Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's Asia Correspondent Andrew Buncombe is based in Delhi. His dominion ranges over India, Pakistan, Burma, Nepal, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, occasionally parts of South East Asia and - or at least he is hoping - The Maldives.

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An Indian farmer works in a rice paddy field near Saputara Hill Station some 400 kms from Ahmedabad

Letter from Asia: India’s monsoon is one of the greatest givers — and takers — of life

It sweeps villages away, but also provides more than 70 per cent of the country's rain

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and William Hague in New Delhi

'There is no moral conflict over this.' Hague defends pushing sales to India while citing inspiration of pacifist icon Gandhi

The ministers have also been promoting the Eurofighter Typhoon jet, which is partly built in Britain

Indian External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj and William Hague in New Delhi
A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Australia transferred 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away at the southern port of Galle

Australia must give 72 hours' notice before returning 153 Sri Lankan asylum seekers

Tony Abbott's government has already faced international condemnation for sending back a group of 41 asylum seekers to Sri Lanka

Mr Osborne, who is on a two-day trip to India with Foreign Secretary William Hague, said the two countries would see greater investment in each other’s economies and more job creation.

Good times are coming to UK-India relations, says George Osborne

The British Government is keen to be among the first countries to meet India's newly elected Prime Minister

A Sri Lankan navy boat (L) patrols after Sri Lanka transfered 41 would-be asylum seekers whose boat was turned away by Australia at the southern port of Galle

Australia facing international condemnation after turning around Sri Lankans at sea

Australia been toughening its stance towards asylum seekers and migrants for several years

Newly ordained Jain monks in Hyderabad

The vegetarian town: They wouldn’t hurt a fly but the Jains upset Palitana with meat-free plea

Monks say that non-vegetarian food should not be permitted for sale in Palitana, but Muslims say the demands amount to discrimination

An Indian paramilitary soldier stands guard near barbed wire setup as barricade during restrictions in downtown area of Srinaga

Massive security and empty streets greet Indian prime minister Narendra Modi on first visit to Kashmir

India's new leader has been confronted by a massive security operation and almost empty streets as he makes his first visit to the long-contested region of Kashmir, where he vowed to boost development.

The young woman was taken to see a local pir or Sufi elder

Pakistan police investigate after young woman dies during exorcism

Police in Pakistan have launched a murder inquiry after a young woman was reportedly beaten to death by a Muslim holy man who was trying to “exorcise demons” from her.

Chinese mountaineer Wang Jing during an event to celebrate her ascent, in Kathmandu on Monday

Nepal recognises Everest ascent by Chinese climber who used helicopter

Nepal has risked sparking fresh controversy after it said it was acknowledging a Chinese climber’s ascent of Everest despite the use of a helicopter during her expedition.

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A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: The German people demand an end to the fighting

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

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New play by Oscar Wilde's grandson reveals what the Irish wit said at his trials

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For a century, what Wilde actually said at his trials was a mystery. But the recent discovery of shorthand notes changed that. Now his grandson Merlin Holland has turned them into a play
Can scientists save the world's sea life from

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By the end of the century, the only living things left in our oceans could be plankton and jellyfish. Alex Renton meets the scientists who are trying to turn the tide
Richard III, Trafalgar Studios, review: Martin Freeman gives highly intelligent performance

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Martin Freeman’s psychotic monarch is big on mockery but wanting in malice
Hollywood targets Asian audiences as US films enjoy record-breaking run at Chinese box office

Hollywood targets Asian audiences

The world's second biggest movie market is fast becoming the Hollywood studios' most crucial
Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app - and my mum keeps trying to hook me up!'

Grindr founder Joel Simkhai: 'I've found love on my dating app'

Five years on from its launch and Grindr is the world's most popular dating app for gay men. Its founder Joel Simkhai answers his critics, describes his isolation as a child
Autocorrect has its uses but it can go rogue with embarrassing results - so is it time to ditch it?

Is it time to ditch autocorrect?

Matthew J X Malady persuaded friends to message manually instead, but failed to factor in fat fingers and drunk texting
10 best girls' summer dresses

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Get them ready for the holidays with these cool and pretty options 
Westminster’s dark secret: Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together

Westminster’s dark secret

Adultery, homosexuality, sadomasochism and abuse of children were all seemingly lumped together
A History of the First World War in 100 Moments: Dulce et decorum est - a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality

A History of the First World War in 100 Moments

Dulce et decorum est: a life cut short for a poet whose work achieved immortality
Google tells popular music website to censor album cover art in 'sexually explicit content' ban

Naked censorship?

The strange case of Google, the music website and the nudity take-down requests
Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

Howzat! 8 best cricket bats

As England take on India at Trent Bridge, here is our pick of the high-performing bats to help you up your run-count this summer 
Brazil vs Germany World Cup 2014 comment: David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

David Luiz falls from leader figure to symbol of national humiliation

Captain appears to give up as shocking 7-1 World Cup semi-final defeat threatens ramifications in Brazil