India

Chinese man trapped in India goes home after 50 years

The BBC had reported how Wang Qi, an army surveyor who says he accidentally crossed into India in 1963, had not been given the necessary documents to leave the country.

Following the report, he was visited by Chinese diplomats, who told him efforts were being made to take him back.

Mr Wang was met by family members when his flight landed in Beijing.

Later, in his home city of Xianyang, crowds met him with banners reading "Welcome home, soldier, it's been a rough journey".

Mother sold 12-year-old to 70-year-old man

Muneera Begum, now aged 19, lives in Hyderabad, India. She says she was just 12 years old when her parents sold her into a forced marriage with a man from Oman. He was aged 70.

She calls the so-called wedding night "torture."

"I wasn't educated and I couldn't understand anything that was going on," she said. I had a childishness in me."

She says that for two months, he kept her locked in a room, using her repeatedly for sex.

"If he had to go anywhere he would lock me from the inside, come back later and then again that torture would start," she said.

India is planning to give free WiFi to more than 1,000 villages

Now, the Indian government is stepping up its own efforts.

It plans to provide free WiFi to 1,050 villages across the vast country under a new pilot project known as Digital Village.

Over the next six months, each village will get its own WiFi hotspot mounted on a special towerto which villagers can connect using their cell phones.

Global tech firms and Indian internet providers are racing to grab a piece of the country's unconnected population of more than 900 million people.

Apple wants to start making iPhones in India

Apple executives met with Indian government officials on Wednesday to discuss a plan to make iPhones in the southern city of Bangalore, a person familiar with the talks told CNNMoney.

Women display clothes they were groped in after sexual assaults in India

The campaign is being run by Blank Noise, a charity which was set up in 2003 to fight the issue of female molestation around the world.

Organiser Jasmeen Patheja says she wants 10,000 photos of dresses and other clothing to display for a project called "I Never Ask For It".

It follows reports of widespread sexual assaults in Bangalore at New Year.

Fury over India flag doormats for sale on Amazon

Sushma Swaraj tweeted that Amazon should issue an "unconditional apology" and withdraw the "insulting" products.

Failing this, she said India would rescind current visas for Amazon officials and not grant any more.

Amazon said it had removed the doormats from its site.

In a series of tweets, Ms Swaraj asked the Indian High Commission in Canada to take up the issue with Amazon after it was brought to her attention by another Twitter user.

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.

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.