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Sky Cinema is delighted to announce the UK and Irish release of HOTEL MUMBAI, releasing in cinemas and available for same day viewing on Sky Cinema, from 27th September. On the 26th November 2008, a wave of devastating terror attacks throughout Mumbai catapulted the bustling Indian metropolis into chaos. In the heart of the city’s tourist district, Jihadist terrorists laid siege to the iconic Taj Palace Hotel, whose guests and staff became trapped in a heroic, daylong fight for survival.

Inspired by the stories of survivors of the 2008 Mumbai Attacks, HOTEL MUMBAI is the powerful, poignant debut of director Anthony Maras, with an ensemble cast that includes Dev Patel (Slumdog Millionaire, Lion), Armie Hammer (Call Me By Your Name, The Social Network), Jason Isaacs (The Death Of Stalin, Harry Potter), Nazanin Boniadi (Counterpart, Homeland) and Anupam Kher (Silver Linings Playbook, The Big Sick). HOTEL MUMBAI announces Antony Maras as a talented new

filmmaker, as he emotionally and viscerally captures one of the most harrowing terrorist attacks of the 21st Century. As well as directing, Maras also co-wrote the film with John Collee, researching heavily to show the event with unrestrained truth. The film’s affecting portrayal has already seen critical and festival success, with its world premiere at the Toronto International Film Festival on 28th September last year. “This is a powerful movie that we think will really resonate with audiences across the whole of

UK and Ireland. And, similarly to our other releases, Sky Cinema customers will be able to watch on the same day that Hotel Mumbai is released into cinemas” said Julia Stuart, Head of Acquisitions at Sky Cinema Original Films. “Following on from the success of Extremely Wicked, we’re delighted to be able to share another film that shares a true story with an engaged audience.” HOTEL MUMBAI will be released in UK and Irish cinemas and be available on Sky Cinema from 27th September 2019.







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e wanted to mark this occasion by celebrating with our readers. We are proud to have reported on some key stories over the years that have affected our communities. There have been many highs and lows which have had our readers shocked and amazed. The Asian Today was created to inform, educate and enlighten the SouthAsian community and provide a platform to connect with the readers. The publication has established a loyal and extensive readership through which we have cemented an important position within the community. Over the last 17 years, our commitment to the SouthAsian community has led to us being recognised as the main facilitator of inter-faith and community relations

within the West Midlands. The Asian Today offers readers an insight into local, national and international stories, entertainment gossip, lifestyle, special features, business stories and sports whether this is through the publication or on our website The paper has been nominated & won numerous awards, which include: • Nominated for Outstanding Contribution to Society at the Institute of Asian Businesses Annual Dinner and Awards 2014 • Nominated for Community Excellence Award at the Black Country Asian Business Association Awards 2014 • Won Best Publication of the Year at the Asian Media Awards 2013 • Nominated Best Publication of the Year at the Asian Media Awards 2014

• Won Best Publication of the Year at the UK Bhangra Awards 2014 • Won Best Newspaper at the Pakistani Music & Media Awards 2015 • Won Best Newspaper at the Pakistani Music & Media Awards 2016 • Won Best Publication of the Year at the UK Bhangra Awards 2018 In this issue, we go back and look at all the previous editions and have put together some of the front-page stories we have covered. Throughout the month of September, we have been adding onto our social media platforms an image of the front cover of each issue with the #Celebrating250Issues Thank you to all our readers for all your support as we continue to serve the communities for another 250 issues.

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Devasted Family Miss Flight Holiday After Coach Delay A family-of-six have been left heartbroken after a National Express coach delay caused them to miss their flight. Abdul Choudhury, his wife and their four children from Etruria in Stoke-on-Trent, Staffordshire, booked a oneweek holiday to Italy to visit family that thy haven’t seen for 10 years. They are calling on National Express to pay the £274.55 cost of their flights after missing their Manchester Airport flight. The coach was due to leave at 3.15pm on Monday 19 August and left the station at 4.50pm. The flight to Milan was leaving from Terminal 3 at 7pm but the family were dropped off at Terminal 1 at 6.25pm - a 30-minute walk away from Terminal 3. As they approached their gate, they were told the Ryanair flight had left without them. Abdul was offered alternative flights at a cost of £600, but this was not an option, so the family got the train home and missed their one-week break. Now National Express has offered to refund their coach and rail travel on the day - but 54-year-old Abdul

says they should refund the £274.56 cost of his flights. Abdul, from Etruria , said: "We got to the bus station at 2pm for the 3.15pm coach. It got to about 3.25pm and then the time on the board changed to 4.26pm. "I went to the counter to ask what had happened and they said it was delayed in Birmingham. I told them that I had a flight at 7pm but they just said they didn't know what was happening because they weren't from National Express. "So we decided to wait because if the coach got there for 4.26pm we would still get to the airport at 5.25pm, but it didn't arrive until 4.50pm. I explained to the driver that we'd got a flight at 7pm and he told us not to worry and started driving. But it was rush-hour and it took us 30 minutes to pass Basford roundabout. "When we got to Terminal 1 we had to run for 20 minutes like we were in a marathon with four children and our bags. When we got to our gate they said our flight had gone. "We then had to get the train home to Stoke-on-Trent and we didn't get back until 11.15pm." Abdul and his family

were flying to Milan to visit relatives who they hadn't seen for 10 years. "National Express says it is willing to refund the coach and train travel, but not the money for our fights. But we missed the flight because of them and it needs to be responsible for it. "National Express had my email address and phone number so could have easily text me to let us know the coach was running late so we could arrange alternative transport but when the time had changed to 4.26pm it was already too late. "It was a traumatic experience for us. I'll never use National Express again for the airport." The 528 service from

Hanley to Manchester Airport had been due to arrive at 4.30pm - and it was 110-minutes late. A National Express spokesman said: "This was due to queuing traffic caused by a major accident involving a three-vehicle collision, lane closures and emergency barrier repairs between junctions eight and nine on the northbound M6 earlier in the day. "Our recommendation to customers when booking travel to the airport is to plan to arrive no later than three hours before the departure time of their flight to allow for any reasonable traffic and ensure they can clear checkin and security.



Pakistani actress to run London Marathon for UK charity International award-winning Pakistani actress Mehwish Hayat to be appointed ambassador to UK based international humanitarian charity, Penny Appeal. Mehwish will be visiting the UK to announce her appointment as an ambassador to the charity, as well as her participation in next year’s London Marathon (2020) to raise funds in aid of Penny Appeal’s international education campaign. Former model turned actress, Mehwish Hayat is widely regarded as one of the leading film and screen stars in the Urdu entertainment industry. Awarded two international Lux Style Awards (Pakistan’s biggest entertainment awards), Mehwish was recently honoured with the Tamgha-eImtiaz by the government of Pakistan, the highest declaration given to a civilian in Pakistan based on their achievements. The monies raised by Mehwish’s London Marathon run, will go towards Penny Appeal’s education campaign, in order to fund the construction of five schools in Pakistan, followed by similar projects in Africa. Mehwish says: “I am thrilled to become Penny Appeal’s newest ambassador, it gives me the opportunity to help vulnerable children around the world reach their full potential through education. I encourage everybody to donate to my London Marathon Just Giving page:

fundraising/mehwishhayat . I hope the schools will empower thousands of children to learn and give Pakistan an even brighter future.” Aamer Naeem, Penny Appeal CEO says: “As a British Muslimled charity, we are delighted to welcome award-winning actress Mehwish Hayat as Penny Appeal’s newest ambassador. Having Mehwish join the Penny Appeal family will undoubtedly help to improve the lives of thousands of children in Pakistan and around the world.”


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Sends Video PARENTS FINED FOR ILLEGAL Youngster Message to Heavyweight PARKING ON SCHOOL RUNS Champion School children have just gone back, and parents are being shamed on social media for illegally parking during the school run. Parking officers from Walsall Council have been deployed across the borough to crack down on the shoddy parking on Tuesday, September 3. Parents are parking their vehicles on double yellows and even grass verges as they battle to get their children to school on time. Bell Lane, Yew Tree Road and Brook Lane are just some of the roads that have experienced problems. Some of the parking has even been branded ‘ridiculous’ and ‘shocking’. A spokesman for the council said: “Back to school will also mean some shocking parking at the school gates. “Enforcement officers and

schools are watching your drops, so you don’t cross the yellow lines. “Illegal parking can make the school day hazardous for kids. Getting through the school gates safely is every child's right. That's why our schools are watching, and our parking officers are enforcing. “'Keep clear' markings mean what they say!” Those pictured will have received a penalty charge notice of up to £70, a spokesman added. The Highway Code already forbids parking, waiting or dropping off on yellow zig zags outside schools. Dudley Council will be using a camera car around schools, which photographs cars that stop on yellow zigzags and will be issued with a fixed penalty notice. Over the past 12 months 349 penalty notices ordering

people to pay up to £70 each time, were issued to drivers who had parked illegally around schools. The council’s traffic boss today said illegal parking is one of the key priorities and the safety of children around schools must come first. The council also encourages children to walk and cycle to school safely while keeping the roads moving for vehicles. Councillor Karen Shakespeare, cabinet member for environmental, highways and street services, said: "Illegal parking around schools, and across our town centres, is a big issue and people need to understand that indiscriminate parking will result in a parking fine. "We are currently looking at the zig-zag markings outside schools to make sure they are in the correct location and cover the school entrances to make them safe for children arriving and leaving school.

Stopping on the yellow zig zags will result in a fine. "Parents should be mindful of where they park as the school term begins this week. We all have a responsibility to keep our young people safe.”

A youngster from Leicester sent out a message on video to heavyweight champion Deontay Wilder challenging him to a fight. Zaiden Seedat, Five-years-old was not expecting any sort of response. Zaiden in his video message says, "When I grow up, I'm going to knock Wilder out." Wilder also known as 'The Bronze Bomber' has held the World Boxing Council (WBC) heavyweight title for the past four years. Shoaib and wife Suaad have been taking their son for private boxing lessons since he was four years old. "He has always liked training, I don't know where he gets it from he would just go in the other room and start exercising," said Shoaib. Then, through family and friends, Shoaib was given the

opportunity to meet Wilder, whom he described as "a really humble guy", during a visit to the UK. He said. "I remembered my son's video so I showed him, and he recorded one back." The champ from Tuscaloosa, Alabama, looked into the camera and said: "Hey Zaiden, if you ever think about knocking me out you better wake up, you're dreaming. He went on to say: "Keep speaking, believing and receiving - I'll see you at the time baby." Shoaib shared the video with his son the next morning. "He was so happy, at first he tried to talk back because he thought it was a Facetime call," he said. Deontay Wilder fought Tyson Fury in December, resulting in a draw. A rematch will take place in 2020.

Anti -Violence Campaign: Generating Change for a Changing Generation Members of Birmingham’s Aspiring Youth Council are taking their hard-hitting message about knife crime into youth centres and schools across the city and have created a video and posters. Birmingham's Aspiring Youth Council, have launched a summer-long "Bin That Knife, Save A Life" campaign. Every month there are nearly 300 knife-related offences recorded by West Midlands Police - with young people most likely to be victims. The young campaigners hope to reach hundreds of youngsters over the holidays through a programme of workshops and training events. Their aim is to persuade more teenagers about the hazards of carrying a knife – and train them with the skills to challenge friends who might be tempted and keep themselves safe when trouble erupts. "We see it all around us, it's on our minds every day," said 16-year-old Narvera Parvez, a council member and one of the city's youth crime commissioners.

"This is not just a gang issue - older adults think it's all gang related but there are plenty of kids not involved in gangs or violence who carry knives. "It's infiltrated so many communities in Birmingham, and knives are often being carried by people you wouldn't expect. It's not that people want to do harm; they are just carrying them because they feel they have to, for safety," said Navera, from Aston. "That's why they carry knives. Most of us will know of someone who carries knives." Awez Khan, from Aston, one of Birmingham's youth MPs, said it was a mistake to assume young people carrying knives were always part of crime-linked gangs. "Often problems arise are just issues between groups of friends, or over some really small thing like something that was said online, or a minor incident." The group of around 30 activists, aged 16-21, are visiting youth centres across the city to provide mentoring and raise awareness about

the risks of carrying knives and how to reduce risks. The poster carries the slogan 'Bin That Knife, Save a Life' along with the Birmingham Aspiring Youth Council logo and message "Generating Change for a Changing Generation." They also encourage young people worried about the consequences of reporting crime to do so anonymously by visiting the fearless website or contact Crimestoppers 0800 555 111. The key message in the workshops they are delivering is that all young people can be 'active bystanders' by discouraging and actively challenging peers who carry knives, as

well as ensuring they know how to stay safe in a range of situations. Young people will also be encouraged to discuss their own feelings and experiences. The Birmingham Aspiring Youth Council is a forum for young people aged 11 to 19, who meet twice a month to discuss issues facing young people in the area.. The council focuses on a range of issues that affect young people, including youth violence, mental health, poverty and homelessness. The project is supported by Birmingham City Council as part of its youth service work.

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High Street retailers and coffee shops could be offered the chance to set up in the region’s railway stations. The idea of leasing disused station buildings to convenience stores, cafes or other businesses is being looked at by rail bosses. It is one of a range of measures which could be adopted under the pioneering West Midlands Station Alliance agreement – promising passengers cleaner, brighter and more welcoming facilities. Stations selected to pilot the new initiative include Bromsgrove, Rugeley Town, Hall Green and Dudley Port. Some of the pilots will cover paired stations in the same area – including Smethwick

Galton Bridge and Rolfe Street. Further measures being considered range from more shelters, safer crossings, easier access, improved toilets and waiting rooms, benches and bins to new development on or around station sites. Proposals are outlined in the Station Alliance between operator West Midlands Railway, the West Midlands Rail Executive, which oversees their franchise, and Network Rail. They promise to not only look after and maintain stations to a high standard but seek new ways to improve them and develop them as community assets. Cllr Mark Winnington,

chair of the West Midlands Rail Executive and cabinet member for economic growth with Staffordshire County Council, said: “Our rail stations are at the heart of the communities they serve, and yet many have been under used. “Through the Alliance we will look to transform our stations into more welcoming places, not just for the thousands of commuters who use them each day but for the wider communities they serve. “If we can also offer facilities to shops and businesses or groups, this will help to create jobs.” West Midlands Railway customer experience director Richard Brooks said: “This initiative can benefit passengers, businesses and local community groups. Travelling by rail in the West Midlands has never been more popular. “We are investing in more trains, better services and upgrading our stations. This means more people entering the railway creating new opportunities for businesses and community groups to use station buildings for the benefit of all rail users.” Detailed plans are being drawn up for each of the pilot

stations. As well as clear and committed improvements there will also be aspirational proposals, usually larger projects, which would be developed once funding was available. And they will work with community station volunteer groups who look after stations, including Coseley and Stechford, by planting flower beds, giving stations a lick of paint and hosting events. The pilot stations 1. Bromsgrove 2. Cannock 3. Rugeley Town and Rugeley Trent Valley 4. Kenilworth 5. Nuneaton 6. Dudley Port and Coseley 7. Droitwich Spa 8. Kidderminster 9. Oakengates and Wellington 10. Smethwick Galton Bridge and Smethwick Rolfe Street 11. Selly Oak 12. Stratford-upon-Avon and Stratford-upon-Avon Parkway 13. Hall Green 14. Bournville 15. Marston Green and Tile Hill 16. Tame Bridge Parkway 17. Stechford

West Midlands Police has issued a picture of the man who was killed in a hit-and-run on the Soho Road in Handsworth has been named. Rajesh Chand, 29-year-old from Handsworth was knocked down in the early hours of Saturday 30 August was pronounced dead a short time later A 30-year-old has also been arrested on suspicion of causing death by dangerous driving in connection with the incident and is in police custody. Police has also revealed details of a car seen in the area which it is looking to trace. It is a black Audi A4 S Line Estate with the number plate of NJ60 UOX. Mr Chand’s grieving family have asked that their privacy is respected at this time. Detective Sergeant Paul

Hughes from the Serious Collision Investigation Unit has today renewed his appeal: “I am now in a position to release the details of a specific car we are looking for. “I would ask that anyone that has knowledge of a Black Audi A4 S Line Estate car, with the number plate NJ60 UOX, to come forward. “This car is likely to have significant damage to the front nearside headlight and I would urge anyone who knows where it is currently located to contact us immediately. “I would also like to appeal directly to the driver of this Audi to do the right thing and contact police. Contact the Serious Collision Investigation Unit on email at FL_ COLLISION_INVEST@west-midlands. , call 101 Crimestoppers can be contacted anonymously on 0800 555 111. Please quote log number 484 of 31 August.





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The UK’s fastest-growing halal restaurant chain is coming to Walsall German Doner Kebab is opening at Unit 1A, Littleton Street, Wisemore on Monday, September 23rd at 11 am. And we are offering 25 readers an amazing chance

to win a year’s supply of doner kebabs. The first 25 people who arrive at the restaurant on Monday morning will qualify for the prizes.

They will be intitled to one free kebab per week for a whole year. German Doner Kebab has nearly 40 branches in the UK and the same number worldwide. The company expects to double the size of its operations within the next 12 months. GDK’s success is down to the healthy and nutritionally balanced approach it takes to traditional kebabs. All kebabs are made from quality ingredients that are exclusive to German Doner Kebab Restaurants. The great taste comes from the secret sauces that set its products apart. A spokesman explained: “We use lean succulent beef and pure chicken fillets. These meats are imported directly from Germany to maintain quality and consistency. “We only serve fresh, locally-produced vegetables that are delivered and prepared daily along with our special German Doner Kebab bread. “These make our Doner

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"Competitive pricing with effective results" People will be able to withdraw cash from the luxury of their car when the Black Country's first drive-thru bank opens at Intu Merry Hill. The banking revolution Metro Bank will give Brierley Hill customers access to a variety of cashier services from the comfort of their cars. Metro Bank is coming to the Brierley Hill shopping centre on Friday 20th September, and customers will be able to access to a variety of cashier services without unbuckling their seatbelts. The bank, which launched in 2010, aims to offer a "convenient banking experience" for those on the go by combining face-toface banking and state-of-the-art technology. Customers on the go will be able to make a quick pit stop at the branch, next to Quarry Bank Tennis Club on Two Woods Lane to pay in cash and cheques and

withdraw funds, while those with more time to spare can pop inside. The bank, which has created dozens of jobs, will be open seven days a week, and people can pop in without appointments to open accounts on-the-spot, leaving with their debit card in hand, along with internet and mobile banking set-up. Hundreds of safe deposit boxes will also be available in branch and nearby businesses can benefit from a local business manager, who will be ready to help them run and grow their businesses. Andy Street, the Mayor of the West Midlands, said he was "thrilled" to welcome the innovative business to the Black Country. He continued: “Whether it is banking ser vices for local businesses or personal products for retail customers, the new Metro Bank stores certainly

add to the broad range of professional services on offer across the region." Ian Walters, managing director of retail and business banking at Metro Bank added: “Metro Bank’s further expansion into the Black Country is supporting communities and businesses, and providing them with real choice in who they bank with. “We’re thrilled to bring the banking revolution to the local residents and businesses of the Merry Hill area, and we look forward to our stores becoming real hubs for their local communities.” The bank that is open seven days a week, will be open from 8am to 8pm Monday to Fridays, 8am to 6pm on Saturday and 11am to 5pm on Sundays and bank holidays, 362 days a year.

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Birmingham. They specialise in all aspects of family law including divorce, financial matters arising from a divorce or the breakdown of a relationship and children disputes.

Sangeeta Kohli “Talaq Talaq Talaq” – is the end in sight?

There is currently a custom in Islam that allows for the husband in a marriage, to bring said marriage to an immediate end by saying “Talaq” – a word which simply means divorce – three times. The words do not even need to be spoken to be effective and the custom can be carried out through other means, such as text message, skype or social media. Following this act, it is customary to wait for the period of “iddat” to pass, which is usually a period of 3 months. Thereafter, if the couple have not reconciled, the Council issues a divorce certificate on the basis of “talaq nama”, signed by the husband in the presence of two witnesses. From that point, the parties are free to remarry. However, it has been common practice for many husbands to rely upon the triple Talaq for an instant divorce without the need to wait and providing no financial support. However, it has been banned as a practice in 22 Islamic countries, including Pakistan, Bangladesh and Saudi Arabia. Very recently, the practice has been criminalised in India, with husbands invoking the custom facing up to 3 years in prison for doing so. Whilst this recent decision by the Supreme Court in India was quite divisive; there are many supporters who agree that the criminalisation of the custom protects the rights of Muslim wives and ensures that they are able to obtain proper financial provision following the dissolution of the marriage. Triple talaq is not recognised in the UK as a legal means for divorce in this country (but it may be recognised if it was lawfully obtained in a coyntry which does recognise it as a legal way to dissolve a marriage) and the process of filing a petition is still required to legally bring the marriage to an end. It is important for the community to be aware of this because often valid financial claims in England are overlooked labouring under the misapprehension that this is a legal way to bring to an end a marriage in this country. We have acted for many clients where we have secured financial settlements in these circumstances. As more countries continue to ban and illegalise the custom, it begs the question of how long it will be until the practice falls away entirely.

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Couple blast Airport Petrol Station Rules ‘Darconian’ A couple from Leicester were given a £100 parking fine at East Midlands Airport's petrol station have called the rules "draconian". Saj Sayani, 47, was travelling back to East Midlands Airport on August 7 and had planned for his wife to pick him up. Mr Sayani asked his wife to collect him at around 10.15pm but he had arrived 15 minutes early. Speaking to LeicestershireLive, he said: "She was still driving when I called to let her know but mentioned she needed fuel, so I suggested she go to the petrol pump to fuel up and I would meet her there with a lady I had met on the plane who was also travelling to Leicester and I had agreed to drop off in Leicester. "When my Mrs arrived at the airport I was already waiting for her and when she pulled into the petrol pump she proceeded to fill up." Mr Sayani says he did not see any of the signs that had warned of a fine for picking up passengers at the airport petrol station On the August 22 he said the couple received a fine for £100. "If this regime is in place, the signs should be clearer and people warned more effectively. "The signs are actually at knee height next to each petrol pump, and you have to find them to read them. "So this seems like an attempt

to catch out and profit from people rather than warn them. "I think this is grossly unfair as we were using the petrol for the correct purpose - to fill up albeit we were not aware of the draconian and unfair rules that are in operation there. "The airport make it impossible for you to park without it being extortionate for the time you are allowed to wait." Mr Sayani travels frequntly and uses many airports such as Bristol and Heathrow. These airports, he said, have areas where you can park for free for a short amount of time to pick people up. In response Mr Sayani’s complaint Vehicle Control Services, who issued the fine said: "There is signage at the Fuel Station warning motorists that there is "Strictly No Drop Off or Pick Up at the Fuel

Pumps". "Signs are also in place at each of the fuel pumps and an example of one can be seen in the photograph "It is clear from the CCTV footage that 2 passengers carrying light luggage were being picked up and therefore the driver was in breach of the advertised terms and conditions for stopping at the fuel pump." "We would also highlight that Derbyshire Live recently sent a reporter to view the signage and the following was subsequently published: "We have received an appeal in relation to the parking charge which is currently receiving our consideration." A statement also said that motorists picking up or dropping airport passengers off at the petrol station was causing a "serious health and safety concern".

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Bus Lane Fines Made Clearer Birmingham City Council will be toughening up on the bus lane fines and sings will be made clearer. As from Monday 2 September 2019 no buses will stop on Broad Street until the spring of 2020 while work stars on another stretch of the Westside extension of the Midland Metro, between Sheepcote Street (Bank Towers) and Bishopsgate Street (Cineworld Cinema The bus new lane is on Sheepcote Street at the back of the Arena Birmingham. If motorists try to get to Broad Street from here they will be greeted with the giant words Bus Lane painted in white lettering on to a bright red road surface. The alternative recommended route is to use the A4540 Ladywood Middleway ring road. Birmingham City Council today posted a tweet saying: 'STARTS TOMORROW: Cross the line, pay the fine.' Birmingham City Council says bus lanes exist to 'keep our city moving, giving priority to buses so they can avoid congestion.

'This improves bus service reliability and reduces journey times. 'We are committed to improving public transport in Birmingham, reducing the number of cars on our roads and making the citys air cleaner.' A bus lane enforcement leaflet can be downloaded online. It says: 'Bus lane enforcement is part of the Birmingham Connected vision to reinvent the way people and goods move across the city. 'Parking is not allowed in a bus lane during hours of operation, even with a blue (disabled) badge.' September 2013 bus lane fines were introduced and by February 2014, 80,000 motorists had been caught out. One camera alone snapped 11,000 drivers in just 52 days and angry drivers claimed the warning signage was inadequate. Today, Birmingham City Council's website claims: 'Bus lanes are easy to identify. 'The words ‘bus lane’ are





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Asian communities of all faiths are a significant presence in the commercial and cultural life of Britain. One aspect of this is the existence of a number of substantial faith buildings. In the West Midlands for example, Guru Nanak Gurdwara in Smethwick has been included in Historic England’s top ten places of faith and belief. Birmingham Central Mosque has a capacity of 6,000. The Shri Venkateswara (Balaji) Temple in Tividale is one of the largest functioning Hindu temples in Europe. These buildings provide important focal points for the religious activities of many people and their role is increasingly visible, whether in the national news or in the photo opportunities of politicians. Unfortunately, in recent years we have seen faith charities making headlines for the wrong reasons. High profile reported disputes include: • An internal dispute at a Sikh temple resulting in a protest at which police arrested more than 50 people. • A mosque charity accused of distributing leaflets promoting terror against a minority group and found by the Charity Commission to have “little to no governance infrastructure” • The removal of a trustee at a Hindu temple which resulted in the Charity Tribunal’s first decision. For every high profile incident of this sort, there are also several low-level disputes rumbling along and interfering with the valuable work of local religious institutions. Like other faith charities, temples, mosques and gurdwaras face complex governance challenges. These are easy to ignore or manage while people are getting on. Once personal relationships deteriorate, any such flaws make it harder to resolve disputes effectively. When internal disputes arise, they are often complex and timeconsuming to resolve. Unfortunately, we often see instances where charities have incurred thousands of pounds in costs without making significant progress in resolving the dispute. Trustees facing disputes need expert advice at an early stage. It is also important to take steps to avoid disputes before they arise. If you are involved in a faith charity, you should consider reviewing the charity's governance arrangements now to avoid difficulties later. Shivaji Shiva Charities Partner, VWV




The City of Birmingham has seen film producer shoot movies over the years and now a fast-rising Indian director Bejoy Nambiar has arrived for his romantic revenge thriller, Taish. Backed by key facilitators Film Birmingham and Birmingham City Council, Bejoy's production have taken up space of the car park off Lionel Street. Production have been in full swing as marshals, runners, stunt co-ordinators, actors and film crew all busied themselves with the task in hand. A car chase sequence has been shot on a single street that would end up looking a million dollars on the big screen when the Taish makes its bow in 2020. All parking has been suspended in the area to allow shooting to continue until and including Thursday, August 29. Filming on began in late July and will move on to Somerset's HM Prison Shepton Mallet before production wraps. The budget for Taish is around £1.2 million according to Birmingham-based line manager Vijay Gulwani. And it's got a crew of more than 120 people which is good business for the four hotels putting most of them up. Taish is a story of friendship and loss of innocence narrated in the format of an intense thriller. Bejoy Nambiar said he was delighted to be shooting in Birmingham. Following his first visit on a recce two months ago, part of the script had been rewritten to accommodate the local network of railways bridges and canal tunnels. "Film Birmingham and Birmingham City Council have been really helpful," he said. "We could not have shot this quickly anywhere else. "The story could be set

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Peaky Blinders creator appointed to new screen industry body Peaky Blinders creator Steven Knight, Birminghamborn actor Adil Ray and Coventry’s Debbie Isitt, who created the Nativity film franchise, will be part of a new taskforce to supercharge the West Midlands’ screen industry. The trio will join other talented and well-known individuals from the region’s TV, film and games industries on the taskforce, an initiative first announced by Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street earlier this summer. The members will now be tasked with getting the new screen industry body up and running ahead of its official launch in October. This includes creating a name and branding that will attract people from across the globe to come and create content in the West Midlands. The body’s members will also be working on developing a strategy to revolutionise the current screen industry, helping to drive investment, growth and thousands of new jobs. It will be chaired by international industry heavyweight Ed Shedd and serve as a single point of contact for national and international film, TV and game makers. The new body has been set up and its membership selected by the Mayor together

Birmingham-born actor Adil Ray with Ed and senior figures from the region’s three Local Enterprise Partnerships (LEPs) and West Midlands Combined Authority (WMCA), including its portfolio holder for economic growth Cllr Ian Brookfield. Commenting on the appointments, the Mayor said: “Having the likes of Steven Knight, Adil Ray and Debbie Isitt involved is a tremendous asset for us and indicative of the top talent ready to do their bit for our screen industry. “We already have a strong industry with a string of success stories – not least Leamington Spa’s gaming cluster which employs 10 per cent of the UK gaming industry. “However, the Channel 4 bid has taught us that there

is a lot more to be done in order for the West Midlands to be truly recognised as a world class centre for creative content. “By launching this screen industry body and harnessing the talent of the brightest and best people within the industry, I believe we will be able to make sure our region’s screen sector fulfils its enormous potential.” There are four key aims of the new body, including: • Develop a single delivery plan and help turn strategy into action • Secure and deliver both public and private funds • Commission a variety programmes of activity • Both lobby and promote the West Midlands screen industry



HS2 Project in Doubt The decision for a ‘go or no-go’ on the high speed-rail link H2 will be made by the end of the year Transport Secretary Grant Shapps has said. The terms of reference and timetable for the Governmentcommissioned independent review of HS2 will look at the costs and benefits.. Led by former HS2 Ltd chairman Douglas Oakervee, the review will consider "whether and how HS2 should proceed", the Department for Transport said. A final report will be sent to Mr Shapps with "oversight from the Prime Minister and Chancellor of the Exchequer" by the autumn. The ballooning costs for the ambitious infrastructure product has seen public support wane. The independent review will look at how much HS2 will cost, it's affordability, deliverability and scope. A new poll has found a distinct lack of support for HS2 in the Midlands - the one region expected to benefit most. The YouGov survey has found

that a majority in the region either oppose the high-speed rail link or have no strong opinion. Only 26 per cent are supportive and just 8 per cent describe themselves as strong supporters. Many are concerned about costs, with 63 per cent of those questioned in the region believing HS2 will not be value for money. The exclusive polling for ITV News Central does, however, offer some good news for supporters of the scheme. ITV News Central’s Head of News Liz Hannam said: "HS2 now feels very real, with preparatory work visibly underway in the centre of Birmingham. "We felt it was important to find out how people in our part of the world feel about the most important infrastructure project in our region for decades." She said Thursday's news programme would be devoted to discussing the issue by looking at the cases for and against the scheme and talking to Midlands people whose lives have already been dramatically changed by it.






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I caught the train to London on Saturday. The relatively painless 90 minute journey was disrupted by reports of some poor soul who jumped in front of an earlier one near Coventry. West Midlands train schedules, for the rest of the morning. were thrown into chaos. The track infrastructure of the UK’s railway is past its sell by date. We haven’t built new lines since Queen Victoria sat on the throne. Imagine being chronologically frozen and woken in 200 years. A self driving, solar powered vehicle collects and drives you around your (very) old haunts. How would you feel, if everything was different apart from the roads on which you travelled? It’s 2219 and you’re stuck in traffic on the M6..! Birmingham New Street Station was transformed into a Gateway the city cried out for. It’s stunning, but it didn’t incorporate capacity increases. No additional tracks were laid in its redevelopment. Birmingham has positioned itself as a destination city for business, education and leisure. Hotel occupancy boast impressive numbers but the physical ability to transport people into and out of the city remains static. HS2 will address the capacity issue but is in danger of being derailed for political reasons. There should always be inquiries into public spending but this one is asking the wrong questions. It’s not, can we afford to build it but rather can we afford, not to build it? MPs return to Westminster this week, where weekend protests were held over the PM’s decision to Prorogue Parliament ahead of Brexit deadline day. Brexit has to be finally settled and we need to move forward on the issues that have gathered dust since 2016. With the danger of mixing my metaphors, let’s not throw the future of HS2 under a bus.




Parade To Celebrate 550th Anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji Thousands of worshippers came together, ahead of a parade to celebrate the 550th birth anniversary of Guru Nanak Dev Ji in Oldbury on Sunday 25 August. Guru Nanak Dev Ji was the founder of Sikhism and the first of the 10 Sikh Gurus, with his spiritual teaching laying the foundations on which Sikhism was formed. Celebrations of the anniversary of his birth have been taking place all over the world. Prayers were made on Civic Square in Oldbury before the parade began around the streets of Oldbury and Smethwick. Each of the Gurdwaras in the area were visited as part of the parade. Harvie Singh, who works as security for Smethwick Gurdwara and took part in the parade, spoke about the significance of the birth anniversary and what

it means to him. He said: “The anniversary means so

much to me and other people at the Gurdwara as without Gura Nanak, the faith would not exist. “We try to live our lives through his principals and his teachings, so to parade with everyone means so much.” The parade, which was a vibrant mix of colour and music, saw people of all faiths and ethnicities coming together in celebration of Sikh

culture. The parade came to an end at West Smethwick Park, where a celebration event has been going on all week. Worshippers and local people joined together in the park to celebrate the life of Guru Nanak, with food and entertainment being provided under a massive marquee tent, and celebrations ran on into the evening.

I look forward to working closely with colleagues from the Birmingham City Business School and my friend Raaj Shamji from the Research, Innovation and Enterprise team. His final comment “The West Midlands’ entrepreneurial performance outguns most of the world and I will use my role to ensure this remains so going forward.” Professor Julian Beer, deputy vice chancellor

at Birmingham City University, said: “Paul has been working with us for some time now on a number of initiatives and our staff and students have really valued his contribution and his entrepreneurial flair. “He brings with him not just that but, a wealth of experience and expertise which he imparts with vigour. It’s very well deserved.”

Our columnist named Professor in Entrepreneurship On 14th August Birmingham City University Business School announced that Paul Cadman, regional business leader and charity ambassador would become their Visiting Professor in Entrepreneurship. Paul Cadman responded to the award by saying, “I am both humbled by and proud of this title. I always struggles with my education at school because of my then undiagnosed dyslexia. Although I have always been an entrepreneur I have wanted to show to everyone that no matter how humble your beginnings, education will always be an important step in your success.” Cadman, who spent his early years in Birmingham Market where he says he honed his networking skills and went on to have a successful career in the fire service and then onto senior leadership in international brands and the automotive industry, manufacturing and Skills. He currently has senior trustee

and ambassadorial, Patron roles for Acorns Hospice, Employability WASUP ‘World against single use plastic’ and Steps to Work, some of the region’s leading charities. While sitting on a number of company boards and running a range of small ventures in automotives, design and consultancy. Cadman claims that “BCU for me reflects the city and region that I love. It is truly the a university for Birmingham.” Paul is a regular contributor to The Asian Today newspaper with his business knowledge, sharing his opinion and advice with the readership. Paul has also been a judge & ambassador for some of the regions key events such as the Birmingham Awards & the Midlands Food Drink & Hospitality Awards. Paul went on to say, “I would personally like to thank Nassim Belbaly and regional stalwart Julian Beer in supporting me in being awarded this title.




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This year the proportion of 7 or above grades – equivalent to the old grade A in GCSE increased slightly this year with both boys and girls seeing a rise in top grades. Figures released by the Joint Council for Qualifications show that 21.9 per cent of grades given this year to 16-year-olds in England were 7/A or above, up from 21.4 per cent last year. The figures show that 25.1 per cent of all grades given to girls were 7/A or above, up from 24.6 per cent last year, while for boys it rose to 18.6 per cent, up from 18.1 per cent last year. English language, English literature and maths became the first subjects to be graded 9-1 in 2017 under reforms to the exam

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Sky Cinema is delighted to announce the UK and Irish release of HOTEL MUMBAI, releasing in cinemas and available for same day viewing on Sky Cinema, from 27th September. On the 26th November 2008, a wave of devastating terror attacks throughout Mumbai catapulted the bustling Indian metropolis into chaos. In the heart of the city’s tourist district, Jihadist terrorists laid siege to the iconic Taj Palace Hotel, whose guests and staff became trapped in a heroic, daylong fight for survival.

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Comeback For Shilpa Sacred Games 2 Returns Shetty

The awaited season 2 of SACRED GAMES has recently landed on Netflix but loyal fans have worked their way through the series and now have lots of questions. Fans who had

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Actor and reality show judge Shilpa Shetty is set to make a comeback after 13 years. Recently, the Bollywood star teased her return to the actingon Instagram as she posed on the movie set of her latest film Nikamma. Shilpa made her last appearance in a film 13 years ago in the 2007 movie Apne. Shilpa tweeted Yesssssssss, it's true! My sabbatical of 13 long years comes to an end.. I am so excited to announce that the film you will see me next in is #Nikamma, directed by @sabbir24x7 (cast still being finalised) featuring these amazing and talented actors @abhimanyud @shirleysetia @ sonypicturesin. Need all your blessings and Thank you for all the love always.







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Veteran actor Amitabh Bachchan takes his health very seriously and us urging everyone to get regular check-ups. The 76 year old has said “I keep quoting my personal example all the time and try and propagate the idea of getting yourself detected and I don’t mind saying this publicly I am a tuberculosis survivor, Hepatitis B survivor... Bad blood infusion went in and 75% of my liver is gone but because I was able to detect it even after a period of 20 years, when 75% of my liver is gone. I am still surviving on 25%," Big B has been associated with various health campaigns like Polio, Hepatitis B, Tuberculosis and diabetes, urged people to get tested and diagnosed at the earliest stage possible.

Photos of boxer Amir Khan with Ranveer Singh and Deepika Padukone have gone viral. The Bollywood power couple were in London filming Kabir Khan’s 83 when they bumped into the British boxer. Amir took to Instagram to share the pictures. In one, he poses with Deepika while in the other, Ranveer has his arm around the British boxer. Khan posted: “Lovely

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Ranjit Bawa Punjabi singer-actor has taken to his social media to share that he will be releasing not one or two but 5 songs back to back. The five songs will be complete bhangra tracks Ranjit Bawa posted a picture of him on his Instagram with the caption: 5 GANE Back To Back Bs Ready raho es Season Bhangra paun lyi #ranjitbawa #5gane#bhangra

Bollywood Remake of The Girl on The Train With the remake of The Girl on The Train, Parineeti Chopra is already shooting in UK. Pari has some huge shoes to fill, considering she is reprising the role of the protagonist which was played by the spectacular Emily Blunt in the original. Speaking to Mirror from London, director Ribhu Dasgupta informed that the

actress plays an alcoholic, which is a layered and intense character. “We prepped a lot in Mumbai before arriving here, but a character actually shapes up only during the shoot and I can see it happening beautifully, right in front of my eyes The Bollywood remake starring Parineeti Chopra is scheduled for a 2020 release.

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Phizzical’s Samir Bhamra talks romance and reincarnation ahead of the world premiere of Stardust

Following the huge success of their musical spectacular Bring on the Bollywood, Phizzical Productions are back at the Belgrade Theatre with a brand new show this September, presenting the world premiere of their musical thriller Stardust. Telling the tangled tale of three characters seeking success in the contemporary music industry, Stardust features an original soundtrack by Robby Khela, combining pop, R&B and Bollywood numbers. It will also be the first South Asian production staged in the UK to feature a same-sex marriage. Ahead of its opening in Coventry 14-21 September, director Samir Bhamra told us a bit about what to expect from the show. “Stardust is about two fantastic characters: Amor, who is like the Whitney

Houston of Bollywood; and thirty years later, Amar, who is a British Asian singer trying to make his mark in the mainstream music world,” he explains. “Both of their journeys are connected to one man, Cyrus – a record producer responsible for some of the greatest hits in the world of popular music. “It’s a production that allows us to do what we do best, which is incredible songs, some magic in terms of fantastic dance routines, but also, we’re experimenting with thriller as a genre.” Drawing inspiration from a popular Bollywood films, Stardust offers an innovative new take on the “reincarnation thriller” genre, using the concept of rebirth to explore the idea of love between two souls, freed from traditional gender constraints. “We were looking at Rumi’s

poetry, actually. In one of his poems, he suggests that the soul has no gender and is free to love who it chooses, and that really became our theme for writing this production. That’s why the tagline is, ‘Love is love for souls kindled by stardust’,” says Samir. “Where other shows I’ve created with Phizzical in the past have touched on LGBTQ themes, it’s always been one element of a story that’s ultimately about other things. With Stardust, the same-sex relationship was actually the root of the show – that was what we specifically wanted to look at.” The initial spark for the story came from a real wedding Samir attended, where the couple were initially unsure about how the family would react to their marriage. “I have an adopted brother whose biological parents did not know about him being gay

for almost eight years of his life, and when he eventually came out and told them that he was getting married to his partner, there was a bit of drama associated with that,” he says. “As it turned out, it actually became an example of Asian parents being really progressive, and it was such a beautiful moment to go from thinking at one point that neither of the parents would come to the wedding, to them both being there and being so fantastic. It was really heartwarming.” Where stories dealing with LGBTQ characters in British South Asian communities have typically tended to focus on the struggles they face with either coming out to, or hiding their feelings from, their families, in this production, Phizzical consciously set out to offer an alternative narrative – one that is more about acceptance and normalizing same-sex

relationships. “There isn’t going to be a Bollywood mother doing the melodramatic, ‘Noooo! My son is not gay!’ We did not want that, because that’s been done, that’s been dusted and people have laughed at it. “How about a mother who’s like, ‘Yeah? Do you think I didn’t know? Now that you’re finally being honest with me and honest with yourself, can we deal with the important stuff like what’s for dinner?’

We really wanted to normalize the situation because love is normal.” Stardust makes its world premiere at the Belgrade Theatre Coventry 14-21 September as part of the B2 Season of Love and Belonging. Tickets are available to book now by calling the box office on 024 7655 3055 or visiting www. where prices are cheaper. Book for two or more participating shows at the same time to claim 20% off tickets.

The Crowing of Mrs World Punjaban UK 2019 – We have The Judges The Judges have been selected, each and every one more determined than the other to ensure they deliver a fair and accurate decision to crown Mrs World Punjaban UK 2019. “We thought we had a really high calibre of contestants, but the Judges are of an even higher quality and competence” said the very excited founder of Mrs World Punjaban, the Managing Director of Channel Punjab Shann Punjab Di. The initiative first started in Patiala Punjab and then went to Dubai last year. The concept is to crown a finalist on the 29th September 2019. There are two categories and sixteen contestants for Mrs World Punjaban UK 2019 Shann Punjab Di Each contestant will over the weeks complete several tasks, there is a two day ‘boot camp’ which will be both enjoyable and challenging, but will really test the abilities of the ladies to the max. The key criteria for the contestants are that they are married, they can be divorced or widowed. The Judges include Mrs Satinder Kaur Taunque OBE, Deputy Lord Lieutenant a former teacher and an ardent member for humanity, another Judge also in education is Dr Opinderjit Kaur Takhar, Senior Lecturer and Head

of Religious Studies at the University of Wolverhampton, and also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. There are two Judges from the Armed Forces, Captain Makhand Singh from the Army and Balbir Singh Flora MBE, Station Commander for the Royal Airforce. From the world of business is Jasbir Singh Whoura of East End Foods, a house hold name in authentic foods and Jahagir Siddiq (Fondly known as Big John), from Big John’s food chain which span the length and breadth of the midlands. Anita Chamber is a partner and co-editor for the renowned newspaper Asian Today, Anita started in sales and quickly accomplished success, she is the Judge with the media hat. One of the main mentors for the ladies is fashion icon Rav from Shimmers Boutique, she will actively be involved with ensuring the ladies with latest fashion tips,

along with creating confidence Another mentor Aman shoker from panj giddha group who will be teaching the ladies all the moves they will need for this competition Sarika is another mentor and Judge who specialises in singing Punjabi songs and who is proving to be hit across all ages groups, Sarika will; be grooming these ladies for the finals and to bring the best out of each contestants. Currently there is only one Ambassador, it is Mrs Raj Dhaliwal. An actress who has risen in the Punjabi film industry in a very short space of time. All these activities will be culminated into a reality show, which will be aired on Channel Punjab Shaan Punjabi Di in the coming months. There are two categories and each category will have a winner who will be crowned Mrs World Punjaban UK 2019 at a presidious venue in the midlands on the 29th September 2019.

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THE ASIAN TODAY Our very own Graphic Designer and on the side Journalist - Anil Singh Gill brings his Food & Drink Reviews to The Asian Today, bringing all the news from hot restaurants to cool bars and everything in between.

A Hearty Italian on Five Ways

In need of the something to hit fulfil your Lunch needs or perhaps you’re in the need of a nice place for a spot of dinner. Then Laghi's Deli is definitely one to try, this delicatessen and award winning restaurant offers traditional Italian meals and a selection of wines, traditional beers and independent ales great accompaniments with these fresh Italian dishes. Winning awards from the prestigious Birmingham Awards for Restaurant of the Year and the Midlands Food Drink and Hospitality Awards for Italian Restaurant of the Year. The pasta is made fresh everyday and the pizzas are baked in a traditional way, this great little Italian restaurant is located just off the Five Ways Island on Islington Row. Near the Edgbaston Village and local offices, it’s great for a working Lunch also a short walk from Five Ways Station with links to Birmingham New Street and South Birmingham, it is ideally located. The ambience of the restaurant is welcoming and rustic just the way a good Italian should be, the decor is minimalistic and fairly modern and contemporary. As it has a Deli you know your getting fresh ingredients and great flavours. If you’re planning a visit, I would definitely recommend the fresh baked pizza and the house beer works as a nice combination. Overall Laghi's Deli is a great little independent Italian restaurant in the City, great for a working Lunch or a catch up with friends before a night out on the town. Even as an idea for date night, worth a visit. Laghi's Deli 22-24 Islington Row Middleway, Birmingham B15 1LD




6 ‘FALL’ in lo Cocktails/Mo Just like you, were going to miss the summer too… but don’t despair! Autumn brings in many wonderful things: big cozy knits, open fires, beautiful landscapes and awesome Cocktails and Mocktails! So, put on your knitted jumper and have a go at mixing up these seasonal beauties! Here are 8 amazing autumn style Cocktails/Mocktails to spice up your autumn.




Ingredients: 50ml gin 50ml Martini Rosso 40ml Campari Half an orange 2 x whole cloves Method: 1. Using a vegetable peeler, carefully remove 8 pieces of zest from the orange and set aside. Squeeze the juice of

the orange into a jug and add the cloves. 2. Pour the gin, Martini and Campari into the jug and add plenty of ice. Stir well, then strain into a chilled, ice-filled tumbler or martini glass as quickly as possible. Serve immediately, with a piece of orange zest curled into a twist the glass.

Ingredients: 45ml gin 45ml cranberry juice 45ml freshly squeezed orange juice 45ml ginger beer 10ml sugar syrup Method: 1. Add the gin, cranberry

juice, orange juice and sugar syrup to a cocktail shaker to a cocktail shaker, along with a handful of ice. 2. Pour over ice in a tumbler style glass and top up with the ginger beer. 3. Gently stir.

Ingredients: 60ml gin 15ml spiced rum 30ml apple juice 15ml ginger sugar syrup 1 x slice apple to garnish

1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker and shake. 2. Pour into a martini or coupe glass and garnish with a slice of apple.



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Ingredients: 40ml white rum 40ml sloe gin 40ml apricot brandy 30ml lime juice 20ml sugar syrup 1 x Lemon slice to garnish Method: 1. Add all the ingredients to a cocktail shaker, fill with ice and shake vigoursly. 2. Strain cocktail into a champagne glass and garnish with lemon peel, after

rubbing around the rim of the glass.





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SPICED APPLE CIDER Ingredients: • 1 gallon fresh apple cider • 10 cinnamon sticks • 5 anise pods • 3 teaspoons whole cloves • 1 cup extra-dark rum (optional) • Orange slices for garnish Method: 1. Pour the cider into a large pot and simmer with the spices for 10 to 15 minutes. If you want, tie the spices up in cheesecloth for easy removal later — or just let people deal with cloves in their drinks. Add the rum at the end. Garnish with a slice of orange.


Ingredients • 1 ounce freshly squeezed orange juice • 2 ounces chilled ginger beer • 3 ounces chilled sparkling apple cider • Ice • 3 frozen cranberries

Method 1. Combine the orange juice, ginger beer, and sparkling cider in a glass, top with ice, and stir gently to combine. 2. Garnish with cranberries and serve.

Biography Jas Bassi, known as the invisible fixer was born in the UK and has in the last twenty years impacted over two hundred thousand individuals globally and built a reputation of helping people mentally, physically and emotionally through her work and gift. At the age of six years old, Jas realised she has a special gift, her Clairsentience, a centre of feeling or sensing energy, emotions of people or buildings had begun to develop. Her Clairempathy was also growing, which is the

ability to psychically tune in to an emotional experience of a person or place. Finally, her Claircognizance became obvious, which is the ability for a person to acquire psychic knowledge without knowing how or why he or she knew it. Growing up she thought these were abilities that everyone had which sometimes allowed her to get into trouble. Her first experience of sensing and feeling of a spirit came at a young age in her family home where she was terrified as most children would be, by the age of 11 this became

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the norm for her where she could see spirits and feel them around and regularly experienced this throughout her teenage years and twenties. She developed her gift of spirituality and was accredited in her profession where she trained in Hypnosis with Valerie Austin, attaining an Advanced Structured Hypnotherapy Diploma, and went on further to qualify in Clinical Hypnosis from St Mary’s University, Inner Child Therapy and as a


Meditation Teacher. Today Jas works with individuals who allow her to help them to be their own savior, who are going through a battle within themselves mentally, physically and emotionally. She uses her years of experience and skills within energy healing, current frequencies, spirit release, and removal of negative thought forms which today have developed into her own unique powerful, effective style where she continues to impact individuals globally.

September now seems to be the new start, where everyone seems to be getting ready. Vacation time is over and we are now looking forward to Christmas. As the children head back to school, traffic starts to pile up on the school run, the hustle and bustle starts again. The routine is back after the holidays are over. Some parents are glad to see that they can now have their time back, some deflated as it means that each day gets busy, with hectic mornings and homework chores. So is September the start of it all? I almost feel for me it is. September closes the door on August. Days get shorter as the darker evenings start to emerge. When September hits I know I have 3 months before 2020 comes, to tie up 2019. Its almost as if the energy changes in the air, like a collective comes together and some sort of sigh or fear comes up. As a youngster, we got excited, as we get new clothes and stationary to go back to school, meet our friends and also get out of the house. Our memories stay with us and our brain is wired to recall memories. Excitement kicks in, so as adults we recall those emotions and cannot understand why we feel so relived when this month comes into being, like a new beginning. September is a change in every way, for children its like a birthday, as they head to an older year. We too feel like that as if something has changed, something has shifted, something has come about but we don’t understand why we feel like that. We do because, in our experience from the past its when it all start’s again. The year began, the new year. So as adults we experience that subconsciously. How to do we face such a change? Through being grounded and more organised. Meditation is the key to stillness. Finding some time to sit for 10 minutes, to relive and capture those feelings. Just to embrace yourself and accepting that all is well. Jas Bassi Helping Individuals Mentally, Physically & Emotionally For enquiries, TEXT: +44 7830 019513



THE ASIAN TODAY Sukhi Wahiwala Biography

Sukhi Wahiwala is known to openly share from stage his values as a Proud Father of 4, Husband, Son & Brother to his Siblings. As a renowned personality in his hometown, he was schooled in business by his Parents, humbly becoming a millionaire by 21, a Multi-Millionaire by 25 and financially free by 27. As a successful down to earth Entrepreneur, his qualities and exceptional interpersonal skills and drive enabled him to build an established business empire. Since 2006 following a near death experience he has made it his life long mission to transform the lives and business worlds of many. As an AWARD WINNING Mentor, he has a uniquely magnetic personality that naturally gives individuals belief to step out of the "daily grind and brain fuzz" into fun, balanced and exciting lives. With his warm approachable demeanour, he brings his inner Circle of Clients one of the most compelling skill sets, track histories plus knowledge and


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experience of over 27 different industry sectors; combining these with 7 generations of family wisdom, psychology, science and integrity. He has masterminded a unique methodology, to create, clear step by step Strategic Growth Plans, reshaping the bottom line profit & stability of thousands of companies, Individuals, Start up's, Coaches and Consultants. Sukhi feels privileged to have shared his knowledge in his modest appearances as the "GoTo Person" on British Television, Radio, Educational Interviews and International Keynote Stages, which have honoured him with Inspiring online Testimonials and Results, from his clients. For a further insight please visit:

Increase Sales By Asking For The Share Increase Sales By Simply Asking Ask Your Clients To Help Others ‘Hi again Team, welcome to another monthly instalment to increasing your business effectiveness through easy to action Strategic Changes’ This month we are focusing on increasing sales conversion through the power of sharing; many years ago I had decided that I was the ultimate in sales, and that I simply had the gift of the gab to sell anything...little did I know that this was far from the truth. The bigger question was how could I articulate sales success into the written word and still serve my clients with a heightened sense of integrity and care without pushing them to purchase in any way. My Father always says “Son find a way to help your customers with integrity and then ask them to help others in the same way”. Now on the face of it this looks really obvious and simple, but how many of us actually build our company sales systems with the focus on helping our customers to help others? “The Attitude Of Gratitude” is a very powerful energy to invoke within human psychology. We feel an empowering emotion when we truly help others without them asking; this feeling enhances an individual’s self worth within this noisy world of today. So by giving your clients a real solution to their current challenge and then to simply ask them to think of another person that they could help with your solution, becomes a magnetically compelling request. Please give it a go and ask your clients to refer their family or friends that may have the same or similar current challenge and surprise yourself with the results! Let me know how you get on with this gratitude filled step in your sales conversions. Onwards & Upwards! Sukhi Wahiwala Award Winning Business Mentor, Forbes Judge & Mentor, Ted Speaker TEXT: +44 7976 200 193



rams have arrived in Victoria Square for the first time testing the newly installed track as part of the Birmingham Westside Metro extension. Followed by a team of Midland Metro Alliance engineers, the West Midlands Metro Urbos 3 made the after-hours journey from Grand Central. The tests took place to ensure the track and tram were working properly together and it marked the first time in the UK that a tram has used battery power to run along a modern tram line specifically built without overhead wires. Further trials will be run before the project’s full testing and commissioning programme commences in October before the anticipated launch of services in December. Mayor of the West Midlands Andy Street hailed the success of the first tram

test, he said: “Although there have been many milestones in this ambitious project to extend the tram network to the westside of Birmingham, this successful tram test marks a significant moment in the first phase of the project. It is fantastic to see that final preparations are now underway to start services from Grand Central to Centenary Square, with all the benefits that will bring to Birmingham city centre and the wider West Midlands economy.” Councillor Waseem Zaffar, Birmingham City Council Cabinet Member for Transport and Environment said of the milestone: “It was great to see the first tram successfully run along the track that the Midland Metro Alliance team has worked so hard to install. “The overnight tests are another important indicator that the construction work is coming to an end, and

that those living, working or visiting the city can now anticipate the extension of fast, clean, reliable and ecofriendly trams throughout more of the city. Phil Hewitt, Director of West Midlands Metro, added: “The overnight testing of the tram and track together is another demonstration of the progress being made on the project. "It means we are even

A Birmingham food company is set to create a manufacturing and production hub after securing £1.5 million in new funding. Indus Foods, which is based in Sparkbrook, is a wholesale supplier of products to the food and drink industry. Indus Food, founded in 1962, said a number of jobs would be created by the new project. Indus offers a range of services across the food service, manufacturing, retail and wholesale sectors, specialising in ethnic foods.

The company is a wholesaler of Asian foods which include spices, tinned ingredients, oils and flours, serving around 5,000 customers and also supplies fast food packaging and housewares. Managing director Tariq Areehy said: "We are delighted to receive this funding boost to enable us to execute our growth plans. "We are looking forward to modernising our warehouse and creating a manufacturing and production hub where whole spices will be prepared under our own brand label.

"We have some really exciting plans ahead and we are looking forward to working with the Maven team to grow the business." Raj Minhas, investment manager at Maven Capital Partners, added: "Indus is a well-established and profitable business that is looking to revamp its building to allow it to operate more effectively and efficiently as part of its growth plan. "We are delighted to provide the business with this loan to

closer to delivering the Metro extension in the city centre, providing new opportunities for residents and businesses. Once completed, trams will operate between Grand Central and Hagley Road in Edgbaston, improving transport links in the heart of Birmingham, making journeys faster and more accessible, in turn helping businesses and supporting more jobs.

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help it pursue these ambitious plans and look forward to working with Tariq and the team." Ryan Cartwright, senior manager at the British Business Bank which operates the MEIF, said: "The Midlands is home to a range of ambitious businesses looking to grow. "With investment from MEIF, small business like Indus Foods are able to fund expansion projects, create new jobs and in turn support the growth of the region's economy."







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he general Instagram photos of rooms depicting some student halls with draped fairy lights, polaroid pics and plants hanging from the ceiling. Although student halls are often pretty basic, here are some top tips to make your student room feel more like a home away from home. Moving away from your family and friends can seem like a daunting prospect. So, it can be comforting to surround yourself with photos of familiar faces, particularly in your first year of university while you’re still finding your feet. This is a great opportunity to gain independence as a young adult. Think of your new student room as a blank canvas where you can express your personality. If you’re looking to recreate your style then check out Pinterest there are some amazing mood boards to help inspire, design and bring together your student

dorm. You may spend more time in your room than you expect while at university, particularly when you have assignments due. To prevent living like a hermit, add some plants to liven up your space. As well as being very “instagrammable”, plants also release oxygen which can help to freshen the air- great for those 2-day revision sessions (or a Netflix binge). Plants also have a calming effect, which could be beneficial for any last-minute essay writing. Keeping organised is key when at University, storing your notes and textbooks is essential for an organised room but can also help with your learning. When it’s time to start revising or writing an essay, you don’t want to waste your energy by hunting around for lecture notes. Other than making your life easier,

storing your work can help organise your studies while at uni. To help you feel at home in your new room, take some home comforts and bring familiar objects to your student halls such as a pillow, dressing gown or anything personal to you. Although sometimes it can be quiet tempting to invest in all new home décor, your first few weeks at university might feel a little

strange, so home comforts could help you to feel more content and comfortable. The environment in your student halls can have a profound effect on your mood, and while you’re studying, you might feel overwhelmed or stressed at times. However, by applying some of these top tips, you could create a relaxing, calm space that you can enjoy even when those deadlines hit!


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HYUNDAI RELEASES CAR WITH SOLAR PANEL ROOF Hyundai has released a various of its Sonata hybrid that has solar panels to help charge its battery. The Korean car maker said up to 60% of the power for the car’s battery could be supplied if the solar roof was used for six hours a day. The solar panels would provide enough power to propel the Sonata for 1,300km (800 miles) a year, it added. Hyundai said it planned to offer the roof as an optional extra on other models in its range. No benefit? Fitting hybrids with panels that can harvest solar energy would boost fuel efficiency and lower carbon dioxide emissions, said Hyundai. It added that the midsized passenger car had an improved engine control

system to ensure energy use was as efficient as possible. Writing on the Digital Trends news site Stephen Edelstein said: "Hybrids like the Sonata have smaller battery packs than all-electric cars, so a solar roof can make a bigger difference in charging. "Solar cells add cost and weight to cars, and it's unclear how

effective they can be in the real world." Hyundai is working on a second-generation solar roof that would be semitransparent to help light the car's cabin. The solar-roof equipped Sonata will be on sale in North America and Korea. Hyundai said it had no plans to sell it in other regions. No price for the hybrid passenger car equipped with a solar roof has been given by Hyundai. In the UK sales of low emission vehicles, including hybrids, fell for the first time in more than two years, according to figures from the

Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders (SMMT), released last month. The SMMT blamed confusing policies and "premature" removal of subsidies for such hybrids, as factors in the drop of sales. Hyundai is not the first car manufacturer to use solar panels on a vehicle. The sunpowered charging systems are available as an option on the

driving involves exceptional observation skills, seeing things early allows you to anticipate and plan how you deal with hazards.”

It might seem a little extreme that an air freshener would be the main factor behind a fine, but if it contributes to a lack of vision which

Toyota Prius, and the luxury Karma Revero is also available with one. In addition, Dutch start-up Lightyear is working on an electric car that uses solar panels on its bonnet and roof to help charge the vehicle's batteries. The Lightyear One car is expected to cost about €149,000 (£137,000) when it goes on sale in 2021.

Hanging objects from the central mirror could cost you £1,000 An air freshener hanging from your rear-view mirror could be enough to land you with a £1,000 fine and 3 points on your license, police are warning. A new crackdown could deem anything from invasive sat navs, fluffy dice, stickers and dirty windscreens to be obstructing a driver’s view of the road. Even if the £100 on-the-spot fine is escaped, insurers may refuse to pay out if a driver is involved in an accident while driving with obstructed vision. If the case is taken to court, the fine can increase to £1,000 as well. While not actually illegal to drive with dirty windscreens or large air fresheners, according to

the Highway Code and the Road Traffic Act, drivers are breaking the law if their view of the road is obstructed in any way. Road Traffic Law states that: “No person shall drive or cause or permit any other person to drive a motor vehicle on a road if he is in such a position that he cannot have proper control of the vehicle or have a full view of the road and traffic ahead.” It is under this legislation that police have been clamping down on drivers whose vision of the road is obscured by objects placed on or around their windscreen. The Highway Code states: “Windscreens and windows must be kept clean and free

from obstructions to vision." This means that even having a dirty windscreen might be cause for police to pull you over. Rebecca Ashton, head of driver behaviour at IAM RoadSmart, weighed in on the news to clarify: “Anything hanging from the rear-view mirror or anything placed on the windscreen could restrict the drivers view… things people use tend to vary from air fresheners and dice hanging from the mirror to fans, large sat-navs and even using the navigation on an iPad. “Missing something because you had something obscuring your view could potentially be extremely dangerous, good

leads to a crash, you could well be charged. So think twice before hanging that pair of fluffy dice from the mirror.






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Footballer Yan Dhanda’s Drive to Inspire The Asian Generation F

ootballer Yan Dhanda who plays for Swansea says he is proud of his Indian heritage and wants to inspire the next generation of British Asian footballers. Birmingham-born Dhanda, who has represented England at under-16 and under-17 level, left West Brom's youth setup to join Liverpool in 2013. Dhanda moved to Swansea at the beginning of last season in search of senior football. Like Stoke's Danny Batth - the only other player of Indian descent in the Sky Bet Championship - Dhanda's father, Jas, hails from the North Indian state of Punjab, while his mother is English. Dhanda insists he is not burdened by the weight of community expectation and says trying to become one of the first Indian-origin players to thrive in English football is a huge source of motivation for him. "I'm super proud to be where I'm from and where my family originate from and I think I'd be stupid not to be," he told Sky Sports News. "I'm in a position where I could be one of the first players with Indian ethnicity to go on and achieve great things and that excites me. "I'd never hide the fact that I'm Indian or [not celebrate the fact] that there are no other Indian players out

there, because I am proud of who I am. I just love playing football and feel my background helps me." "I never really thought of myself as a role model because I am still young and I've still got a lot to do," Dhanda added. "But people tell me I'm one of only a few Asian professional footballers in the game - and there are millions of Asian kids - Indian, Pakistani all different kinds of races - that want to be footballers. "I think, if they look up to me, I [have to] see myself as a role model for them, and I think it's down to me to give them good advice and do as

much as I can to help them." Dhanda's desire to inspire saw the 20-yearold feature in the Football Association's revamped Bringing Opportunities to Communities campaign, designed to help increase Asian representation across the English game. But his journey towards a career in the professional game was far from smooth, with Dhanda forced to develop a thick skin in the face of adversity and outright racism as an up-and-coming young footballer. "I've had a bit of racism growing when I was playing youth football," he said. "Maybe people thought it

was strange not seeing Asian players play football. "I've had people say the P-word, or like corner shop this or corner shop that because people stereotype Asians to have those sort of jobs. "It has been a problem for me growing up, but it hasn't really affected me. My dad's told me since I was young that if you get racism whether it's in football, or school, or wherever, just let it make you work harder. "I've said it before - it doesn't really affect me, it just drives me on even more. I've been strong enough to see past it and not let it or let anyone get to me."

The London stadium owners E20 have confirmed the cost of converting the Stadium from football ground to multi-use venue and back again has risen to £6m. West Ham have a 99-year lease at the 60,000-seat stadium, and pay only £2.5m a year in rent. E20 is losing £20m a year and has spent £4m in legal fees in an unsuccessful attempt to get more money out of West Ham, who claim they are not to blame for the venue's financial woes. One of the major issues at the stadium is the high cost of moving its seats after

the football season so it can be used for athletics, music concerts and other sporting events over the summer. E20 confirmed it cost £11.3m to move the seats in 2017, when the stadium staged the World Athletics and World Para Athletics Championships. That figure fell to £4.1m, though, in 2018, when the stadium was the venue for concerts, before hosting three weekends of international athletics. But the cost of moving the seats has risen again this year after a summer that has seen the stadium stage a concert, two Major League

Baseball games and athletics' Anniversary Games on July 20-21. The £6m figure in E20's FOI response is £500,000 higher

than an estimate it published earlier this summer and it includes a £1.9million cost for the New York Yankees v Boston Red Sox series.

London Stadium Spend Risen to £6m

Cannabis Oil Company Sponsor Birmingham City FC

Birmingham City Football Club has signed a 12-month sponsorship deal with cannabis drinks firm Green Monkey. The club is the first football team in the world to be sponsored by a cannabis oil company. Green Monkey CBD will supply a range of CBD products and drinks to the club which will be available on match days throughout the Trillion Trophy Stadium. The controversial deal will also see the club work on a series of engagement events with the brand in order to co-promote the Birmingham-based company’s range. Green Monkey will also be using the club’s range of advertising outlets to further spread the health and wellbeing brand’s message. Typically, CBD companies have been more restricted in their advertising channels, but this is the first deal that puts a CBD company as one of the main sponsors of a major sports club. Green Monkey’s 250ml carbonated canned drink contains 10mg of broad-spectrum CBD was launched in November 2018 and more than a million have been sold. The drinks will be available at bars throughout the ground as well as in the corporate areas and cocktails such as a “Monkey Mojito”, and “Gin and Green”, will be available in the hospitality areas. Ian Dutton, Chief Commercial Officer at Blues, said: "We are delighted to be one of the first clubs to partner with a CBD Drinks brand. "As a club we are always looking to be innovative and

create industry firsts with our partnerships programme. "It was clear from the beginning that a partnership with Green Monkey CBD was going to give us the opportunity to deliver a new and unique offering for our fans on matchdays, so we look forward to having their very distinctive green cans available across our kiosk and hospitality areas." Sportsmen and women around the globe have begun to use CBD products to help with a variety of conditions although the makers of Green Monkey are very careful not to make any such claims. Serge Davies, CEO of Green Monkey explained the benefits of the tie in with the Championship club. He said: “With a big club, with a massive fan base right on our doorstep it was a natural tie in for us. "Football fans are changing and progressive clubs such as Birmingham are realising that their fans are searching for different products when at the game. "What the club have done in reinvigorating their fan base has been excellent and we wanted to be a part of that and introduce our brand to the fans. "CBD is a growing market as people are becoming more concerned about their health and wellbeing and searching for something else. “Of course it will be great to see fans drinking our cocktails and cans at the game but the bigger issue is spreading the word about CBD and educating people on what it is. "Obviously we can’t make any medical claims but the 250ml drink is designed as an entry-level product to the market so people can try for themselves."





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Dimitrov Defeats Federer in US Open Quarterfinals

Roger Federer was defeated at the hands of Grigor Dimitrov in the quarterfinals of the US Open at Arthur Ashe Stadium. The 20-time Grand Slam winner had looked destined for a box-office final against Rafael Nadal. Dimitrov beat Federer, who needed a medical timeout and looked out of sorts throughout a five-set defeat, hitting 60 unforced errors. Dimitrov had not beaten Federer in any of their previous seven matches and had taken only two sets off him.

"I just feel low," Federer said. "Just disappointed it's over because I did feel like I was actually playing really well after a couple of rocky starts. "It's just a missed opportunity to some extent that you're in the lead, you can get through, you have two days off after. It was looking good." Dimitrov is the lowestranked US Open semi-finalist in 28 years, and he managed to overcome his nerves ahead of the match to come out on top. He said: "It's been a while

since I've been on this court so I was nervous in the first set and he served really well. "I think after the second set I felt I was getting a good stride on my shots. "We had a really long game in the fourth set and I wanted to make him stay on court for long as possible. "For sure he was not at his best at the end. It's the best of five and anything can happen." In the last four, the Bulgarian will face Daniil Medvedev, who knocked out Stan Wawrinka to reach his first Grand Slam semi.

Premier League Fixtures Week Five

The English Premier League fixtures for the 2019/2020 season for week five will begin on Saturday 14th September. The league will resume after a two-week international break. Ten matches will be played from 14th to 16th September. Liverpool is currently at the top of the league table with twelve points while Manchester City comes

second with ten points. Watford is currently last in the standings with only one point so far. Week five Premier League fixtures include Manchester United vs. Leicester City, Wolves vs. Chelsea and Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace. The league table is slowly taking shape after the first four weeks of the season. Liverpool and last season’s league

champions, Manchester City, currently seem like the strong favorites to win the 2019/2020 Premier League. Games that will take place on Saturday, 14th September. Liverpool vs. Newcastle United Manchester United vs. Leicester City Sheffield United vs. Southampton Tottenham Hotspur vs. Crystal Palace Brighton & Hove Albion vs. Burnley Wolverhampton Wanderers vs. Chelsea Norwich City vs. Manchester City Games that will take place on Saturday, 15th September Bournemouth vs. Everton Watford vs. Arsenal Game on Monday 16th September Aston Villa vs. West Ham United

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The Asian Today Issue 250 – September 2019  

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The Asian Today Issue 250 – September 2019  

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