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

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

England given Christmas off between trips to India and Middle East

England's cricketers will at last have the chance to draw breath this winter. Not only will they be home for Christmas but they will also have more than two months off leading into the new year. Securing the break in the relentless schedule was an integral part of the England and Wales Cricket Board's tour negotiations for the winter.

Revered Indian guru dies

Hindu holy man Sathya Sai Baba, considered a living god by millions of followers worldwide, died on Sunday morning in a hospital near his southern Indian ashram, a doctor said. He was 86.

Hyderabad: Empire state re-building

This Indian city, with its rich history and culture, deserves a higher profile with British travellers

Hindu holy man reveals truth of terror attacks blamed on Muslims

India is being forced to confront disturbing evidence that increasingly suggests a secret Hindu terror network may have been responsible for a wave of deadly attacks previously blamed on radical Muslims.

Shivaji: At home with a Hindu hero

The magnificent fortresses created by the 17th-century warrior Shivaji provide an insight into the soul of the Indian nation, says Adrian Hamilton

Pakistani doctor held under blasphemy law

Pakistani authorities have arrested a doctor on suspicion of violating the country's contentious blasphemy laws after he threw away the business card of a man who shared the name of the Prophet.

Hang on, there's a message

Hair-raising acrobatics such as these might look exhilarating, but in this case, they also carry a serious moral message. Members of the aerial dance troupe Project Bandaloop pictured here claim to be exploring "the relationship between movement and gravity" to raise awareness of humans' interaction with their environment.

Suicides and pressure tactics tarnish image of micro-finance lending

India's bitter experience shows the downside to a system for rescuing the world's poor that had Nobel Prize beginnings

India draw with New Zealand in second Test

The second Test between India and New Zealand at Hyderabad has ended in a draw at the Rajiv Gandhi International Stadium.

Gayle smashes brilliant double century

Chris Gayle plundered a brutal, unbeaten double century to put the West Indies firmly in control after the first day of the first Test against Sri Lanka in Galle. The flamboyant opener, on his first Test innings since losing the captaincy to Darren Sammy, smashed 26 fours and eight sixes as he dominated a day that closed with the tourists on 362 for 2.

Harbhajan's first Test ton guides India to safety against Kiwis

Harbhajan Singh's first century in any form of cricket earned India a hard-fought draw in the first Test against New Zealand despite a top-order collapse in Ahmedabad yesterday.

Laxman bats through pain to inspire India to remarkable one-wicket victory

Australia 428 &amp; 192 India 405 &amp; 216-9 <i>(India win by one wicket)</i>

India secure stunning win over Australia

VVS Laxman's unbeaten half-century helped India pull off a thrilling one-wicket win over Australia in the first Test in Mohali today.

Gas truck explosion kills 18 in Pakistan

Police say a gas truck accidentally exploded in southern Pakistan, killing 18 people and wounding 40.

Facebook to open office in southern India

Popular social-networking site Facebook will open an office in India, joining a long list of international firms that have looked to tap a skilled workforce that provides support services at relatively cheap wages.

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