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India beats China into Mars orbit, for a fraction of cost of US probe

Ganesh Nagarajan A $US74 million ($83 million) Indian spacecraft entered orbit around Mars on Wednesday after an almost yearlong voyage, and for 11 per cent of the cost of the US Maven probe.

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.

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...

Landslides and floods in Nepal and India kill 109

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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.

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.

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...

India shifts dowry law against 'vindictive wives'

A groom adjusts the hairpin of his bride during a multi-faith mass wedding in Mumbai last month.

Amrit Dhillon India's Supreme Court said the police cannot arrest a man on the basis of an allegation. Condemning the law’s misuse by ''disgruntled'' wives ''as a weapon rather than a shield'', the court...

Narendra Modi aide accused of murders to lead BJP, India's ruling party

Amit Shah, the new president of India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party, in New Delhi on Wednesday.

Andrew MacAskill and Kartikay Mehrotra Amit Shah is on trial for ordering three murders, kidnapping witnesses, running an extortion racket and hiring criminals to shoot up a rival's headquarters.

Award-winning film captures plight of India's acid attack victims

A scene from Abhishek Verma's film

Amrit Dhillon Animation might seem an awkward medium for tackling the horror of acid attacks, but a 26-year-old filmmaker has surprised everyone.

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.

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...

Appealing to India's Hindu heart

Narendra Modi.

Jason Koutsoukis In a dusty fairground adjacent to a Doric-style retail emporium on the far outskirts of Delhi, a saffron-coloured crowd of 50,000 roars for its new Hindu champion, Narendra Modi.

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