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British FM warns over Brexit 'punishment beatings'

New Delhi - Britain's foreign minister warned Wednesday against World War II-style "punishment beatings" after France indicated it would not accept improved conditions for the UK outside the single market.

At least 19 dead as boat capsizes in India: police

New Delhi - At least 19 people died Saturday after a boat carrying some 40 revellers returning from a kite festival capsized in the Ganges river in eastern India, police said."We can confirm that 19 people have died.

Feuding Indian politicians do battle over a bicycle

New Delhi - The humble bicycle has taken centre stage in a bitter battle for control of the party that runs India's most populous state, underscoring the enduring importance of symbols in the politics of the world's biggest democracy.

Reviewing the cancer-killing properties of the pepper plant

The chemical activity that could unlock the anti-cancer properties of a spicy Indian pepper plant has been studied. The medicinal properties of the long pepper date back thousands of years. The aim is to synthesize the chemical as an anti-cancer compound.

Award-winning Indian actor Om Puri dies of heart attack

Mumbai - Om Puri, the acclaimed Indian actor who appeared in hit films including "Gandhi", "City of Joy" and "East is East", died Friday after suffering a heart attack.

No evidence of Bangalore New Year sex attacks: India police

Bangalore - Indian police said Thursday they had not found any evidence or received any formal complaints of sexual assault at a New Year's eve celebration after media reports of "mass molestation", but had registered six separate cases based on the coverage.

'Patricide' spices up Indian political soap opera

New Delhi - After being tongue-lashed and expelled from his own party, the leader of India's largest state had two options: bow to the will of his father or commit political patricide weeks before an election.

'Thousands' of pilgrims return to China before Dalai Lama event

Bodhgaya - Thousands of mostly Tibetan pilgrims who travelled to India for a rare Buddhist ceremony held by the Dalai Lama have returned to China under pressure from Beijing, organisers said Wednesday.

Five Indian states go to polls in test for Modi

New Delhi - Five Indian states representing more than 160 million voters will go to the polls in the next two months, the election commission said Wednesday, in a key test for the prime minister after his shock move to ban all high-value notes.

Indian police investigate New Year sex attacks

Bangalore - There is "credible" evidence that gangs of men sexually assaulted women at a New Year's Eve celebration in Bangalore, Indian police said Wednesday, adding they have filed a criminal case over the incident.

Indian minister blames 'western dress' for sex attacks

Bangalore - An Indian minister faced a severe backlash Tuesday after he criticised women for dressing "like westerners" at a New Year's Eve celebration where a mob allegedly carried out a series of sex assaults.

Facebook sleuths bring home India's stolen idols

Chennai - By day, Arvind Venkatraman works as a software engineer in India's tech hub Chennai. But in his spare time, he is an international art detective whose efforts have helped bring back some of his country's most valuable antiquities.

Thousands miss India currency exchange cut-off

Long queues continued outside banks in India, with people trying to deposit discontinued banknotes, ahead of a deadline. The deadline has now passed, rendering thousands of bank notes worthless.

India mine collapse toll rises to 17 as rescue effort continues

New Delhi - The death toll from a mine collapse in eastern India's Jharkhand state rose to 17 Sunday as rescue workers continued to search for the bodies of six missing miners.

Head of Indian state bids to wrest party from father

New Delhi - The chief minister of India's most populous state of Uttar Pradesh tried Sunday to seize control of its ruling party from his father in another twist to a family feud that has made headlines for weeks.

India mine collapse kills eight, scores feared trapped

New Delhi - At least eight workers were killed and scores more feared trapped on Friday after a massive mound of earth caved in at a coal mine in eastern India.

India party picks new chief after death of star Jayalalithaa

New Delhi - The party of Jayalalithaa Jayaram, a powerful Indian politician who died earlier this month, picked one of the former leader's closest aides to succeed her on Thursday, ending weeks of speculation.

India's Tata sues ex-chief for alleged breach of confidentiality

Mumbai - Indian salt-to-steel conglomerate Tata upped the ante in their bitter dispute with ousted former chairman Cyrus Mistry on Tuesday, saying they were suing him for breach of confidentiality.

Low-caste pregnant woman and husband attacked in India

Ahmedabad - A low-caste pregnant woman and her husband were beaten with sticks after refusing to allow a group of higher-caste men to graze cattle on their farmland in India, police said Tuesday.

Indian tycoon throws mass wedding for fatherless brides

Ahmedabad - An Indian diamond trader has thrown a mass wedding for more than 200 fatherless brides and given each of them gifts worth thousands of dollars, to help poor women start a new life.
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