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New Delhi: Being the third largest investor in the UK and, possibly, the sturdiest player among the emerging economies including the BRICS nations – Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa, India is showing a growing interest in the UK. Among the recent high-profile investors is Tata Motors which acquired the iconic UK car brand- Jaguar Land Rover.

There is a large number of firms owned by Indian businesses in the United Kingdom. At the point where the Chinese, Brazilian and Russian financial prudence is displaying signs of slowing, India is growing at a good pace.

Due to a slowdown in China economy, India is getting benefited and is able to excel, growing at a rate of 7% per year, pushing it at par with China. The growth of Indian investment is discovering new commercial spaces in the UK.

As per a recent report from the government department of UK Trade & Investment (UKTI), India became the third-largest source of foreign direct investment (FDI) in the UK.

In the year 2014 itself, Indian investment into the UK increased to 64% and is, more or less, at the same level as France, the second largest investor in Great Britain.

Indian investors in the UK this year itself created 7,730 new jobs in the country. There are over 800 India-owned business houses in the UK giving jobs to more than 110,000 employees.

But at the same time investments from the UK have also increased in India. BBC quoted a report stating the investment pattern since 2000 to 2015, from the UK to India has been $22.2bn (£14.5bn). This accounts for 9% of the FDI in India.

The UK is the third- largest foreign investor in India after Mauritius and Singapore.

The Indian government is making individual states more competitive and open to seek for investment by cutting red tape and simplifying investment criteria.

This brings India at par with the UK in the growing economic market and with the Prime Minister Narendra Modi in UK, these facts can play a favourable role for India.



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By M.K. Ashoka

The issue of wearing a hijab (head covering worn in public by Muslim women) to the colleges along with the uniform has sparked a debate in Karnataka over religious practices impacting the education system in the state. The matter has also snowballed into a controversy on whether the hijab could be considered as part of the uniform. The ruling BJP is deliberating on whether to take a call on allowing hijab as part of the uniform of college students. State Education Minister B.C. Nagesh, while opposing the wearing of hijab to classrooms, has said that a decision would be taken on the issue soon by the government.

The experts as well as students are divided over the issue. Those who are in favour state that the dress code in classrooms should not indicate faith or religion as it creates barriers between students as well as teachers. Those who support the wearing of hijab say that hijab should be treated as a scarf. Hijab is black in colour and it can't be a religious symbol as Islam is identified with the green colour. The hijab should be treated as a symbol of chastity, they maintain.

The denial of permission to six girls in the Government Girls' Pre University College in the communally sensitive district of Udupi in the state has created a controversy. Nagesh dubbed it as a political move and questioned whether centres of learning should become religious centres. Meanwhile, the girl students have decided to continue their protest until they are allowed to attend classes wearing hijab.

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By Dr Nidhi Gupta

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The symptoms of allergy range from runny nose, sneezing, coughing, rashes, watery and red eyes to swollen tongue and breathing difficulties. A child experiences serious discomfort and it leaves the parents hopeless at times. Allergies develop slowly over time; parents need to have patience and commitment towards managing them. However, there are certain ways in which we, as parents, can contribute in prevention and possible alleviation of the problems.

* Do Not Stress

Staying stress-free and calm is very important during this time. Creating panic will only add to the misery. Once we know about the symptoms, our mandate must be to keep a first-aid antiallergic kit at home. We can make this kit with the help of our paediatrician.

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