The well-known British-Asian industrialist, philanthropist and life peer Sir Gulam Noon has passed away at the age of 79. Known as the “Curry King of Britain”, Mumbai-born Sir Gulam was best known for his association with Southall, the area of West London home to a large Indian community. His was …Read More »
India-born scientist and Nobel laureate Sir Venkatraman Ramakrishnan has been confirmed as President of the Royal Society, the world’s pre-eminent organization for the advancement of learning. Sir Venkatraman will officially take up the position in December. Born in Tamil Nadu and raised in Gujarat, Sir Venkatraman was educated in India …Read More »
From world leaders to heads of development banks, the destination of choice these days appears to be New Delhi as change-makers attempt to tap in to the sense of optimism that has characterized the development-driven Narendra Modi's short time in office.
This week sees the arrival in the Indian capital of Sir Suma Chakrabarti, head of the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), who will hold meetings with Finance Minister Arun Jaitley and Reserve Bank of India (RBI) governor Raghuram Rajan, among others, before addressing the Delhi Sustainable Development Summit (DSDS) later this week.
India is not a member of EBRD and the country is outside the bank's investment remit - despite India considering membership of the bank since the early 1990's.
India is nevertheless, an important source of private sector funding for EBRD's investments in Europe, the Middle East and North Africa. Joint India-EBRD investments up to 31 December 2014 totalled more than 175 million euros (£130 million).
Speaking to the UKAsian ahead of his departure, Kolkata-born Sir Suma spoke about what the EBRD brings to the table, its work in India, the new BRICS bank and Prime Minister Modi's economic agenda.Read More »
One of Britain’s most renowned inventors today called for skilled graduates from outside the EU to be given better opportunities inside Britain if the UK is to become a global leader in engineering. Sir James Dyson, the billionaire founder of the Dyson Group, told the BBC’s Breakfast program that Britain …Read More »
‘Gandhi’ star Sir Ben Kingsley will voice the protective black panther Bagheera in the upcoming Disney adaptation of Rudyard Kipling’s much-loved ‘The Jungle Book’. The live-action film, a remake of the 1967 animated classic, will be directed by Iron Man-helmer Jon Favreau. Kingsley – born Krishna Pandit Bhanji – joins …Read More »
Sir Anish Kapoor has revealed that he received hate mail and abusive Twitter messages after the publication of an open letter against Narendra Modi signed by the award-winning sculptor and a slew of other public figures. Sir Anish said he had received a “barrage” of “intimidating correspondence” since the letter …Read More »