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Beijing's creeping aggression signals a challenge to U.S. presence in the Asian Pacific
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Topic - mamata banerjee
Manmohan Singh's coalition has splintered and his government is fighting for survival. But the Indian prime minister, who has been criticized for presiding meekly over a corrupt government, is suddenly being hailed as a bold, powerful leader.
Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton urged energy-starved India on Monday to reduce its Iranian oil imports to keep up pressure on the Islamic republic to come clean about its nuclear program.
Medical staffers abandoned their patients and fled for their lives as a fire swept through a private hospital in Kolkata early Friday, killing at least 89 people, most of them patients at the five-star medical facility, witnesses and local authorities said.
At least 17 infants have died in the last 48 hours at a government-run hospital in eastern India and the state is investigating, media reported Thursday.
A speeding express train plowed into a stationary passenger train in eastern India on Monday, killing 61 people in a crash so powerful it sent the roof of one car flying onto an overpass. Officials said they could not rule out sabotage.
A speeding passenger train crashed into another waiting on a platform in a West Bengal station early Monday, killing 61 people and injuring at least 125 others in one of the world's largest - and most accident-prone - railway systems.
Sixty-one people were killed Monday when a speeding train crashed into another waiting on a platform in a West Bengal station, barely two months after a derailment that claimed at least 145 lives was blamed on Maoist rebels.
"Consumption of illicit liquor is a social disease and this has to be eradicated," said Mamata Banerjee, chief minister of West Bengal state.