Congress Party president Sonia Gandhi (centre) and her son, party vice-president Rahul Gandhi (right), perform a Hindu “yagna” ritual before she files her nominations papers for the Indian elections. Photograph: EPA

Indian politicians are busy consulting astrologers, stargazers, soothsayers and clairvoyants to help them emerge victorious in general election(...)

Authorisation from the Central Bank to become an “e-money” institution would allow Facebook to issue units of stored monetary value that represent a claim against the company. Photograph: Dave Thompson/PA Wire

Facebook is close to obtaining Irish regulatory approval for providing financial services in the form of remittances and electronic mone(...)

Narendra Modi (centre): revised official biography to note on an election registry that he is married. Photograph: Reuters/Amit Dave

At a campaign rally this year, Narendra Modi, leader of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), off(...)

A police officer checks people’s voting slips as they wait in line to cast their votes at a polling station during the third phase of voting for national elections in New Delhi today. Photograph: Prashanth Vishwanathan/Bloomberg

Indians voted in the crucial third phase of national elections today, with millions going to the polls in the heartland states essential to the(...)

Prime ministerial candidate for the BJP Narendra Modi addressing a public rally this week for the  Lok Sabha election in Bangalore, India. Photograph: Jagadeesh NV/EPA

Narendra Modi, the son of a tea seller who is widely tipped to become India’s next prime minister, filed his nomination papers yesterday to con(...)

Sheela Gowda’s ‘Protest, My Son’. Photograph: Peter Cox

She draws and paints beautifully, but Indian artist Sheela Gowda is more widely known for her use of unorthodox materials in her sculptural ins(...)

The Bill should address the anonymity or non-anonymity of sperm, egg and embryo donors, says the Institute of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. Photograph:  Alan Betson

New laws should permit the payment of “reasonable expenses” to sperm, egg and embryo donors involved in assisted reproduction arrangements, acc(...)

Luca de Meo: “There is nobody better placed than [Audi] to integrate in the right way consumer technology in an automotive environment”

On the eve of the major motor shows, Volkswagen’s board members like to flex their motor-industry muscles with their own show, featuring the le(...)

 Rolf Soiron,  chairman of cement and building materials company Holcim, and Bruno Lafont, CEO of Lafarge,   in Paris yesterday. Photograph:  Ian Langsdon/EPA

News that rivals Lafarge and Holcim plan to mix up the world’s cement industry by creating a $50 billion giant with operations(...)

Voters wait  at a polling station during the first phase of the Indian general election in Lakhimpur district, Assam state, on Monday. Photograph: EPA

India began voting yesterday in the world’s largest democratic exercise in which the ruli(...)

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