News Indian police escort men accused of the attack to court. 13 men have been arrested and remain in custody.

Now India’s highest court has ordered a judicial inquiry

Indian police escort men accused of a gang-rape to a court at Birbhum district

Village elders 'order gang-rape of young woman as punishment for relationship with outsider'

The 20-year-old woman was in a critical condition after the attack

Rukhsar Khatun was the last child in India to be diagnosed with polio

India 'to be declared polio free' after three years free of the disease

World Health Organisation to make landmark declaration next month

India gang rape victim who died after being set on fire 'was pregnant' police confirm

West Bengal police have now acknowledged the girl had not committed suicide

Jacques Kallis

Jacques Kallis to retire from Test and first-class cricket after South Africa's second Test against India

Jacques Kallis will retire from Test and first-class cricket after South Africa's forthcoming second Test against India.

Sachin Tendulkar's dismissal for 10 in the first innings of his penultimate Test can only have helped DRS's entire case

Sachin Tendulkar's injustice opens door for DRS

The Indian batsman's dismissal for 10 in the first innings of his penultimate Test can only have helped DRS's entire case

Indian Congress members and supporters celebrate after India’s Union Cabinet approved the creation of a new state

Fresh protests rock Andhra Pradesh after Indian government approves plan to split state in two

Congress-led federal government wants to create a new area called Telangana

Book review: The Lowland, By Jhumpa Lahiri

Brothers entwined in a family tragedy

Indian students of Saint Joseph Degree college participate during an anti-rape protest in Hyderabad

Delhi gang-rape: Four men sentenced to death by hanging

India's legal system allows for execution only in 'the rarest of the rare cases', when the prosecution has proved 'the collective conscience was shocked'

The Lowland, by Jhumpa Lahiri. Bloomsbury, £16.99

Cool and detached, this novel of family bonds and political passions blunts the tragedy of its time

Sushmita Banerjee has been shot dead by militants in the east of Afghanistan

Sushmita Banerjee dead: Indian writer who escaped Taliban shot dead in Afghanistan

Militants arrived at author's home before taking her outside, tying her up and 'riddling her with bullets'

Classical review: Harrison Birtwistle and Nishat Khan unveil their Proms premieres

PCM 5 – BBC Singers/Nash Ensemble/Kok

Prom 39 – Khan/BBC NOW/Atherton

Chris Rogers posted a career high 84 in his fourth Test

John Townsend: Chris Rogers haunted by Old Trafford ghost but proves he belongs

The Aussie Angle: There were such doubts that he was considering a move to Tasmania

Kuldip Singh Brar's throat was slashed in an attack in London

'I don't know if I will die a natural death': Indian army general Kuldip Singh Brar reveals he's been the target of eight assassination attempts

The retired Indian general whose throat was slashed in an attack in London has been the target of eight assassination attempts by Sikh militants in revenge for his leadership of the 1984 assault on the Golden Temple of Amritsar, he told The Independent in an interview.

Venus, as seen by the Magellan spacecraft, 1991

Indian army mistakes planets for 'Chinese spy drones'

Mysterious 'aircraft' were sighted 329 times hovering over a lake on the border between the two countries

The deserted telegraphy office in Mumbai where telegrams were processed and filed

Silence of the ’grams: India’s telegraph offices go quiet after 160 years

India’s telegram service has been withering for decades, to the extent that yesterday the last private messages were sent more than 160 years after the first. Yet for 24 hours it was like the good old days as hundreds of people visited the country’s 75 offices to send their final missives to friends and family, and staff holidays were cancelled to meet the demand.

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