Staff Correspondent

MANGALORE: Managing Director of the Abu Dhabi-based multinational retail giant Emke Group Yusuf Ali M.A. has expressed his desire to invest in the State.

Pointing out that Karnataka is one of the fastest developing States with a steadily ascending growth curve he said that Special Economic Zones in the State are a lucrative investment option.

Mr. Ali, who recently became the first Non-Resident Indian to be conferred the Padma Shri award, was here to participate in a felicitation ceremony organised by the Yenepoya Universities on Tuesday.

Addressing the gathering that included students of the university, he warned them of the perils of the growing communal disharmony in the country.

“As torch-bearers of the future, you should strive to strengthen the secular fabric of this great country,” Mr. Yusuf Ali said.