Darra Singh was appointed chair of the Commission in June. At recent launch, the other 13 commissioners were announced. They are: Michael Keith, Nargis Khan, Hamza Vayani, Leonie McCarthy, Frank Hont, Harriet Crabtree, Ed Cox, Sam Tedcastle, Steve Jordan, Decima Francis, Steve Douglas, Ebrahim Adia, Ramesh Kallidai.
The launch of the Commission, which was originally mooted last July, comes amid growing fears of alienation, especially among young Muslims. The Commission on Integration and Cohesion starts work in September and will tour Britain before reporting next June.
It will look at how towns, cities and communities tackle challenges such as segregation and social or economic divisions between different ethnic groups.
Major new Hindu temple opens near Birmingham
The largest Hindu temple in Europe based on the architecture of the Tirupati Tirumala temple is being opened during a five-day religious festival in Tividale, near Birmingham.
More than 10,000 devotees are expected to attend a number of rituals scheduled to sanctify the Sri Venkateswara (Balaji) temple. Several sculptors and artisans have worked on intricate carvings in and around the temple.
Several priests have flown in from India to perform the rituals in Sanskrit. The five-day event will culminate in the installation of a 12-foot idol of Lord Krishna.
The temple'sconstruction is reported to have cost 6.5 million pounds. The funds were provided by donations from devotees and a grant from the Millennium Commission. The temple has been built on a site donated in 1987 by the then Black Country Development Corporation.
Bimal Kishna Das, the secretary of the National Council of Hindu Temples (Britain), told the BBC: ?This is great news for the Hindu British community. The opening of this great temple will be a wonderful addition to the multi-religious society of Britain, especially in the West Midlands.?
V.P. Narayan Rao, the chairman of the trustees, said: ?This is the fulfilment of a long cherished dream, the end of a long road and the beginning of a new era.?
One of the temple founders, K. Somasundara Rajah, said: ?We used to have the use of another temple but then the congregation got bigger and in 1974 some in our group thought we should get our own temple.?
(The writer is a UK-based journalist)