Lumb joins Morgan in IPL

Hampshire's Michael Lumb has become English cricket's latest Indian Premier League signing after agreeing a deal with Rajasthan Royals.

Traveller's guide: Indian palaces

Many of these fabulously opulent royal homes are now open to guests, says Aoife O'Riordain

Raj Singh Dungarpur: Controversial cricket administrator who championed the young Tendulkar

Raj Singh Dungarpur was the most influential and controversial president of the Board of Control for Cricket in India (BCCI). This prince of the erstwhile state of Dungarpur had the same reputation when he was the chairman of national selectors, and manager of the Indian team on the tours of England in 1982 and 1986 and Pakistan in 1984-85 and 2005-06: he had a special talent to make friends and foes.

The Big Six: Luxury Indian camps

9 killed, 80 injured following Indian train derailment

A speeding train derailed in western India early today, killing at least nine people and injuring more than 80.

Investment Column: Cairn's prospects make it a worthy buy

Kazkhmys; Evolution Group

Man cut off genitals to join eunuch beggars

An Indian man cut off his genitals in an attempt to join the country's eunuchs and increase his begging income.

Andrew Buncombe: Mesmeric sounds to match the setting

Jodhpur Notebook: The musicians would take the roof off - if there was one

British woman tells of humiliation by Indian court

A British woman who came to India to work for a charity developing women’s rights has told how she was humiliated in court and broke down after accusing a plumber of trying to rape her.

A battle of wills: Gayatri Devi's £250m legacy

In life Gayatri Devi personified glamour, the Indian princess who partied with Jagger and Jackie O. In death she is the subject of a grubby struggle over her £250m legacy. Andrew Buncombe reports from Jaipur

Investment Column: Unemployment pain can be Regus's gain

Cairn Energy; Admiral

Gayatri Devi: Indian princess who combined the life of a socialite with an outspoken commitment to political action

One morning in February 2008 a group of Jaipur's poorest residents protesting about the city's developers getting their hands on their Sanjay Nagar slum area were surprised to be joined on the pavement by Gayatri Devi, queen mother of Jaipur, who had joined them from her lodge in the Rambagh Palace grounds a few miles away.

My Life In Travel: Rob Da Bank

'Going to India isn't so much a holiday – it's a change of life'

A must-have revolution: How shopping became India's new religion

The explosive growth of India's middle class has radical implications both for the global economy and for the environment. As consumers there rush to buy the new 'people's car', Andrew Buncombe counts the cost
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Where the spooks get their coffee fix: The busiest Starbucks in the US is also the most secretive

The secret CIA Starbucks

The coffee shop is deep inside the agency's forested Virginia compound
Revealed: How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Loch Ness Monster 'sighting'

How the Establishment closed ranks over fallout from Nessie 'sighting'

The Natural History Museum's chief scientist was dismissed for declaring he had found the monster
One million Britons using food banks, according to Trussell Trust

One million Britons using food banks

Huge surge in number of families dependent on emergency food aid
Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths 2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

2,500 years of history in 3,000 amazing objects

Excavation at Italian cafe to fix rising damp unearths trove
The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey, 25 years on

The Hubble Space Telescope's amazing journey 25 years on

The space telescope was seen as a costly flop on its first release
Did Conservative peer Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

Did Lord Ashcroft quit the House of Lords to become a non-dom?

A document seen by The Independent shows that a week after he resigned from the Lords he sold 350,000 shares in an American company - netting him $11.2m
Apple's ethnic emojis are being used to make racist comments on social media

Ethnic emojis used in racist comments

They were intended to promote harmony, but have achieved the opposite
Sir Kenneth Branagh interview: 'My bones are in the theatre'

Sir Kenneth Branagh: 'My bones are in the theatre'

The actor-turned-director’s new company will stage five plays from October – including works by Shakespeare and John Osborne
The sloth is now the face (and furry body) of three big advertising campaigns

The sloth is the face of three ad campaigns

Priya Elan discovers why slow and sleepy wins the race for brands in need of a new image
How to run a restaurant: As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food

How to run a restaurant

As two newbies discovered, there's more to it than good food
Record Store Day: Remembering an era when buying and selling discs were labours of love

Record Store Day: The vinyl countdown

For Lois Pryce, working in a record shop was a dream job - until the bean counters ruined it
Usher, Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert as part of the Global Poverty Project

Mary J Blige and Will.i.am to give free concert

The concert in Washington is part of the Global Citizen project, which aims to encourage young people to donate to charity
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Accessorise with a stylish shopper this spring: 10 best tote bags

We find carriers with room for all your essentials (and a bit more)
Paul Scholes column: I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England

Paul Scholes column

I hear Manchester City are closing on Pep Guardiola for next summer – but I'd also love to see Jürgen Klopp managing in England