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Wednesday, 31 January, 2001, 17:23 GMT
Indian 'Millionaire' to fund earthquake relief
India
Kaun Banega Crorepati? broadcasts 4 nights a week
Star TV is to use the Indian version of game show Who Wants To Be A Millionaire? to raise money for victims of last week's earthquake in Gujarat, India.

The Rupert Murdoch-owned satellite TV network will broadcast a celebrity issue of Kaun Banega Crorepati? (Who Wants to Be a Millionaire?) and give what the celebrities win, with a matching donation, to victims of the earthquake.

Harshravdhan Navathe
Harshvardhan Nawathe won 10 million rupees on the gameshow

Gujarat in Western India was hit by India's worst earthquake in 50 years last Friday. An estimated 300,000 people are in need of aid.

A Star TV spokesman said: "Whatever the participants win this week, a similar amount will be donated to the relief fund."

The programme is presented by Bollywood legend Amitabh Bachchan and has been hugely popular since its launch in July 1999.

The spokesman said employees of Star TV in India and News International, the British side of Murdoch's News Corp, will also make donations which will be added to the funds raised by the show.

Much like the UK version, Kaun Banega Crorepati? has contestants competing for 10 million rupees (150,000) by answering a series of questions.

Quiz shows are very popular in India, to such an extent that the country's postal service felt compelled to establish a special postcard to cater for the volume of viewer response.

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