A Sadhu or Hindu holy man with his face covered with ash puts a wallet decorated with a print of the scrapped Indian 1,000-rupee note in a plastic cover  in Kolkata, India, January 5th, 2017. Photograph: Rupak De Chowdhuri/Reuters

Almost all of the currency bills outlawed by the Indian government last November had been deposited by the 50-day deadline on December 30th, in a move(...)

Men scuffle as people gather outside a bank to deposit and exchange demonetised 500- and 1000-rupee notes in Rohtak, India, on Friday. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Bedlam endured for the ninth consecutive day across India on Friday as millions of people scrambled to cope with the shortage of high-value currency (...)

  Indian surrogate mothers protest   in the campus of  Kaival Hospital in Anand, 90 kms from Ahmedabad: India’s government  has approved plans to ban the booming commercial surrogacy industry, a move that would block thousands of foreigner, single parents and gay couples who come to  to centres to have a baby.  Photograph: Sam Panthaky/AFP/Getty Images

India has unveiled a policy to ban the booming domestic commercial surrogacy industry in order to protect poor women from exploitation. The draft l(...)

Kashmiri Muslims shout pro-freedom slogans during the funeral of four civilians at Aaripanthan village on Tuesday. The four were killed after Indian police and paramilitary forces opened fire on protesters early in the morning, locals said. Photograph: Farooq Khan/EPA

in New Delhi Indian security forces shot dead five people and injured 20 Tuesday in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir state, during continuing protests o(...)

Security personnel keep vigil after a militant attack at Balajan Tinali, in the Kokrajhar district of Assam on August 5, 2016.  Gunmen opened fire on a busy market  killing 13 and wounding several others, police said. (Photograph:  AFP Photo)

Gunmen in military uniforms sprayed bullets and flung grenades into a crowded market in northeast India on Friday, killing at least 13 people in a ram(...)

Children celebrating a festival of happiness and togetherness, in Indore, India. Photograph:  Arun Mondhe/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

A “ministry of happiness” is being instituted in the central Indian province of Madhya Pradesh, to enhance people’s contentment, “augment serenity” an(...)

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(...)

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(...)

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 (...)

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