India Insight

India’s patent regime should not change – Cipla CEO

June 17, 2015

By Zeba Siddiqui

Cipla Ltd, founded in 1935 by scientist Khwaja Abdul Hamied, is among India’s oldest pharmaceutical companies. But it made it to the global stage only in 2001, when Hamied’s son offered to make AIDS drugs for less than $1 a day, much to the chagrin of Western multinational firms charging four times that.

Movie Review: Hamari Adhuri Kahani

June 12, 2015

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Director Mohit Suri’s “Hamari Adhuri Kahani” (“Our Incomplete Story”) is the story of Vasudha Prasad (Vidya Balan), a single mother who works as a florist in a Mumbai hotel. Her husband Hari (Rajkummar Rao) has been missing for five years.

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India’s central bank nearing policy crossroads

June 11, 2015

Traffic moves at busy intersection in New DelhiThe Reserve Bank of India is facing a fork in the road for the first time since Governor Raghuram Rajan took office amid much fanfare and started targeting inflation as the central bank's primary mandate.

A Minute With: Vidya Balan

June 9, 2015

Jury Member actress Vidya Balan arrives for the screening of the film "Inside Llewyn Davis" in competition during the 66th Cannes Film Festival

For all her success in Bollywood, Vidya Balan stands on the periphery of the world of cinema. The 37-year-old actress says she doesn’t have any friends in the industry, nor does she go to work hoping to make some.

Movie Review: Dil Dhadakne Do

June 5, 2015

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IMD monsoon forecast overweighing El Nino – Skymet CEO

By Reuters Staff
June 3, 2015

People run to take shelter during a heavy monsoon shower in New Delhi August 28, 2014. REUTERS/Adnan Abidi/FilesIndia has cut this year’s monsoon forecast to 88 percent of the long-term average, prompted by the El Nino climate phenomenon and raising fears of the country’s first drought in six years. This makes India’s agriculture sector vulnerable with nearly half of farmland lacking irrigation.

A Minute With: Zoya Akhtar

June 3, 2015

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Zoya Akhtar believes in looking good – at least when it comes to her films. Two films old, with a third on the way, Akhtar’s style of making films about places and people she is familiar with has earned her acclaim from critics and cinema-lovers.

Movie Review: Welcome 2 Karachi

May 29, 2015

Actors Arshad Warsi and Jackky Bhagnani in a still from “Welcome to Karachi”

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Meet the man who plans to open India’s first luxury hospital chain

May 27, 2015

Advet Bhambhani, the chief executive of Dubai-based ABV Group plans to open luxury hospitals that would resemble hotels, offer personalised care and transport patients from place to place in Rolls Royce cars. He said he wants to redefine health care for India’s rich and medical tourists, and has nearly $80 million in investments to pull it off.

Movie Review: Tanu Weds Manu Returns

May 22, 2015

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Director Aanand L Rai seems to believe in the adage “Well begun is half done.” With both “Tanu Weds Manu” (2011) and its sequel, Rai starts with a great idea, some sparkling dialogue and interesting characters. But what you get in “Tanu Weds Manu Returns” is the cinematic equivalent of a car wreck.