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.
Elephants are culturally important across the globe
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.
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.
Politicians accused of inflaming tensions after Muslims flee homes in Uttar Pradesh
Police in northern India are investigating the role of six politicians they believe may have been responsible for inciting violence between members of different religious communities that has left at least 28 people dead.
A hard-hitting campaign depicting Hindu goddesses as victims of domestic violence has been launched by a charity in India.
Leaked letter reveals betrayal of 400,000 ‘untouchables’ who live in Britain
Paramilitary soldiers have recovered 20 bodies from a steep hillside in northern India where a rescue helicopter crashed while attempting to evacuate people stranded in monsoon floods, the country's air force chief said.
The death toll following another 24 hours of severe flooding in northern India has risen to more than 70, according to local media reports.
Main opposition party announces country's most polarising politician will lead its election campaign – setting Modi up for a show-down with Rahul Gandhi
Bathing in this polluted river makes you clean… that’s faith
Alban Berg’s Lulu is a great opera, and greatly problematic.
The latest instalment of our "Big Questions" series was answered by the author Jared Diamond, who released the influential Guns, Germs and Steel in 1997, and whose new book, The World Until Yesterday, has just been published. A section from Diamond's latest offering addresses an old topic - why do so many supernatural beliefs persist in religion? - and has been excerpted in left wing online magazine Salon, with the provocative title "It's irrational to be religious". Intrigued?
The Independent picture desk selects the best images from India's Maha Kumbh Mela festival