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of other companies. at number nine, the duke of westminster, worth £9.5 billion, is the highest—ranking british born person on the list. he owns property in large parts of central london. there are a record 134 billionaires in this year's top 1000 on the list, with a cumulative wealth of £658 billion. in order to get on the list, you need to be worth at least £110 million. although there are no women in the top 20 who became billionaires in their own right, the sunday times says this year's list is more diverse than ever. it says that many have benefited over the past yearfrom booming stock markets in europe and north america. joe lynam, bbc news. the number of people ripped off by holiday booking scams rose by almost a fifth last year, new figures have revealed. actionfraud, the uk's fraud and cyber—crime reporting centre, says there were almost 6,000 reported cases in 2016, with each victim losing an average of £1,200. and now a look at the weather.
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it may be a cliche but it sums up the story beautifully, west is best today. as you can see by this picture from preston earlier on. the best of the sunshine in sheltered western areas, we still got that nuisance wind coming in off the north sea driving in more cloud and preventing temperatures from climbing too high. in sheltered western areas we will see decent spells of sunshine. warm further south, if we were to 21 degrees today in northern ireland that will be your warmest day of the year so far. clear skies by day will allow those temperatures to fall away quite sharply in western areas, too much cloud up to the east. in rural spots we could see a touch of light
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frost first thing, anywhere from north wales, north and west. gardeners and growers take note. the driving continues for the early half of the week with some decent sunny spells and feeling pleasant in the sun. hello, this is bbc news. the headlines. labour promise not to raise income tax for those earning less than £80,000 a year, as part of an election "personal tax guarantee". theresa may has announced plans to replace the mental health act in england and wales with a new law tackling discrimination and the unnecessary detention of vulnerable people. the liberal democrats say their manifesto will include a commitment to keep the "triple lock" on pensions, which guarantees they rise by as much as wages, inflation, or 2.5%, whichever is highest. france is going to the polls today in the final round of its presidential election.
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voters are choosing between the centrist, emmanuel macron, and the far—right leader, marine le pen. the islamist militant group, boko haram, has freed 82 schoolgirls in nigeria in exchange for a number of its fighters held by the government. in 2004, the bbc spoke to five children living in mumbai, from across the social classes, about their hopes and dreams. now life stories revisits the children in india's millennials. india's millennial generation. over 65% of this vast country's population are under 35. they are tech—savvy, mobile, and better educated than their parents and their grandparents. in 2004, the bbc met a group of children in mumbai who encapsulate generation y.
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they came from a variety of backgrounds, but they all had one thing in common. their hopes and dreams. together: namaste. we've returned to see how life has changed for them. have their expectations been met, or have their lives taken them in directions they could never have dreamed of? spruha, gaurav and madhavi are watching the original bbc programme for the first time in over ten years. they went to school together, and are still good friends. namaste. .. i'm madhavi, and these are my friends. we live in mumbai... i'm madhavi, i'm 25 years old. i was filmed for the bbc programme which was on the lives of kids in mumbai, about ten years back. i live in a flat in mumbai with my sister, mother and father. when do you have yoga class today?
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two o'clock. i like doing art. when i grow up i will become a graphic designer. but first, i've got gujarati in school this morning. adult madhavi: i live in a different flat now, and i didn't grow up to be a graphic designer. i am a practising lawyer. in the past ten years, i have spent most of my time studying. i pursued my legal studies at government law college in mumbai for five years. i then pursued my masters at the university of oxford in england for a year. and now i'm currently a practising lawyer in a mid—sized law firm. it was my dad who actually
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pushed me to do law. for me, the choice was always economics or law. there was no question of her coming to my business. i think, after 12 she decided that she wants to go into the legal law field, and god has been kind. five years she has studied at the government law college, the oldest institution in mumbai, and luckily she got into oxford, so there was nothing to think about or anything. it was just to accept, and pay the fees. for graduation we were so proud, our daughter is graduating in oxford. so, it was a nice, sunny day. we went there in our indian attire. it's a proud moment for us. i don't want to ask
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you any questions... i think it's very boring! i think it's boring for everybody, i get very passionate, and i think it's boring for everybody else who's not a lawyer. the timings are horrible for you guys. yeah, it's a tough balancing task. i only get one day off a week, which is a sunday, but sometimes it also happens that i'm called into the office on a sunday, or i'm expected to work from home. she may be committed to her work, but madhavi's priority is her family. more than half of india's twentysomethings still live with their parents, as she does. the one thing that i have seen is that the family bond is one thing in india that has never changed, and i don't see it changing, and i don't even wish that it changes. though we have different lifestyles, we lead different lifestyles, we still come back to a family
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at home, and i think that is a very, very satisfying feeling. she is traditional in other ways, too. happy to let her parents help herfind a husband. now we have started seeing for her marriage proposals also. she hasn't found anyone in mumbai, neither in oxford. so we have to search for a decent boy. we hope that, luckily, she gets a very good family and the boy lets her pursue her career, also in life along with it. not all millennials in india are as fortunate as madhavi, and she knows it. the only difference that i notice in millennials in mumbai, and especially in india, is the social, cultural divide, the most important thing being the economic divide. hello, my name is sagar, i am 11 years old.
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i live with my family, that's where i live. when we first met sagar, he was living with his family under tarpaulin on the side of the street. sagar‘s parents sold garlic and scrap metals to get by. sagar was determined to make a better life for himself. my favourite cricketer is yuvraj singh, he plays forthe indian team. my goal is to be a doctor. as adult: i remember i was a little kid 12 years ago. we were living in the slums at that time. now, our government has
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rehabilitated us to mankhurd, on the outskirts of mumbai. mankhurd compound is a development of 65 buildings, created under the slum rehabilitation act. it's home to over 30,000 people. there is little sanitation and a limited water supply. but for sagar and his family, it's a step up. we have our own home, we have four sided walls, we are safe. but this place is where all the people from the slums are put together. so, all the people from different communities, different mentalities come together. in the last ten years, things have changed. i have changed. when i was a child, i wanted to be a doctor, and now i don't want to be
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a doctor any more. i want to work for the media field. i'm doing a bachelors in mass media, and i'm majoring in advertising. it's a huge industry, it's growing. it has a lot of scope. sagar lives in a single room with his mother and brother. growing up, sagar was helped by the akanksha foundation, an educational charity where he learned english and was supported in his studies. it's been a particularly hard journey for sagar. but he stayed on the path, and he's had huge struggles and hardships. i think a lot of them financial. many of them emotional. he is hugely determined, and has great grit and tenaciousness to his nature, which has obviously
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seen him through and brought him this far. hopefully, that'll see him much further in his life. we were 30—odd kids and only five of us have made it to college, and i'm one of the few. sagar has worked in call centres and fast food outlets to supplement the family's income, and pay for his student fees. i'm proud that i have still not given up. yes, there are days when i want to give up, or i don't want to study, or i don't want to do anything. ijust want to quit everything and start earning for myself, and live my life as i want. but that's not going to take me far in life. after college, sagar plans to do
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an internship at teach for india, an educational charity. he wants to work in the communications department, and then look for a job in advertising. what would you say are some of the bigger things you want to do once you join the comms team at teach for india? first, i want teach for india to be on everybody's page, everybody's facebook page, eve rybody's instagram. everybody should like it. we get more people who want to work with teach for india, show their support for us. and ultimately get the support from the government. so tell me a bit more about when you get your results now and what are you thinking about your internship. 215t of april is my last exam. after that i'm going to be free for two months, until my results come. i want to do an internship during that phrase, when i am waiting for my results, and gain as much knowledge as i can, and be with a team and learn how
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they work, and then apply for a job. 12 years ago, a short distance from the young sagar, a girl called shenaz also lived by the side of the road. she too was determined to forge a better life for herself. my name is shenaz, i'm 26 years old, and i'm married. i live in mumbai and i have two children, two beautiful children. the bbc filmed me when i was 1a years old. i went to dance classes. shenaz was a teenager when the famous indian choreographer
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shiamak davar sent trainers into studios in mumbai to teach jazz, ballet and modern dance. she was earmarked as a student who showed great promise. i loved dancing, it was my career, i wanted to make a career in my dance. by the time she was 15, shenaz was taking the lead in shows. but shenaz decided she wanted something else out of life, and chose a different path. i stopped dancing, because i got married. and i couldn't go to the classes. shenaz left school when she got married. she wasjust 16. after i left my school, i never stopped studying. my husband helped me in my studies, he paid for my computer classes. shenaz and her husband
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have their own apartment, shared with their daughter, their son, her mother—in—law and her sister—in—law. it's a big thing in mumbai to have your own apartment, and it's a single room with a bathroom and a kitchen. it's very small, and we are happy in it. she is serious about providing her children with the best possible education, paying for after—school classes for her daughter. i want them to have a good education, because i have left school very early. so i want them to study and get good jobs, and be happy in their life. my daughter loves dancing, so she might fulfil my dreams. shenaz, like sagar, has come a long way in the past 12 years. her intelligence and optimism have helped her carve out a better life. with the help of her husband,
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she now has a permanent home and her own family. there's lots to do in mumbai. that's me! gaurav has spent a lot of time living away from mumbai in the past decade. today, he is reunited with his childhood friends, and enjoying watching his young self play tabla for the bbc. sometimes at lunch, i play tabla, an indian drum. so cute! i'm gaurav, i'm 2a years old. when i was eight years old,
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i started playing tabla. i used to go to tabla classes for the next six years. notjust a talented tabla player, gaurav was also a child actor. but during his last years of school, he decided to do something very different. basically i wanted to work for the society. there were only two options, becoming a proper surgeon or physician. that was one option, and dentistry was the other option. during my high grades, i was inclined towards biology and medicine. and during that time, i had braces on my teeth. so i used to be frequently visiting the dentist. the dental chair, the instruments and all that really fascinated me. a degree in dentistry followed. it took five years to qualify. when i became a qualified dental surgeon, it was, for me, of most importance to be a specialist. this doctor who runs a practice
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in mumbai has become his mentor. gaurav, first and foremost, has joined the very best field, in paediatric dentistry. he is a very compassionate human being. i would like him to get into the paediatric field, get into prevention, it get into the government and get more policies into place, where we can take this to the rural area. i want him to grow big, and take india with him. gaurav‘s plan is to open his own clinic in mumbai. he knows he's lucky to have the support of his family, he still lives at home. i have a good support from my parents, my grandparents. they always drive me forward, and that keeps me going. i did a bollywood sequence.
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dancing in the dancing studio. when she was growing up, spruha went to the same dance studio as shenaz. she would have liked to have been in a hindi movie. i'm spruha, i am 2a now. since i was last filmed by the bbc, i have since graduated school, i've graduated college. i've switched one job and i'm currently in my second job. i did my studies abroad. i did an undergraduate degree in business. i came back afterfinishing college, back to india. when i was growing up, i'd always see things happening around me, which was sort of an inspiration, aspiration, ambition, that one day i would have my own office space, i'd be running something of my own.
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and to do that, it's always best to come back and learn, and understand what's going on. another reason is my mum was missing me a lot! spruha's firstjob was as an analyst for a leading bank. then came the start—up boom in india, and she decided to seize an opportunity. mumbai was becoming a space for start—ups. graduates, even people who had retired, suddenly wanted to have their own ideas, and people were getting funded. everyone had their businesses, had fancy offices. and it sounded like the dream to live. they made it sound like you can have it if you want it. i currently work at refreshed car care. we are a doorstep car cleaning service. with refreshed car care, you can
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book over the phone or online. it started out as a small organisation, everyone does everything, from the top of ceo, all the way down to our cleaning staff. everyone has a responsibility to step in wherever needed. spruha works seven days a week, and sunday is usually her busiest day. despite the long hours, she loves working for the start—up. especially the excitement of not knowing what's going to happen next. you don't know what's happening tomorrow, but at the same time you're also thinking long term. so you're not doing what you're not doing, why is it not going? there's a constant push, there's a constant rush. when i do get time off work, i generally go for a run to de—stress, or i go to the gym, lift some weights. that's my way of de—stressing. you guys are moving your office, right?
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yes, yes. we have rented out a new space, way bigger than we have now. we got the wi—fi fitted yesterday, so we can start working from today. my generation is different from my parents. our generation is a lot more risk—taking. we know that we have heavy student loans to pay off, but that is not stopping us from taking jobs at start—ups or starting off on our own. i think that's the way we have evolved now. we want to do what we want to do, not something that we are told to do. spruha is different from her parents in another way, too. she has travelled much more than they ever did at the same age. every year i make a point to have a trip, have a travel plan, that motivates me to keep working
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and then take that time off. i think my generation is adding a lot to india's progress, by pushing new ideas to the world, creating different businesses, creating different opportunities. the lives of these five young millennials are a far cry from their childhood dreams. perhaps that's no surprise. but all of them have worked hard to get where they are today. some come from privileged backgrounds, have studied abroad and travelled the globe. but they've worked long hours to make the most of those opportunities. others have strived just to get a roof over theirfamilies‘ heads. their stories are also the story of modern india. the gulf between the rich and the poor, but also the possibilities the country can hold for those who are diligent and lucky.
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how will the next few decades pan out for these young people, and for many others like them? ten years down the line, maybe five years down the line, i see myself being settled, having a family of my own. but at the same time, i wish to pursue my career. ten years down the line, i feel i'll be the top most paediatric dentist in mumbai. hopefully! in ten years' time, i hope to have my own company, doing something fun out of mumbai. i don't want a lavish lifestyle, i just want a simple lifestyle, where i earn a lot of money but yet lead a simple life. there should be peace in life, there should be a lot of love and care, support, and that's it. that's all i want, that's not much. good morning. there is a real west
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east divide. just a beautiful, beautiful shot across parts of northern ireland today. you could actually see the highest temperatures. across the east coast a different story in aberdeenshire, a different story in aberdeenshire, a lot of grey cloud and not expecting it to improve. in fact it will be accompanied by a strong, blustery wind of the cold north sea. head west today if you want to spend any time outside. western areas will continue to see some sunshine. in the south—east we might get some brighter skies later on today. the further you are to the east coast it could be disappointing. cold and windy across the north—east, with
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gales into the northern isles. still pleasa nt gales into the northern isles. still pleasant enough across western parts of scotland. northern ireland, somewhere today could see 21 degrees if we are lucky. generally through the western half of the country, with some sunshine and light winds we could see 18—19 degrees. hopefully the cloud breaks up in the london area, temperatures should improve through the day. that's the story today. we keep the breeze, the cloud spilling in off the north sea through the night tonight. we've seen the best of the sunshine where we keep a clearer skies. that will allow those temperatures to fall away. not great news if you are putting out some spring plants at the moment. we are still running the risk potentially of a light frost, anywhere north of wales could see temperatures hovering around freezing. we will see the best of the sunshine in western areas through much of the day on monday. a disappointing feel particularly on the east coast. the west not looking
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too bad and we could 616—17 degrees in the extreme south—west. on tuesday and wednesday not much change, a very stagnant pattern at the moment. there is a potential towards the end of the working week of seeing this area of low pressure moving in. that could bring some more organised rain towards the end of the week. ahead of it, we keep this theme, staying dry. decent sunny spells. if you are caught in the sunshine it could feel pleasa ntly the sunshine it could feel pleasantly warm. this is bbc news. the headlines... the key economic pledge from labour. no increase in income tax, national insurance or vat, labour's pledge to 95% of workers, if it wins the election. higher earners will pay more to fund public services. the conservatives promise more money
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to fund mental health staffing in the nhs, and say fewer people will be detained against their will.
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