror in all of its forms.
JOHN P. SULLIVAN, UPI Outside View Commentator

India OK's $12.5B for rural power

NEW DELHI, Feb. 14 (UPI) -- India says it has allocated $12.5 billion to boost rural electrification during the current 11th Five-Year Plan.

India: Islamists planned blasts in Mumbai

NEW DELHI, Jan. 28 (UPI) -- India says rebels conspired to trigger serial bomb blasts in four crowded areas in Mumbai, including the historic Gateway of India.

Analysis: India to counter Tamil rebels

NEW DELHI, Jan. 2 (UPI) -- Aimed at countering ground and air attacks by rebels of the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam in Sri Lanka, India's armed forces say they will undertake joint military exercises in the southern peninsula early this year.
KUSHAL JEENA, UPI Correspondent

Sonia Gandhi hospitalized in India

NEW DELHI, Jan. 1 (UPI) -- Sonia Gandhi, leader of India's ruling coalition-leading Congress Party, reportedly was hospitalized Tuesday after complaining of breathing difficulty.

Analysis: Indian rebels target courts

NEW DELHI, Nov. 28 (UPI) -- The bombings last month in Uttar Pradesh state by Islamist militants marks a shift in their strategy, moving from civilian targets to the judiciary.
KUSHAL JEENA, UPI Correspondent

The almanac

UPI Almanac for Thursday, Nov. 29, 2007.
By United Press International

India says Pakistan-based militants nabbed

LUCKNOW, India, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Indian authorities claim to have foiled a plot by an alleged militant group based in Pakistan to kidnap a prominent politician.

Indian police arrest suspected militants

NEW DELHI, Nov. 16 (UPI) -- Indian police arrested three militants Friday in the northern city of Lucknow who they say wanted to abduct the son of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi.
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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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