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jewellery making and designing your own railway, to science experiments, craft workshops and a Commonwealth Games-inspired sports day, Birmingham City University will be throwing open its doors to the public once again on Saturday 9 June for a unique, hands-on experience. The University’s second Inspired Family Day will welcome families for an actionpacked day of free and fun-filled events and activities for all ages between 11am and 4pm. Taking place at Birmingham City University’s City Centre Campus, situated in the heart of Birmingham’s Eastside, the family festival will introduce youngsters to the range of subjects on offer at the institution and showcase potential career options. Highlights of Inspired Family Day include drop in, make-and-take sessions for the under 10s, while young adults can have a go at making their own television programme in one of the University’s state-of-the-art broadcasting studios. Elsewhere, as construction for High Speed 2 (HS2) gets underway in Birmingham, youngsters will be able to enter the Magical Academy of Invention to design the trains, stations and platforms of the future and budding fashionistas can to try their hand at one of the festival’s jewellery and textiles workshops. Plus, Birmingham Hippodrome will be taking part and offering groups of youngsters the opportunity to write, direct and star in their own play which will be performed at the end of Inspired Family Day. Ahead of ‘Matilda The Musical’ coming to the city over the summer, the theatre will also be inviting

youngsters to learn how to draw one of Roald Dahl’s most iconic characters – with the best ones winning tickets to the play itself at Birmingham Hippodrome. Coupled with this, there will be the opportunity to meet with world-class academics, who are training the next generation of creative professionals. Inspired Family Day will officially open Birmingham City University’s Inspired Festival, now in its fifth year. It showcases the talent of the institution’s final year students in disciplines such as film, art, architecture, fashion and photography. Visitors to Inspired Family Day will get the opportunity to see many of the student’s exhibitions in the University’s £62 million Parkside Building, which boasts cutting edge facilities – including Europe’s largest static green screen. Sara Middleton, Associate Dean at Birmingham City University, said: “We hosted the first Inspired Family Day in 2017 and were delighted that hundreds came from across the region to enjoy our largest ever family event. This year, we are working even harder to deliver a bigger programme of unmissable events and activities for everyone to enjoy for free.

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“Our institution is defined by the city it is rooted in and events like these allow us to showcase the positive cultural and economic impact we are making locally, regionally and internationally. By introducing the next generation to all the amazing subjects they can study here, youngsters can see firsthand how their future will benefit themselves and the wider world. “The University’s Parkside Building is always bursting with activity, but it will be fantastic to see our City Centre Campus full of families once again, welcoming children eager to learn more about what we do, and engage with the work of our academics and students.” During Inspired Festival the public will be given the opportunity to take part in a series of workshops focussed on enhancing creativity, and all events and activities will be showcased using the hashtag #BCUinspired. Further Inspired Festival events will be held at the University’s City Centre Campus in Birmingham’s Eastside as well as Birmingham School of Jewellery and Birmingham School of Art, ranging from music and literature performances to fashion shows and innovative technology demonstrations.

Zafar Ali, a Conservative councillor

in Keighley Central, has been chosen as the next Lord Mayor of Bradford. He will be expected to take up the position on 15th May 2018. Ali spoke about his pride after being chosen as the next Lord Mayor of Bradford, he said: “It is a great honour for me and recognition of my work for the community.” “I will be the first Conservative BritishPakistani Lord Mayor in the whole of the north, and that is something which makes me extremely proud.” The 70-year-old councillor from Gujar Khan, Rawalpindi, arrived in Keighley during 1965. Once he arrived in the UK, he worked in a textiles mill and studied at the town’s college. He was a father of seven children, and his grandfather was a director of the Racial Equality Council in Keighley and was also one of the first Asians to become a Justice of the Peace in 1987. Zafar Ali has also been involved in countless organisations, including Victim Support, Key House, Council for

Voluntary Services and Citizens Advice Bureau. Ali has been a major player in numerous, successful campaigns. During 2007, he became a district councillor and had also served on the town council. Recently he has been working alongside Eastwood School as a governor, although he remains passionate towards other organisations, such as the Friends of Devonshire Park. “A lot of groups and individuals seek my help and advice, and I’m honoured at that,” said Cllr Ali. “Unofficially I’m continuing to do a lot of the work I’ve been involved in over the years. “For nearly three decades with the Racial Equality Council I worked on building bridges between communities and promoting harmony – and we had many successes – and that is one of my aims during my year as Lord Mayor. “When there are opportunities to help bring people together, I will do that.’’ “I’m looking forward immensely to my year in office. “The mayorship is impartial, and that is a message I want to get out there.”

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‘Mr Night and Day’ as Sajid once recalled that he chose ‘to work every hour that God sent his way.’ After working in Rochdale cotton mill and then as a bus driver, his father moved to Bristol where he brought a small clothing store. The family lived in a two bedroom flat, Sajid said that ‘Three brothers were in one bedroom and me and my younger brother were with my parents in the other.’ Sajid grew up on Stapleton Road, in Bristol, which was known as ‘Britain’s worst street’ which was once dubbed as a ‘lawless hellhole where drug-pushing, shootings, prostitution, rape, violent robbery, murder and knifings are common.’ At the age of 10, Sajid witnessed race riots in the nearby St Paul’s district, where ethnic minority residents, constantly battled with the police. His arrival in the Home Office means that he will now be responsible for law and order. This means a Muslim will be in charge of the counter-terrorism policy as well as ensuring that the policing will be overseen by someone who has seen, what happens when forces lose trust in the communities they serve. Sajid Javid’s promotion will put someone that comes from an immigrant background in charge of clearing up the mess of the Windrush Scandal. He has previously said, on hearing of the affair that: ‘It could have been me.’ The MP for Bromsgrove, aged 48 is successful in both business and Westminster. Sajid keeps a £1,000 portrait of the

former prime minister in his office. Margaret Thatcher had spawned his original interest in politics. However, it also turned Britain into a country where a working-class kid from Bristol, will need to work hard to achieve fame and fortune. After studying GSE’s, he moved on to Exeter University, where he gained a degree in economics and politics. At the age 0f 24, he became the youngest ever vice-president of Chase Manhattan Bank. By 30 he was earning £3 million per year by running the Asian Trading Division of Deutsche Bank. He is married to practising Christian women, called Laura, and they have children together. By his late 30s, it was reported that Sajid was wealthy enough to retire from banking and pursue a career in politics.

He entered the Commons at the 2010 election and within two years gained a frontbench role, as Economic Secretary to the Treasury. More recently Sajid Javid has become the first home secretary to come from an ethnic minority background after Amber Rudd resigned from her position. Sajid, the son of a Pakistani bus driver, has said that he will be reviewing the UK immigration policy, to ensure that people were treated fairly, with dignity and respect. Amber Rudd has resigned as home secretary after she misled MPs over what she knew about immigration and removal targets. Labour’s, Diane Abbott, claimed that Ms Rudd had ‘done the right thing’ in regards to quitting. Her departure came after; she faced

huge criticism over her handling of the Windrush scandal and immigration policy. She told MPs that the Home Office did not have any targets for removing illegal immigrants; however, a letter had been published, which stated that Ms Rudd set out her ‘ambitious but deliverable’ aim to report 10% more illegal immigrants over the ‘next few years’ to Theresa May. Sajid Javid is not a close ally of the Prime Minister; he is also not an ardent Remainer. However, his appointment retains the balance on the vital Brexit cabinet committee. Sajid has previously faced calls to stand down as business secretary, due to his response to the steel crisis in 2015,

which witnessed Tata Steel cut a variety of jobs. He challenges ahead for Sajid are huge, although this can be seen a big opportunity for him. Mr Javid said: ‘the Windrush scandal felt ‘very personal’ to him as coming from a family of immigrants “it could have been me, my mum or my dad.’ He also mentioned that: ‘more could be done to address the concerns of people whose status had been wrongly questioned - and who have been promised compensation and fast-tracking to UK citizenship if they want it.’ Mr Javid, who is a former investment banker and MP for Bromsgrove since 2010, has been working as a communities secretary for 18 months.


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The 48-year-old MP led the government’s response to last year’s Grenfell Tower fire disaster. Home Secretary is one of the hardest jobs in government as you are responsible for counter-terrorism, immigration and policing. However, Amber Rudd’s position was difficult as she was following Theresa May, who has survived the post for more than six years and had set up specific plans and objectives, which Ms Rudd was excepted to stick to. Becoming the New Home Secretary will be a big change for Sajid and the UK population. Coming from an immigrant background, this new position can see positive changes in the UK immigration system. However, Sajid has previously voted against the right for EU nationals that are already living in the UK as well as consistently voting for phasing out secure tenancies for life. He has also almost voted against spending public money, to create guaranteed jobs for young people, who have spent a long time unemployed and has previously voted for higher taxes on alcohol. During December 2015, Mr Javid voted to restrict the support available to failed asylum seekers and illegal migrants. He also voted against giving asylum seekers permission to work if a decision on their application takes over six months in April 2016. It has also been reported that he voted against laws to promote equality and human rights, during April 2013. However, with Mr Javid coming from an immigrant background, we hope that there will be some positive changes to the UK immigration system.

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£59,461 Raised to Build First Mosque on Isle of Lewis

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the first mosque on the Isle of Lewis, a small island north of Scotland. The planning permission for the mosque was granted in 2017, and the decision led to local opposition from the Free Church of Scotland. Syrian refugees arrived in Scotland under the Governments resettlement scheme in 2015. In Stornoway, there are now six Syrian families, and during the 2011 census, there were 61 Muslims listed. Aihtsham Rashid, a businessman from Leeds, had set up a JustGiving crowdfunding page, to raise £50,000 to build the first mosque in the Outer Hebrides. However, the page raised £59,461. On the JustGiving page, Mr Rashid said, “There are just over 8000 people residing there. Amongst the 8000 people, there is a very small Muslim community including a small Syrian refugee community. “The Muslim community who

have been resident from 1945 have been trying for a long time to get planning permission for their very own mosque.” He added, “Salaam all, I wanted to say thank you so much for Duas and support, it’s been so much I not slept! Do Dua as we have a big week for all of you, and we need you with us. “ “I also want to say a special thank you to the local islander and business who I met, “you have been so nice, and I’m happy you represent the locals as without you it would also be difficult so from bottom of my heart and the Muslim community thank you so much and Inshallah we will all have tea together in the mosque.” The Free Church of Scotland mentioned on their website in 2017, “Our main concern is with the religion of Islam itself. If a mosque ever opens, Islam will be able to promote itself in our midst through public worship, despite its beliefs and practices being alien to the religious

convictions of the vast majority of our community. Islam is wholly inconsistent with the teaching of the Word of God in Holy Scripture, which is the only rule to direct us.” They go onto to say that, Islam denies the divine person and work of Jesus Christ, our blessed Lord and Saviour, who died on a cross. They additionally claim that, “Since Islam has no Saviour, it offers no hope to guilty and hell-deserving sinners, for we cannot save ourselves by our own works.” “Islam is also incompatible with, and indeed a threat to, our religious and civil liberties, as is very evident from the situation which prevails in those countries where it dominates. The oppression of Christians and the reduced status of women under Islam are well-known, as is the willingness of some of its followers to spread its influence by violent means.”

Vaisakhi 2018

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had gathered to celebrate the religious event known as Vaisakhi. Vaisakhi is celebrated every year and was founded back in 1699. Sikhism itself was founded in early 1469. However, Sikhs began to suffer religious persecution during the 17th century, including the execution of spiritual leaders. In response to that, a meeting was called in 1699, and Khalsa was set up, which was led by the Five Beloved Ones, in order to make a stand against oppression. Sikh followers are initiated into the order, by being baptised, where men take the title Singh (Lion) and women the title Kaur (Princess). Vaisakhi is often observed by Hindu worshippers as they believe it is the start of the New Year, the harvest festival and a time to bathe in sacred rivers such as the Ganges. Sikh communities in the UK celebrated this year with processions called Nagar

Kirtan, which is known as town/neighbouring hymn singing. The procession was led by five Sikhs, who were wearing ceremonial outfits that represented the Beloved Ones. Dhol drummers also attended along with Gatka performers (a Sikh martial art) as well as floats carrying women and spiritual leaders who were chanting prayers and singing hymns. The parade carried on, throughout Bradford, with vibrant colours being brought to the streets. Hundreds of people walked behind the parade, with many of them chanting and singing. The procession, which was led by five Panj Piyare, wearing orange robes, began at 10:30 am at the Gudwara Singh Sabha temple, located in Grant Street. Hundreds of people gathered, wearing orange traditional clothing of the Khalsa. It was said to be the biggest event in Yorkshire. Heading the parade was a float and canopy which carried the Guru Granth Sahib Ji Sikhism holy text.

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share some similarities, which is very important in this day and age as well all have something in common. Whether we are facing hardships or celebrating a joys occasion, there is also something that unites us together as one community. The Jewish holiday of Passover had coincided with the Easter bank holiday which took place in April and now during May, Muslims across the UK and worldwide will be fasting for the holy month of Ramadan.

eremy Corbyn says that the future Labour government will fund free bus travel to under - 25s in England. The pledge comes as a source of optimism for young people everywhere, since the cost of bus travel has increased sharply over the last few years. According to Labour, funding for free bus travel will save 13 million young people an average of £1000 a year. In Birmingham specifically, approximately 322,000 people aged five to 24 would be eligible for free bus travel, with under-fives already travelling free. It is hoped that the policy will encourage young people to use public transport instead of driving, thus reducing road congestion and pollution. Labours research predicts that the initiative will save approximately £267 million of taxpayer’s money per year across the country. The £1.4 billion needed for the policy is being sourced from Vehicle Excise Duty revenue, which is currently in the works for building new roads. Jeremy Corbyn will talk about his plans in detail as he visits a sixth form in Dudley. In his speech, he declared that “young people deserve a break” from Conservative austerity and “giving them free bus travel will make a huge difference to their lives.” “Young people tend to be in lower paid, more insecure work and spend a higher

proportion of their income on travel,” “Labour wants to help young people make the most out of life by investing in them, which is why today we are pledging the next Labour government will provide the funds to cover free bus travel for under-25s, to support them to travel to work, to study and to visit friends.” The scheme is said to encourage the ownership of bus companies away from private ownership and back into the municipal ownership of local authorities. “For too long, private bus companies have run our services for profit, not people,” Shadow Transport Secretary Andy McDonald is expected to say speaking alongside Jeremy Corbyn. Mayor of London Sadiq Khan said he was “delighted” about the announcement.

“Investing to provide free bus travel will greatly help young people access opportunities at this critical stage in their working and educational lives,” he said. Conservative Transport Minister Nusrat Ghani staunchly considers Labours pledge as “yet another empty promise.” He said that: “Last election Labour promised to pay off student debt if elected and then admitted it would actually cost too much to do. Now they’re bribing young people again with yet another empty promise.” Conservatives claim that their own approach of providing railcards to 26 – 30-year-olds is more “balanced.” However, they were criticised after only 10,000 railcards were released last month in a government trail, leaving large numbers of those entitled without any help with travel costs.

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Although these festivals may be different, they are truly important to those who celebrate and as a community we should respect each other’s faiths as each celebration, brings together families over a meal as we commemorate the roots of our beliefs. Whatever your faith is, these aren’t the times to shut ourselves off from one another, but instead we should engage in dialogue and understanding. Islamophobia, anti Semitism and generic racism has become huge throughout the UK and worldwide, which makes it hard to live your everyday life, especially when there’s attacks happening every day,

Racism is hard to see, in 21st century Britain, and it is delightful to witness all communities coming together to tackle these issues and understanding each other. We must ensure that this work continues and support comes from all corners of society. If anyone if attack because of their skin colour, religion and belief, then it is an attack on our freedom and an attack on us all. Regardless of these racist attacks, Muslims, Jews and Christians have quite a lot in common and we should all stick together as a community and support one another.

refugee, has won a legal battle against the UK (NHS) National Health Service after her child had been brain damaged when the hospital staff did not explain the importance of feeding a newborn baby. Reports suggest that Nilujan Rajatheepan was in good condition when he was delivered by caesarean section in July 2009, at the King George Hospital in Goodmayes, located in Essex. The boy’s parents are Sri Lankan refugees. His mother, Sinthiya was only 21 years old when Nilujan was born. Once the community midwife visited the family at home, Nilujan was pale and lethargic, having not been fed for more than 15 hours. His hypoglycaemic state had resulted in catastrophic brain injuries. The eightyear-old boy now has cerebral palsy with severely impaired physical and cognitive function.

During court in London, Judge McKenna ruled that Havering, Redbridge and Barking NHS Foundation Trust were in fact liable. He also ruled that the midwives failed to hire an interpreter to tell her to feed her baby and the young boy is now in line for a multi-million pound NHS compensation, because the midwives were negligent in failing to tackle the language barrier. The judge also said that the medics at King George’s hospital ended up “effectively ignoring” Sinthiya Rajatheepan’s

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not an acronym - it is Latin for ‘table’. It denotes a round table where all members are equal. It is a not-for-profit membership organisation. IQ or Intelligence Quotient is an attempt to measure intelligence. An 11-year-old girl has scored higher in a prestigious IQ test than Albert Einstein and Stephen Hawking, putting her in the top 99.998 percentile of test takers. The score of 162 in the grueling British Mensa’s IQ test in the Cattell III B puts her in the top 1 % of brightest people in the world and means she is more intelligent than well-loved cosmologist Stephen Hawking and theoretical physicist Albert Einstein. Iona’s score easily qualified her for admission. Ms Mandal from Birmingham, West Midlands, U.K. of Indian origin, took the British Mensa IQ test last week and is among the 1 % of the people who sit the test and gain the maximum mark. She also scored the highest possible IQ for someone who is younger than 18 years. According to Mensa, the largest and oldest high IQ society in the world, she is one of only 20,000 people to achieve the score worldwide. “I was not at all nervous for the test but just fine. I feel really pleased to have done so well,” Iona said. A lot of the credit goes to my parents and teachers without whose effort and support it would be possible. Iona has joined the British Mensa IQ Society as an intelligent member of the elite society after her astonishing score. Iona is a capable child, diligent and interested in myriad subjects. Iona has won many prestigious awards in poetry competitions and prose some of these include the David Shepherd Wildlife Foundation’s (DSWF) Global Canvas Art and Poetry Competition for 2014 and the Wicked Young Writers Award, 2017. “When I found out I got such a high score, it was so unexpected. I was

shocked,” said Iona. “I wrote it really well but was not sure if it would earn me a pace in the top 1%. Iona, knows that not many people pass the Mensa test, but she did not find it difficult. “I had no preparation at all before taking the Mensa exam,” she said. “It took about 2 hours. There were non-verbal questions as well as verbal questions. It wasn’t that difficult, I would say”. You have to be at least 10½ to take any of the Mensa exams. Her mark in the exam, which primarily measures verbal reasoning ability, puts her in the top 1% of the nation in terms of IQ level Iona’s only advice for people who were considering taking the Mensa test is “You don’t need to worry at all. Iona, who is of Indian origin, with Bengali parents from West Bengal, insisted she was not anxious before the sitting the test, saying: “I had no preparation at all for the exam, but I was not nervous. I thought I will play it in the spirit of the game. There was no winning or losing. I was cool as a cucumber! As I started the test, I started enjoying it, and when I did finish the paper, I knew I done it well”, she said. The Year Seven pupil said “I am happy with the result. It was quite good. I am pleased for myself. I took the test because I wanted to and thankfully, I did a good job”. Iona’s mother Ilika who works for the Birmingham City Council’s Library Services said, “We are very proud of Iona. However, on a cautious note, Iona needs to remember that there is a much bigger picture she needs to appreciate than IQ alone. Social, emotional and spiritual intelligence hold the keys. Iona will need to keep her feet on the ground and learn to appreciate and nurture these, the more she grows up”. Iona’s dad, Partha, an IT Project Delivery Manager said, “I am very happy for my daughter. As parents, we have a big responsibility ahead, and hopefully, Iona will make us more proud.”

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Theresa May honoured with Sikh soldier bust

UK Prime Minister, Theresa May,

helped out with the Sikh festival, known as Vaisakhi when she visited a Sikh place of worship, located in the Black Country. Theresa May visited Guru Nanak Gurdwara, in Caldmore, Walsall, where she helped cook chapatti, which is flat bread, in preparation for the Sikh Festival. While visiting the Gurdwara, members of the Sikh community were given the opportunity to speak to the Prime Minister. She also accepted a bust of Sikh Soldier, which was given to her by the Sikh community. The bust represented the contribution made by Sikhs in the

First World War. The bust is a model of the seven-foot WW1 Sikh Memorial at the National Memorial Arboretum in Staffordshire, which is the UK’s first and only monument to the Sikh service during the Great War. Theresa paid her respects by bowing down to Guru Granth Sahib Ji, which is the religious script of Sikhism. She also paid tributes to the contribution Sikhs have made in Britain, before helping in the kitchen. WW1 Sikh Memorial Chairman Capt. Jay Singh-Sohal, an army reservist from Handsworth Wood, presented the model bust to the Prime Minister. He said: “The Prime Minister’s visit to the Gurdwara for Vaisakhi is a mo-

mentous occasion, and it recognises all the positive contributions British Sikhs make to our country.” “We are here today because of the glorious heroism and bravery of the Sikh soldier. In presenting the bust, we highlighted our shared history and contribution to western freedoms which continues to inspire us now and in future.” Kundan Singh Khera, general secretary of the Gurdwara, said: “She cooked some chapatti after having a look around the kitchen.” “She enjoyed a cup of tea in the hall with the Sikh community. She was very appreciative of the Sikh community.”

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her life moved to the Handsworth area 20 years ago tells us about her life, struggle and her inspirational work. I had an arranged marriage at the age of 16. It was a short marriage that ended up in me suffering from domestic violence. I got out of that situation with very young kids, and my parents supported me. I went back into education in the 90’s, and I did Business Administration RSAlevel 1 and 2, which I passed and went on to do my Teachers Training Certificates as I wanted to teach ESOL. I did my 9284 and 7307 certificates in teaching and Counselling skills. I taught for 12 years of my life, and that’s when I got involved with helping the most vulnerable ladies with my friendly nature and compassion of empathy, to listening to other people’s problems and started helping these ladies out, in my free time. I helped women with language barriers or women who have had their husbands leave them or mistreated them with substance abuse etc, so I would help by taking them to social security to give them the support and help with interpreting and filling in their forms to claim benefits, Income Support, Single parent benefits, housing Issues, homeless applicants. I also helped the elderly people with medical conditions, filling in their Disability Living Allowance forms, liaising with the right professional people to get them the right help and adaptions to homes to make things easier for them. I would even go to Tribunal Cases for them if needed as a Support Worker, and I did all this out of my own interest of helping the neediest in my community, as it gives me great happiness to know that I’ve made a difference in someone’s life for the better. In between, I kept studying too, so I can build myself in my career. I did Access to Higher Education, and in that, I did Law as a chosen subject in Social Studies and communication skills at Great Barr College. I went on to the University of Birmingham where I completed a Diploma in Social Work, and I have also done Advice Guidance and Counselling Skills for a very short period. I worked with Birmingham’s Settlement as a Woman’s Development Officer, and then I had a mishap in 2000 as my appendix irrupted. The hospital didn’t detect it earlier, which caused complications and I ended up bedbound, but thankfully I was alive due to someone’s prayers that helped me to get better. I took a year off for the wound to heal but I carried on helping the most vulnerable from my own home for 20 years of my life without any form of government funding, and continuing, as a lot of ladies needed help. I couldn’t accommodate my facili-

ties from home, and then an uncle in the community heard my story and had given me his premises for free of rent to help the most vulnerable ladies in the deprived area. The location is based at 245 Berners Street Lozells Birmingham B19 2DT. It has been nearly two years and since I have been doing coffee afternoons, every Thursdays 1.00pm till 3.00pm. Aysha from Odara has been connecting with us and Rahila from Birmingham City Council, by doing some workshops twice a month for the ladies. My services that I provide are all from the interest of my own heart, using my knowledge, experience and education in helping the most deprived and vulnerable ladies with learning difficulties and the elderly with disabilities and medically ill. I provide a day centre with a hot meal a day, where ladies can relax and talk about anything that is bothering them in our friendly calm environment. Where we treat everyone like family, not clients, as I believe, every life matters and everyone is unique and precious. Building lives are what we aim to believe in. We have a team of dedicated Volunteers who come in regularly to help although I would like to employ two outreach workers too in the future for the elderly, as it is much needed in the community. We have a benefits Advice section, and that part is where I am heavily involved in helping ladies with any telephone Enquiries, form filling online applications universal credits and making an email address for them and a first appointment at the Jobcentre for those ladies unable to speak or write English as its very difficult for them. So I intend to help them and continue to do so. I am also making a claim for Employment Support Allowance over the phone for 45 minutes and helping ladies with their online application for Jobseekers Allowance, Carers Allowance, any utility bill Enquiries and energy funding applications and enquiring for forms for personal Independent Payment forms over the phone. Once they arrive, we also fill the forms in, which takes up to 3 hours and I do that through given appointments, as mostly our Centre is a Walk in Centre, based on the individual needs. I do an assessment then give an appointment on their needs requirement. As we have limited resources and not many trained outreach workers, it makes it very difficult for me as I know there is a great need, as most of our Asian Muslim elderly need to go out to day care centres but feel they don’t want to,. Through all the work I have done, I would now like to get the right help and support and be able to employ local ladies back into work. Let’s get these people out of poverty.

Kumari Burman gave a talk on female artistic empowerment in an event organised by Stellar International Art Foundation. One of the few British Asian artists to exhibit worldwide, Chila’s talked her audience through the concepts of sexuality, feminism and gender featured in her artwork. Discussing her Bindi Girl Series, her auto Portrait works and her film “Dada and the Punjabi Princess”, Chila gave her insight into the value of artistic practice as a force for social and cultural reflection. The event was designed promote woman in art, as well as feminism and female empowerment. Spanning over three decades, Liverpool-born Chila’s multi-media works draw upon fine and pop art imagery in intricate and multi-layered works which explore Asian femininity and her own personal family history. Sexuality and its pleasures are a key force across her artwork and have contributed to debates about the body, ‘the female gaze’ and aestheticism. Of the upcoming event, Chila, who is also a published author, said: “The value of artistic expression as a force for change cannot be underestimated. It has the power to challenge, to educate, and to prompt social reflection.” “My driving motivation has always been to celebrate women and to empower younger generations and I am incredibly excited and honoured to be taking a leading role at this event”. Chila’s work has been exhibited widely in the U.K., EU, North America and South Asia and has been acquired by leading public and private collections world-wide. The Stellar Art Foundation event was held at a West London Mayfair private

members club. It is part of Stellar Art’s aims to champion influential Indian and Western contemporary artists. Founder of Stellar Art, Mrs Anita Choudhrie, said, “We are thrilled to bring the insightful and inspirational works of this most esteemed artist to life. Chila is a trailblazer and known globally and Stellar is honoured to host this event. “Stellar has long championed artistic talent regardless of backgrounds or gender and we hope that our latest event will be another illustration of the power of cultural expression and exploration.”

Priyanka Chopra to Attend Royal Wedding P

riyanka Chopra has recently confirmed that she will be attending her good friend Meghan Markle and Prince Harry’s wedding, which will take place on May 19th 2018. The 35 year-old Bollywood star is yet to decide which dress she will be wearing. The actress said: “I sort of may have an idea. But no, I haven’t picked one out yet.” The stunning actress also opened up about her friendship with Meghan Markle. She added: “I’ve known Meghan for three years and I’m so happy the way the world has responded to her because as long as I’ve known her. She is a relatable young woman of the world today. “She’s that girl who thinks out of the box. She has always been an activist. She has always had a strong voice. She’s an ambitious girl of today. I think the world needs strong role models like Meghan. I think, I hope, Meghan will end up being one of those people.” Times magazine, has released the 2018 list of 100 Most Influential People, which featured Meghan Markle, with a tribute penned by Chopra.

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Amir Khan’s wife has given birth

to their second child. The 31-year-old shared an image of his newly born daughter on Instagram, with his 1.2 million followers, writing: ‘With my new born ALAYNA KHAN. Welcome to the world. Weighing 8lbs 3oz.’ The couple already have a three-year-old girl called Lamaisah. The birth of Alayna came just after Amir Khan returned to the ring and won the fight against Phil Lo Greco, beating him in less than 40 seconds. Khan, who is worth 23 million, had previously announced the couple’s separation in August 2017. In a tweet, he wrote: ‘So me and the wife Faryal have agreed to split. I’m currently in Dubai. Wish her all the best.’ He also said in a snapchat video, which he posted on September 8th, 2017, ‘So me and Faryal are not together. I have filed for a divorce. ‘I hear she has just announced she is pregnant. She didn’t tell me. I had to read it on social media.’ The couple decided to patch things up after Faryal announced she was pregnant again and the couple appeared on Loose Women during 2018. Amir said: ‘You

want to change things at times, the way it went public wasn’t nice ... anger sometimes takes over. That happened in 2017. ‘Hopefully going into 2018 we’ve both put that behind us, we’ve got a lovely baby coming this year, we have also have Lamaisah our daughter, my boxing career, [I will] get some good fights in. What went wrong? A lack of communication.’ Faryal added: ‘It was just a misunderstanding. I was in England he was in Dubai; he thought he was a bit cool in Dubai doing some tweets.’ The boxer also admitted that his hand injury made it harder for him to be away from boxing. He explained that he felt lost without the structure the sport had provided him since he was a boy. He added: ‘Going through the hand injury that I had, not being in the boxing ring, being away from my family, going through a lot of stuff in my life, I think the best place for me is to be in the boxing ring. ‘When I was away from that, it took me all over the place. I lost that focus and that structure. Not being in the gym, not training, when you have all that downtime you have all that energy

in your body. ‘My family were very supportive, my parents, they helped me when I said I don’t know what to do. ‘I came to a stage where I didn’t know what to do with my life. I was wrecking my marriage; I wasn’t boxing, I had a hand injury, I didn’t know where to go, what to do.’ The baby announcement came, as Faryal and Amir’s previous woes had caught the eye of ITVBe bosses, who have even tried to approach the couple for their very own reality TV series.

Rima received her big break, when she designed the wedding dress for influential blogger Dina Torkia, who has over 1.4 million Instagram followers. Rima continued to say: “The support from my Prince’s Trust business mentor was also invaluable she provided me with much-needed advice and support - it would have been a real lonely hard slog otherwise.” “I remember the first dress I designed was my friend’s wedding dress when I was at uni. I was so nervous to be creating a piece for her most special day. I was finishing off the final touches minutes before she walked down the

aisle! It’s amazing to think how far I’ve come since then.” Rima said that her hometown had helped her to expand her business to the mini global empire it is today. She said: “Birmingham is without a doubt the central hub of the UK - and for me it’s the best place to be as it allows my clients from all over, whether they’re in the north or south to reach me with ease. “But I’ve just had a baby so now I’m realising how much time and effort I’ve put into my work and it’s time for a bit of work-life balance. Running your own business is not for everyone but for me, it’s been worth it.”

their rights blah blah blah. It confuses me so much why people with these views live in the West.” An October tweet seemed to ridicule

wearing the hijab. IT read: “Such a lame attempt you made to justify hijabs. Selfindulgent to think anyone would give a toot that you showed your hair.” A conservative party spokesperson has stated that Ms Sunderland had been suspended following an investigation. Lewisham Labour mayoral candidate Damien Egan called for Ms Sunderland’s removal. He said: “We welcome the removal of this candidate following her appalling remarks.”Islamophobic comments like this are deeply divisive, and they have no place in our community. “Lewisham’s diversity and openness is our greatest strength.” Ms Sunderland is still required to comment on the situation.

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graduate from BCU, found it difficult to find work in her chosen field, once she left university. She previously stated in an interview that: “My late grandmother used to make dresses and I grew up watching her and helping - sewing and making things. I always had a passion for fashion and studied hard, but there was no work around after I left university. “I had to sign on for Job Seekers Allowance. It was really frustrating to be

signing on after studying so hard! “I was too over qualified for the jobs I was being offered, but though my advisor at the Job Centre I heard about the Prince’s Trust.” Rima lives in Castle Bromwich, where she discovered that she was eligible for the Prince’s Trust Enterprise Scheme, which helps young people who are unemployed, to learn how to set up their own business. Rima was provided with a business mentor and some financial support, as part of the Enterprise programme.

Five years later, she is now the proud owner of Rima Tadmory, which is a company that specialises in wedding dresses for the Asian community. Rima designs and manufactures the business and she is currently fully booked until October 2018. Rima has flown worldwide, to sell her amazing wedding designs and has even offered internships to over 20 university students, some of whom have stayed on to work for Rima at the end of their placements. Her business is based in the Custard Factory, where she currently employs a freelance designer who works three days a week and helps to oversee the manufacturing and design process. Rima has stated that: “Starting this business has allowed me to travel the world – so far, I’ve taken ten trips outside of the UK. I also undertook some charity work abroad within the design and manufacturing industry which was an amazing experience.” “I feel so fortunate that I broke even within my first year of trading in 2012, was able to make a profit in the second year and have since been seeing my bookings and profits increase each year.”

Crofton Park Candidate suspended for ‘Islamophobic’ tweets

Karen Sunderland, The Conservative

Party candidate for Crofton Park, has been suspended pending an investigation, as reports state that she compared Islam to Nazism. Karen called Islam ‘the new Nazism’ in a tweet from December, and in November she tweeted her followers by asking

them why those who follow Islam live in the West. Another tweet came to light in October, where she seemed to mock Muslim women who wore a hijab. However, her Twitter page has been made private since. Her December tweet read: “Love your optimism. The thing is, religion

undermines the hard fought for values and tolerances of progressed countries... suppresses free speech and is auto immune from criticism. This is toxic and where the hostility comes from. Religion is totalitarian. Islam has become the new Nazism.” Her November tweet read: “...Parents will simply bang on about Islam and

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Ramadan through the generations

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dan has changed over the years. From large family get-togethers to spending quality time with loved ones, from the more traditional Aisha samosas to burger patties from Tahira and balancing work with fasting – Ramadan has evolved with the changing times. Acknowledging this shift and ensuring the community gets all they need for the holy month under one roof, Asda has been leading the way with their extensive Ramadan range, catering to both the younger and older generations. Bringing to light some of the experiences of observing Ramadan, we spoke to celebrities and influencers who shared their journey with us.

From Wales to London - Natasha Asghar TV personality, seen on Zee TV, B4U Network and currently on Colors TV Today Natasha Asghar is a prominent Muslim TV personality but when growing up in Wales, her family was one of the few Muslims in Newport. “When I was younger my mum didn’t like me fasting because there were very few Muslims around and people didn’t really understand what Ramadan and Islam was about. So now kids get school holidays for Eid and Diwali but as that time there wasn’t much awareness.” Recounting preparing for Ramadan, her mum Dr Firdaus Asghar said: “I remember when Natasha was growing up we had only two shops where we could buy Asian food from and it was difficult to get halal meat as most people didn’t know what it is.” However, now things have changed and Natasha reflects: “Today you have a wide range of halal products on sale, and supermarkets like Asda have made things convenient for everyone. I remember last year when I was coming back and forth from Wales I would stop by at the supermarket on the M25 and pick up all my Iftar food and go home and not worry about anything.” Asda’s continuous expansion of their

Ramadan range has made it a lot more easier and relevant for the motherdaughter duo, and it gets even better with all the Ramadan offers, Dr Asghar adds: “Earlier I would make samosas and shami kebabs from scratch but now everything is available readymade like the Humza charcoal kebabs which helps when we have our get-togethers. However, I still make things like papdi chaat and dahi wade from scratch using Natural bio yogurt, because Natasha loves it.” Adding in, Natasha said: “So, while there will be fruits for my dad and khajur for my cousins, mum always cooks up some savoury chaats for me!”

From childhood to now, the journey of Ramadan; from food to spirituality - Super Saf Youtuber and filmmaker, Super Saf is one of UK’s largest Tech influencers When Super Saf was growing up Ramadan was always a fun time with family get-togethers and amazing food. However, as he grew older it became more of a time to reflect, be charitable and detoxify. Having grown up in the UK, the one thing he has observed is the positive move in the way people have started perceiving Ramadan. “In the past when I would fast a lot of my colleagues wouldn’t be aware of it and their reaction would be ‘Oh you can’t even drink water!’. But now since there have been a lot more conversations around Ramadan amongst the wider population a lot more people have started understanding it.” Just going into his local supermarket and seeing the Ramadan aisle sent a positive feeling. “I remember the first time I saw it, I took a picture and sent it to my family and friends. It’s a very homely feeling.” In Saf’s house preparations begin weeks before hand, with his mum deciding on a timetable for the 30 days and while she

would stock up the kitchen, Saf would prepare by controlling his meal portions and eat less so he would be ready for when the fasting begins. “While growing up Ramadan would be all about lots of fried stuff like samosas and pakoras but now I am trying to move towards a healthier lifestyle so it is more about grilled meats and lots of vegetables and fruits like watermelons and satsumas, but occasionally I can’t say no to a fried samosa.” Changes over generations – Anisa Nasir Radio presenter with Lyca Radio Having grown up in a close-knit family, for Anisa, Ramadan is about togetherness along with introspection and self-reflection. “Ramadan is a special month for my family, where we come together for Iftari and prayer. As our lives have become busier, it is the one thing I have made sure that I pass on to my three children - continuing the tradition, so they understand the meaning of Ramadan.” Working at a radio station, Anisa has a busy routine but she still makes it a point to make chaats, samosas and pakoras at home for the whole family. “I remember years ago, we had to plan beforehand because it wasn’t easy getting all the desi ingredients, but now it has become so much easier with supermarkets such as Asda stocking up everything. Now I can just drive back home from work and pick up all I need on the way.” For Anisa life is constantly changing and with the increase in Sehri and Iftari options, the change is good. “My mother cooked everything from scratch, for me it’s a mixture of scratch cooking and buying readymade food such as Aisha’s Samosas or Gino’s chicken nuggets, while my daughter buys everything from the supermarket.”

Gala Dinner May 12th in Manchester to mark Ramadan and celebrate GLT helping over 37 million people

Actor and GLT Trustee, Art Malik, says:

The Graham Layton Trust is the largest provider of free eye-care in Pakistan and does life-changing work, so it’s an honour for me to host the charity’s Ramadan dinner this May, as well as work as a Trustee. Alongside marking this sacred time, we will be celebrating the incredible impact that GLT has had in transforming the lives of over 37 million of Pakistan’s most needy people.

The Graham Layton Trust (GLT), a

charity committed to the free treatment of curable blindness and visual impairment in Pakistan, will be celebrating Ramadan this May with an exclusive gala dinner taking place in Manchester hosted by international actor and GLT Trustee, Art Malik. The dinner will be held at Manchester’s luxurious Vermilion on May 12th with all proceeds going towards GLT. Since launching in 1985, GLT and its sister charity, Layton Rahmatulla Benevolent Trust have worked to treat over 37 million cases of curable blindness and visual impairment by providing high

quality free eye surgery and ophthalmic care for those who cannot afford it. In doing so, GLT has helped to restore dignity, independence and hope to some of Pakistan’s poorest and most marginalised people. GLT has developed a network of 19 hospitals, 56 clinics and outreach centres across Pakistan, enabling the treatment of people in urban centres and isolated rural areas, which have poor healthcare facilities. The charity also invests in teaching and training doctors and technicians in the latest eye-care treatments, as well as the latest technology and equipment to ensure patients receive the best clinical care.

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hen it comes to donating to charity, Pakistan is number one in contributing to more than one percent of its GDP to charity. The contributions push it to the top of the ranks, compared to wealthier countries like the United Kingdom, which donate 1.3 percent GDP to charity and Canada who donate 1.2 percent GDP. Pakistan is the sixth most populated country in the world and poverty is a huge problem, with 45% of workers earning less than $2 per day. However, even though most of Pakistanis are living in poverty, they still manage to donate to charity. According to reports made by the Pakistan Centre for Philanthropy, Pakistanis donate around Rs240 billion ($2 billion) annually to charity. The report indicates that 98 percent of people in Pakistan give to charity, whether it‘s through kind donations, or volunteering for needy causes.

A storm in India has damaged two

minarets that are located at different entry gates of the iconic Taj Mahal, which is located in the Northern Indian city of Agra. Indian officials stated that strong winds were blowing atleast 130kmh (80mph) which caused the 12ft (4m) pillars to collapse. The four long minarets that surrounded the main structure remain intact. The 17th Century mausoleum attracts atleast 12,000 visitors a day and has become one of the world’s most famous tourist

attraction, as people worldwide travel to Indian just to visit the mausoleum. One of the minarets, which were located at the royal gate, is where tourists often get their first glimpse of the glorious mausoleum. The other pillar was located by the Southern gate. Authorities have stated that work has begun, in order to restore the damaged structure. India’s officials stated that they have recorded history that states that Mughal ruler Shah Jahan has built the Taj Mahal in memory of his beloved queen, Mumtaj Mahal.

The monument’s complex structure is made up of white marble domes and minarets that are inlaid with semi-precious stones and carvings which are considered the finest examples of Mughal art in India. However, it has suffered damage due to pollution and construction activity in the last few years. The Archaeological Survey of India, the custodian of the country’s monuments, have claimed that the Taj Mahal was at risk of losing its sheen and structure, due to the increased pollution levels in Agra.

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Supporting the poor, plays an integral role in Pakistan’s society safety net, however in order for Pakistan to be more integral, they need to make more effort to institutionalise the individual tendency of giving. By trying to understand why Pakistanis prefer to give to individuals rather than organisations, a research was conducted via household surveys and focus group discussions. The survey measured philanthropy in three different ways, which were, inkind giving, monetary giving and time volunteered. The results found that when accounting for all forms of philanthropy, 67 percent said they give to individuals, while 33 percent said they preferred giving to organisations. According to research, 72% of donations in Pakistan are given during Ramadan, and it has been reported that Karachi is the most generous city when it comes to giving to charity.

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Teebah Foundation is a UK registered

charity, established in 2006 with the aim to provide long-term solutions to combat poverty and hardship. Teebah Foundation aims to implement long-term development initiatives in vulnerable communities and help to improve the lives of communities and children living in extreme poverty. With a focus on health, education and infrastructure, Teebah Foundation identifies and invests in projects that make the most significant improvement to the deprived. Teebah Foundation envisaged specific goals for their projects, but at the center of each was the aim to aid communities to grow and to become self-sufficient. Masjid Project: Teebah Foundation understands that the Masjid is at the heart of any local Muslim community. A central hub that provides not only space for worshippers but also educational and daily community services. It is with this vision in mind that Teebah Foundation has committed to completing 99 masjids across Rwanda, Somali, Sri-lanka, Pakistan, Bangladesh Ghana and Gambia. Water Project: The aim of the water project was to provide access to clean water for communities where most water sources have been dried up and people’s means to earn a living have been eroded. The Education Project: Our education projects across several countries aim to ensure vulnerable communities receive the right infrastructure, teaching and family support to create, effective schools to nurture children’s learning. The Orphan’s Project: The orphan’s project was targeted at homeless children in major capitals with high levels of poverty, providing them with a safe space,

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education and essential provisions. And finally TF’s focus on disability was to provide means of mobility, such as wheelchairs and Braille Qur’ans for the blind in order to equip people with the means to live the best life possible. TF aims to help underprivileged communities struggling in deprived conditions without a viable social support system, to build their own future. Within the next five years, TF aims to establish an

international portfolio of projects, which invest donor funds in the most effective way possible. We intend to grow longlasting partnerships to help the disadvantaged. We hope that you will join TF, as we embark on our journey to ensure lifelong change for disadvantaged children and help those most in need. Abdullah Khan, managing director, Teebah Foundation

akistan’s former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif has been disqualified by the Supreme Court, from holding office for life. The court banned Sharif, aged 67, from politics, over an undeclared source of income. However, the veteran leader maintains his grip on the ruling of the Pakistan Muslim League-Nawaz (PML-N). The court addressed an ambiguity over whether or not he was barred for life for not being honest. The ruling was an interpretation of a constitutional article which has previously been used to remove legislators from office. Nawaz Sharif and his family have labelled the corruption proceedings as a conspiracy and even hinted at an intervention by the military. However, opponents have hailed them as a shocking example of the rich and powerful being held accountable. Information Minister Maryam Aurangzeb said that ‘nameless and faceless people’ had interfered to orchestrate Sharif’s political demise and the downfall of the PML-N. “Now they disqualified (Sharif) for life. But people of Pakistan will decide whether the disqualification of an elected prime minister is for one day or for life,” she added.

Sharif is currently appearing before an accountability court, located in Islamabad, on other charges which have been linked to London properties, owned by members of his family. He served as Prime Minster three times, and each time, Nawaz was removed from office, by presidential order, by a military coup that saw him jailed and later exiled before returning when General Pervez Musharraf had stepped down. Nawaz had also been removed as head of the party when the courts overturned a legal amendment made by the PMLN lawmakers, which allowed him to remain party president, even though he was disqualified from the public office. Although he is not a party leader, Sharif has considerable influence over the work of the PML-N, and he enjoys the constant support of its core leadership.

Mass casualties at Ali Zafar Accussed of peaceful protests Sexually Harassing Pakistani in Gaza Actress Meesha Shafi P

For the past few weeks, thousands of

Palestinians in Gaza have been injured whilst peacefully protesting along the perimeter fence with Israel. In a series of mass demonstrations, dubbed the ‘Great March of Return’, people have been protesting the denial of their right to return to their homes in historic Palestine and the 11-year blockade of Gaza. Israeli forces have responded with live ammunition, rubber bullets and tear gas, killing tens of protesters and injuring thousands of others. Many protestors have received horrific injuries to their lower limbs, needing specialist limb reconstruction surgery. Even before these events, health workers in Gaza had been under huge strain. The ongoing closure and blockade of Gaza

has severely degraded health and other essential services, as well as the local economy and living standards. Medical Aid for Palestinians (MAP), a UK-based charity, has been helping Gaza’s health service prepare for such complex injuries. Since 2014, MAP has helped to send teams of orthopaedic surgeons from King’s College Hospital in London to Gaza. There, they have been conducting operations and training a local team of limb reconstruction specialists, including surgeons, theatre technicians and nurses. MAP’s ongoing support is now helping to treat the high number of Palestinians suffering shattered bones as a result of Israeli forces’ violent response to the protests.

akistani Actress, Meesha Shafi, who has starred in films such as, The Reluctant Fundamentalist, has claimed that music sensation Ali Zafar has sexually harassed her. However, Ali Zafar has denied these allegations, and he has taken legal action. The rumoured allegations have caused a huge stir on social media, as many women have also opened up about their views on sexual harassment. Meesha Shafi reported these allegations on Twitter and said that there were “some issues that are very difficult to speak about as a woman, especially sexual harassment.” “My conscience does not allow me to be silent anymore,” she said. “If this can happen to someone like me, an established artist, then it can happen to any young woman, and that concerns me gravely.” She added that she had suffered sexual harassment from Ali Zafar ‘‘on more than one occasion.” “Ali is someone I have known for many years and someone who I have shared the stage with,” she said. “I feel betrayed by his behaviour and his attitude.” However, Ali responded back with the allegations and had stated that: : “I categorically deny any and all claims of harassment lodged against me by Ms Shafi. I intend to take this through the courts of law.” He added that he was “deeply aware and in support of the global #MeToo movement and what it stands for”. “I have nothing to hide,” he said. “Silent is absolutely not an option.” Meesha Shafi’s name is currently trending on Twitter and her allegations against Mr Zafar, has caused a stir on Pakistani social media.

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Thousands of Indians have joined

together to protest against the continuing sexual assaults of women and girls, including eight-year-old Asifa Bano, who was gang-raped and brutally murdered inside a temple in Jammu area of Indianadministrated Kashmir. Asifa Bano, from Bakerwal Muslim community, was gang-raped in the Kathua district near Jammu. Her case has caused a public outrage amongst India. According to reports, the young girl was heavily sedated, in a Hindu temple and was gang-raped by atleast three men, over the course of four days. She was strangled, and her body had been found in a forest, located near the temple. Reports have suggested that Sanji Ram, aged 40, was the main conspirator who incited his nephew to abduct the young girl. The retired revenue official was in charge of the temple, where the girl had


been abducted and raped. Asifa was just a regular girl who loved taking horses for grazing to the forest near her home in Rasana, which is a quiet village of the Kathua district, located in Indian-administrated Kashmir. She lived on a hill in Udhampur district, nearly 150km north of Rasana. Asifa and her family would camp under the sky with their herd of goats and horses. The reason Asifa had been picked on by Sanji Ram, who was aware of how often she comes to the forest, was simple, it’s because they wanted to drive the Muslim community out. Police described Asifa as an “innocent budding flower’ a child of only eight years of age, who being a small kid became a soft target.” The crime was rooted in a sinister conspiracy to create fear among the Muslim community, forcing them to leave. Asifa’s, 55-year-old mother, Rafeeza Bano, recalls the horror she saw on her

dead daughter’s body. “There were scars on her cheeks,” She also added that: “Her lips had turned black, and her eyes had bulged out. It was a scary scene for a mother to see,” she said. “She was my youngest child. It was horrific. She had faced a lot of barbarity.” Her mother now fears for her other daughter, aged 13 as she says: “They did this with an eight-year-old girl, imagine what they can do with a 13-year-old.” Her father, Mohammed Akhtar aged 45 now has a more damning burden on his shoulder, the elusive justice for his daughter. He said: “Her face was full of scratches and bites. I never knew they will do this with the child, her milk teeth were yet to fall out.” It is shocking, that this has happened to an innocent 8-year-old girl. We hope she receives the justice she deserves.

India and Bangladesh have signed 130km oil pipeline deal

ndia and Bangladesh have recently signed an agreement on their proposed 130km oil pipeline, which is aimed at pumping Indian oil to Bangladesh, which has a capacity of 1 million tonnes per annum. The deal was part of the six memorandum of understandings, which New Delhi and Dhaka have signed during a meeting with the country’s foreign secretaries. Vijay Keshav Gokhale, India’s foreign secretary, held a talk with the senior Bangladeshi officials, to discuss the bilateral and regional issues. “Today, we add another six documents to our large and growing list of meaningful agreements signed during the recent visits of Prime Minister Narendra Modi to Bangladesh and Prime Minister Sheikh Hasina to India,” Gokhale said. The documents included the implementation MoU on the friendship pipeline that is situated between Numaligarh in Assam and Parbatipur in Bangladesh. Both countries signed two more MoUs, in order to set up language labs in 500 schools around Bangladesh and to upgrade roads in Rangpur city. Gokhale stated that, “This is part of our endeavour to undertake projects in

cessful series exploring the railways of Britain, Continental Europe and the USA, Michal Portillo is back with Great Indian Railway Journeys. This captivating new series sees him embark on a fresh adventure taking to the tracks of one of the world’s largest and most spectacular rail networks. Steered by his 1913 copy of Bradshaw’s Handbook of Indian, Foreign and Colonial Travel, Michael experiences the thrill of Indian rail travel as he journeys through an extraordinary landscape of majestic mountains, scorching deserts and plains watered by holy rivers! He encounters Maharajas and Mughals, explores ornate palaces and golden temples and learns of the role that the rail network plays in India today. Across four extraordinary journeys Michael uncovers the history of India under British imperial rule, the crucial role the railways played, and charts the movement towards independence for hundreds of millions of Indians - who now live in the largest democracy in the world. The series is now available on DVD following a hugely successful airing on BBC Two. DISC ONE Amritsar to Shimla Travelling the routes used by millions of migrants during Partition, Michael helps to feed thousands at the world’s largest free kitchen. He gives his trademark colourful wardrobe an Indian twist and rides the epic Kalka to Shimla hill

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Bangladesh in various socio-economic sectors including education, culture, health, community welfare, road infrastructure for which we are providing Tk 1,600 crore.” He claimed that India remained a ‘committed development partner’ of Bangladesh and had said that India had extended lines of credit over $8 billion to Bangladesh during the last seven years. He added that: “This is the largest amount of credit India has ever committed to any single country, he said.” During 2008 and 2009. The bilateral trade was $2.75 billion, and in 2016-

2017 the amount tripled to $7.52 billion. While discussing the power and energy sector, Gokhale said that India had been supplying 660 MW of power to Bangladesh and India would be adding 500 MW more by June. He announced the second phase of the Humanitarian assistance, for the refugees in Rohingya. Shahdiul Haque, Bangladeshi counterpart said that he was happy with India’s decision to help the Rohingya refugees and on the pending Teesta water sharing deal. Gokhale had even called Bangladesh “India’s biggest trade partner in South Asia”.

railway in the foothills of the Himalayas. Jodhpur to New Delhi Michael embarks on a stunning journey from the Thar Desert in Rajasthan to the Indian capital, taking in desert landscapes and dazzling historic palaces. DISC TWO Mysuru to Chennai Michael journeys through the modern south Indian states of Karnataka and Tamil Nadu, from the former princely state of Mysore to the first stronghold of East India Company in Chennai, formerly Madras. Lucknow to Kolkata On an epic journey from Lucknow in Uttar Pradesh to Kolkata in West Bengal, Michael charts a course through India’s history from the days of The East India Company to the dawn of independence.

media houses to pay salaries of journalists and others workers and clear all pending dues or face contempt of court proceedings. The landmark order came during the hearing of the media commission case when senior journalist Hamid Mir informed the court that journalists and workers at Geo TV have not been paid in the last two months. Geo TV human resource director confessed that employees had not been paid salaries in the last two months. Capital TV counsel Faisal Chaudhry told the court that the salaries had not been paid. To this, the chief justice expressed his bewilderment and observed it was the case of very survival and if you (Capital TV) and other private channels cannot pay salaries, you should better shut them. During the proceeding, when Channel 7 counsel claimed that two months dues had been paid, a journalist working with the channel contested the claim and told the court that they had not been paid for the last two months. When the court was informed that Roze

TV had cleared all dues, the court disposed of the case against the channel. The chief justice made it clear that all TV channels and newspapers are to clear dues and pay salaries. Otherwise, contempt proceedings will be initiated against them. Sources told the media that the Nawae-Waqt Group and its TV channel, The Nation, had also not paid salaries despite the fact that the group has been one of the top beneficiaries regarding reaping government advertisements. Sources also said that Daily Times had also not paid salaries for the employees for the last three months. Meanwhile, the National Press Club and the Federal Union of Journalists have announced to stage a sit-in outside the Parliament House from April 9, pressing the demand for regular payment of salaries and other perks and privileges under the Press Act. The journalists have also demanded that Wage Board should be implemented and the contractual system should be done away with, and journalist and media workers should be offered permanent By Syed Tauqeer Zaidi jobs.



May 2018

Muslims all over the world are

gearing up in anticipation as the holy month of Ramadan approaches.Ramadan, the ninth

month of the Islamic calendar, is a month of fasting and increased spiritual focus for Muslims. Muslims give up food and drink for thirty days from the hours between dawn and dusk, as appointed in the Quran by Allah (God). They also perform extra acts of worship to reap the spiritual blessings of Ramadan and to become closer to God. Since the Islamic calendar is based on the lunar cycle, its commencement date varies each year slightly. This year it is expected to begin on Tuesday 15th May, depending on the sighting of the first crescent moon. It will continue for either 29 or 30 days, again relying on the sighting of the subsequent first crescent moon, predicted to take place on Thursday 14th June. 14th June is also the likely date for the festival known as Eid- ul- Fitr which traditionally rounds off the end of Ramadan as a day of eating, drinking and celebrating. Many Islamic countries wait for official confirmation from the Saudi Supreme Court to signify the beginning of the month of fasting. Countries that have trouble viewing the moon due to unfavourable visibility conditions rely on the closest neighbouring Islamic nation to announce the start of Ramadan. This year the fasting duration is expected to start as early as 4.30 in the morning to as late as 9.30 at night, approximately 17 hours. The reason behind the observation of fasting in Ramadan, also known by its Arabic name “Sawm” is because it fulfils the fourth “pillar” or criteria of Islam. Many Muslims also say that fasting gives them a deeper appreciation for the struggle of those less fortunate and helps them to practice an attitude of gratitude. Contrary to popular belief, Muslims do not go

for the entire month without eating a single morsel of food or drinking any water. There are two specific meals which indicate the start of the fast and the end, “Suhoor” and “Iftar” respectively. Both meals are encouraged for Muslims to take. During Suhoor, many Muslims fill up on fruits and plenty of water to keep them energised throughout the day, and traditionally break the fast with date fruits and Zamzam water (holy water from Mecca) at Iftar time. After this, Muslims are free to eat whatever meals and delicacies they have prepared. It might seem bizarre to some, with the famous, “not even water?” question gasped by many non-Muslim friends and colleagues on first hearing about the custom, but many Muslims consider the approach of the month as a cause for celebration. This is because Ramadan is an opportunity for Muslims to increase their love and closeness to Allah (God) by practising discipline, altruism, austerity, God consciousness, purity of character and performing extra acts of worship such as reading the whole Quran and extra prayers. There is also a shared sense of community, with many Muslims making concerted efforts to gather together to break their fast, at each other’s houses or restaurants. Local mosques such as Birmingham Central Mosque also host Iftar dinners, so that those less fortunate can enjoy a

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good meal with others to break their fast. Religious orientation is no object: most mosques welcome both Muslims and non-Muslims alike for the unifying experience of Iftar. @ MosqueIftar is an account on Twitter that dedicates its page to providing information and sharing photos of Iftar dinners taking place at mosques across Britain. Aside from its spiritual benefits, Ramadan also has an impressive list of immense health advantages, both physiological and psychological. A few include: Weight loss – some people can benefit from the decreased intake of calories, provided they do not indulge in high-fat and high-sugar foods at the time of breaking the fast – which takes a lot of willpower! Low blood sugar – your body uses up stored glucose when you fast which decreases your blood sugar levels, beneficial for people with non-insulin diabetes, obesity and hypertension. Low sodium levels – The many hours of fasting also mean that you will consume less sodium overall. Learning healthy habits – Ramadan is a good time to control oneself when it comes to replacing unhealthy eating habits with healthy ones. The thirty days of fasting act as a rigorous training scheme that can help one implement habits to continue even after Ramadan.

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Scientifically speaking, there have been a significant number of studies and research to examine and support the benefits of fasting, also known as Calorie Restriction (CR). Some studies have found that fasting is linked with living longer. Calorific restriction reduces the production of particular hormones and proteins which lead to inflammation and degenerative diseases such as heart disease and cancer. Fasting has also been proven by neuroscientists to reduce chances of developing neurodegenerative diseases such as Parkinson’s and Alzheimer’s. While the benefits of fasting are vast both spiritually and physically, it can be a taxing and draining process for some people. Therefore, there are specific groups of people who are exempt from fasting are Pregnant women, The elderly, The severely mentally ill, People with severe physical illnesses and Prepubescent children. If one is unable to fast, they must make up for the fasts they have missed if or when they are mentally and physically able. They are also required to feed a disadvantaged person in need for each day that they are unable to fast. If this is not possible, they are obligated to pay the value of a meal to feed the poor to a charity that provides food for the needy. “Zakat ul Fitr” or “Fitrana” is also a similar form of charity which is compulsory in Ramadan for every self-supporting Muslim who has food or money in a surplus of his needs. Fitrana is equal to the amount of one meal per one person in need and must be paid at the end of Ramadan. A Muslim is also obliged to pay for his or her dependents if they are unable to pay themselves. We at Asian World would like to wish our Muslim readers a happy and joyous Ramadan 2018.

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the BBC recommended that homeowners are moving half as typically as they did prior to the credit score problem, The reason for this is due to high residence prices, more stringent rules for getting home loans and also older individuals remaining in huge residential properties. There is an increase in expanding homes rather than moving, as parents are striving to create enough area for their growing families. “Those not trading up is the left behind people of the real estate market,” claimed Lucian Cook, head of residential research at estate agent Savills. “We’ve focused on newbie purchasers. They obtain the concessions, and all the concentration has been on obtaining people onto the real estate ladder.” Also, Mr. Cook claimed he was amazed at the results of the study on moving. Before 2008, property owners relocated, typically, 3.6 times, after purchasing their initial property. Recently, the slower rate of purchasing as well as marketing has recommended they will move, on average, 1.8 times over their lifetime. Eddie Greenhalgh is prolonging his home in Burnage in Manchester anyway he can and is also saving an approximate ₤200, 000 at the same time. “We invested limitless hours to Right move yet simply could not locate just what we wanted, in the area, we desired, that we can pay for,” he stated. The Greenhalghs are building rooms in the loft space as well as developing a residential property located in the yard, increasing space for their 3 children.

They have relocated two times in their lives up until now.“They will most likely be relocated, to a care home,” Eddie joked, “And also that will be it.” Most frequent movers remain in: Wandsworth, Basingstoke and also Deane, Norwich, Rushmoor, Lambeth, Corby, Swindon, Aylesbury Vale, South Norfolk, Bracknell Forest. Least regular moving companies remain in Pembrokeshire, Harrow, Ceredigion, Blaenau Gwent, Brent, Wolverhampton, Isle of Anglesey, Sefton, Newham, Redbridge. It has long been an issue in London and some parts of the South East of England that the next rung on the real estate ladder is due to the high rates. But Savills stated the trouble has spread throughout the country. In various other situations, places where residential or commercial property values have rarely moved, family members are kept back because they have made little or no gain on their existing homes. Pembrokeshire and also the London borough of Harrow, where homes normally market as soon as every 19 years, has gone to the top the list of slow-moving areas. The price is not much quicker, at 18 years, in Brent, Wolverhampton, and Anglesey. At the other end of the scale, some areas have a Goldilocks regional market, inning accordance with Savills, which is not too warm and not as well chilly also urges people to move extra often. In Basingstoke, Swindon, Aylesbury, Bracknell and also South Norfolk, homes change hands every Ten Years and also trading

up is still possible. Fewer sales mean fewer benefit elimination companies. We located one, Osborne, packing a truck with furniture and also boxes near the Greenhalghs in Manchester. “It influences us as a business because there are fewer individuals for us to go and move,” claimed Kieran Whitehead, of Osborne’s. “We have combated that by entering into other markets, moving a whole lot more services. We’ve taken a look at the storage space side of the business as well.” A Burnage estate representative, Peter Barlow, said that individuals who considered putting family-sized homes on the marketplace were postponed when they searched in an agent’s window and also saw that little was on offer to move to. He stated there was a particular problem with the older generation when they wanted to scale down. “They want a bungalow as well as they simply typically aren’t readily available any longer,” he stated. Mr. Cook, from Savills, is fretting about the effect on the economy. Individuals spend money when they move as it is the route to obtaining a much better job. “If you’re finding it much a lot tougher to move, that has a large effect on labour mobility,” he said. There is an evident choice, which is to lease, and that is what some are doing even if they currently have a building. Significantly Britain’s homeowners have been sitting tight, for decades.

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out easy ways to save money as well as the best ways to utilise your savings to pursue your financial objectives. This step-bystep overview of money-saving practices can aid you to develop a realistic cost savings plan. Document your expenditures The very first step to saving money is to determine just how much you spend. Track all your expenditures- such as every coffee, newspaper, and snack you buy. Preferably, you could make up every dime. When you have your data, organise the numbers by classifications, such as gas, groceries, and a mortgage, and also total each amount. Think about utilising your credit card or bank declarations to assist you with this. If you use online banking, you might be able to filter your declarations to quickly break down your costs. Make a budget plan When you have an idea of exactly what you invest in a month, you can start to arrange your recorded expenses into a convenient spending plan. Your budget must describe just how your costs determine up to your earnings - so you can prepare your spending and limit overspending. Along with your

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May 2018



Paying Your Tax Bill

1. Cоnѕidеr an Offer in

Cоmрrоmiѕе (OIC). An OIC аllоwѕ уоu to ѕеttlе your tаx dеbt fоr less thаn thе full аmоunt уоu owe. The IRS considers a hоѕt of сirсumѕtаnсеѕ inсluding the ability tо рау; inсоmе; еxреnѕеѕ; аnd asset еquitу. Gеnеrаllу, thе IRS will оnlу аgrее to аn OIC if they dеtеrminе they will nоt bе аblе tо соllесt the amount due within a rеаѕоnаblе реriоd оf timе. Thаt mеаnѕ thаt they could turn dоwn most offers (anecdotally, uр to about 80% оf оffеrѕ tend tо be rejected). Aѕ with the inѕtаllmеnt аgrееmеnt, you muѕt bе сurrеnt with аll filing аnd payment requirements аnd you are nоt eligible if you аrе currently in аn ореn bаnkruрtсу proceeding. There’s a fee associated with thе OIC so if you’re nоt sure if уоu’rе eligible, сhесk out thе IRS’ Pre-Qualifier.

2. Pay bу Check or Money

Ordеr. You саn рау bу сhесk or money оrdеr еvеn if уоu e-file. Tо pay whаt уоu оwе, mаkе уоur check оr mоnеу оrdеr рауаblе to “United States Treasury” fоr the full аmоunt duе. Write “2014 Form 1040” оn thе mеmо linе tоgеthеr with уоur Sосiаl Sесuritу Numbеr (if уоu аrе filing a jоint return, writе the SSN shown firѕt оn уоur tаx rеturn on the mеmо linе). Mаkе sure thаt your nаmе, аddrеѕѕ, dауtimе рhоnе numbеr are оn thе check (thаt infо may аlrеаdу bе printed оn your сhесk ѕо no nееd tо

duplicate it). Include рауmеnt together with a fоrm 1040-V

3. Quiсk wоrd оf warning:

Dоn’t write a сhесk thаt you dоn’t have thе fundѕ tо cover. Thеrе is a penalty fоr writing a bаd сhесk tо thе IRS: it’ѕ $25 оr 2% оf thе сhесk, whiсhеvеr iѕ mоrе (if the аmоunt оf thе сhесk iѕ lеѕѕ thаn $25, the penalty еquаlѕ thе аmоunt оf thе сhесk).

4. Rе-finаnсе уоur hоmе.

Agаin, generally not a fаn оf rерlасing оnе dеbt with аnоthеr (ѕее #1) but еvеn thе IRS will recommend a rе-fi оn оссаѕiоn. And whу nоt? If you have equity, using thаt equity tо resolve your outstanding tax debt mау mаkе ѕеnѕе. Mоrtgаgе rаtеѕ are lоw аnd unlike сrеdit card interest, you саn deduct home mоrtgаgе interest оn your inсоmе tаxеѕ if уоu itеmiѕе. Thiѕ is a big ѕtер -


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May 2018

British Gas prices increase by 5.5%

Households on average will

need to foot £1,161 per annum as supplier accounts inflation prices hikes to increasing wholesale prices and green subsidies. The government and consumers that make millions frown upon the price augmentations on utility bills that will go up by 5.5% which amounts to a mean of £1,161 per annum. It was put across by the ministers to be an inordinate movement and were disappointed. The biggest energy supplier enterprise in the UK put it on the increasing wholesale gas and electricity cost, together with

policies made by the government on endowment for renewable energy that is covered in the sum for energy bills. Prices can swell to £50 in the month of March for some people as declared by E.ON. However, British Gas still trumps all in 2018 as they elevated their standard variable tariff, the “poor value tariffs” which a vast majority of consumers belong to. This spike will affect 4.1 million out of 7.8 million clients of the enterprise. This group of people would have to fork out an additional £60 per annum starting from the ending of May. Apart from all these inflation rates,

British Gas has also abolished the lowest-costing paying plan – the online-only tariff. The country’s energy minister, Claire Perry laid out clearly on her disapproval on this move made by the enterprise. She stated that this is the very reason why the government had made the decision to put a limit on prices administered to the people. Perry mentioned that this was unjustified as people are already expending more than required. The consumer group Citizen’s Advice seconds Perry. However, Martin Lewis from, although agreeing that displeasure from all over is expected, he balanced it out by saying that consumers should have been allowed to switch to a more affordable supplier. Energy expert from uSwitch. com, Claire Osborne is worried that the six other large firms would follow in the footsteps of British Gas and increase their prices as well.


Countless businesses across

markets should discover ways to reduce costs to endure beyond One Year, advises insolvency expert. Practically half a million UK organisations have started 2018 in substantial financial distress, according to bankruptcy professionals. In its latest “red flag alert”, Begbies Traynor said firms throughout all UK areas and also fields were feeling the consequences of higher inflation, climbing rates of interest, expanding company unpredictability, and also weak consumer spending. Ric Traynor, executive chairman of Begbies Traynor, claimed lots of companies had been injured by the sharp fall in the worth of the pound since the Brexit ballot, which drives up the cost of goods imported from abroad. “Prolonged currency exchange rate weak point certainly struck

some services hard in 2015 and in spite of a recent healing in sterling, this improvement is yet to feed within terms of any type of extensive recuperation in business health. “Meanwhile, the influence of continued political and financial uncertainty bordering the ongoing Brexit negotiations could not be undervalued.” A total amount of 493,296 organisations were experiencing considerable financial distress in the final quarter of 2017 according to Begbies’ latest “warning alert”, which keeps track of the wellness of UK companies. That was 36% greater than at the very same point in 2016 and 10% more than in the 3rd quarter of 2017. Traynor claimed the countless UK firms in financial distress would certainly need to discover methods to reduce costs and enhance efficiency in order to

survive the following 12 months. The warning was available in the week that Carillion, a building, and construction firm employing 19,500 individuals in the UK, fell down under a mountain of unsustainable debts. As 2018 got underway, financial distress was usual amongst assistance solutions companies as clients checked their current financial issues. A total of 121,095 services in the industry revealed signs of financial difficulty, up 43% on a year earlier. Firms in the building, as well as property sectors, also experienced a spike in financial distress. Geographically, London was the region with the highest possible variety of affected companies, with 121,528 firms finishing with significant financial distress in 2017. The resources made up 25% of businesses financial distress.


Nearly every business has

to go to the bank for funding assistance at some point, so I thought it would be helpful to outline some of the key ways to help yourself in getting the bank manager to say “yes”. Banks are the major source of finance for small business in the UK. When applying for finance from your bank it helps if you follow procedures. Firstly, always have a business plan. The main areas to be covered in a business plan are the management team background with details of qualifications and experience, the type of business and previous trading history. You should also mention details of the market in which you are going to trade, likely extent of the competition, how you will market your business and a cash flow forecast for at least the first 12 months that demonstrates that you can meet the loan repayments and a projected profit and loss account and balance sheet. The likely extent of the competition should also be highlighted, as well as the break-even point, details of any expert advice you have sought and a SWOT analysis of strengths, weaknesses, opportunities and threats. It is also important to state how

much you want to borrow and over how long; your commitment to the borrower, what sources of finance you will be using, security being offered and vitally, what savings, investments and other assets you have. However, bank mangers prefer to look at your idea in a nutshell before they bother with the details, which is why a two page summary of the plan is key. But don’t be shy to ask more than you need. A 25% longer repayment and 10-20% more money will benefit you for obvious reasons. Once you have your plan polished to perfection, invite the bank to you. Send the plan to banks with an invitation to visit your premises. That way, the bank manager can gain a good first impression of your business. But before he sets foot in your office, make sure you are prepared. Think of questions that are likely to concerns him and have your answers prepared. But make sure you negotiate the interest rates and terms after the offer has been made, never before and avoid personal guarantees where possible. Offer a charge on assets rather than personal guarantees, or limit the personal guarantee given. And last but not least, minimise

security. Do not agree too much security and only agree to the bank’s maximum exposure to loss. This keeps it available for any other borrowing you may need in the future. KEEPING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BANK It always helps to keep a good relationship with your bank in getting them to say “yes”. You can do this by • Keeping to agreements made – making payments on time, not going over your agreed overdraft limit, etc. • Warn them in advance, if you are going to go over the limit or default on payment. • Tell about bad news. If there is bad news, let them know and let them know what you are doing to do to remedy the situation. • On time. Supply them with any information they require on time. • Advance notice. Try to prepare the bank in advance for requests for additional finance. • Borrow for the right reasons. For assistance in preparing business plans and cash flow or profit projections for bank funding and for any of your accountancy and tax needs, please give me a call. I’m very happy to visit you without charge for a consultation to discuss how we could help you further

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said the proportion of the workforce covered by the minimum wage was likely to triple to 12% between 2015 and 2020 – drawing in groups vulnerable to automation such as receptionists and shop checkout operators. Above-inflation increases in Britain’s minimum wage are putting a growing number of workers at risk of being replaced by machines, one of the country’s leading thinktank has warned. With the minimum wage now 20 years old in this country, it’s striking how often the same old arguments are trotted out against it. The latest missive from the Institute for the Institute Fiscal Studies appears to be a variant on that theme. The think tank

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increased automation. As an industry which relies so heavily on high turnover minimum wage workers, who are set to see their wages rise incrementally for the next two years, retail is predicted to be the worst hit sector in the UK. Of course, the UK has vastly different delivery demands, and will likely use automation to solve cost issues rather than expansion limitations. What’s more reassuring for our retail market, is the idea that the automated drones themselves will create jobs. Menial jobs which can easily be replaced by automation likely will, but instead of simply taking up jobs of people, they are creating an entirely new industry.

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Waitrose goes-green by eliminating usage of disposable cups

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warns that increasing it too much could help to encourage automation, and thus cost jobs. The robots are coming! A month ago, over 300,000 people chose to enter their job titles for the site’s “Gaussian process classifier” to rate just how doomed they are. It estimated around 47 percent of UK jobs are at risk of being completely automated. This lays bare a genuine and growing concern over job security. The retail sector, especially those who work within warehouses and delivery for large online retailers have already begun to experience this transition. A recent study by the Institute of Fiscal Studies (IFS) has helped to legitimize these fears. It posited that a rising minimum wage will inevitably lead to

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available for customers in the supermarket, provided they bring their own reusable cups. On the right track to reaching the objective of cutting down on plastic and packaging rubbish, in hopes of curbing the loads of waste flooding the landfill, Waitrose does this by taking out disposable coffee cups from their outlets. This is aimed to be in full blow by autumn 2018.The company stated that all customers who are members of the myWaitrose loyalty scheme will still receive their complimentary beverage as usual in the stores from the self-service machines. However, the only difference is that they have to bring their own reusable cups. This change will initiate this year and will be tested out to see how well the response is. After which, step-by-step plans on implementing this across the nation will be processed.

The supermarket mentioned that this would reduce over 52 million paper cups per year all over the UK. A report made by the parliamentary environmental audit committee stated that just in the UK, specifically disposable coffee cups accumulates up to 2.5 billion in a year and, they are not able to be recycled as the firm bonding of the Polyethylene liner of the cardboard imposes difficulty in extracting out. Thus, only one out of 400 cups can be recycled. Tor Habbis shared that this change is huge, but it is the correct thing to do. He understands that many customers are concerned about the environment and are positive to get support from them on this move. Trewin Restorick from the Hubbub commented that this was a brave step for the company and that he is very pleased to see Waitrose being the first out of the many to help the environment.



May 2018

General Data Protection Regulation

European data protection regu-

lators are introducing a new and tightened version of data privacy laws, the General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR). The brand new overhaul is proposed to come into effect on May 25, 2018, with companies expected to be GDPR compliant before this date or face hefty fines. The new legislation, which has been in the pipeline since it was approved by the European Parliament and European Council in 2016, will reform the way businesses and organisations can utilise their users’ personal information, not only companies in Europe but worldwide. They will now serve to regulate information from every organisation across the globe which has user data of any citizen in the European Un-

ion, regardless of the company’s headquarters. The GDPR will also continue to apply to the UK even if it leaves the EU. The data law revamp is the largest in twenty years, with the last framework drawn up in 1995, before the rise of the internet. The new laws will ensure that businesses and public sector organisations maintain full transparency between themselves and users. They will also certify that any potential data leaks are prevented by crafting in-built privacy features into their systems. New rights to access company information will make transparency between companies and end -users much quicker, cheaper and more effective. Organisations will be obligated to report data privacy breaches

to the Information Commissioner. The change comes prior to last month’s data privacy scandal in which data mining company Cambridge Analytica used Facebook to collect personal information from over 50 million Facebook users to exploit in election campaigns. Under the new laws, any data breaches will result in fines based on 4% of global turnover. The GDPR’s website states that it aims to “protect and empower” EU Citizens data privacy. UK Information Commissioner Elizabeth Dunham, who is heading the data protection focus says, “We want you to feel prepared, equipped, and excited about the GDPR. I want to reassure you that there is no deadline...25th May is not the end. It is the beginning.”

International Women’s Day 2018 celebrated by the Sikh Women’s Action Network

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work (SWAN) were delighted to host a spectacular event to mark International Women’s Day 2018. It was attended by 150 women who had travelled far and wide to come and join the celebrations. International Women’s Day is a global day celebrating the social, economic, cultural and political achievements of women across the globe. 2018 marked the celebration of a hundred years since the first women had the right to vote. The theme this year was ‘press for progress’ urging women and colleagues to continue to fight against inequality. SWAN is a community organisation that provides one to one support to victims of Domestic Violence and Abuse; Child Sexual Exploitation and Grooming. SWAN also deliver workshops to statutory agencies, corporate organisations and community

groups to raise awareness of the impact of abuse on the victims and the families of the victims. In addition they are committed to campaigning for the equal rights of women, feeding into policy, mentoring women and also running empowerment workshops. SWAN’s International Women’s Day celebrations were a funfilled, inspirational evening with amazing women who shared their individual stories of how they turned their passions and dreams into reality and excelled in their industry. It also included Punjabi folk songs; stalls which showcased female led small businesses and individually designed table runners highlighting exceptional International Women of all cultures. Speakers at the event included Sahdaish Pall, Chair of SWAN and Manager at Accord Housing, Zoe Bennett the Motivational Queen, and International, well

renowned make-up artist Ravita Pannu. The event was compered by Narinder Kooner, Vice Chair of SWAN and Assistant Leader at Birmingham City Council. International female DJ Nav provided the entertainment in true style, along with a live band. The event was held at the Domain Plaza in West Bromwich, with a mouth-watering three course meal, with lots of dancing and singing in between. It was attended by women of all ages and a variety of professions. The event was a great platform for networking in a relaxed atmosphere. Once again, the SWAN event was a huge success with great feedback from everyone that attended. Many of whom said that they felt inspired by the speakers and raised their aspirations to follow and achieve their dreams.

6 Facts on Gender Salary Discrepancies in UK Exposed F

or the first-time ever gender salary discrepancies in the UK are exposed. More than atleast 10,000 large companies have provided details of their gender pay gap and over three-quarters of them are paying men more than women. However, apart from that headline fact, the statistics also contain a wealth of other information. Firstly, less than one out of seven companies pay women more than men. Most companies that are reputable and are generally the more established ones would fall into the six out of seven companies that pay men more than women. Around 80% of the 10,000 companies show that 78% have a salary discrepancy between the genders with only 8% have equal salaries between the genders. Secondly, the male workers would be holding jobs at the higher-paying end. The mere pay gap between genders cannot clearly show that women are paid less for symmetrical work responsibilities. However, the details reveal that males take up more of the positions that are higher in the hierarchy compared to females.

It was reported that only onethird of companies have women holding positions that pays at the higher-end of the spectrum. More statistics from Ryanair shows that only 3% are women out of 554 pilots who receive high salaries, while the majority of lower paying jobs such as cabin crew make-up are females. Thirdly, apart from the fixed salaries, bonuses awarded to men are higher than women as well. Barclays Bank bonus statistics show that for every £1 that men

are given, women only earn 65p. Aberdeen Asset Managers bonus statistics show that for every £1 that men are given, women only earn 32p. HSBC and Lloyd’s bonus statistics show that for every £1 that men are given, women only earn 39p. Fourthly, there is no sector in the UK that pays women more than man at the moment. Although different sectors have varying salary gaps between the genders, all sectors are found to be paying men more than women.

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May 2018


The initial Grееk bаilоut wаѕ аgrееd Wоmеn who are currently nоt in thе lаbоr mаrkеt

The report says thе fundamentals оf thе Indiаn economy remain strong, with rоbuѕt есоnоmiс growth, ѕtrоng fiѕсаl consolidation, lоw сurrеnt ассоunt deficit, highеr agricultural output, growing FDI, lоw inflаtiоn аnd higher wаgеѕ in rurаl аrеаѕ. Fаvоrаblе mоnѕооnѕ boosted аgriсulturе аnd rurаl consumption, whilе urbаn соnѕumрtiоn rеmаinеd robust and еxроrtѕ rеbоundеd. Timely аnd smooth implementation of lаndmаrk reforms ѕuсh аѕ thе GST аnd a new code tо dеаl with bаnkruрtсiеѕ, аѕ wеll аѕ dесiѕivе асtiоn tо rеѕоlvе thе NPA сhаllеngе of рubliс ѕесtоr banks, is сruсiаl tо еnhаnсе thе есоnоmу’ѕ роtеntiаl growth, ѕауѕ the May 2017 еditiоn of the Indiаn Dеvеlорmеnt Update. Thе report nоtеѕ that India will асhiеvе a mаjоr rеfоrm of indirect tаxеѕ through thе GST without inсrеаѕing the burden on thе рооr. Given thе efficiency аnd rеvеnuе gаinѕ thаt thе rеfоrm will еvеntuаllу асhiеvе, thе оvеrаll imрасt оf the GST оn еԛuitу аnd poverty iѕ likеlу tо bе роѕitivе.

Demonetization has potential to bring positive transformation

Indiа’ѕ economy wаѕ ѕlоwing dоwn in еаrlу FY17, until the fаvоrаblе mоnѕооn ѕtаrtеd, lifting thе есоnоmу, but thе rесоvеrу wаѕ tеmроrаrilу disrupted by thе gоvеrnmеnt’ѕ “dеmоnеtizаtiоn” initiаtivе. Thе gоvеrnmеnt dеmоnеtizеd (i.е. rеmоvеd lеgаl tender ѕtаtuѕ frоm) аn еѕtimаtеd 23 billiоn INR 500 аnd INR1000 bаnknоtеѕ, corresponding tо 86 percent of India’s сurrеnсу in сirсulаtiоn. Dеmоnеtizаtiоn caused аn immеdiаtе саѕh сrunсh, аnd activity in cash rеliаnt sectors was аffесtеd. GDP grоwth ѕlоwеd to 7.0 реr сеnt уеаr-оnуеаr (у/у) from 7.3 percent in the firѕt quarter.

Thе mоnѕооn delivered, but invеѕtmеnt growth rеmаinѕ subdued

Thе Uрdаtе acknowledges thаt аgriсulturаl growth hаѕ had thе most роѕitivе imрасt on thе Indiаn есоnоmу in FY17. Agriculture grоwth jumреd tо 6.0 реrсеnt in thе third ԛuаrtеr оf FY2017 frоm 3.8 реrсеnt in thе ѕесоnd ԛuаrtеr. Thiѕ wаѕ thе highеѕt grоwth in

nеаrlу fivе уеаrѕ. Thе ѕесоnd аdvаnсе еѕtimаtе оf рrоduсtiоn рutѕ сеrеаl оutрut fоr FY2017 аt nеаrlу 250 milliоn tоnѕ, сrоѕѕing the previous record of about 246 milliоn tons have already hаrvеѕtеd. Thе Uрdаtе iѕ also optimistic thаt growth in private invеѕtmеntѕ is likеlу tо рiсk uр once thеrе iѕ grеаtеr сеrtаintу on thе glоbаl оutlооk, аѕ well as when imрlеmеntаtiоn of thе GST is mоrе аdvаnсеd.

Unlосking thе роtеntiаl оf Indiаn wоmеn

A special fосuѕ of this report has bееn on thе low fеmаlе lаbоr fоrсе participation оf women in Indiа. India has оnе оf thе lоwеѕt fеmаlе раrtiсiраtiоn rаtеѕ in the wоrld, rаnking 120th among thе 131 соuntriеѕ fоr whiсh data аrе аvаilаblе. Evеn аmоng соuntriеѕ with ѕimilаr inсоmе lеvеlѕ, India is at the bоttоm, tоgеthеr with Yemen, Pakistan аnd Egурt (figurе 1). Wоrѕе still, thе rаtе hаѕ been declining ѕinсе 2005. Thiѕ iѕ a matter оf соnсеrn as wоmеn’ѕ paid еmрlоуmеnt iѕ known tо increase thеir ability tо influence dесiѕiоn-mаking within thе hоuѕеhоld, and еmроwеr thеm more brоаdlу in society аѕ a whоlе.

when the Greek gоvеrnmеnt ѕесurеd funding оf EUR45 billiоn from the Eurоzоnе аnd Intеrnаtiоnаl Monetary Fund (IMF), аnd was аѕѕurеd that mоrе fundѕ wоuld be mаdе аvаilаblе. Sinсе thеn, sentiment surrounding thе Eurоzоnе hаѕ vасillаtеd bеtwееn diѕrеgаrd аnd раniс, rеѕulting in periods оf саlm соnfidеnсе in thе rеgiоn due tо good rеѕultѕ from thе соrе соuntriеѕ, аnd extreme rеасtiоnѕ whеn dеbt concerns return to thе ѕurfасе. Most аnаlуѕtѕ hаvе agreed that thе Eurоzоnе dеbt сriѕiѕ will соntinuе fоr some timе уеt - if there iѕ littlе арреtitе for a соuntrу’ѕ debt, yields аrе рuѕhеd uр аnd rating agencies соuld dесidе tо dоwngrаdе the gоvеrnmеnt’ѕ bоndѕ. This rеinfоrсеѕ invеѕtоr doubt, сrеаting a viсiоuѕ cycle. If a deal iѕ struck with Grеесе, thingѕ may imрrоvе, but ѕuсh a dеаl соuld rеѕult in yields bеing driven up in Portugal аnd оthеr peripheral nаtiоnаl iѕ bondholders end up lоѕing out. Thеrе are vаrуing орiniоnѕ аbоut whеrе the crisis will spread nеxt, with experts dividеd between Sраin, Irеlаnd, Itаlу, and Pоrtugаl. In thе case of Itаlу, the EU’ѕ third-lаrgеѕt есоnоmу, аnd Spain, thе EU’ѕ fifth lаrgеѕt есоnоmу, thеir есоnоmiеѕ аrе ѕо lаrgе thаt it mау not be роѕѕiblе tо pass аid packages likе whаt



wаѕ given tо Grеесе. Alѕо, both kеу Italian аnd Sраniѕh bond уiеldѕ rесеntlу hit thеir highеѕt lеvеlѕ in 14 уеаrѕ. Politically, Sраin iѕ fасing high unеmрlоуmеnt, whilе Italy’s Prime Miniѕtеr Berlusconi iѕ fighting with various opponents. Mеаnwhilе, Ireland аnd Portugal’s twо-уеаr bоnd уiеldѕ (or thе intеrеѕt rаtе рrеmiumѕ rеԛuirеd to bоrrоw mоnеу fоr two уеаrѕ) аrе bоth inсrеаѕing in соmраriѕоn tо Gеrmаnу, thоugh Irеlаnd’ѕ iѕ riѕing fаѕtеr - Irеlаnd iѕ paying 17% tо iѕѕuе two-year bonds, while Pоrtugаl is paying 14%. Mооdу’ѕ аlѕо dоwngrаdеd thе status оf Irеlаnd’ѕ debt from Bаа3 tо Ba1, or junk ѕtаtuѕ, lаѕt wееk, рrоmрting сritiсiѕm оf the Iriѕh gоvеrnmеnt аnd соnсеrnѕ thаt thе есоnоmу will nееd more bailout аid in late 2013 whеn thе сurrеnt EU/IMF support program еndѕ. A lot will dереnd оn whеthеr their gоvеrnmеntѕ саn соnvinсе the mаrkеtѕ оf thеir intеntiоnѕ to сut ѕреnding, аnd whether thеir populations will ассерt impending аuѕtеritу mеаѕurеѕ. Criѕiѕ in thе Eurоzоnе hаѕ rеѕultеd in the sell-off оf European, US аnd Auѕtrаliаn ѕtосk markets, аѕ investors, turn tо ѕаfе hаvеnѕ inѕtеаd. Trаditiоnаllу, thе US dollar, Swiѕѕ Franc and gоld wоuld be bеnеfiting but, as the US iѕ dеаling with its own dеbt рrоblеmѕ аt the timе оf writing, gold is likely to bе the big winner.



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Gear up! Your journey with the Starring Ishaan Khatter and ‘Baap cool, Beta old-school’ is Malavika about to begin, with the release Mohanan, of 102 Not Out’s first song Beyond the ‘Bachche Ki Jaan’ T

his upbeat number, sung by Arjit Singh, gives us an exciting look into what to expect from the film and the baap-beta duo. Director Umesh Shukla stated that Singh’s voice was “fitting with Mr Bachchan’s character in the film, who believes in living life to the fullest”. Watching the video, this is more apparent than ever; Dattatraya (played by Bachchan) has a childlike innocence which is evoked through the song We also get to see more of ‘old school beta’ Babulal (played by Kapoor), who is quite the opposite of his fun-loving father. Whilst 102 years young Dattatraya tries to break the world record for the oldest living man, 75 year old Babulal has already resigned himself to old age and misery. 102 Not Out is a comedydrama produced by Treetop Entertainment and directed by Umesh Shukla. 102 years young Dattatraya Vakharia

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(Amitabh Bachchan) lives life to the fullest and wants to break the record of oldest living manthat’s held by a 118 years old Chinese. Dattatraya wants to live a stress free life in order to

become the oldest living man. However, there is only one hinderance- his 75 year old son Babulal (Rishi Kapoor) who has resigned himself to a life of old age stuck in drudgery.

Dattatraya now must find means and ways to change Babulal’s sad and grumpy demeanour so that he doesn’t become a deterrent in breaking the record.

at its World Premiere at BFI London Film Festival, Oscarnominated and award-winning Iranian director Majid Majidi’s cinematic journey into Indian cinema, Beyond the Clouds, has been released in cinemas, produced by Namah Pictures and Zee Studios. A poetic piece of filmmaking that conveys the adoration of love, life and nuanced human relationships through Majidi’s inimitable style, Beyond the Clouds welcomes triumphant performances by screen debutants Ishaan Khatter and Malavika Mohanan as an estranged brother and sister, reunited by circumstance and seeking retribution through a painful past that ties them together. Winsome performances are delivered by a supporting cast including

Goutam Ghose, GV Sharada, Dhwani Rajesh, Amruti Santosh Thakur and Shivam Pujari. Written by maverick Indian filmmaker and screenwriter Vishal Bhardwaj, the film is set against the backdrop of Mumbai’s bustling streets and slums, the mise en scene at once colorfully playful and darkly sinister. Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman’s spirited soundtrack adds a further dimension to the drama thriller. Beyond the Clouds is a testament to the strength of the human spirit and its survivalist instinct. Highlighting the complexities of human nature, it further depicts the emotional intricacies of the human condition and how unlikely alliances and relationships can be formed through the most painful of experiences.



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Alia Bhatt & Vicky Kaushal

launch first song from Raazi Alia Bhatt and Vicky

Kaushal launched the first song Ae Watan from their upcoming film Raazi. The song is sung by Arijit Singh, composed by Shankar Ehsaan Loy and is written by Gulzar. Also present at the song’s launch were director Meghna Gulzar and actor Jaydeep Ahlawat. Speaking on the response to the film trailer Alia said, "We are very thankful for the love we received for the trailer, it is very unexpected

and pleasing." While talking about the experience of shooting the film Vicky says, "Meghna sat with all of us separately to work on our Urdu, which was a wonderful thing. I treated the script as a blueprint for my preparation.”| Meghna Gulzar adds, "My only attraction to this story is because it is a true story." Raazi directed by Meghna Gulzar is an adaption of Harinder Sikka's novel Calling Sehmat and depicts the journey

of an ordinary Indian girl, under extraordinary circumstances. The film presented by Junglee Pictures and Dharma Productions and produced by Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Yash Johar and Apoorva Mehta is slated to release in cinemas 11th May 2018.


Akshay Kumar may be one

of Bollywood’s biggest stars, but he is just as well known for his humble and generous nature, demonstrated by his patronage and support for a range of charities. The most recent campaign to receive Akshay’s support is the Happy Heart India campaign, which could see his charitable heart help children in need across India receive a healthy one. Launched by Akshay himself, the Happy Heart India campaign

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that he would compose the song himself. When Umesh Shukla, the director approached Rishiji to sing the song, though the actor was apprehensive he said that he would like to do rehearsals first and then sing. Talking about it, Umesh says, “When Rishiji came to the recording studio, he did the first rehearsal and after the first rehearsal itself he was himself surprised to discover his singing talent. We did not have to do many retakes as his first one time was perfect.” Well, we are sure all his fans out there will be elated to see another facet of his multifaceted personality. Not only will we see the two superstars back after 27 years but also singing together! Movie Afficianados unite!

is a new initiative from the Asian Heart Institute that encourages people to nominate an underprivileged child aged 12 or under who they may know and is in need of heart surgery but does not have the means to access a life-saving intervention. As the face of the campaign, Akshay plays a pivotal role in spreading healthy heart habits and encouraging people to nominate those in need. Speaking about the initiative Akshay said: “I am delighted to take

this message of ‘have the heart to save a heart’ all over India. This campaign is about surgical interventions for the underprivileged- in the spirit of community service.” On World Health Day, Akshay tweeted: “Happy Heart India, an initiative to help underprivileged children with free heart surgeries. To nominate a child, email happyheartindia.asianheart@ahirc. com Have a heart, to save a heart

only will we hear the majestic baritone of Amitabh Bachchan as he sings for Badumbaaa in Umesh Shukla’s upcoming film 102 Not Out, but his co-star Rishi Kapoor too will be heard crooning for the first time in his career. Kapoor along with Amitabh Bachchan will be singing the song Badumbaaa which is a fun, lively foot tapping number that has even been composed by Bachchan. During the last day of the shoot, the team was having a discussion about how 102 Not Out should also have a song featuring both the actors. While Mr. Bachchan instantly gave a nod to the idea and even said

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Mohabbat In have finally unveiled the teaser trailer of the film that has fuelled the anticipation of fans. The romantic comedy brings two of Pakistan’s most acclaimed stars together, Mahira Khan and Sheheryar Munawar. 7 Din Mohabbat In, is a hilarious romantic tale about a young man’s quest to find his true love in a crowded Karachi neighbourhood, and the obstacles, both spiritual and physical, that he must overcome in order to achieve his goals. Directed by Meenu and Farjad, the film also stars Javed Sheikh, Hina Dilpazeer, Amna Ilyas, Mira Sethi, Aamir Qureshi, Adnan Shah Tipu and Beo Zafar and releases in cinemas on Eid-ul-Fitr this year.



Akshay Kumar’s international

recognition and popularity is truly admirable. Over the years, he has proven himself to be a versatile and passionate actor, amongst other things. Much like his choice in film roles, Akshay Kumar is extremely adventurous and makes bold choices with his style. Following his recent GQ Style Award, we thought we’d take a look back at the fashion journey that our favourite Khiladi has taken! Throughout the 90s, denim was a key part of any style icon’s look. Akshay Kumar understood this all too well, and was seen sporting this fun layered look with a bolo tie to really pull it

together! In 2009, Akshay Kumar was seen walking the Being Human runway at Indian Couture Week with a swing in his step and styled out in a casual-athletic vibe. Cool sunglasses like those seen in the picture have been a common occurrence in Akshay Kumar’s looks over the years, and understandably so; they’re a perfect accessory for the morning after late night events! At the 2015 GQ Men of the Year awards, Akshay Kumar appeared at the event rocking a classic tuxedo. It’s no surprise that he was honoured with the ‘Ultimate Man of the Year’ award that very night, and has since been

awarded the GQ Legend award! Interest and excitement over airport looks has rocketed over the years, and Akshay Kumar’s take on this proves that you can marry stylish with effortless and comfortable! Whilst being a far cry from his 90s layered look, Akshay Kumar has come full circle in a sense; he still loves denim for a more casual look! Akshay Kumar has humbly stated that like many people, he developed his fashion sense from international magazines with Hollywood celebrities whilst growing up. He is a man of many talents, and this includes his ability to pull off a fashionable look, regardless of the occasion!

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Leading ladies of Veere Di Wedding shoot promotional song

Veere Di Wedding has been

in the news since its announcement as it’s considered as the first chick-flick of Bollywood. The cast recently shot for a peppy number for the film, which will be a promotional song. Sonam

Kapoor, Kareena Kapoor Khan and Swara Bhasker, were joined by choreographer, Farah Khan and rapper Badshah on set for the shoot. Sonam and Kareena looked glamorous in their outfits, posing

with Badshah and Farah. The film is backed by Sonam’s sister Rhea Kapoor and Ekta Kapoor. It also stars Shikha Talsania and Sumeet Vyas. The theatrical film set to release on 1st June 2018.

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Director Malavika Mohanan going beyond boundaries Meghna Gulzar’s

espionage thriller, Raazi starring Alia Bhatt and Vicky Kaushal

After making her debut in the Malayalam movie Pattam Pole (2013), actress Malavika Mohanan is all set to wow the audiences with her Hindi film debut under the guidance of the director par excellence Majid Majidi in his first India focused film Beyond the Clouds produced by Zee Studios and Namah Pictures. In preparation for her role in the film, Malavika who got completely involved with her portrayal of Tara on screen. The actress adopted method acting, especially for a crucial and heart wrenching jail sequence for which Malavika needed

to lose around eight kilos in just 15 days. She endured the tough task with determination, an intense workout and a very strict diet to convincingly look like an inmate. Not just that, when the shoot was in progress she decided not to wash her hair for 10 days to lend her look and feel complete authenticity. When asked about her prep, Malavika said, “Majidi sir has very clear vision for all his characters. All his characters are real people going through real issues. It started with my losing weight before I started filming to physically look like an inmate. With the help and guidance of a

nutritionist and my gym trainer, I could achieve this goal in just 15 days. By the time I was in the shoot process, I had taken my deep dive into the character. So I went on to the extent of not washing my hair for 10 days for them to genuinely look dirty and messy.” Written by maverick Indian filmmaker and screenwriter Vishal Bhardwaj, the film is set against the backdrop of Mumbai’s bustling streets and slums, the mise en scene at once colorfully playful and darkly sinister. Oscar-winning composer A.R. Rahman’s spirited soundtrack adds a further dimension to the drama thriller.


rom the moment go, BUZZ by Aastha Gill featuring rapstar Badshah and heartthrob Priyank Sharma has become the most watched song on YouTube with over 10 million views and No. 1 trending. From the hook of the song, to the chemistry between Aastha - Priyank and Badshah’s swag, the song has become a youth anthem. Says Aastha, “I’m so grateful for all the love that I have got on the song. I want to thank Badshah bhai for his unconditional support, my label and of course my fans, who have been so amazing. Keep buzzing guys!” The video has been directed by the multi-talented director Arvindr Khaira over three days in Chandigarh in India, and can be seen exclusively on Sony Music India’s YouTube channel. The music video follows a young girl’s story with her obsession for her lover and how she loves his vibes.

Alia Bhatt is all set to treat the

audience with her yet another stellar performance in Dharma Productions’ and Junglee Pictures’ Raazi. The actress choice of films and acting prowess has positioned her amongst the biggies of Bollywood in a short span. After piquing the curiosity of the audience with a short

pre-trailer video clip and three posters comprising of three distinct personalities of Alia Bhatt’s character in the film, the makers have finally unveiled the muchawaited trailer of the film. Directed by Meghna Gulzar, the film is produced by Vineet Jain, Karan Johar, Hiroo Johar, Apoorva Mehta and Priti Shahani.


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1. How do you feel being back on the music scene? And what else can we expect from you? We actually never left the music scene! We have been on constant tours internationally and I guess as we don’t feature as much on the UK live scene back home people assume we are not performing. Our live gigs have been non-stop and we are very fortunate to have so much support from fans in South East Asia and India and Pakistan. We’re very excited about this new song and for us it’s something different and very much the sound of today on an EDM vibe. 2. Now that you back on the scene, will you be doing any collaboration with any new Bollywood/Bhangra artists? We have so many things going on right now. Our last single ‘Billo Hai’ featured as the main track for a Lollywood movie, ‘Parchi’, and was called a game changer for Pakistani cinema...something we are very proud of! We are currently in talks with some companies in Bollywood and working on collaborations with International artists too. Watch this space! 3. What are you currently working on? We have for new tracks in the pipeline...all are at some stage of production and almost all ready to finalize. One of them is produced by the man-of-the-moment Vee Music who is the music brains behind Guru Randhawa’s recent big tracks. Exciting time ahead! 4. Are you planning on touring again worldwide?

Touring worldwide is something we already do regularly. We have, thanks to the almighty, a huge fan base in Pakistan, India, Kenya, Malaysia and Norway. We seem to be overseas more than we are in the UK at the moment!! 5. While taking a break? Is there anything that you’ve learnt or like to do different? Being out of the music charts is probably the only ‘break’ we’ve had to be honest. We are always learning, listening, watching and planning, that’s the only way to stay focussed and productive. I can’t really say that I would have done anything different at all, it’s been a very fulfilling journey so far and with God’s grace long may it continue! 6. Who is your favourite Bhangra artist today? Wow! Where do I start? There’s so much talent coming from sub-continent and there is a new hit or artist that spring up every week! Right now, I’d say there is no one on a higher platform than Diljit Dosanjh who has turned the Punjabi and Bhangra scene on its head! 7. How did you come about setting up the group Sahara? And what makes you different from other Bhangra groups? Music has always been a passion of us. From an early age we were involved in music and performing and trying to create a sound by copying other stars and singers. From the age of 11, myself and my brothers Kully and Gurps have worked on our music and here we are today!In terms of Sahara, we basically have moved


on with the times with our sounds. I mean our first album was in 1993. We had a huge part to play in UK garage Bhangra scene with our track ‘Soniyeh NI Soniyeh’ we then released Lal Ghagra which even till today is the most played track at parties across the globe. ‘Billo Hai’ is the first ever track to be used in Lollywood movie from a British Sikh Bhangra band and our new song ‘Shake It’ has a very contemporary EDM sound. 8. What advice would you give to anyone that wants to pursue a career in music? Learn your skill for sure! Don’t be disheartened by the knockbacks, it ain’t an easy ride but follow your dreams for sure and you will prosper. 9. What message do you plan to send across to your fans worldwide? One love to everyone around the globe. Music is a universal language as it can bring nations and people together and we are living proof of that on how our songs and music are loved worldwide. Thank you to all our fans across the world for supporting the Sahara sound! 10. Finally, will we see any Bollywood tracks in your next album or will it just be Bhangra? To be truthful what defines a Bollywood track? Nowadays all of the old Bhangra classics are being created as Bollywood film songs, so who’s copying who? Let’s see what this year has in store for us. Talks are on-going with labels in India and hopefully our sound will be broadcast to a wider audience.

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May 2018 1. Can you tell us about the journey until now in the industry, has it been difficult? It is never a straight path, the journey will always be full of ups and downs and many bumps, but the key is to keep working at your crafts and master it. If you stay consistent with anything you do in life you will be successful and end up doing something great. 2. Can you sum up your experience? The industry is place that you have to stay current and keep reinventing yourself in my opinion, it is very hard in the beginning to get noticed seen or even heard, the important thing is to be different and original as that is the only thing that will make your music and movement stand out. 3. What was the particular inspiration that led you into the music industry? I have always loved music I was DJ’ing and managing a few artists 6-7 years ago and would end up being on stage with them as I just had too much energy and loved every part of it, there are too many musicians to name that have influenced me over the years and it is crazy because some are from the mainstream hip hop world and Grime Mc’s and others are from the most traditional type of folk music. 4. How did your collaboration with TJ come about? I met TJ in a studio a few years ago and we spoke about music briefly and said we would work on something in the near future, being Asian the timing was just right. So we both just jammed in the studio and made it work, so many ideas and so much creativity has made the sound we are now pushing. We aim to create something so different that anyone on the mainstream will even like it because we believe music has no language. 5. What was it like working with on Desi Rascals? Desi Rascals was a cool experience I think that show changed me as a person in a good way and I learnt so much as I got to see how shows are made and what goes on in producing such a big show for TV. 6. What was your 1st impression when you connected with TJ? I just knew from the start this guy was super talented, he came across very humble and taught me so much musically, to be fair we became friends though music but now we are like brothers so that makes it so much more easier to get things done. 7. In the Lak Da Kamal video, did you as an artist have any input into the storyline of the video? Yes originally the video was a vision me and TJ had and we both came up with concepts and different ideas, to be honest the story line was

meant to be a lot more prominent thought out the video but like every great artist we had to over some so many issues on the day. 8. From appearing in Desi Rascals to running your own business we have seen you progress from strength to strength, how do you discipline yourself? I just stay focused on working really hard and I don’t stop putting in hard work, and creating new projects, new ideas and always trying to do things that people have not done before. 9. How would you say the Asian music industry differs from the main stream industry? The mainstream is a lot different because everything is just so fast you can put out some work and be forgotten within a few weeks, the Asian industry because it is still quite small you can last longer and I feel your work is appreciated a lot more if it’s done properly. 10. Which mainstream music director would you like to work with? Well there are too many to name but Pharrell is like the dream producer I would like to work with, he has influenced me over the years massively. 11. Who would you like to do collaborate with from both Asian and mainstream – Male & Female? Honestly there are too many talented Artists to name at the moment. I’m really feeling Jasmine Sandals vibes she’s amazing. 12. What advice would you have for someone who wants to take steps to a career in the music industry? Just do it for the love of music, don’t think of money or fame, be passionate about creating a sound that YOU are happy with and don’t ever let anyone put you down, you only live once so you might as well use the talent god has gifted you with. 13. Why do you think it is difficult for Asian artists to make their mark in the mainstream music industry? I mean every 10 years there is one Artist that will break out to mainstream, but in general i think that the way we are portrayed in mainstream media has a big impact on us in the music scene too, most movies or successful you tubers have to make jokes and diss our culture in order to gain some kind of mainstream success so it goes to show what the mainstream think or want from us. 14. What is the highlight of your career so far? I have too many to name, having hit number 1 on the Asian Network with my old music crew PMG, being on the first ever Reality TV show with a full on Desi Cast, Working with the likes of Tony Wood and Gurinder Chada and even receiving an award from The House Of Lords for inspiring the younger generation through fitness.

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1. What was the first song you downloaded? I remember downloading Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan Saab, literally most of his tracks, he had such an amazing selection of music. 2. What was your first concert you went too? Actually I have never been to one. I always feel that one day I will be on the same stages performing. 3. What is your favourite Punjabi song? I guess for different moods its different songs so I have a long list. Let’s no go there! 4. What are your thoughts about the Asian music industry, ie type of songs that are being produced to-date? I think music is great and everyone is doing what they feel is right for them, everyone is working hard and has their own vibe I’m not here to criticise any artist because I know how much work and effort goes into making one song. 5. Would you ever do an Unplugged-style album? I am open to all challenges it’s no fun not to break boundaries and achieve, nothing can beat the live element in music and I always loved them coke studio type vibes. You never know one day you may see TJ and Anj do something similar. 6. What is the biggest disappointment of your musical career? Nothing is a disappointment everything is a hurdle to the dream you have to struggle and make the right decision just like a business it’s all about choice and what you bring to the table. 7. If you had the opportunity to do collaborations with both mainstream and Punjabi artist who would that be? I would love to collaborate with anyone I feel appreciates my style and what I offer as a artist, music is an ocean every artist is the

wave so it’s always good to catch a wave with someone. 8. What would you say it takes to succeed in the music industry? Good music, commitment, confidence and being versatile. 9. Do you think the mainstream music industry has accepted the Asian style of music, if so why do you think that is? Yes they have accepted it, but they need more and we should be proud of it and influence other artists from mainstream to catch on and maybe collaborate with others and be versatile and even create a new sound. 10. Who inspired you to go into the music industry? The music I did. I love what I do hence I enjoy it regardless this helps me reach others who will appreciate what I do. 11. Who would you say is your role model and why? My father as he taught me and started me on a journey and let me wonder and find my way today I am proud to say he is my role model. 12. How did your collaboration with Anj come about? We both do music and met through music, music found its own way we did nothing everything just fell into place and now here we are. 13. What else is planned for TJ in the coming months? Music, Live music sessions, Studio session just music overall and who knows maybe the odd feature with your favourite artist. 14. Lak Da Kamal is releasing worldwide, what message do you have for your fans? I am not talking to fans but my music lovers who have supported us on our 1st single. We have so much more material coming and a lot of surprises and with the right support and team backing us, the skies the limit.

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the of the world’s population – close to 40 per cent, in fact, will, at one time, or another, suffer the annoying and sometimes debilitating results of this ailment. Allergic symptoms range from the mild to life-threatening. Sneezing, coughing, eyes itching and stuffed up nose. May even be one of the causes of asthma and right through, to the sometimes deadly, anaphylactic reactions. Allergy causes, are many and varied. Among the more common are mold, dust mites and it in the springtime, pollen. Genetics may also play a part and nothing can be done about that. Both good and bad is passed down to you, through your parents. A low immune system is another major cause of allergies. Boosting the immune system, with such as Green Tree, might help, but balancing the immune system is far more preferable, as boosting the

immune system can cause complications in other areas. What causes allergies? Basically, the body is merely reacting to a perceived threat and fights the allegens in the same way as a bacteriological invasion. Allergies, concerning food, are not as common as most people think, but can be severe causing several hundreds of deaths annually. Whilst millions of people are allergic to animals, especially cats, we should seek relief, rather than do without the company of our precious and loyal, fourfooted friends. Cures may be many and varied. Asthma attacks, for instance, may be alleviated by the taking of a Chinese herbal formula named, Minor Blue Dragon, or XQLT, or xiao – qing – long tang. It has successfully been used for centuries, in China. It is a most effective bronchodilator and often more efficacious than prescribed


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drugs. Acupuncture has also been found to be a most effective treatment, for allergies in general. Supplements and vitamins may also help, to greatly improve the immune system, together with a healthy lifestyle. Vitamins, A, C, E, selenium and carontenoids. Antioxidants, MSM, magnesium and zinc may also help. Americans in particular, have become obsessed about cleanliness and buy any product which promises to be “99 per cent effective against all bad germs”, or some such nonsense. Children, particularly the very young, might benefit from a “little dirt” in their surroundings, to strengthen their immune systems, from an earlier age. Eating foods “in season” can help. People used to eat seasonal fruit and vegetables, but with refrigeration and shipping, from around the world, our bodies receiving no respite from this problem.

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. Gets 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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OVER 150,000 DEATHS FROM LUNG AND HEART DISEASE PHE campaign urges people to see a GP if they have breathlessness or a persistent cough, as these are symptoms of these diseases.

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aisles and finding that one, perfect product that boasts of all-natural ingredients. Serendipity, right? Then you go and read the label expecting to find a virtual salad but instead finding yourself reading benzoic acid, butyl stearate, and some totally unpronounceable names. You’re no botanist but you’re sure that those stuff don’t grow on trees. This is because most commercial items meant for skin care nowadays contain preservatives and other chemicals to maintain their consistency and shelf life. Problem is, most of these chemicals can actually irritate more sensitive skin. What solution is there for this kind of crisis? Simple. Mix your own, homemade skin care line. There’s nothing to it as most ingredients are found in your fridge or fruit basket. All-natural skin recipes are easily found in the Internet or even in magazines. Usually, these skin care mixes are composed of a combination of one or two fruits.


Combinations like these can include either the fruit pulp, fruit juice, or both. Milk, water or honey are usually added to smoothen the mixture. Add-ons such as oatmeal, wheat germ, brown sugar, and dried herbs are also included for more specialized concoctions such as a pimple treatment, flaking, and oily skin. Skin care using natural ingredients offers great variety. There are facial cleansers, scrubs, moisturizing creams, and face masks. Don’t worry because indications for use are usually found with the recipes. The recipes indicate whether the mixture is for normal, dry, oily, sensitive, and acne-prone skin. Some are even more specialized as blackhead removers or whitening solutions. Natural skin care routine have many advantages. First, the ingredients are easily available and the choices are great. They are also natural, thus, greatly reducing risks of allergies or skin irritations. Second, the ingredients are cheap, which translates into more

savings more you. Third, you can modify the recipes to suit your needs. Since the risks for irritations are minimal, experimentations are relatively safe. Fourth, vitamins and antioxidants are naturally found in fruits, while milk and honey have restorative properties. Therefore, you get the same vitamins found in commercial products while limiting or eradicating chemicals. As these skin care recipes use natural ingredients they require refrigeration and can only keep for a week. However, it is better to make these in small quantities or batches for immediate use. In addition, these recipes contain natural hydroxy acids and vitamins for direct and instant skin rejuvenation. Also, don’t forget to keep fit by exercising, having a balanced, healthy diet and regular sleep. With these pre-requisites and your new skin care solutions, you’re on your way to having the healthy skin that can top what science can offer. Now, that’s what you call natural.


ith the weather in the city being unpredictable, most people tend to catch cold easily. If you are tired of popping a pill three times a day, or simply do not have the time to visit the doctor, here are some grandma-certified home remedies which will help you to have a speedy recovery. Honey is known for soothing the throat, and ginger has antibiotic properties. Grind some ginger, mix it with an equal amount of honey, and consume it. If you don’t like the taste, you can mix it with half a glass of warm milk and have it. This instantly clears up the nasal passage and soothes a dry throat. Turmeric can be used in multiple ways. If you have whole turmeric bulbs, burn one end of the bulb, and inhale the smoke for instant relief. You can also boil turmeric powder with milk and have it. Flaxseeds work wonders for cold. Boil the flaxseeds in water till the mixture thickens, take the essence. Add some

lime juice and honey (according to taste) and have this twice a day. Jaggery is great to soothe a sore throat. Boil water and black pepper together. Then add some cumin, boil it for some more time, add few pieces of jaggery and mix it well, till the jaggery melts completely. This helps in clearing up chest infections.

If you are a tea lover, there is nothing like masala chai, which can provide instant relief from cold. Boil water with tea leaves, and add some spices of your choice (clove, cinnamon, ginger and black pepper work best). Once it’s boiled properly, take it black. You can add some honey to balance the taste.

Public Health England (PHE) has

launched a national ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ awareness campaign which prompts people with symptoms of some of the leading causes of death in England to see their doctor. Lung cancer, heart disease and lung disease cause more than 150,000 deaths in England each year. Early diagnosis can save lives and improve the quality of life of those living with conditions such as chronic obstructive pulmonary disease (COPD), a common form of lung disease that includes emphysema and chronic bronchitis. Getting out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, or having a cough that has lasted for 3 weeks or more, could be a sign of lung disease, including lung cancer. Breathlessness can also be a sign of heart disease. As well as prompting anyone with these symptoms to see their GP, the campaign also calls on people to look out for each other and encourage friends and family to act. This call comes as a new survey found that adults over 50 are more likely to encourage others to see the doctor than go themselves. The survey found that: • 86% would urge friends and family with these symptoms to see their GP • only 67% would contact the GP themselves if they experienced symptoms The campaign is aimed at men and women aged 50 and above who are most at risk of lung cancer, COPD and heart disease. In England, there are around 1.8 million people who have been diagnosed with coronary heart disease (CHD), the main type of heart disease and 1

million people diagnosed with COPD. Around 37,600 people are diagnosed with lung cancer each year. Early diagnosis and treatment can make a big difference to the quality of life and help people live longer. However, late diagnosis is common. The survey found a third (32%) of people would wait for a month or longer before visiting the GP if they experienced breathlessness doing everyday things and over half (55%) would wait over a month before speaking to their GP if they had a persistent cough. The campaign reassures people that they would not be wasting their GP’s time by getting their symptoms checked out – something a third of adults surveyed said they would be worried about. Julia Verne, Clinical Lead for PHE, commented: Breathlessness and a persistent cough are symptoms that can be easily ignored or put down to getting older or seen as just minor health niggles. But these symptoms can be warning signs and it is really important to get them checked out by a doctor. People are more likely to urge others to seek medical help for these symptoms than to speak to a GP themselves. If anyone has concerns, we would encourage them to seek medical advice, as getting help early rather than waiting until the problem gets worse is vital. Early diagnosis saves lives and can improve quality of life for people with long term conditions, so if you find yourself getting out of breath doing things you used to be able to do, or if you have a cough that has lasted for 3 weeks or more, get it checked out.

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Researchers have been using a rigor-

ous study design to assess the biological impact of meditation as compared to going on a vacation. Examining the effect of meditation on gene expression patterns in both novice and regular meditators, they found that a resort vacation provides a strong and immediate impact on molecular networks associated with stress and immune pathways, in addition to shortterm improvements in well-being, as measured by feelings of vitality and distress. A meditation retreat for those, who already used meditation regularly, was associated with molecular networks characterised by antiviral activity. The molecular signature of long-term meditators was distinct from the nonmeditating vacationers. The study involved 94 healthy women, aged 30-60. Sixty-four women were recruited who were not regular meditators. Participants stayed at the same resort in California for six days, and randomised so that half were simply on vacation while the other half joined a meditation training program for Well Being. The meditation program included training in mantra meditation, yoga, and self reflection exercises. For greater insight into the long-term effects of what scientists dubbed the “meditation effect” compared to the “vacation effect,” the team also studied a group of 30 experienced meditators who were already enrolled in the

retreat that week. Researchers collected blood samples, and surveys, from all participants immediately before and after their stay, as well as surveys one month and ten months later. Eric Schadt, the senior author said, “In the spirit of other research efforts we have pioneered with other groups, this work underscores the importance of studies focused on healthy people. By combining an interrogation of gene networks with advanced data analysis and statistics, we have generated clinically meaningful information about stress and aging that is relevant to the broader population.” The research team examined the changes in 20,000 genes to determine which types of genes were changing before and after the resort experience. Scientists performed an integrative transcriptomic analysis, comparing gene expression networks across all three groups of participants and finding unique molecular profiles and pathway enrichment patterns. Study results show that all groups, novice meditators, experienced meditators, and vacationers had significant changes in molecular network patterns after the week at the resort, with a clear signature distinguishing baseline from post-vacation biology. The most notable changes in gene activity were related to stress response and immune function. Researchers also assessed self-reported measures of well being.

While all groups showed improvements up to one month later, the novice meditators had fewer symptoms of depression and less stress much longer than the non-meditating vacationers. The psychological effects appear to be enduring and it is unknown how much of this longer lasting benefit may be due to continued practice or lasting changes in how people view events in their lives. Professor Elissa S. Epel, the first author of the study explained, “It’s intuitive that taking a vacation reduces biological processes related to stress, but it was still impressive to see the large changes in gene expression from being away from the busy pace of life, in a relaxing environment, in such a short period of time. These findings will have to be replicated to see if the changes are reliably invoked under the same circumstances, in future studies, and compared to an at-home control group.” “Based on our results, the benefit we experience from meditation isn’t strictly psychological; there is a clear and quantifiable change in how our bodies function. Meditation is one of the ways to engage in restorative activities that may provide relief for our immune systems, easing the day-to-day stress of a body constantly trying to protect itself. The prediction is that this would then lead to healthier aging,” she said. The study was published in Springer Nature’s journal Translational Psychiatry

Women over 45 do not need a blood

test to diagnose the menopause and X-rays are no real help to those with lower back pain, doctors have said. The advice, drawn up by the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, features on a list of 40 treatments that bring little or no benefit to patients. The list is part of a campaign to reduce the number of unnecessary medical treatments. Patients are also encouraged to ask more questions about procedures. Medical experts from 11 different specialties were asked to identify five treatments or procedures commonly used in their field that were not always necessary or valuable. These have been used as part of the Choose Wisely campaign to highlight the need for patients and doctors to talk frankly about how health issues should be treated. The advice includes: • Tap water is just as good for cleaning cuts and grazes as saline solution • Small wrist fractures in children do not normally need a plaster cast, and will heal just as quickly with a removable splint. •Children with bronchiolitis, or breathing problems, usually get better without treatment. • Electronic monitoring of a baby’s heart is only needed during labour if the mother has a higher-than-normal risk of complications. • Chemotherapy may be used to relieve symptoms of terminal cancer but it cannot cure the disease and may well bring further distress in the final months of

life. • Routine screening for prostate conditions using a test known as a Prostate Specific Antigen, or PSA test, does not lead to longer life and can bring unnecessary anxiety • The current list of treatments will be added to every year. • The academy says there is evidence that patients often pressure doctors into prescribing or carrying out unnecessary treatments and the NHS is also coming under increasing pressure to reduce over-medicalisation – in other words the medicines and treatments it prescribes. For some time now, GPs have been advised to cut back on prescribing antibiotics to patients. The academy says patients should always ask five key questions when seeking treatment. 1. Do I really need this test, treatment or procedure? 2. What are the risks or downsides? 3. What are the possible side-effects? 4. Are there simpler, safer options? 5. What will happen if I do nothing? Prof Dame Sue Bailey, chairwoman of the Academy of Medical Royal Colleges, told the BBC: “Some of these treatments can be quite invasive, timeconsuming; there are simpler and as-safe options, so why wouldn’t you? “Because I think what we’ve got is a culture of ‘we can do something, therefore we should do something’ and we need to stop and reflect and decide what is the best option for the patient in their individual circumstances.”



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BIRTH CONTROL PREGNANCY AND ACNE A cne first comes about during adolescence, when hormone levels begin to increase. This sudden fluctuation of hormones causes the sebaceous glands to go into overdrive. They start generating increased levels of such oils that end up becoming clogged inside the glands. When the oils can’t escape, acne results! So it goes without saying that when there is a fluctuation in the hormone levels within the body, it can trigger an increase in sebaceous oil production, and therefore increases the chance that an outbreak of acne will likely occur. With women, acne breakouts are common while they are taking birth control pills and also when they become

pregnant. Women who do take the birth control

pill and who notice that their acne is getting worse should discuss the situ-


ation with their doctor. Different types of oral contraception have differing levels of hormones and one side effect of some contraception is an increase in acne. Switching to another brand may bring acne back under control. Any woman who is healthy, and is at least age 15, who has begun menstruating and who has decided to start using oral contraception can discuss getting a prescription for a birth control pill with their doctor. There are several brands that help clear up acne but only one so far has been approved by the FDA for treatment of acne and that is Ortho Tri-cyclen. It is important to note that taking the birth control pill as a way to treat acne should be the last alternative, after all other acne treatment options have been attempted without success. The birth control pill does have side effects and it must be taken exactly as prescribed to be effective. Women who have become pregnant often report an increase in acne, too.

Tips to help Manage Asthma

Managing asthma is not something Everyone experiences anxiety. In

fact, being unable to do so can be a sign of a serious psychological problem. In our hazardous world, anxiety is a strategy the body uses to help the mind recognize danger and keep well out of its way. As with most mental illnesses, it’s not the presence of anxiety alone that creates problems. It is more about how severe it is and how much it gets in one’s way of life or quality of living. Most people feel anxious at some time in their lives. However, only about five per cent of people experience severe anxiety and rarely seek professional help. Anxiety is a mixture of physical and mental symptoms. They are part of what psychologists call the “fight or flight” response. When the body is under threat it automatically prepares either to defend itself or run. Anxiety is a normal reaction to stress. It helps one deal with a tense situation in the office, study harder for an exam, or remain focused on an important speech. In general, it helps one cope with the tasks and demands of everyday life. But when anxiety becomes an excessive, irrational dread of everyday situations, it can become a disabling disorder. Fortunately, effective treatments for anxiety disorders are available, and

research is yielding new and improved therapies that can help most people with anxiety disorders lead productive and fulfilling lives. However, studies have shown that having a healthy diet may reduce signs and symptoms of anxiety. Although food can’t cure an anxiety disorder, consider some diet changes and that would benefit a severely anxious person: • Avoid or limit caffeine intake as much as possible. Caffeine is present in many soft drinks, not just in tea and coffee and it can set up its own vicious cycle. It can speed up heart rate and disrupt sleep which later on become prevailing signs of anxiety. Trying to overcome tiredness by drinking more caffeine only makes the long-term problem worse. • Avoid too much alcohol. Similarly, alcohol can worsen the symptoms of anxiety, and disrupt sleep. Many people reach for a drink to calm their nerves, but the consequences of overindulgence can Outweigh the benefits of initial relaxation. For some, a hangover, insomnia, and dehydration make one feel worse than before one had a drink. In excessive amounts, alcohol can actually act as a depressant, making the drinker feel sluggish or more anxious. Alcohol, like a simple sugar, is rapidly absorbed by the body. Like other sugars, alcohol

increases hypoglycemia symptoms. It also causes mood swings. • Eat complex carbohydrates, also known as carbs. During anxious times, turn to comforting carbs. These foods act as a mild tranquilizer by increasing the amount of serotonin, a calming neurotransmitter in the brain. Complex carbs such as potatoes, whole-wheat bread, and pasta take longer to digest than sugary simple carbs like white bread. That way, one can stay fuller longer and blood sugar is likely to stay steady, eliminating stress and anxiety. • Be sure to drink eight or more glasses of water a day. Dehydration can lead to fatigue, headaches and stress. One should be well-hydrated and drinking lots of water a day can decrease symptoms of anxiety. • Take multivitamins and mineral supplements. B vitamins, whose role is to unlock the energy in food, are crucial. Vitamin B-6 helps manufacture serotonin in the brain. Choose a daily supplement that supplies 100 per cent of the daily recommendation of all vitamins and minerals. Although tension and daily stresses are unavoidable, one can relieve tension and manage stress and anxiety better by watching out for what one eats and what one does not eat. Remember that a healthy body and a healthy mind are often one and the same thing.

Many changes occur within a woman’s body in an effort to properly prepare the body for the growing fetus. The two primary female hormones at work in every woman’s body are progesterone and estrogen. Progesterone is more androgenic than estrogen, which basically means it is more like the hormones found in men. Increased progesterone during pregnancy can cause the sebaceous glands to produce more sebaceous oils than normal and that is what can cause outbreaks of acne. If possible, the best way to handle acne during pregnancy is to realize that it is a short-term problem that will usually go away once the baby is born. If this isn’t possible, discuss your options over with a dermatologist who has experience working with patients during their pregnancy. After going through your situation, the dermatologist will be able to suggest treatment options that’ll make you happier with your appearance and that won’t harm your baby.

your doctor can do for you all by himself. Asthma self help is an important part of treating and managing your condition so that it doesn’t take over your entire life. Your doctor may prescribe both daily medication and medication to take in case of an acute asthma episode, but the task of minimizing risk of asthma attack and taking care of yourself on a daily basis is largely up to you and your family. Learning some key asthma self help tricks can help you keep your asthma under control so that it doesn’t interfere with your daily life. Because asthma can be caused, triggered or worsened by so many things, there are many things that you can do to lessen the frequency and severity of the symptoms. Your doctor will offer important suggestions in addition to medication to help you manage your asthma. Think of those suggestions as a personalized asthma self help plan. A major part of asthma self help involves avoiding asthma triggers. Some ways that you can help yourself if you or someone in your family has asthma include: 1. The first and most important step in asthma self help is to follow your doctor’s orders. Don’t stop taking daily medication just because you feel better. If he’s prescribed daily peak flow measurements, be sure to follow instructions carefully and measure daily to monitor your condition. 2. If you smoke, quit. Whether the asthma sufferer is you or a child in your family, cigarette smoke is one of the most common asthma triggers known. 3. Keep the house dust-free – or as

close to dust-free as possible. Dust is another common asthma trigger. Use a cylinder vacuum instead of an upright – preferably one that encloses the vacuum cleaner bag inside a solid canister to minimize pumping dust back into the air. 4. If you can, remove carpets and heavy draperies. They’re dust-catchers that easily breed dust mites. If you can’t remove them, vacuum them frequently using a canister vacuum cleaner. 5. Avoid using down feather pillows and comforters, and use a plastic cover on your mattress. Mattresses and pillows can harbor dust mites. The same goes for stuffed animals and other ‘soft’ decorations. 6. Cover your mouth and nose with a scarf in cold weather. Cold air is another common asthma trigger. 7. If your asthma is triggered by allergens, monitor the outside air quality daily. Avoid open fields and woodsy areas during peak pollen seasons, and take extra care when air quality is in danger ranges. 8. Mold is another common allergen that triggers asthma. Keeping mold down is another important part of asthma self help care. Dry wet laundry immediately, and wash and disinfect bathrooms and showers regularly. Remove houseplants, as mold grows in their soil. 9. Pet dander can also trigger asthma symptoms. If you can’t part with a pet because of emotional ties, at least keep it out of the bedroom to minimize your exposure to dander. 10. Be aware of any food or ingested allergies, and avoid foods, medications and drinks that cause allergic reactions.

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Feeling tired all the time?

The Physical reasons for feeling tired

are many and if addressed correctly, can subject an individual to a new leash of energy release. Are you getting enough sleep? : It is recommended an individual gets up to eight hours of sleep a night. Stress, Alcohol, pain and digestive problems can all contribute to a disturbed sleep amongst many other conditions. Try to eat your evening meal at least two hours before you sleep. In the same way, taking pain relief on time and ensuring you eat light at night; will help to promote a good sleep pattern. Are you drinking enough? Being dehydrated or not consuming enough fluid can give rise to headaches and fatigue. Other problems associated with this are constipation, urine infections Dry skin conditions. One should aim to drink at least eight glasses of water a day. It’s easy to calculate and manage this by having two glasses of water after every five hours. Do remember that, caffeine based fluids like Coffee and Tea can cause you to pass urine more often and Aggravate dehydration! Medical related problems: People who suffer from underlying Heart disease, Lung problems, Anemia, Kidney problems and Diabetes will more than often present to their GP, with tiredness as their initial presentation. Feeling short of breath, Dizziness, light headedness, can all be a sign of these underlying conditions. Many of the above are stabilized with adequate dosages of medications, with associated lifestyle advice. Moderate exercise in the above can all improve a person’s ability to feel more alert and reenergized. The more isolated medical problems associated with Tiredness are: Lack of Iron – Not ingesting the recommended seven pieces of fruit and vegetables a day can lead to iron deficiency. Women who have heavy blood loss during their period, or bleeding from elsewhere can lead to a lack of Iron which is important in the production of Blood cells. A deficiency of Iron can lead to Anemia associated with shortness of breath, fatigue and tiredness, palpitations and dizziness, Iron is found in foods such as Red Meat, Dairy products , Green vegetables , Apples . You may find you are given a course of iron tablets to help bring your levels up to normal if your iron is found to be low in a blood test.

Thyroid Problems: The Thyroid Gland sits in the middle of the neck at the front and is responsible for overseeing every single chemical reaction in the body. It regulates our temperature, the rate of digestion, keeps energy levels up amongst the many other functions it has. The Thyroid gland secretes the Thyroid hormone that is involved in kick starting these various reactions in the body. If you feel colder more than normal, find yourself fatigued and tired, sleepy , gaining weight, having heavy periods in women , as well as hair loss and some memory loss, you may find it useful to ask your GP to perform blood tests for your Thyroid gland . If you have an underactive thyroid you will usually be placed on a medication for life, to reverse the symptoms you are suffering from. Some people, if diagnosed with an underactive Thyroid may be at risk of falling into a coma if they do not take medication properly, or take none at all. Liver Conditions: Checking the Liver Enzymes for abnormalities can usually pick up any signs of alcohol abuse in a person who takes the exceeded recommended amount of alcohol and feels tired all the time . The recommended intake is 14 units a week for men and women both. Vitamin D deficiency: On the rise now in the UK, people with vitamin D deficiency will complain of Fatigue and often aching limbs. It is usually women of child bearing age. This is most commonly due to a lack of Calcium in the body which is converted from Vitamin D to support healthy Bone strength . One natural source is sunlight, Oily fish, dairy products and Pulses also have high reserves of Vitamin D . In pregnancy, Women dilute their own calcium levels towards healthy bone formation in the fetus . They also become deficient whilst breastfeeding. If you feel you may suffer from any of the above symptoms or signs, get going to see your GP today. It’s a very common problem feeling tired all the time. And most cases don’t need any intervention at all. Why wait? When you can make a difference to your health and life. Your new beginning should start now! Dr Shabina is a practicing GP and hosts the Body, Health and Mind show on Salaam radio.


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Tips for a healthier Ramadan

reparations are well underway for the holy month of Ramadan and those observing the fasts know just how quick paced it can be, but when used correctly, Ramadan can present the perfect opportunity to show reverence to Allah and escape from the pace of everyday life. The month is of huge importance across the Islamic world and involves Muslims focusing on spiritual gains by guarding their hunger, thirst, frustration, irritation and sexual attraction. Eat Suhur The Prophet Muhammad, peace and blessings be upon him, highly recommend eating this pre-dawn meal before a day of fasting. While you may want to pass to catch some more sleep, remember that you can always take a catnap while you’re fasting, but you won’t be able to eat or drink. To make it easier, set out utensils and dry food on the table before going to bed so you can quickly eat and go back to sleep After Suhur. Take a short afternoon nap Experts say you don’t need more than a 15-minute siesta to really refresh you. During lunch hour, find a quiet spot, set the alarm on your watch/cell phone and nap. This can help your body adjust to the daily Ramadan1 schedule that requires early waking for Suhur. Follow the Prophet’s golden rule of one-third This especially needs to be said in Ramadan. We should strive to have no more than one-third food, one-third liquid and one-third air in our stomachs when eating. A Moderate Iftar A healthy Iftar goes hand in hand with

the traditions: starting with 2 dates, then a glass of water or laban, then start the meal with a warm bowl of soup, a salad and the main course. Of course moderation is key to health. Keep it balanced A balanced main dish at Iftar should contain a source of carbohydrates like rice, pasta, potatoes or burghul, as well as some form of protein like beef, chicken or fish, in addition to cooked vegetables. Balance and moderation are the key to health! Take a walk Before you fall over from exhaustion after Iftar and dinner, take a short walk around the block or just around your building. The change of environment and exposure to fresh air may just wake you up in time for your prayer. Drink plenty of Water Don’t forget to drink plenty of water during the holy month of Ramadan. At least 8 glasses distributed in small quantities so not to feel bloated. To prevent thirst, avoid foods that are too



spicy or salty, and consume more fruits and vegetables that are refreshing! Everything in moderation Some people tend to eat more during Ramadan and this can lead to weight gain. Eating a healthy Iftar, eating starters and sweets in moderation, choosing more fruits and vegetables, avoiding sweetened beverages, and being active everyday will help you maintain your weight. Suhoor Suggestions Suhoor is a vital meal in Ramadan. It gives you strength and vitality for the day and can make fasting easier and tolerable. Make sure that this meal is rich in slowly absorbed Carbohydrates such as whole grain breads, rice and whole grain cereals that can help maintain your blood sugar levels. People who suffer from headache or dizziness due to low blood sugar levels during the fasting period should break the fast at Iftar time by starting with 2-3 dates which will help replenish blood sugar levels.


Physical exercise. Physical exercise strengthens your brain. Exercise benefits your brain cells. The blood vessels inside your brain dilate and increase blood flow when you engage in regular exercise. Exercise helps to elimin toxins and allows oxygen and other nutrients to flow into your brain strengthening your brain cells. Mind exercises. Concentration and clear thinking are more or less automatic once you remove distractions. Learn to stop and watch your busy mind. As you notice things that are subtly bothering you, deal with them. This might mean making a phone call you need to make, or putting things on a list so you can forget them for now. With practice, this becomes easier, and your thinking becomes more powerful. Healthy breakfast. Start your day with a healthy breakfast. Skipping breakfast affects your brainpower and performance at home, school or work. Minimize your eating during the day to mostly live raw fruits and veggies and their juices. This will help you detoxify and nourish your brain with essential nutrients and antioxidants to protect your brain from daily free radicals assaults.

Increase Water Intake. Given that your brain is about 80 percent water, the first rule of brain nutrition is adequate water to hydrate your brain. Even slight dehydration can raise stress hormones, which can damage your brain over time. Drink at least 84 ounces of water a day. It is best to have your liquids unpolluted with artificial sweeteners, sugar, caffeine, or alcohol. You can use herbal, non-caffeinated tea bags, such as raspberry or strawberry flavoured, and make unsweetened iced tea. Green tea is also good for brain function as it contains chemicals that enhance mental relaxation and alertness.

Think positively. Thinking positively enables you to access your higher thinking abilities. When you are positive and feeling good, your mind functions smoothly. Ask yourself emotion-leading questions like, “What am I grateful for right now?” and “Who do I love and who loves me?” Make sure you sleep enough. Your brain is rejuvenate during those sleeping hours. Research from the University of California suggests that if you have been awake for 21 hours straight, your abilities are equivalent to someone who is legally drunk.



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Twycross Zoo

By Priti Draper | Travel Correspondent

Over the recent Easter break, I had the pleasure of visiting

Twycross Zoo in Atherstone. It was a 30 minute journey from Birmingham and my family and I were lucky that the sun was out in all its glory! The zoo was super busy but with ample free parking and pushchair accessibility it was an easy adventure throughout. Set in a vast open space in the country were acres of well landscaped greenery and with over 500 animals to see, we arrived just after lunch and stayed until closing. The zoo is a registered charity which is dedicated to animal conservations, environmental preservation and public education. It supports worldwide projects helping safeguard against extinction of breeds and protecting animals in the wild. It was evident for the benches commemorating loved ones to the knowledgeable and happy nature of the staff that this attraction is making a difference. The zoo provides visitors with the chance to adopt and animal as well as allowing children and adults to learn what it is like to be a zoo keeper. You can even attend photography workshops if you are passionate about wildlife photography. The zoo has various outdoor play areas and a massive indoor soft play to keep the children busy! There are independent cafes and food stalls catering to every diet and plenty of changing areas and bathroom facilities. The zoos main allure for me was the beautiful giraffe and elephant enclosures. The animals had a good amount of space to roam and were just mesmerising to watch. As you would expect, there were all types of animals from meerkats to orang-utans, monkeys to

birds of prey. As it was Easter there was an egg hunt for the kids to participate in, and special discounted prices. The butterfly walk was especially memorable. The temperature inside was tropical and with butterflies landing on oneself and the foliage, it made for great Instagram snaps! (And did I mention the free wifi?) The zoo’s babies (new arrivals) included twin snow leopards and a baby gorilla. It was fantastic to observe these not so little ones with their mothers and family. My daughters found the whole experience just magical. Even the gift shop was enlightening, not only was there a huge selection of books and souvenirs, but also by purchasing ‘because I’m a girl’ soft toys at the shop, money raised from these helps towards underprivileged girls in Nepal receive and education. (www.wesupportplan. org) to me this illustrated the zoo’s compassion. The visitor’s reception’s wall was adorned with Biaza (the governing body for zoos) plaques highlighting Twycross zoo’s achievements and awards. Notably “Team of the Year” and “Best Education Project” for schools and welfare brilliance of the animals. People often think that zoo’s are preventing animals from being in their natural habitat, and although this is true, Twycross zoo showed me and my family that it is doing so much to ensure the sustainability of species and long term conservation, educating and empowering future generations and continuously improving its offering through workshops, experiences and seasonal events. Keep a look out on the website for their forthcoming attraction “chimp eden”! And if you are looking for an unusual venue space to hire, look no further. Twycross zoo is so much more than a zoo and I would recommend a visit for and exciting day out.

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CRUISING THE NORWEGIAN FJORDS FROM THE UK Travel Editor David Powell, takes a Norwegian Fjord cruise on Fred. Olsen’s cruise ship Balmoral

Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines pride themselves on of-

fering a special cruising experience to their guests. With a fleet of four ships, Balmoral, Braemar, Boudicca and Black Watch, Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines cover a wide range of destinations worldwide. One of the most popular from the U.K., and well worth considering, is a cruise to the Norwegian Fjords. My wife and I were booked on flagship Balmoral, our first sailing with Fred. Olsen and we were looking forward to the experience. After embarkation at Southampton we made our way to our cabin, a Superior Outside. The cabin was spacious, well appointed and very comfortable. Lots of hanging wardrobe space and a separate bathroom with shower. There was a large picture window to watch the world go by, not that we planned to stay in the cabin for long, there was a whole ship to explore and discover! Cabin grades to suit most budgets vary from suites, balcony, outside, inside and single. After dropping off our carry- on luggage we made our way to the Palms Café at the rear of Deck 7 for a welcome aboard snack and afternoon tea. Balmoral is Fred. Olsen’s largest and newest cruise ship named after the Scottish home of the Royal Family. A traditional cruise ship, very appealing and a lot smaller than most cruise ships being built now which gives a distinct advantage of being able to access smaller ports without tendering and allows the crew and staff to get to know you, refer to you by name, find out your likes and dislikes and generally make you feel a welcome and valued guest. There are 710 cabins and plenty of spacious lounges and public areas for the 1300 guests the ship can accommodate. Soon it was time for the mandatory lifeboat drill

stroll around deck, internet centre, laundry room, medical centre and reception. An excellent choice of entertainment was on offer during days at sea to live music evenings in the lounges and bars. The shops onboard offered a great range of goods and gifts from fragrances, cosmetics, and bags ... to clothing, fashion accessories and jewellery. Most Fine Dining It’s fair to say that food is a high priority for British evenings my wife would purchase some accessory cruisers and on Balmoral you can expect a wonder- to wear much to the interest and delight of our fellow dining companions! ful choice of food and fine dining. 5 courses, the mouth-watering dinner menu was varied with many My wife and I found the ship and the whole Fred. delicious dishes to choose from each night. By now Olsen experience to be really friendly and welcommy wife and I had struck-up easy conversation with ing. A lot of staff and crew got to know us by name (especially in the shops!) and the Fred. Olsen saying a few fellow guests onboard and we were already “it’s all about the people” proved very true. experiencing a friendly relaxed atmosphere. The Norwegian Fjords and Tours restaurants are all rather stylish and tastefully designed with some fabulous views across the ocean. Aside from the ship facilities the itinerary is equally The Ballindalloch, The Spey and The Avon Restau- important and here Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines came rants all offer quality dining accompanied by a great into their own with some fantastic Norwegian ports of call and a splendid range of tours on offer. wine list. Additionally the Palms Café is slightly less formal and is ideal for guests who prefer not to This cruise brought together comfort and breathtaking natural beauty which left us with an unforgethave set dining times. table experience. Norway has some of the most Facilities stunning scenery in the world and everyday brought The Marquee Deck 11 is a lovely relaxing area something new to see. with sun deck, comfortable lounges, golf nets, the Our first port to visit was to be Stavanger, but Observation Lounge and bar, swimming pool and two whirlpool jacuzzi’s. Atlantis Spa is situated on Captain Victor Stoica, considering guests safety and Highland Deck 10 with an abundance of treatments comfort, decided to divert as he had received inforavailable for your self-indulgence - well why not .. mation of an impending huge gale in the Stavanger you are on holiday! A fully equipped Fitness Centre area. We certainly didn’t mind and we did, in fact, takes up the front of the ship on Deck 10 and there’s call at Stavanger on our return journey later in the cruise. On reaching the Norwegian coast we called a further pool on Lounge Deck behind The Palms at Bergen, known as Fjord Norway’s capital, a beauCafé. Onboard facilities also include a library, card room, tiful city with a great shipping tradition. In addition to free time which we spent walking around the city art gallery, promenade ideal for that traditional and then the Sailaway. As we started our journey down the Solent you could feel the excited anticipation onboard as we set off on our 8 night cruise to the phenomenal Fjords. Now, however, time to change for pre-dinner drinks before making our way to the restaurant.

centre we took a tour of Bergen which included the Funicular Railway which took us right to the top of Mount Fløyen for a spectacular view! We cruised and gazed in awe at the magnificent Fjords including the UNESCO listed Naerøyfjord and one of Norway’s longest - Nordfjord. One of the itinerary highlights for me was the stop at picturesque Flam with its magnificent landscape. Here we took another tour, expertly organised again by Fred. Olsen Cruises, on the famous Flåmsbana Railway regarded as one of the steepest and most beautiful journeys in the world. On the train our friendly companions in the adjacent seats had done this tour three times and at the end we could certainly see why.

CONCLUSION Spectacular mountain scenery, wonderful unimaginable waterfalls, breath-taking Fjords, this was a super Norwegian experience. Thank you Fred. Olsen Cruise Lines, we loved your ship, your food, your people, your itinerary and your tours - here’s to next time!



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Have you ever considered how much

When Sony was at its peak in the

90’s with the PlayStation launching in 1995 at £299, you would have thought that Sony were mad to go into an industry where Nintendo and SEGA were dominating the industry with Mario and Sonic, their respected mascots were the system sellers of the early 90’s. PlayStation totally changed the ballgame within the gaming industry with classic first-party titles such as Gran Turismo to Tekken 3, which are extremely popular with PlayStation fans alike. However, California based Crystal Dynamics along with Eidos Interactive in 1999 came up with one of the most underrated adventure games of all time, Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver. Soul Reaver is the sequel to the previous Legacy of Kain title Blood Omen which was released 3yrs before this Legacy of Kain title. The whole plot of the game involves Raziel who is trying to find Lord Kain, who has ruled an empire of the dead. Kain is the one who tears Raziel’s wings and tried to burn him by throwing him into an acid lake. Raziel filled with rage returns to Nosgoth to defeat and dethrone Kain. The main strengths in Soul Reaver are

its gameplay and voice acting. The intro at the start of the game added in with the industrial band Information Society is an intro you wouldn’t be sitting through easily; instead it leaves you with chills down your spine waiting for everything to unravel once you start playing. At over 50 hours of gameplay, it’s as replayable as many of the modern games which rely on multiplayer to get the best out of your gaming experience. My only niggle with the gameplay is that the camera angles are awkward which leaves you frustrated when reaching the climatic stages when facing Kain. Finally, the voice acting on Soul Reaver is unlike anything you’ll experience on any game. Every word has a weight of expectation which leaves you wanting more out of Kain and Raziel in their battle to rule Nosgoth. So Legacy of Kain: Soul Reaver is unquestionably an underrated gem. The tightly-knit plot added in with great gameplay and above-average graphics, Soul Reaver deserves its place in gaming history as a game that broke new barriers in the industry for story-telling and gameplay. Sometimes being ambitious works!

social media you are engaging in, when you say “Message me on Facebook,” or “DM me on Twitter” or, “Connect with me on LinkedIn?” It is what we do to connect ourselves with social media and the rest of the world online. Having access to the latest information and content are no longer sufficient for competing in business. Everyone has access to the same information. You cannot compete on common knowledge – what everyone knows. It is how you engage with, connect, mix, and resolve what is known that provides advantage. Creating competitive advantage requires social capital savvy – the ability to find, utilise and combine the diverse skills, knowledge and experience of others, inside and outside of your organisation. Social capital comes from the personal

and professional networks of all employees and connections. People with better social capital often: * Close deals faster * Find better jobs more quickly * Coordinate projects more effectively * Are more likely to be promoted early * Enhance the performance of their teams * Help their teams reach their goals more rapidly * Help their teams generate more creative solutions * Learn more about the firm’s environment and marketplace In the online and networking age, you compete on your ability to build new relationships, utilise connections and the patterns they form! Another way of looking at is through Social Selling. People don’t do business with companies. People do business with

people, and that’s why social selling, the process of building stronger relationships with potential customers based on truly understanding their needs and problems – in short, better knowing the people you hope to do business with – is so important. How to Win Friends and Influence People by Dale Carnegie is a timeless bestseller. It quickly became the salesperson’s manual when it was first published in 1937 and has now sold more than 15 million copies worldwide. The book is one of the first and by far the best for Social Selling in offline networking today. If you really want a modern take and up to date teachings on how to engage online then there is a new book by Timothy Hughes – Social Selling: Techniques to Influence Buyers and Changemakers. This brings #SocialSelling right up to speed.

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by Khalid Karim Technology Correspondent

ChatBots are on the Increase and you should take notice!

Artificial Intelligence or AI isn’t just for Fortune 500 or FTSE 100 companies anymore. Thanks to a number of innovations in the last few years, small businesses and entrepreneurs now can leverage AI technology to improve not only their social media engagement, they can tap into their operations, connect with their customers on a deeper level and ultimately, boost their sales. What is a Chatbot? Simply put a program that automates certain tasks by chatting with a user

through chatting or messaging interface. More advanced Chatbots are powered by AI, which helps them to solve problems, messages are more personalised and interaction is improved over time. This tool is still in its infancy, but more and more people are starting to take notice and use Chatbots on a daily basis without even realizing it. Even Facebook has named dropped a few brands to its business users to help them increase engagement and gamification. Chatbots are becoming the new trend for many platforms, websites etc. Big-

gest trend has been seen on Facebook. They are becoming more human-like. A lot of business owners and big companies are using them more and more. They have also come in the form of Voice Experiences, which Google and Amazon have been battling it out with so-called smart speakers market. Chatbots are here to stay. Innovators like Amazon and Google are leading from the front, and developers are making use of them on platforms like Facebook for all to use. The design and architecture are continuing to improve

and we will see interactive bots become the standard for customer service and customer experience. They say robots are replacing a lot of workers, well chatbots may not replace call centres but they will help reduce some element of manpower along with lowering costs in operations as demand grows through improved technology. Last year, so many companies – including Starbucks, LinkedIn, and British Airways – have put their weight and support behind the development of Chatbots and expressed an interest in

implementing them into their operations. Other known key players Microsoft and Apple have been investing in this technology for years at this point, so it’s natural that other sectors, companies and industries will catch up and continue to spend more money on development of Chatbots. These days, your average customer expects to have an app as a part of the customer service process.z

Snapchat and Netflix TSB APOLOGISES FOR FOUR DAY MELTDOWN! Cash In On Indian T Premier League

Social media giant Snapchat

and streaming service Netflix have joined in on the Indian Premier League furore this season, partnering up with several big league teams in the Twenty20 tournament. Snapchat has joined hands with the Mumbai Indians, Royal Challengers Bangalore, Delhi Daredevils and the Rajasthan Royals for the upcoming season. All four teams are each set to

have their own official account on Snapchat and will appear on Snapchat’s ‘Discover’ page, allowing the 300 million plus users of the photo and video sharing platform exclusive glimpses into life behind the scenes of an IPL tournament via its ‘Stories’ feature. This is Snapchat’s first ever engagement with a sporting event in India, making it a milestone moment for Indian sports coverage.

Meanwhile, Netflix has launched a new sports documentary centred on three-time IPL champions, the Mumbai Indians. The series is being produced by Condé Nast Entertainment, showcasing the team in action both on the field and behind the scenes, in an original unscripted eight-part documentary series. The documentary will be a Netflix exclusive, available to stream in 190 countries.

he Chief Executive of TSB has apologised for its four- day banking meltdown. CEO Paul Pester said he was “deeply sorry” for TSB’s recent embarrassing IT debacle which stopped users from accessing bank accounts and using payment systems by taking down it’s mobile app and online banking service. “This isn’t the level of service we pride ourselves on providing and isn’t what our customers have come to expect from TSB, and for that, I’m deeply sorry,” he said. Mr Pester had previously assured TSB customers via Twitter that the problems would be resolved in a matter of hours. The bank also suffered a data breach during which over 400 customers were shown details of other customer accounts while attempting to access their own. The effect of TSB’s online fiasco was felt by some 1.9 million customers who were locked

out of their accounts, including those with both businesses and personal accounts with the bank. Employers nationwide were unable to pay their workers and suppliers while others were prevented from paying for necessities such as rent, bills and groceries, with many payment cards declined at checkouts. Customers took to Twitter to voice their complaints, and are now demanding compensation, after unsatisfactory responses from the bank, and with some threatening to leave TSB once the system is up and running. The Chair of Parliament’s Treasury Committee, Nicky Morgan MP, wrote into Mr Pester demanding answers for the system

failure and compensation for TSB customers: “Warm words and platitudes will not suffice. TSB customers deserve to know what has happened when normal services will resume, and how they can be expected to be compensated,” she wrote. The reason behind the commotion is the split of TSB from Lloyds Banking Group in 2013. TSB had since begun to develop its platform despite still being owned by Lloyds, but the recent move to its new Spanish owner, Banco Sabadell, has meant a complete IT migration which is the source of its technical glitches.



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Recipes for Ramadan! LAMB KOFTA KEBABS

These kebabs are guaranteed to please. They are easy to make and packed full of flavour. Seasoned minced lamb is formed around skewers and grilled on the barbecue.

Ingredients: • 900g lean minced lamb • 2 onions, finely chopped • 15g fresh mint leaves, finely chopped • 25g fresh coriander, finely chopped • 1 tablespoon ginger paste • 1 tablespoon chilli paste • 2 teaspoons ground cumin • 2 teaspoons ground coriander • 2 teaspoons paprika • 1 teaspoon cayenne pepper • 2 teaspoons salt • 4 tablespoons vegetable oil • 8 skewers

Method: 1) In a large bowl, mix minced lamb, onions, mint, coriander, ginger paste and chilli paste. Season with cumin, coriander, paprika, cayenne and salt. Cover and refrigerate for 2 hours. 2) Shape 1/8th of the lamb mixture into sausages around skewers. Make sure the meat is spread to an even thickness. Refrigerate until you are ready to cook. 3) Preheat barbecue for high heat. 4) Brush grate liberally with oil and arrange skewers on barbecue. Cook for 10 minutes or until well done, turning as needed to brown evenly.


Ingredients: • 2 cups sugar or 400 g • 1 cup water or 250 ml • 1 tablespoon lemon juice For the baklawa: • 15 sheets filo pastry, thawed if frozen • ¾ cup butter or 150g, melted • ¼ cup caster sugar or 50g • 1 cup ground almonds or 100g, mixed For the filling: • 2½ cups pistachio nuts or 375 g • 1 tablespoon blossom water • 2 tablespoons rose water • 1 tin Nestle Sweetened Condensed Milk or 397 • 3 slices toast bread, crust removed

Method: • In a small pot, dissolve sugar in water and bring to boil then simmer until it becomes syrup. Stir in lemon juice and set aside to cool. • To prepare the filling: • Combine all ingredients for the filling in a blender; beat until well combined and set aside. • To prepare the baklawa: • Grease a 40cm x 30cm oven tray, place 1 sheet of filo pastry, brush with butter and repeat the same with 5 more sheets. • Carefully spoon the filling all over the pastry. • Place 1 sheet of filo

pastry to cover the filling, brush with butter and sprinkle with a little of almond mixture. • Top with another sheet. Sprinkle with little almond mixture and repeat method with the remaining sheets. • Brush the surface with melted butter, then cut parallel lines through pastry and filling to get diamond shaped pieces. • Bake in a 185°C preheated hot oven for 25-30 minutes or until it becomes golden color. • Pour the cool syrup over the baklawa as soon as it comes out of the oven.

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We are very fortunate that we have been granted another month of Ramadan. Let’s take advantage of this favourable month to make this life and the hereafter successful. Please remember us and the Muslim Ummah in your duas.





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Chicken Biryani

A must have dish in all occasions

This is a delicious Pakistani/Indian rice dish which is often reserved for very special occasions such as Ramadan, weddings or parties. It has a lengthy preparation, but the work is definitely worth it. Ingredients: • 4 tablespoons oil or ghee, divided • 4 small potatoes, peeled and halved • 2 large onions, finely chopped • 2 cloves garlic, minced • 1 tablespoon minced fresh root ginger • 1/2 teaspoon chilli powder • 1/2 teaspoon ground black pepper • 1/2 teaspoon turmeric • 1 teaspoon ground cumin • 1 teaspoon salt • 2 medium tomatoes, peeled and chopped • 2 tablespoons plain yoghurt • 2 tablespoons chopped fresh mint leaves


• 1/2 teaspoon ground cardamom • 1 (5cm) cinnamon stick • 1.3kg chicken breast chunks • 450g basmati rice • 2 1/2 tablespoons vegetable oil • 1 large onion, diced • 1 pinch saffron • 5 pods cardamom • 3 whole cloves • 1 (2.5cm) cinnamon stick • 1/2 teaspoon ground ginger • 1 litre chicken stock • 1 1/2 teaspoons salt

For biryani, always use long grain rice. Basmati rice with its thin, fine grains is the ideal variety to use.



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Cooking 1 hr 30 min


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Step 1) In a large frying pan, in 2 tablespoons oil (or ghee) fry potatoes until brown, drain and reserve the potatoes. Add remaining 2 tablespoons oil to the pan and fry onion, garlic and ginger until onion is soft and golden. Add chilli, pepper, turmeric, cumin, salt and the tomatoes. Fry, stirring constantly for 5 minutes. Add yoghurt, mint, cardamom and cinnamon stick. Cover and cook over low heat, stirring occasionally until the tomatoes are cooked to a pulp. It may be necessary to add a little hot water if the mixture becomes too dry and starts to stick to the pan. Step 2) When the mixture is thick and smooth, add the chicken pieces and stir well to coat them with the spice mixture. Cover and cook over very low heat until the chicken is tender, 35 to 45 minutes. There should only be a little very thick sauce left when chicken is finished cooking. If necessary, cook uncovered for a few minutes to reduce the sauce. Step 3) Wash rice well and drain in colander for at least 30 minutes. Step 4) In a large frying pan, heat vegetable oil (or ghee) and fry the onions until they are golden. Add saffron, cardamom, cloves, cinnamon stick, ginger and rice. Stir continuously until the rice is coated with the spices. Step 5) In a large saucepan, heat the chicken stock and salt. When the mixture is hot pour it over the rice and stir well. Add the chicken mixture and the potatoes; gently mix them into the rice. Bring to boil. Cover the saucepan tightly, turn heat to very low and steam for 20 minutes. Do not lift lid or stir while cooking. Step 6) Spoon biryani into a warm serving dish and serve.

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MOT Rules are Changing in May


Kyle Edmund said:

I have always been passionate for cars and I am delighted to be associated with a British brand I admire and look forward to working together in the build-up to Wimbledon. Jaguar’s presence within tennis will provide me with the extra support I am looking for and I hope I can build on the success I had earlier in the year in Australia.

British Number 1 and Australian

Open Semi-Finalist, Kyle Edmund has signed an endorsement deal with luxury and sports car manufacturer, Jaguar, to become the brand’s latest UK brand ambassador. Jaguar, the Official Car to the All England Lawn Tennis Club (AELTC) are looking to reinforce the brand’s commitment within UK tennis and will work with Edmund on a number of projects in the build-up to The Championships, Wimbledon. Edmund’s remarkable run at the 2018 Australian Open made him just the sixth British man in history to reach a semi-final of a grand slam. Edmund

announced his latest partnership on his social media channels ahead of ATP tour event in Marrakech. Edmund will be looking to build on his successful start to the year in Australia, as we move into the clay and then grass court seasons this summer. Scott Dicken, Jaguar Land Rover Global UK Marketing Director said: “We are excited to partner with Kyle as we head into Jaguar’s fourth season as the Official Car of The Championships, Wimbledon. Kyle, 23 is the current British Number 1 and a rising star within the tennis world. We look forward to being part of that journey and supporting him along the way.” The 23-year-old will be entering The

Championships, Wimbledon for the first time as British Number 1 and will be looking to better his most successful Grand Slam performance at this year’s Australian Open. Edmund who competes a lot more on clay is committed to adapt his grass court game in time for The Championships, Wimbledon later this year. Jaguar is entering its fourth season as the Official Car of The Championships, Wimbledon which runs from Monday 2 July to Sunday 15 July. Jaguar will supply 170 vehicles from its awardwinning range, including the XE, XF, XJ and F-PACE as well as the new, all electric I-PACE driving over 30,000 journeys during the tournament.


Halfords Yuasa Racing new boy

Dan Cammish drew first blood in the battle for the 2018 Dunlop MSA British Touring Car Championship, Jack Sears Trophy at Brands Hatch as the new Honda Civic Type R (FK8) showed glimpses of its potential on its series debut. Despite having only first turned a wheel in his car at Season Launch. Cammish broke the Brands Hatch Indy circuit lap

record in qualifying on what looked to have been a stunning pole position run. Unfortunately, the Yorkshireman had his times erased after passing through a red light in the pit-lane, leaving him with it all to do over again. Undeterred, the 28-year-old returned to the fray and dug deep to secure fourth on the grid, with team-mate Matt Neal directly behind in sixth – and three further Hondas inside the top ten. On a damp track for race one following

earlier rain, Cammish belied the fact that he had never made a start before in the Civic Type R to nail his getaway and then scythe past former champion Andrew Jordan on the run up to Druids. He subsequently had to get his elbows out as his rivals ‘welcomed’ him to the BTCC, earning his championship spurs with a hard-fought eighth-place finish. The two-time Porsche Carrera Cup GB champion got stuck in again in race two, but as the track increasingly dried out, his wet tyres rapidly faded and he had no defence against those who had boldly opted for slicks. After taking the chequered flag 16th – seventh amongst those on wets – he completed his day’s work with a second points haul for 11th in race three. Neal’s challenge was almost immediately undone in the curtainraiser, when contact ahead removed him from contention on the opening lap. The three-time title-winner rolled the dice in race two by bolting slick tyres onto his Honda, but he struggled for traction in the early stages and subsequently found himself used as a punching bag by a number of adversaries. He recovered impressively with a charge through the field during the finale.

New MOT regulations have come

into force since five years. The new changes suggest that it will be harder than before for vehicles to pass their MOT. New Minor, Major, Dangerous categories will be applied to all cars to meet the European Union categories. Cars with Minor defects will be allowed to pass, and any faults will be recorded. However, anyone that falls into the Dangerous category will be subjected to an automatic fail. The vehicles will be put through tougher emission tests and faults rated in three defect categories. Dashboard monitoring is also set to get stricter as any lit warning light will result in failure of the test. Previously, in the past, if your car was deemed roadworthy, then you can keep driving even after you’ve failed, provided your old MOT was still valid. However, Diesel cars will face tougher rules, any car that has been filled with a diesel particulate filter that gives our ‘visible smoke of any colour’ during tests, will receive a major fault and also an automatic fail. Neil Barlow, head of MOT policy for the Driver and Vehicles Standards said: the new rules will “help motorists do the right thing”. He added: “We’re changing the wording on the certificate. We’ve done a lot of research with motorists to find out what sort of information helps.” Steering is also said to be looked at the DVSA’s new criteria. A steering box leaking oil would get a Minor fault, although if the oil was dripping badly, then it will be pushed up to Major and fail. Reverse lights will be checked, and brake discs will also be inspected to see if they are ‘significantly or obviously worn.’ The new rules will start from May 20th, 2018, however, a RAC spokesman

said that the changes would result in confusing motorists. He said: “Rather than MOT failures simply being black and white, the new system creates the potential for confusion as testers will have to make a judgement as to whether faults are Dangerous, Major or Minor. “Motorists may also struggle to tell the difference.” What are the new fault categories? One of the biggest changes made to the MOT test is the way the faults are classified. The categories are Dangerous, Major and Minor. What’s the difference between them? Minor issues will be recorded, and the owner will be advised to get them fixed, although the car will still pass its test. These faults will be added to the MOT certificate and online record. Anything that results in a Dangerous or Major classification will mean an immediate fail. A Minor issue will also be a problem such as oil leaking from a steering box, and this will escalate to a Major if the leak was so bad as to be dripping. What’s the focus on diesel cars for? A crackdown on diesel car emissions is evident in the new test. If your diesel car puts any smoke whatsoever, it will not pass its MOT examination. Testers are also being told to do thorough checks of a car’s (DPF) Diesel Particulate Filter, to make sure that they have not been tampered with or removed entirely. The guidelines read that: “Any vehicles fitted with a DPF should be checked so that ‘no visible smoke is emitted from the exhaust during the metered check’.” Diesel drivers have been known to remove the filter to boosts performance and increase miles-per-gallon, however since it regulates the exhaust gases that are produced by the engine, it means that this isn’t the most ecological option.



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Dacia is continuing its quest to

provide buyers of its award-winning cars with unrivalled value following the announcement of its latest finance offers for quarter 2. Available across the ‘shockingly affordable’ Dacia range until 9th July and now also encompassing entry-level Access versions of the Sandero and Logan MCV, the offers include 4.9 per cent APR representative and threeyear Dacia Dimensions PCP packages. Available with no minimum deposit, these deals on selected models also include deposit contributions of £250. Alternatively, and also applicable to a whole host of Dacia models, there are 6.9 per cent APR representative fouryear Dacia Dimensions PCP packages that come complete with £250 deposit contributions. Even more choice is

provided with the availability of 7.9 per cent APR representative HP packages, which require zero customer deposit. For Dacia Duster buyers who are choosing to purchase the rugged SUV outright, selected latest generation diesel versions are now even more tempting with Dacia contributions of up to £1,000. A multi award-winner and recognised as one of the UK’s most affordable cars to own and run, the five-door Sandero, in Access SCe 75 specification, can be purchased for only £89 per month following a customer deposit of £1,367 via the three-year Dacia Dimensions PCP deal. Dacia will also contribute in with £250 towards the deposit. Drivers that want a compact crossover with a healthy amount of style will find it in the Sandero Stepway. Also coming with a £250 deposit contribution, the three-year Dacia Dimensions PCP deals

see the popular five-door crossover supermini available from only £109 per month with a customer deposit of £2,521, based on the well-equipped Ambiance TCe 90 version. For those that want the ultimate combination of space and value, the Logan MCV ticks all the boxes. Bought through the three-year Dacia Dimensions PCP finance offer, the capacious estate, in Access SCe 75 trim, can be enjoyed from only £99 per month with a customer deposit of £2,282. The Logan MCV Stepway is also included in the three-year Dacia Dimensions PCP deals. For £139 per month, after a customer deposit of £3,471, drivers can select the Lauréate TCe 90, with its excellent blend of space, including a 573-litre boot, and distinctive looks.


Renault Sport Formula One Team’s

Nico Hülkenberg took sixth position in the fast-paced and strategic Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix. Nico ran as high as P4 during his two-stop strategy race, where he ran a Supersoft-SoftSupersoft tyre strategy. Carlos Sainz was unfortunate to finish just shy of the points, crossing the line in P11. • Nico started the race from P7 on his qualifying Supersoft (red) Pirelli tyres, pitting on lap 15 from sixth for a new set of Softs, then on lap 39 from fourth for a further set of scrubbed Supersofts. • Carlos started the race from P10 on his qualifying Supersoft tyres, stopping on lap 16 from eighth for a further set of scrubbed Supersofts, then on lap 26 from twelfth for a new set of Softs. Nico Hülkenberg, #27, R.S.18-02: Started P7, finished P6. “We got the maximum from the race, which is a good positive. We didn’t quite have the pace to compete with the cars ahead of us and that leaves me a little disappointed, so it’s clear the midfield fight is very close. It was a busy race and our main focus was fuel saving whilst still trying to race other cars and I think we managed that quite well tonight.” Carlos Sainz, #55, R.S.18-01: Started P10, finished P11. “I was surviving in the end there with

very tired Soft tyres and having to do a lot of fuel saving. We need to analyse what happened at the start because I had too much wheel spin and from there onwards the race was compromised. I was stuck in traffic after both stops and we couldn’t really do a lot from there. It was a tough day to be honest, but luckily China is just around the corner and we will fight our way back to the points.” Cyril Abiteboul, Team Principal “It was an action-packed race that nevertheless saw us score a fine result with Nico who put in a great drive on a track that is difficult for us. Carlos’ poor start penalised his race, which proved, once again, that every detail counts. Carlos finished just outside the points, which is disappointing, but he did the best he could with fuel management that became very complicated in his race to move back up the order. We had good pace in qualifying and the performance level of the car should see us qualify higher on the grid and thus have easier races. Sixth place for Nico keeps us in a good place in the Constructors’ Championship with a point total in-line with our objectives, but the race pace wasn’t very good in particular with the Soft tyres, which needs to be analysed, understood and improved as soon as possible.”


Ford is launching a national awareness

campaign that encourages people to speak more openly about mental health and to find safe, non-confrontational spaces to talk. With the aim to reduce the stigma surrounding discussions on mental health, Ford has partnered with “Time to Change”, an established mental health campaign run by the mental health

charities’, Mind and Rethink Mental Illness. Around one in four people in the UK experiences mental health problems’ and young men, in particular, have been identified as a vulnerable demographic. Only a third of men (34 per cent) would talk openly about their feelings, while just under one third (31 per cent) of men said that they would be embarrassed about seeking help for a mental health

problem.1 A national public awareness film, promoting the front seat of a vehicle as a safe space to talk, leads the campaign after research, conducted by Ford, found that over two-thirds (67 per cent) of people said they were more comfortable talking about issues when in a vehicle. “One in four of us go through mental health issues at some point in our lives, so it really affects us all, be it through

personal experience or through the people we know,” said Ford of Britain Chairman and Managing Director, Andy Barratt. “As the market-leading car and van brand in the UK, Ford is an important part of society and we want to use that relationship to reach as many people as possible and encourage them to ask one simple question – ‘is everything OK?’.” Andy Barratt and Charles Bilyeu, Chief Executive Officer, Ford Credit Europe Bank have both signed the Time to Change Employer Pledge, making Ford one of the first automotive manufacturers to promote metal health awareness in the workplace. The pledge commits the organisation to deliver actions aimed at increasing the mental health support available to employees, working in conjunction with Mental Health First Aid England. “A vehicle is a great place to start

talking because it’s like your own private bubble, where you’re on a journey together and you’re shoulder to shoulder,” says Ford engineer and employee champion, Matt Loynes, who came through the lowest point of his mental health issues with the support of a friend. “This is about getting everyone on-board and making it part of the culture to take a moment to listen to friends, colleagues and family, to understand and to find the right help for them.” “We’re delighted that Ford is committed to improving attitudes towards mental health,” said Director of Time to Change, Sue Baker OBE. “Their support will help hit home the message that we all have a role to play in looking out for one another’s mental health. As Ford’s public awareness film highlights, talking about mental health doesn’t have to be the elephant in the room.”

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t may not feel like spring, but the winter season is officially over. And this means that many of us are keen to wipe the dust from our bikes and get them into top shape for the sunnier days that we are eagerly waiting for. Richard Gladman, IAM RoadSmart’s head of riding and driving advice, explains the POWDERY checks you should do on your bike before setting off for your first ride of the season.


Make sure you fill your tank and top up regularly. If your bike has been standing for a long period of time, old petrol can cause starting problems as it may clog up the fuel system. The best thing to do is drain your old petrol if there is a lot and fill up with new petrol.

• O You can check you have

the right amount of oil by using a dipstick or sight glass in the side of the engine casing. Remember to keep the bike vertical when checking this by getting someone to sit on the bike whilst you check the oil. Bear in mind that overfilling will also cause damage, so top up slowly and check your fuel level regularly.

• W This needs to be checked

if you have a water-cooled engine. Again, the bike needs to be vertical. If you find that you’re low on water, remember never to use tap water as you’ll need a mix of water and antifreeze.

• D Check for any damage –

this could be on your bike, helmets or even your protective clothing.


If you’re taking your bike out for the first time in a while, it is always a good idea to check your lights and both the foot and hand brake light switches.

• R Remember to check

your tyre pressure as well as the condition and tread depth. Bear in mind this could change depending on the amount of weight your bike is carrying. Remember to test this when your tyres are cold, as the reading will be higher when they’re hot. The legal limit is 1mm across three-quarters of tyre and visible tread on the rest.


If you’ve been out of practice for a few months, then you may have lost that ‘bike fitness’. Make sure you are fit to ride your bike and remember to take it slow and steady until you’ve got to grips with it. Richard says: “If you have been out of motorcycling for the winter then get yourself back into it gently. Make sure the bike is roadworthy and routine maintenance is carried out. Allow yourself some time to regain your sharpness and adjust to bike mode. Remember a motorcycle needs to be ridden with a smile on your face.”


hen purchasing a car, it is always important to see how you can get cheap car insurance. There are a number of different ways to bring down the cost of your car insurance and choosing the right car insurance group is high up on the list. Every car on the market belongs to one of 50 car insurance groups which are set by the Group Rating Panel. According to reports, the lower a car’s insurance group number from 1-50, the cheaper it will be to insure. Group 1 insurance cars are far more likely to be the cheapest cars to insure. Whenever the panel decides to assign cars to different car insurance groups, they must consider the following. The cost of vehicle repairs accounts for a huge chunk of the money paid out in car insurance claims. Logically, the cost to repair the vehicle has to be considered before being assigned to a car insurance group. The time it takes to repair the car, also has to be considered as this would lead to higher repair costs. The lower the cost of the parts, the lower the car insurance group will be. The value of the car is an indication of how much the car will cost the insurer to repair or replace. Below are the cheapest cars to insure in 2018. 1. Nissan Micra As it is cheap to buy, with an all-new look, the Nissan Micra could be the

cheapest car to insure in 2018. The Micra has been around since 1980 and has models starting in insurance group 1. 2. Kia Rio The Kia Rio is a cheap car to insure for small families with models starting in car insurance group 2. 3. Volkswagen Polo The Volkswagen Polo has been a favourite small car since 1974. Some models of the car are available in car insurance group 1. 4. Vauxhall Corsa Hatchback This car is popular with young drivers. The Corsa is a sensible and reliable supermini. The latest generation contains models in insurance group 2. 5. Ford Fiesta The Ford Fiesta also has the latest version with insurance group 2. The car was first introduced in 1976. 6. Hyundai i10 This car second generation is in car insurance group 1. The new Hyundai i10 comes with a 1.0 litre engine and was also voted best city car at the 2014 Car of the Year Awards. 7. SEAT Ibiza This car is cheaper to insure, with the 1.0-litre S and SE versions in insurance group 2. The SEAT Ibiza recently won the best small car category at the What Car? Car of the Year Awards. Whichever car your drive, one of the best ways to save on your car insurance is to always look round for quotes.

SUVs are continuing to prove a huge

hit with drivers with nearly a third of all cars on UK roads now an SUV. And as car manufacturers prepare to unleash an even great variety of makes and models, analysis of the SUV market by data experts at hpi shows that SUV has been consistently the fastest growing motor sector for several years. Mark Bulmer, consumer specialist and SUV analyst, states that in over three decades of experience in the motoring industry he has never seen anything like it. He commented: “In 2008 SUV barely existed as a sector and annual sales volumes were around 161,000 vehicles within an industry totalling 2.1 million, the SUV sector achieved 11.6% of the market share. Fast forward to 2017 and the SUV sector achieved sales of over 817,000 vehicles from a total car market of 2.5 million achieving a massive 30.5% of the total market share. “The growth of SUV sales in just 10 years is nothing short of staggering and it shows no signs of applying the brakes. 114 completely new models have been launched since 2015 with at least a further 20 expected within the next 12 months. Mark Bulmer points to a number of makes and models which are currently taking the market by storm including the Alfa Romeo Stelvio, Citroen C3 Aircross

VW T-ROK, Jaguar E-Pace, KIA Stonic, Toyota C-HR, Peugeot 3008 ad Volvo XC40. He added: “Boasting practicality, presence and efficiency, SUVs are all the rage and clearly an increasingly popular choice with drivers. “The SUV market has continued to boom and sector growth has been boosted by a strong consumer appetite. The huge choice of available models and all year round lifestyle appeal all serves to make the sector appealing to motorists and ensure the manufacturers are innovating to fuel demand. SUVs have become the vehicle of choice for families, easily meeting the demands of everyday family life. “The SUV sector remains one of the most exciting vehicle sectors and

manufacturers are putting a great deal of emphasis on design, styling and performance to capitalise on this continuous growth and it hasn’t finished growing yet. We can expect to see plenty of new SUV models this year covering all sector sizes and electric, hybrid, petrol and diesel vehicles are needed to meet the requirements of a rapidly changing market.”



May 2018

Top Chefs Gave a Feast for the Senses at Bristol Audi

The Bristol Audi Showroom, Cribbs

Causeway held a spectacular launch event for the new A7 and A8 on Wednesday (11) April 2018. The theme of the event was Bollywood and its title, ‘The Audi Senses Evening’. The event set out to heighten the senses of the hundred or so guests who attended, by stimulating sight and sound through brilliant bhangra dance routines and impressive Dhol drumming displays. Guests’ taste and smell were then treated to delicious Indian cookery demonstrations and canapés, where the Cribbs Causeway Audi dealership was filled with aromas of Indian culinary excellence. Guests enjoyed canapés made by Executive Chef Saravanan Nambirajan (The Mint Room, Bristol) and awardwinning TV chef, author and blogger Hari Ghotra with the help of student chefs from City of Bristol College. Bristol Audi supports the local community in sponsoring The Chefs’ Forum, an industry networking organisation for top local chefs, which bridges the gap between education and industry. Inviting hospitality and catering students from the college to help cater this prestigious customer event gave the young people valuable work experience and forged links and opened doors with top local employers. The ‘Audi Senses’ theme was extended to a ‘sixth sense’ being Audi artificial intelligence, where Cliff Simmonds of Audi UK showcased the new models, talking guests through a whole range of safety systems designed to protect both the driver and other road users. Steve Smith, Head of Business at Bristol Audi said “This event proved a great success. Excellence in customer service and product are the Audi brand values and indeed our values at Bristol Audi. These are resonated through working with top chefs and front of house professionals via The Chefs Forum in staging regular customer events at our Bristol dealership. Showcasing top chefs and optimum levels of hospitality really shows our commitment to customers that we really believe in what we do. The feedback from guests as well as the chefs and students who took part was really positive and it was great to showcase the new A7 and A8 alongside the finest Indian culinary talent, music and dance.” The evening set out to communicate that the new Audi A7 and A8 models are at a whole new level of luxury and make for a greatly enhanced driving experience. Other highlights of the night included a butchery demonstration by Jack Cook of Walter Rose & Son, a ‘Santa Maria spice grind-off’ between Bristol Rovers and Bristol Rugby players where rugby conceded to football (despite having just made it into the premiership) and a delicious BBQ on the Synergy Grill. The guests had a fantastic evening and experienced a true Indian feast for the senses at Bristol Audi.


As well as an outstanding programme

of 19 races from 14 world-class grids of historic competition cars from the 1920s-2000s, the 2018 Donington Historic Festival features a host of offtrack attractions to add to the excitement and entertainment. Clouds of tyre smoke will waft across the paddock from the Melbourne Loop as the ever-popular Group B rally cars demonstrate their considerable power and agility. These mighty machines echo back to the 1980s, when Donington Park was an RAC Rally stage and Group B dominated international rallying. These lightweight, 4WD, supercharged beasts, which could command in excess of 600bhp, were all-powerful, but their reign was brought to an end following a series of driver deaths and highprofile accidents. Now the only chance to see Group B cars in action is at demonstration events, when icons such as Audi quattros, Ford RS2000s, Porsche 911 RSRs and MG Metro 6R4s remind us of just how potent they are. The off-track attractions aren’t confined to the ground - it’s eyes to the skies at Donington Park on Saturday May 5, when a Spitfire and Hurricane from the Royal Air Force Battle of Britain Memorial Flight (BBMF) will treat DHF visitors to a flypast. And necks will be craning again on Sunday, May 6, when the BBMF Dakota – a rather larger aircraft – flies over the event. Back down to Earth again, F1 car demonstrations on the Saturday and Sunday of the event, plus static displays on all three days will celebrate that famous day at Donington Park in April 1993, when Ayrton Senna fought Alain Prost, Damon Hill, Michael Schumacher and the British weather to win the European Grand Prix by an incredible 80 seconds. The all-access paddock will allow Festival visitors to see race teams in action and get those essential closeup photos of the fantastic range

of competition cars at the event. Complimenting this are lunchtime pitlane walk sessions, when spectators can get a glimpse of the view from the other side of the track, as they wander into garages, pose for pics on the pit wall etc. Donington Park has been further developed over the winter months, with MSV introducing a number of new elements, from grandstands to new loos(!). MSV has also just launched a superb new café, bar and restaurant named Garage 39. This is located right in the heart of the race paddock. The views from the Infield are famously amongst the best at any race circuit anywhere, and spectators can also take time to examine the displays of 1000+ classics from dozens of car clubs and the pre-1990 classic parking area - and enjoy the lunchtime parades when some of those cars will take to the track. Infield visitors on the Saturday can enjoy a mammoth gathering of over 200 Ford Mustangs, as enthusiast club Simply Mustangs UK brings together an incredible selection of this much-loved American motoring legend. A whole herd of Mustangs will lead the lunchtime parade that day - an unforgettable sight! When the Group B cars are taking a well-earned rest, members of the British Historic Kart Club will take to the Melbourne Loop, showcasing karts from the golden era of British karting, when legendary names such as Graham Hill and Ayrton Senna got their first foot on the motorsport ladder in these tiny but powerful and incredibly nimble machines. Festival visitors also get the chance to take the public roads around Donington Park in a classic or supercar. The very generous members of the Sporting Bears Motor Club are giving 10-mile passenger rides in their classic and supercars in exchange for donations to a very worthwhile charity, the Jennifer Trust for Spinal Muscular Atrophy.

May 2018


Muhammed Anas to join camp after 2018 Commonwealth Games

The Joy of finishing fourth with a

superb timing of just 45.31 seconds is a national record for the men’s 400m final at the Commonwealth Games in Gold Coast. Muahmmed Anas has embroiled in the tug-of-war which involves his personal coach, PB Jaikumar and Athletics Federation of India (AFI), over training venue for the Asian Games in August 2018. In 2017, during the build-up to the season’s first major competition, Anas had snubbed the foreign coach, Galina Bukharina and had trained with his personal coach in Kerala. Although AFI does not want Anas to follow the same routine for the Asian Games. The federation have learnt and informed Anas to join the national camp at Patiala, on his return from Gold Coast. Although Anas’s coach has raised a few concerns about AFI’s diktat. “I believe the federation should allow him to train closer to his home town. Besides, changes in the training method

to the Birmingham Communities Football League (BCL) final after they defeated silk United with a 3-2 win. The stallions will play Hill United during the final which will take place at the Hawthorns stadium, home of West Bromwich Albion. The Birmingham Communities Sunday Football League was founded in 2017, in order to provide a platform for marginalised communities to participate in grassroots football. The amateur football team, South Birmingham was set up in 2011 to help young people and has since built a reputation for tackling social problems in the area as well as uniting diverse

members of the community and helping its players into employment. This includes tackling extremism, drug use and gang problems. The football team was founded by Obayed Hussain, an imam and FA-qualified coach and co-founder of West Midlands Active Citizens and the Equality Officer for the Birmingham FA. Mr Hussain runs the project which allows kids, teenagers and young adults from Birmingham to come and attend workshops on faith and football, leadership and community engagement. The team was created to bring together people from different communities. Obayed Hussain, Chairman and Founder of the Saltley Stallions, said, “The Saltley Stallions team was set up to

bridge divides in the community, and to provide a support framework for young people sometimes lacking a sense of purpose. “The fact we have reached the final is a testament to the drive, discipline and tenacity of the players that they are excelling both on and off the pitch. Long may it continue. “Football is a great way of bringing people together regardless of their faith, race or background and that is exactly what we see among the Saltley Stallions team. “The fact we’ve made it to the Final is a powerful demonstration that through teamwork we are all much stronger when we work together.”


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could hamper his progress,” said Jaikumar. According to Jaikumar, Anas’s nerves had cost him a podium finish during the Gold Coast. Jaikumar said: “Since it was his first final at the international level, he was overawed by the field. He failed to judge the pace in the first 200m. Instead of 21.2 secs, he clocked 21.6 secs in the first half of the race. It made the difference on the home stretch as he wasn’t able to push hard. ” His coach is hoping that Anas will receive an entry to the prestigious Diamond League. “A couple of good races at the international level will certainly add to the confidence and polish Anas’ skills ahead of the Asian,” he added. Anas has previously failed to repeat his home performance during major international competitions, including the Rio Olympic Games. “There was an improvement because he was training under one coach. In the national camp, there is a frequent change in the coaching staff,” he added.



May 2018

Interview with Sporting Legends

By Mohammad Zafran

The month of April saw 2 Legends from the sporting industry visit Birmingham

and it was a honour for myself as the Ambassador for AsianWorld, to interview one of them and sit and listen to the other about his fantastic career. Former Cricketer Younus Khan, who is the only Pakistani Batsman to score over 10,000 test match runs and was the captain won Pakistan won the t20 World Cup in England, visited the UK to support the Read Foundation to build a school in Pakistan.

I caught up with Younus Khan to ask him some questions: MZ: “First of all, welcome to Birmingham Younus Khan. What kind of support and encouragement did you get from your parents when you was young?” YK: My parents supported me a lot with my studies and with my cricket career and guided me to what i am today. MZ: “As a Cricketing Legend, you was adored by millions. How many hours did you put in the nets if youngsters were to take note?” YK: “I used to put in a lot of hours on a daily basis so that i felt comfortable with my timing but my advice to young cricketers is if you to have a long and a successful career, then you have to put the hours in practice and give full dedication to the sport.” MZ: “ As a classy batsmen who was pleasing to watch because of his timing and technique, do you think the shorter version of the game like t20 has shortened many test careers and has generated less interest for the longer version of the game and players find it

difficult to switch back to other forms of the game?” YK: “ I think there has been benefits of t20 to world cricket due to the interest it has built up with fans but i agree it is not easy to change from one format to another, especially with so many matches being played now and all the travelling.” MZ: “Would you ever consider coaching?” YK: “Yes ofcourse. Cricket is my passion and I would love to be involved in the sport.” MZ: “It is brilliant to see yourself who is a sporting icon, to start helping charities after retiring from the game. Dont you think high profile individuals would have a massive impact with the following they have if they did this for humanity?” YK:” I definately agree and I always wanted to do this kind of work at an early age despite being at an age where maybe I could have carried on for another couple of years in cricket, but i still feel fit and healthy and driven with new challenges to help others.”

Few days later, I was fortunate enough

City. Carragher mainly discussed Liverpool’s brilliant run in the Champions League and said what a revelation Mohamed Salah was to the English game, and tipped him to stay at Liverpool for a long time and to become the golden boot winner this season.

to meet former Liverpool Footballing Legend Jamie Carragher at an event in Birmingham. Carragher spoke about how Birmingham fans always greet him with so much respect and he has a lot of love for the



orld’s greatest Squash player received the Outstanding Achievement in Sport award at this year’s ceremony Record-breaking athlete who won 555 consecutive competitive matches joined the likes of Sachin Tendulkar, Mutiah Muralitharan and MS Dhoni and picked up the honour The Asian Awards in partnership with Payswiff took place on Friday 27th April at the London Hilton, Park Lane The Asian Awards returned for its 8th edition on Friday 27th April 2018 and honoured some of the world’s most outstanding and highest achieving individuals. The Asian Awards is a pioneering event that has quickly evolved into the most prestigious global acknowledgement of pan-Asian success across all walks of life, emphasising inspiring accomplishments and highlighting international role models in the fields of business, sport, entertainment, philanthropy and popular arts & culture. This year The Asian Awards honoured Jahangir Khan with the Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award. Born in Karachi, Pakistan, Khan became World Amateur Squash Champion at the age of just 15 years old and it was just the start of a record-breaking professional career. Khan’s career reads like a record book. He became the youngest ever World Open champion at 17, going on to win a total of six times; he was the first player to win an Open without a single loss; he played the second longest match in squash history and was unbeaten in 555 consecutive matches over 5 years and 8

months. In the words of Time Magazine, “if winning is everything, then Khan is the greatest.” Paul Sagoo, Founder of The Asian Awards, said: “The Asian Awards is an event which honours exceptional individuals who have captured the attention of the world. The achievements of Jahangir Khan are a true marvel in sporting history. Jahangir dominated the game of Squash in the 1980’s and his legacy is one which will be remembered for decades to come. An incredible unbeaten run of 555 matches is a feat which any professional athlete in the world would find tough to match, with countless titles to add. We are delighted to welcome Jahangir Khan to the 8th Asian Awards to celebrate his illustrious career and honour him with the Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award.” The Outstanding Achievement in Sport Award has previously been won by legendary cricketers Sachin Tendulkar,

Mutiah Muralitharan, MS Dhoni and Kumar Sangakkara as well as Premier League footballer Son Heung-Min and world snooker champion Ding Junhui. The Asian Awards was founded in 2010 to celebrate the outstanding achievements and excellence of pan-Asians across the globe. This year’s event was hosted once again by comic genius, and winner of the 2015 Outstanding Achievement in Television award, Sanjeev Bhaskar. The Asian Awards partnered with UK based charity One Family for the 2nd consecutive year. The event was attended by the who’s who of politicians, dignitaries, celebrities, industrialists and influencers from across all sectors. Previous winners include, Bruce Lee, Zayn Malik, Shah Rukh Khan, AR Rahman, Sachin Tendulkar, Jack Ma, Dr Amar Bose, Sir David Tang, Freddie Mercury, Kunal Nayyar and the late Ahmed Kathrada.

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Three Things Every Exercise Program Should Have Dear Readers,

Here are some great and useful tips for your most frequently asked fitness related questions: What you should know to design a safe and effective exercise program. A complete fitness program must include aerobic exercise, muscular strength and endurance conditioning, and flexibility exercise. Aerobic exercise does good things for your cardiovascular system and is an important part of weight management. Muscular conditioning can improve strength and posture, reduce the risk of lower back injury, and is also an important component of a weight management program. Flexibility exercise is needed to maintain joint range of motion and reduce the risk of injury and muscle soreness. Aerobic exercise can be as simple as walking. Walking is a weight-bearing aerobic exercise. So is jogging, rope skipping and dance-exercise. Aerobic exercise is any activity that uses large muscle groups in a continuous, rhythmic fashion for sustained periods of time. There are also non-weightbearing aerobic exercises, such as bicycling, stationary cycling, swimming and rowing. Keep the pace comfortable. A very important aspect of your exercise program is the intensity. You should exercise at a comfortable pace. You can measure your exercise heart rate to check the intensity of your exercising, or you can take the ‘talk test.’ To measure your heart rate, take your pulse as soon as you stop exercising. Count your heartbeat for 10 seconds, then multiply that by six to convert it to a oneminute heart rate. If you keep your exercise heart rate within a range of 55 percent to 80 percent of an estimated

maximum heart rate (220 minus your age), you’re doing well. How often should you exercise? Three to four days of aerobic activity is fine for general health maintenance. If you’re trying to lose weight, aim for four or more days a week, be sure you take off at least one day a week. How long should you exercise? Work up to 20 or more minutes per session for general health maintenance. For weight loss, gradually work up to 45 minutes or longer at low to moderate intensities in a low- or no-impact activity. Strength Conditioning gives you a choice. Pick calisthenics, free weights or machines. Just be sure that your strength training includes exercises for every major muscle group, including the muscles of the arms, chest, back, stomach, hips and legs. Start with a weight that’s comfortable to handle and keep it up for eight repetitions. Gradually add more repetitions until you can complete 12 repetitions. For greater strength conditioning, add more weight and/or more repetitions, in sets of eight to 12, when the exercise becomes easy. Stretch for Flexibility. Proper stretching involves holding a mild stretch of 10 to 30 seconds while you breathe normally. Always warm up before you stretch. Like strength conditioning, flexibility exercises should include stretching for all the major muscle groups. One last thing to remember. Always check with your doctor before beginning any exercise programs, especially if you’re over 40, or have cardiovascular risk factors, such as smoking, high blood pressure, high cholesterol, diabetes or a family history of heart disease.

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Meet Powerlifter Aneela Rose

1.Why did you decide to start power lifting? After the 2012 London Olympics, I was inspired to start throwing my javelin again after a twenty five year break since competing as a teenager at school. I joined Crawley Athletics Club but I kept injuring my shoulder and I was advised to take up strength training to help my upper body. It quickly became apparent that I was very strong for my age and size and I was encouraged to continue lifting heavy weights. The powerlifting was exhilarating and it became addictive as my body shape changed and my confidence grew. In 2016, I was told by my trainer that I was good enough to compete. In 2016, I qualified for my first British Powerlifting Championships and was thrilled to win a silver medal. In 2017 I went on to win a gold medal. 2. How long have you been power lifting? I started in 2013 and my first competition was in October 2016. 3. Where do you see yourself in the next 10 years? My goal is to hold British and European records in powerlifting. My long term goal is to start throwing the javelin again. It was my teenage dream one day to represent GB in the Olympics, now that time has long passed but if I could throw the javelin over 30 metres without injuring myself, I will be a very happy athlete. 4. What do you love the most about sports and what is your favourite sport and why? It’s great for my mind as well as my body. I’m not good at watching sport; I need to be taking part! I love fast, dynamic movement, like sprinting, squash, motorbike and formula

one racing. The adrenalin rush is exciting and thrilling but it’s often over too fast! 5. Who is your favourite powerlifter and why? Zoe Smith is an English weightlifter who I first watched in the London 2012 Olympic Games. She was part of Team GB and at only 18 years of age she took the British record with a clean and jerk lift of 121kg. Powerlifting is different, it’s not an Olympic sport (yet) but Zoe inspires me for her tenacity,



confidence and achievements for such a young person. 6. Being the first female British Asian to qualify for the powerlifting championship, what advice would you give to other Asian women who are interested in sports? I would love to inspire women and girls to get active, particularly Asian women to take up sports. It is empowering and gives you confidence and is so beneficial for many different reasons. I appreciate it can be challenging due to family and work constraints, cultural and clothing restrictions and fear of judgement but it can be life changing with the right support, education and mindset. Sports England campaign “This girl can” has had a big impact on the number of girls getting involved with sports. If you want to find out more, check out or 7. Did you receive any support from your family, regarding your powerlifting career? I’m very fortunate to have a very supportive family, my husband and children come and watch me at every qualifier and competition and travel with me around the country on exciting road trips! My father was a weightlifter many years ago and he absolutely loves watching and hearing my news. My children train with me in my home gym, using ‘baby’ dumbbells and they giggle watching me lift my weights! My parents are very proud that I have been selected for Team GB. 8. How would you feel if you won the Asian Women Achievement Award? I would be euphoric and smiling from ear to ear! The feeling of pride that my hard work and achievements had been recognised would be quite overwhelming.

Netflix to produce reality show on Indian cricket team

Online streaming giant known as Netflix is

all set to produce a reality show which will be based on the Indian cricket team. According to reports, Netflix is said to be partnering with Conde Nast Entertainment to create an unscripted series on Mumbai Indians, the most successful team within the Indian Premier League (IPL). The series will be eight episodes long and will follow the players as they attempt to win the league for the fourth time, which will be a

new record for them. The show promises to give viewers something they have never seen before, by uncovering unseen aspects of the squad combined with the compelling stories that bind them to the vibrant city. The series will spend time with the Indian team, both on and off the field. It will travel with them on the road and at home, while also delving deep into the cricketing values that is said to make the Mumbai Indians the most followed team. The show is set to conclude at the IPL 2018

final. The series will be available exclusively on Netflix, with the show being accessible to over 177 million viewers and atleast 190 countries across the globe. Reports have stated that streaming companies have considered India’s 1.3 billion residents for 300 million smartphone users as another opportunity for global expansion. Netflix has been expanding in India since 2016 with local series such as Bollywood superstar Saif Ali Khan and Nawazuddin Siddiqui in Sacred Games.



May 2018

Amir Khan to Luton Tigers launch Inspiring ‘Now You See Launch Boxing Super League Me’ Video

Community group, Luton Tigers, has

launched an inspiring video showcasing 19-year-old female Muslim footballer, Humaira Tansim. Luton Tigers use various activities to engage kids of all ages and place the ‘Lutonian’ identity at the heart of each individual they work with. This latest video, titled ‘Now You See Me’ is the first of a series of videos the group are planning to release over the next few months highlighting community champions who defy stereotypes and embody the character and diversity of the town. In the video, Humaira talks about there being more to her than just her Muslim identity, saying it’s just a “small piece of a big puzzle”, and that “when you really get to know someone, it can break down the stereotype you first had about that individual.” Attempting to reshape stereotypes around sportswomen, Muslims and Luton town more generally, Humaira finishes by claiming: “football is one part of me, but there’s many parts to me”. Humaira was introduced to football by her older brother and, after finding a knack for it, was asked to become a football coach at Luton Tigers where she now coaches one of the girl’s teams. Outside of football, she studies at the University of Bedfordshire and hopes to one day become a teacher at a secondary school, so she can continue to give back to the local community. This ‘Now You See Me’ film launch follows the ‘#WeAreLuton’ video produced by the group in March, one version receiving over 150,000 views online. The film was launched at the Luton

Tigers Annual General Meeting (AGM) where they brought together various community voices from the town, plans

for the year ahead were discussed and young Luton Tigers were presented with certificates.

Tri Series against South Africa and New Zealand • 12 matches from the Kia Super League, culminating in finals day from Hove on 27 August • County Cricket including; Vitality Blast, Royal London One Day Cup and Specsavers County Championship • Every game from the Indian Premier League • Caribbean Hurricane Relief T20 International, West Indies v ROW at Lord’s on 31 May Kumar Sangakkara commented: “The line-up on Sky Sports Cricket this summer is going to be one to remember, with England facing some huge rivals at home, we will certainly not be short of talking points. I am looking forward to joining the Sky Cricket team alongside my old rivals Nasser Hussain and Michael Atherton and bringing fresh insight, analysis and opinion to the commentary box.” The schedule will undoubtedly bring drama and excitement as the best player in the world, India’s Virat Kohli, brings his side for five Tests, three ODIs and three T20s. And with the ICC Cricket World Cup and The Ashes live and exclusive on Sky Sports in 2019, the stakes are high for England’s five ODIs and T20 International against Australia – the last time both sides will meet ahead of next year’s clashes. Building on the momentum of last year’s World Cup victory, Sky Sports will show more women’s cricket than ever before includ-

ing; England Women’s home ODIs and T20 Tri Series against South Africa and New Zealand and 12 matches from the Kia Super League – all great build-up to the Women’s T20 World Cup on Sky Sports later this year. Head of Sky Sports cricket Bryan Henderson said: “With some of the best players and teams in the world flying over, we hope to show audiences far and wide what Sky Sports can deliver on all platforms. We’ll capture every ball using the best technology and innovation, including Spidercam and more matches in UHD than ever before. And with our great talent line-up, audiences at home will have the best seat in the house.” Action has already started on the Sky Sports Cricket channel, with the IPL season underway. Sky Sports will continue to show every game, so fans from all over can enjoy the best of Indian cricket. This summer, customers can also enjoy new and exclusive content on the Sky Sports Cricket channel. Following the award-winning documentary Imran, Sky Sports has commissioned new documentaries including; Cricket in Mumbai, Viv Richards: The Master Blaster, Last Man Standing and Mind Games – a series showcasing the mental side of cricket and sport. Non Sky subscribers can follow all the action via the Sky Sports app, Sky Sports News and skysports. com. Sky Sports is the home of England cricket until 2024 and ICC events until 2023.

Khan says he will be visiting Pakistan soon and has “big plans” for promoting boxing in the country. In a video message, the boxer said he was thankful to the people of Pakistan, who had prayed for his victory. Amir, who recently beat Canada’s Phil Lo Greco in a mere 39 seconds, said, “The victory is not only mine, it belongs to my Pakistani fans as well, who prayed for my triumph in the match,” he added. Khan stated that he plans to launch a boxing super league in the country and will look to make an announcement regarding this over the next few weeks. There have already been Amir Khan academies launched, with the first made in the UK and others opened up in

Challenging stereotypes and labels is at the heart of what Luton Tigers seek to achieve, and Humaira’s story encapsulates that mindset perfectly, rewriting the narratives placed upon her and championing the Lutonian spirit. At Luton Tigers, we believe in young people and use sport to help unlock their incredible talents – benefiting not only their lives, but the communities around them. Humaira demonstrates that with grit and perseverance anything is achievable, and we would encourage all young members of the local community to carry a similar mentality.

Sky Sports for huge summer of cricket

Sports team as part of a huge line-up of cricket this summer. The former Sri Lanka captain, one of the greatest batsman of all time, joins a starstudded line-up of legends including; former Australia captain Ricky Ponting,

Islamabad and Lahore which have also been launched successfully. This has led to a slow rise of popularity of boxing in Pakistan as well as the introduction of the Pakistan Premier Boxing League which is affiliated with the World Boxing Council along with Amir Khan’s potential Boxing Super league. This will surely be seen as a positive mood for the sport of boxing in Pakistan with the hope that the talent can be developed and turned into potential world champions in the foreseeable future. With the 2018 Commonwealth Games producing a gold medal in wrestling and four bronze medals in both weightlifting and wrestling, there is hope that boxing medals can be added to the collection in the future.

Luton Tigers co-Founder, Shaz Zaman, said:

” Sangakkara joins

Kumar Sangakkara joins the Sky

Pakistani origin British boxer Amir

Indian spin bowler Harbhajan Singh and Pakistan legend Wasim Akram, throughout the summer. In the studio and commentary box, regulars David ‘Bumble’ Lloyd, Nasser Hussain, Michael Atherton, Sir Ian Botham, David Gower and Michael Holding, will also be joined by former

England Internationals Isa Guha and Ebony Rainford-Brent. From April to September, Sky Sports Cricket viewers can enjoy exclusive coverage of: • All England internationals against Pakistan, Australia and India • England Women’s home ODIs and T20

Mo Salah wins Professional Footballers Association Player of the Year Award

Liverpool’s Egyptian forward Mo

Salah has been awarded the Professional Footballers’ Association Player of the year award for 2017-2018. Salah arrived from AS Roma last June for a fee of approx. £35m, scoring 41 goals so far in an outstanding debut season and with four games left, Salah has the opportunity to become the sole record holder for most goals scored in one Premier League season. “It’s an honour and especially as it’s voted by the players. I am happy and proud,” Egypt international Salah said. “I didn’t have my chance at Chelsea. It was clear I would return and show everyone my football. I think I left and came back a different person, man and player.” Liverpool boss Jurgen Klopp said he was “happy to have the opportunity” of being Salah’s manager and added it was an “unbelievable honour” to win the award. “It’s been a fantastic ride, but we still have games to go,” Klopp said. “But

please grab the trophy and come home. We play on Tuesday!” Salah beat the prize from Kevin De Bruyne, Leroy Sane, David Silva, Harry Kane & David De Gea in which the winner was voted by their fellow peers. During the award ceremony, the PFA also awarded the prizes for the best young player and female players. The PFA young player of the year award was awarded to Leroy Sane of Manchester City. Fran Kirby of Chelsea won the Woman’s player of the year award with Lauren Hemp of Bristol City picking up the young player of the year award. Former England captain Casey Stoney, who retired from football this year, picked up the PFA Special Achievement award. Former West Brom and England forward Cyrille Regis, who died in January at the age of 59, was honoured with the PFA’s merit award during the ceremony at the Grosvenor House Hotel in London.

Kevin De Bruyne was also a strong favourite to pick up the award after his fantastic season at Manchester City, playing a key role for Manchester City this season and guiding them to the Premier League. He has provided the most assists and created the most chances this season and scored eight goals so far this season. It’s been an outstanding season for him, and this was echoed by his manager Pep Guardiola who felt he should have won the award “When you are analysing nine months or 10 months then there was no player better than him. “In terms of the continuity and playing every three days in all competitions, he was there. I am sorry, maybe with numbers, there are numbers guys better than him, but no player in this season with the team who wins [the title] five games before the end, and he was the best. “I would like to feel that he deserved it. But at the end in the summer time we will be at home being champions and for that to happen the

players have to play.” De Bruyne’s club team mate Leroy Sane who scored nine goals and racked up an impressive 12 assists has also had a fantastic season and has played an instrumental role as part of Guardiola’s attack. He has improved considerably from last season and has scored important goals against Arsenal and Liverpool. His electric pace has given the City team a fantastic attacking outlet to beat Harry Kane, Ederson, Raheem Sterling, Marcus Rashford and Fulham wonderkid Ryan Sessegnon. “I am really honoured to win this award,” said Sane. “Thank you to the fans and my team-mates. Congratulations to all the players who played alongside me. They played a good season.” England manager Gareth Southgate was pleased to see four English players nominated for the award and said the country has “exciting players and talent” coming through ahead of the World Cup in Russia.

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