India’s finance minister pledged major investment in infrastructure on Saturday, saying it was time for the economy to “fly”, as he unveiled Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s first full budget. Arun Jaitley said his government had inherited an economy dominated by “doom and gloom” when it took power last year, trumpeting …Read More »
Monthly Archives: February 2015
A well-known Bangladeshi American blogger has been hacked to death in Dhaka. Atheist writer Avijit Roy, founder of Mukto-Mona (Free-mind) blog, was attacked as he was returning from a book fair in the Bangladeshi capital on Thursday afternoon. The couple was dragged from a taxi before being hacked with machetes. …Read More »
A yoga instructor from Vancouver, Canada has become the sixth woman to accuse renowned yoga guru Bikram Choudhury of sexual assault, alleging in a civil suit that the 69-year-old yogi forced sex on her multiple times over the course of three years. Jill Lawler filed the lawsuit with the California …Read More »
The Indian warrior king Chatrapati Shivaji Maharaj has long been an integral part of the identity of the Marathi community from India with the 17th Century ruler’s wisdom, courage, progressive attitudes and tolerance becoming benchmarks for the people of Maharashtra. Now Maharashtra Mandal London (MML), the world’s largest community organization …Read More »
Authorities in Pakistan are investigating after the famous green-eyed “Afghan girl” immortalised in a 1985 National Geographic magazine cover was found living in the country on fraudulent identity papers. The haunting image of the then 12-year-old Sharbat Gula, taken in a refugee camp by photographer Steve McCurry, became the most …Read More »
A UKIP activist is facing a party inquiry after his home town of Leicester was a “shit-hole” full of “Pakis”. Richard Crouch, Secretary for the South Leicestershire branch of the UK Independence Party, posted the message along with a string of other racist posts on his Facebook page. The full …Read More »
I am from the town of Muzzaffarnagar in Uttar Pradesh, India. I was born and brought up in a family of food lovers, in a home where cooking was a passion and a way to spread happiness. Everything from milk to khoya, butter to ghee, flour to Gujiya was produced …Read More »
Prime Minister David Cameron has pledged to act on the financial incentives that he believes attracts immigrants to Britain as data showed that nearly 300,000 people moved to the UK in the last year. In a major blow to the Conservatives, who had promised to cut net migration to the …Read More »
Organizers have announced the full roster of films for this year's London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) which takes place across London from 19 March to 28 March.
This year's Festival highlights include critically acclaimed films such as 'Margarita With A Straw', 'Bhopal - A Prayer for Rain', 'Dukhtar', 'Rang Rasiya' and 'The World Before Her'.
The 17th edition London Asian Film Festival is once again organized by Tongues on Fire, which has built a reputation for promoting independent cinema as well as providing a showcase for female filmmakers. In keeping with that ethos, LAFF 2015 celebrates 'The Power of Women', a theme that is reflected in this year's roster of special guests who include such filmmakers as Farah Khan, Nisha Pahuja and Afia Nathaniel.
Here's a list of the films being screened.
Opening Night Gala - 'Dukhtar'Read More »
From royals and statesmen to sports icons and reality TV stars, Dubai has long been a magnet for people of all hues and from all corners of the globe.
From its geographic location smack bang in the middle of the world; it's frequently outlandish attractions, be it the reclaimed lands in the Arabian Gulf or Olympic grade ski slope in the middle of the desert; its' tolerant attitudes, nightlife, shopping, not to mention its reputation as a tax haven, there's plenty for everyone.
Little wonder then that this tiny and stable emirate has long been a favoured destination for Brits, and not only as visitors but as migrants and investors.
After successfully riding out the storm of the global recession, there appears to be a new vigour in Dubai and it's bringing that fervour to London by way of the first annual Dubai Property Show which takes place 27 February to 1 March.
Dubai's two visionary leaders Sheikh Maktoum and his successor Sheikh Mohammed realized long ago that natural resources alone would not ensure the state's future.
Thus, in the 1990's began the task of transforming the Emirate into the Hong Kong of the Middle East.
Property has been one of the pillars of Dubai's success - from golf course developments and boutique residential units to man-made islands shaped in the form of nations and ultra-luxury penthouses in the clouds, there's something for everyone.
Dubai is now the third most popular destination for Britons looking to invest abroad and the three-day Dubai Property Show will offer buyers direct access to every part of the Emirate's real estate industry, from consultants and property brokers to developers and marketing agents.
According to the Dubai Land Department, British investors were second only to those from India in investing in Dubai with transactions totalling more than £1.6 billion.
In 2014, Dubai was chosen as the venue for the 2020 World Expo cultural extravaganza - the first time the event has been staged in the Middle East. It's an occasion that promises to attract some twenty five million visitors to the region.
Most recently, Dubai International Airport overtook Heathrow as the busiest airport in the world serving nearly 70 million passengers in 2014.
The Dubai Property Show is organized by Sumansa Exhibitions.
The company's president Sunil Jaiswal said: "Dubai's real estate is one of the best markets in the world and has achieved a great reputation worldwide as a favourite tourist and business destination.
"On the other hand British property investors are savvy, they understand the potential here and also value the no tax policy on rental and capital gains. What's more, the absence of restrictions on repatriation of funds just makes the Dubai Real Estate market not only fruitful but easy and transparent."
For more information, visit www.thedubaipropertyshow.comRead More »