India's scandal-tainted government has come under fresh attack from opposition parties after a leading newspaper ran a front-page report alleging that auditors had found that the awarding of coal fields to private companies had deprived the treasury of $211 billion.
Last year I traveled to a small village in Uttar Pradesh, India, where I met a young mother named Rukmini, who had recently given birth to a daughter. It was the sixth day of baby Durga's life, and in keeping with Indian custom, Rukmini was preparing for a ceremony to celebrate the special bond between mother and child.
Thirty-six people in northern India are dead and another 28 are injured following a collision between a bus and a vehicle carrying mourners from a funeral, a news agency reported Sunday, citing local officials.
Indians are voting in their tens of millions in a monthlong general election that creates huge logistical issues in the world's largest democracy. The first round of polling was held on April 16. There are a further five voting phases before the final count is due on May 16.
All metropolitan areas in India were on high alert Sunday after 17 blasts hit the western city of Ahmedabad within a little more than an hour, killing at least 29 people, according to police and government officials.
Thirteen policemen were suspended Thursday for failing to prevent rioting that left one person dead and forced a curfew in the northern Indian city that is home to the Taj Mahal, a police official said.
The United Nations is warning of a massive "health crisis" in southern Asia, where 30 million people have been overwhelmed by the monsoonal rains and flash flooding sweeping across India, Nepal and Bangladesh.
At least 10 people were killed and dozens more were wounded in an explosion aboard a crowded passenger train Thursday in the central Indian state of Uttar Pradesh, according to the railways minister Lalu Prasad Yadavsaid.