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Rupanjana Dutta London is in the grip of a new kind of terrorism, with increasing acid-attacks across the city. Police officers have been issued with 1000 acid attack response kits after the rise in number of incidents involving the corrosive liquids. A number of attacks have taken place particularly in East London. However parents with young children, who are currently enjoying their summer vacation are now afraid to walk around in the city or drive with windows rolled down, fearing unprovoked acidattacks. While nobody is sure if these attacks are racially motivated, experts have linked the rise in acid attacks to a crackdown on knives and guns, saying street gangs have started using corrosive substances because they are more readily available.

The number of crimes involving acid or other “noxious substances” has more than doubled in London in past three years. In 2016, there were 455 crimes in the city where a corrosive substance was used or threatened to be used. More than 400 were reported in the six months leading up to April 2017, according to new figures collected from forces across Britain. The terror of acid attacks in London alone has shot up by 65% – the equivalent to one every 20 hours – as a growing number of victims are left with life-changing injuries. Areas such as the West Midlands and Essex have also seen large rises in acid attacks in recent years as reports have soared from 340 in 2014 to 843. But London’s spike has been worse than anywhere else. Continued on page 17

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London is a hub for Indian entrepreneurs, with the city benefitting with 20 times the number of migrant-led businesses based here (188,000) than Birmingham, the second most popular location (19,000). A report in the near past has revealed that Indians are among top five nationalities who have set up companies and created jobs in Britain along with Irish, Germans, Americans and Chinese. Centre for Entrepreneurs and a financial technology

company DueDil had reportedly said that 32,593 Indians set up companies with turnovers between £1 million and £200. The number has of course steadily increased over years, at least till the EU Referendum in 2016. The report had also said that migrant entrepreneurs are on average much younger than British entrepreneurs and twice as entrepreneurial as Britain-born working age population. Continued on page 16

Floods ravage many parts of India; over 600 killed

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to Salil Kumar is a Director at Asset India Ltd and Business Head for UK & Europe. Asset India is a London based company that helps NRI’s & PIO’s buy and sell Real Estate in India. Asset India was formed in the year 2011, since then we have built up a loyal client base in the UK. Today we have over 500 happy customers as part of Asset India Family. An Extensive Real Estate exposure enveloping all concepts and segments with the evolution of Real Estate in the past 18 years from the basic ground level to the top most level. The advantage of having worked with the best brands in Real Estate and related industry have provided me with a unique insight of Real Estate Industry trends both at the macro and micro level. A top management experience of past 10 years in India and overseas has given me a thorough understanding of the markets for execution of projects and business model formulation. Salil have maintained good ethical, transparent and discipline work attitude and maintain a team culture with equal opportunities for my colleagues. Highly energetic, an ability to solve complex problems, exceptional interpersonal skills and commitment to excellence are my key strengths. 1) Which place or city or country do you most feel at home in? Gosh… Always been a Delhi boy, but now based in London. 2) What are your proudest achievements? Of course, my family and being married to Priya my wife and our two boys Aarav & Aayush. Besides this workwise, I love a lot

when colleagues keep telling me they are proud to work for ASSET INDIA and the new things they learn being a part of our team. 3) What inspires you? I get inspired by a lot of things around me, particularly people who have the determination to succeed despite all the odds. I am much more inspired by the kind of people who strive to help others

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without any personal gain / benefit. Besides this work wise, I like to listen to customers their problems they face and the solutions we provide with ease and in return their trust in us inspires me a lot. Chatting with people of different backgrounds and industries continue to help me shape and formulate new ideas towards the growth of our business. 4) What has been the biggest obstacle in your career? Obstacles are mere excuses. Every obstacle is cyclical as is life. We all have ups and downs in life. It all depends how we deal with it. I believe the biggest obstacle is myself, knowing that I am capable of achieving so much more, yet underplaying myself. 5) Who has been the biggest influence on your career to date? Without any doubt it has to be my parents, and of course my wife Priya for providing me with a stability and support at home which has absorbed many of the stresses of a busy working life.

6) What is the best aspect about your current role? The freedom to take the business to the next level and the opportunity to make ASSET INDIA a global brand among the Non Resident Indians within UK & Europe. Besides this I enjoy the flexibility and frequent travelling where I get to meet and interact with a lot of new people. 7) And the worst? In the past there had been instances where our customers were being let down by the builders whom we work with. However with the new regulations such as RERA (Real Estate Regulatory Act) & GST in place, this will bring an increased amount of transparency to the Reality Sector which in the future will be beneficial to all our customer(s). 8) What are your long term goals? To be a good husband, dad and more importantly make time for friends. On the business front it is enjoyable to grow slowly and steadily and more importantly enjoy

Mubarek Ali, jailed leader of Telford child sex gang to be freed after just 5 years The convicted leader of a child sex gang that operated in England will be released from prison 17 years early, according to reports. Mubarek Ali, one of a number of members who helmed of the Telford-based gang, was sentenced to 14 years in jail, with 8 years on license, for crimes including assaulting girls as young as 13. However, just five

years into his sentence, he has been told he could walk free as early as November. Ali, 34, was captured as part of a police investigation called Operation Chalice in 2013. During the trial at the Worcester Crown Court, four girls aged between 13 and 16 gave evidence of the abuse they had been subjected to by the gang member between 2007 and 2009.

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It is believed most of the girls involved thought they were "loved and in love" with the men at the time, the prosecution explained. Telford MP Lucy Allan, in an open letter sent to the local paper Shropshire Star, criticised the decision to free him, arguing he would be allowed to go back into the community where his victims continue to live. Allan said the victims, who had not been informed of Ali's early release, are "living in fear". "Victims and members of the public would have expected a 22-year sentence to mean that the community could have time to heal and victims would be able to get on with their lives," she said.

"What we see in this case is that the one of the main perpetrators is being released into the community only five years after the trial. This is clearly of enormous concern to victims in this case, especially those who gave evidence in court. "What is unacceptable that in this case there was no attempt by the authorities to reach out these young women and prepare them for this wholly unexpected event. Worse still is the prospect that this person may be returned to Telford and naturally this has caused huge anxiety to victims." Ali's brother, Ahdel "Eddie" Ali, 27, was given a 26-year extended sentence.

what you do every day. More importantly I would like to expand the business to countries like US & Canada in the coming years and to provide employment opportunities to fresh graduates with lot of energy. 9) If you were P r i m e Minister, what one aspect would you change? You are joking … That’s never happening. I just can’t limit to one thing, first and foremost a second Referendum on Brexit and more importantly create an education system where the youngsters are taught about managing their finances at an early age and the importance of technology which needs to be taught from a very nascent stage at schools. I will subsidise the University fees for all to give them stress free study life. 10 If you were marooned on a desert island, which historical

figure would you like to spend your time with and why? Mahatma Gandh, being global icon and for his simplicity. Gandhiji believed in devoting one’s life to helping others. This I find very touching and inspirational, it’s always a privilege to give. Also Shri Amitabh Bachchan one of the greatest and most influential actors in the history of Indian Cinema. I am sure if either of the above two personalities are with me, life will automatically move into the so called desert island.

Osama bin Laden’s son wants to follow in his father’s footsteps

The son of Osama bin Laden (left) Hamza (right, in a graphic made by experts using age progression technology in a bid to picture him now) has issued chilling messages aimed at the Saudi royal family

Osama bin Laden’s son has issued a series of chilling messages threatening the Saudi royal family in a bid to become the future leader of al Qaeda, it has been reported. Hamza bin Laden has issued two video messages in the past year; the first praising lone wolf attacks while calling for an uprising in the kingdom, and the most recent accusing its founder, Abdul-Aziz bin Rahman Al Saud, of being a British agent. The second of the video messages was released by the terror group’s media arm, asSahab, from its hideout in Pakistan, according to al Monitor. In it, he

claims that the Saudis have betrayed Islam by working with the ‘crusaders’ against the Ottoman caliphate. It is not the first time that Hamza, believed to be 28, has appeared in a propaganda message for al Qaeda and has previously called for terror attacks in London, Washington and Paris. Earlier this year he was placed on the US State Department’s terror watch list and labelled a ‘specially designated global terrorist’. The authority attributed a number of audio messages to Hamza in which he attacks the west and threatens revenge against the United States.


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India-China crisis amidst global disorder To make sense of the unraveling global order and the crisis in India-China relations is a challenging task. The best way forward is to identify the movements of the critical tectonic plates that have given rise to the deepening turbulence we see around us. Barely a week ago, SinoIndian relations appeared to have reached a dangerous impasse: the irresistible force confronting the immovable object at Doklam, the tri-junction of Bhutan, Sikkim and Tibet. The incendiary threats emanating from Beijing pointed to the choice of an Indian surrender, or a war that a medley of snarling Chinese voices said, China could not lose, China being China, and India being India – weak, chaotic and punching ineffectively above its scripted weight would taught a lesson reminiscent of the debacle of 1962. At that moment the gloom of military conflict appears to be relieved by a glimmer of hope. The Chinese chattering class, as gauged from the country’s social media, showed little concern about Sino-Indian ties descending into the abyss. Japan aroused greater anxieties – understandable in the context of Imperial Japan’s bloodstained record in China and Korea in the decades leading to the Second World War and during the war itself. In contrast, Chinese and Indians viewed each other generally through the prism of commerce and anti-colonial politics; there was little comprehension of their respective cultures or histories and cultures. That was curiosity, not hostility of the other. The latter come later in the post-war era of China’s rise. China and India are members of BRICS, the association of Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa. Their combined weight in population – 43 of the world’s total, and 30 per cent of its GDP – was not an association not be disdained. The principal participants, Russia, China , India have a set of complex inter-relationships covering economics, politics and strategy. Sino-Indian trade and investment are thriving, as are those between China and Russia, witn India and Russia bonding in a privileged strategic partnership in defence and security. China will be hosting the next BRICS summit in September. Why upset the apple cart for no real tangible gain? President Xi Jinping’s friendly reference to Prime Minister Narendra Modi has gone some way in lifting the gloom; India’s National Security Advisor Ajit Doval’s visit to Beijing for talks with his Chinese counterpart, following previous trips to Moscow, may bring some cheer. He will also be consulting with his Russian colleague. Farther afield is the Russia-baiting pantomime in

Washington. The US Congress, despite the cautionary advice of the largest American companies such as ExonMobile, Boeing, Ford et al has passed further sanctions against Russia for alleged interference in the American Presidential election of November 2016. A US opinion poll across the country reveals that 75 per cent of Americans put health care on top of their concerns, and a mere 6 per cent on Russia, yet 75 per cent of the US media were fixated on Russia and barely reported widespread anxieties about individual health care. The vaunted integrity of the Fourth Estate, now fourth-rate, is seriously fake. Having endured a farrago of barbs, insults, expulsions of Russian diplomats and confiscation of diplomatic property, the Russian government was goaded into responding with similar measures of its own. America’s unilateral sanctions against Russia, with an additional package of restrictions targeting Iran and North Korea, have upset the European Union leadership, since Europe depends a great deal on Russian oil and liquefied gas. North Korea is in its best shape for almost two decades, says South Korea’s central bank. Sanctions have had minimal effect on Iran, and virtually none on Russia. According to Mahmodabad Salameh, a respected oil economist, sanctions have energized Russia’s economic reforms, the main beneficiary being its thriving agricultural sector. The idea that a country of Russia’s size and power, with its abundant natural resources can be browbeaten by self-appointed policemen on Capitol Hill is laughable, its lunacy staggering. Congress and President Trump are engaged in a bitter turf war, reflected in the unpredictable swings of US foreign policy. No respect is shown to history. Napoleon, in his time, imposed sanctions against Russia and paid horrendously for the ensuing misadventure. Senators John McCain, Lindsey Graham, their ilk and the discredited mainstream media represent the swansong of the Pax Americana. Returning to the Chinese calculus: Why should China tempt fate by embarking on a military conflict with India, with so much at stake in the present turbulence in global and the strategic Korean peninsula on the boil? Coupled with this is Pakistan Prime Minister Sharif ‘s enforced exit by the Supreme Court on corruption charges. The succession stakes could sunder the country. Beijing’s ‘allweather friend’ will need more bailouts from its proven benefactor. Hazarding a guess, the Sino-Indian relationship is unlikely to have a hard landing – at least for now. We can mull over its future direction.

Closer India-UK ties in automobile sector India and Britain could look to deepening their ties in the automobile sector in the post-Brexit order, said Mike Hawes, Chief Executive of the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders. Exports of British cars to India rose by 8.3 per cent in the first half this year, while those from India to Britain nearly doubled. British cars in India were mainly restricted to luxury brands. However, there were opportunities for growth in areas such as the development of autonomous connected vehicles, as well as the Indian post-market segment, he said. ‘The UK currently has a negligible part of that market in India but we have a lot of expertise and there are a lot of

products that could be developed,’ in his judgment. He said that rising sales of British cars – for which there was the greatest Indian demand – remained constricted by high tariff regimes. Even with a possible free trade agreement between the countries breaking down the tariff walls would be difficult anytime soon. ‘We are totally integrated with the European automotive industry, as the future relationship we have is fundamental to our continued success. We need to maintain the free trade we currently enjoy,’ Mr Hawes concluded. It is the best of times, it is worst of times – for transnational businesses.

The Indian aviation industry is among the fastest growing across continents. The quantum of passengers travelling by air on domestic flights increases by the day. In a country of well over as billion souls, this surely means that the travel and hospitality sectoris booming. It wasn’t so a few decades ago when state-owned Air India (on international routes) and the domestic Indian Airlines ruled and abused the roost. Private companies made their initial appearance in the early 1990s following the liberalization of the Indian economy by Finance Minister Manmohan Singh under the overall stewardship of Prime Minister Narasimha Rao. A number of private companies entered the race and collapsed. In the struggle of the survival of the fittest the best survived and prospered and are now the big hitters of the aviation industry. Spicejet is one of that elite. Its beginnings were far from propitious. It was on the brink of collapse. Desperate situations demand desperate remedies, hence the company’s founder Ajay Singh in a hands-on experiment took over its operational functions. The management structure was overhauled, inefficiencies were eliminated, expenditure disciplined and waste binned. Resolution, enterprise, dedication and simple hard work brought about a magical transformation in Spicejet’s performance. Passenger numbers surged exponentially as

fares were pruned and service improved. This low-cost budget airline together with its principal competitor, IndiGo, dominate the domestic market and have ambitious plans to spread their wings with flights to international destinations. It was the consumer market that reduced the behemoth Air India to a prehistoric monstrosity and the pauper’s grave. The original sin was its nationalization in the early 1950s when Air India was well administered by the Tata Group. For political parties across the political spectrum Air India bore the sacred talisman of ‘national prestige.’ Six decades later loot and corruption on a scale reminiscent of the East India Company in its earliest days in the mideighteenth century, raddled Air India. The brazen scale of priming the pump of the nation’s fragile exchequer to keep the decaying airline alive forced the present Modi government to bite the bullet and put the blighted enterprise up for sale: Better late than never. Air India has formidable assets in aircraft and protected routes, hence its sale, though arduous, will surely become reality. Will Spicejet bid for Air India? Improbable as this may sound, stranger things have happened in the world of business. Whatever the result a toast is in order to Ajay Singh for taking his company to the top of the pyramid.

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Cllr Rabi Martins Liberal Democrats Councillor

Cable, Diversity and the Liberal Democrats The Liberal Democrats have always boasted that Fairness and Equality is in the Party’s DNA In fact this commitment is enshrined in the pre-amble to the Party Constitution The Liberal Democrats exist to build and safeguard a fair, free and open society, in which we seek to balance the fundamental values of liberty, equality and community, and in which no one shall be enslaved by poverty, ignorance or conformity. But it is people not words that make political weather And as a long serving member of the Party it hurts me to admit that in one key area, - diversity - successive leaders have failed to fully live up to the spirit, let alone the letter of that very laudable and worthy statement of intent Little wonder then that the Party consistently struggles to any significant level of electoral support from Black, Asian and Ethnic Minority Communities The only exception being when Charles Kennedy led the protest against the Iraq war But that does not really count because it happened more by an accident of faith than design I have every expectation that things will be very different in this regards under Vince Cable partly because he has a varied and diverse background In the 1970s, he was  special advisor  to  John Smith when the latter was Trade Secretary. He was an advisor to the British government and then to the  Commonwealth Secretary-General  Shridath "Sonny" Ramphal in the 1970s and 1980s.[14] He even served in an official capacity at the  Commonwealth Heads of Government Meeting of 1983 in Delhi, witnessing "private sessions at first hand" involving  Indira Gandhi,  Margaret Thatcher,  Lee Kaun Yew, and Bob Hawke among others. And to top it all Vince has a special affinity with India because his first wife, who sadly died 2001, hailed from India Vince recognises that Britain today is a more tolerant and inclusive place than when he and his late wife started an inter-racial family in the UK a generation ago. He is acutely conscious that there is a huge wealth of creativity and business talent amongst the immigrant communities of the land And he acknowledges that there is an unhealthy level of inequality of wealth and barriers of access to opportunity that none of the Political Parties have done enough to address It is this attitude that leads me to think that Vince will be serious about ensuring that the Liberal Democrats do indeed make Fairness and Equality become key drivers of his leadership Vince is also taking on the leadership of a major British Political Party at a time when many political commentators say that representative politics in Britain is broken The House of Commons is unrepresentative and tribal. The Lords are chosen by patronage, not the people. Editor: CB Patel

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Killer mistress who lured lover to his murder loses appeal bid A killer mistress who lured her lover to his death and dumped his body in the boot of a car has lost an appeal bid for freedom - in just two minutes. Zatoon Bibi, 38, was jailed for life after she was convicted at Birmingham Crown Court last September of the murder of music boss Tanveer Iqbal. Her ex-husband Gul Nawaz and 15-year-old son Kashim were also given life sentences over the murder of the much-loved businessman. Mr Iqbal, aged 33 and from Smethwick, had been lured to Bibi's Bartley Green home and then all three brutally attacked and murdered him. He was found strangled in a cardboard box

in a car boot in February last year. Bibi, of Bridgebourne Road, Bartley Green, claimed during her trial that she had nothing to do with the killing. Taking her case to the Court of Appeal, she said extra evidence about her background and events in her life might have helped her defence. But it took three top judges less than two minutes this morning to reject Bibi’s attempted appeal as “unarguable”. Sir Andrew Smith said Bibi had put forward a defence at her trial which the jury “simply didn’t believe”. Her arguments were a case of her “seeking to rear-

Tanveer Iqbal managed Hi-Tech Music in Shirland Road, Smethwick

Zatoon Bibi, Gul Nawaz and Kashim Nawaz were found guilty of murdering Tanveer Iqbal at Birmingham Crown Court

gue her case” before appeal judges, he said, adding there was “no legal basis” for challenging the jury’s guilty verdict as extra evidence would not support the defence she ran at the trial. The judge, sitting with Lady Justice Rafferty and Mr Justice Langstaff, dismissed Bibi’s appeal application. The decision leaves her facing a minimum of 27 years behind bars for the murder. Mr Iqbal’s body was found stuffed in a cardboard box in a car boot in Edgbaston on February 1 last year. Gul Nawaz, 44, of Roway

Lane, Oldbury, and their then-15-year-old son, Kashim were also jailed for life over the murder. After she was sentenced, Bibi was branded a ‘psychopath’ by a Birmingham criminologist. Elizabeth Yardley, associate professor of criminology at Birmingham City University, said she believed Bibi displayed ‘psychotic’ behaviour. She said: “I am not sure whether the label psychopath has actually been used in this case but I would be very much open to exploring the term when describing this woman.”

Husband who killed wife after discovering her lover at their Willenhall flat is jailed A betrayed husband who stabbed his wife to death after discovering her lover at their home has been jailed. Azad Singh has been jailed for life after being convicted of the murder of Kulwinder Kaur. The 46-year-old stabbed the mother-of-two after discovering her with the man at their flat, in Willenhall, on January 18. Singh made a 999 call to reveal he had just killed his wife and also left his wife’s

companion with head and facial injuries. The companion was able to flee the property at The Pinnacle, Gomer Street, as officers rushed to the scene and arrested Singh in the car park. He was found with a large kitchen knife in his jacket and with blood on his hands. A post mortem examination revealed that Mrs Kaur suffered a fatal wound to the neck after being stabbed three times.

A man has appeared in court accused of raping a 14-yearold girl who is alleged to have been targeted in two attacks within hours of each other. Khurram Rahi was charged with the assault by officers from British Transport Police, who are still hunting a second man who raped the teenager after she flagged down a passing vehicle for help. A five-minute hearing at Birmingham Magistrates' Court was told that Rahi is alleged to have raped the girl,

who cannot be identified, at Birmingham's Witton station last Tuesday. Rahi, whose solicitor indicated that he will plead not guilty, appeared in the dock wearing dark tracksuit bottoms and a maroon shirt. Magistrates remanded the 27-year-old, from Smethwick, in custody to appear at Birmingham's Crown Court on August 28. In a statement issued at the weekend, police said a 34-year-old man from the Birmingham area, who was

hearing. He was sentenced to life imprisonment to serve a minimum 14 years.

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Man in court accused of raping 14-year-old at train station

The area around Witton Station in Birmingham

Suspected drink driver smashes car into Leicester shop

A business owner has been left devastated after a suspected drunk driver smashed into the front of his city centre shop. Hafiz Hussain was called out of bed just after 5am on Saturday after a Vauxhall Astra hit the front door of Best Price Bathrooms, in Belgrave Gate, smashing the glass, bending the door and knocking bricks out of the wall. Inside the premises, bricks which had flown out of the wall were scattered across the store. Leicestershire Police said a man had been arrested in connection with the crash, and charged with drink driving. When Mr Hussain arrived at his shop he was met with the sight of the car wedged into the facade. Leicestershire Fire and Rescue Service attended to make sure the building was safe.

Councillor quits after being deemed 'not a fit and proper' person to drive a taxi

A Labour councillor has quit after being deemed not a fit and proper person to drive a taxi by his own authority. Gurpal Atwal has resigned as the member for the Uplands Ward on Oadby and Wigston Borough Council. It follows the council refusing to give the 45year-old a licence to be a cabbie in the district. Coun Atwal appealed against the ruling and the resulting court case heard allegations of swearing and racism. It was also heard that the councillor used unlicensed escorts for taxi journeys for young people. Coun Atwal lost the case and the court was told the allegations against him stemmed from a dispute with a former business partner. He continues to deny all of the accusations against him.

Man tried to smuggle pipe bomb onto plane at Manchester Airport

Singh - who admitted killing his 40 year-old wife to a friend - had denied murder claiming he had lost his selfcontrol after his wife had taunted him about his sexual prowess - a claim later rejected by the trial Judge. But he was convicted last Wednesday following a seven day trial at Wolverhampton Crown Court. He pleaded guilty to wounding of the 40 year-old man who had been in the flat with Mrs Kaur at the time during a previous

also arrested on suspicion of rape, had been released pending further inquiries. Detective Chief Inspector Tony Fitzpatrick said: "We still have a suspect outstanding for the offence in the vehicle. "I would urge anyone who may have any information regarding this attack to get in touch as soon as possible. "The second assault happened at approximately 2am

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A man who attempted to smuggle a pipe bomb onto a plane at Manchester Airport was allowed to fly again days later because police did not realise the device was viable, a court heard. Nadeem Muhammad, 43, was attempting to board a flight to Bergamo, Italy, on January 30 when security officers found the device, made from batteries, tape, a marker pen and pins. But the court heard when airport security swabbed the bomb, there was no trace of explosives on the outside and officers did not believe it was a viable device. Mr Muhammad, who was born in Pakistan but had an Italian passport, was questioned by police but was not arrested - and on February 5 boarded another flight to Italy.

Muslim gang attacked strangers because they were white 'nonMuslims' in city centre rampage

Faruq Patel, Amin Mohmed, Mohammed Patel

A group of Muslim men attacked strangers because they were white “non-Muslims” in a drunken rampage through a city centre. Amin Mohmed, Mohammed Patel and Faruq Patel, all from Bolton , targeted three unknown men before two of them set upon Gary Bohanna when he revealed he was Christian. Faruq, 19, then filmed Mohmed, 24, punching Paul Lynch as his girlfriend tried to protect him. Mohmed cried as he was jailed for 42 weeks. Mohammed and Faruq Patel received 42 and 18 weeks respectively in a young offenders institution.


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Mayor Sadiq Khan hopeful Labour could stop Brexit by second referendum London Mayor Sadiq Khan has reportedly claimed that Brexit could still be stopped if the Labour party commits to holding a second referendum. He apparently said the party would have to use its next general election manifesto to commit to not leaving the EU. In a pointed intervention after days of conflicting signals on Brexit from senior Labour figures, Mr Khan insisted he was an "optimist" about the chances of the UK remaining a part of the union. But he said the only way to “trump” the referendum in which 52 per cent voted to leave would be a fresh vote or a mani-

festo pledge, the Evening Standard reported. He told the Guardian: "For it to have credibility with the British public, there would have to be a Labour manifesto offer, because the public would say, not unreasonably, 'Hold on a sec, we voted to leave and you're now sticking two fingers up at us'. "You'd have to spell out, in black and white, what we'd do if we won the general election. "What could trump the referendum result is us having a manifesto offer saying we would not leave the EU, or we would have a second referendum." Mr Khan's remarks came after Chancellor

BEST T FLIGH HT & HOLID DAY DE EALS FLIG GHT OFFERS RS Philip Hammond said a post-Brexit transitional arrangement could last for three years after the UK's planned withdrawal in March 2019. Sources close to Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson reportedly said he was working closely with the Chancellor to take the UK out of the EU.

Shrien Dewani’s firm rakes in £16 million in just two years despite honeymoon murder trial A businessman who was cleared of organising a hit on his wife during their honeymoon has made £16 million in two years. In 2014 Shrien Dewani was found not guilty of the murder of his 28-year-old Swedish bride Anni. The 37-year-old’s firm PSP Holdings, which he runs with his brother Preyen, raked in £11m in 2015 and £4.5m last year. Newly filed accounts at Companies House, reveal the investment business made 30% gross profit and took in £5m. It also states the business, based in Bristol, has assets of £20m. The Dewanis used to run nursing homes but now focus on property

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Hindus seek equality in UK marriage law Hindus are seeking equality for minority religions and denominations in United Kingdom (UK) marriage law. A government website, under “Religious ceremonies” in “Marriages and civil partnerships in the UK”, states: “You don’t usually need to give notice with the register office if you’re getting married in an Anglican church...” In “Jewish and Quaker marriages” and “NonAnglican Christian marriages and all other religions”: “You need to give notice with the register office at least 28 days before the ceremony”. Religious statesman Rajan Zed, asked: “Should not all Britons be treated equally before the law irrespective of their religions/denominations? Rajan Zed, who is President of Universal

£20 2 Society of Hinduism, pointed out that it was 21st century now where UK was a diverse society comprising of various faith traditions. UK marriage regulations, seemed to be out of step with the times, needed a serious overhaul treating all religions/denominations at equal level. However Neel Patani from City Hindus Network told Asian Voice, “The current structure dates back to the English Reformation in the 16th

century, following the UK splitting away from the Roman Catholic Church. In some respects this may be regarded as antiquated, but in practice serves 2 purposes. First, it provides an opportunity for the individuals in question to take time to ensure they are not rushing their decision to get married. And second, ensures that there is time for the formal and necessary background checks to be completed by the state on the probity of the marriage.”

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Far-right or Jihadist: Terror is Terror Henna Rai, Founder of WARN (Women Against Radicalisation Network) This year’s Eid celebrations were set against a backdrop of terror attacks and hate crime that were designed to drive divisions between our communities. After a month of fasting, families tried to enjoy celebrating the festival of Eid al Fitr. The gatherings consist of prayers, a sermon and various fun activities for families and children, where many Muslims irrespective of sect, race or gender come together to celebrate. However, just a week earlier, a far-right fanatic, drove a van into worshippers leaving Ramadan prayers, killing Makram Ali, a grandfather. The intention was clear – to kill and harm innocent Muslims. The attacker’s hatred was reportedly borne out of the recent terror attacks by Jihadists on London and Manchester. Ironic then that the methods used reflected the very same tactics used by Daesh inspired attackers. The dehumanisation of Muslims by the far-right is exactly the same rhetoric used by

Jihadists. Both feed division by pushing the notion of ‘us versus them’. This narrative – on both ends of the extremist spectrum – is not just promoted during those shocking and horrific moments, but too regularly through social media on platforms such as Twitter and Facebook. The aims of both are to generate distrust and suspicion, and ultimately to spread division. Extremists echo sentiments of vitriol that not only break families and friends apart but that are also responsible for hate crimes and in the worst scenario, terror attacks, such as the murder of Lee Rigby. Now we see farright supporters posting Facebook videos bran-

dishing axes and hammers in a similar way. We cannot deny or ignore that this casual spread of hatred is the reason behind the recent rise in hate crimes against Muslims. Take the Muslim woman whose car was torched right outside her home. But it doesn’t stop there. There are also extremist groups that are using these acts to create hysteria and feed their own agendas – encouraging impressionable and vulnerable people to channel their frustrations by responding with hatred and violence. It might seem an obvious observation, but hate breeds hate and it is this cycle that causes communities to feel divided. The far-right and

jihadist extremists, fuel one another. And despite their attempts to dehumanise each other, their aims are essentially one and the same. What we need to realise is that it is us – those that want to live harmoniously – who need to take action against those that peddle hate and division in whatever guise it might be, jihadist or far-right. We need to stand together, speak out against their hatred and defiantly to remove their hate, both online and in our communities. We can defeat them, and the best means through which we can do that is by promoting understanding between communities, peace and goodwill – after all, that is what Islam is all about.

Curry house workers' battered customer with baseball bat after refusing to pay bill Curry house workers have been accused of battering a customer with a baseball bat during a row over an unpaid bill. Staff from Zeera in Stowmarket, Suffolk, allegedly attacked a diner over an £83 meal. Shocking pictures show a man being smashed across the back with the wooden bat, with witnesses claiming others shouted: 'Pay the f******

money now.' The photos show three men pinning the diner up against a brick wall as they throw a number of punches. It is believed the man's friend then tried to intervene and drag one of the attackers away, but a fourth arrived on the scene with the wooden bat. A source told the Sun: 'It began when the customer was unhappy with

the standard of food. 'He and his pals walked out but waiters followed and appear to have laid into him.' The manager of Zeera has since claimed that four people had refused to pay for their meal and hurled racial abuse at staff. Police later confirmed that two men had been arrested on suspicion of assault and were released pending further inquiries.

Staff from Zeera in Stowmarket, Suffolk, allegedly attacked a diner over an £83 meal

escape Turkish and Syrian troops. He said: ”I don't understand how a brother can go home every night, sleep with his wife, enjoy his life, eat nice food and everything and not have the mujahidin in his concern. “Why is it that when your own daughter, or your own son is feeling ill or troubled you get worried? "Yet when it is the son or the daughter of someone else, your Muslim brother, it doesn't hit you? "Especially a mujahid... Someone who has left everything, left to come to Syria. "It is upon you to do dua for the mujahidin, also for the muhajirat, the innocent sisters who came here, who done hirjah, who left everything.

"And wallah they're suffering more than you can expect.” The 30-year-old has moaned multiple times about the behaviours of his fellow fighters - once for stealing his shoes. He also praised ISIS women in the past, claiming they are braver than Muslim men who remain in the west and do not support the “caliphate”. A British jihadi warned recently ISIS wants to attack US and European citizens. Speaking in a strong British accent he said: ”Donald Trump, you may have your eyes on Raqqa and Mosul but we have our eyes on Constantinople and Rome. "We will slaughter you in your own houses. You'll see.”

Jihadi in another moan as ISIS Raqqa base faces wipe out

The deranged Daesh fanboy - who used to stack shelves at Morrisons recording himself whinging about the lack of support for ISIS as Raqqa faces obliteration by westernbacked forces. Omar Hussain, from High Wycombe posted his rant on an encrypted messenger site. He said: "You got muhajirat [female ISIS fighters] here, you got kids here. "The kuffar [nonbelievers] are bombing without differentiating between anyone, sometimes they bomb the front lines, sometimes they bomb the cities. "Why? Cos they want to cause emotional and psychological sort of pain to the mujahidin.”

Omar Hussain has complained about Muslims in the west not supporting ISIS

Hussain - or Abu Sa'eed Al-Britānī - was speaking as the campaign to wipe out ISIS from their stronghold in Raqqa pressed forward sending jihadis running scared into the desert. In recent months the ‘fighters’ have even dressed as women to

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Manchester Mosque suffers Islamophobic hatred again

A Manchester mosque has suffered a third arson attack in three years earlier in July, which Greater Manchester Police have confirmed they are now investigating as a hate crime. Nasfat Mosque, an affiliate of the Muslim Council of Britain, had 30 firefighters and 5 fire engines tackle the blaze which has left the building gutted. Deen Moyodele, Nasfat mosque spokesperson, said, “The arson attack was so devastating. We are very active in the local community, participating in all community events in order to promote cohesion and

we welcome dialogue with all. But whoever carried out this attack are unfortunately nothing but cowards.” A peace walk in Manchester was held last week with participants from multi-faith communities across Manchester attending to show solidarity. No arrests have been made yet and so the arsonist is still at large and a threat to the public. Nasfat mosque has launched a crowdfunding plea for £50,000 to repair and reopen the premises within 8-12 months. This can be found online at: www.crowdfunder.co.uk/st andagainsth8

A convicted criminal, who once left a toddler brain damaged following a horror car crash, has been appointed head of the family empire that runs Bernard Matthews. Antonio Singh Boparan has been appointed as the managing director of Britain’s third largest food manufacturer 2 Sisters Food Group, by his millionaire father Ranjit Singh Boparan. Now his son Antonio – an heir to the family’s £190m fortune - looks set to take day-to-day control of the business. Antonio Boparan was jailed for 21 months for causing horrific injuries to one-year-old Cerys Edwards in a crash while overtaking into another vehicle while overtaking at 72 miles an hour in a 30 mile per hour zone in November 2006. It left 11month-old Cerys Edwards with a broken spine and severe brain damage. The toddler required roundthe-clock care and eventually died from complications caused by an infection aged nine. Boparan, then 19, was found guilty of dangerous driving, with the judge saying he had shown an ‘arrogant disregard’ for safety. He served six months of his 21-month long sentence, before being released under curfew. Had Cerys died in the crash, he would have faced up to 14 years in prison. In 2015 he was also jailed for a year after admitting his part in a bar

crawl which left a man blind in one eye. The incident centred on a brawl that took place at Birmingham’s Nuvo Bar during which two men were punched and kicked while one had his face slashed with a champagne flute. Now Boparan has been handed a top role, running the day-to-day business of the 2 Sisters Food Group. The Birminghambased food manufacturing company was established in 1993 as a frozen retail cutting operation and now employs more than 23,000 people and is one of the largest food companies in the UK by turnover. It controversially bought Bernard Matthews from private equity firm Rutland Partners last September, using a ‘prepack administration’ that meant it did not take on the turkey producer’s £75m pension black hole – leaving 700 workers at risk of losing at least 10pc of their retirement incomes. Outside of Bernard Mathews the Boparan family empire includes Fox’s biscuits and it alos snapped up US-style restaurant chain Ed’s Easy Diner earlier this year. A spokesman for 2 Sisters Group said Antonio Boparan had held a number of senior roles at the business, including managing director, for the past six years. They said that changes to his status as a director had been filed last week with Companies House.

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Eleven year old raises £3,000 and donates 17 inches of hair to charity An 11-year-old girl grew her hair for two years to help cancer-stricken children get wigs. Zara Mirza, from Ilford, donated 17 inches of her hair to the Little Princess Trust earlier this month, and raised more than £3,000. The charity provides real hair wigs to youngsters who have lost theirs due to cancer treatment. Zara is this week’s Recorder/Redbridge Rotary Club Young Citizen Award nominee, which seeks to recognise the brilliant youngsters in our borough. Eastcourt The Independent School pupil first found out about cancer, when her aunt Sairah got diagnosed two years

ago, and lost her hair during chemotherapy. Zara, who was nine at the time, said: “I asked her about cancer, and she explained it was not just adults but also children who got ill and lost their hair.” Faraz, 44, Zara’s father, explained she immediately told her parents she wanted to fundraise and help these children – and they identified the Little Princess Trust. “You could either donate seven inches, for short hair and boys hair, but the charity said they really needed long hair donations and so Zara decided to keep growing her hair,” Faraz said. And the passionate

Zara ended up growing it for two years. “Before the cut I was nervous, but I knew it was going to make such a big difference and go towards a good cause,” she said. Zara had her hair cut for free at Toni & Guy, in High Road, Ilford, on July 8, and was able to donate 17 inches of it to the Little Princess Trust. She is now proudly sporting a bob. Zara has now raised more than £3,000 for the charity, which Faraz said has been “absolutely amazing”. The award is run by the Recorder in conjunction with Redbridge Rotary Club, and sponsored by The Exchange shopping

driven by Nasser, had supposedly broken down due to a flat tyre before being struck by the Honda, driven by Kassam. Sheikh, Nasser’s wife, complained of back pain and had to be cut free by the fire service who removed the vehicle’s roof. Nasser got out of the vehicle but later complained of back pain and was taken to hospital on a spinal board. During an investigation by the Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire and Hertfordshire Roads Policing Unit, the BMW’s tyre was examined and no defect was found. It was soon discovered that both parties in each car were known to each other and

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centre, Ilford, which will provide each monthly winner with a £30 gift card. The Young Citizen of the Year will be crowned at next year’s Mayor’s Community Awards.

The staged car crash took place in Berrygrove Lane, Watford (image: Google Maps)

had staged the collision to make a fraudulent insurance claim. As a result Nasser, Sheikh and Kassam were arrested and charged. They were all found guilty of conspiracy to commita

fraud by false representation following an eightday trial. Nasser was sentenced to two years, Sheikh to one year and Ishaaq to nine months in prison.

Mallya's extradition paperwork submitted by Indian government The Indian government has submitted the requisite "opening note" and paperwork related to Vijay Mallya's extradition case to the liquor baron's legal team within the UK court deadline on Tuesday 1 August, the PTI has reported. Chief Magistrate Emma Louise Arbuthnot, presiding at Westminster

Magistrates' Court in London at the last hearing in the case on July 6, had set July 31 as the deadline for the Indian side - represented by the Uk's Crown Prosecution System (CPS) to provide Mallya's defence team with a detailed opening note on the case. The next hearing to assess the progress in the case will be held at

Hotel finance manager jailed after fraud

The former finance manager of Reading's Pentahotel was jailed for four-and-a-half years after defrauding the company of a staggering £765,300. Raseshkumar Shah, of Kilnmead in Crawley, West Sussex, admitted to fraud by abuse of position and money laundering at Reading Crown Court on Tuesday, July 18. He worked at the Oxford Road hotel for six months, where he directly transferred himself six payments of £100,000. He also gave his own bank account details to

Raseshkumar Shah, of Kilnmead in Crawley, West Sussex, admitted to fraud by abuse of position and money laundering

suppliers and clients who needed to refund overpayments.

Westminster Magistrates' Court on September 14. The CPS, arguing on behalf of the Indian government earlier this month, had told the court that they had "excellent cooperation" with the Indian authorities in the case and now had sufficient material to establish a prima facie case for the extradition of the former chief of erstwhile

Kingfisher Airlines. The judge agreed with the CPS to "progress with some rigour" and retained December 4 as the date for a final hearing in the case. If the Chief Magistrate rules in favour of extradition at the end of the trial, the UK home secretary must order Mallya's extradition within two months of the appropriate day.

Gang of three jailed for stabbing and drug dealing

L to R: Anil Sharma, Giovanni Ashley and Mohamed Ali. (Image: Police release)

A gang of drug dealers who attacked and stabbed a man in Bracknell were all jailed. Anil Sharma, Giovanni Ashley and Mohamed Ali all attacked the man in the car park of the Wayz Community

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Trio jailed for faked car crash insurance scam Two men and a woman have been jailed for staging a car crash with the intent of making a fraudulent insurance claim. Qasim Nasser, 28, and Hanna Sheikh, 29, both of Nascot Place, Watford, and Ishaaq Kassam, 21, of Alexandra Avenue, Harrow, were sentenced to a collective total of three years and nine months at Harrow Crown Court on Thursday, July 27. Early in the morning on February 9, 2016, the emergency services attended a collision between a white BMW M3 and a Honda CRV hire car on Berrygrove Lane in Watford. The BMW, owned and

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A man has been charged with the murder of a woman whose body was found at a home in Norwich. Emergency crews were called to the property in Godric Place at 14:30 BST on Saturday after concern for the safety of Famaz Ali, 49. Officers found her body when they arrived.

Robert Danny Williams, 26, of Godric Place, Norwich, has now been charged with murder. He was due to appear Norwich before Magistrates' Court on Tuesday morning. Another man who was arrested remains in custody while a woman has been released while inquiries continue.

Three men have been charged following an investigation into the alleged rape of a teenage girl in a city car park. The incident is said to have taken place at the Countryside Centre car park, in Worcester, on Tuesday, December 27, 2016. Kulin Odera, aged 27, , has been charged with three counts of raping a woman aged 16-years-orover, assaulting a female 13 and over by penetration, paying for the sexual services of a girl aged 16 to 17 and attempting to cause or incite the sexual exploitation of a child aged between 13 and 17. Kaasim Multani, aged 19, has been charged with paying for the sexual services of a girl aged 16 to 17, in connection with the same incident. Bradley Tout, aged 19, has been charged with one count of raping a woman 16 years or over and pay-

ing for the sexual services of a girl aged 16 to 17, both charges in relation to the incident at the Countryside Centre. Tout has also been charged with two counts of raping a girl aged 13 to 15 in connection to a separate incident involving a second alleged victim. It was initially reported that the alleged rape of the teenage girl took place in the car park of Worcestershire County Council's headquarters, at County Hall. But it has since emerged that the alleged offence happened in the nearby Countryside Centre car park. Worcestershire County Council declined to comment. The three men will appear at Worcester Magistrates Court on Thursday, August 31. Anyone with information should call police on 101, quoting incident number 416S of January 23.

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Kam Sukhnain- A Rare Indian Origin – Business Manager at a Mental Health Service Most people will suffer from some form of mild to moderate mental health problem i.e depression or anxiety in their lives, but not many know where to seek help. Kamarjit Sukhnain is the Business Manager for Ealing IAPT (Improving Access to Psychological Therapies). Ealing IAPT provides the London Borough of Ealing with a range of services for which there is a growing demand.

be accepted as part of that community. During my time in India I learnt to speak Hindi and Punjabi. I am grateful for the experience as I speak both languages fluently and learnt about different religions and rituals.�

Early influences

Kam Sukhnain remembers, “My father influenced my life. In the UK both my

Background

Kamarjit Sukhnain was born in Singapore. Kam, as she is known, tells us exclusively; “My father was in the Special Forces and my childhood was in a secluded but multicultural environment. At the age of 13 we emigrated. I spent several months in Delhi studying Hindi and Punjabi in a private school. During that period I felt isolated as my new environment was new and disorientating. I was not accustomed to the culture, way of life, rituals, food, language etc. I had to learn to overKam Sukhnain come barriers to

parents worked on a factory floor. He was a typical Asian role model that saw Education as an opportunity for advancement. I studied law, then trained as a social work practice assessor and about five years ago did a diploma in Management and Finance. I have held several positions both in the Private and the Public sector. What continues to drive me is my current role at IAPT.� Achieving through Victim Support Kam joined Victim Support (VS), a voluntary sector, in 1994 to do some community work and to invest in people. “I understood the issues affecting my community in Southall - primarily for female Asians. During my employment at VS I developed a comprehensive and successful process of recovering compensation for victims of serious offences. I set up a support service for female victims of domestic violence and sex-

ual offences in Southall and personally supported those victims of crime. I forged strong links with the police, religious institutions, midwives, community justice agencies, voluntary and statutory organisations. At Victim Support I identified a gap in the service as we could not provide specialist help for those requiring psychological support. Any consideration of a referral to a specialist service for depression or behavioural therapy was considered a taboo and a stigma,� Kam reveals. “At Victim Support I was able to empathise with the women who struggled to adapt to the culture when they came to Britain.�

Current Work; Penrose Trust

Kam is currently the company secretary for Penrose Trust, a UK charity which makes grants to support Educational activities or research into medical, psychological and social causes and effects of violence and group conflict. “I support the Trust’s budgets ensuring the annual report and accounts are prepared and distributed. I was also

a Trustee for Metanoia, a provider of counselling and psychotherapy training.

Asians here and in India on Mental Health

Kam feels that in India, mental health is perceived as taboo, a weakness, stigmatised. “I am aware of relatives unable to access basic services for depression. There isn’t anything in countries like India the services we are able to offer in the UK. When I first started in my role some years ago we found it very difficult to engage with the Asian community. It’s taken years of promotional work to engage with the community. We now have leaflets and interpreters to support those from the We ethnic community. have considered innovative ways of challenging some of the stigma around this by doing radio shows, attending religious institutions and festivals. Also by paying attention to the phraseology and terminology when engaging with members from the minority group.� Community need for IAPT

“IAPT provides a range of services for people with mild to moderate mental health problems such as low mood, worry, stress, panic and phobias. Most services will also provide a range of evidence based treatments such as stress Control Courses, Groups, Individual Cognitive Behavioural Therapy, Cognitive Couples Behavioural Therapy, Mental Health Advocacy and Counselling. Since its launch in 1997 IAPT services in England have seen a large amount of people which resulted in the government deciding to expand IAPT services to people with other long term conditions (like diabetes and COPD). To access an IAPT service you can visit your GP or Self refer. (You can google your local IAPT Service).

Kam’s Ambition

“My ambition is to raise funds to co-ordinate joint working with therapists from the UK and professionals in India to start raising the profile of mental health and begin to understand some of the issues surrounding it.

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Hindus Caste System

Manoj’s letter favouring amendment to the Equality Act 2010 against Hindus’ caste system, is noteworthy. Information about discrimination in Gujarat and Kerala, are isolated cases and should not be generalized for all Indians and U.K. Hindus. Government of India and the mass of population is struggling hard to eliminate this curse. But positive news is suppressed by toxic press, home grown traitors and foreign meddlers. However, discrimination in India must not be used as yardstick for legislations in U.K., to target Hindus. It cannot be denied that discrimination is prevalent in Non-Hindu communities in U.K. as well. Therefore, this amendment, that targets Hindus specifically, must be shelved. Those who blame Hindus for discrimination, must acknowledge that Hindus have allowed all and any Indian citizens at highest posts, without discrimination, within India and abroad. Hindu women have progressed at all levels of national and international arenas. Counting from prominent Hindu ladies in U.K. we have prominent Hindu women in India, as pilots of jet fighter planes, Prime Minister, speaker in Parliament, top politicians, athletes, cricket and hockey players, actors, singers, women astronauts, and chief executive officers. With such empowerment, amendment to include Hindus in Equality Act 2010, is waste of time. Ramesh Jhalla By email

Rakshabandhan

This year, the Indian festival of Raksha Bandhan is being celebrated on August 7. Traditionally, this festival is celebrated by our Hindu brothers and sisters. The sister seeks the protection of her blood-brother or a close male friend, who in turn offers her respect and protection. Earlier, this festival was wrongly understood as a woman subjugating herself before a man as her lord and master. In an era which is marked by movements for women’s liberation and rights, Raksha Bandhan can be celebrated as a festival that promotes brotherlysisterly concerns and appreciates the complimentary gifts of a man and woman. Today, many centuries later, the woman is still being considered as an object of sexual gratification and subject to man. The celebration of Raksha Bandhan can help us remember that God created man and woman as equal and complimentary partners and so a woman has every right for respect and dignity. Jubel D’Cruz, Mumbai, India

‘Standing up to a bully’

China continues with international hegemony, a practice they espoused some 600 years ago with the introduction of Islam in South East Asia so that this would and did destroy influence from Maha Bhaarat - its culture and religiosity. They are doing the same but all over the world with their cash in the bank and buying out African nations; bullying nations in the South China Sea; influencing flea pit crazed nations like North Korea and Pakistan; blocking Bhaarat joining the influential international organisations of the UN. Bhaarat on the other hand is making the right friends in Israel and Japan. Ethical and assisting attitudes which help the betterment of societies. This leads me onto the generous gentlemen from USA of Bhaarat origins who have made great acts of charity. Editorji, I think of my time when I feel I should have stood up to the bullies of a company (line managers), a former employer, where the dark corners of one's mind and soul cause great pain thinking about these situations. Maybe this was what killed Nehru ! Mr Blackman in his article quite rightly comments on celebrating heroes not terrorists. It is a real shame that Britain did not think long term about the nations which harbinger vermin and take action accordingly. There are people in Bhaarat and closer to us here in the UK, parties we have supported but have in fact stabbed the Hindu-Dharmic community in the back. We will continue to be pained by this. The Friends of India (Bhaarat) and others who can influence the powers that be, need to take on this "challenge noiselessly but effectively". For those of us who do not have (nor have the compunction to) power and/or money, the need to live righteously with the guidance of the right Guru who helps to remove the darkness in one's soul is paramount. My Guru has used the word Samanvaya from the Rig Veda. The leadership of Bhaarat appears to be taking this ethos forward. Maybe there is hope if we all do. Game on! Yogi Pandya By email

Nuisance of Pavement Parking

Harrow East MP Bob Blackman’s involvement to stop illegal parking on pavements is commendable contribution against ever increasing obstacles affecting less able people. With increasing car numbers and insatiable shortages of parking spaces, due to ever expanding housing development, with high-rising flats, without creating infrastructure to support extra population in already densely populated London, indeed creates dangerous situations for people with visual impairments and their guide dogs. It is also a serious inconvenience for mothers with pushchairs, old, infirm and disabled people who may be forced to step on to roads, so often with fast flowing traffic that may result in serious road accidents. But London, in common with most towns, have some very narrow streets where parking on pavements becomes unavoidable, to keep roads free for cars. Fortunately most such streets are well regulated by local Councils but there is vast scope of improvement, as while most cars are parked sensibly, leaving a “Pedestrian Lane” there are some instances where parked cars completely block pavements to the detriment of the pedestrians. Such streets should also prohibit all types of vehicles except normal family cars and that should include commercial vehicles like vans, mini passenger carriers. Perhaps parking permits could play a vital part in keeping such narrow streets safe. It is time fickle planning authorities act sensibly to keep our once perception of meticulous London safe, traffic free flowing before London becomes ghetto city like Cairo or Calcutta. Kumudini Valambia By email

Lofty ideals of equality

In reply to Baroness Flather letter (AV dated 22nd July 17) I must say she is herself discriminating against Hindus. She and others have made references to India, that of 1947 makes no sense in today's Britain. For her to hide behind the ideals of equality and especially women rights, she should look at other minorities where there is a bigger problem. I would like to remind readers this piece of law is based on poor evidence of 32 individuals (hearsay) of whom many are Sikhs, not even Hindus. The report (Caste Discrimination and harassment in GB in 2010) by NIESR is a poor example of research some quotes from it, by no means exhaustive. "It is impossible to categorically determine whether caste discrimination and harassment within the meaning of the Act has occurred; to identify caste discrimination with absolute certainty ; the evidence presented was inconclusive; there is little evidence on caste discrimination and harassment in Britain; evidence from publications and from the pro-legislation lobby groups, too little information was given to be able to make a judgement". I urge her to read this document in full rather than rely on other views. Jayesh A Patel Wimbledon

Fitting Memorial to Missile Man

While India’s politics has been somewhat murky in the recent past, with caste, religion and vote-bank influencing choice of candidates, if not the result, however the country has always been blessed with wonderful, impeccable, honest, intellectual presidents of the highest integrity, albeit with one sole exception. From first president, Dr Rajendra Prasad, (195062) who took office when India chose to become Republic, replacing Queen as “Head of State”, the only president to serve two terms, followed by Dr Radhakrishnan, Dr Zakir Husain to Pranab Mukherjee who will make way to Ram Nath Kovind, no one has gained popularity, contributed more, served the nation more diligently than lustre, people’s idol Dr A. P. J. Abdul Kalam who could have become the only second president to serve two terms, if Congress had not replaced him with their nominee, the least deserving, most ineffective Prathibha Patil who was regarded as Congress’s mouth-piece, Sonia Gandhi’s puppet who was part of her domestic set-up. To commemorate 2nd death anniversary of passing away of luminary APJ Kalam, popularly known as “Missile Man” who laid the foundation of India’s successful and enviable space programme, PM Modi inaugurated “Abdul Kalam Memorial” in Rameshwaram, Tamil Nadu, his home State, in harmony with fifty million students who sang “Kalam Anthem” while PM hoisted “Tricolour” in honour of the noblest son of modern India who will always be remembered fondly. Bhupendra M. Gandhi By email

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Energy Revolution

In 2015 Tesla an American company unveiled a device which hailed new era of cheaper home generated electricity. The device a wall mounted battery, stores energy collected by roof mounted solar panels. A spokeswoman for Ofgem, the energy regulator said at the time this provides storage of solar energy both at domestic and business level. The govt. announced new rules last week coming into effect over the next year which will make easier for people to generate, store and even sell energy to national grid! If successful, it will save consumers £17bn to £40bn by 2050. It has been reported that Britain has more solar farms than any European country and is leading in the research to produce small batteries with maximum storage capacity. The technologies will give flexibility to use solar energy and electricity from national grid when needed, like hybrid cars. Hence, the Govt. has launched a £246.m investment into battery technology in a move that can bring down household bill. This includes £45m to establish a centre for battery research and will be spearheaded by Engineering and Physical Science Research Council with a hope that it will make U.K. a world leader in the design and manufacture of electric battery, making it more accessible and affordable. The nearly fulfilled vision has immense possibilities not just for Britain but countries like India where sunshine is in abundance but to make the planet earth green and clean. Ila Kapadia By email

A question for Priti Patel MP

In the highly unlikely event that a Brexit Britain failed to live up to expectations after 10 years or so on our own, would the European Union allow Britain back into their fold ? My guess is yes. What’s more, we are sure to be given a warm welcome on our return because they would have missed Britain’s massive membership fee, reputed to be £35 million a day. What would Britain's Asian MPs like Priti Patel, an optimistic Brexiteer, think of such a situation if it ever arose? Rudy Otter By email

Plight of Cows

It is inconceivable to imagine a world without cows’ milk. We humans have been dependent on cows’ milk for centuries. People have been rearing cows for their milk all over the world. Milk is a whole food containing necessary minerals and vitamins and is a must for growing up children. Even Jains, who are totally opposed to harming any living beings, consider the use of milk as permissible. Besides being a wholesome drink, it is used for making other essential foods like butter, cheese, curd and cream. We also use milk for making sweets and “mithais”. Perhaps that is why in India we treat cows as holly animals. In olden days cows were milked by hand which did not cause them any pain and some milk was left for their calves to feed on. Nowadays, in the modern industrialised society, cows are milked en masse by machines which must cause them pain. Besides in order to make profit, farmers milk them dry leaving little for the calves to feed on. Milk is produced in such an abundance that in supermarkets, the price of bottled water is more than the pint of milk. Vegans, who are opposed to the consumption of any animal product, even milk, have began a campaign to bring to light the suffering and pain which are caused to cows in the production of milk. They say that cows are treated in an inhumane way, and should be treated in compassionate way. Dinesh Sheth Newbury Park, Ilford

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Summer childcare costs reach record levels

Working families in the UK face rising childcare costs and a scarcity of council run childcare provision this summer, a survey has suggested. The cost of holiday childcare has risen 4% since 2016 to an average of £125 per week, a Family and Childcare Trust report found. A separate survey estimated the cost of summer hit would childcare £3.44bn. And working families face a general squeeze on incomes as inflation continues to outstrip real wage growth. Shortages of cheaper council-run childcare have increased since last year, the Family and Childcare Trust 'Holiday Childcare Survey 2017' found. In England, the majority of local authorities either do not have or don't know if they have enough summer childcare provi-

sion available. And private and voluntary sector holiday clubs are 22% more expensive than those run by local councils. In England the average cost of six weeks of holiday childcare per child is £748, leaving parents "on the ropes" the Family and Childcare Trust said. But childcare costs in Wales have fallen 5% to about £118 per week. The cost of childcare in Scotland is on a par with England. The biggest gaps in provision are for children aged 12 to 14, and for disabled children. There are wide regional and national variations in average cost for childcare, with outer London the most expensive at £135 per week. The cheapest was inner London at £112 per week, followed by Wales, and the West Midlands.

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Campaign to avoid confusion over new GCSEs Nearly £400,000 has been spent in a bid to avoid public confusion over a new system for the way GCSEs are graded in England. From this summer, GCSE results will begin switching from letter grades such as A* or G to a numerical system, with 9 the highest grade. The government wants to "promote understanding" of the new grades.

other subjects to convert over the next few years. It will end letter grades for GCSEs, used since the 1980s. This switch will apply only in England, with GCSEs awarded in Wales and Northern Ireland to retain their letter grades. The question about spending on the new format was asked by Labour's former shadow education secretary, Lucy Powell.

The exams watchdog Ofqual says explaining the new system to the public is "essential". In a parliamentary written answer, ministers revealed that more than £380,000 would be spent on information for students, parents and employers about the new 9 to 1 grades. This summer will see pupils getting their English and maths results in numerical grades, with

She warned that the changes could cause "chaos and confusion" and labelled the switch to number grades as an "expensive vanity project". "With just weeks to go before GCSE results are announced, parents, business and pupils remain unclear on what these new GCSE grades mean in practice," she said. The new grading system is intended to send a signal that these are a dif-

Underlying weaknesses in the fifth largest economy in the world

If you take GDP as a measure of our success, the small increase in GDP is due to increase in population. Per capital GDP has remained the same. We do not have the skills, the manufacturing base, the drive or productivity we would need to take off as an independent nation. Its inadequacies have been compensated by membership of the European Union. Education is the biggest weakness. Recent OECD report of 35 advanced countries showed that scores for literacy and numeracy among 16- to 24-year olds in England and Northern Ireland rank among the lowest four countries. More than half of that age group also have poor technological skills, they rank alongside USA in the bottom of that pile. We import a huge number of immigrants to do what Briton’s won’t or can’t do. For every hour we work, we produce about a fifth less than then average among the G-7 countries. Britain’s prosperity is also undermined by the very uneven spread of wealth. Confederation of British Industry forecasts that Britain’s GDP could be 3 to 5.5% lower by 2020 than would have been if had remained as members of EU. National Institute of Economic and Social Research estimates that Britain would lose a fifth of its trade in goods and a quarter in services. Even if negotiated favourable trading terms with other ten nations across the world which would take ten years, they would make up only about a quarter of what we lost. Nagindas Khajuria By email ferent type of GCSE, moving away from coursework and modules to results based on final exams. But there have been warnings over confusion in what will constitute a pass in the new grading arrangements. There are going to be

two different pass grades a grade 4 as a "standard" pass and a grade 5 as a "strong" pass. Universities which can require a pass at maths and English GCSE as a requirement have varied in which "pass" they are accepting.

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Future generations of Indians may well say of president, Pranab Mukherjee, that nothing so became his period in office than the leaving of it. At a time when Indian politics is more fractious than at any time within living memory, his leave-taking was a reminder of what the presidential office once was and meant to be: public service disposed with presidential dignity and integrity. The sight of BJP leaders, from Prime Minister Narendra Modi and Finance Minister(and Defence Minister) Arun Jaitley queuing up to pay their warmest accolades, and meaning every word was indeed a moving experience. Valedictory concerns The theme of his valedictory address was that India was more than simple geography; that its was the civilization strength and inspiration of its foundational democracy. India’s timetested values of cultural, religious and ethnic diversity were the enduring principles of democratic governance, vested in freedom of thought and expression, with moral and intellectual President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime space for dissent. Recent Minister Narendra Modi at the farewell lapses into mob violence hosted by him for the President at and anarchy had distressed Hyderabad House, in New Delhi him profoundly, and as President, Mr Mukherjee Mr Mukherjee arrived in Delhi in lost no opportunity to voice his 1969 from West Bengal and concerns. His term in office at a became a member of Indira difficult time will be a hard act to Gandhi’s Congress-led follow. (Times of India, Hindu, government. Thereafter, he rose Telegraph July 24). in seniority and held every key cabinet post (barring prime New President sworn in ministership) from Finance minister to minister of External affairs and Defence minister and Home minister, and growing in stature. He was an outstanding parliamentarian, abiding by its rules and best practices, a passionate and articulate speaker, always respectful of the Opposition, courteous, friendly and approachable, with scarcely a querulous word or gesture. As President of India, he was Swearing in of President Ram Nath above party politics, listening to Kovind complaints against the Ring out the old, ring in the government patiently, and new.The swearing in ceremony passing them on to the of President-elect Ram Nath appropriate minister. His Kovind was a grand and august relationship with Prime Minister affair, with the great and good of Modi was warm and the land in close attendance. His affectionate; his counsel, bred inaugural speech acknowledged from long years in government, the values that had stood out was frequently sought by PM, it throughout India’s immemorial was said, parfticularly on India’s past and were a guiding light to core relationship with Russia. the present and future generations. (Prrint media, July Legacy 26). Mr Mukherjee’s legacy was Nitish Kumar out, notable in other ways also. Nitish Kumar in.. Passionately fond of reading – Bengali literature, and works of politics and history in English – The once grand coalition of he stocked the library of Bihar Chief Minister’s Janata Dal Rashtrapati Bhavan with an United (JDU), Lalu Prasad extensive array of books on a wide variety of subjects, including art and philosophy. Under his watch, stables were transformed into museums, locked rooms opened and rare carpets and movables discovered and put to proper purpose. The ambience of the presidential estate and its gardens and its magnificent architecture were opened to the public, reducing their remote grandeur to timeless, personal experience. . Nitish Kumar taking the oath of office

Yadav’s Rajya Janata Dal (RJD), and the remoter Congress Party cloistered in Delhi, from where the mother-and-son Sonia and Rahul Gandhi pull the strings in a G major and G minor duet, has crumbled to dust. Tension arose between Nitish and Laloo, whose children and relatives have kept the family tradition of grand larceny in good order. Without the support of Laloo’s RJD the Nitish legislators, government would collapse. Nitish called Lalu’s bluff by switching partners, opting, instead for the ruling BJP dispensation in Delhi. The wires hummed, and the deal was struck in a day.

JDU-BJP che shots Sushil Modi, BJP’s Bihar leader, is Deputy Chief Minister, as both took their oaths of office. RJD was left spluttering, Congress almost comatose. The ruling BJP at the centre are keeping an eye on their general election prospects in 2019, Uttar Pradesh and Bihar, India’s two most populous states, constitute the party’s support base. By retaining this support the BJP and Prime Minister will ensure victory and a further five-year term in Delhi The Opposition are in disarray, with Congress a busted flush (Times of India, Hindu, Telegraph July 26,27).

Geelani son-in-law, six others held The national Investigation Agency (NIA) has arrested seven Kashmiri Hurriyat operatives, including leader Syed Ali Shah Geelani’s son-inlaw Altaf Ahmed Shah ‘Fantosh’ Geelani for funneling money from Pakistan to jihadi groups operating in the Valley. The NIA tracked calls from stonethrowers to the seven arrested men. Meanwhile Farooq Abdullah, a former Chief Minister of Kashmir, and father of former Chief Minister Omar Abdullah, has called for mediation by China and the United States to settle the Kashmir dispute between India and Pakistan. Father and son have held ministerial posts in the central government in Delhi. With friends like these, who needs enemies? (Times of India, Hindu July 25).

interest in the MI-35. MIG representatives are exploring the IAF’s tactical goals in order to make adjustments, if necessary, to the aircraft’s strengths.

Acquisition route The earlier MIG-21 have been the mainstay of the IAF for the past 50 years. The IAF is 12 squadrons short of its full operational strength of 42 squadrons. Each squadron includes 18 aircraft. Hopefully the government’s acquisition process will be speeded up to meet the country’s urgent security needs (Hindu July 24).

Indian pharma seek Russian deals Responding to Russia’s call for collaboration in pharmaceutical products, Indian companies plan to send a team to St Petersburg in September to tap the vast Russian market. ‘We have asked the Pharmaceuticals Export Promotion Council of India to indentify companies interested in Russia, and carry out a due diligence,’ said a government official (Business Line (July 26).

Agriculture: myths and reality Crop industry specialists from the Mumbai-based Centre for Environment and Agriculture, together with the Tata Strategic Management Group have come up with facts and figures to challenge the myriad myths circulating about Indian agriculture. ‘A negative narrative has been built around Indian agriculture and we want to correct this,’ said Shanmugam Ganesan, an agronomist and advisor to the Crop Care Federation of India. The first myth is about India’s agricultural decline. The reality is that agricultural output increased from $87 billion in 2004-05 to $322 billion in 201516, a 12.6 per cent in annual growth.

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Myths, Realities Myth: Indian agriculture is food grain based. Reality: Fruits, vegetables. Animal husbandry contributes 60 per cent to the agricultural economy. India is the world’s largest milk producer and the second-largest of fruits and vegetables. Myth: India is over-dependent on the monsoon rains. Reality: India the most extensive irrigated area has system in the world (Telegraph July 19).

CAG critical of Railways food The CAG has come up with a damning report on the substandard quality offered to passengers on long-haul travel.

Ammunition Shortages It has criticized the Army for shortages of ammunition; and was scathing about the Navy’s poor performance in designing ships and dilatory methods in manufacturing them.

Unreliable Akash Also, the medium-range surfaceto-air Akash missile came under scrutiny and its close unreliability exposed. For instance, its record guaranteed a 70 per cent success ratio to 30 per cent failure, putting the missile’s touted reliability in doubt (Hindu July 22).

C-130 Js arrive in West Bengal Two medium-lift transport aircraft the Hercules C-130 J, manufactured by Lockheed Martin of the United States, arrived recently at the Indian Air Force in Panagarh, West Bengal. More such planes are on order for service in eastern India. The C-130Js are to be used for the Special Forces and the new Mountain Strike Corps including two divisions. It is part of the Indian military build-up along the northern frontier with China (Hindu July28).

PM’s tribute to Abul Kalam

MIG-35 contender for Indian contract Russia’s latest 4+++ generation fighter jet aircraft that was on display at the recent Moscow air show, attracted Indian interest. The Director General of the of the Russian of the Russian Aircraft Corporation Ilya Tarasenko, said the was the ‘best,’ claimed the MIG 35 would beat its American rival in air-toair combat. He said: ‘We are proposing supply of the aircraft for tenders in India and we actively work with its Air Force in order to win the tender.’ The MIG 35 takes forward features from the MIG-29K/KUB and the MIG 29M/M2 aircraft. He confirmed India’s expression of

Prime Minister Narendra Modi paid a fulsome tribute to the memory of APJ Abul Kalam, a former President of India between2002-2012, and before that a distinguished rocket scientist and architect of India’s missile development. Dr Kalam’s lifelong, consuming ambition was to see the progress of Indian science as the surest platform of the country’s all-round development. The Prime Minister opened a memorial to the late scientist-President in Rameswaran in Tamil Nadu, where Dr Kalam was born and lived his early life.. This site should be a place of pilgrimage, said Mr Modi, for youths aspiring to be achievers, overriding impediments and all. Numerous government schemes for economic and social uplift bore his name or were inspired by his developmental concepts. (Hindu, Busness Line July 28).


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More than 30,000 Muslims pledge support for Britain after spate of terror attacks

On Military Leadership & Entrepreneurs That the US President has appointed as de facto CEO of the US, an Army General should not be a surprise. More than financiers, and entrepreneurs and business people, you will find in the military people who are too often overlooked to run organisations as CEOs. That the US 4 star General as the US President's Chief of Staff, sacked the Communications Director did not surprise me. Next to a General, a financier, a hedge fund manager, an entrepreneur has much to learn. Due to the unfortunate hospitalisation of Baroness Flather, it fell upon me to Chair a meeting of the Commonwealth Memorial Gates a couple of years ago – those towers near Buckingham Palace commemorating the service of Commonwealth soldiers in the two World Wars. You learn a lot about leadership when you have a General of the British Army in a meeting you are chairing. They have a presence, a commanding air about them – you want them to be in charge. As I grabbed around for an ounce of credibility, I blurted ‘you know General I am the first of my family in three generations not have served in the British Army. My great Grandfather served, so did my Grandfather and also an uncle who served in Northern Ireland.’ I guess the General thought ‘what went wrong with you then son?’ Unlike any other meeting, I have ever chaired this was by far the most important. This was not a meeting about finance, or investing, but how we commemorate on March 9th(Commonwealth Day) the service of the India Corp on the Western Front 100 years ago in the First World War. The lessons I learned from the General: 1. Leaders just get on with it - they wear it about them without the title Whether he was a General or not, he would have said and behaved the same. The title didn't matter. There was an authenticity. Indeed they literally live and die by their mottos and the motto of one of the most famous regiments is the motto of every entrepreneur - the fit is

obvious. If you run a business, you really should look for ex-Armed services persons to employ and deploy. Nothing gets in their way. They come to you with solutions not problems. And the British Armed forces trains the best. 2. Belief - authenticity He believed in what he was doing. That belief is what is important, not a title of leader. The end goal. Credit and titles will come if you believe in your work and do an outstanding job. 3. Language The General spoke like a General. 'Everything under control - who will give me a briefing?' He cared about the bigger picture but then got down to the nitty gritty. Speak and behave like one and you will be one and others will look to you as one and things will get done as they should. 4. Top down, bottom up As I said: 'Everything under control - who will give me a briefing?' He cared about the bigger picture but then got down to the nitty gritty. 5. Politeness, Respect On the dome are names the recipients from the Commonwealth of the Victoria Cross in the two World Wars. Now you may not know about the Victoria Cross. It is the highest possible award for valour ‘in the face of the enemy’. Such is the recognition of bravery, that even the highest ranking officer in the Army will salute a Private awarded the Victoria Cross and at an investiture by the Monarch, it is the VC before all others, including Knighthoods, that is awarded first. So it was with us in the meeting each spoken to with respect and politeness - charm in fact which is how leaders get influence. No barking of orders. 6. Discipline We live an age of dress how you want, it is cool to be an entrepreneur. We have forgotten why uniforms existed; what dress codes represent. A stature, a self-discipline, a standard set for others to follow, a signal. The US President's sacked Wall St Communications Director, looked like he was more concerned about his sunglasses than doing the job with discipline.

Victim of burka-wearing burglars 'living in fear' A man said he is "living in fear" after two burglars wearing burkas forced their way into his home and attacked him.

want the people responsible caught so that I can stop living in fear and to stop this happening to anyone else." Police said two people, believed to be men, took a safe containing cash, watches and personal belongings in the attack, before leaving in a silver

Volkswagen Transporter van. A video filmed by a neighbour and posted on Facebook appears to show the pair arriving at the house. Three men, aged 37, 38 and 53, and one 27-yearold woman, have all been arrested on suspicion of burglary.

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Tens of thousands of Ahmadi Muslims gathered in southern England over the weekend to disavow all forms of terrorism. Caliph Mirza Masroor Ahmad – who represents tens of millions of Ahmadis across the world – led the assembled faithful of the minority sect in prayers at a farm in Hampshire. The gathering, known as the Jalsa Salana, began on Friday with a sermon and the raising of the community’s black-andwhite flag alongside the Union Jack. Concluding on Sunday, the Caliph told some 30,000 adherents from more than 100 countries: “It is up to Muslims to stand up and reject all forms of extremism and

terrorism. “It is the task of Ahmadi Muslims to show the true teachings of Islam which are of peace love, mercy and compassion.” On Saturday, the Caliph awarded prizes to women for academic achievements and delivered a sermon on the

rights of women. The Ahmadiyya Muslim Community was established in 1889 in India and is led by a spiritual caliphate, with tens of millions of adherents. Many Muslims consider them heretics, and they often suffer from persecution.

WhatsApp and YouTube terror video man found guilty A man has been found guilty of sharing terrorist propaganda via WhatsApp and YouTube. Taha Hussain, 21, from Slough, used a phone emblazoned with so-called Islamic State's black flag to post videos and audio to social media. The Old Bailey heard he sent "extremist" material on WhatsApp and had a YouTube channel which showed Islamist militants in battle. He was convicted of seven counts of disseminating terrorist

publications. Hussain was remanded in custody and will be sentenced on 11 September. C o u n t e r Te r r o r i s m Policing South East said Hussain encouraged others to "prepare or commit acts of terror" over a twoyear period before his arrest in August 2016. Officers found he had shared videos of himself driving outside army barracks listening to jihadi chants following terrorist attacks in Paris and

Orlando, the court heard. Police said he also promoted that "no-one should feel sorry for the deaths of non-Muslims and the wrong kind of Muslims". Det Ch Supt Kath Barnes, head of CTP South East, said: "Extremist posts like the ones Hussain posted and shared have the power to influence other people and particularly those who may be young and impressionable or vulnerable for a variety of reasons. This could lead to those influenced individuals committing acts of terror."

Optometrist Honey Rose conviction quashed An optometrist has had her conviction quashed after failing to spot an eye condition in an eight-yearold boy who later died. Honey Rose, 35, was found guilty of gross negligence manslaughter after Vincent Barker died in July 2012 when fluid built up on his brain. She was given a two-year suspended sentence in August after missing the condition during a routine eye test. Vincent's family said the appeal court ruling had left them "devastated".

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Judges found there had been a "serious breach of duty", but that was a matter for regulators and not the courts. During her trial last year mother-of three

Ms Rose, from Newham, east London, told the court she had conducted all the required tests during Vincent's eye examination at the Ipswich branch of Boots on 15 February 2012. However, a jury heard she failed to notice that the boy had swollen optic discs, an abnormality which is a symptom of hydrocephalus - fluid on the brain. Vincent, known as Vinnie, died in July 2012, about five months after the eye test.


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Royal Asiatic Society to woo the South Asian diaspora in UK

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he almost 200 year old Royal Asiatic Society of Great Britain has undergone a major facelift recently. The Society, to very few people's knowledge was founded in the UK by the eminent Sanskrit scholar Henry Thomas Colebrooke on the 15th March 1823. It received its Royal Charter from King George IV on the 11th August 1824 ‘for the investigation of subjects connected with and for the encouragement of science, literature and the arts in relation to Asia‘. Many distinguished scholars have been members of the Society, including Sir Richard Burton (1821-90), the noted explorer and translator of One Thousand and One Nights and the Kama Sutra; Sir Aurel Stein (1862-1943), the renowned archaeologist of the ‘Silk Road’ and Rabindranath Tagore (1861-1941), the famous Bengali writer and poet. Royal Asiatic Society disseminates information worldwide about the history and culture of Asia, especially India. It is constantly supplying knowledge to schools and universities, and hopes to give it a much higher profile. Prince Charles is an

active patron and so is Michael Palin, renowned author William Dalrymple, Colin Thubron. In the words of HRH Prince Charles: “There is no doubt that the pace of globalisation is bringing people around the world inexorably closer together.” “I have taken great interest in the many important ways in which the Society has been working to enhance our knowledge and understanding of Asia.” Dr Gordon Johnson, who has taken over the President's role recently, in an exclusive interview told Asian Voice that the Society has undergone a transformation in recent years, with new premises and state of the art audiovisual facilities. Johnson is a renowned historian who has written seven books, mostly about Indian history, has been the Deputy Vice Chancellor of Cambridge University, and President of Wolfson College. Educated at Richmond School, Yorkshire, and Trinity College, Cambridge, he became a historian of India, and later of Cambridge. He taught at Trinity and Selwyn Colleges before joining Wolfson. He was the Director of the Centre for South Asian Studies from 1983 to 2001. He has served on several University committees, including the General Board and the University Council. He was a Syndic of the Press from 1981 to 2010, chairing the Syndicate 1993-2009. He

continues as a Trustee of several Cambridge and other educational Trusts. Speaking about the transformation in the Society, Dr Johnson in an exclusive interview told Asian Voice, “The Society has been on trajectory for the last 10 years to make things better. We have a small but dedicated staff. As we head to being 200 years in 2023, we will attract more and more people to our events and thereby hope to raise the profile of Asia and India and interest and its relevance in the present day. In sum, we need to do more of what we are already doing and reach out to more people with interest in Asia. The Society has wonderful collection of manuscripts, arts and scholarly papers, and hosts book launches, cultural events that have engagement for all kinds of people.” But he is not unaware of the fact that the Society has not been able to penetrate into the Asian community as well as it should have been. “That's a question that is tough to address,” said Dr Johnson. “We are located in the Euston area, near all those wonderful Indian restaurants and grocery stores at Drummond Street, in London borough of Camden which has many British restaurants with South Asian ownership or clientele. We are beginning to make attempt to engage more with the community, present the society as it is and not as a stuffy old imperial outfit,

From the collection of the Royal Asiatic Society: Madhu Rao Narayan, the Maratha Peshwa with Nana Fadnavis and attendants. By James Wales, 1792

which it never was. “The Society is a very open and welcoming place, that is genuinely interested in the culture of Asia, there are lot of opportunities for young British South Asians in professions who are not academics, to use our facilities and gain access to our collections. We are doing quite a bit, main bit is through academic institutions engage with those South Asians who are doing researches in London. We have not figured how to get better to engage with the community but we are doing more and moire by social media, conserving and digitising the collection freely available. There is a

lot going on but there is still a lot do,” he added. Their Cambridge Digital Library has recently updated online, the digitised version of the Shahnama of Muhammad Juki, copied in Herat between 1440 and 1445 and considered to be one of the finest Timurid manuscripts of the 15th century; the Gulistan of the poet Sa’di completed in 1583 in Fatehpur Sikri; and an autograph copy of Kitab-i Mathnawiyyat-i Zafar Khan copied in Lahore in 1663. The Society that provides a forum for those who are interested in the history, languages, cultures and religions of Asia to meet and exchange

ideas, was first founded in Kolkata in 1784. Its founder Sir William Jones (1746-1794) began his work with a dream, that visualised a centre for Asian studies including almost everything concerning man and nature within the geographical limits of the continent. Most of the mysteries of this vast land, like its old inscriptions in Brahmi, were still undeciphered, and Comparative Philology as a discipline or science was not yet born. William Jones was, however, not the earliest among the Orientalists of the East India Company to arrive in India. About a decade earlier came Charles Wilkins (1770), Nathaniel Brassey Halhed (1772) and Jonathan Duncan (1772)- Warren Hastings's "bright young men",who had paved the way for the two future institutions- The Asiatic Society and the College at Fort William. All the Orientalists who became famous in history clustered around either the Society or the College or both. The Society, of course, was the pioneer and first in the field. With a root in Britishruled India, does growing Indian nationalism affect The Society's current reputation among the diaspora? Dr Gordon told the newsweeklies, “The Society's role is to provide information to give perspectives. It is not in the business of giving a line on Asia, and it is trying to engage people in a neutral way with varieties.”

Sacred Sounds: A rare and remarkable concert Dhiren Katwa A rare but remarkable concert, Sacred Sounds, is currently on a UK tour. Sacred Sounds tells some of the largely forgotten stories of British India’s role in the First World War. Inspired by an evocative photograph of Sikh soldiers performing Gurbani Kirtan or Shabads (Sikh sacred hymns) in a French barn, this live concert showcases the music that Sikh soldiers took with them to camp and battlefield. The concert explores some of the many narratives of this period – the timeless and transcendent beauty of the Shabads themselves, originally composed by Guru Nanak, founder of the Sikh faith; the power of the letters, exchanged between Sikh soldiers and their families and

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the vivid individual stories they tell; the forthright and often anguished voices of the women of the Punjab through fragments

of folk ballads - including a mother’s lament for a departing son; the brusque recruitment songs that the British commissioned as well as new spoken word elements. By the end of the war the Punjab alone had contributed nearly 450,000 Muslim, Hindu and Sikh combatants and non-combatants; just under 100,000 of these were Sikhs recruited from different villages of the Punjab. The cast features: Kirpal Singh Panesar (strings and vocals), Keertan Kaur Rehal (vocals and harmonium), Christella Litras (vocals), Ravneet Sehra (vocals and spoken word), Prabhjot Singh Gill (percussion), Joe Williams and Robert Green (spoken word),

Vijay Venkat (strings). On October 11, the partners involved in Sacred Sounds are mounting an International Conference at the Royal Armouries in Leeds. The conference will explore

the fascinating stories behind the making and showcasing of Sacred Sounds involving artists, historians, academics, arts administrators and above all communities of people, particularly the Sikh community.


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Ladies of the Milan Mahila Satsang group and Metropolitan Police Hindu Association (MPHA), celebrated Raksha Bandhan, on Friday 28 July 2017, at Katherine Road Community centre,Forest Gate, by inviting Newham Superintendent, Waheed Khan, to traditionally receive a Rakhi and a shawl to honour him in recognition of the courageous service provided by the Metropolitan Police to the London communities, which was especially highlighted, globally, during the recent terror attacks. Superintendent Khan personally delivered a safety talk in Hindi addressing concerns, including the recent East London acid attacks, advising that dousing the affected area with copious amounts of water in the vast majority of instances is the best action to take. Police response units are carrying a large amount of water in their vehicles in east London. He went on to advise that valuable gold jewellery should be stored, ideally, in a safe which is bolted to a wall or floor. He encouraged all to get to know their local policing teams and share concerns with them and answered questions raised by the group in Hindi. Chairperson of the Milan Mahila Group Mrs Minaxiben Patel stated this is the first time since moving to the UK, 51 years ago, that she has discussed crime prevention with the police. Being able to have the conversation in Hindi helped her to understand the importance of working with the police and local council by sharing information to reduce crime and anti social behaviour. She felt encouraged to learn that she can discuss concerns and report crime in Indic languages with the police at sites other than the police station where queues and waiting times can often be lengthy and especially difficult to manage for the elderly. Varsha Mistry, Deputy Chairperson of the MPHA, who arranged the police visit stated, it is important to connect all our diverse communities with the police and raise awareness of how to protect themselves and their property and also work with the Metropolitan police Service to make London the safest global city. The Metropolitan Police Service have officers and staff who speak a wide range of languages enabling engagement with our diverse communities and building better relations. Superintendent Khan's humble yet professional demeanour and excellent command of Hindi helped to build a valuable bridge between communities.

I’m Kurdish, one of the biggest ethnic communities in the world without an independent country,” Kae Kurd, a rising stand-up comedian, currently touring with his new sharp show, Kurd your Enthusiasm, proudly asserted:: “as you can imagine, that provides a very rich repository for anecdotal material! Also being a Muslim, I am a minority within a minority, and never simply identify where I come from on a map. The Kurdistan region is spread across a few international boundaries within the Middle- East including Iran – my country of origin- and Iraq. As a result, to Asians you’re not quite Asian, and though I’ve got lighter skin I’m not quite white, and I’m not an Arab either!” Ultimately of course, Kae’s incredibly niche insights work together with his naturally humorous demeanour to deliver the experience of being an ethnic minority – both the satisfaction and the trappings – in a way that's wonderfully wise and relatable to all.

personal truth. Kurd your Enthusiasm is all very topical. I talk about my origins as well as local developments such as the increasing gentrification of my home-ground, Brixton. It’s important that the grittiness shines through in a positive way. I will always need to talk about current affairs so what better way than to start within my own, uncensored self?” Thus Kae not only embraces his highly influential profession, but conscionably crafts a social platform to affect community change in the more verbally ideological west: : “I do compare my life to that of my parents who by my age were powerful activists,” the comedian aptly emphasised. What are the main themes of Kurd Your Enthusiasm? Immigration, integration and racism. Do you have a unique style of humour? I’m able to play to a lot of different audiences. A lot of comedians are scared of branching out into unexplored topic areas- that’ll never be me.

*** “Humour is definitely a universal salve. Add that to the fact that I do have a very outspoken personality and I can tap into a very diverse audiWhat insights elicit the best ence. I resonate with white audience responses as a Kurd? members because my stories are A lot of our struggles, especially made accessible, and I’m welcomed for people of minority backgrounds, by those of ethnic minorities, should I are similar. So it’s communicating go in for that particular reference, just that. If you can tap into a sensibecause they understand that I bility where everyone finds you understand!” Indeed, Kae has enjoyed funny, that’s an accomplishment. I wide success with his own 4oD series, do find that doing voices and imperKnow your Rights, which discussed sonations help audiences relax “laws surrounding topics such into it too. as Drink and Drugs, Stop and Search, Sex, harassDo you have a ment and others” and favourite earned a nomination comedian? I compare my life to for the Royal In terms of my that of my parents Television Society style, Chris Rock is who by my age were Awards. But as the very similar and a powerful activists young, cultural cruvery big influence. sader also added, “the There are always core substance always messages to his comes from a very shows; he makes good poignant, political points while jazzing it up. place.”Much of his comedy is I make outlandish statements influenced by his highly unique backin my show too. I relate to those who story, where both his parents were really enjoy challenging their audirefugees who fled the violence of ences. Dave Chappelle is another Saddam Hussein’s regime, coming favourite. into the UK when baby Kae was only 6 months old. His father was actually And Do you straddle the line a fighter in the opposition. Having between the controversial and then grown up in working-class what people are expecting? Brixton, his underrepresented narraMy first few jokes really set the tive only gained new social layers: “as tone, so if you’re easily offended a comedian I relish the laughter, but you’ll soon find out! I couldn’t play it what really grabs me is that people safe. I do have opinions, and for me are really listening to your viewpoint. to repress myself in such a free art That, to me, is comforting. I love to form would be ridiculous. And I do be able to genuinely connect to peothink stand up comedy is one of the ple of different ethnicities and backfew expressional mediums where you grounds drawing from one, single can say whatever you want. It is

changing as people become more sensitive; the media filters performances, but live shows allow for that unfiltered personality to come through. Can you tell us a bit more about your personal journey into comedy? When I was growing up, I was always very much into comic speaking, but it’s not really a career path you immediately follow. I remember watching the Canadian Indian comedian Russell Peters talking about when he was younger - his dad told him ‘you’ll never make it because there’s no one like you on television,’ and he replied: ‘no, dad that’s exactly why I will.’ That really resonated with me. It wasn’t until I graduated that I really got into comedy nights, now transitioning into broader rooms across the country. What are some of your proudest moments? Being able to perform at the Hackney Empire to 1,500 people, and at so many prestigious venues: Royal Festival Hall, Bloomsbury Theatre. I’ll also never forget the first time I got paid to do stand up. It was surreal– I was finally getting paid to tell a joke. What’s been the Hardest part? It is a lonely industry; only those who really love it will succeed. You’ve got to have tough skin – there’ll be times when people don’t like your jokes and you’re just playing to silence. A lot of young people nowadays see you Tubers putting up their stuff and think it’s so easy. Are there Political figures you like poking fun at? Not necessarily with malice, but Nelson Mandela and Nigel Farage. For me, it’s more about playing with voices and accents. I like creating a character using my voice. For young comedians starting out, do you have advice for sensing that you’re doing well? Generally, if strangers say you’re doing well that’s a good. When you’re new, half your job is to make people like you and identify your fans. So be funny and original, and be prepared and write a lot! Be resilient too. If you’re using this to get rich quick – forget it. Finally, do have a personal motto? Before I go on stage, I repeat to myself: I’m funnier than Eddie Murphy. https://twitter.com/KaeKurd


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Young Brit-Indians Thrive Continued from page 1 Migrant founded companies created 14% of all jobs an nearly 500,000 people from 155 countries have settled in the UK for businesses. One such business worth mentioning is Improbable Worlds Limited, a virual reality tech firm based in London co-founded by Indian-origin an entrepreneur has been valued at more than $1 billion after raising $502 million from Japan's SoftBank in May 2017, one of the UK's largest venture capital deals. The firm was co-founded by Herman Narula with a Cambridge University friend in 2012. Narula was born in Delhi, was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and Girton College, Cambridge University, where he studied computer science. He is the son of Harpinder Singh Narula, who runs DSC Ltd, the family construction business with family. The British Indian entrepreneurs with parents who hail from East Africa or India, are also not far away. They have also taken over the market, with innovative and especially tech based entrepreurnership, that catches one's attention. Richa Bhalla is one of such candidates. Founder of the start-up Pedals, she is building a network of riders who accept small jobs across London via an app. The burgeoning company is based in London, Farringdon and specialises in the distribution of “unique and bespoke” goods, using only the invigorating, green power of the city’s courier cyclists. Speaking to Asian Voice in her Spotlight interview the 29 year old from Camden said, “We work with a myriad of amazing start-ups around London and they have all been very supportive. We have found our lively metropolis to be full of SMEs who are similarly passionate about their products, but had no affordable and efficient way of getting these to customers who wanted them most. They wanted a reliable ser-

vice that could transport goods with the deserving care, precision and speed.” As well as introducing “old-school bicycle delivery”, the environmentally conscious company also takes care to cultivate the

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job satisfaction of their individual workers: “unlike other courier services out there, we not only focus on making the customer service as high touch and allencompassing as possible, but also making sure that our team of cyclists are leading happy and fulfilling careers.” With this ethos behind them, Pedals has accelerated at a lightning velocity. They can boast a host of trendy companies, such as Mast chocolate, Pip & Nut and Monmouth Coffee on the regular rotary roster. The charismatic Bhalla has also flourished with a micro version of the Pedals business –the simpler flower delivery service Petal and Cycle –and gathered valuable - and impressive -experience from her time in the US’ Silicon Valley where she worked before. One of the first amateur riderers to sign up to her app to drop off a parcel on his way to work, lives in Battersea and works in Westminster. People accept jobs that are no more than 10 mins away but some are ready to go further- the company finds out how far they are ready to go beforehand. Couriers are paid between £5 to £24 per deliv-

ery depending on location, package style and timescale. Customers pay between £6.70 and £32 per delivery and the pay is competitive. The service has a 5 star rating on google, open from 9am-9pm and also has a mobile number for contact. Another such candidate is Amit Gudka, co-founder of Bulb, a tech-focused energy start-up based in Shoreditch in a co-working space called Second Home. Bulb has got all the regulatory clearance needed to be a gas and electricity supplier, has 60 staff members, with revenue of £70mn, secured two rounds of investment, amassed 70,000 customers and is profitable. Gudka was a gas and electricity trader for Barclays and Wood a consultant for Bain and advised some of the Big Six such as Npower. To compete with high prices and poor customer services, Gudka and friends decided to do something about it and set up Bulb. The concept was simple. An energy company, renewable, with one tariff, no sneaky teaser rates and no exit fees. They were able to charge less, more as they would run it as online only with fewer staff. They raised £1.3mn in seed funding from friends and family to get the ball rolling and after a few teething issues, the business quickly picked up. Though Londoners do not tend to switch energy providers that easily, Bulb has found to be a hotbed for young switchers, perhaps a sign that those paying high rents in capital are starting to find an alternative for savings. Bulb's employees aren't usual company staff. They are energy specialsists, meteoroligists and specialists in the weather on Mars. The company recently tapped up angel investors for another £6mn to keep up with the pace of the growthlike funding smart meters in homes, mobile app to see how much energy they are using through their smart meters etc.

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London is gearing up for the Indian independence day celebration, later this month. With India's independence day reaching 70, the year has been marked by the UK and India as the year of Culture. It was launched at a special ceremony at Buckingham palace in February, in presence of the Queen, Royal family, the Indian Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and other dignitaries. The celebrations this month will officially start on 3rd August, with a ceremony in Bharaitya Vidya Bhavan, that will be attended by His Excellency Y K Sinha, High Commissioner of India to UK. City Sikhs are working with the Grand Trunk Project on events throughout the country. They are also celebrating India's 70 years of independence at an event in National Army Museum on 9 August. This special evening opening will include live performances, talks, poetry recitals, creative workshops and delicious Indian food. They’ll be

showcasing our extensive Indian Army collection through guided tours of the museum and bringing objects out of storage for a unique viewing opportunity. The Grand Trunk Project has been developed in partnership with faith leaders, community activists and facilitated by the Faiths Forum for London. Seeking inspiration from the ancient and unifying Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) which runs across the subcontinent, the City Sikhs Network is aiming to build common ground and open up a much-needed dialogue. Trivium Events hosting a 'desh utsav' on the 12th August, at Bushey Academy, celebrating 70 years of Indian Independence, raising money for London S h i s h u k u n j (www.shishukunj.org.uk) Sucheta Kriplani and Shiksha Niketan (sksn.org), a school in Jodhpur for children with polio. On 15th August itself the Indian Journalists' Associations, also at its 70 years, are hosting a dinner for its members and sup-

porters at St James' Hotel in presence of the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler. The High Commissioner of India to UK, Yash Sinha and his wife Girija Sinha will join the function. The theme of the evening and therefore the Foreign Secretary's speech will be "UK-India relations 70 years after Indian independence". This is meant to be an important address as it has been long since a British foreign secretary has spoken formally on Indo-UK ties in London. On 20th August the High Commission with its community partners are hosting their annual celebration at the SKLP Sports and Community centre from 11am-4pm. Usually the embassy hosts a flag hoisting ceremony at the High Commission on 15th August that is open to people willing to attend, followed by a weekend full of celebration where communities are invited to participate. Besides London other cities also celebrate the occasion with much pomp and gaiety.

Sister Nivedita's house in Wimbledon to receive a blue plaque

To celebrate Sister Nivedita's 150th anniversary, UK government organisation English Heritage will put a blue plaque on her house in Wimbledon on 28th October. The Bengali community is excited in the UK to learn that Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee may attend the unveiling of the plaque. London’s famous blue plaques link the peo- Swami Vivekananda with Sister Nivedita ple of the past with the buildings of the present. become the inspiration for Now run by English her girls' school in Kolkata, Heritage, the London blue she set up in 1898 after plaques scheme was started accompanying Swami in 1866 and is thought to be Vivekananda to India that the oldest of its kind in the year. Born as Margaret world. Across the UK capital Elizabeth Noble, the name over 900 plaques, on buildNivedita or 'the dedicated ings humble and grand, one', was given to her by honour the notable men Swami Vivekananda. In and women who have lived India, she served the poor in or worked in them. Bengal during the times of The Scottish-Irish social flood, plague and famine worker and disciple of and was a very vocal camSwami Vivekananda began paigner against the partiher professional life as a tion of Bengal proposed by school teacher in southwest the British in 1905. London and set up the Sarada Sarkar, a Ruskin School in the area. London-based teacher who The school was to later

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is leading the campaign for installing the plaque on behalf of the Ramkrishna Mission said, "We are happy that English Heritage is recognising her contribution not only in the areas of education, but also as a campaigner of Indian Independence on her 150th birth anniversary on English soil for the first time.” On the day the event promises to start late afternoon, and they have invited Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, High Commissioner of India Y K Sinha, Swami Dayanandaji and other guests. Sister Nivedita briefly travelled back to London with Swami Vivekananda, arriving at the 21 High Street in Wimbledon on July 31, 1899. He stayed there for a couple of days while Sister Nivedita's family found him an accommodation nearby. The house remained Sister Nivedita's family home until January 1902, though she had permanently moved to India.

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MAP SHOWING WHERE THE HIGHEST NUMBER OF ACID ATTACKS TOOK PLACE IN LONDON

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What’s more troubling for the police is that the boom has been centralised on one specific area of the city. Newham, in East London, had three times more acid attacks than the next highest borough, with almost 400 of London’s 1,500 reports over the last five years happening there. The borough – that is home to Stratford’s Olympic Park, also includes more deprived areas such as West Ham, Plaistow and Forest Gate, neighbours to Hackney where some of the latest spree was carried out. East London neighbour Barking and Dagenham was the second biggest hotspot, whereas wealthier areas such as Kensington and Chelsea had the lowest level of attacks. Criminologists believe gang members may be swapping guns and knives for acid as a weapon of choice as possession is hard to police and because of the lasting impact attacks have on their victims. Police say there is anecdotal evidence that young criminals are carrying acid following leg-

there has been reported at least 6 such attacks, one on Monday a terrifying footage showed the moment a moped gang threw a liquid at a man outside Harrods before brave shoppers chased them away. Last Tuesday 2 Bangladeshi men in Tower Hamlets pulled up in a car in front of a corner shop in Bethnal Green, begging for water, as they burnt in acid. The Indian origin shopkeeper of the small off licence, Singh Supermarket, on Roman Road told the Daily Mail: “They said, ‘We’ve got acid on us, we’ve got acid on us!’ “They were pouring the water over themselves in the shop and it had got into

islation introduced in 2015 that means an immediate jail term for a repeat offence of carrying a knife. Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham called for carrying acid to be made a crime. Criminals who carry out acid attacks can be prosecuted for grievous bodily harm and jailed for life. A spokesman for the Met police reportedly said the force was working closely with the London fire brigade, the ambulance service, the Home Office and hospitals on how to deal with the issue. In the last 2 weeks,

their clothes – one of them was pouring it down his trousers. “I was really scared. They were crying and saying, ‘Put the water on me!’” Several emergency vehicles could also be seen attending the scene, including police cars, an ambulance and several fire engines, with victims hosed down with water. The Evening Standard the pair were attacked while they sat in a car and identified them as Mohammed Afzal Hushain Ahmed and Mohammad Shakwat Hussain. Both were taken to

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hospital after flagging down police officers. Their injuries were described as life-changing but not lifethreatening. Rahad Hussain, 23, of no fixed abode appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on Saturday, July 29, on the charges as well as an additional charge of possession of an offensive weapon, namely acid, following his arrest two days earlier. He did not enter a plea and will appear again at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, August 29. On Friday an off-duty police officer and paramedic were sprayed in the face with an unknown corrosive substance after stopping to help at the scene of a major car fire. The pair joined other 'Good Samaritans' in lending a hand after a stolen car was involved in a serious collision with a lorry at around 7pm on Friday night. The vehicle crashed into the a metal barrier at the side of the M11 near Chigwell and Loughton in Essex, before bursting into flames. Following the collision, the drivers of the stolen car left the vehicle and sprayed an unknown substance in the faces of two people who were among those who had stopped to assist. Just minutes before collision, police had been alerted to the blue VW Golf being stolen from outside a nearby shop. The victim in the car theft, a man in his 20s, reported that one of the men held a knife in his hand. One suspect was described as Asian, and between 25 to 30 years old. He had a dark beard, and was wearing a baseball cap, a navy blue buttoned top, and dark coloured bottoms. He also had a small, black leather bag with him.

Diaspora living in fear When asked if Britons especially Londoners feel afraid to walk on the streets after the increasing numbers of these acid attacks, many people have came forward to tell Asian Voice what they feel. Vandana Bharadwaj said, “Yes, I definitely feel unsafe! I mostly walk or take public transport. These acid attacks have really scared me. I am avoiding to go out on busy times and days.” Rajani Nair said, “I think twice before opening the door to the delivery men too now. Look through the window first, make sure and then open.” Kalyani Nori said, “I don't live in London but I am put off to travel to London. I used to love going out with friends specially as it's a cool place to hang out specially in the evenings. I don't want to sound pessimistic and give in to terror but I like the government authorities to show increased level to security measures in public places to make me travel in peace. I still love London and I wish well.” Charu told the newspaper, “For me, the scary part is that these perpetrators are mostly unknown to the victims. We are, in effect, dealing with a faceless enemy, whose sole purpose is to destroy us brutally.

Racial motivation drives most of these recent cases, I believe. I think so because of the political timing of these attacks. The helplessness in not being able to contain this is infuriating and threatens my freedom. This doesn't mean I'll stop going out on the streets or not use public transport, but I'll constantly think about what can happen to me there, and it drains me.” Shabana Khanam said, “With recent incidents happening around and soo much on news I was walking to station to get to office while crossing road I had a car slowing down and a bloke lowered his side of car glass my instinct was he might attack me, so I was trying to move away however it ended he wanted to find a local hospital in the area I live. It was a relief with so much negativity going around not sure when we let our guards off.” Roopa Lutzenberger told the newsweekly , “Being a Londoner most of my life, I never had this fear as I have now. It does concern me having read many incidents with Asians as victims or perpetrators. This worrying trend is becoming common and I am on my guard these days walking the street as many are unprovoked attacks. I have also spread awareness in many groups as to what to do if an acid attack happens and how to take precau-

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tions. Along with that I am spreading the word out on petitions for regulated acid sale and stricter punishments for perpetrators.” Deepa said, “I feel more vulnerable when walking o driving with my children. Unwillingly I have made some changes to my life – I don't drive windows down, lock car doors without fail and the saddest part is I have stopped wearing shalwar kurta or kurta on jeans when visiting public places.” Elizabeth Marie told AV, “I wear large sunglasses and carry water at all times, which I tend to do anyway. I don't feel unsafe, I'm aware of what is going on around me in the streets. I have no reason to think it is racially motivated but acid is the weapon of true cowards. Purchase of these chemicals should be licensed. Even liquid nitrogen usage should be licensed, remember the girl who drank it in a cocktail bar? It's minus 292 celsius, her insides burned. Scientists agree with me, you don't need any of those substances in every day life.” Honey Priya said, “I live with my child alone in East London. I have reduced stepping out all by ourselves in late evenings in fear of being victims of such attacks. We say that India is unsafe. Can't believe this will be the situation in a city like London.”


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Young Brit-Indians Thrive Continued from page 1 Migrant founded companies created 14% of all jobs an nearly 500,000 people from 155 countries have settled in the UK for businesses. One such business worth mentioning is Improbable Worlds Limited, a virual reality tech firm based in London co-founded by Indian-origin an entrepreneur has been valued at more than $1 billion after raising $502 million from Japan's SoftBank in May 2017, one of the UK's largest venture capital deals. The firm was co-founded by Herman Narula with a Cambridge University friend in 2012. Narula was born in Delhi, was educated at Haberdashers' Aske's Boys' School and Girton College, Cambridge University, where he studied computer science. He is the son of Harpinder Singh Narula, who runs DSC Ltd, the family construction business with family. The British Indian entrepreneurs with parents who hail from East Africa or India, are also not far away. They have also taken over the market, with innovative and especially tech based entrepreurnership, that catches one's attention. Richa Bhalla is one of such candidates. Founder of the start-up Pedals, she is building a network of riders who accept small jobs across London via an app. The burgeoning company is based in London, Farringdon and specialises in the distribution of “unique and bespoke” goods, using only the invigorating, green power of the city’s courier cyclists. Speaking to Asian Voice in her Spotlight interview the 29 year old from Camden said, “We work with a myriad of amazing start-ups around London and they have all been very supportive. We have found our lively metropolis to be full of SMEs who are similarly passionate about their products, but had no affordable and efficient way of getting these to customers who wanted them most. They wanted a reliable ser-

vice that could transport goods with the deserving care, precision and speed.” As well as introducing “old-school bicycle delivery”, the environmentally conscious company also takes care to cultivate the

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job satisfaction of their individual workers: “unlike other courier services out there, we not only focus on making the customer service as high touch and allencompassing as possible, but also making sure that our team of cyclists are leading happy and fulfilling careers.” With this ethos behind them, Pedals has accelerated at a lightning velocity. They can boast a host of trendy companies, such as Mast chocolate, Pip & Nut and Monmouth Coffee on the regular rotary roster. The charismatic Bhalla has also flourished with a micro version of the Pedals business –the simpler flower delivery service Petal and Cycle –and gathered valuable - and impressive -experience from her time in the US’ Silicon Valley where she worked before. One of the first amateur riderers to sign up to her app to drop off a parcel on his way to work, lives in Battersea and works in Westminster. People accept jobs that are no more than 10 mins away but some are ready to go further- the company finds out how far they are ready to go beforehand. Couriers are paid between £5 to £24 per deliv-

ery depending on location, package style and timescale. Customers pay between £6.70 and £32 per delivery and the pay is competitive. The service has a 5 star rating on google, open from 9am-9pm and also has a mobile number for contact. Another such candidate is Amit Gudka, co-founder of Bulb, a tech-focused energy start-up based in Shoreditch in a co-working space called Second Home. Bulb has got all the regulatory clearance needed to be a gas and electricity supplier, has 60 staff members, with revenue of £70mn, secured two rounds of investment, amassed 70,000 customers and is profitable. Gudka was a gas and electricity trader for Barclays and Wood a consultant for Bain and advised some of the Big Six such as Npower. To compete with high prices and poor customer services, Gudka and friends decided to do something about it and set up Bulb. The concept was simple. An energy company, renewable, with one tariff, no sneaky teaser rates and no exit fees. They were able to charge less, more as they would run it as online only with fewer staff. They raised £1.3mn in seed funding from friends and family to get the ball rolling and after a few teething issues, the business quickly picked up. Though Londoners do not tend to switch energy providers that easily, Bulb has found to be a hotbed for young switchers, perhaps a sign that those paying high rents in capital are starting to find an alternative for savings. Bulb's employees aren't usual company staff. They are energy specialsists, meteoroligists and specialists in the weather on Mars. The company recently tapped up angel investors for another £6mn to keep up with the pace of the growthlike funding smart meters in homes, mobile app to see how much energy they are using through their smart meters etc.

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London is gearing up for the Indian independence day celebration, later this month. With India's independence day reaching 70, the year has been marked by the UK and India as the year of Culture. It was launched at a special ceremony at Buckingham palace in February, in presence of the Queen, Royal family, the Indian Finance Minister Shri Arun Jaitley and other dignitaries. The celebrations this month will officially start on 3rd August, with a ceremony in Bharaitya Vidya Bhavan, that will be attended by His Excellency Y K Sinha, High Commissioner of India to UK. City Sikhs are working with the Grand Trunk Project on events throughout the country. They are also celebrating India's 70 years of independence at an event in National Army Museum on 9 August. This special evening opening will include live performances, talks, poetry recitals, creative workshops and delicious Indian food. They’ll be

showcasing our extensive Indian Army collection through guided tours of the museum and bringing objects out of storage for a unique viewing opportunity. The Grand Trunk Project has been developed in partnership with faith leaders, community activists and facilitated by the Faiths Forum for London. Seeking inspiration from the ancient and unifying Grand Trunk Road (G.T. Road) which runs across the subcontinent, the City Sikhs Network is aiming to build common ground and open up a much-needed dialogue. Trivium Events hosting a 'desh utsav' on the 12th August, at Bushey Academy, celebrating 70 years of Indian Independence, raising money for London S h i s h u k u n j (www.shishukunj.org.uk) Sucheta Kriplani and Shiksha Niketan (sksn.org), a school in Jodhpur for children with polio. On 15th August itself the Indian Journalists' Associations, also at its 70 years, are hosting a dinner for its members and sup-

porters at St James' Hotel in presence of the British Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson and his wife Marina Wheeler. The High Commissioner of India to UK, Yash Sinha and his wife Girija Sinha will join the function. The theme of the evening and therefore the Foreign Secretary's speech will be "UK-India relations 70 years after Indian independence". This is meant to be an important address as it has been long since a British foreign secretary has spoken formally on Indo-UK ties in London. On 20th August the High Commission with its community partners are hosting their annual celebration at the SKLP Sports and Community centre from 11am-4pm. Usually the embassy hosts a flag hoisting ceremony at the High Commission on 15th August that is open to people willing to attend, followed by a weekend full of celebration where communities are invited to participate. Besides London other cities also celebrate the occasion with much pomp and gaiety.

Sister Nivedita's house in Wimbledon to receive a blue plaque

To celebrate Sister Nivedita's 150th anniversary, UK government organisation English Heritage will put a blue plaque on her house in Wimbledon on 28th October. The Bengali community is excited in the UK to learn that Bengal CM Mamata Banerjee may attend the unveiling of the plaque. London’s famous blue plaques link the peo- Swami Vivekananda with Sister Nivedita ple of the past with the buildings of the present. become the inspiration for Now run by English her girls' school in Kolkata, Heritage, the London blue she set up in 1898 after plaques scheme was started accompanying Swami in 1866 and is thought to be Vivekananda to India that the oldest of its kind in the year. Born as Margaret world. Across the UK capital Elizabeth Noble, the name over 900 plaques, on buildNivedita or 'the dedicated ings humble and grand, one', was given to her by honour the notable men Swami Vivekananda. In and women who have lived India, she served the poor in or worked in them. Bengal during the times of The Scottish-Irish social flood, plague and famine worker and disciple of and was a very vocal camSwami Vivekananda began paigner against the partiher professional life as a tion of Bengal proposed by school teacher in southwest the British in 1905. London and set up the Sarada Sarkar, a Ruskin School in the area. London-based teacher who The school was to later

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is leading the campaign for installing the plaque on behalf of the Ramkrishna Mission said, "We are happy that English Heritage is recognising her contribution not only in the areas of education, but also as a campaigner of Indian Independence on her 150th birth anniversary on English soil for the first time.” On the day the event promises to start late afternoon, and they have invited Sadiq Khan, the Mayor of London, High Commissioner of India Y K Sinha, Swami Dayanandaji and other guests. Sister Nivedita briefly travelled back to London with Swami Vivekananda, arriving at the 21 High Street in Wimbledon on July 31, 1899. He stayed there for a couple of days while Sister Nivedita's family found him an accommodation nearby. The house remained Sister Nivedita's family home until January 1902, though she had permanently moved to India.

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What’s more troubling for the police is that the boom has been centralised on one specific area of the city. Newham, in East London, had three times more acid attacks than the next highest borough, with almost 400 of London’s 1,500 reports over the last five years happening there. The borough – that is home to Stratford’s Olympic Park, also includes more deprived areas such as West Ham, Plaistow and Forest Gate, neighbours to Hackney where some of the latest spree was carried out. East London neighbour Barking and Dagenham was the second biggest hotspot, whereas wealthier areas such as Kensington and Chelsea had the lowest level of attacks. Criminologists believe gang members may be swapping guns and knives for acid as a weapon of choice as possession is hard to police and because of the lasting impact attacks have on their victims. Police say there is anecdotal evidence that young criminals are carrying acid following leg-

there has been reported at least 6 such attacks, one on Monday a terrifying footage showed the moment a moped gang threw a liquid at a man outside Harrods before brave shoppers chased them away. Last Tuesday 2 Bangladeshi men in Tower Hamlets pulled up in a car in front of a corner shop in Bethnal Green, begging for water, as they burnt in acid. The Indian origin shopkeeper of the small off licence, Singh Supermarket, on Roman Road told the Daily Mail: “They said, ‘We’ve got acid on us, we’ve got acid on us!’ “They were pouring the water over themselves in the shop and it had got into

islation introduced in 2015 that means an immediate jail term for a repeat offence of carrying a knife. Stephen Timms, the Labour MP for East Ham called for carrying acid to be made a crime. Criminals who carry out acid attacks can be prosecuted for grievous bodily harm and jailed for life. A spokesman for the Met police reportedly said the force was working closely with the London fire brigade, the ambulance service, the Home Office and hospitals on how to deal with the issue. In the last 2 weeks,

their clothes – one of them was pouring it down his trousers. “I was really scared. They were crying and saying, ‘Put the water on me!’” Several emergency vehicles could also be seen attending the scene, including police cars, an ambulance and several fire engines, with victims hosed down with water. The Evening Standard the pair were attacked while they sat in a car and identified them as Mohammed Afzal Hushain Ahmed and Mohammad Shakwat Hussain. Both were taken to

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hospital after flagging down police officers. Their injuries were described as life-changing but not lifethreatening. Rahad Hussain, 23, of no fixed abode appeared at Thames Magistrates Court on Saturday, July 29, on the charges as well as an additional charge of possession of an offensive weapon, namely acid, following his arrest two days earlier. He did not enter a plea and will appear again at Snaresbrook Crown Court on Tuesday, August 29. On Friday an off-duty police officer and paramedic were sprayed in the face with an unknown corrosive substance after stopping to help at the scene of a major car fire. The pair joined other 'Good Samaritans' in lending a hand after a stolen car was involved in a serious collision with a lorry at around 7pm on Friday night. The vehicle crashed into the a metal barrier at the side of the M11 near Chigwell and Loughton in Essex, before bursting into flames. Following the collision, the drivers of the stolen car left the vehicle and sprayed an unknown substance in the faces of two people who were among those who had stopped to assist. Just minutes before collision, police had been alerted to the blue VW Golf being stolen from outside a nearby shop. The victim in the car theft, a man in his 20s, reported that one of the men held a knife in his hand. One suspect was described as Asian, and between 25 to 30 years old. He had a dark beard, and was wearing a baseball cap, a navy blue buttoned top, and dark coloured bottoms. He also had a small, black leather bag with him.

Diaspora living in fear When asked if Britons especially Londoners feel afraid to walk on the streets after the increasing numbers of these acid attacks, many people have came forward to tell Asian Voice what they feel. Vandana Bharadwaj said, “Yes, I definitely feel unsafe! I mostly walk or take public transport. These acid attacks have really scared me. I am avoiding to go out on busy times and days.” Rajani Nair said, “I think twice before opening the door to the delivery men too now. Look through the window first, make sure and then open.” Kalyani Nori said, “I don't live in London but I am put off to travel to London. I used to love going out with friends specially as it's a cool place to hang out specially in the evenings. I don't want to sound pessimistic and give in to terror but I like the government authorities to show increased level to security measures in public places to make me travel in peace. I still love London and I wish well.” Charu told the newspaper, “For me, the scary part is that these perpetrators are mostly unknown to the victims. We are, in effect, dealing with a faceless enemy, whose sole purpose is to destroy us brutally.

Racial motivation drives most of these recent cases, I believe. I think so because of the political timing of these attacks. The helplessness in not being able to contain this is infuriating and threatens my freedom. This doesn't mean I'll stop going out on the streets or not use public transport, but I'll constantly think about what can happen to me there, and it drains me.” Shabana Khanam said, “With recent incidents happening around and soo much on news I was walking to station to get to office while crossing road I had a car slowing down and a bloke lowered his side of car glass my instinct was he might attack me, so I was trying to move away however it ended he wanted to find a local hospital in the area I live. It was a relief with so much negativity going around not sure when we let our guards off.” Roopa Lutzenberger told the newsweekly , “Being a Londoner most of my life, I never had this fear as I have now. It does concern me having read many incidents with Asians as victims or perpetrators. This worrying trend is becoming common and I am on my guard these days walking the street as many are unprovoked attacks. I have also spread awareness in many groups as to what to do if an acid attack happens and how to take precau-

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tions. Along with that I am spreading the word out on petitions for regulated acid sale and stricter punishments for perpetrators.” Deepa said, “I feel more vulnerable when walking o driving with my children. Unwillingly I have made some changes to my life – I don't drive windows down, lock car doors without fail and the saddest part is I have stopped wearing shalwar kurta or kurta on jeans when visiting public places.” Elizabeth Marie told AV, “I wear large sunglasses and carry water at all times, which I tend to do anyway. I don't feel unsafe, I'm aware of what is going on around me in the streets. I have no reason to think it is racially motivated but acid is the weapon of true cowards. Purchase of these chemicals should be licensed. Even liquid nitrogen usage should be licensed, remember the girl who drank it in a cocktail bar? It's minus 292 celsius, her insides burned. Scientists agree with me, you don't need any of those substances in every day life.” Honey Priya said, “I live with my child alone in East London. I have reduced stepping out all by ourselves in late evenings in fear of being victims of such attacks. We say that India is unsafe. Can't believe this will be the situation in a city like London.”


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Begin Aamby Valley auction: SC SC decided to auction the property to collect over £900 million which Sahara has yet to pay to market regulator Sebi

The Supreme Court has given permission to the official liquidator to initiate proceedings for the global auction of Sahara's most valuable asset, Aamby Valley, worth over £4 billion. A meticulously planned city with worldclass infrastructure and facilities, Valley is Sahara's flagship project, comprising luxury resorts, man-made lakes and an airport. The property is spread over 10,000 hectares in Pune, and in 2012, the company valued it at £3.4 billion, but the liquidator tapped its worth at £4.3 billion. A bench comprising of Justice Dipak Misra, Justice Ranjan Gogoi, and Justice AK Sikri decided to go the whole hog to fetch over £900 million yet to be paid to market regulator Sebi, instead of the monthly exercise of fixing the instalment to be paid

Google hires Chandigarh boy

Google has reportedly hired a 16-year-old student from Chandigarh at an annual salary of £144,000. According to a report, the teenager named Harshit Sharma, will be joining the graphic designing team of the company later this month in the US. A student of Government Model Senior Secondary School (GMSSS), Sector 33, in Chandigarh, Harshit will reportedly be undergoing training for a year at the company. During this period, he will be getting a stipend of Rs 400,000 per month. Once his training is complete, he will get a monthly salary of Rs 1200,000. Harshit said, "I kept searching for jobs online. I applied for this job in May, and was interviewed online. I have been interested in graphic designing for the past 10 years. I was selected on the basis of the posters I designed.

by the Sahara group. It directed the liquidator to invite bidders by publishing sale notice in newspapers across the world. As per the last order, the group was asked to deposit £55.2 million by July 15, but the company paid only £24.7 million. The liquidator told the bench that notice had to be published across the world to invite bidders in view of the high worth of the property. He also informed that the whole

exercise of auctioning would take about five months. “The official liquidator shall publish the sale notice as given by him, and the notice shall be published on August 14. The steps which are required to be taken for the publication of the sale notice are allowed. The amount that is required for publication shall be given from Sebi's Sahara account,” the bench said. Senior advocate Kapil

Sibal, who represents Sahara, had strongly opposed the decision to auction the property, pleading the SC to grant 18 months' time to deposit the entire amount. He said the group should be allowed to sell the property after developing it. However, the bench turned down his plea and directed initiation of auction process. “Indulgence has the propensity to give rise to procrastination, which is the murderer of justice. Therefore, we are disposed to think that the first two steps for sale of Aamby Valley project shall be undertaken within this time and or the same we approve the draft sale notice submitted by the official liquidator and direct him that he shall take the first two steps,” the bench said.

Amazon CEO Bezos was briefly the world's richest man

E-commerce giant Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos became the world's richest man for a brief moment, when Forbes magazine's tracking of wealth, as stock of his company hit an alltime high. However, Microsoft founder Bill Gates reclaimed the lead by afternoon the same day as Amazon's stock fell nearly 1 per cent for the day to $1046. Forbes said Bezos' net worth was about $90.6 billion when the market opened last Thursday. Gates accounted for about $90.1 billion. Amazon shares have been trading at a record high, they hit $1083.31 at about noon. Securities Filings suggest Bezos owns about 80 million share or 17 per cent. Those shares were valued at over $87 billion at the peak. He also owns The Washington Post through a holding company. Changes in his fortune coincided

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with Amazon's report of a 77 per cent decline in quarterly profit on heavy spending. Shares fell another 2 per cent in after-markets trading as the company missed Wall Street's expectations on profit. The company said it earned $197 million, or 40 cents per share, in the second quarter, down from $857 million, or $1.78 per share, a year ago. Revenue grew 25 per cent to $38 billion, compared with $30 billion a year ago, topping expectations of $37.2 billion. However, Amazon has

long been known for investing the money it makes back into its businesses. For the second quarter, Amazon reported operating expenses of $37 billion, a 28 per cent increase from a year earlier. Part of Amazon's spending involves opening new warehouses and filling them with employees. Amazon said it plans to hire thousands of warehouse workers on the spot at job fairs across the country. Nearly 40,000 of the 50,000 jobs will be full time, and most of them will count toward Amazon's previously announced goal of adding 100,000 full-time workers by the middle of next year. And Amazon would be spending even more to buy Whole Foods if the deal goes through, as expected.

Airtel Q1 profit crashes 75%, 4th fall in a row

Bharti Airtel has reported its fourth successive quarterly decline in profit as rising competition from Reliance Jio's aggressive tariffs hit the company hard. Airtel's net profit in the first quarter of 2017-18 crashed 75 per cent (year on year), the steepest fall in last one year, to £36.7 million against £ 146.2 million in the same period in 2016-17. This brings with it a 72 per cent drop in net profit in the previous quarter (January-March 16-17) and signals tough times

for older telecom operators after the entry of Jio in September last year with disruptive tariffs, including lifetime free voice offer. Airtel's net profit was down by 55 per cent in October-December of 2016-17 and 5 per cent in July-September. The company also recorded a 14 per cent fall in consolidated revenues in Q1, which stood at £2.19 billion against £2.55 billion in the

first quarter of 2016-17. The worst factor is net realisation from voice and data has been declining sharply, while overall consumption is growing. Voice usage per customer grew by 22 per cent in Q1, but realisation slipped by 34 per cent. Average revenue per user has slipped in both key metrics. Airtel called Jio's tariff plans “predatory” and blamed it for creating financial mess in the telecom sector. “The pricing disruption in the Indian

telecom market- caused by the entry of a new operator, continued with industry revenues declining over 15 per cent year on year, creating further stress on sector profitability and cash flows,” said MD, Gopal Vittal. The company has been seeking relief from the government in view of growing pressure on profitability and revenues, and its demand is in line with other older operators such as Vodafone India, Idea Cellular, and Reliance Communications.

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Boeing expects India to order 2,100 aircraft over 20 years Multinational corporation, Boeing said it expects Indian airlines to order up to 2,100 new aircraft worth $290 billion over the next 20 years, calling it the highestever forecast for Asia's third-largest economy. “The increasing number of passengers combined with a strong exchange rate, low fuel prices and high load factor bodes well for India's aviation market, especially for the low-cost carriers,” said Dinesh Keskar, senior vice president, Asia Pacific and India sales at Boeing Commercial Airplanes. India is currently one of the world's fastestgrowing aviation markets with domestic passenger traffic growing at over 20 per cent a year in the last few years. The world's largest aerospace company said it expected passenger growth of about 8 per cent in South Asia, dominated by India, over the next 20 years, compared with the world average of about 4.7 per cent. It said it expected single-aisle planes, such as

the next generation 737 and 737 Max, to account for the bulk of the new deliveries, with India likely to take 1,780 such aircraft. Boeing could increase the projection next year depending on how India's regional connectivity scheme pans out, Keskar said. Boeing dominates the wide-body aeroplane market in India, while competitor Airbus SE sells the bulk of small planes preferred by low-cost carriers such as InterGlobe Aviation Ltd's IndiGo. Last year, India overhauled rules governing its aviation industry, liberalising norms for domestic carriers to fly overseas and spreading the country's air travel boom to smaller cities by capping air fares and opening airports.

Senior officials reveal that the government may prefer that an airline acquires Air India, even if it leads to selling domestic and international operations separately. “We also want continuity for the existing staff which could only happen if it is being taken over by another airline,” one of them said. Along with IndiGo, which is interested in its international business, there are talks of a group of private equity investors eyeing a possible stake-off process. Tata Group is also said to be a possible suitor. The key burden for any investor in Air India would be its £5 billion debt. About £3.3 billion of this is on account of working capital loans. Its annual interest outgo of £450 million is about 21 per cent of turnover. The government is considering an option where interested parties may make part payment upfront to the government. An acquirer would then take over the remaining debt, which would be restructured by lenders based on a viability plan. “Such a move will ensure

that the debt portion may be reduced but also give the selected bidder time to turn around the firm,” the official said. The administration has approved the recommendations of Niti Aayog on strategic disinvestment of Air India and five of its subsidiaries based on inputs of core group of secretaries on disinvestment. A panel led by Finance Minister Arun Jaitley is looking at ways of divesting the government's stake in the carrier. The panel is to submit its report in six months. It makes sense to let strategic investors who understand the airline business to bid for Air India. The national carrier's debt is huge. So the government will have to choose a bidder who is able to take on the largest amount of debt in order to minimise the government's payout.

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I would say more than 50% of getting into property is firstly to have a strategy. This is required on all levels, from what type of asset class to purchase to tax and finance. A lot of money can disappear into property very quickly and you may not have achieved what you wanted at the end of the process. It may be more hassle than you expect, and there may be unforeseen tax

implications if there has not been due emphasis on planning. When it comes to paying for and valuing advice, we Indians are notorious for cutting corners. You might be able to knock some money off paying for a deal in the short term, but this mentality will cost you in the long run. This mentality doesn’t just affect advice, but the relationship is also ruined or in the very least becomes tainted, when you bargain too much. It devalues the other party. Maintaining and honouring a relationship will ensure a lifetime of good deal flow and advice. Compromising and going back on your word, does-

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n't ensure a healthy long term relationship. This occurs fairly often in this business; people get excited about the property deal, and in the process they end up killing the golden goose which gave them the golden egg in the first place. It’s cheap, and unfortunately very prevalent more so in the Indian psyche than others, in my opinion. Currently, we are in the midst of a development deal, which will end up being valued at least about £3-4m when finished, so a sizeable chunk of real estate. I advised the owner to ensure he gets proper advice, which will need a special combination of legal know how along with tax expertise, and the person needs to be commercially minded enough to understand the agreement for an AST needs to include: l The property address  l The details of all parties involved  l The landlord’s service address  l The amount of rent and how it will be paid by the tenant  l The deposit amount and which scheme it will be protected by  l The term of the tenancy  l Notice periods required to bring the tenancy to an end  l The rights and obligations of both parties   l Any special arrangements   It's important that two copies of any agreement are signed and dated, the

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is first paid in your own psyche, then your own body and then your relationship with the person you have done this too, and then there’s the karmic effect.

Then we have those who reverse what they say, or reduce the fees which have been agreed when the time for payment comes.

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With this mentality you will lose opportunities and ultimately cash.

tenant should have one signed by the landlord, and the landlord should have one signed by the tenant. If a landlord or tenant wants to make changes to the terms of a tenancy agreement once the tenancy is underway, the other party must consent to the change. It's key that the document is legally binding and is up to date. So, if you do create it yourself, it would be wise to run it past an experienced letting agent or property lawyer to make sure it ticks all the boxes. If you don't want to create your own tenancy agreement, most letting agents provide templates or sample agreements. You can also ask a

solicitor to draft a tenancy agreement for you to your specific requirements. A tenancy agreement is a crucial document when it comes to letting a property and so if you don't have one in place, or you're unsure about the agreement you're currently providing, you should take the time to review the Government guidance or ask an expert. Tenancy agreements benefit both landlords and tenants, helping to reduce the potential risk of problems or disputes. Feel free to contact me if you need any assistance. Richard Bond Lettings Manager Sow & Reap


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Consultant Editor Financial Voice Alpesh Patel Dear Financial Voice Reader, I have just returned from Italy, from where I drove to Switzerland. The wealth of Europe really does beggar belief. As I argued on the BBC, Brexit was a narrow vote, and the small tipping point was Islam. We know this from social media and mainstream media. We know this because the accusations of racism against exit voters were about them being racist not against the Germans or French, but Muslims. We know this the refugees from Syria went to Turkey and the Brexit campaign said Turkey will enter the EU and so all those Muslims will come to the UK. We know this because Trump said terror in the EU, in France and Belgium, was because of Muslims. And as I have said before on the BBC, the EU will never admit Turkey – because the EU is a Christian club. So for a groundless fear, we had Brexit. I do not mean the 49% who voted Brexit for non-Muslim reasons. I mean the 2% who made it a 51%-49% split. It’s the 2% who took us out. Moreover, yet again, as I said on the BBC, ISIS was the reason for Brexit. They swung the 2%. Europe’s dislike of Islam is not new. Whether the Ottoman Empire or the Spanish Moors or indeed the Crusades. The fight between Christianity and now Christianity mixed with liberalism against Islam is not new. And when I say ‘Europe’ I mean 2%. But as I have shown, it is the 2% that makes the difference. Moreover, the price to be paid, used to be in blood. Now it is in economics. The price Britain will pay, some say will be in the billions. Others say it will be a net positive. Some say all of Europe will be poorer. What is clear that Europe will march on and get wealthier and wealthier. It has survived the collapse of Greece and the near collapse of France (economically at least). Whatever Brexit means for Britain, and I bet on the British to continue healthy, I bet on history. However, Europe will also do well. What about investments then? Nestle, Addidas, BASF, VW, E.ON – and many more European companies are not exactly suffering. Brokers will allow you to invest in the major European companies. You really should diversify and not have all your eggs in one basket. It is easier than ever. Oh, and you have a great reason, better than ever, right now.

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Infosys hiring more locals and investing heavily in Europe Infosys is hiring more locals and investing heavily in Europe, as it appears to tap into “greenfield opportunities in its second-largest market. India's second-largest software services firm, it is yet to make any impact of Brexit on tech spends and is witnessing a broad-based growth across sectors in Europe, a market that accounts for over 22 per cent of its revenues. Infosys president and head (Financial Services) Mohit Joshi said, “We are continuing to invest fairly heavily in Europe in terms of local hiring, in terms of beefing up our hunting and our farming teams for our

accounts.” He added that growth in Europe has been broad-based across all sectors and reasonably spread out. He, however, did not specify the quantum of investments for the continent. Regarding Brexit, he said, “If you recollect about a year ago, people had concerns about what impact Brexit, for instance, would

have on European technology spending, on our revenues. We have not seen that impact so far.” He highlighted the importance of the European market, saying it does not have the same degree of saturation as the US market. “We also have a lot of greenfield opportunity in Europe... whether it

Diageo asks Mallya to return $40mn paid last year Diageo has asked Vijay Mallya to return $40 million that was paid by the British multinational to the former liquor baron last year, as part of a deal that saw him stepping down from United Spirits. In its preliminary results for the year ended June 30, the company said, “Diageo and other group companies have demanded from Mallya the repayment of $40 million which was paid by Diageo on February 25, 2016, and also sought compensation from him for various losses incurred by the relevant members of the Diageo group on account of the breaches committed by him.” The company added, “While the first instalment

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of $7 million would have become due on February 25, 2017, owing to various reasons, including breaches of several provisions of the February 25 agreement committed by Mallya, Diageo believes that it was not liable to pay such amount, and is

very unlikely to become liable to pay future instalments to Mallya.” The deal struck between the two parties included upfront payment of the amount, with the balance being paid in equal instalments over the next five years, provided Mallya comply with the terms of the agreement such as a fiveyear global non-compete and non-interference among others. Mallya stepped down as chairman of United Spirits after it was alleged that he diverted funds to the now defunct Kingfisher Airlines and his Formula One team.

India to overtake US as 2nd largest 4G phone base

Samsung Electronics is all set to end Intel's over two decade-long reign as the best of siliconbased semiconductor, as it reported record-high quarterly profit and sales. Analysts said it likely nudged aside the company in the AprilJune quarter as the leading marker of semiconductors, the computer chips that are as much a staple of the 21st century wired world as crude oil was for the 20th century. Samsung said its semi-conductor business recorded 8 trillion in operating income on revenue of 17.6 trillion won during the AprilJune period. Marcello Ahn, a South Korea-based fund manager at Quad Investment Management said, “Data is the new crude oil.” Samsung and Intel ruled

the market in its own category of semi-conductor for over a decade. Mobile devices and data are the keys to understanding Samsung's ascent as the new industry leader, even as its de facto chief is jailed, battling corruption charges, and it recovers from a fiasco over Galaxy Note 7 smartphones that had to be axed last year because they were prone to catch fire. Manufacturers are packing more and more memory storage capacity into ever smaller mobile gadgets, as increased use of mobile applications, connected devices and cloud computing services drive up demand and consequently prices for memory chips, an area dominated by Samsung.

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According to the latest survey, it has been observed that driven by attractive offers from Reliance Jio and Airtel, India is likely to overtake US as the second largest 4G handset market in the world by next year. With an estimated installed base of 340 million 4G devices, India will displace the US as the second largest market. With a base of 150 million users, India is currently placed behind China and the US, the report said. While the US is forecast to see the 4G installed base grow to 245 million from 225 million currently, the Indian market is expected to grow at a faster pace, driven by increasing adoption of mobile Internet. China, on the other hand, would continue to dominate the tally with 780 million 4G devices next year, growing from 740 million currently. "LTE capable smartphones contributed to 96 per cent of smartphone shipments in India in Q2 2017. However, in

terms of installed base, almost half of the smartphones are still only 3G or 2G capable," Counterpoint noted. The LTE installed base of handsets crossed 150 million units in India, placing the country third after China and the US. "...India is estimated to surpass the US in next one year," it said adding that the next 150 million users are estimated to take half the time as VoLTE feature phones will be bringing 4G to lower price points. Recently, Reliance Jio has announced that it will launch a 4G feature phone against one-time refundable deposit of Rs 1,500 a unit. It will come pre-loaded with applications with the option of unlimited data usage and free calling service starting at Rs 24. The Counterpoint report said the mobile phone shipment in India grew marginally in the April-June 2017 quarter to 65.7 million units from the year-ago period. About 30.4

million units of smartphones and 35.3 million units of feature phones were shipped during the second quarter of 2017. "Although, shipments were impacted in anticipation of GST roll-out especially in June, retailers were quite hesitant in adding new stock into the channels during the last month even though there was some assurance from the OEMs to support pre- GST channel inventory clearance," Shobhit Srivastava, Research Analyst at Counterpoint Research, said. Going forward, the market is expected to jump back to double digit growth ahead of a festive season in the second half of 2017, he added. Samsung led the smartphone tally with 24.1 per cent share, followed by Xiaomi (15.5 per cent), Vivo (12.7 per cent), Oppo (9.6 per cent) and Lenovo (6.8 per cent). Overall, Samsung had a 25.4 per cent share (feature and smartphone), followed by Xiaomi, Micromax and Vivo.

is in the Nordics or in Southern Europe or even in the Benelux region, we still have a large number of prospects and the opportunity to mine existing clients very deeply... very optimistic about our longterm potential in this region.” Europe accounted for 22.4% of the company's $2.65 billion revenue during April-June 2017 quarter. The US, which is the largest market for Infosys much like its peers, accounted for over 61% of the topline. Compared to the US that grew 1.3% on a sequential basis, Europe expanded by 4.7% during the June quarter.

GST nets a million more taxpayers The new registrations under the Goods and Services Tax have crossed the 1000,000 mark, creating a milestone. Revenue Secretary Hasmukh Adhia tweeted, “The figure of new registrations approved in GST crosses 1000,000. About 200,000 applications are pending in process.” NR Bhanumurthy, professor at the National Institute of Public Finance and Policy said, “Out of 101200,000, even if 8900,000 file returns there will be a substantial increase in revenues. It will also have benefits on the direct tax side and help check evasion.” Arun Jaitley had recently said that if tax base expands, the government could consider lowering tax rates. The GST Network (GSTN), IT backbone of the new tax system has also registered 8600,000 existing business and service providers. GSTN CEO Prakash Kumar said, “Out of this 8600,000, we have activated the GSTIN number for 7100,000.” The GSTN network operations have been smooth and adjusted well to the flow of applications. Several businesses which are below the threshold turnover of Rs 2000,000 are also registering to ensure that the input tax credit chain is maintained. GST registration is compulsory for businesses with over Rs 2000,000 annual turnover. The government expects that it will be able to significantly expand the tax base after the implementation of GST, with some estimates forecasting a 20-25% increase in indirect tax collections.


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US affirms support to India's NSG bid The Trump administration also supported India's membership in the Australia Group and Wassenaar Arrangement

and their means of WASHINGTON: The US delivery. “Since 2010, government has urged the US has supported all members of the elite India's membership in club to support New the four multilateral Delhi's long-pending export controls application to the regimesWassenaar Nuclear Suppliers Arrangement, NSG, Group. The Defence and Australia Group, and State department the Missile Technology released a joint report Control Regime- as saying, “The US welIndia prepared to take comed India's applicathe steps required for tion to join the NSG and membership in each it continues to re-affirm that India is ready for Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi with one,” it said. US President Donald Trump The report said that the membership. The US soon as India met each the United States welcomed has called on NSG members group's criteria. Submitted to India as a member of the to support India's applicathe Congress as required Missile Technology Control tion.” under National Defence Regime and its subscription In the report, the Trump Authorisation Act, the report to the Hague Code of administration also rereveals that the US and India Conduct Against Ballistic affirmed its support for share a commitment to preMissile Proliferation in June India's membership in the vent the proliferation of 2016. It also notes that the Australia Group and weapons of mass destruction future leadership of Defence Wassenaar Arrangement as

Technology and Trade Initiative will consist of an individual with experience in defence acquisition and technology to reinforce and ensure the success of the USIndia defence relationship. The US defence industry has provided India with proposals for F-16 Block 70 and F A-18 Super Hornet fighter aircraft, the report said. “These proposals will help create and maintain jobs in both countries and demonstrate the depth of our commitment to defence cooperation,” it said. While India has garnered the support of a majority of the NSG members, China sticks to its stand that new members should sign the Nuclear NonProliferation Treaty, creating a hurdle in India's entry.

US lawmakers seek increased role for India in Afghanistan

WASHINGTON: A bipartisan group of senators in the US have sought enhanced cooperation with India in Afghanistan, including increasing New Delhi's role in helping the Afghan security forces, a move that could miff Pakistan. A legislative amendment to the National Defence Authorisation Act (NDAA) in 2018, was introduced in the Senate to support the demand. The amendment seeks increasing India's role in assisting the Afghan security forces through logistics support, threat analysis, intelligence, material, and maintenance support. The amendment, if passed, could irk Pakistan as it strongly opposes any Indian role in Afghan. Senators Dan Sullivan, Gary Peters, John Cornyn, and

Mark Warner moved the amendment, asking Defence Secretary Jim Mattis and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson to identify ways in which India can take “security and development-related steps” in Afghanistan. It also asks the Pentagon and the State Department to find

ways in which India can support “targeted infrastructure development” and economic investment in Afghanistan. “Improve the provision by India of humanitarian and disaster relief assistance to Afghanistan, including through the provision of logistics support by India,

joint training between Afghanistan and India, and combined military planning by Afghanistan and India for humanitarian assistance and disaster relief missions in Afghanistan,” the amendment said. It sought establishment of priorities for investments to promote security and stability in Afghanistan that align with the “mutual interests” of Afghanistan, India, and the US. The amendment also calls for identifying gaps in the capabilities of Afghanistan security forces, and determine means of addressing such gaps; and identifying economic and infrastructure development opportunities in Afghanistan, related to improving security and stability in the country.

Jeff Davis said, "We are assessing and will have more information soon." Joint chiefs of staff, South Korea, said the missile was launched from North Korea's northern Jagang province near the border with China. President Moon Jae-in was presiding over an emergency meeting of the National Security Council, Moon's office said.

Data indicates the missile was fired at a sharply lofted angle but packed more power than a missile launched earlier last month that US and South Korean officials said was an ICBM, potentially capable of hitting the mainland US. The North conducted its fourth and fifth nuclear test last year and has engaged in an unprecedented pace of missile development that experts said significantly advanced its ability to launch longer-range ballistic missiles. "By threatening the world, these weapons and tests further isolate North Korea, weaken its economy, and deprive its people," Donald Trump said in a statement. "The United States will take all necessary steps to ensure the security of the American homeland and protect our allies in the region."

N Korea fires missile, lands in sea off Japan

PYONGYANG (NORTH KOREA): North Korea launched a ballistic missile last week, that flew longer than any of its previous missiles and landed in the ocean of Japan. Japanese government spokesman Yoshihide Suga said officials were analysing whether it was a second test of an intercontinental ballistic missile. The latest is the 14th test to be carried out by Kim Jong Un's government this year. Suga said the missile flew for about 45 minutes, five minutes longer than the previous one, and landed on the island of Hokkaido. He said it landed in the sea in Japan's exclusive economic zonenot within Japan's territorial waters. Suga said they have lodged a strong protest with North Korea. "North Korea's repeated provocative acts absolute-

ly cannot be accepted," he said. Prime Minister Shinzo Abe called the launch a "serious and real threat" to the security of Japan, saying it would cooperate closely with the US, South Korea and other nations to further step up pressure on North Korea. The launch was confirmed by the US and South Korea. Pentagon spokesman navy Captain

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Arundhati Roy's book in 2017 Booker list

LONDON: Arundhati Roy's latest work of fiction, 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness', has made it to the list of this year's Man Booker Prize. The book came after 19 years since the author's debut novel 'God of Small Things,' that won the Booker Prize in 1997. The judges described the book as 'a rich and vital book' that 'comes from the bowels of India' and has 'remarkable scale' and 'extraordinary style and intelligence.' Born in 1961, Arundhati has published several works of non-fiction. 'The Ministry of Utmost Happiness' is her second work of fiction.

India-born named dean of MIT's engg school

NEW YORK: India-born academician has been named as the dean of the engineering school of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Anantha Chandrakasan, head of the department of electrical engineering and computer science was last month named the dean of the MIT's School of Engineering. The Chennai-born academician had previously headed the MIT's largest academic department, spearheading a number of initiatives that opened opportunities for students, postdocs, and faculty to conduct research, explore entrepreneurial projects. Since joining the MIT in 1994, Chandrakasan has produced a significant body of research focused largely on making electronic circuits more energy efficient.

Sikh man asked to take off kirpan in Australian bus

MELBOURNE: A Sikh man in Australia was asked to take off his kirpan and "get out" of a bus when a passenger called police in panic after seeing the ceremonial knife. Police boarded the busy bus in Auckland and asked the Sikh passenger to remove the kirpan and get down from the bus. A police spokeswoman said officers were called after a member of the public reported seeing a kirpan. The spokeswoman said the kirpan was not confiscated. A baptised Sikh has five articles of faith and the kirpan is one of them. Australia is home to more than 72,000 Sikh, a population that is expected to rise in this year's census.

Lanka, China sign $1.1 bn port deal

COLOMBO: Sri Lanka signed a $1.1 billion deal with China to sell a 70% stake in the strategic Hambantota port to a state-run Chinese firm, a move that could raise security concerns in India. The deal had been delayed for months over concerns that the deep-sea port could be used by the Chinese navy. As part of the deal, the stake in the lossmaking port has been sold to China's state-run conglomerate China Merchant Port Holdings. According to the new deal, only the Sri Lankan navy will be responsible for security of the deep-sea port, and the port will not be allowed to become a base for any foreign navy. The new provision is seen as an attempt to allay India's concerns over Chinese navy's possible presence in Lanka.

Singapore's next prez may be of Indian or Pak descent

SINGAPORE: The candidates seeking nominations for the post of Singapore's president has come under scanner, with a debate going around whether they are “Malay enough” as the likely contenders are of Indian and Pakistani descent. The favourite for the ceremonial head of the state post is Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob, whose father was Indian and mother Malay. The second aspirant is Salleh Marican, who has Indian heritage and struggled to speak Malay. The third candidate Farid Khan is of Pakistani heritage.

Egypt army kills 40 militants in Sinai raids

CAIRO: At least 40 militants were killed in military raids on terrorist hideouts in North Sinai province of Egypt, the army said. An army spokesperson said that five other militants were arrested in the raids. Egypt has been battling anti-security activities, mostly centred in Sinai peninsula, since the army-led ouster of former Islamist leader Mohamed Morsi in 2013, which left hundreds of police and army personnel killed. The spokesman added that a large quantity of explosives, weapons and some documents were also seized.


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Shahid Khaqan Abbasi made interim Pakistan PM Nawaz was asked to step down by the Supreme Court, following a decision made to disqualify him from office ISLAMABAD: The ruling Pakistan Muslim LeagueNawaz (PML-N) has placed Shahid Khaqan Abbasi, a Nawaz Sharif loyalist, as the interim prime minister until Sharif's brother Shahbaz becomes eligible to take over by winning a parliamentary by-election in the next two months. Abbasi was elected with 221 votes from the 342member National Assembly and will be sworn-in by the president soon. He is a longtime ally of Sharif, and was jailed for two years in 1999 after the military toppled Sharif. Opposition groups had also nominated candidates but PML-N holds a majority. Party lawmaker Rana Muhammad Afzal Khan told the press that the main objective was to “give Pakistan stability. As a responsible party we have to take Pakistan ahead.” Shahbaz will contest the parliamentary seat left vacant by his ousted brother, but the process is expected to take at least 45 days. Nawaz was asked to step down by the Supreme Court, following a decision made to disqualify him from office.

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The ruling came after an investigation was made into his family's wealth following the leak of the Panama Papers in 2015, that linked Sharif's children to offshore companies and assets not shown on his family's wealth statement. The SC said Sharif had been dishonest in not disclosing his earnings from a Dubai-based company in his nomination papers during the 2013 general election. It also recommended anti-corruption cases against several individuals, including Sharif, his daughter Maryam and her husband Safdar, Finance Minister Ishaq Dar, and others.

Abbasi vowed to continue Sharif 's work. “I hope that God will help me in furthering Nawaz Sharif's policies. People of Pakistan haven't accepted the (SC) decision,” Abbasi said, adding to speculation that Sharif will continue to run the show behind the scenes. “We wanted to make sure there is a smooth transfer of power and no constitutional crisis,” said Miftah Ismail, a PML-N official. On Sunday , thousands of supporters of opposition politician Imran Khan held a rally in Islamabad, waving flags and cheering Sharif's ouster. Khan, who spearheaded the campaign for the Panama Papers case, said he expected to win the next election in 2018. Transparency International UK urges govt to “take action” against Sharif's assets Non-profit Transparency International UK believes that the Sharif's disqualification over corruption allegations must prompt immediate action by UK authorities on his UK-based assets. They said authorities must

immediately work to establish whether the Sharif family still own the four properties, and consider seizure proceedings if it is found to be the case. UK pledged to introduce a register of beneficial ownership of foreign companies at the London Anti-Corruption Summit in May 2016, who truly owns the companies buying property in the UK. Duncan Hames, Director of Policy Transparency International UK, said, “It should not take a leak like the Panama Papers for us to know who is buying property in the UK. Allowing corrupt individuals to discreetly stash illicit cash in UK property hurts people in the societies they have stolen from and also contributes to the housing crisis here in the UK.” “The government has repeatedly committed to introduce a register of the real owners of overseas companies that own property here, so it’s high-time those words were turned into action. The need to act is well illustrated by the case of London property connected to Nawaz Sharif.”

Synagogue firebomber Aakash Dalal jailed for 35 years NEW JERSY: Aakash Dalal and co-conspirator Anthony Graziano, masterminds of a series of fire-bombings in New Jersy, were given 35 years in prison, narrowly missing a life sentence. Dalal, an Indian-American who remains incarcerated since his arrest in 2012, and spent most of his time in solitary confinement, was found guilty of terrorism and 16 felony counts of conspiracy to commit arson, bias intimidation, possession of a weapon and possession of a destructive device. He showed no emotion as Hudson County, New Jersey Superior Court Judge Joseph Isabella pronounced the sentence. He has consistently maintained that he was not in town when the string of

bombings occurred in late 2011-early 2012. Prosecutors however, believed him to be the main person behind the attacks, showing Graziano how to make a Molotov cocktail and prompting him to commit further destruction. Dalal allegedly told him, “I don't trust you until you kill a Jew.” Graziano was found

guilty of 19 counts of arson and bias intimidation in May 2016. The two boasted about the damage they had caused, noting that the attacks were reported on the news. Neither of them were charged with attempted murder. In the packed courtroom, Graziano and his

mother apologised to members of the local Jewish community. Dalal and his family chose to remain silent. Adarsh Dalal, his father continues to believe that his son could not have committed the crimes he was charged with, describing him as a person motivated by peace, and love in his heart. After the first fire-bombing at a synagogue in Maywood, New Jersey, the former Rutgers University student urged Graziano to do more. “The Jews got what they deserved tonight. We should do another one in Paramus,” he wrote. Graziano and Dalal are the first two people to be convicted under New Jersey’s terrorism statutes, created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terrorist attacks.

LAHORE: House arrest of Mumbai terror attack mastermind Hafiz Saeed has been extended by authorities in Pakistan's Punjab province, for another two months in a bid to maintain public order. Saeed has been under house arrest since January 31 this year. In a notification issued on July 28, the Punjab Government Home Department said on the recommendation of the federal interior ministry the detention of the activistSaeed has been extended for

another 60 days. “The Counter Terrorism Department has reported that keeping in view the expected release of said activist (Saeed) and other leaders and workers of said organisations (JuD and Falah-e-Insaniat) they have planned to spread chaos in the country. They have planned to make demonstrations under the leadership of Saeed,” the notification read. “He will be portrayed as a hero and his acts will be glorified. Abdul Rehman Makki

who is the central leader of the JuD has been making preparations for the purpose and has launched a secret campaign to muster support of the workers.” The notification added that the District Intelligence Committee Lahore separately said that Saeed would create law and order situation upon his release. Additional Home Secretary Azam Suleman believes that his activities are “prejudicial to public safety and maintenance of public order.”

“Thereby the Home Department in exercise of powers conferred under subsection 1 of Section-3 of the Punjab Maintenance of Public Order Ordinance 1960 Hafiz Saeed is detained for a period of 60 days with effect from July 28, 2017.” Saeed and four close aides – Abdullah Ubaid, Malik Zafar Iqbal, Abdul Rehman Abid, and Qazi Kashif Hussain, were detained by the Punjab government for 90 days under the Anti-Terrorism Act 1997.

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Mush mulled using nukes against India

DUBAI: Pakistan's former military dictator Gen Pervez Musharraf has said that he mulled the use of nuclear weapons against India amid tensions following the 2001 terror attack on the Indian Parliament, but decided against it for fear of retaliation, according to a media report. Musharraf recalled that he had many sleepless nights, asking himself whether he would or could deploy nuclear weapons, the Japanese daily `Mainichi Shimbun' said. When tensions were high in 2001, there was a “danger when (the) nuclear threshold could have been crossed,” the paper quoted Musharraf as saying.

30 Afghan soldiers killed in Taliban attack

KANDAHAR (Afghanistan): At least 30 soldiers were killed when Taliban fighters attacked an army base in the southern province of Kandahar. Sediq Esa, spokesman for the 205th Corps in Kandahar, said the Taliban attacked an outpost in Khakriz district, north of Kandahar city, seizing the outpost and capturing weapons and vehicles. "As a result of the fighting, 30 army personnel have been killed and many others wounded," he said. The attack came after days of fierce fighting across Afghanistan that underlined the steadily deteriorating security in much of the country, which has also seen a string of high profile attacks in cities, including the capital Kabul.

Air India air hostess, crew detained in S Arabia

NEW DELHI: The air hostess and crew members of the Air India Mumbai-Jeddah flight were detained in Saudi Arabia for three hours due to a permit issue. The incident took place when the crew members landed in Jeddah. The air hostess and crew were returning to their hotel after having dinner when their taxi was intercepted by Saudi police to check their permits. Despite showing the xerox of immigration and valid Air India IDs they were put in the police vans and locked in a room. After three hours an Arab hotel staff came and explained the police official about their identity following which they were released.

Putin orders 755 Americans to leave Russia

MOSCOW: In retaliation to the new sanctions announced by Washington, Russian President Vladimir Putin has ordered 755 US diplomats to leave the country. The Russian foreign ministry had earlier demanded the US cut its diplomatic presence in Russia by September to 455 - the same number Moscow has in the US. Putin said, “755 people must stop their activities in Russia.” Earlier this week, following the US Congress' approval of new sanctions against Russia, Iran and North Korea, the Russian foreign ministry announced that Moscow told Washington to reduce the number of its diplomatic staff in Russia to 455 people.

Woman sets house afire in bid to kill bug

HOUSTON: A woman trying to burn a bug inside her bedroom in the US started a fire which resulted in the evacuation of people from the building and an estimated $140,000 damage to the property. The incident took place at an apartment complex in Kansas, with Fire Marshal Mike Martin saying the blaze occurred in the master bedroom of an apartment. The cause was listed as being accidental, resulting from an “occupant trying to kill a bug with a lighter.” Monique Quarles said the blaze started after she tried to burn a bug that was found in the bedroom with a flip-style lighter that malfunctioned.


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6-month-old Team Trump crumbling? WASHINGTON: Senator John McCain, who has for now survived a cancerous brain tumour is coming out of his hospital bed to help President Donald Trump repeal the Obamacare health law. The former presidential candidate is a long-time Trump critic and was ridiculed by him for being captured in Vietnam and still being crowned a war hero. The vote for the health plan is extremely tight with several Republican holdouts and no guarantee the Republican-led Senate will take it up. McCain's support comes at a time for as the US President continues to rage on micro-blogging website Twitter, mostly at his own allies. Last week, he publicly humiliated attorney general Jeff Sessions saying he has “taken a VERY weak position on Hillary Clinton crimes (where are E-mails & DNC server) & Intel leakers!” He also lashed out at Andrew McCabe, acting head of the FBI and person-in-charge of the Hillary probe. Trump alleged McCabe “got

$700,000 from H for wife!” He singled out Washington Post and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos, “So many stories about me in the @washingtonpost are Fake News. They are as bad as ratings challenged @CNN. Lobbyist for Amazon and taxes?” He also tweeted, “Is Fake News Washington Post being used as a lobbyist weapon against Congress to keep Politicians from looking into Amazon notax monopoly?” Trump Meanwhile, sacked his chief of staff Reince Priebus and replaced him with homeland security secretary John Kelly in what is high-end White House

drama. The Prez has had a long week, as he continued to rant against all the injustice he has to endure, parallelly announcing a ban on transgenders from military. In a series of tweets, Trump opened yet another political firefight. “After consultation with my Generals and military experts, please be advised that the United States Government will not accept or allow transgender individuals to serve in any capacity in the US Military.” “Our military must be focused on decisive and overwhelming victory and cannot be burdened with the tremendous medical costs

and disruption that transgender in the military would entail.” The move turned around the transgenders' hard-won rights during the previous Obama administration to serve in the military, among the several Obamaera liberal and progressive advances that Trump has rolled back. The move was just as shocking as expected as all through his presidential campaign, the billionaire had showed himself as a friend of the LGBT community and a moderate on the issue. The announcement was followed by massive backlash. Former vice-president Joe Biden said, “Every patriotic American who is qualified to serve in our military should be able to serve. Full stop.” Several Republican lawmakers were taken aback. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, a Florida Republican who has transgender son, tweeted, “No American, no matter their sexual orientation or gender identity, should be prohibited from honour + privilege of serving our nation #LGBT”.

IS claims attack on Iraq embassy in Kabul KABUL: A suicide bomber blew himself up outside the Iraqi embassy in Kabul and militants breached the compound, in a complex hourslong attack claimed by the Islamic State. The country's interior ministry said all attackers have been killed and the compound was secured roughly four hours after the assault began. It added that all embassy staff were safe and only one policeman wounded “slightly”. The ministry said the attack began with a suicide bomber who detonated his vest at the entrance. “The quick-response police forces arrived in time and evacuated the Iraqi diplomats to safe place. No embassy staff have been harmed, only one policeman was wounded slightly,” their statement

said. The Iraqi foreign ministry in Baghdad said the charge d'affairs was among those evacuated and that it was monitoring the situation with Afghan authorities, refraining from giving further details. IS' propaganda agency Amaq released a statement claiming responsibility for the

attack, saying two members “attacked the Iraqi embassy building in the Afghan city of Kabul”. The attack is the latest to rock Kabul, which is regularly devastated by bomb blasts and militant assaults, often killing many civilians. The resurgent Taliban has claimed several attacks, but

the IS, which was recently ousted from the Iraqi city of Mosul, have been expanding their footprint in eastern Afghanistan and have claimed responsibility for several devastating attacks in Kabul. Officials in America's Pentagon say the group has fewer than 1,000 in Afghanistan. “We will be relentless in our campaign against ISIS-K. There are no safe havens in Afghanistan,” said General John Nicholson, commander of US forces in the country. The IS is believed to be on the back foot in the Middle East, where analysts said it has lost over 60 per cent of its territory and 80 per cent of its revenue, three years after declaring its self-styled “caliphate” across swathes of Iraq and Syria.

loud noise to alert people nearby and send out distress signals to predefined family members or emergency services. The sensor works in two modes- in passive mode, the wearer is assumed to be conscious and can set off loud alarms or distress calls on their own by touching a button when they encounter an approaching threat. In active mode, the sensor tries to detect signals from the exter-

nal environment. It was Mohan's experience as an engineering student in Chennai that inspired her to create the device. “Female students on campus were not allowed to work beyond certain hours. You were expected to be back in your dorm by 6.30 pm. Instead of asking them to remain indoors I think we should provide more safety to them,” she said. “The proposed solutions aim to combat child sexual abuse, college campus assault and abuse of elderly and disabled. We don't need body guards, I think we should have the ability to protect ourselves.”

Indian scientist creates wearable sensor to stop rape

MASSACHUSETTS (US): An Indian scientist in MIT has developed a sticker-like wearable sensor that can detect sexual assault in real time and quickly alert the victim's friends and family, and people nearby. Manisha Mohan, research assistant at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in the US, said the sensor, which can be attached to any piece of clothing like a sticker, could be trained to learn the difference between when a person is undressing themselves and when they are being forcefully disrobed. The sensor learns to detect signs of assault even

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when the victim is unconscious or not in the position to fight against the assaulter, such as in case of minors, bed-ridden patients or intoxicated people. An integrated bluetooth connected to a smartphone app can trigger a

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Pre-teen rocks hip-hop scene TORONTO: The 11 year old son of Manjeet Ral and Nindy Kaur, Anoop Singh is set to launch himself as a singer with his first solo single 'You Can't Stop This Party'. “I am very fortunate to have parents who have been in the music business for over 3 decades now. I always dreamt of being a musician Anoop Singh since childhood but I wanted to first train professionally as a singer before taking the big leap so I am learning Tabla and Keyboard in school and from my dad. I am also producing beats on my laptop,” Singh said. He has collaborated with Toronto-bred rapper Humble The Poet, and Indian rapper Raftaar. “I am working on a couple of singles that will be released later this year and my parents are also helping me to feature on a Bollywood track. I would love to collaborate with The Weeknd or Future, or Justin some day,” Anoop added.

Sudha Murty of Infosys was called ‘cattle class’ In her new book, 'Three Thousand Stitches,' Sudha Murthy, chairperson of Infosys Foundation and wife of well-known industrialist Narayana Murthy sheds light on existing biases in the Sudha Murthy society, as she depicts an incident where she was called “cattle class” at the International Heathrow airport. Standing in a queue in a salwar kameez, the 66 year old perhaps looked out of place, as a wellheeled lady said, “Go and stand in the economy class queue. This line is for business class travellers.” “Class does not mean huge possession of money. Mother Teresa was a classy woman. So is Manjula Bhargava, a great mathematician of Indian origin. The concept that you automatically gain class by acquiring money is an outdated thought process,” she wrote. Regarding the incident, Murthy said she could have easily shown her boarding pass and cleared all doubts about her “class”. But she waited to find out how as per the other woman, she lacked business class standards. “Soon I realised it was because of my dress!” she said. Sudha ran into the same lady later in the day. She had exchanged her western outfit for a plain khadi saree to suit the theme of a meeting where Sudha was pitching Infosys Foundation to sponsor funds for the overhaul of a government school. The lady was obviously shocked to see Sudha chairing the meeting. “The clothes were a reminder of the stereotype that is still rampant today. Just like one is expected to wear the finest of silks for a wedding, social workers must present themselves in a plain and uninteresting manner,” she wrote. She expressed concern over the existence of “external force” dictating people to appear in a certain way to be part of the “elite” club. “In most metro cities, many college-going girls become part of high-level prostitution because they want to earn quick money to buy designer clothes. This is because of the pressure created by the external force. So when I experienced the same myself at the airport I was more upset than angry,” she said.


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Singing Vande Mataram made mandatory in TN The judge issued the order on a plea moved by K Veeramani, who failed to clear the written test for teachers as he answered that the song was written in Bengali

CHENNAI: The Madras high court has made singing of Vande Mataram in schools, government offices, private entities and industries in Tamil Nadu compulsory. While schools must sing it at least once a week, the song must be crooned in offices once a month, said Justice M V Muralidharan. However, the judge made it clear that in the event, any person/organisation has difficulty in singing or playing the song, they shall not be compelled or forced to sing it, provided there are valid reasons for not doing so. The judge added that youth of this country are the future of

tomorrow and they should take this order in the right spirit. Justice Muralidharan issued the order on a plea moved by K Veeramani, who failed to clear the written test for teachers as he answered that the song was written in Bengali. The petitioner found that he lost the post by one mark, as he answered Bengali for the question on the language of 'Vande Mataram'. He alleged that the recruitment authority had made a mistake in the answer key by mentioning

Campaign to remove Hindi from Bengaluru Metro

BENGALURU: Karnataka chief minister Siddaramaiah has asked the Central government to remove Hindi sign boards from Bengaluru Metro following a campaign against the language. In a letter to the housing and urban affairs minister Narendra Singh Tomar, Siddaramaiah raised recent protests and instances of vandalism provoked by the usage of Hindi. "It campaign against Hindi started as a campaign in the social media followed by protests and submission of memoranda... Presently it has begun to take a violent turn with activists trying to deface the Metro name boards/signages," he said. "Although the state government has strictly dealt with those who defaced the signages and maintained law and order around metro stations... you would agree that in the face of a continuous agitation... it is counter-productive to insist on use of three languages, including Hindi," he wrote. The chief minister said the

state government was therefore "compelled" to ask the metro authorities to "temporarily re-design the signages" without using Hindi. Objections to the use of Hindi signs in the Metro stations had flared online in June around a campaign called #NammaMetroHindiBeda or "We don't want Hindi in our metro". Reacting to the controversy, officials at the Bangalore Metro Rail Corporation Limited or BMRC said: "We are following the three language formula as directed in a circular from the Ministry of Urban Development. Hindi, along with Kannada and English, is there on the front of the stations.

Haryana may soon have 'hostel' for cow CHANDIGARH: The Haryana Gau Sewa Aayog, an autonomous body constituted by the state government, is planning to set up “cow hostel” across the state. Soon the proposal for the same will be sent to Chief Minister Manohar Lal Khattar. Aayog chairman Bhani Ram Mangla said that he has discussed the proposal with state urban local bodies minister Kavita Jain, who, he said, wanted the “first such cow hostel to come up in Sonipat, her assembly constituency”. The Aayog, which plans to seek land for the construction of these cow sheds or “cow hostels”, wants to first run a pilot project before replicating the same in the other parts of the state “keeping in view the response to such hostels”. The plan is to keep about 50 cows in each hostel, Mangla said, adding, “We will allow admission only to indigenous cows; not cross-bred ones. If all goes well, we will set up societies for the management of each cow hostel. These societies will work like Resident

Welfare Associations,” Mangla said, adding that the local bodies department would have ownership over the land and the societies would pay rent to the department. While the societies will charge an “accommodation fee”, the cow owners “will be able to use the milk for their domestic purposes. They will also be free to sell the milk”. The Aayog hopes the cow hostels will ensure protection of cows while helping to control the number of stray cattle on the roads. According to the Livestock Census of 2012, there are 148,000 stray cows on the roads. However, Mangla claims the number of such cows has come down to 25,000.

that the song was written in Sanskrit. He claimed that for the mistake made by the board, he lost his opportunity. The Government pleader contended that the song was originally written in Sanskrit and was translated later in Bengali. To clear the ambiguity, the judge directed the Advocate General to find out the right answer. When the plea came up for hearing, the AG clarified that the original language of 'Vande Mataram' was Sanskrit but written in Bengali.

Cheering for superstars may cost you more

CHENNAI: Theatre owners in Tamil Nadu are pushing for flexi-pricing of tickets. That means, if you want to watch movies of superstars like Rajinikanth or Kamal Haasan you may have to pay more for the ticket. The theatre owners were pressing the government for allowing them to increase the ticket price after the GSTrelated stand-off. Industry sources said movies of Ajit and Vijay may also soon come at a premium, but film buffs will get to watch other movies for less than what they spend now. Theatre owners and film producers mooted the idea during discussions with the state government for sorting out the 'local body tax' proposed by the Tamil Nadu government in the wake of the implementation of GST, a source said. Theatres downed their shutters for four days and resumed the shows only after

the state government decided to keep the local body tax issue in abeyance and permitted theatres to add GST to the existing ticket prices. It also formed a committee to arrive at a mutually beneficial solution after detailed deliberations. As per the latest proposal, flexi-pricing of tickets could be in the range of Rs 50 - Rs 160 for theatres in the Greater Chennai region, while for the rest of Tamil Nadu, the maximum price could be capped at Rs 140 per ticket. Additionally, patrons have to pay GST of 18% for tickets priced below Rs 100 and 28% for those priced higher. In Tamil Nadu, theatres have not been permitted to increase ticket prices for nearly 15 years, while cost of infrastructure and maintenance of facilities went up. Higher caps apply only for the big stars. For most other movies, prices will be less than the existing ones.

Akalis question Rahul Gandhi over Operation Bluestar CHANDIGARH: The Shiromani Akali Dal (SAD) has sought an apology from Congress Vice President Rahul Gandhi for the Operation Bluestar. In a statement, former minister and SAD General Secretary Bikram Majithia asked Rahul Gandhi to explain if his family had deliberately attacked the Golden Temple in 1984 with the aim of destroying the symbol of Sikh faith and taken advice and help from the United Kingdom government. Majithia said the recent disclosures by British Sikh MP Tanmanjeet Singh Dhesi about the help extended by the UK government to then Indian Prime Minister Indira Gandhi to plan and execute Operation Bluestar on the Golden Temple complex, which houses the holiest of Sikh shrines -the Harmandir Sahib. "It has become clear that the aim was not to flush out militants as claimed. This could be done in many ways. But the manner in which the attack was carried out with foreign help using helicopter gunships and tanks indicate it was carried out deliberate-

ly to destroy the symbol of the Sikh faith," Majithia said. Dhesi, UK`s first turbanwearing MP who is on a private visit to Punjab, had told the media that he would pitch for an independent inquiry into the role of the UK government in Operation Bluestar. Majithia said this was the reason why the Gandhi family had never offered an unqualified apology for the attack on the Sikh race. "Rahul Gandhi has never expressed remorse, forget seeking forgiveness from the community for attacking their supreme religious places and butchering its members en masse in massacres engineered by his family members," he added. "Even now the Gandhi family was keeping a studied silence on the issue of seeking help from the UK government to attack the Golden Temple. After disclosures that a security adviser from the UK visited India and that those storming into the Darbar Sahib complex were given training by the UK`s elite SAS (special forces), the Gandhi family has not thought it fit to explain its actions.

Hit by lightning, BA plane grounded in TN

NEW DELHI: The British Airways aircraft was grounded in Chennai last week following lightning strike. According to sources, the London-Chennai flight was hit by a lightning soon after take off from London. As the crew did not notice any malfunction, they decided to continue the almost 10hour flight to Chennai. The aircraft reached its destination and landed there safely. But after landing when it was inspected, the plane was found to have suffered significant damage,” said a source. Following the grounding of the plane, the return flight was cancelled.

Telangana girl scales Europe's highest mountain peak

HYDERABAD: Malavath Poorna, the young girl from Telangana who climbed Mount Everest at the age of 13, has now conquered Mount Elbrus, the highest peak in Russia and entire Europe, reports said. Malavath, along with Sri Vidya, a 16-yearold girl from the state, began trekking the mountain on July 24 and reached the peak on July 27, the report added. Mt Elbrus is Europe's highest mountain peak, it said. "I am determined to scale seven highest mountain peaks in the seven continents. So far, I conquered three highest mountain peaks in the three continents”, the reports quoted Malavath as saying.

Modi flags off RameswaramFaizabad train

RAMESWARAM (TAMIL NADU): Prime Minister Narendra Modi last week flagged off the weekly express train Shraddha Sethu Express in Tamil Nadu's Rameswaram. The regular services of the train between Rameswaram and Faizabad via Ayodhya will commence from Rameswaram on August 6 and from Faizabad on August 9 respectively. The train shall depart from Rameswaram on every Sunday at 11.50 p.m. to reach Faizabad and will depart at 11.55 p.m. from Faizabad to reach Rameswaram.

MLA booked for assaulting woman, denies charges

RUPNAGAR (PUNJAB): Police have booked a case against Aam Aadmi Party (AAP) MLA from Rupnagar Amarjit Singh Sandoa for allegedly assaulting a woman. The case was registered following a complaint by a 55-year-old woman. The MLA, however, denied the charges. According to the complaint, Sandoa had allegedly taken the house of the woman on rent in November 2016 to use it as his election office and he vacated it in April this year. The woman alleged that Sandoa had not paid the rent and he owed her Rs 250,000. The woman in her complaint said that when she went to his house for the dues, the MLA allegedly thrashed her.

Punjab woman is Uber's first female bike taxi driver

NEW DELHI: Paramjeet Kaur, a 52-year-old grandmother from Mohali is among the first female bike taxi riders who ferry passengers for Uber. Kaur functions as part of the Punjab government's 'Apni Gaddi, Apna Rozgar' programme. The bike taxi is an initiative launched at the Indian School of Business in collaboration with UberMOTO. The women are facilitated with permits along with mobile phones to deliver the service smoothly.

Two Sikhs killed in US, community demands probe

CHANDIGARH: Two Sikh Americans have been killed in separate incidents in California, according to community organisations. In the first incident, Subag Singh, 68, was found dead in a canal after he went missing. His body had injuries. The enforcement officials said that they were trying to find out who was responsible for the murder. In the second incident, Simranjit Singh, 20, of Elk Grove was shot dead on July 25 outside a gas station where he worked. According to reports, he was shot dead by men who had earlier assaulted his co-worker. Authorities said they were trying to ascertain whether the crimes were racially motivated. The community members, meanwhile, demanded probe into the incidents.


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Alwar connection in Mahatma Gandhi murder case Sardar called the communalists the greatest enemies of the country Though exonerated, the Maharajas got a message to mend the ways

“The assassination of Gandhiji about this time led to a panic, in the midst of which any rumour was good enough to implicate anybody. It was alleged that Alwar had been an important training and propaganda centre for the RSS and that some of the conspirators responsible for the murder had been sheltered in the State

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oth, the Maharaja of Alwar, Sir Tej Singh, and his Prime Minister, Dr. N. B. Khare, belonged to the Hindu Mahasabha where the Muslim subjects were not feeling secured. As such it was a Hindu State where the authorities treated all other than Hindus as the “second-class citizens�. Even though the Meos, a Muslim sect, were in forefront fighting the British in 1857 where at least 6000 of them were killed, the Princely States of Alwar and Bharatpur had faced “the aftermath of the partition and subsequent communal holocaust� states V. P. Menon, the then Secretary to the States Ministry headed by Sardar Patel in “Integration of Indian States�, adding his impression about the Meos as “a troublesome community�. Even today, the Meos are proud of their ancestors’ role in 1857 and would say: “Meos were not pithoos(pets) like (the Rajas of ) Alwar or Bharatpur�. Menon records : “The communal situation in some of the border States was causing anxiety. In October 1947 Sardar called a meeting of the representatives of the provincial and the State governments concerned. The Maharajas of Alwar and Bharatpur and Dr. Khare were also invited.� At the meeting Sardar emphasized the “paramount need for maintaining communal peace. Those who fanned the flames of Communalism , he said were the greatest enemies of the country.� Following the impressions at the meeting and after the visit of Alwar, Menon conveyed his opinion to Patel that “in order to stabilized the situation, Dr. Khare should be replaced by a Premier of our own choice�. “The assassination of Gandhiji about this time led to a panic, in the midst of which any rumour was good enough to implicate anybody. It was alleged that Alwar had been an important training and propaganda centre for the

RSS and that some of the conspirators responsible for the murder had been sheltered in the State. In view of Dr. Khare’s pronounced pro-Hindu bias, the allegations gained some credence.� At this juncture the decision to take over the administration of Alwar was taken and both the Maharaja and Dr. Khare were asked to stay in Delhi “until an inquiry into the allegations was completed�. The Muslims of Bharatpur State complained of ill-treatment. The administration of Bharatpur was also taken over by the Government of India. Of course, the enquiry exonerated all the three, i.e. the Maharajas of Alwar and Bharatpur and Dr. Khare too, but it did give a signal from Patel to mend their ways.

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“On 7 February 1948, I served the order on the Maharaja of Alwar. He was completely taken aback by the allegations and agreed to dispense with the services of Dr. Khare. The latter was also ordered to remain in Delhi.� Dr. Khare was earlier a Congressman fighting the British. Since he was a Congress nominee as the Premier of the Central Province, he carried grudges against Patel for his removal from the prime post. Disgusted Dr. Khare even approached M.A Jinnah repeatedly for his Muslim League support for being the Premier again, but Jinnah didn’t bother. After leaving the Congress, Dr. Khare even became the Member (Minister) in the

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Executive Council of the Viceroy. When Menon along with K. M. Munshi discussed the prospect of forming a Union of four Princely States of Rajasthan i.e. Alwar, Bharatpur, Dholpur and Karauli, the name Matsya Union, was suggested by Munshi since it was the old name of this region to be found in the ancient books and in Mahabharata. All the four rulers accepted the name. Among the four, Alwar was naturally the most important State and the Maharaja of Alwar should have been the Rajpramukh. But because an enquiry was pending against him as well as the Maharaja of Bharatpur, Menon requested them both to stand down in favour of the Maharaja of Dholpur, who was in any case the oldest of the four rulers. Bharatpur readily agreed; but Alwar was hesitant. Of course, he acquiesced only after a good deal of argument and reluctance. All the four rulers signed on 28 February 1948 and following the Saurashtra model pattern, the Matsya Union was inaugurated by N.V. Gadgil, the then Union Minister for Works, Mines and Power on 18 March. The Matsya Union merged with Greater Rajasthan on 15 May 1949. The Independence Day was not celebrated in Alwar on 15 August 1947 nor the National Flag was unfurled on any of the public buildings except the Praja Mandal office and some private buildings. R.C. Mody, a native of Alwar and a retired official of Reserve Bank of India, describes the

situation in his memoirs : “August 15,1947 came and went. In Alwar, India’s tricolor was not hoisted on any public building. It could be seen only at the office of local Praja

of hair), which would mark him a Hindu, and a revenue official would issue him a Shuddhi certificate. This would enable the convert to reclaim his land or property that had been confiscatedunder what law, I could not know.� Lot many Muslims preferred to run away to Pakistan even after such torturous Shuddhi ! Like the Nawab of Bahawalpur, the Maharaja of Alwar in the 1920s purchased the Rolls-Royces cars and used them for collecting municipal rubbish. His descendant and the present “Maharaja� Jitendra Singh, who was the Union Minister of State in Dr. Manmohan Singh Ministry, is quoted as saying : “That incident was burnt into the collective family memory. We are perhaps the only royal family that was allowed to buy any car except a Rolls-Royces. We have numerous vintage cars but not a single Rolls.� Next Column: Abdication of Maharaja Hari Singh of J & K (The writer is a Sociopolitical Historian. E-mail: haridesai@gmail.com)

Mandal, a local affiliate of the Congress party, or inside a few homes like ours. The Alwar administration insisted that the State had acceded to Indian Union in respect of only three, viz., Defence, Foreign Affairs and Communication. Further, the arrangement was in the nature of a pact that did not make Alwar a part of India. What would one who lived to see freedom all these years feel?� Mody does add : “My worst memories of those days are of the communal holocaust Alwar suffered. Alwar city had a very visible and polished Muslim community, and some of my best teachers and close friends were Muslims. They all disappeared without bidding any one of us good-bye.� He also describes how the Muslims were forced to undergo Shuddhi(purification) where they were reconverted by “ forced to smell and lick a piece of rotten pig’s bone, an act that would be taboo for a Muslim�, shaved off most of the head of the person leaving behind a choti(tuft

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Floods have ravaged parts of eastern and western India this year, leaving at least 600 people dead and displacing thousands. The government has announced aid packages for affected areas and Prime Minister Narendra Modi visited Assam this week, reviewing the damage done by the glaring monsoon. Modi said he aims to find a “permanent solution” to the flooding the state faces every year. Rains also damaged tracts of agricultural

land and infrastructure in the northern states of Bihar and Himachal Pradesh, as well as West Bengal. The country's meteorological department, meanwhile, has said that heavy rains are likely to continue. Modi has been accused of bias in its offering of financial assistance, after he announced to give Gujarat £50 million. However, minister of state in the home ministry Kiren Rijiju announced that several state

governments are yet to fully utilise funds meant for relief and rehabilitation. Rajasthan, Arunachal Pradesh, Odisha are among troubled states. While leaders in several of these states are seeking more funds, the Centre claims that many are yet to use the money they already have. “Assam, for instance, has over £50 million which has not been used, even as it wants around £300 million as interim

relief. Similarly, Odisha has £82.4 million. Many other states have enough money lying with them. An inter-ministerial group is now visiting Assam to take stock of the situation. If it finds the requirement of more money, we will provide it,” a government official said Rijiju said that primary responsibility to deal with natural calamities lies with state governments and the Centre only supplements their efforts by

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offering financial and logistical support. He asserted that states have adequate funds to tackle disasters, that are replenished with additional relief amount when exhausted. “I can assure this House that the government is fully committed to ensure that nobody suffers due to want of the action from the Government of India. We are fully committed. We reassure state governments that we will be there whenever you require us,” he said.

Assam Family migrating to safer place

Gujarat Aerial view of flooded Banaskantha Western Indian state of Gujarat saw rains in bounty this year as floods claimed 213 lives. Officials said that death toll doubled over the last two days as over a 100 bodies were found once waters began receding. As many as 450,000 people are known to have been affected in the state. An officials said that many affected people in Gujarat had begun returning to their villages. "The death toll in Gujarat this

monsoon has risen to 213," A J Shah, director of relief operations with the Gujarat government said. Overwhelmed authorities described their struggle to cope with the number of bodies needing identification and post-mortems. An official at the state's emergency control room explained that “only after a postmortem is conducted we can officially confirm death of a person. Since many bodies were found, postmortem took

time hence the sudden jump in numbers.” Over two villages were submerged in water in hard-hit Banaskantha district. Rescue workers moved about 130,000 people from low-lying, dangerous areas as helicopters and boats tried to reach those still stranded. Modi had surveyed the devastation across the state from the skies last week, and reassured that all help was being provided to the affected.

Rajasthan Flood in Udaipur The Army rescued 27 people from rain-hit areas of Rajasthan where relief works continue. The worst affected districts in the region is Jalore, Sirohi, and Pali, and several villages continue to be surrounded by water with no connectivity by road. Jalore District Collector Laxminarayan

Soni said, “There are nearly 30 villages in the district which have been inundated or surrounded by water and arrangements for food packets and water bottles are being made.” He added that nearly 400 people have been rescued in the last two days and over 7,000 people in many villages

have been asked to shift to safer places. Sanchore's Taitrol village is among the worst-hit areas. Parts of the village are submerged in neckdeep waters. Hundreds of houses have been completely submerged and carcasses of animals, including deer, can be seen floating around.

Modi reached Guwahati to assess the damage from floods, just a week after he visited Gujarat. He saw similar devastation in both the states. Over 130 lives were lost and 2500,000 people affected across the northeastern states in Arunachal Pradesh, Assam, Manipur, and Mizoram. While Assam has experienced worse floods, the number of deaths this year has been unprecedented. Officials from the Assam State Disaster Management Authority officials said 83 people have died so far, eight of them in Kamrup district straddling Guwahati. Four were electrocuted when a large part of the city was under waist or neckdeep water. The rising level of water has affected over 1700,000 people across 29 of the state's 32 districts, with 15,746 of them evacuated by relief and rescue personnel. Standing crop

on 209,051.65 hectare was damaged while 131,899 were scattered across 363 relief camps. Bahruddin Ajmal, Lok Sabha member and chief of All India United Democratic Front, said, “Scores of lives have been lost in the floods that left several thousand hectares of agricultural land covered with sand. We want the victims to be suitably compensated.” Manipur has suffered a loss of £21.31 million, since Cyclone Mora hit the state in May, followed by a monsoon deluge. Principal Secretary MH Khan said the floods killed 19 people, damaged 85,226 hectares of agricultural land, 19,095 houses, 421 government infrastructure including 128 schools, 43 bridges and 35 market sheds, Damage in Arunachal Pradesh remains to be assessed, but a major landslide at Laptap village, near state capital Itanagar buried 14 people alive.

Part of a bridge washed away in Manipur

Lightning kills 37 in Odisha Lightning killed at least 36 people and critically injured 37 in several districts of Odisha last week. While some of the victims were working in the paddy field, others had taken shelter under trees. This is the highest number of deaths due to lightning in one day in the state.


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Could High Doses of Vitamin D Protect Kids from Common Cold in Winter?

Winter time is when cases of upper respiratory tract infections in children one to five years of age are on the rise. The cold weather can be hard to handle if proper care is not taken. It is also the time when vitamin D levels are found to be low, which is said to be one of the possible factors for common cold and ill health. Earlier observational and clinical trial data have suggested a link between low levels of Vitamin D and increased rates of respiratory tract infections. But a new study done by University of Toronto found a different view during their research on the health of Canadian children and the impact of early health in later life. The findings revealed that giving high doses of Vitamin D to your child will not protect them from

catching common cold in winters. Vitamin D sources include sunlight and foods like eggs, tuna, seeds, etc. During winter, our vitamin D levels tend to lessen due to less sunlight. This is also the time when there's a rise in the number of common cold cases. The study compared the effect of high- and standard-dose of vitamin D on the risk of children catching a cold or flu in winter. The researchers randomly assigned children aged one through five years to receive 2,000 IU/d of vitamin D oral supplementation (high-dose group; n=349) or 400 IU/d (standard-dose group; n=354) for a minimum of four months between September and May. The results of the average number of infections

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for high-dose and the standard-dose groups respectively were 1.05 and 1.03 respectively. "These findings do not support the routine use of high-dose vitamin D supplementation in children for the prevention of viral upper respiratory tract infections," stated the study. The study doesn't challenge the usefulness of the

recommended vitamin D dosage, but suggests that high dosage may not be better for colds. A limitation of the study could be that children may have had upper respiratory tract infections without swabs being submitted. The study was published in the Journal of the American Medical Association (JAMA).

the drink can have a transformative effect in just a few months. Researchers in Yangling, China, found that when a key compound in green tea, known as EGCG, was given to mice, their body fat significantly reduced. Such mice also performed significantly better in cognition and memory tests, the research adds. Results reveal that the mice fed just a high fructose diet had significantly higher body fat than those who were also given EGCG or a standard diet. The mice given EGCG also took significantly less time finding the escape platform than those given just high fructose. Once the platform was removed, the mice given EGCG were also better able to find alternate routes out of the pool. The findings were published in The FASEB Journal.

Study author Dr Xuebo Liu from Northwest A&F University in Yangling, China, said: 'Green tea is the second most consumed beverage in the world after water and is grown in at least 30 countries. 'The ancient habit of drinking green tea may be a more acceptable alternative to medicine when it comes to combating obesity and memory impairment.'

Study claims drinking green tea could boost your weight loss and brain function in just 4 months

An Englishman is on the green of a golf course about to take a putt. Suddenly, a funeral procession passes. He raises his hat as the cortege passes as if in deep reflection. 'I never knew a man such as yourself was such a gentleman!' exclaimed his playing partner, to which he responds 'Well, we were married for 40 years!' **************************** Doctor: "I'm sorry but you suffer from a terminal illness and have only 10 to live." Patient: "What do you mean, 10? 10 what? Months? Weeks?!" Doctor: "Nine." **************************** Smith: “Doctor, you remember this strengthening solution you prescribed me yesterday?” Doctor: “Yes, what’s the matter?” Smith: “I would like to use it but I can’t open the bottle!” **************************** Two guys are out hunting in the woods when one of them collapses. He doesn’t appear to be breathing, his eyes are glazed over. The other man pulls out his phone with trembling fingers and calls 911. He gasps, "My friend is dead! What can I do?" The operator says "Please stay calm. I will help you. First of all, let's make sure he's dead." There’s a silence, then a gun shot. The guy gets back on the phone and says "OK, now what?" ***** At an art gallery, a woman and her ten-year-old son were having a tough time choosing between one of John's paintings and another artist’s work. They finally went with John's. “I guess you decided you prefer an autumn scene to a floral,” he said. “No,” said the boy. “Your painting’s wider, so it’ll cover three holes in our wall.”

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Understanding Caffeine Withdrawal

Caffeine's is a serious addiction. It was only few years back when the American Psychiatric Association's Diagnostic and Statistical Manual of Mental Disorders considered caffeine intoxication and withdrawal as a diagnosis for mental disorders implying that people under caffeine intoxication or withdrawal may experience symptoms similar to signs of other mental disorders. So what exactly is caffeine withdrawal? It obviously suggests a person to have been consuming high doses of caffeine on a daily basis more than the recommended 400mg requirement in a day - and a sudden tapering of it, which in most cases leads to triggering a host of physiological symptoms. Usually people experience caffeine withdrawal symptoms within a day of stopping or reducing their caffeine intake, some of which would include the following: - Splitting headaches - Difficulty in sleeping or insomnia - Feeling fatigued and

drowsy - Lack of attention and focus - Irritability - Mood swings - Symptoms similar to flu - Depression - Muscle cramps or pain - Nausea How to avoid caffeine dependence - Do not make it a habit, avoid consuming it daily or consume in irregular intervals - Try decaffeinated versions - Alternating between tea and coffee may help - Monitor your overall caffeine intake that may stem from other caffeinated drinks, chocolates, medication, etc. How to tackle caffeine addiction and avoid caffeine withdrawal Stopping caffeine consumption completely and suddenly will only make things worst; a gradual tapering is always recommended until you are finally caffeine free. Get in touch with a certified medical expert to learn more about your body's relationship with caffeine and how to include it in your diet to reap health benefits.

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150 is just another number for Arjun

Two heroines for this 'Pistha'!

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ne actor who has been constantly in circulation retaining the same charm and form since his entry to Kollywood in 1980s is none other than the Action King Arjun. Arjun gained the title of Action King in the 90s. Though he is known as an action hero, he has acted with aplomb in all types of films. He can handle family entertainer very easily. He carried the challenge of playing the chief minister in Shankar's 'Mudhalvan' with sheer aplomb. He has also given his best in romance and emotional films. He can also handle comedy tracks easily. In the recent years Arjun has also started acting in negative roles. He played the role of a cop with negative shades in 'Mankatha' and he was as fit and smart as the lead actor Ajith in that film. In 'Kadal' which marked his first association with ace filmmaker Mani Ratnam, Arjun played the role of wickedness personified and lifted the film with his spellbinding performance. Now his 150th film 'Nibunan' has hit the screens amid positive buzz. Arjun plays the lead role of DSP Ranjith Kalidoss in a fascinating manner. According to a review of the film Nibunan', Ranjith as the cop is entirely different from what he has played so far. This cop is not only smart, intelligent, playful, brave and effective.

etro Shirish will be the hero of the new film 'Pistha.' It is funded by new producer Sambasivam for One Man Productions and directed by debutant Ramesh Baarathi who was the editor of Metro. Talking about 'Pistha,' Shrish says, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Pistha is a village based film. I have two heroines, Mrudula Murali and Arundhati of Saithan fame. Shooting is all set to start in Kumbakonam and Karaikudi and are commencing on the 3rd of August. There are totally

four songs composed by Dharan Kumar for whom this is his 25th film. All the songs have been composed and ready to be shot. I heard them and they all have come out very well. We have Yogi Babu, Sathish, S e n d r a y a n , Swaminathan and others in the supporting cast. Since there was already a film titled 'Pistha,' we had taken permission from them to have this title.â&#x20AC;?

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uly 28th was a special day for Dulquer Salmaan as it was his birthday. DQ as he is fondly called, is no new name to Tamil film industry as he had made his debut through Balaji Mohanâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 'Vaayai Moodi Pesavum' and followed it up with Mani Ratnamâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 'OK Kanmani.' He had delivered fantastic performances in 'Kali' and 'Kammaattipadam' in Malayalam last year that fetched him a number of awards, the notable one being Behindwoods Gold Medal for Best Actor in

'Fantastic, fantastic,' says Superstar Rajnikanth

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he successful film 'Vikram Vedha' has found a super admirer in the form of Superstar Rajinikanth who had watched the film at a special screening and had showered praise on the team. Pushkar and Gayathri took to their Twitter space to convey Rajinikanth's thoughts about the film, "#VikramVedha. Mass film made with so much class.That's what Superstar told us...Whata man!Thanks @superstarrajini". And here goes producer Sashikanth's version, "Fantastic Fantastic' - super star @superstarrajini after watching #VikramVedha Two words I will keep hearing for a looooooong timeđ&#x;&#x2122;?đ&#x;?ź sir".

Samantha praises Sai Pallavi

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ai Pallavi forayed into To l l y w o o d with the recently released romantic family entertainer 'Fidaa' directed by Shekhar Kammula. The 'Premam' actress was largely praised for carrying the film single-handedly and the collections so far look solid. Samantha who apparently watched the film recently was all praise of Sai Pallavi. Here is what she had to say through her Twitter space, "@Sai_Pallavi92 You were everything and more in #Fidaa . Will now go watch a film if it has Sai pallavi in it great job. Go kill it!!"

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Kamal's daughter changes religion?

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kshara Haasan, the second daughter of Kamal Haasan would soon be foraying into Kollywood with Ajithâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 'Vivegam.' She is right now busy with the promotions of the film and in a recent interview had mentioned that she has converted to Buddhism and stated that she was drawn to the teachings of Buddha. Reacting to this Kamal Haasan had tweeted, â&#x20AC;&#x153;Hi. Akshu. Have you changed your religion? Love you, even if you have. Love, unlike religion, is unconditional. Enjoy life . Love- Your Bapuâ&#x20AC;?. To this Akshara replied through a tweet, "Hi bapuji. No, still an atheist. Although i agree with budhism as it

is a way of life and in an individuals way of life. Love from your daughter akshu".

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hanush, who made his Bollwood debut with "Ranjhanaa', now wants to try his hands at directing Hindi films. The actor received a lot of critical acclaim for his performance of an obsessive lover, Kundan Shankar, in the Anand L Rai-directed film. The actor says the film helped him reach a wider audience and is now planning to increase his sway further by venturing into direction in Bollywood. "'Ranjhana' and 'Shamitabh' really gave me a wider exposure to Hindi-speaking audience. And post that, I got to know how it works here. I'm happy that the kind of films I'm doing right now is reaching a wider audience and I'm looking forward to direct Hindi films as well," he said. There is no stopping for Dhanush as the actor is also prepping for his Hollywood debut alongside Erin Moriarty, Barkhad Abdi, Berenice Bejo and Sarah-Jeanne Labrosse with a film titled 'The Extraordinary Journey of the Fakir'. "I can't ask for more. It has been a great journey from where I started to where I am today. I am really blessed and it's just that world has become smaller now. The exposure is much wider." "Few years ago, it was completely different. Now you go to any country, city or continent and just say 'Bollywood' and they will know. So, it means everybody is watching everything." Dhanush will next be seen in 'VIP 2' alongside Kajol.

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Taapsee Pannu reunites with Rishi Kapoor

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aapsee Pannu will be joining hands with Rishi Kapoor in Anubhav Sinha's next, the social thriller 'Mulk.' The actress plays the veteran actor's onscreen daughter-in-law. The duo had earlier acted together in Taapsee's debut, 'Chashme Bollywood Baddoor'. Prateik Babbar also features in a pivotal role. According to a source, the film will roll in October-November and will be shot

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in Lucknow and Varanasi. "The plot revolves around a joint family who is embroiled in a controversy with the actress out to reclaim their honour," adds the source. Anubhav Sinha says, "The film is a thriller set in Varanasi, his hometown. I've been directing for a long time now but never done anything in my part of the country. Rajat Kapoor is also on board with Taapsee, Rishi and Prateik."

Gurinder pushed me to excel: Huma Qureshi

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ctress Huma Qureshi is all praise for filmmaker Gurinder Chadha's for pushing her to excel in her role in '1947.' "She (Gurinder) is a very strong personality. I like working with such people. They push you to your limit. They push you to excel... To do better," Huma said. The film, which was released as 'Viceroy's House' outside India earlier this year tells the story of India's Partition, also stars Manish Dayal, late Om Puri, Denzil Smith, Huge Bonneville and Gillian Anderson, among others. Recounting one instance, Huma said the fun part of the creative process lay in the giveand-take relationship between the actor and director. "When we were dubbing for the film, I wanted to pronounce 'Gandhi' the way British pronounce it, but she said 'absolutely not'. She said that my character Aalia will say Gandhiji and say it the way it has to be said," she recalled. "I have only grown as an actor

Salman now promotes Mouni Roy

V actress Mouni Roy is the newest protege of Salman Khan. Salman who has a knack of spotting new talent has taken the actress under his wings. Mouni will be making her Bollywood breakthrough as Akshay Kumar's leading lady in Reema Kagti's upcoming sports-drama, 'Gold.' Salman will be Mouni's benefactor in Bollywood. The actress who rose to fame as the protagonist in the TV serial 'Naagin', caught Salman's eye when she made a few appearances on 'Bigg Boss', the reality show he hosts, to promote her own show. Struck by the 31-year-old actress' enthusiasm, Salman felt that she deserved more work. According to a source, "Salman made Daisy Shah the lead actress in 'Jai Ho' and has launched the singing career of Iulia Vantur. He has seen Mouni's work and felt she deserved a big Bollywood break. It is he who spoke to someone from the unit of 'Gold' and got her an audition. Of course, Mouni did well, subsequently bagging the part." 'Gold', currently being shot in the UK, is based on the Indian hockey team's historic win at the 1948 London Olympics.

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Kajol: People succeed here because of talent

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ctress Kajol said that success in the film industry mainly depends on the talent rather than on their family lineage. She says that nepotism is a moot point in the industry. Recently at an award function, Varun Dhawan, along with Karan Johar and Saif Ali Khan, mocked actress Kangana Ranaut in the wake of the nepotism controversy. The trio was criticised on social media for the joke they made

at the expense of the 'Queen' actress and had to eventually apologise for the same. In an interview, Kajol says there is nothing wrong if a child wants to be like his or her parents. Kajol, who is the daughter of veteran actress Tanuja, feels it is only hard work which has made people in Bollywood successful. "It is an open world. It is a free space. Anybody can become anything that they want to become. The people who suc-

while working with great directors." The 'Gangs of Wasseypur' actress said she was drawn to the script and the fact that Gurinder had a unique perspective about the narrative. "I have never gone chasing the West or Hollywood. I have always chased creativity and good scripts. So whether it's Bangla or L.A. if it's good, then I will go for it," she said. The film is slated for release in India on August 18.

ceeded in the industry, and by example you can take any name you want, they have succeeded because of their talent and sheer hard work. I don't think all the people who have succeeded have that much to claim over their bloodline," she said.


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Virendra Sharma celebrates 10 years in Parliament as an MP Close friends and family organised a surprise party to celebrate Virendra Sharma's decade in Parliament. A small party of close friends, colleagues and family celebrated on the 10 year anniversary date of the Ealing Southall by-election, 19th July. The party was a surprise for Virendra Sharma who thought he was attending a meeting about Hanwell Carnival. Attended only by those closest to Mr Sharma, the celebrations were hosted by Steve Pound, Member of Parliament for Ealing North, and Mr Atul Pathak a local businessman and close friend of Mr Sharma. Mr Tom Watson, Deputy Leader of the Labour Party, and long time friend of Mr Sharma, since they worked together in the 1980s, spoke about Mr Sharma's long term commitment to equality and the betterment of society. Mr Watson also

added his hope that Mr Sharma's next ten years in Parliament would be as successful as his first. His Excellency Deputy High Commissioner Dinesh Patnaik of India spoke about how in the last twelve months since he came from India Mr Sharma has become one of his closest friends in the UK, a man truly committed to improving relations and connections between the UK and India. Speaking at the party

Virendra Sharma MP said: “I am shocked, amazed and so grateful to everyone here today. It means so much to me that you would come to celebrate this milestone with me. I want to thank everyone who made these last ten years possible. My family have stuck by me through everything, the friends that have worked with me and campaigned with me to make what I do a success, and the Labour Party that made it possible.

Leading charity Diabetes UK is appealing to thousands of people across the country to take part in first-of-its-kind research aiming to shape the future of diabetes. The charity is asking people from all backgrounds to take part in their biggest online survey designed to discover what really matters to people living with diabetes and their families. Diabetes is one of our

biggest growing health crises. About 4.5 million people in the UK have diabetes and a further 11.9 million are at risk of developing Type 2 diabetes – a risk which is two to four times higher for people from Black, Asian and Minority Ethnic communities. Bridget Turner, Director of Policy and Care Improvement for Diabetes UK, said: “This incredibly important piece of

research will help us really get to the heart of what matters to people living with diabetes. Our understanding depends on speaking to people from all backgrounds and communities. After all – they’re the real experts. “The results of this survey will tell us about the issues that people with diabetes face in their dayto-day lives. That way we can make sure we are focusing on the things that really matter, and push for change where it really counts.” The Future of Diabetes survey seeks to understand the different ways that living with diabetes can impact a person’s life.

The last ten years have been an amazing privilege and honour. I represent the area I have lived in for 49 years and the place that I call home, there is no greater honour. Every time they have to vote the great people of Ealing Southall vote for me in greater numbers, and I truly respect the trust they have put in me. I hope that I can carry on representing our community for a long time to come.”

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ets gives you a marvellous opportunity. Take time out to strengthen close ties of affection, sort out emotional differences and proffer the olive branch to anyone who may have caused you pain in recent months. Venus throws an easy light on home affairs - a good time for home gathering and spending time with your loved ones.

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ing now, making connections, and paying attention to your immediate environment. Socially you are very popular and your communications strengthen your connections. You will be busy with errands, paperwork, phone calls, and light socializing. Siblings, neighbours, close relatives and friends may play a more important role than usual.

GEMINI May 22 - June 22 Venus continues to grace your solar second house. You may be a little extravagant with money, as your desire for luxury and comfort items is increased now, and this is something to watch for. When it comes to love, you value those who make you feel comfortable and secure. Also a good time for getting on with unfinished behind-the-scene activities.

CANCER Jun 22 - Jul 22

Venus, the goddess of love, is transiting your sign. This is a time when you naturally show your softer side. Romantic matters, as well as pleasure-seeking activities, come to the fore now. You are more likely to pay closer attention to your physical appearance and aim to improve and enhance your attractiveness. Pleasant and harmonious light on close ties of affection.

From healthcare services and medication, to how living with the condition can affect relationships and work and school life, Diabetes UK wants to understand which issues are most important to people living with diabetes, to bring about positive change. Make sure you don’t miss out on having your say, by completing the Future of Diabetes online survey at www.diabetes.org.uk/futu re-diabetes by 31 August 2017.

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Much enthusiasm goes into professional ambitions right now, but you need to be your own boss in many ways. Circumstances will make you more determined to place your lifestyle on a foundation of greater security. With both Venus and Mars resonating powerfully in your Solar chart, amorous affairs are likely to become extremely intense.

LEO Jul 23 - Aug 23

With Venus in your solar 11th house, this is a good time for your social as well as your love life. If you’re single you are likely to meet the person of your dreams. You could also benefit at work through a promotion. Organise your time so that it is not taken up entirely by the demands of other people. You have many loose ends that need to be sorted out.

VIRGO Aug 24 - Sep 23

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Venus graces your solar tenth house now. During this cycle, you are most charming and well-received on the job. Venus is charming, friendly, and affectionate, and her presence in your career and reputation sector brings social opportunities to your career. You are coming across well at work now, and there are more chances to socialize and network.

SCORPIO Oct 24- Nov 22 Your horizons have most certainly being expanding. Venus transiting the area of your chart ruling long-distance travel and philosophical thoughts will make your mind run wild. Personal relationships may be more intense, though there will be many romantic opportunities. Your financial affairs are also looking up and some of you will get a promotion or pay rise.

SAGITTARIUS Nov 23 - Dec 21 Your energy and attention will be very much devoted to joint financial matters. The tide of fortune continues to run strongly in your favour especially in ventures involving other people for some time to come. You will be working harder than usual, intent on getting things done. Close personal relationships will improve with with Venus transiting your solar 8th house.

CAPRICORN Dec 22 - Jan 20 Relationships look great as Venus and Mars help to enhance your personal magnetism and put you in a gregarious mood. There are subtle transformations taking shape in you life and a feeling of helpful influences in the background. There is much to suggest that you are in tune with your inner self.

Venus graces your solar sixth house now. Establishing a happy and harmonious work environment through friendly relations with co-workers or tidying up your work area comes into focus now. Romantic and social activities may revolve around your working environment. You are generally well liked and respected socially on the job right now.

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With Venus traversing your sign of leisure, it will put you in the right mood to indulge in your pleasure-loving instincts. Venus, the planet of love and romance throws a pleasing light on affairs of the heart. Existing emotional differences can be easily sorted out now. Your creativity is riding high and you should make the most of this phase.


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Moeen Ali created history by taking a hat-trick to help Joe Rootâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s side to achieve a 239run win over South Africa at The Oval and take a 2-1 lead in the four match series. Moeen, who had taken the wicket of Chris Morris, started his 15th over and he struck on the fifth ball when Dean Elgar, who had defied England by notching up his eighth century, drove a flighted delivery outside off to first slip where Ben Stokes took the catch. He followed up with a wicket immediately the next ball as Kagiso Rabada edged a full and flat ball again to Stokes at slip. The hat-trick was achieved in dramatic circumstances. Moeen pushed a quicker delivery on middle and leg stump and Morne Morkel played down the wrong line. The batsman was hit on the front pad and England appealed but the umpire Joel Wilson did not give it out. England reviewed and replays showed that the ball was hitting leg stump and the decision was overturned to give Moeen Ali the hat-trick. This was the first hattrick ever achieved at The Oval, the venue that was hosting itâ&#x20AC;&#x2122;s 100th Test

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match. Moeen became the 13th England bowler to take a hat-trick in Tests. Stuart Broad holds the distinction of taking a hat-trick twice in Tests. Moeen became the first England spinner since 1939 to have taken a hattrick. Tom Goddard achieved this feat in 1938 in the Test match against South Africa in Johannesburg. The 30year-old is only the third England spinner to have taken a hat-trick in Tests, the others being Willie Bates and Johnny Briggs. This is only the sixth instance of an England

bowler taking a hat-trick on English soil, with Jack Hearne having taken the first hat-trick at Leeds in 1899 against Australia. It took England a little under two and a half hours to take the six wickets they required on a bright, sunny final day. After dragging themselves back into contention with a fine performance at Trent Bridge, South Africa will have to do the same in the fourth and final Test at Old Trafford beginning on Friday (August 4) if they are to avoid a first series defeat in

England since 1998. The home side, heavily criticised after their showing in Nottingham, now lead the series 2-1. Brief scores: England 353 (Ben Stokes 112, Alastair Cook 88; Morne Morkel 3-70, Kagiso Rabada 3-85) & 313/8 decl. (Jonny Bairstow 63, Tom Westley 59; Keshav Maharaj 3-50) beat South Africa 175 (Temba Bavuma 52; Toby Roland-Jones 5-57, James Anderson 3-25) & 252 (Dean Elgar 136; Moeen Ali 4-45, Toby Roland-Jones 372) by 239 runs.

India beat Lanka by 304 runs India registered a 304-run victory over Sri Lanka on day four in Galle to take a 10 lead in the three-match series. Needing 550 runs to win, Sri Lanka were all out for 245 with two batsmen absent due to injury. This is India's biggest away win, in terms of run-margin, while it's Lanka's biggest defeat at home. With Dimuth Karunaratne (97) and Niroshan Dickwella (67), Sri Lanka would have hoped for taking the Test into the final day after being 192/4 at teabreak. But Ravichandran Ashwin (3/65) ended his wait for a first wicket in the second innings by inducing an edge from Dickwella and then cleaned up a well-settled Karunaratne, who was nearing a deserved century, to bring India on the brink of wrapping the Test on the penultimate day. He added one more scalp to his name before Ravindra Jadeja (3/71) removed the last man Lahiru Kumara to end Sri Lanka's ordeal. Each team dominated one-half of the first two sessions. India picked two wickets in the first half of both the sessions while Sri Lanka resisting in the latter. Opener Karunaratne kept defying India, first with

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Ross Whiteley hits six sixes in an over Worcestershire's Ross Whiteley joined a select group of batsmen who've performed the feat of hitting six sixes in an over. He did so in an English County Twenty20 match at Headingley on Sunday. The left-hander achieved this off the bowling of Yorkshire left-arm spinner Karl Carver during the 16th Rose Whiteley over of Worcestershire's innings. But he fell for 65 off 26 balls as Worcestershire finished on 196 for seven and lost the match by 37 runs. The contest almost included another sterling batting performance that came from Yorkshire's David Willey, the England allrounder, who made 118 that included 34 runs off one over from Australian pacer John Hastings. West Indies great Gary Sobers was the first batsman to hit six sixes in an over in first-class cricket when, playing for Nottinghamshire, he performed the feat against Glamorgan's Malcolm Nash in a County Championship match at Swansea in 1968. Since then Ravi Shastri, South Africa's Herschelle Gibbs and Yuvraj Singh have all matched that achievement in either first-class, one-day or Twenty20 cricket. In 2013, Lancashire batsman Jordan Clark struck six sixes in an over during a match against arch-rivals Yorkshire at Scarborough.

Sindhu appointed as deputy collector Olympics silver medallist PV Sindhu was appointed a deputy collector by the Andhra Pradesh government. Chief Minister N Chandrababu Naidu handed over the appointment letter to her at the state secretariat in the presence of her PV Sindhu parents. Speaking on the occasion, the shuttler said she was happy to receive the appointment letter. She, however, said badminton would remain her first priority. Naidu hoped that she would score more victories and bring laurels to the country and the state. The state government has asked Sindhu to join duty as deputy collector within 30 days. In May, the state legislature had passed a Bill amending the State Public Services Act to appoint Sindhu as a Group-I officer in the government.

Mithali still to get land promised in 2005

Kusal Mendis (36) and then with Dickwella. India tasted success with the new ball with the pace duo of Mohammed Shami and Umesh Yadav removing Upul Tharanga and Danusha Gunathilaka respectively. Jadeja took both the wickets that fell post lunch. He first removed Mendis and then Angelo Mathews (2), who played a loose shot to offer a leading edge. Lanka lost two wickets quickly and then carried through the sessions safely, without further damage. Ashwin tried hard and kept planting seeds of doubts in the batsmen's mind but had to wait long for a wicket

despite bowling unchanged for 15 overs. During that phase, Ashwin beat Mendis once, induced an edge that fell safe but it was eventually Jadeja who tasted success. Sri Lanka were left to chase a mammoth total after India captain Virat Kohli (103*) hit his 17th Test century - 10th as captain with the visitors declaring at 240/3 and thus accumulating a huge 549-run lead. In the first innings, India made a resounding start to their tour with Shikhar Dhawan and Cheteshwar Pujara hitting centuries to help India to post 399 for 3 on day one of the first test. Dhawan fell

short of 10 runs for his double century while Pujara remained unbeaten on 144 on day one. On the second day India suffered a mini jolt as Pujara, then Ajinkya Rahane were out quickly. Hardik Pandya provided a final flourish by scoring 50 off 49 balls. India ended their innings on 600. Lanka were all out for 291 to give India a lead of 309 runs. In the second innings, India made 240/3 with captain Kohli scoring a century. In reply, Lanka folded up by scoring 245 runs. Brief Scores: India 600 and 240/3d beat Sri Lanka 291 and 245 by 304 runs

Mithali Raj, who lead the Indian team to the 2017 World Cup final which they lost to England, has been struggling for well over 11 years to get the plot of land (500 square yards) which was promised to her by the erstwhile government of late YS Rajasekhara Reddy. Post the Mithali Raj stupendous show by the Indian women in this year's World Cup, couple of state governments have offered goodies for their players. However, there has been a chilling silence in the power corridors of the Telangana government. Barring a congratulatory message from Chief Minister K Chandrasekhar Rao on the team reaching the final, the government has shown no inclination to honour its 'daughter of the soil.' What is jarring is the fact that the state had lavished its goodies on other star players like Sania Mirza and PV Sindhu but has completely ignored the exploits of Mithali, who has been scaling new peaks each season.


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