March / April  2006




March/April Contents 

 Real Issues
 Malnourishment in
 South Asia


 South Asian issues
 Getting to know the
 past better



 News from elsewhere
 New animal species
 found in Indonesia

 Veggie chemical
 repairs DNA damage


 Bhera - the town that
 time forgot
- Part II

 World Bank in
 South Asia
 Grant to Afghanistan

Land management in

Urban services in


 Tollinton Market



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South Asian Billionaires


2 - 4 billion
Pallonji Mistry

Age: 76
Net Worth: 3.6 b

Owns  Eureka Forbes and textile firm Forbes Gokak. Also the biggest shareholder in Tata Sons.


Anurag Dikshit

Age: 34
Bachelor's degree from IIT, Delhi
Industry: Online gambling
Net worth: 3.3. b

Manages and owns 32% of Internet casino PartyGaming.


Anil Agarwal

Age: 52
Industry: Mining/Metals
Net Worth: 2.8 b

Owns London-based Vedanta Resources and copper mines in Zambia and Australia.


Ravi & Shashi Ruia

Industry: Diversified
Net Worth: 2.8 b

Brothers own Essar group with interests in steel, shipping, telecom, construction, power and oil and gas. Also have one-third stake in cellular operator Hutchison Essar.


Adi Godrej

Age: 63
Bachelor's degree, MIT
                  M.Sc., MIT
Chairs Godrej Group, a  consumer products conglomerate. Large landholdings in Mumbai.


Indu Jain

Age: 69
Net Worth: 2.4 b

Owns and chairs Bennett, Coleman & Co, India's biggest media house. Publishes the Times of India- the world's largest selling English daily newspaper.


Dilip Shanghvi

Age: 50
Bachelor's degree,
Calcutta University
Industry: Pharmaceuticals
Net Worth: 2.4 b

Built and owns Sun Pharmaceutical Industries - India's fifth-largest pharmaceutical house.

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