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British Lawmakers of Indian-origin pay tribute to UK Terror Attack Victims, says Country will not accept defeat

British lawmakers of Indian-origin reprimand the UK terror attack, ensuring that Britain stands together undefeated by terrorism

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London, Mar 23, 2017: British lawmakers of Indian origin reprimanded the dreadful terror attack in the heart of London city, saying that the country will not accept defeat and that they “stand together” against terrorism.

Priti Patel is the senior-most Indian-origin Cabin Minister. She paid tributes to the police officers who were stabbed at the gates of the Parliament building by the single attacker.

She told, “The Westminster terrorist event was shocking and horrific. My prayers and thoughts are with the families, friends and relatives of those who died, and those who were injured.”

The International Development Minister said that a thorough investigation of the events was being conducted and that everyone stood together, refusing to be defeated by terrorism, mentioned PTI.

Patel further said, “I commend the police, emergency services and medical staff for the  swift action and bravery they showed yesterday.”

“They put themselves in danger to protect and help the people. I pay tribute to PC Keith Palmer for the bravery and courage he showed. My condolences are with his family and he will always be in our prayers and thoughts.”

Former justice minister, Shailesh Vara MP, said addressing the House of Commons that Britain stands together against the “evil ideals” of the terrorists.

“The message that we need to take away is that this evil ideology is not only an attack on Western countries and the values that we hold so dear but it is an evil that seeks to destroy our way of life across the world,” he said.

Describing the attack as “cowardly and despicable,” Labour MP Virendra Sharma urged the people for “cooperation, unity and peace.”

“Many people lie injured on hospital beds after this horrendous act, with two people from Westminster Bridge attack dead. While the facts of the exact occurrences are still unfolding, i would urge everyone to continue with their lives, as the Londoners have done for centuries.”

“We must not jump to conclusions, sinking to the level of the people who hate us. We must stand together as a community not apart, not scared, unbent and unbowed,” he added.

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FIFA World Cup 2018: Indian Cuisine becomes the most sought after in Moscow

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June 17, 2018:

Restaurateurs Prodyut and Sumana Mukherjee have not only brought Indian cuisine to the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018 here but also plan to dish out free dinner to countrymen if Argentina wins the trophy on July 15.

Based in Moscow for the last 27 years, Prodyut and Sumana run two Indian eateries, “Talk Of The Town” and “Fusion Plaza”.

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Both restaurants serve popular Indian dishes like butter chicken, kebabs and a varied vegetarian spread.

During the ongoing FIFA World Cup 2018, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

The Mukherjees, hailing from Kolkata, are die-hard fans of Argentina. Despite Albiceleste drawing 1-1 with Iceland in their group opener with Lionel Messi failing to sparkle, they believe Jorge Sampaoli’s team can go the distance.

“I am an Argentina fan. I have booked tickets for a quarterfinal match, a semifinal and of course the final. If Argentina goes on to lift

During the World Cup, there will be 25 per cent discount for those who will possess a Fan ID (required to watch World Cup games).

There will also be gifts and contests on offers during matches in both the restaurants to celebrate the event.

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FIFA World Cup 2018, Wikimedia Commons.

“We have been waiting for this World Cup. Indians come in large numbers during the World Cup and we wanted these eateries to be a melting point,” he added.

According to Cutting Edge Events, FIFA’s official sales agency in India for the 2018 World Cup, India is amongst the top 10 countries in terms of number of match tickets bought.

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Prodyut came to Moscow to study engineering and later started working for a pharmaceutical company here before trying his hand in business. Besides running the two restaurants with the help of his wife, he was into the distribution of pharmaceutical products.

“After Russia won the first match of the World Cup, the footfall has gone up considerably. The Indians are also flooding in after the 6-9 p.m. game. That is the time both my restaurants remain full,” Prodyut said.

There are also plans to rope in registered fan clubs of Latin American countries, who will throng the restaurants during matches and then follow it up with after-game parties till the wee hours.

“I did get in touch with some of the fan clubs I had prior idea about. They agreed to come over and celebrate the games at our joints. Those will be gala nights when both eateries will remain open all night for them to enjoy,” Prodyut said.

Watching the World Cup is a dream come true for the couple, Sumana said.

“We want to make the Indians who have come here to witness the spectacle and feel at home too. We always extend a helping hand and since we are from West Bengal, we make special dishes for those who come from Bengal,” she added. (IANS)