Sri Lanka signs on to China's maritime 'Silk Road'

Bharatha Mallawarachi Proposed maritime 'Silk Road' linking China with Europe coincides with launch of billion-dollar power plant and port city projects.

Global wild tiger population to be counted by 2016: international conference

The world's wild tiger population fell to little over 3200 in 2010 from 100,000 only a century ago. A fresh count will be made by 13 nations by 2016.

Dhaka, Bangladesh: Thirteen countries with wild tiger populations agreed on Tuesday to take part in a global count to establish how many of the critically endangered big cats are left and...

Monsoon rains kills hundreds in Pakistan and India

SRINAGAR, India, Sept 6 AFP - More than 200 people in Pakistan and northern India have been killed in torrential monsoon rains which triggered flooding, landslides and house collapses, officials in...

China's President Xi to make first visit to India

Chinese President Xi Jinping will make his first visit to India as head of state on a regional visit starting this week which will also take in Sri Lanka, the Maldives and Tajikistan, the foreign...

Floods in India, Pakistan claim hundreds of lives

A tractor evacuating Kashmiri flood victims to higher ground travels through a flooded street in Srinagar.

Abu Arqam Naqash and Adnan Abidi The death toll from the heaviest rain to fall on Kashmir in 50 years rose to more than 400 on Tuesday, with thousands still trapped on rooftops and residents criticising Indian and Pakistani...

Tony Abbott's visit to India a chance to build closer ties after years of friction

Jason Koutsoukis Tony Abbott will be the first bilateral visitor to India since Narendra Modi was swept to power in March.

Doubts over India'€™s ability to handle nuclear power expansion

Jason Koutsoukis With an agreement to allow the sale of Australian uranium to India expected this week, Indian scientists are questioning India's ability to manage a rapid expansion of its nuclear power industry.

India to free five gang rape suspects

An Indian demonstrator holds a placard in honour of a physiotherapy student  who was gang-raped and murdered at a protest to mark the one-year anniversary of her death.

Indian investigators say they 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.

Landslides and floods in Nepal and India kill 109


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

Scores killed in flooding in Nepal and India

A boy rows a makeshift raft carrying a child through the flooded areas of Lakhimpur district in the north-eastern Indian state of Assam.

Bhadra Sharma, Nida Najar The death toll from days of heavy rainfall and flooding in Nepal and India has risen to more than 150, according to officials in both countries.

Sisters Renuka Shinde, Seema Gavit, to be first women executed in India

An Indian woman.

Dean Nelson Two sisters who kidnapped 13 young children and forced them to work as pickpockets before murdering them are to become the first women to be executed in India.

India's human pyramids draw crowds, protests

Participants receive prize money by constructing a human pyramid tall enough to enable the topmost person to reach the pot and claim the contents after breaking it.

Neha Thirani Bagri On a recent evening in south Mumbai, a group of men in matching jerseys had arranged themselves in concentric circles and were hoisting smaller boys up and up, until their bare feet balanced...

Four killed as India and Pakistan exchange fire on border

The resumption of hostilities were sparked after Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government recently called off the first formal talks with Pakistan in two years.

Adi Narayan Four civilians were killed after Indian and Pakistani forces fired on each other along the border of the disputed Kashmir region.

ASIA:Monsoon floods kill 11 in India

Residents angry over lack of food and drinking water: Gauhati.

GAUHATI, India, June 28 AP - Indian authorities have rushed food and drinking water to thousands of people marooned by monsoon rains and mudslides that left at least 11 dead in the remote northeast.

India building collapses kill 19

Rescuers using gas cutters and shovels are searching in rubble for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in the second of two building collapses in India that together have killed at least 19...

India employs 40 people to ape menacing monkeys

A rhesus macaque monkey.

Dean Nelson The Indian government is hiring men to pose as menacing langur monkeys to scare off the hundreds of macaques terrorising MPs and staff around its parliament and government buildings.

At least 11 killed, dozens feared trapped in building collapse near Chennai, India

Tragedy: Rescuers search amid the rubble of the building that collapsed late on Saturday during monsoon rains on the outskirts of Chennai.

Rescuers searched desperately for survivors on Sunday after an 11-storey residential block collapsed in heavy rain in southern India, killing at least 11 people and possibly trapping dozens.

India faces a spiritual divide

26 June 2014, New Delhi, India: Eighteen year old Deepak Paswan

John Garnaut Away from Mumbai’s galaxy of movie stars and the world’s greatest concentration of billionaires, a thick cloud of flies confirm that we’ve arrived at one of the city’s more...

Australia and India to strengthen military ties

Narendra Modi is signalling a new policy.

John Garnaut Australia and India are deepening military ties and reviving “the spirit” of a controversial four-way democratic coalition with Japan and the United States

Death toll in India building collapse hits 42 as rescue efforts continue

Rescuers carry an injured woman worker pulled out from the rubble of a building that collapsed on the outskirts of Chennai, India.

Emergency teams pulled 11 more bodies from the rubble of a collapsed building in southern India overnight, but had not given up hope of finding survivors of the weekend tragedy, officials said...