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#Shine: Ravi Bopara launches project to get kids off the street and into cricket

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#Shine: Ravi Bopara launches project to get kids off the street and into cricket

England cricketer Ravi Bopara this week launched 'Chance to Shine Street Youth', a new initiative aimed at getting kids off the streets and playing cricket by the charity Chance to Shine.

The project is the youth element of the charity’s community programme ‘Chance to Shine Street’ and will be sponso...

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#Ambassador: Syed Akbaruddin - The next Indian envoy in London?

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#Ambassador: Syed Akbaruddin - The next Indian envoy in London?

The respected spokesperson of India’s Ministry of External Affairs (MEA) has been tipped to become the country’s next High Commissioner to London.

Syed Akbaruddin will vacate his post on 18 April and is “likely” to replace incumbent Ranjan Mathai when Mr Mathai completes his term at the end of 2015, ...

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#Might: India minister pledges to extend ban on cow slaughter nationwide

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#Might: India minister pledges to extend ban on cow slaughter nationwide

India will use all its "might" to ban the slaughter of cows across India, Home Minister Rajnath Singh said Sunday.

Mr Singh made the pledge during a speech to spiritual leaders in Delhi in the latest sign that the Hindi nationalist Bharatiya Janata Party (BJP) government of Prime Minister Narendra Mo...

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#Violation: US cop charged over confrontation that left Indian grandfather partially paralyzed

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#Violation: US cop charged over confrontation that left Indian grandfather partially paralyzed

A former police officer from the US state of Alabama has been charged with violating the civil rights of an Indian grandfather who was injured during a violent confrontation.

Officer Eric Sloan Parker is charged with using unreasonable force that left Sureshbhai Patel partially paralyzed. 

Mr Patel, f...

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#Franchise: How Indian democracy was built around the inclusion of its poor.

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#Franchise: How Indian democracy was built around the inclusion of its poor.

As the first anniversary of the biggest general election in history approaches, Supriyo Chaudhuri explores India's unique brand of democracy.

That India opted to be democratic, and remained so, goes to the credit of Pandit Nehru, India's first Prime Minister.

Nehru was a democratic man, in rhetoric an...

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#India'sHypocrisy: The more educated the woman, the harder the beating.

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#India'sHypocrisy: The more educated the woman, the harder the beating.

There is a particular problem regarding gender inequality in India and Indian culture that has recently come to light in debates about domestic violence and the context of Indian culture. 

It’s certainly not a problem isolated to the above but seems to crop up more and more; the argument that the mor...

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Bollywood

#CisforConsequence: Dear Deepika. Choices have Consequences.

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#CisforConsequence: Dear Deepika.  Choices have Consequences.

Dear Children,

You may one day see this beautifully made black and white video with women who will be telling you, in slow motion and with haunting music playing in the background, all that there is to choice. Although they speak only for women, dear Son, choice is as much yours as it is your Sister’...

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#Court: A little film with a big heart wins India's top cinema award

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#Court: A little film with a big heart wins India's top cinema award

A little film which tells a mighty impressive tale about a particularly mundane aspect of life in India has won the Best Feature Film award at the country’s National Film Awards.

‘Court’, by first-time director Chaitanya Tamhane, bagged the top prize as the full list of winners was unveiled on Tuesda...

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#TheUKAsianReview: Afia Nathaniel's 'Dukhtar' breaks all the rules

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#TheUKAsianReview: Afia Nathaniel's 'Dukhtar' breaks all the rules

Directed by Afia Nathaniel, ‘Dukhtar’ explores the issues that women face in Pakistan’s often-staggeringly chauvinistic society.

It is a society where perceptions of family ‘honor’, and a verbal agreement made by the patriarch of the house is cast in stone while the emotions of women and children - e...

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#UKAsianReview: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Warm and Good-Natured

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#UKAsianReview: The Second Best Exotic Marigold Hotel - Warm and Good-Natured

Movie sequels are rarely a good idea.

However, the people behind 2012's surprise critical and commercial hit 'The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel' seem to have drawn inspiration from the collective wisdom of the film's veteran cast who return for a second jaunt over to Rajasthan.

Mindful of its existing au...

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

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#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

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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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#WorldTeam: Sangakkara the only South Asian player in 'Team of the World Cup'

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#WorldTeam: Sangakkara the only South Asian player in 'Team of the World Cup'

Indian players have failed to make it to the International Cricket Council’s Team of the World Cup 2015 – news that is certain to further annoy fans left heartbroken at their team’s semi-final exit on Friday.

The list is dominated by players from winners Australia and runner-up New Zealand.

Kiwi capta...

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#Stress: 'I just want to live a NORMAL life' - Zayn Malik

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#Stress: 'I just want to live a NORMAL life' - Zayn Malik

British-Pakistani One Direction star Zayn Malik says he just wants to “live a normal life” after quitting the hugely popular boy band on Wednesday.

Malik, 22, apologized to the band’s millions of fans for his decision which came days after he dropped out of One Direction’s Asia tour due to “stress”.

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#Magic: Kailash Satyarthi - De-Mistifying the Nobel Laureate

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#Magic: Kailash Satyarthi - De-Mistifying the Nobel Laureate

Kailash Satyarthi was 55 years of age when he first had the opportunity to pose for a picture with a Nobel laureate - nearly three decades after he began his crusade against child slavery in his native India.

It was a "magical" moment, the 60-year-old tells me. 

So these days, the 2014 Nobel Peace Pri...

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#Inspirational: From Boxing Day tragedy to Flip Flops. The story of Gandys.

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#Inspirational: From Boxing Day tragedy to Flip Flops.  The story of Gandys.

The Boxing Day Tsunami of 2004 caused biblical levels of devastation and loss of life across large parts of south and southeast Asia. 

The scale of the tragedy was only matched by the myriad extraordinary stories of survival and generosity - from the tales of people who helped shelter those affected ...

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#Authoritarian: The OTHER side of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew

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#Authoritarian: The OTHER side of Singapore's founding father Lee Kuan Yew

What to make of Singapore's first and former Prime Minister Lee Kuan Yew, who died Monday morning in the city-state?

Under the banner of the People's Action Party, Lee held government power for three decades. After stepping away from the prime minister's office in 1990, he held positions of senior mi...

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#GandhiStatue: Exploring Mahatma Gandhi's relationship with Great Britain

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#GandhiStatue: Exploring Mahatma Gandhi's relationship with Great Britain

Mahatma Gandhi (Seated bottom right) with fellow members of the Vegetarian Society in London in 1890

A permanent memorial to Indian independence icon Mahatma Gandhi was unveiled in London's Parliament Square this weekend.

Gandhi’s statue will join that of his famous adversary in his campaign for indep...

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Lifestyle

#FamilyFave: Punjabi Chole Bhature

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#FamilyFave: Punjabi Chole Bhature

Much like anything in life, cooking too is a process of experimentation, failures and hits.  This is one of the winners of my kitchen.

Punjabi Chole Bhature - Without onion and garlic

Ingredients:

2 Cups of chickpeas
1 teaaspoon of salt
1 Moti Elaichi (Black Cardamom)
1 Tea Bag
Water

For the dry masalas :

3 –...

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#IndoTexMex: Healthy Quinoa Burritos – The Perfect ‘On The Go’ Lunch

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#IndoTexMex: Healthy Quinoa Burritos – The Perfect ‘On The Go’ Lunch

Whilst they may be the ideal lunch for a busy day, you can have these Healthy Quinoa Burritos for breakfast/brunch/lunch or even as a filling and healthy snack.

They work great if you want to take along something for your friends.

Burritos are a kind of Mexican or Tex-Mex food involving soft whole whe...

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#Poop: Nepal threatens tough action as human waste piles up atop Everest

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#Poop: Nepal threatens tough action as human waste piles up atop Everest

Six decades after the first conquest of the world's highest peak, tons of rubbish and human waste abandoned by hundreds of Mount Everest climbers is starting to raise a stink.

Nepal is cracking down on the mountaineers who seek to emulate the 1953 feat of Sir Edmund Hillary and Sherpa Tenzing Norgay,...

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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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#DateNight: Glam up for Valentine's Day with these simple and classy dresses

1 Months AGO
#DateNight: Glam up for Valentine's Day with these simple and classy dresses

Valentine’s Day has a way of sneaking up on us.

Most of us spend January recovering from the holidays, getting back to the daily grind, suddenly exercising more, eating healthy and burying ourselves in the January blues.

Hence, Valentine’s Day seems like a perfect excuse to let the hair down, make mer...

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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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Culture

#Taboo?: Instagram sorry for taking down menstruation-themed pics by Indo-Canadian artist

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#Taboo?: Instagram sorry for taking down menstruation-themed pics by Indo-Canadian artist

Photo-sharing site Instagram has apologized and restored the pictures by an Indo-Canadian artist exploring the issue of menstruation after initially taking down the “provocative” images.

The images featured Rupi Kaur, from Toronto, with bloody spots on her clothing and on the bathroom floor.

Ms Kaur s...

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#ReInvention: Oscar-winner's ode to Sachal Jazz screening at Tribeca Festival

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#ReInvention: Oscar-winner's ode to Sachal Jazz screening at Tribeca Festival

The music of Pakistan’s famous Sachal Jazz Orchestra is as compelling as the story behind the group. 

The tale of a group of classically-trained, out of work musicians were plucked from obscurity by a London-based, Pakistani-origin multi-millionaire to give a whole new twist to some of the most iconi...

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#UKAsianReview: 'Boiled Beans on Toast' - A joyful insight into big city life

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#UKAsianReview: 'Boiled Beans on Toast' - A joyful insight into big city life


The Waterman’s Theatre in West London has long had a reputation for bringing in theatre artists and productions from all over the world and for being open to experimentation.

The theatre has brought in Lillete Dubey’s The Primetime Theatre Company on numerous previous occasions with 'Boiled Beans on ...

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#UKAsianReview: 'India's Daughter' - An Unnecessary Glorification of Evil

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#UKAsianReview: 'India's Daughter' - An Unnecessary Glorification of Evil

The Indian government on Tuesday banned the broadcast in India of British filmmaker Leslee Udwin's 'India's Daughter', a documentary about the horrific gang rape and murder of the young physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey on a New Delhi bus in December 2012.

The ban prompted the BBC to reschedul...

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#Transcendental: Connecting Texts - Literature, Theater and Cinema.

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#Transcendental: Connecting Texts - Literature, Theater and Cinema.

It is clear that cinema, theater and literature are connected in more ways than one.

To examine some texts that have made their way onto the widescreen cine-going experience, we have to start with the absolute classics.

There are classic books like ‘Les Miserables’ by Victor Hugo that have had multipl...

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#HomewardBound: A reminder of what it REALLY means to be an Indian

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#HomewardBound: A reminder of what it REALLY means to be an Indian

Another flight to India and a reminder of what it (sometimes) means to be Indian.

The jostling, the usual chaos of not-quite queues and non-Indian passengers appalled at Indian co-travellers happily moving other peoples’ bags around in order to make room for all.

“Thoda adjust kar lo ji”.

A family of t...

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Business

#Deal: Mahindra in talks to buy legendary Italian design outfit Pininfarina

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#Deal: Mahindra in talks to buy legendary Italian design outfit Pininfarina

Indian auto giant Mahindra and Mahinda has reportedly expressed an interest to buy the legendary Italian luxury car designer Pininfarina, according to reports.

The Italian firm confirmed Mahindra’s interest but said there are no binding agreements as yet.

Reuters quoted a Pininfarina source as saying ...

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#Strategic: Times Internet in £10 million investment in Uber India

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#Strategic: Times Internet in £10 million investment in Uber India

Uber Technologies, the online ride-hailing company, has entered into a "strategic partnership" with Times Internet, as it looks to expand operations in India, its largest market outside the United States.

An Uber spokeswoman said Times Internet, the digital arm of the Times of India media group, woul...

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

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#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

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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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#GlobalAmbition: How Indian public sector giant Union Bank is going global

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#GlobalAmbition: How Indian public sector giant Union Bank is going global

 

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley this week formally launched the UK subsidiary of India’s revered Union Bank of India.

The bank’s move into the UK signals the 96-year-old institutions global expansion plans – it plans to deliver 10% of overall business from overseas markets by 2019 as it looks t...

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#Impassioned: Arun Jaitley states his case for Land Bill in London

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#Impassioned: Arun Jaitley states his case for Land Bill in London

Indian Finance Minister Arun Jaitley has slammed opponents of his government’s plan to amend the country’s Land Acquisition Bill, claiming they are gaining a “Sadistic Thrill” out of opposing changes that are seen as critical to India’s economic growth.

In an impassioned speech to the UK India Busine...

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#UKAsianReview: 'India's Daughter' - An Unnecessary Glorification of Evil

The Indian government on Tuesday banned the broadcast in India of British filmmaker Leslee Udwin's 'India's Daughter', a documentary about the horrific gang rape and murder of the young physiotherapy student Jyoti Singh Pandey on a New Delhi bus in December 2012.