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More than 250 rescue workers attempt to save an estimated 40 others whose homes fell apart while they slept

Andrew Buncombe: War on mosquitoes in fight to get Delhi ready for Games

If the fate of the Commonwealth Games depends on the efforts of people such as Sanjay Kumar, then one can take comfort from the attention to which the young man was giving his work.

47 killed in Indian rains and landslides

Heavy monsoon rains and landslides swept the hilly areas of northern India over the weekend, killing at least 47 people, officials said today.

Briton among 14 killed in Nepal plane crash

A Briton was among 14 people killed today when a small passenger plane crashed in bad weather in Nepal.

Briton killed in Nepalese plane crash

A Briton was among those who died in a plane crash in Nepal today, the Foreign Office (FO) said.

Julian Hunt: Disasters like this can be prepared for

Once heavy rain is imminent, better short-term warnings could help to inform local communities about the likely duration of precipitation and flooding

£6m donated to help Pakistan flood victims

Donations made by the British public to help victims of the worst floods in Pakistan's history have reached £6 million, UK charities said today.

Floods spread across Punjab

Floodwaters ravaged hundreds of villages in Punjab yesterday, destroying homes, soaking crops, and threatening more lives.

Album: Hole, Nobody's Daughter, (Mercury)

Having dallied awhile on the fringes of Hollywood without ever establishing herself as more than a thespian novelty and car-crash sideshow, Courtney Love has finally returned to music with Nobody's Daughter, the first Hole album in 12 years, and her first musical offering since America's Sweetheart, her self-pitying solo album from 2004.

Best for weather-watching: India

It's the winds that bring it. They come in from the east, a cool rush that lifts the dust of a long dry summer and a lock of hair from your head. You lift your head, too, and the air darkens; a shift in pressure that strokes its way down your back. You didn't realise how taut the air was until now. A rumble, a crack, the splashdown of a heavy droplet as big as a fingertip and then it's on you. Words drown in the roar of water streaming through gutters and rushing through streets. At night, flashes of lightening turn mouldering skies an electric, quasar purple. This is a weather event.

Three-nil loss for Ainslie in Monsoon Cup final

Having stormed his way through all the elimination rounds, Britain’s Ben Ainslie went down three-nil to Adam Minoprio of New Zealand in the final of the Monsoon Cup in Malaysia.

India is still focused on the highway to growth

The global slowdown has failed to divert India from its path to expansion, but reforms are needed. Nikhil Kumar reports

Christina Patterson: My boss is discriminating against me

Newspaper offices waste quite a lot of paper. So, in fact, do newspapers, as yesterday's splendid pine tree becomes (depending on your point of view) today's finely crafted chronicle of our times, or semi-literate showbiz goss, and tomorrow's guinea-pig toilet.

Hilary Swank - There's something in the air

In her latest film, two-time Oscar winner Hilary Swank takes to the sky as aviatrix Amelia Earhart. The 'Million Dollar Baby' star tells James Mottram why she identifies with high-flying women

Grace Boyle: How our changing climate is, and will be, affecting the Indian monsoon

The monsoon season is now drawing to a close, and the newspapers are rife with articles on how India will wrestle with the drought that was this year declared in 25 per cent of her districts.

On The Road: A hot, oily overhaul for body, mind and soul in India

It's a baking pre-monsoon afternoon in Lonavla, a dishevelled Indian hill town that lures Mumbai's weekend crowd out of the city with vague and unfulfillable promises of cool air and mountain vistas. I'm lying prone on an oil-slicked plastic mattress, a pair of swimming goggles strapped to my head. Through the holes that used to be the front lenses, spoonfuls of hot ghee are dribbling on to my eyelids. Then just as things appear to have reached their freakish peak, Mayur, my 20-year-old torturer – sorry, therapist – issues the quiet instruction: "Now open your eyes."

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