Vince Cable Calls for Stronger Economic Ties Between India and Britain at WPO Celebrations in London

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10th Anniversary Gala Celebrations of the World Punjabi Organisation (European Division) at the Inter-Continental Hotel.

WPO Annual Dinner 2010 Top Table

British Coalition Government is determined to strengthen the economic ties between India and Britain

Vince Cable MP, Secretary of State for Business, Innovation and Skills has said the British Coalition Government is determined to strengthen the economic ties between India and Britain.

He was speaking as guest of honour at the 10th anniversary celebrations of the World Punjabi Organisation (European Division) at the Intercontinental, Park Lane. He told his audience about his long-standing personal links with India and commended the enterprise of the Punjabi community.

Maharani Preenet Kaur, India’s Minister of State for External Affairs, Govt of India, noted that President Pratibha Patil''s visit to the UK and British Prime Minister David Cameron''s tour to India have "surely enhanced the bilateral relations and elevated the partnership to a new level."

"We were absolutely delighted when Prime Minister Cameron spoke boldly about the terror from across the country and the support he extended to India on this vital issue. We have to jointly fight this menace together."

Among the speakers was Andrew Feldman, co-chairman of the Conservative Party who brought greetings and congratulations from the Prime Minister, David Cameron. Mr Feldman said he was saddened by missed opportunities to work more closely with India over recent years and he called on the Punjabi community to help contribute to the economic recovery of the country by building up businesses in the private sector.

Welcoming the guests Ranjit Baxi, President of the WPO (European Division), spoke of the members’ achievements over the past decade but said much still needed to be done particularly at a time of economic difficulty when everyone had to work together. He said Punjabis in Britain were ready to help support the growth and prosperity of the country. He gave special thanks to Mr Cable whose presence just days before the important Government Spending Review statement demonstrated the government’s support for the Punjabi Community.

Vikramjit Singh Sahney, International President of WPO, said the organisation would launch a Punjab Parliamentary Forum in Delhi on January 10 and Prime Minister Singh has already given his support to the Forum. He said this will help in promoting greater understanding of Global Diversity, and Punjabi values and culture.

Helping to mark the occasion attended by more than four hundred guests, were speakers from India and Canada including Dr Ruby Dhalla who said the Asian community was making great strides in the country’s public and corporate life.

During the evening the prestigious Punjab Jewel awards were presented. Sardar Tarlochan Singh, Vice President of the Indian Olympic Association, was conferred with 'The Jewel of Punjab' award - life-time achievement award - for his services to the Punjabi community.

Subash and Surinder Arora, of The Arora Group of Hotels, were also given the Punjab Jewel award for Excellence in Business and their charitable work.

There was a commemorative brochure to mark the anniversary containing messages of support from Nick Clegg MP, Deputy Prime Minister, Eric Pickles MP, Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government, and IK Gujral, the former Prime Minister of India.

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