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#Values: Muslim leader says its 'acceptable' for Muslim boys to leave class for prayers

2 Days AGO
#Values: Muslim leader says its 'acceptable' for Muslim boys to leave class for prayers

A prominent British Muslim leader has caused shock at an education conference after saying that it was acceptable for Muslim students to leave their classrooms in the middle of lessons to pray at set times.

Dr Shuja Shafi, Secretary General of the Muslim Council of Britain, also told the conference t...

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#NoGo: Govt refuses to back down on support for Muslim, Jewish slaughter methods

3 Days AGO
#NoGo: Govt refuses to back down on support for Muslim, Jewish slaughter methods

The British government says it has no intention of prohibiting the slaughter of animals without stunning despite an online petition demanding a ban receiving the support of more than 100,000 people.

The petition, on the parliamentary petitions site, calls for the government to bring in legislation th...

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#Ante: Delhi Uber rape victim sues company in US federal court

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#Ante: Delhi Uber rape victim sues company in US federal court

Above: The alleged rapist, Uber driver Kumar Yadav outside a Delhi court

A passenger who said she had been raped by an Uber driver in New Delhi is suing the online car service in a US federal court.

The lawsuit claims that the San Francisco-headquartered company failed to maintain basic safety procedu...

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#Abrupt: Prime Minister Modi sacks the head of Indian Foreign Service

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#Abrupt: Prime Minister Modi sacks the head of Indian Foreign Service


Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi on Thursday fired India's highest-ranked diplomat, replacing her with the country's ambassador to the United States.

Modi's appointment of Subrahmanyam Jaishankar as foreign secretary, the top bureaucrat at the foreign ministry, underscores the prime minister's con...

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#Reconciliation: Sri Lanka to investigate final days of Civil War with 'Foreign Input' if required

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#Reconciliation: Sri Lanka to investigate final days of Civil War with 'Foreign Input' if required

Sri Lanka's new government is to launch a fresh investigation into charges of human rights abuses in the final bloody days of the country's civil war in 2009 when scores of civilians were killed.

Former president Mahinda Rajapaksa, who was ousted in a surprise election defeat last month, had refused ...

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#Priorities: Progress in India encouraging but Modi needs to do much more - HRW

1 DAY AGO
#Priorities: Progress in India encouraging but Modi needs to do much more - HRW

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi should bring public officials, police, and military personnel who commit serious rights abuses to justice, Human Rights Watch (HRW) said today in the release of its World Report 2015.

The government should act to fulfill its campaign commitments to implement laws p...

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Bollywood

#Sleuth: YRF unveils trailer for Dibakar Banerjee's noirish 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy'

10 Days AGO
#Sleuth: YRF unveils trailer for Dibakar Banerjee's noirish 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy'

Yash Raj Films have released the firs trailer of Dibakar Banerjee's eagerly-anticipated World War 2-era crime thriller 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshy'.

The film is adapted from Sharadindu Bandyopadhyay's acclaimed books about a fictional detective, widely considered India's answer to Conan Doyle's Sherlo...

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#AIB: Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh to be ROASTED by All India Bakchod

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#AIB: Arjun Kapoor, Ranveer Singh to be ROASTED by All India Bakchod

Comedy group All India Bakchod (AIB) has unveiled the trailer for a Bollywood extravaganza unlike any Bollywood extravaganza you will ever see.

The 'AIB Knockout' will feature Bollywood young bucks Ranveer Singh and Arjun Kapoor take centre stage to be slow-roasted by the likes of mega-director Karan...

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#UKAsianReview: Salman Khan's 'Doctor Cabbie'

2 Months AGO
#UKAsianReview: Salman Khan's 'Doctor Cabbie'

Salman Khan’s foray into crossover cinema proves better than the monstrosity that was Marigold (2007) yet is still miles off the mark.

With the potential to be the natural successor to Harold & Kumar for second-generation immigrants, Dr Cabbie fails to appeal to its natural audience. 

Dr Cabbie te...

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#UKAsianReview: Haider - To Watch or Not To Watch. That is NOT the Question.

4 Months AGO
#UKAsianReview: Haider - To Watch or Not To Watch.  That is NOT the Question.

Freedom from revenge is the central theme of Vishal Bhardwaj’s mesmerising new film set in the troubled vale of Kashmir. It completes his Shakespearean trilogy after ‘Macbeth’ (Maqbool) and ‘Othello’ (Omkara) and this time the tragic protagonist is not just ‘Hamlet’ (Haider) but the Valley itself.

Th...

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#Freedom: 'Attacks on PK, Haider are signs of a REGRESSIVE society' - Vishal Bhardwaj

27 Days AGO
#Freedom: 'Attacks on PK, Haider are signs of a REGRESSIVE society' - Vishal Bhardwaj

One of India’s most respected film directors has bemoaned the attacks on free expression in his country, especially the targeting of artists who tackle sensitive issues like religion, politics and conflict.

Vishal Bhardwaj, the writer and director best known for his acclaimed Indian adaptations of Sh...

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#BreakingFree: Kanu Behl, Titli, Fathers and Sons and Indian Indies

3 Months AGO
#BreakingFree: Kanu Behl, Titli, Fathers and Sons and Indian Indies

The rising visibility of Indian indies has indicated rapid changes in style and content and this year, Kanu Behl’s impressive crime thriller 'Titli' now defines this form as mainstream. 

Producer Dibakar Banerjee is supported by Bollywood distributor-exhibitor Yash Raj Films in this project which ope...

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People

#Dichotomy: Labour MP turned Punjab governor resigns in disgust, insists he wasn't forced out

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#Dichotomy: Labour MP turned Punjab governor resigns in disgust, insists he wasn't forced out

A former Labour Party MP who gave up his British citizenship to return to his native Pakistan as governor of the Punjab has resigned less than two years into his tenure.

Chaudhry Muhammad Sarwar tendered his resignation on Thursday claiming that the "system has failed to deliver to the masses" who ar...

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#Pioneer: Cinnamon Club chef Vivek Singh awarded Honorary Doctorate

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#Pioneer: Cinnamon Club chef Vivek Singh awarded Honorary Doctorate

Pioneering Indian chef Vivek Singh, CEO of London's famed Cinnamon Club empire, has been awarded an honorary doctorate of letters from the University of Warwick in recognition of his efforts in developing Indian cuisine in the UK.

Mr Singh, 44, was honoured at the University's winter convocation on 2...

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#GettingThere: Dr Rami Ranger confident of reaching finish line as he is appointed to Gandhi Statue Trust

1 Months AGO
#GettingThere: Dr Rami Ranger confident of reaching finish line as he is appointed to Gandhi Statue Trust

A prominent British Indian business tycoon and philanthropist says he is confident that a permanent memorial to Mahatma Gandhi in London’s Parliament Square will be ready for its official unveiling next year.

Dr Rami Ranger, the businessman behind the Sun Mark group of companies, was made a Trustee o...

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#VivekSingh: 'Challenging the Strait Jacket of Authenticity Stifling Indian Cuisine'

1 Months AGO
#VivekSingh: 'Challenging the Strait Jacket of Authenticity Stifling Indian Cuisine'

Vivek Singh, the Executive Chef of London’s venerable Cinnamon Club, is rushing about the magnificently appointed interior of the club, a grand old Victorian building which once housed the Old Westminster Library. 

He’s toting what can only be described as an over-worked iPad, and an even more exhaus...

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#Pioneer: Meet Sake Dean Mahomed - Britain's first 'Curry King'

2 Months AGO
#Pioneer: Meet Sake Dean Mahomed - Britain's first 'Curry King'

 

Some 2000 people descended on Battersea Evolution this week for the 10th annual British Curry Awards, the so-called ‘Curry Oscars’, celebrating the curry what is now not only one of the most important elements of Britain’s cultural fabric but an industry worth nearly £4 billion and which employs te...

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#WeRemember: Celebrating the Muslim contribution to Britain's War Effort

3 Months AGO
#WeRemember: Celebrating the Muslim contribution to Britain's War Effort

A hundred years ago today, a 26-year-old Muslim soldier from the Punjab, British India, performed a singular act of bravery in the mud-filled trenches of rural north-western Belguim that would make him the first overseas serviceman to be awarded the Victoria Cross, Britain's highest honour for galla...

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Lifestyle

#RecipeOfTheWeek: Baingan Palita

1 DAY AGO
#RecipeOfTheWeek: Baingan Palita

Baingan palita is a simple and delicious Gujarat dish made from aubergines - or egg plants for those of us from the sub-continent.

Served as a side dish or a main course, Baingan Palita - or Ringan Palita in Gujarati - takes a minimum amount of preparation and cooking time.

1It is essentially thickly ...

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#BridgingCultures: Indo-French fusion cuisine inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey

5 Months AGO
#BridgingCultures: Indo-French fusion cuisine inspired by The Hundred Foot Journey

"'The Hundred Foot Journey' is the one-hundred-foot divide between cultures", said Oprah Winfrey about the new film that she has executive produced and so tirelessly promoted.

"It's more than acceptance.  It's about human beings coming to understand other human beings", the American talk-show queen a...

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#Vistas: Google Street View provides sneak peek inside beautiful, closed Kingdom of Bhutan

3 Months AGO
#Vistas: Google Street View provides sneak peek inside beautiful, closed Kingdom of Bhutan

It is one of the most remote, beautiful and difficult to visit countries on the planet but if you're Google, no place is out of bounds.

The internet search giant has unveiled its latest Street View project, a sneak peek into the Himalayan kingdom of Bhutan, featuring panoramic views of its majestic m...

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#Iconic: Sri Lanka to re-build 'Bridge on the River Kwai'

5 Months AGO
#Iconic: Sri Lanka to re-build 'Bridge on the River Kwai'

Its detonation is one of the most iconic scenes in movie history.

Now, 57 years after it was blown to smithereens, authorities in Sri Lanka are planning to rebuild the "Bridge on the River Kwai" to assuage the anger among locals over a controversial dam project.

While the World War II epic was suppose...

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Investing in Indian Designer-wear: Where to Start?

1 YEAR AGO
Investing in Indian Designer-wear: Where to Start?

Want to shop for a few Indian clothes but don’t know how to start and what to buy?

Buying Indian clothes can be overwhelming with words like gota, zardozi and chamki being thrown at you if you don’t know what they exactly mean. 

Also the plethora of choice in stores and online is so intimidating that ...

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Deepika Padukone turns fashion designer for Van Heusen

1 YEAR AGO
Deepika Padukone turns fashion designer for Van Heusen

She's already starred in the biggest Bollywood blockbuster of all time, romanced the industry's hottest young actors, endorsed more brands than she knows what to do with, and now, Deepika Padukone is adding yet another feather to her very wide-brimmed hat.

The leggy, 27-year-old beauty has turned des...

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Culture

#ArabianNights: New Salman Rushdie novel out in September - Publisher

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#ArabianNights: New Salman Rushdie novel out in September - Publisher

British author Salman Rushdie's first novel in seven years will be released in September.

The title, Two Years Eight Months and Twenty-Eight Nights, is a reference to the collection of folk tales known as the Arabian Nights.

It 'blends history, mythology and a timeless love story to bring alive a worl...

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#StretchingIt: Hindu group demands apology over Kali depiction in 'Sleepy Hollow'

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#StretchingIt: Hindu group demands apology over Kali depiction in 'Sleepy Hollow'

A US-based Hindu Group has demanded an apology from the American TV network Fox for "disrespecting" their faith on an episode of the hit shot 'Sleepy Hollow'.

The University Society of Hinduism, which professes to "motivate, educate and empower people through Hinduism", has taken issue with an episod...

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#UKAsianReview: 'Behind The Beautiful Forevers' is a great theatrical experience

2 Months AGO
#UKAsianReview: 'Behind The Beautiful Forevers' is a great theatrical experience

During the interval of this riveting production I found myself drawn into an all-too-familiar debate about the unease with which Indians deal with the harsh truths about their country’s deep social divide.

It was the same debate that flared up when Danny Boyle audaciously took his camera into the slu...

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#StandUpSister!: Bold, candid and moving, Nadia Manzoor’s 'Burq Off!' is a comic delight

4 Months AGO
#StandUpSister!: Bold, candid and moving, Nadia Manzoor’s 'Burq Off!' is a comic delight

It takes guts to write, produce and perform a comedy show lampooning your family, friends and community.

But courage is one thing British Pakistani comic, Nadia P. Manzoor, has plenty of. 

One of few Muslim females to take up comedy performance as a career choice, Manzoor naturally garners public and ...

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#COMMENT: Black and Brown Faces at Office Christmas Parties

1 Months AGO
#COMMENT: Black and Brown Faces at Office Christmas Parties

Many people, by which of course I mean some of my friends, think that being a journalist is glamorous - all breaking news and high powered press conferences.

The reality however, is quite different.

There are few ethnic minorities in journalism.  This month an (Asian) journalist wrote in a private lis...

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#Catharsis: Jay Sean returns to his roots

2 Months AGO
#Catharsis: Jay Sean returns to his roots

"I couldn't stomach writing yet another generic pop song anymore".

With those words, Britain's most successful R 'n B artist and arguably the bigger ever British Asian artist Jay Sean cut ties with the music behemoth that is Cash Money Records.

It's been a cathartic process for the Brent-born 35-year-...

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Business

#Lifeline: Grosvenor House to revert back to British ownership as Roy strikes bail deal

10 Days AGO
#Lifeline: Grosvenor House to revert back to British ownership as Roy strikes bail deal

 

The plush Grosvenor House Hotel in London has long been a favourite haunt of the British Asian community – from Award ceremonies to tea parties, event organizers have felt an affinity to the property owned by controversial Indian billionaire Subrata Roy.


Now however, the historic Park Lane property...

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#Machinations: Naresh Goyal pledges entire Jet Airways stake to Punjab National Bank

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#Machinations: Naresh Goyal pledges entire Jet Airways stake to Punjab National Bank

The founder and promoter of Indian budget carrier Jet Airways has pledged to hand over his entire sharholding in the company – estimated to be 51% of shares – to a state-owned bank.

UK-based Naresh Goyal has pledged the shares, valued at more than £260 million to Punjab National Bank.

The reason behin...

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#AboutTurn: Meet the man charged with transforming Indian economic planning

27 Days AGO
#AboutTurn: Meet the man charged with transforming Indian economic planning

An Indian-born economics professor at New York’s Columbia University has been appointed to head Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s new economic planning body with the remit of mounting a Margaret Thatcher-like attack on India’s Soviet-style economic strategy.

Arvind Panagariya is renowned for his market-...

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#RajeevSuri: Meet the new India-born CEO of Nokia

9 Months AGO
#RajeevSuri: Meet the new India-born CEO of Nokia

Finnish mobile phone giant Nokia on Tuesday announced the appointment of India-born Rajeev Suri as its new CEO.

The 46-year-old had been the leading candidate for the top job at the company which was bought over by Microsoft earlier this year.

“I am honored to have been asked to take this role, and ex...

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#FinalFrontier: India eyes $300 billion space industry with new satellite transporter

1 Months AGO
#FinalFrontier: India eyes $300 billion space industry with new satellite transporter

India's space agency successfully tested on Thursday its most powerful satellite launch vehicle that can put heavier payloads into space, and, it hopes, win India a bigger slice of the $300 billion global space industry.

The Indian Space Research Organisation (ISRO) also checked the working of an unm...

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#Outflow: Developing World lost $1 TRILLION due to tax evasion, corruption in 2012; India 3rd on list

1 Months AGO
#Outflow: Developing World lost $1 TRILLION due to tax evasion, corruption in 2012; India 3rd on list

Developing countries lost nearly $1 trillion in 2012 due to tax evasion and corruption, according to a new report.

A record $991bn (£634bn) ‘disappeared’ from some 151 poor and middle income nations in the period surveyed, according to US-based Global Financial Integrity (GFI). 

The figure is a 5% inc...

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Speechwriters never get the credit they deserve, but they have changed the course of history more than once. The metaphor of an 'iron curtain' or the uncertain promise of a 'tryst with destiny' etched in people's minds a...

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#HeforShe: Actor Farhan Akhtar appointed first male ambassador of UN Women

Acclaimed actor, director, singer and campaigner Farhan Akhtar has been named the South Asian Goodwill Ambassador of UN Women, the organization dedicated to gender equality and women’s empowerment.

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