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London: The contribution of Indian soldiers in the First World War will be commemorated at a special exhibition in Britain next month, a media report said on Wednesday. British_and_Native_Indian_Soldiers

The residents can acknowledge at the “Legacy of Valour” exhibition the efforts of more than 1.5 million Indian soldiers, including Sikhs, who fought for Britain. The exhibition, at Reading Town Hall, will be held from August 2 till August 31, GetReading.com reported.

“India provided Britain with a massive volunteer army in its hour of need. Over 1.5 million Indian soldiers and support personnel served during 1914-18, fighting in all major theaters of war,” Inderpal Dhanjal, project leader of the exhibition, was quoted as saying.

The exhibition will display rare photographs of Indian soldiers, including Reading Town center where many Indians trained as Royal Flying Corps combat pilots.

High Commissioner of India to Britain Ranjan Mathai and Her Majesty’s Lord Lieutenant of Berkshire James Puxley are expected to be present at a special ceremony, to be held on August 1.

“We are expecting many distinguished guests at the opening of this exhibition, including local MPs, Members of House of Lords, Mayor, local councilors, representatives of faith and charity organisations, police, Home Office, and armed forces as well as prominent community members,” Dhanjal added.

Legacy of Valour is a heritage project that was launched in October 2014 as part of the First World War centenary.

It aims to get the Punjabi community living in Reading and Wokingham to learn, understand and share the contribution of Indian soldiers between 1914 and 1918.

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Britain To Ban Sale Of Plastic Straws In Bid To Fight Waste

Britain planning to ban the sale of Plastic products

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Stainless steel straws are displayed at the cooperative Sin Plastico (Without Plastic), which offers environmentally friendly household items free from plastic materials and packaging, in Bilbao, Spain, April 6, 2018. Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use items. VOA

Britain plans to ban the sale of plastic straws and other single-use products and is pressing Commonwealth allies to also take action to tackle marine waste, the office of Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May said.

It said drink stirrers and cotton buds would also be banned under the plans.

May has pledged to eradicate avoidable plastic waste by 2042 as part of a “national plan of action.”

“Plastic waste is one of the greatest environmental challenges facing the world, which is why protecting the marine environment is central to our agenda at the Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting,” May said in a statement ahead of a Commonwealth summit Thursday.

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A woman drinks from a paper cup through a plastic straw on Westminster

Leaders from the Commonwealth — a network of 53 countries, mostly former British colonies — are meeting in London this week.

May is looking to deepen ties to the Commonwealth as Britain seeks to boost trade and carve out a new role in the world ahead of the country’s departure from the European Union in March next year.

Britain will commit 61.4 million pounds ($87.21 million) at the summit to develop new ways of tackling plastic waste and help Commonwealth countries limit how much plastic ends up in the ocean.

“We are rallying Commonwealth countries to join us in the fight against marine plastic,” May said.

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“Together we can effect real change so that future generations can enjoy a natural environment that is healthier than we currently find it.”

The statement said environment minister Michael Gove would launch a consultation later this year into the plan to ban the plastic items. It gave no details who the consultation would be with.  VOA

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