Jayaram Jayalalithaa's death left a vacuum not only in her followers, but in the leadership of India's southern state.
A deadline for Indians to deposit invalid rupee notes at banks closes on Friday (Dec 30) as attention turns towards the potential political ramifications of Prime Minister Narendra Modi's bold currency shakeup.
Although Hindi is the main language, English is widely used by the elites, bureaucracy, and businesses in India.
The toxic smoke created by firecrackers has left people longing for fresh air, with authorities declaring that pollution levels in New Delhi were 23 times higher than normal.
As Diwali - the festival of lights - approaches, not everyone in India has a reason to celebrate this year.
His expected release comes amid a debate on whether the age of the accused for trials in Indian courts should be lowered from 18 to 16.
Karva Chauth is traditionally practised by women in northern India but now more and more men seem to be reciprocrating the favour by fasting for their wives.
Urbanisation and the clearing of forest land along the Himalayan range has led to rapid stress developing underground - exacerbating the risks of the release of pressure more frequently.
It has taken more than a decade for the agonising search for Geeta to be renewed in earnest, spurred on by the screening of Bajrangi Bhaijan in cinemas nationwide.
The opposition says that Narendra Modi - who heads the BJP Party and whose member was allegedly linked to the mob behind the 'beef rumours' attack - did not specifically condemn the incident.