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Elephant polo protesters win day

An elephant polo match has been cancelled in the northern city of Jaipur after animal rights activists objected. The group, People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals, called it "a victory for the elephants."

Mani Kaul: Versatile, genre-hopping film-maker

Mani Kaul was a genre-hopping film-maker whose success came the hard and hard-line intellectual way, via India's so-called "parallel cinema". Like Shyam Benegal, Mrinal Sen and Kumar Shahani but more so, he never espoused the popular route to success, even though he enjoyed critical and some commercial acclaim. Not in the mainstream, not quite an outsider, his oeuvre embraced serious, non-commercial cinema – frequently based on books or dramas – documentary film, especially on musical subjects, and the culturally daring. Sen lauded him simply as "one of the finest film-makers in India."

India clears Cairn-Vedanta deal

The government of India has conditionally cleared Vedanta Resources' plan to buy control of Cairn Energy's India unit, the Indian Oil Minister S Jaipal Reddy said yesterday.

Cairn India deal cut by $600m

Cairn energy has cut the price tag for its deal to sell control of Indian assets by more than $600m. The surprise move was announced shortly before the London stock market closed last night, with Cairn and Vedanta saying that the deal price would fall to just over $6bn from $6.65bn.

Another extension looms for Cairn-Vedanta deal

Cairn Energy is expected to yet again extend the deadline for its long-delayed $9.6bn (£5.9bn) deal to sell its Indian assets to the mining giant Vedanta. The oil explorer, which is looking to focus on drilling off Greenland, is expected to confirm the news today as it faces questions over the delays at its annual meeting.

Shane Warne punished by IPL for criticising official

Australian cricketer Shane Warne has been fined $50,000 for publicly criticising an official, the Indian Premier League (IPL) said today.

Fateh Singh Rathore: Conservationist known as ‘The Tiger Man of India’

Fateh Singh Rathore dedicated his life to the conservation of tigers. Not for nothing was he called the Tiger Man of India, dark, rugged and fearless with his white handlebar moustache, eyes beaming underneath his trademark olive-coloured stetson and tiger-print silk cravat. The big cats in Ranthambore – a habitat for tigers he had developed with consummate skill, and guarded possessively – recognised him. And he knew them, by their stripes, their pugmarks, habits and behaviours. He called them "my tigers" and named them after Mughal rulers and Hindu deities. When the mood seized him he would talk to them; and they seemed to understand him. He had an uncanny ability to predict the predators' whereabouts in Ranthambore, claiming that he could identify his tigers even if they were mixed with, as, he said, "10,000 others".

Shane Warne will quit cricket after IPL season

Shane Warne will quit professional cricket after the Indian Premier League (IPL) season, the Australian spinner said today.

Monsoon founder bags a £16.4m dividend

The founder of Monsoon has paid himself a dividend of £16.4m after the fashion chain more than tripled pre-tax profits last year.

Stephen Foley: Vedanta lost its deft political touch in India, and may lose more still

Outlook As political posturing goes, £920m seems a lot to pay to send a message to government. That is the sum that Vedanta has plunked down for a 10.4 per cent stake in Cairn India, where its bid for outright control has run up against political opposition. Its acquisition of this stake, the company hopes, signals its commitment to the tottering deal, and aims to put a bit of pressure on the Indian political class. But if Vedanta loses this chance to control one of Rajasthan's richest oilfields, it will be because of missteps made months ago.

Market Report: Deadline extension sees Cairn and Vedanta drop

Vedanta Resources' bid to take control of Cairn Energy's Indian unit suffered another blow yesterday as the deadline for the deal was extended by over a month, leaving both groups near the foot of the blue-chip index.

Shane Warne interested in coaching India

Former Australia legspinner Shane Warne would be interested in coaching India, a news report claimed today.

Reduced BBC Hindi service will affect millions, critics say

BBC Hindi, the shortwave radio service that since 1940 has brought global news and current affairs to some of India's poorest and most remote regions, scaled back its transmission yesterday in a move that the author Vikram Seth said was contributing to "a great loss of goodwill and increase of mistrust in India".

Small Talk: Gemfields sparkles as the emerald business picks up

The market has suddenly become rather keen on Gemfields, the emerald producer which is listed on the Alternative Investment Market (Aim) After treading water for months, it saw its shares shoot up by nearly 200 per cent in the final quarter of last year.

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