News Activists carry posters as they shout slogans during a protest march against the gangrape and murder of a teenager, in India. The Indian politician has apologised after she said women invite rape.

She came under criticism from members of her own party who distanced themselves from her remarks

India bootleg alcohol death toll tops 100

A tainted batch of bootleg alcohol has killed at least 102 people and sent dozens more to hospital in villages outside the eastern Indian city of Kolkata, officials said.

Firefighters at the scene of the hospital blaze in Calcutta yesterday

Hospital where 91 died in fire was told months ago to upgrade safety

Seven directors of private clinic in Calcutta face charges of culpable homicide

India bridge collapse death toll rises to 31

Officials say the death toll has risen to 31 in the collapse of a wooden bridge in the northeastern Indian district of Darjeeling.

Calcutta Club stirs up colonial tensions by barring Bengali artist

One of India's most celebrated social institutions, the Calcutta Club, has sparked an angry backlash from the city's intelligentsia after refusing to allow entry to a Bengali painter who was wearing traditional clothes judged to be in breach of strict regulations.

Danish 'terrorist' fights Indian extradition

A British spy turned arms dealer who nearly died in an Indian prison told a Copenhagen court yesterday how he was beaten and humiliated while serving a life sentence there.

India's 'Big Sister' ends 30 years of Communist rule

The steamy city of Kolkata, where peeling walls have for decades been painted red with the symbol of the Hammer and Sickle, is set to turn green.

West Bengal expects a Communist rout this week

Four months ago, activists from the main communist party shot and killed nine people during a mass demonstration in Kolkata against young men being taken away to be taught how to handle guns.

Rabindranath Tagore's legacy lies in the freedom-seeking women of his fiction

Born 150 years ago, Rabindranath Tagore shone as writer, musician and activist to become the Bengali icon.

Sale sign Scotland international Richie Vernon

Sale Sharks have announced the signing of Scotland international back-row forward Richie Vernon.

Football scores at the box office in cricket-mad India

Could a new film about one of India’s most remarkable sporting encounters help spread the popularity of football in a country renowned for its obsession with cricket?

Up in arms: The bizarre case of the British gun-runner, the Indian rebels and the missing Dane

For Peter Bleach, the scariest moment came when the ancient Russian Antonov cargo aeroplane he had procured took off from Varanasi airport in northern India, laden with arms and ammunition. He fully expected to be dead within minutes.

Martin Johnson warns England about wounded Scotland

Martin Johnson has warned England how desperate Scotland will be to wreck their Grand Slam dreams at Twickenham a week on Sunday.

Great Expectations, Palace Theatre, Watford

A barefoot village boy stumbles across an escaped African convict in the shadows of a graveyard, cursing the "white devil" colonisers of the Indian subcontinent where he finds himself.

A daring new take on a Dickens classic

Relocating Great Expectations to Calcutta is a bold move. Arifa Akbar discovers how a playwright rose to the challenge
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