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India's Shop Owners Go On Strike!

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Small business owners in India are mad as hell about the government's new foreign retail policy, so they're going on strike.

Last week the Indian Cabinet decided to increase the single brand ownership cap from 51% to 100%, which would let big name retailers like Walmart, Ikea, Tesco and Carrefour to come into the country.

Since 90% of India's retail market are mom-and-pop shops, the decision could ultimately wipe out thousands of jobs, but the government doesn't see it that way.

Rajiv Kumar, secretary general

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Sting & His Salami Go Commercial

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Tucked away in the heart of Tuscany is the home of Trudie Styler and her kind of famous hubby, Sting.

The duo have spent most of the last 15 years escaping to their Italian paradise when their lives just got too busy, but as of now, the villa is open to the commercial masses. The duo have launched a new organic shop right on the property!

The store is called Tenuta il Palagio and will sell all locally grown and created items, such as olive oil, wine, honey and salami.

And when we say local, we mean like Sting picked the grapes for the wine and wandered around in a bee suit. Everything is cultivated on their 900-acre Il Palagio.

Until now, their produce was specially shipped to outlets in the U.S. and Britain, like Harrods. But now, if you've got the time and are in the area, you can just drop on over to Sting's place and pick up a bottle of oil!

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The Duchess Of York Owes Personal Trainer £65,000!

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The money problems never seem to end for this woman!

Sarah Ferguson, Duchess of York, is in debt to her personal trainer to the tune of £65,000, but that's not news to her! She seems to spend money without even thinking!

Sarah would order the staff to prepare humongous feasts for she and her daughters Princesses Beatrice and Eugenie to wash down with vodka and pink champagne, but most of it would go to waste!

She is also in debt to various businesses around the Royal Lodge including the butcher, the dry cleaner, the newspaper agent and the car rental facility. Other debts have accumulated as well owing £200,000 to solicitors, a £51,000 bill at Selfridges and £7,000 owed to society portrait artist Basia Hamilton!

As for Prince Andrew, he's said to be "highly embarrassed" by Fergie's spending habits, specifically the amount she owes to small businesses, since he is a UK ambassador for trade.

Lucky for her, he's going to pay off her debts in the UK!

A source reveals:

"The Duke is not touching her debts in America but his people are going to sit down and itemise every debt here and pay them off one by one. The total comes to around £1.5million."

Another senior royal aide added: "The Duke is very supportive of Sarah Ferguson. He does everything he can to help her."

That's one VERY supportive ex!

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