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#Space: 'Britain has Masses of room for more people' - Economics Expert

8 DAYS AGO
#Space: 'Britain has Masses of room for more people' - Economics Expert

Days after UKIP leader Nigel Farage blamed immigrants for congestion on the M4 motorway, one of Britain’s most respected economics bodies has declared that there’s plenty of room for more people in Britain.

Professor Stephen Nickell from the the independent economic forecaster the Office for Budgetar...

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#Exploited: 'Polygamy is WIDESPREAD within British Muslim Community' - Baroness Cox

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#Exploited: 'Polygamy is WIDESPREAD within British Muslim Community' - Baroness Cox

Polygamy is widespread within Britain’s Muslim community and women are being denied basic rights by being trapped in marriages that are not recognized under British law, according to a new study.

The study - presented to the House of Lords by the women’s rights campaigner and peer Baroness Cox – foun...

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#Terror: Malala’s horror at Peshawar massacre as India pledges solidarity with #IndiaWithPakistan

2 DAYS AGO
#Terror: Malala’s horror at Peshawar massacre as India pledges solidarity with #IndiaWithPakistan

Last week, Pakistani Nobel Peace laureate Malala Yousafzai broke down at the sight of the blood splattered uniform she was wearing the day she was attacked by the Taliban displayed at a peace exhibition in Oslo, Norway.

A similar horror returned to her motherland as more than 100 children were massac...

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#Proscribe: India bans Islamic State after arrest of 'Shami Witness'

2 DAYS AGO
#Proscribe: India bans Islamic State after arrest of 'Shami Witness'

India on Tuesday declared a ban on Islamic State (IS), days after a Bengaluru worker was exposed as the man behind a Twitter account supporting the Jihadi group’s terror campaigns in Syria and Iraq.

Police in India – home to the world’s third-largest Muslim population – say only four Indians are know...

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#Blight: As India develops, suicides among youth reaches epidemic proportions

6 DAYS AGO
#Blight: As India develops, suicides among youth reaches epidemic proportions

 

Pinki Chauhan, a straight-A physics and maths student, arrived at her university campus in India shortly after breakfast, poured petrol over herself and lit a match.

The 19-year-old ran screaming across the college grounds in the Delhi suburb of Gurgaon, before falling to her knees in flames outside...

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#LastingEffects: The toxic legacy of the world's worst industrial disaster

19 DAYS AGO
#LastingEffects: The toxic legacy of the world's worst industrial disaster

Beyond the iron gates of the derelict pesticide plant where one of the world's worst industrial disasters occurred, administrative buildings lie in ruins, vegetation overgrown and warehouses bolted.

Massive vessels, interconnected by a multitude of corroded pipes that once carried chemical slurries, ...

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Bollywood

#Fame: Salman Khan unseats Shah Rukh Khan at the top of Forbes Celebrity 100

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#Fame: Salman Khan unseats Shah Rukh Khan at the top of Forbes Celebrity 100

He may be widely considered a deity of sorts but Shah Rukh Khan might not quite be ‘King Khan’, at least for the time being.

SRK has been unseated at the top of this year’s Forbes India Celebrity 100 list of India’s most famous and wealthiest celebs by fellow Khan, Salman.

Salman’s been helped along b...

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#Extortion: Waiter arrested after threatening to bomb Madhuri Dixit home

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#Extortion: Waiter arrested after threatening to bomb Madhuri Dixit home

A 23-year-old waiter from Mumbai has been arrested after allegedly sending threatening text messages to Bollywood beauty Madhuri Dixit.

Praveenkumar Pradhan, reportedly threatened to kill the actress and her children and claimed to have links to Mumbai’s underworld, in a bid to extort money from the ...

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#UKAsianReview: Salman Khan's 'Doctor Cabbie'

22 DAYS 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.

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

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

2 MONTHS AGO
#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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People

#BS: Bengali teen who "made £50 million trading stocks" admits it was all a lie

2 DAYS AGO
#BS: Bengali teen who

A Bengali-origin teen from New York who made headlines around the world after claiming he had made nearly £50 million playing the stock market has admitted that it was all a lie.

Mohammed Islam, a 17-year-old student from the city’s Stuyvesant High School, told the New York Magazine that he had made ...

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#Overcome: Malala breaks down at the sight of her blood-splattered school uniform

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#Overcome: Malala breaks down at the sight of her blood-splattered school uniform

This is the heart-rending moment that Indian children’s rights campaigner Kailash Satyarthi placed a tender, consoling kiss on the head of Pakistani education campaigner Malala Yousafzai after the latter was overcome at the sight of the blood-splattered school uniform she was wearing the day the Tal...

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

3 DAYS 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'

14 DAYS 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'

15 DAYS 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

1 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

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

3 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

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

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#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'

3 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?

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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

#Vintage: Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to hit cinemas in February

2 DAYS AGO
#Vintage: Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel to hit cinemas in February

He may have recently split up with his long-term girlfriend Frieda Pinto but Dev Patel doesn’t seem to be dwelling too much on his doubtless injured heart, if his dance moves in his latest film role are anything go by.

And, it appears, Patel’s having a better time of it with his on-screen work as wel...

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#Bananas: BBC London HQ "Swarming with Petty Thieves" nicking yogurt and TROUSERS

2 DAYS AGO
#Bananas: BBC London HQ

The BBC’s massive new headquarters in Central London is “swarming with petty thieves” who are stealing everything from Bananas and, bizarrely, trousers owned by staff.

According to reports, staff members at the £1 billion New Broadcasting House (NBH) have complained of losing a range of personal item...

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

27 DAYS 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

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

3 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

3 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

#2020: Vince Cable welcomes new campaign to encourage diversity in corporate boardrooms

-1 DAYS AGO
#2020: Vince Cable welcomes new campaign to encourage diversity in corporate boardrooms

Business Secretary Vince Cable has welcomed a new business-led initiative aimed at encouraging diversity on the boards of Britain’s biggest companies.

Despite the increasing success of ethnic minority communities, in particular British Asians, the boardrooms of the UK’s largest corporations are domin...

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#Heritage: Billionaire Hinduja Brothers snap up Churchill's Old War Office building

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#Heritage: Billionaire Hinduja Brothers snap up Churchill's Old War Office building

The multi-billionaire Hinduja Brothers – Gopichand and Srichand - have snapped up London’s Old War Office building, one of the capital’s most iconic properties.

The brothers’ company, The Hinduja Group in partnership with the Spanish investment firm Obrascon Huarte Lain Desarrollos, reportedly paid £...

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

7 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

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

-1 DAYS 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

2 DAYS 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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#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.