Mr Mohammed Ishaq Chaudry aka Mo Chaudry, philanthropist and one of the most successful British-Asian businessmen, was honoured at the event for his contribution to the British economy and supporting the new businesses across the country. He accepted the Lifetime Achievement Award from the Lord Mayor.
Mayor of Rochdale Councillor James Gartside, and Mayoress, Councillor Jane Gartside, Former Lord Mayor of Manchester Councillor Afzal Khan, Greater Manchester Police Authority Chief Cllr Paul Murphy, Chief Prosecutor of the Crown Prosecution Service Nazir Afzal were present. The mayor congratulates the Asian Lite for its success.
The mayor congratulated the management and the editorial team of Asian Lite on their fifth anniversary.
“A newspaper always reflects the culture of the society it exists,” the mayor said. “For a newspaper, a bad news is always a good news. Nowadays the newspapers are riddled with too many negative stories. Too many bad news about the Asian community especially on terrorism, drugs, forced marriages, grooming, illegal immigration, sponging the system etc.
It is disappointing to see that newspapers ignore the positive side of the Asian community life. But I know Asian Lite is different from other newspapers. It always sees a glass Half Full instead of Half Empty.”
“This small newspaper has won one of the prime awards at the recent How-DO event. By winning the coveted award like the Newspaper of the year, Asian Lite is showing it might to become one of the greatest newspapers in the country. Manchester is always in supportive of free speech and entrepreneurship. I hope the young team of Asian Lite will emulate the examples set by Manchester media icons like CP Scott. “The event also witnessed the launch of Asian Lite Business Awards. Several prominent businessmen and women from the Asian community across the UK were honoured for their excellence.
The event was dotted with several high profile performances from leading dancers like Kajal Sharma, Deepa Ganesh, Remya Jayaraj, Nrithya Ram Mohan, Soma Gosh and SonAash.