Tainted drips kill mothers in India

Police and health authorities were today investigating reports that 12 pregnant women died after being given contaminated intravenous fluid at a government hospital in north-western India.

Cameron bids to unblock Cairn sale

David Cameron has intervened to help clear the path for Cairn Energy's plans to sell control of oilfields in the Indian state of Rajasthan by writing to Prime Minister Manmohan Singh in New Delhi.

India's celebration of diversity

Security forces turned the Indian capital into a virtual fortress yesterday as the country celebrated its Republic Day with a spectacular parade.

Dalrymple caught up in spat over 'Raj' and 'racism'

The award-winning historian William Dalrymple has found himself at the centre of a high-profile spat over claims that British authors writing about India are inheritors of "a Raj that still lingers".

India's hidden climate change catastrophe

Over the past decade, as crops have failed year after year, 200,000 farmers have killed themselves

Gambhir century fires India to win

Gautam Gambhir scored an explosive 126 not out as India thrashed New Zealand by nine wickets in the third one-day international in Baroda today to take an unassailable 3-0 lead in the series.

Rajasthan: The cities of blue, pink and gold

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Election win strikes blow against India's caste system

India's ruling Congress Party is reeling after a charismatic opposition politician scored a landslide victory in a local poll, thereby undermining caste-based politics in one of the country's poorest states.

Rickshaws are great, but the tiger's the star

A 10-day tour of India shows the wildlife and culture in a way that even small children appreciate, says Martin Hickman

Indian hotel charged for noisy Brand-Perry wedding

Officials say managers at the luxury resort where Katy Perry and Russell Brand married are being charged with violating noise laws during last week's wedding near an Indian tiger reserve.

Russell Brand's wedding fit for a maharajah

Comedian and his fiancée Katy Perry arrive in India for week-long marriage celebration

The 'untouchable' Indians with an unenviable job

On discovering that his parents cleaned latrines for a living, Bezwada Wilson began a campaign to end this degrading profession. Andrew Buncombe hears his story

Warne shocked by IPL expulsion

Rajasthan Royals skipper Shane Warne has expressed shock at the Board of Control for Cricket in India's decision to eject his team and the Kings XI Punjab from the next edition of the Indian Premier League.

IPL in disarray as major teams are banned for 'irregularities'

The world's largest and most successful cricket tournament, the Indian Premier League, was in turmoil last night after officials expelled two of its most successful teams amid allegations of corruption.

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