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Case WITHDRAWN Pakistani baby’s murder charges dropped By Ashley Grint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A Pakistani court has withdrawn the case against a nine-month-old baby who was facing charges of attempted murder in his homeland.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.

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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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