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Consumer goods giant Unilever today made a €4.1 billion (£3.4 billion) long-term bet on soaring growth in India, as it unveiled plans to raise its stake in its Indian subsidiary.

Searching for Schindler, By Thomas Keneally

Clichéd chronicle of the novelist and his famous tale of a heroic saviour

<a href="http://blogs.independent.co.uk/independent/2008/09/wild-wild-web-m.html" target="_blank">Wild Wild Web: Minor threats from Ben Kingsley</a>

First Ben Kingsley grew a goatee, smoked some weed and kissed Mary-Kate Olsen, now he's rocking out to 80s Washington DC hardcore punk heroes, Minor Threat.

The 5-minute Interview: Sir Ben Kingsley, actor

'I'm still a storyteller. It's what I wanted to be as a child'

Father of the nation laid to rest: the afterlife of Mahatma Gandhi

After 60 years, the ashes of India's most iconic leader were scattered at sea yesterday. It marked the end of an extraordinary journey, literal and metaphorical. Andrew Buncombe reports

Regime change: Fergie's 20 years

In the first of a two-part series marking Sir Alex Ferguson's 20 years as manager of Manchester United, Sam Wallace recreates the scene at Old Trafford two decades ago - and explains how a driven young firebrand from Scotland imposed his will on a wayward group of stars with a fondness for fast living

Director convicted of sex charge revisits his downfall in new film

A French film director convicted of sexual harassment of two actresses has presented his own version of events in an explicit, and occasionally surreal, movie at the Cannes film festival.

Gandhi stakes claim to India builds power base

THE SHAPE of India's new government, led by Sonia Gandhi's Congress party, will become clear by this evening, according to one of the key powerbrokers in the political wrangling.

Theatre review: A nourishing stew of best Beckett

Krapp's Last Tape, The Pit, Barbican; Waiting for Godot, Piccadilly Theatre

Letter: Rush to stage Gandhi's funeral

Sir: I was interested to read in John Walsh's interview (29 March) what the five-year-old Gita Mehta remembered of Gandhi's funeral and how it compared with his funeral as portrayed in the film Gandhi.

Film: The rain it raineth in every frame

The critics: Darkest 'Night': Trevor Nunn takes all the fun out of Shakespeare's comedy; meanwhile, Keanu's getting fat in 'Chain Reaction'

Kingsley points the way to fame

The actor Ben Kingsley returned to his roots yesterday to set young hopefuls on the road to Hollywood.

Perfect love on the night train

Cinema

Brimming with konfidenz

The play that made his name has now been filmed by Roman Polanski. But there is more to Ariel Dorfman than Death and the Maiden. Clare Bayley reports
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Burgundy, the River Rhone & Provence – MS Swiss Corona - seven nights from £999pp
Lake Maggiore, Orta and the Matterhorn – seven nights from £899pp
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Istanbul Ephesus & Troy – six nights from £859pp
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Israel-Gaza conflict: No victory for Israel despite weeks of death and devastation

Robert Fisk: No victory for Israel despite weeks of devastation

Palestinians have won: they are still in Gaza, and Hamas is still there
Mary Beard writes character reference for Twitter troll who called her a 'slut'

Unlikely friends: Mary Beard and the troll who called her a ‘filthy old slut’

The Cambridge University classicist even wrote the student a character reference
America’s new apartheid: Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone

America’s new apartheid

Prosperous white districts are choosing to break away from black cities and go it alone
Amazon is buying Twitch for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?

What is the appeal of Twitch?

Amazon is buying the video-game-themed online streaming site for £600m - but why do people want to watch others playing Xbox?
Tip-tapping typewriters, ripe pongs and slides in the office: Bosses are inventing surprising ways of making us work harder

How bosses are making us work harder

As it is revealed that one newspaper office pumps out the sound of typewriters to increase productivity, Gillian Orr explores the other devices designed to motivate staff
Manufacturers are struggling to keep up with the resurgence in vinyl records

Hard pressed: Resurgence in vinyl records

As the resurgence in vinyl records continues, manufacturers and their outdated machinery are struggling to keep up with the demand
Tony Jordan: 'I turned down the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series nine times ... then I found a kindred spirit'

A tale of two writers

Offered the chance to research Charles Dickens for a TV series, Tony Jordan turned it down. Nine times. The man behind EastEnders and Life on Mars didn’t feel right for the job. Finally, he gave in - and found an unexpected kindred spirit
Could a later start to the school day be the most useful educational reform of all?

Should pupils get a lie in?

Doctors want a later start to the school day so that pupils can sleep later. Not because teenagers are lazy, explains Simon Usborne - it's all down to their circadian rhythms
Prepare for Jewish jokes – as Jewish comedians get their own festival

Prepare for Jewish jokes...

... as Jewish comedians get their own festival
SJ Watson: 'I still can't quite believe that Before I Go to Sleep started in my head'

A dream come true for SJ Watson

Watson was working part time in the NHS when his debut novel, Before I Go to Sleep, became a bestseller. Now it's a Hollywood movie, too. Here he recalls the whirlwind journey from children’s ward to A-list film set
10 best cycling bags for commuters

10 best cycling bags for commuters

Gear up for next week’s National Cycle to Work day with one of these practical backpacks and messenger bags
Paul Scholes: Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United

Paul Scholes column

Three at the back isn’t working yet but given time I’m hopeful Louis van Gaal can rebuild Manchester United
Kate Bush, Hammersmith Apollo music review: A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it

Kate Bush shows a voice untroubled by time

A preamble, then a coup de théâtre - and suddenly the long wait felt worth it
Robot sheepdog technology could be used to save people from burning buildings

The science of herding is cracked

Mathematical model would allow robots to be programmed to control crowds and save people from burning buildings
Tyrant: Is the world ready for a Middle Eastern 'Dallas'?

This tyrant doesn’t rule

It’s billed as a Middle Eastern ‘Dallas’, so why does Fox’s new drama have a white British star?