Explosion at India fireworks factory kills 5

2014-09-20 17:57

An explosion has ripped through a makeshift fireworks factory in northern India, killing at least five people who were making the pyrotechnics for a popular festival to be held next month.

Modi says al-Qaeda will fail in India

2014-09-19 12:56

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi says al-Qaeda will struggle to recruit members in the world's second-most populous nation and he praised Indian Muslims for their commitment to fight for the country.

Floating bodies, shallow graves in flood-hit Kashmir

2014-09-17 09:16

Indian Kashmir residents have described horrors after the worst floods in a century, as some deal bloated bodies floating in surrounding waters.

China on track to develop Indian railways

2014-09-14 17:00

China will pledge to invest billions of dollars in India's rail network during a visit by President Xi Jinping this week.

Caste discrimination at Indian crematoria must end

2014-09-11 13:43

Crematoria in the Indian city of Jaipur must not prevent lower-caste bereaved from performing funeral rites for their loved ones, a court has ruled.

Brics bank will boost agriculture - minister

2014-09-11 08:43

Agriculture Minister Senzeni Zokwana says the Brics bank is an instrument for growth for agriculture and an opportunity to widen markets for SA.

India-Pakistan flood victims pack relief centres

2014-09-09 16:18

Bewildered families, nursing children and clutching meagre belongings, packed into makeshift relief centres after fleeing floods in India and Pakistan that have now claimed more than 400 lives.

China's President Xi to make first visit to India

2014-09-09 08:37

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to India as head of state on a regional visit that will also take him to Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Tajikistan, the foreign ministry says.

No quick fix for India's coal supply crisis

2014-09-08 10:00

The Indian government has blamed cost overruns at coal projects and $50bn in losses at state electricity distributors for a power crisis.

Monsoon rains kill 230 on sub-continent

2014-09-07 09:35

Heavy monsoon downpours kill 128 people in Pakistan, 108 in India as more rain is expected.

Deadly monsoon hits Kashmir, Punjab

2014-09-05 20:01

Monsoon floods have killed 80 in the Kashmir region as Pakistani and Indian rescuers scramble to save lives.

Death toll 28 as floods hit Kashmir

2014-09-05 11:48

The death toll from severe flooding in Indian-controlled Kashmir has risen to at least 28, as relentless rains continue to lash much of the Himalayan region.

Floods, landslides kill 14 in Indian-held Kashmir

2014-09-04 13:00

Authorities say the worst flooding in 22 years has killed at least 14 people in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir.

Girl found dead after challenging elders in India

2014-09-03 15:56

Police have arrested three men over the suspected rape and murder of a teenager who had protested against village elders' harassment of her father in India's east.

Japan and India vow to boost strategic ties

2014-09-01 15:00

Japan and India have agreed to strengthen strategic ties as Asia's second and third biggest economies keep a wary eye on a rising China.

Delhi bike safety dumped - for religion

2014-09-01 12:16

Sikh women in New Delhi can ride pillion on a motorcycle without a helmet. However India's joint commissioner of police warned: 'Road crashes do not discriminate on the basis of religion."

Indian court orders DNA tests to settle cow dispute

2014-08-28 19:36

A court in India's southern state of Kerala has settled a legal dispute between two women over the ownership of a cow after conducting DNA tests, a news report says.

Indian woman kills leopard with sickle

2014-08-27 14:03

A 56-year-old Indian woman is recovering in hospital after killing a leopard that attacked her as she tended her fields armed only with a sickle.

Doctors remove foetus from mother after 36 years

2014-08-26 10:31

Doctors in India have removed the skeleton of a foetus that had been inside a woman for 36 years in what is believed to be the world's longest ectopic pregnancy.

Indian court rules on govt coal allocations

2014-08-25 12:30

India's top court has held as illegal all coal blocks allocated by the government to various firms between 1993 and 2009.

Indian watchdog orders PACL to return funds

2014-08-24 14:00

Property developer PACL has been ordered to return at least $8.1bn raised from retail investors because the company failed to register its land investment scheme.

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.


Nepal, Indial to build hydropower plant

2014-09-19 14:00

Nepal has signed a long-delayed agreement with New Delhi to build Nepal's biggest hydropower plant in a bid to kickstart economic growth.

India, China relations on new footing

2014-09-17 12:30

India's new prime minister Narendra Modi is determined to build closer relations with China, whose leader comes with pledges to invest billions.

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016

2014-09-16 19:29

Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations have agreed to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and improve policies to protect them.

Hundreds of thousands still stranded by Kashmir floods

2014-09-13 16:15

Rescuers have struggled to reach more than 200 000 people still stranded in Indian Kashmir as deadly floodwaters receded, revealing horrific devastation, officials say.

Dead women, children floating in Kashmir

2014-09-11 14:40

Authorities in Indian Kashmir have collected bodies of women and children floating in the streets as anger mounted over what many survivors say is a bungled operation to help those caught in the region's worst flooding.

400 000 still marooned in Kashmir floods

2014-09-11 12:37

Over 400 000 people are still marooned after floods in India-administered Kashmir, while rescue teams struggled to reach survivors and distribute food and water, reports say.

Raging floods kill over 440 in Pakistan, India

2014-09-09 20:46

Raging floods in Pakistan, India have killed over 440 people and hundreds of thousands may have to flee.

Troops work to rescue stranded people in Kashmir

2014-09-09 16:18

Indian troops have stepped up rescue work as the rain held off in Jammu and Kashmir state, but thousands were stranded in the worst floods in the region for 60 years.

Jailed tycoon granted 15 days to sell hotels

2014-09-08 14:30

The jailed chief of India's Sahara conglomerate has won 15 days from the Supreme Court to negotiate the sale of his group's trophy overseas hotels.

Thousands trapped in deadly Indian floods

2014-09-07 22:49

Soldiers were battling to rescue thousands trapped by Indian Kashmir's worst flooding, which has killed at least 150 people and left the main city of Srinagar under water.

Girls found hanging from tree in India

2014-09-06 06:15

The bodies of two teenage girls have been found hanging from a tree in India in the latest in a number of reports of attacks on women.

Dead parents found in Dallas after son dies

2014-09-05 18:09

Authorities have confirmed that the bodies of a man and woman found at a suburban Dallas home are those of the Indian-born parents of a 10-year-old boy found dead in a bathtub at the house.

India: 50 feared dead as bus plunges into gorge

2014-09-04 13:47

At least 50 people are feared killed when flood waters swept a bus carrying a wedding party into a gorge in the mountainous Indian state of Kashmir.

Al-Qaeda announces India wing

2014-09-04 05:35

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al Zawahri has announced the formation of an Indian branch of his militant group he said would spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across the subcontinent.

Mumbai in darkness due to power outages

2014-09-02 14:36

A power outage has left large swathes of India's financial capital Mumbai without electricity, a leading utility company says, at a time when the country's energy sector is facing turmoil.

Indian man gets divorce over wife's 'sex demand'

2014-09-01 13:51

An Indian man was granted a divorce on the grounds that his wife had an 'insatiable appetite for sex', reports say.

2 000 in shelters as Kashmir border troops spar

2014-08-28 19:36

Thousands are sleeping in shelters near the de-facto border in Kashmir, as Indian and Pakistani border troops trade regular fire across the border of the disputed Himalayan territory.

India's Modi to end "financial untouchability"

2014-08-28 18:00

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi has promised to end "financial untouchability" with a scheme to ensure that all households has a bank account.

Mumbai Jewish centre attacked in 2008 to reopen

2014-08-26 14:49

A Jewish centre in Mumbai will reopen nearly six years after heavily armed militants stormed the building and killed six people inside during the 2008 attacks on the city.

India gang rape accused go free

2014-08-25 19:41

Indian investigators will not charge five men detained earlier this year on suspicion of raping and murdering two teenage girls in a case that sparked global outrage.

Temple stampede in India kills at least 10

2014-08-25 08:46

A stampede at a Hindu temple in central India has killed at least 10 people and injured scores, the latest in a string of deadly accidents at religious events, an official and reports say.

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.

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