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 J Jayalalitha:  died on December 5th, 2016, at the age of 68 following a heart attack in Chennai, India.

Jayaram Jayalalithaa, the hugely popular south Indian actress who later turned to politics and became the highest elected official in the state of Tam(...)

A police officer strikes a motorcyclist during a curfew following violence in the city due to a water-sharing dispute with neighbouring state Tamil Nadu, in Bengaluru (formerly Bangalore): Police said the curfew, which was disrupted Indian and international businesses, would be extended until Wednesday. Photograph:   Manjunath Kiran/AFP/Getty Images

Indian and foreign technology companies including global outsourcing firm Accenture closed offices and told staff to stay at home in the technology h(...)

Chief minister J Jayalalithaa is popularly known as “Amma” – or Mother in Tamil – appears to have bettered offers by the opposition Dravidian Progress Federation Party (DMK), which promises free tablets and laptop computers

If you think Irish political parties over-promise at election time, you might consider the range of incentives on offer to voters in India’s southern (...)

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(...)

Indian authorities inspect the site of a suspected meteorite landing in Vellore district, southern Tamil Nadu state. If confirmed, it would be the first recorded death from falling fragments of space rock in almost 200 years. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Scientists are analysing a small blue rock which killed a man after it fell from the sky in southern India to determine if it is a meteorite. The ro(...)

Kasthuri Munirathinam: is being treated in hospital in Riyadh

India’s foreign ministry called on Saudi Arabia on Friday to ensure swift justice after a Saudi employer was accused of chopping off the arm of an Ind(...)

Veerappan moustache wax has triggered an online protest petition which demands that the global cosmetics company rename its  product. Photograph: AFP/Getty Images

Nearly 11 years after being shot dead by police, India’s most notorious but fiercely bewhiskered bandit has been resurrected by an international cosme(...)

In April 2014  India’s supreme court legally recognised transgender as a third gender and granted equal rights to those who identified themselves as neither male nor female. Photograph: Virendra Singh Gosain/Hindustan Times via Getty Images

The recent appointment of India’s first transgender college principal in eastern Bengal state is another incremental step towards public acceptance fo(...)

Men sleep on a temporary shade built over a drain next to a slum during a heatwave in New Delhi, India, May 28th, 2015. Photograph: Reuters/Anindito Mukherjee

The death toll in a weeks-long heatwave in India has now risen to at least 1,826. Meteorological officials called the hot weather “severe” and warned (...)

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building that was under construction on the outskirts of the southern Indian city of Chennai today. Photograph: Babu/Reuters

Police in southern India have detained five construction company officials as rescuers using gas cutters and shovels searched for dozens of workers be(...)

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