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Newsmakers this past fortnight. Featuring: Adani Mining, Taylor Swift, Tom Holland, Kamil Hamied and Kookaburra.
Team BT        Print Edition: July 19, 2015
Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani
Adani Group Chairman Gautam Adani (Illustration: Raj Verma)

Newsmakers this past fortnight:

ON HOLD

Adani Mining has asked its four engineering contractors working on the Carmichael project to stop work around the Australian mine, reports Reuters. The agency quoted Adani spokesperson Kate Haddan as saying: "This is only temporary." It quoted the Guardian Australia as saying that this raised speculation that the Gautam Adani-led company might scrap the project altogether.

TOM HOLLAND

The 19-year-old is the new Spiderman, coming after Toby Maguire, of the original movies, and Andrew Garfield, who starred in the refurbished The Amazing Spiderman ones. Maguire's three movies and Garfield's two have earned a combined $4 billion at the box office, making Spiderman the most lucrative franchise for Sony Pictures.

HEIR NOT-SO-APPARENT

Thirty-three-year-old Kamil Hamied, the supposed heir apparent at Cipla, surprised everyone by leaving the company to pursue personal interests. Older sister Samina Vaziralli's role has expanded. Kamil, whose father is Cipla Chairman Yusuf Hamied's brother, was working at Cipla's European subsidiary in London.

PINK BALLS

This has nothing to do with a sexual revolution. Cricket ball maker Kookaburra has made a pink ball for Test cricket. The ball may be used as early as later this year, during the first day-night Test match that might be played between Australia and New Zealand in Adelaide, Brisbane or Hobart. We will wait to see how it swings.

BITTEN APPLE, SINGED GREECE

Taylor Swift, 25, has become part of that rare breed that made Apple change its course. Her open letter criticised the technology titan's new music service that was not going to pay musicians during a free trial period for consumers. Apple buckled. The Twitter people asked her to also fix the crisis in Greece. That crisis, by the way, seemed to be getting deeper even as Eurozone finance ministers arrived in Brussels for their fourth meeting in eight days to work out a deal to prevent Greece's bankruptcy.

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