Supporters of the Indian Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) spray color dust as they celebrate outside their party headquarter after the announcement of the results of the Assembly elections

Strong gains for Hindu party in Indian elections

The Bharatiya Janata Party has waged a fierce campaign fronted by its prime ministerial candidate, Narendra Modi

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Police hunt for drivers after nine pupils killed in India school bus crash

Two men fled the scene after a school bus and truck crashed head-on in the northern state of Rajasthan

Conservationists hope to save the Great Indian Bustard from extinction

Rajasthan launches scheme to save the endangered Great Indian Bustard

Bird has disappeared from 90 per cent of the territory it once occupied

N Srinivasan, the BCCI president, has stepped aside temporarily

Rajan's Wrong 'un: The fight against corruption in the IPL is a battle for the very soul of India

The structure of the IPL is a denial of the rights of equal citizenship

Dead bird found fitted with surveillance camera sparks fears of fowl play at India-Pakistan border

A falcon found dead in India near the country’s highly militarised border with Pakistan has sparked alarm after it was found to be fitted with a small surveillance camera.

Indian women shout anti-government slogans demanding justice to gang rapes in New Delhi

Number of female tourists visiting India falls by a third following Delhi gang rape case

The number of female tourists visiting India has fallen by more than one-third since the Delhi gang rape in which a 23-year-old student was killed, according to a survey by the country’s Associated Chambers of Commerce and Industry.

A guard at Delhi’s Tihar jail

Doctors say 'Delhi bus gang-rape leader' died from hanging - but family insists he did not commit suicide

A post-mortem examination carried out on the main accused in the Delhi gang-rape case has suggested he did die as a result of hanging, Indian media has reported.

Top bid: $1m-rated Glenn Maxwell in action during Australia’s 54-run one-day victory over West Indies in Perth yesterday

England stars left in shade of million dollar Glenn Maxwell

For the second year running, England internationals Matt Prior and Ravi Bopara failed to attract any bids at the player auction for the Indian Premier League.

Postcard from... India

Though Prema Jayakumar's father works as a rickshaw driver in Mumbai, he did what he could to ensure that she and her siblings got the best education he could manage.

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Indian students burn an effigy representing Hindu religious leader Asaram Bapu and Mohan Bhagwat, leader of National Volunteers Association

Uproar as guru claims Delhi rape victim was partly to blame

Spiritual leader not alone in condemning actions of Indian women as crisis grows

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