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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Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on the country's Independence Day in New Delhi, India

With Modi talking tough and Sharif weak, the India-Pakistan love-in could never last

Modi's new stance is popular, but it will only help damage relations

Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit were convicted in 2001. They were first held in 1996 with their mother, who died

Death sentence: India prepares to carry out first ever hanging of women convicts

Sisters Renuka Shinde and Seema Gavit were convicted in 2001 of kidnapping and killing five children in Maharashtra

The death toll from three days of flooding and torrential rain in Nepal and India has now risen to more than 180

Flooding in northern India and Nepal kills at least 160

At least 160 people have been killed in devastating floods and landslides that have struck Nepal and northern India. Officials are now concerned about the possible spread of disease, particularly cholera.

The confluence of the Ganges, Yamuna and mythical Saraswati in Allahabad

The hunt for the Saraswati: India launches search for its famed lost river, but not everyone is happy

Some commentators have suggested the move is part of a Hindu nationalist agenda

Clashes break out in Pakistan as Imran Khan leads protesters to Islamabad

Clashes have broken out in Pakistan after a protest march led by cricketer-turned-politician Imran Khan was reportedly attacked by government supporters.

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi addresses the nation on the country's Independence Day in New Delhi, India

India Independence Day: Modi tells parents – 'Don't bring your sons up as rapists'

Leader addresses 'nation's shame' in Independence Day address

The suitcase where the body of a woman was found inside

Bali suitcase killing: Woman's daughter and boyfriend arrested after American's body found stuffed in back of taxi

Police claim CCTV footage shows the woman fighting with her daughter’s boyfriend a day before she disappeared

Supporters of Imran Khan stage a protest against the vote rigging in Karachi yesterday (Asif Hassan/AFP/Getty Images)

After 15 months of relative stability, Pakistan is heading for chaos again

Anger at last year's election result is fuelling two massive protests this week

John Kerry checks into hotel in Burma that is blacklisted by US government

Naypyidaw's Lake Garden hotel is owned by Burmese businessman Zaw Zaw, who has long been seen as being close to Burma’s military and who remains on a US sanctions list

Pakistani police commandos guard a polio vaccination team at a security checkpoint in Bannu

Polio battle: How Pakistan’s refugee problem helped in one of final frontiers

Exodus of million people from tribal regions provided opportunity to vaccinate hundreds of thousands against disease

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Of course you want them to have fun, but even better if they can learn at the same time
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It's in all our interests to look after servicemen and women who fall on hard times, say party leaders
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Sol Campbell cries foul at Labour's mansion tax

The former England defender joins Myleene Klass, Griff Rhys Jones and Melvyn Bragg in criticising proposals
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