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29th July to 4th August 2017

Let noble thoughts come to us from every side

Ram Nath Kovind taking Oath as the 14th President of India

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performing Puja at BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto Full report on page 21


“In this land, we find a mix of states and regions, religions, languages, cultures, lifestyles and much more. We are so different and yet so similar and united,” said India's 14th President Ram Nath Kovind in his acceptance speech right after taking oath of office in the historical Central Hall of Parliament. Made in the presence of the Union Council of Ministers, members of both Houses of Parliament, governors, chief ministers, judges, former presidents and other invited dignitaries, the speech struck all the right chords, with the 71 year old mentioning plu-

rality and togetherness of the nation. Kovind, who took over the highest Constitutional post in the country from Pranab Mukherjee, is the first BJP leader and the second Dalit in the Rashtrapati Bhavan. He stressed on access and opportunities for the “last person and the last girl-child from an under-privileged family.” He said, “We have achieved a lot as a nation, but the effort to do more, to do better and to do faster should be relentless. This is especially so as we approach the 75th year of our independence in 2022.” Continued on page 26

Son of Indian immigrant rises to become Court of Appeal judge Rupanjana Dutta Sir Rabinder Singh, son of an Indian immigrant from Delhi, has reached one of the highest ranks achieved by a non-white judge in Britain. The community which has a total population of 432,439 in the UK, has cheered for his achievement and many have shared their pride on social media. Many have also compared his achievements to Sir Mota Sir Rabinder Singh Singh's, who was the first ethnic minority judge in England, appointed in 1982. Popularly known as Mr Justice Singh, Rabinder was born on 6 March 1964 as a Sikh, wears a white turban on the bench and is one of seven judges, including one woman, promoted to the Court of Appeal. His appointment comes as Baroness Hale of Richmond was confirmed in the UK’s highest judicial post, president of the Supreme Court. She is the first woman to hold the post. Sir Rabinder Singh, 53, was born in 1964 in Delhi to a Sikh family who came to the UK and settled in a working class area of Bristol. He was awarded a local authority scholarship to Bristol Grammar School, deciding early on that he would like to be a barrister. He studied at Trinity College, Cambridge, and the University of California, Berkeley. As he could not afford to study for the Bar, he lectured at Nottingham University before winning a scholarship from the Inns of Court. He was called to the Bar in 1989 and became a Queen’s Council (QC) in 2002. Continued on page 16

SEE INSIDE Authority clarifies students deported from India were travelling on wrong visa-See P7

NHS recruiting Indian doctors to tackle staff shortage in UK- See P26 Defence Minister: 10 percent of Armed Forces from BAME by 2020- See P8


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Keith Vaz, MP

Mr. Dhimant Trivedi Mr. Dhimant Trivedi is the former Chief Executive, European Operations of Bank of Baroda with Head Office in London U.K. Prior to holding the UK position, he was the Chief Executive of Bank of Baroda’s United States Operations. Mr. Trivedi is a career Banker, joining “BANK OF BARODA” on 03 March 1978 as a Clerk. In a career spanning over 38 years with Bank of Baroda, he has acquired rich experience of Banking operations with a thorough knowledge of International Operations. Various positions and assignments held by Mr. Trivedi include Chairman of Bank of Baroda (Guyana) Limited and Director of Bank of Baroda (Trinidad &Tobago) Limited. 1) Which place or city or country do you most feel at home in? As a banker, I have travelled and lived in many cities and countries. However, by heart I still remain an Indian and that is my home. 2) What proudest

are your achieve-

ments? I have been able to set many benchmarks and won many laurels during my career as a banker. However, these achievements can not be considered as something great. The achievements which gives satisfaction, which creates a feeling of pleasantness in one’s con-

Indian Muslim teenager found bound, gagged and raped in ‘honour’ attack

Celine Dookhran

An Indian Muslim teenager was kidnapped, raped and murdered after she began a relationship with an Arab Muslim, a court heard. The body of Celine Dookhran, 19, was found inside a £1.5million home after a woman in her 20s who had her throat slit alerted police from hospital. Dookhran was allegedly kidnapped with the other woman, bound and gagged and taken to an address in Kingston-uponThames where they were raped and Dookran was murdered in a suspected “honour-killing” on 19 July. A post-mortem gave the cause of death as an incised wound to the neck. Mujahid Arshid, 33, appeared in court charged with the murder, rape and kidnap of Dookhran. He is further charged with the rape, attempted murder and kidnap of the second woman. He appeared alongside his co-defendant, Vincent Tappu, 28, who is charged with the kidnap of both women. Binita Roscoe, prose-

cuting, said: “The deceased was involved in a relationship with an Arab Muslim,” which was disapproved of. Two men in balaclavas entered the property on 19 July, the prosecutor said. She told the court: “Her face and mouth were covered in duct tape. Her hands were tied with cable ties and her feet were tied with rope. She believes a sock was placed in her mouth. She had heard the deceased who was in the shower screaming. The deceased was brought down tied up. They were bound in dust sheets and placed in a vehicle.” A middle aged man and a woman, wearing a head scarf, sat in the well of the court, who Tappu nodded at. District Judge James Henderson remanded Tappu, of Ealing, west London, and Arshid, who gave no fixed address, in custody. Arshid appeared at the Old Bailey on Wednesday 26 July. Both men are due to appear at the same court on August 21.

sciousness are the real achievements. However, over a period of time, I have been able to contribute some of my time and energy towards few activities related to the upliftment of poor and their education and these have given me immense satisfaction. 3) What inspires you? Observing the goodness in each and every human being inspires me. 4) What has been the biggest obstacle in your career? I can not identify major obstacles in my career. Perhaps, I could have done better by putting in more efforts. 5) Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date? In a career spanning over 40 years, I had occasion to work with various individuals. Each had different and unique style of

functioning and their own brand of leadership and management style. I have been able to pick up the best from each individual and implemented to a large extent but perhaps the biggest influence has been my Guru with whose precepts I have been able to contribute for the society through my job and also strike a healthy work life balance. 6) What is the best aspect about your current role? Meeting people with diverse background, diverse services, different nations and learning new things. 7) And the Worst? None 8) What are your long term goals? I will be retiring from my present job in near future. I have identified various activities to pursue which I was not able to do earlier

because of the job pressures. These includes more involvement in social work, reading, travelling etc. 9) If you were Prime Minister, what one aspect would you change?

I am a fan of Mr. Narendra Modi and his programme for the upliftment of India as well as poor people in India. Though stepping in his shoes would be a big dream come true, I would also like to put equal impetus for unemployment. 10) If you were marooned in a desert island, which historical figure would you like to spend your time with

and why? Many a times I have wished to be on the golden crescent of the Himalayas sitting in front of Sage and listening to him imparting wisdom and knowledge of our old scriptures . I would wish the same, if I was marooned on a desert island and would wish to hear the great knowledge of wisdom directly from the great Sage Ved Muni Vyasa who has compiled all the Vedas and Puranas.

Time-wasting rapist given extra jail time

Appeal judges have punished a rapist for wasting their time by adding an extra month to his sentence. Harbinder Singh Khatkar, pictured, raped and sexually assaulted six women in one night in Derby in February 2013 three in the street and three in their homes. He tried to challenge his convictions at the Court of Appeal. But judges rejected his case as "totally without merit" and said the appeal "should never have been

made". His appeal attempt included a series of allegations against his trial judge, the police and even his own lawyers. The 41-year-old, from Sinfin in Derby, is serving a life sentence with a minimum term of 14 years. Judge John Burgess, who originally sentenced Khatkar in 2013 at Derby Crown Court, said at the time: "In the course of his trial he behaved in a way that demonstrated contempt for the court, the prosecutor, and anyone

else that got in his way. "If he can behave like that in court with everyone watching him, what must he be like with a vulnerable woman alone in her own home?" In December 2012, Khatkar had been tried for raping and sexually assaulting a woman in 2011 - but the jury found him not guilty. He then attacked the six women on 1 February 2013. One of those victims was repeatedly raped in her home over several hours and he also threat-

ened to kill her children. Following his arrest for those offences, the Crown Prosecution Service successfully overturned his previous not guilty verdict and he was retried for the 2011 crimes. His was the first retrial in Derbyshire under the amended double jeopardy law, which came into effect in 2005.

Coventry fatal bus crash: Kailash Chander charged A bus driver has been charged with causing the deaths of two passengers who died when his vehicle crashed into a supermarket. Rowan Fitzgerald, aged seven, and pedestrian Dora Hancox, 76, died in the crash in Coventry in October 2015. Kailash Chander, 79, a former mayor of Leamington Spa, is charged with causing

death and serious injury by dangerous driving. He is due at Coventry Magistrates' Court on 7 September. His employer, Midland Red (South) Limited, has been charged with two offences under the Health and Safety at Work Act. The firm is also due to appear in the court on the same day.When the crash happened, Rowan, of Leamington Spa, was on

the upper deck with his grandparents and his cousin, an eight-year-old girl who was seriously hurt. He was described by relatives as "an adorable caring person who gave so much love to anyone he met". Five other people required hospital treatment after the crash in Trinity Street on 3 October.

Kailash Chander

The bus hit a number of cars and a lamppost before crashing into the open supermarket.

Guruji at Belgrave Road with Rt Hon Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East, at the groundbreaking ceremony at the Bramha Samaj AsianVoiceNews



Ram Nath Kovind new Indian President Ram Nath Kovind was elected the 14 th President of the Republic of India by State legislatures, as required by the Indian Constitution. He is the first incumbent from the ranks of the Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP), which leads the governing coalition at the Centre, headed by Prime Minister Narendra Modi. President-elect Kovind defeated the Opposition-led Congress nominee Meira Kumar by a decisive majority of 66 per cent to 34 per cent, the margin of victory inflated by cross-party voting, with many Congress party and Trinamool Congress legislators casting their ballots for Mr Kovind. Mr Kovind, hereon will put aside party affiliations and loyalties and speak and act as the head of state, Commander-in-Chief and supreme representative of the citizens of India. He has broad enough shoulders and a wise head to carry his responsibilities in a manner befitting his high office. The defeated candidate Ms Meira Kumar gracefully acknowledged his victory and wished the President elect well, as becomes a contest held in the open according to prescribed constitutional prescriptions within the embrace of a democratic framework based on universal adult suffrage, irrespective of faith, ethnicity or caste. The fact that both Mr Kovind and Ms Kumar are Dalits, the lowest caste subjected to ancient practices of discriminations which exist to this day in many parts of

India in varying degrees, is surely significant. The national conscience, far from making cowards of us all, has emboldened leaders and ordinary citizens alike to strengthen a political and social initiative to right old wrongs and injustices for the common good. President-elect Kovind, at a ripe 71 years, has had a long and honourable career, as lawyer and social activist in Dalit organizations. He was Governor of Bihar, a state where Dalit distress has been acute down the years. His election as President does not entail a clean slate with no oppression of Dalits in sight. A practice rooted in centuries of custom cannot vanish overnight. Its eradication will require steadfast resolution and imaginative policies, inevitably allied to the vast transformational changes presently under way across India. Evolving modernization of the economy, driven by science and technology is sprouting newer industries based on skills development incubated in better and more accessible education across a whole range of disciplines. The pains of labour are proof that a new and invigorated India is in birth. The people of India and India’s friends abroad will appreciate the true significance of these developments amid the tumult on other domestic issues and myriad vicissitudes, if not now, then in the fullness of time. Those of goodwill have occasion to rejoice in the election of President Ram Nath Kovind. Jai Hind!

Former Republican Senator Larry Pressler, a true and understanding friend of India – the genuine few to be separated from the time-serving many - was known and respected for his integrity, wisdom and vision. Pressler was concerned at Pakistan’s covert nuclear weapon programme with the discreet connivance of successive US administrations. These facts are now in the public space thanks to a number of works such as ‘Deception: Pakistan, the United States and the Global Nuclear Weapons Conspiracy,’ by Adrian Levy and Catherine Scott-Clark. They revealed how Richard Barlow, the CIA’s Pakistan desk officer, was sacked as mentally disturbed because of his persistence in drawing attention to Pakistan’s clandestine operations to manufacture nuclear weapons. Senator Pressler was equally persistent in this regard, finally pinning down the elder Bush to accept Pressler’s legislation requiring the George H.W Bush Administration’s (1988-92) written certification that Islamabad was not involved in nuclear weapon activity. Without such certification Senator Pressler undertook to block all economic and military aid to Pakistan. His efforts and were diluted through sophistry. The price for the United States has been heavy. Billions of dollars in military and financial aid to Pakistan, without staunching the flow terrorists into Afghanistan, where the US remains mired in a futile and draining counterinsurgency conflict. ‘Calling Pakistan’s Bluff’ is the title of an article in Foreign Affairs by Whitney Kassel and Philip Reiner, who call for a suspension for all US aid to Pakistan. It is shutting stable-door after the horse has bolted. Now in fruitful and honourable retirement Senator Pressler has written a book entitled ‘Neighbors in Arms: An American Senator’s Quest for Disarmament in a Nuclear Subcontinent’. So what does Larry Pressler reveal of his experience at the top level of his country’ political establishment? No more than the warning of departing President Dwight D, Eisenhower in his valedictory address in 1960: that America’s military industrial complex exercised vast irregular power in the nation’s affairs, and that this should be curtailed to preserve the democratic values on which the nation had long been reared. Pressler gives chapter and verse of this pervasive power undiminished, if not expanded, some three decades later when he was senator. The military industrial complex was a suffocating presence, with the

Pentagon reflecting and executing its influence and authority. The US military, says Pressler, got on well with military dictatorships of whatever political stripe across the world, hence Pakistan became the cynosure of its attention and affection.. India, in contrast, was perceived as perverse and stubborn, an irritant to be tolerated, at best. Those with recall to history or who lived through that fraught period, know how the Nixon Administration turned against India with unbridled vengeance during the East Pakistan crisis of 1971, the Indo-Pakistan war that followed, climaxed by the emergence of a sovereign Bangladesh. American cooperation with Mao’s China led Nixon to encourage Beijing to attack India and open a second front along the Himalayan border in a bid to save their common client, the military dictator Yahya Khan from a calamitous defeat. Nixon went as far dispatching the nuclear-armed Seventh Fleet to the Bay of Bengal, but shadowed by Soviet nuclear submarines, the intended intimidation went no further. The Chinese, too, were fully aware of a possible Soviet strike across their land border in case of any adventure against India. Life moves on and Indo-US ties today are a far cry from what they were during the Cold War. To be trapped by the past would be unwise; to forget its lessons would be folly. Pressler laments that Indo-US ties are predicated on defence. ‘We tear India down when our generals fly down there [Islamabad] and encourage the ISI (Pakistan’s military intelligence service]. We need to create [a relationship] based on trade and development, and not based on arms trade,’ he said. India is in lockstep reality, hence its purchases of American military equipment, to some extent, is calculated to keep Washington onside. In a media interview, Pressler likened the US military industrial complex to a ‘octopus with its tentacles all over.’ The Secretary of Defense was more system than an individual. The ‘Pentagon is for arming everybody’, he explained. The present CIIA Director’s claim that Russian interference in US presidential elections goes way back to the 1970s strains of credulity. So Moscow helped elect Ronald Reagan, George W. Bush and Barack Obama. What next? How ironical that ‘regime change,’ - for long a feature of American statecraft – is now at the recipient of the same medicine. Reading Larry Pressler’s book would be an encouraging return to sanity.

Senator Larry Pressler spills the beans

Continuing Indian paradox The Indian as difficult to explain as the Indian rope trick, what with pro-cow vigilantes on the prowl and kindred lunacies are also much in evidence. The uplifting news of an Indian discovery of a supercluster of galaxies – named Saraswati, after the lost, ancient river - estimated to be 4 billion light years away buoys hope that all is not lost for the country. The Eureka moment was announced by astronomers of the Inter-University Centre for Astronomy and Astrophysics and Indian Institutes of Science and Science Education and Research in Pune, NIT,

Jamshedpur and Newman College, Thodupuzha in Kerala. Professor Somak Raychaudhury, along with Dr Joydeep Bagchi, the lead authors of the paper, published in the latest issue of The Astrophysical Journal, studied this galactic reality for the past 15 years. Their Bengali compatriots, meanwhile, on the earth below in Kolkata, led by the Chief Minister Mamata Banerjee, were tomtoming incomprehensible tantrums in yet another monster demonstration to plague a tormented city.. Another paradox to contemplate...

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Life is the greatest bargain - we get it for nothing -Yiddish proverb

CIIr Ketan Sheth

Councillor for Tokyngton Wembley Brent Council’s Chair of Community and Wellbeing Scrutiny Committee

The horror of the Grenfell Tower disaster - who is accountable to whom? The horror of the Grenfell Tower disaster raises many questions about who is accountable to whom. This has been brought home by the apocalyptic messages posted by the Grenfell Action Group prior to the fire. Residents blogged that 'only a catastrophic event will expose the ineptitude and incompetence of our landlord, the KCTMO' - Kensington and Chelsea Tenant Management Organisation. KCTMO, a TMO (Tenant Management Organisation) is owned and run by tenants. The board typically comprises tenant representatives, local councillors and independent representatives. Yet tenants had formed an 'action group' - which suggests their voices were not being heard by the KCTMO. However, surprisingly, KCTMO is not the 'landlord', a fact that has understandably confused residents. The real landlord, Kensington & Chelsea Council, still owns about 9,760 properties, but on the 1st April 1996 passed responsibility for managing all housing services to KCTMO. This transfer is unique not only because it was the largest of its kind, but also because of the wide range of services transferred including fire safety. This wholesale abandonment of responsibility by Kensington & Chelsea Council may explain its lack of responsiveness to the concerns of tenants in recent years. TMOs are developed under Right to Manage regulations introduced in 1994, and have been since revised. They were originally intended to empower tenants. However, in reality they simply made councils less accountable. Under the regulations, tenants with a complaint about housing services must first contact the managing agents. But then it is quite common for a stalemate to ensue should the TMO and council landlord decline to act. Council tenants can still have recourse to complain to the Housing Ombudsman, but getting a complaint to that stage is laborious. Another obstacle is that the tenants cannot always rely on the local authority environmental health team to investigate hazards identified because that team cannot act where to do so could place them in conflict with their council. Moreover, changes introduced in 2010 by the Conservative housing minister of the time, Grant Shapps, further eroded provisions that had empowered tenants. The quango National Tenant Voice was abolished; by 2011, councils were no longer required to provide data to the Audit Commission on tenant satisfaction; and by 2012 the Tenant Services Authority closed. To cap it all off, the swingeing 2013 legal aid cuts made it even more difficult for tenants to access their rights. What is needed now is a fundamental rebalancing to restore rights and security to tenants across the country and to make councils answerable to those that they house, who are often among the most vulnerable in our society. There must be effective mechanisms for tenant participation without obscuring who is accountable to whom. The Grenfell disaster underlines the urgency of this change. Editor: CB Patel

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Campaigners slam lenient sentence for 134mph street racers Police and road safety campaigners have slammed a 'lenient' sentence handed down to three streetracers clocked travelling 134mph on a dual carriageway. Amar Paul, Tejinder Bhuee and Zafar Iqbal all received suspended sentences after pleading guilty to dangerous driving and streetracing at Birmingham Crown Court Monday. Road safety charity Brake have now condemned the judge's decision to suspend each man's six month jail sentence for two years. Jason Wakeford, spokesman for Brake, said: "It's shocking that these defendants escaped jail time because no one was killed or injured. Today's lenient sentencing illustrates clearly how tougher penalties for those who deliberately put people's lives at risk on the roads are well overdue.

West Midlands Police also highlighted the fact that the men were told to expect custodial sentences at the previous hearing. Paul (27), Bhuee (24) and 33-yearold Iqbal went on to admit dangerous driving and street racing and at Birmingham Crown Court and were given six-month jail terms suspended for two years and ordered to carry out 100 hours of unpaid community work. They were also handed £1,050 in court costs and charges and were told to attend a driver rehabilitation course; all three were banned from driving for 12 months and will have to pass an extended re-test in order to get their licences back. They had each previously been given six-month suspended jail terms and ordered to pay £750 civil court

Left to right: Zafar Iqbal, Amar Paul and Tejinder Bhuee leaving Birmingham Magistrates Court.

costs for breaching the Birmingham Car Cruising Injunction introduced last year across the city.

Taxi driver suspended from transporting vulnerable adults A Labour councillor and taxi driver has been suspended from carrying out contract work to transport vulnerable adults and young people. The city council said Gurpal Atwal – a councillor in Oadby and Wigston – must not be used for its jobs following a court case last week that saw him denied a licence to drive a taxi in his home borough. The court was told of allegations of swearing and racism and that Coun Atwal used unlicensed escorts for taxi journeys for young people. Magistrates also heard the claim Coun Atwal had “sat in his pants outside a swimming pool because he

believes that’s acceptable”. Coun Atwal appealed against the ruling he was not a fit and proper person to hold a taxi licence but magistrates, having heard evidence from the borough council’s licensing officials, upheld the decision. Coun Atwal denied he was a racist and the court was told the allegations against him stemmed from a dispute with a former business partner. Coun Atwal works for ASA Transport Ltd. A city council spokesman said: “We have a framework contract with ASA Transport Service Ltd, to provide transport for vulnerable adults and children in Leicester. “Mr Atwal is employed as

a driver with this firm, but as a result of this week’s court decision, we have instructed ASA that Mr Atwal is no longer to be used for any of our contracted work.” He said licensing officials would also be re-assessing Coun Gurpal Atwal’s personal licence to drive a taxi in the city, which runs to 2018. The city council’s sole Conservative councillor, Ross Grant, said he raised concerns with officers about Coun Atwal doing work for the city council in April . Coun Atwal said the allegations had been fabricated and he intended to appeal the decision in the crown court. He confirmed his former business partner had

secured a court injunction barring him from the office of Hansom Taxis at Leicester railway station. He said he hoped the injunction would be overturned in a high court case scheduled for October.


Police want to trace this man after attack on biker

Police investigating an assault on a motorcyclist in Leicester have released this picture of a man they would like to trace. The biker was pushed off his vehicle in Belgrave Road last month then punched in the face several times. The attacker then got into a waiting car and left the scene just before 6pm, on Sunday, June 18. The victim suffered injuries to his face and swelling to one of his arms. He was treated at Leicester Royal Infirmary and has since been discharged. Officers want to speak to the man pictured as they think he might have information that could assist with their enquiries. A police spokeswoman said: “If you recognise the man in the image or know who was responsible for the assault we would like to hear from you.” Anyone with information is asked to call 101.

Mum-and-baby Solihull carjacking

Carjackers who stole a mum’s Audi with the mother and baby still inside deliberately caused a crash to get her out of the driving seat. Police said the four-man gang engineered a collision to ensure she had to step out of the car to exchange details. The mum was only able to flee with her child when the criminals pulled into a side road. The victim, who was driving a grey Audi RS6, was rear-ended by a car with blacked-out windows at a set of traffic lights. The men demanded her car but she refused, saying her baby was in the back. The four men were Asian. One was around 5ft 10ins, stocky and with facial stubble. He wore a navy blue tracksuit.

Dad murdered in drive-by shooting over stolen Cartier watch

Knifeman who stabbed sleeping brother-in-law facing jail A knifeman who repeatedly stabbed his brother-in-law, as he lay sleeping next to his wife and two children, has been convicted of wounding with intent. Faheen Majeed (30) was acquitted of a more serious offence of attempting to murder Mohammad Zaid who suffered 18 knife wounds to his head and neck. Judge Nicholas Dean QC adjourned the case for sentencing, but said the defendant’s jail term was likely to be in “double figures.” Majeed denied the

offences claiming he acted in self-defence; an account rejected unanimously by the jury of five women and seven men. Leicester Crown Court was told the defendant and victim had married each other’s sisters. Majeed became estranged from his wife, the mother of his three children, and ended up staying as a guest at Mr Zaid’s home in Humberstone Drive, Leicester. James Varley, prosecuting, said that Mr Zaid’s inlaws – the parents of his wife

and the defendant – had come over from Belgium and were also staying there. On January 20, the defendant made an unwelcome visit to his estranged wife, causing Mr Zaid to intervene and warn him not to go there again. The following morning the defendant went into Mr Zaid’s bedroom, where he was sleeping with his wife and two children, aged two and four. He then repeatedly stabbed Mr Zaid with such force the large carving knife he was wielding bent and then snapped in two.

The bedroom was splattered with blood during a violent struggle. Mr Zaid’s wife tried to stop her brother from attacking her husband and suffered a cut hand. Their four-yearold son, although physically unhurt, ended up covered in his father’s blood. The victim suffered gaping stab wounds to his head and cuts on his neck, which were stitched, glued and stapled in hospital – and he underwent an operation to a deep defence wound on his left hand.

Upset landlord threatened to cut off repairman’s head

A landlord upset about the cost of fixing a washing machine threatened to cut off a repairman’s head in a racist rant. Gurmit Singh Kareer, whose company SK Lets has 69 properties around the UK, called John Selfridge a “white Scottish bastard” and said he would put his head in a mincer in the bizarre outburst. Kareer, 44, of Ventnor Road South, Knighton, Leicester, pleaded guilty to racially aggravated abuse when he appeared at Leicester Magistrates’ Court yesterday. He was given a community order. The court heard that the

incident happened in December last year, when Kareer contacted Mr Selfridge in Paisley for help with a broken washing machine at a property he owns in the Scottish town. Mr Selfridge, whose advert Kareer had found on the Gumtree website, went out to see the appliance on December 20, and said the job would cost £170. Kareer, who had been drinking, texted Mr Selfridge calling him a “ganster”, and warned his victim he would “find out” who he was “dealing with”. In another message, he said: “When I find out where

you live I will decapitate you and put your head through a mincer.” Mr Selfridge received a volley of texts, including some about white people “killing people in other countries” and asking Mr Selfridge how he would like it if “soldiers came to your country and did that?”. A later message read: “You scared like a coward?” It was followed by: “Can you replace the washing machine for me?” The police were called and officers in Leicester arrested Kareer, who, the court was told, had a previous conviction for drink-driving

from 2014. Serena Joshi, representing Kareer, said her client was “deeply remorseful”, and read out a letter Kareer wanted Mr Selfridge to receive that apologised for his behaviour.

Mohammed Humza and Vikesh Chauhan

Jaspal Rai and victim Carl Campbell

A young father who robbed a £5,000 watch was executed by its owner in a drive-by shooting - just days after he offered to return the diamond-encrusted Cartier timepiece to his killer. Police remain mystified as to a motive for the shocking killing of Carl Campbell after three men were convicted of murdering the father-of-one as he sat in his car at traffic lights last Christmas. But a Birmingham Mail investigation on Sunday revealed the tragic chain of events that lead to teenage gunman Mohammed Humza, 19, and his accomplices Jaspal Rai, 24, and Vikesh Chauhan, 24, to target Mr Campbell in West Bromwich town centre on December 27. All three men, of no fixed abode, were convicted of murder at Wolverhampton Crown Court and are facing life behind bars when sentenced at Birmingham Crown Court Tuesday. AsianVoiceNews


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Last chance to send your nominations for the prestigious Asian Achievers Awards Celebrating the exceptional achievements of the community members, the 17th edition of the Asian Achievers Awards is around the corner and nominations are now open for the public to nominate community members they find inspirational. Every year, we set a particular theme for the Awards and this year's theme is 'Media, Arts and Culture'. The all-inclusive and innovative awards not only endorse icons of the Asian community, but also unfailingly raises funds for sponsored charities. This year, we have

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The prestigious Asian Achievers Awards is hosted every year by UK’s leading news weeklies Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar to honour British Asians par excellence.

Deadline for nomination 31st July, 2017 NOMINATION FORM Please  tick the appropriate category Achievement in Community Service In recognition for an individuals service to community.

Woman of the Year The award will recognise and honour a woman who has made a significant mark in any chosen field. Sports Personality of the Year Awarded for excellence in sports. Business Person of the Year Awarded to a business person who is a success in every sense of the word and can demonstrate a genuine passion for social issues. Lifetime Achievement Award To honour those individuals, who during their lifetime, have made immense contributions in any given field. This remarkable individual can be marked as an example for the younger generation. Farrah Storr, Suresh Vagjiani, Sow & Reap Ltd, The Singh Twins, Tony Lit, Sunrise Radio and Nitin Ganatra chosen world's biggest NGO, The Akshaya Patra Foundation, and as is every year, aim to collect thousands of pounds to encourage the values and mission of the charity. Founded in 2000, the Foundation works on a simple vision- To let no child be deprived of education or food. Along with the partnership of the Government of India and several State Governments, the organisation today runs the world's largest mid-day meal programme. It aims to feed 5 million children by the year 2020, and with the AAA 2017, we wish to contribute in the honourable endeavour. The Media, Arts and Culture award is given to those who have made a mark in the sector, including print and broadcast media, cinema, art, and culture. Last year, the award was given to the well known Singh Twins, who have through their artistic flair made a reputation for themselves. Amrit and Rabindra Singh

culture. The Businessperson of the Year award is reserved for someone who is potentially driven to address social issues. The award was conferred to Nik Kotecha, CEO,

younger generation. Last year, Lord Naren Patel KT deservedly took home the honour for his internationally known contribution to the field of high risk obstetrics. If you know of any

Uniformed and Civil Services For outstanding achievements in uniformed and civil services or contribution to the community through any of the above services. Entrepreneur of the Year Awarded to an entrepreneur with a proven track record of operating a successful business enterprise. Professional of the Year Professionals in the field of medicine, law, education, banking, finance and others, who have scaled the heights of their chosen profession. Achievement in Media, Arts and Culture Someone who has made a mark in media including print and broadcast media; cinema, art and culture.

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Lord Patel KT (centre) with Lord Dolar Popat (right) and GP Hinduja(left) M o r n i n g s i d e Pharmaceuticals, last year. Owner of a multimillion pound pharmaceuticals business, Kotecha's vision involves making quality healthcare affordable and accessible throughout the world. The Lifetime

over-achieving Brit-Asian who deserves to be accoladed, nominate them online at w w w. a s i a n a c h i eve, or register their details on nomination forms in Asian Voice and Gujarat Samachar, this week. Nominations open till July 31.

Please email/post the below details on a separate sheet I Nominee's Name, Occupation I Nominee's Contact Details (Tel/ Email) I Award Category: (choose from the category above ) I Reason for nomination I Nominees Accomplishments /Awards/Recognitions I Personal background /CV/ Bio (Attach these documents if necessary) I Any other information you would like to include about the nominee I Your Name/ Contact details(Email/Phone) Make sure that you fill in this application form and send it on or before 31st July, 2017 by post, fax or email to Mr. L George, Tel: 020 7749 4013, Fax 020 7749 4081, Email: If you are sending it by post the address is Mr. L George, ABPL Group, Karma Yoga House, 12 Hoxton Market, London N1 6HW. Apply online

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Sponsor 100 children for £1000 for a year! Wanting to make your parents proud is a dream many children nurture. Manasi Lohar, an Akshaya Patra beneficiary studying in Std V in Smt Tarabhen Modak Primary School in Surat, Gujarat, is one such child. “I want to study well and become a doctor,” says Manasi, who enjoys studying. The 10-year-old wants to be a doctor so that she can save people’s lives. She also adds, “It’s my mother’s dream to see me achieve big things in life. I want to make her proud.” Manasi’s mother is a homemaker, while her father works in a factory. She has an elder sister, who studies in Std VII and a younger brother, who studies in Std II. She likes to participate in various competitions that are held in school. She stood 2nd in an essay-writing competition that was held recently to spread awareness about the Swachh Bharat Abhiyan (Clean India Mission). The young girl advocates the importance of keeping surroundings clean and elaborates on how cleanliness ensures that we don’t fall ill. Math is Manasi’s favorite subject because she finds it challenging to solve mathematical problems. As for sports, she likes playing kho-kho and kabaddi. Manasi’s eyes brighten when she talks about Akshaya Patra’s food. She likes it a lot because it’s tasty, like homemade food. She lists the dishes that are served in her school like khichdi, varan (daal), poli (roti) and others. Of these, she says, khichdi is her favorite and adds that food is important for our growth because it provides necessary nutrients. We are sure Manasi will make her mother very proud when she grows up. We wish her the best in pursuing her dream of becoming a doctor! There are millions of Manasis waiting for your support! Not only in Surat but children, even in remote locations like Rajsamand in Rajasthan and Mangalore need our support. Together let us jopin this mission to eliminate illiteracy due to hunger. Join us in our efforts to provide nutritious meals to children every day. So How can you, readers of Gujrat Samachar help. l Sponsor a 100 Children school meals for a whole year - £1000 l Sponsor an entire school for a whole year - £2750 Please call us at the numbers below and me and my team would be delighted to help you understand how Akshaya Patra is changing the future for millions of children and their families and how every little contribution helps immensely. Please do note that our admin costs are the lowest in NGOs in the world and our numerous global awards and recognitions bear testimony to how well we use donors contribution. We simply exist to make a huge difference and use every penny contributed to its greatest value. Every day, Akshaya Patra serves freshly cooked, nourishing school lunches to over 1.6 million children in more than 12,000 government schools across 11 states in India through our Food For Education Programme. Our mission is to serve 5 million children by 2020. To help us reach this ambitious goal, please donate online at or text MEALS to 70300 to donate £10. Your £10 gift will enable us to serve school lunches to one child in India every day for an entire year. To learn more about our work, visit The Akshaya Patra Foundation UK E: T: 020 7422 6612 Akshaya Patra is the official sponsored charity for Asian Achievers Awards 2017


Teen girl found dead in fridge; two men arrested Police authorities are currently questioning two men who were brought in in connection with a suspected honour killing and attempted murder of the victim's cousin. The 21-year old survivor was found banging on the doors of her neighbours before she managed to reach a nearby hospital with a slashed throat and multiple stab wounds. She informed medics that she had been kidnapped along with her 19 year old cousin and driven to a detached property in a wealthy south London suburb. Officials had already launched a search for the the two victims after they received a call raising concerned. Two hours later, they were alerted by the hospital that a woman was

brought in suffering multiple stab and slash injuries. After talking to her, they rushed to a £1.2 million five bedroom property in Coombe Lane West in Kingston and found the body of the teenager in a large upright fridge. Two men, aged 33 and 28 have been arrested on suspicion of murder and a woman, 29, has been detained on suspicion of assisting an offender. The six-bed property was home to a man in his 50s, a woman in her 20s and two children. They are understood to be staying in a house nearby during renovations. A neighbour said, “They really keep themselves quiet, we hardly ever see them. Even when there was a huge campaign in the street to stop a phone mast going

up they were the only people not to get involved. But they go to great lengths to decorate at Halloween and Easter, putting skeletons and lights all over the house.” Detective Chief Inspector Sam Price said, “We are doing everything we can to fully understand the circumstances of the despicable attack on two young women.

The death of the 19 year old is being treated as murder and the attack on the 21 year old is being treated as attempted murder. We are appealing for anyone with information to contact us. At this early stage it is believed the two victims were taken to an address before being attacked. We also understand that the victims were known to their attackers.”

Brit woman moves court a year after interrogation for reading Syrian book A British woman has taken to court to get an apology from the counter-terrorism police after they detained her for reading a Syrian art book aboard a flight. The Thomson cabin crew reported Faizah Shaheen who was on her way to her honeymoon in Turkey, last year. She firmly believes she was singled out because of her race. “I felt upset and distressed, followed by anger. I struggled to accept that I was being singled out for reading a book on art and culture,” she said. The interrogation is said to have lasted for around 30 minutes, where she was asked about the book, her work, and the languages she spoke. Shaheen, a Muslim who

works in mental health care, was reading 'Syria Speaks: Art and Culture from the Frontline' on the outbound flight. Her work in the facility ironically, includes looking for signs of radicalisation in young people. “One year on, Thomson Airways has failed to provide an explanation or apology despite legal involvement. This attitude has left me with no option but to seek a declaration from the court under the Equality Act.” Shaheen and her husband were stopped by the police when she returned to the UK two weeks later, and were taken to a room at Doncaster Airport for questioning under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act. She said

she was singled out because of her race. One of her lawyers, Ravi Naik, said that while Thomson had acknowledged its initial communication, it had not responded to its correspondence since January. “The Equality Act contains strong protections against discriminatory treatment on the basis of someone's race and religion and for good reason. We have asked the airline to apologise, to which we have never received a meaningful reply.” Shaheen clarified that compensation is not what she is after. Instead, she wants “an apology and explanation from Thomson Airways to ensure that it never hap-

pens again.” She added, “Thomson should review its staff training procedures so that such an error never happens again. Reading a book should never be viewed as grounds for suspicious behaviour.” Thomson issued a statement saying, “We're really sorry if Ms Shaheen remains unhappy with how she feels she was treated. We wrote to her to explain that our crew undergo general safety and security awareness training on a regular basis. As part of this, they are encouraged to be vigilant and share any information or questions with the relevant authorities, who would then act as appropriate.”

Bending the rules: How an Asian female runs a men's prison Even after a year after Pia Sinha, prison governor of HMP Risley took charge of the men's resettlement, she unfailingly surprises people when she introduces herself. The barely over 5 ft tall Asian woman however, takes it as a compliment. “You get a lot of raised eyebrows and and some people openly say, 'You are not what I expected',” she said. Sinha began her career in prisons 20 years ago and describes the atmosphere as an “acquired taste”. After she began her career as a psychologist at HMP Holloway, a woman's prison in London, the 44 year old came a long way,

working in women's and men's prisons. Her first governorship was the adult male prison, HMP Thorn Cross in Cheshire. About adapting her approach, Sinha said, “Even though Thorn Cross is a male prison there was scope to use my female dominant skill. It was a place where you can be creative, the focus was overtly on resettlement.” She added, “But when I came to HMP Risley it was like starting again because it had a very male culture. It required masculine skills. I had to be clear in my communication. There is no room for discussion and dialogue when you're expected to give

Pia Sinha

strong leadership.” She admits she's often heckled by prisoners. “It can be very intimidating and unpleasant but when I walk on to the wings, I need to feel comfortable,” she said. Given the unpredictability of her job, one of her tasks is crisis management. Sinha and her staff have often dealt with

self-harm, violence, bullying, and antisocial behaviour. She attributes most of the chaos to drug use. About her life working in a high-security environment, the beaming and proud prison governor said, “You're not able to bring your mobiles into work. You can't do any personal admin during lunch breaks or quiet times. We have our own intranet, but there's limited access to the internet. It's very very firewalled.” She said prison “shuts off the outside world, whilst the world wants to remain blissfully unaware of what happens inside.”

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Authority clarifies students deported from India were travelling on wrong visa work with a non-governmental organisation. In reality the students were going to visit the Children's homes that they have raised thousands of pounds for, and to experience the rich, diverse and exciting culture of the region. Extensive efforts were made to get the immigration official's decision overturned, but to no avail. “The students and staff returned back to Manchester, via Dubai,

pic courtesy: India Direct, Facebook

Immigration authorities in India reportedly deported 19 Britons who went to Chennai, India to take part in a charity at a children's home on Monday 17 July. The British citizens - 16 students and three staff members from Poynton High School in Manchester in the UK were told that they could not enter the country using the visa they were holding because they were 'going to work' an NGO in Chennai. The children landed in Chennai on Monday 17 July carrying crates of materials to be distributed to children's homes supported by an NGO, India Direct. The students were left scarred as they waited for 11 hours, before they could board a return flight. The teacher who accompanied the children were allegedly interviewed for two and half hours by the immigration officials. Poynton High School head teacher David Waugh reportedly told the BBC, "They were going to play with the children they have helped and paint a mural. The staff and students are in a state of tired

landing at Manchester Airport in the early hours of Wednesday 19 July morning, along with the toys and stationery that they had taken over for the children in the homes. As you can imagine the staff and students are in a state of tired shock, having travelled for 48 hours as a round trip. Our hearts go out to this great team of staff and students, who have already made a real difference, and who must be so disappointed.”

Poynton school children and staff that were deported from Chennai

shock having travelled for 48 hours as a round trip." He has written to the Foreign Commonwealth Office (FCO), and they are following up with the Indian Governent, sources revealed. The High Commission of India in London has received a number of letters querying about this matter, including one from the FCO, a source told Asian Voice. “The problem is the students had applied for e-visa for tourism, but were going for work with

an NGO. India Direct is on the list of valid charities that our Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) maintains. However these kind of visits require a visa under category X, and one needs to apply through VFS, which in turn we approve,” the source confirmed. The High Commission also told the newsweekly that they are not yet aware if the school wants to go back to India again, as none of the queries raised with them have raised that

point. Earlier, on its Facebook page, India Direct wrote: "On Monday 17th July 2017, 16 students and 3 staff flew out to Chennai, India, to once again visit and support this great charity. However, they were turned back at immigration and refused entry into the country. Chennai airport immigration officials claimed that the group had no rights to enter the country on their visa because they were going to be undertaking

High Commissioner of India HE Y K Sinha with wife Girija Sinha hosted a reception to celebrate the UK launch of the book “Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw: The Man and His Times” authored by Brigadier Behram M Panthaki and Mrs Zenobia Panthaki at Gandhi Hall, India House on Friday 21 July 2017. The Book was originally published in 2014. Lord Karan Bilimoria and the High Commissioner himself shared many personal anechdotes on Field Marshal Sam Manekshaw.




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Defence Minister: 10 percent of Armed Forces from BAME by 2020 The Armed Forces Hindu Network organises Rakshabandhan celebrations at the Ministry of Defence Rupanjana Dutta The Armed Forces Hindu Network had organised their Rakshabandhan celebrations, third year in a row, at the Ministry of Defence Headquarter, on Monday 24 July 2017. This year Rakshabandhan is on 7 August and this Monday's event was a precursor to many other celebrations organised by them in early August, especially in Hindu temples of Swindon, Newcastle, Liverpool and London. The afternoon was a symbol of the strong bond of protection between the community and Armed Forces existing in the society, and was attended by members of different faiths including Hindus, Sikhs and Jews. Chief Guest was The Right Honourable Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords. Members of the Hindu Forum of Britain, Hindu Council UK, Metropolitan Police Hindu Association, Harrow Safer Neighbourhood Board as well as the wives of the Defence personnel from the High Commission of India were present at the event to celebrate the occasion. The afternoon started with Prayers from Acharya Krishnakant Attri, who has been a Hindu Chaplain for the last 12 years. Major Ashok Rao hosted the event along with Ashok Kumar Chauhan MBE, Warrant Officer, the Royal Army. Every officer from the Armed Forces present at the event were tied a rakhi (a thread of protection) on their wrist, the first recipient being Lord Howe himself and received a gift of

Captain Dillikumar Rai, Rear Admiral Tim Hodgson, General Richard Nugee and Earl Howe display their rakhis

chocolate. Minister of Lords The Rt Hon Earl Howe gave a speech to those gathered in which he insisted that this Government is committed to recruiting 10 per cent of personnel from minority communities by 2020. The total number of Asians in

Capability Rear Admiral Tom Hodgson. Speaking about the ties and values shared between the community and the Armed Foces the Rt Hon Earl Howe said, “ As we exchange our multicoloured bands, it’s a unique opportunity to

remember the service and sacrifice of the thousands of Hindus who fought in the mud and blood of Passchendaele. “We reflect too that, during the course of the Great War, some three quarters of a million Hindus deployed overseas in the British Indian Army, earning 8 VCs and fighting in every theatre from the Western Front to East Africa, from Egypt to Mesopotamia. “We also recall more than1.25 million Hindus who played a pivotal role in the Second World War, liberating the oppressed from Nazi evil. And 35 years on from the Falklands conflict, we pay tribute to the likes of 24-year-old Sapper Pradeep Kumar Ghandi…a Royal Engineer from 59 Independent Commando squadron…attached to 45 Commando…who paid the ultimate price in helping the Falklanders win back their freedom. “Yet there are other

Chief Guest the Rt Hon Earl Howe, Members of the Armed Forces, Hindu community representatives, wives of Defence personnel from the High Commission of India and participants at the Armed Forces Hindu Network's Rakshabandhan celebrations on Monday 24 July at the Ministry of Defence

the Armed Forces is around 2,580 as at 1 April 2017. Also in attendance were the Chief of Defence People Lieutenant General Richard Nugee and the Director of Submarine

remind ourselves of the multifaceted ties that bind our great Hindu community and our Armed Forces together. First there are ties of history. This year we

ties. Ties which perhaps go some way towards explaining the remarkable courage of those Hindus who chose to fight in the Great War... a struggle on

distant shores far from home. “Today we see our shared values under threat…from terrorism and state-on-state aggression…from cyber-attack and hybrid warfare. To defend ourselves we must unite: speaking up for those beliefs of tolerance, fairness and dignity, that make us who we are.

Government is committed to recruiting 10 per cent of personnel from minority communities by 2020...” He added, “We also need to demonstrate our Armed Forces are places of altruism, ambition and aspiration. That we want scientists as well as soldiers, medics as well as marines, programmers as well as pilots. The Armed

The Rt Hon Earl Howe, Minister of State for Defence and Deputy Leader of the House of Lords addressing the gathered audience

Indeed, that’s what the Armed Forces Hindu Network will be doing in their Raksha Bandan tour of Hindu temples in Newcastle and Swindon, Liverpool and London, at the start of August. “Yet that commitment to unity must encompass our military too. For we are your Armed Forces and the more diverse our society becomes the greater the imperative for our organisation to reflect the communities it serves. “We are privileged to have more than a thousand Hindus, both Regular and Reserve, doing their bit to defend our nation around the globe. And I’m very pleased over the past year to see Hindu membership in the Regular Army increasing. It’s testament to your sense of duty. “But knowing what our diverse communities bring only makes us ambitious for more. Indeed this

Forces is its own universe. You can do a galaxy of different jobs here while still seizing the opportunity to reach the stratosphere. Not only metaphorically – liberating the oppressed, bringing humanitarian aid to the suffering, and stabilising fragile nations – but literally – by working in some of our space-age divisions. “If you've got the talent there's no limit to how far you can fly. Today our highest ranking Hindu is a Colonel. There's no reason why we shouldn't one day have a Hindu General, Admiral or Air Marshal. Maybe a Hindu Defence Minister or even Secretary of State...Today let’s take our Rakhis and vow to keep strengthening the ties that bind us. We are stronger together and in a more dangerous world, we will rely ever more on our bands of brotherhood to light the way and dispel the darkness.”

Armed Forces Muslim Forum celebrates Eid with the Muslim community The Armed Forces Muslim Forum and members of the Muslim community gathered for an Eid dinner on Monday 24 July in HMS President to mark the end of Ramadan. Defence Minister Rt Hon Earl Howe, Chief of Defence People Lieutenant General Richard Nugee, and Commander Home Command Lieutenant General Bashall hosted a dinner centred on the theme of being driven and united by common values and purpose. Earl Howe gave the keynote speech, in which he highlighted how the Armed Forces and Muslim community often experience stereotyping and misconceptions. Defence Minister Earl Howe said: “It is wonderful to be celebrating the end of Ramadan together, and in doing so cele-

AFMF Sgt Dhalai giving a speech at the Eid dinner

brating the important role the Muslim community plays in our Armed Forces. “There is far more that

unites us than divides us, and by working together we are building a diverse force which is therefore a stronger force,

enhancing our cultural and linguistic skills for our operations at home and abroad.” In his speech, Earl Howe praised the Muslim community for their generosity and resilience in the face of recent events, including the devastating Grenfell Tower and the Finsbury Park attack. The Minister then turned to the “unknown” humanitarian efforts of our Armed forces, where personnel show the same values at home and on operations overseas. Brigadier Peter Cameron, from the MOD’s Operation Directorate, gave a presentation on the UK Armed Forces’ recent humanitarian operations before Mr Aamer Naeem, CEO of UK based Muslim charity Penny Appeal, highlighted their humanitarian activities overseas and endorsed the Armed Forces

for the values they share. Sergeant Ahmed Dhalai described his experience of helping to rescue migrants off the coast of North Africa, where he was able to use his linguistic skills and cultural background to carry out his tasks compassionately, showing the importance of building a diverse force. Colonel Steve Davies spoke about his role in efforts to foster peace and security in South Sudan, and Major Naveed Muhammad spoke about his duties in the fight against Ebola in Sierra Leone. Brigadier Peter Cameron gave a presentation on our efforts overseas before Mr Aamer Naeem, CEO of the UK based Muslim charity Penny Appeal, gave a presentation on the charity’s activities and endorsing the shared values between the two organisations.

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Ajay Patel; Obese Teen to Lithe Marathon Runner Some of us just accept the way we look, feeling that there’s nothing we can do about our eating habits and our shape. It’s hard to transform on our own; without mentors, coaches and money. One guy did. He's Ajay Patel, a former fat boy who now runs marathons and teaches fitness classes. An IT Programme Manager, Ajay has an MSc in Management Consultancy, and lives and works in London. He is an Advanced Les Mills Trainer in Bodypump, RPM, Sprint and Les Mills Grit. He teaches Bodypump to packed classes at venues like Eden Fitness Gym. Impressively, Ajay Patel has run 20 Marathons across the world. The first was completed in four hrs. 24 mins. (The London Marathon, 2006). Ajay's fastest was completed in three hrs. 21 mins. (The Malta Marathon 2016).

Background Ajay Patel was born in Wolverhampton. “My parents owned a convenience store and are now retired. I remember thinking how great it was that my parents had a convenience store- so I could eat and drink whatever I like. I was a healthy child,

but overweight. Living above a shop meant that I would eat and drink unhealthy snacks continually – often three to four packets of crisps and chocolate bars a day. My actual weight gain was 12 stones at 14 years of age, at 16 years I weighed 14 stone and the weight continually increased into my late teens,� Ajay recalls, “to 22 stones at 20 years of age.�

clothes from anywhere as many stores don't carry XXL clothes.  I told myself 'enough was enough' and started to go to the gym and walk wherever I could  e.g. to the supermarket, town centre, cinema, etc (as  opposed to getting the taxi).� Ajay, unusually, did all this on his own, without the benefit of extra funds or personal training. How he came to effect the transforAjay Patel mation is not a secret, he says. “You have to want to do it yourself. Transformation Until you realise that, no As for many of us with matter what anyone says, weight problems, there you won't do it. My parwas a crisis point. ents, aunts and uncles Ajay recalls, “The tipwould say to me 'Ajay you ping point was when I was need to lose weight,' 'Ajay at Lincoln University (my you have put on weight,' second year). I went into etc but I wouldn't worry River Island to try on an Xabout it and would get on Large sweatshirt, I looked with day-to-day life. Only in the mirror and  it when I realised that somewas  tight. I realised I had thing needed to change to do something about it did I then make the leap of as I would be unable to buy faith to action the change

and become a healthier and fitter person. I started to eat a lot healthier (fruit and vegetables), exercised (swimming initially), and attended the gym.�

Marathon Running It was not long before Ajay made Marathon running a goal. But why? Â

Challenge the unknown, conquer your fears, achieve your dreams. “I watched the Paralympics over 11 years ago and I thought to myself, these people are ‘disabled’ but they ‘can’ achieve great success. I realised I was an ‘able bodied person’ and thought, I want to lose weight and run. Run and achieve something that today (after 11 years) I am still passionate about and enjoy.

Giving Back to Parents Ajay has a special feeling for his mother and father, embodying core

Indian/Asian values. “My parents brought me up to 'treat others as you'd like to be treated' and more importantly 'always work hard'. I have done both of those and thank my parents for teaching me the core values in being a 'good' person. I know that not everyone will share the same sentiment or outlook in life but it's got me to where I am today; successful and confident in my abilities. Not only as an IT  Programme  Manager but also in inspiring people to achieve their goals in becoming healthier and fitter.� Ajay often visits his parents in Leicester and recently helped them purchase a house, sell their shop (after 35 years) and relocating. How does Ajay Patel plan his time? “Good question...having a clear mind and some ‘me’ time; running; I’m able to switch off from the world, allowing me to refocus and reprioritise when I do plan. My mobile phone helps me ‘fit’ everything in.� Ajay Patel's philosophy is; “You have one life; challenge the unknown, conquer your fears and achieve your dreams. The world is yours.�

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Amendment to Equality Act 2010

It seems the lobbies in favour of the amendment to the Equality Act 2010 are harping on the same string pulled by the political and other faith groups in India using their influence by unfair methods who want to come back to power and convert Hindu people reviving the reservations on the basis of caste system for the last 70 years, making it deeply rooted allowing the reservations with numerous benefits, to be extended permanently which was meant for only 10 years initially, according to Mahatma Gandhi’s earnest wish. The Race Relations Act can’t be compared with the envisaged amendment which is a fabricated account of lies; prior to freedom Hindus have got rid of all the evil practices listening to Mahatma Gandhi. It is said that caste/class and dowry were prevalent in the past in European princely states; and staunch economic classes in which people are treated differently are the most negative aspects. The caste system in Hindu society prevails as Goldsmith etc prevails in European society. Any one born in an Indian family known well how women mother, sister, daughter etc are treated reverently. The purpose of the unfair envisaged amendment, seems is to frighten Hindu people and compel them to relinquish their religion and join other one; and that will be undemocratic. ‘Varna’ does not mean ‘colour’, but describes citizens’ duties in those days according to their ability and choice to do ‘karma’ ie work, done by, for example, a teacher, a warrior, a farmer etc. It is quite obvious that dalits who have been converted to other faiths should neither have a say in the matter nor have a complant about it now. While Hindu Harijans, knowing what is being done for them, don’t complain about it. Mr Kovind, a Harijan, is elected as the President of India by the NDA government recently. Castes are being shed in modern nations. RN Patel Essex

Legislation against Caste System

With reference to Bhupendra M Gandhi and Baroness Shreela Flather letters in Asian Voice dated 22nd July 2017, I will entirely agree with Baroness as she put it rightly that it is not the caste but it is the discrimination we are faced with specially with Hindu women. It is our Hindu culture that we are tolerating discrimination instead of confronting the issue. Discrimination exist in daily life against different caste when it come to marriage, in work ( in Gujarat there was protest against lower class) in some temples. I have experienced in my life when I was fighting for justice for the rights of women in the temple. Powerful sadhus are suppressing real issues that exist in the society. Our culture is such that weak women are unable to fight their rights but hide the problem under the carpet. Last year I visited Padmanabha Swamy Temple in Thiruvananthapuram (Trivandrum) Kerala, where those who are not Hindus are not allowed to visit inside the temple. Is this not discrimination? I admire our rich Hindu culture that has offered the world with many good universal values. Our hypocrite MP’s who are opposing the legislation are themselves out of touch with reality of life. Is it not better to make improve the discrimination that that exist in the society through good legislation so that humanity prevails through equality. Mahatma Gandhi scarified his life fighting untouchable caste. Indian s were thrown out of East Africa, because we discriminated natives. It is not better to support the legislation, by making amendments to bring out the best so that society benefits. We Indians are fortunate to be living in UK where minority are looked after through right legislations. Our MP’s should be courageous to face the issues instead of misleading the society. They can influence the government. Manoj Patel Hemel Hempstead

No laughing matter

Many years ago, in India, in our appalling naivety, we used to poke fun at elderly people whose memory let them down. However, being forgetful in old age is no joke, as we now know. Alzheimer’s, in Britain alone, is claiming around one million victims, and goodness knows how many sufferers there are in a vast country like India. Experts say we must indulge in regular mental and physical activity, everything from doing crossword puzzles and reading to walking and gardening to keep this devastating condition at bay. Sitting for hours watching television is probably the worst thing we can do because obesity is a major factor, as well as drinking excessive alcohol. Rudy Otter By email

Is ban on GPs prescribing homeopathic remedies justified?

Our under-funded, over used NHS is under tremendous pressure to save every penny, no wonder homeopathic remedies and easily available, reasonably priced over-the-counter medicines like pain-killers and vitamin pills have become latest target of NHS cost-cutting exercise, having launch consultation papers to stop GPs prescribing them. This was main topic of discussion at our last PPG meeting. NHS rightly feels that lifesaving drugs for cancer and other treatments, operations should take priority over some may call “placebo” homeopathic remedies that use tiniest amount of natural herbs and minerals, normally in the ratio of one drop to a million that would not register in any test trials. Many feel that homeopathy is akin to “Faith Healing” and be treated as such, although homeopathy enjoys “Royal Patronage” especially from Prince Charles who is devoted believer in alternate medicines. This exercise, along with previous cost-cutting measures will save NHS £190 million which can be put to better use. But this is drop in the ocean compared to overall NHS budget of £122 billion for England alone, £2200 per person which is much lower than EU average. If our habituated politicians are really concerned about our ailing NHS, crumbling infrastructure that include poor social housing, railways and roads, then avoid sticking plasters and take bold actions, like raising income tax at upper end, cutting defence budget and drastic reduction in overseas aid. We have ignored our own people far too long. Kumudini Valambia By email


Vitriolic Violence

We understand from media reports that acid attacks in this country are on the increase. Between November last year and April this year, 408 cases have been reported in London alone. The worrying figures published indicate that the number of acid attacks on people went up by an alrming rate in last six months. Imagine yourself being confronted by a man carrying a container of acid and threatening to spray it on you. It must be a very frightening experience, worse than being stabbed with knife. People who are victims would probably live the rest of their lives on a knife edge, being jittery and afraid to go out any time of day or night. The Government is to review the law on the purchase and carrying of acid. The perpetrators should face the full force of the law. It has been suggested by some that tougher jail sentences for the culprits may be an answer. Whatever the punishment is meted out to these cruel people, it must be severe enough to put a stop to this sometimes indiscriminate harming of people for the sake of a few pounds? What needs to change is the person or the environment they are brought up in. The culprits and their victims need more support from their peers. However, the poor victims of the crime would probably live the rest of their life on a knife edge having been maimed and disfigured for the rest of their life. Dinesh Sheth Newbury Park, Ilford

Charity begins at home

Celebrating Heroes, Not Terrorists

I am writing in response to Kumudiniben's letter of 15th July, the concern i raised regarding G.P. service was in general, having read news and had information from acquaintances not specifically for us. Prior to election even P.M. had said G.P, service needed overhaul. I appreciate her information regarding PPG of which we are aware of as patients are advised of this by letter and meeting date is notified via text. However, as she recognizes due to the shortage of G.P.s, system set in theory is not working efficiently by all surgeries in practice and elderly sick and vulnerable people experience difficult situations. Of course, telephone consultation is most convenient and time saving for all concerned. In fact I wrote a letter to our surgery supporting that strongly because some patients objected it and doctor needed something in writing from other patients to present it to their meeting. However, my main point was in the title of the letter – referring to `foreign aid`. ( having read 4bn to be given to Syria`. Britain paid £12bn in foreign aid in 2015 and for 2016 £13.3bn to be paid and increasing yearly further. Some conservative M.P.s, in my opinion rightly considering repeal of the legalised target. It is not just health service short of fund, it is needed for other causes like Bhupendrabhai has mentioned in his letter of 24th June. Ila Kapadia By email

Drinking water

Indian Students ---- American Dreams

It was a treat to read the column by Bob Blackman MP in this newspaper (last week) under the above heading. The MP for Harrow West has put aside the scourge of the West called “Political Correctness” and showed the rare courage from a politician to call a spade a spade. It was a pleasant experience to read the column full of straightforward and clear words without jargons and wishy washy phrases. If the western countries and especially all their politicians adopt a similar attitude to the MP for Harrow West, the world would become a peaceful and happy place for all humanity. Unfortunately, the West’s greed for markets, minerals and money has driven them to the present sorry state which they call “Political Correctness”. It is the reflection on the West’s collective policy failure that their citizens have even thought to seek permission to celebrate a day for a slain terrorist. Let us hope the EDM (Early Day Motion) tabled by the MP is debated in parliament and some concrete actions evolve as a result. It is worth repeating the MP’s words. “Any fight against terrorism is incomplete without the active support from people and their elected representatives… “ Narsibhai Patel New Malden

Rudy Otter’s cheers and bottoms up to drinking water in hot weather is appropriate. Drinking water can be pleasant ritual. Many people just ignore to rehydrate themselves under load of other commitments, incur unpleasant results. Note carefully, following facts. Firstly, water means H2O, strictly water. Liquids like soda, beer, tea, coffee and dal does not qualify as water. Tea and beer are diuretics and so can cause micturition/ dehydration. Beer adds calories without proper diet, creating false sense of fullness, and less eating of essential foods. Sweet drinks have unacceptable quantity of sugar, which gives a spike of adrenalin followed by trough and resultant depression. Sugar also leads to warming up and perspiration/ dehydration. Non-sugar sweeteners may lull drinker into false sense of safety and lead to obesity and diabetes. Thus water is safest and best source to quench thirst. But there is hazard too. One must imbibe water only up to 8 to 10 glasses per day, at regular intervals, and that too, sip by sip. Overzealous over drinking can cause bloated tummy. It can also thin the blood and cause dizziness, a la dehydration, causing giddiness. Plus, overdrinking with meals dilutes digestive juices in stomach, leading to gastric disorders. Ramesh Jhalla By email

The above Editorial piece on Page 3 of the 15th July issue of Asian Voice enticed me to pen down something. My elder sister in Mumbai has two sons, elder is MD practicing in Mumbai and the younger is Chemical Engineer working at present in Abu Dhabi after working many years in USA and Mumbai! Their two sons having excelled in Information Technology (IT) in Mumbai have moved to San Francisco. I am happy that this year they have passed their exams with flying colours and are prosecuting their study further, elder brother going for PhD and younger one for Masters in Information Technology! They also did part time work with Apple and other Big Cos in US silicon Valley. May I also add my eldest sister’s (no more now) daughter has also moved to USA, whose two daughters have become Doctors in USA. Her son in Baroda is also Ele. & Mech. Engineer whose daughter is also Electronic Engineer in USA! Thus Indian Students are rightly Fulfilling their American Dreams ! Do we Know where our Destiny will take us all?! Upendra Kapadia By email

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Legal action over face veil ban in school

A single mother of three daughters has launched legal action against the prestigious Holland Park School in the Royal Borough of Kensington and Chelsea after she was told she could not wear a face veil on its premises. Rachida Serroukh, 37, has initiated a discrimination test case against the institution. A devout Muslim, Serroukh was ecstatic to know that her 11 year old daughter was offered a place in the school. “Education is very important to me and I want to ensure that all my children get a good education. My daughter who will be starting at Holland Park after the school holidays, did really well in her year 6 Sats and was the top girl in her class.” However, her happiness was short-lived. While attending an evening for parents of new pupil at the school on June 13, the mother was shocked to be challenged over her decision to wear a face veil. After a talk by the head teacher, the qualified childcare assistant was approached by a member of staff who asked to speak to her. “I was already feeling uncomfortable because I had to leave my daughter standing on her own. As the teacher was a female, I lifted my veil when we were talking

together in the room.” Initially she thought that the teacher who raised the issue with her veil had misunderstood and thought her daughter would be attending school in a face veil. “I explained clearly that my daughter wears a headscarf and would not be coming to school in a face veil. Then I realised she was talking about me.” Serroukh asked to see the school policy banning visitors from wearing a face veil several times, as she knew a friend who wore a similar veil and had been attending school events for five years without any issues. The teacher then asked her to leave the school through the back exit, to which she refused saying she needed to collect her daughter and would be leaving through the same door she had arrived. “I was very shaken and was in a state of shock about what had happened. I had never experienced anything like this before. I have experienced name calling in the street from strangers about my veil but nothing like this had ever happened before. When I got home, I just broke down,” Serroukh said. She later wrote to the school for clarification on the ban. Deputy head Ross Wilson wrote to Serroukh that the school did not have a written policy ban-

ning visitors wearing a face veil. “It has not been necessary to date for the school to have this requirement stated in written policy. Given the concerns you have raised, we are now considering a written amendment to our health and safety policy to include this specific requirement and will follow the normal protocol of seeking the approval of the governing body,” he wrote. When asked how he intends to justify the ban, he said it was a health and safety issue to be able to identify all those who enter the school premises. Calling the incident “discrimination”, Serroukh said she wished to work with the teachers and when she was taking qualifications to become a nursery nurse, she lifted her veil while working with children. Her solicitor Attiq Malik of Liberty Law Solicitors said his firm had drafted a letter to the school because it was a “straighforward” test case of discrimination based on the grounds of religion. “The government constantly talks about British values. To me, those values include diversity and multiculturalism. If a school in London is doing this, what might be happening elsewhere?” he said. The school is yet to respond to repeated requests to comment.

Girls thrive in single sex schools because they do not have to impress boys

Single sex education is better for teenage girls as it takes the pressure off them to try and impress boys in a “sexualised world”, the headmistress of one of Britain's best boarding schools has claimed. Rhiannon Wilkinson, head of Wycombe Abbey in Buckinghamshire, suggested female pupils were allowed to "remain girls for longer" at boarding school so they can focus on their work. She added single boys

hold girls back because girls mature faster and it is best for their education to grow in a "boys free" environment. Speaking to the Telegraph, she said: "My wide educational experience in both mixed and girls’ schools has shown me clearly that girls are best served educationally in their teenage years in a boy-free work environment. "Most psychological studies suggest that girls and boys develop at dif-

ferent rates and that girls are far in advance of boys through the teenage years: it is in a girl's best interests to be educated separately, at least until boys catch up with her." A study published in 2013 by Newcastle University scientists found evidence that girls' brains can start maturing from the age of 10 while some men do not start that process until they are between 15 and 20.

Council pushes through 'money-grabbing' traffic scheme Motorists have slammed Kingston council after it pushed through plans to permanently install a controversial traffic calming scheme that has raked in more than £3m in fines in just nine months. The Council first installed a traffic camera as part of a trial calming scheme in November last year, but were soon accused of “money-grabbing” after more than £500,000-worth

in fines were issued in its first week. More than 50,000 fines have been issued in Surbiton Crescent since, meaning the council has raised a whopping £3,255,915. Drivers passing through the bollards receive a minimum fine of £65, which can rise to £195 if not paid within 28 days. Residents have criticised the scheme as being badly signposted and called


on the council to scrap the traffic-calming measure. The Council voted to make the scheme permanent in June, but furious residents forced another vote on the scheme after presenting a petition to the council this week. But councillors refused to back down over the scheme, saying the road forms an “essential link” in its mini-Holland cycling plans.

BBC faces race and gender pay gap allegations BBC has landed itself amid two major controversies, after the corporation's annual report has revealed that 88.5% of its staff earning more than £150,000 are white. It caused further outcry Kamal Ahmed Mishal Husain after the published Naga Munchetty salaries has £500,000, a fifth of BAME backgrounds, and revealed a significant Evans’s wage. one is mixed-race. gender pay gap. Just a The news broke in the The ten are newsreadthird of its 96 top earners same week that easyJet's ers George Alagiah and are women and just three Carolyn McCall was Moira Stuart, economics women feature in the top named CEO of ITV: she editor Kamal Ahmed, 10. will be the organisation’s EastEnders actors BBC director general first female chief execuTameka Empson and Tony Hall reportedly said tive. However, it is Diane Parish, Radio 4’s it needed to ‘achieve the believed that BBC's rival Today presenter Mishal right balance when it Husain, BBC Breakfast ITV has been negotiating comes to BAME (black, host Naga Munchetty, DJ with McCall, in particular, Asian and minority ethTrevor Nelson, deputy over her remuneration nic) talent’. BAME staff political editor John package. represent 10.3% of BBC Pienaar and Holby City UK's Prime Minister leadership and 14.5% of star Hugh Quarshie. The Theresa May accused the all staff, with a 15% target person of mixed-race corporation of paying set for both categories by background is newsreadwomen less for doing 2020, the Metro reported. er and presenter Jason almost identical jobs. “I However, Lord Hall want to see women paid Mohammad. has pointed out that equally with men”, she The BBC’s best-paid nearly 20% of the leading said in an interview with star, Chris Evans, reporttalent they’ve hired or LBC. “I think what has edly took home £2.2 milpromoted in the last few happened today is we lion in the last financial years came from BAME have seen the way the year; whereas the bestbackgrounds. Of the 11 BBC is paying women less paid female star, Claudia people earning more than for doing the same job as Winkleman, collected £150,000, ten are from the men.” between £450,000 and


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Prime Minister Narendra Modi found his voice again – not too soon either – on the hideous practice of lynching by cow protection vigilantes. Addressing an all-party meeting on the eve of the monsoon session of parliament, he called on State governments to take effective action to bring these lawless thugs to heel. The Prime Minister told the assembled gathering that these perpetrators of violence were ‘using cow protection as a medium for spreading anarchy.’ Mr Modi had last spoken out against cow vigilantism at Mahatma Gandhi’s Sabarmati Ashram as recently as June 30. Earlier, on August 6, 2016, he had described cow vigilantes ‘anti-social.’ Opposition leaders were struck by Mr Modi’s outreach. He spoke for 30 minutes and went around the backbenches to greet various party leaders. Congress candidate for president Meira Kumar, and vice presidential nominee Gopal Krishna Gandhi were present. Congress President Sonia Gandhi, at a separate opposition conclave attacked the BJP government for the rise in communal tension (Hindu, Times of India July 17, 19).

Amarnath pilgrims killed in bus crash Seventeen Amarnath pilgrims were killed as the bus in which they were travelling rolled down a gorge on the Jammu-Srinagar highway. The accident was caused by a burst tyre. Twentyseven passengers were injured, some seriously, as helicopters ferried them to hospital. (Hindu Times of India July 17).

Opposition briefed on China standoff External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj briefed Opposition MPs on India’s standoff with China at the Dokalam Sikkim-Bhutan-Tibet tri-junction. It appears that a clear line of sight to Siliguri would be available to Chinese forces should their road building exercise continue to completion. Siliguri is strategically placed at the neck linking the plains to the hills. MPs from India’s North East spoke of the urgency of constructing a defence infrastructure in the area. The central government was urged to make haste in starting the process.

Contrarian Left The Left parties consisting the Revolutionary Socialist Party (RSP), the Communist Party of India (Marxist) and the Communist Party of India were for an speedy resolution of the Sino-Indian standoff. The RSP MP Premachandran advised the prime minister not to spend time visiting far-off countries (read Israel) in the interests of good relations with an important neighbor, China. His CPI colleague D. Raja echoed him (Times of India July 14).

Muted Chinese signal The Government of India’s National Security Advisor, Ajit Doval, is visiting Beijing shortly

for the BRICS security dialogue, where, it is believed, he will initiate a peace process to resolve the India-China standoff. Hu Shisheng, Director of a Beijing-based government think-tank on South and South East Asian and Oceanic Studies, hinted at the possibility of a discreet unofficial conversation away from prying eyes so that the high octane nationalism on both sides can be gradually defused. This change of tone is much to be welcomed (Times of India July 14).

Mulayam Singh talks tough Samajwadi Dal leader Mulayam Singh Yadav, once defence minister in the Gujral government in the late 1990s, delivered a robust speech in Parliament, advocating immediate Indian recognition of Tibet’s struggle for independence from Chinese colonial rule. Indian policy, he averred, was incorrect from its inception: India’s acceptance of Chinese sovereignty over Tibet was a grievous error for which the country was now paying. China was India’s foremost

Mulayam Singh

adversary, he said, recalling his repeated warnings to various governments, but none of them were taken with noticeable seriousness. Pakistan was now a secondary proposition for India, he concluded. Chinese voices threatening withdrawal of recognition of Sikkim’s cession to India must understand the consequences of any such hasty move, which they are likely to repent at leisure (Times of India, Hindu July 20).

US advises peace settlement The US State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert, answering a question at a routine press conference in Washington, said: ‘I know that the US is concerned about the


situation there. We believe that both parties, both sides should work together to try to come up with some sort of arrangement for peace.’ (Mint July 20).

Jihadi module busted A Kashmiri jihadi module was busted recently. It involved some 80 youths who were specially recruited for training on the Pakistan side of the Line of Control (LoC). The Baramullah Police spearheaded the investigation which exposed the Hizbul Mujahideen as the organization responsible for the conspiracy. Parvez Wani, the commander, and three of his team, Ansar-ul-lah Tantray, Abdul Rashid Bhat and Mehrajud-din Kak, all from north Kashmir, were arrested and a considerable haul of arms was recovered (Hindu July 17).

Rich strike in South Scientists at the Geological Survey of India have discovered a presence of millions of tonnes of precious metals and minerals under the waters surrounding peninisular India. The marine resources off Mangalore, Chennai, the Mannar Basiin, Andaman and Nicobar Islands and around Lakshadeep have yielded significant data pointing to future possibilities from further exploration in what lies within India’s Exclusive Economic Zone. State-of-the-art research vessels were involved in the survey (Times of India July 17).

US firm to hire 500 Indians US digital firm Softvision is to hire 500 software engineers in niche skills for its Bangalore facility. The new staff will add to the 2,400 product design and engineering professionals who are currently employed by Softvision across the world. The Bangalore studio will be an addition to the firm’s network of 17 studios across eight counties and five continents that help clients evolve talent, and process technology, while creating custom digital experiences. Softvision already has a facility in Mysore with 8oo software developers and testers working out of the city (Business Line July 18).

President elect Ram Nath Kovind with Prime Minister Narendra Modi see comment page 3

Azure et al (Business Line July 18).

Reliance net profit up 28 per cent Mukesh Ambani’s oil-to-telecom conglomerate Reliance Industries reported a net profit of Rs 9,108 crore for the June quarter, up 28 per cent from the corresponding quarter of the last year. The achievement arose from the sale of petroleum products, petro-chemicals and organized retail at stable prices, enabling the Group to record an all-time high profit. No disclosure has yet been made of its performance in 4G telecom service Jio, but it has announced further investments in this sector – which surely augurs well for its performance in this sector, too (Business Line July 21).

Realty sector rides high The first half of the calendar year 2017, has seen the realty sector register a record inflow of investments worth Rs 16,000 crore, the highest ever for a halfyear period. ‘2017 seems to have set a new milestone,’ said Shobit Aggarwal, Managing Director, Capital Markets & International Director, JLL India. ‘Given the scale, 2017 seems set to break all previous investment records,’ he added. Attributing the surge to a basket of economic reforms by the government, he said, ‘Reforms are changing the

investment scenario in the country and has made India one of the most attractive emerging markets from the investment point of view.’ (Business Line July 21).

Chinese autos in Gujarat Human life is riddle with paradoxes and puzzles – which is why it never ceases to interest earth watchers, from writers, artists and scientists to ordinary folk. India and China may be in a standoff in distant Sikkim, Bhutan and Tibet; Chinese media commentators and diplomats may be breathing fire and threatening war, but in Gujarat, of all places, a major Chinese automobile company SAIC Motor Corporation has started operations at the Halol facility, where not so long General Motors of the US ruled the roost.

Return to good times Its workforce of laid-off engineers and skilled mechanics are now looking to the Chinese company for re-employment and the return of the good times. Would the Chinese company work in a country with which its government was about to go to war? Good question. Time alone will provide the answer, but India does happen to be one of China’s more profitable markets, and there not many around these days (Business Line July 21).

Russia-India deal on new reactors

Google in new Indian venture Internet giant Google has rolled out its professional consulting services in India where it will work directly under with large clients to offer IT-based consulting solutions. ‘We have invested significantly into professional services in India. These are consulting services, change management services for customers where we work with them to solve some of their most complex problems,’ said Mohit Pande, Country Head, India Google Cloud. Google will be competing with big hitters such as Amazon Web Services, IBM Software Services, Microsoft

Russian companies are to sign three key agreements with the Nuclear Power Corporation of India for units 5 & 6 for the Kudankulam facility in Tamil Nadu, said Sergey Orlov, who leads the India operations of Atomstroyexport, one of the Russian companies engaged in the construction of nuclear power projects. Units 1 & 2 are operational and producing electricity for the Southern India grid; Units 3 & 4 are under construction, with 5& 6 to follow. The Indian government suggested Haripur in West Bengal as a site, but the State authorities turned it down. Andhra Pradesh will likely provide the alternative site. The new units will supply 1200MW of power (Business Line July 21).

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Married or co-habiting? Understanding your rights

Women of India, Women of Britain, Women of the World They nearly did it. The Indian cricket team nearly won the world cup in cricket. The women came a lot closer than the men. It’s been a week of women for England and India. For the English, our cricket team won. And at the BBC the women discovered so many were secretly being hugely underpaid than the men. For me, I was I also hosted the UK press launch of Akshay Kumar’s new movie, Toilet. The fact is 60% of all women in the world without access to toilet facilities, are in India. And 50% of all sexual assaults and rapes in India happen when women are walking long distances to go to the toilet. It is easy for us in the West to lecture India. Actually, the Indian PM picked up on this issue, it was because of him Akshay Kumar did the movie. It takes a brave PM to choose this topic. Far easier to chest-beat and talk about nuclear weapons. But the Indian PM took the lead. And this is how political leadership works. The film raises the big complicated problem. That of the excuse of culture. ‘oh it is culture, that women cannot have the toilet in an area where we grow tulsi’. The problem with ‘culture’ is it is the same excuse used to oppress women everywhere, and the women, often unwittingly, will participate. ‘Oh it is culture to wear a full bourka’. ‘Oh it is culture, to earn less than a man’. Actually, that last one – that

has become the British excuse. In the UK, the cultural oppression of women happens, just at a later stage – in the workforce. And women time and again, many of them, in the work force will not speak up. That is not their fault. It is they are just too often grateful to have the job to begin with. When women ‘unionise’ or the men join in in higher positions, that makes the difference. At the BBC, the women joined forces to tell the bosses, we all want higher pain. That is what is effective. I do the paper reviews on the BBC, and am up at 0350 to get to the studios and do them. And I am paid nothing – it is still the best job in the world. But I think the women asking for equal pay, should actually have asked for historic back pay too. Women should not just be asking for equality, but for all the historic injustices to be corrected too. The men will resist. Women will resist who are in power, to please the men. Don’t.

Croydon woman convicted of killing her mother A woman who killed her mother by giving her an overdose of drugs and smothering her with a pillow has been found guilty of causing her death. Shirley D'Silva, 55, from Croydon pleaded guilty at the Old Bailey on Monday, 17 July to manslaughter on the grounds of diminished responsibility. She was due to be sentenced at the same court on Tuesday, 18 July. On 25 October 2016 at about 16:10hrs, D’Silva dialled 999 and told the operator that she had just killed her 77-year-old mother Martha Pereira at the home they shared. When the operator asked what happened, she replied: "Erm, nothing happened. I just decided to take her life." When the operator asked D’Silva "what made you do this today?" she replied: ''It's the world we live around. We've been

Shirley D'Silva

suffering too long. Nobody's doing nothing about it. Somebody has to come forward and do something about it." D’Silva told the operator her mother had been unwell for a long time. Later on in the call when asked by the operator "did you do it because you don't think you were getting the help you needed?" she replied: "No, no. It's not, it's not that. It's about the world, the war around the world going on.' D’Silva remained on the phone until officers

arrived at the scene. She remained calm at first and when asked what happened, D’Silva told officers: "I have just killed my mother. I have given her an overdose of insulin and I have suffocated her with a pillow." Officers and paramedics from the London Ambulance Service carried out CPR on Mrs Pereira but she was pronounced dead a short time later at a south London hospital. A post-mortem examination showed the cause of death was consistent with an insulin overdose and smothering. D’Silva was arrested on suspicion of murder at 16:18hrs on 25 October. She was charged on 27 October. When interviewed by officers D’Silva told them a man had told her to kill her mother, and he was now telling her to kill her husband and son.

A recent YouGov survey found that over a third of cohabiting couples believed they had the same rights as a married couple. This is a common misconception encountered by couples, Paul Nuttall with many believing in a “Common Law” spouse – a term used to describe a couple who live together, maybe own property together and may, to the community, refer to themselves as married, but have not gone through the legal marriage process. Some couples believe that being a “common-law” spouse entitles them to certain rights with legal obligations, however this is not the case and the provisions relating to married couples are far more generous than to non-married couples. The logic behind this is that when you chose to marry you autonomously opt in to the laws that govern marriage and partners rights. It is generally thought that automatically entering couples into the same system of laws unknowingly (i.e. when they co-habit and buy a house together) would cause confusion and uncertainty. Understanding how you hold property One of the main assets in any family is often the home. Couples often delay marriage until after they have lived together, so it is important to understand the different ways that property can be held. There are two ways that one can hold property: tenants in common or joint tenants. There is a significant difference between these positions. l Joint Tenants: Parties cannot state the shares that they own regardless of who put what into the property or from whose wage the mortgage is paid. If one person dies, the property passes automatically to the survivor. The property passes to them even if you have a will and you cannot leave a share of the property to anyone else. Regardless of contribution to the purchase price. This is usually the way property is held for spouses as there is more of an acceptance of a shared intention that both should benefit from any increase in value and you would usually want your husband or wife to be able to stay in the property and to own it. l Tenants in Common: There is a presumption of equal shares unless there is a trust deed stating the percentage that each person should receive when the property is sold. You are advised to obtain such a deed. Each person can leave by Will their share of the property to whomever they wish and it does not automatically pass to the survivor. If you are married and you divorce, the

Detective Sergeant Brendan Ward, the investigating officer from the

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India Association hosts annual dinner in support of Saksham Rani Singh


he Ramada Ruislip is a favourite venue for the India Association’s annual dinner, but 15th July 2017 marked a special occasion as it was charity walker Bobby Grewal’s last function in his role as Chairman.

moting the relationship between India and Britain. The main light of the organisation is Bobby Grewal who personally raised huge sums of money through his own efforts by walks. As this is going to be the last event organised under Bobby Grewal’s leadership, I wish him a happy retirement.”

Osman Mir- the Pride of Gujarat performs in UK The legendary Gujarati folk singer Osman Mir –widely known as the “Pride of Gujarat” – rocked the UK last weekend with a series of vibrant performances.


Mr Grewal is a respected and loved figure in society and tirelessly raises hundreds of thousands of Bobby Grewal addressing the guests pounds walking the length of the UK and India. know Bobby and he is When Bobby spoke The whole evening was doing very good work for early on in the evening, he marked by a wave of affeccharity that no one else made the important comtion and nostalgia towards does. It’s a pity it’s his last parison that all the ladies the slim, bearded soon to function. He does very present at the event must be ex - chairman who admirable work. I’m not have at some point in maintained his composure sure that anyone who foland dignity while lows will be able to speakers sincerely do what he does.” told the audience of Professor Colin his dedicated work Green said in his for others. speech that the After canapés, a near- £200,000 that gold-dressed troupe Bobby Grewal has called the Angel raised for Northwick Dancers took centrePark at the age of 70 stage to lively music saved the special and launched promedical centre then ceedings with some run by Professor energetic film Green from coldances. lapse. That act of There were survival meant that prominent names Virendra Sharma, MP with Bobby Grewal now the centre is among the audience. secure for the foreJo Sidhu, QC, Virendra preparation looked into seeable future since Sharma, MP, Professor their mirrors as they got recently a millionaire has ready. But in India, there Colin Green (retired) from added funds to the big are so many who cannot Northwick Park Hospital, strong foundation laid by see due to corneal blindDr Parvin Kapoor, BDM at Bobby. ness, and that was one of Sterling Dental in A cheque for £20,000 the good causes – Southall, Narinder Kumar, was given to Professor Saksham- that money was JP, Parminder Jinder, and Colin Green’s charity, the being raised for. Kewal Singh, Consultant International Medical

£5000 donation from Barclays

Orthopaedic Surgeon from Hillingdon Hospital were among those present. A lively, informal Asian toastmaster kept the evening moving. Virendra Sharma, MP for Ealing Southall, gave a speech and exclusively told Asian Voice afterwards, “Bobby Grewal has contributed hugely to charitable work and pro-


Jo Sidhu QC and his wife were supportive of Bobby too. Jo told Asian Voice exclusively, “It’s an enormous privilege to be one of so many people who wish to pay tribute to one of our community’s shining exemplars, a man who is the essence of selflessness in this world!” Hardip Singh, Director at Vitabiotics told AV, “I

Education Trust. £25,500 went to Great Ormond Street Hospital. It was accepted by GOSH AMBASSADOR Farah Idris. £20,000 was given to the British Asian Trust. That evening, over £15,000 was raised for SAKSHAM (blind charity). Professor Green was also presented with a vase in honour of the work that he

sman’s shows at the De Montfort Hall in Leicester and the Watford Colosseum in London were both sell outs. The shows were unique in their ability to bring audiences from all ages together. Many of the spectators were young, signifying a new appetite amongst British Indians for traditional folk music. Mir who was born in Kutch, is today a name to be reckoned with in the Indian music industry. Osman, a practising Muslim, is also a listener and performer of Morari Bapu. After performing for Bapu at a musical concert in Bapu’s home town of Talajarda, Osman has since sung hundreds of Ghazals and Bhajans for him. Having started out as a traditional folk singer, Mir made headlines when he made his Bollywood playback breakthrough with “Mor Bani Thanghat Kare” from Sanjay Leela Bansali’s movie ‘Ramleela’. During Mir’s UK tour last week, he also gave an exclusive musical programme on the Terrace of the House of Lords. For one night only, Parliament was transformed into the Royal Albert Hall. The event was a fullyfledged three hour music programme, with the legendary Osman Mir making history by becoming the first singer and musician to have been given the opportunity to perform in the Mother of all Parliament. The event was hosted by Lord Popat to pay tribute to a number of British Indian musicians and singers for their contribution to music in the UK over the last 40 years. Musical guests included the legendary Mohammed Kasam, Deepak Khazanchi, Anila has done in his life. Narinder Kumar, JP, said, “We’re here to support another worthy cause- SAKSHAM- and equally to acknowledge the monumental efforts of Bobby Grewal, our beloved president, who steered the India Association ship and ensured that it passes into good hands.” Parminder Jinder, who is in the automobile repair business said, “Bobby

Lord Popat addressing the gathering

Gohil, Mahesh and Nitu Gadhvi, Bhavesh Parmar and many more. Lord Popat had organised a similar musical event exactly 40 years ago called the “DeepakShailesh Night” with singers Deepak Khazanchi and Shailesh

plays a central role in that. Tonight, in this historic building, we are honouring some of the finest musicians in the world. It is my opportunity as a member of the House of Lords to thank them for all of the times they have inspired us, to

Osman Mir performing at the House of Lords

Poojara to bring and unite musicians.

honour their decades of service and to hear the

Lord Popat with Osman Mir and other performers

Speaking at the event, Lord Popat managed to do the same 40 years later and honoured all the musicians and singers present: “Music is central to our lives, and Parliament

amazing Osman Mir perform in these unique surroundings.” Following the success and popularity of Osman Mir’s shows in the UK, there are calls for him to return next year.

Grewal is a gentleman, very humble. We want him to carry on. We love him.” After the big cheques were presented by the executive committee and gratefully received, another poignant highlight was when Mrs Grewal, Bobby’s wife, took to the mic with a prepared speech. She confidently said, “Balwant walks 5,500 miles for suffering people. He put his heart and soul into the

India Association. I appreciate this from the bottom of my heart... Prayer is the secret weapon which will get you through all troubles.” She finished her speech by singing a heartfelt film song that was later played in the original version. We wish Bobby well and are sure he will be active and continue to surprise us in the years to come. AsianVoiceNews

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UK Sikh leader visits Acorns Hospice

Dhiren Katwa An internationally renowned ambassador of the Sikh faith, Dr Mohinder Singh OBE, has underlined the importance of support across the entire community for Acorns, Birmingham’s local children’s hospice charity. During his visit last week, Dr Singh, more commonly known as Bhai Sahib, visited Acorns’ branch in Selly Oak for a tour of the facilities and to see first-hand the charity’s work providing care for life-limited and life-threatened children and young people and support for their families. He met and spoke to families, from across different religious and ethnic communities, about how they and their children have been supported by Acorns. He spoke at length to members of the Asian Mum’s group, a group of bereaved mothers supported by Acorns. Bhai Sahib expressed how invaluable the support of local community was, to help the charity continue its work, which in the past year has seen it care over 270 children and around 360 families, including those who are bereaved at Acorns in Birmingham. Toby Porter, Acorns’ Chief Executive, said “it was a great opportunity to talk about the work we do, not just in the hospice but also in the community as we support local families with the many challenges they face every single day,” adding, “40% of the children who Acorns in Birmingham currently support are from a (Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic) BAME background, diversity and inclusion are really important to us and we are proud that our Asian Mum’s group have been running for 25 years”. Acorns relies on fundraising to raise nearly £10 million per year needed to provide the range of specialist medical and psychosocial services the children and their families rely on, in the hospice and the community.

Honour for Nicole Well done to Nicole Mason, Parliamentary Adviser at the Foreign & Commonwealth Office, on scooping a Houses of Parliament Diversity & Inclusion Award. Nicole, 28, from London, was recognised for “embedding equality, diversity & inclusion” through organising a reverse mentoring scheme. This involved senior leaders at the Houses of Parliament being mentored by junior people from a Black, Asian & Minority Ethnic (BAME) background. Nicole, pictured, who studied Law & Anthropology at London School of Economics, is on a secondment to the FCO from the House of Lords where she has worked in various roles since 2012.

Lord Dholakia challenges the Govt over Saudi executions Lord Dholakia raised an urgent Private Notice Question in the House of Lords on Tuesday on the imminent execution of fourteen people in Saudi Arabia. As a member of the All Parliamentary Party on the Abolition of the Death Penalty, Lord Dholakia was rigorous in his questioning of the government, as to "what representations they have made to the Government of Saudi Arabia about the imminent execution of fourteen people, including two juveniles." Whilst the Minister, Baroness Goldie, was at pains to point out the UK Government's position on the death penalty and the abhorrence of its use, Lord Dholakia was robust in his challenge stating: "the UK is an important defender of human rights and the rule of law across the world. " He questioned "can she explain what the Government are doing to stop these executions? and the rule of law across the world, " especially "[g]iven our close relationship with Saudi Arabia." Citing conclusively "there is a precedent; David Cameron as Prime Minister personally intervened to stop the execution of three juveniles in 2015," Lord Dholakia demanded answers, asking:" What is our Prime Minister doing now?"

Naomi Dattani: WOMEN’S CRICKET

Sunetra Senior


attani is the Joint Captain of the Middlesex Women’s Cricket team, playing both County and higher level cricket. She is part of the Kia Super League; serving on the impressive squad the Surrey Stars. It then seems that a future of playing for England is more an eventuality than a dream. “That is the hope!” she told us. “I’d love to one day play for the country. I actually began my cricketing journey way back at the tender age of 10 – I’d play a lot with my brother in the back garden. From there I joined a boy’s cricket team up until 14, before joining the local women’s cricket team – then known as Gunnersbury.” Dattani is also currently coaching both all-girls and boys teams.

cal mental games constantly happening. With the way cricket is changing at the moment, consisting of lots of short games – hitting sixes and fours – it’s gaining a higher-octane image closer to that of football so that is beginning to be more appreciated.” Thus not only does Dattani demonstrate the power of cricket on the pitch, but as an invigorating life skill: “I really don’t know any other way in

*** Reflecting back on her journey, with specific attention to the gendering of the sport, Dattani which I could have been as confident said:“it is very interesting. Cricket is a as I am today,” the young sports star game of strategy where women and added. “The sport has uniquely conmen tackle differently. Although the tributed to my personal development, male cricketers are known for hitting also incorporating team work. It’s sixes, women use other methods to more than fun, and almost an intelliscore runs, and are yet evolving their gent sort of escapism. It helps adapt technique to hit sixes more recently you to new environments – year by as shown in this year's World year, I have pushed through each Cup.Ultimately playing a good game comfort zone.” and scoring the most runs is an expert mixture of brains What’s your Favourite and brawn. It’s not part of the Joint Captain always the answer to role? walk on and ‘just get it Communicating 'It's more than done.’ I think in that between the players and fun; it's an sense, it would be the coach; constantly intelligent sort beneficial for more wanting to improve myself of escapism' young boys to hone and others, and continuing their playing within to get better together. women’s teams as well as the other way around.” What more could be Indeed, this would not only help with done, especially within representation but deeply develop the Asian families to get more women already dynamic game: “who knows?” into sport? Dattani continued, “maybe one day There’s a lot of pressure from that could even mean widely accepted parents to focus on studies; as if international mixed teams! Cricket in that’s the only path going to a good general is an underestimated sport. future. It’s difficult to balance culture There is this misconception that the and sport. Young Asians will be game is somehow boring, with people obliged to go to a social event over perhaps standing around in a field. practising or watching the sport in But there is a lot more than meets the their spare time. I’m Keen to work eye. As well as lot of practical elewith Asian girls to motivate and ments, you’ve got to keep constantly lower that dropout rate. There are engaged, giving 100% of your concenbarriers that need to be broken. tration. It can be difficult to switch on and off; if it falters at the wrong What are some of your favourite moment it could really harm you. moves to experiment with? There are all these little, mathematiI enjoy the competitiveness of the

sport; the closeness of the game, and pressure and nerves that you feel. It’s good to play collaboratively with people too. I particularly enjoy batting and the whole structure of scoring runs, from starting at the bat and staying engaged the whole time. There’s so much time between the balls. I think being able to vary an intense concentration is a challenging, but finally rewarding overall experience. What have been some highlight moments in your career? Being selected to play in the Super League as your getting paid to take part in competitions doing a sport you really enjoy. Recently, also having the confidence to go to Australia and train in cricket out there for two seasons. You also coach cricket. What are some of the most important ways in which you motivate your students? I think ultimately, it’s good for young people to be able to look up to established people in the profession to be able to take the sports seriously. It’s definitely a career route with a lot of longevity, especially if you’re talented. You can go on to commentate or even become a presenter. For example, I really enjoy coaching girls as there aren’t enough women playing the sport. Girls are actually very responsive and bond together in female cricket. Having a female coach as opposed to a male one is very helpful as they can help advise for the best tailored career route. A female coach can also connect a lot differently from that of the boys. Do you think there’s something more to the purer and primal confidence gained through sport? Yes, you do go out and meet a diverse range of people and it’s not the same as in the office. That’s just the same team of people, everyday, 7 days a week. Finally, who are some of your favourite players and what have been some of your best games to watch? I love watching England versus Australia – they’re the best two teams in female cricket. For men , it’s definitely India versus Pakistan for men. On the female side, I like the player Charlotte Edwards. In terms of men I like the Australian cricketer, Mitchell Starc.


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Son of Indian immigrant Bank of Baroda celebrates 110th Foundation Day rises to become Court of Appeal judge Continued from page 1 He has formerly been an English High Court Judge of the Queen's Bench division, previously a barrister, a founding member of Matrix Chambers and a legal academic. Singh undertook pupillage at the barristers' chambers 4–5 Gray's Inn Square where he became a tenant in 1990. He remained there for 10 years specialising in public and administrative law, employment law, European Community law, human rights law, commercial law and media law. Soon after he was made a tenant, Cherie Booth (Blair) QC also joined 4–5 Grays Inn Square as a tenant from another set. From 1997 to 2002 Singh was

Mr Sanjaya Agarwal the new Chief Executive, Bank of Baroda and Mr Dhimant Trivedi former Chief Executive, Bank of Baroda along with colleagues at their head office in City Road celebrating their 110th Foundation day

Sir Rabinder Singh

Additional Junior Counsel to the Inland Revenue. Singh, Booth and 5 other tenants from 4–5 Gray's Inn Square, together with 16 barristers from other chambers, set up Matrix Chambers in 2000. Singh was appointed a deputy High Court Judge in 2003. Aged 39 when he was appointed, he was thought to be the youngest judge to sit in the High Court. In 2004 he became a Recorder (parttime judge) of the Crown Court. His appointment as a judge of the Queen's Bench Division of the High Court was announced in 2011. According to Legal Week in 2011, a Ministry of Justice spokesperson commenting about his High Court appointment said: “The Government wants to create a society of aspiration, where people of ability feel free to aim to reach the highest offices of our country, regardless of their background, race or gender. The appointment of Mr Rabinder Singh QC, a talented and highly respected barrister, to the High Court, represents a real landmark in the drive to create a more diverse judiciary which continues to attract the highest quality candidates.” In 2000 Singh was appointed by the then Foreign Secretary Robin Cook as 'Independent Monitor for Entry Clearance' between October 2000 and November 2002. The position was established in 1993 and required a review of around 1000 randomly chosen entry clearance refusals without a right of appeal and looking at the overall quality of refusal decisions, paying particular attention to fairness, consistency and the procedures used to reach those decisions. He made random checks on some 800-1,000 visa refusals a year to see whether decisions are consistent and fair, and makes an annual report to the parliament and UK, suggesting any improvements he thinks is necessary. Singh was the second person to hold the job – his predecessor was Dame Elizabeth Anson. Rabinder Singh QC was also an independent member on a three-strong panel commissioned in the wake of the race row which erupted on Big Brother UK 2007 where Jade Goody and fellow housemates were accused of racist bullying towards Indian actress Shilpa Shetty.

Dr Rami Ranger CBE, who is a well known entrepreneur from the community as well as a great philanthropist, working tirelessly for the community has told Asian Voice, “The appointment of Judge Sir Rabinder Singh QC to the Court of Appeal as the first of Indian origin is a matter of pride for every Indian and in particular for the Sikhs. “Needless to say, Judge Sir Ravinder Singh has proved that we Indians can reach any height by competing with the best in the world. “Achievements of Sir Rabinder are even more more remarkable given his humble origin. It just goes to prove that one can achieve everything in Britain by being loyal and positive. Our upbringing in a secular and democratic India has also helped us to integrate in any country easily and smoothly. “It is no surprise that Indians are heading many blue chip companies including PepsiCo, Microsoft, MasterCard, Google, Deutsche Bank. Adobe etc.” Jasvir Singh OBE, Chairman, City Sikhs Network said, “It's wonderful to see the levels of diversity improving in the highest positions in the judiciary. There is still some way to go, but Mr Justice Singh's appointment along with that of Baroness Hale as President of the Supreme Court are good first steps.” The Sikh Council of UK also congratulated Justice Singh for his appointment as the first judge in court of appeal as a Dastaar wearing Sikh. Jagtar Singh Gill, Secretary General Elect of Sikh Council UK told Asian Voice, "We commend Mr Justice Singh on his appointment and wish him all the best in his new role, there is a genuine sense of pride amongst the Sikh Community. This also ties into the recent historical parliamentary elections that welcomed the first turban wearing Sikh as MP and also a Sikh female as MP."

Bank of Baroda celebrated its 110th Foundation Day on 20th July, 2017. Foundation Day is celebrated across the globe, 5431 Indian Branches and 107 Foreign Office scattered in 6 continents. Bank of Baroda, named as India’s International bank is one of the largest banks in India on account of excellent international presence and tremendous share of global business in its 10 Trillion Balance Sheet. Bank of Baroda UK Territory also celebrated the 110th Foundation Day with same enthusiasm across network of 10 Branches and Group control Office. BOB currently offers a range of wholesale and retail banking services to its clients in India and across overseas locations. It has been authorised as a branch in the UK since 1957 and was one of the first Indian banks to open a branch in the UK. The Bank currently has a network of 10 branches in the UK spread across London and the Midlands. It caters to a strong customer base of over 50k customers predominantly Indian Diaspora. Bank of Baroda is having almost all the products in its kitty as other banks in UK are providing some of them are Contactless Debit card, SMS Alerts, Online Remittance to India.

Mayor of Brent, Councillor Bhagwanji Chohan with Deputy Chief Executive Bank of Baroda Mr PJ Bhaliya along with his colleagues and clients at their Wembley Branch celebrating the 110th Foundation day

Mr. S.M. Chakraborty, Consul & Public Information Officer, Consulate General of India along with Birmingham Bank of Baroda colleagues and clients celebrating the 110th Foundation day

BOB has decided to set up a locally incorpo-

rated Subsidiary through which to deliver its Retail & SME banking services. The Bank is planning to carve out retail & SME business in UK in the form of a 100% owned subsidiary, which will give boost to the retail business of the Bank. We look forward for continuing support and ensure the best services to the next generations of our customers.

Mr Virendra Sharma MP along with Southall, Bank of Baroda Branch colleagues and clients celebrating the 110th Foundation day of Bank of Baroda

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India's economy to grow faster than China: IMF IMF retains India's GDP forecast at 7.2 per cent for the current fiscal, while the growth is projected to accelerate to 7.7 per cent in 2018-19, from 7.2 per cent forecast for 2017-18 International Monetary Fund said India would stay ahead of China in growth sweepstakes in 2017, and 2018, while retaining the country's GDP forecast at 7.2 per cent for the current fiscal. As per the World Economic Outlook Update, India's growth is projected to accelerate to 7.7 per cent in 2018-19, from 7.2 per cent forecast for 2017-18. While the IMF has retained India's growth estimate as provided in the WEO in April, it said India will continue to grow faster than China in 2017 as well as 2018. It said India's growth is forecast “to pick up further in 2017 and 2018, in line with the April 2017 forecast. While activity slowed following the currency

exchange initiative, growth for 2016, at 7.1 per cent, was higher than anticipated due to strong government spending and data revisions that show stronger momentum in the first part of the year.” As per the update, inflation in advanced economies remain subdued and generally below target, and has been declining in several emerging economies such as Brazil, India, and Russia too. It

said economic activity in both advanced and emerging and developing economies is forecast to accelerate in 2017 to 2 per cent and 4.6 per cent respectively, with global growth projected to be 3.5 per cent, unchanged from the April forecast. “While risks around the global growth forecast appears broadly balanced in the near term, they remain skewed to the downside over the medium term,” the IMF said. It said the expected higher growth in the eurozone indicated “stronger momentum in domestic demand than previously expected.” The IMF revised down its 2017 forecast for the UK by 0.3 percentage point to 1.7 per cent, citing weakerthan-expected activity in

While the size of the India fund is yet to be determined, Airbus Ventures will invest in the country by associating with Airbus Bizlab, the aerospace business accelerator with a presence in Bengaluru. The company said it always co-invests with other companies, with funding ranging from 750,000 euros for a seed round to about 3 million

euros for Series A for about 10 per cent stake. The funding can go up to 5 million euros for a single company, any higher investment requires the nod of the parent body. Auque said, “We have a few companies in Bizlab in India where we could invest. We are speaking with them and understanding their business model.” He said that

the first quarter. It left its 2018 forecast unchanged at 1.5 per cent. It also said it expected slightly higher growth in Japan this year to 1.3 per cent from a forecast of 1.2 per cent in April, citing stronger firstquarter growth buoyed by private consumption, investment and exports. Its forecast for Japan's 2018 growth was unchanged at 0.6 per cent. For China, the IMF said it now expected stronger growth of 6.7 per cent in 2017, up 0.1 percentage point from the April forecast. China's growth will still moderate in 2018 to 6.4 per cent, but the IMF said that was up 0.2 percentage point from the April forecast because of expectations that Beijing will maintain high public investment.


40% of Fortune 500 companies Asian, India has 7 in list Latest edition of the Fortune Global 500 list comes with an Asian twist this year. The list that ranks companies based on their reve n u e s , includes 197 companies based in Asia, pushing North America and Europe in second spot, with 145 and 143 companies respectively. The USA enjoys the largest presence on the elite list with 132 firms, with China just behind at 109. Japan is third with 51, South Korea has 15, while India only has seven. Only one of the seven Indian companies is in the top 200- Indian Oil, ranked 168th. The other six Indian companies in the list are, Reliance

Industries (203), State Bank of India (217), Tata Motors (247), R a j e s h Exports (295), B h a r a t Petroleum (360) and Hindustan Petroleum (384). The one ruling the list is Walmart with revenues worth $485,873. It is followed by Chinese firms like State Grid (2), Sinopec (3), and China Petroleum ($), all in the energy sector. Toyota, Volkswagen, Royal Dutch Shell, Berkshire Hathway, Apple and Exxon Mobil constitute the top 10. The 500 companies on the list generated $27.7 trillion in revenues and $1.5 trillion in profits amongst themselves in 2016, and employed 67 million people.

Airbus Ventures to set up investment arm for India Indian regulator Sebi

Venture capital arm of European aircraft maker, Airbus Ventures, said it was in the process of setting up an independent investment vehicle in India to put money in aerospace and nonaerospace start ups. Francois Auque, chairman of the fund's general partner entity said, “The financing vehicle should be ready by next year.”

Airbus Ventures is yet to invest in any company that has graduated out of its Bizlabs. Auque added that may be because while the Bizlabs look for an immediate application for Airbus, the financing arm looks long term to invest even in non-aerospace companies, in areas such as autonomous vehicles, electric energy, IoT and cyber security.

Opportunity to invest in the best of Mumbai’s real estate The financial capital of India, Mumbai, is also known as the land of opportunities. As per a recentlypublished report, Mumbai is one of the top 10 cities in India that has recorded a phenomenal growthin the residential property prices for the quarter ending December 2016 at 3.7 per cent. This city now brings an exclusive investment opportunity for the Indian diaspora based in the United Kingdom. Mayur Mehta of Mangalam Estate Consultancy, who is reknowned to have 25 years of real estate consultancy business in India has partnered with Suresh Pandya, Chairman - Buddy Taxis to organize an event that shall display all the investment opportunities with Rajesh LifeSpaces here, at Conference Rooms 5 and 6, 4th floor, The Hilton Hotel, near Wembley Arena Stadium from 13th August 17 to 19, between 2 pm to 5:30 pm to facilitate the home buying procedure back home. With a 55-year lineage and a pedigree rich with

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factors like improvements in structural reforms and the more liberalised foreign direct investment (FDI) regime have ensured that India's Tier-I cities move up to the 36th rank in JLL's 2016 bi-annual Global Real Estate Transparency Index. It is also anticipated that introduction of the Real Estate Regulation & Development Act (R.E.R.A.) shall boost transparency in transactions which will eventually bring higher investments into real estate markets like Mumbai. Hence, it would be a wise decision to take some time out and visit the venue during the event to get first-hand information on the best investment opportunities available with Rajesh LifeSpaces in Mumbai. For more information on the event, please contact +44-7404137751 or email / . To know more about Rajesh LifeSpaces, please visit

suspends issuance of ‘masala bonds’

India's securities regulator has suspended the issuance of offshore 'masala bonds' following strong investment in rupee-denominated debt that left foreign holdings pushing up against the legal limit. The Indian government has been keen to encourage the growth of masala bonds that have been enjoying strong foreign interest since the first corporate issuance last year. The Securities and Exchange Board (Sebi) has ordered suspension of the issuance of masala bonds until foreign holdings of rupee-denominated Indian corporate loans fall below 92 per cent of the limit. Series of meetings between officials and investors and issuers said they looked to clarify the rules. A source said, “We thought they were keen to encourage more such bonds, not stop them.” However, sceptics believe the sudden intervention may prove to be a prudent move to ensure that new inflows did not push foreign holdings over the legal limit, promoting a more drastic action by authorities. Sebi's intervention comes as the latest move revealing that Indian authorities now seek to restrain the market's rapid

growth, and comes just a month after the Reserve Bank of India ordered that the overall cost to the issuer of masala bonds must be no more than 300 basis points above the yield of Indian sovereign bonds of equivalent maturity, a move seemingly aimed at restricting issuance by lower-rated companies. Deepak Parekh, chairman of Housing Development Finance Corporation, said the rush of interest in masala bonds was a “nice problem to have”. “India's macro fundamentals are all positive, and if the country continues to do well, there will always be demand for masala bonds,” he said. Abhinav Harlalka, a lawyer, said the authorities could decide to increase the investment limit, if the foreign interest in Indian corporate bonds is sustainable. “They are waiting and watching to see whether this money is here to stay, and if that is the case, they would increase the limit,” he said.




Over the weekend, I met a very old client who had done some mortgages through Sow & Reap many years ago. The properties were bought pre credit crunch, and they had matured in value very nicely. There was plenty of equity on them.

Suresh Vagjiani

Sow & Reap London Property Investment

This particular client had done what most people do, which is they tend to purchase in and around where they live. There is comfort in knowing the streets and to keeping investments local, and if you’re Indian and if there’s a problem you probably know a relative who can fix it. So, inevitably I get an email to ask my thoughts on a property in Neasden. It was a house for half a million, not really discounted, and perhaps

AGONY AGENT Tenancy deposit caps Last month, landlords had another blow as government proposals, announced in the Queen’s speech, highlighted tenancy deposit caps to no more than one month’s rent in a bid to ‘make the rental market more affordable and competitive’. Landlords will be banned from more than one months’ rent under the proposed caps. New rules will mean that landlords will be banned from charging any fees, a capped tenancy deposit and capped holding deposit. While we accept that there are a number of

rogue landlords out there who abuse the current system, for the majority of tenants and landlords the system is working for them and introducing tenancy deposit caps simply does not make any sense.  There have been changes to legislation regarding deposits that have made a real difference to the system and are working for the benefit of both landlords and tenants. On the 6th April 2007, the Housing Act 2004 introduced the requirement for the deposit to be registered with a deposit scheme “for the purpose of safeguarding tenancy


London, NW11 Purchase Price: £365,000

there was the possibility of an extension which could be done to add some value.

The reason for this decision was purely because the property was local, and perhaps freehold too, and nothing more. The objective of an investment is to make as much money as possible within the shortest possible time. This is driven by only two factors. One is supply and the other is demand. The demand for local properties tend to come from the local population, which in the North West London areas such as Brent and Harrow tend to be “Brown” people; and hence these areas have done very well, as they tend to be savvy with their money. deposits paid in connection with shorthold tenancies.” It appears the government’s initiative of introducing legislation to protect deposits and to help weed out rogue landlords withholding deposit monies has actually ‘paid off’ and we now have a fair system in place to arbitrate deposit disputes.  Why do landlords need more than one month’s rent?  1. To protect the landlord in the case where the tenant does not pay the last month’s rent and has damaged the property. On occasions where in a six or twelve month tenancy the tenant does not pay the

The supply of new properties can be increased, but only to a limited degree. Offices can be converted, homes can be split into smaller units, and perhaps some brownfield land can be released to build new homes. Fundamentally, the supply will not keep pace with the demand. If we look at the same dynamics in Central London, the supply is almost fixed. Meaning it is hard to find instances where extra square footage is actually added. The majority of developments will be conversions from big houses to smaller units, and office to residential. The scope to build extra square footage is very very tight, meaning the supply is choked. This coupled with a demand, not from just the last month’s rent and insists that the landlord takes the deposit, if the deposit amount is only one month’s rent then the landlord could be adversely affected, as there is nothing left in the deposit to cover any damages. At least with a six week deposit, the tenant would be deterred from instructing the landlord to use the deposit as rent in the first place, but if they do, the landlord has two week’s deposit for damages. 2. To protect the landlord when letting to ‘higherrisk’ tenants such as those with pets or tenants from overseas with no credit rating. What happens in the case of a dispute, if

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local population, but an international one, means there is a massive upward pressure on property prices. Of course you will get fluctuations in the market. However, these are relatively small, if you consider time frames of ten years. Because of the varied nature of the demand, if demand from one segment drops another will pick up. Speaking to an agent yesterday, he mentioned client registrations and offers had increased dramatically this month. His take was the soft pound is attracting a lot of foreign interest. He has just done a deal for £1,450 per sq. ft., which is about to be topped by another buyer. This is in a block where there is not enough deposit secured? Let’s say the rent was £1,000 and the tenancy deposit caps at £1,000. The tenant has left the property with £1500 of rent and damages owing. The deposit has been secured with a deposit protection scheme, and the landlord raises a dispute. In this situation the arbitrator finds in favour of the landlord and awards 100% of the deposit to the landlord. Great news! However, there is still £500 worth of damages to pay for – how does the landlord get this paid? The tenancy dispute service will only handle the full amount of the deposit (in this case

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the prices only a couple of years ago were £930 per sq. ft. In summary, the client who was looking at the property in Neasden, now for the first time is looking at a property in Notting Hill, for the same amount of money. There is a shift in thinking required, which needs to get around the leasehold concept, and paying service charges, often for poor service. However, the bottom line is the future growth; and the numbers speak for themselves. £1,000) – for any additional amounts outstanding, the landlord will be advised to “seek legal advice”. Meaning this landlord will then have to go through the courts. Going through the courts to claim is a far more complex and time wasting process than using the original deposit protection system implemented by the government in the first place to help protect deposits. It seems to me that by introducing tenancy deposit caps will only increase the number of claims made through the courts and ultimately cost more to the Landlord. Richard Bond Lettings Manager Sow & Reap



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Consultant Editor Financial Voice Alpesh Patel Dear Financial Voice Reader, Why Invest In India? The Overview – another economic America. I like looking back on my investment ideas and seeing how right (!) I was. This one from 2009 reminds me just how easy it is to say ‘invest in India’ even if finding the right vehicle to do it is not. Never before has any country outside the US had as many of its corporate leaders in the Forbes Rich List top 10 as India has today. Not even Japan in its heyday or China matches the feat. To make the case for opportunities in India would seem self-evident then. After all, if a nation’s own people, who know the country the best, can make fortunes to compete with the world’s largest economy, then surely outside investors too can do very well there. Yet, misperception still obstructs many investment decisions concerning India. Let’s eradicate them. Imagine a business person with a time machine. They would probably choose to go back to the beginning of last century to the US to make their fortune – the time of Rockefeller and Getty. Consider during that century, the Dow advanced from 66 to 11,497. This gain, though it appears huge, shrinks to 5.3% when compounded annually. And that nevertheless was the American century – the century when the US became a super power. Consider that that growth rate transformed a backward nation from the horse and carriage to one which freely sent man to the moon. Yet India today exceeds and is projected to exceed for our working life times that return-rate of 5%. The baton of Rockefeller and Getty is truly carried by Ambani and Tata. If America could overcome its challenges to become a superpower, then India’s challenges appear no more great. Consider Obama’s speech then from an Indian perspective, it may read thus: “Imagine a lady in India who this year turns 100. She was born under British imperial rule; a time when there were no cars on the road or planes in the sky; when someone like her couldn't vote for one reason – there was no vote – for any Indian. And tonight, think about all that she's seen throughout her century in India -- the heartache and the hope; the struggle and the progress; At a time when Indian voices were silenced and their hopes dismissed, she lived to see them stand up and speak out and reach out and take back their motherland. When women and children were massacred in the Punjab by a British General, and tyranny looked insurmountable, she was there to witness a generation rise to greatness and the largest democracy in the history of the world created. She was there during the massacres, the poverty, the pillaging, religious battles, when her countrymen went around the world to save the World during a World War, and a man of non-violence from Gujarat said as his dying words “Hai Ram”. Surpassing then the US in the last century; in terms of returns, in terms of the spirit of the peoples. India has among the higher returns on foreign investment than China according to the US Department of Commerce. By 2032 India will be one of the three largest economies in the world. Indeed today on purchasing power parity it already is the third largest economy in the world and one quarter the size of the US economy. With 300m consumers and the world’s largest pool of English speaking scientists and engineers. A place where 75million phone subscribers annually, 8 million TV sets are sold annually.

London adopts a rational approach to defending the City during Brexit With the UK grappling over Brexit negotiations, businessman and London's Deputy Mayor, Rajesh Agrawal is believed to be at the forefront of the ensuing chaos, defending the capital for business. Downing Street, Agrawal said, had no choice but to co-operate with the City since Theresa May lost the Conservatives' majority in the House of Commons. He said the government had to act quickly to reassure nervous executives. “This is what I would love to see more from the government. It's unrealistic to think that we will just negotiate and it will be hunky dory. It will be great

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if it's possible, but we have to be realistic and that's why it would really help for the government to have an early reassurance or at least signs around a transitional arrangement. It is very important because otherwise businesses are not going to wait until March 2019... before they press the big red button of moving some of (their

operations). Early signs for businesses on some of these things would really help.” Agrawal said the time to depoliticise the most divisive political issue is now. “Businesses want to keep the politics out of it. Businesses want to do business and they should be allowed to do that,” he said. He also remains positive of businesses continuing to expand in Britain after the country's exit from Europe. “Everything is possible,” he said. “We are just beginning the negotiation.” As optimistic as he is, he also sees the big errors ministers have made so far. Agrawal said

RIL Q1 profit zooms 28% on 9-year-high refining margin Reliance Industries said its consolidated net profit for the quarter ended June 2017 was £910.8 million, up 28 per cent from £711.3 million a year earlier, following high margins from petrochemicals business. RIL's revenue for Q1FY18 was £9.05 billion, up nearly 75 per cent from £ 7.14 billion during the same quarter of the previous fiscal. Reliance said during the April-June quarter, gross refining margin was at $11.9 per barrel, which was at a nine-year-high level. In a statement, Reliance CMD Mukesh Ambani said, “Our industry-leading portfolio of assets in the refining and petrochemicals business contributed to considerable improvement in our earnings for the quarter. Retail business also

witnessed accelerated growth momentum with YoY revenue growth of 74%.” GRM is one of the most important profitability measures for a refiner. Compared to Reliance's GRM, the same number for refiners in Singapore was at $5.5 per barrel. Reliance said that during Q1FY18, its revenues from refining increased 18.3 per cent to £6.69 billion from £ 5.65 billion during the year-ago period. RIL has also acquired 24.9 per cent stake in Ekta Kapoor-owned Balaji Telefilms for £41.32 million. Balaji said that the proceeds from the transaction would be used to boost content development initiatives, especially for ALT. Just last month, ALTBalaji had integrated JioMoney,

the mobile wallet from Reliance Payment Solutions, to provide digital transaction experience to its subscribers. “We welcome Reliance Industries as a partner in our growth journey towards becoming the preferred content producer for the Indian diaspora across all means of video consumption and across all geographies. This investment is a vote of confidence to the Company's strategic move to own our IP and our viewers,” said Jeetendra Kapoor, Chairman, Balaji Telefilms. RIL said, “RIL is engaged in the telecom, digital and media businesses. This investment in content production is in line with RIL's commitment to invest and grow in telecom digital and media businesses.”

By 2015 over 63 million households are expected to have income over $30,000 in PPP terms. Investment needs the assurance of heritage. And for investors in India, lies more than any country a heritage of innovation. After all this was the land of medicine and astronomy before

the Greeks, navigation before the Romans. Their number system allowed the rest of the world to count. Or as Dan Sheinman of Cisco put it, ‘ We came to India for the costs, stayed for the quality and are now investing for innovation.’ Indeed one fifth of Fortune 500 companies have set up R&D centres in India and

India is among only 6 countries in the world to have satellite launch capabilities. Little wonder then this nation had the greatest GDP of any country on the eve of the formation of the British East India Company. There is nothing to suggest her people will not return to resume their destiny.

Grenfell disaster sharpens focus on Council finances

Abhishek Sachdev

The Grenfell disaster has focussed attention on social housing; and key to this is how Council's borrow to build and invest. The Times has also published two articles last week about the borrowing and spending of Councils. With little investment experience, some


councils are taking out loans to purchase commercial investments such as shopping centres despite the decline in demand for retail space. Meg Hillier, the Labour MP who formerly chaired the Public Accounts Committee, said “The danger is a repeat of the Icelandic banking collapse, when councils were overexposed to one market. A crash in the value of offices or shopping centres could have a very big impact, with councils” Vedanta Hedging recently hosted a seminar with Risky Finance and Collyer Bristow solicitors. We examined the impact of LOBO

Loans on British councils, and discussed what the future holds for council borrowing. So, what is a LOBO Loan? A LOBO loan is a ‘lender option borrower option, offering an attractive ‘teaser’ interest rate in the early years designed to undercut Public Works Loan Board (PWLB) loans from the Treasury. Local authorities were advised by Banks and their Treasury advisors to replace ‘safe’ fixed rate loans from the central government with very long and complex loans from Banks. Across Britain, councils have taken on hundreds of

opaque LOBO loans in hope that they would secure low interest rates for taxpayers. However this could not be further from the truth, with councils now facing high interest rates and extremely high breakage costs. Newham Council for example is the largest borrower of LOBO loans in Britain with over 27 loans totaling more than £560 million. In fact, our analysis shows that nationally, just the breakage costs alone of these LOBOs is c£12.6bn! Having already nationally exposed the mis-selling of derivatives to SMEs in 2011, Vedanta Hedging provided

extensive analysis and commentary regarding how Banks mis-sold complex loans with embedded derivatives to Councils in Channel 4’s Dispatches programme in 2015. Furthermore, we’ve given live evidence to the Communities & Local Government Select Committee about the complex issues surrounding LOBOs. A substantial amount of money raised through council tax is funding interest payments. According to our analysis, nearly 60% of council tax is reimbursing interest payments rather

May waited for too long to confirm that three million EU citizens living in the UK could stay after Brexit. “It took them a year to come up with something like that and it's still clear as mud, really.” “People work hard to come out of poverty, but what we are finding is (that) there are people who are working very hard but they're still poor and that caused a big discontent among people,” Agrawal said. This was one of the several reasons voters endorsed Brexit. “There are people who are in two jobs but are still struggling to make ends meet.”

Asda sources dismiss B&M takeover talk

Senior Asda sources have rubbished reports of the supermarket chain's plans of a £4.4 billion takeover of discount retailer B&M. Sainsbury's takeover of Argos last year has seen to have paid off by strengthening food sales, while Tesco's £3.7 billion takeover of Booker triggered consolidation talks between convenience retailers. Asda senior sources, however, said that there was no truth to speculation that it was mulling a takeover of the company and said Walmart, its USbased parent company was in charge of mergers and acquisitions. Trevor Green, fund manager at Aviva Investors, which holds a 0.3 per cent stake in B&M, said any deal would require Walmart to “pay up for a growth business.” “The customer fit between the two is obviously excellent and there would be other obvious revenue and cost synergies. But the big question is whether Walmart is willing to write a cheque for £4.4 billion to increase its exposure to the UK market.” than aiding public services. Councils are under huge amounts of pressure to maintain public services for local communities. Since the Grenfell disaster there has been a growing interest for councils to borrow to build safe social housing. We advise you to ask your local councils if they are locked into any LOBO loans. If you are a resident in any of the affected councils please contact us, as we may be able to assist your Council.

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Canadian PM Trudeau in kurta-pyjama, does aarti at Hindu temple

Addressing over 7,500 devotees, Trudeau said he wanted to “recognise the importance of the bond between Canada and India. TORONTO: Dressed in a green kurta and a pair of white pyjamas, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau performed pooja at the BAPS Swaminarayan Mandir in Toronto. “How remarkable and fitting it is that when visitors come to Canada through our largest airport, Pearson International, one of the first Canadian sights people see off Highway 427 is this mandir. I for one could not be more proud,” Trudeau said. He was accompanied by the spiritual guru of the BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha, His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj. “The relationship between our two countries is truly a special one. It's a relationship our government and our ministers both deeply value and actively cultivate,” the PM said at an event celebrating the temple's 10th anniversary. Addressing over 7,500 devotees, Trudeau said he wanted to “recognise the

His Holiness Mahant Swami Maharaj and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

importance of the bond between Canada and India. The more than one million Canadians of Indian origin have made countless contributions to our national fabric.” He participated in the abhishek ceremony in the main temple and also the

aarti officiated over by the Mahant. He even, at a point, turned to the guru and said, “Please keep Canada in your prayers.” The event served as an outreach by the premier to the Hindu community in Canada, and two federal cabinet ministers- Navdeep Bains and Kirsty Duncan.

Also present were Toronto mayor John Tory and India's High Commissioner to Ottawa, Vikas Swarup. The 45 year old praised the temple's architecture, calling it “without a doubt one of Canada's architectural wonders with its intricate stone and wood carvings.” Trudeau, who started his remarks with “Jai Swaminarayan” and then a “kemcho”, said the temple perfectly represents “modern, diverse Canada.” He said that the temple, which was constructed without the use of steel, was built “according to principles outlined in ancient Hindu scripture. The temple is considered Canada’s first traditional Hindu place of worship. The Canadian PM also pointed out the temple’s dashabdi or 10th anniversary coincides with Canada’s the 150th year of Confederation.

France edges out US as top soft power; India not on list

PARIS: New rankings reveal that France has overthrown the United States as the world's premier soft power. Authors of the Soft Power 30, published by PR Firm Portland Communications, the election of Donald Trump as US President, followed by the victory of Emmanuel Macron in France, has resulted in the European country rising to the top, and pushing US all the way to number three. “Macron has now been handed the mandate to help lead France through a period of pro-business and pro-EU reforms,” the report said. UK stands at number three, Germany at four, followed by Canada, Japan, and Switzerland, in that order. China stands at 25, while India is not included in the list. The report blames the Trump administration's rhetoric and the Brexit referendum as the main two

French President Emmanuel Macron and US President Donald Trump

forces to affect both the countries' reputation. Author Jonathan McClory said, “This year's annual rankings of global soft power reflect the major global geopolitical shifts currently underway. At the top of the table, we can see the waning dominance of AngloAmerican soft power as Brexit starts to bite and

America First results in America alone. At the same time, a more confident and unified Europe looks more attractive to the rest of the world.” “With France, this year's winner boosted by a new proglobalisation president, it seems the power of persuasion sits with the globalists, rather than the nationalists,”

he said. McClory said, the US' polling results fell 10 per cent and it was ranked 21 for global affairs. “The rise of Trump could be viewed as a threat to American soft power, because his kind of populist rhetoric is known for devaluing international alliances,” the report said. Regarding the UK, it said the country maintained its second spot even though polling results show its influence has fallen across the world. “Had the US not fallen to an even greater extent than the UK in the international polling, Britain would have likely fallen in the rankings. That Britain's overall score is lower than it was in 2016 should serve as a warning of what is likely to come for post-Brexit British influence... It is hard to imagine the direction of travel for British soft power and wider public opinion of the UK will be upwards in the future.”

Hijabi blogger teams up with Dolce & Gabbana for Abaya campaign

MORROCO: Hijabi fashion aficionado and social media influencer, Ruba Zai has teamed up with Italian luxury house Dolce and Gabbana for their new Abaya line. The 23 year old blogger is the first social influencer ever to be chosen and be the face of one of the brand's campaigns. Zai sees the collaboration as an opportunity to advance her ambitions into making

Ruba Zai

Muslim women more universal.



“One day, I noticed that Steffano Gabbana followed me on Instagram. At first I thought that it was a fake account, but then I saw that 'blue check' mark next to his name... I was in shock,” Zai said. She informed that within a few days, the firm's communications team contacted her and gave her the big news. Steffano was reportedly impressed by her blog, 'Hijabi Hills', and saw

her as the perfect fit for his vision. While the campaign was initially projected to go live in autumn/winter 2017, Ruba shared the idea of publishing the photos during Ramadan. “They thought that was a cool idea,” she said. Following the launch of its first Abaya line last year, D&G held the inaugural event in the summer during the holy month of Ramadan.

Indian team shines at global robotics Olympiad

WASHINGTON: A group of seven Indian students shined at the first global robotics Olympiad by bagging two awards. A total of 157 countries participated in the event. The students, who hail from Mumbai, won gold in the Zhang Heng Engineering Design Award category and bronze in the Global Challenge category at the event organised by FIRST Global in Washington. The Global Challenge award is presented to three teams that have achieved the most combined match points throughout the duration of the contest. The Indian team was led by 15-year-old Rahesh, the youngest member of the group. The others in the team were Aadiv Shah, spokesperson; Harsh Bhatt, alliance strategist; Vatsin, alliance analyst; Adhyyan, robot tactician; Tejas, robot controller, and Raghav, robot driver. Afghan girls honoured: An Afghan all-girl team was able to participate in the event due to last minute intervention by US President Donal Trump. The girls were earlier denied visa by the US state department twice.

Two Indians plead guilty in US call centre scam

WASHINGTON: Two Indians- an Indian national and an Indian-American - have pleaded guilty to the charges of their involvement in a massive telephone impersonation fraud and money laundering scheme in the US perpetrated by India-based call centres. Montu Barot, 30, an Indian national who was till recently residing in Illinois, and Indian-American Nilesh Pandya, 54, from Texas, have pleaded guilty in the multi-million call centre scam in which as many as 54 individuals and five India-based call centres have been charged. Co-defendants Bharatkumar Patel, Ashvinbhai Chaudhari, Harsh Patel, Nilam Parikh, Hardik Patel, Rajubhai Patel, Viraj Patel, Dilipkumar A Patel, Fahad Ali, Bhavesh Patel and Asmitaben Patel earlier pleaded guilty for their involvement.

Salvador Dalí’s remains exhumed for paternity test

FIGUERAS (SPAIN): The remains of the famed surrealist Spanish artist Salvador Dalí were exhumed last week following a paternity claim by a tarot card reader. Dalí, who died in 1989 at the age of 84, is buried under the crystal dome of the Dalí Theatre Museum in Figueres in the north of Spain, around 90 miles outside of Barcelona. His tomb lies where the theatre's stage used stand. Experts successfully removed biological samples from the surrealist artist's body, a court spokeswoman said. The woman who says Dalí was her father, Maria Pilar Abel, was born in 1956, and claims her mother had an affair with the painter in the 1950s while she was working for his family. She has been fighting to have Dalí recognized as her father since 2007. The court ruled that DNA test were necessary to make genetic comparison with Dalí due to a lack of other biological or personal remains. Dalí has no children and bequeathed his estate to Spain after his death..

Bieber banned from China for 'bad behaviour'

BEIJING: The Chinese authorities have banned the entry of Canadian singer Justin Bieber because of his on and offstage antics. According to reports, Bieber will return to Asia later this year as part of his Purpose World Tour with shows scheduled in Indonesia, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore and Hong Kong. Beijing's Culture Bureau said: "Justin Bieber is a gifted singer but he is also a controversial young foreign singer. As far as we are concerned, he has engaged in a series of bad behaviour, both in his social life and during a previous performance in China, which caused discontent among the public." The singer performed in China in 2013, raising eyebrows when he was photographed being carried up the Great Wall of China by his bodyguards.



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Panamagate: Pak SC weighs Sharif’s dismissal for graft The JIT probe found the family guilty of perjury, tampering documents and concealing their sources of income ISLAMABAD: After the hearing of the inquiry report related to a graft case against Pakistan Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif and his family, the Supreme Court has reserved its judgment on the issue. A three-member special SC bench headed by Justices Ejaz Afzal Khan was hearing the case regarding the Sharif family's offshore assets and companies as revealed by the Panama Papers leak last year. A six-member Joint Investigation Team (JIT), tasked by the SC to probe corruption and money laundering charges against the Sharif family had submitted its investigation report in court on July 10. They have explicitly found the family

Nawaz Sharif

guilty of perjury, tampering documents and concealing their sources of income. The Sharifs had in return, filed petition against JIT's findings calling it biased, unreliable and misleading. Following the conclusion of

counsels of both sides, the bench said that it would not deviate from any law while delivering its judgment. “We are conscious of the fundamental rights of petitioners and respondents,” said Justice Ijazul Ahsan. The bench also observed that it is possible some mistakes were made by the JIT, but the overall work of the investigators was beyond all expectations. “We will have to see how much of the JIT's work is implementable,” Justice Afzal said. Another member of the bench, Justice Sheikh Azmat Saeed said the court would review the matter of the PM's disqualification. The bench, however, warned that, “the punishment for submitting forged

documents in the court is seven years in jail.” It said that if it was proved that the Sharif family had submitted fake documents to the Panama panel probing the allegations, the children of the PM could face prison time. The bench warned Salman Akram Raja, Sharif's children's lawyer, against a media trial in the case after some of the documents released by him were leaked to media and were discussed in talk shows. “You have been conducting a trial in the media and the documents have already been discussed in the media,” Justice Saeed said. “There is a media dais outside, you should give your arguments there as well.”

issued.” It also said that the book “Was meant to portray Nelson Mandela's courage and strength until the very end of his life, and was in no way intended to be disrespectful.” Machel accused Ramlakan of breaching patient confidentiality. Details in the book include how the philanthropist regurgitated blood following a lung infection, and how a spy camera was found in the morgue where his body was held. There is also a revelation on how an ambulance transporting Mandela to hospital during his final months caught fire

on the highway forcing him to wait for a backup. Machel accused the writer of not consulting her, while he said the book had been approved. Ramlakan said, “We received permission from the family. All parties who needed to be consulted were consulted. The story of Madiba's last years is actually, in a sense, more impressive than when he was a fit human being.” Random House's decision to pull the controversial book was welcomed by the leader's eldest grandson, Mandla Mandela, who called it an “abuse of Mandela name and legacy”.

Controversial Mandela book withdrawn

PRETORIA: A new book on Nelson Mandela's last days has been withdrawn after it was received with outrage by the revolutionary's widow. Written by his physician Vejay Ramlakan, the book was released last week to coincide with the late anti-apartheid leader's birthday on July 18marked as Mandela Day. The book reportedly reveals several undignified episodes at the end of Mandela's life as well as bitter family fights over his care and legacy. Graca Machel, his wife, expressed fury and threatened legal action. Publisher Penguin Random House

Nelson Mandela

South Africa said it had decided “to immediately withdraw the book Mandela's Last Years from the trade, and no further copies will be

US admits inconsistency in describing Jammu & Kashmir WASHINGTON: US officials have acknowledged several inconsistencies in the American description of Jammu and Kashmir, insisting there was no change in its policy. A State Department Spokesperson said, “Our policy on Kashmir has not changed.” The clarification came after questions were

raised about the different ways the US has described Jammu and Kashmir. In recent statements, the US referred the controversial region as “Indian-administered Jammu and Kashmir”. Earlier last week, it called it the “Indian State of Jammu and Kashmir”. In the 'Country Report on Terrorism 2016', released last

week, the US used “Azad Jammu and Kashmir” to describe Pakistan-occupied Kashmir. The term found strong opposition from the Indian government. US officials, in response, acknowledged that there have been inconsistency in the American way of describing Jammu and Kashmir, insisting here has

been no change in its policy. “Our policy on Kashmir has not changed. The pace, scope, and character of any discussions on Kashmir is for the two sides to determine, but we support any and all positive steps India and Pakistan can take to forge closer relations,” the spokesperson said.

OJ Simpson to walk out of prison in three months LOVELOCK (NEVADA): OJ 'The Juice' Simpson, one of the greatest basketball players, is all set to walk out of prison in three months after convincing a Nevada parole board that the hotel-room heist he pulled 10 years ago was a monumental error in judgement and one he does not intend to repeat. Stressing that he was only trying to retrieve his personal property when he barged into a hotel room with five other men in September 2007, he also added that it was something he should have never done. Following a nationally televised hearing, four parole commissioners unanimously

voted to release him. “I thought I was glad to get my stuff back, but it just wasn't worth it. It wasn't worth it, and I'm sorry,” he old the board. During the hearing, held in a small room of the Lovelock Correctional Center in Nevada, OJ chuckled with parole board chairwoman Connie Bisbee began the hearing by giving his age as 90 before quickly correcting herself. OJ, 70, quickly quipped “Feels like it though” to a room full of laughter. When asked what he intended to do if released, Simpson said he would move to Florida to be close to two of his four adult children. “I

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could easily stay in Nevada, but I don't think you guys want me here,” he joked. He also said that he never meant to hurt anyone during the 2007 confrontation, never pointed a gun and didn't make any threats during the

hold-up of two sports memorabilia dealers. “These were friends of mine, actually guys who helped me move and store some of this stuff,” OJ said about dealers Bruce Fromong and the late Alfred Beardsley. Simpson's defenders argued that his sentence was out of proportion to the crime and that he was being punished for the murders he was acquitted of in Los Angeles in 1995. His eldest of four children, Arnelle Simpson told the board, “We recognise that he is not the perfect man” but he has been a “perfect inmate, following all the rules and making the best of the situation.”


Student likely to become Australia's youngest senator

CANBERRA: A university student is likely to become Australia's youngest senator after the resignation of a politician he calls his "mentor", the media said. UK-born Jordon Steele-John, 22, has agreed to replace Scott Ludlam in the Senate for the left-wing Greens party. Ludlam quit last week, becoming the first of two senators to resign for holding dual citizenship - a status which bars politicians from office. Steele-John, who has cerebral palsy, says he will be a disability advocate. He is tipped to replace Ludlam because he was next in line on last year's election ballot paper, and he has the backing of his party. The politics and history student came to Australia as a young child. A wheelchair user, Steele-John says he is ready to be a "strong voice" for people with disabilities.

66-year-old Australian wine bottle sold for $41,000

MELBOURNE: A 66-year-old bottle of Australian wine has sold for more than $41,000 in Melbourne, it was confirmed. The bottle of 1951 Penfolds Grange Hermitage was auctioned off by MW Wines and an unnamed collector taking the piece of history home for $41,110, reports Xinhua news agency. The vintage, Penfold's first, was produced by Max Schubert, the prestigious company's chief winemaker at the time, and was never made publicly available. It is believed that around 1,800 bottles of the wine were produced, 20 of which still exist today. It is the first sale of the 1951 wine since another bottle was sold for $39,870 in 2004. Nick Stamford, managing director of MW Wines, said it was a "staggering" price for "a piece of history".

5 die in Bangladesh landslide

DHAKA: At least five members of a family were killed and another was reported missing when a landslide hit their house in Bangladesh's Chittagong region. According to a senior police official, five bodies have been recovered after the rain-triggered landslide hit the remote hilly area of Sitakunda. According to experts, unplanned urbanisation and illegal constructions, mainly on the outskirts, have increased the chances of landslide and other disasters in Chittagong hill tracts. They said hundreds of families, particularly those who have migrated from other parts of the country due to natural disasters, have settled on such foothills. At least 153 people were killed and hundreds injured in landslides that devastated a large number of houses in Chittagong on June 11.

Egypt court sentences 28 to death

CAIRO: A Cairo criminal court has sentenced to death 28 people over the 2015 killing of Egypt's top prosecutor and handed 15 others jail sentences of 25 years each. The court had in June recommended passing the death penalty to Egypt's top religious authority, the Grand Mufti, who can approve or reject the recommendation. The sentences, confirmed by the court after the Grand Mufti's approval, can be appealed. Public prosecutor Hisham Barakat was killed in a car bomb attack on his convoy in Cairo, an operation for which Egypt blamed the Muslim Brotherhood and Gaza-based Hamas militants. Both groups have denied it.

Nepal launches Chinese classes to boost tourism

KATHMANDU: In a bid to attract more Chinese tourists, Nepal and China have jointly launched a programme to offer free training to tourism entrepreneurs in Mandarin. Chinese envoy to Nepal Yu Hong inaugurated a new batch of tourism entrepreneurs who would be trained in the Chinese language in Kathmandu. A group of 40 people, consisting of tour operators and tourism entrepreneurs, will be trained during the six-month programme by the Chinese embassy. The training would also strengthen people-to-people relations, Yu said. Nepal could generate $22 billion every year if the country can attract one million Chinese tourists, she added.

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Rain pounds N Gujarat; 25,000 shifted to safer places the downstream are being evacuated as precautionary measure,” he tweeted. Meanwhile, the Indian Air Force began a massive aerial relief and rescue operation in the flood affected regions of Gujarat and Rajasthan. The Defence Ministry released a statement saying, “A total of five helicopters MI-17V5 have been pressed into service for rescue and relief operation in Rajasthan and Gujarat. Two helicopters have been launched from Deesa for rescue and relief in Banaskantha and Patan districts of Gujarat and two helicopters with medical supplies have taken off from Water overflowing from Machhu Dam Jodhpur Air Force Base for remained closed all week, predicted heavier rains, six Over 25,000 people, operations in Jalore and Pali and the Ahmedabad-Rajkot additional teams of NDRF mostly in Banaskantha, were districts of Rajasthan.” were called in from Pune to shifted to safer places as the “One more MIhelp the efforts of 14 teams district and Gujarat face its 17V5 helicopter that are already deployed worst floods in recent years. c a r r y i n g across the state. Over a 1,000 stranded peomedicines, food Chief Minister Vijay ple were rescued from varipackets, and Rupani and Revenue ous villages with the help of National Disaster Minister Bhupendrasinh the Army, Air Force, Border Response Force Chudasama rushed to Deesa Security Force, and National personnel will also to oversee the rescue and Disaster Response Force take off for Deesa relief operations. Rupani that rushed to disastershortly. The rescue said, “The problem has been prone areas. operations couldcompounded by heavy rains Over 9,790 people were n't be conducted in neighbouring Rajasthan, taken to safer locations in Flood fury in Banaskantha on July 24 following which led to surge in water Patan, with some 2,800 were extreme weather conditions highway was closed for traflevels of rivers and dams in shifted in Ahmedabad as a for most of the day. Finding fic after food waters began Gujarat. Some 339 major precautionary measure. a window of opportunity to flow on the low-level and minor roads, including a Situations continue to with slightly better weather bridge near Bagodara. national highway, 20 state remain grim in Dhanera, conditions on Tuesday Principal Secretary, highways and 218 village Deesa, and Tharad towns morning, IAF launched masRevenue, Pankaj Kumar said roads have been closed for that have received 235 mm sive rescue operations,” the that due to heavy inflow traffic due to heavy floodrainfall in just six hours. ministry said. Authorities from catchment areas, ing. Following massive influx of have issued a state-wide around 50,000 cusecs water Schools and colleges in water, gates of Dantiwada, “high alert” and called out was being released from Banaskantha, Mehsana, Sukhbhadar, and Sipu dams rescue teams for assistance. Dharoi dam. “Villagers in Aravalli, and Patan were opened. As forecast

Gulf crisis: Qatar says let's talk DOHA: Qatar's emir Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani took the first step to initiate talks with four Arab states that have been pitting against his country. In his first speech since Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, Bahrain, and Egypt cut ties with Qatar, the emir said life was continuing as normal despite the unjust Sheikh Tamim bin Hamad al-Thani “siege”. mistakes. As you know, we In the televised speech, are not afraid to analyse a he said, “Qatar is fighting mistake and correct it.” terrorism relentlessly and While an official statewithout compromise, and ment is yet to be released the international communifrom the four Arab county recognises this.” The tries, a Saudi royal court speech came mere hours advisor shunned it as a after the US Secretary of piece of literary work writState Rex Tillerson said the ten by a school student. US was satisfied with “Had it been written by a Qatar's efforts to implement student in middle school he an agreement aimed at would have flunked,” Saud combating terror financing, al-Qahtani wrote on and urged the four states to Twitter. Many analysts lift their “land blockade”. denounced the speech. Ali Speaking in a calm tone, he al-Naimi, editor of an online said, “The phase that Qatar news website said, “This is a is going through is very sigspeech of obstinacy which nificant in terms of opporsends messages that Qatar tunities not only to build, will not stop supporting terbut to fill gaps and correct


US airstrikes mistakenly kill 16 Afghan policemen

GERESHK (AFGHANISTAN): At least 16 Afghan policemen were mistakenly killed and two others injured in US airstrikes in southern Helmand province's Gereshk district. According to reports, Afghan security forces have asked for the air strike to support its ground forces in retaking a security outpost in the district but the area was retaken before the air strike took place and that the US air strike targeted the Afghan forces gathered in the area. The United States Forces in Afghanistan confirmed the casualties resulting in the air strike. "We can confirm local security personnel aligned with Afghan government forces were killed in an air strike in Greshk district of Helmand province," the US Forces in Afghanistan (USFOR-A) statement said.

Emergency declared in New Zealand due to floods

WELLINGTON: New Zealand has declared a state of emergency in several parts of South Island that have been affected by heavy floods. Emergency has been declared in Christchurch, Dunedin, Selwyn and Otago region, which has received the highest rainfall, measuring some 200 mm in 24 hours, according to the Ministry of Civil Defence. In Timaru, a port city with nearly 29,000 inhabitants, the state of emergency was active earlier in the day and lifted once the water level receded. Authorities have evacuated the residents from areas considered dangerous, such as in the case of some 100 families from Outram, in Dunedin. Evacuations have also been carried out in Christchurch, the most populous city on South Island, where the waters of the Avon and Heathcote rivers have overflowed their banks in several sections.

26 killed in Kabul car bomb claimed by Taliban

Kabul: At least 26 people were killed and 41 others wounded after a Taliban-claimed car bomb struck a bus carrying government employees through a Shiite neighbourhood in Kabul, raising fears of sectarian violence in the Afghan capital. The assault came as a presidential spokesman said the Taliban also killed at least 35 civilians in an attack on a hospital in central Ghor province over the weekend. The deadly attacks underscore spiralling insecurity in Afghanistan as the resurgent Taliban ramp up their offensive across the country, while security forces struggle to contain them. "It was a huge explosion, my house nearly collapsed," a neighbourhood resident who gave his name as Mostafa said, adding that the street was "filled with human flesh and blood". "It was horrible," said shopkeeper Momin. "It is a crowded area - many of my friends and other shopkeepers are either killed or wounded."

dealing with brothers ends. rorism.” This approach has harmed Senior analyst at all of the Gulf Corporation Geopolitical Futures, Council's countries and Kamran Bokhari said their image in the world.” the government in Doha didn't want to appear intransigent. “By being flexible, Qatar is Shree Hindu Community Centre – Laxmi Narayan Mandir invites applications for the position of a Hindu Priest trying to make the for Sanatan Mandir and Community Centre based in Birmingham. The Priest should be able to perform daily other side look pujas (rituals) at the temple according to the Vedic traditions. bad. In many Job Description: The Priest is required to:ways, this has 1. Meet temple community’s devotional and spiritual needs, perform Hindu Vedic rituals / ceremonies and to been the Qatari carry out other priestly duties as directed by the management at the temple. position all along, 2. Perform other administrative duties as assigned. they will not com- 3. Have job performance, personal conduct and life style that complies with accepted Hindu promise on their right customs and traditions. to pursue an indepen- 4. Perform the list of duties as prescribed. dent foreign policy Required Professional Qualifications for the role are:but are willing to 1. Shall have unconditional faith and respect to Sanatan Dharma and related Hindu customs and traditions. reach a negotiated 2. Shall be well-versed in Vedic and other traditions as required in Hindu scripture. 3. Shall be knowledgeable in and willing to perform all the religious ceremonies settlement.” Sheikh Tamim 4. Shall have good command of Gujarati, Hindi and Sanskrit & English and able to write, read and converse in all these languages. hailed his people for 5. Shall hold a recognised religious training qualification from reputable institution. 6. Shall provide good their spirit of solidariCharacter references ty, harmony and 7. Shall take full control of running the Temple, including defence, and called for a. Opening and closing the temple at the specified times an opening of the b. Dressing the deities and providing appropriate seva as per Hindu Traditions economy saying this is c. Preparing food offering – Prashad & Rajbhog and any other offerings daily and at relevant ceremonies no longer a “luxury” and events. d. Conducting and leading services at specified times but an obligation. “I e. Taking leadership in all religious and cultural matters don't want to underf. Teaching religious studies estimate the pain and g. Guiding visitors and explaining relevant aspects of Hindu religion and customs suffering that the h. Taking leadership for safety, housekeeping and fundraising blockade has inflictThe contract will be for 2 Years with Gross Salary of £16,000.00 per annum. ed, and I hope that Closing Date of the Application - 19th August 2017 such an approach in Reply BOX 4001 Gujarat Samachar, 12 Hoxton Market, London N1 6HW

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Bonanza for Tamil Nadu MLAs, ministers

Salaries of Tamil Nadu legislators, Ministers will be doubled as per the announcment by CM CHENNAI: Salaries of Tamil Nadu legislators have been doubled as announced by Chief Minister Edappadi K Palaniswami. The CM said that MLAs will now receive Rs 105,000 per month from the earlier Rs 55,000. He also announced that MLAs' Local Area Development Fund would be increased from £200,000 to 250,000. Also, allowances for the Chief Minister, Ministers, the Speaker, Deputy Speaker, Leader of the Opposition, and the Government Chief Whip have been increased with effect from July 1 this year. Pension for former MLAs and members of the now defunct legislative coun-

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cil will soon be increased to Rs 20,000

Man plays guitar as doctors operate on his brain

BENGALURU: In bizarre case, a 32 year old techieturned-musician strummed a guitar as he lay on an operation table. The man who suffered from dystonia, a condition that had cramped three of his fingers on his left hand, underwent a seven-hour surgery at a hospital in Bengaluru. As doctors “burned” parts of his brain that triggered the abnormal tremors in his muscles, the man played the instrument to help them locate the troublesome areas. Senior neurologist from the University of British Columbia, Dr Sanjiv CC said, “This problem occurred when he tried to play the instrument and real-time feedback was important for us to ascertain the exact location of the target to be repaired.” Dr Sharan Srinivasan, a stereotactic and functional neurosurgeon at Jain Institute of Movement Disorders and Stereotactic Neurosurgery, said, “This is a surgery where the part of the brain trigger-

ing abnormal tremors is destroyed by burning. Before the surgery, a special frame was fixed to his head with four screws going deep into the skull following which an MRI was conducted.” Images showed three coordinates of the target area in the brain. “Based on these coordinates, a 14mm hole was drilled into the skull under local anaesthesia and a specialised electrode was passed into the brain following which it was stimulated to confirm the right location and prevent complications.” The patient is completely cured and walked out of the hospital within three days of surgery.

Probe begins into mining scam in Punjab CHANDIGARH: The Income Tax department has launched a probe into the recent auction of mining sites in Punjab, and asked the State Government to furnish details of mode of payment and bank accounts held by former employees of power and irrigation minister Rana Gurjeet. In a letter titled “alleged irregularities in auction of sand mines,” sent to the director of mining Amit Dhaka, Lalit Bishnoi, deputy director of income tax (investigations) said, “Whereas your attendance is required in connection with the proceedings under the income tax and wealth tax Act in case of alleged irregularities in auction of sand mines.” The letter added, “You are hereby required personally to attend office at Aayakar Bhawan, Sector 2 , Panchkula, to give evidence and proof through authorised books of accounts and or other documents specified below.” The IT department has sought the bank account details and source of money deposited by Gurjeet's four exemployees, Kulwinder Paul,

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Balraj Singh, Gurvinder Singh, and Amit Bahadur. The notice also seeks details regarding four quarries at Mehadipur, Bairsal, Rampur Kalan, and Saidpur Khurd. Officials have already pointed out that a common source had deposited the money for all the four exemployees of the minister. Bank transaction records show a certain Sahil Singhla deposited the first tranche of money for the auction bidding for the four men from his Kotak Mahindra bank account 9211334539. All four used domain email address to correspond with the Punjab mining department and inform them on the RTGS transactions for winning the auction sites.

from the current Rs 12,000. Monthly pension for journalists have been raised to Rs 10,000 from the current Rs 8,000. Regarding the MLAs' pay hike, Palaniswami said their salary would be increased from Rs 8,000 to Rs 30,000, compensatory allowance will be Rs 10,000 from Rs 7,000 while telephone allowance has been revised to Rs 7,500 from Rs 5,000. Postal allowance will remain the same at Rs 2,500. The Chief Minister, Ministers, and Speaker, will now receive compensatory allowance at Rs 15,000 and expenditure allowance Rs 10,000 and constituency allowance Rs 25,000.

Cong high command cautions Karnataka CM on flag BENGALURU: The Congress high command has reportedly asked Karnataka Chief Minister Siddaramaiah to be “cautious” and “exercise restraint on sensitive issues” like having a state flag. AICC general secretary KC Venugopal reportedly held a closed-door meeting with the CM and sought clarification on the issue before conveying it to the high command. He asked him to be cautious on emotive issues, particularly with assembly elections around the corner. However, Siddaramaiah told Venugopal that there was a demand from Kannada organisations and writers to have a flag for the state. Meanwhile, State Law Minister TB Jayachandra said there was legally nothing that can hinder the state to have its own state flag. Addressing the media, he said, “There are three main Acts which govern the issues of flags and flag hoisting. While it speaks of the National Flag and its protocol, the Acts remain silent on the issue of states having its own flag. It is a grey area. Since this

is the case, I think there is no problem in Karnataka having its own flag.” Jayachandra also added that his department will deliberate into the legal precedences and other judicial directives before taking a decision. He said he will now call for the first meeting of the committee formed by the Kannada and Culture department to discuss the legalities and constitutional concerns raised in the public and the opposition, before asking the committee to take it forward. When asked whether the law department was never consulted in this issue, the minister said, “The setting up of the committee was an administrative decision and that has been taken by the department concerned. We will now look into the legalities with extra caution considering it has become a public debate.” He added that he was unaware of any apprehensions shown by the party high command in the topic. “We have constituted it now. We will see what further can be done,” he said.

Haryana governance reforms body caught in red tape

CHANDIGARH: Haryana Governance Reforms Authority is yet to become functional seven months after it was set up by the Manohar Lal Khattar-led BJP government in a bid to improve governance and cut corruption in the state. Notified in January this year, the reforms body was tasked with suggesting changes in rules and procedures to improve the quality of governance, development programmes and schemes of the state government, and to make delivery of services “harassment and corruption-free”. Chief Secretary DS Dhesi issued the three-page notification on January 4, stating that the order to set up HGRA was issued with the chief minister’s approval “in anticipation of approval of the finance department and the council of ministers.” However, the council of ministers only gave ex-post facto approval on June 1,

almost six months after the authority was formed. Following this, the chief secretary’s office took over 26 days to write and dispatch a two-line letter to all administrative secretaries officially informing them of the Cabinet nod. Sources said the file is now stuck in the finance department whose nod is required to begin the process to get various approvals for setting up the reforms body's office in the civil secretariat and allocating staff to make its functional. Upset over the bureaucratic deadlock, the HGRA chairperson wrote a letter to the CM. A source said, “The letter politely reminds the government about the delay and that how the Cabinet gave its approval six months after the notification was issued. The letter also lists recommendations the panel had made thought it was yet to get basic facilities like office and FD's approval.”

Flying ban on TDP MP lifted

NEW DELHI: Low-cost carrier IndiGo has finally lifted the flying ban on Telugu Desam Party MP Diwakar Reddy. In a statement, it said, “Senior IndiGo officials met Diwakar Reddy and amicably resolved the issue between the two and decided to lift the ban with immediate effect while Reddy would withdraw the case he has filed. The Federation of Indian Airlines has also been informed about the decision. IndiGo appreciates and thanks the member airlines for their continued support.” Reddy, after allegedly manhandling IndiGo's ground staff at Vizag Airport on June 15, was banned from flying.

DMK seeks probe into 'VIP treatment' for Sasikala

CHENNAI: The DMK has sought a thorough probe after allegations made by Director General (Prisons) Roopa that AIADMK leader VK Sasikala was bribing her way through in prison, came to light. DMK spokesperson A Sarvanan said, “After the inquiry I think an FIR should be registered under the prevention of corruption act for the violation of prison rules.” He also said that whatever luxury Sasikala was enjoying should be discontinued, as she misused the liberty given to her inside the prison. The DIG had submitted a report claiming that Sasikala bribed prison officials to avail special facilities in the central prison.

Kerala's first transgender beauty queen

KOCHI: Shyama Sanju has won Kerala's first transgender beauty pageant conducted by Kochibased association for the transgender community, Dhwayah Arts and Charitable Society. Some 300 contestants took part in the auditions held in the first week of June, and the pageant saw 15 talented competitors from different parts of the state. Shyama said the victory was more important than anything she had done before. “It is not easy for people in Kerala to shed their traditional beliefs and accept the transgender and intersex community quickly. But with events like this, I hope to see gradual change.”

Punjab govt wants to review retirement age

CHANDIGARH: The Punjab government has ordered a review of the policy governing the extension of retirement age by two years, over and above the age of 58. Chief Minister Amarinder Singh said the government wanted to fix 58 as the retirement age to generate more employment opportunities for the youth. Regarding delay in repayment of crop loans by the farmers in the wake of debt waiver announced by his government, Singh said the government was already in the process of settlement with banks.

Punjab CM extends help to two 1981 hijackers

CHANDIGARH: Punjab Chief Minister Amarinder Singh has directed the state legal department to help two Sikhs facing possibilities of “double jeopardy” in the hijacking of an Indian Airlines plane to Lahore 36 years ago. In a statement, Amarinder said that while the hijacking was condemnable, any attempt to prosecute the two, who have already completed life terms in Pakistan for the crime, would amount to a serious travesty of justice. Singh said that 36 years was a long time, especially considering that their life term would not have been more than 14 years.

Fly Dubai makes fresh bid to start flight from Chandigarh

CHANDIGARH: One of UAE's governmentowned carriers, Fly Dubai, has made a fresh bid to start operations on the Chandigarh-Dubai route. Sources said that the Dubai aviation department has written to the Indian ministry of civil aviation seeking permission to operate from Chandigarh. An official said that the airline has requested the ministry to shift its sister concern Emirates Airline's capacity line at the Calicut airport in Kerala to the Chandigarh-Dubai route. The official said if allowed, the airline is eager to start at least one daily flight from the district.




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The Zamorins of Calicut and Vasco Da Gama The Eradis of Nediyiruppu fought for half a century to conquer Palanad : Hyder and Tipu made the Kings seek asylum at Travancore under British

The Portuguese ambassador was not happy with the attitude of the Zamorin and left Calicut in August 1498. He reached Cannanore where he was received by the Kolathiri ruler, the hereditary enemy of the Zamorin.


he word Zamorin sounds a bit nonIndian, but it is very much Indian. The royal family of Hindu Eradi Nair Zamorin ruled over the Malabar coast of present day northern and central Kerala for centuries based at the city of Calicut( now Kozikode). The reign of nearly 120 Zamorins continued from 1300AD till 1806 AD while dealing with the Arabs, Chinese, Portuguese, Dutch and English. The rulers were known as Zamorin and not by individual names. Hence, their personal names are hardly known to the public. The Zamorin rulers were among the most cultured and accomplished sovereigns of Kerala, states well-respected historian A. Sreedharan Menon in â&#x20AC;&#x153;A Survey of Kerala Historyâ&#x20AC;?. The kingdom of Polanad was ruled by the Porlatiri. Calicut was part of Polanad. The Eradis of Nediyiruppu marched with their Nairs towards Panniankara and besieged the Porlatiri in his headquarters. The war lasted in a desultory manner for about half a century ! Menon presents the roots of the Europeanised word Zamorin : The kingdom of Calicut also came to be known as Nediyiruppu Swarupam after the original house of the Eradis at Nediyiruppu. Its ruler was popularly known as the Samuri, the term â&#x20AC;&#x153; Zamorinâ&#x20AC;? being its Europeanised form. The Zamorins declared Calicut a free port and attracted the Chinese and Arabs. The rulers protected the commercial and religious interests of the merchants. Both, the Chinese and the Arabs, had the commercial rivalry but the policy of Zamorin facilitated the foreign traders and Calicut became important centre for the international trade. Of course, the rulerâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s sympathy was for the Arab merchants and he granted special concessions to them. In return â&#x20AC;&#x153;the Arabs help the Zamorin with ships, horses and soldiers in his wars with the neighbouring chieftainsâ&#x20AC;?. The administration of Calicut under the Zamorin was based on liberal principles. The king was no doubt an autocrat but his powers were not unlimited. He was obliged to obey the

customary law of the land and listen to the counsel of his ministers. The Zamorin maintained an efficient military machine. Travellers from Ceylon, China, Mali, Yemen, Persia, etc., visited the port. The policy of the rulers helped the merchants to merchandise freely without fear about caste, religion and nationality, and this led to the development of Calicut into an international port in the medieval period. â&#x20AC;&#x153;By the end of the 15th century, the Zamorin was the most powerful sovereign in Kerala and his empire consisted of nearly half of the entire country. His authority extended from Puthuppatanam in the north to Kayamkulam in the south,â&#x20AC;? notes another historian Dr. G. Krishnan Nadar in â&#x20AC;&#x153;History of Keralaâ&#x20AC;?. A remarkable contribution was made by the Zamorins in the cultural progress of Kerala. One would be surprised to know that the Zamorin had eighteen and half poets! Nadar

The last titular Zamorin, PKS ( 100) who died in 2013

explains: The court of the Zamorin was adorned by 18 Sanskrit scholars and a Malayalam poet Punam Namboothiri who was given half of the status of a poet. In the early days of the Revati Pattathanam, the yearly 7-day cultural assembly under the Zamorinâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s patronage in the Tali temple at Calicut, it was a difficult task for any scholar to win the title of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bhattâ&#x20AC;?. The assembly was attended by scholars and poets from all parts of Kerala and outside. The scholars who emerged from the deliberations of the assembly as the most distinguished of the lot were honoured with the title of â&#x20AC;&#x153;Bhattâ&#x20AC;?. In May 1498, arrived Vasco Da Gama at Calicut and was received in Durbar

Democratic Front(UDF) government had to arrange to provide a monthly pension of Rs.2500 per member for all 826 members of the three branches of the Royal Zamorin family that ruled the Malabar coast in north Kerala for centuries! The then Chief Minister Oommen Chandy had to defend the move when it led to state-wide controversy. While defending the move he said : â&#x20AC;&#x153;It is not just a humanitarian gesture. It is fair compensation for the properties and wealth they gave for the progress of Kerala.â&#x20AC;? The Kerala government had to face opposition to the proposal as the late Prime Minister and Congress leader Indira Gandhi herself managed to amend the Constitution to get away with the Privy Purses to the rulers, which was promised by Sardar Patel while integrating nearly 565 Princely States with India. Next Column: Alwar connection in Mahatma Gandhi murder case (The writer is a Socio-political Historian. E-mail:

Vasco Da Gama in the Durbar of the Zamorin

as the ambassador of the king of Portugal by the Zamorin. Gama discovered the new sea-route to India. The Zamorin, under the influence of the Arabs, was keen that Gama needed to make payment of the usual customs duties. The Portuguese ambassador was not happy with the attitude of the Zamorin and left Calicut in August 1498. He reached Cannanore where he was received by the Kolathiri ruler, the hereditary enemy of the Zamorin. Both entered into informal arrangements for loading their ships. Gama mission was a great success and profitable when he was back to Portugal in 1499. Of course, it led to rift between the Arabs and the Portuguese. The Zamorin tried to make peace with the Portuguese, but the Portuguese made the Raja of Cochin rebelled against the Zamorin. Gama left for Lisbon with a cargo of seven vessels of cardamom and other spices. The new Governor of Portuguese, Francisco De Albuquerque, was smart enough to join hands with Krishna Deva Raya of Vijayanagar for help against the Zamorin. But there was a treaty with Calicut to be broken soon by the Portuguese. They shifted their headquarter to Goa but continued to meddle in the Malabar affairs. In the meanwhile, the Dutch came but when the English arrived, their influence evaporated. When Hyder Ali and his son, Tipu Sultan, set their eyes on the Malabar coast, it became difficult for both the Zamorin and the Raja of Cochin to survive. Hyder Ali took Calicut in 1766. The Muslim Moplah helped Hyder and Tipu in their brutal actions against the Hindus and Christians. The Travancore Maharaja, Karthik Tirunal Rama

Varma also known as Dharma Raja(virtuous king), did not accept the supremacy of the rulers of Mysore. He gave asylum to the Zamorin, the Kolathiri and even to the members of the Cochin family. When Tipu attacked Travancore, the English stood by the Maharaja. Tipu ceded the whole of Malabar to the English by the treaty of Seringapattam in 1792. The

Mysore rulers committed religious excesses by forcible conversion, plunder and destruction of Temples. The Zamorins became the British protectorate since 1792 and lived as a mere pensioned landlord ever since.What a sad state of affairs! The last titular Zamorin, PKS Samoothiri Raja, died four years back. The Congress-led United

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NHS recruiting Indian doctors to tackle staff shortage in UK The number of full-time position vacancies in the NHS has gone up by 10% since 2016, according to the latest figures released by NHS Digital. Hence to fulfil the requirement, NHS is using foreign doctors especially from India, a special report has suggested. There were 86,055 advertised full-time vacancies in the NHS in England in the first quarter of 2017. In the same period last year there were 78,112, a 10% increase year-on-year. In March, there were 30,613 vacant full-time positions advertised, compared to 26,424 in the same month in 2016, a rise of 16%. Of the first-quarter vacancies, some 32,929 were for nursing and midwifery posts and 11,155 for medical and dental, which includes doctors. Northwick Park Hospital in Harrow has one of the largest A&E department in London, but is facing rising demand and a shortage of specialist registrars, middle-ranking doctors, the Sky News reported in an exclusive coverage. Facing competition from other London hospitals that was driving up pay, they decided to recruit directly from India. Dr Miriam Harris, the clinical lead in the Northwick Park emergency medicine department, told the news channel: "Rather than offering large salaries, which is what we tried to do before and got caught up in

Lajeesh Vettikat

a bidding war with all other hospitals in London, we were offering to train people and invest in them and their future." Lajeesh Vettikat, a specialist A&E registrar from New Delhi, said he had been surprised by the pressure on A&E departments. He told the Sky News: "I had read about the A&E sector - now I know how real the shortage is in terms of doctors and nursing staff. "This is the biggest A&E department in London and we have about 30 doctors a day here, but the number of patients in A&E is so huge we end up seeing patients in the corridors, in the back of ambulances, in the waiting rooms, in the relatives' rooms. "It is really worrying but we are working really hard to make sure the patients are safe and the department is safe." Northwick Park is also training some nurses to become advanced clinical practitioners, an intermediate qualification that lets them take on some doctors'

duties. These include prescribing medicines and discharging, which is crucial to freeing up beds and improving the flow of patients through the hospital. There are also concerns that recruitment is being hampered by uncertainty over Brexit. In June, it was revealed that the number of nurses from the European Union registering to work in the UK has fallen by 96%. It is widely reported that NHS England chief executive Simon Stevens said the NHS would have to recruit 2,000 doctors from overseas despite having a target of training 5,000 more homegrown doctors by 2020. Though he is not keen to get doctors from India, he is ignoring the concept of 'demand and supply', which Northwick Park has put in reasonable use. Currently UK has 40,000 doctors of Indian origin. The Royal College of Nursing has warned that there are around 25,000 vacancies currently and the strain on existing staff is putting the NHS at a "tipping point". A Department of Health spokesperson reportedly said: "Staffing is a priority that's why we have invested in the frontline and there are almost 32,400 more professionally qualified clinical staff including almost 11,800 more doctors, and over 12,500 more nurses on our wards, since May 2010."

Kovind sworn in as India's 14th President Continued from page 1 The change of guard began early Tuesday (July 25) morning, with Military Secretary to the President, Major General Anil Khosla arriving at Kovind's Akbar Road residence with a motorcade. He invited him and his wife Savita to the Rashtrapati Bhavan, where Mukherjee received them. A couple of hours later, the roles were reversed and President Kovind escorted Mukherjee out of the Rashtrapati Bhavan. The latter took a last salute of the President's Bodyguard (PBG), and later, both the leaders drove down Raisina Hill to the Central Hall of Parliament in the black presidential limousine, with Mukherjee in the right and Kovind on the left. The entire route was lined with 1,000 jawans from all three services of the armed forces, offering the 'hazaar salaam' to the President. Both the leaders were also escorted by a grand equestrian procession by the PBG. The procession reached gate num-

ber five where they were received by Vice President Hamid Ansari, Lok Sabha Speaker Sumitra Mahajan, and Chief Justice of India JS Khehar. Home Secretary Rajiv Mehrishi read out the Election Commission notification on the presidential polls, initiating the oath ceremony. Justice Khehar then administered the oath of office to “preserve, protect, and defend the constitution and law”, and Kovind exchanged seats with Mukherjee. Kovind addressed the gathering and spoke of his humble background saying he grew up in a mud house in a small village. “It is so telling of our nation and our society also. For all its problems, it follow this basic mantra,” he said. “I bow to the 125 crore citizens of this great nation and promise to stay true to the trust they have bestowed on me. I am conscious I am following in the footsteps of stalwarts such as Dr Rajendra Prasad, Dr S Radhakrishnan, Dr APJ Abdul Kalam, and my immediate predecessor,

Pranab Mujherjee, whom we address out of affection as Pranabda.” The former Bihar governor was born in Paraukh village of Kanpur, is also the first Uttar Pradesh-born President of India. In his address, he said, “Our Independence was the result of efforts by thousands of patriotic freedom fighters led by Mahatma Gandhi. Later, Sardar Patel integrated our nation. Principal architect of our Constitution, Babasaheb Ambedkar, instilled in us the value of human dignity and of the republican ethic. These leaders did not believe that simple political freedom was enough. For them, it was crucial to also achieve economic and social freedom for millions of our people.” “We need to sculpt a robust, high-growth economy, an educated, ethical and shared community, and an egalitarian society, as envisioned by Mahatma Gandhi and Deen Dayal Upadhyayji. These are integral to our sense of humanism.”


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How Nolan forgot Indians at ‘Dunkirk’

Christopher Nolan's visual masterpiece, war epic 'Dunkirk' has garnered flattering reviews from both, film critics and movie watchers. Set in the backdrop of World War II, the film talks about the evacuation of British soldiers who were cornered on the beaches of Dunkirk in France, between late May and early June 1940. As many as 4,00,000 men of the Allied Forces were pushed to the very edge of land by the Germans. Called a cinematic showpiece, Nolan uncharacteristically made a massive blunder. His film blatantly overlooks the role played by the Indian army in the events depicted, and the war. A reporter said that there were four companies of the Royal Indian Army Service Corps on Dunkirk's beaches in the time the movie is set. In his piece, John Broich of Slate, wrote, “Observers said they were particularly cool under fire and well organised during the

retreat. They weren't large in number, maybe a few hundred among hundreds of thousands, but their appearance in the film would have provided a good reminder of how utterly central the role of the Indian Army was in the war. Their service meant the difference between victory and defeat.” He added, “In fact, while Britain and other allies were licking their wounds after Dunkirk, the Indian Army picked up the slack in North Africa and the Middle East.” Manimugdha S Sharma gave a brief timeline of events, saying the British Army was probably the only fully mechanised army in the world. However, the British Expeditionary Force had to rely on animal transport when it went to France. “Unlike the British, the Indian Army was still not mechanised. It had 96 infantry battalions and 18 cavalry regiments with only two

being ordered to give up horses for tanks a little before the war. So the pack animals and their handlers had to come from India.” That was how the Force K-6, four Indian Animal Transport companies, part of the Royal Indian Army Service corps, were dispatched to France in December 1936. The men were mostly Punjabi Muslims and Pathans, from areas that now are a part of Pakistan. Three of the four companies were evacuated, the personnel of one company was however, taken prisoner by the Germans, and are said to have died in their prisoner-of-war camps. Jamadar Maula Dada Khan, who was a Viceroy's Commissioned Officer, was recognised in the form of a citation of Indian Distinguished Service Medal. Guess Nolan had a little more homework left to do before he got into the works of making the war time gem.



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Take care of your heart in your 20s to prevent your brain shrinking in your 40s A therapist has a theory that couples who make love once a day are the happiest. So he tests it at a seminar by asking those assembled, “How many people here make love once a day?” Half the people raise their hands, each of them grinning widely. “Once a week?” A third of the audience members raise their hands, their grins a bit less vibrant. “Once a month?” A few hands tepidly go up. Then he asks, “OK, how about once a year?”One man in the back jumps up and down, jubilantly waving his hands. The therapist is shocked—this disproves his theory. “If you make love only once a year,” he asks, “why are you so happy?” The man yells, “Today’s the day!” ***************************** On the first night of their honeymoon, the husband isn’t sure how to tell his bride about his stinky feet and smelly socks, while the wife is wondering how to break the news to him about her awful breath, which so far, she’s been able to cover up. After some soulsearching, the husband gathers his nerve and says, “I have a confession.” She draws closer, peers into his eyes, and says, “Darling, so do I.” Recoiling, he says, “Don’t tell me—you’ve eaten my socks.” ***************************** In line at a restaurant, was a mother with her college-age son and his girlfriend. It was the middle of the dinner rush, and many customers were restless at the long wait, but the young couple, holding hands and kissing, were oblivious to everything around them. Although clearly not approving, the mother was silent, until one prolonged kiss when the young man had his face and hands buried in his girlfriend’s long, curly locks. “Do you have to do that here?” the embarrassed mother asked. “I’m not doing anything, Mom,” came her son’s muffled voice. “My earring’s caught in her hair.”

Most 20-somethings are not overly concerned about their heart health, blood pressure or cholesterol. But new research warns those middle-age concerns could be vital to protect their brains from shrinking decades later. Neuroscientists tracked more than 500 people for three decades, monitoring their brains and their hearts. They found young people who followed a low-cholesterol diet, exer-

cised multiple times a week, quit smoking and cut out sugar had less brain shrinkage in their 40s. 'We know that when people take certain steps like exercising and eating well, they have healthier hearts,' said study author Dr Michael Bancks of Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine in Chicago. 'The American Heart Association created seven simple steps everyone can take to improve heart health called Life's Simple 7 and recent research has shown that people who score higher on that assessment also score higher on thinking tests. The American Heart Association's Life's Simple 7 includes the following factors: main-


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Foods that can suppress appetite, aid weight loss Whether it's turning to supplements, juices or new challenging workouts, it seems everyone is looking for the magic weight loss bullet. But sometimes, losing weight may just be a matter of tweaking your diet -- and eating foods that work for you, not against you. Though none of these foods will work magic by themselves, when they are included as part of a healthy weight-loss diet, they may give you an edge in controlling hunger and shedding unwanted pounds. These satiety-boosting foods will keep you winning at weight loss. Greek or Icelandic yogurt: Greek and Icelandic yogurt (both strained to remove the liquid whey) are thicker, creamier and richer in protein than their regular yogurt counterparts, making them one of the best snacks for curbing appetite. Research suggests that protein is even more satiating than fat or carbohydrates. Therefore, it can be a strategic nutrient player in terms of appetite con-

29th July 2017

Urbanisation does not decrease the amount of sleep, reveals study

Insomnia is estimated to affect a quarter of the Western world. Our 'open all hours' culture, increasing stress noise and lights and mobile devices are just a few of the modern lifestyle factors that are blamed. But increasingly, research suggests that our 21st century 'sleep deprivation epidemic' is not linked to urbanisation as previously thought. A new study has now found that living in a built-up area and the electrification of homes does not decrease the amount of sleep that people get. Scientists have previously proposed that those who have electricity stay up later, but do not necessarily get up later to compensate. But taining a healthy blood pressure, controlling cholesterol, reducing blood sugar, being active, eating better, losing weight and stopping smoking. They found that people who had better heart health scores at the

this was not found to be the case. Researchers found that people living in a town retired on average one hour later, but did not sleep less compared to people in a village without electricity, because they also rose an hour later in the morning. Insomnia – classed as difficulty in getting to sleep or staying asleep for long enough to feel refreshed the next morning – may be related to the brain's sleep and wake cycle's going haywire. And the cost of insomnia nights is more than just fatigue. Lack of regular sleep is linked to raised risk of depression, obesity, heart attack, stroke and diabetes – and it shortens your life expectancy. beginning of the study had a higher average brain volume as a percentage of their total head size in middle age. This was also true for people who had a better average of the beginning score and the score at year 25.



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Huma starts shooting for 'Kaala' in Chennai

Nayan to storm the national arena


ayanthara has completed 13 years in film industry and is still ruling the roost as the most sought after heroine in Kollywood. She is presently shooting for many interesting projects including 'Velaikkaran' with Sivakarthikeyan and 'Imaikka Nodigal' with Atharvaa. She has also completed shooting for 'Arram' in which she plays the solo lead role of a collector. Recently Nayan took part in a photo shoot and that raised eyebrows in tinsel town. Now it has been revealed that the

Mani Ratnam makes his protege double happy!

ageless charmer has been signed up as the brand ambassador of popular DTH service provider Tata Sky. which is a leading player across India The 'Dora' actress is yet to act in a direct Hindi film but this ad film itself is expected to fetch her a pan-Indian appeal. The actress has shot for an ad film for the brand and it has been directed by noted Bollywood filmmaker Shoojit Sarkar of 'Vicky Donor' and 'Pink' fame.

Simran roped in for 'Thupparivalan'


uma Qureshi is in Chennai to shoot for Pa Ranjith's 'Kaala.' She reportedly plays Rajinikanth's romantic interest in the film. The actress, who took part in an awards show in New York last weekend, first flew to Mumbai and then to Chennai. According a source the 'Gangs Of Wasseypur' actress will be shooting in Chennai for the rest of July and the entire month of August. Huma already began shooting for the film. Rajinikanth will also be part of this schedule, it is learnt. The 'Kaala' team will be shooting in a set constructed on the outskirts of the city. The team was shooting in live locations in Mumbai from May, but heavy rains made it difficult to shoot there and they have now erected sets matching Mumbai locales in Chennai.



he teaser of director Mysskin's 'Thupparivaalan' was recently released and was well received by the public. The latest development related to

the movie is that veteran actress Simran is part of the film, which already boasts a stellar star cast that includes Vishal, Anu Emnanuel, Andrea, Prasanna, Vina, K Bhagyaraj and Thalaivasal Vijay. Simran, who addressed the gathering at the teaser launch revealed that she has already shot for three days for her role in the film and that she loved working with Vishal and Mysskin. The makers

have also announced that Simran is a part of the film and they wanted to reveal this by making her attend the teaser launch. It is to be noted that Simran's last movie was R Parthiban's 'Koditta Idangalai Nirappuga.' She is also part of director Ponram's upcoming film, which has Sivakarthikeyan and Samantha in lead roles.

Soundarya Rajinikanth ready to act


uperstar Rajinikanth’s younger daughter Soundarya Rajinikanth first made her mark in the film industry as a pioneer in motion capture technology besides directing her illustrious father in ‘Kochadaiyaan’. She is now helming ‘VIP2’ starring Dhanush, Kajol and Amala Paul which is set to hit the screens on

the 28th of July. At a promotional event of ‘VIP2’ Soundarya Rajinikanth has stated that she is willing to act in movies if she gets a role that suits her. With her gait and style bearing a strong resemblance to the younger Rajini, Soundarya is sure to make her father proud when she dons the grease paint.

'VIP 2' more stylish than 'VIP': Amala Paul


Kannan's latest directorial and production venture 'Ivan Thanthiran' is turning out to be a hit. After getting affected by the theatre owners strike which lasted for around a week's time, 'Ivan Thanthiran' got a new life after the strike was withdrawn and it is now running, entering its third week. During the strike time Kannan had sent an audio message in which he broke down while speaking about the fate of his film. But now he will be relieved man as the film is living to its potential at the box office. Adding to this, the film was watched by none other than Kannan's mentor and ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam. The latter appreciated the film and that should have placed the 'Jeyamkondan' director double happy. Gautham Karthik, the lead actor of 'Ivan Thanthiran' was introduced by Mani Ratnam in his 2013 film 'Kadal' while Shraddha Srinaht and RJ Balaji who have played important roles in 'Ivan Thanthiran' were part of Mani' latest film 'Kaatru Veliyidai'.


ctress Amala Paul says the second instalment in the Tamil film 'VIP' franchise will be more stylish than the first part. Amala played a character called Shalini in the first part of 'VIP'. "My character is an extension of Shalini from

'VIP'. Audiences will get to see a different version of the character because she is married now and hence playing it was a new and different experience," Amala said. She went on to add that the entire team is excited about 'VIP 2', directed by Soundarya Rajinikanth. "As a film, 'VIP 2' will be more stylish than the first part," she said. Paired with Dhanush, this will be Amala's fourth collaboration with the 'Maari' actor. Amala is also part of Dhanush's upcoming Tamil gangster drama 'Vada Chennai'. She had worked in his Tamil production 'Amma Kannaku'. 'VIP 2' marks the comeback of Kajol to Tamil movies after two decades. In the film, Kajol plays a suave and conniving business woman.


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Jacqueline has another winner in 'Disco Disco'


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Ayushmann wants to experiment with his roles


acqueline Fernandez is winning hearts with 'Disco Disco' after her previous chart busters. The actress has undoubtedly turned out to be the party favourite. She has been winning the hearts of the people with her party numbers like ' C h i t t i y a n Kalaiyyan', 'Jumme ki raat', 'Lat lag gayee', 'Sooraj dooba hai yaaro', 'Party on my mind' among many others to her credits.


yushmann Khurrana whose second film 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' which is set for release on August 18, wants to experiment with roles. In his debut film 'Vicky Donor' he played a sperm donor. During the trailer launch of 'Bareilly Ki Barfi,' he was asked if he wants to change his image of a 'good boy'. He responded by saying, "Yes, I am open to doing experimental roles. In this film 'Bareilly Ki Barfi', I am playing a small town boy who is very bullish by nature. In this film, I also dance madly in some scenes like what we do at our friends' weddings." "And then I have also worked in Sriram Raghavan's upcoming film. That character is very different from all the roles that I have played in films so far... so yes, I think the image is changing." Asked about refusing to act in the sequel to 'Happy Bhaag Jayegi', he said, "I was shooting with Sriram and, therefore, said no to that film. As an actor, we have certain limitation of dates and all... so, we cannot do everything at the same time. But that film is also interesting." 'Bareilly Ki Barfi' also feature Rajkummar Rao and Kriti Sanon.

Tiger Shroff: Nawazuddin is 'encyclopedia of acting'


awazuddin Siddiqui is one of the most talented and versatile actors in Bollywood and getting an opportunity to work with him will indeed be a "learning experience" for any actor, said Tiger Shroff who has worked with the actor for the film 'Munna Michael.' The 'Heropanti' actor shared, "There is not enough that I can say about Nawazuddin. For any actor, he is a treat to work with. He is an encyclopedia of acting craft. I never bothered or troubled him as I am sure he must be getting lot of people asking him questions. So, I just quietly observed him and tried to learn whatever little I

Kangana badly injured during shooting


angana Ranaut was badly injured while shooting for an intense sword-fighting sequence with co-star Nihar Pandya, when the latter’s sword hit and deeply cut her forehead. The actress was rushed to the hospital and had to get 15 stitches on her forehead. According to reports, the accident happened when Kangana got the timing wrong in an action sequence and was hit by Pandya’s sword. It made a deep cut on her forehead and the doctor observed that it was a close shave for her because the cut had been very close to the bone. The film’s producer Kamal Jain said that the action scene had been rehearsed several times and Kangana had insisted on doing the scene herself instead of employing a body double. As the sword made a deep cut between her eyebrows, Kangana put up a brave front despite the pain and bleeding. Her co-star Nihar was apologetic and felt terrible, but the ‘Queen’ actress tried to pacify him. According to reports, the injury might leave a scar on Kangana’s face, but she has decided to flaunt it for her film where she is playing Rani Lakshmibai. She will be in the hospital for the next few days.

She is known to give celebratory songs that form the top picks for every occasion, be it weddings, parties or clubs. The 31-year-old is one of the most brilliant dancers in the industry. The actress has garnered love and appreciation for her dancing skills. The gorgeous diva is known to give the audiences hook steps that stay etched in our minds. Be it 'Chittiyan Kalaiyya', 'Lat Lag gayee', 'Sooraj dooba hai yaaro', the actress has upped the grace level of the songs by her signature steps. The 'Dishoom' star is yet again winning

could from his craft. He is a genius at what he does." The upcoming dance flick, which will see Tiger giving tribute to the late dancing legend Michael Jackson, marks first collaboration of the 'Baagi' star and the 'Freaky Ali' actor. It is also the third collaboration of Tiger and director Sabbir Khan, after 'Heropanti' and 'Baaghi.' Talking about collaborating with Sabbir Khan for the third time, Tiger shared, "It's a pleasure to work with Sabbir Khan. He is such a brilliant director and an easy person to work with. He is like a family now. So, I am lucky that I have got three chances to work with him."

Alia Bhatt: I'm working towards looking more feminine


lia Bhatt who embarked on a break soon after the release of 'Badrinath Ki Dulhania' earlier this year, is returning to work later this month as she kicks off Meghna Gulzar's 'Raazi'. The espionage thriller will be shot in Kashmir, Punjab and Mumbai. It is based on Harinder Sikka's novel, 'Calling Sehmat' and Alia plays a Kashmiri girl married to an army officer (Vicky Kaushal) across the border, who provides the Indian Intelligence with invaluable information during the 1971 Indo-Pak war and saves the lives of scores of soldiers. Incidentally, the 24-year old actress's latest screen turn takes her closer to her roots — her actress-filmmaker mother Soni

hearts of the audience with the latest track 'Disco Disco' from 'A Gentleman' which encompasses all ingredients from her previous hits. 'Disco Disco' is a perfect party number with brilliantly choreographed dance, hook steps that are bound to stay in our minds and she looks drop dead gorgeous in the song. The actress could be setting the stage on her fire with her sizzling moves added to her smoking hot looks. The movie, which also stars Sidharth Malhotra, is all set to hit the theatres on August 25.

Razdan is half German and half Kashmiri. She has been reading Sikka's book and finds it helpful as far as her prep is concerned. "It has helped me add extra layers to my character. The script is a lovely adaptation of the book, which is extensive; it has a lot of stories. I just wanted to get the backstory right in my head," she explains. Ask her if she was apprehensive about taking up the film given its politically-sensitive setting and story, she said, "It's a true and novel story to be a part of so I had no reservations." She may have reference points for her character in the book, but Alia said the prep is different this time and it's important for her to

get the nuances right. "She's a 20-year-old girl so I have an idea about what she will be like but the film is based in a certain time period so the character needed a different approach. I've been working on the dialect which is important to the narrative. Alia has, so far, slipped into strong yet feminine characters with signature ease, but the actress reveals that she is a tomboy in real life. "For this film, I'm also working towards looking more feminine since girls in that era had a certain shyness about them.


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Lancashire secret lovers murder man for life insurance A pensioner suffered a dozen blows to his head and had his throat slit in a plot by two lovers who wanted his life insurance, a court heard. Mohammed Yousaf, 65, was murdered while he slept on 18 September 2016, Preston Crown Court was told. Muhammed Arif, 45, of Washington Street, Accrington, was jailed for life to serve a minimum of 32 years. His lover Rukhsana Bibi, 38, of Wood Street, Todmorden, received a life term with a minimum of 28 years. The pair, who were secret lovers, had denied murder. The court heard Arif and Bibi took out a fraudulent life insurance policy worth £244,000 on Mr Yousaf, who Bibi had married two days after divorcing Arif's brother in April 2016.

Arif and Bibi planned a life insurance fraud worth £244,000

Lancashire Police said Bibi withdrew £24,000 from Mr Yousaf's savings account over four months. Police believe Mr Yousaf was murdered at his home on September 18, although his body was not discovered until three days later. DNA evidence found at the scene and in Arif's car, along with mobile phones, CCTV footage and financial transactions carried out by the defendants,

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ARIES Mar 21 - Apr 20 It is essential that you adopt a

very open attitude now for this is a time of lucky opportunity and a chance to greatly enrich your life. New windows on the world are about to open and this is bound to have a maturing effect on you from now into the future. There is a rather secretive aura surrounding new romance, which could turn into something very special.

TAURUS Apr 21 - May 21 Take some time out to reflect.

Try and work out where you want to make changes in your busy life. Once you know, don't hesitate to implement it systematically. A tremendous amount of planetary activity in your chart signals a time of mixed emotions as well as personal issues to be dealt with.

GEMINI May 22 - June 22 It seems that you will be in

gregarious mood, intent on cultivating a wider circle of acquaintances. Mentally you will be in good form to make on-the-spot decisions and also get your ideas across to the right people. Ideas that you have been juggling with for quite some time will now be easily pulled into shape, allowing you to push ahead.

The focus is on finances this week, but that doesn’t mean you should worry yourself sick. Rather, it is about finding new and improved ways to boost your earnings potential. Don’t let nebulous tendencies interfere with your plans. It’s fine to consider several options but don’t get caught up in indecision. Schedule networking opportunities later this week.

CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 22

built up a picture of collusion between Bibi and Arif to strip Mr Yousaf of his assets, before killing him. Det Ch Insp Joanne McHugh said this was "ruthlessly planned" by Arif and Bibi, who manipulated a vulnerable and gentle man. "Mohammed Yousaf's death is nothing short of the cold-blooded assassination of a wholly innocent man," she said.


Teen knocked unconscious A teenager was left unconscious in the undergrowth after three yobs attacked him near the South Chadderton tram stop. The 18-year-old was on his way home in the late afternoon with headphones on, listening to music, and had not heard the group walking behind him along the platform. In the unprovoked attack a group of three youths are understood to have grabbed Mohammed Talukdar by the neck and punched him in the nose, causing him to fall unconscious. They are then alleged to have dragged him to the woodland area in Coalshaw Green Park, near the footpath which links the tram stop to Coalshaw Green Road. Mohammed's family urged the offenders to "have some shame and hand themselves in." The Oldham Sixth Form College pupil had

taken the tram from Oldham Central to South Chadderton on his way home on Saturday when he was robbed at around 3.30pm. When Mohammed came round he called one of his cousins to come to his aid, who then accompanied him to A&E. The three men had stolen two chains that Mohammed had been wearing around his neck one was silver and one gold - valued at around £500. Shazna said: "I found out from a family member that he was in A&E. I was shocked. There are cuts and bruises all over his face." The Royal Oldham Hospital were unable to stitch the deep wound and Mohammed has been told it will take two years to heal." Transport for Greater Manchester recently

Mohammed Talukdar

announced a major investment in public transport safety, including 900 hours per week of additional security support on the tram network, 50 new PCSOs to patrol the transport network and a new police sergeant and four police constables. Danny Vaughan, head of Metrolink, said: "We're working closely with Greater Manchester Police investigators and have handed over CCTV footage."

Robbers stole bank card from lone woman before eating McDonald's Robbers on mopeds have been jailed for snatching handbags from lone women at night - to pay for a McDonald's meal. Two thieves who rode a scooter through Westminster and robbed people of their possessions were caught on camera ending one of their stealing sprees with bags of fast food from the fast food restaurant. Joynul Ali, 20, of Tavistock Crescent, Westminster, was jailed for five years, whilst

Hamza El-Guerbouzi, 19, of Ashmore Road, Westminster, was sentenced to 10 years imprisonment at Southwark Crown Court on Friday (July 21). The pair went on stealing sprees in the City of Westminster, while riding a stolen scooter - with Ali as the rider of the scooter and El-Guerbouzi as pillion. Back in December 7 2016, they robbed two people, seven days later, they robbed six people and


on December 22 2016, they attempted to rob one person. The thieves particularly targeted lone women and snatched their hand-

19-year-old El-Guerbouzi

bags from their shoulders. After an investigation by Westminster Crime Squad the pair were identified through CCTV.

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As history beckoned the Indian Women's Cricket Team at the ground of Lord's, with 29 runs to go, 33 balls and five wickets in hand, India, along with the world, cheered the loudest it ever had in years. A tournament worth a grand finish, as India inched its way to what seemed like a sureshot victory, England's Anya Shrubsole poured water on its aspirations; running through the Indian line-up, finishing 6 for 46, the best in a Women's World Cup final. A loss that left Indian fans across the globe heartbroken, the Indian team may not have won the title, but what it definitely won were a million hearts. They perhaps is the first time that the taste of failure does not quite feel as bitter. Captain and skipper Indian women’s cricket team Mithali Raj spoke at the cricket. Every member of over I felt that the game awards ceremony with her the women's cricket team is was in our hands. head held high. She said a celebrity now and everyUnfortunately couldn’t finshe was proud of the team. one knows who's what and ish off nicely,” she added. Her pride is demanded. Her what kind of role they play pride has paved the direcin the team. Earlier, it was Every team member a tion for women's cricket. just a couple of us that peocelebrity- Raj Playing against odds, ple would know and the As the country could Raj's team delivered the rest of them were not not stop raving about the unexpected as they known much. The girls team's stellar performance, marched into the final of have done very well, the Mithali said each and every the ICC Women's World credit goes to them and team member was now well cup. Led by Jhulan also very thankful to ICC recognised. “It was a differGoswami, Indian bowlers for broadcasting and live ent feeling when so many restricted the three-times streaming the matches people turned up for the champions England to 228. because that has made a lot finals. I have been playing The 5-foot-2 opener of difference.” cricket for 18 years and it Punam Raut led India’s Raj also added, “I was my first experience to charge, forging a 95-run appeal to public not to see so many people turning third wicket partnership compare women's cricket up for the match of with Harmanpreet Kaur. with men's cricket. I women's cricket and we She later shared a 53-run request them to see didn't disappoint any of stand with Veda women's cricket in a differthem. We gave them Krishnamurthy, keeping ent light. It's a sport in India's chase on track. its own way.” “I planned to stay in the middle and rotate Fans gutted, but the strike. With sounds of cheer and Harmanpreet Kaur and dhol echo the stadiVeda Krishnamurthy um yet to bat, somewhere I For the first time in knew we can win the the historical ground trophy,” Raut said. of Lord's, number 1 However, as wickets Indian Cricket kept falling dramatiSupporters Group, the cally, India were bunBharat Army was dled out for 219 runs, allowed to bring in losing the final by nine their dhols. Over 200 runs. members danced, ate, “After Mithali Raj’s and sang to dhol beats wicket, we were just in-between overs, raisplanning to take the ing the tempo of the game till the end. In crowd. Raj Patel, who our previous matches, had come all the way whenever, Mithali’s from Leicester said, dismissal everybody “This match is very used to think that the significant because it game is over. But with everyone in their fine Bollywood Star Akshay Kumar with puts Indian women's some Indian women cricketers cricket on the map and form, I had this belief shows they can reprethat we could go till the sent India in cricket. We (England) a tough fight and end,” 27 year old Raut said. like bringing the dhol it wasn't a one-sided “Harmanpreet was in great because it creates a carnigame.” touch and Veda did conval atmosphere.” “In a bigger picture, I tribute too. But Harman’s British Indians from the see that it has done a lot of wicket changed the direcgroup sang and danced to good for women's cricket. tion of the game. We did Ganpati Bappa Morya, flags Now people are watching manage to get the game to draped around them. and following women's the line and until the last


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Danny Bhambra, from Hayes, said, “I don't think women's cricket has ever had a following like this before. It has always been dominated by men. If India

tweeted ace actor Amitabh Bachchan as he participated in the Twitter shower of love. Several Indian celebrities and leaders cheered the team, congratulating them on their performance and endurance. Prime Minister Narendra Modi conveyed his best wishes to the team in a tweet that read, “As our women's cricket team plays the World Cup finals today, I join the 125 Crore Indians in wishing them the very best!” He further wished every player in the Indian team's starting eleven, beginning with captain Mithali. “Captain Mithali Raj has been leading from the front. Her cool approach to the game shall surely help the entire team.” He also said that he is a fan of Harmanpreet, who made a blistering 171 runs off 115 balls in the semi final versus Australia. The Indian men's cricket team released a 13-second video, with Captain Virat Kohli along with the entire team wishing them

Hearts Can Laugh!! These Women have started a revolution & I couldn't be more proud #WWC17Final”.

The Indian High Commissioner hosts reception in London for Indian Women's Cricket Team High Commissioner of India HE Y.K. Sinha and wife Girija Sinha hosted a reception for the Indian Women's Cricket team at Nehru hall, India House on Monday 24 July. The whole room filled with applauds as the team walked in, looking unsure of what to expect from the guests. High Commissioner congratulated the team for their fabuluous performance in World Cup 2017 and lauded its members as role models for generations in India. He said that the team had given Women's Cricket the much needed and long deserved recognition in the world of cricket and wished them the best for the future. The

HE Y K Sinha, wife Girija Sinha and staff of the High Commission of India with Indian Women's Cricket team

wins, more investment will come in women's cricket. I wanted to show my daughter that women can make it in a men's sport.”

While the results weren't savoury, the fans knew better than to dampen their spirits. “That is two finals where we have beaten the champions and then lost. We lost to Pakistan and then to England. We were the underdogs so we deserved to win. We got so close,” said London-based solicitor Madhu Jain. Another fan said, “I am still the biggest fan of Indian women's cricket. They have created millions of fans today.” Celebs shower praises “T 2949- Until you loose, you shall never know the joy of victory! Well played ladies.. Bhartiya Nari Zindabad!! WWC17”

the best all the way from Sri Lanka. Other Bollywood celebs to cheer the team included Anushka Sharma, who said, “Salute the determination & passion shown by the women in blue! Tough luck. But girls, you've won our hearts @BCCIWomen #WWC17” Shahid Kapoor tweeted, “This team has woken us all up to women's cricket in india. Great game girls. Almost had it. #proud”. Riteish Deshmukh said, "Men no longer the flag bearers of cricket in India, proud to see our women rightfully stand besides them. #NewHeroes # W o m e n R i s i n g #TeamIndia" Akshay Kumar, who was at the stadium, physically cheering for Team India, shared a photo of him interacting with the players after match, with a caption that read, “Even Broken

High Commissioner who was present at the finals on Sunday in London with wife, especially mentioned Harmanpreet Kaur's defining knock of 171 against Australia in the semi-final and Jhulan Goswami’s bowling while praising the team's efforts. He said, “The knock of 171 was a mix of Tendulkar and Kohli. In cricket, you win some and you lose some. But you brought glory to India and to women’s cricket. You have finally placed women’s cricket at par with men’s cricket.” Captain Mithali Raj told the audience, “It has still not sunk in. The match was in our hands, but we will learn from experience. We have presented a different face of women’s cricket. It will help future generations and help women in India to take up sport as a career.”


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