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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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