Freed activist won't stop 14-year hunger strike

2014-08-21 19:01

India's most famous prisoner of conscience has walked free after nearly 14 years in prison, but she vows to continue the hunger strike that landed her in prison for attempted suicide.

How to greet people when travelling abroad

2014-08-20 15:54

Travelling to a different country soon, but not quite sure how to say ‘howzit’ to potential new foreign friends? Here’s your guide.

Nepal, India floods kill nearly 200

2014-08-18 18:55

Floods and landslides in Nepal and northern India have killed nearly 200 people and scores more are missing.

Indian poachers threaten lesser-known animals

2014-08-18 09:44

Indian wildlife poachers have begun to think smaller. And activists say the country's lesser-known species are vanishing from the wild as a result.

Heavy rains leave 17 dead in northern India

2014-08-15 17:40

A landslide and floods triggered by extremely heavy rainfall have killed 17 people in northern India.

India's Modi vows to fix broken government

2014-08-15 09:30

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has voiced dismay at the government in-fighting he found on assuming office in May and vowed to fire up the bureaucracy.

Jailed tycoon gets time to sell hotels

2014-08-14 18:45

India's Supreme Court has given jailed tycoon Subrata Roy extra time to negotiate the sale of three luxury foreign hotels to raise $1.6bn bail.

India's Modi disappoints some fans so far

2014-08-13 10:00

As an election campaigner, Narendra Modi promised sweeping market reforms to revive India's economy and put the country to work.

India's Modi accuses Pakistan of waging proxy war

2014-08-12 18:06

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi has accused Pakistan of waging "proxy war" by sending militants to attack India and he used a trip to the disputed Kashmir region to stress that reconciliation.

India stray dogs to be part of security squad

2014-08-11 07:55

Stray canines roaming the India may soon find themselves attending police training school with civic authorities planning to turn the animals into security dogs, reports say.

Battle to contain Ebola intensifies

2014-08-10 12:39

The battle to contain the deadly Ebola outbreak continues, after Nigeria appealed for volunteers to help halt the spread of the virus but Guinea went back on a statement it was shutting its land borders with two of its neighbours.

Tiger carries away woman in eastern India

2014-08-09 19:12

A tiger snatched a woman and disappeared into the surrounding mangrove forest in the eastern Indian state of West Bengal, an official says.

India's monkey men keep naughty macaques at bay

2014-08-08 09:12

The Indian government has hired 40 'monkey wallahs', an Indian term that roughly translates as monkey men, who mimic the aggressive sounds of monkeys who wreck havoc on the local environment.

Indian photos echoing gang-rape sparks outrage

2014-08-06 13:11

An Indian photographer has sparked outrage with a fashion shoot that depicts a woman being harassed on a bus by a group of men, echoing a fatal gang-rape that shocked the nation.

Indian judge alleges sexual harassment by superior

2014-08-04 15:15

An Indian judge who resigned and alleged sexual harassment by a senior colleague has prompted the Supreme Court to start an investigation.

Australia sends asylum-seekers back to India on lifeboats

2014-08-04 09:32

Asylum-seekers held on an Australian customs vessel at sea for weeks were given lifeboats and told to make their own way back to India, a lawyer for the group says.

India mudslide rescuers press on as toll hits 73

2014-08-02 12:33

Rescuers continue to dig despite 'very slim chances' of finding any more people alive in the mud and debris from a major landslide in western India, where 73 have been killed.

Baby rescued in India mudslide

2014-08-01 14:38

The crying of a 3-month-old baby has led rescuers working at the site of a deadly landslide in India to the infant and its mother buried under debris, an official says.

Death toll hits 51 in Indian mudslide

2014-08-01 07:51

Heavy rains have hampered efforts by hundreds of rescue workers digging through heavy mud and debris, as the death toll from a landslide that engulfed an entire village in western India rose to 51.

Isolated Indians make contact with outside world

2014-07-31 11:53

Isolated native people likely fleeing attacks in Peru have turned up in Brazil's Amazon rainforest where they made contact with the outside world.

More than 150 feared dead in monsoon landslide

2014-07-30 22:46

The death toll from a major landslide in India was expected to exceed 150, a health official said, after heavy monsoon rains sent mud and rocks tumbling onto homes.

150 feared trapped in Indian landslide

2014-07-30 12:18

A major landslide has struck a village in western India following heavy monsoon rains, leaving 150 people feared trapped, a rescue official said.

Police: India road accidents kill 33

2014-07-29 16:28

A speeding truck driver ran over and killed 12 Hindu pilgrims who were sleeping on the side of a busy road in northeastern India, while another bus crash claimed 21 lives.

Indian Air Force chopper crashes

2014-07-25 20:06

Seven military personnel aboard an Indian Air Force helicopter are feared killed after the aircraft crashed in northern India.

Girl found hanging in India triggers revenge attacks

2014-07-24 16:13

A seven-year-old girl was found hanging from a tree in a village in eastern India after locals suspect she was raped, the latest in a string of reported attacks against children.


Indian firms tool up for defence orders

2014-08-21 14:15

Some of India's biggest companies are pouring billions of dollars into manufacturing guns, ships and tanks for the country's military.

No plans to buy New York hotels - Brunei

2014-08-19 13:53

The sultan of Brunei has denied media reports that he was mulling the purchase of three landmark hotels including New York's Plaza.

Sultan of Brunei bids for NY, London hotels

2014-08-18 11:30

The Sultan of Brunei has made a bid for New York's Plaza Hotel, Dream Hotel and London's Grosvenor House hotel, reports the Wall St Journal's website edition.

Landslides, floods kill 109 in Nepal, India

2014-08-16 18:58

The death toll from landslides and flooding triggered by torrential monsoon rains in Nepal and northern India has climbed to at least 109.

India's PM slams rape shame, communal violence

2014-08-15 10:30

Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned a spate of rapes as a source of shame for India and urged an end to communal violence as he vowed to improve the lives of the nation's poor.

Woman identifies attackers after awaking from coma

2014-08-14 20:38

An Indian woman who spent 10 months in a coma after suffering a vicious attack that left her severely disabled has identified her alleged assailants in court, more than four years after the assault.

India court blasts Modi over filthy Ganges

2014-08-14 10:33

India's top court has accused the new Hindu nationalist government of failing to move on its promise to clean up the sewage-ridden, sacred river Ganges.

Trump plans investment in India

2014-08-12 19:30

American real estate mogul Donald Trump is planning "substantial investments" in the Indian property and hotel sectors.

Modi makes landmark visit to disputed Kashmir

2014-08-12 12:27

Narendra Modi has travelled to the disputed area of Kashmir, where he will become the first Indian prime minister in 15 years to visit the Siachen glacier, dubbed the world's highest battlefield.

Jailed Indian tycoon tries to sell NY Plaza

2014-08-10 14:15

It's hardly the $30 000 a night royal suite, but after five months in India's biggest jail, the owner of the New York Plaza is thrilled.

India probes loan to Kingfisher airline

2014-08-10 10:42

India's top crime fighting body is investigating a $155m loan by a state-run bank to debt-ridden Kingfisher Airlines, says a police official.

Parents of gang-rape victim decry fashion shoot

2014-08-08 12:45

An Indian fashion shoot depicting a woman being sexually assaulted on a bus has stirred memories of the gang-rape of a young woman in 2012, outraging the victim's parents and activists.

Rahul Gandhi disrupts Indian Parliament debate

2014-08-06 15:14

Rahul Gandhi has disrupted proceedings in Parliament, storming an area near the speaker's chair and demanding an inquiry into communal violence in the country.

Indian pupils brave daily river dip to get to class

2014-08-04 21:47

Shivering with cold, a group of boys in a remote village of western India put on their uniforms after swimming across a river to make it to school.

Panic in India over media conglomerate control

2014-08-04 11:16

Just before Indian conglomerate Reliance Industries completed a deal to take control of media group Network18 Media & Investments, two top editors stepped down.

Searched hampered for missing in Nepal

2014-08-03 08:31

Rain has hampered the search for more than 100 missing in a Nepal landslide and the army have used explosives to blast a river blockage.

Kerry to test waters with India's Modi

2014-08-01 14:38

US Secretary of State John Kerry will met with India's new Prime Minister Narendra Modi for the first time, hoping to break the ice with a leader once shunned by Washington.

Libya hospitals face collapse if staff flee

2014-08-01 13:07

Libya has warned of a "total collapse" of its health care system as the chaos plaguing the country threatens to send into flight many of the staff on whom its hospitals depend.

Rain hampers rescue effort in India mudslide

2014-07-31 15:57

Rescuers have battled through heavy rains in a desperate search for victims of a landslide in western India that buried dozens of homes, with fears the death toll could reach 150.

Rescue efforts continue after Indian mudslide

2014-07-31 09:00

Rescue workers continue to dig deep into mud, rocks and debris after a massive landslide buried a remote village in western India, killing at least 24 people and trapping more than 150.

10 guilty in fire deaths of 94 Indian school kids

2014-07-30 16:53

A court in southern India has convicted 10 people for a fire in 2004 that raged through a thatched-roof schoolhouse and killed 94 children while most of the faculty escaped unscathed.

India police arrest two over rape of child

2014-07-29 20:59

India police have arrested two gym instructors over the alleged rape of a six-year-old girl, a crime that has sparked protests by outraged parents, a senior officer says.

Australia approves huge India-backed mine

2014-07-28 13:30

Australia has approved a massive coal mine that could provide electricity for up to 100 million Indians, angering environmentalists who warned it may threaten the Great Barrier Reef.

'Backsliding' brings WTO to brink of crisis

2014-07-25 19:03

A US Trade representative says backsliding on a World Trade Organisation deal threatens a serious blow to the credibility of the global trading system.

Indian minister irked by basketball turban row

2014-07-24 16:13

Basketball's no-headgear rule has irked the Indian sports minister who has reacted with anger after two Sikh members of the men's national team had to remove their turbans.

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