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The new 'One You' health campaign asks South Asians 'How Are You?'




'One You', a ground-breaking new campaign to help adults across the country avoid future diseases caused by modern day life reaches out to South Asian communities across England. One You's aim is to encourage adults from these communities, in particular those in their middle age, to take control of their health to enjoy significant benefits now, and later in life.

It is well reported that South Asian people are more at risk of preventable diseases like type 2 diabetes, stroke and heart disease than the general population. Modern day life makes it hard for people to live healthily, with bigger portions for everything we eat, a desk-bound job or a long commute. One You gives people the chance to reappraise their lifestyle choices, put themselves first and do something about their own health before it's too late.


GP and Broadcaster, Dr Radha Modgil has joined other celebrities such as The Hairy Bikers, Actress Linda Robson and football pundit Chris Kamara to encourage people to take a moment in their busy lives to ask themselves an important question we rarely have time to consider seriously: 'How Are You?', and help people make healthy changes by taking the new 'How Are You' online health quiz.


Dr Radha Modgil, GP and Broadcaster said:

"I'm pleased to be supporting One You, it's a fantastic campaign which empowers people to make simple changes that can benefit their health and wellbeing now and in the future. Many diseases that affect South Asian people and shorten their active lives can be prevented by making simple healthier choices like being more active, eating well, drinking less alcohol and being smokefree.

The 'How Are You' quiz can help you to start to take control of your health now. Remember that it's important to take time to look after yourself as not only will you feel the benefits but so will your family - after all, there's only one you."

Professor Kevin Fenton, National Director, Public Health England said:

"For the first time, Public Health England is launching a campaign that talks to adults directly about all of the things they can do to improve their health. We acknowledge that there are environmental pressures that make it difficult for people to make healthier choices, for example, working long hours and having to sit eight hours or more a day at work.

We want to encourage South Asian adults to start by taking the online health quiz called 'How Are You'. The short quiz asks people simple questions about their habits, health and how they are feeling and then provides a score with personalised tips and free tools to help them take action to improve their health."

One You helps adults to move more, eat well, drink less alcohol and be smokefree. One You will also provide information on how people can reduce their stress levels and how to sleep better.

The campaign is being supported by a wide range of exciting partners meaning that One You will be part of people's day-to-day lives: on the high street, in local services, in pharmacies and GP surgeries, on the roads, and when shopping online.

For more information and to take the 'How Are You' online quiz, search 'One You' online now or visit http://po.st/tF7z9q.






Be Clear on Cancer: 'Blood in pee'




Dr Jyoti Sood warns South Asians "If you notice blood in your urine, even if it's just the once, you must tell your doctor straightaway"

Dr Jyoti Sood, who features in the latest Public Health England (PHE) Be Clear on Cancer campaign, knows all too well about the importance of seeing your doctor straightaway when you notice symptoms like blood in your urine. She sadly lost her grandfather to kidney cancer when he was in his 70s. As she recounts the chain of events she says, "He had experienced blood in his urine for a good few months but didn't realise what it was. By chance I saw the blood in the toilet after he had been. When I asked him about it he said he had discussed it with friends and they thought it was probably caused by the beetroot he was eating."

"I encouraged him to make an appointment to see his GP to check what was causing his symptom. He was reluctant to see his GP but after he had a urine test the results showed it was in fact blood in his urine and not beetroot as he thought. Unfortunately because he had delayed seeking help his kidney cancer was detected at a late stage, it was aggressive and soon after he was diagnosed he passed away. If he had been diagnosed and treated earlier, I believe he would have survived because cancer is more treatable if found early."

This experience has made Dr Jyoti Sood very passionate about raising awareness of the symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers as well as tackling cultural beliefs that can delay people in going to see their doctor; she says "The key symptom for both bladder and kidney cancers is blood in urine, but people sometimes experience other symptoms. Other bladder cancer symptoms include pain while urinating or a urinary tract infection that is difficult to treat or comes back quickly after treatment. A pain in the side, below the ribs that doesn't go away or weight loss can be symptoms of kidney cancer."

"I feel very strongly that people should go to their GP as soon as they notice these symptoms and let their GP advise on the most appropriate treatment. People should avoid self-diagnosing and letting friends and family guide them with alternative remedies."

"There are many myths about cancer within South Asian communities, for example, some believe that changing your eating habits or having a detox can cure cancer without any medical intervention. These cultural beliefs, along with patients feeling embarrassed or ashamed, can lead to people hiding their symptoms and seeking medical help late, resulting in poorer outcomes."

She goes on to talk about other issues, "For some not being able to communicate in English can delay people in seeing their doctor. However, many people don't realise that they can request an interpreter in their chosen language, so language shouldn't be a barrier."

Dr Jyoti Sood talks about why she agreed to be the face of the 'Blood in Urine' campaign, she says "As a GP, I feel very responsible; I want to encourage people to pay attention to this campaign and to talk to their GP about their symptoms. If one life is saved as a result, then I feel I've made a difference!"

She concludes by saying, "Remember to always look before you flush the toilet and if you notice blood in your urine, even if it's 'just the once' don't ignore it or try to treat it yourself - please tell your doctor and they will advise you appropriately. We want to see patients with these symptoms, it might not be anything serious, but these cancers are more treatable if they are found early."

For further information about the signs and symptoms of bladder and kidney cancers, please visit nhs.uk/bloodinpee.






Panjab Radio's 16 hour on air appeal raises £69,821 for charity

Panjab Radio kicked off at 8am to midnight on Sunday 27th September 2015 and managed to raise £69,821 for Sikh Relief, a charity which provides help and assistance to the poor, needy and destitute predominantly in Panjab, India. As part of the 15th anniversary of Panjab Radio broadcasting to the Panjabi community, their aim was to deliver something back for a charitable cause.

Cheque handover ceremony took place on 9th January 2016 at Panjab Radio studio on Hayes attended by over 100 people from all over UK. Those associated with Panjab Radio from over the years, along with Sikh Relief organisation members were invited to the ceremony, whilst Panjab Radio listeners were given access to attend and witness a praiseworthy accomplishment.

Balbir Singh Bains, of Sikh Relief said: "I'm delighted that Panjab Radio took this initiative to raise such a large amount to help poor, needy and destitute in Panjab. We are grateful to Panjab Radio listeners for getting involved in supporting such worthy causes".

Panjab Radio managing director Surjit Singh Ghuman MBE said: "Listeners have supported Panjab Radio for the last 15 years, a large amount in such a short space of time once again proves the vast listenership of Panjab Radio, I would like to thank everyone involved on the day".







Panjab Radio Marathon for Sikh Relief

Panjab Radio is going to be broadcasting a special radio marathon, proceeds will go to the Sikh Relief (a registered charity) who have been a doing great deal of charity work mainly in Panjab but also others parts of India.

The Marathon starts at 8am in the morning till midnight on Sunday 27th September 2015.

Please donate to this good cause, together we can create a history to raise a record amount of money and tell the world that Sikhs are very generous, please do spread the word to your friends, family and social media, you can donate by calling 020 8848 8877 or click on the donate button, thank you for supporting this good cause.







Diljit Dosanjh brings Tung Tung Baje for the new movie Singh Is Bliing

The presence of Punjabi culture is heavily increasing in the Bollywood Cinema as Akshay Kumar's next film titled SINGH IS BLIING, is scheduled for an October 2nd release worldwide. The upcoming action comedy film is directed by Prabhudeva, being produced under Akshay Kumar's production house Grazing Goat Pictures. The line up sure does raises eyebrows with the odd pairing of Akshay Kumar and Amy Jackson; the film also has Lara Dutta and Kay Kay Menon being given roles.

Akshay Kumar is back with his avatar that he had in his previous film titled SINGH IS KINNG. But that does not stop the Bollywood film from having anymore Punjabi related influences; the soundtrack has released and the title track has been sung by the most talked, most viewed Punjabi cinema actor and singer Diljit Dosanjh. The title song is 'Tung Tung Baje', it has a real vibrant and uplifting energetic feel to it and the video stars Akshay Kumar with his full turbaned look. This song is sure to be a significant number at parties and weddings when the dance floor is occupied, just like how the title number from Singh Is Kinng movie titled 'Jee Karda' took over at wedding events.

Tung Tung Baje







How to spot breast cancer

Did you know that a lump isn't the only sign of breast cancer?

Other symptoms of breast cancer could also be:

  • changes to the skin of your breast
  • changes in the shape or size of your breast or nipple
  • nipple discharge
  • pain in your breast

If you or a loved one such as your mother, a relative or close friend experiences these symptoms or any other unusual or persistent changes to your breast, don't be afraid - tell your doctor straight away or encourage them to see their doctor.

Early diagnosis and treatment of cancer can saves lives.

For more information, visit the NHS breast cancer website:
www.nhs.uk/be-clear-on-cancer/breast-cancer







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FestivalAsia 2015


FestivalAsia, the first of its kind, sets itself apart from any other event through embracing all Asian Cultures. Over three days this pioneering festival is set to attract tens of thousands of visitors who can expect an Eastern mix of music, dance, food, fashion, martial arts and lots more. With all this taking place under just one roof, visitors will be enlightened, moved and entertained and leave having savoured experiences from some of the countries that constitute this fascinating continent.









Turbaned Sikh soldier statue to be unveiled in Gravesend (UK)




An 8 feet high bronze statue of a turbaned Sikh soldier is unveiled in Gravesend (UK). It is one of a rare few such statues outside of India. The statue is a highly decorated officer pilot, the late Squadron Leader Mahinder Singh Pujji DFC. However, it will be symbolic to commemorate those from around the world who served alongside Britain in all conflicts 1914-2014.







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Vaisakhi Mela 2014



Thousands of families came together at the Victoria Park, Smethwick, Birmingham B66 3NT on Sunday 1st June 2014 for 20th Vaisakhi Mela, where Panjab Radio was the official radio partner.

Performance by singer-songwriter Debi Makhsoospuri, Nirmal Sidhu, JK, and many more, entertained the crowd.

The event was organised Smethwick Mela Committee and Panjab Radio was the official radio partner.







New cars with digital radio hit 55%


Dab in car

It was announced today that 55% of new cars now come with digital radio as standard in April 2014, according to CAP/SMMT, up from 37.2% in April 2013 and just 3.6% four years ago (April 2010).

According to The Society of Motor Manufacturers and Traders, demand for the new 14-plate saw March 2014 reach 464,824 new car registrations, a rise of 17.7%, the highest in a decade. Record new car sales and the move to fitting digital radio mean that in 2014 to date over 440,000 vehicles have been sold with digital radio as standard - an increase of 62% on last year.

The new April car data shows that leading vehicle manufacturers like Vauxhall and Mercedes have made significant increases to 60% of their range with digital radio as standard, while the German brands BMW (100%), VW (89%) and Audi (88%) have almost 100% across the range. Market leader Ford now fits 77% of new models with digital radio as standard.

Most car dealers and leading car radio retailers such as Halfords can convert existing cars to digital radio.







DAB frequency update for London & home counties


Panjab Radio has changed it's DAB frequency for London & home counties. Please re-tune / re-set your DAB radios in order to receive Panjab Radio or call us on 020 8848 8877 for assistance.







Malkit Singh MBE visited the City of Coventry on the invitation of Panjab Radio



Following on from the announcement last week of the historic twinning of Coventry and Jalandhar (Panjab, India), the worldwide renowned music artist - Malkit Singh MBE visited the City of Coventry on the invitation of Panjab Radio, to lend his support to the twinning initiative.

The Lord Mayor of Coventry Councillor Tim Sawdon, the Leader of The City Council John Mutton and other Cabinet Members and Councillors officially welcomed Malkit Singh to the City by hosting a small civic reception at the Lord Mayor’s Parlour, Council House, Earl Street, Coventry, CV1 5RR, on Thursday 4th April 2013 at 2pm, where media and Coventry’s Community/Faith and Business leaders were present.

Surjit Singh Ghuman MBE, Managing Director of Panjab Radio said “Malkit Singh is an iconic, leading celebrity and ambassador of the Panjabi community and is known as the “King of Panjab”. We are delighted that Malkit has accepted Panjab Radio’s invitation to support the Coventry City Council’s twinning of Coventry and Jalandhar.”

Hailed the ‘King of Bhangra’, Malkit Singh is one of the few Panjabi icons around in today’s Bhangra industry. Malkit Singh has a special affinity with the City of Jalandhar as he was born and spent his early life growing up in Jalandhar. Malkit Singh became the first Panjabi singer to be honoured by Queen Elizabeth II at Buckingham Palace in London with the award of Member of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire for his services to the Panjabi music industry.

Jalandhar is the oldest and largest developed city in the north-western Indian state of Panjab, which in recent years has seen rapid urbanisation and developed into a highly industrialised centre of commercial activity. It is the central city of Panjab and provides goods like glass and furniture to the neighbouring cities and is also a hub of sports goods manufacture. Over the years, the sports goods industry has grown at an impressive rate and of late Indian sports goods are also exported to different countries including the United Kingdom. The Indian sports goods industry is a highly labour intensive industry which provides employment to the weaker sections of society and also employs a large number of women. The sports goods industry in India has witnessed a phenomenal growth over the past five decades and now occupies a place of prominence in the Indian economy in view of its massive potential for employment, growth and export.

The twinning with Jalandhar is Coventry City Council’s first twinning link for 30 years. Up to 20,000 Coventry residents have connections in the region and the twinning with Jalandhar had been sought because of Coventry’s deep connections with it. Historically there are two purposes for Coventry to develop twinning links - to promote international peace and reconciliation, and to develop trade links. The City hopes the twinning will help foster economic links and promote business for Coventry, following on from Prime Minister David Cameron’s UK Trade Delegation to India which has encouraged businesses to get more involved with India as a growing economy.

Surjit Singh Ghuman concluded that “Malkit Singh is in Coventry to support Panjab Radio’s application for a coveted FM radio licence to broadcast in the Coventry area and we thought it would be an excellent opportunity for him to promote the Jalandhar and Coventry twinning at the same time”.

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