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Dogra boy enters London's mayoral fray

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Ankit Love
By Shillpi A Singh
Ankit Love, 33, of the One Love Party, is one of the 12 candidates in the fray for London’s mayoral election slated for May 5, 2016. A musician and film-maker by profession, Love has roots in Jammu and Kashmir and claims to be the Emperor of Jammu and Kashmir in exile.
Ankit Love's family
Ankit Love’s family
Family Matters
Love comes from a political family; his parents Jayamala Devi and Bhim Singh had founded the Jammu and Kashmir National Panthers Party in 1982, and he was born a year later. They are senior advocates in the Supreme Court of India. “I hail from a political family. I grew up around political and legal debates. My mother trained me to be a political leader in a wartime situation as it was clear I would have to take over the party one day. With my father, I never discussed girlfriends or football. It was always about Hiroshima, Iraq war or Palestine. Even when we would watch a movie together, it would be something like Ben Hur,” he said.
Education Department
“My first school was Bishop Cotton, Shimla, but owing to security reasons, I was moved to the UK.”
He arrived in Britain as a six-year-old in 1989 and studied art and music in Surrey and California. “I went to the American Community International School in Cobham, Surrey, from 1989-2002. It is one of the top international schools in the world. Next, I was accepted at the California Institute of the Arts. After that, I went to the Royal Academy of Dramatic Arts, one of the most prestigious drama schools in the world, and earned a certificate in Shakespearean Acting.”
Ankit Love's ACS Cobham Boarding House Graduating Class of 2002
Ankit Love’s ACS Cobham Boarding House Graduating Class of 2002, Wikimedia Commons
Politically Correct 
He was the first person to be the elected President of the Student Council in 11th grade in 2000 at ACS Cobham and re-elected in 12th grade with over 95% majority. “Because of my political training at home, I won easily. School time politics seemed easy as I was trained to deal with terrorist threats.” Back home, Love’s father had first asked him to contest elections in J&K in 2008, but he turned down the offer as he wanted to focus on his art. “My father once again asked me to take over the reins of the party, but I refused as I felt my cousins had been involved for longer, and they were more suited for this responsibility.”
Ankit Love campaigning in London
Ankit Love’s Campaigning in London
The Homecoming
“I grew up always surrounded by armed guards whenever I would visit India because of my father’s Z security cover. I would also play with the bullets and guns of the soldiers guarding us.” Love had last visited his home state, Jammu and Kashmir, in 2010 and found it funny to be moving around with 22 armed guards. “We would drive through the Valley in bullet-proof cars with dozens of armed guards. It always seemed like I was living two lives, one in the UK and another one in Jammu and Kashmir. So it’s always been politics for me, I had no choice.”
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Creative Pursuits
Other than his political ambitions, he has worked in films, music, theatre and magazines. He is the founder of Ankit Love Productions, and his short film Whale and documentary film Runners premiered at the Cannes Film Festival in 2012. Beethoven Burst, a single on his first album Forever (2010) was a hit on MTV.
Royal Challenge
He identifies his paternal ancestry with the Dogras and maternal with priestly Saraswat dynasty of Afghanistan. “After living in the United Kingdom for 20 years, I had become a UK subject in 2009. But this meant that I was no longer an Indian citizen.”
He adds, “And then while researching the law and Dogra history, it hit me that I was the last Dogra.” In March 2015, informs his blog, Ankit Love was administered the oath by God and received coronation in a spiritual ceremony at the subterranean Akasha Yoga & Meditation Centre at the Cafe Royal Hotel, London. “He officially adopted the titles as His Highness the Maharaja of Jammu and Kashmir to be the neutral defender of all faiths and became the world’s youngest incumbent head of state.”
Ankit Love leads protests outside the Houses of Parliament, London to end the air pollution pandemic
Ankit Love leads protests outside the Houses of Parliament, London to end the air pollution pandemic
It’s All in The Name
Love said he had always thought of improving people’s life. And growing up in the tech and internet revolution, it seemed natural for him to combine his political experience and education in economics with ideas of tech to help people. “My mother named me Love with the hope that I would bring peace to Jammu and Kashmir. Born with techno-progressive values, I called my party One Love. Of course, Bob Marley is another reason.”
Facts of the Matter
Almost six million voters from all over the world, and all European Union citizens can vote in the high-profile Mayoral election. So can Commonwealth citizens with residency and Indians, Pakistanis and Bangladeshis living here. “I live in Bethnal Green where the Bangladeshi refugee community that came here in 1971 live. It’s an international election, with more than one million people of Indian, Pakistani, Bangladeshi origins who will be able to vote.” Last time, the turnout was only 38%; the winner had one million votes only. He is optimistic. “If all this community comes out to support my idea to reunite India, Pakistan and Bangladesh, I might win! And then it will probably happen because I am already in the news in India and Pakistan. If enough people knew about me, I could have the biggest landslide in the history of this election.” He added, “But our party is the poorest; it’s hard to get our message to six million people in just a few days. So I have made a video that has had more than 300,000 views in just a few days. If this goes super viral in the next few days, well then, I can win still.
Ankit Love
Ankit Love
Poll Plank
His main issue is air pollution, which causes thousands of deaths every year. As mayor, he would ban all vehicles that run on fossil fuels and offer a structured plan for the benefit of Londoners.
For India, Love – a British citizen now – has plans for peace in Jammu and Kashmir and reunification of India and Pakistan.
Ballot Battle 
Love insists that he is a serious aspirant with definite plans for the metropolis and wants Londoner to cast their votes in his favour.
Of the 12 candidates in the election, the two most important ones are Zac Goldsmith (Conservative) and Sadiq Khan (Labour), but they face some challenge from the Liberal Democrats and the Green Party.
Brimming with enthusiasm, Love realises the challenge he faces. He said that even if he were to get 1 or 2% of votes, that would be a great beginning for his political party that was registered last October.
“I find that mainstream British and Asian news organisations don’t think I am a serious candidate. Of course, I am a serious candidate. They don’t understand what I represent and promise to the people of London,” Love said. “Even if I am unsuccessful, people will know me after the elections. We have plans to spread to other European countries and want Britain to stay in the EU,” he said.
Uneasy lies the head that wears the crown, isn’t it? But His Highness, as he prefers to be addressed, signed off on a winning note. “But of course, I won’t quit till the very end.”
Love him, hate him, but Londoners certainly can’t ignore him.
The author can be contacted at shilpi.devsingh@gmail.com 

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Manoj Bajpayee is an amazing actor and a team player on set: Sidharth Malhotra

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

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Actor Sidharth Malhotra
Actor Sidharth Malhotra. Wikimedia Commons

November 7, 2017: Actor Sidharth Malhotra, who will be seen sharing screen space with Manoj Bajpayee in “Aiyaary”, says the National Award winning actor is amazing and a team player.

Sidharth Malhotra on Thursday treated his fans to a question and answer session over Twitter.

A user asked the “Student Of The Year” actor about his experience working with Manoj in “Aiyaary”.

Sidharth replied: “He’s an amazing actor and a team player on set.”

“Aiyaary”, set in Delhi, London and Kashmir, revolves around two strong-minded Army officers having completely different views, yet right in their own ways. It is a real-life story based on the relationship between a mentor and a protege.

Presented by Plan C and Jayantilal Gada (Pen), the project is produced by Shital Bhatia, Dhaval Jayantilal Gada, Motion Picture Capital.

When asked about the development of the film, Sidharth replied: “Awesome. Excited to show it in a few months.”

Sidharth, 32, also described his “Brothers” co-star Akshay Kumar as his “brother from another mother.”(IANS)

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Indian-Origin Doctor Manish Shah charged with 118 Sex Offences in UK

The doctor, Manish Shah, is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13

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Dr. Manish Shah charged with sexual assault. Wikimedia
  • A 47-year-old Indian-origin doctor in east London was charged with 118 sex offences, including one assault on a child under 13
  • Shah is out on bail and is due to appear on August 31 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in London
  • The charges announced today follow a long-running investigation into Shah, who has been bailed several times after first being arrested in 2013

London, August 3, 2017:  A 47-year-old Indian-origin doctor in east London was on Thursday charged with 118 sex offenses, including one assault on a child under 13, by the Scotland Yard.

Dr Manish Shah, from Brunel Close in Romford area of the city, is accused of 65 counts of assault by penetration and 52 allegations of sexual assault, the Metropolitan Police said.

The doctor is also charged with one count of sexual assault on a child under the age of 13.

“Manish Shah has been charged with 65 assault by penetration, contrary to Section 2 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, 52 sexual assault, contrary to Section 3 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003, and 1 sexual assault on a child under 13 years, contrary to Section 7 of the Sexual Offences Act 2003,” the Met Police said in a statement today.

Shah is out on bail and is due to appear on August 31 at Barkingside Magistrates’ Court in London.

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“The NHS (National Health Service) has a dedicated number for any individuals who may have concerns or questions. They can be contacted on 0800 011 4253,” the Met Police said.

The offences are alleged to have occurred between June 2004 and July 2013 and relate to 54 victims.

The charges announced today follow a long-running investigation into Shah, who has been bailed several times after first being arrested in 2013. (IANS)

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Scientists develop New Surgical Glue Inspired by Slug Slime as Alternative to Sutures and Staples for Closing Wounds

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A slug rests on a finger of a gardener in a park in London, April 29, 2016. Scientists have studied the mucus of snails to develop an experimental surgical glue.
  • Scientists developed a medical adhesive inspired by slug slime
  • The surgical glue is said to be strong, non-toxic and the best replacement to sutures and staples for healing wounds
  • The first such experiment was inspired by the sticking properties of underwater mussels

Scientists have developed an experimental surgical glue inspired by the mucus secreted by slugs that could offer an alternative to sutures and staples for closing wounds.

While some medical glues already exist, they often adhere weakly, are not particularly flexible and frequently cannot be used in very wet conditions.

To get around those problems, a group of scientists from Harvard and other research centers decided to learn from slugs, which — as well as making slime to glide on — can produce extremely adhesive mucus as a defense mechanism.

The slugs’ trick is to generate a substance that not only forms strong bonds on wet surfaces but also has a matrix that dissipates energy at the point of adhesion, making it highly flexible.

Strong, nontoxic

The man-made version of this tough adhesive is based on the same principles and in a series of experiments reported in the journal Science on Thursday it was shown to adhere strongly to pig skin, cartilage, tissue and organs. It also proved nontoxic to human cells.

In one test, the new glue was used to close a wound in a blood-covered pig’s heart and successfully maintained a leak-free seal after the heart was inflated and deflated tens of thousands of times.

In another case it was applied to a laceration in a rat’s liver and performed just as well as a hemostat, a surgical tool often used in operations to control bleeding.

“There are a variety of potential uses and in some settings this could replace sutures and staples, which can cause damage and be difficult to place in certain situations,” said researcher David Mooney, professor of bioengineering at Harvard.

Mussel-inspired glue

Mooney and colleagues envisage the new adhesive will be made in sheets and cut to size, although they have also developed an injected version for closing deep wounds. The injection would be hardened using ultraviolet light, like dental fillings.

It is not the first time that scientists have taken inspiration from nature to devise a better medical adhesive.

Four years ago, another research group developed a glue inspired by the underwater sticking properties of mussels, but Mooney thinks slugs win hands-down in terms of stickiness and flexibility.

The scientists are applying for patents, although it will require a commercial company to then license the technology and take it into the next phase of human clinical trials. (VOA)