Waters start to recede in Assam

DISPUR, India, July 4 (UPI) -- The Brahmaputra River in India's Assam province has begun receding after floods that have killed almost 100 people, officials said Wednesday.

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UPI Almanac for Friday, May 18, 2012.
By United Press International

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.

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.
Sonia Gandhi returns after surgery

Sonia Gandhi returns after surgery

NEW DELHI, Sept. 8 (UPI) -- Ruling Indian Congress Party leader Sonia Gandhi returned home Thursday after surgery abroad for an undisclosed condition, a party spokesman said.

Sonia Gandhi overseas for surgery

NEW DELHI, Aug. 5 (UPI) -- Sonia Gandhi, president of India's ruling Congress Party, traveled overseas for surgery for an undisclosed medical condition, spokesmen said.

Bill for more seats for women passes

NEW DELHI, March 10 (UPI) -- The Indian parliament's upper house approved a constitutional amendment to set aside a third of all legislative seats for women.

Thousands mourn Indian minister

HYDERABAD, India, Sept. 4 (UPI) -- Thousands of mourners turned out Friday to say goodbye to the chief minister of India's fourth largest state, Y.S. Rajasekhara Reddy.

India inaugurates Mundra-Delhi pipeline

JAIPUR, India, Feb. 3 (UPI) -- Ruling coalition chair Sonia Gandhi inaugurated the 655-mile Mundra-Delhi oil pipeline Tuesday, the longest cross-country pipeline in India.

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UPI Almanac for Sunday, May 18, 2008.
By United Press International

India: We will fight terror at all costs

NEW DELHI, May 15 (UPI) -- A top Indian official said the country will thwart the designs of terrorists who are out to disturb communal harmony in the country.

India looks to work with Nepal's once-hated Maoist rebels

NEW DELHI, April 18 (UPI) -- Fears of frosty India-Nepal ties following the electoral victory of Maoists may have been dispelled with the Indian government acknowledging the emergence of the communist-led democratic government in Nepal and pledging to work with the former rebels, experts say.
KUSHAL JEENA, UPI Correspondent

Sarkozy keeps president of India waiting

NEW DELHI, Jan. 26 (UPI) -- French President Nicolas Sarkozy kept India's president, prime minister and other top officials waiting Saturday while he visited the Taj Mahal.

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.

Security heightened after blasts

LUCKNOW, India, Nov. 23 (UPI) -- India's major cities were on high security alert Saturday after near-simultaneous blasts in three towns reportedly killed 14 people.
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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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