pictory: India's PM Indira Gandhi State Visit to Iran

pictory: India's PM Indira Gandhi State Visit to Iran
by Darius Kadivar

State Visit to Iran of Indira Gandhi Prime Minister of the Republic of India greeted by Iran's Royal Couple at Mehrabad Airport. Late 1960's Tehran 

Indira Gandhi was Elected PM for three consecutive terms from 1966 to 1977. She was elected for a fourth term in 1980 and became increasingly involved in an escalating conflict with separatists in Punjab that eventually led to her assassination by her own bodyguards in 1984. 



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India PM Singh arrives in Iran

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Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has arrived in Tehran to attend this year's meeting of the 120-nation Non-Aligned Movement (NAM).

Mr Singh is expected to hold talks with Iranian leaders and Pakistan President Asif Ali Zardari on the sidelines of the meeting, reports say.

Mr Singh's visit to Iran is the first by an Indian PM in over a decade.


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Congress veteran wins Indian presidency

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Former Finance Minister Pranab Mukherjee has won the Indian presidential election.

Mr Mukherjee, a veteran of the ruling Congress Party, was elected by members of the national and state parliaments.

The position is largely ceremonial but he could help determine who forms the next government after elections in 2014 if there is no clear winner. 



The veteran Congress party leader Pranab Mukherjee was born in 1935 in West Bengal.

He was a teacher, a journalist and a lawyer before being elected in 1969 to the upper house of parliament. He has served as finance, foreign and defence minister, and has held other influential positions in the government.

He fell out with the Congress leaders in 1986 and started his own party, but returned to the party fold two years later. He has served on the boards of the International Monetary Fund and the World Bank