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India’s United Breweries drops Taittinger bid

India's biggest distiller, the United Breweries Group, said on Monday it had dropped plans to buy French champagne group Taittinger as ''local groups'' had stepped in with a new offer. According to French newspaper Les Echos, Belgian businessman Albert Frere is considering re-entering the bidding.

India see off England and wrap up series

Captain Rahul Dravid led from the front as India crushed England by four wickets on Thursday to take an unassailable 4-0 lead in the seven-match one-day series. Dravid fashioned England's dismissal for 237 with astute bowling changes and then hit 65 off 73 balls to help the hosts surpass the modest target with 16 deliveries to spare at the Nehru stadium.

‘For anyone it is tough to forget a disaster’

While India celebrates Republic Day on Thursday, for many in western Gujarat state the date will bring back terrifying memories of an earthquake that struck with savage force five years ago. The quake levelled buildings across the state of Gujarat, killing more than 25 000 people.

Clemenceau case may doom Indian shipbreaking

India's struggling shipbreakers fear doom for their industry if tighter laws are introduced in the wake of the controversy over an asbestos-laden French aircraft carrier. A court-appointed panel has questioned French officials and environmental activists over the amount of toxic chemicals in the decommissioned <i>Clemenceau</i>.

Indian biotech firms cash in on hope for tomorrow

Cashing in on a high birth rate and the enormous potential of stem-cell research, India's biotechnology firms are coaxing more parents to bank blood from their newborn's umbilical cord. Stem cells are master cells from which the body's immune and blood system originate and which can develop into cells of any organ.

Cash-rich Indian technology workers home in on luxury

Manoj Namburu ran a technology consulting firm in the United States before he moved to India's hi-tech capital three years ago to build luxury houses for wealthy software executives. The villas located on the edge of the sprawling city of six million were an immediate hit with software engineers who were willing to spend hundreds of thousands of dollars to buy peace in Bangalore.

Quake survivors left out in the cold

Indian quake survivor Altaf Hussein's patience has worn thin. Every day for the past 10 days he has queued for kerosene from government trucks, and every day he has gone back empty-handed. As winter closes in, villagers like Hussein say little or no relief has reached this devastated mountain region -- which accounted for more than half of the 1 300 deaths from an October 8 earthquake in Indian Kashmir.

Hopes fade for finding flood survivors in India

Workers began a massive clean-up and rescuers searched for survivors under mountains of debris in western India after record monsoon rains claimed 920 lives, officials said on Saturday. Mumbai received 944,2mm of rainfall in a one-day period ending mid-morning on Wednesday.

Call centres fuel growth of Indian IT industry

Headhunters in India's Silicon Valley are jumping onto the IT-enabled services bandwagon by providing contract workers and software engineers to foreign firms for ''back-office'' operations.

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