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Seema Malhotra wins Feltham & Heston seat
Seema MalhotraHigh-flying consultant Seema Malhotra last night won the Feltham & Heston seat in West London, becoming the 28th Member of Parliament from the minority ethnic community (BME) and one of only six Asian women MPs out of the current 650 MPs in the UK. Seema won the seat with 12,639 votes, an increased majority of 6,203 over the Tories - a swing of 8.6%. right arrow read more


Pakistani model in "hot water" over nude photo shoot
Veena Malik on the front cover of FHM India (December 2011)Pakistani model and actress Veena Malik found herself in "hot water" over a front cover photo for the December 2011 issue of FHM India magazine. The cover features a nude Veena with the letters "ISI" - the abbreviation for Pakistan's Inter-Services Intelligence agency - painted on her left arm. The image has caused outrage among the Pakistani community. right arrow read more
Down and Out in Little India: Report on the Asian homeless
Tommy SandhuBBC Asian Network’s Breakfast presenter Tommy Sandhu spent two days and nights in Southall, West London with the growing Asian homeless community. In his special report, Tommy Sandhu speaks to 26 year old Gurpreet who came to the UK hoping to make a better life for himself but his addiction to heroin has meant he’s lost his job and his home. right arrow read more
University of Leicester develops camera equipment for India's first satellite
University of Leicester & LABA Board with Professor SinghHighly specialised equipment constructed at the University of Leicester for India's first national astronomy satellite - Astrosat - was handed over to a delegation from the Tata Institute for Fundamental Research. The Indian Space Research Organisation approached the University of Leicester Space Research Centre to undertake the Soft X-ray Telescope (SXT) camera development. right arrow read more
Indian 'PowerBrands’ 2011 announced
Ankur Bhatia, Executive , Bird GroupThe top Indian 'PowerBrands’ of the year were announced on Monday 12th December 2011 at The Marriott Grosvenor Square in London. The initiative, organised by by Marcom, a Planman Consulting Enterprise, is a research driven anthology of India’s most powerful companies. Among those recognised at this year's launch were Sanjiv Mehta - CEO, The East India Company and; Ankur Bhatia - Executive Director, Bird Group (left). right arrow read more
Bangladesh at 40
Konnie HuqOn Monday 12th December 2011, Konnie Huq presented a BBC Asian Network Special Report on 'Bangladesh at 40' kicking off a week of programming dedicated to Bangladesh to mark 40 years since it’s war of independence. Victory Day is a national holiday in Bangladesh celebrated on December 16th. Konnie has grown up with stories of the war, how family and friends were killed and people had to flee for their lives. right arrow read more
British Asian Awards pay tribute to to riot victims’ mothers
Rukaya Begum. Image copyright of Jas SansiThe grieving mothers of the three men killed in the Birmingham riots were honoured at an awards event in the city on Saturday 3rd December 2011. The British Asian Hafta awards recognise and reward ordinary citizens for their extraordinary life experiences and services to the community. Brothers Shahzad Ali, 30, and Abdul Musavir, 31, and friend Haroon Jahan, 21, died after being hit by a car in August 2011. right arrow read more
The Brit Pak 'What Women Want' Networking Event
Suniya Qureshi, host of The Brit Pak 'What Women Want' Networking EventReedah El-Saie, Founder of the Mica Gallery, Europe's first gallery specialising in Modern Islamic and Contemporary art, hosted a special Brit Pak networking event on Tuesday 29th November 2011 at the Sloane Square venue in London. Part of The Brit Pak Exhibition (3rd November - 3rd December 2011), the event was hosted by presenter Suniya Qureshi. right arrow read more
King's India Institute receives £3.5million from Avantha Group
L-R: Stephanie Thapar, Professor Sir Richard Trainor, Professor Sunil Khilnani and Gautam Thapar.King's College London, one of the world's top 30 universities, has received a £3.5 million gift from India's Avantha Group to endow a Chair that accompanies the Directorship of the India Institute. The first holder of the new position at King's will be Professor Sunil Khilnani. right arrow read more
Dr Diwan Rahul Nanda wins accolade at the Asian Who's Who Awards 2011
Dr Rahul NandaDr Diwan Rahul Nanda, Global Chairman of Topsgrup, India’s most preferred security solutions brand, was honoured with the 'Asian leadership in International Business' accolade at the Asian Who’s Who Awards 2011 on Monday 21st November in London. Now in its twenty fourth year, the Asian Who's Who pays homage to the most influential Asians the world over. right arrow read more
Indian spiritual leader honoured at The House of Commons
Brahmrishi Shree Kumar SwamiThe House of Commons yesterday played host to one of India’s spiritual leaders as His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji was honoured by politicians, campaigners and devotees. Founder of the Bhagwan Shree Lakshmi Narayan Dham, one of the world's largest spiritual organisations, His Holiness Brahmrishi Shree Kumar Swamiji has dedicated his life to freeing the world of suffering and misery through this charitable trust. right arrow read more
British Sikh Association Awards 2011
Virendra Sharma MP represents the British Sikh Association Awards 2011 to Chunni Singh founder of Alaap (right).The British Sikh Association, presented its annual awards to luminaries from the Sikh faith at a dinner in London on Monday 14th November 2011. Lord Indrajeet Singh, the first turbaned peer in the House of Lords and Channi Singh - described as the godfather of bhangra music in the Western World - founder of bhangra band 'Alaap' were among the recipients of awards. right arrow read more
British view on how much India will shape the 21st Century
Sir Michael ArthurSir Michael Arthur, the British High Commissioner in New Delhi from 2003 until 2007 gave the fourth annual Vinten Lecture at the Royal Society for the Arts (RSA) on Monday 7th November 2011 in London, exploring the concept of how India will shape the 21st Century. In his lecture, which was attended by fifty guests including the Acting Indian High Commissioner, Mr Rajesh Prasad, Sir Michael spoke about his perceptions of India as political model of "functioning anarchy"! right arrow read more
Asia House honours Ratan Tata with the Asian Business Leaders’ Award 2011
Ratan TataAsia House honoured Mr Ratan Tata, Chairman of Tata Group, with the Asian Business Leaders’ Award 2011 at a dinner held at Banqueting House on Monday 31st October 2011. Among those paying tribute to Mr Tata were Deputy Prime Minister The Rt Hon. Nick Clegg, Stuart Gulliver, Group Chief Executive of HSBC; Peter Sands, Group Chief Executive of Standard Chartered Bank, Sir John Boyd and The Rt Hon. Oliver Letwin MP. right arrow read more
The Asian Awards 2011 Winners Announced
L-R: Asha Bhosle and Jay Sean with their Asian Awards 2011Acclaimed urban music artist Jay Sean, Bollywood playback singer Asha Bhosle, sitarist Ravi Shankar, boxer Amir Khan, cricketer Muttiah Muralitharan, actress Meera Syal and the lead singer of rock band 'Queen', the late Freddie Mercury were among those honoured at the Asian Awards 2011 on 18th October at The Grosvenor House Hotel, Park Lane London. right arrow read more
India800 Foundation on a mission to alleviate poverty
Dr Krishna Sarda, CEO of India800Dr Krishna Sarda, CEO of India800 Foundation, a social justice charity, presented the organisation's report for the past 2 years at an event held at the House of Lords on 17th October 2011, jointly hosted by Lord Amir Bhatia, CEO of The Ethnic Minority Foundation which helped to establish India800 Foundation and the Indo-British All Party Parliamentary Group headed by Virendra Sharma MP. right arrow read more
University of Leicester celebrates 'Women of Influence'
Maggie Philbin with Lopa PatelThe University of Leicester celebrated its second 'Women of Influence' lunch on Thursday 13th October at The Reform Club in Pall Mall, London. Hosted by former alumnus Penny Egan, Executive Director of the US-UK Fulbright Commission, the guest speaker was radio and TV broadcaster, Maggie Philbin who discussed her educational life and TV career. right arrow read more
Hashoo Foundation launches Pakistani women's empowerment campaign
Sarah HashwaniChair of international NGO, the Hashoo Foundation, Sarah Hashwani, celebrated the launch of the Foundation's UK chapter with a new '500 for 500' appeal created to help empower the women living in the remote regions of Northern Pakistan. The 500 for 500 Appeal aims to invite and engage 500 women from the UK to join the foundation's Plan Bee project. right arrow read more
Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme Reception
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez at the Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme ReceptionThe annual Women of the Future Ambassadors (WOF) Programme Reception, in association with Aviva, took place on Monday 10th October 2011 at the Cavendish Conference Centre in London with guest speakers Miriam Clegg, Partner at law firm DLA Piper and wife of the Deputy Prime Minister; and Shami Chakrabarti, Director of Human Rights organisation Liberty. right arrow read more
Network of Aspiring Women Awards 2011
Jo Cameron, Founder of the Network of Aspiring Women with Lopa Patel, Founder of Redhotcurry.comThe Network of Aspiring Women (NOAW) Awards 2011 took place on Friday 30th September 2011 at the famous Villa Park in Birmingham, West Midlands. Founded by Jo Cameron (pictured far left), the overall NOAW Award Winner was Ruth Amos of StairSteady Ltd, a company that designs and sells innovative mobility solutions fostering independence and active lifestyle. right arrow read more
Sewa Day volunteers help rebuild community spirit
Food collection outside Sainsbury's in Golder's Green as organised by the Swaminarayran TempleThousands of people, regardless of ethnicity and religion, from across the UK and the world gave up their Sunday (25th September 2011) to take part in an international day of ‘selfless service’. Now in its second year, Sewa Day saw more than 6,000 school children and many thousands of volunteers from almost 200 organisations - charities, schools, businesses and religious organisations - take part in over 150 projects. right arrow read more
British Gujaratis honoured at the FPA Awards 2011
FPA Trustee Balubhai Patel (left) and award recipient Dr Chai Patel CBE, Chairman of Court CavendishThe Federation of Patidar Associations (FPA) celebrated the achievements of the British gujarati community with the inaugural FPA Awards on Saturday 10th September 2011 at their flagship venue 'Patidar House' in Wembley. Among those honoured were Lord Dolar Popat of Harrow, CEO of TLC Group and Dr Chai Patel CBE (pictured), Chairman of Court Cavendish. right arrow read more
The British Asian Trust launches charitable spread-betting platform
Conor Foley, Chief Executive Officer - WorldSpreads Group PLC with Alpesh PatelThe British Asian Trust, one of Prince Charles' charities, launched a unique spread-betting platform, to help traders and individuals make charitable donations in a novel way, on 21st July 2011 in London. Developed in in association with Worldspreads Group Plc, BATrustmarkets.com donates a percentage of the value between the bid and sell price. right arrow read more
Two Asian girls win inaugural Google Science Fair prizes
Shree Bose (left) and Naomi Shah (right) won prizes at the inaugural Google Science FairTwo young Asian Girls won prizes at the inaugural Google Science Fair held at the company's headquarters in the USA on 11th July 2011. All three prizes were won by girls with Shree Bose winning the top award of a $50,000 scholarship, plus a trip to the Galápagos Islands with a National Geographic Explorer and an internship at CERN.right arrow read more
Asians recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2011
Mayank PatelMayank Patel, Chairman and CEO of the Azibo Group, was recognised with an OBE in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2011, it was announced today 11th June 2011. Restaurateur Namita Panjabi, co-founder of Masala World and artists Amrit and Rabindra Kaur Singh, a.k.a The Singh Twins, were all honoured with an MBE. This year, the Honours have recognised the efforts of many Asians in the area of community cohesion. right arrow read more
Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2011
Dr Aisha K Gill, Senior Lecturer on criminology at Roehampton University - winner of the AWA Professional of the Year 2011The accomplishments of ten pioneering Asian women were celebrated at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards ceremony last night (19th May 2011) attended by the Home Secretary Theresa May and wife of deputy prime minister, Miriam Clegg. Among the winners were Dr Aisha K Gill (left), senior lecturer in criminology at Roehampton University who is working to provide research on criminal justice responses for UK women.right arrow read more
Miriam Clegg shines at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011
Miriam Clegg at The Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011.Miriam Gonzalez Durantez, wife of UK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, nearly upstaged a bevy of Asian beauties in her stunning pastel pink saree at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011 held on 19th May 2011. The ceremony, compered by BBC presenter Riz Lateef was attended by the Home Secretary Theresa May, The Rt Hon Tessa Jowell, entrepreneur James Caan and HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan. right arrow read more
Lakshmi Mittal tops Britain's Rich List 2011
Lakshmi MittalLakshmi Mittal has once again topped The Sunday Times Rich List published on 8th May 2011 with a fortune of £17.51 billion, which is 22% below that of last year. Compiled by Philip Beresford, the list notes that fortunes in Britain are soaring, the collective wealth of the 1,000 multimillionaires in the 2011 Sunday Times Rich List has climbed by 18% overall with the super rich gaining £60.2 billion in total. right arrow read more
UK NEWS 2011

Seema Malhotra wins Feltham & Heston seat (12/11)
Pakistani model in "hot water" over nude photo shoot (12/11)
Down and Out in Little India: Report on the Asian homeless (12/11)
Seema Malhotra to fight for Feltham & Heston seat (12/11)
University of Leicester develops camera equipment for India's first satellite (12/11)
Indian 'PowerBrands' 2011 announced (12/11)
Bangladesh at 40 (12/11)
British Asian Awards pay tribute to to riot victims’ mothers (12/11)
Mixed Up Britain (12/11)
Pakistan's Forgotten Emergency: Its Women (11/11)
The Brit Pak 'What Women Want' Networking Event (11/11)
Breakthrough in malaria research to help Indian & Pakistani victims (11/11)
King's India Institute receives £3.5million from Avantha Group (11/11)
Dr Diwan Rahul Nanda wins accolade at the Asian Who's Who Awards 2011 (11/11)
All Party Parliamentary Group on Islamophobia Relaunched (11/11)
Indian spiritual leader honoured at The House of Commons (11/11)
British Sikh Association Awards 2011 (11/11)
British view on how much India will shape the 21st Century (11/11)
Inaugural WISE Prize for Education goes to Bangladeshi Fazle Hasan Abed (11/11)
Muslim campaign that aims to alleviate poverty (11/11)
Asia House honours Ratan Tata with the Asian Business Leaders' Award 2011 (10/11)
Inclusiveness the Diwali mantra for this year's HFB celebration (10/11)
The Asian Awards 2011 Winners Announced (10/11)
India800 Foundation on a mission to alleviate poverty (10/11)
BritBangla hosts the U.S. Special Envoy for Islamic Cooperation (10/11)
Navratri appeal raises £500 for Leicester's new heart centre (10/11)
University of Leicester celebrates 'Women of Influence' (10/11)
Hashoo Foundation launches Pakistani women's empowerment campaign in the UK (10/11)
Sunrise Radio charity appeal funds unused after 5 years (10/11)
Hindu Swami speaks about 'Big Society' at the House of Commons (10/11)
Women of the Future Ambassadors Programme Reception (10/11)
Network of Aspiring Women Awards 2011 (09/11)
Sewa Day volunteers help rebuild community spirit (09/11)
Sluggish donor response to Pakistan floods says Oxfam (09/11)
Gender Balance: Business schools are key (09/11)
British Gujaratis honoured at the FPA Awards 2011 (08/11)
Sewa Day goes global with the support of cricketer Yuvraj Singh (08/11)
Sewa Day signs up the support of TV presenter Lizzie Cundy (08/11)
The Asian Awards announce 'people's choice' nominees (08/11)
Dr Indarjit Singh CBE becomes a life peer in the House of Lords (08/11)
Registration opens for Sewa Day 2011 (08/11)
Annual Hindu Convention: Multiculturalism, 17th & 18th September 2011 * CANCELLED*
Mahindra creates 'Spark the Rise', an Indian movement for postive change (08/11)
Sex and Power: 5,400 women missing from top jobs in the UK (08/11)
Britain battered by riots: PM promises to do "everything necessary" (08/11)
Equality and Human Rights Commission should be abolished (08/11)
Arts Council England to launch The Creative Case - a new approach to diversity (07/11)
The British Asian Trust launches charitable spread-betting platform (07/11)
Two Asian girls win inaugural Google Science Fair prizes (07/11)
Actress Nina Wadia becomes an ambassador for sight-saving charity (07/11)
World's 7 billionth baby should be a girl says leading charity (07/11)
‘UK clothes stores exploit women’: new report (07/11)
Hindu Organ Donation and Transplantation Conference, 9th July 2011 (07/11)
Oxfam and Islamic Relief join forces in Sylhet, Bangladesh (06/11)
Sikh Council UK Parliamentary Launch (06/11)
Demi Moore joins the CNN Freedom Project to end sex trafficking in Nepal (06/11)
Dev Patel invites the world to 'Visit Britain' in a new Ad Campaign (06/11)
Sharmila Tagore supports the CRY Corporate Cricket Challenge (06/11)
British NRIs protest in support of anti-corruption campaign in India (06/11)
New rights for faith groups in The Localism Bill (06/11)
India & Pakistan among world's five most dangerous countries for women in 2011 (06/11)
Asians recognised in the Queen's Birthday Honours List 2011 (06/11)
New campaign to tackle mental health stigma in South Asian community (06/11)
NRIs support anti-corruption campaign in India (06/11)
M F Husain passes away in London aged 95 (06/11)
Bids invited for new phase of the £5m UK India Research and Education Initiative (06/11)
Britain to cut its budget on preventing radicalisation and terrorism (06/11)
Cadbury's apologises for tasteless advert (06/11)
India's first female barrister Cornelia Sorabji celebrated (06/11)
Women Helping Women, Helping Themselves (05/11)
Leading Breast Cancer Charity calls for more South Asian Women Volunteers (05/11)
For the Global Good: India's Developing International Role (05/11)
Sikh Community raises 4000 for Leicester's new heart research facility (05/11)
Ashiana wins Kidscount Inspiration Award 2011 (05/11)
Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2011 (05/11)
Miriam Clegg shines at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011 (05/11)
Ethnic groups want religious education in the English Baccalaureate (05/11)
Council of Dharmic Faiths formed (05/11)
India Association raises £25,000 for the 'Help for Heroes' charity (05/11)
British Asian Conservative link honours Richard Harrington MP (05/11)
RSA London Youth Awards 2011 (05/11)
Hindu Primary School to open in Redbridge in 2012 (05/11)
Only one third of Pakistan floods money delivered report British MPs (05/11)
Lakshmi Mittal tops Britain's Rich List 2011 (05/11)
Vaishnava Professionals motivated by 'The Monk who bought a Ferrari' (04/11)
[Editor's Blog] Mentoring Mistakes - I've made a few! (04/11)
Young ambassadors needed for major Commonwealth event (04/11)
IPA data shows ethnic minorities are under-represented in advertisements (04/11)
Indian Binay Patel runs the London Marathon for Oxfam (04/11)
Asian Awards 2011 judging gets underway (04/11)
One man takes a stand against corruption in India (04/11)
Increasing the Diversity of Leaders in Local Government (03/11)
Rural Racism in Britain is rife reveals new research (03/11)
Voices of Nepal - a human rights documentary (03/11)
Pakistan signals end to "combating defamation of religions" campaign (03/11)
Ethnic Minorities debate 'The Big Society' (03/11)
Malaysia’s crackdown on anti-racism protesters flouts freedom of association (03/11)
Memorial service for assassinated Pakistan Minister Shahbaz Bhatti (03/11)
Blasphemy prisoner in Pakistan found dead in prison cell (03/11)
Muhammad Yunus ousted from Grameen Bank (03/11)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011 Shortlist Announced (03/11)
James Bond dons a dress for International Women's Day (03/11)
'Equals' celebrates the centenary of International Women's Day (03/11)
Lord Davies sidesteps quotas issue for Women on UK Corporate Boards (02/11)
Women lack the ambition to reach the top in business, new research reveals (02/11)
Muslim girls develop 'apps' for smart phones (02/11)
UK Government saves ayurvedic and herbal medicines (02/11)
Sewa Day announced for Sunday 25th September 2011 (02/11)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2011 nominations open (01/11)
EU set to ban Ayurvedic and herbal medicines (01/11)
BBC Director-General to chair Cultural Diversity Network (01/11)
Asians recognised in the New Year's Honours List 2011 (01/11)

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