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Rescue workers at the site of an accident where coaches of an Indore-Patna Express train derailed, near Pukhrayan, in Kanpur, India on Sunday. Photograph: Rajesh Kumar Singh/AP

At least 119 people were killed and more than 150 injured when an Indian express train derailed in northern state of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday, with th(...)

Indian commuters make their way through through the rain in Amritsar as some 56 people have been killed by lightning over the past two days. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Fifty-six people have been killed by lightning in the eastern Indian state of Bihar. A top official in Bihar said 24 other people were injured when(...)

A farmer stands in his dried up cotton field in Nalgonda, in the southern Indian state of Telangana. Photograph: Noah Seelam/AFP/Getty Images

India’s supreme court has severely criticised the federal government for adopting an “ostrich-like attitude” to the country’s worst drought in decades(...)

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(...)

Supporters celebrate the Grand Alliance’s victory in the Bihar assembly elections in Patna, India. Photograph: EPA/STR

Prime minister Narendra Modi suffered a heavy defeat yesterday in an election in Bihar, India’s third most-populous state, signalling the waning po(...)

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(...)

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(...)

 A man holds his son and mother in an Indian army helicopter after being rescued from Ramechhap district in Nepal yesterday. Photograph: Hemanta Shrestha/EPA

A river dammed up by a huge landslide in Nepal’s northwest has begun flowing again but the risks of flash floods are not over yet, police said yest(...)

Earthquake survivor Krishna Kumari Khadka (24) is rescued by joint rescue team members from Norway, France and Israel. Photograph: Reuters/Navesh Chitrakar

Sirens blaring, the ambulance revs into the courtyard of the Gorkha hospital from the nearby village of Panch Kuwa Durali, transporting a teenage boy (...)

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(...)

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