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March 29, 2013 at 12:35 am

Vince Cable calls for Asian Leaders To Exert Influence

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Vince Cable the Business Secretary has made an announcement calling on Asian Business leaders to show themselves “exerting influence” in the world of business and government.

Vince Cable will today (4th March 2013) make a speech at the National Asian Business Association (NABA) in the capital London.

His announcement before his speech was just a warm up, his speech is said to be a focused speech on boosting the economy and creating jobs, and his speech is tailored and aimed directly at his audience of Asian leaders and their businesses.

The NABA is supported by Microsoft and Santander and the association which Dr Cable will be speaking to is made up of 11 local business associations across the United Kingdom which aims to advance the Asian business community in areas of development and growth.

An interesting statistic is there are around 50,000 British Asian businesses in the UK and President of the NABA, CBE Baroness Prashar says however that they have up until now not had a national voice.

Baroness Prashar

President of the National Asian Business Association, Baroness Prashar of Runneymede CBE said: “Asian businesses are significant wealth creators and crucial to local economic growth. They are an integral part of the UK’s drive to tackle the current recession. Regional Asian business associations have made a significant contribution in their local areas to date but have not had a national voice.”

Baroness Prashar said of the NABA that they aspire to help businesses reach their potential and work well with Government in trade missions abroad and the development of policy.

Dr Cable has said before his speech: “I welcome the founding of a new organisation to promote business and provide it with a strong voice. British Asian companies have long played a dynamic role in the business community. Their growth is essential to job creation and national economic recovery, as is the emergence of a new generation of Asian entrepreneurs.”

Barfi! To close the London Asian Film Festival!

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The one and only! The London Asian Film Festival is here!

The London Asian Film Festival began in 1999 and is in its 15th year:

“The London Asian Film Festival by Tongues on Fire is a festival dedicated to expressing the drive and spirit of independent cinema from South Asia. The festival provides a unique platform for Asians working in film and media around the world. Our screenings and events include feature films, documentaries, short films, panel discussions, and educational and community screenings.”

Beginning on the 7th March 2013 and ending on the 15th March 2013.

This festival will be a special one for all those who attend, as it will be celebrating 100 years of Indian Cinema.

Usually the festival showcases films from all over the world, the USA, India, Kashmir, Sri Lanka, Assam, Pakistan and Britain, this time will be no different and will also showcase independent short films.

As well as showcasing 100 years of Indian cinema, the festival has an aim to focus on the journey of women in film and to tackle issues that are political and of controversy.

A few of the films that are lined up for the audience members are: Sridevi’s English Vinglish3 Idiots actor Omi Vaidya’s Big in Bollywood documentary and the Neil Nitin Mukesh starrer David.

The festival is going to start at the British Film Institute Southbank with the film: Listen Amaya which looks at the relationship between mother and daughter, the film deals with issues such as Alzheimer’s and widowers too. The Director Avinash Kumar Singh will be giving an interview after the screening.

On the 11th March at the Nehru centre English Vinglish’s director Gauri Shinde will be appearing at a directors workshop.

A few of the venues are: The British Film Institute Southbank, Harrow Arts Centre, School of Oriental and African Studies, The Nehru centre, and the BBC Club.

Barfi! is an Indian sweet however in the context of the film it is the name of the lead character Ranbir Kapoor who plays Murphy but being deaf and mute pronounces it as Barfi! The touching story portrays Murphy’s relationship with two women, one of whom is autistic (actress – Priyanka Chopra).

Barfi! has received many accolades and ovations’ and this film which highlights the differently abled people with characters who are deaf and mute and also autistic is likely to receive the same from the London Asian Film Festival (LAFF) and it importantly will be the film that closes the festival.

The director of Barfi!, Anurag Basu, will be taking part in a post screening talk at the MAYFAIR hotel in London on the 17th March.

The LAFF say of their program “that we have an exciting mix of great new independent films, some old classics and recent thought provoking films you may have missed.”


Pakistani Schoolgirl who was shot in the head amongst Nobel peace prize nominees

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The Pakistani schoolgirl shot in the head by the Taliban, is a candidate for receiving the Nobel Peace Prize, Malala Yousafzai aged 15 is amongst 259 nominations a record for the Nobel Institute, the previous record was in 2011 when 241 candidates were put forward.

The Nobel Peace prize is one of the most prestigious in the world, and 2012 saw The European Union receive the award, which by many was seen as controversial due to the EU’s economic crisis being the worst since the founding of the EU.

Malala, 15, was shot by the Taliban for voicing and promoting the importance of girls education in Pakistan, she was treated in the UK for injuries sustained to her head and has survived the traumatic ordeal, she aims to continue promoting girls education and is now seen as a favourite nominee for the Nobel Peace Prize.

There are many people who are eligible to nominate candidates, these are members of parliament and governments around the world, some international organisations and even University professors, of whom can disclose the candidates they have nominated if they so wish to do.

The list of nominees however if not disclosed is kept secure by being kept secret for 50 years.

The head of the Nobel Institute, Geir Lundestad has said of the awards record nominations, that “This reflects a growing interest in the prize. The nominations come from the entire world.”

The candidates that Malala will be up against are the likes of former US president Bill Clinton and Denis Mukwege, a pioneering doctor who founded a clinic for rape victims in the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Tough competition certainly and many have raised concerned about the pressures of winning the prize at such a young age, though, if she were to win then she could become even more of a role model than she already is and would receive due recognition for all her hard work. The issue is open to debate.


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March 6, 2013 at 9:15 pm

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