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Police Chief slams his own force for taking over 20 hours to issue a public warning By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

A man who pinned a 15-yearold Asian boy to the ground and sliced open his cheek in a racist attack, has gone on the run after a four-day special release from prison. Jerry Monerville, 47, of Claremont Square, off Pentonville Road, Islington, is currently serving an eight-year sentence for attacking the teenager with an accomplice, Shane Doyle, 26. The boy had been sitting alone on a park bench in Bethnal Green, east London in November 2010. The vile pair attacked the 15-

year-old from behind and Monerville sat on the boy and continued to slash his face twice with a knife. When the boy asked why they had attacked him they spat back: “It’s cos you’re a f***ing Paki” and kicked him before they left. Now Monerville, who was released on Friday 11th April has failed to return to prison at 3.30pm on Tuesday 15th April. It has not yet been revealed why he was allowed out for four days. It’s been speculated that he may be in hiding in Herne Bay, Kent.

ANGRY: Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has slammed his own force after they took 20 hours to warn public about Monerville’s disappearance

ON THE RUN: Jerry Monerville was sentenced to eight years for slicing a 15-year-old boy’s cheek open in a racist attack


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MEET AND GREET: Sartaaj was given a tour around East End PLC's cash and carry premises where he took time out to speak with customers and staff members

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It’s not every day that one of the world’s most renowned singers pays a visit to your place of work yet for East End PLC, that is exactly what happened earlier this week. On Friday 11th April, hundreds gathered outside the New Birmingham Library for Sartaaj’s Birmingham press conference where he addressed the media and fans ahead of his UK tour. The man with the golden voice will be performing at six venues across the country, with his first date set for Saturday 19th April at Wolverhampton’s Civic Hall. Yet before his music is unleashed on his adoring British fans, Sartaaj paid a visit to one of his tour’s sponsors. East End PLC greeted the chart topper on Monday 14th April at the Aston Cross site – the former home of HP sauce which was redeveloped with an £11million investment three years ago – where he was given a tour of the premises before having a meet and greet with family and friends of the company. The Aston site, together with the West Bromwich premises (opened in 2000), cover a total of 600,000sq/ft, about the size of 30 football pitches, and just illustrate the enormity of East End PLC. Sartaaj also met with customers before witnessing the production process of many of the company’s own products first hand. Jason and Jasbir Wouhra, Directors at the national company, were two members of the family who showed Sartaaj round throughout the day and the prior said it was a fantastic experience.

“He is a very nice, down-toearth guy and is of course extremely talented,” he said. “It was a privilege to have him come to our store and share dinner with him in our boardroom. “He was interested to see how all our products were made and appreciated the fact that they are all done on site and produced here in the UK. “We have had a number of celebrities and politicians visit us but Sartaaj was certainly one of

Birmingham Library, where the East End PLC director is also the chair of the advisory board. “Sartaaj has a big interest in the Shakespeare era and as the library has the second largest Shakespeare collection in the world, we thought it would be good for him to visit the site,” he explained. “He was very polite and enjoyed himself, learning about something he has a real interest in.”

TOUR: (l-r) Jasbir Wouhra, Sartaaj and Jason Wouhra, spent the day touring the East End PLC sites before heading off to the New Birmingham Library

the nicest. “We can’t wait to see him perform live.” After dinner, and the meet and greet, Jason Wouhra took the musical talent to the New

Sartaaj will be performing in Wolverhampton, Leeds, Glasgow, Leicester, Birmingham and London on his current tour and East End PLC are proud to be one of the tour’s main sponsors.


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First wave of artists announced for Liverpool Arab Arts Festival 2014! POPULAR: The Liverpool Arab Arts Festival draws in thousands of people every year

ANNOUNCED: Farah Siraj will be performing at the festival, she is considered a music superstar in the Arab world

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The ever-popular Liverpool Arab Arts Festival (LAAF) returns for a 13th consecutive year and organisers are delighted to announce the first wave of artists who will appear at this multi art form festival. Female jazz fusion singer Farah Siraj, a music superstar in the Arab world and many European countries, visits LAAF in what is her only UK show this year, in the impressive surroundings of Liverpool’s St George’s Hall on Sunday 8th June. Farah Siraj has a style all her

own, which she describes as Arabian Flamenco Jazz. Siraj has performed on some of the world’s most prestigious platforms, including the United Nations, Nobel Prize Hall and the World Economic Forum. Farah Siraj said: "I am very excited to be part of the Liverpool Arab Arts Festival. This festival is one of the most prestigious in Europe and I am proud to take part in it. One of the things I most look forward to is connecting with the audience and bringing them closer to the Arab world through my music. We have an exciting program lined up and I just know it will be a special night." Boasting a huge range of events,

the nine-day-long festival will take place at various high profile venues across the city including the Bluecoat, FACT, Unity Theatre, St George’s Hall and Sefton Park Palm House. This year LAAF will coincide with Liverpool’s International Festival for Business. This eclectic festival will cover a plethora of cultural mediums and genres, with family activities, visual arts, film, performance, music, dance, food, two book launches and interactive workshops. People of all ages and cultures will find something to interest them. The festival runs from 7-15 June 2014.

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The British Sikh Report (BSR) is the only strategic document of its kind, aimed at governmental bodies and national institutions alike, which draws attention to the aspirations of the British Sikh community across a range of areas. Compiled by a collective of British Sikh professionals and academics, it is based on quantitative research and will be used to help better understand and meet the various needs of the Sikh community. It is anticipated that the report will assist non-Sikh organisations in working with the current British Sikh population on collaborative projects. Some of the key findings in the report related to the financial strength of British Sikhs. The report found that two-thirds of British Sikh households (66%) have pre-tax incomes above £40,000, and over a third (34%) have a household income in excess of £80,000. Taking into account the average size of the British Sikh household, the report values the Sikh contribution to the British economy at a staggering £7.63billion. In terms of wealth and assets, home ownership is very high amongst British Sikhs with 87% of households owning at least a portion of their home. 30% of British Sikh households own their homes outright and only 9% rent their properties. A mere 1% of British Sikhs claim Housing Benefit. According to the report, British Sikhs are clear net contributors to the British economy and have a strong entrepreneurial drive, with about one in three British Sikh families (34%) owning a business in the UK. Ed Miliband MP, Leader of the Opposition, comments, “The Sikh community is one which has made an immense contribution to British society over many years. I welcome the British Sikh Report 2014 for the insight it helps to provide to the community." David Cameron, the Prime Minister, comments, "The British Sikh community is one of the most hard-working and successful groups in the UK, contributing so much to our culture, economy and way of life. I commend the British Sikh Report 2014 for its continuing efforts to engage politicians in dialogue on matters concerning the British Sikh community." Jasvir Singh, chair of the British Sikh Report, comments, "The British Sikh Report 2014 has helped to show just how powerful the Sikh contribution to the British economy is. Sikhs are amongst the most financially independent people within the UK, and this often unsung and overlooked community deserves to be recognised as playing an important and integral role in contemporary Britain." The document was launched at a Parliamentary event on Wednesday 9th April where Sadiq Khan MP (Shadow Justice Secretary), Priti Patel MP and Lord Dholakia amongst others spoke of the positive relationship between Sikhs and Britain and discussed the findings of the report.

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Police Chief slams his own force for taking over 20 hours to issue a public warning By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

Suffolk Police and Crime Commissioner Tim Passmore has slammed his own force after they took 20 hours to warn the public about Monerville’s disappearance, despite promises to improve performances after recent incidents. Violent Jerry Monerville failed to return to Hollesley Bay open prison, which is a notoriously insecure and has been dubbed ‘Holiday Bay’ by inmates. The area's crime commissioner has slammed the force over the delays to inform the public, after promising to tighten up security following similar blunders when another convict went on the run last year. This is the third escape in three years. Mr Passmore said he would be challenging Suffolk Chief Constable Douglas Paxton about

the embarrassing blunder and will be seeking cast-iron guarantees that errors are not made in the future. He said: “I was given an assurance by the Deputy Chief Constable last July that communications to the public in these situations would be reviewed. “Clearly this is not working and that is completely unsatisfactory. “I will now take this up with the Chief Constable again and seek a cast-iron guarantee that such public information is released without delay.” Police have tried to trace Monerville without success and have issued an appeal to find him. He is described as white, of thin build with brown eyes and black hair, and has connections with Herne Bay. Police say anyone who sees Monerville should call 101, but should not approach him or take any other action.

ON THE RUN: Jerry Monerville was sentenced to eight years for slicing a 15-year-old boy’s cheek open in a racist attack

Nida Azwer among celebrated designers to showcase at Faisana Fashion Weekend Celebrated designer, Nida Azwer, is among the six fashion houses from across India and Pakistan, to be showcasing her latest collection and interacting with the UK public at Faisana Fashion Weekend. Nida Azwer has been designing and working in fashion under the aegis of her eponymous label since 2005, only one month after she graduated from the prestigious Indus Valley School of Art & Architecture. Her label includes prêt a porter, haute couture and bridal lines. Nida herself was nominated for the coveted Lux Style Award for Best Emerging Talent in 2008 and won the Best Designer Award at the Nesvita Women of

Strength Awards in 2009. The same year, she held her debut solo show in Karachi, featuring both prêt a porter and haute couture to the acclaim of press and industry stalwarts alike. Nida Azwer’s atelier has come to be recognised for the designer’s love of more classic and vintage design elements infused with traditional crafts such as ‘tukri ka kaam’, ‘rilli’, ‘kantha’, ‘zardozi’ and ‘miniature embroidery’ worked into contemporary fashion. All clothing and apparel created under the Nida Azwer label is meticulously handworked in Pakistan using only pure fabrics including Irish linen, chiffons, hand-woven silks and brocade. The

atelier is best known for infusing designs with attention to detail, innovative cuts, silhouettes and tailoring. Influencers on the South Asian fashion landscape, Aamna & Aisha and Radhika Hasan, bring to the Capital a UK exclusive with Faisana Fashion Weekend, which curates and presents for the very first time together on one international platform three of India and three of Pakistan’s most celebrated designers – Anita Dongre, Rina Dhaka and Bhairavi Jaikishan (India); and Umar Sayeed, Nida Azwer and Sania Maskatiya (Pakistan). The two-day event at Mayfair Hotel will launch with an exclusive

Champagne, Canapés and Couture evening on 2nd May, 7-9.30pm in Mayfair Hotel’s Crystal Room, where guests will preview the latest collections from all participating designers, introduced by the designers themselves. The evening will be interspersed with a runway show and classical dance performance by celebrated Kathak dancer Fasih ur Rahman of the Akademi institute. A free to attend, open exhibition, The Grand Trunk Show, will follow on 3rd May, 12-7pm, showcasing a wide range of pret and couture from the designers’ latest collections for the general public, again hosted by the designers themselves.


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Case WITHDRAWN Pakistani baby’s murder charges dropped By Ashley Grint

Five Indian organisations up for global green energy prize

Five Indian organisations have been selected as finalists for this year’s Ashden Awards, the world’s leading green energy awards, ahead of an awards ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 22 May 2014. India faces stark energy challenges. Some 400 million Indians live without access to modern forms of electricity, while 159 million cook using traditional fuels like wood and dung, which harms health and pollutes the air. At the same time, the growing economy is placing ever-greater strain on the already overstretched national electricity grid. Said the Hon. Sarah Butler-Sloss, Ashen Founder Director: “India is a hotbed of innovation in sustainable energy: from social enterprises that are meeting the energy needs of some of the poorest people in the country, to an IT giant that’s achieving staggering energy savings across all its business campuses. Together all five organisations are leading examples of what can be achieved. The rest of the world should take note.” Now in their 14th year, the Ashden Awards celebrate pioneering businesses and organisations that are helping tackle climate change and improving people’s lives. Some 20 organisations in India have won Ashden Awards since 2001. In 2010, Indian Ashden Award winners formed the Ashden India Renewable Energy Collective, which acts as a voice for the sustainable energy sector in India. A total of 14 Ashden Award winners will be announced at ceremony at the Royal Geographical Society in London on 22 May 2014. Winners will receive up to £40,000 and global recognition as one of 2014’s green energy leaders. Indian Finalists for the 2014 Ashden Awards are: Sakhi Unique Rural Enterprise in Maharashtra, Greenway Grameen in Mumbai, the Rajasthan Horticulture Development Society, Infosys and Mera Gao Power in Utter Pradesh.

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A Pakistani court has withdrawn the case against a nine-month-old baby who was facing charges of attempted murder in his homeland. Little Musa Khan was forced to attend two court hearings, facing charges, alongside family members, of planning a murder, threatening police and interfering in state affairs. Sitting on his grandfather’s lap, he clutched a milk bottle as the case was presented over day one before the judge dismissed the baby on the second day stating that he should never have been brought into the case. Musa’s grandfather and his three sons remain on trial. Police officers in the country say they will take action against an investigating officer who allowed the situation to arise, which has only pointed out flaws in Pakistan’s dysfunctional justice system. On the first day, Musa was seen crying as his fingerprints were

taken whilst his grandfather questioned the logic behind the case. “He doesn't even know how to pick up his milk bottle properly. How can he stone the police?” he told reporters outside the Lahore court. Musa and his adult relatives were charged this month with attempting to murder a policeman after his family clashed with police and gas company workers trying to collect overdue bills, with Police registering a case against the whole family, following the disagreement. “Police told the court that the nomination of Musa in the case of attacking police and gas company officials was a human error and Musa is not required,” defence lawyer Irfan Sadiq told Reuters. As Musa was taken from court on day two in his grandmother’s arms, the case against the rest of his family was overshadowed by the little boy, whose ordeal may signal an imminent, and much needed, reform of the country’s justice system.

RELEASED: Musa Khan’s two court appearances put the spotlight on Pakistan’s dysfunctional justice system

Dhaba Lane Two ladies inspired by nostalgia of homecooked food bring an alternative to lunchtimes By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

When former banker Arti Bareja and business development manager Upma Arora met they were inspired by their childhood nostalgia for simple home-cooked food and decided it was time to become innovators. They duo wanted an alternative to pre-packaged food, takeaways and curry menus, which didn't feature the simplicity they craved and saw a gap in the market. Hence ‘Dhaba Lane’ was born. Dhaba Lane, say the ladies, is a fresh new way to grab a tasty, healthy lunch on the go – infused with the exotic flavours of India. The company is named after the ‘Dhabas’ (roadside shacks) on the Indian and Pakistani highways, where truckers will stop for a quick bite and a cup of chai (tea). These shacks have garnered a reputation for the quality of their food and attract a wider range of customers from all social classes. South Asian food is a cuisine Britain loves a lot and currently it

simply has not been able to make its mark for lunchtime - due to the perception of it being heavy, greasy and unhealthy to eat regularly at midday. “We’re here to change that perception and fill the gap that exists for lunchtime. “For Asian people it will be the home-cooked flavours they so enjoy and for others, it will be a taste they love – all set out in an innovative, healthy and easy to eat manner,” says Arti. The company aim to have their own permanent kitchen in London where customers can come and enjoy their simple, tasty and well-balanced meals. In the meantime, they offer a fortnightly Wednesday lunchtime delivery service covering the City and Canary Wharf, bringing customers home-cooked lunch boxes made from scratch, with delights including a green bean and chicken salad with a moon dal soup. You’ll also find Dhaba Lane’s stall at Venn Street Market, Clapham Common on the first Saturday of each month. Dhaba Lane also offer catering services, canapés and corporate lunches, encompassing Indian and continental cuisine.


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Bad hair day? North Korean officials visit London salon after advertising campaign By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

Staff at a London salon said they had a ‘close shave’ with the North Korean Embassy earlier this week after a picture of the country’s leader was used in advertising the store’s services. A large poster with an image of Kim Jong Un was placed in the window of M&M Hair Academy in South Ealing, West London, with the question ‘Bad hair day?’ branded across it. Barber, Karim Nabbach, said embassy officials from the country turned up at the salon earlier this week questioning why an image of their leader was being used in the advertising campaign. He explained: “We put up posters for an offer for men's haircuts through the month of April. Obviously in the current news there has been this story that North Korean men are only allowed one haircut. “We didn't realise but the North Korean embassy is a 10-minute walk from the salon. The next day we had North Korean officials pop into the salon asking to speak to the manager. “He (the manager) said ‘listen this isn't North Korea, this is England, we live in a democracy so I'm afraid you're going to have to get out of my salon’.” The manager later contacted police in regard to the matter and was told embassy officials had also contacted the authorities yet no action was to be

taken. “We haven't had any trouble since then, if anything the poster has become a tourist attraction,” Karim said. A Met Police spokesperson added: “We have spoken to all parties involved and no offence has

been disclosed.” Last month it was reported that every male university student in North Korea would have to don the ‘Kim Jong Un haircut’. Previously, males were allowed to choose from ten styles, and women had the option of 18. CONTROVERSY: M&M Hair Academy barber, Karim Nabbach, insists the poster was only used as a tongue-in-cheek joke, yet North Korean embassy officials appeared to take offence at the use of an image of their country’s leader

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For the first time, the final nine paintings by celebrated Indian artist M F Husain - which were painted just days before he passed away in London, will go on public display at the Victoria and Albert museum this summer. The Indian Civilization series, also known as Vision of India through Mohenje Daro to Mahatma Gandhi, comprises eight monumental triptych paintings, each measuring 12 feet wide by six feet high, which represent Husain's vision of the richness of Indian culture and history. The artist's initial intention was to paint 96 panels exploring the breadth of Indian culture. Unfortunately he died before he could achieve this ambition. Husain's handwritten notes, describing his ideas, themes and stories for each painting and explaining the scenes depicted, will be included in the exhibition guide. The series was commissioned by the London-based billionaire Lakshmi Mittal and his wife Usha Mittal in 2008 and have never previously been on public display. Usha Mittal has lent the paintings to the V&A, where the artist completed a residency in 1990, to showcase the final works of this remarkable artist.

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follow us on twitter: Woman throws shoe at Hillary Clinton

A woman rushed past security and threw a shoe at Hillary Clinton in Las Vegas on Thursday 10th April, but it missed and the former US secretary of state laughed off the incident. The woman launched the projectile at the 66-year-old former First Lady as she was addressing a meeting of the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI). Clinton, the presumed frontrunner for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2016, ducked as the object whizzed past at head height to the left of her. "What was that, a bat?... Is that somebody throwing something at me?" Clinton said initially at the event at the Mandalay Bay hotel/casino, according to video footage by the local KTNV station. Regaining her composure and sense of humor, she added: "Is that part of Cirque du Soleil?" - a reference to the acrobatic dance troupe, which has several shows in Vegas. "My goodness, I didn't know that solid waste management was so controversial. Thank goodness she didn't play softball like I did," she said, drawing laughter and cheers from the audience. The blonde woman who threw the shoe was immediately escorted out of the hall, her hands in the air. She was later arrested, according to sources. A spokesman for the organisers said the woman was not accredited for the meeting. "Our staff denied her access before she later rushed past security. An ISRI staffer then stopped her as she approached the stage. She was then handed over to law enforcement," ISRI spokesman Mark Carpenter told AFP. He added: "We are grateful that Secretary Clinton continued in a professional manner to share her firsthand knowledge and experience of how the recycling industry has a positive impact on the economy and environment." The most famous shoe-thrower of recent years was the Iraqi journalist who hurled his own footwear at president George W. Bush at a press conference in Baghdad in December 2008. Muntazer al-Zaidi was sentenced to three years in prison for assaulting a head of state. That was reduced to one year on appeal, and his sentence was cut further for good behavior.

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Downing Street welcomes a ‘Flood Hero’ Selfless teen meets Prime Minister at special reception

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A teenager from London said he was ‘very excited’ after hearing of the news that he was to be greeted personally by the British Prime Minister following his work with the country’s flood relief efforts. 16-year-old Zafar Ahmad, from Southfields, London, finally met David Cameron on Monday 7th April at 10 Downing Street. After picking up the Hero’ award, ‘Flood four other alongside volunteers, live on ITV’s Daybreak, and receiving a cheque of £5,000 by Sir Richard Branson to go towards his chosen charity, Zafar was invited to the historic home of British politics. During his half-term holidays in February, the enthusiastic volunteer joined others from Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA), a UK youth charity, to assist with the wider flood relief efforts being carried out across the country, including the Staines, Chertsey, and Somerset areas. Zafar spent almost every

day helping however he could, whether filling and delivering sandbags, or helping with the massive clean-up operation of the St. Paul's Church in Staines. Speaking before he finally met Mr Cameron, he said: “I'm a bit nervous about attending the reception, but at the same time very excited to meet the Prime Minister. “Young people are often highlighted for all sorts of negative reasons, but I would like to assure the Prime Minister that there are many positive young Brits who enjoy helping others on a daily basis.” He added: “I don't consider what I did to be special, but simply fulfilment of my religious duty as a British Muslim to serve my country. “I would like to thank ITV for highlighting the plight of those affected by the floods as well as Sir Richard Branson and Virgin Unite for offering such a kind donation, which I am donating in full to help the flood victims.” Jamal Akbar, the AMYA youth coordinator who was so moved by Zafar's selflessness that he put the teenager’s name forward for the award, added: “In my

mind, everyone who helped out with the flood relief efforts is a flood hero, whether they are from our own community, the local residents, the Army or the tremendous Sikh volunteers who worked tirelessly. “The reason I nominated Zafar was because of his selfless dedication and the fact that he showed no hesitation in giving up his

school holidays to help others. “I’m very proud that he got through as there were over 120 nominations across the country. I think he is a great representative for young people across the UK.” Zafar’s volunteering efforts do not stop here as he is already looking forward to raise more money to assist

with the massive clean-up required up and down the country. Next month he will be running 10K at the annual MKA-10K on 4th May at Battersea Park and can be sponsored by visiting his Just Giving page at, www.justgiving.com/ZafarAhmad-2014.

HONOURED: Zafar Ahmed (centre) was awarded the title of ‘Flood Hero’ by ITV’s Daybreak and visited 10 Downing Street this month alongside other honoured guests

Operation ‘Trojan Horse’ By Majed Iqbal info@asianexpress.co.uk

A leaked document last month claimed an alleged plot to oust twelve Birmingham head teachers to make their schools more suitable to accommodate Islamic principles. At the centre of the controversy was Tahir Alam, the chair of Governors for Park view High School, blamed for instigating ‘Operation Trojan Horse’ which claimed a ‘Muslim take over’ of Schools as far as Bradford. The document, 'Operation Trojan Horse', whose author is unknown and whose claims are unattested allegedly argued that schools were “corrupting children with sex education, teaching about homosexuals, making their (Muslim) children say Christian prayers and mixed swimming and sports." The story hit headlines in national newspapers leading Birmingham Council and even Education Secretary Michael Gove to call for further inquiry and investigations into the allegations. Tahir Alam was shocked to hear about the claims and believes that he is been the victim of a malicious attack. “The document is the basis of the many sensationalised and

Islamophobic articles in the media which seek to defame and vilify respectable individuals and institutions. Any reference to me is a malicious fabrication and completely untrue" Said Tahir Alam Park view High School was one of twelve schools to be investigated, all of whom pre-dominantly have a high

School, Michael White said its board of governors was "taken over by a Muslim sect" in 1993 and that he was "forced out" after he challenged governors' attempts to ban sex education and stop the teaching of non-Islamic faiths in religious education classes.

The Muslim ‘take-over’ of Birmingham Schools story is malicious rumour says governor percentage of Muslim student intake. The school gained ‘outstanding’ in its Ofsted review last year for its high standards and huge turn around in achievements over the years. In 2013 75% of pupils gained 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including English and Math’s. Tahir Alam questioned then why someone would advocate a ‘takeover’ when the school is doing perfectly well? “This is an absurd idea. These schools are graded as ‘Good’ or ‘Outstanding’ by Ofsted. It is preposterous to suggest that Park View is somehow seeking to ‘take over these schools via the Academies programme" The allegations were further fuelled by a former teacher, who was dismissed in 2003 from Park View

Dave Hughes, a Park View Trustee and Governor at Park View School for over 15 years challenged these allegations. “Unfortunately some of those former staff members who are now sharing fictitious allegations with the media are the very same staff whose performance and expectations of pupils proved that they weren’t along for the journey”. Over 48% of Birmingham School students come from Ethnic minority backgrounds, 38% of which are Muslim by faith. Despite a large majority only 10% of the 100 schools run in Birmingham have head teachers who are Muslim. Tahir Alam has been surprised by the heavy handedness shown in the Inspections carried out in schools, citing it as unprecedented on how

such action can be taken on the grounds of an un-verified report. “I have worked voluntarily as a school governor since 1997 for nothing other than the improvement of children’s education" Trustee and Governor Dave Hughes of Park View School said “When I started as a governor there was no Halal food served, no arrangements for student prayer, for those who wanted it and girls who wanted to wear headscarves were not allowed to.All these things are now in place.” “In all my time as a Governor we have not received a single complaint about ‘extremism’ or ‘radicalism’. If we had we would have investigated it openly and thoroughly”. The investigation continues.


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Rihanna & Drake dine at Zouk Manchester

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EXCLUSIVE: Management at Zouk, Manchester keep the paparazzi away

Rihanna & Drake were recently spotted having fun across Manchester along with all 16 members of their entourage. Rihanna had joined Drake for his gig at the Phones’s 4 u Arena in the city last month. The restaurant of choice for the celebs? Zouk Tea Bar & Grill in Chester Street, Manchester. The Yorkshire-based restaurant, which has a branch in Manchester had the pleasure of serving up their sizzling culinary treats when a booking was made in advance for Rihanna and Drake. Drake has already enjoyed Zouk’s mouthwatering delights which were served up by the chefs of the award-winning

restaurant Zouk Tea Bar & Grill back in 2012. Though originally a table had been booked in advance on this visit, but when Zouk’s management suggested booking out the entire restaurant for privacy and exclusive VIP treatment, they went for it! Seems like it was just as well, as crowds of people including press had swamped the entire perimeter of the restaurant by the time Rehanna and Drake arrived for their meal. Once safely inside, the group went on to order specialist dishes from the unique Indian menu including Chilo Kebab, King Prawns, Steak and Lobster Thermadour which were then washed down

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with cocktails & shots. They all looked to be having a fantastic evening as they were all laughing and joking. Then at the end of the night the pair thanked restaurant Director Tayub Amjad by saying they really enjoyed their meal and would, of course, be returning again in the future! Tayub Amjad commented: “Drake & Rihanna visiting Zouk Manchester is fantastic news for us. “Drake visited originally in 2012 so it’s great to see him back again with another A list celebrity! “The group had a great time and enjoyed the food, when they were leaving they also promised to return when they were next in town. We look forward

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to seeing them again in the future.” There are also some unconfirmed whispers by medical students that the pair along with all of their 16 bodyguards played basketball at the Sugdon Centre (Manchester University) till early hours of the morning! We like Rihanna CELEBRITY Rihanna and Drake and Drakes party booked out the entire restaurant till all hours style!

The group ordered Zouks’ specialities Chilo Kebab, King Prawns, Steak and Lobster Thermadour amongst other dishes

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A pet parrot is being hailed as a hero after the bird flapped its wings, squawked and scared away a man who assaulted its owner in a park here. A 25-year-old woman, who was taking her pet African Grey parrot for a walk in Sunny Hill Park in Hendon, last week, was saved by her unusual walking partner. An unknown man is reported to have grabbed the woman by the shoulders and pushed her to the ground with both hands. However, the attacker ran off when the bird, named Wunsy, flapped its wings and squawked, trying to defend its owner. “This was a random attack on a woman walking out of a park,” police said. “Although the parrot, Wunsy, came to her rescue, we are obviously very keen to trace the suspect and prevent him from attacking anybody else.” The woman and the parrot were unharmed by the assault, police said.

UK Culture Minister resigns

Maria Miller, the minister who oversaw future regulation of Britain's newspapers, quit her cabinet post earlier this month following a row over expenses linked to a mortgage. Miller said she took ‘full responsibility’ for her decision to stand down as culture secretary, saying she did not want to become a ‘distraction’ from the government's achievements. She had faced a week of pressure from the main opposition Labour Party, and growing criticism from her Conservative Party colleagues, over payments she had claimed were linked to a loan on a home in Wimbledon, south London. Prime Minister David Cameron had come under fire for giving Miller his backing over the issue, and in accepting her resignation said he was "sad that you are leaving the government in these circumstances.” Asked if she believed she had been the victim of a media witch-hunt due to her role in implementing the recommendations of the press standards inquiry, Miller said in a television interview: “I fully accept the findings of the parliamentary report. This is about that.”

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Girls send gifts to orphans in Somalia through Mo Farah By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

Pupils from Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School and Sixth Form College, Blackburn have dispatched 350 stationery bags to orphans in Somalia this week through the Mo Farah Foundation. Working in partnership with Tauheedul Relief Trust and Mo Farah Foundation, the bags were designed and created by the pupils over the past few weeks. Each bag was then filled with

stationery items. Commenting on the efforts of the girls, Creative Arts Teacher Rukaiya Issa said: “This was an amazing heartfelt effort from our girls. “They personally designed and personalised the bags and filled them with stationery, which will directly impact the life of disadvantaged children overseas. Each bag contains items which will help take care of the children’s educational needs”. Principal of Tauheedul Islam Girls’ High School

and Chief Executive of the Tauheedul Trust, Mufti Hamid Patel said: “Our girls have once again demonstrated their commitment to helping disadvantaged children in the developing world. “As a school, we raise thousands of pounds for local and global projects. We are passionate about transforming the lives of children and young people across the world. We are grateful to Mo Farah Foundation for facilitating this project”. Chief Operating Officer of the Mo Farah Foundation Diana Nell said:“Entering into the next stage of this partnership

provides a key connection between pupils in the UK and students in Somalia further highlighting the importance of every child’s right to learn through the Mo Farah Foundation educational programmes. “Being able to deliver learning tools created with such personal care and attention further cements the importance of this relationship and all it strives to achieve.”

“They personally designed and personalised the bags and filled them with stationery, which will directly impact the life of disadvantaged children overseas.”

Train blast

Fourteen passengers were killed and about 50 wounded on Tuesday when militants bombed a train in Pakistan's Baluchistan province, hospital sources and officials said. The blast came a day after Pakistani security forces said they had killed 30 separatist militants in one of the biggest clashes in months in the gas-rich province. The separatist United Baluch Army claimed responsibility, saying in a text message to Reuters the bombing was retaliation for the raids by security forces. The bomb went off on the Rawalpindi-bound Jaffar Express in a carriage reserved for men, in the town of Sibi, 120 km (75 miles) southeast of the provincial capital of Quetta. “Fire engulfed the (carriage) following the blast causing most of the deaths,” said a rescue worker. Railways Minister Khawaja Saad Rafique confirmed the death toll.

Tauheedul Islam Girls school receives third ‘Outstanding’ Ofsted inspection A high school has received its third Outstanding Ofsted inspection in a row. Tauheedul Islam Girls School received a glowing report from Ofsted inspectors who said the school was in the country’s top one per cent for improving students’ outcomes. Inspectors said the school was led by a ‘strong sense of moral purpose’ and praised the its focus on helping the less fortunate. Lead inspector Joan McKenna said the academic achievement in school was also of an incredibly high standard. She said: “Students achieve exceptionally well

in this school. The rates of progress made by all groups of students are truly impressive across all subjects. “Because of the outstanding progress, students reach high standards. GCSE results are consistently significantly above the national average in all subjects.” The school has been in the top one per cent of schools in the country for the extent to which it improved students’ outcomes for the last three years. Ms McKenna added: “Students are highly motivated and enthusiastic about their learning.” She said the school’s spiritual focus was a

inspection is a stressful were very impressed and successful element. She said: “Students’ experience but it was most we are proud of our school spiritual, moral, social and positive. The inspectors and what we have achieved. cultural development is of an exceedingly high order because it is regarded as extremely important by leaders and its promotion is integral to the life of the school. “It is the framework within which all else takes place and there are very many examples of students’ outstanding outcomes in these areas.They act to help those less fortunate than they are and have welldeveloped views on a wide range of ethical and moral issues.” Principal Hamid Patel welcomed the report. He said: “Having an Ofsted


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New Sharia-compliant University loans for students any advantage or disadvantage – they will repay the same amount as other borrowers. David Willetts said: “The A new model for Sharia law- Government is committed to compliant student loans has ensuring that anyone with the been unveiled this week by Universities and Science Minister David Willetts. The proposed system will enable people whose religious beliefs forbid them from taking out loans that accrue interest to take advantage of student loans. Speaking at a Universities UK Conference on universities and growth, David Willetts launched a consultation on the proposed model asking for views on whether it is an acceptable ability and desire can go to alternative to the conventional university. “Sharia-compliant student system. The model will be available to loans will also give universities anyone who adopts similar access to a wider pool of talent financial principles. Anyone and help the UK get the higher taking the loans will not be at level skills we need to secure

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long-term economic growth.” The intention to develop Sharia law-compliant student loans was announced by the Prime Minister last year. The Government is seeking

“Sharia-compliant student loans will also give universities access to a wider pool of talent and help the UK get the higher level skills we need to secure long-term economic growth.” feedback from current and prospective students, community representatives and higher education providers. The consultation opened April 3rd and will run for 12 weeks.

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More than 280 people, many of them students from the same high school, were missing after a ferry capsized off South Korea on Wednesday, in what could be the country's biggest maritime disaster in over 20 years. The ferry was carrying 462 people coastguard officials said. 14 people were confirmed dead, but as frantic rescue operations continued late into the night under light from flares after the first day, hopes were fading for the 282 unaccounted for. It was not immediately clear why the Sewol ferry listed heavily on to its side and capsized in apparently calm conditions off South Korea's southwest coast, but some survivors spoke of a loud noise prior to the disaster. “It was fine. Then the ship went 'boom' and there was a noise of cargo falling,” said Cha Eun-ok, who was on the deck of the ferry taking photographs at the time. “The on-board announcement told people to stay put ... people who stayed are trapped,” she said in Jindo, the nearest town to the scene of the accident.

Malala art to fetch thousands

A painting of Malala Yousafzai, the schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban for campaigning for education for girls, is set to fetch up to £47,000 when it goes up for auction next month. The portrait of the 16-year-old was created by Jonathan Yeo and is being sold to raise money for the Malala Fund, a charity she set up to support the fight for girls' right to education. The piece, entitled Girl Reading, will go on sale at Christie's in New York and is estimated to fetch 60,000-80,000 US dollars (£35,000-£47,000). It follows the recent Jonathan Yeo Portraits exhibition at the National Portrait Gallery in London. The exhibition, which ran from September 2013 to January 2014, featured portraits of diverse subjects including Rupert Murdoch, Kevin Spacey in his role as Richard III, Idris Elba and Michael Parkinson.

Modi dismisses ‘nuclear’ claims

Prime ministerial frontrunner Narendra Modi ruled out the first use of nuclear weapons on Wednesday, seeking to calm concerns after his Hindu nationalist party vowed to revise arms strategy if elected. Modi told the ANI television service the nuclear arms were defensive weapons. India and its rival neighbour Pakistan are both nuclear powers that have been building up their nuclear arms stockpiles and testing long range missiles. In the 70-minute interview, conducted in Gujarat capital Gandhinagar, Modi predicted a record result for his Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) and said the ruling Congress party would crash to its worst-ever electoral showing. He also accused journalists of attempting to smear him over sectarian rioting in his home state in 2002 in which more than 1,000 people, mostly Muslims, were killed. Modi said Indian's nuclear arms arsenal "is necessary to be powerful not to suppress anyone, but for our own protection."

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Tributes for two British doctors who drowned whilst trying to rescue kids By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

Two British tourists have drowned in the sea off Tenerife after reportedly trying to rescue their children. The female victims, 42-year-old Uma Ramalingam and her relative Barathi Ravikumar, 39, went to help the youngsters after they were swept away by a wave. But the women - both doctors got into difficulties themselves near the resort of Playa Paraiso in the southwest of the island on April 6th. The youngsters, aged 10 and 14, were rescued by tourists and hotel workers while an emergency services helicopter pulled a third woman, 38, out of the water. She and the two children survived but the two other women each suffered a cardiac arrest and attempts to revive them were unsuccessful. A spokeswoman for Canary Islands emergency services said: "At just after 6pm yesterday afternoon we received several calls alerting us to two people who were in difficulties in the sea. "Witnesses rescued two women and two children from the sea. An emergency helicopter located a fifth person in the sea, a woman, and one of the respondents dangled out of the craft and pulled her out. "Staff from the Canaries health service, a doctor from a nearby health centre and another doctor who was at the scene found that two women were in cardiac arrest and tried to give them advanced CPR without success. "They later certified the death of both women. They also helped

stabilise the other people, taking a woman and a child to hospital." The 10-year-old child was reportedly taken to hospital with hypothermia while the 14-year-old was treated for minor bruises at the scene. The third woman was in cardiac arrest when she was rescued but survived after receiving CPR. A Guardia Civil spokeswoman confirmed the two women who died were British and relatives of the children, but said it had not been ascertained how they were related. An investigation is now under way. Dr Ramalingam was a consultant obstetrician at the Royal Oldham Hospital. Mr Olubusola Amu, from the Pennine Acute Hospitals NHS Trust, said: "We are greatly saddened to hear the death of Uma who had been working for the Trust for about six years. "She was a fantastic doctor who brought a lot of hope to the high risk women attending the Women and Children's Unit at The Royal Oldham Hospital. "This is a terrible shock to everyone who knew Uma. Our thoughts are with her family at this sad time. She will be sorely missed." Dr Ravikumar was a partner at a health surgery in Bracebridge Heath, Lincoln and has been described as "a hard-working and dedicated GP" who "always worked in the best interests of patients". A statement on her surgery's website said: "During her short time with the practice she was passionate about making a difference to healthcare in Lincolnshire and specialised in working with Looked After

TRAGIC: The two British doctors Bharathi Ravikumar (above) and Uma Ramalingam (right) drowned in Tenerife whilst attempting to rescue their children who had drifted away by a wave

Children. "Dr Ravikumar will be sorely missed and leaves behind a husband and two children." In a joint statement, Dr Mohammed Zubair Qureshi, Dr Ashfaq Qureshi and Dr Rama

Srinivasan, partners at the Heath Practice, added: "It is with great sadness and shock that our practice has learned of the tragic death of Dr Barathi Ravikumar, a hardworking and dedicated GP.

SALT: THE SILENT KILLER Alarmingly, almost everyone in the UK eats too much salt. Currently, the daily recommended amount of salt in the UK is no more than 6 grams (just a teaspoon!) – the current average salt intake in 8.6g (with many consuming more than this). Despite the recommended amount of salt being 6 grams, those with high blood pressure should be actively eating less than the specified amount. Excessive salt consumption is one of the largest factors contributing towards high blood pressure; though high blood pressure may not seem as serious as other illnesses, it can be a root cause of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, stomach cancer, osteoporosis and renal failure. Genetics can cause us to be particularly sensitive to too much salt and this is most definitely the case with South Asians. Various studies into South Asian health have determined that those of Indian / Pakistani / Bengali descent are at a

higher risk of high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. Shockingly, South Asians are 30-40% more likely to die prematurely from heart disease in comparison to the rest of the UK population and they are six times more likely to have diabetes than the average UK population. In spite of these worrying statistics, reduction of salt in the diets of South Asians is very limited. Whilst the majority of the UK consume (and exceed) their recommended daily amount of salt from processed foods, in the South Asian population, almost all of the salt consumed is added during cooking or at the table. The astronomical amounts of salt that the community have unwittingly incorporated into their diet is masked by the variety of spices that also go into the common curry / fried snack.

What can you do to reduce your salt intake? It is not necessary to completely eradicate salt from your diet – but by cutting the amount down you will be decreasing your risk of a whole load of health complications. Small changes can give you big results: Quite obviously, don’t add salt to your food and cut down the amount used when cooking Choose low-salt versions of popular table sauces (tomato ketchup, soy sauce, chilli sauces and mayonnaise can sometimes contain the same amount of salt as sea water!) Pepper, herbs, fresh chillis and other spices can be used as salt replacements to enhance the flavour of food Look out for 'green' on the traffic light label on product packaging for salt content Cut down on crisps, salted nuts and Bombay mix Just because something costs more

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Tax fraudster was building his own ‘Buckingham Palace’ By Ashley Grint

property without having easily obtained evidence.’’ Over the course of the investigation it was also discovered that Khan had at point had more than £120,000 in cash possession and had also paid for luxury cars in cash, including a £22,000 BMW. Chief Superintendent Alex Murray, responsible for policing in east Birmingham, said:“The joint action taken by police and HM Revenue and Customs proves that where communities trust local officers and confide in them, we are able to piece that information

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A Birmingham tax fraudster has been sentenced to four years in prison after plans to build his own personal ‘Buckingham Palace’ in Pakistan was thwarted by police. 42-year-old Mohammed Suleman Khan was living a life of luxury in his Moseley home, having cheated the tax man by almost £500,000 over a nine year period. Despite appearing to have no job on paper in the UK, and only transferring minimal amounts through bank accounts in the country, it was his lavish spending in Pakistan which alerted the authorities. Detectives investigating Khan’s lifestyle found that he had actually commissioned work for a £2.4million palace to be constructed in Pakistan which a judge described as his own ‘Buckingham Palace’. The building, upon completion, would have included its own library, private cinema and even servant quarters. It was a search of Khan’s home which unveiled the true plans for the mammoth operation in Pakistan’s Attock region. The tax evader’s defence argued that their client was a legitimate businessman who had earned just £300,000 over a nine year period. Yet officers from West Midlands Police Force CID, investigating the accused, had found that Khan had already spent £893,000 on the outer-shell and roof of his Pakistan project, on top of at least £300,000 income for

GUILTY: Mohammed Suleman Khan had cheated the tax man out of more than £400,000 and, having already been sentenced to four years in prison, is likely to lose more than £1million when the West Midlands force conclude their investigation

him and his family in the UK. From that information, officers concluded that Khan had failed to pay tax and national insurance over that period which equalled a total amount of £445,264. Acting Detective Chief Inspector Andrew Bannister, who led the investigation, said: “We disputed the amounts earned. Our research was not able to find any business he controlled or owned that was consistent with him being a debt collector within the community. “We were effectively prosecuting someone based on the evidence about lifestyle and

CONSTRUCTION: The palace in Pakistan would have been valued at more than £2million upon completion

together and where appropriate launch an investigation. “This may take time but we will always seek to bring to justice those who don’t operate within the law. “The message from West Midlands Police is that we will stop you, whether that is through criminal law, through Revenue and Customs, the Department for Work and Pensions or others. “Communities are fed up of people thinking they are above the law and are increasingly standing up to be counted.”


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EXTRADITED: Shrien Dewani faces trial in South Africa

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Town's outskirts. Three men have been convicted already and are serving jail terms. Prosecutors allege Dewani ordered the killing of his wife, who was a Swedish national. The extradition of Dewani, 34, from Bristol, brings to an end a three-year battle to bring him to court after her death in November 2010. Dewani's lawyers argued he should not be forced from the UK to face trial until he had recovered from mental health problems, including depression and post-traumatic stress disorder. Anni Dewani's uncle Ashok Hindocha told a news conference he was relieved his family would ESCORTED: Dewani was put on a flight from Bristol Airport bound for Cape Town now have an opportunity to get justice. to face trial on the murder of his new bride Anni He said: “(I am) relieved. Hopefully this case from now In a statement the country’s By Anush Ansari onwards will be about Anni. justice department said: “Shrien anush@asianexpress.co.uk “Until now, it hasn't really Dewani has landed at Cape Town been about her. You cannot really International Airport and was blame anyone. It's the justice received by members of the SA A British man suspected of system and the way it is. Police Service. arranging the murder of his new “Obviously, we were extremely “He arrived in the company of wife on honeymoon has been surprised that it took so long.” a medical doctor, nurse and remanded in custody after Her brother Anish Hindocha members of Saps (South African arriving in South Africa to face added: “It's been very difficult. Police Service) and Interpol.” trial on Tuesday 8th April. There is no life in our family any At a seven-minute court Shrien Dewani was more, we struggle. accompanied by officers from the hearing, he was remanded in Hitman Xolile Mngeni is custody for treatment at Metropolitan Police Service serving a life sentence for Anni (MPS) Extradition Unit from the Valkenberg hospital until 12th Dewani's murder May. Fromeside Hospital to Bristol, “With the help of the South Dewani is accused of being where he was handed over to behind a plot to kill his new bride African people, with the help of representatives from the South Anni, 28, who was shot dead after the British people, we are at least African authorities. They trying to cope. being kidnapped during a taxi escorted him on the flight to “We need justice for Anni. ride through a township on Cape Cape Town.

That's the only thing in our minds, and we will hopefully get it soon.” Dewani is due to appear in court later where he will be formally charged. It is understood if he is found fit to do so, Dewani could stand trial in September. The three men who have already been convicted and jailed over Mrs Dewani's death include taxi driver Zola Tongo, who was given 18 years after admitting his role in the killing. Xolile Mngeni, who prosecutors claim was the hitman, and another accomplice, Mziwamadoda Qwabe, who pleaded guilty to murder and received a 25-year prison sentence.

MUREDRED: Anni Dewani was found shot dead in an abandoned taxi in Cape Town's Gugulethu township in November 2010 whilst on her honeymoon with Shrien

New tests for takeaway ‘lamb’ Do you really know what is in your food? Well new tests which are soon to be introduced by the Food Standards Agency (FSA) will certainly give you a clearer picture of what you are eating. The FSA announced earlier this week that it will begin a new round of tests on lamb takeaway meals from restaurants across the UK after the consumer watchdog found evidence of cheaper substitutes such as beef and chicken. The FSA said local authorities were being asked to test 300 samples from restaurants providing takeaway meals and report their findings to the agency with the sampling set to start at the beginning of May.

The agency said mislabelling of food could result in fines of up to £5,000 and that businesses that are found to deliberately mislabel food could face prosecution. An FSA review of local authority sampling data from July to December 2013 found that 43 out of 145 samples of lamb takeaway meals contained meat other than lamb. Other meat species identified included chicken and turkey yet no samples were found to contain horse meat, it said. Last year a scandal broke around Europe when traces of horse were found in frozen burgers sold in Irish and British supermarkets.


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Leeds author gives us Ridiculous Witches! Sarah Shafi brings fun and mystery to Headingley LitFest 2014 By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk One of Leeds’ fastest rising children’s authors made sure her home city was not forgotten about last weekend as a ‘Ridiculous Witch’ was spotted in Headingley. ‘The odd legged car crashing witch of Leeds’ is the latest book to be released by Yorkshire author, Sarah Shafi, in her ‘Ridiculous Witches’ series, and was read for the first time at Headingley LitFest 2014. The Leeds-based story follows on from the likes of ‘The Royal trumping witch of Windsor’ and ‘The Ludicrous pie-eating witch of Wigan’, with Leeds’ nonsensical character living up to her predecessor’s reputations. This latest tale follows Headingley’s very own witch, who, much like the author, grew

up on Spring Road in Leeds and has a passion for cars. But, like all the other ‘Ridiculous witches’ before her, there is a big problem she must overcome. “She is a good witch but she has had a wicked witch as a mother who has turned her into a toad so she has a problem,” Sarah explained. “She has every single car on the planet, Ferraris, Bentleys, Porsches, the lot, but they’re all being smashed up across Leeds. But, there is a very special reason for this, and you will find out why it is when you read the book.” The Ridiculous Witches books have quickly become a favourite amongst youngsters aged between six and tenyears-old, with famed artist, Tony Husband (Private Eye), providing illustrations for every book. Having only begun writing children books within the last three to four years, Sarah Shafi

has quickly found her forte and she says this is down to one person in particular. “My daughter, Persia, is my absolute rock of inspiration,” she said. “She is ten-years-old now and whilst she has grown up she, and her friends, have loved listening to my crazy, made-up stories. “It wasn’t until recently that I actually put pen to paper and started writing the books and they can take anything from a couple of weeks to months to complete. “I’ve always had an overactive, weird imagination ever since I was a kid, so the Ridiculous Witches stories are something I just love doing.” Being from Leeds is something Sarah says she has always been proud of and therefore it was only a matter of time until her stories came to the city. She added: “This tale is particularly close to my heart because she shares my story of

coming from Headingley. “The dialect in the book is ‘very Yorkshire’ as well so it really feels like a book that the local community could relate to.” Ridiculous Witches from cities across England, including Windsor, York, Manchester, Wigan and most recently Leeds, must sort out their problems before they can be considered ‘proper witches’. With moral twists and wacky storylines, the tales have proved to be a big hit already, whilst the ‘Odd legged car crashing witch of Leeds’ was warmly received by tens of children and their parents at Headingley library last weekend. In a free, open reading, Sarah read her book to the youngsters before a question and answer session took place as part of Headingley LitFest 2014. The annual festival spans across Headingley and still has a number of events taking place over the next week.

WRITER: Sarah Shafi has now written six ‘Ridiculous Witches’ books with her latest story ‘The odd legged car crashing witch of Leeds’ being launched last weekend during Headingley LitFest 2014

Headingley LitFest volunteer and secretary, Richard Wilcocks, explained how important it was to ensure there was something for everybody throughout the three weeks of events. He added: “We are run by a team of volunteers and it is intended to be a community literature festival which lets everybody get involved. “We have had top flight authors, performers and actors come to the festival and Headingley has always been full of talent - Tolkien lived here from 1920’s onwards, and

Arthur Ransome, best known for the children’s classic Swallows and Amazons was born here. “We have reached out to every part of the community and have had fair amount of success so far with all sectors from youth, to teen and older generations.”

For more information about Headingley LitFest visit www.headingleylitfest.org.uk or to find out more information about the Ridiculous Witches go to www.ridiculouswitches.com.


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A doctor from Bradford Royal Infirmary said he was ‘incredibly humbled’ after learning of the news that he was to be honoured with his home country’s highest civilian honour. Dr Sulleman Moreea, originally from Mauritius, was awarded the Grand Officer of the Star and Key of the Indian Ocean award earlier this month from the President of the African nation. Since 2008 he has worked closely with Mauritius’ Prime Minister, Navin Ramgoolam, and the country’s Ministry of Health, to introduce, train and improve endoscopies across the five hospitals. Having done much of the work at his own expense, including travel, equipment, and training, and all in his own time, Dr Moreea was told he was to receive a medal for his efforts yet never expected to receive such a prestigious accolade. “It was on Sunday 9th March that I got a phone call from the Mauritius Prime Minister telling me the country was going to give me a medal for the work I had done and it would be announced on Wednesday 12th,” he said. “I was obviously full of pride but I told him that I may not be able to make it at such short notice as I hadn’t booked any time off. “It was actually my family and co-workers who insisted I went. My colleagues were amazing, they took care of all my work that week because they said it was a ‘once in a lifetime opportunity I couldn’t miss’.” He added: “When the list was announced and I saw which medal I was to receive I was incredibly humbled, shocked and surprised. “I would have felt extremely privileged to receive any medal but

this one has certainly acted as motivation for me to finish what I started in the country.” Dr Moreea first began working in Mauritius six years ago after organising one-to-one training following a discussion with the country’s Prime Minister, who is also a former doctor at the Yorkshire Clinic. His work across the five hospitals has helped improve the operating standards significantly whilst endoscopies can now be performed in units which previously didn’t even exist. In one hospital, in the south of the country, Dr Moreea not only paid for an architect to design a room which could cater for endoscopy facilities but also paid for the equipment. Running since 2012, and officially opened in 2013, it has so far performed more than 600 cases. Yet, Dr Moreea insists that single achievements like this are not what he is most proud of. “Unfortunately, with Mauritius being a small country and having a lot of private health care, people previously did not like to share their knowledge and talents with others,” he explained. “If you said to me, ‘what am I most proud of, teaching people how to do endoscopy or changing the mind-set of the people’, I’d say I’m much more proud of the latter. “Hospitals work best when people help each other and I like to believe that I have helped change the culture in Mauritius which will only benefit the next generation of doctors. “At the end of the day, I do this because I enjoy it. I enjoy teaching, I enjoy seeing people making progress and I enjoy seeing the country making an effort to help its people.”

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commemorative blue plaque. “We have been working to improve Henry Moore Square and last year we did some landscaping work to create a little green gem of space to honour one of our most famous residents.”

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An interview with former West Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable, Jawaid Akhtar By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

For 32 years, Jawaid Akhtar was proud to call himself a member of the West Yorkshire Police Force yet at the start of 2014, he finally called time on his long-standing career and became ‘just Jawaid’ once again. Involved in some of the biggest cases in West Yorkshire throughout the last four decades, he will perhaps be best remembered for spearheading the investigation into Bradford’s ‘Crossbow Cannibal’, Steven Griffiths. His rise up the ranks eventually saw him obtain the role as West Yorkshire Deputy Chief Constable upon retirement, after beginning as just another officer in Huddersfield in 1982. One of the very first Asian officers in the force, he helped pioneer the way for an inclusive institution, educating many and breaking down barriers. Despite experiencing a rise in Islamophobia following cases such as 9/11 and the Lee Rigby killing, he never doubted that a career in the police wasn’t for him. Speaking to the Asian Express, he remembered what it was like starting out as an officer and the importance of his family’s support in the early days. “When I started in the police in Halifax in ‘82, I was one of the early few Asian officers to join the force,” he said. “It was a very different organisation to the one now. With so few people

‘It was my responsibility to help others learn about our culture’ from the BME community I guess there was a curiosity really surrounding me. “It wasn’t so much a bad thing, just a lot of people hadn’t experienced an Asian officer before so they just wanted to know what it was all about. “I guess you could compare it to a white person going to a very rural part of India and the local kids come out to see you because they have never seen a white person before. It wasn’t quite as extreme as that but there was certainly intrigue around us. “As one of the first Asian officers, I felt like I had a duty to help educate others and that is something I am very proud to have done from day one to the end – It was my responsibility to help others learn.” He added: “I came from a workingclass background. My father worked in the mill, my eldest brother was a bus driver, and the other a mechanic so I wouldn’t say I was born with a silver spoon in my mouth. “I just had an extraordinary supportive family who wanted me to go into higher education and wanted me to get a good job, which I did through the graduate scheme.” Jawaid joined the Huddersfield branch of the police on the graduate scheme, a fast-track motion system that allowed him to rise up the ranks quickly. It was just another thing that made

him unique and stand out to others in the force. “It was like a double whammy I guess,” he said. “As an Asian officer I was somewhat unique but to be a graduate at that time as well just added to the whole interest around me.” Despite experiencing occasional racist slurs, Jawaid said he never once thought that the police ‘wasn’t for him’ and said there were always people there for support throughout his career. As he began to rise up the ranks he got more and more responsibility and in one of his last investigations, he was the lead in one of Bradford’s most shocking crimes of recent memory. The ‘Crossbow Cannibal’ case saw Stephen Griffiths murder three sex workers in the city and Jawaid was appointed Gold Commander for the investigation. He said: “I remember sitting there one day with the senior investigating officer for that job who was Sukhbir Singh. “I just sat there and thought, ‘who would have thought 30 years ago, on a case as significant as this, you would have an Asian gold commander and senior investigating officer’. “Back when I was a Detective Sergeant, I went to a scene involving an Asian family and spoke to them in Punjabi. Despite me being the highest ranking officer there, they just

assumed I wasn’t as important as the white officers because of the colour of my skin. “So fast forward to the Stephen Griffiths case in 2009 and it shows how far we have come. It is one of the cases I am most proud of working on.” Despite the improved workplace for members of the BME community in the police, Jawaid added that there was still work to be done. “There are still so few officers in the Association of Chief Police Officers (ACPO) ranks that are from a BME background,” he said. “Five or six years ago we were into double figures; I think there is about four left now so the challenge is still there. “I haven’t got the magic wand or answer as to why this is the case and I’d say for anyone who can explain it, there is a degree in it for them. Profile, ambitions, support, all these things contribute. “ Jawaid is succeeded in the force by his son, Moshin, who currently works out of the Huddersfield base. On his final day, the father-and-son pair patrolled the streets for one last time, and despite his full backing of Moshin, Jawaid admits he still worries as a caring father.

“Obviously there was great sense of pride that day and almost nostalgia to be back where it all started on my final day, but this time I was with my son,” he said. “As a parent you still sort of worry and having been in the job, and having seen what happens in terms of some of the criticism people face, being a parent it is only natural to have them worries. “But, to see Moshin continue in the force is fantastic and he will be there for at least 30 years.” For a man from Pakistan, who moved to the UK at the age of 10 speaking no English, to have finished up as deputy chief constable of the fourth largest force in country is something quite remarkable, it is the story of Jawaid Akhtar.

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PIA’s latest nightmare journey By Ashley Grint

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Leaking loos and lost luggage propel PIA into spotlight once again A pilot from Swindon said he was ‘appalled’ by the number of problems he encountered on a recent visit to Pakistan, with PIA airlines once again at the centre of the controversy. Four-hour delays, lost luggage, ‘terrible customer service’, and an overflowing toilet down the aisles, are just some of the issues 52-year-old Zafar Chaudhry says he was forced to endure when dealing with the airline. After travelling to Pakistan in April last year, he decided to recently report his nightmare story to the Asian Express after seeing a rise in incidents surrounding PIA. “I just felt that the standard of the airline, from the top of the organisation to the bottom, was so poor that I had to report it,” he said. “It was only the second time I have flown with PIA and how they handled all the issues of my trip was just appalling.” Recently, the South Asian airline

has come under a lot of criticism from passengers who have felt the service being offered to them is well below par. News of a pilot attempting to board the plane drunk last year, and a host of long delays, have proved detrimental to the airline’s reputation, which is often favoured by passengers flying from the UK, due to its direct flight to Pakistan. Mr Chaudhry, a pilot for 20 years, was flying out to Pakistan, as a passenger, on the 20th April last year when his first plane was delayed for four hours. After arriving in Islamabad he was then unable to locate any PIA staff to direct him to where he could get his connecting flight from, almost making him miss the plane. “I was looking for more than 20 minutes for a member of staff from the airline as I do not know the way around Islamabad airport at all,” he

explained. “I finally got directions from a member of security and thankfully caught my plane to Karachi.” Upon arriving at his destination, Mr Chaudhry was informed that his luggage had not been on the plane and would have to come back the following day to collect it. “I couldn’t believe it,” he said.“The plane could not carry everybody’s luggage, it was too small, so they just left it without even telling us. They offered no compensation, so I was wearing the same clothes I had been travelling in for two days. “I got given a number to call the following day which I did at around 2.30pm and got told to call back at 3pm. I phone them then, they said call back in ten minutes. “I did, and they said phone back in ten minutes again until eventually after doing that about five times I got told to pick up my luggage at 6pm.

“When I went back, I had to hire a car to get from my location to the airport, which was about 20 miles away, only to be told my luggage would be at the PIA base, at a different location.” Mr Chaudhry was finally reunited with his personal belongings yet his problems with the airline did not finish there. “On the way back to the UK, there were even more problems,” he explained. “The warm food we were offered was so cold it was uneatable and once again the staff were rude.” He added: “About 30 minutes before we were due to land, the toilet on board the plane had clogged up and the liquid from it had leaked under the door and was running down the aisle as we began our descent. “It smelt horrible but still nothing was done.” Despite a number of complaints

made to the airlines Mr Chaudhry was only offered £65 in compensation and 3,000 AirMiles, with terms and conditions attached. “I initially thought that’s great when I heard about the AirMiles,” he explained. “Only to then be told that they had to be used before the end of the year and a 30 day period had to be given before they were. Also they could not be used in conjunction with cash. “So I sat down to see where the 3,000 AirMiles could take me and they were literally useless. The cheapest one-way flight to Pakistan, in economy, was 11,000 AirMiles, so what I had been given was useless compensation.” Mr Chaudhry added that he had flown numerous times with other airlines, and ‘none of them are perfect yet they at least admit when they make mistakes and compensate for it’.


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After a failed attempt at an honour killing at the hands of her family, Mona (Aiysha Hart) is forced to go on the run. Her family, desperate to save face, enlist the services of a bounty hunter (Paddy Considine) to search the streets of London to track her down and restore HONOUR to their family. With the DVD set to be released on 28th April, Aiysha Hart and Shan Khan took time out of their busy schedules to let audiences know a bit more about the highly anticipated thriller. Aiysha Hart plays Mona in the film • What can audiences expect from Honour? I think that, on one hand the viewer can expect an edge-oftheir-seat, fast paced thriller with some shocking and unexpected moments; whilst on the other hand I hope they will be both moved and enlightened by the extremely weighty and harrowing subject matter. It’s a film that will undoubtedly push audiences to think and discuss, and that’s what I believe makes it so powerful. I also hope it will be refreshing for people to see a British Asian film that isn’t a comedy and isn’t about arranged marriage.

• What were your thoughts when you first read the script? On the first audition I hadn’t been given the entire script yet but I knew it was a film about honour killing. It was incredibly exciting to me that someone (Shan Khan) had been brave enough to write about such a relevant and taboo subject. When I finally got the script and read it, I thought it was brilliant; a real page-turner. By that point I felt very attached to Mona and I really wanted the opportunity to tell her story. It’s rare to find empowering and interesting female roles, so I felt and still feel very fortunate to have got the part. • Your role is one which must be hard to research mentally at times. How has it been for you getting in the correct mindset of your character? I felt like I had quite a strong connection to Mona and that I understood her from fairly early on in the process, which made getting into character a lot easier. Shan was quite focused on me just going on this journey with her and not worrying so much about doing extensive research into honour killing facts and statistics, which the character herself probably wouldn't have known. So I kept a diary as Mona and built up her back-story, and then once we started filming, the isolation of living away from home combined

with a very intense filming schedule meant that becoming Mona came quite organically. • What's it been like working alongside names such as

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Harvey Virdi? It was wonderful getting the opportunity to work with Harvey, she’s such a nurturer in real life, warm and funny and thankfully totally opposite to the character she plays on screen. It was also terribly exciting to act alongside Paddy Considine. I learnt a lot from just watching both of them ACTRESS: Aiysha Hart plays the part of Mona, a woman who escapes an honour killing attempt work. by her parents only to be chased across the country by a bounty hunter (Paddy Considine)

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Following the success of his radio plays and ‘Til Jihad Do Us Part’ broadcast on writer/director Shai Hussain presents his newest venture. ‘Three Shades of Brown’ is a new comedy web series about a ‘rude boy’, a ‘freshie’ and a ‘coconut’, who move into a flat together in London. Here be a

The plot

full house of highly conflicting personalities that can only spell doom. It stars some of the best of upcoming Brit-Asian talent: Omar Khan (Yeh Jawaani Hai Deewani), Muzz Khan (Four Lions) and Navinder Bhatti (the upcoming Amar Akbar & Tony).

When Harry tells his best friend Ravi that he's moving to the capital to start a new job, Ravi advises him to move in with his close family friend, Nas. However, when Ravi's girlfriend dumps him, he accompanies Harry to London and looks to stay on the sofa until (he expects) his ex will eventually realise her mistake. Nas, unimpressed with both Harry’s straight-laced personality and Ravi’s unexpected length of intrusion, soon plans to throw them both out. Unfortunately for him, an unexpected twist in events may have him begging for them to stay.

Launching on Monday 14th April 2014 with eight weekly webs series instalments

Writer Shai Hussain on ‘Three Shades of Brown’ and more… Tell us about your background. In terms of culture, my parents are Indian and Muslim. I was born over here. My passport says I'm British, my tastes are pretty Indian and my name says I'm Muslim. I wouldn't say I'm completely one or the other, but there are definite influences from all three. I first fell in love with the arts whilst pursuing a Maths degree in Manchester, due to unforgettable support from the Contact Theatre, which was next door. After finishing, I went travelling where I discovered my love for writing that led me to doing an MA Screenwriting at the Northern Film School in Leeds. One of my feature film projects got to the finals of a competition called "The Big Pitch" in 2008 and attracted the attention of Gordon Anderson, the director of the first series of ‘The Inbetweeners’. Simple to say, there have been some real highlights in my career, but what I've always wanted to do is write about the British-Asian world I know without the melodrama, but equally without the sugarcoating. TV and Film is

still my ultimate goal to aim for as they're the most widely viewed formats, but until that day comes, I'm hoping ‘Three Shades of Brown’ will convince the gatekeepers that there is an audience for this kind of product. How did you come up with this storyline? The characters in my comedic stories are generally stereotypes. During my Screenwriting MA in 2005, I developed a sitcom set at the University of Manchester about eight very different students living in a halls of residence: a geek, a girl-next-door, a rude boy, a slut, a ruggerbugger, a goth, a hippy and a daddy's girl. For comedy, I feel the best characters are those that are fully exaggerated and the best way to break down stereotypes is by exposing them for just how silly they are. For ‘Three Shades Of Brown’, I felt it was due time that this was done for the British-Asian youth of today, and to also show that not all Asian guys are the same. I feel that due support for ethnic stories is still scarce for the British TV and film industries. But films like ‘Bend It Like Beckham’, ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ and ‘The Best Marigold Hotel’ show that there is real strength in the brown pound. It was through sheer exhaustion from rejection after rejection that, after slowly deliberating giving up writing altogether, I decided that if nobody else was going to give me a chance to prove myself, I'd create that chance myself. So, I went through all of my concepts and decided that ‘Three Shades of Brown’ would be the one I could most likely to justice on a tiny budget. How did you loop in the cast? Muzz Khan, who plays the rude boy Nas, I met over a creative forum website years ago. I was writing ‘Three Shades’ when I saw Muzz in Ishy Din's amazing theatre piece ‘Snookered’, and I instantly felt that I'd found my Nas. Similarly for Ravi, it was writing for Omar

Khan's character in the Zing TV soap ‘Cloud 9’, that I knew that Omar could sleepwalk the role. Thankfully, they both accepted to do it. Harry was trickier to cast as due to time logistics, the actor I primarily had in mind didn't work out. I put the word out on different forums that we were looking to audition the part, and luck came in the form of Navinder Bhatti. Rez Kempton, who worked with Navinder on the upcoming film ‘Amar, Akbar & Tony’ put us in touch, he auditioned, and he was perfect. I can't imagine anyone else in the role now. How have you funded this venture? Completely off my own back with the money I make DJing and doing extras work from time to time. Family members did offer to help me fund the film, but I wanted to prove to myself that I could do this off my own back - at least for the first one. No sponsors, no investors, no producers - at least for the first series, just so I can set the tone and the world that I always saw it. It isn't so much criticism I can't handle - it's the wait for approval. However, my executive producer, Pulkit Datta (based in New York) has always been at hand to give constructive criticism without destroying my vision, and huge kudos to him for his patience and his eye for detail. Everyone bar the sound recordist (who almost halved his wages) was paid expenses only for this, and some of the supporting roles even waived their expenses! I truly had a great, talented, patient and passionate team on board for this. Looking back now, I seriously can't wait to start production on series 2. The goal has always been to show that there's an audience for this kind of show. The world of the webseries is still growing in the UK, but it’s massive in the US at the moment. With the right product and the right niche, the web can do wonders, and Three Shades of Brown hopes to repeat the success of Humza

Arshad's ‘Diary of a Bad Man’. What has your role been in the production? In terms of what I did for the project, I produced, directed, financed, edited, wrote music for, location scouted, marketed, designed, took care of PR, and about to go into distribution. As a no-budget webseries, I tried to take care of what I can do personally as I hate asking people to work for free. I owe so many people so much for their advice and assistance; and, obviously thanks to the press… such as the Asian Express, who have given me such a great platform to get the word out there. I promised myself I wouldn't cry. (sob) Why did you decide to webcast? I had little luck with producers. One producer felt the flatmates-sitcom had been done to death. Another said the characters were very believable and well-written but couldn't warm to them. Another said they loved the upbeat dialogue but it didn't feel the right kind of project for them. Another said that she loved it, but had another similar sitcom in production. It was the final feedback that was the last straw really. I'd had so many experiences of concepts I believed turned down time and time again, just to see a similar idea pitched by a seasoned writer to get made two years down the line, that I was determined not to see it happen again. What have you learnt from making ‘Three Shades of Brown’? Whilst on my MA, I wrote an action thriller called ‘Eye for an Eye’ where two brothers fought each other on the other side of terrorism a kind of British remake of ‘Deewar’. Then ‘Britz’ came out. During the same time, I wrote ‘Small World’, my freshers-set sitcom set in Manchester. It was the script that bagged me an agent five years later, yet nobody would touch it. Then, when my agent started sending it out, we learnt that there was a little show called ‘Fresh Meat’ about to come out that was too similar. Then I thought I'd hit the jackpot with NBC Universal and my radio sitcom ‘Generasians’. After a year of development and getting through to the final round of commissioning with BBC Radio 4 twice, ‘Citizen Khan’ came out and it was history. I couldn't allow the same thing to happen to ‘Three Shades of Brown’. I hope the readers of Asian Express enjoy it.


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Shan Khan – Writer/ Director • What can we expect from ‘Honour’? It is a very interesting film and one which will make you think afterwards. It is like the thrillers of the 70’s. Back in that time I feel that films were better at putting across messages whereas now they don’t really do that but rather focus on celebrity instead. Honour is more like a traditional thriller and will give you something more than the typical modern day film. Of course it is also very entertaining and has some fantastic talent acting in it.

• How long did the film take to direct? We began filming back in 2009 once we had established our cast and then it was probably completed in 2012. Since then we have just had to really wait for the right time to launch it, with budgets considered, and hopefully the wait will be worthwhile for everybody. • Where does your passion for film come from? I have always had a love for films since I was a young boy growing up in Scotland. My father owned a video shop and we would watch movies every day and he would tell me that movies are the ‘big thing’. I was in charge of the video shop at points when I was just 12-year-old and just fell in love with it all there and

then. We grew up in a small town as the only Asian family and it was an escape for me really. • What was Aiysha like to work with? Aiysha is a wonderful actress and a great person. A lot of people would just say that but she is extremely talented. For the role of Mona we must have interviewed around 200 people and we only heard from Aiysha because she was a friend of someone else who had come to audition and she thought she may as well have a go at it. Thankfully she did and from then she was our Mona. It is a very hard part to play, especially at her age, but she is a great actress and did the part justice.

ACTRESS: Aiysha Hart plays the part of Mona, a woman who escapes an honour killing attempt by her parents only to be chased across the country by a bounty hunter (Paddy Considine)

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wilful bureaucratic father V.K Sehgal. The obstinate old man believes that only a rich man can bring Mayera happiness and a mid-level executive like Mohit simply isn't good enough! Exactly how fragile are relationships in these times where consumer lifestyles dictate their very nature and intensity? Who gets the last laugh when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love... creditcard-junkies privatesector Mohit-Mayera; or safe-playing sarkari, V.K. Sehgal?

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The Shahenshah of Bollywood, Amitabh Bachchan, returns to delight audiences of all ages as he returns to the silver screen in a lead role as his much loved, paranormal avatar makes a comeback in ‘Bhootnath Returns’. ‘Bhoothnath Returns’ takes Bhoothnath’s story forward as the paranormal character returns to ‘Bhoot World’, where he is greeted with taunts and condemnation from the other ghosts for bringing disrepute to the ghostcommunity for getting bullied by a kid on Earth.

Post the humiliation, Bhoothnath (Amitabh Bachchan) decides to redeem himself by returning to Earth to seek vengeance by scaring a bunch of kids. His search leads him to Akhrot (Parth Bhalerao), a kid from the slums who happens to be the only person who can see him. They agree to help each other but their friendship embroils them in a cause bigger than they had ever imagined. To move ahead, they will need to take on one of the country’s most powerful and corrupt

politicians, Bhau (Boman Irani). The Lok Sabha elections are nearing and Bhau’s victory is a mere formality, or is it? In a world where the common man is afraid of politics, will a common man’s ghost overcome his fear to stand up for what’s right and fight against injustice? Bhoothnath Returns is an entertaining tale of good against evil, weak against powerful, past against future.

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Two years ago, a young couple set off for a naughty weekend at a friend's secluded farmhouse. What they didn't anticipate was the unimaginable horror that awaited them. Today, the story of the terrifying ghostly entity that manifested itself has become something of a legend. So, an enthusiastic young film crew arrives at the farmhouse to recreate these events for a movie. But before long, they discover for themselves the horrors that lie within its walls. Plagued by spooky and inexplicable events, the filmmakers soon find that they are trapped. Their only hope of escape is to destroy the evil spirits. And to do that, they must uncover the house's terrible history! Controversial star Sunny Leone takes the lead in this spinechilling sequel to the acclaimed 'Paranormal Activity'-style 2011 Bollywood found footage horror.

FILM: Chambaili RELEASE DATE: DIRECTED BY: Ismail Jilani 27/03/2014 GENRE: Drama STAR CAST: Khalid Ahmed, Shafqat Cheema, Mohammad Ehteshamuddin, Maira Khan, Saiqa Khayam, Ghulam Mohiuddin Thought-provoking political thriller 'Chambaili' tells the story of a small group of ordinary people revolting against corrupt politicians and challenging the status quo. Set in a fictional country resembling Pakistan, the film follows a group of friends who are torn between emigrating or staying to fight for change. Pushed to the brink by unjust leaders, they are left with no choice but to take matters into their own hands. The story revolves around a family, who lives in an area

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where the majority of the houses are being bought by a political party. They are being forced to sell their house. The movie takes a turn when the family decides to stand up to guard their rights and their country and starts a hunger strike and a friend of the family is killed during their protest. It is then that a simple man evolves as a leader of ordinary people and becomes a threat to all the political figures of the nation.

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A tall, erudite, Punjabi boy next door, aware of his reality, duty and ambition yet, lost in a distant world - as he hopes to become a writer someday. A writer, compassionate about the world around him... a world where he wants to make a difference with his words... without being preachy. Raised by an overbearing Punjabi mother and an alcoholic father, theonly reason Krish is home, is for his mother. They find the solace of a family with each other. He would not do anything against her wishes or do something that would hurt her. However, much to the chagrin of his mother, Krish falls in love with Ananya, a Tamilian girl, whose nonchalance over his caste or community and encouragement to pursue his dream to become a writer, wins him over. Krish knows his mother will not be happy with his choice of a 'Madrasan' and that Ananya's parents will not be forthcoming either. However insurmountable the task of overcoming the obstacles of the borders, states, communities and cultures... he will fight for his love... but will he succeed?

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KAANCHI STAR CAST: MISHTI, KARTIK AARYAN, RISHI KAPOOR, MITHUN CHAKRABORTY, HAZEL CROWNEY DIRECTOR: SUBHASH GHAI RELEASE DATE: GENRE: DRAMA ‘Kaanchi’ is an innocent, rural beauty, an 18-year-old girl from the Uttrakhand hills. Blissful in her little world and far removed from the business of the big city, she has a keen eye for adventure, laughs irrepressibly, dances passionately and is completely oblivious to her own sensuality. Tomboy by nature, she habitually plays pranks on all those around her. Her small town is a sleepy hamlet where nothing much has changed over the years, until danger looms large in the form of ‘Shyam Kakda’, ‘Jhoomar Babu Kakda’ and ‘Sushant Kakda’. They represent the rich and powerful of the country and their intentions and motives will displace Kaanchi and the world around her forever. Standing in the way of these powerful figures and their motives is ‘Binda’, Kaanchi’s childhood friend and mentor, but not for long. Soon her world crumbles and her comfort zones are eroded. The people around her do not have the

strength to fight the mighty powers that be, with the system at their beck and call. Kaanchi, overcome by grief, cannot understand why justice is being subverted. She is told to simply ‘move on’. This is something she cannot accept and her innocence and naivety give way to obsession and blind rage as she seeks out revenge. The story quickly moves to Mumbai, home of the Kakda’s, as Kaanchi arrives on their turf to turn the tables. Little by little, Kaanchi infiltrates the world of big business, lavish parties and dirty politics and, one by one, she uses her wiles and her brains to bring down those responsible for her tragedy. It becomes a first of its kind, astonishing case in the files of the CBI and the establishment, and they are lost as to how to deal with this, with corruption so deep rooted around them.

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Simon (Jesse Eisenberg) is a timid man, scratching out an isolated existence in an indifferent world. He is overlooked at work, scorned by his mother, and ignored by the woman of his dreams, Hannah (Mia Wasikowska). He feels powerless to change any of these things. The arrival of a new co-worker, James, serves to upset the balance. James is both Simon's exact physical double and his opposite confident, charismatic and good with women. To Simon's horror, James slowly starts taking over his life.

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RIO 2 (ALSO IN 3D!) STARRING: ANNE HATHAWAY, ANDY GARCIA, LESLIE MANN, RODRIGO SANTORO, JESSE EISENBERG DIRECTOR: CARLOS SALDANHA GENRE: FAMILY, COMEDY, MUSICAL Having secured the future of their species, formerly flightless pet macaw Blu (Jesse Eisenberg) and the lovely Jewel (Anne Hathaway) are raising their young family in Rio. But then they learn of an amazing discovery in the Amazon jungle. It seems they weren't the last blue macaws after all. So Jewel cajoles domesticated homebody Blu into embarking on a voyage of discovery in the wild. Along the way, they find her gruff dad Eduardo (Andy Garcia) and hunky, crooning childhood friend Roberto (Bruno Mars). Little wonder our poor hero is feeling rather inadequate. But you can be sure he'll prove himself once again. All the old gang are back for this high-flying sequel to the hit animation.

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NOAH STARRING: RUSSELL CROWE, JENNIFER CONNELLY, EMMA WATSON, RAY WINSTONE, ANTHONY HOPKINS, LOGAN LERMAN, DOUGLAS BOOTH DIRECTOR: DARREN ARONOFSKY GENRE: ACTION/DRAMA Russell Crowe stars in a spectacular reimagining of the apocalyptic story of the great flood. When Noah (Russell Crowe) experiences visions of a catastrophic deluge, he seeks advice from his grandfather Methuselah (Anthony Hopkins). Methuselah reveals that the disaster foretold is God's punishment for man's corruption of the world. It is Noah's destiny to construct a vessel to save the lives of the innocent. Together with his wife Naameh (Jennifer Connelly), their sons Shem (Douglas Booth) and Ham (Logan Lerman), and family friend Ila (Emma Watson), he sets about building a giant wooden ark. But the terrible impending flood is not the only challenge Noah faces. A violent tribe of warriors led by his nemesis Tubal-cain (Ray Winstone) want the

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ark for themselves! 'Black Swan' director Darren Aronofsky serves up an awesome retelling of this great Biblical tale of courage and sacrifice.

DIVERGENT STARRING: SHAILENE WOODLEY, THEO JAMES, KATE WINSLET, ZOE KRAVITZ, MILES TELLER DIRECTOR: NEIL BURGER GENRE: ACTION, SCI-FI, THRILLER Based on the worldwide bestseller, Divergent is set in futuristic Chicago where society is divided into five factions based on personality type, created to bring everlasting peace. On a given day each year, all sixteen year olds must take a test and choose where they belong. For Tris Prior (Shailene Woodley) the choice is not an easy one. In this divided existence where everyone must conform, Tris is Divergent - a danger and threat to this seemingly perfect world. Forced to hide this deadly secret, Tris chooses Dauntless and is drawn to her enigmatic mentor, Four (Theo James), who appears to both threaten and protect her. As a dangerous conflict develops amongst the factions, Tris must rely on her strength and courage not only to survive, but to save the people she loves.


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Pierce Brosnan and UK RELEA SE D Emma Thompson 1 8/04/201ATE: team up for the first 4 time as unlikely jewel thieves in this breezy heist comedy. Kate (Emma Thompson) and Richard (Pierce Brosnan) are long divorced. But their plans for a comfortable retirement are jeopardised when the asset-stripping new owner of Richard's investment firm makes off with their nest egg. Then they learn that the dodgy French financier responsible has just bought a $10 million diamond for his bride-to-be. To get even, all they have to do is gatecrash the Cote d'Azur wedding and make off with the rock! To help with this crazy heist, the duo recruit ex-serviceman pal Jerry (Timothy Spall) and his dotty wife Penelope (Celia Imrie). And as they hit the French Riviera, it becomes clear that the spark between Kate and Richard has not been completely extinguished.

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25/04/20 : Johnny Depp stars in a mind-blowing 14 sci-fi thriller about a terminally ill scientist whose consciousness is uploaded onto a computer This grants him power beyond his wildest dreams, and soon he becomes unstoppable. Dr. Will Caster (Johnny Depp) is a world authority in the field of artificial intelligence. He's also an evangelist on behalf of the technology, arguing that it represents the next stage in human evolution. But his plan to create a sentient machine that combines a full range of human emotions with the collective intelligence of mankind is not universally popular. When Revolutionary Independence from Technology (RIFT) activists fatally wound him, they unwittingly accelerate his 'transcendence'. Will's wife Evelyn (Rebecca Hall) and best friend Max (Paul Bettany) upload his mind, but can only look on in horror as he spreads across the internet, becoming an unstoppable, omnipotent power! This cutting-edge techno-thriller is the directorial debut of 'Inception' director Christopher Nolan's regular cinematographer Wally Pfister. The excellent supporting cast includes Cillian Murphy and Morgan Freeman. 12A

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POMPEII STARRING: KIT HARINGTON, EMILY BROWNING, KIEFER SUTHERLAND, JARED HARRIS, CARRIE-ANNE MOSS, ADEWALE AKINNUOYE-AGBAJE DIRECTOR: PAUL W.S. ANDERSON GENRE: ACTION/DRAMA Erupting Mount Vesuvius brings terror to the Roman city of Pompeii in this awesome historical disaster epic. In 79 A.D., a muscular slave named Milo (Kit Harington) has become an unbeatable gladiator. He fights in the arena of the city of Pompeii - the breathtaking jewel in the Roman empire's crown. Milo falls for beautiful, high-born Cassia (Emily Browning), who's betrothed to corrupt Roman Senator Corvus (Kiefer Sutherland). When the cataclysmic eruption of

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Mount Vesuvius showers the city in deadly fireballs and engulfs it with a torrent of lava, Milo must fight his way out of the arena. As Pompeii is destroyed around him, he faces a race against time to save Cassia. 'Game of Thrones' star Kit Harington leads the cast of this involving human story set against the backdrop of an astonishing depiction of nature's fury. It's directed by Paul W.S. Anderson of 'Resident Evil' fame.

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are seized, it transpires that $10 million has gone missing. Now members of the team are under suspicion and being assassinated in a series of grisly hits. And for Breacher, things are about to become very personal indeed. 'End of Watch' director David Ayer specialises in gritty portrayals of police life. Here, he gives Arnie a striking makeover for one of his toughest and most realistic roles to date.


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SALT: The Silent Killer larmingly, almost everyone in the UK eats too much salt. Currently, the daily recommended amount of salt in the UK is no more than 6 grams (just a teaspoon!), whilst the current average salt intake is 8.6g (with many consuming more than this). Despite the recommended amount of salt being 6 grams, those with high blood pressure should be actively eating less than the specified amount. Excessive salt consumption is one of the largest factors contributing towards high blood pressure; though high blood pressure may not seem as serious as other illnesses, it can be a root cause of heart attacks, strokes, heart failure, stomach cancer, osteoporosis and renal failure. Genetics can cause us to be particularly sensitive to too much salt and this is most definitely the case with South Asians. Various studies into South Asian health have determined that those of Indian/Pakistani/Bengali descent are at a higher risk of high blood pressure and coronary heart disease. Shockingly, South Asians are 3040% more likely to die prematurely from heart disease in comparison to the rest of the UK population and they are six times more likely to have diabetes than the average UK population. In spite of these worrying statistics, reduction of salt in the diets of South Asians is very limited. Whilst the majority of the UK consume (and exceed) their recommended daily amount of salt from processed

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A home from home O Are you close to the limit? I t’s always worthwhile to remind clients of the basics when it comes to bringing a claim in the courts and limitation dates are one of the fundamental considerations. The limitation issues of a case are crucial points to consider to prevent the possibility of a claim being time-barred. The law sets out deadlines for bringing claims (referred to as limitation periods) so that a claim cannot be brought too long after the cause of action arose. The law on limitation periods is set out in the Limitation Act 1980 which provides different deadlines for different causes of action. For example: • A claim founded on simple contract (a contract not contained in a deed) has a limitation period of six years from the date of accrual (or 12 years for a contract in a deed). • A claim in tort (a civil wrong) has a limitation period is also six years from accrual (the period is cut to three years for personal injury cases and one year for defamation cases). There are, however, certain situations where the time limit may be postponed until the Claimant discovers or could have discovered the relevant facts. Issuing proceedings stops time running for limitation purposes, therefore it is important to obtain legal advice on this point as soon as possible. Standstill Agreements If a limitation deadline is fast approaching, it may be worthwhile for the parties to enter into a Standstill Agreement. A Standstill Agreement

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allows parties, by agreement, to suspend time for the purposes of limitation. It is important that a Standstill Agreement is clearly drafted and serves its proper intention otherwise the claim may nevertheless be time-barred. The risk of issuing prematurely In order to protect a Claimant’s position to prevent the claim from being time-barred, proceedings may be issued to prevent limitation from expiring. However, if the Claimant is then unable to formulate the claim properly, there is a risk that the claim could be struck out as an abuse of process. Save the date! When embarking on court proceedings, whilst it is important and encouraged to consider mediation and other methods of Alternative Dispute Resolution, it is crucial that clients do not allow negotiations as to possible settlement of the case to deter them from issuing proceedings in time. Little has changed in the laws governing limitation dates in recent years, although Lord Justice Jackson’s final report following his review of civil litigation costs included recommendations that have led to the preparation of new draft Pre-Action Protocols. However, it is not clear when these new and revised Protocols will be implemented. Watch this space! If you require advice in relation to a limitation date or a claim then please contract Luke Patel on 0113 227 9316 or email him at LPatel@LawBlacks.com

ne man’s passion for property developing has blossomed into a five-star, luxury resort, in the picturesque city of Mirpur. Sabar Din has always dreamt of opening an accommodation complex in the heart of one of Azad Kashmir’s most popular cities and now, following the official opening of The Ritzz Inn last month, the entrepreneur’s dream has finally come true. Described as a ‘home from home’, the seven guest houses on site are the perfect place for families, businessmen, and tourists to relax whilst visiting Mirpur. Every property has two double and one single bedroom, a television lounge room, kitchen and of course a spacious balcony. With temperatures often exceeding 40 degrees in the South Asian city, tenants can opt to relax on their own private terrace or take advantage of the breezy air conditioning and escape the heat indoors. Power shortages, which affect many parts of the country, won’t disrupt Ritzz Inn residents, with every room benefiting from backup onsite generators which guarantees electricity continues to run through the homes. Wi-Fi is available in every room, free of charge, Meanwhile, privacy and safety is at the forefront of

Elegant guest rooms in the heart of Mirpur City

the Ritzz Inn’s mantra. Secure driveways and parking facilities with metal gates, CCTV and security guards are all found on the premises to assure guests that valuables can be left in a safe environment. Speaking following the official opening of the complex in October, Mr Sabar Din said: “We welcome everybody to come and visit our fantastic facilities which will cater for your every need. “It really is like your own home, except with the added benefit of onsite chefs, receptionists and cleaners who will take care of the tasks you perhaps don’t want to. “We are found in a perfect location for families and friends who are visiting for weddings and special

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occasions, as our spacious apartments have the ability to cater for large gatherings. We also allow for visitors to stop by meaning our customers don’t have to travel anywhere to meet up with their families, friends or business affiliates.” The seven apartments are a mere five minute walk from the Mirpur’s main city centre area, whilst tourist hotspot, Mangla, is just eight miles away. All prices are at a competitive rate, with further discounts available for extended stays, and book now to save an extra 10% in celebration of the complex’s grand opening. With unbeatable prices and facilities for all, why not book with the Ritzz Inn today for a trip you will never forget.


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Love Fashion. Love Janan. Janan launched their highly anticipated latest boutique J.by Janan on Saturday 12th April 2014. The store caters to customers, who want to buy attire which is appreciated and boasts quality and style. A range of clothing for both men and women and children is supplied that allows them to keep up-to-date with the latest fashion trends of the season. The store is hosting a range of Junaid Jamshed attire which is inspired by being modest and stylish simultaneously. His collection consists of unique and impeccable prints with vivacious, flamboyant colours, which have been creatively blended to create a work of art. J. by Janan also exclusively stocks Almirah attire. These outfits are overwhelming with beauty and are perfect for any occasion. An alluring combination of colour, design and print, which harmoniously blends together to make a dramatic fashion statement. Perfect for the upcoming Spring season. To celebrate the launch of our NEW Birmingham J. by Janan store, we are offering a 25% discount off all purchases in the Birmingham store; which will END on 25th April 2014.

Visit the store on: 148 Ladypool Road, Birmingham, B12 1XD for an enjoyable shopping experience.

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Drool! McLaren's new £170,000 supercar

By Steve Maybury info@asianexpress.co.uk

Practically a facelift for McLaren’s first mid-engined supercar, the new McLaren 650S brings in technology and styling elements borrowed from the P1 hypercar. Positioned above the 12C and transferring technology from the range-topping McLaren P1, the 650S’s statistics are breath-taking: 650PS, 678Nm, 0-62mph in 3.0 secs, 207mph… but they only tell half the story. Like every McLaren road car, a carbon fibre MonoCell sits at the core of the 650S. Stiff, strong and incredibly light, the MonoCell provides a solid platform for optimum chassis dynamics, ultra-responsive steering and exceptional ride comfort. Three adaptive chassis modes specially tuned for the 650S exploit this duality: select Track and you’ll feel hardwired to the road surface; switch to Normal and you’ll be almost entirely isolated from it. Positioned behind you for optimum weight distribution and thrilling dynamics, the acclaimed M838T engine combines 3.8 litres and twin-turbocharging technology to produce an astonishing 650PS at 7250rpm, while 95% of its 678Nm is spread from 3000-7000rpm. That means the 650S revs like a racing car but retains low-speed flexibility. This remarkable engine sends its power to the 650S’s rear wheels via a seven-speed dual-clutch gearbox with near instantaneous gearshifts. Pull the rocker shift paddle at full throttle and a new ‘inertia push’ function harnesses the engine’s torque for a feeling of positive acceleration throughout the shift. Change gear at

part throttle and a fuel-cut punctuates the transition, adding an audible crispness. Whereas the Automatic mode ensures silky smooth shifts whatever your speed. The 650S is priced at just under

£170,000 and is available as both a coupe and a Spider convertible, which costs £20,000 more than the old 12C but comes with more equipment as standard, so McLaren say it’s better value.

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Mercedes tight-lipped about its SLC AMG deemed a ‘Porsche 911 Turbo contender’ With the SLS production ending this year the final details of the new SLC AMG are soon to be revealed Mercedes-Benz is still keeping tight-lipped about its Porsche 911 contender, rumored to be called the SLC, however spy shots gives us our best look yet at the sporty coupe. Production of the marque’s flagship sports car – the SLS will be ending in July this year, and what we hear is that development of the new SLC (codenamed C190) is steadily progressing. Some are suggesting that the new car could be called the Mercedes GT instead. From what we can tell, the SLC will wear a face similar to recent Mercedes products with large, LED-trimmed headlights, aggressive fascia air inlets and an upright grille. More importantly, the SLC's rump is coming into focus with its large hatch and integrated exhaust outlets, but you can also make out the shape of the

horizontally oriented taillights. There are still plenty of uncertainties about the S L C / G T, however its b e e n predicted that it will use a new 4.0-litre, modular V-8 with a twin-turbocharger setup.This engine is touted to deliver about 500 horsepower, pitting it against the mighty 911 Turbo. Two more engines will be available on the SLC/GT AMG, a 5.5-litre twin-turbo V8 and a Black Series version with a 6.2-litre V8 with just under 600 horsepower. According to sources, the new Mercedes-Benz is to be unveiled at the German Grand Prix later this year and will go on sale in 2015.

SPY SHOT: Mercedes are keeping the details of the SLC AMG, codenamed C190, a closely guarded secret for now

Beastlike The muscular, thoroughbred yet beastlike forms of the Peugeot 2008 DKR provide a vivid indication of the new car’s serious desire for success. It is behind the wheel of this purpose-designed machine that Carlos Sainz and Cyril Despres will defend the colours of Team Peugeot Total on next January’s Dakar. Three weeks after the exciting news that Peugeot, Red Bull and Total have decided to join forces to contest the 2015 Dakar, the car that will spearhead the team’s challenge has finally broken cover. The 2008 DKR shares an unmistakable family resemblance with Peugeot’s road-going crossover, albeit with more muscular forms, and more imposing overall proportions that have been honed to meet the challenge that lays ahead. Its spectacular lines are the fruit of close cooperation between the experts at Peugeot’s Style Centre and their colleagues at Peugeot Sport’s Design Department, and the newcomer’s likeness with the production version is quite

astonishing! Far more than just another styling exercise, the 2008 DKR features an aggressive stance dictated by the technical constraints associated with its mission. Indeed, Peugeot Sport’s design team had to answer one particularly fundamental question at a very early stage concerning the new beast’s transmission: four-wheel or two-wheel drive? In the end, they’ve opted for an approach that was quite different to that of the competition. Given the off-road capability of twowheel drive transmission and its ability to run on sand, that’s the choice they ultimately went for. It enabled them to fit bigger wheels which also benefit it from more suspension travel. The 2008 DKR consequently sits on 37-inch diameter Michelin tyres (almost 94cm)!

These considerations naturally had a significant knock-on effect with regard to the work of Peugeot’s stylists, but the fourstrong design team rose enthusiastically to the challenge to pen the new Lion that will very soon take on the unique challenges posed by cross-country rallying. What lies beneath the bodywork remains a secret for the moment, but the 2008 DKR’s breath-taking forms are sure to cause a stir even before the new car starts to kick up dust as it begins to be put through its paces.

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Eats roads – drinks tea

Scientists and engineers unveil the car that’s powered by tea-leaf biofuel By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

No, we’re not making belated April fools out of you guys, seriously. With enhancing the company’s sustainability credentials at the top of the agenda, Mini’s scientists, engineers and product designers have unveiled the new Mini Cooper T – the world’s first vehicle to be powered by a tea-leaf biofuel composite. Capable of covering up to 40 miles on a single cup, Cooper T certainly isn’t what you’d call thirsty. It boasts all the standard features you would expect, such as VVT, ABS and DSC, but also benefits from DAT or Dunk Avoidance Technology. This ingenious filtration system stops peckish owners and opportunistic passersby from inserting biscuits into the Mini T’s fuel tank in order to moisten their snacks.

The revolutionary new model, which is available in a variety of colours including ‘Chamomile Yellow’, ‘Red Bush’ and ‘Earl Grey’, is expected to cause a real stir in the motor industry when it’s served up later this month. Head of Cooper T engineering, Dr. Ivana Kuppa, said, “This particular project has been brewing for years. Our extensive research has shown that the nation’s favourite drink is also an ideal biofuel. We already know good things come in small packages, but with Cooper T customers benefitting from up to 40 miles per cup, we are delighted to have the opportunity to bring this car to market.” For further information about the MINI Cooper T, visit MINI UK’s Facebook page at facebook.com/MINIUK.


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Land Rover, the British brand synonymous with adventure, has revealed a long-term global partnership with Richard Branson’s pioneering commercial spaceline, Virgin Galactic. The ground breaking partnership was announced against the backdrop of SpaceShipTwo, the world’s first commercial passenger carrying spacecraft, together with Land Rover’s new Discovery Vision Concept vehicle. The announcement illustrates the commitment that both brands share to iconic design and engineering excellence and a desire to push the boundaries of travel for the next generation. Land Rover will base a fleet of vehicles at the Virgin Galactic test centre in the Mojave Desert, California and at its astounding operational New Mexico base, Spaceport America. The exciting announcement was

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Double Bubba Bubba Watson clinches second Masters Title in three years CHAMPION: Bubba Watson proudly shows off his second green jacket after a three shot victory at Augusta last weekend

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All eyes watched on as the last ball finally dropped into the 18th hole at Augusta National on Sunday as Bubba Watson came away with his second Masters Title. Unlike in 2012, when the American was forced into a play-off with South Africa’s Louis Oosthuizen, Watson had all but clinched the title heading into the final hole. 20-year-old Jordan Spieth had looked like he may break Tiger Woods’ record for youngest winner of the tournament, yet a stuttering final day ensured the jackpot, the trophy and of course the jacket was Watson’s. Trailing by two shots after seven holes, the 35-year-old from Florida took advantage of Spieth’s consecutive bogies on the eighth and ninth, putting two birdies of his own to flip the Leaderboard on its head. The fan favourite held his nerve coming down the back nine, coming in at even par before celebrating with his family in true Augusta National style. “This one is a lot different,” proclaimed a teary-eyed Watson, as he

was helped into his jacket by last year’s champion, Adam Scott. “The first one for me, it's almost like I lucked into it. This one was a lot of hard work and dedication. “After giving away that jacket last year, I wanted it back. I told Adam we could just swap it back and forth every year. I never loved green so much,” added the American, who became the 17th player to win the Masters more than once. Spieth, meanwhile was forced to share second spot with Swede Jonas Blixt, after he carded his worst round of the tournament, despite it still being a par round. “That was fun, but at the same time, it hurts right now,” the young American said. “I wanted to get in contention on the back nine Sunday, but didn't come out on top. “Although it sits a little hard right now, I'll be back and I can't wait to be back. It was an incredible experience. It was so much fun, it really was. Even if I didn't show it there on the back nine, it was. “I took it all in, standing ovations for both of us to each green, it was a dream come true.”

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Zahid ‘Magic Man’ Hussain turns pro!

Magic Man As it was determined, Zahid’s style is more suited to the pro’s plus the desire to fight for money and not for tin cups and brass medals - this was a defining factor. So, following a series of rigorous and renowned British Boxing Board of Control tests, probably the most stringent testing procedures in the world, including various MRI and MRA brain scans, eye and blood testing, a full physical body medical, and finally a stringent and gruelling interviewing process, Zahid turned pro.

YOUNG GUNS: Zahid and Reece

Zahid, alongside his amateur stablemate Reece Cartwright, this year’s 2014 ABA Middleweight champion, passed and was accepted by the British Boxing Board of Control and consequently turned professional. Then began the fight preparation for their debuts. This involved training two to three times a day, a strict dietary regime, the relocation to various gyms in Manchester and Sheffield for tough sparring and learning of new techniques all under the observation of Brendan and Dominic Ingle and master trainer Joe Pennington. Training alongside the likes of World Title contender Kell Brook, the recently crowned European and British champion Kid Galahad, and the big punching Middle Weight prospect, Manchester’s Mark Heffron helped ensure the two fighters were at the required level to compete at this level and this sort

of company can only put The Magic Man and Reece Cartwright in good stead for the future. After the disappointment of Zahid’s first professional debut contest in Sheffield, which had been cancelled due to numerous factors, the debut was rescheduled for Saturday 5th April 2014 in Manchester at the Wythenshawe Forum. Zahid’s small following of loyal Yorkshire fans, travelled over the Pennines to support their man and boy were they in for a magical treat. The flamboyant Magic Man Zee entered the ring to rapturous applause and cheers from the crowd as if the Yorkshire man was a home fighter. Totally relaxed and focussed, he set about his work. For two rounds the selfproclaimed ‘Magic Man’ out boxed and out classed the tough Lithuanian challenger, Simas Volosinas from the off, with his stinging jabs, punching power and slick foot work. As the fight went on Hussain dished out punishing and hurtful combinations from all angles at high speed, whilst the tempo and pace of the fight were tremendous. His in and out tactics served him well and gave him a two round head start in the fight. However as the fight moved into the second half, the high pace started to take its toll on Hussain and Volosinas launched his attacks from the third round onwards catching the Magic One clean and hard for the first time, the shock of the punch rocking Zahids head back clearly. Volosinas, a veteran of 20 fights, and a boast of never being knocked out as a professional

fighter, almost lost that record as the Magic Man regrouped after his opponent’s perfect shot. Zahid came straight back with a booming right hand power punch and quickly switching stances to deliver a massive left hook followed by a three punch combination almost flattening the Lithuanian in his tracks but could not finish the job as time in the round ran out at the end of the third. By the fourth Hussain was tiring but so too was Volosinas due to the fast pace of the contest. But the Magic Man Zee kept Simas at long range, peppering him with quick jabs for a shut out 40 / 36 points victory over this tough Lithuanian campaigner. Interviewed after the fight at ringside Magic Man Hussain said: “It was a great fight and I loved every minute of it. But boy was he tough, credit to Simas he hung in there and just kept coming and coming and coming. “All the hard sparring and fitness training and preparation paid off. To be honest after the first round I

knew my skill set was far superior to his but this is professional boxing and I had to respect his power as he did catch me clean on the jaw in the third round. “However I proved I was well conditioned and was able to take his power shot. After that I stuck to the game plan which was to out box and frustrate him right to the last bell which I did clearly with my movement and punching. “I’m really happy with my first performance as a professional fighter and I felt good in there. “Now that I have got the first fight under my belt I want to fight on a regular basis building up to the big fights and continue as planned to my ultimate dreams being to win the British Featherweight title and also to fight in America, Las Vegas and New York like my idols Floyd Mayweather Jnr and Pauli Malignaggi. “This was truly a special night for me not only did I win but my stable mate Reece Cartwright, Leeds Middleweight, won his fight also beating a tough kid called

YORKSHIRE PROSPECT: Reece Cartwright 2014 ABA champion moves to 2-0 as a pro

Deividas Sajauka on points over four rounds and this spurred me on to win mine. “I really want to thank my fans who travelled to the event to see me fight, my Leeds sponsors Asian Express, Abu Bakaar and Charcoals Piri Piri who without their help it would have been harder to get here. “And a big shout out to my coaches, Wahid Hussain and Joe Pennington and all the sparring partners who helped out.” The Magic Man will now take a break and begin another challenge in his life as he leaves for Saudi Arabia to go and do Umrah for a period of fourteen days. He will be returning straight back to a training camp to prepare for his second fight on Sunday 18th May 2014 at the state of art 1,000 seat arena at The Royal Armouries Leeds. Tickets will be charged at £30 standard and £60 ringside with more details to be announced shortly.


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‘Focus on the sport’ Claims that football in Asia is suffering due to politically-led AFC Football in Asia is something which many sports fans in the continent just turn a blind eye to, focussing instead on the major bigspending European leagues. However, with the sport’s reputation constantly being reviewed by its ruling body, calls have now been made from the highest order to stop concentrating on the politics of the game and spend more time developing the sport. Earlier this week, Asia’s FIFA vicepresident, Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, made the comments in regard to the Asian Football Confederation’s (AFC) president, Sheikh Salman bin Ebrahim Al Khalifa. The criticism comes just days after comments from Sheikh Salman in a campaign for himself to be automatically elected as the next vice-president for FIFA’s Asian board. Prince Ali, who has held the position since 2011, said he believes such talk is only hampering the progress of football in the continent. “It is unfortunate that the direction taken by the AFC President and other AFC officials is one driven purely by politics instead of focusing our energies and valuable time on improving the game in Asia,” he said in an

open letter to the Asian football community. “[The AFC leadership should instead address] the myriad challenges that AFC faces in marketing, grassroots football, women’s football, transparency and accountability and the list goes on,” he added. Prince Ali, who is also head of the Jordanian FA, said that the AFC rejected the proposal last year, yet it had now resurfaced. “The very Congress that elected the current AFC President has made its decision on the matter at our annual Congress a year ago. “I am truly surprised that this proposal has resurfaced in the past few months, led vigorously by the current AFC President. “It is regrettable that the AFC presidency has spent so much time and energy over the past few days in Kuala Lumpur lobbying heavily for this proposal amongst Asian member association representatives, instead of working hand in hand for the development of football in Asia.” Sheikh Salman was elected as AFC President last May when he secured 33 of the 46 presidential votes available from AFC member associations in a lop-sided election. The Bahraini replaced disgraced Qatari

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ANGRY: Prince Ali Bin Al Hussein, Asia’s FIFA vice-president, has expressed his disappointment at football authorities in the continent for losing focus from what really matters

SPORT IN BRIEF China awaits

After a fantastic double points finish once again for the Force India team, race partners, Nico Hulkenberg and Sergio Perez, will be looking to continue their hot streak at the Chinese GP this weekend. The constructors are currently enjoying one of their best spells in history and sit second in their Leaderboard with Hulkenberg (third) and Perez (ninth) proving to be a lethal partnership. In their last outing, it was the Mexican who stole the show with a third place podium finish, whilst the German ace came in two positions further back, holding off current world champion, Sebastian Vettel, for sixth spot. Speaking after the Bahrain race, team principal and managing director, Vijay Mallya, said: “I’m extremely proud of everyone in the team and congratulate all of them on this achievement. “2014 is a new chance and we have shown we're moving forward in Australia, Malaysia and here. I couldn't be happier.” Last year, Hulkenberg picked up a solitary point in Shanghai and said he was confident that the Force India team could come away with points again this weekend.

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PROFESSIONAL: ‘Magic Man’ Zahid turns pro

Magic Man By Rick Manners rick@asianexpress.co.uk

Zahid ‘Magic Man’ Hussain officially started the next chapter of his career and his journey as a professional boxer has well and truly begun. His disappointing ABA final defeat was due to a damaged hand, despite being odds on favourite to win the championship. This was a major blow and the nail in the coffin ultimately bringing to an end his successful amateur career. His team, Bauer Events, and his brother, Wahid ‘Waga’ Hussain, former undefeated ABU European Light Heavyweight Champion, elected and decided that it was time for Zahid to move on and turn professional.

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