LONDON: Britain favours closer engagement with Gujarat and its chief minister Narendra Modi to realize the country's wide-ranging objectives in the state, UK's Prime Minister David Cameron has said. "In the last 12 months, there have been significant developments in the legal process following the 2002 Gujarat riots, including convictions in a number of high profile cases," Cameron told Eastern Eye, a weekly published by the Garavi Gujarat Group of newspapers. "We believe that closer engagement with Gujarat, including chief minister Narendra Modi, is now the best way to achieve our wide-ranging objectives there including on human rights and ensure that the UK can provide a full and consistent range of services across India," Cameron said. Asked whether the UK will issue a visa to Modi if he wins the general elections in 2014 for BJP, Cameron said "any visa application is assessed on its merits. We are committed to a strong bilateral relationship with India, and that includes welcoming the Indian Prime Minister here for bilateral meetings." Modi was named as the opposition's candidate for the top job in India on September 13. Although many western nations including Britain and the US, distanced themselves from Modi in the immediate aftermath of the 2002 riots, there has been a shift in their position in the past year.
Britain had imposed a decade long boycott of the leader in the aftermath of the 2002 Gujarat riots. But twitter economic interests made James Bevan, UK's High Commissioner in India meet Modi on October 22, 2012 and end the boycott. For the first time in over 10 years, Modi has also been invited by Britain's parliamentarians to visit UK and deliver a lecture at the House of Commons. In his first comments about Modi whom the British press called "India's most polarising politician" Cameron has said: "In the last 12 months, there have been significant developments in the legal process following the 2002 Gujarat riots, including convictions in a number of high profile cases. We believe that closer engagement with Gujarat, including Modi, is now the best way to achieve our wide-ranging objectives there - including on human rights - and ensure that the UK can provide a full and consistent range of services across India." In March this year, Britain's Foreign Office Minister Hugo Swire met Modi in Gujarat. Swire had told TOI: "UK's renewed engagement with Gujarat after more than a decade is more "economic and not "an endorsement of any single politician or party." He added: "In October 2012, after much consideration, our government changed our approach to engagement in Gujarat. The decision was not taken lightly and I respect the views of those who disagree with our change of policy." Swire added: "Gujarat has grown at 10% per year for the last five years and is experiencing rapid development.
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The UK universities include Birmingham, Sheffield, Leeds, Nottingham, Warwick, Bristol, Reading and Southampton. Institutions such as the British Library, British Museum and British Council will also make material available to students. On offer will be 20 short courses, with eight starting this year, and each MOOC course is expected to attract 20,000 students. In this experimental phase, students taking these courses will carry out multiple choice questions, without any formal qualifications. Although students will not get a certificate, universities are hoping that many people will be attracted by the chance to follow university-level courses without any travel or cost and at a time that suits them.
According to June 2013 research from comScore , among UK mobile gamers, 43% spent 3 hours or more per week playing these games. Date from Deloitte , meanwhile, highlights the general popularity of gaming apps among smartphone and tablet owners in the UK. In a May 2013 survey, conducted by TNS , 43% of respondents indicated that they had downloaded a mobile gaming app in the past 12 months. This was the second most popular response, behind only social networking apps, which were cited by 48% of respondents. This consumer behavior is having a major impact on game developers in the country. In September, the UK games developer Blitz Games Studios announced that it was closing up shop following 23 years of relative success in the mid-range gaming space.
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"The relative improvement in the UK's productivity performance from the mid-1990s to the late 2000s has clearly gone into reverse in an economy reliant on falling real wages, rather than increased output, as the main driver of employment growth. "The drop in the UK's international productivity ranking in 2012 proves that strong employment growth fuelled by falling real wages http://zacharysybl.xanga.com/775487854/the-feel-of-the-party-is-usually-luxurious-and-guests-could-expect-all-things-erotic-to-happen-insid/ is symptomatic of relative economic weakness rather than strength. "While the real wage squeeze is preferable to even higher unemployment, these latest international productivity figures show the UK economy can't be deemed to be experiencing a genuine recovery until we see firm evidence of both stronger output growth and rising real incomes." But Chancellor George Osborne has claimed the country is in the "early stages of recovery" and "turning a corner". Speaking at the Institute of Directors' annual convention he said: "The British economy is looking better. The economy is growing in all sectors.
UK man gets 27 years in U.S. jail for plot to torture, eat child
Older consumers typically consume confectionery less frequently than younger consumers, but the sheer population of close to 18 million consumers aged 55 and over is driving the market. Confectionery is a universally-consumed product but slightly skewed towards female consumption in UK. Older consumers aged 55 and over constitute one fourth of the consumption for both men and women. While the better off wealth group account for half of male Confectionery consumption, consumption among women is more evenly spread among wealth groups. Chocolate and Sugar Confectionery accounted for around 90% of the total number of packs used in the UK Confectionery sector in 2012, driving significant demand for Flexible Packaging Film and Bags/Sachets. Box, Blister Pack, and Trays are the other key pack types for Confectionery products in UK.
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Attorney's Office after a search warrant was executed at the http://erwinrsex.iloveblog.com/2013/09/14/therefore-a-healthy-mind-with-positive-thoughts-is-also-important-to-send-positive-signals-to-your-senses/ Worcester, Massachusetts house of Geoffrey Portway, 40. Credit: Reuters/U.S. Attorney's Office/Handout via Reuters By Daniel Lovering WORCESTER, Massachusetts | Tue Sep 17, 2013 6:47pm EDT WORCESTER, Massachusetts (Reuters) - A British man who admitted planning to kidnap, torture and eat at least one child using a sound-proofed dungeon he built in his home in Massachusetts was sentenced to nearly 27 years in U.S. prison on Tuesday. Geoffrey Portway, 40, a British citizen, was sentenced by Judge Timothy Hillman at U.S.
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Lloyds posted 2.1 billion ($3.2 billion) profit for the six months Jun 30, 2013, compared with a loss of 456 million in the prior-year period. When the banks tumbled during the crisis, the UK government bailed out financial institutions with more than 100 billion. Notably, 20.5 billion was paid as bailout money to Lloyds and around 45.5 billion to Royal Bank of Scotland Group PLC ( RBS ). Currently, the taxpayers still hold 81% stake in RBS. UK Financial Investments Ltd the British agency that administers the government's stake in the banks it helped bail out, will place the shares for sale on Sep 20. After the completion of the transaction, the UK Treasury would be left with 32.7% stake in Lloyds. Most of the shares were vended to the UK and U.S.
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"We want to get the best value for the taxpayer, maximise support for the economy and restore them to private ownership," a Treasury spokesman said. Britain pumped 20.5 billion pounds into Lloyds during the crisis, leaving taxpayers holding a 38.7 percent stake. The sale will reduce its stake to 32.7 percent. Although the size of the stake being sold is lower than some analysts had expected, it is still comfortably above that of the Royal Mail, which is expected to raise between 2 and 3 billion pounds in its upcoming privatisation. "It's a great signal it has been kicked off, the wheels have started to turn," said Chirantan Barua, analyst at Bernstein. Labour finance spokesman Chris Leslie said the sale great site should be used to repay national debt.