India is the seventh-largest country and the second-most populous in the world. Following market-based reforms it has become a "newly industrialised country."
The newly formed Republic of India was one of first nations to end the State of War with Germany after World War II and did not claim war reparations from Germany although 24,000 soldiers serving in the British Indian Army died in the campaign to fight Nazi Germany. India maintained diplomatic relations with both West Germany and East Germany and supported their reunification in 1990.
The controversial coal mine project in Australia's Queensland state is looking more likely to become a reality later this year. But it remains plagued by legal hurdles, environmental issues and fierce public opposition.
India is known as the world's largest democracy, but one which also suffers from the problem of corruption. In recent elections, in the state of Uttar Pradesh, many of the politicians who won elections also have criminal records, or are under investigation by the authorities. But that doesn't seem to worry the voters, who tick their box regardless, as Aletta André found out.
Mumbai is a breeding ground for tuberculosis. Nearly one in two residents carries the bacteria that causes the disease. People are aware of the dangers of infection, but say that in the overcrowded megacity, there's little they can do to protect themselves.