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Editor’s Note Hello readers and welcome back to another edition of Asian World Newspaper. Hope everyone is enjoying the heatwave this summer and we hope you all had a fantastic Eid. At Small Heath Park thousands of Muslims gathered to celebrate the occasion, for more information please see page 6. As the Eid celebrations went on, a tragic death occurred on Stratford Road, a 38 year-old woman, Noreen Akhtar was sadly hit by a car, our thoughts and prayers are with Noreen and her family, to read more information on Noreen’s death then please see page 8. Also for any foodies out there, we have provided a list of the Top Halal Restaurants in Birmingham on page 12. If you are a sport’s person then you must be aware of the Asian Games which will be taking place in August, just check out our sports pages from 52-55 for

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Jay Morjaria is offered £500,000 on BBC’s ‘Million Pound Menu’ Show Chef Jay Morjaria, beat hundreds of other hopefuls to bring his ‘plant-forward’ East Asian concept, ‘Dynasty’ to BBC’s latest food show ‘Million Pound Menu’ and then went on to receive an investment offer of £500,000 from Lydia Forte of the 5 Star Rocco Forte Hotel Group, with hotels in London, Edinburgh and across Europe. Million Pound Menu which some have called a combination of Master Chef Professionals and Dragon’s Den showcases 12 different food concepts from across the UK by giving each a three-day trial run of a 40-seater popup restaurant in the heart of Manchester. The aim is - to try to win over the paying public and the all-important investors. Chef Jay, the first Asian contestant on the show, had to run ‘Dynasty’ as a full-service restaurant, manage a team he had never worked with before, be prepared to have his food scrutinised and face a nail-biting interview with potential investors to prove his financial plan and figures stacked up. Chef Jay said “Growing up surrounded by cooking and my parents’ Indian vegetarian restaurants, food has always played a big part in my life, but now I get to take it one step further and make my dream a reality…I have been overwhelmed by the posi-

tive comments and support I have had since my appearance on the show and look forward to sharing my food with you all.” Seven years ago, Chef Jay gave up his job as a retail buyer to pursue his passion, opening Sutra Kitchen, a vegetarian cookery school in London. He then decided to explore East Asian cuisine, working in restaurants in Korea, even making his own homemade kimchi, before opening Dynasty as an occasional, sell-out supper-club, serving vegetable focused friendly dishes with a few meat sides. Chef Jay’s food was extremely

well received on the show with diners loving the unique combinations and flavours and even Million Pound Menu show host Fred Sirieix declaring “This is amazing, every little mouthful” on tasting Jay’s food. Jay’s appeal is easy to see, his passion and drive to bring Dynasty to life resonates with so many aspiring individuals and the outcome is inspirational. To find out more about what Chef Jay is up to and where you can try his delicious food follow him on Instagram/ twitter @chefjaymorjaria

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Acorns Children’s Hospice have announced the appointment of East End Foods Plc Director and Company Secretary, Dr Jason Wouhra OBE as a Patron for the charity. Dr Wouhra will take up the official role at Acorns, which this year marks its 30th-anniversary providing vital care for life limited, and life threatened children and support for their families across the West Midlands. Commenting on the appointment, Toby Porter, Chief Executive of Acorns, said: “We are absolutely thrilled that Jason has agreed to become an Acorns Patron in this, our 30th anniversary year. “Jason is recognised and respected across our region not just for his business skills, but also as an extremely important advocate for many of the things that we value most deeply at Acorns – the highest standards in health care, compassion, inclusion, and strategic partnerships between business, statutory providers such as the NHS, and charities. “The engagement and support of Jason and his wife Daali will be a huge help in raising awareness across Birmingham and the West Midlands for the care provided by Acorns to the children and families that is our privilege to serve”. Established in 1988, Acorns first hospice, based in Selly Oak, Birmingham, was officially opened by HRH the Princess of Wales. In the past year, the charity has cared for over 870 children

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front page story cont’d... Weeks later when the newlywed was shopping in Jalandhar with his wife, he had a sack thrown over his head and was forcibly taken away into a van by plain-clothed officers on 4th November 2017. Indian police accused him of being linked to the murder of Ravinder Gosain, a member of the RSS (rashtriya swayamasevak sangh) Indian right wing party, who was shot dead in October 2017. He has also been accused of “influencing the youth through social media.” Despite being detained for over 200 days, there have been no formal charges brought against Jagtar, and he denies the allegations. His family maintain that he was a peaceful activist and not a militant; he contributed articles online highlighting the human rights violations committed against Sikhs at the hands of the Indian state. His brother, Gurpreet, said: “It is not a crime to read and comment on human rights abuses. Many people comment and write about abuses which take place around the world, as a solicitor in the UK, I make submissions against human rights issues around the world, does this

make me a criminal. It was alleged the crimes were all resolved on November 2017 however to date he has not been formally charged. He has been subject to torture, denied an independent medical examination and his right to a fair trial has been jeopardised by the Indian Authorities.” A handwritten letter from Jagtar was released by his family earlier this year detailing the torture that he has experienced at the hands of the Indian police. Jagtar wrote: “The torture took place intermittently,

numerous times each day. Electric shocks were administered by placing crocodile clips on my ear lobes, nipples and private parts.” He continues, “My legs were pulled apart 4-5 times each time I was questioned, and this took place numerous times each day. After my legs were pulled apart, my legs would be pumped to give me temporary relief in order to ask me questions, which was followed by my legs being pulled again. The electric shocks would also be given at this time.”

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Jagtar also alleged in the letter that he was forced to record false statements scripted by the police, as well being forced to sign blank papers and documents that he was not allowed to read. The Indian government also refused to allow British consular staff from meeting Jagtar in private. The family of Jagtar and campaigners have said the treatment of torture that Jagtar has suffered “invalidates” the allegations against him by the Indian authority. The British government has also been unable to make any serious breakthroughs with the Indian government. In April this year when Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi arrived in the UK, Downing Street confirmed that Prime Minister Theresa May raised the issue of Jagtar’s detention when the two leaders met. More recently, Foreign Secretary Boris Johnson finally agreed to meet with Jagtar’s MP, Martin Docherty-Hughes, to discuss the allegations of torture and mistreatment that Jagtar has undergone. A spokesperson from the Sikh Federation UK commented, “We believe these public revelations demand that the UK government take the extreme

action they promised MPs, or it will show they are too weak to protect an innocent British national from torture and death threats.” The case of Jagtar Singh Johal has also reached the attention of human rights officials at the United Nations, UN experts stated in January: “While we don’t want to prejudge the accuracy of these allegations, grave concern is expressed at the alleged torture and ill-treatment of Jagtar Singh

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Johal in police custody.” Rupert Skilbeck, director of human rights organisation Redress, stated recently “It is imperative that India immediately launches a full investigation and address the concerns raised by UN special rapporteurs. As the details of Jagtar’s treatment in prison emerge, it must be made clear that any evidence obtained through torture cannot be used in a court process against him.”

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Thousands attend Eid prayers Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar at Small Heath Park Receives MBE Award

Thousands of Muslims attended a huge Eid celebration in Small Heath Park, Birmingham. Eid prayers are normally said in mosques, however in recent years, with Eid falling in the summer, organisers have held morning prayers in public parks. This year, a record-breaking 140,000 Muslims gathered in Small Heath Park, to mark the end of Ramadan. The Eid prayers had witnessed more than 10-fold increase in attendee

numbers, since 2011, which had 12,000 people attending Eid prayers. Thousands of worshippers of all ages came together for morning prayers, before enjoying festivities including miniature golf, laser clay pigeon shooting and fairground rides. Food and drink from local stalls were available, and organisers from Green Lane Masjid and Community Centre heralded the events continu-

ing success and growing popularity. A spokesman for the organisation said: “This celebration is one of the most important in the Islamic religious calendar and it’s an opportunity for us all to come together in peace and unity. “We’re all overwhelmed that so many people from different faiths and from across the world have travelled to Birmingham for this year’s Eid Celebrations.

“We’ve been working for months with five local mosques and our charity partner Human Appeal to organise the community for a memorable day of prayer, games and fun.” Ramadan is also a time for charitable giving, and the mosque and community centre raised more than one million during the celebration, and more than 200 volunteers helped to clear up the park.

West Midlands Politician Neena Gill West Midlands Politician Neena Gill MEP joins international entrepreneurs, investors, CEOs, political figures including former Presidents and Prime Ministers, academicians, media giants, sports and film personalities in London for the second edition of Power Brands Global and London International Forum for Equality (LIFE) Summit. Neena Gill MEP is currently serving her third term as a Labour member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands, having spent over 18 years working in social housing in a variety of inner-city areas across the UK to tackle issues of social deprivation and homelessness. She hit the headlines by setting up the country’s first Asian only sheltered accommodation. Discussing her career’s story at the event, she said: “Thank you for this honour. I’ve been a campaigner for equality since a young age, ever since I felt that the Indian and Asian communities were discriminated against, particularly in housing. That’s why we set up Asian housing providing Black and Asian people with equal access to housing. Sometimes all it takes to make a difference is a good idea.” Hosted by sports journalist, author and broadcaster Ian Stafford, and model-actress Ellie Torrez, with India’s leading 24-hour Englishlanguage news channel TIMES NOW supporting the event as Media Partner, the evening saw some of the most recognisable brands in the world receive an award including Lamborghini, Pirelli and Best Western. The evening also saw the unveiling of the Global Wage Equality Vision Document based upon a forthcoming book by Dr. Malay Chaudhuri and Prof. Arindam Chaudhuri, launched to fight for a just world which has a 3:1 ratio of wages between the highest paid worker to the lowest paid. Power Brands Global also provided

much attention from 10 global leaders inducted into the Power Brands Hall of Fame. Experts in their respective fields, each awardee was commended for building a brand that has promoted faith, hope and commitment to spreading equality, and were honoured with their induction into the Power Brands - Hall of Fame. This year’s inductees featured figures from the Charity/ Not for Profit sector, Sports, Politics and Business, including: • Helen McEachern, CEO Cherie Blair foundation – their work focuses on strengthening the capability, confidence and access to capital of women entrepreneurs in countries where they lack equal opportunities • Dominique Airey, CEO, Khulisa - a crime prevention and offender rehabilitation charity based in North London with roots in South Africa • H.E. Mohamed Waheed Hassan, 5th President of the Maldives - recognised as one of the most influential voices on foreign relations, democracy, and human rights in the

Maldives. With dedicating his life to increasing humanity both at home and abroad, his Excellency has worked in a number of UN agencies. He played a key role in reconstructing Afghanistan and has helped to enroll over 5 million children in schools, vaccinate 6 million and provide health services, water, and vaccination. • Baroness Tanni Grey-Thompson – one of UK’s most successful Paralympian • Mr. Zlatko Mateša, PhD - the 6th Prime Minister of the Republic of Croatia & current President of the Croatian Chamber of Commerce Croatian Olympic Committee • Claude Ajit Moraes MEP - UK (London) - Labour Member of the European Parliament for London and Chair of the European Parliament’s Civil Liberties, Justice and Home Affairs Committee (LIBE) • Virendra Kumar Sharma MP - UK (Southall) - vocal humanitarian activist and is a member of the Council of Europe Committee on Legal Affairs and Human Rights.

Chairs the Indo-British All-Party Parliament Group leads APPG for Gurkha Welfare and Co-chairs APPG on Nepal, Tuberculosis and Hepatitis Group • John Atwal OBE - His brainchild Premier Decorations started almost 30 years ago from nothing and now employs 250 people at its peak in the year • Mike Tobin OBE - serial technology entrepreneur and philanthropist. As the former ‘maverick’ CEO of Telecity Group, the FTSE 250 data centre operator he took from £6million to £3billion, Michael is known across the globe as the leader who created the data centre industry in Europe. • Bright Simons - Ghanaian social innovator, entrepreneur, writer, recognised by the World Economic Forum as a young Global Leader. President of the mPedigree Network, a system that empowers consumers to instantly verify with a free text message whether their medicines are safe and not counterfeit.

A University of Wolverhampton academic has been awarded an MBE in the Birthday and New Year Honours List 2018. Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Director of the recently launched Centre for Sikh and Punjabi Studies at the University and Senior Lecturer in Religious Studies in the Faculty of Arts, will receive the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) later this year at a ceremony being held at Buckingham Palace. The New Year Honours list recognises the achievements of a wide range of extraordinary people across the United Kingdom. An MBE is an award given by the Queen to an individual for outstanding service to the community or local ‘hands on’ service. Dr Takhar, from Derby, undertakes a variety of research, specialising in subject matter that relates to the Sikh community as well as topics including caste and gender balance. She is well-known in the region for her research work – especially in the Sikh community in and around the West Midlands. A Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, Dr Takhar is also an Editorial Board member for The Journal of Understanding Sikhism in Canada, on the editorial board of the Journal, Sikh Formations, she sits on the Steering Committee of Special Interest Group on Teaching Religions of South Asia and is a Board Member of the Inter faith Wolverhampton Network. Dr Takhar has presented her research in Universities across the world, she has produced textbooks and a Teacher’s guide for the OCR GCSE syllabus on Philosophy and Ethics, used in secondary schools across Britain and she has written numerous educational resources for RE Today Publications, a national resource for teaching Religious Education across schools and colleges in the UK. Her 2005 book on Sikh Identity is used as a key text in Universities across the world. She is a regular participant on discussion programmes and panels on Sikh media channels. She has regularly contributed to the British Sikh Report, as well as the UK Sikh Survey, and is also one of the authors of the Sikh Manifesto, produced by the Sikh Network (UK) in preparation for the 2015 British Parliament elections. Dr Takhar said: “I am absolutely thrilled and humbled to have been nominated for such a prestigious award. I am committed to bringing faith communities together whilst at the same time raising the profile of the Sikh community. “Working at the University of Opportunity, it is essential that we all make a valid contribution to promoting equality and diversity and I hope that my research is enriching the lives of our students as well as our communities.” Professor Geoff Layer, Vice-Chancellor at the University of Wolverhampton, said: “On behalf of everyone at the University of Wolverhampton, I would like to congratulate Opinderjit on this prestigious and very well deserved honour. “Engaging tirelessly with local, regional, national and international community groups and governing bodies, Dr Takhar is consistently raising awareness of issues that affect the Sikh community in the UK and abroad. “The West Midlands has a large and well-established Sikh community as well as people from all faiths and none. Dr Takhar’s research, combined with her personal high-profile, is consistently having an impact on people’s lives by bringing communities together as well as helping to raise the profile of the University.” The University of Wolverhampton launched its new Centre for Sikh and Punjabi Studies earlier this year the first of its kind in the UK. The Centre will offer PhDs and Master’s level courses in Sikh studies, as well as continuing professional development (CPD) courses for teachers and managers of diverse workforces such as national and local government, the NHS and the emergency services.


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Meet the Brummie boxer who runs his own sweet shop The world of professional boxing has produced its fair share of sugary superstars, including Sugar Ray Robinson, Sugar Shane Mosley and Sugar Ray Leonard. Now, meet Mussab Abubaker, the Birmingham Boxer, who runs his own sweet shop. The 25-year-old boxer makes the confectionary, puddings and ice-cream sundaes himself. Working at Bubble Rolls, which is located in Birmingham’s Ladypool Road, the shop has become a successful business for the young boxer. However working in a sweet shop can be tempting, especially for an athlete who has to stick to a strict diet. “That’s the worst part,” confesses the unbeaten lightmiddleweight. “Customers will look at the ice creams and ask which one I prefer. I have to tell them, ‘To be honest, I haven’t tried any of them’. “I’m very disciplined. “In fact, sometimes, when you’re surrounded by sweets all day, it actually makes you want to eat them even less,” Mussab from Small Heath, opened the sweet shop, with his two brothers in 2017 and it has

proved to be successful. The business has helped the boxer to become a sweet sensation at the box office, too. Customers snap up tickets for the confectioner’s contests. There is now a veritable Abubaker Army. “It’s about fitting the shop around training,” says the pastry-making puncher. “I’ve a big following. A lot of people in my community are less active in the sense of sport. “I’m trying to change that.”

However, Mussab wants his fans to still eat the sticky delicacies he conjured up at Bubble Rolls, and he even tries to persuade them to run off the calories afterwards. Mussab recently peeled off his second win at a major Genting Arena show. “I didn’t really have any amateur experience,” says Mussab. “I had a couple of white collar fights and decided to dive in the deep end.

Slaves of fashion: New works by the Singh Twins A new exhibition Slaves of Fashion: New Works by The Singh Twins, highlights current debates around ethical trade and consumerism through an exploration of the history of trade in Indian textiles as a global story of Empire, conflict, enslavement and luxury lifestyle that has modern day parallels. This latest body of 20 works, which was featured recently on the BBC’s Civilisations stories: The Empire, represents a fascinating new direction in the artists’ creative practice - combining the traditional hand-painted techniques for which they are known with digitally created imagery. Eleven of these, featuring life-sized portraits of historical figures on backgrounds packed with symbolic detail, are digital fabric artworks displayed on lightboxes. Each one highlights a different theme relating to the global story of trade in Indian textiles. Collectively they reveal not only the beauty, renown and craftsmanship of Indian fabrics but also the interconnected political, social and cultural significance of their histories. One of these exceptional portraits, Cotton: Threads of

Change depicts key social, political, economic, technological and cultural changes linked to the story of cotton. It focuses on Lancashire as the centre of global cotton textile manufacturing and trade in an age of Empire and the Industrial Revolution driven by British interests during the 18th and 19th centuries to take over the lucrative consumer markets for Indian textiles. Central to the composition is a portrait of the British-born Indian Princess and leading Suffragette, Sophia Duleep Singh whose personal life connects to the complex narrative of cotton, as part of the wider story of trade in textiles and Empire built on conquest and enslavement. A further nine artworks in the Slaves of Fashion series are works on paper, which explore how historical narratives represented in the lightbox artworks connect to current debates around ethical trade and legacies of Empire. These include satirical portraits of politicians Theresa May, Angela Merkel and Donald Trump which draw on the tradition of satirical cartoons. The King is Dead: Long Live the King (featuring Donald Trump, enthroned

on a catwalk) explores how colonial attitudes and labour exploitation associated with the historical trade in cotton, lives on in today’s fashion industry. An audio-visual poem by The Singh Twins offers a further, artistic response to the interconnected Slaves of Fashion themes. Also, on display, is material relating to the artists’ creative process. Namely, original drawings and painted works, time-lapse videos and historical prints from The Singh Twins’ personal archive. In addition, are highlights from over 30 objects from the collections of National Museums Liverpool and Wolverhampton Art Gallery that have informed the Slaves of Fashion series -

“I’ve got the right people around me and will go as far as I can. “To be honest, ever since I’ve started boxing I’ve had no issues about keeping in shape. I’m ready and raring to go. “I have some of my customers coming to support me, and I don’t intend to let them down.” And if his boxing career fails, then Mussab still has his confectionary business to fall back on.

including jewellery, historic costume, ceramics and books. Academic insights into some of these objects are provided by the University of Liverpool’s Professor Kate Marsh, specialist in European colonial histories. A unique feature of the exhibition is an augmented reality app, enabling visitors to interact with one of the lightbox artworks in detail through their mobile device. The app, titled SINGH TWINS: Art in Motion is available for free download on IOS and Android app stores as well as via The Singh Twins’ website. https://www.singhtwins.co.uk/ app-.html Marguerite Nugent, Wolverhampton Art Gallery Manager for Arts and Culture, said, ‘The Singh Twins have a well-deserved international reputation and we are delighted to have the opportunity to show their latest work in the City of Wolverhampton. “It has been an exciting collaboration with The Singh Twins, National Museums Liverpool and Creative Black Country to work together and make this exhibition possible for locals, residents and other visitors to see.” The Singh Twins said: “A key aim of Slaves of Fashion is to reveal how historical trade practices, linked to colonialism, conflict and enslavement which

Woman dies after being struck by a car

Noreen Akhtar, 38 who was knocked down by a car on a busy Birmingham road has died of her injuries. The 38-year-old woman was struck by a vehicle outside the Cravings Cafe on Stratford Road, Sparkhill. She was taken to a local hospital, where she was treated for serious injuries. During the time of the incident, police said that the driver did not stop his car. However, police say that he or she may not have realised that they hit someone. Police are appealing for witnesses and also anyone with a dash cam or CCTV footage. Detective Sergeant Paul Hughes, from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit, said: “I am appealing directly for the driver of the car which hit the woman outside the Cravings Cafe to come forward and speak to us. “It may be that the driver didn’t even know they had hit someone. “Specialist officers from our dedicated Family Liaison Team are supporting the family. The road was closed for a while, as the police examined the scene. A number of bystanders including a doctor ran to the woman’s aid and provided her with towels and blankets until the paramedics arrived. One woman called Saba said that she and her husband had just left the cafe and were sitting in their car when they heard a ‘loud bang.’ “Me and my husband ran out of our car, and I went straight over are looked back on as unethical today, actually still continue. “In relation to current debates around fair trade and sustainable consumerism the artworks highlight how we as consumers are all part of the problem but also the

to see the lady lying in an unconscious state having sustained a head injury,” she said. “She was bleeding quite a bit and unresponsive when I tried to talk to her. I got some towels and applied some pressure to her wound. “There was a doctor and myself and a few other people who were attending to her. There were a lot of bystanders though.” Her funeral was held at Banbury Mosque. Her brother Akhmad Afsar told the local newspaper: “We are devastated because it was such a shock, it was not something that was expected in the family.” “She was a very nice, helpful person. She helped everyone in the community but it was her time to go, Allah’s taken her just to check the patience we have in the family.” “But she’s left a big hole in our lives. She was quite good in the community as in, whoever needed help turned to her.” “There’s no words I can use to describe her - she covered all angles, she ticked all boxes for us as in the whole family, she was one of the first ports of call.” “Whenever anyone needed help, any trouble, any sort of problem, they used to turn to her she was very strong - I would say she was the backbone of the family.” “To me personally she was like a mother, she brought me up like a mother, more than a sister she was a mother to me - God always take the nice people away from us just to test us.” Her cousin Talip Hussain said: “This is probably something we’re going to suffer for the rest of our lives.”

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Charity to support women in disability sports Path to Success, the leading disability charity founded by Anita Choudhrie, has announced the sponsorship of twelve female para-athletes who are seeking to realise their dream of winning Paralympic Gold for Great Britain. The Path to Tokyo campaign will provide financial support for aspiring athletes in four major disability sports: Para Powerlifting, Para-Badminton, Wheelchair Basketball and Wheelchair Tennis. Path to Success has pledged over £100K to the campaign over the next three years, which will cover the cost of coaching, training, travel, equipment and specialised sports wheelchairs for the sponsored athletes. Inspired by her Grandfather’s philanthropy and her own passion and experience for charity, founder Anita Choudhrie established Path to Success in London in 2005 with a focus on causes that support disability. The recipients of Path to Tokyo sponsorship’s are: Para Powerlifters Louise Sugden and Olivia Broome, Para Badminton’s Mary Wilson, Rachel Choong, and Rebecca Bedford, Wheelchair Bas-

ketball player Sophie Patterson, Wheelchair Tennis stars Louise Hunt, Lucy Shuker, Lauren Jones and Jordanne Whiley and Wheelchair Tennis Juniors Abbie Breakwell and Ruby Bishop. Path to Success has also announced that Channel 4 presenter and reporter Jordan Jarrett-Bryan has joined the charity as a patron. Jordan played Wheelchair Basketball for 15 years, captaining the Great Britain Junior team in the European and World Championships in 2006. He was a prominent part of Channel 4’s award-winning coverage of the London 2012 Paralympics and won Best Male Personality at the 2017 Black British Entertainment Awards. In addition to his role with Channel 4, he campaigns passionately to support young people with disabilities. On joining the Path to Tokyo campaign, he said: “Path to success is an important charity that provides support and funds for female athletes who are struggling to get an equal chance of fulfilling their potential. I’m glad to be involved and hope to be a part of ensuring that more female athletes get the support they deserve.”

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Despite the success of the London 2012 Paralympics in raising the profile of disability sport in the UK, many para-athletes remain seriously underfunded, meaning they are forced to give up on their dreams if they cannot generate their own funding. People with disabilities are also more than twice as likely to be physically inactive than able-bodied people, meaning it is crucial that youngsters have role models in the world of disability sport. Anita Choudhrie, founder of Path to Success, said: “At a time when talented British women in disability sport severely lack both representation and funding, I am honoured to support their journey to the podium. The Path to Success mission continues to aim to secure the legacy of disability sport in the UK and to inspire and empower a new generation of British female Paralympic stars. With the Path to Tokyo 2020 campaign, I am delighted to move forward in this intention, and create a positive impact on the athlete’s lives.”

Birmingham Museums Trust, one of the UK’s largest independent museums trusts, has announced the appointment of a new trustee to its board, following the release of its ambitious Ten-Year Strategy. Announced by Chair Ian Grosvenor, the new trustee will work with the other members of the board and the senior management team, to help drive the organisation forwards with expertise in marketing, communications, business development and the arts. The new trustee is known as Mohammed Ali MBE, artist and Artistic Director of Soul City Arts. The news comes at a time when Birmingham Museums is planning for the major redevelopment of Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery (BMAG), which will see Birmingham’s great collection reimagined for its young, diverse audiences. Alongside the redevelopment plans for BMAG, the first stage of the plans includes creating a new store and cultural hub in the east of the city. The proposed facility would house the city’s world-class museum collection and will become the headquarters for Birmingham Museums’ back office, curatorial, conservation and technical teams. Birmingham Museums Trust manages the city’s collection and venues on behalf of Birmingham City Council. Attracting over one million visits a year, the Trust’s venues also include Aston Hall, Blakesley Hall, Museum Collection Centre, Museum of the Jewellery Quarter, Sarehole Mill, Soho House, Thinktank, Birmingham

Science Museum and Weoley Castle. Mohammed Ali MBE Mohammed Ali is an award-winning artist, curator and producer. He has been commissioned to work internationally with leading galleries, festivals, arts centres and theatres to produce large scale murals in open spaces in the communities where people work, live and play. As an artist Mohammed is passionate about sharing and presenting untold stories. He works collaboratively with communities to create unique and immersive arts experiences that inspire and engage people to experience and connect with art. Mohammed is the founder of Soul City Arts, a leading independent arts organisation based in Birmingham that has worked with artists, academics and activists from around the world to commission and present innovative exhibitions, performances and digital installations. He has worked extensively in places like Kuala Lumpur,

Melbourne, New York and South Africa. Most recently Mohammed has embarked on an ambitious project to tell the story of the Bangladeshi pioneers of Britain’s historic curry house trade. The Knights of the Raj is a unique insight into the lives of people like his father who helped pioneer the curry house trade that has transformed Britain’s culinary tastes. The exhibition debuted at Birmingham Museum & Art Gallery in 2017 to critical acclaim. A follow up arts installation premiers at the Museum of Food and Drink in New York in 2018. Mohammed said of his appointment, “Birmingham is at a crucial point, with so much change and development. Birmingham Museums can be at the heart of all of this change, using its wonderful spaces to truly connect and engage new audiences. I’m at a point in my journey that I feel excited about developing a real strategic change, to embrace a new Birmingham.”


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Shabana Hussain shortlisted at Freelancer of the Year Awards

Shabana Hussain has been shortlisted for the Freelancer of the Year Awards 2018. Shabana founded her Business in 2015 and in just two and a half years, she has booked over 70 jobs that range from TFL voiceovers to roles in feature films. The freelancer awards are now in their fifth year and have been designed to celebrate not only the country’s best and brightest freelancers but also the individuals and organisations that are supporting the world of freelancing. The nominees are judged based on a range of criteria, including their passion and commitment to freelancing, the strength of their portfolio, business acumen and creativity and the distinctiveness of their offering. Shabana has had many roles in BBC’s Doctors and Murdered for Love, where she carved out her niche as a leading British-Pakistani actress. Coaching and mentoring fellow actors is a passion of Shabana‘s. After witnessing Shabana‘s success, many actors are now seeking out her advice and assistance, and she is also helping them use social media to get noticed in the industry. Shabana said, “I’m absolutely thrilled to be a finalist in the 2018 ipse Freelancer of the Year Awards. “As a full-time actress my focus on the business side of “show business” is certainly paying off.”

Statue designed for tribute to ‘Lions of the Great War’

A bronze statue honouring the ‘unmeasurable’ contribution of Sikh soldiers, during the First World War, has been commissioned to mark the centenary of the end of the conflict.

The statue is 10ft high and will be located in Smethwick, West Midlands. The monument shows a Sikh serviceman carrying a rifle, which pays tribute to the thousands of troops from India who died for Britain in 1914 and 1918. Smethwick’s Guru Nanak Gurdwara has appointed Black Country-based sculptor Luke Perry to create the Lions of the Great War statue. As well as honouring Sikh soldiers who fought during the First World War, the statue will commemorate the sacrifice made by service personnel of all faiths from the Indian subcontinent. Mr Perry said: “I am incredibly proud to be working on a sculpture that is, at its heart, a statement of gratitude for the actions of the people who gave their lives for our independence when they had not yet achieved their own. “It will be a striking and permanent marker of the richness of our community and that those who have been under-celebrated are finally getting the recognition they deserve.” Luke Perry’s previous works include an acclaimed statue in Stockport which honoured Royal Marine’s James Conway, who was killed during a commando raid in 1942.

Atul Kochhar Sacked by Dubai Hotel London-based chef Atul Kochhar was sacked by JW Marriott Marquis Hotel in Dubai after he tweeted that Hindus had been “terrorised by Islam over 2000 years”. His tweet aimed at Indian actress Priyanka Chopra who stars in the US TV show ‘Quantico’, which recently aired an episode about Hindu nationalists plotting against Pakistan. The episode enraged many Indian nationalists, as well as the chef who took to Twitter to say: “It’s sad to see that you [Chopra] have not respected the sentiments of Hindus who have been terrorised by Islam over 2000 years. Shame on You.” The following day he deleted his tweet and issued an apology after many criticised him for being Islamophobic. He wrote: “There is no justification for my tweet, a major error made in the heat of the moment.” “I fully recognise my inaccuracies that Islam was founded around 1,400 years ago and I sincerely apologise. I am not Islamophobic; I deeply regret my comments that have offended many.”

The successful chef had gained popularity in the UK after becoming the second Indian chef to receive a Michelin star for his Benares restaurant in London. His success also included the running of Rang Mahal restaurant in JW Marriott Marquis hotel in Dubai. Despite his apology, JW Marriott Marquis hotel announced that it had fired the chef after a swift boycott was called for on social media of the restaurant and the hotel that housed it. “At the JW Marriott Marquis hotel Dubai we pride ourselves on creating a culture of diversity and inclusion for our guests and associates across the hotel and our restaurants,” a spokesperson said. Kochhar expressed that he found the decision by the hotel as “deeply upsetting” but that he could also accept the pain that he caused and “the difficult position the hotel has been put in”. Kochhar was also expected to open an Indian restaurant in the Mailbox in Birmingham in late 2017, however, plans to launch the restaurant have been delayed repeatedly.

UK Police Arrest Man Over Punish a Muslim Day Letters

The statue will be situated between High Street and Tollhouse Way, where Sandwell Council plans to work with the Gurdwara to create a paved public space with seating and lighting. The monument will stand on a 6ft granite plinth with inscriptions naming the regiments in which South Asian soldiers served. The inscriptions will explain the importance of the statue for Smethwick’s long-established South Asian community. The gurdwara will be covering the costs of designing and building the tribute. Jatinder Singh Gurdwara president, said: “These men volunteered to serve and fought to defend the freedoms we enjoy today.”

He added: “The memorial will ensure that this part is never forgotten. So I am delighted Guru Nanak Gurdwara Smethwick is commissioning the statue and will ensure its success.” Sandwell Council leader Steve Eling said: “I am very proud that Smethwick – a place where many people from the Indian subcontinent have made their home – is paying such a striking tribute to the very important role played by the South Asian service personnel during times of conflict.” “I hope this contributes to the growing recognition of the sacrifices that servicemen from Commonwealth countries have made for our country.”

While investigating the supposed “Punish a Muslim Day” letter, the British police have arrested a man for allegedly conspiring to murder. The 35-year-old man from South Lincoln was arrested by Counter Terrorism Policing North East aided by the Lincolnshire Police. He is currently held in West Yorkshire police station. The Lincolnshire Police have said that he was arrested for purportedly sending threatening letters and a hoax noxious substance. They also claimed that he was conspiring to commit murder. Counter-terrorism police have also searched a home and an office in south Lincoln. The arrest comes three months after sporadic anonymous letters called for a day of violence and abuses against Muslims. April 3rd was declared as “Punish A Muslim Day” that targeted attacks against Muslims ranging from verbal abuses to murders and bombings. These letters were circulated online and received in communities in London,

West Yorkshire, South Yorkshire and Leicestershire. Letters were also sent to Mosques and schools in Britain and even Muslim members of Parliament, demanding the withdrawal of some parliamentary offices in Westminster. The threats have drawn extensive anger and fear bringing the attention of the media outlets and the social media. The United Kingdom has experienced a sharp rise in hate crimes. 80,393 hate crimes were reported within 12 months, a 30% increase. Moreover, terror-related arrests in the UK rose to record 60% in the last year. Brexit and several terrorist attacks including a suicide attack in Manchester have helped drive this surge. By the end of 2017, Britain jails had 224 terrorist prisoners, an increase of 24% (43) compared to previous year. Of them, 86% held Islamic extremist views while 9% were rightwing extremists from the recently banned National Action and the remaining 5% were categorised as “other ideologies.”


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Top Halal Restaurants in Birmingham Here are some of the top halal restaurants in Birmingham, according to customer reviews on TripAdvisor. Whether for a birthday party or just a night out with friends and family, these are the most recommended Asian and Middle Eastern restaurants which serve halal food in Birmingham. Saba Restaurant

Location: Asha’s 12-22 Newhall Street, Birmingham City Centre, B3 3LX Rating: 4.5 based on 1,367 reviews Customer reviews: “The food was gorgeous, quickly served. They get 10 out of 10 from me for the food and after-care,” said NannyMK. “First class Indian dining experience,” wrote Geoff A. He added: “I walked in off the street on the day - but I would definitely recommend booking as it is very popular. Service was excellent - staff are prompt and polite. “And the food was not the usual greasy food many of us have become accustomed to - very much more refined. The whole ambience was perfect low lighting and with enough space to feel private. Much more expensive than your average Indian but commensurate with the quality and service.”

Seema3283 commented: “From start to finish the service and food was excellent. Food arrived fast and the waiter was great. They helped me put together a little birthday cake surprise together. They sand happy birthday and really helped is celebrate . I will going again. I could not fault it. Even when they where busy the service was still fast and good.” Akram’s Kashmiri Restaurant in Birmingham

Lasan Restaurant Location: 577 Moseley Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B12 9BS Rating: 4.5 based on 406 reviews Customer reviews: “Great service and really nice and friendly waiters. Delicious Persian food, really good atmosphere and will definitely be going there again,” said farah54321. “Top, top restaurant, visited for a birthday meal, and was pleasantly surprised by the quality of the food and the excellent service, and friendly nature of the staff. Would definitely recommend the place, definitely one of the best Persian places in birmingham,” wrote Murtaza N. Pushkar restaurant in Broad Street

Location: 245 Broad Street, Birmingham City Centre, B1 2HQ Rating: 4.5 based on 2,159 reviews Customer reviews: “A great place to celebrate - and delicious food! The food was really well presented, tasted great and the service was impeccable,” said Loubv86. “Brilliant, went here on a recommendation and we were not disappointed,” said ianandmax. “Great decor and ambience and the staff were really pleasant and helpful. The food was superb.” “My go to curry house,” said rejb28. “Absolutely love this place! Have been here countless times including for occasions such as birthdays. Staff are amazing and very willing to help. Cocktails and food are both incredible.”

Location: Dakota Buildings 3-4 James Street, St Paul’s Square, Jewellery Quarter, Birmingham, B3 1SD Rating: 4.5 based on 1,235 reviews Customer reviews: “Outstanding food,” wrote strolling8, adding: “Indian cuisine with a difference, presented beautifully, amazing balance of spice and flavour and wonderful choices for every course.” Rvwr2012 said it was “faultless, outstanding” and continued: “This restaurant is a revelation to those of us who are used to the standard ‘Brindian’ menus. Every dish was unexpected and a delight. We just wished we lived closer so we could eat here more often. The room is modern and airy with tables not too close together. Service was excellent and friendly throughout, and swift to offer advice.” CameraTwo was more than happy, writing: “This restaurant has transformed my experiences of Indian food. Every mouthful was a taste sensation. It is not ridiculously expensive. The service was well judged and excellent.”

Location: 1526 Pershore Road, Stirchley, Birmingham, B30 2NW Rating: 4.5 based on 660 reviews Customer reviews: “Fantastic food never fails to impress us. Staff are friendly and will do anything you want from mild to super hot, children meals to adult,” said David H. “This place has set a top mark on dining out as we have tried many balti curry houses in this side of town and always end back at Akram’s,” said Scotty0077, adding: “Food is cooked fresh and to order. In my opinion this is the number 1 restaurant in Birmingham.”

Location: 191-194 Bradford Street, Digbeth, Birmingham, B12 0JD Customer reviews: 4.5 based on 1,184 reviews WHAT PEOPLE SAID: “Came for my birthday meal and loved every minute! Waiting time was minimal as you cannot book a table, and then we had the pleasure to be asked where we would like to sit,” said Natalie H. She added: “Our waiter was very attentive. The food is lovely, nice flavour as well as hot. Good sized portions. And the dessert...? Well you just have to go.”

Location: 133 Alcester Road, Moseley, Birmingham, B13 8JP (there is also a second branch in Temple Row West, Birmingham) Rating: 4.5 based on 497 reviews Customer reviews: “Love coming here... Food is always good, service fast and friendly,” said Cathie L. “The staff were friendly and happily explained some of the dishes on the menu,” said marvin T, adding: “The house had a cool bohemian vibe going on. I really enjoyed the colourful and delicious food, all the more within the happy atmosphere. I would definitely recommend it to anyone.” Wrapchic in the Bullring shopping centre

Jilabi restaurant in Sheldon

Location: Bullring, Birmingham City Centre, B5 4BU Rating: 4.5 based on 265 reviews Customer reviews: “Decided to give this place a try after passing it so often,” wrote Kirsty F, who added: “Was welcomed and given suggestions on what was going to work best for my meal and was really happy with the result! Quick service and with a smile. Will be coming back again!” “If you’re at Bullring make sure you try this small take-out. The service was great and the food was very nice, full of flavour and it’s a cheap eat out, so a win win if you’re looking for a fast bite to eat,” said simonoakley441

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Asha’s Indian Restaurant in Birmingham

Damascena Coffee House in Moseley

Location: 2065 Coventry Road, Sheldon, Birmingham, B26 3DY Rating: 4.5 based on 1,379 reviews Customer reviews: “Excellent service, great food, great atmosphere,” said fleurs111, while drsue22 said: “Great food, great fun, great value. Had a delicious meal with all sorts of extras at this lively and popular restaurant. Definitely some of the best Indian restaurant food I’ve tasted for a long time - our friends agreed too.” Fionn G said: “Wonderful food, the service was beyond excellent - the staff really go out of their way to make you have a great experience - and very reasonably priced (all mains around £8).” “It’s a must,” said Vekshana S, adding: “Amazing food, excellent customer service and great ambience. Great recommendations from the waiter. Complimentary desserts and coffee were provided. Would definitely recommend this restaurant!!”

Royal Watan Kashmiri Restaurant in Birmingham

Location: 602-604 Pershore Road, Selly Park, Birmingham. B29 7HQ Rating: 5 based on 287 reviews Customer reviews: “The food is awesome and delicious; many good options in the menu and the chef recommendations were brilliant. Amazing service,” wrote Abdullah A. “Great curry, great customer service, very nice restaurant. Best curry in Birmingham! Brilliant place for families to have a good night and very accommodating for kids,” said Will378.

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Whoever you may be, charity can begin at home Man on a Mission!

by Mohammed Zafran

Mohammed Ilyas: News Correspondent

My column this month features Azhar Mahmood, who has achieved so much, yet gives so much back to the community. Chaudhary Azhar’s life itself is a portrait of a man who has travelled thousands of miles, yet retained his identity and love for the soil where he was born, Chakwal, Pakistan. Chaudhary Azhar’s life as many others began with challenges, yet not all choose to confront such challenges with vigour and turn them into opportunities like he has done. Chaudhary Azhar, like so many novel men in the world, was born in a village, into a family that above all valued humanity, sense of community and the wellbeing of all, rather than a few. This upbringing embedded values that ensured he remained steadfast to serve his family, friends and the community, not only in Pakistan but worldwide. Chaudhary Azhar has helped to address the issue of under representation of British Pakistanis amongst major media outlets and supported people of Pakistani origins including refugees. Therefore, it is not a surprise that he has many admirers in the civil society, diplomats, academics, politicians and armed forces to name just a few. Chaudhary Azhar attended his village school, Chakrali for primary education but travelled to Chakwal for his secondary education, where he made his mark amongst his peer group and the teaching staff. It was noted earlier that he was destined for greater achievements. His parents, following the trends of the region, decided to send Chaudhary Azhar to the United Kingdom; he attended college in the city of Birmingham; where he continued his education. Whilst studying he developed an interest in the political activities of Birmingham and supported local Pakistani communities at a time when migrants from Pakistan were facing severe hardship and alienation.

On completion of his studies, instead of seeking employment, Chaudhary Azhar’s entrepreneurial nature led him to set up a business. The business became known amongst diplomatic and political circles as a ‘Political Think Tank’ (PTT), also known as ‘the Falooda Group’. The group regularly hosts meetings of distinguished scholars, businessmen and political leaders that have contributed towards local policy, politics and events in the UK and Pakistan. The aim of the PTT has not been to seek publicity but to work for the betterment of the British Pakistani community. Over the years, Chaudhary Azhar has contributed significantly towards social causes in the UK and Pakistan, though most of these contributions have not been publicised. With the aid of his core group, he has hosted events for deprived children in Birmingham and shipped relief for several disasters that struck Pakistan. Furthermore, in collaboration with Birmingham Fire and Ambulance Authorities, he gifted ambulances and a fire engine to Pakistan. Other initiatives have included road rescue services, eye clinics, provision of books and uniform for children in distressed areas, and support for the local schools and hospitals in Chakwal. His compassionate nature drives him to support those who are vulnerable and may not openly seek help. Within the UK, Chaudhary Azhar is a central figure who continues to support key initiatives to provide cohesion within the community. He has taken an active role in supporting interfaith dialogue amongst Quakers, Christians and other faiths. He is a key benefactor who provides support, serves as an intellectual nexus for leaders, councillors, parliamentarians and the community; with a passion to further the cause of the British Pakistani community in the UK and remain in staunch support of Pakistan.

During Ramadan, many Muslims will have taken the opportunity to fulfil another religious obligation - Zakat, or the giving of alms to the poor and needy. The two form part of the five pillars of Islam – the others being faith in

one God, praying five times a day and pilgrimage (Hajj) to Mecca at least once in a lifetime. Ramadan and Zakat have come to have an arm-in-arm relationship. Zakat is based on a person’s wealth after one Islamic (lunar) year and involves giving 2.5% of personal wealth to the poorest and most needy. It’s obligatory and can be paid at any time, but many Muslims coincide payment with Ramadan as it is believed to increase spiritual rewards during this month. Many in the UK also decide to donate their Zakat to help people in other countries. This can come down to family or community ties, or a feeling that other parts of the world – especially those stricken by conflict or poverty – are far more deserving. It’s been estimated that each year in Britain during Ramadan, Muslims give around £100million to charities. Allied with that are the findings of an ICM poll which found that among faith groups, Muslims were the most generous donors to charity, giving an average of £371 per year. With such sums involved, it’s not

surprising that calls have increased for Muslims to donate their Zakat for use in the UK. With the growth in austerity and poverty – relative as it may be – on the increase, it’s an argument that has plenty of merits. However, it’s a bit more complex than just saying ‘charity starts at home’. There are eight groups listed in the Quran as being eligible to receive Zakat. They include the poor; the needy; Zakat administrators; slaves; those in debt; in the cause of God; the traveller (who is stranded or with few resources), and – for the sake of the argument here, perhaps the most noteworthy – those whose hearts are to be reconciled. This last group has been interpreted by some to mean new converts to Islam while others have argued it includes those who show sympathy or friendliness towards Islam and Muslims. However, while there may be confusion or ongoing debate over the merits of giving Zakat to non-Muslims, it doesn’t prevent Muslims from donating to or directly helping non-Muslims. There is another form of charity known as Sadaqah (charity which has ongoing benefits and rewards) that is highly valued in Islam. It can be used to help anyone and everyone. So to any Muslims in doubt about giving – don’t be. You can help people in need irrespective of their religion, race, colour or creed. Charity truly can begin at home. Mohammed Ilyas is the Press & Publicity manager for the charity Islamic Help. The views expressed in this column are his personal opinions.

The Rohingya Muslim minority in Myanmar (Burma) is regarded by the United Nations as one of the world’s most persecuted communities. Thousands have been killed and more than 500,000 forced to flee to neighbouring Bangladesh in the latest bloodshed which has seen their villages burned, their homes destroyed and their families torn apart. In total, more than 1 million Rohingya refugees are in Bangladesh where they are struggling for the basics of life like food, water, shelter and medicine. With the distribution of emergency aid inside Myanmar prevented by a government crackdown, Islamic Help is concentrating its efforts on supporting tens of thousands of Rohingya refugees in Bangladesh. We have been providing relief aid to the Rohingya community at refugee camps in and around Cox’s Bazaar for the last two years. As previously, our field office, partners and volunteers are distributing desperately need emergency supplies to help those who have fallen victim to the latest crisis. However, we need your support to do that. Please donate to our Rohingya emergency appeal today. Call 0121 446 5682 or online at islamichelp.org.uk


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The All Party Parliamentary Group Indian Traditional Sciences (ITSappg) in partnership with the High Commission of India and The Nehru Centre celebrated UN Int’l Yoga Day and NHS @ 70 at The Nehru Centre, London. A galaxy of scholars and academics spoke of the importance of Indian Traditional Sciences working alongside modern medicine and their implication in the NHS. The power of these therapies would lessen the financial burden on the NHS and help to target the root cause of disease without side effects. Amarjeet S Bhamra the Secretariat at ITSappg gave a brief overview as it is the original Parliamentary Group that promotes and facilitates informed discussions on Yoga, Ayurveda, Sangeetam, Unani, Vastu and Jyotish since its inception in 2014, by providing a forum for cross-party parliamentarians, policy makers, academics, practitioners, leading community and thought leaders, practitioners of Indian Sciences and other stakeholders for inclusion in the national health architecture. He spoke about the ability of the APPG-ITS to hold three official events, A Confluence on Preventative Medicines in the NHS supported by the High Commission of India and High Commission of Sri Lanka to celebrate UN Int’l Yoga Day 2018 and NHS @ 70. The first event took place at the Nehru Centre, the second at Victoria Tower Gardens outside the parliamentary building and the third event in the House of Commons. Srinivas Gotru, Director of The Nehru Centre and Minister in-charge of Media & Cultural Relations at the High Commission of India officially welcomed all speakers and delegates. He said this was the second year that the High Commission was supporting this programme at the Nehru Centre and thanked the efforts of the APPG Indian Traditional Sciences for bringing the health values of Yoga other Indian Health Sciences to the wider UK population. Prof Darshan Shankar came to this event from his university town of Bangalore in India. He is the Vice Chancellor of the Transdisciplinary University (TDU), Bangalore, India. He is also a managing Trustee, of the

Foundation for the Revitalization of Local Health Traditions (FRLHT) and has led many other prestigious organizations. He was an advisor, to the Health Division, Planning Commission Government of India, where he worked on AYUSH 5-year plans. His contributions to the Indian Health Sciences have been on the conceptualization and development of strategic research and outreach programs for demonstrating contemporary relevance of the Indian medical heritage. He has also served as a consultant to the office of the Advisor to the Prime Minister on Technology and has made valuable inputs to the National Technology mission 5-year health plans. Prof Shankar’s work has also involved the creation of strategies to revitalize community health practices based on traditional knowledge and studies on decentralization, developing programs of Science & Technology applications. His research career has involved working with the United Nations University, UNICEF and international universities. In recognition of his contributions to the field he has received many prestigious awards like the Commonwealth Youth Service Award given for designing and implementing the best educational project in the Commonwealth for linking University education to community needs. In 1998, ‘Norman Borlaug’ Award for contributions to promoting conservation of wild populations of medicinal plants. In 2003, he was awarded Columbia University’s Centre for Complementary and Alternative Medicines International Award, in recognition of FRLHT’s outstanding contributions to the revitalization of traditional systems of health-care in India. In 2011, the India Government also conferred its civilian award of the Padma Shri to Prof Shankar Prof Shankar delivered his keynote speech, Listening to Voices from the ground – A pathway to transform healthcare in 21st Century and captured the minds of over 100 delegates. The APPG Indian Traditional Sciences then conferred the prestigious Ayurveda Ratan Award for the first time to a Vice Chancellor of an Indian University.

Jet airways welcomes first 737 max aeroplane

Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline welcomes its first 737 MAX aircraft into its fleet. The airline will become the first Indian carrier to fly the new and improved 737 aircraft, which delivers a double-digit improvement in fuel efficiency and improved passenger comfort. The arrival of the aircraft represents the first of 150 737 MAX aeroplanes that Jet Airways has on order with Boeing, following two separate orders for 75 jets placed in 2015. The new aircraft will strengthen Jet Airways’ flight offering for its business and leisure customers travelling from the UK to India and beyond. Naresh Goyal, Chairman, Jet Airways said: “The new 737 MAX is a critical element for our future growth strategy. We are extremely pleased to become the first airline in India to introduce this brand-new aircraft to our customers. The 737 has been the backbone of our fleet for many years and we are looking forward to introducing our customers to the superior capabilities of the 737 MAX. The improved economics and efficiency, as well as the comfortable features of the aircraft, will enable us to strengthen our position as India’s premier airline.”

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country covering metro cities, state capitals and emerging destinations. Beyond India, Jet Airways operates flights to key international destinations in South East Asia, South Asia, Middle East, Europe and North America. The Jet Airways Group currently operates a fleet of 119 aircraft, comprising Boeing 777-300 ERs, Airbus A330-200/300, Next Generation Boeing 737s and ATR 72-500/600s.

5-Year-Old Girl Diagnosed with Rare form of Cancer

In the true display of the spirit of humanity, hundreds of potential stem cell donors have made it their mission to help a five-year-old girl with a rare and aggressive form of cancer. Kaiya Patel, who is originally from Loudwater in Rickmansworth, was diagnosed with Acute Lymphoblas-

tic Leukaemia. After the shocking diagnosis at the Watford General Hospital, her parents, Ruchit and Annu Patel campaigned tirelessly to find a match. They have encouraged people to make a donation to blood cancer charities. The Harrow Council was the one

to come forward to organise the latest awareness drive with DKMS. Kaiya’s father Ruchit spoke about the major problem in finding a doner as the people of an ethnically Asian background tend to have 30 % or lower chance of finding a match. Whereas the chances are higher for Caucasians. Her father said: “I was devastated, it’s heart-breaking, a huge punch in the gut.” “The strength of our little girl is inspiring, and our friends and family have been a great source of strength. I don’t wish this on anyone.” There is a side of hope for little Kaiya as more than 350 people registered at the Harrow Civic Centre offering swab samples for Kaiya Patel. Sreeparna Roy who is the DKMS donor recruitment manager, said: “The search goes on. We need to keep on looking for local matches and add to our register. “It’s a very simple process - potential donors need to give us three cheek swab samples – the process is painless and takes just a few minutes. “Donors go onto the database and, if they are a match for someone, then they can save a life.” The next Harrow swab test drop-in for Kaiya will be conducted at Orley Farm School.


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British people to help children with deafblindness in Bangladesh

Sense International’s recent ‘My Turn to Learn’ appeal raised over half a million pounds – including a £216k contribution in UK Aid Match funding from the Government. The global charity will use these donations to deliver a pioneering programme that will improve access to education and opportunities for work for children and young people with deafblindness. Minister of State for International Development, Lord Bates, visited a Sense day service in North London for the announcement (Pictured: Minister of State for International Development, Lord Bates, stands centre with Sense International Director, Alison Marshall, and staff, to announce the amount raised for UK Aid Match appeal) The global deafblind charity, Sense International, will begin a pioneering programme to transform the lives of children and young adults with deafblindness in Bangladesh. It follows a successful appeal that raised £521k from the public – including a £216k contribution in Aid Match funding from the UK Government. The Minister of State for International Development, Lord Bates, visited TouchBase South East, a Sense run day-service in Barnet, UK, for the announcement. The Minister toured the service, and met staff and service users to learn more about the support Sense provides to individuals and their families. Sense International will work with local partners in Bangladesh to improve access to education and opportunities to work for children and young people with dual sensory loss in the country.

The programme will recruit and train specialist teachers who will work with families to support the children at school; training for mainstream teachers; the creation of a model school to promote best practice; and targeted meals so that children with deafblindness are well enough to learn. Less than ten percent of children with a disability in Bangladesh are in primary school. It is rare for children with deafblindness to be included, often because teaching staff don’t have the skills to support them and families are overwhelmed by the emotional and practical challenges. Without access to education, children with deafblindness remain at home, and do not develop the vital communication and life skills they require to achieve basic independence. Director of Sense International, Alison Marshall, said: “Currently, children with deafblindness in Bangladesh rarely get the opportunity to learn vital communication and life skills, leaving them isolated and at greater risk of poverty. “Thanks to the tremendous support of the generous British public and the UK government, we will

be able to transform the lives of children and young people with deafblindness across Bangladesh.” Minister of State for International Development, Lord Bates, said: “I’d like to thank all the generous supporters of Sense International’s ‘My Turn to Learn’, UK Aid Match appeal. Education offers a wealth of opportunities and is key to ensuring no child is left behind. It is fantastic that the British public, through this appeal, have enabled hundreds of deafblind children in Bangladesh to access a quality education and learning environment. This work will transform so many lives.” The UK Government matched eligible public donations to the My Turn to Learn appeal - through its UK Aid Match scheme. UK Aid Match, which is run by the Department for International Development, brings charities, the British public and the UK Government together to collectively change the lives of some of the world’s poorest and most vulnerable people. To find out more about the programme please visit: www.senseinternational.org.uk/ MyTurnToLearn

Man pays for single mum’s Eid shopping

“So she told the man to leave the shoes she bought for herself and try the card again. It got declined for a second time. She then tells the man to put aside the £8 necklace she bought and try again. It got declined once more.” “So she tells the man to leave the whole set she bought for herself. This time the card worked. She sacrificed her clothes so she was able to make sure her children have Eid clothes.” A young graduate from Manchester shared on Twitter how a single

mum struggled to pay for her Eid shopping for herself and her children. Salek Ahmed, aged 23, tweeted about the touching encounter under the username @__salekahmed__. He was standing behind the single mum in the shop queue when her card declined as she tried to pay for her and her children’s clothes. He noticed her children were nearby playing around the sari mannequins. Salek offered to contribute towards her payment but the woman “politely declined saying she bought Eid clothes last year for herself, so it doesn’t matter as much for this year.” After the woman left the shop, Salek proceeded to buy the

remaining items that were left on the shop counter and asked the shopkeeper to deliver them to her the day before Eid as she lived very near to the shop, “I asked the brother behind the counter if he knows her and whether she lives locally. Turns out she lives round the corner. The brother went on to tell me how she’s a single mum (I didn’t ask why).” The shopkeeper was so moved by Salek’s generosity, he decided to sell the remaining items without profit, “The brother then offers to drop any profit he would have made on those items and will sell them to me for what they cost him. That’s what you call the spirit of the Muslim Ummah”


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Sindh Wildlife Department orders inquiry into Shahid Afridi’s lion episode

Shahid was seen playing with an African lion inside his house, with his six-year-old daughter. They were both seen within reach of the carnivorous beast on the tiled floor with no barriers in between them.

Conservator Taj Mohammad Shaikh of the Sindh Wildlife Department (SWD) has ordered an inquiry into the presence of a lion that was in the former Pakistani cricket captain Shahid Afridi’s home. If Shahid is found guilty, an appropriate action will take place against the former cricket player. The lion was brought to the player’s house by one of his fans, Hassan Hussain, for recreation. The owner of the lion had said that he brought up the lion, now two years old, when its mother died after giving birth. He also stated that the lion was fully tamed and safe to be with. He also claimed that he was a fan of Afridi and took the lion to his house to show it to his children after obtaining a travel permit from the SWD. “The lion remained chained during the visit,” he said.

Hassan said that the lion was not put in a cage and the animal remained seated next to him in his double-cabin pick up during the journey from his house to Afridi’s. Shahid Afridi’s manager Arsalan Haider Shah said the lion was tamed and there was no danger. He added that: “The lion remained chained for additional safety,” he added. Adnan Khan, an SWD official, said that Mr Hussain possessed a licence for a private mini zoo and kept the animals at his house which was located in PECHS and also had an animal breeding farm located in Mirpur Sakro. He added that it is risky to transport animals and special protocols had to be followed, particularly in case of carnivores.

The SWD official said that even tamed animals were risky to handle. The sources were of the view that exposing children to such danger was questionable. They said that there were protective grills even in zoos in addition to the cages where the lions were kept. “There is usually a distance of five to six feet between the visitors and the iron bars of the lions’ cage to ensure the safety of the visitors,” he explained. When Afridi or Hassan asked what action the SWD could take, they found out that they could be warned or fined. “Suspension or revocation of Hassan’s licence is another possibility. In an extreme case, we can even confiscate the animal,” he concluded.

Pakistani Army Cadet Mahad Ijaz Wins Shooting Competition Pakistani Army Cadet Mahad Ijaz won a shooting competition which was held in Germany by setting a new record. According to Inter-Services Public Relations (ISPR), 45 countries participated in the event. Cadet Mahad Ijaz has been declared as the Best Shooter “König Bundessprachenamt 2018” (King of shooting from Federal School of Languages Germany 2018). He is the first Pakistani to have won the traditional trophy “Silver König

Necklace of shields” (Silver Necklace of Kings).

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India’s top 5 monuments were built by Muslim rulers

The Taj Mahal and four other monuments earned atleast 146.05 crore, which is more than half the total revenue generated by centrally-protected monuments, in 2017-18. Official data shows that India’s top five revenue-generating monuments were all built by Muslim rulers. These monuments are the Taj Mahal, Fatehpur Sikri, Agra Fort, Red Fort and Qutub Minar. Qutub Minar was built by rulers of the Delhi Sultanate, while the rest were constructed by the Mughals. These five monuments have earned the government 146.05 crore. The Taj Mahal has continued to be the highest earner at Rs 56.83 crore. There have been a few politicians that have sparked controversy in the last year, by claiming that the Mughal-era monument did not represent Indian culture. 64.58 thousand people visited the Taj Mahal in 2017-2018 compared to 2016 -17 which saw 50.66 thousand people visiting the monument. In 2017, the UP tourism department had omitted the Taj Mahal, which is a UNESCO world heritage site. The Argo Fort, which was built by Mughal emperor Akbar, has a total earning of Rs 30.55 crore and is the second highest revenue generator in the last financial year. The Konark Sun Temple in Odisha came in second after the Taj Mahal, as the Konark Sun Temple has 32.3 thousand visits and generates Rs 10.06 crore as revenue. Officials have said that the temple is mostly popular with Indian tourists, as 32.21 thousand people visited the temple in 2017. India tourists are charged Rs 30 per head for the entry fee to visit the world heritage monuments across the country. However foreign tourists have to pay Rs 500 each. “It is impossible to communalise the entire Indian population through the meaningless political venom spewed by politicians,” said historian S. Irfan Habib, explaining the increase in visitors to the Taj. “No matter what they say about the Taj Mahal and Red Fort, Indians will continue going there,” he added.

Russian cosmonauts score in space with Pakistan -made football

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Pakistani fans, who were happy to hear the news of footballs made in Sialkot being used during the 2018 FIFA World Cup, now, have another feat to celebrate. A recent video, released by Russian state space agency Roscosmos, shows two Russian cosmonauts, Anton Shkaplerov and Oleg Artemyev engaged in a makeshift game of football in space. Artemyev and Shkaplerov, both wearing official FIFA World Cup Russian 2018 t-shirts, will take one of the Sialkot-manufactured footballs to zero-gravity habitable artificial satellite – the International Space Station (ISS) and hold a match thousands of kilometres up in the sky. In the cosmic match, one of the two can be seen defending a goalpost made of Russian flag while the other kicks to score goals with the Adidas Telstar 18 footballs. The Adidas Telstar 18 footballs are manufactured in Sialkot, Pakistan, for the FIFA World Cup 2018. The company that manufactures the Adidas Telstar 18 footballs said that they had made ‘footballs for the German Bundesliga France Ligue and the Champions League’ as well. Khawaja Masood, the chairman of Forward Sports, had said: “This is an honour for us … that we are going to provide footballs for the world cup once again. We are very excited to meet this challenge.” The training session in the orbit around the Earth was staged in the honour of the upcoming FIFA World Cup 2018, which takes place in Russia. The ball will return to Earth alongside the crew on the Soyuz MC-07.

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Nawaz Sharif Rules out Returning to Pakistan

Deposed Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has ruled out returning to Pakistan to face corruption charges, while his wife Kulsoom Nawaz is on a ventilator in hospital. The 68-year-old woman was admitted to hospital in London, after doctors found she was suffering from throat cancer. Since last year, Kulsoom has been undergoing treatment. She was shifted to the hospitals ICU recently after she suffered a cardiac arrest and has been on life support since. “Can I think of going back to Pakistan under such circumstances when Kulsoom is on a ventilator? Do you think I should return to Pakistan leaving behind my wife in such a condition?” the three-time Prime Minister asked reporters outside a hospital in London.

Sharif and his daughter Maryam left for London after they were granted a brief exemption from the ongoing corruption trial against them. The Sharif family will be facing trial at an accountability court in Islamabad on corruption references which will be filed by the National Accountability Bureau (NAB) following the Supreme

Court’s July 28, 2017 verdict in the Panama Papers scandal, disqualifying Sharif and directing the anti-graft watchdog to launch an inquiry. Expressing his regret over not being able to see his wife while she was conscious, Nawaz said he planned on a four-day visit; however, he was unsure about returning to Pakistan due to Kulsoom’s health. Nawaz said that the matter will be further deliberated upon after consultations with the doctors. The supremo of the ruling Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N), asserted his intent to return ahead of the July 25 general election. Sharif declined to speak on political matters and requested for prayers for his wife. “I will do politics once I return to Pakistan.”

19 Killed as Suicide Bomber Targets Sikhs in Afghanistan A suicide bomber has targeted a group of Sikhs and two Afghan communities in Jalalabad city, which is the capital of eastern Nangarhar province, killing 19 people. Tarlok Singh, a member of the Sikh religious minority, said: “They brutalised us. They have martyred 15 and wounded 15 other Sikhs. We are not aligned with any group or party. Why would anyone attack us? We never harmed anyone.”

An Afghan health official said that the death toll was higher, with 19 people killed — at least 17 from the Sikh community — and at least 20 others injured. The Sikh community were on their way to attend a gathering which was led by Afghan President Ashraf Ghani in the provincial governor’s office when a suicide bomber on foot detonated his explosive device. The Islamic state took responsibility for the attack in Jalalabad city; however,

the militant group had claimed that they targeted a medical compound. It is believed to be one of the first times a suicide bomber has targeted members of the Sikh minority group in Afghanistan. Zabihullah Zimaray, a former provincial council secretary of Nangarhar province, said: “Unfortunately, it is the first time that our Sikhs become the victim of suicide bombing. The leaders of the group and their active community members were all killed or injured.” Avtar Singh Khalsa, a longtime leader in the Sikh community, was among those killed in the suicide attack. Khalsa was an unopposed candidate running for the only seat for Afghan Sikh and Hindu minorities in Afghanistan’s parliamentary election. The Afghanistan Independent Human Rights Commission (IHRC) condemned the attack and called the attack on minority groups “… an obvious example of a war crime,” and asked the Afghan government to bring those responsible to justice. IHRC spokesperson Mohammad Bilal Sidiqi said: “The Afghan armed oppositions must respect the international humanitarian laws and human rights values and refrain from targeting specific groups or individuals.”

The Separation of Pakistan and Afghanistan?

Very few people know the core history of Duraani Empire and its separation journey towards two separated independent states Pakistan and Afghanistan. It is not only a very thought-provoking question but also a question that reveals the inner passions and aspirations for the creation of a confederation in the form of, the “United States of Muslim Ummah (USMU)”. However, after the disintegration of the Ottoman Empire (1918) the entire Arabia was divided between Arabs who speak the same language and faith. Today, we can see that an Egyptian visitor may have to get a visa before travelling to the Emirates and a Qatari would have to seek official permission before entering Saudi Arabia. When it comes to the unification of Afghans and Pakistanis under the same flag and who lived under the Durrani Empire (1747-1772), you need to know the history of how Pakistan was created. Pakistan came into being after the British Empire ceded Independence to their “Jewel in the Crown”- the Indian Subcontinent in early 1947. Mohammad Ali Jinnah, an all India Muslim League leader decided to create a Muslim state. Eventually, a partition was agreed upon in 1947 in which a chunk of the massive Indian subcontinent was carved out and was named as the present geography of Pakistan. The people of Pakistan are mostly

Muslims but of Indian origin. The official language is Urdu and English while Afghans sharing the same faith as the Pakistanis, they are, by origin, Aryans, and most of Afghans speak Pakhto or Pashto. Although, Dari is also widely spoken across Afghanistan. The basic element that has divided both countries, is neither the language, nor the skin since both nations share and practice the common faith-Islam, however the wide and seemingly untenable political problem over the division of a piece of geography that had been intentionally left unsolved by the British, remains as an area of serious disagreement over the Durand Line that splits the Pakhtoon nation. The Pakistanis see the Afghans as their enemies. Zia seized the opportunity to create a balkanized Mujahideen group against the Afghan government and the Soviets to alleviate the US over the former’s occupation of Afghanistan in 1979. By arming the seven Mujahedeen groups, who eventually took over in 1992 following the collapse of the Najib regime, the Pakistani generals (Zia’s subversive and destructive anti-Aghan plots) managed to destroy the Afghan army immediately upon ascending to power. Further to this, in 1997, the Taliban ousted president Rabbani from power with the full military support of Pakistan.


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How to stop yourself from getting into debt

Getting too deep in debt before you are even out of your twenties is a very bad. Learning how to plan for your future right now by understanding how not to get too deeply in debt is your key to a much more successful financial future. Understanding how severely debt can damage your adult life is very important because it is real, it is something that can happen when you least expect it, there is no doubt about that. Those credit card payments that are draining you each and every month are going to be the death of you. Not literally but financially, it is not looking like a very bright or frugal future at all. Credit card debt can destroy your chances of ever having a good credit rating later on in your life. Staying away from credit cards, will be the wisest decision that you have ever made because your financial future will be much brighter because of it and who knows, you might even be able to save yourself some money each month because of not having an overabundance of credit card payments. Debt from credit cards, mortgages, medical bills and many other things is all of the reasons why too many people are unable to go one single day without being stressed out about their finances. Debt relief from paying off all of those bills, or atleast some of them will provide you with a much more comfortable feeling each and everyday. Finding help on the internet is another good source of getting the financial advice and information regarding all sorts of debt and why it is so very important to not let your debt ratio get completely out of hand. Letting your monthly payments get out of control is a very bad mistake that far too many people make and if you can learn how not to get in too much debt now, it will definitely help you to have a happier financial future. Learning, no matter how it is you are doing so, is the best way to retain the type of financial knowledge that is needed to guide you in the appropriate path, so that you do not end up in debt trouble. There are plenty of financial and debt advisors out there that can provide you with the appropriate information, hopefully preventing debt crisis from occurring with you. Do not let debt control you; you learn how to control how much debt you allow yourself to have.

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A Guide to Fast Cash Loans

Finance is what allows businesses to exist. Adequate finance is required to meet the various commitments arising out of business transactions. The financial requirements of businesses can be broadly classified into two categories- short-term sources and long-term sources. Short-term finance is required to meet the working capital requirements of a business firm. These are the funds required for a period up to 1 year. The sources of short-term finance are: trade credit, bank borrowings, factoring of receivables, commercial paper and accrued expenses and deferred income. Trade credit refers to the type of credit provided to customers by suppliers of goods in the normal cause of business transactions. The trade credit is easily available and is dependent on personal relationships between the supplier and the buyer. It also offers better access to small and newly established business concerns by selling the goods on credit basis. Banks constitute an important institutional source of financing the working capital requirements. Banks consider

various aspects such as production and marketing plans of the customer while determining the credit requirements. The amount so determined by the bank is known as credit limit. Bankers are required to fix separate credit limits for various types of credit facilities to be extended to various types of borrowers. Margins are kept by the banker before granting finance. This is based on the principle of conservatism and is decided to ensure safety of funds. Banks extend the following type of financial facilities to customers: Over draft, Cash credit, Purchase or discounting of bills and demand loans. Over draft is a temporary arrangement whereby the customer is allowed to draw over and above the balance standing to the credit of the customer. Under cash credit facility, a borrower is permitted to withdraw funds from the bank up to the sanctioned credit limit. Demand loans are called the ad hoc or temporary financial accommodation granted to customers to meet unforeseen contingencies. The borrower has to pay a higher rate of interest on these types of advances.

Tips On Why You Should Choose Online Banking

Banking has never been easier than it is today. Online banking allows you to access your bank at any time of the day or night. Transactions performed online are generally much cheaper than those done over the counter at a bank branch. You can pay bills, transfer cash, check balances, and much more for much less. An online savings account is something worth considering. The interest rates are usually higher, and the fees are lower than traditional bricks and mortar bank branches. Your computer has convenient ways to help you remember your login details. But don’t use the “remember my password” option if your computer suggests it. Keep your bank login details very safe and very secret. Most online banks will

allow you to change your password. This is a very good idea and something you should do regularly. Of course, you must also remember your new password each time it is changed. Logging on to your online bank account is easy and very convenient. But after you have completed your business, remember to log out of your online bank again. This is especially important if you access your bank from a library, at work, or in a cyber café. Enjoy your online banking, but beware of any emails you receive asking you to verify your bank details by clicking a link. The site may look authentic, but it will probably be a fake. Respectable banks don’t ask anyone to verify details by email.

If you find yourself getting close to retirement age without a nest egg, do not despair. There are still things you can do during your 40s and 50s to get yourself prepared for retirement. These include figuring out how much money you will need during retirement, income sources like social security or retirement pensions, setting goals, start contributing to your 401 (k), be aggressive, downsize, and eliminate debt to name a few. The first thing you should do if you find yourself close to retirement with no savings is to calculate the amount of money you will need during retirement as well as what age you plan on retiring. You will find many resources online that will help you come up with this number such as retirement calculators. Once you have a general number you will need for your retirement; then you should figure out the income you will receive each year in social security benefits, pensions and other retirement accounts. Be conservative when figuring this number because you do not want to overestimate. Then, you can subtract what you will be earning each year from what you need to live comfortably, and that will give you the money you need to save. Now that you know how much money you will need on average you can set some savings goals for yourself. There are plenty of ways you can save money from shopping with coupons to taking

your lunch to work with you to not buying a new car every year. Wherever you are spending money and can scale back, do. It will mean the difference between a happy retirement or a stressful one. Next, if you have a 401(k) plan and are not using it, start! Start depositing the maximum allowed so you can get your retirement account beefed up and prepared for your years of relaxation. Also, see if your employer has a match program as well, this is free money and will help your nest egg grow that much quicker. If you have some investments, consider getting a little aggressive with them. The stock market and mutual funds are a good place to start, and with the help of a stock broker, you can likely turn a little money into a lot pretty quickly. If you are still concerned about making it during retirement, consider downsizing to a smaller home, less expensive car, fewer vacations, and less shopping sprees. This might take some effort, but it will be worthwhile to be able to retire happily and not continue working when you are 75 years old. And finally, eliminate any debt you have. Do this as quickly and aggressively as possible because the longer you wait, the more money you will have to pay. So, if you pay it off quickly, it might be difficult, but it will allow you to save more money for retirement in the long run.


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10 Ways to Organise Your Finances

Whether you are a new entrepreneur or a more experienced business owner, taking control of your finances can feel like a part-time job. Some simple tips can help you streamline your time, organize your finances and reduce the stress of business money matters. 1. Keep Your Bills in One Place When the mail comes, make sure it goes in one place. Misplaced bills can be the cause of unwanted late fees and can damage your credit rating. Whether it’s a drawer, a box, or a file, be consistent. Size is also important. If you get a lot of mail, use an area that won’t get filled up too quickly. 2. Pay Your Bills on Schedule Bill paying can be simplified if it’s done at scheduled times during the month. Depending on how many bills you receive, you can establish set times each month when none of your bills will be late. If you’re paying bills as you receive them, chances are you’re spending too much time in front of the check book. Although bills may state “Payable upon Receipt”, there’s always a grace period. Call the creditor to find out when they need to receive payment before the bill is considered late. 3. Read Your Credit Card Statements Most people take advantage of low interest credit card offers but never read their statements when paying the bill. Credit cards are notorious for using low interest as bait for new customers then switching to higher rates after a few months. Make a habit of looking at your statement carefully to see what interest rate you are paying each month and if any transaction fees have been applied. If the rate increases or a transaction fee appears on your statement, a simple call to the credit card company can oftentimes be beneficial in resolving the matter. If not, try to switch your money to a more favourable rate. 4. Take Advantage of

Automatic Payments Most banks offer a way to automatically deduct money from your account to pay creditors. In addition, the creditors usually offer a lower interest rate when you sign up for this payment option because they get their money faster and on-time. Consider it as one fewer check to write, envelope to lick and stamp to buy. Just make sure you record the deduction when the automatic payment is scheduled or you run the risk of bouncing other checks. 5. Computerise Your Check book Using a software program is a handy way to organize your finances. Whether it’s Quicken, Microsoft Money or another package, these easy-to-use programs make bill paying and bank reconciliation a cinch. Computer checks can be ordered almost anywhere and fit right into most printers. Once the checks are printed, all of the information is automatically recorded in your electronic check book. Furthermore, many banks have direct downloads into these software packages so when money is deposited or withdrawn, the transaction is entered immediately onto your computer. And, when it’s time to do taxes, it couldn’t be easier. 6. Get Overdraft Protection Most banks have a service where, if you run the risk of bouncing a check, the money will come from another source. For a nominal fee, the bank will link your checking account to either a savings, money market, or credit card so the embarrassment of bouncing a check will be avoided. Call or visit your bank to learn about this convenient feature. 7. Cancel Unused Accounts Whether it’s a credit card or a bank account, write a letter requesting that the account is formally closed. Not only will this improve your credit score, it is a useful way to avoid money from being scattered all over

the place. Don’t let department stores and credit card companies lure you into opening new accounts by offering favourable interest rates and purchase discounts. It’s easy for credit to get out of hand by taking advantage of every credit offer that comes your way. 8. Consolidate Your Accounts If you have several credit card accounts with outstanding balances, try to consolidate them into one. Be careful and check the balance transfer interest rates and one-time fees. Also, make a list of all your open Money Markets, Savings, CDs, IRAs, Mutual Funds, and other accounts to see if any consolidation can be done. Keeping your money in fewer places eliminates all of the guesswork involved and reduces errors. 9. Establish Automatic Savings Create a link from your checking account into a savings account that will not be touched. This can usually be done through the banks and automatic amounts will be transferred over each month. Most people will not put money into a savings account on a regular basis. They may wait until a large tax refund check arrives or some other event to actually deposit money into savings, retirement or other accounts. If you establish an automatic savings deposit every month, your accounts will begin accumulating money faster than you think. 10. Clean up Your Files Make sure your paid bills are organised in a filing cabinet. Keep individual files for paid bills. Go through your files at the end of each year and throw out bills and receipts that are no longer needed for auditing purposes. Contact your local IRS office to see how long records need to be kept for audits. Usually federal tax return audits can be done three years back but cancelled checks may need to be kept for seven. Consult the Internet for auditing and record-keeping procedures for your region.

I started my online business venture just over four months ago. During that time, I have realised that a good professional looking website is only part of the story. You need to get traffic to it and part that process is having a blog associated with your site. The beauty of having a blog is that it doesn’t cost you anything and can earn a substantial income in its own right. Probably the easiest and cheapest way of starting an online home business, is to simply get a Blog. You may already have one, but if not you can get one free from Blogger.com or Wordpress. Did you know, that within your blog, you can advertise goods or services. Don’t worry if you don’t have goods or services to offer, you can register for an affiliate account with one of the many affiliate programs out there. By far the most popular is Clickbank. There is no charge to become an affiliate with Clickbank and you can get commissions by advertising other people’s goods and services. When someone clicks on a link in your blog and makes a purchase, you get paid. Another way of making money with your blog is by displaying Google adverts on your pages. When someone clicks on an ad, you get paid! It’s that simple. You need to register with Google Adsense to do this and again there is no cost to

you. Caution though, before applying for an Adsense account, make sure you have your blog up and running as Google will check before issuing you with a publisher account. The process can take few days before Google advises you. In addition to the above, you can search the Internet for other free affiliate programs to promote their goods and services. Once you have your blog up and running with all your affiliate links in place, the only thing you need to worry about is traffic, visitors to your blog. Without these, you may as well not have a blog at all. If you already have a blog, then you have a head start. But for those of you who will be starting from scratch, one of the first things you need to do apart from making posts in your blog is submit your blog to search engines so that Google can index them for search results. So the more posts you have in your blog, the greater your chance of organic visitors. The more interesting your posts, the greater the chance your visitors will return. Organic visitors are visitors that come by your site as a result of searching the web. The more of these you get the better, as they do not cost you anything. Unfortunately, it takes time to get your blog indexed with the search engines, so you can’t expect to get visitors overnight. There is however, an option

By Graham Maddison that you may wish to take to promote your blog in the early stages and that is to advertise it on the web. There are several ways in which you can do this, but by far the most popular is through Google Adwords. Using Google Adwords is likely to be your first expense as you have to pay Google every time someone visits your blog as a direct result of clicking on one of your ads. It need not be a huge expense, you can start off with a low budget and set the maximum you wish to pay per click. The beauty of Adwords is that you can also target your ads to any country you like. Another method of getting free visitors is by using companies like “Traffic Swarm”. This is a very popular site which costs nothing to join but you can get a load of free visitors from it by placing free ads. I say free ads, but it does require some time element, in as much as you pay for your ads to appear by means of credits. You can either buy credits, or earn them simply by browsing their site. Every time you click on one of the ads in their site, you get awarded credits which you use to purchase your ads. There are more options for getting visitors to your blog, the majority of which you have to pay for, but I would not recommend that at this stage, as some of the visitors you pay for may not be targeted to your niche.


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The Hidden Truth about Cheap Credit Cards Cheap credit cards are considered to be equivalent to low-interest credit cards. However, not all low-interest rate credit cards are cheap. Either such cards can have a fixed rate of interest throughout the tenure of your balance, or they can have a fluctuating rate of interest. Which one is actually cheaper? Types of Cheap Credit Cards Now, most armchair financial gurus will ‘know’ and advice you to opt for a fixed rate card. They will argue that such low, fixed-rate credit cards will prove

to be very cost-effective in the long run. A variable rate card may begin with a lower interest in the first few years and then gradually its rate of interest will keep increasing over the next few years. This allows you to pay off increasing interest amounts as your salary increases. However, they believe, a fixed rate card is a better option because its interest rates do not jump alarmingly like the variable rate card. Also, fixed-rate cards are also cheap credit cards because the company will have to inform you before they increase

the rates. Unfortunately, the truth is very different. Discussing the pros and cons of low-interest credit cards is quite another matter than actually having one in your wallet. You see, the practical realities dictate that you must choose a card that suits your lifestyle. Good Credit for Cheap Credit Cards For example, do you really manage to pay off your balances every month … all your balances, every month? If you do not clear pending dues every month,

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Saving Money on Magazine Subscriptions If you are interested in subscribing to a magazine or different magazines, you may be wondering how you can fit the costs of subscribing to a magazine or magazines into your overall budget. In this day and age, many people find it very difficult to make ends meet, to maintain a wise budget. They simply do not have a great deal of discretionary money to be used on such things as magazine subscriptions. With that said, there are some ways in which you can save money on magazine subscriptions. One of the easiest ways you can save money on magazine subscriptions is through the Internet and World Wide Web. There are now many websites in operation that offer magazine subscriptions at reduced costs. In addition to websites that market magazine subscriptions at reduced costs, there are also Internet websites that market magazine package deals. In other words, you can obtain a number of different magazine subscriptions that you

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National Landlord Investment Show connected hundreds of Midlands investors with local and national suppliers at Aston Villa Football Club The UK’s leading property investment exhibition returned to the Midlands for its third consecutive year on Wednesday 16th May at Aston Villa Football Club and was hailed a great success with over 800 Landlords and Investors in attendance. Visitors to the show sourced property services from over 60 exhibitors such as John Shepherd Sales and Lettings, Qubic Tax, Shawbrook Bank, IKEA, Vantage Finance, Bedford Insurance Group, Legal 4 Landlords, State Bank of India, Ferndown Estates, LP Asset Management, property investors network (pin) plus many more.. Over 300 visitors were also able to grow business connections at the complimentary morning networking event, hosted by Simon Zutshi of the property investors network (pin). With an exhibition hall packed with local investors, the show offered a host of leading suppliers of property investment, tax, legal, insurance and mortgage services. It also featured 14 seminars from renowned property experts – all included in the complimentary admission. The show gave advice and an indepth understanding of the investment opportunities available – in

both Birmingham and the Midlands. ‘It was a very productive day, with a crowded exhibition hall and full seminar sessions – it’s great to be able to facilitate so many successful business connections’ explains Tracey Hanbury, Event Director. ‘Both our shows and monthly publication (Landlord Investor Magazine) offer advice to help seasoned landlords and investors, as well as those considering entering the buy-to-let market. We look forward to coming back to the Midlands next year with the latest advice, suppliers and expert seminars’. The two seminar theatres hosted 14 speakers throughout the day who have unparalleled experience in the UK and overseas buy-to-let markets. Ever popular, they offered visitors a chance to expand their knowledge, keep up-to-date with developments in the market including Landlord Tax, Finance, Brexit, Legal and featured topics covering the entire spectrum of buy-to-let. To date the National Landlord Investment Show has successfully delivered 57 shows since their inception – May 2013. For more information regarding their

remaining 2018 shows which include Liverpool, Manchester, Cardiff and London Olympia please visit www. landlordinvestmentshow.co.uk Exhibitor enquiries for 2018 For any suppliers looking to connect with landlord and investors in the Midlands and throughout the UK, please visit landlordinvestmentshow.co.uk/ exhibiting for more information or call 020 8656 5075 to speak to a member of the team. Landlord Investor Magazine is subscription-based and available in both print and digital formats with 8 issues each year. It offers advice, features, and news, and helps property professionals keep up to date with essential industry developments. Subscribe at www.landlordinvestormagazine.co.uk About Landlord Investment Show is the UK’s leading property investment exhibition, providing solutions, networking and advice for new seasoned and investors in the buy-to-let market. Established in 2013 and operating in property hotspots throughout the country, it has now delivered 57 shows successfully.


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5 Tips For Successful Trading

There are lots of people who aspire to become profitable traders in today’s market environment. Many people who come to trade stocks, options, and other securities are attracted to the potential of making a lot of money but, often, aren’t aware of what it takes to be able to make money consistently, position yourself to make windfall profits, and all the while doing this while protecting your account from excessive and/or unnecessary losses. The good news is that there is a wealth of resources to help you but the bad news is that often a beginning trader doesn’t know where to start. The first step is to focus on is learning the language of the industry. Learn what a stop limit order is or what a “handle” means and how they relate to your trading. If you run into a term that you don’t understand, just “Google” it, then study the meaning. It is extremely hard for you to know what an article is saying or a veteran trader is talking about if you don’t know the basic terms of stock orders, option definitions, or how the futures market works if you ever hope to trade them. The second step is to learn is how to read price action. Price action is basically the language of a stock or a given market. It tells you what the stock or market has done and is likely to do again. Know how to read trends on a chart. Is the stock in a long-term trend? Are oil prices in an intermediate bear market? Is there evidence of a possible trend change in oil futures from an intermediate bear market to a long-term bull market? Learn how to read price action, and it will make you rich. The third step to successful trading is learning how to control your risk. Almost every successful trader that has survived longterm and made money long term knows how to control his risk to the markets. I personally know a professional hedge fund manager

that was short the German mark when the Berlin Wall came down but survived to make record returns on his funds that year. The fourth step is having an “edge” when you trade. An edge in trading is anything that gives you an advantage in trading. The more edges you can have, the better chances you have to make outstanding profits. An edge can be superior chart reading skills, successful stock selection, money management, etc. Study the great traders, and you will get a glimpse of the edges they use to become trading legends. The fifth step is having mental discipline and emotional balance. Most of the trading is mental. You can give two traders the exact same trading system for stocks, futures, or options but, invariably, they will end up with different results. Why? There mental and emotional states may not support them in being successful with system they were given. One trader may experience nervousness and anxiety which causes him to exit his trades too early, hesitate in taking entry signals, or taking profits too early and missing the big moves. The other trader may have the discipline and control to take each trade as it comes with no other focus other than to follow the system as it should knowing that the losses he may experience are just part of the game and that he will make his greatest profits over time using this system. In my opinion, learn how to use your mental discipline and emotional control to support you in becoming a successful trader and not work against you. These five steps that have been outlined will go a long way in helping you become more skillful and profitable. In time, you may want to come back and begin with the “basics” of this lesson to keep your focus and help you stay on the path of being the best trader that you can be.

John Lewis warns of zero first-half profit

John Lewis Partnership, which owns John Lewis department stores and the Waitrose supermarket chain, has warned that profits in the first half of the year will be “close to zero.” In 2017 John Lewis made £26.6, in the first half of the year and blamed heavy investment for this year’s expected fall. The company also warned over full-year profits, saying that they could be substantially lower than it was in 2017. The retailer said that the Waitrose chain would close five shops. Two Waitrose stores will close in Manchester, one will close in Birmingham, Central London and Camden in London. The company have also said that from September, the two brands would be renamed as Waitrose & Partners and John Lewis & Partners. In a statement, John Lewis said it was widely acknowledged that the retail sector was going through a period of “generational change.” The response would be to focus on “greater differentiation - not scale” and invest more in developing “unique” products and services, as well as placing more emphasis on its own brand. It said it would continue to invest at a rate of £400m-£500m per year. However, it does not expect to make a profit in the first half of the year, for the full year, it said that there was a “wide range of possible outcomes, given the market uncertainty.”

However, they said that they will be assuming that profits before exceptional items would be “substantially lower” than last year’s £290m. In March 2018, John Lewis Partnership, which is owned by its 84,000 staff known as “partners”, announced that bonuses would be cut for the fifth year in a row. The staff

got a 5% bonus, down from 6% last year and the lowest since the 4% paid out in 1954. Many retailers have come under pressure as a result of an increase in online shopping and lower footfall on High Streets, combined with rising costs and a fall in consumer confidence.

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Q&A with Ranbir Kapoor AW Facts Did you know? In the film ‘Heroine’, Kareena Kapoor wore over 130 different dresses.

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Bollywood Nights at Wembley Park

Dhadakt Title Track

After a long wait, the title track of Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter’s upcoming film Dhadak is out. Within few hours of its release, the song became a hit on the Internet. The song gives an insight into the unconventional love story of Parthavi aka Janhvi Kapoor and Madhukar aka Ishaan Khatter. The soothing song sung by Ajay Gogavale and Shreya Ghoshal will tug at your heartstrings instantly. Directed by Shashank Khaitan and produced by Karan Johar, Dhadak is slated to hit the screens on 20thJuly 2018.

GOLD IS THE PERFECT INDEPENDENCE DAY FILM

The significance of the gold medal is particularly important as it represents the dream that united a nation when India won its first gold medal as a free nation on the 12th of August 1948. The same date this year commemorates the 70th anniversary of this historic feat. The story of GOLD highlights India’s emergence from the shadow of the British Empire as it meets the British hockey team on the field, this time as a nation of its own. GOLD is an inspirational story of a team that fought all odds to bring their nation hope, pride and respect.

Lightingale Productions Presents

Lightingale Productions, spearheaded by superstar Ali Zafar, is proud to announce the first ever collaboration with one of the world’s biggest and most well respected film studios who have brought audiences with some of the most iconic films of its time. Yash Raj Films (YRF) have teamed up with Lightingale Productions for an exclusive international theatrical distribution of Teefa In Trouble. The summer blockbuster Teefa In Trouble stars the leading multi-talented superstar Ali Zafar and introduces Maya Ali to the silver screen. Directed by Ahsan Rahim, the movie is set to release on 20th July 2018 across Pakistan and internationally.

Free to attend, Outdoor Screenings of Yash Raj Films’ Evergreen and Contemporary Classics Wembley Park’s first curated season of cultural events, Summer of Play, featuring over 300 hours of free arts and entertainment this summer, will be presenting Bollywood Nights as part of the Summer of Film segment. Taking place from 30thJune to 29thJuly, Bollywood Nights will comprise free to attend, outdoor screenings of evergreen and contemporary classics presented exclusively by Yash Raj Films. The specially curated film season will feature iconic and genre-redefining film titles for a family-friendly audience, namely Jab Tak Hai Jaan, Dilwale Dulha-

nia Le Jayenge (DDLJ), Shuddh Desi Romance, Hichki, Sultan and a tribute to Sridevi with Chandni. Members of the public will be able to enjoy the outdoor screenings from deck chair seating beneath the iconic

Salman Khan introduces Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain’s Loveratri

Meet debutants Warina Hussain and Aayush Sharma in the Loveratri Teaser After a long wait, the teaser of Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain’s debut film Loveratri has been finally released. The teaser was revealed by Salman Khan on Twitter. Bollywood celebrities like Sonam Kapoor, Priyanka Chopra, Karan Johar and others also took to their Twitter to welcome the debut starlets. Loveratri has been shot in parts of India’s Gujarat as well as in London and explores an unlikely bond that develops over time between the two lead characters played by Aayush and Warina. The film has been directed by Abhiraj Minawala and has been produced by Salman Khan Films. Loveratri is set to release in cinemas on 5th October 2018.

arch of Wembley Stadium for free. The screenings will be interspersed with live dance performances from local Bollywood artists, while street food stalls will add to the cultural festival experience.

Presenting the upcoming Movie Dhadak

Presenting Janhvi Kapoor-Ishaan Khatter’s Dhadak After a long wait, the trailer of the muchawaited film Dhadak starring Janhvi Kapoor and Ishaan Khatter is finally out. The trailer shows a sizzling chemistry between Janhvi and Ishaan and the fans are eagerly waiting for the film to release. Apart from the fans, many Bollywood celebs are also going gaga over the trailer. B-Town celebrities like Alia Bhat, Varun Dhawan,Sonam Kapoor and others took to social media and appreciated the trailer. Directed by Shashank Khaitan and produced by Karan Johar, Dhadak is slated to hit the screens on 20thJuly 2018.


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Q/A with Ranbir Kapoor

1. Can you tell us more about your role in your upcoming movie Sanju? It’s the story of an icon – Sanjay Dutt - and the human side to him. It’s the story of the fallen hero who kept rising, a story of a father and son, the story of friendships and the mistakes you make and how you learn from those mistakes. There’s love, and it’s also entertaining. 2. How does it feel to star in a movie about one of Bollywood’s

Biggest Stars, Sanjay Dutt? It is a huge responsibility for me. We are really humble and grateful for the encouragement and feedback we have received so far on the film, but now it’s the big task of actually delivering the film to the audience and to give them an experience of a lifetime. 3. What has to be the biggest challenge you’ve faced in your career? I think every day is a challenge. It’s

a career where you have to constantly survive, constantly change yourself, be part of a different journey of different characters, there are highs, and there are lows – you just have to keep your head on your shoulder, don’t let success go to your head, and feel with your heart. 4. What inspired you to pursue a

career in acting? I went to New York for my further studies, and I attended an acting institute called Lee Strasberg Theatre and Film school. I really liked acting. My ambition was fuelled further when I worked with Sanjay Leela Bhansali in Black as his assistant.

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5. As we know, your dad, Rishi Kapoor, is one of Bollywood’s biggest actor’s, does this make it easy for you when filming? Not at all actually. You know there is a sense of responsibility that you have. I mean you have a legacy to live up to. My family has been acting for the last 90 years in Indian cinema, and it’s definitely a privilege. I feel blessed to know that I was born into this family, that I could get the opportunities that I have...I don’t take this for granted, and I do to my best capabilities. 6. Which character in Sanju have you enjoyed playing the most? I enjoyed portraying the romantic side of Sanjay Sir’s character because I believe whenever someone is in love they do incredible things in life. 7. What else can we expect from you in the near future? I have two very exciting films coming up Bhramastra and Shamshera, both from different genres, with exciting directors, and exciting roles. It’s a great opportunity for me to just be a part of good, commercial, successful films.


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Soorma Trailer Out Now

The greatest comeback story of India’s hockey legend Sandeep Singh, Soorma Diljit Dosanjh and Taapsee Pannu are coming together for the first time in Shaad Ali’s Soorma, which is based on the greatest comeback story of hockey player Sandeep Singh. The trailer of Soorma is an inspiring true story of the triumph of the human spirit, about a player, who made headlines for his miraculous comeback after an unfortunate accident through sheer determination, hard work and unrelenting passion for the sport. The film is written and directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions, Chitrangda Singh and Deepak Singh will be released worldwide on 13thJuly 2018.

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Taapsee Pannu training with former captain of the Indian national hockey team Sandeep Singh for Soorma Taapsee Pannu will soon be seen slaying the hockey field as Harpreet in the upcoming movie Soorma. Taapsee, who will be playing the lead opposite to Diljit Dosanjh in the biopic, based on the Indian hockey player Sandeep Singh’s life, givesfans a sneak peek of the hard work that went into preparing for her role. The two-and-a-half minute video follows Taapsee’s training and following a routine set by former Indian hockey captain Singh. In the BTS video, she’s seen learning the basic nuances and etiquette of hockey for several weeks to

ace her moves as well as the aesthetics before shooting for the film. Taapsee lauded Sandeep for his patience and approach while teaching a sport, which she had never played before. She had earlier said on her social media that her dream had come true to learn and play the sport of hockey, given the fact that her father too was a hockey player back in his college days and had always found the sport inspiring. Written and directed by Shaad Ali and produced by Sony Pictures Networks Productions, Chitrangda Singh and Deepak Singh will be released worldwide on 13thJuly 2018.

Teefa In Trouble drops its Item Number

The makers of upcoming Pakistani film Teefa in Trouble have dropped their much-anticipated first music release, Item Number with a star-studded music launch, which saw the likes of Fawad Khan and Ayesha Sana in attendance. The quirky and upbeat song features Maya Ali and Ali Zafar who share a sizzling onscreen chemistry. The song has been written and sung by Ali Zafar along with Aima Baig, who lends her vocals for the song. The music has been composed by Naqash Haider while the video has been choreographed by Feroz Khan, the man behind some of Bollywood’s top music hits including Maa Da Laadla from Dostana. Directed by Ahsan Rahim, Teefa in Trouble marks Zafar’s debut in Pakistani cinema. The film also stars Maya Ali, Javed Sheikh, Asma Abbas, Mehmood Aslam, Mahenur Haider and Faisal Qureshi and releases in cinemas on 20thJuly 2018.

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Get the confetti, arrange the flowers and don’t forget to invite auntie along for the biggest wedding party of the year! The upcoming Pakistani romantic-comedy Na Band Na Baraati is out in cinemas now, after a successful release on Eidul-Fitr in Pakistan. Marking the debut production of ZASHKO Entertainment, Na Band Na Baraati is a heady mix of culture, compassion, love, mischief, and entertainment, trailing the shenanigans that ensue during a big family wedding in Canada. Directed by Mahmood Akhtar, Produced by Zain Farooqi and Presented by HUM Films, the film features a diverse cast of promising young faces alongside veteran actors including Mikaal Zulfiqar, Qavi Khan, Atiqa Odho, Azra Mohyeddin, Shayan Khan, Nayab Khan, Mahmood Akhtar, Komal Farooqi, and Ali Kazmi. No expense was spared in the making of this film, with close attention paid to each detail. The film marks a first for being filmed entirely in Canada, with various recognisable locations including Ontario, Niagara Falls, Blue Mountain Resorts and Toronto featured throughout the film. The film’s production team is also

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Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar set to release on March 1, 2019

Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar stars Arjun Kapoor & Parineeti Chopra Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra starrer Sandeep Aur Pinky Faraar is set to release on 1st March 2019. The Dibakar Banerjee thriller will see Arjun play the role of a Haryanvi cop, while Parineeti essays the role of an ambitious girl from the corporate world whose lives suddenly intertwine. Dibakar says, “I feel this is my first film all over again, at least in terms of the excitement with the material. Sandeep and Pinky

bring to screen the two Indians that are forever clashing. I want the audience not to lose a second of that. We finished the shoot one month late because of the intense weather conditions on the Indo-Nepal border. I don’t want Sandeep and Pinky to be short-changed on edit time. YRF agreed with my request and so we are pressing on together to the new date. 2019 is when India chooses its future. I’m looking forward to release in that year and choose mine.” Rohan Malhotra, VP - Distribution at YRF adds, “Sandeep Aur

Pinky Faraar will now release on March 1, 2019. Arjun and Parineeti have Namaste England releasing on Dussehra this year and the makers had announced this date a while back. It would have been unfair for us to request them to shift their film. Also, we wanted to have a gap between these two films as it features the same star cast and given the extremely busy release calendar of this year, we feel March 1 is the best date for our movie to open.”

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Exclusive Interview with Ram Kamal Mukherjee

1. Tell us what inspired you to take that step into journalism. My father, Jaydeb Mukherjee was instrumental in guiding me. He realised that I liked writing, and I always preferred Shakespeare more than Newton in my school days! I guess the germ was already created; it needed the right soil to bloom. 2. Can you remember from your earliest days as a journalist, where you would go to see what stories you could pick up? Not really! That’s not how we “hunt” stories in India. We believe in “networking”, and that’s very critical. Being an avid Indian cinema fan, I would keep track of every news that used to reach me. And I would try to pick on stories from that piece which senior journalists would miss. I remember reading that how Sanjay Leela Bhansali was very keen on having a particular track by Ismail Darbar in Devdas, and that’s when I read that he was trying to record a song with a debutant singer. I used my networking to “hunt” the voice, and finally, my “networking” helped me in discovering Shreya Ghoshal. I was the first journalist to interview her for The Asian Age in Kolkata, and much later when I visited Mumbai, she agreed to be a part of my chat show too. That’s how we “cultivate” our relationship with artists. 3. You have worked for some of the top publications in India such as Mumbai Mirror as assistant editor, how did this come about? It was the result of sleepless nights and delivering what my editor Meenal Baghel expected from me. I must admit that working with Times of India group (Mumbai Mirror) was the toughest and yet the best phase of my life. I got worldwide exposure, freedom to write feature stories on various subjects related to cinema, television and music. 4. Which other media publications have you personally contributed too? Many… I started journalism with a fortnightly in Bengali called Sambad Ekhon (New Now) and Pratahik Sambad (Morning News) for which I was never paid, barring the travel expenses. But my parents supported me, so I was not financially burdened. Later I started working with The Asian Age in Kolkata as a freelancer, and soon got an offer to join them as a reporter. After working there for almost four years, I got an offer from Stardust film magazine in Mumbai, and I shifted my base to Bollywood. After my tenure in Mumbai Mirror, while I was working with British Nandy Communication as Vice President, I contributed regularly for Midday, Ananda Bazar Patrika and several online portals. Finally, I was again offered a job in Stardust, this time as Editor in Chief.

5. You are best known for Hema Malini coffee table book - Diva Unveiled, an unofficial biography which was published in 2005, what made you come up with this idea? That’s a long story. Basically, Mr Hira was planning to bring out a book on Hema Malini after the success of Baghbaan. He wanted Biswajit Ghosh to write the book, as a part of series “Hall of Fame” which he was writing as a commissioned project for Magna Publishing. But when my editor Sonali Kotnis Jaffar and group editor Ashwin Varde came to know about my proximity with Hema Malini they requested Mr Nari Hira to assign me the job. I started off the project as Hall of Fame but soon realised that the content (text and images) which I produced was not fitting into the existing format. It was Ashwin Varde and Nari Hira who decided that they will print the book as a coffee table book. Till date Diva Unveiled remains India’s only coffee table book on any Indian actress. 6. What was it like receiving Best Author Award for the book? It’s God’s grace and love from my colleagues. Awards are always special, and that too when you receive it for your hard and honest work. 7. Was it difficult to collect so much information about such a phenomenal star as Hema Malini? Yes! It was difficult to get information which were unheard. I didn’t want to tell the same story, so if you read the book, you will realise that it’s treated almost like a film screenplay, and could be easily adapted into a biopic. I would give credit to my editor Nooshn Mowla, Hemaji’s sister-in-law Prabha, my friend Swarup Nanda from Leadstart Publishing and my wife Sarbani Mukherjee for working in this project and helping me in achieving the goal. 8. Why did you decide to take a step into films? I guess it was a natural progression after producing a finite series for Zee TV in India. I

always wanted to tell a story but never had the courage to tell it via a visual medium. I need preparation. I started with my first fiction book Long Island Iced Tea and then made a 156 episode series Bin Kuch Kahe with my friend and filmmaker Rajshree Ojha. After that, I wanted to produce a feature film in Hindi, but for some strange reason, that film remained unfinished due to financial issues. After that, I decided that I will make my own film, and tell the story which I want to tell. That’s how the germ of direction was born. 9. How did your collaboration with Esha Deol Takhtani start? I’ve known Esha since she was a kid, and later she joined the film industry. I was amongst the first journalist to interview her in Kolkata during her debut film Koi Mere Dil Se Pooche. Since then we used to interact on a professional level. Frankly speaking, we never had any bonding or such, because I used to mostly interact with Hemaji, and she had her set of journalist friends. We started bonding just before her marriage when Hemaji wanted my wife Sarbani to handle the entire media. That’s when she realised that we are professional and I think she grew affinity towards me and my wife. Much later when I was writing a book on Hemaji (Beyond The Dreamgirl), I decided to interview her. That’s when she opened up like never before. I could see a much matured Esha, and that’s when I decided to work with her. In fact, Hema ji was not even aware that we were doing a movie together, and neither had she had any clue about the fact that I will be directing the movie. 10. Now tell us about the short feature film Cakewalk, you were in London for the official UK unveiling of the poster for the film. How did you come up with the story? I would like to give the entire credit to Nari Hira and Ashok Dhamankar from Magna Publishing for hosting us, and organising the poster launch of

Cakewalk. I know what all struggle Ashok had to go through to make this event a grand success. I would like to thank my producer Shailendra Kumar who introduced me to Radio Jockey Dev in London, and he introduced me to publicist Kully Kaur who finally came like a fairy to make this a dream launch. 11. What was her reaction when you gave Esha the script and said it was a short feature film? Esha liked the story and asked me to develop the screenplay. It took a while for her to give a final nod because she was very keen on conveying a certain message in the film. But she was sure about a fact that if she says yes to the film, then it has to be directed by me. She had a total conviction on me as a story teller, and I don’t know how she actually pushed me from the cliff, only to make me realise that I can fly! 12. Did Esha have any input into the film? Yes, she is a pro. After working with the likes of Yashraj Films, Dharma Productions and Mani Ratnam, she comes with her own sense and sensibility. I feel that she was not used properly by her directors, or maybe she didn’t get enough characters to show her acting prowess. But whatever she suggested on dialogues and scenes had only enhanced the film. So I am happy! 14. When will Cakewalk be released? Good question! I am waiting for studios to lock the deal. It’s a movie, and I have treated it just like a film. Yes, it’s not a ten crore cinema film, but there is an investment that needs to be recovered before we release it. I am not looking at YouTube

releases; I am looking at digital platforms like Zee 5, Voot, Amazon, Netflix, Sony and Reliance. I need a bigger platform to dish out this cake. 15. Why did you decide on a short feature film and not the standard full feature length film? I think we all need to learn how to walk before we learn how to run!

16. As one of the top ranking journalists can you advise our readers on how they can follow their dreams and go into a career in journalism? Just believe in your dreams, and work honestly. I think everyone of us can become a hero; it’s just that we need a push from the cliff, to know that when you have a pair of wings, then why walk those miles?

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VYRL Originals Has Released its Next Single

The biggest collaboration of 2018 is here! Singer, Composer & Actor Arjun Kanungo has teamed up with acclaimed singer/songwriter Momina Mustehsan for a mid-tempo ballad titled Aaya Na Tu. Arjun continues to embrace new sounds and collaborations with this release. Laced with a beautiful melody, the song captures the emotion of being left behind in Love. Composed by Arjun and written by Kunaal Vermaa, the song addresses rejection and pain but most importantly, the undying nature and burden of true love. The official music video, shot in Bangkok beautifully captures the essence of the song with interplay between both artistes bringing out the emotions of “Aaya Na Tu”. With several hits and over 250 million views + steams online, Arjun is one of India’s most recognisable Popstars. Starting his pop career with the breakout hit ‘Baaki Baatein Peene Baad’ with Rapper Badshah, Arjun has gained immense popularity since then. His latest hit single ‘La La La’ with Neha Kakkar is currently at 63 million views on YouTube. Momina rose to prominence in 2016 when she marked her Coke Studio debut as a featured artist. She performed a rendition of maestro Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan’s “Afreen Afreen” with Rahat Fateh Ali Khan that received critical appraisal & left everyone mesmerized. The video has gained 180+ million views on YouTube. She has also garnered 350 Million + Views & streams till date for her tracks. In 2017, she was named in BBC’s 100 Women for her work in women empowerment, and the following year, Forbes Asia featured her among it’s “30 Under 30”. Vinit Thakkar, Senior Vice President, Universal Music Group, India and South Asia & EMI Records India said, “I’m extremely proud of this collaboration and so thrilled that we could bring these two incredible artists together for this single. Arjun & Momina are both talented individuals who have achieved incredible success at a young age. We’re ecstatic with the initial response the track is receiving.” Speaking on the release, Arjun Kanungo said, “Momina has been a joy to work with. We ended up making a song we’re proud of and also ended up being good friends. Vinit Thakkar and the good folks at Universal Music have been so supportive of my vision for the song and the music video from the beginning. Being part of every phase of this song

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MENSTRUAL AWARENESS CONCLAVE Megastar Akshay Kumar showed his support for menstrual hygiene awareness with a spirited debut of a new rock anthem ‘Let’s Talk About Periods’ at the Niine Menstrual Awareness Conclave. The conclave took place on Menstrual Hygiene Awareness Day, and marked the launch of the Niine Movement, an ambitious five-year plan conceived by social entrepreneur Amar Tulsiyan aimed at raising awareness on the importance of menstrual hygiene and tackling the taboos associated with menstruation. Akshay Kumar was chief guest at the event, following his recent role in award-winning film Pad Man, which tackled the issue of menstrual taboo. He voiced his support for the Niine Movement with the launch of the nationwide campaign #18to82, aimed at bridging the gap between the minority that are able to adopt hygienic practices and the large majority who are unable to. Akshay Kumar took to the stage to passionately discuss the importance of raising menstrual hygiene awareness, which culminated in his performance by the Pad Man himself of a new rock song, ‘Let’s Talk About Periods’. Akshay surprised audiences when he began singing to the song’s guitar and drum infused soundtrack, but he soon had the host clapping along to his performance. Akshay’s strong message

from composing the song to shooting the video, it’s been a blast to work with everyone involved. I am very proud of what we have achieved as a team!” Commenting on her debut single, Momina Mustehsan added, I’m grateful to Arjun for sharing such an awesome song of his with me. He, along with the Universal team, instantly became friends more than colleagues. This is my first single, and the encouragement and support I got from the whole team was overwhelming. This was also my first time playing a character for a video and Danny was an incredible director to work with. It was truly a pleasure being a part of this project alongside such a motivated, supportive and hardworking team. VYRL Originals is EMI Music India’s latest music property created to promote independent non-film music. This unique property is led by noted film director Mohit Suri - known for his excellent taste in music. Mohit is curating every aspect of each track that is being produced. Right from the composers, lyricists to the singers, each of them have been carefully worked on and handpicked by the director himself. The sound will be in line with contemporary Bollywood music with great production values, albeit without the canvass of a film. The tracks under VYRL Originals will be launched simultaneously across every streaming service – in India as well as Globally - and will sit amongst today’s popular Bollywood songs giving the music lover a seamless listening experience. The property launched January`18 & the tracks are sitting high on charts and playlists across streaming services.

on breaking the taboo and talking about periods shines through in the song. Akshay also revealed interesting anecdotes from Pad Man, including the fact that his involvement in the film was inspired by a particular phrase: “After hearing this phrase, I made Pad Man… Never mess with someone who bleeds five days every month but does not die - that’s the power of a woman.” Speaking about the effectiveness and impact of the film, he said “No one wants to watch a boring documentary. People want to see a story with hero and heroine and the songs in an interesting way. Commercial cinema can make a huge difference.” As part of the Niine Movement’s commitment to educate and raise awareness of menstruation across all genders and age groups, Akshay Kumar also shone a light on lesser known ‘Pad Heroes’

of India, discussing their heroic efforts to improve understanding and awareness of menstruation, and awarding them 5 lakhs on behalf of the Niine Movement to support them. The Niine Menstrual Hygiene Conclave also featured two highlevel panels engaging prominent and expert panellists, discussing a range of issues including focusing on the importance of menstrual hygiene management awareness and practice, the work already being conducted on ground to tackle the issues and address the barriers, and the

challenges within the education sector. The end of the conclave saw Akshay Kumar joined by founders of the Niine Movement Amar Tulsiyan, Sharat Khemka, Gaurav Bathwal, as they pledged to join the Pad Man Army and create a Chain of Niine to raise menstrual hygiene awareness. Speaking about his support of the Menstrual Awareness Conclave, Akshay Kumar said: “The Niine Menstrual Awareness Conclave is a crucial assembly of minds, influencers and menstrual awareness champions - convening under one roof with the common goal of tackling the urgent issues, taboos and stigmas associated with menstrual health and hygiene. We, as a collective society, can only implement change once we initiate discussion, and the conclave on International Menstrual Hygiene Day is a fitting platform for us to truly empower a nation of women. Together we can ensure that every woman and girl has the right to manage her period safely and with dignity.”

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Heartburn and Acid Reflux

Heartburn and acid reflux are typically treated with over the counter products or drugs that reduce stomach acid or block the excretion of stomach acid. It would appear that if our stomach acid needed to be diluted by antacids, our body would be smart enough not produce such a corrosive liquid in our stomach. That fact is that we need a highly acidic condition in our stomach to properly digest protein. Using drugs to suppress this stomach acid is not the correct way to deal with acid reflux or heartburn. If you do go this route, you will be facing many diseases as you get older. There are many reasons you might have acid reflux. One reason is a weakness in the Lower Esophageal Sphincter valve, LES. LES is a valve between your stomach and your esophagus. When your LES valve is weak, it can allow acidified, partially digested food to flow back up into your esophagus. The acid in the food will burn the lining of your esophagus causing the so called “heartburn…” Here are some natural steps that you can use to strengthen your Lower Esophageal Sphincter valve: These foods can weaken the LES valve – coffee, peppermint, spearmint, sugar, chocolate, onions, and alcohol. Once you have strengthened your LES, you can return to eating these foods in moderate amounts. Eliminate those foods that are known to create allergic

reactions such as cow’s milk, wheat, white flour, dairy products, and other foods. Avoid overeating and having a large amount of food in your stomach. Excess food in your stomach can increase your stomach gas pressure and force your LES valve to open. Avoid using certain drugs, although this might be impossible. If you take drugs perhaps you can start looking for and start using some natural remedies so that you can lessen the use of drugs. Here are some of the drugs at cause LES problems – NSAIDs, bronchodilators, channel blockers, beta-blockers, anti anxiety drugs, and nitroglycerine. These drugs relax the muscles around the LES valve causing them to open during normal stomach gas pressures. Watch how you do certain physical activities, such as waist bending, staining during bowel movements, coughing, and lifting heavy objects. This increases the pressure in the stomach, causing the LES valve to open. After a meal do not lie down. This causes food to flow back towards the LES valve putting pressure on it. So it is a good reason to eat your last meal around three hours before bedtime. There you have it, some natural remedies and activities that strengthen or weaken your LES valve. Just applying some or all these will result in reducing the frequency of your acid reflux and heartburn.

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Alternative Medicine from Asia

In the last twenty years, alternative medicine from Asia has become popular. Acupressure for the face is a new approach that has come on the scene and is worth discussing. Time takes a toll on our bodies, particularly our faces. There is just no hiding the damage of the sun, wrinkles and so on. Many people look to surgical lifts for a solution. Others, however, are nervous about the invasive nature of the surgery, possible side effects or the cost. A possible alternative for those not needing intensive repair is acupressure. The results that you will get from an acupressure session are not going to be as dramatic or long lasting as those from traditional surgical options. Acupressure procedures are meant to be a holistic, massage-oriented alternative to having surgery, but are not to be considered on the same level. Acupressure is an ancient Chinese art of applying pressure to specific points on your body. This is believed to allow more blood and energy flow to the area that is pressed, which can correspond to other areas of the

body. The results of acupressure have been seen for centuries by those practicing this craft. Facial acupressure takes advantage of pressing these points on the face, and therefore allowing additional blood and oxygen to flow to these areas. This tightens the areas that are being massaged and pressed, leaving the client with a relaxed, youthful look. The facial area is massaged and stimulated with light pressure, which not only improves the facial circulation, but also helps to clean the facial lymph system. This technique also stimulates the underlying collagen of the face, which allows it to loosen and possibly regenerate faster,

making the youthful look you get from the acupressure last. Having an acupressure facial is not considered a medical procedure, but it is a certified practice by the National Certification Board for Therapeutic Massage and Bodywork. It is considered to be more intensive than a traditional facial which is commonly performed by a cosmetician. Some massage therapists will recommend more than one acupressure session to achieve full results, and you will want to consult with your therapist for the best course of action for your face. Facial procedures are more and more common these days, but there are non-surgical

options if you are not ready for the knife just yet. An acupressure session can give you a more youthful glow without surgery or any side effects. You also get the bonus of the relaxing technique of acupressure. It is a great compromise for those who need just a little help in the facial aging department.

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7 Ways to Exercise Correctly

Are you exercising regularly, yet not seeing the results you want? Or getting sidelined by pulled muscles and other injuries? Feeling tempted to drop out because you’re so bored? Don’t give up your fitness program just yet. Maybe the problem isn’t the exercise itself but the way you’re exercising. Doing the ‘Gym slouch’ – We see many people in the gym leaning on equipment. We call it ‘gym slouch’: They’re on the Stairmaster, elliptical cross trainer, or treadmill, leaning over, and hanging on for dear life. When your back is rounded, your spine doesn’t get enough support. So stand erect when you’re working out on one of these machines. Getting a grip: Holding on too tightly to the cardio equipment lets you ‘cheat’ and keeps you from moving your arms, which is essential to boost your heart rate and burn extra calories. Instead of gripping, just rest your fingers, from your index finger to the pinkie, on the bars. As you get more comfortable, drop a finger. Eventually, you may have just the index fingers resting there for security. Resistance training for ‘Fat burn’: Many people think they need only a cardiovascular exercise program. We begin losing muscle at age 30.Strength training builds muscles, which increases metabolism and burns fat as well as calories. Strength-Training Slipups: Doing weight-lifting repetitions too fast raises your blood pressure and increases your risk for joint injury. It also compromises your results. The safest way to use

strength machines or dumbbells is: in lifting phase, exhale for two counts and hold briefly at the top of the contraction, then return as you inhale for four counts. Always exhale during the hardest part of the work. Are you doing your Ab crunches right? Many people do crunches or abdominal machine workouts without ever toning their abdomens. The problem is that they’re using the upper torso, neck, and head to do the work. The contraction should be from the ribcage to the hip bone. Put your mind into the muscles that are working, and keep all the other muscles quiet. Doing lackluster lat pull-downs. On this machine, you’re seated with a bar overhead. Some people stick their heads forward and pull the bar down behind their heads. But doing it this way could injure your spine or neck — and your back won’t get that coveted “V” look. Instead, pull the bar down in front of your shoulders and chest. Using maladjusted machines: Weight machines are made for people of all shapes and sizes. You must adjust them to fit if

you want to get results and avoid injury. For example, using an improperly set leg-extension machine puts stress on your knees. Another problem with improperly adjusted machines is that you don’t work your muscles through the full range of motion. Have a qualified trainer show you the proper settings for your physique, and write them down on a card that you carry to the gym. Skipping the warm-up: Without a warm-up, you’re asking your body to work before the oxygen and blood flow reach the muscles. You increase the risk for injury, and with cardiovascular exercise, you raise the heart rate too fast. Before you exercise in earnest, spend 5-10 minutes going through the motions of your workout at an easy pace to raise your body temperature from the inside out. If you don’t warm up before lifting weights, meanwhile, you risk torn muscles and won’t be able to lift as much weight. Get your blood flowing by spending a few minutes on the treadmill or exercise bike, or even walking in place. Stretching vs. Bouncing:

Bouncing during a stretch can increase your risk of straining or pulling muscles. Hold a static stretch with no movement at the joints. Your body should feel lengthened but not to the point of pain. Skipping the ‘Cool-down’: Don’t come to sudden stop at the end of your workout. If you don’t cool down, you risk muscle soreness because you haven’t flushed the lactic acid out of your system. It takes five to 10 minutes at a slower pace, depending on your fitness level, to let your heart rate come down. Being a weekend warrior: If you’re only exercising two days a week, you’ll never get where you want to be, and you’ll feel awful every Monday. It leads to injury and burnout, and you’re missing the secret to success: showing up. Skipping on water: Muscles need fluid to contract properly, so if you don’t drink enough, you can get muscle spasms or aches. If you’re thirsty, you’re already a percent dehydrated. Drink water before, during, and after exercise. Seeking a quick fix! Many people expect dramatic results from a little exercise. Recommendations are for 3 1/2 to 4 hours of physical activity a week just to prevent weight regain. If you want to lose weight and you’re walking 30 minutes, three times a week, without changing your diet, it will take roughly one month to lose a pound. Want to lose weight faster? Exercise more.


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Healthy Eating for the Summer There are many advantages to eating fruit and vegetables raw. Water-soluble vitamins (such as vitamin C) are destroyed by heating, so there will be less vitamin C in a cooked carrot than in a similar raw carrot. But for some nutrients, cooking (and juicing) is more nutritious, because it makes the nutrients more easily assimilated. Cooking and juicing breaks down tough fibres and allows the digestive juices to work more effectively on the vegetable. This is particularly important for someone who is elderly, ill or who has impaired digestion. For example, research has shown that we absorb approximately 3-4% of carotenoids from raw carrots and 15-20% from cooked carrots. Carotenoids are plant pigments that give yellow, orange and red fruit and vegetables their colour. Carotenoids are powerful antioxidants, so have a role in helping us fight old age and cancer. Juicing fruit and vegetables is an excellent way to combine the advantages of both raw and cooked. There are a lot of different juicers out there, so I decided to ask the experts at the Wholistic Research Company in the UK for more about juicing and juicers.

3 ways to strengthen hair Even people with thinning hair dream of having lush, thick and healthy locks to set off their complete look. For most people with thinning hair, though, all of their styling endeavours are met with frustration and a resulting style that falls short of the image that they had envisioned. But it doesn’t have to be that way. Thinning hair does not sentence you to a life of dull and unstylish tresses. In fact, there are several things that you can do to make your thinning hair look stunning. And the best part is that these thinning hair options won’t take a great deal of your time or money either. The first thing that you need to do to make your thinning hair look fabulous is to find the right stylist. Search for a stylist who has other clients with thinning hair and is fluent in all of the right styles and techniques to both protect thinning hair and make it look thicker than it really is. You can do this by asking for referrals from friends who also have thinning hair but always seem to look like they

have just left the salon. Once you have found the right stylist, together you can begin to examine your options for making your thinning hair appear thick again. Since there are many different ways to thicken up your locks, it is very important for you and your stylist to talk about each thinning hair option together so that you pick the right techniques that are perfect for you and your thinning hair. Here are just a few of the ways that you can make your thinning hair appear lush and thick: Cut and texture: One of the best ways to conceal your thinning hair is to find a cut that adds a lot of texture and movement to your style while at the same time makes your hair appear thicker. Since long hair tends to draw the eye to the reality of thinning hair, shorter hairstyles are often your better bet. Choose styles with a lot of layers and textures ends that will create movement and interest to your thinning hair style. Adding texture through soft curl can also be a great

way to make your thinning hair look its best. Color: Not only does color add more body and thickness to your thinning hair, it can also be used to draw the eye away from particularly thin spots. Using a combination of lowlights, high-lights and color accents, your stylist can do wonders for your thinning hair with a color brush. Products: There are a wide variety of products on the market that can be used to conceal thinning hair. Products such as thickening shampoos and conditioners can do a lot for thinning hair. Also be conscious of what types of styling products that you use on your thinning hair. Use lighter products such as mousses and pomades over heavy products like gel and spritzs. As you can see, none of these thinning hair remedies are complicated or expensive. Simply by learning how to best style your thinning hair and learning to use the right products can do a great deal to make your hair look like it is both chic and thick.

What are the benefits of a juicer over just eating fresh fruit and vegetables? The use of fresh fruit and vegetable juices in both normal and therapeutic diets has long been established as a great aid to natural health, energy and well-being. The high mineral and nutrient content, combined with the vibrant life-energy of fresh fruits and vegetables, makes pure, fresh juice a wonderful part of a healthy person’s diet. In no other way can one consume the nutritional content of, for example, a pound or two of apples and carrots (in a glass) and then go on to eat a healthy breakfast. Fresh juices are an invaluable supplement to any person’s diet. Indeed there are therapies that rely almost entirely on the power and nutrition available in juices to rid an ailing body of serious illness, even cancer. The body is stimulated by such concentrated goodness to throw off negative, pathological cellular deterioration and regain excellent health. What are the advantages of a juicer over bought juice? Making fresh juices from your own juicer provides you with the same live enzymes that are available in raw fresh fruit and vegetables. These fresh raw foods give us more energy and sparkle than cooked, ‘dead’ foods, and ‘dead’ juices that have been sitting in a container on the supermarket shelf for days, weeks or even months. This energy (from the freshly made juice) is concentrated, and you feel it as soon as you drink it. It can clear your head and make you feel light and energetic. Juicers can vary dramatically in price, so what should you look for in buying a juicer? In order to extract juice from fruits and vegetables, it is necessary first to break down the cell walls and fibres and then separate out the juice. Ideally, a top quality juicer should deliver a nutrient-rich juice on the one hand and a dry pulp of cell walls and fibres, on the other. There are basically two types of juicers: centrifugal juicers and masticating juicers. So what is a centrifugal juicer? This is an inexpensive juicer and is widely available. It merely grates

fruits and vegetables, leaving strings of unbroken cells. The juice from the cells that have been broken is then spun out at very high speed (6,000 to 10,000 rpm). Because the juice is flung out, it mixes with the air and so oxidises (turns brown) quickly. The pulp usually remains very moist, because the process has not extracted all the juice. Not only is this more wasteful, but the juice is paler, more watery, lower in nutrient value and often quite insipid in flavour. That doesn’t sound very appetising. Are masticating juicers any better? Masticating juicers provide richer, more flavourful, nutritious juices. They are altogether more ‘serious’, although more expensive, but should be considered to be an investment in good health. They more thoroughly break up fruit or vegetables, and press out the juice from the resulting pulp inside a nose cone with a narrow opening. This is far more efficient than centrifugal action. A good masticating juicer will extract up to five times more nutrients than centrifugal juicers. Masticating juicers – like the popular American champion juicer – use a rugged cutter, spinning at 1425 rpm. This will juice whole carrots and quartered apples speedily and with ease. There are also slower masticating juicers that use a single auger or twin gears, revolving at 80 to 160 rpm, to more gently crush smaller pieces of fruit and vegetables. They are especially useful for juicing tough fibrous greens and wheatgrass (a powerful healing natural tonic). You can also juice wheatgrass with a manual masticating juicer. A good one can be relatively inexpensive to buy, and is similar to an old fashioned table-mounted mincer that is turned with a handle. Many masticating juicers will also make smoothies, purees, nut butters, pasta, baby foods and frozen fruit ice creams. The price of a good juicer may seem quite high, but the quality of the juice produced, and the long life of the juicer, far outweigh the initial outlay when compared to the cheaper, far less efficient models on the market.


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Increasing your Applying Suncream on Metabolism South Asian Children

Metabolism basically means the count of calories you burn per day. Repeatedly you have might read from the articles about accelerating the rate of metabolism. The most common reasons are consuming highly nutritious food and performing workouts. If your metabolism rate is slower, it shows you are burning less of calories. In order to increase the rate, you must follow the below tips: 1) Do not observe fasting because you burn too many calories at once, which is really harmful to your body. In this process your muscles turn weak and you face dehydration rather than minimizing the fat content. 2) Dine about 6-8 times a day by consuming nutritious items such as fruits and vegetables. 3) A heavy breakfast is a key factor in increasing the rate of metabolism. Since you are awake for the whole day, the rate of metabolism is fast. 4) There are many kinds of healthy fats available such as nuts, fish, olive oil, and flax oil. They can be the sub-

stitutes for processed carbs. 5) Consume less of sugar so that the insulin production is regulated and you will thus burn calories easily. 6) Eat about 1 gm of protein per pound because the excessive fat content will be drained away. 7) Remember that alcohol is uprightly harmful for the people planning to loose weight. It prevents fat burning and contains almost 100s of calories. 8) Green tea and water are the best forms of beverages that do not affect the metabolism process. So use them instead of tea, coffee and alcohol. 9) Night shifts are normally not advisable, but if you think they are unavoidable then follow the abovementioned tips carefully. 10) In order to make your metabolism process effective use the Turbulence Training manual that provide you right instruction to perform workouts. If your metabolism rate is slower, it shows you are burning less of calories. Remember the above points for a healthy life.

Cheap Alternative to Clearing Acne Scars Aside from expensive acne scars treatment method which are found to be effective but not in the financial reach of most of the population, it is important to know that there are also some natural and much cheaper remedies in getting rid of acne scars. These are acne scars treatment methods that you can use to treat your acne scars right at the convenience of your home. Natural acne scar treatment is the best solution method especially for those who possess a sensitive skin because natural treatment doesn’t create side effects or rashes that may further destroy your sensitive skin. 1. One of the leading methods of clearing acne scars is the use of oatmeal cleanser. It helps eliminate other skin defect like blackheads and also help in the effective removal of acne scars. The oatmeal method consists of a mixture of rose water and an oatmeal powder; together they will form a paste that you can apply over the areas of your skin affected by the acne scars. 2. After applying it allow for about fifteen minutes to pass then afterwards rinse it with cold water, this process allows the oatmeal to close all existing skin pores and helps clear up a lot of your existing acne scars. To see the best kind of results you should do this

everyday. 3. Another leading acne scar treatment option is the use of honey. Considered as one of the best natural remedy for acne scars, honey plays a great role in defeating bacteria that actually causes acnes. After cleaning your skin, you can then apply honey to the affected part of your skin. Wait after ten minutes before rinsing it with clean water. 4. Others include applying lotions and gels that are available at leading pharmacies and are highly recommended by professionals. The most important thing to remember when dealing with acne scars is that you should be patient with one kind of treatment and use it until the remnants of acne scars are completely taken care of. 5. Other well known acne scar treatment is the use of the process called laser resurfacing. It’s a process that involves a laser being applied to the affected skin and with that it will kill the bacteria that forms the acne scars. This can take from a number of minutes until an hour or so and usually takes between 2 to 10 days before the skin to heal completely. Remember there are now a lot of ways to clear acne scars. Just be patient in looking for a method that can fit your needs.

Applying sunscreen to South Asian children under the age of two could increase their risk of skin cancer later in life, one of the world’s leading experts warned. A ‘self-tanning’ mechanism that protects the skin against the sun’s rays could be prevented from developing properly or be “significantly” weakened through the use of an artificial barrier too early in life. The process, which develops naturally after birth, strengthens the outermost ‘horny’ layer of the skin, known as the ‘stratum corneum’, by increasing its tolerance to ultra-violet radiation. Though the same process occurs in white and lighter skin, it is more effective in black and dark skin because it is naturally rich in melanin, which gives skin its pigment and protects against UV radiation, and has more melanosomes – cells which produce melanin. If this natural ‘shield’ is not left to fully mature, typically over a period of two years, it may never do so – leaving individuals unknowingly more susceptible to melanoma. This poses a greater risk to those with darker Indian sub-continental or AfroCaribbean skin because they are less likely to use sunscreen as they grow up. As dark skin – types five or six on the Fitzpatrick scale, the pigment classification chart – rarely burns, it is assumed that additional protection from the sun is not required. But in cases where their natural UV protection is low, individuals who do not apply sunscreen are unwittingly increasing their risk of fatal cancers. The warnings were issued by Dr Sharad Paul, New Zealand’s most decorated skin cancer expert and one of the world’s preeminent authorities on the subject. They come just weeks before the summer holidays, when tens of thousands of Britons will be basking in the sun at home or abroad. Dr Paul – a holder of the Chair’s Award, the NZ Medical Association’s highest honour, for his research and services in the field of skin cancer – and a senior lecturer on skin cancer at the University of Queensland, advises parents with dark-skinned children to avoid applying sunscreen until they are at least two

years old. He said parents should instead cover up their children to protect them from the sun during peak hours. He said: “Though using sunscreen is definitely proven to prevent sunburn and one study showed it can reduce the risk of melanoma, it could possibly increase the chances of developing the disease if applied too early in life especially in people with a natural ability to tan. “With babies, the skin is adapting to the environment outside the uterus and is learning how to tan in response to the sun. “Studies have shown how this tanning mechanism improves between six and 18 months, as the skin adapts to life outside the womb, and the standard medical recommendation is to refrain from using sunscreen with children under six months to allow the tanning response time to mature. “It is my hypothesis, however, that it could take longer for the tanning mechanism to mature in darker-skinned children. “Though darker skin types don’t sunburn and dark-skinned adults have a very low risk of skin cancer, using sunscreen in darker-skin children up to two years old may actually make that skin more susceptible to skin cancer later in life.” Malignant melanoma is now the UK’s fifth most common type of cancer, with around 13,300 people being diagnosed with the disease each year. In young adults aged 15 to 32, it is now the second-most common cancer. According to Cancer Research UK, the incidence of malignant melanoma in Britain is now five times higher than it was in the 1970s – with the huge increase blamed on the rising popularity of cheap package holidays since the late 1960s. By understanding and using sun protection better, Dr Paul believes the 2,100 deaths each year in the UK from malignant melanoma – the most serious form of skin cancer – could be reduced. Studies suggest that getting sunburnt once every two years can triple the risk of developing the disease, while those at most risk include people with pale skin, lots of moles or freckles, a

history of sunburn or a family history of the disease, and those that have used sunbeds. To reduce the risk of skin cancer, experts advise spending more time in the shade, covering up and using at least an SPF15 sunscreen – though paediatricians advise not to use sunscreen on children under six months of age. He said: “It is already recommended that babies under six months avoid sunscreen as it can weaken the tanning response and is too risky to use in children so young. “The problem with this advice is that it is a catch-all statement that does not take different skin types into account. “Admittedly, it’s a complex topic with many variables and a lack of comprehensive medical research into sunscreens in darker skin types, but as the natural tanning shield takes longer to form in darker-skinned children it seems plausible that sunscreen, especially those with higher SPFs, should be avoided until they are at two years old.” Dr Paul – whose book, ‘Skin: A Biography’, has just been republished in the UK – also says that the British public is “poorly educated” about skin protection in general. Holidaymakers, especially, need to better understand their skin type to take the right steps to protect themselves rather than relying on the “marketing gimmicks and myths” of sunscreen manufacturers. “All sunscreens come with some small risk because of the chemicals they contain, but doctors don’t know the long-term risks as they have not been evaluated,” he said. “With babies that risk is greater as the skin is thinner, but I would advise anyone to tailor their sunscreen use based on their skin type and outdoor activity, which is something my book delves into. “Different skin types have different levels of natural protection against UV radiation and differing burn times, but this is not widely understood – even in the medical community – and many people are blindly smothering themselves in sunscreen when they simply don’t need to as they may be indoors all day.”


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Eating Disorders

It is often common for individuals to overeat on certain occasions, such as a special meal or during the holidays. But what you ate every meal in this fashion? That’s what occurs for those who suffer from a binge eating disorder. To them, no special requirement is necessary in order to consume large quantities of food. Approximately 2 million people from differing backgrounds have this condition. It does not single out certain groups according to ethnicity or age. In fact, an alarming fact is that it can even be found in children. People with this type of affliction are often overweight, if not obese, although it is not a necessity in order to have the condition. They find it necessary to consume massive quantities of food at every sitting, even though they are not hungry. When a person begins to eat, it takes the stomach

approximately 20 minutes to register what has been eaten and to notify the brain that it is full. That’s why the recommendation is to wait this period of time between helpings to give the body time to signal that no more food is necessary. But in these extreme cases, there is no cut-off, nor does the brain intervene. The individual is so adept to continuing in their eating that they pay no attention to the body or the brain as a way of stopping. And not only do they consume large quantities of food, but they do so very quickly, which further complicates the matter. Many times, others may think that these individuals do not care or that they might even wish to be overweight, but that is simply not the case. In fact, research has shown that those who suffer from this condition do so because of a loss of control, which

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is why the condition has also been known as compulsive eating. The compulsion to continue eating is there, but not the will to stop. There is any number of triggers that can set off one of these eating sessions. It can be anything ranging from guilt, to fear, anger, resentment, depression or even stress. When one of these times occurs, the binger is looking for solace in the food, even though they typically feel guilty and upset while they are doing it. The treatment for a binge eating disorder is medication, psychotherapy, or even a carefully designed combination of both. Regardless of the course of treatment, the main goal is to determine what the triggering mechanisms are and to learn to effectively deal with them without the use of food.

To look cut, with great muscle definition, many people have the misconception that you need to hit the gym. That’s the general belief: lift less weight and do more reps for definition. For bulk, lift heavier weights and do fewer reps. The idea that less weight, tones muscles, is wrong. Less weight and more reps, builds endurance. For explosive power, do fewer reps with heavier weight. Just remember that to really increase strength the general consensus is that you have to work with atleast 60% of your maximum lift (the heaviest weight at which you can complete a singe repetition). Definition is not an issue when deciding how many reps to do and how much weight to lift. In reality, there is no such thing as lifting for definition. Muscular definition is one thing: muscle mass minus body fat.

You cannot lift to make your muscles more defined. To look ripped, you have to shed some fat. It starts with your diet. You have to eat right. There are many ways to eat right. One thing that works well for almost everyone is to cut out milk and milk by-products (creamers for coffee) from the diet. Also, don’t eat any complex carbohydrates after lunch. A perfect dinner might be salad and tuna fish. In addition to lifting weights, do cardio often. Many people are afraid that they will lose muscle by doing cardio. In reality, doing cardio (in addition to eating well) is the only way to get cut because you have to lose that body fat. The more cut you are, the more jacked you look. In conclusion, lift weights, eat well, do cardio, and look ripped.

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The Magical Mumbai (Bombay) what is there to see

“Very good price, very good price”, the bright-eyed boy in the yellow t-shirt poked his head through the car window. He spoke quickly, offering up Lord Shiva statuettes that dangled around his neck, arms and even from his finger tips. “Just 200 rupees, just 200 rupees”. He saw me grimace and changed tack, “Okay 100 rupees, divine price for Lord Shiva”. Such was the urgency in his dark eyes that I handed over 100 rupees for a figurine that I knew would end up as clutter, and placed it in my handbag. And before I knew it the boy was away, his yellow t-shirt luminous against the sundrenched traffic as he zigzagged through it. I was sitting in grid-locked traffic on the main artery that is the national road into the city. It’s like this here everyday with cars, busses, motor bikes and ox carts, inching their way to somewhere giving opportunist’s time to ply their trade. Roads are so dense with traffic that skywalks have been erected so that pedestrians can cross safely and not slow down the traffic any further. Through the car window I could see moving swathes of colour as women shimmied along the pavements in their pink, red and orange saris, sometimes slipping in and out of nearby bazaars and beyond that, the contrasting grey slums of corrugated roofs surrounded by plush high rise office

buildings or apartments. This is Mumbai (formerly Bombay), of Slumdog Millionaire fame, and anyone who has seen the film would probably be surprised that actually, Mumbai is the financial powerhouse of India, where the stock exchange is the oldest in Asia and where real estate is the most expensive in the whole of the subcontinent. The sun was high and hot as I inched my way to the Taj Mahal Palace Tower Hotel, and indeed anyone venturing to the home of Bollywood would do well to start their tourist trail here. The hotel is ideally located for the bars and restaurants where those in the know would recognize a celebrity or two. And of course, for the sights. The Gateway of India arch Opposite the hotel, overlooking the Arabian sea is the monumental arch the Gateway of India. This symbol of both old Bombay and modern Mumbai was built in the Indo-Saracenic style using yellow Kharodi basalt, it commemorates the visit of King George V and Queen Mary to Bombay December 1911. The arch stands at an angle on the square perched at the edge of the Arabian sea, where dozens of colourful leisure boats bob on their lees. Elephanta caves

I caught a boat – a fifty minute sailing and a dinky train journey leads to the Elephanta caves on Elephanta Island. Not really caves, but a hugely impressive carving into rocks. Lord Shiva and other Hindu gods protrude out of the rock, telling stories of intrigue and reincarnation and a series of pillars give it the look and feel of a temple. There is no particular reason that 6th century kings took to creating this magnificent structure other than for art’s sake and the love of their Lord Shiva.

No-one should miss the Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat. It is probably the world’s biggest open-air Laundromat and it is nothing short of theatrical. Thousands of stick thin, muscle men of the Hindu Dhobi caste, wash a million items of cloths in hundreds of water-and-sud filled concrete troughs, beating them clean then hanging them on laundry lines, colour coded and ironing them before being returning them to their owners the same day. The Dabbawallahs

Then there are the dabbawallahs, dressed in white robes and white Gandhi hats, who descend on the city every day. At around 9.30am these packed-lunch delivery boys pick up nearly By Sharron Livingston 200,000 home-cooked meals from the outer subColaba urbs, store them, heat them at a central HQ and Behind the Taj is one of Mumbai’s most colourthen deliver them at around 12.30pm to hungry ful shopping district – Colaba – a veritable, living city workers so that they may dine on home creation of British rule. When the Brits first landed cooked food. It is the most ingenious distribuin the city in the 1600s the city was a group of seven tion system in the world and one that fascinated islands (all now connected seamlessly with bridges) Prince Charles. He turned up at the headquarters and the shopping area spans two of these islands – to watch as thousands of meals were stored, Colaba and Old Woman’s island. Haggling is a way heated and then delivered in coded aluminium of life. I ventured a few suggested prices for items I boxes (tiffins). The service is so good that it has didn’t really need just for the buzz of a bargain. even been entered into the Guinness Book of Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus Records for efficiency. Marine Drive

It’s easy to see British influence in the architecture and the most obvious is Victoria Terminal station renamed Chhatrapati Shivaji Terminus after British rule ended in 1947. A world heritage site, yet this is a living, breathing train station, where three million people pass through each day on 1,000 trains making it the busiest and largest station on earth. Its sheer size is impressive, but the beauty of the station is awesome. Think St Pancras and quadruple it. Extravagantly ornamented, it combines neo-Gothic style of the early Victorian era with elements of traditional Indian architecture and gives more than an eyeful of pleasure. Mahalaxmi Dhobi Ghat

The most famous road in Mumbai is the coastal road Marine Drive which arcs along the shore of the Arabian Sea from Nariman Point to Chowpatty Beach right through to Malabar Hill. Laced with Art Deco buildings the promenade around Chowpatty is a very popular. Everyday as the afternoon sunshine dims into early evening, the promenade wall becomes draped with young entwined couples canoodling in the setting sunlight. As I watched on wondering what love story lay behind each intimate bubble, a passing stranger whispered cheekily in my ear, “you know they are smooching to kingdom come”. I remembered my Lord Shiva and as I plucked my figurine of the great Hindu god from the echelons of my bag and I crossed the road to find a patch of wall of my own to enjoy the final moments of the setting sun on the edge of the this magical city.


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Spectacular scenery from the mountains to the coast and an abundance of things to see and do. Travel Editor, David Powell takes a short break in Snowdonia ………. Short breaks and holidays in the U.K. are back in fashion in a big way. If you are looking for stunning scenery with plenty to see and do, then Snowdonia in North Wales definitely ticks all the right boxes and in my opinion should definitely feature on the top of your to do list. The Snowdonia National Park, covering a vast 840 square miles, is one of the most amazing areas of outstanding natural beauty I have come across. The dramatic mountain ranges, with Snowdon standing majestically in their midst, cascade down into green fertile valleys with streams and sensational waterfalls eventually leading to the sea. Little picture-book villages are scattered high and low, and all seem to have their own story to tell and sights to see. With a breathtaking heritage coastline, castles and culture, industrial heritage, fabulous little railways, gardens, parks and family fun, Snowdonia is just waiting to be explored. WHERE TO STAY There’s lots of accommodation choice from camping and caravan sites, to B&B’s and many hotels throughout the region. I decided to combine my stay with one of North Wales most popular visitor attractions – Portmeirion. PORTMEIRION VILLAGE The famous Welsh architect Sir Clough Williams-Ellis certainly picked a fabulous

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spot in 1925 when he embarked on creating the inspirational village and gardens known as Portmeirion. The Italianate Village was finally completed in 1976 and is testimony to how a naturally beautiful landscape could be developed without spoiling it. Built on its own private peninsular with sensational views across the estuary, I was able to wander and experience a charming, quirky world of meandering streets and cliff top towers. If you are of a certain age you may recall the cult television series The Prisoner starring the late Patrick McGoohan. The series was filmed at Portmeirion in 1967 and was subsequently instrumental in bringing many more visitors to this unique village resort. There’s a dedicated Prisoner shop selling memorabilia and the village is still very much a focus point for Prisoner fans. There are over 50 buildings of various styles and character. There are shops, cafes, restaurant and a Portmeirion Pottery seconds shop. A good number of the quirky cottages are now let as self-catering accommodation sleeping from 3 to 8 people. PORTMEIRION HOTEL The legendary Portmeirion Hotel was the base for my short break. This hotel offers superb

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luxury accommodation still all in keeping with the design and vision of Sir Clough WilliamsEllis. I stayed in one of the Anchor suites next to the main hotel. Well appointed and with a glorious view across the estuary. I found the level of service throughout the hotel to be excellent. The restaurant, lounge and bar were very comfortable and relaxing and the restaurant offered a first class menu. On the first night we had dinner in the hotel restaurant and on the second Castell Deudraeth, which is the castle situated at the entrance to Portmeirion, all included in our dinner, bed and breakfast package. And as for the full Welsh breakfast in the morning … a definite must! Portmeirion is licensed for civil weddings and the village and hotel provide a romantic, fairytale setting for a wedding. There’s lots of information about weddings at Portmeirion on their website www.portmeirion-village.com The website also gives details of accommodation choice and various offers. MORE INFORMATION For further information on the attractions of Snowdonia you can have a look at the following websites: www.visitsnowdonia.info www.attractionsofsnowdonia.com


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Solidus Technologies to Build New Data Centre Solidus Technologies, a supplier of high-powered IT equipment and computing power in the UK, is reportedly planning to build a data centre and host crypto currency mining equipment across multiple locations in Surrey and Europe. According to Adrian Stoica who manages the activities, Solidus Technologies is looking to raise £10 million from investors to build and operate a 6000m farming facility in Europe and purchase around 4000 high performance mining rigs. The site can host up to 24,000 GPUs capable of producing up to 700 GH/s in computing power. Details on its website and promo-

tional material on YouTube state that Solidus Technologies are planning to offer fixed returns via an asset backed secured bond with a minimum investment of £10,000 The upcoming facility uses highspecification cooling systems, because crypto mining equipment is always operated at 100 percent capacity: “That means you must calculate that the cooling is adequate and capable of handling 100 percent capacity at all times. All the equipment is always on and always in high load, there are no downtime or low activity periods.” The company intends to secure deals with renewable energy providers to

minimise the electricity cost and offset the power consumption needed to run the equipment in the UK and has partnered up with one of the largest data centre mining companies in Europe who have already been working with the EU governments on GPU Artificial Intelligence and with their unique optimising process are able to increase Solidus Technologies 4000 units from 600 GH/s to around 700 GH/s. With the price of Bitcoin at present combined with the difficulty level and power consumption needed to mine, it is said to be unprofitable to proceed to mine Bitcoin which is why Solidus will be mining Ethereum and other

GPU-compatible coins. “Proceeds from the mining equipment will be securely stored and sold for investors returns and day to day running of the company. The coins not needed to be liquidated will be stored in off-line wallets and safety-deposit boxes.” “We are entirely focused on maximising the companies’ profits and the safety of our investors which is why we will aim to mine a variety of coins to counteract any volatility in the market and to stay diverse across the crypto sector. As well as professional cooling, the site will invest in high-speed fibre connections to European data centre hubs:

“Solidus is using the mining business to cover initial investment, costs and of course to make profit. That’s why we are prepared to make an initial large investment which pays out in three years. If something happens, we have a data centre and can host pretty much anything there. “We are not doing ASIC mining, we’re doing GPU mining. It means if anything happens in the crypto arena that hinders our profits or investor’s security, Solidus will have a ton of GPUs, with support direct from AMD, with minimal modifications, we can move into the AI business and continue to make above average returns.”

JW Player Announces Record Growth in Europe

JW Player, the world’s largest network-independent video platform, announced record growth and expansion for its UK and European business, one year after opening its London-based EMEA headquarters. Since opening its London office in July 2017, JW Player has built a team of 13 full-time sales and operations employees who work closely with clients as a strategic partner to help them build and grow their digital video businesses. This partner-based approach has accelerated growth for JW Player’s EMEA business, with a 33% increase in its customer base and 60+% revenue growth since establishing the London office. Globally, JW Player works with the largest and most innovative broadcasters, media companies, and publishers to deliver, grow, and monetise their videos across all digital screens and connected platforms, including OTT apps and smart televisions, as

well as gaining new insights on their audiences with next-generation video intelligence products. In a major milestone, Discovery’s Eurosport chose JW Player as its official digital video player for the 2018 Winter Olympics, supporting 4,000 hours of coverage, 900 hours of live action, and 100 different Olympic events with zero downtime. The growth of the company’s EMEA

business is also due to recent customer wins, including Future PLC, GiveMeSport, UNILAD, Jungle Creations, and TI Media (formerly known as Time Inc. UK). “JW Player’s mission of helping publishers and media companies build audiences and drive revenue growth with video is a global one,” said Ryan Beebe, Vice President of Sales for EMEA at JW Player. “With so many

important clients based in EMEA, it’s been gratifying to see how building a local presence, and a team has led to so many fantastic customer successes.” In 2017, JW Player hosted its first JW Insights London, where hundreds of publishers and industry leaders gathered to discuss the future of digital video. The company plans to continue leading the conversation around digi-

tal video in Europe with JW Insights London 2018, slated for November. About JW Player: JW Player pioneered video on the web more than a decade ago and continues to innovate as the world’s largest network-independent platform for video delivery and intelligence. Companies including Fox, VICE, Business Insider, and Univision, in addition to hundreds of thousands of creators of all types and sizes, rely on JW Player to deliver and monetise their content across all devices. JW Player’s massive global footprint of more than 2 billion unique devices creates a powerful data graph of unique consumer insights and generates billions of incremental video views. The company is headquartered in New York, with offices in London and Eindhoven, and was named to Deloitte’s Technology Fast 500. For more information, visit http://www.jwplayer.com.


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California based smart toy manufacturer Spiral Toys who are well known for their product “CloudPets” has been banned from stores in UK and US after been subjected to numerous security vulnerabilities. The cuddly smart toys contains a microphone, a speaker and a Bluetooth with a 10-30 metre range which pairs the toy to mobile devices which further allows the toy to act as a receiver and transmitter to the conversation between them and anyone around the globe connected. The technology used in the product is up to date. However, it lacks user’s data security. The conversation held using the toys gets stored in a cloud database system using mobile application. The database is said to be unsecured. Spiral Toys, said, “The hackers would only be able to access recordings if they managed to guess the passwords”. Security researchers have found that 820,000 users’ details could be accessed in a public database without a password. They also discovered that passwords in place were easily guessable - such as “12345” or “password”. Troy Hunt, a web security expert, well known for his website “Have I Been Pwned?” has a major name in the tech industry. He wrote in his blog that the data is stored on a cloud with no security

measures; he also expressed concern that there were no password rules at all. Context Information Security is a London based company, revealing that it had found another flaw with the toys that meant hackers could trigger their own recordings in order to spy on owners. A report states that “Anyone can connect to the toy, as long as it is switched on and not currently connected to anything else”. The Mozilla Foundation, which develops Firefox, subsequently commissioned a German research company to carry out further tests on their security. The Report found that the second flaw had not been fixed yet. It reported a further problem that the toys’ and showed that the app referred users to a website whose domain registration had lapsed. Mozilla shared the findings with digital rights group “The Electronic Frontier

Foundation”, which wrote a letter to US retailers selling the items. “What CloudPets demonstrates is the potential privacy risks that even a toy with limited connectivity can pose,” it said. Ashley Boyd, vice-president of advocacy at Mozilla told the BBC. “I’m a mother of two young kids, in a world where data leaks and breaches are becoming more routine, and products like CloudPets can sit on store shelves, I’m increasingly worried about my kids’ privacy and security”. Although, the toys are no longer enlisted on Amazon store. Ebay is still on the move to remove the product. UK stores Tesco and The Entertainer both appear to have stopped selling CloudPets after the earlier reports. The mobile apps are still available on Google and Apple app stores.

Beware of Dark Social

The Selfie Guide: This Summer’s Must-have Free Travel App A UK based app “The Selfie Guide” has gained Apple’s ultimate seal of approval by being chosen as the ‘Featured App’ in most of its major global stores. After its successful stint on the UK’s Apple App Store home page, the Apple “Selfie Guide” feature is now released across 174 countries around the world. If you’re planning a trip for the summer holidays Apple definitely thinks you should have Selfie Guide on your phone. Globetrotters head to wonderful places to capture the best selfies, but how many times have you seen Facebook statuses with heads cut out or just miss the tip of the Eiffel Tower? Selfie Guide is here to help us capture the best holiday snaps. “The Selfie Guide” is a unique app which combines explorative travel with the wonderful world of selfies. The app helps you capture and keep your special travel memories for ever. The app currently includes 23 guides from Paris to the Grand Canyon, taking you by coordinates to 300 of the

best selfie locations. The brilliance is the app not only guides you to some of the best places we’re gifted from earth, but founder and award winning professional photographer Sharon Latham, has developed the app to ensure you take the best selfie possible using guidelines and grids. This one of a kind app has been going from strength to strength and now founders Sharon Latham and UK goal keeper Joe Hart have been working hard to perfect the app ready for the summer months. One user said, ‘The app is so helpful when you’re in the middle of a big city, it’s also definitely taught me how to take the best snap! Can’t believe the app is totally free!’ Sharon Latham said, ‘We have been so pleased with how the app has been received by our users and by the world of social media, so with this great feature from Apple we hope that the Selfie Guide goes to the next level with more exciting times ahead.’ The free App is downloadable on Android as well as iOS.

What is Dark Social Media? By Khalid Karim - Technology Correspondent

It’s nothing to be worried about; it’s not an evil platform, malware or the death of social media. It’s a hidden statistic that cannot be measured. There is no particular source for Dark Social traffic, which creates a challenge for agencies and companies that are trying to measure website referrals and social media activity. More often than not dark traffic is the result of people sharing website links through email, WhatsApp, text messages and private chats. Because dark social URLs are not hard coded with tracking codes, it is impossible to know how the website visitor found the content. The term “dark social” was coined by Alexis C. Madrigal, a senior editor at The Atlantic, in a 2012 article. According to Madrigal, data from the Web analytics firm Chartbeat revealed 56.5% of the Atlantic’s social traffic was from dark referrals. Other sources such as RythmOne who are digital analysts state that dark social represents nearly 70% of traffic through other sources that will only increase over time. Since then most analysts have realised that Facebook mobile apps, as well as other mobile apps, are behind most of today’s dark social traffic.

This finding could represent a new problem – social media platforms like Facebook may actually have the most power over social traffic, but mobile apps are making it difficult to monitor and analyse.

Tech Companies, Digital Agencies and Market Data Analysts, are now coming up with new ways to measure this phenomenon and improve tracking of social conversations. Watch this space!


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This Summer Sarah Ali Choudhury helps us to find a balance of eating a balanced diet to lose weight. Included in the Summer Plan are tips to eat food that fuels the body but also ideas of ways in which you can gain more energy to encourage more activity and eat nutritious meals which fuel the body. Sarah is an Award-Winning Indian Food Expert, TV Chef and Food Columnist and is passionate about sharing the joys of Indian cuisine. Full of enthusiasm and a true love of cooking, Sarah takes great delight in teaching people simple meals and recipes from all over India. Sarah loves to dispel the myth that all curries need numerous complex spices – and loves to tackle the intimidation that can so easily lead people to pick a jar of curry sauce off a shelf rather than cook from scratch. Sarah had been recognised as an inspirational and motivational speaker and has spoken at numerous events including at the Chartered Management Institute, the Federation of Small Businesses for London, the Elite Business Women’s Network as well as Universities, Colleges and Schools. Sarah is the recipient of multiple awards including winner of The Venus Influential Woman of the Year (sponsored by Mercedes-Benz), and finalist for The Venus Inspirational Woman of the Year (sponsored by Bournemouth University). She is currently Lead Ambassador for the Venus Awards for 2018. Sarah was one of eight selected finalists out of 8,000 contestants in Tommy Miah’s International Indian Chef of the Year competition. Sarah has also won New Kid on the Block in the UK Small Awards, launched in 2017 to recognise the achievements of small businesses in the UK. Sarah has appeared in the British Bangladeshi Who’s Who guide for 2017, and was given a standing ovation by the Bangladesh Catering Association for her contribution to The Asian catering industry. Sarah also made the BB100 Powerlist 2018. As someone who is a real foodie, with my hectic lifestyle with four children I

regularly find myself overeating, putting on weight and finding it difficult to shred. I have decided to put my food column to great use and use this as an opportunity to work alongside my readers to challenge myself to get to my optimum weight. You can join in too!! Over the next few months, I will be creating some really healthy and nutritious recipes which can be eaten as part of a healthy diet. There will be hints, tips and food plans. For my first healthy recipe, I would like to introduce my Chana Bhaji (Chick Peas, also known as Garbanzo beans. A quick and easy recipe that can be eaten ideally after a workout. Chick Peas have been used as part of certain traditional diets for over 7500 years and is one of the oldest consumed crops in the world. It is now one of the most popular legumes across every continent. The great things about chick peas are: They are high in fibre, they provide healthy vitamins and minerals including zinc and folate, they protect against cancer and heart disease, they provide slow releasing carbohydrates, they boost digestion and they help with weight loss. As a plant-based protein, they are low in calories and because they also contain starch they are known as a “good carb”. In my recipe, I have used a can of chick peas, but if you have dried chick peas, then these can be soaked overnight before cooking because this makes them more digestible. Although dried chick peas hold more texture than recooked varieties, they tend to hold the same nutrition value but make sure you purchase the BPA-free varieties. Avoid eating raw chick peas as they are difficult to digest. Chick peas are so versatile you can roast them, add them to salads and soups, they can be pureed to make delicious and smooth hummus. Just eating healthy food isn’t enough to get us in the best of health or shape, we also need to encourage movement and activity. This is one area that I have particularly struggled with over the years. More recently I came across a

product that really works for me. I tiny sachet of Keto Energy. So, because we all lead hectic lives nowadays, running our own businesses and bringing up children so often, we need a little energy boost maybe to avoid the mid-afternoon slump. It’s quite normal at this time that we would typically reach for the biscuits or a sweet treat that will play havoc with our blood sugar levels or reach for an energy drink full of nasty chemicals. I have personally found the solution to this problem and it’s a very low sugar, low carb energy fix that helps specifically reduce tiredness and maintain energy levels. The solution comes in the form of Keto Energy sticks, a lemon & lime flavoured caffeine fix from encapsulated caffeine powder that simply melts on the tongue. It’s also been formulated with Vitamin B6 to help keep you alert and keep your nervous system functioning normally. One of the other powerhouse ingredients is Chromium which helps balance your metabolism and keep your blood glucose level in check. Keto Energy was initially designed to support a Keto lifestyle due to the low sugar content but those who aren’t following that lifestyle are feeling the amazing benefits from this product too. As well as fighting fatigue, it is designed also to enhance mood and suppress appetite too. Night shift workers, athletes, busy mums and dads are all enjoying this product because of its convenience. No water is required; you simply just rip it open and pop on your tongue! It even tastes like sherbet. It works for me and since I started taking these energy boosts, I have been able to walk between 3-5 miles on a daily basis. I also had had my blood taken recently only to find that I have a low iron level and I have found this has been the boost that I really needed. If you are interested, please get in touch with me at http://sarahalichoudhury.com/ where more information can be sent out to you.

Chana Bhaji

By Sarah Ali Choudhury

Here is my very own Chana Bhaji recipe. This recipe was used as part of BBC iPlayer Radio’s Vegetarian week and this particular dish is also suitable for Vegans. If you want to hear it being cooked, you can search it up on Kitchen Garden on BBC iPlayer Radio. Ingredients 2 tbsp vegetable oil (or olive oil) 2 x echallion shallots, 2 x garlic gloves, crushed ½ tbsp. coriander powder ½ tbsp. cumin powder ¼ tsp turmeric powder 1 tin of chickpeas 1 green chilli, cut with a single slit Approx. half a cup of water ½ tsp salt (or to taste) A small handful of fresh coriander, washed and chopped Method: 1.Heat the oil in a pan. 2. Add the garlic and onions 3.Stir continuously until the onions are soft. It is really important to take the time at this stage and make sure the onions are cooked, so that the spices will then be able to infuse their flavour. Add approx. ½ tsp salt (to taste). 4. Add the turmeric, coriander and cumin and stir in. Add a splash of water and cover for a few moments. 5. Add in the green chilli. Making a single slit allows the flavours to infuse without making the dish too hot. 6. Drain and rinse the chickpeas and add to the pan. Stir 7.Cook for 5-10 minutes, stirring continuously. When you feel the chickpeas start to stick at the bottom of the pan, add approx.. ¼ cup of water. 8. The dish is cooked when the chickpeas have absorbed most of the water. Garnish with fresh coriander and serve.


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Spiced & Sweet Lassi Lassi is a refreshing non-alcoholic Indian drink, ideal to serve with any Indian dinner menu Ingredients: * Low fat yogurt * Water * A few toasted cumin seeds * A little chopped fresh coriander

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Method: For spiced Lassi, whisk equal amounts of low-fat yogurt with water using a balloon whisk to create a frothy foam, then serve sprinkled with a few toasted cumin seeds and a little chopped fresh coriander. For a sweet version, whisk the yogurt and water with a little sugar to taste and a few drops of rose water.

Indian Spiced Greens This recipe suits any greens you have to hand – from shredded kale to Brussels sprouts. For the less adventurous, less chilli can be used.

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* 1 tbsp vegetable oil * 1 tsp cumin seed * ½ tsp mustard seed * 4 green chillies, finely chopped * Large piece fresh root ginger, grated * ½ tsp turmeric * 500g shredded greens, such as kale, Brussels sprouts or any other 100g peas * Juice 1 lemon * ½ tsp ground coriander * Small bunch coriander, roughly chopped * 2 tbsp unsweetened desiccated coconut

Heat the oil in a large non-stick pan or wok, sizzle the cumin and mustard seeds for 1 min, then add the chilli, ginger and turmeric. Fry until aromatic, and then add the greens, a pinch of salt, a splash of water and the peas. Cover the pan and cook for 4-5 mins until the greens have wilted. Add the lemon juice, ground coriander, half the fresh coriander and half the desiccated coconut, then toss everything together. Pile into a serving dish and scatter with the rest of the coconut and coriander.


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JAGUAR I-PACE JOINS COMPANY CAR IN ACTION 2018 • Jaguar’s revolutionary I-PACE will be available for key company car fleet decision makers to drive at Company Car in Action 2018 • The all-electric I-PACE is a very compelling fleet car, sitting in the lowest Benefit in Kind company car tax band – just 13% – and costing just 5.26 pence-per-mile to run* • The I-PACE boasts a range of 298 miles (WLTP) and sports car performance, with 0-60mph in 4.5 seconds • The new Jaguar I-PACE is available to order now from £58,995 (including government incentives) at jaguar.co.uk

The revolutionary all-electric Jaguar IPACE will be available for key company car fleet decision makers to drive at Company Car in Action 2018. Hosted at Millbrook Proving Ground, 11 I-PACEs will be on-hand for laps of the specially designed tracks and routes. With a 298-mile range (WLTP), five seats and zero emissions, the I-PACE is both a practical and financially savvy choice for fleet and business buyers. Thanks to its zero emissions powertrain, the I-PACE sits in the lowest Benefit-inKind band – just 13% – and in 2020/21 it’ll be liable for just 2% as new legislation kicks in. Data from KeeResources shows the I-PACE costs just 5.26 penceper-mile to run, roughly half the cost of a standard diesel-powered, four-wheeldrive SUV.

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The C-X75 supercar inspired I-PACE performance SUV has already received critical acclaim, being named a ‘Game Changer’ at the 2018 Autocar Awards and collecting the What Car? 2018 Reader Award, securing it the title of the most anticipated new car of 2018. Enhancing its appeal further, it is now confirmed that the I-PACE will qualify for the Office for Low Emission Vehicles (OLEV) electric vehicle grant schemes. The first all-electric Jaguar is eligible for both the £4,500 Plug in Car Grant and the £500 Electric Vehicle Home charge Scheme. Jeremy Hicks, Jaguar Land Rover UK MD, said: “The I-PACE is an utterly incredible piece of engineering; sports car-rivalling performance, petrol carrivalling range and looks to outdo al-

most anything else on the road. But what people may not realise, is that I-PACE is actually an extremely compelling fleet car, too. At Company Car in Action, we want fleet decision makers to not only experience I-PACE’s qualities on the road, but also on the balance sheet. Very few cars will be cheaper to run per-mile, residual values are best-in-class and the benefit-in-kind obligation couldn’t be any lower.” Packed full of the latest innovations the Jaguar I-PACE will be fully compatible with DC Rapid Chargers (100kW) as the technology is rolled out across the UK, enabling a 0-80 percent charge in less than 40 minutes. Home charging with an AC wall box (7kW) will achieve the same state of charge in just over ten hours – ideal for overnight charging.

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, will continue its move away from traditional auto industry events to focus on bespoke activities to introduce its new cars, technologies and services to media and consumers. The shift towards purpose-specific communications supports the company’s ambition to transform its connection to its customer base, with the aim to build more than five million direct consumer relationships by the middle of next decade. The company’s most recent new-car launches revealed the XC40 compact SUV at the 2017 Milan Fashion Week and unveiled the new V60 premium mid-size estate in the driveway of a suburban home in Stockholm. Volvo Cars will also launch its new S60 sports saloon at the inauguration of the company’s first US manufacturing plant, in Charleston, South Carolina. As part of the company’s strategy to target a new mix of audiences and develop its own events, Volvo Cars has decided it will not attend the Geneva Motor Show in 2019. “The ongoing change in the car

industry is creating new audiences for Volvo Cars and new ways of bringing products to the market,” said Björn Annwall, Senior Vice President of Strategy, Brand and Retail at Volvo Cars. “Automatic attendance at traditional industry events is no longer viable – we must tailor our communications based on how the options complement our messaging, timing and the nature of the technology we are presenting.” Annwall continued: “We are not saying never to car shows. We expect industry events like the Geneva Motor Show to continue evolving and we may return in future.” Volvo Cars’ new S60 sports saloon will complete a successful renewal of the company’s portfolio, which started with the introduction of the XC90 in 2014. Since then the company has recorded four consecutive years of record sales and profits. The company now enters a new phase with the strongest global car range in its history, and will continue to increase its focus on innovation and services.

COYS FIND MILLION POUND CAR PARTS In an amazing “container find” in the South of England COYS the International Car auctioneers have uncovered an astonishing collection of rare classic car parts that are worth well over a million pounds. The treasure trove of parts includes many valuable spares and items from the great Italian marques such as Ferrari, Maserati and Abarth, including parts for rarer models such as the 250 SWB, 250 GTO, 275, Competition Daytona, F40 and 512LM, along with Maserati 250F and various other Italian competition cars. Amazingly, many of the parts are still in their original wooden packing cases dating from the 1960s, or in their original boxes wrapped in oiled paper. Chris Routledge, Managing Director at the firm who has spent the last few days hunting through the containers said: “Something of this scale and with the importance and rarity of the cars they are related to is unprecedented. We are looking at least £1 million pounds worth of spares, prob-

ably more and I have never seen anything like it.” He added: “It’s an Aladdin’s cave which is going to excite people all over the world. There are wire wheels in their original wooden boxes, carburetors in their original oiled wrapping paper, exhaust pipes, radiator grills, dashboards, the list just goes on and on. It will take us several days to catalogue the parts and once we have done that we will issue a full list of the spares.

“I feel a bit like Howard Carter uncovering Tutankhamen’s tomb in 1922, every time we remove one box or item there is something else of huge interest hiding behind.” The items were part of a private collection, the owner of which passed away many years ago.

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Volvo cars announces new business ambitions

Volvo Cars, the premium car maker, has announced new financial and operational ambitions that will position the company as a leading player in the global automotive business by the middle of the next decade. On the operational side, it expects to generate half of all sales annually from fully electric cars, one third of all cars sold to be autonomous driving cars and half of all cars it offers to customers from its subscription service. Volvo Cars expects these initiatives to transform its connection to its customer base, with the aim to build a total of more than five million direct consumer relationships by the middle of the next decade, creating new sources of recurring revenue. This will also offer the company far greater potential to develop connected and other services for customers. “Our customers’ expectations are changing rapidly. This means that Volvo Cars is also changing rapidly. These initiatives will help transform Volvo from being purely a car company to being a direct consumer services provider,” said Hakan Samuelsson, President and Chief Executive of Volvo Cars. On the financial side, Volvo Cars aims to generate premium-level profitability in line with other premium car makers, driven by increased sales and revenues across all three global sales regions, and a broader range of cars, including sales to the new

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segment of autonomous ride-hailing companies. The company’s improved financial performance will also be driven increasingly in the future by industrial synergies generated with its affiliated partner companies. Volvo Cars expects to benefit from lower procurement costs, shared development costs and economies of scale alongside Polestar, its premium performance electric car brand, and LYNK & CO, the new global car brand in which Volvo Cars owns a 30 per cent stake. “This paves the way for Volvo Cars to continue growing fast into the middle of the next decade,” said Mr Samuelsson. “The company has been transformed since 2010 into a global premium car company. Now it is time for this transformation to be turned into a period of sustained profitability in line with other premium brands.” Volvo Cars achieved record profits and sales in 2017, with a 27.7 percent increase in operating profit and global sales of 571,577 cars. The results marked the company’s fourth consecutive year of record growth, underlining the transformation of Volvo’s finances and operations since being acquired by Geely Holding. It has also expanded its global manufacturing footprint and completely renewed its model portfolio in recent years.

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2018 HONDA CB300R

CB300R is now available from £4,429.00 in Honda motorcycle dealerships across the UK or on PCP for £69 a month on a three year 6.9% APR contract. Honda unveils a stylishly strippedback new ‘sport naked’ for new riders looking to take the next step in their motorcycling career in style. The lightweight ‘Neo Sports Café’-styled CB300R features a responsive 286cc liquid-cooled engine, six speed gearbox plus brand new chassis comprised of tubular/pressed steel frame, 41mm USD forks, radial-mount 4-piston front caliper and floating disc plus preload adjustable monoshock. An enhanced specification includes full LED lighting, LCD display and IMU-based ABS. Contents: 1 Introduction 2 Model overview 3 Key features 4 Technical specifications 1. Introduction Honda has a new presence in its line-up for 2018: the CB300R. Part of a new ‘sport naked’ family – which includes the CB1000R and CB125R – it distills all of the excitement of two wheels into a distinctively-styled, lightweight form. Representing a major stepping-stone for any young or new rider, the CB300R is very much a first ‘big’ bike after a 125cc machine, offering impressive and engaging sensations from both engine and chassis without the weight, cost and licence implications of a larger capacity motorcycle. It’s the ideal machine for newer riders to develop their riding skills and enjoyment, and is also a great introduction to Honda, with the brand’s engineering prowess, design philosophy and high build quality firmly on display. Fun to ride, a joy to own and representing a bold new direction for smaller displacement machines, the CB300R has many of the premium features found on its larger capacity siblings. It also injects a fresh new style on to Europe’s city streets, with its ‘Neo Sports Café’ minimalist, bare-boned attitude shared with both its 1000 and 125cc stablemates.

2. Model Overview Subtracting weight – the CB300R tips the scales at just 143kg wet – gains Honda’s new lightweight star a performance advantage. And mix in a free-revving 286cc liquid-cooled single cylinder engine, plus a unique new style and presence, and the CB300R’s intention to excite and inspire young riders is clear to see. A brand new frame mixes pressed and tubular steel for a tuned rigidity balance that gives great feedback. The CB300R also features 41mm USD forks with radial-mount 4-piston caliper, hubless floating front disc, IMUbased ABS and Dunlop radial tyres. Valuable features more usually found on much larger machines such as the tapered rubber-mounted aluminium handlebar, LCD instrument display and full LED lighting, exude quality and add to the pride of ownership. 3. Key Features 3.1 Chassis & Styling • Industrial minimal styling takes cues from the 2018 CB1000R • Lightweight frame mixes tubular and pressed steel • 41 mm USD front forks and irregular-cross section steel swingarm • Radial-mount 4-piston caliper and hubless 296mm floating front disc • Full LED lighting and LCD instrumentation • IMU-based ABS The CB300R’s frame – which helps underpin its minimalist style, drawn on the same Neo Sports Café lines as the new 2018 CB1000R – is constructed with tubular and pressed steel; the swingarm is manufactured from steel plate, irregularly shaped in cross-section. Both are designed to achieve high longitudinal rigidity and control torsion from wheel deflection without excess rigidity or weight. The chassis’ core strength is anchored by the pressed steel swingarm pivot plates and swingarm, allowing the tubular steel lattice frame to deliver agile handling with stability and feedback. The 41mm USD forks also complement the CB300R’s handling, with

compliant damping and supple spring rate. The single rear shock offers 5-step spring preload adjustment. A 49.6% front/50.4% rear weight bias provides a positive feel for front-end grip and easy steering which is also helped by the low, 143kg wet weight and compact 1352mm wheelbase. The aluminium fat bar-style handlebars turn through a 40° radius and the 2.3m turning radius guarantees easy passage in jammed city traffic. Seat height is 799mm. The front 296mm hubless floating disc is worked by a radial-mount Nissin 4-piston caliper; the rear 220mm disc a single piston caliper. Both are modulated by 2-channel ABS. The high specification system works through an IMU (Inertial Measurement Unit) to give precise front to rear distribution of ABS operation depending on the vehicle behaviour The 150/60R-17 Dunlop radial rear tyre is matched to a 110/70R-17 radial front. Styling is a deliberate reduction, putting the machine’s blacked-out hardware on display. It’s also brutally neat and brings a new hard-edged attitude to the naked bike scene. The cutaway tail unit is barely there, and supports separate rider and pillion seats plus the nylon rear mudguard mount. Both rider and pillion footpeg hangers are aluminium. A thin (23.5mm) lightweight (230g) full function LCD instrument display provides speed, engine rpm, fuel level and gear position simply, with warning lights arrayed across the top. Full LED lighting – including indicators – adds a premium feel and contributes to mass centralisation. The headlight uses a dual bar light signature, upper for low beam and lower for high beam and the taillight is the thinnest ever mounted on a Honda motorcycle. The 10L fuel cell is hidden underneath an angular cover and shrouds and houses an aircraft-style filler cap. With fuel economy of 85mpg (WMTC mode), the CB300R can cover over 300km from full.


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Fiat launches cinema sponsorship Fiat has launched an immersive, largescale cinema campaign to promote the Fiat Tipo range to a family audience, through a shareable, interactive experience. The immersive activation sees Fiat bring a car into the

cinema foyer for the first-time ever. Working with creative agency Flying Object and Magic Camera, the model makers who have designed sets for major Hollywood movies, the car’s spacious interior and boot will

be filled with a miniature world of cinematic wonder. Cinemagoers will have the opportunity to become part of the scene. By poking their head through the car window, they can pose as a “monster” looming

over the miniature world. A detailed model landscape will be packed with volcanoes, helicopters, mysterious statues, giant ants and much more, creating a loving homage to Saturday afternoon adventure films like

Jurassic World, while showcasing the cavernous capacity of the Fiat Tipo. Tom Pursey of Flying Object said: “By building a fascinating, cinematic word in miniature, we want to create an experience that delights film lovers. It’s a magical way to dramatize the capacity of the Fiat Tipo, and bring the ‘more space, more stuff’ message to life” Fiat and video production company Contented have also created a 15 second bespoke cinema ident that will run alongside Fiat’s 30 second brand advert that promotes the extra space its new Tipo model offers families. Kate Barrett, Fiat Brand Communications Manager said: “We wanted to stand out and push the limit of how people see the Fiat Tipo. Through an engaging experience that brings our unique proposition to life, we hope to shift people’s focus to highlight the Tipo’s key qualities while sparking conversation and driving brand difference.” Other key assets and branding will feature on Cineworld’s website and newsletter, including a ‘Families Go Free’ competition which offers 1000 families the

chance to win an exclusive family cinema trip. Davina Barker, Sales Director, Digital Cinema Media, said: “We continue to push boundaries with what’s possible in cinema’s unique environment and what brands can do to engage cinemagoers in the immersive cinema space. We’re thrilled to be working with Fiat to perform a media-first by bringing a car into the cinema-foyer for the first time, in this fun, immersive and memorable campaign.” Fiat has collaborated with Cineworld, Starcom and Digital Cinema Media (DCM) to bring the powerful campaign to life, which is set to run for a period of three months. The in-foyer activity will run on Saturday 9 June at Cineworld Crawley, with other brand assets launching on Friday 8 June and supporting the campaign until 31 August. The Fiat Tipo range is available to order now, priced from £13,800 OTR for a Tipo Easy hatchback with 1.4-litre 16v 95hp petrol engine. For more information on the Fiat Tipo please visit www.fiat.co.uk or to locate your nearest Fiat dealer visit www.fiat.co.uk/dealers

• Three-month long partnership puts Fiat alongside summer’s biggest films • Immersive activation sees a car in the cinema-foyer for

the first time • ‘Families Go Free’ competition to offer 1000 families the chance to win an exclusive cinema trip

Formula E: Historic Victory for Audi

Title defender Lucas di Grassi has given Audi an historic victory in the Formula E electric racing series. In front of a record turnout, the Brazilian won the first E-Prix on Swiss soil.

Since 1954, no international circuit race has been held in Switzerland. The return of international motorsport attracted far more than 100,000 spectators to the city circuit in the financial district of the metropolis. The crowd got to see an impressive presentation of Audi’s e-tron technology: After starting the race from fifth place on the grid, it took Lucas di Grassi only 18 laps to take the lead and to subsequently clinch an uncontested victory. After 39 laps, the Audi driver had a 7.542-second advantage over runner-up Sam Bird in a DS Virgin. For di Grassi, this marked his seventh Formula E triumph in total and the first victory in the 2017/2018 season. “It was an outstanding race and I’m extremely happy,” said the Audi

driver who was presented with the trophy by City President Corine Mauch. “Winning the first circuit race on Swiss soil after more than 64 years is simply fantastic. My Audie-tron FE04 was super-fast today and allowed me to win the race from fifth place on the grid.”

With his victory di Grassi moved up to third place in the driver’s championship and still has a chance of finishing runner up with the final two races in New York (USA) on July 14 and 15. The Brazilian exuberantly celebrated his triumph in Switzerland with a jump into Lake

Zurich – keeping a promise he had made to his team in case he would clinch victory. Scoring its second victory in succession and third this season, Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler closed the gap by eleven points in the teams’ classification and lie second behind leaders

Techeetah before the last two races.

• Lucas di Grassi wins first E-Prix in Switzerland • Audie-tron FE04 strongest car again • More than 100,000 spectators at the race track

An even better points-haul was prevented by Nelson Piquet. The ex-champion rear-ended Daniel Abt on lap one and broke off Abt’s rear wing in the incident. The Audi driver had to make an unscheduled pit stop and finished 13th out of the points. “The guys replaced the rear wing superfast,” said Abt. “But we would have needed a safety car to get back into the race. Unfortunately, it wasn’t deployed. I’m very disappointed but happy for Lucas (di Grassi) and the team.” “For Daniel (Abt), it was really unfortunate,” said Head of Audi Motorsport Dieter Gass. “In the collision on lap one there was absolutely nothing he could do. Still, it was a great day for us. It was a fantastic event with an incredible turnout of enthusiastic spectators, a great atmosphere and a superb facility. Lucas (di Grassi) drove a fantastic race. It doesn’t happen very often that when you start the race from fifth position you overtake all the cars in front of you and win the race.” “Lucas timed his attacks with absolute perfection,” said Team Principal Allan McNish. “I’m especially happy for his crew that had a difficult start of the season and now has fully come back. And of course, after the home round in Berlin, it’s fantastic for Audi to have won the first circuit race in Switzerland in 64 years as well.”


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Micro-apartment concept travels the world

With its MINI LIVING Urban Cabin at the LA Design Festival, MINI demonstrates how to potentially achieve maximum quality of living within a minimum space. At the LA Design Festival, MINI presents the MINI LIVING Urban Cabin in Los Angeles. The micro-apartment concept was developed in an unused attic space in downtown LA in collaboration with local architect duo Freeland Buck. The Urban Cabin in LA is now the third interpretation of a concept developed by MINI LIVING last year; there are to be five in all. The Urban Cabin provides temporary living space with a high degree of flexibility and lots of possibilities – on a surface area of just 15 m. One particular design focus is the local identity and culture of the specific location in each case. After London, New York City and now Los Angeles, there are plans to implement the project in Beijing and Tokyo during the second half of the year. In pursuing this concept, MINI is taking the first step towards

a global network of creative apartment solutions in which the idea is to make residents feel at home, regardless of the city they live in. “We’re working on our own very distinct interpretation of co-living. Our aim is to enable a genuine sense of community, opening doors and creating public space,” explains Esther Bahne, Head of Strategy and Innovation MINI. “Our installations and visionary formats seek to explore a whole new range of possibilities in the creative use of space, and we’re now putting what we’ve learned into practice in the form of real-life construction projects. In Shanghai we’re currently working on our first hub with more than 50 apartments complete with shared and public space: this is due to open in April next year.” The Urban Cabins anticipate the real-life MINI LIVING buildings in terms of their concept and design. Big life. Small footprint. The MINI LIVING Urban Cabins offer as much living quality as possible within a small space. They are made up of three formal elements. The two outer modules

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are the living and sleeping area on one side and the bathroom and kitchen on the other; these two elements are designed by the MINI LIVING team. The third part – an experiential space with the character of an installation – is defined by MINI as an empty space, and for each cabin, a local architects’ bureau is invited to fill it out. The theme selected always has to be relevant to the specific location. The two living areas have a perforated metal facade on the outside. The transparency, lighting, spatial impression and character change during the course of the day. On the inside, the look is created by combining wood with surprising, modern materials. “Creative use of space” – the core MINI principle – is reflected down to the last detail in smart, space-saving solutions: push, fold, rotate and fold mechanisms enable various use scenarios for day and night. Portholes, windows and fold-out shelves also allow residents to make flexible use of private and shared space: the Urban Cabins open outwards – one of the fundamental principles of MINI LIVING. The approach of the cabins not only seeks to address the decrease in available living space as well as the rise in prices and the drop in living quality that this involves but also provide a corrective for the global spread of more homogeneous architecture and the resulting loss of cultural identity and variation.

Hyundai motor’s multi-year deal with chelsea football club Hyundai Motor has announced a multi-year partnership with Chelsea Football Club, which will see the Hyundai brand logo presented on the sleeve of the new Blues jersey in all domestic competitions from next season until 2022, as the Global Automotive Partner. The deal with Chelsea is the first time that Hyundai has ventured into the UK football market. The new partnership extends Hyundai’s long-standing presence in football at the highest level, having been continuously engaged in national and international competitions for the last 20 years. With this partnership, Hyundai will not only be visible on the jersey but also through car displays at the club, home matchday presence including LED perimeter branding, and various media and digital content rights. The announcement comes as Hyundai launches a new video featuring Chelsea stars Olivier Giroud, David Luiz and Tiémoué Bakayoko. The short film sees the Blues players attend a photoshoot unlike any they have experienced before, as a group of dedicated Chelsea fans take centre stage and assume the roles more commonly associated with

their club heroes. The video can be viewed on Hyundai UK Facebook channel. To launch the partnership, Hyundai are giving away four pairs of tickets to Chelsea’s first home Premier League game of the 2018/19 season at Stamford Bridge. For a chance to win, entrants simply need to retweet any @Hyundai_UK tweet that includes #ForTheFans Over the course of the partnership, Hyundai will work closely with Chelsea to develop a range of initiatives and benefits for the club’s supporters, as part of its ambition to bring ease to mobility and make football more accessible to fans. Andreas-Christoph Hofmann, Vice President Marketing & Product at Hyundai Motor said: “For 20 years, Hyundai has been bringing the dynamism, passion and excitement of football to fans around the world. We are thrilled to begin a new partnership with Chelsea – a successful and ambitious club that matches the global scale and challenging spirit of Hyundai. Just as we always place the customer first, so we have always positioned fans at the heart of our activities throughout our long-running engagement in football. We will

be taking the same approach with Chelsea fans as we kick off this new partnership. Along with our existing partnership with Olympique Lyonnais, this marks the start of a new panEuropean sponsorship approach that will include other top clubs in Europe.” Chelsea Commercial Director Chris Townsend OBE said: “We are delighted to be announcing our new partnership with Hyundai that will see this iconic brand appear on the sleeve of our match shirts from next season. At Chelsea we pride ourselves on partnering with some of the world’s leading companies and we look forward to working closely with Hyundai as they seek to reward, engage and entertain our global fanbase.” The logo on the new jersey will be seen in action for the first time on July 23rd, as Chelsea head to Australia to play a friendly fixture against Perth Glory, ahead of the 18/19 season. Hyundai has been a FIFA Top Partner since 1999, was engaged with UEFA for 18 years to 2017, and remains heavily involved with national teams as well as individual clubs, including Olympique Lyonnais in France among others.

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Annual Aftersales at Guild Awards

• Over 350 individuals from across the UK took part in Suzuki’s annual Aftersales Guild Competition • Contest forms part of the vehicle manufacturer’s distance learning programme which looks to enhance the skills of individuals within its dealer network • Set of gruelling challenges on the day of the yearly gala dinner determines the winners and runners up in each of the three Guild Award categories Suzuki GB has announced the winners of this year’s Aftersales Guild Awards at a recent gala dinner which took place at the De Vere Horwood Estate in Buckinghamshire. The annual event is the culmination of a contest which is part of the vehicle manufacturer’s distance learning programme. The initiative has been designed to enhance the skills of individuals within the dealer network, thereby ensuring that work is of the best quality, and that Suzuki customers nationwide always receive the best standard of service.

Over 350 contestants took part in the latest competition, which was then whittled down to the runners up and three winners on the night, following a series of gruelling tests on the day of the ceremony. The certificates were presented by Nobuo Suyama, Suzuki GB’s Managing Director, Dale Wyatt, Director of Automobile, and Denis Houston, Director of Aftersales. The top prizes of Aftersales Manager of the Year, Aftersales Advisor of the Year and Technician of the Year, were collected respectively by Paul Coghlan of West End Suzuki in Dundee, Mark Sims of Stephen A Sims Cars Limited in Darlington and Barry Russell of Eastbourne Suzuki in East Sussex. These winners equally received a Fitbit Smartwatch plus an all-expenses paid four-day trip to Malta along with the Guild finalists. The gala dinner also played host to the Apprentice of the Year awards, accolades which recognise the accomplishments of Automo-

bile, Motorcycle and ATV Service Technician and Parts / Customer Service Advisor apprentices in their first, second and third years following nominations by the trainers. Furthermore, The Tim Crewdson Award, which rewards the apprentice that has demonstrated an outstanding improvement during the last 12 months, was given out during the evening to Daniel Parkes of Southampton’s Newmans Suzuki. Denis Houston, Director of Aftersales, Suzuki GB PLC, said: “We would like to congratulate all of the winners and finalists on their achievements and each of the candidates have demonstrated an exemplary level of professionalism and commitment throughout the contest. They are an inspirational and valuable asset to Suzuki’s nationwide retail network, and we look forward to supporting each of these individuals as they continue to progress their careers with us.”


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MOEEN ALI IS English taekwondo player ENGLANDS MOST represents Pakistan in Asian Games VALUABLE PLAYER

Moeen Ali is the leader of England’s One Day International PCA Most Valuable Player Rankings for the summer after a superb series with the ball helped England create history against Australia. Led by Captain Eoin Morgan, England beat Australia 5-0 in the Royal London ODI Series, becoming the first England side to do so in any format of the game thanks to a series of outstanding individual displays. Despite the batting heroics of the likes of Jonny Bairstow, Jason Roy and Jos Buttler, it was Moeen’s guile with the ball which has taken him to the summit of the ODI Rankings with 101.24 points. Three points behind in second place is Buttler who hit arguably his best hundred in an England shirt at Emirates Old Trafford. Moeen started off the series with a Man of the Match display at the Kia Oval, taking three for 43 from his 10 overs before scoring a valuable runa-ball 17 to help England to a three-wicket win. The Worcestershire all-rounder’s economical bowling was a key component to England’s performances throughout the series with the MVP formula designed to identify the match-winners and key influencers of matches. An innovation which provides a more rigorous analysis of player performances than traditional batting and bowling averages. Points are accrued for all runs scored and wickets taken, these are then adjusted within the context of the match, taking into account strike rates, economy rates as well as when wickets are taken. In the second ODI in Cardiff Moeen took the wickets of opener D’Arcy Short and the dangerous Glenn Maxwell, two key dismissals which score favourably in the MVP formula. Catches, run-outs and stumpings are also accounted for as well as bonus points for Captains and players who are on the victorious side. In England’s world record breaking performance at Trent Bridge, it was Yorkshire’s Adil Rashid who was the MVP, perhaps surprising for those not familiar with the MVP formula. With the hosts scoring 481-6 which included big hundreds from Bairstow and Alex Hales as well as Eoin Morgan smashing 67 off 30 and setting the record for England’s quickest ever half-century in the 50-over format in 21 balls it would be expected a bats-

man would take the Man of the Match award. However, Rashid took four wickets for just 47 runs from his 10 overs. He was awarded the MVP because he went at 4.7 when the match average was 8.1, he Took four wickets, dismissed a top five batsman and took a catch off his own bowling. In a game where 720 runs were scored in 87 overs, Rashid’s remarkable performance earned him the Man of the Match and underlined the value of the formula in using data to question perceived wisdom. England’s 481-6 broke the world record they set two years ago, and in the process, Morgan became England’s highest run scorer in ODI cricket, surpassing Ian Bell’s 5,416 in a memorable day in Nottingham which sent England to an unassailable 3-0 lead. A six-wicket victory in Durham followed with Roy claiming the MVP thanks to his 101 with the bat chasing Australia’s 310-8. David Willey took four wickets while all the batsmen chipped in to support Roy as England won with 32 balls remaining. Arguably the best match of the series was at Old Trafford with Buttler guiding England to a one-wicket victory and create history by beating Australia 5-0. On his home ground, his 110* propelled him up to second in the ODI Rankings and to the top of England’s Overall Rankings when performances in Test Matches are taken into consideration. With Sam Curran making his debut and becoming the youngest ever Englishman to take an ODI wicket, it was also a day where Moeen stabilised his position at the top of the ODI Rankings. The off-spinner took career-best figures of 4-46 which included three of the top four batsmen. Leg-spinner Rashid sits in third place on 81 points with Bairstow (74) and Roy (69) completing the top five in the ODI standings in a series to remember. With four IT20s next up for England, Buttler will be looking to extend his lead in the Overall Rankings.

England-based taekwondo fighter Aneela Ayesha looks set to make her international debut for Pakistan at the Jakarta Palembang 2018 Asian Games this year. A senior official at the Pakistan Taekwondo Federation (PTF) said the reason for the British junior champion’s selection is that she is a better fighter than any other Pakistani in the under-49 kilogram category. Another medal hope for Pakistan will be under53kg fighter Nimra Wasiq, who is based in the United States but has already represented Pakistan at several international competitions in-

cluding the 2017 Senior World Championships in Muju, South Korea. Nimra Wasiq is one of Pakistan’s medal hopes for Jakarta 2018. The Pakistan taekwondo team for the Asian Games are being coached by Sung Jae Lee, who is in charge of the team. He is reportedly planning to send the team to Uzbekistan for a training camp before they feature in the Korean Open. The athletes will then make a trip to Thailand before heading to Jakarta for the Asian Games, which begin on August 18.

India confirm plans to bid for 2030 Asian Games and 2032 Olympics

Expressions of interest will be submitted by India to host the 2026 Summer Youth Olympic Games, the 2030 Asian Games and the 2032 Olympic and Paralympic Games. A bid is also expected to be made by the Asian country to host the 2021 International Olympic Committee (IOC) Session. The Indian Olympic Association (IOA) confirmed their intentions following an Executive Council meeting in New Delhi. Specific cities have not yet been announced for any of these events. India has never hosted an Olympics but did stage the 2010 Commonwealth Games in New Delhi, an event overshadowed by poor preparations, financial

mismanagement and widespread claims of corruption. IOC President Thomas Bach recommended that the country postpone its plans to enter the race for the 2024 Summer Olympic and Paralympic Games when he visited India in 2015, still thought to mark the only occasion where he has publicly discouraged a bid since taking office. But IOA President Narinder Batra spoke enthusiastically about their plans when meeting with Bach again earlier this year. “We have taken note with great appreciation of the intention of IOA to host future Youth Olympics and Summer Olympics,” Bach responded. “It would be fantastic for Indian athletes to have their Olympics

at their home country. “It will give a boost to sports in India and develop an interest in many young people to take up sports.” India are bidding for four major Olympic events. Australia are interested in launching a bid for the 2032 Games, while Indonesia have also announced plans to bid. Thailand are rumoured to be mulling over an attempt at securing the hosting rights for the Summer Youth Olympics. The 2026 Summer Youth Olympic Games is the next edition countries are able to bid for after the IOC decided to actively seek an African host for 2022. New Delhi also played host to the Asian Games in 1951 and 1982 - the last time the continental-wide event took

place in India. India had also expressed interest in hosting the 2019 IOC Session ultimately awarded to Milan. They potentially still have a chance of hosting that event instead if a new host is needed due to Italy bidding for the 2026 Winter Olympics. “We have made some purposeful decisions in this meeting,” Batra, also President of the International Hockey Federation, said following the meeting.

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Shoaib Malik to retire after Cricket World Cup 2019

The AFC Asian Cup is equivalent to the World Cup for India

ary next year. We did very well here, and we are confident, but we cannot afford to be complacent,” Gurpreet said Gurpreet feels that the AFC Asian Cup is the equivalent of a World Cup and gives Asian players a fantastic opportunity and is one of the toughest challenges they can face in their career. He also feels like the team should try and play away games to

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“If you have made goals for yourself that keeps you running. I have made some for myself. We already won two big events: the World T20 in 2009 and the Champions Trophy in 2017. The only thing left in my career to win is that 50-over World Cup. That is the thing I am looking at which makes me work hard. I have big hopes from these youngsters and myself. We are going to give our best.” Malik was asked if he misses the Test format of the game of which he hung up his gloves back in 2015.”You enjoy Test Cricket till the time you are fit. Sometimes you have to make strong decisions. Many people make them keeping their future in mind. But, I tried to make it keeping the future of Pakistan cricket in my mind,” Malik said. “Of course, I also thought about myself while announcing the retirement. I had to give time to my family and prolong my cricketing career. I have no regret that I made that decision. It came out in public like I took it overnight. That gap of five years in which I did not play a Test was a huge one. And, my retirement provided two-three youngsters with an opportunity to play Test cricket. Now they are performing for the side on a consistent basis. One can also serve your nation by retiring,” he added.

Pakistan all-rounder Shoaib Malik has officially announced his imminent retirement from One-Day International Cricket after the 2019 Cricket World Cup in England & Wales. Malik, who made is ODI debut almost 20 years ago against the West Indies has yet to decide his future in T20 Cricket. He will look to make a decision based on his fitness after his expected retirement from One-Day International Cricket. Malik has had a hugely successful career with the national side totalling 6,975 runs in ODI’s achieving an impressive average score of 35.22. He scored 9 centuries and 41 half-centuries and captained Pakistan 56 times winning 36 matches.

Indian Goalkeeper Gurpreet Sandhu feels that their fantastic performances in the Intercontinental Cup has played a vital role in their preparation plans for the AFC Asian Cup. The fournation tournament involved New Zealand and Chines Taipei. “The team as a whole performed very well in the Intercontinental Cup. This tournament helped us a great deal in preparing for the Asian Cup in Janu-

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test its skills in different conditions. “Yes for sure that’s what every single team in the world does, they play home and away, and we should also try to play away games to test ourselves in different conditions,” he said. India’s skipper Sunil Chhetri has asked everyone to be the best they can be for this all-important AFC Asian Cup.

Iraqi Mohammed Salah Lookalike

Footballer Hussein Ali, who bears a striking resemblance to Salah, has stated that he is being bombarded with requests for selfies every day, with some people even wishing him well after ‘his’ shoulder injury in the Champions League Final. If Mo Salah’s shoulder injury does rule him out of playing for the World Cup in Russia, perhaps Egypt might consider bending a few of FIFA’s selection guidelines by sneaking Iraq’s Hussein Ali onto the pitch in place of the Liverpool player. Ali is a professional footballer and currently plies his trade with Iraqi outfit Al Zawraa, and he says he isn’t content with just looking like Salah, he aims to replicate his style on the pitch too. Ali said, “We play in the same position, and I do everything to imitate and copy his movements.” “He reads the Quran, and he asks God to help him before his matches. I also

read the Quran and pray,” he added. Ali says that he is currently subject to a lot of the trappings of fame without being, well, famous. He regularly gets stopped on the street for photographs, and he has even purchased an authentic Liverpool kit to help keep the mystique. He also said: “When I played against the Lebanese club Al Ahed, people were taking photos with me for an hour and a half.” “The day before yesterday I was in a mall; the security guards, the shop workers and the clients, everyone wanted to take a photo with me... even the girls!” Ali has said that people even send him ‘get well soon’ messages following the shoulder injury that Mo Salah suffered during the Champions League Final. He added: “In my neighbourhood, over a number of days, people who passed me would say ‘Get well soon.”


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Afshan Ashiq, Bangladesh clinch maiden inspiring a whole Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup generation of Kashmiri girls

Afshan Ashiq is one of the increasing number of women taking up sport in Kashmir, and despite the protests from religious conservatives, a government push has led to a positive result to boost 52 different sports. Afshan became an inspiration following an incident in which the team clashed with the police. She threw a rock towards the officer. “A police officer used abusive language towards us and then slapped one of my players. I couldn’t help it,” Ms Ashiq says of her throwing the rock. “It was very unfortunate.” Conflict between young people and authorities is common in the streets of Srinagar. More than 70 years after the partition of India and Pakistan, many feel India’s governance of Kashmir is better described as an occupation. Yet a photo of Ms Ashiq in that moment made her a sensation. Not only was she an elegantly dressed woman but she is also one of the state’s best football players. Ms Ashiq is the captain for the J&K state women’s squad and goalie for a Mumbai team in the Indian Women’s League. There are approximately 4000 young people in Jammu, Kashmir & Ladakh playing Rugby which is growing in popularity. The young women’s participation in the contact sport isn’t without its critics. “In the town where I am

from, it isn’t normal for a young woman to leave her home to learn how to play rugby,” says Irtiqa Ayoub, 23, who has become one of Kashmiri rugby’s leading lights. “I faced resistance from my parents, but as I began to have successes, winning some matches and getting some medals, they began to change their minds. Now they support me fully.” Waheed Para has played a critical role too in the uprising of women sport from a political perspective. Mr Para was inspired to create the program, based on the Australian Sports Commission after seeing the huge conflicts caused in Kashmir over the role of Women in Sport. “We came up with the idea of bringing people together on the playing field — a much more inclusive place than the mosque, the temple or the church,” he says. Mr Para, 29, feels confident that the backlash from some religious groups won’t inhibit the program’s progress. “We have reached a position now where it’s not easy for them to attack us,” Mr Para says. “Our network of players, their families and their communities, is far too extensive to be cowed by threats.” This has shown the fantastic progress made in Jammu & Kashmir, and further progress could lead to professional teams and beyond.

Bangladesh ended India’s domination of the Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup by beating their rivals in the final of the competition at the Kinrara Academy Oval in Kuala Lumpur. India had triumphed in all six of the editions of the tournament to date, with their team having been yet to taste defeat in a match at the event prior to this year’s competition. That record was ended by Bangladesh in the group stage in Malaysia, with both teams ultimately progressing to the final with four wins and one loss from their five games. Bangladesh won the toss and elected to field in the final as they chased another upset win over India.

Only four Indian players were able to reach double figures during their innings, with Bangladesh restricting them to 112-9 from the 20 overs. India would be thankful to their captain Harmanpreet Kaur, who contributed exactly half of their runs, with her 56 potentially looking crucial. Bangladesh’s top order would all contribute towards the chase, with their first five batsmen all scoring double figures. Nigar Sultana and Rumana Ahmed proved key to their pursuit of victory, as they topscored for Bangladesh with 27 and 23. Bangladesh would require nine runs heading

into the final over of the match to claim victory, but lost two wickets as the tension increased. Jahanara Alam was left to face the crucial final ball of the innings, with Bangladesh trailing by one run. She was able to score the two runs required for them to reach the target of 113 and secure their maiden Women’s Twenty20 Asia Cup title. Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Thailand and hosts Malaysia were the other four teams to participate in the Asian Cricket Council tournament.

Umar Akmal to be questioned after spot-fixing claims

Pakistan Cricketer Umar Akmal has made an astonishing claim that he was offered $200,000 to leave two balls alone in a World Cup match against arch-rivals India. Akmal went on to claim that he gets spot-fixing offers every time Pakistan play India. In this particular game against India which was a group game where India were victorious by 76 runs in which Akmal went out for a duck after facing only four balls to left arm spinner Jadeja. Akmal’s claim has sparked a quick action

from the Pakistan Cricket Board (PCB), who has asked the 28-year-old to explain his comments. The global cricket governing body (ICC), meanwhile, has said it wishes to speak with the cricketer urgently. “The ICC is aware of a recent interview given by Umar Akmal. Whilst we note that there is no suggestion that any ‘fix’ actually took place, the ICC is reliant on players to report any corrupt approaches in a timely manner. This is critical to our efforts to

gather information on potential ‘fixers’ and to disrupt and prevent their efforts to corrupt the game. As such we are taking Akmal’s comments very seriously,” the report quoted ICC as saying in an official statement. “We have launched an investigation and wish to speak to Mr Akmal as a matter of urgency. Our Anti-Corruption Unit is committed to working to uphold integrity in cricket and would urge anyone with any information to contact us via contactacu@icc-cricket.com,” the ICC statement added.


Q.A with Female Personal Trainer Sanaa Khan

1. Can you tell us a bit about yourself? I am currently 19 years old and working two jobs. I am working full time as an IT project lead for a bank, however I am also qualified as a personal trainer and martial arts instructor. At the moment I am a black belt in kickboxing and I have competed in many national competitions. I have even taken on an ultra MMA bout in a cage, to raise money for cancer research. When I’m not working or training I spend my time with my friends and family. In particular my mum who isn’t just my mum but my best friend! 2. Why did you decide to become a personal trainer? I have always loved sports and fitness from a young age with PE being my favourite lesson at school. As I grew up and started my career in the IT and Banking sector at the age of 16, I never thought there would be enough in the fitness industry for me to make a career and income from. This was until I read a book called Feel the Fear and do it anyways by Susan Jeffers. The books addresses the fact that we make excuses and create a feeling of fear around different aspects of our lives that stop us from achieving and doing what we really

want to. I thought to myself whilst reading the book, I really love sports and would love to turn my hobbies into a career so why not just go for it! So I did. I looked into a part time personal training course at Leeds College and called them up the next day to enroll. Because it was a part time course I made arrangements at the bank to work a compressed working week so I did my 35 hours from Monday to Thursday and had Friday off to attend college. It was the best decision I ever made, I now work part time for Elemental Fitness running Saturday Morning Boot Camps and Personal Training sessions. 3. How did your family react to your decision in becoming a personal trainer? My family were extremely supportive of my decision to become a personal trainer. They have encouraged me and pushed me to work hard and they also believed in me. I am truly thankful for their support. 4. What is the biggest challenge you’ve faced so far in life? I have had two huge challenges in the past two months, one being the Ultra MMA fight that I took part in. I had 8 weeks of training and ended up with a more experienced, heavier opponent. I still went into the cage

and gave my all and came out of it as a stronger individual and even though I didn’t win I learnt so much from it. Since the MMA fight I received lots of messages from various people congratulating me and saying I am a massive inspiration for young females out there who would be hesitant towards sports and in particular combat sports. My second challenge was grading for my black belt. I had just observed the blessed month of Ramadan and so training levels had been fairly low for a month. My grading was the day after Eid so my bodies’ sugar and salt levels were still all over the place. The grading went on for four hours and consisted of technique and combination work, a 100 set piece kata form (performance of 100 martial art moves), sparring and lots of cardio. I experienced my first anxiety attack during the grading which I overcame and was thankfully able to complete the grading, this was down to 4th Dan kickboxing instructor David Kenyon who helped me calm down. 5. What is your biggest inspiration? My biggest inspiration has to be female athletes such as Nicola Adams and Jessica Ennis. They are both successful in their careers, which has

encouraged me to work even harder. I hope one day I can be as successful as them. They are an inspiration to all females. 6. What do you like to do in your spare time? I don’t leave myself much spare time with having two jobs. I tend to wind down by going for nice, long, naturous walks or going to the gym. I spend my time with my family and friends aswell. I am also a massive foodie! So I am always going out and trying new places to eat. To sum me up and my favourite things it would be, family, friends, fitness and food! 7. Where do you see yourself in 10 years time?

In ten years time I hope to still be working for the bank as a successful senior manager within the digital and transformation space. I also hope to have my own gym where I can teach self defence classes, martial arts and personal training to all kinds of people but in particular women and children as I feel they can be the most vulnerable. I also would like to target Asian females as I don’t feel there are enough gyms that cater for this audience. I think lots of Asians would love to get more involved with fitness but they lack confidence and the motivation which I can provide. I would also love to have a family of my own in 10 years.


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