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Editor’s Note Hello readers and welcome back to another edition of Asian World Newspaper. Autumn is finally here, and so is our September issue, packed with some fantastic stories. This issue, we discuss an incredible video which went viral across the internet, showing a Muslim man praying in a Gurdwara as well as Pakistan’s new Prime Minister Imran Khan and his journey from cricket player to Prime Minister, for more information, please see the Global section from page 18 to 22. We also discuss the amazing female cricket player Salma Bi, please see her story on page 52. In this month’s edition, we discuss the heartbreaking murder of Raneem Oudeh and her mother, as they were brutally stabbed to death, if you would like to read more on this story, then please see page 12.

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Meet Nottingham Actor and Presenter Kiran Rai Nottingham Actor and Presenter Kiran Rai has taken the industry by the storm of the palm of his hands, for the past 10 years he has been growing his name into the world of the arts and entertainment and has shined alight of projects that people would only dream of doing and has broken news across the world twice for launching a magazine called ‘ Kings and Queens ‘ which more than 50 states in the USA wrote about in there national newspapers including Miami Herald, Yahoo US to Los Angeles times and stood outside Waterloo station and raised 15k for his Bollywood film in one month and even boasts about being invited to have dinner with Jeremy Corbyn to having drinks with London Mayor Sadiq Khan to having dinner with President Mahinda Rajapaksa in Sri Lanka to being invited to the top 100 UK Indian influential artists Gala dinner to his face being painted in the British art gallery in London and sold on auction by Painter Tushar Sabale and to walking ED Sheeran to his world premiere at Leicester Square. He sits down comfortably with Asian world News and tells us exclusively that ‘ I am just a guy having fun ‘ which is hardly a understatement while his work boasts automatically over the span of hosting his 80th entertainment major event including his 22nd major sport including the world cup, Wimbledon, FA cup final to Para athletics to athletics world cup to British athletics to Darts world cup to ECB cricket and the Brit Awards at the Royal Albert Hall and presented at the MOTO GB at the Silverstone while previously presented at the Formula 1

Grand Prix and the Challenge Cup final at Wembley stadium including being written in 600 international newspapers and magazines across the world and his social media can reach up to 10.5 million a year. At 17 years of age produced his own show that went to the west end Soho Theatre and then eventually onto the New York Stage and has walked the catwalks across the globe. His celebrity circle of friends including presidents and mayors and Hollywood actors stay close to him due to his professionalism at work and does not try the cheeky question when interviewing them at the red carpet or at the private events. Here is a small interview below we had with him. 1. How does it feel to have so much going on around you? It feels great being 26 years old, living

my dream and travelling the world. 2. Is there anything you could do differently? No I am happy with what I do and proud and being Indian is the best thing. 3. You have achieved so much, how did you do it? I just learnt my craft and hustled my way through. 4. 10 years, how you going to celebrate? Just have fun but I never stop working. 5. Who do you dedicate it too? There is so many people I dedicate it to but mainly my best friend and my mentor David Gore and someone I could never forget because without my attitude being rough as it is today, Pedro Carvalho is the man who made me for what I do today and how I did

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WAKE UP CALL – YOUTH EVENT 2018

On Saturday 18th August, a youth event was held at the Sultan Bahu Trust in Alum rock Birmingham, which was organised by the Inspirational Activist Haroon Iqbal and young Nasheed Artist Sahil Zafran of EternalSoundz and supported by Media Partners Asian World News. The event was in light of all the tragic incidents which have been occurring with the youths whether it is knife crime or gun incident or whether it is a drug or a car speeding rage which kills people. The bottom line is that it is happening too frequently and so many young lives are being taken away or being at risk of going on the wrong path. The day started with the BBC Midlands Today team who came to cover the Unite & Uplift Academy which was formed by Mohammed Zafran BEM, which targets youths from all ages and engages them via sport and education. More than 21,000 youths have participated in Zaf’s projects since 2010 and sessions which include Boxing, Football, Cricket, Drugs and Awareness Classes and loads of other programmes which are all free. The Wake-Up Call Event was hosted by the amazing humanitarian, Rahib Rashid who is the founder of Mankind Welfare Trust and the Eidgah Academy. Rahib Rashid has set up an institute which helps so many youths in the city and on a voluntary basis and has been serving the community on various projects. Representing the West Midlands Police was Superintendent Kenny Bell. Kenny won the audience over when he sat on the floor when making his

speech, so nobody looks up to him when his talking. Kenny spoke about all the terrible incidents which were affecting our community but reassured the public that the Police are working hand in hand with the community. A lot of people in the audience asked Kenny questions, and it was pleasing to see that they found it comfortable to liaise with him and it is a true testament of Kenny that he is a people’s champion, and he did not leave till most people had left from the venue. MP Liam Byrne spoke about togetherness and how he was introducing coffee and natter sessions for the community, in general, to come in and talk to him directly about any issues they have which need addressing. Shaykh Asim Ul Qadri delivered a beautiful lecture on parenting and the

responsibilities of all who are role models to come out and lead from the front when showing these youths the right way of life. Well recognised personalities such as Sayyid Usman, Kafi Sultani,

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PHE’s Bladder /Kidney Cancer campaign ‘look before you flush’

Places of worship in the East Midlands encourage their members to ‘look before they flush’ in support of the latest Be Clear on Cancer campaign Over 200 places of worship in England are supporting the latest ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign by displaying posters in their toilets Places of worship encourage their members to ‘look before they flush’ and to tell their doctor if they notice blood in their urine, even if it’s just once Blood in urine is a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers Every year around 19,100 new cases of bladder and kidney cancers are diagnosed in England; causing around 8,000 deaths Public Health England’s (PHE) latest national ‘Be Clear on Cancer’ campaign highlights blood in urine as a key symptom of bladder and kidney cancers. The campaign encourages everyone to ‘look before they flush’ and visit their GP without delay if they notice blood in their urine, even if it’s just once. In the last two weeks over 200 places of worship including temples, gurdwaras, churches and mosques in the Midlands and Manchester area have lent their support to the campaign by displaying posters in their toilets that drive home the importance of checking for blood in urine before flushing the toilet. Blood in urine is a symptom in almost two thirds (64%) of all bladder cancers and around a fifth (18%) of kidney cancers. Blood might not appear every time, so it is important that people seek medical help even if they notice it just once. A new survey reveals that only 16% of adults aged 50 and over in England (those most at risk of these cancers) say they check the colour of their urine every time they go to the toilet, with women being less likely to check every time (12% vs. 20% of men). Latest figures show that every year in England around 19,1004 people are diagnosed with bladder or kidney cancer and around 8,000 people die from these diseases. Early diagnosis is critical; 84% of those diagnosed with kidney cancer and 77% of those

diagnosed with bladder cancer at the earliest (stage 1) will live for at least five years. At a late stage (stage 4), this drops to 10% and 9% respectively. Professor Julia Verne, from Public Health England said: “It is vital that people know that blood in urine could be a sign of cancer. “We’re very pleased that over 200 places of worship are supporting our campaign. It’s an important partnership that is helping us to ensure that we get this message out across all sections of society and in places that are central to people of faith. “Our research shows only a small number of people check the colour of their urine every time they go to the toilet. People need to get into the habit of looking before they flush to spot any signs of blood in their urine. And if there is blood, they shouldn’t hesitate about going to their GP. This will help diagnose more people at the early stages, when cancer is more treatable – improving their chances of living longer.” Nadeem Haider, Community Development Officer, Muslim Community Organisation (MCO), Nottingham said: “We fully support the Be Clear on Cancer campaign and are pleased to encourage our members to be vigilant to changes in their body and to check their urine. Displaying posters in our toilets is an innovative way to ensure we get the message across to members of our community. “We also encourage our members not to delay seeking medical advice if they notice any blood in their urine, even if it’s just the once.” Management Committee, Gurdwara Baba Budha Ji, Nottingham said: “We are very pleased to be supporting a campaign that aims to help people recognise the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer by taking the message to the heart of the community. We hope that our members and visitors will share the campaign with friends and family so that more people can become aware of what to look out for and see their doctor if they are concerned.” For further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancer, search ‘Be Clear on Cancer’.

Young Woman Wins Prestigious Scholarship to American University An 18-year-old young woman Hana Khan managed to win a place and a financial-aid package to study at the University of North Carolina. She has become one of only three UK students who secured a prestigious university scholarship. Hana Khan who resides in Slough was amongst the 1,000 students who applied for the Sutton Trust US programme, out of which only 150 managed to clear the programme. Out of these 150, Hana managed to win the prestigious Morehead-Cain scholarship. In the entire United Kingdom, only three people hold this distinguished scholarship. She is currently completing her A-levels at Baylis Court School. The competition for the scholarship was ardent and intense. The main objective of the program is to gather the best and brightest UK pupils for an 18-month programme exploring US higher education. It is also focused on helping students apply to US universities.

Hana is the only state-school pupil out of the three winners. Hana was quoted as saying, “I am particularly interested in the liberal arts education system in the US because of the range of subjects on offer. I believe this will allow me to pursue my academic interests, focusing on history and politics, and I am sure my experience in the States will build on my international outlook. “I am grateful to all those who have supported me and allowed me to win the Morehead-Cain scholarship. My family and the help of the Sutton Trust US Programme has allowed me to embark on this incredible opportunity.” The basic aim of the Sutton Trust US programme is to encourage and support academically talented, low and middle-income British students so that they can study at an American university. Due to the support of the trust, 72 students on the programme, including Hana, have won a place at a top US university.

Dorset-Based TV Chef Presented With Distinguished Armed Forces Covenant Dorset-based TV chef, Sarah Ali Choudhury, is presented with distinguished Armed Forces Covenant. An award-winning Dorset celebrity chef has been presented with a prestigious Armed Forces Covenant in a moving ceremony during the Commandant’s Parade at the Royal Military Academy Sandhurst. Sarah Ali Choudhury, a TV chef from Dorset and owner of a Gourmet Indian event catering company, was presented with an esteemed Armed Forces Covenant on the 8th August during the renowned Commandant’s Parade, the first time a pledge has taken place during this iconic event. Sarah made a public commitment to support the Armed Forces and their families by providing flexible working environments to veterans and their partners, as well as employment opportunities within Gourmet Event Catering. The Armed Forces Covenant is a promise from the nation, ensuring that those who serve or have served in the Armed Forces and their families are treated fairly. Businesses from sole-traders to multinational public bodies and charities that wish to support the Armed Forces Community can sign the Covenant and publicly declare their commitments. Sarah said: “I am so pleased to have had the honour and privilege of receiving The Armed Forces Covenant Award. It is the nation’s commitment to those who proudly protect our nation with honour, courage and commitment, a cause very close to my heart.’ “It is a pledge that together we acknowledge and understand that

those who serve or who have served in the armed forces, and their families, should be treated with fairness and respect in our communities, economy and society which they serve with their lives.’ “I would like to thank each and every member of The British Armed Forces for serving and protecting us. For any business people, heads of organisations and people of influence who may be considering applying for a Covenant, I echo the words ‘ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.’ Sarah has received over seven awards and accolades in the past year including being listed in The British Bangladeshi 100 Power and Inspiration List and becoming a finalist in Tommy Miah’s International Indian Chef of the Year where she received her award from HRH The Princess Royal.

Recently Sarah picked up The Influential Woman of the Year 2018 in the National Venus Awards. Wessex Reserve Forces’ and Cadets’ Association Regional Employer Engagement Director, Jon Beake said: “It’s fantastic that Sarah Ali Choudhury has joined businesses across the South West that have pledged their support by adopting their own Armed Forces Covenants; it’s been a pleasure tailoring the pledges for her to make it relevant and mutually beneficial.” To find out more about how your organisation could benefit from pledging their support to the Armed Forces community contact the Regional Employer Engagement Directors, Jon Beake or Rachael Brannagan, on 01823 250110, wx-reed@rfca.mod.uk or 01823 250118, wx-reed2@rfca.mod.uk.


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Literature Festival Founder Nominated for Top Award

The Bradford Literature Festival Director, Syima Aslam, has been nominated for a prestigious arts award, for the second year in a row. She is nominated in the Publishing and Writing category of the h 100 Awards. The awards are an annual recognition of the talent working across the UK’s creative industries, and it is organised by The Hospital Club, London.

The panel of industry judges nominates ten individuals for each of the awards’ 10 categories. The categories are Advertising, Marketing & PR – Art - Design & Craft - Broadcast - Fashion - Film - Games - Music - Publishing & Writing - Rising Stars and Theatre & Performance. The awards are decided on the verdict of the public as the nominees are put to the public vote. The

winner will be announced at the h 100 Awards ceremony in London, which is going to take place on September 10th 2018. The director and founder of the festival has been nominated for this award for the second consecutive year. She is part of an amazing final nominees list that includes the geniuses of the industry such as awardwinning author and journalist, Reni Eddo Lodge, Costa First Novel Award nominee, Kit De Wall, and comedian Deborah Frances-White who is the creator of the cult podcast The Guilty Feminist. Syima Aslam was quoted as saying “I’m humbled to have been nominated for this award alongside such an incredible list of other women, and men, who have done so much within the publishing and writing industry.” “My name might be on the nomination, but I see this very much as an award for Bradford and a celebration of the incredible pool of talent, creativity and inspiration that is overflowing from Bradford and the North,” she added.

LOVEBRUM TURNS UP THE HEAT WITH 2018 ‘CURRY KING OF BIRMINGHAM’ LoveBrum is turning up the heat for its annual fundraiser, with this year’s Curry King of Birmingham judges announced. Featuring some of the city’s top chefs and foodies, from Alex Claridge to Aktar Islam, the search is on for the best Brummie curry. Making the most of Birmingham’s ‘curry capital’ title, LoveBrum’s flagship fundraising event ‘Curry King of Birmingham’ (CKOB), is back at the ICC on Friday 9 November for the third year in a row. This year’s judges feature some of the best in the business, including Aktar Islam (Opheem), Alex Claridge (The Wilderness), Rai Singh (Pushkar and Praza), Nitisha Patel (My Modern Indian Kitchen), and Jaimon George (Zen Metro). They will also be joined by acclaimed critic Paul Fulford and hospitality expert, Adam Hayes. The annual event aims to raise £30,000 for the charity by bringing together hundreds of the city’s professionals for an evening dedicated to baltis, bhunas, biryanis and more! Each table creates their own curry during the evening and then battle it out as a chef cooks up their creation and presents it to the judges. The curry king or queen is then crowned, whilst guests enjoy a three-course banquet and live entertainment throughout the evening. Speaking about the event, returning judge Aktar Islam comments: “Curry King of Birmingham is a date firmly fixed in my diary – not just any old black tie fundraiser, this is all about celebrating one of the world’s most exciting cuisines. I love that guests can really get stuck in and experiment with their own curry creations. We always end up with some impressive curries… and some not so appetising ones! But that’s all part of the fun.” Adding to this, LoveBrum’s new executive director, Paul Mitchell, comments:

“I can’t wait for my very first Curry King of Birmingham – what a great way to raise money for the charity! As well as celebrating the Brummie cuisine, this is an evening where we celebrate the work of LoveBrum and the projects we fund. The more money we make, the more people we can support around the city through our monthly funding rounds. Plus now, thanks to our National Lottery Funding, we’re able to provide financial support to each of our monthly causes, making this an even more impactful initiative.” The money raised from LoveBrum’s annual fundraiser will help even more hidden gem projects showcased by the charity. Following the National

Lottery funding, LoveBrum’s donation process now that means all three of the monthly showcased causes receive funding. Following a public vote, the most popular receives £2,000, with the two remaining causes receiving £1,000 and £500 respectively. This year’s Curry King of Birmingham is supported by returning headline sponsor, SimkissGuy Recruitment, and drinks sponsor Harvey Nichols Birmingham. Tickets are on sale now, starting at £80 + VAT per ticket. If you think you’ve got what it takes to be crowned curry king or queen, and you want to raise money for LoveBrum, book your tickets today ticketlist.co.uk/curryking.

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JET AIRWAYS INCREASE FREQUENCY ON MUMBAI FLIGHTS Jet Airways, India’s premier international airline, has increased the frequency on its new direct Manchester to Mumbai service before the first plane has even taken off. The airline will now offer five flights a week to the Indian city, giving people of the North increased flexibility and options. Flights will now depart on Monday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Jet Airways will use an Airbus A330-200 on the route with Première (business) and economy classes.

Lydia Nazareth, General Manager UK & Ireland at Jet Airways said:

We are pleased to increase the frequency on flights between Manchester and Mumbai ahead of our launch in November. Jet Airways is committed to deepening both commerce and tourism ties between the two countries. Expanding our flight frequency allows us to give further choice to business and leisure travellers heading to Mumbai from the North of England. Not only are we giving customers more choice when travelling to India, but our network of flights across India also connects Mumbai to multiple different destinations across the country.

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Julian Carr, Aviation Director at Manchester Airport, said:

We are delighted that Jet Airways has decided to increase the frequency on its direct flights to Mumbai from Manchester. “It’s a clear indication of the airline’s commitment to Manchester, and also a sign of the demand for people from the North to travel to India. “We look forward to the route starting in November and the host of economic benefits it will bring here in the North.

Jet Airways’ flight 9W 130 will depart from Mumbai at 0230 hrs (Local time) and will arrive in Manchester’s Terminal 2 at 0755 hrs (Local time). The return flight, 9W 129 will depart from Manchester at 0935 hrs (Local time) and arrive in Mumbai’s Terminal 2 at 0040 hrs (Local time). Flights start on Monday 5th November with return economy fares from £389.


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Mufti Menk opens Multi-Faith Prayer Room at Blackburn Rovers

At the opening of a new multi-faith prayer area at Ewood Park, Mufti Ismail Menk came forward to join Blackburn Rovers manager Tony Mowbray. The brand new facility is located inside the Ronnie Clayton Blackburn End. It is designed to provide existing staff and supporters with a quiet space for prayer and reflection, at the same time it inspires fans from all religions and backgrounds to attend more games and functions happening at the stadium. After some introductory speeches in the club’s Media Theatre from Rovers’ Chief Executive Steve Waggott, Mufti Menk, Councillor Pat McFall, the Mayor of Blackburn with Darwen, and Gordon Taylor, Chief Executive of the Professional Footballers’ Association, the invited guests then moved forward to the refurbished prayer room for the official opening for the new area. Chief Executive Steve Waggott made his remarks by stating, “We are

delighted to be able to offer fans of all faiths a fantastic facility of this kind. “Everyone at the club remains committed to working towards inclusion under the #OneRovers banner, and we look forward to welcoming supporters and members of the public to use the revamped room. Mufti Menk is widely acknowledged as one of the leading scholars of his generation. He travels the world to help and to share his message of ‘peace and love’ to people of all faiths. At the launch, Mufti Menk said, “I would really like to congratulate the club because as we know communities are extremely important and this club serves all the communities.” “The fact that we have the opening of the multi-faith room is another feather in the cap for the club in bringing the communities together. What stands out for me is that the prayer room caters for people of diverse faiths,” he added.

Aagrah Wins Best National Asian Restaurant Chain Award

At the Asian Food and Restaurant Awards which was held in London, the Shipley-based firm received the coveted award at the Asian Food and Restaurant Awards. The awards acknowledge and commemorate the standout Indian restaurant operators all across the UK. This sector is now growing into a multi-billion pound dining sector. The multi award-winning Kashmiri restaurant group celebrates 41 years in business this year. It opened its first restaurant in Shipley in 1977. Currently, the company has 12 restaurants across Yorkshire. The family members manage each restaurant. They also have an outdoor catering unit. The unit can cater for 5,000 people nationally. They also have the share of the home dining market through their range of authentic Tarka cooking. The sauces are available in supermarkets such as Asda and Co-op, as

well as selected farm shops. Their sauces have won the Guild of Fine Food Great Taste award. The Guild of Fine Food was formed in 1995. Its main mission is to support and encourage artisan food and drink producers and the independent delicatessens, farm shops and food halls who mainly produce and sell their food and drink. The Asian Food and Restaurant Awards recognises the best of the Asian hospitality, services and supplier sectors. It was inaugurated in 2017, and the ceremony was marked by a special message from The Queen. The AFRA 2018 appreciated the achievements and contribution being made by South Asians across the UK food and hospitality industries. The award ceremony was carried at the Millennium Gloucester Hotel in London.

Boris Johnsons’ Islamophobic Comment

Due to Boris Johnson comments comparing Muslim women in burkas to bank robbers, the Muslim Council of Britain (MCB) have made a statement about the issue. The statement has “shone a light on the underbelly of Islamophobia” according to the Muslim Council of Britain. The Council’s secretary-general Harun Khan spoke of the former foreign secretary’s comments and claimed that it had a “real and worrying” impact on the Muslim community. The comment has received a lot of criticism. Mr Khan then mentioned the impact of the comment as the Muslim Council of Britain is now on the receiving end of the Islamophobic hate mail, in which Muslims were referred as “barbarians”. Mr Khan said: “The impact of Boris

Johnson’s comments are real and worrying and indicate the importance of a full, transparent and independent investigation into his conduct, in particular given the lack of action in previous cases of Islamophobia in the party.” This comment came to light just when fellow notable Conservative Jacob Rees-Mogg said the party’s inquiry into Mr Johnson had been set up as a “show trial” in an attempt to hinder any plans. He also said that the former Cabinet minister may have to gain the Tory party leadership. Mr Johnson opposed a ban on the Burka or niqab and claimed that the face-covering veils were “ridiculous” and “oppressive”. He was then quoted saying that Muslim women wearing them looked like letter-boxes or bank robbers.


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of abuse from white colleagues at school (being supporters of the National Front), as there was a bit of racism sweeping the country and they made him feel ashamed of being Asian. Both Riaz and his younger brother took up martial arts (Shotokan karate) to defend themselves. Torn between two cultures Riaz did not know what to do. However, this all changed once he started to hang around in town. Seeing a group of young lads dressed to kill in Pringle, Lyle & Scott, Farah’s, Kickers etc. He wanted to be like them, and in 1983 he started to attend Filbert Street’s football ground in Leicester and created a little firm called the YTS (Young Trendy Squad) who became part of the Baby Squad. Riaz’s first casual outfit was a Patrick cagoule worn with a Lyle & Scott polo neck, plain Slazenger V-neck jumper, bleached jeans slit at the bottom and Puma

G. Villas. At first, there were some hostile reactions to him and his gang as there were only a handful of Asian casuals in and around the UK, however, that all changed after an incident in Skegness (against a mob of skinheads). Riaz and his crew became full members of the Baby Squad. In total there must have been 20 odd Asians in the Baby Squad. This is Riaz story from 1983 up until 1989 of being an Asian casual. Since the release of the first edition of the book in 2012, Khan has had numerous TV and radio appearances. He has featured in several magazines (Loaded, Financial Times etc.) and also appeared in a documentary highlighting the Russian Ultras. Now the story is being turned in a theatrical play, and a script for a film is currently being written.

Abstract Water Colour Exhibition by Jai Kaur Bhamra During her visit from Germany, on a sunny afternoon in early August 2018 Jai Kaur Bhamra held her first exhibition of abstract water colour paintings at the prestigious Arts and Business College of London. Accompanying Jai was her father Jaswinder Singh Bhamra, uncle Amarjeet-Singh Bhamra and Dr Mahesh Mathpati, a close family friend. She was warmly received by Jane Jia, the curator who was immensely happy to have Jai and her work displayed at her gallery. She encouraged Jai to keep producing further work of knowledgeable integrity. Jai is influenced by the anthroposophical line of thought initiated by the philosopher Rudolf Steiner. Having attended a Waldorf School in Germany, Jai has been exposed to arts and crafts from a

young age. Besides water colour paintings, she has a keen interest in textiles and fabrics aswell as felting. Upon careful observation, all pieces of art express her zest for life despite being of special needs (mental and speech impairment). The exhibition came as a surprise to Jai and her family, as her work was chosen to be exhibited at the gallery in order to celebrate and acknowledge

her achievements and further encourage her progress, particularly keeping in mind her medical history of doctors having predicted that she will never be able to walk, talk and have control over her muscles when she was born. Jai and her family were overjoyed and moved to have been given this opportunity by the gallery and will never forget this meaningful day.


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Law graduate wins half of ex-girlfriends £1.7m home

Volunteer Suleman Khonat raises £17,892 for Hospice!

Sultana, who is currently 31, is occupied training for the JD Gyms City of Preston 10K. Sultana speaks of the fact that her involvement in running was aroused by a chance encounter. When she was getting her children ready for their Easter sport’s day, her 11 year -old son was the one who said, “Mum, I would like you to run with me.” She continued with this idea. On the day, she watched as each class year did their lap on the muddy school field. Just then, she began to feel an excitement to run. She was filled with ‘compounded excitement’ when it was her son’s class’

turn. She then ran three laps with her boy. Afterwards, the news of the Preston 10K showed up on her social media feed. She then signed up for it. Sultana herself said that “From what I have observed in my community growing up – and this is from my personal experience - seeking a sound education and subsequently, employment was much emphasised. “Although this is a desirable objective, it overpowered the ability to look beyond this at how we can make our lives more fulfilling by taking up other activities such as sports. Sporting activities were watched rather than participated in. It was something we spoke about

and never considered it could be done for leisure.” She mentioned the fact that when she was younger, social events were completely focused on the foods. She talks about the issues and mentions, “That takes me on to what the South Asian culture typically used to do for leisure. Friends and families would gather at each other’s house on weekends to enjoy a large variety of food. Who doesn’t like food? The problem was, it was becoming an excessive lifestyle.” She is hoping that if her children see her following a more active lifestyle, they are likely to do a similar thing.

In a surprising turn of events, an unemployed law graduate who was earlier accused of living off her ‘cash cow’ rich girlfriend, has managed to win a legal fight for half of their £1.7million home. The court found out that Shree Ladwa, aged 43, from Chingford, was bestowed with expensive jewellery and hundreds of thousands in cash during a 16-year relationship with businesswoman Beverley Chapman, aged 46. However, the judge decided that even though Ms Chapman had made ‘substantially greater contributions’ to the purchase of the house. Yet it was paid for through a joint account and both of the women were named as owners. As a result of which, Shree Ladwa was given the half share of the home. The court discovered Ms Chapman worked to support their luxury lifestyle. She paid off the mortgage, at the same time buying Ms Ladwa an Aston Martin for her birthday and lastly proposing with a diamond ring on a Monte Carlo clifftop. However, later the ‘tempestuous’

relationship collapsed, which lead to a bitter county court battle over their £1.7m former home near Chingford. Ms Ladwa framed the case in an interesting manner by saying that she was entitled to half the property, like any other ‘housewife’ in a traditional ‘divorce’ battle. As this was the bond between the two partners. Ms Chapman complained she was used as a ‘cash cow’ by her ex, and it was Ms Ladwa who had pressured her into putting the house in joint names. The former argued that Ms Ladwa should get nothing. Judge Stephen Murch said that it was their ‘common intention’ to buy the house. It was a jointly owned property. The Judge rejected Ms Chapman’s claim that she only assigned the house into joint names because of Ms Ladwa’s ‘undue influence’. ‘Having seen Ms Chapman give evidence, I cannot accept that Ms Ladwa was the kind of person who could make her act against her will,’ he then added.

DASH (Destitute Asylum Seekers, Huddersfield)

Adding another feather to Yorkshire’s hat of achievements, it can now claim that Huddersfield has the record for not having a single asylum seeker sleeping rough in the city. This is mostly the result of the dedication of the city’s charity DASH that refers to the Destitute Asylum Seekers, Huddersfield.

The DASH provides a necessary safety net for asylum seekers in the Huddersfield area. It offers a lifeline for those seeking asylum from violence, war, torture and persecution. Recently, the Pakistan & Kashmir Welfare Association (PKWA) held a fundraising supper on behalf of DASH. The event had over 250 people attend the event to show solidarity and support for asylum seekers. Over £3000 was raised on the night. Also, further cash

and in-kind pledges were made following the event. Guest speakers included Paula Sherriff MP who highlight the event and gave a national and international perspective on the issue. The event was not just about hearing about the excellent work of DASH; it was also a celebration of the achievements of community activists and local heroes. Mr Iqbal Bahana, Deputy Lord Lieuten-

ant co-hosted the event along with Mohammed Afsar Community Welfare Association Chairperson. Sham Lynn - chief DASH fundraiser and event organiser were also present. Fiaz Rashid PKWA Director announced the successful recipients of the PKWA Excellence awards. These awards were given in recognition of outstanding service to the community. The award-winners list included the More in Common Group for continuing

the work of Jo Cox, Ikram Butt for his services to Rugby & to White Ribbon anti-violence campaign. Mukhtar Ali Malik was also awarded for his lifelong services to the community. The PKWA especially reemphasised their appreciation of the More in Common group for continuing to promote peace, harmony and good neighbourliness. It was celebrated as a legacy to Jo Cox and as an antidote to voices of hatred and division.


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SIKHS HOLD LONDON RALLY TO DEMAND INDEPENDENCE REFERENDUM

Thousands of Sikhs attended a rally in London’s Trafalgar Square to demand a referendum on independence from India. Sikhs For Justice, the human rights advocacy group which organised the event, announced plans to hold a global referendum in 2020 to give the global Sikh community the chance to vote for the creation of an independent sovereign state of Khalistan. Supporters from all over the world brandished banners reading “Free Punjab, End Indian occupation”, “Punjab Referendum 2020 for Khalistan” and “We will re-establish Punjab as an independent country”. They say they have the right to self-determination under the UN Charter and International Convention on Civil and Political Rights. The rally went ahead despite attempts by the Indian government to block it. The UK Foreign Office was approached by the Indian High Commission, which made an official diplomatic complaint, but insisted that peaceful protest was a vital part of a democratic society and it should be allowed to go ahead. Gurpatwant S. Pannun, legal advisor to Sikhs for Justice, said: “This is a peaceful, democratic campaign to give Sikhs the right to determine their own future. Since announcing our plans, we have been subjected to violent and illegal measures by the Indian state, including trumped-up charges of sedition and

illegal detention, designed to silence us. We will not be silenced”. Leading human rights lawyer Richard Rogers, Director of Global Diligence UK, told the rally the Sikh people have a strong argument for the right to selfdetermination under international law. He said they had collated “a great deal of credible evidence” that Sikhs had been persecuted by the Indian govern-

ment and the only meaningful way to pursue independence was through a referendum. Former Labour MP and Respect Party MP George Galloway also addressed the rally and Green Party leader Caroline Lucas sent a message of support. Sikhs For Justice say their campaign is entirely peaceful and the London 2020 Declaration will give the Sikh people

the right to vote on the independence issue. They say that Sikhs meet the five-part test for self-determination enshrined in the UN Charter: they have an identifiable territory; a history of self-governance in Punjab; a distinct religious culture; and both the desire and capacity for self-governance.

Mother and Daughter Murdered in Solihull It has emerged that Raneem Oudeh was on the phone to the police when the attacker who murdered her and her mother struck. Police said in a statement: “Following speculation over police contact with the victim on the evening, we are clarifying the following points.” “There were a number of calls from Miss Oudeh to police, and we tried to physically locate her but were unsuccessful.” “Contact was being made to arrange to see Miss Oudeh, and it was during this conversation that the situation quickly escalated and the call handler immediately dispatched officers to the location in Northdown Road where they arrived within minutes.” Police have also stated that they believe they have recovered the murder weapon. Raneem Oudeh had called for help from the police as she had been threatened by her ex-partner; however previous sources claim that call handlers assigned the case to a ‘diary car.’ This states that the police force did not immediately send out an officer to see the victim. The 22-year-old and her Syrian-born mother Khaola Saleem, 49, had been stabbed to death just outside Ms Saleem’s house on a quiet residential street in Solihull. It has been said that Raneem had first rang the police while she was at work and said she had been threatened by her ex-partner. She then rang the police before she left work for the day to say she had

heard nothing back. She then called for the third time once she arrived home. The attacker had struck shortly after midnight. The killer is believed to have stabbed Miss Oudeh first before attacking her mother who has five other children. The 22-year-old had collapsed to the ground before trying to get up, while the attacker ran to this vehicle which was believed to be a van. Janbaz Tarin, 21 was arrested in the Sparkhill area of the city, following an extensive search by West Mid-

lands Police. Detective Inspector Caroline Corfield, from West Midlands Police, said: “The response to our appeals over the last few days has been fantastic and resulted in arresting and charging Tarin.” “I would like to personally thank the community for their support.” “Our thoughts continue to remain with Raneem and Khaola’s family who have been kept fully updated by this development.” Ms Saleem’s brother-in-law said: “The family would like to express

their sincere thanks for all the police are doing to bring justice for Khaola and Raneem.” “They would also like to thank the local Birmingham community and general public for their continued help and support.” “At this time, their [the family’s] hearts go out to their loved ones who had their lives so tragically cut short and especially to the young children they left behind.” “May they soon rest in peace and may justice be done.”

Research Shows People are Buying Clothes to Post on Instagram

The influence of social media is turning out to be bad news for the fashion industry. The reason for this is, recent trends have shown that in an effort to appear fashionable, middle-aged shoppers are purchasing clothes online, but they return them a day later. The reason for the whole thing is to get the picture of their outfit for Instagram. Instagram has turned the “outfit of the day” to its literal meaning. A research from Barclaycard found that almost one in 10 UK shoppers has bought clothes online with the intent to wear them for social media. Once that is done then they simply return the outfit. The biggest benefiter of this trend is men and women aged 35 to 44. 17 per cent of them revealed that they are guilty of shopping only for the #OOTD appeal. #OOTD is the hashtag used on the Instagram, and it stands for ‘outfit of the day.’ The research found an interesting fact that men are more inclined to shop and return as they are more “socially self-conscious” than women. The 12 per cent of men admitted to posting a clothing or accessory item on social media and returning it to the retailer after. The urge to appear endlessly fashionable isn’t just for virtual friends as one in 10 men said they would feel embarrassed for a friend to see them wearing the same outfit twice. Which was more than women, if you compare the data to only 7 per cent of women who said they would feel the same. Now that the “try before you buy” shopping model has gained popularity, people are shopping more, but now they are also returning more clothes. Recently a number of online retailers are offering shoppers the option of trying on clothes and deciding whether they want to keep them or send them back before charging for the items.


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Creative Cohesion Building Bridges amongst Diverse Cultural Coventry

Creative Cohesion West Midland ‘s Youth Employment and Empowerment project (YEES)has overcome so many barriers and bridges to get the diverse groups to engage, involve and participate in the workshops, learning activities and join fun team games such as cricket, football , tennis and empowering games. The project was delivered in Foleshill, one of the most deprived areas of Coventry . The project has been a great success in building respect, tolerance and compromises between young people from diverse heritages such as Afghanistan, Romanian, Eritrean, Poland, Namibia as well as the old settled white European, Pakistani, Indian and Kashmiri communities to join the empowerment workshops, take part in play, learn and develop their social skills. According to youth mentor Mohammed “It took a long time to gain the trust and confidence of the different groups but once the relationships were built they got on so quickly” The project also was able to work with young adult parent women who wanted to develop their own learning and skills to inspire their children, make new friends, share their experiences and learn about other people’s cultures. One session which focused on how can Foleshill’s diverse communities work better featured women from Syria, Bengali, Pakistani, Indian, Kashmiri, Latvian heritages. This project has developed opportunities for the young people and adults to share their experiences and life in Foleshill through questionnaires, focus group sessions and during sports and wellbeing sessions. We have started to build partnerships and networks with organisations such as Foleshill library so groups can access local facilities and attend courses and activities on offer. The project build community cohesion and captured heart breaking experiences of participants when individuals

shared their stories such as a young man from Romanian heritage community stated “ I will do any job , give me job, I don’t want to beg “ , another young mother stated “ people don’t know Romanians have more than 6 languages and every family has its own culture and ways they behave but we are disrespected and treated like everyone else “ , another young man when persuaded to give his name was in tears stating “ I call everybody Boss because they never ask us for our name “. The Afghani heritage young men were frustrated that they wanted to work but were not

By Shafaq Hussain getting success. The project has been able to network with other agencies to create greater access and explore ways employment and training initiatives could be made more easier to access and tailored made for these kind of groups. The initiative was funded by the National lottery and its success means other services and partners should be able to learn and create similar strategies to engage and support the vulnerable and hard to reach communities in the future. Further enquiries about the project can be obtained by emailing info@creativecohesionwm.org

Birmingham Mosques Attacked By Ball-Bearing Thugs During Evening Prayers Police are investigating the case of an attack on the two mosques in Birmingham on Wednesday 15th August by ball-bearing catapult thugs as dozens of worshippers were occupied with prayers. Due to this unfortunate incident, armed officers were deployed to Fosbrooke Road and Hob Moor Road in Small Heath. The ball-bearing thugs firstly used the catapults to break the windows of Masjid Qamarul Islam mosque during evening prayers. Just 20 minutes later, the Al-Hijrah mosque was then attacked. Bearded Broz founder, Imran Hameed who was there at the Al-Hijrah

mosque, Hob Moor Road managed to capture the whole incident on a video. Imran said officers were there at the scene, patrolling the area and they also reassured the worshippers and local residents. So far, no arrests have yet been made and West Midlands Police is asking anyone with information to come forward. The statement from West Midlands Police read: “Two mosques in Small Heath have been hit by catapult bearings, breaking windows during evening prayers. “They first broke a window in the Masjid Qamarul Islam mosque on Fosbrooke Road around 10 pm, followed by another broken window at

the Al-Hijrah mosque on Hob Moor Road around 20 minutes later.” “Firearms officers were deployed as a precaution, but the bearings recovered are thought to be from a heavy-duty catapult. “The reason for the attacks aren’t clear at this stage, but officers are continuing to patrol the area to reassure worshippers and local residents. “Anyone with information should call police on 101.” The attacks have been stated as a “hate crime. These attacks have spread a wave of terror amongst the followers of Islam. Police have increased the patrolling after this unfortunate incident. The only silver lining was that no one was hurt.

Zulkernan Hussain Mahmood ordered to pay £37,000

Zulkernan Hussain Mahmood aged 30, who is a double glazing salesman, has been ordered to pay more than £35,000 in compensation to his victims. Mahmood traded as UKHI Ltd, UK Home Improvements and Energy Efficient Double Glazing. He was sentenced at the Leeds Crown Court. After an investigation by Trading Standards, it was found out that he was responsible for taking unauthorised payments from customers’ banks’ cards and claiming it was for VAT purposes. However, the company were not VAT registered. This resulted in a conviction for offences. The company also removed the windows but flat out refused to install new windows until they obtained full payment. The company was also found guilty of supplying poor quality and damaged windows. The workers also damaged customers’ property when installing them. According to the Trading Standards, he also neglected to complete work. As a result of which the customers had to pay others to do it. However, complaints from customers about the workmanship were ignored. Prosecutors addressed the issue that Mahmood used the money gained from his frauds to fund his flamboyant lifestyle. His lifestyle included private schooling, designer clothing, jetting around the world to Istanbul, Paris and Las Vegas and attending Floyd Mayweather fights. He was convicted at Leeds Crown Court to a 15-month custodial sentence suspended for two years with compensation totalling £37,385.77 to be paid to his victims. Mahmood had beforehand pleaded guilty to eight misdemeanours at a hearing in August 2017. He was also directed to do 250 hours of unpaid work. He was disqualified from acting as a director for seven years and ordered to pay prosecution costs of £27,200. His offences fall under the Fraud Act, General Product Safety Regulations and the Consumer Protection for

Unfair Trading Regulations. The West Yorkshire Trading Standards received more than 175 complaints against the businessman.

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


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ROHINGYA EMERGENCY APPEAL THE ROHINGYA MUSLIMS IN MYANMAR (FORMERLY BURMA) ARE THE WORLD’S MOST PERSECUTED MINORITY. ABOUT 500,000 ARE INTERNALLY DISPLACED AND IN THE LAST FEW MONTHS MORE THAN 650,000 ROHINGYA REFUGEES HAVE FLED TO BANGLADESH, ONE OF THE WORLD’S POOREST NATIONS.

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When Work is Work and Home Two Teenagers is the Right to Disconnect drown in lake whilst on family holiday

Jason Varghese aged 15 and Joel Aniyankunju ages 19 have drowned at the Old Danube beauty spot in Vienna after they took a boat ride on the picturesque lake. The two teenage cousins from Bolton are of a close-knit Malayali community and were visiting relatives in Vienna. The young men who are sons of two sisters, who work as nurses at Bolton Royal Hospital, were enjoying a boy’s day out with relatives at the nature park. Jason who was a strong and gifted athlete had lowered himself into the water to cool down from the 30C heat and began swimming laps around the boat. However the 15-year-old got into difficulty when his feet became entangled in reeds underneath the water. According to the family, Jason had panicked and shouted to his older cousin for help. His cousin Joel then bravely jumped into the water to save him. However the two boys struggled to stay afloat in the freezing water, and after a couple of minutes, both boys had disappeared under the surface, just 10 feet from the safety of the boat. The Austrian emergency services had launched a rescue operation with ten police divers forming a ‘human underwater chain’ in order to search the depths of the lake. It was at dusk when Jason’s body was raised from the water three hours later, followed by Joel’s body soon after. Jason’s father, Shibu Varghese, had

said that the two boys were like brothers and both had great respect for each other. He said: “Jason really looked up to Joel. He was like a big brother to him.” “If Joel said something to him, Jason would listen. Joel was always full of wise words for his younger cousin, but it went both ways.” “If Jason said something, Joel would always listen to him. There was great respect between them.” “They never argued, and they always referred to each other as ‘chachon’, meaning brother. They really were brothers-in-arms.” “They were good boys, and everybody loved them.” Joel was in his second year as an apprentice for an IT firm and was studying at Bury College. Jason, on the other hand, was a promising footballer, who loved Manchester United and was due to start Year 11 at St James’s C of E High School in September. When the family returned home to Bolton, Jason’s parents discovered that their son had passed his GCSE exams receiving top marks. He earned an A* in religious education and a B in IT. Family friend Suresh Daniel said: “The family had been planning the holiday for a while and the boys were very excited about going to Austria and meeting their cousins for a big family reunion.” “We are a close-knit community, and we’ve never experienced this type of loss before.”

During the early 1980s, when computers started becoming a common feature in offices and workplaces, we were sold a narrative. It went along the lines that this new-fangled technology would create much more leisure time and leisure opportunities for people. In reality, that equated to unemployment. After all, if a machine can do ten people’s work in a fraction of the time, you probably need just one person to operate it, so goodbye to the other 9. It also marked a shift in what’s known as work-life balance. Whereas previously a 9am-5pm shift, for example, really meant finishing work at 5pm (with some exceptions) and enjoying your evening free from the pressures or worries of work, the advent of the mobile phone and latterly the smart phone along with other devices has shattered that freedom. We are now in a situation where, for many people, the working day has effectively been extended with work-related communications from colleagues and managers at times when we’re supposedly relaxing. A recent study by the University of the West of England said wider access to Wi-Fi on trains and the spread of mobiles had extended the working day, with commuters so regularly using travel time for work emails that their journeys should be counted as part of

the working day. Technology in these scenarios is a double-edged sword – it gives flexibility but also demands more. In other words, your working day is a lot longer than perhaps it should be. There are also issues surrounding the impact on physical and mental wellbeing, a situation that even the business world recognises could adversely affect employers and employees. “This increasing flexibility has the potential to radically shift the worklife balance for the better - but it also leaves the door open to stress and lower productivity,” said Jamie Kerr, of the Institute of Directors. We may no longer clock in and clock out of work, but there needs to be an all-round common sense approach, so people are allowed to enjoy a healthy work-life balance. For instance, do you really need to send a work-related email to a colleague at 8 pm if it’s not urgent or can wait until the following day (as it usually can)? Will said colleagues ignore it until

BUDDING poets and storytellers throughout the UK are being encouraged to enter a free writing competition launched by education charity READ Foundation. The Manchester-based charity is hosting its very first writing competition for adults and entries are open until Wednesday, 10th October. The theme of the competition is “My education helped me….”. Entries must be a maximum of 500 words and all writers must be aged 18 or older. The winner will receive feedback from esteemed writer and competition judge Qaisra Shahraz and their work will be displayed in READ Foundation’s 380+ schools. It will be seen by more than

Edinburgh Facebook page said: “Someone tried to burn down the front door. There’s a lot of internal smoke damage, and access to Gurdwara Sahib has been denied by police until the smoke clears and is safe to enter.” “Sri Guru Granth Sahib jee’s saroops (scripture text) are untouched, but Devan hall has major smoke damage.” “Please note access to Gurdwara Sahib is not possible at this point; we will aim to keep Sangat updated as much as possible.”

By Mohammed Ilyas who is the Press & Publicity manager for the charity Islamic Help. The views expressed in this column are his personal opinions.

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100,000 pupils and help inspire them in their education. Mrs Shahraz said: “As an educationist and lover of learning, I really value

Fire at Guru Nanak Gurdwara The Guru Nanak Gurdwara doors in Sheriff Brae were set alight. However, no one was injured, but there was said to be significant smoke damage inside the building. Scotland’s police department have not confirmed that it was targeted by a petrol bomb. Firefighters had extinguished the fire at the front door and officers are now investigating along with the police. A post on the Guru Nanak Gurdwara

they’re back at work unless they feel obliged to read it there and then (and then fret throughout the night about its contents?) Or will they curse you for interrupting their evening meal with the family, their playtime with the kids or their viewing of Breaking Bad re-runs just as they’re on the final few episodes of the final season? Perhaps it’s time we followed the example of our continental cousins – let’s do it before Brexit please – and implemented the ‘right to disconnect’. In France, the El Khomri law means companies with more than 50 employees have to include this right (while being allowed to choose the most practical way to implement it), and in Germany companies like VW and BMW long ago introduced measures limiting or banning out-of-hours work messaging. This was done in recognition of protecting employees’ work-life balance, preventing undue stress and, consequently, decreasing productivity. If it’s a good business sense, then these global firms have a pretty good grasp of that, and maybe we should follow suit. Okay, back to Breaking Bad!

Scotland’s police department have said that: “Police in Edinburgh were alerted to a fire at the Guru Nanak Sikh Temple in Sheriff Brae at around 5.05am on Tuesday 28th August.” “The Scottish Fire and Rescue Service attended and extinguished the flames at the front door. Some of the building’s interior also sustained smoke damage.” “A joint investigation is currently underway to determine the full circumstances surrounding this incident.”

READ Foundation’s incredible work in promoting and offering education to those who need it. “I’m looking forward to reading the entries and seeing how different entrants have approached the topic of education. “The tone must be inspiring. The children who will see the winning entry have fought very hard to get to school – some walking hours a day. Reading an inspiring story or poem will, I’m sure, offer them a lot encouragement and a goal to achieve and do well in education themselves.” To enter, and to learn more about the charity, visit www.readfoundation.org.uk/writing


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Dr Saroj Duggal after settling in Birmingham from East Africa in 1968, worked hand in hand with her husband Dr Dharam Duggal building their business Crownsway Insurance Brokers from strength to strength. She has always had the ambition to study and further herself, she wanted to become a Doctor, but things were so bad back in Africa, her parents could not send any money to support her and her two younger brothers, so she had no choice but to find a job. Her UK relatives were encouraging her to get a job in the factories, but being highly educated in typing Dr Saroj decided to apply for a job with Unity Finance and attended her interview with them. She married Dr Dharam Vir Duggal, who is now her husband and a Doctor (PhD) himself on 10th May 1968. This was her first and last interview as they became life partners. She started 3 days later and made a lot of changes to the business; coming from a business-oriented background in Africa, Dr Duggal found that she was in tune with the company hence why she then became his lucky charm and a proud husband to have her as his wife. After two years, on her birthday 21st October 1970, Saroj and Dharam got married. Back then, inter-caste marriage was a sin in our culture, and as he belonged to the Punjab side, and Saroj belonged to the Mumbai (Gujrat) side, she was totally thrown out of her community, not even her parents would talk to her. She was unaware of where to go or what to do. Saroj threw herself into further studies, after taking night classes for the previous two years and venturing out more scope for the business, determined to prove everyone wrong. With her experience of being disowned by her community and especially her family, Dr Saroj became a strong individual helping other women who were in her situation. The couple, having four beautiful daughters, who have all blossomed into exceptional young women in their respective field, despite negativity from her relatives and the community around her for not having a son. She was always battling with people who were putting her down for having daughters and keeping away from her especially those who were pregnant saying, ‘if they are around her they may also have daughters.’ She was secluded from the community, but, this did not matter to her

because she was once a daughter and chose her own path which she has succeeded in. She faced many barriers, first marrying a non-Gujarati man, second being physically and verbally abused by her mother in law and thirdly by the community for having daughters. Having faced situations and struggles, she became a strong individual to prove a point that to be a female, they do not deserve to be treated in such a manner and be looked down at, especially for having daughters which is not a sin, it was a blessing because of how men within the community were treating their wives she wanted to prove that women can also be superior. Once the community had seen the business succeeding and the support given from her husband, people are talking highly of how she has made positive changes in the business and helped various community members. She was approached by women talking about their own issues they were facing. Saroj is putting aside the names they called her for having just daughters and listened to those going through domestic violence and being emotionally bullied by their families and husband. Having gone through similar situations, she stuck her grounds and helped women to become strong and stand up for themselves. The women Saroj helped were becoming friends and appreciated her support realising what they had said about her was wrong and having daughters are a blessing because they had seen and heard how she was treated and felt terrible being part of that circle. The respect for Dr Saroj grew, but so did the jealousy by men and women. Another struggle Dr Saroj had to face because she was a successful business woman and strong individual who would not stand for anything less from anyone despite of their gender or age. Dharmista, Janita, Jagruti and Neelam are her daughters who have all gone onto forging their own way through this world, with the youngest, Neelam, looking to take over the reins at Crownsway after working alongside her parents for the last ten years. Her two eldest daughters are in top jobs and with the third child having run her own businesses. As parents, they have never stopped their daughters from pursuing their career in the field they want to work in and to choose their own lifetime partner. Dr Saroj has always supported her daughters, edu-

cated them and pushed them to become strong individuals, not to go through what she had and how other women were struggling not being able to further themselves. Dr Saroj has always moved with the times which has helped a good relationship between her and her daughters by being their best friend as well as a mother. She never wanted her daughters to feel infuriated by talking about how they feel to others and not to her. But through her bubbly and loving personality, her daughters have never felt they could not speak openly to her. This was another thing some members of the community never liked, her relationship with her daughters and being successful in their own careers. Dr Saroj was approached by female members of the community talking about her daughters giving them too much liberty, but as a mother, Dr Saroj was aware of her daughter’s friends whether male or female as she not only knew them but also their parents. Through her daughters, their

friends felt comfortable talking to Dr Saroj about their issues which they could not do with their own parents. Dr Saroj has helped many children from teenage to young adults, as society changed so did the generation, where they felt lost and not known in which direction to go. As a mother figure, she supported them to continue with their education to get a career in their interest of field. Discussion about marriage where they either never wanted to marry until after their studies or to the one they were with having gone through a love marriage herself. Dr Saroj would meet with the parents to make them understand, but with her good nature, she had managed to convince the parents to give their child time and if so a choice. This was one part of the community work Saroj did and from there on it was word of mouth from those she had helped, ‘if you need anyone to talk to or speak about issues, go to Saroj she would help and support you.’ This then developed to women who

were going through domestic violence, young people with issues at schools, parents and families arguing and also helping the elderly by donating financial support towards their events, outings and any religious festivals. Through all this, as an Asian woman in business, life was not easy. There was a time where she wanted to break the chain. As a young girl, she was very forward but shy and outspoken, clever, observant and attentive. In our culture, what men thought was that a woman’s place is at home. No matter what they do, how much they do for the business, they don’t belong in the business industry. Men are the breadwinners, nobody else, so she fought for it. Within herself, she is very brave and ensured to deal with every challenge faced. Even though being very busy in the business most of her time and commitment was dedicated to the community, her happiness was through helping people, her comfort was to see the community smile and her security was seeing the

progression of the individual fulfilled. The struggle Dr Saroj Duggal went through her in life and to what she experienced she never gave up hope but remained positive. She started expressing her feelings through poetry which once again inspired the young generations plus adults to understand the meaning of life in a polite word. Though accomplishing her achievements and becoming Doctorate (Business Philosopher) PhD, she continues assisting the community hence won many Awards. Dr Saroj Duggal’s life has not been easy, but to her, it has been a path that lead her towards the knowledge which she would have not gained without struggle which also drew her towards the spirituality to see through the path leading to abetter life and assist others to better their lives. Crownsway has also been recognised as a result of unrivalled service to all the communities across the UK, and have been awarded; • Excellence within the Business Industry 2007 • Midlands Asian Community Care Awards November 2009 • Midlands Asian Community Care Awards November 2012 • Community Award July 2012 • Business Woman of the Year 2013 (Dr Saroj K Duggal) • Angel of the Community October 2013 (Dr Saroj K Duggal) • Lifetime Achievement November 2015 Phoenix Newspaper (Dr Saroj K Duggal) • Finalist for the Business Woman of the Year 2016 (Miss Neelam K Duggal) • Broker of the Year 2017 (CIR Award) These awards were presented to those who had attained the greatest achievements and contributions towards the community in all fields of life. Dr Saroj K Duggals’ commitment to helping the community continues, not only with the Asian community but men, women and young people from all community backgrounds. The love and respect given to Dr Saroj Duggal having struggled and now a well-respected business woman who always gives time to others has manifested throughout. “I want all women to be brave, courageous, and never to be fearful. Stand your ground and have the willpower to better yourself. Never give up. If I can do it, you can as well.”


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A Sikh temple has been praised for opening their doors to let a Muslim man pray when he allegedly couldn’t find a mosque. The man was spotted praying in the Gurdwara Sahib Bercham Ipoh in Malaysia while Sikh Hymns were being sung on the microphone. The video was taken to show the front of the Sikh temple hall and the Muslim man who was wearing a blue t-shirt praying towards Mecca during the Hymns. Despite a history of animosity between the two religions, no one appears to interrupt him as he carries out his Namaz (prayers) near the Guru Granth Sahib (Sikh Holy Scripture). The heart warming video was made public after a group called Sikh inside shared it. They wrote: ‘A Muslim brother spotted doing Namaz [prayer] in Gurdwara Sahib Bercham Ipoh. Probably he couldn’t find a mosque and drop by Gurdwara to complete his Namaz. ‘Powerful, God is One.’ The inspiring video has already been viewed more than 45,000 times on Twitter and Facebook. Thousands of people have praised the video, proving that love always prevails.

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Front page story cont’d... The Fact Finding Mission stated: “Myanmar’s top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State, as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States.” To date, despite overwhelming evidence of violations of international law against the Rohingya, calls from over 100 MPs in the British Parliament, and from Rohingya organisations and refugees, the British government has refused to support referring Burma to the International Criminal Court. “Prime Minister Theresa May must now support the referral of Burma to the International Criminal Court,” said Mark Farmaner, Director of Burma Campaign UK. “By not supporting referring Burma to the International Criminal Court, Theresa May is in effect protecting Min Aung Hlaing and his military from attempts to bring them to justice.” Britain leads on Burma at the UN Security Council (which would have to refer Burma to the ICC) so is the key decision maker on this issue. Other countries are waiting for the UK to take the lead. The British Foreign Office has cited lack of consensus as the reason for not supporting a referral, but as they currently do not support a referral, there are no efforts being made to build a consensus. Burma Campaign UK argues that if the British government were to support a referral and then work to build a global consensus of countries and international bodies in support, this would have the best chance of overcoming a potential veto from China. The process of many countries coming out in support of an ICC referral would also start to erode Min Aung Hlaing’s sense of impunity and could help prevent further atrocities. “It is simply not credible for the British government to claim it supports justice and accountability and then refuse to support referring Burma to the International Criminal Court, which was specifically set up for cases like this,” said Mark Farmaner. Instead of backing an ICC referral, the British Foreign Office is backing a farcical enquiry established by Aung San Suu Kyi. Rosario Manolo, the head of Aung San Suu Kyi’s enquiry, has stated: “I assure you there will be no blaming of anybody, no finger-pointing of anybody … It is not a diplomatic approach and a very bad approach to be doing finger-pointing, blaming, to say ‘you’re accountable’.” Kobsak Chutikul, a retired Thai lawmaker and diplomat who resigned from the implementation committee, stated “This just goes on and on. Next year, it will be another commission, another board. It is all for show — there is nothing real. It is a hoax.” Aung San Suu Kyi’s enquiry does not cover crimes committed by the Burmese military against other ethnic groups, in particular, most recently in Kachin and Shan States. The UN Fact Finding Mission stated that crimes committed in these states constitute “crimes against humanity and war crimes.” British government support for a newly proposed mechanism for collecting evidence for future prosecutions is of course

welcome. However, in the context of their refusal to support referring Burma to the ICC or impose targeted sanctions on the military, it also appears like a soft option being seized on in order to be seen to be doing something, and counter criticism over their weak approach. “Theresa May needs to reconsider the government’s response to this crisis,” said Mark Farmaner. “First the British government did nothing to prevent this happening, and now it is failing to take effective action in response. It doesn’t get worse than genocide, and this is happening on her watch.” Myanmar’s top military generals, including Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing, must be investigated and prosecuted for genocide in the north of Rakhine State, as well as for crimes against humanity and war crimes in Rakhine, Kachin and Shan States, a report by the UN Independent International Fact-Finding Mission on Myanmar. The Mission, established by the UN Human Rights Council in March 2017, found patterns of gross human rights violations and abuses committed in Kachin, Rakhine and Shan States that “undoubtedly amount to the gravest crimes under international law”, principally by Myanmar’s military, the Tatmadaw, but also by other security forces. “Military necessity would never justify killing indiscriminately, gang-raping women, assaulting children, and burning entire villages. The Tatmadaw’s tactics are consistently and grossly disproportionate to actual security threats, especially in Rakhine State, but also in northern Myanmar,” the report states. “They are shocking for the level of denial, normalcy and impunity that is attached to them. The Tatmadaw’s contempt for human life, integrity and freedom, and for international law generally, should be a cause of concern for the entire population.” The crimes against humanity committed in Kachin, Shan and Rakhine States include murder; imprisonment; enforced disappearance; torture; rape, sexual slavery and other forms of sexual violence; persecution and enslavement. In addition, in Rakhine State, the elements of the crimes against humanity of extermination and deportation are also present. The Mission also concluded, “there is sufficient information to warrant the investigation and prosecution of senior officials in the Tatmadaw chain of command, so that a competent court can determine their liability for genocide in relation to the situation in Rakhine State.” “The crimes in Rakhine State and the manner in which they were perpetrated are similar in nature, gravity and scope to those that have allowed genocidal intent to be established in other contexts,” the report states. “Factors pointing at such intent include the broader oppressive context and hate rhetoric; specific utterances of commanders and direct perpetrators; exclusionary policies, including to alter the demographic composition of Rakhine State; the level of organisation indicating a plan for destruction; and the extreme scale and brutality of the violence.” The Mission has drawn up a list of alleged perpetrators as priority subjects for

investigation and prosecution, whom it believes had effective control and bear the greatest responsibility. Responsibility starts at the top, with the Tatmadaw Commander-in-Chief Senior-General Min Aung Hlaing. Five other military commanders are also named in the report: the Deputy Commander-in-Chief, Vice Senior-General Soe Win; the Commander, Bureau of Special Operations-3, Lieutenant-General Aung Kyaw Zaw; the Commander, Western Regional Military Command, Major-General Maung Maung Soe; the Commander, 33rd Light Infantry Division, Brigadier-General Aung Aung; the Commander, 99th Light Infantry Division, Brigadier-General Than Oo. A longer list of names will be kept in the custody of the UN High Commissioner for Human Rights and can be shared with any competent and credible body pursuing accountability in line with international norms and standards. The report notes that civilian authorities had little scope to control the actions of the Tatmadaw. It also finds that “through their acts and omissions, the civilian authorities have contributed to the commission of atrocity crimes.” “The State Counsellor, Daw Aung San Suu Kyi, has not used her de facto position as Head of Government, nor her moral authority, to stem or prevent the unfolding events in Rakhine State,” the report states. “Impunity is deeply entrenched in Myanmar’s political and legal system, effectively placing the Tatmadaw above the law,” the report states, adding that justice has, therefore, remained elusive for victims in the country for decades. “The impetus for accountability must come from the international community.” The Mission called for the situation in Myanmar to be referred to the International Criminal Court or for an ad hoc international criminal tribunal to be created. In the interim, it called for an independent, impartial mechanism to collect, consolidate, preserve and analyse evidence of violations. It also recommended targeted individual sanctions against those who appear to be most responsible. The report states that the massive violence and consequent mass exodus sparked by the events of 25 August 2017 – when the armed group, ARSA led attacks on military and security outposts across northern Rakhine State and the army responded with massive force – was “a catastrophe looming for decades”. The report notes that this was the inevitable result of “severe, systemic and institutionalised oppression from birth to death” and an exclusionary vision, including the persistent denial of citizenship and severe restrictions on freedom of movement. Against this backdrop, the violence in Rakhine State in 2012 created the conditions that led to large-scale violence in 2016 and the human rights crisis that unfolded in 2017. The Mission documented mass killings, the scorching of Rohingya settlements and large-scale gang rape and other sexual violence by Tatmadaw soldiers. The poignant testimony of one survivor laid bare the monstrous extent of sexual violence: “I was lucky, I was only raped by three men,” she said. Rapes were often in public spaces in front of families,

including children. The Mission also met many children with visible injuries matching accounts of being shot, stabbed or burned. Satellite imagery corroborates accounts of widespread, systematic, deliberate and targeted destruction, during which Rohingya populated-areas were burned down with nearby ethnic Rakhine settlements left unscathed. “The Government and the Tatmadaw have fostered a climate in which hate speech thrives, human rights violations are legitimised, and incitement to discrimination and violence facilitated,” the report states. The Mission found numerous examples of hate speech and incitement to violence, including when in November 2012 a leading Rakhine political party cited Hitler, arguing that “inhuman acts” were sometimes necessary to “maintain a race”. The security forces’ response to the ARSA attacks in August 2017 started within hours, “was immediate, brutal and grossly disproportionate”, suggesting “a level of preplanning and design” consistent with Commander-in-Chief Min Aung Hlaing’s stated vision to finish “the unfinished job” of solving “the long-standing Bengali problem”. The Mission also found that a large build-up of troops and other military assets across northern Rakhine had already begun in early August 2017. The report also highlights serious human rights violations by security forces against the ethnic Rakhine, including sexual violence, noting that the pattern of violations against them is highly underreported. In Kachin and Shan States, the Mission verified a number of incidents in the context of armed conflicts, confirming consistent patterns of violations of international law. The report finds that Tatmadaw operations in northern Myanmar are “characterised by systematic attacks directed at civilians” and conducted “in flagrant disregard for life, property and well-being of civilians.” Such attacks catalyse a wide range of other violations, including killings, sexual violence, arbitrary arrest and detention, enforced disappearances, forced labour, land grabbing, and the burning of villages. Tatmadaw operations have a devastating impact on the population. The Mission also confirmed that violations and abuses were committed by non-State armed groups. This includes the “ethnic armed organisations” in Kachin and Shan States and ARSA in Rakhine State. While the Mission was never granted access to Myanmar, the team amassed a vast amount of information from primary sources, including through 875 in-depth interviews with victims and eyewitnesses, satellite imagery and authenticated documents, photographs and videos. Specialist advice was sought on sexual and gender-based violence, psychology, military affairs and forensics. Only verified and corroborated information was taken on board. The Mission travelled to Bangladesh, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand and the United Kingdom. A fuller report, containing detailed factual information and legal analysis will be published and presented to the Human Rights Council on 18 September. It will include a significant amount of satellite imagery analysis.


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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan Imran Khan was born on November 25, 1952, Lahore, Pakistan. He is the former legendry Pakistani cricket player, philanthropist, politician, and now he is elected as prime minister of Pakistan. He led the Pakistani team to the Cricket World Cup victory in 1992 and then he entered politics as a critic of government corruption in Pakistan.

Early Life and Cricket Career Khan was born into a wealthy Pashtun family in Lahore and was educated at elite schools in Pakistan such as Aitchison College in Lahore, then the Royal Grammar School Worcester in Worcester, England, and later at Keble College, Oxford. He started playing cricket at the very early age when he was only 13. While playing cricket for his college and then for Worcestershire, Imran Khan made his debut in 1971 for the Pakistan national cricket team at the age of 19, against England at Edgbaston, Birmingham. After graduating from Oxford, he made his home debut for Pakistan in 1975 and ended his career in 1992. There were numerous talented cricket players in his family, including two older cousins, Javed Burki and Majid Khan, who both played as captains of the Pakistan national team.

Imran Khan played cricket in Pakistan and in England in his teenage years and did not stop playing while studying politics, philosophy, and economics at the University of Oxford in England. Imran Khan played his debut match for a national team of Pakistan in 1971, but he was not able to get a permanent place on the team till after his graduation from Oxford University in 1975. In the early decades of 1980 Imran Khan renowned himself as an excellent bowler and all-rounder, and he was made as captain of the Pakistani team in 1982. In 1982, at the peak of his career, Imran Khan took over the captaincy of the Pakistan cricket team from Javed Miandad. As a captain, Imran Khan played forty-eight Test matches, out of which fourteen were won by Pakistan, eight lost and the rest of twenty-six

were drawn. Imran Khan also played 139 one day matches, winning 77, losing 57 and ending one in a tie. Imran Khan’s athletic talent and handsome personality made him a celebrity in Pakistan and United Kingdom, and his consistent advents at trendy London nightclubs provided fodder for the English tabloid press. In 1992 Imran Khan accomplished his best athletic success when he led the Pakistani team to its first Cricket World Cup title, defeating England in the final. Imran Khan retired from cricket in 1992 right after the World Cup, having secured a reputation as one of the best cricket players in history. In Test cricket, he made 3,807 runs and took 362 wickets, and is one of eight world cricketers to have achieved an ‘All-rounder’s Triple’ in Test matches.

Imran Khan’s Philanthropy During the decades of 1990, Imran Khan worked as a Special Representative for Sports for UNICEF and endorsed health and immunisation programs in Pakistan, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka and Thailand. While Imran Khan was in London, he also worked with the Lord’s Taverners, a cricket charity. Imran Khan entirely focused his efforts on the welfare of people. After 1992 Imran Khan was considered as a philanthropist in the public eye. He felt a religious awakening, accepting Sufi mysticism and detaching his earlier playboy image. In one of his philanthropic efforts, he launched a fundraising campaign to set up a cancer hospital in memory of his mother for the Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer

Hospital in 1994, a well-equipped specialised cancer hospital in Pakistan. The Shaukat Khanum Memorial Cancer hospital was named after Imran Khan’s beloved mother, who died of cancer in 1985. Imran Khan raised $25 million to set up a cancer hospital in Lahore in 1994, and then afterwards in 2015 a second hospital in Peshawar. In 2010, he was inducted into the ICC Cricket Hall of Fame. Imran Khan also served as the chancellor of Bradford University between 2005 and 2014 and was the recipient of an honorary fellowship by the Royal College of Physicians in 2012. On April 27, 2008, Imran Khan established a technical college in the Mianwali District (Pakistan) called Namal College. It was built by the Mianwali

Development Trust and is an associate college of the University of Bradford in December 2005. Imran Khan also established Imran Khan Foundation for welfare work, which aims to help poor people all over Pakistan. It also helps flood victims in Pakistan. Buksh Foundation is a partner of Imran Khan Foundation to light up villages in Dera Ghazi Khan, Mianwali and Dera Ismail Khan under the project ‘Lighting a Million Lives’. The campaign has the intention to establish numerous Solar Charging Stations in few villages and provide villagers with solar lanterns, which may be constantly charged at the solar charging stations

Entry into Politics After retiring from the world of cricket, Imran Khan became a staunch critic of government mismanagement and corruption in Pakistan. He founded his own political party, Tehreek-e-Insaf, in 1996. In Pakistan’s national elections, the newly formed party PTI won less than 1 % of the vote and failed to win any seat in the Pakistan National Assembly,

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but it was little better in the 2002 elections, winning a single seat that Imran Khan filled. Khan maintained that vote rigging was to blame for his party’s low vote totals. In October 2007 Khan was among a group of politicians who resigned from the National Assembly, protesting Pres. Pervez Musharraf’s candidacy in the upcoming presidential

election. In November Imran Khan was imprisoned for a short while during a crackdown against critics of Musharraf, who had declared a state of emergency. Imran Khan condemned the state of emergency, that ended in the midst of December, and boycotted the 2008 national elections to protest the government of Musharraf.


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Pakistan Prime Minister Imran Khan 2013 elections campaign On April 21, 2013, Imran Khan started a final campaign to improve public relations for the 2013 elections from Lahore where he addressed thousands of supporters at the Mall. Imran Khan also claimed that he would pull Pakistan out of the terrorism and spread peace to the Pashtun tribal belt. He addressed a few public meetings in many cities of Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and other parts of the country where he claimed that PTI will launch a uniform education system in which the rich and poor children may have equal opportunities. Imran Khan terminated his south Punjab campaign by addressing gatherings in various Seraiki belt cities. Imran Khan terminated the campaign by addressing a crowd of supporters in Islamabad through a video link while lying on a bed at a hospital in Lahore.

The last survey before the elections by The Herald showed 24.98 % of voters nationally calculated to vote for his party, just a little behind former Prime Minister Nawaz Sharif’s PML-N. On May 7, just four days before the elections, Imran Khan was taken to Shaukat Khanum hospital in Lahore when he fell from a forklift at the edge of a stage and fell headfirst to the ground. The Elections were held on May 11, 2013, throughout Pakistan. The elections resulted in a clear majority of Pakistan Muslim League (N). Imran Khan’s party PTI emerged as the 2nd largest party by popular vote nationally including in Karachi. Imran Khan’s PTI won 30 directly elected parliamentary seats and became the 3rd largest party in National Assembly behind Pakistan People’s Party, which was 2nd.

PTI Performance in 2018 general election Imran Khan, the chairman of PTI, contested the general election from NA-35, NA-53, NA-95, NA-131, and NA-243. According to official results, Imran Khan led the poll, although the opposition accused large-scale vote rigging and administrative negligence. On 28th July, the Election Commission of Pakistan (ECP) declared that the Imran Khan’s PTI had won 115 of the 270 seats contested. Imran Khan became the first person who contested and won in all five constituencies in the general elections, surpassing Zulfikar Ali Bhutto who contested in four but won in three constituencies in 1970. A number of opposition parties

Nawaz Sharif and his PML-N party, in particular, claimed that a conspiracy between the judiciary and military had influenced the election in favour of Imran Khan and PTI. The Election Commission, nevertheless, rejected accusations of rigging and Sharif and his PML-N later accepted Imran Khan’s victory, despite lingering ‘reservations’ regarding the result. Two days after the 2018 general elections were held; the chief observer of the European Union Election Observation Mission to Pakistan Michael Gahler verified that the overall situation of the general election was fair.

Victory speech of Imran Khan During Imran Khan’s victory speech, he suggested the policy outlines for PTI government. Imran Khan told that his inspiration was to build Pakistan as a humanitarian state based on philosophies of the first Islamic state of Medina. He expressed that his future government would put poor and needy people of the country at first and all plans would be geared towards uplifting the standards of living of the lesser fortunate. He promised an investigation into rigging allegations. He told that he wanted united Pakistan and would refrain from victimising his political ad-

versaries. Everybody will be equal under the law. He assured people a simple and less costly government devoid of pomp and show in which prime minister house will be converted into Research University, and governor houses would be used for public benefits. On foreign policy, Imran Khan aimed to learn from China and wished to have good relations with Afghanistan, the United States, and India. On the Middle East, Imran Khan told that his government would strive to have a balanced relationship both with Saudi Arabia, and Iran.

PTI Revolutionary Steps Pakistan Furniture Council (PFC) Chief Mian Kashif Ashfaq has appreciated Imran Khan’s pledge of cut expenses, implementing reforms and austerity measures. PTI government is going to take some major steps on all fronts and multi-pronged economic vision to increase the volume of export while forming a business-friendly environment for foreign investment. He told that a good economic team, coordination with ministries, wise and quick decisions to deal efficiently with the forthcoming economic crisis could save Pakistan out of the current complex position. Imran Khan’s decision to increase export by giving all possible support to the business community is a very optimistic aspect, and the PTI government banned the import of luxurious items including furniture. Another challenge for Imran Khan is to reduce imports which are costing over $1.5 billion per month. The PTI government would address

the issues of the business community on war footing. Prime Minister Imran Khan was also told that the businessmen and industrialists regained their confidence in PTI government policies under Imran Khan’s dynamic leadership. The government will encourage the traders and industrialists to play their vital role for the promotion of businesses, industries, trade and investments in the country. Imran Khan was focused to provide every possible facility to the investors, industrialists, traders and businessmen. PTI leader Naeem-ul-Haq, addressing journalists in Bani Gala, told that Pakistan economy was undergoing a severe economic crisis, and Asad Umar who was set to be the next finance minister had started making efforts to address the crisis by holding consultations in Karachi and Lahore and would receive international support. He also told that the party had

formed the next government at the Centre, Khyber Pakhtunkhwa and in Punjab. He told that the people of Pakistan would prepare for a glorious era of development in which the resources would be used on the welfare of the people. He told that he wanted to give the glad tidings to the people of Pakistan to get ready for a glorious era of development in which resources would be used for their welfare. He then told that party would fulfill its promise to provide one crore jobs in the next five years, and they had received an overwhelming support from overseas Pakistanis who had expressed interest to invest and willingness to return and work for the benefit of the country. He told that Imran Khan truly believed that the people of Pakistan had been deprived of their rights for the last seven decades and they would provide them with their due rights.

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Iram Habib Kashmir’s First Muslim Woman Pilot

Iram Habib, 30 has become the first Kashmiri Muslim women to become a pilot. She will be joining GoAir. Iram has succeeded Tanvi Raina who is a Kashmiri Pandit, who joined Air India as the Valleys first female pilot in 2016. During April 2017, Ayesha Aziz, 21 from Kashmir became India’s youngest student pilot. Iram’s road to becoming a pilot was difficult, especially since it just passed through the conservative Kashmiri Muslim society. Iram’s father is a supplier of surgical equipment provided to government hospitals in Kashmir. Iram also gave up her dream of achieving a doctorate in forestry. After studying a bachelor degree in forestry in Dehradun and a post-graduate from Sher-e Kashmir University of Agricultural Sciences and Technology at Srinagar, Iram joined a flight school in the US and completed her training in 2016. Iram, who is currently taking classes in Delhi to get a commercial pilot license, said that she completed her training in Miami during 2016. Iram said that: ‘Everyone was surprised to find that I am a Kashmiri Muslim doing flying but I went ahead to achieve my goal.’

Indian MP dresses as Adolf Hitler

An Indian politician appeared in the countries Parliament dressed like Adolf Hitler. Indian MP Naramalli Sivaprasa was dressed in a Khaki coat with swastika symbols on his pocket and arm. He also had a toothbrush moustache. The MP was seen asking for more funds for the development of his state in southern India. He also raised his hand in a Nazi salute for the media. Mr Sivaprasa’s appearance did not trigger any protests from fellow parliamentarians. He stated that he wanted to send a message to the Prime Minister warning him

not to follow Hitler. He complained that Mr Modi had gone back on his word to provide extra funds for his Andhra Pradesh state. “He does not get the pulse of what people want, and I want to urge him to not be like him (Hitler),” he said. Mr Modi’s government denies the charge. In protest, Mr Sivaprasa’s powerful regional group, The Telugu Desam Party, broke their alliance with Mr Modi’s government in March. It also unsuccessfully tried to bring down the government through a no-confidence motion last

month in Parliament. Mr Naramalli Sivaprasa used to dress up in different costumes, like a cattle herder, a farmer, a Muslim cleric and a woman, in order to press different issues. Hitler remains a figure of fascination in India, where the Holocaust is not well known and is widely seen more as a strong leader than a genocidal dictator. His book, Mein Kampf, can be found in many bookstores, and bootleg copies are regularly sold in the streets of New Delhi and other large cities.

India plans space flight by 2022 According to Premier Narendra Modi, India will send a manned flight into space by 2022. He stated that India will become the fourth country after the United States, China and Russia to achieve the feat and its astronaut could either be a man or a woman. The space capsule that will be transporting India’s astronauts has been tested. The first Indian to travel in space was Rakesh Sharma, who travelled in a Soviet Rocket during 1984. Since 1960, India’s own space programme has been active, and India has launched scores of satellites for itself and other countries and successfully put one in orbit around Mars during 2014. It hopes to showcase its technological ability to explore the solar system while also using research from space and elsewhere to solve problems at home. The £790 million-a-year space programme has already helped to develop satellite, communication and remotesensing technologies and has also previously used gauge underground water levels and can predict weather in the country which is prone to cycles of drought and flood.

Mr Narendra Modi listed his government’s achievements in the past four years in reforming the country’s economy, reducing poverty and corruption. He announced a health insurance scheme for 500 million poor people providing a cover of 500,000 rupees (£5,600) per family a year. He claimed that India will become a growth engine for the world economy as the “sleeping elephant” has started to run on the back of structural economic reforms. He said its economy was seen as fragile before 2014 but is now attracting investment. India is the sixth-largest economy in the world and Mr Modi said international institutions see India as giving strength to the world economy for the next three decades. He said the structural reforms like a national tax replacing various state and local taxes, bankruptcy and insolvency laws, and a crackdown on corruption have helped transform the economy. Mr Modi became prime minister when his Hindu nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party won a resounding victory in the national elections in 2014. He will seek another five-year term for his party at elections due by March-April next year.


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Birmingham is Getting 5G Mobile First

The New 5G mobile technology will transform the industry, health services and boost online video streaming and gaming and this is all coming to the West Midlands first. The 5G mobile connectivity will be fast as home fibre and will be ultra reliable and secure and will not prone to drop-off. It will also allow crowds of people to connect without any problems. The government have announced that the West Midlands and Birmingham have been selected to trial the new technology which is backed by a £150 million investment to set up the new artwork. The superfast broadband for users will also help the development of new technology such as driverless

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technology.” What is 5G connectivity? • Allows more reliable, stronger connections at lower cost for business, public services and consumers • It could be used to replace home wired broadband • Mobile internet which is much faster than current home fibre broadband and just as reliable • It uses less power to carry the signal it means longer battery life for devices • Thousands of users can connect at the same time without suffering from a drop out. “Netflix for everyone in New Street - or even new applications like VR.” When will it happen? The first 5G enabled smartphones are expected to appear on the market during 2019. The networks will first appear throughout busy areas like rail stations, city centres and stadiums. Just Like other mobile technologies, this could take several years to become commonplace. However, unlike the step up from 3G to 4G, this is a brand new technology, which could take longer to roll out.

David Davis warns of EUs ‘Massive Miscalculation

David Davis, the former Brexit secretary, declared that the EU will do a “massive miscalculation” if it thinks the UK is not able nor ready to get out from the negotiations in Brussels without having a good deal.The words from Mr Davis followed Liam Fox’s thought that there was a 60-40 chance of a no-deal outcome, because of the “intransigence” of the European negotiators that is pushing the UK towards a no deal.Mr Davis - who spent months negotiating with Michel Barnier before leaving the office after Theresa May’s Chequers plan – said multiple times that EU member states will be more exposed in case of failure to reach an agreement with the UK. “This has great scope for being a massive miscalculation on the part of the EU that could end up with a no deal by accident,” he told the Daily Telegraph. “It’s certainly not the intention of the EU to have a no-deal Brexit, but they are misjudging us at the moment. The UK Parliament does not want a no deal, but it’s certainly not going to be pushed around by the European Parliament.” “I’ve always thought that a no deal is better than a bad deal and while there will be border issues and so on... it would give us more freedom. I’m still of the view that we have got two things on our side - we have got our own currency, and we are masters of our own destiny in a way that EU member countries are not.”He added: “This is a negotiation and it will go to the edge, but we must not panic about this. They have got lots to lose too, and specific countries and specific sectors have got large amounts to lose. As we get closer to the brink, there will be internal pressure within the EU.”These remarks were said in the wake of the meeting between the prime minister and French president Emmanuel Macron, for one-on-one talks at

his summer retreat and ministers were sent in the entire EU to negotiate with their counterparts, trying to bypass Mr Barnier and the EU commissioners. Robert Buckland, the solicitor general, declared that the Government surely thinks that the leaders of the 27 EU states will have the opportunity to be more active in the negotiation process. “The Government’s policy is to get a deal that chimes entirely with what I think is in the best interests of our country,” he told BBC Radio 4’s Westminster Hour. “The reality is that as we get close to the wire, the views of the member states will become more important.” The UK and EU would like to wrap up the Brexit negotiation rounds by October so that MPs and MEPs will be able to thoroughly analyse it. Mr Buckland announced though that if it was delayed to November, it would still be possible for both chambers to work on the deal, although he did mention that the Commons’ Christmas break could be shortened.“The clock is ticking; parliamentary time will be very tight,” he said. “I don’t think that needs to be emergency legislation, I think it can be done on the floor of both Houses, but we are going to have to perhaps look at a few recesses and actually the time that we use in Parliament to make sure that everything is thoroughly debated.”Labour responded to Dr Fox’s statement that not having a deal with the EU would be a “catastrophic failure of government.” But shadow Brexit secretary Sir Keir Starmer estimated that Theresa May “reckless red lines” increased the difficulty to reach a deal, along with splits in the Tory ranks and “fantasy Brexiteer promises”. He noted that Parliament should prevent the UK crashing out without a deal.


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Birmingham’s ‘Big City Plan’

Not a lot of cities have known such deep modifications as Birmingham in the past ten years. Its city centre has been completely changed and expanded, and numerous buildings have emerged. The flyovers which once dominated the city have been normalised, and its grey concrete Brutalist design has been reshaped towards the innovative millennial structures.Birmingham’s main shopping area, the Bullring, was dismantled and rebuilt from scratch. It’s the same for its main library, railway stations and airport, that have all been rebuild or will soon be. Birmingham’s “Big City Plan” wants to increase the city centre’s surface and is establishing a series of economic hubs for industries such as advanced manufacturing, life sciences, ICT and

food industry. Both capital investors and business operators are looking positively on these initiatives.Professional services are increasing, and executive spending power has bolstered local retail which is progressing in terms of premium offers. Birmingham now is home to four Michelin-starred restaurants, which would have been impossible before these changes. Yet Birmingham’s reputation is obviously better outside of the UK than inside. Investors from all around the world just designated it “Destination of the Future” admiring the scope of investment, skill pool and drive the city generates by its rejuvenation. Entrepreneurs are not rare either. More than 16,000 new businesses were created in 2013, and some have huge

ambitions. For example, startup Droplet wants to cut out the banks from the system, while London still tries not to acknowledge the “too big to fail” status of the City. Birmingham Science Park Aston play hosts to the Innovation Birmingham complex, which welcomes 86 tech startups, that range from games to SaaS. The majority of firms are involved in the Entrepreneurs for the Future (E4F) programme, which offers free office spaces and communications with support and consulting services. The whole community organises events and meetings like “Tech Wednesday”,that takes place each month. Future projects will expand the scope of the programme by 120,000 sq ft in the coming years.If there is one

thing that Birmingham certainly has in abundance is space to grow since its ancient industrial areas are now being recalibrated for tomorrow’s industries. For example, the Custard Factory, Digbeth, home to the old Bird’s factory, will be able to host dozens of young startups in the near future.The Oxygen Accelerator has really contributed to bolstering the Birmingham scene, with a collaboration with Google in London. But the most involved members, Simon Jenner, Mark Hales and Kath Preston are all Birmingham-based and are close to the city’s tech scene. Jenner has, for example, announced his goal to establish “100 tech startups in the city each year”. He added: “There’s something happening in Birmingham. You get that

sense at the meet-ups that there’s a community growing and it’s going to reach a tipping point”.The gaming industry is certainly the sector where the local tech startups attract worldwide attention, with international hits like Dojit in China. Another one, Soshi Games is working on entering the music business. Its Music Festival Game is at the heart of a new way of promoting and launching new bands and artists to a global audience, and the company has secured more than a million pounds worth of investment.Another gaming company called Wewanaplay works on improving the multi-player gaming experience. Launch48, which is a local ‘Hackathon’ event in the city that promotes innovation, helped launch the startup.


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The government is planning a new high-speed line, from London to Birmingham and to Manchester and Leeds, called HS2. Ministers announce that it will improve the transport network and help economic development, but the line and its effect on those living near it are a problem. You will find some information about the line here. The starting project is for a new railway line between London and the West Midlands carrying 400m-long (1,300ft) trains transporting 1,100 passengers per train. They would operate at speeds of up to 250mph - faster than any current operating speed in Europe - and would run as often as 14 times per hour in each direction. A second phase will follow, from Birmingham to Manchester and Leeds. The Department for Transport says there will be 15,000 seats an hour on trains between London and the cities of Birmingham, Manchester and Leeds. What will the second phase involve? In November 2016, the government established the route for the second phase - from Crewe to Manchester and the West Midlands to Leeds. A new HS2 station will be added to Manchester Piccadilly, with a connection to another new station at Manchester Airport. And in July 2017, the government said the line’s north-eastern route, to Leeds, will go east of Sheffield, with some trains going into the city. The Department for Transport said the full line would connect Birmingham, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and the East Midlands, with London acting as the final destination. When will it be operative and how much will it cost?

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WHAT IS HS2?

The first phase of the £56bn railway is due to open in December 2026. But earlier this year, the Public Accounts Committee called this deadline “overly ambitious”. The next lines leading to Manchester and Leeds will start in the mid-2020, with the line opening by 2032-33. In June 2013, the government rearranged the budget of the project, due to an increase in the amount of infrastructure work. This took the estimated budget from £32.7bn to £42.6bn at present values - with the cost of the first phase going from £16bn to £22bn. Could the HS2 project be delivered quicker? The scheme’s chairman, Sir David Higgins, announced that the works on the northern section should be prolongated to go to Crewe by 2027, instead of stopping at Birmingham by 2026. In a report for the government, called HS2 Plus, he wrote that the second phase

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of HS2 could then be completed by 2030 instead of 2033. What does HS2 mean for passengers? The Department for Transport says the project will cut Birmingham-London journey by 32 minutes. Once the second phase is complete, Manchester-London journeys would take one hour less, and BirminghamLeeds 57min instead of 2hr. London and Edinburgh and Glasgow will then take 3hr 30min, one hour less than it currently takes. What about fares? The government said nothing about fares. But it announced that it “assumes a fares structure in line with that of the existing railway” and that HS2 will create sufficient demand and revenue so that high fares would be avoided. It estimates total revenues of up to £34bn over 60 years. Who are the winners... * Old Oak Common in north-west

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London will be transformed into a 14-platform interchange station and will provide fast connections to central London, the City and Heathrow airport. The government expects the station to generate at least 20,000 new jobs. * The northern cities will be reachable quicker and better connected to London. * Commuters on the West Coast Main line. ...and losers? * The HS2 could isolate whole portions of the territory, like Wales. * Wildlife. NGOs say both phases directly affect nature reserves leading to a net loss in biodiversity. * The Chilterns, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire - here, historic buildings are at risk of damage or demolition, and remaining residents will face noise pollution. * Some residents in Mexborough, South Yorkshire, will lose their homes. Sixteen of 216 homes on a housing estate in

Why are ministers so keen on the scheme? The government argues that the rail network will be saturated by 2024. Moreover, it will be able to generate around 40,000 jobs. Groups such as the Campaign for High-Speed Rail say there will be added benefits, and some politicians think HS2 will be able to create a new economic environment for added prosperity. What about opposition to HS2? HS2 will pass through around 70 parliamentary constituencies. Locals are already contacting their MPs to make the voices heard at the Parliament. There is political pressure on some Conservative MPs in particular, who will see the route pass through their constituencies, and some announced that they may vote against the government’s bill. Pressure group Stop HS2 argues that England’s North and Midlands will be disadvantaged compared to London and that projections for its success don’t consider the losses of conventional rail. Stop HS2 believes that once the highspeed railway is operating, existing intercity services to London will be reduced by up to two trains an hour. HS2 Action Alliance claim more than 70% of the 30,000 jobs created around HS2 stations in phase one will be in London rather than the West Midlands, while other groups oppose the project because of its environmental impact.

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How to Sell a Business in the UK

If you eventually decide to sell the organisation that you have nurtured, parting ways with it and moving on to a new project can be even more difficult, for a number of reasons. To effectively manage this process, you not only need to understand how to sell a business, but also why you might want to take this step and what obstacles lie in your way. From the first discussion to the final negotiations, here Business Trade Centre look’s at what to expect. Why sell up? There are two main categories to consider when thinking about why you might sell your business; internal pressures and external factors. External factors can include things like personal debt, which is continuing to climb at the moment, ill health that impacts you or a family member without warning and economic influences which make you doubt the long-term viability of your business. Internal pressures might include a desire to achieve a better work-life balance, rather than being a slave to your organisation for every waking hour of the day. You might simply have stopped taking any pleasure from stewarding your business or decided that now is the time to capitalise on all of your hard work by selling up and enjoying that muchdeserved payday. In a lot of cases, there is a purely emotional motivation behind the decision to sell, whether it comes from a personal place or whether it is a reflection of a gut feeling about the timing of this move. Who do you need on your side? There are a lot of people you need to

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have in your corner to support and facilitate the sale of a business, especially if this is your first time taking on such a project. It is unwise and ultimately impossible to do everything yourself, so with the right team on tap, you can avoid common pitfalls. At a minimum, an accountant will need to participate in the process, with a dedicated financier often involved in transactions that include a variety of different assets, rather than cash alone. A business sale agent can be an important influence, giving you the guidance you need when you encounter an issue

and smoothing out any rough edges as things progress. A lawyer should be on hand to tackle the complex legal processes that underpin a transaction of this magnitude. Finally, a tax advisor will see you in good stead in terms of determining how much tax, if any, you need to pay when selling a business. What is your business worth? The value of a business is a mixture of objective fact and subjective opinion. Your assets, including equipment, stock and furnishings, have a fixed value, as you might expect. However, a buyer

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may be more eager to commit to a deal if these assets are easier to liquefy and convert into cash. The profitability is clearly a tangible measure of the firm’s success but will do more to enhance its subjective value, with the goodwill of prospective buyers needing to be courted at this point to raise the price. Each buyer is a different prospect and comes with their own unique outlook on your business, so it is a case of finding the best way to show them that it is worth more than the raw value of its assets. What pre-sale preparations are necessary? Most of the hard work involved in preparing to sell your business comes down to paperwork, which is where the team you have assembled around you will come into play. You need to get all of your accounts in order and have a minimum of three years of archived information on hand. You will also have to muster up in-depth information covering everything from employee contracts and pensions to insurance policies, software licensing, property documentation and more besides. One thing that you should not overlook at this point is the necessity of preparing a suitable reason for selling which you can give to buyers. This will obviously need to be marketable as well as genuine, or else you might put them off or drive down the offer price accidentally. How can I market my business effectively? Hopefully, if you run a commercial organisation, then you have a few ideas about what goes into a successful sales pitch. You need to pinpoint prospective buyers and target them as accurately as possible, whether by listing your firm in relevant industry publications, setting up a website that advertises the sale, or harnessing location-based promotions to gain traction. How should I handle negotiations? Selling a business is like selling anything else; it all comes down to the final negotiations. You need to hammer out several things, including a sale price, the terms and manner of payment and the legal responsibilities which come from the agreement. External advice and guidance at this point will be particularly valuable.

Whether it is online marketing or simply working for companies that are computer-based with employees that work remotely. If you don’t do it, you may always regret it because sooner or later you will be forced to make the switch, but you won’t be the master of your own domain like you are now. Another huge advantage of this type of job is that you don’t have to worry about an actual physical product whether it be the storage, distribution, or tech support for it. Most often you earn money via commissions for selling other people’s products. You also aren’t limited by geography in your market. You can sell to people in Guam just as easily (other than maybe the language barrier) as to your neighbour. The web allows you more potential diversity of cash flow than your typical job does as well. If one channel of income dries up, you will typically have 2 or 5 or 13 other sources to fall back on while you repair or replace the first. So what are the other advantages to having the ability to earn money online? Well, there are several! There is an increased ability to automate and therefore be working even while you are sleeping. You also don’t have to work in the typical and uncomfortable cubicle. You can work when you want which lends more flexibility to take that needed vacation when you need it rather than simply when you can so that you don’t miss a busy week of work (after all isn’t that the idea of a vacation?). You can also work where you want--at home or in the coffee shop for that matter. You can also wear what you want. Gone are the days of slow suffocation for the sake of the status quo wearing ridiculous ties. So this sounds good, right? Is there something you are waiting for? Oh... you think that the initial risk of quitting your job to earn money online is too high? Well then don’t quit your career! You can easily maintain both a normal job and an additional income at the same time, and you will find very quickly that you have nothing to fear. What about a start-up? Well depending on how you start, some have very little cost assuming you already have a decent computer and connection to the internet. Other cheap options include the online auction sites. Do yourself a favour and don’t wait, now is your chance to beat the impending stampede and at your own level of comfort.


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KEEPING A GOOD RELATIONSHIP WITH THE BANK

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 managers 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 1020% 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. 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 going 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.

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Small business is again in transition. Many employees, now working from home, are no longer tied to a geographic office and the woes of commuting. This is a relatively new phenomenon with hints of explosive sector growth in the days ahead. As this turbulent economy has forced downsizing, offshore restructuring and closures in large companies, many new entrepreneurs have been born. These are people, who instead of tirelessly attempting to find new employment and possibly enduring the same fate as previously experienced, are now starting small businesses and enjoying the benefits and perils of self-employment. There’s an old story telling of an Admiral’s decision to fight a battle against overwhelming odds. It seems that he was approaching the coast of an enemy land, with a larger naval force closing in from behind and a great army approaching from the land ahead. He prayed and then addressed his men. He announced that their weary battle forces would land on the beach ahead, dig in and prepare for the upcoming battle. There was no turning back and no other alternative. He ordered their ships burned after they landed. Their only choice was to fight to win or perish. They defeated their enemy because he eliminated any other escape route. They were fixed on the goal of survival and none other. That is the same attitude we as entrepre-

neurs must take. We cannot afford to be denied. We must grow and prosper, or our business will surely perish. We must constantly be looking for ways to cost-effectively market our business and increase sales. We must control costs and have sufficient cash flow for daily operations. Each of us must be persistent, relentless and vigilant. As CEO, we are the manufacturer, the sales team, the marketing department, legal office, accounting office, human resources manager, IT manager, the webmaster and so on. We can’t afford to be all these positions. Our job is to sell! We must locate cost-effective resources to help us grow and protect the investment in our business. The growth of the internet has changed our marketplace as well. Years ago, a small business owner decided upon a geographic chunk of the market and set up shop. Today, that shop is typically located in an office at the entrepreneur’s home. The marketplace is now the world. The costs of marketing products and communicating worldwide are so low that almost anyone can take part in this revolution. Sophisticated voice mail, cell phones, email and effective e-commerce websites now provide the illusion of size and grandeur for even the smallest home-based business. In the end, the customer typically has no idea whether their supplier is local or across the world. He may be dressed in

Easy Ways to Start Saving

The holidays can really have us searching for a deeper meaning -one that tells how to make the pounds go further. There are easy ways to start saving money. Start with the simple things. Eat out less, and stay home more often. Have your friends over for a movie night instead of going out on the town. Start a rotation. Have friends over to your house one weekend, and go to theirs the next weekend. This way you both save without having to sacrifice your social life. There are many ways to save money shopping for your children. All it takes is a little research. You can often find clothing at a consignment or thrift store for half of the original cost. But be careful - you can often find the outfit new on sale for the same price. Once you have shopped around for a while, you’ll learn where to look.

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save money when it comes to your children. You may have noticed that children love to draw. Instead of sacrificing your new office paper, let them use your used office paper. Simply stick a box in your office that you toss paper into. I do this.

My children know to just get paper from the box and get busy. You can even re-use paper grocery bags for a change of pace. Babysitting costs can add up. Wouldn’t it be great to find a free babysitter? Try rotating sitting with your friends. We keep the kids on Friday night, and our friends go out. On Saturday, we hit the town. Both couples get to enjoy a night out without the added expense of a babysitter. Speaking of the weekends, don’t blow all that you have saved on the weekend. You have worked so hard all week, so it’s easy to think that you deserve a little fun. While that is true, there are ways to enjoy the town without spending a lot of money. For example, instead of going to the amusement park (which can cost a small fortune), go to a new park and ride bikes through the

a shirt and tie or in his pyjamas! All that typically matters is that the exchange of product and service is successfully made for a profit. It is critically important for the small, home-based entrepreneur to be aware of the resources available to her as she makes this great leap. Too many people leap prematurely into business only to fail because of poor planning and insufficient financial resources. Do not get caught in this trap. Don’t quit your day job until you have enough cash on hand to pay the bills for at least a year into your new venture. Become aware of and develop the resources available to you. You want everything possible going for you as you make this leap of faith into the entrepreneurial world. There are also numerous magazines devoted to small businesses, homebased businesses, marketing, sales and accounting. Get tuned in to these and other resources available to you. Read your industry publications to stay abreast of competition and for other information regarding your business interests. There is more opportunity available today than ever before for the wise entrepreneur. Get all your ducks in a row before you make the fateful leap into the new world marketplace. Be smart, learn all you can as quickly as possible and take action on your ideas.

trails. Picnics, hikes and scavenger hunts cost little but make lasting memories for your children. One of the biggest ways that money is lost is through simple mismanagement. Credit cards do help make ends meet, but only temporarily. If you can’t pay off the balance at the end of each month, you are going to be in a world of hurt in the future. Interest charges and minimum payments can stretch out a small amount of money into a long, endless repayment period. Over drafting your account is another example of lost money that you could be saving. Even if you have overdraft protection, the fees will cost you in the long run. If you have a £25 overdraft fee, and overdraft four times a month, you will lose £1,200 a year. Was it really worth it? What could have been purchased with £1,200? There are ways to save money that don’t take a lot of effort. It may seem like a little bit here. But it only takes 100 pennies to make a pound.


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TOOLS THAT CAN HELP BANISH THE ‘NEW JOB’ ANXIETY

Have you ever gone through a whole night worrying about your new job, tossing and turning while your overworked mind broods over a million things all at once: how well will you perform in your new job or if the new colleagues will respond to you well or are you good enough for the job. It’s pretty scary stuff- walking through the double-sliding doors on your first day, and there it is- that shrinking fear clouding your mind from thinking clearly and positively. But the sooner you can banish those fears, the sooner you can start to be successful in achieving your goals, and let that boss of yours see you shine like the bright star you are. Here are some few useful tips and tricks to help you reinvent your confidence in a new job role and nip that fear in the bud for good. Breathe Breathing is the most important tool for your mind, body and soul. Your body’s a great mirror for how your mind operates, and if your minds not doing so good, it will be reflected in your body. It’s as simple as that. So when you walk through them double-sliding doors stop and take a minute to inhale deeply and exhale. Keep doing this for at least a good few minutes, till you feel the tension drain from your body. Turn to the people you love Everyone knows the importance of setting aside savings. Whether it’s for retirement, emergency funds or saving for the family vacation, it is something that we should all be doing. Yet sometimes this isn’t as easy as we would like and at the end of the month, our money is spent without setting anything aside. The financial services industry has become aware of this and has created tools to help us save. If you have difficulty saving, these tools may be your best way to ensure you have savings for whatever comes. Direct Deposit Of all the tools to help you save, direct deposit has been around the longest. Direct deposit is when your employer deposits your paycheck directly to your checking, savings, retirement or bank accounts. Many times an employer can deposit your check to more than one account. If this is the case, to help you with your savings, you could split your check up by how it will be used. Spending money could go into your checking account and a percentage into a savings account. This way you don’t have to actually move the money into saving, it is done for you automatically at the beginning of the month. Setting up direct deposit is usually just a matter of completing a form at your workplace. For many people, money that goes directly into savings is forgotten and therefore less easily spent. Automatic Investments When direct deposit isn’t an option, or you just want another choice, automatic investments is a good way to help you save. With this, your paycheck goes into one account and

Sometimes all you need is a few words of encouragement. Support from family and friends can truly help combat your worries about a new job, and also restore your confidence back. Confide your worries and fears with them, pinpointing exactly what it is about the new job that is making you feel this way. This exercise will be useful in dealing with the true nature of your worry and will also help you come to peace with it. Don’t forget the dream The horror of starting a brand new job in an unknown location, full of strange-looking people can make you forget what you’re doing there in the first place. So it’s helpful to get in tune with some of those good feelings

that help you remember why your there. Make a list of questions, such as, why am I here, what will this new job bring me, is this the path that I want to pursue etc.., and answer them honestly, taking your time with each question. Do this exercise in the morning before you start out for the first day at your new job, then repeat it again in the evening, but this time write down the first thing that pops into your head. Compare the answers and see what’s different about each of them. This will help you realise what’s important and what isn’t. Self-talk Self-talk is a great healer. Believe it or not, it helps you sort through all

the clutter in your head and teaches you how to dispose of mental wastewhich grinds you to death- safely and quickly. Self-talk is especially helpful in stressful situations like starting a new job, for example. Trust the universe Ever hear that expression ‘we live at the mercy of fate’. Believe it or not, you weren’t given the job you spent endless nights dreaming about because your luck suddenly changed or because the universe decided it was time you got your big break. You got this job because you have what it takes and your new boss knows it. Normalise the new Simply put, new is scary. That’s just how it should be. If it wasn’t scary, it would mean you were no stranger to fear and you wouldn’t get that adrenaline rush you get when facing fear and then kicking it out of your life. I mean, where would the fun be in that? Your brain lights up like a Christmas tree when you’re in new situations where the outcome is uncertain, so the shrinking fear you feel when starting a new job is just another one of those things your brain is supposed to do. Reassure yourself that feeling anxious and scared is nothing to feel alarmed about, as it is perfectly normal for your brain to behave abnormally.

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then you setup times during the month when money is taken from this main account and put into other accounts such as investment accounts and/or savings accounts. This is something you schedule in advance and takes place on a monthly basis. This way, you don’t have to remind yourself to do it. This is very similar to direct deposit but where your bank or financial institution is doing the work for you instead of your employer. This could also be used if your direct deposit limits you to one account or only allows you to split up your check by percentages. If this is the case, you can direct deposit your paycheck into the account where you have setup automatic investments and then have small amounts go into different savings

accounts. This is helpful for depositing into accounts where you can only invest a certain amount each year, and you don’t want to go over your limit. Workplace Savings Plans Many employers now offer workplace savings plans. To contribute to a workplace savings plan, money has to come from your paycheck since they are employer sponsored plans. Your employer asks you to indicate what percentage of your paycheck should be deposited to your retirement savings account. Once this is done, that percentage will come out of your paycheck each time and go directly into your retirement account. It is difficult and sometimes impossible to retrieve money from your retirement account while working for that employer

so this is a great savings tool for those who have a hard time setting aside money. Workplace savings also is good as it lowers your overall tax burden for the year, giving you even more savings. Automatic IncreasesThe last way to help increase your savings is to use an automatic increase program on your workplace savings plan. Not all employers offer this; contact your human resources or benefits department to see if it is an option. These programs facilitate saving for retirement by automatically increasing your retirement savings each year. You generally choose what percent you want to increase the savings by as well as the date. When the chosen date comes, a larger percentage of your paycheck starts going into your workplace savings account. You can have it take effect right after annual salary increases each year making it less noticeable in your take-home pay. If saving money isn’t one of your stronger qualities, these savings programs can help. Savings is the best way to avoid financial ruin. Having money set aside for an emergency, job loss, car and home repairs, or if any unexpected expenses prevents you from having to take loans to cover these problems. Retirement savings and university savings are long-term goals that often get overlooked or procrastinated. Taking advantage of one or several options from above is the first step in creating a healthy financial future for you and your family.

Why we need to take risks

If you want to get ahead in life, you have to take risks. Being the best always comes with the willingness to take chances, and in one way or another, this is the same in every aspect of life. It does not matter if you are a Doctor, a Lawyer or an infantry soldier in the Army if you want to be the best and get ahead, you will need to take risks. A doctor may have to take risks when working with a patient. The Doctor may have to experiment with different forms of medications or new surgical procedures when all else has failed in an attempt to help the patient. A lawyer may have to argue a case in an unorthodox manner to win the case, but if the lawyer wants to become the top lawyer and make millions, then he will have to fight high profile cases. Lots of risks have to be taken. A soldier may have to take a risk and run through gunfire to save another injured soldier, to complete their mission, or just to secure an area from being overrun by enemy troops, after going days with little to no sleep. However, if a soldier wants to get promotions and eventually lead men into battle, they also need to take risks. These risks are not unlike someone looking to get rich in a casino; they have to be willing to risk everything they have to get that million pound payoff. If you play it safe in a casino, you may get lucky and win a big jackpot on the slot machines, but if you want to make millions you are going to have to play games such as Poker, Blackjack, Roulette. These are the games that need some skill, some luck and a lot of risk taking. The same can be said about life in general. No one gets ahead in life from playing it safe. You will not meet your special someone if you are too afraid to risk getting rejected by someone, you will never get that big promotion unless you take risks at your job. It is very important to continue to take risks in life. To stop taking risks means to stand still in life. Standing still in life is one of the main causes of depression. These are usually the people afraid to confront the boss and tell him that they demand a raise; they are the ones that allow life to pass them by out of fear. The entire purpose of fear is to stop you from taking a risk. Fear is nothing more than the unknown. If you have always wanted to quit your job and open a shop, but you are too afraid to do it, this is because you are afraid of failing and risking what you already have. It is important to learn to take risks in life if you want to be happy, you may not always get the things you risked for, but you will know that you tried, and in the end it does not matter in my opinion if you succeed or not it is how many risks you try to make that is the real test of how successful you are. Just remember if no one took risks we would be a world without flight and probably no automotive vehicles at all, maybe we would have no electricity. So risk truly is needed to improve the world.


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Shah Rukh Khan:

“It’s because of Salim Khan that I became SRK” Lara tied the knot with tennis player Mahesh Bhupathi in 2011 and the couple was blessed with a daughter Saira in 2012. Saira, like her mom, is one adorable kid that steals attention immediately. Here are a few really cute pictures of Saira.

Superstar Shah Rukh Khan who marked his presence at the grand finale of Salman Khanhosted game show, said he owsa his success and fame to Salman’s father, veteran screenwriter Salim Khan. The 52-year-old actor, Shah Rukh said in a statement :

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ARJUN KAPOOR & PARINEETI CHOPRA ON SCREEN

Arjun Kapoor and Parineeti Chopra unveiled two new first posters from their upcoming romantic drama Namaste England. They are seen posing on the streets of London with popular monuments of the city in the backdrop. While the first poster features a Union Jack print dupatta (scarf) clad Parineeti Chopra alongside a confused Arjun Kapoor, in the other poster you can see Arjun Kapoor donning a Union Jack t-shirt. The actors shared the posters on their respective social media accounts. Arjun Kapoor captioned the photo, “No mountain is high enough and no distance far enough for love! Presenting the Namaste England poster,” while Parineeti Chopra wrote, “A film that I still can’t believe I am a part of! From Punjab to London, we are here to say Namaste England.”

The first time I came to Mumbai as a struggling actor, I had my meals at Salman’s place where Salim Khanji supported me a lot. It is because of them I have become ‘Shah Rukh Khan’. I have come on the show only because of Salman and I will go wherever he tells me to go

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Creators of Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 Title Track Tillay Wale Jooti has vocals by renowned Punjabi folk singer Arif Lohar. The song is an upbeat dance song proving that the best music combination is Punjabi vibes and rap music. The video is full of Punjabi swagger and sees the incredible cast showing off their awesome dance moves with the likes of Humayun Saeed, Kubra Khan, Fahad Mustafa and Mawra Hocane. The song features also actor Ahmed Ali Butt who has also rapped on the track. Ahmed’s rapping is accompanied by the incredible vocals of talented folk singer Arif Lohar. The pair have joined together to create one of the biggest dance tracks of the year coming from Pakistan. Directed by Nadeem Baig, Jawani Phir Nahi Ani 2 has an ensemble cast; Sarwat Gilaniand Vasay Chaudhry who are reprising their roles in the sequel.

Creators of Load Wedding release their new track Munday Lahore De The highly anticipated wedding film, Load Wedding has released its new song Munday Lahore De. Sung by Mohsin Abbas Haider and Saima Jahan, the song gives the audience proper Punjabi vibes and is sure to get everyone up on their feet. The colourful video sees stars Mehwish Hayat and Fahad Mustafa giving an energetic performance as they carry out some incredible choreography. Capturing the atmosphere of wedding celebrations in a song and video, Munday Lahore De is set to be the Bhangra Track of the Year. Directed by Nabeel Qureshi, Load Wedding follows the love story of Raja and Meerab, played by Fahad and Mehwish. The romantic comedy takes you on a ride through the highs and lows of planning a wedding and touches upon social issues surrounding marriages.

Salman Khan Films presents Loveratri Trailer The trailer of the Aayush Sharma and Warina Hussain starrer, Loveratri has been released and it is every bit as colourful as promised. The story follows the journey of Sushrut (Aayush Sharma), a happy go lucky boy from Baroda in Gujarat, India, who meets a beautiful NRI girl (Warina Hussain). The two hit it off and a fairy tale romance develops. However, trouble arise when it comes to light that she to go abroad again after Navratri festival is over. The rest of the trailer shows Sushrut trying to woo his ladylove. Loveratri is a simple love story against the vibrant backdrop of Navratri. Moreover, brothers in law, Arbaaz Khan and Sohail Khan also play a small cameo in the film. Directed by Abhiraj Minawala, produced by Salman Khan Films, Loveratri is set to release in cinemas on 5thOctober 2018.


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Anushka Sharma & Varun Dhawan celebrate India’s Independence Day On the occasion of India’s Independence Day, superstars Anushka Sharma and Varun Dhawan are celebrating it with a special gesture. Like the name of the film Sui Dhaaga – Made in India, artisans from the corners of India have got together to create a handmade Tricolor that celebrates Indian craftsmanship. Anushka and Varun shot with the handmade flag as they waved the Indian flag. Producer Maneesh Sharma says, “Our film is a celebration of Indian craftsmanship that is winning hearts and accolades across the globe and this is our salute to our motherland. Craftsmen from different parts of the country have worked together to make this special flag. We have combined Chikankari thread work from Lucknow, Kashida style from Kashmir and Phulkari needlework from Punjab to create this flag. Chikankari work salutes the saffron, Kashida is present on the white and Phulkari work makes the green of

our national flag.” Speaking on this unique celebration, Anushka said, “When I was told that our artists have worked tirelessly day in and day out to

make our national flag that gives a tribute to the brilliant history and diverse culture of craftsmanship of our country, I was keen to see the outcome. The artists have

really made a truly special flag that captures the diversity and unity of our country and it has made my Independence Day even more special.”

Varun added, “As an Indian, I feel proud to hold my national flag every time I get the opportunity to do so and Sui Dhaaga has made that experience even more special as we are celebrating our Independence Day by saluting the brilliant home-grown arts and crafts industry. Our film’s spirit of Make In India resonates with the pride and honour of Independence Day and our handmade flag is a humble salute to our spirit of freedom.” A film about finding love and respect through self-reliance, Sui Dhaaga – Made in India has paired Anushka and Varun together for the first time, making them the most exciting pair to come together on screen. While Varun plays the role of a tailor, Anushka plays an embroiderer in the film. The National Award-winning dreamteam of director Sharat Katariya and producer Maneesh Sharma have teamed up again for this Yash Raj Films’ entertainer that is set to release on September 28 this year.


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Soha Ali Khan and Kunal Kemmu’s daughter Inaaya’s cute clicks Releases the video for his latest poem Mamma’s Kitchen

Team Paltan come together for its Trailer Launch

Upcoming war drama Paltan, directed by J.P. Dutta, has been highly anticipated by fans across the world. The team recently came together to launch the trailer of the film. The event saw cast members Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Luv Sinha and Harshvardhan Rane come together for the muchawaited trailer launch. Also in attendance was the legendary director J.P. Dutta. Paltanis a war drama based around the Indo-Chinese war. The film stars Jackie Shroff, Arjun Rampal, Sonu Sood, Gurmeet Choudhary, Luv Sinha, Harshvardhan Rane and shows their character’s camaraderie as they play soldiers in the Indian army. This was evident at the trailer launch event as the actors came together.

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STANDING OVATIONS AS AUDIENCES UNITE FOR THE DREAM THAT UNITED INDIA Megastar Akshay Kumar is once again inducing waves of worldwide intrigue, patriotism and unity with his unique drama GOLD pulling on a range of emotions to remind us of the painful divide of partition and how its brutality tore India apart, before two cultures were united as one through hockey. With raw passion, sentiment and pride forming the nexus of a film which delves beneath the realms of an ordinary sports spectacle, GOLD takes audiences on a powerful journey back in time as the era of Pakistani-India divide is brought to the fore. GOLD highlights the segregation and desolation which cast woe amongst a group of former teammates, isolated by political tensions following the declaration of independence for the nation of India in 1947, only to be brought back as one by their love of sport. Audiences see a united bond between brotherly-like peers as the Pakistani Olympic team cheer their Indian counterparts on in their first independent Olympic final (and triumph) against their former rulers - Great Britain. A sign of solidarity to raise the hair on your arms and warm your heart, the team work between the two nations demonstrates how the power of brotherhood transcends beyond that of conflict. GOLD showcases India winning its first gold as a free nation, at a time when many had questioned their ability and integrity to emerge from the shadows of their British rulers to show the world what they can do as an independent

nation. Moments like this make GOLD a film unique to any other, proving to be far deeper than a regular a sports drama. An acclaim surely worth its weight in gold. GOLD is inspired by true events and people, of India’s first gold medal win as an independent nation at the 1948 Olympics in London.

Tapan Das (Akshay Kumar), the team manager, leads the charge to assemble the country’s first all-Indian hockey team. His aim is to beat the Britishers at their own game, on their own turf. GOLD is an inspirational story of a team that fought all odds to bring their nation hope, pride and respect.

Poet and activist, Hussain Manawer releases the video for his recent work ‘Mamma’s Kitchen’, the third piece in his ‘Homemade’ poetry cycle. ‘Mamma’s Kitchen’ is one of Hussain’s most impressive combinations of music and poetry yet. The track itself sees Hussain finding the everyday paraphernalia of his home recalling memories of his mother as he deals with the grief of her loss. This powerful message is set alongside a funk inspired breakbeat and a stunning guest vocal. The video however explores a different topic. Skewing stereotypes of women in the British-Pakistani community, it sees a group of empowered young girls forming an impromptu band in the kitchen, rallying against a patriarchal perception of how they should behave. “Mamma’s Kitchen is about smashing cultural stigmas around women. It still seems to be prevalent that many women don’t have a voice and are confined within the homes,” explains Hussain Manawer. “I wrote Mamma’s Kitchen against the walls on the floor in my mum’s kitchen, when she passed away last year. The instruments found in the kitchen by the women act as their weapons to fight against oppression from society and toxic masculinity. The kitchen in the video represents the haven some women found solace in to survive within these environments.” Comprised of four poems in total the‘Homemade’ cycle finds the poet and mental health activist working his way through his personal grief following the death of his mother last year. Hussain is a unique character in the UK’s musical landscape. He’s an accomplished poet who has opened the stage for the likes of Ellie Goulding and Cher, as well as headlined sold-out shows in London’s Omeara and The Jazz Café. He’s also a passionate campaigner for mental health awareness, having set the Guinness World Record for the World’s Largest Mental Health Lesson, and is also a proud ambassador of Samaritans, committed to their vision of fewer people dying by suicide. He also recently became the youngest recipient of an honorary fellowship (from Kings College London) ever in the UK. He’s performed at Brixton Academy with the Global Citizen initiative (sharing the stage with Former UN Secretary General Kofi Anan) and made appearances on Radio 4, Sky News, 5Live, BBC Asian Network discussing mental health and redefining masculinity in the modern world.


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Q/A WITH AKSHAY KUMAR:

Do you feel like you are at home in London? Yes, I do feel at home in London! My mother was here one month ago and stayed here for 15 days. She thought that she would miss Indian food whilst she was here, but she was very happy to find out that everything is available here anyway! What led you towards your latest film Gold? I am always open to new projects, which I believe are exciting and send out a particular message. This was one of the reasons I wanted to lend my name to ‘Pad Man’ and ‘Toilet’ and GOLD was no exception to this. The movie is a sports drama which showcases the dawn of a new era for India. It tackles subjects that are still relevant today. At some stage in life we have all been that underdog and some may even be currently experiencing it. I want it to create a connection with the audience and that team of 1948, who cemented their place in history. Gold emphasises the fighting spirit you need to succeed and nothing is more magical when that success comes after the sheer blood, sweat and tears you have shed. I’ve always seen sports as the greatest platform for people to come together, fighting for one cause and that is victory in the true sense.

How have you been able to find such unique subjects in recent years? As I said, I wanted to make more serious cinema, something that has an impact on the audience and suddenly some very well written scripts started coming my way. Those films have a special place in my heart, as they are real and raw, but that does not mean I’m staying away from other genres. For the longest time I was typecast as an action hero until I did Hera Pheri and things changed for the better. Hence I always like to mix it up like I’m doing a comedy, Housefull 4 as well as a war drama called Kesari, then there’s a dramedy called Good News as well. So this way hopefully I get to entertain all sections of audience. Were you surprised a film hadn’t been made on this amazing subject? Absolutely, people should know what happened in 1948. Hockey is an important game and Gold is an important film. Even though it is a sports drama, Gold lightly touches upon the birth of our nation. Youngsters should know about our history.

Things are changing in the industry; we are coming out with good films now. What has the reaction been to the film so far? Since the launch of the Stand Up For Gold unit was released even prior to the trailer there has been a sense of hype and excitement surrounding the film and that is always good to see. I can’t tell people to go and see the film or force them to like it, but what has been important is that they are already showing respect to the film and the history-side of it. I strongly feel that it is important to see a positive response from your audiences as they are the decision makers at the end of the day and we hope they like the movie, and are inspired

by it. Do you give a lot of importance to being no. 1 and getting the Gold Medal in sports? To win a Gold medal is something to be proud of but it’s also about hard work and not being disappointed if you don’t win it. The most important thing is to enjoy playing sports

on a daily basis and not feel the need to be the best. You should associate yourself with it and have fun. You have changed many people’s lives through your movies and the kind of choices and you are bringing some revolution. I feel fortunate that I have been able to even be a part of the movement. I wanted to make movies such as Pad Man and Toilet before but back then I didn’t have the resources and also the kind of acceptance we have now from the audience wasn’t prevalent then. It’s only very recently that I have become a producer and now I want to make films that make a difference to the society at large and spread a message.


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The Asian Lifestyle Expo Fashion and Fusion Show 2018

The spectacular Asian lifestyle expo Fashion and Fusion event took place on the 18th August 2018 at the intu Trafford Centre Manchester. The fashion extravaganza consisted of a fashion and entertainment show, which lasted throughout the day from noon till 8 pm. Many designers came from all over including ASUD modest wear, Bombay Stores, Bridal Gowns, Ivory Promise, Roxans Couture, Statement by Maryam, Safiera Couture, Humaaz and from the Midlands we had the amazing

Shiffonz. Many designers were showcasing their jewellery range including Swavo’s exquisite jewellery designs as well as Shezadi Jewels. A glamorous catwalk took place, showcasing some amazing bridal outfits, including Lengha’s, bridal dresses and Sherwanis. A western bridal designer known as Ivory showcased their amazing white gowns on the catwalk. Many sponsors supported the event; media sponsors included Asian World News, Radio Sangam, Asian Leader,

B4U movies, Geo and VTV Global. Other sponsors included Royal Travel, Deluxe Beds, Nadia Hussain Hair & Makeup Artist, Aunty Jee 121 Muslim Shaadi Match, Saleem’s Grill, Nettl of Sale, Manchester and many more. The photography was taken by Andre Quinta who is a fantastic photographer based in Liverpool. The stage decoration was created by Xquisite Deco from Oldham. Hundreds of people attended this magnificent event.

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T: 0121 771 4545 HEALTH More strokes are now occurring at an young age Measles www.asianworldnews.co.uk

Public Health England’s statistics show that over a third (38%) of first time strokes happen in middle aged adults (between the ages of 40 – 69). More first time strokes are now occurring at an earlier age compared to a decade ago and South Asian people are at a greater risk of experiencing a stroke at a significantly younger age. Stroke survivors, Amit Amin and Ranj Parmar both had a stroke in their late thirties. Amit said “Although I had seen the Stroke Act F.A.S.T adverts I never thought it would happen to me. I was a young man, I led a healthy life – I didn’t drink or smoke and was not overweight. It was a huge shock to my family and I.”

Amit experienced weakness on his left side and he couldn’t raise his arms. His speech was slurred too, he said “I sounded as though I was drunk but I hadn’t been drinking.” Amit’s fiancé noticed these signs and acted FAST, “When I got to the hospital I was quickly seen to by a nurse and neurologist. I had a brain scan which revealed a blood clot on the right side of my brain. It was then I knew I had a stroke.” He goes on to praise the NHS team that treated him “They were brilliant. I was helped by stroke specialists, nurses and psychologists. I also had speech therapy and physiotherapy. I made a good recovery, regaining my motor skills

and ability to speak which is amazing. I had issues with my memory but that is getting better. The only residual issue I have is impaired vision which means I can’t drive.” At the time Amit wasn’t aware that South Asians were at a higher risk of stroke and were more likely to have a stroke at a younger age than the white population. Neither did he know how important it was to act FAST when you notice any one the signs of stroke. Now he strongly advocates the importance of South Asians being aware of the signs of stroke and acting FAST “Because of the heightened risk within our community we need to be more aware of the signs of stroke – facial weakness, arm weakness and slurred speech. Calling 999 as soon as you see even one of the stroke signs in yourself or others is essential. Speedy treatment will help prevent deaths and disability.” Ranj Parmar said “At the time I didn’t know how serious stroke was until it happened to me and I certainly didn’t think I could have a stroke in my thirties.” “The day I had a stroke I was walking around the shops and suddenly it felt like someone hit me at the back of my head with a club. I felt an intense pain and started to lose mobility in both arms

and neck. It was a terrifying experience.” “I was rushed to hospital where I had a brain scan that revealed that I had a stroke.” Like Amit his experience of the NHS team was positive “They were great, the way they quickly got me the medical attention I needed.” Nine years on, he said “To look at me now, I look normal. I socialize, play light sports and can do most things I want to but the road to rehabilitation was challenging and took a lot of time and effort.” Following his stroke Ranj co-setup a support group for other stroke survivors and their families – Different Strokes Southampton, affiliated to the national charity Different Strokes. He is committed to raising awareness of the disease “Stroke is still one of the leading causes of death in England. It’s often associated with older people, however the latest research from Public Health England and my story shows that people are having strokes at a younger age. Everyone needs to be aware of the signs.” “Every minute counts when you have a stroke and calling 999 straightaway can make a significant difference to someone’s recovery and rehabilitation.”

Smoking Addiction To some extend the habit of smoking is a product of socialization. Socialization is simply the tendency to repeat patterns of behaviour one sees other persons in the society exhibit. Socialisation is one major way children and young people learn social skills. Children and teenagers learn skills necessary to live and work in the society by a socialisation process. Unfortunately also bad habits and bad ways of thinking are learned the same way. If one lives or works together with other smoking individuals, one will more or less automatic adopt these individuals’ smoking habits. If one then tries to break out of the social structure, one will feel anxiety for not being accepted any more by the social group one is a part of. If the other individuals also make moves to threaten or freeze out an individual trying to break this bad social standard, the difficulty of breaking out of the habit will be even greater. The threatening actions may not even be very serious to frighten a person from braking out of such a socially standardized habit, and may not even be meant as a threat. THE NEED FOR SUCKING AND CHEWING Every person has a need for sucking and chewing. This need is necessary in early infanthood, but it also persists into adult life to some degree. Some persons use cigarettes or other smoking devices and the smoke as a means to satisfy this need. There is a hypothesis that this need is greater by some adults then by others because this need, or some other similar basic need, has not been fully satisfied in early infanthood. If you want to stop smoking, you can try to satisfy this need by other means, for example by always keeping some-

thing in your pocket that you can put in your mouth to chew at when the need for smoke appears. AUTOMATIC REPEATING When a person have done something many times and frequently enough, there will be created a pattern of automatic repetition of that particular behaviour. This is especially true if the particular action is done in a distinct recognizable situation. The pattern of automatic repetition also have the effect of making a person feel safer in the daily life and routines. Such a pattern of automatic repetition is always a component in the smoking habit. It you want to quit smoking, you should make an investigation to find out in which situations and which environments you usually take a cigarette. Then try to avoid these situations or environments where you use to smoke, or to deliberately alter these situations. NICOTINE USED AS A SELF MEDICATION Nicotine has a tranquilizing effect upon nervous feelings. At the same time it has some anti-depressive effect, at least in the short run, and it makes a person feel more awake. A person suffering from nervousness or from depressive symptoms may feel that the smoking helps him against his mental symptoms. However, gradually there will be a need for steadily higher doses of nicotine to give these good effects, and if there is a lack of nicotine in the body, the nervous or depressive feelings will be greater than before. This gratification, but with the need for steadily higher doses to get the good effects is a major incentive for the smoking habit. You should consider if this anti-depressive or tranquilizing effect is a reason for your smoking. Then you

should try to find other ways to achieve the same effect. Engaging in some sport or outdoor life will often make you feel less depressed. If the depressive feelings are more serious, some appropriate treatment can be necessary. THE PLEASURE COMPONENT There is to some degree a plain and direct pleasure connected with smoking. This pleasure is in itself a good effect. This good effect is probably in most cases too small compared to the painful effects of smoking, but will gives a temptation for an individual to continue the habit. However, also this pleasure effect will gradually be difficult to obtain without increasing the doses. If the plain pleasure of smoking is a main reason for your habit, then you should try to find other sources of pleasure instead, for example some good food, some good music or some erotic action. THE GENETIC COMPONENT Not all people get equally easy dependent of nicotine. There are factors yet not fully understood that make some people more easily addicted than others. Perhaps some persons have receptors on their

nerve cells that more easily get trigged by nicotine than others, or perhaps some people have more receptors with the ability to get trigged by nicotine, and this is inherited in the genetic code. THE NERVOUS MECHANISMS WORKING BY ADDICTION The normal brain has signal substances with a tranquilizing effect, and substances with a stimulating effect upon nerve cells. Like most narcotic substances, nicotine act like a signal substance by fitting into receptors on some brain cells. Nicotine attaches itself to some receptors and thus gives the nerve cell having these receptors a signal. The cells getting such a signal from nicotine, will react by secreting another signal substance, dopamine that influences still other cells. Dopamine will tranquilize some brain cells and stimulate others, and the total effect of this is the pleasurable effects of smoking. However, when nicotine steadily induces dopamine release, the brain will gradually decrease the production of dopamine when nicotine is not present, and the brain will feel a steadily greater need for nicotine to work normally and feel well.

Rise in Europe

Measles cases have risen by 400% in Europe during 2017, affecting more than 20,000 people and causing 35 tragic deaths as stated by the World Health Organisation. Fifteen European countries, including the UK, saw outbreaks of the deadly virus over the duration of last year with countries such as Romania, Italy and Ukraine being the most affected. This is a major step backwards following a record low is measles cases in 2016. Experts have suggested that opting out of vaccinations is a big part of the problem, with the WHO stating that there have been overall declines in immunisation coverage, particularly amongst marginalised groups. Alongside this, interruptions in vaccine supplies and underperforming disease surveillance systems have also been blamed. Dr Zsuzsanna Jakab, from the WHO, said: “Every new person affected by measles in Europe reminds us that unvaccinated children and adults, regardless of where they live, remain at risk of catching the disease and spreading it to others who may not be able to get vaccinated. This short-term setback cannot deter us from our commitment to be the generation that frees our children from these diseases once and for all.” 282 cases were recorded in the UK in 2017 and at the end of January 2018, there were 51 confirmed cases in the West Midlands alone. The highly infectious, viral illness can be prevented by the MMR vaccine that is given to infants over two doses, which can also be given to previously untreated adults. Measles symptoms include a runny nose, sneezing, coughing, red eyes, a high temperature and a red-brown blotchy rash.

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What is DHT?

Hair loss is tragic for most people as it affects their confidence. Fortunately, science has proven from time to time again, that hair loss can be reversed completely.

The Dangers of Obesity If you thought being obese is being the target of fun, it only tells the part of the story about dangers and predicaments obesity exposes you to. Obesity is no more a simple result of overeating-lead-to-overweight case. To quote the American Obesity Association’s words, “It is now recognised that obesity is a serious, chronic disease. No human condition — not race, religion, gender, ethnicity or disease state — compares to obesity in prevalence and prejudice, mortality and morbidity, sickness and stigma.” Obesity is a trojan horse. It brings a battalion of ailments, which are most detrimental to our health. To name a few, following are the complications that could arise out being obese. 1. Hypertension 2. Diabetes (Type-2) 3. Coronary heart disease 4. Stroke 5. Gallbladder disease 6. Osteoarthritis 7. Asthma 8. Sleep apnea and respiratory problems 9. Some cancers (endometrial, breast and colon) 10. High levels of cholesterol This is an unending list, where each of the above ailments are capable of

creating other complications, where no medication without side effect, could be comfortably used. Prevention is the best cure for obesity. How to achieve this? Shake Your Head A doctor once told my friend, who is obese that it is very easy to lose weight. My friend became very interested and asked him to suggest a way. The doctor calmly replied that just shake your head from left to right, maybe ten times a day! My friend became very curious. What is the idea behind this? He asked. Doctor calmly replied, “Whenever anyone offers you something to eat, shake your head from left to right”. Simple, isn’t it? It is simple, but it requires discipline, which is not simple. But then, habit makes discipline. Avoiding junk food and fast food must be done with a discipline. Is Being Overweight Obesity Obesity is not just due to eating disorder unlike overweight. Obesity is hereditary and it is measured by Body Mass Index or BMI. Adults over the BMI of 30 Kg/m2 is considered are considered obese and any one with reading between 25 and 29.9 kg/m2 is overweight, not obese. Obesity is posing the biggest threat to

Americans and the numbers are rising with each year. There are around 35% obese Americans according to a survey. This is also draining the state exchequer heavily to the tune of $25 billion a year. What Causes Obesity There are more reasons than one. Having obsession to eating more calories than you can burn off, how active are you, what you eat and whether you have an inherited streak in your genes, all these determine your chances of becoming obese. In any case it is due to the over accumulation of fats. Is There An Anti-Obesity Plan? There are many quick-fix plans being promoted by the so called dieticians which are not regulated by FDA. However, burning fat by increased physical activity and a changed lifestyle in addition to changed eating habits to healthier foods must gradually show results. Although fat at hips is not quicker to harm you than the accumulation around waist, there is no guarantee that you are absolutely safe. Talk to your trainer and dietician, pull-up your socks and get going. After all, it’s your life.

While genetics are usually to be blamed, most balding problems are actually derived from the way you lead your lifestyle. Undergoing stress and neglecting your well-being are just some of the major factors that contributes to hair loss. Basically, such negative lifestyle habits triggers the production of Dihydrotestosterone (DHT). DHT is a hormone that attacks hair follicles, causing your hair to wither and eventually fall off. Today, experts have classified Dihydrotestosterone as one of the leading causes to hair loss. Understanding DHT. DHT is the final product of excess testosterone that is converted by an enzyme known as 5-Alpha Reductase. While the presence of DHT is usually more common among men, women are not spared either. Certain biological female processes can also lead to the production of Dihydrotestosterone. Regulating Dihydrotestosterone. DHT is certainly something to look into if you’re experiencing baldness. It is more common than you think. Fortunately, it is pretty easy to start lowering DHT levels within your body. Basic habits like getting enough rest and having a balanced diet goes a long way. Some nutrients that help to combat Dihydrotestosterone and nourish your hair are Magnesium, Folic acid and B vitamins. Since hair strands are made of Keratin, it is also crucial that you have enough protein sources throughout your daily meals. DHT blockers will also make a good addition to your repertoire. These blockers are usually sources that are natural and easily accessible. Some common ones are Saw palmetto and Rosemary oil: Saw Palmetto. Natural DHT blockers can be used as an external or internal treatment. Usually, saw palmetto extract are used as a supplement to get rid of Dihydrotestosterone from inside your body. Saw palmetto is known to reverse hair loss with 2 important processes. Firstly, it blocks the 5-Alpha Reductase enzyme. As mentioned earlier, this enzyme is the culprit to the production of DHT. Secondly, saw palmetto helps to withstand the effects of DHT by blocking out receptor sites on cell membranes. Saw palmetto is the best-known DHT blocker around the world. Aside from treating hair problems, men and women use it to treat prostatic diseases and high androgen levels respectively. As Dihydrotestosterone is the same

hormone that causes Acne, it is pretty common for people to use saw palmetto as a treatment for overall skin health. Rosemary Oil. Typically used as a topical treatment, many scientific studies have confirmed that rosemary oil is more effective than most expensive hair loss treatments. This is possible due to the many antioxidants found in rosemary. When applied externally on the hair, rosemary oil will reduce the inflammation of the scalp and hair follicles. Some people have also claimed that rosemary helps in slowing down hair graying and treat dandruff. It is in fact, quite a common practice among people to nourish their hair with rosemary oil daily. It is also used as a stress reliever. The inhalation of rosemary has been proven to lower cortisol levels. Cortisol is one of the main hormones that causes a negative response when you are under stress. Safe to say, rosemary oil not only treats DHT found on the scalp, but also prevents the formation of it by regulating stress levels. The list of DHT blockers is a long one. The best part; most of them are natural and cheap too! You will be surprised at how a simple search will lead you to the realization that DHT blockers can be found in your everyday foods. When it comes to health. It often leads back to how you live your life. More often than not, poor lifestyle habits invite all kinds of diseases. The old adage holds true – “Prevention is better than cure”. As long as we keep our body out of harm’s way, we will definitely live a more promising life. Where hair loss is concerned, people often find themselves frantically looking for the next revolutionary treatment. Little did they realize that the next “revolutionary treatment” lies from within themselves. Logically, if you resort back to a poor routine after receiving treatment, you will still find yourself vulnerable to more hair problems.


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The B12 Vaporizer

“This B12 Vaporizer is the answer for health fanatics who want the easiest, most-efficient and cost-effective way to extract the nourishing qualities of vitamin B12, without the pain and costs associated with injections. Now, a boost of energy can be yours with just a few puffs,” says George Michalopoulos, CEO and founder of VitaminVape, Inc. Vitamin B12, also known as cyanocobalamin, is a water-soluble vitamin that is part of the B vitamin family. These vitamins help support adrenal function, help calm and maintain a healthy nervous system, and are necessary for key metabolic processes. According to the National Institute of Health: “Vitamin B12 is a nutrient that helps keep the body’s nerve and blood cells healthy and helps make DNA, the genetic material in all cells. Vitamin B12 also helps prevent a type of anemia called megaloblas-

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tic anemia that makes people tired and weak.” Unlike other vitamins, vitamin B12 is not sensitive to the heat associated with vaporizing – making it the ideal vitamin to inhale without losing its compounds. Studies have shown the body only needs a small amount of vitamin B12 every day, which equals to 10-20 puffs daily with VitaminVape. As comparison, vitamin C would require thousands of puffs to get its recommended daily intake (RDI). The VitaminVape B12 Vaporizer is a quick, convenient and cost effective way of absorbing vitamin B12. Each VitaminVape B12 Vaporizer contains 14 energy shots, or 8,000% daily value. It consists of all-natural ingredients; no nicotine, no diacetyl, no caffeine, no sugar and no calories. Each vaporizer contains an internal atomizer, cartridge and battery. Also, an LED indicator is built in to help indicate when the vaporizer is depleted.

IMPORTANT HEALTH ISSUES

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!

How to Clear Acne Scars

Aside from expensive acne scars treatment method which are found to be effective but not in the financial reach of most of the population, it is important to know that there are also some natural and much cheaper remedies in getting rid of acne scars. These are acne scars treatment methods that you can use to treat your acne scars right at the convenience of your home. Natural acne scar treatment is the best solution method especially for those who possess a sensitive skin because natural treatment doesn’t create side effects or rashes that may further destroy your sensitive skin. 1. One of the leading methods of clearing acne scars is the use of oatmeal cleanser. It helps eliminate other skin defect like blackheads and also help in the effective removal of acne scars. The oatmeal method consists of a mixture of rose water and an oatmeal powder; together they will form a paste that you can apply over the areas of your skin affected by the acne scars. 2. After applying it allow for about fifteen minutes to pass then afterwards rinse it with cold water, this process allows the oatmeal to close all existing skin pores and helps clear up a lot of your existing acne scars. To see the best kind of results you should do this everyday. 3. Another leading acne scar treatment option is the use of honey. Considered as one of the best natural remedy for acne scars, honey plays a great role in defeating bacteria that actually causes acnes. After cleaning your skin, you can then apply honey to the affected part of your skin. Wait after ten minutes before rinsing it with clean water. 4. Others include applying lotions and gels that are available at leading pharmacies and are highly recommended by professionals. The most important thing to remember when dealing with acne scars is that you should be patient with one kind of treatment and use it until the remnants of acne scars are completely taken care of. 5. Other well known acne scar treatment is the use of the process called laser resurfacing. It’s a process that involves a laser being applied to the affected skin and with that it will kill the bacteria that forms the acne scars. This can take from a number of minutes until an hour or so and usually takes between 2 to 10 days before the skin to heal completely. Remember there are now a lot of ways to clear acne scars. Just be patient in looking for a method that can fit your needs.


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September 2018

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THE SIGNS OF MENTAL HEALTH ISSUES IN YOUR WORKFORCE?

Mental health includes our emotional, psychological and social wellbeing. It affects how we think, feel, and act. It also helps determine how we handle stress, relate to others and make choices.

Mental health, like physical health, can fluctuate from ‘good’ to ‘poor’. Good mental health is important to a person’s overall well-being, so it’s important to spot the signs of mental health challenges in your employees so that you can help support them. What’s mental ill health? Mental ill health covers a number of different conditions, including depression, anxiety, bipolar disorder and obsessive-compulsive disorder (OCD). Mental health problems can affect anyone regardless of age, personality or background. They can appear as a result of experiences or challenges in our personal and working lives – or they can just happen. Mental health and work A total of 1 in 4 people will experience a mental health problem each year, according to Mind. Despite the fact that it’s very common, it’s not always easy to talk about. Nearly half of people who face mental health challenges feel uncomfortable talking to their employer about it (Time to Change). It’s important to take mental health seriously as 15 million absence days are linked to stress, anxiety and depression. Furthermore, 1 in 3 sick notes is related to mental health, according to the NHS. With that in mind, we would like to offer some insights in how an employer can spot the possible signs of mental health issues in individual employees and their workforce as a whole… Signs of mental health issues in the workforce High staff turnover A higher staff turnover rate is likely to be a symptom of an unhappy workforce and could be down to negative culture, little career development or lack of focus on employee health and wellbeing. If staff turnover starts to increase significantly, it might be a result of the latter and those who have mental health challenges may resign when they feel they don’t get the support they need at work. Increase in sick days A big increase in sick days across your workforce could be a sign that your employees are stressed and experiencing mental health challenges. Many people don’t feel comfortable

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cantly less or more) can indicate a mental health issue. Sleeplessness If you notice your employees look tired, lethargic or worn out on a regular basis, it could be a sign that they aren’t sleeping well which could be down to stress and their mental health.

citing mental health as a reason for sickness absence, so this is, even more, reason to spot the early signs of mental health issues in the workplace. Regular shorter-term absences without a doctor’s note may be indicative of a mental health issue. Complaints against the organisation Complaints are a tell-tale sign that something is wrong with the wellbeing of the workplace as they highlight distress caused to an individual by other people in the workplace. Grievances and complaints can cause or be caused by mental health challenges, for example, issues including workplace bullying or stress from heavy workloads. Low employee engagement Those experiencing mental health challenges can seem tired and lethargic as well as demonstrate an inability to make decisions and exhibit unusual displays of emotion. Whilst these behaviours may appear similar to that of a disengaged employee, they are also early signs of stress or an emerging mental health problem. Decline in productivity Mental health issues can decrease productivity just like physical health problems can. People suffering from poor mental health may find it hard to stay motivated or concentrate on their work. Signs of mental health challenges in individuals Changes in mood Stress can cause normally mild-mannered individuals to begin snapping at their colleagues or an extrovert to suddenly retreat from social interaction. If someone seems more shorttempered, tearful or introverted than usual, keep an eye on their behaviour and read the section below. Absenteeism and timekeeping A noticeable increase in sick days may be a sign that your employee

is struggling. You may also notice someone taking longer lunch breaks or arriving to work late. Changes in productivity When someone is stressed or distracted by health issues they may make

uncharacteristic errors, miss deadlines and find it hard to concentrate. Weight or appetite changes Significant changes in someone’s weight (rapid weight gain or loss) or different eating habits (eating signifi-

How to create a mental health friendly atmosphere Engage with staff and colleagues – set time aside to talk to them and be sure to introduce yourself to new members. People are more likely to shout up about problems if they feel you’re approachable. Try to keep tabs on the mood in your workplace. Is morale positive or negative? Can anything be done to improve it? Ensure that staff targets and workload are manageable and achievable. Stress caused by excessive pressure can have a negative effect on mental health. It can also result in high turnover, reduced productivity and an increase in human error. Lead by example and try to be calm and tolerant towards other staff members. Promote awareness of mental health in the workplace.

Tips on Getting into Shape this Autumn To look cut, with great muscle definition, many people have the misconception that you need to hit the gym. That’s the general belief: lift less weight and do more reps for definition. For bulk, lift heavier weight and do fewer reps. The idea that less weight tones muscles is wrong. Less weight and more reps builds endurance. For explosive power, do fewer reps with heavier weight. Just remember that to really increase strength the general consensus is that you have to work with at least 60% of your maximum lift (the heaviest weight

at which you can complete a single repetition). Definition is not an issue when deciding how many reps to do and how much weight to lift. In reality, there is no such thing as lifting for definition. Muscular definition is one thing: muscle mass minus body fat. You cannot lift to make your muscles more defined. To look ripped, you have to shed some fat. It starts with your diet. You have to eat right. There are many ways to eat right. One thing that works well for almost everyone is to cut out milk and milk by-

products (creamers for coffee) from the diet. Also, don’t eat any complex carbohydrates after lunch. A perfect dinner might be salad and tuna fish. In addition to lifting weights, do cardio often. Many people are afraid that they will lose muscle by doing cardio. In reality, doing cardio (in addition to eating well) is the only way to get cut because you have to lose that body fat. The more cut you are, the more jacked you look. In conclusion, lift weights, eat well, do cardio, and look ripped.


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TRAVEL

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AW Facts Did you know? A “xenophobe” is someone who fears travellers from a foreign land.

THE ULTIMATE GETAWAYS FOR THE HEALTHY FOODIE Nourish your foodie wanderlust with the crème de la crème of wellness destinations that serve only the healthiest gastronomic delights. Let Health and Fitness Travel, the leading experts in tailor-made wellness holidays worldwide, transport you to a gourmand’s haven through their collection of the ultimate healthy foodie getaways. Whether you’re a hardcore health buff, a raw-vegan connoisseur or simply wanting to try different healthy diet options, these wellness retreats have something to satisfy every appetite. For the Superfood Nomad: Atmantan Wellness Resort, India Escape to the regal sanctuary of Atmantan in the Sahyadri Mountain range and discover healthy living through good food and an active lifestyle. Choose from a variety of different healthy meal programmes; go Ayurvedic and eat according to your body type, macrobiotic for a balanced plate, or explore mouth-watering Mediterranean and Asian cuisine to your liking. With a selection of healthy restaurants to choose from, each offering a different dining experience, indecisive foodies can enjoy all that this holistic wellness retreat has to offer. For the Wholefood Wanderer: SHA Wellness Clinic, Spain Find out everything you need to know about the wonders of Macrobiotic diet and healthy food preparation at SHA Wellness Clinic. In conjunction with your chosen wellness programme, group classes are held with varying themes according to the day of the week,

from energy breakfasts to detox cooking and weight control cuisine. Opt for a private class where you can choose from 50 different dishes to suit your needs. Alongside best practices on healthy cooking methods, learn the health benefits of each food item as chefs give you an informative talk about its active ingredients and why it’s good for you. For the Gluten-Free Globetrotter: Sianji Well-being Resort, Turkey If you’re a ‘GF’ traveller, don’t fret, as Sianji Well-being Resort in the stunning southwestern Aegean coast of Turkey will resolve your gluten-free holiday conundrum. With expert consultations from a professional dietician and detox specialists, be guided with the best tailor-made nutrition regimen for you, with programmes including alkaline diet, raw food detox and master detox. Benefit from thrice-weekly healthy living seminars that can offer you the opportunity to learn a healthier lifestyle, whilst other activities like water sports, fitness classes, and yoga will keep you physically and mentally balanced. For the Veggie Voyager: Ti Sana, Italy Indulge in the best of raw and cooked cuisine with Ti Sana’s unique ‘Healtheatarian’ philosophy, featuring a varied but mouth-watering, all-vegetarian menu. Tucked away in the peaceful Italian countryside, Ti Sana choose organic foods and locally farmed produce, which are handpicked (quite literally!) to provide guests with the highest nutritional quality and taste. Delight your taste buds with fresh

juices and organic, seasonal meals prepared lovingly by raw and vegan food chef Valeria and her dedicated team. Expect hearty soups, raw sushi and vegetarian curries, fueling you with natural, cleansing and satisfying foods, to detoxify your system the healthy way. For the Guilt-Free Jetsetter: Fusion Maia, Vietnam If you’re on the lookout for some Asian-fusion with a healthy twist, Fusion Maia in Da Nang, Vietnam promises to deliver. Be spoilt for choice with an array of zero-guilt noms inspired from a combination of traditional Vietnamese cooking, modern international flavours and comfort food classics including vegan pizzas and mouth-watering raw desserts. For those who truly want to commit, Fusion Maia has designed bespoke nutrition programs like Alkaline Diet, Raw Food Detox, and Juice Cleansing Detox to guide you through your foodie wellness journey. For the Raw Food Epicure: Phuket Cleanse Detox & Fitness, Thailand Phuket Cleanse champions the power of detox and conveys it with active cleansing through proper nutrition and fitness, detoxifying through exercise and the food that you take in. Enjoy delicious, healthy food options with raw-vegan cuisine, and be spoilt for choice at the juice buffet. Through daily cooking classes, you’ll explore different ingredients to learn how to make your own enticing raw food goodies. You will never run out of choices as the kitchen team at Phuket Cleanse makes their own recipes to give guests the variety

they need to fully appreciate raw living food feasting. For the Zen Foodie: Kamalaya, Thailand Taste the luscious flavours of Thai cuisine the healthy way on the tranquil sanctuary of Kamalaya set on the coast of Koh Samui. This wellness retreat is an ideal destination for single foodies where they join the community table during meal times, chat and meet with like-minded individuals or participate in a weekly cooking class where guests can learn how to whip up healthy detox cuisine that’s remarkably rich and flavorful. Obtain the right set of skills to spice up dishes from proteinrich sources like fish, chicken, vegetables, nuts, seeds and grains in the comfort of your own kitchen. For the Green Gastronome: Aro Ha Wellness Retreat, New Zealand Experience a flavourful, healthy culinary adventure with a spectrum of raw-vegan delights whilst holidaying at Aro Ha Wellness Retreat. Bask in the spectacular, jaw-dropping backdrop of Glenorchy, New Zealand as you enjoy a vegan-meets-paleo diet and enzymatically active menu that will feed your body a diet rich in trace minerals, vitamins and phytonutrients. Learn how to make these healthy meals at home as Aro Ha’s wholefood chefs invite you into their kitchen to show you how it’s done through their cooking classes, demonstrating DIY-friendly recipes.


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Travel Like a Pilot

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“The world is a book, and those who do not travel have read only a page.” Written By Rida Khan (Aviation Author)

This enormous and enriching book of the world is more closely experienced and seen by the pilots who fly in the sky. Their job of flying makes their hobby so real to travel around the world. There is a very close relationship between the two terms and those are Traveling and Pilot. The job of a pilot is never complete without travelling if they are on the job they have to travel by taking their passenger flights from one place to another and because of this they are so attached to the passion that when they are off from work, they try to visit their favourite places. To know more about how travelling is immensely close to the life of a pilot, I decided to study the pilot‘s life who is also a passionate traveller. A Pilot from Jordan Captain Anas Amireh, known as, PilotAmireh ( Instagram A/c :- pilotamireh ) is an influencer and a motivator on social media, motivating people through his flying stories around the world, he was also an eminent part of Jordan’s tourism representation to promote tourism in his country. His life is very interesting; he is a globetrotter. From the vast, beautiful blue sky to green land to the silky brown sand desert to the snow-white ice region he has travelled around 30 places as a pilot and as a traveller till now. For him, Travelling makes his life more adventurous, dynamic, and exciting because he thinks from travelling a person not only exchanges routes but also learns a lot. It’s a great necessity which you need to get connected with this

world. A person has to adapt, change and adjust with different weathers and climates, get acquainted with different cultures, learn different languages, have different delectable cuisines. From his personal experience, he says that even each region and the country’s water taste differently. Travelling makes his life more comfortable and relaxed, for this, he always systematically arranges his travelling

schedule before starting any trip. He makes a checklist of some points in his mind while selecting the place like what will be the climate there, for instance: if it’s summer’s, then he will decide to spend his time on a beach having a sunbath & swimming. If it’s a winter season than he will avoid cold weather & snowfall because these things could affect his travelling. So for travelling, he prefers

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fair weather where he can enjoy without the hindrance of illness. On another note, he takes into consideration the activities prevailing in the country like safety & security, events, political issues which may create disturbance in his travelling. In his opinion, there is nothing called as a boring city or a country. Every place has something to visit and something to find out. For example countries or cities that are rich in nature like Maldives or Petra there, he can go for camping & discover places at night, enjoy a campfire, seafood meal near a beach, scuba diving to see the underwater world etc. If he visits any big cities like New York or Dubai, he can look forward to going for sight-seeing, museums, take pictures with the unique things, do shopping of high tech products & buy the things which that country is famous for. His way of enjoying a travelling life is to wake up early & not to sleep late at night so that the next day he can explore the city more with more zeal and full of energy at daytime. He pre-plans the things like taking a map, convert the currency at the airport, if he needs a guide then he will make arrangements beforehand only as he is new to a particular place. Mostly he likes to walk rather than travel by car because he thinks that by walking he gets a chance to meet more people & discuss their culture, lifestyle, and history more closely. The most important thing he looks forward to is to have their traditional

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foods and cuisines. On asking about whether travelling is related to pilot life. He answered – Not fully but partially travelling is a part of a pilot life because our profession is to fly. You can say travelling became our hobby which is closely related and is an outcome through our profession. Some people think or carry a myth that Pilot life is full of only travelling, but it’s not true. When we are taking flights to any place, we don’t get a layover and have to stay at the airport for 1 hour and again if we have to take the flight back. So we don’t get a chance to visit the city and travel, but sometimes we do get 1 or 2 days to stay, there we go and see the nearby places. We also get free tickets from the airways which are used when we get holidays from our company. At that time we can choose any place & utilise our holidays in travelling. So things surrounding the Pilots keep on changing. In the end, I will say “Travelling makes a person’s life more relaxing & gives more comfort”. So travel as much as you can, it will not only make you happier, but you will stay healthy as well as lead an optimistic life. After studying his life, I learned a lot about how to travel and what all measures a traveller can take while going travelling. And hence I have concluded that “ Pilot life is part of Aviation and Traveling is build by their Profession.”


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D-Tech International Installation LAMDA (London Academy of Music & Dramatic Art) may be the oldest drama school in the UK but its £28million centre for drama training, officially opened in June 2017, is just one example of the school’s cutting-edge delivery. Within the new building, amongst the theatres, rehearsal studios, backstage facilities, screen and audio suite and offices for LAMDA Examinations, The Sackler Library provides students with access to over 8,000 books and other reference materials, as well as a welcoming environment for quiet study. The Sackler Library is LAMDA’s first designated library space so, as well as the normal challenges associated with an installation in a new build, D-Tech International had to ensure that the equipment supplied met the school’s needs and provided adequate security for the busy venue. Working in conjunction with the construction of LAMDA’s new build, and in line with its opening in March 2017, D-Tech International integrated a RFID installation including security gates with the library’s new LMS. D-Tech also supplied RFID tagging and an ongoing maintenance contract, resulting in: Improved Security - saving resources Improved Accountability - books are easily traced Excellent ROI - resources can be diverted to stock purchase Melkorka Oskarsdottir, LAMDA Library and Course Officer, says: “Having a dedicated library has enabled us to provide students with a vital learning hub to support their training. As you would expect the school is a hive of activity and it is beneficial to all that we now provide a quiet space for study. The library has a number of computers available to the students, as well as access to over 8,000 books and assorted reference materials, including a large collection of DVDs. “Prior to the development of the dedicated Sackler Library space, students were only able to borrow from LAMDA’s book collection at set

Infobip Enables WhatsApp Business for Enterprise Communications times of the day. What’s more, with no tracking system in place, many books were being mislaid or going unreturned. We knew that security gates and tagging would represent a quick return on investment and that RFID technology would future proof the library. I worked with a group of students to RFID tag our books before the library opened, and going forward it is easy for me to tag any strays and new books as they are purchased. “We chose D-Tech International because its solution was competitive on price and I found the team to be very approachable and helpful. As I was new to the technology I needed some handholding and I received a very professional service from D-Tech, including support and advice. As the installation took place as part of LAMDA’s major redevelopment project there were the normal associated delays, but D-Tech was most accommodating, rescheduling when necessary. “Everyone I have dealt with at the company has been helpful and willing to share their knowledge and experience, which has been reassuring. We had a few minor teething problems, mainly associated with the integration of our new

library management system, and D-Tech was quick to resolve any issues. The rapid response time is just another demonstration of the excellent after sales service that D-Tech is renowned for and another reason we chose them for our library solution. I would certainly recommend D-Tech. “The Sackler Library was named following a significant gift from The Sackler Trust as part of the Act Now! campaign to build LAMDA’s future, which was launched in November 2013. Thanks to the generosity of The Sackler Trust, and for the first time in its history, the Academy now has a designated, well-stocked library space which is an enormous asset to the school, providing our students with access to the vital resources that support their training.” D-Tech International designs, develops and manufactures high-performance RFID products and library security systems. The Company provides installation and customer service for its full range of products. Its technologies include EM, RF, RFIQ and RFID used for self-service, stock control and management, library security, people counting and 24-hour vending.

Infobip, a global communication provider for businesses, is launching its new communications channel WhatsApp Business that enables enterprise communications for WhatsApp that has over 1.5 billion users in 180 countries. The early access launch of WhatsApp Business will onboard businesses and financial institutions to WhatsApp gradually, through a review process, assuring quality and value for both enterprises and end users. By introducing WhatsApp Business, Infobip enables enterprises to expand customer-oriented communications to WhatsApp. Businesses can offer personalized dialogue and communications including media content, high-resolution images, text, file and document sharing. A mid-sized to large business can, once customers opt-in, utilize WhatsApp Business for a wide range of customer-centric messages and inquiries including booking confirmations, flight status updates, banking transaction alerts, bonus card status info, activation codes, and payment reminders to name a few. Cardekho – a popular Indian car portal helps its car buyers with anything from insurance, financing and car research – relies on mobile communications for engagement and dialogue with their customers.

“Infobip enabling WhatsApp Business could help Cardekho in a prominent way. It is important for any consumer brand to always engage with impact. With WhatsApp Business and its rich communications capabilities, any online service or retailer has the potential to enhance their services and brand to include anything from providing product information and supporting account needs to sharing quality photos, all within WhatsApp,” said Amit Jain CEO of Cardekho.com. Infobip’s CEO Silvio Kutic anticipates the launch of WhatsApp Business shifting the digital landscape of mobile enterprise communications. “The grand impact of WhatsApp Business will allow companies, banks or organizations, participating in the early access program, communicate with their audience on a chat app they are already enjoying. Infobip is enabling this communication in an efficient, convenient way of supporting enterprises to scale their communications, grow brand loyalty and fuel engagement so vital in today’s business world. Messaging channels are key to our clients’ engagement with customers, and with 60+ offices around the world, Infobip is well-equipped to onboard enterprises to one of the most widely used communications channels on earth,” said Silvio Kutic, CEO of Infobip.


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Motorola phone ‘copy’ of iPhone X

More people in the world have mobile phones than toilets.

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Since the launch of the IPhone X, a new innovation has revolutionised the concept of design. The notch display was not the idea by Apple.inc but it was promoted by Apple when it was introduced in IPhone X. After the launch of Apple’s flagship phone, many tech mega companies adopted the same design implementation in their Smartphone’s. IPhone uses it in its own way with a small bezel and top notch screen with vertical dual cameras and a flash within. However, expectations were ruined by Motorola’s new flagship

phone P30. Motorola has been in the market for the last 89 years with their innovative gadgets which are considered as market leaders in the field of tech. The first Fingerprint Sensor in Motorola Atrix has also be introduced by this brand. Motorola uses brand images, but the new design of P30 was an egregious rip-off of IPhone X. The device offers 82% screen to body ratio which is 0.9% less than iPhone X, But the arrangement of the camera and rounded corners of the phone includ-

ing the position of fingerprint sensor made their customer thinks twice before answering twice. With so much resemblance in design, many tech analysers spoke as well. Talking on the similarity between the Motorola P30 and the iPhone X, technology blogger Marques Brownlee called it the “most shameless rip yet.” A well-known news and reviews site Technobuffalo said that the design was an “egregious clone” that was “nearly impossible to distinguish” from the iPhone X.

Another Tech news site The Verge tested P30 in a particular way and concluded that Google’s Face recognition algorithm considers Motorola P30 as IPhone X. “Phone makers need to innovate and find ways to differentiate if they want to maintain consumer desire to upgrade their phones,” said analyst Ben Wood from the CCS Insight consultancy. One thing that gives an even more bad view about Company’s flagship is the wallpaper is that they used a default which gives it more of an IPhone X look rather than any other smart phone. On which News site Mashable said Motorola “even went so far as to adorn the screen with a wallpaper that’s a dead ringer for Apple’s default wallpaper”. Although the first top-notch was introduced by LG in model V10 back in 2015, Apple is considered to be the brand who marketed this idea in their product and achieved a lead. Apple sold more than 100000 IPhone X’s in the first hour of the launch of its flagship device. This makes the difference in the field of technology and information that “it does not matters who did it, it does matter who did it in right way”. Lenovo which own Motorola mobility extension after being purchased by Google in 2015, did not react on it. It has been reported that Motorola plans to sell P30 in China first, but there is no information about an international launch.

WhatsApp is rolling out a host of new features By Khalid Karim - Technology Correspondent

One of them will be video calls supporting up to four people, which will be rolled out. WhatsApp announced back in May at a conference that it would be getting group video calling, an update is now being rolled out for the Android and iOS apps that allows users to create video calls with up to four people at once. This latest introduction of featuring group video calling is just another attempt by the company to create “new ways for people to connect privately with close friends, groups, and businesses. WhatsApp has been widely valued by users around the world for its privacy and encryption practices. However, since Facebook’s own recent privacy shortcomings, founder Mark Zuckerberg pointed out that when the company acquired WhatsApp in 2014, it did not yet have end-to-end encryption. But now, the executive said, “one of the things that I’m most proud of is that we’ve built the largest fully encrypted communication network in the world.” WhatsApp will also be offering support for stickers in the months ahead. This is great news for third-party developers

who will soon be able to offer playful ways to communicate within the popular messaging app, something that Facebook’s own messaging app, Messenger, has offered for years which has been lacking in WhatsApp.

The app update also featured new group administrator functions — if you’re the group admin of a group, you can now revoke rights from other participants by simply selecting the user in “Group Info” and then selecting “Dismiss As

Admin.” And as you can in iOS messaging, you can now change a group’s subject, as well as its icon and description by navigating over to Group Info found in the “Group Settings.”

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Mindtree Uses Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning Mindtree, global technology services and digital transformation company, guiding its clients to achieve faster business outcomes, is using artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to help banks improve their ability to detect financial crimes and enhance reconciliation management. These service offerings are made possible through a partnership with Tookitaki’s machinelearning-powered platform. Banks and other financial institutions are challenged by both the rising sophistication of financial crimes worldwide and increasingly complex regulations requiring strict operating and reporting standards. The ongoing efforts to manually detect money laundering, dealing with false alarms and fragmented reconciliation processes are costly and time-consuming. There is an urgent need for these institutions to automate many of these processes, reducing errors and accelerating their response times to incidents. To address these challenges, Mindtree and Tookitaki are now offering these services: • Smart Alert Management: A completely automated, dynamicallyadaptive model based on artificial intelligence and machine learning technology to detect suspicious cases more accurately. It reduces false alerts, increases true positives (suspicious cases missed by rules/legacy systems), lowers costs, and enhances the productivity of analysts. Banks can improve the anti-money laundering process using machine learning. • Smart Reconciliation Management: An end-to-end automated approach to reconciliation management across business functions. Using machine learning and analytics, it increases match rates, resolves exceptions, recommends adjustment amounts and generates an audit trail for thorough business understanding. This shifts reconciliation from being subjective and error-prone to objective and more accurate. Banks can automatically handle exceptions and correct source systems while staying compliant. “There is a compelling need for banks today to automate many traditionally manual, intensive, error-prone tasks,” said Kamran Ozair, Executive Vice President and Head of Banking, Financial Services and Insurance at Mindtree. “This partnership combines Tookitaki’s predictive modelling capabilities and Mindtree’s deep expertise in helping enterprise clients capitalize on artificial intelligence and machine learning to help banks run their business more efficiently.”


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PANEER PIZZA

Add flavour to your delicious evening with paneer pizza. Try out this quick, easy to make recipe.

Prep: less than 15 mins Ingredients • Ready- made Pizza Crust – 1, medium size • Pizza Sauce – 4 tblsp • Paneer – 100g cubed • Green Capsicum – 1, cubed • Spinach – 1, small bunch, finely chopped • Cheese – 100g, grated • Butter – 1 tsp

Pizza Recipe Method: Step 1. Spread butter and pizza sauce on the readymade crust. Step 2. Add a layer of spinach leaves, paneer and capsicum. Step 3. Sprinkle cheese on top and bake in a preheated oven at 160C/300F till the cheese melts and the top becomes a little crisp. Step 4. Remove and serve hot.

Cooking Time 10-15 mins

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COMMON HERBAL REMEDIES

HAVE YOU TRIED

NITROGEN ICE-CREAM?

In the late 1960s came the Softy. It’s now moved to the next level with liquid nitrogen-based ice creams being the new rage. These next-generation ice creams may even replace the traditional variety that we enjoy in the form of cones, softies, bricks and so on. A fairly new concept in India, liquid nitrogen ice creams have arrived in the capital with Niice Cream in Hauz Khas Village. Essentially, what it comes down to is creating instant ice cream using a liquid nitrogen base. With super creamy scoops of ice cream melting in your mouth, and different toppings and flavours decorated in front of your eyes, how can one not indulge in the sinful act such as that of pampering one’s taste buds to oodles of chocolate, hazelnut, blueberry cheesecake or the banoffee pie flavour? Aakriti Gupta, the brainchild behind the Niice Cream chain, shared that the concept is all about creating your own pot of heaven from scratch. “The concept is to make your own ice cream. You have a chance to choose your base, which can be your normal base or a sugar free base. You pick your flavour, the add-on say a strawberry with choco-chip or whatever you want…get your colour added to it, be it a violet, pink, green , orange or a red and then we create your ice cream, fresh in front of your eyes,” Gupta told IANS. These ice creams are also a big hit

among children, she added. “What attracts the children is that they can create anything they want. It’s not just a topping, which we put on the top of your scoop, we actually churn it with your ice cream so that you get the flavour inside as well,” she said. The toppings here involve all delicious flavours that evoke childhood memories. Jelly beans, gems, white and dark chocolate choco chips, biscuit crumbles, toffee sauce… the list goes on. Explaining the beauty of nitrogen, Gupta informed that the divine scoops are devoid of chemicals and, therefore, very fresh. “When you make an ice cream with nitrogen, firstly it needs no preservatives and no stabilisers. We don’t need to put any chemicals in it and is made of pure milk. Which is why we don’t do deliveries and take always because that would also need some preservative,” she said. The moment one tasted the monsoon specialty, which is the banoffee pie flavour, one personally understood exactly what Gupta meant by “it is super creamy.” Slowly, going beyond the texture, the flavour of sin crept in and the banana and caramel worked its magic on the taste buds. Next came the blueberry cheesecake flavour which tasted exactly what it looks like. If you love blueberry then this should be on your ‘to be tasted for

sure’ list. When you think of Nutella, the famous sweet hazelnut spread comes to mind and without doubt, their ‘Naughty Nutella’ flavour, which takes you back to the time when one would dip a spoon into the container and secretly indulge one’s self. The most impressive thing was the small syringe that comes with the icecream containing chocolate sauce. The interiors of Niice Cream, which has been designed like a colourful laboratory, comes to life with the small additions like the syringe and the white smoke that emerges during the making of the ice cream. Gupta said she believed nitrogen ice creams would take over the market. “India always gets everything last, and we wanted to reverse this. I believe that nitrogen ice cream is the next generation of ice creams which is slowly going to overtake other kinds of ice creams. This is because it gives you the freedom to do anything with it. There are no fixed flavours, you can create a trillion flavours. Why should we eat anything that comes as a brick? When we have everything customized then why not an ice cream?” she asked. Currently, there are two outlets of Niice Cream in Delhi. One is located in Hauz Khas village and the other at Kiosk in Pacific Mall, Subhash Nagar. Two more outlets wil open in DLF Saket and in DLF Noida respectively.

People have been collecting herbs to use as medicine for centuries. Many doctors claim however that taking herbs in place of your prescribed medication is not recommended. There has been a vast amount of information and testing with regard to herbal remedies. Herbs like vitamins are good for your body and overall health. Although the exact cause of why herbs have a positive effect on the body is not always known. Usually, herbs need to be taken over a long period to receive the benefits to your health. Listed below is information about some common herbal remedies. Alfalfa has been known to be effective in healing ailments such as gas pains, pain and stiffness from arthritis and ulcers. Alfalfa herb tea possesses no adverse components and is safe for all people including children. For relief from upset stomachs, colds, bronchitis, bladder troubles, and jaundice, Chamomile is recommended. This herb is also helpful in the regulating menstrual cycle’s rheumatic pains, and headaches. Chamomile has also been effective for babies with colic. In addition, it can act as an insect repellent when used properly. Dandelion increases activity in the pancreas, liver, and spleen and contains insulin substitutes. Dandelion has a high vitamin and mineral content that is used for treating kidney

and liver disorders, along with skin disease and loss of appetite. Eucalyptus is a major ingredient in many commercial medicines such as cough and sore throat medications. These plants also contain oils that are extremely potent antiseptics. The oil may be applied locally on wounds, sores, and burns. Eucalyptus can also be used as an insect repellent. Ginseng has been used for more than 5000 years in the Chinese culture. This herb strengthens the heart and nervous system. In addition, it builds up a general mental and physical vitality and may be effective for treating colds, coughs, gout, diabetes, headache, and backache. Hawthorn is known to cause the dilation of the coronary vessels. An improvement has been shown in patients and is helpful in insomnia. It has been used to treat high blood pressure when taken over a period of time. A strengthening tonic for the entire system is Strawberry. It is helpful with diarrhea, night sweats, liver complaints, gout, and jaundice. Strawberry is used internally for weak intestines and is also used for enema. The above herbal remedies listed above are general guidelines. If an herb does not agree with you or if you feel adverse effects, discontinue using the herb. The information contained in this article is not intended to replace the services of a physician.


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THE JAGUAR EXPERTS BEHIND BARONS’ NEXT SALE

Whether buying or selling, Jaguar enthusiasts can rest assured that they’ll be dealing with true ‘big cat’ experts at Barons’ Jaguar Heritage, Classic and Sports Cars sale at Kempton Park Race Course on September 15. Directors Tony Cavell and Peter Gascoigne have been with Barons since the company was founded 20 years ago and have some 40 years’ experience of this iconic British marque, as Tony explained: “Peter and I love and understand Jaguars. From childhood I wanted a Mk II - when I was young they were new and the car to have. I finally achieved that ambition in the 1980s when I moved into a new house, opposite Peter. He had raced Minis in the 1970s, knew I was running a garage and asked if I’d act as mechanic for him if he started historic racing. I also wanted to race, so we bought a 3.8 Mk II between us, prepped it and began what would be more than 25 years of racing together.” As Tony and Peter’s race successes were notched up, they came to the attention of other Jaguar racers - and owners of other classic marques - who asked them to prepare their cars as well. Eventually their expertise extended to restoring the ex-Roy Salvadori ‘1628 VC’, the only surviving ‘works’ Jaguar Mk II racing car. They finished it just in time for Tiff Needell to drive at the first Goodwood Revival in 1998.

Tony is happy to talk at length about what makes Jaguars so special:

From new, Jaguars were very competitively priced and much cheaper than their foreign opposition; an E-type was a fraction of the cost of a Ferrari, for example. The build quality was great - the cars were good to look at and even better to sit in. It was all done by hand and it showed, sit in any Jaguar and you feel that you’re in something special. Even the mascot, that prowling Jaguar, was clever – elegantly sporty and so much more effective than a simple badge. That made a huge difference in the early days, and today the mascots are collectable in their own right.

The legendary XK engine is another reason for the marque’s enduring popularity, as Tony commented: “Jaguar made a very good twin-cam engine and was one of the first manufacturers to do so. The XK engine was used in sports cars and saloons from 1948-1986 – they got it right from the start. It out-performed the opposition by a mile, was very reliable and had good power. The XK120’s endurance and production car speed records of the late 1940s and Jaguar’s competition success with C and D-types in the 1950s are testa-

ment to the engine’s qualities, and it took a long time for other manufacturers to catch up. The XK engine was even used in Scorpion tanks of the 1970s!” What else contributes to the big cats’ popularity for classic car owners? “The supply of parts is amazing, there are lots of very strong enthusiasts’ clubs who are active in racing, conservation and socially, and there are Jaguars for all tastes and budgets. One thing Jaguar did particularly well was to produce multiple variants of a model, and some are now very rare. And all perform well - you can’t really call any Jaguar sedate; even the ‘stateliest’ of Jaguar saloons has plenty of poke once you wind it up!” Tony also advises that classic Jaguars are a sound investment: “Initially, because of the number of cars produced and people not always looking after them, prices slumped but then they started building – it seems to be a Jaguar pattern. Now almost all classic models are highly valued and sought-after. The XJS was the one people said wouldn’t appreciate because too many were made, and at one point you could barely give them away, but now it’s following the pattern and values are on the up. Series 3 Jaguars have started to do that as well. Mk VII, VIII and IX didn’t initially appreciate so well but good examples of those models are now commanding strong prices, witness the superb 1959 Mk IX we sold at Kempton Park in 2017 for £44,000.”

RENAULT MASTER HELPS WELSH OUTPATIENTS ON THE ROAD TO RECOVERY

Thousands of outpatients across Wales will be able to attend essential appointments in comfort and safety after the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust (WAST) enhanced its fleet with 67 specially-converted new Renault Master ambulances. The new ambulances will be used by WAST’s Non Emergency Patient Transport Services to transport people to and from routine outpatient appointments at clinics, hospitals and day centres, playing a major role in the 1.5 million journeys that the service completes each year for patients. Specially converted to WAST’s individual requirements, the new Renault Masters allow a wide spectrum of patients to be easily catered for, including those who require stretchers, wheelchair users and those who have limited walking mobility. Funded by the Welsh Government, the new vehicles are replacements for a number of WAST’s existing eightyear-old Renault Masters, many of which have now covered in the region of over 200,000 miles. The Renault Master makes up the vast majority of the organisation’s Non Emergency Patient Transport Services (NEPTS) vehicles, accounting for over 220 of the near 280-strong fleet. It has operated Renault vehicles for over 20 years and the reliability and durability of its previous Masters was a major factor in its decision to reinvest in the brand. WAST has specified its latest batch of Renault Masters in two differing configurations – 42 being converted for double wheelchair access and 25 being

stretcher bearing vehicles with four passenger seats. Like its existing Renault Masters, WAST has chosen to base its latest ambulances on the long wheelbase, medium roof, front-wheel drive version (LM35). All the conversions have been completed by Wilker, which is one of nearly 30 approved converters that are included in the Renault Accredited Converter programme. As part of the conversions, Wilker has equipped each vehicle with an inboard tail lift that has a safe working load of 500kgs. The tail lift is the patient loading system of choice for WAST as it greatly reduces manual handling and lifting compared with other loading methods and is flexible enough to accommodate every category of patient. For the 25 stretcher bearing Renault Masters and to further reduce manual handling and lifting effort, WAST has specified stretchers that lower and raise electrically with a simple push of a button. Powering the ambulances is the efficient 2.3-litre turbodiesel, dCi 110 engine, which is matched to a six-speed manual transmission. All the vehicles are based on the Business+ level of trim, which provides WAST’s drivers with such standard features as an alarm and electronic immobiliser, air conditioning, electric windows, ABS with EBD (Electronic Brake force Distribution), heated and electrically-adjustable door mirrors, central locking, ESC (Electronic Stability Control) with Grip Xtend, Hill Start Assist and multi-function trip computer.

Additionally, WAST also specified the optional MediaNav multimedia system with 7-inch touchscreen, Navteq navigation, DAB tuner and Bluetooth and USB connectivity. WAST benefits from the standard Renault 100,000-mile/three-year warranty on the base Renault Masters, while the quality of the conversion is illustrated through Wilker matching the manufacturer’s cover. David Holmes, National Fleet Manager, Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust, said: “The Renault Master has been our ambulance vehicle base of choice for many years and it’s proved to be perfect for our needs time and time again, offering good value against rival vehicles, a high specification and, importantly,

excellent durability and reliability. “The front-wheel drive Master lends itself particularly well to the conversion as the low floor height, combined with the large sliding side door, provides generous access for more mobile patients and crews alike. Our teams find them a comfortable drive and another important bonus is that these latest, more efficient versions will enable us to make fuel savings and reduce the impact our journeys have on the surrounding environment.” Vincent Tourette, Managing Director, Groupe Renault UK, commented: “We are delighted that the Welsh Ambulance Services NHS Trust has reaffirmed its confidence in the Renault Master with this significant order. Importantly, it

not only highlights how appealing the Renault Master is and the exceptional long-term reliability and durability it offers, but also the expertise and benefits that the Renault Accredited Converter programme offers. We are immensely proud to have a product and a specialised facility that has played a major role in helping people across Wales travel comfortably and safely to essential medical appointments for more than 20 years.” The Renault Master is at the heart of the Renault Accredited Converter programme, which consists of nearly 30 approved converters who have been recognised to meet the demanding standards of Renault. Its variety and versatility enable it to form the basis of built-to-order specialised conversions that include welfare units, ambulances, temperature-controlled vans, horseboxes, transporters, ‘cherry pickers’ with cranes and platforms, minibuses, motorhomes and campers, and construction vehicles. These bespoke vehicles complement a host of off-the-shelf Renault factory conversions that include Tipper, Platform Cab, Dropside, Luton LoLoader and Box Van variants.

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Laia Sanz Four Wheel Challenge

‘Where there’s a will, there’s a way’ is the motto of racer Laia Sanz, a premise of courage and effort she follows to the letter both while training and competing. With eighteen world championship titles in trial and enduro, the eight-time winner of the Dakar Rally describes herself as a true petrol head. As the new ambassador of the CUPRA brand, Laia is getting ready for her next challenge – the 24 Hours of Barcelona race at the world-renowned Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. For Laia, her profession is much more than just a way to make a living: “Sport is a part of my daily life; everything centres on physical activity”, she says while working out at her usual gym in Barcelona. Warmups, aerobic exercises and muscle strength training to stay in shape: “either for motorcycle or car racing, total body conditioning is important to prevent possible injuries. A daily workout is fundamental for optimal performance”, she adds. All fourwheel challenges require special attention to the neck and lower back regions, as they “are the parts of the body that suffer the most in this kind of competition”, affirms Laia. In addition to her workouts, as an elite sportswoman, Laia also stays in shape by following a balanced diet. “I don’t have a special diet, but I do try to practice good nutrition that is consistent with my physical activity”. The Dakar and other endurance races Laia participates in test her resistance, and she has to be at her best to compete successfully. Following her gym workout, she moves on to the track. This will be Laia’s seventh time competing in this resistance race, one of the most gruelling around, where the winning team covers the furthest distance in 24 hours of non-stop driving. “This race is in a category of its own. We each drive an average of 3.500 kilometres or more than 700 times around the same track”, she says as she prepares for the race with the rest of the team at the Circuit de Barcelona-Catalunya. ‘The Queen of the Desert’, as she is known, will be participating in this challenge alongside Jordi Gené, Alba Cano and Francesc Gutiérrez. In a relay race where the drivers

switch every two hours, Laia highlights the importance of teamwork: “It’s the basis for success. In a way, this challenge reminds me of the Dakar. Coordinating with my teammates and mechanics is fundamental in both cases”. Temperatures can reach up to 60 degrees Celsius in the car during the 24 hour race. “Driving for so many hours in the sun is hard. Heat and dehydration are two of the main obstacles we have to face when we’re behind the wheel”, Laia adds. Despite her many years of experience, Laia admits that she always feels pressure when she’s on the track: “You want to do a good job, not only for yourself but for the rest of the team”, she adds. Laia begins her training session on the circuit at the wheel of the CUPRA TCR, going from 0 to 100 km/h in 5.2 seconds. . “This vehicle is very agile and fun to drive, and at the same time, it transmits a great feeling of safety. It’s braking capacity is second to none”, she comments as she begins to adapt to her new four-wheel companion. Laia got on her first motorbike when she was four years old. “My father is a huge fan of motorsport and I got started in the world of racing thanks to him”, says the race driver. She was drawn to the action, “I was a restless little girl, so trial perfectly suited my personality”. Ever since then, Laia’s life has revolved around motorsport, participating in motorcycle and race car events. Now she is a CUPRA ambassador: “It’s a great honour for me. Being able to be a part of a project like this is a unique opportunity”, she concludes. CUPRA is a special brand for unique people designed to captivate customers looking for what the new brand has to offer: Uniqueness, Sophistication and Performance. The time has come for car lovers to get involved with a new brand that meets their expectations. Along with the launch of new models, CUPRA will also keep the motorsport and racing spirit alive by participating in the TCR series. The CUPRA world is alive and ready to conquer a new group of enthusiasts in more than 260 specially selected SEAT dealerships all across Europe.089

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UK BUS AND COACH DEMAND FALLS The UK’s new bus and coach market declined -3.6% in the second quarter of the year, according to figures released by the Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT). Although just 76 fewer units were registered compared with the same period last year, this marked the sixth consecutive quarter of decline, with 2,029 vehicles joining UK roads. In the period April to June, singledeck registrations saw a double-digit decline, down -12.2%, while those of double-decks remained broadly stable, falling just -1.2%. Meanwhile, demand for minibuses rose 2.8%, marking the second consecutive quarter of growth

following more than a year of decline. Overall, year-to-date figures show a similar picture, with demand in the first half of 2018 down -4.0%. Registrations of single-decks and double-decks saw double-digit declines, falling -14.5% and -22.7% respectively. At the same time, minibuses recorded a 12.7% rise, with 2,013 registered in the first six months. Mike Hawes, SMMT Chief Executive, said, “With this now the sixth quarter of decline in the UK bus and coach market, it’s clear that political and economic uncertainty, exacerbated by confusion around differing local authority requirements for clean

air zones, is taking its toll. The latest low emission Euro VI diesel, hybrid and zero emission electric buses are crucial to improving urban air quality so encouraging their uptake should be a priority in order to give operators confidence to invest in their fleets.” • New bus and coach registrations fall -3.6% in Q2, with 2,029 vehicles joining UK roads. • Declines for both double-decks and single-decks, down -1.2% and -12.2% respectively. • Minibus demand continues to rise, up 12.7% to 2,013 units year-to-date.

VOLVO ANNOUNCES MATT GALVIN AS ITS NEW UK SALES DIRECTOR

Volvo Car UK has promoted Matt Galvin to the position of Sales Director, with responsibility for all Volvo’s new and used car sales. Matt takes on the new role from his previous position as Head of Retail Sales, and also becomes a member of the company’s Executive Management Group. Matt joined Volvo three years ago from Mercedes-Benz, initially as Head of Dealer Operations. With his latest promotion, he will oversee all of Volvo’s new and used car sales channels, as the company embarks on its next growth phase. His promotion to Sales Director is with immediate effect. Commenting on his new position, Matt said: “This opportunity comes at an exciting time for Volvo, both in the UK and globally. We have a new and dynamic product range that’s provoking great critical acclaim and customer interest, helping us reach record-breaking sales levels. My job now is to take new and used car sales to the next level – a challenge that I am greatly looking forward to, working with our excellent retailer network. “Since the launch of the XC40 and V60, and with the new S60 arriving early next year, our focus to attract new customers to the Volvo brand has to intensify in order to underwrite our growth ambitions to 2020 and beyond. It’s also important to listen to our customers and ensure they receive the best possible service. For example, since partnering with TrackBack in February this year, we have been able to bring our response

time to customer enquiries down to within one hour, 90% of the time.” Jon Wakefield, Managing Director of Volvo Car UK, said: “I’m delighted to welcome Matt to his new role. He will bring his proven skills and insights to help us achieve the ambitious sales growth we are targeting, supported by a strong team here at Volvo Car UK and within our retail network.” In the past three years, Volvo’s annual UK car sales have performed well beyond the national market, with new car sales growing by 16% and used sales by 36%. In 2016, the annual new car sales total reached a 25-year high of 46,696 units, a 7% year-on-year rise, boosted by strong response to the V40 premium hatchback and the XC60 and XC90 SUV models. The momentum was maintained last year, with 46,139 cars sold, delivering a 5% increase in the company’s UK market share.

This keeps Volvo on course to meet its ambition of achieving 60,000 annual UK car sales by 2020. • Matt Galvin promoted to Sales Director at Volvo Car UK • Position holds responsibility for all Volvo’s new and used car sales • Promotion made as Volvo sustains impressive new car sales growth in the UK and targets 60,000 annual sales by 2020.


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THE ROYAL JOHN GARDINER APPOINTED EXECUAUTOMOBILE TIVE DIRECTOR AT FORD OF BRITAIN CLUB ANNOUNCES SPEAKERS FOR ITS MOTORING LECTURES

On Tuesday 30th October 2018, the Royal Automobile Club will host a series of Motoring Lectures at its Pall Mall clubhouse in London, bringing together some of the finest experts in the field of motoring and motorsport. The Royal Automobile Club’s Motoring Lectures is an annual event which takes place during the Club’s London Motor Week –a series of events running from Monday 29th October to Sunday 4th November, encompassing a host of motoring dinners, book and engineering awards, a motoring art exhibition and a motor show. The Lectures, which are available to both members and non-members, provide access to some of the biggest names in the industry with the opportunity to hear their expert advice and experience first-hand. This year’s topics and speakers are: Allan McNish – Former Formula 1 driver, FIA World Endurance Champion and three times Le Mans winner, Allan is currently the Team Principal for the Audi Sport ABT Schaeffler Formula E team. In this talk he will discuss developing technologies used in Formula E. Stuart Gibbard –Acclaimed author and tractor expert, Stuart Gibbard will reveal the symbiotic relationship between Aston Martin cars and David Brown tractors in his talk, “The Power Behind the Glory”. Several famous sportscar manufacturers had links with the farm tractor industry, but in most cases the connection was superficial. However, the relationship between David Brown and Aston Martin was more complex and the tractor manufacturer had a direct impact on develop-

ments at Feltham and Newport Pagnell. Roger Crathorne, Nick Rogers and Michael Bishop from Land Rover Classic in conversation with Michael Quinn – The world’s foremost expert on the Land Rover marque, Roger Crathorne is known simply as “Mr Land Rover” in recognition of his 50 years at the company. He will be accompanied by Nick Rogers, Executive Director of Product Engineering at Jaguar Land Rover and Michael Bishop of Land Rover Classic, collector and restoration expert. The trio will be in conversation with Club member, Michael Quinn, Patron of Jaguar Daimler Heritage Trust and member of the Royal Automobile Club’s Veteran Car Run Steering Group and Heritage Working Group. Michael is also the grandson of Jaguar founder, Sir William Lyons. Bob Owen – Head of Legislation for the Federation of British Historic Vehicle Clubs, Bob is a trained lawyer, former Director of Westland Helicopters and Chairman of Yeovil Car Club. In his talk “Yesterday’s Cars on Tomorrow’s Roads”, Bob will explore changing legislation relating to classic cars and its future effects. This year’s event will be held in the Mountbatten Room in Pall Mall from 10.45am to 3.50pm. Tickets cost £20 for members and £27.50 for non-members, including a buffet lunch. The dress code is jacket and tie. Booking early is recommended as places are limited. Nonmembers can book through Eventbrite searching for “Royal Automobile Club Lectures”, while members can book through the Club website.

After more than 18 years at Ford Motor Company, Tim Holmes, Executive Director Communications and Public Affairs for Ford of Britain, has elected to retire. At the same time, John Gardiner, is named Executive Director, Communications & Public Affairs, Ford of Britain and Corporate Communications, Ford of Europe, effective October 1. John, a former journalist and Ford PR veteran, started his automotive journey from an early age working at his uncle’s American car spare parts business, and also was assistant editor at Custom Car Magazine in the late 1980s. Since joining Ford in 1990, he has held a number of senior communication positions in the US, UK and Germany, and is currently Director News Operations at Ford of Europe in Cologne, a role he has held for the past nine years. In addition to his new UK role, he will retain responsibility for Ford of Europe’s corporate and executive communications. John will report directly to Susan Krusel, vice president, Communications & Public Affairs, Ford of Europe, Middle East and Africa. “I want to thank Tim for his outstanding service over the

years, not only in our biggest European market, but also as a highlyrespected member of the senior communications leadership team with a deep commitment to serving media,” said Susan Krusel. “At the same time, it is exciting to see John take over a new, expanded role. His extensive experience will be key in delivering our core objectives, including building reputation and purchase consideration and helping the team expand its communications capabilities.” The UK is Ford’s third largest global market and accounts for almost a third of the company’s European sales, by volume. The UK is home to both diesel and petrol engine manufacturing plants, as well as commercial vehicle and power train design and development. In addition, the new Ford Smart Mobility European headquarters is based at Stratford, near London. “I’m delighted to be coming home to take on this new role,” said John Gardiner. “Tim, together with his team, has done an

outstanding job flying the Ford flag high in Britain. The auto industry in Britain and Europe is going through a period of unprecedented change, bringing both challenges and huge opportunities. It’s an honour to be rejoining the Ford of Britain team at such an important juncture in our company’s history. I’m also looking forward to renewing old contacts and making new ones in the months ahead.” Tim Holmes, a former newspaper and specialist magazine journalist, first joined Ford of Europe in 2000 and held several Colognebased senior communications

roles before transferring back to the UK in 2008 to lead the UK team. He later was appointed to the board of Ford of Britain. “It’s been an unusual privilege to work at Ford for all these years, to see so much change and evolution, and to play a part in telling the Ford story along the way,” said Tim Holmes. “With change now being the norm rather than the exception, I’m happy to hand over to such a seasoned professional as John. I have immensely enjoyed my career with the Blue Oval but now it’s time to concentrate on becoming the world’s best 60-year-old skier.”

RAISING FURTHER FUNDS FOR GREAT CAUSES IN NORTH WALES

This year’s Dayinsure Wales Rally GB (4-7 October) will again support charities and good causes across north Wales, taking the total raised in the six years since the World Championship event moved to its current home in Deeside, Flintshire to more than £200,000. For the third year in succession, Hope House Children’s Hospices – consisting of Ty Gobaith in Conwy and its Oswestry-based Morda sister hospice – have been confirmed as the rally’s Official Charity Partner. In addition, the event works with local schools, clubs and other volunteer groups* to staff the event’s temporary car parks, generated

much-needed funds for the local areas hosting the rally. “We are keen to support the great work carried out by those at Ty Gobaith as much as we possibly can,” explained Dayinsure Wales Rally GB partnership manager Alun Pritchard. “We will obviously look to raise as much money as possible and will be collecting donations from spectators throughout all four days of the event, but we can also help in other ways, such as giving siblings of Ty Gobaith children the chance to present trophies to the finishers on Sunday.” Every online ticket purchaser is given the chance to make a voluntary donation to the

charity – an organisation which needs to raise as much as £6.3 million every year to support those children in the region with life limiting and life threatening conditions. “The amazing support of Dayinsure Wales Rally GB really helps as it’s vital we continue to raise funds to support local children and families when they need us most,” said Hope House Children’s Hospices area fundraiser Beverley Bradley. “Sadly, three local children die each week and currently Hope House can only afford to help one of these families. We are committed to changing this.” Ty Gobaith children, siblings

and parents also gave the ongoing partnership a big ‘thumbs up’ when local rally star Jade Paveley recently set pulses racing by bringing her competitionprepared Subaru to the hospice for all to see. “This event isn’t just about rallying, it’s about supporting local communities and if Ty Gobaith benefits from additional support through the charity partnership that has to be a good thing,” said Paveley who is currently competing at the front of the Welsh Tarmac Championship. “I work at North Wales Honda, my dad’s dealership, which is based in Llandudno so being from the area I know how important Ty Gobaith is to the community. I really enjoyed meeting children who benefit from the hospice as well as some of the siblings and parents. It was a humbling experience learning a little about the amazing work that goes on and seeing what a warm and happy place Ty Gobaith is.” Ticket buyers can find out more about donating to the Hope House Children’s Hospices when buying on line via the official www.walesrallygb.com. Adult admission starts from just £15 (including fees) when purchased in advance with on the gate tickets priced at £30 subject to availability. Accompanied children aged 15 and under are admitted free to general admission areas.


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YOUNG DRIVERS’ SPEEDING INCREASED DURING ENGLAND WORLD CUP GAMES

HONDA REVEALS MOST SOPHISTICATED HR-V Honda has revealed the first details of the 2019 HR-V, its most sophisticated subcompact SUV to date. The new model features enhanced exterior styling, updates to the interior and a range of advanced technologies. Upgrades to the elegant exterior design include a more substantial interpretation of Honda’s ‘Solid Wing Face’ graphic, with a new, high-gloss dark chrome panel that replaces the black-andchrome combination above the grille. The front bumper features deeper air intake sections that house circular fog lights, and the headlights now have projector lenses with redesigned LED daytime running lights as standard. At the rear, a dark chrome garnish across the tailgate mirrors the new trim at the front, and the rear lights sit within darker lens casings. Higher-grade models feature a new 17-inch alloy design, and the exhaust tailpipe has a unique chrome finisher. The headlights and rear lights are upgraded to full LED units, and the rear casings are enhanced with dark ‘smoked’ effect. Honda will offer a choice of eight exterior colours for the 2019 HR-V, including the addition of Midnight Blue Beam Metallic. The other colour

choices comprise: Milano Red; Platinum White and Crystal Black in a pearlescent finish; and Lunar Silver, Modern Steel, Brilliant Sporty Blue and Ruse Black metallic hues. The HR-V remains as versatile as ever, including the carry-over of Honda’s innovative Magic Seat® system. Redesigned seats for the driver and front passenger incorporate changes to the seat cushion and back rest, providing enhanced overall support – especially for the shoulder area. The standard fabric upholstery now uses a higher-quality material, while top grade models feature a full leather interior as standard. From launch, the 2019 Honda HR-V will be available with the highly-efficient 1.5-litre i-VTEC naturally aspirated petrol engine, which offers a high output of 130 PS (96 kW) and maximum torque of 155 Nm at 4,600 rpm. Acceleration from 0-100 km/h (0-62 mph) takes 10.2 seconds when equipped with the six-speed manual (6MT), and 10.9 seconds with the optional CVT. The petrol engine offers an impressive blend of power and efficiency, with average fuel economy from 53.2 mpg* and official average CO2 emissions of 121* g/km for the CVT model.

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The i-VTEC engine has been enhanced by ‘advanced plateau honing’, that lowers the friction level between the pistons and the cylinder bores by creating an ultra-smooth surface. Its timing chain guides also feature a new friction-reducing coating, which further helps to reduce long-term wear and boost engine efficiency. Honda has improved the interior quietness and refinement of the HR-V by adding greater levels of insulating material around the car, including around the front bulkhead and wheel arches, the boot structure, and both front and rear door panels. Depending on model grade, the 2019 HR-V will also be equipped with Active Noise Cancellation (ANC) for the first time. ANC is designed to reduce low-frequency noise in the interior by monitoring for such noises using two in-cabin microphones, and then cancelling them out with precisely-timed ‘reverse phase’ audio signals through the speakers. Production of 2019 HR-V 1.5L i-VTEC variants has started with the deliveries commencing from October. A sportier, 1.5L VTEC TURBO engine will follow with availability from spring 2019, alongside a 1.6L i-DTEC diesel engine.

New data from global pioneer of telematics car insurance, insurethebox, suggests that young football fans take their eye off the speedometer and put their foot on the accelerator ahead of a big game. According to insurethebox analysis, instances of speeding among their predominantly 17-24 year old drivers increased by over a fifth in the hour before England matches at the 2018 FIFA World Cup. With the football season underway, data from insurethebox can help fans understand that no matter how important the game, they could be scoring an own goal if they don’t keep to the speed limit. While speed does have its uses on the pitch, outside of the game the consequences can be severe. Over half of all serious accidents on country roads involving 1724 year olds are due to loss of control, largely due to speeding2. The UK government’s 2016 report3 on road casualties revealed that 1,792 people were killed – a 4% rise in speed related road deaths year on year. Simon Rewell, Road Safety Manager at insurethebox, commented: “’It’s coming home’ has been a popular message for football fans this summer. But fans must make sure that no matter how big the game, it is not worth the risks that come with speeding. Leaving 5 minutes earlier is a much safer way of getting home for the game – and avoids the risk of a collision that could have lifelong consequences.” Liz Brooker, MBE, Vice Chair, RSGB, added: “Helping young drivers to understand the risks associated with inappropriate speed is vital to help reduce the number of collisions and casualties caused by speeding. At Road Safety GB we believe that a combination of communication and intervention can deliver measurable results. Indeed, our National Conference later this year will set out to demonstrate how road safety professionals can combine the four ‘E’s’ – education, enforcement and engineering, underpinned by

evidence – to deliver casualty reduction improvements. And this initiative by insurethebox will provide useful insight for that debate.” Midlands’s fans hit the accelerator the most During the World Cup, young drivers from the Midlands sped the most: during the group stage games their speeding increased by 46%. This increased further through the knockout stages as England gained momentum, with speeding up by a massive 78%. Young drivers in the East of England ranked second overall, with a 133% increase in speeding before the Croatia semi-final – the highest in the country for this match. Unsurprisingly, young drivers in Scotland and Wales ranked lowest in the speeding league table. London drivers also recorded relatively low changes in speeding – perhaps influenced by congestion and the wider availability of public transport. However, while young drivers in the West of England appeared to stay within the speed limit during the group stages, when the weekend hit and England played Sweden, there was a 167% increase in the hour before the game. Fans in the North were also more excited by the Sweden game, recording a 161% increase in speeding. Big game jitters The insurethebox analysis suggests that the level of speeding among 17-24 year old drivers during the England World Cup campaign was largely dictated by the importance of the game. In the hour before England played Belgium, the likelihood of young drivers speeding increased by 7%. However, before England’s semi-final against Croatia, there was a 43% hike in young motorists speeding and young motorists spent 1 in every 5 miles speeding compared to the usual average of 1 in every 9 miles. Weekend matches also signaled a sharp rise in speeding. Across the tournament there was a 30% increase in the amount of speeding per mile before any weekend

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game. This is especially important for football fans in the UK, as games are most commonly played on weekends. While speeding during the tournament can largely be attributed to young men, who increased their speed by an average of 38%, speeding among women drivers also increased by 31%. Simon Rewell continued: “Using analysis of more than 4 billion miles of driving data that insurethebox has collected over the last 8 years, we know that young drivers are four times more likely to crash in the first three months of their policy than their final three. Insurethebox proactively contacts drivers who speed, giving them the information they need to manage their driving behaviour and reduce their risk of an accident. “Over the last two years, our award-winning speed reduction campaign4 has used unique insights to enable us to communicate with customers who frequently speed, highlighting the risk of an accident and urging them to slow down and take more care. As a result, we have seen speeding instances among the highest risk drivers reduce by about 28%. This has cut the frequency of accidents among young drivers by 9%, reduced the damage caused when bumps do occur, helped save the distress of making a claim and, more importantly, reduced the risk of catastrophic injury.” Through a telematics black box installed in the vehicle, insurethebox uses individual driver data to determine the risk profile of each policyholder and calculate their premiums. Insurethebox shares driving data with customers through a personalised online portal, empowering them to better manage their driving habits in order to reduce their risk profile – and therefore their premiums. Insurethebox policies offer an initial 6,000, 8,000 or 10,000 miles of cover and bonus miles can be earned for good driving behaviour.


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SALMA BI THE UNTOLD STORY CONTINUED… The Year 2012 brought me great success as I became the first ever winner of the Sports category at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards in London. The glittering ceremony took place on May 16 at the plush Hilton Hotel in Park Lane and featured a star-studded guest list which included awards patron Cherie Blair QC, EastEnders actress Preeya Kalidas, newsreader Mary Nightingale and rising star, pop singer Avina Shah. The 13th AWA awards included a Sport section for the very first time and I was named the inaugural winner ahead of former British No1 tennis player Anne Keothavong, England hockey talent Ashpal Kaur Bhogai, Urvasi Naidoo, CEO of the International Federation of Netball Associations, and amateur boxer and coach Saira Tabasum. This year I launched my own coaching organisation Believe in MAD - Make A Difference which aims to raise the profile of girls/women’s and disability sports. In the previous month I staged a T10 World Cricket Cup event at Birmingham International Futsal Arena which involved 32 women representing four different Test playing nations and raised over £1,000 for the charity Mencap. Just six weeks earlier I was also the inspiration behind a 10-hour non-stop futsal marathon held at the same venue. Twenty four women took part and more than £1,000 was raised for the National Autistic Society. In my celebration speech at the Hilton, I spoke about these events and thanked the small but dedicated team of supporters which helped make it all possible. I also talked of the hurdles I’ve had to overcome to make my mark as a cricketer and highlighted my future ambitions. “I do nothing for personal glory - my aim is to promote the sport I love and help others,” “If I receive awards or recognition along the way it is a bonus. “The success of my events has inspired me further. We didn’t change, we just made a difference.” As my PR Quotes- Salma’s infectious and engaging personality, her eloquence and humour, ensured she received rapturous applause as she left the stage. As she departed into the night, the praise was ringing in her ears from all quarters. Just after receiving this award I was also Shortlisted for other awards as mentioned below Accompanied by my sister & my good friends the Panesar Sisters At Lords, I stood proudly amongst international cricket stars as I received one of the greatest accolades of my career. Winner at the first ever ASIAN CRICKET AWARDS, held at Lord’s on October 7th. I landed the WOMAN IN CRICKET award during a glittering ceremony at the home of cricket staged to celebrate the tremendous contribution to the sport by British Asians. From international stars to the vibrant amateur game, up-and-coming youngsters, coaches, media, behind-thescenes staff and unsung heroes were honoured at the Talk Home Mobile sponsored event. I was privileged to be chosen ahead of

promising young county cricketers Sidra Khan and Bhumika Doshi to win my category. “I have won many awards in the past, but to be recognised alongside so many great names from the world of cricket made this one of the most special nights of my sporting career.” I picked up Outstanding Achievement at the British-Asian Sports Awards in 2009 and was the first winner of the Sport category at the Asian Women of Achievement awards in 2012. Salma has also been shortlisted for numerous other regional and national awards. This night was a dream come true for me as I gained international recognition by receiving the first ever WOMAN IN CRICKET accolade at the inaugural ASIAN CRICKET AWARDS. Who would have thought all those years ago that a young girl with big aspirations would make her passion a reality? On stage I recalled my time playing at HQ alongside England great Claire Taylor for MCC v Japan. The room was filled with many familiar faces and many who once discouraged me to continue as they said it takes a match-winner to strive so high. I told the audience: “I sometimes attended training sessions without telling my family. I lost social contact with friends through my commitment to my sport. “Making a balance of playing and working as a haemodialysis nurse has sometimes been difficult, but if you believe in something that strongly you should never give in as all is possible.” “When I was on stage, this was not just a moment I will relive for a lifetime, but a moment I realised I’ve become a pioneer icon, a voice for the women/girls in cricket. “I didn’t just represent myself, I was proud to be honoured on behalf of my parents, my family, my husband, my unborn children but most importantly I was inspiring the next generation to come through and leave a legacy behind.” My sponsors Deal Direct and Sporting Equals were very close supporters for Me on the night. A big thank you to Asian Cricket Awards co-founder Baljit Rihal, Jas Jassal, Isa Guha, Club Cricket Conference and Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, who have

encouraged me so much. “I was most thrilled to see her my student and club player Simran Panesar bring her very first award home as Amateur Player of the Year.” This for me was a truly deserved & latest major award after 12 years in the cricket world - knowing I have made history again! Winner of the #InspirationalAward2015 at the 2nd Annual Event of #AsianCricketAwards at Lords CC To Win Two Awards in both Annual Events is unthinkable, but I was told I deserved this. I was also told, I was more relaxed this year & it showed because my Rock, My Husband was by My Side In the Year 2013 – Me & My Husband Head Teacher & Club Cricketer Muhammad SOHAIL made a pledge to work a Build A School Project for orphaned children in Pakistan. We was fortunate to raise over £10,000 & are still in process of collecting donations. This idea came about after going through a tragic time, something I never could imagine but yes whilst starting a new family I had a molar pregnancy. I was disheartened, unable to let it sink in & advised by my Gynaecologist to take at least 6 months rest post operation. It was a very difficult time for me as I took a break from sports, it was like I didn’t want to face my friends/family so when I did get back to playing cricket I avoided my club team, made debut for Northants County & played at Lords for club cricket conference whilst still recovering. Winning the Inspirational Award brought tears to my eyes on the night, For any woman to go through such trauma understands how valuable her little family is. I was touched & continued to have the belief in the Almighty as always to guide me in the right direction. Another award I was honoured to bring home was for WCOP-Youngest Speaker at the Womens World Conference of Pakistanis. I enjoyed every moment on sharing my Struggles & Achievements on the Panel among other inspiring role models to over 600 People. Awarded a Shield of Gratitude by Khalid Mahmood for my Services which reminds me of why I should continue what once was just a dream. Special Thank You to all the Team at TV Apex & Arif Malik for giving us this platform.

BELOW ARE ALL MY SPORTING ACHIEVEMENTS (and still counting) * COACHING THE NEXT GENERATION – Warwickshire Level 1 Umpire Warwickshire Level 2+Club Coach S&S Indoor Cricket Centre Coach * FIRST EVER MUSLIM/ASIAN SENIOR PLAYER – Worcestershire County Cricket Club Senior Women’s Squad Player – First Asian Woman to represent the County. Northamptonshire Womens County Team 2015 onwards. * PLAYED AT LORD’ S VERSUS JAPAN AND HONG KONG – Marylebone Cricket Club Representative Player played alongside Former England Legend Enid Bakewell. * LEADING SPIN WICKET TAKER IN ALL TEAMS – Five Ways Old Edwardians Cricket Club Women’s League and T20 side and Men’s thirds senior player. * FIRST FEMALE PLAYER ALONGSIDE SISTER ANISHA BI – Wall Cricket Club Men’s squad player. T20 PLAYER – Tamworth Ladies LED TO PROMOTION WITH PB 71 RUNS AS OPENING BATSMAN ALONGSIDE SISTER AISHA BI – Hawarden Park CC player and selected for Cheshire CC and Womens Midlands Team. Coached Indoor U22 Player Sammi Short. * FUTSAL: FIRST ASIAN TEAM IN BIRMINGHAM LEAGUE – Great White Sharks Team Captain and Goal-keeper. * CRICKET: FIRST ALL ASIAN WOMENS TEAM UK - CBBL Ambassador & Captain * CRICKET: INDOOR CHAMPIONS – Fiveways Zombies Captain. * OUTDOOR FOOTBALL: Birch Coppice FC player and Football Futures Goalkeeper.


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MAJOR AWARDS. FIRST NATIONAL AWARD PRESENTED BY DENISE LEWIS AND AMIR KHAN: * British-Asian Sports Awards 2009 Outstanding Achievement Award winner BACK IN THE LIMELIGHT NATIONAL AWARD. * Asian Women of Achievement – Inaugural First Ever Sports Award Winner 2012. The 13th AWA Awards included a sports section for the very first time & Salma was named the Inaugural Winner. PRESENTED BY CLAIRE TAYLOR & CHARLOTTE EDWARDS: * OSCA’s (Outstanding Services to Cricket Awards) Nat West Volunteer of the Year Award 2012 Building Partnerships. Bill Jones Memorial Volunteer of the Year Award 2012.

Asian Cricket Awards * Asian Cricket Awards 2014 –Winner Women in Cricket Award. Presented by Baroness Sayeeda Warsi, Isa Guha and Nihal. * Asian Cricket Awards 2015 –Winner of the Inspirational Award. Awarded during a difficult time undergoing an operation after being told she was having a molor pregnancy. * Birmingham Sports Awards Finalist 2013 –Presented by Ian Bell. * Birmingham Sports Awards Finalist 2014 – presented by Hannah England. * British-Asian Sports Award 2010 Coach of the Year runner-up. * Muslim Women’s Sport Foundation Ambassador Awards – runner-up 2012. * Bradford Inspirational Women’s Awards 2013 – runner-up. * British Muslim Awards 2014 –Runner-Up * West Midlands Awards 2015 –Runner-Up SPECIALIST FULL TIME CAREER: Haemodialysis Renal Adult Nursing. COMPANY DIRECTOR: Believe In MAD |Making A Difference| Founder 2012 PARTNERSHIP: Sporting Pathways Co-Founder (Community Interest Company). CHARITY – PROLIFIC FUND-RAISER: EVENT 1: Hosted First Ever Women’s Futsal Marathon 10-Hour Non-stop Record 2012 EVENT 2: Hosted Women’s Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup 2012. EVENT 3: Hosted Women’s Futsal Marathon 20Hour Record 2012 EVENT 4: Hosted World Dodge Ball 2013. EVENT 5: Hosted Women’s Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup 2013. EVENT 6: Hosted World Dodge Ball 2014 EVENT 7: Hosted Women’s Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup 2014 EVENT 8: Hosted Mens Indoor T10 Cricket World Cup 2014 Finally after almost 2 weeks of sharing my story it comes to a close, I’m signing out from The journey of struggles, experiences & success. By doing all this it hasn’t made me more special to anyone else who might be working hard at what they want in life, There might be others out there who don’t feel they can share their story but might in fact be more inspiring then me. Now a Proud mother of two Aliza & Abira I can’t wait to show them how powerful it is to be a influential woman. My Elder Daughter Aliza became a proud Ambassador for MiniMuslim Playground at the age of only 7 Months. A Toys Company which sells Muslim oriented Toys, Clothes & books. The best I can do for my children is to guide them, to leave a legacy behind. After being crowned for my work, I feel my life is now worth telling, something nobody can take away from me. I promise to give my children the

best start to life, if they desire to dream big I will be right behind them. My attitude of not giving up has brought me success in ways even I didn’t imagine. I’m ever so grateful for the opportunities that finally did come my way, my perseverance has paid off. Sports has paid off by witnessing girls/women participating because I have made it possible for them for the opportunities I provided through my selfless work. Thank You to my coaches, team colleagues, Admin staff, Event Partners, Event Participants, Media, Selectors, Students, Judges, Nursing Colleagues, My Family & Husband Muhammad Sohail. Thank You to my Sisters for letting me drill sports into them. Aisha- I remember her Celebrating my first 50th like it was her 50th she prayed for every run that I made that game as we became Cup Winners. Anisha-Once whilst taking a catch Collided with another player ended up on a stretcher but amazingly still held on to the ball because she knew it was a wicket for me. The highlight of my life isn’t just sports but it’s who you choose to settle with, if they see your dreams as their own then you definitely have got yourself a keeper! My husband plays some club cricket & it’s a joy to coach him & hear all about his performances per game. After hosting 8 Back to Back Events all in the space of 3 Years, I decided to set up a small project called ‘Get Her In the Game’ I researched to find that by the age of 14, girls are dropping out of sports at twice the rate of boys. Something was to be done, from participating in sports all my life & having that drive I wanted to see what was lacking that clearly kept girls behind in sports. The idea of the project was to find approx 100 girls & coach them to find the love for the sport again but also to showcase an Ambassador Programme. As much as I continued to inspire everyone around me, as a crucial hard working woman in the society today has earned me a lot of respect from the people around me. I have never been afraid to try something new, my mindset has always been about getting others involved. Reaching great heights myself I have found it more satisfying creating pathways for others who continue to make a Difference.

I am honoured to be an Ambassador for various sporting organisations such as The Asian Cricket Awards as a Judge, Muslim Sports Council and Deal Direct. Change4Life, Eiman, Opening Boundaries and Muslim Womens Network Ambassador & Spokesperson. I’m ever so great to these organisations for considering me as an Ambassador a face a role model to promote their Business. I have so far used Social media platform’s to tell my story, used my blogs to visualise my work but it is the Media that gives us the platform. They share our story in a different light, they create the face for us to reach out to communities across the globe. Below are some of the campaigns I have had the pleasure to be involved in-Badman’s Britain Comedy Sketch, BBC Asian Network, Cricket Pundit-Live Radio Commentator, Sky Sports, Oxford and Cambridge University, All-Out Magazine – National publication half-page feature, columnist for The Asian Today and Youngest Speaker at the Womens World Conference of Pakistanis. BBC Midlands today, Desiblitz & The Guardian Newspaper. Islam Channel. West Midlands Police, Campaigns & Numerous Charities. Sporting Equals, Sporting Opinion, Coaching Edge, Birmingham Mail Newspapers. Fifteen21 Magazine, Noor TV, Unity FM and Bbc Expert Women. 5LiveRadio & BBC WM. As the Birmingham Mail quotes ‘Salma is no stranger to the prize podium having won the British Asian Sports Awards Outstanding Achievement Accolade in 2009 for her services to cricket, Now is a Renown 5 Time Multi National Award Winner for her contributions. Breaking stereotypes is what Salma has been known to do’ Up against two male sports personalities I did not once think I stood any chance in making it on the shortlist let alone as a Winner. At Grosevnor Park Hilton London I was honoured to rub shoulders with some amazing people. Escorted by my Brother & uncle who both play club level cricket I went in the mindset just to be inspired by sports personalities just like myself. My first national award alongside the likes of Amir Khan, Raj Hundal & Ambreen Sadiq. I recall Denise Lewis congratulating me & saying how she fought for during the judges selection process.

During this time I only just started playing cricket but wanted to give up not knowing I’ve made history which has finally brought something good out of my struggles! If you want something you’ve never had, then you’ve got to do something you’ve never done! #Legacy #TheUntoldStory #Believe #Awards #Sports #Hilton #DeniseLewis #AmirKhan #London #Inspirational #Struggles #Perseverance #WrongUn In 2012 I was invited to the Bill Jones Memorial Volunteer of the Year Awards at New Road, Worcestershire, for the NatWest OSCA presentations and received the Building Partnerships accolade for my work in promoting the game. The tribute to Me stated: “Salma has been proactive in getting women and girls into playing cricket. “In particular, she has worked very hard with the Asian Community. She has arranged coaching sessions, tournaments etc for women and girls and encouraged them to be involved. “In doing this, she has been working hard and successfully to persuade local press, radio and TV to report on the girls’ cricketing activities.” This was a special moment for me as I was representing Worcestershire County Cricket, Just selected for MCC, Coaching & Umpiring. It was nice to be acknowledged by the county cricket board. Other Sports awards that I was shortlisted for during this time included the BASA Coach of the Year in 2010 at the Marriott Hotel London and this year was shortlisted for the Outstanding Contribution prize at the Muslim Women’s Sports Foundation awards at Wembley Stadium. Birmingham Sports Awards twice as a Finalist in the Women In Sports Category presented by Ian Bell & Hannah England at Edgbaston County Cricket Ground. I guess bowling off spin with a leg spinners action paid off to stand out & make a difference. My school of thought has always been to encourage diversity to push hidden talents in others as everyone is unique in their own ways The story continues #TheUntoldStory #WrongUn #Legacy #Believe #Sports #Cricket #County #WomenInSports


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ECB Announce Squad for Visually Impaired Tour of India

The Blue Tigers Continue to Roar The English Cricket Board has declared a 16-man Visually Impaired (VI) squad for their forthcoming voyage through India. The side will embark on World Champions India in three IT20s before involving in a Tri-Series against India and Sri Lanka. Sam Murray comes back to the squad in the wake of removing time from the game to end up a Para-Rower for Team GB. Darren Paddick has been called up for his first visit subsequent to give encouragement in the Academy and in residential cricket. A captain for the visit will be declared at the appointed time. England will look to test themselves against two of the best sides in the world in the Tri-Series. Every one of the three teams made the semi-finals of the last IT20 World Cup in 2017, with India proceeding to lift the trophy on home soil. England VI Head Coach Ross Hunter stated: “This visit is an energising open door for our squad and the players to keep on developing. Our defini-

tive objective is to win the following World Cup and to do that we should have the capacity to go up against the very best. “We feel that the 16 players we have chosen all can win games for England. This outing will help by pushing them forward, and we are hoping to perceive how they perform under pressure against two awesome teams. We need players who can develop into World Cup champions.” ECB Head of Handicap Cricket Ian Martin stated: “This will be another vital visit for the squad. Going up against two of the best sides in the world will give an incredible sign concerning where they are at a gathering and the advancement, they have made. “This visit is another progression forward for handicap cricket. Visually debilitated cricket, specifically, keeps on developing universally on account of solid help over the worldwide cricketing network and the work of the World Visually impaired Cricket Council.”

One month removed from a historic World Cup tournament in Russia, the latest instalment of the FIFA world rankings showed that India had climbed one grade higher from ninety-seven to ninety-six. This is due to FIFA’s implementation of an updated ranking system titled ‘Elo’ – which, according to Forbes, states that points are added or subtracted ‘based on the result of a match rather than calculating an average’. Furthermore, ‘the amount added (or subtracted) is calculated based on the strength of the opponent and the importance of the match’. Despite the hop in rankings appearing minor, it was only three years ago that India were ranked 173 in the FIFA world rankings. And the progression of the perception towards football in India has, since then, increased and results have slowly supported India’s ambition to provide a footballing future for the next generation of Indian footballers; from the innovative Indian Super League, which allows each team to acquire one marquee signing – and has featured global football icons such as Diego Forlan, Alessandro Del Piero, Roberto Carlos and Robert Pires, to the impressive 2-1 victory ten-man India earned over six-time U20 champions Argentina

Aneela Rose Wins AWPC World Powerlifting Championship 2018! Sussex based Aneela Rose represented Team GB in the AWPC World Powerlifting Championships 2018 and won first place in her class to become a 2018 World Powerlifting Champion! Aneela is the first British Asian female to win this title with the AWPC (Amateur World Powerlifting Congress) in her category and is an accolade achieved through sheer determination and hard work to come out on top. Aneela matched the current AWPC British squat record of 87.5kg in the Master’s category and scored her highest to date with an overall total of 242.5kg (38.1 stones!) across squat, bench press and deadlift. Powerlifting is the ultimate strength sport, often confused with weightlifting and bodybuilding. Olympic weightlifting uses snatch and clean & jerk whereas powerlifting does not in-

volve any vertical movements directly overhead. And, powerlifters are not bodybuilders, although Aneela strives for a six-pack one day! Aneela’s sporting journey began after the London 2012 Olympics when she was inspired to start throwing the javelin again after a 25-year break, but after repeated shoulder injuries, she was advised to take up strength training to help her shoulder. Her coach quickly realised that she was ‘freakishly strong’ and encouraged her to enter a powerlifting competition. She switched from spear throwing to lifting heavy weights, and the rest is now history! “I get incredibly nervous when competing, and I’ve had to find a way to control my emotions and nerves while remaining completely focused on what I need to do to make a successful lift,”

Aneela says. “I’ve been learning about ‘mental combat’ and unlocking the full power of body and brain. Using specific tactics has helped me to drive out the negative thoughts and selfdoubt that builds up in the run-up to competitions. I’m in awe of myself in managing to overcome a number of challenges and to do so well at a world-class level. I’ve been overwhelmed by the support and such wonderful complements; if I’ve managed to motivate and inspire others, then it makes all the hard work worthwhile. I’m happy to share my journey and performance insight to anyone who is interested as it’s directly linked to my confidence and success.”

in the 2018 COTIF Cup. The encouragement to support Indian football escalated when the four-time AIFF Indian Footballer of the Year, Sunil Chhetri, called on Indian football fans to support their local football clubs – after ‘only 2,569 fans came to watch a cup game’, the BBC reports. In a tweet published via his official account, Chhetri pleaded to fans: ‘Please come and support us, encourage us, watch us, abuse us, criticise us. Football in India needs you’. Chhetri emphasised: ‘To all of you, who have lost hope or don’t have any hope in Indian football, we request you to come and watch us in the stadium’. ‘It’s not fun to criticise and abuse on the internet. Come to the stadium, scream at us, shout at us’. The 34-year-old also brought to attention his acknowledgement of Indian football fans supporting European clubs: ‘Sometimes you guys think the level is not the same so why waste your time?’ Chhetri added, ‘I agree the level is not the same, not even close, but with our desire and determination, we will try our best to make your time worth it’. India are currently preparing to defend their South Asian Football Federation (SAFF) Championship, which they have

by Shazad Hussain achieved on seven different occasions, in September as well as continue their preparations for the looming AFC Asian Cup in 2019. However, India have suffered a major blow as Chhetri, who received the Global Indian Icon Award last month, raised doubts over his possible involvement in the SAFF tournament: ‘It’s not a declaration, but I think I have had enough of SAFF’. Chhetri, who as of this writing is third to Cristiano Ronaldo (85) and Lionel Messi (65) in the list of all-time leading international goal scorers among currently active players with 64 goals, asserted: ‘I was fortunate to play SAFF three or four times. I am not declaring anything right now but I had a chat with the coach, and he said he wants to bring a lot of junior players which I think is a very good thing’.

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PAKISTANI GIRL WINS FIRST KARATE MEDAL AT 2018 ASIAN GAMES N

ineteen-year-old Nargis from Quetta city in Pakistan became the first Pakistani woman to win a medal in karate at the 2018 Asian Games. “Papa, I did it”, Nargis exclaimed in a video message, raising her voice and her fist. Her victory is a symbol of empowerment for the women of Balochistan province who are bravely pushing the cultural and traditional barriers. “I have proved that girls from Quetta can participate in international sporting events,” she said. While expressing gratitude to the Pakistan Karate Federation and Ghulam Ali Hazara, who is Nargis’s teacher, she said it is her dream ‘to win a gold medal for Pakistan.’ The teenage sports star won a bronze medal in karate at the 18th Asian Games which took place in Indonesia as she beat Nepal’s Rita Karki 3-1 and claimed the medal in the +68kg event. “I expected to win the medal, and all my friends and my coaches had expectations,” Nargis said in her media statement. Encouraging other female athletes, Nargis said: “I believe that Pakistanis should not make excuses. That is my advice to other female athletes. We always think that being a Pakistani we can’t achieve much, but we can.” Officials from Nargis’s home province sent their best wishes. Balochistan Chief Minister Mir Jam Kamal Aliyani had said that Nargis brought fame to Pakistan by demonstrating her talented skills at an international sporting event. He even stated that the youth of Balochistan has immense potential and skills. Nargis, from Quetta’s minority Hazara community, is now following in the footsteps of Kulsoom Hazara, who is Pakistan’s karate star who has represented the nation by competing in international events and won several gold medals. Congratulating Nargis, female cyclist and athlete Samar Khan said: “This is just a start of [Pakistani] women taking up sports, focusing on physical fitness and building confidence. We still have a long way to go.”


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