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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.

An image of the Ashutosh Maharaj stands outside the Divya Jyoti Jagrati Sansthan in Nurmahal on the outskirts of Jalandhar

Is Guru Ashutosh Maharaj dead or just meditating? Indian holy man with a £100m legacy

His chauffeur says he was poisoned. His son wants him cremated. But many of his followers say he isn’t even dead. Andrew Buncombe reports on the unholy battle for the estate of a very rich holy man

Dozens feared drowned after Indonesia migrant boat sinks off coast of Malaysia

Official says the boat was not fit for a sea journey and that it contained a large number of women and children

Bhutanese Bhunatese King Jigme Khesar Namgyel Wangchuck (L) and Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi (R) shake hands during a photocall in Tashichhodzong on June 15, 2014.

Is India worried about China's influence in South Asia? Modi's first foreign trip suggests so

India's new PM made a surpise visit to Bhutan this week

Thai army chief General Prayut Chan-O-Cha is seen making a speech on a television set as a waiter takes an order at a Thai restaurant in Bangkok on 30 May 2014. The European Union voiced 'extreme concern' about political detentions and censorship in Thailand, as the military junta chief met officials and began to set out plans for the country's future

Leading telecoms firm apologises to Thai junta after Facebook 'blocked'

One of the world’s largest mobile telecommunications firms has issued an unusual apology to Thailand’s junta after an executive claimed the company had been ordered by the military authorities to block access to social media.

Fleeing internally displaced Pakistanis, stuck in a curfew imposed due to the Afghan election, are pictured near the mountainous North Waziristan district Miranshah on 14 June 2014

Pakistan steps-up military operation to oust Taliban militants from north Waziristan

Pakistan fighter jets have carried out a fresh attack on militant targets in the tribal area of North Waziristan – a day after the military said it was launching what may be its most significant operation for many years. Meanwhile, five soldiers were killed in what appeared to be a retaliatory bomb attack.

Aung San Suu Kyi gestures on her arrival at Tribhuvan International airport in Kathmandu on 13 June 13 2014 for a four-day official visit to Nepal

Aung San Suu Kyi's presidential ambitions dim as constitution change blocked in Burma

Committee keeps six-year-old clause blocking anyone who has been married to a foreigner or has children of foreign citizenship

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