Top five Bollywood dance songs

Dance is a part of most Indian weddings and functions, and Bollywood songs are perfect to make people want to shake their leg. Here are five Bollywood songs that will add sheen to any festival. Aisha – Gal Mitthi Mitthi The Punjabi number from the movie Aisha is funky and trendy and will get anyone […]

Vehicle number plate stirs up controversy

By Sairah Masud A UNIQUE number plate that is being sold at a private auction for an estimated £1 million has caused outrage among some members of the Hindu community who want it available for purchase to the general public. The 2018 pre-released plate, which reads SR1 8APS, is being sold privately for the first […]

Balochistan activists accuse London Mayor of censorship

By Sairah Masud LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan has been criticised over his office banning an ad campaign relating to a conflict-ridden region in Pakistan. The #FreeBalochistan adverts were displayed on London taxis and buses to highlight alleged “war crimes and human rights abuses”, but were later removed by Transport for London (TfL) for allegedly breaching […]

NHS Special Report: More funding demanded to address workload pressure

By Sairah Masud CHANCELLOR Philip Hammond’s autumn budget offered “little solution” to the crisis of staff recruitment and retention in the NHS, a leading British Asian doctor said, adding that GPs are being “largely overlooked” in figures to address winter pressures for general practice. Workload pressure, funding and recruitment are priorities for GPs as official […]

Around fifty world leaders set for Paris climate summit

Around 50 world leaders are expected in Paris for a major climate summit this month but US President Donald Trump will skip it, the French presidency said Monday. China and India’s leaders won’t attend the December 12 meeting either, though each will send a minister, in what is billed as a follow-up to the landmark […]

U.S. defence chief arrives in Pakistan but few signs of progress for Trump strategy

U.S. Defence Secretary Jim Mattis arrived in Islamabad on Monday to ask Pakistan’s civilian and military leadership to do more to rein in militants accused of using the country as a base to carry out attacks in neighbouring Afghanistan. More than 100 days since President Donald Trump announced his South Asia strategy, however, U.S. officials […]

‘Staff should be paid the national living wage’ says leading businessman

By Sairah Masud A LEADING British Asian businessman has said all employers who can afford to do so should follow the living wage rate, particularly in the wake of Brexit. Sunmark owner, Dr Rami Ranger’s CBE comments come after London mayor Sadiq Khan accused the owner of the Holiday Inn and Crowne Plaza hotel chains […]

UK aid to help over half a million people at risk of slavery

The International Development Secretary, Penny Mordaunt, today (1) pledged a £40 million package of UK aid to help tackle modern slavery, both in the UK and abroad. Ahead of the International Day for the Abolition of Slavery on Saturday (2), the funds are set to help over 500,000 vulnerable men, women and children around the […]

Death and the discount rate: UK companies weigh pensions tweaks

Some of Britain’s biggest companies are considering wiping millions or even billions of pounds from their pension deficits by changing a couple of key assumptions, including when staff are expected to die. Retailer Tesco paved the way last month by slicing more than three billion pounds from the pensions deficit in its accounts, citing data […]

Britain adds to Rohingya fund

By Sairah Masud BRITAIN will double the £2 million of public donations to the Rohingya crisis, in addition to £3m already matched, secretary of state for international development, Priti Patel, announced last Thursday (12). Patel said the money raised would make a “significant difference” to refugees forced to flee their homes in Myanmar’s Rakhine state. […]