Weather

Heavy rain, snow paralyses life in parts of Pakistan

From Karachi to Swat, rain and snow brought life to a standstill.

Heavy rain, snow paralyses life in parts of Pakistan

Religion

Hindus take auspicious plunge during India's Kumbh Mela

At the world's largest human gathering, millions will mark the holy festival by bathing in the Ganges River on Monday.

Hindus take auspicious plunge during India's Kumbh Mela

Asia

India's universal healthcare plan 'failing' the poor

Oxfam says many Indians are still not able to access the free healthcare they were promised.

Asia

Half a million attend opposition rally to remove India's Modi

India's major opposition parties come together in a show of strength with an eye on general elections due by May.

Half a million attend opposition rally to remove India's Modi

India

Swine flu kills at least 40 in western India

BJP official among more than 1,000 tested positive so far this year for H1N1 virus that wreaked global havoc in 2009.

Swine flu kills at least 40 in India's Rajasthan state

Asia

Body of trapped Indian 'rat-hole' miner found after 35 days

Indian Navy divers find body of one of 15 miners who went missing in a flooded coal mine in remote Meghalaya state.

Body of trapped Indian 'rat-hole' miner found after 35 days

India

Over 1,000 Rohingya flee India for Bangladesh fearing crackdown

Activists ask India to honour principle of "non-refoulement" as Hindu far right calls for mass deportation of Rohingya.

Over 1,000 Rohingya flee India for Bangladesh fearing crackdown

India

The feminist knitting circle in India upending patriarchal norms

In Ranikhet, a northern mountain village, women knit in a group, talk taboos and strive towards financial independence.

The feminist knitting circle in India upending patriarchal norms

India

Indian woman alleges assault for defying temple ban

Kanaka Durga says she was attacked by her mother-in-law minutes after returning to her home.

Sabarimala: Indian woman alleges assault for defying temple ban

Asia

India's mega Kumbh festival gets BJP boost ahead of election

Billed as the world's biggest gathering of humanity, the eight-week festival begins in Uttar Pradesh's Prayagraj city.

India's mega Kumbh festival gets BJP boost ahead of election

Kashmir

India security forces open fire at Kashmir funeral, 11 injured

Armed forces shoot at mourners and protesters who tried to attend funeral prayers of two rebels killed in gun battle.

Opinion

Is the BJP really concerned about India's poor?

A new BJP-sponsored bill expanding new jobs and education reservations is not a measure aimed at helping the poor.

Alf Gunvald Nilsen

by Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Alf Gunvald Nilsen

Environment

Months after devastating floods, Kerala residents wait for help

Having floated to safety in a biryani vessel, a 77-year-old flood victim is among those struggling to survive.

Months after devastating floods, Kerala residents wait for help

India

Two India opposition parties unite to challenge PM Modi

Samajwadi Party and Bahujan Samaj Party announce their alliance ahead of India's general election in spring.

Two Indian opposition parties unite to challenge PM Narendra Modi

Opinion

The new citizenship bill and the Hinduisation of India

A new bill which seeks to grant citizenship only to non-Muslim immigrants is an attack on India's secular character.

Apoorvanand

by Apoorvanand

Apoorvanand