Who is India's hugging saint Kanye West tweeted about?

Image copyrightAFP Amid a series of tweets warning against the evils of smartphone addiction, US rapper Kanye West suddenly posted a picture of India’s “hugging saint”. Accompanied with the caption “sometimes we all need hugs”, West also said that “Amma Mata” had given more than 32 million hugs. Amma, which means mother, is famous for the “healing power” of her hugs. It is unclear if she has hugged the rapper.

Punjab doctors unpick Michael Jackson dances

Image copyrightManjul Tripathi Neurosurgeons have described in detail how Michael Jackson achieved biomechanically impossible dance moves in his music video Smooth Criminal. In the 1987 routine, Michael leans from the ankle at a 45 degree angle, while keeping his body straight as a rod. The illusion, which many have tried to copy, was thanks to specially designed shoes and the artist’s core strength. The spine experts warn others against attempting

The India village 'on the verge of extinction'

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Iron ore mining was a major source of jobs in Goa When India’s Supreme Court banned iron ore mining in the western state of Goa in February 2018, many villages in the state had already been ravaged by decades of mining. Journalist Supriya Vohra visited Sonshi, one such village that is struggling to survive. “We were literally eating dust,” says 45-year-old Kusum Gawade. The dozens of trucks

The funerals driving Indian Kashmir youth to militancy

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Millions of Kashmiris attend funerals of militants killed by security forces Security forces in Indian-administered Kashmir have killed more than 50 militants since the beginning of this year. Sameer Yasir reports how funerals in the region, which has seen an armed insurgency against Indian rule since 1989, have become a part of local folklore. As the body of the militant, draped in green, is finally laid to

Karnataka: India's ruling BJP leads in state poll - exit polls

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption The election is especially significant for Prime Minister Narendra Modi India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) of PM Narendra Modi is expected to win the most seats in the southern Karnataka state, exit polls suggest. But they say it will fall short of winning a majority in the 224-member assembly. The opposition Congress party, which until Saturday’s election controlled the state, is in second place. The

India's 'killer dogs': Strays blamed for spate of child deaths

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Many of India’s stray dogs are looked after and fed by local people Dogs have allegedly killed at least 12 children since November in the northern Indian state of Uttar Pradesh. But some believe that wolves or jackals are to blame. The BBC’s Nitin Srivastava travelled to Sitapur district to find out more. A walk into a lush green mango orchard has never been this frightening. Escorted

India rape: Third teenager attacked and burned in a week

Image copyrightAFPImage caption Schoolgirls staged a protest rally on 8 May after the first two rape and burning attacks A teenage girl in India has been raped and burned alive by her attacker – the third instance of such an attack in the same week. The 16-year-old girl died after being soaked in fuel and set on fire at her home in the Sagar district of Madhya Pradesh. Police said

India man kills self over $13,000 electricity bill

Image caption Jagannath Shelke’s family alleges officials did not help him although he approached them An Indian vegetable seller allegedly killed himself on Thursday after receiving an electric bill of nearly $13,000 (£9570) in the western state of Maharashtra. Jagannath Shelke, 36, left behind a suicide note in which he said that the bill was “very high”, his family told BBC Marathi. Officials said the actual bill was just 2,800

Top Mumbai policeman kills himself

Image copyrightINDRANIL MUKHERJEE One of India’s most senior police officials has killed himself in the western city of Mumbai, senior officials have confirmed. Himanshu Roy, 55, who was the head of the anti-terrorism squad in Maharashtra state, shot himself at his home. Mr Roy had been on a long medical leave as he was suffering from cancer. He is credited with solving some of India’s most sensational cases, including the

India woman beaten to death over child abduction rumours

Image caption It is unclear whether any children have gone missing amid escalating abduction rumours More than 30 people have been arrested over lynching of a 55-year-old woman in southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. The killing happened amid rumours and false WhatsApp messages over kidnapping of children in the state. Police say local people beat the woman to death and attacked her family after seeing them give sweets to