India's human pyramids draw crowds, protests

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...

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.

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.

Populariser of yoga BKS Iyengar dies, aged 95

Death announcement on the website of B.K.S. Iyengar.

B.K.S. Iyengar, the yoga guru who helped take the ancient Indian spiritual practice to the rest of the world, has died aged 95, his website says.

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.

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 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...

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...

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...

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.

Narendra Modi to be sworn in as India's PM in historic ceremony

Jason Koutsoukis India’s President Pranab Mukherjee was expected to swear in Narendra Modi as the country’s 15th Prime Minister on Monday.

Train collision in northern India kills at least 40

Crushing impact ... Indian officials and rescuers work near the wreckage of the Gorakhpur Express passenger train after it slammed into a parked freight train in Chureb in northern India.

Sharat Pradhan A passenger train collided with a stationary goods train in India's most populous state on Monday, killing at least 40 people and injuring more than 150, police and railway officials said.

Narendra Modi sworn in as India prime minister promising 'inclusive' agenda

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi

New Delhi: India's Narendra Modi was sworn in as prime minister on Monday with the strongest mandate of any leader for 30 years, promising to forge a "strong and inclusive" country on a first day...

Rape victim's mother brutally beaten to force her to drop charges in northern India

Members of Jawaharlal Nehru University Students Union shout slogans during a protest against a gang-rape of two teenage girls in Katra village.

Lucknow, India: Facing relentless media attention and growing criticism for a series of rapes, state officials in north India fired two police officers on Friday for failing to investigate the...

Anger mounts in India over gang rape, murder

Suspects: Indian policemen escort two men accused of gang raping the two girls.

Dean Nelson in Delhi As outrage grows in India over the gang rape and murder of two Dalit teenagers found hanging from a tree, India's new government said it is planning to set up a special crisis unit to ensure justice...