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Jan 21, 2010

India festival puts Jaipur on book lovers’ map

JAIPUR, India (Reuters) – Perhaps it’s the location, a heritage hotel in a city of faded royal splendor. Maybe it’s the crowd: a motley crew of writers, Bollywood stars, agents and critics, groupies and, of course, book lovers.

Whatever the reason, the Jaipur Literature Festival, which kicks off in the Pink City on Thursday, has grown into a must-do event for publishers and party animals alike, creating a sometimes raucous affair with packed readings, heated debates and eclectic music performances.

Dec 24, 2009

India revises visa rules following protests

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India softened its stand on Thursday on plans to tighten rules for Indian visas that were drafted following the arrest of a Chicago man alleged to have prior knowledge of the Mumbai attacks.

On complaints from foreign missions about a proposal to restrict travelers on long-term multiple-entry tourist visas from entering India within two months of their last departure from India, the government said it would make some allowances.

Dec 11, 2009

Indian plan to create new state hits businesses

MUMBAI, Dec 11 (Reuters) – A unit of global drugmaker
GlaxoSmithKline <GSK.L> temporarily halted operations in
India’s Andhra Pradesh state on Friday as the fallout from a
government plan to carve up the southern state mounted.

India’s Congress-led government approved a plan on Thursday
to create a new state called Telangana out of Andhra Pradesh,
home to high-tech Hyderabad city, after more than a week of
violent protests and a hunger strike by a leading politician.

Dec 9, 2009

India revs up plans to expand road network

MUMBAI, Dec 9 (Reuters) – Manufacturers who set up shop in
India in the 1990s often joke they didn’t just have to build
factories back then, but also roads because it was faster than
waiting for the state to build them.

Today, India has the world’s second largest road network at
3.4 million km (2.1 million miles). And the national highway
network, which doubled in size between 1997 and 2007, stands at
an impressive 70,000 km (43,500 miles).

Dec 4, 2009
via India Insight

Indian cricket: nearly on top, no sponsor

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Even as the Indian cricket team comes close to clinching the top test team ranking, there were no takers this week for the team sponsorship for the next four years.So the Indian cricket board was forced to extend Sahara’s sponsorship of the team till June after no “serious” bidders emerged.Local media have reported that the board, already the richest in the world, was seeking up to $120 million for a four-year contract, up nearly a fifth from Sahara’s old contract.Clearly, the board expected that firms in India were untouched by the financial crisis that has forced even large companies to back out of sponsorship deals with the English Premier League and pull out of Formula 1 racing.And that the Indian fan’s appetite for cricket will be undimmed despite the ever-increasing number of matches.Or have sponsors realised that with so much cricket and with players endorsing a whole gamut of other brands, they were not getting as much bang for the buck?The board has had a good run these last few years, raking in money from sponsorship deals that rival even the EPL, and from two seasons of the Indian Premier League.Perhaps the downturn has made even cricket-crazy sponsors a little wary of too much of a good thing.

Nov 26, 2009

One year after, India remembers Mumbai attacks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Mumbai held tearful memorials and police staged a show of strength on Thursday as India’s financial hub marked the first anniversary of militant raids that killed 166 people and ratcheted up tensions with Pakistan.

While emotionals onlookers waved Indian flags and banners with slogans such as “End The Violence,” police commandoes with new weapons and armored cars tracked the route the 10 gunmen took for an attack that stunned the country.

Nov 25, 2009

India vigilant but remains vulnerable to attacks

MUMBAI (Reuters) – The paramilitary troops outside the Trident and Taj Mahal hotels suggest a higher level of security a year after militants laid siege to Mumbai, but it may all be a mirage as the country still remains very vulnerable.

While some improvements in security have meant there has not been another attack by Islamist militants since Mumbai, the country’s many chaotic cities and its 1.2 billion people make it almost impossible to plug all security loopholes.

Nov 17, 2009

Make toilets cool to fix sanitation woes?

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, has a theory about why governments and people are so reluctant to talk about hygiene: it isn’t cool.

“People demand a TV, not a toilet, because it is not aspirational or charismatic,” said Sim, who does not hesitate to talk in graphic detail about the dangers of poor sanitation.

Nov 17, 2009

Make toilets cool to fix sanitation woes, expert says

MUMBAI (Reuters) – Jack Sim, founder of the World Toilet Organization, has a theory about why governments and people are so reluctant to talk about hygiene: it isn’t cool.

“People demand a TV, not a toilet, because it is not aspirational or charismatic,” said Sim, who does not hesitate to talk in graphic detail about the dangers of poor sanitation.

Oct 11, 2009

India warns of danger from Pakistan militants

MUMBAI (Reuters) – India’s top diplomat has warned of a clear and present danger to the international community from militants in Pakistan after a bomb attack on the Indian embassy in Kabul that it has hinted may have come from across the border.

Thursday’s blast, for which the Taliban claimed responsibility, killed 17 people but harmed no embassy staff.