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Barefoot Women Light Up India

Four dark-skinned women in multi-hued saris hunch over a solar power-generating circuit at the National Institute for Rural Development (NIRD) in Hyderabad, fleshing out details about solar lamps and panel...
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Did Tata Bite Off More Than It Could Chew?

Indians are flushed with pride at Tata’s acquisition of the iconic British auto brand names Jaguar and Land Rover. As with the conglomerate’s purchase of the steel group Corus, a succ...
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India’s Tata Grabs an Icon

The announcement that India’s business conglomerate, Tata, has bought two iconic British carmakers, Jaguar and Land Rover, from the Ford Motor Company at an estimated US$2.65 billion is a marquee event for Asian corporations gaining global clou...
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India Cuts a Deal with Burma’s Junta

Ignoring continued international pressure to boycott Burma’s ruling military junta, New Delhi on April 4 will sign an agreement to develop a port on the western Burmese coast for the benefit of...
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Indians Click to Say ‘I Do’

Neha Kapur, 30, is a type 1 diabetic and that fact alone made it tough to find a marriage partner. For three years, Kapur’s parents searched to no avail for a prospective groom willing to risk a life with their only daughter. But...
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Asia Sentinel Writer Wins Fellowship

Asia Sentinel correspondent Nava Thakuria, 40, is the recipient of a fellowship from the United Nations High Commission and the Centre for North East Studies and Policy Research for his reporting on refugee...
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The great Indian stock market tumble

For months, until January 21, the Indian stock market defied gravity as other regional markets went down like ninepins. But then, like many other countries, India earned its own Black Monday....
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India’s Pink Posse

  Banda, a blip on India’s vast geographic radar, is one of the country’s poorest and most regressive districts. Located in the heart of the populous northern state of Uttar Pradesh, this 3,061 sq km region infested by dacoits, or ba...
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Family Feud, India Style

In the mid-1990s, when the Birla family, which ran India’s second-largest business group, was in the midst of a bitter division of assets, one young family member quipped that “blood is t...