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#Tragic: Indian bio-chemist killed herself and two daughters after 'Fall Out' with in-laws

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#Tragic: Indian bio-chemist killed herself and two daughters after 'Fall Out' with in-laws

A British-Indian mother from West London poisoned herself and her two young daughters in a murder-suicide after a "falling out" with her mother-in-law and father-in-law, an inquest heard on Friday.

Heena Solanki, a biochemist, was found dead alongside her daughter Jasmine, 9, and Prisha, 4, at the fa...

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#Locals: Rochdale residents demand 'White' taxi drivers after sex grooming scandal involving Pakistani men

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#Locals: Rochdale residents demand 'White' taxi drivers after sex grooming scandal involving Pakistani men

A minicab office in the town where scores of young white girls were groomed and sexually abused by mainly Pakistani men has started offering white drivers to customers on request.

According to reports residents in Heywood, Rochdale have been offered the "special" service after two local cab drivers o...

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#UpSwing: As India celebrates Diwali Kolkata's Gold Scavengers rejoice

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#UpSwing: As India celebrates Diwali Kolkata's Gold Scavengers rejoice

Dhanteras, the first day of the five-day Diwali Festival, saw a staggering 30 percent increase in gold sales as millions of Indians rushed to the local jewellery retailer to stock up on the day that the goddess of wealth Lakshmi is ushered into homes and pleas for prosperity reverberate across the s...

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#Un-Proscribe: EU court lifts sanctions on banned Lankan rebel group LTTE

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#Un-Proscribe: EU court lifts sanctions on banned Lankan rebel group LTTE

The European Court of Justice has today lifted EU-wide sanctions placed on the Sri Lankan separatist group Liberation Tigers of Tamil Eelam.

The court however, ruled that the group's assets would remain frozen "temporarily".

The decision means the lifting of certain restrictions placed on individuals ...

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#Laureates: Meet the winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

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#Laureates: Meet the winners of the 2014 Nobel Peace Prize

As the sound of gunfire erupted along the international border between India and Pakistan in Kashmir, the Norwegian Nobel Committee announced that this year's Nobel Peace Prize will be shared between a teenage Pakistani education activist and an Indian children's rights campaigner.

People in Malala's...

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#Empire: With English or Without. With Cricket or Without. Martin Bell makes the case for British Colonialism.

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#Empire: With English or Without. With Cricket or Without. Martin Bell makes the case for British Colonialism.

As Scotland voted in favour of being told what to do by Westminster, a learned and diverse audience at the UK Supreme Court in London took a wholly different view of the historical merits of Westminster rule.

'The Empire Debate' was organized to mark the 400th anniversary of the beginning of formal r...

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Bollywood

#Elementary: First trailer of Dibakar Banerjee's 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshi'

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#Elementary: First trailer of Dibakar Banerjee's 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshi'

Yash Raj Films today released the first teaser trailer for director Dibakar Bannerjee's eagerly-anticipated next release, 'Detective Byomkesh Bakshi'.

The film stars 'Kai Po Che' actor Sushant Singh Rajput as the Calcutta-based sleuth alongside 'Go Goa Gone' star Anand Tiwari and Bengali actress Swas...

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#Invincible: Stan Lee's 'Chakra' to be live-action Bollywood re-make

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#Invincible: Stan Lee's 'Chakra' to be live-action Bollywood re-make

The Legendary creator of such iconic characters as Spider-Man and the Incredible Hulk has agreed to do a Bollywood adaptation of one of his latest creations, 'Chakra: The Invisible'.

Stan Lee last green-lit an animated version of Chakra for Indian TV and will officially support a live action version,...

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

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#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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#UKAsianReview: 'Mardaani' - A Confusion of Nature?

2 Months AGO
#UKAsianReview: 'Mardaani' - A Confusion of Nature?

It’s a confusion of nature.

The term 'Mardaani' (masculinity) is predominantly annexed with men or more specifically with a muscular body and physical aggression. 

In a fictional movie this reality becomes malleable but remains solid, don’t miss the sarcastic title.

The world is shaped by the filmmaker...

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#Intrigues: 'Haider' scripter Basharat Peer on Kashmir, rivers of blood and living in perpetual fear

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#Intrigues: 'Haider' scripter Basharat Peer on Kashmir, rivers of blood and living in perpetual fear

 

The verdict is in and the praise for Vishal Bhardwaj's Shakespearean adaptation 'Haider' is as unequivocal as it is universal.  

The rapidly-growing fan base is as diverse - from William Dalrymple to Prabhu Deva - as it is effusive in its admiration. 

Since preview screenings of the film began around...

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#Masterpiece: Vishal Bhardwaj and Shahid Kapoor talk Shakespearean Snobbery and Haircuts

1 Months AGO
#Masterpiece: Vishal Bhardwaj and Shahid Kapoor talk Shakespearean Snobbery and Haircuts

He's certainly kept fans waiting.  And salivating.

Literally drooling at the prospect of seeing his final flourish.  The last brush stroke on a contemporary masterpiece; the final pane of glass on an architectural gem; the concluding anecdote of an epochal speech; the final boundary that ensures that...

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People

#Honour: Indian police officer wins top UN Women Peacekeeper award

11 Days AGO
#Honour: Indian police officer wins top UN Women Peacekeeper award

An Indian peacekeeper serving with the United Nations Mission in Afghanistan has been named the UN's 'International Female Police Peacekeeper 2014' for her efforts in helping victims of sexual and gender-based violence.

Inspector Shakti Devi, who served with the Jammu and Kashmir Police for more than...

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#Inconsistent: Anni Dewani murder was an ACCIDENT, Shrien Dewani lawyer claims

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#Inconsistent: Anni Dewani murder was an ACCIDENT, Shrien Dewani lawyer claims

Tragic Indo-Swedish honeymoon bride Anni Dewani was shot dead "by accident", lawyers for her husband, who is accused of orchestrating her murder, claimed in a South African court today.

Francois van Zyl, counsel of Bristol-born British Indian care home owner Shrien Dewani, was questioning a South Afr...

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#Inquisition: Vain. Paradoxical. Confused. When Cornelia Sorabji grilled Mahatma Gandhi.

2 Months AGO
#Inquisition: Vain. Paradoxical. Confused. When Cornelia Sorabji grilled Mahatma Gandhi.

The days leading up to the 68th Indian Independence Day this year were marked - in London, at least - by a furious debate about the legacy of Mahatma Gandhi, arguably the most well known of the innumerable men and women who fought for Indian freedom.

The debate was sparked by comments made by author ...

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#Plot: How British-Pakistani Moeen Ali colluded with a Sri Lankan to snare India's hapless batsmen

2 Months AGO
#Plot: How British-Pakistani Moeen Ali colluded with a Sri Lankan to snare India's hapless batsmen

British-Pakistani spin bowler  Moeen Ali has revealed how he colluded with a former Sri Lankan off-spinner to snare a bucket load of Indian wickets during the ongoing Investec Test Series.

Ali, 27, has been the summer's biggest sensation, picking up 19 wickets as India's batsmen - legendary for their...

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#AboveTheDin: How journalist Abdul Hai Kakkar gave Malala Yousafzai a voice

5 Days AGO
#AboveTheDin: How journalist Abdul Hai Kakkar gave Malala Yousafzai a voice

Days after winning Malala Yousafzai won the Nobel Peace Prize, Viji Alles tracked down the BBC Urdu Service journalist who first brought the teenager to the world's attention.

Malala Yousafzai nearly didn't win the Nobel Peace Prize; nearly wasn't nominated for the prize in 2013; didn't almost addres...

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#Fight: Banned Indian sprinter hopes to inspire as appeal process begins

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#Fight: Banned Indian sprinter hopes to inspire as appeal process begins

A teenage Indian sprinter who was banned from international competition for failing a "gender test" is hoping her fight against rules on sexual identity will spare others the same fate.

Dutee Chand, 18, said she has suffered trauma and embarrassment, but her challenge in the Court of Arbitration for ...

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Lifestyle

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

1 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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#Fusion: FLAVOURS Restaurant Review

3 Months AGO
#Fusion: FLAVOURS Restaurant Review

When it comes to dining out, there is nothing more off-putting than grandiosity. Sprawling spaces, cramming different dining/entertaining options into the same space - lounge/bar/restaurant/bistro/cafe??? - are about as appealing as food that's been re-heated several times over.

Perhaps it is the own...

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

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#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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#Prohibition: 'God's Own Country' to ban alcohol within a decade

2 Months AGO
#Prohibition: 'God's Own Country' to ban alcohol within a decade

The southern Indian state of Kerala is world-renowned for its lush green backwaters, slumbering houseboats, endless miles of sandy beaches, high literacy rate and, oddly enough, a population partial to a tipple or two.

Well, just a little more than partial.

The state has India's highest alcohol consum...

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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

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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

#Breathtaking: British-Pakistani debutante wins prestigious Best Newcomer Award at LFF 2014

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#Breathtaking: British-Pakistani debutante wins prestigious Best Newcomer Award at LFF 2014

British Pakistani big screen debutante Sameena Jabeen Ahmed has scooped the prestigious 'Best British Newcomer' prize at the London Film Festival (LFF) 2014.

Ahmed was honoured for her "breathtaking" performance as a teenager on the run in 'Catch Me Daddy', a powerful tale about honour killings set i...

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#Solidarity: Rushdie to share PEN Pinter Prize with jailed Syrian activist

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#Solidarity: Rushdie to share PEN Pinter Prize with jailed Syrian activist


Mumbai-born British author Salman Rushdie is to share the 2014 PEN Pinter Prize celebrating freedom of speech with a jailed Syrian journalist, lawyer and human rights activist, it was announced Friday, the same day that an Indian children's rights campaigner and a teenage Pakistani education activis...

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

1 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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#Review: 'A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes'

1 Months AGO
#Review: 'A Strange Kind of Paradise: India Through Foreign Eyes'

Embarking on a new book about India must be daunting as so much has been written about the country, its teeming population, rich, vibrant history and diversity of religions and culture.

It must have been even more of a challenge for Sam Miller, a former BBC correspondent and later senior manager at t...

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#GodsTriangle: A tale of love, loss and scandal in early 20th Century East Bengal

1 Months AGO
#GodsTriangle: A tale of love, loss and scandal in early 20th Century East Bengal

Florence Cox (Standing 2nd from Left)

For the curious there's nothing quite like flipping through old family albums, delving into the past, exploring the stories of the men and women who went before.

Ian Richardson is blessed with shiploads of that particular kind of curiosity.

The former BBC journalis...

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#BFI: South Asian Cinema at the London Film Festival 2014

1 Months AGO
#BFI: South Asian Cinema at the London Film Festival 2014

With nearly 250 films screening, his year's 58th BFI London Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet.  And it's a bumper year for South Asian cinema with films from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka joining features from the UK.

Here are the main highlights.  (Click on film titles for venues and timing...

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Business

#Upwards: India-born Sundar Pichai placed in charge of key Google products

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#Upwards: India-born Sundar Pichai placed in charge of key Google products

An India-born executive has been placed in charge of some of Google Inc's fastest growing products in a move by the search engine giant's CEO Larry Page.

Sundar Pichai, who currently oversees Google's Chrome division, has been put in charge of products including maps, Google+, commerce as well as the...

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#WindsofChange: US 'Concerned' over new China, India-backed development bank

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#WindsofChange: US 'Concerned' over new China, India-backed development bank


The United States on Friday expressed 'concern' following the launch in Beijing of a new infrastructure bank which aims to provide project loans to developing countries.

The $50 billion Asian Infrastructure Investment Bank (AIIB) is backed by the cash-rich Chinese government and is seen as a challeng...

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

5 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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#VIDEO: Satya Nadella - The world's MOST POWERFUL INDIAN TECHIE

8 Months AGO
#VIDEO: Satya Nadella - The world's MOST POWERFUL INDIAN TECHIE

Microsoft on Wednesday announced that Satya Nadella will become CEO of the tech giant, confirming what many experts have predicted.

Mr Nadella has spent 22 years at Microsoft, and was previously the Company's Executive Vice President of Cloud and Enterprise. Nadella also takes a position on Microsoft...

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#Standards: International Retailers Accord finds widespread safety issues at Bangladesh factories

11 Days AGO
#Standards: International Retailers Accord finds widespread safety issues at Bangladesh factories

Inspectors hired by a group of Western clothing brands have found safety problems at all the Bangladesh factories they visited as part of an initiative launched after the Rana Plaza building collapse last year, which left more than a thousand workers dead.

The Accord for Fire and Building Safety in B...

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#BrainDrain: Is Reverse Migration a good thing?

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#BrainDrain: Is Reverse Migration a good thing?

Amidst a growing chorus of high profile voices calling for the Indian Diaspora to "return home" and participate in India's economic recovery, education expert Supriyo Chaudhuri explores the pros and cons of 'Reverse Migration'.

I am involved in an organisation, which works to encourage African Diaspo...

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#BFI: South Asian Cinema at the London Film Festival 2014

With nearly 250 films screening, his year's 58th BFI London Film Festival is set to be the biggest yet. And it's a bumper year for South Asian cinema with films from India, Pakistan and Sri Lanka joining features from the UK.

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