Miliband wants Indo-British ties to be further strengthened

Britain`s new David Cameron-led government should work towards further strengthening UK`s bilateral ties with India.

London: Britain`s new David Cameron-led
government should work towards further strengthening UK`s
bilateral ties with India, which have never been better,
former Foreign Secretary David Miliband has said.

Miliband, a strong contender for Labour leadership,
said the Indo-Britain ties during his party`s term, were
marked by the remarkable relationship between former Prime
Minister Gordon Brown and Manmohan Singh, as he pressed on the
need to build on the achievements of the previous government.
"During the Labour regime, the two Prime Ministers -
Gordon Brown and Dr Manmohan Singh - had a fantastic
relationship and British Indian relationship was never been
better," Shadow Foreign Secretary Miliband said here last

Emphasising that it is very important for any
government to build on the achievements of previous
governments, Miliband, said: "I want to see the links between
Britain and India strengthened properly".

Earlier, speaking at a reception held in honour of
the newly elected Councillors at the famous Red Fort
restaurant, Miliband called upon partymen to re-dedicate
themselves to champion the cause of the electorate with
"principal, humility and determination".

He said though the party had lost power at the
national level, it had gained power in most of the Councils.

"We have suffered defeat at the national level but
(we are) not defeated," he noted.

Miliband said the party should be proud of the
achievements made during its 13-year regime, particularly in
the Middle East peace process, democratic rule in Pakistan,
improving friendship with India and supporting the cause of
the people of Sri Lanka.

"Modern Britain is much stronger and much more
multi-cultural," he said at the reception organised by NRI
Labour MP Rt Hon Keith Vaz, Member, National Executive
Committee of the party.

Leader of the Opposition, Harriett Harman was the
Chief Guest.


Tumkur (Karnataka): Karnataka Minister for Women and Child Development P M Narendraswamy has said that an inquiry would be ordered into reports that impoverished parents were selling their children for paltry sums.

It was reported in the media that many poverty-stricken parents were selling their children for Rs 7,000 to Rs 10, 000, and around six such cases were brought to light from Tumkur District in the State.

Narendraswamy said a detailed inquiry would be ordered soon.

"I will see that my office looks into the matter. I will order for a detailed enquiry and after the detailed enquiry report, I can tell you the facts," added Narendraswamy.

Meanwhile, Nina P Nayak, Chairperson, Karnataka State Commission for Protection of Child Rights, said poverty could be a compelling reason for child trafficking.

"Many of these families, due to poverty or too many children and if they do not have any social security, like a Below Poverty Line (BPL) Card or an Above Poverty Line (APL) Card, then they feel compelled to handover the child for a price," said Nayak.

Child trafficking is a crime under international law and under the national legislation of many countries.

It is defined as the recruitment, transportation, transfer, harboring, or receipt of children for the purpose of exploitation.


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