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British chancellor praises Lord Paul

Gordon Brown complimented the NRI industrialist for donating Rs 8.4 crore for London zoo.

india Updated: Jul 03, 2006 12:27 IST

British Chancellor Gordon Brown has said NRI industrialist-cum-philanthropist Lord Swraj Paul will be remembered as a champion of children not only in the UK but in every part of the world.

Brown was complimenting Paul for making London Zoo the best in the world through his Rs 8.4 crore donation.

Speaking at a party hosted by Lord Paul at the Zoo on Sunday evening in memory of his child, Ambika who died of cancer in 1966 at the age of three, the Chancellor said after her death, Lord Paul made it his business to make it the best Zoo in the world not only in memory of Ambika but in suBpport of children in every part of the world.

"Lord Paul's family has not only made important contribution to this country but to every country in the world. The family continues to make great contribution to the world," Brown said.

"You will be remembered as a champion of children not only here but in every part of the world," the Chancellor told Lord Paul.

For Lord Paul it was not only an occasion to remember Ambika but also to introduce his six-month-old granddaughter Amalia (son Angad's daughter).

Lord Paul said: "To us, Ambika's story is not just about losing our child. It is something far greater. I genuinely believe that she came into our lives as an Angel who changed our lives and that she is still guiding us to our destiny. Everything I am, or have achieved, I owe to her."

On the occasion, Lord Paul also introduced two new Caparo projects - the Caparo Ti, world's most sophisticated racing car and the Established and Sons, a designer furniture company.

The two projects would move the Caparo Group into the top end of technology in the 21st century, he said.

India's acting High Commissioner to the UK Ranjan Mathai, Britain's Secretary of State for the Department of Food, David Miliband, Secretary of State for Communities Ruth Kelly, NRI industrialist G P Hinduja, President of the Hinduja Group, leading NRI hotelier Joginder Sangar, Lord Navnit Dholakia, Deputy Leader of the Liberal Democrats in the House of Lords, were among the guests present on the occasion.