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NEW DELHI, February 13 – BUSINESS STANDARD – India and the UK will seek to deepen bilateral ties during a crucial five-day visit of Jeremy Browne, the British Minister of State for Foreign Affairs from Tuesday. Browne, who will be on his second trip to India since assuming office in May 2010, will discuss current bilateral and international priorities during his visit to New Delhi. Browne will also open the Joint India-UK Conference on CBRN Disaster Management and Security in the Indian capital. This conference will bring together leading Indian and British experts from industry and government. Browne is scheduled to meet ministers at the Ministry of External Affairs to discuss current bilateral and international priorities – BUSINESS STANDARD – In the international conference on automation and information technology steel experts in their addresses held strong view on the rapid introduction of automation and information technology in Indian steel sector for manufacturing quality steel at a competitive price against its foreign counterparts. Executive director of Research and Development Centre for Iron and Steel Industry (RDCIS), D Mukherjee highlighted the relevance of the theme of the three-day conference attended by experts, technologists, consultants, academicians and equipment manufacturers associated with the steel industry from India and abroad. More than 200 delegates including 15 foreign delegates from Austria,v Czech Republic, Germany, Italy, Japan, Singapore, UK, USA, Finland, Netherland and Canada attended the conference. A technical exhibition was also organized at the conference venue where 27 premier equipment manufacturers had put up their stalls to show their products and services. – FINANCIAL EXPRESS – India and Pakistan have the potential to boost bilateral trade to USD 15 billion a year, High Commissioner Sharat Sabharwal said today at the inauguration of the largest ever India-specific trade exhibition in Pakistan. Close to 200 Indian exhibitors are participating in the three-day India Show organised at the Lahore Expo Centre. A wide array of products, ranging from gems to heavy machinery, is being showcased at the exhibition that was formally opened by Pakistan's Commerce Minister Makhdoom Amin Fahim. Sabharwal urged businessmen from both countries to explore opportunities to boost trade, and said the two countries had potential to boost bilateral trade to USD 15 billion a year. – FINANCIAL EXPRESS – India has once again emerged as the most optimistic market, driven by its buoyant domestic consumption levels, but slowing growth and inflationary concerns could put pressure on consumer confidence for the year ahead, says a survey. According to the latest global consumer confidence findings from Nielsen, a provider of information and insights into what consumers watch and buy, India remained the world’s most optimistic market for the eighth consecutive quarter with a one point consumer confidence index increase to 122. India was followed by Indonesia and the Philippines at 117 in the list. – FINANCIAL EXPRESS – India's handicrafts exports grew by 24 per cent year-on-year to USD 178 million in January on account of rising demand from markets like the US. In January last year, these exports stood at USD 143 million, according to the data provided by the Export Promotion Council for Handicrafts (EPCH).