Savita Halappanavar's parents hail Irish abortion vote

Image copyrightThe Irish TimesImage caption Savita Halappanavar died after a miscarriage in a Galway hospital in October 2012 Her story was one that galvanised a movement; her face became a symbol of that movement. Savita Halappanavar died from infection after miscarrying her first child in an Irish hospital in October 2012. Her family said she pleaded for a termination during the miscarriage, but medical staff refused her requests because there

IPL final: Shane Watson century helps Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad

Shane Watson’s century was his fourth in the IPL, and second this year Indian Premier League final, Wankhede Stadium, Mumbai Sunrisers Hyderabad 178-6: Williamson 47 (36), Y Pathan 45* (25) Chennai Super Kings 181-2: Watson 117* (57) Chennai Super Kings won by eight wickets Scorecard Shane Watson struck an unbeaten 117 off 57 balls as Chennai Super Kings beat Sunrisers Hyderabad by eight wickets in the Indian Premier League final.

Is India's Congress party really running out of cash?

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The Congress’ declared income is far behind that of the ruling Bharatiya Janata Party India’s oldest political party, the Congress – which has ruled the country for 49 of its 71 years as an independent nation – has made a public appeal for funds on Twitter, perhaps for the first time in its 133-year history. That is surprising for India’s main opposition party. Founded in 1885

Tragic tale of nursing mother's snakebite shocks India

Image copyrightAlamyImage caption The saw-scaled viper is found from west Africa to the Indian Subcontinent A mother and her three-year-old daughter have been killed in India after the woman was bitten by a snake. Not realising she had been attacked, the woman began breastfeeding her child. Both died before they could reach a hospital. The news comes the same day as the World Health Organization declared snake bites a “global

Saving flood water to get through the droughts

Image caption Biplab Paul, co-founder of Naireeta Services, designed the bhungroo to help farmers ride out India’s droughts Erratic rainfall and prolonged dry seasons in many parts of India mean that farmers often have to struggle with waterlogged fields or droughts, which can ruin their crops. Many are ultimately forced to quit the land and and migrate to find other work. “Once our whole family used to work here, and

India mobs kill five over 'social media rumour'

Image copyrightAFP Mobs in southern India have killed at least five people and injured 20 others amid recent social media rumours about “child kidnapping gangs”. Police say the messages, which were being spread widely, warned of gangs in at least three southern states, which have led to mass panic. Mobs appear to be targeting “strangers” – in this case migrants from north India who are employed as labourers. Police have

India shuts Tamil Nadu smelting plant after deadly protests

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Police say an estimated 5,000 people attended the protest on Tuesday Officials in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu have ordered the closure of a major copper smelting plant on Wednesday. The order came after police killed 13 people amid protests by residents in the port city of Tuticorin. The state pollution control board disconnected electricity supply to the unit on Thursday morning. However no one

Virat Kohli: India captain's Surrey move off because of neck injury

Virat Kohli was due to make his Surrey debut in a One-Day Cup match against Kent on 1 June India captain Virat Kohli will not play for Surrey this summer because of a neck injury, the Board of Control for Cricket in India has announced. Kohli sustained the injury while playing in the Indian Premier League. The 29-year-old batsman agreed his first ever overseas contract with Surrey in May and

Modi accepts Twitter #fitnesschallenge

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption PM Modi’s “Fit India” campaign focuses on the benefits of yoga India’s Twittersphere has exploded with workout videos from officials and athletes in response to a trending social media challenge. It started when sports minister Rajyavardhan Rathore posted a video of himself doing push-ups, and urging people to join the #fitnesschallenge. India’s cricket captain Virat Kohli posted a video of himself doing a plank and challenged

IPL: Kolkata Knight Riders beat Rajasthan Royals in play-offs

Dinesh Karthik previously played for Mumbai Indians and Gujarat Lions in the IPL Indian Premier League, Kolkata Kolkata Knight Riders 169-7 (20 overs) Karthik 52, Gowtham 2-15 Rajasthan Royals 144-4 (20 overs) Samson 50, Chawla 2-24 Kolkata Knight Riders win by 25 runs Scorecard Kolkata Knight Riders eliminated Rajasthan Royals from the Indian Premier League play-offs with a 25-run victory at Eden Gardens. The hosts had been put in to