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British-Indian ‘hero’ to receive bravery award


By NewsGram Staff Writer

London: A British-Indian delivery van driver recently risked his life to prevent a road accident that could have resulted in multiple fatalities. Subsequently, he has been named as the recipient of this year’s ‘Pride of Britain Award’, a media report said.

Dee Patel, being hailed as a ‘hero’, will receive the award in the outstanding bravery category in a glittering ceremony at the Grosvenor House in London’s Park Lane on Monday night, the Mirror reported.

On May 18, Patel, who works for Camberley town-based ventilation specialists Zehnder Group UK, was on a routine job when he spotted a car ahead of him lose control on the M25 motorway.


The 48-year-old dad of two watched in horror as the car swerved into the central barrier and bounced off it before coming back on to the carriageway at a high speed.

The car hit the barrier a second time, before swerving across four lanes of traffic and on to the hard shoulder.

According to a daily, Patel sprang into action after realizing that the driver, a young woman, was unconscious and a high-speed pile-up seemed inevitable.

“As she came back across she ended up right in front of me. I instantly saw what I needed to do — I had to slow her down,” Patel was quoted as saying.

“I had to make sure I hit her with my driver’s side to her passenger side, to force her into the central reservation. Otherwise it could flip over and cause an even worse accident.”

As the brave-heart pushed the car against the crash barrier, it grinded to a screeching halt, finally slowing to a complete stop straddling the fast lane and the central reservation.

Police later praised Patel’s courage, saying, “Instead of a multi-vehicle collision with potential serious injuries, it has ended up with no injuries and just damage to vehicles which can be repaired or replaced thanks to your quick thinking.”

Founded in 1999, the ‘Pride of Britain Awards’ are presented to the country’s unsung heroes. The winners are decided by a panel of distinguished judges and is jointly supported by the Daily Mirror, Lidl, ITV, Daybreak and the Prince’s Trust.

Prince Charles will hand out the awards this year.

(With inputs from IANS)

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British Indian and Renowned Sarod Maestro Soumik Datta to Curate Festival in London

Soumik Datta, a British Indian and a renowned Sarod Maestro, has been chosen to curate the Asian Festival at London's Horseman Museum

Soumik Datta to curate festival
Soumik Datta, a British Indian and a renowned musician. Twitter

London, July 4, 2017: British Indian Soumik Datta, a renowned sarod maestro, will curate a day-long festival, Indian Summer Baaja, as part of the Horniman Museum and Gardens’ Indian Summer season, on July 23.

The event will feature music, stories, and dance from across South Asia as curator Soumik brings together an array of Britain-based musicians, storytellers and dancers whose contemporary practice is deep-rooted in the musical traditions of South Asia.

Horniman Museum and Garden’s Indian Summer will be a series of events and exhibitions from July 9 to September 3 and celebrate 70 years of India’s and Britain’s cultural ties.

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Indian Summer Baaja will feature world music artist Shammi Pithia, percussionist Bernhard Schimpelsberger, tabla player Gurdain Singh Rayatt, violinist Preetha Narayanan and progressive six piece British-Bengali band Khiyo, among others.

The day will close with a two-hour gala of voices, drummers, and strings led by Soumik, who has worked on collaborative projects with the likes of Beyonce Knowles, Anoushka Shankar, Joss Stone and Shankar Mahadevan, on the sarod.


“I wanted to recreate the atmosphere of vibrant Indian festivals complete with nomad bands and folk musicians playing on street corners and city gardens,” Soumik said in a statement.

“The word ‘baaja’ in Hindi roughly translates as ‘instrument’ or group of instruments. For me, an instrument carries with it the DNA of where it has come from. In its sound, it carries the identity of its region.

“In its resonance lives its many stories. Responding to the incredible collection of instruments at the Horniman, I wanted to celebrate ancient South Asian instruments such as the sarod, veena, bansuri and kanjira that are now being played by young and dynamic second generation maestros in the UK with an urgency that keeps this music relevant and alive,” he added. (IANS)


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UK’s Indian Origin Steel Tycoon Sanjeev Gupta to Create 300 New Jobs in a steel division formerly owned by Tata Steel

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London, May 4, 2017: On Tuesday, Britain’s Indian-origin steel tycoon Sanjeev Gupta announced 300 new jobs and multi-million- pound investments in a steel division formerly owned by Tata Steel.

Gupta’s Liberty House, the industrial and commodities group that is purchasing steel assets around the world, stated it plans to safeguard the future of five sites across the north of England and West Midlands as it formally fulfilled its 100-million-pound acquisition of Tata Steel UK’s Speciality Steels division, a deal announced earlier this year.

Besides, the objective to create new jobs, the move shields at least 1,700 existing jobs at three major sites at Rotherham, Stocksbridge and Brinsworth in South Yorkshire, smaller sites in Bolton, Lancashire and Wednesbury in the West Midlands and two distribution centres in China, mentioned PTI report.

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After this acquisition, Liberty will become one of the largest steel and engineering employers in the UK, with over 4,500 workers.

“The Speciality Steels business is a global leader in its field, with a highly skilled and well-motivated workforce and we are eager to invest so it can grow and achieve its full potential. Today marks a step change for the Liberty House Group because we are taking on strategically important capacity that will drive expansion in the years ahead,” Gupta stated today.

According to PTI report, the Liberty House executive chairman, on an acquisition spree in the US recently, stated the UK investment is aimed at accomplishing his global GreenSteel vision of steel production’s sustainable future, which will ease investment in engineering products and reduction of the supply-chain gaps in the UK, especially in automotive and aerospace sectors.

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Speciality Steels yields a range of high-value steels utilised in the manufacture of vehicles, aircraft, equipment for the oil and gas industry and industrial machinery.

Liberty stated it plans to invest up to 20 million pounds in new plant and equipment in the first year alone to augment competitiveness and safeguard international market leadership for the business, which is being relaunched as Liberty Speciality Steels.

Production from the arc furnaces is anticipated to rise over a million tonnes per annum and there are plans for the bar mill to produce over 400,000 tonnes a year.

The acquisition exhibits a major step forward for Liberty’s GreenSteel strategy as it gives the group the largest arc furnace capacity in the UK, a key component in its plan to ascend low-carbon steel production based on recycling metal in furnaces powered by renewable energy.

The Speciality Steels transaction is the latest in a succession of key acquisitions and business turnarounds undertaken by Liberty House, SIMEC and the broader GFG Alliance over the past three years.

These are comprised of major metal, energy, engineering, property and financial assets in London, West Midlands, Wales and Scotland.

– prepared by Sabhyata Badhwar. Twitter: @SabbyDarkhorse

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Radhika Menon: First woman in the world to get Bravery Award at Sea by IMO

It took three strenuous attempts in the harsh wind and rain and strong waves before Menon could rescue all seven frail and famished fishermen, aged between 15-50 years

Sampurna Swarajya. Image Source: panoramio.com
  • Captain Menon will be the first woman worldwide to receive a bravery award at sea by IMO
  • She was nominated by the Government of India for displaying immense courage while saving all the fishermen on the fishing boat Durgamma
  • This year’s Awards ceremony will take place at IMO Headquarters, on November 21, at the end of the first day of the Maritime Safety Committee

Radhika Menon, the first female captain in Indian Merchant Navy is all set to receive the 2016 International Maritime Organization (IMO) Award for Exceptional Bravery at Sea after she played a key role in rescuing seven fishermen from a sinking fishing boat in June last year.

Captain Menon will be the first woman worldwide to receive a bravery award at sea by IMO. The IMO council, which met for its 116th session in London, advocated this decision of a panel of judges.

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She was nominated by the Government of India for displaying immense courage while saving all the fishermen on the fishing boat Durgamma.

“The boat had drifted from Kakinada in Andhra Pradesh all the way to Gopalpur in Odisha when it was spotted by Menon’s team in June last year,” reported TOI.

Radhika Menon Image Source: The New Indian Express
Radhika Menon Image Source: The New Indian Express

The fishermen’s families had lost all hopes to find them and were preparing for their last rites when they received calls about their miraculous rescue.

Apparently, food and water had also been washed away and they were surviving on ice from the cold storage.

While the wave heights were more than 25 feet, and winds were more than 60 knots among heavy rain, on June 22, the second officer Menon on ‘Sampurna Swarajya’ of Shipping Corporation of India, managed to save all the lives.

Spotting the boat 2.5 kilometers away, off the coast of Gopalpur, Menon instantly ordered a rescue operation, with the help of the pilot ladder, life jackets, and buoys ready on call.

It took three strenuous attempts in the harsh wind and rain and strong waves before Menon could rescue all seven frail and famished fishermen, aged between 15-50.

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In an email to TOI, Menon said, “I am humbled, honoured and grateful.”

She added, “It is a maritime obligation to save souls in distress at sea and, as a seafarer and master in command of my ship, I just did my duty.”

This annual Award was established by IMO to provide international recognition for those who, at the risk of losing their own life, perform acts of exceptional bravery to save life at sea or attempt to prevent or mitigate damage to the marine environment.

This year’s Awards ceremony will take place at IMO Headquarters, on November 21, at the end of the first day of the Maritime Safety Committee (MSC), says Handy Shipping Guide.

-prepared by Bulbul Sharma, a staff-writer at NewsGram. Twitter handle: iBulbul_