A royal welcome for Usian Bolt from Prince Harry at Celtic Park. However the Olympic sprint champion may needa royal pardon after criticisng the Commonwealth Games. Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

Jamaican sprint superstar Usain Bolt remarked that the Glasgow 2014 Commonwealth Games were “a bit shit”, according to a report in Wednesday’s Times n(...)

Suguna Devi, a married woman and the daughter of the village’s headman, lies on a rope cot in Swang Gulgulia Dhoura, India, where a 13-year-old girl was raped as punishment for her brother’s alleged assault against Ms Devi.  Photograph: Daniel Berehulak/The New York Times

A rape has taken place every 25 minutes in India over the past 13 years, a new study has found.The Commonwealth Human Rights Initiative (CHRI) said 27(...)

Ranked number two in the world at bantamweight, Michael Conlan (left), pictured at London 2012, came through the first of his bouts at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. Photograph: Dan Sheridan/Inpho

Ireland’s Olympic bronze medal winner at London 2012, Michael Conlan, won the first of his fights in the Commonwealth Games. The Belfast bantamweight (...)

Northern Ireland’s Paddy Barnes during a press conference at the Athletes Village, Glasgow. Photograph: Joe Giddens/PA Wire.

Northern Ireland boxer Paddy Barnes has branded Commonwealth Games drug test timings a “disgrace” and insisted the procedure could have put his parti(...)

People come to wash and pray in the Ganges, a major source of pollution in Varanasi, India. Photograph: Graham Crouch/New York Times

The big question on many minds in the Indian city of Varanasi is: how long will the electricity last?Since Narendra Modi was elected prime minister in(...)

In Nirbhaya, five Indian women recount their stories of sexual violence

It started with a late-night conversation between two women outraged at the rape that took place on a Delhi bus in 2012. From her home in Mumbai, a(...)

Simla in northern India, capital of the Himachal Pradesh Territory on the southern slopes of the Himalayas and summer capital of India, photographed  circa 1955. The town is now known as Shimla. Photograph: Hulton Archive

The spirits of English sahibs and their equally grand memsahibs would be aghast at what Shimla, the Raj’s charming summer capital in northern India, h(...)

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building that was under construction on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai today. Photograph: Babu/Reuters

Police in southern India have detained five construction company officials as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers be(...)

A man carries a portrait of India’s former prime minister Manmohan Singh outside the parliament house building in New Delhi. New prime minister Narendra Modi has ordered civil servants to tidy up slovenly government offices in Delhi, requiring them to not only be uncluttered and litter free, but also sparkling. Photograph: Reuters

India’s new prime minister Narendra Modi has coerced indolent civil servants in the capital New Delhi into working longer hours and spending less t(...)

The father of one of the two teenage girls raped and hanged from a tree weeps at his house at Budaun district in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. Photograph: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee

The father of one of two teenagers whose bodies were found hanging from a tree in their village in northern India, after they had been gang raped, (...)