India has cancelled its controversial $770 million military helicopter deal with Italy’s AgustaWestland, according to reports. The Indian government earlier this year froze payments for 12 AW101 helicopters meant to transport VIP’s after AgustaWestland executives were found to have paid bribes to Indian officials to secure the deal. Defence Minister …Read More »
Disney has revealed the first trailer of its baseball drama set in India, 'Million Dollar Arm', which arrives in cinemas May 2014.
The film stars 'Life of Pi' star Suraj Sharma and Mad Men actor Jon Hamm and tells the real-life tale of an American sports agent who travels to India in search of pitching talent on the cricket pitches of the sub-continent.
Whilst in India J B Bernstein (Hamm) stages a reality sports content to attract the local talent and discovers Rinku Singh and Dinesh Patel, two talented ptichers who were eventually signed by the Pittsburgh Pirates of Major League Baseball.
Singh and Patel are played respectively, by Sharma and 'Slumdog Millionaire' actor Madhur Mittal.
Inspired by the American Idol talent show, Bernstein and his two partners travel to India to "take the microphone out of these guys hands and put a baseball in it".
After traveling around the country and auditioning some 40,000 kids, a pool of 30 contestants was chosen, with Singh and Patel eventually winning.
The duo were both born in Lucknow and raised in extreme poverty - Singh's father had been a lorry driver whilst Patel's parents had been forced to send him to his grandmother as they could not afford to raise him.
Neither had touched a baseball. In fact, neither had played cricket. Both pursued track, specializing in the javelin.
They came to America, where they were briefly trained by a former Major League pitcher before signing with Pittsburgh.
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The economy may be stagnating and the country may be grappling with a panopaly of issues but India’s wealthy are only headed for the stratosphere. The first ever auction by Christie’s auction house on Wednesday raked in more than $15 million, including a staggering $3.8 million for an painting by …Read More »
British supermarket giant Tesco is all set to become the first foreign mega-retailer to enter India’s booming retail sector after revealing plans to buy a stake in a retailer owned by the Tata Group. Tesco, the world’s third-largest retailer, announced that it has submitted an application to India’s Foreign Investment …Read More »
Lakshmi Mittal famously spent more than £60 million for his only daughter’s wedding bash with an engagement at Paris’ Palace of Versailles and a reception that featured fireworks at the Eiffel Tower and a performance by Kylie Minogue. The billionaire’s younger brother – and fellow steel tycoon – Pramod has …Read More »
Google India plans to get 50 million women in India using the Internet within one year through a new initiative that aims to bridge the gender digital divide by providing women with easier access to technology, the company said. With more than 200 million Internet users in the country and …Read More »
The United Nations today launched an appeal for more than $301 million (£190m) to provide humanitarian assistance to regions of the Philippines that have been devastated by Typhoon Haiyan. The “Historic” typhoon is believed to have killed more than 10,000 people with officials in the country saying that number could …Read More »
Indian IT giant Infosys has agreed to pay a record fine of $34 million dollars for visa violations by its staff members in the US, according to documents released Wednesday. The US government has been investigating claims that the Bangalore-based group improperly used short-term B1 business visas, rather than H1-B …Read More »
Health tourists could owe the British government more than half a billion pounds according to a report commissioned by the Coalition. The report, conducted by Creative Research on behalf of the Department of Health, states that these “tourists” – such as women who travel to the UK during late pregnancy …Read More »
A rare carpet dating back to late 17th century Mughal India has sold for a staggering £4.8 million at Christie’s London. The beautifully detailed “Millefleur” Carpet (the name refers to the thousands of miniature flowers used in the lattice-like design) sold for more than triple its lower-end pre-sale estimate of …Read More »