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South Wales: A car crash in Caerphilly town in Britain’s south Wales took life of a 23-year-old British-Indian man when  his car collided with another vehicle, media reported.

Wales Online reported on Tuesday that Haramardeep Singh Ghuman was killed when his car collided with another car early on Sunday.

While Ghuman was pronounced dead at the scene, the driver of the other vehicle was admitted to hospital with serious injuries, according to police.

Caerphilly Observer quoted Gwent police support unit sergeant Robert Ball as saying, “This is usually a busy stretch of road with lots of traffic. However, at that time of the morning, it would have been quieter.”

“We are appealing for witnesses to this collision and I would ask anyone who saw this incident to contact us,” he added.

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

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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.

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“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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Mumbai-born British ‘Curry King’ Noon dead

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Mumbai: Mumbai-born British businessman Lord Ghulam Kaderbhoy Noon, who earned the moniker ‘Curry King‘ for popularising Indian chicken tikka and curry in Britain and survived the 26/11 terror attacks in Taj Mahal and Palace Hotel in Mumbai, has died in London.

Born in Mumbai on January 24, 1936, the 79-year-old Noon breathed his last — in a country he adopted in 1964 — on Tuesday after a prolonged battle with cancer.

While on a visit to India and his birthplace in Mumbai, Noon was among the thousands of guests trapped inside the iconic Taj Mahal and Palace Hotel during the November 26-29, 2008, Mumbai terror attacks, and was later rescued by security forces who stormed and neutralised the Pakistani terrorists.

Shiv Sena’s youth leader Aaditya Thackeray expressed grief over the demise of Lord Noon, a prominent member of the Dawoodi Bohra community who started with a sweetmeat shop in Mumbai nearly six decades ago.

“One of the most prominent Indians in Britain, and beyond that all, a very close friend of our family… Noon uncle was the epitome of the ‘never give up’ spirit of entrepreneurship and humanity,” said Aaditya Thackeray.

Migrating to Britain in his teens, Noon founded and ran a number of food product companies in Southall, specialising in Indian cuisine.

His main business ‘Noon Products’ was established in 1987, manufacturing chilled and frozen ready-to-eat Indian and Thai meals, mostly for British supermarkets.

In 1994, the factory was reduced to ashes in a blaze, but he got it working within 10 weeks and in 2005 it was acquired by Irish food giant Kerry Group.

In 1996, he was made Member of Order of British Empire (MBE), Knight Bachelor in 2002, as Baron Noon in 2011, and finally entered the British House of Lords in January 2011 as a Labour Party leader.

Later, Noon became the chancellor of University of East London, a Fellow of Birkbeck and a trustee of Maimonides Foundation, which promotes dialogue between the Jews and Muslims.

(IANS)