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A man uses a hand pump to fill up a container with drinking water as others wait in a queue on a street in Chennai, India. Photograph: P Ravikumar/Reuters

More than 600 million people dependent on agriculture have been adversely affected by drought conditions across swathes of India. Soaring temperatur(...)

Indian women protest against the deaths of children in Muzaffarpur from a mysterious brain fever. Photograph: Money Sharma/AFP

At least 126 children, many of them less than 10 years of age, have died this month in India’s eastern Bihar state in an outbreak of encephalitis, com(...)

Boys jump into the Ganges river to cool off during hot weather in Kolkata, India, on June 11th. Photograph:   Piyal Adhikary/EPA

Weekend showers provided a much-needed but partial respite to parts of India sweltering in a brutal heatwave. In Bihar, however, one of the poorest a(...)

Media gather around a Punjab Police vehicle carrying the seven accused for the rape and murder of an eight-year-old nomadic girl in Kathua. Photograph: Narinder Nanu/AFP/Getty Images

A court has sentenced three Hindu men, including a police officer, to life imprisonment for kidnapping, raping and murdering an eight-year-old Muslim (...)

A rag picker carries a sack of sorted recyclable materials atop the Ghazipur landfill site in the east of New Delhi. Photograph: Xavier Galiana/AFP/Getty Images

India’s tallest rubbish heap in the capital New Delhi is likely to exceed the height of the Taj Mahal monument by next year. The 35-year-old Ghazipur(...)

BJP candidate Pragya Singh Thakur with  supporters at her residence in Bhopal on May 23th,  the day of vote results  in India’s general election. Photograph: Gagan Nayar/AFP/Getty Images

Nearly half of India’s newly elected MPs face an assortment of criminal charges, with prime minister Narendra Modi’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janat(...)

India’s president Ram Nath Kovind (left)  administered the oath of office to  Narendra Modi   at a grand ceremony at the presidential palace in New Delhi. Photograph: Reuters/Adnan Abidi

Narendra Modi was sworn in on Thursday for a second consecutive five-year term as India’s prime minister at a grand ceremony in New Delhi attended by (...)

Rahul Gandhi, president of the Congress Party: calls for him to step down have intensified among demoralised party workers. Photograph: Pursuance Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

The remarkable election victory by India’s Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), devised by prime minister Narendra Modi, has imperilled the(...)

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi after the election results in New Delhi on Thursday. Photograph:  Adnan Abidi/Reuters

Narendra Modi is set to become India’s prime minister for a second successive five-year term, after his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP)(...)

Indian voters show their ink-marked fingers after casting their votes at a polling centre in Amritsar. Photograph: Nardinder Nanu/AFP/Getty

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s ruling alliance is likely to win a big majority in parliament after a mammoth general election that ended on Sun(...)

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