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Baba Ramdev makes Bollywood debut

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Yoga guru Baba Ramdev has come on board to promote the upcoming Bollywood film ‘Yeh Hai India’, starring Gavie Chahal and Deana Uppal. He will also be seen in the film’s song Saiyan Saiyan.

Talking about Yeh Hai India, Baba Ramdev said: “India has the capability to lead the entire world. This change in India has been showcased in the film ‘Yeh Hai India’. Hence after a lot of thinking, I’ve taken a decision to strongly support this film and I also expect every citizen of India to support such films.”

“The country that has a population of millions. A country where Vedas were discovered. Few people around the world have a wrong perspective about this country. India is no more just a country of snake charmers,” added Baba Ramdev.

Meanwhile, the director of the film Lom Harsh is grateful to Baba Ramdev for his support. “I’m really thankful to Babaji who’s lent his full fledged support to my film. We couldn’t have had a better public ambassador for our film,” said Lom.

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Kid Galahad’s Featherweight Debut

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This past weekend it was a privilege to watch Britain’s hottest boxing prospect, Sheffield’s Kid Galahad (Abdul Barry Awad) in boxing action as he moved up in weight to the featherweight division to secure a win against late replacement Leonel Hernandez.

Galahad displayed his great arsenal of boxing skill and tremendous power to retire Harnandez at the end of round three with an eye injury.

Galahad, 26 years of age was due to face the experienced Joseph Agbeko, but the Ghanaian fell ill on the day of the fight leaving Harnandez to take on the skilful Galahad.

Galahad secured his 21st win with no losses and 12 KO’s, with the fight against Hernandez proving an easy night’s work as he landed powerful and hurtful body shots on his opponent at will with very little coming back from the Nicaraguan.

Galahad’s continuous punishment inflicted on his opponent forced the referee to stop the fight in round three as Hernandez was unable to continue with the fight.

“I am sick and tired,” of fighting inadequate opponents, said Galahad after the fight in reference to Hernandez who proved to be another easy win. Galahad is desperately seeking to challenge more harder opponent’s in the future on route to world championship glory.

The world renown pound for pound best in world Andre Ward, who was commentating on the Galahad vs Hernandez bout, praised the Wincobank fighter and described the win as “responding like a champion to a late change.”

There have been rumours in the past confirmed by world champion Carl Frampton that Galahad previously beat up former world champion Scott Quigg in a boxing sparring session, which is just one indication of this man’s boxing ability and recognition of his boxing talent.  

I have spoken to Galahad in the past and have much admiration for his boxing, showmanship and resilience both inside and outside the boxing ring. He is genuinely one of boxing’s nice guys. I have no doubt in my mind that Galahad will go on and become a world champion as soon as the opportunity presents itself.

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Young opera star from Leeds makes her television debut

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BIG STAGE: Persia preparing to sing on the pitch at Leeds Rhinos rugby stadium as part of My Life: My Voice

BIG STAGE: Persia preparing to sing on the pitch at Leeds Rhinos rugby stadium as part of My Life: My Voice

Opera’s pre-teen powerhouse

A twelve-year-old opera star in the making from Leeds, who has performed in front of hundreds at Leeds Grand Theatre, and thousands in Headingley, showcased her talents to the nation this week during a special television documentary.

Persia, who now lives in London with her mum, Sarah, was the focus of CBBC’s documentary series – My Life: My Voice.

Following her journey from singing solo with the BBC Philharmonic Orchestra to a master class with her idol, soprano superstar Laura Wright, the programme first aired on Wednesday evening.

“I found out so much about opera singing making this programme,” says Persia.  “I did doubt myself at the beginning but I did gain confidence.”

During her life, Persia says she has heard adults say it’s impossible to be an opera singer until she’s much older, while children her own age don’t always understand a voice so amazingly out of the ordinary.

With the support of her family, the documentary follows Persia’s emotional battles to overcome all her operatic obstacles.

SINGING STAR: Persia first discovered her love for opera at the age of just eight-year-old

SINGING STAR: Persia first discovered her love for opera at the age of just eight-year-old

“A lot of kids probably do think that opera is boring and old fashioned,” she added.  “But I think it’s cool.

“Some people think I’m strange and different and weird because I’m an opera singer.  I’m just a bit different, that’s all.”

Hoping to encourage more children to express their voice, whatever songs they like to sing, she added: “You are never too young to follow your dreams. I think this film will definitely make other kids feel more confident to get into opera.”

After falling in love with opera at the age of eight, following a visit to Leeds Grand Theatre to watch La Boheme, Persia soon joined the renowned theatre group, Opera North.

Just two years later, she completed her move to the capital in hope of progressing in the industry she was quickly falling in love with.

Sarah explained: “We moved to London to further encourage Persia’s singing because she is so enthusiastic about it. We are closer to the opera scene and things seem to be really picking up for her lately as well.”

She added: “[Persia has] just had an audition at the Royal Academy of Music, and we are very hopeful that she will be set up with a vocal coach, which is absolutely amazing.”

Part of the critically acclaimed My Life series on CBBC, My Life: My Voice concludes with Persia’s nerve-wracking finale, as she performs to 16,000 people on her home turf at Leeds Rhinos rugby stadium.

You can watch it now on CBBC’s iPlayer.

SOPRANO: Persia performer with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra as part of My Life: My Voice

SOPRANO: Persia performer with the BBC Philharmonic orchestra as part of My Life: My Voice

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Hollywood debut opposite Uma Thurman

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dhanush (292x450)Well, it’s certainly the season for Bollywood celebs to jump into Hollywood.

After Priyanka Chopra and Deeepika Padukone, now an established South Indian star, Dhanush is set to make his international debut with none other than the ‘Kill Bill’ star Uma Thurman and Alexandria Daddario of San Andreas fame.

Dhanush who recently made his mark in Bollywood is to appear in ‘ The Extraordinary Journey Of The Fakir Who Got Trapped In An Ikea Cupboard’, directed by Iranian French director Marjane Satrapi.

Dhanush plays the role of an entertainer named Aja from a group of artists who is sent to Paris on a secret mission by his mother. Director Marjane maintained that it was Dhanush's looks, smile and intelligence that attracted her the most and she was quite confident whilst casting him for this role.

Produced by Aditi Anand, the film is said to be shot in India, Italy, Morocco and France and will go on floor in mid-2016.

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Pro debut for Singh in the ring

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READY: Vijender Singh had a stellar amateur career and is now preparing for his first professional bout next month

READY: Vijender Singh had a stellar amateur career and is now preparing for his first professional bout next month

India’s hot shot to face four-rounds at Manchester arena

Francis Warren of Queensberry Promotions and I.O.S Boxing Promotions are delighted to announce that India’s boxing sensation Vijender Singh will make his exciting and long-awaited professional debut on Saturday 10th October at the Manchester Arena, England.

The 29-year-old from Bhiwani, Haryana, who won Bronze at the 2008 Beijing Olympics, begins his pro career on the huge double world title show headlined by Terry Flanagan’s WBO World Lightweight title defence against Diego Magdaleno and Liam Smith’s challenge for the Vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight title against John Thompson.

Singh had a highly decorated amateur career that also includes Silver at the 2006 and 2014 Commonwealth Games; Bronze at the 2006 Asian Games, 2009 World Amateur Championships and 2010 Commonwealth Games; Gold at the 2010 Asian Games, and was rated the world’s number one amateur middleweight in 2009.

All-action Singh’s first fight will be over four rounds in the middleweight division, against an opponent to be confirmed shortly.  

Singh will be competing in one of the hottest weight classes in world boxing with elite fighters Gennady Golovkin, Miguel Cotto, Andy Lee and Billy Joe Saunders all campaigning at 160lbs and he aims to be in their position one day.

Singh says he can’t wait to get into the ring at Manchester Arena and show the boxing world just what he can do.

“I’m so excited to be making my professional debut at Manchester Arena on Saturday 10th October and to show that India is the new force in professional boxing,” he said.

“Thanks to Francis and everybody at Queensberry Promotions for the very warm welcome and I can’t wait for my fight to be televised on BoxNation.  

“This means so much to me personally and to all my fans back home in India who have supported me all this way and will now follow me on my journey to become the first boxer in India to win a world professional title.  

“Training now as a professional is totally different to my amateur regime and I love the training with Lee Beard who has taught me so much in a short space of time.  

“We are working great together and now I want to put into practice what I have learnt.  I’m still learning all the time and there will be plenty to come from me.  

“I believe that this is going to be a very exciting time.”

Francis Warren from Queensberry Promotions added: “We’ve all worked very hard to get Vijender here and I’m delighted that his professional debut is now confirmed.  

“The Manchester Arena show is a fantastic event for Vijender to make his debut on and it’s headlined with two big world title fights on BoxNation and one day that can be him.  

“I’ve seen how hard he is working with his trainer Lee in the gym and I can’t wait for him to produce the goods on the night to show what I and the team have believed all along, that he has the potential to be a world class boxer.”

Tickets for World War III, featuring the WBO World Lightweight Championship Terry Flanagan v Diego Magdaleno and the Vacant WBO World Super-Welterweight Championship Liam Smith v John Thompson, are priced from £40 to £500.

To buy yours now, visit www.frankwarren.com or phone Manchester Arena on 0844 847 8000.

The Channel Of Champions, BoxNation, will also televise the event exclusively live on Sky 437/HD 490, Virgin 546 and Talk Talk 415.

 

COMPETITION TIME

Win a set of three tickets to see Vijender Singh’s debut by simply answering the following question:

Which year did Vijender Singh win a Bronze Medal at the Olympic Games?

  1. A) 2004
  2. B) 2008
  3. C) 2012

Send your answer (A, B, or C) along with your name, address, and contact number to competitions@asianexpress.co.uk before Saturday 3rd October.

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Built for Bond

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Aston Martin DB10

Aston Martin DB10

Aston Martin debuts its very unique DB10 for 007

An Aston Martin, which was created specifically for the new Bond film demonstrates the breadth of the brands’ bespoke capabilities.

Aston Martin together with EON Productions, the producers of the James Bond film franchise, unveiled Bond’s stunning new car, the Aston Martin DB10, on the 007 stage at Pinewood Studios.

The luxury British sports car brand confirmed that James Bond will indeed, once again, drive an Aston Martin in ‘Spectre’ – the 24th 007 film. On this occasion, it will be a model developed specifically for the film and built in-house by the brand’s design and engineering teams.

Led by Aston Martin Chief Creative Officer, Marek Reichman, the design team worked closely with the film’s director, Sam Mendes, to create the ultimate car for the world’s most famous spy.

Celebrating the great British brand’s half century with Bond, which started with the iconic DB5, the DB10 gives a glimpse to the future design direction for the next generation of Aston Martins.

Dr Andy Palmer, CEO of Aston Martin, said: “In the same year that we celebrate our 50-year relationship with 007, it seems doubly fitting that today we unveiled this wonderful new sports car created especially for James Bond.

“To be partnering once again with EON Productions is great news for this company and for everyone around the world that loves to see Bond at the wheel of an Aston Martin.

“I’m incredibly proud of everyone in the team at Gaydon who have brought this special project from concept to reality.”

Production will be strictly limited to 10 of the bespoke sports cars, developed and built by the designers, engineers and highly skilled craftspeople at Aston Martin’s Gaydon headquarters.

‘Spectre’ is due for general release on 6th November 2015.

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All new Mazda CX3 makes global debut

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NEW: Mazda enters one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments with its first crossover SUV.

NEW: Mazda enters one of the fastest-growing vehicle segments with its first crossover SUV.

The all-new crossover SUV is the fifth model in Mazda’s line-up of new-generation vehicles to feature the full suite of the company’s award-winning SKYACTIV technology along with a stylish KODO – Soul of Motion design.

With the global market launch set for Japan in spring 2015, the CX-3 is set to become a core member of Mazda’s model line-up.

European models will have a choice of three engines: the petrol SKYACTIV-G 2.0-litre in two power versions and the new SKYACTIV-D 1.5-litre clean diesel.

Six-speed SKYACTIV-Drive automatic and SKYACTIV-MT manual transmissions will be offered either in front-wheel drive format or with Mazda’s new-generation all-wheel drive system.

The all-new Mazda CX-3 will feature Mazda’s latest i-ACTIVSENSE active safety systems as well as superb passive protection from its lightweight yet stiff SKYACTIV-Body.

Suited to the needs of a modern market, it also offers a generous infotainment package including the MZD Connect in-car connectivity system.

The Mazda CX-3 will be on display throughout the 2014 Los Angeles Auto Show along with the all-new Mazda MX-5, the 2015 Mazda CX-5 and the 2015 Mazda6, which are also making their debuts. The show runs from 21-30 November.

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