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India’s bidi workers suffer for 1,000-a-day habit

Kannauj (India) (AFP) - Zainab Begum Alvi and her band of young helpers hunch over baskets filled with tobacco flakes and dried leaves, trying to roll a thousand dirt-cheap cigarettes a day at the behest of India's powerful bidi barons.

Lessons from Corporate Malaysia in 2014

Science Of Building Leaders - By Roshan Thiran
The year 2014 had been a tough one for many of us.

Food prices: a brick-and-mortar problem for India

Three months since journeying more than 1,130 km from his village in central India to take a job in this bustling city near the capital, New Delhi, Charan is already looking forward to a 10% pay rise.

Food prices; a bricks and mortar problem for Indian economy

GURGAON, India: Three months since journeying more than 700 milesfrom his village in central India to take a job in this bustling city near the capital, New Delhi, Charan is already looking forward to a 10 percent pay rise. He isn't an engineer or programmer. He hauls bricks and sand at a local construction site for less than $100 a month.

Disarray in India's ruling party after poll drubbing

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Disarray within India's ruling Congress party burst into the open on Tuesday after its stunning defeat in state elections, with a senior figure saying the party would lose a general election and needed time in opposition to reinvent itself.

Delhi hospitals overflow with hidden dengue epidemic

NEW DELHI: Factory worker Mohammad Awwal is gripped by fever, sweats and the sort of agonising aches that mean his condition is sometimes called "breakbone disease". It's an annual plague in India and a hidden epidemic, say experts.

Budget 2014: Quantum leaps in enhancements to current tax incentives necessary

So what can the Government do about it? Cost cutting may come to mind, but remember that US President Barack Obama once said that cutting the deficit by gutting our investments in innovation and education is like making an overloaded airplane lighter by removing its engine. It may make you feel like you’re flying high at first, but it won’t take long before you feel the impact.

India's Sonia Gandhi falls ill in parliament, hospitalised

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Sonia Gandhi, the president of India's ruling Congress party who is widely seen as the country's most powerful politician, was taken to hospital on Monday after feeling unwell during a marathon parliament debate on a major new food welfare scheme.

Performance pays tribute to Odissi guru's legacy

KALPANA Dance Theatre and the Indian Cultural Centre High Commission of India held a showcase entitled “Sampradaya” in conjunction with the Hindu auspicious day of Guru Poornima recently.

Indian row over poverty and policy extends to Harvard and Columbia

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - Indian government figures showing that poverty has been cut by a third since 2004 has set off a row between the country's main political parties on whether the data is accurate, and a slanging match between two of the world's best-known economists on the implications for policy.