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The Ministry of Housing, Communities & Local Government (MHCLG) has announced that £1.3 million has been awarded to the ground-breaking Near Neighbours programme to build relationships between different communities to address hate, fear, and the voices of division. Church Urban Fund has added £100,000 as support for the programme. This will be Near Neighbours’s fifth round of funding after four successful phases of funds have been used to transform communities and bring people together from different backgrounds. This work will be supporting the government’s new Integrated Communities Strategy, as well as the five local authorities that have been elected as the first Integrated Areas in particular (Blackburn with Darwen, Bradford, Peterborough, Walsall, and Waltham Forest) among other areas of Near Neighbours reach. The work of Near Neighbours is focused on developing relationships between people of different faiths and ethnic backgrounds in some of England’s most diverse cities. Many communities in these locations live separately without ever interacting with those different from them. Near Neighbours works to bring them together to improve their neighbourhoods through social action in areas that are of shared concern and common values. The Near Neighbours small grants

fund has awarded seed capital worth over £5.3m to over 1,600 projects. These projects have impacted the lives of over a million people and 71% of projects have

continued to run after the initial seed capital was spent. One such example is St Chrysostom's Church in Manchester which runs English language classes for victims of

Chairman of Near Neighbours trustees, Baroness Eaton, commented: “I am thrilled to hear Near Neighbours will be continuing its vital work in creating harmony and friendships within communities in England. From visiting Near Neighbours projects in the past, I have no doubt this funding from the government for a further year will ensure an even greater impact for our diverse local communities.” This new funding will enable Near Neighbours to expand their vital work within England’s diverse communities by providing grants to community projects, providing safe spaces for difficult conversations and by supporting Places of Welcome. Another strand of work for the programme is faith leadership training which fosters open discussion and tolerance, along with encouraging women and young people into leadership roles. Paul Hackwood, Executive Director of Near Neighbours, said: “Near Neighbours has been working within communities in England for many years and has impacted over one million people from diverse ethnic and religious backgrounds. I’m excited to see that work continue a further year where we will be reaching more communities and further expanding the work. This funding provides us with the opportunity to continue build social cohesion and public confidence in our diverse society.”


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International Glaucoma Association Warns Muslims Not To Stop Taking Eye Drops During Ramadan International Glaucoma Association Warns Muslims Not To Stop Taking Eye Drops Suring Ramadan as stopping drops even for a short period of time can cause permanent loss of vision. Hospital reports and calls to the IGA helpline have indicated that some Muslims cease using their eye drops during Ramadan, believing that using the eye drops will break their fast. Even more worrying is that many of these patients then stop using the drops completely when they don’t perceive any change to their sight. This will not be apparent to the individual until significant sight loss has occurred. Glaucoma is a group of eye conditions in which the optic nerve is damaged, usually by excessive pressure within the eye. If left untreated, glaucoma can lead to serious loss of vision, with up to 40 per cent of sight being permanently lost before the effects are noticed by the individual. Fortunately glaucoma is the most common

cause of preventable blindness and for the majority of glaucoma patients, daily eye drops are a simple solution to control their condition and save their sight.

Subhash Suthar, IGA Development Manager, comments: “We want to reassure the Muslim community that drops can be taken before dawn and after sunset (known as Suhoor and Iftar), when food and drink can be consumed. We also suggest that patients close the tear duct when taking eye drops (known as punctual occlusion) as this means that fluid stays in the eye and does not drain into the throat and so cannot be tasted. This is achieved by putting finger pressure at the corner of the eye next to the nose (punctual occlusion) immediately after instilling drops. It is distressing when patients realise through a follow up appointment at their ophthalmologist or optometrist that their vision has been damaged through stopping drops. ”

The IGA is working with the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) to raise awareness of this issue.

MCB’s Deputy Secretary General Dr Omer El-Hamdoon, has confirmed that all Islamic Schools Of Thought agree that taking eye drops does not invalidate the fast unless the eye drops reach the throat, which is unlikely. More so, Islam advocates that people take care of their bodies. IGA Advice for eye drops during Ramadan: • Do not stop eye drops during Ramadan- all Schools of Thought support this • If you are still doubtful, use morning drops at Suhoor and evening drops at Iftar. • Try practicing punctal occlusion following instillation of drops As National Glaucoma Awareness Week approaches (12-18 June) the

Cricket Fan? Want to be a volunteer at the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019?

A record number of volunteers are being sought for ICC Cricket World cup in 2019. The recruitment of 4,000 volunteers for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 England & Wales is now open to the public.

Applications are open from 3 May to 15 June 2018 Numbers are expected to exceed previous ICC events in the UK including ICC Champions Trophy and ICC Women's World Cup 2017 World Cup Cricketeers will be the faces of the tournament and will carry out a variety of roles across all 11 CWC19 venues, host cities and event locations

of the six-week tournament with a range of roles, including transport, spectator services, accreditation, way-finding and fan-zones. Recruitment has begun with the programme featuring a dedicated interview process followed by comprehensive training for successful candidates. World Cup Cricketeers will experience the unique atmosphere of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, gaining important skills, meeting new people and contributing to a world-class tournament.

The ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 is presenting a record number of volunteers with the chance to be part of one of the biggest sporting events in the world after applications to be a World Cup Cricketeer went live today.

Steve Elworthy, Managing Director of the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, said: "The World Cup Cricketeers programme will show the diversity of cricket as a global game. We want to engage with all ages, genders and communities and build on our impressive numbers of recent tournaments.

The World Cup Cricketeers will be made up of 4,000 volunteers who will be the faces of the tournament, showcasing the values of cricket as well as welcoming the world to England and Wales when the ICC Cricket World Cup returns for the first time in 20 years.

"The UK has a fantastic volunteer network which we hope to tap into. A successful tournament cannot be run without our 'World Cup Cricketeers' and we hope to welcome many new members to the ever-growing Cricket family."

With over one million people expecting to attend matches and World Cup activations in England and Wales next summer - and a further 1.5 billion watching around the world - the ICC World Cup 2019 team are looking for enthusiastic volunteers to deliver an exceptional ICC Cricket World Cup 2019 for both fans and players. Across eleven host venues and cities the volunteers will play a key role in the delivery

Candidates must be available for a minimum of three shifts across the tournament and available to attend training sessions in the runup. Applications to be part of the World Cup Cricketeers team can be completed here. For more information on the World Cup Cricketeers programme for the ICC Cricket World Cup 2019, contact the Cricket World Cup Volunteer team on cricketeers@cwc19.co.uk.

IGA also advises anyone planning a summer holiday to make sure theytake their eye drops with them, as some patients either forget to take their drops with them, or think it will be fine to stop taking them while away, which could lead to serious sight loss. The IGA works with all

professionals involved in glaucoma management to educate about the need for good eye drop use and compliance. It helps to set up local patient support groups within hospitals and has some simple tips and films available on our website. For more information on the IGA call 01233 64 81 64 or log onto www.glaucoma-association.com


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Man Jailed For 33 Years For Murdering Bradford Woman A man who murdered his partner at the home they shared in Derby has been jailed for 33 years.

Ataul Mustfa denied murdering 37-year-old Sobhia Khan but was found guilty following a trial at Derby Crown Court. The body of Bradford woman Sobhia, originally from Manningham, was found at their home in Pear Tree Crescent in May 2017. She had suffered multiple injuries, including burns and severe bruising. The court heard how Mustfa, 36, had been given a hospital order in 2009 for causing grievous bodily harm to his then partner. He was later released and moved back to Derby. Senior investigating officer DCI Emlyn Richards said: “Mustfa never accepted any responsibility or provided an account of what happened to Sobhia. On the evening of the murder, he booked a plane ticket from Manchester to Islamabad so he clearly believed fleeing the country was an option for him to avoid taking responsibility for his actions.

“His narcissistic and sadistic grooming of Sobhia led her to Derby and within weeks ofarriving, she had been tortured over several days and brutally murdered. This included being branded with an iron on three separate sites of her body, being punched, kicked and hit with weapons. “Mustfa wanted to exert control and power over women. He was previously given a hospital order for assaulting his former partner, who thankfully managed to escape. The similarities between her injuries and those suffered by Sobhia were striking. “He chose not to give evidence during his trial, providing no answers or comfort to Sobhia’s family in terms of finding out what happened during her final hours.”

Bradford man jailed after being caught with £80,000 'parcel of death' A Bradford man has been jailed for more than three years after being caught with a kilo of cocaine. Azim Khan, 46, was being monitored in a police operation on 18 October last year. Officers followed his Peugeot to a house in Shelf, where following a search they found a package inside the boot which contained cocaine with a 92 per cent purity level and street value of £80,000. The court heard that Khan had been sentenced to seven years in prison for supplying class A drugs in 2001, however, in relation to his current offence prosecution accepted his plea that he was “just looking after” the drugs for someone else. Andrew Dallas, defending, said since his release from prison, Khan had led a good life working as a mechanic and in the security industry.

Mr Dallas said: “He feels somewhat set up. It’s a murky world where names are never named. He did a favour for somebody for a short time and lo and behold, the police were straight on him.” The father of two, of Ann Place, Bradford, admitted the possession of Class A drugs with an intent to supply.

"There are still some people who think cocaine is not a serious significant drug. They are as wrong as it is possible to be." Jailing him for 40 months, Judge Jonathan Rose told Khan: “There are still some people who think cocaine is not

a serious, significant drug. They are as wrong as it is possible to be. “People buy this filth, and some will die. Class A drugs kill, and they kill all manner of people.” Referring to the package found in Khan’s car as a “parcel of death” Judge Rose said: “You knew there were class A drugs in there. “You knew you had a parcel of death you were being asked to look after. Others must have held you in very high regard. “You have played a part in the drugs trade that blights this country. You are not new to this game, and you chose to play it again.”


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Britain’s South Asian community remain high at risk from Mental Health. Does stigma make it harder to combat it? by GRAHAME ANDERSON

At some point in life one in four people will experience mental health problems through a range of causes including stigma and discrimination. People of any status can be affected, but with Asian communities in mind taboos can be far reaching. In the past, such problems weren't addressed or talked about openly. Sufferers would be shunned, families excluded, and any issues would be a source of shame for those involved. These problems have yet to be solved, but more and more mental health professionals and groups are now working closely with Asian communities to help solve any communication problems. Role Model Help England cricketer Monty Panesar and role model to many Asian youngsters has himself been subject to mental health issues in the past. His highlighting of shame and labeling toward those suffering from mental health problems has won high praise. Now a mental health ambassador for the Professional Cricketers' Association, he said: "The cricketing world was very supportive and understanding, but in our Asian community there was no understanding of what mental health is

"When you play cricket, you want to be perceived as strong, resilient, able to be competitive. A lot of young Asians came forward after I went public and said, 'we're glad you opened up because it's a huge taboo in our community.” As one of the few Asian celebrities to speak out he's already helped to break down mental health barriers,

following his experience of both paranoia and anxiety. Sharing Voices Together Asian Sunday spoke to Bradford charity Sharing Voices whose support for BAME communities and mental health, is making a huge difference to how they perceive mental issues. They told us: “The stigma still exists within South Asian communities. As a charity we feel small steps have been taken, and we have seen an increase in referrals. But this is still like a needle in a haystack, and many Asians are still suffering in silence, due to the shame. “One in five mental health inpatients comes from a BME background, compared with about one in 10 of the population as a whole. When services treat people from BME backgrounds, it's important a holistic approach and positive definitions of mental health are used, and that there is recognition of alternative perspectives and understanding.

Monty Panesar is one of the few Asian celebrities to speak out about mental health following his experience of anxiety and paranoia

“The info is getting to most, but then it is up to the individual to act upon it, eg 'Yes I need help'. “I have tried committing suicide.” Another mental health expert said: “Some mental health problems go mainstream health services. It's also

unreported and untreated because people in some ethnic minority groups are reluctant to engage with likely mental health problems are over-diagnosed in people whose first language is not English.” BAME Groups Remain High Risk The Mental Health Foundation told us: “BAME groups are still generally considered to be at higher risk of developing mental ill health. A 2015 mental health problems and socio-economic status. It was discovered people from black ethnic minority backgrounds have a higher prevalence of psychosis, compared with the white majority population.” The 2014 Adult Psychiatric Morbidity Survey (APMS) revealed common mental health problems vary significantly by ethnic group for women, but not for men. Research has also shown high rates of suicide among young South-Asian women within the UK. As organisers of Mental Health Awareness Week, they focus on a major issue each year. The group's main theme for 2018 is 'Stress – Are We Coping? It's also true to say mainstream mental health services are working


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COVER STORY hard to provide both acceptable and accessible services to meet the needs of non-white British communities. Getting Communities To Talk Oxford University graduate Shuranjeet Singh Takhar has experienced mental health issues during his studies as he explains: “Having gone through difficulties myself during my time at university, I was hugely helped by my house-mates who provided a formidable support structure to help me through tough times. “I recall a conversation I had at the gurdwara (Sikh spiritual centre) with a middle-aged Sikh man. I spoke about the increasing mental health issues in the local community. He dismissed my claims mental health was even an issue, asserting it was something of ‘my generation’. Seeing his rejection and blindness to a very real issue concerned me. “I started TarakĪ, a movement designed to fundamentally change how the Punjabi community understand, approach, and treat mental health difficulties and those suffering from them. TarakĪ means being forwardfacing, progressive, and looking to a better future. We believe by working alongside local and national mental health initiatives, volunteers, and groups, we can make this change

happen.

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TarakĪ wants to bring forward discussion about mental health to break down the negative stereotypes and assumptions associated with it. From this, we can begin to tackle mental health difficulties more effectively within the community.

Such prominent media coverage will do much to get people talking in their communities. Mental Health Awareness Week is set to educate people much more on problems that can be overcome with good communication, understanding and professional help. It seems there's still a long road to travel, but mental health within the Asian community is beginning to be spoken about more freely.

“Moving forward, it's imperative the Punjabi community work together to instigate real change in how mental health is understood and treated, much to the benefit of individuals, families, and friends.” Positive BBC Vision With more than 1million viewers each day Midlands based daytime drama BBC Doctors is well placed to play a major role in cutting back mental health taboos. In line with Mental Health Awareness Week they put together six hard hitting episodes designed to help raise awareness and encourage viewers to reach out for support and advice. Story Producer Nasreen Ahmed says “We certainly aren’t intending to conquer all the myths and concerns around mental health by the end of our week but if we can use our regular characters and our ‘world’ to help viewers understand a little better and reach out for any support that is out there and needed – then we will have achieved what we set out to do.”

Mental Health Awareness Week 2018 is between 14 – 20 May.

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KORT: Cakes for Orphans campaign is back by popular demand by RAHEEMA KHAN and a home for many orphan children, KORT run other campaigns such as 'turning disability into ability' campaign. This is their wheelchair campaign, where wheelchairs are provided for the less fortunate free of charge donated by passionate donors from the UK and Pakistan. These are just some of the many reasons why Nadeem has decided to bring the cakes for orphans campaign back this Ramadan. Due to the huge success and popularity of the campaign, Nadeem hopes that further funds can be raised to help the needy and continue the great work of KORT “Last year I took a whole month off work, to dedicate my time in selling cakes for KORT. I was so overwhelmed with the generosity of the public that I decided to do the

Fundraiser Nadeem Malik

Bradford man Nadeem Malik and his team of volunteers, managed to raise in excess of £50,000 for charity last year, simply by selling delicious chocolate fudge cakes throughout Ramadan.

for those who lost their lives and livelihoods.

This date is particularly significant as that was the catalyst which gave birth to KORT and was founded by philanthropist Mr Mohammed The money raised went to Akhtar. Since 2005 to the KORT (Kashmir Orphans present day Mr Akhtar has Relief Trust) charity based in worked tirelessly to make an Akhtar Abad, Mirpur, outstanding institution and a Pakistan where a 500 capacity bright future for orphans, girls hostel has just been providing them with food completed, with further aims clothing and a high standard of to complete a boy’s hostel of education and somewhere they the same capacity, The project can call home. The work of Mr is targeted to complete by Akhtar and KORT has even early October, which is also impressed the government of the anniversary of the Azad Kashmir that they catastrophic Pakistan renamed the area where KORT earthquake, which destroyed is situated to Akhtar Abad hundreds of homes in 2005. (previously known as Jarikas). KORT hold a special remembrance-day every year As well as offering education

Orphans of KORT

campaign again this year. "We know demand is going to be high and therefore I am also looking for more volunteers to join us. So for anyone who has spare time and wants to support a good cause get in touch and become MUSKORTEER"

Aerial view of KORT in Pakistan

If you would like to support the campaign and buy a delicious chocolate fudge cake for £10 or be a volunteer (fondly called MUSKORTEERS) please get in touch with Nadeem Malik on 07742444141 For more information about the charity visit www.kort.org.uk


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Ramadan top tips for charitable giving

by RAHEEMA KHAN Muslims are believed to be Britain’s biggest charity donors. With Ramadan being the busiest month of giving, as that is when most Muslims will distribute their Zakat (Zakat in Islam is the compulsory giving of a set proportion of one's wealth to charity) so which charity is the bets to donate to? Well the vast majority of charities do a great job however, some may exploit for their own gain, or there may be less given to the cause and more for administrative purposes. Ultimately, you the public have a right to know how your money is being sent and should be able to make an informed decision of which charity or donation is best for you. The Charity Commission has issued guidance to the public on how to give effectively and safely to charity during Ramadan. Maulana Shahid Raza OBE, Chairman of the Mosques & Imams National Advisory Board (MINAB) said: “Many Muslims will be giving very generously during the holy month of Ramadan. There are many charities

that will be fundraising at the moment. By donating to charities registered with the Charity Commission, donors can have additional confidence that their donation will be used properly. Registered charities also benefit from the guidance and advice provided by the Commission. I would like to wish everyone Ramadan Mubaarak.” Here are our tips for safer giving. • To donate online to a particular charity, visit the charity’s website – check that you have the right web address. You can find the charity’s website address on their entry on the Charity Commission’s Register of Charities. • Look out for registered charity numbers in adverts – it is a legal requirement for registered charities with an income above £10,000 a year to state it is a registered charity when fundraising on a range of documents, including websites, advertisements and other documents such as receipts. • If you are in any doubt about a charity collector, collection bag or fundraising materials, check the charity’s name and registration number on the public register of

charities on the Commission’s website. • Some charities, particularly during Ramadan, fundraise through television and radio appeals. Ofcom

rules about charity appeals • Some charities, particularly during Ramadan, fundraise through television and radio appeals. Ofcom rules about charity appeals


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Ingredients • Beef Mince : 500 g • Ginger Paste : 1 teaspoo • Garlic Paste : 1 teaspoo • Raw Papaya Paste : tablespoon • Dried Ginger Powde (Sonth) : 1/2 teaspoon • Star Anise Powder : a pinc • Pepper Long (Pipali) Powde : 1/2 teaspoon • National Seekh Kaba Masala : 1/2 packet • Chili Powder : 1/2 teaspoo • Za da/ Orange Food Color : 1/4 teaspoon • Fried Onion (crushed) : tablespoons • Ghee (clarified butter) : tablespoons • inegar : 1 tablespoon • Oil for brushing/fryin • Cha coal for koyle-ka-dum : 1 inch piece

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Method In a mixing bowl combine minced beef, National Ginger Paste, National Garlic Paste, raw papaya paste, dried ginger powder, star anise powder, pepper long powder, food colour, National Chili Powder, and National Seekh kabab Masala. Mix all the ingredients using your hands for 5 minutes so it is perfectly amalgamated. Now using a food processor combine the beef mince mixture with fried onions, ghee, and vinegar to make a smooth mixture. Marinate in the refrigerator for 30 minutes.

Divide equally into small balls. Wet your palm with water and wrap the balls onto a half inch wide skewer, giving it the distinctive shape of a gola kabab.

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Grill on the barbecue, rotating the skewers, till the meat browns. Takes around 6-7 minutes. Serve with hot parathas, sliced onions and raita.

Alternate Stove-top Method Prepare the beef mixture and marinade as above. Before keeping in the refrigerator give it koyle-kadum. Cover and refrigerate for 30 minutes. Make small oval-shaped balls. Poke a hole in the center using your thumb. Heat a wider pot on medium heat and add a little oil. Place only a few kababs at a time and cook whilst shaking the pan gently, to ensure even cooking on all sides.

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Bolan Namkeen Roast This recipe is a perfect example of how only a few ingredients can make a dish that is nothing short of spectacular! Ingredients

Method

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Take 2-3 chops in single-cut or the mutton shank.

Mutton (Chops/shank) : 1k Ghee : 1 cu Iodized Salt : 1 & 1/2 teaspoon / to tast Ginger & Garlic Paste : 1 tablespoon eac Cloves : 1 Black Pepper Co ns : 10 Black Ca damom : 3 Cinnamon Sticks : 2 pieces (2 inch each Dry Plums (Aalo Bukhara) : 10-1 ogurt : 1/2 kg

Put all the ingredients in a large pot, seal it tightly with atta or aluminium foil, and cook the meat on low heat for at least 1.5 hours or till the meat is almost falling off the bone. Turn the heat to high and do bhunai for a little while; it should still have some gravy left. If desired; add a little water and bring to a boil before serving.

Chicken Haryali Ingredients

Method For Green Masala

• Oil : 1 cu • Chicken : 1 & 1/2 k • Ginger Paste : 1 teaspoo • National Chapli Kaba Masala : 2 tablespoons • G een Masala Paste as shown below • Ginger (julienne) for ga nish • Cottage Cheese (cubes) 1/2 cup • Iodized Salt : to tast

Wash and blanch the spinach. Strain well to get rid of any moisture. In an electric blender, combine the spinach with the yogurt, green chilies and coriander, to make a smooth paste.

Ingredients for Green Masala • • • •

Spinach : 500 g G een Chili : 10-12 pods F esh Coriander : 1 cup ogurt : 1 cup

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Method For Cooking Heat the oil in a sauce pan and sear the chicken on high heat till it is light brown in colour. Turn the heat low and add National Ginger Paste, National Garlic Paste and National Chapli Kabab Masala. Cook for a few minutes.

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Add the green masala paste. Cover with a lid and cook for around 15 minutes or until the chicken is tender and the gravy starts to thicken. To this add cottage cheese, National Iodized Salt (if required) and do bhunai for few minutes. Turn the heat low and simmer for another 2 minutes till the roghan (oil) comes on top. Garnish with fine julienne cut fresh ginger and enjoy!

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Digital Divorce Application A Reality by GRAHAME ANDERSON The government's new online divorce application service has been launched on the back of a successful pilot. Using simple non technical language this innovative system both guides and prompts the user enabling them to complete applications quickly and easily. Both the uploading of supporting evidence and payment - £550 for a divorce - can also be carried out online. Piloting The Future The trial saw a 95 per cent drop in the number of applications being returned because of mistakes, in comparison to paper forms. This also resulted in the rejection of just 0.6 per cent of forms since January. More than 1,000 petitions were issued with 91 per cent or nine out of 10 users saying they were satisfied with the service. Previous evidence revealed 40 per cent of divorce applications are rejected at the first stage due to forms not being fully completed or because of missing documentation. All associated problems were monitored and evaluated in order to develop a much simpler way of guiding the lay person through the process. Rolling Out The System From July 2017, applicants wishing to apply for a divorce through the East Midlands Divorce Centre in Nottingham were able to create their online application from the comfort of their own home. This was extended to the West Midlands Divorce Centre in Stoke, South West Divorce Centre in Southampton and the North West Divorce Centre in Liverpool. The new, refined and easy to use version was rolled out across England and Wales from 1 May. This isn't currently open to legal professionals though the government are working with them to develop another application. This will allow solicitors to submit a petition on behalf of their client online. Streamlining Paperwork Given court staff spend more than 13,000 hours dealing with complex paperwork, the digital 21st century approach taken by government is aimed at streamlining the whole process. But concerns had been previously expressed for those who may not have access to a computer, or have no interest in the online world. In March, Chairman of the justice select committee Bob Neill MP said: “while some types of case leant themselves to online processes – such as the online service for straightforward divorce – “were digital justice to become the norm, we believe that substantial barriers would be faced by non-users of the internet.” His comments followed on

from the committee's concern about the government’s evident preference for virtual and online justice over traditional, court-based models without the evidence base to justify it. Professional Guidance “Professional guidance throughout the divorce process remains all important as Harjit Rait, Associate Family Solicitor from LCF Law, Bradford explains. “The new system is not available for use by legal professionals although we have been filing divorce Petitions electronically for some time (e-filing) to expedite the process. At present, what is available is for the public to file a divorce petition on line, which seems simple enough, but there are financial implications to a divorce and proceeding with a divorce through to conclusion i.e obtaining the Decree Absolute, could have far reaching financial consequences. For example, if the family home is owned in the name of one spouse, whilst married, the nonowning spouse has a right to occupy but this is lost upon divorce. There are also tax implications of divorce, and potential loss of funds payable via a pension or life policy.

even if applying for the divorce on line”. There is little doubt this new application process has benefits in our modern technological world, but the human touch together with legal advice is still extremely valuable”. Digital Help Assisted digital arrangements are in place to ensure those who may have difficulty in accessing digital channels are supported. This includes ‘light touch’ assistance over the telephone, and more intensive face-to-face support for the digitally excluded. Further we intend to introduce webchat functionality to support users online. Elaine Everett was separated for more than two years before applying for her divorce, which she has now received. She said: “It was marvellous, pain free and less stressful than the paper form which I tried several years ago to complete but got fed up of it being rejected.” Transforming Our Court System

“Further, as a recent high profile case has highlighted, a divorce does not dismiss all financial claims either party is able to make against the other as a result of their marriage. It is possible, even years after the divorce has been finalised, for a party to pursue financial claims against their ex - spouse via the Court. Therefore, obtaining a digital divorce may not be as final as some applicants may believe the case to be.

Changes have been made as part of a £1billion investment programme charged with transforming the court system. It's hoped, especially for those who find legal matters daunting, access to justice can become quicker, more accessible and user friendly for everyone. In terms of the other reforms, highlights include a new service allowing people to submit their tax appeals online, drastically cutting the number of applications being returned as incomplete or inaccurate.

“No two cases are the same and therefore the advice is – always seek legal advice,

The emergence of a digital system will also make it quicker and easier for

people to claim money owed, resolve disputes out of court and access mediation. The Way Ahead Earlier this month Sir James Munby, president of the Family Division, said: “The online divorce pilot has been a triumphant success and shows, to my mind conclusively, that this is – must be – the way of the future.” Justice Minister Lucy Frazer, commented: “Allowing divorce applications to be made online will help make sure we are best supporting people going through an often difficult and painful time. “More people will have the option of moving from paper-based processes to online systems which will cut waste, speed up services which can be safely expedited, and otherwise better fit with modern day life.” Important Notes The law on divorce remains unchanged. The same level of judicial scrutiny will be applied to all cases as with the current manual process and no steps in obtaining a divorce are being removed. Anyone who has been married for more than a year provided one or other of the couple is either domiciled here or has been resident in England or Wales during the preceding year, can seek a divorce. It does not matter where the couple were married.

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Ramadan While I am can't call myself a devout Muslim, I do like to think I have strong Islamic values embedded in me and I totally believe in the faith of Islam. Therefore, as most Muslims, I really look forward to the month of Ramadan. Ramadan is the ninth month of the Islamic calendar, and is observed by Muslims worldwide as a month of fasting to commemorate the first revelation of the Quran to our prophet Muhammad (peace be upon him). Similar to 2017, this years fasts will also be long, with fasts lasting up to 20 hours long. From sunrise till sunset Muslims cannot drink or eat (yes not even water) anything.

makes you want to strive to be a better human.

The first fast is always the hardest, as the special Ramadan prayers called taraweeh are to be performed and I tend to stay awake till the pre fast meal called Sehri. This is the breakfast meal that you have before closing your fast which this year will be around the 2am time. Once the Sehri meal is completed, I then make prayer to keep my first fast. After a short sleep my day begins with normal duties to resume at work. I normally arrive into my office for around 930am and before I start, I ensure I am armed with a nice freshly brewed cup of tea.

For me Ramadan is much more than going without food and water it's also about character. As this is routine, on my first While fasting I often find that I fast this becomes my first am much more spiritual than the hardest challenge to get over. other 11 months of the year. Then follows lunch, as I am When fasting this sense of purity someone who sometimes works through lunch, I don't normally comes over me and this makes me want to perform good deeds. feel too hungry by this time, but the caffeine fix seriously starts Simple things like not swearing to get to me. As I realise I am or lying. Most of us tell the odd about to get snappy, I focus my little white lies don't we, but in attention on my afternoon Ramadan I become very prayer and my need for some conscious of my character and Chai soon vanishes. behaviour. Ramadan makes me want to be a better person and I There's just something serene suppose this is the real detox to about kneeling down to my become a better version of me creator and communicating, and sustain this going forward. it's like I've off loaded all my days worries and HE is going to Fasting not only cleanses your help me deal with the body and gives you a full detox, challenges ahead. but fasting for me also helps with the cleansing of the soul. After a busy day at work, and There's just something amazing tired eyes, I head off home to about going hungry all day and complete my third prayer for not having the benefit of eating the day. when you want. Don't get me wrong, I do have days where I Muslims pray five times a day. am extremely hungry and could There is the morning prayer murder a chocolate, but the called Fajar, which is done satisfaction of completing a fast before the sun rises, then the and being able to suppress that midday prayer called Zuhr and desire has to be experienced. To then a mid evening prayer have that first sip of water, on called Asar. those dry and parched lips and to taste that first morsel of food After Asar, there are still over after waiting for 19 odd hours to two hours to go before the sun eat is just an amazing feeling comes down and it's time to and thoroughly enriching and I open my fast. I use this time to guess it's this feeling that

grab a quick hour nap, to make up for the sleep I lost while staying awake for Sehri. I wake up just in time to help prepare food for family and exchange food with neighbours who may also be fasting. As time to open fast approaches my family and I sit down by the table to offer our prayers . Sometimes these last few minutes before the fast opens can be the hardest last few minutes, but they are well worth overcoming as the feeling when your first fast is complete is truly amazing. Water and dates are at the ready, as it's sunnah, 'the way of the prophet' to open your fast with some water and dates. The time comes to open our fast as the Imam from the mosque announces from the wireless receiver (which most Muslims have to connect them to their local mosque) that you can now open your fast. Although, we know what time the fast opens and I'd like to think we have pretty accurate clocks, strangely my family and I prefer the routine of waiting until the announcement from the mosque wireless comes through, before opening our fast. On the opening of my first fast, I always gulp down 2 - 3 glasses of water immediately. Once I satisfy my thirst I then offer my fifth prayer of the day, and then join my family at the table for a well deserved meal. The table is full of delicious food, freshly prepared for the first fast, along with delicacies sent from family and neighbours, but more often than not the eyes do all the eating and I am pretty full with a small amount of food to just satisfy the days hunger. After Iftar (the opening of fast) I prepare for my evening prayers which is the last of the fifth daily prayer and then the prayer for Ramadan taraweeh. This keeps me awake till Sehri and there begins my second fast. Ramadan Mubarak to all!

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Review: Huawei P20 Pro a

decent rival to top end smartphones The P20 Pro is one of two new Huawei phones launched in Paris on 27 March 2018 along with the P20.

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After a succession of quite-good but not-quite-there P series phones, this is the best phone Huawei has made in ages. It has excellent design, outstanding cameras and is well priced. If Huawei keep improving like this, they could become a serious competitor in the smartphone market. The P20 Pro has a 6.1in full HD+ OLED screen, bigger than even the Mate 10 Pro, but squeezed into a compact body with tiny bezels rivalling Apple’s iPhone X and Samsung’s Galaxy S9+. It also has a notch in the top – a cutout in the screen that contains a 24megapixel front-facing camera, the earpiece speaker and various sensors. The screen is bright and colourful, although not quite as pixel dense as rivals, and text is not quite as pinsharp when viewed side-by-side. It’s a beautiful display that is close, but not quite as good as the best from Samsung or Apple. However, the biggest win for the P20 Pro is that it is the first smartphone to have not one, not two, but three cameras on the back, all working in conjunction to provide a multi-layered camera

experience. The primary camera is a large, 40megapixel colour camera with an f1.8 lens, which is joined by a 20megapixel monochrome camera with an f1.6 lens and an eightmegapixel telephoto camera with an f2.4 lens There are plenty of modes to play with, including portrait and aperture modes, a monochrome mode that uses the dedicated camera, and an excellent long exposure night mode, which works very well even when handheld. The P20 Pro also captures very good video, including up to 960fps slow motion, and has a “Pro” mode with plenty of settings to keep most

photographers happy, including RAW capture.

rivals that cost £200 more and you get the experience.

The camera can shoot up to 40megapixels, which is great for photography enthusiasts The front-facing selfie camera is also very good, producing well detailed and lit shots, complete with your choice of beautification effects, such as the face-shaping “perfect selfie” mode.

So, let’s be clear P20 Pro isn’t a value phone, but can be considered in the league of top-end smartphones.

The Huawei P20 Pro costs £799 with 128GB of storage and is available in three colours. With the P20 Pro Huawei has finally produced something that can be recommended over competitors regardless of the price. While not cheap, costing £800, but lower than

Overall the phone has great battery life, great design, brilliant camera, good screen, stand-out colour options, water resistance, Android 8.1 Oreo and great performance. The downside is that there is no headphone socket, no microSD card slot, no wireless charging, the screen not the highest resolution and there is no Bluetooth 5 support. A decent purchase and most certainly a top-end smartphone,


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Ajay Devgn, Ranbir Kapoor to reunite onscreen In one of the biggest casting coups of the year, veteran actor Ajay Devgn and 'Sanju' star Ranbir Kapoor have been roped in for a movie together. The duo will be reuniting on the silver screen after their successful political drama 'Rajneeti', after eight years. The two brilliant actors played the parts of estranged, half-brothers in the 2010's political drama. The film, which is set to go on floors in 2019, will be directed by Luv Ranjan. Ranjan came into limelight for his dramedies 'Sonu Ke Titu Ki Sweety' and 'Pyar Ka Punchnama' series.

I've no time for abuse: Amitabh Bachchan Megastar Amitabh Bachchan says he has has no time to attend to abuses or trolls as he would rather spend time for work and his fans, whom he refers to as his "extended family (Ef)". The cine-icon, 75, shares his thoughts on trolling and abuses on his blog. "A concerned Ef warns me of extensive 'trolls' on the platforms and warns me to be discreet and attentive to what I may say on social media, for the ugliness of the disreputable, affects him, and he urges me to be of care," he wrote. The "102 Not Out" star says he is aware about it, but chooses to avoid it. "Yes, I care. Yes, I know of the abuse and yes, I wish they be of greater intensity towards me for then it forms an unattainable mindset for even greater achieving attention given to such translates into what the troller actually wanted - notice," he added. The thespian says trolls provoke him to do better. "I have no time for abuse... I have time for my work, for my Ef and this Blog... I do not have time to attend to abuse. I love it actually, for it provokes me to betterment.

(It) provokes me to get bigger and vastly improve my self, my demeanour, my standing and my dignity," he added. Big B says he is "grateful to them" for it "drives

"drives me better and longer with betterenlightened mind" "My love to all. And if any of you would wish to bring me abuse and falsehood, I shall welcome it with open arms," he added.


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SHOWBIZ Meryl Streep to star in film on Panama Papers scandal

Mahira Khan becomes first Pakistani actor to debut at Cannes Pakistani actress Mahira Khan has created history by becoming the first actor of Pakistani origin to make a Cannes debut on Monday For the red carpet, Khan opted for a tube black dress with minimal makeup and red lips. She completed her look by accessorising it with a silver neckpiece and earrings. Just before the debut, she had tweeted about a last-minute wardrobe malfunction on her Twitter handle with the caption, "On my way you guys.. the dress didn't turn up, but it's raining and I'm nervous but maybe it's a sign." Mahira shared stunning pictures on Instagram out of which in one of

Hollywood legend Meryl Streep has been roped in as the lead in 'The Laundromat,' a thriller about the Panama Papers scandal. The film will be directed by Steven Soderbergh and Gary Oldman and Antonio Banderas are also in talks to join the project, reports The Hollywood Reporter. The script by Scott Z. Burns is based on the Jake Bernstein book 'Secrecy World: Inside the Panama Papers Investigation of Illicit Money Networks and the Global Elite.' Michael Sugar, Lawrence Grey, Gregory Jacobs, Soderbergh and Burns are producing 'The Laundromat'.

them she can be seen overlooking the blue waters, wearing a white top with a colorful dark-blue shrug. The caption read, "Feelin' blue never felt so good." The L'oreal brand ambassador gave major fashion goals by opting the perfect summer outfits during promotions. Actresses Aishwarya Rai Bachchan, Deepika Padukone, Kangana Ranaut and Sonam Kapoor also continued the legacy by slaying at the red carpet and wowing everyone with their gorgeous outfits.

Vaani Kapoor perfect for 'Shamshera': Karan Malhotra

Actress Vaani Kapoor is a 'perfect fit' for the role of Ranbir Kapoor's love interest in upcoming movie 'Shamshera', said Director Karan Malhotra. In the film, Vaani will play the most desirable and sought after travelling performer from heartland India.

"Vaani plays Ranbir's love interest in the film and is a very important collaborator in his character's journey. Her character graph is interlinked to the plot of the film making her a crucial catalyst in our hero's rebellious mission," Karan said in a statement.

"Vaani is a perfect fit for the role. She is a fine actor, a fabulous dancer and a gorgeous Hindi film heroine. We wanted someone absolutely fresh to wow audiences on the big screen and she beautifully fits that brief," he added. Vaani was last seen in YRF's Befikre opposite Ranveer Singh. The film didn't meet expectations at the box office, let's hope Shamshera proves lucky for her. Sanjay Dutt plays the nemesis of Ranbir in the project, which is set to go on floors by the end of this year.

Comedy is not easy: Kriti Sanon Actress Kriti Sanon says working on the Bollywood comic caper "Arjun Patiala" was an exciting journey but she doesn't find comedy an easy genre. Maddock films is bringing actorsinger Diljit Dosanjh back in uniform, this time with Kriti and actor Varun Sharma, for a laugh riot.

"'Arjun Patiala' was such an exciting journey. Comedy is not an easy genre, and we have added a twist to it. Diljit and Varun have a great comic timing and it was a

constant laugh riot on the set," Kriti said in a statement.

Dinesh Vijan, who is producing the film with Bhushan Kumar, said: "Diljit will be seen in the uniform but very different from his avatar in his first Hindi film outing, 'Udta Punjab'. "This 'police wallah' is a laugh a minute character with swag." Diljit said: "'Arjun Patiala' is very quirky. It's a film that has action, romance and comedy but with a

spin on it. It was a blast shooting it and I hope audiences love it as much." Varun will be seen as a police official with a sarcastic tongue and an arrogant stride, who goes by the name of Onida Singh. The trio has a baddie to contend played by Zeeshan Ayub. His character is called School, pronounced in the Punjabi way as Sakool. The film is to release September 14.


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She is only six years old in the Hindi film industry (not including her acting appearance as a child actor) and at only 25 years of age, is playing the main lead in acclaimed film maker Meghna Gulzar’s next. From the fashionable Shanaya in her debut film Student of The Year to the victim who develops Stockholm syndrome in Highway, Alia Bhatt’s uninhibited and raw performances has had both the critics and the box office cheering. Critics and fans alike have been drawn into the Udta Punjab star’s performances finding themselves emotionally investing into her characters whether it’s Humpty Sharma’s Dulhaniya or Kaira from Dear Zindagi. Is it any wonder she is known as the youngest female superstar of Bollywood and a very bankable actor! Playing a daughter, a wife and a spy in Meghna Gulzar’s forthcoming film Raazi, Alia is set to exhibit more shades to her acting calibre and we’re extremely excited to see her in this avtar. Raazi is an adaption of Harinder Sikka's novel ‘Calling Sehmat’, which is a true story based on a young girl (played by Alia), who was sent to Pakistan in 1971, to source out any information she could, as war was becoming imminent between India and Pakistan. In an exclusive with our entertainment reporter Anuj Radia, Alia decodes and opens up with Asian Style on becoming Sehmat for ‘Raazi’ Alia, firstly, what made you ‘Raazi’ for an intense and gripping film like Raazi? I think exactly that, the fact that it was gripping and intense. One of the main prospects that made me agree to do a film like ‘Raazi’ is the fact that it is a true story and I’ve never done a true story before. To be a part of a true story, was a very special experience because whenever you’re shooting the film or enacting your part, you will always have it in the back of your head that “this is not fiction and it actually happened.”


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INTERVIEW The fact that it’s being directed by Meghna Gulzar, was also another reason why. I’m very fond of her. I loved her last film Talvar, I wanted to work with her after watching it. Besides being a spy between two neighbouring countries, could you kindly tell us more about the life of your character - Sehmat? The spy part is the main part of the film. What I can tell you, is that Sehmat is a very simple girl. There’s not much change that takes place in her personality just because she suddenly becomes a spy. That is something that Meghna and I were very clear about. We maintain the fact that she is a young girl, who is totally unaware of certain things. Despite being brave, she still has that ounce of fear in her. She is still sensitive and simple. These factors make up her character and what happens to her after that, is the situation of the film. You share screen-space with your mother, Soni Razdan, for the first time. What did you learn from her – not only as a parent – but also as an actor? I learnt that I’m very similar to her, in terms of mannerisms. It’s very similar to the way

we are on-set. We have a certain detachment with our scenes and characters, we don’t sit and stress about it. We will do a shot and get out it. It is that switch on and off for us as actors. How did director Meghna Gulzar challenge you as an actor in this project? She held my hand throughout the process, the real challenge was the script she wrote. That itself was the biggest challenge for me in this aspect. Otherwise, once she and I cracked the stone of the character, we didn’t really need to push each other on set, it all just flowed. The whole process became seamless and natural. You are one of the most diverse actors we have in Bollywood today and directors seem to have a lot of faith in the range of roles they are offering you. What would you attribute this to? I think, it’s the fact that I showed them a lot of different parts in the past, so I think that makes people a lot more confident that I will be open to different kinds of films. At the end of the day, I also feel that the director always tries to get an actor on board for the film first. I always attribute that to the directors wanting to fulfil their wish. Full interview featured in Asian Style Magazine


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RAAZI a rollercoaster of emotion and tense drama Director: Meghna Gulzar Cast: Alia Bhatt, Vicky Kaushal, Soni Razdan, Jaideep Ahlawat, Rajit Kapur, Music: Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy Rating: *** Raazi is set against the backdrop of the IndoPak war in 1971 and tells the true story of an Indian Muslim girl Sehmat (Alia Bhatt), whose life changes when her father Hidayat Khan (Rajit Kapoor) asks her to marry a Pakistani Army officer to spy for her country. Sehmat undergoes rigorous training under Indian intelligence agent Khalid Mir (Jaideep Ahlawat) before being married off to Pakistani Army officer Iqbal Syed (Vicky Kaushal). On the other side of the border, Sehmat gradually assimilates into Iqbal’s family to uncover vital information while keeping her real motives hidden from them. The characters are very well etched out in this Meghna Gulzar directorial. Vicky Kaushal balances his charm and love for his wife and the love for his country well. He gives a very sincere and nuanced performance. Rajit Kapoor also impresses as Sehmat’s father Hidayat who has a very well etched out character, who reluctantly chooses his daughter’s destiny, placing the devotion of his country above all else. While it’s great to see Soni Razdan back on screen after so long and that too playing mother to her real-life daughter. However, the strongest and most substantial relationship in the film without doubt belongs to Khalid and Sehmat. Jaideep Ahlawat is superb in his performance as the stoic patriot who deliberately restrains his concern for Sehmat. They share an underlying bond of unease mingled with mutual respect that is tangible even when they’re not onscreen

together. Director Meghna Gulzar very cleverly uses emotion more than explosions in this spy thriller. Her ability to keep us tense with emotion, without the melodrama and highoctane action sequences keeps the intrigue of the film. Shankar-Ehsaan-Loy’s music lends credibility to the 70’s backdrop. The songs evoke patriotism without tipping over into nationalism, primarily enhanced by Gulzar’s lyrics. The production designers have done a good job, as film has an authentic feel to it, which helps the story. Alia Bhatt is certainly a great actor and she certainly delivers in her role as the naïve Kashmiri girl to the determined woman who is on a mission for her country. Alia gives a decent performance, however after having seen Alia in Udta Punjab, you know she is capable of delivering that little bit more. Expectations from Alia I feel will just continue growing from film to film. Nevertheless, the film belongs to Alia and it’s great to see her continue to push her boundaries as an actor while challenging audience expectations of her. Meghna Gulzar’s

is a great story teller, particularly how she builds up the tension in the film leading to an explosive end, which leaves you wondering about the repercussions of war and so having an impact which is so relevant in today’s climate.


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The seven deadly beauty sins

If you think you have your hair and beauty routine down to perfection, think again. As the seven deadly beauty sins will always try to catch you out.

That’s according to online hair and beauty retailer Hairtrade.com, who want to help women in resolving these common beauty mishaps they might have. On the list include some makeup sins, like cakey powder, foundation tidemarks and bad contouring. But with easy ways you can resolve these. Also featured are some common hair problems we all hate, like frizzy hair and visible hair extension clips. Joanne Dodds from Hairtrade.com said: “We’re all guilty of making beauty blunders, but the good news is that they can easily be put right. “You might even find that by following some of our top tips you can even save time and money, all whilst looking gorgeous.” These are the seven deadly beauty sins: 1 Foundation tidemarks An orange foundation line around your neck looks careless and dirty, so make sure you pay attention when applying your base coat. Invest in a good stippling brush or blending sponge to ensure it’s perfectly blended out. Also, don’t forget about blending it into the neck as well. Be cautious about picking the right shade when you’re in the store. Be warned that when trying on foundation in a shop, you are seeing the colour in an artificial light, which can change as soon as you walk out of the store. 2. Overdone eyebrows

It’s also important to apply your makeup not too close to the mirror. This is so you can see how the brows are complimenting your face. 3. Visible extension clips Hair extensions are a great way to boost the hair so it feels thicker and full of volume. But one sin we hate is when your hair extensions clips are visible through your normal hair. To avoid clip-ins showing, gently backcomb your real hair at the root where you put in the extensions. Remember to avoid placing them too close to the hairline or too low on the back of the head. 4. Streaky fake tan The idea of overnight tan is so tempting, but even if you follow the instructions to the letter, the reality is that you can wake up looking like a cheesy watsit. Make sure that before you apply fake tan you use a body scrub to remove any dead skin cells. This will help you achieve an even glow rather than your tan looking blotchy.

Big brows have been a trend this past year, so it’s easy to be tempted to add a few more coats of brow pomade or powder. But it’s important to avoid having them look like two slugs plastered on your forehead.

Finding the right fake tan for your skin can be tricky, but investing some money into a more expensive brand is worth it.

When defining your brows, always make sure you take care. Brush through them lightly and avoid completely coating them. Use a pomade or powder that’s like your hair colour shade so they don’t look to dark.

It’s easy to have a bad contouring blunder. The most common ones are badly blended contouring on the cheekbones, contour colours that are too dark or warm toned, too much highlighter or badly blended nose contour.

5. Bad contouring

To resolve bad contouring, pick a contour shade that’s not too light or dark. If you are cool toned, try an ashy brown colour. If you are warm-toned, you’re better off with a bronze-colour.

into the skin so the product is absorbed by the foundation. Leave it to set for a minute before sweeping the excess off.

It’s also very important to blend. Use a brush that is smaller than a bronzer brush, but a bit bigger than a blush brush. When applying it to the cheeks, always make sure you blend the product in using circular motions.

Untameable, frizzy hair is the enemy of all women. But many people don’t realise that dehydrated hair is at the root of the problem.

6. Cakey face makeup Nothing is worse than seeing your makeup go cakey and orange the second you apply a bit of face powder to it. To resolve this, always make your skin oil free before applying powder. Use a colourless, loose powder to set the face. Then, using a damp blending sponge, press the powder

7. Frizzy hair

Use a deep conditioning treatment regularly, particularly throughout the summer, to repair damaged hair. When you’re styling your hair, try using a few drops of serum to smooth out flyways. Also, steer away from using heat styling appliances and try and find products that create a similar effect. However, if you can’t bear to be without your straighteners, make sure that you apply heat protection spray religiously.

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History made as winners announced for the very first BRADFORD CURRY AWARDS

The date was Tuesday 17 April 2018, and it was perhaps one of the most anticipated and looked forward to date for Bradford's dominating and delicious curry industry. The whose who of the industry, along with business leaders, celebrity guests and food lovers ascending on the red carpet at the luxurious Cedar Court Hotel. Bradford is the current holder of the national Curry Capital of Britain title for the sixth year running and the local awards were launched to promote pride in Bradford and profile the industry’s rich heritage. It certainly was a night of pride and passion, as more than 300 people attended the awards ceremony where they were treated to the first-ever Royal Bradford Thali, a sumptuous banquet put together by the five finalists in the Best Restaurant, Judges’ Choice category – Jinnah, Shimla Spice, Café Akbars, Sultan and Prashad.

The event was compered by the highly amusing London comic Salman Malik. Bradford Curry Awards Founder Director and Asian Sunday Editor Fatima Patel introduced the event and thanked everyone for their support and their contribution to Bradford and the local economy. She used the occasion to launch a powerful campaign to attract more people into the industry. She said while the UK had around 250,000 professional chefs, with 48 per cent of these being female in 2001 this had dropped to 18 per cent in 2016. She said: “As a woman putting on this major event I have had massive support from all these business owners who are here tonight, so I can see that the industry in Bradford is ready to lead on this cause. I’m now calling on all the business owners in the room to get behind a target and pledge to attract more women into the industry by this time next year.”

CEO of Bradford Council, Kersten England said the industry is worth £4billion to the national economy – with 23 million people regularly consuming curry meals and £500,000 of this was contributed by Bradford. She said: “To me, the question is, why haven’t we had our own curry awards before? Bradford has its critics but is well thought of in certain fields and curry is one of them, so we should be proud of it. We have more than 200 curry business owners in the room to get behind a target and pledge to attract more women into the industry by this time next year. “Curry is as synonymous with Bradford as Hockey, Wool Mills and our stunning moors.” She also praised the generosity of the industry in Bradford saying that businesses helped to feed thousands of people in need ensuring that they don’t go hungry.”

The winners were:

BEST RESTAURANT – JUDGES’ CHOICE – Prashad BEST RESTAURANT – PEOPLE’S CHOICE – Café Akbars BEST CHEF – Tied between Minal Patel of Prashad and Sami Ullah of My Lahore BEST MANAGER – Mohammed Hussain of My Lahore BEST VEGETARIAN – Prashad BEST OUTSIDE CATERER – My Lahore BEST TAKEAWAY – Tied between Sultan and My Lahore BEST CUSTOMER SERVICE – Prashad

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Bradford women win big at Asian Women of Achievement Awards

by RAHEEMA KHAN

The Asian Women of Achievement Awards, is an annual awards ceremony founded by Pinky Lilani CBE DL in 1999, to celebrate multicultural Britain and the contribution of diverse cultures and talents to UK society. The awards showcase phenomenal Asian women across the UK and celebrate the valuable impact they make to British life. The awards play a key role in redefining the contribution of Asian women; and informing a new, positive, prodiversity debate. This year was the 23rd awards ceremony celebrating women from various walks of life, from working to fight human trafficking to a powerlifting champion and an expert in the reproductive health of astronauts. Included in the winners list were two of Bradford’s very own achievers. The sports award was won by the Founder of Opening Boundaries, Halima Khan. Halima is an inspirational role model, focused on using sport as a force for good and to promote diversity and gender equality. She is passionate about using sport to empower women, to influence a change of mindset and to give women a voice in Asian culture. Halima said: “It was an amazing evening celebrating the achievements of so many women from a diverse

range of backgrounds. Delighted to have won in the sport category” Bradford artist Simone Malik took the second award for the city, in the Arts & Culture category. Organisers said Simone’s personal journey, leaving a steady career as a health officer to follow her passion as health officer to follow her passion as

Winner (centre) Halima Khan for contribution in Sport

Her focus on children who are vulnerable, and her work to bring these children into the light from darkness impressed the judges so much. One example they gave was how Simone challenged the Pakistani police sketch of seven-year old Zainab Ansari’s murderer in an attempt to help find the perpetrator. health officer to follow her passion as

stigmatization of children and her humility and kindness made a significant impact on AWA judges. Simone said: “In life, oppressions are many, Injustices are many.....but all it takes is a genuine, "clean" hunger to succeed. True professionalism. A "laser beam" focus - and a desire to do good. Success will then be yours!”

Winner (centre) Simone G Malik for contribution to Arts & Culture


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A Muslim woman's journey to one of the most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism Parveen Malik is an IT Director for international IT firm Icreon. She is British of Pakistani heritage, and is a keen traveller. As part of her work, she often travels to India. On every visit to India, Parveen makes it a point to travel to some of India's finest locations. One of the places to visit on her bucket list was the Sri Harmandir Sahib Gurdwara, also known as the Golden Temple. Parveen exclusively shares her journey as a Muslim woman of Pakistani heritage to one of the most revered spiritual sites of Sikhism. Sleep deprived, and jet lagged I prepare to cross off an item on my bucket list! Yes, I’m going to Amritsar to see the Golden Temple. Now you may wonder why the golden temple, an iconic holy place of worship for Sikhs, is on a Muslim woman’s bucket list. If I were to answer that I think it would be because anything that encourages good in humanity and provides a place for people to find peace, serenity and health should be a place worth seeing. The Golden temple feeds around 40k people on a daily basis and has no regard for colour/ race or creed. So, I’m thinking that this place alone has wiped out hunger in this city! So here I arrive to the place of the golden temple. As soon as I arrive I am being followed by a barrel of women all begging. They beg for flour not money to kill hunger no doubt. I continue making my way onwards following what seems like a nation of Sikhs and of course, I take some splendid selfies on the way. The air is punctuated with the table, and a mesmerising human voice. No wonder Islam uses the voice to call all to prayer it is after all full of power and emotion of belief and faith that has the connection to pull at the heart strings. Anyway, as I proceed I am told off by a little boy of about 6/7 years old, telling me that I have to ‘Jama my shoes’ I had of course pushed them in my back pack, they were Berkenstock after all!! So, I reprimand myself off for being inconsiderate and proceed to go “Jamma my shoes’. Anyway, as I proceed I am told off by a little boy of about 6/7 years old, telling me that I have to ‘Jama my shoes’ I had of course pushed them in my back pack, they were Berkenstock after all!! So, I reprimand myself off for being inconsiderate and proceed to go “Jamma my shoes’. I walk past him again only to be followed and asked did you put

yourshoes in your bag! I almost laugh out loud but just smile pleasantly and say “no I jammaad’ my shoes. Here I am now sitting on the edge of the marble surface staring out at the golden temple. It’s beautiful and surrounded by a land of water giving it serene and peaceful ambience. I look at it and think does it evoke any emotions and no it doesn’t. So why is it so peaceful then? It is because the people around me are showing their best possible traits. They are gently going about their journey all with a smile on their face with a feeling that I can only presume that at this moment for them all is right with the world. For that feeling alone, I can sit in the

heat and just enjoy and reflect….and for once be thankful I have a scarf to protect me from the sun’s rays. I reflect on my life journey to date and think about all the curve balls that life has thrown at me, how it’s shaped me as a person I feel blessed. Blessed with the opportunities life has given me, blessed in having the strength to take full advantage of those opportunities, blessed at being able to see places I never thought possible at one time and most importantly, blessed with the beautiful people in my life. all going through their own journey’s but somehow still finely connected to mine. I stop take another look around and then get up to walk towards the langar hall. Here the temple runs 24/7 feeding everyone who wants to

eat. I join the queue and get handed a thali, a spoon and bowl all by different people to keep the line moving. With the mass of women, children and men I proceed up the stairs to the main hall and queue. We wait for the doors to open as there is another sitting before us. Fortunately, I don’t have to wait too long before the doors open. We file through the doors and find a space in the many rows and take a seat (cross legged) ready to be served! And yes! I can sit cross legged I would have to be thankful to those many days spent going to the mosque to learn the Quran where we had to sit cross legged two hours each day for six days a week. Little did I know that training in my early childhood would come in so handy now! We sit patiently whilst the men come around, to fill our thali with roti, dhal, spinach and kheer! A wonderful basic and most delicious meal which I proceed to clean up. After finishing we pick up our plates and head back down and pass on plate and cutlery to a troop of men who are all ready to wash and then redistribute. It’s been an awesome experience, one that I am glad that I decided to take. I only wish that my loved ones, could have been with me to experience this. So, I dedicate this travel log to them to let them know that in this experience they were with me because without every single one of them I wouldn’t be who I am today.

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SHABAB GULFRAZ Shabab Gulfraz is our resident Finance expert.

I normally try to keep my articles to business related issues, but I thought I would make an exception this time, as I had a parent recently ask me whether I would go to university again, with the eye watering tuition fees, as well as the interest rates payable his daughter would pay once she had completed university. Being honest, I told the gentleman I wasn’t sure whether I would go or not go to university again considering the amount of debt I would get into. So, overall what are the costs of university and is it worth it now? In terms of tuition fees most universities charge circa £9,000 per annum; therefore, you will more than likely have debt of £27,000 from tuition fees assuming your course is 3 years. IF we look at maintenance loans and assuming this is again around £8,000 per year, the total figure being £24,000 for three years, then a typical graduate will leave university with debt of around £51,000. Now first thing to address is that the student loan is not repayable unless your salary is £25,000 a year, and the

threshold is going to rise going forward. After the first £25,000 the rate of repayment is 9% of salary with no cap. This means in the event that you are a higher rate tax payer, then the portion over the high rate is effective a deduction of 2% national insurance, 9% student loan and 40% tax; therefore, overall your pay packet is losing 51%. The issue for me is that I firmly believe student loans will impact you when you are out of university, living alone, have a mortgage and a family. I honestly can say this because as well as myself, and my friends that went to university we all hated the fact that we were paying 9% of salary into a loan, which did impact on taking out a mortgage. This is because mortgage lenders look at affordability, and if you have a debt going out, then the debt monthly repayment is deducted to look at affordability. The second issue I have is that in my view the interest rate whether you earn £25,000 or £45,000 should be the same for all. In the event that you earn £25,000, then the rate of interest is circa RPI, which is around 3.1%. In the event that

you were earning £45,000, then the rate will be RPI plus 3%. This in my view is grossly unfair, as you are repaying back much more than most mortgages as well as unsecured loans. I also believe most 18-year olds do not realise the level of debt they will have. It is just a number at the age of 18. I also feel that the government has messed up as all universities charge roughly the same cost for tuition fees; therefore, a poor performing university is charging the same as somewhere outstanding. I think this should be investigated further, and cost should be based on value for money, as £9,000 a year is a lot of money to pay anyone. Overall, I honestly feel if I had to make my decision again about university, then yes, I would go again; however, not at 18, but instead take a year or two out and either work and save, so that I have monies of my own, and I am not relying on debt. I would also only go to a university, which is highly reputable, and not at the bottom of the league. This is because I would want value for money.

Shabab is an experienced financial adviser and a business development consultant with a passion for working with businesses who are both ambitious, and responsive to changing market trends whilst specifically focusing on the needs of both new and existing clients. Although he provides holistic financial planning advice to clients he also specialises in investment planning, pension planning, and inheritance tax planning strategies. He has significant experience with all aspects of ethical, and Shariah compliant investments for thae private and corporate client. In addition to this he has sound understanding of commercial and business legal issues after completing a Post Graduate Diploma in Legal Practice, and later completing a Masters in Business Administration (MBA). The MBA led to a greater interest in change management and financial management within the workplace.


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LUKE PATEL The phrase “time is of the essence” is one which sometimes appears in contracts but what does it mean and, more importantly, what are its effects? If time is of the essence for a contractual obligation in a contract then this means that the deadline is a condition of the contract rather than merely a term and it would entitle the innocent party to terminate the contract if the deadline is missed by the offending party, even if only by a small margin. Any provision in a contract which expressly states that time is to be of the essence enables a party relying upon the clause to terminate the contract and, if appropriate, claim damages against the other party if the other party fails to perform an obligation in accordance with the date or time specified in the contract regardless of the seriousness of the breach. A time of essence provision is therefore a powerful weapon since it can give a minor delay the legal effect of a material breach of contract. The difference between a minor and material breach can usually be significant. While the victim of a minor or partial breach can recover whatever loss the minor breach has

caused him, he is still obligated to fulfil his part of a contract whereas the victim of a material breach is entitled to terminate the whole contract. Time of the essence clauses are typically found in contracts where completion of contractual obligations within a particular time is important, such as contracts for the sale of shares (as share prices may be volatile), contracts for the sale of land, delivery of goods (particularly perishable goods) or for the provision of certain services. There is no general presumption that time is of the essence and therefore there must be an express clause within a contract for it to be the case. Time of the essence can sometimes be implied into a contract by the Court but that would depend on the

circumstances of the case and the rest of the wording of the contract. Time is unlikely to be considered to be of the essence if the contract has no fixed or ascertainable date for performance or if the contract provides a sanction for any delay, for example payment of damages or interest, all of which would indicate that time was not considered to be of the essence by the parties. It is however possible for a party to make time of the essence by giving a contractual notice making time of the essence in the event that a party wishes to terminate for an unmet deadline. If you require assistance in the drafting, interpretation or enforcement of a contract or if you are involved in a contractual dispute or any other dispute then Blacks Solicitors can help.

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FOOD REVIEW:

Different, welcoming and sweet - La Crepe House

that tasted fresh with great combination of fruits.

La Crepe House 1264 Leeds Road Bradford BD3 8LF 01274 770794 Taste: 4.5/5 (savoury crepe) 5/5 (sweet) Ambience: 4/5 Service: 5/5 Value for Money: 4/5

Overall, the owners are very friendly and that's what makes your experience an excellent one. The minimalist decor is great, as is the cleanliness of the place. The only down fall, was that the crepe's were served with plastic cutlery and crockery, which took it away from the restaurant feel and made it more like a takeaway feel.

This issue, we explored the delicious world of crepes. For the first time, we invited a reader to come and do the review for us. We were joined by Pharmaceutical executive Itrat Ali who popped into Bradford's newest eaterie La Crepe House on Leeds Road. The owners Hussan and Kanwal, are originally from Paris, they moved to Bradford five years ago to join their family. While thoroughly loving Bradford's food scene, Hussan still missed his love for french crepes. So much so that he brought a chef from Paris back to Bradford to open up his own Crepe place. While in the UK, we have many places serve sweet crepes, this is perhaps the first ever place to serve savoury crepes. Itrat ordered the Peri Peri chicken crepe, with a good helping of peppers,

and deliciously melted mozzarella and boursin cheese, topped with Samurai sauce.

Next came the sweet crepe filled with nutella, chocolate brownies and bananas.

Itrat found the place clean and presentable on arrival. As she arrived just as they opened, she found the place to be slightly cold, but as the food arrived she soon warmed up. Itrat found the owners to be very knowledgeable about their food and allowed Hussan to make the recommendation.

While Itrat found both crepes to be delicious, the sweet crepe had to be her favourite, and if she could she would give it marks 10/5.

The savoury crepe was certainly something she had not tried before, but found the taste enjoyable and very filling. The size was nice and big and the food arrived in great presentation, together with paper napkins, cutlery and crockery.

The smoothies that accompanied the food was also spot on, served at the right temperature and with flavours

Itrat says she likes to enjoy her food and perhaps if there were 'proper' knives and forks, maybe she would have given her savoury crepe a 5/5 The price range is between £6 - £8 for the crepes ordered. Itrat felt, it should be more on the £4- £6 end, not taking away the taste or the service, just basing it on affordability. The place has ample space, with a nice upstairs and clean toilets. The lighting according to Itrat, could have been a little less brighter, but on the whole the place has a nice feel about it.


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New Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster The new Mercedes-AMG GT S Roadster is now available to order, with prices start at £126,730. The AMG GT S Roadster completes the flagship GT range, and perfectly combines top-down motoring with ultimate driving performance. It features AMG’s handbuilt 4.0-litre ‘hot V’ V8 biturbo petrol engine with an output of 522 hp (+ 46 hp more than the AMG GT) and maximum torque of 670 Nm. It can sprint from 0 to 62 mph in just 3.8 seconds, and has a top speed of 192 mph. It delivers up to 24.6 mpg and emits 262 g/km of CO2. Standard equipment includes an AMG performance exhaust system; Airscarf; 19-inch alloy wheels (20-inch at the rear); Nappa leather upholstery; Active Air Control system; AMG Ride Control suspension with adaptive damping; LED high performance headlights; Comand Online; and an electrically extending rear spoiler. The three-layer fabric roof is available in a choice of three colours at no extra cost: black; beige or red. An AMG

Speedshift DCT seven-speed gearbox comes as standard on all AMG GT models.

camera; illuminated door sills with ‘AMG’ lettering; Parking Assist Parktronic; and Mirror package.

The £3,195 Premium equipment line adds Keyless-Go package; Burmester surround sound system; reversing

The Driving Assistance package costs £1,695 and includes Blind Spot Assist; Lane Keeping Assist; Distance Pilot

Distronic; and Pre-Safe.. The AMG Dynamic Plus package – available for £1,795 – features dynamic engine and transmission mounts; firmer and specifically tuned suspension. AMG high performance ceramic brakes are optionally available for £5,995.

DB11 AMR - New Performance Flagship Of The DB11 Range team, led by Chief Engineer Matt Becker. Their work has delivered a greater sense of connection without harming the supple ride. Similarly, a new shift calibration for the transmission and a slightly more vocal exhaust note ensures the DB11 AMR expresses its character more explicitly when Sport mode is engaged.

Aston Martin has brought a new dimension of race-inspired dynamism and performance to the DB11 family, with the introduction of the new DB11 AMR, launched at the opening of the new Nürburgring-based AMR Performance Centre.

Martin’s range. Launched at the Geneva Motor Show in 2017, the performance derivative has already delivered the previous-generation Vantage AMR and AMR Pro, with the highly-anticipated Rapide AMR forthcoming.

Replacing the outgoing V12-engined DB11 as the new flagship of the DB11 range, the DB11 AMR boasts greater power, increased performance, enhanced driving dynamics and a more characterful exhaust note, together with a suite of exterior and interior enhancements. Together they create a DB11 that offers a more vivid driving experience, yet preserves the maturity and effortless continentcrushing GT performance for which the original V12-engined DB11 is rightly renowned.

At the heart of the DB11 AMR is Aston Martin’s twin-turbocharged 5.2-litre V12. Now developing 630bhp, this gives the DB11 AMR an additional 30bhp compared with the outgoing DB11 V12, and 127bhp more than the V8-engined DB11. Torque remains unchanged at 700Nm. A 0-62mph time of 3.7sec is an improvement of 0.2sec over the outgoing model while a top speed of 208mph makes the DB11 AMR one of the world’s swiftest GT cars and the fastest model in Aston Martin’s current series production range.

AMR – inspired by Aston Martin Racing’s successful endurance programme – pushes the envelope of performance for each model in Aston

Striking the perfect balance between excitement and refinement, the handling of DB11 AMR has been refined by Aston Martin’s skilled dynamics

Aston Martin President & Chief Executive Officer, Dr Andy Palmer, said of the DB11 AMR: “Since its initial launch back in 2016 the DB11 range has matured rapidly and intelligently, selling close to 4,200 V12 examples in

that period. With the exceptional V8 Coupe and Volante we felt the V12 could reveal more of its sporting potential, while remaining the consummate GT. By applying a suite of carefully considered performance and styling enhancements the DB11 AMR is both faster - 208mph! - and more precise. It’s a combination that engages and cossets in equal measure to create a dynamic and seductive new flagship for the DB11 range, while consolidating the existing V12powered DB11s as future collectibles”. The Aston Martin DB11 AMR is available from £174,995 in the UK, with first customer deliveries in Q2 2018.


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Effortless Everywhere: The Rolls-Royce Cullinan

When Rolls-Royce announced three years ago that it would launch Cullinan, it did so in the knowledge that its customers around the world had asked it to build “The Rolls-Royce of SUVs”, with luxury, performance and usability not seen before in the SUV market. Many of these customers were younger, very successful high-net-worth individuals who are heavily engaged in the experience economy, and wanted a Rolls-Royce that would take them to the ends of the Earth in ultimate luxury. Automotive mobility has always been a fast moving and dynamic business, with new concepts – such as SUVs – appearing with great regularity. But those new concepts need to be perfected in order to be adopted by those customers who will accept no compromise – the patrons of true luxury. Hence the Rolls-Royce Cullinan. “History set our precedent, and today Rolls-Royce answers its call to action,” comments Müller-Ötvös. “Our answer to the visionaries, adventurers, explorers and those who believe in the supremacy of liberty is the Rolls-Royce Cullinan.” What is Cullinan? The Rolls-Royce Cullinan is Rolls-Royce as it’s never seen before. When Sir Henry Royce said, “Strive for perfection in everything you do. Take the best that exists and make it better. When it does not exist, design it”, he could have had Cullinan in mind. “We knew we had to offer our clients what they couldn’t find in the SUV market,” said Müller-Ötvös. “They do not accept limitations or compromises in their lives. They are the new pioneers, and for them it’s about their sense of adventure and daring in how they live their experiences. This

approach to life demands a motor car that can go-anywhere in ultimate luxury and style – Rolls-Royce style. Hence Cullinan.” It was clear that these new, younger and more adventurous customers wanted a Rolls-Royce that would take them completely off the beaten track and reward them with life’s most enriching experiences. What they didn’t want was a vehicle as ubiquitous as an SUV with compromises such as increased cabin noise due to the “twobox” formula; shared platforms that affect performance and comfort; the choice of being good either on-road or off-road; or a lower, more featureless SUV that blends in and becomes just another car. “Cullinan is luxury in its purest form blended with perfect practicality and off-road capability,” comments MüllerÖtvös. “Effortless, Everywhere is not just the promise behind Cullinan. It’s the fact.” Making luxury Effortless, Everywhere

engendered an evolution in Rolls-Royce’s approach to creating an authentic RollsRoyce SUV. Here's everything you need to know at a glance: •The most anticipated car of 2018 and, quite possibly, the most anticipated RollsRoyce of all time. •Named after the largest diamond ever discovered which now resides in the British Crown Jewels. •An all-terrain high-bodied car that makes the idea of authentic, luxury offroad travel a reality for the first time. Luxury travel is now Effortless, Everywhere.

passengers, separated from the luggage compartment. •The most practical of Rolls-Royces. Cullinan is the most versatile, family oriented, fun-to-drive super-luxury SUV available today. •The second new Rolls-Royce to sit on the all-new aluminium ‘Architecture of Luxury’, Cullinan is the most technologically advanced, and only purpose-built, luxury SUV in the world. •Tested to destruction all over the planet, Cullinan is an incredibly capable off-roader that sees the development of the ‘Magic Carpet Ride’ for off-road enjoyment, without sacrificing any Rolls-Royce on-road behaviour.

•Contemporary and functional design ensures Cullinan gains iconic status in the face of increasingly bland SUV designs.

•Cullinan offers a suite of Bespoke features developed specifically for the many various lifestyles of its owners including the Viewing Suite and the Recreation Module.

•The first “three-box” car in the SUVsector. Cullinan’s rear partition wall creates a distinct environment for

•The 6.75 litre twin-turbo V12 RollsRoyce engine delivers 563bhp/420kW

and 850Nm/627lb ft of torque to the allnew all-wheel drive, all-wheel steer system needed to overcome any challenge. •A century-long pedigree of adventurous quests and campaigns successfully carried out across all terrains thanks to the luxury offered by a stout vehicle that was swift, stealthy and dependable. “A Rolls in the desert is above rubies” – T.E. Lawrence.


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Hundreds come together for annual Bradford City Memorial Service Hundreds gathered in Centenary Square on 11 May for the annual Bradford City fire memorial service.

People of all backgrounds, from supporters, to politicians, to families and friends of the victims gathered to pay their respect to the 56 people who lost their lives at Valley Parade on May 11, 1985. The game against Lincoln City was meant to be a celebration of the Bantams winning the Third Division, but ended in tragedy. Along with the lives lost on the day, the 265 people injured were also remembered, along with many acts of heroism, which included the selfless act and support of the Bangladeshi community who lived nearby at the time, and had opened their homes to help support those caught up in the fire. Pastor Oliver Evans, Chaplain to Bradford City who led the ceremony told the crowds: "The fire had a huge impact on the whole of the city, and anyone who has been bereaved knows grief leaves a mark. "Tragedy brought people together who will have never known each other. "One of the great things this city has is unity"


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COMPETITION WIN | WIN | WIN | WIN | WIN Penny Appeal launch gifts that keep on giving Penny Appeal are delighted to announce the launch of their new online shop, selling a Love Palestine Product Range, with 100% of profits going to support orphans, widows, the elderly and people most at need in Palestine. The range includes Dates, grown by generations of Palestinian farmers in the

fertile pastures of Jericho, famous for its natural spring water. Rich in fibre, vitamins and minerals and packed with super food energy, they are available in three colourful varieties, with a delicious sweetness that makes them perfect for both young and old. These luxurious tins are seven gifts in one. Each tin contains seven individual mini tins, each containing seven

Ajwa Dates to share with family and friends. Also available are smaller tins, that once empty, can be reused as a money boxes, perfect for collecting those pennies and sending back to us, raising even more vital funds for vulnerable communities. They really are the gift that keeps on giving as all proceeds will support Palestinian date farmers and their families alongside

Penny Appeal’s vital Palestinian projects. These include funding mobile water tankers supplying clean, fresh water to schools and hospitals, supporting orphan projects that look after children orphaned by recent conflict and rebuilding damaged infrastructure like schools, water facilities and medical centres.

Dates are available to buy via www.pennyappeal.org or call 03000 11 11 11.

To give barakah (reward) in their gifts campaign Penny Appeal are giving away two boxes of dates for 2 lucky readers. To WIN simply answer the question below: Where do Penny Appeal Dates come from? A. Jordan B. Palestine C. UK Send your answers to competition@asiansunday.co.uk or post to Asian Sunday 1st Floor, 18 East Parade, Bradford, BD1 5EE. Competition closes 30 May midnight. Winner will be picked at random. T's & C's apply for full details email info@asiansunday.co.uk. Good Luck!

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WHAT'S ON First acts announced for the Bradford Festival Bradford Council has announced a host of high quality acts and workshops for this year’s Bradford Festival. The 2018 festival will feature over 20 musical acts, 16 street theatre shows, five dance pieces and 13 workshops.

What’s on in Bradford and surrounding areas.

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The Council will stage lots of highly innovative and colourful street theatre during the festival.

Bradford LIterature Festival

Ats will include the brilliantly creative Bradford arts organisation, The Brick Box will perform The Little Bubble which has been developed specifically for City Park. People will be able to relax and rejuvenate in a very special durational 'spa’ experience. Water diviners and bubble queens will welcome festivalgoers into a watery world which celebrates Bradford’s deep connection to H2O.

Tickets are now on sale for Bradford's most talked about literature festival. With over 300 events packed into iconic venues across 10 days, the literature festival promises to celebrate the written and spoken word in all its wonderful forms. Every year the festival sees worldrenowned authors, poets, musicians and artists visit the spectacular city of Bradford and share their expertise and passions with the audience. Bradford truly is the place to be from 29th June – 8th July 2018!

Expect colourful costumes, playful water-based activities for families, magical cleansing rituals, watery cocktails and the chance to learn and perform a special watery dance. Traditional folk band, Anjaana, were formed in the late 1970s in Bradford and promote understanding, appreciation, and development of Panjabi culture and language. Anjaana will play traditional Bhangra, rustic village music, rhythmic dance songs, folk tales and ballads using authentic Panjabi folk instruments. Traditional folk band, Anjaana, were formed in the late 1970s in Bradford and promote understanding, appreciation, and development of Panjabi culture and language. Anjaana will play traditional Bhangra, rustic village music, rhythmic dance songs, folk tales and ballads using authentic Panjabi folk instruments.

The event promises to have something for everyone, from superhero days for the little ones to Adabee and Shaira forums, to political debates. With popular authors like AA Dhand to celebrating 80 years of Beano. Do check out the full programme on the official Bradford Literatue Festival here: https:// www.bradfordlitfest.co.uk/ events/

Superstar Punjabi singer Diljit Dosanjh in Leeds

Punjabi hearthrob is set to set Yorkshire on fire, as he returns for his BIGGEST UK tour yet .C.O.N.F.I.D.E.N.T.I.A.L tour.

important Udta Punjab (2016), Diljit will be starring in Soorma, an upcoming biopic made on legendary Hockey player Sandeep Singh Singh’s life journey

With countless hit songs and iconic roles in Punjabi cinema, Diljit Dosanjh is without a doubt the most celebrated Punjabi artist of the era.

With the first Punjabi song to be featured on the music player Vevo, Proper Patola in 2013, to 2016’s smashhit ‘Do You Know’? Which has almost 80 million views on YouTube, Dosanjh has been wowing the audience with his vocals for over a decade.

From Punjabi films like Jatt and Juliet, Sardar Ji and Super Singh paving the way for his Bollywood debut in the controversial and

He will be at Leeds Arena on 28th May

Dragon Boat Festival at Roberts Park

The date for next year's Bradford Dragon Boat Festival has been set for Friday 22nd June, Saturday 23rd June and Sunday 24th June 2018.

Friday will be a dedicated day for schools whilst the weekend will see teams from across the region converge once again on Roberts Park to “Race the Dragon” on the River Aire raising money for charity and helping to make a difference to so many lives. The Bradford Dragonboat Festival is proud to support the Bradford Lord Mayor's Appeal as the main event and teams racing on Friday and Saturday must raise money for this charity. In the spirit of Bradford's generous and loving nature, the Bradford Dragonboat Festival is also opening up its doors on the Sunday to supporting other charities through its multi charity event. The only requirement is that any chosen charity, (other than the Lord Mayor's Appeal), nominated by a business/organisation as the beneficiary of their team's sponsorship must be registered with the Charities Commission. The event promises to be a fun filled family festival with dragon boat racing on the river and landside attractions for all to enjoy including children’s entertainment, charity stalls, catering stands, landside games, bar, live acts and much, much more. ? So get together with your colleagues, friends and family for a fantastic day out and let’s Race the Dragon! www.bradforddragonboatfestival.co.uk/

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After a year long consultation ECB put together an action plan to engage South Asian communities in cricket

Youngsters enjoying a game of cricket at Park Avenue, Bradford The English Cricket Board (ECB) have put together an action plan to help engage South Asian communities in cricket It comes after a year-long consultation which found that the South Asian community contribute plenty on a local level, but many never make it to the very top. It is believed that only 4 per cent of first class county cricketers are of South Asian heritage. Using all of this data and insight, ECB worked with Sport England to identify ten ‘Core Cities’ where the majority (61%) of the South Asian population live: Birmingham, Bradford, Kirklees, Leeds, Leicester, London, Luton, Manchester, Sandwell and Slough. These ten areas will be the focus of the first two years of the project. Following this initial period, the plan will expand to engage with a further 300 districts that make up the remaining 39% of the audience. Former Yorkshire & England Cricketer Ajmal Shazad welcomed the initiative. He told Asian Sunday “In the past underprivileged kids may have missed out, so this is going to be a really good opportunity to develop and get involved in cricket.

Nasa Hussain who manages Park Avenue, said part of the reason why those at grassroots don’t make it to the top is a lack of facilities. “With ECB really ECB launched the initiative in getting behind engaging with South Bradford at Park Avenue recently, Asian communities and the facilities where schools were given the opportunity to test their cricket skills. we’re developing at Park Avenue, now there is a real chance to see some great The initiative is also being backed by Yorkshire County Cricket, to help get more young people into the sport.

cricketing stars to develop” He added. ECB hopes that now, that the new action plan will support the journey of the South Asian cricketer, from the recreational game to the professional game and beyond.


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Kohli signs one month deal to play for Surrey India cricket captain Virat Kohli has signed a one month deal to represent Surrey in June, the English county championship side. Kohli’s participation in county cricket means he will be unavailable for India as they take on Afghanistan in a test match in June in Bengaluru. “It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can’t wait to get to the Kia Oval,” Kohli said. Kohli’s participation in county cricket means he will be unavailable for India as they take on Afghanistan in a test match in June in Bengaluru. “It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can’t wait to get to the Kia Oval,” Kohli said. Kohli’s participation in county cricket means he will be unavailable for India as they take on Afghanistan in a test match in June in Bengaluru. “It has long been an ambition of mine to play county cricket and I am thankful to Alec Stewart and Surrey for allowing me the opportunity to join them during their 2018 season. I can’t wait to get to the Kia Oval,” Kohli said.

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Lewis Hamilton 'elusive' To New Mercedes Deal

Lewis Hamilton has less than a year to go, before his contract with Mercedes and Formula one are due to end.

is now expected. "All the bosses have been here and l don't think there is anyone in the hierarchy who has any concerns," said Hamilton.

According to sources Hamilton says he is close to signing a new Mercedes contract after winning the recent Spanish Grand Prix watched by several members of the allconquering German constructor's board. In the aftermath of his dominant triumph ahead of teammate Valtteri Bottas the defending four-time world champion indicated he will soon be inking a long-awaited new deal with the champions. An announcement before or during the Monaco Grand Prix later this month

"We do talk about it and we are not far away from finishing things. It will happen - hopefully in the near future." The 33-year-old Englishman was so thrilled by both his own personal return to form and the team's work on improving his car's performance at the Circuit de Catalunya that he suggested, after the race, that he may sign a long-term deal. It has been rumoured however, that

Hamilton was reluctant to sign a new contract because he feared losing enjoyment of the racing and had reservations about the sport's future direction under new American owners Liberty Media.

But after securing his 64th career win in majestic fashion in a crushing Mercedes one-two that hoisted both driver and team clear at the top of their respective championships, he said: "If I keep this feeling then I'm going to be racing for a long time!" But his recent win may be seen as a major turning point for all concerned.


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Incredible season for Salah It's been a phenomenal season for Liverpool's Egyptian International Mo Salah.

His goal against Brighton at the recent match on Sunday took Salah's Premier League tally to 32. It also gave Liverpool it's first 4-0 victory which secured Champions League football for next season, As well as breaking Alan Shearer's record for a 38-game season, it also cemented Premier League golden boot, for Salah, finishing two goals clear of Tottenham's Harry Kane. Salah's mantel piece must surely be packed, with the 25-year-old sweeping the Premier League Player of the Season, the Football Writers' Association's Footballer of the Year, the Professional Football Association's Players' Player of the Year, the Arab Player of the Year and the African Footballer of the Year awards in 2017/18. With 44 goals and 14 assists in 52 games for club and country, Salah has placed himself among the world's elite forwards. But despite his Salah's goals and accolades, Liverpool still finished 25 points behind Premier League winners Manchester City, crashed out of the FA Cup fourth round to relegated West Brom and lost to Leicester City in the League Cup third round.

IPL IS BACK!

FIXTURES FOR 2018 The IPL is hotting up with teams looking to take their places in the top four. Indian Premier League is back for 2018, with more drama, glamour and exhilarating play. English stars such as Ben Stokes, Jos Buttler and Jason Roy join some of the world's finest players for the two-month festival of T20 cricket across India.

Last year Mumbai Indians ruled with a dramatic one-run win over Rising Pune Supergiant and no odubt will be looking to defend their crown this season. Here is the complete schedule and points table for the latest edition of the IPL.

The team's fate for collective success now rests on the Champions League final, where they will face reigning 12-time Champions Real Madrid on May 26 in Kiev. Success could be near, if we go by the attacking record of Mane, Salah and Firmino's

"Salah has cemented the Premier League golden boot,finishing two goals clear of Tottneham's Harry Kane" Sadio Mane's goal in the semifinal second leg against Roma took his, Salah's and Roberto Firmino's tally to 29 goals, surpassing the previous record of 28 set by Cristiano Ronaldo, Gareth Bale and Karim Benzema in 2013/14. With many accolades, the only one that perhaps means most is the Champions League, trophy. We're sure Salah would swap all his individual accolades for a shot at getting the Champions for Liverpool.

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