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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Homeless Veterans appeal: 'You look for someone who's an inspiration and try to be like them'

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Could cannabis oil reverse effects of cancer?

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The Interview movie review: You can't see Seth Rogen and James Franco's Kim Jong Un assassination film, but you can read about it here

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Serial mania has propelled podcasts into the cultural mainstream

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People have consumed gripping armchair investigation Serial with a relish typically reserved for box-set binges
Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up for hipster marketing companies

Jesus Christ has become an unlikely pin-up

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Rosetta space mission voted most important scientific breakthrough of 2014

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Christmas cocktails to make you merry: From eggnog to Brown Betty and Rum Bumpo

Christmas cocktails to make you merry

Mulled wine is an essential seasonal treat. But now drinkers are rediscovering other traditional festive tipples. Angela Clutton raises a glass to Christmas cocktails
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Up the ante in your regimen and change the habits of a lifetime with this wearable tech
Paul Scholes column: It's a little-known fact, but I have played one of the seven dwarves

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Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Fifa's travelling circus once again steals limelight from real stars

Club World Cup kicked into the long grass by the continued farce surrounding Blatter, Garcia, Russia and Qatar
Frank Warren column: 2014 – boxing is back and winning new fans

Frank Warren: Boxing is back and winning new fans

2014 proves it's now one of sport's biggest hitters again
Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton: The power dynamics of the two first families

Jeb Bush vs Hillary Clinton

Karen Tumulty explores the power dynamics of the two first families
Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley with a hotbed of technology start-ups

Stockholm is rivalling Silicon Valley

The Swedish capital is home to two of the most popular video games in the world, as well as thousands of technology start-ups worth hundreds of millions of pounds – and it's all happened since 2009
Did Japanese workers really get their symbols mixed up and display Santa on a crucifix?

Crucified Santa: Urban myth refuses to die

The story goes that Japanese store workers created a life-size effigy of a smiling "Father Kurisumasu" attached to a facsimile of Our Lord's final instrument of torture
Jennifer Saunders and Kate Moss join David Walliams on set for TV adaptation of The Boy in the Dress

The Boy in the Dress: On set with the stars

Walliams' story about a boy who goes to school in a dress will be shown this Christmas