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Hindujas top list as Britain's South Asian tycoons celebrated

Britain's South Asian communities celebrated their contribution to the British economy on Friday, highlighting the industrialist Hinduja brothers as among the wealthiest tycoons in the country. The Asian Business Awards gala event in London attracted business leaders, entrepreneurs and several prominent parliamentarians. It also celebrated the top 10 wealthiest British-based Asians, with Gopichand and Srichand Hinduja, brothers of Indian origin, edging out steel magnate Lakshmi Mittal for the top spot.

Ex-adviser says Indian PM was hobbled by Sonia Gandhi

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - A former media adviser to India's prime minister has alleged in a new book that Manmohan Singh allowed his authority to be undermined by Sonia Gandhi, president of the Congress party and standard-bearer of the Nehru-Gandhi dynasty. Sanjaya Baru's book, "The Accidental Prime Minister", was published on Friday, days after India began a five-week election that is expected to oust Singh's Congress-led coalition from power after two successive terms.

India orders probe into 'inflammatory' remarks by Modi aide

India's election authorities Friday ordered police to investigate remarks by a top aide of prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi that were allegedly aimed at inciting communal violence. The powerful Election Commission also barred Modi's aide Amit Shah, 50, from holding public rallies, meetings and roadshows to keep a check on what it called his "undesirable activities". Shah has been leading the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party's (BJP) general election campaign in the northern Uttar Pradesh state where Hindus dominate but there is a sizeable Muslim community.

Indian election gets personal, rivals attack Modi over marriage

NEW DELHI (Reuters) - India's Rahul Gandhi on Friday laid into opposition candidate Narendra Modi for acknowledging for the first time only this week that he is married, the latest salvo in an increasingly bitter fight to form the next government. Modi, 63, is the favorite to become prime minister when election results are announced on May 16, polls show, and uses stump speeches to accuse the Gandhi family of decades of misrule.

Bollywood turns political in India election season

Better known for its romantic escapism, Bollywood is releasing a series of political satires during India's election season that poke fun at corrupt lawmakers and religious tensions. Featuring a goat, a ghost and a disputed dead body, three upcoming releases are aimed at making voters think before they cast their ballots -- although none refers directly to real-life candidates. In family entertainer "Bhoothnath Returns", opening Friday, Bollywood's biggest legend Amitabh Bachchan plays a friendly ghost who takes on an evil and corrupt local politician at the polls.

First major voting in India as anti-graft party faces test

Voters went to the polls in New Delhi on the first major day of India's marathon national election Thursday, with the capital a key battleground for a new anti-corruption party which shot to fame last year. Almost a fifth of the parliament's 543 seats are up for grabs on Thursday, the third of nine phases of voting in the world's biggest election that will end when results are published on May 16.

India kicks off world's biggest election in remote northeast

By Shyamantha Asokan DIBRUGARH, India (Reuters) - The first Indians cast their votes in the world's biggest election on Monday with Hindu nationalist opposition candidate Narendra Modi seen holding a strong lead on promises of economic revival and jobs but likely to fall short of a majority.

India voters kick off world's biggest election

Indians began voting in the world's biggest election Monday which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years, and elect hardliner Narendra Modi from the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP).

India voters kick off world's biggest election

Indians began voting in the world's biggest election Monday which is set to sweep the Hindu nationalist opposition to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty.

India votes in world's biggest election

The first Indian voters head to the polls Monday for the world's biggest election, set to sweep the opposition Hindu nationalists to power at a time of low growth, anger about corruption and warnings about religious unrest. India's 814-million-strong electorate are forecast to inflict a heavy defeat on the ruling Congress party, in power for 10 years and led by India's famous Gandhi dynasty, after a bad-tempered campaign.
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