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Indian drugs giant Sun Pharma to buy Sweden’s Meda AB

Mumbai-based Sun Pharmaceutical Industries is in talks to buy a controlling stake in Swedish drugmaker Meda AB for between $5 billion and $6 billion to boost its generics business in developed markets, according to a report in Reuters. Meda makes specialty products, over the counter drugs and branded generics – …

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‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ divides critics but opens big

‘Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani’ has opened to massive audiences in India on Friday, despite mixed reviews from critics. Arguably the most anticipated film of 2013 – not least for the big screen re-union of former real-life lovers Ranbir Kapoor and Deepika Padukone – opened in nearly 3000 cinemas around the …

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Bangladeshi unknown to play Malala in Amjad Khan biopic

A Bangladeshi student with no previous acting experience to play Malala Yousafzai in a new film about the Pakistani rights campaigner shot by the Taliban. Indian director Amjad Khan revealed the news to The Independent Thursday, saying Fatima Sheikh, 16, from Dhaka had been chosen for the film, but refused …

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Documentary on Ethnicity in Bradford wins top TV Award

A Channel 4 documentary about ethnic diversity and integration in the West Yorkshire town of Bradford has won Best Reality and Factual award at the prestigious Rose D’Or awards. ‘Make Bradford British’, produced by Love Productions, was first broadcast in March 2012 and explored the level of integration between Bradford’s …

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Indian Economic Growth at Slowest Rate in Decade

India’s economy grew by 5% in the 2012 – 13 financial year, the slowest rate of growth in more than a decade, figures have revealed. The sub-continent had been growing at nearly 10% until 2011 before a combination of the global recession and a slowdown in services, manufacturing and investment …

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Rituparno Ghosh: Konkana Sen Sharma remembers

Rituparno Ghosh, who died of a heart attack on Thursday aged just 49, was a friend of actor and director Aparna Sen, mother of Konkana Sen Sharma.  Sen Sharma was also cast in three films by Ghosh, beginning with ‘Titli’ in 2002 and the as-yet-unreleased ‘Dosar’ and ‘Sunglass’.  The actress …

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