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Sixth former chosen to speak at Wembley By Ashley Grint

A Bradford sixth form student will be rubbing shoulders with some of the biggest names in the world next month as he speaks in front of thousands at the first ever We Day UK. Mohammed Bashir, 17,

from Great Horton, Bradford, was selected to speak alongside the likes of Sir Richard Branson, Al Gore and Ellie Goulding, at the upcoming exhibition at Wembley Arena which aims to motivate young people across the globe.

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SPEECH: Grange Technology sixth form student, Mohammed Bashir, will speak alongside names such as Sir Richard Branson next month


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Spot the Signs AWARE: Shakeel Aziz launched the app in the hope of raising awareness of sings for sexual grooming

Sexual Grooming Awareness app launched on mobile devices By Ashley Grint

An educative application has been developed and launched by a Keighley resident who hopes to tackle some of the biggest issues surrounding the taboo subject of sexual grooming. It is a problem which affects all communities and is tackled by police officers on a daily basis, yet the fact of the matter is that sexual grooming continues to take place away from the publi eye. Shakeel Aziz, a youth worker from Bradford, decided he would tackle the problem from its early

APP: The application is available to download from your mobile phone or tablet device and is available to purchase for £1.49

stages, and so launched the SGA app to warn of signs which suggest a child is being groomed. The phone application is available to download for your mobile device and provides short, concise to the point information and awareness on the crime of sexual grooming in a question and answer format. For Shakeel, the chance to help raise awareness on such a difficult subject is something he believes must be taken, and explained how the app was developed. “As a youth development worker, any issues which involve the development and protection of young people is close to my heart,” he said. “This specific issue I have been working on for many years on the foundations of basic youth development work on 'Sex and Relationships Education'. “Technically, me and many other youth workers have been working on this subject way before the high profile grooming cases hit the media headlines. “I believe it is a moral responsibility for us all to tackle and challenge social problems in any way we can, and for me, as a Muslim, it is my religious duty to confront problems and social challenges.” Research done prior to the launch of the app highlighted the need to create awareness of the signs of sexual grooming according to Shakeel. Many families, whose children had fallen victim to the crime, were apparently unaware of the signs which could be spotted, whilst research also showed that many young people themselves were oblivious to the matter. Not only does Shakeel hope that the app will be used by parents, but also insists that the technology could be utilised perfectly in schools to alert all demographics in society. He said: “I hope it will be used by anyone and everyone in our societies. Sexual grooming is an issue which we should be confronting and tackling. “I hope that schools, national charities and organisations will use the app to firstly equip themselves with the information, and then break down the information for young people.” He added: “The app version is a fantastic vehicle to create awareness because the majority of us have access to smartphone and apps.” The SGA app can be downloaded now from your mobile device for £1.49, with funds going to the Star Youth Project as well as being used to continue to raise awareness of sexual grooming.

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Beaten and bruised SCENE: Bhavesh Patel, owner of the Beeston Wine Stores, was attacked in his shop by three unknown men


It’s ‘wheelie’ easy to keep tidy

Bradford Council is beginning to roll out its new garden waste service this month. Instead of using bags, residents are being invited to apply for free brown garden waste wheelie bins for kerbside collection. While being more convenient for the householder to move their waste to the kerb it will also mean that waste is better contained, emptying the bins will be easier, and the whole service will be more efficient. In a pilot programme carried out last year more than 5,000 residents took advantage of the offer. The plan is to extend the scheme by the end of this year, which could see the distribution of around 100,000 new wheelie bins. Each household on existing collection rounds will be entitled to one free wheelie bin which will be collected every month. Each bin has the capacity of between three and five garden waste bags. Anyone wanting more information should visit the Bradford Council website, at

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Business owner ‘targeted’ in savage attack By Ashley Grint

A local shop owner in Leeds is offering a £1,000 reward to any person that can help with the arrest of two men who savagely attacked him in his convenience store. Bhavesh Patel, owner of Beeston Wine Stores, on Beeston Road, Leeds, believes he was targeted by the men who had initially entered the store asking to purchase alcohol. On Monday 3rd February, just after midday, two men began the assault on the shopkeeper whilst a third acted as lookout at the door. Mr Patel attempted to escape but was pulled back into the shop before the three men fled the scene, heading towards the Noster’s Area, leaving the fatherof-two severely injured on the floor. Mr Patel, who has been running the store for nine years with his wife, Padmini, was alone at the

REWARD: The three men police want to speak to in regard to the attack are pictured with Mr and Mrs Patel offering a £1,000 reward to anybody who can help provide information leading to their arrest

time and believes he was the victim of a pre-meditated attack. Mrs Patel, 45, said the couple had put up the reward in hope of somebody stepping forward to bring justice to the attackers. “Somebody has to know who these men are, their pictures are there for everyone to see,” she said. “The money could be the best thing to tempt somebody to come forward and tell the police some information which would lead to the arrest of these men. “My husband was beaten, not in a robbery, but just because they wanted to hurt him. We need to find the persons responsible and need help to do so.” Police have so far arrested two men, in relation to the investigation, who have since been released on bail pending further enquiries. If you have any information about the incident please call Detective Constable Phil Maher at Holbeck Police Station via 101 or Crimestoppers on 0800 555111.

Bingley Music Live – Just five steps away

Bingley Music Live, the North's last party of summer, are offering festival-goers the chance to spread the cost of this year's festival for under £10 a month and gain extra value for money too. Bradford Council is offering a special deal on tickets for this year's Bingley Music Live that allows fans to spread the cost over the five months and gain a free festival lanyard and laminate (worth £5)

listing all the acts and stage times of this August's spectacular The offer, which will cover the ticket price of £49 plus booking fee, will need to be signed up to by the end of March 2014 by logging on to The three-day festival, at Bingley's Myrtle Park, is scheduled to run on 29th, 30th, and 31st August and is the region's last major summer festival.

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Find an alternative route

A short section of the A6035 Bradford Road to Keighley is being closed to inbound traffic for essential resurfacing work. The road coming in to Keighley between the roundabout near the Beeches Hotel, and the junction of Emily Street, will be closed between 9.30am and 4pm from Monday 24th to Friday 28th February. A diversion will be in place via Wenning Street and Dalton Lane for all traffic travelling in to Keighley. Traffic travelling out of Keighley via this route will remain unaffected. All businesses and residents along the closed section have been informed and bus companies will be operating routes using the diversion, whilst the fire service will continue to have instant access to the road in emergencies. should visit the Bradford Council website, at recycling. SPEAKER: Sir Richard Branson is just one of the many esteemed speakers who will attend the We Day UK event

SPEECH: Grange Technology sixth form student, Mohammed Bashir, will speak alongside names such as Sir Richard Branson next month

Respite available in Bradford

Bradford Council finally opened a fully refurbished respite facility in the city last week. Valley View House, on Lister Lane, was officially opened on Wednesday, 19th February, marking its completed refurbishment at the former Lister Lane School site. The opening marked the end of a four-year Respite Review in the Bradford district which has seen major investment by the Council to modernise and improve respite facilities for young people with disabilities. Cllr Ralph Berry, Bradford Council's Executive Member for Children and Young People's Services, said: “This project over the last four years has ensured that in Bradford and throughout the district we can now meet the needs of its young people and provide excellent facilities for disabled children and their families.”

Tee off for charity

Keen golfers in the city are being offered the opportunity to showcase their skills in the first ever Lord Mayor’s Golf Day tournament. In support of the Lord Mayor of Leeds, Councillor Thomas Murray’s LOFFTY charity and the Silverdale Holiday Centre, participants will have the chance as part of a four-person team, to battle it out against rival lineups over 18 holes at the Wike Ridge Championship Golf Course. Held on 1st May as part of the £350 entry fee per team, players will be treated to lunch, dinner, goodie bag prizes and also be able to test their mettle on the day in a series of challenges, including Beat the Pro, a putting contest and indoor Par 3 simulator competition. For further details around the event, please contact by email at, or telephone, 0113 247 4194.

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Mohammed said he was ‘shocked’ and ‘delighted’. With 26 countries participating, including “It was only about two or three weeks a group of students from Bradford’s own ago that I actually got a call to say my name Grange Technology College, the day has had been put forward to speak at the been organised to reward youths, such as Wembley event,” he explained. Mohammed, who encourage social change. “I never put myself forward but rather No tickets could be purchased for the was selected and then received a phone inaugural event, rather invitations were interview from the Toronto team of Free handed out to schools and groups who had the Children, the main organisers of We completed ‘We Acts’ throughout the past Day. 12 months. “After having a talk with them on the Speaking alongside some phone, explaining my own of the most influential experiences, I then heard people in the world may “I feel happy and I got the place a week or be daunting for some, yet so later.” honoured at the same for Mohammed, it is a He added: “I was really time at being able to proud and told my task he eagerly looks forward to. parents that I had the speak alongside the “It is something I’ve opportunity, and they likes of Sir Richard always wanted to do, talk were obviously delighted to younger people and Branson but also a and are always very helping to inspire them so supportive.” little bit nervous to have the opportunity at It won’t be the first speaking in front of such a young age is really time that Mohammed has good,” he said. 14,000 people so it is been chosen to represent “I feel happy and his age group on the mixed emotions.” honoured at the same international stage having time at being able to speak attended a United alongside the likes of Sir Nations conference in New Richard Branson but also a little bit York a couple of years ago. nervous speaking in front of 14,000 people That time, the young fundraiser raised so it is mixed emotions.” more than £2,000, on his own, to help the Mohammed will be tasked with speaking Mother Helpage Worldwide charity. about his time in the Barclays Life Skills Attending a conference in the US, and programme, which led him to work with then discussing and implementing ways to charities, Feed the Children and Mother tackle youth problems were just some for Helpage Worldwide. the roles the teenager had to tackle. The programme acts as a platform for “The UN was a really good experience so Year Six to Year 12 students to develop key to have the opportunity to attend another skills such as communication and major event, like We Day UK, is amazing,” confidence before being given the the sixth form senior ambassador opportunity to take up work placements. explained. Speaking about the moment he got the “I am looking forward to it now and call to say he had been nominated to come the 7th March, I will be ready to publicly address the crowd of thousands, address the huge audience.”

Sixth former chosen to speak at Wembley Feel safe at home

People who live in council flats in New Wortley will soon notice a reduction in antisocial behaviour and rough sleepers, thanks to a new injunction awarded to Leeds City Council this week. Leeds City Council sought the injunction from Leeds County Court in response to reports of anti-social behaviour, drug use and rough sleeping in communal areas, from residents of the Clyde and Wortley flats in New Wortley. At a hearing earlier this week, the council successfully obtained an

open-ended injunction against ‘person’s unknown’ to prevent drug use and possession, toileting and sleeping in the communal areas of these flats. In a novel use of section 153 of the Housing Act, the council was able to obtain injunctions against “persons unknown” to protect residents of the blocks of flats and protect the council’s ability to manage the properties, enabling them to take action even when the identities of the individuals are not known initially.

Foster a teen

People who think they might be able to give a teenager a fresh start in life, by becoming a foster carer, are being invited to an information event this week. Leeds City Council is on the look-out for people who have the right skills, time and space, to look after a teenager who is currently in the care of the local authority. People from across the city, who are interested in finding out more, are invited to

come to the ‘foster a teenager information evening’ on Wednesday 26th February 2014 (7pm till 9pm) Waitrose Supermarket (Cafe area), Meanwood, LS6 4RJ. The event will give people the chance to hear from foster carers what it is really like to look after a teenager in care, as well as hearing from fostering experts from Leeds City Council’s fostering team about what help, advice, support and training is on offer to potential carers.

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‘Fall from window’ results in DEATH of toddler EXAMINATION: Forensic teams investigated the scene at the Delamere street address following the fall of the child and her mother

SCENE: The end terrace house on the street was being occupied by a mother and her daughter although neighbours believed the home was empty

Mother arrested on suspicion of murder as two-year-old found dead in Bradford

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By Ashley Grint

A 36-year-old woman has been arrested on suspicion of murder after her daughter was found dead after falling from a house window. The 22-month-old child, named as Amrita Kaur, and her mother, who has not been named, were found unconscious outside an address in Delamere Street at around 9.15am on Tuesday morning. They were taken to hospital, where the child sadly died of her injuries, whilst her mother remains in a critical condition. Police have confirmed that a post-mortem found that the infant had died of injuries consistent with a fall. It is believed that two neighbours found the pair in the back garden of the end terrace house and called paramedics to the scene. The paramedics then called police who broke down the front door as to gain access through the house. Neighbours on the street, just off the busy Manchester Road, said they didn’t even know that anybody was living in the house until the bodies were carried out by paramedics. 20-year-old neighbour, Hamzah Rana, said: “I didn’t even know that anyone was living there until that morning. As far as I know about four or five months ago the occupants moved out and since then I thought the house was empty. “I just heard a loud bang and looked out of my window and saw ambulance and police outside and they were breaking the door down. “After that the paramedics were carrying a little girl out and about ten minutes later a woman in her mid-30s was carried into the ambulance.”


MEMORY: Two bunches of flowers were laid outside the address, one read: ‘RIP Little One. Heaven’s gained an angel’

Mr Rana has lived on the street all his life and said the incident has shocked the local community. He added: “It is a shock; we are just a quiet street. Everybody is friendly here and we all get along so it is of course the first time that anything like this has happened.” Noreen Haque, 35, lives in the house next door to the mother and said she was scared to be in her home at the moment. “I didn’t really know her, I just said hello a couple of times,” she said. “She moved in a few months ago, with

her child and said she was moving with her husband but I never saw anyone. “She told me she was from India and had been born in the UK and was not a strange lady, she just seemed normal.” She added: “The whole incident has come as a big shock. I checked on my children last night while they were sleeping, it has scared me.” Labour councillor for the Little Horton area, Cllr Sher Khan, has lived in the area all his life and said it was shock for the whole community.

“It is devastating news,” he said. “I know everybody in this area and on this street but nobody really knew the woman, who seems to have moved in around three or four months ago. “I only know what everybody else is saying but it is very shocking for the whole city.” A West Yorkshire Police spokesman said they are not looking for anyone else in connection with the incident, yet asked anybody who had any information to contact them on 101.




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RESCUE: Some people required assistance to get out of their homes as the water level rose

A United Britain

UNITED: Volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association were invited to pray inside the Christian St Paul’s Church during their work in Staines

same church. On Friday a group of volunteers from the same Muslim group worked with the local community to prepare St. Peter's Church in Chertsey so that a local wedding could go ahead. Cllr Shannon Saise-Marshall, Councillor at Runnymede, Chertsey, added: “I'm here at the Runnymede Council... and we are publicly thanking Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth for all their generous help. They are true heroes rolling up their sleeves and getting on with the job.” Volunteers have been based in Surrey, Berkshire, Middlesex, Dorset, Somerset, the Midlands, and North

Support for the country’s flood-hit residents

By Ashley Grint

A team of Yorkshire volunteers headed south last weekend to help tackle the rising flood waters which have left many parts of England submerged. Members of the Yorkshire branch of the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association (AMYA) joined up with fellow flood relief volunteers to provide support for those affected by the recent downpours. Throughout recent weeks, harsh weather conditions have caused severe damage to properties across the country yet support has begun to arrive from an array of backgrounds. Diverse faith groups, ethnicities and races have united to help

those affected and are working side-by-side in affected villages across the UK. Sikh members of Khalsa Aid and volunteers from the Ahmadiyya Muslim Youth Association joined local community groups to wade through the mud and water and lay sandbags in Worcester. Dr. Aziz Hafiz, a national AMYA disaster and relief coordinator from Bingley, said: “Several hundred volunteers have taken time off work to travel hundreds of miles to assist with relief efforts. “I can't describe how touched we have all been by the warmth of the communities and people we have assisted. We are proud to be able to work alongside other faith groups and the army.” Commenting on the work of the

volunteers Kevin Purcell, Policing superintendent for North Worcestershire, added: “[It is a] very generous gesture by the AMYA, donating large number of blankets to troops on flood effort in Worcester. “Your gift and the significance it bears is noted, with troops, police and the community truly appreciative. My words may be kind, they are just words, your action and deeds are so much more.” Earlier in the week soldiers, members of a local Church and volunteers from the AMYA worked tirelessly to clear and fortify St. Paul’s Church in Staines. In a sign of public unity, members of the Christian community later invited AMYA volunteers to say their congregational prayers in the

TEAM: Volunteers worked alongside army personnel to create sandbags as flood defences, and donated blankets

West England. The AMYA is operating a 24 hour rota with a central team surveying the hardest hit areas and deploying volunteers, 4x4 vehicles and supplies wherever there is a need, with the elderly, churches and schools being prioritised. Any community in need of assistance can find details of how to contact AMYA at whilst donations towards the ongoing AMYA UK flood relief efforts can be made by visiting or by texting AMYA56 £5 to 70070 (texts will automatically donate £5).

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Police appeal to public to identify drug dealers Bradford Police have released photos of men they suspect are connected with drug dealing in the city. The ten fugitives are being sought as part of Operation Stalebank, which has so far put 80 dealers behind bars for a total of 260 years. Officers are now appealing to the public to come forward with any information to identify these men and progress the investigation. Detective Inspector Ian Bryar, who is leading the investigation, said: “Stalebank has made a big impact on the supply and distribution of heroin and cocaine in Bradford District, and more people are due in court later this month on charges of drug dealing. “Information from the public has been key in helping us and our partners to run successful arrest operations and bring these people to justice. “Our communities have made it clear to us that they do not want these negative role

models in their community and that is why we are again appealing to the public to identify these men.” This latest activity falls under West Yorkshire Police’s Viper initiative, which is transferring the fear of crime onto criminals themselves, and achieving significant crime reductions across the county. The majority of Operation Stalebank criminals are being sentenced by Bradford’s most senior judge, the Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC. Judge Thomas has described the ‘terrible blight’ and ‘human misery’ caused to society by the misuse of Class A drugs and has warned that anyone who gets involved in their supply faces the prospect of a lengthy prison sentence. Anyone with information on any of the suspects is asked to contact DC David Jackson at Bradford District Police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555111.




Tour de Workshop

A series of workshops are to be held in Leeds over the coming weeks offering business owners the chance to find out more about opportunities around the Tour de France Grand Départ. Leeds City Council will be hosting the sessions, which are free and open to all businesses to attend, at the White Cloth Gallery and Leeds Media Centre during February and March. The sessions, which will feature speakers from Leeds City Council and Welcome to Yorkshire, will explore how businesses of all sizes can capitalise fully on the world’s largest annual sporting event starting in Leeds on Saturday 5 July. The first workshop will be held at the Leeds Media Centre, on Savile Mount in Chapeltown, on Friday 28th February from 12-2pm. This will be followed by sessions at the White Cloth Gallery, on Aire Street, on Wednesday 12th March from 8am10am, Wednesday 19th March, from 12pm-2pm and Wednesday 26th March, from 3pm-5pm. To book your place please visit, with spaces allocated on a first-come first-served basis.

Work begins at Leeds playground

Work on a new children’s playground at a popular recreation ground in East Leeds has commenced this month. As part of the £90,000 scheme set to be completed next month, old play equipment currently at Barley Hill Recreation Ground in Garforth will be replaced by a modern area for children to enjoy, and feature new swings, a bigger multi-unit climbing frame and roundabout. New street furniture, litter bins and seats will also be installed at the recreation ground, which also has two well used bowling greens, tennis courts and two sports pitches that are used extensively by clubs’ in the local community. Councillor Mark Dobson, executive board member for the environment said: “It is fantastic news that work has now started to replace the old playground at Barley Hill Recreation Ground with a range of fantastic new equipment.”

Skills First Friday

Wakefield Council will help to connect employers with future apprentices during this year’s National Apprenticeship Week. Employers are invited to attend the Skills First Friday event at Cedar Court Hotel on 7th March, where they can find out about the Council’s Apprenticeships Made Easy scheme. The event will also give information about funding and graduate placements, and will take place from 12pm–2pm, with guest speaker Simon Nadin from Siemens. The event is funded and demand is expected to be high so to book a place email or call 01924 306498. Future apprentices will then get to find out how the Council and their partners can help them to secure a placement at Wakefield Apprenticeship Evening, at the Hepworth Wakefield, on Tuesday 10th March, from 5pm to 8pm.

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Murder Inquiry launched Wife of missing Bradford man appeals for help to catch her husband’s killer By Ashley Grint

Seven years to the day that a Bradford man went missing, two men have been arrested in connection with his possible murder, as his wife asks for an end to her ‘nightmare’. Sajid Saddique has not been seen since leaving his home, in Allerton, Bradford, on Valentine’s Day in 2007, travelling to a business meeting in Shipley. Since then, a number of police investigations have taken place under a missing person’s inquiry yet new evidence found last week suggests that Mr Saddique was murdered. A 62-year-old man from Bradford, and a 45-year-old man from Halifax, were arrested earlier this week on suspicion of perverting the course of justice and are currently in custody. Mr Saddique’s wife, Asma, spoke to the Asian Express about how her life has not been the same since her husband went missing and how she now hopes her ordeal is coming to an end. She said: “We need closure and I hope this is it now. It has been an awful long time and a nightmare to live through. “Something terrible has happened and someone is responsible for doing that to him – that’s what I have believed from day one and it is what I have said over the years. “In my heart it feels like there is no hope because this person is gone.” Mrs Saddique and her husband had been married for eight years and have three children together, aged seven, eight and 13. It was during a routine business trip that Mr Saddique went missing and his wife recalls how she knew

PLEA: Asma Saddique is appealing for people to come forward who may know what happened to her husband on Valentine’s Day in 2007

MISSING: Sajid Saddique went missing in 2007 and police have now launched a murder inquiry into his disappearance following the finding of new evidence earlier this week

something ‘wasn’t right’ when he failed to pick up his daughter for nursery. “I can remember the day quite clearly,” she explained. “His phone was switched off, I kept calling him and I couldn’t get through and I think at that point I knew something was wrong because his phone was never switched off.” She added that the disappearance of her husband was also particularly hard for her eldest daughter, now 13, to deal with. “She still remembers him,” Mrs Saddique said. “It has been extremely difficult for her. “Recently she has started to finally open up a bit and be more confident at school but I just don’t want this news of the murder inquiry to take her back to where she was seven years ago. “It has been horrible ever since that day and I just want an end to it

all now.” Following the obtainment of this latest information, police are once again appealing for help from anybody who may have information about what happened to Mr Saddique on 14th February 2007. West Yorkshire Detective Inspector Steve Snow, who is leading the investigation, said: “There has been a constant review of the evidence surrounding Sajid’s final movements...and now new information has come to the attention of the inquiry team, which sadly suggests he was murdered. “Sajid was last seen in the car park of the Asda supermarket in Manor Road Shipley, at around 10.20am on 14th February 2007. “Do you remember being in the area around that time or do you remember seeing anything

EVIDENCE: A Volkswagen Bora was the car Mr Saddique was driving when he disappeared, whilst he was also wearing a distinctive diamond-encrusted Cartier watch

suspicious? Do you remember seeing Sajid, or his car or a person with that car in the car park? “He also had a very distinctive, diamond-encrusted Cartier watch. Do you know anyone who currently has a watch like this, or who previously had one in their possession? “We realise that seven years ago is a long time, and it's been an even longer time for Sajid's family who have lost a father, a husband and a brother. “But regardless of how long this investigation lasts, we are committed to establishing the truth of what happened to Sajid, so that we can help to give his family some closure. “If you have information which would help the investigation, please call police on 101 or Crimestoppers anonymously on 0800 555 111.”

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Cycle the Tour

Keen cyclists from the city and beyond are being offered the unique chance to ‘ride like a pro’ across four countries, as part of a proposed Leeds Lord Mayor’s 2014 Cycle Ride. Set to be held from 29th April-4th May 2014, cyclists who sign up for this trip to remember which is in aid of the Lord Mayor’s LOFFTY Project, will begin their journey in the twin town of Dortmund in Germany, before moving to another of

Leeds’s partner cities, Lille in France, via the beautiful Ardennes and through Belgium. As part of the final leg of the journey, the participants will return to home soil by taking an overnight ferry journey to Hull before joining up for a planned grand arrival into Leeds City Centre with, it is hoped, hundreds of other cyclists. Organised by Pennine Events and the Lord Mayor’s Charity, for more details on how to ride in this once in a lifetime event or for company sponsorship and naming rights opportunities, please see

British Community Honours Award for work in creating cohesive society

ACHIEVEMENT: Former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, presents the British Community Honours Award to Imam of Leeds’ Makkah Masjid, Qari Asim MBE

Award recognition for Leeds Imam By Ashley Grint

A Leeds-based imam has been awarded for his outstanding contribution to the welfare and integration of minority communities into mainstream British society. Imam of Makkah Masjid, Qari Asim MBE, was awarded the British Community Honours Award last week in front of esteemed guests and personnel in the capital. The award was presented by the former Archbishop of Canterbury, Lord Rowan Williams, at an awards dinner held at the House of Lords.

Imam Qari Asim MBE said: “I am incredibly humbled and immensely honoured by the British Community Honours award. “I am deeply indebted to my family, friends and the community, all of whom have played an important role in enabling me to serve minority communities.” It is worth remembering that Qari Asim was invited to Buckingham Palace last year and was given the MBE award by Her Majesty The Queen for his incredible services. One of the trustees of Leeds Makkah Mosque, Haji Arif, was proud to see Qari Asim collect the accolade and believes that he more than deserves the

recognition. He said: “Imam Qari Asim’s award is a cause of celebration for us all because it signifies and recognises the ground-breaking work that Qari Asim has been doing to enhance communal relations and lead the way in tackling some the of taboo issues in the British Muslim community.” A female student of Imam Qari Asim, Saima Hussain, said that she was ‘thrilled’ by this award, which was ‘richly deserved’. Leeds Muslim Council added in an official statement: “We offer our heartfelt congratulations to Imam Qari Asim and wish him every success and blessings for the future.”

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World Book Day Children are set to be treated to a host of fun activities over the next fortnight as Wakefield schools host storytelling events at the district’s libraries to celebrate World Book Day. The Bookstart Bear is going on a library tour lasting two weeks, to meet local children for rhymes and stories to inspire them to get more enjoyment from reading. In addition, on Thursday 6 March, classes from Flanshaw J&I School will visit Wakefield Library to work with the Storymaker Professor Libris. A ‘Fun with Food’ event will also take place at Castleford Forum Museum and Library on the same day, from 4pm – 5pm, aimed at children aged between six and ten. World Book Day tokens will be given out at the events, so people to pick up one of the free books at participating bookshops and supermarkets. This year the free book list includes a Horrible Histories title, and “Fun with the Worst Witch” by Jill Murphy.

Leeds pupils raise thousands for Syria

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FUNDRAISERS: (l-r) Zara Shah, Akeel Bhamani, Anam Malik, Jasmine Iftakhar, Noor Ahmed, Faisal Motashar

Four pupils from the Grammar School at Leeds (GSAL) have raised an amazing £17,000 for Islamic Relief’s Syria appeal through organising a school event. The evening, attended by over 150 parents, pupils and guests, included a play written and performed by pupils, a nasheed performance from the younger members of the school and an inspiring eye witness account, from Zia Salik of Islamic Relief, who has recently returned from the war stricken country. Noor Ahmed, one of the four organisers and a Muslim Faith Leader at the school said they

were overwhelmed by the response: “We were aiming to raise about two thousand pounds so to raise such a large sum of money in one evening is incredible.” The pupils paid tribute to Mrs Zara Shah who is a teacher at the school and who supported the faith leaders in organising the evening. “The evening really would not have been possible without the input from Mrs Shah so we just want to express our sincere gratitude for all her hard work in enabling us to put the event together,” they said. Zia Salik, who is the Regional Manager for Islamic Relief, relayed the harrowing account of what he witnessed on his trip to

the country but also expressed his delight at the ongoing support being provided by the community. He said: “The money raised tonight will help to literally save lives by providing much needed medical supplies and to see four 18-year-olds from the school put an event on like tonight encourages us to continue with our campaign to help the people of Syria – they are a credit to both the school and to the community.” The evening concluded with a meal very generously donated by My Lahore and an auction which saw a hand painting by Islamic Relief volunteer, Fahad Khan, sell for almost £1,000. For further info on Islamic Reliefs work in Syria please visit

Rise in passengers flying to Asia and South America adds to need for third runway

Britain's biggest airport, Heathrow, served 3.4 percent more passengers last year, an increase the airport said bolstered its case for a new runway. Heathrow, situated west of London, is at the centre of a longrunning political tussle over airport expansion in the south-east of England. It was shortlisted last year as a location for a new runway. The chief executive of Heathrow Ltd., Colin Matthews, said on Monday that the airport was serving more passengers from countries in Asia and Latin America. “We would have more flights to those countries if we had more capacity,” he said in an interview. “With more capacity, we would make a bigger contribution to UK GDP.” Passenger traffic at Heathrow, the third busiest airport in the world, reached a record 72.3 million in 2013, up from 70 million the year before. Aircraft using the airport were larger and fuller than they were in previous years, Heathrow Ltd. said. The airport is operating close to capacity. Around 470,000 flights

POTENTIAL: Heathrow is the UK’s busiest airport, yet with only two runways, stakeholders in the business believe it may not be being used to its full potential

departed and landed in 2013, new runways to help the country meaning the airport is operating at 98 remain economically competitive. But percent of the 480,000 flight capacity building more capacity in the densely permitted. populated area is unpopular with Lawmakers and business leaders voters, and a decision on expansion agree that south-east England needs has been repeatedly pushed back.

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Fortress Turban to be unravelled in Bradford Sikh exhibition opens up in city centre The story of the Sikh Fortress Turban is set to be told at a new display at Cartwright Hall Art Gallery in Bradford, as a unique three-month exhibition is launched. The piece will explain the importance of the turban as a symbol of the Sikh faith and identity, and will display a unique Fortress Turban alongside items from Bradford Museums and Galleries' collections and items from the city's Sikh community. The exhibition will run at the gallery between Saturday 22nd February and Sunday 18th May. The Fortress Turban, a tall conical structure, otherwise known as a Dastaar Boonga, was worn by a group of skilled warrior Sikhs called Akali Nihangs, to protect their head and hair from sword blows. It is comprised of original weapons including daggers, swords and metal throwing discs, along with the badge of the Rattray Battalion of the British Indian Army, all secured on a replica indigo dyed turban by long lengths of plaited steel. The turban, which is being brought to Bradford as part of the British Museum's Spotlight Tour, has been in its collection since the early twentieth century. Its original cloth had become so fragile that museum experts used

new fabric to display the original objects. Members of the Sikh community worked closely with the British Museum to reconstruct how it would have looked using 37 metres of cloth and traditional tying techniques. Cllr Susan Hinchcliffe, Bradford Council's Executive Member responsible for culture, said: “We are delighted to be able to host this significant exhibition, which not only tells an international story of Sikhism but reflects on the community of Sikhs living in Bradford and Yorkshire.” John Orna Ornstein, British Museum's Head of National Programmes, added: “The display of the fortress turban at the British Museum generated enormous interest from Sikh and wider audiences. “We are delighted that the turban is touring to a number of venues in the UK and particularly pleased that it will be on show at Bradford, one of the UK's most vibrant and diverse cities.” A series of free events at the museum, exploring the history and symbolism of the Sikh faith have also been planned. Admission is free but booking is advisable due to limited spaces. To reserve a place please contact 01274 431 212 or

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Make sure you visit the Cartwright Art Gallery on one of the following days to experience one of the free special events: Sunday 9th March, 1.30pm3.30pm: British Museum talk and turban tying Sunday 23rd March, 1.30pm3.30pm: Demonstrations in Sikh arms, armour and Ghatka (Sikh martial arts) Sunday 6th April, 1.30pm3.30pm: Invisible Heroes: Sikh Troops in World War 1 Sunday 27th April, 1.30pm3.30pm: Talk about young Sikhs, identity and turban tying Sunday 11th May, 1.30pm3.30pm: Talk and Sikh musical recital.

IDENTITY: The Sikh Fortress Turban, known as a Dastaar Boonga, was worn by Sikh warriors called Akali Nihangs



Pontefract Youth Market

The first ever Pontefract Youth Market is set to take place on Wednesday 26th February, helping students to develop their business skills and selling techniques. The students will be selling a range of handmade products they have created in their spare time, including bird nest boxes, wine bottle holders, scented candles and Easter greetings cards. The Youth Market will also play host to five musical acts, ranging from soloists to bands, performing sets of around 20 minutes at The Buttercross, including songs they have written at college and covers of popular hits. If the event is a success, it could become a monthly fixture during term time. The students’ stall will be running from 9am until 4pm, and the performers will take to the stage at 10am.

Temporary closure

Featherstone Library and Community Centre will close for six weeks, from Saturday 22nd February, so that it can be refurbished. Modern and efficient gas heating will be installed at the facility to replace its outdated coal-fired system, whilst new shelving and furniture will be built in, as well as new carpeting, flooring and painting. The mobile library will run a temporary replacement book loan service in the car park adjacent to the library throughout the six week period, open from 10am to 5pm Monday, Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, and 9am to 1pm Saturday. Computers are available in the nearby libraries at Pontefract and Castleford. Wakefield and District Housing Heating tokens will be available from the NISA supermarket on Priory Road.



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Wakefield Council is set to update a cycle path in Lofthouse, improving the cycling facilities available in the district. The Wakefield district already boasts more than 320 miles of cyclefriendly routes, making it a great location for people wanting to ride to work, keep fit or just have fun. The foot and cycle path which runs alongside a disused railway line between Leeds Road and Anaheim Drive will be refurbished, starting in March. It will be 2.5m wide, have a good quality tarmac surface and a new ramp to replace the steps near Leeds Road, for disabled access.

Survival rate on the up

Infertility Asian couples could be forced to go abroad due to lack of egg donors

A leading infertility clinic is appealing for women from Asian communities to consider becoming egg donors, after a marked increase in the number of Asian women asking for their help to have a baby. Private infertility clinic Manchester Fertility, which is based in Cheadle Royal Business Park, currently has ten Asian women waiting for an egg donor. Normally, women needing donor eggs can be treated immediately as there are no waiting lists for women seeking treatment using Caucasian donor eggs. But patients who are seeking an Asian egg, so their child can be of similar ethnic background and culture as themselves, are either having to wait or must seek treatment abroad. Lynnsey McHugh, Unit Director of Manchester Fertility, said: “We are one of the few infertility clinics in the UK which doesn’t have a waiting list for treatment using either donor eggs or donor sperm, thanks to our strong donor recruitment programme and reputation for excellent donor care. “But it seems that awareness of egg donation is low amongst the established

Asian communities in our region. “We’re sure that if more women realised that there is a shortage, we would see more coming forward to donate eggs.

an egg donor to have a family – from medical treatment which has affected their fertility, to age-related

“We have a strong number of Asian sperm donors, but sadly not Asian egg donors. The only choice these women face now is to wait for the right donor, or to travel abroad for treatment.” “We have a strong number of Asian sperm donors, but sadly not Asian egg donors. The only choice these women face now is to wait for the right donor, or to travel abroad for treatment, which carries risks as foreign clinics and egg donation screening may not be as strictly regulated as in the UK.” Lynnsey continues: “We want nothing more than to help these women as soon as we can. There are many reasons why they need to use

infertility where their own egg quality is low and unlikely to result in successful treatment. “We understand that egg donation – and indeed sperm donation – can be a taboo subject for some, but infertility can affect anyone and want to get the message out that there to the local Asian communities that there could be someone in your community, right now, who is relying on someone like you to help them have a family.”

The survival rate for babies has improved across the Bradford district for the fifth year in a row according to the latest government statistics. New figures show the infant mortality rate is now 7.0 per 1,000 live births in 2010-12. This is down from 7.5 in 2009-11 and 8.3 in 2005-07*. It’s also the lowest rate across the Bradford district over the last decade and the figures are ahead of projected targets for reducing infant mortality in the district. The district’s Every Baby Matters Action Plan was developed to tackle infant mortality following a report by the Bradford District Infant Mortality Commission published in 2006. Coun Ralph Berry, Bradford Council’s Executive Member for Children’s Services, said: “It’s really encouraging to see such positive figures and shows the hard work Bradford Council, the NHS and our partners are putting in to tackle infant mortality.”

For King, Queen and Country

A free event - ‘For King, Queen and Country’- is being held on 27th March at Huddersfield Town Hall to mark the contribution of Kirklees residents who have served in military conflict overseas since 1945. Since the Second World War, Britain’s armed forces have been involved in over 20 armed conflicts around the world. Some of these, such as the Malayan emergency and the Jewish insurgency, are relatively unknown whereas the Korean and Falklands wars and the recent conflicts in Afghanistan and Iraq are more familiar. The Kirklees Community Heritage and Education Team has interviewed local men and women who have served in Britain’s armed forces since 1945 and their experiences of military life form the basis for the ‘For King, Queen and Country’ display. The display will be launched at the event and can be borrowed by groups and organisations as an educational resource.



Learn English together

The Conversation Café is set to open in Batley Library and Information Centre on the 11th March for adults who want to improve their spoken English skills. Friendly, informal and themed sessions will take place on Tuesdays for five weeks between 1.30pm and 2.30pm and people are invited to attend with a friend, or come alone. Booking is not essential but anyone interested can ask library staff for more details or pop along to an Information Event at the library on Friday 7th March anytime between 11am and 2pm. Batley Library & Information Centre is at Market Place, Batley, WF17 5DA.

Eggs - tended sentence Men jailed for hiding drugs in chocolate eggs By Ashley Grint

Council works to tackle poverty

Calderdale Council is stepping up its work to tackle child and family poverty. On Wednesday 26th February 2014, Cabinet will be asked to approve recommendations which aim to help reduce the number of local children growing up in poverty. Calderdale Council’s Leader, Cllr Tim Swift, said: “About 9,000 children are living in poverty in Calderdale – that’s over a fifth of our local youngsters. “This is a worrying figure – poverty can have lifelong consequences, such as lower achievement at school, increased health problems and a higher chance of unemployment. It also affects our community and economy.”

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CONCEALED: Class A drugs were hidden inside Kinder chocolate eggs before they were transferred between dealers and clients in Bradford

A pair of drug dealers from Bradford have been sentenced to a total of ten and a half years in prison after trading Class A drugs hidden in Kinder chocolate eggs. The two men, 25-year-old Mohammed Khan and Muhammed Islam, 19, appeared in front of Bradford Crown Court on Sunday 16th February where they were sentenced. Khan, a student from West Bowling, Bradford, was a key figure in the managerial process of the operation whilst his crime partner, Islam, also of West Bowling, sold the drugs on to street dealers. The pair pleaded guilty to two offences of possession with intent to supply the Class A drugs, heroin and cocaine. The drugs had been dealt through the novelty eggs, from inside Kinder

chocolate. When police searched the men’s homes in March last year, drugs concealed in the plastic containers were found alongside weighing scales, and mobile phones which included evidence of texts and phone calls, highlighting how the process would work. Prosecuting, Mr Richard Davies, said that Khan was an intelligent man who had been roped into the project to work the phones and Islam would work out on the streets supplying the drugs directly. Khan’s barrister, Nigel Hamilton, said he studied avionics at Leeds University and got involved in the drugs trade after crashing a car and not being able to pay off the £1,500 repair bill. He added that Khan’s family had been threatened and the arrest came as a ‘relief’ to the 25-yearold. Nick Worsley, representing Islam, said he worked with young people in the West Bowling area and helped with sports initiatives, and had been recruited to the drugs trade to clear a debt. The Recorder of Bradford, Judge Roger Thomas QC, said both defendants ‘willingly, enthusiastically and professionally’ supplied drugs. The pair were arrested under Operation Stalebank, which was launched by West Yorkshire Police last year aiming to rid street dealers in the West Bowling, Manningham and Manchester Road areas.

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Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub Innovative service set to launch in Bradford

A new apprenticeship scheme is set to arrive in Bradford next week as the Council for Mosques launches its first ever Apprenticeship Hub. In partnership with City Training Services and West Yorkshire Learning Providers, the launch is set to take place on Wednesday 5th March at the Khidmat Centre, in the city. The event is significant in promoting awareness and aspirations for apprenticeships of young people from the

“Council for Mosques is ideally placed to provide access and support to young people wanting to access the opportunities that the apprenticeship scheme offers.”

SUPPORTIVE: President of Council for Mosques, Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, is delighted to offer a ‘wonderful opportunity’ to youths in Bradford

local minority communities. Young people and parents are invited to come down to talk and receive information, advice and guidance from employers, the National Apprenticeship Service, Connexions, colleges and learning providers. Set up to attract and support more young people from the minority communities and all faith groups to apply for apprenticeships, the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub will provide on-going support through a network of providers in writing winning applications, interview techniques and securing apprenticeship opportunities. The event is partly sponsored by Mangla Jewellers, My Lahore and the WYLP Skills Consortium. Mohammed Rafiq Sehgal, President of Council for Mosques said: “There is a growing recognition that young people from minority ethnic communities need additional encouragement and support to access opportunities. “Council for Mosques is ideally placed to provide access and support to young people wanting to access the opportunities that the apprenticeship scheme offers. “Together with our partners, we are bringing these opportunities to the communities in the area. This is a wonderful opportunity for young people to earn and learn at the same time.” Tracey Scott-Milner, City Training Services added her praise to the project. “City Training Services are committed to raising awareness of apprenticeships amongst all faiths in the city,” she said. “With a high youth unemployment rate it is more important than ever that as many local employers, parents, schools and young people are made aware of the options available to them through the apprenticeship programme.” Ashfaq Gulab, Partnership Manager of West Yorkshire Learning Providers said: “Apprenticeships are an excellent way for young people to gain real life skills that will give them long term benefit. “Apprenticeships are the ‘Gold Standard’ in vocational qualifications. It is important that we have different routes into training and learning for our young people. It’s about giving them choice, and fostering their ambition so that they build the skills and confidence to succeed.” Between 2012 and 2013, 500,000 people started on an apprenticeship scheme, with 10,000 employers offering such positions. For Further information about the Council for Mosques Apprenticeship Hub, contact Hafsha Ali on,





DISCLAIMER Conference on Mechanical Slaughtering 22nd February 2014 It has come to the attention of the Halal Food Authority (HFA) that the Halal Authority Board (HAB) have scheduled a meeting / conference on the issue of mechanical slaughter for this Saturday (22nd February 2014). The HFA have no association with this event and confirm that our supposed attendance and agreement to support and sign a joint declaration forbidding mechanical slaughter was given to the media without our consent. The HFA feel as though misrepresentation of our organisation is unacceptable and therefore denounce the HAB for the distribution of false

advertisements and claims. The HFA removed mechanical slaughter from its halal-standard (made clear in December 2013 through a press release and our website); this will take effect from 3rd March 2014. However, it must be stressed that the HFA believe that we – and any other certification bodies – cannot label mechanical slaughtering as ‘Haram’ as it is beyond the jurisdiction that we exercise. The HFA maintain that all Muslims must exercise the highest degree of care when declaring something Haram where no categorical references are available in Qur’an and Sunnah to that effect.

Connection vouchers worth up to £3,000 are now available to small and medium-size businesses across Bradford and Leeds to cover the cost of upgrading to superfast broadband, offering Small and Medium Enterprises (SMEs) the opportunity to transform the way they do business. Funded through the Government’s ‘Superconnected Cities’ programme, the connection vouchers are available to companies in the two cities, commencing 17th February. The programme is being delivered locally by Leeds City Council and Bradford Metropolitan District Council and is part of a national programme, designed to deliver a step change in broadband connection speeds and reliability. The programme covers 22 cities, with Leeds and Bradford securing a £10 million share – the largest outside London – of the total £100 million funding available for the programme. Businesses can apply online for a connection voucher via a dedicated website ( .uk). The vouchers cover the installation cost up to a maximum of £3,000 with on-going monthly costs being paid for by the business. The programme isn’t linked to any particular technology – wireless, fibre, cable, mobile and other types of connection are all covered by the programme. Provided the business is an SME based in Leeds or Bradford, they should be eligible for a connection voucher. Cllr David Green, Leader of Bradford Council, speaking ahead of the launch of the Superconnected Leeds Bradford programme, said: “Access to high speed broadband is crucial in a competitive global market and that is the environment our businesses now work and operate in. “Securing an upgraded connection

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Leeds Bradford broadband connection voucher scheme launched enables companies to share large data files and communicate more effectively with each other and with their customers. Ultimately it helps companies to grow and prosper which in turn generates more jobs for local people and this benefits us all.” Cllr Richard Lewis, Leeds City Council’s lead member for development and the economy, said: “The average UK business will need 10 times their current bandwidth within the next five years. This means that high speed broadband is becoming an absolute necessity for businesses. Support for SME businesses in our two cities is welcome and will help significantly improve productivity and competitiveness, in turn helping to grow the local economy.” Mark Goldstone of Leeds, York and North Yorkshire Chamber of Commerce said the latest Chamber research showed 92 per cent of companies see broadband as critical to their business: “Broadband is now considered by many to be as vital as electricity and running water and access to a high quality service is one

of the key factors when companies look to expand or locate. “High speed broadband is game changing and allows companies to think and operate differently. Technologies such as cloud computing, for example, allow for more efficient use of resources to store and access data, freeing up capital which otherwise would have been invested in expensive server hardware and associated costs.” Simon Barrett of Bradford-based games development firm Four Door Lemon, said: “High speed internet is vital to our business. In a digital industry, deliveries to our customers – be it gamers or other businesses – are completely dependent on the speed of our connection to deliver updates. “With quicker connections we can iterate faster when making improvements and adjustments to our products and therefore increase our productivity and profit. This scheme is a very welcome benefit to companies in Leeds and Bradford and will help us be more competitive in the global market we operate in.”

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The number of days of roadworks has significantly reduced in Kirklees following the introduction of a permit scheme by Kirklees Council. The Yorkshire Common Permit Scheme was introduced in June 2012 to benefit road users by reducing the inconvenience and disruption caused by roadworks on the busiest roads. The aim is to encourage innovative working practices to reduce the length of works and therefore disruption to road users. The scheme means that anyone wanting to carry out works on identified streets has to apply to the council in advance for a permit. This includes utility companies as well as the council and its partners. Since the introduction of the permit scheme there has been a significant reduction in the overall number of works and the average length of time they take.

Northern Lights orchestra

The Orchestra of Opera North will be performing a not-to-bemissed afternoon concert at 4pm on Sunday 9th March at Huddersfield Town Hall. The Northern Lights concert features Swedish conductor and violinist Tobias Ringborg in a programme of orchestral music inspired by the Scandinavian landscape. Tobias has conducted Don Giovanni and La Bohème with Opera North. He is one of the most versatile musical talents to emerge from Sweden in recent years and is equally at home on the concert podium as a conductor and violinist as in the opera house. The concert will open with Danish composer Nielsen’s famous Helios Overture, a flamboyant showpiece inspired by the sun rising over the sea, and will also feature Swedish composer Wilhelm Stenhammar. For tickets, priced from £8 to £24, please contact Kirklees Booking Offices on 01484 223200 or book online at Asian

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Better care for mental health crisis

A new agreement between police and the NHS seeks to improve mental health crisis care for Black and Minority Ethnic groups Emergency support for people in mental health crises is set to dramatically improve as part of a far-reaching new agreement between police, mental health trusts and paramedics. The agreement – called the Crisis Care Concordat – has been signed by more than 20 national organisations in a bid to drive up standards of care for people experiencing crisis and help cut the numbers of people detained inappropriately in police cells and iron out the variation in standards across the country. There are stark inequalities in the acute sector of mental health care for people from some BME groups who continue to be overrepresented in hospital and as detained patients and in crisis care overall. Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg said: “A mental health crisis can already be distressing for individuals and all those involved, but when people aren’t getting the right support or care it can have very serious consequences. It’s unacceptable that there are incidents where young people and even children can end up in a police cell because the right mental health service isn’t available to them. “That’s why we’re taking action across the country and across organisations to make sure those with mental health problems are receiving the emergency care they need. “We want to build a fairer society – one where mental health is as important as physical health – and the Crisis Care Concordat is an important step towards addressing this disparity.” Norman Lamb, Care and Support Minister, said: “When someone has a mental health crisis, it is distressing and frightening for them as well as the people around them. Urgent and compassionate care in a safe place is essential – a police cell should never need to be used because mental health services are not available. For me, crisis care is the most stark example of the lack of equality between mental and physical health. “The NHS and police already work well together in some areas, but it is totally unacceptable that crisis mental health care is so variable across the country. It is imperative that all areas seek to implement the principles of the Concordat as quickly as possible to ensure consistent care, no matter where you live.” Local areas will now sign their own regional and local agreements to commit to working together across services to improve care and potentially save lives and is expected to have agreed a Mental Health Crisis Declaration by December 2014. People from BME groups are more likely to present in crisis with A&E often the first point of contact. The Concordat acknowledges that this needs to be addressed and sets out that work will begin before March to look at inequalities in access to mental health services for BME communities with the aim of improving care. • In areas where black and minority ethnic groups have a higher risk of being detained

under the Mental Health Act, this must be addressed by local services in consultation with these groups; and • A 24-hour helpline should be available for people with mental health problems and the crisis resolution team should be accessible 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. • Health-based places of safety and beds are available 24/7 in case someone experiences a mental health crisis;

• Police custody should not be used because mental health services are not available and police vehicles should also not be used to transfer patients. We want to see the number of occasions police cells are used as a place of safety for people in mental health crisis halved compared 2011/12; • Timescales are put in place so police responding to mental health crisis know how long they have to wait for a response from

health and social care workers. This will make sure patients get suitable care as soon as possible; • People in crisis should expect that services will share essential ‘need to know’ information about them so they can receive the best care possible. This may include any history of physical violence, self-harm or drink or drug history.

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HS2 building should begin in Leeds City leaders met with HS2 chiefs last week to lobby for construction of the new high-speed rail link to begin in Leeds. The HS2 board, chaired by recently appointed Sir David Higgins current chief executive of Network Rail, visited Leeds as a first port-of-call for wider consultations about HS2 to hear the city’s mandates. A strong case to begin building HS2 from the North was put to the board by the Leeds delegation led by Leeds City Council Leader, Councillor Keith Wakefield, which was warmly welcomed by Sir David Higgins. Senior councillors believe the start date of 2027 for the link to Leeds is too far away and must be brought forward by starting construction in Leeds – allowing the region to begin making the most of economic benefits and new construction jobs sooner. With over 900 trains and 100,000 passengers everyday using the North’s busiest railway station at Leeds it is expected economic benefits from early HS2 investment

would ripple out across the region carried by a network of improved transport links. Leeds City Council Councillor and Metro chair James Lewis said: “High-speed rail is an incredible opportunity for Leeds with the potential to create thousands of new job and homes – an opportunity on a scale we have never seen before. “HS2 has unwavering support from Leeds. We are very enthusiastic to welcome high-speed rail to Leeds and have tightly integrated it into our ambitious regeneration plans for the city. “Leeds has a projected rail user growth of almost 70 per cent by 2029 for this very reason alone it makes sense to start engineering and construction of HS2 right here. “However we are concerned the route needs to be right to benefit our region and we’re asking the board to revisit this. Today was a chance to demonstrate our commitment to doing all we can to ensure we get the best possible benefits for our city and our region.” Fresh investment thanks to a proposed iconic new railway station

in Leeds is being seen as a catalyst for regeneration of the south bank area. Leeds also heard more about HS2’s plans to provide a college that would train people to work on the rail project and voiced its aspiration for the new college to be built in the

Leeds city region. The HS2 board’s visit was further marked by the launch of a programme recruiting business ambassador’s. The programme sees local businesses pledge their support to HS2 while helping to keep people informed about the positive impact

high-speed rail would have on their lives. Fore Consulting, Town Centre Securities, Shulmans solicitors, Land Securities and Think Architecture have already signed up and more are expected to join.

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Raising funds for rising waters Muslim community pulls together to help UK’s flood victims By Ashley Grint

Muslims from a local Leeds mosque have come together to help raise vital funds for the relief efforts in parts of England which have been worst-affected by the recent floods. This year’s extreme downpour has left many families homeless, causing millions of pounds worth of damage to businesses and personal properties. And now, the Environment Agency has warned that the floods, which began in December and have affected almost 6,000 homes and businesses, may not

yet be over. The Muslim community is known for its generosity and charity, with British followers of the faith raising funds to help people throughout the world when they are hit by a natural or man-made disaster. With the latest disaster happening in the UK, Muslims of Leeds have launched a campaign to raise funds to help those who have been affected by severe floods. Imam of Makkah Mosque, Qari Asim MBE, said he was proud to see Muslims uniting to help tackle such a problem which is happening so close to home. He said: “It is not about how

much money we are able to raise, rather it is about having a 'community spirit' and showing that you care for those who have been affected in our country. “They are all in our thoughts and we hope that they soon arrive back into their homes safely.” FUNDS: Volunteers collected donations from Muslims at the Leeds Makkah Masjid to help those affected by floods in the UK






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Creatures which roamed the earth millions of years ago are to make a sudden return to Bradford in upcoming months as Dinosaur Discovery opens up behind Tong Garden Centre. An array of model

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DINOSAURS: Christian Cristobal used to be a theme park designer and has now got his sights set on bringing prehistoric beasts to Bradford

ten years ago. After working as a landscape artist for many years he felt compelled to return to his roots to create a dinosaur attraction amongst the woodland at Tong Lane. The huge models, which include animatronic versions as

MODEL: The Velociraptor will be just one model of dinosaur which visitors can see at the new site when it launches in the spring

well as static designs, will range from wooly Mammoths, to a Tyrannosaurus Rex and even the flying Velociraptor. Replica moving dinosaurs and other extinct beasts will be included along a trail and Cristobal hopes the area will be used in early education and become a popular location for educatory school trips. He has even created a raptor which he wears and controls himself to make the whole experience more interactive for youngsters. Speaking about opening the new site, he said: “One day I woke up and thought, ‘I’m going to do it, I’m going to open my own dinosaur park’. I went out and told my friends and they all said I was mad. “What we’re working on at the moment is the wow factor; we’re working on the gimmicks to entertain people, like putting on the costume and chasing the children. They love it. We’re trying to bring some drama to the experience. “I’ve been living in Yorkshire for ten years now and no new attractions have been built. Instead of taking your kids away somewhere this park would be something to do locally. It’s a unique attraction.” Cristobal has had to battle against the weather conditions recently, with the launch of ‘Dinosaur Discovery’ put on hold due to torrential downpours. However, despite having to make alterations to damaged models, which each need more than 12 hours to make, he remains optimistic that Yorkshire’s own ‘Jurassic Park’ will open in the Spring. The dinosaurs have been on show in various locations in the past with minimal fees charged for entry, a pricing strategy which will continue at the Tong site.

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No more Parties in the Park Temple Newsam will not play host to a 2014 concert


CANCELLED: Party in the Park has been cancelled due to budgetary restraints

After 20 years of concerts, Leeds’ annual Party in the Park event has officially been cancelled after the cost of operating the day has become too much for organisers. The budgetary pressures on both organisers, Leeds City Council and Radio Aire, to host and produce the event are significant; with organisers stating that the only way to continue the ‘Party’ would be to introduce significantly higher ticket prices.

As Leeds City Council and Radio Aire remain committed to keeping ticket prices as affordable as possible for Leeds residents, the event will take a break in 2014. Leeds City Council and Radio Aire hope to continue their long-standing relationship through other event opportunities in the future. The council is also considering the implications and potential options around the annual Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia

events. A further announcement regarding both concerts will be made once all options have been investigated by the council. A Leeds City Council spokesperson said: “It is with great regret that we are no longer able to work with Radio Aire to deliver Party in the Park in 2014 and we thank Radio Aire for all their hard work and support in helping us organise this event in previous years. “We will be continuing to look

at every option available to us both in the short-term and longterm around Opera in the Park and Classical Fantasia, and also as part of this work, be considering other events that could in the future be potentially held in our city.” Up to 70,000 people attend the event every year with huge names such as Dizzee Rascal and One Direction performing to the fans.




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AWARDED: The National Citizen Awards presentation took place at the Met Hotel, Leeds, where more than 40 teens were commended for their work

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Suggestions for a name are being invited for a new street to serve a residential development at Victoria Dyeworks, Halifax Road/Miry Lane, Hightown. Names should not duplicate or closely resemble existing street names in the area, and streets are not generally named after people.

Preference is often given to names with local connotations. Suggestions should be sent before 4th March to Building Control, Flint Street Huddersfield HD1 6LG; telephoned to 01484 221550; or emailed to street.naming@kirklees. Receipt of suggestions is not normally acknowledged.

We Khan’t cut that

Kirklees Council leader Mehboob Khan has welcomed the protection of funding for Police Community Support Officers (PCSOs) for the next two years, despite government cuts. Cllr Khan said the £35.6 million will help maintain community safety and the presence of PCSOs, despite a funding cut equivalent to £2.4 million. The Police and Crime Commissioner, Mark BurnsWilliamson (PCC) will also protect the level of funding for the Partnership Community Safety Fund at

£5.3 million a year for the next two years. Cllr Khan said: “Working with the PCC, we felt it was vital to maintain the investment in PCSOs who make a huge difference to our communities. “However, we need to ensure that this remains the best way to enhance community safety – so a review of neighbourhood policing and the use of community safety funding will be completed over the course of this agreement to help us decide on future plans.”

A host of young people from Leeds have been awarded for their part in a national citizenship scheme at a glitzy ceremony in the city. The group of 16 and 17year-olds attended the awards ceremony at the Met hotel where they received certificates for completing the National Citizen Awards programme from the deputy leader of Leeds City Council, Cllr Judith Blake. As part of this voluntarily attended scheme, staffed by Leeds City Council’s youth service, the young people worked over the autumn leading on delivering a variety of well-deserved local community projects. Amongst those initiatives were a Mental Health Awareness event, running a football tournament for 50 young people in Kippax, organising a health and fitness sessions for young people, and sharing experiences through discussions with older people in care homes in Rothwell. Their hard work amounted to approximately £16,000 worth of time devoted to community projects. Councillor Judith Blake, who is also executive member for children’s services, was delighted with the success of the programme and the enthusiasm shown by the

teens. “These young people are setting an excellent example to us all and demonstrating that hard work really does pay off,” she said. “Communities across the city have benefited enormously from the commitment these young people have shown. “It was great to have the opportunity to meet with the youngsters and hear about their projects and how successful they all were. Hearing them describe taking part in the scheme as a ‘life changing experience’ was fantastic. “By taking part in this scheme the young people have taken on some big challenges, but have come away with new skills and experiences, which will undoubtedly help them in their future careers.” At the event, the young people were also joined by councillors, parents and BBC Look North presenter Harry Gration. A total of 221 young people completed the scheme this year with 176 young people graduating at a Town Hall event, just before Christmas for the summer programme, and 45 more at this month’s ceremony.

Protecting Calderdale’s history

A plan to secure the future of Calderdale Industrial Museum in Halifax will be discussed by Calderdale Council’s Cabinet at the next meeting on Wednesday 26th February 2014. Cabinet will be asked to approve the transfer of the museum to the Calderdale Industrial Museum Association (CIMA), under licence. The museum was closed to the public in 2000 after running costs became too great, although the collection has continued to be cared for by the Museums Service. A group of volunteers formed CIMA in 2011 to work with the

Council to make sure that the public could continue to enjoy the Industrial Museum’s collection. The association now has 93 members and has held regular open days at the museum which attracted 1.700 visitors during 2013.

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‘Help to Buy’ to include ‘Islamic Mortgages’ The government’s ‘Help to Buy’ mortgage guarantee scheme can now also be used by providers of Home Purchase Plans, the Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid, announced this week. Home Purchase Plans (HPPs) are a Sharia law compliant alternative to mortgages and are often known as ‘Islamic Mortgages’. The Help to Buy scheme has already helped thousands get on or move up the housing ladder, and the government remains committed to making the aspiration of home ownership a reality for as many households as possible. In line with this the government has been looking at how to open up access to the Help to Buy mortgage guarantee schemes, so that providers of HPPs can also benefit. From this week the rules have been amended to enable banks that sell HPPs to purchase a government guarantee for them. Additionally, the Islamic Bank of Britain have stated their intention of participating to offer Home Purchase Plans under the scheme. This will be particularly supportive to some Muslim homebuyers who have been unwilling to use a traditional Help

to Buy mortgage because of their religious beliefs. However, the inclusion of HPPs in the Help to Buy scheme introduces more choice for all consumers and perspective homebuyers. Sajid Javid said: “I am delighted Home Purchase Plans will now be available under the Help to Buy scheme. This gives even more choice to hardworking families across the UK trying to fulfil their home owning aspirations.” Under an HPP, a property’s ownership is split between the customer and the bank. After buying a portion of the property with their initial deposit, the purchaser of the property pays regular installments to the bank, covering rent for the portion they do not own and an acquisition payment. In this way a customer gradually buys the property from the bank and eventually becomes the sole owner. In order to purchase the government guarantee, banks will have to satisfy the same stringent criteria for an HPP as for a normal mortgage. HPPs sold in the UK are also subject to regulation by the Financial Conduct Authority (FCA), in much the same way as

mortgages. The Help to Buy extension builds on the government’s commitment to support the UK Islamic finance market, worth around £11bn each year, and retain London’s position as the premier western Islamic financial centre. At last year’s World Islamic Economic Forum in London – the first outside the Islamic world – the government announced its intention to issue a sovereign Sukuk, or Islamic bond, for the first time. It also eased lending restrictions on and oversaw the introduction of two new financial products, Islamic student and start-up loans. This follows the establishment of Islamic-compliant student and start-up loans, to encompass all faiths and the setup of an Islamic Index on the London Stock Exchange. The action and innovation on consumer financial products, including home loans, student loans and business loans among others, will ensure all sections of society can help drive growth in the economy and support the UK in the global race.

ASSISTING: Financial Secretary to the Treasury, Sajid Javid announced ‘Home Purchase Plans’, which are compliant with Sharia law

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hether you’re a loved up couple planning your wedding day, a group of friends who wish to travel in style, or want to travel in luxury to the airport, Platinum Limousines is the number one destination for you. Based in the heart of Bradford, the chauffeur hire company is now the largest in Yorkshire with 16 vehicles currently rented out on a daily basis, adding that extra touch of class to every journey. With all the latest limousines, including the classic Stretch models, the UK’s only 2013 Range Rover Vogue limo, Bradford’s only Audi Q7 limo, Hummer limos in white and gold and a choice of baby Bentleys, as well as prestige vehicles such as Rolls Royce Phantom, Rolls Royce Ghost, Bentley Flying Spurs, Mercedes Benz S Class, Porsche Panamera, Audi R8 and the Range Rover Sports, you are spoilt for choice at the award winning


provider. Platinum Limousines recently picked up the title of Best Chauffeur Fleet in Yorkshire, and the Best Priced Service in the UK, at the Star Transport Awards. Building on their glowing reputation since setting up three years ago, the fleet continues to expand on a regular basis, having already bought out two other limousine rental companies. Platinum Limousines will also beat any quote and are proud to call themselves the cheapest Limousine rental company in Yorkshire, as well as the only standard national operator license holder in the county. Managing Director, Isy Bashir, has always had a passion for motors and explained why the company has enjoyed such success in a short

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n the important judgment of Marley -v- Rawlings the Supreme Court considered whether a deceased’s Will could be valid when a husband and wife had each executed the Will meant for the other as a result of an oversight on the part of their Solicitor when he handed them the Wills for signature. In 1999 Mr and Mrs Rawlings instructed their Solicitor to prepare their Wills. Their instructions were identical namely that each spouse was to leave the entirety of their estate to the other but if one of them had already passed away or failed to survive them by less than a month, the entirety of the estate would pass to Mr Terry Marley. Mr Marley was not related to Mr & Mrs Rawlings but they treated him like a son. Mr & Mrs Rawlings did have two sons but, for whatever reason, no provision was made for them in their Wills. On 17 May 1999 when Mr & Mrs Rawlings signed their Wills their Solicitor, in error, gave each spouse the other spouse’s Will. This was not noticed by anyone at the time and the Wills were simply signed by Mr & Mrs Rawlings and their signatures witnessed. Mrs Rawlings died in 2003 and the entirety of her estate passed to Mr Rawlings without anyone noticing the error in the Wills. Mr Rawlings passed away in 2006. At the date of his death the house he and Mr Marley lived in was held by Mr Rawlings and Mr Marley as joint tenants and therefore Mr Rawlings’ interest in the property passed automatically (via the rule of survivorship) to Mr Marley. The value of the other assets remaining in Mr Rawlings’ estate was £70,000. Upon discovery of the error in the Wills Mr Marley, who was also the Executor under the Will, made an Application to the Court to rectify the Will. It was Mr Marley’s position that Mr Rawlings’ Will should be rectified by the Court so as to record what was originally intended by Mr Rawlings. In other words the Will should contain what was in the Will signed by Mrs Rawlings and probate should be granted on those terms. That Application was challenged by Terry Rawlings and Michael Rawlings (Mr & Mrs Rawlings’ sons). If the Court found the Will to be invalid (due to the error in signing the Will) Mr Rawlings would be deemed to have died intestate (i.e. without a Will) and under the rules of intestacy his sons would inherit his estate of £70,000. Whereas if the Court ruled the Will was valid then Mr Marley would inherit Mr Rawlings’ £70,000 estate

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and his sons would not receive anything. Mr Marley’s Application for rectification of the Will was unsuccessful. It was held by the Court at first instance that Mr Rawlings’ Will did not satisfy section 9 of the Wills Act 1837. This was because the formal execution requirements had not been carried out as a result of which the Will was not signed with Mr Rawlings’ knowledge or approval. The Court at first instance also held that it was not able to rectify the Will in accordance with its legislative powers as it determined that the error regarding signature was not a ‘clerical error’. Mr Marley appealed to the Court of Appeal but the Court of Appeal upheld the judgment of the lower court. However Mr Marley, relying on the intentions of Mr Rawlings, appealed to the Supreme Court. The Supreme Court unanimously allowed Mr Marley’s appeal. They held that Mr Rawlings’ Will should be rectified so it would contain the typed parts of Mrs Rawlings’ Will in place of the typed parts of Mr Rawlings’ Will. Therefore in accordance with the intentions of Mr Rawlings, Mr Marley will now inherit the entirety of Mr Rawlings estate. We at Blacks deal with all aspects of contentious probate proceedings, preparation of Wills, estate planning and the administration of estates.

Wok&Go opens at White Rose hoppers visiting Leeds’ White Rose Shopping Centre will be able to indulge in a taste of the Orient as a new Wok&Go restaurant opened last week. The new, 810 sq ft eatery will offer a selection of Asian-inspired wok tossed noodles, stir fries, curries, soups, vegetarian and rice dishes, plus healthier skinny noodles, all cooked fresh to order. Wok&Go has invested £180,000 to create the new dining experience at the centre. Boasting mall seating for 35 customers and a restaurant capacity of 50, the restaurant has created 12 new jobs in the centre, comprising of seven full-time and five part-time positions. Dean Stratton, centre manager at White Rose, said: “Securing Wok&Go in the centre is another great achievement for White Rose and we’re really excited to welcome the new restaurant. “Wok&Go is renowned for its fresh, nutritious food and its unique dining experience, which I know will be very popular with our shoppers. The eatery will also add a new dimension to our current food and beverage offering, which includes Prezzo, Frankie & Benny’s, Nandos, Primo’s Gourmet Hot Dogs, McDonald’s, Subway,


Spudulike, Bagel Nash, Costa Coffee, Juice and Coffee Creations.” Wok&Go will be situated next to the main Upper Circle entrance, opposite the new Italian restaurant, Prezzo, which opened in November last year.

shopping centre. “We pride ourselves on producing delicious, Asianinspired cuisine that’s cooked to order for our customers and we’re looking forward to bringing a new style of dining to White Rose shoppers.”

“We’re really excited to be launching the new restaurant at White Rose. This is the 12th restaurant of our ever expanding brand and we are really looking forward to working alongside such a vibrant shopping centre.” Michael Evans, operations director at Wok& Go, said: “We’re really excited to be launching the new restaurant at White Rose. This is the 12th restaurant of our ever expanding brand and we are really looking forward to working alongside such a vibrant

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Stop the tax evasion ‘endemic’ Restaurateur calls for changes in ‘exploitative employers’ A restaurant owner from London has salaries and bonuses,” he said. offered to work for free for HM Revenue The Ambrette pays its entire staff above and Customs as he calls for a clamp down the minimum wage, invests heavily in staff on ‘endemic’ tax evasion. training and has reaped the rewards with a Dev Biswal, the owner and chef of the strong setup in the industry. award-winning ‘Ambrette’ restaurants in However, tax evasion is something Biswal Kent and Sussex, backed the Chancellor acknowledges exists in his industry and George Osborne’s proposal to raise explained what detrimental impact it could minimum wage last week. have for restaurants. He believes that better wages for the low “Tax evasion is endemic in the restaurant paid working in restaurants, pubs, hotels business – most experienced staff I and cafes would interview have benefit both the received at least catering sector part of their wages and the wider in cash, with no economy as a deductions for tax whole. or national Biswal, whose insurance,” said father recently Biswal who is retired from a offering free senior post at the consultancy Bank of India, advice to the believes the taxman on how to short-term pain beat the cheats. felt by He explained restaurants’ rising how he would wage bills, would recommend be quickly offset starting by by increased outlawing a ‘back takings – door’ software especially if offset function on by a cut in modern cash employers’ registers whose national sole purpose is tax insurance evasion. contributions. He would also “Paying a living send mystery wage, would put diners into more money in restaurants to pay the hands of for meals with kitchen and cash, then ask for waiting staff – restaurants to which would be account for the spent on the high payment at street, boosting regular VAT company profits inspections. and restoring the Biswal, who balance sheets in believes many the beleaguered restaurants banking sector,” ‘pocket the cash’ said Biswal. only declaring “We seem to credit card and have a mentality cheque payments, in this country is now urging where the customers to stop wealthiest people paying with cash need generous tax if they want to see breaks and the government enormous invest in roads, CHANGE: Dev Biswal, owner of the Ambrette bonuses, whilst schools, state restaurants, wants to see more done to stop those at the pensions, housing businesses in his industry avoiding tax expenses bottom of the and sea defences. heap need to have He believes their living standards cut.” enormous quantities of undeclared cash He added: “But economic history shows are taken abroad by owners of ethnic that businesses do better when ordinary restaurants and their families – usually to people have a rise in living standard, not buy properties in their home towns. the other way round.” “Why else do children need two-grand Biswal says that someone working fullpocket money on a cheap family holiday?” time on minimum wage, supporting a child he said. and partner is typically entitled to benefits Biswal currently has two restaurants, in of around £1,500 a month. Margate and Rye, employs 22 staff – but “This means the government is plans to double that number by April, with subsidising exploitative employers, many of the opening of two additional venues and a whom are national and multi-national centralise kitchen facility – ahead of concerns, which make hundreds of millions continued expansion in 2014 and 2015. in profits and pay enormous boardroom



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A Sikh woman, who suffers from a common condition which affects millions in the UK, has ditched the razor and embraced her ‘true look’, taking the decision to grow a beard. Harnaam Kaur, 23, from Slough, has polycystic ovary syndrome (POS), a condition which, amongst other things, can lead to excessive hair growth on the face. For years she battled the condition, and at times even contemplated taking her own life, but seven years ago she took the courageous decision to stop shaving and has never looked back since. Being baptised as a Sikh, a religion which forbids the cutting of body hair, Harnaam says she became more confident in her looks. Speaking to the Daily Mirror, she said: “I would never ever go back now and remove my facial hair because it’s the way God made me and I’m happy with the way I am. “I feel more feminine, more sexy and I think I look it too. I’ve learned to love myself for who I am nothing can shake me now.” Harnaam began to develop the condition when she was just 11-years-old and tried a number of methods

to rid herself of the facial hair – including waxing, bleaching and shaving – yet it just grew back thicker than before. During school she says she was bullied for her looks but now she believes that by embracing the beard, she has become more feminine than ever. She added: “I’m able to go out and shop in the women’s section without feeling I shouldn’t be there. “I wear skirts, dresses and jewellery and I like to get my nails done like every other girl.” Harnaam now uploads videos to YouTube in the hope of spreading her confidence amongst other young women who suffer from similar conditions as herself. Despite threats against her life and some abusive comments, she insists that her look is still the most comfortable one she has ever had and hopes more women will embrace the beard. “I want other women to find the strength that I have,” she said. “I’ve...had loads of nice comments from men all over the world - one even asked me to marry him. “If I had any message it would be to live the way you want – it’s your journey and it’s your life.”


Oldest Holocaust survivor passes away

A 110-year-old woman, believed to be the oldest survivor of the Holocaust and who endured the ordeal partly through her passion for music, has died in London, her family said last weekend. Alice Herz-Sommer, who is the subject of an Oscar-nominated documentary, was a Jewish pianist and musician from Prague in what is today the Czech Republic. In 1943, the Nazis sent her and her young son to Theresienstadt concentration camp, where tens of thousands of people lost their lives. Neither her husband Leopold nor her mother Sofie survived World War Two, but she and her son did. Her grandson, Ariel Sommer, confirmed her death in London on Sunday, saying: “Alice Sommer passed away peacefully this morning with her family by her bedside. Much has been written about her, but to those of us who knew her best, she was our dear ‘Gigi’.” He added: “She loved us, laughed with us, and cherished music with us. She was an inspiration and our world will be significantly poorer without her by our side.”

BEARD: 23-year-old, Harnaam Kaur, began to see facial hair growing at just 11-years-old and after years of rejecting her look, she is now embracing it

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SUPPORTIVE: Head of BBC, Tony Hall defends the broadcaster’s use of a license fee


The head of the BBC, Tony Hall, will defend the British broadcaster's use of a licence fee paid by the public this week as a debate over funding escalates following a spate of scandals over mismanagement and waste at the corporation. Hall, who took over as director general at the BBC last April, will use a speech in Oxford on Wednesday to dismiss calls by some critics for the 3.7 billion pound a year licence fee to be shared with other broadcasters. Every UK household with a television pays £145.50 a year to the BBC but this agreement ends late in 2016 and the government has to negotiate a new 10-year deal with the corporation in a climate of austerity as Britain seeks to rein in its budget deficit. With the BBC's reputation battered over the past 18 months, critics including some ex-senior BBC executives have suggested alternative funding, such as sharing the licence fee with other broadcasters, advertising, or outsourcing to the private sector.

But Hall will argue that sharing, or "top-slicing", the licence fee would weaken the BBC and UK broadcasters generally and negatively impact the quality of content. "The fragmentation of the licence fee risks de-stabilising a broadcasting model that works," Hall will tell the Oxford Media Convention according to notes released by the BBC. "By weakening the BBC, you also weaken the competitive intensity that underpins the success of UK broadcasting." Hall will note that his battle to protect the licence fee after 2016 is no longer about whether to scrap the system. "Instead of saying that the licence fee is so bad that no one should have it, (critics) have begun to suggest the licence fee is so good that everyone should have it," Hall will say. But Hall will also make it clear that the BBC needs to continue to justify the public money it receives. Political oversight of the BBC has grown recently, with management called before

several parliamentary hearings in the past year. Although the BBC has made savings, he will stress the corporation needs to look harder if the public are to be 100 percent confident of getting the best value for money. Public confidence in the BBC has suffered over the past 18 months in a series of controversies. They included the handling of a child sex scandal involving former TV host Jimmy Savile, a row over large severance payments to executives, a failed 100 million pound digital project, and reports of workplace bullying. A YouGov survey earlier this month found 42 percent of respondents thought the BBC offered good value for money, down one percentage point from July last year, while an unchanged 48 percent said it did not. The rest did not know. About a third of respondents said the BBC should continue to be funded by a licence fee but another third said commercial advertising should fund the corporation.

The air outside Buckingham Palace in London, where Queen Elizabeth II lives, is so polluted that it’s four times the European legal limit; figures released last week show. The information also reveals that the 87year-old monarch is living in a palace surrounded by the most polluted air in all of Britain. The palace is effectively encircled by some of the most polluted roads in the UK and has the highest levels of nitrogen dioxide (NO2), a toxic gas that comes mostly from traffic fumes. Environmental campaigners described the pollution as ‘nothing short of staggering’ and warned that the public health was being put at risk. “The thought that hundreds of thousands or millions of tourists and Londoners in a year may be exposed to air pollution this high is deeply troubling,” said Simon Birkett, director of Clean Air in London. A spokesperson for the mayor of London, Boris Johnson, claimed that the number of people living in areas where NO2 levels exceeded legal limits had halved since his election in 2008.

UK release financial sanctions list

India's most wanted man Dawood Ibrahim Kaskar and Pakistan-linked terrorists and terror groups figure prominently in an updated list of financial sanctions imposed by the British government. Dawood Ibrahim features under his various aliases and with his last known address given as White House, near the Saudi Mosque in the Pakistani port city of Karachi. The alleged mastermind of the 1993 serial bombings in Mumbai has been on a consolidated list of asset freeze targets designated by the United Nations, European Union and United Kingdom since November 2003. “International arrest warrant issued by the Government of India. Also referred to as Hizrat,” reads the latest document released by the Treasury Department. “HM Treasury is responsible for the implementation and administration of international financial sanctions in effect in the UK, for domestic designations under the Terrorist Asset-Freezing Act 2010," the statement said. “Our aim is to reduce the terrorist threat to the UK and its interests overseas by preventing terrorists from using common methods to raise funds, or using the financial system to move money and targeting the raising and movement of money in and out of the UK by terrorists and disrupting the funding of bodies such as al Qaida,” it added.



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March 21st - April 20th Responsibility is your key word, especially at work. Set your own goals, rather than trying to meet those set by someone else. Your ability to manage what you have on your plate earns respect from others around you. You will benefit in every way if you learn to self-discipline and pace yourself wisely.


April 21st - May 21th At work sometimes a little upheaval and chaos is exactly what you need to set things right again. There’s no need to be complacent: the time is now. Unpredictable energies continue to influence your health sector, bringing erratic highs and lows. The key for you as always is to remain calm and collected.


Sudip Sarker had double the death rate of other doctors

INVESTIGATION: Sudip Sarker, formerly of Worcestershire Royal Hospital, is currently being probed by police following the deaths of a number of his patients

Surgeon investigated over deaths A former consultant surgeon from the Worcestershire Royal Hospital is now part of a police investigation after a number of patients died in his care. Sudip Sarker is currently being probed by police over the death of at least three of his patients, William Jones, 84, Daphne Taylor, 81, and Jean Thomas, 80, whose passing were subject of a joint inquest in December 2013. Officers would not specify if there were any other incidents involved in the investigation, and said patient confidentiality meant no names could be given at this time. Mr Sarker, a colorectal surgeon, began working at the Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust in August 2011 yet just over one year later, in October 2012, he was excluded. He reportedly had double the death rate of other doctors at the hospital and one in five of his patients had to be readmitted after procedures he carried out. Earlier that year, restrictions were understood to have been placed on him after the Royal College of Surgeons was asked by the Trust to review his clinical practice.

North Worcestershire Superintendent Kevin Purcell said the investigation began after police received a letter the same month as the inquests. “We were made aware that there were a number of concerns in relation to the deaths of patients in 2012 who had been under Mr Sarker’s care,” Supt Purcell said. “We are in the early stages of obtaining the relevant information from hospitals and other health organisations in order to conduct our investigation.” He added that the families of the patients who were the subject of the inquest had been informed and updated on the situation. “This is a complex matter which will undoubtedly take a considerable amount of time to investigate thoroughly,” he added. “We are very mindful of the importance of patient confidentiality and the impact on the wider community. “We will continue to liaise with the key partner agencies involved and people can rest assured that we will be conducting our inquiries in a sensitive and appropriate manner as befitting an investigation of this nature.”

Worcestershire Acute Hospitals NHS Trust issued a statement to say it is ‘co-operating fully’ with the investigation. “The Trust would like to reassure patients and their relatives that as soon as it became aware there was a potential problem the Trust acted swiftly and responsibly to protect its patients,” it read. “A separate review of all patients who had any contact with Mr Sarker (outpatient appointments or minor procedures) is being performed by a team of specialist external surgeons. “Patients in this group who require further assessment/investigation are also being invited back to the hospital.” The statement also said that every patient, who had been under the care of Mr Sarker, had had their medical records reviewed and where concerns were raised, the reviews were recalled for further assessment. Anyone who is concerned about their treatment can call the Trust's enquiry line on 01527 503812 or email surgeryreview@

May 22nd - June 21st Developments during this week are likely to make you feel rather restless, perhaps because you have allowed yourself to fall into a routine that is now becoming jaded. If so, then the hint of change will be extremely welcome, even if it might entail an element of disruption. Adaptable and versatile, as you are, it is unlikely that even a major change will faze you.

CANCER June 22nd - July 22st You know you’ve got no choice but to streamline and reassess your priorities before haphazardly saying yes to everything that smells like a potential opportunity. Try to create a balance between expansion and conservation. Jupiter in sign makes you feel invincible, base your decisions on facts. LEO July 23st - August 23rd You have everything to gain by following creative inclinations. If you have new ideas, now is the time to put them into practice. Whatever your present interests you are likely to find that new doors open and the way ahead offers increased scope for expressing your real self. A great time to meet and interact with people. VIRGO August 24th - September 23rd An exchange of opinions ought to prove very enlivening at this time. An influence that should help to enjoy the 'nicer' side of others as bring out the best in friends, colleagues and partners alike. A wind of change may be in the air; attention should turn to the wider world and benefits come from broadening of horizons and mental stimuli. LIBRA September 24th - October 23rd This is a good time to appreciate what you have already created in your life. Of course, there are still challenging issues on both a personal and practical level. To get here you may have overcome obstacles by making important decision and choices that set the direction of your life. SCORPIO October 24th - November 22nd You will continue to be in a restless mood for some time to come. This makes you impatient with restrictions and even more determined to cut your own path. Do not get over-anxious if everything seems to be in slow motion - it is time to pull a few strings. You are likely to experience some tension in close relationships. SAGITTARIUS November 23rd - December 21st The fiery planet Mars is the moving force in regard to amorous experience, giving more than just a hint that links between lovers will be rather intense and passionate. Your attitude to material interests is likely to undergo some deep change. On a material level the trend greatly favours anything geared towards establishing greater financial stability. CAPRICORN December 22nd - January 20th Anything or anyone that drains your time and energy should be reevaluated. It’s time to use that creative imagination of yours to create grandeur in your life. Don't get too carried away and lose sight of little things that mean a lot to you. There are a lot of opportunities around you. AQUARIUS

January 21st - February 19th If your ambitions have been undefined, don't worry as from now on, you understand exactly what kind of impact you need to make on the world. All those little details should run perfectly, without you constantly worrying. That means you can focus on matters that are important to you. Health-wise you will be feeling fit.

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Fighting slavery at the ports Specialist anti-slavery teams are to be placed at airports to help spot potential victims of human trafficking. Teams led by Border Force, the law enforcement command within the Home Office, will be tasked with identifying potential slavery victims, disrupting organised crime gangs and collecting intelligence on trafficked adults and children. The first of the specialist teams will begin work on 1st April at the UK's biggest airport, Heathrow, replacing Operation Paladin, which was set up in 2004 with the Metropolitan Police Service. New teams will be rolled out to Gatwick and Manchester later in the year with further ports to be identified over the coming months. Modern slavery and organised crime minister Karen Bradley, who was brought into the Home Office as part of a minor reshuffle triggered by the departure of immigration minister Mark Harper, said: “Our frontline Border Force officers are

STOP: Border Force teams will be tasked with identifying and protecting victims of slavery

aware that they could be the first authority figure in the UK to have contact with a potential victim of modern slavery. “Their role is vital in identifying and protecting victims and ensuring there is no easy route into the UK for traffickers. “The new specialist teams will build on existing skills and joint working and extend that expertise around the country. “They will be supported by the National Crime Agency which will bring its child protection expertise to bear in cases involving children.” Border Force officers will be assisted by the Child Exploitation and Online Protection Centre (CEOP), which is part of the National Crime Agency (NCA), which will help develop a specialist training package. Once identified, child victims of trafficking are to be provided with specialist support under a scheme being trialled by a number of local authorities from April. The new system will provide child victims with an independent specialist advocate with expertise in trafficking, to act as a single point of contact. The draft Modern Slavery Bill, which includes the introduction of tougher sentences for the criminals involved, is being subjected to pre-legislative scrutiny with the aim of publishing a Bill in the spring that could be on the statute books by the end of the Parliament.


Border Force to tackle rise in slavery victims Britain's Dixons Retail and Carphone Warehouse are in merger talks that could create an electrical goods and mobile-phone group with a market capitalisation of more than 3.4 billion pounds. A combination of Dixons, Europe's No. 2 electricals retailer, and Carphone, Europe's largest independent mobile-phone retailer, would probably place the merged group in Britain's FTSE 100 index of leading companies. "The boards of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse note the recent speculation and confirm that the two companies are in preliminary discussions regarding a possible merger of Dixons and Carphone Warehouse," the firms said in a joint statement to the London Stock Exchange. They said the talks were at a "very preliminary" stage and there was no certainty a transaction would occur. They added that no decision had been reached regarding the structuring of any merger. Analysts said an all-share merger of equals seemed the most likely deal. At their closing prices on Friday, Carphone was valued at 1.77 billion pounds, Dixons at 1.72 billion pounds. Shares in Dixons were up 8 per cent,

Merger talks for Dixons and Carphone Warehouse Carphone's up 0.3 per cent. "In a world of connected devices, Dixons is under-exposed to the key area of mobile/smartphone retailing, and it is known that they were looking at the area," said independent retail analyst Nick Bubb. "It is a bold move for Dixons; it is slightly harder at this stage to see what's in it for Carphone." Dixons Chief Executive Seb James has made no secret of his desire to increase the company's exposure to mobile phones. Strong demand for smartphones and tablets in Britain has been driving Carphone's share price rise, offsetting weakness in its French business. Analysts said key to any deal would be the stance taken by Charles Dunstone, who founded Carphone in 1989, is its chairman and is its largest shareholder with a 23.5 per cent stake. Britain's Takeover Panel will require the companies to announce by March 24 a firm intention to make an offer. Shares in Dixons, which trails

Metro's Media-Saturn by annual sales, have soared 74 per cent over the last year, ahead of gains of 51 percent in Carphone Warehouse's stock and against the 21 per cent rise posted by Britain's midcap index, of which they are both constituents. Dixons has increasingly focused on markets where it has a leading "multichannel" position with a combined stores and internet business. Over the last year, it has offloaded the lossmaking e-commerce business PIXmania and operations in Turkey and has partially exited Italy. U.S. retailer Best Buy ended a joint venture with Carphone Warehouse last April by selling its stake back to the European firm. Plans to build a chain of European megastores had collapsed because of weak consumer spending and competition from local chains. According to its website, Carphone's brokers are UBS and Deutsche and its advisers are Credit Suisse. Dixons' broker is Barclays and Citigroup its adviser.




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Leading Christian clergy in Britain, including the head of the Church of England, attacked welfare cuts by the Conservative-led government on Thursday, putting them at odds with Prime Minister David Cameron. As Britain struggles to reduce its large budget deficit, the government has embarked on a radical shake-up of the welfare system that makes up 20 percent of public spending and has vowed to cut costs if returned to power in an election next year. But religious leaders in Britain have criticised the cuts, saying they have forced rising numbers of people to use free food banks, skip meals and turn off heating to save money. A group of more than 40 senior clergyman, including Anglican bishops, Methodists and Quakers, accused Cameron in an open letter of creating a ‘national crisis’ of hunger and hardship. Justin Welby, Archbishop of Canterbury and spiritual leader of the world's 80 million Anglicans, said he "entirely" agreed with the letter, though he had not been a signatory.

Cancer survivor urges south Asian women to check for signs By Ashley Grint

After renowned actress Meera Syal joined the fight against cancer, a former sufferer of the disease has spoken to the Asian Express about the importance of checking for the signs. Ranjna Morjaria was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2008 after finding a lump during a routine check of herself. Despite having no family history of the disease, the 62-year-old explained that she made it a routine to check herself after seeing a mammogram leaflet from the NHS. As the ‘pebble-like’ lump was spotted early, when Ranjna went to the doctors she was told that she did have breast cancer but due to an early prognosis was able to start treatment just three to four weeks later. After six months of treatment, including surgery, chemotherapy and radiotherapy, the mother of one was given the all clear and was even able to return to work.

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Be Clear on Cancer campaign] at our regular day time meeting of Asian Women’s Cancer Group (AWCG) which is a support group for Asian women who have been through any type of cancer,” she said. “The AWCG were extremely helpful after my cancer treatment and now that I am better, I feel I need to help raise awareness in the hope of early diagnosis leading to timely treatment and lives saved. “Again it is very essential to spread awareness of early symptoms as Asian women tend to be shy and therefore do not willingly go for regular mammograms and cervical smear tests when invited to do so by the National Health Service or to their GP if they spot blood in their urine or CAMPAIGNER: Ranjna Morjaria defeated stools.” cancer and is now urging South Asian

women across the UK to ‘Be Clear on Cancer’

Meera Syal provided celebrity support for the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign saying she wants women to be aware that breast cancer is a very real and relevant disease amongst Asians

TV boss jailed in cash-for-crash scam

A television boss was jailed for three years last weej for laundering at least half a million pounds from a crash-forcash insurance scam. Mohammed Ferdhaus admitted benefiting by at least £500,000 as a result of the scam operated by his brother, Mohammed Samsul Haque. Ferdhaus, 40, of Brentwood, Essex, founded Channel S, a satellite television station for Britain's Bangladeshi community. Between 2005 and 2008 at least 124 claims were made by individuals linked to Motor Alliance, a company run by Haque. After he was given his sentence, Ferdhaus grinned, gave a thumbs up and said ‘see you soon’ to his supporters in the public gallery at Southwark Crown Court, before he was led away from the dock by a security guard. Haque and five other men were sentenced in October 2011 following the Metropolitan Police's Operation Scarp.

Now Ranjna, from India, is urging women from south Asian backgrounds to regularly check themselves and take advantage of mammogram invites because they could ultimately save your life. She explained: “South Asians have to get rid of the misconception that cancer equals death and that people who get cancer have it because they have done something bad. “I would encourage others to visit their GP, sit up and take notice. Do not ignore mammogram invites and self-examine monthly. It is not always hereditary and instead could be as a result of something like stress or hormonal related.” Ranjna still checks both breasts, after being treated on a regular basis, and continues to live a full and healthy life surrounded by her loved ones. She is now involved in raising awareness of the disease and hopes the work with the ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign will act as a catalyst for more women to spot the signs early. “I got involved [with the

Victims of BBC sex offender Savile were laughed at A report by the charity, the National Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children (NSPCC), found many of those Jimmy Savile had targeted said the authorities had dismissed their claims at the time of the abuse while others stayed silent because they feared they would not be believed. The findings were released as lawyers representing 147 of his victims began action at London's High Court on Monday to win compensation from a charitable trust set up in Savile's name after his death. “They (the victims) were ignored, dismissed, not believed, laughed at and astonishingly told in some cases they should feel

lucky he had paid them attention,” said Peter Watt, the NPSCC's director of national services. “Half a century on, the world finally discovered just how dreadful his crimes were something these men and women had known all that time but felt powerless to do anything about.” Detectives say Savile, a onetime professional wrestler who became famous as a pioneering DJ in the 1960s, used his fame as a TV presenter and dedicated charity fundraiser to gain access to children. Numerous reports have since been commissioned into how the eccentric Savile, famed for his long blonde hair, and penchant

for garish outfits and flashy jewellery, was able to get away with his crimes. Last March a report by Her Majesty's Inspectorate of Constabulary (HMIC), the body which monitors the police, said it was seriously concerned about mistakes made by police forces, while an inquiry in 2012 cleared BBC bosses of covering up allegations against Savile but said it had missed warnings. A lengthier analysis into BBC failings is due later this year. Monday's NSPCC report, commissioned by the HMIC, was based on revelations from 26 victims, aged between eight and 26 when they were assaulted, who detailed the lasting impact of their

abuse, with some turning to drink and drugs, and others disclosing mental health illnesses or contemplating suicide. Other ageing celebrities are now facing criminal action from a police investigation launched in the wake of the Savile revelations. On Monday, prosecutors said one of them, Dave Lee Travis, a high-profile radio DJ from the 1970s and 1980s, would face a retrial on two sex abuse charges. Travis, who counted Myanmar's Aung San Suu Kyi among his fans in his heyday, was cleared of 12 other offences earlier this month but a jury had been unable to reach a verdict on one charge of indecent assault and one of sexual assault.

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Public anger at

‘hidden’ pensions policy


Nearly half of the British public would vote for a political party that plans to unfreeze the pensions of more than half a million of our pensioners based outside of the UK – according to new research. The OnePoll survey, conducted on behalf of the International Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP), found that 41 per cent of the 1,000 people polled would vote for a party who stated they would unfreeze pensions for British nationals based abroad. The issue of frozen pensions refers to current

government legislation which sees more than 500,000 British pensioners based abroad faced with their state pension frozen at the same rate as when they left the UK. The vast majority of countries on the government ‘hit list’ for frozen pensions are Commonwealth members, including Canada, Australia, New Zealand and South Africa, whereas those British pensioners living in the likes of the US and Europe still receive a fully uprated state pension. Sixty per cent of those polled agreed this was no way to treat British nationals who had contributed to the economy - paying both taxes and national insurance - for a number of years. The Prime Minister has recently focused on pensioners based in the UK with the triple-lock pensions promise. He said: “I want people when they reach retirement, to know that they can have dignity and security in their old age.” The unfortunate consequence for overseas pensioners is that they will become comparatively worse off simply due to their choice of retirement location. The secret discrimination continues,

as the government takes an ‘out of sight, out of mind’ approach and relies on a lack of awareness of the issue. Furthermore, Pensions Minister Steve Webb had been claiming the cost to fix this discrimination is £700m but revised figures release by the government last month show the figure for 2014/15 to be significantly lower at £580m – representing just 0.7 per cent of the overall pensions budget. When those polled were informed that the cost to unfreeze pensions would represent just a tiny proportion of the overall pensions budget the majority (59 per cent) agreed that the government should reassess the policy in the upcoming budget. Sheila Telford, chairman of the International Consortium of British Pensioners, said: “We are pleased to see such strong support. It is clear that the British public are capable of recognising discrimination, even if their political leaders are not. “We intend to build on this support, and will be taking this message to marginal constituencies for any party that commits to ending this illogical and discriminatory practice.”


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Unlawful questioning

A Muslim man, who was detained by police at an airport on his way home from Hajj, the holy journey to Mecca, has won a significant legal battle over the UK's anti-terror laws. The High Court declared that Abdelrazag Elosta was unlawfully refused access to a solicitor before he was detained and questioned under Schedule 7 of the Terrorism Act 2000. A judge ruled that Mr Elosta had undergone ‘45 minutes of unlawful questioning’. Allowing Mr Elosta's application for judicial review, Mr Justice Bean said: “The examining officers had no power to question the claimant after he had requested the presence of a solicitor and prior to the solicitor's arrival.” Government lawyers had been due to appeal against the ruling, but today it was announced that the appeal had been withdrawn. Anne McMurdie, of Birmingham-based firm Public Law Solicitors, who represented Mr Elosta, said: “We are delighted with the outcome of the case.”

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‘Investigate Bluestar or we boycott votes’

DESTROYED: The Harmandir Sahib, also known as the Golden temple, was all but destroyed during Operation Bluestar, yet has now been redeveloped

Sikhs in Britain have launched a mass letterwriting campaign asking Prime Minister David Cameron to launch a largescale inquiry into the country's role in the planning and execution of the 1984 Operation Bluestar by the Indian army to flush out militants from the Golden Temple. Sikh Federation UK has warned that thousands of Sikh voters could boycott Conservative party candidates at next year's general election unless Cameron agrees to a largescale probe into Britain's role in the operation in Amritsar. “We already have the support of over 50 politicians for an independent public inquiry. In the next few days this number will increase to over 100,” Amrik Singh, chair of Sikh Federation UK, told the Sunday Telegraph.

“Many Conservative politicians in Labour target seats but not supporting the inquiry are under pressure as we have started to gain the support of prospective candidates who are their main rivals,” he claimed. Britain's estimated 700,000 Sikhs live in areas which include some marginal constituencies in parts of London, Birmingham and the wider West Midlands and their vote is decisive in an election. Worshippers at gurdwaras across the country will be urged to write to their MPs demanding that they back calls for a full public inquiry, the report said. MPs who refuse to support the call are likely to be banned from gurdwaras and will face losing the votes of Sikhs in their constituencies, the Federation has warned.

LEADER: Amrik Singh, chair of Sikh Federation UK, has warned that MPs who don’t back the inquiry may face losing votes from Sikhs in their constituencies

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Pakistani Taliban commander killed KILLED: Pakistani Taliban commander, Asmatullah Shaheen, was shot on Monday

One of Pakistan’s most wanted Taliban commanders was shot dead earlier this week by unidentified gunmen. Asmatullah Shaheen was targeted on Monday 24th February as he drove through the militant stronghold of North Waziristan, according

to security sources and family members. Shaheen was on the Pakistan army's list of twenty most wanted Taliban commanders, and had an approximate £72,000 bounty placed on his head since 2009. He was appointed as

interim chief of the Pakistan Taliban following the killing of Hakimullah Mehsud, the previous leader, in a US drone strike on 1st November. Shaheen's killers ambushed his car as it passed through Dargah Mandi, a village three miles northwest of Miranshah,

the regional capital of North Waziristan. “Unidentified gunmen in another car shot and killed Shaheen as well as the driver and guards,” a family member told Reuters. The Pakistani Taliban insurgency is fighting to

topple Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif's democratically elected government and impose Sharia law in the nuclear-armed nation. Attacks have been on the rise since Sharif came to power in May, promising a negotiated end to violence.

Thousands to commute for Mahashivaratri

Around 700,000 Hindu devouts from India and Nepal are expected to visit the Pashupatinath Temple on the 27th February to celebrate Mahashivaratri, a major Hindu festival. One of the major attractions of the festival are the Indian ‘Naga Babas’ who remain nude and offer ‘puja’ (a prayer ritual) in their typical manner to Lord Shiva, one of the Trinity that dominates the Hindu religion. “We are expecting around 700,000 Hindu devotees from India and Nepal to visit the Pashupatinath Temple this

LANDMARK: Musharraf became the first former army chief to appear in the Pakistani court system

Pakistan court rejects Musharraf plea for military trial SUPPORTERS: Former military leader General Pervez Musharraf's lawyer Ahmed Raza Kasuri makes a victory sign alongside supporters after Musharraf's case hearing in Islamabad

A special court in Pakistan hearing treason charges against ex-ruler Pervez Musharraf has rejected his plea for trial in a military court and set a date next month to indict him. Lawyers of Musharraf had challenged the right of the civilian court in Islamabad to try the former army chief who appeared in person before judges for the first time on Tuesday. "This application is dismissed," lead judge Faisal Arab said at the end of Friday's hearing. The three-judge bench ruled that he was no longer in the army and that high treason can be tried exclusively in a special court. "This decision to try Musharraf in a civilian court is factually wrong. The facts have been twisted," Musharraf's lawyer Ahmad Raza Kasuri told reporters afterwards. The 70-year-old faces treason charges, which can carry the death penalty, over his imposition of a

state of emergency in 2007 while he was president. The judges set 11th March as the date to indict the former general, who was ordered to appear in person to hear the charges being read out against him. He was first ordered to appear before the tribunal on 24th December, but has missed repeated hearings since then due to bomb scares and health problems that saw him complain of a heart ailment. Musharraf became the first former army chief to appear in the court on 18th February in a case seen as a test of civilian rule over the country's powerful army. Musharraf has endured a torrid time since returning to Pakistan in March last year on an illfated mission to run in the general election. Almost as soon as he landed he was barred from contesting the vote and hit with a barrage of legal cases dating back to his 1999-2008 rule.

year during the Mahashivaratri festival,” Govinda Tandan, member-secretary of the Pashupati Area Development Trust, told news agencies. “Amongst them, around 5,000 sadhus and babas from various places of India will arrive for the auspicious day”, Tandan added. A group of Indian artists will also perform various musical and religious shows during the festivities. The only problem that the temple authorities are facing is how to handle the long serpentine queues of devotees.

Security tightened at Everest

Nepal will overhaul security on Mount Everest, a tourism official said on Friday, a year after a brawl between European mountaineers and local guides made global headlines. Soldiers and police will be stationed at Everest base camp so climbers can approach officers ‘if there are any issues’ on the world's highest mountain, senior tourism ministry official Madhusudan Burlakoti said. The move comes after a fight last April between

three European climbers and Nepalese Sherpa guides at the camp that shocked the mountaineering community. The brawl fuelled concerns that overcrowding on the ‘roof of the world’ was raising tensions and leading to arguments over climbing rights. “We are setting up a government-run tent on base camp so climbers can approach our officers if there are any issues, whether for medical help, rescues or anything else,” Burlakoti told AFP.

Homosexuality could be life sentence

Uganda's president signed a new law imposing harsh penalties on gay people on Monday, defying protests from rights groups, Western donors and a warning that it would complicate links with major ally Washington. The new bill punishes anyone convicted of having gay sex with jail terms up to life, according to a draft of the legislation. It also makes it a crime to fail to report someone

for breaking the new law, again according to drafts. Officials broke into loud applause as President Yoweri Museveni signed the bill into law in a ceremony in front of foreign journalists at his State House in the lakeside town of Entebbe outside the capital. “There's now an attempt at social imperialism, to impose social values. We're sorry to see that you (the West) live the way you live but we keep quiet about it,” he said.



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They’re back!

INDIA: The Indian Olympic team was able to compete under their country’s flag in London 2012, and can now do the same in Sochi in the ongoing Winter Games

SOCHI: It wasn’t only India’s flag which didn’t show up at the opening ceremony

India return to Olympic fold The Indian flag will fly once more in the Olympic Games after the country’s governing body was reinstated last weekend. In 2012, the Indian Olympic Association (IOA) was suspended by the International Olympic Committee (IOC) after it was deemed that the voting procedure had been tainted with officials appointed to the association who had previous corruption charges. However, following a fresh ‘fair’ vote in the weekend, the IOC has immediately reinstated the country to the Games. The new IOA board is led by world squash chief, and Indian national, N Ramachandran, which meets international requirements that no person convicted or facing corruption allegations can be included. Previously, the board’s president had been Abhay Singh Chautala, who was handed the position after running unopposed in December 2012. Mr Chautala had been sentenced to 11 months in jail the previous year for corruption charges before he was released on bail. Former secretary-general, Lalit Bhanot,

was also linked to similar charges. The lift on the ban is the first of its kind to happen during an Olympic Games, with three Indian athletes currently competing in Sochi, Russia. IOC spokesman, Mark Adams, explained what the decision meant for the athletes. “The decision means Indian athletes can compete for their national Olympic

REPRESENT: Indian Luger, Shiva Keshavan, will be allowed to compete under his national flag in Sochi

committee. They can walk behind their national flag at the closing ceremony,” he said. “The Indian flag will be raised in the [Sochi Winter Games] village, at a time to be announced.” IOC member Randhir Singh

also welcomed the decision and said it was ‘great news for Indian sport’. “It's time everyone understands that the Olympic charter is supreme. It is important that sport is run well and tainted officials are kept out in a country of 1.2 billion in which 40 per cent is youth,” he told the Associated Press news agency.

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UK Charity tackles malnutrition in India

‘Grow your own’

A UK based charity is leading the fight against chronic malnutrition, by supporting a pioneering project in Northern India. Shining Hope Foundation, which provides grants to specially selected projects across the world, has partnered with charity KarunaShechen to drive forward its ‘Kitchen Gardening Programme’. The scheme addresses the high incidence of malnutrition and extreme poverty amongst rural farmers in India, by encouraging them to ‘grow your own’. Malnutrition is reportedly linked to the deaths of over five-million children, under five years of age, every year. In the disadvantaged state of Bihar, where 80 per cent of children below the age of five, and 68 percent of women under 50 are famished, Shining Hope Foundation has provided 840 households with fruit plants and seeds, and 422 households with vegetable

plants and seeds, across 18 villages. The resources provided include tomato, chilly, pumpkin, radish, ladies fingers, mango, lemon and guava. As a result, 1,000 kitchen gardens have been created and maintained, not only in households but also within local schools, where the responsibility for maintaining the gardens lies with the students. The school gardens provide ingredients for a well-balanced nutritious lunch time meal for many children who would otherwise be surviving on rice and pulses with very low nutritional value. The project has been set-up so that half of the produce grown in the families’ kitchen gardens are kept aside for their consumption, and the rest sold in the market to earn some additional income. 30 per cent of the profit from sales will add to the farmer’s household savings/consumption and the remaining fifth will be contributed

towards community welfare, ensuring it benefits everyone in the local area. Mahadev Sharma’s kitchen garden is one of 1,000 that have been planted with the support of Shining Hope Foundation. When speaking about the impact of the project, he said: “Previously we survived on just rice and lentils. There were no vegetables at home because it was too expensive to purchase them at the market. “Now because of the kitchen gardens we have fresh fruits and vegetables in our own backyard. We definitely feel healthier than before.” In the coming months, Karuna-Shechen, with the help of Shining Hope Foundation, plans to take this project to another level by establishing a model farm house, where traditional seeds will be used instead of hybrid seeds, whilst organic manures and natural pesticides will be promoted.

FARMER: Mahadev Sharma said his family didn’t use to have access to vegetables before the ‘Kitchen Gardening Programme’ was introduced

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Book on Hinduism to be destroyed By Anush Ansari

Under pressure from a small Hindu nationalist group, Penguin India publishing house has pulled all copies of an American scholar's narrative history of Hinduism from sale in India and ordered for them to be destroyed. The group Shiksha Bachao Andolan Samiti, or the Save Education Movement, had objected to religious historian Wendy Doniger's 2009 book, "The Hindus: An Alternative History" for describing mythological texts as fictional and, thus, hurting "the religious feelings of millions of Hindus," according to a lawsuit filed against Penguin India. A leader of the group filed the lawsuit in 2010 against the Indian publishing house as well as the New York-based arm Penguin Group Inc. This week, Penguin India said that, as part of a case settlement, it was ordering all Indian sales of the book to cease and all copies to be pulped. Bookstores in the capital of New Delhi have been refusing to sell any copies. The action stunned writers and intellectuals in India, with many wondering how one of the world's oldest publishing houses had given in to demands by rightwing nationalists. Some worried it was a sign of growing intolerance of dissent in India, with the country's main Hindu nationalist party, the Bharatiya Janata Party led by Narendra Modi, campaigning aggressively for this year's elections. "You have not only caved in, you have humiliated yourself abjectly before a fly-bynight outfit by signing settlement," novelist and rights activist Arundhati Roy wrote in a letter to the publisher printed Thursday in the Times of India. Roy, best known for her Booker-prize winning novel "God of Small Things," is also published by Penguin, though she suggested she may rethink the relationship. "You owe us, your writers an explanation at the very least," she wrote, saying the publisher's decision "affects us all." An editorial in The Hindu newspaper excoriated Penguin India, saying that in allowing itself "to be browbeaten into submission by a little-known outfit that saw no contradiction in its own sweeping slander of the author... is a comment on the illiberalism increm-entally taking India in its sweep." Doniger is not the first author to be silenced by religious or political conservatives in India. In 2011, the state of Gujarat where Modi has held the top office for 12 years banned Joseph Lelyveld's biography on pacifist freedom fighter Mohandas K. Gandhi, after reviews suggested Gandhi had a homosexual relationship. The same year, the Indian government banned visits by American writer and broadcaster David Barsamian, who has said he believes his reports from the disputed region of Kashmir may have irritated officials, though he has never officially been

AUTHOR: Wendy Doniger’s book "The Hindus: An Alternative History" is said to be insulting to Hinduism

given a reason. India-born writer Salman Rushdie's 1988 book "The Satanic Verses," has been banned in the country, as many Muslims consider it to be blasphemous. Rushdie was forced to cancel a 2012 appearance at the Jaipur Literary Festival in the northern state of Rajasthan amid protests and threats by prominent Muslim clerics. Doniger, a professor at the University of Chicago, said herself this week she was "angry and disappointed," as well as "deeply troubled by what it foretells for free speech in India in the present, and steadily worsening, political climate." But she defended Penguin India, saying in a statement that the publisher "took this book on knowing that it would stir anger in the Hindutva ranks, and they defended it in the courts for four years, both as a civil and as a criminal suit," until being defeated "by the true villain of this piece — the Indian law that makes it a criminal rather than civil offense to publish a book that offends any Hindu." While regretting that thousands of copies would be pulped, she hinted that Indians would still be able to read the book if they wanted on Kindle or possibly through other online postings. "I am glad that, in the age of the Internet, it is no longer possible to suppress a book."

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Congress clashes with Tamil Nadu over Rajiv’s killers The Indian government was embroiled in a dispute this week with Tamil Nadu which plans to free seven people convicted for the 1991 killing of former Prime Minister Rajiv Gandhi. The assassination by a suicide bomber is an emotional issue for the ruling Congress party, which is gearing up for an election expected to start in April. Gandhi's widow, Sonia, is Congress' president and their son, Rahul, is leading the party's election campaign. Tamil Nadu plans to release the convicts in what is seen as a pitch for votes by Jayaram Jayalalithaa, chief minister of Tamil Nadu where there is some sympathy for the killers' political motives. Jayalalithaa, who announced the plan on Wednesday, is thought to have national ambitions.

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Ukraine's new authorities issued an arrest warrant on Monday for mass murder against ousted President Viktor Yanukovich, who is on the run after being toppled by bloody street protests in which police snipers killed opposition demonstrators. Russia, Yanukovich's main backer, cast doubt on the legitimacy of the new Ukrainian authorities, declaring that Russian citizens' lives were under threat there, and contacted NATO to express concern. European Union foreign policy chief Catherine Ashton arrived in Kiev to discuss measures to shore up the ailing economy, which the

finance ministry said needs urgent financial assistance to avoid default. The EU has contacted the United States, Japan, China, Canada and Turkey to coordinate aid for Ukraine, a senior European Commission official said. France's foreign minister said an international donors' conference was being discussed. Yanukovich, 63, who fled Kiev by helicopter on Friday, was still at large after heading first to his power base in the east, where he was prevented from flying out of the country, and then diverting south to Crimea, acting interior minister Arsen Avakov said.

Journalists appear in court

Three Al Jazeera journalists were among eight who appeared at a hearing in a Cairo prison court Thursday, accused along with 17 other defendants of spreading "false news" and having links to the Muslim Brotherhood, which Egypt declared a terrorist organization in December. “Tell her I love her. Big wedding when I get out,” Al Jazeera English journalist Mohamed Fahmy told journalists in a message to his fiancée,

Manmohan Singh

"The assassination of Shri Rajiv Gandhi was an attack on the soul of India," Prime Minister Manmohan Singh said in a statement on Thursday. "The release of the killers of a former prime minister of India and our great leader, as well as several other innocent Indians, would be contrary to all principles of justice." Gandhi was killed while campaigning in the state by an ethnic Tamil suicide bomber from the Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam (LTTE), a separatist rebel group from neighbouring Sri Lanka. Twenty-six people were convicted in 1998 for their roles in planning and carrying out the murder. Ethnic Tamils are the majority community in Tamil Nadu and a minority in Sri Lanka where the government finally crushed the LTTE rebels in 2009, after a 26-year war. The government also filed a petition at the Supreme Court arguing that Jayalalithaa's government did not have the power to free the ethnic Tamil convicts. The court blocked the chief

President wanted on charges of murder

appearing in high spirits on the first day of his trial, despite a worsening shoulder injury. Fahmy, a former CNN freelance producer, is accused of being a member of a terrorist group and airing false news about Egypt to give the impression of a civil war. A prosecutor has also charged Al Jazeera’s English correspondent Peter Greste, producer Baher Mohammed and 17 others. Al Jazeera said nine on the list were on its staff.

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minister from releasing three of them until the case was resolved and scheduled a hearing for March 6th . "Our stand is that the state of Tamil Nadu is fully empowered to consider the release of these persons," Rakesh Trivedi, a lawyer representing the state, told reporters outside the Supreme Court. Whether Tamil Nadu would free the other four convicts before the case concluded was not yet clear, Trivedi said. A 26-year war between Sri Lanka's government and the LTTE ended in 2009 when the separatists were finally

crushed. Jayalalithaa's move this week was a bid to woo voters in her state ahead of the parliamentary elections, by showing that she can outdo her rivals when it comes to supporting Tamils and standing up to New Delhi, analysts said. Congress' national rival, the opposition Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) is forecast to emerge as the biggest party in the election, but to fall short of the 272 seats needed for a majority. Whoever forms India's next government will likely have to win over some regional parties and form a

coalition. Jayalalithaa is a key player, with her party forecast to pick up as many as 23 seats, according to an opinion poll last month by pollsters CSDS for the CNN-IBN news channel. Her party said last year it wanted her to become prime minister. The Supreme Court this week commuted death sentences for three of the convicts in the Gandhi case to life sentences, paving the way for their release given that they have spent more than 20 years in jail. The other four convicts were already serving life sentences.

India has dropped a plan to prosecute two Italian marines accused of killing two Indian fishermen under a tough anti-piracy law, a government lawyer said on Monday, offering a chance to end a diplomatic row between the two countries. Italy had strongly opposed India invoking the law, arguing that it would amount to treating the men as ‘terrorists’ and last week it recalled its ambassador to New Delhi in protest against the

delay in the two-year-old case. The sailors, part of a military security team protecting a privatelyowned cargo ship, say they mistook the fishermen for pirates and fired warning shots into the water during the incident in February 2012, off the coast of Kerala state. The two men deny killing anyone or aiming directly at the fishing boat. They are on bail but cannot leave India.


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CONFIDENT: Herbalife Chief Financial Officer John DeSimone will meet with USA lawmakers’ staff to answer questions about their business model

Herbalife executives will meet with U.S. lawmakers' staffs in Washington to explain the business model of the nutrition company that has been fending off accusations by billionaire investor William Ackman that it is running a pyramid scheme. Herbalife Chief Financial Officer John DeSimone and other company representatives will host a session where Congressional staff members can ask questions about how the company's direct selling business works, according to an invitation sent by the lobbying firm Raben Group and seen by Reuters. A Herbalife spokesman confirmed the planned meeting and said: "We look forward to educating Congressional staffers about the

Herbalife fends off accusations of pyramid selling important economic impact of the direct selling industry and our company, and answering their questions." The meeting suggests that Herbalife is stepping up its lobbying efforts in Washington at the same time as Ackman is stepping up his campaign against the company. For more than a year, Ackman has been betting that Herbalife's share price will collapse amid regulatory

scrutiny, but so far his $1.16 billion short position has left him with paper losses as the stock price has climbed. Ackman's rivals, including Carl Icahn, have lined up against his short bet by taking stakes in Herbalife. Last month Senator Edward Markey, a Massachusetts Democrat, waded into the battle by requesting details from Herbalife about its

business model, how members earn compensation, and whether it targets minorities as civil rights groups have alleged. Boston City Councilor Tito Jackson and Massachusetts state Senator Sal DiDomenico have also called for an investigation into the company, as have lawmakers from California, New Mexico, Nevada and New York. U.S. regulators have declined

comment on whether they are conducting investigations into Herbalife. Herbalife has repeatedly denied running a pyramid scheme, a model in which participants are paid solely to recruit more members into the scheme. On its quarterly earnings call this week, Herbalife said it has answered all of Markey's questions. The company sent a letter dated 18th February in which it denied accusations it is running a pyramid scheme. Markey's spokeswoman, Giselle Barry, said he is reviewing the answers and waiting for responses from the Securities and Exchange Commission and the Federal Trade Commission, whom he asked to probe the company. Herbalife's Johnson has said that the bulk of Herbalife distributors join up to get discounts on products they use themselves and that only 4 percent of them want to turn selling Herbalife products into a full-time job. Ackman has countered that claim, saying the company's videos suggest that anyone can get rich quickly by selling Herbalife products and they prompt many to spend thousands of dollars trying to build a business that often fails. Ackman told his investors at a dinner last week that his $12 billion Pershing Square Capital Management began putting on its short position against Herbalife on 1st May, 2012 and that the stock has appreciated by 23 percent since then, according to a presentation seen by Reuters.

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“I’d love to do a ‘masala’ film with Salman Actress Madhuri Dixit, who has shared the screen space with both superstars Shah Rukh Khan and Salman Khan, says she admires the passion both the actors have for their work. Madhuri, who worked with Shah Rukh in hit films like 'Dil To Pagal Hai' and 'Devdas', also performed with him during a recent tour 'Temptations Reloaded' in Malaysia. "I really had a great time working with Shah Rukh Khan. He recently got his leg injured but still he has so much strength in him. “I don't know from where he gets the strength and energy. He is always on fire and goes all out to be the best for his fans. He is very passionate and dedicated about his work even today," Madhuri said. She is also amazed with the work that her other former co-star Salman is doing these days. "I loved Salman in his earlier films like 'Saajan', 'Andaz Apna Apna', 'Hum Apke Hai Kaun!' “I see a completely different Salman now. “Earlier on in his career, he was very mischievous but today he is more relaxed and wants to do good work. I find he is a lot more committed," Madhuri said. "When you see him doing a character of Chulbul Pandey, there is a different maturity that he brings into it. I love his dancing too, he has got his own style and a swagger, which is really wonderful." She added that she’d love to do a ‘masala’ entertainer with Salman, provided she is offered one. Surprisingly, Madhuri disclosed, that she doesn’t have any real close friends in Bollywood. The actress, who has been a star of Hindi cinema for 30 years, said that actors are too busy to forge close bonds. The 46-year-old star, who took a break from films after she got married and had

children, has recently starred in ‘Dedh Ishqiya’ and forthcoming ‘’Gulaab Gang’. She said: "Age is just a number according to me, talent is the same whether you are 10, 20 or 100. I think it gets better with age. I also don't believe in the myth about married actresses. I think it is crazy. "Sharmila Tagore worked after marriage, Rakhiji worked after marriage. Yes, some of them quit but that was their own decision. There were so many who did work. There are no hard and fast rules," she explained. Madhuri, however, feels women now have a bigger say in the industry compared to earlier times and the advent of female directors and scriptwriters has resulted in stronger roles for women in Bollywood. "The new age directors see women in a different light and write good roles for women. They are no longer caricatures of say an avenger, a victim, or an eye candy. They are people, they are characters." Madhuri, who won praise for her performance in Dedh Ishqiya and leads a starry cast in the heroine-centric Gulaab Gang, said that she relies on her talent, rather than networking, to win roles. "I wasn't networking when I was offered Gulaab Gang or Dedh Ishqiya. That came to me on the strength of my abilities, because I have talent to play these roles. "And filmmakers know that when I do a film, I am very committed to the role. I am well-disciplined. So my reputation precedes me and that's why makers come to me with the scripts. And not because they are my friends," she added. Dixit's ‘Gulaab Gang’ co-star Juhi Chawla recently admitted to a rivalry with the actress at the peaks of their careers, but added that she is now thrilled to have a chance to work with Dixit.


Mallika Sherawat to lead gender debate at famous Oxford Union



By Anush Ansari

Mallika Sherawat, who’s constantly making headlines for her tenacity and bold outlook, seems to be adding another feather in her designer cap. The Indian actress has been extended an honour from the Oxford Union (Oxford University), to participate in a debate titled 'This House Believes Gender Exists to Oppress'. The Oxford Union is a much renowned platform for people to express their views. Mallika will be hosting some of the most influential people in the world and lending an interesting angle to the debate with her image of women and women’s rights in India. A spokesperson from the Oxford Union commented: “We feel that as a figure who recently was very outspoken about the image of women and women’s rights in a country like India, Mallika would lend an interesting angle to the debate.” An enthusiastic Mallika states, "Yes, I have accepted the invitation. The date is set on Feb 27th. A lot of preparation is required. It's a great honour. “I come from a small town, so it means a lot to be invited to speak at such a historic venue. I can use the platform to highlight issues like drop in the conviction rate in rape cases across the country." Founded in 1823, the Oxford Union is one of the most famous debating societies in the world and has hosted world leaders from all fields. From Presidents Carter, Nixon and Reagan, General Petraeus, Senator John McCain and Prime Minister David Cameron to Mother Theresa, Archbishop Desmond Tutu and the Dalai Lama as well as Malcolm X and Dame Judi Dench.

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Akshay Kumar reaches 8 million followers on Facebook Bollywood star, Akshay Kumar, went onto Facebook to thank his fans for helping him reach 8 million followers on his official social media fan page. The Khiladi star showed his gratitude to his fans by saying: ‘Another month and another million! Can’t say anything but thank you J Loads of love to all 8 million Akkians. Love and Prayers, Akshay’ This time last year, #Akshay2000crore was trending on Twitter when he took to the micro blogging site to thank his fans for reaching 2000 crores. Fans are continuing to congratulate Akshay, on both Twitter and Facebook, on his welldeserved achievements for Indian cinema on both Twitter and Facebook. Akshay who is currently shooting for his upcoming movie Gabbar has again set the bar for more generations!

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FILM: Hasee Toh Phasee DIRECTED BY: Vinil Mathew GENRE: Comedy STAR CAST: Parineeti Chopra, Sidharth Malhotra Sidharth Malhotra and Parineeti Chopra star in a crazy, decade-spanning Hindi romantic comedy. Rebellious Meeta (Parineeti Chopra) and live wire Nikhil (Sidharth Malhotra) have a lot in common. They first encounter each other during Meeta's sister Deeksha's wedding. But Meeta is on the run and Nikhil falls for her other sibling, Karishma. On the eve of their engagement many years on, Nikhil faces the disapproval of his wealthy prospective

father-in-law Devesh Solanki. So he makes a pledge to Karishma that he will prove himself worthy of her within seven days. Then Meeta reenters his life. In an attempt to

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please Karishma, he arranges for her to stay with his own weird and wonderful extended family! Unfolding over the course of ten years against a vibrant Mumbai

backdrop, this is a funny and heartwarming comedy in which relationships are tested and love conquers all. Watch out for the cameo by celebrated producer Karan Johar.



ELEASE DATE: FILM: Gunday 1 4/02/2014 DIRECTED BY: Ali Abbas Zafar GENRE: Action/Thriller STAR CAST: Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Irrfan Khan Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor star as an inseparable gangster duo in this explosive Indian crime thriller. Bikram and Bala first encountered one another as 12year-old refugees. The war of 1971 had given rise to a new country Bangladesh - but it also made them orphans. Fleeing to Calcutta, the duo (Ranveer Singh, Arjun Kapoor) form a powerful bond of friendship. As the world tries to beat them down, so they rise up again - eventually becoming the city's most celebrated and

FILM: Highway 12A DIRECTED BY: Imtiaz Ali GENRE: Drama STAR CAST: Randeep Hooda, Alia Bhat A kidnapped rich girl forms an unexpected bond with her captor in this Bollywood romantic drama from the director of 'Jab We Met'. A carefree young city girl (Alia Bhat) is driving along the

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highway with her fiance. Her life changes in an instant, when she's abducted by a gang of rough rural criminals. The kidnappers quickly discover that their hostage is the daughter of a prominent

12A fearless outlaws! But then beautiful cabaret dancer Nadita (Priyanka Chopra) turns their lives upside down as they both fall head over heels in love with her. As if that wasn't

enough, their nemesis appears in the relentless crime-fighting form of ACP Satyajeet Sarkar (Irrfan Khan). 'Mere Brother Ki Dulhan' director Ali Abbas Zafar's

industrialist with powerful political friends. But their leader (Randeep Hooda) is undeterred, insisting that they go ahead with their plan. As their van continues on its lengthy journey, passing through some spectacular landscapes, the girl begins to feels more free than she ever did before.

gripping period action thriller is produced by Aditya Chopra and features songs by Sohail Sen.

RELEASE DATE: 21/02/2014 Indian writer/director Imtiaz Ali made his name with the hit 'Jab We Met'. He casts Randeep Hooda of 'Once upon a Time in Mumbaai' fame opposite rising star Alia Bhat in this romantic exploration of Stockholm Syndrome. Music is by A.R. Rahman.

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FILM: Bewakoofiyaan DIRECTED BY: Nupur Ashtana GENRE: Comedy STAR CAST: Ayushmann Khurrana, Sonam Kapoor, Rishi Kapoor


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FILM: Shaadi Ke Side Effects DIRECTED BY: Saket Chowdhary GENRE: Comedy STAR CAST: Farhan Akhtar, Vidya Balan, Vir Das, Ram Kapoor Bewakoofiyaan - a contemporary slice of a life story, which changes fixed notions about relationships. Mohit is a marketing whiz kid vying for a step up the career ladder... Mayera - a financial brain with a penchant for shoes... They're a young middle-class corporate couple that's ambitious and likes the good life too.

They work hard, they party hard. They're also passionately in love with each other. Their belief: You can live on love and fresh air... Their obstacle: Mayera's wilful bureaucratic father V.K Sehgal. The obstinate old man believes that only a rich man can bring Mayera happiness and a mid-level executive like

Mohit simply isn't good enough! Exactly how fragile are relationships in these times where consumer lifestyles dictate their very nature and intensity? Who gets the last laugh when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love... credit-card-junkies private-sector Mohit-Mayera; or safe-playing sarkari, V.K. Sehgal?


Bewakoofiyaan - a contemporary slice of a life story, which changes fixed notions about relationships. Mohit is a marketing whiz kid vying for a step up the career ladder... Mayera - a financial brain with a penchant for shoes... They're a young middle-class corporate couple that's ambitious and likes the good life too. They work hard, they party hard. They're also passionately in love with each other. Their belief: You can live on love and fresh air... Their obstacle: Mayera's wilful bureaucratic father V.K Sehgal. The obstinate old man believes that only a rich man can bring Mayera happiness and a mid-level executive like Mohit simply isn't good enough! Exactly how fragile are relationships in these times where consumer lifestyles dictate their very nature and intensity? Who gets the last laugh when recession strikes and the lack of money tests love... credit-card-junkies privatesector Mohit-Mayera; or safeplaying sarkari, V.K. Sehgal?


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FILM: Gulaab Gang DIRECTED BY: Soumik Sen GENRE: Social/Drama STAR CAST: Madhuri Dixit, Juhi Chawla, Priyanka Bose, Vinitha Menon, Tanvi Rao

The story of Gulaab Gang is reportedly based on the life of Sampat Pal Devi, a self trained activist from Bundelkhand, Uttar Pradesh who was married off as a child and then grew up to fight social evils like dowry, child marriage, domestic violence in the villages of India. In course of time, many women joined her and now she has a force of over 10,000 women who are called the Gulabi Gang. A few years back, with some help from a French NGO, Sampat's fight came into the limelight leading to media coverage and a documentary filmed on her. In the trailers, like we had assumed, Dixit kicks ass. She is shown wielding a baton

with a ferocity normally associated with Salman Khan or Akshay Kumar. She is seen flinging men with one effortless slap. She is seen beating up men. Evidently, Sampat's story has been adapted to suit the requirements of a Bollywood entertainer. Likewise, Dixit is also seen dancing (we are not complaining one bit about that though!). However, what is probably the most refreshing and interesting bit in the trailer is its villain - Juhi Chawla. Yes, you heard right. Juhi is indeed who Madhuri is pitted against in the film. And oh boy, isn't she delicious as the soft spoken, nearly-adorable, baby voiced woman whose smile is pure evil gold! Juhi seems to be playing the part of a politician who takes on Rajjo

(Madhuri) and embarks on an insidious journey to destroy the latter's clout. What makes the film so much more interesting than anything else, is instead of a woman versus man stereotypical battle, Gulaab Gang promises to be a deft exploration of feminity and the woman as an ambitious, strong, sinister, vulnerable entity.

While Madhuri turns out to be a real hero with all her brave action sequences, Juhi Chawla has also amazed people with her cunning politician avtar in the movie. With all those bold dialogues and action, the movie is going to be one of the valiant choices of both the Bollywood divas, as far as their filmy career is concerned.



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STARRING: CHRIS PINE, KEIRA KNIGHTLEY, 12A KEVIN COSTNER CERT DIRECTOR: KENNETH BRANAGH GENRE: ACTION, DRAMA, THRILLER 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,

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.




In “Grudge Match,” De Niro and Stallone play Billy “The Kid” McDonnen and Henry “Razor” OUT NOW Sharp, two local Pittsburgh UK RELE fighters whose AS fierce rivalry knock-out 24/01/2E DATE: 014 put them in the punch to both national their careers. spotlight. Thirty years Each had scored a victory later, boxing against the other during promoter Dante their heyday, but in 1983, on Slate Jr., seeing big dollar the eve of their decisive signs, makes them an offer third match, Razor suddenly they can’t refuse: to re-enter announced his retirement, the ring and settle the score refusing to explain why but once and for all. effectively delivering a






STARRING: CHRISTIAN BALE, ZOE SALDANA, WOODY HARRELSON DIRECTOR: SCOTT COOPER GENRE: THRILLER UK RELE Acclaimed director AS Scott Cooper takes 29/01/2E DATE: 014 audiences on a 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 bare-knuckle boxer.


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

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But as they venture into hostile territory, the operation takes a dangerous turn and tragedy is close at hand… 'Lone Survivor' is based on the incredible true story of former Navy SEAL Marcus Luttrell, who wrote an eyewitness account of the high-stakes mission.

STARRING: GARY OLDMAN, MICHAEL KEATON, ABBIE CORNISH, SAMUEL L. JACKSON 12A DIRECTOR: JOSE PADILHA CERT GENRE: ACTION, SCI-FI, THRILLER In RoboCop, the year is 2028 and multinational conglomerate OmniCorp is at the centre of robot technology. Their drones are winning American wars around the globe and now they want to bring this technology to the home front. Alex Murphyis a loving husband, father and good cop doing his best to stem

the tide of crime and corruption in Detroit. After he is critically injured in the line of duty, OmniCorp utilizes their remarkable science of robotics to save Alex's life. He returns to the streets of his beloved city with amazing new abilities, but with issues a regular man has never had to face before.

yellow LEGO man who - in a bad case of mistaken identity - is called upon to save the LEGO universe from President Business (Will Ferrell). Emmet has no U CERT idea what he is doing, but luckily The beloved there are some build-it-yourself toy is superheroes on hand to brought to life in 'The help, including LEGO Movie', which Superman (Channing sees an evil oppressor threaten to glue the tiny Tatum), Batman (Will Arnett), Wonder LEGO universe Woman (Cobie together. Smulders) and Green Emmet (voiced by Lantern (Jonah Hill). Chris Pratt) is a little

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STARRING: MATTHEW MCCONAUGHEY, JARED LETO, JENNIFER GARNER, STEVE ZAHN DIRECTOR: JEAN-MARC VALLEE GENRE: DRAMA Matthew McConaughey stars in the incredible true story of a man CERT who takes on the medical establishment after being given 30 days to live. Texan electrician and rodeo cowboy Ron Woodroof (Matthew McConaughey) certainly grabs life by the horns. But in 1985, this hedonistic (and homophobic) hell-raiser is abruptly


UK RELE AS stopped in his 07/02/2E DATE: tracks. Dr. Eve 014 Saks (Jennifer Garner) delivers an HIV positive diagnosis that gives him just a month to live. Macho Ron refuses to accept his death sentence and embarks on an extraordinary entrepreneurial journey. Investigating alternative treatments, he begins to smuggle unapproved antiviral drugs from Mexico to help others as well as himself. This incurs the wrath of the government and pharmaceutical companies, but Ron acquires a surprise ally in the form of a self-destructive transsexual named Rayon (Jared Leto).





STARRING: JACK O'CONNELL, LENA HEADEY, RODRIGO SANTORO, EVA GREEN, YIGAL NAOR DIRECTOR: NOAM MURRO GENRE: ACTION, DRAMA The Greeks and Persians take their spectacular conflict to sea in the epic UK RELE follow-up to AS '300'. 07/03/2E DATE: 014 More than 30 years before the events of '300', the Greeks and Persians clash at the pivotal Battle of Marathon. Still a young man, the future Persian God King Xerxes (Rodrigo Santoro) mourns the death of his father as he falls under the influence of feisty, ambitious naval commander Artemisia (Eva Green). She witnessed her entire family being slaughtered and now burns for vengeance. Meanwhile, general Themistokles (Sullivan Stapleton) sets out to bring together the disunited Greek nation states and avenge the death of King Leonidas. The stage is set for a breathtaking sea battle! Adapted from Frank Miller's latest graphic novel, the bloodsoaked 'Rise of an Empire' is told in the same vivid, kinetic style as its predecessor. It also unfolds on a larger canvas, taking in battles before, after and parallel to those of '300'.

STALINGRAD STARRING: PYOTR FYODOROV, THOMAS KRETSCHMANN, SERGEY BONDARCHUK JR DIRECTOR: FEDOR BONDARCHUK GENRE: ACTION, DRAMA OUT NOW A stunning, visceral UK RELE Russian AS blockbuster 21/02/2E DATE: 014 set against the backdrop of the bloodiest battle in history. In November 1942, the Nazis and Red Army are engaged in a brutal fight for control of the Soviet city of Stalingrad. Such is the ferocity of the close quarters combat that much of the city has been reduced to rubble. Now the Russians are launching a counter-offensive across the Volga river. Six soldiers led by Gromov (Pyotr Fyodorov) find themselves holed up in a house occupied by 18-year-old 15 CERT Katya (Mariya Smolnikova). Peter Khan (Thomas The sole surviving member Kretschmann) to take back control of her family, she becomes their of the house. But conflicted Khan mascot. A sadistic Nazi has fallen for beautiful local girl commander then orders Masha (Yana Studilina). honourable, aristocratic officer COMING SOON

RIDE ALONG STARRING: KEVIN HART, ICE CUBE, JOHN LEGUIZAMO, BRUCE MCGILL DIRECTOR: TIM STORY GENRE: ACTION, COMEDY A rookie cop's training day spirals out of control CERT in this action-packed buddy comedy starring Kevin Hart and Ice Cube. Ben Barber (Kevin Hart) is a wisecracking video game junkie and aspiring cop who's dating the lovely Angela Payton (Tika Sumpter). Now he's finally been accepted by the police academy and is keen to propose. But Angela says she'll only marry him if he secures the approval of the other man in her life - her brother James (Ice Cube).



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Trouble is that James is a veteran detective with a very short fuse, who has Ben figured as a loser. To get rid of him once and for all, James decides to scare the wits out of Ben with a 24 hour 'ride along' he'll never forget. Needless to say, this backfires horribly. A rib-tickling mismatched buddy action-comedy in the tradition of '48 Hrs', 'Ride Along' also features the great Laurence Fishburne as underworld kingpin Omar.



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NEW: Third-generation Audi TT teased in official sketches, set for a full reveal at the 2014 Geneva Motor Show

The new Audi TT previewed by official sketches

At next month’s Geneva Motor Show Audi will pull the wraps from a completely new iteration of the compact sports car that tore up the rulebook and changed the course of design in its class at its 1998 launch. For the third generation of the iconic TT, the designers have reinterpreted a host of ideas from that first, game-changing template. The front end of the new Audi TT has dominant horizontals. The Singleframe grille is broad and flat. Two contours form a Vpattern over the bonnet. The position of the four rings is also new - they now sit centrally on the hood, echoing the R8. Struts divide up the large air inlets. The headlights repeat this motif – they are structured with divider struts acting as reflectors for the daytime running light. Audi can supply the headlights as an option with LED technology or its pioneering Matrix LED technology, where controllable individual

light-emitting diodes generate the main beam. Many details of the new Coupé’s profile are reminiscent of the first generation’s classic design. The sill contour forms a powerful light edge and the wide wheel arches constitute distinct geometrical entities. At the front, the wheel arch intersects the bonnet join, which continues over the door as the tornado line and extends all the way to the rear. The flat greenhouse looks like an entity in its own right. The shape of the C-pillar, with a slight kink, gives the TT a powerful, athletic look and enhances the impression of tension. At the rear, too, horizontal lines reinforce the wide and focused impression. The struts in the rear lights pick up on the headlights’ motif. They remain permanently on – another Audi innovation. The third brake light with a flat strip shape links the two units on either side. All engine versions have two large, round exhaust tailpipes

in the diffuser. Like all Audi S models, the TTS features four tailpipes. Inside, too, the styling is so light it almost seems to float, evoking the clean sports car character of the new Audi TT. The centre console and door trims have flowing, matching shapes. Seen from above, the dashboard resembles the wing of an aircraft. The round air vents, a classic TT feature, have a turbine-like look and incorporate the air conditioning controls. This solution – and the elimination of the central MMI monitor, now replaced by the Audi virtual cockpit – paves the way for the dashboard’s remarkably slim architecture. Sharper lines and a more dramatic interplay between surfaces will be particularly notable features of the third generation of the Audi TT, but they only scratch the surface of a pedigree sports car that has been systematically refined in every department, both inside and out.




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Decaying Mercedes 600 left in British garage for 30 years sells for £445,000

The iconic luxury motor sold for a staggering seven times its original estimate

The Mercedes 600 six-door Landaulet was the car of choice for 20th century despots, with Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot and Idi Amin among notorious owners

The Mercedes 600 was the luxury car of the 1960s and 70s, obviously the decaying interior shows much needs to be done to bring it back to its former glory

A rusty Mercedes left gathering dust in a British garage for 30 years has sold for a staggering £445,000 - almost seven times its estimate. The Mercedes 600 six-door Landaulet was the car of choice for 20th century despots, with Saddam Hussein, Pol Pot and Idi Amin among notorious owners. This 1971 model is regarded as the 'holy grail' of Mercedes but was previously owned by a Congolese head of state - who clearly didn’t care much for the luxury motor. The highly-regarded vehicle left Africa and spent more than three decades decaying in a UK lock-up, until it was recently auctioned for a staggering sum. The 20ft-long car was offered without reserve with a modest estimate of £60,000 to £100,000 by RM Auctions in Paris, and it soon sparked a bidding war. The anonymous winning bidder paying a total of £442,400 after buyers' premium, but their spending on the car won’t end there. Experts believe a full restoration

of the classic car would cost more than £800,000, due to the rarity of the vehicle. At the top of the range were the 26 special 'Landaulet' models where the rear of the car would open and transform it into the world's ultimate convertible. This made it perfect for parades and the 600 Landaulet became a favourite of some the world's most notorious leaders including Saddam Hussein and Pol Pot. When it was delivered in 1971, it was fitted with a nine-inch Sony TV and Becker Grand Prix radio with eight speakers. It also had the comfort of optional armrests, the security of seatbelts, and the privacy of curtained windows. The Mercedes is powered by a whopping 6.3-litre V8 engine which develops 245bhp. This accelerates the 20-foot long limousine from 0-60mph in around ten seconds and top speed of more than 125mph. The classic Mercedes 600, in its various editions, remains popular today with the likes of Jeremy

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Clarkson and Jay Kay among well-known owners. Stuart Haynes, service director at Mercedes specialist John Haynes Auto Technics, believes the £450,000 paid for the car could be a good investment. He said: “It was the car of the moment, anyone who was anyone had a Mercedes 600. John Lennon owned one, so did Coco Chanel and many heads of state. “The Mercedes 600 was the best car in the world when it was made and some people still argue it is. It is silent, smooth and quick. The presence shouts style and

'you've made it'. “It is the best of the best and showcased what Mercedes could do. “They are vastly complicated and expensive cars to restore because of the hydraulics involved. “You'd probably be looking at in excess of 1m euros for Mercedes to restore it. They are few and far between. “Fully restored it is a difficult car to value but you are getting a brand new Mercedes 600 and it will probably be a wise investment.”

Experts believe the restoration of the entire Mercedes could cost as much as £800,000

The back seat of the luxury motor has also seen better days





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£OFFERS NO WITHHELD No TEL. 07754 852 402

£9,500 (ASHOK C) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,250 ONO (ABID SAB) TEL. 07773 995 142








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£5,000 T: 07740 784 983

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MON - FRI: 9-5.30

MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£15,000 (MS HUGH) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,500 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£7,500 (P MILES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£5,725 TEL. 07802 183 450

£9,500 (H YUNUS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,000 TEL. 07921 576 971

£18,000 (M AHTAB) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (M SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (N SHAUN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (P SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,445 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£25,000 TEL. 07867 861 193

£10,000 (G AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (H YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,000 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£4,895 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£10,000 (MOHAMMAD) TEL. 07867 886 786

£7,500 (N SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£SERIOUS OFFERS TEL. 07707 146 047

£999 ONO TEL. 07773 339 595

£2,000 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£8,000 (EMILY M) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (G AHMED) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (H YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£13,000 TEL. 07921 576 971

£3,745 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£15,000 (P WILSON) TEL. 07985 455 057

£999 ONO TEL. 07773 339 595

£15,000 (SPORTY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (C SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (EMILY S) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,000 (G AISHA) TEL. 07985 455 057

£20,000 (JOHNTY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,000 TEL. 07970 281 994

£OFFERS TEL. 07787 334 567

£1,500 (MOHAMMAD) TEL. 07867 886 786

£10,000 (N VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (P YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,200 ONO TEL. 07791 919 237

£20,000 ONO TEL. 07786 510 000

£3,495 TEL. 07954 389 874

£15,400 (C YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£49,000 (ERNEST) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (G DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS T: 07740 784 983

£15,000 (K KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£5,000 ONO TEL. 07969 595 760

£10,000 (M VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (N YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (P YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,000 TEL. 07508 341 074

£1,500 (SURBJIT) TEL. 07985 589 631

£9,500 (ASHOK D) TEL. 07985 455 057

£995 (BIG FRR) TEL. 07971 850 490

£1,495 ONO TEL. 07832 302 222

£7,500 (E SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (G MILES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£6,995 TEL. 07530 612 171

£15,000 (K SHAUN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1400 (M DAWOOD) TEL. 07428 657 147

£9,500 (M YUNUS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (N YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,500 (ROHAN G) TEL. 07985 455 057

£50 TEL. 07932 410 393

£15,400 (S YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,500 (A BLACK) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,500 (ASHOK F) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,500 TEL. 07764 656 667

£8,000 TEL. 07921 576 971

£8,500 (ETHAN A) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (G SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£900 ONO (JAT OK) TEL. 07581 423 143

£2,445 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£7,000 (M DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,000 (MY IPOD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,695 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£9,500 (ROHAN K) TEL. 07985 455 057

£4,295 ONO TEL. 07949 891 313

£15,000 (S YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07707 146 047

£9,500 (ASHOK G) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS (BILAL) TEL. 07808 950 492

£10,000 (D AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,500 (ETHAN B) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (GUIDES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1500 ONO TEL. 07774 246 877

£10,000 (K VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,500 (MOHAMMAD) TEL. 07867 886 786

£995 (MY SHISHA) TEL. 07834 531 683

£1,395 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£15,000 (ROHAN P) TEL. 07985 455 057

£6,995 TEL. 07867 861 193

£15,000 ONO TEL. 07973 787 934

£3,500 ONO (ABRAAR) TEL. 07946 162 099

£9,500 (ASHOK H) TEL. 07985 455 057

£12,500 TEL. 07891 217 880

£1200 TEL. 07947 979 777

£8,500 (ETHAN F) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,000 ONO (GULLFAM) TEL. 07946 162 099

£2,495 TEL. 07954 389 874

£15,400 (K YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£19,000 (MEHBUB) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,745 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£20,000 (OO LLOYD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£12,500 (ROHAN X) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS (SHEETAL) TEL. 07786 510 000

£OFFERS TEL. 07581 169 231

£10,000 ONO (ABDUL) TEL. 07946 162 099

£9,500 (ASHOK J) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,500 TEL. 07838 130 681

£7,000 (D DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,500 (ETHAN M) TEL. 07985 455 057

OFFERS OVER £5,000 TEL. 07597 629 845

£15,000 (JALLALS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£4,895 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£19,000 (MEHMUD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 T: 07740 784 983

£15,000 (OO HARY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07816 488 420

£1,500 ONO (SAIDAH) TEL. 07946 162 099

£OFFERS (TARIQ) TEL. 07887 693 228

£10,000 ONO (ABRAAR) TEL. 07946 162 099

£9,500 (ASHOK K) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07812 728 079

£7,500 (D MILES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,500 (ETHAN R) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (G VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (J AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,745 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£18,000 (MEHTAB) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07870 696 399

£10,000 (O AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

OFFERS OVER £400 TEL. 07866 992 500

£1,500 ONO (SALIHA) TEL. 07946 162 099

£1,500 ONO TEL. 07974 179 156

£7,000 (A DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,500 (ASHOK L) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,495 ONO TEL. 07957 429 964

£8,000 (DR HOPE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,500 (ETHAN T) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (G YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (J AHMED) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,000 (U 4 USY / LUSY) TEL. 07768 686 842

£25,000 (M JUDGE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07846 016 228

£5,000 ONO (QASSER) TEL. 07967 350 957

£3,000 ONO (RIZWANA) TEL. 07779 300 128

£1,500 ONO (SAIKA) TEL. 07946 162 099

£2,200 ONO TEL. 07926 095 168

£OFFERS TEL. 07867 861 193

£9,500 (ASHOK M) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (B AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,000 (DR HORN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,500 (ETHAN W) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (G YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,895 TEL. 07779 324 610

£10,000 ONO (IMRAN) TEL. 07759 097 070

£20,000 (M KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,500 TEL. 07969 914 041

£8,500 (O BLACK) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,500 QUICK SALE TEL. 07814 071 397

£15,000 (S AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£995 ONO TEL. 07886 606 431

£2,000 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£9,500 (ASHOK N) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (B AHMED) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (DR IANS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (E VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,950 ONO (HUSSAIN) TEL. 07956 214 163

£5,500 TEL. 07867 861 193

£7,000 (L DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,000 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£OFFERS TEL. 07751 427 106

£9,000 (O CLARK) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07928 473 771

£3,500 ONO (SAIMA/SALMA) TEL. 07946 162 099

£15,000 (TAWHEED) TEL. 07842 955 147

£2,500 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£9,500 (ASHOK O) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,000 T: 07740 784 983

£12,000 (DR HARY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£650 ONO (EVIL CAR) TEL. 07411 953 337

£8,895 ONO TEL. 07779 324 610

£7,000 (J DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,500 ( L JUDGE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,900 ONO (MR D ALLY) TEL. 07774 246 877

£600 ONO TEL. 07836 221 302

£7,000 (O DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07779 675 730

£OFFERS TEL. 07983 104 538

£OFFERS TEL. 07863 289 625

£1,500 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£15,000 (ASHOK P) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,000 TEL. 07740 784 983

£8,000 (DR HAYS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (E YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (H OLIVER) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (J KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£4,500 (L LUONG) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07928 473 771

£5,500 ONO TEL. 07766 645 325

£6,995 (O GUPTA) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07868 572 069

£2,995 ONO TEL. 07729 288 346

£1,500 (TALLAT) TEL. 07867 886 786

£4,000 (AHMADS) TEL. 07846 269 808

£15,000 (ASHOK S) TEL. 07985 455 057

£6,995 TEL. 07530 612 171

£OFFERS TEL. 07720 376 861

£15,000 (E YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057


£7,500 (J SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (L SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,500 (MR HOOK) TEL. 07985 455 057

SERIOUS OFFERS TEL. 07969 914 041

£15,000 (O JUDGE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,800 ONO TEL. 07974 179 156

£5,000 T: 07740 784 983

£3,000 ONO (TALHA) TEL. 07946 162 099

£25,000 (A JUDGE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,500 (ASHOK V) TEL. 07985 455 057

£13,000 ONO TEL. 07879 230 103

£995 (DR. SHISHA / SHA) TEL. 07834 531 683

£2,500 (F1 GUJR) TEL. 07867 886 786

£950 ONO TEL. 07968 642 402

£15,000 (J SHAUN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (L VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,500 (MR HOBB) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,995 TEL. 07954 389 874

£15,000 (O KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07968 163 510

£7,000 TEL. 07825 040 037

£10,000 (T AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£5,000 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£12,500 (ASHOK X) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,000 (B CLARK) TEL. 07985 455 057

£8,000 T: 07740 784 983

£2,999 ONO TEL. 07904 018 063

£12,000 (HAILEE X) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (J VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (L YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (MR HOWE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£950 TEL. 07896 699 241

£7,500 (O MILES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,500 (RAJHA) TEL. 07768 686 842

£2,000 TEL. 07947 979 777

£1,500 (TAHYRS) TEL. 07867 886 786

£2,500 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£9,500 (ASHOK Y) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (B DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (D SHAUN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£4,500 TEL. 07825 040 037

£12,000 (HAILEY X) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,500 (J YUNUS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (L YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£29,000 (MR LLOYD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (NAWED, NAWEED) TEL. 07731 464002

£3,500 ONO TEL. 07962 394 890

£5,000 ONO TEL. 07969 914 041

£12,000 TEL. 07867 861 193

£1,600 ONO TEL. 07557 387 547

£20,000 (A KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (ASHESH) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,995 ONO TEL. 077970 914 137

£7,500 (D SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 TEL. 07825 040 037

£10,000 (H AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (J YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07787 334 567

£9,500 (MR HACK) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (NAHEED) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (O SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (R AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (S DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£4,895 ONO TEL. 07779 324 610

£5,895 ONO TEL. 07779 324 610

£25,000 (ASHFAQ) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,495 TEL. 07954 389 874

£10,000 (D VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,000 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£15,000 (H AHMED) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (J YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07787 334 567

£9,500 (MR HALE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,500 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£10,000 (O VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,000 (R AISHA) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 ONO TEL. 07706 216 060


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£6,500 (V OLIVER) TEL. 07985 455 057

£9,000 (W AISHA) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,700 TEL. 07786 087 155

£100,000 (TAHIR) TEL. 07403 302 725

£1,000 TEL. 07967 193 033

£4,500 (WANTED) TEL. 07516 111 755

£15,000 (X KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (T BHATT) TEL. 07985 455 057

£850 ONO TEL. 07803 012 253

£2,500 (WAHEED K) TEL. 07973 199 979

£7,500 (X MILES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (T DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (V AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (R YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£4,500 (X SHAKS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,500 (T JUDGE) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (V BHATT) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,995 TEL. 07793 628 670

£OFFERS TEL. 07928 473 771

£14,000 (T KINGS) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (V DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 TEL. 07867 861 193

£15,400 (X YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (T MILES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (V SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (W DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS (YOUNAS) TEL. 07834 016 393

£2,500 TEL: 01274 414141 MON - FRI: 9-5.30

£15,400 (V YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£6,995 (W GUPTA) TEL. 07985 455 057

£4,000 ONO (SALMA) TEL. 07969 598 969

£7,500 (T SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,745 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£15,000 (W KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07835 316 786

£10,000 (T VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057

£3,745 ONO TEL. 07588 326 444

£7,500 (W MILES) TEL. 07985 455 057

£30,000 TEL. 07525 817 453

£15,400 (T YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£6,500 (W OLIVER) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,500 (W SUSAN) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (Y AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (T YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£5,000 ONO TEL. 07779 994 695

£15,400 (W YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,000 (YAYYAA) TEL. 07985 455 057

£10,000 (U AHMAD) TEL. 07985 455 057

£5,000 ONO TEL. 07779 994 695

£15,000 (W YUSUF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£49,000 (YELL COM) TEL. 07985 455 057

£7,000 (U DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£1,800 (WANTED) TEL. 01202 877 038

£3,500 (SINGHS) TEL. 07833 333 870

£7,000 (Y DILEEP) TEL. 07985 455 057

£OFFERS TEL. 07707 747 776

£1,995 TEL. 07954 389 874

£1,500 TEL. 07767 778 798

£15,000 (Y KUMAR) TEL. 07985 455 057

£15,400 (U YUSAF) TEL. 07985 455 057

£2,000 TEL. 07854 435 656

£15,000 TEL. 07733 244 444

£OFFERS T: 07754 852 402

£2,000 (VOHRA) TEL. 07867 886 786

£15,000 (WAHEEM) TEL. 07985 455 057

£50,000 TEL. 07947 979 777

£10,000 (Y VIJAY) TEL. 07985 455 057



















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N002HAT £2,000 ONO (NUZHAT) TEL. 07813 011 702










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YA55EEM £75,000 ONO TEL. 07887 837 553



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£OFFERS (FARANA) TEL. 07522 173 297

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ALL SMILES: Jake Larsson, 2013 Autocar-Courland Next Generation Award winner

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media. Special credit will be given to the originality of entrants’ suggestions. The six best entrants will attend a mentoring session with one of the assigned judges from the 2014 sponsor companies to refine their idea and presentation skills. This will be followed by the final judging day at the home of Autocar at Teddington Studios on 12 November 2014. The entrants will make

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FOOTBALLERS: Around 80 children turned up to last Sunday’s football sessions at Calderdale College

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Sports Academy ‘Providing opportunities for all to get involved’

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A professional footballer turned coach has set up a one-ofa-kind sports academy in Yorkshire as he hopes to pass his love of sport onto the next generation of stars. Jameel Nawaz, from Halifax, launched the J3 Sports Academy in September last year. With a team of qualified coaches by his side, the club aims to improve the participation in sport from youngsters aged between six and 13-years-old, as well as older teens and adults, whilst also teaching the skills and techniques needed in an array of activities. From mixed martial arts (MMA) to cricket, rugby to football, and even freestyle football, the academy is a one of a kind with set-ups operating in Bradford and Halifax. Whether you want to turn professional in a sport, improve your skills, or just get fit, the academy has dedicated coaches in different fields to help you achieve your goals. At just 25-years-old, Jameel may be considered a young coach yet his enthusiasm for sport, and passion to help children get involved, has seen the academy already begin to flourish under his leadership. Having played at the highest level, for clubs such as Huddersfield Town, Halifax, AFC Emley and Liversedge, he explained why he thought it was the right time to launch the coaching programme. “After picking up a few knocks and injuries whilst playing football I thought now was the time to take up coaching,” he explained. “Huddersfield Town put me through the training where I was able to collect my official coaching badges and it was after that that I decided to set up the

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Magical New Zealand skipper writes his name into the history books BIG-HITTER: Brendon McCullum became the first ever New Zealander to smash 300 runs as he picked up the record in Wellington, last week

A record-breaking triple century for New Zealand’s Brett McCullum guided his side to a credible draw with India in the second Test, whilst also gifting his side a 1-0 series victory. Hitting a huge 302 runs from 559 balls, the host’s captain was finally dismissed by Zaheer Khan after an exhausting 771 minutes at the crease. With such a score, McCullum became the first batsman in New Zealand’s history to post a score of 300, whilst also sharing a Test record sixth wicket stand of 352 with wicketkeeper Brad Watling. Prior to the encounter, New Zealand had struggled in their first innings registering just 192 runs, with their star batsman claiming just eight. As India responded with 438, it seemed the series was heading for a draw coming into the second innings, yet the hosts clearly had other plans. With Jimmy Neesham (137) and Watling (124) both picking up centuries, alongside McCullum’s 300, the home side declared on 680 for eight, all but ensuring a Test draw and series win. The visitors managed 166 runs in reply, Virat Kohli top scoring with 105, before the day came to an end, ensuring India are still without a series win away from home since 2011. Speaking after his epic score, the 32-year-old captain, admitted he was

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CHAMPIONS: The Mumbai Indians won the IPL last season and will be hoping to retain the title this year, despite a change of venue

A solid test for Force India

Force India fans will have been delighted to see their new favourite German take to the Bahrain tests last week, as he finally got the chance to push the latest F1 motor to its limits. After a somewhat disappointing couple of days testing in Jerez, Nico Hulkenberg was given the opportunity to get behind the wheel for two days of rigorous testing. Completing 138 laps in total, compared to just 17 in Jerez, the constructor team were able to take a lot of valued data away from the two days before Sergio Perez got the opportunity to take the VJM07 out for a spin on Friday and Saturday. Speaking about his experience behind the wheel, 26-year-old Hulkenberg said he was pleased with the progress already being made. “My two days in the car have been

Behind the wheel with Nico Hulkenberg

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it has only acted as motivation for Anwar, who vows to make it up to all his supporters and himself. He said: “2014 is a year to prove myself “I want to show the local fans why they once again worthy of a British Title, I will should continue supporting me and show be working harder than ever to achieve them the difference that their support my goal. makes,” he said. “I have the most loyal “I need to get back on track and prove supporters who have been there through to everyone that I am a great fighter and the set back is all a part of the journey. At the wins and the losses. “It has been difficult [returning to the end of the day, you win some; you lose work], but nothing I can't handle and some, that's boxing for you. What matters that's how I started before winning is how you come back. Prizefighter. It's a lot of hard work “I'm determined to show the boxing world what I'm capable of doing. Last year makes my aims and goals much clearer didn't end how I wanted it to but that's all and gives me more motivation to reach them.” in the past. Anwar’s next bout is set to take place at “I'm focussed on what is ahead and the same venue where he suffered defeat what must be done in order to get there, last time out, at the Leeds United which is to, eat, sleep and live boxing.” His loss at the hands of Simone Lucas in Banqueting Suite, Elland Road, on the 28th March. his last outing in September came as a Despite no opponent yet being named, shock to many in the boxing world, with the light-welterweight boxer says he is the former Prizefighter winner losing on ‘hungrier’ than ever before for victory, and home soil to the Nottingham fighter. Since then, he has been forced to return knows that this fight is the perfect chance to work, training alongside his day-job, yet to kick-start his rise back to the top.

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CONFIDENT: Adil ‘The Platinum Kid’ Anwar, is determined to prove himself to his fans this year, as he aims to get back into contention for a British title shot

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After back-to-back defeats at the end of 2013, Adil Anwar’s flourishing boxing career took a huge body blow, yet now, with a full year ahead of him, he vows to come back stronger and better than ever before. At just 26-years-old, the ‘Platinum Kid’ certainly has time on his side, and his loyal followers will, no doubt, continue to support their Yorkshire battler. However, if he is ever to get back into contention for a British title, the Leeds ace will have to ensure 2014 begins in a different way than his previous year finished.

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