ON 9 OCTOBER IN SOUTH ASIAN HISTORY
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Updated on October 9, 2019
1594: The Portuguese army is annihilated by the Kingdom of Kandy on Sri Lanka, bringing an end to the Campaign of Danture.
1835: A Royal College is established in Colombo, Ceylon (Sri Lanka) with the name Hillstreet Academy
1877: Birth of Gopabandhu Das, Indian journalist, poet, and activist who died on June 17, 1928
1945: Birth of Amjad Ali Khan, Indian sarod player
1949: Indian Territorial Army is established
1963: China rejects Indian offer of an international arbitration to solve their border dispute
1980: Pope John Paul II shakes hands with the Dalai Lama during a private audience in Vatican City
1987: Death of Guru Gopinath, Indian classic dancer
1999: Death of Akhtar Hameed Khan, pioneer of Microcredit in developing countries , born on July 15, 1914
2002: The Indian governement claims victory after completing a turbulent state election in Indian Kashmir which it long saw as an essential rite of passage before it could consider talks with Pakistan.
2004: First free Presidential elections in Afghanistan after the Taliban, won by Hamid Karzai with 55,5 % of the votes
2006: Death of Kanshi Ram, 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.Born on March 15, 1934
2011: In Sri Lanka, President’s UPFA claims victory in 22 out of 23 local councils in contest marred by shootout that left three dead.
2012: In Pakistan, 14 years old Malala Yousafzai, a young activist for the right of girls to go to school, is fired in the head by Taliban but survived and is now and international idol after been operated in UK
2015: Death of Ravindra Jain, Indian composer and director, born onFebruary 28, 1944
2017: An Indian court commuts the death sentences given by a lower court to 11 people after one of the many deadly riots that swept the western state of Gujarat 15 years ago in which more than 1,000 people died
Holidays and observances
Sri Lanka: Armed Forces Day