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Diwali is an important part of UK’s National Life, says Britain’s PM Theresa May

Britain's Prime Minister Theresa May had lit a traditional lamp on her first Diwali event at 10, Downing street

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October 26, 2016: Diwali has now become a popular festival due to the presence of Indians all across the globe. Also, the fireworks and the rangoli have attracted the attention of people from various countries. Diwali marks the beginning of a new era and a renewal of commitment to the family values.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May, lit a traditional lamp on her first Diwali event at 10, Downing street. She said,” I want us to be proud of what Diwali means to our nation, after all, it was here in Downing street that Prime Minister Modi chose to start the last Hindu New year.”

Britain’s PM will be visiting India next month in November. It will be her first bilateral outside of the European Union. She said,” I’m going from Delhi to Bangalore. The visit will mark a celebration  of relations between our countries and our shared ambitions for the future.”

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The Diwali event hosted by Theresa May was attended by India’s acting high commissioner, Dinesh Patnaik, and other British Indian officials.

Lauding the Indian community of Britain, May said to HT,” When we analyze the true meaning of Diwali, its relevance extends beyond India, beyond the Indian diaspora and even beyond the Hindus, Jains, Sikhs and Buddhists who, in different ways, mark the festival. Its messages apply to everyone – whatever our background, whatever our faith.”

“Now I have to say I haven’t read all 24,000 verses of the epic poem about Lord Rama’s return to Ayodhya. But I do know the story of his homecoming from the many celebrations I have attended in my own constituency over the years,” she added.

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“The values he embodied are values which we can all heed. Values of charity, sacrifice and responsibilities: to paraphrase Mahatma Gandhi: losing ourselves in the service of others,” she said.

According to the HT report, Britain’s political system has many British Indian representatives including Sandip Verma, Jitesh Gandhia, Dolar Popat and Ranbir Suri in the House of Lords and Shailesh Vara, Rishi Sunak, Priti Patel and Alok Sharma in the House of Commons.

May announced that she would be leading a trade delegation to India from Nov 6 to 8, as her government seeks new relationships after Britain leaves the European Union.

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Some say Leicester hosts the largest Diwali celebration outside of India. This year the event is expecting more than 100,000 people. Every year, the Golden Mile in Belgrave is decorated with Diwali lights.

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

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Indian dishes available in Moscow during FIFA World Cup 2018, representational image, wikimedia commons

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)