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Asha Bhosle inspired restaurant to open in Manchester

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London: A new Indian restaurant — inspired and co-owned by legendary singer Asha Bhosle  is set to open in Manchester this week, a media report said on Wednesday.

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The restaurant at the Peter Street displays portraits of Bhosle and her family, along with beaded fringing inspired by her stage costumes and jewellery, Manchester Evening News reported on Tuesday.

Bhosle, 82, will be among the guests at the VIP launch party scheduled on Thursday and the restaurant will officially open its doors on Friday.

The restaurant wears a simple look with purple as accent colour. It is decorated with booths clustered along one wall and lighting hanging from the ceilings.

The restaurant is a 170-year-old building and it cost two million pounds ($1.5 million) for its renovation.

The bar on the first floor has been transformed into a big dining space.

“We have tried to develop a contemporary atmosphere but the building is around 170-years-old, so we have tried to make sure we have restored it sympathetically,” Sue Potter, managing director of the restaurant’s parent company, was quoted as saying.

“The ochre is quite an important part of our identity, referencing the saffron in Indian cookery and the burnt orange colours you see in a lot of Indian art work,” Potter noted.

The menu is traditional Indian cuisine with many of the dishes has been named as a tribute to the singer’s connections and career.

Apart from special curries like bharwan tandoori aloo, tandoori jhenga and murg masala, the menu includes Hare baingnan ka bharta (one of Bhosle’s mother’s favourite dishes) and Rahul Dev Burman chingri chaap (a tribute to her late husband).

With inputs from IANS

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Legendary Singer Asha Bhosle regrets for not singing English Songs

Asha Bhosle shares the reason behind why she didn't sing any English song.

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  • Legendary singer Asha Bhosle regrets not getting a proper education and says she would have touched greater heights if she had studied further and crooned songs in English too.

Bhosle talked about her regrets at the Leadership Lecture Series at the Dubai campus of the Global Indian International School (GIIS) on Tuesday, read a statement.

Asked about her message for the young generation, she said: “A person is responsible for his own success. The one who works hard day and night and keeps doing his work, he will always be successful. And for your school, the message that I have is, I haven’t studied much and today when I go abroad, when I go to America or London, I really regret after listening to their songs, I feel bad that I can’t get that accent.”

The legendary singer Asha Bhosle added: “I really wish that I had studied more but back in those times, in my generation, 80 years back, there was no use of educating women, they said women are supposed to do simple household chores, deliver babies, why make her study.

“So, the education never happened. And now I really regret that if we were made to study or given our education, then we would have been at different heights in our life and I would have gone way ahead in English songs because our style and English words would have taken me to greater heights.”

Asha Bhosle is one of the most versatile singers to have been associated with Bollywood. From cabaret to ghazals — she has sung songs like “Jhumka gira re”, “Dum maro dum”, “Chura liya”, “Mehbooba mehbooba”, “Mera kuch saaman”, “Dil cheez kya hai” to “Prem mein tohre”.

From Zeenat Aman to Urmila Matondkar and Rekha to Vidya Balan — Bhosle has lent her voice for actresses of different generations over six decades and has managed to stay relevant by adapting to new styles and singing techniques.(IANS)

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Manchester Bombings: 14th suspect apprehended, Bombing Investigation Continues

The bombing after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 killed 22 people, some of them children. More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care.

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Salman Abedi, the man police say was behind the Manchester bombing, is seen in this image taken from CCTV on the night he committed the attack in this handout photo released to Reuters on May 27. RFA

Manchester, May 28, 2017: -British police investigating the deadly terror attack in Manchester say they have made another arrest as they continue their efforts to capture the suspected network of which they believe suicide bomber Salman Abedi had been a part.

Greater Manchester Police said in a statement on Twitter on May 28 that they had arrested a 25-year-old man “on suspicion of offenses contrary to the terrorism act.”

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The arrest brings the total number of suspects apprehended over the bombing to 14, including Abedi’s elder brother, Ismail. Two have since been released without charge, while 12 men remain in custody for questioning.

Asked during a BBC interview on May 28 whether some of the group members were still at large, Home Secretary Amber Rudd said: “Potentially. It is an ongoing operation.”

The bombing after a concert at the Manchester Arena on May 22 killed 22 people, some of them children. More than 60 people remain in hospital, with 23 in critical care.

Rudd said that intelligence agencies were monitoring 3,000 suspected extremists and had a wider pool of 20,000 people of interest.

Over the weekend, Prime Minister Theresa May announced the national terror threat level had been reduced from “critical” to “severe” and that military troops would stop patrolling Britain’s streets but that the public “should remain vigilant.”

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Extra armed officers will be on duty across the country with security stepped up at some 1,300 events over the long holiday weekend.

The Times newspaper reported on May 27 that some “23,000 jihadist extremists” living in Britain had been identified by intelligence officers. (RFA)

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No Indian Casualty in Monday’s Terror Attack in Manchester that killed 22 People

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Members of the Manchester Sikh Community attend a vigil in Albert Square, Manchester, England, May 23, 2017, the day after the suicide attack at an Ariana Grande concert that left 22 people dead as it ended on Monday night. VOA

New Delhi, May 23, 2017: There has been no report of any Indian casualty in Monday’s terror attack in Manchester that killed 22 people, External Affairs Minister Sushma Swaraj said on Tuesday.

“So far there is no report of an Indian casualty in the #Manchester attack. We are keeping a close watch on the situation,” Sushma Swaraj tweeted.

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At least 22 people, including children, were killed and 59 injured when a male suicide bomber blew himself up at the end of a concert by American pop singer Ariana Grande at the Manchester Arena on Monday night.

President Pranab Mukherjee and Prime Minister Narendra Modi have joined world leaders in condemning the horrific attack. (IANS)