Archive

  • Business re-opens

    A business which was one of five addresses raided this week as part of anti-terror investigations was open as usual. And the owner of Lower Audley Tyres claims police had failed to turn up anything after two days of searching. Javaid Feroze said his business

  • M15 agents plan for North West under fire

    Muslims in Lancashire have warned that community cohesion will be damaged if plans to put MI5 agents in the North West get the go-ahead. Chancellor Gordon Brown plans to base a new intelligence HQ in the North West to check up on religious extremist groups

  • We've got good relations?

    A police chief is confident the "first class relationship" with Blackburn's Muslim community will continue in the wake of the high-profile anti-terrorism raids. And divisional commander Chief Supt Dave Mallaby publicly thanked all the town's communities

  • Integration is long way off claims survey

    A survey by the CRE (Commission for Racial Equality) showed integration between communities remains a long way off. The findings of a YouGov survey showing that the UK's white majority population is integrating less with other communities than the non-white

  • Civil servants Islam awareness day

    Over 800 Civil Servants from Department and Work and Pensions were given a chance to understand the true meaning of "Islamic Faith". It was an attempt to build bridges between Muslims and Non-Muslims, promote greater understanding and produce a more harmonious

  • Woman's fence spike ordeal

    A WOMAN had to be cut free by firefighters after falling and impaling her thigh on a six inch fence spike. Fire crews used cutting equipment to free Fiona Knowles after she received first aid from ambulance crews. It is thought she had chosen to stride

  • Family tell of shock and anger

    The family of a suspected terrorist arrested at gunpoint in Blackburn have spoken of their shock and anger after his arrest. Junaid Feroze was driving a gold, H-registered Mercedes car when it was swooped on by armed undercover officers from the Metropolitan

  • There's no two ways about it

    Call it the democracy of our noble political system or the fact that now separate rules exist in this country dependent upon your background and colour. Many of you must have watched the BBC documentary exploring the sinister British National Party. In

  • High morals?

    Suddenly everyone became concerned about high morals and ethics after the resignation of six Labour Councillors in Blackburn. The majority of Labour leaders, councillors and supporters strongly believed that these rebels must not be accepted back in any

  • Principles

    Regarding the article entitled, 'When it comes to the crunch we'd rather take the biscuit' in your July Issue. Okay there are people in our community who sacrifice their morals and principles but I think the last year has shown that there are many who

  • Disgraced

    I refer to your front page article 'Why we quit'. The five councillors who then voted in favour of the Labour Council should not be trusted again. Especially those two newly elected councillors who began their political careers in such a disgraceful manner

  • Whalley are simply out of range

    Old Loudmouth was back in action at this year's one-day spectacular. And it seemed the rain on the day or the years have failed to dampen goalkeeper Mohammed Khan's winning spirit. With the help of a tight defence he kept eight clean sheets during the

  • Low-regard

    About your front article in Asian Image July. I think the six councillors had a reason to resign if what they say is true. But I am not totally convinced. One thing is true - we already hold our councillors in low-regard and this has just made us look

  • Congratulations

    Congratulations must go to former Asian Image Columnist Anila Baig who was awarded the Press Gazette UK regional 'Columnist of the year' award this month. Anila is now at the Yorkshire Post and beat off competition from around the UK. THE EDITOR

  • CAREER WISE

    Student Image explores jobs with a difference. We chat to Dilip Parmer who is employed by YMCA England as an Aftercare Worker. He is part of the YMCA Partnerships in Prisons department Your Job : I develop links with young people from the Blackburn with

  • Hamara's Far Eastern summit

    After finishing first-year exams at university, most students can't wait to sit back and relax - but Brierfield teenager Hamara Arif had other ideas. The 19-year-old instead flew to Malaysia to discuss global issues with young people from all over the

  • 74 new doctors for East Lancs

    EAST Lancashire hospitals are to be boosted by the arrival of 74 new doctors after European legislation slashed working hours for existing staff. The new appointments, brought in at a cost of £2.2million, mean the number of training grade doctors in the

  • Poisonous plants plague roads

    CONCERNED residents have criticised council bosses for letting the poisonous ragwort plant flourish on the region's roadsides. The giant yellow flowering plants, seen blooming by trunk roads, are poisonous to animals, dangerous to humans and hated by

  • Bosses told of £343,000 overspend

    LANCASHIRE County Council's communications team spent £343,000 more than it should have done last year. Finance bosses at County Hall revealed the department's overspend at a meeting of its cabinet committee. According to a report the reason was "the

  • Wardens' new weapon on roads

    THE fight against speeding motorists is revving up - as civilian camera wardens receive motorbikes. Two bikes have been bought by the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety and will be deployed in rural locations, as well as other areas cars find hard

  • Help for 'hell house' family

    CHURCH volunteers have stepped in to find a new home for a Blackburn family whose house is under siege from damp. Mum-of-three Donna Jamieson revealed how Blackburn Diocesan workers promised to find her somewhere else to live after the damp became so

  • Shock and concern over terror arrests

    A COUNCILLOR who has been supporting the families of two Blackburn men arrested by anti-terrorist police today spoke of his shock and concern. Junaid Feroze and Zamir Hussain were arrested at gunpoint from a gold Mercedes in Preston Old Road, Cherry Tree

  • Beware invoices to renew 'domain name'

    BUSINESSES are being warned not to get caught in a new web of deceit that could cost them up to £270. Lancashire County Council Trading Standards Service has become aware of invoices being sent to businesses requesting money to renew their internet domain

  • 1000 reasons to celebrate!

    The ABF celebrated its one thousandth member at the association's annual dinner. The cream of Lancashire's business leaders were in Blackburn for the event - the largest gathering of minority ethnic businesses in the UK. Ismat Shanaz became the ABF's

  • Firms reducing staff due to paperwork

    Over 50% of small businesses admit to either reducing the number of people they employ or even avoid employing more people because of the concern over the increased burden of paperwork. That is according to a recent survey Mentor, the advice service from

  • Check out E-Bazaar UK

    The ABF has launched the Ebazaar Portal in response to massive demand from members to offer assistance in marketing their business online. The Ebazaar portal is a joint initiative between the University of Salford and the ABF. In 2002 the ABF launched

  • Getting into the groove

    It was a month of melas and more melas as thousands flocked to towns and cities across the North West. Blackburn, Manchester and Preston Mela reviews by ARIF M. In BLACKBURN over 20,000 attended the mela over the course of two days. Held for the first

  • My bloody days spent chasing the Mau Mau

    A VETERAN of Britain's long forgotten but bloody skirmish with the Mau Mau uprising in 1950s Kenya has spoken for the first time of his harrowing experiences. And now the memories of Rossendale ex-soldier Arthur Fawcett could be committed to paper thanks

  • Group is busy planning festive events

    BACUP Consortium is already planning its festive celebrations by organising a Bacup Victorian Christmas Fair. The event aims to expand on last year's occasion by involving the whole community. An events management team has been formed involving representatives

  • Souey: Time to get tough

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness today warned Rovers are ready to get 'ugly' as the countdown to the Premiership starts in earnest. Souness felt Rovers were a soft touch for much of last season and he's ready to sacrifice his football principles in a bid

  • He just won't take no for an answer

    DEAR MASSI, I getting married later this year but things are going so wrong. I decided it was for the best that being the eldest in the family I go with the wishes of my parents. My friends were telling me not to succumb to the pressure but I think deep

  • Experimenting with glue

    Question- I have been using cannabis for the past five years and recently I have started to combine my cannabis use with sniffing gas. I just really wanted to know how harmful sniffing gas is, as I have recently been told by my friends gas that use is

  • Lowerhouse make history

    WHEN maths teacher Chris Bleazard returns to the classroom tomorrow he can only have three figures in his mind after posting a magnificent century to seal Lowerhouse's first Switch-to-Switch Worsley Cup triumph at an emotion-charged Liverpool Road last

  • Edenfield win at the double

    EDENFIELD wrapped up one of the quickest winning performances in the history of the Veka Ribblesdale League when they beat Cherry Tree. The Rossendale club shot out Cherry Tree for just 24 runs and raced to a 10-wicket victory. The winning innings lasted

  • Bleazard gets that winning feeling

    AFTER 142 years of trying, Lowerhouse finally put some silverware in the trophy cabinet as they shook off the tag of being the only Lancashire League side never to have won an honour in dramatic style last night. Lowerhouse lifted the Switch-to-Switch

  • Cotterill calls for a 'winning mentality'

    STEVE Cotterill is urging his Burnley players to adopt a "winning mentality" this season. The Clarets kicked off their First Division campaign with a hard fought draw against Sheffield United after surrendering an early lead. The Blades made the home

  • Is there anybody out there?

    SARVAT JABEEN KHAN speaks to three women from different backgrounds who talk frankly about being single and their quest to find a life partner. Demoralising, degrading, similar to a cattle market." They are not my words but those of someone who found

  • Mother-in-laws who kill for a wedding gift

    INSIGHT: Despite dowries being illegal since 1961, more than 7000 women were killed in dowry cases last year in India. Meet the residents of the 'Mother-in-law' wing in one Indian prison. Women in one wing at the Tihar prison can tell you a thing or two

  • Some things are destined to be

    Aishwarya Rai and Viviek Oberoi pair up in this romantic comedy about two 'youngsters' in the right place at the right time. Diya (Aishwarya) spends her childhood in a farm and is brought up by her widowed father Malhotra (Tinnu Anand). But time comes

  • Shah Rukh hopes to tempt you

    Shah Rukh Khan is back in the UK later this month and will be headlining the 'Temptation' tour. Appearing alongside Shah Rukh will be Priyanka Chopra, Priety Zinta, Rani Mukherji, Saif Ali Khan and Arjun Ramphal. However, disappointingly there are only

  • Seocnd ABSO for one-man crime wave

    A ONE-man crimewave has become the first person in East Lancashire ever to receive two Anti Social Behaviour Orders. Michael Aspin, of South Shore Street, Church, was spotted breaking bail conditions by a CCTV operator while on bail for shoplifting. The

  • £300,000 allows firm to go full-time

    A USED furniture store staffed by volunteers is to launch as a full-time business thanks to a bumper grant of £300,000. Hyndburn Used Furniture Store, off Fairfield Street, Accrington, which describes itself as a modern-day "Robin Hood" received the grant

  • 10 years ago

    PROTESTS against post office privatisation could not go ahead when literature was locked in a car. Disappointment struck half an hour before the demonstration outside Darwen Town Hall when the one and only key broke in the boot lock of one of the protesters

  • 25 years ago

    COUNCILLORS approved plans to convert a former printing works into a hostel. Blackburn Council's development group agreed to a 20-bed hostel for young people on the site in St Peter Street, Blackburn. Plans were approved after refusal just weeks before

  • Dream Tour de France ride for cycle fan Ian

    A BUSINESSMAN has fulfilled every cyclists' dream by taking part in a race over a stage of this year's Tour de France. Keen cyclist Ian Wilson is the managing director of Nelson-based engineering company Fort Vale. He took part in the Etape du Tour. The

  • £1.5m park plan unveiled

    FACE-PAINTING and a DJ school were among the attractions at The Great Outdoors Day in Nelson's Marsden Park. Visitors also got the chance to see plans for a £1.5million restoration of the park. Activities included owl and hawks displays, a climbing wall

  • An emotional return for Stan

    FORMER Burnley boss Stan Ternent will make an emotional return to Turf Moor for a testimonial match against Manchester United next week. United boss Sir Alex Ferguson agreed to the game, which will take place next Tuesday, earlier this summer in honour

  • BRAY WANDERERS 0 BLACKBURN ROVERS 4

    GRAEME Souness could find himself reaching for the Anadin as Saturday's Premiership curtain raiser with West Brom draws nearer. But the Blackburn Rovers boss has the kind of headache that all football managers crave at this time of year. With the start

  • Souey: Time to get tough

    BLACKBURN boss Graeme Souness today warned Rovers are ready to get 'ugly' as the countdown to the Premiership starts in earnest. Souness felt Rovers were a soft touch for much of last season and he's ready to sacrifice his football principles in a bid

  • Centurions back in control

    Keighley 10 Leigh Centurions 48 by Martyn Hindley: LEIGH Centurions banished the ghost of Rochdale-past to return to winning ways at Cougar Park and maintain their place at the top of the table. Darren Abram's side arrived in West Yorkshire on the back

  • Armed siege

    ARMED police surrounded a house after reports that a man had threatened his former girlfriend with a handgun. The siege began after residents reported hearing two shots and the woman used her mobile phone to call her mother and ask for help. Police negotiators

  • Toddler sets house on fire

    A BOY, aged two, wrecked the upstairs of his home after starting a fire with a cigarette lighter. Fire crews were called to Manchester Road, Tyldesley, at around 1.10pm on Friday after a call from the boy's mother who was forced to flee the house with

  • Helen Mead column

    Do you fit the bill for this award-winning role? The Stepford Wives is back. I haven't seen the remake, but I know the original film well. We may be loathe to admit it, but it's a bloke's dream. Glammed-up wife greets you at the door as you return from

  • Some rare good hospital news

    THROUGHOUT the country, there have been real worries at the effect of European working hour rules on our stretched health services. From this month the traditionally long working week for junior doctors is limited to 58 hours and in five years' time that

  • EVENTS taking place in East Lancashire on Tuesday, August 10:

    Puppet Making, Helmshore Textile Museum, Holcombe Road, Helmshore, 2pm-4pm. "Making Music" -- Creative Workshop (three-five year-olds), Darwen LIbrary, 10am-11am. Summer Theatre School (seven-18 year-olds), King George's Hall, Northgate, Blackburn. Jumble

  • Family tell of shock and anger

    The family of a suspected terrorist arrested at gunpoint in Blackburn have spoken of their shock and anger after his arrest. Junaid Feroze was driving a gold, H-registered Mercedes car when it was swooped on by armed undercover officers from the Metropolitan

  • Father found guilty of murdering baby

    A father was found guilty of murdering his ten-month old baby son at a shop in Cumbria. Shahajan Kabir, 40, was convicted of slashing the throat of his son Hassan Martin at Greggs in Carlisle. The jury at Carlisle Crown Court also found him guilty of

  • Getting into the groove

    It was a month of melas and more melas as thousands flocked to towns and cities across the North West. Blackburn, Manchester and Preston Mela reviews by ARIF M. In BLACKBURN over 20,000 attended the mela over the course of two days. Held for the first

  • Faith groups joint pledge to promote tolerance

    The Muslim, Hindu and Sikh communities in the UK are fully committed to the path of dialogue and engagement says a new statement released on their behalf. The Hindu Forum of Britain, Muslim Council of Britain and Network of Sikh organisations pledged

  • Move over Tiger Adam's teeing off!

    Tiger Woods became the world's number one golfer at the age of just 21, but one pint-sized putter is already making him look like a bit of a slow coach. For Adam Mujahid can already hit a golf ball 20 metres - and he's only 19 months old. The toddler

  • Not really possible

    Regarding the letter about the lady who wants to pray namaz at mosque. In this day and age the desire of both sexes is very high. It is unfair on the old and pious but if we let them go to mosques then the young would argue As we know free mixing of men

  • It's three in a row for 'samba boys'

    In scorching hot weather more likened to the beaches of Brazil, Santos made it a hat-trick of victories in the annual Abdul Valli Cup. They had to battle for this one at times but when it comes to penalties this lot have nerves of steel. In both their

  • The only way is up(Rank 1)

    A teenager is hoping he can make the grade after impressing a host of North West clubs. And his manager believes others in the community could follow in his footsteps if more played in local Sunday leagues. Thirteen-year-old Jamil Adam has completed trials

  • Tauheedul girls' school celebrates inspection

    Tauheedul Islam Girls High School celebrated a highly positive Ofsted inspection into the way it provides education for local girls. The Inspectorate praised the Blackburn school's mission to 'promote a culture of excellence from within a caring and secure

  • Stars back battle to save old hall

    A CAMPAIGN to save one of East Lancashire's best-known buildings has been launched - with celebrity backing. More than £250,000 is needed to save the oldest part of Samlesbury Hall, in Preston New Road between Blackburn and Preston, from collapsing. Now

  • Lifestyle show success

    More than 40,000 people experienced breathtaking fashion shows and a dazzling array of exhibitors at the Asian Lifestyle 2004, in the prestigious Olympia Grand Hall. The event was held in association with Sony Entertainment Television Asia, is the largest

  • Travellers told to leave Airtours site

    TRAVELLERS living on the former Airtours site in Helmshore were today being given 24 hours to leave the area. The site owners, who want to develop the land, have obtained a court order and a bailiff was due to visit the site today to serve it on the travellers

  • By NICOLA MOTT

    Residents get hump at bumps RESIDENTS have launched a new drive against speed bumps in Tockholes. More than 400 people have signed a petition opposing traffic calming measures in the village The petition calls for a survey to determine the areas of Tockholes

  • Family day in woods brings record 5,000

    RECORD numbers attended the Sunnyhurst family gala. More than 5,000 people were estimated to have visited the Darwen beauty spot yesterday. The biggest attendance previously was 3,000. Entertainment laid on included a dog show, birds of prey, face painting

  • Cotterill calls for a 'winning mentality'

    STEVE Cotterill is urging his Burnley players to adopt a "winning mentality" this season. The Clarets kicked off their First Division campaign with a hard fought draw against Sheffield United after surrendering an early lead. The Blades made the home

  • Should I tell sister of what I know

    DEAR MASSI, My sister recently found out that her husband had been having an affair. She is very upset and she immediately left her house and brought the children to stay with me. She is determined to get a divorce and has already spoken to a solicitor

  • Festival behaviour was sad

    DEAR MASSI, I visited the mela recently and thought the level of behaviour from some people was simply deplorable. There is a lack of respect for other mela-goers and I was sworn at by a person in front of a so-called security person. The security person

  • Get help with your problem

    DEAR MASSI, I read a letter in last months Asian Image concerning gambling. I would like to say to the man who wrote in that he must come out and tell his wife about the problem. If he doesn't then things will only get worse. I went through a similar

  • Red Rose wilts in finals day heat

    LANCASHIRE'S hopes of silverware this season faded in the burning sunshine of Birmingham. On the cusp of a Twenty20 semi-final success over Surrey Lions at Edgbaston the Red Rose wilted as Pakistani star Azhar Mahmood turned up the heat. Having bowled

  • The Rams take over at the top

    RAMSBOTTOM moved to the top of the Musbury Fabrics Lancashire League as they scored victory over Rishton at Acre Bottom. Church's slip up at home to fellow title contenders Nelson opened the door for Ramsbottom, who had professional Kartik Murali on form

  • Cotterill pleased with the positives

    STEVE Cotterill is taking plenty of positives from his first meaningful 90 minutes as Burnley boss. Micah Hyde almost gave Cotterill a dream winning start by scoring on his competitive debut to put the new-look Clarets in control over Sheffield United

  • 10,000 visitors flock to festival

    TEN thousand people attended the three-day flower festival at Stonyhurst College. The event had been two years in the planning by the North West area branch of the National Association of Flower Arranging Societies (NAFAS). It featured more than 100 exhibits

  • Simply living the dream

    What's the fascination with rising star RAGHAV? SAIMINA VIRMANI catches up with the singer on the Mela Circuit Need to buy some washing up liquid". They say that it is at the most difficult moments that people remember the unexpected. In my case it was

  • Sound Bite

    The latest music news and views brought to you by DJ FRITZ. Asalama alaikakum, sasriyakal, namste, kem cho, jambo and a big hiya to all the Asian Image readers. Big things happening down here, you've got myself DJ Fritz writing an Asian music column especially

  • Memories are made of this

    Not hitting our screens until August this one but it is already getting a lot of interest from around the world. Set against the backdrop of a rainy day in Kokata , Manoj (Ajay) sets out on a journey which will finally lead him to an old flame - Niru

  • Star struck

    The glitz, the glamour, the money and attention. Hira (Mahima) is an actress who has it all until her popularity begins to vain. It is then she happens to come across an old friend, Digambar (Priyanshu), a drunk lawyer who does something no-one has ever

  • Three's always a crowd

    The plot is the least of your worries in this effort from David Dhawan. The teaming up of Akshay, Salaman and Priyanka is a strange one but there are some funny moments as confusion takes hold between three love struck souls. It's the familiar love triangle

  • The future is in your hands

    An all-star cast feature in this interesting super-natural thriller about a young mother and her child's ability to see the future. Bipasha Basu takes the lead role as the tarot card reader and is called upon by school principal Sanjay Dutt to help him

  • Armed siege

    ARMED police surrounded a house after reports that a man had threatened his former girlfriend with a handgun. The siege began after residents reported hearing two shots and the woman used her mobile phone to call her mother and ask for help. Police negotiators

  • Wardens' new weapon on roads

    THE fight against speeding motorists is revving up - as civilian camera wardens receive motorbikes. Two bikes have been bought by the Lancashire Partnership for Road Safety and will be deployed in rural locations, as well as other areas cars find hard

  • Grotspot is put to a good use

    A NEW group is being set up in a deprived area of Nelson to help provide youngsters with facilities and things to do. The Bradley Young Adults group is the brainchild of ward councillor Donna Caley, who has lived in the area for more than 20 years. The

  • Shakers find a welcome goal touch

    Bury 3 Yeovil Town 1 by Phil Thorp: THIS opening day display is bound to foster cautious optimism in the Shakers' ranks. Although only a fool would make rash predictions after just 90 minutes action, anyone who witnessed Saturday's victory could not help

  • Concerns over plans for £170m overhaul

    NEWS that plans for a massive £170million overhaul of secondary education in Burnley and Pendle have been given the green light has been welcomed by education bosses. However, some in Burnley have expressed concerns at some aspects of the plans, particularly

  • 74 extra doctors set for East Lancs

    EAST Lancashire hospitals are to be boosted by the arrival of 74 new doctors after European legislation slashed working hours for existing staff. The new appointments, brought in at a cost of £2.2million, mean the number of training grade doctors in the

  • Mum's anger at pervert's plea

    A MUM whose daughter was abused by chatroom predator Charles Monaghan has slammed the paedophile after it emerged he asked a judge for leniency. Monaghan, jailed last month for three years and four months, returned to Burnley Crown Court to appeal for

  • Help for 'hell house' family

    CHURCH volunteers have stepped in to find a new home for a Blackburn family whose house is under siege from damp. Mum-of-three Donna Jamieson revealed how Blackburn Diocesan workers promised to find her somewhere else to live after the damp became so

  • Vicious assault 'a real mystery'

    POLICE in Burnley were today investigating a mysterious attack on a man in his own home. Detectives have been hunting three men who forced their way into his house and assaulted the 58-year-old man. Police said the victim was asleep in bed when the thugs

  • Meri Biwi Mujhe Maarti Hai

    It's true the stronger of the two two sexes is the woman. There's no doubt about it and I won't take no for an answer. Women are better at lying than men. Women are more likely to mentally abuse a man and women know a thing or too about how to do it too

  • Help for 'hell house' family

    CHURCH volunteers have stepped in to find a new home for a Blackburn family whose house is under siege from damp. Mum-of-three Donna Jamieson revealed how Blackburn Diocesan workers promised to find her somewhere else to live after the damp became so

  • The only way is up

    A teenager is hoping he can make the grade after impressing a host of North West clubs. And his manager believes others in the community could follow in his footsteps if more played in local Sunday leagues. Thirteen-year-old Jamil Adam has completed trials

  • MPs could have saved post offices

    THE closure of Darwen Post Offices including Hollins Grove and London Terrace is a cruel blow to local residents, especially the elderly, who rely heavily on such local amenities. Despite recent public protestations of support for these post offices by

  • Who's straining relationships?

    ONCE again Blackburn is in the national news for all the wrong reasons yet all the chairman of Lancashire Council of Mosques can do is moan about how Asians and Muslims are being treated or how it will put a strain on community relations. Well what does

  • Council raking in more money

    IT appears that Blackburn with Darwen Council is not content with making as much money as possible from the motorist for shopping in the town centre. It has now started charging drinkers for the pleasure of entering the Tropicana Bar which opens on a

  • Murderer should be sent home

    RE the letter from Councillor D Pearson 'Murderer should be jailed for life (LET, August 3). British justice certainly has gone mad. This failed asylum seeker has got exactly what he wanted -- to stay in Britain at the taxpayers expense. He should be

  • Poet's corner a real pleasure

    HOORAH for local talent. What a delight it is to read poems in Poet's Corner by two really gifted people. Keith Sowerbutts style -- funny and very witty is really good stuff. Ann Rowell's style -- sensitive and from the heart, in the style of Patience

  • Watchout column

    Firework could cost you £5,000 IN an attempt to tackle anti-social behaviour, this weekend the Government introduced a curfew on fireworks with penalties up to a £5,000 fine and six months in jail. Although the measures don't go as far as some had hoped