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India is the fourth most dangerous place in the world for females, after only Afghanistan, Congo and Pakistan

Stampede at Mumbai funeral leaves 18 dead as as thousands mourn Muslim leader's death

Closure of gates causes fatal crush as thousands pay last respects to Muslim spiritual leader

Rahul Gandhi to lead campaign for India's ruling Congress party

Members of India's ruling Congress party erupted in rapturous applause today for Rahul Gandhi, heir to the country's Nehru-Gandhi political dynasty, who is leading the struggling party's campaign in a general election in May.

An Indian monk (C) takes a holy dip in the Bay of Bengal at Sagar Island 130km south of Calcutta

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

Manmohan Singh has been Prime Minister of India for 10 years, he has announced that he will not be running for re-election

Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh announces retirement, launches scathing attack on possible successor

Mr Singh threw his support behind Rahul Gandhi, claiming it would be 'disastrous' for the country if Hindu nationalist leader Narendra Modi became the next leader

Teen throws boiling water into girl's face after she unfriended him on Facebook

The girl sustained 20 per cent burns to her face in the attack

Officials said flames were seen in one carriage at around 3.45am local time

Fire aboard sleeper train in southern India kills 26

A fire tore through a sleeper train in southern India in the early hours of yesterday morning, killing 26 passengers, including two children, who were reportedly trapped inside burning carriages.

Four depictions of elephants as they appear in religion and myth

Elephants are culturally important across the globe

Postcard from... Solo

In a theatre in the central Javanese city of Solo, a troupe of performers are acting out a fight scene from Hindu epic, the Mahabharata. The god Gatutkaca is dispatching some long-haired bad guys to the delight of the audience.

Jasminder Singh is being sued by his father, Bal Mohinder Singh for excluding him from the family business

High Court moves to hotel room as frail father sues sons

The barristers removed their wigs and gowns, the judge presided over the hearing in a suit and the usual wood-panelled backdrop was replaced with a conference suite when the High Court moved to a luxury London hotel yesterday.

Alan Oke as Gandhi in 'Satyagraha'
Five Scottish tattoo parlours will be offering free swastika tattoos

Scottish tattoo parlours to offer free swastika inkings in bid to 'reclaim' symbol

Event aimed at highlighting peaceful roots of symbol but anti racism campaigners have condemned the move

N. Ram was accused of running The Hindu 'like a banana republic'

The family feud which is gripping India's media: Editor of ‘The Hindu’ newspaper resigns

Siddharth Varadarajan's ousting is the latest turbulent chapter of a company run by four branches of the same clan

Madhya Pradesh Hindu pilgrim temple stampede kills at least 115 in India

Reports suggest the panic may have been caused by police baton-charging amid fears a bridge was about to collapse

Seeking a new position? The book title that promises a whole new meaning to pleasure and work

Sex, as they say, sells. Judging by the book charts, self-help books sell pretty well, too. So combine the two and you could be on to a winner. That might be the thinking behind a new tome - The Kama Sutra Of Work: Why Work Is The New Sex And How To Make Sure You're Getting Enough.

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Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
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