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Teacher who brought yoga to millions dies aged 95

BKS Iyengar, the man credited with popularising yoga around the world, has died in hospital at the age of 95.

BKS Iyengar, 14 December 1918 - 20 August 2014
BKS Iyengar, 14 December 1918 - 20 August 2014

Iyengar began learning yoga aged 15 in a bid to overcome a series of illnesses he suffered as a child, and within three years he began teaching.

He developed his own style of yoga teaching, initially from his institute in the western Indian city of Pune and eventually spreading to more than 100 Iyengar yoga centres around the world. His book, Light on Yoga, has sold more than three million copies around the world.

BKS Iyengar practicing yoga
BKS Iyengar practicing yoga

Iyengar also counted a number of celebrities among his devotees, including Pakistani cricketer Sachin Tendulkar, writer Aldous Huxley and violinist Yehudi Menuhin.

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi said he would be remembered as "a fine Guru, scholar and a stalwart who brought yoga into the lives of many across the world".

21 people killed at level crossing crash in India

Twenty one people, including seven children and six women, have been killed after a passenger train hit an overloaded rickshaw at a level crossing in eastern India, a railway official said.

Vinod Kumar said the driver of the motorised rickshaw and all its passengers died in the accident in Bihar state.

They were returning from offering prayers at a temple nearby.

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Tiger snatches woman in India

A tiger pounced on a woman and pulled her into a dense mangrove forest in the Indian state of West Bengal, an official said.

A Bengal tiger like this one snatched a woman in India.
A Bengal tiger like this one snatched a woman in India. Credit: PA

The woman, her husband and a boat driver were trying to catch crabs in a shallow river near the Pirkhali Forest, when the beast jumped on her before dragging her into the wilderness, said forest official Nabin Chandra Bahunguna.

Forest guards searched for the woman after he husband reported Friday's attack, but found no trace.

150 feared buried after landslide in India

Around 150 people are feared to have been buried by a landslide in a village in western India, the Associated Press reports.

Prabhakar Deshmukh, the local commissioner of Pune district in Maharashtra state, said some 40 homes had been buried in the village of Ambe.

He said rescue workers had been sent to the village but were being hampered by poor roads and wet weather.

Read: Up to 2,500 feared trapped in Afghan village landslide

'Good days ahead' for UK and India

Chancellor George Osborne said "good days are coming" for the UK's relationship with India as he joined Foreign Secretary William Hague on a mission to strengthen trade links.

The two Cabinet ministers are on a two-day visit to India during which they will meet with key players in the administration in New Delhi - including recently elected prime minister Narendra Modi - as well as leading business figures.

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Osborne speech to business leaders in Mumbai

Chancellor George Osborne will use a speech to business leaders in Mumbai to hail the turn-around in views about the prospects for the Indian economy since his election.

It's great to be here at a time when the excitement about the Indian economy, and the optimism about the prospects for future growth, are palpable.

And the excitement here is matched by new confidence among international investors abroad in the future of the Indian economy.

It is a measure of the ambition and drive and pace of the new government of prime minister Modi, that this complete turn-around in sentiment about the Indian economy has been achieved in just seven short weeks, since that stunning election victory.

– The Chancellor's expected speech

Osborne and Hague on trade mission in India

Chancellor George Osborne and Foreign Secretary William Hague will set out to forge links with the new Indian government of prime minister Narendra Modi as they seek to strengthen Britain's trade with the powerhouse Asian economy.

Osborne and Hague on trade mission in India. Credit: PA

The two Cabinet ministers are embarking on a two-day visit to India during which they will meet with key players in the administration in New Delhi - including Mr Modi - as well as leading business figures.

They are following in the footsteps of a series of foreign visitors - including the French foreign minister and the Russian deputy prime minister - who have arrived to pay court to the new premier since his landslide election victory in May.

Two 'detained' over building collapses in India

Police in India detained two construction company directors as rescuers searched for workers believed buried in the rubble of a building that collapsed during monsoon rains. It was one of two weekend building collapses that killed at least 20 people.

According to the Associated Press, police said 28 construction workers had been pulled out so far and the search was continuing for more than a dozen others.

Police officer Kanan said two directors of the construction company, Prime Sristi, have been detained for questioning as authorities began investigating the cause of the collapse.

Read: 'At least 19 dead' after two buildings collapse in India

Two buildings topple in India killing 'at least 19'

Rescuers using gas cutters and shovels were searching in construction rubble for more than a dozen workers feared trapped in the second of two building collapses in India that together have killed at least 19 people, according to the Associated Press.

Rescue workers conduct a search operation for survivors at the site of a collapsed 11-storey building Credit: Reuters

Watch: Rescuers scour debris after India buildings collapse

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