Sikhs mark 300 years as fighters sect

INDIA'S MOST easily recognised community, the Sikhs, formed a sea of turbans yesterday at the northern Indian town of Anandpur Sahib, which means "town of bliss", to mark the 300th anniversary of a defining moment in the history of their religion.

Queen loans V&A hidden treasures of the Sikhs

A RARE JEWEL, unseen by the public for nearly 150 years, has been loaned by the Queen for the first ever international exhibition of the Sikh artistic heritage. It will take pride of place alongside priceless stones which once belonged to Shah Jahan, the Mogul emperor who built the Taj Mahal.

Gunmen murder 17 in mosque

AT LEAST 17 worshippers were killed in a hail of machine-gun bullets after morning prayers in a Shia mosque in central Pakistan yesterday. The victims, in the remote village of Quereshi More, 180 miles south of Lahore, had just finished the prayers that precede the all-day fast of the Ramadan period when eight gunmen arrived.

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Obituary: Brigadier Michael Calvert

MICHAEL CALVERT, who survived both the Chindit expeditions into Burma, was one of the outstanding leaders of irregular troops during the Second World War, though born into the old officer class and himself a regular army officer.

110 killed, 250 injured in Punjab train crash

AT LEAST 110 people died and 250 were injured in a train crash in the north Indian state of Punjab in the early hours of yesterday. A southbound express train ploughed into the coaches of another express, which had been travelling in the opposite direction near the village of Kauri.

Obituary: Mahbub ul Haq

MAHBUB UL HAQ was an outstanding economist and a visionary social thinker.

Body of stowaway found after flight from Azerbaijan

The body of a stowaway was found yesterday in the undercarriage of an aircraft that had flown for nearly seven hours from one of the former Soviet republics. Louise Jury hears immigration organisations' fears that stowing away in dangerous places is on the increase.

Letter: The first black peer?

Carl Jackson (letter, 5 February) may be right to include Baroness Flather and Lord Chitnis in the category of "black"; but the actual skin colour of most people whose ancestors originated from the Asian sub-continent is brown.

Theatre: Buried but not forgotten

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Man killed wife on India trip

A businessman was jailed for life yesterday for murdering his wife on a trip to India. Kular, 46, strangled 26-year-old Ninderjit with her own scarf after luring her to the Punjab on a second honeymoon, Bristol Crown Court was told.

Indian jumbo stowaway to have asylum reconsidered

The Government agreed last night to look again at the case of an Indian stowaway denied political asylum after surviving 10 hours in the frozen undercarriage of a jumbo jet. Pardeep Saini, 23, emerged from the wheelbay of a British Airways Boeing 747 following his incredible journey from Delhi last October, but his 19-year-old brother Vijay froze to death in the -60C temperatures.

in search of Uncle Rana

The old family home in Lahore was just 15 miles over the border with Pakistan. But in the 40 years since the dark days of Partition no one had heard from the younger brother who had converted to Islam and stayed behind. Writer Urvashi Butalia goes ...

Stowaway faces wait on asylum

An Indian man who flew to Britain by stowing away in the wheelbay of a jumbo jet will have to wait eight weeks to learn if he will be allowed to stay in the country.

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