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England's new-look one-day international side survived a nervy batting display and a dangerous cameo from their Bangalore conqueror Kevin O'Brien to beat Ireland by 11 runs in the RSA Challenge at Clontarf.

Last Man in Tower, By Aravind Adiga

Aravind Adiga's vibrant third novel has the simple urgency of a thriller populated by a garrulous and opinionated throng of neighbours: the residents of Tower A of the Vishram Co-operative Housing Society, located in a promising spot between illegal slums and Mumbai's airport. When a local developer makes a wildly exciting collective offer to the members, he generates a frenzy of aspiration, greed and self-interest. On the table is a sum of rupees that is roughly 250 per cent of each apartment's market value – but acceptance must be unanimous. The three-month deadline for signing quickly switches from a distant formality to a looming threat as the residents realise that they are not of one mind: retired teacher Masterji has no inclination to sell.

UK firms decide it's time to hang up on Indian call centres

Santander is the latest company to bring customer service operations back to Britain, Sarah Arnott reports

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Banking giant Santander UK today said it had returned all its call centres in India to the UK following complaints from customers.

BBC arrogance turned Panorama's mistake into a catastrophe

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Love and loathing in Mumbai: Booker prize-winner Aravind Adiga's love affair with the Indian city

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Book Of A Lifetime: The Mahabharata

One of the longest books in the world, the 'Mahabharata' tells the story of a country, a culture, and a family tearing itself apart. In ancient India, it was said that nothing exists which is not within its pages.

Clarks profits 'pass £100m barrier'

Profits at the Clarks shoe-shop chain have broken through the £100 million barrier for the first time in its 186-year history after the group was boosted by overseas sales, it was reported today.

Gayle smashes 37 in a single over

Chris Gayle smashed 37 runs from one over to lead Royal Challengers Bangalore to a nine-wicket win over Kochi Tuskers Kerala in the Indian Premier League yesterday.

Revered Indian guru dies

Hindu holy man Sathya Sai Baba, considered a living god by millions of followers worldwide, died on Sunday morning in a hospital near his southern Indian ashram, a doctor said. He was 86.

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Revered Hindu holy man Sathya Sai Baba has been hospitalised and put on breathing support.

Triumph of the City, By Edward Glaeser

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