Why did Walmart buy Flipkart?

Image copyrightReutersImage caption Flipkart is India’s biggest e-commerce company Global retail giant Walmart has paid $16bn (£11.8bn) for a majority stake in Flipkart, India’s biggest online retailer, making this the world’s largest ever e-commerce acquisition. Walmart, best known for its grocery stores, discount department stores and hypermarkets, is ubiquitous in the US. But its sales have barely grown offline and its online sales account for just a little more than

Anger at India sanitary pad poll pledge

Image copyrightAFP Women activists have criticised two of India’s major political parties who have made sanitary towels a key promise for upcoming state elections. India’s ruling Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and the Congress party, which rules the southern state of Karnataka, have promised free sanitary pads to all women if they are elected. The pledge comes after India imposed a 12% tax on sanitary products in July, causing much anger

India police parade 'Nasa conmen' in space suits

Image copyrightCourtesy: Delhi PoliceImage caption Dressed in “space suits”, the two men were arrested by police for conning a businessman Indian police paraded a man and his son in “space suits” before arresting them for allegedly defrauding a businessman by pretending to work for Nasa. The duo allegedly convinced the businessman to buy a copper plate for $213,156 (£157,600), which they claimed had “special properties”, police said. They had told

Virat Kohli: Surrey head coach Michael Di Venuto excited by overseas signing

Virat Kohli is set to make his debut for Surrey against Kent at Beckenham on 1 June Surrey’s young players are excited by the prospect of playing with India captain Virat Kohli, according to head coach Michael Di Venuto. Kohli, 29, will play at least six games for the county in June as he joins for a stint as overseas player. “We can’t wait,” Di Venuto told BBC Radio London.

Kashmir: India tourist killed by stone throwing protesters

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Clashes between militants and government forces are common in the region An Indian tourist has died after being hit by a stone thrown by protesters in Indian-administered Kashmir. The man, who was from the southern city of Chennai (formerly Madras), was travelling to Gulmarg, a popular skiing destination in the region, when his vehicle got caught in the protests, police told BBC Urdu. A local teenager

How a child rape became a religious flashpoint

Image copyrightGetty ImagesImage caption Protests demanding justice for the girl were held in many parts of the country India’s top court has moved the trial in the rape and murder of an eight-year-old Muslim girl out of the state of Jammu and Kashmir. The BBC’s Yogita Limaye spoke to people in the community about the divisions that led to the court’s decision. “I just want justice for my child,” her

A wedding bomb, a letter and an unlikely suspect

After a massive search, police in India have arrested a college teacher in connection with a “wedding bomb” that killed a newly-married man and injured his wife. Soutik Biswas reports on how the investigation into a killing which shocked India took an unexpected turn. The letter arrived in a stamped envelope on a hot summer morning in early April. The sender had printed “Important Letter” on a piece of paper

Why were India's dust storms so deadly?

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionThe storms destroyed homes and uprooted trees Indian officials say the main reason the most recent dust storms were so catastrophic was because of the time when the strongest winds hit – at night, as people were sleeping indoors. Most of 125 reported deaths were because of the collapse of buildings and other structures. But meteorologists also point out how the devastating

Ostracised and fetishised: The perils of travelling as a young black woman

Ashley Butterfield, 31, has been around the world – but a visit to India brought home the particular challenges of being a lone black female tourist. “Are blacks better in bed because of genetics or diet?” the middle-aged Indian restaurant owner asked me earnestly as I finished the dinner he had prepared. Although not a question that one typically expects when requesting the bill, I was not unsettled. Having worked

Why sexual harassment is a reality in Bollywood

Media playback is unsupported on your device Media captionBollywood actresses Radhika Apte and Usha Jadhav are speaking out about sexual harassment Every year thousands of young men and women head to the western city of Mumbai, India’s film capital, in search of their own Bollywood dream. But for many the experience becomes a nightmare. The BBC’s Rajini Vaidyanathan and Pratiksha Ghildial spoke to several actresses who say they have been