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Hunter Biden guilty of federal gun charges in historic verdict

A jury found Hunter Biden guilty on Tuesday (11) of federal gun charges in a historic first criminal prosecution of the child of a sitting US president. The 54-year-old son of president Joe Biden was convicted on all three of the felony counts stemming from his 2018 purchase of a…

High salt intake could raise eczema risk: Study

HIGH levels of sodium, commonly consumed through salt, could increase the risk of eczema, an inflammatory condition of skin marked by dry and itchy patches, a new study has found. Previous studies have found the sodium present in skin to be linked with autoimmune and chronic inflammatory conditions, including eczema.…

T20 World Cup: USA register ‘one of the biggest upsets…

IT WAS always going to take something big to make Americans pay any attention to cricket and Thursday's (6) stunning victory by the USA over established power Pakistan provided just that moment. The thrilling Super Over triumph in Dallas by the T20 World Cup debutants over the 2022 finalists and…

Investors seek £100m from Boohoo over share price drop

INVESTORS in Boohoo are pursuing over £100 million in compensation from the online fashion retailer following a drastic share price drop in 2020, sparked by reports of worker mistreatment at its Leicester suppliers, reported The Guardian. The company's shares plunged by more than 40 per cent, slashing over £1.5 billion…

Aunt’s murder sent shockwaves through family: Tulsi Gabbard

Former US congresswoman Tulsi Gabbard has spoken out about the murder of her aunt, Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard. Caroline Sinavaiana-Gabbard, a 78-year-old poet in American Samoa, was allegedly killed by her protege, Papalii Sia Figiel, 57, following an argument at a theater. Police report that Figiel stabbed and beat Sinavaiana-Gabbard with a…

Nick Clegg funds Lib Dems in Sheffield Hallam fight

FORMER deputy prime minister and Liberal Democrats leader Nick Clegg has been providing financial support in his former constituency seat, the Financial Times revealed. He donated tens of thousands of pounds to his former Sheffield Hallam seat to boost its fight against the current Labour MP. Labour's Olivia Blake has…

Indian-American’s drive for people with intellectual disabilities

A US-based non-profit announced a new initiative on Saturday to improve healthcare access for individuals with intellectual disabilities in India. The project aims to benefit 10,000 people in its first year by providing financial support for therapies and medical services. Under Project Hitarth, Voice of Specially Abled People (VOSAP) has…

Indian American student wins US spelling bee competition

BRUHAT SOMA, a 12-year-old Indian American seventh-grade student from Florida, has won the Scripps National Spelling Bee after he spelt 29 words correctly in the tiebreaker, maintaining the dominance of the children from the small ethnic community in the prestigious competition. Bruhat emerged victorious in the Scripps National Spelling Bee…

‘Mrs’, ‘Sumo Didi’ heading to New York Indian Film Festival

Mrs and Sumo Didi, two films from Jio Studios, are set to be screened at the upcoming New York Indian Film Festival, the makers said on Thursday. Both the movies will be showcased on the last day of the gala, where Sanya Malhotra-starrer Mrs will close NYIFF on June 2.…

Sunak denies claims of moving to California

RISHI SUNAK was on Tuesday (28) forced to counter stinging criticism from a Tory peer that the prime minister was planning to “disappear” to California after damaging the party “beyond repair”, saying the UK was his home and he has no plans to relocate his family to the US after…

Black Banx: Shaping the Future of Digital Wallets and Fintech…

Since the start of the millennium, and especially in the last handful of years, digital wallets have emerged as pivotal elements in transforming how people manage money daily. Over the past few years, advances in digital wallets have revolutionized the financial sector, making transactions more accessible, quicker, and secure. At…

Sunak says he’ll remain as MP if he loses general…

Rishi Sunak has confirmed that he will "of course" remain an MP if he loses the next general election. The prime minister expressed his commitment to staying in parliament regardless of the election outcome, as reported by Sky News. Speculation had arisen that Sunak, who previously worked at a hedge…

Ramesh Bhutada donates $1m for ‘Hindu causes’ in US

INDIAN AMERICAN philanthropist Ramesh Bhutada has donated $1 million (£800m) to the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) for Hindu causes in the US. Houston-based businessman Bhutada during a recent gala of Hindu American Foundation committed the amount over the next four years to HAF. In March 2023, he donated $1m to…

Churchill faced threats from Indian extremists during US trip, says…

Sir Winston Churchill was in the crosshairs of Indian extremists during a visit to the United States, nearly a decade before he became Britain's famous wartime prime minister, newly uncovered papers reveal. Files at the National Archives at Kew show that FBI agents were deployed to protect him from the…

Here’s why Bella Hadid has decided to leave modelling

In a surprising turn of events, supermodel Bella Hadid has announced her decision to take a step back from the modelling world and embark on a new journey in Texas. The 27-year-old beauty recently opened up about her reasons for leaving the fashion industry behind and shared insights into her…

Indian sitar used by George Harrison on Beatles’ ‘Norwegian Wood’…

The traditional Indian sitar played by Beatles’ George Harrison on the band's hit song “Norwegian Wood" has recently been sold at auction for a little over £53,000 in the United States. The said sitar, a quintessential instrument in Indian classical music, was crafted in a music shop in Kolkata and…

Sid Sriram becomes first South Indian artist to perform at…

Playback singer Sid Sriram, who shot to overnight fame with his popular song “Srivalli” from the 2021 film Pushpa: The Rise, became the first South Indian artist to perform at Coachella 2024. He ended his set at the prestigious music festival with “Thiruppugazh”, a Tamil-language religious song dedicated to Lord…

Wine farmers in South Africa ‘fight back’ to adapt to…

At a wine farm in South Africa, dry and uprooted grapevines are piled at the base of a sloping stretch of brown fallow land. Much of the vineyard is undergoing replanting to adapt to climate change, which is expected to bring rarer yet more intense rainfall to this wine-producing region.…

Indian American Congressman warns of rising anti-Hindu attacks

NOTICING a significant rise in assaults targeting Hindus in the US, an Indian American Congressman said that this marks the initial stage of an organised anti-Hindu offensive. Congressman Shri Thanedar made these comments during a press briefing at the National Press Club in Washington on Monday (15), urging community members…

Google Doodle celebrates Lebanese-American visionary Etel Adnan

Etel Adnan, a pioneering Lebanese-American poet, essayist, and visual artist, was a creative force whose work transcended cultural and artistic boundaries. Born in 1925 in Beirut, Lebanon, Adnan's diverse heritage influenced her unique artistic style. Adnan's father, Assaf Kadri, was a Sunni Muslim-Turkish high-ranking Ottoman officer of Albanian descent, while…

Indian-American golfers Bhatia, Theegala secure solid Masters finishes

At the prestigious Augusta National, Indian-American golfers Akshay Bhatia and Sahith Theegala finished tied 35th and tied 45th respectively, while world number one Scottie Scheffler triumphed with a four-shot victory, claiming his second Masters title in three years. In his first appearance at the Masters, Bhatia scored 72, 75, 74,…

Resolution in US Congress condemns hate crimes targeting Hindus

Indian-American Congressman Shri Thanedar has introduced a resolution in the House of Representatives in the US that condemns Hinduphobia, anti-Hindu bigotry, hate, and intolerance. The resolution was presented on Wednesday and has since been referred to the House Committee on Oversight and Accountability. The resolution reads that despite their positive…

Indian-American golfers Bhatia and Theegala off to slow start at…

In the rain-soaked opening round of the 88th Augusta Masters, Indian-American golfers Akshay Bhatia and Sahith Theegala had a subdued start. Bhatia, completing 16 holes, tied for 17th place at one-under, while Theegala, having played 11 holes, was tied for 42nd with a score of one-over. The challenging weather conditions,…

Masters debutants Bhatia and Theegala raise hope for Indian Golf

Emerging from the ranks of professional golf, Indian-American players Akshay Bhatia and Sahith Theegala are all set to make an impact at the Augusta Masters, with hopes of igniting a surge in Indian golfing talent. Hailing from California, both in their twenties, Bhatia, fresh off his recent victory at the…

MakeMyTrip expands accessibility to over 150 countries

ONLINE travel firm MakeMyTrip on Monday (8) announced expansion of its global reach with its services becoming accessible in over 150 countries. MakeMyTrip has expanded its reach to several countries, including major travel markets like the UK, Germany, Japan, Italy, France, and many others, from previously being operational in India,…

Indian-American lawmakers demand action on rise in hate crimes against…

Five Indian-American lawmakers have called on the United States Department of Justice and the FBI for a briefing regarding a surge in "hate crimes targeting Hindus" and vandalism of temples across the country this year. In a letter addressed to Kristen Clarke of the Department of Justice’s Civil Rights Division,…

Princess of Wales undergoing chemotherapy after cancer diagnosis

PRINCESS OF WALES said on Friday (22) she was undergoing preventative chemotherapy after tests taken after she had major abdominal surgery in January revealed that cancer had been present. The Princess, 42-year-old wife of heir to the throne Prince William, called the cancer discovery a "huge shock". The news comes…

Zubin Varla, Pyiyanga Burford among nominees at Olivier Awards 2024

The UK’s most important and prestigious theatre awards, the Olivier Awards, have announced its nominees with Zubin Varla and Pyiyanga Burford bagging nominations for top honours. While Varna has been nominated as Best Actor in a Supporting Role for A Little Life, Burford has been nominated as Best Actress in…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan to Riz Ahmed, see every South Asian celebrity…

The 96th annual Academy Awards concluded on March 10, 2024, at Los Angeles’s Dolby Theater, with Oppenheimer dominating the award ceremony with seven wins. On the fashion front, the Oscars 2024 once again served as a platform for South Asian celebrities to showcase their impeccable fashion sense and leave an…

Avantika says she’s proud of her Indian heritage

SOUTH Asian women taking centre stage in series such as Bridgerton and One Day was long overdue, Indian American actress Avantika, who plays Karen Shetty in the new iteration of the popular teen comedy, Mean Girls, has said. This is not the first acting gig for the 19-year-old, born to…

Ex-Twitter chief Agrawal sues Musk for unpaid severance

Former top executives of Twitter sued Elon Musk on Monday (4) saying he has failed to pay them nearly $130 million after the billionaire took over the social media company and dismissed them. "Musk doesn't pay his bills, believes the rules don't apply to him, and uses his wealth and…

Nikki Haley trails Trump in Super Tuesday contest

INDIAN AMERICAN Republican presidential candidate Nikki Haley is trailing far behind her rival Donald Trump, who is most likely to emerge as the presumptive nominee after the Republican Party's crucial Super Tuesday contest. Trump and Haley were campaigning vigorously in various Super Tuesday states, making a last-minute pitch to the…

US court orders realtor Haresh Jogani to pay $2.5 b…

A US court has mandated that business tycoon Haresh Jogani should pay $2.5 billion (approximately £1.98 b) as damages to his four brothers over violation of partnership norms in their California-based real estate enterprise, according to media reports. This dispute began two decades ago and the 2003 lawsuit has already…

Former Intel India head Avtar Saini killed in Mumbai accident

THE former head of Intel India, Avtar Saini, who spearheaded the development of the Pentium processor, tragically lost his life on Wednesday (28) morning when a speeding car collided with his bicycle in Navi Mumbai, according to authorities. Saini, 68, was cycling with a group of fellow riders on Palm…

Marine heatwave triggers devastating decline in North Pacific humpback whales

In 1972, a humpback whale named Festus, a beloved figure off the coast of southeast Alaska, entertained onlookers for 44 years. However, in June 2016, Festus was discovered dead in Glacier Bay National Park, having succumbed to starvation, believed to be a result of an unprecedented marine heatwave. New research,…

AI’s water footprint raises questions about sustainability

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is not just a threat to declining employment opportunities but also to the environment. In recent years, major technology companies, including Microsoft, Google, and Meta, have substantially increased their water consumption for cooling down data centres, raising concerns about environmental consequences. With millions of users relying on…

Haley backers see ‘last shot’ on Super Tuesday

BACKERS of Nikki Haley’s quest for the Republican presidential nomination are pouring money into states that hold early March nominating contests in a bid to keep her candidacy alive, regulatory filings and pro-Haley political operatives said. Those efforts have ramped up in recent days and reflect a growing belief that…

Indian software engineer suspected in US family murder-suicide

Authorities in the US suspect Anand Henry, an Indian-origin former Meta software engineer, of murdering his wife and twin sons, then committing suicide with a gun, in a murder-suicide incident in California. Henry, 37, and his wife, Alice Benziger, 36, were found dead in the bathroom of their home in…

Chemicals in plastics linked to premature births

ONE in 10 premature births in the US has been linked to pregnant women being exposed to chemicals in extremely common plastic products, a large study said last week. The chemicals, called phthalates, are used to soften plastic and can be found in thousands of consumer items, including plastic containers…

Indian American family found dead in California; police suspect murder-suicide

AN Indian American family from Kerala was found dead at their home in California, the US, in an apparent case of murder-suicide. The family have been identified as Anand Sujith Henry, 42, his wife Alice Priyanka, 40, and their 4-year-old twin children Noah and Neithan. Police found the bodies after…

‘Asian talent at forefront of Cambridge tech-hub growth’

CAMBRIDGE does not need to become Britain’s Silicon Valley to be successful – as more talent from south Asia are being attracted to the city, according to experts. They highlighted Indian-origin entrepreneurs – such as Dr Sai Shivareddy, founder of battery firm Nyobolt – who are at the forefront of…

Ready to serve as leader, says Kamala Harris

US Vice President Kamala Harris said she was ready to serve as leader, in a Wall Street Journal interview published on Monday (12), as voter concerns mount about president Joe Biden’s age in an election year. Harris, 59, has faced growing scrutiny about her own abilities as the first in…

Haley to continue uphill battle despite poor performance in primaries

NIKKI HALEY finished a disappointing third in the Iowa Republican nominating contest and a distant second in New Hampshire, while in Nevada – where she was the only candidate in last week’s primary – she finished behind ballots marked “none of these candidates.” And if opinion polls are correct, the…

Bhangra Nation: Musical moves to its own beat in exploring…

THIS may seem a little ironic, but the Birmingham Rep’s new bhangra musical is an American import. Bhangra, a joyous harvest festival, first came to Britain from the Punjab with the first generation of Indian immigrants in the 1950s and 1960s, and developed British roots in and around Birmingham. And…

Sunak relieved over early detection of King Charles’ cancer

Prime minister Rishi Sunak said on Tuesday (6) that he was “shocked and sad” upon discovering that King Charles was diagnosed with cancer, though he found solace in the fact that the condition was detected early. Buckingham Palace revealed on Monday evening that the King had commenced outpatient treatment for…

King Charles’ cancer diagnosis comes just 18 months into his…

AFTER spending more than seven decades waiting to become sovereign, Britain's King Charles has been diagnosed with a form of cancer less than 18 months since he ascended to the throne. Buckingham Palace announced that Charles, 75, would postpone public-facing duties while he undergoes treatment but was looking forward to…

King Charles diagnosed with cancer

KING CHARLES has been diagnosed with a form of cancer and will postpone public engagements to undergo treatment, Buckingham Palace said on Monday (5), but added he remained "wholly positive" about the scare less than 18 months into his reign. Charles, 75, who became king in September 2022 following the…

Priyanka-Nick ‘forced to move out’ of LA mansion

Priyanka Chopra and Nick Jonas have moved out of their Los Angeles home and filed a legal case against its seller. The couple paid a whopping amount of money in 2019 for their California mansion. They purchased the property right their big wedding in Rajasthan in December 2018. It boasted…

Cambridge targets Silicon Valley status

CAMBRIDGE, the English city renowned for its university, scientific breakthroughs and status as a technology hub, has its sights on becoming the next Silicon Valley. The British government is providing funds for new infrastructure projects such as housing and transport that it says will help Cambridge, north of London, become…

Coachella 2024 lineup announced

April will be extremely exciting for music lovers as Coachella is returning with its new edition. Lana Del Rey, Doja Cat, Tyler, The Creator and No Doubt will headline the 2024 Coachella festival, promoters Goldenvoice announced on Tuesday, Variety reported. Pluma, Blur, J Balvin, Ice Spice, Sublime, Lil Uzi Vert,…

Indian-American schoolgirl named among ‘world’s brightest students’

Nine-year-old Indian-American schoolgirl Preesha Chakraborty has been recognised on the "world's brightest students list" by the prestigious Johns Hopkins Centre for Talented Youth. The acknowledgment is based on the results of above-grade-level tests conducted on over 16,000 students across 90 countries. Preesha is a Warm Spring Elementary school student in…

Surge in Asian American eligible voters to impact US election:…

THE number of Asian American eligible voters has skyrocketed over the past two decades and since 2020, according to a new study as the US goes to polls to elect a new president this year. The report titled 'Key facts about Asian American eligible voters in 2024 revealed that in…

Tom Cruise inks deal with Warner Bros

Hollywood superstar Tom Cruise and studio Warner Bros Discovery have announced a new partnership that will see them develop and produce theatrical films. Cruise, known for delivering blockbusters like Mission: Impossible franchise, Top Gun series, and many more, will also star in the feature film projects, a press release said.…

‘Oppenheimer’, ‘Succession’ dominate Golden Globes 2024; see full winners list

On Sunday, the biggest names in Hollywood gathered for the 2024 Golden Globe Awards. The nominations for the 2024 awards were first announced on December 11, 2023, by funnymen Cedric the Entertainer and Wilmer Valderrama. Christopher Nolan's Oppenheimer earned five accolades throughout the evening — including for Best Picture —…

Pro-Khalistan graffiti appears again on Hindu temple in US

A Hindu temple in California has been defaced with pro-Khalistan graffiti, occurring just two weeks after another prominent temple in the same US state was vandalised. Unknown persons vandalised Vijay's Sherawali Temple in Hayward in the Bay Area, the Hindu American Foundation (HAF) said on Friday (5). It comes a…

Zayn Malik seeks dismissal of copyright infringement lawsuit

Popstar Zayn Malik’s much-publicised copyright infringement suit over his 2020 hit ‘Better’ may be headed for dismissal as multiple defendants, including Sony Music Entertainment and the songwriter of the hit track, are seeking to dismiss the lawsuit. The lawsuit, filed by a company called Formal Entertainment in a US federal…

‘Mrs’ and ‘Sumo Didi’ to premiere at Palm Springs Int’l…

Mrs and Sumo Didi, two films from Jio Studios, are set to be screened at the 35th Palm Springs International Film Festival. The festival will begin in California, US, on January 4 and will conclude on January 15. According to Jio Studios, the screening of Sumo Didi, inspired by the…

Stafford Arima: Exploring cultural identity through new dance moves

THE glitz and glamour of American dance competitions will hit the Birmingham Rep theatre next month in the form of Bhangra Nation – A New Musical. Director Stafford Arima told Eastern Eye that bhangra groups are “not just in a couple of states, but spread across America”. “The writers felt…

Family of Sikh activist urges fresh investigation into his death

The family of the late Sikh activist Avtar Singh Khanda has urged the Home Office to appoint a police force for a comprehensive and impartial investigation into his sudden death last June, which took place at the same time as a murder and an attempted murder of Sikh separatists in…

‘Hindu-Americans’ crucial in Biden’s re-election’

Mobilising Hindu-Americans is crucial for president Joe Biden's potential re-election next year, suggests prominent Indian-American fundraiser for the Democratic Party. This emphasis comes in light of the administration facing discontent from Muslim-Americans amid the Israel-Hamas conflict. Ramesh Kapur, a Massachusetts-based political fundraiser who was in Washington to attend the winter…

Vegan diet reduces heart disease risk after two months: Study

Adopting a vegan diet for two months can potentially reduce the risk of heart disease and diabetes, a trial conducted by Stanford University, California, has shown. The study engaged 22 pairs of identical twins, with one twin from each pair adhering to a vegan diet while the other continued an…

Annie Baker’s new play uses dark humour to discuss pain

IN INFINITE LIFE, a new play by Annie Baker, five American women find themselves reclining next to each other on chaise lounges at a fasting clinic two hours north of San Francisco. What they have in common is pain. But how do you describe pain? Patients will often try hard…

Nikki Haley still facing uphill task in taking on Trump

THERE is Trump, there are wannabe Trumps, and then there is Nikki Haley, the sole woman in the Republican presidential field and now on the cusp of consolidating second place after showing there may be another way than simply aping the main man. Former president Donald Trump leads the US…

Covid infections led to spike in preterm births, vaccines helped…

An alarming increase in premature births was attributed to Covid-19, but researchers, analysing birth records in California, US, have found that vaccines played a crucial role in restoring the premature birth rate to pre-pandemic levels. Maternal Covid-19 infection increased the probability of preterm delivery, which is birth occurring before 37…

Biden and Xi discuss Taiwan, fentanyl at bilateral meet

US president Joe Biden and China's Xi Jinping engaged in a four-hour meeting on Wednesday (15), addressing topics spanning military tensions to drug trafficking. Biden welcomed the Chinese leader at the Filoli estate, a country house and gardens about 30 miles (48 km) south of San Francisco, ahead of a…

Tesla to double Indian imports, confirms minister

US electric car maker Tesla Inc is planning to double the number of components it imports from India, Indian trade minister Piyush Goyal said on Tuesday (14) through a post on social media platform X. "Proud to see the growing importance of Auto component suppliers from India in the Tesla…

King Charles marks 75th birthday with new scheme to tackle…

KING CHARLES III turns 75 on Tuesday (14), showing no sign of a let-up in activity just over a year since he became king after the death of his mother Queen Elizabeth II. Halfway through his eighth decade, the head of state is due to spend the day carrying out…

Indian neuroscientist receives Early Career Award from Society of Neuroscience

The Society of Neuroscience which recognises young neuroscientists has honoured Indian neuroscientist Abhilasha Joshi with the Early Career Award, acknowledging her exceptional research and educational contributions on an international scale. Joshi, currently a visiting researcher at the Champalimaud Centre for the Unknown in Lisbon, Portugal, was awarded the Peter and…

Oscar Castellino: The Barber of Seville is a must-watch

BRILLIANTLY talented baritone Oscar Castellino has had a beautiful journey that has taken him from working as a software engineer in Mumbai to becoming an acclaimed opera singer. He will add to his impressive stage achievements with a lead role in a new The Barber of Seville adaptation, which will…

Burglars raid Hindu temple in US, community in shock

Burglars targeted a Hindu temple in the US state of California, stealing a donation box and leaving the local Indian community in shock. The incident took place on Monday (30) at the Hari Om Radha Krishna Mandir in the Parkway neighbourhood, at about 2:15 a.m., the Sacramento Bee newspaper reported.…

Vinod Khosla warns against investment frenzy in AI startups

BILLIONAIRE venture capitalist Vinod Khosla has warned that the current rush of investment in overvalued artificial intelligence start-ups risks potential losses. But the early backer of the ChatGPT chatbot creator OpenAI predicted that AI would revolutionise the world soon and there would be “a billion bipedal robots in 20 years”.…

‘Friends’ actor Matthew Perry dies aged 54

MATTHEW PERRY , troubled star of the smash hit TV sitcom Friends, was found dead at his home in Los Angeles on Saturday (28), US media reported. He was 54. First responders found Perry unconscious in a hot tub at his house and were unable to revive him, law enforcement…

Pret A Manger forms JV with Shane Thakrar’s Dallas International

BRITISH restaurant chain Pret A Manger has struck a deal with its existing franchisee, Dallas International, owned by a British Asian entrepreneur, as it seeks to expand its presence in the US. Following the latest arrangement, Dallas will have operational control of around 50 Pret shops in New York, Pennsylvania,…

UK and US agencies warn about domestic terror threats amid…

The heads of domestic intelligence and security service, MI5, and the FBI have jointly warned of an increased threat of domestic terrorist attacks due to the crisis in the Middle East. According to the counter-terror chiefs, Jewish communities, along with other groups, might face elevated risks from lone actors, Hamas…

California governor vetoes bill to ban caste discrimination

CALIFORNIA governor Gavin Newsom on Saturday (7) vetoed a bill passed recently by the state legislature to explicitly ban caste discrimination, citing existing laws that already prohibit ancestry discrimination, which made the bill "unnecessary." Had Newsom signed the bill, officially called Senate Bill 403 or SB 403, California would have…

Ramaswamy’s campaign asks to allow only top four candidates for…

INDIAN AMERICAN presidential aspirant Vivek Ramaswamy’s campaign has asked the Republican national committee to allow only the top four candidates in national polling to the third Republican primary debate next month, saying another “unhelpful debate” is not an option. The second Republican debate of the 2024 election cycle, which was…

Raja Kumari excited to start ‘The Bridge World Tour’ from…

Grammy Award-nominated rapper Raja Kumari is set to kickstart her 'The Bridge World' tour from her ancestral hometown Hyderabad. "I am very excited to start the tour in Hyderabad, my ancestral hometown. The Bridge World Tour is a manifestation straight off my vision board. Paying homage to my roots by…

Mira Nair, Geeta Malik, Minhal Baig join 1497 Features Lab…

1497, the nonprofit organization that is dedicated to supporting South Asian filmmakers, has announced Mira Nair, Geeta Malik, and Minhal Baig as mentors for its third Features Lab. The Lab’s first year was held virtually, while the second year was hybrid, held virtually and in-person. For its third year, 1497…

Vivek Ramaswamy moves closer to Trump’s politics as other Republican…

During the second 2024 presidential primary debate on Wednesday (27) for the Republican party, the seven participating candidates sought to persuade voters that they could serve as a credible alternative to the frontrunner, Donald Trump, who opted not to attend the event. Here are some key takeaways from the sometimes-disorderly…

Growth patterns in the first 1,000 days can shape child’s…

Trends of wasting and stunted growth observed during the initial 1,000 days of a child's life can have lasting impacts on their future health and growth, according to studies newly published in Nature journal's Progress towards the Sustainable Development Goals (SDG) Collection. The authors of these studies related to SDG…

Experts concerned as India rolls out AI tools without safeguards

AFTER communal clashes in Delhi’s Jahangirpuri area last year, police said they used facial recognition technology to identify and arrest dozens of men, the second such instance after a more violent riot in the Indian capital in 2020. In both cases, most of those charged were Muslims, leading human rights…

California highway named after heroic Indian-American officer Ronil Singh

TO honour a fallen national hero, a stretch of a highway in California, US, has been named after 33-year-old Indian-origin police officer Ronil Singh who was shot and killed by an illegal immigrant in 2018. The stretch of Highway 33 in Newman was dedicated last week to Singh from the…

Last ‘Super Blue Moon’ until 2037 captured in India and…

Astronomy enthusiasts were treated to a delightful experience on Wednesday, August 30, as a rare celestial event, known as a Super Blue Moon graced the skies worldwide. [caption id="attachment_249758" align="alignnone" width="750"] The Super Blue Moon as seen in the sky above the India Gate, in New Delhi, Wednesday, Aug. 30,…

Warning signs of cardiac arrest different for men and women:…

Individuals experience gender-specific warning signs prior to an impending sudden cardiac arrest, new research published in The Lancet Digital Health journal reveals. The study, led by the Smidt Heart Institute at Cedars-Sinai Medical Centre in California, USA, observed that women predominantly experienced shortness of breath as a notable symptom indicating…

California passes bill against caste discrimination as a section of…

An anti-caste discrimination bill has been passed by the California State Assembly on Monday (28) that seeks to combat caste discrimination and strengthen protections for marginalised communities across the state. It now heads to Governor Gavin Newsom for his signature to make it into law, making California the first US…

MY PLAYLIST with ganavya

NEWLY released song forgive me my showed the immense talent of Gantavya (above). The New York-based vocalist, multi-instrumentalist and composer offered up an immersive musical moment filled with emotion and grace. Eastern Eye delved deeper by getting the terrific talent to share 10 songs she loves.   Telilit by Les Filles…

Chandrayaan landing will launch India’s space dreams

THE space race India aims to win this week by landing first on the moon’s south pole is about science, the politics of national prestige and a new frontier: money. If India’s Chandrayaan-3 succeeds in landing on the lunar south pole on Wednesday (23), analysts and executives expect an immediate…

US court stays extradition of Tahawwur Rana

A US court has ordered a stay on the extradition of Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana to India where he faces a trial for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Rana, 62, faces charges for his role in the Mumbai attacks and is known to be associated with…

Science, politics, and economics behind India’s race to moon

The space race India aims to win this week by landing first on the moon's south pole is about science, the politics of national prestige and a new frontier: money. If India's Chandrayaan-3 succeeds in landing on the lunar south pole on Wednesday (23), analysts and executives expect an immediate…

Michael Jackson sexual abuse lawsuits revived by appeals court

A California appeals court has revived lawsuits from two men who accused late pop singer Michael Jackson of abusing them as children in the HBO documentary 'Leaving Neverland'. On Friday, the 2nd District Court of Appeal reversed a ruling from a Los Angeles Superior Court judge dismissing the suits from…

US court rejects Tahawwur Rana’s appeal against extradition to India

A US court has denied the writ of habeas corpus filed by Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana, paving the way for secretary of state Antony Blinken to issue a certification for him to be extradited to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks.…

Classic Pink Floyd number recreated using listeners’ brain activity

In a recent study conducted by scientists at the University of California (UC), Berkeley, the brain activity of individuals listening to Pink Floyd's "Another Brick in the Wall" has been harnessed to recreate the iconic rock track. The findings of the study demonstrate that brainwaves can be captured and analysed…

Activists arrested after covering Sunak’s home in black

ACTIVISTS from Greenpeace were arrested Thursday (3) after scaling prime minister Rishi Sunak's constituency home in northern England and covering it with black fabric to protest his fossil fuel policy. Sunak this week approved hundreds of new oil and gas licences in the North Sea off Britain's east coast, angering…

Greenpeace protesters drape Sunak’s home in black fabric over energy…

GREENPEACE protesters draped the private home of prime minister Rishi Sunak in black fabric on Thursday (3), stepping up their campaign against his government's policy on drilling for oil. Sunak's record on environmental issues has come under scrutiny in recent months after he said he would take a "proportionate approach"…

Long-term smokers show symptoms not meeting smoking-related disease criteria: Study

In a study conducted in the US, long-term smokers exhibited symptoms that did not align with existing tobacco-related disease criteria. The research, carried out by the University of California-San Francisco (UCSF), included 1379 participants aged 40 to 80 years, all of whom had smoked one pack of cigarettes a day…

Unity event at Hindu Jain temple to mark anniversary of…

THE Hindu and Jewish communities have came together on Monday (24) at the Hindu-Jain Temple in Monroeville to mark the fifth anniversary of the shooting at Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh, US, a statement said. The horrific incident in October 2018 resulted in the loss of eleven lives, including…

Is Novak Djokovic Already the Greatest of All Time?

The world of tennis has produced countless superstars over the years, with the likes of the likes of Rafael Nadal, Roger Federer, and Novak Djokovic dominating the men’s game in the Open Era. After becoming the record Grand Slam winner, is Djokovic now the best of all time? Can Djokovic…

Emmys 2023: Kumail Nanjiani, Padma Lakshmi, and ‘Indian Matchmaking’ receive…

Kumail Nanjiani has scored a nomination at the 75th Primetime Emmy Award. He has been nominated for an Emmy Award for ‘outstanding lead actor in a limited series or a movie’ for the Disney+ series Welcome to Chippendales. Emmy-nominated actress Yvette Nicole Brown revealed the nominees alongside Television Academy Chair…

Biden to meet King Charles, Sunak during UK visit

US president Joe Biden will arrive in Britain on Sunday (9) for a brief visit during which he will meet prime minister Rishi Sunak and discuss climate change issues with King Charles ahead of the upcoming NATO summit. The White House said the trip was designed "to further strengthen the…

US wants court to dismiss Tahawwur Rana’s extradition appeal to…

The court in California has received a strong plea from the Biden administration, urging the denial of the writ of habeas corpus submitted by Tahawwur Rana, a Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman. The administration reiterated its stance that Rana should be extradited to India, where he is wanted for his alleged involvement…

US condemns Khalistani arson attempt at Indian Consulate in San…

The Consulate of India in San Francisco experienced an attack perpetrated by Khalistan supporters, who attempted to set ablaze the diplomatic facility. This marked the second occurrence of such violence within a few months, eliciting a firm rebuke from the US government, which categorised it as a "criminal offense." A…

Fire breaks out at Warner Bros. studios in California, no…

On Friday, a transformer at the Warner Bros. lot in Burbank exploded, Deadline reported. A cloud of smoke erupted from an electrical fire and covered the Burbank lot. Fortunately, the fire was immediately put out by the firefighters. Pictures surfaced online showed flames rising from the studio owned by Warner…

THIS Jewish musical inspired Mira Nair to adapt ‘Monsoon Wedding’…

Set on the eve of a big fat Indian wedding, Mira Nair’s comedy-drama film Monsoon Wedding (2001) remains one of her most celebrated works even after more than two decades of its release. It was one of the most successful films of the year which went on to bag several…

‘Profound grief’ for family of British-Pakistani father and son on…

THE family of the British-Pakistani father and son among the five people who died on the Titanic tourist submersible expressed "profound grief" at their loss Friday (23). Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman, 19, are members of the Dawood dynasty, owners of an industrial empire that is one of…

Discover the Patel Red Wine that will be served at…

In preparation for prime minister Narendra Modi's state dinner at the White House later today (22), US first lady Jill Biden has planned an impressive vegetarian menu to be crafted by chef Nina Curtis in collaboration with the White House staff. As a devout vegetarian, Modi's culinary preferences were taken…

Modi meets eminent Indian Americans during US visit

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi’s visit to the United States has been marked by several key moments that will further strengthen bilateral relations and showcase India’s global influence. Modi is visiting the US from June 21-24 at the invitation of US President Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden. Modi’s…

White House dinner for Modi: Marinated millet, stuffed mushrooms and…

MARINATED millet, corn kernel salad, and stuffed mushrooms are on the menu for 400 guests invited to the state dinner being hosted for visiting Indian prime minister Narendra Modi at the White House's South Lawn later this evening (22). This year is being celebrated as the International Year of Millets…

Father and son on Titanic tourist sub from influential Pakistan…

THE FATHER and son aboard the missing Titanic tourist submersible hail from one of Pakistan's most prominent and wealthiest families, who are known for their philanthropic contributions to the country. Dual British-Pakistani nationals Shahzada Dawood, 48, and his son Suleman, 19 - who together spent half a million dollars on…

Joe Biden puts on full pomp for Modi

INDIAN prime minister Narendra Modi on Wednesday (21) opened a state visit to Washington as the United States steps up its wooing of India. President Joe Biden is putting on the full pomp for only the third state visitor of his administration, with the billion-plus country seen as a pivotal…

Modi to meet Musk, talk tech and trade during US…

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi is scheduled to embark on a state visit to the United States of America on Tuesday (20) upon the invitation of US President Joe Biden and First Lady Jill Biden. The visit will last until June 24. During his visit, Modi plans to meet with…

BTS@10: Indian ARMY celebrate debut of K-pop band

There's a popular saying in the fandom of BTS, the South Korean music sensation celebrating the 10th anniversary of their debut: "You don't find BTS, they find you when you need them most." Indian fans of the group who turned into an ARMY, a term used for the South Korean…

Modi’s first US state visit: Top 5 highlights

Indian prime minister Narendra Modi's upcoming visit to the United States is expected to be marked by several key moments that will further strengthen bilateral relations and showcase India's global influence. Modi is visiting the US from June 21-24 at the invitation of US president Joe Biden and first lady…

Pakistani businessman, son on missing Titanic tourist submarine

PAKISTANI businessman Shahzada Dawood and his son, Suleman, were on board on the submarine that went missing more than a day earlier off the coast of southeastern Canada while taking tourists to explore the wreckage of the Titanic, their family said in a statement. British billionaire Hamish Harding is also…

Bradford Literature Festival presents ‘Good Innings’ featuring Shashi Tharoor &…

The Bradford Literature Festival will present a special gathering on Sunday (June 25) of the Tharoor siblings, who will reunite from India, California, and London to engage in a profound conversation about their mother's extraordinary life. This exclusive event, called “Good Innings” will take place at Bradford College between 14:00…

Biden family to host intimate dinner for Narendra Modi on…

THE Biden family is planning to host an intimate dinner for prime minister Narendra Modi on June 21, a day before the much-in-demand state dinner at the White House, a senior administration official has said. Modi has been invited by president Joe Biden and first lady Jill Biden for an…

Maitreyi on ‘Never Have I Ever’ concluding with season 4

There is sadness but also hope that the friendships that she formed on Never Have I Ever will continue to thrive beyond the show, says series lead Maitreyi Ramakrishnan ahead of the premiere of the final season of the popular young-adult drama. The fourth and final season of the Netflix…

Tahawwur Rana petitions US court against extradition to India

Pakistani-origin Canadian businessman Tahawwur Rana has filed a writ of habeas corpus challenging a recent US court order that paved the way for his extradition to India where he is facing trial for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attack. Last month, the US district court central district of…

Disqualification from Parliament has given me ‘huge opportunity’: Rahul Gandhi

Rahul Gandhi, India’s top opposition figure, has said his disqualification from Parliament has given him a "huge opportunity" to serve the people. The former Congress president, who is a US tour, made the remarks on Wednesday (31) night in response to a series of questions from Indian students on the…

Niharika NM: I’m here today only because of my audience

With more than 4.6 million followers across all social media platforms, Niharika NM has made a name for herself as a leading digital content creator. The 25-year-old, with more 3.2 million Instagram followers, has entertained a rapidly growing list of fans around the world with hilarious reels. This has led…

Mindy Kaling joins picket line to support striking writers in…

Ever since the writers’ strike began in Hollywood, a number of celebrities have come out to show their support and solidarity, with some of them even joining the picket lines in New York and California. Well-known actress, writer, and producer Mindy Kaling also joined the picket line of striking writers…

US court approves extradition of Tahawwur Rana accused in Mumbai…

A US court has approved the extradition of Tahawwur Rana, a Canadian businessman of Pakistani descent, to India where he is sought for his involvement in the 2008 Mumbai terror attacks. Rana was arrested in the US on an extradition request by India for his role in these attacks in…

Elizabeth Holmes loses bid to stay out of prison

Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes and former CEO Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani were on Tuesday (16) ordered to pay $452 million (£363m) to victims of the blood-testing startup's fraud, and an appeals court also denied Holmes' request to remain out of prison while challenging her conviction. Holmes, who rose to fame after…

Study identifies link between long Covid and self-reported cognitive difficulties

A recent study conducted by researchers at the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) reveals that individuals with symptomatic long Covid may encounter cognitive difficulties, including memory problems. Long Covid refers to the persistent symptoms experienced by individuals for more than four weeks after the initial infection of the disease.…

iPhone maker Foxconn buys large site in Bengaluru

Taiwanese electronics giant Foxconn has bought a huge tract of land on the outskirts of Indian tech hub Bengaluru, the key Apple supplier said in a filing Tuesday (9). Also known by its official name, Hon Hai Precision Industry, Foxconn is the world's biggest contract electronics manufacturer and a principal…

London’s Sindhi community commemorates partition memories

The centre in Cricklewood, London, run by the Holy Mission of Guru Nanak, also known as “Sindhi Mandir,” and the Sindhi Community House, hosted a presentation by “The 1947 Partition Archive”, a California-based organisation, on April 23, 2023. The gathering delved into the repercussions of the Partition of Punjab, Sindh,…

Indian engineer among nine killed in Houston mass shooting

An Indian engineer was among nine people killed when a gunman opened fire at a crowded mall in Dallas in the US state of Texas, authorities said on Monday (8). Aishwarya Thatikonda, of McKinney, was shopping with a friend when they were shot by gunman Mauricio Garcia at the Allen…

Coachella 2023: Pakistani actor feels his country didn’t cheer for…

Indian singer Diljit Dosanjh created history when he rocked the stage at Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival 2023, becoming the first Punjabi singer to ever perform at the music festival in Indio, California. In addition to Dosanjh, there were a couple more South Asian artists who spellbound the audience…

Prince Harry attends coronation, settles for third row seat

Prince Harry, the younger son of King Charles III, attended his father's coronation in Westminster Abbey on Saturday although he had to settle for a third-row seat behind other members of the royal family. It had been unclear until early April whether Harry, who now lives in California, would attend…

A look at the royal family’s involvement in King Charles’…

The coronation of King Charles is set to draw attention today, Saturday (06) as the British royal family is accompanied by around 100 heads of state and prominent global figures. Here is a breakdown of the key members of the royal family, their place in the line of succession, and…

AI systems process data ‘startlingly like’ human brain, finds UC…

A new study has revealed that artificial intelligence (AI) systems are capable of processing data in a manner that is remarkably comparable to how the brain decodes speech. Researchers from the University of California, Berkeley, tracked individuals' brain activity as they listened to the word "bah" only once. The signals…

Economist Raghuram Rajan cautions central banks against doing ‘too much’

Indian economist Raghuram Rajan has cautioned central banks against going overboard with easing or tightening monetary policies, saying both extremes can harm the banking sector. The former Reserve Bank of India governor said the recent implosion of American banks was rooted in aggressive interest rate hikes after years of stimulus…

Explainer: Who is Sudha Murthy?

Sudha Murthy is a renowned Indian educator, author, social worker, and philanthropist who has made significant contributions to the fields of literature, education, and social welfare. She is chairperson at the Infosys Foundation and is the spouse of N. R. Narayana Murthy, one of the co-founders of Infosys, an Indian…

Sundar Pichai received over £180m compensation in 2022 as Alphabet…

Alphabet's Indian-American CEO Sundar Pichai received total compensation of about $226 million (£181m) in 2022, more than 800 times the median employee's pay, the company said in a securities filing. Pichai's compensation included stock awards of about $218 million (£175m), the filing showed. The pay disparity comes at a time…

South Asian artists take over Coachella 2023

The Coachella Valley Music & Arts Festival, which takes place over two consecutive weekends every April in Indio, California, had some major attractions for South Asian music fans during its first weekend as it saw some breathtaking performances from popular South Asian artists. If you missed their performance, don’t worry.…

Two of 17 Sikhs arrested in California are wanted in…

Two of the 17 Sikhs arrested in California over the weekend have been accused of committing murder in multiple cases in India, Police said on Wednesday (19). The authorities are searching for two others in connection with other criminal cases. The California Attorney General's spokesperson identified the two Sikhs facing…

Pakistani singer Ali Sethi’s song ‘Pasoori’ huge hit at Coachella

Ali Sethi's song "Pasoori" whose title roughly translates to "difficult mess" has taken the world by storm, blending traditional poetry with contemporary beats to elevate the Pakistani singer's stardom. The Punjabi track, which explores the complexities of forbidden love, became the most-searched song on Google in 2022 and has amassed…

Apple opens first India store in Mumbai

Apple opened its first retail store in India on Tuesday (18), underscoring the US tech titan's increasing focus on the South Asian nation as a key sales market and alternative manufacturing hub to China. Apple CEO Tim Cook personally opened the doors to welcome customers as staff cheered. Hundreds of…

Diljit Dosanjh creates Coachella history, makes people groove to bhangra…

It was a historic moment for Indian artists as actor-singer Diljit Dosanjh became the first Punjabi singer to perform at the 2023 Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival in the US. The music and arts festival, taking place in the Coachella Valley in California's Indio, is scheduled to take place…

Coachella 2023: From Diljit Dosanjh to Ali Sethi, the south…

The Coachella Festival, which is also known as the Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival, began with a bang at the Empire Polo Club in Indio, California, on April 14, 2023. The first of its 2023 weekends is being held from April 14-16, with headliners Bad Bunny, BLACKPINK, and Frank…

Harry will attend King Charles’ coronation, Meghan to remain in…

The Duke of Sussex, Prince Harry, has confirmed that he will attend his father King Charles' Coronation next month. However, his wife Meghan will not be accompanying him. This announcement puts an end to months of speculation about whether the couple would attend the event. The ceremony, which is steeped…

California Assembly resolution seeks to declare 1984 anti-Sikh riots as…

The California State Assembly has approved a resolution that calls on the United States Congress to formally acknowledge and denounce the 1984 anti-Sikh violence in India as genocide. Introduced by the first-ever elected Sikh member of the State Assembly, Jasmeet Kaur Bains, the resolution was passed unanimously by the California…

Apple says ‘Hello Mumbai’ at first India store launch

Apple Inc on Wednesday (5) revealed the look of its first retail store in India, as several people tried to catch a glimpse outside the store's black and yellow artwork patterned after Mumbai's iconic taxis. The store is still in barricades and is likely to open this month, a person…

Deepak Chopra visits London to support premiere of documentary ‘Never…

Deepak Chopra, the physician and "guy from Oprah", recently visited London to introduce the premiere of the documentary Never Forget Tibet: The Dalai Lama’s Untold Story, lending his star power to the cause of Tibet. He also recently released his 93rd book, "Living in the Light", which delves into the…

Funding winter will ultimately help strong startups: Vinod Khosla

Indian startups are experiencing funding winter after a phase of copious easy money but billionaire venture capitalist Vinod Khosla finds a lot of positives in the situation.The co-founder of Sun Microsystems said the tightening liquidity has led to the separation of wheat from the chaff in the startup sector and…

NFL 2023: 7 Top Skills of A Quarterback

The National Football League (NFL) Draft has seven rounds. As a baseline, every 32 teams will get one pick in each round. But between the third and last rounds, the NFL may give out up to 32 compensatory picks, all of which can be traded.   The question is: how…

Two injured in shooting at California gurdwara

Two people were shot at in a Gurudwara in the US on Sunday (26), local media reports said quoting the police. The incident is not related to a hate crime, they said. The shooting took place around 2.30 pm at the Gurdwara Sacramento Sikh Society in Sacramento County of California.…

“It feels great. Can’t wait to serve,” says Garcetti after…

US president Joe Biden's close aid, Eric Garcetti, was officially sworn in as the US Ambassador to India by vice president Kamala Harris, ending over two years of wait to fill the crucial diplomatic position The swearing-in ceremony was held on Friday (24) with Garcetti's daughter Maya held the Hebrew…

Democrat lawmaker presents bill in California to ban caste discrimination

A Democratic lawmaker in California presented a bill on Wednesday (22) that would prohibit caste discrimination, potentially making California the first state in the US to ban the practice. The bill was introduced by state Senator Aisha Wahab, a Democrat of Afghan descent. Seattle recently became the first US city…

US strongly condemns attack on Indian consulate in San Francisco

The United States has denounced the attack on the Indian Consulate in San Francisco by pro-Khalistan elements during a protest as "absolutely unacceptable" and has said the safety and security of diplomatic facilities and personnel is a top priority for the US, and they remain committed to ensuring their protection.…

Delhi Capitals partners with Satya Nadella to buy stake in…

Delhi capitals have bought a stake in the Seattle franchise of a new Twenty20 tournament in the United States as Indian Premier League (IPL) teams continue to expand their global footprint. Delhi Capitals co-owner GMR Group has partnered with a group of investors that includes Microsoft Corp's India-born CEO Satya…

Jaya Bachchan reacts to RRR and The Elephant Whisperers’ Oscar…

Veteran Bollywood actress and politician Jaya Bachchan said that she is proud of the international recognition of Indian Cinema that the Oscar win of RRR and The Elephant Whisperers at the 95th Academy Awards has brought. She said, "I am proud to be an Indian. I am proud that our…

Indian minister Anurag Thakur to host screening of ‘RRR’, ‘The…

To celebrate the achievement of winning two Oscars, the minister for Information and Broadcasting, Anurag Singh Thakur, will be organising a special screening of the award-winning films, 'RRR' and 'The Elephant Whisperers', for Members of Parliament in Delhi next week. The screening is expected to take place at the Bal…

Sunak returns to UK with a ‘stash’ of Mexican Coke…

During his visit to California, Rishi Sunak indulged in some of his favourite treats from his time living and working in the US. He stocked up on Vons chocolate chip cookie muffins and bottles of Mexican Coca-Cola made with cane sugar, which he has described as the best version of…

What does the SVB crisis mean for Indian startups

The collapse of the California-based Silicon Valley Bank last week, which is the the largest bank failure after the 2008 global financial crisis, had sent shockwaves through the Indian startup ecosystem. The SVB was the go-to bank for many Indian startups when they do business in the United States. However,…

Oscars 2023: Deepika to the RRR team, here’s what the…

As the “champagne” carpet was rolled out, the 2023 Oscars saw the latest trends in fashion as showcased by A-list stars and celebrities. India had a successful run at the awards, with SS Rajamouli’s movie, RRR, winning Best Original Song for 'Naatu Naatu,' and The Elephant Whisperers taking home the…

SVB and SVC Bank: India’s bank acts to clear brand…

A little-known Indian bank moved to assure depositors their money is safe after the collapse of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) in California caused confusion and concern due to a similarity in names. Over the weekend, India's SVC Co-operative Bank (SVC Bank) - erstwhile Shamrao Vithal Cooperative Bank - issued a…

Silicon Valley Bank collapse to impact Indian startups: Experts

THE COLLAPSE of Silicon Valley Bank (SVB) has injected uncertainty into the Indian startup ecosystem overnight, industry experts say. “Hopefully the matter will get resolved, but I think it is a big hit for Indian startups,” Ashu Garg, a prominent Silicon Valley-based venture capitalist, said before the Biden administration announced…

Jacqueline makes heads turn at Annual LA Italia Festival in…

The ever stunning, Jacqueline Fernandez landed in Los Angeles, USA over the weekend to attend the Annual Los Angeles Italia Festival and collect her "Woman of Excellence Award- In the Name of Line Wertmüller". Now she is ready to shine with her presence at the screening of her film Tell…

Kamala Harris running for president? Most in California, her home…

Her elevation to the post of the American vice president after the 2020 presidential election was quite a news but if latest polls are to be believed, a majority of people from California are not enthusiastic about Kamala Harris running for the top post in the 2024 polls despite the…

Courtney Cox reacts to Prince Harry’s wild claim in his…

It's now known by all that Prince Harry confessed in his book Spare that he once took magic mushrooms at Friends alum Courteney Cox's house. Now, Courtney Cox, while speaking to Variety, revealed that she did not supply the magic mushrooms to Harry! "I am not saying there were mushrooms,"…

EYE SPY: Why less is not more for Bollywood stars

LAST year I had written extensively about how some Bollywood stars seem to be rushing to do as many movies as possible before producers find out their time at the top is over. This has resulted in Hindi cinema being dragged down to the kind of depths that it has…

Seattle becomes first US city to outlaw caste discrimination

SEATTLE has become the first US city to outlaw caste discrimination, after its local council voted to add caste to the city's anti-discrimination laws. The move addresses an issue important to the area's South Asian diaspora, particularly the Indian and Hindu communities. India's caste system is among the world's oldest…

Apple faces obstacles in move to boost India manufacturing –…

Apple Inc is facing challenges as it tries to increase production in India, the Financial Times reported on Tuesday (14), citing people familiar with the iPhone maker's operations. The Cupertino, California-based company has been shifting production away from China after the country's strict Covid-related restrictions dented supply chains across industries…

Missing Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj statue found in US scrapyard

The only statue of Chhatrapati Shivaji Maharaj in North America, stolen from a park in California’s San Jose city last month, has been found in a scrapyard known for illegal activities, a media report said. The statue, given to the city as a gift from Pune — San Jose’s sister…

Wife of California physician accused of attempted murder of his…

The wife of a 41-year-old Indian-origin doctor accused of attempting to murder his family, including his two children, in a car crash in the US has said that she doesn't want him to be prosecuted, media reports said. Dharmesh A Patel, a physician from Pasadena, California, was accused of intentionally…

BHF appoints Lord Hintze and Shane Thakrar as Patrons

The British Heart Foundation (BHF) has announced the appointment of prominent business leaders, Lord Hintze and Shane Thakrar, as the initial members of its new network of Patrons. Lord Hintze, an influential business leader, established the hedge fund CQS in 1999 and currently serves as its group executive chairman and…

California doctor Dharmesh Arvind Patel who allegedly drove family off…

A 41-year-old Indian-origin man accused of intentionally driving a Tesla off a cliff with his wife and two children inside pleaded not guilty to attempted murder charges in a Redwood City courthouse on Thursday. "He is charged with three counts of pre-meditated and deliberate attempted murder," said San Mateo County…

Ro Khanna and Mike Waltz elected co-chairs of House India…

Indian American Democratic lawmaker Ro Khanna and his Republican House colleague Mike Waltz have been chosen as co-chairs of the Congressional Caucus on India and Indian Americans in the 118th Congress. India Caucus is the largest country-specific bipartisan coalition of lawmakers in the House of Representatives that is committed to…

4 Indian-American lawmakers appointed members of key US House committees

Four prominent Indian-American lawmakers - Pramila Jayapal, Ami Bera, Raja Krishnamoorthi and Ro Khanna-- have been appointed members of three key House panels, reflecting the growing influence of the community in US politics. Congresswoman Jayapal has been named Ranking Member of the powerful House Judiciary Committee’s panel on Immigration, making…

US appoints Ami Bera to House Intelligence Committee

Indian-American Congressman Dr Ami Bera has been appointed as a member of a powerful US House committee handling intelligence-related matters. The House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence is charged with providing oversight of the country’s intelligence activities, including the Central Intelligence Agency (CIA), Office of the Director of National Intelligence…

Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi appointed Ranking Member of House China Committee

Indian-American Congressman Raja Krishnamoorthi has been made Ranking Member of a newly created House committee on China that will look into various aspects of Chinese behaviour, its threat being posed to the US and the world. US House of Representatives Minority Leader Hakeem Jeffries on Wednesday (1) announced the appointment…

US: Driver of Tesla that fell off California cliff with…

The driver of the Tesla vehicle that fell from a height of around 250 metres over a treacherous cliff in California, US, earlier in January has been released from the hospital and taken to a local jail on grounds of suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse, Associated Press reported.…

Harmeet Dhillon fails to win the Republican NC chairmanship election

Harmeet Dhillon, a prominent Indian-American attorney failed in her bid to win the chairmanship of the Republican National Committee (RNC) to Ronna McDaniel who was reelected in a high-profile and combustible election that could hurt the party as it prepares for the race for the White House in 2024. Dhillon,…

Indian-American astronaut Chari nominated for US Air Force Brigadier General

Indian-American astronaut Raja J Chari has been nominated by President Joe Biden for the appointment to the grade of Air Force brigadier general. The nomination was announced on Thursday and will have to be confirmed by the Senate which approves all senior civilian and military appointments, according to the US…

UV nail polish dryers at salons pose cancer risk: Study

Ultraviolet nail polish drying devices used in gel manicures may lead to cancer-causing mutations in human cells, according to a study. Researchers at the University of California (UC) San Diego in the US studied these ultraviolet (UV) light-emitting devices and found that their use leads to cell death. "If you…

Male, female mice hearts respond differently to ‘fight or flight’…

Male and female hearts respond differently to the stress hormone noradrenaline, a study conducted in mice has found, which may have implications for human heart disorders like arrhythmias and heart failure and how different sexes respond to medications. The study conducted at the University of California (UC) Davis, US, revealed…

Harmeet Dhillon says she is being attacked by fellow Republicans…

Harmeet Dhillon, a prominent Indian-American attorney who is running for Republican National Committee (RNC) chairwoman, has alleged that she is facing bigoted attacks from her fellow party leaders because of her Sikh faith and asserted that she would not give up and continue to be in the race for the…

‘Harry often wants to have his cake and eat it…

“CAN you make no use of your discontent?” is one of Prince Harry’s lines in his rare foray into performing Shakespeare, where he was cast as the drunken playboy Conrade in an Eton production of Much Ado About Nothing. Harry’s own discontents now divide opinion sharply. Spare has become the…

Indian Americans celebrate legacy of Martin Luther King Jr

The Indian-American community, including Vice President Kamala Harris, celebrated the legacy of civil rights leader Martin Luther King Jr, asserting that the country must continue to fight for the freedom to vote and freedom for all. King, a champion of civil rights for Blacks, was born on January 15, 1929,…

Indian-American attorney becomes first LGBTQ woman of colour to take…

Janani Ramachandran, a 30-year-old Indian-American attorney, has emerged as the youngest and the first queer woman of colour to take oath as the Oakland City Council member in the US state of California. Ramachandran took the ceremonial oath wearing a saree as the Oakland City Council member for District 4…

Ro Khanna’s plan to run for US Senate sparks speculation…

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has said that he is weighing a Senate bid in California, sparking speculation among Democrats in several key US states that he may be eyeing to run for the White House in the future, according to a media report. Those close to Khanna, 46, say he…

Rihanna congratulates or ignores the team RRR after losing Golden…

India today woke up to the news of yet another win by SS Rajamouli’s blockbuster film RRR (2022) as its popular song “Naatu Naatu” bagged the prestigious Golden Globes Award at a glitzy ceremony held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills, California, USA. Music composer MM Keeravani received…

Diljit Dosanjh and Pakistani singer Ali Sethi to perform alongside…

Well-known Punjabi singer and actor Diljit Dosanjh is set to perform at the 2023 Coachella this April.  The “Pasoori” fame Pakistani singer Ali Sethi is also a part of the line-up. The line-up for this year’s Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival was unveiled on Wednesday, 11 January. The caption…

Harry’s racism ‘olive branch’ dismissed in UK as the book…

Prince Harry's denial that he accused his family of racism was interpreted in the UK press Monday as a bizarre peace offering, but commentators argued the damage had already been done as his unflinching memoir comes out. The midnight release of "Spare" is being accompanied by four television interviews, with…

Mindy Kaling confirms she is not returning to star in…

Months after Pixar at D23 Expo confirmed that a sequel to their Oscar-winning animated film Inside Out is in the works, Mindy Kaling, who starred as Disgust in the much-loved film, has confirmed that she will not be returning for Inside Out 2. Talking to a publication, Kaling revealed that…

My brother ‘knocked’ me to the floor during an argument…

Prince Harry has made a shocking revelation in his upcoming autobiography that his brother Prince William "knocked" him to the floor during an argument over his American wife Meghan Markle, according to a media report. Describing a confrontation at his London home in 2019, Harry says William called Meghan "difficult",…

US: Indian-origin man drives car off cliff with family inside,…

An Indian-origin man, Dharmesh A Patel, has been arrested for attempted murder and child abuse after California Highway Patrol officials say he intentionally drove his car over a cliff with his wife and two children, reported ABC News. The Southern California man faces multiple charges on suspicion of attempted murder…

Indian-origin man arrested in US for deliberately driving car off…

A 41-year-old Indian-origin man has been arrested in the US on suspicion of attempted murder and child abuse after he intentionally drove a Tesla off a cliff with his wife and two children inside, according to media reports. Dharmesh A Patel of Pasadena, California, will be booked into San Mateo…

Biden renominates Eric Garcetti as envoy to India

US President Joe Biden has renominated Eric Garcetti as his envoy to India, with the White House exuding confidence that the former Mayor of Los Angeles would be confirmed by the Senate this time. Garcetti, 51, is a close aide of President Biden. He has been Mayor of Los Angeles…

Two-year-old Indian-origin boy killed in a car crash on Christmas…

In a tragic incident, a 2-year-old Indian-origin boy has been killed in a car crash on Christmas in the US State of Nevada. Aarav Muthyala of Irvine, California, died from blunt force injuries of the head in the minivan rollover crash, the Las Vegas Review-Journal newspaper reported. The Clark County…

Indian-American IT professional convicted in US of making illicit profits…

An Indian-American former IT professional was convicted of four counts of securities fraud in the US state of California for using a company’s confidential information for trading in its securities, making an illicit profit of $7 million, authorities said. Sivannarayana Barama (48), who had earlier worked at multiple technology firms…

Who is Mikey Hothi, the first Sikh city mayor in…

Mikey Hothi, whose parents are from India, has been unanimously elected as the mayor of Lodi city in northern California, becoming the first Sikh to hold the top position in the city's history.Hothi was nominated by newly-elected councilwoman Lisa Craig, who won election to mayor Mark Chandler’s seat in November…

Netizens term US Under-19 cricket squad ‘India B team’ – Here’s…

Netizens are amused to see the US women's under-19 cricket Squad for the ICC women's T20 world cup as majority of the players are of Indian-origin. The announcement of the team evoked hilarious response from social media users as many called the US team as 'India B team'. Geetika Kodali…

Who is Tyrian White, the girl said to be Pakistan’s…

A top court in Pakistan will take up a petition on December 20 seeking the disqualification of former Prime Minister Imran Khan for "concealing" his alleged daughter's name in the nomination papers. The Islamabad High Court Chief Justice Aamer Farooq will hear the petition on December 20 filed by a…

Theranos’ former chief operating officer Ramesh Balwani sentenced to nearly…

Theranos former chief operating officer, Indian-origin Ramesh Sunny Balwani, has been sentenced to nearly 13 years in prison for fraud that prosecutors said risked patient health and defrauded the blood testing company's investors of millions of dollars. Balwani, 57, of Fremont was sentenced Wednesday in California to 12 years and…

Harry, Meghan honoured for work on ‘racism, mental health’

Britain's Prince Harry and his wife Meghan accepted a human rights award at a "Ripple of Hope" gala in New York where they were honoured for addressing racial injustice and mental health. The British royals received the award late on Tuesday from the Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights Foundation which…

Dangerous TikTok’s mouth-taping trend for weight loss can suffocate you!

Despite warnings from health experts, the latest TikTok trend of mouth-taping has become extremely popular on the social media platform where millions of users have posted about their experiences. While some videos have as many as 500,000 likes, the tag ‘mouth taping’ has been viewed more than 43 million times,…

Pain relievers may worsen arthritis inflammation, study finds

Taking certain anti-inflammatory pain relievers for osteoarthritis may worsen inflammation in the knee joint over time, according to a study. Osteoarthritis is the most common form of arthritis, affecting more than 500 million people worldwide. It occurs most frequently in the hands, hips and knees. In people with osteoarthritis, the…

Never Have I Ever creator Mindy Kaling to be honoured…

Producers Guild of America has chosen Mindy Kaling to honour her with the Norman Lear Achievement Award. The awards show is slated to take place in February next year. Confirming the same, PGA presidents Stephanie Allain and Donald De Line said in a statement, “Comedy can break boundaries and push…

My playlist – Cozmic

Rising music star Cozmic recently released his sparkling new single By My Side. The London-based singer, songwriter, and producer, who grew up between Southern California and New York City, has mixed up multiple influences and languages on his top track. Eastern Eye got the multi-genre artist, aiming to create music…

Peach King Didar Singh was beacon of hope for Sikh…

Indian-American Didar Singh, known as “Peach King” who died in September this year, was a beacon of hope for the Sikh immigrants, a top US Senator has said. “Didar embodied the pioneer spirit of the Golden State. He left a small village in his native Punjab, India, for America with…

Marijuana, vaping may be as harmful to heart as cigarettes:…

E-cigarettes and marijuana may have harmful effects on the heart similar to those caused by tobacco cigarettes, opening the door to abnormal heart rhythms, according to a study conducted in mice. E-cigarettes and heated tobacco products have become popular because the public perceives them as being less harmful than smoking,…

India-born structural biologist Dr Venkatraman Ramakrishnan among Order of Merit…

India-born British-American molecular biologist Venki Ramakrishnan was among the six new members in a diverse list chosen to join the elite Order of Merit by the late queen Elizabeth II on Friday (11). Buckingham Palace announced the nominees, who will be appointed by King Charles III. Created in 1902 by…

Having sex could trigger life-threatening asthma attack, experts warn

A study has found that sex can trigger asthma attacks. Experts warn that millions are at risk of deadly asthma attacks during sexual activity. Turns out, an encounter between the sheets or sexual intercourse can literally take your breath away, as it is a strenuous activity. According to scientists, it…

Five Indian-Americans headed for US House of Representatives

A record five Indian-American politicians from the ruling Democratic Party, including Raja Krishnamoorthi, Ro Khanna, Ami Bera and Pramila Jayapal, are headed to the US House of Representatives on Wednesday (9) following the highly polarised midterm elections. The new US Congress will begin in January next year. Apart from these…

Five prominent Indian-American politicians in the race for US Congress…

Five prominent Indian-American politicians are in the race for the US House of Representatives when the country goes for its midterm polls on November 8. If the pollsters and opinions of political pundits are to be believed, Indian-Americans are likely to have a 100 per cent strike rate for the…

Punjabi singer AP Dhillon hospitalised after suffering injury during US…

Indo-Canadian Punjabi singer AP Dhillon was admitted to a hospital after suffering an injury while on a US tour recently. On Tuesday, the 'Brown Munde' hitmaker took to Instagram Story and informed his fans and followers about the same. "To all my fans in California... it breaks my heart to…

She-Hulk star Jameela Jamil wants Titania’s Doctor Doom Backstory in…

The first season of the Disney+ series She-Hulk: Attorney at Law concluded earlier this month with no word yet on whether it will return to our screens with a season 2. The show revolved around the life of Jennifer Walters (Tatiana Maslany) as she tries to strike a balance between…

Indian Americans celebrate Chhath Puja in several states across US

Hundreds of Indian Americans gathered at river banks, lakes and makeshift water bodies across the United States to worship the Sun God as they celebrated the popular Hindu festival of Chhath Puja on Sunday. Several states across the US, including California, Arizona, Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Jersey, Texas, North Carolina and…

Are your protein bars making you fat?

We often think of protein bars as healthy snacks, but did you know that they could be making you fat? A study has discovered that those people who ate a protein bar daily were more likely to put on weight in a week’s time compared to those who did not…

Want to lower your risk of cardiovascular disease? Reduce salt…

One of the biggest causes of high blood pressure is the consumption of salt, experts warn. This in turn increases cardiovascular disease. Having high blood pressure (BP) which is also called hypertension means your heart needs to work much harder to pump blood to the rest of the body. Approximately…

Priyanka Chopra is ‘crying tears of joy’ after New York…

Priyanka Chopra welcomed Diwali with a shoutout to Jennifer Rajkumar, the first Indian American woman to be elected Member of the New York State Assembly, who lobbied to get Diwali declared a public school holiday in New York City from 2023. Rajkumar, whose 2020 Assembly race was endorsed by California…

Hasan Minhaj, Meesha Shafi, Alicia Silverstone, and 3 others board…

Popular comic Hasan Minhaj, The Reluctant Fundamentalist actor Meesha Shafi, and Clueless star Alicia Silverstone are set to star in the Pakistani American coming-of-age film Mustache. According to entertainment website Deadline, the film marks the directorial debut of Imran J Khan, known for the award-winning short ''Prom'', which was based…

Almonds are good for gut health: Study

According to a study, a handful of almonds every day greatly improves butyrate synthesis, a short-chain fatty acid that benefits gut health. A team of researchers from King's College London investigated the impact of whole and ground almonds on the composition of gut microbes. The study, published today in the…

Harry Styles hit with a bottle in groin during Chicago…

British singer Harry Styles recently at his concert in Chicago took a bottle to the groin but shook it off like a champ. According to Fox News, Harry was hit by a bottle in a very sensitive area while performing at the United Center, where he was speaking to his…

Hundreds attend funeral services for four members of Indian-origin Sikh…

Hundreds of people attended the funeral services for four members of an Indian-origin Sikh family, including a baby girl, who were kidnapped and killed by a man earlier this month in the US State of California. The Sikh family of four, 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur, her…

Uttam Parmar and family want to sell £3m Cornish home…

A British Indian man who won a £3 million property in Cornwall in August with a £25 lottery ticket now wants to sell the property for £4m, according to reports. Uttam Parmar, 58, and wife Raki, 53, now want to return to their Leicestershire home. Their son Aaron, 26, is…

‘One of the most dangerous nations in world…’ US President…

In perhaps the most candid statement made against it, US President Joe Biden described Pakistan as "one of the most dangerous nations" in the world which holds "nuclear weapons without any cohesion." The US President made these remarks at a Democratic Congressional Campaign Committee Reception in Los Angeles (California), during…

Suspect accused of killing Sikh family in California pleads not…

The main suspect who kidnapped and killed four members of a Sikh family, including a baby girl, in California has entered a not guilty plea in court, the authorities said. The Sikh family of eight-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur, her 36-year-old father Jasdeep Singh, and her 39-year-old…

Man charged with four counts of murder of Indian-origin Sikh…

The man involved in the kidnapping and killing of an Indian-origin Sikh family, including an eight-month-old baby, has been charged with four counts of first-degree murder, one for each life lost, authorities in California said. The Sikh family of four, 8-month-old Aroohi Dheri, her 27-year-old mother Jasleen Kaur, her 36-year-old…

‘American Dream Gone Wrong’, says wife of Indian-origin man killed…

"This is the story of our American dream gone wrong," the grieving wife of an Indian-origin Sikh man killed along with three members of his brother's family, including an 8-month-old baby, has said. Bodies of 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, their eight-month-old child Aroohi Dheri and the baby's uncle,…

California Sikh family murder suspect once worked for them, says…

The suspect in the killing of an Indian-origin Sikh family, including an eight-month-old baby girl, had once worked for the family's trucking business and had a longstanding dispute with them that got "pretty nasty" and culminated in an act of senseless killing, authorities and a relative said. Merced County Sheriff…

Indian-American man, 74, kills daughter-in-law at parking lot: Report

A 74-year-old Indian-American man has been arrested in the US state of California, for fatally shooting his daughter-in-law at a parking lot possibly out of anger over her plans to divorce his son, according to a media report. Sital Singh Dosanjh killed his daughter-in-law Gurpreet Kaur Dosanjh last week in…

California man charged with hate crimes after targeting saree-clad Hindu…

At least 14 Hindu women in the US state of California have been attacked by a man who also ripped their jewellery in a spate of hate crimes, authorities said. According to the Santa Clara County District Attorney's Office, 37-year-old Lathan Johnson reportedly targeted older Hindu women and tore necklaces…

Royal family ‘hugely nervous’ ahead of Prince Harry’s memoir

According to a royal biographer, the UK royal family is "hugely nervous" about Prince Harry's upcoming memoir. Page Six has reported that Tom Bower, the author of 'Revenge: Meghan, Harry, and the War Between the Windsors', has claimed that the planned book by the Duke of Sussex is a "time…

‘Worst fears confirmed’: Kidnapped California Sikh family, including 8-month-old baby,…

The family, originally from Harsi Pind in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, was kidnapped at a business in Merced County, California, on October 3, 2022. The sheriff of Merced County in California says a baby girl and three other family members who were kidnapped at gunpoint have been found dead. All four Sikh…

Brad Pitt’s representative calls new abuse allegations from Angelina Jolie…

Hollywood superstar Brad Pitt has denied new allegations from ex-wife Angelina Jolie. On Tuesday, Jolie filed a countersuit in the ongoing case regarding their French winery, Chateau Miraval, where she also mentioned Pitt’s alleged abusive behaviour as the couple flew with their children from California to France in September 2016.…

No call for ransom yet: Relative of Indian-origin family abducted…

There has been no call for ransom till now, said a relative of the Indian-origin family who were abducted in California on Monday. In a conversation with ANI, one of the relatives, residing in Hoshiarpur, Punjab, said, "Their car was found burnt 20-25 km away from their office. Their mobile…

Pitt ‘choked’ one child, hit another in Jolie plane fight:…

Brad Pitt allegedly hit one of his children in the face and choked another during a fight with Angelina Jolie on a private plane, according to court papers filed Tuesday in the United States by his ex-wife. The former couple, once one of Hollywood's highest profile pairings, have been embroiled…

US: Infant, her parents among 4 Indian-origin people abducted in…

An 8-month-old girl and her parents were among four people abducted from Merced County in California on Monday (local time), authorities said. Merced County Sheriff's Office in a statement on Monday said that 36-year-old Jasdeep Singh, 27-year-old Jasleen Kaur, their eight-month-old child Aroohi Dheri along with 39-year-old Amandeep Singh were…

Explainer: What is Bigorexia, a condition triggered by bizarre fitness…

“Bulking and cutting” is a dietary technique in which people alternate between periods of high caloric surplus, which is ‘bulking’, and periods of caloric restriction which is ‘cutting’, to increase muscle definition and to achieve their desired shape. However, a Canadian study has found that the process of bulking weight…

Master-D’s Top10 musical moments

WHETHER it has been as a solo artist, as part of acclaimed music act The Bilz & Kashif, or through ground-breaking collaborations, Master-D has helped take Bangla music worldwide. The talented singer, songwriter, and musician continues that impressive musical mastery with his new EP Jibon, which is garnering a great…

New book reveals some Royal staff used to call Meghan…

Author Valentine Low has written a book about the staff who work for the royal families called 'Courtiers: The Hidden Power Behind the Crown'. In the book, she quoted many staff who worked for Meghan Markle and Prince Harry during their term as senior royals in the UK. According to…

Lost in Space showrunner Zack Estrin passes away at 51

Writer-producer Zack Estrin, showrunner known for his work on Fox's 'Prison Break' and Netflix's recent revival of 'Lost in Space,' passes away at 51 on September 23, in Hermosa Beach, Calif. Estrin's death was confirmed Sunday by his longtime talent agency, WME. Estrin was remembered by friends and family as…

Toxic ‘forever chemicals’ detected in children’s school uniforms – Study

A recent study has found that millions of students are exposed to cancer-causing “forever chemicals” nearly every day through their school uniforms. The study published in the scientific journal Environmental Science & Technology has reportedly discovered “high” levels of per-and polyfluoroalky substances (PFAS) also known as “forever chemicals” in 65%…

Apple may move a quarter of iPhone production to India…

Apple Inc may make one out of four iPhones in India by 2025, J.P.Morgan analysts said on Wednesday, as the tech giant moves some production away from China, amid mounting geopolitical tensions and strict COVID-19 lockdowns in the country. The brokerage expects Apple to move about 5% of iPhone 14…

Sundar Pichai meets Indian ambassador in the US, discusses Google’s…

GOOGLE CEO Sunder Pichai has held discussions with the Indian envoy in the US, Taranjit Singh Sandhu, about the technology giant's activities in India, particularly its aggressive push towards digitisation, as he became the first top Indian-American tech business leader to visit the country's embassy here. Thank you Ambassador Sandhu…

Health alert! Plastic may be making you fat – Experts

Globally, the incidence of obesity has tripled since the 1970s, and one billion people are expected to be obese by the year 2030. Scientists are of the opinion that one major overlooked component in obesity is almost certainly our environment - in particular, the widespread presence within it of chemicals…

American university professor slammed for wishing Queen ‘excruciating’ death

An American university professor created a flutter on social media by wishing Queen Elizabeth II would die an intensely painful death. Her comment drew immediate condemnation from Amazon boss Jeff Bezos.Uju Anya, an associate professor of second language acquisition at the Pittsburgh-based Carnegie Mellon University, wrote on Twitter, “I heard…

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal called ‘fu***** c***’, told to ‘go…

Indian-American Congresswoman Pramila Jayapal has said that she has been receiving abusive and hate messages over the phone from a male caller who even asked her to go back to India. On Thursday, Chennai-born Jayapal posted a collection of five such audio messages. https://twitter.com/RepJayapal/status/1567943349763559426?s=20&t=TkYyb0293OVPQM1qPKCqXA In all the messages, portions of which…

Brazil fines Apple $2.4 mn, prohibits sale of iPhone without…

Apple has been barred from selling iPhones without a charger in Brazil and fined more than $2 million over the issue, the government said Tuesday, after accusing the US tech giant of "discriminatory practices." In an official notice, Brazilian authorities ordered "the immediate suspension of the distribution of iPhone brand…

Vedant Patel, first Indian-American to hold daily US State Department…

Vedant Patel, the Principal Deputy Spokesperson for the US Department of State, has scripted history by becoming the first Indian-American to hold the daily State Department press briefing, earning plaudits from senior White House officials for his "utmost professionalism" and "amazing debut". With State Department Spokesperson Ned Price on vacation,…

What to do now? The question for Rishi Sunak and…

Rishi Sunak never failed at anything before. At 42 years of age, the Winchester head boy who won glittering prizes at Oxford and Stanford, earning millions in finance before marrying into the billionaire classes, and who was Britain’s most popular Chancellor for half a century, has finally hit a professional…

Aamir Khan spotted for the first time after the epic…

Aamir Khan is known as Mr. Perfectionist, but it looks like his charisma is losing its sheen day by day! At least, the poor box office performance of his past few films indicates so. After the terrible performance of Yash Raj Films’ Thugs of Hindostan in 2018, a lot of…

‘Dirty Hindu, disgusting dog’: Indian-American arrested for racist attack on…

An Indian-American man has been racially abused by a compatriot in the California who hurled racist slurs that he is a "dirty Hindu" and a "disgusting dog'', days after another hate crime was reported against four women from the community in Texas. https://twitter.com/krishnanjiyer/status/1561587964026621953?s=20&t=zHjuOLWt9h06BEIlEgp02w Krishnan Jayaraman was verbally attacked by 37-year-old…

Meghan Markle says British media called her children the ‘N-word’

The Duchess of Sussex has alleged that the British press called her children ‘the N-word’, according to reports. In a recent interview, Meghan Markle opened up about taking the decision to not release Archie's photo. She was expected to release pictures of her now 3-year-old son, Archie, to the Royal…

Report: Ezra Miller met Warner Bros. team to discuss ‘The…

Hollywood actor Ezra Miller reportedly met with members of the Warner Bros. leadership team to discuss saving 'The Flash' movie which has a June 2023 release date. Fox News has reported that according to The Hollywood Reporter, Miller, who uses they/them pronouns, along with their agent recently met with Warners'…

Sylvester Stallone’s wife Jennifer files for divorce

The wife of Sylvester Stallone, Hollywood star who gained worldwide fame through the Rambo series of movies, has decided to end her relationship with the actor. Jennifer Flavin has filed a petition "for dissolution of marriage and other relief" from the actor, 76, at a court in Palm Beach County,…

Gay and bisexual men drastically cut down number of sex…

In the UK, the United Kingdom Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has warned 'men who are gay and bisexual' to be aware of unusual rashes or lesions. They have also been warned to contact a doctor straight away in such a case, media reports state. The Daily Mail informs that monkeypox…

Spiritual leaders offer ‘secrets of happiness’ at London event

Two of India’s leading spiritual leaders held an event for devotees in the UK last weekend, where they discussed the “secrets of happiness”. His Holiness Pujya Swami Chidanand Saraswati, also known as Pujya Muniji, is the head of the Parmath Niketan in Rishikesh, north India; while Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati is…

Salman Rushdie attack suspect pleads not guilty to attempted murder,…

The man accused of stabbing novelist Salman Rushdie last week in western New York pleaded not guilty to second-degree attempted murder and assault charges on Thursday and was held without bail. Hadi Matar, 24, is accused of wounding Rushdie, 75, on Friday just before the "The Satanic Verses" author was…

Beware of thirdhand smoke – just touching or being in…

According to American Nonsmokers’ Rights Foundation (ANRF) since the year 2002, studies have contributed to the growing body of evidence that lingering tobacco residue has significant health risks. Secondhand smoking (when exhaled fumes from the end of a cigarette is breathed in by someone else who is not smoking) is…

Uttam Parmar and family win £3.7m house after charity prize…

A father from Leicestershire has won a £3.7 million luxury house in Cornwall after spending £25 on the latest Omaze Million Pound House Draw, media reports said. Uttam Parmar, 58, said that the four-bedroom Cornish house, that looks over the Camel Estuary, was his favourite of all the prizes he…

‘Economy, not ethnicity, may cost Sunak the race’

MEET Richie Saint, a capable, charming but ultimately imaginary politician bidding to be prime minister of this country. The son of a GP and a chemist was head boy at a top private school, with a first in PPE at Oxford followed up by a Stanford MBA. Saint met his…

Kitchen utensils could ‘quadruple’ the risk of liver cancer, here’s…

Nonstick utensils and other popular cooking products are used by everyone for everyday cooking – the coating on these utensils is perfect when cooking foods such as pancakes, eggs and sausages, which might otherwise stick to the pan. But did you know that 'forever chemicals' on popular cooking products (including…

Pop music and ‘Grease’ star Olivia Newton-John dead at age…

Singer Olivia Newton-John, who soared to the top of the world's pop music charts in the 1970s and 1980s with such tunes as "I Honestly Love You" and "Physical" and starred in the hit movie musical "Grease," died on Monday at the age 73 at her home in Southern California.…

Harris meets college, and university leaders to discuss the abortion…

Vice President Kamala Harris will meet leaders from U.S. colleges and universities on Monday to discuss challenges students are facing after the recent Supreme Court decision to end the nationwide constitutional right to abortion. Harris, who has now held over half a dozen meetings on reproductive rights with key stakeholders,…

Justin Beiber issues apology to an Instagram user; read why

Justin Beiber is known to be very kind to his friends and fans and has on numerous occasions won the hearts of many with his generosity. On Sunday, the pop star took to his Instagram to apologise for "inappropriate comments" on a user's post. Justin mentioned that he had earlier…

Justin Beiber locks lips with Hailey as he tours Norway…

Justin Beiber and Hailey Beiber are undoubtedly one of the most adorable couples in the showbiz industry. The couple often makes sure to keep their fans happy by sharing cute, intimate pictures of themselves on social media. Justin and Hailey are currently in Norway where Justin performed on Sunday night.…

Indian drummer’s jagrata wins Justin Bieber’s heart – watch the…

An Indian drummer’s performance at a ‘jagrata’ has caught the attention of international pop singer Justin Bieber, who is all set to perform in the national capital this October. The music sensation shared on his Instagram account a video of the drummer in action while tagging friend and drummer Devon…

Experience of racism linked with poorer memory and thinking: Researchers

Research presented on Monday (1) at the 2022 Alzheimer’s Association International Conference (AAIC) in San Diego across two presentations suggest people who experience racism are more likely to have poor memory and thinking in both midlife and old age, Alzheimer's Research UK said in a press release that highlighted abstracts…

Removing condom without consent a sexual offence, says Canada’s top…

A person can be charged with sexual assault for not wearing a condom without a partner's consent during sex, Canada's top court ruled on Friday. The case was decided 5-4.Ross McKenzie Kirkpatrick was initially acquitted of the charge in British Columbia before an appeals court ordered a retrial.On Friday, the…

From Taylor Swift to Kim Kardashian, here’re worst celebrity private…

A private jet is the most popular mode of transport among celebrities. Using private jets for long distances is fine, but what is problematic is celebrities using jets for short journeys instead of environment-friendly methods of transportation. According to a report from UK-based digital marketing agency Yard, through their private…

Jason Momoa survives accident involving head-on collision with motorcyclist –…

Hollywood actor Jason Momoa was involved in a head-on crash involving a motorcyclist on a Los Angeles-area highway over the weekend, according to the California Highway Patrol. The Hollywood Reporter reported that he was driving along Old Topanga Road in Calabasas, California, just before 11 am on Sunday when a…

Angelina Jolie wins ownership case against ex-Brad Pitt over French…

There is an interesting development in the legal battle between Angelina Jolie and her ex-husband Brad Pitt over the Chateau Miraval winery. The famous actress has won the case involving the French winery. Jolie and Pitt got married at the aforementioned winery back in 2014, six years after taking control…

Prince Harry wins bid to challenge UK decision denying him…

PRINCE Harry won permission on Friday (22) to legally challenge a government decision that denied him police protection while in Britain. Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, received the full police protection generally given to royal figures before he decided to step back from his royal duties and move to the United…

Netizens slam US lawmakers Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio for posing…

A viral video of the arrest of US lawmakers Ilhan Omar, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez along with other Democratic members of Congress showing that they were handcuffed during an abortion rights protest in front of the Supreme Court on Tuesday, has sparked a debate. This issue came to the limelight after media…

Amid rising cases in US, Hollywood Covid-19 protocols extended to…

As Covid cases are starting to sharply rise once again in the United States, Hollywood's studios and unions have decided to extend their safety protocols. As per The Hollywood Reporter, COVID-19 safety protocols have been extended to September 30. Containing guidelines on masking, vaccines and meal service, the agreement features…

UK court says newspaper story about Prince Harry was defamatory

A judge at the High Court in London ruled on Friday a newspaper article about Prince Harry's legal battle with the British government over his security arrangements was defamatory, paving the way for him to take his libel claim to trial. Harry, Queen Elizabeth's grandson, is suing Associated Newspapers, publisher…

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna introduces legislation in US House on…

Indian-American Congressman Ro Khanna has introduced a legislative amendment in the US House of Representatives seeking a waiver to India against the punitive CAATSA sanctions for its purchase of the S-400 missile defence system from Russia, underlining that this will strengthen US-India defence ties and deter “aggressors.” CAATSA is a…

Theranos executive Sunny Balwani found guilty of defrauding investors

Ramesh "Sunny" Balwani, a top aide and former boyfriend of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes has been convicted of defrauding investors and patients at the fallen US biotech startup.Balwani, found guilty on all 12 counts of fraud, faces potential 20 years in prison and millions of dollars in fines. His sentencing…

Advice I would give to my younger self

Social media users reveal some key life lessons What advice would you give your younger self? That is a question th­at Eastern Eye posed to social med­ia users around the world and the replies were not just enlightening, but also had plenty of motivational words for those who are going…

Sony Music removes three Michael Jackson songs from streaming services…

Three songs from Michael, a posthumous 2010 compilation, have been removed from streaming services amid ongoing suspicions that they contain forgeries of late pop icon Michael Jackson's vocals. According to Billboard, "The Estate of Michael Jackson and Sony Music decided to remove the tracks 'Breaking News,' 'Monster,' and 'Keep Your…

Disney’s Baymax depicting a transgender man buying tampons at a…

Christopher Rufo, the conservative academic from the right-leaning think tank the Manhattan Institute stated on his Twitter account,  “obtained leaked video” on Tuesday from an upcoming episode of “Baymax!”, which is a six-episode spinoff of the popular hit film “Big Hero 6.” EXCLUSIVE: I've obtained leaked video from Disney's upcoming…

Barbie: Leaked BTS video shows Margot Robbie getting smacked on…

Barbie, the upcoming film from the stable of Warner Brothers, has been creating a lot of noise lately. It has just been a couple of days since we got to see some amazing pictures from the set of the film. We saw images of Ryan Gosling’s Ken character rollerblading with…

Buckingham Palace will not release Meghan ‘bullying’ report

The details of a probe into allegations of bullying by the Duchess of Sussex against royal family staff will not be published despite its outcome leading to reform in the palace's administration, according to a senior family source. Buckingham Palace launched an investigation last year and gathered testimony from staff…

Health ALERT! Monkeypox evolving, mutating at 12 times the expected…

The monkeypox virus strain that has emerged across the world in recent weeks may be evolving at an abnormally fast rate - making it more infectious than previous versions of the virus. Researchers believe that the reason this version of the virus has managed to spread so rapidly is because…

How Prefab Steel Buildings Support the Green Movement

The move toward a more sustainable future has been gaining momentum in the U.S., and many industries are doing their part to go green. Although, some industries have an advantage over others. For instance, while restaurants eliminate styrofoam and plastic from their daily operations, prefab steel buildings are already green…

Barbie: Margot Robbie’s leaked photos in pink outfit from film’s…

Barbie-dressed Margot Robbie has been spotted filming the eagerly awaited live-action feature Barbie in Los Angeles, California, for the first time. The 31-year-old Australian actress was spotted leaving her trailer decked out to the nines in a pair of hot pink flared trousers and a matching halter waistcoat, her long…

Meet Anjali Chaturvedi: Indian-American legal expert Joe Biden nominated for…

Prominent Indian-American legal expert Anjali Chaturvedi has been nominated by US President Joe Biden as General Counsel in the veterans affairs department, the latest from the community to be named for a key position in the administration. Ms Chaturvedi is a Deputy Assistant Attorney General in the Criminal Division of…

Nav Bhatia: My journey with the Toronto Raptors has changed…

NAV BHATIA DISCUSSES HIS FILM, BEING A BASKETBALL SUPERFAN AND MEETING OBAMA THIS year’s London Indian Film Festival closes with Superfan: The Nav Bhatia Story. The inspiring documentary charts the story of Nav Bhatia from being an impoverished Indian immigrant in Canada to becoming first a successful businessman and then…

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan to follow Timothee Chalamet’s…

Shah Rukh Khan’s son Aryan Khan reportedly has been planning to make his debut as a director for some time. Reports claimed that he is working on a script for web series and now the latest report claims he is inspired by Hollywood actor Timothee Chalamet. Scroll down to know…

Who is Dr Aarti Prabhakar, nominated Joe Biden’s top science…

US President Joe Biden on Tuesday nominated Indian American Dr Aarti Prabhakar as the next White House science adviser as his administration aims to leverage science, technology, and innovation.If confirmed by the Senate, Dr Prabhakar will be Biden's Chief Advisor for Science and Technology, a co-chair of the President's Council…

I no longer live with or wish to be related…

Elon Musk's transgender daughter has filed a request to change her name in accordance with her new gender identity and because "I no longer live with or wish to be related to my biological father in any way, shape or form."The petition for both a name change and a new…

Britney Spears’ ex-husband charged with stalking after trying to crash…

Britney Spears' former husband was charged with criminal stalking charges by a US court after he showed up at the pop singer's home in Los Angeles and attempted to crash her wedding to Sam Asghari. According to a publication, Jason Alexander, 40, pleaded not guilty to the allegation, as well…

UK court hears latest libel suit, Prince Harry’s lawyers says…

A libel lawsuit brought by Prince Harry against one of Britain's biggest newspaper groups had its first court date Thursday (9) in the latest legal action taken by the US-based royal. The Duke of Sussex is suing Associated Newspapers -- which publishes the Daily Mail, Mail on Sunday and MailOnline…

Cheers and some jeers as Prince Harry and Meghan return…

CHEERS greeted Prince Harry and his wife Meghan outside St Paul's Cathedral on Friday (3) as they made their first public appearance in Britain for two years. But opinions were split among the throng of fans waiting at the London landmark to catch a glimpse of the royals, reflecting a…

Harry and Meghan keep low profile at Queen’s Jubilee parade

ON a rare visit from California, the couple watched the queen's birthday parade, the Trooping the Colour, from a building overlooking the parade ground, a short distance from Buckingham Palace. The Daily Mail and The Sun tabloids published grainy photographs of Meghan, 40, wearing a broad-rimmed straw hat with a…

Can Depp’s career bounce back with defamation verdict?

AFTER a US jury largely sided with Johnny Depp in his libel battle against Amber Heard, could the verdict help the "Pirates of the Caribbean" star to resurrect his flagging career? A jubilant Depp on Wednesday (1) said the jury "gave me my life back" as he was awarded more…

Marvel newest superhero, Ms Marvel, is a bona fide fan…

The first reactions to Ms Marvel, the upcoming Disney+ series, are in and social media users are over the moon to find out that Marvel Studio's newest superhero is a bona fide fan of Indian superstar Shah Rukh Khan. Critics from select international publications were given access to the first…

Netflix teams up with music maestro Ilaiyaraaja to give an…

Netflix’s Stranger Things, which premiered its first season in 2016, has attained a cult status in no time. It is one of the most-watched TV series on the streaming platform and has fans in every nook and corner of the world. After the humongous success of the previous three seasons,…

London mayor launches commission to study drugs laws

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan on Thursday (12) launched a commission to study the effectiveness of the UK’s drugs laws on cannabis, a move which did not find support from his own Labour party and home secretary Priti Patel.Former justice secretary Lord Charlie Falconer QC will be the chair of the…

Manu M Savani: Incredible family history of an accidental writer

NEWLY published author Manu M Savani has shown that it is never too late to pursue a new passion or realise a dream. The 80-year-old, born in Mombasa, Kenya, and now living in America, has just written his first book Jambo, Samji Kala. His first serious writing since a thesis…

Senator lifts “hold” on confirmation of Eric Garcetti as Indian…

A Republican Senator has lifted the "hold" on the Senate confirmation of Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, who has been nominated by US president Joe Biden as the country's next ambassador to India. In a notice to the Senate on March 10, Republican Senator Chuck Grassley had said that he…

Endured spurt in online abuse during Trump presidency: Sadiq Khan

LONDON mayor Sadiq Khan said he endured heightened online racist abuse when Donald Trump was the American president.His comment at Stanford University in California on Tuesday (10) came amid debates over allowing the former president back on Twitter after billionaire Elon Musk struck a deal to take over the social…

Indian American becomes dean of Stanford University’s new school

AN Indian American material scientist has been named the inaugural dean of Stanford University's new school on climate change and sustainability. Dr Arun Majumdar is an internationally recognised expert in advanced energy systems, new materials, electrical grids, and renewable energy. He will assume the new position on June 15, the…

Kamala Harris slams Republicans for ‘weaponising’ abortion issue

AMERICAN vice president Kamala Harris has said the potential Supreme Court decision overturning Roe v. Wade represents an attack on women and lashed out at Republicans for "weaponising" the issue.Her remarks offered a first glimpse of how the White House might use the battle for abortion rights to energise voters…

The Age of Russell Peters

BEING arguably the greatest and most successful south Asian stand-up comedian of all time hasn’t made Russell Peters rest on his laurels. The Canadian trailblazer continues to power on with sellout shows, including the world tour of his brand-new offering Act Your Age, which stops over in the UK for…

Riz Ahmed terms nationality and borders bill as ‘racist and…

ACTOR Riz Ahmed has branded the UK government’s nationality and borders bill as “racist” and “immoral” in a video. Last week, Conservative MPs rejected amendments to the bill proposed by the House Of Lords which would have softened some of its measures. In a video posted on Twitter, Ahmed called for…

Did race, ethnicity, or honour play a part in Will…

ON ITS news website, the BBC, in an article entitled Why did Will Smith hit Chris Rock at the Oscars? discusses various theories, including ‘There were elements of performative alphamale behaviour at play here. An instinctiveness for a man to harm another man who insults his partner’. In fact, this particular…

From the Grammys to Coachella, Arooj Aftab continues to break…

Fresh off of her historic Grammy win, the Brooklyn-based Pakistani singer Arooj Aftab has added another feather to her cap with a debut at the much-touted Coachella music festival. She graced the California desert with a set that centered her melodious Urdu lyricism, a barrier-breaking move as she became the…

Sunak subjects himself to scrutiny

PRIME minister Boris Johnson has agreed to a request from the chancellor, Rishi Sunak, for a review to determine whether he stuck to the rules on ministerial declarations.The move caps days of criticism over the financial arrangements of Sunak’s family and the allegation of “political hypocrisy” as questions emerged over…

Richer than the queen: Rishi Sunak’s mega-wealthy wife and in-laws

Akshata Murty, the Indian wife of embattled British chancellor Rishi Sunak, is richer than the queen as the daughter of a self-made tech billionaire and a no-less-formidable engineer and philanthropist mother. Sunak, once seen as a future prime minister, has seen his popularity sink because of surging consumer prices, while…

Bangladeshi man’s murder in US exposes apps’ safety gaps

TWO years after fleeing political persecution in Bangladesh, Salauddin Bablu was stabbed to death in Manhattan by a man who stole the electric bike he used to deliver food during long shifts for the Grubhub app. "When Salauddin died, his family lost everything," Bablu's brother-in-law, Muhammad Ahsan, said by phone from…

Sunak under scrutiny over wife’s tax dealings

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak, once a leading contender to become prime minister, faced new criticism on Thursday after it emerged his Indian wife holds non-domiciled status, shielding her from UK taxes. Akshata Murthy, daughter of Indian billionaire NR Narayana Murthy, confirmed she "is treated as non-domiciled for UK tax purposes"…

Academy: Will Smith refused to leave Oscars after slapping Chris…

Will Smith refused to leave the Oscars ceremony after attacking comedian Chris Rock, the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences revealed Wednesday, as it began disciplinary action against the megastar. Smith could face expulsion from the Academy for the open-handed slap, which came moments before he was handed the…

Priyanka Chopra tinsel black saree won hearts at pre-Oscars event

Global icon Priyanka Chopra stole the show at the pre-Oscars celebration on Wednesday in an embroidered black sequin saree and strapless blouse from the brand JADE by Monica and Karishma. The Quantico star took to Instagram today to share glimpses from the pre-Oscars party that she attended with several high-profile…

Rising star Sunak loses some of his shine

British chancellor of the exchequer Rishi Sunak is being accused of being out of touch with ordinary voters, in a sudden fall from grace just months after he was tipped as the next prime minister. The star of the 41-year-old had been in ascendancy for his handling of public finances…

Biden believes Garcetti will be an ‘excellent representative’ to India

US President Joe Biden has confidence in Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti and believes that he will be an “excellent representative” of the country in India, the White House has said. White House press secretary Jen Psaki exuded confidence that the Senate would soon confirm Garcetti’s nomination, which has been…

Dr Ashish Jha becomes Biden’s Covid-19 response coordinator

INDIAN AMERICAN public health expert Dr Ashish Jha will take over as president Joe Biden's Covid-19 response coordinator next month, the White House announced on Thursday (17). The current coordinator Jeff Zients and his deputy Natalie Quillian are leaving the administration next month, it said. Jha is the dean of…

Tributes paid to hospitality industry pioneer JP Rama

THE US hospitality industry is mourning one of its great entrepreneurs after hotelier, philanthropist and pioneer Jayanti P “JP” Rama, of Greenville, South Carolina, died last Thursday (17) at the age of 74 in Ahmedabad, India. He is survived by his wife, Ilaben (Laxmiben) Rama, son Dharmendra “DJ” Rama and…

Priyanka Chopra shares glimpse of her new-born baby’s nursery

Priyanka Chopra on Thursday morning took to Instagram and shared a set of pictures from her Los Angeles home. She wrote “Photo dump” in the caption. In one of the pictures, the 39-year-old actress is chilling at her place. Lost in some deep thoughts, she is dressed in a red…

Washington DC’s Medical Marijuana Journey

With the whole world watching how the US is handling legalizing marijuana, the major spotlight is on Washington DC. As the nation’s capital, DC paves the way for many states to follow in its footsteps. Weed’s downhill spiral started decades ago with films like Reefer Madness and other negative propaganda.…

Thousands celebrate Parents Worship Day worldwide instead of Valentine’s Day…

Parents' Worship Day, known as Matru Pitru Poojan Diwas was started by world renowned Saint shri Asharamji Bapu in 2007 as an alternative to Valentine's Day. Through this event Pujya Bapuji is getting more and more popularity each year worldwide. It is celebrated on Feb 14 to honor parents and…

Squeaky-clean Sunak: chancellor tipped as UK’s first Hindu prime minister

Britain's chancellor Rishi Sunak is on a meteoric trajectory that could, if Boris Johnson is forced out, propel him next door to 10 Downing Street to become Britain's first Hindu prime minister. It would mark a historic landmark, for a descendant of immigrants from Britain's old empire in India and…

US university faculty opposes caste inclusion in anti-discriminatory policy

MORE than 80 faculty members of the California State University (CSU), the US, have opposed a recent announcement of the institute to include caste in its non-discriminatory policy. In a strongly worded letter to the CSU board of trustees opposing the move, the faculty members wrote that the new policy…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan set to receive Canadian Screen Awards Special Honour

Actress Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, who rose to international fame with the global success of her Netflix show Never Have I Ever, co-created by Mindy Kaling and Lang Fisher, has been selected for this year's Canadian Screen Awards. The Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television has announced the winners of its special…

Prince Harry sues for UK police protection

US-based Prince Harry is appealing to the UK courts after the government refused to allow him police protection paid for out of his own pocket, arguing the decision means he cannot return home. Harry and wife Meghan lost their UK taxpayer-paid protection when they quit frontline royal duties in 2020…

Harris was in building when pipe bomb was discovered last…

US vice president Kamala Harris was at Democratic committee headquarters in Washington on Jan. 6, 2021, when a pipe bomb was discovered outside, according to a White House official familiar with the matter. Harris, then the vice-president-elect and senator from California, evacuated the Democratic National Committee (DNC) headquarters on Capitol…

Vinod Kannan takes over as CEO at Vistara

VINOD KANNAN took over as the chief executive officer (CEO) of Vistara airline on Saturday (1), a statement said. Kannan replaced Leslie Thng who was the CEO from July 16, 2017 to December 31, 2021. In its statement, Vistara said Deepak Rajawat has been elevated to take up the role…

After its solar success, Cochin airport in India starts hydro…

THE world’s first airport fully powered by solar energy has boosted its capacity to produce solar power in the past three years and has now also ventured into hydropower, its managing director said. The Cochin International Airport Limited (CIAL) in Kerala won the Champion of Earth Prize by the UN…

Britain’s Black doll makers rush to meet demand for diversity

BRITISH entrepreneur Jodi Vernon never intended to become a toy maker. But after her daughter Clarke was born, she struggled to find Black dolls that represented her family in toy shops packed with white-skinned, blue-eyed figures. The last straw came when she went into a second-hand shop in London and…

British hospitality businesses reel from Omicron surge

Britain's pandemic-weary hospitality businesses have taken a fresh hit from soaring coronavirus cases fueled by the Omicron variant, as anxious customers curtail socialising and cancel bookings over the Christmas period. Pubs, restaurants and bars -- already struggling after nearly two years of reduced revenues due to the pandemic -- now…

US black couple sue estate agency ‘for undervaluing their home’…

A black couple in the US have taken the help of law after an estate agency gave a low valuation on their property  compared to that when one of their white friends posed as the owner.  The couple in the state of California have taken legal action against the agency…

UK approves GSK Covid drug, appears effective against Omicron

BRITISH regulators on Thursday (2) approved a GlaxoSmithKline drug to treat those at high risk of developing severe Covid-19 symptoms, with the manufacturer saying it appears effective against the new Omicron variant. The antibody treatment, sotrovimab, "was found to be safe and effective at reducing the risk of hospitalisation and…

Parag Agrawal sheds low profile to take Twitter helm

PARAG Agrawal, who took over on Monday (29) as the new head of Twitter, shot from relative obscurity as the platform's technology expert to becoming the latest India-born talent to lead a US tech giant. Unlike his predecessor, co-founder Jack Dorsey, Agrawal enjoyed until Monday a much more low-profile role…

Top 10 Famous Places To Visit In The USA After…

Introduction: Wanderlusts crave travel places not following external factors. Winter breeze, tiding seashore, wildlife, glacier, all are similar to paradise. Everything is now quite normal, so you can get into travel. Mainly it is safe because of getting vaccinated. However, suddenly, the whole world reached its back again. Thereby, it…

New book narrates rise of ‘phenomenal’ Kamala Harris

A new book narrates the 'phenomenal' rise of US vice president Kamala Harris and throws some previously unknown facts about her. The book-Kamala Harris: Phenomenal Woman-by Washington-based Indian journalist and author Chidanand Rajghatta tells the story of how Harris became the first woman to be the VP of the US.…

Kamala Harris still searching for her role

THE first woman and first person of colour to become US vice president, Kamala Harris made history on November 3, 2020. But a year later, she is still trying to figure out what part to play in a role that is by definition thankless. President Joe Biden, by teaming up…

Theranos lab director says its technology was a ‘failure from…

THE laboratory director of defunct blood-testing startup Theranos has said that the company's technology had failed to perform from the outset, The Times reported. Kingshuk Das, who joined the group as laboratory director at the end of 2015, told the court during the ongoing Elizabeth Holmes criminal fraud trial how…

US court sentences Indian professional to life for killing family

AN INDIAN IT professional in the US who confessed to killing his wife and three children in 2019 has been sentenced to life in prison without parole. Investigators said Shankar Nagappa Hangud, 55, confessed to the murders at his apartment in California, saying he could not provide for them financially, KCRA-TV reported…

Maitreyi Ramakrishnan to be honoured at 2021 Unforgettable Awards Gala

Never Have I Ever breakout star Maitreyi Ramakrishnan, along with Simu Liu and Sandra Oh, will be honoured at the 19th Annual Unforgettable Gala. Unforgettable is the biggest awards show in the U.S. recognizing Asian Pacific Islander talent and tastemakers who represent the community through their work and causes. While…

US judge acquits real-life ‘Terminal man’ from India

A US judge has acquitted the real-life 'Terminal man' from India, who spent three months living in a secured terminal at Chicago's O'Hare Airport, like Tom Hanks' character in the movie The Terminal, media reports said. Aditya Singh, 37, was acquitted on a felony trespassing charge by Cook County Judge Adrienne…

India-made aromatherapy spray linked to two deaths in US

AN aromatherapy spray made-in-India has been pulled off from Walmart’s shelves in the US after a medical investigation linked it to melioidosis, a rare disease that has sickened at least four, and may have caused two deaths.  The spray was reported to contain a bacterium, Burkholderia pseudomallei, that causes a…

Indian-origin woman techie killed in drug-gang shootout in Mexico

A 25-year-old California-based Indian-origin woman techie, who travelled to Mexico to celebrate her birthday, was one of the two foreign tourists killed in a shootout between two drug gangs in the Caribbean coast resort of Tulum, according to media reports. The incident happened on Wednesday night. Anjali Ryot was killed…

Indian-American Neera Tanden named White House staff secretary

INDIAN-AMERICAN policy expert Neera Tanden, a close confidant of US president Joe Biden, has been named White House staff secretary, eight months after Republican lawmakers scuttled her nomination to another key post. Tanden, 51, a senior adviser to president Biden was named White House staff secretary on a morning staff…

Sardar Udham and Sherni shortlisted for India’s official entry to…

Two Bollywood films have been shortlisted for India’s official entry to the 94th Academy Awards. Vicky Kaushal’s Sardar Udham (2021) and Vidya Balan’s Sherni (2021), have been included in the list of 14 films, from which the best one will be sent as India’s official entry to the Oscars in…

Freida Pinto reveals she secretly married Cory Tran during the…

Actress Freida Pinto, who is currently expecting her first child, revealed on the Kelly Clarkson Show that she and her partner Cory Tran eloped during the Covid-19 lockdown and married in a secret wedding in Los Angeles. Clarkson asked Pinto about her wedding plans to which the actress replied, “We…

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati gets lifetime achievement award from US president…

SPIRITUAL leader Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati has been honoured with the Lifetime Achievement Award by US president Joe Biden for her lifelong commitment to volunteer service. The award has been given by the US president along with Americorps. The certificate that was awarded to her was signed by Biden. Sadhvi Bhagawati…

Theranos’ laboratory director was Balwani’s dermatologist, jurors heard

FAILED blood-testing start-up Theranos recruited boss’s dermatologist as laboratory director, the criminal fraud trial of founder Elizabeth Holmes has heard, according to a report in The Times. Sunil Dhawan was the dermatologist of Theranos president and chief operating officer Ramesh “Sunny” Balwani for 15 years, jurors heard. In November 2014, Balwani asked…

Plane crash kills Indian American cardiologist in California

AN Indian American cardiologist was among two killed in a plane crash in California on Monday (11). A twin-engine plane owned by Dr Sugata Das was crashed and caused a fire that engulfed nearby homes and left a swath of destruction, reports said. [caption id="attachment_162932" align="alignleft" width="240"] Dr Sugata Das[/caption]…

Sunak launches new artificial intelligence strategy

UK chancellor Rishi Sunak on Monday (4) announced a new £34 million National Artificial Intelligence Fund that will support the creation of 2,000 elite AI scholarships to create a high-tech economy of the future. The Cabinet minister said the fund will help the UK build the skills needed for the…

Gail Omvedt: The soul who dedicated her life to India’s…

THE death of Gail Marie Omvedt recently topped headlines in the media in India as well as the entire world but particularly for the Dalits, her passing away was a major loss. In end August, huge number of people, mostly belonging to the Dalit section, India’s lowest caste which still…

Freshworks becomes first Indian SaaS company to go public in…

ENTERPRISE software maker Freshworks Inc was valued at $12.2 billion in its Nasdaq debut on Wednesday (22) after shares opened 21 per cent above the initial offering price, indicating strong demand for firms that have thrived during the pandemic. Shares of the Salesforce.com rival opened at $43.50 compared with the…

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha to present parenting course from Bhagavad Gita

BAPS Swaminarayan Sanstha (BAPS) is set to present a free three-part mini-course on parenting titled ‘Parenting from the Bhagavad Gita: What Can Krishna and Arjuna Teach Us About the Parent-Child Relationship?’ starting Tuesday (21). Each session at the programme will be of half-an-hour duration and be premiered fortnightly on YouTube…

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati speaks on her journey with Deepak Chopra

LEADING spiritual leader Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati and Indian American wellness guru Deepak Chopra discussed the “power of spirituality to heal and transform us” at an event in New York on Thursday (16). Sadhvi Bhagawati is in the US promoting her memoir, Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation.…

New York India consulate general honours Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati memoir

THE consulate general of India in New York, the US, recently organised an event to honour 'Hollywood to the Himalayas: A Journey of Healing and Transformation', the memoir of Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, secretary-general of Global Interfaith WASH Alliance, Parmarth Niketan Ashram located in Rishikesh in the northern Indian state of…

Analysts upbeat about IPO-bound Oxford Nanopore’s valuation

AS Oxford Nanopore confirmed its plans for stock market floatation later this year, market analysts are upbeat about its potential valuation. The biotech company was valued at £2.4 billion when it raised £195 million in May this year and analysts at Jefferies believe it has the potential to reach a…

‘Holmes is not a villain, but her company failed,’ defense…

THERANOS founder Elizabeth Holmes is not a villain but rather a hard-working, young and naive businesswoman whose company simply failed, her lawyer told jurors on Wednesday (8) at the former Silicon Valley star's trial on fraud charges involving the now-defunct blood-testing startup once valued at $9 billion. Federal prosecutors and…

Theranos trial: Judge requires Covid shots for jurors

A US judge this week dismissed from a jury pool nine people who were unvaccinated against Covid-19. US District Judge Edward Davila, presiding over the California fraud trial of Theranos founder Elizabeth Holmes, took the action. While choosing an all-vaccinated jury may be within a court's power to safeguard jurors,…

Theranos founder accuses former COO of psychological and sexual abuse

THERANOS founder Elizabeth Holmes' claims that she was abused by the company's chief operating officer, who at the time was her boyfriend, could complicate jury selection in her highly-anticipated fraud trial, legal experts said. The in-person questioning of prospective jurors, up to roughly 170, is expected to begin on Tuesday…

‘Cancel curry call more than armchair debate for Asians’

IN HIS brilliant Channel 4 documentary The Curry House Kid, the celebrated dancer and choreographer, Akram Khan, meets an elderly chef in Brick Lane who came to Britain at the age of 11 with his dad, who soon passed away. Fending for himself, he chopped onions in a restaurant for…

Is ‘curry’ racist?

AN ASIAN food blogger’s call to cancel the word “curry” for its ties to British colonialism has sparked debate about the use of the term. Several US-based food bloggers have argued the term “curry” should be boycotted due to its connotations with imperialism and racism. In a viral video earlier…

Former India cricket hope Chand moves to US

Unmukt Chand, captain of India's victorious Under-19 World Cup team in 2012 when he smashed a century, has become the latest out-of-favour player from South Asia and beyond to decamp to the United States. Chand, now 28, drew comparisons with Virat Kohli but never broke into the adult national side…

US becomes ‘more racially and ethnically diverse’ as white population…

THE white population in the US has decreased for the first time in history with significant increases among multi-racial, Hispanic, and Asian people between 2010 and 2020, according to the latest census data. The data released on Thursday (12) underlined that the US became "more racially and ethnically diverse" and…

TikTok pips Facebook to become world’s most downloaded app in…

THE Chinese video-sharing app TikTok was the world's most downloaded app in 2020, market tracker App Annie has said. It overtook Facebook and its messaging platforms, including WhatsApp. TikTok  was the fourth most downloaded app in the previous year. The research firm said that TikTok surged in popularity despite efforts by…

Asian food bloggers call to boycott ‘curry’

South Asian American food bloggers have called on to cancel the word curry because of its ties to British colonialism, claiming that the “word curry is too often used to lump very distinct foods from different regions together”, said a report on Sunday (8).   Chaheti Bansal, 27, who lives…

Sky Brown, 13, becomes Britain’s youngest Olympic medallist

YOUNG skaters from Japan and Britain soared to victory in the women's park competition on Wednesday (4), with hometown heroes Sakura Yosozumi and Kokona Hiraki cinching gold and silver, while Britain's Sky Brown took bronze. In the gripping final, Yosozumi, 19, landed two 540s in her impressive first run, earning…

Democrats alarmed as Kamala Harris’ popularity sinks ‘underwater’

US vice president Kamala Harris has been rated as the most unpopular American vice president since at least the 1970s, claimed a recent media report on Sunday (1). She has spent almost six months in her new role.   Citing two recent polls where it emerged that most of the…

Amit Roy: Sajid ‘cowering’ from Tory right?

SAJID JAVID has written his “isolation diary” in the Spectator, expressing satisfaction that after more than a year in the political wilderness, he is back in the cabinet as health secretary. Matt Hancock’s misfortune brought Sajid good luck. He reveals, “my mum was delighted – like many Asian mothers she…

Jatin Pandit revisits Bin Tere after 30 years for son…

After tasting success with ‘Yaadein Aane Lagi’, singer-composer Raahul Jatin is set to hit the music charts again with his new original single, titled ‘Bin Tere’. In this romantic melody, Raahul will be seen sharing the screen with Spanish artist and social media influencer Estefania Martt. The song has been…

Sharma: Man of the moment

LAST week’s horrifying floods in Germany make Alok Sharma, president of COP26, just about the most important man in Britain – possibly even in the world. It’s his job to bring competing nations together as mankind confronts climate change at the conference due to be held in Glasgow from November…

Leslee Lewis and Omar Gooding join hands with The ATG…

Popular singers Leslee Lewis and Omar Gooding have dropped their pop single ‘Entourage’ on YouTube. Ashwin T Ganesan, popularly known as The ATG, has scored music for the single which is produced by Kyyba Films. 'Entourage' is a fusion of rap and pop genres. The soundtrack has a pumped up…

US anthology inspired by Kamala Harris narrates the rise of…

A GROUP of Indian Americans have come together to write an anthology, inspired by the historic election of Kamala Harris as the vice president of the US, about the rise of Indian Americans. Compiled and edited by veteran editor Tarun Basu, the 'Kamala Harris and the rise of Indian Americans'…

Biden picks Eric Garcetti as ambassador to India

US President Joe Biden on Friday nominated Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti, an ambitious star in his Democratic Party, to be ambassador to India, with which the US has an increasingly close relationship. Garcetti, who has led the country's second-largest city since 2013 with a focus on improving transportation and sustainability,…

Bhima Koregaon: Evidence planted on devices of two activists, says…

AT A time when an outrage erupted across India over the death of veteran tribal activist Stan Swamy, The Washington Post on Tuesday (6) reported that a US-based digital forensics firm has revealed that evidence was planted on the computers of two activists arrested in connection with the 2018 Bhima-Koregaon…

Alka Joshi on The Henna Artist’s success, its sequel and…

AUTHOR Alka Joshi has revealed she was surprised by the success of her best-selling debut novel The Henna Artist, as she celebrated the release of its sequel last Friday (25). The Henna Artist follows Lakshmi, a 17-year-old girl who escapes from an abusive marriage in 1950s India. She journeys to…

Kamala Harris shakes off Republican critics as she tours migration…

US Vice President Kamala Harris visited a border patrol facility near the US-Mexico border on Friday (25), aiming to counter claims from Republicans she has been slow to visit the region as part of her role addressing the root causes of immigration. The trip, her first to the border since…

Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati to release her memoir Hollywood to the…

ONE OF India’s leading spiritual leaders describes her journey to enlightenment in her soon to be published memoir, Hollywood to the Himalayas. Sadhvi Bhagawati Saraswati, of Parmarth Niketan Ashram in Rishikesh, north India, tells the story of how she turned her life around, from a traumatic time as a child…

My Playlist – Maya Lakhani

BRITISH rock artist Maya Lakhani followed up her dynamic debut song The Line with her recently released self-produced follow-up Walk Alone. Like with her debut track, she wrote, recorded, produced and sang the deeply personal song from her home during lockdown. Eastern Eye got Maya to select 10 songs she…

Indorama Ventures acquires CarbonLite’s PET recycling facility in Texas

INDORAMA VENTURES LIMITED (IVL) has completed purchase of CarbonLite’s PET recycling facility in Dallas, Texas, in line with the company’s efforts to increase its operational capacity in the US. The Dallas unit, which will now be named as Indorama Ventures Sustainable Recycling (IVSR), will complement the company’s existing PET and…

‘I hope to find someone who’ll love me and take…

By Amit Roy MALALA YOUSAFZAI is now a young woman of 23 and has talked, probably for the first time, about finding love. The activist for girls’ edu­cation is now so famous that she is known by her first name. She has just spent three days in London being glammed…

Tips for Garage door maintenance service in Pacifica CA

Maintenance of the garage door is something that is mostly overlooked, but at least twice every year, seasonal maintenance and inspection needs to be part of your routine. The garage doors which get neglected can end up placing a lot of stress on a garage door opener which is automatic,…

A Four-Season Primer to Dirt Biking in the United States

Who knows what we will be doing over the next year? International travel likely takes a while to recover and work out the details, so spending time at home or in one of the 50 states is probably the best idea. One great way to take in much of the…

Meghan and Harry name baby daughter after Queen and Diana

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle announced on Sunday the birth of their daughter Lilibet Diana - named for Harry's grandmother Queen Elizabeth and his late mother - in a moment of joy capping a year of increasingly strained ties between the couple and the British royal family. The baby, who…

US sends oximeter and PPE to Pakistan, Sri Lanka

The US Agency for International Development (USAID), has airlifted emergency medical supplies on Wednesday (2) to curb the spread of Covid-19 in Pakistan and Sri Lanka. The US flight carried 1,200 pulse oximeters and 340,000 pieces of personal protective equipment (PPE) for healthcare professionals in Pakistan. “The United States and…

Palm Springs International ShortFest announces lineup for 2021

The annual Palm Springs International ShortFest, which will be held from June 22-28, 2021 at Palm Springs, California, has announced its 2021 lineup. For the uninitiated, Palm Springs International ShortFest is an Oscar-qualifying film festival. The festival will showcase nearly 300 films, including 32 world premieres, 13 international premieres, 46…

US Indians divided over Kamala Harris’s role in response to…

INDIAN AMERICANS are divided on vice president Kamala Harris’s role in response to India’s Covid-19 crisis, and conversations on whether she should do more have intensified along with the crisis, according to a report in The Washington Post. More than 20 Indian Americans, including community leaders, political activists, public officials,…

Sikh among eight killed in rail yard shooting in California

A SIKH man was among the eight people killed in the rail yard shooting in San Jose, California, according to media reports on Thursday (27). Taptejdeep Singh, 36, born in India and raised in Union City, California, is survived by his wife, three-year-old son, one-year-old daughter and a grieving Sikh…

Indian students face Covid challenges in US colleges

  By Dinesh Sharma FOREIGN students from India who have enrolled in US universities face an uncer­tain future, as most are stuck in the sub­continent which is battling a deadly sec­ond wave of the pandemic, and where a shortage of vaccines has made returning to America a challenge. The US…

US and Indian experts launch ‘Project Madad’ to fight Covid-19…

A voluntary group of doctors and professionals in the US and India has launched an initiative to help healthcare workers in rural India. The ‘Project Madad' will provide virtual, time-sensitive information to healthcare workers on treating Covid-19 patients, real-time details on hospital bed availability and counter vaccine misinformation. The Madad team…

Prince William rebukes BBC, says the broadcaster failed Diana

PRINCE WILLIAM accused the BBC of failing his mother Princess Diana and poisoning her relationship with Prince Charles after an inquiry found a journalist for the broadcaster deceitfully obtained an interview with her in 1995. William's rebuke to the public broadcaster comes after a report published on Thursday (20) said…

Newham MIT alumnus sets up tutoring business

by LAUREN CODLING AN EAST LONDON student who graduated from a prestigious US university has set up her own tutoring business to help others gain access to top institutions. Tafsia Shikdar is the co-founder of tutoring and academic counselling business, Beyond Exams. Having recently graduated from the Massachusetts Institute of…

Sanjeev Gupta secures new funding deal for Whyalla steelworks

STEEL tycoon Sanjeev Gupta's GFG Alliance has struck a new funding deal with a Californian investment firm. The deal with White Oak Global Advisors has come on the eve of a court case to wind up the steeelmaker's operations in Australia. Moreover, GFG Alliance's new funding firm's UK arm aims…

Here’s how you can help raise funds for India Covid-19…

By Pooja Shrivastava India is witnessing a brutal second wave of Covid-19. On May 6, Thursday, the country recorded 412,262 new infections and 3,980 deaths in the past 24 hours, according to the health ministry. The country’s health system is stretched, with reports of acute shortage of hospital beds, oxygen,…

Indian American physicians raise £1.87m for Covid-19 assistance in India

INDIAN AMERICAN physicians have sought “blanket immunity and indemnification” from the Indian government for offering their voluntary services to Covid-19 patients either virtually or in-person by flying to their home country amid an unprecedented second wave of the deadly coronavirus pandemic. The American Association of Physicians of Indian-Origin (AAPI), which…

Prince Harry voices support for India at Vax Live concert…

BRITAIN'S Prince Harry was part of a star-studded concert in Los Angeles on Sunday (2) to urge faster global vaccinations and also voicing support for India during its second wave of the pandemic. "Vax Live: The Concert To Reunite The World" included pop star Jennifer Lopez and also featured video…

Australia doctor defies distance to aid Covid-hit Indian relatives

Living half a world away from Covid-stricken Indian relatives, Sydney doctor Yadu Singh has beat back his frustration at being unable to help by providing lifesaving medical guidance via phone, text and video chat. It was 4 am in eastern Australia, and finally, bleary-eyed, the veteran cardiologist had found a…

US aid arrives in India as Covid cases surge

The first US emergency aid to India arrived on Friday as several states said they would be unable to begin vaccinating all over-18s from this weekend as planned. The supplies arrived as India recorded another 385,000 new cases in the past 24 hours -- a new global record -- and…

India’s Covid-19 surge and the new variant: what we know

India is battling a record-breaking rise in Covid-19 infections that has overwhelmed hospitals and led to severe bed and oxygen shortages. A key question is whether a new variant with potentially worrying mutations -- B.1.617 -- is behind what is currently the world's fastest-growing outbreak, which added more than 300,000…

Queen stands alone as her ‘strength’ Philip is laid to…

QUEEN ELIZABETH and her family paid their last respects to Prince Philip at a funeral on Saturday (17) that celebrated his naval past, his international heritage and seven decades of service in which he helped guide the queen through repeated crises. Elizabeth, dressed in black and in a white trimmed…

Queen to bury her ‘strength and stay’ Prince Philip

THE QUEEN bids a final farewell to her late husband, Prince Philip, on Saturday (17), at a funeral restricted by coronavirus rules but reflecting his long life of military and public service. The ceremony from behind the stately walls of Windsor Castle, west of London, will be watched by an…

Huma Qureshi set for Hollywood debut with Zack Synder’s Army…

By: Mohnish Singh Days after reports emerged that Farhan Akhtar is set to make his Hollywood debut with a high-profile project by Marvel Studios, the news is coming in that talented actress Huma Qureshi is also ready to set her foot in Hollywood. Qureshi, who was last seen in the…

Britain’s OneWeb launches 36 broadband internet satellites from Russia

OneWeb has launched 36 satellites into orbit from a cosmodrome in the far east of Russia as part of the satellite firm's plans to deliver global high-speed internet access. The launch on Thursday (25), carried out by Arianespace from the Vostochny cosmodrome, brought the number of in-orbit satellites to 146,…

Suraj Sharma shares what inspired his character in The Illegal

By: Mohnish Singh Actor Suraj Sharma, who is known for delivering memorable performances in such notable films as Life of Pie (2012) and Phillauri (2017), can be currently seen in The Illegal, a film which recently had its premiere on Amazon Prime Video. Also starring Adil Hussain, Neelima Azeem, and…

Uber grants UK drivers worker status in world first

UBER has said that it is granting its UK drivers worker status, with benefits including a minimum wage -- a world first for the US ride-hailing giant. Weeks after a top court ruling that could shake up Britain's wider 'gig economy' of 5.5 million people, Uber said its drivers would…

Biden withdraws Neera Tanden’s nomination as budget chief after Senate…

US president Joe Biden has abandoned his plan for Neera Tanden to be White House budget director after pushback from key senators, marking the first cabinet defeat for the US president. The nomination collapsed when centrists on both sides of the political aisle made clear they were not going to…

Duchess of Sussex awarded £450,000 in costs after court privacy…

MEGHAN, Britain's Duchess of Sussex, was awarded £450,000 on Tuesday (2) as a provisional payment towards her legal costs after she won a privacy claim against the Mail on Sunday which had printed extracts of a letter she wrote to her father. Last month, a judge at London's High Court…

Uber drivers entitled to worker rights, rules UK Supreme Court

A group of Uber drivers are entitled to worker rights such as the minimum wage, Britain's Supreme Court ruled on Friday(19) in a blow to the ride-hailing service that has ramifications for millions of others in the gig economy. In a case led by two former Uber drivers, a London…

Water-Based Activities Thrive Amidst a Pandemic

How COVID-19 Sparked a Greater Interest in Stand-Up Paddleboarding, the Water-Based Activity Conducive to Social Distancing. In recent history, our planet has not seen another year with as much change as 2020. As a result of the outbreak of COVID-19, virtually every sector and industry has had to change and…

Google opening up its spaces in US to serve as…

Google CEO Sundar Pichai announced on Monday (25) that the tech giant will open up its spaces in the US to serve as mass COVID-19 vaccination sites and committed more than $150 million to promote vaccine education. Google is initially looking at offices’ spaces inside the US, but is open…

Kamala Harris’s Indian family count on her becoming president

Kamala Harris's Indian family huddled around a television to watch her inauguration as US vice-president, but they plan on being there in person in four years if she becomes America's number one. The first female, Black and south Asian vice-president in US history was born in California but her mother…

Harris credits her Indian mother for showing ‘continued faith’ in…

THE first-ever woman vice-president of the US Kamala Harris has credited her mother Shyamala Gopalan for showing faith in her and always reminding her two daughters that 'though we may be the first, we should not be the last'. The late Gopalan was a cancer researcher and civil rights activist from…

Trailblazer Kamala Harris: America’s first woman vice president

Kamala Harris will shatter one of the highest glass ceilings Wednesday when she takes the oath of office as America's first woman vice president, blazing a trail in the most diverse White House ever. As running mate to incoming president Joe Biden, she helped bring Donald Trump's turbulent rule to…

Non-Gaming Basic Tips

In the past 15 years, the U.S gaming market has become more competitive because casino operators drew their attention towards non-gaming attractions to attract more visitors and give them the all-around resort experience. This acceleration is seen in the parlance of what once were casinos. They became casino hotels. After…

Congressmen, who voted for certification of elections, are facing threats:…

US lawmakers who voted for the certification of the November 3rd presidential election to confirm the victory of Joe Biden as the next president are facing violent threats, including death threats, congressman Ro Khanna has said. Khanna, in an interview to CNN News on Tuesday, said the threats were being…

Apple puts supplier Wistron on notice after Indian factory violence

Apple Inc has placed supplier Wistron Corp on probation, saying on Saturday it would not award the Taiwanese contract manufacturer new business until it addressed the way workers were treated at its southern India plant. Early findings of an Apple audit in the wake of violence at the Wistron plant…

Questions To Ask About Hemp

Before starting to put up a hemp business, it is important that you know a lot more about it. There are some farmers who quickly decide about cultivating hemp and not thinking about what it is for them hence ending up to disappointments and complete devastation as they made the…

Biden and Harris jointly named Time’s ‘Person of the Year’…

THE US president-elect Joe Biden and vice president-elect Kamala Harris were jointly named Time magazine's 2020 "Person of the Year", chosen from a list of finalists that included the man Biden vanquished at the polls - president Donald Trump. The Democratic former vice president and his running mate, a California…

Hollywood ‘con queen’ Hargobind Tahilramani remanded in custody in the…

A suspected con artist who allegedly impersonated top female Hollywood executives to swindle wide-eyed aspiring stars out of hundreds of thousands of dollars was remanded in custody on Friday(4) when he appeared at a central London court. Dubbed the 'Con Queen of Hollywood', suspect Hargobind Tahilramani, 41, led investigators on…

Harris’s historic win ‘will be first of many’

by LAUREN CODLING THE historic election of Indian American Kamala Harris as vice-president elect in the US has been praised as a breakthrough moment of hope in America and abroad, as the first woman voted to the post said she “would not be the last”. Harris, 56, who is of…

Kamala Harris as vice president was long overdue: Biden

US president-elect Joe Biden has said that he would be honoured to be serving with a "fantastic vice president" Kamala Harris, who scripted history by becoming the first woman and first daughter of immigrants ever elected to national office in this country. The 56-year-old Democratic Senator from California, who on…

Making history, VP-elect Harris tells women she won’t be last

Kamala Harris on Saturday (7) shattered barriers to become the first woman vice president and, in a symbolism-heavy victory speech, told girls she would not be the last. Introducing president-elect Joe Biden in an optimism-fueled outdoor rally, Harris -- also the first Black woman and Indian-American as vice president --…

Biden, pledging unity, begins transition as Trump refuses to concede

US president-elect Joe Biden began the transfer of power on Sunday (8) that Americans hope will turn the page on four years of divisiveness as his defeated rival Donald Trump refused to concede and continued to cast doubt on the election results. As congratulations poured in from world leaders and…

Biden inches close to victory; edges past Trump in Georgia,…

Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden on Friday (6) took crucial leads over Donald Trump in the key battleground states of Georgia and Pennsylvania, bringing him on the cusp of a historic victory over the incumbent Republican US president in the closely-fought election. In Georgia, after the latest round of counting…

Indian-Americans make history in the US elections

INDIAN-AMERICANS have made history in the US elections as more than a dozen from the community, including five women, have won state-level elections. Earlier, Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi were elected to the US House of Representatives. Besides, at least three others, including one for…

Kamala Harris inspires women leaders in her ancestral Indian village

More than 8,000 miles (12,870 kms) from Washington, Indian women have been rooting for the "America lady" in the village of US vice presidential candidate Kamala Harris's grandfather. As locals in Thulasendrapuram's temple held special prayers for a Democratic win in the Nov. 3 election, 34-year-old M. Umadevi - who…

Four Indian-American lawmakers re-elected to the US House of Representatives

ALL the four Indian-American Democratic lawmakers-Dr Ami Bera, Pramila Jayapal, Ro Khanna and Raja Krishnamoorthi-were re-elected to the US House of Representatives. According to reports, the Indian-American community has emerged as a force to reckon with for the first time in the history of the US presidential election. Both the…

Prayers for Kamala Harris at ancestral Indian village

Villagers from the southern Indian ancestral home of US vice-president hopeful Kamala Harris prayed on Tuesday (3) for her victory in an election on the other side of the globe as polls opened. Harris, 56, was born in California, but was often taken to India by her mother -- breast…

‘You are no longer my mother’: A divided America will…

When lifelong Democrat Mayra Gomez told her 21-year-old son five months ago that she was voting for Donald Trump in Tuesday's presidential election, he cut her out of his life. "He specifically told me, 'You are no longer my mother, because you are voting for Trump'," Gomez, 41, a personal…

Kamala Harris: On the cusp of US election history

Kamala Harris is on the verge of what would be a double-dream for US Democrats: becoming the nation's first woman vice president and ending Donald Trump's turbulent rule. Harris comes into the November 3 election already a repeat trailblazer as California's first Black attorney general and the first woman of…

Pooja Batra is exploring new frontiers in acting

THE FORMER BOLLYWOOD SCREEN QUEEN ON HER RETURN, NEW PROJECTS AND SURVIVING AS AN OUTSIDER IN FILMS by ASJAD NAZIR BEAUTY QUEEN turned actress Pooja Batra had a successful career in Indian cinema and delivered winning performances in multiple languages, but then left it all behind after she got married…

‘Will celebrate next birthday at the White House’, says Biden…

WHILE greeting Kamala Harris on her 56th birthday, US presidential candidate Joe Biden said that they would celebrate her next birthday at the White House. Harris, who was picked by Biden in August as his running mate, turned 56 on Tuesday(20). Biden took to Twitter to post a photograph showing their…

Indian Americans hold GOTV rally in California in support of…

Indian Americans held a Get out the Vote (GOTV) rally in the US state of California in support of Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden and his running mate Kamala Harris for the November 3 elections. "For the future of this and next the generation of Indian Americans and “fulfil our”…

India,US authorities take action against a fraud scheme targeting ‘elderly’…

INDIAN and US authorities have started investigation into a fraud scheme operated from call centres in India targeting elderly in the US. India's Central Bureau of Investigation (CBI) and the US Department of Justice took simultaneous actions against a technical support fraud scheme, officials said. California-native Michael Brian Cotter, 59,…

Our top 10 most influential hip hop moments – DJ…

DJ Artifx 92.3FM The Beat Summer Jam Concert in So Cal (1995): This was the first major hip hop festival I went to. Back then, there weren’t many massive shows or festivals like there are now. My DJ partner, Praneel, got amazing seats, and we saw many great legends perform…

Kamala Harris’s Indian uncle ‘felt sorry for Pence’

Kamala Harris' uncle back in India watched her vice-presidential debate with pride on Thursday, feeling "a little sorry" for Mike Pence, who he said came up against a better-qualified foe. "Expectations were too much of Kamala -- 'she'll wipe the floor', etc. But Pence has also been a Congressman knows…

Harris calls Trump’s handling of the coronavirus “greatest failure”at the…

TRUMP administration's handling of the coronavirus pandemic was the major topic of discussion during the VP debate on Wednesday(7) between US vice president Mike Pence and Democratic challenger Kamala Harris. Harris called Trump's measures "greatest failure" while Pence blamed China for the pandemic. "The American people have witnessed what is…

Bly Manor secrecy ‘is to keep viewers guessing’, says star

by LAUREN CODLING AN ACTOR with a “mystery role” in the upcoming season of The Haunting of Bly Manor has revealed the reason behind the secrecy surrounding the show. Kamal Khan will be starring in the latest series of the hit show, due to be released on Netflix on Friday…

Spirit of Sahil Anand

TALENTED actor Sahil Anand has been able to show off his impressive range on film and television. He is currently playing a key role in popular drama serial Kasautii Zindagii Kay and enjoying the challenge. Eastern Eye caught up with the versatile star to speak about his journey, current serial,…

Harry and Meghan want UK to end ‘structural racism’, usher…

PRINCE Harry and his wife Meghan have urged the UK to end "structural racism", and pave the way for an "inclusive, equal and colourful" future. In an interview to the Evening Standard, Harry said Britain could be a better place if white people understood more about those "of a different…

British Indian academic takes over as Cambridge University’s sociology head

A BRITISH INDIAN academic, who recently made history as the first woman of colour to become the head of Cambridge University's sociology department, believes it is high time to rectify the education system's "myopia" in viewing subjects such as imperialism and racism. Manali Desai, a reader in Comparative and Historical…

Sikhs in US safe under Trump, say community leaders

Asserting that Sikhs in the US have never been as safe as under the Trump administration, a prominent Sikh-American leader has claimed that the Biden campaign is trying to "demoralise and demotivate" the community. Jasdip Singh, co-chair of the Sikhs for Trump, said on Monday that it was because of…

Rishi Sunak’s star rises despite UK virus chaos

Rishi Sunak's appointment as Britain's chancellor of the exchequer after only five years in politics raised eyebrows because of his age and relative inexperience. But he is now the subject of leadership talk as one of the few ministers to emerge largely unscathed by the government's handling of the coronavirus…

Scientists identify new drug with potential to mitigate severe COVID-19

Scientists have found that a new drug has the potential to prevent or mitigate severe consequences of COVID-19, an advance that may lead to the development of novel therapeutics for the coronavirus infection. The researchers, including those from the University of California Los Angeles (UCLA) in the US, assessed how…

US jury indicts six, including Indian national, in Amazon bribery…

A US jury has indicted six people, including an Indian national, on criminal charges for bribing Amazon workers to restock blocked goods or gain unfair competitive advantage in the online marketplace. Those charged in the case served as consultants for third-party sellers, doling out over $100,000 to employees and contractors…

Trump making dent in Indian-American vote bank, majority still support…

US President Donald Trump has made inroads into the Indian-American vote bank, the biggest ever by a Republican president, according to a survey which has sent worrying signals to the Democrats that the support of this influential ethnic community can no longer be taken for granted. The survey by Indiaspora…

Jay Shetty: ‘I want to help people find calm in…

by LAUREN CODLING FORMER monk and social media sensation Jay Shetty has admitted he “never imagined” his level of success, as he prepared for the release last week of his debut book. Shetty has become known as one of the most influential people on social media, as well as a…

US House of Representatives pass legislation to honour slain Sikh…

The US House of Representatives has unanimously passed a legislation to name a post office in Houston after Indian-American police officer Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal, who was gunned down in the line of duty a year ago. The bipartisan legislation, deputy Sandeep Singh Dhaliwal Post Office Act, was co-sponsored by the…

Kamala Harris’ parents found common ground in a Black study…

A Black study group that focussed on race drew Shyamala Gopalan, mother of Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris, and her husband Donald Harris together when they arrived at the University of California at Berkeley, a media report said. A report in The New York Times said that at an…

‘We do have two systems of justice in America’: Kamala…

The US has two systems of justice for Black and White Americans, Democratic vice presidential nominee Kamala Harris has said, as the senator rebuked president Donald Trump and his attorney general for denying there is systemic racism in the country''s justice system. The strong criticism from Harris, the first Black…

Kamala Harris says she would not trust Trump on COVID19…

The Democratic party's vice-presidential candidate Kamala Harris on Sunday (6) said that she would not trust US President Donald Trump on a COVID-19 vaccine unless there is a credible source of information that talks about its efficacy and reliability. Indian-American Harris, 55, is a Senator from California. She is the…

Pakistan’s only Asian elephant prepared for new home

A team of international vets using tranquilliser darts, flatbreads and the soothing lyrics of Frank Sinatra conducted a medical examination on Pakistan's only Asian elephant, ahead of his planned move to Cambodia. The plight of Kaavan, an overweight, 35-year-old bull elephant has drawn international condemnation and highlighted the woeful state…

US will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapon, says…

The United States will not allow Iran to obtain nuclear weapon, Democratic vice-presidential nominee Kamala Harris said on Wednesday (26), asserting that if voted to power, a Biden Administration will work with allies to strengthen the Obama-era nuclear deal with Tehran and push back its other destabilizing actions. Training her…

Harris’s mixed Asian-African heritage reflects her priorities

By Sunder Katwala Director British Future thinktank THE US political conventions this year have lacked the usual razzmatazz. Social distancing converted the Democrat jam­boree into a four-day online marathon, leaving even committed political aficionados feeling Zoomed out. Yet the goal was the same – the best possible springboard in the…

Public service at centre of Kamala Harris’ upbringing: uncle

Kamala Harris's late mother instilled in her daughter a strong public service ethic and a drive to help the underprivileged that will make her the most active vice president in US history, her uncle said Thursday (20). As she formally accepted the Democratic Party's nomination on Wednesday (19) to run…

Meghan Markle breaks from royal protocol, calls for ‘change we…

MEGHAN MARKLE, the wife of Prince Harry, on Thursday (20) broke from protocol normally followed by British royals in calling for a "change" in the upcoming US presidential election. Her comments came during a virtual "voter registration couch party" organised by When We All Vote, an outreach group co-chaired by…

Value of Kamala’s past

By Amit Roy THE choice of Kamala Harris as Joe Biden’s run­ning mate has added a new excitement to No­vember’s presidential election in America. Back in 2008, I made a point of going to the US when it was even more exciting with Barack Oba­ma running as the Demo­cratic candidate.…

‘Momala’ Kamala Harris accepts nomination at Democratic convention

KAMALA HARRIS accepted her historic vice presidential nomination Wednesday (19) after being introduced by three of her closest female relatives, a symbol of the central role women have played in her trailblazing life and could have in November's election. Known as "Momala" to her two step-children, the 55-year-old US senator…

Michelle Obama warns at DNC that Trump is ‘in over…

At the 2016 Democratic National Convention, former first lady Michelle Obama told party members that "when they go low, we go high.” After four years of president Donald Trump, she came back to give it to them straight. “If you think things cannot possibly get worse, trust me they can;…

Biden blasts Trump for ‘abhorrent’ birther rhetoric on Harris

White House hopeful Joe Biden on Friday (14) levelled fierce criticism at Donald Trump, with his campaign saying the president has resorted to "abhorrent" lies about Democrat Kamala Harris's eligibility to be vice president. Biden named Harris, a woman of color who was born in the United States and is…

Strong memories of her mother fuel Kamala Harris’s bid for…

SPEAKING from the Senate floor for the first time, Kamala Harris expressed gratitude for a woman on whose shoulders she said she stood. In her autobiography, Harris interspersed the well-worn details of her resume with an extended ode to the one she calls “the reason for everything.” And taking the…

Trump promotes false birther theory about Kamala Harris

US president Donald Trump said Thursday (13) he had heard Democratic vice-presidential running mate Kamala Harris was not eligible to serve, stoking a false claim echoing the baseless "birther" theory he promoted about Barack Obama. At a White House news conference, Trump was asked about "claims circulating on social media"…

‘One of us’: South Asians celebrate Harris as VP choice

Two words summed up Tamani Jayasinghe’s exuberance for the first Indian American and Black woman to run for vice president: “Kamala Aunty.” That title of respect that goes beyond family in Asian circles immediately came to mind when Joe Biden announced Kamala Harris as his running mate. So the 27-year-old…

Back in India, a proud uncle and aunt admire ‘very…

KAMALA HARRIS'S late mother left India in 1960, but half a world away from Washington the uncle and aunt of the US vice-president hopeful follow her every move -- and are very proud. Harris was born in California in 1964 to a Jamaican father, economics professor John Harris, and breast cancer…

Biden ‘nailed this decision’ in picking Harris to be his…

Former US president Barack Obama has joined top Democrats, including Hillary Clinton, to praise Indian-American Senator Kamala Harris'' selection as the party''s vice presidential candidate in the November election, saying Joe Biden has "nailed this decision". Presumptive Democratic party presidential nominee Biden on Tuesday named 55-year-old Harris as his vice…

Indian-Americans hail historic selection of Kamala Harris as Biden’s running…

Leading Indian-American groups and individuals, including former Pepsico chief Indra Nooyi, have hailed the nomination of Indian-origin Senator Kamala Harris as Democratic vice presidential candidate, saying it was a "great choice" and a "moment of pride" for the entire community in the US. However, there were also some community members…

Joe Biden picks Kamala Harris to be first black woman…

Presidential hopeful Joe Biden named Senator Kamala Harris, a former rival in the White House race, as his running mate on Tuesday (11), marking a historic first for American women of color. Biden's announcement capped a months-long search for a Democratic partner to challenge president Donald Trump in November. Harris,…

Uber earnings hit hard as pandemic stalls revenue

UBER has reported a $1.8 billion loss in the recently ended quarter as the Covid-19 pandemic caused its shared-ride business revenue to plunge. Overall revenues skidded 29 per cent from a year ago to $2.2 billion, as gains from delivery failed to offset a massive 75 per cent drop in…

Seth defends choice of white scriptwriter for a suitable boy…

By Amit Roy A SUBCONTINENTAL expression which amuses me is “a befitting reply”, which Pakistani and Indian politicians and generals deploy every time the two countries have any kind of conflict. Now, Vikram Seth has given a ‘befitting reply’ to the suggestion that Andrew Davies should have been disqualified from…

Destination Capital Formed as Investment Fund to Revive Hospitality Sector

Asia Pacific mandate with a focus on acquiring hospitality assets in Thailand with turnaround and value add potential The company plans to acquire a portfolio of 12-15 hotels over the next 18 months with capital values ranging up to 1.5 billion Baht. Five strategic hotel asset management initiatives: Recapitalize, Reposition,…

US top court says Sri Lankan asylum seeker cannot appeal…

The US Supreme Court ruled on Thursday that asylum seekers rejected in fast-track proceedings have no right to appeal in federal court, a victory for President Donald Trump. The ruling, supported by seven of the nine court justices, backed the Trump administration, which wants to accelerate the expulsion of thousands…

Raab slammed for saying taking the knee is sign of…

DOMINIC RAAB on Thursday (18) sparked mockery and dismay by suggesting the anti-racism protest of taking the knee was a symbol of "subjugation" that originated with the Game of Thrones. Premier League footballers took a knee on Wednesday evening in solidarity with demonstrations across the world sparked by the killing…

Indian-origin US Senator Kamala Harris helps Biden to raise $3.5…

INDIAN-ORIGIN California Senator Kamala Harris helped former vice president and 2020 Democratic presidential nominee Joe Biden to raise $3.5 million during the virtual mega fund raiser. Tuesday's (9) fundraiser is the second-largest single event haul so far for the Biden campaign, which raised $4 million at an event in early…

Johnson terms Flyod killing ‘appalling, inexcusable’, backs ‘lawful, reasonable’ protests

BORIS JOHNSON on Wednesday (3) condemned the killing of George Floyd by police in the US, but declined to say whether he had spoken about the issue with key ally Donald Trump. "I think what happened in the United States was appalling, inexcusable," the prime minister told lawmakers in Parliament,…

Indian-American aerospace expert named chief of US defence giant General…

A PROMINENT Indian-American aerospace and defence expert has been appointed as the chief of one of the world's leading privately held nuclear and defence companies, General Atomics Global Corporation, based in California. Vivek Lall, 50, who played key roles in some major Indo-US defence deals between India and the US,…

Indians launch SOS campaign to travel home with minor children…

A group of 85 distressed Indians in the US have launched a SOS campaign to travel back home, urging the Indian government to allow their minor children having American citizenship with valid Indian visas to accompany them to India. Travel to India by a non-Indian citizen, except for certain categories…

Trump accuses Twitter of ‘stifling free speech’ for placing fact-check…

DONALD TRUMP has alleged that Twitter was "interfering" in the US election and "completely stifling" free speech, after the social media network placed a fact-checking warning under one of his tweets for the first time. Twitter on Tuesday (26) prompted readers to check the facts in the US president's tweets, warning…

Cambridge University rules out face-to-face lectures, plans online classes next…

CAMBRIDGE UNIVERSITY has become one of the first in the world to announce that all its lectures would be delivered online over the next academic year because of the coronavirus outbreak. The university, which shut its campuses to students in March after the British government introduced a strict lockdown to…

WHO warns ‘long way to go’ in coronavirus crisis

The global coronavirus crisis will not end any time soon, with many countries still in the early stages of the fight, health experts have warned as researchers revealed the first US deaths from the disease came weeks before the alarm was raised there. The COVID-19 pandemic has killed more than…

Deep connection: virus takes India’s spiritual retreats online

At a remote hillside retreat in northern India, Tibetan Buddhist nun Tenzin Drolma usually holds intimate, face-to-face classes - but since the coronavirus pandemic forced them online, her lessons have been packed with people seeking inner peace under lockdown. Drolma had expected around 100 students to join her free video…

Trump says WHO ‘must be held accountable’, halts US funding

DONALD TRUMP has halted US funding to the World Health Organization over its handling of the coronavirus pandemic as the country registered over 600,000 cases of Covid-19 and 28,300 deaths. Trump, who has reacted angrily to criticism of his administration's response to the worst epidemic in a century, has become…

More than 40 Indian-Americans die of COVID-19 in US

More than 40 Indian-Americans and citizens of India have reportedly lost their lives due to the deadly coronavirus and the number of those having tested positive for the dreaded disease is likely over 1,500, according to community leaders in the US, now the global COVID-19 hotspot. The US has become…

Facebook sues Indian techie for COVID-19 fake news

Facebook has filed a lawsuit against an Indian man for running a software company that pushed deceptive advertisements and misinformation about COVID-19 on social media by bypassing its advertising review process. The suit, filed in federal court in California, alleges that Basant       Gajjar's company LeadCloak provided ad-cloaking software designed…

More than 40 Indians die of COVID-19 in US

MORE than 40 Indian-Americans and Indian nationals have reportedly died due to COVID-19 and the number of those having tested positive for the dreaded disease is likely over 1,500, according to community leaders in the US. The US has become the world's first country to have registered more than 2,000…

My top 10 fashion heroes – Ritika Pabla

10. Sophia Amoruso: Born and raised in California, Sophia holds a special place in my heart. She started an online thrift store business by purchasing clothes in local San Francisco shops, and reselling the items on eBay. She slowly started to gain traction as her business began to boom and…

Zoom hires ex-Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as adviser

Zoom Video Communications Inc (ZM.O) has tapped former Facebook security chief Alex Stamos as an adviser as safety and privacy concerns about its fast-growing video-conferencing app drive a global backlash against the company. Recently, Google banned the desktop version of Zoom from corporate laptops. Coronavirus lockdowns have driven a surge…

Fury at ruling to release man behind Daniel Pearl’s kidnap,…

By Amit Roy THERE is a simple reason why Omar Sheikh has not been hanged under Pakistani law for masterminding the kidnap and beheading of the Wall Street Journal reporter Daniel Pearl in Karachi in 2002 – and that is be­cause he was working for Pakistan’s Inter-Services Intelligence (ISI). While…

Trump warns of ‘very, very painful’ days, as US toll…

The US is headed for a "tough two weeks", President Donald Trump has warned, advising people to be prepared for the "hard days" ahead, as the country fights the coronavirus pandemic that's projected to  claim 100,000 to 200,000 lives in the coming weeks. In perhaps his most somber news conference…

Indian embassy in US offers free online yoga classes

THE Indian embassy in Washington has announced free online yoga classes to help people maintain themselves "healthy" and "cheerful" even as they are forced to stay indoors and work from home due to the coronavirus pandemic that has taken more than 1,100 lives in the US. The free yoga class…

Trump faces calls for tougher action on COVID-19 pandemic

Following the 21-day national lockdown announced by India and tough measures by other countries, the US government faced calls for similar steps in the country to combat the coronavirus pandemic. Authorities expressed alarm over the sharply-growing number of confirmed cases that has spiralled over 50,000. On Monday (23), President Donald…

COVID-19: 10,000 infected, 130 dead in a single day in…

OVER 10,000 confirmed coronavirus cases and over 130 deaths were reported in a single day in the US. Now, the total number of patients and fatalities rise to 43,734 and 550 respectively by Monday (23) night. The US president Donald Trump has signed an executive order to prevent hoarding of…

Walt Disney postpones India launch of streaming service

AMERICAN entertainment conglomerate Walt Disney Co has delayed the March 29 launch of its Disney+ streaming service in India, where it was gearing up to open another front against global rival Netflix Inc. The launch of Disney+ through its local partner Hotstar was timed to coincide with the beginning of…

Harvard Medical School recommends yoga to deal with COVID-19 anxiety

A leading medical school in the US has recommended yoga, meditation and controlled breathing to address anxiety issues related to the novel coronavirus that has now spread fast across America. There are at least 3,485 cases of the novel coronavirus in the US, according to the state and local health…

Monsoon Wedding and A Suitable Boy set to charm audiences

By Amit Roy MIRA NAIR looks set to usher in an Indian summer with a musical version of her 2001 film, Monsoon Wedding, while BBC One will show the filmmaker’s sixpart adaptation of Vikram Seth’s magnum opus, A Suitable Boy, at around the same time. “The story of Monsoon Wedding the musical…

More than 120 Indians on virus-hit US cruise ship

THERE were over 120 Indians in the Grand Princess cruise ship that US authorities allowed to dock in California on Monday (9) after keeping it away at sea for days off because of an outbreak of Coronavirus on board affecting both passengers and crew. The ship was carrying 2,421 passengers and 1,113 crew…

Kamala Harris endorses Joe Biden for US President

California Senator Kamala Harris on Sunday (8) endorsed Joe Biden for president, asserting that there is no one better prepared than him to steer America through "turbulent times" and she would do "everything" in her power to help elect the former US vice-president. In less than a week, Harris on…

Dominant Australia crush India to win fifth T20 World Cup

A rampant Australia emphatically swept to their fifth women's Twenty20 World Cup title Sunday, crushing India by 85 runs in front of more than 86,000 fans at the Melbourne Cricket Ground. Alyssa Healy smashed a quick-fire 75 and Beth Mooney an unbeaten 78 as the defending champions plundered an ominous…

CCTV exposes scammers in Indian call centres

THE full extent of phone scammers in India has been exposed by a UK hacker, as CCTV footage uncovering the criminals at work has been released online. Each year, thousands of people from the UK fall victim to phone scams – many of which are held in phone centres abroad,…

‘America First’ vs ‘Make in India’ as Modi hosts Trump

Trade ties between the United States and India have long been problematic but under "America First" president Donald Trump and "Make in India" prime minister Narendra Modi, they have worsened. While eclipsed by his trade war with China, Trump's tussle with India, and New Delhi's prickly reaction, has made a…

Google Maps marks Kashmir’s outlines as ‘disputed’ when seen from…

Google Maps has redrawn the world's borders which look different depending upon where the user is viewing them from, with the popular search engine showing Kashmir's outlines as a dotted line acknowledging "dispute" when it is seen from outside India, a leading American daily has reported. According to the Washington…

Rishi Sunak: Rapid rise of UK’s new Chancellor

Rishi Sunak, a 39-year-old high-flying business investor who only entered politics five years ago, has enjoyed a rapid rise to become Britain's new Chancellor of the Exchequer. Sunak entered parliament in 2015 and got his foot on the most junior rung of government in January 2018 -- and was still…

Super fan of the week – Rubina Dilaik

SMALL screen superstar Rubina Dilaik has lit up television with perfect performances that have delighted fans around the world, including a winning turn in smash hit serial Shakti – Astitva Ke Ehsaas Ki. One of her many dedicated admirers is Sushma. Eastern Eye caught up with the super fan to…

Amrit Singh becomes US’ Harris County’s first deputy constable with…

INDIAN-American law enforcement officer Amrit Singh has scripted history by becoming the first-ever turban-wearing Sikh to be sworn in as Deputy Constable in Harris County in the US state of Texas. Singh, 21, will be the first in his profession to wear his articles of faith - a turban, beard,…

Man faces murder charges in US car crash: Reports

AN INDIAN-American man is facing multiple murder charges after he intentionally rammed his vehicle into a car ferrying six teenagers in California, killing three of them and injuring the rest before fleeing, according to US media reports. Anurag Chandra, 42, a resident of California's Corona city, was arrested shortly after…

Joe Biden ready to make Kamala Harris running mate in…

Senator Kamala Harris, who ended her presidential campaign on a disappointing note last month could still find herself in the White House after Democratic Party frontrunner Joe Biden said he would consider her "for anything" she would be interested in, including the position of vice president. Harris, who was once…

Sikh taxi driver brutally assaulted in California

A 57-YEAR-old Indian-origin Sikh taxi driver has been brutally assaulted and hit with a with a barbeque grill cover in the head in front of his home in the US state of California, media reports said, second such attack in less than a fortnight. Baljeet Singh Sidhu, who works as…

Monsoon Wedding to hit the UK in summer

MIRA NAIR TO SHOWCASE MUSICAL’S NEW AND ‘DEFINITIVE’ VERSION by AMIT ROY DIRECTOR Mira Nair, who is currently filming a BBC TV adaptation of Vikram Seth’s A Suitable Boy on location in India, revealed another of her projects is ready for release in the UK. This is a musical version…

Indian-American Peter Mathews to run for Congress

Indian-American Peter Mathews, also a political analyst on CNN television, will be running for Congress. Mathews, who was born in India and immigrated to the US along with his parents at the age of 10, announced to enter the race for US House of Representatives from 47th Congressional District of…

Kamala Harris quits US presidential race

  INDIAN American Senator Kamala Harris ended her 2020 presidential bid on Tuesday (3), abandoning a campaign that began with promise for a rising star in the Democratic Party but faltered as she struggled to raise money or make a compelling case for her candidacy. "I've taken stock and looked…

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