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CONSERVATIVE PROMISES David Cameron has vowed to introduce a law guaranteeing no rise in income tax rates, VAT or national insurance before 2020 if the Tories win the election. The Conservative leader said workers already paid enough tax and he would focus on other ways of clearing the deficit, such as reducing the welfare bill and tackling tax avoidance. Labour said it was a "last-minute gimmick" and it expected VAT to rise. Ed Miliband suggested the Tories have a "secret plan" to cut tax credits. The Lib Dems said voters would "simply not believe" the pledge unless the Conservatives spelled out where they would cut public spending. Both the Conservatives and Labour are focusing on economic issues with less than a week to go until polling day and with opinion polls suggesting neither has been able to open up a decisive lead.

Free School Meals For 7 To 11 Year Olds

Free school meals will be available to all primary school children in England, under a £610m-a-year plan unveiled by the Liberal Democrats. Infant school pupils are already entitled to a free meal under a policy championed by leader Nick Clegg and introduced in September last year. But Mr Clegg wants seven to 11-year-olds to also benefit from 2017/18. The Lib Dem pledge came as the Tories promised not to raise taxes and Labour said it would ensure tax credits rise. The measure, which they claim will benefit 1.9 million youngsters and save parents £400 per child on lunches. Mr Clegg said his policy would also ensure all primary school children enjoyed a nutritious meal rather than a "slice of white bread with chocolate paste on it". Under the expanded Lib Dem plan, an estimated £100m would be earmarked for improvements to school kitchens and dining facilities in primary schools. The extension of free school meals to cover children aged seven to 11 would cost £610m a year, including a share destined for the education budgets of areas where power has been devolved. Mr Clegg said the move would save parents £400 for every child they have in primary school. His party said the scheme would be introduced once the deficit had been eliminated, paid for "as resources allow" in line with projected public spending increases in line with economic growth. The Lib Dems said pilot schemes showed a 23% increase in the number of children eating vegetables at lunchtime and an 18% drop in those eating crisps.

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Labour to scrap stamp duty on homes up to £300k for first-time buyers Labour is set to announce plans to scrap stamp duty on homes worth up to £300,000 for first-time buyers. Cutting stamp duty to zero would benefit nine out of 10 people buying their first home and could save up to £5,000, according to Labour. The plan would cost £225m a year, which the party says would be found through a series of taxrelated measures on landlords and wealthy property investors. “There’s nothing more British than the dream of home-ownership, starting out in a place of your own. But for so many young people today that dream is fading with more people than ever renting when they want to buy”, David Miliband. Housing has been one of the key battlegrounds of the election campaign with the Conservatives refreshing the Thatcherite right to buy policy in an attempt to win over voters struggling to enter the property market. Labour has accused the Tories of presiding over the lowest levels of housebuilding in peacetime since the 1920s with home

Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire Ilm News congratulates Mr Waheed Akhtar on his appointment as a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire. We are proud of your achievements and this appointment is an immense accomplishment for all the community. Ilm News promotes active participation in all aspects of local and national life. Waheed Akhtar has played a prominent and successful role in our community in many ways. Such dedication requires sacrifice of personal time and income for the benefit of others. Similarly we hope to see more people from our community becoming active in community, media, government, business and political fields.

ownership at its lowest level in 30 years. Under the plans, Labour will change planning laws to introduce a “first call” policy that would give first-time buyers who have lived in an area for more than three years priority on up to half of local new homes. It will also introduce a “local first” policy that would stop properties being advertised overseas before they have been in the UK. Buyers currently pay nothing on the first £125,000 of a homes value and are then charged on a sliding scale, starting with 2% on the next £125,000 and 5% on the following £675,000.


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Labour’s lead in Sheffield Hallam has gone down to one point, according to the latest poll with just over one week until election day. The previous poll by Lord Ashcroft put the chief rivals to Liberal Democrat leader and Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg two points ahead of him. Lord Ashcroft said that it seemed as though former Conservative supporters would now vote for Mr Clegg, while former Lib Dem supporters would back Labour’s Oliver Coppard on May 7. Dropping even one point can be a costly outcome for the election. Labours lead in Hallam is down one point whereas in March it was two points, and three in November. The constituency voting intention included in the Ashcroft poll says that 36 per cent of people would vote Liberal Democrat and 37 per cent for Labour candidate Oliver Coppard. Another 15 per cent backed the Conservatives, who are fielding candidate

Thousands welcomed Queen to Sheffield for Maundy Service Thousands of people lined the streets of the city centre to welcome Her Majesty the Queen when she attended for the Royal Maundy Service at Sheffield Cathedral. The Queen was accompanied by the Duke of Edinburgh, Prince Phillip, for the ancient ceremony which for the first time was held in Sheffield. The Royal Maundy can be traced back in England to the thirteenth century, and there are continuous records of the Distribution having been made on Maundy Thursday from the reign of King Edward I. The Service derives its name from the Latin word “mandatum”, meaning a commandment. The Royal Maundy was traditionally about giving alms to poor pensioners and the Queen handed out commemorative Maundy coins for the 60th time as she undertook the pre-Easter tradition. From the fifth century, the number of recipients

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has been related to the Sovereign’s age. At one time recipients were required to be the same gender as the Sovereign, but since the eighth century they have numbered as many men and women as the Sovereign has years of age. This year, 89 women and 89 men - one for each of the Queen's 89 years - received the Maundy money for their service to their community and their church. The distribution is in two parts (a red purse and a white purse) and the gifts which are handed to the recipients are symbolic. The Dean of Sheffield, the Very Reverend Peter Bradley, said it was a historic moment for South Yorkshire. The service at the Cathedral was followed by a civic lunch at Sheffield Town Hall.

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Ian Walker, seven per cent for Ukip, which has Joe Jenkins standing, and four per cent for Green, which is fielding Peter Garbutt. Speculation over Sheffield Hallam has been mounting for months, and it is expected to be one of the most closely watched seats in the country. Mr Clegg is defending a 15,000-strong majority and has insisted he is ‘confident but not complacent’ of winning. Labour are targeting the seat hard and Mr Coppard said he felt it ‘was possible’ for him to claim victory. If he did so it would be the first time the seat has ever been held by Labour. In recent weeks both the main contenders have had a former Conservative candidate for the Hallam area endorse them. There are another six candidates standing in the Hallam seat

We would like to clarify the following details that were printed in the March 2015 edition: 1) “One Nation boxing gym within a Sheffield mosque” – One Nation has not been based in the mosque since early 2014. 2) “Wajid Nazir, a youth leader at the mosque, has been running the boxing programme” – The boxing programme was started by Wajad Khan and Mahmood Zahid and was run by them until late 2013. 3) “Jamia Masjid and Usmania Mosque chairman, Mohammed Azaad” – Mr Mohammed Azad is not the chairman of the masjid, Muhammad Yasin Khalid son of late Khalid Hussain is the chairman. The name of the Masjid is “Jamia Masjid and Usmania Education Centre”. Ilm News April 30th 2015

Sheffield Councillors Cost £1.2M Last Year More than £1.2 million was paid out in Sheffield councillors’ allowances and expenses last year, figures show. The majority paid out from April 2014 to March 2015 was for basic allowances and special responsibility payments. However, £28,433 was claimed for travel, subsistence and dependent carers’ allowances. The highest travel claim - at £1,600 - came from Coun Leigh Bramall, cabinet member for business, skills and development and deputy council leader. He also claimed £244 for subsistence and the highest amount, £654, for the carers’ allowance - which was to cover childcare needed during council duties at night or early mornings. Coun Bramall said the travel claims were for rail fares and subsistence for hotels so he could attending meetings around the country, such as

those to promote city exports, lobbying Government, HS2 and meetings about the new retail quarter. He said: “I always travel standard class and I never claim for taxis, food or drink. “It’s not a surprise I would have the highest claim because a lot of what I do is going to lobby Government and meet investors.” Leader Julie Dore claimed the highest subsistence at £695.24. A spokesman said it was for hotels when attending meetings. Coun Dore also claimed £1,523 for standard rail fares to meetings like the Core Cities Cabinet and Transport for the North. Of the opposition parties, several councillors claimed £539 for an annual bus, tram and train pass while 21 councillors claimed no expenses. Allowances have been frozen for six years and £241,000 saved since 2011.

Asian Candidates for the 2015 UK General Election On Thursday 7th May 2015, people all over the United Kingdom will be casting their votes in the 2015 General Election. There are 158 Asians hoping to be a Member of Parliament (MP). Of these, 111 are men, and 47 are women. The Conservatives are fielding the largest number of Asian candidates with 36. They are closely followed by Labour (34) and the Liberal Democrats (32). UKIP have been garnering much attention for their their anti-immigration rhetoric, but the party is fielding 21 Asian candidates.

There are eight Asian candidates for the Green Party and five Asians are running as Independents. Furthermore, 22 Asian candidates are representing a diverse array of smaller parties nationwide.

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SHEFFIELD’S 2015 ELECTIONS

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Candidates were announced for this year’s General and Local elections on 7th May. A total of 45 candidates are standing for election in the six Parliamentary constituencies in Sheffield (the Stocksbridge and Penistone constituency traverses the Sheffield/Barnsley border) and there will be 167 candidates across the 28 wards in Sheffield – a third of the city’s seats. This year two of the current Members of Parliament are not seeking re-election on Thursday 7

May – David Blunkett in Brightside and Hillsborough and Meg Munn in Sheffield Heeley. Of the 28 Sheffield City Council seats up for election in May, 21 are currently held by Labour, six by the Liberal Democrats and one by the Green Party. The overall political make-up of the City Council is currently: 59 seats held by the Labour Party, 18 by the Liberal Democrats, four by the Green Party and three UKIP.

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COUNCILLOR’S SURGERIES Burngreave surgeries are shared between Councillors Jackie Drayton, Ibrar Hussain and Talib Hussain and are held at:• Burngreave Library, Spital Hill 2nd Saturday of the month from 11.00 a.m. -12.00 noon • Norwood and Bishopholme Tenants’ and Residents’ Association (TARA), Community Centre, Bishopholme Road 3rd Tuesday of the month 12.00-1.00 p.m. • Pakistan Advice Centre, 127 Page Hall Road 3rd Thursday of the month 2.00-3.00 p.m. There are no surgeries during August. A surgery is also held on 1st and 3rd Thursdays of the month (except August) from 10.00 to 11.00 a.m. at Firth Park Advice Centre, 9 Stubbin Lane. (These surgeries are shared on a rota basis with Cllrs, Peter Price, Peter Rippon, Sioned-Mair Richards and Jackie Drayton. Councillors Alan Law and Chris Weldon also share the surgery on the 1st Thursday).

Patients Being Asked About UK Residence Status

Patients could be made to show their passports when they use hospital care in England under new rules introduced by the Department of Health. Those accessing new treatment will be asked questions about their residence status in the UK reports BBC. Patients may need to submit passports and immigration documents when this is

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in doubt, the department said. Hospitals will also be able to charge short-term visitors from outside Europe 150% of the cost of treatment. The department said the new rules came into force on 6 April for overseas visitors and migrants who use NHS hospital care in England. Primary care and A&E care will remain free. There will also be financial sanctions for trusts which fail to identify and bill patients who should be charged, it said. The plans are part of a crackdown on so-called “health tourism”. Most foreign migrants and overseas visitors can currently get free NHS care immediately or soon after arrival in the UK but they are expected to repay the cost of most procedures afterwards. The charges are based on the standard tariff for a range of procedures, ranging from about £1,860 for cataract surgery to about £8,570 for a hip replacement. Non-UK citizens who are lawfully entitled to reside in the UK and usually live in the country will be entitled to free NHS care as they are now.

More Rotherham parents than ever are getting their children into primary schools of their choice this year. Across the borough 93.98 per cent of parents heard on April 16, that their children have gained their first preference of primary school. Out of 3,187 applications, 2,995 children were offered their first preference, while 129 (4.05 per cent) were offered their second preference and 18 (0.56 per cent) were offered their third preference. This means that a total of 98.59 per cent of applicants were offered one of their three preferences. This is an improvement on last year's (2014) figures when 91.5 per cent achieved their first

preference, 5 per cent their second and 1.5 per cent their third. Rotherham Borough Council said the forward planning of school place demand within the authority together with the positive relationships with our schools, has meant that by partnership working they have been able to deliver projected additional capacity in areas of need in a timely manner. The authority has planned for future demographic growth within the Borough. From September 2015 to September 2017 a total of 280 new primary places will be created with the building of a new school and the expansion of a further two existing schools.

Ethnic Minority Population To Double By 2051 The ethnic minority population in the UK will be more than double in the next three decades, reveals a recent research. 1 in 4 Britons will be from an ethnic background. According to the projections for a government-sponsored study, UK’s Indian, Pakistani, African and Bangladeshi populations will increase between 90 and 120 per cent by 2051. However, the research has also stated that as people age, the growth rate may slow down. The projected increase in ethnic population will be driven by fertility rates among the country’s ethnic-minority communities thus making the nation more diverse. Researchers have estimated that the overall UK population will rise from 63.4 million in 2011 to 77.4 million in 2051. Campaigners said the figures were a conse-

quence of large-scale immigration over the past two decades which they said had led to housing shortages, overcrowded schools and transport, and pressure on the NHS, reported The Times. Immigration is one of the top concerns of voters, reports media.

Car Tax Evation From 1st October last year it was no longer necessary to display a paper tax disc in the windscreen as payment will be logged within the DVLA database, and automatic number plate recognition cameras will catch motorists trying to evade payment. 63% of motorists surveyed feared that scrapping the paper tax disc would result in a rise in the number of untaxed cars on the roads and a further 44% believed it would actually encourage people to break the law. The Department for Transport estimates that Vehicle Excise Duty (VED) – ‘car tax’ – evasion* affected only 0.6% of traffic on roads – 210,000 vehicles – in Great Britain in 2013 which equated to £35m in lost revenue. Many motorists are also unaware that from 1st October 2014, it is no longer be possible to transfer the residual VED to the new owner when a car is sold. There will be an immediate obligation for the new owner to purchase VED and the previous owner will automatically re-

ceive a refund of VED paid for complete calendar months after the date of sale. For the vast majority of law-abiding motorists the new rules will make very little difference, and in fact the option to pay by monthly Direct Debit from November has made it easier for many to budget for the payments. But there is clearly concern among those motorists that we surveyed over the issue of enforcement. Most of the changes make sense and will benefit the motorist, but too many motorists are unaware of the detail and the big question has to be whether enforcement using only cameras and automatic number plate recognition will be sufficiently effective. There are clearly many people who still believe that the humble tax disc was a simple yet highly effective way of ensuring all motorists pay their VED. As a result, there is real concern that without the need to display a disc, less scrupulous motorists will take a chance and try to evade payment.

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How Social Media Marketing Can Help Your Business Amar Saleem

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Social media has transformed the way businesses talk to their customers online. It means that small firms can now get the kind of exposure previously only available to big brands with big budgets.

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It’s no exaggeration to say that social media has revolutionised the way businesses communicate. It has enabled small firms to widen their exposure and strengthen ties with customers. And, in many ways, it has levelled the playing field for small businesses in the online sphere. Social media offers three key advantages: You can promote your brand to a wider audience giving you a potential sales uplift; Your customers can help to spread the word about your brand and their endorsement will also improve your results; You can deepen your engagement with customers and boost loyalty by addressing their needs and answering their concerns. But this “free” marketing carries risks as well as opportunities; there is a cost in terms of your time and you’ll need to manage your online reputation carefully. That means it’s vital to approach social media marketing in a professional and strategic way, monitoring any mentions of your brand and ensuring that any online complaints are dealt with in a timely and effective way. Building a presence online requires planning. You must set objectives and focus your efforts on your target customers. Your messaging must hit the right note – simply broadcasting sales messages will work against you.

If you are new to social media, you can quickly join the party and most sites are free to use. Monitoring results allows you to enhance your efforts so your social media marketing is more successful.

regular time to manage your social media comBut before you jump in, think about the follow- munications each day so that it doesn't eat into ing: your other core business activities. Tools like Hootsuite allow you to schedule posts in advance. What are you going to say? Many of your posts will direct traffic to your web- A quick guide to the main social media site. Make sure you’ve got compelling product sites pages and useful content that your audience will respond to. Give your posts a warm and friendly Twitter voice and always remember your core brand val- Twitter allows you publish (tweet) short mesues in everything you say. sages (140 characters maximum) and also share (retweet) other people’s posts with your network Who’s going to say it? of followers. Small businesses typically use TwitIt’s worth deciding which members of your team ter to post news, provide links to key website are going to have responsibility for social media. pages and to share useful content such as blogs This will improve the consistency and regularity and guides. of your communications and ensure that every- Although Twitter allows you to broadcast mesthing is on-message. sages, it’s fundamentally a networking tool so it’s important to listen and respond and not just talk How often are you going to post? at your audience. You can also use hashtags to

Nawaz meets Cameron at 10 Downing Street

Prime Minister of Pakistan Nawaz Sharif met British counterpart David Cameron at 10 Downing Street recently. During the meeting, the two leaders discussed a wide range of issues pertaining to bilateral cooperation as well as regional and international situation, including the current situation in the Middle East. The two leaders expressed satisfaction that relations between the two countries had substantially strengthened in the recent years. They expressed the confidence that bilateral ties between the two countries would see further enhancement especially in the areas of trade and economy.

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It’s vital to keep to a regular schedule of monitoring, responding and posting. However, this doesn't mean you have to spend hours on sites like Twitter and Facebook. Instead, set aside a

Britain’s Prime Minister David Cameron, while acknowledging the sacrifices rendered by Pakistan, appreciated Pakistan's efforts to eradicate extremism and terrorism from its soil and said that United Kingdom would continue to assist and extend cooperation to Pakistan in this regard. Nawaz also appreciated UK's cooperation and assistance in the areas of security and counter-terrorism. Special Assistant to PM Tariq Fatemi and Pakistan's High Commissioner Syed Ibne Abbas accompanied the premier. Nawaz is currently in London at the invitation of the Britain’s premier.

Pakistanis happier than Indians, says UN report Do Pakistanis envy India’s apparent economic progress or curse their own run-in with terrorism and economic difficulties? Whatever the truth they are the happier people compared with the Indians, according to a UN-sponsored study. Generosity is a key indicator in which the Pakistanis are several points ahead of their big neighbour. Pakistan’s cabbies and shopkeepers have proved the point every time a group of Indians comes calling to watch a cricket match or visit a shrine. “Indians are less happy than their counterparts in Pakistan and Bangladesh,” said PTI quoting the report published by the Sustainable Development Solu-

tions Network (SDSN), which is a global initiative for the United Nations. India comes in at the 117th spot out of 158 countries in the 2015 World Happiness Report. Pakistan is ranked 81 and Bangladesh, 109. Places like Ukraine (111), Palestine (108) and Iraq (112) too come up higher than India on the index. The report takes into account GDP per capita, life expectancy, social support and freedom to make life choices as indicators of happiness. India’s rank dropped six notches from the 2013 report, when it was on the 111th spot. Switzerland has been named the happiest country in the world.

LinkedIn LinkedIn has become the de facto business networking tool, connecting millions of professionals around the world. It can help you to promote your own products and services; find new customers and partners; keep tabs on your rivals; recruit staff; and gather market research. Many business owners have their own personal LinkedIn profiles as well as a company page. LinkedIn groups allow you to connect with specific audiences, including those in your business sector or local community. This can be a great way to establish yourself as an expert in your field. Reach out by sharing and supporting others, not by overtly selling. LinkedIn also allows you to enhance your reputation by connecting with key people and encouraging them to recommend and endorse you. Facebook Not every business is on Facebook — while it’s good for many small firms, such as retailers and other businesses that sells products to consumers, it may be less appropriate for professionals or consultants, for instance. However, if people “shop” for your products, then they will probably expect to find you on Facebook. In fact, “social shopping” is growing – many consumers go on Facebook to find offers and the site is now trialling “buy” buttons. Above all, Facebook is a place to bring your brand to life and show the personality behind your business name. It’s well worth posting a variety of content, including videos and images. Facebook users love to talk to real people so always reply to customer comments. Get it right and you’ll be rewarded with customer “likes”.

Science Explains the Devastating Nepal Earthquake

The powerful earthquake that struck Nepal last month happened on a "thrust fault," according to the U.S. Geological Survey, which is when one part of the Earth's crust is being thrust underneath another. The basics of the geology of the region are you have the Indian tectonic plate being thrust and pushed underneath the Eurasian continental plate, and because these two plates are moving toward each other . . . this force builds up over time. It's something that's not constantly moving, but when it does move, it creates a jolt and you have a large earthquake.

The area will also face more earthquakes in the future, because of its location where two continental plates are coming together, but there could be relatively long time periods in between - sometimes decades. This area doesn't have a recent history of a lot of large earthquakes, but earthquakes are responsible for the formation of the Himalayas, so historically, there have been a lot of large earthquakes. Last months deadly 7.8-magnitude quake was the worst to hit Nepal in more than 80 years.

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EDUCATION AND HIGH STORRS Using mind maps Last year our Y8s were lucky enough to be involved in the ‘Honda School of Dreams’ where they were introduced to this mind map about Judge Jack. After studying it for just a few minutes they were able to remember many things about Jack’s life. Why not test yourself? Studying this picture for 3 minutes and then see how many things you can remember about Jack.

There is not long now until our Y9, Y10 and Y11 students will be sitting some of their GCSE exams When drawing a mind map there are some imand our Y12 and Y13 students will be sitting A- portant rules to think about: level exams. Many of our Y7 and Y8 students will also be taking end of year tests and assessments. • Always start with a blank piece of paper and have it landscape way round. Therefore this month we are looking a little more • Start with a picture/word in the centre. closely at one of the revision techniques we have • Use a new set of branches for each new idea, and make the branches get smaller as they are mentioned previously. further from the centre. As we have mentioned before students often • Try to write only one word per branch. spend a lot of time copying out or rewriting their • Use of colours and pictures will help to prompt notes, which can be very time consuming but not your memory. a very effective way of learning. As well as being used to make revision notes mind Mind maps are a very effective way of getting a maps can be used to plan an essay or a piece of lot of information on to a piece of paper in a clear extended writing, with each set of branches beand easy to read way. They are also very good ing an outline for a paragraph. They can be used for showing the connections between ideas and by groups of students working together, as they allow everyone to add in their contribution easily, key words. and to make changes as necessary.

Now, can you answer these questions about If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact High Storrs School. Judge Jack? (Tel no: 0114 267 0000, email: enquiries@highstorrs.sheffield.sch.uk) • Where was Judge Jack born? • How many pets does he have? Mr Akram and Mrs Heggs • How much does his wife earn?

The use of mind maps is not limited to school work; they can be used to plan a family holiday, prepare for a job interview, keep track of what all the members of the family are doing in the week or simply for making a ‘To Do’ list. If you search for Mind Maps on the internet there are many excellent examples; some simple and some elaborate. These can be used as inspiration for you to start your own.

Private Landlords ‘Abusing’ Benefit Private landlords are " abusing" housing benefit by receiving huge amounts of money, paid in part or in full by taxpayers, according to a new report. The GMB union said its research showed that the top 20 private landlords in Britain received between half a million pounds and £4.6 million in housing benefit in the 2013/14 financial year. Of the 4.2 million households in private rented accommodation, the rent in 38% of cases was paid in part or full by taxpayers, said the report. This research lifts the lid on the mainly secret payments to landlords who are the real

winners from Britain's welfare system. We see taxpayers' cash subsidising buy-to-let empires with £9.2 billion of hardearned taxpayers' cash paid in to private landlords' bank accounts - much of it ending up in tax havens. Since council housing was opened up to the right to buy in the 1980s, more than 40% of council housing has ended up with buy-to-let landlords, said the GMB. The union used Freedom of Information requests to local authorities to find out the amount of housing benefit paid to landlords.

Hum TV Awards 2015 Glitz, Glamour and Grandeur aptly summarises the 3rd Hum TV Awards, which took place at Dubai’s World Trade Centre on April 9th. The star studded affair not only brought the giants of the Pakistani entertainment industry under one roof but it also served as a great platform to showcase the true entertainment value that Pakistan offers. The stars sashayed down the Red Carpet and interacted with the fans who were cheering their favourite stars. Hamza Ali Abbasi and the queen of morning shows Sanam Jang were the first set of hosts for the night. The second set of the event was hosted by the humorous duo Ahmed Ali Butt and Wasay Chaudhry who kept the audiences alive and active throughout.

Winners List: Best Actor Mikaal Zulfiqar

Best Telefilm Mein Cooco Aur Wo

Best Actor (Jury) Ahsan Khan

Best Supporting Male Rehan Shaikh

Best Actress Mahira Khan

Best Supporting Female Mansha Pasha

Best Actress (Jury) Saba Qamar

Best Negative Role Samia Mumtaaz

Best Drama Serial Sadqay Tumharay

Best New Sensation Hareem Farooq Adnan Malik

Best Drama Serial (Jury) Best OST Bunty I Love You Sadqay Tumharay Best On-Screen Couple Best Music Video Adnan Malik & Mahira Khan (Sadqay Tumharay) Shahab Qamar Best Director (Drama Serial) Ehtesham Uddin (Sadqay Tumharay) Best Writer (Drama Serial) Khalil-Ur-Rehmnan (Sadqay Tumharay)

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Best Music Singer Farhan Saeed Excellence in Music Abida Parveen Lifetime Achievement Award Samina Peerzada

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New Decision-Making Arrangements For Rotherham Borough Council Agreed Details of how decisions will be made by the Government-appointed Commissioners overseeing Rotherham Borough Council – and how local people can get involved – have now been agreed. Each of the five Commissioners will consider significant decisions in their own areas of responsibility, working alongside elected members and senior managers. Councillors, local people and other interested parties will be invited to have their say on these decisions – to be known as ‘minded-to’ proposals – and a final conclusion will only be reached once their views have been taken into account. Commissioner Sir Derek Myers, Lead Commissioner, said that retaining the principles of local democracy by ensuring an open and transparent decision-making process is a priority. “These are unprecedented circumstances, working outside the usual rules of local democracy and decision-making, but it is absolutely crucial that we are open and accountable in delivering services to the people of Rotherham. We will be clear about what we are doing, and why we are doing it,” he said. “Each Commissioner has a different role and responsibility and, crucially, we can take decisions both as

individuals and as a group. This gives us the ability to work in a way which is very different to the previous Cabinet system, i.e. without a rigid set of public meetings as a group – allowing for speedier decisionmaking to underpin progress across services. “I want to be clear however, that we will not take any decisions without the chance for councillors, local people and other interested parties to have their say, with the exception of those deemed to be urgent in the public interest.” Under the new system elected members, members of the public and interested parties have five days to put their views forward. Decisions which would have previously been made by Cabinet, and those relating to the Licensing function, will now be made as follows: - The relevant Commissioner will consider a report from senior officers, and will determine a proposal which they are ‘minded to’ support. This minded-to proposal will be sent to relevant elected Members, and will also be published on the council’s website. - People can then make comments on proposals within five working days, and views will be taken into account before a final decision is made.

Free Early Learning For Two Year Olds – Is Your Child Eligible? Over 1200 two year olds in Rotherham are benefiting from a free childcare place! Could your child also have a free place? There are still over 300 children in Rotherham who are eligible for up to 15 hours of FREE quality childcare and early learning each week - if they meet the necessary criteria. These sessions give them the opportunity to learn through play and experience new activities while preparing themselves for school. In turn, the provision also gives parents a bit more free time each week allowing them to take up alternative activities such as college courses or the chance of returning to work. Currently, a total of 1,274 children in Rotherham are taking advantage of the offer as part of the Government's 'Achieving Two Year Olds' programme. This is 78% of those who are eligible and means that Rotherham has the third-highest rate out of 15 local

authorities across Yorkshire and the Humber. Nationally, the average takeup is 62 per cent, placing Rotherham 28th out of 152 authorities. Rotherham's Families Information Service would still like to hear from the parents of those 300 plus children not receiving a place so they can check to see whether they are eligible for the free childcare. If parents are in receipt of certain benefits or are on a low income they could get a free place and to find out they should ring either 01709 822429 or freephone 0800 073 0230. There are over 160 childcare providers who offer free early education places in Rotherham (including day nurseries, pre-schools and childminders) and the Families Information Service can support parents to find a provider in their area. Eligible children can access up to 15 hours of free early education per week although if parents prefer, they can choose to take up fewer hours initially and build up over time.

‘Weigh Up’ Offers Free Weight Management Support In Rotherham A number of free services are now on offer across Rotherham to help those struggling to reach and maintain a healthier weight. The Weigh Up initiative is available for all children, young people and adults who feel they need that extra bit of support to lose weight, gain fitness and improve their overall health and wellbeing. Experts will provide one of several Weigh Up services from venues across Rotherham. Following an initial assessment, people will be given advice, guidance and practical solutions to help them find the best way to lose weight and access support. Being healthy and having a good level of fitness is something a lot of people aspire to, but for many reasons, whether physical or psychological, they are unable to make significant improvements to their overall health and wellbeing. The Weigh Up services are designed to identify what the root cause of the problem is and then match the practical and emotional support that best fits each individual. The Shape Up service for adults includes a free 12week gym membership at one of Rotherham’s leisure centres alongside group sessions which will focus on weight management, developing healthy eating habits and enjoying being more active, more often. Another is the Rotherham Institute for Obesity (RIO),

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a specialist centre for weight management focusing on one-to-one or group sessions delivered by exercise therapists in an on-site gym, a dietician, and specialist nursing team. The team also includes specialist psychological support. For children and young people aged 4 to 17 years and their families, the MoreLife programme is led by a childhood obesity expert and is designed to increase energy levels, confidence and give a better understanding of healthy living. Delivered in leisure centres and other locations across Rotherham, the programme features fun and interactive sports, games, exercise classes and health eating workshops to help with long term behaviour change. The children and young people's Weigh Up services are available to 4 to 17 years old who attend a Rotherham school, and/or are registered with a Rotherham GP. Children and young people will attend the sessions with their parent or carer. The adult Weigh Up services are available to anyone over the age of 16 who lives in Rotherham and/or is registered with a Rotherham GP. For further information on the services and to register your details call 01709 722565 or email hello@ weighup.co.uk

Memorial Service For The 30Th Anniversary Of The Bradford City Fire Disaster Monday, May 11 marks the 30th anniversary of the Bradford City AFC fire disaster at Valley Parade. The Lord Mayor of Bradford Coun Mike Gibbons will attend the memorial service on Monday, 11 May to remember the 56 people who died the disaster in 1985. Bradford City were playing Lincoln City in their last home match of the season in 1985 when the fire ripped through the ground killing 54 Bradford

City fans, two Lincoln City fans and injuring many more. The Lord Mayor, Coun Mike Gibbons, said: "The Bradford City fire lives long in the memories of the people of Bradford. I feel it is very important that we as a city take time each year on May 11, to remember those who lost their lives or were injured by this tragic event, which continues to touch the lives of so many in our district."

Residents Warned About Using Companies To Challenge Their Council Tax Banding Bradford Council wants to remind residents that if they are thinking of challenging their Council Tax banding, that they can do this for free. This advice comes as a result of residents in the Bradford area being contacted by companies offering to check Council Tax bandings on their homes for a fee. Some of these companies charge an up front fee which can be around £165. Some also take a percentage of the re-band refund if it is successful, which could be as much as 28%. This is a sizable sum to pay for something which you could do for yourself for free. Council Tax bands are based on the amount the home may have sold for on 1 April 1991, even new homes are valued on this basis, to make valuations fair for everyone. The Valu-

ation Office Agency (VOA) is responsible for this. If you think that the Council Tax band on your home is wrong, you should contact the VOA who will be able to help you. They will ask you to confirm the details of your property and say why you think the banding is wrong. If you are able to provide enough information, the VOA will review your band and let you know the outcome and the reason for their decision. However people need to be aware that the band of their property or other neighbouring properties could go up as well as down. For more information residents should visit www.voa.gov.uk or contact the local valuation office 0113 388 4500

Frozen Pension Policy by Yasmin Qureshi Equality. Indeed, the UK is the only country in the OECD that discriminates against certain MP pensioners because of their choice of country Barely a week goes in retirement. by without another Currently the largest proportion of frozen story in the press pensioners live in Canada and Australia, but about changes to this is going to change. Migration to these the government’s countries has slowed and increasingly those pension policies. of us from black and Asian communities, who And yet the one is- have lived and worked in the UK for decades, sue that the govern- are choosing to retire to our countries of birth ment seems unwill- in the Caribbean, Africa or south Asia. ing to address is its archaic and unjust frozen The case of Abhik Bonnerjee, 72, is a prime example. He returned to Kolkata after workpension policy. Given the lack of government information ing in the UK for nearly 40 years to be with his about this issue, you could be forgiven for two sons. He is now living on a state pension not being aware of its existence. Yet as an MP 24% lower than if he had stayed in the UK. who receives countless letters from those af- Abhik, who paid national insurance contribufected, I feel strongly that this is not a situa- tions and taxes for nearly four decades is now tion the government can continue to ignore. being forced to seriously consider returning A ‘frozen pension’ means that the state pen- to Britain as the financial strain becomes too sion received at retirement age remains at large to bear. Ironically, by doing so he would the same amount for the rest of retirement, cost the UK government an average of £3,000 without any annual inflationary uprating. This per year in healthcare and other benefits – means that the real term value of the pen- this simply makes no sense. sions of those affected declines throughout And this is far from an isolated example. Retheir lifetime. As time goes on they become search commissioned by the International progressively worse off and in many cases we Consortium of British Pensioners (ICBP), hear of people living off a pittance each week who are campaigning for the unfreezing of pensions, asked those from a Black, Asian – which is totally unacceptable. 560,000 British pensioners currently have and Minority Ethnic background about their their pensions frozen because they have cho- retirement plans and found that more than sen to spend their retirement in one of around a third (38%) are considering returning to 120 countries around the world, mainly in the their country of cultural origin, of which one countries of the Commonwealth. The impact in nine said they will definitely do so. Shockis loss of independence, loneliness and even ingly, nearly two thirds (61%) were unaware poverty, where pensioners are prevented of the frozen pension policy and the fact they would be affected, with nearly half stating it from living with family overseas. What makes this policy most outrageous is would influence their decision. that it is not applied consistently. Move to With more than two million people of a anywhere in Europe or the US for example, BAME background approaching retirement and your pension will be uprated as it would age in the UK, this is no small issue and one be had you stayed in the UK, but move to Pa- I certainly think is worthy of more attention kistan, India or Bangladesh and find your pen- than it currently receives. This is an issue of fairness and I can only hope sion frozen. This is even more ironic when you consider that common sense prevails and that the govthe values of inclusiveness and ‘implacable ernment overturns this ridiculous policy once opposition to all forms of discrimination’ es- and for all. poused by the Commonwealth Charter on

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An open letter to the residents of Nether Edge ward I am truly delighted that I have been selected to be your Labour Party candidate for the Nether Edge ward at the local elections on 7th May. I thank you for the warm welcome that you have shown me on your doorstep. If I have not already spoken with you I look forward to seeing you soon. I have lived with my family in Nether Edge since 1999 where I also used to have my previous business offering legal advice and support. For four years I was a councillor for Central ward fighting against this Tory / Lib Dem government through very difficult times. We have seen the damage that they have done to us with their bedroom tax and vicious cuts to our services. Their cruel immigration controls have hit our families by bringing in an £18,600 minimum threshold for spouses and then taking away the appeal

A corner meeting was organised by Raja Mehmood Qurban at his residence in Nether Edge to support labour's Parliamentary candidate Paul Blomfield for MP and Mohammad Maroof for councillor. Meeting was chaired by former Lord Mayor Cllr Qurban Hussain. Raja Iftkhar Ahmed Khan a prominent youth leader who is on UK tour to support candidates who are friends of Kashmir specially attended the meeting and asked his family and friends to support Labour's Mohammad Maroof in Nether Edge ward, Lewis Dagnall in Central ward and vote Paul Blomfield to re-elect him as your MP.

right for family visitors. Under this government poor people have been made even poorer while the very rich have grown even richer. The Tories are the party of the privileged while ordinary people like us have been left to struggle. Now we have an opportunity to make a real change to our lives. With a Labour government we can start to rebuild our country. Our NHS will not be left to fade away into privatisation with charges and further cuts but will be properly funded along with social care for our old folks. Our young people will not

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be burdened with huge debts for their tuition fees and will have new opportunities for training, apprenticeships and jobs. The rich will be made to take more of the burden through a mansion tax and a higher income tax rate back up to 50%. It will be a fairer country, not one that serves only the rich and the powerful. As your new Labour councillor I will do my part to support you. With a Labour council and a Labour government we will start to change people’ s lives for the better, strengthening communities and helping small businesses, families, children and our elderly. I hope you will be able to join me by giving me your vote and also by voting for Paul Blomfield, your hard working and widely respected Member of Parliament. Together we can make a real difference. Ê YoursÊsincerely,Ê

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A record amount of electrical and electronic waste hit the rubbish tips in 2014, with the biggest percapita tallies in countries that pride themselves on environmental consciousness . Last year, 41.8 million tonnes of so-called e-waste - mostly fridges, washing machines and other domestic appliances at the end of their life - was dumped. That’s the equivalent of 1.15 million heavy trucks, forming a line 14,300 miles long. The report is compiled by the United Nations University, the UN’s educational and research branch. Less than one-sixth of all e-waste was properly recycled, it said. Worldwide, e-waste constitutes a valuable ‘urban mine’ - a large potential reservoir of recyclable materials. In 2013, the e-waste total was 39.8 million tonnes – and on present trends, the 50-million-tonne mark could be reached in 2018. Topping the list for per-capita waste last year was Norway, with 28.4 kilograms per inhabitant. Britain has 23.5

Outlining Labour’s immigration policy, Ed Miliband has told voters his party learnt from its past mistakes and would introduce tough new measures to tackle the issue. A five-point policy will include the requirement that all NHS workers can “speak English to a sufficient standard so they can care effectively for patients”. He admitted Labour had made errors in 2004 under Tony Blair that left “working people” facing “dramatic changes in their communities that were not planned or properly prepared for”. “Everyone in Britain should know how to speak English. It is especially important that people who work in public facing roles should be required to

speak English. Nowhere is that more true than in our NHS” Ed Miliband. Mr Miliband pledged a new system of controls including a new system to count people in and out of the country, 1,000 new border staff and tougher rules on claiming benefits. He also promised to end illegal and abusive practices which see migrants living and working in appalling conditions for minimal pay. He said a Labour government would set up a 100-strong police and Home Office enforcement unit to increase prosecutions and fines. He also pledged a cap on immigrants coming to the UK from outside the EU.

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Secret is out: Americans murdered Liaquat Ali Khan! Confirmed by Khan’s grandson, US declassified documents disclose US killed Khan through Kabul man in quest for Iran’s oil. Americans murdered the first elected prime minister of Pakistan through the Afghan government, declassified documents of US State Department disclosed. Like a number of other high-profile killings, the assassination of Liaquat Ali Khan, has also remained a mystery. Conspiracy theories abound, yet are difficult to substantiate. It was revealed in the documents declassified a few years ago that two people killed the murderer of Liaquat Ali Khan at the spot while crowd also massacred the two persons in order to leave no sign of the conspiracy. According to the documents, the United States wanted to get contracts of oil resources in Iran. Pakistan and Iran enjoyed cordial ties and Afghanistan used to be an enemy of Pakistan during 1950-51. The neighbouring Afghanistan was the only country that did not accept Pakistan at that time. The US demanded Pakistan use its influence in Tehran and persuade it to transfer control of its oil fields to the US. Liaquat Ali Khan declined to accede to the request, saying he would not use his friendship for dishonest purposes and not interfere in personal affairs of Iran. On which, then US President Harry Truman had threatened to Liaquat Ali Khan. Not only that, Liaquat Ali Khan also demanded that the US vacate air bases in Pakistan, dropping a bombshell on Americans. Following the development, American started search of murderer for assassinating Khan. They did not find a suitable person in Pakistan and then turned to Afghanistan for this purpose, according to the documents. Washington contacted the US Embassy in Kabul, offering Zahir Shah to search an assassin for Khan and in return they will ensure Pashtoonistan’s freedom. Afghan government had found a man, Syed Akbar, to take the job and also made arrangements for him to be killed immediately after, so as to conceal the conspiracy. All three stayed at a local hotel in Rawalpindi one day before the meeting of party in Company Bagh. Akbar

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1) You visit/live in Pakistan and you don’t try a paan? Impossible. Now I’m not saying that one has to get addicted to it, but there won’t be much harm in trying it at least once, right? Try it. You’ll know how good it tastes then. 2) In a country with paan kiosks scattered around, how can one possibly miss the paan-stained pavements or corners? They chew, take in the flavors and spit. Voila! Disgusting to see, but one just has to get used to seeing such a sight when in Pakistan. 3) Here’s to the mouth-watering foods/drinks that cannot be missed. Whether we’re talking about gol guppay, gola gandda, gannay ka rass, Javed ki nihari, chai from Café Piyala, channa chaat, halwa puri, Haleem etc—you will not forget their tastes for a very long time. I won’t even make an effort of translating these foods and drinks into English because the local titles suit them best. 4) So you’re roaming around in any city in Pakistan and you don’t come across these trucks or buses? Impossible! They are accessorized and painted in the most beautiful manner ever! And do keep your ears open for the jingles even while in traffic.

fired at Khan when he started his speech at dais and he fell on the stage, saying “Allah help Pakistan”. The cartridges recovered from Khan’s body were US made. The type of bullets used to kill the Pakistani prime minister was in use by high-ranking American officers and were not usually available in the market. Some people claimed that Governor General Ghulam Muhammad was behind Khan’s murder while some blamed Mushtaq Ahmed Gormani. Different committees and commission were constituted but failed to conclude any results. After a span of over 60 years, the US State Department have disclosed all the secrets and a video of Dr Shabir about disclosures also appeared in which he gave reaction over the declassified documents. When Online contacted Muazzam Ali Khan, the grandson of Liaquat Ali Khan, he said they are aware about the report and it is true. He also said they also have supporting documents in this regard. Pakistan Today

Zayn Malik Wins Award For Outstanding Contribution To Music Making his solo appearance at the annual Asian Awards, former One Direction member, Zayn Malik, paid tribute to his ex bandmembers. Donning a new shaved haircut, the 22-year-old was awarded the award for Outstanding Contribution to Music, presented by good friend Naughty Boy. Accepting the award, Zayn said, “I'd like to thank my mum and dad, and I'd also like to take this moment to thank four of the best guys I've ever met - everything I've done with them will stay with me for the rest of my life.” He ended his speech with, “Here’s to the future.” Also in presence was Bollywood superstar, Shah Rukh Khan, renowned fashion designer John Rocha, Gary Lineker and cricket legend Kumar Sangakkara. The awards are a global celebration of Pan Asian excellence and were held at London’s Grosvenor House Hotel. Shah Rukh Khan was awarded Outstanding Contribution to Cinema award and dedicated his award to overseas Asians. “I am extremely humbled and honoured to receive this award. I say this very often that my stardom belongs to most South East Asians who reside abroad who have made the Indian cinema and me known around the world. I congratulate all the winners at the Asian Awards as well. There is so much talent around Asia and so many achievers, whether it is Dr Amar Bose, the Hinduja Brothers or Zayn Malik. I am glad to have been a part of such a wonderful celebration of hard work by

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5) And then there’s the literature side on the streets too. If you know how to read Urdu, stay ready to read poems and quotes written on trucks and rickshaws that will leave you laughing at times. Although you may also come across poetry in English too sometimes. Whether it is maa ki duaa Jannat ki hawa or barhay hokay truck banoonga (written on rickshaws), you will get it all! 6) Here’s a promise: Our designers will give you the best when it comes to fabric shopping in summer. Not only are cities crowded with billboards advertising various lawn brands in in the season, but also jam-packed exhibitions. So here’s to something that we are definitely proud of. 7) Music on the street: Have you come across a dhol-wala in a yellow kurta and a turban on his head practicing on a pavement of a busy road? Beat that! 8) We may not be producing movies like Hollywood or Bollywood, but try to compete us when it comes to television dramas. Oh yes, they aren’t about hundreds of episodes or the same stories repeating over and over again. Nor are they about heavy jewelry or bridal dresses. We are proud of the Pakistani drama industry. 9) Have you come across thellay (hand-driven carts) selling bhuttay, limopani, kulfi, vegetables, raw fish, second-hand clothing etc? The thellay walas go around singing or screaming out loud telling the people what they are selling. These are like shops on the doorstep. 10) Hello cricket! We don’t care if our national team loses (accept on that very day). But hey, we love our mohalla (neighborhood) cricket. If one cannot understand cricket while living in Pakistan, then do ask that person: “Is everything alright with you?” Nothing better than hitting the ball towards someone’s car or house and breaking windows. And let us not forget those adults who walk out every now and then to yell at the players and also refuse to return the ball if it enters their territory.

people in difference field but similar passion.” Launched in 2010 by entrepreneur Paul Sagoo, The Asian Awards, have become the world’s biggest celebrations of Asian excellence. “We are absolutely thrilled with the staggering success of The Asian Awards this year and the remarkable level of support we’ve received. From Prime Minister David Cameron to global superstars like Zayn Malik and Shah Rukh Khan, joining us for this superb gathering of some of the world’s most inspirational and powerful people. “I’m so proud of the way The Asian Awards are evolving. They have truly grown into a voice for the Pan Asian community to celebrate its own success – as well as become a way to share the stories and achievements and lives of these great people with the world, to inspire the millions of us who strive to be the best we can.” The Fifth Annual Award Ceremony was held in London.

CIA Had Flexible US Drone Policy In Pakistan US President Barack Obama tightened rules for the US drone programme in 2013, but he secretly approved a waiver giving the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA) more flexibility in Pakistan than anywhere else to strike suspected militants, according to current and former US officials. According to a report published in The Wall Street Journal, the US officials said the rules for US drone programme were made stricter in 2013, but special waiver was issued in connection with drone strikes for high-value targets in Pakistan. It also said that recent deaths of two US hostages, Warren Weinstein and Giovanni Lo Porto — killed in a drone strike targeting Al Qaeda militants — could have been avoided had the exemption not been in place. The CIA would have been required to gather

more intelligence before conducting the drone strikes in absence of the special exemption for Pakistan. The killing of these hostages has renewed a debate in the Obama administration over whether the CIA should be required to adhere to the same regulations that are applicable on drone strikes outside of Pakistan, said the report. The exemption for Pakistan means the CIA can do “signature strikes” and more “targeted drone attacks” on high-value targets identified without collecting specific evidence that the target poses an imminent threat to the US. President Obama tendered an apology while taking responsibility for the deaths of the two US hostages. He also announced a review to ensure mistakes like the mentioned are not repeated in the future.

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ing other charities throughout the year. Aagrah’s Jannat Welfare International trust, charity wing of the Aagrah Group also supports Alshifa eye hospital (alshifaeye.org). With generous support from our supplier partner sponsors and supporters Aagrah has raised more than £1.6 million to date, which has been used to make a real difference to so many people. For the 700 strong audience, it’s a great platform to do business and connect. The black tie event provides a great opportunity for networking with Corporate and Independent well established business leaders with motivational speakers. For the main nominated charities the dinner is a massive opportunity to showcase their charities work using their speaker slot to gain exposure and potentially attract new supporters for their cause by being a nominated beneficiary charity. The 32nd dinner supported Mosaic and The Prince’s Trust. Each charity received a donation Mohammed Aslam MBE presenting the cheque of £15K. Aagrah Group’s Vice Chair Zaffar Iqbal presented the cheque to Jonathan Townsend of to Jonathan Freeman of Mosaic the Prince’s Trust and Aagrah’s Managing Director, The overwhelming success of the Yorkshire based Mohammed Aslam, MBE, presented the cheque Aagrah Group of Restaurants 32nd Annual Busi- to Jonathan Freeman of Mosaic. ness Dinner held last October is regarded as one of the biggest annual events in the corporate The Dinner started 32 years ago in memory of Sajid calendar. It was attended by leaders of regional, Sabir, son of Aagrah Group Chairman Mohammed national and international businesses and is a Sabir MBE, Dbs, which raises money for different testament to the much respected and success of regional, national and international charities. 70% the Aagrah brand. Each year the dinner supports of all the funds raised are donated to UK charities a main beneficiary charity/ies as well as support- with 30% to charities abroad.

Queen Elizabeth II has failed to make the Sunday Times Rich List for the first time since the record began. Britain's monarch, who has consistently made the list since it was establish 26 years ago, did not feature in the top 300 wealthiest people in the UK. The 89-year-old royal, who topped the very first list in 1989, ranked 302nd. Despite falling 17 places, however, the Queen's annual income has actually increased by £10million in the last year. For the most part the growth is due to the Sovereign Grant, which sees the Queen receive 15 per cent of the profits from the Crown Estate. The newspaper also reports that the list does not take into account the Royal Collection – a priceless collection of artworks which includes pieces by Rembrandt, Monet, Landseer and Durer. The collection contains over 7,000 paintings, 40,000 watercolours and drawings and around 150,000 old master prints. Histori-

cal photographs, tapestries, furniture, ceramics and books also make up the collection, which is spread across a number of royal residences including: Windsor Castle, Sandringham, Hampton Court Palace, Buckingham Palace and Holyrood Palace. Coming at first place with a fortune of £13.16 was Warner Music owner Len Blavatnik, a Ukrainain-American businessman who first made his fortune in the oil industry. Other notable names on the list include Galen and George Weston, who run Selfridges and Primark in the UK, Chelsea Football Club owner Roman Abramovich, who came in at number 10 on the list with a fortune of £7.29bn, and Virgin tycoon Sir Richard Branson. The 64-year-old Londoner, who began his first business venture at the age of 16, has seen his wealth rise from £3.6billion to £4.1billion in the last year, making him 20th richest person in Britain.

Students As Young As 8 Busted With Drugs In School Hundreds of children as young as eight have been caught with drugs in school, according to police figures. In the last four years, there were more than 2,000 cases of illegal drugs being seized in schools in England and Wales Cannabis was seized more than any other - with 625 cases since 2011. And in one of the most shocking cases, a 14-year-old student was found with heroin worth £500 in Greater Manchester. “Any incident of drugs on school premises is worrying as it will often only be the tip of the iceberg of what young people are encountering

on the streets” said NASUWT teaching union. The data, from 34 police forces dating back to 2011, was released under the Freedom of Information Act. Forces revealed Class A drugs such as heroin, LSD, ecstasy and crack cocaine were among the illegal substances seized. The highest number of incidents and offences for the three complete years from 2011/12 - 2013/14 was 229 in Hampshire. There was 144 incidents at schools in Avon and Somerset, and 138 in the West Midlands. In Wales, South Wales police reported 92 incidents.

The Prince’s Trust Thanks to generous funding from events like the Aagrah Charity Business Dinner, The Prince’s Trust was able to help almost 5,000 disadvantaged young people in Yorkshire and the Humber to get their lives back on track last year and we have ambitions to help even more this year. Money raised will help our work with 13 to 30 year olds who are unemployed, and those struggling at school and at risk of exclusion, giving them the skills and confidence to succeed. The Trust’s programmes give vulnerable young people the practical and financial support needed to stabilise their lives, helping develop self-esteem and skills for work. Chantelle Gautier, a young person that had been supported by The Prince’s Trust and spoke at the

Aagrah Charity Business Dinner said; “The Prince’s Trust helped me turn my life around, I didn’t want to be on the dole but was struggling to find work. Thanks to the Trust’s Get into Customer Services programme I’m now working full-time in a job I love, and I’m so grateful for the opportunity. Events like this help to fund programmes that really do change lives like mine.” For more information on The Prince’s Trust please visit www.princes-trust.org.uk For further information please contact Taz Azmi on 07951 370028. Tel Head Office 01274 530880 email taz@aagrah.com aagrah.com

Zaffar Iqbal Aagrah;s Vice Chair presenting the cheque to Jonathan Townsend

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GOOGLE JOINS SEARCH FOR LOCH NESS MONSTER Mr Shumile J. Chishty Some of you may heard of the lake monster “loch ness” which was discovered in 1993. This loch ness monster was named after the lake “loch ness”. The monster is supposedly similar to other lake monsters, but the description was commonly said to be large. After 1940 the search for the loch ness monster had stopped until, 24th of November 2014. It has been 80 years since the loch ness monster has been photographed, however recently another loch ness photograph has been taken. However many argue that the recent photograph taken might be displaying some debris floating .A member of the official loch ness monster fan club stated that large amounts of wood flows out of the woodland through the two winding rivers that flow in the loch ness each year.

Now Google has decided to join the search for the Loch Ness Monster by taking its Street View cameras across the famous Scottish loch. It sent teams to take pictures both above and below the waterline to help armchair Nessie hunters to explore the area. Google said the development was to mark the anniversary of the release of the Surgeon's Photograph - a 1934 hoax image claiming to show the monster in the misty waters of the lake. A post on Google's official blog said: "Sail across the freshwater lake and take in its haunting beauty, made darker still by the peat particles found in its waters. It took Google around a week to take the photographs, with a diver being used to take the Street View Trekker

camera under the waterline, before attaching it to a boat for the abovewater shots. Loch Ness is the largest Scottish loch by water volume, containing more fresh water than all the lakes of England and Wales combined.

Summer-Born Kids Face School Postcode Lottery Campaigners say some children born between April and August are being pushed to start school when they are not ready. Some children are having to skip reception class altogether Share on Twitter Parents and campaigners claim a "postcode lottery" is deciding whether summer-born children are allowed to defer school for a year. Department for Education guidance allows delays to a child's schooling until the September after their fifth birthday. Some parents apply for school start deferral because they feel their son or daughter is not ready, emotionally or physically. The government advice is designed to help

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children with birthdays between 1 April and 31 August. However, campaigners say some admissions authorities are not letting children defer. They also say some are pushing deferred children straight into Year 1, skipping reception class altogether. Guidance from the Department for Education was revised in December 2014. It states that decisions are made at a local level based on the individual circumstances of each child. It advises that parents' views, information about the child's development and, where relevant, their medical history must be considered.

Vatican Urges Dialogue With Islam Dialogue is needed with Islam “now more than ever”, the Vatican said , stressing that most Muslims abhor violent acts perpetrated in the name of religion. “Recent events have caused many to ask if there is still room for dialogue with Muslims,” the Vatican’s interfaith dialogue body said in a statement. “The answer is yes – now more than ever,” added the statement. Recently, a purported Islamic State (IS) video showed 30 Egyptian Christians being beheaded and shot in the head on a beach in Libya. “Sadly, today, the world ‘religion’ is often associated with the word ‘violence’,” the Pontifical

Council for Interreligious Dialogue stated. “Killing in the name of a religion is not only offending god but is also a defeat for humanity,” it added. The massacre of the Egyptian Christians was condemned by Pope Francis, who said he learnt of their deaths “with great distress and sadness”. IS militants beheaded 21 Egyptian Coptic Christians in Libya in February and gunmen from the Somali militant group Al-Shebab allegedly singled out Christians in an attack in early April that killed 147 people at a university in Kenya. Pope Francis has issued several statements condemning the targeted massacres of Christians.

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IMMIGRATION UPDATES APRIL 2015

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Partner , Head of Property & Immigration Wosskow Brown Solicitors LLP Email: nazir@wosskowbrown.co.uk IMMIGRATION UPDATES APRIL 2015 New Visa System The UK Home Office has introduced important new measures regarding Biometric Residence Permits, which are currently being rolled out overseas. In the past, successful applicants for UK entry clearance had evidence of this leave through a vignette in their passport. The new procedures for applicants with entry clearance of more than 6 months, is that successful applicants will have to apply for a Biometric Residence Permit as evidence of this UK leave to remain. This procedure will be phased in. Successful applicants will henceforth be issued with a 30-day short term biometric entry clearance visa to allow the applicant to travel to the UK to collect their Biometric Residence Permit. This permit must be collected within 10 days of arrival in the UK. The UK Home Office will provide instructions to the applicant on where to collect this permit. The 30-day short term entry clearance visa will start from the date the applicant stated in their application form that they will travel to the UK.

Health Surcharge The UK Government has announced that it will be introducing a health surcharge for all non-EA nationals coming to live in the UK for longer than six months. This new health surcharge will be introduced from 6 April 2015, and will enable nonEA nationals to gain access to the UK’s National Health Service (NHS). At present non-EA nationals coming to the UK have access to the NHS, as if they are permanent residents. By introducing this surcharge the UK Government want such individuals to make an appropriate financial contribution to the cost of healthcare in the UK. The health surcharge will be £150 per year for students and £200 per year for all other individuals. In effect this will mean that all visa applications from 6 April 2015 will have to be accompanied by this amount, and it will be payable for

the total period of the UK visa being applied for. The amount will thus be collected as part of the immigration application and the payment will be mandatory. Visitors to the UK will not be affected by this surcharge, and will only have to pay for any treatment once they need to receive any treatment from the NHS. Nationals from Australia and New Zealand are also exempted from this surcharge, as the UK has a reciprocal healthcare agreement with these countries. Other exemptions inter alia include; Intra-company transfers under the Tier 2 immigration route, dependents of a member of Her Majesty’s Forces and migrants who applies under the Home Office concession known as the ‘destitute domestic violence concession’.

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applying for leave to fill a job from this list, they will not have to earn points for prospective earnings or qualifications in the Tier 2 immigration route. The jobs that were recommended for inclusion on the list include; The jobs recommended for inclusion in the shortage occupation list are; consultant in clinical radiology; non-consultant, non-training roles in paediatrics and in old age psychiatry; core trainees in psychiatry; training roles in emergency medicine, paramedics qualified to NQF 6+; prosthetists and orthotists; overhead linesworkers (lowvoltage); product manager; data scientist; senior developer; cyber security specialist. The jobs that were recommend to be removed from the list include; consultants in haematology; non-consultant, non-training medical staff posts in psychiatry (excluding old-age psychiatry), general medicine specialities delivering acute care services (intensive care medicine, general internal medicine (acute)), anaesthetics, and rehabilitation medicine; HPC registered therapeutic radiographers; and specialist.

From 6 April 2015 two new tests providers have been approved to provide English language tests, for UK visa purposes; 1. Trinity College London, for UK clients only. 2. IELTS SELT Consortia, for visa clients applying from inside and outside the UK. If you have already taken an English test, or will take a test before 5 April 2015, with one of the current approved providers, you will be able to use your certificate until 5 November 2015. If you take a test after 5 April 2015, with one of the current approved providers, it will not be accepted by the UK Home Office for UK visa purposes. Note however, that you are only required to book British Citizenship an English language test with a new provider as from 6 April 2015 The UK Home Office has announced some exciting changes to the UK immigration law that is coming into effect on 6 April 2015. Paramedics are UK’S Shortage Occupation Before 1 July 2006 the law stated that a child could only obtain British citizenship through his/ The Migration Advisory Committee (MAC) has her father if the parents of the child were married published a report on the review of the UK Short- to each other. Since 1 July 2006 the law was changed to allow a age Occupation list. The MAC is the body that advises the UK Home person to obtain British citizenship through his/ Office as to which areas of the UK labour market her father, regardless of whether the parents are experiencing shortages, and which occupa- were married to each other, subject tions should be included and excluded on the to the fact that the proof of paternity was proShortage Occupation List. Where an applicant is vided. Unfortunately, the law change that came

into effect on 1 July 2006, was not made applicable retrospectively, and individuals born before this date did not benefit from the law change. British fathers of children born outside wedlock could thus not pass on their British citizenship to their children if the children were born before this date. Fortunately, this stance of affairs is now being rectified, as the new provisions will create a registration route for those born before 1 July 2006 who would have become British citizens had their parents been married. From 6 April 2015, it will no longer matters whether or not your parents were ever married to each other, you may still have a claim for British citizenship through your father, and an especially strong claim if your father was born in the UK, or naturalised to become a British citizen. Disclaimer: This is information only and do not act on this information as A legal advice and always seek advice from your solicitors according to the circumstances of your case.

Indoor Lifestyle Creating More Short-Sighted Kids Than Ever Before

Short-sightedness has doubled in half a century with experts blaming children’s increasingly indoor lifestyles and use of computers. New research shows that 23% of British 12 and 13-year-olds have myopia, compared to just 10% in the 1960s, The Times reports. Parents have been urged to encourage their children to play outside more, instead of spending their time surfing the web in their bedrooms. Problems are worse in east Asian countries which have more intensive education programmes - with up to 90% of school children short-

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sighted. The recent study said children were also becoming short-sighted earlier aged six or seven. More research suggests that British children are three times as likely to be shortsighted as Australians, who spend more time outside. Experts are concerned that children spent all evening indoors doing homework and said that always being surrounded by books and walls was a concern. It can lead to the eye growing longer as it struggles to focus on peripheral objects. The issue has worried officials in one Chinese city so much they are experimenting with transparent classrooms to expose children to more sunlight. There is a strong link between education and countries that are 80-90% myopic.

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Iran To Appoint First Female Ambassador Since Islamic Revolution In 1979 Iran will appoint its first female ambassador abroad since the Islamic Revolution in 1979, Fars and Mehr news agencies said. Marzieh Afkham, who is the country’s first foreign ministry spokeswoman, will head a mission in east Asia, the state news agency reported. This would make Afkham the second female ambas-

sador in the history of Iran and the first since the 1979 Islamic Revolution. “This is certainly welcome news for women in Iran. It is a positive step that the appointment has been made […] but it doesn’t alleviate the ongoing concerns about pending legislation in the Iranian parliament that seeks to restrict women’s role in the public sphere” Deputy director of the International Campaign for Human Rights in Iran (ICHRI) said speaking to the Guardian Human rights groups frequently criticize Iran’s record on women’s rights, including a high rate of domestic violence and girls forced to into marriages at ages as young as 10. President Hassan Rouhani promised to improve women’s rights as part of his election campaign in 2013, but progress on domestic reform has been slow. His predecessor Mahmoud Ahmadinejad appointed the Islamic Republic’s first female minister in 2009.

60 Is The New Middle Age As Live Expectancy Rises People may need to rethink what they believe is old as researchers have suggested that 60 is the new middle age. The study notes that if old age is fixed at a certain point, the proportion of old people will rise because of increasing life expectancy. If the threshold for being old is moved to take into account longer lives, the proportion of old people actually falls over time. What we think of as old has changed over time, and it will need to continue changing in the future as people live longer, healthier lives. Someone who is 60 years-old today can be regarded as middle aged. 200 years ago, a 60-year-

old would be a very old person. With people living longer, healthier lives, age should not just be a number we reach but a reflection of the life we lead, according to the study. It looked at different rates of increase for life expectancy, from no increase to an increase of about 1.4 years per decade. Retirement is no longer a cliff edge decision where we stop working purely because they’ve celebrated a birthday. The life expectancy of a man in Japan is 86 but it is just 45 in the Central African Republic and the world average is around 68.

62% Of The World’s Population Now Has A Bank Account Today 62% of the world’s population has a bank account, that’s up from 51% in 2011. Still, there are around two billion people in the world who don’t have access to the global banking system. These “unbanked” people are overwhelmingly from undeveloped or developing countries and usually live well below the poverty line. This information comes from the World Bank’s “Global Findix” which collects data on financial inclusion around the world. Bank accounts are critical to reducing poverty. Having an account or a safe place to save allows you to have savings to invest in new businesses, to pay for education and to manage unexpected shocks and risks.

Moving factory workers in poorer countries, from cash to payments directly into their account can give them the privacy and control over their money. Studies show that giving women control over their money has a positive impact on budget and household spending decisions. Paying women directly into an account has been linked to greater spending on nutritional food, for example. A big game changer for the unbanked is the rise in mobile banking. Now those living in rural areas, away from bank branches, can participate in the system. While only 1% of adults worldwide use a mobile money account, 12% of adults in Sub Saharan Africa do.

Trillions Of Dollars Needed For New Bid To End Poverty By 2030 World leaders have drawn up ambitious goals to end extreme poverty by 2030 and promote development over the next 15 years, but now they have to figure out how to pay the bill. Trillions of dollars would be required to achieve the 17 Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that the United Nations is expected to adopt in September, global experts said. The goals address a wide range of issues from healthcare for all, to education, water, energy and protecting the environment. But in an era of budget austerity, Western governments have made it clear, ahead of

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a development finance summit in Addis Ababa in July, that foreign aid will be insufficient to do the job. Total official development aid (ODA) currently runs at about £88bn a year. UN Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said “Much more is needed. We need to shift the conversation from billions [of dollars] to trillions.” Heads of state must embrace a new financing framework, one that mobilises ODA, private investment and higher levels of government revenues, United Nations Secretary-General Ban Ki-moon said. Improving tax collection in developing countries was high on the agenda at several meetings held this week during the World Bank/International Monetary Fund spring meetings to discuss new models for increasing development finance. Better tax systems would bolster budgets and give governments more funds to invest in social programmes. In many low-income countries, tax as a percent of GDP is under 15 per cent against at least 24 per cent in advanced economies, IMF data show.

Cardiac Arrest: Hidden Killer Of The Young Sudden cardiac arrest is one of the biggest killers of young people but experts say it is difficult to detect - even after death. The number of young people who die as a result of sudden cardiac arrest is higher than official figures suggest. Latest figures estimate 12 people under the age of 35 die every week in the UK from an undiagnosed heart condition. However, leading cardiologist Professor Sanjay Sharma thinks the real figures are around 25% higher. He adds: "I reckon there are probably about 16 deaths per week in the UK from this so-called sudden arrhythmic death syndrome. "These deaths are underestimated because many such catastrophes can present in different ways, for example unexplained road traffic accidents, unexplained drownings and even epileptic seizures." According to the charity Cardiac Risk in the Young (CRY) 80% of young people who suffer cardiac arrest have no previous symptoms. Currently screening for heart conditions isn't offered on the NHS although tests can be offered to young people who have symptoms or a family history of cardiac problems. Private screening can cost in excess of £100. CRY offers its own screening programme

across the UK and demand is increasing with 1516,000 people now being tested each year. The charity says on average one in 300 of the young people it screens is identified with a potentially life-threatening condition. It believes that every 14-year-old should have access to free cardiac screening and cites figures

from Italy where screening is mandatory for all young people involved in sport and the incidence of young sudden cardiac death has reduced by 90%. In 2008 the UK National Screening Committee recommended that screening should not be introduced on the NHS for 12-39 year olds.

New Rules To Stop Spam Texters And Cold Callers The Information Commissioner says the new rules are expected to "make a difference" in deterring cold callers and spam texters. New laws have come into force which makes it easier to target companies making nuisance calls and sending unwanted text messages. The regulations aim to tackle firms that cold call people at home when a homeowner has asked not to be contacted. They should also help authorities tackle companies that send unsolicited text messages to people. Authorities previously had to prove that someone had suffered substantial damage or distress before a fine could be imposed. Now the Information Commissioners Office (ICO) will just have to prove that a company has broken the law.

The ICO received 175,000 reports of nuisance calls and texts last year. The new law allows companies to make marketing phone calls without prior permission, but they must first check with the Telephone Preference Service to make sure the person they are calling has not opted out. To send a marketing text message they must have permission and must always give details of how people can opt out of any future messages. Unwanted calls disrupt the lives of millions every day, so it's good news it's now easier for regulators to prosecute nuisance callers. Regulators must send a crystal clear message to firms that nuisance calling is unacceptable by using these new powers to maximum effect.

Which is the world’s most powerful passport? The Swedish and FInnish passports top the list of the world's most 'powerful passports'. To calculate the effects a passport can have on their owners when travelling, GoEuro (www. goeuro.co.uk) has undertaken the task of analysing passports from 50 countries around the world to discover which nationalities’ passports are the most useful. Both the UK and US passports allow travellers to enter visa-free to 174 countries, the UK passport costs only ₤73, while the US passport is ₤89.

Pakistani Diaspora Transfer An All-Time High Of $60 Million To Mobile Phones Back Home $60 million of airtime has been transferred to Pakistan via one company alone, since the company’s launch in to the market, making the nation one of the world’s highest receivers of international mobile top-up. With mobile phones playing an increasingly large role in education, banking and productivity, it come as little surprise that Pakistani migrants are moving towards international mobile top-up as the preferred form of remittance. Since the company’s first partnership with Ufone in 2008, ding* has seen the Pakistani Diaspora send more top-up year on year. Across the globe there are 7 million Pakistani Diaspora, with a majority working in Saudi Arabia, UAE, UK and

USA. Each year this community send $13 billion home in traditional remittance but international top-up is quickly becoming a convenient compliment to this. “The real benefit of ding* is the instant connection it delivers for people separated by distance. A phone recharged by ding* allows loved ones to start chatting or to get online within seconds,” say ding*. Accessible on the ding* mobile app, www.ding.com and in 500,000 retail outlets around the world, people can instantly recharge phones of family & friends in Pakistan at any time. The Pakistani Diaspora are able to add airtime directly to Telenor, Mobilink, Ufone, Warid and Zong phones in Pakistan.

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Pakistan Set To Host Test Match On Home Soil Pakistan appear set to host Test-playing opposition in their home country for the first time in more than six years. Zimbabwe have reportedly agreed to travel for a short one-day international series this month, likely to take place in Lahore and Karachi. No tourists have played in Pakistan because of security fears since the terrorist attack on Sri Lanka's team bus in Lahore in March 2009 - when six policemen and two civilians died, and several of the tourists were injured. 'Home' Test and ODI series' in the meantime have taken place in the United Arab Emirates, England's destination for the second time this autumn, a tour for which an exact

schedule is still to be confirmed. The details of Zimbabwe's proposed trip are also not yet known. But Pakistan Cricket Board president Shaharyar Khan has stated that, after discussions with his Zimbabwean opposite number Wilson Manase, he expects the short tour to go ahead. Shaharyar said: "He (Manase) told me they are coming and they are coming with their full team - but (just) for a week. "They will send a security team to assess the situation, following which they will confirm the tour. So they will come in the middle of May, and our efforts will be to host matches in Lahore and Karachi."

A special mention for Ch. Zulfiqar Ali who likes to show his patriotism to the two nations he belongs to. Showing his support for Pakistan at the Pakistan Day parade in Manchester on March 23rd, and promoting community cohession.

The Pakistan Resolution was the turning point in the history of Pakistan. It was a demand for the protection and safeguard of the national identity of the Muslims. With the passage of the Pakistan Resolution declaration, the Muslims began to acquire new hope and confidence in their destiny. The Resolution infused high spirits among the Muslims who were now determined to fight to the last minute for the accomplishment of Pakistan.

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Young British Muslims Being ‘Brainwashed’ Says Amir Khan Pakistani boxer claimed that young Muslims living in Britain are being ‘brainwashed,’ and that the concerning authorities should ‘stand up’ against extremism in the community. He explained ‘I try and stand up and say the right things and get the message out.’ He said whatever is going on gives us all a bad name. Amir added that keeping in view the concerns it is so important to stand up and be counted. The boxer further said, “It is a very sensitive thing to talk about. And it’s tough. I

get questioned about this a lot, but I think we have to be brave about this.” When inquired about young British Muslim militants, the Pakistani athlete said, “People are brainwashing them. Kids don’t grow up thinking about going out and killing innocent people. That’s why I go to schools and tell them: ‘Look, you want to follow the right path. You want to represent your country in a good way. You want to build a name for yourself and your families.'” He emphatically said innocent people should not be killed as this is wrong.

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World’s Fastest Passenger Train Breaks Its Own Speed Record A Japanese maglev that is the fastest passenger train in the world has broken its own speed record. Operator JR Central said the train reached 603 kilometres per hour (375 miles per hour) in a test run, surpassing its previous record of 581 kph (361 mph) set in 2003. The train travelled for just over a mile (1.8 kilometers) at a speed exceeding 600 kph. The maglev hovers 10 centimetres (four inches) above the tracks and is propelled by electrically charged magnets. The faster the train runs, the more stable it becomes – the quality of the train ride has also im-

proved. Japan’s high-speed rail services are among the most advanced in the world, with hundreds of trains running each day with minimal delays. JR Central wants to have a train in service in 2027, plying the 286-km route between Tokyo and the central city of Nagoya. The service, which would run at a top speed of 500 kph, is expected to connect the two cities in only 40 minutes, less than half the present journey time in Japan’s already speedy bullet trains.

Manny Pacquiao ‘Fight of the Century’ Manny Pacquiao is a Renaissance man. The prizefighter, who is also a politician in the Philippines, is immersed in training for his upcoming showdown with Floyd Mayweather on May 2 in Las Vegas. The boxer also fancies himself something of a singer and is even recording a new album in commemoration of the upcoming fight. “My focus right now isn’t about money. It’s about how I get in shape 100 percent, and you know, do my best in the ring and give the people what they want” Manny Pacquiao. In an interview with Yahoo, Pacquiao talks about the epic event, which is poised to shatter revenue

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records for a boxing match. The total is expected to reach at least £270m. Win or lose, Pacquiao says he has no plans to hang up his gloves anytime soon and still feels as fit and strong as ever. Pacquiao will make over $100million (£67m) fighting Mayweather, though he says it’s more than about a big pay day.

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Half Of All Languages Will Be Extinct By The End Of The Century As many as 96 percent of all languages are spoken by only 3 percent of the population UNESCO is predicting that half of all languages will be gone by the end of this century. Over 2,000 of the world’s 7,000 languages have fewer than 1,000 native speakers, according to data from the UN group. The Amazon rainforest, sub-Saharan Africa, Oceania, Australia and Southeast Asia will lose the most languages, according to the Alliance for Linguistic Diversity’s Endangered Languages Project. But the United States will lose hundreds of indigenous languages as well if it doesn’t make an effort to restore them, UNESCO says. Most indigenous languages are spoken on the West Coast and on Native American reservations in the Midwest. The Endangered Languages Project hosts an online database of languages that are threatened with extinction from around the world.

Experts have warned that taking above the recommended daily dose of over-the-counter vitamins could increase the risk of developing cancer and heart disease by up to 20%. A 10-year study into the effect of vitamin supplements on thousands of people found they can do “more harm than good”. The study raises questions about the market for shop-bought vitamins, which was worth an estimated $412m in 2012. “We are not sure why this is happening at the molecular level, but evidence shows that people who take more dietary supplements than needed tend to have a higher risk of developing cancer” said the professor who led the study.

Celebrations For New Senior County Roles Over 150 people from the community attended a celebration event to mark a number of new appointments to prominent positions in South Yorkshire. Mr Andrew Coombe was congratulated on becoming the new Lord Lieutenant for South Yorkshire. Mr John Holt was congratulated on becoming the High Sheriff of South Yorkshire. And the retiring Lord Lieutenant Mr David Moody was thanked for his many years of public service to the Queen and to South Yorkshire in a positive and inclusive way. The event was organized by the family of Mr Waheed Akhtar who was also congratulated on his recent appointment as a Deputy Lieutenant for South Yorkshire. Lord Lieutenant Andrew Coombe is a retired chartered accountant and lawyer who has also served in the Territorial Army. He has had a broad portfolio of charitable work, as a trustee of St Luke’s Hospice, Broomgrove Nursing Home, the Bluecoat Educational Trust and the Freshgate Foundation. He is Chair of the Sheffield Cathedral Council. He has been a non-executive director of Sheffield University Students’ Union. Ishfaq Hussain Kayani, a prominent activist and secondary school teacher was Stage Secretary for the celebrations. He said “I welcome all the appointments of people who are already prominent in their respective fields and I am sure they will continue to successfully deliver the duties for which they are responsible.” High Sheriff John Holt practised until his retirement as an Insurance Lawyer, specialising in catastrophic injury claims, trusteeship and alternative dispute resolution. Since 2002 he has been a Board member of Bluebell Wood Children’s Hospice, leading the organisation as Chair from 2008. He is Regional Chair of Crimestoppers and supports a variety of charities serving the interests locally of children and young adults. The Chief Constable of South Yorkshire David Crompton welcomed the new appointments and said “We already have good working relationships and I look forward to continuing to work with you all effectively to bring

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benefits for all our communities.” He also thanked David Moody for his sense of duty and for performing his role in an honourable and effective manner. David Moody spent much of his working life in the steel industry and was Chairman and Managing Director of Spartan Sheffield until it was acquired by Firth Rixson in 1998. He served as President of the Sheffield Chamber of Commerce for a year, and for 8 years was Chairman of the South Yorkshire Investment Fund, whilst continuing with some business angel interests. In 2004 he became Lord-Lieutenant of South Yorkshire, a post from which he retired in April. Paul Blomfield MP acknowledged the positive work done by all and said “You’ve all been active in many different fields. And most recently you’ve all been working hard to improve community relations. I look forward to seeing greater collaboration between the different communities and people reaching out to each other in friendship and understanding for longer term community cohesion.” The role of a Deputy Lieutenant involves supporting and deputising for the Lord-Lieutenant, Mr Andrew Coombe, in his duties on a variety of occasions such as Royal visits to South Yorkshire; participating in civic and social activities including Citizenship ceremonies; presentation of medals and awards; advising on honours nominations; and contact with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force. New Deputy Lieutenant Waheed Akhtar has worked for 26 years as a Broadcast Journalist for the BBC and 25 years in local government undertaking a variety of roles covering education, social work, training, economic development & regeneration, policy, research and commissioning. Waheed has 30 years of experience in the voluntary and community sector including serving on the boards of a variety of organisations. He is Chairperson of the South Yorkshire Muslim Community Forum; Secretary of Madina Masjid; and Vice-President of South Yorkshire Community Foundation. He has

And they urged the public to get their vitamins from a healthy diet rather than rely on pills. The results found that taking more than the recommended dosage increased the risk of lung cancer and heart disease by 20%. “We found that the supplements were actually not beneficial for their health. In fact, some people actually got more cancer while on the vitamins.” Prof Byers warned that taking too many supplements can carry a health risk. He said: “This is not to say that people need to be afraid of taking vitamins and minerals. If taken at the correct dosage, multivitamins can be good for you. But there is no substitute for good, nutritional food.”

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worked for several years as Correspondent for the English language section of the Daily Jang newspaper and has lectured in regeneration policy & funding at Sheffield Hallam University. Waheed Akhtar said “There are many good people in every community who want to improve life for themselves, for their families and for wider society. We must continue to work together, to support and enable likeminded people who want to do the best for society as a whole. And we need to create more opportunity for such people to flourish and be recognised for the good work they are doing. It’s not always the sort of person we recognise as the ‘community leader’, it can also be the unsung hero quietly giving their time on a voluntary basis.” “Each one of us has a responsibility to do what we can – looking after our neighbours and helping those in difficulty. It is only by us working together that we can unite and strengthen our own communities; and therefore work towards a better future for all of us.” Saghir Alam OBE is Chair of Action on Disability Development International, a British international development agency working with disabled people in Africa and Asia. He said “Waheed has made a great deal of difference to bringing together faith organisations and faith leaders and helping them be more effective in their roles thus creating greater impact for communities.” Haji Mohammad Nazir OBE, Chairperson of Madina Masjid Trust said “This is a proud day for me. I look upon Waheed as my own son and I am really pleased to see that the many years of voluntary work with local communities has resulted in his recognition in the appointment of Deputy Lieutenant.” Councillor Raja Qurban Hussain, the former Lord Mayor of Sheffield said “it is important that as communities we engage in all aspects of civil and civic society. There are many roles that have an impact on our daily lives and we must all play our part for a better society.”

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HOUSING - The Great British Obsession Mohammed Mahroof BSc (Hons) MRICS Consultant Mark Jenkinson & Son In my previous article I talked about Housing and Politics. Little did I know when penning that article how important an issue this would become in the General Election and furthermore the debate it would create not just locally but nationally. Look at any newspaper or listen to any talk show and you will clearly see that it has become an election issue.

previous governments. Whatever your thoughts on this policy nobody can deny it was extremely popular. In fact there is talk about this policy being extended to people living in Housing Association homes which I would imagine will be just as popular. After all we are a nation passionate about home ownership.

Will there be a widespread house building by LoIt is without contradiction a fact we have a devel- cal Authorities? The answer lies in your town or oping housing crisis of sorts. Why this has come city. How many have been built in the last few about is also quite simple, demand outstrips sup- decades or so?. ply, an issue this writer has talked about in previous ILM articles. The reason demand is higher Private Rented Sector than supply is also quite clear, we have been through recessionary times resulting in very few It is a sector I have talked about before, very homes being built thereby creating pent up de- popular in many parts of Europe and the world, mand and rising prices. It is refreshing to hear all the political parties saying they will encourage building of new homes, ranging from 200,000 to over a million. Although these numbers look high they do not go very far in covering the demand, why?, because we already have a high backlog of demand to cover before inroads can be made into to future need. Let's be positive, at least there is a recognition, it is a topic that needs serious thought with supporting policies.

It was a very successful policy following the second World War. A huge number of houses were built across the country which provided much needed family homes. These numbers were further helped by Housing Associations and a steady stream of house building.

not so in this country. It is a changing sector with many commentators predicting that it will become a much more acceptable choice for many people. As demand for such accommodation increases so will the quality and volume. Political parties are starting to come forward with ideas of how this sector could work, such as longer tenancies giving people security to lay down roots.

There is a strong lobby developing which is encouraging further social house building programmes, citing that so many of these properties have been lost to the Right to Buy policies of

Rent controls, these have been tried previously. They could result in fewer landlords entering the market although the climate and market thinking is different from the past.

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It is the most popular choice for people in this country. Each party is laying out their policies aimed at this major army of would be home owners. They are considering building new towns, building in the greenbelt, building on major brownfield sites. The enthusiasm to come up with ideas for new build are endless. In terms of affording a new home the scenarios are many. Equity share, shared ownership, rent to buy, first time buyer incentives, lower deposits, help to

There are many planning applications across the country for new homes which have not been actioned because of financial issues. If these sites were developed we would see supply increasing in a more equitable way. In the market generally demand for good quality homes in the right areas are seeing prices rising and sales being agreed within a few days. A phenomenon I have not seen for over eight years. The demand for houses is going to continue to rise as we see more overseas investors coming into the market, coupled with many older people having their pensions unfrozen wanting to buy homes to rent, money in the bank not yielding a great return, prices are inevitably going to rise. In London a one bedroom ex council flat can cost ÂŁ950K, the monthly rent could be ÂŁ1200. It is easy to see why housing is very high on peoples agendas. By no means is this scenario isolated to the south, it is evident in the affluent suburbs of the north.

So how should this demand be met?, the thoughts coming forward are as follows.

Social House Building Programme

In some areas where house prices are not so high There are already major investors looking at in- developers are not keen on even talking about vesting in this sector making it clear this sector of building new homes because of financial issues. If this situation is not fully addressed we could the housing market is going to grow. potentially see house price differential growing rather than reducing. Buying a House

Therefore whatever your political colour it is clear that housing has quite rightly become a national issue which buy, one could go on. hopefully will not get swept under the carpet folIf there are so many potential ways of owning lowing the outcome of the General Election. It is your own home then why the developing crisis?. incumbent on Local and Central Government to Demand and Supply is one part of the equation address this issue as a long term policy. the other is finance. If you are on the front line of development you will know that to secure fi- In conclusion housing is a basic human need nance for housing development on a small to me- along with health, education and employment dium scale is very difficult. There are many sites and is quite rightly being discussed at the top tain some areas lying undeveloped because devel- ble. opers cannot secure finance. Clearly this scenario Mohammed Mahroof, BSc (Hons) MRICS is more evident in the north than the south. 27 April 2015

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Descending Evil

If you think that it is only now that the Muslim Ummah is in trouble, you will be wrong. Ever since the martyrdoms of Hazrat Umar (RA), Hazrat Usman (RA) and Hazrat Ali (KW) we have been under Allah’s chastisement. The famous Persian poet, Urfi, was often in trouble and complained that whatever trouble or evil descended from the sky, it always enquired where he lived. The same goes for Muslims, wherever they are. Sometimes these periods are less troublesome, sometimes more so. Almost the whole of our 1400-year history has been beset by troubles. Barring the periods of Amir Muawiya, Wahad bin Abdul Malik, Haroon al-Rashed and Mamoun-al-Rashid, we have been fighting amongst ourselves most of the time. This started after the martyrdom of Hazrat Usman (RA), which led to the wars of Jamal and Siffin which, according to western historians, resulted in the martyrdom of almost 80,000 of the best fighters of the time. Western historians are of the view that, had these warriors marched towards Europe (they had already conquered Azerbaijan and Armenia), they would have been able to conquer the whole of Europe. The reason for writing this background is because, on April 2, 2015, the western countries managed to stranglehold Iran into agreeing to accept totally illegal conditions and restrictions on their nuclear programme. For the last 12 years

they had been trying to scale down and freeze Iran’s nuclear programme to safeguard Israel’s interests. They managed to almost destroy Iran’s economy through multiple sanctions. Did anyone ever open their mouths about Israel being a confirmed nuclear power for almost 30 years? The western countries wanted to denuclearise Iran to prevent an imaginary Iranian threat, while at the same time France and other western countries helped Israel become a nuclear power almost 50 years ago. Under the agreement just signed, Iran will reduce the number of centrifuges it has from 19,000 to 6,000 and these 6,000 will be of the first generation, less effective type only. It will not enrich uranium beyond 3.7 percent for use only in power-producing reactors. The 10 tons of enriched material they have will be reduced to only 300 kilograms and that too to be kept for only 15 years. All advanced, modern centrifuges will be dismantled and stored under IAEA control with IAEA inspectors having unrestricted access to any place and plant in Iran. All nuclear-related materials will have to be ordered through an IAEA appointed committee. In short, the Iranian tiger has become a toothless and clawless one, easily mauled by any street dog. The Iranian public seems happy enough since economic restrictions were hurting them badly. Now they have heaved a sigh of relief. They can sell their oil and travel abroad freely. The Iranian government had no other choice but to agree to this pact, otherwise the western countries would have turned Iran into another Libya. Unfortunately, Iran had no Bhutto, Gen Zia or Ghulam Ishaq Khan to resist pressure and not so many competent, dedicated people as we had at KRL, Kahuta. It was a question of seizing the opportunity when it arose and putting the most competent, honest, dedicated people at the helm to work freely – and

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Iran let their chance pass. For a project of this magnitude one has to be 100 steps ahead of one’s adversaries – we tried to be 200 steps ahead! Iran should have progressed so fast and so silently at the initial stages that the western powers would not have known about it at all until after the deed was done and the goal achieved. In 1985 we went on an official tour to Cairo to visit a shoulder-fired, anti-aircraft missile factory where we met many senior officials. They had a pretty good idea that we were an undeclared nuclear power, thanks to Gen Zia’s statements in India. During dinner, one of the officials sitting next to me asked if I thought they would succeed if they started out on a nuclear programme. I frankly told him that this was impossible as in Egypt, where there were too many Israeli and other foreign agents. Such a programme could not be kept secret for longer than a few weeks. The only way of putting pressure on the western countries and Israel is by joining hands with Iraq, Syria, Libya, Iran and Saudi Arabia and revoke association with the NPT and CWC (Chemical Weapons Convention). This would send out a strong signal indicating that they meant business. We were not part of the NPT (unlike India) and we managed to become a nuclear power. We also did not violate any international commitments or laws. While in Cairo we also visited the museum – a real eye opener. It was amazing to see how advanced the Egyptians (Pharaohs, etc) had been 5000 years ago. I even told my guide, a colonel, that, had the

Egyptians kept up their progress, they would have been able to send a man to the moon 2000 years ago. The hypocrisy of western leaders (especially those of the US, UK and France) is obvious in their policies towards Israel and the Palestinians. All US and French presidents and British MPs have made certain that the poor Palestinians do not get a place to live peacefully and manage their own affairs. All their properties and lands are being forcibly occupied, the West Bank is being totally and fully annexed and the Palestinians are being forced to either leave their homeland or live as second-rate citizens. Despite repeated tall claims and promises made by President Obama, the Palestinians have not been given anything. The Arabs also carry a large part of the blame for this as they have totally ignored the edict of Allah: “Take heed, then O you with eyes (to see)” (59:2). Had we not managed to give Pakistan nuclear and missile capabilities, we would probably have been no better off today than the Palestinians are.

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3/4 Of Extremely Hot Days Influenced By Man-Made Global Warming Three-quarters of the extremely hot days in the world are now being influenced by man-made global warming and nearly one in five days of heavy rainfall are due to human influences on the climate, scientists said. For the first time, researchers have put figures to the effect on the world’s weather extremes as a result of the extra greenhouse gases such as carbon dioxide that are being put into the atmosphere from the burning of fossil fuels. Scientists from Zurich University in Switzerland calculate that 75 per cent of daily heat extremes and 18 per cent of heavy rainfall or snowfall is now being driven by the human activity that has contribute to an increase in global average temperatures of 0.85C over the past century. The rarest and most extreme hot or wet days around the world are likely now to be influenced by the extra warming caused by the addition of carbon dioxide to the atmosphere. Climate change doesn’t cause any single weather event in a deterministic sense. But a warmer and moister atmosphere does clearly favour

more frequent hot and wet extremes. It is predicted that if global average temperature increase by 2C – the uppermost “safe limit” set by climate scientists – then the proportion of extremes in heat attributed to climate change will increase from 75 per cent to 96 per cent, while the extremes in rainfall will increase from 18 per cent to 40 per cent. As each year passes the evidence for man-made influences on the global climate is mounting, but what has been lacking until now is an assessment of how much more likely extreme hot and wet weather is likely to become. The idea that in a 2C world almost half of heavy rainfall events would not have occurred were it not for climate change. The risk of heat-related premature deaths has already increased and it will very likely starkly increase further in the future. Clearly, governments should not only seek to slow global warming, but must also prepare societies for what warming will inevitably happen.”

Amputation Risk Of Missed Diabetes Foot Checks Hundreds of thousands of people with diabetes in England are not having their feet checked every year, increasing their risk of amputations, Diabetes UK is warning. Using NHS data, the charity says an estimated 414,784 people are skipping annual foot checks. This equates to 27.7% of people with type 1 diabetes and 13.3% of those with type 2 diabetes, they say. Diabetes UK is currently running a campaign called Putting Feet First that aims to raise awareness about the importance of yearly foot checks if you have diabetes. These checks are important because poor control of blood glucose levels can lead to nerve damage, poor circulation and reduced feeling in the feet and legs. This, in turn, can lead to problems such as foot ulcers that can result in amputations. According to Diabetes UK, more than 100 people have diabetes-related amputations each

week in the UK – 80% of which might have been prevented if the problems had been diagnosed early enough. It is vital that people understand the importance of good foot care, that foot care services are improved, and that people know what care they should expect to receive in their foot checks. It’s absolutely vital that people request a foot check if they have not automatically been invited to one, and that they attend these checks. Up to 80% of people with diabetes who have amputations die within 5 years of the surgery, according to the charity. It says foot ulcers and amputations account for around £1 out of every £150 the NHS spends each year. good diabetes care can dramatically reduce the risk of amputation. The foot check people should get at least once a year is an essential part of this and so it is worrying that more than 400,000 people with diabetes are still not getting one.

First Multi-Functional Next Generation Prayer Calculator Launched By Halaltrip HalalTrip has launched is what it says is the world’s first 'multi-functional next generation prayer calculator'. HalalTrip has integrated the latest available technologies on its mobile app to give Muslim travellers a simple way to find prayer times and locations whether on air, land or sea. With just one click, the new feature instantly calculates the prayer times for the current location, the distances for nearby mosques and the time it will take to reach them. For travellers it will alsowork out whether you can reach your hotel in time for prayers. The addition of this feature alongside its existing inflight prayer calculator means the HalalTrip app now provides Muslim travellers with a seamless experience for all their needs. Fazal Bahardeen, CEO of HalalTrip & CrescentRating, said embracing new technology to innovate and enhance the experience of Muslim travellers is a key ongoing focus for the company as the $145 billion Halal tourism sector becomes more sophisticated and smart-

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phone savvy. He said: “The Muslim traveller is now much more technology savvy than ever before. They are increasingly coming from a younger demographic and are now some of the early adopters of online innovations.” The HalalTrip app now brings together a number of key essential travel resources for Muslims which includes Halal food discovery. The Halal food spotting feature allows users to “spot” Halal food dishes and upload images, comment and share via social media to millions across the world. The new version of the app, available on both iOS and Android, now has English, Arabic, Bahasa Indonesia and Bahasa Malaysia user interfaces with more languages to follow. Over the next few months, HalalTrip will add new features to the app including a direct booking service and city guides. The free app is available for both iPhone/ iPad & Android smartphones/tablets and can be downloaded by searching for ‘HalalTrip’ in the App Store/Google Play.

2/3 Of The World’s Population Have No Access To Safe, Affordable Surgery New estimates suggest that number of people worldwide who are unable to access basic surgery and anaesthesia is more than twice as high as previously thought Millions of people are dying from common, easily treatable conditions like appendicitis, fractures, or obstructed labour because they do not have access to, or can’t afford, proper surgical care, according to a major new Commission, published in The Lancet. Five billion people worldwide do not have access to safe and affordable surgery and anaesthesia when they need it, and access is worst in low-income and lower-middle income countries, where as many as nine out of ten people cannot access basic surgical care. Just under a third of all deaths in 2010 (32•9%, 16•9 million deaths) were from conditions treatable with surgery – well surpassing the number of deaths from HIV / AIDS, TB, and malaria combined. Yet, despite this enormous burden of death and illness –which is largely borne by the world’s poorest people – surgery has, until now, been overlooked as a critical need for the health of the world’s population. As a result, untreated surgical conditions have exerted substantial but largely unrecognized negative effects on human health, welfare, and economic development. Too many people are dying from common, treatable surgical conditions, such as appendicitis, obstructed labour, and fractures. The problem

is especially acute in the low- and middle-income countries of eastern, western and central subSaharan Africa, and South and Southeast Asia. In the absence of surgical care, common, easily treatable illnesses become fatal. The global community should not continue to ignore this problem – millions of people are already dying unnecessarily, and the need for equitable and affordable access to surgical services is projected to increase in the coming decades, as many of the worst affected countries face rising rates of cancer, cardiovascular disease, and road accidents. Of the 313 million operations done worldwide each year, just one in 20 occur in the poorest countries, where over a third of the world’s population lives. New estimates produced for the Commission find that there is a global shortfall of at least 143 million surgical procedures every year, with some regions needing nearly twice as many additional operations as others. The Commission also finds that a quarter of people worldwide who have a surgical procedure will incur financial catastrophe – costs that they can’t afford and which drive them into poverty – as a result of seeking care. The burden of catastrophic expenditure on surgery is highest in lowincome and lower-middle-income countries and, within any country, lands most heavily on poor people.

Do You Know Your Waterloo? As 200-year anniversary nears, most Britons think Waterloo is a Tube stop As Britain prepares to commemorate the 200th anniversary of the Battle of Waterloo, a survey by the National Army Museum has revealed 28% of Britons have no idea who won the battle and 14% believe the French were victorious. One in five knew absolutely nothing about it and, asked what came to mind when they heard the word, 54% mentioned the Underground station while 47% named the song by Swedish pop group

ABBA. Just over half – 53% – correctly knew the Duke of Wellington had led the British army against Napoleon’s French forces in what is considered one of history’s great battles. Participants who did not know put forward the names of Francis Drake, Winston Churchill, King Arthur and even Harry Potter wizard Albus Dumbledore as the possible commander. The 200th anniversary of the June 18, 1815 battle will be marked by a series of events, including re-enactments.

Reduce Those Allergy Triggers UP to 1 in 3 adults and children suffer with allergies and more than 22 million of the UK population endure symptoms from headaches, sneezing, wheezing and sleeplessness, according to Allergy UK. With people spending 90 per cent of their time indoors, experts from the Environmental Protection Agency are concerned indoor air allergens and pollutants can be up to five times greater than outdoor levels due to pet dander, dust mites, pollen particles and mould spores. These are continually circulated around the home in the air, on soft furnishings and hard surfaces and create allergic reactions and inflammatory responses that lead to spring allergy symptoms. As the pollen season gets underway Allergy Awareness Week reveals the hazardous home allergy triggers and how to prevent and reduce them to keep your home hygienically clean this spring. POLLEN PARTICLES Air particles that cause allergicsymptoms are called aero-allergens. Reduce exposure by regularly cleaning commonly touched surfaces with an Allergy UK approved product. These can kill 99.9% of bacteria and viruses on hard surfaces

without using harsh formulas and can remove 90 per cent of allergens, such as pollen particles, dust mites and pet dander. PET DANDER Pets are one of the main carriers of germs into the home and with around 50% of asthma in children caused by cat allergens and 40% by dog allergens, it is imperative to protect the family from these pet particles on soft furnishings as well as hard surfaces. Try washing pet bedding regularly using an antibacterial laundry cleanser and wash hands before every meal following animal contact. DUST MITE DEBRIS Household dust mites thrive in warm and humid conditions where there is skin and dander to feed on, spreading on soft furnishings, carpets and upholstery. To help stop the spread, vacuum regularly. MOULD SPORES & ALLERGENS Mould spores are microscopic particles which are in contact with the skin and nasal passage which causes symptoms such as rhinitis, itchy eye, eczema and asthma. To prevent the spread of mould spores, regularly clean damp, musty areas which include bathrooms, fridges and window frames.

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Public WiFi not Secure as you think The increase of broadband rollout and the growth of WiFi in public spaces is providing society with the huge benefit of access to the Internet quickly and easily. But not all WiFi is as secure as we might think it is. Europol’s Cybercrime Division warns that attacks are rising on public WiFi and are a major security risk. In the UK, key cities like London, Manchester and Birmingham are increasing public WiFi access, whilst restaurants, cafes and bars are also keen provide free WiFi to attract customers. For most smartphone users public WiFi is always seen as a great way of saving data usage included in their phone tariffs but if you are going to use public WiFi for personal transactions, sensitive data and banking, this may not be the best method. We are now seeing an increase in the misuse of wi-fi, in order

public WiFi and only use it for non-sensitive data activity if you are unsure about it’s security. Here are some tips to keep yourself safe when using public WiFi: Always use reputable internet security software on all your devices including your laptop, PC, MAC, tablets and smartphone. If a WiFi connection does not require a password, it is insecure. So, don’t send any confidential information over this network e.g. username, passwords, private data etc. Look for public places that do offer free WiFi but require a password which you obtain from them. Look out for the https in the web address in your browser and the padlock symbol when using websites for personal transactions. Always check your credit card or Therefore, it is important to be debit bills for any odd transacextremely vigilant when using tions, especially if you use public WiFi a lot. Always keep your device software up-to-date especially if security updates are available. Security using the Internet has been and always will be an issue as hackers find new ways of executing attacks but as long as you stick to the rules of keeping your confidential data secure, you can lower he chances of experiencing theft of your data. to steal information, identity or passwords and money from the users who use public or insecure wi-fi connections. The important thing is to distinguish if the public WiFi you are using is secure and not public. When you connect to it, if it requires a security access password, it means it is secure but if you can just connect to it with no password, it is insecure. Something known as ‘man-inthe-middle’ is being applied to commit these attacks on public networks. Where, the hackers capture data being passed between a user of the public WiFi and the Internet. Attacks of these kind are targeting people when they communicate with a bank, do online shopping or log in to social media sites.

AMIR KHAN TO FACE LUIS COLLAZO

An explosive matchup of our very own world-class fighter, Amir Khan is happening in May. The British superstar and former Unified Super Lightweight World Champion Amir “King” Khan will face current WBA International Welterweight champion Luis Collazo in the 12 round event. "I'm looking forward to fighting in Las Vegas once again, and my intention on May 3 is to make a statement that I belong on this big stage," said Khan. "Luis Collazo might be coming off of a big win, but I am in incredible shape and am ready for this challenge. A win on May 3 is what I need to prove that I truly am one of the best welterweights in the sport." A British standout who represented his nation in the 2004

Olympic Games, where he won a silver medal, Bolton's Amir "King" Khan (28-3, 19 KOs) went from local hero to international star when he won his first world title at 140 pounds in 2009.After five successful defences that included wins over Marcos Maidana, Paulie Malignaggi and Zab Judah, Khan lost his title by way of a controversial decision to Lamont Peterson in 2011. Winner of two straight over Carlos Molina and Julio Diaz since, the flashy, flamboyant 27-year-old boxer-puncher is now campaigning at welterweight, where he seeks championship gold once again.

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Senior community figure Waheed Akhtar - a Broadcast Journalist and local government specialist - has been appointed as a Deputy Lieutenant for the county of South Yorkshire along with Professor Paul Wright, Deputy Vice-Chancellor of the University of Sheffield. The role of a Deputy Lieutenant involves supporting and deputising for the Lord-Lieutenant, David Moody, in his duties on a variety of occasions such as Royal visits to South Yorkshire; participating in civic and social activities including Citizenship ceremonies; presentation of medals and awards; advising on honours nominations; and contact with local units of the Royal Navy, Royal Marines, Army and Royal Air Force.

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The Chairman of Pakistan Muslim Centre presents the new Deputy Lord Lieutenant, Waheed Akhtar with a gift to celebrate his monumental achievement and to wish him good luck with his new prestigious position.

evenings. He has previously worked as a Producer at BBC Radio Cleveland and for several years as Correspondent for the David Moody said: “‘I’m delighted that Wa- English language section of the Daily Jang heed Akhtar and Paul Wright have agreed newspaper. to become Deputy Lieutenants. Both are outstanding servants of South Yorkshire. In He has spent a similar amount of time in their different fields they have contributed local government in Sheffield and Rotherto making life better for the rest of us, and ham, undertaking a variety of roles covering education social work, training, ecowill continue to do so.” nomic development & regeneration, policy, Waheed Akhtar is Chairperson of the South research and commissioning. He has manYorkshire Muslim Community Forum, and aged a number of projects, programmes works for Rotherham Council in Neigh- and staff to enable the regeneration of bourhood Partnerships and Engagement. former mining and steel communities, and He is also a Broadcast Journalist with BBC has lectured in regeneration policy & fundRadio Sheffield where he has worked for ing at Sheffield Hallam University. over 25 years, most recently as presenter of the Eastern Air programme on Sunday Waheed holds a Masters degree in Policy as

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“There are man about South York continue to do m serve local peopl nities. I’m very forward to the posi ties which this role

Waheed has 30 ye ence in the volunta nity sector including serving of a variety of organisations. Secretary of the Madina M Yorkshire’s largest purpose developing the outward fac mosque through partnershi education programmes wh over 14,000 visitors to the schools, colleges and youth

His message to the commun py occasion is “Thank you a sages of congratulations, su wishes – the love you have very much appreciated. Thi ment for all the community spect I offer my congratulatio


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