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Hundreds of soldiers deployed to help with Chennai floods

Hundreds of soldiers have been deployed to Chennai to help with the aftermath of major flooding which has left much of the city underwater.

A reported 280 people have died across Tamil Nadu state since it was hit by torrential rains on December 1 Credit: REUTERS/Anindito Mukherjee

Atulya Mishra, relief commissioner for Tamil Nadu state, said ten extra army units were being sent to help with relief efforts in the city and the National Disaster Response Force also pledged to send an additional 20 teams to provide assistance.

The deployment of additional help comes as residents made claims that the government has been too slow to respond to the havoc caused by the heaviest rains the region has seen in a century.

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Queen and Modi exchange gifts at Buckingham Palace

The Queen and the Indian Prime Minister shake hands at Buckingham Palace. Credit: Reuters

The Queen and the Prime Minister of India have exchanged gifts after the pair had lunch at Buckingham Palace.

Narendra Modi was presented with a silver dish and signed photographs of the Queen and the Duke of Edinburgh.

Mr Modi gave the Queen photographs of her visit to India in 1961 and a gift box including Darjeeling tea, organic honey and silk Tanchoi scarves.

Mr Modi gave the Queen photographs of her visit to India in 1961.

Mr Modi was also shown a collection of items from the Palace's stores including a shawl given to the Queen by Gandhi in 1947 as a wedding present.

It comes as Kensington Palace announced the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge will go on a tour of India next Spring. It will be the couple's first visit to the country.

The Queen and Modi view items from the Royal Collection at Buckingham Palace Credit: Reuters

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India's 'booming' economy leads to trade competition

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived for a three-day trip to the UK today, with one of the first items on his agenda a meeting with David Cameron to announce £9 billion worth of new deals between the two counties.

The deal comes as countries compete to trade on the success of an Indian economy which is "booming as never before" and could see the nation soon become "the world's second largest".

ITV News correspondent Emma Murphy reports:

Indian PM welcomes 'growing and vibrant' UK partnership

India's Prime Minister Narendra Modi has welcomed a "growing and vibrant partnership" with the UK today as it was announced that the two countries would be entering into £9 billion worth of deals together.

Not everyone was as optimistic about the deals though as protesters descended on Downing Street to accuse Modi of "stoking the fires of sectarianism" in his previous role as a governor in his country.

ITV News' International Affairs Editor Rageh Omaar reports:

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