Maya Kodnani: India BJP head Amit Shah testifies in Gujarat riots

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The jailed politician is accused of inciting a mob in which 11 people were killed The president of India’s ruling BJP party has appeared as a witness for a former minister who was convicted of playing a role in the 2002 anti-Muslim riots in the western state of Gujarat. Amit Shah told a court Maya Kodnani was at the state assembly that day. Kodnani is accused

Oxygen supplier held over India hospital deaths

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Over 100 children’s deaths in the same hospital were linked to lack of oxygen Indian police have arrested the owner of a firm that provided oxygen to a hospital where more than 100 children died allegedly because the oxygen supply was cut over unpaid bills. The deaths occurred over a week in northern Uttar Pradesh state in August. Manish Bhandari, who was arrested on Sunday, is

Google launches India mobile payments app Tez

Image copyrightGoogleImage caption Google is is offering Tez users the chance to win prizes Google has launched a mobile payments app in India that will work on both Android and Apple smartphones. Tez allows users to make money transfers to each other and to buy goods from physical stores and mobile websites. It is based on the country’s Unified Payment Interface (UPI) standard – a government-backed system launched last year

Uber sorry for 'Wife Appreciation Day' promotion

Image copyrightGetty Images Uber has apologised after being accused on social media of sexism in a promotional message sent to customers in Bangalore. The message urged “husbands” to “let your wife take a day off from the kitchen”, with a discount on its Uber Eats food delivery service. It said: “Dear husbands, a gentle reminder – today is Wife Appreciation Day.” Uber later tweeted that the message had been “totally

China and India water 'dispute' after border stand-off

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The river gets severely flooded during monsoon season every year causing huge losses in northeast India and Bangladesh China and India may have defused a potential border conflict but the stand-off seems to have led to dispute over another contentious issue: water. Delhi says it has not received any hydrological – the scientific study of the movement, distribution and quality of water – data for the

Carbon dating reveals earliest origins of zero symbol

Image copyrightBodleian LibrariesImage caption Reading from right to left the small dot zero is the seventh character at the bottom right of the manuscript Carbon dating shows an ancient Indian manuscript has the earliest recorded origin of the zero symbol. The Bakhshali manuscript is now believed to date from the 3rd or 4th Century, making it hundreds of years older than previously thought. It means the document, held in Oxford,

George Harrison's sitar to be auctioned

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Harrison (left) and Boyd (right) went to India so he could play the sitar under Ravi Shankar (middle) A sitar owned and played by George Harrison is going to be auctioned in the United States. The instrument, purchased from a shop on London’s Oxford Street in 1965, was used by Harrison during the recording of the Beatles song Norwegian Wood. The Indian string instrument, crafted by

India launches first bullet train project

Image copyrightAFPImage caption The deal was one of a raft of agreements signed between two leaders in 2015 Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe has launched work for India’s first high-speed train in Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s native state of Gujarat on Thursday. Mostly funded by a $17bn (£12.78bn) loan from Japan, the bullet train will run between Ahmedabad city and Mumbai. It is expected to cut the 500km (310 miles)

Indian priest freed by militants to meet Pope

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The newly rescued Indian priest is on his way to meet Pope Francis An Indian priest who was freed after being abducted by militants in Yemen is on his way to meet Pope Francis in Vatican City. Father Tom Uzhunnalil was abducted in March 2016 while he was working at a home for the elderly. News of his release on Tuesday has sparked celebrations in his

India rape: Uncle did not father child's baby - DNA test

Image copyrightiStock Police in India have reopened the case of a 10-year-old girl after forensic tests revealed that her baby’s DNA samples did not match those of her uncle who is charged with raping her. After the Supreme Court denied her permission to abort, she gave birth to a baby girl last month. The 10-year-old was not aware of her pregnancy. She was told her bulge was because she had