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Congress-led federal government wants to create a new area called Telangana

Gayle can blow Aussies away

West Indies captain Chris Gayle was in optimistic mood ahead of his team's one-day international series against Australia, which begins this morning.

Indian state governor, 86, quits in sex scandal

A senior Congress leader and governor of a southern Indian state resigned after an alleged sex scandal in another blow to the ruling Congress party which is facing protests over statehood demands there.

Unrest erupts over plan for new state

A move to create a new state in southern India sparked a violent backlash yesterday, as opponents of the idea burned buses and held strikes.

Tendulkar's heroics not quite enough to overhaul Australia

Australia 350-4 India 347 <i>(Australia win by three runs)</i>

Huge crowds and pots of gold put Somerset in unfamiliar territory

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Indian politician killed in helicopter crash

A powerful Indian politician and four other people were killed when their helicopter crashed in the dense jungles of southern India during a pounding rainstorm, the government announced today.

Terror fears see UK team flee Indian tournament

The UK's top badminton players read about potential terrorist threats in the press

UK outlook bleaker than elsewhere, says BA chief

Economic recovery is at least two years away, British Airways chief executive Willie Walsh said today.

PricewaterhouseCoopers offices searched in Satyam probe

Indian police searched the offices of PricewaterhouseCoopers, the auditors of the beleaguered outsourcing giant Satyam Computers, as the investigation into the country's largest ever alleged corporate fraud continued yesterday.

Indian rioters burn family of six to death

Rioters in southern India killed six members of a Muslim family by setting fire to their home after earlier clashes between Hindus and Muslims left four others dead and 15 injured in the same village, officials said today.

Australia 430 India 68-0: Hussey keeps his cool to put Australia in driving seat

Left-arm paceman Zaheer Khan claimed a five-wicket haul, but not before Michael Hussey had steered Australia to a position of strength on the second day of the first Test here. Zaheer picked up three quick wickets shortly after tea as Australia were bowled out for an impressive 430.

Boyd Tonkin on Rushdie: "Will fiction boom in the gloom again?'

To no one's great surprise, Midnight's Children has won the online public vote to pick the 40th-anniversary "Best of the Booker".

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Full fixture list for the Indian Premier League

The inaugral Indian Premier League competition gets under way when Bangalore Royal Challengers take on Kolkata Knight Riders in Bangalore on 18 April. The eight teams will play each other home and away with the top four heading into the semi-finals before the final on 1 June. Regardless of the controversy the competition has caused, it promises to be a feast of cricket. Here is the full fixture list.


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