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Prince Charles entertained noted Indian social worker and actress Shabana Azmi and her husband Javed Akhtar as his guests in London this weekend to discuss ways to resolve urban and health problems in India.

The 59-year-old Heir Apparent – well known for his extensive charity work with the Prince's Trust, the Prince’s Drawing School, the Prince's Regeneration Trust, and the Prince’s Foundation for the Built Environment – invited the pair to talk about the ways volunteer workers can help people who suffer from poverty and hunger in India, as well as long-term India-Britain relations with regard to charitable causes.

“Prince Charles is planning to extend his charity programs in India and had sought our advice on specific areas where his trust can spend money for long-term benefit of society,” said Azmi, who runs a homeless shelter. “We have decided to recommend three areas – urban problems, water shedding, and universal health access – to Prince Charles to use his charity funds, as these areas need immediate help.”

Azmi and Akhtar have also been invited to meet with Prime Minister Gordon Brown during their visit to the UK.

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