Regular readers may remember Eric Pickles’ trip to India — at which the local government secretary ate six curries in one session. While the taxpayers’ bill for the jaunt was initially reported as £4,000, a parliamentary question has forced DCLG to disclose the full cost of the trip — nearly £8,000 including support costs. That menu again: […]

Vodafone’s top lawyer in India has quit after being tangled up in a four-year long tax avoidance scandal. The row has seen the Indian government bullied by its biggest foreign corporate investor — but officials are not giving up on extracting $2.6bn from the company. Executive Andre Jerome led Vodafone’s defence against the Indian government, […]

Alongside the welcome column inches (and LabourList guest editors) which have accompanied this 102nd International Women’s Day, it’s great to see some real, tangible strides forward in the cause of gender equality: A third of seats in India’s Parliament are to be reserved for women under a law to be put before the legislature today […]