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Varinder Singh Bola

Westminster based think-tanker

Varinder is employed as a Parliamentary Officer to the Nuclear Weapons Policy Liaison Group based in Westminster, London.

His work primarily focuses on nuclear weapon related issues. In the run up to the UK's 2015 General Election he was responsible for engaging parliamentarians and political parties in the debate on the renewal of UK's Trident nuclear weapon system.

Varinder has strong background of working in political and technical environments. He has worked in a senior role for a Member of Parliament and serves as a Councillor in the London Borough of Redbridge. Varinder was previously a Trustee and Non-Executive Director of the National Union of Students, and for Community Transport Waltham Forest.

Prior to this, Varinder worked on pan-European initiatives in the aviation industry including the Single European Sky ATM Research (SESAR) programme at NATS (En-route) PLC in Hampshire and the Next Generation Composite Wing project at Airbus (UK) in Bristol.

Varinder holds a BSc(Hons) degree in Aerospace Technology with Management from the University of Hertfordshire.

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Farewell to India's Missile Man

Dr APJ Abdul Kalam came to be known as India's "Missile Man" amongst political circles following his aggressive pursuit of nuclear weapon and strategic missile defence programmes, both of which were considered by him as vital milestones to ensuring security and becoming a global superpower. Even in his hawkish political endeavours, Dr Kalam remained fundamentally committed to the promotion of education and science, firmly believing they would give Indian society a much-needed edge in the new globalised and interdependent world.
07/08/2015 5:06 PM IST