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General 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.


Sarah 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."


Diwali Celebration
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 Kala Kendra.
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.


Forthcoming 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.

For 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.

Some 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.

Whenever 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?

Our 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.

If 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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