During the UK visit, PM Modi held talks on key issues with his British counterpart David Cameron who had a special year as he won a second term by a thumping mandate. The year saw 'big ticket' developments that strengthened the Indo-UK relationship, which Cameron termed as a 'new dynamic modern partnership'.

Statue of Mahatma Gandhi:
In March, Finance Minister Arun Jaitley joined Cameron at a sombre ceremony to unveil the bronze statue of Mahatma Gandhi, the leader of the Indian national movement, based on a picture of him on the steps of Downing Street in 1931.

It went a long way in winning over the undecided British Indian voters in the May 8 general elections, that gave Cameron a second term as Britain's Prime Minister – this time with a decisive Conservative party majority and without the coalition constraints of the 2010 polls.

PM Narendra Modi's UK visit:
The Gandhi statue remained the focal point later in the year when Prime Minister Modi arrived in London for a three-day visit to the UK on November 12. He was given a grand welcome, which included a guard of honour near Downing Street. His packed schedule included tea with Queen Elizabeth II and a private dinner with Cameron at his countryside residence Chequers.

"I think the highlight for me was having dinner together at Chequers and the ability to talk very privately about the challenges we both face. We had very good discussions," Cameron said following the visit, which also included a mega reception at the famous Wembley Stadium in London where Modi addressed an estimated 60,000 largely Indian-origin audience who had travelled from different parts of the UK.

During the visit, India and the UK signed deals worth 9-billion pounds as they inked a civil nuclear pact and decided to collaborate in defence and cyber security besides launching a railway rupee bond in London market.

Tata Motors:
Modi also visited a Tata Motors' Jaguar Land Rover (JLR) factory. His visit to the factory came months after Tata Group Chairman Emeritus Ratan Tata announced a new 150-million pounds innovation centre.

The launch of the National Automotive Innovation Centre (NAIC), to be operational at the University of Warwick campus in Coventry by 2017, is planned as the largest automotive research centre of its kind in Europe and is funded by Tata Motors and JLR.

But the success story of one of the firms within the Tata Group was not matched by another with Tata Steel having to announce the closure parts of its UK operations.

The group is among a string of UK-based steel companies struggling for survival in the face of cheap Chinese imports, which have caused steel prices to fall steeply.

Military airstrikes:
In another major development, Britain began bombing Islamic State strongholds in Syria targeting the oil fields under its control after a crucial parliamentary vote backed military airstrikes against the terror group in earlier this month.

The Royal family:
Looking ahead into 2016, India will prepare for a special royal visit by Prince William and wife Kate Middleton in the first half of the year. It remains unclear whether the second in line to Britain's throne will be travelling with his children - Prince George and Princess Charlotte.

Baby Charlotte was born in May this year after what had been dubbed in the British media as the 'Great Kate Wait' in reference to the new baby princess being born long after a due date in April.

Gun salutes rang out in London to mark the royal birth who was named Princess Charlotte Elizabeth Diana – in memory of Prince William's mother Princess Diana.

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