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hen Amir Khan announced his new movie, Dangal, it instantly sent the media world into a frenzy. A new Amir movie means a new blockbuster and a new asset for India’s burgeoning cinema legacy. Dangal, which translates to wrestling competition, centres on the real life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, to wrestle. The film stars Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and more. Dangal perfectly captures the blood, sweat and tears that the sporting hero family put into their work and Amir Khan, as usual, delivers a stunning performance, with many hailing his work as the hard-set yet compassionate father his best acting to date. Integral to the story is the message of female empowerment and strength in adversity. Women in sport, let alone young Asian women in boxing, is still a topic many find difficult to grapple with (no pun intended). Many are now praising Dangal for capturing the message of equality and pushing it out for the masses. Hopefully, more young girls can be encouraged to take up sport, fitness, fighting and wrestling regardless of stigma or simply being told ‘no.’ As audiences, we feel for Geeta and Babita (played by Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra) when they struggle with misogyny from the boys then rejoice in their triumph when Geeta wins win gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Babita silver. The music is grounded in earthy and natural elements, winding around the story effortlessly in a way that helps hone the grittiness of the tale without overpowering it. Daler Mehndi lends his voice for the inspiring title track. Some have criticised Dangal for its length, but given the lack of songs and filler, the storyline more than makes up for it.

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COMMANDERS OF THE ORDER OF THE BRITISH EMPIRE (CBE) • Poonam Gupta Continued from Page 3 The Queen released the 2017 Honors list in time for the New Year, to recognize key individuals across the UK. 1197 people received the prestigious award, with a number of British Asians. British Indian Professor Shankar Balasubramanian received a Knighthood, being recognized for his work with Next Generation DNA sequencing, noted as being

the most transformational advancement in biology and medicine for decades. The rise of Asians being recognized is a step in the right direction as it dispels the myth of Britain being racist and divided. We’d like to congratulate all of this year’s Honourees and hope to see many more in the forthcoming years. Here are some of the esteemed Asian honourees:

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Naim Ibrahim Attallah Publisher, Quartet Books. For services to Literature and the Arts. Hardip Singh Begol Director, Independent Education, Safeguarding in Schools and Counter Extremism, Department for Education. For services to Education. Ms Neena Gill Member of the European Parliament for the West Midlands. For parliamentary and political service.

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GONE BUT NOT FORGOTTEN One of the first major deaths was David Bowie, one of the greatest musicians who helped influence nfluence not just music, but society, fashion, expression and sexuality. After an 18-month ordeal with cancer, Bowie died on January 10th, prompting a mass outcry of despair. British acting icon Alan Rickman, best known for playing Severus Snape from the Harry Potter franchise, died just four days later at age 69 after a short battle with pancreatic cancer. Sir Terry Wogan, a famed BBC radio and Children in Need television presenter and Eurovision Song Contest commentator, died aged 77. Harper Lee, the Pulitzer Prize-

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winning author of the world famous "To Kill a Mockingbird," died aged 89. One of the biggest deaths to rock the world was Prince, a pop and style icon, who died after an accidental opioid overdose. There an outcry of anguish over the death, with many fan and celebrity tributes. Next was sporting legend Mohammed Ali, greatly revered as one of the best, if not the best, heavyweight boxers of the 20th century, who suffered a respiratory illness that developed into septic shock. After news of his death broke, Ali trended on social media for several days and was mourned all over the world.

Towards the end of the year, 2016 also said goodbye to George Michael, musical legend, singer, songwriter, and producer, who rocketed to fame in the music duo Wham! In addition, we bid goodbye to Carrie Fisher, the world famous actress who starred as Princess Leia in the original Star Wars movies. Her tragic death came just at the same time as the release of Star Wars Rogue One. Her untimely death was tragically followed by her mother, Debbie Reynolds.

SO WHAT DO WE HAVE TO LOOK FORWARD TO? A messy break up with the EU. A billionaire playboy as the US President, the most powerful seat in the world. Could a peaceful resolution to the Syria Crisis be in the cards? Whatever 2017 has in store, if 2016 taught us anything, then we’ll be able to see both the best and worst in human nature; the best and worst in human empathy, technology, art and invention.

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Muslim School Children Council House Fraudster Jailed Served Pork Ice Cream

Various schools in the West Midlands have been affected as Muslim school children have accidentally consumed pork gelatin. A school in Sandwell sent out an apology letter to its student's parents after the children at the school were served ice cream that contained pork gelatin. The incident took place after the supplier mistakenly sent out the wrong product to the schools. Several schools, such as Lodge Primary School in West Bromwich, have been affected by this. Many of the schools have sent out letters to parents, informing them of the situation and apologizing for what

happened. The dessert was a new addition to the school’s lunch time menu and was only introduced this January. The school has 430 pupils, with a number of them from ethnic minorities, such as 30% of them being from the Bangladeshi origin. Lisa Gillam, Head Teach of Lodge Primary School, has said that she thinks the mistake that was made is ‘unacceptable’. She also has stated that she’ll be making a formal complaint against the company, as eating pork is forbidden in the religion of Islam. In the letter sent out to parent, it states, ‘I was writing to apologise as today at lunchtime some of the children unfortunately consumed some ice-cream, which contained pork gelatin. New menus were sent out this week and the icecream was a new item. We have spoken to SIPS, who are in charge of the menus that the school are allocated, and they’ve informed us the supplier sent the wrong product in error. ”

A conman told lies in order to get a council house, while he made money renting out his own house. The 37 year old, Mbarak Abdallah, deceived the government by pretending that he was homeless, after getting evicted, so that he could secure a council house. Abdallah and his family were given residence in 2012, on Milston Close in Brandwood. He continued living under false pretences for two years, until someone tipped off Birmingham City Council, telling them that the property which he claimed he was evicted from, was actually his own property. Also that he was renting it out to tenants. He gave up his tenancy in the council house in January 2015, while he served a prison sentence for a different crime. The felon, who’s actual property was at Chinn Brook Road in Moseley, was jailed for 16 months at Birmingham Crown Court, being admitted on two counts of fraud. Peter Griffiths, housing boss, has commented, ‘At a time when we have thousands of genuinely homeless families in Birmingham, in dire need of a council house, Abdallah decided to exploit the system for his own financial gain. The sentencing sends out a clear message – we take tenancy fraud allegations seriously

Britain’s First Baby of 2017 is Indian Born at 12:01, just one minute into the new year, Britain’s first baby of 2017 is of Indian origin. The 35-year-old Mother, Bharti Devi, gave birth to daughter Ellina Kumari, weighing in at a 6 pounds and 8 ounces. She gave birth in City hospital, seconds after Big Ben’s bells stopped chiming.

Housewife Bharti commented from her hospital bed, ‘She is doing well and is healthy. I was five days overdue so we expected her to be born in 2016 but the longer the labour went on I thought it might go into 2017. We did not really get the chance to celebrate the New Year at midnight because I was just about to give birth. It is really

exciting to think she is the first baby born in Britain in 2017, it is definitely something special to tell her when she is grown up.’ Sales Assistant Father, Ashwani Kumar has said that he feels like an, ‘extremely proud dad’, being able to make another addition into their small family.

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• Cllr Majjid Mahmood was threatened by terrorists A Muslim councillor from Birmingham has revealed that he considered leaving the city due to a series of threats levied at him for agreeing to testify in court to see a known terrorist’s son convicted for posting numerous abusive texts. Cllr Majjid Mahmood was threatened by the terrorist after twenty-year-old Humza Ali was convicted. The cllr revealed that he has fears for his and his family’s safety, saying it was “the most difficult period of my life,” and that he considered fleeing Birmingham. Pictures were spread online that depicted Humza playing paintball with notorious ISIS sympathisers. The Cllr told Birmingham Crown

Court how Humza threw abusive and trolling messages at him, for which he was convicted. Humza obtained Mahmood’s contact details and challenged him to step down from the council, arguing that Western democracy and Islam were incompatible. He began to get increasingly frenetic as the Cllr argued against him, becoming more and more abusive. Some of his messages included “Keep out of Muslim areas” and even “Watch out. You non-believer. Rot in hell you pig/swine.” The Hodge Hill Labour councillor was then approached in the street by Humza’s father, Shahid Ali. Mahmood said: “He came up to me, accosted

• Terrorist Humza Ali had been sending abusive messages me and threatened me and said “I’ll sort you out, afterwards”. We had a standoff, eye to eye, I thought he might go for me, but he walked off.” Shahid was jailed for terror offences in 2009 for supplying camping equipment and mobile phones to Taliban insurgents in Iraq and Afghanistan. The police have warned the Cllr to limit public appearances and have also given him extra security for this month’s City Council and Council Cabinet meetings.

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arranged for Abdul to serve a lunch to residents and staff at the George House based in Plymouth. George House is for those who are vulnerable and provides supported housing for homeless people. Owner of the Roopnogar Takeaway Mr Azad said 'in the name of humanity it is my duty to help those in less fortunate circumstances and to encourage others to do as well. I'd like to thank Cllr Chaz Singh for making this happen and educating me in how we can all live, work and prosper in a multi-faith Plymouth'. Nicola Greenfield of Bournemouth Churches Housing Association and Area Manager Devon,

Somerset and Avon at George House said ' ‘It was a pleasure to welcome the wonderful food prepared by Roopnogar Indian Restaurant into George House Homeless Hostel. The Christmas Curries were a real treat for people who find themselves without a home at this time of year. People living at the hostel enjoyed the delicious food so much that they prepared a card especially to say thank you. We hope we have an opportunity to welcome Roopnogar again in the future’ Chaz Singh said 'it’s great to see communities come together at this time of year and able to show how we can care and share for each other'.

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ecember 2016 saw the Lord Mayor of Birmingham, Councillor Carl Rice, honoured at a Civic Reception at the Nishkam Centre. The reception included a drinks reception and offered an unprecedented networking opportunity for people from all over Birmingham, from businesses to councillors. There were a number of talks throughout the event, including from prominent leaders and faith leaders from around the city. The Centre Director of the Nishkam Centre, Amrick Singh said: “We are truly honoured to have such esteemed dignitaries, friends and guests here. Tonight is about faith communities coming together, partners, spiritual

and civic partners coming together. “We are here today to give praise and wish well for our Lord Mayor, and to pray that his tenure is a successful one.” Some of the dignitaries in attendance were Deputy Lieutenant Clive Stone, Dr. Keith Bradshaw the High Sherriff of the West Midlands, and the Lord Mayor and Mayoress of Birmingham. There were performances by Beant Singh and Gurpreet Singh as well as a Sikh prayer by Sewa Singh Mandla OBE. William Ozanne, from the Archdiocese of Birmingham, gave a highly informative and impactful speech on Civic Responsibilities. A diverse and multicultural event, Rabbi Josef Jacobs of the Birmingham Faith

Leaders Group gave a talk highlighting key issues on matters central to both Brummies and those outside of it alike whilst Salma Yaqoob provided an Islamic perspective on things. Bhai Sahib Bhai Dr Mohinder Singh OBE then presented the Lord Mayor and Mayoress with a specially made book detailing the life of Guru Granth Sahib. The Lord Mayor is quoted as saying: “To be Lord Mayor is a true honour. My philosophy is the same as all of the religions we have heard from tonight. Treat people as you would wish to be treated yourself. If we all adopted that then world would be a better place.” To round off the event, there was a Langar held at the Guru Nanak Nishkam Sewak Jatha Gurudwara.

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In order to prevent a Berlin style attack taking place in Birmingham city centre, an old tree will need to be chopped down to make room for new stone benches. Located on Broad Street and known as The London Plane, it is considered to be Birmingham’s oldest tree, standing at the age of 140 years. Up to £10million will be getting spent of the renovation of Centenary Square, with the trees demolition being included as a part of it. This has caused outrage in the public, who are attempting to thwart the decision. In an attempt to do this over 1000 people have signed a petition in hopes of saving the beloved tree. Joseph Chamberlain, former mayor, has commissioned the last 99 names on the petition.

As well as The London Plane, there will be a cut down of 24 other trees in the same area; all spotted around iconic Birmingham sites such as the Repertory Theatre and Birmingham Library. However, plans have been made to plant 59 new trees, almost as a compensation for the losses that they will be taking. A full Birmingham City Council meeting had taken place in order to come to this decision. The deputy leader of authority, Ian Ward, has commented, ‘It's a very historic tree and noone wants to see any tree removed needlessly, but in this case it is to do with keeping the public safe’. In addition to this, Mr Ward has claimed that there will be other counterterrorism measures being made and put into place, in the square alongside the benches.

Community Secretary Sajid Javid Claims to be Proud of ‘Racist’ Dancers

400 prisoners were involved in the riot. The riot first began at 9am, 16th December when prisoners took control of four wings, damaging property and lighting fires. Riot squads were used to subdue the

different view on the matter and claimed that they had been marking ‘Plough Monday’, which is an old English tradition of celebrating the midwinter season when farmers used to blacken their faces with soot, in order to disguise themselves and ask rich people for pennies. Mr Javid made a statement on Twitter, ‘Proud of traditional Morris dancers from Alvechurch (in my constituency). They are as racist as I am. #PloughMonday.’

prisoners which led to three injured inmates and one hospitalisation. Prisoners were heard chanting ‘we want food,’ with some claiming they hadn’t been fed in two days. Many prisoners used smuggled phones to record the destruction, showing litter and trash strewn about the corridors and rioters breaking objects. G4S- the private company which runs the prison- was forced to give control to the prison service. Pictures leaked from the site show Tornado Squad members covered in paint as well as white paint covering the prison, believed to be the work of ‘paint bombs.’ It is alleged prisoners also used high pressure water hoses to defend themselves with the total destruction is expected to cost up to a million pounds. The riot was finally contained at around 10pm. Since then, almost all 240 prisoners have been transferred out to other prisoners. A full investigation is underway to decipher how the riot came to be and how the prisoners managed to seize control. CCTV, interviews and DNA testing will all come into effect. The Ministry of Justice

has said those remaining at the prison have been placed under a ‘limited regime.’ Managing director for G4S custodial and detention services, Jerry Petherick, said: ”We are continuing to work very closely with the Prison Service to manage the consequences of yesterday’s disorder and a limited regime is being offered to prisoners not involved in the disturbance including the normal schedule for prison visits. “240 prisoners are being transferred out of HMP Birmingham following yesterday’s serious disorder. “Our teams have worked tirelessly throughout the night to assess the damage caused, start the process of clearing up and capture any evidence that could be used by West Midlands Police for any subsequent prosecutions.” “This disturbance is rightly subject to a thorough investigation and we are working openly and transparently with the Prison Service and other relevant authorities to understand the causes behind it.” One former prisoner officer said the riots were “highly predictable.” “I saw it coming. It was a

big disaster waiting to happen. It was destined to happen. I spoke to the governor and said it’s not working. “There was no sense of security, no back-up. They were just not listening. I simply didn’t feel safe at work – they just didn’t have the staff. It was the police that were brought in, it was the riot police that were brought in. How many thousands has that cost the taxpayer? It’s a disaster.”

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Passers by claimed The Alvechurch Morris group were racist due to their performance in Birmingham city centre. The Morris group had their faces blackened for the performance, which was something that the public who were present on the day were pointing out. After accusing them of being racist and heckling them, the performers were ‘forced to abandon’ their show. The first British male Asian cabinet has a

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irmingham born Saqib Bhatti and Aftab Chughtai MBE, have been appointed Senior Policy advisers to the Alliance of Conservatives and Reformists in Europe, ACRE. This has been an effort to reach out and communicate with the Muslim communities and different countries where there’s a more conservative and reform party tradition. This method to try and recruit other conservative like-minded people is a new system that ACRE are undertaking with hopes that it will be successful around the world. Bhatti and Chughtai have said that Tunisia was their first stop in December 2016, where they visited leading member of the Conservative Right Political Parties, Afek Tounes and the Ennahda Party.

Saqib and Aftab have also exclaimed that they will be in talks with the Pakistani political parties to try and establish a common ground between European and Pakistani reform parties, with hopes to strengthen the relations across a range of different issues. Saqib Bhatti said, ‘It was a great privilege to be working with ACRE as it recognises the importance of international dialogue and co-operation, and through this appointment we will be meeting conservative parties across the world promoting greater relations with parties that share a belief in fundamental democratic and conservative values.’ We would like to congratulate both men on this prestigious honour and wish them both success in all future endeavours.

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know where their cervix is and women over 65 have the worst knowledge of female of anatomy. So how do we combat this? Cysters believe the key is education! So, there are some facts about the Cervix. • Cervix is Latin for the “neck of the womb.” • As the Latin names suggests the Cervix is located at the top of vagina, connecting the neck of the womb to the vagina. • Your cervix is around 2 inches long. • The Cervix can squeeze... and stretch! It can hold a growing

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A Bangladeshi teacher has been nominated for an international teaching prize. Shahanaj Parvin is included in the top 50 short list for the Best Global Teacher Prize, the biggest and hence most coveted award in the education world. The award is worth $1 million and is therefore also the most valuable award as well. The award was set up to recognise and reward the outstanding teachers who are

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suffers from a high rate of school drop outs; those forced to give up their education in order to work and support their family. However Shahanaj has managed to reduce the drop out rate by introducing technology and multimedia applications to her schooling. In addition, she regularly holds workshops for new teachers and has published research as to why children might not achieve the standard primary education.

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Ofsted Rates 21 Schools in Birmingham as Inadequate

Ofsted have rated 21 schools in Birmingham, a total of 11,261 students, as being Inadequate. Statistically this means that 5.8% of pupils in Birmingham are being taught in inefficient schools, which is one of the highest numbers in England. Many of the schools around England were judged as being good or outstanding, at the most recent inspection, bringing the percentage of positive results to 89%. This is a higher result by 5% compared to the previous years.

Primary school Ofsted results have also increased, by 6% to 90%. There were 1212 schools in the previous year that were less than good, however 74% of these same school have now improved to either good or outstanding by Ofsted this year. Local authority primary school’s improvements from less than good, to good or outstanding, at the recent inspection is a direct cause of why there has been an increase in the proportion of good and outstanding schools overall.

Sex Education for Kids?

Seven in 10 children in England think the government should ensure all children have school lessons on sex and relationships, new figures reveal. Three quarters (74%) believe all children would be safer if they had ageappropriate classes on the subject, says a new poll of 11-15 year olds for Barnardo’s. The results support calls by the children’s charity for the government to introduce compulsory age appropriate sex and relationships education through the Children and Social Work Bill. Barnardo’s wants MPs to put pressure on the government to make the change while the Bill is debated in the Commons. More than 9 in 10 children surveyed online (96%) said it was important for them to understand the dangers of being online so they can stay safe. While 94 per cent said they wanted to know the risks of sharing images of themselves with a stranger online, according to the YouGov poll of nearly 1,000

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youngsters. Barnardo’s Chief Executive, Javed Khan said: “The overwhelming majority of children who answered our poll believe they would be safer if they had age appropriate sex and relationships lessons in school. “It’s time to listen to children who are clearly telling us that they need help in understanding the digital dangers and the risks of sharing images of themselves with strangers. Online grooming is a very real danger facing all children and nearly half of the girls polled said they were worried about strangers contacting them online. “Compulsory SRE lessons for all children must be introduced as soon as possible- it will help prevent children being groomed and sexually exploited.” “It’s time for government to make sure we give all children the knowledge that will help keep them safe. These children have spoken loud and clear and the Government must not ignore them.” Barnardo’s Ambassador and former Girls Aloud singer, Nicola Roberts said: “With sexting becoming such a huge problem, it’s essential that children know how to protect themselves online. Children have told the government they want school lessons on sex and relationships to help keep them safe. Now it’s down to the government to stop letting them fend for themselves online and protect children by providing compulsory sex and relationships education.”

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involved with filming live events in the auditorium, and at the Skills Show at the NEC. I also produced work for external clients, such as the Chinese Community Centre Birmingham, and I was even chosen to go on an all- expenses paid work experience trip to Istanbul, to document Motoring and Mechanics students undertaking work experience. I chose South and City College Birmingham because of the facilities and opportunities that were offered to me. The tutors know that they are teaching, and they are not just reading out of a book. Furthermore, they will push you to strive for greater things, whether inside or outside of college. My favourite thing about my course is

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Fake Degree Websites Shut Down

Dozens of websites have been shut down due to fraudulent activity on the sale of fake degrees. More that 40 websites were closed as a result of a major clampdown on stopping the selling of authentic looking certificates which were using names of actual British universities. The High Education Degree Datacheck have warned that there are 220 counterfeit higher education institutions which are selling fake degree certificates and also courses that don’t exist. A warning has come out from Jayne Rowley, deputy chief executive of Prospects, a division of Universities UK which runs Hedd, who has said that this increased problem could be down to ‘Twitter selfies’. A term used to describe students who post pictures on social media of their degree certificates. Officials are warning against

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doing this as it makes it easier for the counterfeit companies to see details about the certificates, such as the colour of the paper and font, thus making it easier for them to replicate the certificates and sell them. Ms Rowley said: “Some are copycat websites, where they have a similar name to an existing universities, like Cambridgeshire University or Manchester Open University. Some advertise ‘distance learning’ courses and send fake coursework assignments by email. People are being conned out of thousands, thinking they are actually studying.” A spokesman for the Department for Education said: "Degree fraud cheats both genuine learners and employers so we've taken decisive action to crack down on those seeking to profit from it."

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he year 2016 sees the launch of the 13th studio album from the 6 piece bhangra band – Achanak. Having taken 5 years to produce the band readily admits that it is relieved that they have finally managed to complete it. ‘The process has been very intensive – trying to fit in recording the album whilst touring. We have also had to endure the highs and lows of the creative process as we have refined and in some instances dropped completed tracks because we were not happy with the final product’ admits Vijay the lead singer of the band. The 14 track album includes a couple of revamps from the back catalogue ‘ largely because the non Asian audience that we typically perform in front of us demanded these tracks on a record. Having witnessed the power of a live bhangra performance, the audience were simply adamant that we duplicate the track on to a record ‘ explains Ninder Johal who not only is the table player for the band but also operates as a manager and its record company – the long established Nachural Records. What make this album different from the market place ? ‘The album reflects the live element of the band and takes

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into account the response to live gigs from Madrid to Barcelona to Munich. The album also allowed me the opportunity to produce 6 tracks on the album for me, it was a fantastic experience’ details Amar Johal the 21year old Dhol player who is multi talented having fine tuned his production skills over the duration of the album. Incidentally he is also the son of Ninder Johal. ‘ Hopefully I was able to inject some modernity to the production because of my age and builds on the experience I have gained since I started performing with the band from the age of 10’. ‘Of course it was a risk not going to an established producer for the entire album but we were confident of our production skills and more importantly only we had the experience of what the crowds enjoyed about the Achanak performance’ beams Ninder. ‘The album as a result has elements of most genres from dance, hip hop, rock and electronic dance music…it is certainly an electic feel to it…. we certainly hope the fans enjoy what we have to offer’ promises Ninder ‘ and of course since it is an album rather than a single we believe that in itself is a key differentaitor’.

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5.7% from ethnic minority backgrounds recognised 1,196 individuals honoured with a title

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s 2015 drew to a close, with remnants of Christmas cheer still lingering in the air for some, there remained some surprises still under wraps for a fated few. On the penultimate day of December, the New Year’s Honours List for 2016 was revealed and selected from the ranks of over one thousand altruistic and entrepreneurial men and women were not one, not two, no, nor even three, but FOUR individuals flying the flag for Britain’s second city. Powerhouses in business and community work in their own right, Nasir Awan, Aftab Chughtai, Abdullah Rehman and Habib Rehman, all from Birmingham, were recognised in the prestigious list. Nasir Awan, chief executive of Awan Marketing International plc, was bestowed with the Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (MBE) title for Services to Business and International Trade. Joining him in receiving an MBE was Aftab Chughtai, a Chair of the West Midlands Police Independent Advisory Group, who also runs a department store based in East Birmingham specialising in baby products, having been awarded the title for Services to Business and Community Relations in Birmingham. Abdullah Rehman, a founding member of the Balsall Heath Forum, also received an MBE honours in recognition of his Services to the Community in Balsall Heath. Local business owner Habib Rehman was also honoured in the list, receiving a British Empire Medal (BEM) for Services to Business and Community relations in Birmingham. Humbled and privileged to be amongst those who Continued on Page 7

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n light of International Women’s day, inspiring Mum-of-two, Naseem Akhtar is pushing Birmingham locals to get active a bid to get them breaking a sweat for the Run Birmingham project. The influential local-lady is leading the project, in association with the Birmingham City Council’s, Wellbeing Service, England Athletics, Great Run Company and Sport Birmingham. “Run Birmingham is aiming to get 5,000 people running from all different communities,” Naseem explains. “We want the Great Birmingham Run 10K and half marathon entrants to reflect the city. We had runners

Jas: For me it is definitely dhol, I had an amazing journey playing the dhol; it took me to amazing venues with amazing audiences. Deeps: When you play one instrument, you want to try them all, we’ll try and play anything, but it takes devotion and practice. You’ve got to put the time, effort and dedication into it.

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Jas: We thought let’s do something a bit old school, the Bhangra-garage vibe disappeared a little bit and you don’t hear it that much anymore. What we listen to is a heavy influence, as garage is one of my favourite genres.

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t’s the classic fairy tale ending with a rock and roll twist! Beautiful blushing bride from Birmingham, Anoushka Sharma became the newest member of the Jagger dynasty, after tying the knot with the rock-star rebel’s son James Jagger. The two met when Sharma was working for his sister, Jade Jagger’s luxury jewellery boutique in London, were they hit it off straight away. 28-year-old Anoushka who has since left the retail world behind to pursue a career as an artist, celebrated her marriage to James in an upscale do fit for a princess, at a stately home in the English countryside. The Blushing bride, who grew up in the affluent Birmingham suburb of Edgbaston, looked radiant in a white long-sleeved gown embellished with lace and a matching demure veil. The groom opted for an unconventional outfit, with an electric blue suit and a vibrant patterned shirt, paying homage to his eccentric rock & roll roots, and his father Sir Mick Jagger did not disappoint in a green ensemble paired with a bright blue scarf. The couple, who have been together more than seven years, were already officially married, after reportedly tying the knot with little fanfare last September at a low-key ceremony in New York state. The newlyweds are now believed to be living out their honey moon period in a private bungalow in Austin, Texas, where they are said to lead a quiet life together. James Jagger may well be set to become a house hold name since starring in HBO drama Vinyl, directed by his very own father Sir Mick, 72, and director extraordinaire Martin Scorsese.

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friends, my family and everyone who comes from a background similar to mine, anywhere in the world." He added: "Donald Trump's ignorant view of Islam could make both our countries less safe, it risks alienating mainstream Muslims around the world and plays into the hands of the extremists.” Khan, a former human rights lawyer, accused Conservative rival, Zac Goldsmith, of trying to frighten and divide voters in a multicultural city after he alluded to Khan sharing platforms with Islamic extremists. Khan, who hailed from humbled beginnings, was amongst eight children. His mother worked as a seamstress and his father, a bus driver. Continued on page 2

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Panj Ltd, Nirbhau & Royal Cine Arts presents Punjabi singer and actor Ranjit Bawa with his UK & Europe Toofan Tour of 2016. The tour kicks off on 4th June in Oslo, Norway and then comes to the UK on 10th June in West London at the Thistle Hotel, Heathrow, 11th June at CSN International, Birmingham, 18th June at the Leicester Ramgarhia Centre and 24th July in East London at the The Royal Regency. The tour will then move on to Italy hosting two shows in Rome and Mantova where Ranjit Bawa will perform for the first time and premier the trailer of his debut movie Toofan Singh.

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The Toofan tour which is set to be one of the biggest tours of 2016 with an exclusive press tour, Movie premier, 7 shows and more dates to be confirmed the singer will be taking over UK in the next few months. The tour will See Ranjit Bawa who has had numerous number one hit songs from Jean, Roti Vs Dollar, Tankha, Chandigarh Waliyeh, Munda Sardara da and many more will be performing live with his live band & Bhangra All Stars. The movie Toofan Singh which is set to release worldwide 15th July tells the life story of Shaheed Baba Jugraj Singh Toofan and his pursuit for justice and equality for all. The movie is written by Dilbag Singh, Dhiraj Rattan and Surmeet Maavi. It was directed by one of the youngest directors of the industry, Baghal Singh.

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From the creators of the award-winning Britain’s Got Bhangra (People’s Favourite Musical – Off West End Awards), comes a new contemporary musical, retelling the greatest love story from the east. Laila takes shelter from a raging storm in an old bookshop, where she chances upon a book with her name on it. She is compelled to open the book and is consumed by the story – Laila finds herself in an old story and on a new journey…

From the Persian deserts, the bittersweet story of star-crossed lovers Laila and Majnu, has been passed down through verse and song over centuries. The story of young love and feuding families is given a modern musical twist, taking you across the sands of time. Will love or fate prevail? “In every heart there is an inclination to love her. Her tresses are like the night, and her name is Layli.” Nizami Ganjavi (Circa 1192)

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amrick Singh Bahia was honoured by Prime Minister David Cameron for his efforts in raising over £100,000 for prominent cancer charity, Delete Blood Cancer UK. Samrick, who overcame his cancer battle, was diagnosed with Leukaemia, in January 2013 at the age of just 20.

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In the run up to the release of Akira, we got down with action heroine Sonakshi Sinha. What is Akira about? Akira is a really cool action thriller, Murugadoss style. It’s a really interesting story about a girl who does not back off when she’s pushed into a corner, how she fights back and how she comes out of situations on her own. It’s a cool, cool film. What was it like filming for the action scenes? Akira is a really cool action thriller, Murugadoss style. It’s a really interesting story about a girl who does not back off when she’s pushed into a corner, how she fights back and how she comes out of situations on her own. It’s a cool, cool film. Was it difficult filming and preparing?

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It was very difficult. What we see on screen is not even 5% of the work that goes into being able to do that. I feel that a lot of blood, sweat and tears went into it. It’s quite gruelling in terms of being very physically demanding, it’s quite strenuous for the body and the mind but at the end of the day, the results that we see on screen make it all worth it.

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So, there aren’t many Bollywood films with a female lead. What are your thought on this, you being one of the first? I feel now we’re opening up to a lot more great roles being written for women, and there are movies being made with female protagonists carrying the film on their shoulders. It’s a good time right now to be a girl in the film industry, we’ve got some great roles being made for us and I feel great that in this particular kind of film, a film with this kind of action and this kind of storyline, I feel like Akira is a pioneer of sorts. When you see it you’ll know what I’m talking about. It feels great to be part of something different and new.

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What other types of roles would you want to do in the future? Anything that challenges me in a way I haven’t been challenged before. I want to do things that I’ve not played before and that was a promise I made myself when I started Akira. Akira was a very challenging role for me. Going forward, I have Force 2 where I play a RAW Agent, which is again a very, very good role. Then comes Noor, the story of a girl and her journey and how she goes through life, and it’s a brilliant story. So I’m taking on roles that are different from anything that I’ve played before. Do you think there’s a pressing need for girls to learn self-defence? Not just in India but in general? There is, definitely. When you see Akira, there’s a very strong message that relates to that within the film. I’ve been saying this, not only now because Akira’s coming out, but I’ve been saying it for a few years that self-defence is very important. It should be introduced as a subject in schools like we have mathematics or geography. It’s very important to take care of yourself and know how to take care of yourself.

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schemes. As part of a devolution deal which sees capital spread out among the UK, the WMCA is to receive a total of £1.1bn over the next three years to further aid in development. Councillor Bob Sleigh, the WMCA Chair, said “[This] payment marks the start of an exciting new era in which we will be far better equipped to build on our strengths, improve productivity and skills and deliver the transport infrastructure and new homes our region needs. Continued on Page 2

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The latest teaser trailer for xXx: The Return of Xander has just been released with an amazing celebrity line up, including the likes of Vin Diesel, Samuel L Jackson, and our very own Deepika Padukone. It’s Padukone’s first foray into Hollywood and whilst most are sceptical of the starlet’s future, many are praising her for breaking out of the Bollywood shell. The Indian beauty shows off her fierce and aggressive side in this action blockbuster and surprisingly looks as if she is doing her own stunts! Playing a huntress called ‘Serena’, Padukone definitely looks the part as she makes her entrance wearing a black leather jacket and leather boots. Not to mention the sizzling scene between her and Hollywood heart-throb Vin Diesel, in which we can hear her embrace her natural accent. Fans are anxiously waiting for this sequels release, which will be in January 2017. The newest xXx instalment feature an allstar multi-ethnic cast: mixed race Vin Diesel, martial artist star Donnie Yen, AfricanAmerican Samuel L Jackson, BulgarianCanadian Nina Dobrev, our Indian Deepika of course, and Kris Wu, former member of Korean mega-boyband EXO. The two minute trailer reveals an explosive plotline in which Vin Diesel, xXx, is hired to retrieve a device controlling military satellites. Deepika Padukone, an initial baddy, soon realises they share a common goal and the two, along with a whole host of crude and cool characters, work together to defeat the villains. Samuel L Jackson thankfully dumbs it down for us: “kick some ass, get the girl, and try to look dope while doing it.”

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fter a cataclysmic campaign that saw FBI investigations, sexual assault claims, smears and vitriol galore and a media frenzy focused on two insanely polarising characters, America has finally decided on its new 45th President: Donald Trump. The world watched on tenterhooks as state by state revealed its votes, with many around the world watching live regardless of time zones. Then the unbelievable news broke, political outcast Trump really had won the presidency. The billionaire businessman is set to take the Presidency from current President Obama in January 2017, meaning Obama has just two months of clean up before handing over power. Trump won with 289 votes against Hillary’s 218 and has a senate majority with 51 Republican seats. Despite a smart, clean and thoroughly un-

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Deeps: At a young age, we were passed on a tabla from my grandfather, we started taking lessons and from there it picked up. We started performing and we eventually picked up the dhol. Jas: We’ve spent time on it and we’ve put most our lives into the instrument, and generally into music and performing. Before we knew it, we were in the DJ line so the next step just made sense for us to come in with our debut single.

complete the half marathon last year who had struggled to walk to the bus stop eight months earlier. Since then lots of women in our community have been inspired to try running and are taking part in weekly training sessions. We will be going out into all the communities to introduce everyone to the benefits of running." Last year’s Great Birmingham Run saw Akhtar joined by her team of 37 fighting-fit ladies from the Saheli Woman’s Group in Balsall Heath. Established in 1998, the Saheli Women’s group, which is funded by the Wellbeing Service and Birmingham City Council, brings together Asian women of all faiths, who meet weekly to exercise. Continued on Page 3

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aharajas a.k.a. brothers Jas and Deeps are set to pump up the dance floor with their new music production. The brand new track ‘Giddeh Vich’ is set alight by the vocals of one of Punjab’s finest talents, Aman Sandhu and features rapper HMC, who is no stranger to the Asian music scene, with huge hits from ‘Soni Lagdi’ to ‘Sukshinder Shinda.’ The two London based brothers, born and raised in Ilford, began their musical journey DJ’ing for parties before setting up one of UKs most reputable road-shows. Set to make their first venture into the music industry, the duo speaks to The Asian Today about their journey so far.

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hizzical Productions in association with the Belgrade Theatre, Coventry present Bring on the Bollywood, a brand new Bollywood musical combining influences from British classical literature and contemporary Bollywood style. City and country, old and new collide at Colonel Pawar’s ancestral home – the shabby and un-chic Lakshman Villa. Confined within these walls, his wife Mrs Pawar pines for the cultural polish of London, New York or Paris! Enter the dashing Bollywood actor Amit and his newly eligible cousin Ronny – a quiet and withdrawn young British man who is here to scatter the ashes of his love. The Pawars have found a potential suitor for their quick-witted and resolute daughter Katrina, who is sharp, sassy and in complete control, until she learns of her parents intentions. What could possibly go wrong? Bring on the Bollywood’s creative team include the critically acclaimed writer and director Samir Bhamra, choreography from internationally renowned performers Subhash Viman and Sonia Sabri and outstanding contributions from multi-disciplinary composer Niraj Chag. The unique sights and sounds of Bollywood cinema are recreated to perfection by musical director Sonum Batra, stage designer Oliver Shapley and Faye Rowse with costume design by Almari and lighting design by Pete Bragg. Director Samir Bhamra said “Over the last decade Bollywood has been revitalised by a new generation of visionaries presenting contemporary stories coloured with the vibrancy of India. We wanted to to take British audiences on a journey to one of the most romantic locales, the Valley of Flowers and fill it with the comedy that comes from a dysfunctional Indian family.” Peter Knott, Area Director, Arts Council England added “One of our aims is to invest Fresh from her role in the hugely in the creation of artistic work which reflects successful Bend it Like Beckham on the England’s contemporary culture. Phizzical’s West End, Nottingham-born actress Sohm production of Bring on the Bollywood will do Kapila stars as Katrina Pawaar. She is just that. Mixing iconic elements of Bollywood joined by Adam Samuel-Bal as Ranbir and British culture, the show will offer a new ‘Ronny’ Kapoor who was last seen at take on a traditional story that we hope the Belgrade Theatre playing Sully in the will entertain and inspire audiences at the critically-acclaimed UK Tour of Blood, a Belgrade.” co-production between Tamasha and the

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THE IDEA THAT BROUGHT DANGAL TO LIFE It was back in 2012 when Olympic wrestling coach Mahavir Singh Phogat appeared in a leading newspaper, and caught the eye of creative executive, Divya Rao. Inspired by the story of Phogat’s decision to train his two daughters in wrestling, Divya began storyboarding a tale on the Phogat. When Rao first pitched Dangal’s story to the UTV team, they instantly fell in love with the inspirational story. Nitesh Tiwari, who was chosen to pen and direct the movie, instantly set off to meet Phogat and his wrestler-daughters. Once they agreed to tell their story, UTV approached none other

than Aamir Khan to essay the character of Mahavir Singh on the big screen. The story of Dangal revolves around the extraordinary life of Phogat, an ex-wrestler who never accomplished his dream of winning an international gold medal. Forced to give up his dreams due to financial pressures, Phogat resolves that his would be son would realize his dream. However, destiny has other plans. Over almost two decades, he is blessed with four children, all girls, and Phogat loses hope. But when one day, his elderst daughter Geeta, at 14 years old, and her sibling Babita, now 12 years old, bash up some

boys for teasing them, he realizes that his daughters have what it takes to be worldclass wrestlers. Hope kicks back in- after all, a gold medal is a gold medal whether a boy wins it or a girl. What follows is a relentless pursuit of Phogat, over a period of 10 years, in making his daughters world-class wrestlers. He leaves no stone unturned, training them with boys, like boys, to beat boys in various local village wrestling tournaments. He makes sure they don’t just fight, but fight to win. Set against all odds, the story explores his grit and determination and the Phogats' will to never gives up on seeing India win gold.

his year, the the people who were on world has been board!” saddened by Jamshed first shot the sudden death of to fame as part of the Junaid Jamshed who band Vital Signs, whose died in a plane crash album ‘Vital Signs 1’ on December 7th in gained international Havelian, Pakistan. attention for their hit The former singertracks Dil Dil Pakistan songwriter, television and Tum Mil Gaye. In star and fashion fact, it was Vital Signs designer was one of who paved the way for the biggest names in Pakistan’s rock music Asian stardom before industry of today. renouncing his former Afterwards, Jamshed professions and using went on to release his platform to become three solo albums, an acclaimed preacher. Junaid of Vital Signs, His untimely loss has Us Rah Par and Dil Ki been felt all over the Baat. world. In the 2000s, Junaid Jamshed, 52, who took another path and was awarded a Medal developed a fashion line of Excellence by the with a friend, as well as President of Pakistan, turning his life to Islam. was on board with In 2004, he officially his wife and children. committed his life to There has been an Islam and became a outpouring of grief for globally recognised the humanitarian, with cleric and preacher. many taking to social He was praised for his media to express their work with NGO Muslim grief for the beloved Charity and was listed star. by The Muslim 500 as Actor Fakhr-r-Alam one of the "World's Most tweeted: “Dear Junaid, Influential Muslims" I shall cherish all our for his dedication and memories together. extensive charity work. Prayers for your final Jamshed’s reputation journey. Till we meet in the Pakistani music again." industry will hold Urwa Hocane, model forever, and what and actress, tweeted: the world has lost in "Saddened beyond generosity and artistry, words! Rest in peace it has not lost in Junaid Jamshed and all influence.

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Amazon quietly released their very own 2016 advert. Following the story of two old friends, one being an Imam and the other a Vicar, we get to watch the two elderly men enjoy a cup of tea and each other’s company.

This then continues on to letting the viewers see how they have both ordered one another a present after complaining about knee pain. Amusingly enough, they both had the same thought and bought each other the same

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Led by Abdullah, the Balsall Heath community has championed multiple projects to transform the area, from cleaning up the street to campaigning for better service provision, time and time again proving their dedication to the betterment of the community.

Include Me Too is a national charity that is committed to supporting disabled children, young people and their families. Include Me TOO goes above and beyond by offering peer support, mentoring, activities and holiday clubs for disabled children.

The BYSA is a footballing initiative and voluntary organisation that coaches those 6-18. This grassroots movement has seen players enter Worcester City FC, propelled their Girls Football club to new heights and raised over £15,000 for the charity.

Jaz Dhami, born and raised in Handsworth, is now one of the hottest names in the British Asian scene. The folkhop artist released his latest track Teri Ah in 2016, which was an instant smash hit, and also performed at the Mirchi Music Awards.

Male Radio Presenter of the Year Award- Tommy Sandhu The host of the Breakfast show on BBC Asian Network, Tommy Sandhu is one of the most popular DJ’s in the Asian community with over 200,000 listeners.

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Commitment to Business Industry – ABCC The ABCC in it's 30th year is one of the most trustworthy and reliable avenues for Asian businesses in Birmingham to get their name out there, supporting the Asian businesses to grow & network via regular events throughout the year.

13 Amid Christmas celebrations and ringing in the New Year, was another tale of terror. Striking at the end of 2016, a truck was driven into a Berlin Christmas market, resulting in carnage and widespread fear. Reminiscent of a similar lorry terrorist attack in France, during July 2016, the driver, now known as failed asylum seeker Anis Amri, killed 12 people and injured 56.

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Female Radio Presenter of the Year Award- Saima Ajram

Inspirational Woman of the Year Award – Sayeeda Warsi

Inspirational Man of the Year Award – Sajid Javid

Saima Ajram is a host and presenter on BBC Asian Network, with her show the Saima Ajram Show, covering everything from music to sport to news.

Baroness Warsi has done much for asian and muslim community over the course of 2016, including speaking at public meetings on immigration, the rise of UKIP and current Tory policies, inspiring both Asians and women in the community to raise their voice and be heard regardless of background.

2016 saw MP Sajid Javid serve as the Secretary of State for Communities and Local Government. Sajid Javid is as an inspiration to all Asians and muslims, helping to expel the idea that there are barriers to politics and government seats for minorities.

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Public Services Award – Waseem Zaffar Waseem Zaffar is a Cabinet Member for Transparency, Openness and Equality and has led numerous initiatives during the year of 2016. From chairing hate crime debates between schools to advocating for women, Zaffar’s perseverance for the public has shown no sign of stopping.

Journalist of the Year Award – Anila Dhami Social and political game changer Anila Dhami has pushed boundaries within journalism, feminism and politics over the course of 2016. She has consistently used her platform to campaign for women’s empowerment, homosexuality and domestic abuse.

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Editor’s Choice of the Year Award - Neelam Heera

From schools to health to social innovation and more, Nishkam Civic Association is one of the most pioneering community organisations in the UK, catering for all faiths and ethnicities. They worked tirelessly to feed the homeless over the Christmas period.

Our pick this year goes to the hugely motivated, talented and hardworking Neelam Heera. Neelam has put huge effort into her hugely impactful Cysters: Women’s Support and Awareness Group, helping to bring women’s health issues to the forefront of conversation.

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Commitment to the Cause – Jas Sansi Jas Sansi’s cause during 2016 was spreading awareness about Brexit, including the misconceptions regarding the UK and the EU’s relationship and the reality of what post-Brexit Britain will look like.

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hen Amir Khan announced his new movie, Dangal, it instantly sent the media world into a frenzy. A new Amir movie means a new blockbuster and a new asset for India’s burgeoning cinema legacy. Dangal, which translates to wrestling competition, centres on the real life story of Mahavir Singh Phogat who trained his daughters, Geeta Phogat and Babita Kumari, to wrestle. The film stars Aamir Khan, Sakshi Tanwar, Fatima Sana Sheikh, Sanya Malhotra, Zaira Wasim and more. Dangal perfectly captures the blood, sweat and tears that the sporting hero family put into their work and Amir Khan, as usual, delivers a stunning performance, with many hailing his work as the hard-set yet compassionate father his best acting to date. Integral to the story is the message of female empowerment and strength in adversity. Women in sport, let alone young Asian women in boxing, is still a topic many find difficult to grapple with (no pun intended). Many are now praising Dangal for capturing the message of equality and pushing it out for the masses. Hopefully, more young girls can be encouraged to take up sport, fitness, fighting and wrestling regardless of stigma or simply being told ‘no.’ As audiences, we feel for Geeta and Babita (played by Fatima Sana Sheikh and Sanya Malhotra) when they struggle with misogyny from the boys then rejoice in their triumph when Geeta wins win gold at the 2010 Commonwealth Games and Babita silver. The music is grounded in earthy and natural elements, winding around the story effortlessly in a way that helps hone the grittiness of the tale without overpowering it. Daler Mehndi lends his voice for the inspiring title track. Some have criticised Dangal for its length, but given the lack of songs and filler, the storyline more than makes up for it.

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he did confirm that the incident took place in September 2016. A spokesman from BBC commented, ‘It was a minor isolated incident that didn’t impact on the fantastic eight days of filming we had in Sparkhill. "Adil and the production team have a brilliant relationship with Birmingham which has been maintained over five incredibly successful series of Citizen Khan.’

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Om Puri: Dies at 66 Indian veteran, Om Puri, has passed away at the age of 66. The star of British top movie East is East, suffered from a heart attack earlier this morning in his Mumbai home. Puri was best known through his amazing performances in various Indian films from the 80’s. As well as conquering Indian cinema, he appeared in Richard Attenborough’s blockbuster about Mahatma Gandhi. In 2004 Om Puri was awarded an OBE for his mass contribution to British film. One of his most popular films, East is East, was an international success and revolved around the comedic life of Pakistani immigrants living in England.

Being one of the few actors who has successfully been able to make an impact in both Indian and English cinema, the icon worked alongside stars like Jack Nicholson and Tom Hanks. Prior to his death, Puri tweeted about his life in the film industr y, stating, ‘I have no regrets at all. I have done quite well for myself. I didn’t have a conventional face, but I have done well, and I am proud of it.’ Following his death, social media has had an outpour of condolences from fans and coworkers alike including the likes of Akshay Kumar, Karan Johar and Farhan Akhtar.

Priyanka Chopras Birthday message for Deepika Padukone Priyanka has managed to shut down all rumours and speculation about any war or rivalry with actress Deepika Padukone. While everyone’s been thinking that the two Indian beauties have a strong dislike for eachother, simply down to competitiveness, Priyanka has proved everyone wrong. On Deepika’s birthday, Priyanka wished the star a Happy Birthday, while also

adding that she can’t wait to see Deepika in xXx: Return of Xander alongside Vin Diesel. Following the release of Bajirao Mastani, there were reports of the two women having a bitterness between them. However, none of them spoke on it and with Priyanka’s tweet we can see that the ladies must’ve sorted out their problem, or perhaps there was never one to begin with!

Raees: Zaalima Video Leaves Fans Gushing over SRK and Mahira Khan The second song from highly anticipated SRK film Raees, has released its second song. For some time now Shah Rukh Khan has been teasing all of his fans by sharing tiny little snippets of the song on social media. After only being released for 2 days, the music video has already sky rocketed and has been viewed over 13 million times with the fans on the

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Ranbir Kapoor feeling Left Out? Ranbir Kapoor is reportedly feeling quite uncomfortable with the growing friendship between Katrina Kaif and Aditya Roy Kapur. It seems that Kaif is getting a little too fond of fellow actor Aditya, for Ranbir’s liking. Not only that, but RK is feeling like Aditya is choosing to spend time with Kaif rather than his friend.

Congratulations are in order after Shah Rukh Khan was named the most talked about celebrity on twitter in 2016. King Khan took 36% of conversation, with Salman Khan coming in second place with 18%. Other big names to make the most talked about- or tweeted about- list included Varun Dhawan, Akshay Kumar, Amitabh Bachchan, Hrithik Roshan, Sidharth Malhotra, Karan Johar, Ajay Devgn and

It had recently been speculated that Aditya had even skipped RK’s house warming party because he wanted to spend time with Kat. He also missed a practice football match, which he and RK usually go to together. Rumours are now stating that the bromance is on thin ice, all down to Kat.

Ranveer Singh. Priyanka Chopra was unsurprisingly the most tweeted about female star. The actress’s Bollywood to Hollywood crossover has been closely followed by both western and Indian fans and media alike. She made up 23% of conversations, beating out Alia Bhatt, Deepika Padukone,

Anushka Sharma, Shraddha Kapoor, Kajol, Jacqueline Fernandez, Parineeti Chopra, Sonam Kapoor and Sunny Leone. Some of the most talked about films included Sultan (25%), Ae Dil Hai Mushkil (15%), Udta Punjab and Dear Zindagi.

Sunny Leone Wows with Laila Mein Laila

SRK’s upcoming movie Raees, has caused a lot of excitement and buzz before its worldwide release. Even more so when it was announced that Sunny Leone would be making a special appearance in the movie for the song Laila Mein Laila. The song will be a remix of the original, which was by Zeenat Aman for the movie Qurbani. Leone is seen looking as glamourous as ever in a blue lehenga and adorned in jewellery. She shows off her impressive movies in what seems to be an underground bar full of men, one of them being SRK, who plays the role of a liquor smuggler in the dry land of Gujarat.

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Hollyweed Anyone?

countries during the Chinese President, Xi Jinping’s, visit to India. Also starring in the film will be Indian beauty Amyra Dastur. The movie has been shot between two locations, in India and Iceland and also features a special dance number 'Tutak Tutak Tutiya' choreographed by Farah Khan.

Residents of 90210 got a stony surprise when the world famous Hollywood sign was changed to read ‘Hollyweed.’ According to police, a lone prankster scaled the Hollywood hills and used tarp to alter the letter on Sunday 1st January. Social media immediately caught on and images and videos of the humorous sign were shared all over the internet. The suspect is believed to have made the change at around 3am. He used black tarp to cover up the lower right portion of the O’s, tarp decorated with a peace sign

and love heart. White tarp was used to bridge the mid-section of the O’s, turning them into E’s. Not everyone is pleased however, with some complaining about the defacement about a national landmark and the sign being pro-drugs. However the prank echoes back to an identical scheme enacted back in 1976 by Cal State Northridge art student Danny Finegood who did the exact same thing. Finegood’s self-defence: 'We broke no laws and did no damage to the sign. An artist's role throughout history has been to create representations of the culture he exists in.

Nesdi Aneurin Jones was only 17 when she moved to New Delhi to broaden her musical capabilities. The decision proved to be a good one as she has been very successful, her debut single, London, went straight to number 1 on BBC Asian Network and she was even awarded Best Newcomer at the UK Bhangra Awards. The singer will now be venturing onto TV by taking part in a Hindi only singing competition, Dil Hal Hindustani, which she has said is has a very intense training style. She said: “I’m just competing in the first rounds right now, so the last few days have been very intense, with a lot of training and long days. “It’s something I’ve been wanting to do for a while. The company behind the show asked me to send them videos of my music a few months ago and I got picked to take part through that. “I eventually got invited to Mumbai and here I am! “I’m hoping I will do pretty well, but it’s a pretty tough competition and everyone is so good. There are a lot of great artists from all over the world taking part.”

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their combined creative ingenuity, already evident with the film’s gripping trailer, which broke the Internet with over 21 million views in just 24 hours of its release. As an artist, Shah Rukh Khan reinvents himself and this time in RAEES, the undisputed King of Bollywood will captivate fans in a unique avatar who is revered, feared and loved with equal measure. He essays the role of Raees, a man who built an entire empire from scratch in early

1980s to 1990s Gujarat. Less of a gangster but more of an impresario, Raees gains popularity and trust through his sharp, entrepreneurial and ruthless business mind, eventually turning him into the single most powerful man in the state. His unfettered determination, guided by a heart of gold, earns him a cult following. His character encapsulates a distinct and unique blend of personas, making him revered, loved and feared. The film chronicles

three phases of Raees’s life – his meteoric rise and relationships forming the epicentre of a gripping narrative, reflected in three distinct looks which Shah Rukh Khan dons in the film. Whether it’s the actor’s bearded appearance, kohl-lined eyes, him sporting casual garments such as jeans and checkered shirts that later shift to him wearing traditional Pathani suits, his role and thus appearance portrays a gradual progression of his character. RAEES also stars renowned Pakistani actress Mahira Khan who makes her Indian film debut and Atul Kulkarni known for

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What made you want be involved with the show? The show started when I was 16 years old and adapted this novel as my high school play, so it’s been a part of my life since I was a teenager and my career sort of started then because I met Douglas Adams and he became a mentor and a friend. My first job was working with his production company and so really it’s been a story I’ve loved and a character I’ve loved for my entire life. The rights were never available. The TV rights were unavailable literally that whole time and various other versions got made. About 2 years ago the estate got in touch and they said the rights had finally come back and said, 'we know you always wanted them and we would like you to make it.' So that was how it started in this wonderful way, where the thing that started my career came back 20 years later and it was the perfect time to do it. It’s the first time I think, that television and companies like Netflix have been ready for a story as ridiculous and complicated as this. Do you think there’s something about the show that makes it stand out, why do you think people would want to watch it? It’s hard for me to know if people will watch it and like it or hate it, but what I can promise is that it is probably the weirdest show on television. It’s stranger than Stranger Things, it is funnier than a thriller should be, it’s more violent than any comedy has the right to be, it is more touching

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than a detective show normally is and it has more science fiction in it than is normal for a buddy comedy. So it’s a mix up of a lot of genres. The show has been out in America for a few weeks now and it seems to have been building a very passionate fan following. I’m really excited to see what the UK and the rest of the world will make of it.

he was a kid. So for him, we were very good friends. For him and I, it really is a dream come true. That we get to work with each other and on our favourite book. That’s a really unusual privilege and this trip to the UK, it feels really special to bring it home to my home, to Douglas Adams’ home and to Dirk Gentley’s home, it feels very moving.

How do you feel about Samuel Barnett playing Dirk, do you think he fits the character well, the way you envisioned it? He is the most perfect modern Dirk that I could image. The great thing about Dirk is that he’s a really unique character. I think Douglas Adams created a British original. I think he’s in the tradition of a unique British literary creation, such as Sherlock Holmes, and Doctor Who and James Bond and Rumpole of the Bailey. There’s something special and unique about him which means that different actors can bring different things to him and make him their own. I think Sam is really giving off Dirk of the millennial generation, that he is simultaneously funny and very emotional, very over the top and very arrogant and bombastic but very touching and vulnerable all at the same time. We auditioned literally hundreds of people but Sam just nailed it. He is technically the finest actor I have ever worked with, as he comes to embody this very unusual and very strange creature that is Dirk. How does it feel being an Executive producer for something

that you’ve loved since you were 16 years old? It’s one of those things that I sort of have two modes about it. When you’re actually working, you’re just working and focusing on solving problems, making it as good as it can be and dealing with the 100 things that need dealing with on any given day. But then you have these moments and sometimes they’re on set or in the edit room when you’re just working on the writing and you just go, ‘Oh. My. God. It has come true.’ And Max Landis, who is the lead writer and creator of the show and my partner in it, he also was a fan of his books since

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If somebody went up to you, when you were 16 and told that you that you would be doing what you are doing now, how do you think you’d have

Oh, I was a cocky little thing, I probably would’ve said, ‘why did it take that long?’ But I can tell you, that grown up me is very happy with how it all played out. So, try not to be biased, but who do you prefer, Dirk or Todd? I love them both! And I think Elijah does a phenomenal job and that role typically is the less interesting role, the sort of Watson. But, both, because of Elijah’s performance and because of some stuff that’s about to happen that you don’t know yet, Todd is not your everyday person.

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I love both characters, I cannot choose between them, but I am ultimately, in my bones, a Dirk Gently. Lastly, is there any advice that you have for anybody out there who is watching the show and perhaps wants to go down the same path that you are on? Yes, a couple of things, one is the obvious: do not give up. I’ve been obsessed with this story for almost 25 years and sometimes it takes that long. I’m not saying don’t do anything else in between, do other stuff. You have to find other projects to make and other ways to make a living. But don’t

give up on the things you love and be open to the universe. I wrote a letter, to the author, to Douglas Adams. I didn’t know who he was, I didn’t know him, my parents and his weren’t friends. I just found out an address and wrote a letter and he just turned up. And sometimes life is really like that and I can trace from that day, I can trace every important professional relationship and every piece of work I’ve ever done, I can trace back to that day when I wrote that letter. So be open to that and put yourself out there. Last piece of advice especially for Asian parents out there, let your kids follow their dreams. We don’t all need to be accounted for.


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lobal Enterprise Development Services Limited have published the first ever book on South Asian contributions to the British economy. ‘The Anatomy of British South Asian Enterprise’ is written by Dr Christopher A. Johnson, an award winning publisher and business management consultant. The book profiles the entrepreneurial lives of young men and women of Afghani, Bangladeshi, Nepali, Pakistani and Sri Lankan backgrounds, and the businesses they have created and grown. The publication stretches back to the early 1800s, tracing South Asian businesses all the way up to the present day. It looks into the trials and tribulations the Asian entrepreneurs from the past 200 and more years faced, including the obstacles and breakthroughs they achieved. The book sheds some much needed light on the

entrepreneurial successes of ethnic groups in the UK, something that is rarely if ever touched upon whether in mainstream literature and business avenues or niche. Dr. Johnson writes with passion and flair, enthusing readers and inspiring the business minded. As well as serving as an entertaining and informative insight on ethnic businesses, the book

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he NHS has been left with bill amounting to £29,520,378 due to unpaid bills racked up by overseas patients. These patients, not entitled to free treatment, are able to travel to the UK to receive treatment but are expected to pay for the servicesthough many leave the UK before doing so and continue to dodge fees. The true outstanding figure is probably even higher given the data does not include those who were never asked to pay by simple virtue of having a UK address. The investigation, which obtained the NHS data via a Freedom of Information Act request, found that the bill is rising every year and that last year’s billing was equivalent to 0.03% of the annual NHS budget (£11bn). In 2015, only £21m was paid back to the NHS for 2015-2016. Whilst many trusts

continue to chase payments, some are forced to write it off as bad debt. There are 21 trusts across England that are owed £100,00. Eight London trusts have owed a staggering £1m for 2015-2016. The largest bill was for Barts and The London NHS Trust, which was owed £4,987,190 last year. Collectively, they are owed £10,340,322 for the past four years. The majority of overseas patients are using the NHS for maternity and general medicine. Chief executive of the Patients Association, Katherine Murphy, said: "It is shocking that so many costs are left unpaid by overseas patients using the NHS. "If this money was reinvested in the NHS it could mean the difference between hiring more nurses or paying for additional equipment."

‘Immigrants Should Be Made to Learn English Before Arrival’ In wake of Louise Casey’s report of Britain becoming more divided, she suggested that immigrants should be made to take an ‘integration oath’. The report has sparked suggestion from Parliament’s new all-party social intergration group, that speaking English is, ‘the key to full participation in our society and economy.’ The group believes that new immigrants who come to Britain, should be made to learn English on arrival in mandatory classes. The MP’s and peers from all parties in the group have come together as co-authors to write a report. The study states, ‘Through the introduction of policies

aimed at directing population flows to areas of the country which require higher levels of immigration or do not currently attract a great many immigrants, policymakers might minimise strain on public services and on community relations whilst bolstering regional economies’ It also highlights the Canadian system in which authorities can set their own specific requirements for immigrants. Labour MP Chuka Umunna, chair of the APPG, said, ‘The Government has a duty to address the lack of integration of immigrants if it is to address this. Failing to do so has left a vacuum for extremists and peddlers of hate to exploit.’

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Man Killed in Police Operation on M62 A man has died after being shot during a West Yorkshire Police operation on the M62. The firearm was discharged at 18:00 GMT on the 2nd December, resulting in the death of one man. Five people have been arrested, including three who were involved in the incident. It is believed that they also required hospital attention, although their injuries are “not related to firearm discharge." The West Yorkshire Police have now referred themselves to the police watchdog. A spokesman from the West Yorkshire Police: "During a pre-planned policing operation near to the M62 in Huddersfield, a police firearm was discharged and a man has died. "An immediate referral has been made to the Independent Police Complaints Commission (IPCC), who are in attendance in West Yorkshire, and West Yorkshire Police are fully co-operating with their investigation." The operation is thought to have been planned around an Audi car that was heading down the M62 at 17:30 GMT towards Huddersfield. It was

then stopped by an unmarked police car. The Audi was then boxed in and a shot was fired shortly afterwards. Eyewitness Rahul Tandom said, "As we pulled off the motorway we could see a lot of police vehicles, a lot of flashing lights. "We were basically the first car that was stopped by police and we just waited and waited. "Over the next 10 to 15 minutes there was frenetic activity as more and more police vehicles arrived. "At about 6.15 to 6.20, policemen were running up the slope to an ambulance and beckoning them to come quickly."


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Women Groped Due to ‘Western Clothing’ Says Indian Minister P Incident Report). Investigation is in progress. Police is working …though silently (sic)." A Bangalore newspaper has published images of women from the night, crying and speaking to Police officers about what had happened. The images taken even show women visually using their hands to explain to the officers exactly what had happened. However, India has been left outraged after Karnataka State Home Minister, G Parameshwara, made a statement saying that incidents like this do take place and even went as far as to say that it happens because young women are, ‘copying the Westerners, not only in their mindset, but even in their dressing.’

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The minister’s comments have had a very negative retaliation from the public. The National Commission for Women Chief, Lalitha Kumaramangalam, has said that his statement is "unacceptable and regrettable" and has added that he needs to apologize to the victims of the night and also resign from being minister. She has also stated, ‘I want to ask this Minister, are Indian men so pathetic and weak that when they see a woman in Western clothes on a day of revelry, they get out of control’. While Police has said that they received no complaint, they are said to be scanning security footage for any evidence or facial recognition of any kind.

India Tycoon Builds 90 Homes for Daughters Wedding An Indian businessman chose to celebrate his daughter’s wedding by building 90 homes for the homeless. Ajay Munot had set aside Rs 70-80 lakh for his daughter Shreya’s wedding when he decided it could be put to better use. Both the bride and groom were

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olice from Bangalore have stated that they have concrete evidence that many women were groped during New Year’s celebration in India. Commissioner Praveen Sood, has urged women to come forward and speak about any events that may have taken place on the night, while also adding that 45 operating camera in the area where the majority of the attacks had taken place. He tweeted “As promised, we have found credible evidence, repeat credible evidence, in a case of wrongful confinement, molestation and attempt to rob.’ While also adding, ‘We have taken action by registering a FIR (First

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extremely supportive of the decision and personally handed over the keys to the newly housed owners after the wedding was over. Shreya is quoted as saying, “I am very happy with the decision and will consider it as my marriage gift.” Ajay, a cloth and wheat wholesaler

from Aurangabad in Maharashtra, got the idea from Prakash Bamb, a politician in the Bharatiya Janata Party. Those chosen to live in the houses were poor, living in slums and addiction free. The houses are 12 by 20 square feet with two windows, electricity and access to filtered water.

Pakistan Releases 218 Fishermen

Police have informed the public that Pakistan began releasing 218 fishermen earlier this week, which would be the second gesture in a month that would hopefully begin to ease the tension between India and Pakistan. The fishermen were arrested more than a year ago, after being accused of entering Pakistani waters through a border which is in the middle of the dispute, from an area in the Arabian Sea. In retaliation, India also have been doing the same thing, holding Pakistani fishermen, as their own had been taken. Pakistan are now hoping that the release of their own fishermen would also take place and be

returned. Police superintendent of Karachi, Ali Hassan Setho, has stated, "They are being released by the orders of the federal government. They will go via Lahore,’ referring to the city in Pakistan which is next the border between India and Pakistan. The release of fishermen has proven to be helpful in improving and relieving the atmosphere between the neighbouring countries, enough for a continuation of talks. One of the fisherman who had been released has said, ‘I'm very happy that I'll be reunited with my mother, brothers, sisters and my children. I'm excited to think that very soon I'll reach there and see their faces.’

ISIS Claim responsibility for Turkey attack

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ISIS have claimed responsibility for the terrorist attack in a Turkish nightclub that killed 39 people. The claim was made via the terrorist group’s twitter account, who said, "In continuation of the blessed operations which ISIS carries out against Turkey, a soldier of the brave caliphate attacked one of the most popular nightclubs while Christians were

celebrating their holiday." The first terrorist attack of 2017 took place at the Reina nightclub. Eight people have since been arrested though it is not believed the main suspect is among them. Video footage shows the suspect shooting security guard Fatih Cakmak and police officer at the entrance to Reina. Those killed included visitors from India, Morocco, Jordan, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait, Canada, Russia and Tunisia. One witness, Yunus Turk, told CNN, "We were having fun. At first we thought it was a fight, then there was a lot of gunfire. After the gunfire everyone started to run toward the terrace. We ran as well. There was someone next to me who was shot and fell on the floor. We ran away and hid under the sofas." There are fears the attack could lead to similar copycat attacks around the world as people continue to ring in the New Year.


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“Rainbows apologise for angry skies.” Sylvia Voirol Colour is diverse in everyday life, it guides us from showing when fruit is ripe and ready to eat to red lights in our environment indicating danger. Colour has symbolic significance in many cultures, Asian brides wear red to welcome the flow of passion, abundance and joy. In the West, black is a mark of respect during death. Colour is everywhere but there is far more to it than meets the eye, it is a powerful healer, a language of the soul. Ancient Egpytians (1550 BC) realised that each colour has is own transformational and healing properties. They used specially built solarium rooms with different coloured glasses for sun-light to shine onto the patient to achieve specific therapeutic benefits. In the teachings of sacred Sanskrit, the chakras are wheels of light energy that vibrate at colour frequencies. If you are suffering from a break up, low self esteem or health issues your heart chakra is likely to be affected and can be helped by the soothing affects of green. Green promotes psychological and emotional harmony affecting blood pressure and all conditions of the heart. Spending time in nature or visiualising green are simple ways to help. In Five Element Acupuncture, practitioners read the colour of a patient’s complexion and the appearance of body tissues. This is one of the keys to diagnosing the root cause of imbalances. Chromotherapy (colour therapy) believes that colour affects our moods and emotions. A preference or aversion to certain colours is symbolic of our subconscious and personality as well as what we need to balance our energy. For example a strong preference for blue matches a person who is practical, faithful having a sense for order and rational thinking or you could be drawn to blue if you are passionate and firey and need cooling down. Colours are vibrations of energy and have been used to heal since ancient times. A healthy body depends on a natural flow of energy, a rainbow of vibrations. When any of these colours fade, energy stagnates affecting us physically, emotionally, mentally, or spiritually. Colour is a simple, powerful way to restore energy vibrations to the right frequency.

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do find the fashion is not quite fitting to the modern British South Asian women wanting pre-season elegant fashion from the trendsetters in South Asia. Also, friends, family and guests are usually ignored when it comes to fashion inspiration advice but they are just as important! That's exactly why I'm serving The Asian Today readers with an exclusive. I caught up with a designer duo, Saira Shakira for next season's bridal fashion trends. And not to worry we l didn’t forget to include my favourites if you're a bridesmaid or family of the bride.

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Long gone are the days when we would look in fashion magazines for makeup and style inspiration. We can thank the birth of social media for that. While Facebook was

once the leading social networking site, apps like Instagram especially, have now started being the most popular format of socialising via the Internet. The fashion and beauty industry have also swept in and taken Instagram by storm. With the likes of models, beauty brands and top make-up artists, all showcasing their products and talents across Instagram, it’s no wonder that women and men alike look there for the newest trends. From glitter tears to clown contouring, Instagram is one of the fastest ways that people are catching on to the latest make up trends. While they might not all necessarily be trends that you’d wear on a daily basis, it does give the chance for us to use these crazy ideas for the perfect selfie.

Many brands such as Huda Beauty and Anastasia Beverly Hills have benefitted greatly from Instagram, gaining even more followers and thus having higher sales. With clever tactics such as using hashtags like #ABH and #HudaBeauty, the companies sieve through the photos which use these hashtags and even repost some of their follower’s pictures. As we all know, being featured on one of these pages would be the ultimate goal and anyone has the possibility of being picked. While pictures are great to see, Instagram also allows 15 second videos, which is great for mini make up tutorials, as not everyone has the time to sit through a 30 minute YouTube video. Whether you like Instagram or not, it is easy to see that this app is changing the face of beauty, bringing brands and its users closer to one another and helping bring newer and more creative heights to the world of beauty.

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New Year Resolutions It’s that time of year again where many of us resolve to better ourselves in some way. Some of the top new year resolutions are weight loss or to embark on a new health and fitness journey. Many of us will break these resolutions before the year is out – a third won’t make it to the end of January. However, it is possible to stick to these resolutions and goals. So this year let’s stop the cycle and try to stick to our health and fitness resolutions. Lose weight This is probably the most popular resolution and for many the most difficult to commit too. But you can succeed if you keep your resolutions realistic and achievable - don’t expect overnight success. If you set yourself unrealistic unattainable goals then you will be setting yourself up for failure. Make some basic changes and alterations to your lifestyle - this way you are more likely to stick to your goals. Keep a food journal to help you keep track of what you eat and have a support system in place. Reduce stress and worry less! It is extremely difficult to have a completely stress free lifestyle, but for some people the effects of stress go beyond feelings of anxiety and discomfort. The stress can leave them feeling emotional and also affect their appetite and leave them feeling ravenously hungry. This then can lead to weight gain which can further lead to more stress. But if stress is chronic, it can increase your risk of—or worsen— insomnia, depression, obesity, heart disease, and more. Make time to give your body and mind a rest and time to relax.

Get more sleep Research shows that sleep is very important for weight loss. Most people understand a good night’s rest can do wonders for our mood and appearance, but not much is mentioned about the importance of sleep for weight loss and for good health in general. Adequate sleep is a key part of a healthy lifestyle, and can benefit your heart, weight, mind, and more. If you are struggling to lose weight maybe you should have a look at your sleeping habits too. Reward Yourself. Once you get closer to reaching your set resolution reward yourself. This doesn’t mean eat junk food or a box of chocolates. Instead, celebrate your success by treating yourself to something you enjoy that doesn’t contradict your resolution – a reward that won’t undo your hard work such as; you could reward yourself with new fitness clothing, choose a weekend getaway or treat yourself to a beauty, spa treatment. Be patient Be patient with yourself and don’t set yourself unrealistic fitness or weight loss resolutions i.e. to exercise every day, twice a day! Every so often give your body a rest. Don't get discouraged with slow progress or setbacks. Results won’t happen overnight, so be persistent and patient - plan and prepare and be consistent! Setbacks are completely fine, and the main thing is you get back on track. The key to sustainable resolutions is to set small goals and changes gradually and make your New Year resolutions manageable. You will see results if you keep yourself focused and positive!

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Hi food overs. Hope you all had a great Christmas and New Year and didn’t over do it over the festive period! If you can’t resist the chance to go out this January, here are three new places in the city to lift those winter blues. Get the full low down from Anita Champaneri on her food blog : MsDeliciousPR.Blogspot.com

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he start of a new year always brings a lot of hope and excitement for people. While some people like to keep New Year’s resolutions, promising to stay fit and actually going to the gym for more than a month, there are those of us who are slightly more realistic. While it’s great that people want to ditch the junk food and swap it for bowls of lettuce and cabbage, (which we can’t help thinking looks like rabbit food) some of us can’t simply cut out everything we love to eat.

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Just when you think the city has more than enough Indian fine dining restaurants then another one pops up! You probably haven’t heard of Canal Square but its been quietly going about its business tucked away behind Brindleyplace canal for the last six months. Situated in the Glasshouse, formerly occupied by the much-loved Loves restaurant, the small 40-seater venue has been perfecting its own style of fine dining Indian cuisine. Canal Square’s menu is distinctively Punjabi but influenced by a modern British style. Many dishes sound familiar in the book bound suede menu, and I was pleased to see they had no fewer than 5 seafood starters. I chose the Chilli Squid in fresh green chillies, ginger, garlic, capsicums and onions. Served on a pretty shell-like pearlesque plate, it looked pretty and was spiced perfectly. I really liked the texture of the mini squid rings with the peppers, very similar to a jalfrezi dish. I also tried the classic Adraki lamb chops cooked in the clay oven, which were spicy and succulent and one of the moistest chops I had every tasted. The two chops were served on a bed of green

leaves and fresh ginger sticks alongside a perfect pastry lamb samosa. Whatever you choose is extravagantly presented with skill and flair. After all that, we were fast running out of space for mains. I had the Canal Square signature dish of lamb, chunky bits of mean in a thick rogan josh spicy sauce. The sides of garlic naan and jeera rice were perfect. There was so much to choose from it was good that some of the mains came as side dishes. So we got to try the methi chicken and jeera potatoes served in a mini copper saucepan. Both were oozing with chilli and spice. The presentation is not as intricate for the mains but the serving dishes are very stylish. We certainly didn’t have room for dessert, but the sight of an array of desserts on a slate platter certainly changed our mind! The warm gajar halwa with cool vanilla ice cream plus chocolate fondant, gulab jamun and mini macaroons certainly hit the spot. If you are looking for something cool and calm off the beaten track, but hot in style and quality, then you won’t go wrong with a night on Canal Square.

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The main reason people opt to eat junk food, or take away foods for dinner, is simply due to the convenience. Plus, after a long and stressful day, who really wants to come home to slave away in the kitchen. The key thing to understand is that healthy eating doesn’t necessarily mean stopping eating everything that you love. We have included for you below, our alternative healthier pizza option. And yes, we did just put the words ‘healthy’ and pizza in the same sentence. The magic and time saving element of this recipe all lies in the base of the pizza. Rather than having to tediously mix flour and water and knead and knead to make the base, you can simply use a tortilla as your base. Surprising but clever. They are cheap, easily storable and you can even buy low fat or wholemeal ones if you please.

Ingredients • 1 Tortilla • 3 tablespoons of sauce, tomato/ barbeque/pesto • Handful of basil leaves • 40g cheese goats/cheddar/mozzarella (optional) • Topping- go crazy. Onions, peppers, cherry tomatoes, sweetcorn.

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Kids Eating Half of Sugar Daily Intake Before the Start of School Day Public Health England have raised concern that children are consuming half of their daily guided allowance of sugar before they leave to start the school day. At breakfast alone, children are taking in the equivalent of 3 sugar cubes. The daily guidance tells us that children between the ages of 4 and 6 should eat no more than 19g of sugar per day (5 sugar cubes). Kids between the ages of 7 and 10 have the limit up to 24g (6 sugar cubes). Reports also show that a single bowl of Frosties in the morning, contains 11g of sugar. The results have sparked concern in parents, as it’s an alarming amount for one meal.

The latest statistics showed that on average, 17% of young children in the Reception class in Surrey are already overweight or obese. Public Health England’s Chief Nutritionist, Dr Alison Tedstone has stated, ‘One in five children, aged 4-5, are obese or overweight. That's setting our kids on a trajectory, the consequences of which are type 2 diabetes, heart disease, and increasing risk of some cancers.’ People have taken to social media to express that Public Heath England are just blaming and holding cereal companies responsible for the increase of weight in children. However, Dr

Tedstone has said denied these accusations and said, ‘"Public Health England is working with a whole range of industries, including breakfast cereal manufacturers to reduce the amount of sugar in products. We've seen some great announcements from industry recently about lowering the sugar content of foods." In a bid to try and help the public, Public Heath England have released an app, Change4Life, as part of their campaign to promote healthy eating. The app gives parents the opportunity to be able to scan barcodes of foods, which enables them to instantly see the items nutritional information.


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hen you think of holidays, most people associate it with the hassle of having to find flights, book hotels and then deciding whether they want it to be all inclusive or not. However not every holiday needs to consist of that. In this day and age, people are trying to defer from the norm and think outside the box. Doing something that perhaps isn’t in your comfort zone would give you the ultimate experience. We have listed some ideas below, of different types of holidays you can go to, whether you want to go alone, with friends or your whole family

Caravan/ Camping Holiday Caravan holidays have been popular for years, while most people remember spending their childhood in them. With the possibility of being able to travel anywhere with it in tow and the freedom of not having to worry about accommodation. Coming fully equipped with kitchens and sleeping options, you’d be making a massive saving on you holiday. Whether you own one or not, there is always the option to hire caravans. Many people use caravans simply as a means for their facilities and choose to take tents with them, camping alongside them. With the opportunity to pack up and drive wherever you wish to you, with caravanning, the world is truly your oyster.

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From January 2nd, train fares rose by an average of 2.3%. The increase has been applied to various tickets such as regulated fares, season tickets and even off peak tickets. Campaigners have been left feeling furious after having to endure consequences of strike disruptions, which took place on New Years and continued for 72 hours. Andy McDonald, Shadow Transport Secretary, has said public ownership is needed: “Fares have risen more than three times faster than wages and passengers on some routes have also been hit by ‘stealth fare rises’ of up to 162%. Passengers were always told that higher fares were necessary to fund investment, but vital projects have been delayed by years and essential maintenance works have been put on

hold.” The price increase is due to the proportion of the rail bill which is getting paid for by the passengers. When in the past it used to 50%, it has now risen to 70%. Member of Campaign for Better Transport, Lianna Etkind, has stated that many of the people who use the train services had to endure an overcrowded service in 2016, which ran less frequently and now are being made to pay even more for the same experience this year. While it is the train operating companies who are in charge of setting the actual price of the tickets, they are unable to do anything in regards to the increase as they have to comply with competition rules. Another strike is set to be taken place on 9th January.

Luxury Hotels to Indulge In.

Whether you have a taste for the finer things in life, or simply like to sleep comfortably, we have compiled the top luxury hotels in the West midlands to stay at. • New Hotel & Spa, Sutton Coldfield. This stunning medieval moated manor house makes you feel as if you’ve gone back in time, to a time of antique fashion and pure indulgence. With original Tudor fireplaces and a historic drawbridge, it will certainly make you wonder whether you were born in the right era, • Hotel du Vin, Birmingham. Built in the

Victorian era, this lavish hotel with its midnight black wrought iron staircase will make you feel like Royalty when being within its walls. Including a steam room, nail bar and tanning booth, you most definitely indulge in pampering yourself. • Malmaison, Birmingham. Situated in the classy mailbox, this hotel breathes style and elegance. Rooms adorned with plush pillows underneath vibrant and dramatic lighting. The hotel includes a spa for wellbeing therapies and a fitness suite for those who like to let off energy.

For some people, the thought of a holiday coincides with being able to get away from their busy lives, work and maybe even the hustle and bustle of the city that they live in. With all the light and noise pollution that we are exposed to every day, it’s natural to want to get away from it and be at peace. This is why many people are opting for nature holidays. To be at one with nature and to be able to appreciate life without artificial man made things. Options for these types of holiday could be the countryside, or if you wanted to travel a little further, mountainous landscapes and hot springs would be ideal.

Train Holiday A rail holiday isn’t something that many of us would think of, when planning our getaways, however they do offer some very unique experiences. With the choice of being able to travel to any country and being able to see beautiful scenic views, it’s the journey itself that’s the holiday. Many of these luxury trains cross rivers, pass valleys and cut through great plains. If you are someone who is amazed by beautiful surroundings and can find yourself getting lost in natural beauty, this is definitely the option for you.

Retreat Holiday 2016 has agreeably not been the most positive of years and this is why you should consider taking 2017 as a year of wellbeing and self-reflection. What could be better than treating yourself to a getaway that you know will leave you feeling positive, at peace and full of good energy. There are many types of retreats like spa retreats, yoga retreats or even holistic retreats. All of these share a common goal, which is to help you feel rejuvenated, harmonious and at most importantly, happy.

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hen I spoke at the Signature Awards last march – I posed the question – will 2016 be remembered as the year of chaos ??? Well – we have our unequivocal answer. The year 2016 will be remembered for two pivotal events – the outcome of the Brexit vote and the election of Donald Trump to the post of the most powerful person in the world – The president of the United States of America. Brexit led to a collapse in sterling but paradoxically an upsurge in the stock markets. A new Prime Minister followed but the debate continues as to what Brexit actually means – we have been told it could be between a hard or soft brexit, others have used colours to denote the nature of the UK withdrawal from the European market in terms of black and white and perhaps even grey. The new PM introduced three more colours – blue red and white. The country remains divided over the election unsure of what the future looks like. With the economy forecasted to slow down with a weak currency, imports will prove to be expensive leading to an inflationary

environment. The collolary of this will be that real wages will diminish leading to a diminution of consumer confidence culminating in a selffulfilling prophecy of a smaller economy. The uncertainty of the Brexit process is not conducive to business which always looks for an environment that provides certainty for investment for both capital and labour. Whilst the outlook is uncertain, employment remains high (close to full employment), a weak currency enables exporters to enjoy healthy profits and interest rates look set to remain for some time ( irrespective of potential inflation ). The economy continues to grow in the short term despite the assertions of ‘experts’ and inward investment has reached record highs. But long term structural problems have not gone away – there is still a skills shortage, productivity is low and infrastructure remains poor. So what will be with the message of Signature 17 for business professionals – why don’t you come along and hear from the fantastic Paul Thandi ( CEO of the NEC group) and find out what the region holds for us by joining the

mayoral candidates ( for the West Midlands Metro Mayor election )who will all be attending alongside some of the biggest businesses in the country. So what are you waiting for …. See you on the 10th Feb…..

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Clothing store, Next, reached out to warn other companies on the high street of its dreary Christmas trading period and how they are now having to prepare themselves for an even more tougher time in January. This is due to the surprising drop that they had in sales over the festive season where their sales and profits were worse than expected. In the 54 days that led up to Christmas, it is reported that sales had fallen by 0.4%, which crushed any hoped that they had of having a fourth quarter turnaround. The end of season clearance sale, which usually has many people excited and awake at early hours of Boxing Day, had actually plunged by 7%. Next have commented saying that they believe profits will fall even further this month and are expecting a loss of 3.6%. They have deemed the rest of the year as being ‘challenging’, explaining that sales and profits will still be strained. The rest of 2017 is set to suffer trading misfortune, with an estimation of profit falling up to as much as 14%, which is the worst case scenario. As a result of the Brexit-pound crisis, the fashion and home shop has already said that prices will likely increase up to 5%. The chief executive of consultancy at Retail Economics, Richard Lim, has said how thinks the update from Next is ‘miserable’. He also stated, ‘These latest figures from Next confirm that underlying conditions on the high street remain desperate for clothing and footwear retailers.’

SUCCESS I’m getting older. The reflection of mirrors remind me every day. I see it when those I knew as children have grown up to become adults. With age comes experience and with experience comes clarity. This is what I have learnt about success; Success is not easy, and the only way to be successful is if you want it more than anything. You cannot achieve success negatively, you cannot wait for others to fail before you enjoy success. It’s never going to be your turn to succeed, its now or its never. 2016 was the year immigrants were blamed for UK and US nationals struggling. In the UK, it was the Polish, in America it was Mexicans. And these feelings were exploited in the UK for constitutional change; leaving the EU after 43 years. And they were exploited in the US to elect Trump as President. Let me make a prediction for 2027, ten years from now; The rich and successful will still be rich and successful, the poor and the failures will still be poor and failures, and those who think their lack of success is the fault of others will still lack success and still blame others. Success is you committing to something and breaking your back to see it through. You alone are responsible for your success. Success is a mind game. If you want it more than anything, it’s there right in front of you. But don’t think for a minute, tripping other people over paves your way to success. Success cannot be achieved through negative actions. Look at the chaos terrorists try to unleash across the planet, and still life carries on. Their choice of weak targets; driving trucks through crowds of people, attacking nightclubs and holiday resorts exposes them for the cowards they are. Weak in body and weak in mind. They will never succeed. The future belongs to those who think positive.

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irmingham City Council’s plans to cut £76 million between 2017 and 2018 comes under speculation by experts. The Local Government Association, (LGA) ordered the city council to have next year’s budget reviewed after it accrued a £49 million black hole in funds, when the savings on health service and adult social care reform failed to be met. The LGA panel, which includes Newcastle City Council leader Nick Forbes, determined in their first reports that even though Birmingham’s cuts may seem ‘ambitious and challenging’, emergency plans need to be made in case they fail to come through. Birmingham City Council are already

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feeling tension about the proposed major cuts, to give support for the homeless and support for disabled adults under its 2017/18 budget proposals. The report concluded by stating, ‘Overall, the proposals would appear to be a reasonable and appropriate response to the financial challenge the council faces. However, the review team did not feel sufficiently assured at this time that the magnitude of savings can be delivered in full.’ Rather than criticizing the rights and wrongs of the cuts that the Government wants to make, the report is ensuring that the council is doing enough to make sure that the budget proposals are possible to happen.

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Aldi Raise Minimum Pay of Staff to £8.53 Per Hour

Councilor Jon Clancy, of the Labour party welcomed the review and commented that staff were already starting on plans to deliver next year’s cuts, rather than waiting until April 1. He said, ‘They have recognised we have a robust and realistic set of proposals and that this is a reasonable response to the financial challenge we face. They also highlighted that our workforce changes prioritise front line staff and services.’ While people have raised concerns about whether the council will be able to make £4 million worth of reduced wage bills a year by 2019, Councilor Clancy has claimed that he will show everyone that good effectve plans are in place by the end of January.

Supermarket Aldi has impressed the public with announcements that it will be increasing the hourly pay for all workers to £8.53 and for London workers to £9.75 starting from next month. The German company has stated that over 3350 employees from the UK will be benefitting from this. Aldi’s other rival supermarkets will now feel the pressure after the pay rise will take place from February 1. The increase in pay shows a big gap between Aldi’s pay and the national minimum wage, which is currently £6.95 for 21 to 24 year olds and £7.20 for over 25 year olds. Aldi has made claims that its pay rate for employees will be the

highest out of all of the supermarkets, topping its rival Lidl, who recently had also announced that it was increasing its pay nationally to £8.45 starting in March. The chief executive of Aldi’s operations, Matthew Barnes, has stated, ‘We recognise the valuable contribution that our thousands of store employees make every day. Their dedication and commitment is a key reason why Aldi is the UK’s fastestgrowing supermarket.’ Looking to open up to 70 new stores and warehouses this year, Aldi will be recruiting up to 4000 new permanent workers. Already having a large employee total of 29,000, Aldi will be opening their 700th UK store in February.

PETA Buys Shares in Louis Vuitton

Louis Vuitton Moet Hennesy shares have been bought by animal rights pressure group, PETA. They reportedly bought shares in order to stop the company from selling bags and other products that are made out of exotic animal skin. The stake will now give PETA the opportunity to be able to go to and attend meetings that are meant for the shareholders, giving them the chance to challenge their methods and question why they do this. It hasn’t been confirmed by PETA how many shares they have bought just yet. This action is very common for animal pressure groups to do, in hopes that it will be effective in stopping the produce of animal skin items. PETA wanted to especially investigate the way that LV harvest crocodiles in order to use their skins for bags and shoes.

PETA have commented, ‘"In the wake of an exposé revealing that reptiles on crocodile farms in Vietnam - including two that have supplied skins to a tannery owned by Louis Vuitton's parent company, LVMH - are confined to tiny pits and sometimes hacked into while they're still alive and thrashing, Peta has become a shareholder of LVMH on the Euronext Paris to put pressure on the company to stop selling exotic skins merchandise." Sylvie Bernard, LVMH’s environmental director has stated that its tannery hasn’t purchased any crocodile skin since 2014, from Vietnam. She also adds, ‘We have no knowledge of a partner that would practice the method you referred to ... any cruel method involving the suffering of the animal is in clear contradiction with our principles and rules’.


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he West Midlands will be home to a new garden village which is reported to be building more than 48,000 homes. Warwickshire will be one of the 14 areas which will be having at least 1,500 homes built in it due to this new initiative. With the government backing this new scheme, it will be given a £6 million fund which will be used in the next two years in order to help construct the homes. The large sum of money will also be used to supply funding for any additional resources that may be required. The funding will also be given to people of expertise who will help with

hastening development of the houses and with avoiding any delays that could take place. Rather than building upon already existing urbans areas, the idea of the developments is for them to have their own community facilities. The housing and planning minister, Gavin Barwell, has commented, ‘Locally led garden towns and villages have enormous potential to deliver the homes that communities need. New communities not only deliver homes, they also bring new jobs and facilities and a big boost to local economies. These places combined could provide almost 200,000 homes.’

As well as funding, the Government will also be giving a helping hand in offering support with brokerage and with offers of new planning freedom. 25,000 houses are anticipated to be built in garden villages and towns by 2020. The garden towns are reported to be built in Aylesbury of Buckinghamshire, Taunton of Somerset and Harlow and Gilston, which are on the border of Essex and Hertfordshire. The Government has claimed that with the 7 garden town and cities that have been announced, this project has the potential to build 200,000 properties.

Solihull: Most in Demand Area for Property Research by eMoov has suggested that Solihull is the most in demand area for property during the last quarter of 2016. It has been reported that the highest percentage of houses have been sold in this area, compared to other towns. Solihull scored a 77% on the website, with scores being based on level of housing stock which is available compared to the number of houses which are sold. In second place came Portsmouth with 66%, indicating a 10% gap between the areas. Solihull has formerly been named the best place to live in England, however was knocked off the title by Edinburgh last year. Properties in Solihull frequently get sold for over one million pounds, with one of the highest being sold on St. Bernard’s road for £1,125,000 last September. The list compiled by eMoov also featured Bristol, Ipswich and Northampton in the top 10 of most sought after property areas. The founder and CEO of eMoov has commented, Russel Quirk, has commented, ‘ A tough year for the UK market but it has come through it relatively unscathed. Although changes to second home stamp duty thresholds and the Leave vote may have tainted demand slightly due to an air of uncertainty, there seem to be a number of areas

that have benefited with the market almost turned on its head in terms of desirability to buyers. 2016 seems to have been a bit of a leveller where the property market is concerned, with many of the so-called “weaker” markets really seeing a spike in buyer demand, which will, in turn, result in a healthy increase in prices going into the New Year.’


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each being tailored to the specific tastes of the customers. They all have radiators at the front which are closer to one another, so that it can reduce the aerodynamic frontal area. The windscreen has a lower header rail, so that it can allow more air to flow over the rear deck and tail spoiler. Ferrari's Special Projects department, based in Maranello, have lowered the bonnet and just like the F50, have added 2 carbon fibre air channels. Similar to the 288 GTO and F40, the sides

have a black belt line. The sloping angle of the windows are there to create a ‘helmet visor’ type effect, Ferrari have reported. The black dividing line circles around the front of the car below knee height, altering the beltline’s perception and transforming the J50 into a barchetta. In typical Ferrari fashion, the bonnet section is lowered at the centre, with high raised wheel arch crests, giving an accentuated masculine feel of the mid-engine sport car.

Inside the vehicle, the sport seats are adorned in specific trimming, following the style co-ordination of the rear bonnets contour, which makes for an unmistakable signature feature. Customers will be able to customer decide their own colour combinations for the upholstery. While Ferrari hasn’t confirmed any details on pricing or any performance figures as of yet, they have confirmed that the 10 cars will only be sold to already existing loyal customers.

Uber Launches New Self-Driving Taxis

Users of Uber will soon be getting picked up by autonomous, self-driving cars rather than being driven by humans. The recently popular company is now starting to test out a new initiative in Pittsburgh, that will consist of customers using the app as usual in order to call the taxi. In return they will be picked up by a special designed, Volvo which is self-driven. To begin with, there will be

somebody sat in the front seat of the car, for security purposes, so that they can ensure that it is safe. Having someone sat in front also complies with safety regulations that are in place at the moment which prohibit cars from being able to drive themselves around. While its only being tested in a small place to start off with, experts are claiming that it won’t be long before the company tests out this idea in

other areas also. Uber currently has over a million drivers transporting users around different cities. Although the company hasn’t specifically commented that they want to replace them with robots, it appears that this is the plan that they have been working on for the last 2 years. Due to the new robot taxis being the form of transport for customers, once they get inside the car, they will find

out that their car ride is free as compensation for letting them test out their new robot taxis. Googly and Apple are supposedly building their own cars, something that was assumed of for Uber. However, the cars are custom models of the XC90, which are built with special tech that allows them to drive themselves, with the person who is seated at the front, is there to help out if necessary.

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UK is first country to Recognise Parkour as a Sport

JABS: Sports in the Community B organisation with a bottom up approach. sheena@theasiantoday.com We build trust and listen to the kids and cater for their needs. At When and why was JABS JABS, we all have a football first created? background and live locally, so we see where there are JABS was created in 2014 a lack of opportunities. We about two and a half years provide role models and ago. We had been playing mentoring for the kids and football for about 30 years recognise the importance and were coming to the end of social mobility. Kids of our career. One of our shouldn’t be disadvantage by younger players, who was their background. 16, got involved in a fracas at about 4am and ended up What kind of positive in ICU. At that time, some of difference does this have on our senior players decided kids? to rally together and form an academy for young people It’s enormous. We’ve in the area. This is quite a prevented kids joining deprived but diverse part of gangs and going into Birmingham- there aren’t criminal routes. We also really a lot of facilities and provided counselling for resources for young people people being bullied and to tap into. The academy resolved the issues, stripping was to prevent any more down misunderstandings young people from getting and misperceptions to into physical violence or resolve things amicably. distractions. We helped four people into apprenticeships and full time What makes JABS employment. We do a lot of a unique community work in terms of coaching initiative? and sporting ability. We’ve entered the Birmingham We’re a tailored made County League with our u-16

BY: SHEENA RAMCHURN

team and we’re hoping to enter our u-11 team next season in September.

ased in Alum Rock, Birmingham, JABS B8 FC is a non-profit football & mentoring program for the youth. In this interview with founder Mohammed Ali, we discuss what the programme brings to Birmingham, both in terms of sport, charity, and bringing the diverse community of the city together.

What do you get kids to do off pitch? Off pitch, we have an extensive educational skills programme where we engage with West Midlands Police Force and the Fire Service and the Armed Forces, who come in and showcase the work they do. We also engage with the NHS, talking about nutrition wellbeing and obesity which is a big issue for society in general, showcasing the importance of leading a healthy normal life. We also engage with partners around careers and apprenticeships, so not only catering for kids on field but also off field. We do a lot of mentoring and work to keep the kids away from gangs, drugs and alcohol. Recently, we’ve worked with organisations to make sure young people from the Asian, Indian, black and Jewish communities are more engaged.

In November, you had your first ever league game for u-16, how was it? It was an eye-opening experience for us and the players. Playing on a much larger surface on grass was a steep learning curve for us. We’re working with the kids to understand more about team work and disciple. In the next game, we hope to do far better. Why did you specifically feel the need to do this? I think I’m in a very fortunate position where I come from a relatively respectable and stable family background. It was quite easy for me to move away from this area and focus on myself, but seeing as my father was a community leader, it was natural for me to put out a helping hand for those struggling. Sometimes it’s easy to just focus on yourself, but we have a responsibility to look out for

others. Combining that with football allows me to bring my passions together. Why does sport help so much in bringing kids together? Sport is very active and hands on and brings people together. It allows kids to put their troubles and concerns aside and lets their natural talents come through. It’s easy for them to start a conversation through sport and start getting to know each other. Football is definitely a vehicle to find things they have in common, and from there they break down the barriers. Sport is a fantastic icebreaker and brings different communities together.

programme, we’ve got experts and skilled people to come in and do workshops and presentations. We’re going to take part in a number of charity events and will be holding an exhibition match at the Big Johns Mela in August. In September, we’re entering our u-11 into the Sandwell league. It’s going to be an exciting year for us. How can people get involved? If anyone would like to get involved, whether partnership or help in any way or volunteering, just get in touch. Shout out to our sponsors Pathway Group and Big Johns who have been extremely helpful on our journey.

What are you upcoming plans for the New Year? For 2017, we have big plans. We have a 12-month educational and skills based

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The UK have officially recognised Parkour as a sport, being the first country to do so worldwide. Parkour constitutes of free running and negotiating terrain simply using the persons own strength naturally, to lift their body. It usually takes place through climbing and jumping off of surrounding features. Sport England are one of five UK sport councils that have given recognition to Parkour, meaning that groups such as Parkour UK, who originally applied for its recognition in 2009, can now freely apply for funding from National Lottery and can also apply for government grants. Gaining support from the Youth Sport Trust and Association for Physical Education, who stated that they thought parkour was an exciting and

motivating activity, there is a possibility that it could be exercised in schools for Physical Education. Chief executive of Parkour UK, Eugene Minogue, commented saying, ‘Recognition is a thing in its own right and that is what we are celebrating today, that the sport has been recognised as a sport. That’s no mean feat. Yes, it does give us the ability to apply for funding, and there are a number of other benefits that come out of it, but the biggest thing for us is how it will give the public an understanding of what parkour is and what benefits it has.’ From the late 1980’s, which is when the sport was first born, it has always been a controversial topic, challenging people’s opinion of it. Parkour consists of scaling urban structures without any safety harnesses or ropes, which people find concerning.

Cambridge University previously have made their dislike for the sport known, as a viral video of 22-year-old James Kingston bounding across many of the city’s old buildings, circulated the internet and social media. They went as far as labelling parkour as being a type of trespassing and intrusion that can be hazardous and endanger the lives of the people doing it, as well as the public. One of the founders and elected President of Parkour UK, Sebastien Foucan, who is known best starring at the opening of Bond film, Casino Royale, being chased by Daniel Craig, has commented on the UK’s decision, stating that it is a, ‘groundbreaking moment for a discipline which started off as child’s play and continues as child’s play for all age’.

BYSA Celebrates A Year of the Girls Football Project A

fter one year successfully running of the BYSA girls football project it was our last session on the 18th December 2016 at Saltley leisure centre. The project started with the help of the saltley wellbeing centre offering the BYSA to expand its project and open it to the girls which has gone from strength to strength with the head coach Ms Amina Begum and assistant Ms Ummanaz Ali who have dedicated their time and efforts to the project and now train at least 40/50 girls in our first year. The sessions are prepared to the ages of the girls that attend and well organised sessions to meet the needs of the girls that attend to take part and take something away from the sport. Head coach Amina states for the future plans of the girls project is to introduce working with clubs and having vocational and education trips as the BYSA have done for the

boys in the past and she hopes to take the girls to watch a live football match which will be an enjoyable experience as non of the girl that attend the session have been to a football match so these are to change early next year 2017. Majid Salim Chairman of the BYSA and Amer Awan Vice-chairman of the BYSA attended the girls football to present them with a gift bag to celebrate one year of the project the gift bags were donated by our sponsors ranging from educational material, chocolates, hat/gloves and many more items that had been put together and presented to the girls on the day who were very appreciative for the gift bags. Comments from the chairman and vice chairman: “This is a wonderful day the kids have worked hard over the past year words can express the smiles and happiness we have seen from the kids and the volunteers so will continue to support this great project for many years to come and

move it to a high level like the boys project”. Amina and Ummanaz said: ” I am honoured to be apart of the BYSA and the work they offer to the kids its a friendly and well organised organisation that helps promote sports and education to the kids we hope to attract more girls to participate and female volunteers in the near future and we will continue our work for the community.”

The girls project will return on the 8th January 2017

has done for English cricket. He has been an unbelievable performer and has been a great leader for England. "If he feels someone else is better equipped to do that job, everyone will respect that decision because everything he has done has been for the betterment of English cricket." Cook has drawn widespread criticism for England’s sour defeat in the final Test last month, when

Mahendra Singh Dhoni, 35, announced he will be stepping down as India’s Captain. While many of his loyal fans are upset by the news, Dhoni has promised that will continue to play the cricket, as that is what made him who he is. The cricket legend lead India to 2 triumphant World Cup wins during his 10 year tenure and captained for India one last time in a warm up game against England. While they may have lost by three wickets, Dhoni stated in a video call with Yuvraj Singh that he will continue hitting his trademark sixes when they are to be hit. Posted to Yuvraj’s social media, Dhoni said to him, ‘The journey has been good, fantastic... It's good to have players like you, the job becomes much easier. And I enjoyed my 10 years, hopefully I will enjoy more whatever I have.’

• BYSA: (From Left) Ummanaz Ali, Anwar Khattak (BEM) and Amina Begum

"Everyone in the changing room backs him and will back whatever decision he makes..."

umours continue to fly over Alastair Cook’s much discussed leaving from his position from England’s captain. Haseeb Hameed has thrown support to Cook and said, “Everyone in the changing room backs him and will back whatever decision he makes. "If he feels he is the right man to take English cricket forward, he will have everyone's support." Hameed told BBC Sport, "It is pretty evident to see what Cook

MS Dhoni Steps down as Indias Captain

Maria Sharapova makes a Comeback

Haseeb Hameed Backs Cook as England's Cricket Captain R

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they lost 4-0 to India. Ex-opener Geoffrey Boycott previously called for Cook to step down. Should Cook leave, it is expected ViceCaptain Joe Root would take over as Captain. Michael Vaughan, 42, said, “He's stubborn and mentally very tough. He's been through this sort of spell two or three times in his captaincy and carried on. "But he has to be very honest with himself. Does he have the

passion and energy to take the team forward through the seven Tests next summer? And then through the Ashes next winter? "If the answer is just 1% no, then he has to stand aside. "Towards the end of my captaincy, I just was not enjoying the game. I could see from his face he just is not enjoying cricket. "I would think it's very close to being the time to call it quits from his perspective."

After 15 month doping suspension, Maria Sharapova will make her profession return to tennis at the Porsche Grand Prix in Stuttgart on 26th April 2017. A two-year ban was given to the 29-year-old tennis star after she was tested positive for substance meldonium, in March. Following an appeal in October, her suspension was reduced. While the event will start in Germany two days before Sharapova’s suspension end’s, she will be unable to attend the tournament until the day of her match, by when her suspension will be lifted. Sharapova will be in need of a wild card in order to enter the tournament as she is without ranking. She has commented, ‘I could not be happier to have my first match back on tour at one of my favourite tournaments. I can't wait to see all my great fans and to be back doing what I love.’ After having won the Stuttgart title previously for three years consecutively, from 2012 to 2014, she is hoping to make a positive and successful return. Since the ban had been lifted, Sharapova has taken part in 2 exhibition evets.


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fter leaving Lancashire, Ashley Giles joins the Birmingham Bears in Warwickshire Ashley Giles, most known for his spin bowling skills and helping England win the Ashes in 2005, has now become the Sport Director for Edgbaston. The promotion comes as a welcome change, as Giles said, “The personal aspect is a big one…being away from home, 4 walls in a hotel room, I’ve done a lot of that. It was making me a bit miserable, I’m not always miserable but I found it hard work.” The Birmingham Bears are still in need of fine tuning, having struggled with maintaining consistent wins. According to Giles, the Bears have come a long way since 2007. He says, “We have a lot of more senior players who have a lot of experience and proven ability. Now the job over the few years is that we’re

going to have to transfer over to the young players in the team, recruitments going to be important, development from within is going to be important, but… the development side takes time.” The Bears will be recruiting in the short them,

our surrounding counties are important. We asked whether Giles has seen much diversity in cricket, to which he replied, “I can only speak from my experiences, and in Lancashire, there was definitely diversity. I don’t think we’ve done it that

“The personal aspect is a big one… being away from home, 4 walls in a hotel room, I’ve done a lot of that. It was making me a bit miserable, I’m not always miserable but I found it hard work.” though they have strategized out a plan that prioritized overseas players. He adds, “We have certainly got to tap into the Asian network better, Asian cricket is a massive area that has failed to be tapped into, even during my time so we need to get to grips with that. I think our relationships with

well in the past but I don’t think that it’s all our fault. A lot of young people at that age do other stuff, like work or study.” In regards to young Asians possibly being discouraged from aspiring to county or national levels, Giles said, “I certainly hope not. I would never want that to be the case.”

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