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ELECTION FRAUD ALLEGATIONS By Ismail Mulla Political Correspondent
WEST Yorkshire police have launched an investigation into claims of postal vote fraud in this year’s local elections. Kirklees council was alerted to potential irregularities in the electoral process by Conservative Cllr Khizar Iqbal. Concerns were raised after there was a significant hike in the number of residents registering for postal votes in Thornhill Lees and Savile Town.
A police spokesman said: “We have received an allegation of election fraud taking place in the Dewsbury South ward and are currently investigating the report.
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“No arrests have been made and enquiries are ongoing.”
The news comes hot on the heels of allegations of electoral fraud in London. Six Labour councillors in Tower Hamlets wrote to the Electoral Commission on 23rd of April.
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Both areas fall into Cllr Iqbal’s Dewsbury South seat where he is up for re-election on the 3rd of May.
Cllr Iqbal is up against Abdul Patel (Lab), Bernard Disken (Lib Dems), Adrian Cruden (Greens), Paul Wheelhouse (TUSC) and Shaun Maddox (English Democrats) for his Dewsbury South seat, where he has been a councillor for the past 14 years.
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The letter reads, “We write to you as a matter of urgency to demand action be taken about what we believe to be serious abuses of the electoral register and gross voting malpractice in Tower Hamlets. “In particular we are concerned at the unprecedented number of households that have recently
signed up for postal votes in the borough.”
instances where postal votes have been collected from voters.
The letter which has been passed onto Scotland Yard by the Electoral Commission continues, “We are aware of instances where people who no longer live at an address are still being sent postal votes and their votes have been cast. We are also aware of
Signed by Labour councillors Helal Abbas, Khales Uddin Ahmed, Bill Turner, Rachael Saunders, Zenith Rahman and Anwar Khan it also warns of similar activities in another ward where there is a by-election due to be held.
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decide on how their council is to be run as well as voting for their local councillors. Voters By Mohamed Ansar will have the opportunity to choose whether or not they would like a directly elected An estimated 20,000 homes in Kirklees could well be at risk of mayor.
it should be easier.” But he had reservations as to what the council would be able to do, “With all the cut backs I don’t think there is much Kirklees will be able to do is there? I mean have they got the money to do anything? We put his question to Ghee who told us:
as experienced in other parts of the country. As a result and with change in legislation Kirklees council are asking for the views of residents to highlight possible hot Voters will be asked as to whether they would spots to better manage future like their council to be run by a leader who is an elected councillor chosen by the other Kirklees have to develop and councillors or a mayor elected by voters. publish a Local Flood Risk strategy With the recent by-election in Bradford West won by George Galloway, causing sirens to exist, the measures to be used to blare amongst the main parties, this will be manage it and how the measures another opportunity to gage the feelings and will be paid for.
The vote is being held after the Secretary of State ordered 10 of the largest cities in England to conduct the referendum, with the 3 West Yorkshire cities featuring.
from the opinions held by the coalition As a result the council are implementing a gathering exercise on Government. what the general public underAccording to a poll conducted by the Guardian/ICM it suggest that the majority of they think the council’s priorities people in the north are against introducing should be. new mayors, and is consistent across age groups, social classes and supporters of We asked Tom Ghee from Kirklees Flood Management Team what In Bradford a special public meeting has been into account, he told us: planned to explain the pro’s and cons with leaders and representatives from the main “Absolutely everything, from political parties in Bradford presenting a case water, absolutely every source. both for and against an elected mayor.
“The new legislation passed in 2010 was passed by central Government so the funding will come directly from central government.
sibility but new legislation (passed in 2010) means we legally have to take responsibility now and that’s why we are asking the public to undertake this survey”.
“Funds are limited so it doesn’t mean every problem will be resolved, we will have more than before but still limited”.
out who was responsible to deal with it so now its just the council,
The survey will take place between 23 April to 18 June 2012 with the strategy published next Spring and will set out a three to
responsible new legislation makes the council now responsible to
The survey is available on the council’s website at
region. The survey will take views from residents across Kirklees about areas of priority, management and previous personal
resident from Batley, Mr Shabir, The programme has been organised by “Before there was limited respon Bradford Cathedral on behalf of the Common Good Network, JUST West Yorkshire, Bradford Muslim Women’s Council and the University of Bradford Student’s Union in an attempt to help residents decide. Thieves posing as pizza delivery men Realising they had hit the wrong The programme will take place on Monday 30 barged their way into a house and house, the thieves changed their April at the Midland Hotel in ForsterSquare threw a 47-yearold woman to the objective and left after stealing from 7pm. For more information about the ground before asking where are the jewellery and cash. event you can go to drugs? www.justwestyorkshire.co.uk or call 01274 As well as the 47 year-old woman, two 54222. The robbery happened at a house on men aged 31 and 48 were also Miller’s Croft, Birstall, when the 47 assaulted during the robbery. year-old women answered a knock at the door. When she opened it an Asian Dewsbury CID are asking for help from man in his early thirties told her he had the public describing the suspects as come to deliver a pizza. The victim told one Asian and four balck men. him they hadn’t ordered any food when a man described as six foot tall The Asian man posing as a pizza and black appeared forcing the door delivery man is described as being in A BLAST at a local factory in Birstall is said to open and threw the 47 year-old to the his early thirties, around 5'5" tall and of have shook the building according to early ground. slim build. reports from people in the area. Three more black men ran into the The man who forced the door was The explosion happened at the Mars Pet Care house and began rummaging through black, around 6" tall, slim, in his early plant on Oakwell Way Birstall. the home, searching from room to twenties and wore a grey hooded top. room and asking the occupants for the The three other suspects were also West Yorkshire Fire service said the blast location of the drugs. black, all in their early twenties, of occurred in a boiler room but no one medium build and over 6" tall. received any serious injuries. At the time four adults and four children aged between 4 and 13 were Any witnesses to the robbery, or One man was treated at the scene according in the house and they told the thieves anyone with information is asked to to West Yorkshire Fire service they didn’t know what they were contact DC Adrian Lever at Dewsbury but not life threatening. talking about. CID via 101 or Crimestoppers, anonymously, on 0800 555 111
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the ground and assaulted by three men before having his mobile phone stolen from his trouser pocket. The victim was walking along Whitegate Road in Newsome at around 7:45pm on 19 April when he noticed three men ahead of him. The men approached him and asked for a cigarette , when the 19 year-old said no one of the men pushed him in the chest causing the victim to fall. The suspects then assaulted him taking his mobile phone from his trouser pocket before leaving towards Newsome Road. released an appeal asking for witnesses to come forward.
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Suspects are described as three white men in their early twenties One was around 6" tall, slim and had short, light blonde hair. He was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a grey hooded top. A second suspect was shorter and chunkier than and was wearing blue jogging bottoms and a black hooded top. The third suspect was of similar height and build to the second suspect, had brown hair and was wearing grey jogging bottoms and a blue hooded top. Any witnesses, or anyone with information should contact DC Mick Cummings
Six arrests in £150,000 drugs conspiracy By Mohamed Ansar A 32 year-old Bradford man and a 27 year-old man from Keighley are amongst six men arrested in connection to supplying Class A drugs on a national level. The arrests come after a joint investigation into a drug bust last year by West Yorkshire Police Organised Crime Group and Thames Valley police. A total of 3Kg of cocaine with a street value of £150,000 was seized, leading to the prosecution of two men. Majid
was found in possession of 996g of cocaine in Birmingham, and a Peruvian national Gustavo Llerena was arrested at Leeds train station as he arrived from
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London with 1.9Kg of cocaine. Both were convicted in August
and a half years sentence and Llerena eight years. Detective Inspector Noel Devine
of West Yorkshire Police’s Crime Division, said: “These arrests form part of a wider investigation, in conjunction with Thames Valley Police, into the supply of controlled drugs up and down the country.
was found coming into West Yorkshire believed to have originated from the south of England and we are working hard to trace those responsible for bringing these drugs into our local communities.”
All six are being held at a police station in West Yorkshire and under going questioning.
with Kirklees, died April 2012 following ill-health. He was well known by Madressahs and supplementary schools and much respected for his advice and training. Aziz Daji, Chair of Indian Muslim Welfare Society (IMWS) said, "I worked with Paul for many years. He was a caring man of true character. a victim: My condolences to his family and his "One of the best methods of colleagues." Shakeel Hafez (Batley) snap proof locks in your doors. UPVC doors in particular may not already contain There are serious issues of anti-social behavthese and it is always worth iour within our communities. I just wish the having them checked by a reputa- local organisations or someone would take a stand and stop it. People are feeling intimible locksmith. dated by these yobs particularly the elderly. "We are undertaking a consider- Isn’t it time we did something? able amount of work with our Ismail (Mount Pleasant) partners such as Bradford Council,
Gas powered bin collection It only takes a minute suggest crime prevention techniques have helped to reduce crime in the area by 29 percent, amounting to 740 less victims over the past twelve months. and March 2012 have led the police to further encourage residents in Bradford to battle against the burglar by launching a campaign called ‘It Only Takes A Minute’.
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Leeds Council have approved the purchase of 13 refuse collection vehicles including 8 powered by biomethane gas. The new vehicles will in total cost the council £1.85 million and is said to be a replacement for older vehicles.
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compared to traditional vehicles. Councillor Mark Dobson, executive member for environmental services said: "While we have undoubtedly come a long way in recent years, it is absolutely vital that as a service we do not stand still and continue to pursue ways in which bin collections can be made even better in the future for residents”.
With the cost of biomethane powered bin wagons that would collect recycling from homes across the city, would look to protect the council from increasing fuel prices.
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The campaign is aimed at people improving their home security and warns people of the consequences of leaving doors and windows unlocked. Bradford South Detective Chief Inspector Mark McManus said there are some simple ways to reduce the potential of becoming
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grid will go a long way to solve this problem. He added “Palestinian Welfare House , where these supplies are heading for, has only about 4 hours of electricity each day, but with the Egyptian announcement I’m hoping to see time”. Yusuf will join a convoy of around 60 vehicles leaving from the UK and a further 50 vehicles will join them in Turkey to take much needed.
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Stefan Fule, the European Commissioner for Enlargement and Neighbourhood Policy, says that the total cost armed forces on development projects amounted to €49.14 million. The estimated EU-funded share of the loss was €29.37 million. Responding to a parliamentary question from Chris Davies, a British Liberal Democrat MEP, the Commissioner says that Israel has paid nothing by way of compensation for the damage, but claims that it would not be appropriate to divulge the content of discussions with Israel about such matters. However, Davies claims that the European Commission has admitted in answers to his previous questions that the Israeli authorities do not even reply to letters from EU
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BRADFORD MP David Ward has rounded on the International Criminal Courts (ICC) for abandoning an investigation into the Gaza war in 2008/09. He joins Amnesty International who are also calling for the ICC to reconsider its position.
The Palestinian Authority had been hoping since 2009 that the ICC would carry out an investigation into Israel’s Operation Cast Lead which left 1,200 Palestinians dead.
Ward who was elected as MP for Bradford East in 2010 said: “So many tensions across the world can be traced back to the Palestinian issue. “This simply cannot be considered a fair or humane decision to take. I have written to the Foreign Secretary on the matter. It is not right that the Prosecutor has
The decision to abandon the investigation was taken on the grounds that Palestine is state. Luis Moreno-Ocampo, Chief Prosecutor for the ICC said: “It’s only the states with full membership at the UN complaint with the court.” But Head of Amnesty International’s International Justice Campaign, Marek Marczyński said that the prosecutor had “erroneously
dodged the question.” Palestine doesn’t have full UN membership only holding observer status, although the Palestinian Authority did apply for membership to the UN last September.
before, but this time with the Egyptian announcement I’m hopeful”. Gaza has been in the grip of a severe power crises, and the recent announcement by Egypt to connect the electricity supply to its own
Israel destroyed 82 EU projects The European Commission has published a list of 82 EU-funded projects in Palestine that have been destroyed as a result of Israeli action since 2001.
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“In the time between Magreb and Isha (sunset and night prayers)last Ramadhaan, Al Mubarak Radio raised an amazing £60,000 Alhamdulillah, they made this possible”. Al Mubarak Radio have been active with aiding a number of charities through pledge-athons via its online radio station including a recent
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FROM toys to a dental chair, the latest truck heading out from Batley to Gaza in a humanitarian quest certainly seems to have it all. The sixth
Donations were over whelming as Yusuf told us about a leading force behind this convoy, Al-Mubarak Radio of Batley:
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of projects they have funded. He said: "The EU is a close partner of Israel and although we condemn its illegal occupation of Palestinian land we should be able to expect more courteous treatment”. One of the EU projects was the near Beit Ula close to Hebron in the southern West Bank. Israeli forces uprooted these trees in January 2008 and at the same time destroyed water cisterns as well as stone terraces at the same location. The EU had invested some EUR 64,000 to have these trees planted and become a means of livelihood for the local
villagers. Following the destruction, the EU repeatedly asked the Isreali Government for answers but received no reply, with the commission “Despite raising the incident on a number of occasions with the Israeli authorities since the destruction of the project in January 2008, it has so far not received a written reply”. Davies went on to say: "But Israel respects strength and the EU shows none. So long as we refuse to back up our words of condemnation with any sanctions we must expect to be treated with disregard and contempt."
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Arts &KIRKLEES Culture LOCAL ELECTIONS By Ismail Mulla & Jameel Bottomley Political Correspondent & Sub editor @IsmailMulla & @OriginalJammer
n the 3rd of May key local elections take place across the country including here in Kirklees. We talk to some of the movers and shakers in this year’s elections about the key issues on which this election will be fought and what local people think. LEADING THE PACK LEADER of Kirklees council Mehboob Khan is up for re-election in the Greenhead ward. Cllr Khan budget being passed by Labour led Kirklees council but the Labour leader has reasons to be optimistic, with Labour expected to make widespread gains.
party’s prospects both locally and nationally Cllr Khan told Awaaz, “We’ve got to ensure that Labour is giving people an opportunity to be able to engage with our candidates and we’re listening and acting on people’s concerns.
took a drubbing. It prompted Mr Hussain to write a scathing letter in a local newspaper criticising the central party and leader Nick Clegg for its actions in central government as part of the current coalition.
“We have a far greater responsibility than the other parties because we are more than likely to be running the council after 3rd of May.”
“It’s a challenge but on the other hand I am proud as well”
His opposite number Cllr Kath Pinnock leader of the Kirklees Lib Dems is also up for re-election the local elections including here in Kirklees. But this time. She said: “Last year’s campaign was much more of a national voting pattern rather than it will be this year. This year the themes in the election are all local and so I think we will have a very
“This year the themes in the election are all local”
article Awaaz ran on me in 1996 was to say Mr Khan Councillor 110% because in that article I said I want to give it 110% in my role as an elected member.” Since then Cllr Khan has made his way to the top as council leader but is still guarding against complacency, “I don’t take anything for granted, I’m working very hard to put forward my own knowledge and experience and also my track record to voters in Greenhead ward and asking them to vote for me on the basis that I’m the best candidate.”
BUT greenbelt isn’t the only issue with Kirklees council having passed its budget in February. Cllr Iqbal told Awaaz, “On a local level I think we have to accept that currently because of the national believe the way that Kirklees council sets its budget was completely free to decide and choose how they want to spend their money. “I think Kirklees is good at spending money on project and scheme which are not important and they apply cuts on key frontline services. It is they who choose to apply these cuts.” Cllr Khan at the setting for the budget said there was pain in the budget as the council announced that it would cut 600 council jobs. The Trade Unionist and Socialist Coalition Against Cuts oppose all cuts to council jobs and services. The Crosland Moor and Netherton as well as Dewsbury South.
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On his opponent Mr Anwar said: “Well to be honest with you, who knew Mr Naz Hussain before seven, eight years ago? Nobody.
Cllr Khan was elected in 1996 at the age of 27 he
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“He was councillor because of the Lib Dems. If you lost does this mean you lost because of party decision? He always relied on Karam Hussain, when you’re a councillor you have to put your responding to the people.” GOING BLUE OVER THE GREENBELT
However Labour feel that cuts at a national level have left Labour controlled Kirklees with no choice, saying that they have to make cuts of £57 for every resident living in the borough. SPLITTING HEADACHE OVER KIRKLEES IN February the Kirklees Conservatives announced proposals to split the council, becoming a bit of a pet project for the party and a key campaign policy for them. They propose separating Dewsbury, Spen and Batley from Dewsbury council sharing services with Calderdale.
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He will be going up against Conservative candidate 19-year-old Katie Frank. On his opponents Cllr Khan said: “My opponents are decent candibattle
“I’m a bit worried that the Conservatives are taking my voters for granted” LEADING THE WAY: Council leader Mehboob Khan is up for re-election
“I’m a bit worried that the Conservatives are taking my voters for granted because their candidate has applied for a place at Liverpool University. “I hope she’s successful, I hope she goes onto have an excellent academic career but it is a bit tongue in cheek when the Tories put up a 19 year-old candidate knowing that later in the year
Cllr Pinnock did however admit that none of the the month pointing to the Bradford West by-election as an example.
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ONE of the big issues in recent months has been the LDF proposals which will see greenbelt land in Chidswell and Thornhill being developed on. Despite 70% of Kirklees being classed as greenbelt, the council’s plans have drawn criticism
POPULAR Lib Dem councillor and former mayor Cllr Karam Hussain is stepping down from his Dewsbury West seat. In his place the Lib Dems have put up Waheed Anwar. On stepping into Cllr Hussain’s shoes Mr Anwar said: “It’s a challenge but on the other hand I am proud as well, hopefully I will try my best to follow in his footsteps, in serving the people of Dewsbury West.” Mr Anwar and the Lib Dems will be hoping the unpopularity of the party on a national level
The Chidswell campaign is urging people to vote for the Tories, who opposed building on greenbelt land. Dewsbury South Cllr Khizar Iqbal who is up for re-election for the Conservatives, called the decision to build on greenbelt land contentious and is opposed to plans to develop on greenbelt land in Dewsbury South for more housing.
doesn’t get any easier for them as Mr Anwar will be going up against former Liberal Democrat councillor for Dewsbury West Naz Hussain. Mr Hussain was ousted last year as the Lib Dems
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2012: THE FULL PICTURE Cllr Iqbal said: “Dewsbury was one of the most thriving successful towns in Yorkshire and ever since the inception of the Kirklees council in 1974 “I believe the way forward for people of Dewsbury now is to break up the Kirklees council. Kirklees council is too big, it’s a failed project.”
locally in Dewsbury for Dewsbury people we need to do what the Liberal Democrats have proposed last May and got the council to investigate the idea is to have like a Dewsbury council, just for Dewsbury, one for Batley, one for the Spen Valley and so on across Kirklees,” Cllr Pinnock told Awaaz.
Not surprisingly though the Lib Dems and Labour have opposed the plans with Cllr Kath Pinnock saying, “If we read what the Tories are actually proposing, they’re talking about split Kirklees North and South and then the bit they don’t tell you but is on their website is merge it with Calderdale, so what we actually have is this mega council.” Another sticking point for the Tories Patel of Labour is the cost of splitting the council, “The director of resources says it will cost £40 million,” said Cllr Pinnock, a referendum on the proposals. Instead the Lib Dems prefer the idea of smaller councils within an existing Kirklees council. “If we’re interested in getting decisions made
COUNCIL CONTROL NO party has overall control but Labour does hold the most seats, 27. But still someway short of gaining the majority it needs for overall control.
The Lib Dems will be hoping to avoid the haemorrhaging year, losing six seats and slipping from second place to third.
“I believe the way forward for people of Dewsbury now is to break up the Kirklees council.”
NO RESPECT? A LOT of candidates have spoken of their surprise at the Respect party not putting up any candidates in Kirklees following George Galloway’s victory in the Bradford West by-election. Respect Dewsbury but nothing materialised. Cllr Hanif Mayet, Lab, Batley East said: “I’m somewhat surprised because of the publicity that George Galloway has created in the past few months. I’m surprised that there has not been many candidates for the Respect party, I am surprised that they haven’t got somebody THE LONG SHOT
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provides a refreshing break from the pre-election tribalism. Mark will be running as an independent in Batley East and is campaigning on a ticket to get the voter turnout, which he admits is as much a tactical ploy as it is an attempt to get people to participate in the democratic process, “The more people that vote the more democratic it feels,” he says. On why he’s running as an Independent Mark told Awaaz, “I’ve never been a member of a political party, my view is I wanted to see if we could link community issues with politics which I feel the two things should go together and don’t always do.” Having managed to gain 295 votes in last year’s election, when asked if he felt he could win he replied, “Of course not. In terms of beating Hanif, I wish him all the best in the elections as I do all the other candidates, but if we can get to a stage where we are getting 500, 700 votes I would see that as a triumph this year.”
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KIRKLEES council are asking local people what they want from a new health and social care service due to go live in 2013. HealthWatch Kirklees is being introduced as part of the changes to the NHS currently going through parliament. It will help give people their say about health and social care services around the region. The Council will conduct
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Sheikhen and stung Jonathan Flynn a 38-year-old mortgage broker from Pudsey was jailed for four and a half years. He was also banned for seven years from being the director of a company. The conmen used two fake sheikhs to pose as wealthy Arabs. But we’re caught in a sting operation by
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Tackling obesity in a green way By Sana Abubacar Kirklees Council has made plans to build more green gyms as a better way to reduce the growing problem of obesity. Green gyms across Kirklees are free of charge and can be used at any time. There are green gyms at Leeds Road Sport Complex in
equipment and they are not these include rowing, cycling, and weight resistance machines. All of them include clear instructions for each operator so people know the appropriate way of using them.
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Nigel Walsh said, “Widely reported at the time, the Titanic disaster caught the public imagination and continues to do so. The story of Wallace Hartley and his bandmates is one of the iconic elements of the tragedy, and we are delighted to have ‘The Outward Bound’ in the collection in Leeds and now back on public display again at the gallery.” You can view ‘The Outward Bound’ by Frederick Headrow in Leeds City Centre. Admission is free to the gallery.
After the sinking The Leeds Professional Musicians, of which Hartley was a member, commissioned noted British symbolist artist Frederick Caley Robinson (1862-1927) to produce an oil painting honouring him. The canvas image produced, ‘The Outward Bound’, aboard a small boat watching the largest and luxurious ship at the time, the Titanic, in the distance leaving the harbour shrouded in a ghostly mist. Leeds in December 1912, becoming a part of Leeds City Council’s museums and galleries ever since.
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After job security, factors that 2012 included serious illness, increase in interest rates.
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Phillips have launched a new light bulb in the US that is said to last 20 years. with LED’s for a long life but at a heavy cost to the pocket. cost in the region of $60 but the elctronics giant have agreed a discount with department stores and could be available for $20 (£12) to some customers.
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Akshay’s Biggest Opener HOUSEFULL 2: The Dirty Dozen has become Bollywood superstar
ated just under £500,000 at the release on April 5.
STAR of award winning ‘Slumdog Millionaire’ Dev Patel has landed another role on Indian soil.
Kumar’s performance has been audiences alike.
Following the success of Slumdog and 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' the 22 year-old based in India as the lead role
backgrounds, religion and cast. The pair, fearful of their parents, run away only to be chased by their families.
Set to be a gripping tale of taboo issues all the more so as it tells a true story, Dev’s role as one of the lovers could bring back the intense drama the world has come to love from him.
An Emmy-winning journalist, played by Toni Colette, follows them for a story but ends up risking her life to save the young lovers.
Bill Bennett will direct the movie and co-produce it with Australian based Anupam Sharma and shooting is scheduled to begin in late October.
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expressed his excitement at the time of the movies release. He tweeted: “All screens are going Housefull. I attribute a major part of its success to Akshay. He has been a superstar for the last eight years or so and will be one for many more years to go." Housefull 2 – The Dirty Dozen comedy. The sequel to Housefull thing to entertain all ages. With its blend of quirky comedy, hilarious mix-ups and some seriously hardcore action sequences.
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2012 will be the year of the Kumar, as celluloid superstar ratings once again with a string of and other starrers such as Rowdy Rathore, Joker, Khiladi 786, Special Chabbis and Once Upon A Time in Mumbaai.
Saif Ali Khan’s daughter Sara has been approached by her Bollywood debut. Such Sara appeared with her mother Amrita Singh on the pages of Indian Hello Magazine. However, having worked in Bollywood since she was a teenager, Singh is not so keen on the idea of her daughter the industry and is encouraging Sara to concentrate her attentions on studying medicine.
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scenes as a loved up couple in Ayaan Mukherjee’s ‘Yeh Jaawani Hai Deewani’. However, news on the grapevine suggests that Mukherjee’s scrapped intimate scenes of the couple kissing to avoid any tensions, even though both Kapoor and Padukone did not object. According to sources, Mukherjee was concerned with how comfortable the pair would be to enact such scenes considering their acrimonious split. Padukone and Kapoor split up in 2009 after meeting in 2008. At the time of the split, Padukone implied that the couple separated due to Kapoor’s playboy ways.
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Nothin’ like the real thing: Despite pretenders RDB remain the Asian music world's true originators of the genre, originators of the genre, both in the UK and internationally, with a worldwide fan base. Their eagerly awaited new album ‘Worldwide’ providing a pure feel-good collection of dance and Bhangra hits, about to drop and a series of sold-out gigs in Pakistan to follow, RDB are set to seal their position at the very top of the music summit.
Hard Kaur On Circus Animals
Kaur launched a campaign with animal rights group PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) to highlight the cruelty conducted on circus performing animals. "Animals are not born to ride bicycles or do other stupid things for human entertainment; it distresses them", said Kaur in an exclusive PETA interview. The singer and actress in the eye catching ad hopes to engage the opinion of the Indian public by highlighting that circuses force animals to perform unnatural and often painful tricks through fear of punishment. Animals in circuses are subjected abuse and psychological torment. Whips and other tools – including ankuses, which are heavy, sharp steel-tipped rods – are often used them into submission. Animals perform confusing, unnatural tricks – such as riding bicycles,
because they want to, but out of fear of violent punishment. Kaur in 2008 won the Best Female Act award at the UK Asian Music Awards and recentlycollaborated with US rapper Eminem's group, D12, for her album. Kaur also House, directed by Nikhil Advani. The Indian government has already banned the use of bears, monkeys, tigers, panthers and lions in performances. PETA India now calls on the government to follow the lead of Bolivia and Greece by banning the use of all animals in circuses. She added: "Animals are meant to be loved and respected just like we are. "I think circus animal trainers were the ones being whipped, caged and chained every day."
Daredevil Akshay Insured Death defying stunts have made Akshay Kumar one of Bollywoods greatest actors and loved by men and women across the world. However taking risks has also taking out a whopping Rs 50 Crore (over £700,000) insurance policy out on the star.
with heavy costs on the horizon goes wrong. Bollywood seems to have made a similar leap as their Hollywood counterparts, its all buildings without a care.
'Rowdy Rathore', Akshay’s latest could be fatal if gone wrong and with Akshay insisting on continuing to do his own stunts the producers felt they had little choice but to insure the star. star to be insured. In the past Yash Raj Films have insured their stars and this trend is said to be on the rise Sindhi singer Master Manzoor committed suicide on Saturday, according to family members. The 42-year-old ‘Lago ta hik
Pakistani actress Veena Malik is willing to pose nude for UK Playboy for $1 million, has been made to the item girl. This is a turn of the tables considering that in the past Malik has supposedly been a victim of Lad’s mags’s love of barely clad women. Malik made headlines when she denied appearing nude on the cover of Indian FHM. Malik claims she was just topless for the shoot and the images were airbrushed to make her appear fully nude. On posing for Playboy she said: “It’s a
in the head at his home in Qasimabad Phase II. The star was reported to have been upset a few days before his death- reasons why have not been revealed. His family refused a post mortem and buried him the following day at Wadi-e-Hussain Graveyard in Karachi. and shot to fame during his childhood. In total he produced several albums including Dilber Ayo and Sehra.
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Razan’s a winner at the losing game! RAZAN ALTOURK is enjoying the lighter side of life after losing 1.5st since joining Slimming World in February.
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1. In a hot pan add oil and cumin seeds. When seeds become a darker shade add onions and sauté for a few minutes to soften them. 2. Add scotch bonnet peppers, ginger, garlic, cumin powder and coriander powder and cook for a further 5 minutes, stirring regularly to prevent onions from browning. 3. Add sweetcorn and green pepper and cook for a couple of minutes to soften the peppers. 4. Add Bolognese sauce and pasata, mixing into ingredients thoroughly. 5. Add mince meat and cook on a medium heat for approximately 20 minutes, or until mince is cooked. 6. Meanwhile, boil some water in a large pan and cook spaghetti as directed on packet. 7. Mix the mince sauce with the spaghetti. 8. Serve with garlic bread and coleslaw.
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Review: Devil May Cry HD
WHEN Devil May Cry blasted onto the PS2 back in 2001, it was received with critical acclaim, with reviewers praising the fast-paced action, the smooth frame-rate, the gothic level design and the variety of enemies. Even now, the series is best known for being the Pioneer of the Hack n' Slash genre that is still so popular.
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The collection runs at a very smooth rate, so there is no lag between executing one combo, only to seamlessly merge into another combo at the last second.
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The speed, if anything, seems even faster and more lucid than in the original, which can only be a good thing.
bonuses, an art gallery which even features Capcom picked fan-art and a music gallery so you can rock out to the best of this collection's jams. While there are trophies added, there really isn't much else. The main selling point of this Collection is convenience.
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from having updated graphics, due Gothic greys and browns. Concrete can only look so nice, and given that the setting was already quite bare and spartan to begin with, there isn't much that needed improving upon anyway. The might as well be playing the game on the original PS2.
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Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 3 stand up to the test of time, even when comparing them to modern games in the same genre, such as Bayonetta or even God of War 3. sense of accomplishment. Sadly, the same can't be said for Devil May Cry 2, the black sheep of the series, which was made infamous for its lack of personality, charm and barren levels. With an HD Collection, you expect
The Bottom Line: If you haven't had the joy of playing Devil May Cry and Devil May Cry 3, picking up if you don't have a PS2 laying around somewhere because even now, these games are great and have aged well. Those who have a PS2 and have played the original versions should probably spend their money elsewhere. The extras just aren't worth it.
using a Linux computer and 10,000 light bulbs.
Several MIT students "hacked" the Department of Earth, Atmospheric, and Planetary Science building on the college's campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, to play a massive game of Tetris. Described as "The Holy Grail of hacks" by the MIT Gallery of Hacks group, the game of Tetris was played using a console on the ground, which allowed the students to move, rotate, and drop multicolored pieces. been played on the side of a building. Back in 2000, CNET reported that students of Brown University accomplished the feat
Review: Closure- Artsy to its core It's been a frustrating few days. Whether it's trying to bend light to my death, Closure has been pushing my skills as a gamer to the limit. I can't be mad. I can't rubbish the game because I keep coming back for more. And if that isn't the sign of a great puzzle game, then I don't know what is. Artsy to its core, Closure is not entirely unlike Limbo and A Shadow's Tale, which I reviewed in 2011. Closure's puzzle-solving antics revolve around darkness and illumination and how you can manipulate these elements to move forward. Its stylish black and white graphics are most reminiscent of the likes of Limbo, though Closure has been touring Internet Browsers a full year and a half before Limbo released onto Xbox Live Arcade, making such comparisons unfair. As soon as you start Closure, you're greeted with a thoughtful tutorial
that did two things; it told me exactly what I needed to know, such as controls and basic puzzle mechanics, but without actually holding my hand. The game has three worlds, each with 24 puzzles to solve as well, meaning that this is a long and satisfying experience that will leave you scratching your head for hours.
essence of bending light into dark. Often, the character will carry a light orb with him that lights up the area immediately surrounding him. Sometimes, you'll have to set your orb of light down into a pedestal spotlight to spotlight without falling into the voids of darkness.
As Eyebrow Interactive piles more and more on for the gamer to study and understand, puzzles get more complicated in turn, but never overwhelmingly so. the darkness, and how does this puzzle? In premise, whatever light doesn't touch during each puzzle turns into black nothingness, regardless of what's actually there in reality. That means that, if lit in certain ways, barriers can become platforms and pillars standing in your way can turn into voids. It's not so much that actual reality is important in Closure so much as what your visual reality is at any given time. The Bottom Line: gaming experience, where the focus is not on points or time, but on thinking outside the box. It helps that it has an unforgettable style, controlling smoothly and hitting the right balance; untalented puzzlers won't feel frustrated while those
who are particularly gifted can still feel challenged.
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Pieterson : Tendulkar Gujarati net’s catch of greatest ever to have a lifetime played cricket Bhayya netted a catch to retire on as he hawled in an amazing 546 Ghol
England’s batsman Kevin Pieterson addressed a group of students cent player. He is the greatest player ever to play the game”.
‘Gold Fish’, and has earned him an amazing Rs 1 crore (just over £14,000.
The comments were made at the Amity University campus where Pieterson came to give tips to young budding stars. His comments could well be spot on as Tendulkar has passed the milestone of hitting 100 international centuries, becoming
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to do so. The 38 year old also holds the record for most runs scored. Pieterson is presently in India playing in the IPL 20Twenty for the Delhi Dare Devils.
Osama’s family deported from Pakistan
The three wives and nine children of Osama Bin Laden have been deported from Pakistan back to Saudi Arabia according to news sources in Pakistan.
The deportation takes place 11 months after the death of the Al Qaeeda leader on a raid in Abottabad by US forces. A special chartered plane arrived to collect the 12 family members on Thursday 26 April and documents were exchanged between Pakistani and Earlier in march the three women we imprisoned by the Pakistani courts for 45days for illegally staying in the country. The court ordered their deportation
properties. According to local sources Bhayya said “It was a sheer luck,” Female Ghol fetch around Rs 800 per kg and male as much as Rs 1,900 and weighs between 30 kg and 45 kg.
after the prison sentence started on 3 March.
Imran Khan demands Pm’s resignation Imran Khan has demanded for Prime Minister Yousaf Gilani to immediately resign his position after his conviction in the Supreme Court.
Addressing a news conference in Islamabad the chairman of the Pakistan Tehril-i-insaaf said that if the PM will not respect the judiciary how could it be expected from the nation. Imran Khan said Gilani has no moral authority to keep his portfolio as he has lost his credibility. He said accompanying of allied parties with the prime minister was a sorrowful act, adding that they had not gone to court in the national interest but to avert themselves from accountability. He further said that allies of the government know that if the
accountability process was begun, all the accussed would be nabbed in corruption cases. He termed the coalition parties in government as a union of corruption to accumulate money. “The PPP is mocking the Supreme Court,” he added. The PTI chief said it was a historic day in the history of judiciary when a powerful person was brought before justice.