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Oct 15, 2010

Mumbai attack sites draw tourists, inspire comics

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Fancy a painting depicting the horror of last November’s attacks in Mumbai? How about a comic book with superheroes taking on the Islamist militants, or a coffee mug or music album as a tribute to the victims?

On the first anniversary of the attacks that killed 166 people, alongside the prayer meetings and candlelight vigils, are art shows, music launches, book deals and movies in the making, even tours of the sites by enterprising cab drivers and guides.

Oct 15, 2010

Mumbai’s Taj hotel reopens Sunday after 2008 attacks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Holding balloons and flowers, employees pledged on Thursday to re-dedicate themselves to Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel when it reopens at the weekend after the 2008 militant attacks in which guests and staff members died.

The hotel, which suffered extensive damage from a siege laid by four heavily armed gunmen, was one of several Mumbai landmarks attacked by Pakistan-based militants. The November strikes, which lasted over 60 hours, killed 166 people.

Aug 31, 2010
via India Insight

India can now follow the black money

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Indians love many things about Switzerland: chocolates, watches, Bollywood movie locales and secret bank accounts.

Until now.

India and Switzerland on Monday signed a pact amending the existing double taxation avoidance agreement, that will make it easier for New Delhi to gain access to information on suspect bank accounts, possibly paving the way to recovering billions of dollars in undeclared wealth.

Aug 30, 2010
via India Insight

Gridlocked in the rush to grow

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Newspapers have delighted in reporting a 100km traffic jam outside Beijing could last until mid-September. Road construction is the immediate cause for the gridlock, which stretches as far as Inner Mongolia, Chinese officials have said.

For Indian commuters battling a near-daily gridlock in all the big cities, this is an ominous sign of things to come.

Aug 27, 2010

A monologue to make Apple mend its manufacturing ways

By Rina Chandran

MUMBAI (Reuters Life!) – A master storyteller and self-confessed Apple fan hardly makes for a compelling advocate for social change.

But Mike Daisey, whose new monologue focuses on what he calls the dark side of Apple’s iconic gadgets, hopes he can pressure Chief Executive Steve Jobs to push for better labor conditions at factories in China, where most Apple gadgets are assembled.

Aug 19, 2010
via India Insight

Filling the gap one brick, one hospital bed at a time

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Two stories this week stand out as examples of how entrepreneurs in India are doing what the government and the private sector have largely failed to do.

One is on housing, the other on healthcare, hot-button topics in India, which is struggling to house and heal its 1.1 billion population even as it gallops toward double-digit growth.

Aug 13, 2010

No longer all in the family: Indian businesses step out

MUMBAI (Reuters) – When it comes to Indian businesses, The Tata Group is the oldest and best-known: the conglomerate owns the luxury Jaguar car brand, it’s made the world’s cheapest car, and its chairman, 72-year-old Ratan Tata, oversees an empire that ranges from salt to software.

This month, Tata Group set another milestone: it became the first Indian family-run business to look beyond the family for a successor to Tata, who is due to retire by end-2012.

Aug 12, 2010

Mumbai’s Taj hotel reopens Sunday after 2008 attacks

By Rina Chandran

MUMBAI (Reuters Life!) – Holding balloons and flowers, employees pledged on Thursday to re-dedicate themselves to Mumbai’s Taj Mahal hotel when it reopens at the weekend after the 2008 militant attacks in which guests and staff members died.

The hotel, which suffered extensive damage from a siege laid by four heavily armed gunmen, was one of several Mumbai landmarks attacked by Pakistan-based militants. The November strikes, which lasted over 60 hours, killed 166 people.

Aug 9, 2010
via India Insight

No criticism please, we’re Indian

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Suddenly, it is not cool to be against the scandal-plagued Commonwealth Games.

The CWG was meant to be Delhi’s big coming-out party, India’s assertion that it is a global powerhouse capable of doing what China did with the Beijing Summer Olympics two years ago.

Instead, the Games, scheduled for October, are turning out to be a costly embarrassment, with daily revelations of corruption, fraud and political wrongdoing that has triggered big headlines and much hand wringing by outraged citizens, sportsmen and even politicians.

Aug 4, 2010

Tata to retire, successor has big shoes to fill

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The announcement that a search for a successor to Ratan Tata, chairman of the Tata group, has begun was every bit as understated as the man who has steered India’s second-biggest conglomerate for nearly two decades.

A statement, emailed after the market close on Wednesday, simply said the group’s holding firm has set up a panel to find a successor to Ratan, who is due to retire by the end of 2012, and will look within the group as well as externally, including abroad.