February - March 2005
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Bilimoria Wines Launches New Spanish Range
London, UK: General Bilimoria wines, the range of premium house wines
specially chosen by Cobra Beer to complement spicy food, has expanded
its offering to include a range of two Spanish wines – a Tempranillo
and a Dry Muscat. Spain is becoming widely recognised for its exciting
developments and superb wines, and General Bilimoria’s elegant
Spanish wines are cultivated along Valencia’s Mediterranean coastline
and both varieties are an excellent addition to General Bilimoria’s
range, perfectly complementing spicy food. “We are very excited
about our new Spanish range - we have chosen a beautiful Tempranillo
and a wonderfully balanced Dry Muscat and we expect both of them to be
greeted with great acclaim,” says Christopher Edgcumbe-Rendle,
Business Development Director, Cobra Beer. The Tempranillo is known for
being the noblest of all the Spanish grape varieties. Its low oxidative
levels make it high quality wine that needs prolonged aging – General
Bilimoria’s Tempranillo is aged for six months in American oak
barrels, creating a rich, ruby-red colour, is finely complex bouquet,
with blackcurrant and vanilla aromas. Its smoothness and excellent balance
of flavours enhance the complex, varied tastes found in spicy food. The
Dry Muscat is a fragrant, pale straw-coloured wine, with lots of fruit
thanks to the long hours of sun and breeze found in the hills of inland
Valencia. These conditions are integral to making this an elegant, intense
and well-balanced wine. Muscat grapes, native to the eastern Mediterranean,
have been cultivated in the Spanish Mediterranean for centuries and this
splendid variety is used to make aromatic, fresh wines that can be sweet,
or, as in this case, elegantly dry. Its powerful aroma and intense flavour,
make General Bilimoria’s Dry Muscat an ideal wine to serve either
with spicy food or as aperitif.
Teather MP raises an Early Day Motion in the House of Commons to
highlight the unfair immigration legislation for Hindu priests.
"That this House notes with concern the implications for Hindu
temples of the new Home Office immigration rules affecting ministers
of religion, effective from 31st August 2004, which require all such
ministers to demonstrate fluency in the English language to level 4;
notes that this hampers the recruitment of Poojaries, in particular,
whose roles are highly specialised and who are trained in India; further
notes that the role of a Poojari is to perform the daily rites for the
Hindu gods in the temple and Arti, which involve caring for the gods
on a daily basis with prayers and meditation; further notes that these
daily rites are central to the Hindu religion; further notes that the
role of a Poojari does not involve preaching to the congregation and
that this role is generally performed by Swarmis, Sadhus or Hindu preachers,
who have knowledge of English; further notes that the Poojari' job required
knowledge of Hindu texts written in Sanskrit and knowledge of Gujarati
and Hindi for sung worship, but not English; regrets that the Home Office
would appear to have introduced regulations based on a Judao-Christian
model of worship without considering the implications for other faiths;
and calls upon the Home Office to amend its regulations to provide an
exception to Poojaries because they do not preach."
Hindu Cultural Society of Finchley, London celebrated the most joyous
and colourful festival in Hindu calendar at their HCS Bhavan.
The celebration commenced with Havan Yajna by Rajinder Chadha followed
by cultural items from the members of Bharatiya Baal Kendra and Ankur
The guest of the evening was the Mayor of Barnet, Cllr.Wendy Prentice.
The local MP Dr. Rudi Vis wasthe honoured guest. The president, Mr Rajinder
Chopra introduced the guests.
The celebration concluded with preeti-bhojan provided by Dr. Jyoti and
Dr Sunil Raina Trakru.
Elections & Our Responsibilities
By Chuni Chavda
Last couple of months have been fairly busy for many of us. Firstly,
there were the party conferences and then Navratri and finally Diwali
and Hindu New Year (2061). During Navratri festivals many organizations
invited councilors and MPs to their events. These invited guests made
political speeches at ready-made platforms and patronized us. And a few
people had their photographs taken with the visitors.
Diwali and Hindu New Year 2061,majority of us wished our relatives,
friends, neighbours and colleagues`` Sal Mubarak’’. A few
of us greeted them with ``NUTAN VARSHABHINANDAN’’. Through
your column I take this opportunity to wish ``NUTAN VARSHABHINANDAN’’to
one and all.
political pundits say that the September party conferences were the
last before the next general elections. These pundits are brave enough
to say that the next general elections will take place on 5th May 2005.
This is one year earlier.
the next parliamentary elections take place, this is certain that all
political parties have started preparing their manifestos. Where does
this lead to? We are blessed with so many associations/organizations
and leaders. But have we ever thought of what we can and should extract
from politicians of all colours and shapes?
children do well in education, yet they find it difficult to find jobs
matching their qualifications? Why their salary level is not the same
as their other counterparts? Why are we called blacks when we are Asians?
Why are we called Asians when we are Hindus? There are many issues
that can and should be raised with the politicians we invite to our
functions. And the politicians should ensure that matters that concern
us are included in their manifestos.
we can achieve this, then our future generations will always be thankful
to us for thinking about them so well in advance. This is our duty.
This is our responsibility. So leaders, please, rise and march forward
together. Do not let this golden opportunity pass from our hands.
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