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UNICEF - REUNITING CHILDREN WITH FAMILIES IS A PRIORITY
Seven year old Kasturi and her brother Jithu in the rehabilitation camp opened by the governement authorities in Kayamkulam in Alappuzha district of Kerala. Mini Jeemon / UNICEF India / 2004UNICEF said today it is concerned that children throughout the tsunami-devastated region have been orphaned or separated from their families and are in critical need of basic care. Executive Director, Carol Bellamy said:"It is hard to imagine the fear, confusion and desperation of these hildren." read more read more
 
BOLLYWOOD WANTS TO HELP TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Raveena TandonWhile some Bollywood celebrities have already reached out to victims of the tsunami disaster in India, others are still shell-shocked and wondering how they should help. Says Raveena Tandon: "I can't believe so much human life has been destroyed in one sweep. It's just too much to digest. We all must come forward to do our best." read more read more
 
BRITS LOVE THEIR NEIGHBOURS
HousesThe vast majority of people in England and Wales trust their neighbours according to the main findings from the 2003 Home Office Citizenship Survey. It suggests that neighbourliness is on the rise, with two out of three people socialising with neighbours at least once a month and an increasing number feeling that people in their neighbourhood could be trusted. read more read more
 
AMITABH BACHCHAN READY TO HELP TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Amitabh BachchanIndian superstar Amitabh Bachchan, moved by the human tragedy unfolding in the aftermath of Sunday's tsunami, says he would love to do whatever he can to help."Whatever is expected from me, whatever the government wants me to do, I'm ready to do, no question about that," says Amitabh. Expressing grief and concern over the destruction and death, Amitabh, says, "It's so painful and such a tragedy.... To see the visuals on television is extremely painful." read more read more
 
INDIAN CELEBRITIES LEND SUPPORT TO TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Bollywood Director Subhash Ghai is to meet Indian Chief Minister, Vilasrao Deshmukh, to discuss how the film industry can help Tsunami victims.Several celebrities in Mumbai are pitching in to help victims of the tsunami tragedy. Businessman Viren Shah has decided to donate all the money that he was to spend on his New Year bash to help victims. Bollywood Director, Subhash Ghai, has announced that he is meeting Chief Minister Vilasrao Deshmukh to chalk out a plan on how the film industry can do its bit to help victims. read more read more
 
HINDU FORUM LAUNCHES DISASTER RELIEF TASK FORCE
Swami Nirliptananda, spiritual leader of the Hindu Forum of BritainAt a prayer meeting held at Bhaktivedanta Manor temple on 28 December 2004, the Hindu Forum of Britain launched the Disaster Relief Task Force (DRTF) to build a unified strategy for aid organisations in the UK working with national calamities in the Indian subcontinent. Organisations that are members of the DRTF include the Hindu Forum of Britain, SEWA International, VHP UK, ISKCON and many others. read more read more
 
TSUNAMI SURVIVORS FLOOD CAMPS IN INDIA
UNICEF is providing 2,475 water storage tanks to the camps and hospitals in the hardest-hit areas. © UNICEF India/2004UNICEF is sending emergency items and staff to various relief camps and hospitals in the southern Indian state of Tamil Nadu. An estimated 200,000 people are in relief camps in Tamil Nadu, Kerala and Pondicherry. The south of India has been gravely impacted by this weekend’s 9.0-magnitude earthquake and resulting deadly tsunamis. read more read more
 
CHILDREN ARE SUFFERING IN OVERCROWDED RELIEF CAMPS
UNICEF's supplies are loaded into trucks to be sent into relief camps in Tamil Nadu.© UNICEF India/2004.Sahai Radhika has her eyes wide open, but she is not talking. She has been lying either on the sand or in her father’s lap at the relief camp in Nagarcoil, the district headquarters of Kanyakumari district, where it is estimated thousands of people have been killed and around 700 fishermen are missing. read more read more
 
UNICEF AID FLIGHTS TO DISASTER ZONE
UNICEF workers pack emergency supplies into boxes for transportation to the disaster zone © UNICEF/HQ04-0865/Lars Bech.A UNICEF-chartered plane carrying essential aid supplies for children and families affected by the quake disaster is scheduled to arrive in Sri Lanka on Thursday morning. The cargo plane, which left Copenhagen on Tuesday night is carrying 15 emergency health kits. read more read more
 
THE STRUGGLE TO REACH REMOTE ISLANDS IN THE MALDIVES
Homes have been completely destroyed by the tidal waves. © UNICEF Maldives/2004/Shah.The 1,200 coral islands of the Maldives were devastated by tsunamis that struck on December 26. Some of the country’s uninhabited islands were completely washed away. Two-thirds of the Maldives population, some 300,000 people, have been affected. UNICEF Maldives reports that 14,000 children, women and men have been displaced. read more read more
 
LANDMINES RISK AFTER FLOODING IN SRI LANKA
Landmines warning sign in Sri LankaThe devastating tsunamis that struck south Asia have displaced thousands from their homes. These survivors face new dangers -- disease, lack of clean water and sanitation facilities. UNICEF says that landmines are also a deadly risk. read more read more
 
DEC LAUNCHES TSUNAMI APPEAL
DEC launches Tsunami AppealThe Disasters Emergency Committee (DEC) representing 12 leading aid agencies, has launched a television and radio appeal to deliver emergency aid to hundreds of thousands people caught up in the tsunami quake. Donations can be made by calling Telephone: 0870 60 60 900 or online. read more read more
 
UN AIDS ASIAN TSUNAMI SURVIVORS
UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan EgelandWith deadly diseases now stalking the survivors of the massive South Asian tsunami that has already claimed an estimated 40,000 lives, the United Nations today turned to the urgent task of providing clean drinking water for millions of people. The destruction of water & sanitation systems "is causing a humanitarian disaster," said UN Emergency Relief Coordinator Jan Egeland. read more read more
 
UNICEF CALLS FOR AID FOR ASIAN QUAKE VICTIMS
UNICEF's P.T. Sesharadri inspects water tanks being loaded at Chennai, Tamil Nadu, for tsunami affected coastal areas.UNICEF is rushing relief assistance to the countries hardest hit by massive ocean flooding following Sunday's earthquake, working to meet the urgent needs of hundreds of thousands of people who survived the tsunamis but now need shelter, water, medical supplies and other urgent assistance. read more read more
 
CHILDREN ACCOUNT FOR ONE THIRD OF TSUNAMI VICTIMS
Asian ChildChildren are likely to account for more than a third of those killed when massive waves smashed into coastal communities across Asia, UNICEF Executive Director Carol Bellamy said today. “Virtually no country has a population with less than a third of its population aged eighteen years or below and in some of the countries up to 50 per cent of the population is young". read more read more
 
ASIA EARTHQUAKE APPEAL LAUNCHED BY WORLDVISION
Worldvision Asian Quake Survivors Appeal - donate online now.International relief charity World Vision is delivering aid to communities in south and east Asia after massive tidal waves were triggered by the world's strongest earthquake for 40 years. The massive quake, measuring 8.9 on the Richter scale, struck off the coast of Sumatra sending a wall of water across sea. read more read more
 
ASIAN QUAKE - TSUNAMIS HIT SOUTH ASIA
One in, all in: fishing boats on the beach. Photograph by Greg Elms.A series of massive tsunamis, caused by an earthquake in the Indian Ocean, hit South Asia on 26 December 2004. Sri Lanka is worst effected hit with thousands feared dead and countless others left homeless. More than 18,700 people died in Sri Lanka, more than 4,400 in India and more than 1,500 in Thailand, with numbers expected to rise. read more read more
 
HFB SEEKS POLICE MONITORING OF RELIGIOUS HATE CRIME
Sir Ian BlairAt a dinner hosted by the Metropolitan Police for British Hindus on 13 December 2004, the Hindu Forum of Britain asked the Police Service to monitor religious hate crime by recording the faith of the victim in addition to the present practise of recording the ethnicity of the victim. “Religious hate crime is as important to tackle as race hate crime" stated the HFB. read more read more
 
MAHIMA CHAUDHARY URGES FANS TO KICK THE MEAT HABIT
Mahima Chaudhary in PETA India Ad campaignShown walking in the clouds and holding a basket of flowers and fruit next to the tagline “Be an Angel … Go Vegetarian”, Bollywood star Mahima Chaudhary appears as a celestial being in a brand-new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA). Mahima, who gained national recognition with her debut film Pardes, wants her legions of fans to know that they too can be “angels” by adopting a vegetarian diet. read more read more
 
MORRIS INQUIRY CALLS FOR MODERNISATION OF THE MPS
Image courtesy of the Metroplitan Polcie Service.The Morris Inquiry is calling for root and branch reform of the way the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS) is managed. The independent inquiry, set up to look into standards and employment matters in the MPS, makes its call in its report, published today. Sir Bill Morris, Chair of the Inquiry, said: “This is a radical and ground-breaking report setting out a reforming pathway to change both within the MPS and nationally”. read more read more
 
MUSLIM SCHOLAR'S USA VISA REVOKED
Tariq RamadanThe Mayor of London's human rights adviser Yasmin Qureshi has expressed concern about the treatment of Islamic scholar Tariq Ramadan, after he resigned his professorship at an American university following the withdrawal of his US visa. read more read more
 
HFB DEFENDS NEASDEN MANDIR & VHP
Swaminarayn Mandir at NeasdenAt a Home Affairs Select Committee hearing on 14 December 2004, the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) vehemently refuted all allegations made earlier by Jagdeesh Singh of the Sikh Community Action Network against the Swaminarayan Hindu Mission Neasden and the Vishwa Hindu Parishad UK (VHP). Singh's inaccurate statement had caused outrage in both the Hindu and Sikh communities. read more read more
 
MAYOR APPOINTS MUSLIM HUMAN RIGHTS ADVISER
Yasmin Qureshi has been appointed human rights adviser to the Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.Ken Livingstone has today appointed Yasmin Qureshi as his new human rights adviser. She replaces Assembly member Graham Tope, who held the unpaid post during the mayor's first term. Ms Qureshi, a barrister whose experience includes two years as part of the United Nations Mission in Kosovo (UNMIK), will champion human rights issues on behalf of the mayor. read more read more
 
REDBRIDGE CELEBRATES FOURTH COMMUNITY AWARDS
Redbridge Community Awards WinnersThe fourth Redbridge Cultural Association’s Awards night was held on 10 December 2004. The Community Awards honour the borough’s unsung heroes and promote Redbridge as a diverse London borough. read more read more
 
GAS ENGINEERS CAN NOW SPEAK 100 LANGUAGES
Parmjit Singh GillA ground-breaking new initiative - which enables engineers to 'speak' in over 100 different languages - has been announced by British Gas. The new "Language Line" is a translation service for households visited by its 8,000 strong engineering workforce. The service has been welcomed by Parmjit Singh Gill, MP for Leicester South. read more read more
 
HIDING WOMEN IS BACKWARD MUSHARRAF TELLS BBC
President Mushrraf of PakistanHiding women away in the home hidden behind veils is a backward view of Islam and is absolutely wrong, President Musharraf of Pakistan told BBC Newsnight. Presenter Kirsty Wark asked the President of Pakistan about issues on ntegration following Pakistan High Commissioner Dr Lodhi's criticisms of some sections of the British Pakistani community. read more read more
 
BACHCHAN APPOINTED AMBASSADOR BY NELSON MANDELA
Amitabh BachchanIndian megastar Amitabh Bachchan was appointed by Former President Nelson Mandela as a 46664 Special Ambassador today. The appointment was announced by Chief Executive of The Nelson Mandela Foundation, Mr John Samuel at the screening of the film 'Yesterday' at the International Film Festival Of India. Mr Bachchan is widely known for his activism against HIV / AIDS in India, however, his global profile would add a new dimension to the 46664 campaign. read more read more
 
HONEY KALARIA AWARDED A DOCTORATE
Honey KalariaThe UK's Bollywood Ambassador, Honey Kalaria, was awarded a Doctorate of Arts from The University of East London on Wednesday 24 November. The Bollywood choreographer, dancer, singer, model and actress, was presented with her Honorary Doctorate of Arts by the Chancellor of UEL, Lord Rix, in recognition of her services to the arts as a leading exponent and teacher of modern Indian dance. read more read more
 
CITIZENS ADVICE WELCOMES NEW EQUALITY COMISSION
Group of WomenCitizens Advice has welcomed the Government's response to its proposals for the establishment of the new Commission for Equality and Human Rights (CEHR). The problem-solving charity believes the new commission will provide a major opportunity to tackle discrimination and promote a culture of rights in the UK, particularly in gender and racial equality. read more read more
 
A BETTER LIFE FOR DISADVANTAGED ETHNIC MINORITIES?
Jeff RookerA new project to improve the life chances of disadvantaged adults - including disabled people and those with long term health conditions, people with poor basic skills and some ethnic minority groups - was launched today by Jeff Rooker, Social Exclusion Minister in the Office of the Deputy Prime Minister. read more read more
 
ATTACKS ON BANGLADESHI HINDUS CONDEMNED
DurgaThe Hindu Forum of Britain has asked British MPs to condemn the attacks on Bangladeshi Hindus during the recent holy festival of Durga Puja. The attacks took the form of demolition of Hindu temples, destruction of Hindu deities, arson & personal attacks on Hindu worshippers. “We seek reassurance that they will do everything in their power to protect the rights of all faith communities" said Ramesh Kallidai the HFB. read more read more
 
VANISHING HERDS BALL RAISES £25K FOR INDIAN WILDLIFE
Virginia McKenna at the Vanishing Herds Charity Ball 2004.Virginia McKenna was the guest of honour at the Vanishing Herds Foundation (VHF) Charity Ball held on 13 November 2004 in London. Virginia paid tribute to Diwali by lighting a special candle in front a deity of Ganesh, ‘the remover of obstacles’. Jeffrey Archer and Rula Lenska were among the stars at the ball that raised over £25,000 for charity. read more read more
 
WREATH LAYING FOR SOUTH ASIAN ARMY VOLUNTEERS
Baroness Flather lays a wreath for South Asian Army Volunteers.The Memorial Gates Committee held its second annual wreath laying ceremony on 12 November 2004 at the Memorial Gates on Constitution Hill. The ceremony paid tribute to the five million men and women from India, Pakistan, Sri Lanka, Bangladesh, Nepal, Africa and the Caribbean who volunteered to serve with the Armed Forces of Britain during the two World Wars. The Prince of Wales sent a magnificent wreath. read more read more
 
OBV LAUNCHES COUNCILLOR SHADOWING SCHEME
Bristol City Council mentors and shadowing scheme participants at the Councillor Shadowing Scheme launch.Operation Black Vote in partnership with Bristol City Council launched the country's first Councillor Shadowing Scheme. The aim of this groundbreaking project is to ensure that Bristol has more Black and other minority ethnic councillors. A welcome reception to launch the scheme was held on Thursday 4th November 2004 at the Lord Mayor's Office at Clifton Down, Bristol. read more read more
 
BARNARDO'S WINS AT THE BRITISH DIVERSITY AWARDS 2004
L-R: Richard Blackwood, Bhaggie Patel (Barnardo's) & Errol John (Barnardo's).Children's Charity Barnardo's picked up the Fellowship Award at the British Diversity Awards on Friday 22 October 2004. Barnardo's representatives Errol John and Bhaggie Patel received the award - described as 'the highest accolade' - from HRH the Duke of Gloucester. read more read more
 
RAGHAV HELPS NSPCC PROTECT ASIAN CHILDREN
Raghav helps NSPCC protect Asian children.Asian pop star Raghav is backing the NSPCC’s 'someone to turn to' campaign this autumn. The campaign encourages Asian youngsters to call the free NSPCC Asian Helpline if they have any worries or concerns, and not to suffer in silence. NSPCC research has found that young people who suffer from abuse, bullying and violence may bottle things up and be reluctant to share their problems. read more read more
 
NEW MEASURES TO END FORCED MARRIAGES
Aneeta Prem, magistrate member of the Metropolitan Police Authority, welcomes the new measures to end forced marriages.New laws and a specialist taskforce to promote human rights and protect victims are at the heart of a Government drive to prevent forced marriages, the Home Office announced today. The new measures build on existing work with public agencies, the voluntary sector and community leaders to raise awareness of forced marriage and to encourage victims to seek support and advice. read more read more
 
BALDEV SINGH WINS TOP TEACHING AWARD 2004
Baldev SinghBaldev Singh was announced as the Teaching Awards 2004 National Winner for Innovation in Education on 24 October 2004. Baldev was presented with his gold plate and a prize package for John Cabot City Technology College worth £25,000. The Teaching Awards are the ‘Oscars’ of the teaching profession and aim to celebrate excellence in education. read more read more
 
CIVIL SERVICE NUMBERS UP AGAIN BUT DIVERSITY ON TRACK
Ruth Kelly, Cabinet Office MinisterDiversity in the Senior Civil Service continues to increase according to new figures. Overall, the number of Civil Servants has also increased by 2.6 percent despite earlier government assurances that numbers would be reduced. At 1 April 2004, the number of permanent Civil Servants was 523,580 (full-time equivalents), up 13,460. Representation of staff from ethnic minority backgrounds, women & disabled people has increased. read more read more
 
AMITABH BACHCHAN - ‘HOTTEST VEGETARIAN ALIVE’
Amitabh Bachchan. Photo Copyright of Atul Kasbekar.Bollywood hero Amitabh Bachchan, whose recent releases Baghban, Deewar and Lakshya have added to his remarkable string of more than 150 films, has been voted the winners in People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals’ (PETA) “Hottest Vegetarian Alive” online poll. For Amitabh, this marks the third straight crowning in the contest’s three-year history. read more read more
 
CRE CHAIR BREAKS FIRST FAST OF RAMADAN
CRE Chair, Trevor Phillips breaks first fast of Ramadan with London familyAs part of the Commission for Racial Equality’s (CRE) programme on integration, Chair, Trevor Phillips, today broke the first fast of Ramadan with a Muslim family, in the London Borough of Tower Hamlets. Trevor Phillips said: "Festivals remind us that Britain is a nation of different faiths for which we should have mutual respect." read more read more
 
HINDU FORUM WELCOMES MORE ETHNIC MINORITY JUDGES
Kapil Dudakia, spokesman for the Hindu Forum, welcomed the DCA's drive to recruit more ethnic minority judges.The Hindu Forum of Britain welcomed the recent announcement from the Department for Constitutional Affairs (DCA) in their unprecedented drive to recruit more women, minority ethnic and disabled lawyers as judges. At present, only 15.8 per cent of court judges are women, and just 3.4 per cent come from minority ethnic groups. The HFB raised the issue of institutionalised racism with the DCA early this year. read more read more
 
OFCOM WARNED NOT TO IGNORE RACE
TVBroadcasters could legitimately ignore race when vetting their output under a new draft code proposed by the Office of Communications (Ofcom), the CRE warned today. The CRE criticised Ofcom’s decision not to include specific reference to racial and related offence. Trevor Phillips, CRE chair, warned that that race relations could suffer as a result. read more read more
 
CHARITY COMMISSION WANTS TO HEAR FROM ASIANS
Charity Commission logoThe Charity Commission is appealing for people from Asian communities to join its new customer service network. The network will provide an opportunity for feedback and suggestions on a wide range of Commission policy and procedures. read more read more
 
FIRST VSO VOLUNTEER FROM INDIA HEADS OVERSEAS
Pushparaj MohantyOn board Kenya Airways flight KQ 201 to Nairobi on Wednesday, Pushparaj Mohanty created history by becoming the first Indian VSO volunteer to depart from India. Pushparaj, from Cuttack in Orissa, was recruited through the iVolunteer overseas programme. The programme started in November 2003 and has recruited 27 Indian volunteers so far, who will be placed within VSO's 34 country programmes. read more read more
 
ASIAN YOUTH CONFERENCE DEBATES MEDIA, CAREER & CHARITY
Parminder VirThis year's Asian Youth Conference, held on Saturday 25 September 2004 at the House of Commons, was organised by Asian Voice newspaper and focussed on the issues of Media Representation of Asians, Modern Asian Culture and its effects on British Society, the effect of glass ceilings on Asian Entrepreneurship, career progression and the route to 'Sewa' for young Asians. read more read more
 
MICHAEL HOWARD: GETTING A GRIP ON ASYLUM
Michael HowardMichael Howard today said that immigration made Britain a stronger country but that the current system needed to be reformed so that it was fairer and more effective. He said firm but fair immigration controls are essential for the national security and good race relations. He warned that the current asylum system is chaotic, unfair and out of control. read more read more
 
ASIAN ELDERS FACING A BLEAK FUTURE
Old AgeGrowing numbers of ethnic minorities are facing discrimination and little access to public services as they get older. New research shows inequality in health care, levels of poverty, inadequate housing, limited access to information and public services due to language barriers and cultural barriers. read more read more
 
ASIAN MAGISTRATE FOR LEICESTER
Harminder BasraHarminder Basra becomes the first person from the 2004 Operation Black Vote and Department of Constitutional Affairs Magistrates Shadowing Scheme to be appointed as a magistrate in Leicester. The scheme, which saw Revinder Johal become a magistrate in Birmingham earlier this year, aims to help address the deficit of Black and other minority ethnic magistrates within the court system. read more read more
 
'STOP BUSHARRAF' MASS ACTION CAMPAIGN LAUNCHED
Stop Busharraf Campaign posterHizb ut-Tahrir Britain is initiating a campaign to call upon the Muslims of Pakistan to remove President Musharraf, and replace his system with the Islamic Khilafah [Caliphate]. The “Stop Busharraf” campaign will culminate in a demonstration to Pakistan’s High Commission in London on 9th October. read more read more
 
GREG DYKE AWARDED FOR 'BBC HIDEOUSLY WHITE' REMARK
Greg Dyke with his Empower AwardGreg Dyke, former Director General of the BBC, has received an award from Glasgow-based Empower Scotland, which was set up to fight racism and xenophobia in the work place. He was presented with the award in London by the Chair of Empower, Tesfu Gessesse and Brig Gandhi of the BME Women's Resource Centre. The award is in recognition of Dyke's 'hideously white' remarks relating to the BBC. read more read more
 
AMISHA PATEL DECRIES ZOOS AS ‘PITIFUL PRISONS’
Amisha Patel in PETA Advert.Crouched and cowering in a barren, concrete 'cell' next to the tagline 'Zoos Are Pitiful Prisons – Let Animals Live Free!' celebrated actress Amisha Patel, who shot to fame opposite Hrithik Roshan in 'Kaho Na Pyar Hai' appears in a new ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India that focuses attention on the plight of animals in zoos. read more read more
 
UK ASIAN SOCCER CHAMPIONSHIP 2004
Sporting Bengal United FC from Tower Hamlets in London.  They successfully defended their title by beating SASA 3-1 in the final.On September 12, Glasgow played host to the first UK Asian Soccer Cup Final. This year Rangers hosted the final at Ibrox Park. One hundred and forty eight teams started out on the road. In the final eight were SASA (Scottish Asian Sports Association) Scotland, Bradford Albion, Rochdale FC, Derby FC, Sporting Bengal, Preston FC, Wolverhampton Azard and Gravesend. read more read more
 
MORE ETHNIC TEACHERS NEEDED TO IMPROVE EDUCATION
More Black & Ethnic Minority Teachers are needed to improve education says Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone.The Mayor of London, Ken Livingstone has vowed to "increase Black teacher numbers to improve education outcomes for Black children". The Mayor's comments come in the light of new research being published to coincide with the 'London Schools and the Black Child', the third conference on Black education to be organised by the Mayor, with Hackney North and Stoke Newington MP Diane Abbott. read more read more
 
MORRIS INQUIRY PUBLISHES MPS SURVEY RESULTS
Sir Bill MorrisThe Morris Inquiry, an independent inquiry into professional standards and employment matters in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), has today published the results of a survey into professional standards within the MPS. 15,616 MPS officers and staff responded to the questionnaire. read more read more
 
CITIZENS ADVICE BUREAUX APPEAL FOR ETHNIC VOLUNTEERS
CAB appeals for ethnic volunteers.Citizens Advice Bureaux across the UK today issued an appeal for more people from black and minority ethnic communities to give up their time to help the problem-solving charity serve the local community. read more read more
 
LOOKING FOR THE NEXT GENERATION OF COUNCIL LEADERS
Councillor Navin Shah - Deputy Leader of Harrow Council and Leader of Harrow Labour Group. OBV hopes to encourage the next generation of such leader with its pilot shadowing scheme.Operation Black Vote in partnership with Bristol City Council is launching the country's first Councillor Shadowing Scheme. The aim of this groundbreaking project is to ensure that Bristol has more Black and other minority ethnic councillors, and that local communities engage with the Authority in all areas and at all levels of governance. read more read more
 
QUEEN'S AWARD FOR VOLUNTARY SERVICE NOMINATIONS
Queen's Award for Voluntary Service - logoThe time is almost up for members of the public to nominate their local voluntary group or community organisation to receive the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. This highly prestigious, annual Award is designed to give well-deserved recognition to those who volunteer their time and energy to help others. read more read more
 
‘WHO IS THE HOTTEST VEGETARIAN ALIVE?’
Who is the hottest vegetarian alive? asks PETA in its third annual poll.Bollywood’s monopoly of the annual poll conducted by People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) to find the “Hottest Vegetarian Alive” was shattered last year when supermodel Yana Gupta beat 2002 winner Esha Deol and Aditi Govitrikar to capture the title in the women’s category. read more read more
 
HOME OFFICE AWARDS GRANT TO HINDU FORUM OF BRITAIN
Bhavisha Tailor, Youth Secretary of the The Hindu Forum of Britain.The Home Office has awarded a grant to the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) to conduct third party consultation workshops this autumn for their ‘Strength in Diversity’ white paper which seeks to implement the Government’s community cohesion and race equality strategy. The HFB is conducting the largest consultation exercise ever attempted for British Hindus. read more read more
 
93-YEAR-OLD FAUJA SINGH IN NEW PETA ADVERT
Poster Featuring 93-Year-Old Runner Will Debut at Great Scottish Run The advert shows a runner in mid-stride, training for his next marathon, and reads, “Fauja Singh: Age 93/Champion International Marathon Runner/Father of Six/Grandfather of 13 … Vegetarian”. Fauja Singh, the man who, at age 81, rediscovered his passion for distance running and, at 93, shows no signs of slowing down, has joined forces with PETA to caution Asians about eating meat. read more read more
 
HINDU COMMUNITIES SHOCKED BY JUDGES RULING
Kamlesh BahlThe Hindu community in the UK were shocked to learn from three of the most senior judges last week that a Hindu could not be offended if their actions were compared to punishment in the Islamic Shariah law, even if such comparison was made in a derogatory tone. The ruling arose in the dispute between the Law Society and its former Vice President Kamlesh Bahl. read more read more
 
SOUTH GLOUCESTERSHIRE ASIAN PROJECT AWARDED
Pramod Mistry, Lord Elwes, Jitesh Mistry and Vijay Patel.Bristol-based voluntary group, South Gloucestershire Asian Project was selected to receive the prestigious Queen's Award for Voluntary Service. The Lord Lieutenant of Gloucestershire, Henry Elwes presented the award on 30th July. read more read more
 
MIND THE GAP! - SAYS RAM GIDOOMAL, TIMEBANK SUPPORTER
Ram Gidoomal, TimeBank Supporter.Voluntary organisations in London are missing out on an untapped resource of willing volunteers through their inability to reach people from local ethnic communities, a new survey has found. The survey of more than 500 black and minority ethnic (BME) Londoners found that 62% of respondents thought their local area needed improving. read more read more
 
CRE SURVEY SHOWS LITTLE INTEGRATION WITH MINORITIES
Group of WomenThe CRE launched the findings of a YouGov survey today showing that the UK's white majority population is integrating less with other communities than the non-white population. Most white people (94%) have few or no ethnic minority friends, while nearly half (47%) of non-white people, say most or all of their close friends are white. read more read more
 
'WINGS OF HOPE' PLANS TO FIGHT ILLITERACY
Lord DholakiaLord Dholakia of Waltham Brooks OBE DI pointed to the 'real war' on Monday 12th July at the House of Lords. In his opening address he stated that poverty, disadvantage and discrimination are the real war we should be fighting against. He added, "Supporting Wings of Hope is not just about clearing your conscience but doing something much bigger than that." read more read more
 
FORMER CRICKETER IMRAN KHAN IS AN ASIAN JEWEL
Imran Khan with his Lifetime Achievement Award from the Asian Jewel Awards 2004.Former cricketer and Pakistan team captain, Imran Khan, won a Lifetime Achievement Award at the Asian Jewel Awards 2004 (Southern Region) last night. Other winners included Baroness Usha Prashar (Lifetime Achievement), Gurinder Chadha, director of 'Bend it Like Beckham' (Media & Arts) and Sir Ravinder Maini, Professor of Rheumatology at Imperial College, London (Healthcare & Education). read more read more
 
SIDELINE THE EXTREMISTS SAYS HOME SECRETARY
David BlunkettReligious and political extremists are a scourge of modern society who prey on the most vulnerable and insecure, UK Home Secretary David Blunkett said in a speech today. Mr Blunkett said the Government intended to introduce an offence of incitement to religious hatred to help tackle extremists who used religion to stir up hatred in our society. read more read more
 
RANI RUNS 'EMERALD ISLE MILE' FOR BBC SPORTS RELIEF
Rani Singh in her Belfast outfit with 'Holiday' programme presenter Carig Doyle.Former EastEnders actress Rani Singh will be running in Belfast this weekend – in a sari and specially-designed jewellery as her salute to the ‘Emerald Isle’ – to raise funds for BBC’s first-ever Sport Relief, an offshoot of Comic Relief. London-based Rani, who was EastEnders’ longest-running female Asian character playing shopkeeper Sufia, has also starred in The Bill and Playschool. read more read more
 
STOP & SEARCH USED INDISCRIMNATELY AGAINST MUSLIMS

PolicemanToday's Home Office figures revealing a huge 302% increase in the number of Asians who were stopped and searched by the police in 2002/2003 serve to confirm the impression that since 9/11 "institutionalised racism in the police force has gradually been morphing into an institutionalised Islamophobia" claim the Muslim Council of Britain. The Council also claims that: "The figures also revealed that the police had an arrest rate of only 13% of those stopped and searched." read more read more

 
BEACON HUNTS FOR ASIAN CHARITY HEROES
Sarah Francis, Young winner of the Beacon Prize 2003The Beacon Fellowship has launched its search for this year's winner of the Beacon Prize which is awarded to any individual who has made a significant contribution to charity, whether through resources, time or specialist skills. The winner will receive £20,000 to donate to the charity of their choice. read more read more
 
INDIAN ‘COWGIRL’ TO JOIN NUDE PROTEST IN SPAIN
Poorva JoshipuraTwenty-seven-year-old, London-based Indo-American Poorva Joshipura, whose parents are from Gujarat, is setting off to Spain to join an estimated 300 PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) supporters from around the world to run through the streets of Pamplona two days before the city’s annual ‘Running of the Bulls’ as part of PETA’s third annual ‘Human Race’ on 5 July 2004. read more read more
 
CALL FOR LOCAL ASIAN HEROES
GraffitiA search for people across England and Wales who have taken a stand against vandals, thugs and noisy neighbours was launched by Home Office Minister Hazel Blears today. The 'Taking A Stand Awards 2004' will recognise individuals and local groups who have shown commitment and bravery in tackling problems in their communities. read more read more
 
SUNRISE SHINES AT NTL COMMERCIAL RADIO AWARDS 2004
Tony Lit and Kay McCarthySunrise Radio, the UK’s first independent 24 hour Asian commercial radio station, was presented with the highly respected award of Marketing Excellence at the recent NTL Commercial Radio Awards 2004. The competition was fierce with over 340 entries for 19 categories. Short listed along side Century FM and Wessex FM it was Sunrise Radio’s time to shine as it picked up the award. read more read more
 
ASIAN HEADMASTER WINS TEACHING AWARD 2004
Pritpal SinghPritpal Singh, Headteacher of the Drayton Manor High School in Handwell was just one of three Asian Teachers to win at the Teaching Awards 2004. Baldev Singh won the Innovation in Education Award for the West of England area and Sarah Mukkadam won Outstanding New Teacher in the East Midlands region. This is the sixth event since the Awards were set up. read more read more
 
PARMINDER NAGRA'S NEW ROLE AS OLYMPIC TORCH BEARER
London Mayor, Ken Livingstone with Parminder Nagra.'Bend it Like Beckham' & 'ER' star, Parminder Nagra, took on a new role as an Olympic Torch Bearer on Saturday 26 June 2004 at the request of London Mayor, Ken Livingstone. Other Celebrity and Olympian torchbearers included Richard Branson, Matthew Pinsent and Sir Steven Redgrave. read more read more
 
WINDRUSH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2004
Elaine Sihera with Windrush Fellow Rudolph Walker.Rudolph Walker (Patrick in Eastenders) and Art Malik (Zubin in Holby City) were voted popular Windrush Fellows, the highest accolade, by the 32 national judges at the Windrush Achievement Awards 2004. Benjamin Zephaniah narrowly beat Baroness Valerie Amos, Leader of the House of Lords, for the title of Newsmaker of the Year. read more read more
 
INDIA MOURNS DEATH OF FILM PRODUCER YASH JOHAR
Film Producer Yash Johar.Noted Bollywood film producer Yash Johar died in India on Saturday 26 June 2004 of complications arising from a severe chest infection. Johar had been on artificial life support at the Intensive Care Unit (ICU) of the Leelavati Hospital since June 20. He was cremated at the Shivaji Park crematorium on 27 June in a ceremony attended by the leading lights of Bollywood. read more read more
 
LABOUR BEFRIENDS INDIAN WOMEN
Chairwoman at a Labour Friends of India briefing.Labour Friends of India (LFIN), the independent Parliamentary Group for MP's which was launched by John Prescot in 1999, is seeking to engage in a "Big Conversation with Indian Women" on 22 July 2004. The group has campaigned successfully in Parliament for further investment in literacy and anti-poverty programmes in India. read more read more
 
O.B.E FOR SHERE KHAN CEO, NIGHAT AWAN
Nighat Awan, chief exceutive of the Shere Khan Group, has been awarded the O.B.E. (Order of the British Empire) for services to export and to charity. She undertakes charitable activities for a variety of organizations, including The Prince's Trust, Business in the Community and Cancer Bacup and the Pakistan Human Development Fund. read more read more
 
MUSLIM GIRL LOSES CASE TO WEAR JILBAB TO SCHOOL
HijabFifteen-year-old Shabina Begum has lost her case to wear the jilbab to school. A High Court ruled in favour of Denbeigh High School which already allows pupils to wear shalwar kameez and hijab as uniform. The School had cited health and safety issues and peer pressure as reasons why it did not wish to allow the wearing of the jilbab. read more read more
 
CRE TO TAKE LEGAL ACTION AGAINST POLICE FORCES
Trevor PhillipsTrevor Phillips, Chair of the Commission for Racial Equality, today announced his intention to commence enforcement action against 14 police forces and 8 police authorities. This follows the publication of interim findings of the CRE's formal investigation into the Police Service of England and Wales. The investigation found that more than 90 per cent of police race equality schemes failed to meet minimum legal requirements. read more read more
 
VIOLENCE OVER BOLLYWOOD FILM 'GIRLFRIEND'
Violence over Bollywood flm' Girlfriend'.Violence erupted in two Indian cities Monday as protestors demanded a ban on the Bollywood film "Girlfriend", objecting to its theme of alternate sexuality. The protestors tore down posters and banners of the movie that was released Friday. They smashed windowpanes and name boards of cinema halls screening the film in Varansi. read more read more
 
MET RECRUITS 2000TH ETHNIC MINORITY OFFICER
Asian Police OfficerThe Metropolitan Police Service has recruited its 2000th ethnic minority officer, surpassing a significant milestone as the Service strives to employ a workforce that truly represents London's communities. With a buoyant recruitment process in operation, the Met is looking to build on this excellent progress as it drives towards achieving the Home Office target of 25.9 percent ethnic minority officers by 2009. read more read more
 
MORRIS ENQUIRY TO QUIZ 43,000 POLICE OFFICERS
Sir Bill MorrisThe Morris Inquiry, an independent inquiry into professional standards and employment matters in the Metropolitan Police Service (MPS), is distributing a detailed questionnaire to the 43,000 officers and staff of the MPS. The survey aims to ascertain the views of as many MPS personnel as possible on some of the issues the Inquiry is looking into. read more read more
 
QUEEN'S AWARDS FOR ASIAN COMMUNITY HEROES
The Brent Indian Community Centre wins a Queen's Award for Voluntary Service.The Queen's Award for Voluntary Services today announced details of those selected to receive the prestigious Award this year. Asian community groups awarded include the Brent Indian Community Centre, the Indian Muslim Welfare Society, and the South Gloucestershire Asian Project. read more read more
 
ANOUSHKA WANTS KFC’S CRUELTY TO CHICKENS TO STOP
Anoushka ShankarLongtime PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) supporter Anoushka Shankar has fired off a letter to Pete Bassi, chairman of KFC’s parent company, Yum! Restaurants International, urging him to eliminate alleged practices "such as scalding chickens to death in defeathering tanks and breeding and drugging birds so that they grow so large so fast that their leg bones break under their own weight." read more read more
 
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2004 WINNERS
Sandra Howard at The Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2004.Sandra Howard, wife of the Rt Hon. Michael Howard QC MP, Leader of the Opposition, stole the limelight at last night's glittering ceremony at The London Hilton Hotel in Park Lane that saw nine leading Asian women pick up the annual Asian Women of Achievement (AWA) Awards. Mrs Howard wore a pale pink raw silk Indian outfit with chiffon sleeves complemented with her own dazzling jewellery. read more read more
 
HINDU FORUM SUPPORTED BY MAJOR POLITICAL PARTIES
Baroness Amos lights a ceremonial candle at the official launch of the Hindu Forum of Britain. The official launch of the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) on Wednesday 26 May 2004, was co-hosted by the Lord Dholakia, Chair of the Liberal Democratic Party, Stephen Pound MP and Peter Luff MP at the House of Commons. It was attended by over 200 guests and included 40 MPs, life peers and community leaders. read more read more
 
EMMA AWARDS 2004 RUN INTO CONTROVERSY
Vanessa Feltz was named 'Best Radio News Journalist' at the EMMA Awards 2004.On May 24th, the Asian showbiz world came alive with the Ethnic Multicultural Media Academy (EMMA) Awards, hosted by Rageh Omar. Although this year's event ran into controversy for selecting David Beckham as joint winner of the 'Sporting Personality of the Year' and Tom Cruise as 'Best Film Actor' for 'The Last Samurai', other BME stars like Lemar, Adrian Lester and comedian Inder Manocha were also winners. read more read more
 
ZAHA HADID - FIRST WOMAN TO RECEIVE THE PRITZKER PRIZE
Zaha Hadid. Image by Steve Double.Zaha Hadid, an Iraqi born British citizen has been chosen as the 2004 Laureate of the Pritzker Architecture Prize marking the first time a woman has been named for this 26 year old award. Hadid, who is 53, has completed one project in the United States, the Richard and Lois Rosenthal Center for Contemporary Art in Cincinnati, Ohio; and is currently developing another. read more read more
 
NEW RESEARCH ON ASIAN ARCHITECTURE STUDENTS
Idea Store at Whitechapel by David Adjaye.The Commission for Architecture & the Built Environment (CABE) has today launched the results of a unique study carried out by the Policy Studies Institute into the experiences of black and minority ethnic (BME) students in architecture. The study was established to review BME application rates to schools of architecture. read more read more
 
JACK STRAW SPEAKS ABOUT THE 'SOUTH ASIAN DYNAMIC'
Jack StrawSpeaking at the Commonwealth Business Council meeting in London on 19 May, Foreign Secretary Jack Straw outlined the 'vast potential' of South Asia, saying there is 'a great opportunity to create a virtuous circle of security and prosperity'. He noted that the 'millions of ties between people in Britain and South Asia, give a human dynamism to our business relationship which helps trade and investment to flow'. read more read more
 
CHARLES CLARKE LAUNCHES CITIZENSHIP PROJECT
Education Secretary Charles Clarke with pupils of the Oakland Secondary School at the launch of the Operation Black Vote (OBV) Citizenship Project.Education Secretary Charles Clarke launched Operation Black Vote's citizenship project 'Understanding Power'. The project will enable 11 to 16 year olds to explore the dynamics of power that influence their day-to-day lives. By exploring areas of interest, the concept of power in other areas - political, economical & social - no longer becomes a quantum leap for young people. read more read more
 
ASIANS FORM A COALITION AGAINST THE BNP
Simon Hughes MP with members of the band Echelon at the launch of rhe OBV campaign.Operation Black Vote (OBV) joined forces with Mayoral and MEP candidates, actress Seeta Indrani and a broad coalition of faith groups and NGO's to campaign against extreme right-wing candidates winning seats on the London Assembly. The OBV campaign launched a 100-foot billboard poster that reads 'Racists are now more dangerous than ever. They're voting. June 10th 2004.' read more read more
 
UK CALL CENTRE INDUSTRY SET TO GROW
UK Call Centre Operator.The UK's call centre industry is set to gain around 200,000 jobs in the next 3 years, according to a report commissioned by the DTI.The report states that the sector is healthy, and is set to employ over 1 million people by 2007, four times more than India in the same year. The UK call centre industry has grown by almosy 250% since 1995. read more read more
 
ROYAL SOCIETY STUDIES ASIAN ROLE MODELS IN SCIENCE
Sir Magdi Yacoub is to supervise The Royal Society study into Role Models to encourage Ethnic Minorities into Science.An investigation into how role models can be best used to persuade young people, particularly from ethnic minorities, to pursue careers in science has been launched by the Royal Society, the UK national academy of science. The study, supported by NESTA and funded by the Department for Education and Skills, includes a online survey about career choices. read more read more
 
ROSHNI - A RAY OF LIGHT FOR ABUSE VICTIMS
RoshniRoshni, a new charitable organisation in Scotland, has been established to help Black & Ethnic Minority children and young people who are victims of abuse. read more read more
 
ASIAN JEWEL AWARDS 2004 - MIDLANDS WINNERS
Winners of the Asian Jewel Awards 2004 Midlands Region.Birmingham played host to the Asian Jewel Awards Midlands Region. Winners recognised for their contribution to UK Asian society included Lord Tarsem King, Nageena Khaliq (pictured), Perween Warsi, Apache Indian, Javed Aziz, Dr Haseena Lockhat and businessman Nathu Ram Puri. read more read more
 
PAKISTANI WOMAN REACHS THE NORTH POLE
Anouskha Kachelo has become the youngest woman and first Pakistani to walk to the North Pole. Images are the copyright of Matthew Dickens 2003©. Londoner, Anoushka Kachelo, 24, is thought to have become the youngest woman, and first Pakistani, to walk the last degree to the North Pole. After eight days of hauling over 55 kilos across about 50 miles of the frozen continent, Anoushka achieved her goal of reaching the Geographic North Pole at 7.10am (GMT) yesterday, Sunday April 24, 2004. This is only the first part of the young adventurer's Polar Challenge. read more read more
 
EMMA AWARDS 2004 FINALISTS ANNOUNCED
BBC Journalist Rageh Omar will host the EMMA Awards 2004.On May 24th multicultural Britain will come alive when the curtain rises on the NatWest EMMA (Ethnic Multicultural Media Achievement) Awards 2004. This year's finalists include: Norah Jones, Parminder Nagra, Lemar, Thierry Henry and Monica Ali for 'Brick Lane' among others. The awards ceremony will be hosted by Rageh Omar. read more read more
 
ASIAN WOMEN OF ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS 2004 FINALISTS
Pinky Lilani, Founder of the Asian Women of Achievement Awards.Finalists for the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2004 were announced today. The awards applaud and celebrate the professional and personal achievements of Asian women within the commercial, professional, artistic and humanitarian sectors. Winners of the AWA Awards, set up by Pinky Lilani, will be announced on 27 May 2004. read more read more
 
MEASURES TO TACKLE MARRIAGE IMMIGRATION ABUSE
David BlunkettA new programme of measures to help prevent abuse of immigration routes to study or marry in the UK was announced today by Home Secretary David Blunkett. The measures, developed over several months, include an accreditation scheme for genuine colleges and specialist register offices, supported by the Immigration Service, for marriages to foreign nationals. read more read more
 
SENIOR CIVIL SERVICE BECOMING MORE DIVERSE
Douglas AlexanderThe Senior Civil Service continues to become more diverse according to new Civil Service staffing figures released today. All figures have increased since April 1998 in particular, improvements have been made covering representation of staff from ethnic minority backgrounds and the number of women employed in top management posts. read more read more
 
LONDON LAUNCH OF THE MAGISTRATES SHADOWING SCHEME
David LammyDavid Lammy hosted the London launch of the Magistrates Shadowing Scheme which took place on 15 April 2004 at The Royal Society for the Arts. "This scheme was launched nationally almost 2 years ago and sent out a clear statement that the Lord Chancellor viewed the magistracy as a body in which all parts of our communities should be engaged."he said. read more read more
 
BRITAIN'S LEADING SOUTH ASIAN WOMEN new icon
Britain's Leading South Asian Women.Sparked off by a remark that the Queen's reception for women high-flyers held at Buckingham Palace had "too high a proportion of white faces & should have been more multicultural", here is a list of Britain's Leading South Asian Women. There are no gongs for being included in this list and no awards to collect. Indeed many of the women may consider it a curse at being so singled out! read more read more
 
FIRST ASIAN WOMAN MAGISTRATE
Revinder Johal (left).Revinder Johal has become the first Asian woman to be appointed as a magistrate after taking part in the pilot Operation Black Vote and Department for Constitutional Affairs Magistrates Shadowing Scheme. Her appointment ceremony, held on Monday 5th April 2004 at Birmingham Council House, was attended by newly appointed magistrates and the Lady Mayoress. read more read more
 
DES BROWNE APPOINTED AFTER BEVERLEY HUGHES RESIGNS
Des BrowneDes Browne MP has today been appointed Minister of State for Citizenship and Immigration at the Home Office. His appointment follows the resignation of Beverley Hughes MP, who stepped down following claims of misleading the public on asylum numbers and clearance controls in some Eastern European countries. read more read more
 
CRE GIVES SPECIAL VOICE TO BRITISH MUSLIMS
Khurshid AhmedThe Chairman of the Commission for Racial Equality today welcomed the Muslim Council of Britain's latest initiative to help counteract terrorism and announced the appointment of the CRE's own special ambassador for Britain's Muslim communities. CRE Chair, Trevor Phillips, said "The s decision to write to all Imams calling on British Muslims to shun terrorists is good news." read more read more
 
HOLY COW! PETA TAKES INDIAN GOVERNMENT TO COURT
Anoushka & Pandit Ravi Shankar have pledged their support to PETA India.At a press conference today, multiple Grammy Award-winner Pandit Ravi Shankar announced his support for PETA India’s initiative to file a case in the Supreme Court against the Indian government for failing to alleviate the suffering of animals used for leather and meat. read more read more
 
BLACK PRESENTER SACKED FOR BEING "TOO INTELLECTUAL"
Henry BonsuBBC Radio London presenter Henry Bonsu has been axed because his bosses said he was 'too intellectual'. Whereas in the past, distinct Black media voices were shut down in the name of 'multiculturalism', today it is done under the fashionable banner of 'diversity'. The 'too intellectual' taunt rings a bell. read more read more
 
ASIAN RICH LIST 2004 - MITTAL STEELS THE SHOW AGAIN!
Dr Avtar Lit (3rd from the left) with other millionaires from the Asian Rich List 2004.Friday 2nd April sees the publication of the annual Asian Rich List, the official listing of the 300 wealthiest Asians in the UK. Compiled by Dr Philip Beresford - author of the Sunday Times Rich List - this year's list finds the combined wealth of these 300 millionaires is £14.3 billion, an overall increase of an astounding £6 billion from last year. read more read more
 
SIR BILL MORRIS REBUFFS MISREPORTING OF INQUIRY'S WORK
Sir Bill MorrisConcerned by reports focusing on certain high profile cases and discrimination, Sir Bill Morris opened the hearings of the Morris Inquiry this week by stressing that the Inquiry is an independent inquiry focusing on professional standards and employment matters in the Metropolitan Police Service and not on race and community policing. read more read more
 
CONSERVATIVES ATTEMPT TO EMBRACE MULTI-ETHNIC BRITAIN
Dominic Grieve MPDominic Grieve MP, Conservative Party Spokesman on Community Cohesion today gave speech on community cohesion entitled "Multi-ethnic and multi-faith Britain: a challenge for us all". The speech, which set out the Conservative Party's vision for the future of multicultural Britain was given in Kensington. read more read more
 
OVERHAUL IN IMMIGRATION & NATIONALITY DIRECTORATE
Beverley HughesAn urgent overhaul of management and reporting processes in the Immigration and Nationality Directorate has been put in place, Home Office Minister Beverley Hughes announced. This will implement recommendations of the EC Association Agreements enabling self-employed people from ten Eastern European countries to set up businesses in the UK. read more read more
 
HINDU FORUM OF BRITAIN LAUNCHED
Hindu Om symbol on British FlagOver 100 Hindu organisations from different regions of Britain united together to form the Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) on 20th March 2004. Member organisations include regional Hindu Councils of Brent, Harrow, Birmingham, Leicester and the North, other regional bodies and Temples. read more read more
 
NOMINATIONS SOUGHT FOR WINDRUSH ACHIEVEMENT AWARDS
Windrush Achievement Awards 2004Nominations are sought for the Windrush Achievement Awards 2004, a unique celebration of members of Britain's African Caribbean, Asian and Oriental communities who have outstanding achievements or made unique individual contributions. read more read more
 
IT WORKERS WANT MORE WORK-LIFE SUPPORT
IT Workers want more work-life supportIT workers are demanding a better work-life balance but over half do not believe that senior managers are leading by example, according to a new report out today. The report looked at flexible working across the IT industry and was prepared for the Department of Trade & Industry and the Women in IT Forum by Flexecutive. The study was carried out among 1,000 male and female IT professionals. read more read more
 
SHABANA, BARKAH & SANIA AMONG 18 WOMEN ACHIEVERS
Shabana AzmiActress Shabana Azmi, tennis champ Sania Mirza and journalist Barkha Dutt were among the 18 women honoured for their achievements at a glitzy event in Mumbai. The Whirlpool GR8Women Awards celebrated Indian women who have become a role model for millions. The function organised the television glossy, was conducted by Ruby Bhatia. read more read more
 
KAMLESH BAHL v THE LAW SOCIETY - ROUND III
Kamlesh BahlBOPIO (British Organisation for People of Indian Origin) has called on the Prime Minister, Tony Blair, to investigate Kamlesh Bahl's dispute with The Law Society of England and Wales. In July 2001, the Law Society was found guilty of race and sex bias by an employment tribunal which ruled in favour of Kamlesh Bahl. read more read more
 
ETHNIC STUDENTS IMPROVE AT GCSE/GNVQ
Student's HandPupils from every ethnic group have improved in their GCSE/GNVQ results, according to figures released today, although Chinese pupils are still the best performing in all subjects and Indian pupils achieve above the National Average. read more read more
 
GOVERNMENT CLAIMS VICTORY AS ASYLUM NUMBERS DROP
Asylum Seekers ID Card Scheme was introduced by the Home Office in 2003.Applications for asylum fell dramatically in 2003 as a result of tough new measures the Home Secretary claimed today. The number of asylum seekers has fallen by 41% year on year from 84,130 (103,080 including dependants) in 2002 to 49,370 in 2003 (61,050 including dependants). read more read more
 
BRITISH AND NORWEGIAN MINISTERS DISCUSS SRI LANKA
Mike O'BrienForeign Office Minister Mike O'Brien met with the State Secretary of the Norwegian Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Vidar Helgesen, to discuss Sri Lanka. Mr. O'Brien said: "I would like to underline the British Government's full support and appreciation of Norway's efforts, as well as the important role played by the Sri Lanka Monitoring Mission. The elections on 2 April come at a crucial time for the peace process in Sri Lanka." read more read more
 
JEMIMA KHAN CALLS ON UK TO HONOUR ITS PROMISES
Jemima Khan calls on UK to honour its promisesIn a statement made today, UNICEF UK's Special Representative Jemima Khan has called on the public to get involved in a campaign to increase spending on overseas aid. "I want to encourage the UK public to fight global poverty by urging the Government to stick to a promise that the UK made over thirty years ago, but which it has yet to honour." read more read more
 
UNICEF APOLOGISES FOR IGNORING HINDU FESTIVALS

OmUNICEF tendered a public apology after leaders of the British Hindu community last week raised objections on the exclusion of Hindu and Sikh festivals from its pocket diary. In the same week, MPs from the Conservative Parliamentary Friends of India have tabled a House of Commons motion calling for Hindu festivals to be included in all diaries produced by public sector organisations. read more read more

 
MAYOR HOSTS CONFERENCE AGAINST HIJAB BAN
Mayor hosts conference on hijab banMayor of London Ken Livingstone today hosted a press conference at City Hall, jointly organised by the Muslim Association of Britain (MAB) and Muslim Women Society (MWS). The event coincided with the French Parliament's vote on banning the Islamic hijab and other religious symbols from public schools and workplaces throughout France. read more read more
 
ASIAN JEWEL AWARDS 2004 - NORTHERN REGION WINNERS
Shobna Gulati at The Asian Jewel Awards 2004 (Northern Region)The winners of the prestigious Asian Jewel Awards (Northern region), sponsored by Lloyds TSB and the Institute of Asian Professionals and recognizing the achievements of Asian individuals in the UK, were announced last night at a glittering ceremony in central Manchester. read more read more
 
BRITISH FOREIGN SECRETARY TO VISIT INDIA
Jack StrawBritish Foreign Secretary, Jack Straw, will visit New Delhi and Bangalore from 5-8 February as part of a major British Government initiative to work with the Indian government to further enhance the strong relations between the two countries. On 6 February he will have a series of calls on Indian Ministers, including on Yashwant Sinha. He will deliver a speech on 'Defeating Terrorism for Global Order'. read more read more
 
DIVERSITY EXPERT DELIVERS LANDMARK LECTURE
Elaine Sihera delivers the first Annual Diiversity LectureThe founder of the British Diversity Awards Elaine Sihera made history yesterday when she successfully presented the first thought provoking annual Diversity Lecture in the House of Commons. Championed by Lord Navnit Dholakia, President of the Liberal party, and hosted by Simon Hughes MP, a candidate for mayor of London, the pioneering Lecture used current issues to examine diversity practice in Britain. read more read more
 
MAYOR CONDEMNS PROPOSED BAN OF THE HIJAB
HijabCommenting on the proposed legislation by the French government on the banning of Islamic headscarves and other conspicuous religious symbols in state schools, Mayor of London Ken Livingstone said "I believe that the proposal to ban the hijab and other conspicuous religious symbols in French state schools is one of the most reactionary proposals." read more read more
 
LEGAL AID SYSTEM "COLLAPSING", SAYS CITIZENS ADVICE
David HarkerCitizens Advice is warning that the modernisation of the legal aid system is now in danger of collapse. Access to legal aid solicitors in England and Wales is a postcode lottery with one in four Citizens Advice Bureaux saying they are in an "advice desert", according to a survey published today. read more read more
 
NEW AGREEMENT ON INDIAN IMMIGRATION OFFENDERS
Home Secretary David Blunkett.Indian nationals without permission to remain in the UK will be returned to India more quickly under a new agreement reached today by Home Secretary David Blunkett. Mr Blunkett reached the agreement at a meeting with Deputy Prime Minister Advani in New Delhi, India. The increased co-operation of the Indian authorities will help to reduce delays. read more read more
 
TEACHING AWARDS 2004 - LAST CALL FOR NOMINATIONS
The Teaching Awards logoWith less than a week left to nominate the unsung stars of the classroom for the Teaching Awards 2004, parents, pupils, former pupils, governors and colleagues are urged to put forward an inspiring headteacher, teacher or teaching assistant. The deadline for nominations is 31 January 2004. The Teaching Awards were established by Lord Puttnam CBE in 1998. read more read more
 
MORI POLL SHOWS FEW TRUST ETHNIC DIVERSITY
HousesA MORI poll, conducted for Prospect Magazine, has shown that nearly 40% of people in Britain would prefer to live in an area where people are from the same ethnic background as themselves. The poll has also shown that Immigration/Asylum is now the third most important issue facing Britain today, ahead of defence, crime/law and order and the economy. read more read more
 
ASIANS ON FAST-TRACK IN POLICE SERVICE
PC Bhimji Vekaria of the Metroplitan Police Service.With all the recent criticism of the Police Service, you'd be forgiven for thinking that nobody would want to be a Police Officer these days, but that is far from the reality. In the Metropolitan Service, thousands applied during their last campaign & it has frozen new recruitment until it can deal with all existing applications. The one exception is in ethnic minority recruitment. read more read more
 
ARCHIVE NEWS 2004

UNICEF reuniting children with families (12/04)
Bollywood wants to help tsunami victims (12/04)
Brits love their neighbours, new survey shows (12/04)
Amitabh ready to help tsunami victims (12/04)
Celebrities lend support to tsunami victims (12/04)
HFB launches Disaster Relief Taskforce (12/04)
Tsunami survivors flood camps in India (12/04)
Children suffering in relief camps (12/04)
UNICEF aid flights to disaster zone (12/04)
The struggle to reach remote Maldivian Islands (12/04)
Landmines risk after flooding in Sri Lanka (12/04)
DEC launches Tsunami Earthquake Appeal (12/04)
United Nations aids Asian tsunami survivors (12/04)
UNICEF calls for urgent aid for Asian Quake Victims
Children account for one third of victims (12/04)
Asia Quake appeal launched by Worldvision (12/04)
Asian Quake - Tsunamis hit South Asia (12/04)
HFB seeks religious hate crime monitoring (12/04)
Mahima urges fans to kick the meat habit (12/04)
Muslim Scholar's USA Visa Revoked (12/04)
Morris Inquiry calls for modernisation of MPS
HFB supports Neasden Mandir & VHP (12/04)
Mayor appoints Muslim Human Rights Adviser
Redbridge celebrates 4th Community Awards (12/04)
Engineers can now speak 100 languages (12/04)
Hiding Women is backward says Musharraf (12/04)
Amitabh Bachchan appointed Ambassador by Nelson Mandela (12/04)
Honey Kalaria awarded a Doctorate (11/04)
CAB welcome new Equality Commission (11/04)
A Better Life for disadvantaged Asians?
Attacks on Bangladeshi Hindus condemned (11/04)
Vanishing Herds Ball raises £25K for Wildlife (11/04)
Wreath laying for South Asian Volunteers (11/04)
OBV Councillor Shadowing Scheme launched (11/04)
Barnardo's wins at British Diversity Awards (10/04)
Raghav helps NSPCC protect Asian kids (10/04)
New measures to end Forced Marriages (10/04)
Baldev Singh wins top Teaching Award (10/04)
Amitabh Bachchan - 'Hottest Vegetarian Alive' (10/04)
Civil Service numbers up, but diversity is OK (10/04)
CRE Chair breaks first fast of Ramadan (10/04)
Hindu Forum welcomes more ethnic judges (10/04)
Ofcom warned not to ignore race (10/04)
Charity Commission wants to hear from Asians (10/04)
Indian VSO Volunteer heads overseas (01/04)
Asian Youth debate Media, Career & Charity (09/04)
Michael Howard: Getting A Grip on Asylum (09/04)
Asian Elders facing a bleak future (09/04)
Asian Magistrate for Leicester (09/04)
'Stop Busharraf' campaign launched (09/04)
Dyke awarded for "hideously white" remark (09/04)
Amisha decries Zoos as 'Pitiful Prisons' (09/04)
UK Asian Soccer Championship 2004
More ethnic teachers needed says Mayor (09/04)
Morris Inquiry publishes MPS Survey Results (09/04)
CAB appeal for more Ethnic Volunteers (09/04)
Looking for the next generation? (09/04)
Queen's Awards 2005 for Voluntary Service (08/04)
PETA - 'Who is the hottest vegetarian alive?' (08/04)
Home Office Awards Grant to Hindu Forum (08/04)
93-Year-Old Fauja Singh in new PETA Advert (08/04)
Hindu Communities shocked by Judges Ruling (08/04)
'Mind the Gap!' TimeBank
Volunteer Initiative (08/04)
Gloucestershire Asian Project Awarded (07/04)
CRE Survey shows little integration in the UK (07/04)
'Wings of Hope' plans to fight illiteracy (07/04)
Imran Khan is an Asian Jewel (07/04)
Sideline extremists says Home Secretary (07/04)
Rani runs 'Emerald Isle Mile' for Sports Relief (07/04)
Stop & Search used against British Muslims (07/04)
Beacon hunts for Asian Charity Heroes (07/04)
Indian cowgirl to join nude protest in Spain (06/04)
Sunrise Radio shines at Radio Awards (06/04)
Asian Headmaster wins Teaching Award (06/04)
Nagra's role as Olympic Torch bearer (06/04)
Windrush Achievement Awards 2004 (06/04)
India mourns death of Yash Johar (06/04)
Labour befriends Indian Women (06/04)
OBE for Shere Khan CEO, Nighat Awan (06/04)
Muslim girl loses case to wear jilbab to school (06/04)
CRE to take legal action against Police (06/04)
Violence over Bollywood film 'Girlfriend' (06/04)
Met recruits 2000th ethnic minority officer (06/04)
Morris Inquiry to quiz 43,00 Police Officers (06/04)
Queen's Awards for Asian Community Heroes (06/04)
Anoushka wants cruelty to chickens to stop (06/04)
AWA Awards 2004 - Winners (05/04)
Hindu Forum supported by major political parties (05/04)
EMMA Awards 2004 run into controversy (05/04)
Zaha Hadid - First Woman to receive Pritzker Architecture Prize (05/04)
New Research on BME Architecture Students (05/04)
Jack Straw on The 'South Asian Dynamic' (05/04)
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Royal Society - Asian Role Models in Science (05/04)
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Asian Jewel Awards 2004 - Midlands Winners (04/04)
Pakistani woman reaches the North Pole (04/04)
EMMA Awards 2004 Finalists (04/04)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2004 - Finalists (04/04)
Measures to tackle Marriage Immigration Abuse (04/04)
Senior Civil Service more diverse now (04/04)
London launch of new Magistrates Scheme (04/04)
Britain's Leading South Asian Women (04/04)
First Asian Woman Magistrate (04/04)
Des Browne appointed as Minister for Immigration
CRE gives special voice to British Muslims (04/04)
PETA takes Indian Government to Court (04/04)
Black presenter sacked for being "too intellectual"
Asian Rich List 2004
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Tories attempt to embrace multi-ethnic Britain (03/04)
Immigration Overhaul Announced (03/04)
Hindu Forum of Britain (HFB) launched (03/04)
Windrush Awards 2004 - nominations sought (03/04)
IT workers want more work-life support (03/04)
GR8 Asian Women Achievers (03/04)
Kamlesh Bahl v The Law Society - Round 3 (03/04)
Ethnic Students improve at GCSE/GNVQ (02/04)
Government claims victory over Asylum fall (02/04)
British & Norwegians discuss Sri Lanka (02/04)
Jemima Khan calls on UK to honour its promises (02/04)
UNICEF apologises to Hindus & Sikhs (02/04)
Mayor hosts conference on French hijab ban (02/04)
Asian Jewel Awards 2004 - Northern Winners (02/04)
British Foreign Secretary to visit India (02/04)
Diversity expert delivers landmark lecture (02/04)
Progress towards full Visa service in Pakistan (02/04)
Mayor condemns ban of the hijab (02/04)
New deal on Immigration Offenders (01/04)
Teaching Awards 2004 - last call (01/04)
MORI Poll shows few trust ethnic diversity (01/04)

 
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