An Indian guru declared dead has been in a deep freezer in his ashram for nearly six weeks with followers confident he will return to life to lead them. Mission spokesman Swami Vishalanand insisted their leader was not dead but was in fact in a state of samadhi, the highest level of meditation, and was therefore still conscious. Vishalanand told AFP that followers were now waiting for him to end his meditation. "When we close our eyes, we can talk to the Maharaj, who has assured us he will come back," follower Lakhwinder Singh told Indian Express. read more
Nato is to deploy reconnaissance planes in Poland and Romania to monitor the Ukrainian crisis. It gave the go-ahead for the flights on Monday, a Nato spokesman said. "All Awacs [Airborne Warning and Control System] reconnaissance flights will take place solely over alliance territory," the official said. read more
From a distance, the place looks like a plantation. Up close, it is a rectangular plot of land, spread over rolling hillocks as far as the eye can see, dotted with low-slung acacia trees and bound by a fence of barbed wire. Beneath its clay surface are hidden hundreds of kilograms of what local residents say is nuclear waste.
The government recently announced it was planning to set up more nuclear power plants in different parts of the country. Residents of the area are worried that this could mean more nuclear waste coming their way. read more
It's 25 years since the Soviet Union pulled its troops out of Afghanistan. The US is due to remove most of its forces at the end of the year. So what have these and other Afghan campaigns taught us? It is now the 25th anniversary of the Soviet withdrawal from Afghanistan, and it is perhaps a good moment to compare the Soviet and American interventions. On the surface, the two invasions are quite different -- the Soviets came to extend the Soviet Empire while the West, we are told, intervened after 9/11 to root out the terrorism and bring democracy. Yet there are many uncomfortable similarities. read more
A group of Kashmiri students in India is facing charges of sedition for cheering the country's arch rival Pakistan in a cricket match. The students of a university in Uttar Pradesh state were suspended at the weekend after the Asia Cup match in which Pakistan defeated India. A sedition charge carries a three-year prison term in India. read more