India's $100bn road building gamble

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption India has one of the largest road networks in the world The Indian government is planning to kickstart economic growth by building a huge road network. The idea sounds bulletproof – but is it? Economic analyst Vivek Kaul examines the idea. When in trouble, some politicians and countries return to the influential British economist John Maynard Keynes. Keynes believed that governments must be ready to borrow

Vinod Verma: Former BBC journalist arrested in India

Image caption Vinod Verma has worked with BBC Hindi A former BBC journalist, Vinod Verma, has been arrested in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. His arrest is connected to a scandal about a supposed sex tape involving a Chhattisgarh state politician. A police spokesman told the BBC that Mr Verma was suspected of extortion, and another said 500 CDs had been recovered from his house. Mr Verma denies

Delhi surgeons separate twins joined at the head

Image copyrightAIIMSImage caption The twin boys were separated after 16 hours of surgery Surgeons in the Indian capital, Delhi, have separated twin boys who were conjoined at the tops of their heads. Two-year-old Jaga and Kalia underwent 16 hours of surgery, and are now in the intensive care unit, doctors said. A team of 30 doctors carried out the surgery – the first of its kind in India – at

Swiss tourist couple beaten up in India

Image copyrightLaxmi KantImage caption The couple say they were attacked by some unknown people A Swiss couple have been attacked at Fatehpur Sikri, a monument 44km (27 miles) from the Taj Mahal, Indian police say. A group of men, reported to number three or four, attacked Quentin Jeremy Clerc and Marie Droz after an argument on Sunday in Agra district. Local media reported on Wednesday that Mr Clerc had suffered

Ichthyosaur fossil discovered for first time in India

Image copyrightCourtesy G PrasadImage caption This is the first time an ichthyosaur fossil has been discovered in India Scientists in India have discovered a 152 million-year-old fossil of an ichthyosaur – an extinct marine reptile – in the western state of Gujarat. This is the first time an ichthyosaur fossil has been discovered in India. The fossil was found inside rocks from the Mesozoic Era, which ran between 252 and

India v New Zealand: Groundsman sacked after TV sting tampering claims

New Zealand won the first one-day international in Mumbai on Sunday A groundsman has been sacked after video emerged of him allegedly agreeing to tamper with the wicket before Wednesday’s one-day international between India and New Zealand in Pune. A sting operation by India Today TV captured Pandurang Salgaoncar on camera allegedly stating he would prepare the pitch to suit two unnamed bowlers. Board of Control for Cricket in India

Nation of onlookers?

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Anti-rape protesters turned out in Mumbai What would you do if you saw a woman being raped in front of you? Would you intervene and help her? Or, would you keep walking, or make a video on your mobile phone which could lead to his identification and arrest later? That’s a question that’s being asked in India after a woman was raped on a busy pavement in

Reel controversy

Image copyrightG Venket RamImage caption In the film, Vijay plays a character named Dr Maran, who takes a hard look at the state of public healthcare in the country Diwali, the Hindu festival of lights (and firecrackers), is the time blockbuster vacation-time films are released in India. But it’s been fireworks of the political kind this Diwali over a film, Mersal, that hit screens in the southern Indian state of

Sticks and axes

Image caption A view of Muzaffarabad, where the Neelum River divides the main city from hillside settlements Towering some 550 metres (1,800 ft) above the Pakistani town of Garhi Habibullah to the west, and the Kashmiri city of Muzaffarabad to the east, Dub Gali looks serene on a cool October morning. Some two dozen shops sit quietly on both sides of a security barrier that marks the border between Kashmir


Image copyright@taraobrienillustrationImage caption Tara O’Brien’s illustration has been shared across Instagram A writer in India has responded to the #MeToo movement with an admission of his own impropriety towards a woman. Using the hashtag #IDidThat, Devang Pathak in Mumbai posted: “It wasn’t easy to write but here it is. I am sorry and I will do better. #IDidThat”. Skip Twitter post by @DevangPat Wasn’t easy to write but here it’s.