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#Inadequate: Faith schools in East London under spotlight for failing to safeguard students from extremism

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#Inadequate: Faith schools in East London under spotlight for failing to safeguard students from extremism

A group of schools in East London is facing criticism after inspections by Britain's education regulator found that students were not being safeguarded from Islamic extremism.

The schools include the respected Sir John Cass secondary school and independent Muslim faith schools, two of which were supp...

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#Vile: Vishal Mehrotra may have been killed by Westminster Paedophile Ring, father claims

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#Vile: Vishal Mehrotra may have been killed by Westminster Paedophile Ring, father claims

The father of an 8-year-old British Indian boy who died in 1981 in the so-called 'Royal Wedding Day Murder' has sensationally claimed that his son may have been killed by a group of paedophiles with links to Westminster.

Vishambar Mehrotra told the Daily Telegraph that police "covered up" the crime i...

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#ClosedOff: Hundreds of refugees blocked from settlement in Australia under new rules

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#ClosedOff: Hundreds of refugees blocked from settlement in Australia under new rules

The Australian government has slashed the number of places set aside for refugees meaning that hundreds of asylum seekers awaiting approval on their applications will no longer be eligible to settle in the country.

Immigration minister Scott Morrison announced the reduction in the number of refugee p...

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#Evasive: Dow Chemicals avoids justice again over Bhopal disaster

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#Evasive: Dow Chemicals avoids justice again over Bhopal disaster

US chemical giant Dow has avoided justice again after failing to comply with an Indian court summons over the catastrophic 1984 gas leak in Bhopal which left thousands dead and many more with chronic and debilitating illnesses, Amnesty International said.

“The Dow Chemical Company is once again thumb...

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#Radicalization: The anguish of families drawn into Islamic State barbarism

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#Radicalization: The anguish of families drawn into Islamic State barbarism

“Do you know how much it hurts to raise someone and watch them grow and suddenly they’re just gone?” says Ahmed Muthana, 57, a retired electronics engineer in Wales whose two sons Nasser, 20, and Aseel, 17, have gone to fight for Islamic State.

Like any father of faraway children, he can easily slip ...

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#Terror: Pakistan ranked third in Global Terrorism Index 2014

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#Terror: Pakistan ranked third in Global Terrorism Index 2014

 

Pakistan ranks third out of 162 countries on the Global Terrorism Index with a score of 9.37 out of 10, the Australia and US-based Institute for Economics and Peace (IEP) said in its report.

The country ranks after Iraq which scores 10 out of 10 on the GTI and Afghanistan which ranks number two with...

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Bollywood

#AboutTurn: Kim Kardashian India trip cancelled due to 'Visa Issues'

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#AboutTurn: Kim Kardashian India trip cancelled due to 'Visa Issues'

Gautam can go easy with those calisthenics...American Reality TV star Kim Kardashian may not, after all, be heading to the Bigg Boss 8 house.

Kardashian, 34, was set to make an appearance in the house during her first ever visit to India later this month but the much-anticipated tour has been scupper...

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#BreakTheHouse: American Reality TV star Kim Kardashian to enter Bigg Boss house

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#BreakTheHouse: American Reality TV star Kim Kardashian to enter Bigg Boss house

American reality TV star Kim Kardashian has confirmed that she will be entering the Bigg Boss house, days after a failed attempt to “Break the Internet”.

According to reports, the 34-year-old wife of rapper Kanye West will enter the house on 22 November and spend a few days inside.

Her entry to the ho...

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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

#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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#Collusion: British-Indian IPL team-owner Raj Kundra indicted for betting

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#Collusion: British-Indian IPL team-owner Raj Kundra indicted for betting

British Indian businessman and Indian Premier League (IPL) team owner Raj Kundra violated the IPL's anti-corruption rules due to his close links with bookies, a high-level panel has found.

The Justice Mudgal Committee, headed by retired High Court judge Mukul Mudgal, was appointed by the Supreme Cour...

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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

2 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

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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

#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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#RockStar: 'Come and invest at home', Modi tells delirious NRI's Down Under

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#RockStar: 'Come and invest at home', Modi tells delirious NRI's Down Under

Senior officials from India’s opposition Congress party this weekend questioned the authenticity of the thousands of expats who have flocked to catch a glimpse of Prime Minister Narendra Modi in Australia.

However, the newly-elected premier has built a reputation for being unperturbed about questions...

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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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London Film Festival 2014

#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.