Vehicles on the western express highway in Mumbai. Transport experts in India said that until road building agencies were held accountable for maintenance and prosecuted for negligence, the menace of potholes would continue. Photograph:  Divyakant Solanki/EPA

Nearly 16,000 people have died over the past year across India in accidents due to potholes, badly designed speed breakers and on roads under repair a(...)

People stand near the site of an explosion in Jhabua district at Madhya Pradesh, India. Photograph: Reuters.

At least 89 people have died at a restaurant in central India when a cooking gas cylinder exploded and triggered a second blast of mine detonators sto(...)

Police and members of the rescue operation stand at the site of a train derailment near Harda, Madhya Pradesh. Photograph: Reuters

At least 27 people died when two trains derailed within minutes of each other in India’s central Madhya Pradesh province, after flash floods struck a(...)

Indian devotees gather after a stampede at a religious festival in Godavari in the Rajahmundry district. The toll from a stampede on Tuesday has  risen to 27. Photograph: Getty

At least 27 people have been killed and dozens of others injured in a stampede during a Hindu religious bathing festival in southern India. It happen(...)

Veerappan moustache wax has triggered an online protest petition which demands that the global cosmetics company rename its  product. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nearly 11 years after being shot dead by police, India’s most notorious but fiercely bewhiskered bandit has been resurrected by an international cosme(...)

Christian children take part in a demonstration  commemorating Assyrian Martyr Day  in Beirut’s Fanar district. Photograph:  Maya Hautefeuille/AFP/Getty Images

India is the latest country in which Christians have spoken out about their persecution. Christians of all denominations have issued a joint pre-Chris(...)

Devotees pray  to mark the Hindu festival of Janmashtami in Mumbai, August 18th, 2014. Janmashtami marks the birthday of Hindu god Krishna. File Photograph: Danish Siddiqui/Reuters

A stampede at a Hindu temple in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh killed at least 10 people today and injured dozens, police and media sai(...)

A police officer checks people’s voting slips as they wait in line to cast their votes at a polling station during the third phase of voting for national elections in New Delhi today. Photograph: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections today, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states essential to the(...)

Indian Hindu pilgrims walk through a bridge across the Sindh river yesterday, where scores of people died in a  stampede. Photograph: Mahesh Jha/AP

The death toll in the stampede which occurred at a Hindu temple in India’s central Madhya Pradesh province climbed to 115 yesterday as several of tho(...)

A woman cries next to the body of a victim killed in a stampede near Ratangarh temple, in Datia district in the central Indian state of Madhya Pradesh. A stampede at a bridge leading to a remote Hindu temple in Madhya Pradesh yesterday killed at least 109 people. Photograph: Stringer/Reuters

The death toll from a stampede near a temple in central India has risen to 109.Thousands of Hindu pilgrims were crossing a bridge leading to a temple (...)