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Election material with pictures of Indian prime minister Narendra Modi and Congress party president Rahul Gandhi in a shop in Bhopal. Photograph: Sanjeev Gupta/EPA

Rival political parties in India are vying to outdo each other in distributing assorted freebies to voters in elections in five states across the coun(...)

The heavy smog in  New Delhi. It is likely to get worse when millions of residents illuminate their homes with oil lamps and burst firecrackers on Wednesday to celebrate Diwali, the annual festival of lights. Photograph: Getty Images

India’s capital New Delhi was enveloped on Monday in a blanket of thick grey smog that threatens to worsen when millions of residents illuminate their(...)

The falling price of air fares and growing incomes in India have led to a huge increase in domestic flights. File Photograph: Danny Lawson/PA Wire

A passenger has been taken off an Indian domestic flight after trying to enter the cockpit to charge his phone. The man, who some Indian media report(...)

Women  protest in New Delhi in 2016 following the suicide of activist Soni Mishra, after the man accused of sexually assaulting her was released on bail.   Photograph:  Sushil Kumar/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

Nearly two in every five women in the world who take their own lives are Indian, according to a Lancet study published this week that says the country(...)

The court announced the verdict in Delhi   drawing cheers from a crowd of LBGTI Indians and their supporters gathered on a lawn outside the building. File photograph:Arun Sankar/Getty Images

India’s supreme court on Thursday scrapped a 157-year old colonial-era law banning gay sex that was punishable by a jail sentence of up to 10 years. (...)

Pakistan’s prime minister Imran Khan. Photograph: Press Information Department/Handout via Reuters

India has made peace overtures to Pakistan’s newly installed prime minister, Imran Khan, by offering a “meaningful and constructive” engagement betwee(...)

Volunteers and rescue personal evacuate people  in a residential area in Ernakulam district, in the Indian state of Kerala, on Friday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

At least 324 people have died in India’s southern Kerala state over the past week due to severe monsoon flooding, the worst in the state for over(...)

Villagers wait outside a National Register of Citizens verification centre in Morigaon district of Assam, India, on Monday. Photograph:   EPA/STR

About 4 million people who live in the Indian border state of Assam have been excluded from a draft list of citizens, as Bengali-speaking Muslims fear(...)

A coal-fired power plant in Kaifeng, in central China’s Henan province. China’s State Council has vowed to cut coal consumption, boost electric vehicle sales and shut more outdated steel and coke capacity in the coming three years. Photograph: AP

Has the global transition from fossil fuels to clean energy gone into reverse? The alarming question is being posed by no less an authority than Spenc(...)

Indian PM Narendra Modi and Abdulla Yameen Abdul Gayoom, president of the Republic of Maldives. Photograph: Mohd Zakir/Hindustan Times via Getty Images)

India’s efforts to firm up strategic, political and military ties with Indian Ocean region states to counter China’s growing naval presence in the are(...)

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