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British PM Theresa May Pays Visit to Swaminarayan Temple in London ahead of UK Elections

The British PM has visited the temple while campaigning for the snap general election that was called by her earlier this year

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British PM Theresa May has paid a visit to the biggest temple outside India- the Swaminarayan Mandir in north-west London. Wikimedia

UK, June 11, 2017: Prime Minister of Britain, Theresa May has paid a visit to the biggest temple outside India- the Swaminarayan Mandir in north-west London. The Prime Minister was accompanied by her husband to the temple, just a couple of days ahead of the general election of UK that was held on June 8.

According to the reports of PTI, a spokesperson of the temple informed the media that the Prime Minister visited the temple and offered flower petals at the central shrine of Bhagwan Swaminarayan, at Neasden in London, on June 3.

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The spokesperson further added that after meeting with the old and young volunteers of the ‘BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha’; Prime Minister May, 60, proceeded to meet the leaders and the volunteers of the other Hindu Organizations.

Theresa May addressed about two thousand worshippers asking them to help her create Britain to become the “world’s great meritocracy”, mentioned PTI.

PM May was quoted as saying, “I say to all British Hindus and Indians, come with me as we make Britain the world’s great meritocracy. Come with me as we build a truly global Britain, and help me build those vital links with India. Come with me as we build a stronger, fairer and more prosperous vision for us all.”

She also applauded the British-Indians for becoming “inspiring role models across all walks of life” and further stated that the foundation of the achievements of the British-Indians were crafted “on the very best of British and Indian values.”

The spokesperson of the temple also reported that- both the Prime Minister and her husband, removed their shoes prior to entering the temple and Prime Minister May was presented with a traditional memento before her departure. Her visit on 3rd June marks her second visit to the temple, as she was a keynote-speaker and also the guest of honor on International Women’s Day, back in march 2013.

The Prime Minister visited the temple while campaigning for the snap general election that was called by her earlier this year.

– prepared by Antara Kumar of NewsGram. Twitter: @ElaanaC

 

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UK Elections 2017: Indian Origin Preet Gill becomes the First Female Sikh MP

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Preet Kaur Gill, elected MP of Birmingham Edgbaston. Twitter
  • The UK elections 2017 saw a remarkable result as Indian-origin Labour Party candidates secured more votes than the rivals conservatives
  • Preet Kaur Gill, hailing from Edgbaston Birmingham, has become the first female Sikh MP of the UK
  • In another series of firsts, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi has become the first Labour Party’ turban wearing MP

June 08, 2017: The 2017 UK elections have resulted in a hung parliament but there are clearly some victories to be celebrated.

The UK has chosen its first female Sikh MP. An Indian-origin Labor party candidate, Preet Kaur Gill has won by a margin of 6,917 votes over her political rival Caroline Squire from the Conservative Party.

Having secured 24,124 votes, Preet Gill has become MP for Birmingham Edgbaston where she was born and raised. Gill is a councilor representing the St. Paul’s Ward in Sandwell Metropolitan Borough.

Gill gives credits her father for her passion in political life. He was a bus driver who “worked tirelessly for the local community”. Preet Gill holds a first class honor’s degree in Sociology and Social Work from the University of East of London. She has worked in India for UNICEF.

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In other firsts, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi of the Labor Party has become the first turban-wearing MP of the UK. Dhesi secured 34,170 votes to become the MP for Slough constituency. He won by a margin of 16,998 votes over his Conservative rival. Dhesi said he is “humbled” to be chosen to serve the town where he was born and raised.

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Elected MP from Slough, Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi. Twitter

Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi was also the youngest elected Sikh Mayor of Europe in 2011. 10 MPs of Indian Origin were part of the House of Commons until last year. This year the record has gone up to 12.

by Saksham Narula of NewsGram. Twitter: @Saksham2394

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British PM Theresa May says Terror strike in London is “a strike on Free World”

In a video address from her Downing Street office, May pointed out that the victims in Saturday's attack in London's Southwark district -- in which seven people were killed and 48 injured -- included a number of nationalities, Efe news reported.

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London, June 5, 2017: Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May on Monday said the terror strike in London earlier this week was an attack not just on the country and its capital, but on the free world.

In a video address from her Downing Street office, May pointed out that the victims in Saturday’s attack in London’s Southwark district — in which seven people were killed and 48 injured — included a number of nationalities, Efe news reported.

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“This was an attack not just on London and the UK, but on the free world,” May said.

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She added that the threat level would remain at “severe”, the second-highest in the five-level scale.

May recorded the brief clip, which was broadcast by Sky and BBC News, shortly after chairing another meeting of COBRA, Britain’s crisis response committee. (IANS)

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London Bridge Attack: PM Theresa May says on Islamic Terrorism- “Enough is Enough”

Less than two weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults at a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England

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Armed police officers walk outside Borough Market after an attack left 6 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

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LONDON (Reuters), June 06, 2017: British Prime Minister Theresa May called on Sunday for a stronger response to Islamist extremism after three attackers drove a van into pedestrians on London Bridge and stabbed others nearby, killing seven people and injuring 48.

Police forensic investigators work outside Borough Market after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

London’s Metropolitan Police arrested 12 people in the Barking district of east London in connection with the attack and raids were continuing there, the force said. A Reuters photographer saw another raid take place in nearby East Ham.

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Armed police stand outside Borough Market after an attack left 6 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Peter Nicholls

The attack occurred five days before a parliamentary election and was the third to hit Britain in less than three months. May said the vote would go ahead as planned on Thursday.

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“It is time to say enough is enough,” the Conservative leader said in a televised statement outside her Downing Street office, where flags flew at half-mast.

Police officers escort a woman to a police van after raiding a block of flats in Barking, east London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

“We cannot and must not pretend that things can continue as they are,” May said, calling for a beefed-up counter-terrorism strategy that could include longer jail sentences for some offences and new cyberspace regulations.

A coroner’s vehicle is driven on to London Bridge after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

A Canadian national was among those killed, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said in a statement. None of the dead were identified by name. French and Australian authorities said nationals from their countries were among those injured.

Police officers escort a woman to a police van after raiding a block of flats in Barking, east London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Hannah McKay

Less than two weeks ago, a suicide bomber killed 22 children and adults at a concert by U.S. singer Ariana Grande in Manchester in northern England. In March, in a attack similar to Saturday’s, five people died after a man drove into pedestrians on Westminster Bridge in central London and stabbed a policeman.

Police forensics investigators work on London Bridge after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

On Saturday night, police shot dead the three male assailants in the Borough Market area near London Bridge within eight minutes of receiving the first emergency call shortly after 10 p.m. (2100 GMT).

Police forensics investigators work on London Bridge after an attack left 6 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Eyewitnesses described harrowing scenes as the attackers’ white van veered on and off the bridge sidewalk, hitting people along the way, and the three men then ran into an area packed with bars and restaurants, stabbing people indiscriminately.

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Accounts emerged of people trying to barricade themselves in a pub while others tried throwing tables and other objects to fend off the attackers.

A City of London police officer bows in respect as a coroner’s vehicle is driven away from London Bridge after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

England’s health authority said on Sunday afternoon that 36 of those injured remained in hospital, of whom 21 were in a critical condition.

May made a private visit to King’s College Hospital, where some of the injured were being treated, to see staff and patients, a spokeswoman said.

A union flag is flown at half mast in Westminster after an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

The government announced that a nationwide minute of silence would be held at 1000 GMT on Tuesday to pay respect to the victims of the attack and flags would remain at half-mast on government buildings until Tuesday evening.

At an apartment block in Barking, a resident told Sky News he heard controlled explosions early on Sunday morning as police gained access to the building. A Reuters photographer later saw four women being removed from the building, shielding their faces as they stepped into police vans.

There was no immediate claim of responsibility for the London Bridge attack.

Islamic State, losing territory in Syria and Iraq to an advance backed by a U.S.-led coalition, had sent out a call on instant messaging service Telegram early on Saturday urging its followers to carry out attacks with trucks, knives and guns against “Crusaders” during the Muslim holy month of Ramadan.

Islamist militants have carried out scores of deadly attacks in Europe, the Middle East, Africa, Asia and the United States over the past two years.

NOT CONNECTED TO MANCHESTER, WESTMINSTER ATTACKS

“We believe we are experiencing a new trend in the threat we face as terrorism breeds terrorism,” May said.

“Perpetrators are inspired to attack not only on the basis of carefully constructed plots … and not even as lone attackers radicalised online, but by copying one another and often using the crudest of means of attack.”

She said the series of attacks were not connected in terms of planning and execution, but were inspired by what she called a “single, evil ideology of Islamist extremism” that represented a perversion of Islam and of the truth. She said this ideology had to be confronted both abroad and at home.

“While we have made significant progress in recent years, there is – to be frank – far too much tolerance of extremism in our country,” she said, urging Britons to be more robust in stamping it out in the public sector and in wider society.

U.S. President Donald Trump, taking to Twitter on Sunday, urged the world to stop being “politically correct” in order to ensure public security against terrorism.

Most of the main political parties suspended election campaigning on Sunday, but May said this would resume on Monday. The anti-European Union UK Independence Party said it would not suspend its campaign because disrupting democracy was what the extremists wanted.

London Bridge is a major transport hub and nearby Borough Market is a fashionable warren of alleyways leavened with bars and restaurants that is always bustling on a Saturday night.

The area remained cordoned off and patrolled by armed police and counter-terrorism officers on Sunday, with train stations closed. Forensic investigators could be seen working on the bridge, where buses and taxis stood abandoned.

Police forensics investigators work on London Bridge near abandoned buses after an attack left 6 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

At several points outside the cordon, people started laying flowers and messages of grief and solidarity as the day progressed.

Ariana Grande and other music stars were due to give a benefit concert at Manchester’s Old Trafford cricket ground on Sunday evening to raise funds for victims of the concert bombing and their families. Police said the event would go ahead as planned though security would be increased.

“Today’s One Love Manchester benefit concert will not only continue, but will do so with greater purpose,” Grande’s manager, Scooter Braun, said on Twitter after the London attack.

Police forensic investigators work on London Bridge after an attack left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Dylan Martinez

Manchester police said a minute’s silence had been held at the start of a charity soccer match at Manchester United’s stadium to honor the victims of both the concert and London Bridge attacks.

FAKE EXPLOSIVE VESTS

The three attackers on Saturday night were wearing what looked like explosive vests that were later found to have been fake. May said the assailants’ aim had been to sow panic. The BBC showed a photograph of two possible attackers shot by police, one of whom had canisters strapped to his body.

The London Ambulance Service said 48 people had been taken to five hospitals across the capital and a number of others had been treated at the scene for minor injuries. Police said some of those in hospital had life-threatening injuries.

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said the official threat level in Britain remained at severe, meaning a militant attack is highly likely. It had been raised to critical after the Manchester attack, then lowered again days later.

“One of the things we can do is show that we aren’t going to be cowed is by voting on Thursday and making sure that we understand the importance of our democracy, our civil liberties and our human rights,” Khan said.

Britain’s Prime Minister Theresa May speaks outside 10 Downing Street after an attack on London Bridge and Borough Market left 7 people dead and dozens injured in London, Britain, June 4, 2017. REUTERS/Kevin Coombs

Roy Smith, a police officer who was at the scene during the unfolding emergency, expressed his shock on Twitter.

“Started shift taking photos with children playing on the South Bank. Ended it giving CPR to innocent victims attacked at London Bridge,” he wrote, adding a broken heart emoji.

In tweets, Trump offered help to Britain but also leveled apparent criticism of Khan for saying there was no need to be alarmed. Khan had earlier said Londoners would see an increased police presence on the streets of the city and people should not be alarmed by that.

German Chancellor Angela Merkel, French President Emmanuel Macron and Russian President Vladimir Putin were among those who sent messages of condolence and made statements of solidarity.

Four French nationals were among those injured in the London attack, French officials said. Australia said two of its citizens were caught up in it and one of them was in hospital.

The Manchester bombing on May 22 was the deadliest attack in Britain since July 2005, when four British Muslim suicide bombers killed 52 people in coordinated assaults on London’s transport network.

(Additional reporting by UK bureau, Dylan Martinez, Hannah McKay, William Schomberg, Elisabeth O’Leary, Marine Pennetier in Paris, Steve Scherer in Rome, Polina Devitt in Moscow, Paul Carrel in Berlin and David Morgan in Washington; writing by Estelle Shirbon and Pravin Char; editing by Ralph Boulton)