The authorities in India’s Bihar state have advanced the alcohol ban deadline by six months to Tuesday this week, claiming that now was “the right time for social change in Bihar”. Photograph: David Jones/PA Wire

The authorities in India’s eastern Bihar state have imposed prohibition in a move aimed at “cleansing” society and ridding it of a “social evil”. Chi(...)

President Jacob Zuma answering questions in parliament in Cape Town on March 17th: it is claimed his close friends the Gupta brothers offered the finance ministry in exchange for favours. Photograph: Mike Hutchings

Interest in this weekend’s meeting of the African National Congress’s top decision-making body has ramped up following accusations an influential Indi(...)

Activists from a local women’s organisation hold placards during a protest as they mark  International Women’s Day in Ahmedabad, India on Tuesday. Photograph: Reuters

A 15-year-old girl is fighting for her life in a New Delhi hospital after being raped and set on fire on the rooftop terrace of her family’s home in a(...)

A mother waits: Neetu, aged 13, has been missing since October 2nd 2015 from outside her house  in Mayapuri, New Delhi, above. Photographs: Arkaprava Ghosh / Barcroft India via Getty Images and Natisha Mallick

Less than half an hour before my interview with Asha Singh, I have no idea what questions to put to her. What do you ask someone who has gone throu(...)

A cow in the  roadway in Siliguri, India,  photographed in April  2014. Prime minister  Narendra Modi, a vegetarian Hindu nationalist,  warned before being elected that the country’s expanding meat industry would lead to its “ruin”. File photograph: Diptendu Dutta/AFP/Getty Images)

A Hindu mob killed a Muslim man in India over rumours that he butchered a cow. Police on Wednesday blamed the incident and subsequent sectarian viole(...)

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(...)

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(...)

Fishermen in rural Assam where witch-hunting is prevalent, not only among the state’s largely superstitious and underdeveloped tribal communities and its tea plantation workers, but also in several other regions. Photograph: Biju Boro/AFP/Getty

Police arrested 16 people in India’s northeastern Assam state last month for brutally murdering a 63-year old woman for practicising witchcraft, in wh(...)

Very important person: India’s former prime minister Manmohan Singh Photograph: Raveeendran/AFP/Getty Images

Two leading Indian television news channels, supported by social and print media, have launched a campaign against the country’s oppressive “VIP cultu(...)

The river bank in Pariyar where 102 bodies were found floating in an offshoot of the Ganges. Indian authorities are investigating the incident  but do not suspect criminal activity. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Authorities are investigating how more than 100 bodies, many of them children, ended up floating in an offshoot of the Ganges river in northern India.(...)