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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.

`Four Weddings' pipped for best film title in UK awards

Four Weddings And A Funeral, Britain's most successful film, scooped three prizes last night at the only awards ceremony devoted to British films. But it failed to win the best film title, taken by Jim Sheridan's In The Name Of The Father.

FILM / A few facts short of a scoop: The press saving lives seems a fond fantasy in an age when tabloids wantonly destroy

THE CINEMA, so soft on itself, portrays journalists warts and all. Newshounds are the movies' lowest form of life, even if they possess a wiseacre, gutter glamour. In Milestone's The Front Page and Hawks's His Girl Friday, the hacks are jackals with typewriters; Burt Lancaster's columnist in The Sweet Smell of Success rivals Othello for motiveless malignancy. There's another, more idealistic movie tradition, but cynicism seems truer to today's press, striking to the heartlessness of the matter. Who, now, can watch Bogart in Deadline USA, taunting a gangster, as Bogey's expose of him rolls out ('That's the press, baby . . . And there's nothing you can do about it') without stifling a laugh?

Jordan bans Schindler's List

Steven Spielberg's award-winning film on the Nazi Holocaust, Schindler's List, has been banned in Jordan, the Information Minister, Jawad Anani, said yesterday, AFP reports from Amman. 'I issued orders to ban this film before it reaches Jordan. It is my own decision,' Mr Anani said. Malaysia has also banned the film.

FILM / And the winners are ..: Tomorrow night is Oscar night in downtown LA. David Thomson consults his crystal ball

FIRST: when, where, how and why? The Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences will start to present its annual awards - the Oscars - at 6pm, Pacific Daylight Time, tomorrow, at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion in downtown Los Angeles. That's 2am on Tuesday for readers of this paper. The awarding should be over by 5.30am, so you can hear the results on the morning news.

FILM / The weepie to end all weepies: Richard Attenborough has been reducing his audience, and himself, to tears for years. So when the lights came up on a preview of the director's new film, Shadowlands, it should have been no surprise that there wasn't a dry eye in the cinema. Except that this cinema was full of his fiercest critics: British film critics. Kevin Jackson reports

Here is the remarkable but true story of Shadowlands. A British gentleman, well advanced in years and very much a member of the establishment - indeed, a wealthy and world-famous figure, thanks to the success of his popular fictions - quite suddenly and unexpectedly finds himself the object of ardent declarations of affection. That gentleman's name is Lord Attenborough, and the amorous outbursts have come from the very people who have spent the last 20- odd years rubbishing his Oscar-winning output as so much mawkish tosh: the critics.

First Night: Hollywood's new reality helps healing process: 'Schindler's List', Leicester Square

THE FLASHBULBS in Leicester Square, the Oscar predictions, the celebrity audience and all the paraphernalia of a film premiere seemed for once an uncomfortable intrusion as the audience emerged at 11pm last night, subdued, occasionally tearful and in some cases reliving appalling memories.

Maharajas do battle to restore their honour: India's noblemen hope to regain some of the wealth and privilege stripped from them 20 years ago, writes Tim McGirk in Jodhpur

MORE than 20 years after Indira Gandhi stripped India's maharajas of their titles, their privy purses, their free first-class train tickets and their 13-gun salutes, a petition has been winding its way through the courts that may restore these noblemen's lost prestige and a fraction of their wealth.

Music / Double Play: Go Western, young man: Stephen Johnson and Edward Seckerson on Puccini and Julie

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