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Kolkata, Nov. 18 Mr Ian McCartney, MP, former UK Minister for Trade, Investment & Foreign Affairs, inaugurated the ground floor of a vocational training and research centre at Women’s Interlink Foundation’s “Nijoloy” home in Madhyamgram near Kolkata on Wednesday, according to a press release issued by the British Deputy High Commission here.

Mrs Ann McCartney, the British High Commissioner to India, Sir Richard Stagg, and Lady Arabella Stagg, were present on the occasion. Mr Sanjay Wadvani, British Deputy High Commissioner to Eastern India, accompanied the visitors.

Enthusiastic patron

Nijoloy, which provides a home for girl children from red light areas of Sonagachi, Kalighat, Chetla, Garia, Munshigunge along with children of HIV/AIDS victims, is setting up a three-storey vocational training and research centre to run training-cum-income-generation projects to help young adults at the home become financially independent.

Mr McCartney, who had visited Nijoloy in 2006, had become an enthusiastic patron of the project since then and has himself contributed Rs 20 lakh towards the centre, the release added.

(This article was published in the Business Line print edition dated November 19, 2009)
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