PM denies frosty India relations

David Cameron has played down suggestions that he was involved in a “frosty meeting” with his Indian counterpart due to tensions over several issues during their meeting in Delhi. Manmohan Singh voiced "serious concerns" over corruption allegations.

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Cameron talks up relationship with Indian PM

Cameron has talked up the UK's relationship with India. Credit: ITV News

David Cameron played down suggestions that he was involved in a “frosty meeting” with Indian Prime Minister Manmohan Singh due to tensions over several issues.

Cameron told ITV News: “We have met many times, we get on very well.

"We both, as you’ve heard, share this view that there should be a very special partnership between Britain and India in the years ahead."

He added: “But like any good friends and any two countries that have a good and strong relationship, we raise issues of concern.

"There are things I want the Indian government to do: make it easier for insurance, banking and retail firms to invest in India.”

Cameron shares limelight with Bollywood star

David Cameron with Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan (right) at a girls-only college in Delhi. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Cameron and Khan meet students at Janki Devi Memorial College. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images
Cameron is on the second of a three-day visit to India. Credit: Stefan Rousseau/PA Wire/Press Association Images

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Concerns over helicopter deal overshadow meeting

India's Prime Minister took the opportunity of a meeting with David Cameron to raise his concerns about a deal between Anglo-Italian helicopter firm AgustaWestland and the Indian air force.

Authorities in India are concerned that the £480 million contract to supply the air force with military helicopters may have broken corruption and tax fraud laws.

It follows the arrest in Italy of two executives from the firm and its parent company Finmeccanica.

Mr Cameron said it was a matter for Italian investigators, since Finmeccanica is an Italian firm, but that Britain would cooperate with any requests for information.

Read: Indian PM has 'serious concerns' over helicopter deal

PM appears with Bollywood star at womens' college

Who is the headline act - Cameron or Khan? Credit: ITV News/Carl Dinnen

The Prime Minister found himself in the midst of a crowd of screaming girls when he appeared alongside Bollywood superstar Aamir Khan at the Janki Devi Memorial College in Delhi.

The film heartthrob is also a Unicef ambassador for child nutrition and the patron of a women-only taxi service in the city.

Khan introduced Mr Cameron to some of the Sakha Cabs workers, who are trained in car mechanics and self-defence at the college.

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PM: Britain 'on track' to double trade with India

The Prime Minister has said Britain and India are "on track" to double trade to £23 billion by 2015. Speaking after a meeting with his India counterpart Manmohan Singh, he said:

We want to go further and open further British trading offices here in India.

We want to create a pan-Indian network of British business centres by 2017 ...

We discussed today how we should both be looking at how we reduce the barriers to investing in our countries.

– Prime Minister David Cameron

He also added that he wanted to see "rapid progress" towards the completion of an EU-India free trade agreement.

Cameron and Singh discuss border controls

David Cameron and India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh discussed measures to increase the flow of people between Britain and India during a joint press conference today.

David Cameron shakes hands with Prime Minister Manmohan Singh Credit: Reuters

Mr Cameron announced the launch of a same-day visa service for business employees travelling to the UK, saying "we want you to come to our country quickly and invest in our country".

David Cameron and Prime Minister Manmohan Singh give a press conference Credit: Reuters

Indian PM has 'serious concerns' over helicopter deal

India's Prime Minister Manmohan Singh has told David Cameron he has "very serious concerns about unethical means" used to secure a deal between Anglo-Italian helicopter firm AgustaWestland and the Indian air force.

Mr Cameron has said that the UK will respond to any requests for information, and that he is glad that Italian authorities are investigating the matter.

Meeting to focus on trade, security and foreign policy

Downing Street has tweeted that the Prime Minister's meeting with his Indian counterpart Manmohan Singh is likely to focus on trade, security and foreign policy:

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