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When an argument about the commission from a sale is over the sum of £350,000, you know this is a dispute in a different league to your average suburban-semi transaction.

Mittal on his mettle with steel bid

Anglo-Indian tycoon puts up $560m in three-way fight for Polish firm, writes Jason Nissé

METAL GURU: LAKSHMI MITTAL, THE STEEL MAGNATE WHO WANTS TO BE A MEDIA PLAYER

It's Saturday afternoon at Lakshmi Mittal's London headquarters, and India's latest movie mogul is bleary-eyed. "I was up until one o'clock last night watching an Indian film,'' he explains, stifling a yawn. Mr Mittal's night on the town had begun with the launch of B4U, a satellite TV channel devoted to the "Bollywood" movies of Bombay, that starts beaming to Britain's film-crazy south Asian community tomorrow. With two friends, the 49-year-old entrepreneur has financed the venture - which is why he had been carousing past midnight with Bollywood legends such as former Miss World Aishwarya Rai and heart-throb Anil Kapoor, instead of unwinding at his mansion home on The Bishops Avenue, North London's "millionaires row".

Bollywood hits come to cable TV

THE OUTPUT of the world's most prolific film industry has so far only been available in the United Kingdom through specialist video shops, certain cinemas in Leicester and west London and on late, late television.

Asians build fortunes in hi-tech and TV

ASIAN ENTREPRENEURS are abandoning the corner shops and clothing factories on which previous generations founded their business empires and are seeking their fortunes instead in computing, finance and the media, according to a survey published yesterday.

Britain's debt to immigrants

IT WAS a request that could not be ignored. Following David Aaronovitch's column on the positive contribution of immigrants to British society, a reader wrote asking me to look at the contribution from an economic point of view. I'm grateful for the chance, because it is a fascinating tale.

The race to charm the Asian voter

It's a crucial battleground, and both parties know it. Britain's 1.6 million Asians - by far the largest ethnic minority in the country, representing 3 per cent of the electorate - live in significant numbers in 40 marginal constituencies. The fight for their votes has already begun.
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