Andrew Buncombe

The Independent's Asia Correspondent, based in Delhi.

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Indian hotel room where young British couple found dead was 'littered with pills'

James and Alexandra Gaskell found on Tuesday in Agra, near the Taj Mahal

Shirley Shackleton, wife of late journalist Gregory Shackleton, sits next to the grave of the 'Balibo Five' in Jakarta, in 2010

Letter from Asia: The battle for the truth behind five journalists’ deaths in Indonesia

Indonesia has always insisted the so-called Balibo Five were killed in crossfire

Police in Indonesia are investigating the murder of a British man found with his throat cut in a rice field on the island of Bali

Robert Kelvin Ellis: Indonesian police investigate murder of British man found with throat cut in rice field

Robert Ellis, who was 60, found dead on Tuesday morning

BJP supporters celebrate in Maharashtra after the party secured enough seats to head the state government

India elections: Two more states fall to ruling BJP party as Narendra Modi rides the wave

Maharashtra and Haryana now under BJP majority control with more crushing defeats for ebbing Congress Party, but India still waits for new Prime Minister’s reforms

A Thai soldier stands in front of a portrait of Thai King Bhumibol Adulyadej as he patrols near government buildings in Bangkok

The two entangled conflicts that are tearing Thailand apart

Whoever succeeds King Bhumibol will be in charge of dispensing favours and influence

Begum: she was described as 'very caring, and always treating her juniors with love and respect'

Firoza Begum: Singer who popularised the work of Kazi Nasrul Islam and was known as 'The Nightingale of Bangladesh'

Firoza Begum was 10 years old when she brought before the poet and composer Kazi Nazrul Islam and asked to perform some songs. "Did you know who that man in the topi and with long hair who asked you to sit next to him was?" she was asked by her uncle, who had taken her. "How could I? I've not seen him before," she replied.

J. Jayalalithaa gestures to her party supporters while standing on the balcony of her residence in Chennai. Former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram is one of India's most colourful and controversial politicians

The jailing of former film star Jayalalithaa Jayaram is a drama even Bollywood couldn’t produce

She had 1,800lbs of silver, 62lbs of gold, 750 pairs of shoes and 10,500 saris

Women in Ahmedabad, capital of the Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s home state of Gujarat, celebrate the beginning of his visit to the US. He will address the UN and meet Barack Obama

How Narendra Modi came in from the cold: America eager to do business with India's new PM

For years, he was blacklisted by Washington for allegedly failing to prevent the massacre of hundreds of Muslims in 2002. Now he is being wined and dined by President Obama

The CCTV outside the newspaper office captured this image before the camera was removed after the attack

'You will be killed next': Maldives journalists shaken by symbolic machete attack on office

Alleged gang leader blamed for intimidation following reporter's disappearance at luxury tourism destination

Madhya Pradesh - the tourist state where a critically ill young man says he was assaulted by police who he says poured petrol and chilli powder on his genitals

India police 'assaulted me with petrol and chilli powder on my genitals'

Speaking in hospital, critically ill man says officers also assaulted him with an iron bar after he was accused of stealing a goat

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