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(...)

Indian children wear masks as they take part in a protest against air pollution: the city’s air quality index is  15 times over the permissible limit prescribed by the World Health Organisation. Photograph: EPA/Rajat Gupta

The party governing New Delhi, India’s federal capital, has disbursed no financial resources from the €102.5 million “Environment Cess” it has harvest(...)

Indian schoolchildren cover their faces as they walk to school amid heavy smog in New Delhi on November 8th, 2017. Doctors are warning of a public health emergency. Photograph: Sajjad Hussain/AFP/Getty

Authorities in India’s capital New Delhi have shut down schools, put construction projects on hold and advised residents to stay indoors as part of an(...)

Indians line up outside a bank to deposit and exchange discontinued 500-rupee and 1,000-rupee notes in New Delhi. Photograph: Altaf Qadri/AP

Chaos continued across India on Monday as millions of people flocked to banks that struggled to dispense cash, following the demonetisation of high-v(...)

Indian people queue inside a bank as they wait to deposit and exchange 500 and 1,000 rupee notes in Allahabad. Photograph: Sanjay Kanojia/AFP/Getty Images

Anger intensified in India on Saturday as banks struggled to dispense cash following the government’s decision to withdraw large denomination notes in(...)

Visitors at the Taj Mahal: India’s cultural and tourism minister has sparked a controversy by saying foreign women visiting India should avoid wearing skimpy clothing. Photograph: Julian Finney/Getty Images

India’s federal cultural and tourism minister has advised foreign women tourists visiting the country against wearing skirts and other “skimpy” clothe(...)

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 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(...)