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.
Indian PM Manmohan Singh says he will step down after elections

Indian PM Manmohan Singh says he will step down after elections

NEW DELHI, Jan. 3 (UPI) -- Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, who has held the post for nearly 10 years, said he will leave office after elections this year.

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.

India's food security bill wins passage in lower house

NEW DELHI, Aug. 26 (UPI) -- India's lower house of Parliament, after a lengthy debate, gave its nod to a $19 billion bill to provide subsidized food to about 800 million people.

5 Indian soldiers dead after Kashmir attack

POONCH, India, Aug. 6 (UPI) -- Five Indian soldiers died and one was injured after an attack by suspected Islamic militants backed by Pakistani soldiers, Indian government officials said.

Militants kill 8 soldiers in Kashmir

NEW DELHI, June 25 (UPI) -- Militants killed eight soldiers in Srinagar, Kashmir, a day before a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh and United Progressive Alliance party chairperson Sonia Gandhi.

Eight Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir attack

SRINAGAR, India, June 24 (UPI) -- Heavily armed militants killed at least eight Indian soldiers in Kashmir a day prior to the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Manmohan Singh, authorities said.

India and China boost border peace efforts

NEW DELHI, May 21 (UPI) -- China's Premier Li Keqiang and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh agreed to step up discussions to end their long-running Himalayan region border disputes.

Italy returning accused marines to India

ROME, March 22 (UPI) -- Two Italian marines being sent back to India to face murder charges will not get the death penalty if convicted, Indian officials said Friday.

India reviews Italian envoy's immunity

NEW DELHI, March 20 (UPI) -- India could revoke the diplomatic immunity of Italy's ambassador over his failure to ensure two Italian marines return to India for their trial.

Minister: Police will seek death penalty

NEW DELHI, Dec. 31 (UPI) -- The case against the suspects facing murder charges in the savage gang rape and death of a New Delhi student is "solid," India's home minister said.

India hosting Myanmar's Suu Kyi

NEW DELHI, Nov. 13 (UPI) -- Myanmar opposition leader Aung San Suu Kyi arrived in New Delhi Tuesday for her first visit to India in nearly four decades.
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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Sonia Gandhi
Congress party President and Chairman of India's ruling United Progressive Alliance Sonia Gandhi (R) welcomes Indian president nominee Pratibha Patil, 72, at her residence in New Delhi on June 16, 2007. India's governing coalition chose a woman as its presidential candidate Thursday, setting the stage for her to become the country's first female president. The post is largely ceremonial, though the president is the supreme commander of the armed forces and has the power to declare a state of emergency in times of political crisis. (UPI Photo/Kamal Kishore)

Sonia Gandhi (born Edvige Antonia Albina Maino on 9 December 1946) is an Italian-born Indian politician and the President of the Indian National Congress, one of the major political parties of India. She is the widow of former Prime Minister of India, Rajiv Gandhi. After his assassination in 1991, she was invited by the Indian National Congress to take over the Congress but Gandhi refused and publicly stayed away from politics amidst constant prodding by the Congress. She finally agreed to join politics in 1997 and in 1998, she was elected as the leader of the Congress.

Since then, Gandhi has been the President of the Indian National Congress Party. She has served as the Chairperson of the ruling United Progressive Alliance in the Lok Sabha since 2004. In September 2010, on being re-elected for the fourth time, she became the longest serving president in the 125-year history of the Congress party. Her foreign birth has been a subject of much debate and controversy. Although Sonia is actually the fifth foreign-born person to be leader of the Congress Party, she is the first since independence in 1947.

She was born to Stefano and Paola Maino in Contrada Màini ("Maini quarter (or district)"), Lusiana, a little village 30 km from Vicenza in Veneto, Italy, where families with family name "Màino" have been living for many generations. She spent her adolescence in Orbassano, a town near Turin, being raised in a traditional Roman Catholic family and attending a Catholic school. Her father, a building mason, died in 1983. Her mother and two sisters still live around Orbassano.

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