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  • Capital: New Delhi
  • Major Languages: Hindi, English
  • Currency: Indian Rupee
  • Timezone: GMT +5:30

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India’s relationship with Pakistan continues to be fractious, shifting between periods of calm to outbreaks of aggression. The disputed region of Kashmir - which is politically divided between India, Pakistan and China - remains a key source of antagonism between the two countries. There are frequent clashes along the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, most of which lead to both military and civilian casualties. At least two civilians were killed when Indian and Pakistani troops exchanged fire over the LoC in September 2017. Grenade attacks, protests and shootings also take place in Jammu and Kashmir, while the security forces often carry out military operations against alleged militants. The region is claimed by both India and Pakistan and the security situation has worsened as both sides have continued to engage in cross-border fighting and militant groups have become more active. All non-essential travel to the region should be avoided wherever possible.

Indo-Pak relations are also challenged by Islamic terrorism, particularly the links between extremist groups and Pakistan’s intelligence agency (ISI). In November 2008, Pakistan-based terrorists carried out 12 coordinated attacks across the city of Mumbai, killing more than 160 people. One of the perpetrators of the attack, Ajmal Kasab, later confessed that his Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group had received training and logistical support from ISI. There have been a series of smaller attacks across the country since then and the terrorist threat remains high. In September 2014, the leader of al-Qaeda, Ayman al-Zawahiri, announced the creation of an Indian branch of the terrorist group: al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS). The Indian security forces carry out regular counter-terror operations. Most recently, in September 2017, three LeT militants were killed in a counter-terror raid in the Baramulla district. Visitors should remain vigilant to the threat of terrorism in India, particularly around hotels, foreign embassies and public transport hubs.

In eastern and central India, a Maoist insurgency continues to be a key security challenge for the Indian government. In 2006, Prime Minister Manmohan Singh described the conflict, which began in 1967, as “the single biggest internal security challenge ever faced by our country”. The uprising began in the town of Naxalbari in West Bengal and has since spread to the states of Jharkhand, Orissa, Bihar, Chhattisgarh, as well as parts of Uttar Pradesh and Karnataka. Between 2005 and 2012 more than 5,000 people were reported to have been killed in insurgent attacks, while the rebels are currently estimated to have up to 20,000 armed fighters in their ranks. It’s estimated that at least 77 civilians and 69 security forces have been killed in Maoist attacks between January and October 2017. The majority of civilian fatalities incurred within this period have occurred in Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh. In April 2017, at least 25 security personnel were killed in a Maoist attack in Sukma, Chhattisgarh.

The group frequently targets Indian security forces and politicians, such as in May 2013, when rebels ambushed a convoy of Congress Party leaders in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state, killing 28 people. Although foreign nationals are not usually targeted, travel to the affected states should be undertaken with caution. In March 2012, two Italian nationals were kidnapped by Maoist rebels in Orissa, the first recorded seizure of foreigners by the leftist group. Both were released after a few weeks as part of a prisoner swap agreement with the Indian authorities. Local civilians have, on occasion, ben targeted by Maoist insurgents on suspicion of being police informers. In September 2017, a village leader was killed in Odisha, and two other civilians were killed in Chhattisgarh – in both cases the victims were accused of providing information to the police.

There have also been outbreaks of ethnic violence in the north-eastern state of Assam between local indigenous Bodos and Muslim Bengali migrants. In 2012 dozens of people died in several months of violence, while more than 400,000 were forced to flee their homes. Ethnic tensions have also been high between pro-independence Gorkhaland protesters and the West Bengal state authorities. In July 2017, supporters of an independent Gorkhaland state launched a three-month-long protest, which ultimately came to an end in September as negotiations continued. However, less than a month later in October, two people were killed in clashes which broke out in Patlebus, Darjeeling, when the police tried to arrest the leader of the pro-independence Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) party, Bimal Gurung. GJM supporters opened fire and threw stones at the police to defend Gurung – who is wanted by the West Bengal state government for his involvement in promoting social unrest across the northern region.

Protests and general strikes (bandhs) are common occurrences in India and are held over a wide range of political, social and religious issues. In May 2017, public transport drivers in Tamil Nadu went on strike, causing widespread disruption across the area. In the same year, a drought caused farmers to gather in Delhi to protest against the government’s treatment of poor farmers. In December 2012, the brutal rape of a girl in New Delhi sparked weeks of angry anti-government protests across India. Riot police used water cannons, tear gas and batons to break up many of the protests and hundreds of people were wounded or arrested. Since then awareness of sexual violence in India has increased significantly and there have been dozens of high-profile cases, many of which have resulted in angry protests. Tourists have also been victims of sexual violence in India – most notably in January 2014, when a Danish tourist was raped at knife-point in the Paharganj district of New Delhi. Another prominent case involved a Polish tourist who was attacked after accepting a ride from a taxi driver on the Mathura-Delhi highway. In January 2015, a Japanese woman was abducted and sexually assaulted by an auto-rickshaw driver in the Vasant Kunj area of New Delhi. Women are advised to exercise caution when in India, particularly those travelling alone.

Levels of crime vary across India, although incidents of violent crime against foreign nationals are rare. Petty criminals operate throughout the country and pose the biggest threat in large urban areas and on public transport. A popular technique is the ‘snatch-and-grab’, whereby the thief travels as a passenger on a motorcycle or scooter and grabs bags or other items from pedestrians before the driver speeds away. Theft of passports is also commonly reported in major cities, and a copy of all travel documents should be kept separately from the originals. Other crimes, such as confidence tricks, are often reported in areas popular with tourists such as Goa, Agra and Jaipur. New Delhi has a large problem with beggars and scammers targeting wealthy tourists. Pickpockets typically target wealthy-looking foreign travellers and thrive in crowded public places, such as markets, public transport, tourist sites, and shopping centres.

India can be affected by various regional weather systems, such as the south-east monsoon season, which generally runs between June and September. The north of the country is often affected by flooding during these months, particularly areas which have rivers originating in the Himalayas. In 2013, the northern state of Uttarakhand was hit by exceptionally heavy rainfall, causing widespread flooding which killed more than 5,700 people. Hundreds of villages were washed away by flash floods, while others were destroyed by massive landslides. The monsoon season in 2017 brought bouts of heavy rain which caused widespread flooding across parts of India, Bangladesh, and Nepal. Thousands were killed and millions more were affected throughout all three countries. The worst-hit areas in India were the Assam and West Bengal states. The death toll so far this year for flood-related incidents in Assam is currently around 160.

The north of the country also sits in an area of strong seismic activity, and earthquakes are regularly reported. The last significant event occurred in 2005 when a 7.6 magnitude earthquake was reported in Kashmir. Although the majority of fatalities were recorded in the Pakistan-administered part of the territory (73,000), more than 1,300 people died on the Indian side of the border. Between March-July there is a high risk of heat waves in India, as evident in 2015 when temperatures in late-May reached 48°C. At least 2,500 people died across the country, with the majority of fatalities reported in Andhra Pradesh and Telangana.

News articles

By The New Indian Express

Senior journalist killed in attack in Guntur

A senior journalist working for Telugu daily 'Andhra Prabha' died following an attack on him by unidentified miscreants at Chilakaluripet town, police said Wednesday.

By The New Indian Express

Indian journalist killed by unknown assailants

A journalist, working at a private Odia television channel in Ganjam district, has been killed allegedly by some unidentified miscreants, police said Wednesday.

By The New Indian Express

Indian journalist killed by unknown assailants

A journalist, working at a private Odia television channel in Ganjam district, has been killed allegedly by some unidentified miscreants, police said Wednesday.

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Alerts for India

Transport workers go on strike in Maharashtra

Transport workers in Maharashtra have launched indefinite strike action amid an ongoing dispute over wages. The industrial action has been organised by the Maharashtra State Road Transport Corporation - which released a statement saying the strike will last until their demands for higher wages are granted by transport companies. The strike has caused widespread travel disruption throughout the state and many travellers have been forced to find alternative means of transport.

Ten wounded in Manipur grenade attack

At least 10 people have been wounded in a grenade attack in Manipur over the weekend. The attack targeted a youth club in the Tera Lukram Leirak area of the Imphal district, Manipur. According to reports, unidentified assailants threw a hand grenade at the youth club's office. The police have launched investigations to determine the perpetrators of the attack.

Two militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Two militants have allegedly been killed in an armed encounter with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The fighting occurred on Saturday in the Pulwama district, where a military operation has recently been launched. The deceased militants are believed to be members of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group - which is known to operate in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir area between India and Pakistan.

Two killed in Darjeeling clashes

At least two people have been killed and four others have been wounded in clashes between the police and pro-independence Gorkha Janmukti Morcha (GJM) supporters in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal. The police were running an arrest operation in the Patlebus area to detain Bimal Gurung - the leader of the GJM party - when GJM supporters gathered to defend Gurung by opening fire and throwing stones at the police. The resulting clash has killed one police officer and a GJM supporter, while four other police officers have also been wounded. Gurung is wanted by the West Bengal government for his involvement in the recent waves of social unrest which have swept across the northern region of the district.

Security forces kill six militants in Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian security forces have killed at least six militants in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region within the last few days. Three Huzbul Mujahideen militants were killed in an armed encounter in the Shopian district, while a top commander of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) was also killed in a clash in the Baramulla district. Two other militants have been killed and three security personnel have been wounded in an ongoing fight between the security forces and armed militants in the Bandipora district.

BJP party office attacked in Kerala

The party office of the Bharahya Janata Party (BJP) has been attacked by unidentified assailants in Kerala. The attackers threw a bomb at the BJP office in the Patyam Panchayat area of the Kannur district. BJP officials have accused their political rivals, the Communist Party of India (Marxist) - aka the CPI(M) - of being behind the attack. The CPI(M) had recently accused the BJP of being responsible for a separate bomb attack which wounded 14 people over the weekend. Although the BJP denied the allegations, they claim the CPI(M) orchestrated the attack on the office as a form of retaliation. Both parties often target one another in violent attacks and rarely claim responsibility.

Pesticide poisoning kills 19 farmers in Yavatmal

Pesticide poisoning has killed reportedly killed at least 19 farmers in the Yavatmal district, Maharashtra. The BBC has reported that dozens of farmers have been hospitalised with sudden chest pain, nausea, and vomiting - which has been brought on by inhaling toxic pesticide sprayed over crops. In Maharashtra, over 800 farmers have been treated for symptoms within the last four months and at least 50 patients have died. Of those killed, 19 were from Yavatmal district - a major cotton growing area believed to be the worst affected. An investigation into the sudden increase of pesticide poisoning has been launched, with preliminary reports suggesting that poor regulations and a lack of protective gear being worn by poor farmers were the main contributors.

Indian border forces kill Pakistani woman along border

A Pakistani woman has been shot dead by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) along the India-Pakistan border. According to reports, the woman approached the border from the Pakistani side and was apprehended when the Indian BSF found her trespassing in the Dera Baba Nanak area. A BSF patrol team had been sent out to search the area after suspicious activity was noticed along the barbed wire fire near a border outpost in Ghania Ke. When the patrol team found the woman, she allegedly ignored orders to stop and surrender, forcing the BSF unit to open fire. 

Two civilians killed in cross-border firing

At least two civilians have been killed and another two have been wounded after being caught in cross-border firing along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. Reports from Pakistan have claimed that the Indian troops commence unprovoked gunfire on the civilian village of Chaffar in the Abbaspur area of the Poonch district; however, Indian officials have not responded to the accusation. The region is claimed by both India and Pakistan and the security situation in the area has worsened in recent years as both sides often engage in cross-border firing - putting civilian lives at risk - and separatist militant groups have become more active.

Militants kill two civilians in Chhattisgarh

Naxalite militants have allegedly killed two civilians in the Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh state. A group of militants reportedly killed the civilians in the Aundhi area of Rajnandgaon. According to reports, the militants targeted the civilians because they believed they were providing the police with information regarding the militant group's activity. Police operations have been launched in pursuit of the militants.

Kidnapped couple killed in Andhra Pradesh

A couple who were kidnapped in Ongole, Andhra Pradesh, have reportedly been killed by their abductor. The victims - a businessman and his wife - were allegedly abducted by a man last week and have since been found dead near the Ongole bypass road. According to reports, the bodies are thought to have been dumped on the same day they were kidnapped. A suspect was arrested after investigations found that the couple had lent 15 lakh (around £17,361 or $23,068) to a man - who had been unable to reimburse the loan once the couple began to ask for repayment. It's believed the suspect killed the victims to avoid having to repay the money.

Indian soldier killed in militant attack near Srinagar airport

An Indian soldier from the Border Security Force (BSF) has reportedly been killed in a militant attack on a BSF camp near Srinagar airport in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the attack was launched by Jaish-e-Muhammed militants, who attempted to storm the BSF base on Tuesday. The attack was ultimately foiled by the security forces during search operations when security personnel prevented a number of suicide bombers from detonating their explosives. One Indian soldier and three militants were killed in the incident.

Protests break out in Allahabad, Uttar Pradesh

Protests have broken out in Allahabad in Uttar Pradesh following the death of a Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) leader. BSP supporters gathered in the city to demand justice for the murder of Rajesh Yadav - a BSP leader who was shot by unidentified gunmen near the campus of Allahabad University. Protesters demanded that the perpetrators be identified and prosecuted, blocking multiple roads throughout the city before setting a bus stop on fire as the demonstration became violent. Police investigations into the murder remain ongoing.

Over 66,000 affected by Assam flooding

Over 66,000 people have been affected by flooding across the Assam state in India. At least five districts have been affected by widespread flash floods after several days of non-stop heavy rainfall in the region. The Assam State Disaster Management Authority (ASDMA) has stated that the Dhemaji, Goalpura, Karbi Anglong, Lakhimpur, and South Salmara districts have been the worst affected. According to reports, at least 76 people have been killed across the state, raising the death toll for those killed in floods this year to at least 160.

Pakistan claims three killed by Indian firing at LoC

The Pakistani army claims three people have been killed and four others wounded by Indian troops at the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir. India carried out "unprovoked firing" which targeted civilians in the Rakhchikri area of Rawalakot, according to the army. Two of the victims were civilians, while a Pakistan soldier was also killed during the incident. Pakistan returned fire on Monday, killing a 10-year-old boy and a 15-year-old girl and wounding nine civilians in the Poonch sector.

Stampede at Mumbai station kills 22

At least 22 people have been killed and around 30 others wounded in a stampede at a railway station in Mumbai. The incident at Elphinstone station occurred during the Friday rush hour and was triggered by overcrowding. "My deepest condolences to all those who have lost their lives due to the stampede in Mumbai. Prayers with those who are injured," said Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi.

Police officer killed in targeted attack in Bandipur

A Border Security Force (BSF) officer has been killed in a targeted gun attack in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. The attack was carried out by suspected militants, who are thought to have targeted the police officer and his family in the Hajin area of the district. Four of the police officer's relatives were wounded in the attack. The police have launched search operations throughout the surrounding area to find the perpetrators.

Indian forces engage in firefight with Nagaland militants

The Indian Armed Forces have engaged in a firefight with a group of armed militants in Nagaland. The armed encounter occurred in the early hours of Wednesday morning near the India-Myanmar border. According to reports, the militants opened fire on the security forces during a routine patrol, indicating the militants had planned the attack. It's believed the militants were members of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN). The NSCN were allegedly forced to retreat and an unconfirmed number of militant casualties have been reported as a result of the gunfight.

Bomb blast targets businessman in Manipur

A bomb blast has targeted a businessman in the Imphal East district of Manipur. The blast hit near the residence of the target in the Mantripukhri area of the district. According to reports, the explosion was a low-intensity blast and no casualties were incurred, although part of the businessman's house was damaged. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the blast - which comes amid a continued state of heightened tensions amongst separatist protests in the northern Assam state.

Four civilians killed in cross-border firing

Four civilians have allegedly been killed in cross-border firing in the Charwa area. According to reports, Pakistani officials have claimed that the Indian military initiated unprovoked firing on civilians in Bini Sulariyan village, killing four people. The Pakistani military allegedly responded with retaliatory fire. Ceasefire violations are common along the border zones between India and Pakistan, especially in disputed territory.

Naxalite militant killed in police gunfight

A Naxalite militant has been killed in a gunfight with the police in Chhattisgarh. The firefight broke out in the Polampalli area of the Sukma district, where the police forces had been conducted a counter-terror operation when they encountered a group of armed Naxalite militants. A crossfire ensued, in which one militant was shot dead. Various arms, ammunition, and explosives were also seized from the site of the clash.

Three civilians killed in Tral grenade attack

At least three civilians have been killed and as many as 20 others have been wounded in a grenade attack in Tral, Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, a militant on a motorbike threw a grenade at a group of police officers stationed near a bus stop, The resulting explosion killed three civilians and wounded at least 20 others - including civilians and police officers. Police reinforcements arrived at the scene shortly after the blast and investigations have been launched to identify the perpetrator. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack; however, separatist militant groups often target the security forces in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region.

Journalist killed in Tripura clashes

A 28-year-old journalist has been killed in violent clashes in Tripura. The clashes broke out between the Indigenous People's Front of Tripura (IPFT) and Tripura Rajaer Upajati Ganamukti Parishad (TRUGP) - the tribal wing of the Communist Party of India (Marxist). According to reports, a TRUGP rally being held in Mandai, western Tripura, sparked a series of attacks from the IPFT - a rival group. The journalist has been identified as Shantanu Bhowmik - who had been covering the ongoing violence in the area when IPFT members allegedly killed him.

Five killed in Sikkim landslides

At least five people have been killed and two others have been wounded after landslides hit various parts of the Sikkim area. The landslides were caused by a bout of torrential rain, causing at least five fatalities in building collapses in Upper Gurpisey and in Upper Bokrong. Local reports indicate both incidents occurred during the early hours of Wednesday morning. The local authorities have warned members of the public that various roads throughout the surrounding areas have been closed due tot he hazardous conditions.

Indian soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in cross-border firing near Keran in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian reports have claimed that the Pakistani forces initiated firing over the border, prompting a crossfire in which one Indian soldier was allegedly killed and three others were wounded. The Jammu and Kashmir region is heavily disputed between India and Pakistan, and despite a ceasefire, sporadic cross-border shooting incidents still occur.

Ten killed in storm-related accidents, Assam

Ten people have been killed and an unknown number of people remain missing after a storm hit the Assam region. The fatalities were caused when four boats caught in the storm capsized in the Sabon River of the Goalpara district. The emergency services have been dispatched to the area; however, search and rescue operations have been made more difficult by the stormy weather.

Transport disruptions due to heavy rain in Mumbai

Widespread transport disruptions have been reported throughout Mumbai due to heavy rains over the weekend. The wet weather has caused prolonged disruption to most main highways across the city, including the Andheri, Bandra, Ghatkopar, Vashi and Western Express highways. Delays and cancellations have also affected public transport systems in the area and the local authorities have warned members of the public that weather experts have forecast further rain for the region.

Eighteen killed as boat capsized in Uttar Pradesh

Eighteen people have been killed and 16 others have been wounded after a boat capsized in the Baghpat district of Uttar Pradesh. The accident occurred on Thursday, in the Yamuna river. The vessel is believed to have been carrying at least 60 passengers at the time of the accident. Around 25 people have already been rescued - 16 of whom have been hospitalised for injuries - and 18 have been confirmed dead. Rescue operations remain ongoing. The cause of the accident has not been confirmed; however, it is possible the boat was poorly maintained and overloaded.

Police kill two militants in Jharkhand

The police forces have allegedly killed two suspected Naxalite Maoist militants in the Jharkhand state. The suspects were shot dead during an armed clash with the Central Reserve Police Force in the Singhbhum area of Jharkhand. While the identities of the fatalities have not been confirmed, Naxalite militants often operate in remote forested areas in the area.

Pro-independence protest ongoing in Darjeeling

Pro-independence protests remain ongoing in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal state. Protesters have been campaigning for an independent Gorkhaland state for the last three months with many groups of demonstrators entering their 90th day of indefinite strike action. The protests have remained ongoing while pro-independence representatives have been negotiating with local government officials. While many shops and businesses have been closed, some have begun to reopen gradually as the strike goes on. Travellers have been advised to avoid the region due to the high level of general disruption and risk of violent protest.

Two killed in Uttarakhand traffic accident

Two people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a traffic accident in the Uttarakhand state. According to reports, the accident happened near the Kapkot area in Bageshwar, where the driver of the vehicle lost control, veering off the road and plunging into a deep gorge. Rescue efforts managed to retrieve four wounded passengers and investigations have been launched to determine the precise cause of the accident. A high number of fatal traffic accidents occur in India and are usually caused by poor road and vehicle safety regulations and reckless driving.

Pro-Rohingya protesters clash with police in Anantnag

Violent clashes have broken out between pro-Rohingya protesters and the police forces in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the protesters rallied after Friday prayers in Hamia Masjid Ahli Hadees, marching to the Lal Chowk area, where they were met by police officers. The police allegedly tried to disperse the crowd by firing tear gas; however, the protesters reportedly started throwing stones before setting fire to a police vehicle. The protest was organised to support the Rohingya Muslims being forced to flee from military violence in the Buddhist-majority country of Myanmar. The army of Myanmar has been accused of 'ethnic cleansing' by the UN and many international figures have called upon the country's leader, Nobel Peace Prize winner Aung San Suu Kyi, to intervene.

High risk of water-borne diseases as floods subside

Aid agencies have warned of a heightened risk of water-borne diseases as flood waters subside across South Asia. Over the last few weeks, seasonal storms brought destructive wet weather to parts of India, Nepal, and Bangladesh - causing widespread flooding and landslides. As the flood water recedes, aid agencies have identified a high risk of catching Malaria and Dengue fever. According to reports, thousands of cases have already been reported. At least 30,000 cases of diarrhoea and respiratory-related illnesses have been reported across India, Bangladesh, and Nepal, with hundreds of health centres being established. The International Federal of Red Cross and Red Crescent Societies have issued health warnings as an estimated 41 million people are expected to be affected across South Asia.

Journalist shot dead in Bengaluru

A 55-year-old journalist has been shot dead in a targeted attack outside her home in the Rajarajeshwari Nagar area of Bengaluru. Gauri Lankesh - a senior journalist and critic of Hindu nationalism - was found dead on Tuesday evening with three gunshot wounds. It's believed that Lankesh was apprehended by unidentified gunmen outside her house, where a total of seven shots were fired - two of which hit her in the chest and a third hit her in the forehead. According to reports, the police suspect the motive behind the attack may have been related to Lankesh's work and investigations have been launched to identify the perpetrators.

Two militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir operations

Two militants have been killed in military operations in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. A search operation targeted a suspected militants hideout near the town of Sopore in the Baramulla district on Monday. Two militants engaged in a crossfire with the security personnel - leading to the deaths of two militants, who have allegedly been identified as members of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group. Weapons and ammunition have been seized and the area has been cordoned off while search operations continue.

Sixteen killed in multi-storey building collapse in Mumbai

At least 16 people have been killed and 24 others have been rescued after a six-storey building collapsed in Bhendi Bazaar, Mumbai. The collapse occurred after several days of non-stop torrential rain in the area caused the building structure to weaken. According to the BBC, as many as 50 people were inside the 100-year-old building at the time of the incident. Between five and 10 people remain missing and are feared to be trapped under the rubble. Search and rescue operations are underway. This is the third building collapse in Mumbai within a month, leading many to criticise the abundance of low-quality buildings still in regular use. While the building in question was allegedly scheduled for redevelopment, it appears many people were still living inside the building at the time of its collapse.

Six killed as torrential rain hits Mumbai

At least six people have been killed as torrential rain has hit Mumbai. The rain has come as part of the seasonal downpours which have swept across large parts of South Asia as the monsoon season settles in. The extreme wet weather has caused severe traffic disruption throughout the area and many buildings and houses have also been extensively damaged. According to reports, further heavy rainfall is expected to hit the area throughout the rest of the coming week.

Monsoon floods cause widespread travel disruption in Mumbai

Heavy rains brought in by the monsoon season have caused flash floods and landslides to cause widespread travel disruption in Mumbai. Train services and flights have been delayed, cancelled, and diverted as the wet conditions continue to make travel difficult. According to the BBC, roads in Mumbai have been submerged by over a metre of flood water and officials have advised members of the public to avoid unnecessary travel and to stay at home. Flight services at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport have been severely disrupted, with many flights being diverted to Ahmedabad Airport in Gujarat. Seasonal downpours have also affected the western coastal areas of Maharashtra and Goa, while over 16 million people have been affected by seasonal flooding across South Asia with over 1,000 monsoon-related fatalities recorded across India, Nepal, and Bangladesh. The wet weather is expected to continue to affect Mumbai and surrounding areas for the next few days.

Violence in Panchkula kills 35 people

The recent violence in Panchkula has led to the deaths of at least 35 people in the aftermath of the conviction of a popular religious leader of the Dera Sacha Sauda group. The public unrest caused widespread disruption throughout the weekend, and on Monday, the authorities confirmed that the final death toll had been placed at 35, while as many as 204 people have been wounded. A curfew has also been enforced in at least three districts in Punjab, as there remains a high risk of violence in areas which are considered established strongholds of the Dera Sacha Sauda group.

Several killed as violent protests break out in Panchkula

Several people have been killed as violent protests have broken out in response to a court verdict in Panchkula, near Chandigarh. The BBC has reported that at least 12 people have been killed in violent unrest as thousands of people protest the conviction of a popular religious figure, Gurmeet Ram Rahim Singh - the leader of the controversial Dera Sacha Sauda religious group which claims over 60 million followers worldwide. Over 200,000 Dera Sacha Sauda followers allegedly flocked to the Chandigarh area and other parts of Haryana and Punjab after Singh was found guilty in a court verdict of raping two women. There have been widespread reports of vandalism and arson as vehicles and railway stations are set ablaze. Thousands of security personnel - including the armed forces, police officers and paramilitary forces - have been deployed to disperse protesters and restore control. Security personnel have been equipped with tear gas and water cannons and curfews have been imposed in several cities across the Punjab state. There has been widespread disruption as a result of the protests: schools and offices have closed, train services have been suspended, roads have been blocked, and three stadiums have been prepared as makeshift prisons. Violence has also been reported in Delhi, where two train carriages have been set on fire by Dera Sacha Sauda protesters. 

Death toll rises in Assam floods

The death toll of those killed in the recent floods hitting the Assam state has risen to 71 after another person was found dead in the Morigaon district. The monsoon season has swept a bout of heavy rain and strong wind across the north-eastern states of India, as well as parts of neighbouring countries, Bangladesh and Nepal. The Morigaon district is one of the worst affected areas in Assam, along with the Barpeta, Chirang, Dhemaji, Dhubri, Goalpura, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, Majuli, Nagaon, and South Salmara areas. According to reports, the death toll in Assam for flood-related incidents for the entire year is 155.

Dozens killed and wounded in Uttar Pradesh train crashes

Dozens of people have been killed and wounded in two separate train crashes in the Uttar Pradesh state within the last week. On Wednesday, 42 people were wounded in a train collision in the Auraiya district of Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the train allegedly collided with a truck, causing 12 train carriages to derail. The collision comes just days after 23 people were killed and 150 others were wounded when a high-speed train derailed, crashing into residential buildings on Saturday. Despite being the main mode of transport, fatal train accidents are common across India due to to the underfunding and poor safety standards. 

Widespread flooding as Monsoon season brings torrential rain

Widespread flooding has been reported across north-eastern and eastern parts of India as the Monsoon season arrives, bringing bouts of torrential rain. Several days of continuous rain has caused rivers to overflow - flooding towns, villages, and fields. The Bihar, Tripura, and West Bengal states are thought to be some of the worst affected areas, with severe travel restrictions in place. Emergency rescue teams have reportedly been using elephants to safely retrieve people isolated by flood waters. The wet weather has also affected parts of Nepal and Bangladesh - according to the BBC, approximately 250 people are thought to have been killed in flood-related incidents across all three countries.

Celebrations take place for 70th Independence Day

Celebrations are taking place nationwide as India marks the 70th anniversary of their independence. The anniversary also commemorates the partition of India, which saw two of India's most powerful and populous provinces - Bengal and Punjab - cut in half. As the BBC has reported - the separation has been a source of violent conflict since gaining independence, as varying ethnic groups and religious groups fought over territory and boundary lines. Travel advice has been issued whilst celebrations are ongoing, reminding travellers to avoid large crowds where possible as violence may break out suddenly and sporadically.

Dozens killed in Bihar flash floods

Dozens of people have been killed as flash floods have swept across the Bihar state. As many as 41 people have been confirmed dead so far, after days of heavy rain caused flash floods to occur across the state. The worst hit area has been identified as the Araria district, while the Katihar, Kishanganj, and Purnea districts have also been significantly affected. The Indian military forces have been assisting emergency response teams in search and rescue operations as the wet weather continues.

Eight killed in West Bengal bus crash

Eight people have been killed and 25 others have been wounded in a bus crash in West Bengal. The accident occurred on Tuesday in the Tehatta area of Nadia, where the passenger bus allegedly lost control and fell off a bridge, into a canal. Emergency response teams have been dispatched as investigations into the cause of the accident are launched. Poor driving standards and inadequate road safety regulations are often causal factors in such accidents.

Village leader killed in militant attack, Odisha

A village leader has been killed in a Maoist militant attack in the Koraput district of Odisha state. A group of 20 armed Maoist militants allegedly attacked the village leader in Hatibari on Monday evening, barging into his private residence and slitting his throat before setting his vehicles on fire. According to local reports, the extremist group accused the victim of being a police informer.

Three terror suspects killed in security operations, Jammu and Kashmir

Three suspected militants have been killed and another has been wounded in security operations in the Jammu and Kashmir province. The security forces allegedly led a counter-terror raid in the Sopore area of the Baramulla district, where armed militants engaged in a firefight with the security forces. The militants are suspected to be members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terror group which has been known to operate in the disputed areas between India and Pakistan.

Two militants killed in Pulwama gunfight

Two militants have been killed in a shootout with the police forces in the Pulwama district, Jammu and Kashmir. The gunfight occurred when security forces encountered a group of armed militants after launching a search operation within a cordoned off area of the Hakripora village. The militants are thought to be members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba terrorist group and one of the deceased is believed to be a militant commander. 

Millions evacuated as heavy rain causes flooding across northern regions

Millions of people have been evacuated as heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the northern region of India. Approximately two million people have been forcibly relocated to safer areas after flash floods have hit northern areas. According to the BBC, the recent wet weather has affected at least 20 states in India. The north-western Gujarat and Rajasthan areas are thought to be the worst-hit, with the death toll in Gujarat almost doubling to 218 as flood waters receded. The north-eastern Assam and Bengal areas have also been affected and are expected to continue to be affected as the wet weather is predicted to continue for the next few days. The monsoon season in India typically brings bouts of heavy rain from July until September - heightening the risk of floods and landslides nationwide.

Petrol bomb thrown as party district office, Kerala

A petrol bomb was thrown at the district office of the Rashtriya Swayam sevak Sangh (RSS) party in Kottayam, Kerala. The RSS office is believed to have been targeted by suspected members of the Communist Party of India. According to reports, the attack was retaliation for an incident which occurred the previous night, where the office of the trade union wing of the Communist Party of India was attacked by suspected RSS members throwing rocks at the building. No casualties have been reported.

Eleven killed by lightning in Odisha storm

Eleven field workers have been killed after being hit by lightning during a heavy storm in the Odisha state. At least 15 others have also been wounded; however, the death toll is expected to rise as many were critically injured. The state has been hit by heavy floods recently due to bouts of torrential rain. Despite warnings to stay inside, many people have attempted to continue to work - making them vulnerable to lightning. The bad weather is expected to continue and authorities have re-issued warnings that there will be a heightened risk of flash floods, thunder storms and landslides until the monsoon season comes to a close in October.

Policeman wounded in Chattisgarh IED blast

An Indian police officer has been wounded in a blast caused by a buried improvised explosive device (IED) in Chattisgarh. The explosion happened in the Katekalyan area of the Dantewada district - where Naxalite militants have been known to operate. According to reports, the police officer had been removing a militant banner at the time of the blast - indicating that the IED was likely planted by the militants to target the security forces.

Six killed, dozens rescued as heavy rain hits Rajasthan

Six people have been killed as heavy rain has hit various parts of Rajasthan within the last 24 hours. The fatalities - which include two children - have been reported from the hard-hit Jalore, Pali, and Udaipur areas. According to reports, over 100 people have been rescued from Barmer, Jalore, Sihori, and Pali, while rescue helicopters continue joint search operations throughout the region. The intense wet weather is expected to continue, with further downpours still likely.

Naxalite militant killed in counter-terror operations, Maharashtra

A Naxalite militant has been killed after a gunfight broke out during a counter-terror operation in Maharashtra. According to reports, the firefight broke out in the Kapewancha jungle in the Aheri area of the Gadchiroli district - where the security forces allegedly encountered a group of armed Naxalite militants who opened fire, prompting a retaliatory gunfight. The deceased militant has been identified as a wanted suspect who was known to the police. Militant groups often operate in remote forested areas in the Maharashtra area.

Kidnapped doctor rescued in Meerut

A doctor kidnapped from the Preet Vihar area of Delhi on 6 July has been rescued in Meerut, Uttar Pradesh. “He seemed shocked when he was rescued. As if he had lost all hope. He is traumatised to the extent that he is not saying anything against the abductors,” a police source said. During his captivity, Srikanth Goud was tied to a chair and drugged by members of suspected criminal syndicate.  Four people have been arrested in connection with his kidnapping.

Dengue fever kills 21 in Kerala

At least 21 people have been killed in an outbreak of dengue fever in the southern state of Kerala. More than 11,000 cases have been reported in the state since May. "We are staring at a massive health crisis," Kerala's director of health services, R.L. Sarita, told Reuters. "There's a shortage of medicines and health professionals to tackle the situation."

Two militants killed in Jammu-Kashmir

The Indian army has shot dead two suspected militants near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. The incident happened in the Badipora area on Tuesday, while several other suspects are reported to be at large in the area. Both India and Pakistan continue to accuse each other of unprovoked cross-border fire along the LoC, most recently in the Bhimber Gali and Poonch sectors.

Four Pakistani soldiers killed in Kashmir shelling

Four Pakistani soldiers have been killed by Indian shelling across the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, according to the Pakistani military. "Indian troops targeted an army vehicle moving along LoC ... The vehicle fell into the river and four soldiers have drowned," said the Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR) in a statement. Pakistani troops effectively responded to the cease fire violation, the ISPR added. The Indian ministry of defence Lieutenant Colonel Rajesh Kalia said he had no knowledge of the incident.

Air India staff to take strike action

Air India staff are due to take strike action next week at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The workers' union representing Air India staff have announced that the strike has been scheduled for Tuesday 18th July. Around 8,000 workers are expected to gather in the second terminal of the airport. Travellers have been advised to anticipate some delays and to check the status of their flights online.

Police officer wounded in militant attack, Chhattisgarh

An Indian police officer has been wounded in a militant attack in Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred in the Kondagaon district, where an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered in the Kilam-Kudur forest in a targeted attack on the security forces. Naxalite militants are known to operate nearby and often base themselves in remote forested areas.

Two Indian soldiers killed in cross-border firing

Two Indian soldiers have allegedly been killed by Pakistani firing across the border in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian military authorities have claimed that the Pakistani troops opened fire on Indian soldiers in the Keran sector. The Pakistani authorities have not responded to the claims and it remains unclear if either side had crossed the Line of Contact. 

Two soldiers killed in militant attack, Kupwara

Two Indian soldiers have been killed in an armed militant attack in Kupwara. The attack occurred in the Keran area, where the security forces had been carrying out a routine patrol when the armed militants ambushed the soldiers, opening fire on them. Two soldiers were shot dead before the militants managed to escape. Search operations have been launched in pursuit of the attackers.

Naxalite militant shot dead by security forces, Maharashtra

A Naxalite militant has been killed in an armed encounter with the Indian security forces in Maharashtra. The security forces had been carrying out a routine operation in the Gadchiroli area of Maharashtra when the militant opened fire on them, leading to a fatal shootout in which the militant was shot dead. The militant is believed to be a member of the Maoist Naxalites who operate in the remote parts of the region.


Four police officers wounded in clashes with protesters in Darjeeling

Four police officers have been wounded in violent clashes with separatist protesters in Darjeeling, West Bengal. Pro-Gorkhaland protesters allegedly attacked the police forces in a series of violent attacks after a protester was killed in clashes with the security forces on Friday. A police vehicle was set ablaze in the Prokribong area, while the police station in Sonada was also attacked. The violent protests have been ongoing for almost four weeks, with the situation becoming increasingly unstable and violent.

Demonstrations to take place in Jammu and Kashmir

Demonstrations scheduled to take place in Jammu and Kashmir this weekend have prompted the Indian authorities to issue a security warning in the area, advising against unnecessary travel - especially to volatile areas. The town of Tral has been cordoned off entirely in the interests of maintaining peace and order. The demonstrations have been organised to commemorate the death of a local militant commander. The majority of demonstrations are expected to take place on Saturday 08 July; however, some groups may also gather on Sunday. Protests and public demonstrations can often become violent in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region and clashes between the security forces and protesters are highly likely.

Eighteen Maoist militants killed in Chhattisgarh counter-terror operations

At least 18 Maoist militants have been killed and six security personnel have been wounded in counter-terror operations in the Chhattisgarh state. The operations targeted the militants in a remote forest in the Sukma district - which has become a hotspot for militant activity due to its strategic position with access to other cities and protective forested areas.

Bangladeshi national shot dead by Indian Border Force

A Bangladeshi national has been shot dead and two others have been wounded in an encounter with the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) along the Doikhawa border in the Rangpur Division. The Bangladeshi nationals have been identified as three cattle traders and were in the Hatibandha Upazila of Rangpur when they were accused of trespassing on Indian territory near the Cooch Behar area of West Bengal. According to reports, the Bangladeshi authorities have challenged the response of the Indian Border Force - claiming it was not necessary to open fire on the three men.

Thousands evacuated as heavy rains cause flooding in Assam

Thousands of people have been evacuated as heavy rains have caused widespread flooding across the north-eastern Assam state. Days of continuous heavy rain have caused the Brahmaputra river to overflow - affecting almost half of the 27 districts in Assam. At least 20 deaths have been reported as a result of the wet weather and nearly 400,000 people have been evacuated from over 750 villages throughout the state.

Three militants killed in Pulwama search operations

Three militants have been killed in ongoing search operations in the Pulwama district of the disputed Kashmir region. Indian security forces launched search operations in the Bahmnoo area of Pulwama on Monday after receiving intelligence regarding militant activity. Three suspected militants have been killed and two army personnel have been wounded so far in the ongoing operation.

Hundreds evacuated amid heavy rainfall in Gujurat

Hundreds of people have been evacuated from the Patan district in Gujurat State as heavy rainfall heightens the risk of flooding. The Siddhpur area has seen more than 600 people evacuated as almost 38mm of rainfall has been recorded over the weekend. The wet weather has heightened the risk of flash floods and landslides, prompting evacuations from vulnerable low-lying areas and causing delays to rail services in the Ahmedabad area. The rain is expected to continue for at least the next few days.

Villager killed in violent protests, Madhubani

A villager has been killed after violence broke out during a protest in the Madhubani district. Anti-police protesters allegedly attacked the security forces in the Khojpur village, throwing rocks at police officers and setting fire to police vehicles. The police reportedly responded with force, dispersing the protesting villagers. While no other casualties have been reported, it remains unclear how the villager was killed.

One killed in Jammu and Kashmir ceasefire violation

A man has been killed in a recent ceasefire violation in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, one man was shot dead and three other people were wounded after the Indian forces opened fire across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nakyal area of the Kotli district. The Indian troops allegedly fired high calibre weapons, including small arms, automatic weapons, and mortars.

Two militants killed in clashes, Chhattisgarh

Two Maoist militants have been killed in clashes with the security forces in Chhattisgarh. The fighting broke out in the Gandai area of the Rajnandgaon district after the Indian security forces encountered suspected Naxalite militants. No security personnel were wounded in the clash and at least one firearm was recovered from the site.

'Vaccine' found for global cyberattack

A 'vaccine' of sorts has been found for the global cyberattack which saw ransomware infect the IT systems of companies and firms across the world. According to the BBC, the 'vaccine' is based on the creation of a single read-only file titled 'perfc' placed in a computer's 'C:\Windows' folder, which will stop the attack on an individual computer. The computer will still act as a carrier of the ransomware though and no kill-switch has been found by cybersecurity experts which could terminate the entire attack. The ransomware initially surfaced in Ukraine, which was hit particularly hard by the attack as banks, airports, transport systems, companies, and government computers experienced computer outages and widespread network failures. According to Reuters, the nuclear monitoring system in Chernobyl was the latest firm to be targeted by the ransomware in Ukraine. The ransomware allegedly spread from there, affecting companies in Denmark, France, India, Spain, Norway, Russia, the UK, and the US. According to reports, US-based and Indian-based companies were among the most recent firms to report issues - including law firms and hospitals in the US and port operations in Mumbai. It has been widely speculated that the attack was politically motivated rather than financially motivated, as ransoms paid currently amount to little more than $8,000 in BitCoin and the email address associated with the payment method has allegedly been shut down by the creators of the attack. The attack appears to have targeted Ukraine, as the country prepares to celebrate Constitution Day.

Poisoned water kills 15 in East Godavari

At least 15 people have been killed and as many as 32 others remain in hospital after the main water supply was poisoned in the East Godavari district. The water source of a remote tribal region became poisoned after a decaying cow's carcass allowed harmful bacteria to infect the water. The situation was allegedly worsened by hot weather and poor communication facilities between district health officials and tribesmen.

Torrential rain causes travel disruption in Mumbai

Days of heavy rain has caused widespread travel disruption across Mumbai. Public transport systems, including the bus and rail routes, have been severely affected by the torrential rain. Dozens of trees and telephone lines have been brought down, causing damage and blocking roads. There remains a high risk of flooding and landslides as the rain continues. Travellers have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel and to anticipate delays.

Indian guards accused of entering Chinese territory

Indian border guards have been accused of entering Chinese territory in Tibet, allegedly creating obstructions in the area. According to Reuters, a spokesman for the Chinese Foreign Ministry has stated that the Indian border guards "obstructed normal activities" by Chinese forces along the Tibetan region bordering the Indian Sikkim state. The area has been the subject of tense relations in the past and continues to present a problem for the Chinese government, which claims the territory despite heavy resistance from separatists who seek to make Tibet an independent country.

Five killed in shooting incident, Uttar Pradesh

At least five people have been killed in a shooting incident in Uttar Pradesh. The incident occurred on Tuesday morning in the village of Aapta in the Raebareli area of Uttar Pradesh. According to local reports, the violent situation broke out due to a personal dispute between the sons of the local minister and other local residents. Two people have been arrested.

Police officer killed by militants in Srinagar

An Indian police officer has been killed by militants in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. The police officer was allegedly shot dead by a number of suspected militants over the weekend. While no group has claimed responsibility for the shooting, police investigators suspect that separatist militants were behind the attack.

Eight killed in cable-car accident, Jammu and Kashmir

At least eight people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a cable-car accident in the Jammu and Kashmir region. The accident occurred in the touristic Gulmarg area near Srinagar, where a tree allegedly fell on the cable car lines - stranding dozens of tourists. Emergency rescue operations were immediately launched and approximately 150 people have been safely retrieved from the tourist resort so far.

Police officer lyched outside Srinagar mosque

A police officer has been lynched outside the main mosque in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. According to the BBC, the officer was not in uniform when he was confronted by a group of young males outside the mosque during Friday prayers. Local reports allege that the young men quickly became violent, prompting the policeman to fire his gun - wounding two of the youths. The group then attacked the police officer and killed him. The incident has caused anger in the local community and protests are likely to take place.

Two killed in cross-border clashes, Jammu and Kashmir

Two Indian soldiers have been killed in cross-border clashes in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. The clashes broke out in the Poonch district after an alleged earlier altercation in which Pakistani forces infiltrated Indian-claimed territory and killed an Indian soldier. Pakistan has not responded to the accusation as military tensions continue to escalate along the border amid increasing militancy in the disputed region.

Dozens wounded in Maharashtra protest

Dozens of people have been wounded and several vehicles have been torched after violence broke out during a protest in Maharashtra. At least 25 people in total have been wounded, including 12 police officers, 12 local residents and a journalist. The protests occurred in the Nevali area and were initially sparked by government intentions to repossess 1,600 acres of land from the local area.

Former district official killed in Chattisgarh shooting

A former district official has been killed in a shooting incident in Dantewada, Chattisgarh. The former district president was killed after suspected Maoist insurgents opened fire on him on Tuesday. The police suspect the insurgents believed the victim had been informing the police of insurgent activity.

Three militants killed in Chattisgarh search operations

At least three suspected militants have been killed in violent clashes in Chattisgarh. The security forces were allegedly carrying out search operations in Pendori village of the Rajnandgaon district when they encountered a group of Maoist militants. The militants allegedly opened fire on the security forces, prompting a violent exchange of fire in which three militants were killed.

Police officer killed in militant attack in Srinagar

An Indian police officer has been killed and another has been wounded in a militant attack in Srinagar city. A police patrol unit was allegedly attacked by armed militants in the Hyderpora area of Srinagar on Thursday morning. The militants opened fire indiscriminately, wounding two police officers. One of the police officers later succumbed to his injuries. 

Civilian killed in Arunachal Pradesh counter-terror operation

A civilian man has been killed in a counter-terror operation conducted by the Indian armed forces in Arunachal Pradesh. The operation was aimed at targeting known militants in the north-eastern Changlang area; however, the man was shot dead after being mistaken for a militant. 

Eight killed in Mizoram landslide

Eight people have been killed and at least six others remain unaccounted for following a landslide in the Lunglei district in Mizoram. The landslides were caused by several consecutive days of heavy rain. The people were killed in the Tlabung area after 350 properties were flooded and hit by the landslide.

Civilian killed in clashes with military, Jammu and Kashmir

A civilian has been killed and five others have been wounded in violent armed clashes with the military in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The security personnel were allegedly conducting a counter-terror operation in the village of Arwani when a firefight broke out between the military and Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants. The civilians were allegedly attempting to assist the LeT militants by obstructing military operations. 

Soldier killed in IED blast in Manipur

An Indian soldier has been killed and three others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Manipur state. The IED was allegedly detonated by militants using a remote control device in the Kashung area of the Ukhrul district. The soldiers were allegedly targeted during a patrol in the village. The security forces suspect militants to be behind the explosion and have launched a large search operation in response.

Two militants killed in Meghalaya firefight

Two suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a firefight with the security forces in Meghalaya. Police forces apprehended the group of militants in the remote Jugisil village in West Khasi Hills, Meghalaya. The situation allegedly became violent when the GNLA militants opened fire on the police officers, leading to a fatal shootout. Several high-calibre firearms and other weapons were confiscated from the site.

Nine police officers wounded in protest clashes, West Bengal

Nine police officers have been wounded after clashing with protesters in a remote northern area of West Bengal. The violence broke out in a small town near Darjeeling where Gorkha Janamukti Morcha (GJM) protesters started throwing rocks and glass bottles at the police forces, prompting officers to respond with tear gas. The GJM is a separatist self-acclaimed political party which seeks to establish a Nepalese-speaking Gorkhaland state. The demonstrators were rallying to protest against plans to introduce compulsory Bengali language lessons in schools throughout the area.

Three militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir

At least three suspected militants have been killed after clashing with the security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. The suspects were allegedly trying to infiltrate a guarded area of the Machil sector in the Kupwara district when the security forces became aware of their presence. After firing several warning shots, the militants allegedly responded by opening fire on the security forces - leading to a crossfire in which three militants were killed.

Four killed in Nagaland clashes

At least four people have been killed and three others have been wounded in violent clashes in Nagaland. The security forces encountered a group of armed militants in the Mon district, whilst carrying out operations in the Oting village. Three militants and one security personnel have been killed. Various firearms and explosives have also been discovered and confiscated by the security forces.

Civilians clash with police in Jammu and Kashmir

One civilian has been killed and 13 others have been wounded after clashes broke out between police officers and villagers in Jammu and Kashmir. The violence broke out when police forces cordoned off an area in the Ganowpara village of the Shopian district to perform a property search after receiving intelligence indicative of a militant presence in the area. Crowds of protesting local residents allegedly broke through the cordon to disrupt police operations, prompting the police officers to fire into the crowd to disperse them. Villages and communities in the northern Jammu and Kashmir area have been known to harbour militants - often resisting police and military operations.

Five farmers killed amid protests in Madhya Pradesh

Five farmers have been killed after violence broke out during protests in the Madhya Pradesh state. The demonstration took place in the Mandsaur district, where hundreds of farmers gathered to pressure the government to write off farmers' debts and to establish a minimum price for farmed produce. Violence broke out after gunshots were fired into the crowd - killing at least five farmers. It has not been made clear who fired the gunshots.

High terror alert in Uri, Jammu and Kashmir

A high terror alert has been issued in the town of Uri in the Baramulla district of  Jammu and Kashmir, following evidence of a heightened risk of militant attacks in the area. Authorities have approved strengthened security measures surrounding two hydroelectric power plants in the town, which are likely to be targeted by militants who have become increasingly active in the area in recent months.

Lightning strikes kill four in Arunachel Pradesh

Four people have been killed and six others have been wounded by lightning in Arunachal Pradesh within the last 24 hours. The Changland district of Arunachal Pradesh has been the worst affected by the stormy weather. Local authorities have warned of the dangers of unnecessary travelling during monsoon season and people have been reminded to remain cautious and prepared.

Three soldiers wounded in IED explosion, Manipur

Three soldiers have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Tengnoupal district of Manipur state. An Assam Rifle patrol unit encountered the IED - which had planted along the Imphal-Moreh road - near a junction in close proximity to the Mongjang village. The incident has been claimed by militants of the Revolutionary Peoples' Front.

Maoist commander killed in gunfight, Chitrakonda

A Maoist Naxal commander has been killed in an armed encounter near Chitrakonda in the Odisha State. The militant was apprehended by District Voluntary Force (DVF) officers in the Kapati Jungle - who engaged in a gunfight after the suspect resisted arrest and became violent. Explosives and other militant materials were seized from the suspect.

Earthquake strikes near Delhi

A 4.7-magnitude earthquake has struck near Delhi in the National Capital Region. The earthquake was felt throughout the region at approximately 22:55 UTC on Thursday evening. The epicentre was located just 14km north-north-west of Kharkhoda at a relatively shallow depth of 10km. No major casualties or damages have been reported.

Two militants killed in search operations, Jammu and Kashmir

Two suspected militants have been killed in search operations in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir province. The Indian armed forces were carrying out a routine search operation in Sopore town in the Baramulla district when they encountered armed militants. A brief gunfight ensued, in which two militants were killed.

Thousands of hotels closed amid strike in Karnataka

Thousands of hotels have been closed following strikes throughout the city of Bangalore in Karnataka State. The industrial action was organised to protest against plans to impose a higher tax rate on small hotels later this year. The strike has affected many travellers and local authorities have advised people to anticipate further action and further disruptions.

Two Pakistani soldiers killed in cross-border conflict

Two Pakistani soldiers have allegedly been killed in recent cross-border conflicts in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian officials have allegedly claimed that the conflict broke out in the Uri sector after a Pakistani Border Action Team (BAT) attacked an Indian army patrol, leading to an armed altercation. Cross-border conflicts have risen in the region within recent months, as both sides lay claim to the territory.

Delhi police on high terror alert

The police forces in Delhi are on high alert and have implemented heightened security measures amid a high terror threat. The capital region has been put on high alert following concerns that a group of terrorists are likely to target the area in the near future. Those in Delhi should expect more security personnel and an increase in security checks. Some travel restrictions may be put in place, causing potential traffic disruption.

Police officer wounded in insurgent clashes, Chhattisgarh

An Indian police officer has been wounded in armed clashes with Maoist militants in Chhattisgarh. The police forces encountered the insurgents during a counter-terror operation in the Dantewada district on Wednesday. No insurgent casualties have been reported.

Twenty-one killed in bus crash, Uttarakhand

At least 21 people have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a bus crash in Uttarakhand, after a passenger bus veered off the road into a river. A group of people were on their way back from visiting the Gangotri shrine. The driver appears to have lost control of the bus, plunging the vehicle into the Bhagirathi river in Dharasu town near Nalupani.

Four killed amid civil unrest, Jharkhand

Four people have been killed amid violent civil unrest in the Jharkhand state. Residents in the Jutapur area have had an ongoing dispute with local contractors over sand mining in the area - leading to a series of violent mass protests in the area. Protests in India are often violent and can easily descent into prolonged civil unrest - especially in the more remote areas. Travellers have been advised to avoid the area until the situation has calmed down.

Cross-border firing in Jammu and Kashmir

Cross-border firing has occurred in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian forces allegedly fired heavy artillery at Pakistani posts in the Naushera area of the Rajouri district in Jammu and Kashmir. While no casualties have been reported, hundreds of civilians have been forced to evacuate villages in disputed territory along the border.

Two police officers wounded in IED blast, Chhattisgarh

Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers have been wounded in an explosion in Chhattisgarh. An improvised explosive device (IED) was planted in a forest near the village of Pariya in the Sukma district. The IED was likely planted by Maoist militants - who often operate in the remote forested areas and use IEDs to target the security forces.

Dozens wounded as footbridge collapses, South Goa

Dozens of people have been wounded after a footbridge has collapsed in the Curchorem area of South Goa. Preliminary reports have suggested that as many as 50 people may have been on the bridge at the time of the incident. The bridge - which had allegedly not been used in a decade - reportedly collapsed under the weight of dozens of people who had crowded the bridge as someone attempted suicide. Emergency rescue operations have been launched amid fears that the casualty count may climb. No casualties or fatalities have been confirmed. Authorities have reiterated warnings that old footbridges should be used cautiously and sensibly.

Fifteen Maoist rebels killed in police operations, Chhattisgarh

At least 15 Maoist rebels have been killed in police operations in Chhattisgarh. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) launched a four-day operation against Maoist rebels over the weekend - ultimately killing 15 rebels and arrested eight more. According to reports, a CRPF officer was also killed in the fighting, while another two officers were wounded. 

Dozens relocated in Arunachal Pradesh storm

Dozens of people have been relocated after a cyclonic storm has damaged over 100 houses in Arunachal Pradesh. The storm brought strong winds and heavy rain, damaging a total of 180 houses - rendering 100 people homeless. One person was also killed in the storm after a building collapsed. The Kurung Kumey district and the West Kameng district have been affected the worst. There remains a heightened risk of landslides throughout the area as the emergency services work to restore damages.

India-Pakistan cross-border shelling continues

Cross-border shelling has continued along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region which separates India and Pakistan. The crossfire has entered its fourth consecutive day after both sides started firing over the LoC on Sunday. The Rajouri district has been at the centre of the artillery firing - leading to the evacuation of hundreds of people in the surrounding area. Indian officials claim the Pakistani forces have been attacking Indian military positions; however, the Pakistani forces claim they fired weapons in retaliation to Indian firing. Both sides often accuse the other of initiating cross-border conflicts.

Tamil Nadu transport strike suspended

Transport strikes in Tamil Nadu have been suspended following another round of talks and negotiations. After a three-hour-long talk with government officials, the transport unions have called off the strike temporarily to allow further negotiations to go ahead. Those in the area should expect public bus services to return to standard operations in the time being; however, they should also be prepared for further travel disruption should the strike be continued.

Bus services suspended amid indefinite strikes, Tamil Nadu

Bus services in Tamil Nadu have been suspended indefinitely as trade unions in the Tamil Nadu State Transport Corporation have re-launched state-wide strike action. The industrial action has been re-launched following the breakdown of negotiations over union efforts to secure employees better employment and retirement deals. While private buses have taken up the public bus routes in some areas, travellers should not rely on bus services and should expect significant travel disruptions.

Maoist commander surrenders to police, Jharkhand

Kundan Pahan, leader of the Communist Party of India, has allegedly surrendered to the police in Jharkhand. The commander allegedly handed himself into the authorities in the Ranchi area on Sunday. Pahan was wanted by the police for involvement in 128 crimes - including the murders of a police inspector and a former Jharkhand minister. The arrest is expected to significantly hinder Maoist insurgent activities.

Two Pakistani soldiers wounded in clashes, Jammu and Kashmir

Two Pakistani soldiers have allegedly been wounded in cross-border clashes in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The Pakistani soldiers were allegedly wounded after the Indian forces opened fire in the Naushera area of Rajouri; however, it has also been claimed that the Indian forces opened fire in retaliation to an attack initiated by the Pakistani forces. Both sides have violated the ceasefire agreement in the area multiple times and often hold the other side responsible for initiating violent encounters.

Indian soldier kidnapped and killed, Shopian

An Indian soldier was kidnapped on Tuesday and has since been found dead in the Shopian district, Jammu and Kashmir. The soldier's bullet-ridden body was discovered on Wednesday in the Hermain Chowk area of the district. It remains unknown who was responsible for the abduction; however, investigations have been launched. While it is likely that militants are to blame, Pakistani soldiers have also been accused of attacking and mutilating Indian soldiers in the past.

Two civilians shot in cross-border fire

Two civilians have been shot in cross-border firing over the Line of Control in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. A female civilian has been killed and her husband has been wounded after Pakistani forces fired artillery shots over the border at the Rajouri area in Jammu and Kashmir. The remaining villagers in the area have been evacuated by the Indian forces. Both sides have broken the ceasefire within the last six months by firing over the border.

Six people killed as storm hits Bihar

At least six people have been killed as a heavy storm has hit the north-eastern Bihar state. Strong winds and heavy rain have lashed at the Aurangabad, Darbhanga, Gaya,  Jehanabad, Lakhisarai, Munger, and Patna areas of the state over the least 24 hours. The storm has led to dangerous travel conditions, prompting authorities to advise against all but necessary travel as many roads have become blocked. There is also a high risk of trees and power lines being blown down, with some areas experiencing electricity failures.

Two soldiers killed in IED explosion, Manipur

Two soldiers have been killed and four others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) exploded in the Manipur area. The incident occurred on Monday near the Lokchao village in the Tengnoupal district of Manipur - where a roadside IED was detonated as a security convoy passed by.

Violence breaks out amid student protest, Jammu and Kashmir

A student protest in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region has descended into violence after the police forces clashes with protestors. The students had gathered in Tral in the Pulwama district to protest against alleged police brutality during the arrests of seven students last month. Violence broke out after the students began throwing stones and the police used tear gas to disperse the protesters. There are likely to be further demonstrations in the area.

Civilian killed in militant ambush, Jammu and Kashmir

A civilian has been killed and two Indian soldiers have been wounded in a militant attack in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Members of the Hizb-ul-Mujahideen militant group allegedly attacked an Indian patrol unit in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. It's believed the civilian had been driving by at the time of the attack. The Indian armed forces have recently launched extensive counter-terror operations to eliminate militant activity in the same region.

Fourteen killed in bus crash, Uttar Pradesh

At least 14 people have been killed and 28 others have been wounded in a bus crash in Uttar Pradesh. The incident occurred near Sarai Neem in the Jalesar area of the Etah district - where the driver of the vehicle allegedly fell asleep at the wheel, allowing the vehicle to veer into a canal in the early hours of the morning. The passengers had been on their way back from a wedding. 

Kuki insurgents kidnap two people, Manipur

Two people have been kidnapped by Kuki insurgents in the Manipur state. The Kuki National Front is a separatist insurgent group which operates mostly in the north-eastern regions of India. The insurgents kidnapped a truck driver and his colleague in the Keithelmanbi area whilst driving along the Imphal-Dimapur road. A ransom demand of approximately 200,000 rupees ($3,114) was initially made by the insurgents; however, both hostages were freed by the police forces within 24 hours of their capture - no ransom was paid.

Fifteen police officers wounded in roadside explosion, Maharashtra

At least 15 police officers have been wounded in a roadside explosion in the Maharashtra state. The police officers had been on patrol in the Bhamragarh area of the Gadchiroli district when their vehicle struck a landmine on Wednesday evening. It is suspected that the mine was planted at the roadside by Maoist militants in an attempt to target the security forces.

Three children wounded in bomb blast, Bihar

Three school children have been wounded in a bomb blast in the Bihar state. The incident occurred at a school in the state's capital city, Patna, on Saturday 29 April. The ages and identities of the children have not been disclosed; however, the police have confirmed that no other casualties occurred and investigations to identify the perpetrator(s) are underway.

Nine killed in cross-border clashes

At least nine people have been killed in cross-border clashes between the Indian and the Pakistani forces near the Line of Contact. Two Indian soldiers were allegedly killed and mutilated by Pakistani soldiers in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Seven Pakistani soldiers were then killed in an alleged retaliation from Indian forces in the Mendhar area. Military tensions in the area are high and travellers should avoid unnecessary travel to the volatile northern region.

Muslim men lynched in Assam

Two Muslim men have been lynched by a mob in the north-eastern state of Assam.  The victims were accused of trying to steal cows in the Nagaon district.  Police said two people have been arrested in connection with the attack and a murder investigation is underway.

Five killed in terrorist attack on military camp, Jammu and Kashmir

At least five people have been killed and five others have been wounded in a terrorist attack on a military camp in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The security forces managed to repel the attack, but not without some casualties. Three Indian soldiers and two terrorists have been killed and a further five soldiers have been wounded after the terrorists launched an attack on a military base in the Panzgam area near Chowibal in the Kupwara district. 

Social media temporarily banned in Jammu and Kashmir

The use of social media has been temporarily banned in the volatile northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The regional authorities made the decision to block the use of various social media websites, including but not limited to Facebook, Flikr, Pinterest, Skype, Snapchat, Twitter, Vine, WhatsApp, YoutubeSkype, Pinterest, Snapchat, and Youtube. The ban has come in place amid concerns of growing social unrest in the heavily disputed region.

Five killed in land dispute, Rajasthan

At least five people have been killed and 35 others have been wounded in a land dispute in the Rajasthan state. The conflict broke out over disputed territory in the village of Doroli in the Alwar district in Rajasthan. Two groups of people were involved in the fighting, with reports of gunfire. Violent land disputes often occur in outlying small villages.

Party leader killed in militant attack, Jammu and Kashmir

A party leader has been killed in a suspected militant attack in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region. Abdul Gani Dar - leader of the Peoples' Democratic Party (PDP) - was allegedly attacked by suspected militants in the Pulwama district within the last 24 hours. The northern region has been the subject of violent territorial disputes between India and Pakistan - which in turn has led to an increase in militancy in the area.

Twnety-six soldiers killed in Maoist attack, Chhattisgarh

Twenty-six soldiers have been killed and seven others have been wounded in a Maoist attack in Chhattisgarh. The soldiers were part of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and were attacked by the militants whilst they were performing a road-opening task in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh. A CRPF report has also suggested that seven other CRPF soldiers may remain missing.

Two killed in landslide, Jammu and Kashmir

At least two people have been killed in a landslide in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred on Friday in the village of Drabshalla in the Kishtwar district. The landslide hit a road near the village, killing both victims inside their vehicle. Extreme wet or dry weather can often cause mountainous terrain to become unstable - leading to landslips.

Protest to take place in Karnataka

A protest has been organised to take place in the Karnataka area in response to the release of the 'Bahubali 2' film. Local residents from the surrounding areas have planned to gather in Karnataka on Friday 28 April to protest against the release of the film after one of the actors in the film made derogatory comments regarding the leaders of the Kannadigas in Karnataka. 

Five wounded in landslide, Jammu and Kashmir

At least five people have been wounded after a landslide occurred in the Kupwara district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The landslide hit five people in the Chontiwari Payeen area of the Macchil sector of Kupwarad. Rescue operations managed to successfully rescue all five people hit by the landslide; however, it remains unclear precisely what caused the incident in the first place. Unstable terrain in mountainous areas can often collapse under its own weight - seemingly spontaneously.

Two killed in Maoist attack, Jharkhand

At least two people have been killed in a Maoist militant attack in Jharkhand. The attack took place on Monday, in the Palamu district - where the victims were targeted and taken from their homes before being executed by the armed militants. Police investigations are underway - no motive for the attack has been confirmed; however, it appears the incident was a targeted killing.

Eight Pakistani soldiers killed in cross-border fire, Jammu and Kashmir

At least eight Pakistani soldiers have been killed and two Indian soldiers have been wounded in cross-border firing in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian armed forces allegedly opened retaliatory fire on the Pakistani armed forces in the Naushera area of Jammu and Kashmir following an alleged incursion on the ceasefire from the Pakistani side of the border. Both sides have violated the ceasefire multiple times and have typically accused one another of initiating the crossfires.

Two security personnel wounded in bomb blast, Chhattisgarh

Two security personnel have been wounded in an alleged bomb blast in the Chhattisgarh area. A suspected pressure bomb was detonated in the village of Gudse near Katekalyan in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh - wounding two members of the Special Task Force (STF) on Monday evening. Investigations into the incident are underway, with suspicions that the Maoist Naxal militants were responsible for the blast, as they often target the security forces in violent attacks.

Dozens killed in bus crash, Himachel Pradesh

At least 44 people have been killed in a bus crash in the Himachal Pradesh area. The accident occurred near the remote Nerwa area of the Shimla district and reports have stated that the bus rolled off the road, falling into the Tons river below. The bus had been carrying 56 passengers in total and it's feared that the casualty figures will rise. Investigations into the accident are underway and travellers have been reminded of the dangers brought on by poor road conditions in the remote areas.

Student protesters clash with police in Kashmir

Student protesters have clashed with the security forces in India-administered Kashmir.  The violence erupted on Monday over a police raid on a college in Srinagar, during which a 17-year-old student was shot dead and 50 others wounded.  Police fired tear gas and rubber bullets to disperse the students during the protest on Monday, while other demonstrations have been reported in other parts of the Kashmir Valley.

Militant killed in police shootout, Odisha

A Maoist militant has been killed and a civilian has been wounded in a shootout with the police in the Odisha state. The shootout broke out in the Dayagura forest between Rayagada and Koraput and several explosives and firearms were confiscated from the area. Maoist militant uniforms and literature material were also discovered. No police officers were harmed in the crossfire and it is believed that the civilian was injured by a stray bullet.

Four militants killed in clash with border security

At least four militants have been killed in a clash with Indian border security forces in the Jammu and Kashmir province. The militants were allegedly attempting to cross the Pakistan-India border from the Pakistani side when the border forces in the Keran sector encountered them and ordered them to stop. When the militants continued to advance, the border security guards allegedly opened fire, killing four.

Two policemen killed in clashes with militants, Jharkhand

Two policemen have been killed in a gunfight with Maoist militants in Jharkhand. The fighting broke out on Sunday morning in the Simdega district - where Maoist militants ambushed the police forces whilst they were on patrol. The districts of Jharkhand typically experience high levels of militancy, with militant groups thought to be active in 18 out of 24 districts.

Eight killed in by-election violence, Kashmir

At least eight people have been killed and many others have been wounded during violent protests amid a by-election in Kashmir. On Sunday, violent clashes broke out near Srinagar between the police forces and separatist groups - who had gathered to boycott the election to protest against Indian rule in the disputed region. According to the BBC, two schools were set on fire and the police forces resorted to firing bullets and shotgun pellets at the protesters.

Five soldiers buried in avalanche, Kashmir Valley

Five soldiers have been buried by a series of avalanches in the mountainous Kargil area of the Kashmir Valley. The avalanches occurred on Thursday and were caused by heavy snowfall in the Batalik sector of Kargil. Rescue teams have launched efforts to retrieve the buried soldiers and at least two soldiers have been rescued thus far.

Flood warning issued to Jammu and Kashmir

A flood warning has been issued in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The government department in charge of irrigation and flood control issued the alert after significantly raised water levels were recorded in the Jhelum river in the Anantnag district. Areas immediately near the river have been advised to evacuate and surrounding areas have been advised to remain cautious. Many schools, shops and businesses have closed in light of the warning and there are likely to be travel disruptions.

Demomstrators start hunger strike in Gandhinagar

A group of protesters have started a hunger strike in the Gandhinagar capital city area of the Gujarat state. The hunger strike has been organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) as a form of extreme protest against the poor local government treatment of farmers. The protesters have accused the Gujarat Government of supporting anti-farmer policies. The hunger strike remains relatively small in size at the moment - with only 22 AAP members taking part; however, the AAP has also announced intentions to take further action across the state on Monday 01 May. 

Terror alert issued to Mumbai

A terror alert has been issued to Mumbai amid concerns that militant actors may be planning to enter the city. Authorities confirmed that the police have identified a high risk of terrorists attempting to enter Mumbai via rail transport - sparking concerns that the city is vulnerable to an attack on its railway system. Travellers have been advised to be cautious of suspicious activity and to report any concerns to the police immediately. There is likely to be a stronger police presence in railway stations.

Naxal militants attack Odisha railway station

Communist Naxal militants have attacked a railway station in the Odisha region. Approximately 30 militants targeted Doikallu railway station in the Rayagada district on Friday. Despite two explosions being reported, no casualties occurred. The group left anti-government propaganda leaflets behind, indicating the attack was in protest against the scheduled visit of Prime Minister Modi to the area in April. The Prime Minister's visit is planned to take place over the weekend of Saturday 15 April and it is likely that further violent incidents will occur as the date draws closer.

Two killed in severe weather conditions, Manipur

Two people have been killed in severe weather conditions in the Manipur state. Heavy torrential rains and lightning have hit the area, killing one person in the Jiribam area and killing another in the Tamenglong area. Driving in such conditions should be avoided where possible. The capital of Manipur, Imphal, has recorded its highest ever rainfall for the month of March and authorities have warned that the rain will heighten the risk of landslides. The heavy rainfall is expected to continue for at least the next few days.

China opposes India-hosted Dalai Lama visit to disputed Arunachal Pradesh region

The Chinese authorities have opposed an Indian-hosted visit by the Dalai Lama to the disputed Arunachal Pradesh region. While the region is governed by Indian officials, China also claims the region as an extension of the eastern Himalayan region in southern Tibet. The acceptance of the Dalai Lama by Indian officials will heighten tensions between Beijing and New Delhi. The Dalai Lama's visit to the disputed region has been scheduled from Tuesday 04 April to Thursday 13 April.

Weather warning issued amid heatwave, Northern Maharashtra

The Indian Met office has issued a weather warning to the Nothern Maharashtra area amid a heatwave. Temperatures have risen to as high as 46.5 degrees celcius in Bhira and the authorities have advised people to stay inside out of the heat - especially between midday and 15:00 local time when the sun will be at its highest and hottest. Those in the area should also ensure they are supplied with plenty of water to stay hydrated. 

Five killed as tourist boat capsizes in lake near Khanvel

Five people have been killed after a tourist boat capsized in a lake near Khanvel town in the Union Territory of Dadra and Nagar Haveli on Wednesday evening. According to reports, 25 tourists were on board the boat at the time of the incident. While 20 were rescued, five tourists drowned. The vessel was a recent purchase and was on its first voyage under new ownership when the incident occurred. Investigations into the cause of the accident are ongoing.

One killed, six wounded in Rohtak court shootout

One person has been killed and six others have been wounded in a shootout in a court complex in the Rohtak district of the Haryana state. At least four armed assailants - travelling by one car and one motorbike - drove into the court complex in an attempt to kill a murder suspect - notorious gangster Ramesh Lohar - who was being transferred by court employees at the time of the attack. One employee accompanying Lohar was killed, while Lohar himself was wounded along with five court employees. The assailants managed to fire 16 times before escaping.

Nigerian students attacked by mob near New Delhi

Ten Nigerian students have been attacked by a mob of protesters near New Delhi. The incident occurred in the Greater Noida area outside New Delhi - where protesters had gathered to protest against a narcotics case in which five Nigerian students have been accused of overdosing an Indian boy. Several protesters have been arrested as a result of the attack.

Farmers protest against poor conditions in Delhi

Dozens of Indian farmers have gathered in Delhi to protest against the poor farming conditions amidst the ongoing drought in India. Over 100 farmers gathered on Monday to demand that the government provide compensation to farmers suffering crop failures from the drought. According to local reports, the situation has become so bad that farmers have to take out loans and many have resorted to suicide. The protesters allegedly brought the skulls of fellow farmers who had killed themselves and also put live rats in their own mouths - claiming they would have to eat them or starve. 

One civilian killed, four wounded in military operations, Jammu and Kashmir

At least one civilian has been killed and four others have been wounded in clashes between the military and militant groups in the Jammu and Kashmir region. The military troops had been conducting search operations against militants in the Budgam area of the region and were engaged in crossfire with the militants when local civilian protesters intervened and were hit by stray bullets.

Three Maoist rebels killed in gunfight, Jharkhand

At least three Maoist rebels have been killed and at least one other has been wounded in a gunfight with another rebel faction group in Jharkhand. The in-fighting occurred on Friday in the Sitachuwa village of the Palamu district of Jharkhand. It remains unclear precisely what caused the altercation; however, it has been assumed by authorities that the two groups had some form of disagreement. One wounded Maoist rebel has been arrested and seven rifles were seized from the scene of the gunfight.

Four killed in Jharkhand shooting

Four people have been killed in a shooting incident in Jharkhand. The incident happened in the Steel Gate area of Jharkhand city and it is believed that a former deputy mayor was the target of the attack. Four unidentified armed attackers opened fire on the victims' vehicle - killing the target and three others. No suspects have been identified thus far and no motives have been determined as police investigations continue.

Party leader shot dead in Allahabad

A local leader of the Bahujan Samaj Party (BSP) has been shot dead in Allahabad. The BSP leader was targeted in the Mau Aimja area of Allahabad on Sunday night as he was on his way to his car from his office. Two gunmen on motorcycles opened fire on the leader - killing him on the spot. 

Six militants killed in gunfight, Chhattisgarh

At least six Maoist militants have been killed and three security personnel have been wounded after clashing in the Chhattisgarh district. The gunfight broke out on Saturday after the Maoist rebels ambushed the security forces whilst they were on patrol duty in the Aranpur area of Dantewara in Chhattisgarh. The encounter led to a crossfire in which the security forces managed to repel the attack. No civilians were harmed in the fight.

Border Security Forces kill three civilians in Tripura clash

Three civilians have been killed and another two have been wounded after the Border Security Forces (BSF) opened fire on villagers in the Tripura state. The clash allegedly came about due to a dispute between the BSF officers and villagers of the Harbatali area of Tripura. The incident happened on Friday 17 March in the late evening.

Protest to take place in Delhi

A protest has been scheduled to take place in Delhi on Monday 20 March. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has warned travellers that members of the Jat community intend to stage a demonstration to demand guaranteed water irrigation quotas from the government. Protesters allegedly intend to gather outside the Parliament building and are likely to cause disruption and blockages along surrounding roads and highways throughout Delhi. Thousands of people are expected to attend the demonstration - travellers should expect travel disruption,  remain cautious of crowded areas and be aware of the potential for outbreaks of violence. 

Heightened terror threat to Taj Mahal

A heightened risk of terror attack has been issued to the Taj Mahal after a website threatened to target the shrine. The police and intelligence agencies have allegedly assessed the threat and subsequently, have taken actions to strengthen security measures around the popular tourist sight, located in Agra. Travellers should be prepared for extra security measures and be vigilant but not afraid.

Two rebels shot in police clash, Chhattisgarh

Two Maoist rebels have been killed in a gunfight with the police forces in Chhattisgarh. The District Reserve Group (DRG) encountered the rebels on Thursday near the Kockwahi village in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh and engaged in a cross-fire, shooting two rebels dead. The police have confirmed in reports that the rebels were believed to be members of the Maoist Naxalite militant group. 

Three kidnapped by Maoist rebels

Three people have been kidnapped by Maoist rebels in the Kalahandi district in Odisha. The hostages were abducted by a group of 15-20 Maoist rebels from the Narlapat village and have allegedly been mistaken as police informers. A local report claimed the rebels also set a police officer's bike on fire. Security forces have launched search and rescue operations.

Irish national murdered in Goa

A dual-nationality (Irish-British) female has been discovered dead in Canacona, Goa. Police believe the woman - aged in her 20s - was killed and murder investigations have been launched. One suspect has been arrested and 15 others have been questioned in connection the death. According to the BBC, the victim travelled to India using her British passport. As a result, the Irish consulate is supporting the local British authorities in British-led dealings with the Indian authorities. The body was found in an isolated spot in an area popular with tourists. Travellers have been warned that until the investigation is closed, the area may remain dangerous and they should be aware of suspicious characters.

Two killed, one wounded in counter-terror operations, Jammu and Kashmir

Two suspected terrorists have been killed and a police officer has been wounded in counter-terror operations conducted in the Kupwara district of the volatile Jammu and Kashmir province. The Indian Armed Forces and police forces had been carrying out a joint operation after receiving intelligence regarding the presence of terrorists in the area. According to The Times of India, the militants opened fire on the security forces in the village of Kalaroos. The operation remains ongoing and no civilian casualties have been reported.

Four wounded in cross-border firing

Four people have been wounded in cross-border firing in the heavily disputed Kashmir region. The Indian Army has allegedly commenced unprovoked firing on townships throughout the Abbaspur and Rawalakot areas - prompting retaliatory fire from the Pakistani forces. Dunya News has reported that two people have been wounded in the Chari Kot area and another two have been wounded in the Polas and Taroti villages.

Twelve police officers killed in rebel ambush, Chhattisgarh

Twelve Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers have been killed and four others have been wounded in a rebel attack on a CRPF unit in the Chhattisgarh area. The ambush took place on Saturday, near Bhejji in the Sukma district of the Bastar region. The unit had been clearing a road between Bhejji and Kuttacheru when Maoist rebels detonated an improvised explosive device (IED). The explosion was then followed by rebels opening fire on CRPF personnel indiscriminately. 

Two students wounded in bomb attack, Uttar Pradesh

Two school students have been wounded in a bomb attack on school grounds in the Uttar Pradesh region. The victims have been identified as two female college students. They were wounded in the blast after an explosive was thrown into the compound of Sardar Patel Inter College in the Kanpur area of Uttar Pradesh. Investigations have been launched to identify the perpetrators of the attack.

Indian soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has been killed in cross-border firing near the Line of Control separating India and Pakistan. The altercation occurred in the Gulpur area of the Poonch sector in Jammu. Indian Army officials were reported by The Times of India to have claimed that the firing was initiated by the Pakistani side - to which the Indian troops retaliated. Both sides have broken the ceasefire int he heavily disputed region various times, often blaming the other side.

Three killed in military raid near Srinagar

Three people have been killed in a raid conducted by the Indian armed forces in a village near Srinagar in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region. Military troops allegedly cordoned off and stormed the village of Padgampora in an attempt to clear the area of rebels. Two rebels were killed in the operation; however, a 15-year-old civilian was also killed. The teenager was killed as the security forces used tear gas and live ammunition to disperse protesting villagers who were helping rebel suspects escape the area.

One civilian killed in India-Nepal border shooting

One Nepalese civilian has been killed by border security along the India-Nepal border. The Indian border guards allegedly opened fire on a Nepalese group of people building a culvert in what Indian authorities have described as no man's land near the Kargildanda area of Punarbas in the Kanchanpur district. The 29-year-old Nepalese man died from gunshot wounds and several others have also been wounded. Local Nepalese communities claim they were not on Indian territory and have organised a demonstration against the Indian authorities. 

Civilian wounded in cross-border fire, Jammu and Kashmir

A Pakistani civilian woman has been wounded in cross-border shooting along the Line of Control (LoC) separating India and Pakistan in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred in the Baroh area of Bhimber and it has been confirmed that the firing came from Indian troops; however, it remains unclear if the Pakistani woman had been attempting to illegally cross the border. Both Pakistan and India have accused each other of violating ceasefire agreements in recent months.

Five wounded in bomb explosion, Manipur

Five people have been wounded in a bomb explosion amid Assembly elections in Manipur. The blast occurred in Kasturi Thong area in the centre of Imphal city, shortly after the final phase of Assembly elections had been completed. Police investigations are underway and it has been assumed the perpetrators were politically motivated. No suspects have been identified or arrested.

Two militants killed in gunfight, Jammu and Kashmir

Two militants have been killed in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region. The militants - suspected Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) members - were killed in a gunfight with the security forces which broke out this morning in the Padgampora area of the Pulwama district. No security personnel were injured, however it's believed that three civilians sustained gunshot wounds from the shooting - with one ultimately dying from his injuries.

Four Naxal rebels killed in Bihar

Four Maoist Naxal rebels have been killed in a gunfight with the security forces in the Bihar area. The 204th CoBRA battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force led the operation in the Gaya district of Bihar and ultimately encountered the group of Naxals in the jungles near Baskatwa village. Several weapons were located at the site of the incident and a follow-up search operation has been launched in the area.

One killed, two wounded in bomb explosion, West Bengal

One person has been killed and two others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the Malda district of West Bengal. The blast occurred overnight in the Paharpur village and police investigators are treating the incident as a terrorist attack. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident and no suspects have been identified.

Police disperse protests with water cannons, Srinagar

Protesters have been dispersed by police officers using water cannons in Srinagar. Hundreds of National Health Mission (NHM) employees started strike action on 01 March to demand government regularisation of health services in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region. The NHM employees attempted to protest march along main roads which prompted police units to use water cannons, batons and teargas to disperse the protesters. The protest had allegedly remained peaceful until the police intervened - leading many NHM employees to criticise what they claim was an unnecessary use of police brutality.

Meghalaya police station set ablaze amid protests

Protesters have set fire to a police station as protests became violent in Meghalaya. The protests broke out in the North Garo Hills area after three people were shot dead by police in an incident yesterday. The blaze has been put out and no one was harmed in the fire, however there is significant building damage and travellers have been advised to be aware that further violent protests may occur.

One Indian fisherman killed, four wounded in Sri Lankan Navy shooting

One Indian fisherman has been killed and four others have been wounded as the Sri Lankan Navy opened fire on a group of Indian fishing boats. Approximately 400 Indian fishing trawlers from the Rameswaram fishing jetty had ventured into the Palk Straits to fish when the Sri Lankan Navy issued an armed response to the presence of the Indian fishing boats - killing one 22-year-old fisherman and wounding four others.

Three killed in militant clashes, Jammu and Kashmir

Three people have been killed in a violent clash between the Indian security forces and a group of militants in the Nazneenpora village of the Jammu and Kashmir region. The militants belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen militants group - who engaged in a 15-hour gunfight with security forces in the village. As a result of the crossfire, one special operations officer and two militants were killed, and an army major was severely wounded. Violent clashes with villagers then incurred as the villagers allegedly attempted to protect the militant group by disobeying police orders to stay inside and throwing rocks at the security forces. Civilians have been known to assist militants in clashes with the armed forces in the past - as they often support the rebels cause for independence, or a merger with Pakistan, in the heavily disputed territory of Jammu and Kashmir.

Two soldiers killed in clash with Maoist militants, Chhattisgarh

Two Indian soldiers have been killed and two others have been wounded in a clash with Maoist Naxal militants in the Chhattisgarh area. The altercation occurred during a routine patrol operation being carried out by the Indian troops near the Cherli village in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. It's believed the militants ambushed the armed forces, opening fire on them - leading to a fatal gunfight. Operations have been launched to locate the militants - who managed to flee from the scene of the fighting.

Four wounded in bomb explosion, Kerala

Four people have been wounded in a crude bomb explosion in the Nadapuram area of Kerala. The victims were workers of the Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) office - which was targeted by unknown assailants as they threw the explosives at the building. Police investigations are underway to assess the reason for the attack on the RSS office. It's unlikely the attack was terror-related.

One civilian killed, five wounded in militant attack, Kashmir

One civilian has been killed and five security personnel have been wounded in a militant attack in the southern area of the Kashmir province. Militants ambushed a military unit in the Muran Chowk area of the Pulwama district using hand grenades to target police personnel in the area. There has been an increase in militant activity in the southern Kashmir region, with security personnel frequently targeted in these incidents.

Police receive bomb threats towards New Delhi

Jabalpur police have allegedly received a bomb threat via a phone call threatening bomb attacks in New Delhi. Police officials have stated that the call was made to a senior police officer's mobile phone and that the caller spoke through a proxy voice modifier on the internet (Voice over Internet Protocol). No information about specific locations threatened has been released. The police have launched an investigation to trace the call and identify the caller, and have also arranged for the strengthening of security services throughout New Delhi. Travellers have been advised to remain extremely cautious - especially of crowded public areas, such as tourist spots or religious buildings which could be a high-profile area for terror attacks.

Eleven killed, 30 wounded in bus crash, Andhra Pradesh

At least 11 people have been killed and 30 others have been wounded after a bus fell into a canal in Andhra Pradesh. According to the Times of India, the crash occurred after the driver fell asleep behind the wheel - causing the bus to crash through the 3-foot side barrier of a bridge at a speed of 110kmp/h and fall 22 feet into the canal below. The fatal accident happened in the early hours of Tuesday morning near the village of Moolapadu in the Krishna district of Andhra Pradesh.

Local government protest to take place in Bengaluru

Local government employees in the Bengaluru area of the Karnataka state have taken to protest action today. Employees will march from Freedom Park in the downtown area of Bengaluru, to the main residence of the Chief Minister of the Bengaluru government. The march will demand the review of local government employee salaries, benefits and pensions. There is unlikely to be extensive disruption and the march is expected to remain peaceful.

Two militants killed in police shootout, Andhra Pradesh

Two Maoist Naxal rebel militants have been killed in a police shootout in Andhra Pradesh. The police forces encountered a group of rebels during routine operations in Annavaram in the Vizag area of Andhra Pradesh. Two of the rebel group were shot dead during the gunfight and the rest managed to flee the area. Two guns were recovered from the scene. No police casualties have been reported.

Four killed in militant ambush in Kashmir

Four people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a militant ambush in the southern area of the Kashmir province. Army and police forces had been returning from a village in the Shopian district when the militants attacked the group. The gunfight lasted for an hour in the early hours of Thursday morning. One female civilian and three soldiers were killed in the shootout. It's been reported that separatist Naxal militants were behind the attack.

Indian actress targeted in kidnapping attempt, Kerala

An Indian actress was targeted in a failed kidnapping attempt in Kerala. The victim's car had been travelling from Thrissur to Kochi when it was intercepted by a group of heavily armed men near Cochin International Airport. The attempt was foiled and the victim managed to escape abduction. Police investigations are now underway and one suspect has been detained in connection with the incident. 

Miltitant killed in joint operations, Chhattisgarh

A Naxal militant has been killed in a gunfight between the rebel group and Indian security forces in Chhattisgarh. The clash occurred in the Kavargatta forests in the Bijapur district during a joint operation which involved the anti-Naxal force of Telangana and police officers from the Chhattisgarh police unit. The militant killed has been confirmed to be a female Naxal rebel. Clashes between rebel and security forces often occur in this area.

Three militants killed in military encounter, Kashmir

Three militants have been killed and an Indian soldier has been wounded in a violent encounter between the militants and the Indian military in the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region. The clash occurred in the Khan Mohalla area in the Handwara district. The area has since been cordoned off and secured by the military. No civilian casualties have been reported. 

Two policemen killed in militant clash, Chhattisgarh

Two policemen have been killed following a violent encounter with Maoist militants (aka Naxals) in the Chhattisgarh area. Two officers of the Special Task Force (STF) were killed in a gunfight with the Naxal militants in the forests of the Tumdiwal region in the Kondagaon district. One of the STF officers killed was an assistant platoon commander. The unit had been carrying out a routine anti-Naxal operation within the limits of the Mardapal police station at the time of the encounter.

Tamil Nadu politician imprisoned for corruption

A top advisor to the late chief minister of Tamil Nadu - identified as V.K. Sasikala - has been jailed on corruption charges. Sasikala had been organising a bid to become the new chief minister of Tamil Nadu when she was sentenced to four years in prison. She was found guilty in an investigation into a disproportionate assets case. Sasikala will now be banned from seeking re-election for 10 years after her release.

Four killed, 15 wounded in armed clash, Bandipora

Four people have been killed and 15 others have been wounded amid an armed clash in the Bandipora district of the volatile Jammu and Kashmir region. The clash occurred between armed militants and the Indian Armed Forces during a military searching operation in the area. The militants allegedly opened fire on the security forces, triggering a shootout in which one militant and three soldiers were killed and 15 soldiers were wounded.

Cab drivers strike across New Delhi

Cab drivers for the ride-sharing apps Uber and Ola have continued a three-day strike into its fourth day in New Delhi. The drivers are taking strike action to demand decreased working hours, employee incentives and company-provided insurance policies. The strikes have seriously affected public transport throughout the city. Bus networks have been overloaded, with additional services being introduced to cope with the surplus of customers. Those in the area should allow extra time for delays when travelling through New Delhi. The strike will continue until an agreement is reached.

Public services disrupted by protests, Srinagar

Public transport services have been severely disrupted by protests in Srinagar. Separatist organisations - All Parties Hurriyat Conference and the Hurriyet forum - organised the mass demonstration to protest against the execution of Muhammad Afzal Guru in 2013. Guru was served capital punishment after he was convicted for carrying out a violent attack on the Indian Parliament. The protests have taken place on the third anniversary of Guru's death. Train services halted services amid fears of outbreaks of violence during the protests and many other public services were also disrupted. The protesting groups have also arranged to march outside the UN office in Srinagar on Friday 10 February.

Maoist militants kill tribal trader, Andhra Pradesh

Maoist militants have killed a tribal trader in the south-western Andhra Pradesh province. The clash occurred in the coastal Visakhapatnam area after Maoist militants mistook the victim for a police officer and attacked him. Police investigations are underway and a search operation has been launched in the area. In the last two months, the area has become the location of increasingly frequent violent militant attacks.

Fifty wounded in protest clashes, Tripura

At least 50 people have been wounded following clashes between protesters throughout Tripura. Three opposition tribal parties led 12-hour shutdowns across the Tripura area in protest against the ruling party's 2016 Citizenship Amendment Bill. The clashes broke out when members of the ruling party confronted protesters. Approximately 1,200 people have been arrested amid the clashes.

Tamil Nadu chief refuses to stand down

The chief minister of Tamil Nadu, O. Panneerselvam, has refused to stand down and give way to his anointed successor. Panneerselvam was appointed as chief minister in December 2016 after the former chief minister, Jayalalithaa Jayaram, passed away. However, the ruling party unexpectedly announced Panneerselvam's resignation and the appointment of V.K. Sasika (Jayaram's former aide) as the new chief minister. Panneerselvam's refusal to step aside poses the threat of potential political chaos as the ruling party faces the possibility of a split.

Pakistani civilian killed by border police, Punjab

A Pakistani civilian has been shot dead border security forces in Punjab. The incident occurred near the India-Pakistan border in the Pathankot area of the Punjab province. According to border police officials, the Pakistani national crossed the border illegally, and allegedly ignored orders from the Indian border force to halt - forcing the border security forces to open fire on the man. Diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan remain high as military tensions continue to cause friction between the two nuclear-capable countries.

Maoist rebel killed in clashes with police, Chhattisgarh

A Maoist rebel has been killed amid clashes between rebel forces and Indian police forces in the Chhattisgarh province. The Anti-Naxal Operations (ANO) unit of the Chhattisgarh police force in collaboration with the District Reserve Guard (DRG) launched an operation targeting rebels in the Pedia area of Bijapur - where the ANO had received intelligence stating that there was a Maoist training camp in the area. One rebel was killed after a gunfight and several more rebels are thought to have been wounded.

India-Nepal border to close during election period

The India-Nepal border is set to close during an Indian state assembly election period this month. Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand will be holding state assembly elections between Sunday 12 February and Tuesday 14 February. The India-Nepal border will remain closed for 48 hours and only the most essential vehicles will be allowed to cross the border. An agreement has been made to allow citizens of countries outside of Nepal and India to cross - as long as they can provide adequate legal documents and travel papers. The security in both states will be heightened during the period as well.

Two policemen wounded in shootout, New Delhi

Two policeman have bene wounded in a shootout in Nehru Place of New Delhi. The confrontation occurred on Monday as the policemen approached the suspects - one of whom was known to the police as he had several charges against him already. Several rounds of bullets were fired and the police managed to detain one suspect.

One killed, six wounded in Maoist attacks, Chhattisgarh

One person has been killed and six others have been wounded as Maoist insurgents have attacked villages in the Dantewada district of the Chhattisgarh province. The insurgents alleged attacked any villages which refused to support the Maoist insurgency in the area. A 25-year-old who wanted to join the police forces was killed in the forests near the Burdikarka village - where six others were also beaten.

Bomb explosion kills four police officers

Four police officers have died after an Improvised Explosive Device (IED) exploded near the Odisha-Andhra Pradesh border. The IED was detonated as a police convoy drove by on the Sunki-Salur highway. The policemen sustained serious injuries and were taken to the hospital immediately - all four passed away. Police investigations are underway, with suspicions that Maoist rebels were behind the attack as they have a history of targeting security officials. Some traffic disruption should be anticipated along the highway and in the surrounding area.

Four killed, dozens trapped in building collapse, Uttar Pradesh

At least four people have been killed and dozens more remain trapped after a building has collapsed in the Kanpur area of Uttar Pradesh.  The building structure fell through as construction workers were working on the sixth floor of the building. A mixture of figures have been reported - between four and eight people are believed to have been killed, and between 30 to 100 people could still be trapped. Rescue operations are underway. Building safety regulations are notoriously poor throughout India.

Five killed, 15 wounded in car bomb explosion, Punjab

At least five people have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in a car bomb explosion at an Indian National Congress (INC) congress rally in the Punjab province. The incident occurred late on Tuesday evening, in the Maur area of the Bathinda district of Punjab. Two Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) were detonated in a vehicle, as a Congressman's car passed by. The congressman is believed to have been the target of the attack, but managed to escape the blast. The IEDs were concealed in an abandoned car and in an abandoned scooter - both positioned along a strategic route, and were detonated via remote control. The incident is being treated as an act of terror, however no group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Mumbai rail strike to take place

Rail workers at Mumbai train station have announced that they will be taking strike action on Wednesday 01 February. Guards and motormen working for central railways will take strike action to protest the decision of the Railways Administration to disband a railways division committee. The workers claim that the committee is an essential part of fixing frequent technical probloems which passengers blame the guards and motormen for. Travellers should anticipate travel disruption and potential protests in Mumbai.

One wounded in bomb explosion, Kerala

One person has been wounded after a bomb exploded near a Communist Party of India Marxist (CPI(M) gathering in the Thalassery area of Kerala. The incident occurred as CPI(M) state secretary, Kodiyeri Balakrishnan, was addressing the party gathering. While Balakrishnan remained uninjured, another CPI(M) worker sustained minor injuries from the explosion. The CPI(M) have claimed that political opponents were behind the attack. Police have confirmed that 12 suspects have been detained - all of whom have connections to political organisations opposing the CPI(M). Those in the area should be aware of the high tensions.

Nine bomb blasts hit Assam

Militants have carried out nine bomb explosions in the Assam region on the day of Republic Day, Thursday 26 January. Seven explosions took place in Assam and two others took place in Manipur. No casualties have been reported from the low-intensity blasts. Militants of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA) have a strong base in eastern Assam - where the explosions took place - and have called for a boycott of Republic Day celebrations. The ULFA militants claim that Republic Day celebrates the Indian colonisation of the Assam region. Those in the area should be vigilant, but not afraid, as tensions remain high. Travellers should avoid large demonstrations.

Dozens wounded amid violent protest, Tamil Nadu

At least 38 people have been wounded in recent protests in Tamil Nadu after they turned violent. Approximately 350 people were performing a sit-in protest against a planned Jallikattu (bull-taming) event when the police forces attempted to disperse the group. The protesters alleged resisted police efforts and retaliated with violence. The incident took place in Alanganallur. Ten police officers are believed to be among the 38 wounded. Those in the area should anticipate further demonstrations as tensions remain high.

Nine killed in avalanches, Jammu and Kashmir

Nine people have been killed in avalanches in the Bandipura and Ganderbal districts of the Jammu and Kashmir region. Four people were killed during an avalanche in Badugam village in the Gurez area of the northern Bandipura district, when their family home was buried under snow. Another five people were killed in a second avalanche in the Sonamarg area of Ganderbal district. The second avalanche hit a High Altitude Welfare School - killing five soldiers and trapping four more. The avalanches are thought to have been caused by up to four or five feet of fresh snowfall - which allegedly caused the large slips of snow. Both areas have been known to be prone to avalanches and all travellers in the area should take extreme caution during particularly cold weather.

Five bombs discovered on a train, Howrah

Five explosive devices have been discovered in three bags on the Falaknuma Express train at Howrah station in West Bengal. Several passengers on board the train noticed the abandoned bags and alerted the authorities. A bomb disposal team was dispatched and has removed the suspect bags from the train -  which were confirmed to be containing five explosive bombs and electric wires. The bombs are believed to be live socket and pipe bombs - both of which have the potential to cause significant destruction if well-made. Investigations are ongoing. The security authorities have been on high alert ahead of the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. Those in the area should be aware of the high risk of terrorist attack during the next 48 hours.

Police forces targeted by bomb explosion, Chhattisgarh

Indian police forces have been targeted in a bomb explosion in the Chhattisgarh province. One of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) units was targeted whilst they were on patrol with sniffer dogs in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. An Improvised Explosive Device (IED) was detonated as the CRPF unit approached it. No CRPF officers were killed or wounded, however a CRPF sniffer dog was killed by the explosion. No group has claimed responsibility for the attack as of yet. Police investigations are underway, and a search operation has been launched in the surrounding area. The use of an IED to target security forces is usually thought to be the work of militants.

Oil tankers ambushed by militants, Manipur

An oil tanker convoy has been ambushed by militants in the Manipur State. The incident took place on the Maipur-Assam highway near Khongsang. Approximately 300 oil tankers had been in the convoy, which had an Indian security forces armed escort. The militants attempted to intercept the convoy, and opened fire, however they reportedly fled the scene soon after the Indian security forces returned fire. No group has claimed responsibility for the incident, however security officials believe the ambush attempt is consistent with similar attacks carried out by the militant Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland/Nagalim. No civilian, military or militant casualties have been reported.

Three militants killed in military operations, Kashmir

Three suspected militants have been killed in a military operations carried out by Indian armed troops in the conflicted Jammu and Kashmir region. Two suspects have been killed during a raid conducted in the Hadoora area of Srinagar. The militants allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the security forces - sparking a gunfight. Another suspected militant has been killed whilst trying to cross the Line of Control in the Sundabani area. Indian troops intercepted the suspect, ultimately using artillery force to stop the militant crossing. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Travellers should avoid the Jammu and Kashmir region where possible.

Cab drivers stage strike action, Karnataka

Cab drivers of 'Uber' and 'Ola' taxi companies have taken strike action throughout Bengaluru in Karnataka, in protest against decreasing cab fares. Drivers removed their cabs from the roads on Monday amidst complaints that both companies have lowered their fares below the standard set by the state government in an effort to stay competitive, and have ultimately lowered drivers' incomes. Cab drivers have demanded that Uber and Ola agree to reinstate the 19.50 rupee fixed rate, as set by the government. Those in the area should be aware of the potential for repeat strike action.

Two militants trapped in ongoing military operation, Kashmir

Two militants have been trapped by Indian military forces in an ongoing military operation being undertaken in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir province. The militants have been identified as foreign militants, and were ambushed by security forces after the Indian military received intelligence of a hideout in the Hadoora area of Khimber in the Ganderbal district. The militants were soon cornered and have since been engaged in an ongoing gunbattle with the security forces. The surrounding area has been cordoned off and no casualties have been reported thus far. All civilians and travellers should avoid the area whilst the operation remains ongoing.

High risk of terrorism in New Delhi

A high risk of terrorism has been issued for New Delhi city and the surrounding Delhi district ahead of Republic Day (Thursday 26 January). Indian government intelligence officials have warned of seven known terrorists likely to attack the capital city in the immediate future - most likely n Republic Day, when thousands of people will gather in the capital to celebrate. The seven terrorists have reportedly obtained captain and subedar rank Army uniforms from checkposts in the Chakri and Gurdaspur border points, and are likely to attempt to enter the city disguised as Army personnel. Security measures have been increased throughout the city and passenger screening efforts have also been intensified at all entry points into the city. All travellers in the city and the surrounding district should be extremely cautious.

Three tourists wounded in armed robbery, Uttar Pradesh

Three people have been wounded in an armed robbery carried out on a tourist bus in Uttar Pradesh. The tourist bus had been on its way to New Delhi along the Yamuna expressway when it had to stop due to a flat tyre. At which point, the armed robbers exploited the opportunity to attack the undefended bus and attempted to rob passengers of the personal belongings. Several passengers attempted to get off the bus, leading the robbers to open fire on the tourists. No passengers were killed, however three have sustained injuries. Police investigations are ongoing. Those in the area have been advised to be wary of roadside robberies and violent armed criminals.

Four kidnapped in South Garo Hills

Four people have been kidnapped by militants in the Gasuapara area in the South Garo Hills. Militants - believed to be from the Achik Songna Anpachakgipa Kotok (ASAK) group - intercepted three vehicles in the Kolapara area of Gasuapara, and took four hostages altogether. The driver and a passenger were taken from a public transport bus, and two drivers of coal trucks were also taken. ASAK militants recently kidnapped three traders from the Dalu area on 18 January, and released the hostages in the South Garo Hills after their families paid 25,000 rupees in ransom. Travellers should avoid the South Garo Hills area due to the recent increase in kidnap and ransom activity.

Twelve killed, 100 killed in train crash, Andhra Pradesh

At least 12 people have been killed and 100 others have been wounded in a train crash in Andhra Pradesh. Seven coaches of the Jagdalpur-Bhubaneswar Express train derailed on Saturday, due to unknown problems. The implementation of health and safety regulations is known to be poor on Indian trains. Many trains derail in the Andhra Pradesh area, with fatal consequences for many passengers. Travellers should bear in mind that whilst the majority of Indian trains do not crash, there is a significant history of lacking safety standards - thereby increasing the possibility of a fatal crash. Where possible, take alternative transport.

Bomb defused in Chhattisgarh

A bomb has been successfully defused by Indian police forces in Chhattisgrah province. The five kilogram tiffin bomb was discovered in the Dantewada district of the province, and is thought to have been planted by Maoist rebels. The Maoist rebel group has not claimed responsibility for the bombing attempt, however police believe it is consistent with the group's history of using planted bombs to attack areas of the Chhattisgarh province. No casualties have been reported.

Kempegowda International Airport to partially close runway February - April

Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru has announced plans to partially close the runway for 10 weeks between February and April 2017. The runway will be closed to flight services between 10:30 to 17:00 every day, starting from Sunday 19 February, and lasting until Sunday 30 April. Travellers have been recommended to check specific flight updates through the airlines.

Pakistan makes nuclear threat to Indian Army

Pakistani military officials have announced that the Pakistani Army will resort to the 'nuclear option' if Indian troops implement operation 'cold start' on Pakistani territory. In a statement to the Financial Times, an Islamabad official stated that "if ever our national security is threatened by advancing foreign forces, Pakistan will use all of its weapons - and I mean all of our weapons - to defend our country". This statement comes after India's new army chief confirmed the existence of operation 'cold start': a secret military strategy to attack Pakistan in the even of a crisis. Pakistan also successfully tested its first submarine-launched nuclear-capable missile earlier this month - further encouraging nuclear arms build up between the two countries. Although nuclear war remains an unlikely eventuality between two nuclear states due to its absolutely destructive nature, travellers should be aware of the deteriorating diplomatic relations and high military tensions between the two neighbouring countries.

Dozens killed, 50 wounded in school bus crash, Uttar Pradesh

At least 25 people have been killed and 50 others have been wounded in a collision between a school bus and a truck in the Etah district of Uttar Pradesh. The school bus had been transporting school children to JS Public School in Aliganj, which was open despite the government granting three days holiday amid extreme weather conditions. Approximately 18 school children are thought to be among those killed, and around 36 of those wounded have been reported to be in critical condition. It remains unclear precisely what caused the crash or who should be held responsible, however it is widely known that the implementations of road safety standards and vehicle safety standards are dangerously lacking throughout most if India's rural areas.

Bharatiya Janata Party worker killed in stabbing, Kerala

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker has been killed in a stabbing incident in the Dharmadam area of Kerala.  The attacker allegedly ambushed the BJP worker when he was alone in his alone in the Andaloor area of Dhamadam. The attacker managed to escape the scene, however police investigations believe the attacker was a Maoist militant. No motive has been identified for the attack yet. Surrounding roads, shops and businesses have shut down in response to the attack. Those travelling in the area should be aware of some road closures, as well as high tensions following the incident.

Three civilians killed, five wounded in bomb explosion, Chhattisgarh

Three women have been killed and five others have been wounded in a bomb explosion in the remote forests of the Narayanpur district in the Chhattisgarh province. The group of women had been collected herbs in the conflict-torn area, when one of them accidentally stood on a hidden Improvised Explosive Device (IED). Two women died on the spot, while a 14-year-old girl died in hospital later on. Among those wounded was a six-month-old baby. Maosist rebels are known to have a stronghold area nearby, and also have a history of using IEDs to target security personnel and civilians.

One militant killed, one policeman wounded in clashes, Kashmir

One militant has been killed and one policeman has been wounded amid clashes in the Bandipora district of the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The militant has been confirmed to have been a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant. The clashes came during an anti-militancy police operation which was carried out in the area after police officers received intelligence of a LeT militant hideout located in the Hajan area of Bandipora. Police cordoned off the perimeter, and as they closed in on the LeT group, the militants allegedly opened fire - prompting a deadly crossfire. No civilian casualties have been reported.

Tightened transport security following terror alert, New Delhi

Tightened transport security measures have been enforced following a terror alert issued by Indian Intelligence Bureau. The alert warned that seven terrorists, disguised as army officials, had been spotted outside the Chakri and Gurdaspur border posts, and that they may carry out an attack in the capital city, New Delhi. Indira Ghandi International Airport and all Delhi Metro stations have implemented strengthened security checks alongside the deployment of extra security personnel in preemptive measures taken against the alert. Travellers should allow extra time to account for longer security checks.

Two killed, 12 wounded as protest clashes with police, West Bengal

Two people have been killed and at least 12 others have been woudned as protesting villagers have clashed with police officers in the Bhangar area of West Bengal. The villagers were reportedly protesting the construction of a power grid in local farmlands when they started throwing stones at the police forces. Police dispersed the group using rubber bullets and tear gas. The construction of the power grid has been suspended in response to the clash, which has been the subject of many protests and disputes for the last three years. Those in the area should be aware that tensions remain high and further protests are a likely possibility.

Three militants killed in military clashes, Kashmir

Three militants have been killed in clashed with the Indian Army in the Srinagar area of the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident took place in the touristic area of Pahalgam in Srinagar, as Indian security forces performed an anti-insurgent raid on a property which was believed to be a militant hideout. A gunfight broke out at the property, in which the three militants were killed. It is not clear which side opened fire first. Indian security forces have stated that weapons and ammunition were seized from the property. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Those in the area should be aware that all travel to the Jammu and Kashmir region has been strongly advised against due to the high risk of conflict, militancy and violence.

Farmers protest outside Lalgudi Government Hospital, Tamil Nadu

Farmers have been protesting outside the Lalgudi Government Hospital in the Tamil Nadu province. The hospital is holidng the body of a farmer who committed suicide due to the hardship of crop failures. Fellow farmers are claiming that the farmer's death is prrof that the Indian government does not provide adequate compensation to farmers who have experienced crop failures. The farmers have demanded that the government review the policy and provide more sufficient support to farmers. Those in the area may experience some light traffic disruption until the protest disperses.

Two killed in shooting, Bihar

Two people have been killed in a shooting in the Bihar province. The shooting occurred at a road construction site in the Chhapra district of the Bihar province. Two construction workers were shot dead in the night as they slept. Colleagues discovered the bodies of the two victims the next morning. An investigation is underway, however police have not determined a motive or any suspects as of yet -  meaning the perpetrator(s) could still be at large.

Protests outside Supreme Court, Tamil Nadu

Protests have erupted outside the Supreme Court in Tamil Nadu, following the court's decision to reject the organisation of the popular bull-taming sport 'Jallikattu' in the region's annual Tamil harvest festival. The regional Dravida Munnetra Kazhagam (DMK) party led the protests, claiming that the sport was an essential part of the event celebrations, however the court has maintained its judgement of the sport to be cruel to animals. Those in the area should expect high tensions and some traffic disruption until protesters disperse.

Increased threat of terrorism during election period

A warning of an increased threat of terrorism has been issued by the Indian Ministry of Home Affairs, ahead of the upcoming state elections in February and March. The first elections are due to take place in Goa and Punjab on Saturday 04 February, raising the likelihood of demonstrations, violence and terrorism. These elections will be followed by elections in Uttarakhand on Wednesday 15 February. Elections are also scheduled to take place in Uttar Pradesh and Manipur throughout February and March, beginning on Saturday 11 February and ending Wednesday 08 March. Travellers have been advised to avoid protests and large gatherings, and to monitor local media for updates.

Four suspected militants arrested, Manipur

Four suspected militants of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN(IM)) have been arrested by Manipur police in the Thoubal district of Manipur. The arrests were made during search operations and raids carried out in the district. It is thought that three of suspects are cadres of the NSCN(IM), while the fourth detainee is thought to be a sympathiser. Illegal weapons were also discovered in the possession of the militants. 

Three killed, one wounded in friendly fire, Bihar

Three Central Intelligence Security Force (CISF) jawans have been killed and another has been critically wounded in a friendly fire incident in the CISF unit at the thermal power station in the Aurangabad district of the Bihar province. CISF Constable Balveer Singh allegedly opened fire on his colleagues amid a dispute over leave. Two Head Constables and an Assistant Sub-Inspector were killed while another Head Constable was wounded. Singh has been detained by the police with investigations underway.

Two killed, three wounded in shooting at Trinamool Congress office

Two people have been killed and three others have been wounded in a shooting incident in the Trinamool Congress (TMC) office in the Kharagpur area of the Paschim Medinipur district in West Bengal. Unidentified gunmen stormed a meeting and opened fire on five TMC workers in the office. Police have launched investigations and manhunts for the assailants - who managed to escape from the scene in a white van. No arrests have been made, and no group has claimed responsibility for the attack. Police suspect the incident was motivated by either personal enmity or political rivalry.

Three civilians killed, five wounded in militant attack, Kashmir

Three civilians have been killed and five others have been wounded in a militant attack on the border patrol forces in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Militants reportedly attacked the General Reserve Engineer Force in the Akhnoor district of Jammu and Kashmir. The three civilians killed were labourers who has been working with the border patrol forces at the time of the attack. The area has been cordoned off by the armed forces and a counter operations against the militants has been launched. Travellers have been advised to stay away from the area.

Security breach at Bhopal Airport

A security breach has occurred at Bhopal Airport, after a man managed to get onto one of the runways undetected by security forces. The man was safely retrieved and detained by security forces eventually, however many are concerned as to how the suspect managed to access the runway undetected. Police have stated that the detainee appeared to suffer from menatl health problems, and has been transferred to Hamidia Hospital. The case is not being treated suspiciously.

Six killed in police operations, Chhattisgarh

Six people have been killed in police operations carried out by the District Reserve Group (DRG) security forces of the Chhattisgarh police force in the Narayanpur district of Chhattisgarh. One DRG officer and five suspected Maoist militants have been killed in two separate exchanges of fire in operations taking place in one of the militant group's territorial strongholds. Two of the militants killed are believed to be commander-level cadres. Unnecessary travel to the district and wider Chhattisgarh province has been heavily discouraged.

North Delhi civic staff go on strike

Civic staff in North Delhi have gone on strike today - joining East Delhi strikers who started striking on Friday 06 January. Both North and East Delhi workers have complaints over non-payment of salaries for the last two-to-four months, and are boycotting their public duties until their wages are paid in full. Those participating in the strikes include: sanitation workers, engineers, teachers and gardeners. In some places, sanitation workers have gone so far as to spread the garbage - which they'd usually clear away - through the city streets. Those in the area should expect severe disruption and limitation to public services. Strikers have refused to return to work until their demands are met - meaning the strike action is likely to continue for at least the next few days.

Three kidnapped by militants, Meghalaya

Three people have been kidnapped by suspected militants in the Gasuapara area of the South Gara Hillss district in Meghalaya. The alleged militants attacked a group of eleven trade workers as they were on their way to work in the early hours of the morning on Tuesday 10 January. Eight of the group managed to escape, however three were kidnapped by the militants at gunpoint. A similar incident occurred int he same area last year, when eleven traders from Assam were kidnapped by militants.

Militant killed in gunfight, Kashmir

A militant has been killed in a gunfight with Indian security forces in the Bandipora district of the heavily disputed Jammu and  Kashmir region. The security forces had been conducting a raid operation in the Parray Mohalla village in Hajan, when the militant opened fire on the troops - prompting a shootout in which he was killed. It is suspected the militant was a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. People have been advised to avoid the contentious Jammu and Kashmir area, where militancy frequently occurs.

German tourist found dead, Bandipur forest

A female German tourist has been discovered in the Bandipur forest of the Bandipur Muncipality in the Karnataka province. The woman had not been seen since Wednesday 04 January - where she had been sighted at the nearby Maya Hotel where she had been staying. It remains unknown how the woman was killed or why. The police have confirmed that further investigation is udnerway, with the incident looking like a murder case.

Three civilians killed in militant attack, Kashmir

Three civilians have been killed in a militant attack in the Jourian area of the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Seven unidentified militants allegedly attacked the General Reserve Engineer Force Camp, killing three road construction workers during the attack. The Indian Army has launched a manhunt for the gunmen. No other casualties have been reported. The region has been subject to high international tensions between Pakistan and India, which has often become violent, as both countries claim sovereignity over the region in its entirety.

Two kidnap hostages found dead, Manipur

Two people have been killed after being taken hostage in the Tengoupal district of Manipur. The victims were identified as S. Mate, chieftain of Gomlon village and S. Haokip, villager of Gomlon village. Both victims were kidnapped from their homes on Friday 06 January, however the manhunt for their kidnappers proved unfruitful. It remains unknown who the kidnappers were, and no group has claimed responsibility for the incident. Police have commenced investigations into the motives behind the kidnappings, which they hope will lead to the identification of the perpetrator(s).

One militant killed in military operation, Kashmir

One militant has been killed in an anti-insurgent operation carried out by the Indian armed forces in the Gulzarpora are of Mochuwa near Srinagar in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian armed forces allegedly launched the operation after receiving intelligence that a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group was hiding out in the locality of Gulzarpora. No civilian or military casualties have been reported. Those in the area should be aware of the high risk of militancy and violence and take the appropriate precautions, avoiding the area where possible.

Suspected militant killed in shootout with security forces, Chhattisgarh

A suspected Maoist militant has been killed in a shootout with the Indian security forces in the Bijapur district of the Chhattisgarh province. The security forces had reportedly entered the Jagargunda Terrem jungles to build a road when they encountered the militants and engaged in a two-day gunfight in which one soldier was wounded. The body of the suspected Maoist Naxalite was later found and a light machine gun was seized from the area. 

One soldier killed, one civilian wounded in insurgent attack, Manipur

One Indian soldier has been killed and one civilian has been wounded in an attack carried out by insurgents in the village of Khunthak in the Ukhrul district of Manipur. The incident occurred when the insurgents attacked a paramilitary foot patrol and killed one soldier from the Assam Rifles unit. The insurgents managed to escape unidentified.  

Earthquake detected near India-Bangladesh border, Tripura

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has been detected in the Tripura area near the India-Bangladesh border. The earthquake occurred at approximately 09:09 UTC at a depth of 36 kilometers. Five people have been injured and one woman has reportedly died from a heart attack brought on by the earthquake. The earthquake was mostly felt in Bangladesh and India, with some tremors also detected in northern Myanmar and Bhutan. This is the highest magnitude Tripura has ever experienced, prompting concerns that the area may be a subsonic zone - the first to be found completely under land. 

Indian policeman killed in insurgent attack, Kashmir

An Indian policeman has been killed in an insurgent attack on a security check-post in the Chogul area of the Handwor police district in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Insurgents allegedly opened fired on the check-post when Indian armed forces stopped the insurgents for frisking. Indian Army units and special operations police forces immediately launched a manhunt in the surrounding area, however the attackers managed to escape from the scene.

One wounded in Maoist attack, Chhattisgarh

One security personnel has been wounded in a Maoist attack against security patrol forces in the Bijapur district of the Chhattisgarh province. Members of the Communist Party of India-Maoist group attacked the Central Reserve Police Force 168 Battalion using a pipe bomb whilst officers were patrolling the village of Sarkeguda. 

Two killed, 43 wounded in train crash, Uttar Pradesh

At least two people have been killed and 43 others have been wounded in a train crash in the Uttar Pradesh province. The incident, involving the Ajmer-Sealdah express train service, occurred near Rura railway station in the Kanpur Dehat district of Uttar Pradesh. It remains unknown precisely what caused the train to derail, however travellers have been warned that Indian train services have a history of poor safety regulation. Those in the area should expect severe delays to the train service. 

Two wounded in roadside bombing, Nagaland state

Two people have been wounded in a roadside bombing in the Dimapur district of the Nagaland state. The incident took place on the National Highway-29 (NH-29), near the New Dhansiri bridge. Four vehicles were damaged by the explosive on the NH-29 - including the vehicle of Nagaland Congress General Secretary Roland Lotha. The explosive had been comprised of gelatin sticks and sharp metal pieces, designed to pierce targets upon detonation. Police are investigating whether or not Lotha was the target behind the attack. The assailants remain unidentified, however it was clear from the crude handmade nature of the bomb, that the assailants were amateurs.

Hajin village, Jammu and Kashmir, cordoned off due to militant presence

On 22 December, Hajin village in Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir, was cordoned off by the police and army after they suspected that militants were in the area. A search operation is underway to locate them. 

Hajin village cordoned off in clearing operations, Kashmir

The Indian police and armed forces have cordoned off the village of Hajin, in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir province, due to the alleged presence of terrorists in the area. The operations aim to clear the village of militants. Those in the area have been advised to cooperate with the security forces and vacate and avoid the area around Hajin village. No casualties have been reported so far.

Increased threat of terrorism over the holiday period

The US Embassy has issued a travel warning highlighting the increased threat of terrorism in India over the holiday period. Indian reports have suggested that the Islamic State militants have expressed a desire to target major towns and cities in India. There will be an increased threat to foreign travellers, in particular, westerners. Most Islamic extremists strongly oppose the idea of 'westernisation' and any western traditions. Since the Christmas and New Year holiday period is largely recognised as a predominantly western tradition, foreign travellers should exercise extreme caution and avoid complacency with personal security.

Seven wounded in violent protests, Kerala

At least seven people have been wounded as violence broke out in protests outside the Kottayam collectorate in the Kerala province. Demonstrators had been protesting the lack of police action in response to a ragging incident in Nattakom - where first year college students were forced to strip and exercise for 6 hours by third year students. Violence broke out when Indian police were forced to repel protesters attempting to enter the collectorate to demand the older students be brought to justice. The protesters were tear gassed by the the police after they started throwing stones. Traffic came to a complete stop around KK roundabout, near the collectorate. People in the area should avoid the demonstrations and anticipate traffic disruption whilst the protest remains ongoing.

One soldier killed in landmine explosion, Kashmir

One Indian soldier has been killed in a landmine explosion near the Line of Control in the Poonch district of the heavily disputed region of Jammu and Kashmir. A stone fell on the landmine, detonating it with the solder in close proximity. The soldier died on route to the hospital. Civilians and military personnel have been issued a warning to beware of planted landmines in the area. The mines were mostly old landmines, planted during previous wars between India and Pakistan over the Jammu and Kashmir region. Because the mines are old, it's almost impossible to know precisely where one may be planted: representing a serious threat to safety.

India - Bhutan border gate closed after strikes in Assam

The Samdrup Jongkha border gate between India and Bhutan has been closed following striking in the Assam province of India. Strikes along the Assam highway - organised by Kuch Rajbongshi Student Union - have prompted the border gate between the two countries to close temporarily. Bhutanese vehicles should expect restricted travel and all other vehicles should expect no access to the gate. The border point will remain closed until 20 December.

One militant killed in shoot out with security forces, Bijapur

A Maoist militant of the Naxal group has been killed in clashes with the security forces in densely forested areas near Mirtur in the Bijapur district. The shoot out occurred during a combing operation in the interiors of Mirtur police station limits, which was being carried out by joint security forces. Travellers have been advised to stay away from the district and the surrounding areas as skirmished between the militant Naxalites and the security forces continue.

One civilian killed, eight wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

One civilian has been killed and eight others have been wounded in cross-border fire at the Line of Control in the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian shelling allegedly targeted a school vehicle in the village of Mohra in the Nakyal Sector of the Kotli district in Jammu and Kashmir. The driver of the van has been confirmed dead, whilst eight children have been wounded. Pakistani officials have condemned the alleged ceasefire violation from Indian counterparts and have demanded the Indian Army cease targeting civilians. Indian officials have yet to respond to the accusations.

Four police officers killed in Manipur ambushes

Four Indian police officers have been killed and four others wounded in two ambushes in Manipur.  The first attack took place in Lokchao on Thursday, during which one officer died at the scene and three others later succumbed to their injuries.  A second ambush was reported in the nearby Bongyang area.  Speaking to reporters in Tengnoupal, the chief minister said: “It is of no use to attack Manipur Police and all disputes must be resolved through dialogue”.

One militant killed in anti-insurgent patrols, Kashmir

One militant has been killed in recent joint anti-insurgent patrols carried out by the Indian Army and the Indian Police forces in the Bijbehara area of the Anantnag district in Kashmir. A military official confirmed the death of the militant - who belonged to the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group. The militant allegedly attempted to attack the security forces whilst they were patrolling the area. Operations are ongoing to neutralise the threat of insurgents in the area. Travellers have been strongly advised to vacate and avoid the heavily disputed Jammu and Kashmir region due to the high risk of militancy and violent fighting.

Kolkata terror threat alert issued

A terror threat alert has been issued for Kolkata as the General Manager of Easter Railways has allegedly received a letter threatening to blow up Howrah Station. The letter reportedly has been sent by militants of the Pakistani Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) - who have also threatening to kill the Chief Minister of West Bengal if a ransom is not paid. Indian officials have not been able to confir, the authenticity of the letter and so action has been carried out so far. Travellers have been strongly advised to avoid Howrah Station and trains in Kolkata, as well as unnecessary public transport in the Kolkata area.

Chennai Airport re-opens as Cyclone Vardah moves on

Chennai International Airport has re-opened and begun to resume operations as Cyclone Vardah moves on from the area. The storm is expected to die down significantly over the next 24 hours, however travellers should anticipate severe travel disruption due to road damage and power cuts in many areas. 

Eight militants from Myanmar detained by Indian security forces, Mizoram

Eight militants of the Arakan Liberation Army (ALA) rebel group from Myanmar have been detained by the Assam Rifles security forces in the Lwangtlai district of Mizoram. A large cache of weapons has been seized by security personnel, however the group's motives have not yet been ascertained due to linguistic difficulties. The ALA is comprised of 21 insurgent groups in Myanmar, who believe the Rohingya Muslims in the Rakhine State are illegal immigrants. Over half of these groups have signed ceasefire peace agreements, however the recent ethnic cleansing carried out by Myanmar's army has encouraged other insurgent groups to become violent. Travellers in the regions surrounding and bordering the Rakhine State in Myanmar have been advised to anticipate high political tensions and high risk of violence amidst the humanitarian crisis.

Two civilians killed, one wounded in militant clashes with security forces, Karnataka

Two civilians have been wounded and another has been wounded as a crossfire between Indian security forces and Maoist militants has broken out in the village of Tiampur in the Bijapur district of the Karnataka province. One civilian was found dead and two others were found injured during search operations carried out by security forces in the village - one of the injured civilians later died from his wounds. Villagers have claimed that the security forces targeted the civilians and that there were no Maoists in the area, however military sources state that militants opened fire and the security forces were responding. Travellers and civilians have been advised to vacate and avoid areas conflicted by fighting between the security forces and militants.

Cyclonic Storm Vardah causes severe transport disruption, Chennai

The Cyclonic Storm Vardah has caused severe travel disuptions in Chennai. The runways at Chennai Airport have closed and travellers have been advised to expect all forms of public transportation to be severely disrupted. As thousands have evacuated, schools and colleges have closed, and the British Deputy High Commission in Chennai has also announced its closure. Travellers should listen to local authorities and news stations for live weather updates and advice. 16,400 people have already evacuated the Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu areas along the south-eastern coast and two people have been confirmed dead.

Two killed in Cyclone Vardah, Chennai

At least two people have been killed in the Chennai area in severe weather conditions hitting the Indian south-eastern coast as Cyclone Vardah continues. Approximately 16,400 people have been evacuated from the wider areas of Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh. Around 260 trees have fallen down in Tamil Nadu, with many parts of the city flooding - causing extensive damage and increasing the likelihood of landslides. Travellers have been advised to vacate and avoid areas experiencing bad weather conditions.

Thousands evacuated amist Cyclone Vardah

Approximately 16,400 people have been evacuated from the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh regions of India as Cyclone Vardah hits the south-eastern coastal areas. Heavy winds and rain and high waves have prompted the evacuation of over 9,400 people from Andhra Pradesh, and around 7,000 people from Tamil Nadu. So far, eight fishermen have been rescued from severely dangerous sea conditions and two Indian Navy vessels with doctors, food and relief supplies have been prepared on standby in case of severe emergency. No casualties have been reported so far. Travellers in the region should expect severe weather conditions until further notice and should vacate and avoid the Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh regions where possible.

Four killed as building collapses in Nanakram Guda

Four people have been killed in the collapse of a newly constructed building in the Nanakram Guda. Fourteen people had been inside the building when it collapsed - eight people remain trapped after two survivors and four dead bodies have been pulled out so far. There is little hope that those who are trapped are still alive. The collapse has been attributed to failings in health and safety regulations, with construction officials confirming that certain construction rules had been violated by workers in the building of the site.

Two killed in militant clashes, Kashmir

Two militants have been killed in clashes with the Indian military in the disputed Kashmir region. Indian police officials have confirmed that military operations undertook a 42-hour gunbattle against anti-Indian militants in the Arwani village in the Kashmir province. The militants represent a portion of people living in the Indian-controlled Kashmir region who support Pakistani claims to sovereignty over the disputed territory. Travellers and other civilians have been advised to vacate and avoid the Jammu and Kashmir region whilst international tensions remain high between Indian and Pakistani military forces.

Cyclonic storm to hit east coast

A cyclonic storm which has formed over the Bay of Bengal is forecast to hit the eastern coast of India, bringing severe weather conditions to the region. Storm Vadah has been predicted to hit India by the 12 December - affecting most of the eastern coast, including Andhra Pradesh, with hazardous sea conditions, and heavy winds and rain. There is currently no threat of a tsunami, however high waves may occur. It's advisable to avoid unnecessary travel and to keep away from coastal areas.

Three killed in militant clash, Anantang

Three Lashkar-e-Toiba militants have been killed in clashes with the Indian security forces in the Anantang area in the disputed Kashmir province. Indian military forces had allegedly been carrying out search operations in the area when they encountered the militant group - who opened fire on the security forces. Railway services between Budgam to Banihal ahve been suspended following the incident. People in the area should further travel disruption as mobile services are also suspended in Kulgam and Anantnag. Travellers have been advised to avoid the Jammu and Kashmir regions, where there's high military tensions along the border with Pakistan.

Student protest to take place in Chirang district, Assam

Student groups have planned to hold a demonstration in the Dhaligaon area in the Chirang district of Assam. The demonstration will demand that eduacted umeployed youths be granted more job opportunities within the oil industry in Assam. The three-hour sit-in demonstration is scheduled to take place outside the Bongaigaon Refinery on 22 December. The demonstration is expected to be peaceful, however travellers around the area may experience some minor traffic disruption.

Trains services disrupted by tribal protest

Train services across India have been disrupted by an 11-hour railway blockade at Kokrajhar Railway Station. The blockade has been organised by the Adavasi National Convention Committee (ANCC) - which protests for its tribal groups to be granted full status to the community in the Assam region. The groups representatives have been called in for negotiations, bringing demonstrations to a pause after five hours. Most train services have resumed since negotiations have started, however travellers should be prepared for further delays.

Heavy winds and rain as tropical cyclone approaches southern Indian coast

Heavy winds and rain have been reported on the southern coast of India as a tropical cyclone, Storm Nada, approaches. Tamil Nada and Kerala have been particularly hit by the bad weather conditions, as well as the north-eastern coasts of Sri Lanka. People in the area have been advised to minimise travel and to avoid coastal areas.

One wounded in landmine blast, Telangana

One man has been wounded in a roadside landmine blast in the district of Warangal in the Telangana province. The driver and his friend allegedly pulled over to inspect a suspicious object when the mine exploded, injuring the driver. The district has recently announced a more stable state of security since a decrease in Maoist militant activity. The driver is receiving treatment in hospital and other travellers have been advised not report suspicious objects to the police rather than inspect them themselves. 

One militant killed in military operations, Kashmir

A militant has been killed in an anti-insurgency operation in the Anantang district of the heavily disputed Kashmir region. The militant remains unidentified at the moment. Indian Army officials have confirmed the operations are ongoing, with aims to clear the area of militants. No civilian casualties have been reported and travellers have been advised to avoid the contentious region.

Ten killed, 15 wounded in explosives factory fire, Marugapatti

Ten workers have been killed and 15 others have been wounded in a fire in a factory making explosives in Murugapatti of Tamil Nadu. The source of the fire has not yet been identified. Traffic has been stopped by police on Arthur road near the incident. Local residents and other travellers should expect some traffic delays in the area until police re-open the road.

Three terrorists killed in Sambu

Three terrorists suspected of planning attack on trains have been killed in the Sambu area of Jammu and Kashmir. The suspects had allegedly been planning to plant chained Improvised Explosive Devices (IEDs) and trinitroglycerin liquid explosives on train and train tracks. The Border Security Force had planned intercept the terrorists to prevent the group planting the chained IEDs and trinitroglycerin, which would have set major sections of the railway system on fire. The contested Jammu and Kashmir regions are very dangerous areas to visit - travellers and residents have been encouraged to move away from the areas while cross-border tensions remain high.

Seven killed in militant attack, Nagrota

Approximately seven people have been killed in a militant attack on the Indian Army artillery unit in the outskirts of Nagrota. The militants allegedly stormed the unit with heavy artillery, dressed as policemen. The gunfight has allegedly killed four militants and three Indian soldiers, including one Indian Army officer. The attack has prompted all schools in the Nagrota tehsil area to close, and the Jammu-Srinagar Highway has also been shut off - causing severe traffic disruption. Alerts have been issued in Jammu City to prepare for potential attacks over the next few days.

Nationwide protests against demonetisation

Nationwide protests against the demonetisation of the 500 and 1,000 Rupee notes have taken place in Kolkata, Bangalore, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar. Opposition parties have organised most major rallies against the government's decision to ban the notes, with many civilians joining the protests. Road and railway services have been disrupted in many areas with travellers being warned to expect delays. No outbreak of violence has been reported.

Strikes to take place, Kerala

Strikes are due to take place in Kerala today with a complete shutdown of all shops and services planned. Road blocks may be in place and foreign travellers have been warned to expect severe traffic delays and railway disruptions. 

Three killed in military operations, Kashmir

One Indian Army soldier and two militants have been killed in Indian Army counterinsurgency operations in the Indian-controlled section of the heavily disputed Kashmir region. Indian soldiers and counterinsurgency police raided Naidkhai village in a clearing operation - leading to the fatal gunfight. Indian forces also seized two rifles and ammunition. Hundreds of Himalayan villagers have since protested against the Indian military forces presence and have demanded the return of the two militants' bodies for village burials.

Militants attack police station, Kupwara

Militants have attacked a police station in the Handwara area of the Kupwara district. The police forces reportedly returned fire and drove the militants away. Indian police have confirmed that search operations are currently ongoing. No casualties have been reported.

Hospital investigated for human trafficking

An Indian hospital in Baduria in the eastern state of West Bengal has been investigated for incidents related to human trafficking. Thirteen people have been detained after police found two three-day-old babies in cardboard biscuit boxes, and a third six-day-old baby in another room. It is believed the hospital had been illegally buying babies from women who wished to have abortions, and selling the babies on. It's also been reported the hospital stole babies from poorer women - telling the mother the child had died.

Three militants killed in Kerala

Three Maoist militants were killed by Indian police forces in the Nilambur forests in Malappuram, Kerala. The armed gang of militants had been camping in the area and refused to surrender to police forces. When the police surrounded the area, the gang opened fire - sparking a gunfight. Among those killed, was a female dalam leader, known as 'Ajita'.

Pakistan warns India against full-scale war

The Indian and Pakistani military officials have held talks over raised tensions in the heavily disputed Kashmir region, following the deaths of 14 Pakistani nationals under Indian shelling. The Pakistani military official has allegedly told the Indian military to stop unprovoked attacks on the Pakistani side of the border, or the Pakistani military will soon respond with full force and risk another full-scale war being declared. The two countries have already fought two wars over the Kashmir region since 1947.

Taxi drivers begin 36-hour strike, Assam

Taxi drivers and Uber drivers have started a 36-hour strike in Guwahati, Assam. Approximately 12,000 are estimated to take part in the strikes. The protesting drivers are protesting against their companies' decisions to acquire more cars - which will increase competition and reduce employee rewards and benefits. Those in the region are advised to avoid the crowds and expect traffic disruption.

Six militants killed in clashes, Jharkhand

Six militants of the Maoist Naxals militant group have been killed in clashes with the Indian Army in the Karamdih-Chhipadohar jungle in the Latehar district of Jharkband province. The gunfight broke out after the militants opened fire on the security forces. Over 600 bullets, 12 Improvised Explosive Devices and six firearms have been seized by the army.

Nine killed, 11 wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Nine people have been killed and eleven others have been wounded in cross-border fire in the disputed Kashmir region. Indian troops have been reported to have fired on a civilian bus in unprovoked attacks. The Indian firing allegedly hit a bus in the town of Lawat. Indian officials are yet to comment on the incident.

Three killed, one wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

The Indian Army has claimed that three soldiers have been killed, and one soldier has been wounded by attackers on the Line of Control (LoC) in the heavily disputed Kashmir region. Indian military officials allegedly suspect the Pakistani army to be behind the attack and have promised a military response.

Four BSF troops killed in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Four Indian Border Force Security (BSF) personnel were killed, including a BSF Commander, and one civilian was injured in cross-border fire in the heavily disputed Kashmir region. Pakistani troops allegedly fired 60mm mortars at Indian border forces, killing four from shelling. Indian officials have advised civilians to avoid the areas near the Line of Contact.

Two killed in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Two people have been killed and at least eight were wounded in cross-border fire in the Jammu and Kashmir region. Reports claim unprovoked Indian shelling commenced on civilian villages. The Pakistani troops allegedly responded to Indian firing.

Bank robbed by militants in Kashmir

A bank in the Charar-e-Sharief area of central Kashmir's Budgam district, was robbed by a group of suspected militants. The gunmen took Rs1,300,000 from bank cashiers in cash - Rs1,100,000 of which was believed to be in recently demonetised denominations of Rs1,000 and Rs500 notes. The bank was operating with little security forces and no CCTV. No casualties were reported.

At least 143 killed and 200 injured in train crash, Uttar Pradesh

At least 143 were killed and 200 were injured in a train crash in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh in India. The 14-carriage train, carrying 500 passengers, derailed en route from Madhya Pradesh to Patna city in Bihar. An investigation into the cause of the accident is ongoing. The injured were taken to nearby hospitals and replacement bus services were provided for survivors. Those travelling in the area should expect severe delays and cancellations to train journeys and, where possible, should avoid train travel in affected areas.

'God-woman' on run after shooting at wedding guests

An Indian 'God-woman', Sadhvi Deva Thakur, is on the run with seven of her bodyguards, after shooting at wedding guests - killing one and wounding three others. Sadhvi fired shots in a celebratory fashion with no regard for the safety of those around her. Pleas to stop were ignored until the groom's aunt fell-down dead. Sadhvi is wanted by the Indian police in the northern state of Haryana, for other gun-related incidents and is said to represent a danger to the Indian public with her extreme religious views.

Two Indian fishermen wounded in cross-fire with Sri Lankan Navy

Two Indian fishermen have been injured after approximately 100 Indian fishing vessels were fired upon by Sri Lankan Navy vessels. The cross-fire occurred 11 nautical miles off the coast of Kodikkarai. The Sri Lankan Navy vessels claimed the Indian fishing vessels ignored a warning from the Navy to slow down and retreat or face fire. The incident is the second of its kind to occur since Sri Lanka and India set up a Hotline to deal with such confrontations on November 6.

Two wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Two people were wounded from Pakistani shelling in cross-border fire along the Line of Control (LoC). Pakistani troops allegedly targeted Indian posts in four sectors along the LoC in the Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts of the Jammu and Kashmir regions. An Indian military spokesperson states that the Pakistani troops used 82mm mortar bombs and automatic weapons on Indian positions - injuring one Indian military personnel and one Indian civilian, 68-year-old Mangat Ram.

Seven killed in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Seven Pakistani soldiers were killed in cross-border fire in the disputed Kashmir region. The Pakistani military claimed that Indian troops commenced unprovoked firing, to which they responded accordingly. The Indian military has yet to comment on the claims.

India and Japan sign civilian nuclear cooperation pact

India and Japan have signed a controversial civilian nuclear cooperation pact, which paved the way for Japan to transport nuclear equipment and technology to India. This will be the first such agreement with a country outside of the Non-Proliferation Treaty (NPT). As India is not a member of the NPT, it is not subject to the regulations and agreements preventing the spread of nuclear power. This has caused much concern in Japan and other NPT members what the effects will be of enabling a non-member with nuclear power. For this purpose, Japan ensured a clause in the pact which protects Japan's right to withdraw nuclear cooperation if Indian military make use of the pact or if India violates the 2008 agreement on a suspension on nuclear testing. 

Thirteen killed and three wounded in Indian factory fire

At least 13 were killed and another three were wounded in an Indian garment factory fire in Ghaziabad. The fire allegedly broke out early in the morning whilst employees were sleeping, most likely due to an electrical fault. Small fires in factories in India are not uncommon due to the poor levels of appropriate safety inspection. The wounded received treatment in hospital and are believed to be in stable health.

Government suspends toll charges on national highways

The Indian Ministry of Road Transport and Highways released a statement announcing the temporary suspension of toll charges on all national highways until 11 November. The decision came after the government scrapped 500 rupee and 1,000 rupee notes in a surprise action to tackle corrupted 'black money' markets funding terrorist activity. Originally the government included national highway tolls in a select group of services to still accept the notes (along with hospitals and public transport), however long queues on the highways due to the lack of small change for the large notes forced the government to overturn their decision.

Bank notes scrapped in counter terrorism strategy

Indian Prime Minister, Narendra Modi, made a surprise announcement that the biggest note denominations - 500 rupees and 1,000 rupees - would no longer be accepted as legal tender. The announcement came as part of a strategy to tackle rising terrorism and corruption through the Indian 'black money' market. Modi reportedly believes the 'shadow economy' of fake money to have supported the activities of terrorists, as they have in previous years, been caught with large quantities of fake 500 and 1,000 rupee notes.

Joint military exercises with the Russian Federation scheduled for 2017

The Russian Federation plan to carry out joint military exercises with India for 2017. Indra-2017 will be finalised in the first planning conference between representatives of the Russian and Indian defense ministries. The drills were estimated to take place in November, 2017. This will be the fourth Indra drill between India and Russia to take place since 2012.

Shortage of face masks in New Delhi causes health panic

New Dehli suppliers ran out of face masks as pollution levels reach all time highs in the capital city. The US embassy reported hazardous pollution levels in New Delhi as levels of PM2.5 - the fine particles linked to chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease - at an off-the-charts 778. The situation in New Delhi reached emergency level as it became an official health hazard to breathe the polluted air. Thousands queued for hours to buy any form of temporary relief from the polluted air. Many reports state that the public are dissatisfied with government efforts to tackle the problem.

Three dead, five wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Pakistani officials say three have been killed and five have been wounded under Indian firing targetting Nakyal and Danjar village in the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistani official, Sardar Zeeshan Nisar, claims the Indian forces began targeting unarmed civilian villages in unprovoked attacks. Indian officials contradict Pakistani statements and claim they were responding to a Pakistani attack on Poonch.

UN Council refuse India's bid to ban terrorist

The UN Council received criticism from Indian permanent UN Representative, Ambassador Syed Akbaruddin, for failing to ban a terrorist suspected to be affiliated with Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) attacks. India wanted the UN Security Council to place JeM chief, Masood Azhar, on a ban list, however the notion was blocked by China twice on technicalities. 

Three out of eight Indian diplomats leave Pakistan

Three out of eight Indian diplomats accused of spying in Islamabad have left Pakistan. It is not yet clear if the three left Pakistan of their own accord, were exiled by Pakistan or were withdrawn by Indian officials. Pakistani security officials are reported as saying that the other five Indian diplomats are due to leave Islamabad soon. This news comes after weeks of growing tensions between the two countries as fighting over the Kashmir region was accompanied by the publication of diplomats' identities on either side, and accusations of espionage from Pakistani officials.

Indian Embassy websites hacked

Indian Embassy websites in South Africa, Libya, Italy, Switzerland, Malawi, Mali, and Romania have been hacked, releasing the confidential staff and citizens databases online. Admin details, staff logins, citizen names, passport numbers, emails and phone numbers were leaked onto a website called 'Pastebin'. The details released published the private details of 161 Indians in South Africa, 35 in Switzerland, 145 in Italy, 305 in Libya, 74 in Malawi, 14 in Mali and 42 in Romania. A person has claimed responsibility for the crimes via Twitter, however this person remains unidentified as of yet.

One killed, two wounded in firefight with terrorists

One terrorist killed and two Indian army soldiers wounded in firefight with militants in Wangam Village of the Shopian District in Kashmir Province. The army commenced an operation to clear militants of the area after many villagers had alerted the forces to their growing presence. The terrorist killed was identified as Saddam Hussain Mir, a newly recruited militant.

Three civilians killed, six wounded in cross-border fire, Kashmir

Pakistani officials claim three civilians have been killed, while six others have been wounded under Indian fire. Adnan Khurshid, a local Pakistani administrator, claims that Indian forces started unprovoked firing targeting civilian populations in the disputed Kashmir region. Col. Nitin Joshi, an Indian spokesman, claimed the Pakistan side initiated firing. 

Smog sparks 'health emergency' in New Delhi

The US embassy reported hazardous pollution levels in New Delhi as levels of PM2.5 - the fine particles linked to chronic bronchitis, lung cancer and heart disease - at an off-the-charts 778. Levels between 301 and 500 are classified as 'hazardous', meaning everyone faces a risk of respiratory effects and should stay indoors, while levels above 500 are beyond the official index. The situation in New Delhi reached emergency level as schools began to close this morning and many sent families to villages out of town as it became an official health hazard to breathe the polluted air.

One killed in bomb explosion in West Bengal

Lulu Sheikh was killed in a a high-intensity bomb explosion in a club in the village of Shreebati, West Bengal. Police suspect a number of bombs were placed in the club. The bomb squad and police are currently investigating the scene.

Assam Public Service Commission Chairman arrested on corruption charges

Assam's Public Service Commission Chairman, Rakesh Kumar Paul, was arrested on charges of corruption. Tha Assam police's investigations found that Paul was heavily involved in corrupt activities to the financial benefit of himself, as well as his wife Sunanda, brother Rajeev and driver Sanjay Saha. It became clear they were engaged in suspicious activity when assets accumulated to vastly more than their incomes.

Rape victim claims abuse by police in Kerala

A woman who came forward to report herself as a victim of a gang rape that had happened two years prior, claims that Indian police officers embarrassed her, asking her lewd questions which implied they were not taking the case seriously. Allegedly, officers asked her who gave her the most pleasure and which one of her attackers was the 'biggest'. The Police force have denied these allegations. The woman, who remains unidentified, said the experience of reporting the crime was more humiliating than the crime itself and withdrew her complaint after one of her rapists - whom she claims is a politician - threatened to kill her children if she didn't.

Eight year-old girl killed by Leopard

A wild leopard killed an eight year-old girl in the western region of Gujarat as she made her way from one village to the next. The leopard was caught in a cage and burnt alive by an angry mob in retaliation to the young girl's death. Wild attacks like these are becoming more frequent as wild animal territory gets further encroached by humans. Those in the region are advised to take caution when travelling alone or at night.

Petrol dealers on strike in India

The Consortium of Indian Petroleum Dealers (CIPD) commenced a purchasing strike yesterday, in a bid to raise the amount of commission received on petrol sales. The CIPD also protested against the limited hours of operation imposed on Saturdays and the closure of operations on Sundays and government holidays. The ongoing strike is due to finish tomorrow, but plans are in place to strike full-time if the current strike proves unfruitful.

Airports to increase security over terror threats

Approximately 100 civil airports in India are due to undergo security audits with intentions to strengthen counter-terrorism measures. The Central Industrial Security Force (CISF) Director General, O.P. Singh, stated that too many civil airports security measures were substandard. Amid concerns of the growing threat of terror attacks, a large portion of airports are expected to be gradually taken under CISF control to enhance security deployment measures.

Two civilians injured in cross-border firing, Kashmir

Two civilians were injured by Pakistani firing in the Kashmir province when a mortar bomb exploded next to a civilian home. Indian officials claim the Pakistani troops commenced unprovoked firing on civilian areas, to which Indian forces are said to have responded in kind. This is the latest in a series of increasingly frequent civilian casualties amidst rising tensions in the region.

Cyclone to hit India and Bangladesh

Cyclonic storm to hit north-eastern Indian coastal states, including Bengal, Odish and Andhra Pradesh, then will hit Bangladesh south-western coast. The storm is predicted to hit the Bay of Bengal and Bangladesh in the next two to three days with heavy rainfall. Head of the Cyclone Warning Division of the India Meteorological Department, M. Mohaptra, stated that the coming storm was in it's preliminary stage of 'depression', which will deepen as it curves around to hitting the north-eastern coast of India, and then intensify into a cyclonic storm as it hits Bangladesh. Fisherman have been advised to expect very rough sea and proceed with caution. This will be the second cyclone to hit the Bay of Bengal in 10 days.

Pakistan uncovers Indian 'spy ring' in Islamabad

The Pakistani government has accused the Indian government of running a 'spy-ring'. Eight Indian diplomats have been accused of engaging in terrorist and spy activities outside of their official business. Pakistan have released the identities of all suspected spies and it remains unclear is India will withdraw them or if they will be expelled by Pakistan. Among the list of accusations is the sabotage of Pakistan's $46 billion China-Pakistan Economic Corridor (CPEC). Six of the diplomats allegedly worked for New Delhi's Research & Analysis Wing intelligence agency, while two were operatives for the Intelligence Bureau agency.

Bhopal prison shooting pre-meditated

The shooting of eight escaped extremist prisoners from Bhopal prison yesterday has been confirmed through today through investigation to have been pre-meditated. Audio and video footage emerged in which Bhopal prison guards can be clearly heard discussing how to cover up their actions.

$450m of drugs found in drinks factory in Udaipur

Millions of dollars worth of drugs were found in a fizzy drinks factory in the city of Udaipur. Twenty million tablets of Mandrax were discovered with an estimated street value of $450m (£365m). Bollywood producer, Subhas Dudhani, has been arrested in connection to the drugs, which were thought to be heading to South Africa and Mozambique.

Police questioned for shooting eight men in Bhopal prison jailbreak

Indian police officers are under investigation for alleged self-defense shooting of eight escaped prisoners. The prisoners had been part of the now banned Students' Islamic Movement of India (SIMI). Doubts surfaced regarding the legitimacy of the shootings after security footage emerged seemingly showing a prisoner being shot, who was already decapitated. This has led to investigations to confirm the authenticity of the footage and to decipher whether or not Indian police are committing extra-judicial executions.

Twenty-five-thousand relocate amidst cross-border clashes

Approximately 25,000 people have relocated from a total of 167 villages in Jammu, Samba, Kathua, Rajouri, and Poonch, due to the proximity of fighting surrounding the Line of Control in Kashmir. The mass movement of people comes after almost 300 schools have closed in response to 14 civilians being killed in the last two days from shelling and mortar. Temporary housing has been organised for relocated civilians.

Eight Indian diplomats to be withdrawn from Pakistan

Up to eight Indian diplomats may be removed from Pakistan as tensions worsen after Pakistan published the identities and images of six Indian diplomats. This comes after news of Pakistan suspecting two Indian diplomats of spying in Islamabad - updated news suggests Pakistan authorities may now suspect up to five diplomats of spying.

Cross-border fire in Kashmir causes schools to close

Almost 300 schools have had to close indefinitely in the Kashmir, Jammu, Samba and Kathua districts. The closures were confirmed following the death of 14 civilians in cross-border firing between India and Pakistan over the Kashmir border.

Nine Al-Qaeda affiliated militants killed in Punjab

Nine militants alleged to be affiliated with al-Qaeda have been killed in counter-terrorism operations in Sheikhupura, Punjab. Four or five others fled during an insurgent initiated shoot-out. A large cache of weapons was also seized: six kilograms of explosive material, prima cord, four Kalashnikov rifles, five pistols, five motorcycles.

Ten injured in Kochi factory fire

At least 10 people have been injured in fire explosion at Hindustan Insecticides Limited factory in the south-western city of Kochi. A gas leak in the transfer lines of a tanker lorry delivering Carbon Disulfide is thought to have caused the fire. Ernakulam District Collector K Mohammed Y Safirulla said the situation is under control.

Four arrested for poaching in Sri Lankan waters

Sri Lankan Navy and Coastguards arrested four Indian fisherman in an Indian fishing trawler for poaching in Sri Lankan waters, South West of Delft Island. The four have been handed over to the Assistant Director of Fisheries, Jaffna where their cases will be processed.

Eight killed in latest Kashmir border fire

Eight civilians have been killed and nine others wounded by Pakistani shelling as cross-border firing escalated in Kashmir this afternoon. Civil Administrator Patwan Kotwal confirmed that two women were killed in the Rajouri sector, while the remaining six, two of whom were children, were killed in the Ramgarh sector.

IS to target tourist hotspots in India

The US Embassy in India has issued a warning advising travellers of plans by Islamic State (IS) to target popular tourist areas visited by Westerners. These include religious and historical sites, markets, and festival venues.

Civil society activists call for peace following deadly border skirmishes between India and Pakistan

Peace activists have called on India and Pakistan to de-escalate military tensions over Kashmir border disputes, following at least 19 civilian deaths in the past week. Local residents in Kashmir have begun to relocate in response to the fighting around the Line of Control (LoC).  “It seems all these firings are being carried on by both the governments for internal reasons to satisfy specific constituencies of jingoistic nationalism, and offer little diplomatic advantage to either side,” said the Pakistan-India Peoples’ Forum For Peace and Democracy (PIPFPD).

Eight escaped prisoners killed by security forces

Eight prisoners who escaped from the Bhopal Central Jail earlier this morning have been killed by Indian security forces.  The inamtes, members of the Students of Islamic Movement of India (SIMI), killed a prison guard before using bed sheets to scale the prison wall.  They were killed in an encounter in Eintkhedi village, according to Yogesh Chaudhary, IG Bhopal.  “We located the eight inmates, they fired on us, and all of them were killed in cross firing,” said Chaudhary.

India and Pakistan expel each others diplomats

Pakistan's foreign secretary told the Indian High Commissioner that the governemt would be expelling a diplomat - Surjeet Singh - after accusing him of activities that were "in violation of the Vienna Convention and the established diplomatic norms".  The move came a day after New Delhi said it was expelling a Pakistani diplomat for "espionage activities".  Meanwhile Pakistan's main industry body - The Federation of Pakistan Chambers of Commerce and Industry - said it was reviewing trade ties with India.

India-Pakistan exchange fire along LoC

India and Pakistan have exchanged heavy fire along the Line of Control (LoC), the latest in a recent escalation between the two rival states.  Pakistani troops fired mortar shells at villages of Kathua, Heeranagar, Samba, Arnia, RS Pura and Akhnoor in Jammu and Kashmir on Thursday evening, leading to a return of fire from India.  Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate from villages along the border, while the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) said 15 Pakistani Rangers and one BSF soldier was killed in the clashes.

Three Maoist rebels killed in Odisha

On 25 October, three Maoist insurgents were shot dead by Indian security forces in the Jantri forest in Malkangiri district, Odisha. They were killed during ongoing security operations that started on 23 October in Andhra Pradesh and Odisha. A total of 27 Maoist insurgents have been killed in the operations so far.

Four killed in cross-border shelling in Kashmir

Two Pakistani civilians, and Indian soldier and a young Indian boy have been killed in cross-border shelling.  The Pakistani Punjab Rangers blamed the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) for violating the ceasefire, claiming shelling hit Harpal, Pukhlian and Charwah, which separates Punjab from Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir.  Military officials in Pakistan said they carried out "surgical strikes" in response.

Maoist fighters killed in clashes with police

Indian police have killed 23 Maoist fighters during clashes on the border of Andhra Pradesh and Odisha states.  Two members of the Greyhounds - an elite anti-Maoist force in Andhra Pradesh - were wounded during the operation.  ADG (intelligence) of Odisha Arun Sarangi said police had received a tip-off about Maoist movements in the area.  "We informed the Andhra Pradesh police for assistance," Sarangi said.

One Indian border security officer wounded in firefight across Line of Control with Pakistan near Hiranagar

On 21 October, one member of the Border Security Force was critically wounded in one of two firefights across the Line of Control (LoC) in Hiranagar, in Jammu and Kashmir. The firefights reportedly involved small arms and mortars. An unconfirmed number of casualties were sustained on the Pakistani side of the LoC. Indian army officials have stated that the clashes were started by Pakistani Rangers.

Three killed and four wounded in clashes over religious facility in Mallan, Punjab

On 19 October, three people were killed and four were wounded when shooting erupted during clashes between rival factions for control of Sikh worship place (called a gurdwara) in Mallan village, Punjab. One faction, led by Makhan Singh, went to the premises to take "possession" of it, and were resisted by a rival faction led by by Naib Singh. During the clashes, members of both factions fired several rounds at each other. 

Three killed and seven injured in collision near Khaliguda

On 19 October, three people, including an 8-year-old boy, were killed and seven others seriously injured when their SUV was hit by a speeding tanker near Khaliguda village. The SUV was heading towards Gunupur when the truck hit it from the opposite direction. The truck driver fled the scene and remains unidentified. Police have launched an investigation to try and trace the vehicle and driver. 

Security forces raid houses in Baramulla and arrest 44

On 17 October, Indian security forces raided several homes in Baramulla, northern Kashmir, and arrested 44 people in connection with terrorism. During the raids, petrol bombs, documentation belonging to known terror organisations, illegally obtained mobile phones, flags belonging to China and Pakistan and other materials were all seized. In order to carry out the raids, police allegedly laid siege to the entire town, sealing off surrounding bridges and conducting house searches at 01:00 local time. 

Dozens killed in hospital fire in Odisha state

On 17 October, at least 23 people were killed when a fire broke out at the Sum private hospital in Bhubaneswar, Odisha State. More than 20 others are being treated in local hospitals. Most of the victims are reported to have been patients being treated at Sum Hospital's first-floor intensive care unit, who were using ventilators and suffocated after the fire spread to the ward. Police and firefighters broke windows and worked with hospital staff and volunteers to evacuate more than 500 patients from the hospital. The fire was brought under control by Monday night. 

Mumbai International Airport will be closed intermittently from 18 October to 28 November

The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) has reported that the main runway at Mumbai Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport will be closed for four hours on 18 October. The secondary runway will remain open. From 31 October to 28 November, both runways will close every Monday and Thursday between noon and 17:00 local time. All flights scheduled during these times are likely to be delayed or cancelled. The FCO advises travellers to check with their travel agent or airline for updates. Additional security measures have been implemented in airports across the country. Travellers should allow extra time to complete their check-in. 

Two militants killed in Kashmir clashes

On 13 October, two armed militants who had taken up positions in a government building in Kashmir have been killed by soldiers, following a three day stand-off. The building was searched and weapons were recovered. The stand-off began on Monday, when militants occupied the building in Pampore, in Pulwama district. 

Terror threat at Lal Qila Monument in Delhi

On 11 October, security was heightened at the Lal Qila Monument in Delhi following a terror threat. The Indian government deployed 90 National Security Guard (NSG) commandos, including their elite anti-terror squad. Security has also been tightened at various important destinations across the city. 

Nine wounded in grenade attack in Shopian, Kashmir

On 11 October, nine people were wounded in a grenade attack on a paramilitary convoy in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir province. Two paramilitary personnel from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPC) were wounded, as were seven civilians. The attackers reportedly threw a grenade at the convoy but missed, with the device exploding on the road and causing the casualties among nearby civilians. 

One soldier wounded in gunfight in Kashmir

On 10 October, one Indian soldier was wounded in a gunfight in Pampore town in Pulwama district, Kashmir. Officials said that two or three militants entered a multi-storey building of the government's Entrepreneurship Development Institute and set part of it on fire. Police and soldiers responded to the scene where the militants opened fire on them. One soldier was wounded in the initial burst of fire and has been evacuated to hospital. Militants and government forces are still engaging in sporadic shooting, and authorities have suspended traffic on the highway passing through the town. The militants are believed to have arrived in a boat on the River Jhelum and occupied the building at approximately 06:30 local time. 

India kills seven militants in Kashmir

The Indian security forces have been killed seven suspected militants in northern Kashmir.  The army said the deaths occurred when gunmen attacked two army bases in Kupwara and the Nowgam sector. Last week India claimed to have targeted militants in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, although Pakistan's military chief General Raheel Sharif claimed that India fabricated the claims for political reasons.

Three militants killed in attack on Army base in Kashmir

On 6 October, Indian troops killed three suspected militants after they attacked a base in Kashmir. Police state that the militants were shot dead in a fierce exchange of fire near the base in Kupwara district. No Indian soldiers are reported to have been killed or wounded in the attack. 

Terrorists attack police station in Kulgam

On 4 October, terrorists attacked a police station in Yaripora in Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir province. Early reports state that three terrorists were involved and that police have retaliated. No casualties have been reported at this time. No more details have been disclosed.

Deadly attack on military base in Kashmir

On 2 October, militants attacked an Indian army camp in Baramulla, Kashmir, killing one border guard and wounding another. The militants reportedly attacked with automatic fire and grenades, with Indian forces returning fire. Two militants were killed in the attack. The camp is the local headquarters of a counterinsurgency military unit. 

Indian border villages evacuated over rising tension with Pakistan

Villages along Punjab's border with Pakistan have been placed on high alert after conflict broke out with Pakistani forces on the disputed Line of Control (LoC) overnight. Some areas have been evacuated. Schools in the border belt were ordered to close following the escalation of tension and extra Border Security Force (BSF) troops have been positioned in the area. 

Two Pakistani soldiers killed in border incident in Kashmir

Two Pakistani soldiers were reportedly killed in an exchange of fire with Indian troops in the disputed Kashmir region. India stated that it had conducted "surgical strikes" on suspected militants preparing to infiltrate from Pakistani-ruled Kashmir, and claimed that the strikes had inflicted significant casualties on the militants. However, Pakistan refutes this claim and stated that it had repulsed a raid by Indian troops and returned fire across the Line of Control (LoC). Two Pakistani soldiers were killed and nine wounded in the exchange of fire across the LoC in the Himalayan region. 

Three Maoist rebels killed in Bastar

Three Maoist militants were killed after clashes with security forces in the Kondagaon and Narayanpur districts of Bastar on 26 September. Two of those killed are reported to be militant commanders. Police stated that a clearance operation was launched after they received intelligence that rebels were moving to attack the Jhara police camp. The militants opened fire on security personnel after they spotted the ambush, with soldiers returning fire. The firefight lasted for an hour and the militants fled into the forest. A search of the area revealed the bodies of two militant commanders and a range of weaponry. Soldiers also discovered blood stains and drag marks, suggesting that several more militants had been killed or wounded. In another operation, the body of a militant was found after another firefight between security personnel and Maoist militants.

At least eleven killed in floods in Telangana

On 26 September, the official death toll from floods in Telangana reached 11 people, and a further 1000 villagers were evacuated. Heavy rainfall caused the partially-constructed Mid Manair Dam in Boinapally mandal of Karimnagar to overflow and flood areas downstream. 

Five soldiers wounded in grenade attack in Kulgam

Five members of the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were wounded when suspected militants threw a grenade at them near Wanpoh village in Kulgam. The grenade missed the men and exploded on the roadside, resulting in the five officers sustaining shrapnel wounds and being taken to hospital for treatment. 

High alert along Line of Control and security strengthened

A high alert has been declared along the Line of Control (LoC) after a Pakistani national was captured at the International border. The Border Security Forces (BSF) have increased patrols and other security measures. This alert comes after the Indian Army foiled two separate infiltration attempts in the Nowgam sector of Jammu and Kashmir on 21 and 22 September, in which terrorists reportedly tried to cross the LoC in two groups. 

Seven killed and two missing in floods in Andhra Pradesh

Seven people have died and two are missing as a result of flooding in the Guntur district of Andhra Pradesh. Heavy rain is forecast for the next two days and authorities have asked the Army to help with rescue operations. They are also preparing for the possibility of evacuations with flood waters spreading to new areas and forcing schools to close.

Six KPLT terrorists killed in Assam

On 23 September, six Karbi Peoples Liberation Tigers (KPLT) militants were killed following a shootout with a joint police and army unit in the Karbi Anglong district of Assam. Acting on specific intelligence, the police team launched the operation in the Banipathar area, with militants exchanging fire with the team inside a forest at around 01:00 local time. Six KPLT militants were killed, including two suspected leaders of the group. One soldier was wounded in the operation and taken to hospital. One SLR rifle, one Insas rifle, three pistols and two grenades were all recovered at the scene. 

Alert in Uran over potential terror threat

All naval bases in Mumbai, Navi Mumbai, Thane and Raigad have been placed on high alert after schoolgirls spotted a group of five or six men carrying weapons and acting suspiciously near to a Navy base in Uran. A large search operation is underway near the INS Abhimanyu base and security forces have been deployed to the scene.  The area was used as an entry point by militants in the 2008 attacks on Mumbai, during which more than 150 people were killed.

One militant killed in Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir

On 22 September, one militant was killed during a firefight with security forces in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. The shooting started in the Aragam Chitti Bandi village after security personnel were warned of a militant presence in the area. They cordoned off the area, before militants began shooting at them. 

Militants attack army base in Kashmir

At least 17 Indian soldiers have been killed in an attack by militants on an army base in Kashmir.  Four assailants also died in the assault on the base in Uri, around 100km west of Srinagar.  "I assure the nation that those behind this despicable attack will not go unpunished," said Indian PM Narendra Modi.  The incident - the deadliest in Kashmir in two decades - comes after months of violent anti-India protests in the region.

Seven more deaths in Dengue outbreak in Lucknow

On 15 September, seven patients with Dengue died in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. This raises the death toll for the current outbreak to 68 fatalities. Over 1000 other cases have been reported from other areas in the city. The onset of the monsoon season has seen reports of several outbreaks of Dengue and Chikungunya across India, and public health officials are concerned about the ease with which Zika virus could spread in these conditions. 

Civilian killed in Kashmir grenade attack

A grenade thrown at a police post in Anantnag district, Jammu and Kashmir state, on Monday night has killed one civilian and wounded 10 others, including three policemen. Militants threw the grenade at a police post in the Sherbagh area, 55km from Srinagar, when the area was full of people shopping for upcoming Eid celebrations. Three policemen are in a critical condition in the Army hospital in Srinagar and two other civilians have been moved to the hospital.

Four arrested after petrol bomb attack in Mylapore

On 12 September, four people were arrested in connection to a petrol bomb attack that took place earlier in the day at the New Woodlands Hotel in Mylapore, Chennai, Tamil Nadu. Ten attackers, reported as being young males, threw six petrol bombs at the hotel, causing damage to property and furniture but causing no injuries. A video recording of the event went viral on Indian social media and four people have subsequently been arrested. The attackers posted on social media, threatening more petrol bomb attacks if Tamils were targeted in Karnataka. The attack is believed to be related to the ongoing Cauvery River Dispute.

Eight killed, including one police officer, in clashes in Poonch and Kupwara districts, Kashmir

Seven suspected militants and one police officer have been killed in two separate gun battles in the Indian-administered area of Kashmir on Sunday. Four militants were killed in a clash in Kupwara district, as they attempted to infiltrate the Nowgam sector. Three other militants were killed as they attempted to enter a government office in Poonch district in a clash that killed one police officer. 

Militants attack police station in Kashmir

Militants attacked a police station in Pulwama District, south Kashmir, on Thursday morning, leading to an exchange of gunfire with police officers. A senior police officer said that militants attacked the station with grenades and automatic gunfire. Further details are yet to be released. 

Death toll from Japanese Encephalitis rose to 224 in Uttar Pradesh

On 4 September, the death toll caused by a recent outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis rose to 224, as five children died during the previous 24 hours. Officials say that all the deaths were reported from Baba Raghav Das (BRD) Medical College in Gorakhpur. Two of the deceased were from Gorakhpur, two were from Kushinagar, and one was from Sant Kabir Nagar. Government records indicate that 920 patients have been admitted to the BRD with the disease.

Terror threat at Kolkata airport; police suspect hoax

Security has been increased at the Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport in Kolkata after a threat call was made to the Kolkata Police Headquarters. Thorough checks are being carried out in the airport at both the cargo and the passenger terminal. Airport security believe that the call nay be a hoax. Sources report that the call was made at 01:30 hours, and the anonymous caller warned that someone was planning to attack the airport, apparently warning of a human bomb. Special checks are now being conducted in the airport, with police attempting to trace the location and identity of the caller. All vehicles approaching the terminal are now being checked before being allowed to approach the departures terminal, and sniffer dogs have been deployed.

Three soldiers wounded in attack in Jammu and Kashmir

On 7 September, three soldiers were injured when gunmen ambushed an army convoy in the Kupwara District of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident happened on Wednesday morning in the Kralgund area of Handwara town. 

Maoist insurgent killed in armed encounter in Chhattisgarh

One Maoist insurgent has been killed during a fierce encounter with security forces on Tuesday. The clashes took place in Sukma district, central India's Chhattisgarh province. Police Superintendent Kalyan Elesela stated that 40 reserve guards and several Maoist militants were embroiled in a firefight in a forest near the Koyabekur village. Anti-maoist operations are frequently carried out across Chhattisgarh, where several factions of Maoist guerrillas often execute attacks targeting security forces.

One person killed as Indian forces fire on protesters in Kashmir

One man has been killed and several others injured when Indian forces opened fire on protesters during violent clashes in Kashmir. Residents say that police and soldiers also beat up residents and ransacked homes in Nadihal village. A police officer said that government forces fired bullets and shotgun pellets when residents hurled rocks at them. The protests erupted after after troops prevented trucks carrying fruit from entering the village. 

Naxalite fighter shot dead amid anti-Maoist operation in Chhattisgarh

A Naxalite insurgent has been killed after fierce clashes with security forces in Chhattisgarh, south-eastern India. The incident took place on Wednesday during an anti-Maoist operation, as soldiers part of the Special Task Force (STF) encountered Naxals near Ponga Bhejji village, Sukma district. The deceased fighter was already known to the authorities for carrying out several criminal offences in the region. Naxals are the militant guerrillas of the CPI-Maoist group and often carry out attacks targeting security forces across Chhattisgarh.

Hundreds stage violent protest in Kashmir

Hundreds of people stormed the streets of Shopian district in Kashmir to protest over the recent civilian casualties in the area. Demonstrators gathered at the Vehil village started to throw stones at the authorities, who responded by firing tear gas and pellet guns at the protesters. At least 17 people were injured and taken to the local hospital for first aid treatment. The incident comes weeks after 50 people were wounded during a demonstration against security forces in Kulgam distriict.

Two killed and twenty-one injured in explosion in paper factory

An explosion at a paper factory in Malerkotla, Punjab state, has killed two people and injured 21 others. The incident, which occurred at around 13.00 hours local time, on 22 August, is believed to have been caused by a boiling machine. It is not yet known whether the explosion was due to a technical fault of negligence. 

Ten dead and eighteen injured in a bus accident in Khammam district

At around 3am local time on 22 August, a bus carrying 31 passengers skidded off the road and fell into a canal at Nayakangudem, in the Khammam district of Telangana. Ten people died in the accident and a further 18 were injured. The bus was en route to Hyderabad, having departed from Kakinada. Survivors claim that the accident was caused by the negligence of the driver.

Five terrorists killed by security forces in Kashmir

Five terrorists were killed along the Uri sector of Kashmir's Line of Control (LoC) on Monday. Officials stated that the assailants tried to infiltrate the LoC and were suppressed by government soldiers in two separate incidents. Two intruders were killed after opening fire at security forces, as three others were shot dead later that day. Several curfews are in place across Kashmir amid the rising violence involving security forces and armed militants.

CRPF commander and two militants killed in Kashmir

An Indian CRPF commander and two suspected militants have been killed during a gunbattle in Srinagar.  The incident happened at around 08:30 on Monday morning in the Nowhatta area of the city.  A CRPF spokesman said the gunmen have not yet been identified but a cache of weapons was recovered from the scene.  The region is on high alert due to the 70th Independence Day celebrations and curfews are in place across Kashmir.

Massive three-day strike starts in Uttar Pradesh

Hundreds of thousands of civil servants from the Uttar Pradesh government started a three-day strike on Wednesday. Over 1.6 million public employees demanded that the government improve health care, grants and housing allowances. Most of the public sectors were affected by the strike, especially in the major hubs in Jawahar and Indira. The strike leader, Hari Kishore Tiwari, told the media that the government failed to keep their promises made by the chief minister, who failed to comply with the agreement made during a flash strike in July.

Two explosions reported in Manipur

Two explosions were reported on Wednesday in separate incidents in Manipur in eastern India. The first blast took place at a Border Security Force (BSF) camp in Moirang Purel village, near the state capital Imphal, where one seven-year-old was injured. Later in the day, a bomb went off at the gate of the Manipur University in Imphal. No group claimed responsibility for the attacks, although initial reports suggest the involvement of local militants. On Monday two BSF officers were wounded in multiple bombings in the Senapati district.

Thirteen killed during armed raid at Assam market

Thirteen people have been killed and many others wounded in an attack at a busy market in Assam state, north-eastern India. Authorities reported that at least three attackers wearing military uniforms fired grenades at a crowd of people in Kokrajhar town. Security forces managed to kill one of the assailants, while the others fled the scene. According to a senior home ministry official, the attack was carried out by the outlawed National Democratic Front of Bodoland, a regional separatist group. Assam state has been on high alert ahead of the celebrations for India's Independence Day.

Scores wounded during fresh protests in Kashmir

At least 50 people were wounded during a protest in Kashmir on Wednesday, ignoring the curfew in place across the region. Witnesses accused Central Reserve Police Forces (CRPF) officers of torching dozens of motorcycles and other vehicles during the rally in Kulgam district. Protesters also marched through the streets of Koil and Bijbehar; however no major incidents were reported in those areas.  The current unrest in Kashmir and Jammu was triggered nearly one month ago, when separatist leader Burhan Wani died during clashes with Indian security forces.

Maoists killed during operations in Chhattisgarh

Two Naxalites - associated with the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoist) - were killed on Monday in the central Chhattisgarh state. Local authorities announced that the two militants were shot dead in clashes during an anti-naxalite security operation in the Bastar district. Meanwhile, in separate incidents two civilians were murdered by suspected Naxalites in the Bijaput and Kanker districts. Naxals are the militant guerrillas of the CPI-Maoist and often carry out attacks targeting security forces across Chhattisgarh.

Thousands protest at Dalit attacks in Gujarat

Around 25,000 people have taken part in protests against the recent attacks on members of India's Dalit community in Gujarat state.  Over the last month four Dalit men have been publicly flogged for skinning a dead cow, a Dalit girl was gang-raped by a group of men who had previously attacked her, while last week a couple were hacked to death over a debt of less than a dollar.  "It was an unfortunate incident and Dalit anger is justified. We are with the victims. We will continue to work for Dalits in the state," said ruling BJP leader Kirit Solanki.

Scores killed in India storms

At least 59 people have been killed and tens of thousands more displaced by flooding and storms in eastern India.  "The situation is grim. No efforts are being spared to help people, but we need an action plan to deal with such a serious flood situation," said Federal Home Minister Rajnath Singh. In Assam, Meghalaya, Bihar and West Bengal 32 people died in flooding, while lightning killed 27 in Odisha.

Indian Dalit couple hacked to death over debt

A Dalit couple have been killed in a row over a debt of just 15 rupees - less than a dollar - in Uttar Pradesh state.  The man was beheaded and his wife hacked to death in the Mainpuri district early on Thursday.  Local police have arrested an upper caste grocer in connection with the killings.  The incident is the latest in a series of attacks on Dalits, who are from India's lowest caste.

Four killed by flooding in West Bengal

Thousands of people have been affected by flooding across several districts of West Bengal following torrential rain. State Disaster Management Minister, Javed Kahn, said on Tuesday that at least four people have been killed in the area. One of the affected districts is Darjeeling, where earlier this week at least 10 people died in landslides.

Israeli tourist gang-raped in Manali

An Israeli tourist has allegedly been gang raped in the northern Indian state of Himachal Pradesh.  According to police the woman entered a car which she mistook for a taxi in the Himalayan resort town of Manali on Sunday.  There were six men in the car and two of them are accused of carrying out the attack.  "We are examining CCTV footage and hope to nab the culprits. The Israeli embassy has been informed," said Padam Chand, Superintendent of Police.

Military plane reported missing over Bay of Bengal

The Indian Air Force (IAF) confirmed to the BBC that an Indian military plane has gone missing over the Bay of Bengal. The aircraft with more than 20 people onboard was traveling from Chennai to Port Blair, in the eastern archipelago of Andaman and Nicobar, when it went missing. According to the country's Ministry of Defense, a massive joint search operation was launched. Sources from the IAF said that the last communication with the aircraft was about 15 minutes after take off.

Two dead in Jammu and Kashmir clashes

Violent clashes in Jammu and Kashmir's Qazigund area resulted in the death of two protesters on Monday, while four other people were wounded. Local media stated that angry demonstrators threw stones at security officers and tried to set fire to army vehicles, while others tried to snatch weapons from soldiers. Security sources announced that the protesters were blocking the road at Churat Qazigund and attacked soldiers, ignoring warning shots. Dozens of people have been killed and hundreds injured in the area in recent weeks.

Police killed in Maoist ambush in Bihar

Ten paramilitary police have been killed and five wounded in an ambush by suspected Maoist rebels in India's eastern state of Bihar.  The officers were travelling in the Dumrinala area when rebels targeted them with improvised explosive devices (IEDs) on Monday night.  Three rebels were also killed in the ensuing gunbattle. "We called off the operation late at night as we suspect more mines were planted in the area. We are in control now," Saurabh Kumar, deputy inspector general of police in the region told the AFP.

Torrential rain sparks evacuations in Rajasthan

Hundreds of people have been evacuated in the northern state of Rajasthan after torrential rain sparked flood warnings.  The Bharatpur, Dholpur and Karauli districts have been particularly badly hit and several roads have been blocked by flash flooding.  Bharatpur district collector Laxminarayan Soni said, "Flood like situation affected normal life in the district and nearly 400 people have been shifted to shelters. The army was called in for rescue work on Friday, but was sent back on Sunday night as the situation improved."

Hundreds protest over gang-rape of Dalit woman

The alleged gang-rape of a 20-year-old Dalit woman has sparked protests in the northern state of Haryana.  The victim's attackers are suspected of being the same five men who attacked her three years ago.  She was seriously injured and left for dead in the town of Rohtak.  “We were getting constant threats from the accused to reach a compromise outside the court, but we remained firm. That’s why they have attacked her again,” the victim’s brother told the Hindustan Times.

Authorities shutdown newspapers in Kashmir

Indian authorities have raided newspaper offices in Kashmir and shutdown printing presses.  Cable television stations have also been forced to close as part of a sweeping information blackout after days of anti-India protests in the region.  "The clamp-down was necessitated as Pakistani channels that are beamed here through cable television network have launched a campaign aimed at fomenting trouble here," a local official told Reuters.

Three arrested during security operation in Jharkhand

A joint operation carried out along the border of Jharkhand and Chhattisgarh states has led to the arrest of three suspected members of the Communist Part of India-Maoist (CPI). The offensive also resulted into fierce clashes in Budha Pahar, where security forces seized a considerable number of improvised explosive devices (IED) and other explosive materials. Budha Pahar is a poorly patrolled area located between Chattisgarh and Jharkhand, which allows free movement and shelter for the insurgents.

Three Pakistanis shot dead by Indian border troops

Three Pakistanis have been shot dead by the Indian Border Security Forces (BSF) along the Indo-Pak border.  A BSF official said a night patrol spotted five people entering Indian territory in the Darya Mansoor area and called on them to surrender.  When they failed to comply with the orders the BSF patrol opened fire on them, killing three and forcing two others to flee back to Pakistan.

Indian police officer killed by mob in Kashmir

An Indian police officer has drowned after his car was pushed into a river by a mob in India-administered Kashmir.  The death toll after a weekend of violence reached 23 on Monday, with more than 200 people injured.  A round-the-clock curfew has been imposed by the local authorities but violence has continued.   The unrest was sparked by the killing of Burhan Wani, a separatist commander, during a gunbattle with Indian troops on Friday.

Deadly clashes leave 16 dead in Kashmir

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 200 others wounded in clashes in India-administered Kashmir.  The unrest was sparked by the killing of Burhan Wani, a separatist commander, during a gunbattle with Indian troops on Friday.  Thousands of people attended his funeral in Tral, 40km south of Srinagar, before angry crowds attacked police stations and military posts across the region.  A curfew has been imposed and thousands of additional troops have been deployed to the area. 

Floods kills dozens across Pakistan and India

At least 55 people have been killed and dozens more are missing following flooding and landslides across India and northern Pakistan.  Mosques and homes were badly damaged in Ursoon village in the Chitral district of Pakistan's Khyber-Pakhtunkhwa province, close to the Afghan border.  In India's Uttarakhand and Arunachal Pradesh states at least 25 people have died in recent days.

Three Maoists killed in Chhattisgarh

Three members of the Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI-Maoists) have been shot dead by security forces in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state. A joint security operation was launched by local forces based on tip-offs from informants, which indicated that one of the senior members of the CPI was in the region with several other militants. As security forces reached the village of Badesatti they were attacked by armed men, which triggered gun battles. The Maoist insurgency operates in more than 20 states across India; however, their main presence is in Chhattisgarh, Odisha, Bihar, Jharkhand and Maharashtra.

Six killed in Maoist attack in Jharkhand

At least six people have been killed in a suspected Maoist attack in the Indian state of Jharkhand.  The victims' bodies were found around 20km from the state capital, Ranchi, on Monday.  Police suspect that the People's Liberation Front of India (PLFI) were behind the attack.

Hizbul Mujahideen commander death triggers protests in Sopore

Hundreds of protesters took to the the streets in the Sopore area of Kashmir on Tuesday. The demonstration took place in Dooru village, home of Hizbul Mujahideen commander Sameer Ahmad Wani, who was killed by security forces during a gunfight in the Nagri area. Protesters also clashed with the police, who employed tear gas to disperse the violent crowd. Hizbul Mujahideen is a separatist pro-Pakistani militant group which operates across the India-controlled state of Jammu and Kashmir.

Militants attack CRPF bus near Srinagar

Eight members of the paramilitary Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) have been killed and 21 others wounded in a militant attack on the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir.  Gunmen targeted a CRPF bus at Pampore on the Srinagar-Jammu highway on Saturday.  Two militants were killed by the CRPF's Road Opening Party (ROP), although they have not yet been formally identified nor has any group claimed responsibility for the attack.

Terrorists shot dead in Kupwara district

Three suspected terrorists have been killed by Indian security forces in the Kupwara district in northern Kashmir. The encounter happened as security forces were carrying out an operation at Warnow village in the Dorban area.  On Tuesday, a senior member of the Pakistan-based Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group was arrested during a search operation in the Sogan area.

IED injures youngster in Venkatapuram

An explosion caused by an improvised explosive device (IED) has injured one youngster in Venkatapuram near the Telagana-Chhattisgarh border. The explosives are believed to have been planted by Communist Party of India-Maoist (CPI) insurgents in order to target security forces. The incident comes days after two police officers were injured by a pipe bomb blast in the Narayanpur district.

Pipe bomb blast injures two officers in Chhattisagrh

A pipe bomb blast injured two police officers in Narayanpur district, Chhattisagrh, central India. The device, planted by suspected Naxalite insurgents, went off as the officers were on patrol near an unfinished bridge on the Kukur river in Pikad village. The bridge is set to connect the Narayanpur district headquarters to the Maoist region of Abhujmaad. 

Lightning strikes kill dozens across India

Over 79 people have been killed after being struck by lightning across three Indian states. At least 53 people died in the Bihar state, near the Nepalese border, while around 10 were killed in Jharkhan and 13 others in Madhya Pradesh. Over 2,000 people, mostly rural workers, die every year due to lightning strikes during the monsoon season, which generally occurs between June and October.

Senior LeT member arrested in Kupwara district

A senior commander of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group was arrested on Tuesday in the Kupwara district in northern Kashmir. Abu Ukasha, known as 'Hanzullah', was caught by local authorities during a search operation in the Sogam area. A parallel operation was also launched in the Lolab forests to target his associates and other LeT militants. LeT is a Pakistan-based Islamist group which often carries out attacks against Indian security forces and government buildings.

Eleven given life sentences over 2002 massacre

Eleven people were sentenced to life imprisonment by an Indian court on Friday for their role in the 2002 massacre in Gujarat in western India.  More than 1,000 people, most of them Muslims, died during riots sparked by a fire on a train that killed 60 Hindu pilgrims.  Thirteen others have also been jailed for between seven and 10 years over the so-called Gulbarg Society killings.  Prime Minister Narendra Modi was the state's top elected official at the time of the riots and has been accused by critics of failing to prevent the killings.

CRPF jawan killed by Maoists in Giridih district

A commando officer from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) has been killed during clashes with Naxalite insurgents in Giridih district, eastern India. Officials named the deceased as B Harizen of the 203rd Commando Battalion for Resolute Action (CoBRA).  Another officer was also wounded during the unrest, which happened in the Hesalo-Pirtanr area on Friday morning.

Deadly clashes leave two dead in Kashmir

An Indian soldier and a suspected militant have been killed in clashes near the Line of Control (LoC) in India-administered Kashmir.  "Troops of 56 battalion of Rashtriya Rifles (RR) on Tuesday intercepted a group of heavily armed terrorists in Machil sector of the LoC," said Indian defence officials.  Five soldiers were also wounded in the clashes and have been airlifted to an army hospital in Srinagar.

Clashes between CPM and BJP leave 14 wounded

At least 14 people were wounded in clashes between supporters of the CPM and BJP political parties in Maharashtra state on Sunday.  The incident in the Zari Palav Pada area was linked to the fallout over the recent Gram Panchayat elections.  Local police said the leaders of both parties were responsible for inciting the violence.

Eleven dead in India thunderstorms

At least 11 people have been killed by thunderstorms in the eastern state of Bihar.  "Five deaths were reported from Muzzafarpur, six from Patna and Siwan districts," an official told local media.  Last month 50 people were killed in storms in the northern states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand.

Naxals attack Indian security forces in Chhattisgarh

Left-wing naxals attacked an Indian security forces camp in Chhattisgarh in the early hours of Thursday morning.  Around 100 armed men took part in the attack against the Indo-Tibetan Border Police Force (ITBP) in Kondagoan.  No injuries were reported among the ITBP, while the naxals retreated into the surrounding jungle.

Violence erupts at New Delhi protest

At least 25 people have been wounded in clashes at a demonstration in the Indian capital, New Delhi.  Hundreds of people gathered outside Manipur Bhawan to protest against three controversial bills passed in Manipur on Tuesday.  Police said violence erupted when protesters tried to break through police barricades.  More than 40 people were also arrested at the protest, which was led by the Manipur Tribals' Forum.

Three border troops killed in Kashmir ambush

Three Border Security Force (BSF) officers have been killed and 12 others wounded in a suspect militant ambush in Jammu and Kashmir.  The security forces were travelling in a 23-vehicle convoy when they came under fire in the Anantnag district on Friday. "It’s an unfortunate incident. The BSF convoy was attacked on the national highway by terrorists who fired at it from the by-lanes near Bijbehara," Director General of Jammu and Kashmir Police K Rajendra said.

Deadly clashes erupt during Mathura evictions

At least 24 people have been killed and around 40 others wounded after clashes erupted between police and squatters in the northern town of Mathura.  Uttar Pradesh Chief Minister Akhilesh Yadav has ordered an inquiry into the violence, which came as police tried to evict the former members of a religious sect from a park, which they have occupied for the last two years.  A police SP and an SHO died when protesters opened fire on them, while 22 squatters during the incident on Thursday evening.

Lightning strikes kill 18 in Odisha

At least 18 people have been killed and 15 others wounded in lightning strikes in the Indian state of Odisha.  The Ganjam district was particularly badly hit, with five people reported dead after a storm hit on Wednesday.  Fatalities were also reported in the Khurda, Bhadrak, Mayurbhanj and Kendrapara districts.

Several killed at military ammunition depot fire in Nagpur

A major military ammunition warehouse in Nagpur, central India, was damaged by a massive fire on Tuesday. At least 17 people have been killed and 19 others were injured in the blaze, which was caused by an explosion, the cause of which is unknown. Thousands of local residents were pre-emptively evacuated from the surrounding area as the fire was brought under control by several teams of firefighters.

Nigerian student attack in Hyderabad

A 26-year-old Nigerian student was allegedly attacked by a local man in the southern city of Hyderabad last week.  India's foreign ministry said it was looking into the reports that Bamiloa Kazim was attacked by Mohammed Gafoor on Wednesday.  Emmanuel Omurunga, chairman of the African Students Association in the state of Telangana, said: “The situation in India is no longer safe for us. Even the police are not willing to help us when we approach them.”  The incident comes a week after a student from DR Congo was beaten to death by a mob in Delhi.

Five paramilitary soldiers killed in Manipur ambush

Five Indian paramilitary soldiers have been killed in a rebel ambush in the north-eastern state of Manipur.  The troops from the 29 Assam Rifles were heading to the flood-hit Chandel district to assist in rescue efforts when they were ambushed.  "The troops retaliated but the insurgents managed to get away under thick forest cover and bad weather,” said an official statement of the Eastern Command in Kolkata.  The incident happened close to where 18 soldiers were killed in a similar ambush last June.

Indian troops kill five militants in Jammu and Kashmir

Indian security forces have killed five suspected militants in clashes in Jammu and Kashmir.  Two soldiers were also wounded in the fighting, which occurred in the Kupwara district on Saturday.  The army said they were conducting search operations in the village of  Drugmulla when gunmen opened fire on them.

Severe heatwave hits north and western India

India's Rajasthan state has registered record high temperatures, with multiple warnings of severe heat wave conditions in place acoss north and western parts of the country. Thermometers reached over 51C in Phalodi on Thursday, exceeding the usual 40C average for this time of year. So far, dozens of people have been killed due to severe weather conditions in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh. The heatwave is expected to last until the arrival of the monsoon season in mid-June.

Bomb blast targets political rally in Kerala

A bomb has targeted the Left Democratic Front (LDF) leader, Pinarayi Vijayan, killing one person and wounding five others in Kannur district, Kerala state in south-western India. The attack happened during a victory procession after the announcement of the assembly election results on Thursday. The Communist Party of India (CPM) accused the right-wing Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS) party of orchestrating the attack.

Two militants killed in Kashmir clashes

Two suspected militants have been killed in clashes with the army in India-administered Kashmir.  A member of Hizbul Mujahideen died in a gunbattle with troops in Shopian in the early hours of Tuesday morning, while another gunmen was killed in Kupwara district.  Thousands of people are reported to have joined the deceased men's funeral prayers, with many shouting anti-India slogans.

Three militants killed in South Kashmir shootout

Three suspected militants from Hizbul Mujahideen were killed in clashes with the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of South Kashmir on Saturday.  The incident sparked protests in Pulwama and the neighbouring Tahab districts on Sunday, while train and mobile services were also briefly suspended.  The army said the three deceased men had opened fire on troops during a search operation, leading to a gunbattle which raged until the early hours.

Three Naxalite insurgents killed in Andhra Pradesh

Three people were killed in clashes between Naxalite rebels and government forces in the state of Andhra Pradesh on Wednesday. The police were patrolling a forest in then Visakhapatnam district when they discovered a group of rebel fighters. Naxalites are members of the guerrilla group usually associated with the Maoist Communist Party of India (CPI).

Seven killed at Hindu festival in Ujjain

Seven people were killed and 70 others injured after a building collapsed on Thursday in Ujjain, central India. The incident happened during the month-long Kumbh Mela after severe rain and strong winds caused the collapse of a huge tent built for the Hindu festival.  According to the festival's security services arrangements have been made to guarantee the security of all the attendants. Kumbh Mela is a mass Hindu pilgrimage which is held in different locations every 12 years.

Hundreds protest Dalit woman's murder in Kerala

Hundreds of people have joined protests in the southern state of Kerala over the murder of a 29-year-old Dalit woman.  Police have arrested five people in connection with the attack in Perumbavoor on Tuesday.  “The murder was committed by a single person and we have taken into custody several suspects at various locations. More details are being gathered and the arrest will be carried out within two days,” said Mahipal Yadav, Inspector General of Police, Ernakulam Range.  The protesters gathered outside the hospital that the victim was taken to, demanding a prompt investigation.

Police shoot dead two at Arunachal Pradesh protest

Police shot dead two people and wounded six others during a protest in the north-eastern state of Arunachal Pradesh on Monday.  State authorities have ordered a magisterial enquiry over the incident, which occurred in the border town of Tawang.  Protesters had gathered to demand the release of Lobsang Gyatso, an activist who has been leading a campaign against a hydro power project in the state and who was arrested in April.

Four wounded by bomb blast in Tinsukia

Four people have been wounded by a bomb blast in western India. The explosive device had been planted in a dustbin in downtown Tinsukia in Assam state.  So far no group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes days after the leader of the subversive group United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA), Sergeant Major Rongmon Asom, known as 'Mercuri', was killed by the army. ULFA militants are involved in organized criminal activities such as assassinations, drug and arms-trafficking and extortion.

Landslide kills 15 in north-east India

At least 15 people have been killed in a landslide in north-eastern India, close to the border with China.  Days of torrential rain in the state of Arunachal Pradesh caused part of a mountain to collapse, hitting a camp for construction workers in Tawang district.  Two other workers are missing and feared dead, while three others managed to escape.

Heatwave kills 160 across south-east

At least 160 people have been killed in a heatwave across southern and eastern India.  The majority of the victims have been poor outdoor workers in Telangana, Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states as temperatures hit 45 degrees Celsius. Millions more have been affected by a year-long drought, which is causing widespread water shortages and crop failures.  In 2015 around 2,500 people died in a heatwave before the monsoon rains began in June.

Two militants killed in Kashmir clashes

Two suspected militants have been killed in clashes with Indian security forces in the town of Kupwara in Jammu and Kashmir state.  Troops were carrying out search operations in the Lolab area when gunmen opened fire on them, leading to a gunbattle.  "Security forces including Rashtriya Rifles (RR) troops and the Special Operations Group (SOG) of state police started an operation in the early hours of Thursday morning, after receiving information about the presence of a group of militants," said a senior police official. 

Six wounded by bomb blast in Patna

Six people have been wounded after a bomb exploded in Patna, eastern India, on Monday. The incident happened in a highly secure area of the Chapra civil court while prisoners were heading for proceedings. The main suspect, Khushby Kumari, was allegedly used by criminals to carry the crude bomb on to the court premises.  According to the security forces, the target of the attack was Shashi Bhushan, an eyewitness in a triple murder case in 2011 involving the member of parliament, Umashankar Singh.

Curfew imposed in Kashmir after deadly protests

Indian authorities have imposed a curfew in the town of Handwara in Kashmir after separatists called for a shutdown.  Two youths were killed on Tuesday when the army opened fire on a group of protesters, while a third person wounded in the incident died on Wednesday.  The killings triggered protests in Handwara town, Srinagar and Pulwama districts of Kashmir.  Police and paramilitary forces have been deployed in Handwara, while restrictions have also been imposed in Srinagar.

Two youths shot dead in Kashmir

The Indian army says an inquiry has been launched into the killing of two youths in Kashmir.  Nayeem Ahmad and Muhammad Iqbal were shot dead by troops during a protest in the town of Handwara in the Kupwara district of North Kashmir on Tuesday.  Local villagers were demonstrating over allegations that an Indian soldier tried to molest a young girl in the town.

Temple fire kills scores in Kerala

At least 100 people have been killed and more than 300 others wounded in a fire at a Hindu temple in the southern state of Kerala.  The fire was sparked on Sunday morning when a spark ignited fireworks during celebrations at the Puttingal temple in Paravur.  Local authorities said many of the deaths were caused when one of the temple's buildings collapsed.  Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the incident was "heart-rending and shocking beyond words".

Heat wave kills 70 across Telangana state

At least 70 people have been killed by an intense heat wave in the Indian state of Telangana, according to officials.  Most of the victims were agricultural workers and labourers whose job involved working under the sun. Apart from Telangana, the southern states of Kerala, Karnataka, Tamil Nadu and Andhra Pradesh have also been hit by the intense weather that has caused drought, water scarcity and power shortages. In 2015, more than 2,000 people died in the region during a heat wave, with the majority of deaths reported in Andhra.

Two CRPF jawans wounded in landmine blast

Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans have been wounded in a landmine blast near the Andhra Pradesh-Odisha border.  The device exploded in a remote forest in the Visakhapatnam district on Wednesday.  The victims, who are both in a critical condition, have been taken to hospital in Paderu for treatment.

Deadly bombing hits BJP office in Assam

At least two people have been killed and 20 others wounded after a bomb exploded in the Goalpara district of Assam.  The device, which had been planted on a motorcycle, went off outside a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) office at around 19:30 on Monday evening.  The incident comes ahead of assembly elections for Assam's 126 seats, which are due to take place on 11 April.

Foreign nationals assaulted in Rajasthan

A foreign couple has been assaulted by a group of intoxicated men in the northern state of Rajasthan.  The tourists were visiting a temple in the town of Pushkar when they were targeted on Monday evening.  Local police SP Nitindeep Balaggan said a man suffered head injuries in the assault, while the woman had her clothes ripped and torn off.  "The goons attempted to molest a woman tourist and tore her cloth off. They inflicted serious injuries upon her male friend when he tried to intervene,” said Balaggan.

Five CRPF jawans wounded in IED blasts

Five jawans from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were wounded in an IED blast in the Dhanbad district of Jharkhand on Saturday.  The troops were on patrol near Topchanchi-Jitpur when the device exploded.  On Sunday another CRPF officer was wounded when a pressure bomb exploded in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh. Both attacks have been blamed on Naxal communist rebels.

Seven CRPF officers killed in landmine blast in Chhattisgarh

Seven Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers have been killed in a landmine blast in the state of Chhattisgarh.  "The [Maoist] rebels triggered a powerful blast near Melwada, about 12km from Dantewada, targeting the CRPF personnel of paramilitary's 230 battalion, killing seven of them on the spot," police confirmed in a statement.  Several others soldiers were wounded in the attack and were taken to hospital in Kuwakonda.

Five killed in fireworks factory blast

At least five people were killed and 12 others injured in an explosion at a fireworks factory on Tuesday. The incident happened in the western India state of Rajasthan and six fire brigades from Kota Municipal Corporation were deployed to assist in the operation.  The cause of the blast remains unknown. Many factories and households illegally manufacture fireworks for local events, what makes accidental explosions a common incident.

Ten flights of IndiGo grounded over bomb threat

At least ten flights of the India-based airliner IndiGo were grounded due to a bomb threat on Wednesday. The hoax-call, allegedly from the United States, alarmed the company that a woman was carrying a bomb on to one of their airplanes. The aircraft had already taken off from ten different airports when the threat was known by the authorities. The episode comes after the Brussels airport and metro attacks on Tuesday, which killed at least 31 people and raised security concerns at major airports across the world.

Two CRPF jawans injured by Maiost insurgents in Chhattisgarh

Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) jawans were injured in two separate incidents in Chhattisgarh on Friday. In one attack an officer was patrolling the forests of Kuwakonda when an improvised explosive device (IED) went off. In another episode, a mixed squad of CRPF and CoBRA was attacked by a Naxal militant during an anti-Maoist operation in Katekalyan region, leaving one officer wounded. On Thursday an eight-year-old girl died when a pressure cooker bomb exploded in a remote part of the Sukma district.

Two aircraft evacuated over bomb threats in New Delhi

Two aircraft have been evacuated at Indira Ghandi international airport after an anonymous bomb threat was made on Thursday. The first plane, operated by Air India, intended to head to Bhubaneshwar in eastern India, while a second plane from Nepal Airlines was heading to Kathmandu. All of the passengers and crew were evacuated and had their luggage searched. This was the third bomb scare in the region in less than 24 hours, following the evacuation of an Air India plane at Bangkok's International airport on Wednesday.

Dalit man hacked to death in Tamil Nadu

A 22-year-old man from a Dalit family has been hacked to death in the southern state of Tamil Nadu.  According to police the victim was killed by three men at a busy junction in Udumalaipettai town because he had married a woman from a higher caste.  His father-in-law has been arrested in connection with the attack, while the victim's brother said the marriage was strongly opposed by the wife's family.  India's Dalits are at the bottom of the Hindu caste system and despite laws to protect them, attacks and discrimination from members of other castes remains common.

Border patrol attacked by Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Two Border Security Forces (BSF) officers were killed and four others wounded in an ambush by Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state on Saturday.  "Maoists ambushed the team near Bechghat in Chote Betia area and in the ensuing gun battle six BSF men sustained bullet wounds," reported the state broadcaster All India Radio (AIR).  Saturday's attack came a day after a dozen paramilitary troops from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were wounded when their vehicle hit a landmine in the Sukma district.

Protesters gather in front of Chinese embassy in New Delhi

Dozens of protesters gathered in front of the Chinese embassy in New Delhi during the Tibetan National Uprising Day on Thursday.  Over 200 security personnel were deployed to assist in the security of the embassy. Some demonstrators were arrested when they tried to go near the embassy or refused to leave the site. The episode comes after a peaceful protest of around 600 people in Bangalore was held to commemorate the uprising, marking Tibet's failed rebellion in 1959 against Chinese rule.

Two LeT miliants killed in clashes with security forces in Awantipora

Two Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) insurgents were killed in a joint counter-insurgency operation carried out by the Special Operations Group of the Jammu and Kashmir Police on Wednesday. The security forces were carrying out search operations in the Awantipora when they head shots fired in a nearby village.  Troops set up a security cordon around the village before they came under fire, leading to a gun battle, while local residents also threw stones at the security forces.  A senior LeT commando and four other militants managed to escape.

Teenage girl set on fire near New Delhi

A teenage girl has died of her injuries after she was raped and set on fire near New Delhi.  The 16-year-old was attacked at her home in the village of Tigri in Greater Noida on Monday.  A 19-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack.

Three dead in West Bengal bombing

Three people were killed and two others wounded when a crude bomb exploded in West Bengal on Tuesday.  According to reports the victims were making explosive devices when one went off accidentally at a house in the Murshidabad district.  More than 100 crude devices were discovered at the property, while the incident has been linked two rival factions of the Trinamool Congress political party.

Gujarat on high alert over terror threat

Gujarat has been put on high alert following intelligence reports that a group of Pakistan-based militants had entered the state.  Teams of National Security Guard (NSG) commandos were deployed and security has been increased in public areas ahead of the Maha Shivratri festival.  An event at the Somnath temple has been cancelled and vehicle checks have been setup at other popular temples.

Troops kill three Hizbul Mujahideen members in Kashmir

Three militants of the Hizbul Mujahideen group were killed by Indian security forces on Thursday. According to an army officials one of the deceased was Ashiq Hussain Baht, who was wanted over his involvement in the Udhampur attack in August that killed two Border Security Force (BSF) soldiers. The operation was carried out in the village of Dadsara in the Tral area of south Kashmir.

Naxal rebels kill 16 villagers in Chhattisgarh

Naxal communist rebels killed at least 16 villagers in an attack in Chhattisgarh state on Wednesday.  Police said the killings took place in the Narayanpur district; however the heavy presence of rebels in the areas has hampered initial investigations.  "We have yet to get the exact number of villagers being killed by Naxals since the area from where killings were reported is deep inside Abujmarh forests, more than 50km away from any of police camps and the area is highly Naxal infested," said Superintendent Abhishek Meena.

Bomb explodes in Manipur

A bomb exploded in the south-eastern region of Manipur on Tuesday. The device went off at the gate of the residence of former AIR Imphal joint director BB Sharma, although no one was injured. No group claimed responsibility for the attack and the motive remains unknown. This episode comes after a device went off on the same district, injuring two people, last Friday.

Protests spark water crisis in Delhi

The Indian capital, Delhi, is facing a major water crisis after protests in a neighbouring state cut a major supply route.  Equipment at the Munak canal in Haryana was destroyed in a protest by members of the Jat community, while at least 10 people have been killed in the unrest.  Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal said on Sunday that supplies will be strictly rationed.  “Barring (the) president, prime minister, Chief Justice of India, defence installations, hospitals (and) fire brigade, water (is) to be equally rationed amongst all,” Kejriwal told the media.

Six dead in Kashmir clashes

Five Indian troops and a civilian have been killed in renewed clashes with gunmen in India-administered Kashmir.  Rebels killed two troops on Saturday and three more were shot dead on Sunday.  The assailants took refugee in a training centre near Srinagar, while security forces said they are preparing a final assault on the facility.  At least three people were also wounded in anti-India protests in the nearby Pampore area.

Four naxals killed in Jharkhand clashes

Four Naxals were killed in clashes with the Indian security forces in Jharkhand on Friday.  The gunfight between India's Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) and the communist rebels took place in the village of Ghagrabeda in Ranchi district.  Two police officers were also wounded and airlifted to Ranchi hospital.

Four militants killed in Assam raids

The Indian army claim to have killed four suspected militants in operations in the north-eastern state of Assam.  The army carried out the raids in the Lohit district in the early hours of Tuesday morning, killing three NSCN(K) fighters and one from the ULFA.  A small cache of weapons was also recovered in the operation.

Students protests spread across India

Student protests are spreading across India after the president of a student union was arrested on sedition charges.  Kanhaiya Kumar was arrested on Friday following a demonstration, which the authorities described as anti-Indian.  "I can assure you that every action we take is to protect our country. Any anti-India activity will not be tolerated," said Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) President Amit Shah.  The latest unrest largely paralysed the prestigious Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi on Monday.

Curfew imposed in Kashmir over protest deaths

Authorities in Kashmir have imposed a curfew after two students were killed in an anti-India protest on Sunday.  Six areas in Srinagar and Pulwama are covered in the curfew, while extra security personnel have been deployed across the region.  In response to the students' deaths, several separatist leaders called for a general strike in protest.

Ten soldiers feared dead in Kashmir avalanche

Indian officials have said that 10 soldiers are feared dead after an avalanche hit a military post in Kashmir.  The post on the Siachen Glacier was hit on Wednesday, and army spokesman Col. S.D. Goswami said the chances of finding survivors are "very remote". Last month four Indian soldiers on a foot patrol were killed by an avalanche in the same region.

Eleven killed in Maoist violence across India

At least 11 people have been killed in two separate outbreaks of violence involving naxal Maoist rebels in India.  Seven police officers were killed in an ambush by suspected rebels in the Palamu district of Jharkhand on Wednesday evening.  Hours earlier three rebels fighters died in a gun battle with the Indian security forces in the Dantewada district of Chhattisgarh state.

Hyderabad university closed over student protests

Hyderabad Central University has closed following protests over the death of a PhD student.  Rohith Vemula committed suicide on Sunday at the university campus, with sections of the student body blaming university officials and federal minister Bandaru Dattatrey for his death. Vermula, who was from the Dalit social caste, had been suspended over claims he and four other Dalit students assaulted the head of right-wing student group.

Muslim couple attacked over beef carrying claims

A Muslim couple has been attacked by a right-wing Hindu group in Madhya Pradesh state over claims that they transported beef.  Police said they have arrested seven members of the Gauraksha Samiti group in connection with the assault at the Khirkiya train station in the Harda district.  The couple said that the bag containing the beef did not belong to them, adding that they only eat goat meat.  Many Indian states forbid the slaughter of cows, which are considered a sacred animal by the majority Hindu community.

India jails crew members of anti-piracy ship

An Indian court has sentenced 35 sailors to five years in prison for illegally entering Indian waters with weapons in 2013.  The crew - which included British, Estonian and Ukrainian nationals - were working on the US anti-piracy ship Seaman Guard Ohio when they were intercepted by the Indian coast guard in October, 2013.  The US security firm AdvanFort denied all of the charges against the crew.

Bus accident in Tamil Nadu kills 11

Eleven people were killed and over 20 others injured when a bus overturned near South Valliyur. Some of the injured people are reportedly in a critical condition. Early investigations suggest that the bus overturned when the driver suddenly turned to avoid hitting a water tank after he lost control. The bus was travelling from Velankanni to Thiruvananthapuram.

Two PLA rebels killed in clash with Indian soldiers

Two People's Liberation Army (PLA) militants were killed in a clash with soldiers of 44 Assam Rifles, in Ukhrul district of Manipur. The firefight broke out in the early hours of the morning. Weapons and ammunition were recovered after the clash.

Deadly earthquake hits Manipur state

At least nine people have been killed after a 6.7-magnitude earthquake hit India's north-eastern state of Manipur.  The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake struck around 30km from the state capital, Imphal, at 04:35 local time.  Six people died and more than 30 others were wounded in India, while three people were killed across the border in Bangladesh.  Police in the Bangladeshi capital, Dhaka, said around 60 people were being treated for injuries sustained during the quake, including a student who jumped from a fourth floor balcony.

Troops clash with militants near Pakistani border

Fighting is ongoing between Indian troops and militants at an air force base in Pathankot, near the border with Pakistan.  At least seven soldiers and six attackers have been killed since the clashes erupted before dawn on Saturday.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes days after Indian PM Narendra Modi travelled to Pakistan to meet his counterpart, Nawaz Sharif.

Indian police dismantle al-Qaeda cell

Police have arrested three suspected members of al-Qaeda in the Indian Subcontinent (AQIS) cell, officials said on Thursday.  One of suspects has been named as Mohammed Asif, 41, who is accused of leading the group's recruitment and training in India. "Long and intense periods of deploying human sources in the vulnerable pockets of Islamic radicalisation led to the zeroing in on certain suspects," police said in a statement.

Two suspected terrorists arrested in Odisha

Two people have been arrested over alleged links to terrorist groups, including al-Qaeda.  The two suspects, who are reported to be from the Sambhal district of Uttar Pradesh, were arrested during raids in Cuttack in the state of Odisha on Wednesday.  Police said they were planning attacks in the capital, New Delhi, during Christmas and New Year.

CAF jawan killed in guerrilla ambush

A Chhattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan has been killed after communist guerrillas (Naxals) ambushed a camp in Narayanpur on Thursday.  The incident took place in the village of Amdai and led to a gun battle between the troops and the Naxals.  "CAF constable Ashwini Singh Rajput was martyred in the incident," said police superintendent Abhishek Meena.

Indian troops wounded in Kashmir attacks

Seven Indian troops have been wounded in a guerrilla attack in Kashmir. "A CRPF (Central Reserve Police Force) convoy going from Srinagar to Jammu was fired at by militants at Semthan near Bijbehara town in Anantnag district today (Monday)," said a local police official. The guerrillas were reportedly wearing army uniforms when they carried out the ambush.

Islamic State (IS) threatens attacks in India

The Islamic State (IS) militant group has threatened to carry out attacks in India in an online publication.  The group referenced India's prime minister, Narendra Modi, calling him a "right-wing Hindu nationalist who worships weapons and wants a movement to kill cow eaters".  The group said the mob lynching of a Muslim man in Dadri in September was part of a campaign by a government that "have a political wing for the propaganda to get more recruits, and armed militias who can start a terror campaign against their number one enemy — the Muslims".

Flooding causes widespread disruption in Chennai

Heavy rain has caused serious flooding across the Indian state of Tamil Nadu, including the city of Chennai.  Flights, train and bus services have been severely disrupted and the army has been deployed to rescue thousands of people stranded by floodwater.  Further heavy rain is forecast for the rest of the week, especially in the northern districts of of Chennai, Tiruvallur and Kancheepuram.

Kashmir army camp attacked by militants

An Indian soldier has been killed after militants stormed an army camp near the Pakistani border in Kashmir. "Three to four suicide attackers entered an army unit headquarters," superintendent of police, Aijaz Ahmed told the AFP. The assailants entered the camp near Tangdhar by cutting through a perimeter fence, according to an army official.

Army colonel killed in north Kashmir

An Indian army colonel has been killed in a gun battle with suspected militants in a remote area of north Kashmir.  Colonel Santosh Mahadik, 37, was leading a group of troops in a security operation near the Line of Control (LoC) in the Kupwara district on Tuesday.  Three soldiers and a police officer were also wounded in the confrontation.

Chittoor mayor shot dead defending her husband

The mayor of Chittoor town in Andhra Pradesh has been shot dead by unknown gunmen at her office.  Local officials said Katari Anuradha, 40, died trying to defend her husband, who is in a critical condition with bullet and stab wounds.  Three men carried out the attack at the Chittoor Municipal Corportation office on Tuesday afternoon.  Two of the assailants later handed themselves in at the Chittoor One Town police station, although the motive for the attack has yet to be established.

Flooding kills dozens in Chennai

At least 79 people have been killed by flooding in the southern Indian city of Chennai.  Weather forecasters have predicted further heavy rain over the next 24 hours, which will further exacerbate the problem in the worst affected areas - including Mylapore, Vysarpadi and Perambur.  The majority of schools and offices in the city are closed and train services have been cancelled. "The rain that was meant to be spread out over the monsoon months has poured in just a few days," said the Chief Minister of Tamil Nadu, J Jayalalitha.

Russian tourist severely wounded in acid attack

A 23-year-old Russian tourist has been severely wounded in an acid attack in Varanasi.  Local police said Darya Yurieva was attacked at a house in the Nand Nagar area in the early hours of Friday morning.  The alleged attacker was known to the victim and is reported to have carried out the attack after she rejected his marriage proposal. "She sustained serious eye injuries. The next 72 hours will be very critical” said Dr KK Gupta, the chief medical superintendent of Sir Sunderlal Hospital at Banaras Hindu University.

Unrest in Kashmir after PM visit

A protester was killed during unrest in Kashmir over the weekend which followed a visit to the region by India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi.  According to reports police fired live rounds and tear gas at a group of stone-throwing protesters in the Zainakote area of Srinagar on Saturday.  During his visit Mr Modi promised a $12bn aid package that could "change the fate of Kashmir".

Maoist rebels clash with security forces in Chhattisgarh

Three suspected communist rebels have been killed in a gun battle with security forces in Chhattisgarh.  The clashes took place in a remote forest in the Sukma district after armed rebels opened fire on troops, who were deployed on an anti-naxal operation.  At the weekend naxals killed two villagers in Chinnawatra on suspicion of being police informants.

Two Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir

Two Indian soldiers have been killed by their Pakistani counterparts in an apparent ceasefire violation in Kashmir. "In a major ceasefire violation today [Monday], Pakistan resorted to unprovoked firing in Gurez sector along the Line of Control in Jammu and Kashmir," said an Indian army officer.  A ceasefire was agreed in 2003 between India and Pakistan but it is regularly violated by both sides.

Indian man shot dead at India-Nepal border protest

An Indian man has been killed after Nepalese police opened fire on protesters along the two countries shared border.  Hundreds of people were blockading a border crossing in protest at Nepal's new constitution, which they say marginalizes minorities from the southern lowlands.  The deceased was identified as 24-year-old Asish Kumar Ram from the Indian state of Bihar.

Curfew imposed in Srinagar over Muharram procession

A curfew has been imposed in the city of Srinagar while other restrictions are in place in others parts of Jammu and Kashmir.  The measures were imposed in response to escalating tensions in the region following clashes between protesters and security forces in Bijbehara town on Wednesday.  The authorities have also decided not to allow the Shia Muharram procession in the city. "In order to maintain law and order in the city, we have decided not to allow the Muharram procession today (Thursday)," a police officer told IANS.

Villagers clash with paramilitaries along Indo-Nepal border

At least 10 people have been wounded in clashes between villagers and paramilitary forces along the India-Nepal border.  The unrest was sparked when members of the SSB jawans assaulted two villages for illegally transporting beef to Nepal.  In response to the incident local villagers threw stones and other missiles at the troops in the Sitamarhi district.

Tourists hassled over Hindu tattoo

An Australian couple have been mobbed and unlawfully detained in Bangalore over the man's tattoo of a Hindu goddess.  Matthew Gordon was with his girlfriend at a restaurant in the city when members of the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party began threatening them. "One of them came to me and confronted me about my tattoo. Soon they surrounded us and threatened to skin my leg and remove the tattoo," Mr Gordon told Indian media on Sunday. He added that they were taken to the Ashok Nagar police station where they were forced to write a letter of apology.

Protests erupt after children killed in revenge attack

Two children from a Dalit family have been killed and their parents wounded after their house was set on fire near the capital, Delhi.  The three-year-old boy and his nine-month-old sister were declared dead at the Safdarjung Hospital following Tuesday's attack.  Police said the incident was an act of revenge by upper-caste Rajputs and linked to a year-long feud.  The deaths sparked protests along the main road in Faridabad, with angry residents calling for justice.

Clashes erupt at funeral for accused cow killer

Clashes have erupted  in Jammu and Kashmir at the funeral of a young truck driver, who was killed over rumours that he had slaughtered cows.  Zahid Ahmed was attacked on 9 October and his truck was set on fire after he was accused of killing three cows, which are considered sacred by many Hindus.  Officials said tests proved that the animals had actually died of food poisoning, while nine people have been arrested for the attack on Zahid, who died of his injuries on Sunday.

Two killed in Sikh protest in Faridkot

Two people have been killed and more than 80 others wounded in clashes between Sikh protesters and police in the Faridkot district of Punjab.  The two men died when police fired live rounds to disperse the protesters, who had earlier torched three police cars and several other vehicles.  The demonstrations were sparked when more than 100 torn up pages of the Guru Gran Sahib holy book were found in a village on Monday.

Fresh outrage in Delhi over rape of four-year-old girl

Indian police have detained four men in the capital, Delhi, in connection with the rape of a four-year-old girl.  The victim, who was found by railway tracks in the north of the city on Friday night, has undergone emergency surgery and remains in intensive care.  Her family claim that she was lured from her home in Keshavpuram by a group of men offering sweets and money.  The incident is the latest in a series of high-profile attacks against women and children since the gang rape and murder of a student in 2012.

Dozens arrested over unrest at Varansi protest

More than 50 people have been arrested after violence and arson broke out during a protest march in Varanasi in Uttar Pradesh state.  Shops and police vehicles were set alight in the Godowlia area of the city, while others threw stones and missiles at police.  The unrest was sparked by a ban on immersion of Ganesha idols in Ganga.

Three killed in GNLA ambush in Garo Hills

Two police officers and a civilian have been killed in an ambush by suspected Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) militants.  The attack took place in the restive East Garo Hills district on Thursday afternoon. "Our men are already on the ground and we are hopeful we'll track them down at the earliest," said Anand Mishra, a district police officer.

Man lynched in Dadri over beef rumours

An Indian man has been killed and his son seriously wounded by a lynch mob near the town of Dadri in Uttar Pradesh.  Mohammad Akhlaq, 50, was attacked over rumours that his family had been storing and eating beef at their home.  Six people have been arrested in connection with the killing, while police have taken examples of meat found at the house to forensics for examination.  Health officials from the local government hospital said Danish Akhlaq, 22, was in a critical condition.

Bomb threat sparks high alert in Mumbai

Security was increased at the Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport in Mumbai on Tuesday after the authorities received a bomb threat.  A caller claimed to have overhead a group talking about an imminent attack on Mumbai airport and the city's Taj Hotel, adding that "the impact might be bigger than the 26/11 terror strike".  Security officials said the call was later discovered to be a hoax.

Protesters clash with riot police in Kashmir

Riot police have fired tear gas and used batons against protesters in India-administered Kashmir.  At least 12 people were wounded in the unrest, which erupted after Eid prayers in various mosques after the authorities arrested four religious and separatist leaders.  

Indian army kills five suspected rebels in Kashmir

Indian soldiers have shot dead five suspected rebels near the heavily militarised border with Pakistan in Kashmir.  The army said a group of armed men were targeted as they crossed the Line of Control (LoC) early on Friday morning. "Five terrorists were eliminated by the army while they were trying to infiltrate across the LoC in Gurez Sector," Colonel N. N. Joshi said.

Indian border guards shoot dead Bangladeshi national

A Bangladeshi national has been killed and four others wounded after Indian border guards opened fire on them at the West Ramkirshnapur border. According to local residents Sayem Ali, 40, of Ramkrishnapur village was killed in the shooting on Friday morning. The incident was reportedly sparked when members of the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) chased away local villagers who were fishing near the border.

Two Maoist Naxalite militants killed by police in Telangana

Two Maoist Naxalite militants were killed in a firefight with police in the Narlapur forest area of the Warangal district, Telangana. The shooting began at roughly 06.00 local time and continued for a further four hours. During the firefight, two guerrillas were killed. No police were killed or wounded in the fight. The dead Maoist rebels, a man and a woman, were members of the Khammam-Karimnagar-Warangal divisional committee. Three other militants reportedly escaped. Police recovered a .303 calibre rifle, a carbine, and six kit-bags from the scene, and are continuing their anti-Maoist rebel operations in the area. 

Dozens killed in restaurant explosion

A powerful explosion in a restaurant in Petlawad, Madhya Pradesh state, has killed 89 people. A cooking gas cylinder exploded, causing explosives illegally stored nearby to detonate. Rescue efforts have ended and local rescue officials claim they have pulled all the bodies out of the rubble. At least another 39 people have been admitted to hospital with resulting injuries. A reward have been offered for information leading to the arrest of Rajendra Kasawa, a local shopkeeper, in connection with the blast. Kasawa had a licence for the possession of explosives, for digging wells, construction and mining, but he had stored them illegally in a residential area. 

Steep rise in cases of Dengue Fever in Delhi

Health officials in India have said that the capital, Delhi, is in the worst outbreak of dengue fever in five years. More than 1,800 cases have been recorded in recent weeks, compared to 1,695 cases for the entirety of 2010. Five deaths have so far been reported. Dengue cases typically rise =during and just after the rainy season, which normally lasts from June to September. The government in Delhi has ordered 1,000 extra beds in hospitals to treat dengue patients after the suicide of a couple whose seven-year-old son died from the disease after apparently being denied treatment at a number of city hospitals. Delhi's Health Minister has also ordered the installation of "fever clinics" at hospitals to deal with the predicted flood of patients. 

Eighteen killed in truck crash

At least 18 workers have been killed after their truck overturned in Andhra Pradesh state. 17 people were injured in the accident near Gundepalli village. The truck was on its way to a construction site southeast of the state capital of Hyderabad. Preliminary investigations suggest that the driver appeared to have fallen asleep while driving. 

Four killed in Kashmir shooting

Fighting in Indian-administered Kashmir has killed two soldiers and two suspected rebels on Friday. This comes as representatives form India and Pakistan met to discuss security on the disputed frontier. Police said the fighting broke out late on Thursday night after the army received a tip-off about militants based in Laribal village. "Two terrorists were killed and we lost two soldiers in the firefight with them," the local deputy inspector general of police, Gharib Das, said. 

Lightning kills 32 in India

At least 32 people have been killed in lightning strikes in Andhra Pradesh and Orissa states. 23 of the fatalities occurred in Andhra Pradesh, with the other nine killed in Orissa. Most of the victims were working on farms during torrential rains on Sunday. In Andhra Pradesh, the deaths occurred in Nellore, Prakasam, Guntur, Krishna, East Godavari, Anantapur and Srikakulam districts. At least six women were among those killed. 

Train derails in Tamil Nadu

At least 38 people have been injured after a passenger train derailed in Tamil Nadu state. Five carriages of the train, travelling between Chennai and Mangalore, came off the rails at Puvanur, Vriddhachalam, early Friday morning. The injured passengers have been taken to hospital. 

Infant deaths at Odisha hospital sparks protests

There have been protests in the eastern state of Odisha after 61 infants died at a children's hospital over the last two weeks.  The state government has launched an investigation into the deaths, although a senior official at the Sardar Vallabhbhai Patel Post Graduate Institute of Paediatrics claimed the deaths were not due to staff negligence.  Opposition parties held rallies outside several government hospitals in the state, criticizing state officials.

Four militants and a soldier killed in Kashmir gun battle

Four suspected militants and an Indian soldier have been killed in a gun battle in India-administered Kashmir.  The incident happened in a village in the Handwara area of Kupwara district, around 60km from Srinagar. "The militants were engaged near a stream in the forested area. All four of them were killed and we also lost a soldier in the firefight," deputy inspector general of police Gharib Das told the AFP.

Eight killed in Manipur violence

At least eight people have been killed in tribal clashes in the north-eastern state of Manipur.  Five people died on Monday during a general strike called by the tribal student organisations over three controversial rights bills.  On Tuesday police fired on a mob which had attacked a police station in Churachandpur, killing three and wounding several others.  Curfews have been imposed in some districts and the federal government has described the situation as "very tense".

Central trade unions call for nationwide strike

A nationwide strike is set to be held on Wednesday, 10 September after a meeting between several central trade unions. "All services, except railways, will be affected including banks, transport, civil aviation and gas and oil supply. It will be a peaceful strike," said AITUC general secretary Gurudas Dasgupta.  The unions are protesting against labour reforms proposed by the NDA government.

Indian scholar killed by gunmen in Karnataka

A renowned Indian scholar has been killed by gunmen in the southern state of Karnataka.  Malleshappa M Kalburgi was shot by unidentified men at his home in the town of Dharwad, around 400km from Bangalore.  He had previously received death threats from right-wing Hindu groups after he criticised idol worship.

Three feared dead in violence in north-east India

Three people are feared to have been killed when protesters went on the rampage in remote northeast areas of India. Protesters burnt homes to the ground as they protested against controversial tribal rights laws. Police fired on the protesters in Manipur state after they torched the homes of local and federal lawmakers, hours after the bills passed through parliament. Manipur authorities have imposed an indefinite curfew in Churachandpur town following the violence late on Monday. One person died in the fire at their home, and at least one person was shot dead by police. 

Curfew imposed in Gujarat after Patel caste protests

A curfew has been imposed in the western state of Gujarat following violence after a massive rally by the Patel community demanding better access to jobs and education. A day-long strike called by the community is also being observed. The main city of Ahmedabad has virtually shut down. 

Five killed as train hits lorry in Andhra Pradesh

Five people have died in a collision between a train and a lorry at a level crossing in India. Four compartments of the Bangalore-Nanded express were derailed in the incident in Andhra Pradesh early Monday morning. Karnataka politician Venkatesh Nayak was among the dead, as well as the driver of the lorry. "The level crossing was manned and had a red light on. The lorry overshot the speed breaker and rammed through the level crossing gate before crashing into the train", Sanjeev Agarwal, the divisional railway manager of Bangalore told BBC Hindi.

Police officer killed in rebel attack in Indian Kashmir

Suspected rebels opened fire at a police post in the Indian-controlled portion of Kashmir on Tuesday, killing a police constable and a civilian, authorities have said. Two militants riding a motorcycle shot at a sentry post outside a shrine in the northwestern village of Tujjar Sharief and took away the constable's rifle and killed him, said Garib Das, a senior police officer. A 70-year-old man in a wheelchair was also shot and killed, Das said. Troops cordoned off the area and are investigating the attack.

India landslide kills seven in Sikh shrine, many trapped

A landslide in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh has killed at least seven people and injured eight others after boulders dislodged and fell onto a Sikh shrine. A part of the shrine collapsed and many are feared trapped under the rubble. Rescue operations have been taken on a "war footing", police officials told BBC Hindi. Officials said the main shrine, which attracts thousands of pilgrims, was not affected. The damaged portion of the Manikaran Sahib gurudwara, in the state's Kullu region, has been cleared of all pilgrims and the injured have been taken to hospital, police said.

Six civilians killed and 20 others injured in Pakistan shelling along LoC

Six civilians were killed and over 20 others injured as Pakistan carried out unprecedented shelling with 120mm and 82mm mortars, directly targeting civilian areas in Balakote, Manjakote, Sabzian, Mandi, Mankot, Hamirpur and surrounding areas in Poonch and Rajouri. The shelling occurred on August 15. The ceasefire was violated again on August 17. Defence spokesman Colonel Manish Mehta said that "The Pakistani Army used 120mm and 82mm mortars and heavy machine gun fire to violate the ceasefire on the LoC in Saujiyan and Mandi sectors in Poonch District." The firing started at 20.00 on August 16 and continued until 01.00 August 17. Intermittent firing is still being reported. Indian troops are reportedly returning fire, and there have been no confirmed casualties among Indian security forces.

Two NSCN-K militants killed in Nagaland

On August 13, two NSCN-K militants were killed by security forces in Longsa village in Nagaland's Mokokchung district. One AK-56 rifle, one HK rifle, ammunition and grenades have been seized. The Nationalist Socialist Council of Nagaland (NSCN) is a separatist military group, whose aim is to establish a sovereign state of "Naalim", inhabited by Naga people in the areas between northeast India and Myanmar.

Eleven injured in bomb blast in Shopian District of Kashmir

On August 13, at least ten civilians were injured in a bomb blast near the Jamia Trenz mosque in Shopian district, Kashmir. The incident took place at around 06.00 local time when the IED, hidden in a steel glass left on the roadside, exploded when someone tried to move it. Another live grenade was defused near the home of Hizbul Mujahideen militant Wasim Malla at Pehlipora, Shopian. 

Two militants killed in encounter with security forces in Pulwama

Two militants were killed today in a shootout with security forces during an overnight operation in the Pulwama district of south Kashmir that left a policeman injured. The encounter also triggered protests in the area with some youths throwing stones at the security forces. Police said the two militants were killed in the paddy fields between Ratnipora and Naru villages, where they were trapped by the search parties early Tuesday morning. The identities and group affiliation of the militants is not yet known. 

Temple stampede in Jharkhand leaves 10 dead

At least ten people have been killed and 20 injured in a stampede ata a temple in Jharkhand state. Pilgrims have been marking a Hindu religious festival in Deoghar town. The stampede at the Baidyanath Jyotirlinga temple after pilgrims surged towards the shrine shortly after the doors opened early on Monday. Pilgrims sleeping in the 6km long queue were trampled as others pushed towards the doors. 

Pakistani troops target border posts in Poonch

After sporadic firing throughout the night. Pakistani troops targeted Indian forward posts and hamlets along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Kashmir with rocket propelled grenades (RPGs). mortars and machine guns. Indian forces guarding the border retaliated, resulting in a heavy exchange. However, there were no casualties in the firing. The Sabzian sector in Poonch has been under intermittent fire fro Pakistani troops for the past three days.

Suspected Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militant killed

A suspected Lashker-e-Toiba (LeT) militant has been killed in a brief shootout with security forces in a village in Pulwama district of south Kashmir. The firefight erupted at around 16:00 local time when the Special Operations Group (SOG) of the local police cordoned off Asthan Mohalla locality of Kakapora when they received intelligence stating that militants were hiding in a house. Reports state that the militants opened fire when they noticed the search party, and attempted to escape. SOG forces shot dead one militant, later identified as Talib Hussain Shah, a local resident, and have begun search operations to locate the other militants. 

Teen killed, two injured in explosion

A teenager was killed and two others injured in an explosion in Kashmir's Ganderbal district. "Three teenagers were fiddling with some explosive device in Baba Salina (Manasbal) village of Ganderbal district when it exploded, killing one teenager on the spot and injuring the other two," a senior police officer has said. One of the injured teenagers is described as being in a critical condition. 

Three killed as gunmen attack convoy in Kashmir

A convoy belonging to security forces in Indian-administrated Kashmir has come under attack by unidentified gunmen. The attack took place about 10km from the city of Udhampur, which houses a military base near the border with Pakistan. At least three people were killed in the attack, including two paramilitary personnel and one gunman. Security forces are searching for the other gunman involved. 

Two Trains derailed by flash flood

Two passenger trains in the state of Madhya Pradesh have derailed minutes apart on a flooded bridge, killing at least 24 people. The trains were passing each other near the town of Harda when a flash flood, triggered by heavy rain, struck the bridge. The tracks collapsed and some of the carriages were submerged. Officials say at least 25 people have been injured and another 300 rescued. The Kamayani Express, travelling from Varanasi to Mumbai, derailed first, and the Janata Express, travelling in the opposite direction, derailed shortly after. 

Eleven killed in Mumbai building collapse

At least 11 people have died after a building collapsed near Mumbai. Many others are feared trapped beneath the three story building after it collapsed whilst families were sleeping inside. Reports say that the municipality had declared the old, dilapidated property dangerous to live in, but residents had refused to evacuate. Rescue official Alok Avasthy said that "eleven bodies have been recovered and seven people pulled out alive. Another one person is missing."

Indian and Pakistani troops clash on Kashmir Line of Control

Indian and Pakistani troops have exchanged heavy fire on the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir, violating the cease-fire agreement. The militaries on both sides targeted each other's positions and exchanged fire in frontier Jammu, Rajouri and Poonch districts south of Srinagar city. An Indian defense official has been quoted as saying that "Pakistani troops resorted to unprovoked firing in forward posts along the LoC.... Army troops guarding the LoC took positions and retaliated effectively resulting in exchange of firing, which lasted until midnight. There has been no loss of life on our side due to firing."  

Floods kill more than 100

Heavy monsoon rains have killed more than 100 people in the past week, with tens of thousands being displaced into refugee camps. A cyclone hit the state of West Bengal, killing 48 people.

Indian soldier killed in Kashmir cross border firing

An Indian soldier has been shot dead in the disputed Kashmir border region. India has accused Pakistan of the shooting. Colonel S. D. Goswani has said that "Pakistani troops violated the cease-fire again during which our soldier was injured, and died later." He added that Indian troops had returned fire. 

Mumbai bomb plotter executed

India has executed the man convicted of financing the 1993 Mumbai bombings. Yakub Memon was hanged at a prison in Nagpur, in the western state of Maharashtra. The Supreme Court rejected his last minute mercy plea. 

IS document reveals plans to attack India

An internal recruitment document belonging to the Islamic State (IS) terror group has revealed that plans to wage a war in India is a to priority of South Asian jihadists. They believe it will lead them into an open confrontation with the United States. The document was taken from a Pakistani national with connections inside the Pakistani Taliban.

Japanese Encephalitis outbreak kills 66

An outbreak of Japanese Encephalitis (JE) in Assam State has killed 66 people so far. 365 positive cases have been identified. The Health Minister, Shri J. P. Nadda, has said that a "team of experts have been immediately dispatched to Assam to assist the State health authorities in clinical management of the cases.

Gunmen in Indian Army uniform storm police station

Gunmen have fired at a bus station and enter police barracks on the outskirts of a town in Punjab, in northern India. At least six people have been killed and six others wounded in the attack. Home Minister Rajnath Singh has ordered increased security on the border with Pakistan following the incident.

Five civilians killed in Kashmir clashes

At least five civilians have been killed in fighting between Indian and Pakistani troops in the disputed region of Kashmir.  Pakistan said Indian soldiers killed four civilians and wounded five others, while India said one woman died when Pakistani troops opened fire along the Line of Control.  The Pakistani military also said that it shot down an Indian spy drone in the region. "An Indian spy drone was shot down by Pakistani troops which intruded into Pakistan along (the Line of Control) near Bhimber today. The spy drone is used for aerial photography," a statement from the Pakistani military said.

Maoist rebels kill four abducted police officers

Maoist rebels have killed four police officers who were abducted in the central state of Chhattisgarh.  Guerrillas ambushed the police in the Bastar region late on Monday, while their bodies were found on the roadside in the nearby village of Kutru.  Police superintendent K. L. Dhruv said officers have been sent into the jungle to search for the culprits.

Pilgrims killed in Andhra Pradesh stampede

At least 27 people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded in a stampeded at a Hindu religious festival in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh.  The stampede occurred near the Godavari river at the start of the Maha Pushkaralu festival at around 08:00 local time on Tuesday.  Nearly 24 million people are expected to take part in the 12-day festival, and state chief N Chandrababu Naidu warned people not to panic.

Darjeeling landslides kill 30

Heavy rain has triggered landslides in India's region of Darjeeling. Telephone links and roads have been cut off and rescuers are looking for survivors after homes built on slopes were struck.

Monsoon rains cause havoc in Gujarat

Widespread damage has been caused to property in India's Gujarat State and more than 70 people are reported to have died in flood related incidents. Worst affected is the Saurashtra region with some reports saying the floods are the worst for 90 years.

Police arrest three men over journalist murder

Indian police have arrested three men over the kidnapping and murder of a journalist in the state of Madhya Pradesh.  Sandeep Kothari, 30, was abducted from his home on Friday and his body was discovered by police in Maharashtra state on Saturday.  Local media have reported that Mr Kothari was targeted for writing about an illegal sand-mining racket in the area.

Former militant shot dead in Kashmir

A former militant has been gunned down by unknown gunmen in the northern state of Jammu and Kashmir.  Monday's shooting is the sixth in a series of killings in the region, and the fourth in the town of Sopore in a week.  Aijaz Ahmad Resh was shot dead in the Mundji area, while on Sunday another former militant, Mairaj-ul-din Dar, was killed in the Badami Bagh neighbourhood.  Elsewhere security forces raided a militant hideout in the Pulwama district of south Kashmir, recovering a large cache of weapons.

Two killed in Assam flooding

At least two people have been killed in flooding in the north-eastern state of Assam.  The state government said more than 500 villages in 13 districts have been affected after torrential rain caused the Brahmaputra river to flood.  The two confirmed deaths were reported in the Baksa and Lakhimpur districts.

Indian soldier killed in Kozkikode airport clashes

An Indian paramilitary soldier has been killed and three people wounded in a clash with airport workers at Kozhikode airport in Kerala state.  Local police have arrested 10 people in connection with the incident, which was reportedly sparked by an argument over security clearances.  Angry workers blocked the airport runway for several hours, leading to flights being diverted.

Indian army targets rebel camps inside Myanmar

Indian parachute commandos have been deployed in Myanmar as part of operations against rebel fighters.  Officials said between 30 and 50 rebels were killed and two camps destroyed during the operation. India's junior information minister, Rajyavardhan Singh Rathore, said "be it Yemen or Iraq, attacks on Indians are not acceptable. This is also a message to our neighbours who shelter terrorists.” The operation follows a rebel ambush in India's Manipur state last week which killed 18 soldiers.

Indian police kill 12 Maoist rebels in Jharkhand clashes

Indian police say they have killed at least 12 suspected Maoist rebels in clashes in the eastern state of Jharkhand.  The fighting erupted in the early hours of Tuesday in a remote area of Palamau district, while the police said the rebels were on their way to extort money from mining contractors in the area.

Indian soldiers killed in Manipur ambush

At least 20 Indian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in the north-eastern state of Manipur.  The convoy of 6 Dogra Regiment troops was heading towards the state capital, Imphal, when rebels attacked them with RPGs and automatic weapons. “This seems to be the work of PLA [Peoples Liberation Army], with suspected support by the ‘KYKL’ group also. We are still waiting for more inputs to come in", said Manipur Home Secretary J. Suresh Babu.

Three police officers wounded in mob attack in West Bengal

Three Indian police officers have been wounded after a mob attacked a patrol vehicle in West Bengal.  The violence erupted when the officers confronted a group of youths at a local club on the Pandua-Mahanad road in the Hooghly district.  Reinforcements were sent to the village and three people have been arrested in connection with the attack.

Death toll from heatwave hits 1,100

More that 1,100 people have now died in India as a heatwave continues to sweep the country.  Temperatures have dropped slightly but continue to hover around 45C in the worst affected states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh in southern India.  Forecasters are predicting that the high temperatures will continue well into next week and authorities are calling for emergency water distribution centres to be set up.

Indian government continues NGO crackdown

India's government has blocked the bank accounts of 8,975 NGOs as part of an ongoing crackdown.  Greenpeace India was among those affected by the ruling, with Prime Minister Narendra Modi's government claiming that "Greenpeace violated Foreign Contribution Regulation Act", according to local PTI news agency.  Critics say the move is an attempt to stifle criticism, with Greenpeace India currently involved in a protest against a nuclear power plant in the south of the country.

Heatwave kills more than 500 in India

More than 500 people have died in India after temperatures in the country reached almost 50C.  The northern city of Allahad recorded 47.7C, while in the capital, Delhi, the mercury reached 43.5C.  The majority of the deaths have been reported in the southern states of Telangana and Andhra Pradesh, with heatstroke and extreme dehydration the main causes of death. “It is hot. It will stay hot. People must stay inside and drink lots of water,” Devendra Sharma, an official at the Indian meteorological office said.

Security forces deployed in Kashmir to prevent protests

India has deployed hundreds of troops across Kashmir's main city, Srinagar, to prevent demonstrations to mark the anniversaries of two pro-independence leaders.  Mirwaiz Mohammed Farooq and Abdul Gani Lone were killed by unknown assailants in 1990 and 2002 respectively. Shops, schools and businesses closed and public transport was suspended in Srinagar in response to a general strike call by pro-independence groups.

Ten killed in Uttar Pradesh train crash

At least 10 people have been killed and more than 30 others wounded in a train crash in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.  The incident happened at a level crossing near the town of Bijnor when the passenger train hit a tractor pulling an overcrowded wagon.

Low-intensity blast wounds 14 on Kolkata train

At least 14 people have been wounded in a low-intensity bombing on a train near Kolkata.  The device exploded as the Sealdah-Krishnanagar train left Titagarh station on the outskirts of Kolkata.  Witness accounts suggest the crude device was detonated following an argument between two suspected criminals.

Delhi police officer arrested for hitting woman with a brick

A Delhi traffic police officer has been arrested after he attacked a young woman with a brick after she refused to pay a bribe of 200 rupees ($3).  The incident was captured on video and led to police suspending Head Constable Satish Chandra. Delhi police commission BS Bassi said "strict action will be taken against him. We regret that such a shameful act has been committed by a traffic policeman." The incident has sparked widespread outrage in India.

Maoist rebels release 250 hostages in Chhattisgarh

Maoist rebels have killed one villager and released around 250 others in the central state of Chhattisgarh.  The rebels seized the villagers in a bid to stop the local government constructing a bridge in the Sukma district, which they fear would improve the mobility of the security forces.  The incident occurred on the eve of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's visit to the state.

State-wide strike underway in West Bengal

A state-wide strike (bandh) is causing widespread disruption across West Bengal.  Most of the roads across the state, including in the capital Kolkata, are deserted as taxis, rickshaws and private buses are not operating. At least 56 people have been arrested from Burdwan, Jalpaiguri and North 24 Parganas districts for trying to enforce the bandh, police officials in the districts said.

Nepal earthquake leaves dozens dead in Bihar state

The death toll from Saturday's powerful earthquake in Nepal has risen to 2,400 as rescue workers continue to search for survivors.  A 6.7-magnitude aftershock hit 60km from the capital Kathmandu on Sunday morning, forcing people to flee to open ground.  Aftershocks were also felt in north-eastern India, where at least 57 people were killed in Bihar state.  It has also been confirmed that 17 people died and 61 were wounded in an avalanche on Mount Everest.

Farmer commits suicide during Delhi rally

An Indian farmer has committed suicide during an anti-government protest in Delhi.  Gajendra Singh, from the western state of Rajasthan, hung himself from a tree at the farmers' rally organised by the Aam Aadmi Party (AAP).  The demonstrators are angry at Prime Minister Narendra Modi's controversial land acquisition bill, which was passed in the lower house of parliament last month.

Deadly storm hits eastern state of Bihar

At least 32 people have been killed and more than 80 wounded after a storm hit the eastern state of Bihar. The affected districts are in north and north-eastern parts of the state including Purnia, Araria, Kishanganj, Katihar, Madhepura, Supaul, Saharsa, Bhagalpur, Samastipur, Darbhanga and Madhubani.  Heavy rains have caused the Kosi river to flood, while the strong winds damaged houses and severely damaged maize crops.

Bangalore set for anti-government protest

A 12-hour anti-government "bandh" protest is set to take place in the Indian city of Bangalore on Saturday.  The strike, which has been called by the opposition Kannada Okkuta group, will be observed between 06:00 to 18:00. "We will stage peaceful protests and distribute pamphlets in various parts of the city to mark the bandh. We are confident that the strike will be total and peaceful," said the group;s president, Vatal Nagaraj.

Separatist leader arrested in Kashmir

Indian police have arrested a high-profile separatist leader in Kashmir ahead of a proposed rally in Tral.  The police said Masarat Alam was arrested at his home in Srinagar on Friday for encouraging his supporters to wave Pakistan flags during the protest. “It’s not a preventive detention. Alam has been arrested for unlawful activities,” inspector general of police Javed Geelani said on Friday.

Protesters clash with riot police in Kashmir

Hundreds of protesters have clashed with riot police in Kashmir after the brother of a rebel leader was killed by government forces.  Authorities said Khalid Wani died in a gun battle with troops; however, his father said he had been tortured to death.  Residents in Wani's hometown of Tral took to the streets in anger at his death, throwing rocks at security forces and shouting "we want freedom".  On Wednesday separatist leaders called for a complete shutdown in Tral and the surrounding areas.

Suspected smugglers killed by police in Andhra Pradesh

At least suspected sandalwood smugglers have been killed during clashes with Indian security forces in Andhra Pradesh. The incident in the Seshachalam forests of Chittoor district has sparked outrage in neighbouring Tamil Nadiu. "While police have every right to arrest and prosecute offenders, shooting them dead like birds is unacceptable," said Vaiko, the chief of the MDMK party in Tamil Nadu.

Three police officers killed by rebels in Kashmir

Three police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected separatist rebels in India-administered Kashmir.  The officers were travelling to the village of Amshipora, around 60km south of Srinagar, when they were ambushed.  In a separate incident a counter-insurgency officer was shot and wounded on a bus in Pattan.

Police investigate gang rape of two girls in Uttar Pradesh

Indian police are investigating the alleged kidnap and gang rape of two young girls in the state of Uttar Pradesh.  Relatives said that the two cousins, aged 12 and 13, were attacked by five armed men from a neighbouring village in the Badaun district.  The alleged incident took place around 50km from where two young girls were raped and killed in May last year.

Flood alert issued for Kashmir

A flood alert has been issued in India-administered Kashmir following torrential rain.  At least 10 people were buried in a landslide in the village of Ledhan, around 40km from the regional capital, Srinagar.  In September the Kashmir valley experienced the worst flooding in more than a century, leaving 200 people dead and displacing around a million others.

Militants attack police station in Kashmir

Three people have been killed and nine others wounded after militants attacked a police station in India-administered Kashmir.  The two gunmen who carried out the raid were killed following a gun battle in the Kathua district of Jammu.  The main highway into the town was closed during the clashes, leaving hundreds of people stranded.

Protests sparked by robbery and rape of nun in West Bengal

Protests have erupted in West Bengal over the robbery and rape of an elderly nun over the weekend.  Ten men have been arrested in connection with the attack on the 74-year old in Ranaghat.  A mass silent procession is scheduled to take place in Kolkata on Monday, while a candlelit vigil will also be held for the victim.

Mob lynches prisoner accused of rape

A rape suspect has been dragged from a jail and beaten to death in north-eastern India.  Thousands of people stormed the district prison in Dimapur and then beat the man to death before dragging his body to the town's clock tower. "The situation is very tense," town police superintendent Meren Jamir told the Hindustan Times. "We are trying our very best to restore order."

Protesters clash with police in central Delhi

Hundreds of Christian protesters have clashed with police in the Indian capital, Delhi, during a demonstration against recent attacks on churches.  The protesters were calling for greater government protection following five attacks on churches in the city since December.  The Home Minister, Rajnath Singh, has promised an independent investigation into the attacks.

Two police officers killed in Maoist rebel ambush

Two Indian police officers have been killed and six others wounded in an ambush by Maoist rebels in central India.  The paramilitary police team were targeted in the Kanker district of Chhattisgarh state on Monday evening.  India's government has said that Maoist rebels are the country's main internal security threat.

Three Muslims burned to death in Bihar state attack

Three Muslims have been killed in an apparent revenge attack in India's northern state of Bihar.  At least 14 people have been arrested in connection with the killing, which was reportedly carried out by a group of Hindu men in the Muzaffarpur district.  The incident came after the body of a Hindu man was found dead in the area, with a police official claiming that he had been abducted and killed after starting a relationship with a local Muslim girl.

Indian security forces kill five rebels in Kashmir

Indian security forces have killed at least five suspected rebels during an eight-hour gun battle in Kashmir. "All the five militants have been killed and their identities are being ascertained," Abdul Gani Mir, the region's inspector general of police told the AFP news agency. Police also said that they had recovered a small cache of weapons from the forest in the Shopian region where the clashes took place.

Security forces arrest dozens in Assam over December attack

India's security forces have arrested 39 people in connection with last month's terrorist attacks which left more than 70 people dead.  The suspects are accused of being members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB) rebel group which wants an independent state created in Assam.  The arrests came after a three-day security operation in the Chirang district.

Five Maoists killed during security operation in Andhra-Orissa

Indian security forces have killed five suspected Maoist rebels during a joint operation in a remote area of Malkangiri district.  A combination of Andhra Pradesh police and Orissa's Special Operations Group carried out the raid in a jungle area on Sunday night.  Earlier 14 members of the CRPF security forces were killed in an ambush in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh.

Australia warns of possible terror attack in Mumbai

The Australian government has warned militants could be planning another terrorist attack in the Indian city of Mumbai.  The Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade (DFAT) urged Australian citizens to "exercise a high degree of caution" in India, with the government's Smart Traveller website updating its guidance to say "we continue to receive reports that terrorists are planning attacks in India".

Indian airports on high alert over hijack threat

Indian airports are on high alert over a possible hijack bid on a Delhi-Kabul flight.  Intelligence reports said the state-run Air India flight could be targeted by Islamic militants, leading to increased security across the country's airports. “After the alert was issued by central intelligence agencies, all possible security measures are being put in place to prevent a hijack attempt. Security at all airports across the country has been increased,” officials said on Sunday.

Five arrested over kidnap and rape of Japanese student

Five people have been arrested over the kidnap and rape of a Japanese student in Kolkata.  Police said the 22-year-old was held hostage for over a month near the Buddhist pilgrimage site of Bodh Gaya.  She had been targeted by two brothers, tour guides Sajid and Jawed Khan, who were among those arrested.

Five troops killed in Kashmir clashes

Four Pakistani troops and one Indian soldier have been killed in clashes at the international border of Kashmir.  India's Border Security Force (BSF) accused Pakistan of initiating the violence by opening fire from the Samba sector, leading to a retaliation. "We have retaliated effectively... four Pakistani rangers have been killed along the international border in Samba sector [in Jammu region]," said BSF inspector general Rakesh Sharma.

Militants launch attack on Indian-administered Kashmir

At least 17 people have been killed in an attack by militants in India-administered Kashmir.  Eight soldiers and three police officer died when a group of six militants launched a suicide raid on an army camp in Uri, near the Line of Control (LoC).  Police said that the insurgents were also killed in the attack.

Maoist rebels kills 14 police officers in Chhattisgarh ambush

At least 14 paramilitary police officers have been killed and another 15 seriously wounded in an ambush by Maoist rebels in the state of Chhattisgarh. “Our parties were inside (the forest) for an operation when the Maoists ambushed them. Fourteen personnel were killed,” confirmed ADG (Naxal Ops) R K Vij. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has condemned the attack, calling it "brutal and inhuman".

Kashmir gun battles leave 10 dead

At least 10 people have been killed in clashes between Indian security forces and militants in the Jammu region of India-administered Kashmir.  Three soldiers, three civilians and four militants died during the 12-hour long gun battle in the Arnia sector.  The fighting erupted as the prime ministers of India and Pakistan met at a regional trade summit in Nepal.

Militants attack Indian army base in Kashmir

Militants have attacked an Indian army base in Kashmir, killing one soldier and wounding three others.  The assailants dressed in army uniforms targeted the base near Arnia on Thursday, leading to a gunfight with troops.  Three militants were also reportedly killed in the clashes.

Tea workers lynch owner in West Bengal

Workers at a tea plantation in West Bengal have killed the owner after a dispute over pay.  Rajesh Jhunjhunwala was attacked at the Sonali Tea Estate in Bagrakote on Saturday evening after he tried to pacifiy the workers, who reportedly have not been paid for months.  Seven people have been arrested in connection with the killing.

Guru supporters clash with police in Haryana

Thousands of supporters of a controversial guru have clash with Indian riot police in Haryana state.  The self-styled guru, Sant Rampal, has repeatedly ignored court summons in relation to the killing of a villager by his supporters in 2006.  The supporters formed a human chain around his ashram on Tuesday to prevent police from arresting him.

Protests erupt over sterilisation deaths

Protests have erupted in central India after 13 women died following botched sterillisation surgery at a state-run clinic.  Sixty women are still receiving treatment in Chhattisgarh state, where they were paid 1,400 rupees to undergo the surgery as part of a government scheme to reduce population growth.  The main opposition Congress party has called for a general strike in the state, while protesters are demanding that the chief health minister resigns.

Suicide bomb kills 55 at India-Pak border

At least 55 people have been killed and more than 150 others wounded in a suicide bomb attack near the India-Pakistan border.  The blast occurred at a security checkpoint close to the Wagah crossing on the Pakistan side of the border.  The director general of the Punjab Rangers, Tahir Khan, said "when the bomber saw that there was very strict checking at the security checkpoint, he decided to detonate his explosives as he began to pass through it."

Cyclone Nilofar heads towards India's western coast

Authorities in India have warned that Cyclone Nilofar is heading towards the country's western coast.  The storm, which has been categorized as severe by forecasters, is expected to hit north Gujarat in the next 24-hours, bringing with it winds of up to 145km/h.  Fishermen have been asked to avoid going out to sea, while coastal villages have been put on alert.

Thousands evacuated after Cyclone Hudhud hits eastern India

More than 350,000 people were evacuated from their homes over the weekend after Cyclone Hudhud made landfall in eastern India.  At least three people were killed by falling trees in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa, where winds of over 200km/h were reported.  Authorities have set up 370 relief camps to house the evacuees.

Thousands of civilians flee Kashmir border clashes

Thousands of civilians have fled their homes in Indian-administered Kashmir following renewed clashes between Indian and Pakistani troops.  According to officials more than 20,000 villagers fled from Arnia on Monday, and by Tuesday more than 10,000 people were in Indian government shelters.  A Pakistani man was killed and 22 other people wounded when security forces exchanged fire for several hours on Tuesday.  The latest clashes are the worst violations of the 2003 ceasefire between the two countries.  

Civilians killed in Kashmir border fire

At least nine civilians have been killed and 29 others wounded after Pakistan and India exchanged fire along their disputed shared border in Kashmir.  According to an Indian army spokesman five civilians died when Pakistani troops fired mortar shells across the border into the Arnia sector.  Pakistan claimed that four civilians had died on its side of the border from shelling by Indian soldiers into the Sialkot area.  Both sides accuse the other of firing the first shots.

Dozens killed in stamped at Hindu festival

At least 32 people have been killed and dozens more wounded in a stamped at a Hindu religious festival in the northern state of Bihar.  Tens of thousands of people had gathered at Gandhi Maidan in the state capital Patna for the festival of Dussehra.  It is not clear what started the stampede; however local officials said it appeared that too many people were trying to exit the site at the same time.

Hundreds arrested in Gujarat after sectarian clashes

Indian police have arrested more than 200 people in the state of Gujarat following clashes between Hindus and Muslims.  According to local reports the clashes erupted in the western city of Vadodara after distorted images which offended members of the minority Muslim population were posted on social media.  A ban on mobile internet and text messaging has been enforced until 30 September in a bid to defuse tensions.

North-eastern states hit by deadly flooding

At least 15 people have been killed in the north-eastern states of Assam and Meghalaya in flash floods and landslides.  The region has been hit by torrential rain since Saturday, with the North Garo Hills and West Garo Hills districts particularly badly hit.  Earlier this month more than 270 people died in flooding in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Thousands stranded as Kashmir flooding continues

Rescue workers are battling to rescue thousands of people stranded by devastating floods across Kashmir.  More than 120 people have been killed in Indian-administered Kashmir after the region was hit by the worst flooding in five decades.  Large areas of the capital, Srinagar, have been submerged, forcing residents to wait on rooftops for aid or evacuation. Narendra Modi, the Indian PM, who surveyed the flood-hit region by helicopter on Sunday, called the flooding a "national disaster".

Deadly floods hit India and Pakistan

Torrential rain across northern India and Pakistan has caused widespread flooding, with Kashmir particularly badly hit.  In Indian-administered Kashmir at least 70 people are feared dead after an overcrowded bus carrying a wedding party was swept away in the Rajouri district.  At least 28 other people have been reported dead in the area, which has seen the worst floods in 22 years, while thousands more have been displaced or evacuated.

Al-Qaeda leader announces India wing

Al-Qaeda leader Ayman al-Zawahiri has announced the creation of a branch of his militant group in India, saying he will spread Islamic rule and "raise the flag of jihad" across South Asia.  In a video released online Zawahiri said "it is an entity that was formed to promulgate the call of the reviving imam, Sheikh Osama bin Laden", while he also pledged renewed loyalty to the leader of the Afghan Taliban, Mullah Omar.

Stampede at Hindu temple kills 10

At least 10 people have been killed in a stampede at a Hindu temple in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.  The incident occurred during a pilgrimage for the Somvati Amavasya festival celebrating the new moon at the Kamtanath Pahad temple in the Satna district.  Local officials said it is not clear what what caused the stampede.

Dozens killed as flooding hits northern India

At least 60 people have been killed after severe flooding hit several states across northern India.  More than 1,500 villages have been cut off by rising water levels in Uttar Pradesh state, while in Uttarakhand landslides have killed 32 people.  The widespread flooding was caused by heavy rainfall upstream in neighbouring Nepal, where more than 100 people have died.

Thousands evacuated in Bihal over flood fears

Around 60,000 people have been evacuated in the northern state of Bihar over fears of flash flooding from neighbouring Nepal.  On Saturday heavy rainfall caused a landslide in Nepal which killed at least 19 people and left dozens more missing.  The Indian authorities have warned that more than 400,000 people could be affected by flooding along the Kosi river if the water breaks through a mud damn across the border.

Around 150 feared trapped by India landslide

Up to 150 are believed to have been trapped in a landslide in a remote village in western India.  Heavy rains caused part of the hillside to collapse on the village of Malin in Maharashtra state on Wednesday, burying at least 40 houses.  Local residents and teams of rescue workers are at the scene trying to clear debris to look for any survivors.

Encephalitis outbreak reported in eastern India

At least 100 people have died in an outbreak of viral encephalities in eastern India, according to local health officials.  The latest deaths were reported in the Darjeeling district of West Bengal as local authorities continue to undertake a huge cleanliness drive in a bid to control the spread of the disease.

Explosives seized on West Bengal-bound train

Indian police have seized eight large bombs from a train heading for New Jalpaiguri in West Bengal.  After receiving a tip-off Government Railway Police stormed the train at Kishanganj station in Bihar state and located the devices before the bomb disposal squad were called to neutralize them.

Deadly pipeline blast kills 16 in India

At least 16 people have been killed after a pipeline carrying gas exploded in the southern Indian state of Andhra Pradesh.  The blast sent flames high into the sky near the village of Nagaram in the East Godavari district before the fire was brought under control.  No explanation has been given for the cause of the explosion, although local residents say they have long complained about the lack of maintenance on the pipelines.

Bihar train derails in Maoist rebel attack

At least four people have been killed after a train derailed near Chhapra in the eastern state of Bihar.  Officials suggested that an explosive device planted by Maoist rebels caused the high-speed Rajdhani Express to leave the tracks.  Eight other passengers required hospital treatment.

Six killed in Bhilai gas plant leak

At least six people have been killed in a poisonous gas leak at one of India's oldest steel plants.  Around 30 people have been treated for exposure after the gas escaped from a blast furnace at the state-run Steel Authority of India plant in Bhilai in Chhattisgarh state.  A group of workers have protested outside the plant, saying the deaths were avoidable and claiming the owners had been slow to modernize the facility.

Five students killed in Himalayas water surge

Rescue workers have found the bodies of five students and are searching for 19 others following a water surge in India's Himachal Pradesh state.  The Hyderabad-based engineering students were washed away in the Beas river in Kullu valley after water was released from an upstream dam.  The students were visiting the area as part of a college trip.

Riots erupt over north India power cuts

Thousands of people have taken to the streets to protest against power cuts during an extreme heat wave across northern India.  Rioters set electricity sub-stations on fire and took several power company officials hostage in the state of Uttar Pradesh on Friday night.  The power failures, which are common in the impoverished state, caused fans, water pumps and air conditioners to fail as temperatures reached 47 Celsius.

Sikh groups clash at Golden Temple

Several people have been wounded after rival Sikh groups clashed at the Golden Temple in Amritsar in the north-western Punjab state.  Thousands of people had gathered at the temple, the holiest site in Sikhism, to hold special prayers to mark the deadly military offensive that left hundreds of people dead in 1984.  The scuffle reportedly broke out over who would speak first at the ceremony, with footage showing men fighting with their traditional swords.

Indian woman shot dead by rebels for resisting rape

An Indian woman has been shot dead by militants from the Garo National Liberation Army (GNLA) rebel group in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya after she resisted their attempts to sexually assault her.  According to local police the 35-year old mother of four was dragged from here home in the South Garo Hills district by five GNLA members on Tuesday evening.  Paramilitary forces were deployed to arrest the assailants and heavy fighting has been reported in the William Nagar area.

Police fire water cannons at rape protesters in Uttar Pradesh

Indian police have fired water cannons at hundreds of protesters in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.  The protesters, mostly women, gathered outside the office of the chief minister demanding justice for the two teenage girls who were gang-raped and hanged in the state last week.  A federal investigation has been ordered amid growing anger over violence against women and alleged police indifference.

India creates new state of Telangana

India's southern state of Andhra Pradesh has formally split into two, with the northern area becoming Telangana.  K Chandrasekhar Rao, who revived the Telangana separation movement, has been sworn in as the state's first chief minister.  Residents in the Telanga region have called for greater distribution of wealth and resources since the State Reorganisation Act in 1956.

Two teenage girls raped and killed in Uttar Pradesh

Two teenage girls have been found hanging from a tree after they were allegedly gang-raped in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh.  Four people, including a police officer, have been arrested in connection with the killing.  Authorities said the victims, who were found in the village of Katra, were from the Dalit community.  Incidents of sexual violence towards women in India have received more attention since the gang-rape and murder of a teenage girl on a bus in Delhi in 2012.

Opposition BJP party set for landslide win

India's main opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are set for a huge landslide win in the country's general elections, with Narendra Modi set to be announced as prime minister.  Earlier the ruling Congress Party, which has been in power for 10 years, conceded defeat, saying the nation had "voted against us".  During the election campaign the BJP vowed to restore the country's slowing economic growth, which has halved in recent years.

Seven police killed in Maoist attack

Seven police officers have been killed and two others wounded in a landmine blast in the western state of Maharashtra.  The blast occurred as the officers were carrying out operations in a remote forest region between Pavimuranda and Murmuri villages.

Indian politician dies after televised fire attack

A regional Indian politician has died after he was grabbed by a man who set himself on fire during a live televised debate.  Kamruzzama Fauji, a member of the Bahujan Samaj Party, died on Friday after receiving 75 percent burns during the incident last week in Uttar Pradesh state.  The assailant, who also died during the incident, was later identified as Durgest Kumar Singh and it thought the attack was politically motivated.

Rebels kill 11 Muslims in Assam village attacks

Eleven Muslims have been killed in an attack by suspected rebels in the north-eastern state of Assam.  Local police said the assailants were believed to be members of the Bodo tribe's militant wing, the National Democratic Front of Bodoland (NDFB).

Chenai train hit by twin bomb attack

One woman has been killed and at least nine other people injured after two bombs exploded on a train in the southern Indian city of Chennai.  The "low-intensity" blasts occurred shortly after the Bangalore-Guwahati train arrived in the city's station.  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack, which comes amid India's general elections.

Maoist rebels kill eight in Jharkhand attack

Five police officers and three election officials have been killed in a suspected attack by Maoist rebels in the Indian state of Jharkhand.  The rebels detonated an IED as a bus carrying the election party passed in the Dumka area before gunmen opened fire on them.  The victims were returning from a polling booth in Asna village after voting closed in the sixth phase of India's general elections.

Twin bombing kills 13 in Chhattisgarh

At least 13 people have been killed after suspected Maoist rebels detonated two bombs in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.  The first blast hit a bus in Bijapur carrying election officials, while the second bomb targeted an ambulance in the Bastar region.  The attacks come as voting continues in the country's general election.

Maoists kill 16 police officers in Chhattisgarh

At least 16 police officers have been killed in an ambush by suspected Maoist rebels in the eastern state of Chhattisgarh.  The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) patrol was heading to provide security to road workers in Sukma district when they were attacked on Tuesday morning.

Five police officers killed by Maoist rebels

Five police officers have been killed and three others wounded in an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in Chhattisgarh state.  A convoy of twelve officers were heading to provide security to a group of workers constructing a road in the Dantewada district when they were ambushed.

Indian soldier kills five colleagues in Kashmir

An Indian soldier has killed five of his colleagues at an army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir.  After the shooting near the town of Safapora the soldier turned the gun on himself.  A military spokesman said that an investigation into the shooting has been launched.

Villagers clash with troops in Kashmir

Hundreds of villagers have clashed with police in Indian-administered Kashmir over allegations that security forces shot dead seven civilians.  The villagers torched a police station in the Kupwara region and threw rocks at the police, who responded by firing tear gas and warning shots to disperse the crowds.  The army said that it had killed seven suspected rebels in the remote village of Dardpora on Monday; however the villagers suspect that the deceased were civilians who had gone missing.

Police kill seven Maoist rebels in Maharashtra clashes

Indian police say that they have killed seven Maoist rebels during clashes in the western state of Maharashtra.  The police came under attack in the remote Gadchiroli district, sparking an exchange of fire between the two forces.  The local police chief, Mohammed Suvez Haque, said a rebel divisional commander was believed to have been among the dead.

Hundreds arrested ahead of Kashmir strike

More than 500 people have been arrested by Indian police in the restive region of Kashmir, while many areas were placed under curfew.  The security forces took the measures to prevent activists taking part in a three-day strike to mark the first anniversary of the death of separatist leader Mohammed Afzal Guru.  Guru was secretly hanged in New Delhi last year over his involvement in a 2001 attack on India's parliament, which left 14 people dead.

Ten killed in Assam forest attack

At least 10 people have been killed after armed men attacked a settlement in a disputed forest in the north-eastern state of Assam.  Local residents have blocked a key highway in the area in protest to the killings, which they say were carried out by men from the neighbouring state of Arunachal Pradesh.

Local court orders gang-rape as punishment

Indian police have arrested 13 men in connection with the gang-rape of a woman on the orders of village elders in the eastern state of West Bengal.  The victim is in a critical condition following the attack, which was allegedly sanctioned by a local court in the Birbhum district as punishment for her relationship with a man from another village.  

Eighteen killed in Mumbai funeral stampede

At least 18 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded in a stampede at a funeral in the western city of Mumbai.  Thousands of mourners had gathered outside the home of Syedna Mohammed Burhanuddin, a prominent Muslim spiritual leader who died on Friday.  The city's police commissioner said that the more people attended the funeral than had been expected and that the officers at the site had been overwhelmed.

Danish tourist raped in New Delhi

Police in India have arrested six people after a Danish tourist alleged that she was gang-raped at knife point in the capital, New Delhi.  The 51-year old woman said that she was attacked in the Paharganj district of the city while returning to her hotel.  Police said that the victim also had money and valuables stolen during the attack on Tuesday evening.

Three militants killed in Kashmir clashes

Three suspected separatist militants have been killed in clashes with the Indian security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir.  The gun battle erupted at a house in the village of Dangerpora, around 45km from Srinagar, when the security forces attempted to arrest the rebel fighters.

Thousands flee tribal fighting in Assam state

At least 16 people have been killed and more than 3,000 others displaced after tribal clashes erupted in the north-eastern state of Assam.  The local government has urged the federal Indian government to send paramilitary forces to the region to help end the violence between the Isak-Muivah and the Karbi trbes.

Police officer killed in Kashmir gun battle

An Indian police officer has been killed during a gun battle in the city of Sopore in the restive region of Kashmir.  The police were ambushed while they were investigating militant activity in the area, leading to paramilitary forces being dispatched to support them.  Three other officers were wounded during the fighting.

Indian journalist killed in brutal attack

An Indian journalist has died after being attacked by a gang in a market in the central state of Chhattisgarh.  Sai Reddy, a former reporter for the Deshbandhu newspaper, died of the injuries sustained in the attack in the village of Basaguda.  Mr Reddy had previously been threatened by Maoist activists and local police have confirmed that Maoists are suspected of carrying out the attack.

Maoist rebels kill six police officers in Bihar attack

Six Indian police officers have been killed in an attack by suspected Maoist rebels in the northern state of Bihar.  The officers died when their patrol vehicle hit a landmine in the Aurangabad district.

Three rebels killed in Kashmir clashes

The Indian army has said that three rebels have been killed during a military operation in the disputed region of Kashmir.  A spokesman said that the army and police had launched a joint operation on Monday evening after receiving information that militants were hiding in a village in the Handwara region.

South-east India braced for Tropical Cyclone Lehar

People along the south-eastern coast of India are preparing for the latest severe storm - Tropical Cyclone Lehar - to make landfall just days after Cyclone Helen battered the area.  Helen killed at least six people in Andhra Pradesh last week, while in October 45 people died when Cyclone Phailin hit the state.  Lehar is currently forecast to make landfall on Thursday with sustained winds of  around 130km/h.

Two Indian police officers killed in Kashmir

Two police officers have been shot dead by unknown gunmen in Indian-administered Kashmir.  The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers were killed near their local battalion headquarters in the town of Avantipur, around 32km from Srinagar.

One killed in Manipur blasts

One person has been killed and six others wounded after two bombs exploded in the eastern city of Manipur.  The remote-controlled devices went off at Pallel Lamkhai in the Thoubal district, killing a migrant worker originally from Punjab.

Rebels kill seven in Assam state

Suspected rebels have killed at least seven people and wounded nine others in the restive north-eastern state of Assam.  Local police said that members of the Garo National Liberation Army opened fire on migrant workers in the Goalpara district.

Four killed in Muzaffarnagar violence

At least four people have been killed after clashes broke out near the town of Muzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh.  More than 60 people died in the region last month in Hindu-Muslim clashes; however local police suggest that the latest violence was sparked by a dispute between two families.

BJP rally hit by deadly bomb blasts

At least five people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a series of small bombs exploded during a political rally in eastern India.  Tens of thousands of people gathered in the city of Patna in Bihar state for a rally by the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata party (BJP).  No group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Thousands flee floods in south-east India

More than 70,000 people have been evacuated from south-eastern India following widespread flooding caused by days of torrential rain.  At least 39 people have been confirmed dead in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Orissa since the storms hit the region on Monday.

Fresh clashes erupt along Kashmir border

An Indian border guard has been killed and six others wounded after fresh clashes erupted along Kashmir's international border, which separates India from Pakistan.  A spokesman for the Indian Border Security Force (BSF) said the skirmishes occurred at more than 50 locations in the R S Pura, Arnia and Akhnoor sectors.

Three police officer killed in suspected Maoist ambush

Three Indian police officers have been killed in an ambush by suspected Maoist rebels in the western state of Maharashtra.  According to police officials the attack took place in forests in the remote Gadhchiorli district.

Widespread flooding reported in Odisha

At least five people have been killed and more than 100,000 left stranded by rising flood waters in the eastern state of Orissa.  The flooding was triggered by the heavy rains that accompanied Cyclone Phalin over the weekend.

Temple stampede leaves 111 dead in central India

At least 111 people were killed on Sunday in a stampede at a Hindu temple in the central state of Madhya Pradesh.  Some 150,000 pilgrims had converged at the Ratangarh temple for the Navratra festival when the stampede broke out.  Local reports suggest that it was sparked by rumours that a bridge over the river Sindh, which had an estimated 20,000 people on it at the time, was about to collapse.

Cyclone Phailin causes widespread destruction in eastern India

Cyclone Phailin has caused widespread destruction in eastern regions of India; however, casualties were reportedly low thanks to a widespread evacuation effort.  Eighteen people are currently confirmed dead in the state of Orissa, significantly less that the 10,000 killed by a similar size cyclone in 1999.

India prepares for severe storm

India is preparing for a severe storm which is expected to cause widespread damage along the country's east coast.  Cyclone Phailin is expected to bring winds of up to 200-215km/h when it makes landfall in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh on Saturday.

Encephalitis breaks out in Uttar Pradesh

At least 15 children have died in a fresh outbreak of encephalitis in the the eastern state of Uttar Pradesh.  A further 200 patients are still being treated for the disease at government hospitals, which has now claimed 358 lives in the region so far this year.

Fresh protests erupt over Telangana state

Fresh protests have taken place in the state of Andhra Pradesh after the government approved the creation of the controversial new state of Telangana.  Demonstrators blocked roads and railways across the region as part of a 48-hour shutdown organised by opposition groups.  Four federal ministers are also reported to have offered their resignation in protest at the decision to approve the new state.

Kashmir attacks leave 12 dead in Kashmir

At least 12 people have been killed after suspected separatist militants attacked a police station and army camp in Indian-administered Kashmir.  According to reports the rebel fighters, who were dressed in Indian army uniform, targeted a police station in Hiranagar before hijacking a truck and driving it to the army camp in the Jammu region.

Indian soldier shot dead in Kashmir rebel attack

An Indian paramilitary soldier has been shot dead by suspected separatist militants at a market in the main city of Srinagar.  Another soldier was wounded in the incident, which occurred near the Iqbal Park area.

Nine migrant workers killed in Manipur bombing

At least nine migrant workers from Assam have been killed after a bomb exploded in the north-eastern state of Manipur on Friday night.  A further 11 workers were wounded in the blast, which took place in the Nagamapal area in state capital Imphal.

Army deployed to Uttar Pradesh following communal violence

At least 28 people have been killed in two days of communal violence in the Muzaffarnagar district of Uttar Pradesh, leading to the army deploying hundreds of troops to the area.  The clashes between Hindus and Muslims reportedly erupted during a community meeting on Saturday, during which a journalist and police photographer were killed.

Kashmir in shutdown after shootings

Separatist groups in Indian-controlled Kashmir have called for a complete shutdown after four men were shot dead by Indian paramilitary troopers.  Police said that two of the men were armed rebels; however, local residents dispute this claim and violent protests have been reported in the Shopian district.

Security forces kill five militants in Kashmir

The Indian security forces have killed five Hizbul Mujahideen militants during clashes in Indian-administered Kashmir.  A police spokesman said the encounter took place in the Najwan forest area, close to the Srinagar-Leh highway.

Police arrest head of IM militant group

Indian police have arrested the alleged head of the Indian Mujahideen (IM) militant group, Yasin Bhaktal, on the India-Nepal border.  The group are accused of carrying out a number of attacks in recent years in Bangalore, Hyderbad and the 2010 bombing in Pune which killed 17 people including five foreign nationals.

Female journalist gang-raped in Mumbai

Five men have been arrested after a female photojournalist was gang-raped in the Indian city of Mumbai.  The 23-year old, who is now in a critical but stable condition in hospital, was with a colleague in the Lower Parel area of the city when she was attacked.

Curfew enforced in Kashmir town after clashes

Indian troops have enforced a curfew in the Kashmiri town of Kishtwar after clashes between Muslims and Hindus left two people dead.  Several shops and buildings were also torched in Friday's unrest, which began when separatist Muslims held an anti-government march demanding "freedom".

Five soldiers killed in Kashmir ambush

Five Indian soldiers have been killed in an ambush in Indian-administered Kashmir.  India's army has accused Pakistani troops of being behind the incident, a claim which their counterparts have denied.

Protests held over creation of Telangana state

Widespread protests have been held in the southern state of Andhra Pradesh over the decision to create a new Telangana state.  Four state ministers have handed in their resignations, while protesters have ransacked the ruling Congress party office in Anantapur district.

Security forces shoot dead six protesters in Kashmir

Indian security forces have opened fire on a group of protesters at a Border Security Forces station in Kashmir, killing at least 6 and wounded dozens more.  Local reports suggest that the unrest was sparked when troops entered a local mosque in Gool to complain about the loud recitation of prayers.

School children deaths spark violent protests

Violent protest have been reported in the Indian state of Bihar following the deaths of 22 children who had eaten contaminated school meals.  A group of angry parents and local residents set fire to four police vehicles and overturned a police booth in the Saran district.

Seven killed in Uttarakhand landslides

At least seven people have been killed in a landslide in the northern state of Uttarkhand.  The victims, all reportedly members of the same family, died when their house collapsed in the village of Bhikona.

Buddhist temple complex hit by multiple blasts

Two people have wounded after nine explosions hit the Mahabadhi Buddhist temple complex in the northern state of Bihar.  Police have described the incident as a terrorist attack, although no group has claimed responsibility.

Police clash with rebels in Kashmir

One police officer and two militants have been killed in a gun battle in Indian-administered Kashmir. Hundred's of additional police have been deployed to the area, while shops, schools and businesses are shut as part of a day-long strike against the shooting of two civilians in a separate incident.

Eight soldiers killed in Kashmir ambush

At least eight Indian soldiers have been killed and 19 others wounded after militants ambushed an army convoy in Srinagar in India-controlled Kashmir.  The attack, the deadliest in the region for five years, comes ahead of a visit by Prime Minister Manmohan Singh.

Flooding death toll reaches 1,000

At least 1,000 people are now reported to have died in flash flooding and landslides in northern India.  Continued bad weather is hampering the rescue operations in the state of Uttarakhand, where some 80,000 people have already been evacuated.

US tourist raped in northern India

A US tourist has been gang-raped in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh, according to Indian police.  The 30-years old woman was attacked by three men in a truck as she hitch-hiked in the resort town of Manali.

Maoist ambush kills 24 in Chhattisgarh

At least 24 people have been killed after suspected Maoist rebels ambushed a convoy of party officials from India's Congress Party in Chhattisgarh state.  The state Congress chief Nandkumar Patel and local leader Mahendra Karma were among the victims of the attack.

Suspected militant killed by police in Kashmir

Police in India-administered Kashmir have shot dead a suspected militant from the Lashkar-e-Taliba.  Hilal Molvi was wanted in connection with the killing of several civilians in the Pattan and Sopore areas.

Coal miners killed in north-eastern India

Five coal miners have been shot dead by militants in the north-eastern state of Meghalaya.  It has been reported that the United Achik Liberation Army (UALA) killed the workers in the South Garo Hills district after the owners of the mine refused to pay extortion money.

Bomb attack on party office wounds 16 in Bangalore

At least 16 people have been wounded, including eight police officers, when a bomb exploded near the offices of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) in Bangalore.  The device was reportedly planted on a motorcycle in the Malleshwaram neighbourhood of the city.

Security forces clash with Maoists in Chhattisgarh

Indian security forces have killed at least nine Maoist guerrillas during clashes in the central state of Chhattisgarh.  The Director General of Police said a guerrilla base in the forested area of Puarti village had been completely destroyed and a large cache of arms had been seized during the operations.

One killed, ten injured in grenade explosion in Jammu and Kashmir state

India Data Sheet

Population:
1.21 billion
Major Religion/s:
Hinduism (80.5%), Christianity, Islam, Sikhism
International dialing code:
+91
International dialing prefix:
00
Emergency services:
Police 100, Medical 102, Fire 101
Drives:
Left
Voltage:
230V
Climate:
Humid subtropical in the north, tropical in the south
Ohter Major Cities:
Mumbai, Bangalore, Kolkata, Chennai, Hyderabad
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Bangladesh, Bhutan, China, Myanmar, Nepal, Pakistan