Pollard and Bond headline IPL auction

West Indies all-rounder Kieron Pollard and New Zealand paceman Shane Bond were the big winners at today's auction for the 2010 Indian Premier League.

Stay the night: Royal Gardenia, Bangalore

Bangalore's latest stopover is bright, airy and green in more ways than one. Minty Clinch explains

Important Artifacts..., By Leanne Shapton

The full title would take up half a column, for this innovative and intriguing novel in captioned photographs marches under the wordy banner of Important Artifacts and Personal Property from the Collection of Lenore Doolan and Harold Morris, including Books, Street Fashion and Jewelry. It takes the form of a mock-auction catalogue from a Manhattan sales house, and purports to offer a miscellany of lots with explanatory notes – flower petals to claret bottles, knickers to sunglasses, books to menus, postcards to photos. All in some way mark the beginning, flourishing and fall of a New York romance from 2002 to 2006. It's a cute idea – Annie Hall (a sporadic allusion) meets confessional conceptual art – and Leanne Shapton brings it off in style.

England bowlers rule out IPL

England fast bowlers Stuart Broad and James Anderson have resisted the temptation to cash in on their Ashes-winning reputations by playing in next year's Indian Premier League.

India embraces eco-luxury with new hotel

Is there such a thing as an environmentally friendly, 5-star behemoth of a hotel in the heart of a city? Probably not. The ITC Royal Gardenia in Bengaluru, India, knows this, carefully choosing the term ‘Responsible Luxury’ to describe the ethos of their 55m high, 292-room citadel.

Kentucky beats Scotch whisky in world top 10

India joins global roll-call of best distillers as Bangalore spirit wins third place

Jacques of all trades, and the master too

Kallis is an old dog who has learnt new tricks thanks to T20 but blushes at Pietersen claim that he's the best ever

Indian nanny rented out baby to beggars

When Anamika Joshi came home from work in the evening, she could not understand why her seven-month-old son was so drowsy and lethargic. Then one day she came home early to discover her child missing and the nanny she had employed to look after him casually watching television.

Mark Steel: Royal Mail is to blame for our broken society (obviously)

We can already see the 'modernisation' the Government wants from posties

Trescothick flies home as stress returns

Somerset opener leaves Champions League in India after recurrence of illness

Franchise failings are laid bare by lack of team ethic

The Champions League was supposed to see the IPL heavyweights dominate, instead it is the long-established sides who are making the early running. Will Hawkes reports

Duminy kick-starts Champions League

A thrilling innings from JP Duminy led Cape Cobras to a surprise five-wicket victory over the Bangalore Royal Challengers last night in the first match of the Champions League. Cricket's latest Twenty20 competition got off to the perfect start after a sparkling opening ceremony as the South African hit a blistering 99 from 52 balls to chase down the home side's 180-4.

Grace Boyle: Flickering kerosene lamps on which rest the hopes of India's poor

I visited some villages in rural Karnataka this week, where people are living without electricity. After nightfall we drove to Mahime Village in Uttara Kannada, a coastal district of Karnataka State, and left the car at the side of the road. On foot we picked our way along a dirt path through the forest, splashed through a creek and uphill until we reached a house. The muted blue of the mud walls glimmered in the yellow light of the small kerosene lamps as we picked leeches off our feet and Sarojini Rama Naik, the wife of the house, burnt them with embers from the fire.

Kerala: life 'in the bowl'

Documenting the potential problems of climate change in southwestern India

Australian angle: Clarke comes of age in a fading side

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