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July 15, 2007

Climate change tops CII team's agenda in U.K.

Tackling climate change, facilitating technology partnerships and collaborating on the area of skills development between India and U.K. are the key elements of the Confederation of Indian Industry's (CII) future agenda vis--vis the U.K.

This emerged as a result of the visit of the CII CEOs Mission to the U.K. from June 24 to 26, led by CII president Sunil Bharti Mittal. Eleven other CEOs, representing some of India's most significant success stories, were in the delegation. The visit was strongly supported by the Indian High Commission.

During the visit, Kamalesh Sharma, High Commissioner of India to the U.K., hosted a special lunch as well as a reception in honour of the delegation. During the lunch, the delegation had a unique opportunity to interact with Patricia Hewitt, U.K's Secretary of State for Health, Baroness Hogg, chairman, 3i Group , Lord Karan Bilimoria, U.K. chairman, Indo-British Partnership, Sir Evelyn de Rothschild, chairman, E.L.R. Holdings, Lady Lynn de Rothschild, Sir Richard Sykes and a number of distinguished guests.

The reception focussed on young NRI professionals in the U.K. The Indian diaspora in the U.K. today accounts for 1.5 million people. The reception served as bridge for sharing of perspectives on the new India to many first-, second- and third-generation Indians to enable them to have a closer link with India.

At a breakfast meeting hosted by David Miliband, U.K's Secretary of State for Environment, Food & Rural Affairs, a shared understanding on the issue of climate changes vis- a-vis India and India, Inc. was reached.

The Secretary of State was appreciative of the delegation's position of the need
for 'common but differentiated responsibility'.

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General J.J. Singh visits the U.K.

General J.J. Singh, PVSM, AVSM, VSM, ADC, Chairman of Chiefs of Staff Committee (COSC) visited the U.K. from June 27 to July 2, on invitation from the U.K. MoD. During his visit, he met Air Marshal Sir Jock Stirrup, GCB, AFC, ADC, DSc, FRAeS FCMI RAF, Chief of Defence Staff, Air Chief Marshal Sir Glenn Torpy, KCB, CBE DSO ADC BSc (Eng) FRAeS, RAF, Chief of Air Staff, Admiral Sir Jonathan Band, KCB, ADC, Chief of Naval Staff, General Sir Richard Dannatt, KCB, CBE, MC, Chief of General Staff.

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Indradhanush 2007 concludes at RAF Waddington base

The second bilateral Indo-U.K. air exercise, Indradhanush 2007, concluded on a high note at the Royal Air Force (RAF) at Waddington on July 12.

The exercise that began with a series of 1vs1 sorties, reached its crescendo with a highly complex conceivable scenario -- a 6vs6 aerial combat involving four Su-30 MKIs, four F3 Tornadoes, two Typhoons and two GR9 Sea Harriers of the Royal Navy. Also airborne were an IL-78 MKI air-to-air refueller and an E3D Sentry AWACS aircraft in the vicinity of the exercise.

Air Chief Marshal F.H. Major, Chief of Air Staff (CAS), Indian Air Force (IAF), who is on an official tour to the U.K. currently, was present at RAF Waddington to see the exercise culminate and meet the participating IAF team members.

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Taj joins new wonders list

The city of the Taj Mahal was in a joyous mood on July 8 with people bursting fire-crackers and distributing sweets, as the 17th century heritage monument was included in a New Seven Wonders of the World list, announced on July 7 at a star-studded ceremony held in Lisbon, bringing joy to millions of Indians who had voted for the manmade marvel of love.

Brazil's Statue of Christ Redeemer, Peru's Machu Picchu, the Great Wall of China, Mexico's Chichen Itza pyramid, Jordan's Petra and the Colosseum in Rome were also chosen as the modern-day wonders, according to a global vote by about 100 million Internet and telephone voters.

Agra mayor Anjula Singh received the honour from actors Ben Kingsley and Bipasha Basu at a glittering event at the Benfica Stadium in Lisbon.

Agra's municipal commissioner Shyam Singh Yadav said: "It is a great psychological boost. I am very happy. Agra will now get wide publicity all over the world and many more people will come to see the Taj Mahal which represents India's cultural unity."

Although UNESCO has categorically denied its involvement with the contest, which many leading historians and citizens' groups have called phoney, for the Agra folks, it is a matter of pride. "Agra-ites voted with full enthusiasm till the last minute," said Amit Agarwal, an IT professional who himself voted 10 times. The global poll was carried out by a private body called the New7Wonders Foundation.

Tourism industry leaders are upbeat. Arun Dang, former president of the Tourism Guild, said: "It surely gladdens our hearts to be citizens of Agra where the Taj Mahal is. The result will see a boom in tourism and Agra is sure to benefit."

UTV lists on LSE market

UTV Motion Pictures, a subsidiary of UTV Software Communications Ltd that churned out Bollywood hits like 'Rang De Basanti', on July 9 listed on the Alternative Investment Market (AIM), part of the London Stock Exchange (LSE).

The company has raised $70 million gross after placement of new ordinary shares with investors in Britain, Europe and Asia, valuing UTV Motion Pictures at a staggering $309.3 million at the IPO price.

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