India

Israel warns of New Year terror threat in India

A statement from the Counter-Terrorism Bureau urged particular caution in the south-west of India.

It said travellers should shun crowded areas like beach parties, clubs, and markets.

India is a popular tourist destination for Israelis.

Young visitors from Israel often travel to areas like Goa to relax after completing their compulsory military service.

In a unusual move, the warning was published on Friday evening in Israel, after the start of the Jewish Sabbath when government offices close for business.

Root: I can still improve

The 25-year-old struck 88 in the tourists' 284-4 before falling to spinner Ravindra Jadeja - Moeen Ali leading the way thereafter with an unbeaten 120.

Root converted eight of his first 21 scores of fifty or more in Tests into centuries - that's 38 per cent - but only three of his last 17 (18 per cent), and told Sky Sports: "It's very frustrating.

"The amount of times this year when I've got into a good position and not been able to kick on - it's quite frustrating.

Tropical cyclone Vardah takes aim at India

Tropical cyclone Vardah is packing winds of 100 kilometers per hour (62 miles per hour) and is the first cyclone on the Bay of Bengal to reach hurricane force in 2016, according to CNN meteorologists. It could create a one meter high storm surge as it makes landfall.

Vardah is expected to bring extremely heavy rainfall to Chennai in the southeast state of Tamil Nadu and the state of Andhra Pradesh, added CNN meterologists.

Facebook Express Wi-fi goes live in India

Express Wi-fi offers software to local entrepreneurs to allow them to work with service providers and share their internet connection with the public for a fee.

Users have access to a variety of services, including news and weather reports.

One critic of Facebook's previous plans was more receptive to this one.

"I think it's a great initiative, we need more companies providing access to the internet in India," said Nikhil Pahwa, editor and publisher of MediaNama, an Indian news site.

India police find babies in biscuit boxes 'for trafficking'

Thirteen arrests were made after police found two three-day-old babies during a raid on the hospital in Baduria, 80km (50 miles) from Kolkata (Calcutta).

A six-day-old baby was found separately in a room.

Police told the BBC's Rahul Tandon the babies were sold to childless couples.

Senior police official BL Meena said that the hospital largely appeared to target single mothers looking to abort their pregnancies by offering to buy their babies off them.

Anger rising over India's bungled cash exchange

Banks are out of cash. ATMs are broken. Frustration has given way to anger.

Five days ago India suddenly banned more than 80% of its rupee notes, launching a currency exchange program that has been dogged by logistics snafus, poor banking infrastructure and intense demand for the new money.

Prime Minister Narendra Modi said last week the ban on old 500 and 1,000 rupee notes would strike a blow against corruption and tax evasion. The shock move has been hailed by supporters as a "masterstroke."

India to supply 7.2m ART drugs to PNG

This was announced by West New Britain Governor and Chairman of the HIV/AIDS Advocacy Committee, Sasindran Muthuvel.

He made the announcement when making a statement on the committee’s 2015 Inquiry Report on the status of HIV/AIDS in Papua New Guinea.

Governor Muthuvel was part of Peter O’Neill’s entourage when the Prime Minister visited India mid this year.

It was during the trip that Muthuvel realized the inexpensive cost of ART drugs in the country.

Outrage after girl dies from 68-day fast

Police in southern Hyderabad city told BBC Hindi they want to know if Aradhana Samdariya was forced to fast.

Her parents have insisted she voluntarily fasted as prescribed in Jainism, one of the world's most ancient religions.

The case has sparked a debate about the practice of religious fasting in India.

Reports said Aradhana lived for 68 days on boiled water. Two days after she called off her fast last week, she was dead.

This app is saving lives in Rural India

Intelehealth, founded by students at Johns Hopkins University, makes an app that lets health workers in rural communities act as a proxy for doctors who are unable to work in underserved areas themselves.

The teenager with a 'tail'

It started to appear on the 18-year-old's back just after his 14th birthday.

He and his family, from Nagpur in India, had kept it a secret because they were worried he would be bullied.

They finally went to see a doctor after it grew too long to hide - and had begun to develop a bone inside.

It's thought to be the longest ever recorded on a human - although cases are very rare.

"It became a problem when the tail grew outside the body," said his mum, who doesn't want to be named.

"He would just lift the tail every time he needed to change his clothes.