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July 27, 2011 | By Dawn C. Chmielewski, Los Angeles Times
Walt Disney Co. has made a $454-million offer to acquire Mumbai media company UTV Software Communications Ltd. as it seeks to capitalize on the rapidly growing yet fiercely competitive Indian market. Disney offered about $22.68 (1,000 rupees) a share to buy the remaining 49.6% stake it does not already own in UTV, a firm that started out in television production but has expanded into movies, games and other forms of interactive content. Among its claims to fame, UTV says it launched India's first daily soap opera, "Shanti," in 1995.
January 15, 2013 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
INNAMREDIYARPATTI, India - Michael headed for work at a textile mill, leaving his wife, children and infirm mother at home in this impoverished part of southern India. When he returned a few hours later, his mother's body was propped up in a chair surrounded by villagers and decorated with flowers, poisoned by his wife with a potion in a local form of mercy killing known as thalaikoothal. Three decades later, he harbors no ill will toward his wife. "My mother had been sick and in pain for 20 days and wasn't eating properly," said Michael, 62, who like many southern Indians uses one name.
June 26, 2010 | By Mark Magnier, Los Angeles Times
It's 5 o'clock on a Tuesday afternoon and James, Moses and Santosh are into their third (or is it fourth?) pitcher of Kingfisher beer at the Down Town pub in Bangalore, enjoying last call of the "gulp one, get one free" happy hour, which actually runs for 7 1/2 hours, but who's counting? The twentysomething students and part-time IT workers won't give their last names because, they explain, if their parents knew they were drinking, they'd be in big trouble. "It's a break from work pressure," says James, 21. "Everyone drinks in our college, but our parents still think drinking is a terrible habit."
March 15, 2006 | From Times Wire Reports
Thousands of Indians blocked highways with burning tires and rubble to protest U.S. free trade talks as a second day of demonstrations began to hurt the Andean country's economy. Protesters scuffled with police sent to contain protests in eight central highland provinces, where roadblocks halted agricultural shipments.
October 3, 2002
Re "State Sues Tribe Over Reporting of Gifts," Sept. 27: I have been an ardent champion of tribal autonomy in the U.S. But I find certain inconsistencies when tribes try to overreach in justifying their "sovereignty." In the case of not acknowledging their obligation to report election contributions to the Fair Political Practices Commission, I contend that they are indeed asserting sovereignty and therefore should be denied the option to contribute, since they are tantamount to a foreign country.
March 24, 2012 | By Steve Dilbeck
The Dodgers defeated the Indians, 5-4, on Saturday when they scored three times in the seventh inning -- two on a triple by Luis Cruz-- and yet my favorite part of the game easily came in the first. It included a leadoff bunt single, a steal of second base and an advance to third on the catcher's throwing error, and run-scoring groundout to short. Any guesses? Yep, Dee Gordon struck again. Dropped a little bunt down the third-base line and then created a run almost entirely by himself.
May 30, 2003 | From Times Wire Reports
At least 22 Indians were killed in Ecuador's Amazon jungle in a clash with a neighboring Indian community, officials said. Tagaeri Indians living in the jungle, about 94 miles southeast of Quito, were killed by members of another Indian group, apparently in a revenge attack involving a previous slaying, an indigenous leader said. The small Tagaeri group is part of the Huaorani ethnic group but has clashed with fellow members who have entered its territory.
September 12, 1987
Two weeks ago, the NBC game of the week featured the Dodger-Phillies contest. Last week, it was the Angels and the Orioles. Maybe this week it will be the Indians and the White Sox. Haven't the sports people at NBC heard of Toronto, or Minnesota, or Detroit, or San Francisco or St. Louis? If NBC maintains this current scheduling, their game of the week will turn into the game of the weak. KEVIN LAMAS Newbury Park
September 15, 1989 | BOB THOMAS, The Associated Press
"The only good Indian is a dead Indian." Such dialogue, so odious by today's standards, was common in Western movies a few decades ago. It stemmed from a remark attributed to Gen. Philip H. Sheridan when he was introduced to a Comanche chief in 1869. "Me Tochoway," said the chief. "Me good Indian." "The only good Indians I ever saw were dead," Sheridan snapped. The attitude of the Indian fighter was illustrated in countless movies from 1920 to 1960.
August 7, 2003 | From Reuters
President Lucio Gutierrez's alliance with Ecuador's powerful Indian movement collapsed Wednesday, ending vital support that catapulted him into office last year in one of Latin America's most politically unstable countries. Presidential spokesman Marcelo Cevallos said the governing alliance broke up after lawmakers from Pachakutik, the leftist political branch of the Indian movement, voted to defeat a labor reform bill required by the International Monetary Fund.
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