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First Pakistani-origin woman appointed high Sheriff of Greater Manchester

MANCHESTER: Pakistani-origin Dr. Robina Shah has been named as the next high sheriff of Greater Manchester, United Kingdom after approval of Queen Elizabeth II. Robina is a Chartered Psychologist and Senior Lecturer at Manchester Medical School, University of Manchester. The senior lecturer's name was ‘personally’ marked by Queen Elizabeth II from a parchment called the Lites which is presented to her each year with names of those recommended to become high sheriffs for the coming year. “I am truly honored and…

Firefighters battle blaze in Manchester apartment block

MANCHESTER: Firefighters battled a blaze in a tower block in central Manchester, northern England, on Saturday with flames engulfing several apartments on the ninth floor. The Manchester fire service said it had sent 12 fire engines to tackle the blaze in the Northern Quarter of the city and urged people to avoid the area. It told those living nearby to keep doors and windows shut. The fire had spread to multiple floors but we have things well under control here. Firefighters along with colleagues from the Police and…

Five memorable Manchester derbies

Manchester United clash with bitter rivals Manchester City at Old Trafford on Sunday in a Premier League summit meeting that will go a long way towards deciding this season's title race. Record-setting City are leading the way and hold an eight-point lead over second-placed United thanks to a 13-match winning streak. With so much at stake, the latest encounter in the 136-year-old rivalry promises to be one of the most explosive. AFP Sport highlights five matches that explain why the derby day animosity runs so deep…