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A Bradford headteacher has been commended after turning a struggling primary school around and making it into one of the top 250 in the country for student progress. Mr Wahid Zaman took over the reins at Lapage Primary School in 2010 after the educatory establishment’s former governing body was ousted by the national authority.

With the school worryingly making ‘insufficient progress’ and ‘causing concern’ Mr Zaman took up the challenge to lead the three-form entry school away from its growing negative reputation. After three years, Lapage is now one of the leading primary schools in the country, and was

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commemorated by the Department for Education (DfE) earlier this month for the student progress. Now, in the top one per cent in the country, the primary school continues to improve results year-onyear and for Mr Zaman it signals a job well done.

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The Jesus and Mohammed cartoon saga… see page 6 SCHOOL: Headteacher at Lapage Primary School, Mr Wahid Zaman, puts the school’s amazing achievements down to the hard work of his amazing staff and pupils

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LEICESTER HOUSE FIRE DEATHS: Five in court charged with murder of a mother and three children

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accused of murdering football coach Antoin Akpom the night before the fire. Hussain Hussain (19), of no fixed abode, and Abdul Hakim (19), of Wood Hill, Spinney Hills, Leicester, pleaded not guilty to murdering 20-year-old Mr Akpom on the night of 12th September. All seven defendants were remanded back into custody. The five men charged in the Wood Hill case are due to be tried at Nottingham Crown Court in April. Hussain and Hakim will be tried at Stafford CHARGES: The four men and one youth denied Crown Crown, also in the murder charges at Birmingham Crown Court April. Three other people Five men have Leeds; Tristan Richards are each charged with have been charged with appeared in court (22), of Sparkenhoe four counts of murder. murder in relation to charged with Street, Highfields, They all deny the the Wood Hill deaths. murdering a woman Leicester; and a 17charges. They are: Aaron Webb and her three children year-old who cannot be The charges relate to (19), of Saltersford in their Leicester home. named for legal reasons the deaths of mother Road, North Evington, Shaun Carter (24), of appeared at Shehnila Sattar and her Leicester; Nathaniel Franche Road, Dane Birmingham Crown three children, Zainab, Mullings (19), of Hills, Leicester; Jackson Court earlier this week 19, Bilal, 17, and Jamal Farrington Street, off Powell (19), of in connection with the Sattar, 15, whose bodies Humberstone Road, Burnside Road, Saffron fire in Wood Hill, were found in the Leicester; and Kemo Lane estate, Leicester; Spinney Hills, in the house. Porter (18), of Akeem Jeffers (21), of early hours of 13th The five defendants Browning Street, West Carr Mills, September. appeared alongside two End, Leicester. Buslingthorpe Lane, The five defendants other men, who are

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Multi-million pound settlement for girl’s glue injection COMPENSATION: Maisha Najeeb was awarded millions in compensation after she suffered brain damage following a mix-up in the hospital

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A young girl, who has suffered permanent brain damage due to a hospital mix-up which saw glue injected into her brain, has been awarded a record £24million in compensation. Maisha Najeeb, 13, was admitted to the Children’s Clinic at Great Ormond Street in 2010 for treatment on a rare condition which had meant that her arteries and veins were tangled in her brain. The proposed surgery would see the girl injected with harmless dye, to allow doctors to see how well blood was flowing in her brain. Yet, when the doctors were performing the surgery, the syringe was mixed up with one containing glue, leading Maisha to suffer irreversible brain damage. Speaking outside London High Court, the now 13-yearold’s father, Sadir Hussain, said: “Her life is ruined. All her dreams have been broken. “I hope that by bringing this

case, lessons will have been learned to avoid this happening to other families. “We are grateful that agreement has been reached with Great Ormond Street to ensure that Maisha’s care needs are met.” Maisha will initially receive a lump sum of £2.8million from Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust, whilst Judge William Birtles also ruled that she would receive £383,000 a year until her 19th birthday, then £423,000 per year for as long as she lives - experts estimate she could be as old as 64. Her solicitor, Edwina Rawson, said Great Ormond Street could have avoided the tragic mix-up in June 2010 if the syringes for the treatment had been properly labelled. “What is so heartbreaking about this case is that the injury was so avoidable,” she told the court. “If the syringes had been marked-up so the hospital could see which contained glue and which contained dye, then Maisha would not have suffered what is an utterly devastating

Record £24million compensation for teen who suffered brain damage

brain injury.” Neil Block QC, representing Great Ormond Street Hospital For Children NHS Trust, added: “We can’t wind the clock back. We hope there are now systems and procedures in place to ensure such a tragic mistake cannot be made again. “While money can’t restore what Maisha has lost, we are sure a great burden has been lifted from the family by coming to the settlement we have.” Mr Block added that her parents should also be praised for their handling of the situation and engaging with the trust, saying this meant that the hospital could learn from what happened and make improvements. The compensation will be spent on care and accommodation for Maisha who now requires assistance with all basic daily tasks and has lost the majority of her bodily and cognitive abilities.


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Leading by example Bradford school’s transformation from a ‘cause for concern’ to the top one percent in the country SCHOOL: Mr Zaman, pictured with pupils from Lapage Primary School, explained how every decision made is in the best interest of the parents, children and school as a whole

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“Our aspirations are always to do the best for our children, and if it were not for our amazing staff and governing body we wouldn’t be where we are now.”

“When we came back from the winter break, we received a letter from David Laws (Minister of State for Schools in the DfE),” he explained. “It does obviously make you very proud to hear such news and recognition but it is done because we want the best outcome for the children. “Our aspirations are always to do the best for our children, and if it were not for our amazing staff and governing body we wouldn’t be where we are now.” Prior to Mr Zaman’s arrival an appointed governing body had been in place after the school had been placed in precautionary measures. Over the following three years, the school has been able to bring in new governors, and re-establish themselves as one of the top performing schools in the area. “For two years in a row now we have had fantastic results,” Mr Zaman continued. “In terms of the children, from Key Stage One to Two, the DfE measured progress and we were within the top one per cent nationally, as well as being the top 250 for progress of our pupil premium. “The year before last, we were in line with the national average in regard to results, and last year we were above that.” Despite the accomplishments Mr Zaman stressed that there have been, and always will be, challenges that need to be overcome explaining how his school always looks at ways of improving. He added: “Improving schools is not exactly rocket science; you just need to have dedicated staff that can help children achieve their potential. “Every time the school has an assessment or half-term, we sit down and assess who has made progress and who hasn’t and we are constantly rethinking what we do with the children. “It has had its challenges but I have never come in here and thought the staff aren’t up to it.”


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The Jesus and Mohammed cartoon saga… UPROAR: LibDem PPC Maajid Nawaz defends himself saying that his tweet were his personal point of view

By Andleeb Hanif editor@asianexpress.co.uk

When Liberal Democrats parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz shared a cartoon earlier this month, he triggered widespread protests. The tweet of the cartoon which features the prophets Muhammed (PBUH) and Jesus greeting each other. Nawaz had commented: “This is not offensive and I’m sure God is greater than to feel threatened by it”. It has triggered a hot and aggressive debate from all quarters revolving around freedom of expression, freedom of speech and what counts as offensive. Some have said that as an individual standing for the position of MP, Nawaz’s tweet

was inappropriate behaviour. It’s common knowledge that visual depictions of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) are globally considered an absolute “no-no” amongst Muslims. So why did he do it? Some strong views which have come to the attention of Asian Express include concerns that Nawaz’s ploy was to encourage a flurry of social media activity and obtain virulent responses from mainstream press. Mr Nadeem Inayat, from Bradford and a dedicated reader of the Asian Express said: “He has promoted an image to his supporters and the media that the only people that are opposing him on this issue are people who have very extreme views, the rest of British Muslims think his actions are ok. “There is a very small minority

of Muslims that agree with him that this cartoon is innocuous.” Whilst the LibDem leader, Nick Clegg has defended Nawaz, saying that he upheld his right to express himself and confirmed that the party will not ditch him. Nawaz also says he has received death threats from some offended Muslims, despite the fact that he didn't draw the cartoon or wear the t-shirt that featured it. Defending himself Nawaz, this week, published a piece in the Guardian titled, “Why I'm speaking up for Islam against the loudmouths who have hijacked it." He explains: “My intention was to demonstrate that Muslims are able to see things we don't like, yet remain calm and pluralist, and to demonstrate that there are Muslims who care more about the thousands of deaths in Iraq,

Pakistan and Syria than we do about what a student is wearing. “My intention was to highlight that Muslims can engage in politics without insisting that our own religious values must trump all others' concerns, and to stand before the mob so that other liberal Muslim voices that are seldom heard, women's and men's, could come to the fore.”

LibDem parliamentary candidate Maajid Nawaz’s tweet continues to be a hot topic

What readers say: “This is not the first time in history that the prophet (PBUH) has been subjected to such profiling nor will it be the last. We need to ask: ‘What was the motive of Maajid Nawaz?’ Such individuals need to be challenged in a manner that is informed, mature and sophisticated to counter these narratives within the laws of the land. I well understand the anger felt by my fellow Muslims, but does beating the drums of emotions on our own lead to better outcomes?” Amjad Pervez, CEO Seafresh “I think we have to respect all human kind. Jesus and Muhammad these are the prophets sent by God. They are the most honourable and therefore must be respected. It is definitely disrespectful putting them in the cartoon form and the reaction I have heard hasn’t really surprised me.” Muhammad Iqbal “It is very disrespectful. When they hear these kind of things it is very hurtful. We love Jesus and we love the Prophet Muhammad (pbuh). They have publicised this matter on all the media – everyone globally can see what’s going on. I feel it hurts the whole humanity.” Faizan Khan “Some people seem like they just want to create a problem everywhere especially in the Muslim world. Whoever is doing it, it is not right. They can claim that they have human rights and have freedom of speech but you shouldn’t draw these sorts of things at all, whether it is against Christians, Jews or Muslims. Whatever you do, you are responsible for those actions.” Mr Arabian

“Whilst I understand the freedom of speech scenario, I believe that Mr Nawaz was fully aware of the reaction he would get and actually did it for that reason, to show himself as a ‘liberal’ to the ‘non-Asian community’. Him stating that he is comfortable with his God is irrelevant, and I have supported him in the past especially during the Tommy Robinson episodes. Further division has arisen between communities now, because of being misled by somebody who should know better. It seems he wanted to hog the media spotlight, which has ultimately happened. I totally disagree with the threats he may have received, this should not be done against anybody, but again, responsibility needs to be acknowledged.” Shahzad Khan “I believe it is disrespectful to a point, certainly for someone to draw cartoon characters of holy persons. The reaction from a lot of the Islamic countries doesn’t surprise me as I know it’s forbidden to depict the Prophet Mohammed, although I don’t think it should necessarily be that way.” Razi Jogi

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“Negligent conduct” resulted in toddler falling to her death Wicker Riverside apartment on North Bank in Sheffield, South Yorkshire where a three-year-old Ryaheen Banimuslem fell from the fourth floor balcony

TRAGIC: Toddler Ryaheen Banimuslem plunged to her death from a block of flats in Sheffield

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A Sheffield mother sobbed and recalled her frantic search for her two-year-old daughter, before discovering that the child had plunged to her death from a block of flats in Sheffield. Little Ryaheen Banismuslem plunged from the fourth-floor of the North Bank apartments, in Sheffield city centre, on 27th June 2012, after a maintenance worker failed to replace a glass panel he had removed from a walkway barrier, the court heard. Maintenance worker Robert Warner, 45, is standing trial accused of manslaughter by gross negligence. Ryaheen’s mother - Ola Al Fatle broke down while giving evidence at the trial. She described how she and her two children were playing on the fourth floor communal garden at

the apartments. The toddler's mother broke down once more as she recalled the moment she realised her daughter had fallen. Asked by Jonathan Fuller QC, defending, how long her daughter was out her sight, she said: “I didn't let her out of my sight usually.” She explained how Ryaheen was only missing for a very short period of time. Warner, 45, of Shirehall Crescent, Shiregreen, Sheffield, denies a single charge of manslaughter by gross negligence. Bryan Cox QC, prosecuting, told Sheffield Crown Court, there was a gap in the barrier because a glass panel had been removed by Warner. Mr Cox said: “He created that very dangerous state of affairs, and he did nothing to warn of the obvious danger.” The court heard Warner submitted an invoice to ARIM (Allsop Residential Investment Management) - the firm which managed the building - claiming he had bought a new glass panel, which he never did. Mr Cox told jurors: “He stood to gain financially as you will see. He submitted an invoice to Arim on the basis he had incurred expenditure purchasing the glass panel. The fact is he did not.” Residents of the flats had reported seeing a panel missing

Displayed for all to see

A unique selection of print portfolios by world famous artists including David Hockney and L.S. Lowry are to go on display at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery. The selection of folios from Bradford Council's print

collection will cover a wide range of subjects and will focus on the medium's renaissance between the 1960s and 1980s. ‘The Artists' Folio: as a Site of Inquiry' will be exhibited at the Bradford Council-run venue from Saturday 8th February until

Sunday 15th June. The exhibition will feature lithographs from single artists including David Hockney's ‘A Rake's Progress' (1963); William Rothenstein's dry-points 'Landscapes of War' (1921); and Patrick Caulfield's boldly coloured ‘Interiors' screen-prints (197071).

from the barrier several weeks before Ryaheen’s death. Mr Cox said: “The accident was caused by the defendant's negligent conduct.” Mr Cox told the jury how Ryaheen was born in Iraq but moved to the UK in 2011 as her father was studying for a PhD in material physics at Sheffield University. The trial is expected to last about three weeks.

IN COURT: Robert Warner, 45, is standing trial accused of manslaughter by gross negligence

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SUFFERING: Taxi driver Imran Ali still experiences pain after his leg was broken in three places by thugs

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A fare report? Attacks on cabbies down but drivers say assaults going unreported

Official figures released have shown that violent attacks on taxi drivers in the Yorkshire area have fallen to their lowest level for the last five years. But while police say that

one attack is too many, many drivers believe that a substantial number of assaults are going unreported. A Freedom of Information request has revealed that there were 15 reports of taxi drivers

being robbed and 46 of violent crimes against cabbies last year. In 21 of those, race or religion was flagged as a factor. The figure is lower than the period between January 2009 and December 2010, when there were 71 assaults and robberies; between January 2008 and December 2009, when there was 87 and for between January 2007 and December 2008, when there were 82. However, Nasir Hussain, believes many crimes are going unreported as drivers would rather get it fixed so not to miss out on trade. “If a driver has a brick thrown at his car and it smashes the window, he would rather get it fixed quickly so he can get back out on the road making a living,” he said.

“I try to encourage drivers to report these crimes to the police but they don’t always because they need to get back on the road.” In May 2012, the Asian Express reported how a Halifax driver had his legs broken by two mindless thugs. The 29-year-old was left housebound after the cabbie was dragged from the driver’s seat and beaten up by the attacker and another man. He said: “I was very scared. Another man who was sitting on a wall came over and started kicking and punching me when I was on the floor. Then they used a crowbar to hit my leg.” West Yorkshire police have been working with the cabbies to make them safer with measures such as increased funding from the Home Office for cameras in cars. Mr Hussain said cameras can have helped drivers feel safer but, at a cost of around £1,600 to buy and another £150 to fit, not all can afford them. He urged drivers to make sure they report any attacks.


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Call for action By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

As news reports the suspected murder, torture and mutilation of 11,000 detainees by the Syrian regime, British Muslim students, Islamic Relief and community representatives have delivered a UK-wide call for action signed by thousands to 10 Downing Street on Tuesday 21st January. This was followed by an address from Secretary of State for International Development Justine Greening, in which she set out a £2m grant for Islamic Relief’s work supporting Syrian refugees in Jordan with education, shelter and cash assistance. “I think we could be seeing the start of a significant change in the way ordinary Muslims are engaging and campaigning with the government,” said Islamic Relief’s UK Director Jehangir Malik. “Mosques, students and community members increasingly want to do more than just give

Islamic Relief hand in petition at No.10 to strengthen action for Syria

money when they see suffering or injustice. They are now demanding political solutions and taking peaceful direct action. “Islamic Relief’s Stand up for Syria petition reflects the compassion and passion of our supporters, and sends a strong message to the Prime Minister on the eve of the Geneva peace talks.” Liverpool psychology student Raisah Chowdhury added: “My local community has worked hard to collect signatures for the petition. Doing this has made me feel that we are at last doing

Superfast broadband to arrive in Leeds

Superfast West Yorkshire announced last week that work has begun on the first phase of its expansion of high-speed fibre broadband, which is expected to help create jobs and boost connectivity in the region. Thousands of homes and businesses in 14 exchange areas are included in the first phase of Superfast West Yorkshire’s multimillion pound programme. The high-speed technology will be coming to Barwick in Elmet,

Hipperholme, Illingworth, Sowerby Bridge and Arthington for the first time. There will also be a substantial investment to make fibre more widely available in Halifax, Calder Valley, Brighouse, Hemsworth, Ilkley, Otley, South Elmsall, Royston and Sandal where many people can already get the technology. Engineering work to lay the new network in these areas has begun with local homes and businesses expected to be able to order fibre broadband by the end of June.

something proactive to help and that our concerns will be heard.” International Development Secretary Justine Greening said: “The UK has been a leading voice on the Syria conflict. We have pledged £600 million, our largest ever response to a crisis, and have been clear that others must step up with the funding and the political will required to get aid through. I welcome the chance to hear from Islamic Relief’s supporters and to look at how we can work together to reach even more people in need.”

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ACCIDENT CLAIMS – YOUR RIGHTS I’m sure many of you will have noticed that Personal Injury claims have been a hot news topic over the last couple of years. New rules and systems have changed the way claims are made to make them quicker and cheaper, and hopefully reduce our insurance premiums. And more changes are in the pipeline as the Government seeks to reduce the number of claims, particularly from road accidents. But let us not forget that accidents do happen and people suffer injury, loss and inconvenience for which they are entitled to be compensated. Let’s take a simple road accident as an example: • You are waiting at red traffic lights when another driver hits the rear of your car. • Your car is un-drivable as a result of the damage and you need a hire car whilst it is off the road. You suffer an injury to your

neck, need physiotherapy and are off work and lose pay. Naturally, it is only right that you recover any financial losses you have incurred eg. repair costs, hire car charges, loss of earning, treatment costs etc. It is also only fair that you receive compensation for your pain and suffering and for any disruption to your lifestyle eg. restriction of your hobbies. This is where we can help. Our friendly team here at Pudsey Legal are on hand to help you get back on your feet. We have many years experience in acting for people who have been involved in a wide variety of circumstances including road accidents and accidents at work. If you have been involved in an accident and would like advice, pop in or give us a call.

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A Royal appointment

GUEST: Ikram Butt, founder of BARA and British Asian Trust Ambassador, will dine with the Prince of Wales next week

British Asian Trust Ambassador, Ikram Butt, has been invited to attend a dinner event in the presence of HRH The Prince of Wales. The event is taking place on Wednesday 5th February 2014 at the Victoria and Albert Museum with chart topping music sensation, Naughty Boy, performing alongside his guest performer and Brit Award winning artist, Emeli Sande. Ikram Butt commented: “I am delighted to be invited to the event. The British Asian Trust has very similar aims and values as BARA (British Asian Rugby Association) and I was very pleased to be invited to become one of their Ambassadors.’

Prince of Wales welcomes British Asian Trust The British Asian Trust was founded in 2007, at the suggestion of HRH The Prince of Wales, by a group of British Asian business leaders. The Trust provides funding to support high impact charities within the areas of education, health and livelihoods in Bangladesh, India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The dinner will raise funds for a number of projects that the Trust supports in these countries. Since it was established, the Trust

has touched the lives of one million disadvantaged people, and over the next five years it aims to reach a further two million. The event will also celebrate the success of HRH The Prince of Wales’ recent visit to South Asia. During his time in India, The Prince visited a number of projects his Trust supports, allowing him to visualise for himself how supporter funds are used to transform the lives of the Trust’s beneficiaries.


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FLOWERS: 1,000 red roses were handed out throughout the course of the day

Mawlid in the Park Bradford unites for a day of celebration By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

Hundreds braved the harsh weather conditions last weekend to commemorate the life of the Prophet Muhammad at a special celebratory event in Bradford. The first ever ‘Mawlid in the Park’ was staged in Centenary Square throughout Saturday 25th January, and despite the occasional downpour, more than 500 attendees turned up from all faiths and backgrounds. Organised by Save the Mother’s Trust (SMT) founder, Shaykh Mufti Qazi Hassan Raza, the day fell during the Islamic celebration of Eid Milad which commemorates the birth of the Prophet Muhammad. The day was meant as one of celebration to commemorate the important Islamic month, whilst also acting as a day for uniting the community and teaching the wider community about Islam Amongst the list of honoured guests was, the Dean of

Bradford, Revd Canon Andy William, representatives from the Sikh, Hindu and Jewish community, Lord Mayor of Bradford, Cllr Khadim Hussain and Muslims scholars from across the UK. 1,000 red roses were handed out by representatives from the SMT, as the message of ‘peace, love and harmony’ was reinforced throughout the day’s proceedings. Spokesperson for the SMT, Ibrar Hussain, explained how the project was first conceived and, despite the weather, how it became a success in the heart of Bradford. “In the past we have held our own celebrations for this special time of

UNITED: Founder of the Save the Mother’s Trust, Shaykh Mufti Qazi Hassan Raza, hands over a rose to Reverend Cannon Andrew Williams

year yet it was the idea of Shaykh Mufti Qazi Hassan Raza which really got us going onto this much bigger platform,” he explained. “He wanted to get people of all faiths involved on the day and that is why we held this very public ‘Mawlid in the Park’ event which turned out to be well received by everybody.” He added: “One of our main targets was to bring the concept forward regarding the true meaning of Islam, that being ‘peace, love and harmony’ and I think we did just that.” The first ever Mawlid in the Park event was a big success and, despite the sometimes testing weather conditions, similar events could be held again in the future.


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VOLUNTEER: Frizinghall First volunteer, Sajid Mahmood, got hands on with the project which saw the community come together to relay the road

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Road restoration Residents unite to tackle tricky surface

After one back alley in Bradford was highlighted as not only dangerous for residents to walk down but hazardous for vehicles, a community in Bradford came together to tackle the problem head on. Following on from a number of community initiatives last year, Bradford Council, Associate Waste Management, and local Heaton residents took on their bumpiest challenge to date. The Alley behind the Jamia Shan-e-Islam Welfare and Education Centre provides a much needed entrance for visitors yet the surface has been uneven and difficult for elderly people to negotiate. Step up the local community action team. Last year the ‘Freshen Up Frizinghall’ campaign addressed a number of issues with ‘clean-up’ projects, organised between Frizinghall First volunteer

Sajid Mahmood and Mike Robinson of AWM, and this year the group continue to work with worthy causes. The uneven Alley behind Jamia Shan-e-Islam, has been torn up and is now ready to have a brand new, flat surface, laid down in coming days. Mike Robisnon, of AWM explained: “Like all our sustainable projects, we aim to try to make not only the area but also the lives of residents better. Members of the Mosque highlighted a problem with the alley and asked for help. 24 hours later we had skips, a mini digger and our team on site to start the work. “11 tonnes of soil and rubble has been removed over the course of a day whilst a number of residents have helped lay the hardcore that the new concrete surface will be poured onto.” Money for the project was achieved via a grant approved by the ward

councillors, with matched funding from AWM to carry out the environmental improvements Mike added: “The grant from the ward councillors has enabled a partnership between residents, community organisations and AWM Ltd to achieve a lot more collectively and we are excited about tackling more outstanding issues in Frizinghall together.” Sajid Mahmood, of the Frizinghall First community group added his praise for the project. He said: “I’m proud to continually be part of work we do within the area with fellow residents and AWM. Working together has meant we’re able to achieve so much more. “Mike and I work together and encourage residents to engage and try to make a more connected community. It’s great to see neighbours, businesses and residents achieve so much together.”


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Curry Circle By Ashley Grint

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After witnessing a rise in Bradford’s homeless population, a leading women’s group in the city launched a pioneering initiative last month, which continues to grow from strength to strength. The Curry Circle, set up by The Muslim Women’s Council, aims to help those less fortunate across the Bradford district by giving them access to a free hot curry on a weekly basis. Based at the Carlisle Business Centre every Thursday evening, warm food is dished out to visitors who may be struggling financially at that point in their lives. With shower facilities and hot drinks also on offer, it is an ideal

place for the homeless to escape the cold and not only enjoy a warm meal but also conversation in a safe environment. At the latest event, held on Thursday 23rd January, food was kindly donated by Mumtaz restaurant with almost 70 people visiting to receive their meals. Bana Gora, Curry Circle founder and Muslim Women’s Council founding member, was delighted to welcome so many diners to the latest event and explained why the work the volunteers were doing was vital for the community. “Since we set up it has been a case of so far so good to be honest,” she said. “We have been able to get a good insight into the minds of people who are struggling at this moment in their lives and it also helps create

awareness for the need of programmes like this. “The popularity is increasing on a weekly basis with people not only coming down for the food but also for conversation and warmth which they may also be missing.” She added: “Unfortunately, even in the 21st century here in England

January 2014 - 4th Edition we still have people suffering from poverty so initiatives like this are vital.” Figures from homelessness charity, Shelter, taken from data from the Department for Communities and Local Government, revealed that more than 140 children in Bradford, from

73 families, are officially classed as homeless. The Muslim Women’s Council run the Curry Circle every Thursday, from 7pm to 8pm at the Carlisle Business Centre. If anybody would like to volunteer with the Curry Circle project please contact the group on 01274 223 230.

FOOD: Curry Circle volunteers hand out food to the homeless at the Carlisle Business Centre during the latest event on Thursday 23rd January

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Bringing sport to Hyde Park

Councillors vow to get public active By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

‘Lose the suits and lace up your boots’ is the message being spread by a Leeds councillor who is fighting to give members of his community greater access to fitness facilities. Councillor Javaid Akhtar, representative for the Hyde Park and Woodhouse ward, spoke passionately at local council meetings as he tries to bring a healthy lifestyle to the residents of his represented area.

As a ward councillor, and branch secretary for GMB Yorkshire Professional Drivers, Mr Akhtar has witnessed firsthand the problems with access to fitness facilities in the city for all persons. With a moderate ethnic population, the Labour representative became concerned with the health of many of his local residents after hearing shocking figures in regard to heart problems and diabetes. He explained: “Basically it all started with the issue of high blood pressure in a lot of the Hyde Park residents and I

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thought to myself we have to do something about it. “Some time past by and whilst we were doing commissioning in the community, it came out that heart issues and diabetes are all prevalent in BME communities. This really made me think that we have to take action now.” British residents, of South Asian, African-Caribbean or Middle Eastern origin, are statistically more likely to develop diabetes when they are older. Mr Akhtar hopes to tackle this figure head on by providing a range of exercises for free to his local residents, and has already seen positive steps taken by community groups. “In my area, we have the Asian Women’s Association who have actually put in a bid with the area committee of match funding for 12 months, for free swimming sessions for local women,” he said. “This is positive as it is getting more people involved in exercise and gives all women the chance to swim for free.”

Also targeted by the healthy lifestyle scheme are elderly residents, who will be provided with sit-down exercises, in what Mr Akhtar would like to see as a pilot study for the whole city. As branch secretary for GMB Yorkshire Professional Drivers, Mr Akhtar also hopes to target taxi drivers who he feels need their own ‘body MOT’ to keep fit during working days. He said: “For the majority of the time taxi drivers will be sat down all day, go home, sleep eat and then back into the routine. “We need exercise for these people as well and it is crucial we encourage taxi drivers to do their own body MOT.” Meanwhile, wellbeing funding is spread throughout the city on a yearly basis by the approval of applications from different community groups. With only one organisation from the BME community previously applying, a new scheme may also be launched soon to encourage ethnic communities to step forward, by assisting with all paperwork and the application process.

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‘The fight is not over’

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Residents of the Hyde Park area were left disappointed by the news that their latest efforts to delay the demolition of the Royal Park School Building have failed, yet remain committed to saving the historic site. On Monday 20th January, Cllr Javaid Akhtar met Cllr Richard Lewis, Executive Board Member for Development to ask him to allow an extra three months reprieve so that talks could continue between Asset Management and Manni Hussain of Cubic Acquisitions. The latter two have offered to provide finances to refurbish and renovate the building as a Centre of Arts, Training and Enterprise yet the appeal for a further reprise was denied. However, the campaign to save the building continues. “The fight is not over,” said Pervez Akhtar, Chair of the

Hyde Park Business Forum and member of Royal Park Community Consortium. “We are taking legal advice in order to pursue an appeal against the demolition order. “We have written to Councillor Lewis giving him due notice of appeal on the grounds that the decision to demolish the Royal Park School building is both unreasonable and irrational under Section 2

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Eminent British scholars have challenged the government to release a cache of secret files dating back almost 400 years that they say could spur a reappraisal of some contentious episodes of British colonial history and the Cold War. The foreign ministry only publicly admitted the existence of the socalled "special collection" of some 600,000 dossiers in 2011, when an historian came across a 45-year-old memo that referred to it. The Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO) says it did not have the resources to sort through the files, despite laws requiring disclosure, but that it is now reviewing them to prioritise material of greatest public interest for release. But a group of 27 scholars from the British Academy used a letter to the Guardian newspaper to demand that in a free society all available records be released to ensure a full account of Britain's colonial past or the espionage mysteries of the Cold War. "The government must release these files," said Richard Evans, a professor of history at the University of Cambridge who is an expert in German history and one of the signatories to the letter. "A full and objective account of Britain's colonial past, involvement in the Cold War and many other important historical topics will only be possible when they are freely available," he told Reuters. "Of course, I can't say how they might change our view of the past since I don't know what's in them." From Britain's imperial past and the African slave trade to the betrayals of KGB double agents during the Cold War, the true historical worth of the documents is

unknown, historians said. "Because we haven't seen full listings of these documents, I don't want to speculate but the fact is that we do know these are very important materials," David Anderson, a professor of history at the University of Warwick, told Reuters. Held in six boxes, for example, could be important material related to slavery. Simply entitled "Slave trade reports", the boxes contain 18 files from the period 1662 to 1873. Three years ago, Anderson was an expert witness in a court case brought against the British government by 5,200 Kenyans who say they were tortured by Britain's colonial forces during the 1950s Mau Mau insurgency. Forced to make public documents on Kenya after Anderson found a 45year-old Whitehall memo which referred to the materials, the FCO also disclosed the existence of hundreds of thousands of other hidden files. Some parts of Britain's history could need to be revised in the light of the new files, Anderson said. The unexplained secrecy of such a large cache of documents has fuelled suspicions that they could contain surprises for those Britons with a benevolent view of British foreign policy. In Anderson's view, standout items in the trove could include nuggets to do with the Cold War, perhaps shedding new light on the activities of Guy Burgess and Donald Maclean, two spies acting for the Soviet Union. "The trouble is we don't know what's there," Margaret MacMillan, a professor of history at Oxford who is also part of the group, told Reuters. "Are there things tucked away in

there which would actually make me change my view on, for example, the British role at the Paris peace conference (after World War One), because I thought I'd seen everything that was there to be seen." The scholars contrasted the secrecy over the documents with the revelations triggered by fugitive U.S. spy contractor Edward Snowden about the power of Britain's GCHQ eavesdropping agency, which is overseen by the foreign secretary. "While the GCHQ story tells us that the government has wholly unexpected capacities to unearth information about its own citizens, the right of citizens to investigate UK foreign and colonial policy over the last 150 years and more is clearly being denied," the scholars said in the letter. "Those of us who work on the history of some other countries are used to government obstruction when it comes to researching official papers, but the UK is supposed to be a free society. The writing of full and impartial accounts of the Cold War, Britain's colonial past, and other key subjects depends on access to all the available records." When asked why the special collection had been held for so long, an FCO spokesman said: "These special collections have accumulated over time. They have been transferred into the FCO archive to ensure the records are preserved for potential selection and transfer to The National Archives. "Historically the FCO has concentrated on the release of files in the departmental series and resources have not been available to review and prepare the special collections for release."

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Foodbank founder warns ‘there’s a great number of people in need’

Feeling the pinch By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

As the public begins to feel the pinch from the festive period, a Bradford foodbank is appealing for more donations to help feed the city’s most deprived. In 2004, local resident Lashman Singh set up the Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank and in less than a decade, the charity has already helped feed tens of thousands of households across the city. Relying only on donations, and stock bought by the charity, the group has seen the number of food parcels double year-on-year since 2011, with 2014 predicted to be the biggest drive to date. After initially launching the Curry Project in Bradford in 1991, which fed people at set locations on a weekly basis, Mr Singh realised that there was still a great number of

people suffering because they could not travel to the site. This led to the launch of the Bradford Metropolitan Foodbank which has since acted as a hub, in Barkerend’s St Mary’s Church, for food parcel preparation. Mr Singh set up the charity to ensure everybody has access to food and drink, regardless of their situation, and wanted to thank the public for their support and urged people to continue giving whatever they can. “First and foremost I would like to thank everybody for all the support they have given us over the years because if it wasn’t for the generosity of the public we wouldn’t be able to carry out our task,” he said. “With the economy as it is, it looks like things will only get worse out there, especially with changes to the benefits system, so donations are needed more now than ever. “January and February are always

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An exciting flash mob took Trinity Leeds by storm earlier this week as the Yorkshire Festival 2014 programme was revealed for the very first time. Singers, artists and performers joined forces in a glittering spectacle at Europe’s newest shopping complex, to give the public a taste of what to expect. A carnival snail, woolly bikes, choirs and brass bands emerged from shops to join band Hope & Social on the concourse for a debut performance of the official Yorkshire Festival song, The Big Wide. They were watched by shoppers and supporters of the Yorkshire Festival 2014, which began its procession from Angelica through the complex to watch the performance en route to Holy Trinity Church. They are all part of the full programme of events which were announced earlier in the week for the first time, as the county gears up for Yorkshire Festival 2014 – the first ever to precede the Tour de France in its 111 year history.

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Operation Viper bites in Bradford Deadly haul of weapons seized during raids Crossbows, swords, knives and a revolver were just some of the lethal weapons found during a day of raids by West Yorkshire Police in Bradford as Operation Viper struck again. Specialist entry teams carried out 10 warrant searches throughout the city, as the haul of weapons were seized and seven people were arrested. Working alongside neighbourhood police officers, CID teams and Viper officers, the team completed the first day of an intensive week of searching on Tuesday 28th January. Following a search of a property on Allison Lane, Bolton Woods, a 28-year-old man was arrested on firearms offences after a number of air weapons were recovered. A 49-year-old man and a 55-yearold woman were also arrested from a property on Sewell Road, Laisterdyke, after suspected Class A crack cocaine, with an estimated street value of £800, was found in a kitchen cupboard. Further arrests included a 45year-old man from Elsdon Grove, Little Horton, who was taken into

custody on suspicion of possession with intent to supply Class B drugs after officers uncovered around a kilogram of cannabis at the property. Two other people have also been arrested in connection with three burglaries and one man was taken into custody on suspicion of cannabis possession. Chief Superintendent Dickie Whitehead, who leads Operation Viper, said: “This week is just one of a number of proactive tactics we are employing as we aim to turn the fear of crime onto criminals themselves. “The week of action in Bradford follows on from a similar operation in Leeds that helped to reduce incidents of burglary by over 20 per cent. “The seizure of Class A and B drugs removes them from the local market place and recovery of the cache of weapons is something that makes the streets of

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CLEVER: 16 Students from the GSAL will be hoping to achieve top grades in this summer’s A2 results after receiving conditional offers from the prestigious Cambridge and Oxford University

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Nom, Nom, Nom Club

A scrumptious new book club will be launched at this year’s Festival of Food, Drink and Rhubarb. The Nom, Nom, Nom club, run by Wakefield Council’s Libraries service, will allow keen cooks of all abilities to meet once a month to learn about new cookery writers, share their experiences in the kitchen and discuss recipes. The free, informal reading group will be launched in the festival marquee on Saturday 22nd February at 2.15pm with celebrity chef and compere of the festival Richard Fox, who will be demonstrating recipes from his own cookbook with a little help from Wakefield Libraries. The Nom, Nom, Nom club will then meet at the Create café, below Wakefield Library and Museum at Wakefield One, on Burton Street, on the first Saturday of each month, between 2pm and 3pm.

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U.S. & British spy agencies piggyback on ‘leaky’ apps for intel OUTRAGEOUS: GCHQ documents its use of the popular ‘Angry Birds’, which was reportedly downloaded more than 1.7bn times

U.S. and British intelligence agencies have plotted ways to gather data from Angry Birds and other smartphone apps that leak users' personal information onto global networks. It was citing previously undisclosed intelligence documents made available by fugitive American spy agency contractor Edward Snowden. The U.S. National Security Agency (NSA) and its British counterpart, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), have been taking advantage of increasing volumes of personal data that spill onto networks from new generations of mobile phone technology. They’ve been developing capabilities to piggyback onto ‘leaky’ smartphone apps, such as the wildly popular ‘Angry Birds’ game, that transmit users' private information across the internet, according to top secret documents.

The U.S. and British agencies were working together on ways to collect and store data from smartphone apps since 2007. The agencies have traded methods for collecting location data from a user of Google Maps and for gathering address books, buddy lists, phone logs and geographic data embedded in photos when a user posts to the mobile versions of Facebook, Flickr, LinkedIn, Twitter and other services. Snowden, who is living in asylum in Russia, faces espionage charges in the United States after disclosing the NSA's massive telephone and Internet surveillance programs last year. His revelations and the resulting firestorm of criticism from politicians and privacy rights activists prompted U.S. President Barack Obama to announce intelligence-gather reforms on 17th January, including a ban on

eavesdropping on the leaders of close allies and limits on the collection of telephone data. The report said the scale of the data collection from smartphones was not clear but the documents showed that the two national agencies routinely obtained information from certain apps, including some of the earliest ones introduced to mobile phones. The agencies also made use of their mobile interception capabilities to collect location information in bulk, from Google and other mapping apps. One basic effort by GCHQ and the NSA was to build a database geolocating every mobile phone mast in the world – meaning that just by taking tower ID from a handset, location information could be gleaned. A more sophisticated effort, though, relied on intercepting Google Maps queries made on smartphones, and using them to collect large volumes of location

information. Scooping up information the apps are sending about their users allows the agencies to collect large quantities of mobile phone data from their existing mass surveillance tools – such as cable taps, or from international mobile networks – rather than solely from hacking into individual mobile handsets. Exploiting phone information and location is a high-priority effort for the intelligence agencies, as terrorists and other intelligence targets make substantial use of phones in planning and carrying out their activities, for example by using phones as triggering devices in conflict zones. The NSA has cumulatively spent more than $1bn on its phone targeting efforts. The disclosures also reveal how much the shift towards smartphone browsing could benefit spy agencies' collection efforts.

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The perfect venue for your perfect day Rio Grande ‘rio’-launches under new ownership

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hoosing that perfect venue for your big day is one of the most important decisions any couple can make, and now that choice has been made a little easier thanks to the new-look Rio Grande. Re-launched earlier this month, the venue fit for royalty is now under the ownership of some of the country’s leading event organisers, specialising in making your wedding day, the most memorable date ever. With your own personal wedding planner available, the Bradford-based venue is the one-stop wedding service provider for the North of England, with the ability to turn your dream day into reality within the blink of an eye. Clients can remain stressfree, sit back and relax, knowing they are in the safe hands of some of the country’s leading wedding

planners with premium contacts across the country. Young, vibrant and unique styles can all be implemented to your exact specification as the highest standard of wedding planning arrives in Yorkshire. Not a finger will have to be lifted, as mouth-watering menus, first-class entertainment and of course the perfect setting, can all be organised by the Rio Grande team. Even videographers and photographers are available upon request whilst guests will be treated to a host of surprises, from chocolate fountains to fresh fruit displays, and jalebi stalls to candy stalls. With the potential to host up to 800 guests, the breathtaking Bradford-based venue was masterfully devised by a selection of the most-sought after designers today, providing a style surprise

around every corner. Oozing in class, the spacious Rio Suite, can seat up to 550 people, whilst the more intimate Skyline Suite option is available for hire for parties up to 250 people. Meanwhile, civil ceremonies can also be arranged in the Civil Ceremony Suite, with dedicated organisers on hand once more to add extra style and sophistication to the day. Follow this simple three step guide to have just a glimpse into the future of wedding planning (trust me, you will be amazed) Step 1 – On your Smartphone/Tablet download the Aurasma app Step 2 – Login using the Username: excellmedia Password: exc3ll Step 3 – Take a snapshot of

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the Rio Grande logo and witness the magic “We erased rational thinking and normal conventions and instead, motivated by our passions, created a venue we wanted and we’re sure you will too.”

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Win the ultimate 7-Star wedding experience The Rio Grande team is offering one lucky couple the chance to win an all expenses paid wedding based upon their legendary 7 star package for up to 150 guests totally free. Included in your package would be: flower shower, ice sculptures, fruit cocktails, chocolate fountain, golgappe, fruit mirror, papri chaat, table decorations, aloo tikka live stall, chair covers with bows and much, much more! To enter please call 01274 718 920 or email info@rio-grande.co.uk for a free no obligation consultation with one of our wedding planners. All no obligation quotes will be entered into a free prize draw. The competition closing date is midnight 31st March 2014 and the draw will take place on 5th April 2014. Winners will be notified within 28 days of the draw date. All entries are subject to terms and conditions, copies of our terms are available to entrants at the time of entry.


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Bollywood Bustup t is established in law that a Claimant in a breach of contract claim can recover only those losses which arise naturally from the breach and which could reasonably be supposed to have been in the contemplation of the parties at the time the contract was entered into. Any further losses would be too remote and irrecoverable. A recent Court of Appeal case has considered the extent to which property-related losses are recoverable and has held that losses arising from a fall in the market value of property are not too remote and are therefore recoverable. In the case of John Grimes Partnership Ltd –v- Gubbins [2013] the Defendant obtained planning permission to develop a field for residential purposes and engaged the Claimant, an engineer, to make arrangements for a road and drainage on the site. It was expressly agreed that such work would be completed by the Claimant by March 2007. The deadline was not met and in April 2008 the Defendant engaged another engineer to complete the work. The Claimant brought a claim against the Defendant for just under £3,000 of unpaid invoices. The Defendant disputed the claim and brought a counterclaim for almost £20,000 of fees that he had previously paid to the Claimant, claiming that the work had not been completed properly. The Defendant also claimed damages for the losses he suffered due to the work not having been completed by March 2007 as agreed. The Defendant’s losses caused by the delay were a reduction in

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the market value of the residential properties and an increase in building costs. The Defendant was successful and the Claimant appealed but his appeal was dismissed. The Claimant argued that the losses claimed due to a decrease in market value were too remote. It was held by the Court of Appeal that the losses were not too remote as, when entering into the contract, the Claimant knew that a delay would bring with it the risk that the property market may rise or fall and therefore the loss was reasonably foreseeable. The Court of Appeal also did not uphold the Claimant’s case that such loss would be disproportionate compared to the contract price. It was held that this was not sufficient to escape responsibility. The Court of Appeal did note that there may be circumstances where the general rule may not be followed, and this would be in such a case where the particular circumstances show that the parties when entering into the contract did not intend for the Defendant to be liable for a particular type of loss (even though that loss was reasonably foreseeable). It follows therefore that contracting service providers should take particular care to carefully consider and ensure that any contract expressly excludes liability for particular types of loss. Otherwise they may become liable for ‘foreseeable losses’ which they did not foresee or contemplate at all. We at Blacks can assist in the preparation of all forms of contracts and any disputes arising therefrom.

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fter installing more than 2,000 homes with brand new boilers over the winter months, Nationwide Eco Energy are now stepping up their eco pledge with the offer of free loft insulation to selected households. With more than 15 years of industry experience, Nationwide Eco were one of the first green-deal approved organisations in Yorkshire to help lower income and vulnerable households gain access to state-of-the-art boilers and they are following this up with the free loft insulation initiative. Acting as a blanket for your home, loft insulation prevents heat from escaping through the roof

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and with savings of up to £170 a year, occupants will not only benefit from a warmer household but also a much lower energy bill. Statistics show that in an un-insulated home, up to 25 per cent of your heat is lost through the roof so why not take advantage of this scheme now and begin saving today. Taking just one day to install, Nationwide Eco’s fully-qualified, dedicated staff will ensure you have nothing to worry about as the days get colder, as your brand new insulation will work with immediate effect. Hundreds of homes have already been helped by the national business since the initiative began last year yet there are still thousands more households which could benefit from this priceless scheme. One couple who have already benefitted from the eco-scheme is Mr and Mrs

loft insulation from Nationwide Eco Energy Solutions “Before the Nationwide guys came round, we used to have the heating on all the time and it was costing us a lot of money. Now the house isn’t only getting warmer faster but we are also seeing an improvement on the energy Phone: 0800 772 0763 / 01274 280 232 Email: info@afreeboiler.co.uk bills.” Website: www.nationwideecoenergysolutions.com

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Khan, who predict they will now be saving more than £100 a year thanks to the newly installed insulation. “You can already tell the difference because the house doesn’t get cold anymore,” he said. “Before the Nationwide guys came round, we used to have the heating on all the time and it was costing us a lot of money. Now the house isn’t only getting warmer faster but we are also seeing an improvement on the energy bills. “I would recommend contacting them to anyone. At the end of the day it is a completely free initiative and one which may not be around forever.” The non-repayable insulation grant is completely free if you’re a homeowner or a private tenant and you meet the criteria in place. Unsure whether you qualify? Simply phone the dedicated Nationwide Eco team on 0800 772 0763 today and receive a completely free survey to find out if your eligible for this amazing offer. Millions of households across the UK are able to take advantage of the ecoscheme so pick up the phone now and begin saving today.


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he home of Punjabi cooking made its long anticipated arrival in Whitefield last week, as EastZEast opened its newest establishment on the outskirts of Manchester. With the Lancashire restaurant signaling the fifth EastZEast to open in the UK, and with a sixth set to open in Birmingham by March, access to the finest Punjabi food is becoming easier and easier for Britain’s food lovers. At a special opening ceremony, esteemed guests were joined by local residents, all eager to get a peak at what the fine dining eatery had to offer and they certainly weren’t disappointed. Alongside an array of mouth watering dishes, an evening of

EastZEast launches fifth restaurant in style entertainment commenced with everything from dancers to magicians, and DJs to singers, performing throughout the night. Guests were treated to the classic EastZEast favourites, such as Lahori chicken and Lamb Sookha Bunah, offering just a small taste of what is available at the Punjabi specialists. The two-floor, 350capacity restaurant is the perfect venue for celebrations, whether it be a romantic meal for two, or a large party of wedding guests; everybody is catered for. EastZEast has built up

a reputation for providing the finest Punjabi meals in the North of England. The extensive menu has been perfected over a number of decades with chefs fully trained to serve up the most succulent meals on every occasion. Their dishes have received nationwide recognition and have seen customers flock from across the country to try out the famous menu. The special EastZEast grill menu is not only vast in options but also provides diners the healthier option. Whether it be fish,


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chicken, lamb or prawns, the delectable flavours will leave even the fussiest of eaters satisfied. Don’t just take my word for it though, head down to one of the five restaurants today to experience Indian dining at

its best. EastZEast’s new Whitefield restaurant is open seven days a week (Mon-Thurs, 5pm-11.30pm; Fri-Sat, 5pm-12am; Sun, 5pm-11pm) and is located at

117 Bury New Road, Whitefield, Bury, M45 7EG. To book a reservation today please call 0161 796 7117 or to get a sneak peak at the famous menu, visit www.eastzeast.com

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BSkyB reaffirm position in sports market British Sky Broadcasting PLC sought on Thursday to secure its base against its insurgent rival BT PLC by securing some sports rights and a long-term deal with US pay-TV network Home Box Office. The London-headquartered satellite broadcaster, whose biggest shareholder is Rupert Murdoch's 21st Century Fox Inc. said it had secured six long-term rights deals in six sports, including the 2017 rugby tour to New Zealand by the British

and Irish Lions and Scottish cup football. The skirmishes between BSkyB and BT come ahead of the biggest battle of all rights for the next round of Premier League football. The bids are due in coming months and the rights’ cost is likely to rise substantially. The last set of domestic three-year rights generated a total of a little more than £3bn, with BSkyB splashing out £1.78bn for a majority of the matches on offer.

Lufthansa head to India The head of Lufthansa said the German airline plans to begin flying Airbus A380 superjumbo jets on routes to India later this year. On Monday, India lifted a ban on landing the aircraft in the country, enabling carriers such as Singapore Airlines, Lufthansa and Emirates airline to fly the jets into the world's second-most populous nation. Lufthansa had earlier said it had no immediate plans to use the jet on those routes. Yet, during an interview with Reuters earlier this week, the airline’s CEO, Christoph Franz, confirmed his belief that Lufthansa’s A380 fleet will be India-bound soon. He said: “We are interested to use the A380 also for the major Indian markets.”

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APPEAL: Protest have been held across Pakistan since Mr Mohammed Asghar’s detainment

PM voices concerns for Edinburgh man on death row in Pakistan By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

An Edinburgh grandfather ,sentenced to death in Pakistan for blasphemy, is in urgent need of mental health treatment. According to campaigners at Reprieve, they have serious concerns about the mental wellbeing of Mohammed Asghar, who has been diagnosed with paranoid schizophrenia. He has been convicted of blasphemy in Pakistan and faces the death penalty. Prime Minister David Cameron has said that he is “deeply concerned” and that the UK was taking the case “very seriously”. Lawyers for Mr Asghar finally gained access to their client this week and as a result, were able to get the necessary documents signed so that he can file his appeal against the sentence. But they told the charity they have concerns for his mental health and say that, despite his diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia, prison medical staff remain unaware of his serious psychiatric illness and are not giving him the appropriate medication. During their visit, it was “clear” he was in very poor health and they have stressed it is crucial he receives the expert medical treatment he urgently needs and said he appeared “pale, dehydrated, shaking and barely lucid”. Maya Foa, director of Reprieve’s death penalty team, said: “We are extremely worried about Mr Asghar’s mental health, which appears to have seriously deteriorated. “We are also extremely

RAGE: Many Pakistanis feel strongly against the country’s blasphemy laws

concerned by the reports that he is not being given the correct medication for his illness, putting him in a perilous position. “We hope that the authorities in Pakistan and the UK will take all necessary steps to ensure that he gets the expert treatment he needs without delay.” The Pakistan High Commission in London has said the mental health of Mr Asghar should be taken into account when his appeal against the death sentence for blasphemy is heard. It issued a statement as his family pleaded that he not be allowed to “die in jail”. The Commission said it had received “messages of concern” as Mr Asghar’s family in Edinburgh said they were growing increasingly desperate over the plight of the 68-year-old retired city shopkeeper who has already spent three years in prison in Pakistan. Mr Asghar was condemned to death by a court in Rawalpindi

last week after he wrote letters, which were never posted, which he signed as “prophet” Mohammad. The court was not told of warnings from a leading Edinburgh psychiatrist that Mr Asghar, who lived in the Capital for more than 30 years, has a diagnosis of paranoid schizophrenia and has previously experienced delusions that he is a “holy man”. The High Commission said it had received “pleas for leniency from UK residents and politicians, including senior Foreign Office minister Baroness Sayeeda Warsi. Mr Asghar’s family called on the British Government to help to bring him home, where he could be treated for his mental illness. The family have launched a petition calling on Prime Minister David Cameron and First Minister Alex Salmond to “intervene in the strongest possible terms to help save the life of a vulnerable British man”. The family said he had already attempted suicide unsuccessfully. Labour’s Douglas Alexander has written to Foreign Secretary William Hague, asking him to make immediate representations to Pakistan’s government over the case. Lawyers fear they will not be able to see him in prison until it is too late to get him to sign a secondary power of attorney and lodge an appeal. Under Pakistan law this must be lodged with the court seven days after conviction. Baroness Warsi said she was “deeply concerned” by the case, adding: “I am personally raising this in the strongest possible terms with the Pakistani government, as are officials here and in Islamabad.”

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WELCOME: Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg has announced that more Syrian refugee asylum seekers will be allowed into the UK

‘Welcome to Britain’ Britain opens its doors to Syrian nationals By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

Hundreds of Syrian refugees may soon be arriving in Britain after Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg announced the decision to soften the government’s stance on the matter. Many of Syria’s most vulnerable, including rape and torture victims, will be welcomed to the shores as they seek refuge from the war-torn country which has seen more than 130,000 killed in the last three years. Mr Clegg added that the government had been given United Nations backing to accept Syrian refugees on a case-by-case basis, but was stopping short of agreeing to take in a quota under a UN

scheme to resettle 30,000 of the most vulnerable cases. “Sadly we cannot provide safety for everyone who needs it, but we can reach out to some of those who need it most,” Mr Clegg said. According to Home Secretary, Theresa May, there are approximately 3,500 Syrian refugee asylum seekers currently in the UK. Speaking in front of MPs on Wednesday, Prime Minister David Cameron reiterated the country’s commitment to providing asylum for Syrians adding that the UK has been working closely with the country for a long time. Mr Cameron said: “We will act with the greatest urgency because, when it comes to Syria, we have acted with the greatest urgency throughout.

“We have made available £600m, which makes us the second largest humanitarian donor, we provided food for 188,000 people, clean water for almost a million and medical consultations for almost a quarter of a million. “We will be coming forward with a scheme to help the most needy people in those refugee camps and offer them a home in our country.” The three-year Syrian civil war has pushed around 2.4 million people out of Syria and into refugee camps in neighbouring states. In the last year the UK has accepted around 1,500 Syrian asylum seekers who had made their way to Britain, but had previously resisted taking in refugees direct from the region.

Lee Rigby killer makes appeal bid

Michael Adebolajo, who was found guilty of the murder of British soldier Lee Rigby, has lodged an application to appeal against his conviction, the Judicial Office has confirmed. Fusilier Rigby was killed on 22nd May 2013 in Woolwich, south-east London. Adebolajo, 29, from Romford, east London, and Michael Adebowale, 22, from Greenwich, south-east London, are currently awaiting sentencing. Mr Justice Sweeney said he would pass sentence on the two men after a key Appeal Court ruling on the use of whole-life terms, with the decision due at a later date. In December, an Old Bailey jury of eight women and four men took approximately 90 minutes to find the men guilty of murdering Fusilier Rigby. They were found not guilty of attempting to murder a police officer at the scene. The jury had heard that Adebolajo and Adebowale drove a car into Fusilier Rigby at 30-40mph, before dragging him

into the road, attacking him with knives and attempting to decapitate him with a meat cleaver. In court, Adebolajo - a married father-of-six - admitted killing Fusilier Rigby, 25, but denied murder and described the killing as a ‘military operation’. As the guilty verdict was declared and the defendants

were taken out of the courtroom, Adebolajo kissed his Koran and raised it in the air. In a previous police interview, Adebolajo had said he and Adebowale decided to lie in wait near Woolwich barracks and targeted Fusilier Rigby because he was wearing a Help for Heroes hooded top and carrying a camouflage rucksack. As a police vehicle approached, the men rushed towards it, waving the meat cleaver and a firearm. They were both shot, but denied attempting to kill police, saying they had wanted armed officers to shoot them dead so they could ‘achieve martyrdom’. An investigation by the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC) later concluded the police officers who shot the men ‘acted appropriately to the immediate threat’. The Judicial Office, which reports to the Lord Chief Justice and supports the judiciary in its work upholding the rule of law, confirmed on Thursday that Adebolajo wished to appeal against his conviction.


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136 law firms forced to close Leeds and Bradford solicitors publically named by the Solicitors Regulation Authority By Anush Ansari anush@asianexpress.co.uk

The Solicitors Regulation Authority (SRA) has taken the unusual action of publishing the names of 136 firms that are being forced to close. The companies are being shut down as a result of failing to secure professional indemnity insurance (PII) by the October 1st deadline and did not obtain new cover during the Extended Policy Period (EPP). The EPP was introduced for the first time this year and gave firms an extended period of indemnity insurance for 90 days. Firms that did not obtain new indemnity cover during the EPP, namely by 29th December 2013, had to close their practice and are not insured to practise after that date. In early January, brokers raised concerns over the SRA’s handling of the PII renewal process after the regulator admitted it had lost track of some uninsured firms (8th January 2014). The SRA does not normally publish the names of closed firms because firms have an obligation to inform clients and

others that they are closing down. Their decision on this occasion to publish the names in the interests of protecting consumers and third parties. Publishing the names adds an extra layer to the protection already in place. The regulator said most of the firms involved have co-operated with the forced wind-down process the SRA imposes when insurance is not secured, but that there were a “small number of firms that failed to close properly and they are subject to ongoing robust action”. There has been some confusion over how claims arising from firms that have failed to shut down as the SRA has prescribed would be handled. It is thought that the SRA’s discretionary compensation fund would kick in but the SRA’s rules state that the maximum grant that may be made from the fund is £2m, which would cover sole practitioners but represents a £1m shortfall on the statutory cover required for ABSs and LLPs. Among the firms on the SRA’s list are Leeds-based Rafique Partnership Solicitors Co Ltd, Devers & Co Solicitors, Kelly & Co, Richardson & Co Solicitors

and Bradford-based Megsons Personal Injury Ltd. The SRA is carrying out a full analysis of all those firms that entered the EPP and the way the legal profession is insured will be examined in the High Court this year in a major test case that could have implications for how all firms obtain indemnity cover. Firms are aware that they should not undertake work without insurance, although clients have protection in these circumstances. If anyone has concerns that these firms are continuing to practise, they should inform the SRA via report@sra.org.uk and disciplinary action will be taken if that is the case. If clients believe these firms are continuing to progress their matters, they should contact a new solicitor immediately to take over the case.

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Doctors making moves to bring Schumacher out of coma

Michael Schumacher's sedation is being reduced to allow the ‘waking up process’ to start, his manager says. Bringing the Formula 1 legend out of his coma could take a long time, Sabine Kehm said in a statement. Schumacher suffered a severe head injury in a skiing accident in the French Alps on 29th December. He was put into a medically induced coma by his doctors at a clinic in Grenoble after operations to remove blood clots from his brain. Doctors have kept the 45-year-old German asleep to help reduce the swelling. Ms Kehm was approached by the media for comment on Schumacher's condition on Wednesday - exactly a month after his crash. She said his condition remained ‘stable’. In her statement on Thursday, she said it had been agreed to communicate details of his sedation ‘only once this process was consolidated’. The statement again included an appeal

by Schumacher's family for privacy for them and for his doctors, while at the same time expressing ‘sincere appreciation for the world wide sympathy’. At his bedside since the accident, the family have received hundreds of letters and gifts from around the world. Earlier this month, investigators probing the accident said Schumacher had been going at the speed of ‘a very good skier’ at the time of his crash in the resort of Meribel. He had been skiing 8m off-piste when he fell, they added. Experts reconstructed events leading up to the crash after examining Schumacher's skiing equipment and viewing footage filmed on a camera attached to his helmet. Schumacher retired from racing in 2012 after a 19-year career. He won two titles with Benetton, in 1994 and 1995, before switching to Ferrari in 1996 and going on to win five straight titles from 2000.

Section 377 to stay

After weeks of protest, India’s Supreme Court ruled earlier this week that a month-old ruling, that banned gay sex in the world's largest democracy, would remain in place. The government and seven human rights groups had filed petitions asking the court to review its decision, in the hope it would be overturned. “The Supreme Court has turned a cold shoulder to these groups and their suffering,” said Arvind Narrain, one of the lawyers who brought the rights' groups petitions. “The court had an opportunity to correct itself today. This is a court that is meant to be for all human beings.” On 11th December, the Supreme Court reinstated a colonial-era ban on gay sex, following a four-year period of decriminalisation that had helped bring homosexuality

out into the open in the socially conservative country. The Supreme Court ruled that only parliament could change Section 377 of India's penal code, which prohibits "carnal intercourse against the order of nature with any man, woman or animal", and is widely interpreted to refer to homosexual sex. A lower

court had overturned this section of the code in 2009. Violation of the law can be punished with up to 10 years in jail. The rights groups will now submit a ‘curative petition’, where they apply for the Supreme Court's ruling to be reviewed by a panel of five judges, Narrain added.

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Nawaz Sharif still wants peace talks with Talibans Despite a wave of deadly attacks, Pakistan's Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has said he still wants to hold peace talks with the Taliban and said that a fourmember team will pusue negotiations with the militants. In a rare address to the National Assembly, he said ‘terrorism’ must be defeated, either by talks or force, and he was giving peace a last chance. Pakistan's Taliban vowed more attacks after their leader was killed last year but say they are considering the offer. Hakimullah Mehsud died in a US drone strike in November - his successor, Mullah Fazlullah, ruled out peace talks and promised revenge. To many people in Pakistan the country's political leaders appear impotent in the face of the militant threat as the attacks have soared, correspondents say. Mr Sharif, who was elected last May, is under mounting pressure to try to bring the violence under control. “I am sure the whole nation would be behind the government if and when we launch a military operation against the terrorists - but I want to give peace a final chance,” he told members of parliament in a televised speech. He said he, too, was tired of the attacks

and he would do everything possible to bring peace. Veteran journalists Rahimullah Yusufzai and Irfan Siddiqui, former ambassador Rustam Shah Mohmand and a retired major in the ISI intelligence service, Amir Shah, will lead dialogue efforts and report back to the interior minister. No timeframe was set for the talks to be held - and the prime minister stopped short of announcing any tough preconditions for negotiations. Pakistan Taliban (TTP) spokesman Shahidullah Shahid welcomed the move by Mr Sharif and said the militants' central shura, or council, was meeting to consider the talks offer. “We are ready for meaningful negotiations provided the government shows sincerity of purpose,” he said, the AFP news agency reports. Mr Sharif's call for talks seems to have exposed divisions within the Taliban. The militants' leader in Punjab province, Asmatullah Muawiya, was quick to say he would take part in talks. “We trust the negotiators nominated by the Pakistani government. We will participate in these talks, and also consult with other groups and persuade them to join the talks,” he told BBC

Urdu's Asif Farooqi. He promised his fighters would end attacks once talks started, and added: “I am confident that the reaction of the TTP and Maulana Fazlullah will not be any different from us.” Scores of people have been killed this month alone, many of them soldiers, as the militants attacked military and civilian targets across the country. The death toll has called into question Pakistan's strategy for dealing with militancy. Some observers say a lack of concerted military action meant that an opportunity to take advantage of apparent militant divisions following Hakimullah Mehsud's death in early November was missed. There is now a limited military operation in the North Waziristan tribal area. But correspondents doubt the government and military in Islamabad want to launch a larger offensive at this stage in the militants' main sanctuary near the Afghan border. Analysts believe Pakistan sees many of the militants based in North Waziristan as a ‘strategic asset’ in a year when foreign combat forces are leaving its neighbour.


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British Pakistani singer, songwriter Junai Kaden has topped the chart with his first release in two years. The highly anticipated single 'Tanha' did not disappoint thousands of fans, going straight to number one on the Official Asian Download Chart, the world's only Asian music chart compiled by digital sales figures from the Official Charts Company. Giving his reaction, Junai Kaden says: “I'm really happy with the response for ‘Tanha’ so far. Reaching the No.1 spot in just the first week is a great achievement and I have to thank my fans and everyone who bought the song and have supported me so far. After two years away it has been a tough journey getting back into music but I'm thrilled with the positive response for the new single and it means a lot to come back and hit No.1 straight away. I hope everyone continues to enjoy my new

music this year.” ‘Tanha’ is the first offering from an, as yet, untitled new album, more of which will be heard throughout the year. The video for ‘Tanha’ is now available to watch on YouTube and has already surpassed 10,000 hits in it's first 24 hours. The video, directed by Hasinth Pathirana, sees Junai imprisoned in an act of self defence whilst protecting the girl he loves. On the video, Junai adds: “Making the ‘Tanha’ video was a lot of fun and as I’m an independent artist, I was able to have a lot of creative input into it. I wanted to come back with more than a music video so I worked closely with the director to show a story of love, pain, injustice and loneliness which reflects the emotions felt in the song and lyrics. The response in the first two days has been brilliant.” ‘Tanha’ is produced by the award winning Mumzy Stranger and is a beautifully composed ballad which echoes the sounds of a contemporary Bollywood love song. Written by Yaz, who recently wrote the No 1 hit ‘Sazaa’ (for Nafees & Mumzy Stranger), the lyrics are deep and slightly haunting, giving ‘Tanha’ an eerie yet sweet sound. With the emotionally charged video now available, ‘Tanha’ is sure to continue pulling on the heart strings of music fans up and down the country. Junai Kaden’s ‘Tanha’ is out now on iTunes. The video can be watched and shared from the following link: http://bit.ly/TanhaVideo

“I'm really happy with the response for ‘Tanha’ so far. Reaching the No.1 spot in just the first week is a great achievement and I have to thank my fans and everyone who bought the song and have supported me so far.”


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Bollywood royalty descended on London's West End on Monday 20th January when Priyanka Chopra made a special appearance at the GUESS flagship store, Regent Street, to meet and greet fans at the exclusive sneak preview of her new single, ‘I Can't Make You Love Me’. In-store, Priyanka interacted with admirers and well-wishers, posing for photos and signing autographs as Caroline Flack performed a DJ set that included the forthcoming single. Bringing Regent Street to a standstill as she addressed the crowds gathered outside the store from as early as 8.00am, Priyanka said: “I keep coming to London and keep seeing you all. It feels really great that all of you have come here to see me. Thank you all so much!” Following the event, the world-famous artist attended a VIP dinner, hosted by GUESS at the Penthouse of The London EDITION Hotel. Additional guests included David Gandy, Dylan McDermott,

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FILM: Josh DIRECTED BY: Iram Parveen Bilal GENRE: Social/Drama STAR CAST: Aamina Sheikh, Mohib Mirza, Khalid Malik, Adnan Shah Tipu, Nyla Jafri

RELEASE DATE: 21/01/2014

Josh (English Title: Against the Grain) is the story of a privileged woman whose life is shattered in a single moment. 12A Fatima, a committed schoolteacher living the Fatima have to sacrifice in cosmopolitan high life in the search for answers? Karachi, is devastated Based on a true story when her nanny, Nusrat, this is a film that tackles inexplicably disappears. issues such as feudalism, Though her friends and poverty and schooling. A family beg her not to gripping tale that has its disturb the status quo and fair share of twists and confront the powerful turns but which ultimately feudals in Nusrat’s village, sends out both a powerful Fatima travels there to and positive message. investigate. To date the film has Will the trials and received great acclaim and tribulations deter Fatima's has picked up numerous resolve? Will the quest awards along the way. The challenge an already film is being screen at complicated romantic Odeon Cinemas across the relationship? What all shall country for one week only.

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FILM: Jai Ho DIRECTED BY: Sohail Khan GENRE: Action/ Drama STAR CAST: Salman Khan, TBC Tabu, Danny Denzongpa, Daisy Shah, Nadira Babbar Jai (Salman Khan) is an upright common man is fighting a solitary war against corruption and injustice. Honest and incorruptible, he has made it his mission to help as many people as he can. His mantra is quite simple - help somebody and then request that person to lend a helping hand to somebody else - thus forming an ever growing circle of people helping each other. In a strange twist of fate, he finds himself pitted against a powerful politician and his vile family. Jai who is an ex army officer, will not shy away from a battle, however bloody it may get, and firmly believes that you do not have to wear an uniform to serve your country. As the politician unleashes his violent goons on brave heart Jai, Geeta, Jai's sister, realises the horrific

consequences this can have on her brother and the rest of their family. She persuades a reluctant Jai to make peace with the politician. When events lead Jai to humiliation, Jai loses his cool and declares all out war. It is an unequal war - on side stand the politician with his numerous henchmen and on one side is Jai - alone.

RELEASE DATE: 24/01/2014 But unknown to him, a silent revolution is taking place. The voiceless public, he has helped in the past, is gathering force. It finally has a voice and this voice cannot...will not be silenced.


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RELEASE DATE: FILM: Gunday 14/02/2014 DIRECTED BY: Ali Abbas Zafar GENRE: Action/Romance STAR CAST: Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan, Sushant Singh When they ran to save their lives for the first time, they were mere 12-yearold boys, and the world called them 'refugees'. The war of 1971 gave birth to a new country - Bangladesh. It also gave birth to two young orphans - Bikram and Bala ((Ranveer Singh)and Arjun Kapoor). They witnessed the war and its aftermath, where the world tried to trample over them. Fighting for survival, they clung to each other and escaped to Calcutta. Before they knew the world, they knew each other. Such was their bond, such was their friendship. Each time they sought new beginnings, each time they would rise, the world would crush them down. So, they fought again... and again. Together they were unbeatable. They were unstoppable. They were inseparable. In the years that passed, Bikram and Bala, became Calcutta's most loved, most celebrated, most reckless, most fearless and most powerful “Gunday�! They had everything... then, one fine day, bells rang...

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Nandita (Priyanka Chopra), the most beautiful cabaret dancer, walked into their lives, and they lost everything to her. Their murky world turned magical and colourful. They fell head over heels in love with her. But that was only a blissful lull before an impending storm... and then entered ACP Satyajeet Sarkar (Irrfan Khan- the right for every wrong, a law for every outlaw and a counter-force for Bikram and Bala. What follows from here is the most sensational-most thrilling-most dramatic story ever told!

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But her life changes in an instant when she's abducted by a rough gang of rural criminals. The kidnappers quickly discover that their hostage is the daughter of a prominent industrialist with powerful political friends. But their leader (Randeep Hooda) is undeterred, insisting that they go ahead with their plan. As their van continues TBC on its lengthy journey, passing through some spectacular landscapes, FILM: Highway the girl begins to feels DIRECTED BY: Imtiaz Ali more free than she ever GENRE: Drama did before. Indian STAR CAST: Randeep writer/director Imtiaz Hooda, Alia Bhat Ali made his name with the hit 'Jab We Met'. A kidnapped rich girl He casts Randeep forms an unexpected Hooda of 'Once upon a bond with her captor in Time in Mumbaai' fame this Bollywood romantic opposite rising star Alia drama from the director Bhat in this romantic of 'Jab We Met'. exploration of A carefree young city Stockholm Syndrome. girl (Alia Bhat) is Music is by A.R. driving along the Rahman. highway with her fiance.

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STARRING: BRAD PITT, MICHAEL FASSBENDER, CHIWETEL EJIOFOR, SARAH PAULSON DIRECTOR: STEVE MCQUEEN 15 CERT GENRE: DRAMA Twelve years a slave is based on an incredible true story of one man's fight for survival and freedom. In the pre-Civil War United States. Solomon Northup (Chiwetel Ejiofor), a free black man from upstate New York, is abducted and sold into slavery. Facing cruelty (personified by a malevolent slave owner, portrayed by

STARRING: LEONARDO DICAPRIO, MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, JOANNA LUMLEY, JONAH HILL DIRECTOR: MARTIN SCORSESE GENRE: DRAMA, COMEDY

Michael Fassbender), as well as unexpected kindnesses, Solomon struggles not only to stay alive, but to retain his dignity. In the twelfth year of his unforgettable odyssey, Solomon's chance meeting with a Canadian UK RELE abolitionist AS 10/01/2E DATE: (Brad Pitt) will 014 forever alter his life.

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STARRING: MERYL STREEP, JULIA ROBERTS, EWAN MCGREGOR, CHRIS COOPER DIRECTOR: JOHN WELLS GENRE: COMEDY, DRAMA August: Osage County tells the dark, hilarious and deeply touching story of the Weston family. Meryl Streep stars as Violet, the sharp-tongued matriarch of the Weston's. August begins on the night that Violet's husband of 30 years, Beverly, mysteriously vanishes without a trace. This deep family crisis draws the couple's three daughters, including eldest Barbara (Julia Roberts), back to the family home, each returning with husbands and boyfriends in tow to solve the mystery of what happened to their father and to comfort the dysfunctional woman who raised them.

Based on the CIA analyst created by espionage master Tom Clancy, ‘Jack Ryan: Shadow Recruit’ is a blistering action thriller that follows Ryan (Chris Pine, "Star Trek") from his quiet double-life as a veteran-turnedWall Street executive to his all-out initiation as a hunted American agent on the trail of a massive terrorist plot in Moscow. Ryan appears to be just another New York executive to his friends and loved ones, but his enlistment into the CIA secretly goes back years. He was brought in as a brainy Ph.D. who crunches global data but when Ryan ferrets out a meticulously planned scheme to collapse the U.S. economy and spark global chaos, he becomes the only man with the skills to stop it. Now, he's gone fully operational,

LONE SURVIVOR STARRING: MARK WAHLBERG, BEN FOSTER, ERIC BANA DIRECTOR: PETER BERG GENRE: ACTION, DRAMA, THRILLER

thrust into a world of mounting suspicion, deception and deadly force. Caught between his tight-lipped handler Harper (Academy Awardwinner Kevin Costner), his in-thedark fiancee Cathy (Keira Knightley) and a brilliant Russian oligarch (Kenneth Branagh), Jack must confront a new reality where no one can seem to be trusted, yet the fate of millions rests on his finding the truth. With the urgency of a lit fuse, he's in a race to stay one step ahead of everyone around him.

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Set during the war on Afghanistan, gritty drama 'Lone Survivor' follows a specialist team of Navy SEALs who clash with Taliban forces in the remote Afghan mountains. The film focuses on an elite army unit who are tasked with tracking down and killing a Taliban official. But as they venture into hostile territory, the operation takes a dangerous turn and tragedy is close

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STARRING: ROBERT DE NIRO, SYLVESTER STALLONE, KIM BASINGER 12A DIRECTOR: CERT PETER SEGAL GENRE: COMEDY In “Grudge Match,” De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” Sharp, two local Pittsburgh fighters whose fierce rivalry put them in the national spotlight. Each had scored a victory against the other during their heyday, but in 1983, on the eve of their decisive third match, Razor suddenly announced his retirement, refusing to explain why but effectively delivering a knock-out punch to both their careers. Thirty years later, boxing

promoter Dante Slate Jr., seeing big dollar signs, makes them an offer they can’t refuse: to re-enter the ring and settle the score once and for all.

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STARRING: CHRISTIAN BALE, ZOE SALDANA, WOODY HARRELSON DIRECTOR: SCOTT COOPER GENRE: THRILLER Acclaimed director Scott Cooper takes audiences on a CERT vivid and intense journey into the heart of a fading American Dream in Out of the Furnace, as fate, family and loyalty drive an ordinary man to take heroic measures to fight for those he loves. Russell Baze (Christian Bale) and his younger brother Rodney (Casey Affleck) were born and raised in Braddock, Pennsylvania, a hardscrabble Rust Belt hamlet that has been home to generations of American steel workers. Russell followed their father into the mills, while Rodney took the only other option open to young men like him and enlisted in the Army, hoping to find a better life outside of Braddock. But after four brutal tours of duty in Iraq, an emotionally and physically depleted Rodney returns to a recession-weary town that offers even fewer options than before he left. When a cruel twist of fate lands Russell in prison, his younger brother tries to make ends meet by betting on horses and competing as a bareknuckle boxer.

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of money earned by ruthlessly swindling investors. But his high-flying lifestyle won't last forever, as FBI agents cotton on to the dodgy dealings at his firm and the dynamic banker looks set to face federal prison.

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2014 What Car? Car of the Year available now at your local Nissan Bristol Street Motors

The all new Nissan Qashqai By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

Europe’s favourite crossover was given even more reason to celebrate earlier this month after clinching the prestigious What Car? Car of the Year Award for 2014. Available now from your local Nissan Bristol Street Motors dealership, the Nissan Qashqai mixes power and performance in the most stylish and affordable manner imaginable, and is the most superior model to date. Every little detail has been designed to ultimately benefit the driver, from the comfort to the cost, and safety to style; nothing has been overlooked with the creation of this award winning design. Much like its multi-award-

winning predecessor, the all-new Qashqai has been designed, engineered and built completely in the UK. With an engine quieter than many saloons, the motor can act as a perfect vehicle for all buyers, whether it be for a company car or a family SUV, the choice is yours. At just a few centimetres longer than its predecessor, the all new Qashqai has refrained from throwing itself into the large model and remained loyal to the compact design which has helped it grow into the popular motor it is today. The classic five-inch information screen, with Bluetooth and USB connectivity, remains central to the dashboard design with added gadgets such as sat-nav, audio and heating controls nearby. The all new Qashqai comes with

just one petrol engine, a 1.2litre turbocharged unit which averages 50.4mpg, producing 113bhp and 140lb ft of torque. Diesel engines are available in two sizes: a smaller 1.5dCi model, which returns 74.3mpg, producing 109bhp and 192lb ft of torque; or a larger 1.6-litre version, with a powerful 128bhp and 236lb ft, returning 64.2mpg. Every engine is clean and efficient, producing sub-100g/km CO2 emissions in every model. ‘What about the technology and gadgets?’ I hear you ask. Well don’t worry, there are certainly plenty of them across all four trim levels. The Qashqai line-up begins with the ‘Visia’. With a CD player with USB connectivity, heated bodycoloured door mirrors, 16in steel wheels, cruise control, manual air-

con, remote central locking, electric windows all round, stability control and engine stop-start technology, the so called basic model is hardly basic. The next step up would be the Acenta model which comes with a number of added benefits including: dual-zone automatic airconditioning, rain-sensing wipers, automatic headlights, two extra speakers, 17in alloy wheels, the luggage board system, front foglights, interior ambient lighting, a rear armrest with integrated cup holder and a leather-covered steering wheel and gearknob. Fancy something even more flashy, the premium version of the Acenta model includes not only the all Smart Vision pack (autodimming rear-view mirror, traffic signal recognition, auto dipped

beam, front and rear parking sensors), but also Nissan Connect (with DAB radio), a rear-view camera, panoramic glass roof, pushbutton engine start and privacy glass. Finally, there’s the top of the line model, the crème de le crème, the Tekna. With 19in alloy wheels, leather seats with power adjustment, heated front seats and windscreen, bi-LED headlights and Nissan’s Safety Shield, you can be certain that your Qashqai will not be outclassed on the road. The Nissan Qashqai is officially the best selling crossover in Europe and with models available to view now at Bradford’s very own Nissan Bristol Street Motor, why not pay a visit today and see for yourself why the all new Qashqai is Car of the Year.

Pricing: £17,595 - £27,845 Performance: 0-62mph in 12.4secs Top speed: 112mph Running Costs: Government economy 74.3mpg Government CO2: 99g/km Tax liability: 14% Insurance group: 17

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This isn’t just a C7-Corvette Stingray with a few extra bodywork bits n bobs – this ‘Vette has more power than a McLaren F1, and tech to blow your mind away. Meet the Corvette C7 Z06, which makes its predecessor look limp-wristed and its output pathetic. This beautiful beast boasts 6.2-litre V8, by a 1.7-litre boosted supercharger which spins its turbine at 20,000rpm. Though finalised power figures are yet to be revealed, Chevrolet promises the Z06 will develop ‘at least 625 horsepower’ - that’s more than the twin-turbo V8 in the back of a McLaren 12C produces. This is a serious piece of kit. What’s more, this monstrous beauty’s engine is being offered for the first time in its history as an automatic. The ’box in question is an eightspeed torque-converter with paddleshifters, which GM claims is lighter than Porsche’s benchmark PDK dual-clutcher, and can swap cogs even faster. The aluminium spaceframe is retained from the C7 Stingray, and will go racing in the new Corvette C7.R later in 2014. The structure is so stiff that Chevy has been able to make this the first targa-top Z06 – the removable roof panel is carbonfibre, as is the bonnet. Even with the roof removed, Chevy claims the Z06 is 20% stiffer than the strictly fixedhead C6 ZR1. Clip the roof back in and you’re 60% more rigid than the best last-gen ‘Vette. There’s a major chassis overhaul too. The Z06 is 56mm wider across the front axle than a C7 Stingray, and a whopping 80mm wider across the back. The stretch means the Z06 actually has a bespoke rear fasica, which pushes the

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taillight clusters further apart than on the standard car’s rump, to maintain the right proportions. The body is also covered in extra vents, intakes and aero addenda. Inside, you get a choice of comfort-biased ‘GT’ seats, or bolstered aggressively ‘Competition’ buckets. Both use magnesium frames to shave yet more grams from the (unknown) kerbweight, while other surfaces in the C7’s vastly improved cabin get the suede Carbon and treatment. aluminium cockpit trim is available too. Chevy has gone to town on driver tech too. You get an limited slip electronic differential (a la Jaguar F-type R coupe), and a three-stage driver assistance setting. Toggle between mild terror and almost certain death as the safety nannies are dialled down and eventually off on your 625hp American missile. Plus, launch control and a specific ‘Track mode’ make this the fastest road-going Corvette ever around Chevy’s test circuits. Though pricing is yet to be confirmed, indicators suggest that it’ll be around the £75,000 mark and will arrive in US showrooms in early 2015 – and hopefully in Europe soon after.

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Porsche 911 Targa 4 inspired by ‘60s classic

The new Targa is inspired by the ’60s classic, as you’ll spot by its all-new roof arrangement - no glorified sunroof Targas any more. The contrast-coloured roofhoop returns, as does the

dome-shaped wraparound rear window. There’s no heavy lifting required to go al fresco either – the targa section now stows behind the seats electrically, in a fabulously complicated

arrangement. The entire bubble-shaped rear window raises off the 911's hips and hangs precariously over the back of the car, while the roof itself folds onto the parcel shelf. Like the old 997 Targa, the

new Targa is strictly all-wheel drive. Power-trains are shared with the 3.4-litre Carrera 4 and 3.8-litre Carrera 4S, as are the wide-body hips. Prices start at £86,281 and £96,316 respectively.


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Nisan unveils revolutionary petrol engine The Nissan ZEOD RC will become the first entry at Le Mans to complete a lap of the Circuit de la Sarthe under nothing but electric power in June. A single lap of each stint (a fuel “stint” lasts approximately one hour) will be electric powered, then the new Nissan DIG-T R 1.5 litre threecylinder turbo engine will take

over. The incredibly small engine weighs only 40 kilograms (88 pounds) but produces an astonishing 400hp. The base engine is only 500mm tall x 400mm long x 200mm wide (19.68” x 15.74” x 7.78”). While the engine is technically too heavy to take as carry-on luggage on a plane – it would easily fit inside the luggage

A fantastic 1992 Honda NSX, owned by legendary three times Formula One World Champion Ayrton Senna, is set to go under the hammer at Silverstone Auctions’ Race Retro & Classic Car Sale on the 22nd and 23rd February. The car was originally purchased by Antonio Carlos de Almeida Braga, close personal friend, manager and mentor of Senna, for the driver to use when he visited his home in Portugal. Following Senna’s tragic death at Imola in 1994, the car remained in the garage at Braga’s home where it was not allowed to be touched or driven by anyone. After two years it was eventually sold to a buyer who kept it only a short time before being purchased by the current owner seventeen years ago. Nick Whale, managing director, Silverstone Auctions, said: “Very rarely does a car with such pedigree and provenance come to market, especially with such a powerful and personal link to arguably the greatest F1 driver of all time, and as such, we’re incredibly excited to offer it for auction.” The car, offered with an estimate of between £75,000 to £85,000, is presented in black with a black leather interior, manual gearbox and has covered just 31,800 miles. When choosing the car Braga made sure it was set to the same specification that Senna chose for his own NSX and is regarded as the ultimate combination for the car. This year sees the 20th anniversary of the death of the racing icon and the car could prove a great investment for buyers with heightened interest in the much admired model as the 25th anniversary of its introduction approaches next year.

guides seen at major airports around the world. Revving to 7,500rpm, the Nissan DIG-T R produces 380Nm of torque. At a ratio of 10 horsepower per kilogram the new engine actually has a better power-to-weight ratio than the new engines to be used in the FIA Formula 1 World Championship this year. “Our engine team has done a truly remarkable job with the internal combustion engine,” said Darren Cox, Nissan’s Global Motorsport Director. “We knew the electric

component of the Nissan ZEOD RC was certainly going to turn heads at Le Mans but our combined zero emission on-demand electric/petrol power plant is quite a stunning piece of engineering. “Nissan will become the first major manufacturer to use a three-cylinder engine in major international motorsport. We’re aiming to maintain our position as industry leaders in focussing on downsizing. Lessons learned from the development of the engine will be seen in Nissan road cars of the future.”

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Senna was personally involved in the development of the NSX due to Honda supplying engines to the McLaren F1 team, a partnership which is set to resume again for the 2015 season. Nick added: “We’re extremely pleased to be able to offer another item so closely

linked to Aryton Senna. Over the past few years we’ve been privileged to offer race suits, helmets and signed photographs amongst other pieces connected to him as well as other F1 drivers such as Fangio and James Hunt.”


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“Anyone who goes out for a bit of jogging, running, walking, or would like to get fit or do something special for a great cause, then please email us as Year after year, thousands of soon as possible and we would dedicated fundraisers lace up be extremely grateful.” their running shoes and take to The team is not made up of the streets of Leeds to complete professional runners, with many the challenging Half Marathon just training in the two months and this year it could be you prior to the call of ‘on your crossing the finish line. marks’ yet every year Open to runners of all thousands are raised for charity. abilities, the annual event is set COMPLETE: Tariq Qadeer Explaining why the run is not to be staged in May this year completed the run last year for only crucial in raising funds, but and will see thousands pass Team IKCA and will be doing it also rewarding for the entrants, through the famous Leeds again in 2014, for the sixth Tariq added: “Every year, we all streets, raising money for successive time manage to finish in less than hundreds of causes. three hours which may not be One such cause is the Imran IKCA is still searching for more quick but at least we all Khan Cancer Appeal (IKCA). volunteers to help raise vital complete the race. For the past five years, the “Despite the hard work and charity has been represented by funds for the fight against all the aches and pains over the a team of at least eight runners, cancer. Tariq Qadeer has completed next few days, most of us keep helping to raise between £3,000 the route for the past six years, coming back every year as it is and £4,000 each race. representing the charity on the one of the best experiences you However, this year, with the previous five, and appeals for can have.” date fast approaching, Team more team members to step For more information or to forward and help raise money register your interests for a for the worthy cause. position on Team IKCA then “We are looking for please contact either Tariq volunteers, both men and Qadeer, on women, to join our team and hipaindoo786@hotmail.com, or help raise money for the Imran Ikhalq Ahmad, on Khan Cancer Appeal,” he said. info@ikca.co.uk. “The last date to register for the Leeds Half Marathon is towards the end of March but this race is a ‘Sell Out’ every year so it is important to register as soon as possible. ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

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Another defeat for hapless England VICTORIOUS: England slumped to a 4-1 series defeat at the hands of a resilient Australian side in their ODI series, with the hosts now looking to make it a series hat-trick in the upcoming Twenty20 series

It wasn’t a whitewash but it wasn’t exactly good. England’s One Day International series with Australia finally came to an end last weekend as the hosts marched to yet another convincing victory, to seal a 4-1 series win. Electing to bat first, Michael Clarke’s men notched up a score of 217-9 runs in their 50 overs, a target which, at moments, did look attainable for the visitors yet like much of their time down under this winter, it simply wasn’t. Falling five runs short, with two balls remaining, England were bowled out for 212 after James Tredwell was the final man dismissed, going for a duck off Shane Watson, caught by Matthew Wade. Joe Root topscored for the visitors, claiming the side’s only half-century (55) yet it was the dismissal of Eoin Morgan for 39

Further anguish for English cricket that signaled the beginning of the end of the series. Four wickets were taken for just 39 runs after the Middlesex batsman’s dismissal, as yet another batting collapse cost England the chance of a second victory in the ODI series. A 4-1 defeat in the ODI series, following on from the Winter Ashes Whitewash, was not exactly the plan for England who had comfortably defeated their Australian counterparts in the Summer Ashes 3-0. Speaking after the final ODI, England captain Alastair Cook said: “We should have got over the line, we got into some good positions, credit to Australia as they held their nerve better than

we did but there were some poor shots. “Two of the three other games we could have won but ‘could have’ is wrong. You get confidence from winning games of cricket, Australia have had a great summer and have managed to win. “It's been a tough couple of months, we've got a lot of things we can work on, there's a lot of talent and in 12 months’ time we should be in better shape for the World Cup.” England will now face the Australians three more times in the Twenty20 format before finally calling an end to their tour down under, at the beginning of February.

Wonderful Wawrinka Shock defeat for Nadal in Australian Open final

With less than four weeks gone in 2014, Stanislas Wawrinka is already celebrating his most successful year in tennis after clinching his first ever Grand Slam title last weekend at the Australian Open. The Swiss national defeated 2009 winner Rafael Nadal in four sets to walk away as champion on his 36th attempt at claiming an elusive Grand Slam. Nadal came into the match with question marks surrounding his fitness, yet nothing can be taken away from the new Swiss number one, who overtook Roger Federer in the World rankings. Defeating the Spaniard, 6-3, 6-2, 3-6, 6-3, Wawrinka flew out of the traps to take a twoset lead before play was stopped momentarily for Nadal to receive treatment to a back injury. With the underdog looking likely to pull off a straightforward three-set win, Nadal showed why he is number one in the world and put in a gutsy performance, to win the third 6-3.

“I never expected to win a Grand Slam because, for me, I was not good enough to beat those guys,” said Wawrinka. “To win a Slam, to be number three [in the rankings], both for me is a big surprise. “But I think more so to win a Slam, because in the ranking you can be number three without winning a Slam. But now both are happening, so it's a big surprise. “It’s an amazing feeling. I saw Roger winning so many Grand Slams in the past, so now it’s my turn to win one. “If you look at the 10 past years, except Del Potro, it’s only the top four guys who were winning all the Grand Slams.” The 28-year-old’s road to the final included a five set victory over reigning champion for the past three years, Novak Djokovic, and he is the first man since 1993 to defeat the two top seeds at a Grand Slam.

CHAMP: Stanislas Wawrinka moved up to third in the World Rankings, following his maiden Grand Slam victory in Australia last weekend

TEAM: Sergio Perez and Nico Hulkenberg will be representing Force India throughout the 2014 campaign

Perez takes to the track at Jerez Force India get first look at new car

With fewer than 100 laps completed by all drivers earlier this week at the first day of the Jerez test, Force India’s new VJM07 car will have to wait to be tested to its full potential. The F1 sleeping giants were just one of the teams who were made to wait on the first test day of the new turbo era, with Sergio Perez only completing 11 laps in total. Nico Hulkenberg was forced to wait until Thursday before trying out his new wheels, whilst Perez got to grips with the model throughout Wednesday’s session. Speaking after a long, drawn out day one, Sergio Perez said: “As expected it has been quite a slow day

for everybody in Jerez. “The main job was to learn as much as possible each time the car went out so that we could identify and solve any issues. It was not really possible to get a feeling for the car because we only did a small number of laps, but the important thing is that the car is up and running.” The former McLaren driver recorded a best lap time of 1:33.161, notching up a total of just over 48km throughout the whole day. Andrew Green, Technical Director for Force India explained how, despite only managing a few laps, the constructors have been able to take away a lot of lessons from the day. He said: “Tuesday’s laps were a key

first step for the development of the VJM07. “There’s still a long way to go, but we have been able to start checking all the new systems on the car, especially the power unit and the gearbox. There have been a few teething problems, which is to be expected with a new car, but we’ve already learned a great deal in just one day. The plan for tomorrow is more of the same as we continue to get miles on the car.” Nico Hulkenberg is set to have his first drive on Thursday whilst Daniel Juncadella will get behind the wheel on Friday.


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Yorkshire bowler travels down under for pre-season training

Big season ahead for Ashraf Moin Ashraf has joined Yorkshire’s winter exodus to the Southern Hemisphere in an attempt to start the new season strongly and become an established first team player. The 22-year-old seamer from Bradford has added his name to the long list of other Yorkshire players who are supplementing their preseason training by playing overseas this winter to try and boost their chances of success this summer. As competition hots up to make the starting line-up for Yorkshire’s opening match in Division One of the Championship, starting at Taunton on the 13th April, Ashraf has responded to the challenge of breaking into that side by agreeing to his longest ever stint away from England, with six weeks playing cricket in Australia. He has called on the contacts of Yorkshire coach Jason Gillespie, who has helped fix him up with cricket at East Torrens District CC in the

Adelaide suburbs. The Yorkshire bowler hopes his time in a new country will help him start the season strongly and force his way back into Yorkshire’s championship side having played only one match in Division One last summer. “I’ve never been abroad for that period of time in pre-season before and I’m looking forward to getting some cricket, getting stronger out there by doing my gym work and just having a change of scenery – it will be very competitive cricket out there,” he explained. “I was looking to play cricket overseas in Australia and my initial thought was maybe the Darren Lehmann Academy, but East Torrens came in and were happy to take me on and I’m looking forward to playing competitive cricket.” Yorkshire seemed particularly keen for their young bowler to take advantage of the opportunity after

struggling in recent years to begin new seasons strongly. Although a consistent member of Yorkshire’s youthful YB40 line-up last summer, Ashraf’s only taste of Championship action was the drawn match against Nottinghamshire at Scarborough in June. “I’m honest to admit that I’ve been a notoriously slow starter in previous seasons because I haven’t actually started in the team in the last two or three seasons and when I have had good seasons, I’ve come into the team mid-way through the summer,” he added. “I’m hoping that the six weeks I spend in Adelaide and a further two weeks in Sri Lanka with the Yorkshire squad in pre-season will help me start strongly. “It’s going to be a challenge in the heat and the conditions and tough cricket but I’m excited for the challenge and I think it will help my cricket massively.”

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big year in 2014

However, for Ikram Butt, despite acknowledging the ‘considerable strides’ has the power to be a major forwards, there is still more factor in developing work to do to ensure the wider harmonious communities, and community really get involved discussions are underway with with his sport. Members of Parliament to He explained: “There is still look at establishing a task significant work required if force group addressing sport we, as a sport, are to become as a vehicle for tackling fully inclusive and a personal integration issues. disappointment of ours, “We remain convinced that remains the lack of the we can use the game as a emergence of home grown beacon for other sport bodies Asian players, operating in the REPRESENTATIVE: Founder of BARA, Ikram to follow and a key factor in higher echelons of the Rugby Butt, pictured here representing England BARA’s development has Football League and Rugby against Wales, is the first and only British Asian been the effective working to play for England at either code of rugby Football Union. relations formed with a “We also need to be more plethora of agencies.” pro-active in getting key He added: “The work of an between the Asian and wider decision makers, within both the communities, sport and the organisation such as BARA is still sporting and political arena, to integration agenda. as much needed today as it was 10 recognise the potential links “We are firm believers that sport years ago.”

Highlights from BARA’s first ten years

• Launched in 2004 in partnership with the Rugby Football League, Rugby Football Union & Sport England • BARA organise a BARA Tag Time event. Over 200 children & young people take part • BARA recognised by Parliament during Prime Ministers Question Time, as a ‘model of good practice’ and a ‘vehicle for positive change’ • BARA tour India and win the All India & South Asian Championships • BARA travel to Pakistan & India, coach in schools, colleges & universities • BARA triumphant in their first appearance in Steeden Cup tournament defeating the British Police in the final • BARA organises two rugby events in support of the Pakistan Recovery Fund and raise over £30,000 • BARA’s charitable support applauded by HRH Prince of Wales

TRAINING: In a bid to break into the starting line-up for Yorkshire’s 2014 cricket season, bowler, Moin Ashraf, will be spending six weeks in Australia for extra training. (Image courtesy of SWPIX.com)

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WINNERS: BARA have not only been successful in helping to promote Rugby to wider communities but also as a competitive side, pictured here after clinching the Steeden Cup

Celebrating 10 years of BARA

British Asian Rugby Association set for big year in 2014

By Ashley Grint ashley@asianexpress.co.uk

The British Asian Rugby Association (BARA) has been breaking down barriers for a decade now and to celebrate the important milestone, a special tour of India is set to be held later this year. Leading a cross-section of Lords and MPs, the squad is set to embark on an August tour, nine years on from their last trip to the South Asian country. A number of other celebratory events will also be held throughout the year, including a match with the Spanish Rugby League national side in Valencia, as well as BARA Tag Time tournaments for young people across the country in the summer. 2014 will be capped off with a celebratory dinner in recognition of the ten years hard work, and for BARA founder, and former

England international, Ikram Butt, it will be one of the biggest years to date for the governing body. Speaking to the Asian Express, he said: “It’s quite an exciting year for BARA, not just in terms of our 10 years anniversary but because we have some new and exciting projects that we have been invited to be involved in, both in the UK and abroad. “Rugby has always been a sport for everybody, yet there are communities and cultural groups that are under-represented. “We want to break down whatever barriers, real, or perceived that are getting in the way. Our campaign is going to reach out across the social and cultural spectrum across the board, and BARA is a statement of intent.” Throughout their ten years of existence, BARA has made considerable progress on and off the field, with particular focus on

engaging under-represented demographics in rugby, such as the South Asian community. Although rugby governing bodies, professional and amateur clubs & local authorities have been striving to attain multicultural diversity within the game, they have had limited success in tapping into the untapped potential within the South Asian and wider communities. BARA was created to attempt to redress the balance, working alongside rugby bodies and other relevant organisations. As an inclusive organisation the body has acted as positive role models, breaking down cultural and religious barriers, as well as promoting community integration, personal development, educational attainment, health and well-being and encouraging participation in sport and physical activity especially in rugby.

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