Sport Ice moves: Shiva Keshavan in Vancouver in 2010

When the athletes march into the opening ceremony of the Sochi Olympics next month, one flag you won't be seeing is the green, white, and saffron of India. Four Indian skiers will be participating in the games as independent athletes, but they won't be able to formally represent their country, since the Indian Olympic Association has been suspended by the International Olympic Committee since 2012.

Merlin's work in Pakistan extends beyond bringing help after the floods

IoS Appeal: After wars, earthquake and floods, aid comes to Pakistan's women

Family planning clinics in remote areas are a desperately needed source of advice and practical help

DNA testing to identify Kashmir's 'disappeared'

Hope for relatives of the 70,000 victims of the disputed region's troubled past

The man who wants to become India's new executioner

An acute shortage of hangmen is forcing Indian prisons to consider novices for the sombre job

What – and where – now for Mr WikiLeaks?

He's on bail, wanted on three continents, his visa's about to run out, and ex-friends are turning

Boycott scuppers Kashmiri literary festival

Indian-administered Kashmir's first major literature festival has been cancelled after local writers and artists said it would give the false impression that basic freedoms are allowed in the troubled region.

Indian army reports deadly gun battle in Kashmir

The Indian army in Kashmir says a gunbattle has killed 11 suspected rebels and one soldier along the military Line of Control separating Indian and Pakistani territory.

Ghosts of Empire: Britain's Legacies in the Modern World, By Kwasi Kwarteng

The men who made an empire, and left the world in the pink

<i>IoS</i> letters, emails &amp; online postings (07 August 2011)

I read A C Grayling's advocacy for a global gun ban in the mid-day heat at a petrol station less than 100 miles from the South Sudan border and a few miles from home ("What would this man be without a gun?", 31 July).

Cultural rebirth as Kashmir holds its first literary festival

Arts lovers hope event will turn the focus from politics to books in region plagued by conflict

India falls in love with Pakistan's first female foreign minister

The tortuous peace process between South Asia's nuclear-armed neighbours received a jolt of energy yesterday when Pakistan's first female Foreign Minister held talks with her Indian counterpart. The two parties described the meetings as constructive and cordial and said their relationship was back on "the right track". But most of the headlines were captured by newly sworn-in Hina Rabbani Khar, 34, who cut a fresh, stylish figure, with a section of the Indian media captivated by her look as much as anything else.

Pakistan gave $4m to illegal Kashmiri lobby group in Washington

Pakistan's powerful spy agency is under renewed pressure after an investigation by the FBI revealed that it ploughed over $4m into an illegal pro-Kashmiri lobby outfit in Washington.

Peace-loving India, the world's largest arms importer

Defence spending has leapt since the Mumbai attacks of 2008 as Delhi steps up security and deterrence

CCTV checked in Mumbai blasts probe

Indian investigators were today examining forensic evidence and CCTV footage for clues about who orchestrated the three bombings that killed 17 people in Mumbai.

Terror attack kills 21 in Mumbai

Three coordinated bombings tore through the heart of India's busy financial capital during rush hour Wednesday, killing 21 people and wounding 141 in the worst terror attack in the country since the 2008 Mumbai siege.

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