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2004        Jan 1, A Pakistani airline flew from Lahore to New Delhi and back, re-establishing a commercial link that was cut by a war scare in 2002.
    (WSJ, 1/2/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 3, India's PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee made a historic visit to Pakistan ahead of a key South Asian summit, greeted with a warm handshake by PM Zafarullah Khan Jamali. The airport ceremony would have been unimaginable just one year ago.
    (AP, 1/3/04)
2004        Jan 3, In eastern India unidentified gunmen stormed a village and shot to death five so-called "untouchables."
    (AP, 1/3/04)

2004        Jan 5, Pakistan's President Pervez Musharraf held much-anticipated, face-to-face talks with Indian leader Atal Bihari Vajpayee on the sidelines of a South Asian summit.
    (AP, 1/5/04)

2004        Jan 6, India and Pakistan agreed on talks to formally tackle all issues including Kashmir.
    (WSJ, 1/7/04, p.A1)

2004        Jan 8, India unveiled a broad range of tax cuts.
    (WSJ, 1/9/04, p.A6)

2004        Jan 15, India and Pakistan, resumed rail services across their border. The frontier had been closed for 2 years.
    (SFC, 1/16/04, p.A16)

2004        Jan 16, In Bombay, India, activists gathered for the 6-day World Social Forum. The meeting, which attracts activists, political workers and intellectuals from around the world, is meant to be a counterpoint to the World Economic Forum in Switzerland later this month.
    (AP, 1/17/04)

2004        Jan 17, Indian soldiers and Islamic rebels clashed in disputed Kashmir in two separate gunbattles that killed eight guerrillas and two paramilitary soldiers.
    (AP, 1/17/04)

2004        Jan 21, The 6-day World Social Forum ended in Bombay, India, as thousands marching against the Iraq war. Some 80,000 people from a hundred countries participated in the forum.
    (SFC, 1/22/04, p.A3)

2004        Jan 23, A fire tore through a wedding hall in southern India, killing 45 people, including the groom, and injuring the bride and dozens of guests.
    (AP, 1/23/04)

2004        Feb 15, In India a boat carrying villagers returning from a picnic capsized in the Ganges River. 17 people were missing and believed drowned.
    (AP, 2/15/04)

2004        Feb 16, India and Pakistan began historic meetings aimed at preparing for a sustained peace dialogue on Kashmir and other disputes.
    (AP, 2/16/04)

2004        Feb 17, India and Pakistan reached a broad agreement on the timetable for sustained peace talks on disputed Kashmir and other tough issues separating the South Asian neighbors.
    (AP, 2/17/04)

2004        Feb 23, In India an explosion and fire at India's main space center killed at least six people. The accident took place at the solid propellant fuel plant at the government's Dhawan Space Center, on Sriharikota Island just off India's southeastern coast.
    (AP, 2/23/04)

2004        Feb 27, In eastern India a high speed passenger train crashed into a crowded bus, killing at least 9 people and injuring 41 others.
    (AP, 2/27/04)

2004        Mar 1, In eastern India a motorboat packed with players and spectators heading to a cricket match capsized, and police said 20 people were feared dead.
    (AP, 3/1/04)

2004        Mar 3, In India's Jammu-Kashmir state a suspected militant with explosives on his body grabbed a guard's rifle and opened fire in a jail courtyard, setting off a shootout that killed six people as well as himself.
    (AP, 3/3/04)

2004        Mar 10, India's cricketers arrived for their first full tour of Pakistan in 14 years.
    (AP, 3/10/04)

2004        Mar 13, In Pakistan the India cricket team beat a Pakistan team at Karachi's National Stadium in a match that came down to the final ball.
    (SSFC, 3/14/04, p.A15)

2004        Mar 15, The Bill Gates Foundation donated $47 million to private agencies carrying out AIDS prevention programs in India.
    (SFC, 3/16/04, p.A2)

2004        Mar 20, In Kashmir a remote-controlled bomb hidden in a motorbike exploded as an Indian army convoy passed over a bridge, killing two soldiers and wounding 40 others.
    (AP, 3/20/04)

2004        Mar 24, In India's northeast Assam state heavily armed separatist militants killed 21 villagers from a rival ethnic group in three attacks.
    (AP, 3/24/04)

2004        Mar 25, An Indian court sentenced four Pakistanis to death for "waging war" against India after they were caught smuggling the deadly explosive RDX into the country in 1999.
    (AP, 3/25/04)

2004        Apr 1, India began distributing AIDS drugs to 100,000 people. An estimated 4.6 million were infected.
    (SFC, 4/2/04, p.A15)

2004        Apr 2, In India a crowded bus veered off a mountain road and fell into a ravine in Jammu-Kashmir state, killing 34 passengers and injuring 35 others.
    (AP, 4/2/04)
2004        Apr 2, Two Indian Air Force fighter jets went missing and were believed to have crashed during routine flights over Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/2/04)

2004        Apr 4, In India suspected Islamic extremists stormed a police station in the city of Karachi and killed 5 police, forcing their victims to recite Quranic verses before shooting them.
    (AP, 4/4/04)

2004        Apr 7, In India a land mine killed at least 26 policemen in the eastern state of Jharkhand. Communist guerrillas, calling for a boycott of India's national elections, were suspected.
    (AP, 4/8/04)

2004        Apr 8, In Indian-held Kashmir a grenade explosion and gunfire at an election rally killed 9 people and wounded at least 60, including the state's tourism and finance ministers.
    (AP, 4/8/04)(WSJ, 4/9/04, p.A1)

2004        Apr 11, Easter. Sikhs celebrated Vaisakhi, their New Year and commemoration of 17th century Guru Gobind Singh. They claimed about 20 million followers worldwide.
    (AP, 4/11/04)(SFC, 4/12/04, p.B5)
2004        Apr 11, The British Sunday Times reported that an Indian steel tycoon paid $128 million for a mansion in London, breaking the world record for the most expensive house purchase.
    (AP, 4/12/04)

2004        Apr 12, A senior government minister said India will not deploy peacekeeping troops in Iraq without a mandate from the United Nations because the situation there is "not favorable."
    (AP, 4/12/04)
2004        Apr 12, In Lucknow, India, thousands of people crowding into a park for a politician's birthday celebration and to receive free saris stampeded, killing 21 women and children.
    (AP, 4/12/04)

2004        Apr 17, Soundarya (32), an Indian movie star, and three other people were killed when their plane crashed in southern India minutes after takeoff.
    (AP, 4/17/04)

2004        Apr 19, The annual environmental Goldman Prizes were awarded in SF. Winners included Rashida Bee and Champa Devi Shukla of India for their work following the Bhopal catastrophe.
    (SFC, 4/19/04, p.B5)

2004        Apr 20, Elections began in India for the 1st of 5 stages culminating May 10. India's general elections implemented the use of computerized voting machines.
    (WSJ, 4/19/04, p.A1)(AP, 4/22/04)

2004        Apr 21, Chile said it would begin negotiating a free-trade pact with India beginning in August. It would at first be limited to commerce in goods.
    (WSJ, 4/22/04, p.A17)

2004        Apr, India unveiled its Cold Start program, a new offensive doctrine intended to allow it to mobilize quickly and undertake limited retaliatory attacks on its neighbor, without crossing Pakistan's nuclear threshold.
    (www.defence.pk/forums/india-defence/11950-indias-cold-start.html)

2004        May 10, In India exit polls showed PM Vajpayee’s coalition government was far short of a majority needed to control Parliament.
    (SFC, 5/11/04, p.A7)

2004        May 11, India's stock market suffered its deepest plunge in four years due to fears the government's liberal economic policies might falter if the prime minister's ruling alliance fails to get a majority in Parliament, as predicted by exit polls.
    (AP, 5/11/04)

2004        May 13, India's opposition Congress Party led by Sonia Gandhi (57) captured the most seats in parliamentary elections, a stunning defeat for PM Atal Bihari Vajpayee. Congress won 145 of 543 seats.
    (AP, 5/12/04)(Econ, 4/4/09, p.45)

2004        May 17, India's stock market took the biggest one-day plunge in its 129-year history as investors panicked over how communist parties would influence the new government. An investigation followed into the alleged murky dealings by a dozen foreign firms.
    (AP, 5/17/04)(Econ, 5/28/05, p.76)

2004        May 18, Sonia Gandhi announced she would "humbly decline" to be the next prime minister of India. Manmohan Singh (71), a respected Oxford-educated economist, was reported to be Gandhi's choice to become PM.
    (AP, 5/18/04)

2004        May 19, Sonia Gandhi announced that her Congress party had elected economist Manmohan Singh (71) as the next prime minister of India.
    (AP, 5/19/04)

2004        May 23, In India's portion of Kashmir suspected Islamic militants blew up a military bus, killing at least 33 soldiers and relatives, and wounding 15.
    (AP, 5/23/04)(SFC, 5/24/04, p.A7)

2004        May, India’s Congress party named Palaniappan Chidambaram as finance minister.
    (Econ, 7/17/04, p.42)
2004        May, In India Laloo Prasad Yadav, former chief minister of Bihar state, was named railways minister.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.38)

2004        Jun 7, In eastern India a boat crowded mainly with women and children capsized in a river, with at least 40 people feared dead.
    (AP, 6/7/04)

2004        Jun 12, In Iraq gunmen killed Bassam Salih Kubba, a deputy foreign minister as he went to work in Baghdad.
    (AP, 6/12/04)

2004        Jun 16, In India a passenger train derailed after smashing into boulders on a bridge, killing at least 20 people and injuring 50. The engine of the Bombay-bound Matsyagandha Express jumped the tracks and plunged off the bridge.
    (AP, 6/16/04)

2004        Jun 20, India and Pakistan announced they would establish a new hot line to alert each other of potential nuclear accidents or threats.
    (AP, 6/20/04)

2004        Jun 24, In India a bomb exploded in a crowded bus, killing at least five people and critically wounding 17 in the northeastern state of Assam.
    (AP, 6/24/04)

2004        Jun 25, It was reported that India has been able to conquer its famine of food, but still suffered from a “famine of jobs."
    (WSJ, 6/25/04, p.A1)

2004        Jun 26, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected Islamic rebels raided a village and shot to death 12 Muslims while they slept.
    (AP, 6/26/04)

2004        Jul 1, India’s Fiscal Responsibility and Budget Management Act took effect. It required the government to cut the fiscal deficit by 0.3% of GDP annually until 2009.
    (WSJ, 1/12/05, p.A9)

2004        Jul 2, Reva Electric Car, an Indian company that has launched the country's first electric car, has received 500 orders from Britain and plans to build environment-friendly mini-buses and small taxis. Its cheapest version costs 250,000 rupees (US$ 5,500). The company has sold more than 600 cars in India.
    (AP, 7/2/04)
2004        Jul 2, In India’s Bihar state gunmen killed 10 people in the latest outburst of caste violence.
    (AP, 7/3/04)

2004        Jul 3, In the Indian portion of Kashmir a mountain gunbattle, a time bomb hidden in a fruit seller's hand cart and a grenade lobbed in a busy market killed 8 people and wounded 44.
    (AP, 7/3/04)

2004        Jul 5, It was reported that India was logging nearly 1000 new AIDS cases a month and that there were an estimated 5.1 million people infected with HIV.
    (SFC, 7/5/04, p.A8)(AP, 7/6/04)
2004        Jul 5, In India a landslide swept a busload of pilgrims into a river in Uttaranchal killing at least 18 people and leaving hundreds of others stranded deep in the Himalayas.
    (Reuters, 7/7/04)

2004        Jul 11, Suspected Muslim guerrillas sliced off the nose, ears and tongue of Mariam Begum, a 14-year-old girl in Indian Kashmir, believing her to be an informer for the Indian army. Elsewhere in Kashmir, 16 Muslim rebels and four soldiers were killed in separate gun battles over the weekend.
    (Reuters, 7/11/04)

2004        Jul 12, Monsoon floods continued to wreak havoc across South Asia, killing 37 more people and forcing millions to flee their homes or seek emergency shelter. Flooding has killed 36 people in Bangladesh this year. A total of 47 people have died in Nepal since June. In India a total of 158 people have died in flooding since the beginning of June.
    (AP, 7/12/04)

2004        Jul 15, In Kumbakonam, southern India, a short circuit ignited a thatched roof and fire raged through the Lord Krishna Middle School, killing 94 children and injuring more than 100. The children were trapped inside a locked building. In 2006 an inquiry commission found that a mixture of avarice, dishonesty and a blatant disregard of safety standards caused the devastating fire. In 2014 the owner of the primary school was sentenced to life in prison on charges including culpable homicide and endangerment, while his wife, the headmistress, the cook and the meal planner were each imprisoned for five years.
    (AP, 7/17/04)(SFC, 7/17/04, p.A3)(Reuters, 9/4/06)(AP, 7/30/14)

2004        Jul 17, Monsoon rains submerged new areas of Bangladesh and India, killing at least 13 people, as the death toll from flooding in South Asia rose to more than 400.
    (AP, 7/17/04)

2004        Jul 19, Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh said he would push for progress in talks to promote better ties with Pakistan when he meets Pakistani leaders this week.
    (AP, 7/19/04)

2004        Jul 20, Monsoon floods, tornadoes and rains roared through already inundated villages in South Asia, killing 42 more people. 15 died in Bangladesh and 27 in India. Fresh rains in Asia took the rainy season death toll to nearly 800.
    (AP, 7/21/04)(Reuters, 7/21/04)

2004        Jul 24, In India Coal and Mines Minister Shibu Soren resigned after an arrest warrant was issued against him on charges of inciting arson and violence during a rally in 1975.
    (Reuters, 7/24/04)

2004        Jul 28, Muslims and Hindus burned buildings and clashed with police in a third day of sectarian riots in the western Indian town of Verawal, throwing acid at officers who shot at the crowd. The unrest has left two dead and more than a dozen wounded.
    (AP, 7/28/04)

2004        Jul 31, Flood-weakened riverbanks in South Asia collapsed around villages, pushing the death toll from this season's monsoons above 1,500 and stranding more than 30 million people.
    (AP, 8/1/04)

2004        Aug 4, In Kashmir Muslim militants killed nine Indian troopers in an attack on a paramilitary camp, just hours before India and Pakistan, which both claim the region, began a round of peace talks.
    (AP, 8/5/04)

2004        Aug 5, The death toll from monsoons in Bangladesh and India reached 1,823.
    (SFC, 8/5/04, p.A10)

2004        Aug 8, The death toll from monsoons in South Asia reached 1,972. At least 1,152 have died in India, 691 in Bangladesh, 124 in Nepal and 5 in Pakistan.
    (AP, 8/8/04)(SSFC, 8/8/04, p.A3)

2004        Aug 9, The death toll from this season's monsoon rains across South Asia passed 2,000, as authorities in India reported that 39 bodies were found floating in receding flood waters and four children were killed when a house collapsed.
    (AP, 8/9/04)

2004        Aug 13, In Calcutta a man convicted of raping and killing a schoolgirl was executed, becoming the first person hanged for their crimes in India in nearly a decade. Apartment guard Dhananjoy Chatterjee (42) was executed for the 1990 rape and murder of a teenage schoolgirl.
    (AP, 8/14/04)

2004        Aug 15, In northeast India a bomb exploded during an Independence Day parade in Dhemaji, killing 18 people, including schoolchildren.
    (AP, 8/15/04)(Econ, 8/21/04, p.34)
2004        Aug 16, Kamala Markandaya (79), Indian novelist, died. Her books focused on rural life, interracial relationships and conflicting Eastern and Western values.
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.D12)

2004        Aug 17, A US research institute said India is projected to outpace China and become the world's most populous country by 2050, growing by 50 percent in the next 46 years to reach more than 1.6 billion people.
    (AP, 8/17/04)

2004        Aug 18, Indian shares slid as oil prices surged to a new high of $47 a barrel, threatening domestic demand and growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
    (AP, 8/18/04)

2004        Aug 24, In India a 4-day strike by truckers over a new tax paralyzed the movement of goods. Employees of state-owned banks launched a strike over pay.
    (WSJ, 8/25/04, p.A9)

2004        Aug 26, In India a passenger bus and another carrying paramilitary soldiers and their families were blown up in separate explosions in the insurgency-wracked Assam state, killing four people and wounding 39.
    (AP, 8/26/04)

2004        Aug 28, Five Hindu pilgrims were killed and 14 others injured in a stampede at a river bathing festival in southern India.
    (AP, 8/28/04)

2004        Aug 30, India's top commercial bank, State Bank of India (SBI), hiked its fixed rates for home loans in what analysts saw as an indication other interest rates in Asia's fourth-largest economy are headed higher. The Reserve Bank of India (RBI) said insufficient rainfall and uncertainty about the price of crude oil, the country's biggest import item, posed downside risks to growth in Asia's fourth-largest economy.
    (AP, 8/30/04)

2004        Sep 4, India's PM Singh said his government was ready to talk to any militant group, including those in Kashmir, abandoning previous preconditions that the rebels must first disarm.
    (AP, 9/4/04)

2004        Sep 6, India and Pakistan ended 2-day talks to settle their dispute over Kashmir. Yasin Malik, the chairman of pro-independence Jammu Kashmir Liberation Front (JKLF), said the dispute could not be settled unless residents of the region are included in talks. India’s Natwar Singh and Pakistan’s Khurshid Kasuri closed the 1st stage of an 8-part “composite" dialogue.
    (AFP, 9/6/04)(Econ, 9/11/04, p.38)

2004        Sep 7, British oil exploration firm Cairn Energy, which has announced a series of oil discoveries in India, said that oil in place in the Mangala field was estimated to reach one billion barrels, with recoverable reserves of 100-320 million barrels.
    (AFP, 9/7/04)

2004        Sep 8, India and Pakistan opened up their countries to cross-border group tourism for the first time and announced a series of high-level contacts to push forward the peace process.
    (AP, 9/8/04)

2004        Sep 15, India and Bangladesh ended a two-day meeting in Dhaka without any breakthroughs on the sharing of water from common rivers.
    (AP, 9/15/04)

2004        Sep 18, India said the US had lifted export restrictions on equipment for India's commercial space program and nuclear power facilities.
    (AP, 9/18/04)
2004        Sep 18, Indian troops shot dead 14 Islamic militants in clashes across Indian-administered Kashmir, while suspected rebels killed four civilians.
    (AP, 9/18/04)

2004        Sep 19, In India flooding in the densely populated West Bengal has swamped hundreds of villages, killing three people and making more than 650,000 homeless.
    (AP, 9/19/04)

2004        Sep 20, India's space agency said it successfully launched the nation's first satellite for educational services.
    (AP, 9/20/04)

2004        Sep 21, In India incessant rains caused flash floods that knocked down houses and killed at least 33 people in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.
    (AP, 9/22/04)

2004        Sep 22, Indian officials said they have fenced nearly 40 percent of the porous border with Bangladesh and would fence the entire frontier by March 2006 to prevent movement of insurgents, illegal immigrants and smuggling.
    (Reuters, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, In India's mountainous northeast 10 people, including a state government minister and two lawmakers, were killed in a helicopter crash.
    (AP, 9/22/04)
2004        Sep 22, Four Islamic militants were killed in a clash with Indian troops along the disputed border in Kashmir on the eve of a summit between the two countries' leaders.
    (AP, 9/23/04)

2004        Sep, In India the People’s War Group merged with the Maoist Communist Center to form the CPI (Maoist) party under Muppala Lakshmana Rao (aka Ganapathi). Also known as Naxalites, the Maoists were most active in Chhattisgarh state.
    (Econ, 8/19/06, p.38)(Econ, 4/10/10, p.45)

2004        Oct 1, India's Border Security Force (BSF) asked Bangladeshi authorities to hand over 126 Indian insurgents, including top leaders of guerrilla groups it says are based in the neighboring country.
    (Reuters, 10/1/04)
2004        Oct 1, A violent Maoist rebel group proposed a seven-point peace agreement to the government of a southern Indian state at their first-ever talks to end an insurgency in which thousands of people have been killed.
    (AP, 10/1/04)

2004        Oct 2, In northeast India a spate of bombings and gun attacks in crowded public places killed 73 people in markets and a railroad station across Assam and Nagaland states.
    (SSFC, 10/3/04, p.A8)(AP, 10/2/05)

2004        Oct 3, In northeast India suspected separatists in Assam state bombed a crowded market, a tea plantation and other sites, killing seven people in a second day of explosions and gun attacks that have left at least 57 dead and more than 100 wounded.
    (AP, 10/3/04)

2004        Oct 4, Suspected separatist rebels attacked sleeping villagers in northeastern India, killing six in a third day of explosions and gun attacks that have left at least 63 people dead.
    (AP, 10/4/04)

2004        Oct 4, In India at least 10 people were killed and seven wounded in a fresh bout of militant violence in the restive northeastern state of Assam.
    (AFP, 10/5/04)

2004        Oct 7, In Kashmir 4 Islamic militants were killed by Indian forces while rebels killed a paramilitary soldier and critically wounded a pro-India political activist.
    (AP, 10/7/04)

2004        Oct 10, In India at least 62 bodies were recovered after flash floods in Assam state, taking the death toll from fresh flooding in the past three days to 88.
    (AP, 10/10/04)

2004        Oct 16, In India the ruling Congress party won power in Maharashtra, a victory that will boost the fortunes of Italian-born Sonia Gandhi's party and strengthen PM Manmohan Singh's minority national coalition.
    (AP, 10/16/04)

2004        Oct 18, In India Koose Muniswamy Veerappan (52), the country’s most-wanted bandit, was shot to death in Tamil Nadu state.
    (SFC, 10/19/04, p.A3)(Econ, 10/30/04, p.88)

2004        Oct 20, Senior Indian and Chinese officials met in New Delhi, India, to discuss a long-running border dispute between the two countries.
    (AFP, 10/20/04)
2004        Oct 20, The EU revamped its trade rules. Nations with more than 15% of European market share of any goods were set to lose their discounted tariffs. China and India were expected to be the main losers.
    (WSJ, 10/20/04, p.A15)

2004        Oct 26, India’s central bank announced it was raising its overnight repo rate for the first time in more than four years, citing concerns about a sharp rise in inflation in Asia's fourth-largest economy. The rate went up .25% to 4.75%.
    (AP, 10/26/04)(WSJ, 10/27/04, p.A15)

2004        Nov 2, State-run Indian Oil Corp (IOC), the country's largest refiner, said it had signed an agreement with Iran's Petropars to bid for a $3 billion project to develop a gas field and set up a liquefaction plant in Iran.
    (AP, 11/2/04)

2004        Nov 3, Indian troops killed five Islamic militants in a fierce gunbattle in insurgency-hit Kashmir after the rebels barricaded themselves inside a mosque.
    (AP, 11/3/04)

2004        Nov 7, Kashmiri separatists gave a cautious welcome on to India's offer to allow them to visit Pakistan. Thousands of people in Indian Kashmir staged a protest, alleging that soldiers had raped a 10-year-old girl and her mother.
    (Reuters, 11/7/04)

2004        Nov 11, Indian PM Manmohan Singh announced a reduction in troops in disputed Kashmir in a fresh initiative to push forward a fraying peace process with Pakistan.
    (AP, 11/11/04)

2004        Nov 13, In New Delhi, India, a stampede at the main railway station killed at least five people and injured seven.
    (AP, 11/13/04)

2004        Nov 16, India said its army will start reducing the number of troops in revolt-hit Kashmir  to coincide with a visit to the state by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh. Military experts estimate that India has about 250,000 troops in Kashmir.
    (AP, 11/16/04)

2004        Nov 17, India's PM Manmohan Singh paid a rare visit to the divided Himalayan region of Kashmir, marking the start of a partial troop withdrawal that has been hailed by rival Pakistan as an important step in easing tensions. Pakistan's powerful Islamic parties dismissed the partial pullout of Indian troops from Indian-administered Kashmir as tokenistic "eyewash", saying a plebiscite was the only solution to the half-century dispute. India began pulling an estimated 40k of some 500k soldiers from Kashmir.
    (AP, 11/17/04)(AFP, 11/17/04)(WSJ, 11/18/04, p.A1)

2004        Nov 19, Intel Corp., the world's largest computer chip maker, said it would spend $40 million to expand in the southern Indian city of Bangalore over the next two years.
    (AP, 11/19/04)

2004        Nov 20, India pulled out around 3,000 troops from Kashmir.
    (AP, 11/20/04)

2004        Nov 23, In Kashmir suspected Muslim rebels shot dead five people in overnight attacks.
    (AP, 11/23/04)
2004        Nov 23, Pakistani Prime Minister Shaukat Aziz arrived in India to help push forward a fragile peace process.
    (AP, 11/23/04)

2004        Nov 27, In India Aga Khan, billionaire spiritual leader of the world's 15 million Shia Ismaili Muslims, presented the triennial Aga Khan awards for architecture.
    (AP, 11/27/04)

2004        Nov 28, In central India at least 16 people were killed when they were run over by a speeding train after getting off another train on a parallel line.
    (Reuters, 11/28/04)

2004        Dec 1, Encore Software Ltd., one of the makers of India's cheap hand-held computer, the Simputer, forecast a surge in orders to 50,000 units next year.
    (AP, 12/1/04)

2004        Dec 3, India's foreign exchange reserves vaulted $3.8 billion in the week through Dec. 3 to a record $130.72 billion, as foreign capital poured into Asia's fourth-biggest economy and the dollar slid against the euro.
    (Reuters, 12/11/04)

2004        Dec 9, Indian officials cautioned Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld that a proposed US sale of military hardware worth $1.2 billion to Pakistan could damage a fragile peace process between the nuclear-armed neighbors and harm India-US relations.
    (AP, 12/9/04)

2004        Dec 14, In northern India 2 passenger trains collided head-on, killing at least 27 people and injuring 60 in Punjab.
    (AP, 12/14/04)
2004        Dec 14, In India at least one person was killed and 50 wounded in a string of grenade attacks launched by separatist rebels across the volatile northeastern state of Assam.
    (AP, 12/14/04)

2004        Dec 21, India’s parliament tabled the Employment Guarantee Act, which planned to give one member of every poor family at least 100 days of work at minimum wage on public works projects.
    (Econ, 1/1/05, p.28)

2004        Dec 23, P.V. Narasimha Rao (b.1921), India’s former Prime Minister (1991-1996). died. His free-market economic reforms in 1991 launched India's shift from a bankrupt nation hobbled by socialist policies into a regional economic power.
    (AP, 12/23/04)

2004        Dec 26, India issued a presidential decree to bring its patent laws into compliance with commitments under the World Trade Organization (WTO) agreement.
    (AP, 12/26/04)
2004        Dec 26, The world's most powerful earthquake in 40 years triggered massive tidal waves that slammed into villages and seaside resorts across southern and southeast Asia. The initial estimated death toll of 9,000 soon rose to some 230,000 people in 14 countries. The magnitude 9.0 earthquake was the world's fifth-largest since 1900 and the largest since a 9.2 temblor hit Prince William Sound Alaska in 1964. The epicenter was located 155 miles south-southeast of Banda Aceh, the capital of Aceh province on Sumatra, and six miles under the seabed of the Indian Ocean. In Indonesia at least 166,320 people were killed.
    Bangladesh reported 2 killed; India: at least 9,691 deaths: thousands were missing and possibly dead in India's remote Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Indonesia: At least 101,318 people were killed on Sumatra island and small islands off its coast. Kenya reported 1 killed. Malaysia: At least 68 people, including an unknown number of foreign tourists, were dead. Myanmar: At least 90 people were killed. Sri Lanka: At least 30,680 were killed in government and rebel controlled areas. The Maldives, an archipelago of 1,190 low-lying coral islands and a tiny population of 280,000, at least 82 people were killed and missing. At least 42 islands were flattened in the low-lying atoll nation. Somalia: At least 298 were killed. Tanzania: At least 10 killed. Thailand: The confirmed death toll for Thailand reached 5,322, but many suspected Myanmar migrants were not counted. Some 230,000 people were killed in a dozen countries.
    (SFC, 12/28/04, p.A1)(AP, 12/30/04)(SSFC, 1/2/05, p.A12)(AP, 1/7/05)(Econ, 1/22/05, p.41)(AP, 12/25/09)(AP, 11/12/13)

2004        Dec 27, The foreign secretaries of nuclear-armed rivals India and Pakistan began two-day talks that will include their first formal dialogue on disputed Kashmir since they launched a peace process a year ago.
    (AP, 12/27/04)

2004        Dec 27, Poisonous liquor sold by an illegal alcohol bar in India's financial capital killed at least 51 people and sent nearly 100 others to hospital over two days, prompting citywide raids on alcohol vendors.
    (AP, 12/28/04)

2004        Dec 28, India and Pakistan concluded a 2-day dialogue on their dispute over Kashmir.
    (SFC, 12/29/04, p.A3)

2004        The publication of Professor James W. Laine's book "Shivaji: Hindu King in Islamic India" infuriated hardline Hindu groups in the western state of Maharashtra, who claimed Laine was questioning Shivaji's parentage.
    (Reuters, 4/9/07)
2004        India’s Supreme Court issued a statement regarding activities in protected areas. This was based on a February 2002 order regarding the protection of some 600 national parks and wildlife sanctuaries. The 2004 statement included a ban on razing that created a major problem for herders, especially the Raika class of herders in Rajasthan, where 83% of the country’s camels were raised.
    (SSFC, 9/9/07, p.A32)(http://tinyurl.com/3bzzgc)
2004        India planned to have its first nuclear-powered submarine completed.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A13)
2004        In India electronic trading began in agricultural futures. In 2007 the NCDEX and MCX faced charges that trading in commodities futures encouraged hoarding and raised prices.
    (Econ, 3/10/07, p.72)
2004        Sunil Bharti Mittal, Indian businessman, launched FieldFreshFoods, a $50 million 50/50 joint venture with ELRO, an investment company founded by the Rothschild family. His aim was to turn India into a global preferred food basket.
    (Econ, 11/12/05, p.70)
2004        Mohan Murjani with local partners opened his 1st Tommy Hilfiger store in India.
    (WSJ, 3/27/07, p.A1)
2004        In India the Chennai-based NGO called Center for the Development of Disadvantaged People introduced a new rat trap that quickly improved living conditions for members of the Irula tribe of southern Tamil Nadu state, an impoverished community of some 3 million people. The new traps decreased health risks and increased the rat catcher’s average to 15-20 rats per day vs. 4-5 using older methods.
    (SSFC, 1/6/08, p.A13)
2004        In India Vedanta Resources of London constructed a $900 million bauxite refinery at the foot of the Niyamgiri Hills in eastern Orissa state, where there was an estimated 73 million tons of bauxite. A legal battle with the local Dongria Kond tribe delayed mining and bauxite was imported.
    (SFC, 2/22/08, p.A13)
2004        Laloo Prasad Yadav (b.1947) began serving as Minister of Railways in the ruling United Progressive Alliance (UPA) government. He continued as the minister until 2009. Yadav and the Rashtrija Janata Dal party (RJD) also ruled Bihar state (1990-2005). Nitish Kumar served as his predecessor at Indian Railways.
    (Econ, 1/30/10, p.12)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Lalu_Prasad_Yadav)
2004        In India Lavasa Corp, 65-percent owned by infrastructure giant Hindustan Construction Corp, began work on a $31-billion planned city near Pune. In 2010 India’s environmental ministry said the developers began building without getting environmental clearance. Lavasa argued it was not required to seek clearance.
    (AFP, 10/15/11)
2004        India’s annual death rate due to train accidents was about 3,500.
    (SFC, 11/12/04, p.W1)

2005        Jan 1, India was forecast for 7.5% annual GDP growth with a population at 1.1 billion and GDP per head at $640.
    (Econ, 1/1/05, p.91)

2005        Jan 3, India’s death toll from the Dec 26 tsunami was expected to top 15,000.
    (AP, 1/3/05)
2005        Jan 3, J.N. Dixit (68), India’s national security advisor, died in New Delhi.
    (SFC, 1/6/05, p.B7)

2005        Jan 8, Indian security forces killed the last rebel holed up inside a government office in Kashmir, ending a two-day battle during which guerrillas took over the building and set it on fire with dozens of employees inside.
    (AP, 1/8/05)

2005        Jan 10, India’s Supreme Court granted bail to Jayendra Saraswathi, one of Hinduism's most venerated clerics, after he spent nearly two months in jail in connection with the murder of a temple official. Former monastery official Sankaraman, said to be a bitter critic of the top cleric, was hacked to death in an ancient temple in Kanchi in September.
    (Reuters, 1/10/05)
2005        Jan 10, A bus driver apparently lost control of his vehicle and it plunged into a canal killing 57 people in southern India.
    (AP, 1/10/05)

2005        Jan 20, Chile, the world's biggest copper producer, and India, the world's biggest grains producer, agreed to launch talks to reduce import tariffs on some goods to boost bilateral trade.
    (AP, 1/20/05)

2005        Jan 22, In India actress Parveen Babi, who played the siren in dozens of Bollywood films, was found dead at her suburban Bombay apartment. Babi, famed for her unconventional western looks, starred in more than 50 Hindi films mostly in the 1970s and early 1980s.
    (AP, 1/22/05)

2005        Jan 23, Police said suspected leftist rebels ambushed a candidate for the legislature in India's eastern state of Bihar, killing him and three supporters. Maoist rebels in Bihar have called for a boycott of next month's vote.
    (AP, 1/23/05)

2005        Jan 24, China and India opened a first round of "strategic dialogue", as their regional and international influence surges despite a nagging border dispute.
    (AFP, 1/24/05)
2005        Jan 24, In India P. Ravindra, former state minister and TDP leader, was gunned down outside the party office in Anantpur town. Mobs torched nearly 100 state-run buses and hurled stones at government buildings in Andhra Pradesh after an opposition politician was shot dead.
    (AP, 1/24/05)

2005        Jan 25, In western India thousands of Hindus panicked during a religious procession, when fire broke out in roadside stalls. The resulting stampede killed at least 258 people near the village of Wai.
    (AP, 1/25/05)(AP, 1/26/05)

2005        Jan 27, India has decided to open the main airport in disputed Kashmir to international flights to draw more tourists to the scenic Himalayan region.
    (Reuters, 1/27/05)

2005        Jan 28, India took a major step to reform its financial sector and boost the country's stock markets by allowing non-government pension funds to invest up to 5 percent of their portfolios in equities.
    (AP, 1/28/05)

2005        Jan 31, Kamal Nath, India’s Commerce and Industry Minister, said the Indian parliament will shortly ratify new legislation protecting drug patents, paving the way for the country to become a major pharmaceutical research centre.
    (AP, 1/31/05)

2005        Jan, India’s oil minister Mani Shankar Aiyar persuaded Bangladesh in principle to become partner in an pipeline to bring gas from Myanmar to India.
    (Econ, 2/26/05, p.42)

2005        Feb 2, India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said India has raised the interest rate for its largest pension fund, the Employees Provident Fund (EPF), to 9.5%. India raised the foreign investment cap in telecoms companies to 74% from 49%.
    (Reuters, 2/2/05)

2005        Feb 3, In central India at least 25 people were killed when a passenger train collided with a tractor pulling a trailer full of people.
    (AP, 2/3/05)

2005        Feb 16, India and Pakistan agreed to start a bus service across a ceasefire line dividing the disputed Himalayan region of Kashmir beginning on Apr 7.
    (Reuters, 2/16/05)(Econ, 2/19/05, p.39)

2005        Feb 23, India and Pakistan agreed to cut red tape and ease barriers that hamper bilateral trade.
    (AP, 2/23/05)
2005        Feb 23, In India 4 people were killed in police firing and a blast in Jharkhand and Bihar in the final round of assembly elections.
    (AP, 2/23/05)

2005        Feb 24, India’s cabinet lifted restraints on foreign ownership of some real estate projects. A minimum of 25 acres was established with requirements for development of infrastructure prior to resale.
    (WSJ, 2/25/05, p.A16)

2005        Feb 25, Mrs. Israel Sima Bakhar won the Mrs. World 2005 pageant at Amby Valley, 140 kilometers ( 87 miles) north of Bombay, India. Forty-one contestants from across the globe participated in the pageant, held first time in India.
    (AP, 2/25/05)

2005        Feb 28, India's communist-backed coalition government unveiled a budget aimed at boosting growth to help the rural poor but warned this would be at the expense of tackling a bloated deficit.
    (AP, 2/28/05)

2005        Mar 4, India approved cultivation of genetically modified cotton in its fertile northern region, rejecting demands from anti-biotechnology activists.
    (AP, 3/4/05)
2005        Mar 4, President Hugo Chavez said Venezuela wants to supply crude oil to India, Asia's third-biggest consumer, under a long-term agreement.
    (AP, 3/4/05)

2005        Mar 5, India’s Finance Minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said the government would try to ensure economic growth of over 7 percent and urged the Reserve Bank of India (RBI) to maintain benign interest rates, now at three-decade lows, to promote investment.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
2005        Mar 5, India clinched a deal to operate a Venezuelan oilfield and import the output as Asia's third largest consumer and the world's No.5 oil exporter vowed to strengthen ties.
    (AP, 3/5/05)
2005        Mar 5, The governor of the lawless Indian eastern state of Bihar recommended federal rule in the province as no political grouping could muster the required numbers to form a government in polls last month. This ended control by the Yadav family.
    (AP, 3/6/05)(Econ, 3/12/05, p.45)

2005        Mar 11, In India separatist rebels threw three grenades in the troubled state of Assam, killing three people.
    (Reuters, 3/11/05)

2005        Mar 12, In India 16 people were drowned and nine were feared dead in Gujarat when a bus fell into a canal after the driver lost control.
    (AP, 3/13/05)

2005        Mar 13, In India at least 19 people were killed and 15 injured when a bus skidded off a mountain road into a deep gorge in Uttaranchal.
    (AP, 3/13/05)

2005        Mar 15, Pakistan issued release orders for 589 Indian prisoners as a gesture of goodwill towards New Delhi.
    (Reuters, 3/15/05)

2005        Mar 18, The US State Department said it had denied a diplomatic visa to the Hindu nationalist chief minister of Gujarat state, Narendra Modi, and revoked his existing tourist/business visa under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act due to his role in religious riots in 2002.
    (AP, 3/19/05)

2005        Mar 19, Hindu nationalists set fire to a PepsiCo warehouse in western India to protest the US denial of a visa for a top state official due to his role in religious riots in 2002.
    (AP, 3/19/05)

2005        Mar 21, India’s PM Manmohan Singh vowed to do whatever is necessary to sustain economic growth of between 7 and 8 percent to help the 260 million Indians living in poverty.
    (AP, 3/21/05)
2005        Mar 21, India’s foreign ministry in New Delhi said very young and elderly Pakistanis visiting India will receive visas on arrival from April 1.
    (Reuters, 3/21/05)

2005        Mar 22, Pakistan released 564 Indians, mostly fisherman, from its prisons in a goodwill gesture toward neighboring India.
    (AP, 3/22/05)

2005        Mar 22, India said it has reached a basic agreement with Japan on the joint development of natural gas off the Andaman Islands in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AFP, 3/26/05)

2005        Mar 25, India announced that it has agreed with the United States to a series of steps to boost defense and energy ties.
    (Reuters, 3/26/05)

2005        Mar 30, In India shops kept their shutters down as striking traders said they would step up their protest against a new value-added tax (VAT) due to take effect on April 1.
    (AP, 3/30/05)

2005        Mar 31, India's PM said India and Mauritius are moving toward a free trade agreement to boost the island's threatened trade portfolio and help India tap into African markets.
    (AP, 3/31/05)

2005        Apr 4, Maoist rebel leaders in southern India said they had given up on efforts to make peace, blaming local police for mounting violence since a truce collapsed more than three months ago.
    (AP, 4/4/05)

2005        Apr 5, Rebels opposed to a bus link joining parts of Kashmir controlled by rivals India and Pakistan set off bombs and fought gun battles with troops, two days before the service was due to start.
    (AP, 4/5/05)

2005        Apr 6, In India police beat up hundreds of people protesting against the razing of their homes by the government in the country's financial hub, Bombay. Authorities flattened an estimated 90,000 shanties in the city early in January. The slum clearance drive has left more than 300,000 people homeless.
    (AP, 4/6/05)

2005        Apr 7, Passengers on historic bus trips between the Pakistani and Indian portions of Kashmir crossed a bridge spanning the de facto border, voyages both sides hope will lead to lasting peace on the subcontinent. Kashmiris walked across the “Peace Bridge," on the Line of Control between India and Pakistan.
    (AP, 4/7/05)(SFC, 4/8/05, p.A3)

2005        Apr 9, Chinese PM Wen Jiabao arrived in Bangalore on the last leg of a 4 nation South Asia tour for talks with Indian leaders expected to boost trade and narrow differences.
    (AFP, 4/9/05)

2005        Apr 9-10, In India at least 58 Hindu pilgrims were drowned overnight during a ritual bathing when the gates of a dam several kilometers upriver were opened by officials unaware of the religious festival on the Narmada River in Madhya Pradesh state.
    (AP, 4/11/05)

2005        Apr 11, India and China agreed to form a strategic partnership to end a border dispute and boost trade in a deal marking a major shift in relations between the Asian giants.
    (AP, 4/11/05)

2005        Apr 13, Top border officials of India and Bangladesh meet in Dhaka to discuss thorny issues including New Delhi's plan to fence off the frontier and Dhaka's claim that India harbors Bangladeshi militants.
    (Reuters, 4/12/05)
2005        Apr 13, Britain and India agreed to more than double the number of flights between the two nations, opening up dozens of lucrative new routes for airlines.
    (AP, 4/13/05)
2005        Apr 13, Japan and India took a first step to a possible free trade deal with an agreement to spend a year looking at the effects of a pact on the two major Asian economies.
    (AFP, 4/14/05)

2005        Apr 14, India freed 24 Pakistani prisoners in an apparent response to similar gestures by Islamabad ahead of President Pervez Musharraf's visit to New Delhi.
    (AP, 4/14/05)
2005        Apr 14, India and the United States signed an "Open Skies" aviation agreement allowing each other's carriers to operate as many flights as they want between the two countries.
    (AFP, 4/14/05)

2005        Apr 16, Indian troops shot dead 7 Muslim rebels, including 2 commanders of Kashmir's main rebel group as Pakistani Pres. Pervez Musharraf visited India for the first time in 4 years.
    (AP, 4/16/05)
2005        Apr 16, Pakistan's Pres. Gen. Pervez Musharraf arrived in India to discuss the Kashmir dispute in an effort to ease five decades of hostility.
    (AP, 4/16/05)

2005        Apr 17, The leaders of India and Pakistan agreed to work to roll back their military deployments on a Himalayan glacier that is claimed by both countries and believed to be the world's highest battlefield, concluding the first day of talks intended to push forward a 15-month-old peace process.
    (AP, 4/17/05)

2005        Apr 18, India and Pakistan agreed to open up the militarized frontier dividing Kashmir, capping a landmark visit to New Delhi by President Pervez Musharraf.
    (Reuters, 4/18/05)

2005        Apr 19, India and its eastern neighbor Bangladesh traded blame over a weekend border clash that killed an Indian military officer and two Bangladeshi villagers.
    (AP, 4/19/05)

2005        Apr 21, In western India a passenger train departing from a pilgrimage site slammed into a parked cargo train, throwing cars off the tracks and killing at least 24 people.
    (AP, 4/21/05)

2005        Apr 22, Indian Foreign Minister Natwar Singh met Nepal's King Gyanendra on the fringes of an international summit in Jakarta and pushed for a restoration of democracy.
    (AFP, 4/22/05)

2005        Apr 23, Two Bangladeshi farmers were shot dead by Indian border forces in the latest in a spate of frontier clashes.
    (AP, 4/23/05)
2005        Apr 23, Indian troops killed four Islamic rebel infiltrators who sneaked across the heavily fortified frontier dividing Indian and Pakistan held Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/23/05)

2005        Apr 25, Indian troops killed 6 Islamic militants in a mountainous Kashmir district bordering the Pakistani-zone of the divided state, while suspected rebels hanged to death a civilian.
    (AFP, 4/26/05)

2005        Apr 27, Indian troops killed nine suspected Islamic militants in three separate clashes in Indian-controlled Kashmir.
    (AP, 4/27/05)

2005        Apr 28, India’s central bank raised its key interest rate to 5% to stem inflation.
    (WSJ, 4/29/05, p.A15)
2005        Apr 28, Indian troops shot dead four Muslim rebels who infiltrated into Indian Kashmir from the Pakistani-zone of the divided state.
    (AP, 4/29/05)

2005        Apr 29, India signed a pact with the United Nations to combat HIV infections among military personnel after defense authorities sounded a health alert last week.
    (AP, 4/29/05)
2005        Apr 29, The head of India's new task force, fighting to save the nation's dwindling stock of tigers, said the big cats were on the verge of extinction, because of rampant poaching for their body parts.
    (AP, 4/29/05)
2005        Apr 29, Japanese PM Junichiro Koizumi wooed India, aiming to build a partnership with New Delhi to cope with the growing clout of China in a changing continent.
    (AP, 4/29/05)

2005        May 3, In Indian-controlled Kashmir suspected rebels killed six people in attacks, while at least six militants died in an overnight gunbattle with soldiers.
    (AP, 5/3/05)

2005        May 6, An Indian federal probe into disappearing tigers in a state-protected reserve has found the entire population of big cats has been wiped out by poachers. "The special investigation team in its preliminary assessment report has indicated that there was no evidence to prove the presence of tigers in Sariska (national park)."
    (AP, 5/6/05)

2005        May 7, In central India about 200 Maoist rebels, some armed with AK-47 assault rifles, attacked a mining unit of Hindalco Industries, India's largest aluminium and copper producer, shutting down its operations.
    (AP, 5/9/05)

2005        May 8, In India the number of rare bacterial meningitis cases in New Delhi rose by at least 30 over the last 24 hours with 15 confirmed deaths from the disease.
    (AP, 5/8/05)

2005        May 10, In central India a man with a sword cut off the hands of a government social worker for trying to stop child marriages. The attack on the woman highlighted the difficulty of ending the centuries-old practice in the region.
    (AP, 5/11/05)

2005        May 11, India and Pakistan agreed to start a bus service between the cities of Lahore and Amritsar, and share information on fishermen in each other's custody.
    (AP, 5/11/05)

2005        May 13, In India's southern Andhra Pradesh state police shot dead six opposition party supporters, sparking a riot in which hundreds of political activists stoned to death a policeman and burned cars and trucks.
    (AP, 5/13/05)

2005        May 14, In Indian Kashmir suspected Muslim rebels shot dead the brother of an ex-militant who became a moderate separatist leader.
    (AFP, 5/14/05)

2005        May 16, In southern India firecrackers illegally stored in a home in Hassan exploded, killing eight people.
    (AP, 5/16/05)

2005        May 17, In northern India a bus carrying a wedding party fell into a mountain gorge, killing 37 people and injuring 20 others.
    (AP, 5/17/05)

2005        May 22, In India bombs tore through 2 cinemas in New Delhi showing a film considered offensive by some Sikhs.
    (AP, 5/23/05)

2005        May 25, In India Sunil Dutt (75), sports minister and former Bollywood icon, died after a heart attack.
    (Reuters, 5/25/05)

2005        May 26, India and Pakistan exchanged ideas on ending a two-decade-old military standoff on Kashmir's Siachen glacier, as senior defense officials began a two-day meeting.
    (AP, 5/26/05)
2005        May 26, In northeastern India mudslides killed at least 14 people, burying them alive as they slept in Nagaland state.
    (AP, 5/27/05)

2005        May 27, Talks between India and Pakistan to break their two-decade-old stand-off on Kashmir's Siachen glacier, the world's highest battlefield, ended in apparent deadlock.
    (AP, 5/27/05)

2005        Jun 2, Chinese, Indian and Russian foreign ministers, meeting in Vladivostok, agreed to intensify joint work against terrorism and underscored their common approach to international affairs.
    (AP, 6/2/05)

2005        Jun 3, Thai Prime Minister Thaksin Shinawatra arrived in New Delhi, India, for talks on a free trade agreement and civil aviation liberalization.
    (AFP, 6/3/05)

2005        Jun 5, Five suspected Islamic militants were killed in an ongoing gunbattle with troops in Indian Kashmir's Rajouri district.
    (AP, 6/5/05)

2005        Jun 7, Lal Krishna Advani (77), India's most prominent Hindu nationalist, quit as head of the country's main opposition party following criticism of his kind words for the founding father of Pakistan, a man reviled in India. His resignation as president of the Bharatiya Janata Party, also made it official that India's Hindu political movement was splintering.
    (AP, 6/7/05)

2005        Jun 8, In India a bus hit a high voltage wire, killing 11 passengers and injuring 15 others in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AP, 6/8/05)

2005        Jun 10, In India opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani agreed to stay on as president of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, three days after resigning over his comments on the founder of Pakistan.
    (Reuters, 6/10/05)

2005        Jun 13, In India officials said at least 275 people have died from sunstroke and dehydration in northern India and neighboring Nepal and Bangladesh so far this summer, as high temperatures sweep the region ahead of the monsoon.
    (AP, 6/13/05)

2005        Jun 16, India allowed foreign funds to invest in local news publications, widening the potential investor base within a 26 percent ceiling on foreign ownership. Foreign firms were allowed to own 100% of non-news publications.
    (AP, 6/16/05)(Econ, 3/1/08, p.44)

2005        Jun 18, Reliance, India's largest private sector conglomerate, said the $24 billion group would be split between Anil and Mukesh Ambani in a deal brokered by their mother.
    (AP, 6/19/05)(WSJ, 6/20/05, p.A13)(Econ, 6/25/05, p.58)

2005        Jun 20, India raised retail petrol and diesel prices by about 7 percent, the first increase since November.
    (AP, 6/20/05)
2005        Jun 20, India approved a free-trade agreement with Singapore.
    (WSJ, 6/21/05, p.A14)

2005        Jun 22, South Asia endured one of its hottest summers on record and at least 375 people were reported to have died from sunstroke and dehydration in a month-long heat wave sweeping India, Nepal, Pakistan and Bangladesh.
    (Reuters, 6/22/05)

2005        Jun 24, India refused permission for Pakistan's information minister, who once sheltered anti-Indian Kashmiri separatists, to visit its part of Kashmir on a new "peace bus".
    (AP, 6/24/05)

2005        Jun 24, In India's portion of Kashmir Islamic militants triggered a car bomb by remote control as an army convoy drove past a popular park, killing 9 soldiers and wounding 22 other people.
    (AP, 6/25/05)

2005        Jun 25, India said police forces have destroyed one of the largest Mynamarese rebel bases in India, deep in the mountainous jungles of the remote northeast. Some 200 guerrillas and supporters living in the Chin National Army camp fled before the attack.
    (AP, 6/25/05)
2005        Jun 25, Gujarat's chief minister said Gujarat Petroleum Corp (GSPC) has made the India’s biggest gas discovery 20 trillion cubic feet, worth $50 billion off the southeast coast.
    (AP, 6/26/05)

2005        Jun 28, Stung by a recent scandal that rocked India's booming business processing industry, the government announced that it will tighten laws to prevent cyber crime and ensure data secrecy.
    (AP, 6/29/05)

2005        Jun 29, In India 2 workers were killed and up to 12 others were believed trapped after a tunnel they were building to bring water to a village north of Bombay collapsed in a landslide triggered by heavy rain.
    (AP, 6/29/05)

2005        Jun, In India the Salwa Judum, an anti-Maoist group, formed in southern Chhattisgarh state. It soon became an arm of the government to fight Naxalite rebels.
    (Econ, 8/19/06, p.39)
2005        Jun, India's tsunami-hit Andaman islands signed a tourist deal with Thailand’s resort town of Phuket. Environmentalists slammed the deal saying such a move would destroy the fragile ecology of the Andaman and Nicobar islands and encourage the sex trade.
    (Reuters, 8/3/05)

2005        Jul 2, Indian police detained close to 600 protesters as they demonstrated against moves to start the dredging of a controversial sea channel through the island chain between India and Sri Lanka.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, In the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu at least 20 people were killed and 15 others injured in a blaze at a fireworks factory.
    (AP, 7/2/05)
2005        Jul 2, Raging monsoons continued to submerge vast swaths of Indian countryside and forced the evacuation of half a million people.
    (AP, 7/2/05)

2005        Jul 3, In India's Gujarat state the death toll from floods was raised to 132 people, where 25 million people were affected by the floods.
    (AFP, 7/3/05)

2005        Jul 5, In India a suicide bomber blew up a security fence and gunmen used the breach to storm the Ram Janmabhoomi shrine complex in Ayodhya, setting off a two-hour gunbattle that left all six attackers dead. A Hindu mob razed a mosque at the site on Dec 6, 1992. Police later said that the 5 gunmen who attacked the site in Uttar Pradesh state were Islamic militants who came from Pakistan, adding that two gun-runners linked to the assault have been arrested in Kashmir.
    (AP, 7/5/05)(WSJ, 7/6/05, p.A1)(AP, 7/15/05)

2005        Jul 10, In India suspected Naga rebels bombed an army convoy, killing two soldiers and critically wounding six others in Manipur.
    (Reuters, 7/10/05)

2005        Jul 12, India’s Supreme Court scrapped a controversial immigration law, making it easier for authorities to crack down on illegal aliens, a move likely to curb Bangladeshi migrants in the country's northeast.
    (Reuters, 7/12/05)

2005        Jul 13, In India an Islamic trust claimed ownership of the Taj Mahal and demanded a slice of tourist revenue from the 17th-century monument to love, but the government-run group charged with its upkeep vowed to challenge that claim in court.
    (AP, 7/13/05)

2005        Jul 14, Indian troops recovered the bodies of 5 Islamic militants as they hunted rebels high in the rugged Himalayas in northern Indian Kashmir. 7 people died in other violence. A spokesman identified one of the slain rebels as Abu Lukman, a senior member of the region's main rebel group Hizbul Mujahedin.
    (AFP, 7/14/05)

2005        Jul 15, In India hardline Hindu activists broke the windows of a cinema, burned posters and shouted "traitor" in protests against leading actor Salman Khan who Indian media said had boasted of links with the underworld.
    (Reuters, 7/15/05)

2005        Jul 18, President Bush told India's PM Singh he wants to expand economic and diplomatic ties between the two countries but was expected to pledge only token help for India's nuclear energy technology. America agreed to grant India “full civil nuclear energy cooperation."
    (AP, 7/18/05)(Econ, 7/23/05, p.37)

2005        Jul 20, In India the Chattisgarh state government said it will begin supplying arms to tribespeople who have formed vigilante groups to protect themselves from attacks by Maoist rebels.
    (AP, 7/21/05)

2005        Jul 21, In Indian Kashmir 2 bus passengers were killed and three were wounded when they were caught in an exchange of fire between militants and soldiers.
    (AP, 7/21/05)

2005        Jul 24, Indian troops in Kashmir killed 3 innocent teenagers after troops mistook them for militants. Demonstrations followed among angry Kashmiri Muslims in Jammu and Kashmir, largely Hindu India's only Muslim-majority state.
    (Reuters, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 24, A 7.2 earthquake hit India's southern Andaman and Nicobar Islands and part of Indonesia. No tsunami came, and no injuries or damage were reported.
    (AP, 7/25/05)

2005        Jul 25, Indian army said it had shot dead five militants in Kupwara district of Kashmir when they were trying to sneak into India from the Pakistani side.
    (Reuters, 7/25/05)
2005        Jul 25, In India violence erupted when about 1,000 angry Honda workers protested the dismissal of four colleagues in Gurgaon, a suburb of New Delhi.
    (AP, 7/26/05)

2005        Jul 26, In India women and men armed with truncheons and stones attacked police in Gurgaon where violent clashes between protesting Honda workers and police a day earlier reportedly injured 700 people.
    (AP, 7/26/05)
2005        Jul 25, Indian and Pakistani trucks laden with goods rolled across the border for the first time in 50 years.
    (AP, 7/27/05)

2005        Jul 27, The heaviest rainfall ever recorded in India shut down the financial hub Bombay, snapped communication lines and closed airports. Officials said at least 633 people had died across India in two months of monsoon downpours.
    (AP, 7/27/05)
2005        Jul 27, There was a massive fire on an oil platform in India's biggest oil field. Ships and helicopters rescued more than 350 survivors. 10 people were confirmed dead with several still missing.
    (AP, 7/28/05)

2005        Jul 28, In India opposition leader Lal Krishna Advani was charged in court with inciting religious riots that triggered the razing of a mosque in 1992 and left thousands dead.
    (Reuters, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, Record-breaking rains paralyzed Bombay and its surrounding state. B.M. Kulkarni, head of Maharashtra state's police emergency control room, said that 273 people had died in Mumbai and at least 513 in other parts of the state.
    (AFP, 7/28/05)
2005        Jul 28, A bomb exploded on a crowded passenger train in northern India, killing at least seven people and injuring 50.
    (AP, 7/28/05)

2005        Jul 29, In western India the death toll from record monsoon rains approached 900.
    (AFP, 7/29/05)

2005        Jul 30, In India the discovery of more bodies pushed the death toll from this week's monsoon floods in Bombay to more than 850. Officials warned it will likely rise to around 1,000.
    (AP, 7/30/05)

2005        Jul 31, In India authorities warned residents to remain home after new heavy rains pounded Bombay and the surrounding state, as the official death toll from last week's record-breaking monsoon rains hit 910.
    (AP, 7/31/05)

2005        Jul, In India officials in Bangalore began enforcing the “Licensing and Controlling of Public Entertainment Order." Bars, cabarets and establishments with live bands were closed. “The legislature was worried that such places are corrupting the minds of the young."
    (WSJ, 11/7/05, p.A12)
2005        Jul, VSNL, India’s top operator of int’l. calls, said it would buy Teleglobe, the world’s largest int’l. wholesale VOIP carrier. Telecom firms around the world were reported to be migrating to voice over internet protocol.
    (Econ, 7/30/05, p.53)

2005        Aug 4, India’s Supreme Court upheld a lower court's death sentence on Mohammed Afzal, a resident of south Kashmir. Afzal was found guilty of involvement in the December 2001 parliament raid in which five gunmen killed nine people before being shot dead.
    (AP, 8/5/05)

2005        Aug 5, India's PM Manmohan Singh took charge of a nationwide program to save the endangered Bengal tiger, the national animal that experts say is threatened by poachers and angry villagers.
    (AP, 8/5/05)
2005        Aug 5, Police in Kashmir detained at least 10 protesters as hundreds demonstrated against the death sentence handed out to a Kashmiri Muslim for a raid on the country's parliament four years ago.
    (AP, 8/5/05)

2005        Aug 6, India airlifted tons of food and medicines to Manipur where tribesmen campaigning for a separate homeland have blocked roads and cut off supplies for nearly 2 months. Naga tribesmen living in Manipur began the blockade on June 19, leading to a severe shortage of food and fuel in the state's capital Imphal.
    (AP, 8/6/05)
2005        Aug 6, India and Pakistan agreed to set up a telephone hotline to prevent accidental nuclear conflict and also agreed to notify each other before testing ballistic missiles.
    (AP, 8/7/05)

2005        Aug 7, In India's northeast Assam state suspected separatist rebels blew up a crucial oil pipeline and nearby homes, shutting down operations.
    (AP, 8/7/05)

2005        Aug 8, India and Pakistan agreed to extend a two-year-old cease-fire in disputed Kashmir, but did not discuss the question of reducing their military presence there.
    (AP, 8/8/05)
2005        Aug 8, In eastern India suspected rebels launched renewed attacks overnight on pipelines, leaving oil operations in the remote region in critical shape.
    (AP, 8/8/05)

2005        Aug 11, Manmohan Singh, India's first Sikh prime minister, apologized for riots two decades ago that killed nearly 3,000 Sikhs and were blamed on the Congress.
    (AP, 8/11/05)
2005        Aug 11, Indian officials said waterborne diseases have killed at least 46 people in Bombay in the past four days following widespread floods in the city last month.
    (AP, 8/11/05)

2005        Aug 12, Victims of India's 1984 anti-Sikh riots rejected apologies from Premier Manmohan Singh and vowed to intensify demands for the prosecution of politicians blamed for the massacre that claimed 4,000 lives.
    (AP, 8/12/05)

2005        Aug 12, Suspected Islamic militants raided a remote mountain village in India's Jammu-Kashmir state and attacked 2 Hindu families as they dined together, killing 5 people.
    (AP, 8/13/05)

2005        Aug 13, It was reported that Delhi’s water board (DJB) planned a $246 million water project with $140 million financed by the World Bank. As in many Indian cities 16 million people in Delhi suffered chronic water shortages.
    (Econ, 8/13/05, p.53)
2005        Aug 13, The death toll in India from water-borne diseases following floods in Bombay and surrounding areas two weeks ago rose to at least 125.
    (AP, 8/13/05)
2005        Aug 13, In Indian Kashmir 9 people died in fresh fighting. Troops intensified search operations ahead of India's Aug 15 Independence Day, which separatists observe as a "black day".
    (AFP, 8/14/05)

2005        Aug 16, A top Indian official said Indian and Chinese oil firms will sign agreements aimed at bidding jointly for foreign oil and gas projects and reducing cut-throat competition.
    (AP, 8/16/05)

2005        Aug 17, India’s Andhra Pradesh state banned a violent Maoist rebel group, two days after rebels killed 10 people, including a lawmaker and bureaucrat.
    (AP, 8/17/05)
2005        Aug 17, Researchers from Greenpeace Int’l reported that toxic waste from electronic devices discarded in the US and dismantled in China and India was posing a sever problem around Guiyu, China, and New Delhi, India.
    (SFC, 8/17/05, p.C3)

2005        Aug 18, In India the death toll in an encephalitis outbreak in Uttar Pradesh rose to 90 with more deaths being reported due to the water-born disease.
    (AP, 8/18/05)

2005        Aug 19, India’s Wadia group, an industrial conglomerate best known for its textile brand Bombay Dyeing, said it will launch a low-cost airline in October and is in talks with Airbus and Boeing Co. to buy 50 new jets over the next five to seven years.
    (AP, 8/19/05)
2005        Aug 19, Indian troops opened fire on Bangladeshi workers and soldiers to stop them building a river embankment close to the border. Bangladeshi troops fired back.
    (AP, 8/21/05)

2005        Aug 20, Bangladeshi and Indian border guards negotiated a ceasefire, halting a gunbattle that flared over disputed construction work along the frontier.
    (Reuters, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Indian troops shot dead a Hindu fighting for the biggest Islamic separatist rebel group in Indian Kashmir.
    (AFP, 8/20/05)
2005        Aug 20, Paul Wolfowitz on his first visit to India as World Bank president said the World Bank would lend up to $3 billion a year over the next three years to India for various development programs. The Bank lent $2.9 billion to India in the financial year to June 2005, more than double $1.4 billion lent the year before, making Asia's third-largest economy the multilateral lending institution's largest borrower.
    (AP, 8/20/05)

2005        Aug 21, Bangladeshi and Indian border officials resolved a dispute over embankment building on a river cutting across their frontier that led to heavy firing by border troops.
    (AP, 8/21/05)

2005        Aug 23, India’s Lok Sabha approved legislation which seeks to guarantee 100 days of employment a year to every rural household across the country.
    (AP, 8/23/05)
2005        Aug 23, In India an apartment building collapse in downtown Bombay, killed 11 people, injured 17 and left more than a dozen trapped under the rubble.
    (AP, 8/23/05)

2005        Aug 24, Officials in India said the death toll from an outbreak of encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh has increased to 178, with more than 60 deaths reported in the past five days.
    (AP, 8/24/05)

2005        Aug 25, In India more than two dozen people died of encephalitis in Uttar Pradesh, taking the toll from an outbreak in the region over 200.
    (AP, 8/25/05)

2005        Aug 26, India’s Maharashtra government planned to ban most plastic bags, blaming them for choking drains and causing floods a month ago that left more than 1,000 people dead.
    (Reuters, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In India nearly 5,000 people held a rally as shops and businesses shut down in Amritsar, the hometown of Sarabjeet Singh facing death by hanging in Pakistan for allegedly spying. They demanded clemency and his immediate return home.
    (AP, 8/26/05)
2005        Aug 26, In India 24 people were drowned when flash floods inundated hundreds of villages around a commercial town in Uttar Pradesh.
    (AP, 8/27/05)
2005        Aug 26, In Indian Kashmir at least 15 people, including three soldiers, were wounded when suspected Islamist rebels threw five grenades at different places in Sopore. 4 people, including 2 militants, were killed in separate shootouts across the region in the past 24 hours.
    (AP, 8/26/05)

2005        Aug 28, India’s PM Manmohan Singh, the first Indian premier to visit Afghanistan in nearly 3 decades, pledged with Afghan President Hamid Karzai to battle terrorism amid rising violence in the war-battered country.
    (AFP, 8/28/05)

2005        Aug 30, India and Pakistan agreed to release hundreds of fishermen and other civilians in each other's jails, a goodwill measure that comes as part of a peace process between the two countries.
    (AP, 8/30/05)

2005        Aug, A program began in New Delhi, India, to place $10 microchips inside stray cattle to track their status and fine negligent owners. The program was the brain-child of Ashish Anand (35).
    (WSJ, 1/10/06, p.A6)

2005        Sep 3, In eastern India 23 policemen and a civilian were killed in a powerful landmine blast triggered by suspected Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state.
    (Reuters, 9/6/05)

2005        Sep 5, Kashmir's main political separatist alliance started peace talks with the Indian prime minister, seeking trust and an easing of harsh military controls in the troubled region.
    (Reuters, 9/5/05)

2005        Sep 7, In India the National Rural Employment Guarantee Act was notified. It guaranteed all rural households 100 days of employment a year.
    (Econ, 3/20/10, p.50)(www.indiaenvironmentportal.org.in/node/255264)

2005        Sep 9, Indian border guards killed 3 Bangladeshi villagers after they had strayed across the border near the eastern Bangladesh town of Akhaura. India and Bangladesh share a 4,095-kilometre (2,539-mile) border, which India is busy fencing in a bid to cut the level of illegal immigration.
    (AP, 9/9/05)

2005        Sep 12, President Jacques Chirac, following a weeklong hospital stay, met with India's PM Singh.
    (AP, 9/12/05)

2005        Sep 15, In the eastern Indian state of Bihar a fire engulfed three illegal firecracker factories in a village, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 9/15/05)
2005        Sep 15, In northeastern India a fire broke out in a damaged oil well, and Russian experts were summoned to inspect the site.
    (AP, 9/15/05)

2005        Sep 16, India's government ordered the state railway to accomplish the seemingly impossible: revamp the network, one of the world's largest, and get rid of the bugs, rats, filth and surly workers.
    (AP, 9/19/05)

2005        Sep 19, India said it would increase vaccine production to protect against future outbreaks of Japanese encephalitis as the death toll from the disease rose to 765 in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The encephalitis is transmitted from pigs to humans by mosquitoes. Japanese encephalitis first surfaced in Uttar Pradesh in 1978. Over 4,000 people have died in the state since the disease first hit. A quarter of survivors are left disabled.
    (AP, 9/19/05)

2005        Sep 19, A severe storm ripped through southern India, killing at least 18 people and leaving some 50,000 homeless. Most of the victims were either electrocuted or died in house collapses as overnight rains triggered flooding in the coastal districts of Andhra Pradesh state.
    (AP, 9/20/05)

2005        Sep 21, India said at least 64 people have died and hundreds of thousands displaced after powerful storms left a trail of devastation across the Indian and Bangladeshi coasts in the Bay of Bengal.
    (AP, 9/21/05)

2005        Sep 22, In India police said 4 Maoist rebels were killed in two separate gunbattles with police in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.
    (AFP, 9/22/05)

2005        Sep 24, India's western state of Gujarat was on flood alert after two days of lashing monsoon rains that killed at least 15 people.
    (AP, 9/24/05)

2005        Sep 29, In India thousands of airport workers backed by civil servants and state-run bank and insurance company employees held a one-day nationwide strike to protest government privatization plans they fear will affect their jobs.
    (AP, 9/29/05)
2005        Sep 29, A bus accident in India's portion of Kashmir has left 44 people dead and 42 others injured.
    (AP, 9/30/05)

2005        Sep 30, In Meghalaya state, northeastern India, police opened fire on stone-throwing students in two towns, killing 12 of them protesting a government decision to shift a state education board to an area dominated by a different tribe.
    (AP, 9/30/05)
2005        Sep 30, In India at least 14 people died after drinking illegal home-brewed liquor sold at unauthorized shops in the remote northeast. The death toll was likely to rise because 61 others were hospitalized after drinking the noxious brew in Tezpur, a town 110 miles north of Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.
    (AP, 10/1/05)

2005        Oct 3, India and Pakistan signed a deal requiring them to notify each other of plans for ballistic missile tests.
    (AP, 10/3/05)
2005        Oct 3, In central India at least 16 people were killed and dozens injured when six cars of a speeding passenger train derailed.
    (AP, 10/3/05)

2005        Oct 4, In India's northeast 11 people, including five villagers hacked to death by rival tribesmen, were reported killed. Separatist insurgencies have raged in Manipur and Assam states for the past two decades.
    (AP, 10/4/05)

2005        Oct 8, A 7.6-magnitude earthquake hit Kashmir near the Pakistan-India border reaching to Afghanistan. It reduced villages to rubble, triggered landslides and flattened an apartment building, killing thousands of people in India and Pakistan. Pakistani officials said the death toll ranged between nearly 20,000 and 30,000. The newly reopened "Peace Bridge" linking the Indian and Pakistani portions of disputed Kashmir nearly collapsed during the earthquake. The death toll from the quake reached 87,350. The UN estimated that 3 million people were left homeless by the earthquake.
    (AP, 10/9/05)(SSFC, 10/9/05, p.A1)(AP, 11/8/05)(Econ, 5/6/06, p.44)
2005        Oct 8, In India's eastern state of Jharkhand Maoist rebels set off a powerful bomb at a jungle hideout, killing at least 15 policemen including a deputy commandant.
    (AP, 10/8/05)

2005        Oct 9, A UN official said more than 2.5 million people have been left homeless by the devastating 7.6-magnitude earthquake that shook India and Pakistan.
    (AP, 10/9/05)

2005        Oct 10, India and Pakistan set aside their often-bitter rivalry when Islamabad accepted an offer of aid for earthquake victims.
    (AP, 10/10/05)

2005        Oct 13, A female suicide bomber blew herself up minutes before an army convoy was to pass on a key highway in Indian Kashmir, the first such attack by a woman in the region's Islamic separatist conflict.
    (AP, 10/13/05)

2005        Oct 18, In northeastern India machete-wielding attackers ambushed a bus and tribal militants set fire to two villages of a rival group, killing 37 people.
    (AP, 10/18/05)
2005        Oct 18, Suspected Islamic militants killed the education minister of Indian-controlled Kashmir during a brazen raid days after top insurgents ordered a suspension of attacks in the aftermath of South Asia's devastating earthquake.
    (AP, 10/18/05)
2005        Oct 18, Gen’l. Musharraf announced that Pakistan was ready to allow Kashmiris to cross the “line of control," dividing Indian and Pakistani controlled areas, to help their families.
    (Econ, 10/22/05, p.45)

2005        Oct 19, Two strong aftershocks from the Oct 8 deadly earthquake shook South Asia, unleashing landslides and setting off another wave of panic among survivors of the disaster. A new tally from officials in India and Pakistan pushed the death toll to 79,000.
    (AP, 10/19/05)

2005        Oct 28, UK telecommunications company Vodafone Group PLC said it has bought a 10% stake in India's largest wireless operator Bharti Tele-Ventures Ltd. for $1.5 billion in cash.
    (www.cellular-news.com/story/14603.php)(Econ, 11/12/05, p.70)

2005        Oct 29, In India a series of explosions shook New Delhi tearing through markets jammed with shoppers ahead of an upcoming Hindu festival and killing 61 people and injured more than 200. The Pakistan-based Islamic Inquilab Mahaz claimed responsibility. In southern India a passenger train plunged into a rain-swollen river in Veligonda in Andhra Pradesh state, killing at least 111 people and trapping dozens more inside the derailed cars.
    (AP, 10/31/05)(AP, 10/30/05)(WSJ, 11/28/08, p.A6)

2005        Oct 30, Pakistan and India made an unprecedented agreement to open their heavily militarized border in disputed Kashmir to aid the flow of relief goods and reunite divided families in the aftermath of South Asia's colossal earthquake.
    (AP, 10/30/05)

2005        Nov 1, Indian communities around the world celebrated Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights, which signifies the renewal of life.
    (SFC, 10/19/05, p.A3)

2005        Nov 2, In Kashmir 6 people including a suicide bomber were killed and more than a dozen wounded in a car bomb blast in the Nowgam area on the outskirts of Srinagar. "The car bomb is our first gift to Ghulam Nabi Azad," who was to be sworn is as the Kashmir's new chief minister, said Abu Qudama, spokesman for Jaish-e-Mohammed.
    (AP, 11/2/05)(Econ, 11/5/05, p.44)

2005        Nov 6, India’s Sikh PM Singh and Hindu nationalist opposition leader joined to open Swaminarayan Akshardham Temple in New Delhi, one of the biggest Hindu temples of modern times, a $45 million pink sandstone shrine to religious tolerance.
    (AP, 11/6/05)

2005        Nov 7, India and Pakistan opened their frontier in Kashmir for earthquake relief, but police had to fire tear gas to disperse protesters who were banned from taking part in the symbolic crossing.
    (AP, 11/7/05)
2005        Nov 7, India's foreign minister was stripped of his post over allegations that he benefited illegally from the UN oil-for-food program in Iraq, becoming the first political casualty of an independent report that revealed massive corruption in the effort to help Iraqis suffering under sanctions.
    (AP, 11/7/05)
2005        Nov 7, Nirbhay Singh Gujjar (64), one of India's most dreaded and colorful bandits, was shot to death by police in the forests of central India, ending a nearly three-decade career in crime that included murders, kidnappings and looting.
    (AP, 11/8/05)

2005        Nov 9, K.R. Narayanan (85), former president of India (1997-2002), died. He was the first "untouchable" from India's pernicious caste system to occupy the office in a validation of the nation's democratic roots.
    (AP, 11/9/05)

2005        Nov 12, In Dhaka, Bangladesh, a 2-day summit aimed to alleviate poverty and boost trade and cooperation among Bangladesh, Bhutan, India, the Maldives, Nepal, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. Leaders called for greater cooperation within the region to deal with the aftermath of disasters like the Kashmir earthquake and last year's devastating tsunami.
    (AFP, 11/12/05)

2005        Nov 13, Indian police claimed a breakthrough in the Oct. 29 triple bombings in New Delhi after arresting an alleged Kashmiri conspirator, and said they have valuable information that could lead to the capture of four others, including the bombers.
    (AP, 11/13/05)
2005        Nov 13, In Bangladesh Indian PM Manmohan Singh told the closing session of the 13th South Asian Association for Regional Cooperation summit that Afghanistan is to join SAARC.
    (AFP, 11/13/05)

2005        Nov 14, It was reported that India's top oil exploration firm, Oil & Natural Gas Corp., and the world's largest steel maker, the Netherlands-based Mittal Group, planned to build an oil refinery in Nigeria. They offered to invest another $6 billion in building a power plant and railroads there.
    (AP, 11/14/05)

2005        Nov 19, India and Pakistan opened their disputed border in Kashmir for the first time in 58 years, a temporary measure to allow divided families to check on each other after the region's devastating earthquake.
    (AP, 11/19/05)

2005        Nov 22, In India elections results left the Rashtrija Janata Dal party (RJD) with just 54 of 243 seats in Bihar’s legislative assembly. Laloo Prasad  Yadav and the RJD had ruled Bihar, a state of 83 million people, since 1990. Bihar elected Nitish Kumar as chief minister.
    (Econ, 11/26/05, p.50)(Econ, 1/6/07, p.36)

2005        Nov 25, In India more than 60 people were feared drowned after two crowded buses were washed away in floods in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.
    (AP, 11/25/05)

2005        Nov 26, In India Sohrabuddin Sheikh, a suspected extortioner whose murdered. The police initially claimed that Sohrabuddin was a terrorist with Lashkar-e-Toiba connections, and had died while trying to escape. 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)
2005        Nov 26, Vijaypat Singhania (67), an Indian textile millionaire, apparently broke the world record for the highest flight in a hot air balloon. His son Gautam Singhania said the 44-ton balloon climbed nearly 70,000 feet. The previous world record was 64,997 feet, set by Sweden's Per Lindstrand in Plano, Texas, in June 1988.
    (AP, 11/26/05)

2005        Nov, India’s government partially freed the market for distressed debt. This allowed foreigners to take direct stakes of up to 49% in companies managing distressed assets.
    (Econ, 12/10/05, p.84)

2005        Dec 1, Thousands marched in anti-AIDS rallies in India's plagued northeast, while China rolled out a campaign targeting millions of migrant workers to mark World AIDS Day.
    (AP, 12/01/05)

2005        Dec 2, India’s hybrid species of national affiliation called Overseas Citizenship of India (OCI) became operational. It was made available to anyone who was an Indian citizen post 1950, and to their children and grandchildren wherever they were born. The Citizenship (Amendment) Ordinance 2005 was promulgated by the President of India and came into force on 28 June 2005.
    (www.immihelp.com/nri/dual.html)(http://tinyurl.com/yxrrhs)(WSJ, 12/15/06, p.B1)

2005        Dec 3, In India PM Manmohan Singh unveiled a $23 billion plan to provide basic services to the country’s growing urban populations.
    (WSJ, 12/5/05, p.A18)

2005        Dec 5, In India a freight train derailed, killing six people and injuring 50 others in a remote district of eastern Orissa state.
    (AP, 12/05/05)

2005        Dec 12, In Kashmir Indian troops shot dead three Islamic militants, while suspected rebels shot dead a shopkeeper in revolt-hit Kashmir.
    (AFP, 12/12/05)

2005        Dec 16, A 3-day session held by the UN's Intergovernmental Oceanographic Commission ended in Hyderabad.  India said it would not share information on earthquakes below a magnitude of six on the Richter scale due to security concerns.
    (AFP, 12/17/05)

2005        Dec 17, India and Pakistan agreed to begin work by 2007 on a pipeline to bring natural gas from Iran, moving ahead with the project despite US disapproval. Iran hoped to break ground this year on a 1,700 mile, $4 billion natural gas pipeline to deliver gas across Pakistan to India. The US opposed the line and threatened sanctions under the 1996 Iran Libya Sanctions Act (ILSA) law.
    (AP, 12/18/05)(WSJ, 6/24/05, p.A4)

2005        Dec 18, In southern India thousands of flood victims waiting in line for relief vouchers stampeded into a government-run distribution center, killing at least 42 people and injuring 37.
    (AP, 12/18/05)

2005        Dec 23, India's parliament voted to expel 11 lawmakers who were caught on camera taking bribes to raise questions in parliament.
    (AP, 12/23/05)

2005        Dec 26, India freed eight Pakistani prisoners as part of peace efforts between the South Asia rivals, while the two governments scheduled new talks to resolve their long-standing dispute over the Himalayan territory of Kashmir.
    (AP, 12/26/05)

2005        Dec 28, In Bangalore, India, gunmen fired toward a crowd outside a leading science institute, killing a retired professor and wounding four other people. On Dec 17, 2011, six people were convicted for their involvement in the shooting.
    (AP, 12/28/05)(AP, 12/17/11)
2005        Dec 28, A bus collided with a truck on a highway in western India and burst into flames, killing at least 30 people.
    (AP, 12/28/05)

2005        Dec 29, The Indian government cleared an agreement to set up a free trade area for 7 South Asian countries, in a move expected to more than double the size of the regional market. The landmark deal to create a South Asian Free Trade Area (SAFTA) was signed in Islamabad in January 2004 during a regional summit with January 1, 2006 set as a deadline for implementation.
    (AP, 12/29/05)

2005        Dec 30, Two Indian soldiers were killed when they stepped on a land mine near the heavily fortified frontier that divides Kashmir between longtime rivals India and Pakistan.
    (AP, 12/30/05)

2005        Dec, In India phase one of New Delhi’s 3-stage metro project was completed with the opening of a 3rd line. Under director Elattuvalapil Sreedharan (73) it was on budget and nearly 3 years ahead of schedule.
    (Econ, 2/18/06, p.64)

2005        Thomas Friedman, American journalist, authored “The World Is Flat." It described an India of buzzing entrepreneurs and startups.
    (Econ, 10/22/11, SR p.4)
2005        Amartya Sen, 1998 Nobel Prize winner in economics, authored "The Argumentative Indian: Writings on Indian History, Culture and Identity."
    (Econ, 6/18/05, p.80)
2005        In India Vijay Mallya, chairman of Bangalore based United Breweries, launched Kingfisher Airlines, named after UB’s best-selling beer.
    (Econ, 7/16/05, p.64)
2005        Suketu Mehta authored “Maximum City: Bombay Lost and Found," a documentary of life in Mumbai, India.
    (Econ, 4/9/05, p.71)
2005        India planned to begin production of the Sagarika missiles, capable of carrying a nuclear warhead and being fired from submarines.
    (SFC, 6/27/98, p.A13)
2005        Krishnan Ganesh founded TutorVista, an Internet service using Indian tutors for Western students.
    (Econ, 6/23/07, p.76)
2005        Richard Branson agreed to an investment in a Bangalore studio with a focus on Indian religion and mythology. His Virgin Comics LLC followed soon thereafter.
    (WSJ, 1/2/07, p.B4)
2005        India began to recognize drug patents.
    {India, Pharma}   
    (Economist, 9/8/12, p.16)

2006        Jan 1, Officials said a cold snap sweeping northern India has killed another five homeless people, taking the toll to 101 since the start of December.
    (AFP, 1/1/06)

2006        Jan 2, In India’s Orissa state police shot and killed 12 tribals who were seeking to block construction of a steel plant in Kalinga Nagar. Tensions were heightened after the "tribals hacked to death a senior constable." Hundreds of protesters, some armed with bows and arrows, soon blocked a highway to protest the police shooting.
    (AFP, 1/3/06)

2006        Jan 6, An Indian Supreme Court panel accused France of violating an international treaty on hazardous waste movement by sending an asbestos-laden warship to be scrapped in an Indian shipyard.
    (AP, 1/6/06)

2006        Jan 7, In India folk singer Bant Singh lost both arms and a leg in an attack after he dared to challenge high-caste landlords in his area of the northwestern state of Punjab who had raped his 17-year-old daughter. Singh's tenacity and refusal to keep quiet led to the conviction of the seven men accused of raping his daughter.
    (AFP, 2/21/11)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bant_Singh)

2006        Jan 8, The Indian capital of Delhi saw its first winter frost in 70 years as a cold wave sweeping in from the frigid heights of the Himalayas. The death toll from the cold rose to 137 people in northern India.
    (AP, 1/8/06)

2006        Jan 9, Experts urged the Indian government to enforce laws against prenatal gender checks and to work to change attitudes after a study showed up to 10 million female fetuses may have been selectively aborted in India over the past two decades.
    (AP, 1/9/06)

2006        Jan 12, In Lucknow, India, police said 4 men, who were arrested last week on charges of spreading homosexuality, were running a secret Internet club for homosexuals. Homosexuality is illegal in India. Activists called for their release.
    (AP, 1/12/06)

2006        Jan 19, India said that it had agreed to pay the Czech Republic 20 million dollars to resolve a trade dispute dating back to the Cold War. The move was announced at the end of a three-day visit by Czech President Jiri Paroubek.
    (AFP, 1/19/06)
2006        Jan 19, In India Jet Airways confirmed that it has agreed to buy Sahara Airlines for $500 million in cash. In 2005 Jet overtook the government owned Indian Airlines as India’s largest domestic carrier.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.60)

2006        Jan 20, In India a bomb exploded at the entrance of a state-owned petroleum Refinery in the northeastern state of Assam, leaving 10 people injured.
    (AFP, 1/20/06)

2006        Jan 24, India's central bank raised short-term borrowing rate a quarter percent point to 5.5 percent, citing fears of inflation amid strong economic growth.
    (AP, 1/24/06)

2006        Jan 28, Karnataka Governor T.N. Chaturvedi invited H.D. Kumaraswamy (b.1959), son of former Indian PM H.D. Deve Gowda, to form the government in the state after Dharam Singh resigned earlier in the day.
    (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/H.D.Kumaraswamy)
2006        Jan 28, At least 8 people were killed in a gunfight between Indian security forces and Kashmir rebels.
    (AP, 1/28/06)

2006        Jan 31, An official said India's air force was ready to handle civilian air traffic control as protesting airport workers threatened to strike after the government opened bids to privatize the two biggest airports.
    (AP, 1/31/06)
2006        Jan 31, India and Pakistan signed an agreement to restart a second cross-border train service next month, the latest step in peace talks between the nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AP, 1/31/06)

2006        Jan, Mani Shankar Aiyar, India’s petroleum minister, visited China and signed a series of cooperation agreements.
    (Econ, 1/21/06, p.59)

2006        Feb 3, Indian health officials reported that over 5,600 new cases of chikungunya, a crippling and incurable mosquito-born disease, had infected people on the island of Reunion.
    (www.alertnet.org/thenews/newsdesk/L04459988.htm)

2006        Feb 4, Indian airport workers called off a four-day anti-privatization strike that had created chaos at the nation's airports after the government promised them job security.
    (AP, 2/4/06)

2006        Feb 6, India's benchmark stock index charged past the 10,000 mark for the first time, but couldn't hold the level and ended at 9,980.42, still a record close.
    (AP, 2/6/06)

2006        Feb 7, India’s main market index closed above 10,000 for the 1st time as the government revised its economic growth forecast to above 8%.
    (Econ, 2/11/06, p.58)
2006        Feb 7, A ship with 2,000 tons of donated rice from India arrived in North Korea. The Indian government has donated humanitarian aid, including food and medicine, to North Korea on nine occasions since 1995.
    (AFP, 2/7/06)

2006        Feb 10, In northern India Swami Sadanand Sant Gyaneshwar, a Hindu religious leader, and seven of his followers were shot and killed near Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh state.
    (AP, 2/11/06)

2006        Feb 18, India confirmed the H5N1 bird flu virus in chickens. Iran confirmed the virus in wild swans. Indonesia confirmed its 19th death from the virus. Germany France and Austria reported more dead birds. Nigeria claimed to be bringing the virus under control.
    (AP, 2/18/06)

2006        Feb 19, French President Jacques Chirac arrived in India for a whistle-stop visit aimed at bolstering trade and civilian nuclear cooperation with the emerging economic powerhouse.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, India and France both confirmed their first outbreak of the deadly strain of bird flu among fowl. Health officials and farm workers in western India began slaughtering a half-million birds to check the spread of the disease.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, India's private Kingfisher Airlines signed a deal to purchase 15 French ATR 72-500 aircraft for 270 million dollars, with the option to buy another 20. Kingfisher began operations in May and has a 7.6 percent share of the domestic market.
    (AP, 2/19/06)
2006        Feb 19, In western India a bomb exploded at a railway station in Ahmadabad, injuring at least 13 people.
    (AP, 2/19/06)

2006        Feb 24, India and the United States said they had made some progress toward a landmark nuclear deal but more work was needed to try and clinch it in time for President George W. Bush's visit to New Delhi next week.
    (AP, 2/24/06)

2006        Feb 25, India reported an outbreak of the H5N1 strain of bird flu in a 2nd state. At least two infected chickens were discovered at a farm in the Utchal area of Gujarat.
    (AP, 2/25/06)

2006        Feb 27, India's PM Singh outlined a formula on how the government will separate its civilian and military nuclear programs as it tries to clinch a landmark nuclear deal with Washington.
    (Reuters, 2/27/06)

2006        Feb 28, Palaniappan Chidambaram, India’s finance minister, unveiled the budget for the new fiscal year. It forecast growth at 8.1% and included a 7.2% increase in defense spending to $20 billion.
    (WSJ, 3/1/06, p.A6)(Econ, 3/4/06, p.38)
2006        Feb 28, In central India suspected Maoist militants (Naxalites) attacked a group of trucks jammed with passengers, killing 23 people and injuring 33.
    (AP, 2/28/06)(Econ, 4/15/06, p.45)

2006        Mar 1, In India tens of thousands of Indians waving black and white flags and chanting "Death to Bush!" rallied in New Delhi to protest a visit by President Bush.
    (AP, 3/1/06)

2006        Mar 2, On his first trip to India, President Bush and his Indian counterpart agreed on a landmark nuclear energy agreement that deepens ties between the world's oldest and largest democracies.
    (AP, 3/2/06)

2006        Mar 3, Anger against U.S. President George W. Bush swept through parts of India as protesters burned his effigy and carried posters of Osama bin Laden, and rioting demonstrators clashed with Hindus in a northern city, leaving at least one dead.
    (AP, 3/3/06)

2006        Mar 4, In India hundreds of Hindu protesters rampaged through the town of Sanvodem in the coastal state of Goa, storming a police station, beating officers, looting Muslim shops and burning vehicles and buildings.
    (AP, 3/4/06)

2006        Mar 6, PM John Howard in New Delhi said Australia will consider selling uranium to India if it is convinced about New Delhi's commitment to follow global nuclear safeguards for its civilian atomic reactors.
    (AP, 3/6/06)

2006        Mar 7, In Varanasi, India, explosions rocked a packed railway station and crowded Hindu temple in Hinduism's holiest city. At least 10 people died in the explosions at the train station, and five were killed in the blast at the temple. Five people died overnight in hospitals. Indian police shot dead Salar, an Islamic militant suspected of links to a triple bombing. He was found with a pistol and 2.5 kilograms (5.5 pounds) of explosives after he was shot on the outskirts of the Uttar Pradesh state capital Lucknow, 300 kilometers (190 miles) north of Varanasi. Varanasi was known as Benares during British rule.
    (AP, 3/8/06)(AFP, 3/8/06)(Econ, 3/11/06, p.38)

2006        Mar 15, A marine researcher said rising sea temperatures caused by global warming could kill off the Indian Ocean's coral reefs in the next 50 years, threatening vital marine life.
    (AP, 3/15/06)

2006        Mar 17, Indian PM Manmohan Singh thanked Russia for its decision to supply uranium to two fuel-starved Indian nuclear reactors, during a visit to New Delhi by Russian Premier Mikhail Fradkov.
    (AFP, 3/17/06)

2006        Mar 20, Chairman Michael Dell, speaking in Bangalore, India, said Dell Inc. plans to double the number of its employees in India to 20,000 in three years.
    (AP, 3/20/06)
2006        Mar 20, Bangladesh PM Begum Khaleda Zia began his first visit to India in five years. India and Bangladesh will be trying to rebuild confidence and end distrust that has crept into their relationship.
    (AP, 3/20/06)

2006        Mar 23, In India Sonia Gandhi, the leader of the governing coalition, stepped down as a member of Parliament amid inter-party feuding over a once-obscure election law and a growing controversy about whether she also held another job.
    (AP, 3/23/06)

2006        Mar 24, India's PM invited Pakistan to join his country in a "treaty of peace, security and friendship" to end nearly six decades of tension between the nuclear-armed nations.
    (AP, 3/24/06)

2006        Mar 25, In India PM Manmohan Singh and Iranian Vice-President Rahim Mashaee held talks in New Delhi during which they stressed the need to strengthen bilateral ties, particularly in the energy sector.
    (AP, 3/25/06)

2006        Mar, In India a top government official in Krishna, a district of Andhra Pradesh state, temporarily shut 50 branch offices of four microfinance institutions (MFIs), on the grounds of charging exorbitant rates.
    (Econ, 8/19/06, p.62)
2006        Mar, Rabbinical leaders announced that some 6,000 members of the Bnei Menashe tribe in India's northeast were descendants of ancient Israelites or one of the Biblical 10 lost tribes. In November 200 members of the tribe moved to Israel.
    (AFP, 11/16/06)

2006        Apr 4, Mphasis BFL Ltd., an Indian software services company, welcomed a $380 million bid by Electronic Data Systems for a 52% stake.
    (WSJ, 4/5/06, p.B3)

2006        Apr 10, Salman Khan, one of Bollywood's biggest film stars, was sent to prison for five years for killing a protected antelope.
    (AP, 4/10/06)
2006        Apr 10, In northern India a fire swept through tents at a trade fair in a consumer electronics show in the town of Meerut, killing at least 52 people.
    (AP, 4/11/06)

2006        Apr 12, An Indian court struck down a controversial order banning dance bars in the financial hub of Mumbai, bringing cheers from champions of the drinking houses.
    (AFP, 4/12/06)
2006        Apr 12, Raj Kumar (77), Indian movie star, died in Bangalore.
    (AP, 4/12/07)

2006        Apr 13, In India distraught fans smashed cars, burned buses and battled with police in the southern Indian city of Bangalore after they were prevented from seeing the body of Rajkumar (77), an Indian film icon who died this week. 8 people died in the rioting.
    (AP, 4/13/06)(Econ, 6/3/06, Survey p.18)

2006        Apr 14, In India 2 bombs exploded at New Delhi's main mosque shortly after hundreds of worshippers offered Friday prayers, injuring at least 13 people.
    (AP, 4/14/06)

2006        Apr 16, In India heavily armed Maoist rebels (Naxalites) killed 10 police officers in an attack in eastern Chhattisgarh state. The Maoists, who have bases in 11 of India's 29 states, say they are fighting to restore the rights of neglected tribes and landless farmers.
    (AP, 4/16/06)

2006        Apr 20, In northeastern India a bus carrying wedding guests veered off a road and plunged into a lake, killing at least 64 people. Another bus crash later in the day killed at least 15 people.
    (AP, 4/20/06)(AP, 4/21/06)

2006        Apr 22, In India Pramod Mahajan (56), the general secretary of the opposition Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party, was shot and critically wounded by his brother. Pramod Mahajan died from his wounds on May 3.
    (AP, 4/23/06)(AP, 5/4/06)
2006        Apr 22, The population of Kerala, India, was reported to be about 33 million. It boasted over 91% literacy. The per capita income was about half that of Goa, India’s richest state. Some 3.5 million Keralans worked abroad, 85% in the Middle East.
    (Econ, 4/22/06, p.43)

2006        Apr 27, Indian student doctors staged a one-day strike at state-run hospitals in New Delhi to protest government plans to boost quotas for the poor in top education institutes.
    (AFP, 4/27/06)

2006        Apr 29, In central India 13 people abducted by insurgents were found dead but 37 others were freed. 2 people were found dead a day earlier. Rebels had abducted 52 people from a single village in the district of Dantewada in Chhattisgarh state on April 25.
    (AFP, 4/29/06)

2006        Apr, Investigators for India's monopoly monitors accused US biotech group Monsanto, which has a tight grip on the GM market, of overpricing its cotton seeds, charging so-called "technology fees" on seed packets. Indian government officials said more than 8,900 farmers had died from suicide in four states since 2001. Rising costs and the failure of a government minimum pricing policy had contributed to the farmers' deaths.
    (AFP, 4/22/06)

2006        May 1, In western India police fired bullets and tear gas to disperse battling mobs of Hindus and Muslims, killing two people as hundreds rioted after authorities demolished a small Muslim shrine.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In northern India a sodium tank exploded at a paper factory, sparking a blaze that killed at least nine nightshift workers and trapped hundreds more. One official said 15 people were killed.
    (AP, 5/1/06)
2006        May 1, In southern India a truck carrying mangos toppled over, killing 20 workers riding on board to unload them.
    (AP, 5/1/06)

2006        May 2, In western India at least 30 people were killed when a crowded bus veered off a bridge and plunged into a river. The bus, which had a capacity of 58 but was carrying 69 passengers, was traveling from Kashimira town to Thane, near Mumbai.
    (AFP, 5/2/06)

2006        May 3, In New Delhi Muslim separatists met India's prime minister for fresh peace talks on the future of Kashmir. Hours before the talks were due to begin, four rebels and three security men died in gunbattles in Kashmir.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, India and Pakistan agreed to launch a truck service and a second passenger bus route this summer linking the parts of Kashmir held by each country.
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, The guardian of Budhia Singh, a five-year-old Indian boy who runs 50 kilometers (31 miles) a day, denied media accusations he was flogging him for personal gain. When Budhia’s father died two years ago, his mother, a dish washer in Bhubaneswar, was unable to provide for her four children and sold Budhia to a man for 800 rupees (20 dollars).
    (AP, 5/3/06)
2006        May 3, In northern India, a driver apparently lost control of his speeding bus, veering off a bridge into a dry river bed near Rampur, a town in Uttar Pradesh state. 21 people were killed and 26 were injured.
    (AP, 5/3/06)

2006        May 4, Palaniappan Chidambaram, India's finance minister, warned that a slowdown in the US may trigger a worldwide recession that if "disorderly" will hit emerging market economies hard. Speaking at the 39th annual meeting of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), he said global economic growth continued to depend heavily on the US economy.
    (AP, 5/4/06)

2006        May 8, Indian voters braved blistering summer heat as marathon state elections drew to a close with ruling Congress party chief Sonia Gandhi looking set to regain her parliamentary seat in a by-election. The death toll from a heat wave rose to 34.
    (AP, 5/8/06)

2006        May 11, Indian communists swept to power in two of five state assembly elections. Sonia Gandhi, the chief of the ruling Congress party, easily won a parliamentary by-election.
    (AP, 5/11/06)

2006        May 13, In central India 4 special police were killed and five people were injured when hundreds of Maoist rebels stormed a relief centre sheltering those fleeing guerrilla violence.
    (AFP, 5/13/06)

2006        May 17, Medical services in many parts of India were in chaos for a sixth day as student doctor protests intensified over a government plan to boost seats reserved for the poor in top universities.
    (AFP, 5/17/06)

2006        May 20, India announced a one billion dollar package to revive its tea industry blighted by plummeting prices and a downturn in exports.
    (AP, 5/20/06)

2006        May 22, India’s main market index, the Sensex, set a record for intra-day volatility. Share prices had fallen by nearly 20% within 2 weeks. The recent drop was seen as a correction following a 3-year boom.
    (Econ, 5/27/06, p.70)

2006        May 25, India and Japan pledged to step up military cooperation, as Tokyo tries to move closer to the South Asian nation which is seeking to modernize its armed forces.
    (AFP, 5/25/06)
2006        May 25, In Kashmir PM Manmohan Singh said his country was "committed" to living in harmony with neighboring rival Pakistan and to resolving the issue of Kashmir with a lasting peace treaty. As he left militants killed four people, a man, two women and a child, in an explosion that blew up a bus carrying Indian tourists.
    (AP, 5/25/06)

2006        May 29, China and India pledged to deepen military exchanges during a visit by Indian Defense Minister Pranab Mukherjee, the latest sign of warming relations between the neighbors and one-time foes.
    (AP, 5/29/06)
2006        May 29, A group of prominent Indians called for national talks between Maoist rebels and the government, while also demanding an end to a controversial anti-rebel campaign in the worst-affected state of Chhattisgarh.
    (AP, 5/29/06)

2006        May 30, India's government threatened to fire hundreds of government doctors striking to protest an affirmative action plan for low-caste Hindus and said replacements would prop up crippled medical services.
    (AP, 5/30/06)

2006        Jun 1, In eastern India a land mine thought to have been planted by communist rebels blew up a police jeep, killing 12 officers from a paramilitary police force.
    (AP, 6/1/06)

2006        Jun 4, In India 9 people died in lightning strikes as the death toll from the early monsoon hit 118. Some 25,000 people were displaced by flooding.
    (AP, 6/4/06)

2006        Jun 6, Gas prices in India rose 9.2%. Diesel prices rose 6.6%. The government left prices of cooking fuels and liquefied petroleum gas unchanged.
    (WSJ, 6/5/06, p.A10)

2006        Jun 7, US communications giant Motorola announced it is setting up a $100 million manufacturing facility in India to make mobile phone handsets and telecom network equipment.
    (AFP, 6/7/06)

2006        Jun 9, India announced a 218-million-dollar economic package to help Nepal's new government rebuild the troubled Himalayan country.
    (AFP, 6/9/06)
2006        Jun 9, In India at least five people died and six were injured when a bomb exploded in crowded marketplace in Gauhati, the main city in northeastern Assam state. Police blamed the blasts on the outlawed United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) rebel group that has been fighting for an independent Assamese homeland since 1979.
    (AP, 6/9/06)

2006        Jun 10, In India deaths from the early monsoon storms reached at least 161 and flooding pushed the number of displaced up to 30,000.
    (SFC, 6/10/06, p.B8)

2006        Jun 12, In Indian Kashmir at least nine people were killed in a series of attacks, including one close to a camp housing Hindu pilgrims, while a boy died in police firing. Suspected Islamic militants shot dead seven Indian laborers.
    (Reuters, 6/12/06)(AP, 6/12/06)

2006        Jun 13, Indian shares fell sharply, with the benchmark index tumbling 4.4% to its lowest point this year amid declines in global markets.
    (AP, 6/13/06)
2006        Jun 13, Police in northern India village retrieved 48 bodies after a truck crowded with wedding guests veered off a mountain road and plunged into a deep gorge in Uttaranchal state.
    (AP, 6/13/06)

2006        Jun 14, India's largest film festival kicked off in Dubai, as a number of Bollywood stars descended on this booming Gulf city state where Indians make up the largest community.
    (AP, 6/14/06)

2005        Jun 15, India passed its Rights for Information Act.
    (Econ, 3/12/11, p.18)(http://rti.gov.in/webactrti.htm)

2006        Jun 16, India's cabinet gave its approval for signing and ratifying the International Convention for the Suppression of Acts of Nuclear Terrorism.
    (AFP, 6/17/06)

2006        Jun 20, A second bus service rolled between the Indian and Pakistani zones of disputed Kashmir, a move hailed as a boost for the peace process between the nuclear-armed rivals.
    (AP, 6/20/06)

2006        Jun 21, Indian PM Manmohan Singh laid the foundation stone for an ambitious $4.2 billion metro rail scheme to tackle traffic woes in the western economic centre of Mumbai.
    (AFP, 6/21/06)

2006        Jun 22, Environmental activists warned that unregulated use of mercury in India is putting millions of people at risk, and the country has now become the world's second-largest user of the poisonous chemical.
    (AP, 6/22/06)

2006        Jun 23, Indian border guards killed four Bangladesh villagers in two separate shootings.
    (AFP, 6/24/06)

2006        Jun 25, Arcelor, based in Luxembourg, accepted Mittal Steel's 27-billion-euro ($34 billion) partnership offer. The new group, would be owned 50.6% by Arcelor shareholders and 49.4% by those of Mittal, of which 43% would be controlled by the Mittal family of India.
    (AP, 6/26/06)(Econ, 7/1/06, p.56)

2006        Jun 28, HSBC said police had arrested an employee at an HSBC centre in Bangalore, India's technology hub, for allegedly taking 230,000 pounds from the accounts of 16 British account holders.
    (AP, 6/28/06)

2006        Jun 30, PM Manmohan Singh promised his government will do all it can to help farmers in India's main cotton belt where crippling debts and falling prices have pushed many to suicide.
    (AFP, 6/30/06)
2006        Jun 30, At least eight suspected Islamic militants trying to cross into India's portion of disputed Kashmir from the Pakistani side were killed during a gunbattle. Federal security forces shot dead music composer Inayatullah Bhat (31) near his home in Srinagar. The next day at least two dozen people were hurt as thousands of protesters hurled bricks and stones in a violent demonstration over his killing.
    (AP, 6/30/06)(AFP, 7/1/06)

2006        Jun, India’s government press department reported that the number of civil and criminal cases pending before courts has exceeded 30 million, up from 20 million in 1997.
    (Econ, 7/1/06, p.40)

2006        Jul 1, India's PM Manmohan Singh announced an 835-million-dollar relief package to aid farmers in the country's main cotton belt where crippling debts and falling prices have led to thousands of suicides. A court convicted three men of involvement in a 2002 terrorist attack on a Hindu shrine in western India that killed 33 people, and it sentenced them to death.
    (AP, 7/1/06)(AFP, 7/1/06)

2006        Jul 3, In India's Jammu-Kashmir state clashes between Indian government forces and suspected Islamic separatist militants killed 13 people.
    (AP, 7/3/06)

2006        Jul 5, In India heavy rains kept schools and colleges shut for a third day and meteorologists forecast more downpours in Bombay, as the nationwide death toll rose to more than 250 since the monsoon began in June.
    (AP, 7/5/06)

2006        Jul 6, China and India reopened the 14,000-foot Nathu La pass, an ancient Silk Road pass high in the Himalayas, more than 40 years after it was shut by war.
    (AP, 7/6/06)

2006        Jul 8, In northern India 15 people were killed and eight injured when the bus they were traveling in plunged into a gorge and fell into Bhagirathi river.
    (AFP, 7/8/06)

2006        Jul 9, India test-fired its nuclear-capable Agni III missile for the first time. The missile plunged into the Bay of Bengal short of its target. 14 more people were reported to have died in rain-related incidents in northern India, taking the nationwide death toll since the beginning of the monsoon season in May to 286. Supporters of Shiv Sena, a Hindu fundamentalist party, went on a rampage in Mumbai protesting the defacing of a statue of Meenatai, the wife of the movement’s founder, Balasaheb Thackeray.
    (AFP, 7/9/06)(AP, 7/10/06)(Econ, 7/15/06, p.39)

2006        Jul 11, In India 8 explosions hit Mumbai's commuter rail network during the evening rush hour, killing over 200 people and wounding over 500. Police said Lashkar-e-Taiba was responsible.
    (Econ, 7/29/06, p.39)(AP, 7/11/07)(WSJ, 12/8/08, p.A6)

2006        Jul 14, India's PM Singh said the Bombay train bombers were "supported by elements across the border" and that Pakistan must rein in terrorists before a peace process can move ahead.
    (AP, 7/14/06)

2006        Jul 15, Police investigating Bombay's deadly train bombings swept through several neighborhoods, rounding up more than 300 people for questioning.
    (AP, 7/15/06)

2006        Jul 17, In India some 500 suspected communist rebels attacked a government-run relief camp and two police stations in eastern Chattisgarh state, killing at least 26 villagers. Four rebels also died.
    (AP, 7/17/06)

2006        Jul 18, In India Lashkar-e-Qahhar (Army of Terror), a little-known Islamic militant group that claimed responsibility for the Bombay train bombings, warned that it was planning attacks against government and historic sites in India in an e-mail to an Indian television station. Indian police called the e-mail a hoax.
    (AP, 7/18/06)(AP, 7/19/06)
2006        Jul 18, In India several telecom operators confirmed that they had blocked a number of Web sites on orders from India’s Dept. of Telecommunications.
    (WSJ, 7/19/06, p.A8)

2006        Jul 20, India arrested three men in connection with last week's Mumbai bombings that killed more than 180 men.
    (Reuters, 7/21/06)

2006        Jul 21, India urged Pakistan to hand over a top Kashmiri militant as a gesture of its determination to fight terrorism.
    (Reuters, 7/21/06)

2006        Jul 23, Police in India raided a forest hideout for communist rebels in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh state, killing Burra Chinnaiah, a guerrilla chief, and at least 7 other people.
    (AP, 7/23/06)

2006        Jul 24, A UN report on the economic impact of HIV/AIDS in India estimated infections there, currently over 5 million, could increase to 20-25 million by 2010.
    (WSJ, 7/24/06, p.A6)

2006        Jul 25, Italian carmaker Fiat Group and India's Tata Motors Ltd. announced they have signed an agreement for a joint-venture in India to make passenger vehicles, engines and transmissions for Indian and overseas markets.
    (AP, 7/25/06)

2006        Jul 27, In India police arrested two more men in connection with Bombay's deadly train blasts, bringing to eight the number of people detained by investigators since the explosions killed more than 200 people earlier this month.
    (AP, 7/28/06)

2006        Jul 29, A strike protesting against a visit by India's president to Indian Kashmir shut much of the region for a second day, while four soldiers were reportedly hurt in a rebel attack.
    (AFP, 7/29/06)

2006        Jul 30, In India at least 8 people died during heavy monsoon rains at the weekend and more than 25,000 were evacuated in the western state of Gujarat.
    (AFP, 7/30/06)

2006        Aug 1, In northern India a school bus carrying about 50 children plunged into a canal, killing at least six children.
    (AP, 8/1/06)

2006        Aug 2, India banned children under the age of 14 from working as domestic servants or at hotels, tea shops, restaurants and resorts. The labor ministry said the ban would come into effect from October 10.
    (Reuters, 8/2/06)

2006        Aug 3, In India federal MPs demanded a nationwide ban on Pepsi and Coke after the privately-funded Centre for Science and Environment (CSE) said 11 drinks sold by the two US companies contained unacceptable doses of pesticides.
    (AFP, 8/4/06)

2006        Aug 4, In India floods caused by heavy monsoon rains swept away people and destroyed homes in the southern coastal area of Andhra Pradesh, killing at least 31 people over the last 2 days.
    (AP, 8/4/06)

2006        Aug 6, In India a boat capsized in a rain-swollen river near New Delhi, leaving 3 people dead and 27 others missing as the nationwide death toll from the monsoon rose to at least 359.
    (AP, 8/6/06)

2006        Aug 8, Indian officials said flooding caused by monsoon rains have killed 69 people in western India in the past three days, and caused tens of thousands to flee their homes.
    (AP, 8/8/06)

2006        Aug 9, Kerala, a southern Indian state, banned the sale and production of Coke, Pepsi, Sprite and other soft drinks because of concerns over pesticide contamination. Four Indian states, Rajasthan, Gujarat, Madhya Pradesh and Chattisgarh, have already imposed a ban on sale of Coke and Pepsi at colleges, schools and government offices. Several other states have said they are examining the issue.
    (AP, 8/9/06)
2006        Aug 9, In India authorities arrested Pritam Singh, a former army soldier and his wife, for allegedly aborting female fetuses, several of which were found dumped in a well behind an illegal clinic in Patran town, Punjab.
    (AP, 8/10/06)
2006        Aug 9, Swollen rivers swamped thousands of villages and towns across India's south and west, forcing 4.5 million from their homes as rescuers struggled to bring them food and drinking water.
    (Reuters, 8/9/06)

2006        Aug 10, In India 2 more states banned the sale of Coca-Cola and PepsiCo soft drinks at government-run schools and colleges over allegations they contain high levels of pesticides.
    (AP, 8/10/06)

2006        Aug 16, In northeast India a grenade exploded in a Hindu temple, killing at least four people and leaving 40 others injured, mainly in a stampede that followed the blast.
    (AP, 8/17/06)

2006        Aug 18, The United Liberation Front of Asom announced that it would stop attacking the forces of the Indian government, which announced a unilateral cease-fire Aug. 13. It was the first truce announced by the rebel group since its formation in 1979.
    (AP, 8/19/06)

2006        Aug 20, In India a Canadian was arrested with illegal drugs worth five million dollars in New Delhi in what was billed as a major effort to stop narcotics being shipped to the West. About 100 kilograms (220 pounds) of ephedrine, hashish and other illegal drugs were seized overnight from Girdish Singh Toor while he was leading a convoy of vehicles.
    (AFP, 8/20/06)

2006        Aug 22, In India police killed a Pakistani and arrested another in a shootout that authorities said foiled a terrorist attack in Mumbai, India's financial capital.
    (AP, 8/22/06)

2006        Aug 23, In western India 17 people were killed when a truck overturned and fell into a deep ditch. Victims were sitting on top of sacks of salt that the truck was transporting when it overturned into a ditch flooded from recent monsoon rains.
    (AP, 8/23/06)

2006        Aug 27, In western India a water tank collapsed during a Bharatpur town fair, killing 45 people who had climbed on top of it to watch a wrestling match.
    (AP, 8/27/06)

2006        Aug 28, In India officials said monsoon rains and flooding have killed at least 130 people in the western state of Rajasthan, with huge swathes of desert underwater.
    (AP, 8/28/06)

2006        Aug 31, In eastern India at least 30 people drowned when a crowded boat capsized in the rain-swollen Ganges River in the state of Bihar.
    (AP, 8/31/06)
2006        Aug 31, Indian officials said more than 11,000 Tamil refugees have fled to India since January to escape renewed fighting between the Sri Lankan army and separatist rebels and more are likely to come.
    (AFP, 8/31/06)
2006        Aug 31, An internal investigation concluded that a UN official steered millions of dollars in contracts to a company owned by the government of his native India in exchange for favors that included low-rent apartments.
    (AP, 9/1/06)

2006        Aug, In India some 260 million people lived on less than one dollar a day. Nearly half the country’s children under age six were undernourished and more than half the women were illiterate. Half the homes in the country had no electricity.
    (Econ, 8/12/06, p.64)

2006        Sep 6, In eastern India 50 miners were killed after an explosion inside a state-owned coal mine in Jharkhand state.
    (AP, 9/7/06)(AP, 9/8/06)

2006        Sep 8, In western India 2 bombs rigged to bicycles struck in the crowded streets of the city of Malegaon, Maharashtra state, as Muslim worshippers were returning from afternoon prayers At least 37 people were killed and 100 wounded. 8 suspects later arrested for allegedly planting the bombs were all members of the Students' Islamic Movement of India, or SIMI. In 2011 seven of nine Muslim men, wrongfully arrested for the blasts, were released on bail. Two of the men were not released because of allegations they were involved in a separate series of explosions on suburban Mumbai trains that also occurred in 2006.
    (AP, 9/8/06)(AP, 11/27/06)(SFC, 11/28/08, p.A6)(AP, 11/16/11)

2006        Sep 13, The presidents of Brazil and South Africa, at a trilateral trade meeting in Brasilia, said they supported changes in international rules to allow India to buy nuclear fuel and reactors from the United States and other countries. The trio created the India-Brazil-South Africa Dialogue Forum (IBSA) in 2003 to promote the interests of their emerging markets.
    (Reuters, 9/13/06)(AFP, 9/14/06)

2006        Sep 14, An Indian federal minister proposed a 1,000 US dollar incentive to encourage people to break centuries-old taboos and marry across caste boundaries.
    (AFP, 9/14/06)

2006        Sep 16, Pakistani President Pervez Musharraf and Indian PM Manmohan Singh held "historic" talks on the disputed Kashmir region, on the sidelines of a developing-world summit in Havana. They also agreed to restart peace talks suspended since train bombings killed more than 200 people in Mumbai in July.
    (AFP, 9/16/06)(AP, 9/16/06)

2006        Sep 19, In India at least two people were killed and more than 100 detained during violent protests against a court-ordered crackdown on illegal shops in New Delhi. At least 20 people were killed in coastal villages in eastern India after a major storm swept in to the Bay of Bengal and destroyed hundreds of mud huts.
    (AFP, 9/20/06)

2006        Sep 21, The death toll in Bangladesh and India rose to at least 95 and nearly 1,000 remained missing after storms capsized boats, toppled houses and washed away roads.
    (AP, 9/21/06)

2006        Sep 22, India’s High Court overturned a ban on the production and sale of Coca-Cola and Pepsi soft drinks in the southern Indian state of Kerala, but state officials said they would seek ways to challenge the decision.
    (AP, 9/22/06)

2006        Sep 23, In Indian Kashmir suspected militants shot dead a man and a woman near Srinagar. A border guard hurt in a bomb explosion died the next day.
    (AFP, 9/24/06)
2006        Sep 23, Indian security officials in the western desert state of Rajasthan shot dead three suspected militants who were trying to cross over from Pakistan.
    (AP, 9/24/06)

2006        Sep 24, India's federal government called off a six-week truce with separatist rebels in Assam and ordered the resumption of military operations in the northeastern state.
    (AP, 9/24/06)

2006        Sep 24, In St. Petersburg, Russia, attackers stabbed to death Nitesh Kumar Singh, an Indian medical student, in the latest in a series of hate crimes there.
    (AP, 9/25/06)

2006        Sep 29, A senior official said Indian authorities plan to nearly double the number of treatment centers providing free drugs and medical care to people battling HIV/AIDS.
    (AP, 9/29/06)
2006        Sep 29, In central India, higher cast villagers of Khairlanji attacked and brutally killed the wife of Bhaiyalal Bhotmanje, a low cast Dalit, along with his 2 sons (19 & 21) and daughter (17). Bhotmanje had left his ancestral occupation of handling cow carcasses and successfully set up a small farm causing envy among neighbors. He escaped the attack thinking his family would not be bothered. Dalit neighborhoods soon exploded across Maharashtra state as protesters set vehicles and store fronts on fire.
    (WSJ, 12/27/07, p.A1)

2006        Sep 30, India’s PM Manmohan Singh arrived in South Africa to expand trade links and commemorate the passive resistance movement initiated by Mahatma Gandhi in the African nation 100 years ago.
    (AP, 9/30/06)
2006        Sep 30, A.N. Roy, Mumbai's police chief, said his team had cracked the July 11 bombing case and found solid evidence as that “the whole attack was planned by Pakistan's ISI and carried out by Lashkar-e-Taiba and their operatives in India." ISI or the Inter-Services Intelligence agency is Pakistan's military spy agency while Lashkar is a frontline Islamist group fighting against Indian rule in the disputed region of Kashmir. Pakistan and Lashkar rejected the allegations.
    (Reuters, 9/30/06)

2006        Oct 1, India said it will give Islamabad evidence that Pakistan's spy agency planned the Mumbai train bombings in July which killed more than 200 people.
    (AP, 10/1/06)

2006        Oct 2, Indian PM Manmohan Singh and South African President Thabo Mbeki signed a sweeping pact to buttress ties between the regional powerhouses. The Pretoria agreement was followed by the signing of a pact on cooperation in education and another between Indian Railways which runs one of the world's biggest networks and South African railway company Spoornet.
    (AP, 10/2/06)

2006        Oct 7, India's army killed five militants as they tried to sneak into the Indian portion of Kashmir from Pakistan. Two soldiers were also killed in the gunbattle. The head of a man from Gund Brath village, abducted the previous day, was found on a road in nearby Sopore town. The body was recovered in a different part of the town. A note tied to the man's head that said he was beheaded because he allegedly worked as an informer for Indian security forces.
    (AP, 10/8/06)

2006        Oct 9, In India Jaya Jaitley, the president of the opposition Samata (Equality) Party, was charged with taking a "hefty" kickback in 2000 as part of a multi-million-dollar defense contract with a state-run Israeli company.
    (AFP, 10/10/06)
2006        Oct 9,    Kanshi Ram (b.1934), founder of India’s Bahujan Samaj Party (1984), died. The party was founded promote the interests of India’s low caste Hindus, also known as dalits, or untouchables.
    (SFC, 10/10/06, p.B7)   

2006        Oct 10, India's Central Bureau of Investigations (CBI) raided the homes and offices of defense agents in five cities in connection with four separate cases of alleged illegal payoffs involving Israel, Russia and South Africa.
    (AFP, 10/10/06)
2006        Oct 10, India’s Supreme Court ordered wildlife authorities in New Delhi to catch hundreds of Rhesus macaque monkeys and relocated them thousands of miles away in the jungles of Madhya Pradesh state.
    (SFC, 10/12/06, p.A2)
2006        Oct 10, Britain’s Man Booker Prize was won by Indian writer Kiran Desai (35) for “The Inheritance of Loss," a cross-continental saga that moves from the Himalayas to NYC.
    (SFC, 10/11/06, p.A16)

2006        Oct 11, India’s PM Manmohan Singh received an honorary law doctorate from the elite University of Cambridge. The doctorate was conferred on him by Prince Philip.
    (AFP, 10/11/06)

2006        Oct 13, EU and Indian leaders agreed to boost cooperation in fighting terrorism, particularly by focusing on improving the flow of intelligence.
    (AP, 10/13/06)

2006        Oct 14, Thousands of low-caste Hindus converted to Buddhism and Christianity on in protest against new laws in several Indian states that make such changes of religion difficult.
    (Reuters, 10/14/06)

2006        Oct 20, Corus, an Anglo-Dutch steel-maker, accepted an $8.1 billion buyout bid from Tata Steel, a smaller Indian firm.
    (Econ, 10/28/06, p.74)

2006        Oct 25, In India a crowded bus veered off a steep mountain road and plunged into the Teesta River, killing at least 25 people in the northeastern state of Sikkim.
    (AP, 10/26/06)

2006        Oct 26, In India men who beat, threaten or yell at their wives or live-in girlfriends could be jailed and fined under a law that took effect. It specifically targeted the often-tolerated problem of domestic violence.
    (AP, 10/26/06)

2006        Oct 31, India's central bank warned of overheating and juggled interest rates in a mid-term policy review aimed at keeping prices in check. In southern India a passenger train crashed into an auto-rickshaw at an unmanned rail crossing, killing all 18 people in the rickshaw.
    (AFP, 10/31/06)(AP, 11/1/06)

2006        Oct, In India AT&T became the first foreign telecom to win a license to operate freely. This followed a cut in fees and a legal change that allowed foreign firms to own up to 74% of their Indian subsidiaries.
    (Econ, 12/9/06, p.68)

2006        Nov 1, Bangalore, India, changed its name to Bengaluru, the same as its name in Kannada, the local language. Bangalore, according to state historians, got its name from Bendakalooru (the town of boiled beans) after a king strayed into the area during a hunting trip in the late 14th century.
    (SFC, 11/2/06, p.C1)(AFP, 11/2/06)

2006        Nov 2, India's army chief has ordered an investigation into a string of recent incidents of soldiers fatally shooting their colleagues in India's insurgency-wracked portion of Kashmir. There have been at least four cases over the past 10 days of distraught soldiers in Kashmir shooting colleagues to death, then committing suicide.
    (AP, 11/2/06)

2006        Nov 3, In New Delhi, India, the Bush administration won international approval for US farmers to use some 5,900 tons of methyl bromide to kill soil pests in 2008. In 2004 the ozone destroying pesticide was banned by treaty, except for uses deemed critical.
    (SFC, 11/4/06, p.A3)

2006        Nov 5, In northeast India 8-10 people were killed and 20 wounded when two powerful bombs exploded in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state. Police had killed 3 United Liberation Front of Asom (ULFA) leaders on Nov 3, and it looked like a retaliatory strike.
    (AP, 11/5/06)

2006        Nov 11, Tyler Walker Williams, a US citizen and a student of India's national language Hindi, became the first foreigner to win a student election at India's prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University after mounting a campaign critical of US foreign policy.
    (AP, 11/11/06)

2006        Nov 14, Nuclear-armed India and Pakistan resumed peace talks with alleged Pakistan-sponsored terrorism high on the agenda as a car bomb exploded in revolt-hit Indian Kashmir, injuring 16 people.
    (AP, 11/14/06)
2006        Nov 14, China’s ambassador to India set off a flap by reaffirming claim to India’s northeastern Arunachal Pradesh state on the eve of President Hu Jintao’s visit to new Delhi.
    (WSJ, 11/15/06, p.A1)(Econ, 11/18/06, p.43)

2006        Nov 15, Pakistan's foreign secretary said India and Pakistan have agreed on measures to combat terrorism and prevent an accidental nuclear conflict in South Asia at the first peace talks since a terrorist attack on Mumbai's train network in July.
    (AP, 11/15/06)
2006        Nov 15, China said that it and India must make "mutual compromises" on the "disputed" issue of Arunachal Pradesh, and that it was ready to do so.
    (www.hindu.com/2006/11/16/stories/2006111605831200.htm)

2006        Nov 19, India successfully test-fired a medium-range nuclear-capable missile, days after its rival Pakistan launched a similar missile.
    (AP, 11/19/06)

2006        Nov 20, China’s Pres. Hu Jintao arrived in New Delhi for the second visit by a Chinese president.
    (AP, 11/20/06)
2006        Nov 20, In eastern India an explosion ripped through two cars of a passenger train, killing at least 8 people and injuring about 60 people.
    (AP, 11/21/06)

2006        Nov 22, In India a fire engulfed a locked leather factory in Calcutta, killing at least nine people who had been trapped inside.
    (AP, 11/22/06)

2006        Nov 23, In northeast India a bomb exploded near a train station, killing two people and injuring 10 in Gauhati, the capital of Assam state.
    (AP, 11/23/06)
2006        Nov 23, In India a Tibetan activist protesting against Chinese rule in the Himalayan region set himself on fire outside a hotel where China's president was staying. An official later said the activist was not seriously injured.
    (AP, 11/23/06)

2006        Nov 27, India carried out its first successful test interception of a ballistic missile, using a second missile to destroy the incoming rocket.
    (AP, 11/27/06)

2006        Nov 29, In India at least 3 people died and dozens were hurt as low-caste Hindus rioted in the western Indian state of Maharashtra over the vandalism of a statue of their late leader, B.R. Ambedkar.
    (AP, 11/30/06)

2006        Nov 30, Police in India filed charges against 28 suspects over the Mumbai train blasts in July that killed 185 people, and alleged the attacks were linked to Pakistan's spy agency and militant groups. India’s parliament tabled the Sachar report, which investigated the condition of India’s Muslims. The report showed Muslims to be stuck at the bottom of almost every economic or social heap.
    (AFP, 11/30/06)(Econ, 12/2/06, p.48)(Econ, 3/2/13, p.42)
2006        Nov 30, Indian troops shot dead four Islamic militants in revolt-hit Kashmir, including a commander (Ali Baba alias Abu Hufeza) believed to have been involved in last year's bombings in New Delhi.
    (AFP, 12/1/06)

2006        Nov, In India consumer price inflation rose to almost 7% this year. Finance minister Palaniappan Chidambaram said the economy will continue to grow by more than 8% in the next few years.
    (Econ, 11/25/06, p.73)

2006        Dec 2, In eastern India at least 14 soldiers died when a landmine planted by suspected Maoist guerrillas exploded near the steel-producing town of Bokaro, Jharkhand state. A colonial-era footbridge collapsed onto railroad tracks in eastern India, burying a train beneath tons of red rock and killing at least 34 passengers.
    (AFP, 12/2/06)(AP, 12/3/06)

2006        Dec 4, Police in eastern India were alerted that a container, packed with radioactive material, had been stolen from a fortified research facility, prompting a major hunt and fears of contamination. It carried uranium and radiation and could have an adverse effect in an area of 1.5 kilometers (0.93 mile).
    (AFP, 12/23/06)

2006        Dec 5, An Indian court sentenced Shibu Soren, former cabinet coal minister, to life behind bars for conspiracy in the abduction and murder of an aide. The court had found him guilty of the 1994 murder and abduction of his former private secretary, Shashi Nath Jha, who was allegedly blackmailing him over a corruption scandal.
    (AFP, 12/5/06)
2006        Dec 5, Pakistan President Gen. Pervez Musharraf said he is willing to give up its claim to all of Kashmir if India agrees that the disputed Himalayan region should become self-governing and largely autonomous. Troops shot dead three Islamic militants in Indian Kashmir, while 19 civilians were injured and a guerrilla was killed in a grenade blast.
    (AP, 12/5/06)(AFP, 12/5/06)

2006        Dec 6, Cisco CEO John Chambers Network said equipment maker Cisco Systems Inc. will set up a center in India to support all aspects of its worldwide operations.
    (AP, 12/6/06)

2006        Dec 9, The US Congress gave its final approval to landmark legislation allowing export of civilian nuclear fuel and technology to India for the first time in 30 years. Congress also gave final approval to open 8.3 million acres of federal waters west of Florida to oil and gas drilling.
    (AFP, 12/9/06)(SFC, 12/9/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 11, The Hague-based Organization for the Prohibition of Chemical Weapons (OPCW) said it has granted the US and Russia a five-year extension to the 2007 deadline for destroying their chemical weapon stockpiles. The Chemicals Weapons Convention which went into effect in April 1997. Extensions were also granted to India and Libya as well as one country that requested anonymity.
    (AP, 12/11/06)

2006        Dec 13, Indian PM Manmohan Singh started a visit to Japan to seek support from the major civilian atomic power for the controversial US-India nuclear cooperation pact.
    (AP, 12/13/06)

2006        Dec 14, In India a government minister said ten million girls have been killed by their parents in India in the past 20 years, either before they were born or immediately after. A recent UNICEF report said 7,000 fewer girls are born each day than population models would indicate due to sex-selected abortions and infanticides.
    (Reuters, 12/14/06)(WSJ, 12/15/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 16, Indian health officials said nearly 30 children have died this month of mosquito-borne encephalitis in northern India, taking the toll since July to 401.
    (AP, 12/16/06)

2006        Dec 17, Indian officials said a killer elephant, named after Osama bin Laden by fearful villagers, was killed by sharpshooters. The animal was blamed for 14 deaths in the northeastern state of Assam.
    (AP, 12/17/06)

2006        Dec 18, Manu Sharma, the son of a wealthy Indian politician, was convicted of murder in the shooting death of a waitress who refused to serve him a drink, a case that tested the Indian judiciary's willingness to take on the powerful elite.
    (AP, 12/19/06)
2006        Dec 18, Pres. Bush signed H.R. 5682, the Henry J. Hyde United States-India Peaceful Atomic Energy Cooperation Act of 2006 (Hyde Act), to let the US share its nuclear know-how and fuel with India, which continued to refuse to sign the Nuclear Non-Proliferation Treaty. It exempted from certain requirements of the Atomic Energy Act of 1954 a proposed nuclear agreement for cooperation with India. Robert Gates took the oath as Pentagon chief.
    (www.govtrack.us/congress/bill.xpd?bill=h109-5682)(SFC, 12/19/06, p.A16)(WSJ, 12/19/06, p.A1)

2006        Dec 19, Tens of thousands of Indian tribal people, many carrying bows and arrows, gathered in the impoverished central state of Chhattisgarh to protest against Maoist rebel violence. Millions of poor tribal people living in India's remote forests for generations will receive ownership rights under a new bill approved by Parliament.
    (AP, 12/19/06)

2006        Dec 21, Officials said Arcelor Mittal, the world's largest steelmaker, has signed a $8.7 billion project with the Orissa government to build a steel plant in the eastern Indian state.
    (AP, 12/21/06)

2006        Dec 22, India and Pakistan started a two-day swap of detained illegal fishermen and immigrants including children as part of attempts to improve ties between the nuclear rivals.
    (AFP, 12/22/06)

2006        Dec 24, In eastern India a wild elephant looking for food killed three people and injured 10 in a forest range in West Bengal state.
    (AP, 12/24/06)

2006        Dec 27, A new report said a third of India’s rural population, or more than 200 million people, still live on 12 rupees (26 cents) a day or less.
    (AFP, 12/27/06)

2006        Dec 29, In India the decomposing bodies of several children were found buried behind a house east of New Delhi. The Noida police said Mohinder Singh Pandher, the businessman who owned the house, and his servant, referred to only as Satish, confessed to sexually assaulting and killing at least 15 impoverished children and women during the past two years. On Feb 12, 2009, an Indian court sentenced businessman Moninder Singh Pandher and his servant Surinder Koli to death Friday for the murder of a young girl one of 19 victims in a case that has shocked the country.
    (AP, 12/29/06)(AP, 12/30/06)(AFP, 2/13/09)

2006        Mihir Bose authored “Bollywood: A History."
    (Econ, 12/2/06, p.87)
2006        Steve Hamm authored “Bangalore Tiger: How Indian Tech Upstart WIPRO is Rewriting the Rules of Global Competition."
    (Econ, 7/7/07, p.80)
2006        Edward Luce authored “In Spite of the Gods: The Rise of Modern India."
    (Econ, 8/26/06, p.67)

2006        In India the first Jaipur Literature Festival was held.
    (http://jaipurliteraturefestival.org/about-us/the-festival)
2006        In India Sampat Pal (44) formed the Pink Gang with a handful of women in northern Uttar Pradesh state to forcefully address abuse, local injustice and corruption. By 2009 thousands of women had joined the group and trained themselves to wield bamboo batons.
    (SSFC, 6/14/09, p.A6)
2006        Ranbaxy and Dr. Reddy, Indian generic drug makers, expanded their efforts to create proprietary drugs. Dr. Reddy hoped to market a diabetes medicine by 2010.
    (Econ, 2/4/06, p.58)
2006        India’s population was around 1.1 billion.
    (Econ, 6/3/06, p.13)
2006        India state of Uttar Pradesh, with some 170 million people, included 8% of the world’s poor. If it were a separate country it would be the 6th most populous in the world.
    (SSFC, 10/9/05, Par p.27)(Econ, 6/3/06, p.13)
2006        The population of India’s Karnataka state was around 52.73 million.
    (WSJ, 9/20/06, p.A4)
2006        India allotted the 2.5 million people of Manipur state $260 million for development.
    (Econ, 3/3/07, p.50)
2006        It was later estimated that some 17,000 farmers killed themselves in India this year due to rising debts and failing crops.
    (Econ, 3/8/08, p.48)
2006        Foreign ministers of Brazil, Russia, India and China began annual meeting as a group. In 2001 Jim O’Neill of Goldman Sachs coined the acronym BRIC to describe these 4 developing countries.
    (Econ, 4/17/10, p.64)(http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/BRIC)

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