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World mourns the death of Nelson Mandela
Long Walk to Freedom is an autobiographical work written by South African President Nelson Mandela who passed away on Thursday 5th December 2013, aged 95.Tributes have been flowing in from around the world following the announcement of the death of the former South African President Nelson Mandela who passed away at his home on Thursday 5th December 2013, aged 95. Foreign Secretary William Hague said "Nelson Mandela was one of the greatest moral and political leaders of our time". UK Prime Minister David Cameron signed the book of condolence for Nelson Mandela at South Africa House in London. read more read more


Unveiling of the Power List 2014 highlights Britain's leading Asians
DPM Nick Clegg with Shazia Ramzan and Kainat Riaz at the GG2 Power List UnveilingUK Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg, attended the GG2 Awards Ceremony on 27th November 2013 which unveiled the GG2 Power List 101 honouring teenage activist Malala Yousafzai with the coveted number one spot. Malala topped this year’s list for her work in raising awareness for female empowerment. The teenager was recognised for her courage and bravery in the face of adversity. read more read more
Britain wasting the business skills of its BME Community
Experienced NED and Chair, Dipesh Shah OBE with Diversity UK Founder & CEO Lopa Patel MBEBritain is wasting the business skills of its black and minority ethnic (BME) community, that now represent 14% of its population, by failing to engage and recruit talented BME individuals onto the boards of its public bodies. This assertion comes from equality & inclusion think tank Diversity UK whose latest report claims to bust the myth that Public Appointments are made solely on the basis of merit. read more read more
Newham College hosts Mobile App Ideas Event as part of GEW 2013
Judges of the Newham College Samsung Innovative Mobile Digital App Ideas EventNewham College London hosted a 'Samsung Innovative Mobile Digital App Ideas Event' on Friday 22nd November 2013 as part of Global Entrepreneurship Week 2013. Seven ideas were pitched to a panel of judges incuding entrepreneur Charles Sekwalor; digital entrepreneur Lopa Patel MBE; Jessie Park Soohyun of Samsung Electronics UK; mobile executive Michael Ohajuru; Philip Badman and Ray Banton of Newham College. read more read more
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez named Woman of the Year 2013
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez with Redhotcurry.com Founder Lopa Patel MBEMiriam González Durántez was named Woman of the Year 2013 on 18th November 2013 by the Women of the Future Network, in partnership with J P Morgan and the Said Business School, University of Oxford. She was presented with a certificate marking the accolade by India Gary-Martin of J P Morgan and Pinky Lilani OBE, Chairman of the Women of the Future Programme. read more read more
The Sikh Awards 2013 Honour UK Prime Minister David Cameron
L-R: Founder of The Sikh Awards, Navdeep Singh Bansal presents a special recognition award to UK Prime Minister David CameronUK Prime Minister the Rt Hon. David Cameron began the proceedings for the fourth annual The Sikh Awards 2013 when he was presented with the Special Recognition Award on Friday, 8th November by the Award’s Founder Mr Navdeep Singh. Mr Cameron was awarded the Special Recognition Award for the several "firsts" he has initiated between the UK and the Sikh community in India. read more read more
The Punjabi Society of the British Isles 'Pride of Punjab' Awards 2013
Seema Malhotra MP receives her Pride of Punjab AwardThe Punjabi Society of the British Isles hosted a Diwali Dinner and Awards ceremony at the SAS Radisson Hotel in London on Friday 8th November 2013 in support of the Armed Forces ‘Combat Stress’ charity. Four individuals were honoured with the Pride of Punjab Award for bringing honour to their community and country through their lives including Ms Seema Malhotra MP. read more read more
Influential Asian women launch the Asian Circle
Lady Kishwar Desai with Dr Santosh Bhanot, Founder & Chair of the Asian Circle.Over 200 influential women helped Dr Santosh Bhanot, Founder and Chair, and Kalyani Gandhi-Rhodes of Oxfam launch the Asian Circle at the Houses of Parliament on the 7th November 2013. The launch event was chaired by BBC reporter Ayshea Buksh and featured Alok Sharma MP; Farah Khushi of the Scottish Circle; activist Rahila Gupta; Lady Kishwar Desai and storyteller Seema Anand. read more read more
The Labour Party celebrates Diwali 2013
Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband with Redhotcurry.com Founder Lopa Patel MBEThe Labour Party held its annual Diwali celebration at its headquarters on 6th November 2013. Supported by Bharat and Manish Shah of Sigma Pharmaceuticals, the Leader of the Labour Party Ed Miliband welcomed over two hundred guests to the event. Also in attendance were Sadiq Khan MP, Seema Malhotra MP, Pat McFadden MP, Barry Gardiner MP, Stephen Timms MP and Keith Vaz MP. read more read more
Royal Reception at St James's Palace for The British Asian Trust
Redhotcurry.com Founder Mrs Lopa Patel MBE chats with HRH The Prince of Wales at The British Asian Trust reception at St James's PalaceOn Thursday 24th October 2013, TRH The Prince of Wales and The Duchess of Cornwall hosted a reception for members of British Indian and British Sri Lankan communities ahead of their Autumn tour to various regions in India and Sri Lanka. The reception took place in the St James’s Palace State Apartments, London. Also in attendance were The Acting High Commissioner for India, HE Dr. Virander Paul; The High Commissioner for Sri Lanka, HE Dr. Chris Nonis and Ambassadors of The British Asian Trust. read more read more
Women Empowered raises over £1000 for UK charity Sewa Day
L-R: Lopa Patel MBE, Mona Remtulla, Reena Ranger and Vikas PotaOn Friday 18th October 2013, one woman had an idea, she told her friend and they told others and the result was the Women Empowered charity lunch to raise funds for Sewa Day. 70 women attended and enabled a cheque for £1111 to be presented to Deputy Chair Lopa Patel MBE and Vikas Pota for Sewa Day. The lunch held in Indigo Restaurant in Gerrards Cross was a dynamic afternoon. read more read more
Former US President Bill Clinton launches the Global Teacher Index 2013
Vikas Pota CEO of Varkey GEMS Foundation (VGF) introduces former US President Bill Clinton, Honorary Chairman of VGF at the launch of the Teacher IndexFormer US President Bill Clinton, Honorary Chairman of the Varkey GEMS Foundation spoke at the launch of the Global Teacher Index on 11th October 2013 in London. The launch event also saw a panel debate, moderated by Vikas Pota, CEO of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, with report author Professor Peter Dolton Lord Adonis, Munira Mirza and Karen Giles, Head Teacher at Barham Primary School. read more read more
Thousands take part on Sewa Day 2013
The Sewa Day 2013 Food for Life project in Hong Kong fed 1000 homeless peopleThousands of volunteers from the UK and abroad gave up their time to improve the lives of people for the international day of 'selfless service' Sewa Day 2013. In its fourth year Sewa Day had a significant global impact with new regional teams in Asia Pacific, the Russian Federation and Sub-Saharan Africa. In the UK, people participated in social action projects in London, Manchester, Birmingham and Bristol. read more read more
Women of the Future Ambassadors Reception for Sixth Form Girls 2013
Lopa Patel with Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and guests at the Women of the Future Ambassadors Reception 2013.Founder Pinky Lilani welcomed two hundred mentors and female sixth form students to the Women of the Future Ambassadors networking event hosted at Bloomberg in London on Monday 7th October 2013. The key speaker was Deputy Prime Minister Nick Clegg and guests also heard from Kate Quilton, of Channel 4; Louise Harper of Aviva and radio presenter DJ Neev of Kiss FM 100 London. read more read more
UK India Education Investment Conclave, 2nd - 3rd October 2013
Manoj Ladwa founder of India Inc and Chief Executive of MLS Chase with Asha Khemka OBE, Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire CollegeIndia Inc in partnership with Deloitte LLP hosted the first Education Investment Conclave, in London on 2nd and 3rd October 2013. The opening night of the conclave saw a panel debate with Sudhakar Ram, CEO of Mastek; Asha Khemka OBE, Principal and Chief Executive of West Nottinghamshire College, Julie Mercer, Head of Education at Deloitte and was moderated by Manoj Ladwa, Founder of India Inc and Chief Executive, MLS Chase (pictured, far left). read more read more
Asian celebrities sign up for Sewa Day 2013
Sewa Day Chairman Arup Ganguly with Navin KundraSingers Navin Kundra, Avina Shah, Hemina Shah and Kishan Amin have signed up to volunteer on Sewa Day projects on Sunday 6th October 2013. Sewa Day estimates that they will be joining nearly 100,000 volunteers in over 20 countries who will give up their time to take part in projects to relieve hardship and poverty , help the environment or bring a little joy to others on the day. read more read more
British Sikh Association Awards, 26th September 2013
L-R: Dr Rami Ranger MBE, Chairman of the British Sikh Association, Chloe Smith MP and Simon Wolley of OBV.The British Sikh Association presented its Sikh Jewel Awards on 26th September 2013 at the SAS Radisson Hotel in London. The Guest of Honour was Sir Bernard Hogan-Howe QPM, Commissioner of the Metropolitan Police Service and Chief Guest was Mr Sukhdev S. Sidhu, Minister Coordination at the Indian High Commission, UK. read more read more
Amnesty India celebrates its first anniversary
Director of Amnesty India, Anathapadmanabhan ('Anantha') Guruswamy  with Redhotcurry.com Founder Lopa Patel MBEOn 6th August 2013, Amnesty International in India celebrated the first anniversary of running campaigns in the country with the launch of a video highlighting its successes. Amnesty India launched a number of campaigns, attracted 65,000 supporters and mobilised 2 million activists. Director of Amnesty India, Anantha Guruswamy (pictured far left) also launched a high-profile campaign asking the UN to investigate alleged war crimes in neighbouring Sri Lanka. read more read more
Research: Anti-immigrant attitudes can inflame ethnic intolerance
Research: Anti-immigrant attitudes can inflame ethnic intolerance.The row over Home Office vans telling illegal immigrants to “go home or face arrest” has once more put immigration in the spotlight. On 4th August 2013 Home Office enforcement teams arrested more than 130 immigration offenders across the country and latest figures from the Office for National Statistics, show that net migration continues to fall. read more read more
India moves closer to ending product testing on animals
Maneka Gandhi PETA India has confirmed that a committee of the Chemical Division of the Bureau of Indian Standards proposed to amend the test requirements for household products by getting rid of the last remaining animal test. The move comes an intense campaign and the efforts of Maneka Gandhi MP. read more read more
IBAHRI calls for release of Bangladeshi lawyer Adilur Rahman Khan
Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of Bangladeshi human rights organisation Odhikar being taken to Dhaka Central JailThe International Bar Association’s Human Rights Institute (IBAHRI) calls for the release of prominent human rights lawyer Adilur Rahman Khan, Secretary of the Bangladeshi human rights organisation Odhikar, who was arrested on 10 August 2013 and accused of ‘publishing false images and information’ and ‘disrupting the law and order situation’ of Bangladesh. read more read more
Asians love their gadgets and home technology
Asians love their gadgets and home technology.Consumers from ethnic minority groups are among the keenest in Britain when it comes to embracing the latest technology, new Ofcom research reveals. Not only do people from ethnic minority groups say they love gadgets more than the British population as a whole (37% v 30%), it’s important that their homes are equipped with the latest technology (32% v 20%). read more read more
Dabangg' star Sonakshi Sinha features in a new PETA India Advert
Dabangg' star Sonakshi Sinha features in a new PETA India Advert.Sitting with her canine friend Bambi, Bollywood actor Sonakshi Sinha stars in a brand-new print ad for People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals (PETA) India. It reads, "Envision a world without homeless dogs and cats. Adopt a dog or cat from an animal shelter, and always get your animal companions sterilised", and was released just in time for International Homeless Animals' Day. read more read more
Asian voters can decide outcome of 2015 UK General Election
L-R: Redhotcurry.com founder Lopa Patel MBE with Ed Miliband, Leader of the Opposition and Seema Malhotra MPGround-breaking research undertaken by Operation Black Vote shows that the Black and minority ethnic (BME) electorate could decide over one quarter of the seats in the 2015 General Election. Using the 2011 census, researchers looked at the BME electorate in all 573 of the seats in England and Wales and found 168 marginal seats where BME voters outnumber the majority held by the sitting MP. read more read more
Lord Kakkar- Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission
Lord KakkarThe Prime Minister has appointed Lord Kakkar as Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission. The appointment is for 5 years and will be effective from 1 October 2013. The new chairman will be expected to commit an average of 2 to 3 days a month. Lord Kakkar will replace Lord Jay as chairman in the autumn. read more read more
A Tale of Two Books: An Academic Spat Indian Style!
Amartya Sen v Jagdish Bhagwati, an academic spat Indian style!A recent academic spat between two economists - Jagdish Bhagwati and Amartya Sen - has Indian media agog with excitement. The core of the disagreement is the ongoing question about the best economic policy for India: whether it should be pro-market (as proposed by Bhagwati) or pro-state-led (as proposed by Sen). read more read more
New garment factories safety plan by US Retailers labeled a sham
Cover of the "Stitched Up" campaign by anti-poverty charity War on WantThe British anti-poverty charity War on Want today attacked the Bangladesh garment factories safety plan launched by seventeen North American retailers, including Gap and Walmart. Sweatshops campaigner Murray Worthy, commenting on the plan from the Alliance for Bangladesh Worker Safety, said: “Gap and Walmart’s safety plan is a sham, which won’t make factories safe and only serves to undermine the Bangladesh Safety Accord". read more read more
£11.7million of economic benefit to Britain during Sewa Day last year
Carly McDonough of Lloyds Banking Group with Pratik Dattani of EPG, lead author of the report.Fifty thousand volunteers generated millions of pounds of economic benefit to Britain during Sewa Day in 2012, the annual global volunteering initiative. Organisations, schools and companies including Lloyds Banking Group took part in over 200 projects. According to the report, released today (28th June), by the Economic Policy Group, Sewa Day generated a Social Return of Investment (SROI) up to £11.7m million of additional value for Britain in 2012. read more read more
Victory for PETA India Campaign as India ends all animal testing for cosmetics
PETA protest against Air India held outside the High Commission of India on Thursday 30the May 2013.After an extensive PETA India campaign - which included appeals from high-profile politicians and multinational retailers such as LUSH and The Body Shop as well as lengthy discussions with PETA India's scientists - the Drug Controller General of India announced today (28th June 2013) that testing cosmetics and their ingredients on animals will not be permitted in India. This decision comes on the heels of recently enacted bans in the EU and Israel. read more read more
Dr Suchitra Sebastian awarded a L'Oreal UNESCO Women In Science Fellowship
Dr Suchitra Sebastian of the University of Cambridge awarded a L’Oréal UNESCO Women In Science Fellowship.Dr Suchitra Sebastian of the University of Cambridge was one of the winners of the prestigious 2013 L'Oreal-UNESCO Women In Science Fellowships announced at the Royal Society on 25th June 2013. Dr Sebastian was recognised for her work on creating the next generation of superconductors and is awarded a fellowship of £15,000 to spend on whatever she may need to continue her research, from buying scientific equipment to paying for childcare or travel. read more read more
Anish Kapoor knighted in The Queen's Birthday Honours 2013
Anish Kapoor knighted in The Queen's Birthday Honours 2013Sculptor Anish Kapoor has been knighted in The Queen's Birthday Honours list published on Saturday 15th June 2013 in recognition of the achievements and service of extraordinary people right across the UK. 1,180 people received an award, 47% of them women although ethnic minorities were again under-represented with only 6% of candidates from BME communities. read more read more
Amol Rajan becomes Fleet Street's first Asian Editor
Amol RajanAmol Rajan has been appointed the editor of The Independent newspaper it was announced today (17th June 2013), making him the first non-white editor of a national newspaper. Born in Calcutta, India,Rajan was raised in Tooting, South London. He joined The Independent newspaper in August 2007 where he has been a news reporter, sports correspondent, columnist, comment editor and editor of Independent Voices (its online blog). read more read more
Apps for Good Awards 2013 Winners Announced
Apps for Good Awards 2013 AnnouncedApps for Good, the UK-based technology education initiative, has announced the six winning teams in its 2013 Awards programme. Apps for Good aims to help teachers to reduce the technical skills shortage. In London alone, there were more than 80,000 new technology-based job openings in the past two years yet, last year, only 3,420 students took Computing A-level in the whole of England. read more read more
Learning Possibilities partners with Global Volunteering Initiative Sewa Day
Dr Mehool Sanghrajka, CEO of Learning Possibilities which is partnering with Sewa Day Learning Possibilities, the UK’s leading provider of learning platforms for schools, has become the latest company to partner with global volunteering initiative Sewa Day in spreading the message of ‘selfless service’ (sewa) and citizenship in schools. Learning Possibilities joins existing partners UNESCO, the Guardian Teacher Network and the Varkey GEMS Foundation to help extend the volunteering initiative to more schools. read more read more
PETA India mourns Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's death
Jiah Khan in a PETA India advertPETA India is mourning the untimely death of Bollywood actress Jiah Khan on 3rd June 2013. Jiah Khan, who made her acting debut in Nishabd, came forward to help her winged friends (birds) by posing in a stunning PETA ad in 2008. Shot by ace photographer Farrokh Chothia, the ad shows Jiah Khan entangled in manja with wounds all over her body, and the caption reads, "Cut Glass-Coated Manja, Not Wings". read more read more
Protest targets Benetton & Mango on Bangladesh payouts
Activists protest outside a Benetton store over the retailer's failure to compensate factory workers killes in the Rana Plaza collapse in BangladeshActivists today (25th May 2013) protested outside Benetton and Mango fashion stores near London's Oxford Circus over the retailers' failure to compensate families of workers killed, as well as the injured, after the Bangladesh building collapse. One month after the Rana Plaza disaster which killed 1,127 people, mainly female garment workers, protesters demanded justice for bereaved relatives and many garment workers, now left without any income. read more read more
Women Empowered to 'Make an Impression'
Women Empowered co-founder Mona Remtulla with actress Nina WadiaWomen Empowered, co-founded by Reena Ranger and Mona Remtulla, hosted a networking evening with guest speakers actress Nina Wadia, former model and producer Sadia Siddiqui and Radio 1 DJ Nihal Arthanayake on Thursday 16th May 2013 in London. The key speakers outlined their own experiences in rising to the top of their respective professions and the criteria and skills needed to "Make an Impression" in the workplace. read more read more
Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2013
AWA Chairman's Award Winner 2013 - Sue Kakadia - Director of Global Immigration at Ernst & YoungSue Kukadia (pictured left), director of global immigration at Ernst & Young and a new culinary "rock star" were among 13 women recognised for their outstanding careers at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards on Wednesday 15th May 2013. The gala awards ceremony at London's Hilton Hotel was attended by guests including awards patron Cherie Blair, Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller MP and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. read more read more
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013
AWA Awards Founder Pinky Lilani OBE with Awards host Riz LateefA pioneering immigration lawyer and a new culinary "rock star" shone were among 13 women recognised for their outstanding careers at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards on Wednesday 15th May 2013. The awards ceremony was attended by guests including awards patron Cherie Blair, Princess Badiya bint El Hassan, Secretary of State for Culture, Media and Sport, Maria Miller MP and the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson. read more read more
Tata Vice-Chairman receives the Global Empowerment Award 2013
Subramanian Ramadorai CBE, Vice-Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services received the Global Empowerment Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards on Wednesday 15th May 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in London. The Global Empowerment Award honours individuals who inspired economic and social progress across the world. Subramanian Ramadorai CBE, Vice-Chairman of Tata Consultancy Services, received the Global Empowerment Award at the Asian Women of Achievement Awards on Wednesday 15th May 2013 at the Hilton Hotel in London. Previous winners of the award include His Royal Highness the Prince of Wales; Indra Nooyi, Global Chief Executive of PepsiCo; Farah Pandith, Special Representative to Muslim Communities at the US Department of State and Susan Davies, Chair of the Board of Vital Voices. read more read more
University of Manchester leads Health Sciences debate
Prof.  Rob Coombs, Deputy President and Vice Chancellor welcomes guests to the University of Manchester Health Sciences SeminarOn the day that actress Angelina Jolie announced that she had undergone a double mastectomy to avoid the high risk of developing breast cancer, scientists from the University of Manchester were debating whether new health science discoveries can lead to greater innovation in healthcare. Prof. Rod Coombs (pictured), Deputy President and Vice Chancellor outlined the University's unrivalled academic breadth and depth in health and life sciences research. read more read more
Puja Gupta dons veggie dress for PETA India Advert
Puja Gupta in new PETA India advertFormer Miss Universe India winner and Bollywood beauty Puja Gupta donned a sexy dress made of vegetables for a new PETA India advertisement. In direct contrast to Lady Gaga's famous dress made of meat, Ms Gupta's dress is made entirely of lettuce leaves and other vegetables next to the caption "Let Vegetarianism Grow on You". read more read more
Protest targets Primark over Bangladesh workplace disaster
War on Want protestors demonstrating outside Primark on Saturday 27th April 2013As rescuers continue to search for survivors from the collapsed Bangladeshi block where workers made Primark clothes, campaigners today (27th April 2013) protested outside its flagship store tomorrow in support of victims and their families. The demonstration at the store in London's Marble Arch demanded the retailer pays full compensation to the injured workers and the families. read more read more
Global Volunteering Initiative Sewa Day Appoints Deputy Chair
Digital Media Entrepreneur Lopa Patel MBE appointed Deputy Chair of Global Volunteering Initiative Sewa Day.Redhotcurry.com Founder Lopa Patel MBE has been appointed Deputy Chair of global volunteering initiative Sewa Day to help spearhead the project's marketing strategy and primary schools programme. Sewa is the Sanskrit word for "selfless service" and since its launch in 2010 Sewa Day has exceeded all expectations with tens of thousands of people rendering their service to others. Last year, an estimated 50,000 people took part. read more read more
Peers want caste discrimination to be outlawed in Britain
Indian womenPeers are celebrating victory after they won a vote on 22nd April 2013 to include caste alongside other forms of discrimination in equalities law. This comes despite the House of Commons having rejected the proposal twice with Members of Parliament preferring an education programme over legislation. read more read more
Lakshmi Mittal topples off the top of the Asian Rich List 2013
Lakshmi MittalSteel magnate Lakshmi Mittal has toppled off the top of The Sunday Times Rich List published on 21st April 2013, after securing the richest man in Britain spot for eight consecutive years between 2005 and 2012. The UK's richest Asians this year are Sri and Gopi Hinduja with an estimated £10.6 billion. read more read more
Top 100 Most Influential Asians List Unveiled at The Asian Awards
Sir Ben Kingsley at The Asian Awards 2013Actor Sir Ben Kingsley, singer Nicole Scherzinger, Japanese race car driver Kamui Kobayashi, industrialist Adi Godrej, businessman Jiang Jinquing, author Hanif Khureishi and Hollywood legend Bruce Lee were among those honoured at The Asian Awards on Tuesday 16th April 2013 at The Grosvenor House Hotel in London. The world's first Top 100 Most Influential Asians list was also launched on the evening. read more read more
Vidyut Jammwal encourages vegetarianism in a new PETA India advert
Bollywood actor Vidyut Jammwal encourages vegetarianism in a new PETA India advertBollywood action star Vidyut Jammwal encourages vegetarianism in a new PETA Indian advert saying that his high level of physical and mental energy Is a direct result of kicking the meat habit 15 years ago. The actor is pictured flexing the muscles of his bare and chiselled upper body and wearing low-slung jeans next to the caption "Powered by Veggies! Go Vegetarian" in the brand-new ad. read more read more
Google puts Pakistan on the map!
Jabran Rafique, one of the early adopters of Google Map Maker and now one of its expert reviewers.US Search giant Google has helped citizen cartographers build useful street maps in Pakistan and it is now hoping to do same globally. Google today (11th April 2013) announced that anyone can help to provide detailed local information to Google Maps to transform a simple map into a more detailed and accurate representation of an area's local treasures. Once approved, improvements appear within a matter of minutes. read more read more
Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple's 40th Anniversary
The havan at Bhaktivedanta ManorOn 24th March 2013, Bhaktivedanta Manor celebrated Holi, the festival of colours, and its 40th Anniversary as “Home of Lord Krishna”. Marking this event was a grand havan with over 100 priests and 500 invited guests. Dhananjaya Das, one of the first devotees to have met George Harrison of the Beatles who gifted the manor to the charity, “that this is a time of reflection, a handful of devotees struggling against all odds to secure a Temple for Krishna". read more read more
Dhruv Patel elected as a City of London Common Councilman
Dhruv PatelDhruv Patel, 29, was last night elected to the Court of the Common Council at the City of London Corporation as an Independent in the ward of Aldgate, making him the first ever person from a black and minority ethnic background (BME) to be elected to a business ward. This role is equivalent to that of a local councillor but has the additional responsibilitiesof representing the UK's financial services industries abroad. read more read more
Voluntary Groups honoured as Sewa Pioneers Award Winners 2013
Singer Songwriter Navin Kundra presents the Sewa Pioneers Award for Voluntary Groups to representatives of Om Group, LutonA range of voluntary projects including feeding a thousand underprivileged people in Hong Kong; clearing 80 sacks of litter from the Grand Union Canal towpath in Southall and sprucing up a hospice in Luton were among those honoured with a Sewa Pioneers Award on 20th March 2013 at the House of Commons. The awards recognised those with the spirit of selflessness who devoted time to the service of others through global volunteering initiative Sewa Day. read more read more
Vikas Pota selected as World Economic Forum Young Global Leader
Vikas PotaVikas Pota, CEO of the Varkey GEMS Foundation, was selected as Young Global Leader by the World Economic Forum on Tuesday 12th March 2013. The honour is bestowed each year to recognize the most distinguished leaders under the age of 40, nominated from around the world, who represent the future of leadership in business, government, civil society, arts & culture, academia and media, as well as social entrepreneurs. read more read more
Labour celebrates IWD with a 'Women in Business' reception
Seema Malhotra MPShadow Home Secretary and Shadow Women and Equalities Minister, The Rt Hon Yvette Cooper MP, Chair of Parliamentary Labour Party BIS Group and Seema Malhotra MP, Member of Parliament for Feltham and Heston Constituency, celebrated International Women's Day by hosting a 'Women in Business' reception for a hundred businesswomen and entrepreneurs on 12th February 2013 at the House of Commons. read more read more
Pratibha Gai named L'Oreal Women In Science European Laureate 2013
Professor Pratibha GaiProfessor Pratibha Gai, Chair of Electron Microscopy at York Uiversity, is to receive the world's most prestigious science prize for women as she is named the L'Oreal - UNESCO Women In Science European Laureate for 2013. Pratibha is being commended for her invention of a new type of microscope which is unlocking the mysteries of the atomic world of living materials. read more read more
Educational Researcher Sugata Mitra wins the TED Prize 2013
Sugata MitraEducational researcher Sugata Mitra is the winner of the $1 million TED Prize 2013. His wish is to build a 'School in the Cloud', where children can explore and learn from one another. At TED2013, Sugata Mitra said "my wish is to help design the future of learning by supporting children all over the world to tap into their innate sense of wonder and work together." As a part of this year's historic TED Prize, Sugata Mitra receive $1,000,000 seed funding for this initiative. read more read more
Rockstar Scientists
Professor Brian Cox with Lopa PatelDoes the world really need "rockstar" scientists to explain evolution, gravity and the theory of "The Big Bang" to us I wondered ? This random thought occurred on Monday 25th February 2013 as I drove up from London to The University of Manchester for a special screening of the BBC's 'Wonders of Life' documentary presented Professor Brian Cox, arguably the biggest 'rockstar' in the science field currently. read more read more
'1 Billion Rising' celebrates day of mass action to stop violence against women
One Billion Rising campaign to stop violence against womenV-Day, the global activist movement to end violence against women and girls, celebrated the final escalation of its year-long 'One Billion Rising' campaign on Thursday, 14th February, when women and men in 203 countries came together in the largest day of mass action ever to stop violence against women and girls. The campaign began as a call to action based on the statistic that 1 in 3 women on the planet will be beaten or raped during her lifetime. read more read more
'Girls do Science too' with more chic and less geek!
L-R: Anne-Marie Imafidon of Stemettes with Lopa Patel MBE of Redhotcurry.comThe Stemettes initiative - a collection of women and organisations from the UK's STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) sector - launched at Google Campus in London on Tuesday 12th February 2013 with Lopa Patel MBE, Founder of Redhotcurry.com as one of the key speakers. With the number of women in the UK's STEM workforce dropping by 4% to 13% in 2012, the project hopes to reverse this trend. read more read more
Sadi Khan is named Trainer of the Year 2013
Susanna Reid presents the Trainer of the Year award to Sadi Khan (right)Sadi Khan from cultural Training Company Noble Khan won the 'Trainer of the Year 2013' accolade at The Learning and Performance Institute Awards on 7th February 2013. The awards recognise outstanding examples of high standards, best practice, innovation and excellence in Learning and Development. read more read more
Winners announced at the inaugural British Muslim Awards
Farida Gibbs of S3 is named Businesswoman of the Year at the British Muslim Awards 2013On Tuesday 29th January 2013, the first British Muslim Awards 2013 were held at the Sheridan Suite in Manchester. The event honoured the success and achievements of Britain's Muslim individuals, groups and business people inlcuding entrepreneur James Caan and double Olympic Gold Medal winner Mo Farah, among others. The Awards were co-hotsed by Tasmina Ahmed Sheikh and Zulfi Hussain. read more read more
Women Empowered network encourages more women into politics
L-R: Reena Ahuja with Priti Patel MPReena Ahuja and Mona Remtulla, co-founders of the Women Empowered network, held their first event of the year on 24th January 2013 to encourage more women into national and local politics. Speakers Priti Patel MP, Cllr Mimi Harker OBE and Cllr Lurline Champagnie spoke of their own careers and experiences in standing for election. Traditionally regarded as male dominated or controlled profession; they encouraged debate on the issue of "Is it still a man's world"? read more read more
Scottish Asian Women's Association Awards launched
Tasmina Ahmed-Sheikh, Founder & Chair of the Scottish Asian Women's AssociationNominations have opened for the inaugural Scottish Asian Women's Association (SAWA) Awards for achievement and excellence, recognising the contribution made to the Asian community, and Scotland as a whole, by Asian women. SAWA was launched in April last year by The First Minister, Alex Salmond and is supported by HRH Princess Badiya bint El Hassan of Jordan. Closing date for nominations is , 18th February 2013. read more read more
Southall Black Sisters Protest Against Sexual Violence in India
Southall Black Sisters Protest Against Sexual Violence in IndiaSouthall Black Sisters (SBS) held a Protest Against Sexual Violence in India outside the Indian High Commission in London on Monday 7th January 2012 highlighting the many acts of horrific sexual violence that take place every day in India. "The world's largest democracy was named the worst country in the G20 countries for violence against women in the recent Trust Law Survey." By drawing attention to this horror SBS hope to shame the Indian government into acting now by making public spaces safe for women. read more read more
SOS: Save Our Sisters - Candlelight Vigil in memory of Damini
SOS - Save Our Sisters Candlelight VigilMahatma Gandhi once said "The day a woman can walk freely on the roads of India, that day we can say India has achieved Independence." Unfortunately, in his eyes India is yet to achieve independence. The Care Education Trust and Big Hug Foundation held a Candlelight Vigil called 'Save Our Sisters' on Saturday 5th January 2013 in Tavistock Square, London, for the Delhi gang rape victim and for women in India who are assaulted on a daily basis. read more read more
 India's growth story unravelling in the face of sexual violence
Arup GangulyArup Ganguly, a former Delhi resident, founder of KNG Securities and Chairman of international volunteering initiative Sewa Day, argues that India's growth story is rapidly unravelling in the face of the Delhi gang-rape protests. He asserts that social change is about more than obtaining swift justice and believes that Indians need a new cultural identity, one built-up from grassroots: one which values men and women equally. read more read more
Fewer ethnic minority individuals recognised in The New Year Honours List 2013
Former England cricketer Mark Ramprakash has been recognised with an MBE in The Queen's News Year Honours List 2013Fewer ethnic minority individuals were recognised in The New Year Honours List 2013 despite a demographic increase showing that 14%* of the UK is now from an ethnic minority community. Of the 1,223 people recognised, only 5% were from an ethnic miority community - this compares to 7.6% of ethnic minority recipients in 2011 and 12% ethnic minority recipients in 2012. read more read more
UK NEWS 2013

World mourns the death of Nelson Mandela (12/13)
Unveiling of the Power List 2014 highlights Britain's leading Asians (11/13)
Britain wasting the business skills of its BME Community (11/13)
Newham College hosts Mobile App Ideas Event as part of GEW 2013 (11/13)
Miriam Gonzalez Durantez named Woman of the Year 2013 (11/13)
IBAHRI Commonwealth Conference in Sri Lanka cancelled after visas are revoked (11/13)
The Sikh Awards 2013 Honour UK Prime Minister David Cameron (11/13)
The Punjabi Society of the British Isles 'Pride of Punjab' Awards 2013 (11/13)
Influential Asian women launch the Asian Circle (11/13)
The Labour Party celebrates Diwali 2013 (11/13)
Royal Reception at St James's Palace for The British Asian Trust (10/13)
Women Empowered raises over £1000 for UK charity Sewa Day (10/13)
Former US President Bill Clinton launches the Global Teacher Index 2013 (10/13)
Thousands take part on Sewa Day 2013 (10/13)
Women of the Future Ambassadors Reception for Sixth Form Girls 2013 (10/13)
UK India Education Investment Conclave, 2nd - 3rd October 2013 (10/13)
Asian celebrities sign up for Sewa Day 2013 (10/13)
British Sikh Association Awards, 26th September 2013 (09/13)
Amnesty India celebrates its first anniversary (08/13)
Research: Anti-immigrant attitudes can inflame ethnic intolerance (08/13)
India moves closer to ending product testing on animals (08/13)
IBAHRI calls for release of Bangladeshi lawyer Adilur Rahman Khan (08/13)
Asians love their gadgets and home technology (08/13)
Dabangg' star Sonakshi Sinha features in a new PETA India Advert (08/13)
Asian voters can decide outcome of 2015 UK General Election (08/13)
Lord Kakkar to become Chairman of the House of Lords Appointments Commission (07/13)
A Tale of Two Books: An Academic Spat Indian Style! (07/13)
New garment factories safety plan by US Retailers labeled a sham (07/13)
11.7million of economic benefit to Britain during Sewa Day last year (06/13)
Victory for PETA India Campaign as India ends all animal testing for cosmetics (06/13)
Dr Suchitra Sebastian awarded a L'Oreal UNESCO Women In Science Fellowship (06/13)
Global volunteering Initiative launches 'Sewa Day Schools' (06/13)
Amol Rajan becomes Fleet Street's first Asian Editor (06/13)
Anish Kapoor knighted in The Queen's Birthday Honours 2013 (06/13)
Apps for Good Awards 2013 Winners Announced (06/13)
Learning Possibilities partners with Global Volunteering Initiative Sewa Day (06/13)
Debate: Combating Violence Against Women, 11th June 2013 (06/13)
PETA India mourns Bollywood actress Jiah Khan's death (06/13)
Air India resumes transporting animals for laboratory experiments (05/13)
Protest targets Benetton & Mango on Bangladesh payouts (05/13)
Women Empowered to 'Make an Impression' (05/13)
Asian Women of Achievement Award Winners 2013 (05/13)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013 (05/13)
Tata Vice-Chairman receives the Global Empowerment Award 2013 (05/13)
University of Manchester leads Health Sciences debate (05/13)
Puja Gupta dons veggie dress for PETA India Advert (05/13)
Pressure on Primark grows over Bangladesh tragedy (05/13)
Protest targets Primark over Bangladesh workplace disaster (04/13)
Global Volunteering Initiative Sewa Day Appoints Deputy Chair (04/13)
Plans to axe a key element of The Equalities Act 2010 are dropped (04/13)
Peers want caste discrimination to be outlawed in Britain (04/13)
Lakshmi Mittal topples off the top of the Asian Rich List 2013 (04/13)
Top 100 Most Influential Asians List Unveiled at The Asian Awards (04/13)
Vidyut Jammwal encourages vegetarianism in a new PETA India advert (04/13)
Sir Ben Kingsley to be celebrated with a Fellowship Award (04/13)
Google puts Pakistan on the map! (04/13)
Tagore Centre for Global Thought opens at King's India Institute in London (04/13)
Dell donates $2M to 'Powering the Possible' youth learning initiative (03/13)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013: Shortlist Announced (03/13)
Bhaktivedanta Manor Hare Krishna Temple's 40th Anniversary (03/13)
Dhruv Patel elected as a City of London Common Councilman (03/13)
Voluntary Groups honoured as Sewa Pioneers Award Winners 2013 (03/13)
Leicester hosts a delegation of education leaders from Pakistan (03/13)
BME Charities in the North East of England form a consortium (03/13)
Vikas Pota selected as World Economic Forum Young Global Leader (03/13)
Labour celebrates International Women's Day with a 'Women in Business' reception (03/13)
EU publishes data on Women & Work on International Women's Day (03/13)
National Indian Students Union UK bestows Honorary Fellowship on Shabana Azmi (03/13)
Charity Ball raises £300,000 for Indian NGO Akshaya Patra Foundation (03/13)
Pratibha Gai named L'Oreal - UNESCO Women In Science European Laureate 2013 (03/13)
Educational Researcher Sugata Mitra wins the TED Prize 2013 (02/13)
Rockstar Scientists (02/13)
Prime Minister David Cameron in India (02/13)
'1 Billion Rising' celebrates largest day of mass action to stop violence against women (02/13)
'Girls do Science too' with more chic and less geek! (02/13)
Sadi Khan is named Trainer of the Year 2013 (02/13)
Tribute to the first Sikh peer: Lord Tarsem King of West Bromwich (1937 - 2013) (02/13)
Winners announced at the inaugural British Muslim Awards (01/13)
Women Empowered network encourages more women into politics (01/13)
Labour Party to host an Indian Women's Community Engagement Forum (01/13)
Scottish Asian Women's Association Awards launched (01/13)
British Future launches 'State of the Nation 2013' report (01/13)
Asian Women of Achievement Awards 2013 nominations open (01/13)
Asian Actress Sophiya Haque passes away (01/13)
Education Minister accused of "whitewashing" British History (01/13)
Southall Black Sisters Protest Against Sexual Violence in India (01/13)
SOS - Save Our Sisters Candlelight Vigil (01/13)
India's growth story unravelling in the face of sexual violence (01/13)
'Aiding & Abetting' report calls for £8bn UK aid to be transferred to the military (01/13)
Fewer ethnic minority individuals recognised in The New Year Honours List 2013 (01/13)

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