The location where a fire triggered by fireworks resulted in an explosion and a roof collapse at a temple in Kollam, India, on Sunday. Photograph: EPA

Indian police have detained five people after a fireworks display at a Hindu temple set off explosions and fire killing 108 people, an officer said o(...)

An injured man after an explosion and fire at the Puttingal temple in the Kollam district of the southern Indian state of Kerala on Sunday. Photograph: Getty/AFP

More than 100 people died and some 300 were injured in Indian’s southern Kerala state on Sunday, in a fire during a fireworks display at a Hindu temp(...)

An injured man carries his child after a fire broke out as people gathered for a fireworks display at a temple in Kollam, southern India. Photograph: Reuters

A huge fire swept through a temple in India’s southern Kerala state early on Sunday, killing at least 100 people and injuring more than 200 gathered f(...)

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(...)

A Kashmiri woman greets new chief minister Mehbooba Mufti (right) after she took an oath during the swearing-in ceremony at Governor House in Jammu, the winter capital of Kashmir, India, on Monday. Photograph: Jaipal Singh/EPA

India’s only Muslim-majority state, Jammu and Kashmir, has appointed its first woman chief minister. Mehbooba Mufti (56) was sworn in as chief execut(...)

IRescue workers try to free people trapped under the wreckage of the collapsed flyover bridge in Kolkata on Friday. Photograph:  Dibyangshu Sarkar/AFP/Getty Images

Indian police on Friday opened a case of culpable homicide against the company that had been building a flyover which collapsed in Kolkata, killing a(...)

Indian rescue workers clear away debris in an efforts to free people trapped under the wreckage of a collapsed flyover  in Kolkata. Photograph:  AFP/Getty

The death toll in the collapse of a flyover under construction in the Indian city of Kolkata rose to 23 on Friday, after rescuers worked through the (...)

Demonstrators from the Jat community shout slogans as they block the Delhi-Haryana national highway during a protest at Sampla village in Haryana, India. Photograph: Reuters

Rural Indian protesters paralysed a northern state on Monday despite a deal giving them more government jobs, but there was relief for New Delhi’s 20 (...)

A lawyer, centre, who spoke to the media supporting student leader Kanhaiya Kumar, is beaten up by other lawyers outside a Delhi court in India. Photograph: AP

Dozens of lawyers – many with links to India’s ruling nationalist party – have attacked protesters demanding the release of a student leader arrested (...)

LGBT (Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual and Transgender) activists react after Tuesday’s hearing at the supreme court in New Delhi. Although the law banning homosexuality is rarely enforced in India, it is used to intimidate, harass, blackmail and extort money from lesbian, gay, bisexual people, activists say.  Photograph: Rajat Gupta/EPA

India’s top court on Tuesday said it will review a decision over whether to uphold a colonial-era law that criminalises gay sex in a victory for homos(...)