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#Dismissal: Judge to decide 08 Dec whether to dismiss case against Shrien Dewani as Anni's family pleads for truth

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#Dismissal: Judge to decide 08 Dec whether to dismiss case against Shrien Dewani as Anni's family pleads for truth

A judge in South Africa will decide on 08 December whether the murder trial against British Indian businessman Shrien Dewani should continue.

Lawyers for Mr Dewani - who is accused of orchestrating the murder of his Swedish-Indian wife Anni during the couple’s honeymoon in South Africa in 2010 - had ...

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#Hope: A year after devastating floods, the Women Weavers of Garhwal to showcase their wares in London

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#Hope: A year after devastating floods, the Women Weavers of Garhwal to showcase their wares in London

Among the most tragic images from the floods that devastated parts of northern India in 2013 is one of the Kedarnath Temple, one of the holiest in Hinduism, situated in the picturesque town of Kedarnath in Uttarakhand, near the foothills of the Himalayas .

The image shows the badly damaged main templ...

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#Tragic: Indian student took photos of bear which mauled him to death moments later

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#Tragic: Indian student took photos of bear which mauled him to death moments later

An Indian student who was mauled to death by a black bear in a nature reserve in New Jersey, took a series of photographs with his mobile phone just before he was attacked.

The pictures show the 300-pound bear lumbering towards Darsh Patel, 22, moments before he was killed on 21 September.

Rutgers Uni...

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#Outrageous: Pakistani court setences Geo News owner (and Veena Malik) to 26 years in prison for 'Blasphemy'

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#Outrageous: Pakistani court setences Geo News owner (and Veena Malik) to 26 years in prison for 'Blasphemy'

The owner of Pakistan’s largest media group has been handed a 26-year jail term after he was found guilty of blasphemy, reports say.

Mir Shakeel-ur-Rehman, owner of Geo News, was sentenced by an ‘anti-terror’ court in Gilgit, northern Pakistan on Tuesday after the TV station aired a broadcast showing...

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#Targets: 'I Perform 90 Sterilizations a day. If I protest I will be sacked'.

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#Targets: 'I Perform 90 Sterilizations a day.  If I protest I will be sacked'.

India officially abandoned targets for its mass sterilisation programme in the 1990s, accepting they had put undue pressure on people to undergo surgery and failed to curb population growth sufficiently.

Twenty years on and targets remain in all but name, say doctors, healthcare workers and family pl...

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#TwoWays: For British Muslims the rewards of peace are stronger than the lure of war

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#TwoWays: For British Muslims the rewards of peace are stronger than the lure of war

For some British Muslims, the path to jihad and the path to peaceful aid work can traverse much of the same terrain.

From an office in Britain's second largest city, Waseem Iqbal and a friend are planning a trip to the Middle East.  In Jordan, they will bring food packages for Syrian refugees.

Iqbal, ...

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Bollywood

#Beloved: Star Plus to give 'Everybody Loves Raymond' the Desi treatment

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#Beloved: Star Plus to give 'Everybody Loves Raymond' the Desi treatment

Indian cinema has long looked to the West for inspiration and now it appears that Indian TV is getting in on the act.

Star Plus is to do a ‘Desi’ version of one of America’s most popular and loved sitcoms, ‘Everybody Loves Raymond’.

DNA quotes a Star Plus insider as saying that acclaimed TV and film a...

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#Scale: 'Interpreter of Maladies will be a trilogy of films' - Director Amitav Kaul

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#Scale: 'Interpreter of Maladies will be a trilogy of films' - Director Amitav Kaul

The big-screen adaptation of Jhumpa Lahiri’s Pulitzer Prize-winning short-story collection, ‘Interpreter of Maladies’ will be made into a trilogy, filmmaker Amitav Kaul has revealed.

The book contains nine separate stories which are not connected although Kaul has revealed that the film version will ...

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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?

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#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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#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

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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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People

#Intrusive: Quiet Mrs Modi files complaint against gun-toting security detail

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#Intrusive: Quiet Mrs Modi files complaint against gun-toting security detail

Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi's estranged wife has questioned the government's decision to provide her with assault rifle-wielding bodyguards around the clock, even when she travels in three-wheeler taxis.

Jashodaben Modi, 62, who lives in Gujarat, said she had filed a petition to find out why ...

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#TrailBlazer: Former England quick Isa Guha joins Test Match Special

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#TrailBlazer: Former England quick Isa Guha joins Test Match Special

British-Indian cricketer-turned-commentator Isa Guha has been appointed the first ever female summarizer on the BBC's venerable Test Match Special (TMS).

Beginning this winter, the 29-year-old former England fast bowler will take over summarizer duties from such TMS legends as Geoffrey Boycott and Jo...

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

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#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

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

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

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#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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Lifestyle

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

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#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

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#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'

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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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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

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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

#Subvert: 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' will challenge perceptions

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#Subvert: 'Behind the Beautiful Forevers' will challenge perceptions

The National Theatre - away from the glitz of the West End - has a reputation for putting on gritty and provocative productions that challenge audiences, and it certainly doesn't get grittier, more provocative or challenging than its latest, a play set in a Mumbai slum and based on arguably the most...

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

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#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

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#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

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#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

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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.

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

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Business

#MovingUp: Employment among Black and Ethnic Minority communities hits record high

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#MovingUp: Employment among Black and Ethnic Minority communities hits record high

Prime Minister David Cameron today hailed new figures which show that employment among people from Black and Ethnic Minority (BME) backgrounds is at an all-time high.

Figures published by the Office of National Statistics show there are 166,000 more people from BMW backgrounds in work compared with l...

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#Innovate: 'Don't chuck out non-EU students as soon as they graduate' - Sir James Dyson

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#Innovate: 'Don't chuck out non-EU students as soon as they graduate' - Sir James Dyson

One of Britain's most renowned inventors today called for skilled graduates from outside the EU to be given better opportunities inside Britain if the UK is to become a global leader in engineering. 

Sir James Dyson, the billionaire founder of the Dyson Group, told the BBC's Breakfast program that Br...

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

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#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

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#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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#Anecdotes: Gopichand Hinduja on Milk Runs, Seven Day Weeks and Building Bridges

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#Anecdotes: Gopichand Hinduja on Milk Runs, Seven Day Weeks and Building Bridges

He is one-half of Britain's richest pair of Indian siblings but their wealth hasn't come easy.

Billionaire Gopichand Hinduja, co-chairman of the Hinduja Group, has had to overcome battles with everyone from troublesome Iranian Ayatollah's to government investigators.

But even those haven't been the le...

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#ReEntry: 'Bulgari should never have left India' - CEO

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#ReEntry: 'Bulgari should never have left India' - CEO

Bulgari should never have left India three years ago, so it’s coming back, the chief executive of the Italian luxury jewellery and accessories company said in an interview on Thursday.

Jean-Christophe Babin was in New Delhi on Thursday to attend the opening of the company’s flagship store in India.

Bu...

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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.