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May 25, 2014

Production of India’s Ambassador cars grinds to a halt

MUMBAI/KOLKATA, May 25 (Reuters) – The maker of the
Ambassador has halted production of the iconic car, long the
choice of Indian officialdom, citing weak demand and a lack of
funds and casting doubt on the future of a vehicle that has
looked essentially the same for nearly six decades.

Hindustan Motors Ltd said in a statement it had
suspended work at its Uttarpara plant, outside the eastern city
of Kolkata, until further notice.

May 25, 2014

Output of Ambassadors halted, iconic car of official India

MUMBAI/KOLKATA (Reuters) – The maker of the iconic Ambassador has halted production of the car that was long the choice of Indian officialdom, citing weak demand and a lack of funds, casting doubt on the future of a vehicle that has looked essentially the same for more than five decades.

Hindustan Motors Ltd said in a statement that it had suspended work at its Uttarpara plant, outside the eastern city of Kolkata, until further notice.

Jan 26, 2014

Gang rape victim, family placed under police protection

KOLKATA (Reuters) – A 20-year-old woman who says she was gang-raped in an tribal region on orders of a village court has been placed under police protection, along with her family, and will be relocated after being ostracised by villagers, officials said on Sunday.

The case has made waves in India, underscoring how sexual violence has become a huge social and political issue after the rape and murder of a physiotherapist on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012, an attack that sparked nationwide demonstrations.

Jan 26, 2014

India gang rape victim, family placed under police protection

KOLKATA (Reuters) – A 20-year-old woman who says she was gang-raped in an tribal region on orders of a village court has been placed under police protection, along with her family, and will be relocated after being ostracized by villagers, officials said on Sunday.

The case has made waves in India, underscoring how sexual violence has become a huge social and political issue after the rape and murder of a physiotherapist on a moving bus in Delhi in December 2012, an attack that sparked nationwide demonstrations.

Jan 24, 2014

India Supreme Court orders investigation after tribal rape outcry

KOLKATA (Reuters) – India’s Supreme Court on Friday ordered an investigation into the gang rape of a 20-year-old woman from an eastern tribal region by 13 men on the orders of a village court, a case that has sparked protests demanding swift justice.

The woman, who is recovering in hospital, told police she was assaulted by the men on Monday night in the Birbhum district of West Bengal as punishment for violating rules of her tribe by having a relationship with a man from a different community.

May 30, 2013

Indian filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh dead at 49

KOLKATA/MUMBAI, May 30 (Reuters) – Indian filmmaker
Rituparno Ghosh, known for his sensitive portrayal of
interpersonal relationships, died in Kolkata on Thursday of a
heart attack. He was 49.

Ghosh first caught the attention of cinema lovers in the
1990s with a clutch of films made in his native Bengali
language.

May 30, 2013

Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh dead at 49

KOLKATA/MUMBAI (Reuters) – Filmmaker Rituparno Ghosh, known for his sensitive portrayal of interpersonal relationships, died in Kolkata on Thursday of a heart attack. He was 49.

Ghosh first caught the attention of cinema lovers in the 1990s with a clutch of films made in his native Bengali language.

May 16, 2013

Fund scams target Indians beyond the reach of banks

MUMBAI/KOLKATA (Reuters) – Dalia Ghosh, a 28-year-old nurse in Kolkata, invested her savings in an unlicensed fund run by media conglomerate Saradha Group last year, hoping to start her own clothes business.

But Saradha went bust in April, wiping out as much as $3.7 billion in deposits from mostly low-income Indians, miring West Bengal’s government in scandal, and illustrating the risks faced by the millions who live outside the banking system.

May 16, 2013

Beyond the reach of banks, Indians targeted by outlaw fund scams

MUMBAI/KOLKATA, May 17 (Reuters) – Dalia Ghosh, a
28-year-old nurse in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata,
invested her savings in an unlicensed fund run by media
conglomerate Saradha Group last year, hoping to start her own
clothes business.

But Saradha went bust in April, wiping out as much as $3.7
billion in deposits from mostly low-income Indians, miring West
Bengal’s state government in scandal, and illustrating the risks
faced by the millions who live outside the banking system.

Mar 25, 2013

Film on Delhi gang rape to help change mindset

KOLKATA (Reuters) – A Bengali film-maker inspired by the December protests over the gang rape of a 23-year-old trainee physiotherapist in New Delhi is hoping his new film would help change people’s mindset.

“What I want to say through my film is that anti-rape laws or street protests alone cannot stop a social menace,” said Milan Bhowmik.