Sikh Coldstream Guard Makes History at Queen's Official Birthday Parade

    The Trooping the Colour parade which marks the Queen's official birthday is underway in London and guess what, for the first time ever a member of the Coldstream Guards will take part wearing a turban.

    More than 1,000 soldiers will take part in the ceremony which marks the Queen’s official birthday on Saturday as the nation honours the monarch.

    Guardsman Charanpreet Singh Lall will be one of those soldiers however he will wear a turban instead of the bearskin traditionally worn at Trooping the Colour for the Queen's official birthday parade.

    The 22-year-old from Leicester told the Press Association: “I hope that people watching, that they will just acknowledge it and that they will look at it as a new change in history.

    “I hope that more people like me, not just Sikhs but from other religions and different backgrounds, that they will be encouraged to join the Army.”

    A member of the 1st Battalion Coldstream Guards, the turban he will be wearing during Trooping the Colour will be black, featuring the ceremonial cap star to match the bearskin hats.

    Gdsm Lall who joined the British Army in January 2016, was born in Punjab, India, and moved to the UK as a baby, said he is feeling “quite excited” ahead of the event.

    “I’m quite proud and I know that a lot of other people are proud of me as well,” he said.

    “It is a good feeling… there’s going to be a lot of eyes and I am going to have an influence on other people.”

    Trooping the Colour originated from traditional preparations for battle where  colours, or flags, were carried, or “trooped”, down the ranks so they could be seen and recognised by the soldiers.

    In the 18th century, guards from the Royal palaces assembled daily on Horse Guards to “troop the colours”, and in 1748 it was announced the parade would also mark the Sovereign’s official birthday.

    This year the ceremony, which is staged every June in London’s historic Horse Guards Parade, will see the Colour of the 1st Battalion the Coldstream Guards being trooped.

     

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    Annual British Indian Awards set to take place in Leicester

    Leicester has been announced as the location for the 6th annual British Indian Awards. The prestigious awards ceremony is due to take place at The Athena on the 21 June.

    The awards aim to acknowledge and celebrate the effort of the British Indian community across sectors ranging from Entrepreneur of the Year to Best Entertainer both in Leicester and beyond.

    Leicester, which is one of the most ethnically diverse regions in the UK, was made up of Asian Indians by 28% in 2013, a figure which is likely to have grown more recently as well as the growth of small- and mid-sized businesses owned by Asians in the city, of which there were already 3000 in 2013.

    Keith Vaz, MP for Leicester East since 1987 said: "British Indians should be commended for the amazing work done by them not just in the United Kingdom but also in their home country in India.”

    The event is being run by Oceanic Consulting, the UK’s leading ethnic consulting and promotions organisation in the UK, who have recently been shortlisted at the Asian Media Awards 2017 for their work in the Marketing & PR Sector, and are responsible for some of the most successful and well known events in the country such as the English Asian Business Awards and English Curry Awards amongst others.

    This awards ceremony is also part of the Diversity Awards group which provides a platform for and celebrates the achievements of ethnic minority communities throughout the UK and is responsible for The British Muslim Awards which has been running for the last six years.

    Title sponsors, Cashfinex, an advanced cryptocurrency exchange that is designed for traders and businesses to buy and sell digital currencies as well as gives access Forex trading are also looking forward to the awards ceremony.

    Mohsin Jameel, CEO of Bull InfoTech, the company behind CashFinex, said: “We are really pleased to be the title sponsor the British Indian Awards, the partnership comes at an exciting time for the business. We’ve just launched our new exchange which give investors and businesses the opportunity to trade in the cryptocurrencies and forex from a single platform.

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    Sports Roundup

    By Sonia RANDEV

    Football:

    FA Cup Fourth Round

    Liverpool 2 West Brom 3

    A first half full of plenty of action which most won’t forget in a hurry. Roberto Firmino missed a penalty for the reds and due to VAR there was a delay in awarding the Baggies a third goal. Concerns were raised with the new technology splitting the opinions of football fans across the country.

    West Brom Manager Alan Pardew spoke to BBC Sport regarding the issue:

    "In the stadium, it was bizarre, because we got no evidence of what happened.”

    Liverpool crashed out of the FA Cup and West Brom is through to the fifth round.

    Chelsea 3 Newcastle 0

    The Blues ease through to the fifth round after defeating Newcastle at Stamford Bridge earlier today

    Cardiff City 0 Man city 2

    Man City has now booked a place in the fifth round.

    Women’s Football:

    Reading Women hold Arsenal Women to a goalless draw in their FA WSL 1 clash today at Adams Park.

    Man City Women maintained their two point lead at the top of the table by beating Sunderland away.

    Chelsea Ladies beat Everton Ladies to keep the pressure on Man City Women.

    Birmingham City Ladies moved into the top half of the league by seeing of Yeovil Town at home, scoring three goals.

    Liverpool Ladies get two pass Bristol City with newly appointed England Women’s head coach Phil Neville watching from the stands.

    Cricket:

    Delhi Senior Women’s Cricket team win T20 elite super league

    Delhi emerged as winners of the tournament with a nine wicket win over Goa who failed to win a single game in the four team super league.

    India Cricket Team retain ICC Test Mace

    Captain Virat Kohli will be presented with the the mace, which is a symbol of excellence and a recognition of a side’s outstanding performance in the Test format. Source and photo credit: BCCI

    Boxing:

    Saturday 3rd October will see the highly anticipated domestic bout between Lawrence Okolie and Isaac Chamberlain. North London and South London will collide as the two cruiserweights will battle it out in a sold out O2 arena. The fight is co promoted by Matchroom boxing and Anthony Joshua who manages the former Olympian Okolie.

    Frank warren made an announcement last week stating that the 10th February boxing event at the Copper Box arena has been cancelled due to injuries.
    The show was to feature up and coming talent from across the UK with British Asian welterweight boxer Hamzah Sheeraz set to fight in his second professional bout since turning pro last year.
    The show has now been moved to the 24th February at the iconic York Hall where Sheeraz is likely to feature on the card.

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    Sports Roundup Highlights

    By Sonia RANDEV

    U-19 India Cricket team storm into semi-final showdown against Pakistan

    India made a statement by beating Bangladesh by 131 runs to land a tantalising semi-final against arch enemies Pakistan.
    The three times Under-19 World Cup champions put on a fine display with Captain Prithvi Shaw winning the toss and opting to bat first. Vice-captain Shubnam Gill was once again in the thick of the runs scoring his third consecutive fifty.
    Bangladesh put on a brave fight with Qazi Onik eventually taking Gill out. As they took to the batting field it was only Pinak Ghosh who top scored with 43 for Bangladesh.
    As one of the tournament favourites, India just proved too much and will now face Pakistan on Tuesday in Christchurch.

    England lose by three wickets to Australia bringing their lead in the ODI series to 3-1

    FA Cup Fourth Round: Friday

    Sheffield Wednesday 3 Reading 1

    Yeovil Town faced Manchester United last night with Alexis Sanchez putting on a fine display in his debut for the Reds. The score ended 4-0 to Manchester United.

    FA Cup Fourth Round Results:Today

    Leicester 5 Peterborough 1

    Southampton 1 Watford 0

    Coventry 1 MK dons 0

    Hull City 2 Nottm Forest 1

    Millwall 2 Rochdale 2

    Sheff United 1 Preston 0

    Middlesbrough 0 Brighton 1

    Huddersfield 1 Birmingham 1

    Notts County 1 Swansea 1

    Wigan Athletic 2 West Ham 0

    Newport County 1 Tottenham 1

    Liverpool v West Brom kick off at 19.45pm tonight

    Main Photo Credit: BBC Sport

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    Joshua out to make a statement

    By Sonia RANDEV

    This week Matchroom boxing announced the highly anticipated world title unification bout between WBO world heavy weight champion Joseph Parker and WBA, IBF and IBO world heavy weight champion Anthony Joshua.
    The fight is set to take place on March 31st at the Principality Stadium, Cardiff where the two men will battle it out, putting all belts on the line.

    At a press conference earlier this week, Anthony Joshua expressed his desire to a packed media room that adding the WBO title to his collection will pave the way for a showdown with WBC World Heavy Weight Champion Deontay Wilder.

    “It’s good to be back, doing what I enjoy. Last time I was out was in Cardiff. It was a great night. I took my time cause I knew I really wanted to set up for a big 2018.I didn’t do nothing spectacular but I made sure I got the win and that was the most important thing. Now we are here and as I said it’s kind of about making history now and we’ve always been moving in that direction so it’s an honour to be up here with another World Champ.”

    With Joseph Parker's Promoter causing a stir in the build up to securing this fight, his comments were not taken too lightly by Anthony Joshua’s Promoter Eddie Hearn who questioned David Higgins remarks:

    “You can’t say what you’ve been saying and then when you are five feet away from him, let your bum deceive you. You just said that he might have some mental weaknesses but you actually said he is mentally weaker. You don’t do what he has been doing if you are mentally weak. You don’t walk out in front of your home city and win gold at the Olympics. You don’t walk out in front of 80’000, empty your tank, get up of the floor and stop Wladimir Klitschko if you are mentally weak. You also said he has a glass chin, we are going to break his glass chin, don’t tell me, tell him, he’s sat right here.”

    Joseph Parker last fought on UK soil in Manchester, defending his belt against Hughie Fury whom many thought had done enough to beat the man from New Zealand.
    Speaking to the press,Parker said he is going to train extremely hard for this fight as he has a big challenge in front of him:

    “This is going to be the hardest in terms of training and putting the most work in as I have a big challenge in front of me.Joshua, i’ve watched him for a long time and he’s watched me. I know his strengths, mind and weaknesses. Hopefully I’ll catch him on the chin and knock him out.”

    Anthony Joshua believes this fight will bring fireworks and be a great fight for the spectators.

    “We’ll bring fireworks. It’s going to be good. It will take more than a human to stop me from where I’m destined to be.”

    Anthony Joshua vs Joseph Parker live on Sky Sports Box Office, March 31st at the Principality Stadium – Cardiff.
    Expect a big drama show and quite possibly one of Joshua’s hardest battles to overcome on his journey to world heavy weight domination.

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