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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. Grenade attacks, protests and shootings also take place in Jammu and Kashmir, while the security forces often carry out military operations against alleged militants. In the first week of February 2019, more than 40 Indian paramilitary security personnel were killed in a suicide car bomb attack in Pulwama, Kashmir. The IS-affiliated Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group was allegedly behind the attack. The attack sparked a diplomatic fallout between India and Pakistan, as India claimed Pakistan should have intervened in Pakistan-based JeM's activity. The northern 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. On 26 February 2019, it was confirmed that surgical strikes had been carried out in Balakot, Pakistan, by the Indian Air Force, signifying a major escalation in military tensions. All non-essential travel to the region should be avoided wherever possible. In August 2019, India announced plans to revoke Article 370 in Indian-administered Kashmir, which grants the region special autonomy. Following the announcement, a heavy military presence has been deployed to the region, while a curfew and communications black out has also been enforced. Reports of protest and unrest have emerged from the region, while at least one person has allegedly been killed in a police chase after violating the curfew. Neighbouring Pakistan has criticised the moves, claiming India has set up the disputed region for ethnic cleansing, leading Pakistan to downgrade ties with India, suspending trade expelling India's top diplomat. Schools in Indian-administered Kashmir have begun to be re-opened and some landline telephone services have also been restored, although mobile networks and internet services remain suspended. The security clampdown in the region remains largely in place, with protests still being reported.

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. More 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. Bombs are often planted along roadsides to target the security forces, representing a risk to civilian travellers. In May 2018, six police officers were killed in Chhattisgarh by an improvised explosive device (IED) which had been planted along a roadside by suspected Maoist insurgents.

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. In August 2018, over 350 people were confirmed dead after weeks of heavy monsoon rains caused severe flooding across the southern state of Kerala. Some 22,000 people were rescued after being stranded by floods and landslides, while an estimated 725,000 people sought refuge in over 5,600 emergency relief camps.

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.

In May 2018, a Nipah Virus outbreak was reported in Kerala. At least 10 fatalities were confirmed, with some 40 others were quarantined. The Kozhikode area was the worst affected, with most fatal cases reported from there. The virus - which has a 70 percent mortality rate - generally spreads through animals - particularly bats - and is hard to diagnose. Symptoms include nausea, fever, headaches, and vomiting. No vaccine currently exists for the virus.

India is among a number of countries which has been badly affected by the global coronavirus pandemic. Alongside Brazil and the US, India has one of the highest Covid-19 caseloads in the world. A strict lockdown introduced in March initially contained the outbreak there, but lead to a migrant worker crisis. As restrictions began to ease, a surge in virus cases coincided with the start of the South Asia monsoon season. The latest case figures can be viewed here.

News articles

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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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Delhi funds $500m Maldives project to counter Chinese influence

India has invested $500m in a Maldives project to fund the construction of bridges and causeways linking the Maldivian capital of Male to three neighbouring islets. New Delhi has reportedly invested in what will be the largest infrastructure project in the Maldives in a move to counter growing Chinese influence in the Indian Ocean. Overall, the scope of the project looks to be about three times larger than the $200m China-Maldives Friendship Bridge which was completed with Chinese loans, but has since been renamed. India has sought to regain diplomatic influence in the Maldives after former pro-China President Yameen was  defeated in the 2018 elections. The Maldives is situated in the middle of major East-West shipping lanes and has become a focal point in China's Belt and Road Initiative aimed at building trade and transport links across the Indian Ocean region. Chinese loans in particular have stoked fears in India and the West, that Beijing could be using unsustainable debt to expand its sphere of influence. The former president was also jailed last year for money laundering after facing allegations of awarding contracts to Chinese companies at inflated prices.

Building collapse kills two in Kanpur

Two people have died after part of a building collapsed amid heavy rainfall in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The collapse occurred on Friday morning, during the early hours. According to reports, two people have been confirmed dead after a section of the four-storey building collapsed on them. Search and rescue operations have been launched and remain ongoing. The accident has occurred during the annual monsoon season, which typically sees severe heavy downpours cause widespread destruction across large parts of India and neighbouring countries.

Two killed in Himachal Pradesh landslide

Two people have died and three others have been injured after their vehicles were hit by a landslide in Himachal Pradesh. The landslide occurred on Friday in the Mandi area amid heavy rainfall. According to reports, the landslide brought boulders onto a road near Hanogi Temple, hitting at least three vehicles. Those involved in the accident had been driving supplies, including essential goods and food, to Kullu.

Three journalists assaulted by Hindu mob in New Delhi

Three journalists from The Caravan magazine have allegedly been assaulted after being targeted by a Hindu mob in New Delhi. The journalists were apparently attacked whilst reporting on a story about communal religious violence between Hindu and Muslim groups, which left 53 dead back in February. According to reports, the journalists were filming on a street decorated with religious flags associated with Hindu far-right groups, when they were approached by three to four men, including a member of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), and shouted at them for taking pictures. The men reportedly became more aggressive after noticing a Muslim name on one of the journalist's press cards. According to reports, a larger group of about 100 then gathered and beat the journalists, holding them hostage for 90 minutes before police officers managed to extract them. The Islamophobic attack has been condemned by rights groups and journalists.

Around 67,000 new coronavirus cases confirmed

Almost 67,000 new cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in India over the last 24 hours. The country's total number of Covid-19 deaths has also increased by almost 1,000. The national death toll now stands at 47,169, while the country's caseload is close to 2.4 million. 

Bus fire kills five in Karnataka

Five people have been killed and 27 others have also been wounded in a bus fire which occurred in Karnataka yesterday. The vehicle reportedly caught fire whilst travelling along National Highway 4 near the town of Hiriyur in the Chitradurga district. Among those killed includes a baby. The cause of the fire remains under investigation, while the casualties are being treated in the local hospital.

Floods death toll rises to 24 in Bihar

The death toll for floods triggered by monsoon rains in Bihar has now risen to 24. Flooding has been reported across 16 districts in the state, affecting some 750,000 people. While 10 fatalities have been recorded in Darbhanga, six others have lost their lives in Muzaffarpur, and another four people have also died in Champaran. Two deaths have also been reported from Saran, along with another two from Siwan. Some 33 disaster response teams have been deployed across the state to assist rescue operations, while the authorities have been reviewing the Covid-19 situation in flood-hit areas, with plans to enhance testing in affected areas.

Covid-19 death toll increases by over 800

The total number of people who have died after contracting Covid-19 in India has risen by more than 800 over the past 24 hours. The latest daily increase of 834 newly registered virus-related deaths has taken the country's official coronavirus death toll to 46,091. The total number of confirmed cases of infection has also increased by 60,963 over the same 24-hour period. Overall, more than 2.3 million cases of Covid-19 have been confirmed in India so far. Of these, an estimated 1.6 million have already recovered.

Deadly violence breaks out in Bengaluru

Deadly clashes have reportedly broken out in Bengaluru over a Facebook post, leaving at least three dead. The online post was reported to be derogatory towards the Prophet Muhammad. Violent protests took place late on Tuesday, when thousands took to the streets over the controversial Facebook post, which was made by a relative of a local politician. The police attempted to disperse the crowd after protesters tried to storm a police station and set police vehicles on fire, while another group gathered outside the house of the politician whose relative posted the offensive comment, throwing stones and setting fire to vehicles parked along the road. Officers used tear gas, batons, and live ammunition on the crowd. Local politicians have appealed for calm, saying that the police had arrested and taken action against the person responsible for the provocative post. An additional 110 people have also been arrested for arson, stone-throwing, and assaulting police officers. While three protesters have since been confirmed dead, several police officers were also injured amidst the violence. A curfew has been imposed throughout the surrounding area to restrict movement while investigations are carried out.

Deadly fire breaks out in Covid-19 facility

A deadly fire has broken out in a coronavirus care facility in Andhra Pradesh over the weekend. According to reports, the fire broke out during the early hours of Sunday morning, at around 05:00 local time, at Hotel Swarna Palace in Vijayawada. The hotel was being used to treat Covid-19 patients at the time. It's believed the fire was caused by an electrical short-circuit. At least 11 coronavirus patients were killed in the blaze. 

Over 870 new Covid-19 deaths reported

The national death toll from Covid-19 has increased by 871 over the last 24 hours, taking the total number of people who have died after contracting the virus to around 45,300. Meanwhile, an additional 53,601 new cases of infection have been reported, bringing the country's tally to over 2.2 million confirmed coronavirus cases. India currently has the world's third-highest caseload and the fifth-highest death toll.

Three killed in military firing in Kashmir

Three civilians have allegedly been killed in a recent firing incident in the Kashmir region. It's claimed that Indian soldiers shot dead the civilians in a staged operation in the Shopian district. The victims' families had reported them missing before identifying them in photos from the military operation last month. According to Al Jazeera, the army had initially described the deceased as "Pakistani terrorists". Following the claims, the Indian Army has said that it is investigating the incident.

Eleven migrants found dead in Rajasthan

A group of 11 migrants have reportedly been found dead in their home in the Jodhpur district of Rajasthan. The migrants have been identified as Pakistani nationals, who are understood to have lived in the village of Lodta since 2015, when they migrated from neighbouring Pakistan. According to recent reports, the circumstances behind their deaths have not yet been disclosed as investigations get underway.

Death toll from Kerala landslide rises

The death toll from a landslide which hit a tea plantation in the southern Kerala province last week has risen to 43 as search and rescue operations continue. The landslide occurred during the early hours of Friday morning and was triggered by heavy monsoon rains, hitting the plantation in the Idukki district and burying dozens as they slept. A further two dozen people are still feared trapped under the mud and rubble. Continued heavy rainfall has hampered rescue efforts, with many fearing the death toll will rise further still.

Air India Express plane crashes after skidding off runway in Kerala

An Air India Express aircraft has crashed after skidding off the runway in the southern state of Kerala. Reports show that the accident happened at the Calicut Airport upon landing. Around 200 people were on board flight AXB1344 from Dubai. It is still unclear if there are any casualties and what the causes of the accidents are. The accident happened as heavy rainfall hit southern India. 

Heavy rains trigger deadly landslide in Idukki

Recent heavy downpours have triggered a fatal landslide in the Idukki district of Kerala state. The accident occurred on Friday in the Rajamla area, with initial reports indicating that at least 15 people are thought to have been killed, while a further 15 people have been rescued. A National Disaster Response Force (NDRF) team is attending the scene, where an unknown number of people could still be trapped under the mud. The landslide hit a residential area home to some 80 people. A connecting temporary bridge near the landslide site also collapsed under heavy rainfall yesterday, hampering rescue operations. Floods have also been reported in low-lying areas throughout the state.

Red alert issued for rain in Kerala

A red alert has been issued to various parts of the southern Kerala province due to heavy rain which has been forecast for the region. Severe torrential downpours are expected to affect the Idukki, Malappuram, and Wayanad areas of the state over the next few days. Widespread disruption should be anticipated, with heavy rain expected to last until Tuesday 11 August. The adverse wet weather comes amid India's annual monsoon season.

Covid-19 cases pass two million

The total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India has now passed two million - making it the third country in the world to do so. The national caseload currently stands at 2,030,001 and its death toll is around 41,673. According to recent data, the last million cases were apparently recorded over the last 20 days or so. The rate of spread has sparked concern, as it suggests a higher rate of community transmission than seen in other hard-hit countries, such as the US or Brazil, which both have higher numbers of confirmed cases. It's possible the extreme rate of spread is a result of recently increased testing capacity, as the country has a particularly low death rate in comparison to other countries. However, the Covid-19 situation greatly varies between states, with Delhi and Maharashtra among the worst-hit areas as fears continue to grow over the possible impact of outbreaks in flood-hit states, such as Assam and Bihar.

Eight Covid-19 patients killed in hospital fire

Eight coronavirus patients have perished after a fire broke out in an intensive care unit at a hospital in the western city of Ahmedabad. The blaze broke out at Shrey Hospital during the early hours of Thursday morning and took firefighters half an hour to extinguish. An investigation has been launched into the cause of the fire, although preliminary reports suggest the blaze may have been started by a medical staff member's personal protective equipment catching fire. Police were allegedly forced to prevent angry relatives from entering the hospital after the fire. Such accidents have been known to be common in India due to poor workplace safety standards, with buildings often lacking sufficient smoke detectors, fire alarms, or fire extinguishers.

Civilian injured in Kashmir shooting

An Indian civilian has reportedly been injured following a shooting incident in the Kulgam area of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred on Tuesday evening in the Akhran Mir Bazar area of Kulgam, where the victim was allegedly shot at by suspected militants. According to reports, the victim is understood to have links to the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which is likely to have motivated the attack. The BJP have become increasingly unpopular amongst separatist groups in Kashmir following the government's decision to revoke Article 370 last year, stripping the Muslim-majority region of its special status and autonomy. The shooting came on the eve of the first anniversary of the revocation of Article 370.

Red rain alert issued for Mumbai

A red alert has been issued for heavy rain which has been forecast for Mumbai. The local authorities in Mumbai issued the alert on Tuesday and have warned people to avoid going outside, with some areas already reporting flash floods following heavy rainfall overnight. According to the India Meteorological Department (IMD), severe downpours are due to hit the city over the next two days and are likely to cause significant widespread flooding and disruption. A landslide has also been reported in a northern suburb, cutting off a main road. 

High tide warnings issued in Mumbai

Warnings of high tide have been issued in Mumbai, Maharashtra. People have been advised to stay clear of beaches and low-lying coastal areas on Tuesday as tides are expected to reach up to 4.5 metres from lunchtime onwards. Water activities have also been strongly advised against throughout coastal areas of Mumbai and surrounding areas. Heavy rain has also been forecast for the region over the next few days, which could further worsen rough sea conditions.

More than 800 new Covid-19 deaths recorded

Over 800 new Covid-19 fatalities have been reported over the last 24 hours in India, taking the total to more than 39,000. The latest death toll increase is the first time the country has recorded the world's highest daily increase for a 24-hour period. The total number of cases in India has also continued to increase, with more than 1.8 million cases of infection recorded nationally. Recent heavy monsoon rains and floods have hampered India's efforts to tackle the outbreak, as economic pressures grow on the country to lift lockdown restrictions.

Curfew enforced in Kashmir

A curfew has been enforced in Kashmir as protesters plan a 'black day'. The protest has been scheduled for 05 August - a year to the day from the revocation of Article 370 by the Indian government, which stripped the region of its special autonomy. The two-day curfew will be in place over Tuesday and Wednesday with officials saying it has been imposed to prevent violence by protest groups, with mass gatherings currently banned under covid-19 guidelines. Reports suggest additional troops have been deployed to the region ahead of the anniversary and planned protests. 

Eleven killed in Andhra Pradesh industrial accident

At least 11 people have been confirmed dead following an industrial accident in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The accident occurred over the weekend, in Visakhapatnam, where a crane collapsed on Saturday morning. According to reports, the crane gave way, crushing 11 workers at Hindustan Shipyard Ltd. At least four of the victims were employees of the shipyard, while the rest were employed by a contracting agency. It's understood the accident happened whilst the workers were setting up the crane and performing a load test.

Tainted alcohol kills dozens in Punjab

At least 105 people have died in recent days as a result of tainted alcohol in Punjab. As an investigation into the deaths gets underway, more than two dozen people were arrested on suspicion of selling tainted alcohol on Sunday when police raided rural areas to break up a bootlegging cartel. Six police officers and seven other officials have also been suspended for their failure to prevent the sale of illegal liquor. The death toll from bootleg liquor in the Punjab area has risen rapidly over the last few days, increasing from 21 on Friday to over a 100 on Monday, and is likely to rise further still as the police carry out the crackdown on the illicit alcohol trade there.

Interior Minister hospitalised with Covid-19

Indian Interior Minister Amit Shah has reportedly been hospitalised with Covid-19. The 55-year-old is a close aide to Prime Minister Narendra Modi and was apparently admitted to hospital after he tested positive for the virus. All who have been in contact with him for the last few days have been advised to isolate and get tested. Shah is the most senior Indian politician to test positive for coronavirus so far. The country currently has the world's third-highest total number of cases with over 1.8 million, while its national death toll stands at 38,176.

Over 700 Covid-19 deaths recorded

More than 700 new Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in India over the last 24 hours. The country's death toll has now risen to more than 35,700 following the latest daily increase of 779. The national total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has also gone up to almost 1.06 million after an additional 55,079 new cases of infection were reported on Friday. Delhi and Maharashtra remain the worst-affected areas.

Two arrested over Delhi Covid-19 centre assault

Two people have been arrested in connection with a recent sexual assault which allegedly took place in a Covid-19 quarantine centre in Delhi. The victim, a 14-year-old girl, was apparently sexually assaulted in the bathroom by another patient whilst in the facility. The 19-year-old suspect has been detained alongside another man, who reportedly filmed the incident. Both detainees and the victim had tested positive for the virus with mild symptoms. The quarantine centre houses 10,000 beds and is thought to be the world's largest. The incident is the third of its kind to occur in an Indian Covid-19 facility after one woman was allegedly assaulted while quarantining in a centre in Mumbai, and a minor was reportedly raped by a man in an isolation ward in Patna, Bihar. The incidents have highlighted concerns over women's' safety in isolation centres.

Two Naxalite insurgents killed in Dantewada

Two Naxalite insurgents have reportedly been killed by fellow insurgents in Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. According to reports, the pair were accused of being police informers and were killed by insurgents in the Potali area on Wednesday evening. It's believed the accusations were fuelled by an internal feud which had divided the insurgent group operating in the area. Previously, Naxalite insurgents have been known to kidnap and kill civilians on suspicion of being police informers.

Kidnap victim killed in Uttar Pradesh

A person has been killed after being abducted and held for ransom last month in Kanpur, Uttar Pradesh. The kidnapping occurred on Monday 22 June and a random demand was reportedly made to the victim's family shortly after their disappearance. It's understood the ransom was paid; however the victim is believed to have been killed after making an attempt to escape five days after being abducted. A police operation confirmed the death of the victim this week and led to the arrests of five suspects in connection with the case. The victim's body has yet to be found and the ransom money which was allegedly paid by the victim's family has also not been recovered yet.

Covid-19 death toll nears 30,000

India's national death toll for Covid-19 is nearing the 30,000-mark, which it is expected to surpass by tomorrow. On Thursday, more than 1,120 new virus-related deaths were reported - taking the overall total number of people who have died after contracting the virus to 29,904. Around 46,000 new cases of infection have also been reported over the last 24 hours, taking the national tally to 1,241,416 confirmed coronavirus cases. The country has the third-highest global total, after the US and Brazil. The worst-affected areas in India have been the state of Maharashtra and the capital region of Delhi, where it's feared up to a quarter of the population may have been infected

Six-day lockdown imposed in Kashmir Valley

A six-day lockdown has been imposed in the Kashmir Valley following an apparent spike in covid-19 cases there. According to reports, the region has recorded more than 15,000 confirmed coronavirus cases so far, including 260 deaths. The restrictions come into effect from Wednesday evening and will apply to the entire Kashmir Valley, excluding the Bandipora district. Lockdown  measures will be subject to review every six days.

Three killed amid floods in Assam

Three people have died in flood-related incidents in the north-eastern state of Assam. According to local reports, at least three deaths have been confirmed over the last 24 hours - taking the death toll for flood-hit areas to 87 this monsoon season. Overall, more than 2.4 million people have been affected across 24 districts due to widespread flooding, which has been brought on by severe heavy rainfall causing rivers to swell. Widespread flood alerts remain in place, particularly along the Brahmaputra River.

Journalists protest in Ghaziabad

Journalists have been holding a protest in Ghaziabad in Uttar Pradesh, over the murder of journalist Vikram Joshi. Demonstrations took place today after it was confirmed that Joshi had passed away in hospital. Joshi was shot at by unidentified gunmen in an attack on Monday, which left him in critical condition with life-threatening gunshot wounds to the head. The shooting occurred in the Vijay Nagar area, when Joshi was travelling home with his two daughters, who witnessed the attack. The suspects managed to flee the scene immediately after the incident. The police have since arrested nine suspects in connection with the case, while a tenth suspect remains on the run. Two police officers have also been suspended for alleged incompetence after Joshi's family complained that no action was taken when Joshi reported the harassment of his niece by a group of men several days before the attack. The same group of men are believed to be responsible for Joshi's death, having been motivated by his complaint to the police.

Amarnath pilgrimage cancelled due to Covid-19

A Hindu pilgrimage to the Amarnath Yatra cave shrine in the Himalayan mountains in Kashmir has been cancelled due to Covid-19. The pilgrimage had initially stirred up controversy earlier this month, when the Indian government allowed it to go ahead in a limited capacity despite enforcing strict coronavirus restrictions on Muslim communities in the disputed Muslim-majority Kashmir region. The decision to cancel the annual pilgrimage due to a rise on Covid-19 cases comes after a terror alert was issued due to apparent separatist militant plots to target those undertaking the pilgrimage.

Journalist targeted in Uttar Pradesh shooting

An Indian journalist has reportedly been targeted in a shooting incident in Uttar Pradesh. The victim, Vikram Joshi, was reportedly shot at on Monday evening at around 22:30 local time in the Vijay Nagar area of Ghaziabad. According to reports, CCTV footage shows Joshi travelling on a motorcycle with his two daughters when a group of men assaulted him and opened fire on him.  Joshi is understood to have sustained gunshot wounds to the head and is now in critical condition in hospital. It's believed the attack may have been motivated by a recent complaint made by Joshi to the police, regarding the harassment of his niece by a group of men. Five suspects have been arrested in connection with the incident.

Monsoon rains lash Delhi

Monsoon rains have lashed the capital city of Delhi over the weekend, leaving at least four dead. Torrential downpours inundated the city on Sunday, causing widespread flooding and waterlogging across several areas. Four people have died, including a man whose vehicle got caught in flood waters under a bridge. Firefighters were called in to rescue people from low-lying areas and some areas were evacuated following severe property damage. Further heavy rainfall is forecast for the area over the next few days.

Terror alert issued for Amarnath Pilgrimage

A terror alert was issued for the Amarnath Pilgrimage over the weekend. The alert was issued after Indian security officials allegedly received intelligence reports of separatist militant groups planning to carry out a terrorist attack on Hindus participating in the annual pilgrimage, which has been granted special permission by the Indian government to commence under coronavirus restrictions from 21 July. According to reports, additional security measures are being installed in the Kashmir region in response to the alleged terrorist threat.

Lightning strikes kill 16 in Bihar

At least 16 people have reportedly died in lightning-related incidents in the state of Bihar. Local reports indicate that the majority of the accidents occurred over the course of Sunday, as storms hit the region. The death toll was confirmed by state officials on Monday, while the meteorological department has issued a weather alert and warned people against going outside due to ongoing heavy rainfall. Of the 16 killed, it's believed four died in Gaya district, three died in Purnia, two died in Begusarai, and seven more deaths were recorded in the Patna, Saharsa, Purvi Champaran, Madhepura, Darbhanga, Nawada, and Banka areas.

Over 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 reported

More than 40,000 new cases of Covid-19 have been reported over the last 24 hours in India. Nationally, the total number of confirmed cases now stands at almost 1.12 million - the third highest caseload in the world. Over 391,000 of the country's total cases are active, while more than 700,000 have recovered. Almost 700 new virus-related deaths have also been registered, bringing the country's death toll up to 27,514 as of Monday 20 July. 

South Asia monsoon floods death toll rises to 221

The death toll from floods and landslides triggered by monsoon rains across South Asia has now risen to 221. According to Al Jazeera, millions of people have been marooned or displaced by overflowing rivers across Nepal, Bangladesh, and India. At least 16 people have recently been killed in floods and mudslides in the northeast, while a further eight deaths were caused by building collapses due to heavy rainfall in Mumbai - raising the national total to 101 fatalities. The Assam state, where the massive Brahmaputra River passes through, has been one of the worst-affected regions. The monsoon season typically lasts until September.

Annual Hindu pilgrimage allowed despite virus risk

An annual Hindu pilgrimage to Kashmir is being allowed to take place, despite coronavirus risks. The allowance comes as other public gatherings continue to be restricted in line with government lockdown policy. The annual pilgrimage to the Himalayan cave shrine of Amarnath is expected to begin on 21 July, but has been shortened to two weeks in light of the pandemic. Only 500 Hindu pilgrims will be allowed to undertake the journey per day. Meanwhile, the local authorities in the Muslim-majority Kashmir region recently issued a lockdown for parts of Srinagar. The move has prompted speculation that the Indian government is selectively enforcing restrictions on Muslim Kashmiris whilst easing restrictions for Hindu groups.

Police brutality against Dalit couple sparks public anger

An incident of police brutality against a Dalit couple in Madhya Pradesh has triggered widespread public anger. The two police officials involved have since been suspended after a video surfaced showing them appearing to beat a Dalit couple in front of their children. It's alleged the couple attempted suicide by consuming pesticide while being evicted from government land. The Dalits are at the bottom of the Hindu caste system and are often mistreated and discriminated against by officials as a result, despite laws to protect them. Opposition parties are using the incident as an example of typical treatment of Dalits. Madhya Pradesh Chief Minister Shivraj Singh Chouhan said that an investigation was underway. The police officers in question claim they were attacked while trying to move the family. 

Virus cases surpass one million

The total number of coronavirus cases confirmed in India has risen to over a million. Over the last 24 hours, nearly 35,000 new cases of infection were diagnosed - taking the country's tally to around 1,005,760 as of Friday 17 July. India currently has the world's third-highest total after the US and Brazil. With only a third of all cases still active, India has reported a relatively high recovery rate, as well as a low death rate. The country's current death toll stands at 25,619 - the eighth-highest in the world. Th western state of Maharashtra continues to be one of the worst-affected area, along with Delhi, while other hotspots are also beginning to emerge in Andhra Pradesh, Bihar, Karnataka, and West Bengal. Earlier in the years, India initially had some success in suppressing covid-19 figures due to a strict lockdown; however, daily figures spiked after lockdown measures were lifted and testing increased, uncovering more cases. It's feared India is on its way to becoming a new global hotspot for the virus, with numbers also on the rise elsewhere in Southern Asia.

Record daily Covid-19 increase reported

Over the course of Wednesday, a record daily increase in the number of Covid-19 cases was reported in India. Some 32,682 new cases of coronavirus were diagnosed - taking the national total number of confirmed Covid-19 cases to 970,169. Over 600 new virus-related deaths were also registered, raising the death toll to 24,929. Data from India's daily figures over the last six months shows the country has yet to go through the peak of the outbreak there. India currently has the world's third-highest total number of cases, after the US and Brazil. The country's total number of active cases stands at almost 335,000, with close to 615,000 having already recovered.

Assam floods death toll rises to 66

The death toll for floods in the north-eastern state of Assam has now risen to 66 confirmed fatalities. The floods have been caused by extreme heavy rainfall during the monsoon season. The deaths have been recorded across 30 districts, while an estimated 4.8 million people have been affected by the floods, which have led to widespread disruption throughout the region.

Fifty killed amid monsoon floods

At least 50 deaths have been reported in the north-eastern state of Assam, where monsoon rains have triggered severe flooding. An estimated two million people have been affected by the seasonal floods, which have caused widespread damage and disruption. Around 480 relief camps have been set up across 20 districts to provide temporary shelter to some 60,000 have been forcibly displaced. Severe flood warnings have been issued to areas located near the Brahmaputra river, where dangerously high water levels have been recorded. The monsoon season typically lasts from June until September.

Complete lockdown to be imposed in Goa

A complete lockdown is set to be imposed in the state of Goa. The lockdown will apply for the coming weekend and will be in effect from Friday 17 July to Monday 20 July. The decision to enforce the statewide lockdown comes in response to rising covid-19 numbers. It's hoped the three-day lockdown will help mitigate the further spread of the virus following a recent spike in cases. Nationally, almost 938,000 cases of covid-19 have been confirmed and over 24,000 people have died during the outbreak there.

Covid-19 death toll rises by over 500

More than 500 new Covid-19 deaths have been recorded in India over the last 24 hours. The national death toll now stands at around 23,727 following the latest daily increase of 553. The total number of confirmed cases in India has also increased to over 908,000 after an additional 28,498 new cases of infection were diagnosed. Some 575,000 patients have recovered, while more than 312,000 cases are still active.

Coronavirus death toll increases by 500

The death toll for coronavirus in India has increased by more than 500 as of Monday 13 July, putting the national total at around 23,200 confirmed covid-19 fatalities. Some 28,701 new cases of infection have also been registered over the last 24 hours, taking the total number of diagnosed coronavirus cases to almost 880,000. So far, more than 550,000 cases have recovered, while over 300,000 are still active.

Landslides kill eight in Arunachal Pradesh

At least eight people have reportedly died after being hit by landslides in the state of Arunachal Pradesh. According to reports, the first landslides occurred during the early hours of Friday morning at around 02:30 local time in the Papum Pare district. The landslide hit the village of Tigdo and killed at least four people. A second landslide occurred nearby, shortly after midday on Friday, between Itanagar and Naharlagun in the same district, leaving another four people dead. It's believed both landslides were caused by recent wet weather.

Suspected militant detained in Bandipora

A suspected militant has reportedly been detained by the police in the Bandipora area of Jammu and Kashmir. The arrest was apparently made on Thursday during a joint operation by the police and security forces. The suspect is thought to be a member of the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group. Various arms, ammunition, and explosives have been recovered from the site. 

Four Naxalite insurgents killed in Bijar

At least four Naxalite insurgents have been killed in a recent clash with the Indian security forces in the state of Bihar. According to reports, Indian security personnel encountered the armed insurgents during a joint operation in the Bagaha area of West Champaran on Friday. The insurgents reportedly resisted arrest and opened fire, triggering a gunfight which left four insurgents dead. No casualties have been reported amongst security personnel, while various arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site of the clash.

Soldier killed in ceasefire violation

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a recent ceasefire violation in the disputed region of Kashmir. Indian sources have claimed that the cross-border violation occurred on Friday along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Nowshera area of the Rajouri district in Indian-administered Kashmir. Pakistani officials have not commented on the alleged incident. Ceasefire violations often occur along the LoC, with both sides accusing the other of unprovoked firing.

Criminal suspect shot dead in Madhya Pradesh

A criminal suspect has reportedly been shot dead by Indian police after attempting to flee custody in the northern state of Madhya Pradesh. The suspect, gangster Vikas Dubey, was being held in the state after being tracked down by police following a deadly incident in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. It's alleged the suspect killed eight police officers and had been on the run for almost a week when he was detained in Madhya Pradesh. Whilst he was being transported to Uttar Pradesh, the vehicle the suspect was travelling in reportedly overturned, allowing him to steal a police officers gun and attempt to flee - prompting police to open fire. Police claim they shot Dubey after he refused to surrender and fired at officers; however, opposition parties have disputed this version of events, claiming he had surrendered to the police. 

Lightning strikes kill seven in Bihar

Seven fatalities have been reported following recent lightning storms in the state of Bihar. According to reports, the adverse weather affected parts of the state over the course of Tuesday, bringing heavy rain and lightning storms. Three deaths occurred in the Begusarai area, while four more deaths were also reported from the Bhagalpur, Jamui, Kaimur, and Munger areas.

Coronavirus death toll climbs to over 21,000

The death toll from coronavirus in India has risen to more than 21,000 following the latest daily increase of 487 virus-related fatalities - taking the total to 21,129. Over the last 24 hours, almost 25,000 new cases of infection have also been reported. On Thursday a daily increase of 24,879 new cases was reported, bringing the national total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to around 769,257. Some 476,600 patients have already recovered while around 271,500 cases are still active. India has the world's third-highest number of cases after the US and Brazil.

Kashmir politician killed in rebel attack

A Kashmiri politician has reportedly been killed in a rebel attack in the Bandipora area of Indian-administered Kashmir. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the victim has been identified as pro-India politician Sheikh Wasim Bari, who was shot dead by unidentified gunmen, along with his brother and father, in an attack on Wednesday night. Bari was a politician for the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), while his brother and father were also party members. Local police have attributed the attack to rebels fighting Indian rule in the Muslim-majority disputed Kashmir region.

Widespread floods reported in Gujarat

Widespread flooding has been reported across the state of Gujarat as heavy rain continues to affect the region. A tropical depression has brought four days of torrential rain and slow-moving thunderstorms, causing significant flooding in the Kutch and Saurashtra areas. Flood waters of up to one metre-high have been reported in Dwarka city, while some remote villages have been cut off after floods swept away roads and bridges. The remains of the tropical depression are expected to weaken as it heads towards the Gulf of Kutch over the course of the next 24 hours. The adverse weather comes during India's annual monsoon season.

Five-day lockdown imposed in Cuttack, Odisha

A five-day lockdown is being ordered in the city of Cuttack in the state of Odisha. The urban areas have been ordered to shut down as a complete lockdown comes into effect as of Wednesday 08 July. The city-wide lockdown has been enforced due to a rise on covid-19 cases and will last for five days until restrictions are lifted on Monday 13 July. Weekend shutdown restrictions will remain in place as previously applied. A similar five-day complete shutdown has also been announced in all urban areas and five block headquarters in the Ganjam district of Odisha.

One injured after armed robbery reported in Patna

A person has been left injured after being targeted in an armed robbery in Patna, Bihar. The incident reportedly occurred on Monday afternoon, shortly after midday in the Marufganj area. The attackers allegedly shot at the victim before stealing one million rupees (about £10,671; $13,363). The police have launched an investigation; however, no suspects have been identified and no arrests have been made thus far.

Militant killed in Pulwama operation

At least one suspected militant has allegedly been killed during anti-terror operations in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The operations have been launched by the Indian security forces and police, targeting suspected militant hideouts in the area. According to reports, the suspect was killed during an armed altercation in the Goosu area of Pulwama on Tuesday. The operation remains ongoing. Elsewhere in the Kashmir region, police have also arrested a suspect associated with the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group. The suspect was detained with arms and ammunition in the Kralhar area of Baramulla, Jammu and Kashmir.

Lightning strikes kill 23 in Uttar Pradesh

At least 23 people have reportedly been killed amid storms in the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, 23 fatalities were recorded in lightning-related incident over the weekend, while a further 29 other people have also been injured. Most of the deaths were reported from the Allahabad district, where eight people died after being hit by lightning.  Six of the 23 fatalities were reported from the Mirzapur district. 

Monsoon rains trigger severe floods in Mumbai

Severe flooding has been triggered in Mumbai by recent heavy rainfall, which has come as part of the country's annual monsoon season (June - September). The adverse wet weather hit over the weekend and has caused widespread disruption, leaving roads and buildings flooded. Over the next few days, the wet weather is expected to move out of Maharashtra state into southern and central Gujarat; however, further heavy rainfall remains likely for Mumbai and surrounding areas for most of the coming week. Warnings have been issued to stay away from coastal areas.

India becomes third-highest country for covid-19

India now has the third-highest caseload in the world amid the global covid-19 pandemic. The latest data shows India has now overtaken Russia in the number of confirmed virus cases recorded, with it's national tally currently sitting at around 698,000, while the death toll there has risen to 19,693. On Monday, a steep rise in daily figures were recorded in India, with more than 24,000 new cases recorded in the past 24 hours. Spikes in cases have recently emerged in the southern states of Tamil Nadu, Telangana, and Karnataka, while the capital city of Delhi has also recorded a major surge in recent weeks, overtaking Mumbai as the country's worst affected city.

Sale of 33 Russian fighter jets for $2.43bn confirmed

India is set to purchase 33 fighter jets from Russia in a $2.43bn-deal. The fighter jets include 21 MiG-29 and 12 Su-30 MKI jets, which will enhance the Indian air force's combat squadrons. In addition to the deal, a further 59 other fighter jets will also be upgraded. Confirmed of the deal comes as tensions with nuclear-armed neighbours, Pakistan and China, have risen in recent weeks. Further measures have also been taken to boost the country's defence, with developments for new missile systems approved, along with infantry combat vehicles upgrades. The Defence Ministry stated that the measures had been taken in response to "the need to strengthen the armed forces to protect our borders and Prime Minister Narendra Modi's call for 'self-reliant India'".

Lightning strikes kill 17 in Bihar

At least 17 people have reportedly been killed in lightning-related incidents in the state of Bihar. According to reports, the deaths occurred during heavy storms, which hit the region on Thursday. Deaths have apparently been recorded in the East Champaran, Katihar, Patna, Samastipur, and Shivhar districts. Further adverse weather is still forecast for many parts, with heavy rain and thunderstorms expected to continue on Friday. The storms come as part of India's annual monsoon season, which usually runs from June through to September.

Orange rain alerts issued in Mumbai

Orange level rain alerts have been issued in Mumbai and across the Konkan Coast. The India Meteorological Department (IMD) issued the orange alert ahead of heavy rainfall which is forecast for the region over the next 48 hours. Heavy-to-torrential rain is expected to hit on Friday 03 July and last through to Saturday and could cause localised flooding. City officials in Mumbai have advised residents to stay indoors and avoid unnecessary travel. The adverse wet weather comes as India enters its annual monsoon season.

Coal workers launch three-day nationwide strike

Coal workers in India have launched a three-day nationwide strike against plans to privatise the industry. The strike has been organised by Coal India Limited (CIL) unions in protest over the government's decision to allow the commercialisation of coal mining and began on Wednesday 02 July at 06:00 local time. The three-day strike will conclude on Saturday, with forecast losses of up to four million tonnes of coal.

Makeshift hospital opens amid virus surge

A 10,000-bed makeshift hospital has been opened in Delhi in response to a surge in coronavirus cases there. In recent weeks, the capital city has emerged as the country's covid-19 hotspot with around 87,000 confirmed cases and more than 2,700 deaths. The new makeshift hospital is one the world's largest yet; however, the city authorities have been accused of not implementing strict test and trace measures soon enough during the lockdown - arguably leading to the spike in cases there, with more than 50,000 cases reported last month. The facility is expected to be fully operational by Saturday 05 July and will treat mild to moderate cases. 

Power plant blast kills six in Tamil Nadu

A power plant explosion has killed at least six people and injured a further 17 others. Al Jazeera has reported that the blast happened in Tamil Nadu's Cuddalore district on Wednesday, at a plant run by NLC, a state-run company. The precise cause of the explosion remains unclear as investigations are launched, but, the accident is the second fatal blast to occur at the plant in Neyveli within two months. Workplace accidents in Indian factories are often linked to lax safety standards.

Investigation to be launched into alleged police brutality deaths

An investigation into two suspected cases of deadly police brutality is to be launched following a court ruling in the Sathankulam area of Tuticorin, Tamil Nadu. Three police officers are accused of torturing and killing two men, 58-year-old P Jeyaraj, and his 38-year-old son, Fenix. Both men died two days after being released from police custody. They had been arrested for allegedly keeping their store open past permitted hours during the coronavirus lockdown. The case sparked widespread anger, prompting the high court to hear the case. The state government has since awarded compensation of one million rupees (around $13,222; £10,716) to the victims' families. The three police officers in question were initially transferred before being suspended from the force. The court then ordered local revenue officials to take charge of the police station to prevent any evidence tampering, while the three police officers now face murder charges. The case could be a landmark ruling against police violence - which remains widespread in India, with cases often covered up by the authorities, and officers rarely held accountable.

Protesters call for China boycott in Kashmir

Protesters in the city of Jammu, in the disputed Kashmir region, have been calling for a boycott of Chinese products. The demonstrations are being led by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and come following recent heightened tensions between India and China over a border skirmish in the Ladakh region which left 20 Indian troops dead last month. The Indian government recently announced plans to ban 59 Chinese apps, including TikTok and WeChat, following the incident, citing complaints over the misuse of users' data.

Covid-19 death toll increases by 104

The death toll for covid-19 has increased by at least 104 as of Tuesday 30 June. The new death toll now stands at 17,008, while the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases in India has also increased to almost 574,000. According to the latest data, some 6,062 new cases of infection have been diagnosed over the last 24 hours - raising the national total number of cases to 573,598. India currently has the world's fourth-highest total number of covid-19 cases, after the US, Brazil, and Russia. As lockdown measures have begun to be eased across the country in a bid to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic, Delhi has recorded a spike in cases, which has led it to overtake Mumbai as the city with the most number of cases in India.

Chinese apps banned in India over border spat

A selection of Chinese-made apps have been banned in India, including TikTok, WeChat, and dozens more, over an ongoing border row. The Indian government described the apps as "prejudicial to sovereignty and integrity of India, defence of India, security of state and public order". India's Ministry of Information Technology confirmed that 59 Chinese apps had been banned after various complaints had been received about the possible misuse of users' data. The move follows escalating tensions along the disputed border in the Ladakh region, where recent clashes between Indian and Chinese troops left at least 20 Indian security personnel dead. 

International flight suspension extended

The suspension of international flight operations has been extended in India. The suspension was brought in amid a lockdown earlier this year as part of the national response to the covid-19 outbreak. According to recent reports, it was confirmed on Friday that international air travel will remain suspended until 15 July. Coronavirus cases continue to rise in India, with the capital Delhi seeing a spike in new cases over the last week. In total, 491,992 confirmed coronavirus cases have been reported, including 15,319 virus-related deaths.

More than 100 dead amid storms in northern India

Over 100 people have died amid storms in northern India over the past few days. Lightning strikes have accounted for most of the deaths, while heavy rains and strong winds have also led to fatal incidents as monsoon storms hit. According to the latest reports, at least 83 fatalities have been reported in Bihar and around 24 people have died in the neighbouring state of Uttar Pradesh. There has also been widespread damage to property and infrastructure. Residents have been advised to stay indoors as more adverse weather is forecast for the region. India's monsoon season typically runs from June through to September. 

Monsoon death toll increases to 83

The number of people who have died amid recent monsoon storms in the state of Bihar has increased to 83, while another 32 people have also been injured. A large number of the deceased are thought to have been killed by lightning strikes or in rain-related incidents. According to reports, heavy rainfall and strong winds have brought down trees and electricity poles, with some falling on residential properties.

Monsoon storms kill 33 in Bihar and Uttar Pradesh

At least 33 people have reportedly been killed in monsoon storms which swept over parts of the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. Al Jazeera has reported that the majority of the deaths are thought to have been caused by lightning strikes, According to local reports, 28 fatalities were recorded across various districts in Bihar, while several others were also injured amid strong winds and heavy rainfall, which brought down trees and electricity poles in places. The victims have mostly been identified as farmers or homeless people. A further five deaths were also recorded amid adverse weather in two districts of neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. The monsoon season in India typically runs from June to September.

Biggest jump in daily virus cases reported

The biggest daily jump in coronavirus cases has been reported in India, with nearly 17,000 newly diagnosed cases registered over the last 24 hours. Overall, the country has now recorded more than 470,000 confirmed cases of covid-19, including 14,894 deaths. The capital city of Delhi recently overtook Mumbai as the worst-affected city in India, with a tally of more than 70,000 cases - almost a third of which have been reported in the last week or so, sparking speculation the rise in cases could be down to increased testing in the capital. Delhi is due to launch a new screening plan this week, targeting every house in the city.

Over 400 new covid-19 deaths reported

More than 400 new covid-19 deaths have been recorded across India over the last day-or-so, bringing the death toll there up to 14,476 following a daily increase of 465. The national total number of confirmed cases has also gone up to 456,183, after some 14,476 new cases of infection were reported on Wednesday. At the current rate of spread, it's feared the country could surpass 500,000 cases by next week.

Pakistani diplomatic staff expelled

India has expelled dozens of Pakistani diplomatic staff amid accusations of espionage. According to reports, around half the staff at Pakistan's high commission in Delhi have been expelled after being accused of spying and dealing with terrorists. India has also put into action plans to reduce its consular presence in Islamabad by half. Pakistan has yet to respond to the move in any official capacity. Tensions have risen between the neighbouring countries in recent weeks, with India previously expelling two Pakistani consular staff members who were accused of trying to obtain information about Indian troop movements. It's speculated that the latest expulsion was motivated by the alleged mistreatment of two Indian staff members in Islamabad.

Agreement reached with China to reduce border tensions

China and India have reportedly reached an agreement to reduce border tensions following a deadly clash in the Galwan Valley last week. The clash left 20 Indian soldiers dead and around 70 others wounded. Chinese foreign ministry spokesperson, Zhao Lijian, stated on Monday that both sides had agreed through talks to "take necessary measures to promote a cooling of the situation". The Himalayan border region is disputed between India and China, and in recent months, a number of standoffs have been reported along various points of the, mostly undemarcated, 3,500km-long Line of Actual Control (LAC).

Armed fighters killed in Srinagar clash

A number of armed fighters have reportedly been killed following a clash with the Indian forces in the city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Kashmir. The altercation occurred on Sunday, in the Zoonimar area of the city, where a shoot out broke out between the suspected rebels and the security forces. According to Al Jazeera, the incident came just two days after eight rebels were killed in another gun battle in the city. The latest incident has allegedly raised the rebel death toll to 30, following a string of similar incidents over the last 20 days.

China accuses Indian troops of deliberate provocation in border dispute

Chinese officials have accused Indian troops of deliberately provoking a clash with China over a border dispute in the Galwan Valley. At least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in the clash last week along the poorly demarcated Line of Actual Control (LAC). China's foreign ministry spokesman, Lijian Zhao, claimed the Indian troops had crossed into Chinese territory and attacked the Chinese troops, triggering the deadly altercation. However, the Indian government has blamed China for the clash, claiming that the Chinese side had been trying to put up a structure in Indian territory. The clash took place on steep mountainous terrain in the Himalayan border region, at height of around 4,300m, with some soldiers falling to their deaths. While 20 Indian soldiers have been confirmed dead, a further 76 have allegedly been wounded following the incident. No details have been released regarding Chinese casualties.

Covid-19 death toll rises by 426

The death toll for covid-19 in India has now risen by 426, taking the new total to 13,703. Meanwhile, the total number of confirmed coronavirus cases has also risen by 15,183 over the last 24 hours, bringing the national tally to 426,910 confirmed cases of infection - the fourth-highest total worldwide. At least 237,252 covid-19 patients are understood to have recovered so far, leaving around 176,000 cases still active, including almost 9,000 cases which have been categorised as serious or critical.

Lockdown reimposed in Chennai

Officials have reimposed a lockdown in the southern city of Chennai following a spike in coronavirus (Covid-19) cases. The 12-day lockdown, which also covers three neighbouring districts, sparked a major exodus from the city as people left for other towns and cities. There have been more than 37,000 confirmed cases of Covid-19 in Chennai, while India has the fourth-highest number of confirmed cases in the world with more than 350,000.

Ten Indian soldiers released by China

Ten Indian soldiers have been released by China, according to media reports in India. A lieutenant-colonel and three majors were among those who were reportedly held by the Chinese forces. However, Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said "China hasn't seized any Indian personnel," which came after at least 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes in the disputed Galwan Valley. "The right and wrong is very clear and the responsibility lies entirely with the Indian side," added Zhao.

Pakistan claims four civilians killed by India across LoC

Pakistan's army claims that four civilians have been killed by the Indian security forces across the Line of Control (LoC). "Indian Army troops initiated unprovoked [ceasefire violations] in Nakyal and Bagsar Sectors along LoC targeting civilian population," Pakistan's military press wing said on Twitter. The incident comes after 20 Indian soldiers were killed during clashes with Chinese troops in the Galwan Valley area of Kashmir.

Pakistan rejects Indian claims that diplomats were abducted

Pakistan's government has "categorically rejected" claims by Indian officials that two of its diplomats were abducted in Islamabad last week. Pakistan's Foreign Office said the two men were speeding and crashed their car into a pedestrian. "The pedestrian was seriously injured and taken to the hospital for treatment," said the statement. "The officials attempted to flee from the scene; however, some passersby who witnessed the incident stopped them from fleeing and informed the police." Dwimu Brahma and Selvadas Paul were returned to the Indian High Commission later in the day.

India and China blame each other for border clash

Indian and Chinese officials have blamed each other for the border clashes which left 20 Indian soldiers dead. India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said the sacrifice of soldiers killed in Ladakh by China's army will not be in vain. "For us, the unity and sovereignty of the country is the most important... India wants peace but it is capable to give a befitting reply if instigated," said Modi. Chinese foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian said his country was not responsible for the conflict, which is the first deadly clash in the border area for 45 years. He claimed that Indian troops crossed the border twice on Monday, sparking the confrontation with Chinese troops.

Death toll from border clash increases to 20

Officials say 20 Indian soldiers were killed in clashes with the Chinese security forces along the disputed border in Kashmir. In a statement, the army said 17 troops had succumbed to their injuries. Earlier an officer and two soldiers were killed during fighting in the western Himalayas. Indian and Chinese troops have disengaged in the areas where the clashes took place, the statement said, adding that India is firmly committed to "protect the territorial integrity and sovereignty of the nation". 

Three Indian soldiers killed in clash with Chinese forces, Kashmir

Three Indian soldiers have been killed in clashes with the Chinese security forces in Ladakh in the disputed Kashmir region. The incident occurred on Monday night following weeks of tension over the deployment of troops on both sides of the border. "During the de-escalation process underway in the Galwan Valley, a violent face-off took place yesterday night with casualties. The loss of lives on the Indian side includes an officer and two soldiers," the Indian army spokesman said in a statement. Indian officials also said senior military officials from both sides were meeting to defuse the situation.

Officials to use train carriages as hospital wards

Indian officials have released plans to covert 500 railway carriages into temporary hospital beds for coronavirus (Covid-19) patients. Home Minister Amit Shah said the measures will create 8,000 extra beds, while there will also be a rapid increase in testing for the virus. There have been more than 320,000 confirmed cases and 9,195 deaths in India.

Mumbai coronavirus cases soar

The number of coronavirus cases reported in the Indian city of Mumbai has soared, surpassing the total number of cases reported in the Chinese city of Wuhan, where the virus first emerged late last year. As of Wednesday, Mumbai has recorded more than 51,000 cases of covid-19, taking it past the peak in Wuhan. The latest figures come as a surge of infections is reported across India, with more than 287,000 cases confirmed nationwide. The uptick in cases has coincided with the government's decision to begin lifting lockdown restrictions, with many fearing the country could be experiencing a late peak in the outbreak. Overall, India has reported more than 8,100 virus-related deaths so far.

Military operation kills five militants in Shopian

A recent military operation in the Shopian district of the disputed Kashmir region has reportedly left at least five suspected militants dead. According to local reports, the Indian security forces had launched the intelligence-led joint operation in the Sugoo area of Shopian, where they targeted five unidentified suspected militants. The operation was carried out during the early hours of Wednesday morning, at around 01:45 local time. A cordon has since been established around the site of the clash.

Rajasthan state borders sealed over rise in covid-19 cases

The state authorities in Rajasthan have taken measures to temporarily seal the state's borders following a rise in covid-19 cases. The measure will remain in place for a week and only those with a valid pass will be allowed in or out of the state. As of Wednesday, the state has recorded a total of 11,368 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 256 deaths.

Kashmir tensions flare over deadly gunfights

Tensions have flared again in the disputed Kashmir region following deadly gunfights in the Shopian district. The clashes occurred over the weekend and reportedly left at least nine suspected Hizbul Mujahideen rebels dead. Three rebel commanders have been identified among those killed amid clashes with the Indian security forces, which unfolded on Sunday. It's claimed four rebels were killed in the Pinjura area and another five were also killed in the Reban area. At least three Indian soldiers were also wounded. The deaths have triggered local residents to protest against the Indian government, with demonstrations continuing for a second day in a row on Monday.

Coronavirus death toll rises by 266

The death toll for coronavirus in India has risen by 266 over the last 24 hours - taking the total number of confirmed covid-19 deaths to 7,478. According to reports, the country's total number of coronavirus cases has also risen, after 8,442 new cases of infection were reported. The national tally now stands at 267,249. At least 129,215 patients are reported to have recovered - leaving around 130,500 cases still active, including over 8,900 in serious or critical condition.

Cyber security breach affecting 29 million reported

A cyber security breach affecting around 29 million Indian job-seekers has been reported. The cyber crime police branch of Maharashtra, has reported that the personal data of 29 million job-seeking Indians has been leaked via online portals and put up for sale on the dark web, where unencrypted and stolen data can be purchased for spyware and cyber attacks. Compromised personal data included names, locations, email IDs, and unique Aadhaar Card numbers, among other sensitive data. The Inspector General of Maharashtra Cyber Police, Yashasvi Yadav, has called the leak a "very serious crime". The black market value of the data has not been disclosed; however, a similar incident occurred last year, when the data of 1.3 million debit and credit cardholders was compromised on the dark web, with an estimated black market value of around $130m.

Two found dead in water tank, Mumbai

Two people have been found dead in water tank in the western coastal city of Mumbai. According to reports, the bodies were found in a water tank of a restaurant-bar at the Shabari Hotel on Mira road on Thursday evening, at around 22:30 local time. The victims have been identified as 42-year-old Harish Shetty, who was a manager at the hotel, and 58-year-old Naresh Pandit, who was employed as a cleaner at the hotel. The motive behind the murders remain unclear as investigations get underway. The police became aware of the situation when the owner of the hotel alerted them after receiving a call from an unidentified person stating that the body of the hotel manager was in the water tank. No suspects have been identified thus far and no arrests have been made.

Cyclone Nisarga leaves two dead

Two people have been killed after a severe storm hit just south of Mumbai yesterday. Cyclone Nisarga made landfall on Wednesday and was feared to be the worst storm to hit the area in decades. The city has largely escaped severe damage though, with the cyclone making landfall near Alibagh and weakening as it passed by in a northeasterly direction. The two fatalities have been identified as a 58-year-old man and a 10-year-old boy - both were killed after an electric pole and a tree fell on them in the Raigad district. Another 14 people were also injured in similar incidents in the Ratnagiri and Sindhudurg districts.

CPI(M) to hold nationwide protests

A nationwide protest is reportedly going to take place later this month, organised by the Communist Party of India (Marxist), aka as the CPI(M). The protests will take place on 16 June and will see participants demand the transfer of funds and free food supplies to lower-income communities. The protest comes amid the covid-19 pandemic, which has already killed at least over 6,000 people in India.

Over 200 new covid-19 deaths reported

More than 200 new covid-19 deaths have been reported in India over the last 24 hours. The latest daily increase has taken the country's death toll to 5,834, while the total number of confirmed cases of coronavirus has also risen to 208,800 following an increase of over 1,600. More than 100,600 coronavirus patients have recovered in India so far, while some 102,300 cases remain active, including over 8,900 which have been deemed to be in a serious or critical condition.

Three terrorists killed in Pulwama clash

Three suspected terrorists have reportedly been killed following a recent clash with the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of the disputed Kashmir region. According to recent reports, the security forces encountered a number of armed suspects in the Kangan area of Pulwama on Wednesday - leading to a crossfire which apparently left three terrorists dead. Various arms and ammunition have been recovered from the site, while unconfirmed reports suggest mobile internet services may have been temporarily suspended in the area.

Mumbai braces for Cyclone Nisarga

Cyclone Nisarga has intensified as it approaches the Indian coastal city of Mumbai. Widespread severe weather warnings have been issued and some 10,000 people have been evacuated, including 150 covid-19 patients from a recently-built medical facility. It's feared the cyclone could further worsen the impact of the coronavirus outbreak, during which, Mumbai has been the worst-affected city with more than 40,000 confirmed cases and almost 1,400 deaths. The cyclone began making landfall around 100km (60 miles) south of Mumbai at about 14:30 local time (08:30GMT), bringing severe heavy rainfall and sustained winds of up to 110kmh, and gusts of up to 120kmh. A storm surge of about one to two metres in height has also been forecast. Those living in flimsy housing near the shore have been relocated and people have been advised to secure their homes, prepare an emergency kit, and keep important documents and valuables in water-proof containers. The low lying areas of the Ratnagiri district are expected to be among the worst-hit areas. Last month, Cyclone Amphan hit the country's east coast, leaving at least 96 people dead across India and Bangladesh.

Landslides kill 20 in South Assam

At least 20 fatalities have been reported following a series of landslides in South Assam. The landslides apparently occurred on Tuesday morning, affecting several areas across three districts: Cachar, Hailakandi, and Karimganj. It's believed the landslides were triggered by recent heavy rainfall, which has been affecting the region over the past few days. According to reports, 20 people have been confirmed dead and several others have also been injured.

Record daily coronavirus spike reported

India has registered a new record daily spike in the number of coronavirus cases reported over the last 24 hours. The national total has now risen to almost 200,000 following an increase of 8,391 on Tuesday. Meanwhile, the death toll has also risen to around 5,600, after just over 200 new deaths were confirmed as virus-related. Over 85,800 covid-19 patients have already recovered in India, while almost 98,000 cases are still considered active, including almost 9,000 which have been categorised as serious or critical.

Pakistani embassy officials expelled for espionage

Pakistani embassy officials have reportedly been expelled from India over claims of alleged espionage. According to Al Jazeera, two staff members of the Pakistani High Commission in New Delhi have now returned to Pakistan via the Wagah border crossing after India declared them 'persona non grata' for apparently "indulging in espionage activities". Pakistan has also summoned India's charge d'affaires in Islamabad to condemn the expulsion order. Pakistan's foreign ministry has called the allegations of espionage 'baseless' and claimed the order is a "clear violation" of the Vienna Convention on diplomatic relations.

Virus lockdown eased despite record rise in cases

Delhi has announced plans to ease it's nationwide lockdown, despite a recent record rise in the number of new coronavirus cases. On Saturday, nearly 8,000 new cases of infection were reported - a record daily rise; however, the following day, the government announced that restrictions on public places will be significantly relaxed. While areas with high numbers of covid-19 cases will remain under tight lockdown, restaurants, hotels, shopping centres, and places of worship will be allowed to reopen as of 08 June, in the first stage of a three-phase plan. India has recorded a total of 191,041 covid-19 cases and 5,413 deaths.

Ninety-five new coronavirus deaths reported

At least 95 new coronavirus deaths have been reported in India over the last 24 hours - taking the death toll there up to 4,806. The total number of confirmed covid-19 cases has also risen to 168,387 following a daily increase of 3,001 newly diagnosed cases of infection. Out of those 168,387 cases, around 91,316 cases are still active, of which almost 9,000 are deemed serious or critical. More than 72,260 covid-19 patients have already recovered. 

Three Naxalite militants killed in crossfire

Three suspected Naxalite militants have been killed following an armed encounter with the Indian security forces in the state of Jharkhand. According to reports, the crossfire occurred on Thursday morning in the West Singhbhum area, where a number of suspects engaged in a brief gunfight with security personnel - leaving three militants dead and a fourth injured. Various firearms have been recovered from the site of the clash.

Landslide kills three in Arunachal Pradesh

Three people have been confirmed dead after a landslide occurred in the Dibang Valley district of Arunachal Pradesh. Local reports indicate the landslide happened on Monday evening and was most likely triggered by recent heavy rainfall in the region. The rain is thought to have caused a section of loose soil on a small hill to collapse - hitting a residential property in the remote subdivision of Arzoo. No other casualties have been reported following the incident.

Heatwave hits north India

A heatwave has hit parts of north India, raising the temperature as high as 47.6C in the capital city of Delhi on Tuesday. The highest temperature recorded was 50C in Churu, Rajasthan. The heatwave is forecast to last until the weekend and comes as various regions across India continue to struggle with rising coronavirus infections and swarms of locusts, which have been damaging crops. People have been advised to stay indoors as much as possible. It's believed the heatwave has come about as a result of Cyclone Amphan, which hit eastern India last week. The heatwave has come at a time when thousands of migrant workers still remain stranded away from their home states due to the coronavirus lockdown - many of whom have undertaken long dangerous journeys on foot, with little-to-no supplies. It's feared this demographic will be the most exposed to the heat and could suffer further fatalities.

Floods cause disruption in Assam

Disruption has been reported amid floods in the state of Assam. According to reports, sections of the National Highway 12 have been severely damaged by flash floods which were triggered by recent heavy rainfall in Meghalaya. The section of the highway connecting Agia and Lakhipur has allegedly been washed away in the Goalpara district. No casualties have been reported as a result of the incident and repair work on the road is due to get underway.

Disruption reported at airports as flights resume

Widespread disruption has been reported across airports in india following the resumption of flight operations over the weekend. According to reports, long queues and chaos were reported at Indian airports after the two-month suspension of domestic flights was lifted as the country prepares to ease coronavirus lockdown restrictions. Around 100 flights were cancelled, due to a number of airports enforcing a cap on the number of flights operated - leading to angry passengers who claimed they were not informed of cancellations in enough time. The long queues have largely been down to enhanced health screening measures, which include checking each passenger's temperature and verifying they have downloaded the government's covid-19 tracking app, Aarogya Setu. Shoes and luggage are also preventatively disinfected. Overall, India has recorded more than 146,200 coronavirus cases and 4,187 deaths/

Cyclone Amphan death toll rises to 84

The death toll from Cyclone Amphan has risen to 84 across India and Bangladesh. The cyclone made landfall on Wednesday and caused widespread disruption, bringing heavy downpours and winds of up to 115mph (185kmh). The Satkhira district in Bangladesh and Kolkata in the Indian state of West Bengal have been identified as the worst-hit areas. The storm has now weakened and is headed in a north-easterly direction towards Bhutan. At least 72 deaths have been reported from West Bengal in India, while 12 others have also died in Bangladesh. The death toll could rise further still.

Local BJP leader killed in Uttar Pradesh shooting

A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident in Rampur, Uttar Pradesh. The deceased has been identified as Anurag Sharma, and he was allegedly shot dead in the Aghapur area during an altercation on Wednesday evening. According to preliminary reports, Sharma had been on his way home when unidentified assailants riding a motorbike attacked him, spraying him with bullets. Sharma was rushed to hospital but died on the way. It's been reported that Sharma was known to have a criminal background, with several cases registered against him, sparking speculation the incident may have been crime-related. An investigation into his murder has been launched; however, no suspects have been identified thus far.

Cyclone Amphan kills 22 across India and Bangladesh

At least 22 deaths have been reported from India and Bangladesh after Cyclone Amphan hit coastal areas of both countries on Wednesday. The storm made landfall yesterday, lashing parts of India's Odisha and West Bengal states, along with parts of south-west Bangladesh. The weather system has since weakened as it moves in a northerly direction towards Bhutan. At least 10 deaths were reported in Bangladesh and 12 have been reported in India's West Bengal state. It's feared the death toll could rise further still. The storm initially hit the Sundarbans area near the Indian-Bangladesh border, before moving north towards Kolkata. The South and North 24 Parganas and East Midnapore districts of West Bengal are among the worst-hit areas, along with the Satkhira district in Bangladesh, while large areas have been flooded due to heavy rain. Thousands of trees have also been uprooted, houses have been flattened,  and power and telephone lines have also brought down - causing widespread power cuts.

Domestic flights to resume 25 May

Domestic civil aviation operations are due to resume in India from 25 May. The resumption of domestic flight services will come into effect in a staggered manner from next Monday, with the necessary preparations already underway at all major airports. Air carriers have also been notified of the intention to restart domestic flights, following a two-month shutdown. Passengers will still have to adhere to social distancing guidelines and may be asked to only bring one piece of luggage. Travellers should arrive at airports earlier than usual to allow time for additional health screening, including thermal checks.

Ceasefire violation reported along Line of Control

Ceasefire violations have been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed kashmir region between India and Pakistan. An incidence of cross-border firing was reported from the Poonch area on Wednesday morning. It's claimed the ceasefire violations occurred around 09:30 local time near the Degwar and Kirni sectors. No casualties have been inflicted as a result of the firing - responsibility for which has not been claimed, although Indian officials claim the gunfire came from the Pakistani military and was unprovoked. Pakistan has not commented on the alleged incident.

Police protest high-risk coronavirus deployment

Hundreds of Indian police officers in West Bengal have gathered to protest over deployment to high-risk coronavirus areas. Around 500 police officers took part in the protest on Tuesday, which was staged in the Police Training School in Kolkata. According to reports, police personnel are objecting to their deployment to areas which have been identified as covid-19 containment zones, citing a high risk of contracting the virus. An internal investigation into the demonstration has been launched, while police officials work to address the matter at hand, while disciplinary action could be taken against those who took part in the protest.

Heavy rains hit as Cyclone Amphan bears down

Heavy rainfall and strong winds have hit parts of India's eastern coast as Cyclone Amphan bears down. The super cyclone is expected to make landfall within hours and is predicted to bring widespread severe disruption to large parts of India and neighbouring Bangladesh. Millions of people have been evacuated from areas surrounding the Bay of Bengal, including the states of West Bengal and Odisha. More than 20 relief teams have already been deployed to both states, and several more are on standby. The storm is thought to be one of the biggest in a decade, with forecasted winds of up to 115mph - the equivalent of a category five hurricane.

Millions evacuated ahead of super cyclone

Millions of people have begun to be evacuated from the eastern coastal states of West Bengal and Odisha, where a super cyclone is forecast to make landfall on Wednesday. Cyclone Amphan is currently situated over the Bay of Bengal and an alert has been issued to fishermen not to go out to sea due to hazardous conditions. The evacuations are due to be completed by Wednesday morning and both states are planning to turn schools and other public buildings into temporary shelters amid the exodus. More buildings are need than usual in order to keep to social distancing guidelines amid the coronavirus outbreak. The cyclone has come at a time when the country is already struggling to deal with millions of displaced and stranded migrant workers and it's feared the impact on them could be catastrophic.

Coronavirus lockdown extended

The coronavirus lockdown in India has been extended by two weeks. This is the fourth time the federal government has extended the lockdown as it continues to try to curb the spread of the virus. New guidelines are to be issued but are expected to be more lenient than before due to economic pressures. Most restrictions will remain in place; however, restaurants will now be allowed to operate takeaway services and sporting events can now take place without spectators. Private cars and buses will also be allowed to operate across cities and towns. India has recorded over 3,000 coronavirus deaths and has confirmed more than 96,000 coronavirus cases.

Cyclone Amphan due to hit east coast

India's east coast has been put on alert as Cyclone Amphan approaches. The storm is currently in the Bay of Bengal and is predicted to make landfall on Wednesday afternoon, hitting the states of West Bengal and Odisha, where 20 relief teams have been dispatched already. The storm has worsened over the last 12 hours and is likely to continue to intensify into a 'very severe' storm. The cyclone comes amid a time of huge upheaval for millions of migrant workers due to the coronavirus lockdown and it's feared the impact of the storm could be catastrophic for many as they flee cities to undertake long journeys on foot to their home villages. Prime Minister Narendra Modi is due to chair a high-level meeting to discuss further preparations for the storm. A yellow alert has been issued for the entire region.

Police officers injured amid unrest in Gujarat

At least two Indian police officers have been injured amidst violent unrest in the state of Gujarat. According to local reports, a clash broke out between police and migrant workers in the Vastrapur area of Ahmedabad after police attempted to stop a group of migrant workers who were trying to return to their home state. The migrant workers reportedly began throwing stones at the police and vandalised two police vehicles, as well as an office at a construction site. The police have since brought the situation under control, with around 250 people reportedly detained following the unrest.

Over 1,000 police test positive for covid-19 in Maharashtra

More than a thousand police personnel have reportedly tested positive for covid-19 in the state of Maharashtra. According to local reports, approximately 1,061 state police personnel have been diagnosed with the virus, including 112 police officers. Of those infect, at least 174 are reported to have already made full recoveries, while nine others have been confirmed dead. As of Friday morning, the state has reported a total of 27,524 confirmed coronavirus cases, including 1,019 deaths. Nationally, almost 83,000 cases have been recorded, along with over 4,600 deaths.

Free food package announced for stranded migrants

The Indian government has announced a free food package for millions of migrant workers who have become stranded away from their homes states amid the coronavirus lockdown - many of whom have been fleeing cities on foot with very few supplies, trying to return to their villages. Finance Minister Nirmala Sitharaman said grain supplies worth $463m could benefit up to 80 million migrants. India has reported over 82,100 coronavirus cases so far, including 2,649 deaths.

Migrant workers protest in Madhya Pradesh

A group of migrant workers have gathered to protest in Madhya Pradesh after being stopped at a state border. The demonstration was staged in the Barwani district, where the migrant workers reportedly wanted to cross into the neighbouring state in order to return to their home villages. The group had been working in Maharashtra state when the coronavirus lockdown was enforced in late March, forcing them to undertake long journeys home with little-to-no provisions.

Coronavirus death toll rises by 122

The death toll for coronavirus in India has risen to 2,415 after 122 new deaths were confirmed on Wednesday. Around 3,525 new cases of infection have also been diagnosed over the last 254 hours - taking the national total number of confirmed coronavirus cases to 74,480. As of Wednesday 13 May, at least 24,453 coronavirus patients in India have recovered and around 47,612 cases remain active.

Coronavirus rescue package announced

A $264bn rescue package has been announced by the Indian government to help the country cope with the effects of its prolonged coronavirus lockdown amid the covid-19 pandemic. The package is the equivalent of 10 percent of the country's GDP and is intended to help those who have lost jobs and businesses which have been hit by the lockdown. India has recorded around 75,000 cases of the virus, including 2,415 deaths.

Storm leaves five dead in Uttarakhand

At least five people have been left dead after a severe storm hit the state of Uttarakhand. The fatalities occurred throughout various parts of the state over the last 24 hours after heavy rain and strong winds caused widespread disruption. At least two fatalities were reported in the Bazpur area of the Udham Singh Nagar district, while another two people were also confirmed dead in the Kichha area of the Rudrapur district. A fifth victim was also killed in the Gaulapar area of Nainital. The storm caused a number of electricity poles and trees to fall down, causing minor damage to infrastructure and property in the affected areas.

Cross-border clashes reported in Sikkim

Cross-border clashes have been reported between the Indian and the Chinese troops in the border state of Sikkim. According to reports, dozens of soldiers from both sides exchanged physical blows near the Naku La sector, leaving seven Chinese and four Indian troops injured. The clash occurred on Saturday and was ultimately resolved after local commanders spoke with one another. Physical standoffs between border patrols are typical of the area, where the two countries have competing claims over the shared 3,400km border.

Sixteen migrant workers killed in train incident

At least 16 migrant workers have died after being run over a by a freight train in the state of Maharashtra. The incident occurred near Aurangabad, where a group of migrant workers had been walking towards when they decided to rest on the train tracks - mistakenly assuming no trains would be running because of the lockdown. According to reports, the group had been walking towards a train station with the hope to get a train home after the government announced special train services to help return migrant workers to their home states earlier this month.

Covid-19 death toll up by 92

The death toll for covid-19 in India has gone up to 1,787 following a daily increase of 92 on Thursday. According to the latest figures, 3,587 new cases of covid-19 have also been reported across the country in the past 24 hours - raising the national tally to 53,045. At least 15,331 coronavirus patients have recovered in India.

Mass coronavirus evacuation operation launched

A mass coronavirus evacuation operation has been launched by the Indian authorities to repatriate thousands of Indian nationals who have become stranded overseas due to lockdowns imposed amid the coronavirus pandemic. Close to 15,000 Indians are expected to return to the country on special Air India flights from 12 countries over the course of the next week. Sixty-four repatriation flights are scheduled and the first to arrive in Delhi will be a flight from Singapore. All international travel was suspended by the Indian government in March before the nationwide lockdown was imposed. Eventually, the country aims to repatriate around 200,000 Indians - which would make the initiative India's biggest evacuation mission since 170,000 citizens were rescued from Kuwait during the Gulf War in 1990.

Kashmir militant killed by Indian forces

The Indian security forces have reportedly killed a prominent militant leader in the disputed Kashmir region. The deceased has been identified as Riyaz Naikoo - who recently took over command of the outlawed Hizbul Mujahideen militant group after succeeding Burhan Wani in 2016. Naikoo was allegedly shot dead by security personnel during a joint siege by the army, paramilitar, and police in his home village of Beigh Pora in the Pulwama district in Indian-administered Kashmir. According to reports, a protest broke out in the village following Naikoo's death. Local residents allegedly pelted stones at the security forces, prompting a clash with apparently lead to a number of civilian casualties.

Gas leak kills 13 in Visakhapatnam

At least 13 people have been confirmed dead, while hundreds of others have fallen ill, after a gas leak was reported in the city of Visakhapatnam in Andhra Pradesh. The leak has been traced to the LG Polymers plant and is believed to have occurred during the early hours of the morning, at around 02:30 local time. Preliminary investigations have suggested the leak may have been caused by negligence, as proper procedures and guidelines were not followed when the plant was being re-opened for the first time since 24 March, when the national coronavirus lockdown started. A number of factory employees are believed to have been inside the plant at the time and it's feared the fumes may have spread of a radius of three kilometres. Evacuations have been carried out from surrounding areas, with local authorities stating the situation is now under control. The leaked gas is thought to have been styrene, an odourless poisonous gas which causes irritation to the eyes, skins, and nose with respiratory and gastrointestinal effects ranging in severity according to length of exposure and the concentration of gas. While short-term exposure to the gas isn't usually fatal, acute exposure to concentrated forms of the gas can have toxic effects, particularly on children or the weak and vulnerable. At least two of the deaths were caused by accidents that occurred after individuals inhaled the gas and lost consciousness. Officials have asked people to protect themselves by covering their faces with wet cloth.

IAF pilot injured in helicopter crash in Sikkim

An Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot has been injured following a helicopter crash in Sikkim. According to reports, an Mi-17 helicopter belonging to the IAF crash landed after encountering adverse weather conditions during a routine air maintenance flight from Chaten to Mikutang. Along with the pilot, at least six other personnel were also on board the helicopter, although only the pilot was injured during the emergency landing attempt.

Three injured amidst virus-related violence in Gujarat

At three people were injured and 56 others have also been arrested after virus-related violence flared up in the state of Gujarat. The violence took place in the Vallabh-Vidyanagar, where clashes reportedly broke out between local residents and the local authorities over the cremation of a coronavirus victim. According to reports, a mob gathered to protest the cremation and began throwing stones at police officers, who had been dispatched to the scene to disperse the crowd.

Police clash with migrant workers during protest in Kovvur

Police officers have clashed with migrant workers who had gathered to protest in Kovvur, Andhra Pradesh. The demonstration took place on Monday, with participants demanding they be allowed to return to the hometowns amidst the coronavirus lockdown and restrictions on movement. Last week, the Indian government announced plans to enable millions of migrant workers to return home, but suggested workers would be asked to pay train fees, making the solution inaccessible for low-wage earners. According to reports, the police in Kovvur were forced to use batons to disperse the crowds. No casualties have been reported.

Biggest daily rise in covid-19 cases reported

India's biggest spike in daily increase figures has been recorded, with some 3,900 new cases of infection registered in the last 24 hours. The latest spike in cases takes the national total to 46,433 confirmed covid-19 cases, including more than 12,000 patients who have recovered and 1,568 who have died. It's believed the spike is likely linked to an increase in testing. The rise comes a day after the country began to relax some lockdown measures.

Potential for unrest amongst migrant workers

There is a potential for unrest amongst the migrant worker population in India - millions of whom remain displaced amidst the coronavirus lockdown. The government recently announced that transport arrangements would be organised to help workers trying to return to their home states; however, today it has emerged that migrants will be asked to pay their own train fares. The move has sparked outrage amongst migrant workers, who are among the lowest paid in India. The main opposition Congress Party has offered to pay the fares for workers, but the government defended their position, stating that the fees were necessary to ensure that only those who were genuinely stranded would use the service. The decision has the potential to trigger further protests by migrant workers, many of whom joined demonstrations against the government's coronavirus kdown measures last month.

Lockdown extended by two weeks

The lockdown in India, which was brought in in response to the coronavirus pandemic, has been extended for another two weeks. The extension was announced on Friday and will come into effect from Monday 04 May - extending the lockdown until 18 May. The lockdown extension comes amid a steady rise in the number of coronavirus cases, with the national tally currently standing around 35,000, including 1,154 deaths. The government has stated that - despite suggestions the national lockdown has failed to flatten the curve as effectively as similar measures have in other countries - the country in on the path of winning the war against the virus.

'Illegal migrants' released from Assam detention centre

Indian has confirmed plans to release 'illegal migrants' from detention centres in the Assam state. The move comes after the government was ordered by the Supreme Court to reduce overcrowding in prisons and detention facilities amidst the coronavirus pandemic due to the higher risk of outbreak in contained facilities. Human rights groups have previously criticised such facilities in Assam, as they claim many of the prisoners are Indian citizens being wrongfully held.

Cross-border firing incident reported along LoC

A cross-border firing incident has been reported in the dispute Kashmir region, along the Line of Control (LoC). The ceasefire violation apparently occurred on Tuesday morning at around 11:00 local time. Indian authorities claim the firing occurred along the LoC in the Shahpur, Kirni, and Qasba areas of the Poonch district in Indian-administered Kashmir. it's alleged the firing came from Pakistan Army personnel; however, Pakistani officials have not responded to this claim. Such ceasefire violations often occur, with both sides usually blaming the other. No casualties were reported in this instance.

Security forces clash with militants in Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian security forces have clashed with suspected militants in Jammu and Kashmir. Fighting erupted in the lower Munda area of Qazigund on Monday morning. The incident followed another clash in Kulgam on Sunday which left four militants dead and a member of the security forces wounded.

Police launch manhunt for kidnap and rape suspect in Madhya Pradesh

The police in Madhya Pradesh have launched a manhunt for a suspect wanted for the abduction and rape of a six-year-old girl. According to reports, the girl was kidnapped when she was playing with her friends outside her home in a village in the Damoh district on Wednesday evening. She was later found on Thursday morning, unconscious with her hands tied, in an abandoned building. Her eyes had been severely injured by the attacker, in an apparent attempt to prevent her from identifying him. No individual suspect has been identified thus far, although several people had been questioned and police reportedly hope to make an arrest soon.

Second biggest daily spike in covid-19 cases recorded

The country's second biggest daily spike in covid-19 cases has been recorded as infections soar. Some 1,486 new cases have been diagnosed in the last 24 hours - taking the total official tally in India over 20,000. At least 49 new deaths have also been reported, raising the national death toll to 681. The sharpest daily spike was reported on Monday, when more than 1,500 new cases were confirmed.

New law introduced to curb attacks on doctors

A new law has been introduced in India in response to increasing reports of attacks targeting doctors and other medical and healthcare workers. Under the law, those found guilty of attacking medical workers could face a prison sentence of up to seven years or a maximum fine of £5,200 ($6,500). The law comes after doctors, nurses, and community health workers have reported being attacked across the country - often in hospitals or when medical staff are undertaking contact-tracing. It's believed the attacks are largely motivated by coronavirus fears. So far, India has recorded at least 15,474 coronavirus cases and 640 deaths.

Kashmir police investigate journalists

Concerns over freedom of press have been risen in the Indian-administered Kashmir region, where police are allegedly investigation journalists under a stringent anti-terrorism law. Among the journalists being targeted includes Gowhar Geelani, who claims he is being accused of "glorifying terrorism" through social media posts. At least three Kashmiri reporters have had actions brought against them, sparking criticism of what the Editors Guild of india described as a gross misuse of power aimed at striking terror into journalists. A number of journalists have now launched a social media campaign seeking the withdrawal of charges brought against the three reporters. The Kashmir region has been under military-enforced restrictions since the government controversially revoked the special status of the Muslim-majority region last year.

Over 13,000 detained for violating lockdown in Maharashtra

More than 13,000 arrests have been made over the last month in the state of Maharashtra for alleged lockdown violations. Recent reports indicate that as many as 13,381 people have been detained by the authorities since 22 March for violating restrictions imposed as part of the coronavirus lockdown, and a total of 41,768 vehicles have also been seized by the police during the same period.

Six tourists rescued from Himalayan cave

Six tourists have reportedly been rescued by Indian officials from a cave in the foothills of the Himalayas. The four men and two women had allegedly move to the cave in Rishikesh and had been living there after they became stranded in the country with very little money. The six foreign nationals have all tested negative for covid-19 and have now been moved into quarantine.

Twenty held for preventing funeral of coronavirus victim

At least 20 people have been arrested and are being held by the police for violently preventing the funeral of a doctor who died from coronavirus. Dr Simon Hercules was a neurosurgeon and his body was being taken to a burial ground in Chennai on Sunday night, when his friends and family were attacked by a mob armed with sticks and rods. Two ambulance drivers were injured in the incident. According to reports, the people who attacked the funeral lived near the burial ground and were worried that buring a covid-19 patient there could spread the virus.

Two militants arrested in Shopian

Two suspected militants have been detained by the Indian security forces in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the suspects are thought to be members of the outlawed Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group. The operation was launched after intelligence was received which suggested the suspects were planning to target the security forces in violent attacks near Wachi, Shopian.

Coronavirus restrictions begin to be eased

India has begun to ease some coronavirus restrictions. The move follows the recent extension of lockdown measures and comes as part of an effort by the Indian government to mitigate the economic impact of the pandemic. Restrictions being lifted largely apply to the farming and agricultural industry, which employs more than half of the country's workforce. A decision to ease restrictions on the delivery of non-essential goods, such as mobile phones, computers, and refrigerators, by e-commerce firms, has now been reversed. Restrictions will also remain in place in areas considered 'hotspots', including all major Indian cities. As of Monday morning, India has recorded at least 17,615 coronavirus cases and 559 deaths.

Ceasefire violation reported in Kashmir region

A recent ceasefire violation has been reported in the disputed Kashmir region, situated between India and Pakistan. The incident occurred on Friday morning at around 11:00 local time along the Line of Control (LoC). According to reports, artillery shots were fired across the LoC in the Qasba and Kirni areas of the Poonch district. It's unclear from which side the firing came from; however, both sides often blame the other for instigating cross-border fire. No casualties have been reported.

All major cities names covid-19 hotspots

All six major Indian cities have been identified as hotspots for covid-19. The cities of Delhi, Mumbai, Chennai, Bangalore, Kolkata, and Hyderabad have all been designated as "red zones" for coronavirus, with a total of 170 districts within those areas and surrounding also identified as red zones. Overall, India has reported 12,456 covid-19 cases and 423 deaths.

Seven detained for violating lockdown in Kerala

At least seven arrests have been made in the southern state of Kerala, where a group of people were detained for holding mass, despite lockdown measures. The incident occurred at Stella Maris Church on Willingdon Island, where seven people were arrested, including a Catholic priest, for violating lockdown measures. Recent reports indicate the detainees have since been released on bail. India remains on strict lockdown until 03 May due to the ongoing coronavirus pandemic, with public gatherings banned and people ordered to stay at home.

Health workers pelted with stones in Uttar Pradesh

Healthcare workers and medical staff have reportedly been pelted with stones in Moradabad, Uttar Pradesh, where they were attempting to transport a suspected covid-19 patient to hospital. It's been reported that a crowd started to gather, despite lockdown rules, and began throwing stones as the medical team tried to board the patient into the ambulance. An unknown number of medical personnel have been injured. Preliminary reports suggest a police presence is at the scene and that some police personnel may have also been injured amidst the unrest.

New lockdown measures introduced

New coronavirus lockdown rules have been introduced after India announced an extension on the lockdown until 03 May. Some restrictions have been relaxed on farming, public works, and banking - most likely in a bid to mitigate the negative impact of the lockdown on the economy; however, transport services and most businesses remain closed. The new set of rules will come into effect from 20 April. All public gatherings - social, political, or religious - will still be banned. So far, around 11,555 cases of coronavirus have been confirmed in India, including 396 deaths.

Large gatherings in Mumbai dispersed

Large gatherings in Mumbai have been forcibly dispersed after migrant workers defied lockdown measures. According to reports, the crowd were under the impression that the coronavirus lockdown had ended and had gathered at a railway station to return home. The lockdown had been due to end on 15 April, but the government announced that it will now be extended until 03 May. The lockdown has led to a migrant worker crisis across the country, as hundreds of thousands undertook long journeys to their home villages. Over the weekend, migrant workers defied the lockdown in Surat, Gujarat, where they protested on the streets and a number of shops were set ablaze.

Five suspected militants detained in Baramulla

At least five suspected militants have been arrested by the security forces during an operation in the Baramulla district of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The suspects are thought to be associated with the Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group and were apprehended in the Sopore area on Monday in connection with a recent grenade attack, which targeted a civilian residence in the village of Tujar.

Almost 50 covid-19 'Red Zones' identified in Delhi

Some 47 areas in Delhi have been identified by the government's health minister as covid-19 'Red Zones' - making them particularly high-risk. The areas were identified in a set of new government guidelines, which were released on Tuesday, in which an area with three or more reported cases of covid-19 will be designated as a 'Red Zone'. So far, India has recorded at least 10,541 cases of covid-19 nationwide, including 358 deaths.

Nationwide coronavirus lockdown extended

The nationwide coronavirus lockdown in India has been extended, with the announcement being made on what was to be the last day of the initial 21-day lockdown, which began on 25 March. Prime Minister Narendra Modi confirmed that the lockdown will now last until 03 May in a bid to contain the spread of the virus. Under the lockdown, people must stay inside their homes and only essential businesses - such as groceries and pharmacies - are allowed to remain open. All travel services, including flights and trains, have been suspended. The measures could further tighten over the next week, with reviewed official government guidelines due soon. So far, India has reported around 10,5000 cases and over 350 deaths.

Suspected militant detained in Baramulla

A suspected militant has reportedly been detained by the Indian security forces in the Baramulla district of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The detainee is thought to be a member of the Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group. According to reports, the suspect was apprehended during a cordon and search operation in the Shimlaran Nallah area of Chandoosa. Various arms and ammunition were also discovered at the scene and confiscated by security personnel.

Face masks made compulsory in Mumbai

The wearing of face masks has been made compulsory in Mumbai, where all residents have been ordered to wear them in public. The new coronavirus lockdown rule applies to all, including drivers and office workers. The masks can either have been bought from a pharmacy or may be homemade. The rule came about after coronavirus cases were diagnosed in the densely populated Dharavi slum. Those violating the new rule could face arrest. So far, India has reported at least 5,480 coronavirus cases and 164 deaths.

Coronavirus lockdown could be extended

India's strict 21-day coronavirus could reportedly be extended. Prime Minister Narendra Modi stated that it may be possible to lift the lockdown on 14 April, or at least the measures may not be lifted all at once - depending on the rate of spread. No official announcement has been made thus far. Currently, there are approximately 5,360 coronavirus cases and 164 deaths reported in India, and at least seven states have implied they would like to see lockdown measures extended.

Security personnel killed in Kashmir militant attack

A member of Indian security personnel has been killed and another has been injured following an alleged militant attack in the disputed Kashmir region. According to recent reports, the attack happened on Tuesday afternoon at around 16:45 local time in the Bijbehara area of the Anantnag district. The militants were apparently armed and opened fire on Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) personnel, leaving one CRPF trooper dead from a gunshot wound, while a second trooper was also injured. The militants reportedly managed to escape following the incident.

Seven suspected militants arrested in Handwara

At least suspected militants have allegedly been arrested by the Indian authorities in the Handwara area of the Kupwara district in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. At least four of the suspects are thought to be members of the outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group, while the other three are thought to be associates. A variety of arms and ammunition were also confiscated from the suspects by the security forces, including AK47 rifles and hand grenades.

Concerns of Islamophobia over Delhi mosque virus outbreak

Concerns have been raised over growing Islamophobia amid public outrage in response to a new wave of coronavirus cases which have stemmed from a Muslim congregation in Delhi. Public anger in recent days has taken a communal turn, with Islamophobic hashtags trending on Twitter in relation to the Tablighi Jamaat mosque outbreak, which came about after the mosque hosted an event attended by thousands of Muslims. Officials are still working hard to trace all who attended, along with secondary contacts; however, many of the attendees and guest preachers came from abroad. Despite similar concerns over recent Hindu and Sikh gatherings in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Punjab, the Delhi mosque incident has come during a period of heightened tensions in India, following a series of controversial laws by the Hindu government which have sparked secular unrest, including the wildly divisive Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), and the revocation of Article 370 and subsequent communications blackout in the Muslim-majority Kashmir region last year. Overall, India has recorded 2,567 coronavirus cases and 72 deaths.

New Covid-19 tracking app launched

A new tracking app for Covid-19 has been launched in India by the government. The app would aim to inform users when they've crossed paths with someone infected with the virus. By scanning a database of known registered cases, the app will be able to use Bluetooth and location data to tell if the user has been within six feet of a known positive case. 

Fatal coronavirus case reported from Mumbai slum

A man living in Mumbai's Dharavi slum has reportedly died after contracting the coronavirus. The man, aged in his fifties, developed symptoms a week before testing positive - leading to seven family members being quarantined. The building he lived in is also home to 300 families and has since been sealed and effectively put on lockdown following his diagnosis and demise. Social distancing is near impossible in heavily congested areas like the Dharavi slum - meaning they pose a high risk of potentially triggering localised outbreaks.

Migrant workers protest coronavirus lockdown measures in Kerala

Migrant workers in the southern state of Kerala have launched a protest defying coronavirus lockdown measures. The unrest has been focused along the Changanassery-Mallappilly road in the Payipad area, where people have gathered to demand travel facilities and food supplies for their long return journeys home. The strict 21-day lockdown was announced last week with jsut four horus notice, giving hundreds of thousands of migrant workers little time to prepare - leaving them jobless hundreds of miles from their home villages.

Coronavirus cases rise

The number of people infected with coronavirus in India has risen to around 1,400 cases and 123 deaths. As numbers continue to climb amid the strict 21-day lockdown, the authorities have begun to take measures to build low cost ventilators and temporary makeshift hospitals to prepare for the worsening outbreak. Currently, Indian officials are trying to trace people who took part in a recent religious festival, which is thought to have become a virus cluster.

Thousands of prisoners to be released from overcrowded jails amid coronavirus outbreak

Thousands of inmates are due to be released from overcrowded prisons amid the coronavirus pandemic to prevent the spread of infection. In the state of Maharashtra, it has been confirmed that some 11,000 convicts who were sentenced to less than seven years will be released on parole, while Delhi's maximum security Tihar jail will also release 3,000 prisoners. So far, India has recorded at least 764 cases of infection and 20 deaths.

$22.6bn bailout announced for poorest citizens amid coronavirus outbreak

India has announced a $22.6bn bailout for its poorest citizens to help them during the coronavirus outbreak. The package will also include free food supplies, such as rice, wheat, and pulses, and is intended to stop anyone from going hungry. Medical insurance cover of up to $66,482 has also been provided for all healthcare workers. So far, India has recorded 673 cases and 13 deaths.

First coronavirus death reported in Kashmir

The first coronavirus death has been reported in the Indian-administered Kashmir region. The patient is said to have been a 65-year-old man who had recently returned from attending a religious congregation outside Kashmir, which included people from Malaysia and Indonesia. The region has confirmed at least 11 cases of the virus and more than 5,000 people have been placed in quarantine, and are being monitored for symptoms.

Total lockdown comes into effect

A total lockdown has come into effect in India, affectign 1.3bn people. The 21-day lockdown came into effect from midnight on Wednesday and was announced late on Tuesday evening, prompting widespread panic buying. PM Narendra Modi stated that the 'total ban' meant people would not be allowed to leave their homes, although enforcement so far has been lacking and some shops are staying open with social distancing measures in place. India has reported 519 confirmed cases and nine deaths; however, the country has one of the lowest testing rates in the world due to limited eligibility criteria - meaning the actual number of infections is likely to be much higher.

Nationwide lockdown announced over coronavirus

A nationwide lockdown has been announced as part of measures to suppress the spread of the coronavirus in India. PM Narendra Modi confirmed the measure on Tuesday afternoon, stating that the lockdown will be 'absolute' for 21 days, with no citizens allowed to leave their homes during this period. The lockdown comes into effect from midnight local time tonight and is expected to the most extensive seen amid the pandemic thus far. A fund of nearly £1.7bn has also been announced to support health infrastructure.

Former Kashmir leader released from detention

The former chief minister of Indian-administered Kashmir has been released from detention. Omar Abdullah has been released following nearly eight months of detention. His release apparently came about die to concern for his health amid the coronavirus outbreak. Abdullah was among thousands of local leaders who were put under house arrest a day before the disputed region was controversially stripped of its semi-autonomy in August last year, which led to violent unrest and a military-enforced communications blackout.

Almost all of India under lockdown

Almost all of India is under lockdown with strict travel restrictions in place amid the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. State borders have been closed and public transport services have also been widely suspended. Domestic flights were also suspended on Monday. Further measures to counter the spread of the virus are expected to be announced by the prime minister in an address this evening. So far, at least 485 cases have been reported nad nine people have died.

Strengthened coronavirus prevention measures introduction

Strengthened measures to prevent the further spread of the coronavirus have been introduced in India as confirmed cases hit 425 and the death toll reaches eight. The flight operations of all domestic scheduled commercial airlines will be suspended with effect from midnight tonight, with an exemption for cargo flights. Lockdowns have been imposed in Bihar, Delhi, Jharkhand, Himachal Pradesh, Ladakh, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal, while a curfew has been established in Punjab. 

Travel ban enforced in Uttarakhand

A travel ban on the entry of domestic and foreign tourists has been enforced in the state of Uttarakhand in a bid to control the spread of the coronavirus. The state typically attracts a lot of visitors and pilgrimages due to its location in the Himalayan region and multitude of Hindu temples. So far, India has recorded at least 206 confirmed cases and five deaths.

Four suspects executed for 2012 Delhi bus rape and murder

Four men convicted of the gang rape and murder of a student in Delhi in 2012 have been executed. The suspected were sentenced to death by a trial court in 2015 and had been kept in the high-security Tihar prison. The 23-year-old physiotherapy student dubbed Nirbhaya ('the fearless one') died days after being sexually assaulted by six men on a moving bus. The case sparked widespread outrage and become high-profile, ultimately leading to new anti-rape laws in India. Of the six suspects, four have now been hanged, one was found dead in his prison cell in 2013, while the other - aged 17 at the time of the attack - was released in 2015 after serving three years in a reform facility.

All international flights suspended

All international flight operations have been suspended across India. No international flights will be allowed to land anywhere in the country for a week, starting 22 March. The seven-day nationwide flight suspension comes as part of the government's response to the global coronavirus outbreak. India has reported at least 197 cases and four deaths. Other measures to be brought in include widespread advice to work from home, and for people over the age of 65 and children under the age of 10 to stay at home.

Five killed in Tamil Nadu truck accident

At least five people have been confirmed dead following a road accident involving a truck and a car in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The crash allegedly occurred along the national highway on Thursday morning at around 05:45 local time near Ranga Nagar in Chrompet, Chennai. The cause of the fatal collision remains under investigation.

Third coronavirus death reported

A third fatal coronavirus case has been reported in India after a 64-year-old man in the western state of Maharashtra died. The state has reported the highest number of cases in the country with 39, but this is the first virus-related death in the state. According to reports, at least 125 people have tested positive for the virus in India so far; however, only 6,000 have been tested so far and health experts are concerned that the government's testing strategy isn't doing enough to reduce the risk of the virus spreading locally.

Anti-CAA protest to be hit by coronavirus measures

Protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) are expected to be impacted by coronavirus measures in Delhi. The anti-CAA protests will be forced to come to a halt under a 123-year-old law which prevents large gatherings in the capital city. The Epidemic Diseases Act of 1897 was enacted in response to the continued spread of the coronavirus, which has so far infected 110 and killed two in India.

First coronavirus death confirmed in India

The first fatal coronavirus case has been reported in India. The patient is understood to have been a 76-year-old man from the southern state of Karnataka, who had recently returned from a month-long trip to Saudi Arabia. Contact tracing was carried out and a number of people have been quarantined. So far, India has reported 73 cases of the virus.

All visas suspended over coronavirus

All visas, bar a few select exemptions, are to be suspended for a month amid the coronavirus outbreak. Visa-free travel for overseas citizens has also been suspended until 15 April. The advisory states that only diplomatic, official, employment, and project visas will be exempt from the current restrictions. So far, India has recorded 73 confirmed cases of the virus.

Congress party leader joins BJP in Madhya Pradesh

The leader of the Congress party, which is in power in the state of Madhya Pradesh, has defected and joined the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). Madhya Pradesh is one of India's few states not ruled by the BJP, which currently heads the Indian government. Jyotiraditya Scindia announced his defection on Wednesday, claiming his former party had lost direction and betrayed the people of Madhya Pradesh. A number of Congress state legislators are understood to be supporting Scindia. Shortly after his resignation, the Congress party expelled Scindia for "anti-party activities". Some 22 other resignations have also been submitted from Congress legislators; however, the Speaker has not yet accepted them. Should they be accepted, Congress will become a minority in the house and could lose power, resulting in a BJP-backed government taking over.

Cruise ship turned away from Mangalore

A cruise ship has been turned away from the port city of Mangalore amid coronavirus concerns. The MSC Lirica is carrying 1,400 passengers and had been due to dock at Mangalore but was refused port after the Indian shipping ministry issued an advisory saying no cruise ship from foreign countries can dock anywhere in India as part of preventative measures against the coronavirus outbreak. The cruise liner is registered in the Republic of Panama. No passengers are believed to have any symptoms of coronavirus. India has currently confirmed 40 cases of the virus so far.

Internet temporarily restored in Kashmir

Internet has reportedly been temporarily restored in Kashmir after the Indian government revoked a ban on social media sites in the disputed region. Full but slow-speed internet access has been restored for two weeks, following a seven-month ban after the region was stripped of its autonomy and a military-enforced communications blackout was enforced last year. Internet access over fixed lines will only be available to registered customers and the restoration of internet will only last until 17 March, with no explanation given for the time limit. The move comes after a recent Supreme Court ruling that the ban could not be indefinite.

Swine flu kills eight in Uttar Pradesh

At least eight swine flu fatalities have been reported in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. An estimated 81 people have apparently tested positive for the disease. It's understood the majority of cases have been reported in the Meerut area and that at least 20 Provincial Armed Constabulary (PAC) personnel are among those infected. At least 11 have been discharged from hospital and a further five more are expected to be released over the next few days. The outbreak began late last month and has largely stayed confined to Meerut.

More than 27,000 under surveillance amid global coronavirus outbreak

More than 27,000 people have been put under surveillance amid the global coronavirus outbreak, while some 600,000 people have allegedly already been screened at sea and airports across the country. Despite the early implementation of spread prevention measures in India, experts fear the world's most populous country would be hard hit in the event of a serious outbreak there, largely due to its creaky public health system and a widespread difficulty in implementing mass quarantine measures, as seen in China and Italy.

Seventeen new coronavirus cases reported

There have been 17 new coronavirus cases reported in India, including mostly Italian nationals. The new cases bring the national total to 28. The Italian patients are understood to have been part of a 21-member Italian tour group, who have since been transferred to the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP)'s quarantine facility in Chhawla. An Indian who had also been travelling with the tour group to the northern state of Rajasthan and an Indian citizen in Delhi who had recently travelled to Italy were also recently diagnosed. Other affected regions include the southern states of Telangana and Kerala. All flights and passengers will now be subject to universal screening.

Security personnel injured in Chhattisgarh gunfight

An Indians security personnel has reportedly been injured following a gunfight with suspected Naxalite rebels in the state of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred on Wednesday in the Narayanpur area, where one Chattisgarh Armed Force (CAF) jawan was apparently wounded after being shot during an exchange of fire near Amdau Ghati. The suspected rebels allegedly fled the scene and a search operation has been launched in pursuit of the suspects.

Death toll rises following Delhi unrest

The death toll in Delhi has risen following violent unrest which broke out between Muslim and Hindu groups of protesters last week. At least 47 people are confirmed to have died while more than 350 others have been injured during riots over the controversial new citizenship bill, which many view as being discriminatory towards Muslims. Public anger over the bill has also worsened amid accusations of the police enabling riots, deliberately not intervening in mob violence, and preventing Muslim casualties from getting help.

Delhi confirms first coronavirus case

The first case of the coronavirus has been confirmed in the Indian capital of Delhi. Another new case was also detected in the southern state of Telangana. Both new cases come after three people were diagnosed with the virus in Kerala last month. The patient in Delhi is understood to have a travel history in Italy, while the patient in Telangana had recently been to Dubai.

Militants attack construction workers in Assam

A group of militants have reportedly launched an attack on construction workers in the Dima Hasao district of Assam. The Indian security forces had to be called in to intervene, rescuing the workers after they were abducted from a construction site in the Mailu area. A number of the workers were kidnapped and the militants had allegedly demanded a ransom from the construction company. According to reports, the attackers are believed to be members of the Dimasa National Liberation Army (DNLA). 

Violent unrest in Delhi kills 37

At least 37 people have died and some 189 have been injured amidst violent unrest and rioting in Delhi. The violence first started on Sunday when Muslim opponents of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) gathered for an anti-CAA protest but clashed with Hindu supporters of the CAA - leading to several days of continuous violence. The unrest has since taken on communal overtones, with people clashing along religious lines. Most of the violence has been centred around Muslim-majority neighbourhoods - such as Maujpur, Mustafabad, Jaffrabad and Shiv Vihar - in north-east Delhi, where access to certain areas has been restricted. It's believed both Muslims and Hindus are among those killed. While no fresh clashes have been reported since Wednesday, tensions remain high in the affected areas.

Twenty-four killed in Rajasthan bus crash

At least 24 people have been killed and four others have also been injured following a a bus crassh in the state of Rajasthan. According to reports, the incident occurred near the village of Papri in the Bundi district, where a passenger bus fell off a bridge whilst travelling along the Kota-Dausa highway and plunged into the Mej River below.

Twenty killed in Delhi riots

At least 20 people have been killed amid violent clashes and riots in Delhi. Muslim and Hindu groups have clashed over the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), whih mnay have criticied as being anti-Muslin. The fighting first broke out amid anti-CAA protests on Sunday and the city saw its third consecutive night of rioting last night, with reports of Muslim homes and shops being targeted. Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal has described the situation as "alarming" and demanded that "the army should be called in". The unrest is largely centres around Muslim-majority neighbourhoods - such as Maujpur, Mustafabad, Jaffrabad and Shiv Vihar - in north-east Delhi.

Seven killed in Delhi violence

At least seven people have been killed amid violent protests in Delhi. Demonstrators first gathered in Delhi on Sunday to protest against the controversial Citizennship Amendment Act (CAA) and continued to protest thorughout Monday and Tuesday, coinciding with US President Donald Trump's first official visit to India. The fatalities have been identified as a police officer and six civilians. Vehicles were also set alight amid the unrest, after those both for and against the CAA clashed. The violence has largely been focused in three Muslim-majority areas in north-east Delhi, where protesters are firmly split along religious lines. 

US president visits India

US President Donald Trump is on his first official visit to India, having arrived in the state of Gujarat earlier on Monday morning. The 36-long trip is Trump's first official visit to the country and will be centred around diplomatic talks with Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi. It's hoped the visit will deepen ties between the two countries. 

Police officer killed amid anti-CAA protest in New Delhi

An Indian police officer has reportedly been killed and several others have also been injured after violent clashes broke out amid a protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in New Delhi. An anti-CAA protest has been ongoing in the capital since Sunday and entered its second consecutive day as clashes broke out between pro and anti-CAA protesters, as they threw stones at each other. The police were forced to intervene, firing tear gas at the crowds. A number of vehicles have also been torched in the Jaffrabad and Maujpur areas. Officials have appealed for calm and urged protesters to exercise restraint.

Anti-CAA protesters arrested in Bangalore for pro-Pakistan chants

A female protesters has been arrested in Bangalore after chanting pro-Pakistan messages at a recent protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which has been widely criticised for being anti-Muslim. The detainee has been identified as Amulya Leona, who triggered widespread outrage after a video of her at an anti-CAA demonstration chanting "long live Pakistan" went viral. She faces charges of sedition following the incident, while prominent Muslim politician Asaduddin Owaisi, who was present at the rally, has condemned her comments - stating that neither he nor his party support India's "enemy nation Pakistan". Many Muslims in Indian politics are often targeted as being 'pro-Pakistan' by political rivals, as unlike Hindu-majority India, Pakistan is a Muslim-majority country and much of the neighbouring countries' tense history stems from religious conflict, including the Muslim-majority Kashmir region, which both claim in full but only control part of.

Two killed in Punjab shooting

Two people have been killed in a recent shooting incident in Punjab. The incident occurred on Wednesday evening in the Patiala district, where two male victims were found dead overnight. According to reports, their bodies were discovered near a roadside eatery in the Manjit Nagar area of the Sidhu Colony. It's believed both men were shot dead where their bodies were found. No suspects have been identified thus far and the motive behind the killlings has yet to be determined.

Nineteen killed in Kerala truck-bus accident

At least 19 people have reportedly been killed in an accident involving a truck and a passenger bus in southern India. The accident occurred aorund 03:30 local time on Thursday morning in the state of Kerala. According to reports, a container fell off the back of the truck along a highway and rolled onto the opposite side of the road, where it collided with incoming traffic. A passenger bus was en route to Ernakulam from Bangalore when it crashed head-on into the container. Of the 48 people on the bus, at least 19 have been killed and several remain in critical condition while many others have been injured. The police have launched an investigation and preliminary reports indicate the container may have come loose after one of the wheels of the truck suffered a puncture. The driver of the truck has reportedly absconded.

Three militants killed in Pulwama clash

Three suspected miltiants have allegedly been killed in a recent clash with the Indian police force in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Kashmir. The encounter happened during the early hours of Wednesday morning in the Tral area, which is situated in close proximity to the Line of Control (LoC). It's alleged by the authorities that the three suspects were active members of a militant group and that a shootout occurred after the suspects resisted arrest and opened fire on police officers first. 

Police case filed against social media users in Kashmir

A police case has reportdly been filed against social media users in Indian-administered Kashmir. Digital rights activists have criticised the filing of the case under anti-terror laws as an attempt to criminalise normal everyday civilians. The move has triggered panic among Kashmiri communities, which have been under a military-enforced communications lockdown since last August. It's claimed that those charged for defying a social media ban using proxy servers could be jailed for months without bail. The authorities claim the measure will combat those using social media sites to propagate "secessionist ideoligy and promoting unlawful activities".

Top court orders equal roles for women in army

India's top court has ruled that women should be able to serve as army commanders, benefitting from the same opportunities as their male colleagues. The government has also been ordered to extend permanent service - previously only applicable to men - to women officers also. The ruling signals a move towards gender parity in a country where gender discrimination and violence against women remains a signficant societal issue. The Supreme Court dismissed the government's stance that male soldiers might not be able to accept orders from female officers as "disturbing". Judges ascerted that "to cast aspersion on their abilities on the ground of gender is an affront not only to their dignity as women but to the dignity of the members of the Indian Army".

UK Labour MP denied entry to India over Kashmir issue

British Labour MP Debbie Abrahams has reportedly been denied entry into India due to her position as chair of a parliamentary group focused on the disputed region of Kashmir. According to reports from Al Jazeera, Abrahams was rejected on Monday at New Delhi's Indira Gandhi International Airport, where she was unable to clear customs after presenting her valid visa. No official reason for the rejection has been given by the Indian government; however, Abrahams is an outspoken critic of New Delhi's move to revoke the autonomy of Indian-administered Kashmir last August and enforce a military-backed communications blackout.

Two killed in Himachal Pradesh road accident

Two people have been killed in a recent road accident in the state of Himachal Pradesh. According to reports, the accident occurred in the Hamirpur district on Thursday. It's understood that a vehicle with two people inside veered off the road and rolled down a cliff in the Tauni Devi area of Hamirpur, killing both occupants of the vehicle. An investigation into the accident has been launched and remains ongoing.

Gas cylinder blast injures 13 in Rajasthan

At least 13 people have allegedly been injured in a recent explosion, which is thought to have been caused by a faulty gas cylinder. The incident happened at a residential property in the Mohalla Sheikhpura area of Sikar in the state of Rajasthan on Thursday morning. According to reports, nine people have been referred to a hospital in Jaipur. It's beleived that the residents' neighbours had warned them of a possible gas leak earlier that morning.

Aam Aadmi Party wins New Delhi state assembly election

Incumbent Delhi Chief Minister Arvind Kejriwal's Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) has secured victory in New Delhi's state assembly election, which was held over the weekend. The final results were released on Wednesday, confirming a landslide win for the AAP against Prime Minister Narendra Modi's Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The AAP will now serve for a third consecutive term having won 62 out of the 70 seats, while the BJP won the other eight. The election was considered particularly important, as many believed the BJP campaigned on a platform of socially divisive policies and polarising 'hate politics'.

Teen girl gang-raped in Maharashtra

A 16-year-old girl has reprotedly been the victim of a gang-rape in the Solapur district of Maharashtra state. The girl is understood to be a Dalit - the lowest ethnic group in the Hindu caste system. It's believed the girl had been the victim of various sexual assaults over the last six months involving at least 10 different male suspects. The police have launched an investigation and have so far arrested five out of the 10 men accused. Sexual violence against women - especially Dalit women - has long been a major societal issue in India and has inspired a series of protest movements lobbying for law changes in recent years.

Nine killed in Rajasthan bus collision

At least nine people have been killed and 15 others have also been wounded in a bus collision in the Rajasthan state. The accident occurred in the district of Bhilwara, where a passenger bus allegedly collided with a car near Bigod on Monday. The emergency services have responded to the scene of the road accident, while an investigation into the cause has been launched. Most deadly crashes in India are linked to reckless driving and/or poor road safety standards.

Three suspected militants killed in cross-border firing in Poonch

Three suspected Pakistani militants have been killed in a recent cross-border firing incident near the Mendhar area of Poonch in Indian-administered Kashmir. According to reports, the militants were allegedly shot dead in gunfire near the Line of Control (LoC) - the de facto border between Indian-administered Kashmir and Pakistan's Azad Kashmir. It's claimed the suspects opened fire on the Indian forces first, prompting retaliatory fire which left three dead.

Civilian shot dead by suspected militants in Pulwama

An Indian civilian has allegedly been shot dead by suspected militants in the Pulwama district of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The incident reportedly occurred on Sunday evening in the Tral area, where the victim was found dead with gunshot wounds. No claim of responsibility has been made for the shooting and the motive remains unclear; however, the local authorities apparently believed separatist militants were behind the killing.

Woman dies after being set on fire

A woman has died in the central state of Maharashtra after she was set on fire in a brutal attack last week. The victim has been identified as an Indian college lecturer, who died on Monday after she was allegedly set on fire by a man accused of stalking her for months. According to reports, the woman had been on her way to work when she was attacked in the town of Hinganghat, sustaining 40 percent burns to her body, with particularly severe injuries on her scalp, lims, back, and face. In response to the attack, local residents staged a march last week where they demanded the death penalty for the accused.

Person killed in Bihar shooting incident

A person has reportedly been killed in shooting incident in the state of Bihar. According to reports, the incident occurred in the Rohtas district, near the village of Mogara in the Natwar area. The victim is believed to be a truck cleaner and police have launched an investigation into the incident. No suspeccts have been detained thus far and the motive remains undetermined.

'Draconian' law used to extend house arrest on former ministers

A 'draconian' law has reportedly been used by the Indian government to extend the house arrest of two chief ministers in Indian-administered Kashmir, where a controversial communications blackout was enforced last year and hundreds of local leaders were detained amid unrest after the Indian government removed the region's autonomy in a widely criticised move. Mehbooba Mufti and Omar Abdullah have been detained since 05 August 2019 and were set to be released on Thursday. The controversial Public Safety Act (PSA) allows detention without charge for up to two years.

Suspect detained in US embassy child rape case

A 25-year-old man has been detained in connection with a child rape case linked to the US embassy. The suspect was arrested over the weekend after the child's parents filed a police complaint, alleging that their five-year-old daughter had been raped on the premises of the US embassy in the high-security Chanakyapuri enclave of Delhi. The girl was reportedly assaulted on Saturday morning but is said to now be in a stable condition. Her family lives on embassy grounds, where her father works for housekeeping. The accused is understood to be a driver who is not employed by the embassy, but also lives on the grounds with his parents, as his father works there. 

Political party workers clash in West Bengal

A clash has broken out between the workers of two political parties in West Bengal, leaving at least six people injured. Workers from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) reportedly clashed over the construction of a BJP office in the area. According to reports, BJP workers claimed that TMC workers had come to the site to obstruct and interfere with the construction project; however, TMC workers claim that the BJP failed to obtain the necessary permissions for construction - leading to a violent altercation on Wednesday.

IS claim terrorist attack on security forces in Srinagar

The Islamic State (IS) has reportedly claimed responsibility for an attack on the Indian security forces in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir, which left at least one soldier dead. Three suspected terrorists were also killed in the attack on the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) in the Lawaypora area on the outskirts of Srinagar. According to reports, the suspects approached the CRPF on a motorbike and ignored orders to stop, instead opening fire and triggering a fatal shootout. While two of the three suspects were shot dead, the third was injured and managed to flee, but was later apprehended by police and succumbed to his wounds in hospital.

Four terror suspects detained in Pulwama

Four suspected terrorists have allegedly been detained in the Pulwama district of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the suspects were apprehended by the Indian security forces near the Awantipora area on Monday during a security operation. The suspects are apparently suspected of being associates of the Jaish-e-Mohammed terrorist group and will face charges related to aiding and abetting terrorist activity.

State of calamity declared over coronavirus in Kerala

A state of calamity has been declared in the southern Indian state of Kerala over the novel Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nVoC), which has spread from Wuhan, China. The local government declared the state of calamity on Monday after three patients tested positive for the deadly virus in Kerala. It's understood that by making the declaration, resources will be made available which can be put towards containing the spread of the disease. Overall, the virus has killed at least 425 people and infected more than 20,000.

One killed in Bihar shooting

A man has been shot dead following an armed robbery in the Saran district of Bihar state on Monday. The incident allegedly occurred overnight along the Raipura-Marhaura road near Bedwalia. According to reports, the deceased has been identified as a local bank official, who worked at a nearby branch. It's unclear if the robbery was a targeted attack, or a random opportunistic crime. Investigations have been launched.

Civilian killed in Kashmir ceasefire violation

A civilian has allegedly been killed and four others have also been wounded in an apparent ceasefire violation in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The firing allegedly occurred along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Tangdhar area on Monday night. Indian officials have claimed that the victims were Indian civilians who were hit by firing from the Pakistani security forces. Pakistani officials have not responded to the claims.

IED blasts injure two soldiers in Chhattisgarh

Two Indian soldiers have reportedly been injured in separate explosions in the Chhattisgarh state. According to recent reports, it's believed the blasts came from improvised explosive devices (IEDs). One soldier was injured after an IED which had been buried in the ground exploded near Badetewda, in the Kanker area on Sunday. Later that same day, another IED was detonated in an explosion near Potali, in the Dantewada district, leaving a second soldier injured. Neither incident has been claimed, but the authorities are attributing both explosions to Maoist militants, who are known to operate in the region.

Eleven killed in Maharashtra road collision

At least 11 people have been killed and seven others have also been injured in a deadly road accident in the state of Maharashtra. According to local reports, the collision occurred on Monday morning in the Hingona area of Jalgoan, where a truck and an SUV allegedly crashed into each other near Sangve. Investigations into the cause of the crash remain ongoing; however, most fatal road accidents in India are caused by poor road and vehicle safety standards and reckless driving.

Four wounded in grenade attack, Srinagar

Two CRPF jawans and two civilians have been wounded in a grenade attack in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. Unidentified assailants threw the device at a checkpoint in the Lal Chowk area on Sunday afternoon. The security forces have cordoned off the area.

Family of police officer killed in Ranchi

Three members of a police officer's family have been found dead in the city of Ranchi. The wife and two children of the officer, identified as Brijesh, were discovered in their home on Saturday. Ranchi police said the officer is the main suspect in the killing and he has been detained for questioning. 

Hostage-taker killed by police in Uttar Pradesh

A man who held more than 20 children hostage has been killed in a shootout with the police in the Farrukhabad district of Uttar Pradesh. The man has been identified as Subhash Batham, who allegedly organised a fake birthday party for his one-year-old daughter before taking people hostage. He was apparently facing murder charges but out on bail. Batham was shot dead by police following a 10-hour stand-off in which police officers tried to negotiate with him before they had to force their way in. All of the children, aged between six and 15, were brought to safety. Batham's wife however, was apparently beaten to death by local residents when she tried to flee the scene. It remains unclear if she was involved in the hostage-taking or not. According to reports, Batham believed local residents were responsible for his arrest in the murder case and he wanted to take revenge.

Coronavirus case confirmed in Kerala

India's first confirmed case of the novel Wuhan coronavirus (2019-nVoC) has been reported in the southern Kerala state. The case was confirmed on Thursday and the patient is understood to be a student at Wuhan university. The patient reportedly tested positive for the virus but is now in a stable condition in isolation at a hospital.

Gunman fires at anti-CAA rally in Delhi

A gunman has reportedly fired a gun at protesters who were taking part in a rally against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Delhi. The unidentified gunman was apparently shouting as he brandished the firearm during a protest outside the Jamia Millia Islamis (JMI) University in New Delhi on Thursday. According to recent reports from Al Jazeera, the suspect fired one shot, injuring a student named Shahab, who has since been taken to a nearby hospital. The police have reportedly arrested the suspect and are trying to confirm his identity as an investigation gets underway.

Two MPs penalised over protest comments

Two MPs belonging to India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) have been penalised over comments they made against a group of protesters. The MPs, Anurag Thakur and Parvesh Varma, have been removed from a list of 'star campaigners' after making comments against thousands of largely Muslim women who have been protesting in Shaheen Bagh - a Muslim-dominated neighbourhood in Delhi. The continuous peaceful sit-in has been ongoing for more than a month as Muslim women protest the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). Amidst campaigning for the upcoming elections on 08 February, the BJP have been speaking out against anti-CAA protesters; however, Thakur and Varma have been penalised after allegedly inciting harmful violence against the protesters. Thakur encouraged the crowd at an election rally to "shoot the traitors", while Varma warned they would "rape and kill" protesters following a BJP victory.

Eleven Indian fisherman detained in Sri Lankan waters

Eleven Indian fisherman have reportedly been detained by the Sri Lankan Navy in territorial waters off the Sri Lankan coast near the Palk Strait area. The detainees are native to the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu and have reportedly been taken into custody by the Sri Lankan authorities. According to reports, the 11 detainees will be held at Kankensanthurai Naval base - the same facility as four other Indian fishermen who were also detained by the Sri Lankan Navy last week. The fisherman all stand accused of violating territorial waters whilst fishing.

Militant killed in clash with military in Kashmir

A suspected militant has allegedly been killed and an Indian soldier has also been injured following an armed clash in the northern Kashmire region. The altercation reportedly occurred on Monday in the village of Arwani, where a suspected member of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group apparently opened fire on security personnel, prompting a deadly exchange of fire which left the suspect dead. The deceased has been identified as Shahid Khar of Kulgam, and is believed to have been known to the police for militant activity.

Five killed in Tamil Nadu road accident

At least five people have been killed and eight others have also been injured in a deadly road accident which occurred in the Virudhunagar district of the southern Tamil Nadu state. According to reports, the accident occurred during the early hours of Tuesday morning, shortly before 01:00 local time. Two vehicles - a car and a ban - reportedly collided with one another whilst travelling in opposite directions along the Tenkasi-Rajapalayam Road in the Rajapalayam area. The accident occurred at a bend in the road and preliminary investigations have found the driver of the van responsible, due to his reckless driving. About 17 passengers were in the van at the time of the crash.

Militants throw grenade at police post

Militants have thrown a grenade at a police post in Jammu and Srinagar. An officer from the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) was wounded the blast, which took place in the Waniyar Chowk area of Srinagar on Friday. The officer was transported to hospital for treatment. Three Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) fighters were also killed in clashes with the security forces in Tral on Saturday.

Police clash with protesters in Kolkata

The police have reported clashed with a group of people protesting in support of the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in Kolkata, West Bengal. The clash occurred in the Jodhpur Park area of Kolkata on Thursday, leaving at least two Indian police officers injured. According to reports, the police were dispatched to the scene to respond to a group of Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters and Trinamool Congress activists who had gathered there. The CAA was brought in by the Hindu BJP government in late December and has triggered widespread unrest across India for allegedly discriminating against Muslims.

Over 640 suspected militants surrender in Guwahati

More than 640 suspected militants and members of rebel groups have reportedly surrendered with arms in Guwahati. A total of 644 cadres from eight rebel groups allegedly surrendered to the authorities saying want an environment of peace in Assam. The rebel groups included United Liberation Front Asom (ULFA), National Democratic Front of Boroland (NDFB), Rabha National Liberation Front (RNLF), Kamtapur Liberation Organisation (KLO), CPI (Maoist), National Liberation Front of Bengali (NLFB). The Assam Chief Minister Sarbananda Sonowal stated that the government will provide all facilities under the government schemes to those who have surrendered.

Seven villagers found dead in Jharkhand

Seven people have been found dead in the West Singhbhum district in the state of Jharkhand. The dead bodies were discovered just outside of Gulikera village on Tuesday evening. The police have launched an investigation into the deaths, with recent reports indicating they may have leads connecting the deaths to a local separatist tribal movement called Patthargarhi. The group seeks to establish a separate tribal state which would be independent from Jharkhand. It's alleged that the seven victims were local villagers who ere killed for opposing the Patthargarhi movement.

Two militants killed in Pulwama gunfight

At least two suspected militants have allegedly been killed in a recent gunfight with the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, a group of three suspected militants were apprehended by security personnel in the Zantrag Khrew area of the Awantipora subdistrict on Tuesday morning; however, the suspects allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire, leading to a fatal gunfight. While two suspects were shot dead, the third apparently managed to flee the scene. A number of security personnel were also injured in the crossfire. A search operation has been launched in pursuit of the third suspect.

Person killed in Gujarat train collision

A person has been killed and two others have also been injured following an accident involving a civilian vehicle and a passenger train in the state of Gujarat. The accident occurred on Monday afternoon in the village of Mithoi in the Jamnagar area, where the train collided with the vehicle at railway crossing. According to reports, the railway crossing was unmanned and the driver of the vehicle was not prevented from attempting to cross the tracks as the train approached.

Three terror suspects killed in Shopian gunfight

Three suspected terrorists have apparently been killed in a recent gunfight with the Indian security forces in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, the suspects were apprehended during a security operation in the Wachi area of Zainapora in Shopian on Monday morning; however, the suspects resisted arrest and instead engaged in a crossfire. The security forces returned fire, leaving three suspects dead. Various arms and ammunition were recovered from their persons.

Seven killed in Rajasthan road accident

At least seven people have been killed and an eighth person has also been injured in a fatal road accident in the state of Rajasthan. The accident occurred on Sunday night in the Churu district, where an SUV collided with a truck along National Highway 58 near Nama village. According to reports, the casualties have been identified as a group of eight family members, who were travelling in the SUV to Degana when the accident occurred. An investigation into the accident has been launched; however, the cause remains undetermined thus far.

New Delhi to invite Pakistani PM to summit

The Indian government reportedly intends to invite Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan to attend a key summit in New Delhi. The Shanghai Cooperation Organisation (SCO)  summit is being hosted by India and led by China later this year. According to protocol, invites are typically extended to all eight members of the SCO, along with four observer states and other international dialogue partners. Both India and Pakistan were admitted as members to the SCO in 2017; however, relations between the two neighbouring countries have significantly deteriorated in the last year following a series of militant attacks in the disputed Kashmir region and India's controversial decision to strip Indian-administered Kashmir of its autonomy and to enforce a communications black out. The final decision on whether Khan attends the summit will apparently be made by Islamabad. In recent years, both countries have often sent foreign ministers instead of their heads of state.

Man killed in Mathura shooting

A man has been killed in a recent shooting incident in the Mathura area of Uttar Pradesh. The victim has been identified as Pradeep Kumar, a junior engineer for Uttar Pradesh Power Corporation Limited (UPPCL), and he was apparently shot dead by unidentified armed assailants in Mathura on Thursday. A murder investigation has been launched and the body has also been sent for a post-mortem. Preliminary reports suggest the police suspect Kumar may have known his killers.

Students continue to protest against CAA

Students at Jamia Millia Islamia University in New Delhi have continued to protest against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA). The controversial law which was passed by the Hindu-led government will grant citizenship to non-Muslims from three neighbouring countries, sparking outrage among Muslim communities in India, who claim the law is anti-Muslim and violates India's secular constitution. Last month, the university was the scene of unprecedented violence, with students claiming police officers beat them and vandalised classrooms. Since then, the university has become a central point for anti-CAA demonstrations, as students have continued to protest there, leading to significant disruption throughout the surrounding area. Large crowds and demonstrations should be avoided where possible, as they could turn violent very quickly, with little-to-no warning.

Over 70 rescued amid floods in Ladakh

The Indian Air Force has reported rescuing over 70 people amid floods in the northern territory of Ladakh. According to recent statements, IAF helicopters were used to carry out search and rescue operations in Niraq in the Zanskar valley, where 71 trekkers were safely extracted over the last two days. The trekkers were all on the 'Chadar Trek' when they became stranded suddenly after the river suddenly flooded. Over the last week, the northern regions have been received vast amounts of heavy rainfall and snow, leading to fatal weather-related incidents across the Ladakh and Kashmir areas.

Soldier killed in Ladakh avalanche

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in an avalanche in the union territory of Ladakh. The avalanche was apparently triggered by recent heavy snowfall in the northern territory. According to reports, the soldier was buried by snow along with three others near the town of Dras in the Kargil district on Thursday. An emergency search and rescue operation was launched and while three soldiers were pulled out alive, one was confirmed dead at the scene.

Train derailment injures dozens in Odisha

Dozens of people have been left wounded following a train derailment in the state of Odisha. The accident allegedly occurred on Thursday morning at around 07:00 local time near Cuttack, where a passenger train crashed into a goods train, causing it to divert from the tracks. The collision happened between Salagaon and Nergundi stations. It's believed eight coaches of the Mumbai-Bhubaneswar Lokmanya Tilak Express were derailed, while preliminary reports place the casualty figure at around 40 injured, six of them critically. Unconfirmed reports suggest that the accident may have been caused by dense fog.

Partial internet restored to parts of Kashmir

Partial internet services have been restored to some parts of Indian-administered Kashmir, although mobile internet and social media remain widely blocked. Some districts in the Hindu-dominated Jammu region have reported 2G internet and limited broadband services restored, but not in the Muslim-majority Kashmir valley. The internet suspension was enforced back in August 2019, shortly before the Indian government announced their intention to strip the Muslim-majority Kashmir region of its autonomy and split it into two federally-administered territories. Government officials claimed the move was necessary to maintain law and order; however, critics have described the shutdown as undemocratic and draconian. It's expected that internet services will be heavily restricted and censored by the government once they are restores, while social media sites or "peer-to-peer" messaging services like WhatsApp could remain suspended indefinitely.

Hindus rally against planned Jesus statue in Karnataka

Hardline Hindus gathered in the Ramanagara district in the southern state of Karnataka earlier this week to protest against plans to build a huge Jesus statue. Those who took part in the rally are thought to be members of Hindu groups affiliated with the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The protests in Ramanagara were led by far-right Rashtriya Swayamsevak Sangh (RSS), the parent organisation of the BJP among other Hindu groups. "We want to stop [the statue], since it goes against the spirit of communal harmony and encourages religious conversions which is rampantly carried out by Christian missionaries," said Prabhakar Bhat, a top RSS functionary. Plans for the statue put it at 114 feet high - slightly shorter than Rio de Janeiro's Christ The Redeemer. The statue was due to be place on a hill in the Christian-majority village of Harobele; however, construction has bee halted amid protests.

Kerala state challenges CAA law in Supreme Court

The southern state of Kerala has become the first state to legally challenge the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) law, which has triggered nationwide demonstrations. The Kerala government described the CAA as a violation of the secular nature of the Indian constitution and furthermore, accused the national government of intending to divide the country on religious lines. The CAA will grant citizenship to non-Muslims from three neighbouring countries, prompting many to criticise the law for being 'anti-Muslim'. The law has also been rejected in the western state of Maharashtra, where Congress is part of a coalition government. 

Month-long sit-in against CAA continues in New Delhi

A sit-in which has been ongoing for the last month in the outskirts of New Delhi looks set to continue indefinitely. Thousands of protesters - led by mostly Muslim women - have been occupying a stretch of the main road near Shaheen Bagh, a working class Muslim neighbourhood located in the outskirts of the capital city, near Noida. The sit-in is against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) which has sparked widespread protests nationwide. Many see the new law, which will grant citizenship to non-Muslims from three neighbouring countries, as being anti-Muslim and therefore counter to the country's secular constitution. Those opposed to the CAA claim the Hindu nationalist government of Prime Minister Narendra Modi aims to divide Indians by making faith a basis for citizenship. The protests have been severely disruptive and, in some places, have become violent as police clash with demonstrators.

Passenger bus collides with truck in fatal crash

A passenger bus has collided with a truck in a fatal accident in the state of Maharashtra. According to reports, the crash left at least four people dead and around 24 others injured. The accident occurred on Tuesday in the Palghar area, where the two vehicles collided with one another whilst travelling along the Mumbai-Ahmedabad highway near Manor. The cause of the collision remains under investigation following clear up operations.

One killed amid heavy snowfall in Himachal Pradesh

A person has been killed in a weather-related incident after heavy snowfall caused part of a glacier to fall in the Lahaul and Spiti area in the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. The fatal incident occurred on Tuesday in the village of Tyaso, where the victim was reportedly crushed under large pieces of ice after part of the glacier gave way under the wight of heavy snow.

Indian soldier injured in Chhattisgarh IED blast

An Indian soldier has allegedly been wounded following a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the state of Chhattisgarh. The explosion reportedly happened on Tuesday between the Chinnakodepal and Mahadev Ghati areas of Bijapur, where the Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were leading a road clearing operation. The casualty is thought to be a CRPF constable who was seriously injured in the blast. The IED was most likely placed by Maoist insurgents, who are known to operate in the area.

Former village chief killed in Bihar shooting

A former village chief has reportedly been shot dead in a shooting incident in the state of Bihar. According to local reports, the incident occurred over the weekend in the Jigna area of Mirganj, Gopalganj. The death has sparked small-scale local protests which have caused some disruption in the area around Sadar hospital. The motive behind the shooting remains unclear, while no arrests have been made thus far as police continue their investigation.

Heavy snowfall triggers deadly avalanches in Kashmir

Deadly avalanches have been triggered by heavy snowfall in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region, leaving at least eight people dead, while one person remains missing. The Indian Army have been dispatched to parts of northern Kashmir, to assist search and rescue operations. One of the worst affected areas is the Ganderbal district, where the eight civilian fatalities have been reported in the Gund area. The adverse weather has hindered rescue efforts and forced some road closures in surrounding areas.

Police injure two suspects in Karnataka shooting

Two suspected criminals have reportedly been injured in a recent shooting incident in the state of Karnataka. According to reports, the incident occurred near BTM lake in the Ranka Colony road area of Bengaluru on Monday, when two criminals apparently attacked the police officers with a knife whilst attempting to flee the scene of a crime. The police officers opened fire on the suspects in response to the armed approach, leaving both suspects injured.

Two killed in Poonch ceasefire violation

At least two people have reportedly been killed and three others have also been injured in a recent ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) near the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the casualties have been identified as Indian army porters. They were killed after they came under fire from mortar shelling on Friday morning in the Gulpur sector. Indian officials have claimed the fire came from the Pakistani side of the LoC. 

Top court orders review of Kashmir internet shutdown

India's top court has reportedly ordered a review of the communications and internet shutdown which has been enforced in the Muslim-majority Kashmir region. Al Jazeera has reported that court judges have suggested that the lockdown violated the country's telecom rules as, according to law, the suspension of free movement, internet, and basic freedoms cannot be an arbitrary exercise of power. "Freedom of internet access is a fundamental right," Justice NV Ramana said delivering the ruling. The lockdown was first imposed by the government of PM Narendra Modi last August before the region was stripped of its autonomy in a controversial move which sparked widespread violent protests. The indefinite suspension remains in place, with the PM claiming the communication curbs were intended to prevent separatist violence.

Accidental shell explosion kills one in Madhya Pradesh

An accidental explosion from a piece of scrap artillery shell has killed a person in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The blast occurred in a scrap metal shop in the Rajakhedi area of the Sagar district on Thursday. Two others were also critically wounded in the explosion. Reports indicate that the shell had been brought to the shop after being found near an army firing range.

Eight killed in Rajasthan road accident

Eight fatalities have been reported following a deadly road accident in the state of Rajasthan. The crash apparently occurred in the Churu area, where a van apparently collided with a passenger bus on Thursday. At least eight people have been killed and an additional six others have also been wounded. Preliminary investigations have found that the collision was most likely caused by poor weather conditions, as reports indicate there was heavy fog in the area at the time of the accident, which would have significantly reduced visibility.

Teenage girl raped and killed in Kumarganj

A teenage girl has been found dead and three suspects have been arrested on suspicion of rape-murder in the Kumarganj area of South Dinajur, West Bengal. The 17-year-old victim was allegedly raped before she was murdered. Her charred remains were discovered on Monday, sparking a murder investigation. Sexual violence against women in India remains a widespread problem despite recent protest movements and law changes.

Two injured in West Bengal explosion

Two people have been injured following an explosion in Naihati, West Bengal. Police officers were allegedly dispatched to an area along the banks of the River Hooghly after a blast was reported on Thursday. According to reports, it's believed the explosion came from fireworks, which were apparently being illegally disposed of. A number of nearby properties were also damaged in the blast.

Three IS terrorist arrested in Delhi

Three suspected Islamic State (IS) terrorists have apparently been arrested in Delhi. According to reports, the suspects were detained following an encounter in the Wazirabad area of New Delhi on Thursday morning. The arrests were allegedly made by a dedicated specialist counter-terror police unit working in cooperation with the Delhi Police. No further details regarding the suspects, including their identities and nationalities, have been released thus far.

Two anti-CAA protesters detained in New Delhi

Two suspected protesters have reportedly been arrested by the Indian authorities for their alleged involvement in violent anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests in New Delhi. According to local reports, officers of the Special Investigation Team (SIT) of the Delhi Police Crime Branch made the arrests on Wednesday, claiming that the suspects were thought to be connected with acts of violence which were carried out during recent anti-CAA protests in the Seelampur area.

Four injured in Srinagar grenade attack

At least four casualties have been reported following a suspected grenade attack in Srinagar in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to recent reports from the area, a number of suspected militants apparently hurled a hand grenade at a group of people in the Habak area of the city on Wednesday morning. The four who were injured have been identified as civilians - most likely local residents. Investigations have been launched; however, the motive behind the attack has not yet  been determined and no claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Five hundred detained amid protest in Odisha

About 500 protesters have reportedly been arrested by the authorities amid protests in Bhubaneswar in the state of Odisha. Local reports claim that the arrests were made during a 'Bharat Bandh' call by trade unions on Wednesday. Various trade unions have called for a general strike with a 12-point list of demands. Among those arrested include members of multiple trade unions and supporters of the Congress Party. A police presence was deployed to clear the protest areas and will remain in place around the main train station and Bhubaneswar Airport.

Travel advisory issued for Iraq

A travel advisory has been issued for Iraq following recent events which have led to heightened tensions in the region. Indian nationals have been advised to avoid all non-essential travel to Iraq until further notice. The Indian embassy in Baghdad and consulate in Erbil will continue to provide assistance and services to Indian nationals in Iraq. The advisory comes after the Iranian forces carried out retaliatory missiles strikes on air bases housing US forces in Iraq. The strikes were a response to the killing of a top Iranian general in a US airstrike in Baghdad last week. 

Teenager killed in police car crash near Srinagar

A male teenager has reportedly been killed and at least four other people have also been wounded following a car crash involving a police car in the Nowgam area in the outskirts of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, it's believed the police car crashed into the other vehicle, killing the teenager and injuring a female passenger. The accident attracted an angry crowd, leading to a spontaneous protest in which three local residents were also injured after the police officers used force to disperse the horde of people gathering. 

Suspected terrorist killed in Pulwama gunfight

A suspected terrorist has been shot dead amid a gunfight in the Pulwama district of the Jammu and Kashmir region. The suspect was allegedly killed during a crossfire which broke out during a search operation by the Indian security forces. According to reports, the security forces launched the operation on Tuesday morning in the Awantipora area, where they targeted suspected terrorist hideouts in the village of Charsoo. No other casualties have been reported and security operations will remain ongoing in the area.

Execution date set for gang-rape murder suspects

An execution date has been set for four men convicted on gang-rape murder charges. Their victim, a 23-year-old student, died from her injuries 123 days after she was raped and assaulted by the men on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012. The men were sentenced to death by a fast-track court in 2013 and are now due to be hanged on 22 January 2020, although their lawyers apparently plan to launch last-ditch legal challenges. The case sparked massive protests and global outrage at the time, leading to India passing new anti-rape laws.

Student groups clash in Ahmedabad

A violent clash has broken out between two student groups in Ahmedabad, Gujarat. The fighting was first reported on Tuesday, when it's believed a group of students which had gathered to protest the recent violence at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi clashed with another group. According to reports, members of the National Students' Union of India (NSUI) were protesting outside the offices of the Akhil Bharatiya Vidhyarthi Parishad (ABVP) student group, prompting a clash which left at least 10 people wounded. Police officers were dispatched to the scene to disperse the crowds and restore order.

Police file case against student leader linked to JNU attack

Indian police have reportedly filed a case against a left-wing student leader and some 19 others over an incident linked to the violent attack on Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) in New Delhi. At least 32 people were injured in the attack on Sunday, which targeted other students and teachers on JNU campus. The case brought against JNU Students Union President Aishe Ghosh and 19 others regards the alleged vandalising of a server room on campus the day before the attack. Ghosh was among the 32 people who were injured in the mob attack the following day, prompting many to criticise the police for bringing a case against her instead of working to arrest the suspects involved in the attack. Unconfirmed reports suggest the attack was carried out by a right-wing students group; however, no suspects have yet been identified. The police were also criticised for their slow response to Sunday's attack, with many accusing the police department of inaction, leading to protests the following day.

Two killed in Odisha factory gas leak

Two Indian factory workers have apparently been killed in a gas leak incident at a factory in the state of Odisha. The incident was reported on Monday evening, after two workers were found dead at a metalwork factory in the Rourkela area of Odisha. According to reports, preliminary investigations have determined the incident a workplace accident. Such accidents are common across India due to the poor enforcement of workplace safety standards.

Thousands march against new citizenship law in southern India

Thousands of people have joined a march to protest against the new Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) in southern India. More than 100,000 protesters took part in a peaceful march over the weekend, holding placards with slogans such as "Withdraw CAA immediately". The demonstration, dubbed the "Million March", was organised by an umbrella group of Muslim and civil society organisation in Hyderabad. Anti-CAA protests broke out in early December and have been ongoing since with, with at least 27 people killed amid violent unrest and clashes with the police.

Masked mob attacks New Delhi campus

A masked mob has attacked a university campus in New Delhi, leaving dozens of people injured. Suspects armed with sticks reportedly attacked students and teachers at the Jawaharlal Nehru University on Sunday evening, leaving at least 40 people injured. Clashes went on for around two hours with the police eventually intervening. The university has blamed the violence on students opposed to the registration process, while eyewitnesses allege the attackers stormed the campus while a meeting was being held by JNU staff on the issue of violence on campus.

Students rally against campus violence

Indian students have rallied to protest against violence on university campus' after at least 40 students and staff members of the Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) were injured in an attack over the weekend. They were hurt after masked men wielding sticks attacked students and teachers at JNU in Delhi on Sunday. The incident has sparked widespread protests, with students in Hyderabad and Mumbai taking to the streets to rally against the attack.

LGBTQ community joins anti-CAA protests

More than 1,000 members of India's LGBTQ community has rallied with other rights groups to join anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests as they marched in the capital, New Delhi, on Friday. According to local reports, the protesters marched from a square in central New Delhi to Jantar Mantar, a site near the Indian parliament which is a popular spot for demonstrations. Protesters on Friday waved rainbow flags and placards, shouting slogans, such as "We want freedom from fascism". The CAA will offer citizenship to non-Muslims from three nearby countries and has been widely criticised as being anti-Muslim, as it risks marginalising what is already a religious minority in India.

Seven killed in Rajouri bus crash

At least seven people have been confirmed dead after a passenger bus crashed and fell into a deep gorge in Rajouri, Jammu and Kashmir. The accident occurred on Thursday near Lamberi, where it's believed the bus driver lost control of the vehicle, allowing it to veer off the road and roll into the gorge. At least 32 people were on board the bus at the time of the crash. On top of the seven fatalities, over 25 people have reportedly been wounded. The death toll is likely to rise as several of those injured are said to be in critical condition. Investigations into what caused the crash have been launched.

Eighteen injured in 30 vehicle pile-up in Rajasthan

At least 18 people have allegedly been injured following a 30 vehicle pile-up along the Delhi-Jaipur highway in Rajasthan. The accident reportedly occurred on Thursday along a section of the highway which passes through the Alwar district near Dooghera. According to local reports, it's believed the accident was caused by poor driving conditions, as visibility was significantly reduced due to fog.

Protester shot in head amid anti-CAA protests

A protester has allegedly been shot in the head and killed by Indian police amid ongoing anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests. The shooting has sparked public outrage towards the police, with the victim's family claiming he was intentionally killed. At least 25 people have been killed in violent clashes since protests broke out against the CAA last month; however, the police have blamed fatalities on the protesters, claiming they were carrying illegal firearms. Independent investigations into a number of these incidents have suggested otherwise, with the majority of deaths occurring in the state of Uttar Pradesh, where anger against the police has escalated amid recent protests.

Former BJP lawmaker sentenced to life in jail

A former Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) lawmaker has been sentenced to life in jail following a high-profile rape case. Kuldeep Sengar was also ordered by the court to pay 2.5m rupees (£27,000; $35,100) in compensation. The victim claims she approached Sengar for a job in 2017, but was kidnapped and gang-raped for more than a week by him and others. Upon her release, she claims she lodged a police complaint and that officers were initially reluctant to list Sengar as one of the accused, only doing so several months later and not proceeding with investigations. The victim was 17-years-old at the time of the assault, meaning Sengar was tried under child protection laws. The case rose in prominence last year after the victim attempted suicide, accusing the police of inaction. The victim was also seriously injured in a suspicious car crash earlier this year, which killed her lawyer and two of her aunts - prompting the victim's mother to accuse Sengar of orchestrating the accident - a charge he has denied as investigations continue.

Clashes reported between protesters and police in Gujarat

Violent clashes have been reported between protesters and the police in the state of Gujarat. According to reports, the clashes occurred in Ahmedabad on Thursday and at least 30 people were injured, including 12 police officers. The protesters gathered in the Shah-E-Alam area around 17:00 local time to protest against the controversial Citizenship Amendmnet Act (CAA), but were met with force after the demonstration turned violent. A partial shut down has also been enforced in the Vadodara area.

Three dead amid CAA protests

Three people have been confirmed dead amid protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA), which have spread across the country throughout the last week. Two died in Mangalore after police officers opened fire on protesters allegedly trying to set fire to a police station, while another man also died in Lucknow, where violent clashes broke out last night. Thousands of people have also been detained after protest bans were enforced in parts of Delhi, Uttar Pradesh, and Karnataka. The CAA will offer citizenship to non-Muslim illegal immigrants from three nearby countries: Afghanistan, Pakistan, and Bangladesh. Those opposed to the CAA claim it's anti-Muslim and risks marginalisation. Critics claim faith shouldn't be the basis of citizenship and that the CAA undermines India's secular constitution. PM Narendra Modi has dismissed concerns, while a crisis meeting has been called to discuss demonstrations, which are becoming increasingly violent and widespread.

Protests turn violent in Mangaluru

Anti-Citizenship Amendment Act (CAA) protests have turned violent in Mangaluru, Karnataka. Recent reports indicate that at least 22 people have been injured after protesters clashed with police on Thursday. Of those wounded, 20 have been identified as police personnel, along with two civilians. Protesters reportedly began throwing stones, prompting the police to use tear gas and force to disperse crowds. A curfew has been imposed in the Barke, Bunder, Kadri, Pandeshwar, and Urwa areas, while schools and colleges remain closed.

Gatherings prohibited near Red Fort, Delhi

Public gatherings of four or more people have been prohibited near the Red Fort area in Delhi after the government imposed Section 144 of the Code of Criminal Procedure. The ban was brought in as a response to protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act, which has sparked protests across the country. A number of protesters near Red Fort have already been detained by the police. Meanwhile, the ban has also been imposed in Bengaluru, Karnataka, where several arrests have been made.

Fifty protesters arrested in Hyderabad

Around 50 protesters have allegedly been arrested amid protests against the Citizenship Amendment Act in Hyderabad, Telangana. The arrests were apparently made on Thursday, when a group of protesters had gathered outside the Charminar mosque to protest against the bill, which has become a controversial issue after sparking nationwide unrest - particularly amongst Muslim communities, who claim the bill is anti-Muslim.

Protests cause metro station closures in New Delhi

Recent protests in New Delhi have forced at least 18 metro stations to close. Unrest flared up last week in response to the government's Citizenship Amendment Bill, which will allow non-Muslims from three nearby countries to apply for Indian citizenship. The bill has been criticised as anti-Muslim, because it allegedly risks marginalising Muslims in India. Metro stations affected include Barakhamba, Central Secretariat, Chandni Chowk, Janpath, Jama Masjid, Jamia Millia Islamia, Jasola Vihar Shaheen Bagh, ITO, Khan Market, Lok Kalyan Marg, Lal Quila, Munirka, Mandi House, Patel Chowk, Pragati Maidan, Udyog Bhawan, Vasant Vihar, and Vishwavidyalaya.

Two killed in Chandigarh shooting

Two people have reportedly been confirmed dead following a shooting incident in Chandigarh. According to reports, the shooting occurred in a residential apartment in Sector 15 of Chandigarh city at around 22:00 local time on Wednesday evening. So far, two males have been identified as the decease and are thought to have been shot dead by unidentified gunmen in a targeted attack. The motive behind the shooting remains under investigation.

Supreme court to hear petitions against Citizenship Amendment Act

The supreme court in India has announced its intention to hear petitions against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act next month amid nationwide protests. The federal government has been told to prepare a response to the petitions, but the law itself has not been stayed. So far the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) government has largely ignored protests against the law, which will offer citizenship to non-Muslims from three nearby countries. The government claims the law will protect people from persecution; however, those opposed to it argue it risks marginalising Muslims in India.

Dozens arrested amid violent protests in Mau

Dozens of arrests have been made by the police amid violent protests in Mau, Uttar Pradesh. At least 28 people have been detained in connection with unlawfully violent or disruptive demonstration in the Hajipura Chowk area. The protesters had gathered to rally against the controversial Citizenship Amendment Act. The new law will enable non-Muslims from three nearby countries to apply for citizenship in India, sparking outrage amongst Muslim communities and nationwide protests. 

People hit by train in fatal incident in Delhi

Three people have reportedly died after being hit by a train in Delhi. According to recent local reports, the accident occurred on Tuesday near Shivaji Bridge in the Barakhamba area of New Delhi. A group of five people were hit by the train, leaving three dead and two others injured. An investigation into the accident has been launched and remains ongoing. India has a poor rail and road safety record while a high number of fatal incidents recorded in the capital every year.

Violent protests continue in Delhi

Violent protests have continued to cause severe disruption in parts of Delhi. The Seelampur area of the capital city has been one of the worst affected areas, with crowds of protesters throwing stones at police officers. The police have reportedly responded to the violence by deploying tear gas and using batons to control the crowds. At least several protesters and officers have been injured so far. The protests erupted across the country in response to the Citizenship Amendment Act - a new law offering citizenship to non-Muslims from three nearby countries. Muslim protesters are claiming the act will risk marginalising them. There have also been reports of a police station being set on fire and buses being vandalised.

Hundreds detained amid Kerala protests

Hundreds of people have been detained by the police amidst protests in the southern state of Kerala. Some 233 arrests have been made within the last 12 hours after the police responded to a number of protests which had been arranged by various organisations to demonstrate against the amendment to the Citizenship Act. The amendment has proven controversial, sparking widespread disruptive unrest across the country as many oppose the government's move to allow non-Muslims from Muslim-majority countries to claim citizenship. Arrests were made after violent unrest broke out in the Palakkad, Malappuram, Kozhikode, Kannur, and Kasargod areas. A statewide strike has also been called in Kerala and is currently underway.

Internet suspension to remain in place amid protests in parts of Assam

An internet suspension which was enforced in parts of West Bengal and Assam following the outbreak of protests last week is due to remain in place for at least another 24 hours. According to reports, the authorities are in the process of gradually restoring internet services across different areas; however, the internet suspension is expected to remain in place in 10 districts of Assam: Lakhimpur, Tinsukia,Dhemaji, Dibrugarh, Charaideo, Sivasagar, Jorhat, Golaghat, Kamrup (Metro) and Kamrup.

Protests erupt across India

Protests have been reported across India over a controversial new law on migrants, causing widespread disruption. The new law would entitle non-Muslim migrants from three Muslim-majority countries to citizenship if facing religious persecution. The protests have taken place in a number of major cities, with clashes reported between protesters and the police. The police have used tear gas and also detained a number of protesters in the capital city of  Delhi, where buses have been set on fire and roads have also been blocked. The northern and eastern parts of India have been worst affected by the unrest, with the authorities shutting down internet services in several cities. Tens of thousands of people are expected to participate in a massive demonstration against the law in West Bengal, led by Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee and her ruling Trinamool Congress Party. Critics of the law mostly claim it is anti-Muslim, while others fear large-scale migration. So far, six people have been killed amid the unrest since protests broke out last week.

Activist shot dead in Odisha

An activist has been shot dead near unknown assailants in the Kandhamal district of Odisha. Abhimanyu Panda was targeted outside his house in the town of Balliguda on Tuesday. Police said they were hunting for two gunmen on a motorcycle.

Parliament approves citizenship bill, sparking protests

India's parliament has approved a contentious citizenship bill, sparking protests in several areas of the country. The Citizenship Amendment Bill, which grants citizenship to minorities but excludes Muslims, was passed on Wednesday. Flights to and from Dibrugarh, Guwahati have been cancelled due to protests in Assam state. "Due to the prevailing situation in Assam, flights to/from Dibrugarh are cancelled for today. Flyers can choose an alternate flight or get a refund," IndiGo said. Other airlines have also cancelled their services. Thousands of paramilitary forces have been deployed to Guwahati in response to the unrest.


Dozens killed in factory fire, Delhi

At least 43 people have been killed in a factory fire in the Indian capital, Delhi. Around 100 people were sleeping inside the building when the fire broke out on Sunday morning. More than 60 people were rescued from the factory, which a local fire chief said was operating illegally and didn't have a proper fire license. The owner of the factory has been arrested. Prime Minister Narendra Modi called the fire "horrific" and sent his condolences.

Woman set of fire before rape hearing dies of injuries

An Indian woman who was set on fire before she could testify against her alleged rapists has died of her injuries. The 23-year-old woman was attacked on Thursday as she walked to a hearing in Unnao in Uttar Pradesh state. Five people have been arrested over the attack, including the alleged rapists. The victim's sister said the family would fight for justice and called for the death penalty for her attackers.

Landslide blocks Jammu-Srinagar highway

A landslide has blocked a section of the Jammu-Srinagar highway, causing significant travel disruption in the northern region. According to reports, the highway has been closed as teams are dispatched to clear up the landslide, which hit a stretch of the highway in the Ramban district on Thursday. Although there have been no casualties, around 1,000 vehicles have been stranded on the highway. The cause of the landslide remains unclear, but it may have been related to recent heavy snowfall in the region.

Police kill four rape suspects in Hyderabad

Four men suspected of raping and killing a 27-year-old female vet have been shot dead by police in Hyderabad. The suspects were allegedly taken back to the scene of the crime during the early hours of Friday morning to reconstruct the crime. It's claimed the police were forced to open fire after the men tried to grab the officers' guns and escape. Two police officers were also injured in the scuffle. Widespread outrage was sparked over the victim's rape last week after her charred remains were found under a bypass - leading to protests against alleged police inaction. Many local residents have celebrated the death of the suspects, with thousands taking to the streets to hail the police.

Woman injured in acid attack, Andhra Pradesh

A woman has been left injured after she was the victim of an acid attack in the state of Andhra Pradesh. The attack allegedly occurred on Wednesday night on the Samatha Nagar road in the Gajuwaka area of Visakhapatnam. According to reports, the victim was on her way to attend a function when she was attacked by another woman, who fled the scene following the incident. The motive behind the attack and the identity of the perpetrator remain undetermined as investigations are launched.

Fatal road accident reported in Madhya Pradesh

A fatal road accident has apparently been reported in the state of Madhya Pradesh which has left at least nine people killed and 10 others injured. The accident occurred on Thursday morning in the city of Rewa near the Gudh bypass, where a private bus reportedly collided with a truck. According to reports, the two vehicles crashed in a head-on collision. The injured have been transferred to hospital, while the emergency services continue to attend the scene of the accident - the cause of which still remains unclear.

Woman set on fire on way to rape case hearing

A woman has been set on fire on her way to a rape case in northern India. The incident occurred in the Unnao district of Uttar Pradesh. The 23-year-old woman was an alleged rape victim was on her way to a hearing in the case she had filed against two men, when she was attacked and dragged her to a nearby field where they set her on fire. She is now in critical condition in hospital, where she's receiving treatment for severe burns. The police have launched an investigation and have arrested five men, including two of her alleged rapists.

Soldier killed in blizzard, Bandipora

An Indian soldier has been confirmed dead after they got caught in a blizzard in Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the blizzard hit in the Gurez area of Bandipora on Tuesday, bringing extreme cold weather, heavy snowfall and strong winds. Heavy snowfall has caused disruption across the northern Kashmir region. Earlier this week, it was reported that at least three Indian soldiers had allegedly died after an avalanche hit their base in the Tangdhar area of Kupwara.

Six border police killed in friendly fire, Chhatisgarh

Six border police personnel have apparently been killed and two others have also been wounded in a suspected case of friendly fire in the state of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred in the Narayanpur district on Wednesday morning, when a member of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police (ITBP) force opened fire on his colleagues before turning his weapon on himself. According to reports, the incident was reported at the Kadenar camp. The suspect is said to be among those dead. Unconfirmed reports indicate the suspect was upset after being refused leave.

Two killed in Uttar Pradesh shooting

Two people have been killed in a shooting incident in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. According to local reports, the shooting took place over the weekend in Ghaziabad, where two people were apparently gunned down by three armed suspects outside the Ambrosia palace, a hotel in the Vaishali area. It's believed the victims had been attending a wedding and that they knew their attackers. The police suspect that the incident may have been motivated by a personal dispute. Arrest warrants have been issued for the three suspects.

Naxal militants kill two civilians in Maharashtra

Two civilians have apparently been killed by Naxal militants in the state of Maharashtra. According to reports, the victims were targeted by the militants and taken from a village in the Etapalli area of the Gadchiroli district during the night before being killed. It's believed they were killed for supporting the authorities by working in the Surjagarh mines. Naxal militants often kill local civilians in areas where they are active on suspicion of supporting the authorities or being police informers.

Seventeen killed in wall collapse, Tamil Nadu

At least 17 people have been killed after a wall collapsed amid heavy rainfall in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. The accident happened on Monday in the village of Nadur near Mettupalayam in the Coimbatore district. The wall reportedly gave way following a bout of heavy rain and collapsed on residential properties, burying four families while they slept. Adverse wet weather has been affected the area recently and is expected to continue to do so over the next 24 hours, with a red weather alert issues throughout coastal areas in the state. Areas such as Puducherry and Chennai have also been adversely affected, with school closures enforced by the local authorities.

Two militants killed by security forces in Jammu and Kashmir

Two militants have been killed by the Indian security forces in Jammu and Kashmir. One suspect was killed on Monday night, while a second militant died during clashes in Shadimarg on Tuesday. Meanwhile, several people were wounded when a grenade was thrown near the gates of Kashmir University in Srinagar.

Man killed in wedding shooting, Uttar Pradesh

A man has reportedly been killed in a recent shooting incident, which occurred during a wedding ceremony in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The incident apparently happened during a wedding on Sunday in Hapur, where unidentified suspects allegedly opened fire, leaving one person dead and at least four others injured before fleeing the scene. The police have launched an investigation into the incident, with preliminary findings suggesting they believe the shooting may be related to a personal feud between the victim and the suspects.

Student protests against fee hike continue

Student protests against a fee hike have continued at Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU). The protests have continued for almost four weeks now, bringing the JNU to a standstill for almost a month as students continue to campaign against an increase in accommodation fees at the top university. Under the new proposed fees, students will face an average increase of approximately 1,000 percent to pay for housing on campus, in addition to new service costs, such as electricity and sanitation. The structure has been criticised as prohibitive, excluding students from poorer backgrounds. Thousands of students have joined in with the protests, leading to widespread disruption and outbreaks of violence as protesters clash with the police.

Soldier killed in Rajasthan training accident

An Indian soldier has apparently been killed and another has also been injured in a training accident in the state of Rajasthan. The accident reportedly occurred on Wednesday during a tank exercise near Phalsund town in the Jaisalmer sector. No details have been given regarding precisely how the soldier died. Reports indicate the military exercise involved the movement of T-90 tanks - a third-generation Russian battle tank used by the Indian Army since 2001.

Police round up students protesters in Delhi

The police have rounded up student protesters in the capital city of Delhi, briefly detaining some 50 people. The protesters gathered outside the campus of Jawaharlal Nehru University and had planned to march towards central New Delhi, but where held back by baton-wielding police officers. The protest had been organised in response to proposed fee increases a the public university, with demonstrations against the issue now entering their second week. The police reportedly started detaining protesters after clashes broke out, with an unconfirmed number of casualties reported.

Six killed in Siachen Glacier avalanche

At least six fatalities have been reported after an avalanche hit the Siachen Glacier in the northern Kashmir region near the Chinese border. According to Al Jazeera, four Indian soldiers and two civilian porters died after the avalanche hit a patrol team. A group of eight had been patrolling near a post in the northern part of the Himalayan glacier at an altitude of 5,485 metres (17,995 feet) when the avalanche occurred on Monday. Search and rescue teams pulled eight people from the snow; however, despite best efforts, six of them succumbed to extreme hypothermia. Two surviving soldiers are undergoing treatment. An army post was also hit by the avalanche, but no fatalities were reported there. The glacier sits on the northern tip of the Line of Control (LoC) which divides India and Pakistan-administered Kashmir, with both countries deploying troops at Siachen. Avalanches are common on the glacier, with many soldiers dying from the harsh weather conditions.

Soldier killed in Jammu IED blast

An Indian soldier has allegedly been killed and two others have also been injured in a suspected improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the Jammu district of the disputed Jammu and Kashmire region. According to reports, the explosion occurred on Sunday morning in the Pallanwalla area of Akhnoor, near the Line of Control (LoC) which separates Indian-administered Kashmir from Pakistani-administered Kashmir. According to local reports, it's believed the IED was likely planted by Islamist militants.

Fourteen killed in Rajasthan road accident

At least 14 people have been killed and 18 other have been injured following a crash between a bus and a truck in the state of Rajasthan. The crash occurred in the Bikaner district on Monday. The bus was en route to Jaipur from Bikaner when it collided with the truck near the Dungargarh area during the early hours of the morning. Ten fatalities were confirmed at the scene, while four others succumbed to their injuries in hospital. The cause of the accident remains under investigation.

Supreme Court to review ruling on female entry to Hindu shrine

The Supreme Court has agreed to review last year's ruling on the entry of women to the Sabarimala shrine in the southern state of Kerala. Last year, a five-judge bench ruled that keeping women out of the Hindu shrine was discriminatory and that women of menstruating age should be allowed to enter the temple. The ruling was met with widespread outrage and has proven controversial, leading to massive protests over the issue. The decision by the Supreme Court to review last year's landmark ruling is likely to anger women who fought hard to win the right to enter the temple.

Six injured in West Bengal clash

At least six people have reportedly been injured following a clash between political party members in West Bengal. The altercation allegedly broke out in the Ghola area of Panihati, in the North 24 Parganas district, between members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and members of the Trinamool Congress (TMC). Local reports claim that gunshots were heard during the clash, although the police have yet to confirm whether or not those injured were wounded by gunfire. Investigations into the incident remain ongoing.

Two terror suspects killed in Bandipora

Two suspected terrorists have allegedly been killed along with an Indian security official during a clash in the Bandipora district of the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The clash occurred over the weekend near the Lawdoora area, where the Indian security forces reportedly encountered a number of armed suspects. The incident led to a brief but deadly gunfight which left three dead.

Two terror suspects killed in Kashmir clash

Two suspected terrorists have allegedly been killed in an armed encounter with the Indian security forces in the disputed Kashmir region. According to reports, the security forces came across a number of armed suspects in the Gund area of the Ganderbal district in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The suspects reportedly opened fire, sparking a gunfight which left at least two suspected terrorists dead.

Water cannons used against student protesters

Water cannons have reportedly been used against student protesters in India. Thousands of students from Jawaharlal Nehru University (JNU) clashed with the police, amid massive protests over a hostel fee hike. The protesters had gathered outside an auditorium in Delhi, where a graduation ceremony was taking place on Monday morning. Water cannons were reportedly used after students broke through barricades and surged forward. Students have been protesting against a proposed 150 percent hike for the last fortnight. Protesters warn the demonstrations will continue until demands are met, while some students have made allegations of excessive force by the police, claiming women have been mishandled, while others have questioned the use of water cannons.

Two injured in ceasefire violation across LoC

Two casualties have been reported following an apparent ceasefire violation along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. Reports claim that the Pakistani border security forces opened unprovoked fire across the LoC on Monday, prompting the Indian army to retaliate. It's alleged that two civilians were injured and their houses were also damaged, supposedly in the Uri district of Indian-administered Kashmir.

Maoist insurgents kill civilian in Chhattisgarh

Maoist insurgents have allegedly killed a civilian in the state of Chhattisgarh. According to local reports, the victim was abducted by the insurgents last week and accused of being a police informer before he was killed over the weekend. The victim's body was later found on Sunday in the Kamapara area of Jagargund in the Sukma district. 

Cyclone Bulbul kills 13 across India and Bangladesh

At least 13 deaths have been reported across India and Bangladesh after Cyclone Bulbul hit coastal areas over the weekend. More than two million people were displaced by the cyclone, forced to spend the night in storm shelters as the the cyclone brought severe heavy rainfall and winds of up to 120kph (75mph). Seven fatalities were reported in the Indian state of West Bengal and six were reported in Bangladesh, where most died after being hit by falling trees. It's believed widespread early evacuations prevented further casualties. Two fishing boats carrying more than 30 men failed to return, sparking search and rescue operations. Many sea ports and airports in the region have had their operations suspended due to the storm, leading to significant travel disruption.

Three injured amid stormy weather in Mumbai

Three casualties have been reported in storm-related incidents in Mumbai, Maharashtra. According to reports, three people were injured and taken to hospital for treatment after a tree fell on them in the Chembur East area on Thursday. The tree was brought down by strong winds as stormy weather hit the region yesterday. The incident is thought to be isolated with few other weather-related disruptions reported in the area.

Two killed in Karnataka stoning

Two people have allegedly been stoned to death in the state of Karnataka. According to reports, they couple were targeted by friends and family members for marrying outside their respective castes. The inter-caste marriage was apparently against the wishes of the family, but the couple eloped and wed despite this. Although the pair married several years ago, they had only recently returned to their home village of Lakkalakatti in Gadag. Upon their return, they were both stoned to death. The police are now investigating the incident, although no arrests have been made thus far.

Soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a recent cross-border firing incident along the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, a ceasefire violation was recorded across the border near the Krishna Ghati area of the Mendhar sub-division during the early hours of Friday morning. It's believed the Indian forces exchanged artillery fire with the Pakistani security forces, although it's unclear which side opened fire first.

Soldier killed in clash with Maoist insurgents in Chhattisgarh

An Indian soldier has allegedly been killed along with an unknown number of suspected Maoist (Naxalite) insurgents during a clash in the state of Chhattisgarh. Fighting reportedly broke out in the Bijapur district on Thursday morning near the Tonguda-Oamed area whilst the security forces were out on patrol. Local reports claim the insurgents attacked the security forces, leading to a fatal exchange of fire, which left one soldier dead.

Avalanche kills two in Kupwara

Two people have been confirmed dead after they got caught in an avalanche in the Kupwara district in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The avalanche occurred in the mountainous Jhumgund area near the Line of Control (LoC), with search and rescue teams confirming the two fatalities on Thursday morning. According to reports, it’s thought the avalanche was triggered by unexpected heavy snowfall, which has caused widespread disruption across the Kashmir region, with hundreds of motorists stranded on the Jammu-Srinagar highway.

Heavy snowfall causes disruption across Kashmir

Heavy snowfall has caused travel disruption across parts of Kashmir, with the arterial Jammu-Srinagar Highway closed for traffic - cutting the Kashmir valley off. All flights to and from Srinagar Airport have also been cancelled due to the adverse flying conditions and reduced levels of visibility. More than 2,000 vehicles have allegedly become stranded along the highway due to the closure. Power cuts have also been reported in some areas, due to trees and branches falling on power lines.

Mob kills suspected criminal in Jharkhand

A suspected criminal has reportedly been beaten to death by an angry mob in the state of Jharkhand. According to reports, two suspects were apprehended by the mob on suspicion of theft in the Dhanbad area on Tuesday. The mob allegedly beat up both suspects overnight in the Govindpur Colony area of Dhanbad, leaving one suspect dead and the second injured. The police have launched an investigation into the lynching and have made at least five arrests.

Storm warning issued in Odisha

Weather warnings have been issued in the eastern coastal state of Odisha over a storm which is forecast to bring wet and windy conditions to the area over the next few days. According to reports, the Indian Meteorological Department issued the warning on Tuesday, advising residents of a depression in the Bay of Bengal which is expected to strengthen throughout the course of the next 24 hours. It's possible the storm could intensify into a cyclonic storm, potentially causing significant widespread disruption. The storm's current trajectory looks set to take it towards West Bengal and Odisha before hitting Bangladeshi coasts. Fishing activities have been advised against in the affected area for the next 72 hours.

Fatal shooting reported in Tamil Nadu

A fatal shooting incident has allegedly been reported in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The incident apparently occurred in the Kelambakkam area  of Chennai on Tuesday morning. The police have confirmed that a 19-year-old student at the polytechnic college was found dead on Barkavi Avenue. It's believed the victim knew his killer, with unconfirmed reports claiming the shooter had been a friend of the victim. The motive behind the killing remains unclear as the police continue with investigations. No arrests have been made thus far.

Lawyers strike over police clashes in Delhi

A strike has been launched by lawyers to protest against alleged police clashes in the capital city of Delhi. The strike was launched on Monday 04 November and will continue through to Tuesday 05 November. The protest action was organised following violent clashes between lawyers and police officers outside Tis Hazari Court on Friday 02 November, which left at least 20 police personnel and several lawyers injured. Further strikes and demonstrations remain possible.

Two Maoist insurgents killed in Chhattisgarh

Two Maoist (Naxalite) insurgents have allegedly been killed in a clash with the Indian security forces in the state of Chhattisgarh. According to reports, the clash occurred in the Katekalyan area of the Dantewada district on Tuesday. A team of District Reserve Guard (DRG) personnel were reportedly on patrol through the area when they encountered a number of armed insurgents, leading to a crossfire which left two of them dead.

Local official burnt to death in property dispute

A local official has allegedly been burnt to death in her office in Abdullahpurmet, in the southern state of Telangana. According to reports, Vijaya Reddy, a revenue officer, died from her injuries at the scene of the attack on Monday. The attack is thought to have been motivated by a property dispute. Reddy reportedly entered her office with the suspect, identified as K Suresh, who is thought to have locked her in before attacking her. Two staff members were also injured trying to save Reddy, one of whom later died from his injuries. The suspect has been apprehended by the police as investigations continue.

Grenade attack reported in Srinagar

A grenade attack has been reported in the city of Srinagar in the Kashmir region. At least one fatality has been confirmed, while around 34 others have also been injured. According to Reuters, the blast occurred on Hari Singh High Street in the centre of the city. Three Indian paramilitary police officers are thought to be among those injured in the attack. Most of the casualties have been taken to nearby hospitals, with one person reported to be in critical condition. No claim of responsibility has been claimed for the attack thus far as investigations and search operations are launched.

Lawyers clash with police in Delhi

Indian police officers have reportedly clashed with lawyers in the capital city of Delhi over the weekend. Clashes allegedly broke out near Tiz Hazari Court, where at least one lawyer was reported to be wounded in police firing. The casualty was transferred to St Stephen's Hospital for treatment and is not thought to be in a critical condition. Several vehicles which were in the area were also torched amid the violence.

Severe pollution prompts car rationing in Delhi

A car rationing system has been launched in the Indian capital of Delhi, as air pollution reach hazardous levels. Between Monday 04 November and 15 November, only cars with either off or even number plates will be allowed on the roads each day. The system has been used before, although there's no substantial evidence that the measure actually helps bring down pollution, with crop burning from neighbouring states, not cars, thought to be the main cause of Delhi's toxic air. Health officials have advised people to stay inside and avoid physical activity due to the heightened risk of respiratory illness. Schools will remain closed until Tuesday, with the possibility for the shutdown to be extended until Friday.

Uttar Pradesh villagers clash with police

A violent clash has been reported in the state of Uttar Pradesh over the weekend, where a scuffle allegedly broke out between police officers and villagers in the Nihal Purwa area of the Gonda district. According to reports, local residents were protesting against alleged police high-handedness outside the office of the district magistrate. The crowds then moved towards the residence of the divisional commissioner, where they blocked the Lucknow-Gonda road. The police were dispatched to the scene to disperse the crowds; however, protesters began clashing with the police, leaving at least nine police officers wounded. No protesters were arrested following the clashes.

Jammu and Kashmir formally divided

The disputed Jammu and Kashmir region has been formally divided by the Indian government into two new federally-administered territories. According to reports, Jammu and Kashmir will make up one territory, while the Ladakh area will form another separate one. Ladkah border a disputed part of China and was formerly considered to be part of the Kashmir region. The two new union territories will now be ruled directly by Delhi and will hold far less autonomy from the federal government than states do.

India denies WhatsApp hack amid outrage

The Indian government has denied claims that it was behind a WhatsApp hack earlier this year. WhatsApp has filed a lawsuit against Israeli firm NSO Group, alleging it was behind the cyber-attacks which affected the platform in April and May. NSO Group makes software for surveillance but claims it doesn't use its software itself, instead selling its services to government agencies. After WhatsApp revealed that a significant number of Indian journalist and activists were among those targeted, some activists and politicians in India have pointed the finger at the Indian government. 

Gas masks distributed to students in Delhi

Millions of gas masks have allegedly been distributed to students in Delhi due to toxic air, which has promoted the authorities to declare a public health emergency. According to reports, five million masks have been handed out through schools in the capital, where a supreme court mandated panel imposed several restrictions in the city, along with two neighbouring states, after air quality deteriorated to 'severe' levels. All construction has been halted for a week and fireworks have also been banned in light of the situation.

Sea travel warning issued for Arabian Sea

A warning has been issued against travel in parts of the Arabian Sea until Monday 04 November. According to reports, Indian fishermen have been advised by the Indian Meteorological Department against heading out to sea during certain times due to hazardous weather and sea conditions, which are expected to last for the next four days. A total suspension of fishing activities has been enforced on Thursday in light of the warning. The advisory applies to the central, east-central, and south-east parts of the Arabian Sea.

Orange rain alert issued in Kerala

An orange weather alert has been issued in the southern state of Kerala for heavy rain. Severe wet weather is forecast to affect the southern region over the next 24 hours, potentially causing significant disruption across the state. The India Meteorological Department reported on Tuesday that the orange alert will apply to the Alappuzha, Ernakulam, and Idukki districts for Wednesday 30 October, while a yellow alert has also been issued for the Kollam, Palakkad, Trissue, and Trivandrum districts.

Militants kill truck driver in Anantnag

A truck driver has reportedly been killed in the Anantnag district of Indian-administered Kashmir. It's believed the driver was attacked and killed by suspected militants. According to recent reports, the attack occurred on Monday evening in the Kanelwan area of Anantnag. The suspects allegedly fled the scene immediately after the attack and no arrests have been made thus far as investigations get underway. Other such incidents have been occurring throughout the area in recent weeks, with yesterday's attack the fourth recorded incident of a fatal militant attack on a civilian so far this month.

Protesters clash with security forces in Jammu and Kashmir

Violent clashes have been reported between protesters and the Indian security forces in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, at least four people have been injured amidst the violence, which allegedly broke out on Tuesday across Kashmir, but mainly in the city of Srinagar. The protests coincided with a scheduled visit to Srinagar by a delegation of 23 EU representatives. Local officials have apparently been forced to shut downs parts of the city in response to the clashes.

Grenade attack injures 20 in Sopore

At least 20 people have allegedly been injured in a grenade attack in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, suspected terrorists threw a grenade at a bus stand in Sopore on Monday. Six of the 20 casualties are said to be seriously injured and have been referred to a hospital in Srinagar. The security forces have cordoned off the area and have launched an investigation into the attack, although no arrests have been made so far.

Three Maoist rebels killed in Kerala

Three Maoist rebels have allegedly been killed in the Palakkad district, in the south-western state of Kerala. According to reports, the rebels were killed during an armed encounter, which occurred on Monday along the Agali-Ooty road, which runs through part of the Manjakandi forest. It's believed the security forces were on patrol along the route at the time of the clash. The security forces had reportedly dispatched personnel to the area after receiving reports of suspected rebel activity.

Rescue operation launched to save toddler from well

A major rescue operation has been launched to save a toddler from a well in Tamil Nadu. The two-year-old boy fell down the narrow well on Friday, with rescue efforts now going into their third consecutive day. The boy was apparently stuck about 10 metres down, but has since fallen further into the 180-metre-deep well. Rescuers are said to be concentrating on pumping oxygen to the boy; however, layers of mud mean they can't check the boy'd condition. Heavy machine is being used to dig a second hole parallel to the well.

Two truck drivers killed in Shopian shooting

Two male Indian truck drivers have allegedly been killed and a third has been injured in a recent shooting incident in Shopian. According to recent reports, the incident occurred on Thursday in the Chitragam area, where the victims were apparently attacked by armed militants. It's believed the militants opened fire on the truck drivers before setting fire to their vehicles. It remains unclear which group the militants belonged to as investigations are launched into the killings.

Civilian killed in cross-border firing

An Indian civilian has allegedly been killed in recent cross-border firing in the Kupwara sector of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred within the last 24 hours near the Karnah area, where Indian military officials claim the Pakistani security forces commenced unprovoked firing across the Line of Control (LoC), which the Indian forces responded to with retaliatory fire. According to reports, it's claimed an Indian woman, who has been identified as Hameeda Fatima, was killed in the shelling.

Sikh pilgrimage corridor agreement signed

India and Pakistan have both signed the Sikh pilgrimage corridor agreement. Foreign ministers from both countries signed the deal at the border near the Kartarpur shrine in Pakistan on Friday, enabling as many as 5,000 pilgrims to use the passageway to visit the holy site without a visa. The signing of the agreement has come at a time when diplomatic tensions between India and Pakistan remain high due to clashes in the past year over the Kashmir region and over militant attacks. Some have seen the brokering of the deal as a small step towards the two countries potentially resuming talks following the spike in tensions.

Local vote held in Kashmir despite lockdown

A local vote has been held in Indian-administered Kashmir, despite an ongoing lockdown, which was enforced in the disputed region after the Indian government revoked the region's autonomy in early September. According to Al Jazeera, the village council elections have gone ahead, while hundreds of political leaders remain in jail, prompting most parties to boycott the election as a farce. The low turnout is being seen as a protest against the imprisonment of most opposition politicians and the undemocratic nature of the election.

Ruling BJP loses majority in key state election

The ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has lost a majority in a key state election. The latest results indicated that the BJP has won or is leading in 38 seats in the northern state of Haryana - leaving it eight seats short of the simple majority needed to retain power. The state has become a key indicator of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's popularity, with the party's failure to secure an outright majority there being seen as a potential setback for the PM. Another key state was the western state of Maharashtra, where BJP and its ally, Shiv Sena, have managed to hold onto power.

Police officers wounded amid Mumbai protest

At least seven Indian police officers have allegedly been wounded amid a protest in Mumbai, Maharashtra. According to reports, the officers were injured in the Kurla area of Chembur in Mumbai, where a group of protesters had gathered for a demonstration to protest alleged inaction by the police over a recent suicide incident. Protesters reportedly blocked off access to the Chembur Naka area and began throwing stones at police officers when they were asked to move out of the road.

Soldier killed in terrorist shootout in Naushera

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a recent exchange with suspected terrorists in the Naushera area of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, a Junior Commissioned Officer (JCO) of the Indian Army was fatally injured after a number of terrorists opened fire on a security post within the last 48 hours. A shootout broke out following the attack; however, no further casualties have been reported.

Security forces attacked in Srinagar

The Indian security forces have allegedly been attacked in the northern city of Srinagar in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The incident reportedly occurred on Wednesday, when a petrol bomb was thrown at security personnel near Tatoo Ground in the Batmaloo area of the city. No casualties have been reported as a result of the attack, which came a day after suspected militants set fire to a grocery store in the Kulgam area of Srinagar.

Three suspected terrorists killed in Awantipora

Three suspected terrorists have allegedly been killed in recent security operations in the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the Indian security forces engaged in an armed altercation with a number of armed suspects in the Awantipora area on Tuesday. The suspects were thought to be members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militant group.

Ceasefire violation reported along Line of Control

Another ceasefire violation has been reported along the Line of Control, just days after deadly cross-border firing was allegedly exchanged between the Indian and Pakistani armed forces. The recent clash was reported in the Balakot sector of Mendhar in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. Indian sources have claimed that the Pakistani forces opened unprovoked fire across the border, killing to civilians in the village of Gohlad. Pakistani officials have not commented on the claims.

Heavy rainfall kills five in Karnataka

At least five fatalities have been linked to recent heavy rainfall in Karnataka, where red alerts have been issued for rain as of Tuesday morning. According to local reports, the deaths were reported in parts of north and south Karnataka, including the Belgaum, Raichur, Koppal, and Haveri districts. Heavy rainfall often causes fatal localised flash floods and landslides, while collapsing roofs and walls can also claim lives. Further heavy rainfall is forecast to affect the region from Wednesday through to Friday, with a red alert issued for most of Karnataka.

Landslide kills eight in Uttarakhand

At least eight people have allegedly been killed after a landslide hit in the Uttarakhand state. The landslide reportedly occurred over the weekend in the Rudraprayag district, where three vehicles were buried, leaving eight people dead. According to reports, the landslide was apparently triggered by recent heavy rainfall which had been affecting the area.

Nine soldiers killed in ceasefire violations

Nine Indian soldiers have allegedly been killed and several others have also been injured following ceasefire violations int he disputed Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. According to reports, the violations occurred in the Jura, Shahkot and Nousehri sectors along the Line of Control (LoC), in Jammu and Kashmir. Fatal cross-border clashes and ceasefire violations are frequently reported along the LoC, with both sides typically accusing each other of unprovoked attacks.

Nine police officials wounded in West Bengal protest

At least nine police officials have reportedly been wounded after a local protest turned violent in West Bengal. The clash allegedly occurred on Sunday in the Paschim Medinipur district in the village of Goaltore. According to recent reports, the police were attempting to dismantle a roadblock which had been set up by protesting locals along the Humgarh-Garbeta state highway when the violence broke out, leaving nine police officials injured, while four vehicles were also damaged.

Blast kills truck driver in Maharashtra

An explosion has killed a truck driver in the state of Maharashtra over the weekend. The incident happened along the Mumbai-Bengaluru highway near Kolhapur. According to reports, a 45-year-old truck driver was pronounced dead at the scene after the emergency services were called to respond to reports of a vehicular blast along the highway. It's believed the driver had been transporting a box containing explosive materials, which apparently exploded whilst he was handling it. An investigation into the incident remains ongoing.

Political leader killed in Lucknow shooting

A right-wing political leader has reportedly been shot dead in Lucknow, Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the victim has been identified as Kamlesh Tiwari - president of the right-wing Hindu Mahasabha party. The incident allegedly occurred on Friday outside his office in the Khurshed Bagh area, where unidentified assailants allegedly opened fire on Tiwari before fleeing the scene. The attack appears to have been a targeted killing, which was most likely politically-motivated. The police have launched an investigation into the murder; however, no suspects have been identified.

Cab drivers to launch indefinite strike in Telangana

Cab drivers for ride-sharing apps are reportedly planning to launch an indefinite strike on Saturday 19 October. The strike has been organised as cab drivers demand better working conditions and higher pay per kilometre. Drivers are also calling for a compulsory 'know-your-customer' system, which registers customer information in the interest of driver safety. Driver working for Uber an Ola (ride-sharing apps) are said to be taking part in the strike, which will coincide with the ongoing Telangana State Road Transport Corporation strike, leading to significant travel disruption.

Border guard killed in clash with Bangladeshi border forces

An Indian border guard has allegedly been killed by the Bangladeshi border security forces in an armed clash on Thursday. The incident occurred along the Padma River near the border, where Bangladesh has banned fishing. An Indian fisherman had allegedly been fishing in the river and was detained by the Bangladeshi forces. An altercation then broke out between the Bangladeshi and Indian forces, when an Indian border guard allegedly intruded into Bangladesh to try and take away the detained Indian fisherman. The Bangladeshi border force claimed they opened fire in self-defence, leaving one Indian guard dead and another injured.

Five injured after school bus overturns in Madhya Pradesh

At least five children have allegedly been injured after their school bus overturned in the state of Madhya Pradesh. According to recent reports, the accident occurred in the Hoshangabad area, where the bus driver supposedly lost control of the vehicle and it overturned early on Friday morning. The injured children have reportedly been transferred to a nearby hospital. The cause of the accident remains unclear as investigations get underway. Most rad accidents in India area linked to reckless driving and/or poor road and vehicle safety standards.

Three separatist militants detained in Assam

Three separatist militants have allegedly been arrested by the authorities in the Assam state. According to reports, the arrests were made in the Kokrajhar area on Wednesday, where three members of the National Democratic Front of Bodoland were detained in the Ripu Forest Range near the Indo-Bhutan border region. Various firearms and ammunition were also recovered from the site. It's believed the three suspects had recently been recruited to the group.

Civilian killed by militants in Pulwama

A civilian has allegedly been killed in a gun attack by suspected militants in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Recent reports indicate the attack took place on Wednesday in the Kakapora area of Pulwama, where suspected militants supposedly targeted a local workers. The male victim has not been identified in the press, but is thought to have been a brick kiln worker from Chhattisgarh. The incident comes less than three days after a truck driver was also shot dead by suspected militants in Shopian. It's feared militants have begun to target workers from out of state, to install fear and disrupt trade.

Fire breaks out in commercial building in Mumbai

At least four people have been injured after a fire broke out in a 22-storey commercial building in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The blaze reportedly occurred on Monday afternoon in a business park on the Veera Desai Industrial Estate near the Andheri area of Mumbai. According to reports, the fire broke out in the electrical duct of Tower A of Peninsula Business Park, with the blaze affecting from floor six to floor 12. Between 40-0 people who were inside the building at the time were rescued by fire crews. 

Truck diver killed in suspected militant attack in Shopian

An Indian truck driver has allegedly been killed and a second person has also been injured following a suspected militant attack in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir. The attack reportedly occurred on Monday in the Shirmal area, where at least two armed militants supposedly killed the truck diver and left a farmer injured. Local reports indicate the police have launched an investigation into the incident, with search operations ongoing for two suspected militants who managed to flee the scene immediately after the attack. The motive behind the attack remains unclear. Preliminary investigations indicate one of the militants was a Pakistani national - suggesting the militants were likely members of the Pakistan-based terrorist group, Jaish-e Mohammad (JeM) - which has carried out a number of deadly attacks in the disputed Kashmir region in recent years.

Four killed in Hoshangabad road accident

At least four people have been confirmed dead and three others have also been wounded following a road accident in Hoshangabad, in the state of Madhya Pradesh. According to reports, the crash occurred on Monday morning, leaving four national hockey players dead. The cause of the accident remains unclear as police investigations are launched; however, preliminary reports indicate the accident may have been linked to reckless driving. Most fatal road accidents in India are caused by poor road and vehicle safety standards.

Woman stabbed to death in Mumbai

A woman has reportedly been stabbed to death and a second person has been injured following a stabbing incident in Mumbai, Maharashtra. The stabbing allegedly occurred on Sunday after a verbal altercation broke out between the victims and the suspect. According to reports, a man identified as Kishan Jaideep Mandal has been arrested in connection with the incident and is expected to face charges of murder and attempted murder. 

Five injured in Srinagar grenade attack

At least five people have been injured following a grenade attack in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the attack occurred over the weekend in the Hari Singh high street area of Srinagar. It's alleged that suspected terrorists threw a grenade at the victims before fleeing the scene. A police operation has been launched, with the affected area cordoned off and a hunt underway to track down the suspects. It remains unclear why the victims were targeted although it's believed the motive was related to terrorism.

Gas cylinder blast kills 10 in Uttar Pradesh

A gas cylinder blast has reportedly killed at least 10 people in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The blast allegedly occurred on Monday in the Walidpur area of the Mau district, in a two-storey building, which collapsed after the explosion and was engulfed in fire. According to reports, rescue efforts remain ongoing amid fears that a number of people remain trapped under the rubble. An inquiry has been ordered into the accident, as it remains unclear precisely what triggered the blast. Preliminary investigations have suggested that the building may not have been up to date with modern safety regulations.

Foreign national sexually abused by police officer in Maharashtra

A foreign national is pressing charges against an Indian police officer in the state of Maharashtra over allegations of sexual abuse. The victim, an Uzbek national, has accused the police officer of raping her multiple times in Mumbai. It's alleged that the offences took place over the last 15 years and that the woman was also coerced into getting abortions several times after becoming pregnant as a result of rape. According to reports, the victim initially established contact with the suspect because he had promised to help her extend her visa to stay in India. An investigation has been launched and remains ongoing.

Almost 650 weapons confiscated in Maharashtra

At least 648 weapons have reportedly been confiscated by law enforcement in the state of Maharashtra amid police operations. A further 28 bombs were also seized during the raids, which were carried out in the last two weeks in preparation for state elections, which are due to be held in Maharashtra on Monday 21 October. The security agencies stated that all of the 648 weapons which were confiscated were unlicensed and that an additional 264 bullets were also seized. The police also seized a collective 68.8m rupees (about £775,000; or $968,000) in cash, as well as large amounts of alcohol, drugs, and precious metal.

Passenger bus hits pedestrians in Bulandshahr

At least seven people have been killed after a passenger bus ploughed into pedestrians in the Bulandshahr district of Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the accident occurred on Friday morning near Narora. The bus driver had allegedly been speeding at the time, causing him to lose control of the vehicle, hitting a group of pilgrims who had been sleeping along the roadside. The victims have been identified as four women and three children.

Local elections to be held in Kashmir amid lockdown

Local elections are due to be held in Indian-administered Kashmir amid a lockdown and with a large number of politicians detained. The polls will be the first in the region since it was stripped of its special status in August. Polling will take place on 24 October, with votes to be counted the same day. The elections have draw widespread criticism from political opposition for taking place with most of the state's political leaders in detention amid a crippling communications blackout. They have been criticised as a 'sham' and a 'joke on democracy', with many warning that a political vacuum in the state will only serve to install further distrust in the Indian government.

Civilian killed in police raid in Haryana

A civilian has allegedly been killed following a police raid in the state of Haryana. The raid was reportedly carried out in the Desu Jodha area on Wednesday, where officers had launched an arrest operation to detain a suspected drug dealers. According to reports, the raid turned violent when local villagers defended the suspect and attacked the police, prompting the police officers to open fire. As a result of the clash, six police officers were injured and one villager was killed.

Baby abducted from bus stand in Uttar Pradesh

An eight-month-old baby has reportedly been abducted from a bus stand in the state of Uttar Pradesh. CCTV footage from the Roadways Bus stand in the Galshaheed area of Moradabad in Uttar Pradesh shows a woman picking up the sleeping baby, covering him a shawl, and walking away. A man - thought to be the woman's accomplice - is also featured in the footage. According to reports, the pair had been speaking with the baby's mother earlier that same day, before taking the baby from her side whilst she slept. An investigation has been launched with a search out for the two suspects.

Ten drown in Parbati river amid festivities

At least 10 people have drowned during festivities in the Parbati river, where a group of people had been submerging a decorated statue in the river. The practice is known as idol immersion and in this case, the group had been paying homage with a clay statue of Durga, a Hindu goddess. The incident occurred on Tuesday in the Dholpur area of Rajasthan. It's been reported that a boy jumped into the river to bath but started to drown, prompting others to jump in after him in a bid to save him; however, they also drowned. Search operations have only managed to pull seven bodies from the water so far, with three people still missing and feared dead.

Two killed in anti-insurgent operations in Chhattisgarh

Two people have been killed amid anti-insurgent operations in the state of Chhattisgarh. One Indian soldier and one suspected Maoist Naxalite insurgent were both killed in an exchange of fire in the Katekalyan area of the Dantewada district in Chhattisgarh on Tuesday morning. The altercation took place at around 09:00 local time, with some reports claiming both fatalities were a result of a shootout between the security forces and the insurgents; however, unconfirmed reports have claimed that the solider passed away from a heart attack, unrelated to the clash.

Terror suspect killed in Awantipora clash

A suspected terrorist has allegedly been killed during an armed clash with the Indian security forces in the Awantipora area of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the altercation occurred in in the early hours of Tuesday morning in the outskirts of Awantipora town, where a group of suspected terrorists allegedly opened fire on the armed forces, prompting a heavy armed retaliation which left one suspect dead. A substantial amount of arms and ammunition belonging to the suspects were also discovered at the scene. A joint investigation has been launched with the police to identify the deceased, alongside a search for those who managed to flee the scene.

Four drown in Tamil Nadu reservoir

Four people have been confirmed dead after they drowned in a reservoir in Tamil Nadu. According to reports, six family members were stood in waist deep water holding hands near Pambar dam when one of them slipped, pulling the others with them. One member of the family was able to save one of his sisters; however, his wife and his three other siblings drowned. It's been reported that the group had been trying to take a selfie when the accident occurred. India has the highest number of recorded selfie deaths in the world, accounting for about half of the 259 reported selfie-related fatalities between 2011 and 2017.

Border security deployed near border after drone sighting

Indian border security forces have allegedly been deployed to the Firozpur Hussainwala part of the Punjab border near Pakistan, after a drone sighting was reported. It's alleged the drone belonged to the Pakistani forces; however, this has not been confirmed. A search operation has been launched following the sighting, with border security personnel prepared to shoot down any further drones spotted in the area.

Six wounded in Anantnag grenade attack

At least six civilians have been wounded in a grenade attack in the Anantnag area of Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. The attack reportedly occurred over the weekend in the city. The attack was allegedly carried out by suspected militants outside the deputy commissioner's office. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack and no arrests have been made.

Local political leader in Maharashtra shooting

A local political leader for the Bharata Janata Party (BJP) has reportedly been killed in the state of Maharashtra. The victim was reportedly killed in a shooting incident alongside four others in the Bhusawal area on Sunday. According to reports, the shooting occurred in the evening at around 21:30 local time in what's thought to have been a targeted attack. The police have launched an investigation into the case and at least three suspects have been detained in connection with the murders.

Stormy weather forecast for Maharashtra

Stormy weather has been forecast for the state of Maharashtra, with weather warnings issued for expected heavy rain, strong winds, and potential thunderstorms. Dozens of people are killed every year by lightning strikes in India, with field workers and farmers particularly vulnerable, as they are often expected to continue working through thunderstorms. Over the next 24 hours, adverse weather is predicted to affect Mumbai and surrounding areas. Potential travel disruption should be anticipated and people have been advised to monitor local media for updates.

Seven killed as boat capsizes in West Bengal

At least seven fatalities have been confirmed after a boat capsized in West Bengal on Thursday. According to local reports, seven people have been killed, while a further 50 others remain missing as search and rescue operations remain ongoing. It's feared the death toll is likely to rise substantially. The accident occurred along the Mahananda River near Jagannathpur Ghat in the Mahanandapur area of the Malda district. No details have been given on what caused the accident, but it's likely the boat capsized because it was overloaded - as is often the case with such boats in India.

Police officer killed in IED blast

An Indian police officer has allegedly been killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Chhatisgarh state. According to reports, the officer was a member of the District Reserve Guard and had been on duty in Sukma when the explosion occurred on Tuesday. The security forces were allegedly out on patrol between the villages of Mundwal and Dondipadar, within the limits of the Pushpal police station. No claim of responsibility has been made for the blast; however, it's suspected the IED was planted by Maoist Naxalite insurgents, who are known to be active in the region.

Terror alert issued in Delhi

A terror alert has been issued in Delhi after the police and security forces allegedly received information indicating that four armed members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group had recently travelled to the Delhi region with possible intentions to carry out a violent attack. According to reports, the police have launched multiple raids and search operations in select neighbourhoods of Delhi, with an orange alert in place at key military installations. Heightened security measures have also been deployed to major Indian Air Force bases in Srinagar, Awantipora, Jammu, Pathankot, and Hindon.

Seven killed in bus accident

At least seven people have been killed in a bus accident in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The fatal accident occurred on Thursday morning, during the early hours at around 01:30 local time. It's been reported that the bus driver lost control of the vehicle near Raisen, causing the bus to veer off the flyover and into the canal below. The bus had been en route from Raisen to Chhatapur. According to reports, seven people have been confirmed dead, while more than 36 others have also been injured in the accident. Rescue operations remain ongoing as investigations into the cause of the crash are launched.

Violent gang clash reported in Maharashtra

A violent clash has been reported between gang members in the state of Maharashtra, leaving at least three people dead. According to reports, the fighting broke out on Monday in the Amravati district, where clashes went on into Tuesday as well. One person was confirmed dead on Monday evening, while the other two fatalities occurred on Tuesday in Paratwada. The violence was triggered by a dispute between two local gangs and has led the authorities to enforce a curfew in the towns of Paratwada and Achalpur, until 02 October. At least 14 people have also been arrested in connection with the violence.

Bomb attack foiled in Kashmir

An attempted bomb attack has reportedly been foiled in Kashmir after 15kg of explosives were discovered on a public transport bus in Jammu. According to reports, the explosives were found on a bus which had travelled to Jammu City from Billawar Tehsil in the Kathua district. The discovery was made when the bus pulled in at a bus stand on KC road. The Indian police have launched an investigation into the incident and are working alongside the counter-terrorism department. At least one arrest has been made in connection with the incident. The suspect has not been identified but is being held in police custody for questioning.

Two terror suspects killed in Kashmir security operation

Two suspected terrorists have allegedly been killed in a security operation which remains ongoing in the disputed Kashmir region. According to recent reports, the operation is being carried out by the Indian security forces in the Ganderbal area of India-administered Kashmir, where a number of armed suspects were allegedly encountered, leading to a fatal exchange of fire with the security forces. A cache of weapons and ammunition has also been discovered and seized during the operation - which has been ongoing since Saturday 28 September. 

Fatal bus crash reported in Gujarat

At least 21 people have been killed and several others have been injured in a bus crash which occurred in the Gujarat state on Monday. The accident happened in the Banaskantha area near Trishulia Ghat, where the luxury bus reportedly overturned whilst transporting more than 50 passengers. According to reports, the emergency services have responded to the scene and have launched rescue operations to retrieve trapped passengers. Further details surrounding the accident, including what may have caused it, remain unclear as investigations get underway. Most fatal road accidents in India are linked to reckless driving and poor road and vehicle safety standards.

Boat capsizes in West Bengal

A boat has capsized in West Bengal, triggering search and rescue operations in the Rupnarayan river. The accident reportedly occurred on Monday morning at around 09:30 local time in the Mahishadal area of the East Medinipur district. According to reports, at least 26 people have been rescued from the river so far, while at least 24 others remain missing and are feared dead as emergency search operations continue. It's believed the boat had been carrying at least 50 people at the time of the accident; however, a precise figure remains unknown.

More than 100 dead in floods

More than 100 fatalities have been reported amidst severe widespread flooding in the states of Bihar and Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, state officials from Uttar Pradesh claim as many as 93 people have been killed since Thursday, while the death toll in Bihar is at least 29. One of the worst affected areas was the city of Patna in Bihar, where boats have been deployed to assist aid operations. Railway lines, road transport, healthcare services, schools, and power supply in both states have been adversely affected by the floods, which by heavy downpours over the last week. The Indian Air Force has been asked by Bihar state government to assist operations to pump out water.

Minibus accident leaves 13 dead in Rajasthan

At least 13 people have reportedly been killed and as many have been injured in a minibus accident in the state of Rajasthan. The accident allegedly occurred on Friday in the Balesar area near Jodhpur, where a private minibus crashed into an SUV. The injured have been transferred to MDM hospital in Jodhpur. The minibus had been travelling from Balesar to Jodhpur, in the opposite direction to the other vehicle. It remains unclear what may have caused the accident as investigations continue.

Six killed in Tripura bus crash

At least six people have reportedly been killed and nine others have been injured after a bus crash occurred in western Tripura on Thursday. The accident allegedly happened in the Bishramganj area of the Sepahijala district, where a passenger bus collided with a jeep. According to reports, a police officer confirmed that four people were killed in the spot and 11 others were injured; however, two of the casualties, including the driver of the jeep, later succumbed to their injuries, raising the death toll to six. It remains unclear what may have caused the accident as investigations go froward, although it's suspected that reckless driving may have played a factor.

One killed in West Bengal hospital fire

A person has been confirmed dead after a fire broke out in a hospital in West Bengal on Friday morning. According to local reports, the victim got caught in the fire and burned to death, while at least nine others were also injured in the blaze. The fire broke out in the Coronary Care Unit (CCU) of the North Bengal Medical College and Hospital, located in the Siliguri area of West Bengal. It has since been confirmed that the fatality was a patient at the hospital, as were the nine other casualties, who have all been relocated to a private hospital following the incident. Investigations into what caused the fire have been launched, but remain ongoing with no conclusive results thus far.

Flash floods leave 19 dead in Pune

At least 19 people have been killed and some 11 others remain missing after heavy rainfall caused widespread flash flooding across Pune in the state of Maharashtra. According to reports, the deaths have all been recorded over the course of the last 48 hours. Thousands of people have also been evacuated from their homes throughout the area, with flood water doing significant damage to residential properties. Further heavy rainfall has been forecast for the region over the next 24 hours, and is expected to worsen current flood conditions.

Indian soldier injured in LoC mine blast

An Indian soldier has allegedly been injured following a mine blast along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region. According to reports, the soldier had been on duty at the time and was transporting goods to another army post in the Sawjian area of Mandi tehsil in the Poonch district when he accidentally triggered a land mine which had reportedly been buried near the LoC.

Two children beaten to death in Madhya Pradesh

Two children have allegedly been beaten to death in the state of Madhya Pradesh. Two men have been arrested by the police on suspicion of murder. It's alleged that the two boys, aged 10 and 12, were attacked by the two men after they were caught defecating on the side of a road in the village of Bhaukhedi - an officially-declared 'open defecation free' village. The childrens' family stated that they did not have a toilet, forcing the boys to go outside. Open defecation has been a problem in India, which often puts young children and women at risk. Prime Minister Narendra Modi has been praised for working to reduce by making toilets more accessible and affordable.

Heavy rainfall leaves 11 dead in Maharashtra

At least 11 deaths have been reported in rain-related incidents throughout the last 24 hours, as heavy rainfall continues to lash the Maharashtra state. According to reports, hundreds of people, as many as 500, have been evacuated from the houses in Pune, which has been one of the worst affected areas, with a wall collapse killing a number of people on Wednesday. Significant flooding has been reported, while further heavy rainfall has been forecast for the area over the next few days, to be accompanied by thunderstorms.

Violent clashes reported in Odisha

Violent clashes have left at least two people dead in the state of Odisha. Fighting broke out earlier this week in the Bhandari Mal area over a family dispute. It's believed the argument started out due to a number of group of males from one family allegedly making inappropriate remarks towards several women from another family from Talipada in Bhandari Mal. Two people have been confirmed dead, while another two have been injured and five others have been arrested by the police, who intervened in the violence.

Road accident kills 10 in Haryana

A road accident has left at least 10 people dead and an eleventh person injured in the state of Haryana. According to reports, the accident occurred on Tuesday evening at around 23:00 local time near the village of Ramrai. It's believed an the driver of an oil tanker lost control of his vehicle and crashed into an auto-rickshaw. It's unclear precisely what caused the tanker driver to lose control as investigations continue.

Security alert issued over terror threat

The Indian authorities have issued a security alert over a recent terror threat letter. In the letter, at least 30 cities are identified, along with several high-level politicians, as the intended targets of planned terror attacks. Prime Minister Narendra Modi, Home Minister Amit Shah, and National Security Advisor Ajit Doval are among the politicians identified in the letter, which allegedly came from Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) - a Pakistan-based terror group. The threat letter was supposedly issued in response to India's decision to strip the disputed Kashmir region of its special autonomy last month.

Earthquake hits Pakistan-administered Kashmir

A 5.8-magnitude earthquake has been reported in Pakistan-administered Kashmir. The US Geological Survey (USGS) said the quake hit 22km north of the city of Jhelum on Tuesday. At least 19 people have been killed and 300 others wounded in the worst-hit districts of Mirpur and Azad Kashmir, according to Pakistan's chief meteorologist Muhammad Riaz. Tremors were also felt in several parts of India and Pakistan.

Two Maoists killed in Andhra Pradesh clashes

Two Maoist rebels have been killed in clashes with the Indian security forces in Andhra Pradesh state. The incident took place in a forest area in the Visakhapatnam district late on Monday. Troops also recovered three weapons from the rebels following the exchange.

Al Qaeda suspect in Jharkhand

An al Qaeda suspect has allegedly been detained by the authorities in Jharkhand. The suspected terrorist has been identified as Mohamad Kalimuddin Muhajiri, who was detained by the Anti-Terrorist Squad at Tatanagar train station in Jamshedpur on Sunday evening. According to local reports, Kalimuddin was wanted by the authorities on a number of terrorist-related offences.

Former minister arrested for sexual assault

Former government minister, 73-year-old Swami Chinmayanand, has been arrested on charges of sexual assault. According to reports, Chinmayanand has been charged with "misusing authority for sexual intercourse" - a lesser charge than rape. The victim is said to be a woman who was a student at one of several colleges run by him. It's claimed the abuse took place over the course of several months. Chinmayanand denies the charge, but if convicted he could face a jail sentence of up to 10 years.

Firing reported along LoC

Cross-border firing has been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in Indian-administered Kashmir. It's been alleged that unprovoked firing began over the LoC into the Poonch district on Thursday 19 September, leading to an exchange of gunfire as the Indian border security forces returned fire. The Indian authorities have accused the Pakistani security forces of instigating the crossfire and violating the ceasefire agreement. No response has been given to the allegations from the Pakistani side. No casualties were reported as a result of the clash.

Fire reported at plant in West Bengal

A fire has reportedly broken out at the Haldia Petrochemical plant in West Bengal. Local reports indicate the blaze broke out at the factory on Friday morning in the East Medinipur area of Haldia at around 11:15 local time. It's believed as many as 15 people have been injured in the fire - all of whom are thought to factory workers. At least six of the injured are said to be in critical condition. It's unknown what caused the fire as investigations get underway. The plant was a joint venture between the state government and oil companies.

Flood relief operations ramped up in Uttar Pradesh

Flood relief and rescue operations have reportedly been ramped up amid a worsening flood situation in the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the authorities requested that rescue and aid efforts be sped up to address the increasingly dire need for relief in the eastern parts of the state, which was one of the worst-affected areas by recent heavy rainfall which triggered the floods.

Militant posters threatening Kashmiris

Kashmiri residents are allegedly being threatened by posters which have purportedly been put up by militants. It's been reported that militants have ordered local business owners and shop owners not to open up, while bank employees have reportedly been threatened not to turn up to work. According to reports, threatening posters have been put up in public markets and mosques with various orders and prohibited behaviour. No further details have been reported thus far; however, the Indian government recently used the growing issue of militancy in Kashmir to justify stripping the disputed region of its special autonomy last month, before enforcing a controversial communications black out and lock down in the region.

Heavy rainfall alerts issued in central India

Heavy rainfall alerts have been issued across parts of central India. The authorities have issued alerts to the central Maharashtra state on the west coast, along with the central state of Telangana, and Andhra Pradesh state on the east coast. Over the period of the next 24 hours, heavy rains are expected to affect the aforementioned regions, causing disruption and heightening the risk of potential flash floods. An orange alert has been issued in Mumbai, the capital city of the Maharashtra state, where widespread flooding has caused widespread disruption in recent weeks.

Seventeen killed in lightning strikes across Bihar

At least 17 deaths have been recorded in the state of Bihar as a result of lightning strikes. According to reports, 17 people have been killed in lightning-related incident within the last 24 hours as stormy weather continues to lash parts of India's north-eastern region. Four deaths have been reported in the Kaimur district, four in Gaya, three in Motihari, two in Arwal, two in Jahanabad, one in Ara, and one in Katihar. A flood alert has been issued on Wednesday for all districts in Bihar along the River Ganges, which is at a high risk of bursting its banks and causing flash floods - particularly in the Patna area.

Detention of Kashmiri MP sparks outrage

The detention of a senior Kashmiri MP has sparked outrage and generated heated debate in India. Veteran Kashmiri parliamentarian and former chief minister Farooq Abdullah has been detained under the Public Safety Act, which allows detention without formal charge for two years. Abdullah had previously been under house arrest with a number of other Kashmiri leaders, politicians, and prominent figures. His detention has been widely criticised as 'draconian', with many warning it sets a dangerous precedent and is indicative of the Indian government's approach to Kashmir - which was controversially stripped of its special status and autonomy last month, with the entire region placed on lockdown.

Four soldiers wounded in cross-border firing

At least four Indian soldiers have allegedly been wounded in a recent cross-border firing incident in the disputed Kashmir region. The firing reportedly took place across the Line of Control (LoC) in the Poonch district of Indian-administered Kashmir. Indian authorities claim the soldiers were fired upon in an unprovoked attack from the Pakistani side of the LoC, leaving four soldiers injured. It's believed the Indian security forces responded to the attack - most likely with return fire, although no Pakistani casualties have been reported.

Thousands evacuated amidst floods in Madhya Pradesh

Tens of thousands of people have reportedly been evacuated from their homes amidst widespread flooding in the Madhya Pradesh state. Around 45,000 residents have allegedly been relocated to temporary shelters and safer ground due to flash floods brought on by recent heavy rainfall. The worst affected areas are thought to be the Neemuch and Mansaur districts, where the vast majority of the evacuations have taken place. At least 150 relief camps have been established in neighbouring districts to provide aid. Further heavy rainfall is forecast for the region over the next few days and is expected to affect both districts, as well as the Alirajpur and Agra Malwa areas

JeM sends bomb threat letter to Rohtak Railway

The Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group has allegedly send a bomb threat letter to Rohtak Railway station officials, threatening to target a number of train stations in bomb attacks. According to reports, stations in Rohtak, Mumbai, Chennai, and Bengaluru were among 12 identified in the letter, which was reportedly received by Rohtak Railway Superintendent Yashpal Meena on Sunday. The letter threatened to bomb the train stations, along with a number of temples, on Tuesday 08 October. An investigation has been launched into the threat and additional security measures have been put in place.

IED blast injures seven in Odisha

At least seven people have been injured in an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in Odisha. According to reports, the blast occurred in Puri, where a clash broke out between two rival groups in the village of Anatirisa. The violent dispute broke out between the two local groups over the weekend and escalated when one of the participants threw an IED at the other group. The police were called to respond to the incident and reportedly discovered an additional four IEDs, which were confiscated and defused.

Twelve killed in Andhra Pradesh boat capsize

At least 12 fatalities have been confirmed after a boat capsized in Andrha Pradesh. More than 20 others remain missing following the accident, which occurred on the Godavari river in Rajahmundry on Sunday. According to the BBC, the boat had been transporting some 60 people to a popular tourist spot when it hit a large rock in the river. Although 26 people have been safely rescued, search and rescue operations remain ongoing for the 20 still unaccounted for. It's believed the impact of the accident was worsened by the fact that it occurred in a somewhat remote forested area of the river, with poor communication facilities - making emergency response slow. Investigations have also found that the tourist boat had been operating without a license and may have been over capacity.

Thousands detained in Kashmir within last month

Thousands of Kashmiris have allegedly been detained by the security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir throughout the last month. According to recent reports, an estimated 3,800 arrests have been made in the region, which was placed on lock down last month after the Indian government revoked Article 37, thereby stripping the area of its special autonomy. The Kashmir region is claimed in full by both India and Pakistan, but both only control parts of it. It remains unclear what charges have been made under, although it's believed that some 200 politicians and 100 activists are among those who have been arrested. 

Lightning strikes kill nine in Jharkhand

At least nine people have been killed and 23 others have also been injured amid lightning storms in the state of Jharkhand. The adverse weather has mainly affected the Garhwa area, where all nine fatalities were recorded on Thursday. According to recent reports, the local authorities stated that in all cases, deaths were directed linked to the recently deceased failing to take appropriate shelter during the lightning storm. People have been reminded to seek shelter in secure structures in dry areas to avoid casualties. 

Congo fever kills two in Rajasthan

At least two recent deaths have been confirmed as being related to Congo fever in the state of Rajasthan. According to reports, the local authorities stated that two people had recently died from the disease following an outbreak. The western part of the state is thought to be worst-affected, with both fatalities reported from there, in Jodhpur and Jaisalmer. A public health advisory has been issued reminding people to seek medical attention if experiencing a sudden onset of symptoms, including dizziness, high fever, muscle ache, neck pain and stiffness, backache, headache, sore eyes, and nausea.

Eleven dead after boat capsizes in Bhopal

At least 11 fatalities have been reported after a boat capsized in Bhopal city, Madhya Pradesh. According to reports, the accident occurred at around 04:30 local time on Friday morning, when the boat was transporting a group of 16 people across Lower Lake. The boat allegedly capsized near the Khatlapura Ghat area. Five people were rescued, while 11 others drowned following the accident. It remains unclear what caused the boat to capsize as investigations continue.

Violent protests take place in West Bengal

Violent protests have taken place in West Bengal, where local residents gathered to demonstrate against recent price hikes to electricity tariffs in the Kolkata area. According to reports, the protest started out peacefully on Central Avenue on Wednesday, but quickly turned violent when the police used water cannons and tear gas to disperse the crowds. A number of protesters were injured in the violence, while several were also arrested. The protest had been organised by the youth wing of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

Over a dozen rescued from Mumbai building collapse

More than a dozen people have reportedly been rescued from a collapsed building in Mumbai, Maharashtra. According to reports, the three-storey building's structure gave way on Tuesday evening at around 21:15 local time. The incident occurred near Crawford Market in the southern part of Mumbai city. The emergency services responded to the scene and search and rescue operations were immediately launched, with at least 14 people being pulled from the rubble. The cause of the collapse is under investigation; however, preliminary findings suggest the building may have been old and not up to date with modern building safety standards. Mumbai has also been adversely affected by severe wet weather recently, which likely played a role in the accident.

Three killed in Bihar crossfire

Three people have been killed and 10 others have been injured amidst a shooting incident in the Bihar state. The crossfire occurred in the village of Panchayat in the Rustampur area of Bihar on Monday. According to local reports, an altercation broke out between two rival groups over a disagreement. The row turned violent when gunshots were fired, leading to a fatal crossfire which left three dead.

Possible terror threat in Kerala

The state authorities in the southern state of Kerala have reportedly been warned of a possible terror threat. According to reports, a terror alert has been issued to all districts across the state. It's believed the Indians security forces received credible intelligence suggesting that unidentified terrorists could be planning to target large public spaces in the region in violent attacks. The public have been advised to exercise caution in crowded public areas, especially in popular tourists spots and at religious sites.

Three killed in Gujarat rains

At least three people have been killed and five others remain missing following heavy rainfall in the state of Gujarat. The deaths were reported in Jamnagar, where significant flooding has been reported. According to recent reports, it's believed the three people died after drowning in flood water and getting electrocuted. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing for those still missing.

Red weather alert issued in Nagpur and Vidarbha

Red weather alerts have reportedly been issued for parts of Nagpur and Vidarbha in Maharashtra due to forecasts of heavy rain. The adverse wet weather in expected to cause widespread disruption, heightening the risk of flash floods and landslides in the affected areas. According to reports, a visit to Nagpur by Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi had been scheduled to take place on Saturday, but has since been postponed due to the red alert. People have been advised to exercise caution, especially if travelling within the next 24 hours.

Two local officials killed in Maharashtra rainfall

Two local officials have been killed in rain-related incidents in the state of Maharashtra. According to reports, two civic body officials were confirmed dead on Wednesday after getting caught in floodwater and drowning near Siddharth Nagar in the Goregaon West area of Mumbai. An orange weather alert has been issued for parts of Maharashtra as further wet weather has been forecast for the region.

Explosion at fire cracker factory leaves nine dead in Punjab

An explosion at a fire cracker factory in Punjab has reportedly killed at least nine people and left some 30 others injured. The blast occurred on Wednesday in the Gurdaspur area where the factory is located. Recent reports indicate that while nine fatalities have been confirmed, a further 10 people remain missing and are feared trapped under building debris. As search and rescue operations get underway it  remains unclear precisely what may have caused the explosion, although similar such incidents have often been traced to poor health and safety standards.

Heavy rainfall triggers red alert in Mumbai

A red weather alert has been issued in Mumbai, Maharashtra, as heavy rainfall continued to affect the area. The alert was issued by the Indian Meteorological Department on Wednesday and is applicable to several parts of Mumbai, including the districts of Thane and Palghar, and Mumbai city and the surrounding suburbs. According to reports, the alert comes into affect from 13:00 local time and will remain in place for 24 hours. There will be a heightened risk of localised flash flooding in low-lying areas with potential waterlogging affecting road transport.

Protests erupt in Karnataka over arrest of congress leader

Violent protests have broken out in Karnataka following the arrest of senior congress leader for the Karnataka Congress party, DK Shivakumar. Widespread disruption has been caused by the protests, with protesters blocking various roads across major towns and cities, causing significant traffic congestion. An unofficial shutdown has also been reported from the Ramanagara district, where schools and colleges have allegedly closed for the day. Calls for a state-wide protest have been made by party members in a bid to pressure the local authorities into releasing Shivakumar. No casualties have been reported thus far amidst the violence.

Pakistan grants India access to convicted spy

The Pakistani authorities have granted India consular access to a convicted spy on death row. Kulbhushan Jadhav, a former Indian naval commander, was sentenced to death in Pakistan for allegedly spying. Jadhav was detained in March 2016 in Pakistan's restive Balochistan province; however, India claims he was taken captive in Iran before being moved to Paksitan and forced to confess. The International Court of Justice (ICJ) has called for a review of his sentence in a case which has further stoked already heightened tensions between India and Pakistan. The ICJ ordered Pakistn to provide Jadhav with access to consular advice, but rejected India's demand he be released.

Chemical factory explosion reported in Maharashtra

A chemical factory explosion has been reported in the state of Maharashtra. The accident happened over the weekend at the Romit Chemical Company factory near Waghoda village in the Shirpur taluka area of the Dhule district. At least 15 people have been confirmed dead following the blast, while a further 45 others have been injured. It's believed two babies were among the 15 fatalities. The cause of the explosion remains unclear as investigations continue. 

Pregnant woman beaten over kidnapping rumour

A 25-year-old pregnant woman has allegedly been beaten by people who suspected her of kidnapping a child in the capital city of Delhi. The woman was reportedly surrounded by a group of people, who accused her of kidnapping children as they attacked her. According to reports, three people have been arrested in connection with the incident while the woman is said to be in a stable condition following the assault. The incident is the latest in a spate of similar attacks fuelled by rumours of child kidnapping in the capital and neighbouring states. 

Security forces accused of brutality in Kashmir

The Indian security forces have been accused of brutality in Indian-administered Kashmir. Local residents have claimed that the security forces have been carrying out beatings and have been torturing people amidst the lockdown, which was imposed earlier this month following the government's decision to revoke the region's special autonomy. According to the BBC, several villages have alleged that they were beaten with sticks and cables, and given electric shocks. The Indian army has reportedly dismissed the allegations as 'baseless and unsubstantiated'.

Bus drivers continue hunger strike in Mumbai

A bus driver hunger strike remains ongoing in Mumbai as families of workers join the protest. According to reports, women and children arrived at Wadala depot on Thursday to join the strike, which began earlier this week. It's estimated the hunger strike has been ongoing for some 84 hours as of Friday morning. The strike has been organised over wage disputes. Bus services in Mumbai reportedly remain unaffected by the strike.

Sixteen protesters arrested in Haryana

At least sixteen protesters have been arrested in Haryana during demonstrations on Thursday. According to reports, the detainees are all members of the Haryana Saksham Union and are thought to be among the key organisers behind the protest, which was calling on the state government to raise the age limit for unemployed youth benefits. Protesters had allegedly planned to march from the Panchkula area to Chandigarh, where police barrier had been established in anticipation of the protest.

Strengthened security measures enforced at Kandha port

Strengthened security measures have been enforced at a Kandha port in the Gujarat state. According to reports, security measures were enhanced at the port after the local authorities allegedly received information regarding a possible naval attack from Pakistani forces. No evidence or proof has been provided to support the intelligence claims and the Pakistani authorities have not responded to the allegations.

Two killed in Malkangiri gunfight

Two fatalities have been reported following a brief gunfight in the Malkangiri district of the Odisha state. According to reports, the armed clash occurred on Wednesday morning between Indian security personnel and suspected Maoist rebels near the Paknaguda area of Bonda Ghat. At least one security personnel and one rebel have been killed in the crossfire. No other casualties have been reported.

Sixteen killed in road accident in Uttar Pradesh

At least 16 people have died and five others have been injured following a road accident in the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to local reports, the accident occurred on Tuesday in the Shahjahanpur district, where a truck overturned on the National Highway 24 (NH-24) at the Jamka crossing. The cause of the accident remains unclear as the emergency services attend the scene. Some traffic disruption should be expected throughout the surrounding area.

Two killed in West Bengal stampede

Two people have allegedly been killed and some 20 others have also been injured after a stampede occurred at a temple in West Bengal. The incident occurred on Friday in the North 24 Parganas district, where a stampede-like situation broke out near Kachua Loknath temple. The chaos was triggered by a wall collapse at the temple, where a large crowd had gathered to celebrate Janmastami. According to reports, the bamboo wall collapsed after heavy rainfall. Rescue operations remain ongoing, while family members of those critically injured have been granted compensation.

Indian soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a recent cross-border firing incident in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region situated between India and Pakistan. The exchange of fire allegedly occurred across the Line of Control (LoC) on Friday morning near the village of Kalsia in the Nowshera area of the Rajouri district in Indian-administered Kashmir. Indian sources have claimed that soldiers came under unprovoked fire, sparking a cross-border gunfight. Pakistani officials haven't commented on the alleged incident.

Protest leaflets distributed in Kashmir

Protest leaflets have allegedly been found distributed in part of Indian-administered Kashmir. The pamphlets were reportedly encouraging residents to protest and were being distributed in the Soura of Srinagar in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the leaflets relate to a demonstration which has been planned, in which protesters will march to the UN Military Observer Group in India and Pakistan's offices in Soura. The potential demonstration has raised concerns over possible clashes with the Indian security forces.

Indian police officer killed in Kashmir clash

An Indian police officer has allegedly been killed in a recent clash in Indian-administered Kashmir. Police officials claim one of their officers has been killed along with a suspected militant following a gunfight in the disputed region, which has been on lock down for the past two weeks after the Indian government revoked the special autonomy granted to the Muslim-majority region by Article 370. The clash is the first time any deaths have been reported from the region by Indian officials since the lock down was launched earlier this month. Since then there have been sporadic reports of violent unrest and protests.

Three killed in Uttarakhand helicopter crash

Three people have been confirmed dead following a helicopter crash in the state of Uttarakhand. The accident occurred in the Uttarkashi district, where a private helicopter had been transporting aid relief to flood-affected areas. According to reports, the helicopter had just departed from distributing relief material and was making its return journey when it hit a power cable near Moldi, causing the helicopter to crash. Both the pilot and the co-pilot were killed in the crash, along with a local resident.

Heightened risk of terrorism in Rajasthan

A heightened risk of terrorism has been identified in the state of Rajasthan, leading to strengthened security measures being enforced throughout the state. Reports indicate that the local authorities have authorised additional security personnel to be deployed to certain high risk areas. The measures were taken after intelligence reports were received which suggested that a group of four to five suspected terrorists were active in the region. The suspects are alleged to be travelling on Afghan passports. Security measures at Jaipur International Airport has also been ramped up, while other public transport hubs have also taken additional security precautions, along with hotels and popular tourist sites. Security checks have also been installed on all major roads in and out of Rajasthan.

Indian soldier killed in cross-border clash

An Indian soldier has allegedly been killed, while four others have been injured following a cross-border clash in the Poonch district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the soldiers came under fire along the Line of Control in the Krishna Ghati sector on Tuesday morning. Indian military officials have claimed that unprovoked artillery fire came from the Pakistani armed forces, sparking retaliatory firing from the Indian security forces. 

Schools re-open in Kashmir

Schools in Indian-administered Kashmir have begun to be re-opened following a two-week lockdown which was enforced after the Indian government stripped the disputed region of its special autonomy earlier this month. According to reports, some 200 government schools re-opened in Srinagar on Monday, although few students turned up amid ongoing tensions and concerns over safety in the area. Some landline telephone services were also restored over the weekend, but mobile networks and internet services remain suspended. The security clampdown in the region remains largely in place, with protests still being reported.

Two criminal suspects killed in police clash

Two suspected criminals have been killed following a clash with the police in Madhya Pradesh. The altercation occurred in the city of Narsinghpur on Monday evening. According to reports, the police were carrying out an operation when the suspects allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire on the police officers, sparking a fatal gunfight in which both suspects were killed. One of the suspects has been identified as Vijay Yadav - wanted in connection with the murder of Congress leader Rahu Mishra, who was shot dead by gunmen in the Jabalpur district of Madhya Pradesh in January 2017.

Four killed as torrential rain hits Uttarakhand

At least four people have been killed in rain-related incidents as torrential rain hits the Uttarakhand state. The deaths were confirmed on Monday by the local officials in the Uttarkashi district, while a public advisory has also been issued warning people to exercise caution in the severe wet conditions. Four people were killed, three were rescued and one person remains missing as search and rescue operations continue in the village of Makudi. The torrential rain comes as part of the annual monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to September. There is a heightened risk of flash flooding in low-lying areas and a landslides could occur in areas of hilly terrain.

Two killed in cross-border firing in Kashmir

At least two fatalities have been reported following an alleged cross-border firing incident along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region. According to reports, the exchange of fire occurred along the LoC near the Tatta Pani area of Pakistan-administered Azad Kashmir. Pakistani sources claim that two elderly Pakistani civilians have been killed and a third has been injured as a result of unprovoked firing from the Indian side. Indian military officials have not responded to the claim.

Fatalities reported as heavy rain lashes Himachal Pradesh

At least 22 fatalities have been reported as heavy rain continues to lash the northern state of Himachal Pradesh. Local reports claim that 22 people have been killed and 12 others have been injured in rain-related incidents across the state. The most deaths were reported from the Shimla district, where nine people have allegedly died, while a further five fatalities occurred in Solan. Fatal accidents have also been reported from the Chamba, Lahaul-Spiti, Kullu, Sirmaur, and Una districts. Adverse wet weather has been affecting most parts of India throughout the annual monsoon season, which typically lasts from June to September.

Communications partially restored in Kashmir

Communications are partially being restored across Indian-administered Kashmir, as landline telephone lines are being made operational again following an an almost two-week communications black out. It's been reported that at least most of the 100 phone exchanges in the Kashmir Valley are now working, although mobile phone services and internet services remain suspended. The area was put on a lock down after PM Narendra Modi announced the government's decision to strip the region of its special status, granted to it by Article 370, earlier this month.

Eleven killed in cross-border firing

At least 11 fatalities have been reported following a cross-border firing incident across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Kashmir region. According to reports from Al Jazeera, the Pakistani army has claimed that three Pakistani soldiers and five Indian soldiers have been killed in the exchange of fire. Major General Asif Ghafoor, spokesperson for Pakistan's army, also claimed that three civilians had been killed in the same cross-border firing, which allegedly occurred in the Batal sector on the Pakistani side of the LoC. India has denied Pakistan's claims, claiming that while Paakistan had allegedly violated a ceasefire by firing across the LoC, there had been no casualties.

PM vows to restore Kashmir's 'past glory'

Indian PM Narendra Modi has vowed to 'restore' Indian-administered Kashmir's 'past glory' after stripping the disputed region of its special status last week. During his Independence Day speech, the PM claimed Kashmir would play an important role in the country's development, claiming that Aricle 370 - which granted Kashmir special autonomy - only encouraged corruption. No reference was made to the military-enforced lockdown and communications blackout which has been imposed in Kashmir since Monday 05 August.

Eight killed in Odisha floods

At least eight fatalities have been reported amidst floods in the state of Odisha. The deaths were reported in the Kalahandi, Kandhamal, Koraput, Malkangiri, and Nabarangpur districts. According to reports, the state has recorded an average rainfall of over 100mm in the last 24 hours, with the largest concentration of rainfall reported in the Karlamunda area of Kalahandi, which received a maximum rainfall of 608mm. Emergency rescue teams have been deployed to the worst-affected areas, with rescue operations still underway.

Kashmiri politician arrested in Delhi

A Kashmiri politician has been arrested in Delhi and sent back to the northern region of Indian-administered Kashmir, which has been on lock down since early last week when the government revoked the region's autonomy. Shah Faesal - a bureaucrat-turned-politician - was one of few Kashmiri politicians who had not yet been detained by the authorities, but was reportedly arrested at Delhi airport on Wednesday morning. According to reports, officials have claimed that Faesal was arrested as he was trying to board a flight to Turkey. Unconfirmed reports suggest he has now been placed under house arrest. 

Flood alerts issued as death toll rises in Kerala

Flood alerts have been issued for the southern state of Kerala as the nationwide death toll from the annual monsoon season rises to 244. The local authorities in Kerala warned that continued heavy rainfall is expected to worsen flood conditions over the next 24-48 hours. More than 1.2 million people have reportedly been displaced by floods across the states of Kerala, Karnataka, Maharashtra, and Gujarat - seeking refuge in government-run relief camps which have been set up across the country. The death toll in Kerala rose overnight, with an estimated 95 people believed to have been killed in rain-related incidents so far this monsoon season, with a further 59 people reported missing.

Suspected militant arrested in Indore

A suspected militant has reportedly been arrested by the Indian security forces in the city of Indore, Madhya Pradesh. According to reports, the arrest operation was led by the National Investigation Agency, against an identified target thought to be a member of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) militant group. The suspect has been identified as Jahirul Sheikh, and he has been arrested on suspicion of connection to an explosion which left two militants dead in Burdwan in 2014. Large amounts of explosives were seized during the operation, along with a vehicle which is thought to have been used in the 2014 blast.

Seventeen injured in Jaipur clash

At least 17 people have been injured following a clash between two communities in Jaipur. According to reports, the violence broke out on Monday after a group of people from a minority community blocked the Delhi highway near Galta Gate and threw stones at a bus which was en route to Haridwar. The incident left many passengers injured before the police intervened. In response to the clash, mobile internet was suspended briefly and additional police officers were deployed to patrol the area.

Travel advise issued ahead of Independence Day

Travel advise has been issued for India ahead of Independence Day, due to be celebrated on 15 August. Widespread rallies and celebrations are likely to be held and travel delays should be anticipated. There will also be heightened security measures throughout major cities, with additional security checks and traffic restrictions to be put in place. The annual celebration comes amid heightened tensions in India after the government revoked the autonomy of the northern Muslim-majority Kashmir region, sparking fears that separatist insurgents could target large gatherings in violent attacks. Travellers have been advised to remain vigilant and avoid large crowds.

Srinagar locked down on Eid holiday

The Indian government has reportedly ordered the security forces to keep the city of Srinagar on lock down, despite the Muslim festival of Eid al-Adha. The curfew was temporarily lifted last Friday to enable residents to attend Friday prayers in the Muslim-majority region; however, there were reports of large protests after Friday prayers leading to violent clashes with the police in Srinagar. Mosque services are still being held, although people are allegedly being encouraged to attend local mosques rather than Srinagar's best-known mosques. The lock down  was implemented last Monday following the revocation of Article 370 has now entered its eighth consecutive day, alongside a telecommunications ban which has made it difficult to get reports from the area. According to Reuters, more than 300 regional leaders and activists have been arrested and detained by the authorities.

Kerala floods death toll rises to 76

The death toll amidst the severe floods in Kerala has recently risen to at least 76 confirmed fatalities. The latest reports indicate that at least 76 lives have been claimed in rain-related accidents so far, with government data also suggesting a further 58 people still remain missing, while an estimated 250,000 people been displaced. The widespread floods have been caused by heavy monsoon rains - which typically affect India between June and September every year. Relief operations have been launched and remain ongoing, with hundreds of relief camps set up across the state.

Landslide kills three in Jammu and Kashmir

At least three people have reportedly been killed and two others have also been wounded in a recent landslide in the northern disputed state of Jammu and Kashmir. The landslide allegedly occurred in the Reasi district on Monday. According to local reports, the three fatalities have been identified as three family members. The family had been out in the forest near their home village of Laar when the a large boulder hit them as they got caught up in the landslide. The two surviving casualties were airlifted to hospital in Jammu. It hasn't been said what caused the landslide in the first place.

Two killed in tanker-bus collision in Raigad

At least two people have been killed and some 42 others have been injured after a tanker and a passenger bus collided in the state of Maharashtra. The accident occurred in the Raigad district on Sunday morning, when the driver of the tanker allegedly lost control of his vehicle, collided with the bus near Gagode Phata along Pen-Khopoli road. The tanker had been transporting liquid ammonia and was en route from Pen to Pune when it hit the bus, which had been travelling from Pen to Khopoli. Significant traffic congestion was reported throughout the surrounding area for a time following the accident.

Protesters clash with police in Srinagar, Kashmir

Protesters have reportedly clashed with the police in the city of Srinagar, in Indian-administered Kashmir. The protesters had gathered over the weekend to demonstrate against the revocation of Article 370, which granted the Muslim-majority region special autonomy. According to the BBC, thousands of people took to the streets in Srinagar after Friday prayers, when the curfew had temporarily been lifted. The demonstration was the largest reported since the region was put on lock down last week. Witness reports claim the police opened fire and use tear gas to disperse the crowds; however, the Indian government has denied that any protest took place - despite video footage of large gatherings and panic amongst protesters in Srinagar emerging online.

Torrential monsoon rains trigger flooding and evacuations in Kerala

Torrential monsoon rains have caused floods, triggering evacuations across much of the southern state of Kerala. According to Reuters, a major landslide has been reported and flooding has cut off remote areas, forcing more than 22,000 people to evacuate their homes. At least two people have been killed in the landslide in the hilly district of Munnar, while another 20 people have also been  killed in rain-related incidents in Kerala throughout the last 28 hours. Flooding has forced a suspension of all operations at Cochin International Airport, causing significant travel disruption. Seasonal monsoon rains typically last from June to September and often cause hundreds of deaths and widespread displacement.

Strengthened security measures enforced at Chennai Airport

Strengthened security measures have been enforced at Chennai International Airport in Tamil Nadu ahead of Independence Day on 15 August. Travellers have been advised to allow extra time for potential travel delays and possible general disruption. The police are also increasing surveillance operations in areas of interests and potential flash points due to the heightened risk of civil unrest and rallies. The strengthened security measures are expected to remain in place until the end of the month.

Pakistan suspends rail service to New Delhi

Pakistan has made the decision to shut down its rail service to the Indian capital of New Delhi amid heightened tensions over the disputed Kashmir region. The cross-border Samjhauta Express rail service usually operated between Pakistan's Lahore and New Delhi will be suspended until further notice. The move is just the latest in a series of actions taken by Pakistan to condemn India's decision to strip Indian-administered Muslim-majority Kashmir of its special autonomy.

Heavy rainfall triggers evacuations in Maharashtra

Thousands of people have been forced to evacuate their homes in the state of Maharashtra due to severe heavy rainfall. An estimated 10,000 people have reportedly been evacuated in Kolhapur, while over 600 families have been evacuated from low-lying areas in Pune. The India Meteorological Department has reportedly issued red rain alerts for the Pune, Palgahr, and Raigad districts, while further rainfall has also been forecast for Mumbai and the outskirts of Maharashtra over the next 24 hours. The adverse wet weather has been brought to the region by a depression over the Bay of Bengal. According to reports, Pune has exceeded its average monthly rainfall for August, with 117.5mm falling in just five days.

High risk of terrorist attack in Mumbai, and Jammu and Kashmir

A high risk of terrorist attack has reportedly been identified in the city of Mumbai and in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian intelligence agencies have warned that there is a significantly high threat that militants of the Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) are planning to carry out violent and potentially deadly terrorist attacks. The intelligence agencies identified Indians security forces stationed in Mumbai and in Jammu and Kashmir as likely targets. The terrorist threat alert comes days after India's controversial decision to strip the Muslim-majority Kashmir region of autonomy. Other reports indicate that at least 19 Indian airports have been placed on high alert due to the heightened risk of terrorist attacks.

Pakistan downgrades ties with India amid Kashmir row

Pakistan has downgraded ties with India amidst an escalating diplomatic row over the disputed Kashmir region. Pakistan has announced it's decision to suspend trade with neighbouring India and to expel India's top diplomat. The move comes after India announced that it was revoking Article 370 in Indian-administered Kashmir, which grants the disputed region special autonomy. Both Pakistan and India claim the Kashmir region in full but only control parts of it. Since the revocation of Article 370 was announced, Indian-administered Kashmir has been on lock down, as the Indian deployed a heavy military presence to the region, enforcing a curfew and a communications black out, although some reports of protests have emerged. Pakistan has criticised the moves, claiming India has set up the disputed region for ethnic cleansing.

Red alert issued amidst floods in Karnataka

A red alert has been issued in parts of Karnataka state amidst widespread flooding. The floods have been triggered by heavy rainfall which has been affecting the region recently. According to reports, the authorities decided to issue the alert for southern and coastal districts, where the floods risk is deemed to be highest. The alert will remain in place throughout the next three days as emergency relief teams are dispatched to the worst affected areas. Two deaths have already been confirmed in flood-related incidents within the last few days.

Protester dies in police clash in Srinagar

A protester has allegedly died after being involved in an apparent clash with the Indian police in the city of Srinagar, Kashmir. According to reports, the protester died after being chased by police officers for being out after curfew. The disputed northern state has been put on lock down and a curfew has been imposed on Indian-administered Kashmir by the Indian government following the announcement of plans to revoke Article 370, which grants Kashmir special autonomy. Many have criticised the government's move to strip the region of autonomy, whilst simultaneously deploying a heavy troop presence to the region amid a communications black out.

Former foreign minister dies

One of India's most popular politicians, former foreign minister Sushma Swaraj, has reportedly died after suffering a cardiac arrest on Tuesday. Swaraj served as foreign minister for five years and was popular during PM Narendra Modi's first term, but did not contest parliamentary elections this year. She had become well known for helping Indians stuck abroad by responding to them on Twitter. Despite suffering recent health issues, Swaraj's passing has left much of India in shock, as hundreds gather outside her home in Haryana to grieve.

Heavy rains cause flooding and disruption in Goa

Heavy rainfall has caused significant disruption amid flooding in the state of Goa. According to reports, 10 people had to be rescued in the Piligao district on Tuesday morning after heavy rains triggered flooding. The recent heavy rainfall reportedly raised water levels in the Mandovi River, causing some flash flooding overnight, affecting a number of villages. No casualties have been reported, although some damage to properties is expected.

Seven Maoist insurgents killed in Chhattisgarh

At least seven suspected Maoist insurgents have reportedly been killed in recent clashes with the Indian security forces in the state of Chhattisgarh. According to reports, the clashes occurred over the weekend in the Rajnandgaon district, where the security forces had launched a search operation after receiving information relating to suspected insurgent activity in the area. The security forces encountered a number of armed insurgents in a remote forested area near the village of Sitagota. An exchange of fire broke out, leaving seven insurgents dead.

Kashmir in communications blackout amid Article 370 revocation

Indian-administered Kashmir is said to be in a total communications blackout following the announcement that the government plans to revoke Article 370 - stripping the disputed region of its special status which granted it a significant level of autonomy. The internet and telephone networks have reportedly been cut off since Sunday evening, while tens of thousands of troops are allegedly patrolling the streets. According to reports, a number of local leaders are also thought to have been detained. The revocation of Article 370 was expected to trigger widespread violent unrest; however, few reports have emerged from the region due to the communications blackout. "No-one knows what is happening in other parts of the state - we can't talk to anyone else. People are concerned - they don't know what is happening, they don't know what is going to happen", said BBC reporter Aamir Peerzada in Srinagar on Monday.

Ten feared dead in Bihar bus fire

At least 10 people are feared dead after a fiery blaze broke out on a passenger bus in the state of Bihar. The overnight sleeper bus allegedly caught fire after hitting a road divider in the Purnea area in the early hours of Monday morning. According to reports, witnesses have stated that the bus' petrol tank caught on fire following the accident, which happened at the Purnea bus stand. The bus was en route from Muzaffarpur to Siliguri, with approximately 50 passengers on board at the time. Police officials have only confirmed one death and 14 casualties, while witnesses claim at least 10 people died in the fire. An investigation into the cause of the accident has been launched.

India to revoke Article 370 in Kashmir

The Indian government has announced plans to revoked Article 370 in the disputed Kashmir region. The article grants Indian-administered Kashmir special status, guaranteeing the disputed Muslim-majority state a significant amount of autonomy. The entire region is claimed by both India and Pakistan, with each only controlling parts of it. A long-running insurgency on the Indian side has led to heightened military tensions in the region in recent years, prompting many to speculate that the insecurity in the area may be what has led the Indian government to revoke Article 370. According to reports, thousands of Indian troops were deployed to the region ahead of the announcement, and tourists were also ordered to leave. The move is expected to stir up violent civil unrest in the region.

Toddler raped and killed in Jharkhand

A toddler has reportedly been raped and killed in the Jharkhand state. The three-year-old girl was allegedly abducted by at least two male suspects last week from Tatanagar train station in Jamshedpur. According to reports, police found her headless body in a plastic bag several days later, leading the police to believe the girl had been abducted, raped, and then beheaded. Three suspects have been arrested in connection with the case as investigations continue.

Ceasefire violation reported in Rajouri

A ceasefire has allegedly been reported across the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed border region of Rajouri, in Jammu and Kashmir. The violation reportedly occurred on Wednesday, in the Nowshera area of Rajouri, where cross-border artillery firing was reported. The Indian security forces have implied the firing came from the Pakistani military; however, no official comment has been made by Pakistani officials. No casualties have been reported.

Two suspected militants killed in Anantnag clash with security forces

Two suspected militants have reportedly been killed in a recent armed clash with the Indian security forces in the Anantnag district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The security forces launched a counter-terror search operation after receiving information regarding suspected militant activity in the village of Katu near the town on Bijbehara. The militants were allegedly members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant group - thought to be responsible for multiple deadly terrorist attacks in the region in recent years. According to reports, one of the militants is thought to have been a top JeM commander.

Soldier killed in Chhattisgarh IED blast

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a suspected bomb blast, after an improvised explosive device (IED) went off in the state of Chhattisgarh. The explosion occurred in the Pushpal area of Bastar at approximately 06:00 local time on Wednesday morning. According to reports, the Indian soldier was stationed with the 195th battalion of the Central Reserve Police Force at a nearby military camp. It's believed the IED was most likely planted by Naxalite insurgents in an attempt to target security personnel; however, no claim of responsibility has been made.

Cross-border clashes reported in Tangdhar

Armed cross-border clashes have been reported int he Tangdhar area near the Line of Control (LoC) in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, artillery fire broke out along the LoC on Tuesday morning, when Indian forces allegedly carried out unprovoked firing on Pakistani military positions in the Leepa Valley, sparking retaliatory fire. At least one Indian soldier has been killed, while Pakistani casualties have also been reported. Local residents and civilians have been ordered to avoid the area due to the intense firing which remains ongoing.

Bus crash leaves two dead on Chhattisgarh national highway

At least two people have been reported dead after two buses crashed into one another in a major collision on a national highway in the state of Chhattisgarh. The accident happened on Tuesday along National Highway 30 near Chitaud in the Balod district. Two people have been killed and some 33 others have been  injured. Reports indicate that a Kanker Roadway Travels passenger bus collided with Payal Travels passenger bus. It has not been made clear what may have caused the accident. Most fatal road accidents in India are caused by reckless driving or poor vehicle and road safety standards.

Red rain alert issued in Mumbai

A red rain alert has been issued in Mumbai due to forecasts of continuous heavy rain. The region has already been inundated with extreme levels of rain recently; however, a red alert was issued by the India Meteorological Department on Sunday as further rainfall is expected to cause disruptions over the next few days. The alert applies to Mumbai, Thane, Palghar, and Raigad. People have been advised to stay indoors and to avoid going outside unless in an emergency.

Seven Maoist insurgents killed in Chhattisgarh clash

At least seven Maoist insurgents have been killed in a recent clash with the Indian security forces in the state of Chhattisgarh. According to reports, the security forces had launched a counter-insurgency operation in the forests of Tiriya in Jagdalpur after receiving information regarding possible insurgent activity in the area. A number of armed insurgents were encountered by the security forces near the state border with Odisha. An armed altercation broke out the the insurgents allegedly resisted arrest and opened fire. The police claimed that the group of insurgents which the security forces engaged with were allegedly planning to carry out a violent attack next week.

Man killed in violent attack in Mumbai

A 27-year-old man has been killed in a violent attack in the city of Mumbai over the weekend. The victim has been identified as Nitesh Sawant, who had allegedly gathered a number of friends together in a park in the Pant Nagar area of Mumbai to celebrate his birthday on Sunday evening. According to local reports, Sawant was attacked by his friends with a sharp weapon after an altercation occurred. The victim was found severely injured by the police, taken to Rajawadi Hospital, where he passed away. Although the suspects fled the scene, at least two have been taken into custody as investigations continue.

JeM militant killed in police operations in Shopian

A suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militant has reportedly been killed during police operations in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, the deceased has been identified as Munna Bihari - believed to have been a top commander of the Pakistan-based JeM militant group. Bihari was allegedly killed along with an associate during the overnight operation, which was carried out on Sunday in the Bonbazar area of Shopian. 

Over 1,000 train passengers rescued amid floods near Mumbai

More than 1,000 train passengers have been rescued amid severe flooding near Mumbai. The Indian authorities had to rescue 1,050 people from the Mahalxmi Express after the train became trapped by flood waters near the town of Vangani, just east of Mumbai. Passengers were rescued from the stranded train in rubber boats after they had been ordered to remain put without food or water for 15 hours. All passengers have been safely recovered from the train, with a temporary camp set up nearby with food and medical supplies. The flooding has been caused by weeks of heavy monsoon rains in the region.

Teenage rape victim injured in suspicious car accident

A teenage girl who has accused a ruling party politician of rape has reportedly been critically injured in what's been described as a suspicious car accident. The 19-year-old had been travelling in a car with her lawyer and two relatives when they were hit by a truck on a state highway in the Rae Bareli district of Uttar Pradesh on Sunday afternoon. Both of the girl's relatives have been confirmed dead following the crash, while the girl and her layer are both in hospital with serious injuries. The girl had accused lawmaker Kuldeep Singh Sengar of rape, leading to his arrest a year ago. The truck driver and owner of the vehicle have been arrested and taken in for questioning, with reports indicating the truck's registration plates were smeared with black paint. Opposition parties in the state have called for a federal investigation into the accident, claiming the circumstances are "suspicious".

Security operation kills three insurgents in Bihar

At least three suspected Naxalite insurgents have reportedly been killed during a recent security operation in the state of Bihar. According to reports, the Indian security forces were carrying out a counter-insurgent search operation in the forest of Chhakarbandha in the Aurangabad district when they encountered a number of armed insurgents. The operation had been launched after information was received regarding insurgent activity in the area. A gunfight reportedly broke out, leaving three Naxalite insurgents dead. Several firearms were also seized from the site of the clash.

One dead as earthquakes hit Maharashtra

A number of earthquakes have been recorded in the state of Maharashtra. At least four earthquakes, all registering above 2.8-magnitude on the Richter scale, have hit the Palgar area of Maharashtra on Thursday, all within the space of 12 minutes. Reports indicate that a 3.8-magnitude earthquake occurred at around 01:15 local time and was quickly followed by a 3.6-magnitude quake, then a 2.9 and 2.8. One fatality has been reported as a result, in the the coastal town of Dahanu.

Police clash with protesters in Karnataka

A number of police officers have been wounded following a clash with protesters in Karnataka. Reports indicate the clash took place on Wednesday outside the Himatsingka clothes factory near Hassan, where workers had gathered to protest against poor working conditions. At least seven police officers were wounded after the protest turned violent. A few nearby vehicles were also allegedly damaged during the fracas.

Weather alert issued over heavy rain in Punjab

A weather alert has been issued in Punjab over heavy rain which is forecast to hit the region. The wet weather is expected to affect most districts in Punjab throughout Thursday, causing potential disruption to travel and public transport. The rain comes as part of the ongoing monsoon season which has triggered widespread flooding across parts of northern India - particularly in the north-eastern state of Assam, where the massive Brahmaputra River runs through.

Lightning kills dozens in Bihar and Jharkhand

Dozens of people have reportedly been killed by lightning strikes after a thunderstorm passed over the neighbouring states of Bihar and Jharkhand. According to recent reports, at least 51 people have been killed and another nine have been wounded in lightning-related accidents. The most deaths were reported in the Jamui and Aurangabad districts of Bihar, along with the Jamtara district in Jharkhand. Field workers often face a particularly high risk of being hit by lightning due to working in open exposure, with employers often insisting workers stay out in the fields in dangerous weather conditions.

Landslide hits coal mine in Odisha

At least four people have been left dead after a landslide hit a coal mine in the state of Odisha. The landslide occurred on Tuesday in the Bharatpur area of the Angul district, where a mine operated by the Coal India Ltd mining company was hit. A number of workers were inside the mine at the time, with four feared dead, while another nine were also injured. It's believed the landslide was triggered by recent heavy rainfall.

Weather warning issued over heavy rain in Kerala

A weather warning has been issued in the southern state of Kerala amid forecasts of heavy rainfall. According to reports, the India Meteorological Department has issued a red alert for the Kasaragod and Kannaur districts of Kerala, with heavy rain, strong winds, and thunderstorms expected to hit both areas on Wednesday. An orange alert has also been issued in Kozhikode, Malappuram, and Wayanad, while a yellow alert has been issued in Ernakulam, Idukki, Palakkad, and Thrissur. There may be a heightened risk of flash flooding in low-lying areas and some travel disruption should be anticipated.

Earthquake reported in Arunachal Pradesh

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has reportedly occurred in the north-eastern Indian state of Arunachal Pradesh. According to data recorded by the US Geological Survey (USGS), the earthquake happened at around 09:22 UTC, at a relatively shallow depth of 16.8km. The quake's epicentre was located some 64km north-east of Bomdila. Tremors were allegedly felt throughout the state, as well as in parts of neighbouring Assam. No major damage or casualties have been reported as a result of the earthquake.

Three killed in Bihar mob attack

Three suspected thieves have been killed after they were attacked by a mob in Saran, Bihar. The trio were allegedly caught by local residents trying to steal cattle in the village of Paighambarpur on Friday. The three suspects were apprehended by the mob and apparently lynched. The police have launched an investigation into their deaths and have arrested three local residents, thought to have instigated the extrajudicial killings. Mob lynchings aren't uncommon and have become more frequent in rural communities in recent years.

Tanker collision reported in Karnataka

At least five people have been left dead following a tanker collision in the state of Karnataka. The gas tanker allegedly collided with an SUV-type vehicle along the Talapady-Brahmarakotlu toll road. The accident occurred on Friday near the tollgate, leaving five dead and seven others injured. Significant traffic disruption has been reported in the area due to the accident.

Nine killed in Uttar Pradesh land dispute

A violent clash has left nine people dead after fighting broke out over an ongoing land dispute in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The armed clash broke out between two opposing tribes in the village of Ghorawhal in the Sonbhadra district on Wednesday. Local reports indicate that the police have arrested at least two people in connection with the gunfight. Nine people were shot dead while some 25 others were also wounded.

Two police officers killed in Uttar Pradesh attack

Two Indian police officers have allegedly been killed in an attack in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The incident occurred in the Sambhal area on Wednesday, when the police officers were transporting a van full of inmates awaiting trial. The van was reportedly ambushed by unidentified armed attackers. Twenty-four prisoners due to face trial were in the van at the time of the attack and three managed to escape with the attacker, leading police to suspect the attack was a planned prison break by the accomplices of the three escapee prisoners.

Dengue fever outbreak reported in Karnataka

An outbreak of dengue fever has been reported in the state of Karnataka. The outbreak is currently concentrated in the Dakshina Kannada district, where an estimated 352 patients have tested positive for the disease. No fatalities have been reported thus far; however, concerns have been raised over how quickly the disease has spread, prompting health officials to issue warnings in neighbouring districts throughout the state.

Red weather alert issued for Idukki and Malappuram

A red weather alert has been issued for the Idukki and Malappuram districts of the Kerala state. The Indian Meteorological Department has reportedly issued the red alert for Thursday 18th July, when heavy rain has been forecast to adversely affect both areas. In some areas, extremely heavy rain could heighten the risk of flash floods and landslides.

Counter-terror operation launched in Sopore

A counter-terror operation has been launched by the Indian security forces in Sopore, in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. The cordon and search operation was launched on Wednesday morning, targeting a suspected militant hideout in the Gund Brath area of Sopore. The operation was launched after the security forces received information regarding the presence of militants in the area.

Child abducted in Madhya Pradesh

A young child has reportedly been abducted in the state of Madhya Pradesh. The abduction took place on Monday in the Gehun Kheda area of Kolar, where a three-year-old boy was allegedly kidnapped by an unidentified suspect. A police investigation has been launched alongside a search operation. No suspects have been identified thus far and the motive behind the abduction currently remains unclear, although it's feared the child is at a high risk of abuse. Most child abduction cases in India are linked to sexual abuse, with the children often killed after.

Pilot robbed by taxi driver at New Delhi airport

A pilot has reportedly been robbed by an Indian taxi driver at Indira Gandhi International Airport in New Delhi. The victim, 60-year-old Mohammad Mehdi Ghazanfani, works for IndiGo airlines as a pilot and is a Canadian national of Indian origin, currently living with his wife in Gurugram. The incident occurred over the weekend, in the early hours of Saturday morning, when Ghazanfani was waiting for a cab arranged by the company at Terminal 1. Another driver approached him and offered a ride to his destination for 100 rupees, which Ghazanfani accepted; however, once seated in the taxi, the victim found three armed men in the back of the taxi. The vehicle was then locked, trapping the victim inside as the four men threatened him with knives to hand over credit cards and cash along with PINs. The victim was held hostage in the vehicle for two hours as they drove around, forcing him to withdraw money from ATMs before eventually letting him go on the Mahipalpur flyover. The suspects' vehicle was not registered with any licensed taxi company.

Four killed, dozens trapped in Mumbai building collapse

At least four people have been killed and more than 30 others have been trapped after a building collapsed in Mumbai. A four-storey has come down in the Dongri area of southern Mumbai on Tuesday. According to the BBC, the cause of the collapse remains unclear as rescue operations continue to search for those trapped under the rubble. The building is said to be around 100 years ago and it's likely that recent flooding from monsoon rains combined with the building's age may have played a factor in the building's collapse. 

Eight killed in India building collapse

Eight people have been killed after a four-storey building collapsed amid heavy rainfall in Himachal Pradesh over the weekend. The accident happened on Sunday evening near Kumarhatti in the Solan district, where rescue workers are still working to try and recover a number of people thought to still be trapped under the rubble. Seven Indian soldiers and a civilian have been confirmed dead, while some 28 others have been injured and at least seven others are still feared trapped. Preliminary reports suggest the building hadn't been built up to specifications and failed to meet standard safety regulations.

Ten killed, 1.5 million displaced in Assam floods

At least 10 people have reportedly been killed and around 1.5 million people have been displaced by floods in India's north-eastern Assam state, where the massive Brahmaputra River has burst its banks amid heavy rainfall brought on by this year's monsoon season. "The flood situation remains extremely critical", said Assam's state minister for water resources, Keshab Mahanta. The river, which flows through China, India, and Bangladesh, burst its banks over the weekend, flooding more than 1,800 villages in Assam. The monsoon season typically lasts from June to September. Last year saw some of the worst monsoon floods with more than 1,200 killed in India, Nepal, and Bangladesh.

Assam floods force hundreds to evacuate

Hundreds of people have reportedly been forced to evacuate their homes amid floods in the state of Assam. According to recent reports, more than 1,800 people have been evacuated due to floods caused by heavy rainfall in the region. Among some of the worst affected areas are Dhemaji, Golagaht, and Kamrup. Relief camps have been set up to house those evacuated and to provide assistance where needed. Low-lying areas have been subject to flash floods where rivers have overflowed, causing widespread disruption. Rescue operations remain ongoing while further heavy rain is forecast for the region over the coming weekend.

Flight disruption due to emergency landing at Kempegowda airport

Flight operations at Bangalore's Kempegowda International Airport have been disrupted due to an emergency landing. According to reports, a Fedex flight reported a technical issue with the aircraft and requested emergency landing at the airport on Thursday evening. All runway operations were suspended for a period of time overnight, directly affecting a dozen or so flights. Delays and flight disruption have continued into Friday as a knock-on effect of the incident last night.

Two wounded in Satara shop explosion

Two people have been injured after they were caught in an explosion at an electronics shop in the Satara district of Maharashtra state. According to reports, the blast occurred on Thursday evening at approximately 22:30 local time, at a shop located in the Powai Naka area of Satara city. It's believed the explosion came from a faulty power inverter, which had been installed inside the shop. 

Maoist insurgent killed in Telangana

A Maoist insurgent has allegedly been killed during a clash with the security forces in Telangana. According to reports, members of the District Reserve Guard were carrying out a search operation in the Dabba area on Friday when they encountered the suspected insurgent, who was allegedly armed and opened fire on the security personnel, sparking a fatal gunfight.

Cross-border firing reported along LoC

Cross-border firing has been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. According to reports, a ceasefire violation was recorded on Friday morning along the LoC near Mankote in the Krishna Ghati area of the Poonch district. Another violation was also recorded that same morning in the Nowshera area of the Rajouri district. Indian sources have claimed that the Pakistani forces opened fire first, sparking retaliatory firing from the Indian forces. No casualties have been reported.

Explosive material found at Gujarat airport

A suspected attempted terror attack has allegedly been foiled after explosive material was found at an airport in Gujarat. The discovery was made at Vadodara Airport on Wednesday as plane cargo underwent security screening processes. According to reports, the Bomb Detection and Disposal Squad have confirmed that traces of explosive material were detected in a parcel destined to be loaded into the plane's hold. Unconfirmed reports have linked the incident to the Khalistan militant movement, suggesting they may have been testing airport security measures; however, the authorities have stressed that investigations remain ongoing and the origins of the parcel remain unclear.

Two Maoist insurgents killed in Madhya Pradesh

Two Maoist insurgents have allegedly been killed in an armed clash with Indian police officers in Madhya Pradesh. It's been reported that the insurgents were both killed following an encounter with the police in the Balaghat district on Tuesday evening. A fatal crossfire allegedly broke out between the police and the insurgents when the suspects opened fire on police officers, prompting return fire.

Flash floods force evacuations in Arunachal Pradesh

Around 200 people have been ordered to evacuate in the West Kameng district of Arunachal Pradesh after flash floods occurred. The floods have been triggered by heavy monsoon rains which have been affecting the region. The Indian military have been deployed to assist evacuations and relief efforts. Low-lying areas remain at a high risk of flooding suddenly as further downpours are forecast for the region over the next few days.

Wall collapse kills two children in Bihar

Two children have been left dead after a wall collapsed in Patna, Bihar. According to reports, the accident occurred in the Yarpur area on Tuesday evening amid heavy rainfall. The eight-feet high wall was part of a 70-feet long compound wall surrounding an office building and fell onto an adjoining hut, killing a seven-month-old baby and a toddler, while five others were also wounded. The cause of the accident has been linked to the heavy downpours experienced in the area recently.

Landslide kills two in Darjeeling

Two deaths have been reported after a landslide hit a residential area in Darjeeling, West Bengal. The landslide was triggered by heavy rainfall in the region, brought on by the arrival of the monsoon season in India. According to reports, the landslide hit an elderly couple's house during the early hours of Monday morning in the Pubung Fatak area of Sukhiapokhri in Darjeeling. The bodies of 60-year-old Kumar Lopchan and his 55-year-old wife, Bal Kumari Lopchan, were recovered from the debris by the emergency services.

Maoist insurgents kidnap local politician in Telangana

A local politician has allegedly been kidnapped by a group of suspected Maoist insurgents in the state of Telangana. According to reports, a group of around 15 suspected Maoist insurgents targeted the victim on Monday night, abducting him from his residential property in the village of Bestha Kotthur in the Cherla Mandal area of Bhadrachalam. The victim has been identified as Nalluri Srinivas Rao, a local Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party member. It's believed the abduction may have been motivated by an ongoing land dispute with a local tribal group.

Three killed in Andhra Pradesh bus crash

Three fatalities have been confirmed, while dozens of others have been wounded following an accident involving a passenger bus occurred in the state of Andhra Pradesh. Recent reports indicate the bus turned over whilst travelling along a road in the city of Visakhapatnam on Tuesday morning. It remains unclear what caused the bus driver to lose control of the vehicle as the injured are taken to hospital. Most fatal road accidents in India are caused by reckless driving or poor road and vehicle safety standards.

Red weather alert issued in Mumbai

A red weather alert has been issued in Mumbai due to the high risk of heavy rainfall. The alert was issued by the India Meterological Department ahead of adverse weather which has been forecast for the wider Maharashtra state. Torrential downpours are expected to lead to severe travel disruption affecting roads, trains, and flight operations. The monsoon rains will also significantly heighten the risk of flooding - especially in low-lying areas.

Four Maoist insurgents killed in Chhattisgarh

Four Maoist insurgents have reportedly been killed during counter-insurgency operations carried out by the Indian security forces in the state of Chhattisgarh. According to local reports, the security operation was conducted over the weekend in the Dhamtari district, where insurgent activity had recently been reported. The security forces encountered a number of armed insurgents during search operations in part of a remote forested area between the villages of Mechka and Khallari. A fatal gunfight was allegedly sparked after the insurgents opened fire on the security forces, leading to the deaths of four insurgents. No other casualties have been reported.

Dozens killed in Uttar Pradesh bus crash

Dozens of people have been killed following a bus crash in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The accident reportedly occurred along the Yamuna Expressway near the city of Agra on Monday morning. The bus had been transporting about 50 people from the state capital, Lucknow, to the Indian capital city of Delhi. At least 29 people have been confirmed dead, while some 20 others have been rescued. According to reports, the bus driver fell asleep at the wheel and lost control of the double-decker sleeper coach, causing it to veer off the highway, falling 15 feet into a drainage area below. 

Violent riots reported in Jaipur

Violence and rioting has been reported in Jaipur in the state of Rajasthan. According to reports, the mass rioting has been sparked by public anger over a local rape case, after a seven-year-old was allegedly abducted and raped. Rioters are demanding the arrest of the man believed to responsible for the crime and have so far torched more than 160 vehicles, causing widespread disruption in the state capital. The police have responded by arresting at least 16 people for rioting and shutting down the internet is certain districts to prevent further riots being organised. 

Security forces kill militant in Shopian

A suspected militant has reportedly been killed during an armed clash with the Indian security forces in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, the altercation occurred on Friday in a remote area during a search operations which had been launched by the security forces after they received information about militant activity in the area. The security forces allegedly encountered an unspecified number of armed militants, who opened fire on the security forces, sparking a fatal gunfight in which one militant was killed.

Opposition leader quits

The leader of India's main opposition Congress Party, Rahul Gandhi, has resigned following the party's defeat in the recent general election. Rahul Gandhi announced his intention to resign on Wednesday, taking responsibility for the party's defeat whilst saying he had no ill feelings towards India's ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), although he did call the impartiality of the election in question, saying "we didn't fight a political party... we fought the entire machinery of the Indian state".

Dam breach death toll rises

The death toll following a dam breach in Ratnagiri has reportedly risen to at least 18 confirmed fatalities as of Thursday morning. The breach flooded seven villages and was caused by heavy monsoon rains which have been affecting the wider state of Maharashtra throughout the last week. The downpour has been one of the heaviest in the last decade, with the wet weather forecast to continue into next week. According to recent reports, six people remain missing as rescue operations enter their second consecutive day on Thursday. Other fatalities have been reported in rain-related incidents across the state, including 26 people who were killed when a wall collapsed in a Mumbai slum on Tuesday, and six labourers who also died in another wall collapse in Pune city earlier this week.

Van rams army vehicle in Samba attack

A van has rammed an army vehicle, leaving three people dead in Samba, Jammu and Kashmir. The incident happened on Tuesday in the Ghagwal area of the Samba district, where a van reportedly drove head on into a stationary army recovery vehicle at a considerable speed. At least three people have been killed and four others have been injured from the attack, which remains unclaimed but the security forces suspect Islamist militants were responsible. The fatalities have not yet been publicly identified.

Dam breach reported in Maharashtra

A dam breach has been reported in the state of Maharashtra, where the Tiware dam in Ratnagiri has allegedly burst. The breach has reportedly flooded at least seven villages which are located downstream of the dam, with preliminary reports indicating that at least 23 people have been reported missing and are feared dead. Search and rescue operations have been launched and remain ongoing. It's believed the breach was caused by heavy rainfall which has been affecting the region lately.

Schoolgirl raped in Bihar attack

A 17-year-old girl has been raped by three men in an attack in Bihar state. The victim was walking home from school when she was ambushed and dragged into a car in the Saran district. "The men were in an i10 car when they stopped the victim and dragged her. She was let after more than an hour,” said police in a statement. A manhunt is underway to track down the three assailants.

Mumbai hit by torrential rain

At least 15 people have been killed after Mumbai was hit by torrential rain. Rail, road and air transport have all been disrupted and the local authorities have declared a public holiday, asking residents to stay indoors. Meteorologists said the rain was the heaviest to hit the port city in a decade.

Scores killed as bus falls into ravine, Kashmir

At least 35 people have been killed after a bus veered off the road and fell into a ravine in Kashmir state. A further 17 people were wounded in the accident, which occurred in the southern Kishtwar area on Monday. Ten of the casualties were airlifted to Jammu for emergency treatment. Police said the bus, which was heavily overcrowded, fell 150m from the mountain road. The cause of the accident is being investigated.

Sixteen arrested after mob attacks forest officer

Sixteen people have been arrested after a mob attacked a female forest officer in Telangana state. Koneru Krishna Rao, a member of the ruling Telangana Rashtra Samithi (TRS) party led the mob, which was protesting against a tree plantation drive. Rao told local media that he was trying to "ensure justice for tribal farmers as forest officials were destroying their crops". Police officers were forced to intervene to disperse the crowd.

Two arrested for attempted rape in Bihar state

Two men have been arrested for attempted rape in the north-eastern state of Bihar. The suspects allegedly shaved the heads of two women, a mother and daughter, for offering resistance during the incident before parading them through a village. "We were beaten with sticks very badly. I have injuries all over my body and my daughter also has some injuries," the mother told local media. Police are hunting for five other suspects.

Eleven arrested over killing of Muslim man

Indian police have arrested 11 people in connection with the torture and killing of a Muslim man. Video footage emerged of Tabrez Ansari, 24, being beaten by suspected Hindu vigilantes in Jharkhand state last week. He was tortured for around 12 hours and later died in hospital. "Two police have also been suspended because they failed to inform seniors about the case and tried to manage it at their level," the police chief said.

Four Islamist militants arrested in Kolkata

Four Islamist militants have been arrested by the Special Task Force (STF) in Kolkata. Two Bangladeshi nationals were arrested from the vicinity of Sealdah Railway Station’s parking lot in Kolkata. Two other suspects were detained near Howrah station. The group were from a faction of the Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) group.

Heavy rainfall forecast in Uttarakhand

Heavy rainfall has been forecast for several areas of Uttarakhand state in northern India.  The India Meteorological Department (IMD) said Udham Singh Nagar, Nainital, Pithoragarh, Chamoli, Rudraprayag, Tihri and Dehradun will be hit by torrential rain over the next 48 hours. Local emergency services are on high alert, while the Disaster Mitigation and Management Center will be coordinating any response efforts.

Politicians attacked over bribes in West Bengal

Several politicians have been attacked by residents demanding the repayment of bribes in West Bengal state. The state's chief minister, Mamata Banerjee, has called on ministers to return money paid by people trying to access government welfare schemes. On Monday a local leader's house was raided by angry local residents who were demanding refunds. Recently Prime Minister Narendra Modi criticised the Mamata-led government for allowing extortion payments, adding that West Bengal rejected government funding for infrastructure projects because senior officials weren't getting their cut.

Fourteen killed in tent collapse, Rajasthan

At least 14 people have been killed and more than 50 others wounded after a tent collapsed in Rajasthan state. The incident occurred during a religious event in the Barmer district on Sunday. The tent was brought down by strong winds and heavy rains, while some of the victims were reportedly electrocuted by live wires. Prime Minister Narendra Modi said his thoughts were with the "bereaved families."

Two killed in Uttar Pradesh shooting

Two people have been killed in a shooting incident in the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to recent reports, the incident occurred on Thursday in the Jagatpur area of Varnasi, where two people were shot dead by an armed suspect. Preliminary reports indicate the shooting may have been motivated by a land dispute involving the victims; however, police operations remain ongoing and no arrests have been made thus far.

Water shortage reported in Tamil Nadu

A water shortage has been reported in the southern state of Tamil Nadu. A state minister announced an acute water shortage earlier this week, with some communities relying on water tank trucks supplying the majority of their water. The shortage has been caused by drying lakes and depleted groundwater as a result of less rainfall during the monsoon season last year. Those in the state capital of Chennai have been particularly affected as people queue for water and hotels enforce water rationing.

Sixteen arrested in West Bengal clashes

At least 16 people have been arrested amidst violence clashes in West Bengal. Fighting between members of the All India Trinamool Congree and Bharatiya Janata Party political parties has been ongoing in Bhatpara since Thursday. Political tensions in the region have been high throughout the last week as disruptive episodes of violence between members of the two parties have broken out. The arrests were made by the police as the most recent clash has entered its second consecutive day on Friday. An extensive police presence has been deployed to the area and will remain in place until order has been restored.

Bus crash kills 25 in Himachal Pradesh

At least 25 people have been confirmed dead and some 35 others have been wounded following an accident involving a passenger bus in Himachal Pradesh. The privately-operated bus reportedly veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge, crashing at the bottom. The accident occurred near Banjar in the Kullu district on Wednesday. The cause of the crash remains unclear as the emergency services attend the scene. Poor vehicle and road standards and reckless driving are the main causal factors in most fatal road accidents in India.

Heatstroke death toll rises to 184 in Bihar

The death toll for heat-related deaths amid the ongoing heatwave in Bihar has reportedly risen to 184 confirmed fatalities. According to reports, hundreds of people have also been treated in hospitals for symptoms related to heatstroke and dehydration. Recent weather forecasts predict the current heatwave will continue throughout the next week, although temperatures may drop slightly over the next few days. The local authorities have issued reminders to stay hydrated and to stay in the shade, minimising outdoor activity in the direct sunlight. Field workers and the elderly have been identified as two of the most vulnerable groups in heatwaves.

Politician abducted and killed in Bijapur

An Indian politician has reportedly been abducted and killed by suspected Naxalite militants in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh. According to reports, the victim was an official from the Samajwadi Party and was targeted by his attackers on Tuesday evening. The attack occurred near Marimalla village, where the victim was kidnapped when he was on his way to oversee some local roadworks. The police believe that Naxalite militants were behind the abduction and murder, although no claim of responsibility has been made.

Monsoon warning issued in Jharkhand

A monsoon warning has been issued in the state of Jharkhand, where there is a high risk of severe weather conditions. Heavy rain and strong winds are forecast to affect the region tomorrow, and will likely cause widespread disruption. The Ranchi Meteorological Centre has offered insight on why the monsoon season has seen heavy rain affecting parts of India later than usual, suggesting that Cyclone Vayu was the most likely causal factor. Low-lying areas face a risk of flash flooding and residents should be prepared to evacuate at short notice if needs be.

Five terror suspects arrested in Shopian

Five suspected terrorists have been arrested during a police raid in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The five suspects were reportedly detained on terror-related charges on Tuesday. According to local reports, the security forces launched the raid after receiving information regarding terrorist activity in the area. Various explosive materials, including an improvised explosive device (IED), were also recovered during the raid.

Pulwama police station targeted in grenade attack

A police station in Pulwama has been targeted in a suspected militant attack, after a hand grenade was thrown at the station by suspected terrorists on Tuesday. The grenade detonated just outside the station, leaving at least five civilians injured. The area has been cordoned off as the police launch search operations in pursuit of the attackers. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack thus far.

Three killed in Anantnag clash

Three deaths have been recorded following an armed clash between the Indian security forces and suspected militants in the Anantnag district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Local reports claim the fighting broke out on Tuesday during security operations in the area. At least one security personnel has been killed, along with two militants, while various firearms and ammunition were also seized.

Two terrorists killed in Anantnag clash

Two suspected terrorists have been killed and three Indian soldiers have been wounded following an armed clash in the Anantnag district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the security forces were carrying a search operation near a village when they encountered a number of armed terrorists, who allegedly opened fire on the security forces first, sparking a gunfight in which two terrorists were shot dead.

High risk of terrorist attack in Jammu and Kashmir

The Indian government's intelligence agency has reported a high risk of terrorist attack in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, an intelligence report has indicated that increased terrorist movement along the Line of Control (LoC) has been linked to Pakistan-based terrorist group, Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT), which claimed responsibility for a deadly suicide bomb attack which killed more than 40 paramilitary security personnel in India earlier this year. Unconfirmed reports suggest a group of LeT militants in Kupwara are potentially planning a terrorist attack.

Two terror suspects killed in Pulwama clash

Two suspected terrorists have been killed following a clash with the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The clash reportedly occurred in the Braw Bandina area on Friday morning, when the security forces were conducting a counter-terror search operation. According to reports, suspected members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group opened fire on the security forces, prompting a brief firefight in which two suspects were shot dead.

Doctors strike for fourth consecutive day in Kolkata

A doctor's strike has entered its fourth consecutive day in Kolkata, West Bengal. Striking doctors were apparently faced with an ultimatum , to return to work or face state action; however, strike action has continued. The strike has caused widespread disruption to the provision of health services in the state. Doctors have been striking since 11 June, having organised the industrial action in response to two junior doctors being assaulted on shift. Momentum for the strike has been picked up in other cities outside of the state as well, with doctors strikes reported in parts of Mumbai and Delhi.

Man linked to Sri Lanka Easter Sunday bombing arrested

A man thought to be linked to the Easter Sunday bombings in Sri Lanka has reportedly been detained by the Indian authorities. The 32-year-old suspect, identified as Mohammad Azharuddin, was Facebook friends with one of the alleged ringleaders of the attack, Zahran Hashim. According to reports, Azharuddin was arrested as part of a wider anti-terrorism investigation, which has seen five other suspects arrested during raids targeting a suspected IS militant cell in the southern Indian city of Coimbatore. All six detainees are accused of propagating Islamic State (IS) ideology and attempting to recruit "vulnerable youth" to carry out attacks in southern India. Further raids are reportedly being carried out in the Ukkadam neighbourhood of Coimbatore.

Cyclone Vayu changes course overnight

Cyclone Vayu has changed course overnight, moving further into the Arabian sea. The powerful cyclone was expected to make landfall along India's western coast on Thursday morning, but has instead kept clear of the Gujarat coast. Hundreds of thousands of people had already been evacuated from low-lying and coastal areas as the region braced for the 'very severe' cyclone. Strong winds and heavy rain are still expected as the cyclone passes by; however, it's now expected that the cyclone will not make landfall and will peter out over the Arabian sea. The coastguard, the navy, and disaster response teams will remain on standby for the next 24 hours and both Gujarat and Diu Island remain on high alert. Schools and airports will remain closed for now, with most train and port operations suspended as well. Fishermen are advised to avoid going out to sea until at least Saturday 15 June due to hazardous sea conditions.

Five security personnel killed in clash with militants

Five Indian security personnel have been killed, along with two  suspected militants during a clash in the Anantnag district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) were reportedly attacked by armed militants on motorbikes, sparking a clash along the KP Road on Wednesday. The militants were armed with guns, shooting five CRPF officers dead. Two militants were also killed in the crossfire.

Thousands evacuated in Gujarat ahead of cyclone

Some 300,000 people have reportedly been evacuated from their homes in the state of Gujarat and Diu Island as of Cyclone Vayu approaches. The cyclone is due to make landfall in the north-western region in the early hours of Thursday morning, prompting local officials to evacuate high-risk areas. Low-lying ground has been identified as one of the most vulnerable areas due to the likelihood of flash floods amid heavy rainfall brought in by the storm. Some coastal areas have also been evacuated, as storm surges are expected to be large and dangerous. Widespread disruption should be expected throughout Thursday, continuing into Friday.

Dozens die amid ongoing heatwave

Dozens have reportedly died amid an ongoing heatwave affecting the north-western regions. According to reports, at least 36 people have died in heat-related circumstances during the current heatwave, which has seen temperatures in Delhi reach as high as 48 degrees Celsius, while temperatures in the Churu area of Rajasthan were even higher still, surpassing 50 degrees on Tuesday. The poorest and oldest residents are said to be worst affected by the extreme heat, with experts warning this year's heatwave has already been worse than last year's, which killed 25 people in comparison.

Cyclone Vayu to hit Gujarat

Cyclone Vayu is currently forecast to make landfall in the western state of Gujarat, bringing strong winds and heavy rainfall. The Indian authorities have warned that there will be a heightened risk of flash flooding amidst general disruption. According to the India Meteorological Department, the cyclone is due to hit coastal areas of Gujarat by early Thursday, with winds gusting up to 170kph (106mph). Tourists in particular have been advised to avoid coastal areas until further notice, while more than 250,000 people have been evacuated from low-lying areas at a high risk of flooding.

Doctors strike causes disruption in Bengal

A doctors strike has caused significant disruption across Bengal, with public health services limited during the strike. Junior doctors in state-run hospitals have gone on strike after two junior doctors were reportedly assaulted at a hospital in Kolkata. The industrial action was arranged to stand in solidarity with the two junior doctors, with some senior doctors and other medical professionals also joining the strike. Health services will be operating at a reduced capacity in the meantime, with shorter opening hours than usual due to the lack of staff.

Teenage girl abducted and raped in Uttar Pradesh

A teenage girl has reportedly been abducted and raped by two suspects in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The 15-year-old victim was allegedly kidnapped by two men from the village of Khandrawali in the Kandhla area of Shamli district on Monday. According to reports, the girl was found unconscious in a nearby field, with the suspects having already fled the scene. It remains unclear as investigations go forward whether or not the victim knew her attackers.

Clashes in Shopian leave two militants dead

Two suspected militants have been left dead after an armed clash occurred in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The security forces reportedly encountered a group of armed militants during a search operation near the village of Awneera on Tuesday. It's claimed the suspected militants were members of the Pakistan-based Jaish-e-Mohammad militant group.

Toddler trapped in well dies in Punjab

A toddler who became trapped in a well has reportedly died amidst rescue efforts. The boy fell into the well - located outside his house in Sangrur, Punjab - on Thursday last week, and was allegedly stuck at a depth of 125 feet. Rescue efforts involved a team digging parallel to the well the retrieve the boy in a 110-hour operation. According to reports, the boy was taken to a hospital in Chandigarh, but doctors declared him dead at the scene.

Eleven killed in Jharkhand bus crash

Eleven people have been killed and at least 25 others have been wounded following a bus crash in the state of Jharkhand. The accident occurred in the Danuwa Ghati area of Jharkhand, where it had been travelling along the National Highway 2 when the vehicle's brakes failed. A full accident investigation has been launched into why the brakes failed; however, road safety standards are notoriously poor in India, with poorly maintained vehicles and reckless driving identified as the main causes of most fatal road accidents.

Cyclone warning issued along eastern coast

A cyclone warning has been issued to parts of India's western coast as the monsoon season kicks off. Severe heavy rainfall is expected throughout the eastern coastal region within the next 48 hours, with particularly strong winds along the western coastal fronts. The local weather authorities have warned that a band of low pressure is expected to develop into a depression, which could intensify into a cyclone before hitting the coastline in two day's time. The adverse weather is expected to affect as far south as the state of Kerala; however, recent forecasts show the trajectory of the storm looks set to take it towards Mumbai before it continues in a northerly direction towards Ahmedabad. 

Six men convicted for rape and murder of Muslim girl

Six out of eight men accused of the rape, torture, and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl in Indian-administered Kashmir have been found guilty. The victim was a member of a Muslim nomadic tribe, with the case making headlines last year when Hindu right-wing groups in Kathua protested the arrests of eight suspects, including a retired government official and four police officers. The case was among other high-profile rape and murder cases which led the Indian government to make cases involving children under the age of 12 punishable by death. It's possible that the conviction of the six suspects could trigger localised protests in Kathua.

Two police officers injured in grenade attack

Two Indian police officers have reportedly been injured in a grenade attack in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, unidentified militants threw the grenade at the front gate of a police station in Sopore before fleeing the scene. The area has been cordoned off and a search operation has been launched in pursuit of the militants.

Dust storm hits Uttar Pradesh

A large dust storm has hit the state of Uttar Pradesh, leaving at least 19 people dead and almost 50 more wounded. The storm has come accompanied by lightning - heightening the risk of trees being felled and field workers being hit by lightning. Fatalities have been across most of the state and significant disruption has been reported due to the storm, with widespread travel delays due to reduced visibility and hazardous driving conditions.

Monsoon alert issued in Kerala

An orange alert has been issued by the authorities in the southern state of Kerala ahead of the monsoon season. Weather forecasts predict a heavy start to the season, which typically last from June to September. The southern-most districts of Alappuzha, Ernakulam, Kollam, and Thiruvananthapuram are expected to be among the worst affected areas when the rains hit over the weekend. There will be a heightened risk of flash floods and landslides, and sea conditions will also be dangerously rough.

Cricketer killed in Mumbai stabbing

A cricketer from Mumbai has reportedly been stabbed to death in what appears to have been a targeted attack. The victim, identified as Mumbai cricketer Rakesh Panwar, was allegedly stabbed to death by three unidentified assailants in the Bhandup area of Mumbai last night. Panwar was allegedly with his girlfriend at the time, while friends of Panwar have claimed the attack was related to an ongoing feud between Panwar and the family of another local cricketer - possibly fuelled by an on-pitch injury. Further details are yet to be confirmed as police investigations continue.

Militant killed in Pulwama stand-off

A suspected militant has reportedly been shot dead in a stand-off with the Indian military in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The security forces allegedly cordoned off the village of Panjran on Thursday evening after receiving reports of militant activity in the area. An armed encounter broke out at a residential property where a number of armed militants were believed to be holed up. One militant has been shot dead, while two others remain barricaded inside the property. The operation remains ongoing.

Four suspected militants killed in Pulwama clash

Four suspected militants have been killed in a clash with the Indian security forces in the Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir. The militants are thought to have been members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militant group. Local reports claim two of the militants were identified as Indian police officers who had failed to turn up for work yesterday. It remains unclear whether the police officers were insiders or if they defected.

Political groups clash in West Bengal

One death has been confirmed after members of two opposing political groups clashed in West Bengal. Violence broke out on Wednesday and tensions have remained high in the Nimta area of Kolkata, where members of the All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) have clashed with members of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). A TMC leader has been confirmed dead and two others have been wounded. Two male suspects - one a BJP member - have been arrested in connection with the murder, which has triggered protests from local residents in the area.

Three-year-old abducted and killed in Aligarh

The dead body of a three-year-old girl has been found after she was abducted last week in the Tappal of Aligarh, Uttar Pradesh. The child was reportedly strangled to death and had her eyes gouged out as payback for her parents' failure to repay part of a loan. According to reports, the girl's parents had borrowed 40,000 rupees and were asked to may a partial repayment of 5,000 but couldn't. Investigations have been launched, with five police officers suspended for failing to prevent the brutal murder.

Former journalist killed in Kakapora gun attack

A former journalist has reportedly been killed in a gun attack in Kakapora, Jammu and Kashmir. According to recent reports, former journalist Nageena Jan was targeted in a residential property by several unidentified gunmen on Wednesday. Another person was also injured in the attack. It's believed that attack may have been carried out by militants, as Jan's husband was also killed in a militant attack two years ago.

Student quarantined for Nipah virus in Kerala

A 23-year-old Indian student has reportedly been quarantined in Kerala after testing positive for the Nipah virus on Tuesday. According to reports, an estimated 90 people who had been in recent contact with the patient have been placed under observation for possible symptoms, which include coughing, headaches, fever, drowsiness, and shortness of breath. The virus' natural host is the bat, and is often transmitted to humans through contaminated fruit. Between 50 to 75 percent of patients with the virus die, meaning outbreaks are treated very seriously.

Search for missing eight climbers finds five bodies in Indian Himalayas

A search for eight missing climbers has located five bodies in the Indian Himalayas. The eight climbers were part of a group of 12 and went missing on Monday 27 May, when a series of avalanches hit the 7,816-metre Nanda Devi mountain. Four climbers from the group had reportedly turned back earlier during the ascent because of bad weather and were rescued on Sunday 02 June, having survived on the mountain for six days after the avalanche. The four rescued climbers have since joined rescue efforts, spotting five bodies on the climbers' route on Monday. Four Britons, two Americans, an Australian, and an Indian make up the missing eight climbers. Plans are being made to attempt retrieving the bodies. 

Two politicians killed in Uttar Pradesh shootings

Two Indian politicians have reportedly been killed in two shooting incidents over the weekend. According to reports, both victims were targeted in separate attacks. One victim was killed by unidentified gunmen in the Jaipur area, while the second was shot dead outside his house in the Dadri area of Noida. Both were members of the Samajwadi Party, leading police to investigate any potential links, as no clear motive has been determined thus far and the suspects remain at large.

One killed in Shopian shootout

A suspected terrorist has reportedly been killed in a shootout between the Indian security fores and suspected militants in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the altercation broke out  on Sunday evening in the Molu-Chitragam area. One militant was confirmed dead following the gunfight.

Eight killed in Odisha thunderstorms

At least eight deaths have been reported as a result of thunderstorms in the state of Odisha. Lightning and thunder have accompanied heavy rainfall as thunderstorms have hit the state. According to reports, four people have died in the Ganjam and Koraput areas, while another four fatalities have been confirmed in Kendijhar and Jajpur. An additional five others have also been wounded. Field workers are often among the most vulnerable during thunderstorms as they face an incredibly high risk of being struck by lightning out in the fields.

Two killed in Shopian clashes

At least two people have been killed in clashes between the Indian security forces and suspected militants in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the military launched a counter-terror operation in the village of Pinjura, where a group of militants were allegedly hiding. Local residents interfered in the clashes, throwing stones at security personnel in a bid to disrupt the operation against the militants. One militant and one civilian were killed in the altercation, while some 28 others were also wounded. Villagers often sympathise with separatist militants in the disputed northern region.

Violent clashes reported in Anantnag

Violent clashes have been reported in the Anantnag district of Jammy and Kashmir. According to reports from Asian News International (ANI), fighting broke out between the Indian security forces and armed militants within the last 24 hours. The security forces were allegedly carrying out routine counter-terror search operations in the Kokernag area of Anantnag after receiving reports of militant activity. No causalities have been reported thus far but are deemed likely.

Fifteen killed in Gujarat fire

At least 15 people have been killed after a fire broke out in a four-storey commercial complex in Surat, Gujarat, on Friday. The blaze engulfed the third and fourth floors of the Taxshila Complex, which was used by a coaching institute. Reports indicate 15 students have been confirmed dead, while many others jumped from the third and fourth floors to escape the flames. Dozens have also been injured as investigations into the cause of the fire are launched.

Protests reported in Tral

Protesters have gathered in Tral, Jammu and Kashmir, to demonstrate against the death of a local Islamist militant. Zakir Musa was an influential militant who previously had links to al-Qaeda and the Hizbul Mujahideen. The protests have been particularly disruptive in the village of Dadsar, where thousands attended Musa's funeral. Tensions remain high in an area where local residents often support militants in clashes against the security forces. Internet services have been suspended and schools have been temporarily closed across parts of Tral as further protests are deemed likely.

Contaminated water kills person in Rajasthan

A person has been killed, while some 14 others have also been hospitalised by contaminated water in the state of Rajasthan. It's believed all of the patients drank unclean water which had been stored in a clay pot. The local health authorities have issued a reminder of the importance of boiling drinking water to avoid falling ill.

Militants clash with security forces in Tral

A group of armed militants have reportedly clashed with the Indian security forces in Tral, Jammu and Kashmir. According to local reports, gunfire was heard in the area on Wednesday. It's believed the security forces encountered a number of armed militants during a search operation. The security forces launched the operation after receiving reports of militant activity in the area. No casualties have been reported but are deemed likely.

PM wins landsldie election

PM Narendra Modi's party has won the Indian general election in a landslide victory. The Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) are set to win about 300 of the 543 seats in parliament, having already won a clear majority, setting them up for another five-year term. A party or coalition needs at least 272 seats to secure a majority. The main opposition alliance, headed by Rahul Gandhi's Congress party, has admitted defeat. The vote was widely seen as a referendum on the PM's Hindu nationalist politics.

Man killed in Gujarat mob lynching incident

A man has been killed and two Indian police officers have been injured following a mob lynching incident in Gujarat. The incident occurred inside the local LG Hospital in the town of Ahmedabad on Tuesday night, when a mob of around 25 people stormed the hospital, killing the 40-year-old victim before fleeing the scene. Video footage of the incident shows a male victim being attacked by people armed with makeshift weapons, such as pieces of broken furniture and pipes. The two police officers were injured when they attempted to intervene.

Suspect killed, hostage freed in Uttar Pradesh

A suspected kidnapper has been killed and their hostage has been freed during a rescue operation in Uttar Pradesh. The operation was launched after a young boy was reportedly abducted by a man who had previously worked as a driver for the child's father. It's believed the suspect took the child from outside his school's sports hall before demanding a 30m Rupee (around £340,000; $430,000) ransom for the child's release. According to reports, the suspect shot himself when the police arrived at the scene in the Bhadohi area on Tuesday night.

One killed in Mendhar IED blast

A suspected bomb blast has left one person dead and wounded at least seven others in the Mendhar area of the Poonch district in Jammu and Kashmir. The blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED), which had been planted and was detonated near the Line of Control, killing one Indian Army soldier. It's believed the IED blast was intended to target the Indian security forces and was most likely planted by Islamist militants.

Insurgents kill politician in Arunanchal Pradesh ambush

A local politician has been killed along with 10 others after insurgents ambushed them in a violent attack on Tuesday. The attack occurred in a village in the Tirap district of Arunachal Pradesh. Tirong Aboh, a member of the National People's Party, was seeking re-election in the West Khonsa Assembly seat when his five-vehicle convoy was attacked by armed insurgents - thought to be members of the National Socialist Council of Nagaland insurgent group, although no claim of responsibility has been made thus far.

Thirteen killed in truck collision

Some 13 fatalities have been confirmed following a collision between a truck and a passenger van in Maharashtra state on Monday. The accident occurred in Malkapur, where the truck was overtaking another vehicle when one of its tyres burst, causing the driver to lose control as the truck crashed into a passenger van. At least three other people were also injured in the crash. An investigation into the cause of the crash has been launched.

High terror threat in Jammu and Kashmir

There is a heightened risk of terrorist attack in parts of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Intelligence received by government security agencies has prompted them to issue a warning to the Srinagar and Awantipora areas, due to reports of terrorists planning attacks on air bases. The security forces have been placed on high alert.

IED blast hits Guwahati police checkpoint

A police checkpoint has been targeted by a suspected bomb explosion in Guwahati. According to reports, at least eight people were injured in the blast, which occurred on Thursday evening outside a shopping centre on Zoo Road. The explosion reportedly came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which had allegedly been thrown at the police checkpoint opposite the shopping centre. Two Central Reserve Police Force (CRPF) officers have been identified among those injured, while the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA-1) has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Security alert issued in Odisha

A security alert has been issued in the state of Odisha over the heightened risk of terrorist attack from Maoist insurgents operating in nearby areas. The state police forces have allegedly been placed on high alert, particularly in the Koraput, Malkangiri, and Rayagada districts. Additional security forces have also been deployed to remote jungle areas thought to be of interest in the Lamtaput and Nandapur areas following reports of insurgent activity in those areas.

Election-related clash reported in West Bengal

A number of casualties have been reported after a violent clash broke out in Kolkata, West Bengal. The incident is said to be related to elections, as those involved in the fight have been identified as supporters of opposing political parties. According to reports, Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) supporters clashed with All India Trinamool Congress (TMC) supporters during an election rally being held at Vidyasagar College on Tuesday. The police responded to the clash, breaking up the fight and dispersing the crowds.

Protests over toddler's rape in Kashmir

Protesters have been demonstrating in Kashmir over the recent rape of a toddler. The widespread protests have continued for their third consecutive day as people demand that a man who allegedly raped a three-year-old girl be sentenced to death. According to the BBC, the suspect had lured the child to a nearby school and raped her there last week. The suspect was a neighbour of the girl's family and was caught by the police shortly after he attempted to flee from the scene. The federal government in Kashmir introduced the death penalty for those convicted of raping minors under the age of 12 following a prominent case last year, in which an eight-year-old Muslim girl was raped and killed in the Kathua district. The protests have caused widespread disruption as schools remain closed.

Tractor crash leaves six dead in Uttar Pradesh

At least six people have been killed and some 35 others have been wounded after a tractor crashed in the state of Uttar Pradesh. According to local reports, a tractor with a trailer attached had been transporting dozens of people when the accident occurred overnight near the village of Nankhuna in the Moradabad district. The tractor allegedly crashed and overturned, rolling off the roadside and into a body of water. The precise cause of the accident remains unclear; however, most traffic incidents in India are caused by reckless driving and poor safety standards.

Ban on LTTE militant group extended

The Indian government has decided to extend the ban on the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE) militant group for a further five years. The extension on the ban is to take immediate effect as of Tuesday. In a statement released by the Home Ministry, the LTTE were described as a threat to the "sovereignty and territorial integrity of India". The group was originally banned for five years in 2014.

High alert issued for terrorist attacks

A high alert has been issued to parts of West Bengal after intelligence reports indicated there was a heightened risk of terrorist attack. According to reports, the alert was issued over the weekend in response to reports showing Jamaat-ul-Mujahideen Bangladesh (JMB) or Islamic State (IS) militants were planning violent terrorist attacks targeting Hindu or Buddhist temples on Sunday 12 May. 

Thirteen killed in Andhra Pradesh traffic accident

At least 13 people have been killed and several others have been injured following a traffic accident in Andhra Pradesh over the weekend. the accident occurred on Saturday in the Veldurthi area of the Kurnool district. According to reports, two vehicles collided with each other in a high-fatality crash. The cause of the accident remains unclear; however, many traffic accidents in India are caused by poor safety standards and reckless driving.

Ten killed in Punjab traffic accident

At least 10 people have been killed and some 13 others have been wounded in a traffic accident in Faisalabad, Punjab. The accident occurred near Dhobi Ghat on Thursday. According to local reports, a group of people had been picked up from a shrine in Himachal Pradesh and were being driven home in a jeep when the driver of the jeep reportedly lost control of the vehicle and crashed into a tree. It's believed the driver may have been speeding at the time of the accident.

Terror suspect killed in Shopian shootout

A suspected terrorist has reportedly been killed in a shootout with the security forces in the Shopian area of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian security forces were allegedly conducting routine counter-terror operations in the area when they encountered an armed suspect who opened fire on them, prompting security personnel to return fire in a deadly shootout. Various arms and ammunition were also recovered from the site of the clash.

Dozens arrested in New Delhi protests

Dozens of people have been arrested following recent protests in the capital, New Delhi. Protesters gathered outside the Supreme Court on Tuesday to protest against Chief Justice Ranjan Gogoi, who has been accused of sexual harassment. The case against him was dismissed recently, sparking the protest. The police dispersed the crowds using water cannons before arresting at least 50 participants.

Cyclone causes severe damage in Patia

Severe damage has been caused by Cyclone Fani in the state of Odisha as the storm moves towards West Bengal. Recent reports indicate strong winds from the storm have caused a 250-foot construction crane to crash into an apartment building in Patia, Bhubaneswar. Significant damage has been caused to the building; however, no casualties have been reported.

Flight operations suspended at Kolkata Airport

Flight operations have been suspended at Kolkata Airport as Cyclone Fani hits the Indian east coast. The airport is expected to remain closed until Saturday morning, when flying conditions will have improved by 08:00 local time. International and long-haul flights may be prioritised over domestic and short-haul services.

Maoist insurgent killed in Chattisgarh clash

A Maoist insurgent has allegedly been killed following a brief armed encounter with the Indian security forces in the Chhattisgarh state. According to reports, the clash occurred in the Kirandul area of Dantewada. The security forces were carrying out a routine patrol between the villages of Perpa and Markamaris when they were attacked by insurgents, triggering a firefight in which at least one insurgent was killed. The deceased is alleged to have been a local Maoist commander.

Severe Cyclone Fani makes landfall in Odisha

The severe grade five Cyclone Fani has made landfall in the state of Odisha (aka Orissa), bringing winds f up to 200kph (125mph) and torrential rain. The storm made landfall on Friday morning, after reports confirmed that an estimated 1.2m people have been evacuated ahead of the storm. Already there have been reports of significant disruption and damage caused by the storm, with widespread flooding, multiple roads blocked, and forecasters warning of a high risk of storm surge along coastal fronts. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Mass evacuations as Cyclone Fani approaches

Mass evacuations have been ordered along parts of India's east coast as Cyclone Fani approaches. Thousands of people have been evacuated ahead of the severe cyclone making landfall. The storm is currently on path to hit the state of Orissa, bringing winds of 200kph (127mph) and torrential rain. The cyclone is currently forecast to make landfall on Friday. Operations at two major ports have been shut down in Orissa, while the neighbouring Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu states have also been placed on high alert. According to the BBC, an estimated 800,000 people are being evacuated - nearly 100,000 from the city of Puri - expected to be hardest hit.

Sixteen police killed in Maoist attack

At least 16 Indian police commandos are feared dead following a suspected Maoist attack in the Gadchiroli area of Maharashtra state on Wednesday. According to local reports, Maoist insurgents allegedly targeted a police van in a landmine blast in a remote forest of Gadchiroli, by remotely detonated the explosives whilst the vehicle passed by. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far; however, Maoist insurgents are known to have a strong presence in the area.

Four terror suspects arrested in Tral

Four suspected terrorists have allegedly been arrested by the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, the suspects are thought to be members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group responsible for killing some 40 paramilitary security personnel in a a suicide bomb attack earlier this year. The arrest operation was launched based on intelligence received regarding terrorist activity in the Tral area of Pulwama.

Weather warnings as Cyclone Fani intensifies

Weather warnings have been issued along India's eastern coast as Cyclone Fani intensifies. The latest forecasts predict the cyclone could make landfall in the state of Odisha within the next few days. It's been warned that the cyclone, which is currently categorised as 'severe' by the India Meteorological Department, could further intensify into a 'very severe' cyclonic storm before it hits. The last 'severe' storm in the Bay of Bengal was Cyclone Mala which hit Myanmar in 2006. According to reports, Cyclone Fani's trajectory is expected to take the storm in a north-easterly direction along the eastern coastline of India, where strong winds and heavy rainfall are expected.

Cyclone warning issued for southern states

A cyclone warning has been issued for the southern states of Tamil Nadu and Kerala as a weather system continues to intensify in the Bay of Bengal. The storm could develop into a cyclone before it hits Tamil Nadu coast next week. Heavy rainfall and strong winds are forecast to affect southern coastal areas from Monday 29 April until Wednesday 01 May. An alert has been issued to fishermen to avoid venturing into the Indian Ocean between these dates. Forecast models have also warned of the risk that the storm's trajectory could change over the weekend, potentially taking it in a more northerly direction along India's east coast.

Election official killed in insurgent attack

A poll official has allegedly been killed in what's thought to have been a Maoist insurgent attack in the state of Orissa. Sanjukta Digal was on her way to work at a polling booth when her car was attacked by suspected insurgents on Thursday. An explosive device was reportedly set off in Kandhamal targeting Digal's car; however, she survived the blast, and was shot dead. Other officials travelling with her managed to escape. The attack occurred just hours before the second stage of voting kicked off in the general election. Voting has continued despite the attack.

Thunderstorms kill 35 in northern-central India

Some 35 deaths have been recorded in the northern-central states of India after thunderstorms hit the region throughout the last week. According to reports, thunderstorms have swept across Rajasthan, Gujarat, and Madhya Pradesh, causing widespread disruption and damage. At least 10 people have been killed in the northern state of Rajasthan, while another 10 have been killed in neighbouring Gujarat, and 15 more people have been killed in the more central state of Madhya Pradesh. Strong winds and heavy rain have also been affecting the capital, New Delhi. Last year, more than 125 people were killed after a wave of storms battered northern Indian states.

Three killed in Uttar Pradesh truck crash

At least three people have been killed and some 28 others have been injured in a truck crash in the state of Uttar Pradesh. The accident happened near the Chhibramau area in the Kannauj district on Sunday. According to reports, the truck was carrying a number of passengers when it overturned en route to a local village. The cause of the accident remains unclear; however, most fatal road accidents in India are linked to poor road safety standards and reckless driving.

Fatalities reported as storm hits Manipur

Fatalities have been reported after a storm hit parts of Manipur on Monday morning. At least three deaths have been confirmed - all identified as women - in the Kakching and Churachandpur areas, where strong winds and heavy rain have caused disruption. A number of residential properties have also been damaged by the adverse weather, which is forecast to gradually weaken over the next 12 hours.

Explosion reported near polling booth in Chhattisgarh

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported near a polling booth in the state of Chhattisgarh. The blast occurred in the Dandwan area of Narayanpur, where it's believed an improvised explosive device (IED) was planted near a polling booth and detonated by Maoist insurgents on Thursday morning. No casualties have been reported, although the area was briefly cordoned off by the security forces.

Politician killed in Chhattisgarh Maoist attack

A politician has been killed, along with at least four security personnel, in a Maoist insurgent attack in the state of Chhattisgarh. The BBC has reported that Bheema Mandavi, a government MP for Dantewada, was killed after suspected Maoist insurgents set off explosives targeting his campaign convoy, before opening fire on survivors in the Kuakonda area of Dantewada on Tuesday. The attack has come just days before the state votes in general elections on Thursday 11 April.

Election period to kick off in India

The election period is due to kick off in India this week as voting begins on Thursday 11 April, with the final ballot cast some five weeks later on 19 May. There are seven dates on which different regions will vote: 11, 18, 23, and 29 April, and 06, 12, and 19 May. According to the BBC, the governing Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has released its election manifesto, promising various welfare schemes for farmers - considered key voters in a heavily-agricultural country. Votes are due to be counted on 23 May.

Pakistan accuses India of planning military attack

Pakistani authorities have accused India of planning a military attack against Pakistan, originally planned to take place later this month. According to the BBC, Pakistani Foreign Minister Mehmood Qureshi made the accusation on Sunday, claiming to have "reliable intelligence" to support the recent allegations. The Indian authorities have responded to the accusations, dismissing them as "war hysteria". Relations have been tense between the two neighbours since Pakistan-based militants killed some 40 security personnel in Indian-administered Kashmir.

Cross-border clashes reported in Gulpur

Cross-border clashes have been reported along the Line of Control between Indian and Pakistani security forces. According to local reports, the clashes broke out in the Gulpur area of the Poonch district, in Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir. No casualties have been reported, although the Indian authorities have claimed the Pakistani forces triggered the clash by carrying out unprovoked firing across the border.

Three killed in Gujarat blast

Three people have been confirmed dead, while at least two other casualties have been reported following an explosion in Gujarat. The blast occurred on Thursday evening in a shop in the Apsara complex in the Danilimda area. It currently remains unclear what may have caused the explosion, as police investigations are launched. Preliminary reports indicate the blast may have been caused by a gas cylinder, although no evidence has been found at the scene to support this theory.

Heavy rains displace thousands in Tripura

Heavy rainfall has forced almost 6,000 people to evacuate their homes in the Tripura region. Hailstorms have also caused widespread disruption, as one fatality is confirmed on Thursday morning. It's estimated that around 5,900 people have been displaced by the adverse weather, which has severely affected the Dhalai, Khowai, South Tripura, and Unakoti districts over the last three days.

Four terror suspects killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Four suspected terrorists have allegedly been killed in recent security operations led by the Indian military in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The suspects were reportedly believed to have been active members of the Laskar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group. Fighting between the security forces and the militants was reported in the Lassipora area of Pulwama on Monday.

Two terror suspects killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Two suspected terrorists have been killed in recent clashes with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the security forces launched a counter-terror operation in the Budgam district, where they encountered a number of armed terrorists in the Sutsu village.

Two killed in Uttar Pradesh honour killing

Two teenagers have been killed in what's thought to have been an honour killing in Uttar Pradesh. The bodies of a 15-year-old female and a 19-year-old male were found on Wednesday morning near Ajayabpur train station in the village of Maicha in the Dadri area of Noida. The victims' romantic relationship is thought to have inspired the killings.

Four militants killed in Chhattisgarh

At least four Maoist militants have been killed in a clash with the Indian security forces in the Chhattisgarh state. According to reports, the security forces encountered a number of armed militants during routine counter-insurgency operations in the Bimapuram area of the Sukma district. A firefight broke out in which four militants were killed while the rest managed to escape. Various firearms were retrieved from the site of the clash.

Six killed in Maharashtra bus crash

Six people have been killed and some 30 others have been wounded after a passenger bus crashed in Maharashtra on Sunday. The accident occurred in the Palghar district near Torangan, where the bus reportedly veered off the road between the villages of Mokhada and Trimbeakeshwar. The bus fell into a deep gorge off the side of the road. It remains unclear what may have caused the accident. although reckless driving, low vehicle safety standards, and poor road conditions are the main causes of fatal road accidents in India.

BJP leader targeted in Rajasthan shooting

A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader, Ramlal Gurjar, has been targeted in a shooting incident in Rajasthan over the weekend. Gurjar had been attending a social event being held in the Bhawani Mandi area of Jhalawar when an armed assailant opened fire on Saturday evening. According to reports, four casualties have been confirmed as a result of the incident - all of whom have sustained non-life threatening injuries. Gurjar was not among those injured despite being the target of the attack.

Indian soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has been killed in a recent crossfire across the border between India and Pakistan in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. The cross-border gunfight reportedly took place along the Line of Control near the Rajouri district, where the Indian authorities have claimed an Indian soldier was shot dead by Pakistan gunfire.

Hundreds arrested in Kashmir crackdown

Hundreds of people have been arrested for alleged links to militancy amidst an ongoing crackdown against Islamist terrorism in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. So far, some 700 people have reportedly been arrested during the 77-day crackdown being led by the Indian security forces. Among those arrested include local religious leaders and activists, sparking criticism that some arrests may be arbitrary. The crackdown was launched following a deadly suicide bomb attack which killed more than 40 paramilitary security personnel in Jammu last month, claimed by Islamist militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad.

Storm warnings issued in Odisha

Weather warnings have been issued in the state of Odisha as thunderstorms and lightning hit the region. Warnings apply to the Angul, Balasore, Bhadrak, Deogarth, Jajpur, Jharsuguda, Keonjhar, Mayurbhanj, Sambalpur, and Sundergarth districts. Adverse weather conditions are expected throughout Monday, with the possibility of minor travel disruption.

Five killed in footbridge collapse, Mumbai

At least five people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a footbridge collapsed in Mumbai. The incident happened outside the Chhatrapati Shivaji train station on Thursday evening. "My thoughts are with the bereaved families. Wishing that the injured recover at the earliest. The Maharashtra Government is providing all possible assistance to those affected," said Prime Minister Narendra Modi in response to the accident. The government has ordered an investigation into the accident.

Construction worker killed by Maoists, Odisha

A road construction supervisor has been killed by suspected Maoists in Odisha state. The body of Prabhat Bishoyee was found in a forest near the construction site in Malkangiri district. Three vehicles were also torched during the raid, which took place after a Maoist group issued a threat against the project. Police said patrols have been intensified in the area.

Maoist militant killed in Kerala

A Maoist militant has been killed and two others have been wounded following an armed clash with the Indian security forces in Kerala. The police reportedly encountered a number of armed militants in the Wayanad area during a search operation launched after reports were received of militants extorting local villagers for food and money. A brief gunfight broke out, resulting in the death of one militant while the others managed to escape.

Militant arrested over Jammu grenade attack

An Islamist militant thought to have been involved with a recent grenade attack in the city of Jammu has been detained by the Indian security forces. According to the BBC, Indian police arrested an alleged member of the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group following the attack yesterday, which killed at least two people and injured more than 30 others. Hizbul Mujahideen has denied any involvement in the attack.

Three Maoist rebels killed in Jharkhand clash

Three suspected Maoist rebels have been killed following an armed clash with the Indian security forces in the Jharkhand state. The security forces allegedly came across a group of armed rebels whilst passing through the village of Bundu whilst on patrol in the Hazaribagh district on Thursday. According to reports, the rebels opened fire on the security forces first, sparking a fatal gunfight.

Grenade attack injures 18 in Jammu

At least 18 people have been injured following a grenade attack in the northern city of Jammu, in the Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the grenade was seemingly thrown at a bus stop, where it rolled under a passenger bus before exploding. The attack hasn't been claimed yet, although the security forces suspect Islamist militants were responsible, as the incident comes amid heightened regional tensions sparked by a deadly militant attack on the Indian security forces in Kashmir last month.

Two terror suspects killed in Tral

Two suspected terrorists have allegedly been killed in recent counter-terror operations carried out by the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the suspects were shot dead during a gunfight, which broke out after security personnel encountered a number of suspected Islamist militants in the Tral area on Tuesday morning.

Indian submarine caught entering Pakistani waters

An Indian submarine has apparently been caught attempting to enter Pakistani waters. The Pakistani Navy claimed they had thwarted an incursion attempt from an Indian sub on Tuesday morning, repelling the submarine and its crew. The claim comes a week after tensions rose when Pakistan claimed to have shot down at least one Indian fighter jet over Azad Jammu and Kashmir due to an airspace violation - which India denied, claiming the jet suffered a malfunction near the border and came down in Pakistani territory. The Indian authorities have not yet responded to the latest claims.

Four killed in cross-border skirmish

At least four people have been killed and 11 others have been wounded after a skirmish broke out across the border between India and Pakistan. According to reports, the fatalities have been identified as civilians, who were allegedly caught in cross-border firing between the Indian and Pakistani border security forces along the Line of Control (LoC) near Poonch and Uri on India's side, and near Kotli on Pakistan's side.

Indian pilot freed by Pakistan

Indian Air Force (IAF) pilot Abhinandan Varthaman has been freed and returned to India by the Pakistani authorities over the Wagah border crossing. The pilot was detained by the Pakistani military after they claimed to have shot his fighter jet down over Pakistani-administered Kashmir. Pakistani Prime Minister Imran Khan described the pilot's release as a peace gesture amid heightened tension between India and Pakistan. It's hoped the pilot's release will help de-escalate tensions in the region, which were fired up over a militant attack in India-administered Kashmir last month.

Security forces clash with militants in Kupwara

The Indian security forces have allegedly clashed with a group of armed militants in the Kupwara area of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. At least two militants have been confirmed dead, killed after a gunfight broke out during an overnight counter-terror search operation near the village if Babagund in the Langate area on the outskirts of Handwara.

Kashmir-based Jamaat-e-Islami party banned

The Indian government has announced a nationwide ban on the Kashmir-based Islamist party, Jamaat-e-Islami (JeI). The government justified the ban by claiming the JeI had been supporting Islamist militancy in the Kashmir region - thereby contributing to violent terrorist attacks and the subsequent conflict with neighbouring Pakistan. It's estimated that at least 300 people linked to JeI have been detained during a recent crackdown launched after a deadly suicide car bomb attack killed more than 40 paramilitary security personnel in the Kashmir region last month, which sparked the fallout with Pakistan.

India demands release of fighter pilot from Pakistan

The Indian authorities have demanded that Pakistan release an Indian Air Force (IAF) fighter pilot who was allegedly shot down by Pakistani warplanes over Pakistan-administered Kashmir in a major escalation between the two neighbouring countries. According to the BBC, IAF Wing Commander Abhinandan was captured by the Pakistani forces after his plane came down inside Pakistani territory. Abhinandan appears to have been treated as per the norms of military ethics, although initial footage of Abhinandan bleeding and blindfolded posted by the Pakistani information ministry was deleted. India has continued to insist the plane came down due to a technical fault, not because it was shot down.

Two Indian jets shot down over Kashmir

Two Indian Air Force (IAF) jets have been shot down by the Pakistani forces after they allegedly violated airspace over Pakistan-administered Kashmir. One of the jets reportedly came down inside Pakistani territory and two pilots have been arrested. As a result, Pakistan has closed its airspace, impacting flights, while nine airports in India have also been closed in the Srinagar and Jammu areas. India has denied the reports, claiming one IAF aircraft crashed due to a technical failure. Conflicting reports have emerged, with Pakistan also claiming to have used warplanes to strike military targets in Indian territory, although India claims the Pakistani jets were repelled. Troops on both sides of the Line of Control (LoC) have continued to exchange fire, with four Pakistani civilians killed and 10 others injured on the Pakistani side, and five soldiers injured on the Indian side in separate incidents. The shooting down of two jets is a major escalation, taking the fallout into uncharted waters, sparking fears military tensions could spiral out of control very quickly.

Cross-border clashes reported along LoC

A number of cross-border clashes have been reported and remain ongoing along the Line of Control (LoC) between Indian and Pakistani troops in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Artillery fire has allegedly been exchanged within the last 24 hours in the Nowshehra and Akhnoor areas. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Surgical airstrikes launched against Pakistan

Surgical airstrikes have reportedly been carried out by the Indian Air Force in Pakistani territory. According to the BBC, India says it launched the pre-preemptive airstrikes against Kashmiri militants operating in Pakistan-administered Kashmir, targeting a training camp of Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) - which claimed responsibility for a deadly car bomb attack against the Indian security forces in Pulwama earlier this month. The airstrikes represent a major escalation in tensions between the two countries, with many now fearing an armed response from Pakistan, which scrambled fighter jets in response to the airstrike. While India has claimed a large number of JeM militants were killed in the airstrikes, Pakistan has claimed that no casualties were inflicted, as Pakistani jets forced Indian jets to retreat, dropping their payload in an open area near Balakot.

Three militants killed in Jharkhand police clash

Three Naxalite militants have been killed following an armed clash with the police in the state of Jharkhand. It's believed the police officers were conducted counter-terror operations in the Khunti district when they encountered a number of armed militants. Three militants were killed in the ensuing gunfight. Various firearms and ammunition were also confiscated by the police from the site of the clash. Naxalite groups remain active throughout parts of the Jharkhand state.

Bootleg liquor kills 130

Some 130 people have been confirmed dead after consuming bootleg liquor. A further 200 others are still receiving hospital treatment after drinking toxic bootleg alcohol. According to the BBC, 34 deaths were recorded in the north-eastern state of Assam over the weekend, while some 100 others have also died from bootleg liquor in the states of Uttar Pradesh and Uttarakhand. An official inquiry has been launched. The death toll is thought to be the worst since more than 170 people died in a similar incident in West Bengal in 2011. 

Two JeM militants killed in Sopore

Two suspected Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) militants have been killed in recent security operations in the Sopore district of the northern Jammu and Kasmir region. According to local reports, the Indian security forces allegedly targeted the suspects in the Warpora area of Sopore on Friday. The security forces have launched escalated counter-terror operations in the region following a deadly car bomb attack which killed more than 40 Indian paramilitary personnel, claimed by the JeM. Clashes have also been reported in the region, between local residents and the security forces, as they protest military operations.

Indian court orders government protection of Kashmiris

India's top court has ordered the government to protect Kashmiri people from violent attacks following reports of Kashmiris being harassed and beaten up in apparent retaliation for last week's deadly bombing in Pulwama, Kashmir. The Supreme Court has also sought official recognition and responses from the relevant 10 states where attacks against Kashmiris have taken place. According to the BBC, the court has asked the states to publish details of reliable officials to whom Kashmiris can contact if faced with threats or violence.

Kashmir militants warned to disarm

The Indian military has reportedly warned Kashmir militants to disarm following a serious of recent deadly attacks in the northern region, or be killed. According to Reuters, the warning comes as the security forces intensify counter-terror operations in the Pulwama district. The military has been cleared by Indian PM Narendra Modi to launch strong response operations as India turns the blame on neighbouring Pakistan for allegedly harbouring militant group Jaish-e-Mohammad, responsible for last weeks suicide car bomb attack which killed more than 40 Indian security personnel.

Truck slams into marriage procession in Rajasthan

At least 13 people have reportedly been killed and more than a dozen others have wounded after a truck slammed into a marriage procession in the state of Rajasthan on Monday evening. According to reports, the incident occurred in the Chhoti Sadri area of the Paratpgarh district, where the truck ploughed into the procession travelling at a fast speed, killing at least nine people immediately, while four others passed away in hospital later on. At least 19 people have also been injured. The driver of the truck allegedly fled the scene and police search operations remain ongoing. The motive behind the attack remains unclear.

Soldiers clash with militants in Kashmir

At least four Indian soldiers have been killed following a gunfight with militants in the northern Kashmir region. The clash occurred in the Pulwama district, where more than 40 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide car bomb attack last week. According to the BBC, a civilian bystander was also killed in a subsequent search operation launched by the Indian security forces. The police claim two militants have also been killed in Monday's operation, as reports of heavy gunfire continue. A Pakistani-based militant group, Jaish-e-Mohammad, claimed last week's deadly attack, sparking a diplomatic fall-out between India and Pakistan.

India to punish Pakistan over Kashmir attack

India has said that it will punish Pakistan over a recent deadly attack on the Indian security forces in Pulwama, Kashmir. Latest reports from the BBC indicate as many as 46 Indian security personnel were killed in a suicide car bomb attack which was claimed by Pakistan-based terrorist group Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM). India's Federal Minister Arun Jaitley claims Pakistan should have taken action against the JeM sooner, to prevent the attack, rather than providing terrorist groups with sanctuary. As a result, Jaitley has said that India will cut Pakistan off from the international community through all means necessary, punishing the country through isolation. China has tried similar action in the past, but attempts to isolate Pakistan have typically been blocked by China, one of Pakistan's strongest allies.

VBIED blast hits security forces in Pulwama

A vehicular-borne improvised explosive device (VBIED) has hit a bus containing security personnel in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to preliminary reports, at least 34 security personnel have been killed and several others have been injured in the explosion - although figures may continue to rise. An explosive laden vehicle reportedly rammed the bus whilst it was travelling along the Srinagar-Jammu highway in the Goripora area of Awantipora. The bus was reportedly part of a larger convoy and was targeted by gunshots shortly after the explosion. The Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group has allegedly claimed responsibility for the suicide bombing.

Citizenship bill dropped amid protests

The government has dropped the citizenship bill following violent protests in the north-eastern Assam region. The controversial amendment proposed allowing Hindus and other minorities claim citizenship and permanent residence in India from neighbouring Muslim-majority countries, such as Bangladesh and Pakistan. Although the bill cleared the parliament's lower house, the bill was quietly shelved by the upper house - the executive-arm of parliament. Opposition to the bill was particularly vocal in the Assam state, where some four million residents were recently left off the National Register of Citizens (NRC), identifying them as illegal Bangladeshi migrants instead.

Two militants killed in Budgam gunfight

Two suspected militants have allegedly been killed in a recent gunfight between the security forces and a group of suspected militants in the Budgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. The firefight reportedly broke out on Wednesday in the Goapalpora village in the Chadoora area during a cordon and search operation. According to reports, the militants opened fire first, triggering a fatal exchange of fire which left two suspects dead.

Twelve injured in Pulwama school blast

At least 12 students have been injured following an explosion at a private school in the Pulwama district of Kashmir. The blast occurred on Wednesday afternoon in the Narbal area, where an explosion occurred during classes at Falahi-i-Milat private school. According to reports, the injured students have been taken to PHC Kakpora hospital for treatment. The cause of the blast remains unclear as investigations go forward.

Delhi hotel fire kills 17

At least 17 people have been killed after a fire broke out in a budget hotel in Delhi on Tuesday morning. The blaze broke out at Hotel Arpit Palace in Karol Bagh in the early hours, spreading quickly. According to reports, most of the 120 hotel guests were asleep at the time, with many jumping from windows to escape the flames and thick smoke. The BBC has reported that at least 35 people have been rescued, while a number of others remain missing. The cause of the fire is under investigation; however, it's likely poor building infrastructure and lax health and safety building regulations may have played a role.

Bootleg liquor kills more than 100

More than 100 people have been killed after drinking bootleg liquor in the states of Uttarkhand and neighbouring Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, a large number of cases were reported in the Haridwar area of Uttarkhand, where 36 have been confirmed dead and 18 others remain in hospital. A further 69 fatalities have also been recorded from various parts of Uttar Pradesh. At least four arrests have been made in connection with the deaths. 

One killed in Himalayan avalanches

One person has been killed and 11 others have been trapped following a series of avalanches which occurred overnight in the Himalayan region of Kashmir. According to reports, a man was confirmed dead after an avalanche hit his house in the Kokernage area, where his wife remains trapped under snow. Another avalanche also hit a fire station in the Banihal area, trapping at least 10 people, including six police officers, two firefighters, and two prisoners. The police officers reportedly sought refuge in the fire station because it had a history of surviving avalanches and landslides. Rescue efforts have been launched, but are said to have been hampered by the wintry conditions.

Snowfall disrupts flights at Srinagar airport

Flight disruption has been reported at Sheikh Ul-Alam International Airport in Srinagar due to heavy snowfall in the northern region. More than a dozen flights have been cancelled so far today, due to restricted visibility and  adverse weather conditions brought on by the snow. Heavy snow and severe weather is forecast to continue to affect the area throughout the next 48 hours.

Jammu and Kashmir separatist group banned

The Indian government has officially banned a separatist group based in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen (TuM) have officially been outlawed by the government on suspicion of militancy and other terrorist activity. The separatist group aims to merge Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir with parts of Azad Jammu and Kashmir in neighbouring Pakistan under an independent Muslim government. TuM has links with Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) - an extreme militant Jihadi group already outlawed in India.

Crossfire reported along border

Cross-border firing has been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the Indian and Pakistani security forces exchanged gunfire near Krishna Gati in the Poonch district on Tuesday morning. It remains unclear what sparked the crossfire; however, both sides frequently blame such incidents on unprovoked gunfire from the other side.

Three killed in Pahalgam avalanche

Three people have died after heavy snowfall triggered an avalanche in the Pahalgam area of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The avalanche reportedly hit over the weekend, hitting a portion of the road between Pahalgam and Aru, near Gudkhamb point, where a snow-clearing vehicle was swept off the road. According to reports, rescue operations managed to pull three people from the snow - two of whom were confirmed dead at the scene, while the third died later in hospital.

Six killed Bihar train derailment

At least six fatalities have been confirmed following the derailment of a train in the state of Bihar. The accident occurred on Sunday morning in the Vaishali district, where an 11-carriage Seemanchal Express train derailed near Sahdai Buzurg. The carriages reportedly separated from the engine before they derailed, with three carriages overturning completely. Some 29 others have allegedly been wounded in the accident. According to reports, a track fault occurred when the train was travelling at full speed over a railway crossing, where a track transition mechanism failed, causing the train to derail.

Kidnapped child found in Haryana

A child who was reportedly kidnapped by three suspects has been found in Haryana. According to reports, the seven-year-old girl was allegedly abducted by three men near Rohtak train station on Thursday. It's worried the girl may have been gang-raped after she was found injured at the scene of the crime and taken to hospital, where she's now in a stable condition. The police have launched an investigation, while the suspects remain at large.

Two killed in Pulwama clash

Two people have been confirmed dead following an armed clash with the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. It's believed the altercation occurred during a routine search operation in the village of Drabgam, due to reports of militant activity in the area. It remains unclear if the victims were militants or villagers resisting the security forces.

Heavy snow causes disruption in Uttarakhand

Heavy snowfall has caused travel disruption in Uttarakhand. According to local reports, the Gangotri highway has been closed as various intersections due to thick snow on the road - the worst of which has hit a section of the highway running through the Uttarkashi district. Clearing operations are underway; however, travellers should be cautious of further snow forecast for the region.

Two military pilots killed in Hindustan crash

Two pilots from the Indian Air Force (IAF) have been confirmed dead after being involved in a crash near Hinudustan airport. The pilots was taking off from the airport to conduct a training exercise when a technical problem occurred, causing the aircraft to crash during take-off. An investigation into the accident remains ongoing.

Flights disrupted at Srinagar airport

Flight operations have been disrupted at Srinagar International Airport due to adverse weather conditions. At least eight flights have been cancelled so far on Thursday, as heavy snowfall continues to affect the region. Travellers have been advised to contact their relevant airlines for flight information.

Seven wounded in Anantnag grenade attack

At least seven people have been wounded following a grenade attack in the Anantnag area of Jammu and Kashmir. According to preliminary reports, suspected militants threw a grenade at Indian government security personnel in the Sherbagh Chowk area of Anantnag on Thursday morning. Two security personnel and five civilians were among those injured in the attack.

Protesters block highways in Assam

Highways across Assam have been blocked by demonstrators protesting against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The National Highway 15 was severely affected, as student protesters blocked the highway at Hatilung near North Lakhimpur between midday and 13:00 local time, while other groups and business owners have suspended business to participate in various other protests and roadblocks across the state. Protests against the bill have been ongoing throughout recent weeks and are likely to continue.

Ujjain crash leaves 12 dead

A crash in the Ujjain district of Madhya Pradesh has left at least 12 people dead. The accident occurred near the Ramgarh area on Tuesday, when a van collided with an SUV vehicle. Police reports indicate the high death toll was partly due to the fact the vehicles crashed into one another in a head-on collision. Two other people have been wounded from the accident - the cause of which remains unclear as investigations go forward.

Protests to take place in Meghalaya

Protests are due to take place in Meghalaya against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. A 24-hour protest has been organised by the All Garo Hills Joint Action Committee and will be held on Wednesday 30 January. Government employees in the state of Assam are also said to be planning a state-wide protest in response to the bill - also due to take place on Wednesday. Violent protests have been ongoing throughout the region in recent weeks as opponents to the bill continue to pressure the government into reconsidering the bill.

Army joins rescue operations in Meghalaya

The Indian army has joined rescue efforts to reach a group of miners trapped inside a 370-foot-deep coal mine in the Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. At least 13 miners remain trapped inside the illegal 'rat-hole' mine, which became flooded last month. Fifteen miners were trapped inside the un-mapped mine - two of whom have been confirmed dead already. Hopes of finding the 13 remaining miners alive have significantly diminished as time has worn on. The incident has sparked calls for better regulation of the mining industry in India.

Twenty wounded in school bus accident

At least 20 people have been wounded following an accident involving a school bus in Andhra Pradesh. According to local reports, the accident occurred in the Guntur district on Monday morning, when the bus was transporting around 50 children to school and overturned. It remains unclear precisely what may have caused the accident as the casualties are treated at a nearby hospital. Six of those injured are said to be in critical condition.

Two militants killed in Srinagar clash

Two suspected Jaish-e-Muhammad (JeM) militants have allegedly been killed following an armed clash with the Indians security forces in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the militants were targeted in a police operation in the Khunmoh area on Saturday. The police cordoned off the area and launched a search operation in pursuit of other militants thought to be operating in the vicinity.

Police officer wounded in grenade attack

An Indian police officer has reportedly been wounded in a grenade attack in Jammu and Kashmir. The officer was allegedly targeted by unidentified assailants, who threw a grenade at a police checkpoint near the General Bus Stand in the Husseinabad area of Anantnag on Friday. A police operation has been launched, with militants thought to be behind the attack.

Srinagar highway closed due to snowfall

The main highway connecting Jammu and Srinagar has been closed due to heavy snowfall in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The highway will remain closed for the fifth consecutive day as heavy snowfall has triggered landslides and avalanches which have covered sections of the road, making it dangerous and impassable in some places. No casualties have been reported as clear-up operations continue.

Anti-migrant protests reported in Assam

Anti-migrant protests have been reported in the north-eastern state of Assam. The protests are a violent response to a proposed amendment to India's citizenship law, which intends to grant citizenship to non-Muslim migrants from Pakistan, Bangladesh, and Afghanistan. According to the BBC, the proposed amendment comes after after more than three-and-a-half million people were left of the National Register of Citizens (NRC) - a list of those able to prove residency in India before Bangladesh declared independence. Those protesting are opposed to the amendment as they fear it could allow thousands of Hindu Bangladeshi migrants who were left off the NRC to claim citizenship. The protests have become increasingly violent, with offices of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) being set on fire in some places.

Three killed in Baramulla clashes

At least three suspected terrorists have been killed in recent clashes in the Baramulla district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian security forces were allegedly conducting a counter-terror operation in the Binner Top area when they encountered a number of armed suspected terrorists. According to reports, a crossfire broke out, which resulted in the deaths of the three suspects. No other casualties have been reported.

Eight killed in Odisha crash

At least eight people have been confirmed dead and some 30 others have been wounded following a crash in the state of Odisha. The road accident occurred near Bangadadua Ghat on the road between Kalingi and Brahmanigaon in the Kandhamal district, where a small truck reportedly lost control and veered off the road, crashing at the bottom of a deep gorge. It's been reported that the vehicle may have been travelling at a high speed en route to Brahmanigaon, causing the driver to lose control of the vehicle. Reckless driving and poor road and vehicle conditions are often causal factors in most fatal road accidents.

One killed in Madhya Pradesh stabbing

A person has been killed in a stabbing incident in the central state of Madhya Pradesh. The victim has been identified as a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) worker, who was allegedly stabbed by an unknown attacker on Monday evening. According to local reports, the victim's body was discovered later that evening near a river bank in village of Lash in the Belgadha area.

Ferry accident reported near Karwar

A ferry accident has been reported near Karwar in Karnataka, where a vessel has capsized. According to preliminary reports, at least eight fatalities have been reported thus far, while a number of people have been rescued. The boat was transporting people to the Narasimha jatra temple on Kurmagad island when the accident occurred. It's been reported that a high tide and panic amongst passengers both played a factor in causing the vessel to capsize.

Unrest breaks out at Thrissur church

Unrest has broken out as two groups clash outside a church in Thrissur, Kerala. According to local reports, members of the Orthodox and Jacobite denominations if the Christian community began fighting outside Mannamangalam Church on Friday morning. It remains unclear what caused the fight to break out, but it's believed a verbal argument sparked the violence. At least 15 people have been wounded in the fighting, while 35 arrests have been made.

Three killed in Ladakh avalanche

Three people have reportedly been killed after an avalanche occurred in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The avalanche hit a portion of a road on the Khardung La Pass in the mountainous Ladakh area, trapping a number of people. While three fatalities have been confirmed, at least seven others remain missing as search and rescue operations continue. Emergency disaster response teams have been assisting rescue efforts, which have been ongoing since the avalanche occurred on Thursday morning. It's thought the avalanche was triggered by recent heavy snowfall in the area.

Woman attacked over temple protests

One of two Indian women who sparked widespread protests after entering the Sabarimala temple in Kerala has reportedly been attacked. According to the BBC, 39-year-old Kanaka Durga is in hospital after being attacked by her mother-in-law. Durga's entrance to the temple on 02 January was not illegal, due to the recent overturning of the ban which prevented women of menstruating age from entering the shrine. Nevertheless, many far-right Hindu groups have responded by protesting angrily, causing widespread disruption throughout the southern state.

Maoist insurgents kill two in Jamui attack

At least two people have been killed and a third person has been wounded following a Maoist insurgent attack in the Jamui district. The insurgents reportedly attacked a small number of people in the village of Gurubad. The insurgents targeted two men and a women who were accused of being police informers. Both men were killed, while the woman was injured. A police investigation has been launched.

Maoist militant killed in Jharkhand gunfight

A suspected Maoist militant has reportedly been killed following a gunfight in the state of Jharkhand. According to local reports, the Indian security forces were carrying out routine counter-terror operations in the Dumka district over the weekend. The militant was shot down after an altercation occurred in a remote forested near the Shikaripara area.

Two wounded in border cross-fire

Two Indian security personnel have reportedly been wounded in recent crossfire across the Line of Control in the Rajouri district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to Indian reports, the ceasefire violation allegedly occurred near the village of Tarkundi, where two Indian soldiers were injured in unprovoked firing. One of the casualties has been identified as an army major.

Protests reported in Andhra Pradesh

Protests have been reported in Andhra Pradesh over a land dispute. Local reports indicate a group of around 100 women have gathered outside local government offices in Anantapur to protest against the acquisition of land for housing projects in the Dharmavaram area. It's claimed people haven't received adequate compensation for the land, which was acquired by the authorities to build new housing on. The protesters are reportedly demanding fair compensation. The authorities have no entered into talks yet and further protests remain a possibility.

Protests against citizenship bill in Meghalaya

Protests have taken place in Meghalaya against the Citizenship Amendment Bill. The demonstration has been called 'Black Flag Day' and was jointly organised by three organisations in protest against the bill. The protest have largely been focused in the Shillong area of Meghalaya, where participants have gathered to shout slogans against Prime Minister Narendra Modi and other parliamentarians. Some disruption should be expected throughout the are and further demonstrations remain likely.

Three labourers kidnapped in Bihar

Three people have reportedly been kidnapped by unidentified attackers in the Jamui area of Bihar. The three victims are thought to be labourers who were working on a local building project when they were attacked by a group of between eight and 10 armed suspects on Tuesday night. The workers were abducted by the attackers, who have allegedly taken them to an unknown location. A police investigation has been launched and remains ongoing.

Strike causes flight disruption at Bengaluru airport

Strike action has caused flight disruption at Kempegowda International Airport in Bengaluru as it enters its second consecutive day. Cancellations and delays to flight operations have been reported as nationwide worker strikes continue. The industrial action has been organised by the All India Central Council of Trade Unions to protest against anti-worker policies. According to reports, it remains unclear when the strike will come to a close.

Protests continue in Kerala

Protests in the state of Kerala have continued since they first broke out last month. The unrest was sparked by the allowance of two women under the age of 50 into the Sabarimala temple. The issue has triggered widespread protest from right-wing Hindu groups, who claim the women should not have been allowed entrance to the temple because they were of menstruating age. The Australian government's foreign travel advise website has advised that widespread disruption is expected.

Militant killed in Pulwama

A suspected militant has reportedly been killed by the Indian security forces in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Reports from the Indian authorities indicate the security forces were attacked by a group of suspected armed militants in the Chowsuri Bagh area of Pulwama on Tuesday morning. A gunfight broke out in which one militant was killed while the others managed to escape. Search oeprations have been launched by the armed forces in pursuit of the militants.

Two killed in Delhi shooting

At least two people have been confirmed dead following a shooting incident in Delhi. The shooting reportedly occurred on Sunday night along Nangloi-Najafgarh road in the Baprola area of Ranhola, Delhi. The bodies were discovered along the side of the road overnight, sparking a police investigation. No potential motives or suspects have been identified thus far.

Illegal factory building collapses in West Delhi

At least six fatalities have been confirmed and some 15 others have been wounded after an illegal factory building collapsed in Sudershan Park, West Delhi. According to reports, those involved in the incident were working inside the building when a gas cylinder exploded and compromised the structural integrity of the building, causing it to collapse. Rescue operations remain ongoing.

Soldier killed in Poonch avalanche

An Indian soldier has allegedly been killed and a second soldier has also been wounded after an avalanche occurred in Poonch, Jammu and Kashmir. The avalanche reportedly hit a military outpost near the Line of Control in the Sawjian area of the Poonch district in the early hours of Thursday morning. Rescue operations have been launched to search for any other survivors. Heavy snowfall is likely to have caused the avalanche.

Three terror suspects killed in clash

At least three suspected terrorists have reportedly been killed amid an armed clash with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to recent reports, the suspects were apprehended by security personnel in the Gulshanpora area on Thursday. Although the suspects remain unidentified thus far, it's believed they were known to be affiliated with a terrorist group.

Protests ongoing outside Kerala temple

Violent protests have broken out in Kerala and remain ongoing outside the Sabarimala temple in Vadanapally, Thrissur. The unrest was sparked after two women were allowed entrance to the temple. The issue caused grievance amongst right-wing Hindu groups, who objected to the women being allowed in the temple because they were under the age of 50 and were therefore of menstruating age. According to reports, at least three people have been wounded thus far, including a Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) member.

Women form human chain protest, Kerala

Women formed a 620km human chain during a protest over access to a Hindu temple. A court overturned a ban on women of "menstruating age" visiting the Sabarimala shrine in September; however, male protesters have attacked female visitors to the site. An estimated five million women took part in the chain from Kasaragod to Thiruvananthapuram.

Man arrested for rape of tourist

Ai Indian man has been arrested for allegedly robbing and raping a British woman in Goa state. The attack was carried out early on Thursday morning as the 48-year-old woman was walking from a railway station to her hotel. The police used CCTV to track down the suspect, who was originally from Tamil Nadu state.

Cyclone Phethai weakens after lashing Andhra

Cyclone Phethai has weakened to a depression after hitting Andhra state. The storm made landfall in the East Godavari district on Monday afternoon, damaging crops and killing livestock. Dozens of trains were also cancelled as a precaution and some flights were diverted to Hyderabad. State home minister N Chinna Rajappa said he is monitoring the situation, adding that 10,000 officials have been put on alert across the state.

Eleven killed in Jammu and Kashmir clashes

Three militants, seven civilians and a soldier have been killed in clashes in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident took place in the village of Sirnoo on Saturday morning following reports that three militants, including an army deserter, were in the area. "Six civilians killed and numerous more injured, many critically. Any way you look at it this was a badly executed encounter," said National Conference leader Omar Abdullah.

Young girl in critical condition after rape, Delhi

A three-year-old girl is in a critical condition after she was raped by a neighbour in the Indian capital, Delhi. A 40-year-old man has been arrested in connection with the attack, which occurred in Bindapur on Sunday. The attack came on the sixth anniversary of a gang rape of a student on a bus in the city, an incident which sparked outrage across India. There have also been a number of high-profile attacks against children this year, including the rape and murder of an eight-year-old girl in Kashmir in April.

Two killed in Khyber Pakhtunkhwa land dispute

Two people have been killed and another two people have been wounded in clashes in the Khyber Pakhtunkhwa province. The fighting broke out between two rival groups on Friday in the Akakhel area of Bara tehsil. According to local reports, the fighting was sparked by a property dispute.

Thirteen coal miners trapped in mine

Thirteen coal miners have been trapped in a coal mine in the East Jaintia Hills district of Meghalaya. According to reports, the coal mine has been described as a 'rat-hole' mine - a type of small coal pit which don't always adhere to health and safety regulations. It's been reported that the miners are thought to have been trapped several days ago and that water has filled the pit. Although rescue operations have been pumping the pit, the water level has not receded. Hopes of retrieving the miners all alive are diminishing quickly as rescue efforts continue.

Two terror suspects killed in Sopore

Two suspected terrorists have reportedly been killed in an armed encounter with the Indian security forces in Sopore, Jammu and Kashmir. The clash occurred near the Baratkalan-Gund Mohalla area on Wednesday during a security operation. Counter-terror operations remain ongoing in the area.

Tropical Cyclone warning issued

A low-level Tropical Cyclone warning has been issued in the states of Andhra Pradesh and Tamil Nadu. A depression in the Bay of Bengal is currently forecast to develop into a Tropical Cyclone, likely to bring heavy rainfall and strong winds to coastal areas over the next 72 hours. At the moment, the warning remains a low-level watch advisory; however, those in the affected areas should monitor local news for further updates.

Police kill insurgent in Bijapur, Chhattisgarh

A suspected Naxalite insurgent has reportedly been killed during a police operation in the Bijapur district of Chhattisgarh. The encounter occurred in the Tarrem area on Wednesday. The police had allegedly launched a search operation there in response to reports of heightened insurgent activity in the area, when they encountered a group of 25-30 armed insurgents and a shootout was triggered. It's claimed the group were attempting to destroy a road by setting off a landmine.

Soldier wounded in IED blast

An Indian soldier has reportedly been wounded after getting caught up in an explosion from an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh state. The blast occurred on Tuesday in the Chintagupha area, where it's believed the IED was planted by Naxalite militants in a bid to target the security forces. 

Three police officers killed in militant attack

At least three Indian police officers have been killed in a suspected militant attack in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The attack reportedly occurred in the Zainapora area, where a police checkpoint was allegedly targeted by armed militants. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack and no other casualties have been reported.

Unrest reported in Jammu and Kashmir

Unrest has been reported in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region, where a separatist group has reportedly led a strike. The protest has been organised in response to alleged human rights violations in the area. Local reports indicate the strike has been launched on Human Rights Day and is widely supported by business owners. Shops and businesses have reportedly remained closed for the day in Srinagar, while public transport services have also faced significant disruption.

Major protest causes travel disruption in Tripura

A major protest has caused widespread travel disruption throughout Tripura. Road and rail traffic have been affected by protests led by the Indigenous Nationalist Party of Tripura (INPT) against the withdrawal of the 2016 Citizenship Bill. Highways and rail lines have reportedly been blockaded by INPT protesters, forcing the police to respond to the situation. Recent reports indicate as many as 1,000 protesters have now been arrested. There remains a high risk of continued unrest in the area.

Thirteen killed in bus crash

At least 13 people have been killed and some 17 others have been wounded after a bus fell into a gorge in Jammu and Kashmir. The accident occurred in the Poonch district, where a 42-seater passenger bus allegedly skidded off the road and rolled into a 100-metre-deep gorge near Plera in the Mandi area. According to reports, the bus had been en route from Loran to Poonch, but the driver lost control of the vehicle whilst negotiating a turn in the road, causing the bus to veer into the gorge.

Thirty wounded in Tripura bus accident

At least 30 people have been wounded following an accident involving a passenger bus in Tripura. The accident occurred along the Gandacherra-Amarpur road in the Dhalai district on Tuesday. According to reports, the bus veered off the road suddenly after the driver lost control and fell into a deep gorge. It remains unclear precisely what caused the driver to lose control of the vehicle, although poor road safety standards and reckless driving are often factors in most traffic accidents in India. Unconfirmed reports also indicate the bus may have been overloaded. 

Soldier wounded in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has reportedly been wounded in a recent firing incident across the Indo-Pakistan border in the Baramulla district, Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred on Wednesday near the town of Uri, where it's claimed that the Pakistani military conducted an an unprovoked artillery attack on Indian security personnel over the Line of Control (LoC). 

Eighteen terror suspects detained in Jammu and Kashmir

At least 18 suspected terrorist have been detained during security operations in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The arrests came amid a massive crackdown on terrorist activity in the region. All of the suspects are thought to be members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad (JeM) terrorist group. Most of the operations have targeted locations in the Baramulla, Khrew, Srinagar, and Tral areas. It's been reported that a large amount of explosive material has also been recovered.

Five killed in Assam truck accident

At least five people have been killed and some 50 others have been wounded after a truck fell into a ditch in Assam. According to reports, the accident occurred in the West Karbi Anglong district on Sunday. Approximately 60 to 70 people were allegedly travelling in the vehicle when it veered off the road and fell into a ditch off Mukhim Road in the Jirikindeng area. Investigations have been launched, with preliminary findings suggesting the driver of the truck was drunk and driving recklessly.

Police officer killed in Uttar Pradesh unrest

An Indian police officer has been killed and another police officer has been wounded after unrest broke out in Bulandshahr, Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the unrest broke on Monday morning after a far-right group launched a street protest against the slaughtering of cows. The protesters allegedly targeting a number of people thought to be behind the slaughters - leading to violent clashes. Road access had been blocked off in some areas and additional security forces have been deployed. 

Ten terror suspects detained in Jammu and Kashmir

At least 10 suspected terrorists have been detained in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The arrests were made in the Awantipora and Pampore areas over the weekend. According to reports, two terror networks were targeted in the Tral area of Awantipora and in the Khrew area of Pampore. The suspects are thought to be members of the Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) terrorist group.

Militants killed in Pulwama clash

At least two suspected militants have been killed in an armed clash in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The altercation occurred in the early hours of Thursday morning in the Shershali-Khrew area. According to reports, the police encountered a number of armed suspects and a brief gunfight broke out after the suspected militants opened fire on the police.

Terrorist killed in Tral shootout

A suspected terrorist has been killed during a shootout in Pulwama in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the suspect was apprehended by the security forces in the Hafoo area of Tral, Pulwama. A search of the site following the shootout, found extremist material alongside a supply of weapons and ammunition

Soldier wounded in IED blast

An Indian soldier has been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered in Chhattisgarh. The blast occurred in the Sukma district, where it's believed the IED was most likely planted by Naxalite militants who maintain an active presence in the region. The soldier was hit by the IED near Minpa, whilst the security forces were en route to a military base in Chintagupha.

Ten killed in Chhattisgarh shootout

At least 10 people have been killed in a shootout between Naxalite militants and the Indian security forces in the state of Chhattisgarh. The armed forces reportedly encountered a group of armed militants in the village of Saklar in the Sukma district. While two soldiers were killed, eight militants were also killed and a ninth was wounded. It's believed the militants were members of the People's Libeartion Guerrilla Army of the Communist Party of India.

Plane passenger detained over bomb threat

A passenger has been detained at Kolkata's Netaji Subhash Chandra Bose International Airport after allegedly threatening the blow up the plane. According to reports, the passenger was due to travel on a Jet Airways flight from Kolkata to Mumbai on Monday when he was apprehended by the Central Industrial Security Force. It's claimed that he was heard telling someone he would blow up the plane over the phone in the airport. Investigations have been launched and remain ongoing.

Six terror suspects killed in Anantnag

At least six suspected terrorists have been killed in a clash with the security forces in Anantnag, Jammu and Kashmir. The encounter occurred on Friday, during a counter-terror operation which was launched by the Indian security forces. According to reports, six suspects were shot dead while the rest managed to escape. Various arms and ammunition were discovered at the site of the clash. Security operations remain ongoing in the area.

Thousands march from Thane to Mumbai

Thousands of protesters have marched from Thane to Mumbai in Maharashtra to protest prices for farming products. Some 20,000 farmers and tribal groups took part in the protest march, which called on the government to act on unfair low prices. The protesters also called for higher wages and better land rights. The march is set to culminate at Sion in Mumbai. Significant disruption should be expected throughout surrounding areas.

Endangered tribe kills American missionary

An American missionary has been killed by members of an endangered tribe from the Andaman and Nicobar islands. The man had been ferried to North Sentinel island by a group of seven fishermen to preach Christianity to the Sentinelese tribe. The man has been identified as John Allen Chau and it's believed he had already made other attempted visits to the island, despite Indian laws prohibiting any contact with the indigenous tribe, who live in total isolation from the outside world.

Segregated teenage girl killed in Cyclone Gaja

A 14-year-old girl who had been segregated to a hut whilst she was on her period has been confirmed dead in Anaikudi after Cyclone Gaja hit parts of Tamil Nadu last week. It's a common practice for villages to force menstruating girls to sleep in a hut, as periods are apparently a taboo subject in many rural parts, where girls are considered to be impure during menstruation. The practice is criticised by human rights groups. Cyclone Gaja killed at least 46 people and caused widespread damage, with villagers calling on the government to provide more aid.

Seven killed in bus accident

At least seven people have been killed after a bus fell from a bridge in the state of Odisha. The accident occurred along the Mahanadi bridge near Jagatpur, where the bus suddenly veered off the road and fell off the bridge, into the river below. It's believed the vehicle was carrying as many as 30 passengers at the time of the accident. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing, while the cause of the crash is still undetermined.

Soldier killed in suspected bomb blast

An Indian soldier has been killed and three others have been wounded following a suspected bomb explosion in the northern Jammu and Kashmir area. The blast occurred on Monday, near the border region in the Samba district. The explosion reportedly targeted a border security guard post. It's believed separatist militants were behind the attack.

Six killed in ammunition depot explosion

At least six people have been killed and 10 others have been wounded after an explosion occurred at an ammunition depot in the state of Maharashtra. The blast occurred on Tuesday morning at a military depot in the Wardha district. Workers had been unloading ammunition to be disposed of when the incident occurred. Investigations have been launched and remain ongoing.

Three killed in Amritsar grenade attack

At least three people have been killed and some 19 others have been wounded following a grenade attack in Amritsar. The attack occurred on Sunday afternoon, when two armed attackers stormed a Nirankari congregation and threw the grenade into a prayer hall. According to local reports, the police believe hardline orthodox Sikhs may have been behind the attack, which was most likely motivated by a long-standing sectarian rivalry between the orthodox Sikhs and the Nikankaris.

Two insurgents killed in Maharashtra

The Indian security forces have killed two suspected Maoist insurgents following an armed encounter in the state of Maharashtra. The altercation occurred on Monday in the Gadchiroli district, where it's alleged a brief firefight broke out between the security forces and a number of suspected insurgents. Security operations in the region remain ongoing in the region in response to reports of increased insurgent activity.

Security heightened at Amritsar airport

Security measures at the main international airport in Amritsar have been strengthened in response to a perceived threat of terrorist attack. According to local reports, security was heightened at Sri Guru Ram Dass Jee International Airport after intelligence reports suggested Pakistani-based terrorists had increased activity in the area recently. Border security measures have also been strengthened in the Attari region. Travellers should allow extra time for additional security checks.

Cyclone Gaja death toll rises in Tamil Nadu

The death toll for Cyclone Gaja has risen to at least 20 confirmed fatalities, although unconfirmed reports suggest this number could rise further still. According to reports, more than 80,000 residents were evacuated from low-lying areas in Tamil Nadu ahead of the storm making landfall; however, many had not yet made it to safety. Most of those who died were killed by falling trees or collapsed roofs. Power cuts have been reported in some areas, while the strong winds and heavy rain have damaged crops and caused widespread disruption. The cyclone is expected to weaken into a deep depression by Friday night, bringing heavy rainfall to the neighbouring state of Kerala before continuing in a westerly direction into the Arabian Sea.

Hostage killed in Pulwama

A kidnap victim has reportedly been killed after being abducted in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. It's believed the victim was a civilian who was kidnapped by suspected militants on Thursday. The police found the hostage's body on Friday morning, identifying teh victim as Nadeem Manzoor - a civilian man from Safanagri in Shopian. The body was found with multiple gunshot wounds. A police investigation has been launched , but it remains unclear what motivated the attack.

Protesters block Cochin Airport

Protesters have reportedly blocked access to Cochin International Airport in Kerala. Crowds gathered outside the airport on Friday to protest against the arrival of Bhumata Brigade founder Trupti Desai, who is due to visit the Sabarimala Temple. Desai's visit has sparked outrage because Hindu groups have taken offence to her planned trip to the temple, claiming the 'feminazi' should not be allowed entrance. The Bhumata Brigade describes itself as a activist organisation fighting corruption and injustice against women. Widespread travel disruption should be expected throughout the area.

Weather warnings issued in Tamil Nadu

A weather warning has been issued in the southern state of Tamil Nadu, where a storm is due to make landfall. Cyclone Gaja is expected to make landfall on Thursday evening between the coastal areas of Pamban and Cuddalore. Winds speeds are forecast to reach up to 100km/h and heavy rainfall could heighten the risk of flash floods and localised landslides.Fishing operations have been suspended due to rough sea conditions and general disruption in the area should be anticipated throughout the next 24 hours.

Soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a cross-border firing incident in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred in the Nowshera area of the Rajouri district, near the Line of Control (LoC) border with Pakistan. It's alleged the soldier was shot dead in unprovoked gunfire from the Pakistani side in a ceasefire violation.

Gunmen hijack taxi in Pathankot

A high security alert has been issued after a group of four unidentified gunmen hijacked a taxi on the main highway connecting Pathankot to Jammu. Local reports indicate the gunmen hijacked the vehicle on highway 44 near Pathankot, where security measures have been heightened in response to the incident. Additional security forces have also been deployed to Pathankot Air Force Station due to concerns the vehicle could be used in an attack targeting the airbase. Search operations have been launched by the police to locate the vehicle.

IED blast reported in Chhattisgarh

An explosion has been reported in the Chhattisgarh state, where it's thought a group of militants planted an improvised explosive device (IED) in the Bijapur area. At least six people have been wounded in the incident, including five Indian government security personnel and one civilian. No claim of responsibility has been made for the attack.

Two militants killed in Kupwara security operation

Two suspected militants have been killed in a recent security operation led by the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The operation was carried out in the Kupwara area in response to an alleged attempt by the militants to cross the Line of Control (LoC) in the border area from the Pakistani side. Operations remain ongoing in the area following reports of militant activity.

Soldier killed in cross-border firing

An Indian soldier has allegedly been killed after cross-border gunfire broke out along the Line of Control (LoC) in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred on Tuesday in the Rajouri district, near Kalal in the Naushera area. The Indian authorities have claimed the soldier was shot dead by a sniper from across the border during a brief armed altercation. The Pakistani forces have not responded to the incident.

One killed in Himachal Pradesh bus accident

A person has allegedly been killed following a traffic accident involving a private bus in Himachal Pradesh. The accident occurred on Monday morning near Namhol in the Bilaspur district. According to reports, as many as 18 people have also been wounded. It remains unclear precisely how the accident unfolded while the emergency services respond to the scene.

Five insurgents killed in Odisha security operation

At least five Maoist insurgents have reportedly been killed following a recent encounter in the Odisha state. The Indian security forces have been carrying out security operations against the insurgents in the Malkangiri district, where a group of insurgents clashed with the security forces near a village in Kalimela during an overnight operation. Counter-insurgent operations remain ongoing in the area due to a high level of insurgent activity.

High smog levels detected in Delhi

Thick smog has reportedly blanketed the capital city of Delhi, as air pollution levels increase ahead of the Diwali festival of lights. Air quality warnings have been issued as pollution levels reach 20 times the World Health Organisation's (WHO) recommended limit. According to the BBC, the smog is expected to worsen during Diwali despite restrictions enforced by the Supreme Court on the use of firecrackers. Poor visibility is expected to heighten the risk of traffic accidents and could lead to travel disruption. Residents have been advised to stay inside as much as possible, while construction activity has been suspended in the city.

Five drown in Maharashtra well

Five people have drowned in a well in the state of Maharashtra after a group of three people got stuck and rescue teams responded. According to local reports, the fire services were called out to the well near Netivali in the Kalyan area; however, two firemen came into difficulty during rescue attempts. It's since been confirmed that both firemen and three others have died following failed attempts to save them. An investigation will look into claims the firemen were not properly equipped, amid other safety regulation failings.

Shutdown protests in Tinsukia, Assam

Shutdown protests have been launched in Tinsukia, Assam. The protests have been organised after Bengali residents were allegedly attacked by members of the United Liberation Front of Assam (ULFA). Travel disruption should be expected, while most shops and businesses will also remain closed. Ethnic tensions in the Assam state have been high since controversial citizenship policies were announced earlier this year.

Pakistani civilian killed in ceasefire violation

A Pakistani civilian has reportedly been killed in a recent ceasefire violation along the India-Pakistan border. The cross-border firing occurred along the Line of Control (LoC) on Thursday near Bijildar village in the Leepa area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. Pakistani military officials have claimed that the Indian security forces conducted unprovoked firing, killing a civilian.

IED blast kills two security personnel

A bomb explosion has reportedly killed at least two security personnel in the central state of Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred during de-mining operations in the Kanker district on Friday. According to reports, it's believed the blast came from an improvised explosive device (IED) which was most likely planted by Maoist insurgents who operate in the area. 

Two killed in Kishtwar shooting

At least two people have been killed in a recent shooting incident in the town of Kishtwar, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the two deceased have been identified as a local-level Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader and his brother. It's believed the attackers were targeting the BJP member and his brother was killed collaterally. The police have launched an investigation into the incident; however, no suspects have been identified thus far.

One killed in Delhi stabbing incident

A 22-year-old person has reportedly been killed following a stabbing incident on the outskirts of the capital city, Delhi. According to reports, the victim was stabbed by the assailant in the north-western suburb of Jahangirpuri. The police have launched an investigation and have identified at least three suspects. It's believed the victim knew their attacker personally and that the stabbing was motivated by a feud.

Two killed in Uttar Pradesh mall shooting

Two people have been killed and two others have been wounded following a shooting incident in a shopping mall in Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, four unidentified armed suspects opened fire in a clothes shop after an argument broke out between the employees and customers. The suspects reportedly managed to flee the scene immediately after. An investigation has been launched and remains ongoing.

Militant killed in Pulwama skirmish

A suspected militant has reportedly been killed in a recent skirmish with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The altercation occurred in the Tral area of the Pulwama district, near Chankitar village. It's alleged the militants opened fire on the security forces first, sparking a fatal shootout in which one suspect was shot dead while the rest managed to escape.

Insurgents kill journalist and police officers in Chhattisgarh

Maoist insurgents have killed an Indian journalist, along with two police officers in the state of Chhattisgarh. According to the BBC, the attack happened on Tuesday morning, when the group's convoy was ambushed by armed Maoist insurgents. The journalist has been identified as a camerman employed by India's national broadcaster, Doordarshan. The TV crew was travelling with the security forces through the region to cover the upcoming state elections due to be held next month.

Two soldiers wounded in landmine blast

Two Indian soldiers have been wounded after a landmine exploded in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred in the Rajouri district, near the Line of Control (LoC). No claim of responsibility has been made; however, it's suspected that separatist militants may have planted the landmine in a bid to target the security forces during patrols along the LoC.

Seven killed in firework factory explosion

At least seven people have been confirmed dead after an explosion occurred at a firework factory in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The incident happened on Friday at a factory in the Badaun area of the state. Those who were killed in the blast have been identified as factory workers, while three other casualties were also reported. The emergency services have responded to the scene, where a rescue operation has been launched to retrieve any remaining inside. It remains unclear precisely what caused the explosion, but it's thought the blast was magnified by the fireworks being kept in the factory.

Militants attack army camp in Shopian

A group of armed militants have reportedly attacked an army camp in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to preliminary reports, it's believed the militants ambushed the camp in an overnight attack. The militants were allegedly armed with weapons and hand grenades. No casualties have been reported following the attack.

Stabbing incident reported at Visakhapatnam Airport

A stabbing incident has been reported at Visakhapatnam Airport in Andhra Pradesh. According to preliminary reports, at least one casualty has been confirmed. It's believed an unidentified knife-wielding assailant stabbed the victim in the arm before attempting to flee the scene. The police have recently stated that a suspect has been arrested and remains in police custody while investigations remain ongoing.

Two militants killed in Srinagar clash

Two suspected militants have reportedly been killed following a clash with the security forces in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. The armed altercation broke out on Wednesday morning in the Nowgam area. According to reports, the militants opened fire on the security forces whilst they were carrying out a routine patrol in the area. The soldiers returned fire, killing two militants. No other casualties have been reported.

Assam protest causes widespread disruption

Widespread general disruption has been caused by protests in the north-eastern state of Assam over the issue of citizenship rights. Protesters gathered in the streets to launch a 12-hour shutdown which was called by 46 indigenous groups in Assam to oppose the proposed citizenship amendment bill. The protest has led to travel delays and disruption, with most shops and businesses closed. According to reports, those who oppose the bill claim that plans to grant citizenship to minorities in Bangladesh, Pakistan, and Afghanistan could marginalise indigenous groups. 

Dozens infected with Zika virus in Rajasthan

Over 100 people have been tested positive for the Zika virus in the state of Rajasthan. Some 120 people are estimated to have contracted the disease - a mosquito-borne viral infection which causes symptoms nausea, fatigue, rashes, joint pain, and headaches. At least 105 patients are currently being treated for the virus, while the health authorities launch an investigation.

Three soldiers killed in ambush near LoC

Three Indian soldiers have been killed in an ambush near the Line of Control (LoC) in Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred in the Rajouri district on Sunday, with Indian officials claiming that the heavily-armed assailants came from Pakistan to carry out the attack. “The Indian Army in Sunderbani Sector on the Line of Control had a fierce encounter with heavily armed Pakistani intruders very close to the Line of Control. The patrol killed two intruders and recovered warlike stores including two AK-47 rifles,” Jammu-based defence spokesperson Lt Col Devender Anand said.

Five killed in Assam bus crash

Five people have been killed and 30 others wounded after a bus crashed in Assam state on Saturday. The bus was speeding when it veered into a pond in the Nalbari district, according to police. “As of now five persons have died. The injured are being treated at nearby hospitals. Rescue operations are on. We are also trying to retrieve the bus," said Nalbari SP Shiladitya Chetia.

Scores killed as train hits crowd in Punjab

At least 59 people have been killed and dozens more wounded after a train hit a crowd near Amritsar in Punjab state. The victims were celebrating the Hindu festival of Dusshera when the train hit them on Friday night. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi described the incident as "heart-wrenching," while investigations are underway to determine who was responsible for the accident. 

Two militants killed in Baramulla

Two suspected militants have been killed in police operations in the Baramulla district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the militants were killed after a shootout broke out following an encounter with the armed police during a security operation on Friday morning. No other casualties have been reported.

Heightened security enforced amid Sabarimala unrest

Heightened security measures have been enforced in parts of Sabarimala after violent civil unrest broke out. Public order controls have been imposed in the Elavungal, Nilakkal, Pampa, and Sannidhanam areas, restricting public gatherings to a maximum of three people. Unrest broke out yesterday following protests against women being allowed to enter a local temple. Additional security measures will remain in the area due to continued high tensions between religious factions.

Militant killed in Pulwama security operation

A suspected militant has reportedly been killed in a security operation in Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the suspected Tehreek-ul-Mujahideen militant was killed during an operation led by the Indian security forces in the village of Kakpora. Another militant was also arrested. It's believed the militants may have been involved in a recent grenade attack on a court.

Minister resigns amid sexual harassment allegations

The Indian government's Minister of State for External Affairs has reportedly resigned amid allegations of sexual harassment. MJ Akbar handed in his resignation following accusations of 'predatory behaviour' and sexual harassment from a number of female journalists who had worked with him in the past. According to the BBC, although Akbar denies the allegations, he felt it was appropriate to step down as investigations go forward. The former newspaper editor is the most high profile figure to be implicated in what has widely been penned as India's #MeToo movement.

Protesters arrested outside Kerala temple

Dozens of protesters have been arrested outside a temple in Kerala. Approximately 50 people have been taken into custody by the police in Pathanamthitta after protesting against the entry of females to Sabarimala temple. Women and young girls between the ages of 10 to 50 are to be allowed to enter the temple; however, the reformed rule has sparked widespread outrage - mostly amongst the elderly, male, and more traditionalist populations. One of the former presidents of a the Travancore Devaswom Board, Prayar Gopalakrishnan, was among those arrested. Devaswom are socio-religious Hindu trusts set up by the government and the community to oversee the management of religious sites in accordance with tradition.

Militants attack police in Baramulla

The Indian police forces have reportedly been attacked by suspected militants in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Two security personnel have been wounded as a result of the attack, which occurred in the Pattan area of the Baramulla district on Wednesday. No other casualties have been reported and a search operation has been launched by the police in pursuit of the attackers.

Four killed in Srinagar clash

Four people have been killed and three others have been wounded during a clash between suspected militants and the police in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. The firefight broke out in the Fateh Kadal area of Srinagar on Wednesday during a police operation. Three suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants were killed, along with one police officer, while three police officers were also wounded. A major security operation reportedly remains ongoing in the area.

Three border police wounded in IED blast

Three border police personnel have reportedly been wounded following an improvised explosive device (IED) blast in the Rajnandgaon district of Chhattisgarh. According to reports, the the explosion occurred in the village of Rajadera, injuring three security personnel who have been identified as members of the Indo-Tibetan Border Police force. It's unknown whether or not the officers were on duty at the time.

Suspected militant killed in police encounter

A suspected Naxalite militant has reportedly been killed following an armed encounter with the Indian police forces in Maharashtra state. According to reports, the police were performing a routine sweep of part of the Malewada Forest Range in the Gadchiroli district. One firearm has been retrieved from the site of the clash.

Five killed after bus crashes into canal

At least five people have been killed and 20 others have been wounded after a passenger bus crashed into a canal in West Bengal. The accident occurred in the Hooghly district, where the bus reportedly fell from a bridge near Haripal. Local reports indicate the vehicle crashed through the cement wall of the bridge, falling into the Dakatia khal canal. The precise cause of the crash remains under investigation, while rescue operations are launched to retrieve survivors.

Zika outbreak reported in Rajasthan

An outbreak of the Zika virus has been reported in Rajasthan, with local reports indicating that the number of confirmed cases has risen recently. As many as 60 people have been tested positive for the disease in Jaipur. While 45 of those patients have made full recoveries, 15 others remain under observation. The disease is mainly transmitted by mosquito bites and symptoms include fever, skin rashes, conjunctivitis, headaches, and muscle and joint pain. A controlled response strategy has already been implemented to monitor the situation and mitigate the spread of the disease.

Relief efforts ongoing following Cyclone Titli

Relief efforts remain ongoing after Cyclone Titli hit the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states over the weekend. According to reports, relief efforts were recently escalated amid fears of disease outbreaks due to stagnant flood water. At least 21 people have died amidst the floods which were triggered by heavy rainfall brought in by Cyclone Titli, which has since weakened into a deep depression. One of the worst hit areas was the Gajapati district in Odisha, where at least 15 deaths were reported.

Strike launched across Jammu and Kashmir

A strike has been launched across the northern Jammu and Kashmir region, which is expected to cause widespread disruption. Most transport services, shops, and businesses will be shut down during the strike, which was called in response to the death of a suspected Hizbul Mujahideen militant who was killed by the security forces in a military operation. No violent protests have been reported thus far; however, the security forces have clashed with civilians in the past, as many villages sympathise with the militants and protect them. There will be a heightened security presence throughout the region.

Delays at Tiruchirapalli airport following runway incident

Delays have been reported at Tiruchirapalli International Airport following an incident on the runway in which an aircraft hit an airport perimeter wall. According to reports from the BBC, the Boeing 737 aircraft had just taken off and was en route to Dubai when airport officials told the plane to divert to Mumbai after noticing damage to the wall. The Air India flight was carrying 130 passengers and reported no operational issues; however, damage was found on the underside of one of the plane's wings. The two pilots have been grounded, pending further investigation.

Communal clashes break out in Gujarat

Clashes have broken out between two local communal groups in Vadodara city, Gujarat. According to reports, the clashes occurred in the Khodiyar Nagar area of the city. Those involved are said to have been throwing stones and committed acts of vandalism, although no casualties have been reported. At least 19 suspects have been arrested by the police as investigations go forward.

Kidnap victim rescued in Goa

A kidnap victim has been successfully rescued after they were taken hostage by a male suspect in Gujarat, Goa. The victim, who has only been identified as a female minor, was reportedly abducted on Sunday, and was being held in captivity by her kidnapper. It's believed the abduction was motivated by a desire to force the girl into a marriage. The victim was safely retrieved and the suspect was arrested during a police operation in Panaji.

Evacuations ordered as Cyclone Titli approaches Odisha

Some 300,000 people have reportedly been evacuated as Cyclone Titli approaches Odisha. The storm was originally forecast to make landfall in the neighbouring state of Andhra Pradesh; however, within the last 24 hours its trajectory changed and the cyclone has instead made landfall in Gopalpur, Odisha. The evacuation orders were issued to five coastal districts on Thursday morning, as winds of up to 125km/h hit the area. Widespread general disruption should be expected throughout the region. According to the BBC, at least eight fatalities have been confirmed and hundreds of homes have been destroyed.

Three terror suspects arrested in Punjab

Three suspected terrorists have reportedly been arrested in Punjab as the security forces foil and alleged terror plot. According to reports, the Indian security forces launched a counter-terror operation in Jalandhar after it was discovered a network of suspected Jaish-e-Mohammed (JeM) militants were believed to be operating there. Various high-calibre firearms and explosives were seized from the militants, who are also thought to have links with al-Qaeda cell group, Ansar Ghazwat-ul-Hind.

Five dead as train derails in Uttar Pradesh

At least five people have been killed after a train derailed in Uttar Pradesh. The accident occurred near Harchandpur railway station in Raebareli, where six carriages of the New Farakka Express train derailed on Wednesday morning, trapping passengers. According to reports, emergency response teams have been dispatched as rescue operations are launched. While five people have been confirmed dead, several others have been wounded and more are feared trapped. Rail operations along the route have been suspended in both directions.

Tropical Cyclone alert issued in Andhra Pradesh

A tropical cyclone alert has been issued as Tropical Cyclone Titli strengthens in the Bay of Bengal. According to regional weather experts, the system has intensified into a severe cyclonic storm and is expected to make landfall near Kalingapatanam in Andhra Pradesh by tomorrow. High winds of up to 145km/h could hit the region, along with heavy rainfall which could spark flash flooding and landslides. Evacuation advisories have been issued to those in low-lying areas and throughout coastal areas.

Zika outbreak reported in Jaipur

A Zika virus outbreak has been reported in Jaipur, Rajasthan. According to the regional health authorities, the outbreak was confirmed after 22 cases of the virus were recorded in the Shastri Nagar area. Advisories have been issued in Bihar state after it was discovered one of the infected patients had recently travelled to the area - potentially spreading the virus. Measures have been put in place to help mitigate the further spread of the virus, which is typically transmitted by mosquitoes.

Nine arrested following mob attack at Bihar girls' school

Nine suspects have been arrested following a mob attack at a girls' school in the north-eastern state of Bihar. A large group of around 34 schoolgirls had to be treated in hospital after they were beaten up by an angry mob over the weekend. BBC reports indicate the mob mainly consisted of teenage boys, their parents, and local residents. The girls attend a government boarding school in Triveniganj, Supaul, and had reportedly reprimanded a group of teenage boys earlier that day, for sneaking into their school grounds and sexually harassing them. It's alleged that the boys retreated at the time, but returned with their parents and other locals, armed with iron rods and bamboo sticks. Six boys and three women have been arrested so far, while a further 10 unidentified people believed to be aged between 10 and 16 are yet to be detained.

Voting commences across Jammu and Kashmir

The first phase of voting has commenced in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Security measures have been heightened throughout the election period, with an estimated 40,000 additional security personnel deployed to key areas throughout the region to ensure the safety of voters by deterring militant attacks and civil unrest. Municipal elections have so far been boycotted by the Jammu and Kashmir People's Democratic Party (JKPDP) and the Jammu and Kashmir National Conference (JKNC). Parts of southern Kashmir have had internet and mobile communications suspended.

Two killed in Srinagar attack

At least two people have reportedly been killed and a third person has been wounded following an attack in Srinagar, Jammu and Kashmir. The attack occurred on Friday in the Karfalli Mohalla area of Srinagar. It's believed the incident was a politically motivated targeted attack ahead of municipal elections which are due to take place in Jammu and Kashmir later this year. No claim of responsibility has been made thus far; however, the police suspect local separatist militants may have been behind the attack.

Two suspected militants arrested in Kupwara

Two suspected militants have been arrested by the security forces in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, the suspects were detained by the police in the Lolab area of Kupwara after a Hizbul Mujahideen militant cell was discovered. One of the suspects was a serving member of the Indian Border Security Force.

Heavy rain alert issued in Kerala

A red weather warning has been issued in the Kerala state, where heavy rainfall is expected to affect the region over the weekend. The UK FCO advised against travel to hilly areas of the state, due to the high risk of landslides. The Idukki, Palakkad, and Thrissur districts are expected to be among some of the worst-affected areas, as the rain hits Kerala on Sunday 07 October. There may be a risk of flash floods in low-lying areas as well.

Violent protests take place outside Odisha temple

At least nine people have been wounded after violence broke out during protests outside a temple in the state of Odisha. Local reports indicate the violence broke out outside Jagannath Temple in Puri after protesters resisted police efforts to disperse the crowds and attacked police officers. The protesters allegedly threw stones at the police and blocked Bada Danda road. The protest has been organised in opposition to a new queuing system which was recently introduced at the temple.

Gunmen kidnap civilian in Baramulla

A civilian has allegedly been abducted by unidentified gunmen in the Baramulla district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the victim was kidnapped at gunpoint from his shop in the Younisu Sopore area.  A manhunt has reportedly been launched by the police whilst an investigation into the abduction remains ongoing. No ransom demands have been made thus far and the motive behind the kidnapping remains unclear.

Three militants killed in Chhattisgarh clash

At least three militants have been killed in an armed clash with the security forces in Chhattisgarh. The altercation occurred near the Dantewada-Sukma border, where Indian military personnel allegedly encountered a group of armed Naxal militants. A shootout broke out, in which three militants were shot dead. At least one firearm was recovered from the site of the clash.

Seven wounded in West Bengal bomb blast

At least seven people have been wounded following a bomb blast in West Bengal. The explosion occurred outside a fruit shop in a multi-storey car building on Kazipara road in the Nagerbazar suburban area of northern Kolkata. Preliminary reports indicate a woman and a child were among those wounded in the incident. It remains unclear who's responsible for the explosion, as no individual or groups have claimed responsibility.

Police officer killed in grenade attack

An Indian police officer has reportedly been killed in a grenade attack in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The police officer was allegedly targeted by suspected militants in the Shopian area on Sunday morning. According to reports, an unspecified number of suspected militants threw a hand grenade at the police officer - who was later confirmed dead at the scene of the attack.

Flight operations suspended at Jodhpur

Flight operations have been suspended at Jodhpur Airport in Rajasthan amid a suspected hijacking threat. The US government's travel department has issued an advisory, warning travellers of flight disruption following an incident on an Air India flight. According to local reports, four passengers from an outbound flight to Delhi were detained for allegedly making threats to hijack the plane. All flight operations were suspended whilst search operations were launched. Travellers should monitor local media and airline websites for further information.

Six killed in election violence across Kashmir

Six people have been killed after violence broke out across Kashmir amid elections. According to local reports, break outs of violence have been reported in Anantnag, Budgam, and Srinagar - forcing the local authorities to dispatch additional security personnel to the affected areas as tensions remain high and further incidents of violence are highly likely.

Security alert issued to train stations in Haryana

A security alert has been issued to various train stations throughout the northern state of Haryana following an alleged terrorist plot to target a number of stations. According to reports, suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants are thought to have made plans to attack at least eight different train stations in the state. The local authorities also made the decision to issue security alerts to several other public places, including local petrol stations and places of worship. The terror threat has not been confirmed by the security forces, but heightened security measures have been readied as a precaution.

Thousands protest in New Delhi

Thousands of people have gathered in New Delhi to protest against the practice of sewer cleaners in the capital city. The workers are employed to enter the underground sewers and unclog blockages - often using only their hands. The practice has been widely criticised for being unhygienic and dangerous. According to Reuters, many of those protesting in New Delhi are relatives of workers who died cleaning sewers. It's estimated that some 1,800 sewer cleaners have died in the sewers within the last decade - most of whom died of suffocation. Relatives have also criticised the government for delayed compensation payments.

Two militants killed in Sopore shootout

Two suspected militants have reportedly been shot dead by the Indian security forces in the Sopore district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The militants were killed in a shootout, which broke out after the security forces encountered a number of armed militants during a security operation near Nowpara village in the Tujjar area of Sopore. While two militants were shot dead, others managed to escape and a search operation has been launched in pursuit.

Five killed in Doda landslide

At least five people have been killed after a landslide occurred in the Doda district of Jammu and Kashmir. The landslides happened on Monday in a village where recent heavy rainfall had loosened the land. A search and rescue operation has been launched and remains ongoing. At least three underage minors were among the five bodies recovered so far. According to reports, schools in the area have been advised to remain shut until further notice.

Four police officers kidnapped in Shopian

At least four police officers have reportedly been kidnapped by suspected militants in the Shopian district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, three special force police officers were abducted from one village, while a fourth police officer was kidnapped from a second village. The abductions are thought to be connected to the Hizbul Mujahideen militant group, which had recently issued threats to police officers operating in the area. A police operation has been launched to retrieve the hostages.

Police clash with students in Uttar Dinajpur

At least two students have been killed and some 12 others have been wounded after clashes broke out between the police and student protesters in Uttar Dinajpur, West Bengal. The violence broke out on Thursday evening, when the police attempted to disperse the crowds which had gathered to take part in a student protest against Urdu teachers being hired in Bengali schools. There continues to be a risk of further clashes in the region and travellers have been advised to avoid large crowds whilst tensions remain high.

Cyclone warning issued in Odisha and Andhra Pradesh

A cyclone warning has been issued to parts of the Odisha and Andhra Pradesh states by the Indian Meteorological Department. The southern parts of Odisha and northern coastal region of Andhra Pradesh are expected to be affected by strong winds and bouts of rainfall within the next 12 hours as a low-pressure system makes its way through the Bay of Bengal. According to reports, the weather system is currently located southeast of Gopalpur in Odisha and is classified as a deep depression, but is expected to intensify and develop into a cyclone as it continues to travel in a northwesterly direction.

Security forces clash with militants in Bandipora

The Indian security forces have clashed with suspected militants in Bandipora, Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, fighting broke out in the remote forests of the Sumlar area during a search and cordon operation which had been launched to target militants believed to be operating in the area. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Militants target police forces in Pulwama grenade attack

The police forces have reportedly been targeted by suspected militants in the Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir. The militants allegedly threw a hand grenade at a police camp near Kakapora train station in Pulwama. Following the blast, the militants then opened fire on the police forces, who responded in kind, sparking a brief gunfight before the militants managed to escape. No casualties have been reported.

Delhi Airport staff arrested on rape charges

A member of the ground staff at Indira Gandhi International Airport in Delhi has been arrested on charges of rape. It's alleged that the 32-year-old suspect raped an aspiring air hostess by pretending to be a senior manager at an airline company the victim was in the process of applying to. According to reports, the victim had already applied for the job when she contacted the suspect through a fake profile he had set up online. The suspect claimed he could help her through the recruitment process, but demanded sexual favours in return and ultimately raped her.

Indian soldier killed in border firing incident

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a cross-border firing incident along the Line of Control (LoC) in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the cross-border spat occurred near Lam, where an Indian soldier was allegedly shot dead in an unprovoked attack by a Pakistani military sniper. The Pakistani military officials have not responded to the allegations of a ceasefire violation. Tensions along the LoC have heightened recently following a spate of similar firing incidents.

Violent clashes break out in Kulgam

At least five suspected militants been killed and 10 others have been wounded following a series of violent clashes in the Kulgam district of Jammu and Kashmir. Fighting broke out between the security forces and suspected militants on Saturday, in the Chowgam area of Qazigund in Kulgam. The security forces allegedly used tear gas and opened fire to disperse the crowds which were gathering. Those killed are believed to be members of the Lashkar-e-Toiba (LeT) and Hizbul Mujahideen (HM) militant groups.

Two killed in Assam flooding

Two people have been killed in flash floods in Assam, Arunachal Pradesh. Thousands of people have been affected after intense rainfall hit the region, sparking flooding and landslides. “Not all people have been displaced but around 800 people are staying in the three relief camps we have set up,” said an official from Dhemaji district’s Assam State Disaster Management Authority. 

Muslims protest in Mumbai over China policy in Xinjiang

Around 150 Muslims have held a protest in Mumbai against the Chinese government's treatment of Uighur Muslims in the Xinjiang region. The protesters chanted "Down with China'" as they demonstrated outside a mosque after Friday noon prayers. In recent weeks there have been reports of arbitrary detention camps targeting Muslims in the region, with as many as one million people forced to sing pro-Communist songs.

Twelve killed in Kashmir bus crash

At least 12 people have been killed after a bus fell into the Chenab river in Jammu and Kashmir. The vehicle was travelling from Keshwan to Kishtwar when the driver lost control. Rescue operations are underway to find survivors.

Two wounded in shooting incident

Two people have been wounded following a shooting incident in the Tighra area of Madhya Pradesh. The victims have been identified as forest guards, who were allegedly targeted in a violent attack organised by members of an illegal stone-mining group. The attackers opened fire on the guards near Gwalior within the Tighra police station limits. An investigation has been launched and remains ongoing, while both victims are being treated at hospital.

Two militants killed in clashes with security forces

Two suspected militants have reportedly been killed in a clash with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The altercation occurred in the Kakrial area, where the Indian armed forces were carrying out a security operation when they encountered a the armed militants. The two deceased suspects are believed to be members of the Jaish-e-Muhammed (JeM) militant group. At least nine security personnel were also wounded in the fighting. Unconfirmed reports indicate security operations remain ongoing in the area.

Cross-border firing reported in Jammu and Kashmir

Cross-border firing has been reported in the Poonch and Rajouri area of the Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian and Pakistani troops have reportedly exchanged fire near Nowshera in Rajouri and in the Krishna Ghati forest in Poonch in two separate incidents within the last 24 hours. No casualties have been reported amid the ceasefire violation.

Dozens die of fever in Uttar Pradesh

Dozens of people have died after contracting fever in Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, at least 36 fatalities have been confirmed within the last two weeks. The state government has commissioned a team of health specialists to look into the cases, which have mainly been reported from the Bareilly and Badaun districts. Camps have been set up in both districts and medical tests are being conducted while the necessary medicines are being distributed. It's believed the fever may have been spread via mosquitoes and the local authorities have arranged for insecticides to be sprayed.

Dozens killed after passenger bus accident

Dozens of people have died after a passenger bus plunged into a valley in Telangana. The bus was reportedly en route to Anjaneya Swamy temple when the driver lost control of the vehicle at a speed breaker and it skidded off the road near Shanivarapet village in the Jagtial district, falling into a deep valley. Between 60 to 65 passengers are thought to have been on board the bus, which was operated by the Telangana State Road Transport Corporation. Recent reports indicate at least 45 fatalities have been confirmed thus far, while rescue efforts remain ongoing. Investigations into the accident have been launched, with local residents expressing their anger over the poor condition of the road and the alleged negligence of the bus company.

Suspect arrested for beheading wife

A man has been arrested after allegedly beheading his wife in Karnataka. The suspect reportedly turned himself into the police, walking into a police station in the Chickmagaluru district with his wife's detached head in a bag. According to the BBC, the man confessed to the murder, claiming that he killed her because he believed she had been having an extra-marital affair. An investigation into the incident has been launched and remains ongoing.

Two militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir

Two suspected Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) militants have been killed in a security operation in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian armed forces were allegedly carrying out a search operation in the Guloora area of Handwara town when they encountered the armed militants, leading to a firefight in which at least two suspects were shot dead. Various small arms and light weapons, along with ammunition were confiscated from the site of the clash.

Civilian killed in cross-border firing

A civilian has reportedly been killed following a cross-border firing incident along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan. Local reports indicate the incident occurred near the Jhamra area. Unconfirmed reports claim the Indian security forces opened fire first, prompting the Pakistani military to retaliate with artillery fire, with the civilian getting caught in the crossfire.

Nationwide protests cause widespread disruption

Nationwide protests have caused widespread disruption throughout much of India. Most major businesses, public services, and traders' associations have taken part in the protests, which have been called by the Indian National Congress and several opposition groups. The protests were launched in response to the falling value of the rupee and rising fuel prices which the government have failed to curb. According to reports, road blocks have been set up by protesters, causing severe travel delays. Dozens of schools and government institutions have been closed, while the police have allegedly arrested protesters in Tripura after violence broke out.

Militants attack police in Jammu and Kashmir

At least one militant has been killed and an Indian police officer has been wounded following a militant attack on the police forces in Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, a group of armed militant ambushed the police in the Anantnag area over the weekend, leading to a crossfire in which one militant was shot dead and a police officer sustained a gunshot wound.

Five killed after jeep falls into gorge

At least five people have been killed and 10 others have been wounded after a jeep fell into a gorge in Maharashtra. The accident occurred along a road in the Mukhed area of the Nanded district. The vehicle had been transporting 15 people from Mukhed to Tirupati when it lost control and went off the side of the road. It remains unclear precisely how the accident occurred; however, the vehicle may have been overcrowded, which could have contributed to the loss of control. Reckless driving and poor road safety standards are often causal factors in most fatal road accidents in India.

Two terror suspects detained in New Delhi

Two suspected terrorists have been arrested in security operations carried out in New Delhi. According to reports, the suspects are believed to have linked to a militant group associated with the Islamic State (IS). The suspects were detained in an undisclosed location within the capital region and are allegedly affiliated with a new emerging terrorist group, the Islamic State in Jammu and Kashmir (ISJK). No further information has been released by the security forces as of yet.

Joint opposition protest to take place

A joint opposition protest is due to take place in New Delhi on Monday 10 September. According to reports, congress and opposition parties coordinated the anti-government rally to protest against higher fuel prices, rising unemployment, and land redistribution. The protest is likely to cause widespread disruption as thousands are expected to take part.

Five wounded in Brahmapur student clashes

At least five students have been wounded after violent clashes broke out between two student groups at Berhampur University in Brahmapur, Odisha. According to local reports, it's believed the fight was sparked by a challenge over student union leadership, as one group was led by the president of the varsity student union, while the other was led by supporters of the student union's secretary. Both groups of students were allegedly armed with cricket bats and wicket stumps.

Supreme Court legalises gay sex in landmark ruling

The Indian Supreme Court has legalised gay sex in a landmark ruling overturning a previous 2013 verdict which upheld colonial-era law, section 377, which categorises gay sex as an 'unnatural offence'. The recent verdict came about when the court decided to revisit the 2013 ruling after campaigners organised a formal petition to review the earlier verdict, claiming it had been a miscarriage of justice. According to the BBC, strong opposition amongst religious groups and in conservative rural communities has hindered campaigns to overturn the verdict in the past, making section 377 one of the world's oldest laws criminalising gay sex. "Criminalising carnal intercourse is irrational, arbitrary and manifestly unconstitutional", said Chief Justice Dipak Misra. 

Six arrested in Kashmir gang rape and murder case

Six people have been arrested in connection with a gang rape and murder case in the Baramulla district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to reports, the mutilated body of the nine-year-old victim was discovered in a jungle 10 days after her disappearance was reported. A police investigation found that the girl's stepmother had been nursing a grudge against her and reportedly ordered her 14-year-old son and several others to rape the girl - who was later mutilated and killed with an axe before her body was burnt with acid. Although progressive anti-rape legislation was introduced in 2012, incidents of sexual violence against young girls and women remain an ongoing problem in many rural parts of India.

Boat capsizes on Brahmaputra River

A boat has capsized on the Brahmaputra River in Guwahati. At least two fatalities have been confirmed, while some 27 others remain missing as search and rescue operations remain ongoing. Some 16 people have already been rescued so far. The accident occurred on Wednesday afternoon when the ferry boat overturned after colliding with pillars near Ashwaklanta Temple. According to reports, the vessel was overcrowded at the time of the accident, carrying around 40 passengers and 18 motorcycles.

Farmers' protest causes disruption in New Delhi

A large farmers' protest has caused widespread disruption throughout the capital city of New Delhi. Thousands of farmers and labourers have gathered in the city to protest unpopular government policies and the lack of government assistance provided for struggling farmers in rural areas. According to Reuters, the protest has caused significant travel disruption, paralysing parts of New Delhi as traffic comes to a standstill. 

Bridge collapse in Kolkata

At least one fatality has been confirmed after a bridge collapsed in Kolkata, trapping a number of people. According to the BBC, the Majerhat bridge partially collapsed over a railway line on Tuesday, trapping a bus, a few cars, and some motorcycles in the caved in section. Rescue operations have been launched with the assistance of the armed forces to pull survivors out from the rubble. While one person has died, several others have also been injured. It remains unclear what may have caused the structure to give way.

Bus drivers to strike in Rajasthan

Bus drivers have arranged to go on strike in the state of Rajasthan. The strike is due to take place later this month, sometime between Sunday 16 September and Tuesday 18 September. According to local reports, the industrial action has been organised by workers' unions over demands to be included in a scheme to provide better health and medical benefits for workers. Widespread travel disruption is expected if the strike goes ahead.

Militants attack security forces in Sopore

A group of armed militants have reportedly targeted the Indian security forces in a violent attack in Sopore, Jamu and Kashmir. According to local reports, at least four security personnel were wounded in the attack. It's believed the militants were armed with firearms and explosives - including grenades, which were allegedly used against the security forces. No other casualties have been reported and patrol operations remain ongoing in the area.

Three arrested on kidnap and rape charges

Three people have been arrested on charges of kidnap and rape in Uttar Pradesh. It's alleged that the three men abducted an underage school girl before raping her in a moving car in the Gautam Buddh Nagar area. The incident occurred near Roshanpur village, where the girl was later abandoned by her attackers. Incidents of violent crime and sexual assault against women are an ongoing problem in large parts of India - especially in rural areas.

Landslide kills 13 in Uttarakhand

At least 13 people have been killed and two others have been wounded after a landslide occurred in the Uttarakhand state. The incident was reported in the Uttarkashi area, along a national highway. According to reports, the landslide fell on a section of the main road, causing a bus to fall off the side of the road and into a deep gorge. It's believed the landslide was caused by recent wet weather in the region. A clean-up operation has been launched to clear the affected road.

Leptospirosis outbreak reported in Kerala

An outbreak of leptospirosis has been reported in the flood-hit state of Kerala. At least 11 people have died from leptospirosis or rat fever within the last two days, prompting the health authorities to declare a health alert. Anyone who has come into contact with flood waters has been advised to consider taking medication as a precaution to avoid contracting water-borne diseases. The situation is currently under control and the health officials have reiterated that there is no cause for alarm, but maintain their advice to seek medical attention if experiencing fever, muscle aches, vomiting, or diarrhoea.

Security forces clash with protesters in Pulwama

The Indian security forces have reportedly clashed with protesters in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir, leaving at least one person dead and wounding two others. Violence broke out after a group of protesters attacked a security patrol during a cordon-and-search operation in Gusoo village. The security forces used tear gas and batons to disperse the crowds. It's not uncommon for groups of villagers to violently resist security operations targeting separatist militants in the northern region.

Acid attack targets political rally

An acid attack has reportedly occurred at a political rally in Karnataka. At least eight people have been wounded as a result of the attack. According to reports, an unidentified attacker threw the harmful acid in the direction of a victory procession going on in the Tumakuru area. The procession had been arranged to celebrate the victory of the India National Congress (INC) party candidate, Inayatullah Khan. The police have launched an investigation and suspect the attacker may have been a political rival.

Militants kill four police officers in Shopian

At least four Indian police officers have been killed by suspected militants following an armed altercation in the northern Jammu and Kashmir province. According to reports, a group of armed militants attacked the police officers in the Ara Hama area of Shopian on Wednesday, resulted in a fatal clash in which four police personnel were killed while the militants managed to escape. A search operation has been launched in pursuit of the attackers.

Large rally to take place in Telangana

A large rally is due to take place in the state of Telangana over the coming weekend. On Sunday 02 September, tens of thousands of protesters are expected to gather in the Kongara Kalan area south-east of Rajiv Gandhi International Airport. The US state department for travel has issued a warning advising travellers to be cautious of widespread disruption caused by the demonstration, which an estimated 100,000 people are expected to attend.

Landslide kills three in Uttarakhand

At least three people have been killed and five others remain missing after a landslide occurred in a village in the Uttarakhand state. Recent heavy rainfall in the region is thought to be responsible for causing the landslide, which buried eight people in the village of Kot near Budar Jedar. While three bodies have been retrieved, five remain unaccounted for but are presumed to be dead as search operations continue.

Violent clashes break out in West Bengal

Violent clashes have broken out in North 24 Parganas, West Bengal. At least five people have been killed and as many as 30 others have been wounded after clashes broke out between opposing political groups. According to local reports, the violence started when groups belonging to the ruling Trinamool Congress and the opposing Communist Party of India-Marxist party clashed in the Amdanga area of the North 24 Parganas district on Tuesday evening. At least 12 arrests have been made in connection to the unrest and the police have begun sweeping the streets for crude bombs planted with the intention of inciting further violence.

Two dead after bus crashes into Uttarakhand ravine

Two people have been killed and some 34 others have been wounded after a passenger bus veered off the road and crashed into a deep ravine in the Uttarakhand state. The accident occurred along the Link Road near Badrinath. It's been reported that the vehicle was overcrowded at the time of the accident, with preliminary investigations suggesting this may have caused the driver of the bus to lose control. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing.

Twelve wounded as protesters clash with security forces

At least 12 people have been wounded after groups of protesters clashed with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir province. Demonstrators reportedly gathered to protest against the proposed removal of Article 35A, which grants special rights and privileges to the residents of Jammu and Kashmir. Protests took place in Anantnag, Budgam, Ganderbal, Pulwama, Shopian, and Sopore. Clashes broke out when the police attempted to disperse the crowds and they allegedly became violent.

Police disperse protesters in Himachal Pradesh

The police have dispersed protesters in Himachal Pradesh using water cannons. Youth Congress workers had reportedly gathered outside the county government office (Vidhan Sabha) in Shimla to protest over the current law and order situation in the state. According to reports, the police were deployed to restore calm; however, due to widespread disruption, were allegedly forced to use water cannons to disperse the crowds.

Earthquake recorded near Port Blair

A 5.5-magnitude earthquake has been recorded near Port Blair in the Andaman and Nicobar Islands. Data from the USGS shows the earthquake occurred at around 10:49 UTC on Friday morning, at a shallow depth of 10km. The epicentre of the earthquake was located around 165km south-west of Port Blair. Light tremors were reportedly felt throughout the islands; however, no damage or casualties have been reported and there is no risk of a tsunami.

Communal violence breaks out in Rajasthan

Violent clashes have broken out between two communities in Rajasthan. The fighting broke out in the Malpura area of the Tonk district, where an altercation became violent between local residents and the Kanwar Yatris minority community. According to local reports, at least 14 people have been wounded - mostly members of the Kanwar Yatris community, who were pelted with stones. A heavy police presence has been deployed to the area to restore calm.

Two killed in crude bomb explosion

At least two people have been killed and four others have been wounded in a crude bomb explosion in West Bengal. The blast occurred after a crude bomb exploded at the party offices of the All India Trinamool Congress party in Medinipur. It's believed that those caught up in the explosion was a group of a suspected criminals who had been hiding out in the building. The motive behind the attack remains unclear, as the police work to figure out if the incident was a targeted attack or not.

Dozens wounded in village dispute

Some 25 people have been wounded in a violent dispute between two villages in West Bengal. A clash broke out between residents from Purba Goalpara village and Dangapur village over pictures of local women which had allegedly been altered and 'morphed' before being uploaded onto social media and circulated. According to reports, the police have arrested at least 29 people in connection with the incident and counter-violence measures are now being put in place

Cochin Airport closure extended

The closure of Cochin International Airport has been extended until Wednesday 29 August. The airport was previously scheduled to remain closed until Sunday 26 August amid heavy monsoon rains and widespread flooding; however, the decision has been made to extend the closure another three days due to the extensive disruption caused by the floods. Relief operations and recovery efforts remain ongoing throughout large parts of the Kerala state and an estimated 90 percent of airport staff have been impacted by the disaster.

Public unrest reported in Anantnag

Reports of public unrest have surfaced in the Anantnag district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Local reports indicate large groups of protesters have gathered in parts of the district following prayers held for the Islamic holiday of Eid. The police have responded to the unrest, while unconfirmed reports claim violence broke out in some areas, with protesters pelting police vehicles with stones.

Police officer shot dead in Kulgam

An Indian police officer has reportedly been shot dead during a security operation in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, the police forces carrying out a routine counter-terror operation in the Kulgam district when they encountered a group of armed militants. The militants allegedly opened fire, killing the police officer before fleeing the scene.

Over 350 killed as monsoon rains ease in Kerala

Over 350 confirmed fatalities have been reported while some 22,000 people have been rescued from flood-hit Kerala as heavy monsoon rains ease off. Most of those killed were caught in landslides, caused by two weeks of severe rainfall in the region. According to the BBC, it's estimated that around 725,000 people have sought refuge in over 5,600 relief camps. Health officials have warned of the heightened risk of outbreaks of waterborne and airborne diseases in the aftermath of the floods - especially in temporary relief camps. Three cases of chickenpox have already been identified and isolated in the Aluva area. The Chengannur area has been one of the worst-hit parts of the state, with rescue teams working to free trapped residents in the Alappuzha and Ernakulam districts.

Soldier killed in Kupwara

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a clash with militants in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred in the village of Kachloo in the Handwara area, where a group of armed militants allegedly opened fire on the security forces whilst they were carrying out search operations in the area. Further security operations have since been launched in Handwara in pursuit of the militants.

Dengue fever confirmed in Kalahandi

Dozens of cases of dengue fever have been confirmed in the Kalahandi district in Odisha, sparking concerns of an outbreak in the region. The local health authorities stated that at least 82 people have been tested positive for the disease in the Ladugaon and Koksara areas. According to reports, the government has dispatched expert medical teams to the area to monitor the situation and take preventative measures against the further spread of the disease.

Death toll rises in Kerala floods

The death toll for flood-related fatalities has risen in monsoon-struck Kerala. As many as 164 people are confirmed to have died so far after devastating monsoon rains hit the southern state, causing one of the worst floods in almost 100 years. According to the BBC, some 223,000 have been left homeless after floods damaged thousands of houses. Many of those who died were allegedly crushed under debris or buried by landslides. At least 13 of the state's 14 districts have been flooded with further heavy rain still forecast for the region. A red alert has been put in place and the main airport has been shut until Sunday 26 August. Government troops have been deployed tot he area to assist search and rescue efforts along with relief operations.

Heavy rains cause flooding in Tamil Nadu

Heavy rainfall has caused widespread flooding throughout the southern state of Tamil Nadu. At least one person has been confirmed dead in the Tirunelveli district, while some 15 fishermen remain missing in the Kanniyakumari district. Floods have cut off some roads and caused significant disruption as the authorities advise people to avoid unnecessary travel. 

Heavy causes widespread flooding in Kerala

The death toll for fatalities caused by the heavy rainfall which has hit the Kerala region as part of the ongoing monsoon season has risen to at least 73 deaths. The state government claimed that many of those killed were crushed under debris or buried under landslides. Cochin International Airport has also shut down flight operations due to the severe wet weather. According to the BBC, a red alert has been issued in the state, where search and rescue operations remain ongoing. Almost all state dams are now open with most water treatment plants submerged and damaged. The federal government has provided additional forces to assist local efforts.

Heavy rain disrupts flights at Cochin Airport

Heavy rain has reportedly caused disruption to flight services at Cochin International Airport. Flight operations have allegedly been suspended until at least 14:00 local time. Flights had to be cancelled or delayed after water levels rose, compromising the safety of the runway. Passengers have been advised to check with their respective airlines for further updates.

Stabbing incident reported in Mumbai

A stabbing incident has been reported in Mumbai city. At least one casualty has been reported from the attack, which occurred in the Nityanand Nagar area of Ghatkopar West in Mumbai. The police have launched an investigation into the incident, which is likely to have been a targeted attack. According to reports, five suspects have been arrested in connection to the case and will face charges of attempted murder.

Heavy rains kill 18 in Himachal Pradesh

At least 18 people have been killed after heavy rain hit the state of Himachal Pradesh. Hundreds of others remain stranded after the wet weather triggered flash floods and landslides, disrupting key road connections. According to reports, landslides have been reported int he Mandi and Solan districts, where at least four fatalities have been confirmed. A young boy was also killed after being swept away by flood water from teh Kaushalya River near Parwanoo, Solan.

Hackers target bank in cyber heist

Suspected hackers have reportedly stolen around 944,200,000 Rupees (around £10.6m; $13.5m) from the Cosmos Cooperative Bank Ltd in what appears to be a cyber heist. Cosmos is one of the oldest cooperative banks in India and the hackers allegedly targeted various foreign and domestic bank accounts during two attacks. According to reports, unknown persons hacked into the bank's servers at the headquarters on Ganeshkhind Road in Pune and acquired sensitive date from Visa and RuPay debit card holders. The details of hundreds of debit cards were exploited as false payments were set up by the hackers. The authorities have reassured customers that no personal accounts were affected, as dummy cards were used and the attackers had effectively stolen from the banking system.

Three killed in Kerala bus crash

At least three people have been killed and some 33 others have been wounded after a bus collided with a lorry in Kerala. The accident reportedly occurred on Ithikkara bridge in the Kottiyam area of the Kollom district. The police have responded to the scene and investigations remain ongoing. It's suspected the driver of the bus may have been asleep at the wheel, potentially causing the fatal crash. Traffic disruption in the area remains likely while clean-up operations remain ongoing.

Police officer killed in Srinagar gunfight

At least one Indian police officer has been killed while five others have been wounded following a gunfight in the Srinagar area of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred on Sunday, when the police were conducting a raid against a suspected militant cell in Srinagar. The militants allegedly resisted arrested and a brief gunfight broke out. Two suspected militants were arrested.

Terror suspect detained in Maharashtra

A suspected terrorist has been arrested by the authorities in the state of Maharashtra. The suspect was detained during a counter-terror operation led by the Anti-Terrorism Squad in the Nala Sopara area of the Palghar district. According to local reports, the detainee is thought to be a member of the right-wing Sanatan Sanstha group. Explosive powder, detonators, and extremist propaganda material was also discovered and confiscated during a property search.

Security operation launched near Indira Gandhi airport

A security operation has been launched at Indira Gandhi International Airport after a drone was reported in close proximity to the airport. The pilot of and IndiGo flight raised the alarm after noticing the drone just over five kilometres away from the airport on Thursday evening. The runway was closed for over an hour as security officers searched the perimeter. The closure affected flight operations and passengers should anticipate potential delays as the backlog is worked through. Furthermore, the operator of the drone was not found and airport officials have warned there will be heightened security measures in case of a repeat situation.

Rain-related death toll rises in Kerala

The death toll for rain-related fatalities in Kerala has reportedly risen to at least 26 killed as torrential rain continued to hit the region, causing flash floods and landslides. Military units have allegedly been dispatched to the area to assist relief efforts. The Alappuzha, Ayannkulu, Idamalayar, Idukki, Kannur, and Wayanad areas are among those worst affected. Search and rescue operations remain ongoing.

Four militants killed in Baramulla gunfight

At least four suspected militants have reportedly been killed after a gunfight broke out with the Indian security forces in the Baramulla district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, the altercation occurred in the Rafiabad forests, where military operations against militant groups operating in the area remain ongoing. At least one Indian soldier was allegedly wounded in the clash.

Torrential rain causes delays at Cochin Airport

Torrential rain has caused delays at Cochin International Airport after all arrival flights were suspended due to a high risk of flooding. The severe wet weather has led to river levels rising throughout the region, heightening the risk of flash floods, particularly along the Periyar River. Emergency procedures have been prepped on standby at the airport, while travellers should check with their respective airlines for flight updates.

Two killed in suspected honour killing

At least two people have reportedly been killed in a suspected honour killing in the Rohtak district of Haryana. According to reports, the two victims have been identified as a woman and a police officer. They were allegedly shot dead by armed assailants on a motorbike near the Mini Secretariat in Rohtak. The attackers fled the scene immediately after the shooting and the police have launched investigations to identify the suspects - who were most likely known to the victims.

Militants derail empty train carriage

Suspected militants have reportedly derailed an empty train carriage in the Dantewada, Chhattisgarh. The incident occurred near Kamaloor railway station, where a group of suspected Maoist insurgents allegedly sabotaged the train - which had recently been evacuated at the nearby station following reports of arson. Operations have been launched to recover the train and restore rail services which have been suspended. No casualties have been reported.

Twenty killed in Kerala flooding

At least 20 people have been killed as flash floods hit the Kerala region. The flooding has been caused by torrential rain, which has led to river levels rising as well as landslides throughout the region. The Alappuzha, Kannur, and Wayanad areas have been particularly affected by the flooding, with reports of bridges being washed away. The local authorities have launched rescue operations; however, searches may be hampered by further heavy rainfall.

Two militants killed in Bandipora clash

Two suspected militants have been killed, along side four Indian soldiers, after an armed clash broke out in the Bandipora district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. According to local reports, the militants ambushed the security forces in the Govind Nallah area of the district, where a brief firefight broke out. The outlawed Lashkar-e-Taiba militant group has reportedly claimed responsibility for the attack.

Two killed in Tamil Nadu stampede

At least two people have been killed and some 33 others have been wounded after a stampede broke out in Tamil Nadu. The incident occurred outside Tajaji Hall in Chennai, where crowds of people had gathered to take part in the funeral procession of former state minister Muthuvel Karunanidhi. According to reports, the stampede broke out when the police used batons to disperse crowds. Riot police have now been deployed to help restore calm and to prevent more people gathering in the area.

High alert issued in Malkangiri, Odisha

A high alert has been issued in the Malkangiri district of Odisha due to the high risk of an increase in militant activity. Local reports claim the police have advised that Maoist insurgents - currently present in the neighbouring Chhattisgarh state - are likely to start operating in the area. The alert has been issued after the security forces gunned down at least 15 militants in Chhattisgarh on Monday, potentially sparking an influx of militants to Malkangiri, as they flee to safer areas.

Dozens confirmed dead in Assam floods

Dozens of people have been confirmed dead amidst the ongoing flood situation in Assam, with the latest reports placing the death toll at 43. Flash floods were brought on by bouts of heavy seasonal rain across six districts, with some 100,000 others affected by the inundation of wet weather. Floods have been reported in the Charaideo, Darrang, Dhemaji, Golaghat, Lakhimpur, and Sivasagar districts. Relief operations have been launched and remain ongoing.

Fourteen Maoist insurgents killed in Chhattisgarh

At least 14 Maoist insurgents have been killed by the security forces during a counter-insurgency operation in Chhattisgarh. According to local reports, the insurgents were killed in an armed encounter in the remote Mika Ton forest of the Sukma district on Monday morning. Various weapons were also confiscated from the site of the clash.

Two terrorists killed in Kupwara operation

Two suspected terrorists have been killed in security operations in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The operation was conducted in the Kupwara district, where the suspects were targeted by the security forces. It's believed the suspects are members of the Hibul Mujahideen terrorist group and are thought to be linked to several violent attacks targeting the security forces which led to civilian casualties.

Heavy rainfall hits Uttar Pradesh

Heavy rainfall and thunderstorms have hits parts of the Uttar Pradesh state. Within the last 24 hours, at least 11 fatalities have been confirmed in rain-related incidents. A further seven others have also been wounded as heavy rain continues to lash 11 districts in the region. According to local reports, as many as 540 residential houses have been damaged by the wet weather, with potentially costly repairs in order before people can return to homes.

Network failure causes delays at Mumbai airport

Delays of up to an hour should be expected at Mumbai's main airport after a network failure caused difficulties with the airport's computer systems. Although the issue has now been resolved, flight operations at Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport were severely affected during what has been confirmed as a local area network (LAN) failure. Travellers should anticipate flight delays of up to an hour throughout the rest of the day as the airport works through the backlog.

Bomb blast reported in Andhra Pradesh

A suspected bomb explosion has been reported in the state of Andhra Pradesh. It's believed the blast occurred at a survey site in the Nandyal area on Tuesday. Preliminary reports indicate an improvised explosive device (IED) may have been what caused the explosion, having been triggered when surveyors set fire to an area of farmland to make way for construction. At least three fatalities have been reported, while at least one person has been wounded. It remains unclear whether or not the IED was planted with the intention of targeting the surveyors.

Dozens feared dead after bus crash

Dozens of people are feared dead following a bus crash in the Raigad district of Maharashtra over the weekend. The vehicle allegedly came off a mountain road near Ambenali Ghat, where the bus fell into a deep gorge. Search and rescue operations have been launched; however, it's feared as many as 33 people have been killed in the accident. The cause of the crash remains unclear, but reckless driving and poor vehicle safety standards are often contributing factors in most fatal traffic accidents in India.

Four million stripped of citizenship

Some four million people have been stripped of Indian citizenship in the north-eastern state of Assam. On Monday, the Indian government published the National Register of Citizens (NRC) - a list of people able to prove they came to India by 24 March 1971, when neighbouring Bangladesh declared independence. According to the BBC, the NRC was drawn up to identify potentially illegal Bangladeshi migrants; however, with millions at risk of becoming stateless, the move has sparked fears of a witch hunt against ethnic minorities. The Indian authorities have stated that no deportations will be made immediately and a lengthy appeal process will be made available to all.

Police officer killed in militant attack

An Indian police officer has reportedly been killed and another has been wounded following a militant attack in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Suspected militants allegedly launched an attack targeting a police checkpoint in the Batamaloo area or Srinagar. A search operation has been launched in pursuit of the militants. Updated reports indicate the attack has been claimed by the Hizbul Mujhadeen militant group.

Violent protests escalate in Maharashtra

Violent protests have escalated in the state of Maharashtra. Statewide shutdowns have been launched by ethnic Maratha groups, who are campaigning for improved government job and education quotas. The cities of Mumbai, Thane, and Navi Mumbai have all been seriously affected by the protests. An estimated 45,000 police officers have been deployed in a bid to maintain public order; however, protesters have blocked main roads and highways, leadign to widespread disruption.

Violence breaks out in Maharashtra

Violence has reportedly broke out in the Maharashtra state, forcing a statewide shutdown. The violence allegedly broke out after Maratha community protesters gathered in Aurangabad, calling for improved caused government job quotas. The protests caused widespread disruption in Aurangabad and escalated when protesters started setting fire to vehicles.

Flood alert issued in Tamil Nadu

A flood alert has been issued in at least 12 districts in the southern Tamil Nadu state. The alerts were issued after it was confirmed that a local reservoir had reached dangerously high levels after a period of heavy rainfall. The Ariyalur, Cuddalore, Dharmapuri, Erode, Karur, Nagapattinam, Namakkal, Pudukottai, Salem, Thanjavur, Tiruvarur, and Trichy areas have all been issued alert notices. Those residing in low-lying areas have been advised to relocate to higher ground due to a high risk of flash floods.

Three terror suspects killed in security operation

At least three suspected terrorists have been killed in security operations in the Kulgam area of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Reports indicate at least one of the three suspected militants killed was involved in the abduction and killing of a police officer on Saturday. The attack sparked a police operation in response, which culminated in a gunfight the following day. At least on of the three suspects killed is believed to be affiliated with the Lashkar-e Taiba militant group.

Suspected militant killed in gunfight

A suspected militant has been shot dead in a gunfight with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The altercation broke out during a counter-terror security operation in the Batpora area of Handwara in the Kupwara district. It's believed the suspect was a member of the Lashkar-e Taiba (LeT) militant group.

Eight insurgents killed in Chhattisgarh shootout

At least eight Naxalite insurgents have reportedly been killed in a shootout with the security forces in Chhattisgarh. The altercation allegedly broke out last night in the Bijapur district near the village of Timenar. The security forces reportedly encountered the group of armed insurgents near the Dantewanda district border, where a gunfight broke out, leading to the deaths of eight insurgents.

Nationwide BNP rally to take place

Rallies are due to take place across the country in support of jailed Bangladesh Nationalist Party (BNP) chairperson, Khaleda Zia. Demonstrations will be launched in most major towns and cities tomorrow as BNP supporters call for Zia to be released from prison after a special court sentenced her to five years in jail on charges of corruption. According to reports, a group of BNP members have fuelled upset by claiming Zia is being denied access to medical care whilst ill in prison.

Three police officers wounded in Mumbai assault

At least three police officers have been wounded after being assaulted by a group of drunk and disorderly suspects. According to reports, the police had dispatched to respond to a complaint regarding loud music and screaming from a sixth-floor apartment on Mira Road East in Mumbai. Upon arriving at the scene, the police were allegedly attacked by the suspects. Fourteen arrests were made following the attack, with detainees facing a charges for rioting, breach of peace, criminal intimidation, and preventing police officers from carrying out their duties.

Thousands relocated in rain-affected areas

Some 2,000 people have been relocated from rain-affected areas after a bout of heavy rain last week. Those in the south Gujarat and Saurashtra areas have been deemed to be at high risk and were relocated to safer ground on Monday as further downpours are forecast for the region. Throughout the coming week, there will be heightened risk of flash floods and landslides in certain parts.

Eleven killed as heavy rain hits Kerala

At least 11 people have been killed after heavy rains hit the Kerala region. All 11 deaths were caused by rain-related incidents in the Kollam, Kozhikkode, and Malappuram districts. Eight districts throughout the region have been affected by the heavy downpours so far, with widespread disruption reported. Various institutions and schools have been forced to close due to the rain, which are expected to ease over the next few days.

Seven killed in Jammu and Kashmir landslide

A landslide has killed seven people and wounded at least 25 others in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred on Sunday in the Sehar Baba area of Riasi, where a large boulder gave way above a waterfall, causing a landslide which killed seven people who had been sunbathing below. The Sehar Baba waterfall is a popular tourist spot, often attracting hundreds of visitors a day during it's peak season. The incident has been treated as an accident while on-site safety assessments have been launched.

Dozens killed in heavy rains

Scores of people have been killed as heavy rains hit the Maharashtra state. Some 62 deaths have been reported from the region in the last week after torrential rain caused flash floods. According to reports, dozens were stranded at train stations due to flooding and hundreds were stuck in houses, having to be rescued by the emergency services. Mumbai has been one of the worst-affected areas, experiencing severe disruption after flash flooding occurred around Vasal Creek.

Nine killed in Manipur landslide

At least nine people have been killed following a landslide in Manipur. The landslide - which was caused by heavy rain - occurred in the Tamenglong district, where a stretch of the main highway was reportedly cut off. Several vehicles were buried, killing nine people before the emergency services responded to the scene. Clear-up operations have been launched with the aim of re-opening the highway for transport as soon as possible.

Floods reported in Maharashtra

Dozens of people have been forced to evacuate their homes after heavy rainfall brought floods to parts of Maharashtra last night. Some 140 people were evacuated by the National Disaster Response Force on Tuesday evening, after flooding occurred in the Vasai Taluka area of the Maharashtra state. According to reports, the wider Mumbai Metropolitan Region has reportedly been receiving large amounts of rain, which has resulted in the flooding.

IED blast kills two soldiers in Chhattisgarh

At least two Indian soldiers have been killed in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh. The soldiers have reportedly been identified as border force personnel, who were on duty in the Kanker region of the Chhattisgarh state when the IED went off. It's believed separatist Naxalite militants were responsible for the explosion, having planted the IED in an attempt to target the security forces.

Four terror suspects arrested in West Bengal

Four suspected terrorists have been detained in West Bengal on suspicion of forming a terrorist group. The suspects were arrested by security personnel during an operation led by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) in the Naxalburi area. The four suspects had allegedly formed a new separatist group called the Greater Coochbehar Liberation Organisation, with suspected links to other armed separatist groups also based in the area.

Rail bridge collapses in Mumbai

A railway bridge has collapsed in Mumbai, causing major travel delays throughout the city. The bridge at Andheri station, which gave way at around 07:30 local time, was badly damaged by the recent monsoon rains. A train was arriving at the station at the time and was forced to use the emergency brake, stopping 200ft from the collapsed bridge. Five people required medical treatment at the scene.

Family found hanged in Delhi

Eleven members of an extended family have been found dead in a house in the capital Delhi. Ten of the family was hanging from the ceiling, while an elderly woman was found on the floor. Police are trying to establish what caused the deaths; the deceased were found with their hands tied but officers said they found evidence of "mystical practices" by the family. "It is an ongoing investigation and we haven't ruled out anything," a police official told the AFP.

Himachal Pradesh highway blocked by landslide

A main highway in the Himachal Pradesh state has been cut off by a landslide. Wet weather in the area has caused land to become loose - heightening the risk of further such incidents. According to reports, the landslide buried part of the Manali-Leh highway, stranding some 2,000 vehicles. Clearing operations have been launched while no casualties have been reported.

Militants clash with security forces in Pulwama

A group of armed militants have reportedly clashed with the the security forces in the Chatapora area of Pulwama, Jammu and Kashmir. Local reports indicate an armed encounter has broken out during a special operation targeting a residential property thought to be housing militants. As many as four militants are allegedly inside the building, including a senior militant. No casualties have been reported thus far.

Bus crash wounds dozens in Maharashtra

Dozens of people have been wounded after two buses collided int he Maharashtra state. The crash happened on the main road connecting the Alibaug and Wadkhal areas on Friday morning. Local reports indicate a private bus and public transport bus collided during the rush-hour traffic. The cause of the accident remains unclear as investigations continue. As many as 87 people are thought to have been wounded.

Civilian killed in police clash

A civilian has been shot dead after getting caught up in a crossfire which broke out between the police and supporters of the Patthalgarhi movement in the Khunti district of Jharkhand. According to reports, the Patthalgarhi supporters had abducted three police officers and the stand-off occurred during a police operation launched to rescue the hostages. The three police officers were stationed as security guards outside a government MPs house and it's believe their abduction came as retaliation for the implication of Patthalgarhi supporters in a recent gang rape incident.

IED blast kills six soldiers in Jharkhand

At least six soldiers have been killed and 10 others have been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in the Jharkhand state. The explosion occurred in the Garhwa district, where an IED had been planted by suspected militants. The local authorities reportedly believe the Naxal insurgents were behind the attack.

Three killed as monsoon rains hit Maharashtra

Three people have been killed and six others have been wounded as monsoon rains hit the Maharashtra state. Two of the fatalities were reported in Mumbai, while the third was reported in Thane. Significant damage has been caused to buildings and vehicles by flash floods, which have led to widespread general disruption. Weather warnings remain in place for most central and northern states - including Bihar, Chhattisgarh, Jharkhand, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Odisha, Uttar Pradesh, and West Bengal - where heavy rains are expected to continue throughout the next few days.

Nine killed in Bihar lightning storms

At least nine people have been killed after lightning storms hit the Bihar state over the weekend. According to reports, five people were killed in lightning-related incident in the Katihat and Munger districts, while four other deaths were reported in the Banka, Gaya, and Nalanda districts.  The storm also brought severe rain to the region, which is due to receive more heavy rain as the monsoon season sets in.

Nine security personnel wounded in grenade attack

At least nine security personnel have been wounded in a suspected terror attack in the northern Jammu and Kashmir. According to local reports, suspected militants allegedly threw a grenade at a bus stop in the Tral area, hitting a group of security personnel. No civilians are thought to be caught up in the attack, which appears to have targeted the security forces.

Indian naval project scrapped in Seychelles

A project to build an Indian naval base in the Seychelles has been scrapped after the parliament refused to ratify the January 2018 agreement. The Secretary of State for Foreign Affairs confirmed the parliament's decision not to honour the deal with India, which would have seen an Indian naval base built on one of the archipelago's islands. The concession was made in response to widespread public protest against the project.

Activists gang-raped at gunpoint in Jharkhand

Five anti-trafficking activists have reportedly been gang-raped at gunpoint in the Jharkhand state. The women were allegedly forced into cars before being raped in a secluded part of the jungle. According to the BBC, the women had recently taken part in a street play to raise awareness about human trafficking in the Khunti district when they were attacked. Several suspects have been identified as persons if interest as police investigations go forward.

Two killed in Anantnag clashes

Two people have been killed after the police clashed with a group of suspected militants in the Anantnag district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. One police officer and one civilian have been confirmed dead, while at least two Indian soldiers have also been wounded in the gunfight which broke out between the security forces and the armed militants in the Srigufwara area of the district.

Farmers to protest in Tamil Nadu

A protest is due to be held by the farmers' union in Tamil Nadu next week. The demonstration is scheduled for Tuesday 26 June and has been organised to protest the launch of the Chennai-Salem Greenfield Corridor project - which will impact agriculture in the Dharmapuri, Kancheepuram, Krishnagiri, Salem, and Tiruvannamalai districts. The protest will likely cause widespread disruption.

Thirty-one dead in Assam floods

The death toll in Assam has risen to 31 people after heavy rain caused widespread flooding in the region. Despite some reports of improvements in some areas on Tuesday, six more people were confirmed dead, raising the death toll from 25 to 31 on Wednesday morning. The worst hit area is thought to be the Karimganj district, where at least four people have died in flood-related incidents. Over 700 villages are estimated to be under water and almost 4,000 hectares of crops have been damaged. The authorities have allegedly set up more than 450 relief camps for those who have been forcibly displaced by the flooding.

Kashmir chief minister resigns

The chief minister for Kashmir, Mehbooba Mufti, has resigned, leaving Indian-administered Kashmir under direct rule. Mufti resigned on Monday after the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) pulled out of a coalition with her People's Democratic Party - ending a three-year alliance. State governor, N N Vohra, will rule the region on behalf of President Ram Nath Kovind until a new coalition is formed or a fresh election is held. According to the BBC, the BJP cited the deteriorating security situation in the region as the main reason for leaving the coalition.

US classifies two Indian groups a terrorist organisations

The US has officially recognised two Indian groups as terrorist organisations. As of Wednesday morning, the Bajrang Dal and Vishva Hindu Parishad (VHP) were both classified by the CIA as terrorist bodies under the 'political pressure groups' category in the most recent edition of the 'World Factbook'. According to reports, supporters of the two groups claim the classification is evidence of an anti-Indian sentiment in the US. Representatives of the two groups are said to be looking into legal proceedings against the classification.

Two militants killed in Tral

At least two militants have been killed and a soldier has been wounded after the Indian security forces clashed with a group of armed militants in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The clash broke out in the Tral area of the Pulwama district during a military counter-terror operation in the area. Operations in the area remain ongoing.

Some 900,000 displaced by floods

Over 900,000 people have been displaced, while at least 20 people have been killed in the last few days as flash floods hit parts of north-eastern India. The floods have come after heavy rainfall came amid the monsoon season, causing the Brahmaputra river to burst its bank - affecting various parts of north-eastern India and Bangladesh. The flash floods have mainly affected the Assam, Manipur, and Tripura areas. According to reports, further rain and thunderstorms have been forecast for the next 48 hours.

Seven killed in vehicle collision

Seven people have been killed after they were involved in a vehicle accident involving a truck in Punjab. The crash occurred along a section of the main highway near Amritsar on Monday morning. No other vehicles were involved in the accident; however, the police are still investigating what may have caused the crash. Poor road conditions and vehicle safety standards often play a part in fatal traffic accidents in India.

Landslide kills three in northern India

At least three people have been killed in a landslide in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The landslide occurred in the Padder area of the Kishtwar district over the weekend. The mountainous terrain is prone to landslides, especially in wet weather. Rescue operations are underway and will remain ongoing throughout the next 24 hours.

Four militants killed in Bandipora

Four suspected militants have been killed in the Bandipora area of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The militants were killed during a crossfire which broke out during a counter-terror operation. The operation marked the resumption of normal military activity after a temporary suspension was called by the security forces throughout Eid. On Sunday, officials confirmed they had no plans to extend the suspension.

Three killed in gang violence

At least three people have been killed and five others have been wounded in gang violence in north Delhi. The fatal shootout reportedly broke out in the Burari area on Monday, where two rival gangs allegedly clashed. Police investigations have been launched and remain ongoing. It's suspected the fighting was related to a dispute over an alleged murder.

Air pollution reaches 'severe' in New Delhi

Air pollution has reached emergency levels in New Delhi, where the air quality has been rated as 'severe' for the fourth consecutive day. According to reports, the current level of pollution now stands at over six times the level considered to be safe by the World Health Organisation (WHO). The government have launched temporary measures to improve the air quality, including a two-day halt on all civil construction operations - which typically uses machinery which produce a lot of air pollution.

Soldier found dead in Pulwama

An Indian soldier has been found dead in the Pulwama area of the northern Jammu and Kashmir province. The soldier had been reported missing earlier in the week. It's believed the victim had been travelling in his car near Shopian when he was attacked and kidnapped by a group of armed militants, before being shot dead. Search operations have been launched in pursuit of the militants.

Flight disruption at Chandigarh airport

Flight delays and cancellations have been reported at Chandigarh International Airport due to poor visibility. All domestic flights served by the airline carrier, Indigo, have been cancelled, along with at least five other flights. Reports indicate a total of 11 arriving and departing flights have been cancelled so far, with further disruption likely for the rest of the day. Travellers should check with their respective airline for flight status updates.

Water crisis hits India

India has been hit by one of the worst-ever water crises to affect the country, with approximately 600 million people being faced with acute water shortage. According to the BBC, 24 out of India's 29 states were studied in the Niti Aayog report, which concluded that the situation was only set to get worse. The report warns that as many as 21 cities are at an extremely high risk of running out of groundwater within the next two years. Travellers should be aware of the shortage affecting some areas.

Journalist shot dead in Srinagar

A prominent Indian journalist has been shot dead in Srinagar in Kashmir. Shujaat Bukhari, an editor of the Rising Kashmir newspaper, was targeted by unknown gunmen on Thursday. One of Bukhari's guards was also killed and another critically wounded in the attack. India's Interior Minister Rajnath Singh said the killing was "an act of cowardice."

Heavy rainfall forecast in northeast

Heavy rainfall has been forecast in northeastern India. Wet weather has already affected the region within the last week and with the latest forecast set to bring more rain to the area, the local authorities have warned of a heightened risk of landslides and flash floods. The Assam and Meghalaya areas are expected to be among some of the worst affected.

Two militants killed in Bandipora operation

Two suspected militants have been killed along with an Indian soldier during a military operation in the Bandipora district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The militants were reportedly apprehended during a counter-terror operation being conducted in the Panar forest area on Thursday morning. No other casualties have been reported.

Four killed in ceasefire violation

Four security personnel have been killed in a ceasefire violation along the Line of Control in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The firing was initially reported in the Ramgarh sector of the Samba district, where Pakistani rangers were allegedly shooting at an Indian security outpost. Three of those killed have been identified as junior police officers, while the fourth is believed to be a police constable.

Bus crash kills 17 in Uttar Pradesh

At least 17 people have been killed and 35 others have been wounded after a tourist bus crashed in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The accident occurred near the village of Kiratpur in the Mainpuri district, where the vehicle allegedly lost control and collided with a road divider whilst travelling at a fast speed. The cause of the crash remains unclear as investigations are launched.

Militants attack police in Anantnag

 As many as 10 Indian police officers have been wounded after a group of militants attacked them in the Anantnag district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region on Tuesday. The attack happened in the Janglat Mandi area of the district, where the militants reportedly threw a hand grenade at the police officers before fleeing the scene. A search operation has been launched in pursuit of the militants.

Villagers lynch two suspected robbers in Maharasthra

A group of about 400 villagers have reportedly lynched two suspected robbers over the weekend. The suspects were members of a minority tribe in the village of Chandgaon in Aurangabad. The crowd gathered to kill the suspects after they were accused of robbery in a WhatsApp group. Six other people were also wounded in the incident, while nine people have been arrested. 

Disruption as monsoon hits Mumbai

Heavy downpours has caused widespread disruption throughout Mumbai as a monsoon hits the region. The monsoon is thought to be the heaviest such storm to hit the city in the least 13 years. Flood warnings have been issued and the local authorities are prepared to activate emergency measures. Hundreds of people died in the 2005 monsoon, which caused severe flooding.

Flood warnings issued across country

Flood warnings have been issued nationwide, as heavy rain hits many parts of the country. The downpours are expected to raise river levels, heightening the risk of flash floods. The Goa, Gujarat, Karnataka, Kerala, and Maharashtra areas are expected to be the worst affected by the wet weather. 

Heavy rain causes flooding in Mumbai

Flooding has been reported in Mumbai after heavy rain hot the region overnight. The wet weather is set to continue for the next few days, prompting local flood warnings. Residents have also been warned of the heightened risk of landslides.

Terror alert issued in Uttar Pradesh

A terror alert has been issued in Uttar Pradesh, where the state police have allegedly detected a threat made by the Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) terrorist group. Public transport stations and religious sites have been identified as being at a high risk of being targeted by LeT militants. The local authorities announced plans to strengthen security measures at all major transport hubs, religious sites, and other popular touristic areas.

Three militants killed along Line of Control

The Indian border security forces have reportedly shot three suspected militants dead along the Line of Control (LoC) in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The incident occurred on Wednesday, in the Macchil sector of the Kupwara district, where a number of armed suspects allegedly attempted to storm the LoC from the Pakistani side, sparking an armed response. Search operations have been launched in pursuit of other militants in the area.

Water shortage reported in Shimla

A water shortage has been reported in the Shimla area of Himachal Pradesh. Residents and travellers in the region should be aware of the potential for limited water supplies.

Two wounded in Nagaland militant attack

At least two security personnel have been wounded in a militant attack in Nangaland. The Assam Rifles paramilitary unit was reportedly ambushed by a group of armed militants in the Lampong Shanghah village of the Mon district in the early hours of Tuesday morning. According to reports, the attack comes as the militants rejected further peace talks with the government.

Ten killed in Mizoram landslide

At least 10 people have been killed and another person has been wounded after a landslide hit the Mizoram area last night. Heavy rain is thought to have caused the landslide - which hit a residential building in the Lunglawn area of Lunglei in Mizoram, sweeping many residents away over night. The emergency services have launched search and rescue operations which remain ongoing.

Civil unrest breaks out after grenade attack in Shopian

Widespread civil unrest has broken out following a grenade attack which wounded at least 16 people in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. Twelve civilians and four police officers were wounded when a grenade was thrown at a police station. The grenade reportedly missed it's target and exploded on the roadside. The Jaish-e-Mohammed militant group has allegedly claimed responsibility for the attack. A curfew has been brought into effect in response to the rioting. 

Dust storm kills 15 in Uttar Pradesh

At least 15 people have been killed after another major dust storm hit the northern Uttar Pradesh region of India. The storm hit over the weekend and was the third such major storm to affect the region within the last few weeks. As many as 17 others were also wounded, with the Amroha, Badaun, Meerut, Moradabad, and Muzaffarnagar areas thought to be the worst affected.

Farmers launch 10-day strike

A 10-day strike has been launched farmers across several states in India. Farmers in the Gujarat, Haryana, Madhya Pradesh, Maharashtra, Punjab, and Rajasthan states are expected to take part in the strike - which has reportedly been launched to petition for fairer prices and waivers on loans given out to farmers. Some dairy and vegetable supplies may be affected during the strike.

Terror alert issued in northern India

A terror alert has been issued by the Indian government in northern India after intelligence was received regarding the suspected presence of a group of dangerous terrorists in the northern Jammu and Kashmir area. According to reports, as many as 12 members of the Jaish-e-Mohammad terrorist group are thought to be active in the region. The security forces have been placed on high alert in response to the heightened risk of terrorist attack throughout the next week.

Two militants killed in Kupwara

At least two suspected militants have been killed in clashes with the security forces in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. The fighting broke out on Thursday, when the security forces were allegedly fired at by armed militants during a routine patrol in the area. A brief gunfight broke out and two militants were killed while several others fled the scene.

Seven killed in Telangana bus crash

At least seven people have been killed and 22 others have been wounded in a major bus crash in the Telangana state. The collision occurred near Karimnagar town, where a truck attempted to overtake another vehicle, but crashed into an oncoming passenger bus. It's believed the truck was speeding at the time of the accident and the driver of the truck will be charged with reckless driving.

Lightning storms kill 50 in northern India

At least 50 fatalities have been recorded after a severe thunder and lightning storm hit northern parts of India. According to the BBC, high-speed winds accompanied the storm, devastating many villages and leaving scores injured. Among the places worst hit was the eastern state of Bihar, where at least 20 people died. A further 15 people have been killed in Uttar Pradesh, while at least 12 others have died in Jharkhand.

Ceasefire reinstated in Jammu and Kashmir

An existing ceasefire has reportedly been reinstated in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region which lies between India and Pakistan. Both sides had been accused of repeatedly violating the ceasefire by firing artillery across the Line of Control throughout the last year, resulting in scores of casualties. According to reports, representatives from both sides confirmed their mutual agreement of the 2003 ceasefire agreement.

Five terror suspects killed in Kupwara

The Indian security forces have shot dead five suspected terrorists in Kupwara. The suspects were allegedly apprehended over the weekend in the Tangdhar area of Kupwara in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Further search operations have been launched in pursuit of other members of the same suspected group of terrorists.

One killed in Telangana mob lynching

At least one person has been killed and three others have been others after a mob lynching occurred in Telangana. The local police arrested 15 suspected perpetrators after they instigated the incident in the Chandrayangutta area of Hyderabad. The victims had allegedly been wrongfully accused of being members of a kidnapping group targeting children in the area.

Stampede breaks out in Bihar

A stampede broke out in Bihar over the weekend, injuring at least 58 people. The incident occurred at Bihar Sharif Railway station in the Nalanda district on Saturday. It's been reported that the stampede broke out after a large group of several hundred students - who were in the station at the time - mistakenly believed an earthquake was happening.

Three wounded in Jammu grenade atatck

Three police police have been wounded in a grenade attack in Jammu. The incident occurred late last night near a bus stop along the BC road which runs through the centre of the town under the Jammu flyover. The local police forces have launched investigations into the attack - which hasn't been claimed but was most likely carried out by militants.

Police kill anti-Sterlite protester in Tamil Nadu

A protester has been shot dead by the police as anti-Sterlite protests in Tamil Nadu enter their second day. According to reports, a man was killed when police opened fire on the demonstrators outside the Sterlite Copper subsidiary of the Vedanta conglomerate in the port city of Tuticorin (aka Thoothukudi). The shooting comes just a day after at least nine protesters were killed after clashes broke out with the police when protesters tried to storm the district government headquarters. Unconfirmed reports claim as many as 13 people have been killed overall, with scores more injured.

Grenade blast wounds three in Anantnag

Three civilians have been wounded in a grenade blast in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. The explosion occurred on Wednesday, when suspected militants allegedly threw the grenade at the Indian security forces, who were carrying out a routine patrol in the Bijbehara area at the time. The area has been cordoned off as the security forces launch investigations.

Nipah virus kills 10 in Kerala

At least 10 people have now died after contracting the Nipah virus in Kerala. Some 40 others have been put into quarantine, while two others who tested positive for the disease remain critically ill. All fatal cases have been reported from the Kozhikode area of Kerala. The virus has largely spread from animals and is hard to diagnose. Symptoms include nausea, fever, headaches, and vomiting. According to the BBC, the virus has a mortality rate of 70 percent and no vaccine exists. 

Protests turn violent in Tamil Nadu

At least nine people have been killed and at least 30 others have been wounded after protests turned violent in Tamil Nadu. Demonstrators had gathered in the Thoothukudi area to protest against the planned expansion of the Sterlite Copper factory when they clashed with the police. Several other peaceful protests have taken place at the site, as local residents claim the expansion project will increase pollution in the area. The police are expected to maintain a presence at the facility.

Six police killed in IED blast

At least six police personnel have been killed and another has been wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered in Chhattisgarh. The blast occurred in the Dantewanda district over the weekend, where Naxalite militants allegedly detonated the IED via remote control as the police vehicle passed by.

Hundreds evacuated as floods hit Tripura

Some 670 families have been evacuated from their homes after widespread floods hit the western Tripura area. The floods were reportedly caused by the Howrah river overflowing. Reports indicate the river is currently overflowing by 10.3 metres - approximately 0.3 metres above the danger level, prompting the mass evacuation. At least 16 relief camps have been set up in safer surrounding regions. There will likely be disruption throughout the area for the next few days.

Nipah virus breaks out in Kerala

A state-wide health alert has been issued in Kerala after the Nipah virus broke out. According to the BBC, at least nine people have been killed and 25 others have been hospitalised after suffering symptoms of the contagious virus - which can be contracted from human-to animal contact with the virus' natural host being fruit bats. The Kozhikode district is thought to be the worst affected area. Symptoms of the virus include headaches, nausea, fever, drowsiness, disorientation, and dizziness. These symptoms can quickly develop into a coma within 24-48 hours. The mortality rate is about 70 percent and there are currently no vaccinations for the virus.

Truck collision kills nine pilgrims in Uttarakhand

At least nine pilgrims have been killed and 21 others have been wounded after a pilgrimage party was caught up in a truck collision in Uttarakhand. The 250-strong pilgrimage was on its way to the Maa Purnagiri shrine when they were hit by a truck in the Champawat district. Police investigations believe the accident was caused by the driver of the truck - who was allegedly speeding at the time.

Two civilian killed in border clash

Two civilians have been killed and seven others have been wounded in cross-border fighting. The Indian and Pakistani security forces were reportedly exchanging fire over the border in the Arnia area of Jammu ad Kashmir. The group of Indian civilians were apparently caught in the crossfire.

Militant killed in Odisha clash

A Naxalite militant has been killed in an armed clash with the Indian security forces in the Odisha state. The security forces allegedly encountered a group of militants on the outskirts of a remote village in the Malhangiri district, leading to a brief but fatal firefight before the militants escaped. A search operation has been launched in pursuit of the group.

Election violence kills 25 in West Bengal

At least 25 people have reportedly been killed as violence continues to erupt across the state of West Bengal. The violence is linked to the ongoing election, as over 570 voting booths have been ordered to repoll following widespread violence on Monday. According to local reports, the large-scale violence is thought to originated from supporters of the opposition party.

Twelve killed as flyover collapses in Uttar Pradesh

At least 12 people are thought to have been killed while dozens of others remain missing after a flyover which was under construction collapsed in Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, the collapse occurred in the Cantonment area of the Varanasi district when two pillars holding a portion of the flyover up gave way, crushing vehicles and peoples underneath. Preliminary reports suggest as many as 50 people may still be trapped as rescue operations remain ongoing.

Five killed in West Bengal election protests

Five people have been killed after violent protests broke out in West Bengal amid local body elections. Protesters have been targeting voters at polling booths throughout the state, causing widespread disruption. According to the BBC, the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) has accused the Trinamool Congress Party of being behind the violence. The death toll may rise as some unconfirmed reports claim as many as 10 people have been killed.

Dust storms kill 61 across four states

At least 61 people have been killed as dust storms sweep across four states over the weekend. Reports indicate the bad weather started on Sunday evening and is expected to continue. Powerful winds and bouts of lightning have brought down trees, telephone lines, and damaged many properties, leaving 61 killed and scores more injured. Uttar Pradesh, Andhra Pradesh, West Bengal, and Delhi are among the areas affected. The bad weather is just the latest in a series of deadly dust storms to hit the northern parts of the country this month.

Dust storm kills 12 in Uttar Pradesh

A dust storm has killed at least 12 people in Uttar Pradesh in the last 24 hours. The storm hit parts of Uttar Pradesh overnight, bringing thunder and strong winds. The storm is the second such fatal storm to hit India within a week. Casualty figures may rise.

Two soldiers killed in IED blast

Two Indian soldiers have been killed after an improvised explosive device (IED) was detonated in Imphal, Manipur. The IED blast reportedly targeted the security forces Koirengi campus headquarters in Imphal. No other casualties have been reported and the attack hasn't been claimed, although local officials suspect militants were behind it.

Teenage girl raped and set on fire in Jharkhand

Local protests have been sparked by the rape and assault of a teenage girl in the Jharkhand state. The 17-year-old girl was reportedly set on fire after she was raped and currently remains in a critical condition. A local man has been arrested in connection with the attack - which is the second such incident to be reported in Jharkhand within the last few days. According to the BBC, the police have not stated whether or not the two cases are linked.

Protesters kill man in Kashmir

An Indian man has reportedly been killed and a teenager has been wounded after protesters started throwing stones at his vehicles in Indian-administered Kashmir. According to the BBC, the man was a tourist from the southern city of Chennai in Tamil Nadu, and was travelling to Gulmarg to go skiing when he got caught in the protests. It remains unclear precisely why the protests broke out as police investigations are launched.

Over 125 killed as dust storms continue

More than 125 people have been killed int he recent dust storms which have swept across northern parts of India. The high-speed winds and lightning have mainly affected the Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh states which surround Delhi. According to the BBC, most fatalities have been caused by collapsing buildings. Scores more have been injured and its feared the death toll may rise as the storms are forecast to continue over the next few days.

Two criminals killed in Gujarat shooting

Two suspected criminals have been shot dead in a drive-by shooting in Dwarka, Gujarat. The shooting occurred when the two suspects were on their way to a court hearing and were ambushed by three gunmen in a vehicle. The police have launched investigations, believing the attack to be motivated by a land dispute; however, no arrests have been made yet.

Civilian killed in Shopian unrest

A civilian has been killed and six other have been wounded in a recent incident of unrest in the Shopian district of Jammu and Kashmir. The local police were reportedly apprehending a number of suspected militants when local villagers began attacking the police officers. Reports claim the villagers threw stones at the security forces, prompting retaliatory gunfire from the police. Militants operating in the northern region are often protected by civilian villages - leading to violent clashes with the police.

Dust storm kills 95 people in northern India

A dust storm has hit the northern states of Rajasthan and Uttar Pradesh, killing at least 95 people. The storm has affected three districts of Rajasthan, as well as parts of Uttar Pradesh, causing widespread disruption. Damage has been caused to electricity lines and houses, while livestock have also been killed. According to the BBC, most of the 95 fatalities occurred whilst people were sleeping in houses which collapsed after being hit by lightning. Scores more have also been wounded in the storm, with the death toll likely to increase over the next 48 hours.

Two soldiers killed in IED blast

Two Indian soldiers have been killed after being caught in a blast from an improvised explosive device. The incident occurred in the Gariaband district near the Odisha-Chhattisgarh state border on Wednesday. Local reports believe that Naxalite militants were likely behind the attack, as they often plant IEDs along roadsides to target security personnel.

Two militants and one civilian killed in Pulwama clashes

Two militants and a civilian have been killed in recent clashes with the security forces in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The security forces were allegedly conducting a search operation in the village of Drabgam when the local residents started interfering. Two soldiers were wounded along with 21 civilians in the ensuing clashes. Civilian villages often protect separatist militant groups in the northern region.

Food poisoning hits Tamil Nadu

A bout of food poisoning has hospitalised over 70 people in the south-eastern state of Tamil Nadu over the weekend. At least 73 cases of food poisoning have been confirmed within the last 24 hours, sparking an investigation. According to reports, links were found to a substance called 'prasadam' - typically food eaten as part of worship - in the Amman temple in the Sathamanhalam area.

Seven militants killed in Chhattisgarh clash

At least seven Naxalite militants have been killed and three security personnel were also wounded in a clash in Chhattisgarh. The security forces were reportedly encountered the militants near a police station in the Bijapur district, leading to an armed clash. Various firearms, weapons, and extremist material were confiscated from the site of gunfight.

Srinagar checkpoint attacked by militants

A security checkpoint has been attacked by a group of armed militants near Srinagar in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The attack targeted an outpost stationed in the Goripora area on the outskirts of Srinagar. While no casualties were inflicted, several firearms were allegedly stolen by the militants.

Dozens wounded in gas cylinder blast

Dozens of people have been wounded in a gas cylinder explosion in the Punjab province. The blast occurred in the New Samrat Colony of Ludhiana on Thursday morning. According to reports, at least 36 people are thought to have sustained burns and other injuries. A group of sleeping labourers were allegedly caught up in the explosion - which is thought to have been caused by a gas leak.

Train-bus collision kills 13 school children in Uttar Pradesh

At least 13 school children have died after their school bus collided with a train in Uttar Pradesh. Th crash occurred in the Kushinagar area of Uttar Pradesh, where the bus was reportedly driving over an unmanned railway crossing when the train hit the vehicle. According to the BBC, further casualties could be reported as it remains unclear precisely how many children were in the bus at the time of the incident - which comes a few weeks after 24 children died in a bus crash in Himachal Pradesh. Most road accidents in India are caused by reckless driving and poor vehicle and road safety maintenance.

Three killed in militant clash in Jammu and Kashmir

At least three people have been killed in clashes between militants and the security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The Indian security forces were performing routine search operations in the forests of the Pulwama district when they encountered a group of armed militants. Two security personnel have been killed, along with one militant.

Chemical factory fire reported in Maharashtra

A massive fire has been reported at a chemical factory in the Belapur area of Navi Mumbai, Maharashtra. The fire broke out on Wednesday morning and quickly engulfed the entire building. Four other surrounding buildings have also been badly affected by the blaze. While no casualties have been confirmed, it's feared that a handful of workers may have been wounded in the fire. The cause of the fire remains unclear.

Indian guru convicted of rape

A 77-year-old Indian guru has been convicted on rape charges. Asaram Bapu allegedly raped a 16-year-old girl in the northern city of Jodhpur, where a court has now found him guilty of the charges - which Asaram denies. The sentence is yet to be confirmed, but many expect Asaram will receive a life sentence. According to the BBC, Asaram claims to have million of followers worldwide and is also on trial for another rape case in the Gujarat state.

Six militants killed in Gadchiroli

At least six Naxalite militants have been killed in an armed clash with the security forces in the Gadchiroli area of Maharashtra. The security forces allegedly encountered the militants during a routine search operation in the remote parts of Aheri.

Ceasefire violation along Line of Control

A ceasefire violation has been reported along the Line of Control in the norther Jammu and Kashmir area. The incident allegedly occurred in the Digwar sector of the Poonch district in the early hours of Sunday morning. No casualties were reported and it has not been confirmed which side violated the ceasefire. Both sides have been known to open fire across the border.

Fourteen militants killed in police clashes

At least 14 Naxalite militants have reportedly been killed in violent armed clashes with the police in Maharashtra. The fighting allegedly broke out over the weekend when the police encountered the militants during sweep operations in the Boriya forest of Etapalli in the Gadchiroli district.

Opposition strikes launched to support farmers

An opposition strike has bern organised in Tamil Nadu by opposition parties to support farmers struggling due to drought. The strike aims to put pressure on the government to waiver loans taken out by farmers and to provide a government-funded relief package to help farmers recover from crop failure following the drought. Further demonstrations remain likely. 

Supreme Court website hit by cyber attack

The Supreme Court of India's website is down following an alleged cyber attack targeting the court. The attack occurred shortly after an appeal for an independent probe in a judge's death was rejected by the court. The website was reportedly hijacked with a message in Portuguese reading "hackeado por HighTech Brazil HaxTeam" - which, roughly translated, means 'hacked by HighTech Brazil HaxTeam', leading investigators to suspect the cyber attack came from Brazil.

Twelve wounded in Baramulla protests

At least 12 people have wounded in violent protests in Baramulla, Jammu and Kahsmir. Civil unrest has been ongoing in the region throughout the last few weeks as members of the Muslim community continue to protest the rape-murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl. While eight Hindu suspects were detained, tensions were further inflamed by members of the Hindu community supposedly defending the perpetrators. Protests have become increasingly violent as the police are forced to step in.

Army targeted in militant attack

A suspected militant attack has allegedly targeted an Indian Armed Forces patrol in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The security forces were reportedly carrying out routine patrol operations in the Tral area when a suspected militant opened fire on the patrol. No casualties have been reported and pursuit operations have been launched.

Three wounded in Kanpur shooting

At least three people have been wounded in a shooting incident in Kanpur. The local police stated that the victims were fired by armed assailants on motorbikes. It's believed the incident arose over a land dispute between the victims and the attackers. A police investigation has been launched to identify the gunmen, who reportedly remain at large.

Nine militants arrested in Chhattisgarh

At least nine Naxalite militants have reportedly been arrested by the security forces in Chhattisgarh. The militants were allegedly detained during a security operation launched in the Sukma district. Groups of Naxalite militants often reside in remote jungle areas in Chhattisgarh, targeting local villages in violent attacks.

High winds kill eight in West Bengal

At least eight people have been killed in strong winds in West Bengal. Reports state that four people were killed in weather-related incidents in Howrah, while another four were killed in Kolkata. The windy weather has also caused significant travel disruption across the region, with widespread delays on public transport.

Militants surrender weapons in Mizoram

Over 100 militants from the Hmar People's Convention-Democracy (HPC-D) outfit have surrendered their weapons in a gun amnesty as part of a peace agreement signed with the state government earlier this month. Around 114 HPC-D militants laid down over 40 arms and thousands of rounds of ammunition during a ceremony held in Sesawng, Mizoram state. As part of the agreement, the militants will not be arrested and will be granted around $4,500 (300,000 Indian rupees) for laying down their arms.

Indian soldier killed in cross-border shooting

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in a recent cross-border shooting incident. Indian reports claim the soldier was fatally wounded after the Pakistani forces started firing over the Line of Control into the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. It remains unclear whether or not the Indian forces opened fire at all; however, ceasefire violations along the border often occur on both sides.

Mass protests over gender-based violence

Mass protests have been held over the issue of gender-based violence in India. Sexual violence against women has been an ongoing social problem in many parts of India for decades. Protests were held in Mumbai, Gujarat, Kerala, and New Delhi. While the protests have mostly been peaceful, some disruption should be expected and violence could break out quickly and unexpectedly.

Gang rape murder case fuels ethnic clashes

The gang rape and murder of eight year-old Asifa Bano has fuelled ethnic clashes across northern parts of India. According to the BBC, Bano was a member of a Muslim nomadic tribe and her body was first discovered near Kathua in January this year. Since then, eight Hindu men - including a former government official and four police officers - have been arrested in connection with the incident, which sparked widespread protests against ethnicity-based violence. Recently, the Hindu community have been expressing support for the detainees, sparking an outcry from Muslim tribes. Public unrest in the area is expected to continue.

Counter-terror operations ramped up in Tamil Nadu

Counter-terror operations have been ramped up in Tamil Nadu, where anti-Naxalite military campaigns are expected to be increased. The Special Task Force will head joint combing operations with Forest Rangers to target remote tribal areas in the forests of the Nilfris district. Naxalite militants often operate in hard-to-reach jungles.

Five killed in militant clashes

At least five people have been killed and 60 others were wounded in clashes between suspected militants and the Indian security forces in the Khudwani area of Jammu and Kashmir. Reports indicate the fighting broke out during a security operation in the Wani Mohalla area of Khudwani. The security forces had cordoned off an area to conduct a search operation when they encountered a group of armed militants. One police officer and four civilians were killed in the ensuing clash.

Two police officers wounded in grenade attack

A grenade blast has wounded at least two police officers in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to local reports, unidentified assailants threw the grenade in the direction of the police station in Pulwama before fleeing the scene. The area surrounding the station has been cordoned off and investigations have been launched in what is thought to be a militant attack.

Protest causes disruption at Chennai Airport

A large protest has caused disruption at Chennai Airport in Tamil Nadu. Demonstrators have caused significant travel disruption by blocking the roads leading to the airport as they protest against the arrival of Prime Minister Narendra Modi. According to reports, protesters released black balloons as a symbolic gesture when Modi arrived and some protesters managed scaled board fences surrounding the airport. The security forces have been deployed to the area to maintain order and minimise the risk to the public.

Protesters clash with security forces in Kulgam

At least four people have been killed and two others have been wounded after protesters clashed with the security forces in Kulgam, Jammu and Kashmir. Three civilians and one soldier were killed in the violence, which broke out when the security forces closed in on a local group of militants. Villagers often sympathise with and protect militants in the northern region - leading to violent clashes with the police.

Protests turn violent in Bihar

Protests have turned violent in Arrah, Bihar state, where at least 12 people have been wounded after Dalit supporters clashed with other ethnic groups. The protests were organised by the Dalit community in response to an ongoing political dispute over the Prevention of Atrocities Act. Severe transport disruption has been reported across the state and police deployments have been made to suppress violent unrest.

Two soldiers killed in cross-border firing

Two Indian soldiers have allegedly been killed in a recent cross-border firing incident in Jammu and Kashmir. Indian officials claim that the Pakistani forces commenced unprovoked firing over the Line of Control, killing two soldiers in the Rajouri district and sparking retaliatory fire.

School bus crash kills 24 children

A school bus has crashed in the northern Himachal Pradesh region, killing at least 24 children. According to the BBC, the bus was transporting around 40 children from the Wazir Ram Singh Pathania Memorial school in Nurpur, Kangra. The bus allegedly skidded as it went round a corner, causing the bus to veer off the road into the deep gorge below. It's thought at least two teachers and the driver were also killed. Road accidents in India are often attributed to dangerous driving or poorly maintained roads and vehicles.

Eighteen killed in highway accident

At least 18 people have been killed and as many as 14 others have been wounded in an accident on the Pune-Satara highway. The accident occurred along a stretch of the highway which runs through the Vijayapura district of Karnataka. Preliminary reports suggest a vehicle overturned after hitting a road barrier. Fatal road accidents are common across India, with bad driving and poorly maintained roads and vehicle often being causal factors.

Two police officers killed in IED blast

Two police officers have been killed and five others have been wounded in a blast from an improvised explosive device (IED) in Chhattisgarh. The incident happened near Kutru and it's believed the explosion targeted a police vehicle which was passing by when the IED was detonated. No group has claimed responsibility for the blast; however, Naxalite militants are thought to be behind the attack, as the police officers targeted were part of a counter-terror unit.

Travel disruption as BJP rally takes place in Mumbai

A Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) rally has caused widespread travel disruption across Mumbai. The rally has been organised to celebrate the 38th anniversary of the founding of the BJP and is mostly focused in the Bandra Kurla Complex. Road travel and public transport systems have been impacted by the rally, with delays expected on most train and bus services.

Two police officers killed in Anantnag mob incident

Two police officers have been killed and four others have been wounded in an incident involving a mob in the Anantnag district of Jammu and Kashmir. A vehicle carrying four police officers reportedly overturned after a mob of villagers started pelting the vehicles with stones. Civilian villages often support separatist militants in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region, leading to violent clashes with the police.

Eight Naxalites arrested in Chhattisgarh

As many as eight Naxalite militants have been arrested by the security forces in Chhattisgarh. An arrest operation was launched in response to a murder in Dhurguda, which the militants were thought to be involved in. Naxalite militants have been known to kill civilians if they believe them to be police informers.

Naxalite militant killed in Chhattisgarh

A Naxalite militant has been killed by the Indian government security forces in Chhattisgarh. A security operation was being led in a remote forested part of the Bijapur district, near the village of Itampara, when the security forces encountered a group of armed militants. A crossfire broke out, in which at least one militant was killed.

Militants kill hostage in Bandipora

A person has been killed after being taken hostage by militants in the Bandipora district of Jammu and Kashmir. According to reports, a group of armed militants thought to be members of the Lashkar-e-Taiba outfit attacked a group of civilians on the outskirts of the Hajan area. Three others were also wounded in the attack. Police operations have been launched.

Dozens wounded in Kermanshah earthquake

At least 50 people have been wounded following the earthquake in Iran's Kermanshah region. The 5.0-magnitude quake struck at around 13:05 on Sunday, with tremors felt in Tehran, Ilam, Sina and Urmia provinces. A 7.3-magnitude quake in the region last year killed more than 600 people and wounded 12,000 others.

Five militants killed in Jharkhand encounter

Five Naxalite militants have been killed in an armed encounter with the Indian security forces in Jharkhand. The clash occurred in the Serendaag area of the Latehar district, where armed militant groups have been operating in remote jungle areas. Fighting in the area reportedly remains ongoing.

Protester killed in Uttar Pradesh

A protester has been killed and over 100 others have been wounded after protesters turned violent in Muzaffarnagar, western Uttar Pradesh. Local reports indicate the demonstrators had gathered to protest a Supreme Court ruling. The police forces were dispatched to meet the protesters and one person was killed in police firing. As many as 450 people have allegedly been arrested. Protests are likely to re-occur over  the next few days.

Five security personnel wounded in cross-border shelling

At least five Indian security personnel have allegedly been wounded by cross-border shelling along the Line of Control in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The firing was reported in the Krishna Ghati area of the Poonch district, where the Pakistani forces reportedly opened unprovoked fire on the Indian security forces - sparking retaliatory fire.

Two killed in religious conflict

At least two people have been killed and five others have been wounded in a religious conflict in Bardhaman, West Bengal. The violence broke out in Raniganj during a Hindu procession when members of the local Muslim community attempted to stop the procession. The police were forced to intervene, dispersing the crowds. Temporary laws prohibiting large gatherings have been put in place.

Rape victim killed in Assam

A young girl has died after being raped in Assam. According to reports, the girl had been gang-raped before being set on fire by three men in the Nagaon district. Two arrests have been made in association with the incident, while police search operations continue for the third suspect. Violence and sexual assault against women remains an ongoing social problem in many parts of India.

Three Naxalite militants killed in Odisha

The security forces have killed three Naxalite militants in combing operations in the Odisha state. Clashes broke out when the security forces encountered a Naxalite camp during combing operations in remote parts of the Narayanapatna area in the Koraput district. Various weapons and firearms were also discovered and confiscated.

Soldier killed in Pulwama crash

At least one soldier has been killed and nine others have been wounded in a vehicle crash in the Pulwama district of Jammu and Kashmir. A military vehicle allegedly collided with a truck on the main highway between Srinagar and Jammu, in the Awantipora area of Pulwama. At least two civilians are among those wounded, along with seven military personnel. The cause of the accident remains unclear as investigations are launched.

Andhra Pradesh protests cause widespread disruption

Widespread disruption has been caused by political parties protesting in Andhra Pradesh. The supporters of numerous political groups have gathered to form a blockade along most main highways in the state, leading to severe travel disruption. The protests have been organised in response to a no confidence motion against the ruling Bharatiya Janta Party (BJP) - as local groups continue to pressure the BJP government to grant the region special status.

Avalanche warning issued in Jammu and Kashmir

An avalanche warning has been issued to the high-terrain areas of Jammu and Kahsmir. The warning will remain in place for 24 hours, affecting the Badgam, Bandipora, Baramulla, Chowkibal-Tangdhar, Furkian-Z Gali,  Ganderbal, Gulmarg, Gurez, Kulgam, and Kupwara areas. 

Fifteen militants killed in Chhattisgarh operations

At least 15 Naxalite militants have been killed in recent operations carried out by the security forces in Chhattisgarh. One militant was killed in the Pushpal area, while 14 others were killed in a remote forested part of the Bheji area. According to reports, the security forces launched the operation in response to a Naxalite bomb attack in the Kistaran area, which killed nine security personnel.

Indian soldiers killed in Kashmir clashes

Five Indian soldiers have been killed when violent shooting broke out along the disputed Kashmir border. Reuters revealed that security forces were targeted on Wednesday evening while undertaking a search operation in forests surrounding Kupwara. Five militants were also killed in the confrontation. Kashmir is in the middle of a long-standing conflict between India and Pakistan, where the former accuses the latter of training militants to infiltrate the region's Line of Control (LoC).

BJP youth leader shot dead in Jharkhand

A BJP youth wing leader has been shot dead in the Gumla district of Jharkhand. Vicky Sahu, 28 was shot three times by unknown assailants on Saturday night. Earlier this month BJP's treasurer in the Lohardaga district was shot dead outside a police station.

Five Indians killed by cross-border fire

Five members of an Indian family have been killed by cross-border shelling from Pakistan. The incident happened near the Line of Control (LoC) in Kashmir on Sunday. Indian troops returned fire, wounding at least nine Pakistanis. There have been multiple attacks along the LoC in recent weeks since an Indian army camp was targeted, leaving six soldiers dead.

Regional party quits ruling coalition

The Telugu Desam Party (TDP) has quit the ruling coalition headed by the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP). The TDP, which governs Andhra Pradesh, has accused the BJP and Prime Minister Narendra Modi of neglecting their state. Tensions have been increasing between the two parties since 2014, when Andhra Pradesh was split into two states. during which the city of Hyderabad went to the newly formed state of Telangana.

Militants kill two civilians in Jharkhand

Naxalite militants have reportedly killed at least two civilians in the Jharkhand state. Reports indicate the civilians were shot dead in the Marudanga village of Seraikela-Kharswan after facing accusations of being police informers. The security forces have launched a search operation in pursuit of the militants - who mostly reside in remote jungle areas. 

Private bus strike in Odisha

Private bus companies have gone on strike on Odisha state over a quarrel surrounding bus routes. The strike has been organised by the All Odisha Private Bus Owners Association - who are demanding that city and long-route private buses be given separate routes. Over 17,000 buses won't be operating, causing significant state-wide travel disruption.

Civilian killed in Pulwama landmine blast

A civilian has reportedly been killed in a landmine blast in the Pulwama district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The explosion occurred in the Awantipora area of Pulwama, where a civilian was working with livestock when he triggered the explosive device. Reports claim the landmine had been placed by the Indian security forces to target separatist militants believed to be operating in the area.

IED blast hits Chhattisgarh

An improvised explosive device (IED) has detonated in the Sukma district of Chhattisgarh, killing at least eight Indian soldiers. It's believed that local Naxalite militants were behind the IED attack - which occurred during a military search operation in the Kistaram area of Sukma. A brief gunfight also broke out between the militants and the security forces following the blast.

BJP leader targeted in attack

A local Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) leader has been attacked in Thalassery, Kannur. The victim - who has only been identified as Santhosh - was allegedly on his way home when he was ambushed by five unidentified attackers. It remains unclear whether the incident was an attempted mugging, or a politically-motivated attack.

Three militants killed in Anantnag

At least three militants have been killed in recent security operations int he northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The operations targeted suspected militants in the Hakoora area of the Anantnag district, where a gunfire broke out when the militants resisted arrest. Various weapons and ammunition were recovered from the site.

Thousands of farmer protest in Mumbai

Thousands of farmers have gathered to protest in Mumbai to demand loan waivers and better prices. As many as 36,000 farmers are said to have taken part in the rally so far, which has seen protesters walk around 103 miles (167km) from the Nashik district to the Azad Maidan area. Heavy security measures should be expected in the affected areas, along with widespread travel disruption. The farmers reportedly aimed to protest indefinitely; however, the rally is expected to be suspended as negotiations with the Maharashtra government get underway.

Nine dead in Tamil Nadu forest fire

At least nine people have been killed in a forest fire in Tamil Nadu. The fatalities have been identified as trekkers who were following a trail on the Kurangini hills when the fire broke out over the weekend. The BBC has reported that the military has been deployed to assist rescue missions, as six trekkers are thought to still be trapped in the area. While 21 people have been rescued, landslides have hindered search and rescue operations, and many of those retrieved have sustained severe burns and other injuries.

Firing reported along Line of Control

Artillery fire has been reported along the Line of Control (LoC) between India and Pakistan. According to reports, the Pakistani military commenced unprovoked firing on Indian military positions in the Sunderbani area of the Rajouri district. The Indian forces allegedly responded with retaliatory fire. No casualties have been reported.

Two soldiers wounded in Chhattisgarh

At least two security personnel have been wounded in the Rowghat area of Chhattisgarh. Preliminary reports suspect the soldiers were wounded after an improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered. It remains unclear whether the IED blast could have been a targeted attack by militants.

Violent protests across Jammu and Kashmir

Violent protests have broken out across Jammu and Kashmir as resident protest the deaths of four civilians and two suspected militants. The deaths occurred on Sunday night in the Shopian district, where Indian soldiers allegedly shot six people dead at a military checkpoint. Reports state the deaths initially sparked social unrest in Shopian, which has since spread to other surrounding areas. The protests turned violent when demonstrators began throwing rocks. The police and security forces responded by putting certain areas on lockdown and using tear gas to disperse crowds. Businesses, schools, and public services have been shut down as part of the ongoing protests against the shooting. Residents often harbour separatist militants in the northern region, offering them shelter and resisting counter-insurgency operations.

One injured in Kupwara avalanche

One person has been wounded in an avalanche in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. Reports state that the avalanche hit a digger working on the Farkan-Keran road near Farkan Top. The worker operating the digger was severely wounded, while two other workers were safely evacuated. It's thought the avalanche was caused by heavy snowfall.

Militant killed in Pulwama

A militant has been shot dead during a counter-insurgency operation in Pulwama. The altercation occurred in the Lethipora area, where armed police and special counter-terror units engaged in an exchange of fire with a group of armed militants. While the others managed to flee, at least one militant was killed.

Ten militants killed in Telangana clash

Ten Naxalite militants have been killed in a clash with the security forces in Telangana. The police were allegedly carrying out an operation in the Jayashankar Bhupalapally district, when they encountered a group of armed militants. An exchange of fire broke out, killing 10 militants and one police officer.

Ten militants killed in Chhattisgarh clash

At least 10 Naxalite militants have been killed in a recent clash with the police forces in Chhattisgarh. An armed altercation broke out during a police search operation in the remote Pujari Kanker forests near Bijapur. 

One killed in cross-border firing

At least one person has been killed in a recent cross-border firing incident in the disputed Azad Jammu and Kashmir region between India and Pakistan. Reports claim a man was killed by artillery firing from the Indian forces in the Kotli district. 

Bomb blast hits polling station

A bomb blast has hit a polling station in the Mon district of Nagaland state. The explosion targeted a polling station based in the Tizit area of the district, killing at least one person and wounding three others.

Two soldiers wounded in cross-border firing

Two Indian soldiers have allegedly been wounded in a firing incident across the border with Pakistan in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian claims purport that the Pakistani forces began unprovoked firing over the border in the Mankote area of the Poonch district.

Police kill two in Tamil Nadu shootout

Two suspected criminals have been shot dead in a shootout with the police in Tamil Nadu. Reports claim the suspects were members of a local criminal gang. The shooting allegedly broke out when the suspects opened fire on the police during an arrest operation in the Madurai area.

Two Pakistani soldiers killed in cross-border fire

Two Pakistani soldiers have reportedly been killed in a cross-border firing incident in Jammu and Kashmir. The ceasefire violation happened over the weekend over the Line of Control in the Tanghdar area of the Kupwara district. The Indian forces have alleged that they were responding to a artillery firing from the Pakistani side.

Train runs over group of youngsters at railway station in Hapur

At least six people have been killed when a train ran over pedestrians in Uttar Pradesh, northern India. Police reports revealed that the accident happened when seven youngsters attempted to cross the tracks at the Pilkhuwa railway station in Hapur district.

Nine students killed after vehicle ran over pedestrians in Bihar

At least nine young students have been killed and 10 others injured when a speeding vehicle ran into a crowd in Bihar, north-eastern India. Local media reported that an SUV crashed into pedestrians crossing a major national highway in Muzaffarpur district. All the victims were middle school students who were heading home just after morning classes. The circumstances behind the crash remain unclear, as the driver fled the scene.

Soldier killed in Bandipora clashes

An Indian soldier has reportedly been killed in armed clashes with militants in the Bandipora district of the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The fighting broke out in the village of Paribal, where the security forces had been conducting a counter-terror operation when a group of militants opened fire on them. Militants area often sheltered and supported by civilians in small and remote villages of the northern region.

Murder suspect detained in Mumbai

A murder suspect has been arrested in Mumbai after allegedly killing a woman he met online. Reports state the woman had befriended the man on Facebook before arranging to meet him at his apartment. She was reportedly strangled to death after refusing to have sex with the man. Violent attacks on women are a frequent occurrence across India, with sexual violence in particular a deep-rooted issue.

Twenty militants killed in Chhattisgarh clashes

At least 20 militants have been killed in clashes with the security forces in Chhattisgarh. Fighting broke out during security operations against Naxalite militants believed to be operating in the remote forests of Bheji in Sukma. As a result, at least 20 militants have been killed and six others have been wounded, while two security personnel were also killed.

Five soldiers killed in cross-border firing

At least five Indian soldiers have allegedly been killed by Pakistani soldiers in a cross-border firing incident in Kashmir. The ceasefire violation reportedly occurred near the border in Tatta Pani. Pakistani military officials have responded to Indian allegations by claiming their soldiers were responding to Indian firing.

Terrorist wounded in bomb explosion

A suspected terrorist has been wounded in a bomb explosion in Arrah, Bihar. The blast occurred near Harkhen Bazaar, in a private residence where the suspect is thought to have been manufacturing the explosive device when it was triggered accidentally. Another suspect has been detained by the police during investigations, while search operations continue to hunt down three others.

Congress leader killed in Jharkhand car bombing

A congress leader has been killed in a car bomb attack in Jharkhand. Shankar Yadav - the Koderma district President for Congress Party - was killed and his driver and bodyguard were injured when an explosive-laden car targeted their vehicle in the Dhab area of Koderma. The car bomb was detonated when it was positioned next to the target's vehicle. No claim of responsibility has been made.

Guest shot dead at wedding party

A man has been shot dead by his neighbour at a pre-wedding party in Punjab. Ashok Khosla fired celebratory shots to celebrate his daughter's upcoming wedding in Hoshiarpur on Saturday. One of the bullets hit Sakshi Arora, 22,  who was stood on a nearby terrace, killing her instantly. "The accused were not professional shooters and they should have known it [the bullet] can hit anyone," a police spokesman said.

Five soldiers killed in Kashmir attack

Five Indian soldiers and a civilian have been killed after gunmen stormed an army camp in Kashmir. Three assailants also died and 11 people were wounded in the incident, which occurred at the Sunjuwan camp in Jammu on Saturday. The gunmen are suspected of belonging to the Jaish-e-Mohammad insurgent group, based in Pakistan.

Protesters set Odisha police station on fire

At least 30 people have been wounded after protesters set a police station on fire in the Sambalpur area of Odisha state. The crowd had gathered in Ainthapali to protest against the death of a detainee who had been accused of theft. According to reports, local residents claimed the police were guilty of killing the detainee. Protesters were injured when the police were forced to disperse the crowds using batons.

Kidnapped child rescued in police operation

A child who had been abducted and held for ransom has safely retrieved in a successful rescue operation in Delhi. According to reports, the police launched the operation in the Ghaziabad area of Delhi, where at least one suspect has been shot dead and another has been seriously wounded. One of the suspects has also been arrested.

Military test fires ballistic missile

The Indian military has reportedly successfully test fired a ballistic missile. Military officials confirmed the successful missile test on Tuesday, in a statement. The missile was allegedly fired from the Integrated Test Range missile testing facility on Abdul Kalam Island (formerly known as 'Wheeler Island') in the Bay of Bengal. The missile is thought to have a range of up to 700km, making it short-range. Indian missile tests have typically concerned neighbouring country, Pakistan.

Two militants arrested in Baramulla

At least two suspected militants have been detained by the Indian security forces in the Baramulla district of Jammu and Kashmir. The suspects were arrested in a joint operation launched by the Indian Border Security Forces and the Indian Armed Forces. It's believed the suspects were returning from Pakistan, where they had allegedly received training from a militant group.

Police clash with militants in Maharashtra

The police forces have clashed with suspected Naxalite militants in a remote forested area of Maharashtra. The altercation occurred in the Kumadpar forest in the Gadchiroli district, where the security forces encountered a group of armed militants, leading to an exchange of fire. While no security personnel were injured, it remains unclear whether or not the militants suffered any casualties before they fled the scene.

Violent protests break out in Kolkata

Violent protests have broken out in Kolkata, West Bengal after two people were run over by a speeding bus in Chingrihata over the weekend. The bus driver wounded two people, sparking violent protests as hundreds of local residents took to the streets to demand police action. The protesters reportedly attacked vehicles and clashed with the police, causing widespread disruption throughout the area.

Four wounded in Pulwama grenade attack

At least four people have been wounded in a grenade attack in the Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir. The incident occurred in the village of Batagund, where suspected militants allegedly threw a grenade at the security forces, wounding two police officers and two civilians. Police search operations have been launched in pursuit of the attackers.

Suspected terrorists attack Pulwama police post

A group of suspected terrorists have reportedly attacked a police post in the Pulwama area of Jammu and Kashmir. The unidentified assailant allegedly opened fire on the security forces on Thursday night, prompting retaliatory fire. No casualties were reported among the security personnel and it remains unclear if any of the attackers were wounded.

Ceasefire violation reported in Jammu and Kashmir

Indian officials have claimed a ceasefire violation occurred in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region along the Line of Control (LoC). According to reports from Indian officials, the Pakistani security forces commenced unprovoked firing over the LoC in the Mankote district of Poonch. The Pakistani officials have not responded to the accusation directly; however, last month, a Pakistani report claimed the Indian forces had violated the ceasefire at least 110 times within the first three weeks of January.

Avalanche warnings issued in Jammu and Kashmir

Avalanche warnings have been issued in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region shortly after a 6.1-magnitude earthquake hit near the Afghanistan-Tajikistan border. Level three avalanche warnings were issued to parts of the Baramulla district, while level two warnings were issued in the Bandipore, Kargil, Kupwara, and Shopian districts. The warnings advised those living in the higher reaches of the affected areas to avoid unnecessary outside movement, and will remain in place for the next 24 hours.

One killed in Uttar Pradesh clashes

At least one person has been killed and five others have been wounded after violent clashes broke out between two rival groups in Uttar Pradesh. The violence reportedly broke out between two rival families in the Amethi area. The police were forced to intervene when people began throwing stones; however, reports suggest the police were then also attacked.

Two militants killed in Chhattisgarh operaion

Two Naxalite militants have been killed in a security operation in Chhattisgarh. The security forces were allegedly carrying out a counter-insurgency operation in the remote forests near the village of Morpalli in Sukma when they encountered a group of armed militants. A brief but fatal gunfight allegedly broke out when the militants opened fire on the security personnel.

Over 100 arrested in religious clashes

Over 100 people have been arrested after religious clashes broke out in the northern state of Uttar Pradesh. The clashes broke out in Kasganj when Hindu and Muslim groups began throwing stones at each other during a motorbike rally. The violence escalated and at least one teenage boy died while 112 people were arrested. Although the violence has subsided, a heavy police presence remains in the area and a temporary ban on gatherings of more than four people has been imposed until further notice.

Mob attacks rescuers in West Bengal

A mob of people have attackers a team of rescuers who allegedly arrived late to a bus accident in the Murshidabad district in West Bengal. According to the BBC, local residents attacked police vans and other officials, accusing them of arriving late to the scene of an accident in which four people were killed. The bus had crashed through a bridge and fallen into the river below, prompting local residents to rescue passengers. The police dispersed the mob using tear gas after they threw stones, overturned police vehicles and set them ablaze.

Suicide bomber detained in Kashmir

A would-be suicide bomber has been detained by the authorities in Kashmir. Reports claim the suspect was apprehended during security checks put in place to protect a parade celebrating Republic Day. The police had allegedly received intelligence reports warning an 18-year-old woman was likely to target the parade in a suicide bombing. The suspect is believed to be this woman and will remain in police custody for further interrogation.

Mobile phone service suspended in Kashmir

Local reports indicate mobile phone internet services have been suspended in the Kashmir valley. The decision to suspend the service was reportedly based on concerns regarding security in the region. It remains unclear how long the services will be suspended. 

Controversial film sparks heightened security measures

The delayed release of a controversial film, Padmaavat, has sparked heightened security measures to be installed in many main towns and cities after violent protests have occurred across the country. Hardline Hindu groups are opposed to the film, claiming it insults their culture by alluding to a romance between a Hindu queen and a Muslim king. According to the BBC, protesters have set vehicles on fire, and attacked cinemas, while schools have shut down in the Delhi area after a school bus was attacked.

High security alert at Gaya airport

A high security alert has been issued at Gaya International Airport and additional security measures have been put in place after an explosive was discovered in a nearby monastery. A number of explosives were found at a Tibetan monastery over the weekend, prompting additional security checks and searches for passengers travelling via the airport amid concerns of a potential militant attack.

Seventeen killed in New Delhi factory fire

At least 17 factory workers have been killed in a factory fire on the outskirts of New Delhi. The blaze broke out in a plastic factor in the Bawana industrial area on Sunday afternoon. Firefighting crews responded to the incident and tackled the blaze for several hours. The fire was officially deemed contained after three and a half hours; however, 17 fatalities had already been confirmed. The precise cause of the fire remains unclear as investigations are launched to assess whether or not adequate safety regulations and procedures were in place when the fire broke out.

Protests cause disruption in Gujarat

Widespread protests have caused disruption across Gujarat. Extremist Hindu groups have called for demonstrations against the controversial Bollywood film called 'Padmavat' - which tells the story of a 14th Century Hindu queen belonging to the Rajput caste, Rani Padmini (aka Padmavati). The film has been the subject of controversy due to an alleged intimate scene which disrespects Padmini's character. The Supreme Court recently cleared the release of the film in Indian cinemas, overturning the decision of four states to ban it. The decision has sparked outcry from right-wing extremist groups an the subsequent protests have caused widespread travel disruption. The local bus services in Gujarat have been suspended across the state as many main roads have been blocked by protesters.

Two civilians killed in cross-border firing

At least two people have allegedly been wounded in recent cross-border firing across the Line of Control in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian officials have accused the Pakistani forces of firing over the Line of Control, killing two civilians and wounding 11 others. The Pakistani border forces allegedly fired into the Hiranagar, Ramgarh and Ramgha Singh Pura areas in the Kathua district of India. The claims come just days after Pakistani officials accused the Indian forces of violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control 110 times so far this year.

State election dates confirmed in north-eastern region

The election dates for three states in the north-eastern region have been confirmed. Voting for Assembly Elections in the state of Tripura is due to take place on Sunday 18 February, while voting for Assembly Elections in the states of Nagaland and Meghalaya has been scheduled for Wednesday 28 February. The dates have been confirmed by the Electoral Commission of India. Results are expected to be announced by Saturday 03 March. Social tensions may be high and travellers should be aware of the risk of political protests for the duration of the election period.

Two killed in cross-border firing incident

Two women have been killed and five others have been wounded in a recent cross-border firing incident along the Line of Control. According to reports, the Indian security forces opened fire on the Pakistani village of Kundanpur in the bordering region of Sialkot, Punjab. The Indian forces have not commented on the alleged incident. Pakistan officials have accused India of violating the ceasefire along the Line of Control at least 110 times since the start of the year.

Swedish national killed in Jammu and Kashmir avalanche

A Swedish national has been killed in an avalanche in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The avalanche occurred in the mountainous Gulmarg Gandola area, where several ski resorts are based. It's thought the avalanche was triggered by heavy snowfall on Affarwat peak, where the Swedish national was caught up during a ski run. Search teams managed to rescue another wounded skier following the avalanche. There remains a high risk of further avalanches throughout the area.

Three suspects killed in police shooting

Three suspected criminals have been killed in a police shooting in Maharahstra. The incident occurred in Daund near Pune, where the local police forces clashes with a group of suspected criminals. A firefight broke out in which three suspects were shot dead. A police investigation has been launched.

Civilian wounded in Manipur twin blasts

A civilian has been wounded after twin blast hit the Imphal East district in Manipur. Reports suggest at least one remote-controlled improvised explosive device (IED) was triggered near Raj Haven, while an unidentified militant is believed to have thrown a hand grenade at a local government office in the same area. The blasts are thought to be connected and search operations have been launched in pursuit of the militant(s).

Four soldiers killed in border shelling

Four Pakistani soldiers have allegedly been killed in a cross-border incident along the Line of Control. Pakistani authorities claim the Indian security forces commenced unprovoked shelling over the Line of Control in the Jandrot area of Azad Jammu and Kashmir. The firing was aimed at a group of Pakistani soldiers who were allegedly working on communications lines when they came under attack. Retaliatory fire from the Pakistani troops reportedly killed three Indian soldiers. The Line of Control is officially under a ceasefire; however, both sides regularly accuse the other of violating the ceasefire, with at least 70 incidents recorded so far this year.

Two militants killed in Jharkhand police operation

Two Maoist militants have been killed in an armed encounter with the security forces during a police operation in the Jharkhand state. Joint police forces were reportedly conducting a search operation in a village which was thought to be harbouring militants in the Hazaribagh district. The police personnel encountered some armed militants during the operations and a fatal gunfight allegedly broke out when the militants opened fire on the security forces.

Three militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir clash

At least three militants have been killed in a clash with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The security personnel allegedly came across a group of armed militants in the Chadoora area of Budgam district, where a brief gunfight reportedly broke out when the militants opened fire on the security forces. Two of the three deceased militants have been identified as Pakistani nationals, while search operations have been launched in pursuit of the remaining militants who managed to escape.

Bangalore bar fire kills five

A bar fire in Bangalore has killed five people after breaking out overnight. The BBC has reported that the blaze broke out in the early hours of Monday morning at Kailash Bar, where five employees were killed whilst sleeping. Investigations into the cause of the fire have been launched, while an inquiry into whether or not adequate preventative measures were in place will also be launched. The incident comes after 19 people were killed in two separate building fires in Mumbai within the last fortnight. The fires have sparked concerns regarding the oversight of safety standards in both commercial and residential building construction.

Nine missing in Tangdhar avalanche

Nine people remain missing after an avalanche hit the Tangdhar area in Kupwara. Heavy snowfall caused the avalanche to occur, burying a vehicle carrying six passengers and three other people. The local mountain rescue services have launched joint search and rescue operations with the police and armed forces. Tangdhar is located in a remote mountainous region of Kupwara and there remains a high risk of further heavy snowfall throughout the winter season.

Two Naxalite militants killed in Chhattisgarh operation

Two Naxalite militants have reportedly been killed in an armed encounter with a team of Indian security forces during an operation in Chhattisgarh. The clash occurred when security personnel launched a joint counter-terror operation int he remote forested areas of the Bijapur district. Local reports indicate the security forces were combing an area in the Muduvandi-Kawadgaon forest when they came across a group of armed militants. The Naxalites allegedly opened fire on the security personnel, prompting a firefight in which two militants were killed.

Swine flu alert in Rajasthan

A swine flu alert has been issued by the health authorities in Rajasthan after a recent hike in the number of cases reported. In the last month, over 400 new patients were tested positive for the H1N1 strain of the swine flu virus. The recent increase has prompted a state-wide health warning of a high risk of contraction. The annual figure for confirmed cases of swine flu in 2017 was over 3,200 - around 241 of which were fatal. 

Four killed in Mumbai building fire

At least four people have been killed in a building fire in Mumbai. Two children were among those killed in the blaze, which broke out in a residential building in the Marol area of the city. According to the BBC, the emergency services responded to the scene, with firefighters rescuing as many as 17 people from the building. The cause of the fire remains unclear as investigations are launched; however, questions have been raised regarding the safety standards of buildings in Mumbai, as the incident comes just a week after 15 people were killed in another building fire which broke out in a rooftop restaurant. 

Widespread travel disruption amid Maharashtra protests

Widespread travel delays have been reported across the Maharashtra state as ongoing protests continue to cause general disruption. The social unrest broke out several days ago, when opposing groups clashed at an ethnic Dalit commemorative rally in Pune, Maharashtra. At least one person was killed and several others were wounded in the violence, prompting members of the Dalit community to protest across the state in a call for action. Protests have taken place in Pune, Aurangabad, and Mumbai - where at least five people were wounded and over 100 others were arrested yesterday. The British Foreign and Commonwealth Office has advised foreign nationals to avoid large gatherings, while local airports have issued advisories warning of potential travel delays. Some cancellation and change of flight fees have been waived in light of the ongoing disruption. The security forces and anti-riot police have been deployed and restrictions have been imposed on large public gatherings to restore order.

Dalit protesters set up roadblocks in Mumbai

Dalit protesters have set up roadblocks in the Eastern Express Highway in Mumbai. The rallies come a day after violence erupted during events marking the 200th anniversary of the Bhima Koregaon battle in Pune. Major traffic disruption has been reported in the city

Eight killed in Kashmir base attack

Gunmen have stormed a paramilitary base in India-administered Kashmir, leaving at least eight people dead. Rebels stormed the base in Lethpora in southern Kashmir late on Sunday, leading to a 36-hour gun battle during which five soldiers and three assailants died. The Jash-e-Mohammed militant group has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Seven militants killed in security operations

Seven Naxalite militants have been killed after clashing with the security forces during an operation in Telangana state. The security forces launched a search operation in the Bhadradri-Kottagudem district after receiving information suggesting a group of militants had been operating in the area. A fatal firefight broke out when security personnel encountered a group of armed militants in a remote forested part of the Tekulapally area. 

Two killed in Bihar shooting

At least two people have been killed in a shooting incident in Bihar. The shooting took place in the Sasaram area of Bihar, where two people were targeted in Navratan Bazar. At least one shooter was involved in the attack; however, the local police believe the perpetrator(s) managed to escape following the shooting, prompting police search operations throughout the area. The motivation behind the attack remains unclear, but investigators suspect the incident to be crime-related.

Suspected militant killed in police raid

A suspected militant has been killed during a police raid on a property in the Longding district of Arunachal Pradesh. According to reports, the police security forces received intelligence indicating several National Socialist Council of Nagaland-Khaplang (NSCN-K) militants were operating in the village of Tissa. The police forces surrounded a suspected hideout and cordoned off the area; however, both suspected militants resisted arrest, opening fire on the security forces and sparking a fatal shootout in which one of the suspects died while the other escaped.

Militant killed in security operation

A member of the New People's Army (NPA) militant rebel group has been killed, while three Filipino soldiers have been wounded in a security operation in Zamboanga del Sur. The operation was launched by the Filipino security forces near the village of Gasa in the Lakewood Municipality. The Filipino security forces have been carrying out regular operations against the NPA following another breakdown in negotiations with the government earlier this year.

Three militants killed in Jammu and Kashmir clash

Three suspected militants have been killed in a clash with the Indian security forces in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The fighting broke out during a routine search operation in the Handwara area of the Kupwara district. According to reports, the security forces came across a group of armed militants in the Unisoo village, where the militants opened fire, sparking a fatal crossfire.

Dozens of protesters arrested in Karnataka

Dozens of protesters have been arrested in the Uttara Kannada district of Karnataka after violence broke out on Monday. Local residents in the town of Kumta organised a demonstration in response to the death of a Hindu activist from the area. The protesters were calling on the local police force to investigate the suspicious death. Violence broke out when protesters began setting vehicles on fire, prompting security personnel to disperse people using tear gas. At least one person was wounded and 25 protesters have been arrested.

Two security guards killed in Shopian gun attack

Two security guards have been killed in a gun attack on a bank vehicle in Shopian, Jammu and Kashmir. Unidentified gunmen reportedly ambushed the vehicle in the Kralchak area of Shopian, where two security guards were shot dead. According to reports, the vehicle was in transit at the time of attack and was not carrying any cash. It's believed the main motive behind the attack was attempted robbery as police investigations continue. No group or individual has claimed responsibility for the attack.

Four killed in tourist bus crash, Himachal Pradesh

Four people have been killed and as many as 10 others have been wounded after a tourist bus crashed in Himachal Pradesh. The accident occurred on a section of national highway 21 near Kangu, in the Sundernagar area of the Mandi district, where the bus allegedly veered off the road and fell into a deep gorge. It's thought the driver may have lost control of the vehicle. Most fatal road accidents in India are caused by a combination of reckless driving and poorly maintained vehicles.

Hindu man arrested for murdering Muslim in religious attack

A Hindu man, Shambu Lal Raigar, has been arrested on suspicion of murder after evidence surfaced suggesting he had killed a Muslim laborer, Mohammad Afrazul, in an apparent religious attack. The Washington Post has reported that video footage surfaced of Raigar hacking Afrazul to death whilst making anti-Muslim comments. The murder reportedly took place in the Rajasthan state, where the local police confirmed that Raigar had expressed extreme views against intermarriages of Hindu women and Muslim men. It remains unclear why Afrazul was personally singled out; however, random attacks on Muslims by Hindus are not unheard of. In April, a Muslim dairy farmer was lynched by a mob as he transported cattle in Rajasthan. Violent attacks against Muslims are thought to have increased since the Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party gained popularity in the 2014 elections.

High risk of protests in Srinagar

There is a high risk of protests taking place in Srinagar over the next few days. Demonstrations are expected in response to the US President Donald Trump's decision to name Jerusalem as the capital city of Israel - which has sparked anger among Islamic communities worldwide. The local police and authorities have arranged road restrictions to allow a protest organised by the Joint Resistance Leadership (JRL) from Hamza MAsjid Kokarbazar, in Lal Chowk, to the UN observers' office in Srinagar. While the JRL protest is expected to be peaceful, many other groups are thought to have organised unofficial demonstrations. Travellers have been advised to anticipate travel disruption and to avoid large crowds, as even peaceful protests can suddenly turn violent.

Police kill suspected militant in Chirang

A suspected militant has allegedly been killed in an armed clash with the police in the Chirang district of Assam. The police force reportedly launched a search operation in the remote Ballambari Bagan forested area on the outskirts of Runikhata, near the Indo-Bhutan border. According to reports, the militants opened fire on the police officers, sparking a fatal crossfire in which one of the militants was killed while the others escaped. Several small arms and light weapons were recovered from the site of the clash.

Seven militants killed in Maharashtra encounter

At least seven suspected Naxalite militants have been killed in an encounter with the police in the Maharashtra state The police forces reportedly came across a group of armed militants during a routine search operation near the remote Jhunganur village in the Gadchiroli district of Maharashtra. A gunfight broke out in which seven militants were shot dead. Various weapons were also seized from the site of the clash.

Maoist insurgent killed in Chhattisgarh operation

A Maoist insurgent has allegedly been killed during a security operation in Chhattisgarh. The security forces reportedly encountered a number of armed militants during a search operation in a remote jungle near Duler in Sukma. One suspected Naxalite was killed and a handmade firearm was also seized from the scene of the encounter.

Dozens killed as Cyclone Ockhi hits southern states

At least 39 people have been killed and around 167 fishermen remain unaccounted for as Cyclone Ockhi hits the southern states of Kerala and Tamil Nadu. According to reports, around 10 people are thought to have been killed in storm-related incidents in Tamil Nadu, while 29 others have been killed in Kerala. Search and rescue operations have been intensified, with coast guards, the armed forces, and the navy providing assistance. The storm is reported to be moving towards Maharashtra as it gradually weakens. Hazardous sea conditions have been reported along the south-eastern and south-western coasts and further heavy rainfall is expected throughout the next few days.

Air pollution level extremely high in Delhi

Delhi officials have raised the air pollution level to 'severe' as the smog worsens throughout the area. Extremely high levels of pollution have been recorded in Delhi, reducing visibility and heightening the risk of respiratory issues. Smoke from burning crops have largely contributed towards the problem, while the effects of Cyclone Ockhi have escalated the problem. Delhi has been experiencing smog problems throughout the last two months; however, lower temperatures and higher-than-usual moisture levels in the air are two side effects of the storm which have caused the situation to rapidly deteriorate over the last few days. Travellers and local residents have been advised to avoid unnecessary travel and to wear face masks to prevent respiratory problems.

Journalist shot dead in Uttar Pradesh

An Indian journalist has been shot dead in an apparent targeted killing in Uttar Pradesh state. Naveen Gupta, 37, was shot five times during the attack in the Kanpur district on Thursday evening. The incident comes just over a week after another journalist, Sudip Datta Bhaumick, was shot dead in Tripura state by alleged paramilitary personnel.

Protests erupt after militants killed in Kashmir

Protests have erupted in parts of Indian-administered Kashmir after the security forces killed five suspected militants. "The gunfight started in the early morning hours in central Kashmir's Pakherpora village, 45km from the region's main city [Srinagar]," said Munir Khan, inspector general of police for Jammu and Kashmir state. Four militants were killed in the village of Pakherpora in central Kashmir, while another suspect died in a gunfight in Sopore Sagipora. The fighting sparked anti-Indian protests by civilians from several villages in the area, leading to clashes with the security forces.

One killed in Maharashtra gang fight

At least one person has been killed and one person has been arrested after a gang fight broke out between rival gangs in the Maharashtra state. The fight broke out in the Nigdi area of Pune, where a gang chief was allegedly attacked by a group of six armed criminals belonging to a rival gang. Police investigations have been launched and at least one suspect has been detained.

Soldier killed in militant encounter

An Indian soldier has been killed in an armed encounter with a group of militants in the northern Jammu and Kashmir region. The fighting broke out in the Keran area of the Kupwara district, where clashes regularly occur between militant groups and the security forces. The Indian armed forces have also been running frequent counter-terror operations throughout the region in recent months. No other casualties have been reported.

Soldier shoots journalist in Tripura

A journalist has been shot dead by an Indian soldier in the Tripura state. The incident occurred outside the second battalion base of the Tripura  State Rifles. According to reports, the journalist was at the base covering a piece for a Bengali newspaper when an altercation occurred and a soldier opened fire on the journalist. The soldier has been detained by the authorities, while full investigations into the incident have also been launched.

Militants kill soldier in Kupwara

An Indian soldier has been killed and three others have been wounded in an encounter with a group of armed militants in Kupwara, Jammu and Kashmir. The militants allegedly fled the scene shortly after the incident. It remains unclear if there were any militant casualties as the security forces launch pursuit operations.

India-Nepal border to close ahead of state elections

The border between India and Nepal is due to closed tomorrow as state elections take place in the Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. The border closure comes as a security precaution ahead of the election. It's not irregular for militant groups to target polling stations with improvised explosive devices (IEDs), prompting heightened security measures from the government forces. Cross-border movement will be prohibited until the election period has come to an end. Travellers have been advised to re-plan their journeys via alternative border crossing points.

Heightened security measures at Leh airport, Jammu and Kashmir

Heightened security measures have been enforced at Leh Kushok Bakula Rimpochee Airport in Jammu and Kashmir after a credible threat was received from a terrorist group. The Indian intelligence agencies reportedly intercepted and interpreted a Lashkar-e-Taiba (LeT) plan to attack a security forces camp based near the airport. According to reports, the LeT militants had made contact with aeronautical engineering students in Srinagar and planned to use them to carry out a suicide attack. Security measures have been strengthened at the airport as a precaution.

Public health warning issued in Delhi

A public health warning has been issued in Delhi due to the severe air pollution. The British FCO has issued a travel advisory on their website, stating that the current levels of air pollution present a major hazard to public health in Delhi. Particularly vulnerable people - such as young children and the elderly - should take additional precautions and consider temporarily relocating if necessary. 

Sixteen killed as tourist boat capsizes in Andhra Pradesh

Sixteen people have been killed and at least two others remain missing after a tourist boat capsized in Andhra Pradesh. The tourist boat was transporting around 38 passengers across the Krishna river to a religious festival when the accident occurred near Vijayawada. According to the BBC, at least 20 passengers have been rescued while search operations continue to look for any missing persons. The boat was allegedly manufactured to carry a maximum of 20 people but was overcrowded and operating illegally without the appropriate licences.

Protesters block roads in Karnataka

Groups of protesters have blocked several roads in the Bengaluru district of Karnataka. The demonstrations were organised by multiple political groups to protest against the one-year anniversary of demonetisation in India.The protests took place in the central business district, blocking several main roads and causing temporary traffic disruption. Some of the political groups involved in organising the demonstrations included the Communist Party of India, the Indian National Congress, and the Aam Aadmi Party. 

Delhi shuts schools as smog worsens

Primary schools in Delhi have been shut as the air pollution levels continue to rise and smog envelopes the city. The school closures were confirmed on Wednesday morning after pollution levels reportedly hit 70 times the World Health Organisation's recommended safe level. According to reports, the smog has raised the number of patients seeking medical help for respiratory issues and health officials have issued a public health warning, advising all residents and travellers to wear face masks or to cover their faces with handkerchiefs and scarfs. There is also travel disruption throughout the city due to reduced visibility affecting road travel and public transport systems. The deputy chief minister in Delhi stated that the situation will be re-evaluated on an hourly basis.

Heavy smog causes travel disruption in Delhi

Heavy smog has caused widespread travel disruption across Delhi as visibility reduces and pollution levels soar. Small particulate matter levels (PM 2.5) have reached as high as 700 micrograms per cubic metre in some places - indicating the air pollution level in Delhi reached around 30 times the World Health Organisation's recommended limit of 25 micrograms per cubic metre on average within a 24 hour period. The annual recommended limit is an average of just 10 micrograms per cubic metre. According to the BBC, residents and travellers should expect delays and disruption to public transport, while the Indian Medical Association (IMA) have warned of the health risks, advising city officials to postpone the city's half-marathon - due to take place on Sunday 19 November - if the situation does not improve. Smog typically worsens during the winter season as farmer's set fire to entire fields to burn away stubble. Traffic restrictions and the closure of several major power plants were enforced by the government in October in an effort to lessen the impact of air pollution.

Four killed in Pulwama security operation

Four people have been killed in a clash between militants and the security forces during a security operation in the Pulwama area. Indian soldiers were reportedly conducting the operation in the Aglar Kandi area of Pulwama when they encountered a group of armed militants. At least one Indian soldier and three militants were killed, while another soldier was also wounded in the altercation.

Six militants killed in Chhattisgarh operations

Six Maoist militants have been killed in security operations conducted in Chhattisgarh. The Indian security forces were carrying out counter-terror operations in the remote Abujmarh forest near Narayanpur when they closed in on a suspected militant camp. The militant allegedly opened fire on the security forces, sparking a brief gunfight in which six militants were killed. No security personnel were wounded and several militant-owned weapons were also seized during the operation.

Maoist militant killed in Maharashtra gunfight

A Maoist militant has been killed and three others have been wounded in a gunfight with the Indian security forces in Maharashtra. The gun battle broke out when the security forces encountered an unconfirmed number of armed militants near Narayanpur, where Maharashtra borders the Chhattisgarh region. There has been an increased level of militant activity in the remote areas of Chhattisgarh within the last few months. No security personnel were injured and a number of weapons were recovered from the scene.

Dozens wounded in Uttar Pradesh power plant explosion

Dozens of people have been wounded after a boiler pipe explosion in a power plant in Uttar Pradesh. Preliminary reports suggest several people may have been killed, while as many as 100 people are thought to have been wounded in the accident. The power plant is located in the Unchahar area of Raebareli and belongs to NTPC Limited - India's largest energy conglomerate. According to Reuters, NTPC has shut down the entire plant - cutting off power throughout the area - as rescue efforts and investigations are launched. The precise cause of the explosion remains unclear - such incidents are often caused by the poor enforcement of health and safety regulations.

Four militants killed in Jharkhand shootout

At least four militants have been killed in a gun battle in the Khunti district of Jharkhand. The Indian security forces were running a search operation in the area when they encountered the armed militants near Karo river. The militants allegedly opened fire on the security forces, leading to a fatal shootout. It's believed the militants were members of the Maoist People's Liberation Front of India militant group and at least one of those killed is thought to be a local group commander.

Heavy rain causes disruption in Tamil Nadu

Heavy rain has caused widespread disruption in the state of Tamil Nadu over the last 24 hours. At least one person has been killed after the wet weather caused a wall to collapse. Widespread travel disruption has also been reported and public transport systems have been heavily affected by the rain - especially in low-lying areas where there is a heightened risk of flooding. The wet weather is expected to continue throughout the next two days and travellers have been advised to anticipate widespread travel disruption, including potential flight delays.

Foreign diplomat killed in car crash, Jharkhand

A foreign diplomat has been killed in a car crash in the Jharkhand state. The accident occurred in the Nimiaghat area of the Giridih district late last night. Myanmar's Consul General for the Kolkata region, Pyi Soe, was killed and three other people were wounded when their vehicle collided with a truck. Myanmar and India have launched joint investigative operations to determine the cause of the accident. 

One killed in violent protests in Gujarat

At least one person has been killed and two others have been wounded after violence broke out during a protest in the Dahod area of Gujarat state. Hundreds of protesters took to the streets to protest police brutality. Around 500 protesters allegedly tried to storm the police station in Chilakota, Dahod; however, the police forces responded with force, opening fire on the protesters to disperse them. At least one civilian was shot dead and two others have sustained serious gunshot wounds. According to reports, the local residents claim the police brutally beat a local man to death during police questioning.

Two Swiss nationals attacked in Agra, Uttar Pradesh

Two Swiss nationals have been injured after being attacked by a group of men in Agra city, Uttar Pradesh. According to reports, a Swiss couple was travelling near Fatehpur Sikri fort in Agra, when they were followed by a number of men. The assailants allegedly cornered the couple and beat them up with makeshift weapons, including wooden poles and stones. The police have confirmed that a number of men have been identified and detained while investigations continue.

State elections to take place in Gujurat

State elections have been scheduled to take place in the western-most state of Gujurat throughout the month of December. The first election will take place on Saturday 09 December, with the second round occurring during the following week on Thursday 14 December. Votes will be counted and the results will be announced on Sunday 18 December. Travellers to the region should anticipate high political and social tensions during this time and be aware of the heightened risk of public demonstration.

Indian soldier killed in border crossfire

An Indian soldier has allegedly been killed and another has been wounded in a crossfire along the Line of Control (LoC) border in the disputed Jammu and Kashmir region. Indian military officials have accused the Pakistani Rangers of breaking the ceasefire along the LoC near Kamarkote in Baramulla, where Pakistani security personnel allegedly opened fire first, sparking retaliatory gunfire from the Indian security forces. Fatal cross-border firing incidents often occur along the LoC, with both sides accusing the other of ceasefire violations.

Fire breaks out in New Delhi market

A fire has broken out overnight in a marketplace in New Delhi. At least 100 shops have been affected by the blaze, which tore through the Kamla market late last night. Approximately 30 firefighters were dispatched to respond to the incident. The fire was successfully extinguished; however, investigations into the cause of the blaze remain ongoing. No major casualties have been reported.

Suspected terrorist killed in Kupwara gun battle

A suspected terrorist has been killed in a gun battle with the Indian security forces in the town of Handwara in the Kupwara district of Jammu and Kashmir. The crossfire broke out on Sunday during an intelligence-led raid in the Langate area of Handwara. At least two other militants are thought to still be in the area and search operations remain ongoing.

Militants kill government employee in Odisha

A government employee has reportedly been killed in a Maoist militant attack in the Odisha state. The attack occurred in the Kandhamal district, where a group of armed militants abducted the victim on Tuesday. The victim's body was found this morning after a police investigations led to a search operation. According to reports, the victim was suspected of being a police informer. Maoist militants regularly accuse local civilians of being police informers - often targeting prominent local figures to make an example of them.

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 ex