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Ex-doctor narrates how guide dog resurrected his life

  by NADEEM BADSHAH  FOR Amit Patel, a dog really is a man’s best friend after he lost his eyesight within 36 hours due to a rare condition. The former doctor was lifted out of his depression by guide dog Kika along with the support of his wife Seema and relatives. Patel lost his vision […]

Former football player ventures into business

by NADEEM BADSHAH  JHAI DHILLON has swapped a professional career on the football pitch for pitching in the business world. The former Chelsea academy player has formed a winning partnership with his brother Simmy to set up a meal preparation firm. The brother’s company Rice n Spice (RNS) delivers cooked meals to customers with access […]

Domestic violence crisis ‘should top Sunak’s agenda’: Charities

by NADEEM BADSHAH NEW chancellor Rishi Sunak has been urged to focus on “prevention” and long-term strategies to support vulnerable people in his Budget on March 11. Charities working with domestic abuse victims, the elderly and the disabled have called on Sunak, who was given the job after Sajid Javid’s shock resignation last week, to also […]

Mum of accident victim calls for safer roads

By Nadeem Badshah A MOTHER whose eight-year-old son was killed on a stretch of smart motorway wants to honour his legacy by making Britain’s roads safer and prevent more deaths. Meera Naran said her talented son Dev was “angelic” and her “best friend”. The schoolboy, from Leicester, died when his grandfather’s car was hit by […]

Asians shun teaching: Experts

by NADEEM BADSHAH  MINISTERS are failing to do enough to attract British Asians to teaching after new figures revealed they continue to shun the profession, unions and campaigners said. Just 0.6 per cent of teachers were of Bangladeshi origin in 2018 with the community representing 0.8 per cent of the overall working age population in the […]

Mixed views on benefits of cannabis oil products

  By Nadeem Badshah TOP pharmacists are divided on the benefits of cannabis oil products being sold to treat pain. Around 1.3 million UK consumers spend £300 million a year on CBD goods, research has shown, with a number of specialist stores opening in high streets across the country. Cannabidiol, or CBD, is a chemical […]

‘Kashmir film won’t spark India-Pakistan tensions’

  By Nadeem Badshah BRITISH Pakistanis have dismissed fears that a new film highlighting “disappearances” in Kashmir will spark tensions in the UK and have praised the director for highlighting human rights. No Fathers in Kashmir, directed by Ashwin Kumar, was released in cinemas in January and is about a British-Kashmiri teenage girl who travels […]

BAME music talents face lack of support, funding: Experts

  By Nadeem Badshah EFFORTS to make classical music more diverse have not gone far enough, according to industry experts. The director of the English National Opera (ENO), Martyn Brabbins, has admitted attracting talent from BAME backgrounds will be hard but believes opera groups, music schools and teachers should ensure everybody had the opportunity to […]

Charity helps Asian nations rein in child sex abuse websites

  By Nadeem Badshah CHILD sex abuse websites hosted in south Asia are being shut down thanks to a partnership between the countries’ authorities and a British charity. The UK-based Internet Watch Foundation (IWF) in 2018 helped to remove seven websites where obscene material or servers were stored in India. Action was also taken against […]