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‘Be vigilant with new or multiple sexual partners’, urges UK…

A high-level UK health official asked British citizens to remain vigilant against the symptoms of Monkeypox when getting involved with new or multiple sexual partners amid the rising number of cases. On Friday, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) published another technical briefing on the Monkeypox as it stated that…

Ben Stokes becomes first Test player to hit century of…

England all-rounder and Test captain Ben Stokes is now the first Test cricketer to have hit 100 sixes and have taken 100 wickets. The star English all-rounder achieved this landmark during the third and final Test against England at Headingley in Leeds. In the first innings, Stokes played a short…

Tory rebels plot next move to oust British PM Boris…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson is facing another brewing rebellion against his leadership of the Conservative Party after the governing party faced two crushing by-election defeats. In a triple blow, Johnson not only lost a Tory stronghold in the southern England constituency of Tiverton & Honiton and an important seat…

Decoded: Is Dominic Raab’s Bill of Rights an attack on…

THE UK government introduced legislation allowing it to override rulings by the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), after a judge in Strasbourg blocked flights removing asylum seekers to Rwanda. Deputy prime minister Dominic Raab said the new 'Bill of Rights' would 'restore a healthy dose of common sense' to…

Health & social care secretary Sajid Javid urges men to…

UK HEALTH and social care secretary Sajid Javid on Friday (24) set out actions being taken to prevent suicides and urged men to talk about their mental health in a speech at suicide prevention charity Papyrus’s headquarters in London. In his speech, spurred by his own family’s experience of suicide…

Tata Chemicals Europe opens UK’s largest carbon capture plant in…

TATA Chemicals Europe (TCE) on Friday (24) officially opened the UK’s first industrial scale carbon capture and usage plant, setting up a key milestone in the race to meet the country’s net-zero targets. The project worth £20 million has been completed by the Northwich-based company, one of Europe’s leading producers…

Adil Rashid set to miss India series for Hajj pilgrimage,…

ENGLAND spinner Adil Rashid will not be featuring in the white-ball series against India as he is all set to make his way to Mecca for the Hajj pilgrimage. England will be squaring off against India in a multi-format series, starting from July 1 with the Test match. It will…

Saif Ali Khan is on a shopping spree in UK,…

Kareena Kapoor Khan's latest Instagram post is proof of the fact that she is having loads of fun vacationing with her family in the UK. Taking to the social media application, Kareena dropped a picture of her husband Saif Ali Khan from the streets of the UK. In the image,…

‘We cannot carry on with business as usual’: Britain’s Conservative…

Oliver Dowden, the chairman of British Prime Minister Boris Johnson's Conservative party, resigned on Friday, saying it could not carry on with business as usual after two crushing by-election defeats and someone had to take responsibility."Yesterday's parliamentary by-elections are the latest in a run of very poor results for our…

No ranking points on offer but Wimbledon no exhibition

Wimbledon starts on Monday without Russia's world number one Daniil Medvedev and Belarus's former top-ranked Victoria Azarenka but the grasscourt Grand Slam will hardly feel like an exhibition event despite no ranking points on offer. The 2022 edition of the world's most prestigious tennis tournament will be held without points…

A Wimbledon without Federer, McEnroe looks on the bright side

Wimbledon is set to kick off without Roger Federer for the first time in over two decades next week and with the clock ticking down on the Swiss maestro's career John McEnroe said he was grateful for being able to watch him play the sport for so long. Federer, who…

Zahawi terms proposed teachers’ strike as ‘unforgivable’ and ‘irresponsible’

UK education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said that teachers going on strike would be 'unforgivable' and 'irresponsible' in the wake of the disruption caused to children's learning due to the pandemic, according to a report. His comments came after the National Education Union (NEU) said it would consult its members…

Economic crisis is forcing Brits to opt for gambling, crypto:…

Britain's worsening cost-of-living squeeze is pushing some people into gambling and cryptocurrency investments in last-ditch attempts to make ends meet, a gambling charity warned on Thursday.GamCare said it had increasingly received calls from people receiving state welfare payments who had gambled in the hope they could cover soaring energy and…

ECB appoints Muslim inclusion adviser post racism scandal

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has appointed a Muslim inclusion body as an adviser, a report said.  Nujum Sports, which devised the Muslim athlete charter, will work with the men's and women's England teams, the 18 counties and the recreational game, the BBC reported. Former Yorkshire player Azeem…

Number of women having an abortion reaches record high in…

THE latest annual abortion statistics report has revealed that a record number of abortions took place in England and Wales last year, according to a report.  There were 214,869 terminations in 2021, the highest number since the procedure became legal in Great Britain through the 1967 Abortion Act. Almost nine…

As Rwanda hosts Commonwealth, here all you need to know…

ESTABLISHED more than 70 years ago, it has the stated aim of upholding democracy, rule of law and good governance around the world. Here are a few key things to know about it: Key facts Full name: Commonwealth of Nations Member states: 54 Head of the Commonwealth: Queen Elizabeth II…

UK inflation hits new 40-year high of 9.1%, set to…

British annual inflation has hit a fresh 40-year high, official data showed Wednesday, further eroding workers' wages and pressuring the Bank of England to keep on raising interest rates.The rate edged higher to 9.1 percent in May from 9.0 percent in April, remaining at the highest level since 1982, the…

UK to bring in new Bill of Rights to sidestep…

Britain will begin legislating on Wednesday for a new Bill of Rights to give the government the power to ignore rulings from the European Court of Human Rights (ECHR), which last week blocked ministers' plans to send migrants to Rwanda.Last Tuesday, the ECHR issued last minute injunctions to prevent a…

Scottish cricketer John Blain ‘charged’ in Yorkshire racism case: Report

The England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) is believed to have charged prolific Scottish cricketer John Blain in its investigation into the allegations of racism surrounding Yorkshire County Cricket Club.The board had said last week that Yorkshire and a "number of individuals" were charged but had not named anyone.During his…

Nairita Chakraborty becomes commissioner of UK history preservation body

A British Indian architect and design advocate has been named as the commissioner of the public body overseeing the UK’s environment and heritage.  Nairita Chakraborty has been appointed as the commissioner of Historic England and will start her new role on July 1 for a term of four years until…

Gaps in student mental health services to be addressed

STUDENTS are set to benefit from a better integration of mental health services to prevent them falling through the gaps at university. The new scheme will bring together university, National Health Service (NHS) and mental health services to create regional partnerships that could include physical hubs that students can visit…

Rail strikes: ‘People who physically need to turn up for…

RUSH-HOUR commuters in the UK faced chaos on Tuesday (21) as railway workers began the network's biggest strike action in more than three decades, with a cost-of-living crisis threatening wider industrial action. Last-ditch talks to avert the strike broke down on Monday, meaning more than 50,000 members of rail union…

Tiverton and Honiton by-election: UK PM Johnson faces prospect of…

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson could this week lose two parliamentary seats that once illustrated his broad appeal, showing his declining popularity that could spur his party to try to find a way to oust him.His Conservative Party are contesting two by-elections on Thursday: one in Tiverton and Honiton, a…

Jehan Daruvala set to become third Indian to drive a…

Mumbai Falcons is proud to announce that Indian racer Jehan Daruvala will take part in a test with world championship-winning team McLaren this week in their 2021 Formula 1 car. Jehan will drive the MCL35M car at the Silverstone circuit in England. The test will give Jehan, who is currently…

52,000 people tried to cross the English Channel in 2021:…

THE number of migrants seeking to cross the Channel from France to England rose 68 per cent in the first half of 2022, the French interior ministry said Monday (20). From January 1 to June 13, there were 777 attempted crossings involving 20,132 people, up 68 percent on the same…

Shocking! Nearly 70% of ethnic minority NHS leaders experienced racism…

More than half of black and minority ethnic (BME) NHS leaders considered leaving the health service in the last three years because of their experience of racist treatment while performing their role as an NHS leader, according to an NHS ConfederationThe online survey, conducted between April and May this year,…

Offered president Zelenskiy a major new military training programme that…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson offered to launch a military training programme for Ukrainian forces on Friday (17) as he met president Volodymyr Zelenskiy in Kyiv on his second trip to the Ukrainian capital since Russia's invasion. Johnson, who survived a no confidence vote earlier this month, was greeted by…

Female teacher who is sacked for letting 15-year-old pupils pose…

A female teacher who was sacked for letting pupils as young as 15 pose topless and simulate masturbation for a school project has claimed that she is a victim of a 'deep injustice', according to a report.  Emma Wright, 41, has been banned from teaching indefinitely after allowing students at…

How to stay safe during heatwave as Britons swelters on…

UK authorities issued a health alert after temperatures were forecast to top 30C on Friday (17). Thursday (16) was the hottest day of the year so far, with 29.5C recorded at Northolt in west London. The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has issued a level 3 heat-health alert for London…

Basket sizes coming down a little bit, customers opting for…

Britons are buying less, switching to cheaper products and shopping more often as they try to cope with soaring inflation, supermarket giant Tesco said on Friday, describing the market environment as "incredibly challenging".Pessimism weighing on Britain's households has hit unprecedented levels, as wages struggle to keep pace with inflation that…

Unnecessary prescriptions are costing NHS £1bn a year, causing unwanted…

ENGLAND’s most senior doctor has said that doctors must stop prescribing 'a pill for every ill' as patients will develop side effects in the future, according to a report.  Professor Sir Stephen Powis added that unnecessary prescriptions are costing the NHS £1 billion a year, The Times reported. According to…

FCA announces funeral plan providers it intends to authorise

THE Financial Conduct Authority (“FCA”) has published a list of providers it plans to authorise when the pre-paid funeral plans industry comes under its regulation from July 29. There are 24 firms on the list, including the largest funeral plan providers. Together, these firms hold approximately 87 per cent of…

English universities’ reliance on overseas students fees leaves them at…

A report by MPs has revealed that Universities in England are facing significant financial risks because of their over-dependence on foreign students, according to a media report. The report by the public accounts committee (PAC) blamed the government and regulators for failing to ensure students receive value for money for…

New deal for private renters announced: Landlords will have to…

THE UK on Thursday (16) announced the biggest shake-up of the private rented sector in 30 years. As part of the overhaul announced by housing secretary Michael Gove, landlords will have to refund rent if homes are not kept in good condition. Besides, fixed-term tenancies are outlawed and replaced with…

Kevin Spacey denies sexual assault charges in UK court, gets…

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey on Thursday "strenuously" denied claims that he sexually assaulted three men, as the US star appeared in a London court to face charges. Deputy Chief Magistrate Tan Ikram granted him unconditional bail until the next hearing, set for 9:30 am (0830 GMT) on July 14 at…

Open University training course says white ‘superiority’ is ‘embedded’ in…

A training course devised by the UK’s Open University claims “white superiority” has been “embedded” in the English language and white Europeans have most “successfully” imposed racist ideas.According to the programme titled Union Black, which was launched in 2021 with a £500,000 backing from Santander, “white hegemony” is “covertly weaved”…

Long queue in diagnostic tests drops as NHS’ massive catch-up…

THE number of people on the waiting list for diagnostic tests has dropped and two-thirds fewer people are waiting for more than two years for elective care, new figures have shown, as the National Health Service (NHS) continues to make progress in the biggest catch-up in health service history. The…

Bank of England raises interest rates to 1.25%: How do…

FACED with the highest inflation in four decades, central banks in the US, eurozone and UK are hiking interest rates in order to contain inflation. The reversal in monetary policy will have a tangible impact on the real economy for consumers as well as businesses in these countries, and elsewhere…

‘He has an impact already’: Eng pacer Broad praises head…

After registering a five-wicket win over New Zealand in the second Test of the three-match series, England pacer Stuart Broad lavished praise on his new head coach, Brendon McCullum and said that he already made an 'impact' in the team.Jonny Bairstow and captain Ben Stokes shined for England with the…

‘We do not consider living in Rwanda a punishment’ –…

Rwanda insisted Wednesday it was still ready to take in asylum seekers being deported by the UK under a controversial deal after a first flight was cancelled following a court injunction."We are not deterred by these developments. Rwanda remains fully committed to making this partnership work," government spokeswoman Yolande Makolo…

No fixed date for when UK will send first migrants…

Britain's government cannot give a fixed date for when it will first be able to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, deputy prime minister and justice secretary Dominic Raab said on Thursday.Britain's initial attempt to deport asylum seekers - part of a policy designed to deter dangerous sea crossings of the…

ECB charge Yorkshire and seven individuals following Azeem Rafiq racism…

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) has charged Yorkshire cricket club and seven people for bringing the game into disrepute over racism allegations, according to a report.  However, the board has chosen not to name the individuals, the Sky News reported. The ECB began an investigation in 2021 after…

Network Rail to passengers: Plan ahead as there is no…

NETWORK Rail has urged passengers to plan ahead and travel only if necessary as there was 'no real hope' of avoiding the biggest railway strike in 30 years next week, according to a report.  Network Rail confirmed that large parts of Great Britain will have no passenger services on strike days.…

This YouTuber says beggars in London could be making £35k…

A YouTube star said some of the beggars on London’s streets could be “secret millionaires” as they could earn “up to £35,000” a year despite living rough.Tọ́ba Courage, who runs the YouTube channel The Hack with some 854,000 subscribers, said some of the beggars he interacted with earned up to…

Jonny Bairstow scores second-fastest Test century for England

ENGLAND batter Jonny Bairstow on Tuesday (14) scored the second-fastest century for his country in Test cricket and surpassed the record of Ben Stokes. Bairstow achieved this feat during the second Test of the three-match series against New Zealand at Trent Bridge, where he smashed his ton in just 77…

Rossi relishes Hungary’s ‘miracle’ win over England

Hungary produced a "miracle" by defeating England 4-0 in the Nations League on Tuesday but they must keep their feet on the ground as results like this do not come around too often, coach Marco Rossi said.Roland Sallai scored twice at Molineux Stadium as Hungary handed England their worst home…

UK confident it can overturn legal ban on Rwanda plan

Britain is confident it can overcome legal challenges to its bid to deport asylum seekers to Rwanda following a last minute intervention by European judges that grounded the first flight minutes before it was due to depart late on Tuesday.The government had been forced to fight a series of legal…

Kevin Spacey due in London court on Thursday to face…

Hollywood actor Kevin Spacey has been formally charged with sexual assault and will appear before a court in London later this week, police said on Monday. The Metropolitan Police said the 62-year-old actor would appear at Westminster Magistrates Court at 0900 GMT on Thursday to face four counts of sexual…

We will not be deterred from Rwanda asylum plan: Boris…

THE UK government on Tuesday (14) defended its controversial policy to send asylum seekers to Rwanda, even as the entire senior leadership of the Church of England branded it shameful and immoral. According to Daily Mail, opening Cabinet this morning, prime minister Boris Johnson said, "What is happening with the…

EXCLUSIVE: ‘We don’t have enough donors from Asian backgrounds, I…

Fewer than five per cent of blood donors who gave blood in the last year were from black, Asian and minority ethnic communities. Yet 1,000 people in England – mostly people from Asian backgrounds – suffer from a disease called thalassaemia that affects red blood cells, requiring regular blood transfusions…

One in seven people in the world has Lyme disease:…

SINGER Justin Bieber and model Bella Hadid are some of the few celebrities who have spoken publicly about their battle with Lyme disease. However, new estimates suggest that up to one in seven people in the world may have had the illness. The new findings could open up avenues to tackle…

‘An immoral policy that shames Britain’: Church of England leaders…

SENIOR leaders at the Church of England have called the Home Office's plan to deport migrants to Rwanda 'immoral'.  The Most Rev Justin Welby and the Most Rev Stephen Cottrell, the senior leaders, alongside 23 bishops criticised the plan. "Whether or not the first deportation flight leaves Britain today for…

UK unemployment edges higher as inflation slams wages; Rishi Sunak…

BRITAIN's unemployment rate has risen slightly while soaring inflation is causing the value of wages to fall at the fastest pace in more than a decade, official data showed Tuesday (14). Unemployment rose to 3.8 per cent in the three months to the end of April, but remained close to…

Erling Haaland satisfies Man City’s need for a striker and…

Manchester City are still waiting for their moment of Champions League glory, but by winning the race to sign Erling Haaland they have established themselves as a go-to destination for Europe's top talent.The 21-year-old goalscoring phenomenon had his choice of the continent's top clubs thanks to a reported buyout clause…

EU threatens legal action over UK’s N.Ireland trade bill

The EU threatened legal action against Britain after the UK government on Monday introduced legislation proposing a unilateral overhaul to the post-Brexit trade deal it signed for Northern Ireland."It is with significant concern that we take note of today's decision by the UK Government to table legislation," European Commission Vice…

As inflation soars, Lloyds to give staff £1,000 to ease…

THE rocketing inflation in the UK saw Lloyds, the country’s biggest domestic bank, telling its staff members on Monday (13) that it would provide a one-off £1,000 to a vast majority of them to make their living a little better. The offer has been made to around 64,000 of the…

Accent discrimination have profound negative social, economic implications: Research

As the British Academy’s annual two-day Summer Showcase will be held later this week, a research team will explain how a regional difference in English accents could lead to prejudice.According to the team which will set up a stall at the event, its exhibit will map the “deeply embedded prejudices…

Rishi Sunak speaks on April GDP statistics, says world seeing…

NATIONS around the world are witnessing a sluggish growth and the UK is no exception. This is what Rishi Sunak, the chancellor to the exchequer, said in response to the official revelation that the British economy shrank unexpectedly in April which added to the fears of an acute slowdown just…

Virat Kohli on vacation mode on beach ahead of England…

Ahead of the upcoming England tour, former India skipper Virat Kohli is off for a vacation.Taking to his Twitter, Virat posted a picture of him, sitting on a beach and relaxing.Virat was rested for the ongoing T20I series against South Africa, following his lean patch in the Indian Premier League…

No double hundred, no problem for New Zealand’s Mitchell

NEW ZEALAND's Daryl Mitchell said he has no regrets after falling agonisingly short of a maiden test double hundred in the second match against England. The middle-order batsman fell after a career-best 190, and his 236-run collaboration with fellow centurion Tom Blundell was the bedrock of New Zealand's robust first innings…

Pandemic-time health and social care ‘heroes’ faced abuse, investigation finds

FRONTLINE low-paid health and care workers who were branded heroes during the Covid-19 pandemic suffered racism, harassment and bullying, Britain’s top equality body has uncovered. According to the Equality and Human Rights Commission (EHRC), *It may have underestimated the extent of the abuse because employers were not collecting relevant data.…

GP surgeries to provide specialist mental health support

THOUSANDS of new mental health experts will be on hand to support people in their local GP practice amid a record demand for services, the head of the NHS announced on Saturday (11). Fully trained experts from local NHS trusts will offer people with severe mental health problems such as…

Are Covid cases going up in the UK? This interactive…

England reported a jump in Covid-19 cases for the first time since March, as the virus appears to be bouncing back after a months-long lull.According to data from the Office for National Statistics (ONS), 797,500 people tested positive for the disease on June 2, accounting for 1.46 per cent of…

‘Most significant’ shipwreck since Mary Rose found off UK coast

A British warship that sank in 1682 while carrying a future king has been located off eastern England, in a find described as the "most significant historic maritime discovery since the raising of the Mary Rose in 1982".The announcement follows 15 years of secret verification work due to the need…

UK minister denies billions wasted over rising interest rates

A British minister on Friday denied a claim that the Treasury's decision not to insure against Bank of England interest-rate rises had cost taxpayers £11 billion ($13.7 billion) during a cost-of-living crisis. "The Treasury has inaccurately been accused of wasting billions of pounds," John Glen, a junior Treasury minister working…

UK’s first flight taking migrants to Rwanda can go ahead,…

Britain's government overcame a legal challenge to its controversial policy to begin deporting asylum seekers to Rwanda as the High Court dismissed campaigners' attempts to win an injunction and said the first flight could leave next week.Charities and a trade union had launched a challenge earlier this week against the…

England opens doors to world’s best teachers

AS part of its commitment to ensure that every student in the country learns from excellent teachers, the British government has decided to support the best teaching talents from across the globe to work in schools in England from next year. International teachers who aspire to teach in English schools…

Rishi Sunak accused of squandering £11bn of taxpayers’ money, here’s…

BRITAIN's oldest independent economic research firm has alleged that chancellor Rishi Sunak wasted £11 billion of taxpayers’ money by paying too much in interest on UK debt, according to a report.  The national institute of economic and social research (NIESR) has said that the losses were the result of Sunak's…

UK banks no longer ‘too big to fail’: Bank of…

BRITAIN's biggest banks are no longer "too big to fail" in any future financial shocks, with shareholders rather than taxpayers ready to bear the cost, the Bank of England said Friday (10). Following a major review of eight lenders -- including Barclays, HSBC, Lloyds and NatWest -- the BoE concluded…

Kane Williamson tests COVID-19 positive, ruled out of second Test…

New Zealand captain Kane Williamson has tested positive for COVID-19 and will miss the second Test against England here at Trent Bridge, New Zealand Cricket confirmed on Friday.Williamson took the Rapid Antigen Test after experiencing minor symptoms on Thursday. He started a 5-day isolation period while the rest of the…

Toxic cocktail of sluggish growth and high inflation darkens outlook…

A toxic cocktail of sluggish growth and high inflation, plus Brexit and fallout from the coronavirus pandemic, is set to weigh on the pound in the coming months, economists warned. Since the start of the year, the sterling has fallen by more than seven per cent against the dollar, which…

Pharmacists and nurses at GP clinics will be allowed to…

PHARMACISTS and nurses in UK can issue sick notes starting from July 1 as part of a new law that wants to unclog the appointments crisis, a media report has said. With the change in law, patients will no longer need to see their family doctor and GPs will get…

UK economic growth will ‘grind to a halt’, warns British…

THE British Chambers of Commerce (BCC) has warned that the economic growth in UK will "grind to a halt" in 2022 before briefly falling into negative territory, according to a report. It downgraded the growth forecast to 3.5 per cent from from 3.6 per cent, and said inflation would reach…

Age to buy cigarettes in England should rise every year,…

The legal age of sale for cigarettes in England should be raised by one year every year until eventually no one can buy tobacco products, a government-commissioned review recommended on Thursday.Progressively increasing the minimum age from 18 was one of 15 interventions recommended in the review ordered by health minister…

Virat Kohli becomes first Indian to hit 200 million followers…

Indian cricket star Virat Kohli has crossed the 200 million followers mark on the social media site Instagram. Former India and Royal Challengers Bangalore (RCB) captain entered the 200m club on Tuesday. With this, he became the first Indian to have 200 million followers on Instagram. "200 mil strong, thanks…

Black and Asian nurses overlooked for promotion due to structural…

A new study has revealed that NHS nurses from minority ethnic backgrounds were overlooked for promotion due to structural racism, according to a report. It added that white nurses are twice as likely as black and Asian colleagues to be promoted in the NHS, the Guardian reported. A survey of almost…

London mayor Sadiq Khan welcomes guests and celebrates the rich…

Last night Disney+ and Marvel Studios held a special screening of Ms Marvel to celebrate stories and storytellers who reflect the rich diversity of our world. The screening was attended and introduced by Mayor of London, Sadiq Khan, and hosted by Deana Hassanein ahead of its debut on Disney+ from…

Marvel-lous way to ‘change how Muslims are viewed in real…

WITH great power comes great responsibility,’ are words etched in Marvel folklore, thanks to Spiderman. But now, these words are just as important to Iman Vellani, Marvel’s first-ever Muslim superhero. The 19-year-old plays Kamala Khan, aka Ms Marvel, in the new Disney+ series of the same name. “We’re really shifting…

Cineworld drops ‘blasphemous’ film about Prophet Mohammed’s daughter

UK cinema chain Cineworld has pulled all screenings of a film about the daughter of the Prophet Mohammed after Muslim groups protested outside theatres, calling the movie "blasphemous". Cineworld, the world's second-largest cinema chain, said it will cancel all showings of "The Lady of Heaven" due to safety concerns. "Due…

Britain will soon face the biggest rail strike in decades:…

Britain's railway network faces its biggest strike action in more than three decades later this month in a row over pay as inflation erodes earnings, a union has announced. Rail union RMT said more than 50,000 workers will take part in a three-day national strike coinciding with major events including…

Top 4 Players With The Most Hundreds In The Tournament

A hundred is an extremely rare occurrence in a T20 tournament like the IPL. Ipl is all about excitement, boundaries, sixes, and centuries. Whenever a player scores a hundred, it is one of the most memorable moments of the tournament. You can also play online casino games India and create…

Top 5 overseas performers of IPL 2022

The IPL 2022 season came close, with Gujarat Titans winning their first title. The performances of several Indian players in the IPL have amazed all. Similarly, the performances of overseas players have also been impressive. On the field, they performed and left their mark as well. Watching these crickets playing…

UK designates monkeypox as a notifiable disease: What does it…

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said monkeypox would be designated as a notifiable infectious disease from Wednesday, meaning doctors in England will have to notify local authorities when they suspect a patient has the virus. "Rapid diagnosis and reporting is the key to interrupting transmission and containing any further…

England’s Broad says he is on good terms with Root…

Veteran England seamer Stuart Broad has dismissed speculation of a rift with former test captain Joe Root, saying that it would be "pathetic" if he were to fall out with him over being dropped for the tour of West Indies earlier this year.  Broad and fellow paceman James Anderson, England's…

Racial abuse of England players after Euro final complicates shootouts,…

Online racist abuse directed towards Black players in the England team after last year's European Championship final has further complicated preparations for penalty shootouts, England manager Gareth Southgate said.Marcus Rashford, Jadon Sancho and Bukayo Saka were the targets of the abuse after they missed spot-kicks in England's 3-2 shootout loss…

From Brexit highs to ‘Partygate’ lows: Boris Johnson’s woes

Little more than two years after winning a landslide election victory, British Prime Minister Boris Johnson faces a no-confidence vote among Conservative MPs following months of growing pressure. Here are key questions around the crisis confronting the UK leader: Where did it go wrong?  Brexit cheerleader Johnson joined other Tory…

England captaincy had become unhealthy, says Root

A relieved Joe Root said the England test captaincy had taken a toll on his personal health after he guided his side to a memorable five-wicket win against New Zealand on Sunday in his first match since relinquishing the role.The 31-year-old stepped down as skipper in the aftermath of England's…

No-confidence vote: How to oust a Conservative leader

If he loses, his successor would take over in Downing Street. If Johnson wins, under the current rules he will be immune from further challenge for a year -- and in all likelihood until the next election, due in 2024. Here is how the process works:  54 letters A vote…

Kane has eyes firmly set on Rooney’s England record

Harry Kane is determined to break Wayne Rooney's England goal-scoring record before this year's World Cup finals in Qatar, but the Tottenham Hotspur striker said the team's performance would always take precedence over his pursuit of personal landmarks. The 28-year-old needs five more goals to eclipse Rooney's mark of 53,…

Do you have insomnia? Doctors will prescribe an app now…

AS MANY AS 800,000 people in England could benefit from a new digital app projected as an effective alternative to sleeping pills for insomnia patients, the national institute for health and care excellence (NICE) has said.  Now, NHS doctors can prescribe the Sleepio app, which uses artificial intelligence to provide…

Did Basu’s views on race cost him top police job?

SCOTLAND YARD’S head of counter-terrorism policing, Neil Basu, said he was “disappointed” with the way the process for a new appointment which involved a promotion has been handled, and plans to seek an explanation from the Home Office, a UK media report has claimed. Basu, a Metropolitan Police assistant commissioner…

Ed Sheeran to crown queen’s four-day jubilee party

British pop superstar Ed Sheeran was on Sunday set to bring the curtain down on four days of momentous nationwide celebrations to honour Queen Elizabeth II's historic Platinum Jubilee.The multi-award-winning singer-songwriter will perform at the finale of a day-long pageant lauding the 96-year-old monarch's record seven decades on the throne,…

Queen Elizabeth thanked for being ‘still in the saddle’ after…

Horse-loving Queen Elizabeth was thanked for being "in the saddle" for 70 years as head of state at a service on Friday to celebrate her Platinum Jubilee, an event she missed due to her "mobility issues". Other senior members of the royal family joined a congregation of politicians, charity figures…

We have been investing in India right from when we…

The Hinduja Group is actively planning property development in India including residential and office spaces, its co-chairman Gopichand Hinduja said. Having a presence in places like Chennai, Mumbai and Hyderabad, the group has a huge land bank in India, he said adding that planning is on either for creating a…

Asylum seekers go on hunger strike as UK prepares to…

More than a dozen asylum seekers detained in southeast England reportedly went on a hunger strike after it was revealed that they would be sent to Rwanda as part of the UK government’s border control measure.Britain last week said it intended to fly a first planeload of asylum-seekers to Rwanda…

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…

First female GP leader of BMA subjected to ‘sexist comments’,…

THE first female GP leader of the British Medical Association (BMA) has taken sick leave after allegedly facing sexist comments and poor conduct at the organisation, it was reported this week.  Dr Farah Jameel became the chairwoman of the BMA’s GP committee in November 2021 but went on sick leave…

Swim England seeks to increase diversity in water-based activities. Here’s…

The national governing body for aquatics in England has launched a campaign appealing for those from ethnically diverse communities to give their views and experiences – with the aim of helping to make water-based activity more accessible and enjoyable for everyone.Ethnically diverse communities are under-represented across aquatics, with only 3.4%…

The queen has travelled to more than 100 countries since…

Longevity Elizabeth has reigned for 70 years and nearly four months -- longer than any other monarch in British history. The previous record was held by her great-great-grandmother queen Victoria, who reigned for 63 years, seven months and two days until 1901. At 96, Elizabeth is the oldest current monarch…

Health agency confirms community spread of monkeypox in England

MONKEYPOX appears to be spreading from person to person in England, the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) has said.  The usually mild viral disease, which is endemic in west and central Africa, is understood to spread through close contact. Until early May, cases rarely cropped up outside Africa and were…

Depp celebrates defamation verdict, Heard ‘heartbroken’

A jubilant Johnny Depp said Wednesday that a US jury “gave me my life back” by overwhelmingly taking his side in a bitter defamation battle with his ex-wife Amber Heard over mutual allegations of domestic abuse. The jury, after a six-week trial, found that Depp and Heard had defamed each…

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…

England’s Potts to make debut against New Zealand

Durham pace bowler Matthew Potts will make his international debut in the first of three tests between England and New Zealand at Lord’s starting on Thursday in what will also be his inaugural first class match at the world’s most famous ground. Potts, who has been the outstanding bowler in…

Pakistan’s Maroof to stay with daughter in Commonwealth Games village

PAKISTAN women's team captain Bismah Maroof and her family will be accommodated at the Commonwealth Games village in Birmingham, England in July so she can be with her infant daughter during the event, the country's cricket board has said. The Commonwealth Games Federation drew flak after media reports said Maroof's…

Vaughan slams ‘scandalous’ ticket prices for England-NZ test at Lord’s

Former England captain Michael Vaughan has slammed Lord's for the "astronomical prices" charged for tickets to the first test against New Zealand, saying fans were being priced out amid a cost-of-living crisis. The first test of the English summer at the 'Home of Cricket' begins on Thursday but hundreds of…

RedBird swoops on AC Milan in $1.3 billion deal

U.S. investment firm RedBird Capital Partners has agreed a 1.2 billion euro ($1.3 billion) deal to buy Italian soccer champions AC Milan and is aiming to challenge the elite of the European game again. Under the terms of the deal, current owners Elliott, the U.S. private equity group, will retain…

Russian TV presenter exhorts Putin to invade Britain and take…

A Russian TV presenter has suggested his country should invade Britain next and take Stonehenge, a prehistoric monument on Salisbury Plain in Wiltshire, England, according to a report. Stonehenge is one of the wonders of the world and the best-known prehistoric monument in Europe. Vladimir Solovyov, who has close ties…

Sir Salman Rushdie heads list of British Asians recognised in…

Author Sir Salman Rushdie and cricketer Moeen Ali are among a number of British Asians honoured in the Queen’s Birthday Honours List published on Wednesday (1). With doctors, politicians, educators, authors, community leaders and philanthropists among the 13.3 per cent of recipients coming from an ethnic minority background, this list showcases…

The Queen’s Platinum Jubilee: in numbers

HERE is a rundown of the four days of festivities that start Thursday (2) to commemorate the 70-year reign of Britain's longest-ruling monarch: Troops and horses Around 1,500 soldiers, 400 army musicians and 250 horses will take part in the traditional "Trooping the Colour" parade Thursday, which returns after a…

Thank You, Your Majesty

British-Asian political and business leaders have paid tribute to “their inspirational Queen” for her “selfless service” ahead of her platinum jubilee.  The London mayor, Sadiq Khan, told Eastern Eye that he remembered being a child celebrating her majesty’s Silver Jubilee in 1977, and he was “so excited to get a…

UK house prices surge again but slowdown coming, Nationwide says

British house prices surged again last month but a slowdown, caused by the worsening cost-of-living crunch, is likely on the way, mortgage lender Nationwide said on Wednesday (1).House prices rose by 0.9% month-on-month in May after a 0.4% rise in April, marking a 10th consecutive month of gains, Nationwide said.A…

UK’s data watchdog calls for end to digital ‘strip search’…

Britain's data protection regulator called on Tuesday for police and prosecutors to stop treating rape victims as suspects and end excessive scrutiny of their personal information which critics have likened to a digital strip search. The UK Information Commissioner John Edwards said victims of attacks were being forced to hand…

Monkeypox: People with symptoms should abstain from sex, the risk…

PEOPLE infected with monkeypox can isolate themselves at home if they remain well enough, whilst following measures to limit close contact with others, the UK's health security agency (UKHSA) said on Monday (30), part of guidance designed to curb the country's rise in cases of the viral illness. More than…

Britain wants to revive imperial measurements – pound, ounce- in…

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson is reportedly set to announce a return to imperial measurements of pounds and ounces as a post-Brexit move away from the European metric system to mark the Queen's Platinum Jubilee this week. As part of a series of announcements to celebrate the 96-year-old monarch's 70…

Cost of pasta and bread surges for Britain’s poorest

Britain's cheapest brands of pasta and bread have surged in price over the past year, but overall the cost of lower-priced food and drink staples has risen at a similar pace to average prices, the Office for National Statistics said.Anti-poverty campaigners have pointed to sharp price rises in the cheapest…

The UK wastes millions of tonnes of food every year:…

Food waste is a huge problem for the environment. Making and getting rid of excess food accounts for around 8-10% of greenhouse gas emissions. In fact, if global food waste were a country, it would rank third in the world for greenhouse gas emissions after China and the US. Globally,…

UK fans say ‘treated like animals’ at Champions League final

British football fans and officials on Sunday condemned French police for using tear gas on Liverpool supporters ahead of Saturday's Champions League final in Paris, saying they were treated "like animals".One fan, Paul Machin, said in a YouTube video that what he witnessed in Paris was "unlike anything I've seen…

‘Do I have rashes from Monkeypox?’: NHS 111 is being…

The UK’s non-emergency medical helpline NHS 111 is flooded with phone calls from anxious people who have rashes, as the number of confirmed monkeypox cases in England has crossed 100.Mateo Prochazka of the UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) said people could get local sexual health services instead of resorting to…

Liverpool v Real Madrid: Key stats for the Champions League…

The following are key statistics ahead of Saturday’s Champions League final between English side Liverpool and Spanish team Real Madrid. KEY STATS * The two teams have met eight times in the European Cup, with Real winning four times and Liverpool three. * Their most recent meeting was in the…

Wimbledon to remove ‘Miss’ and ‘Mrs’ from honours boards

Wimbledon will drop the titles "Miss" and "Mrs" before the names of female winners on its honour roll to match the men's boards in an attempt to modernise the tournament, The Times newspaper reported. The All England Lawn Tennis Club has traditionally used the titles just for women - Ash…

India will now be considered a badminton superpower: Prakash Padukone

Indian team’s historic Thomas Cup victory will make it a “badminton superpower” as it has well and truly arrived on the world stage with an achievement, which is way bigger than any individual accomplishment, feels legendary Prakash Padukone. India recently dethroned defending champions and 14-time winners Indonesia with a commanding…

As more Monkeypox cases get detected in UK, here’s all…

THE UK's health security agency (UKHSA) has procured more than 20,000 doses of a smallpox vaccine made by Bavarian Nordic as cases of monkeypox rise in Europe and beyond, it said. There are now 90 recorded cases in the UK, and eight additional cases have been detected in England, bringing…

Delhi-based writer Geetanjali Shree’s ‘Tomb of Sand’ becomes 1st Hindi…

INDIAN author Geetanjali Shree and US translator Daisy Rockwell have won the International Booker Prize for Hindi novel "Tomb of Sand", a first for a book in an Indian language. The prestigious £50,000 prize is awarded to fiction from around the world that has been translated into English and is…

‘One in a million’ Klopp makes Liverpool a European giant…

"We are not here by any kind of magic," said Jurgen Klopp of Liverpool's third appearance in the Champions League final in five years. "We deserve this." Real Madrid stand in the Reds' way at the Stade de France on Saturday, just as they did four years ago in the…

Why Asians need culturally sensitive mental health support

The Mind mental health charity said mainstream services often fail to provide therapies that meet a person’s cultural or language needs and they are not referred to the right support. It comes after a study in May by the Mental Health Foundation found that people from a black, Asian or…

‘Partygate’ inquiry report prompts renewed calls for Johnson’s resignation. Will…

UK prime minister Boris Johnson presided over a culture of lockdown-breaking parties that featured drunken fighting among staff, according to a long-awaited inquiry Wednesday (25) that prompted renewed calls for his resignation. "Many of these events should not have been allowed to happen," the report by senior civil servant Sue…

Imran Ahmad Khan: Disgraced former Tory MP jailed for 18…

A JUDGE jailed a disgraced MP from UK prime minister Boris Johnson's ruling Conservative party for 18 months on Monday (23) for sexually assaulting a teenage boy.The Tories expelled Imran Ahmad Khan, 48, and he resigned from his seat in parliament in the wake of his conviction after a trial…

Shocking! Autistic girl, 15, left traumatised after Met Police cut…

THE mother of an autistic, mixed-race girl has said that the Metropolitan Police handcuffed her child and had her underwear cut off in the presence of male officers while on her period, according to a report.  She added that the 15-year-old was left traumatised by the incident in December 2020…

Nearly 30 years’ after the killing of Stephen Lawrence in…

NEVILLE LAWRENCE, the father of slain teenager Stephen, criticised England and Wales police forces for their “refusal” to admit to institutional racism and mend their ways.Stephen, a black Briton, had been killed in a racially motivated attack while he was waiting for a bus in south London in April 1993.Six…

To curb racial abuse, Police officers to be given mandatory…

THE head of a new scrutiny board has urged police officers to embrace the label “woke” as a report on Monday (23) said that officers will be taught black history to curb racism, according to a report.  Abimbola Johnson, chairwoman of the scrutiny panel that will hold forces to account…

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavana is expected to be the hub of…

Bharatiya Vidya Bhavana will be hosting a wide range of various art-cultural programmes, specially curated events, performances, workshops, and exhibitions to celebrate the milestone throughout the year from May 2022 to April 2023. The Bhavan’s art guru teachers and artists will perform Indian dances, songs, and other arts. The main…

Mosques and faith schools can bid for funding to boost…

MOSQUES and Muslim faith schools in the UK can bid for funding to increase security measures to help tackle hate crime, the government has said.  These institutions have been given access to a £24.5 million fund to install CCTV cameras and perimeter fencing to ensure that adequate measures are in…

Abhay Deol: Story of a maverick

A FEW years ago, Abhay Deol admits he may have reflected on his cinema journey with a few regrets, but today that has been replaced with satisfaction of his achievements and rightly so. The maverick actor pioneered new ideas, uplifted the indie film scene in India and got projects that…

Pratik Gandhi: It’s a huge honour for me to play…

Actor Pratik Gandhi, who shot to overnight fame with the riotous success of Hansal Mehta’s streaming show Scam 1992: The Harshad Mehta Story (2020), has been roped in to play Mahatma Gandhi in an upcoming streaming show. Based on the books by noted historian Ramachandra Guha, the multi-season drama series…

Patel says ‘meritless’ legal claims saved more than 100 criminals…

UK home secretary has said that a series of last-minute legal challenges have helped more than 100 killers, rapists and paedophiles to avoid deportation to Jamaica, according to a media report. Priti Patel called the claims 'meritless' and blasted ‘political interventions’ for stopping the deportations, reported the MailOnline. It is…

Sunak on inflation: State cannot protect people completely

BRITISH chancellor Rishi Sunak has insisted that the state "cannot protect people completely" as he warned the next few months "will be tough"after inflation rate has surged to a 40-year high.  Reacting to Wednesday's (18) data, he blamed the situation on "global challenges" and noted Britain was not alone in…

Britain ready for Asian PM

THE vast majority of Britons say they are comfortable with having a south Asian as their prime minister. A survey by the think-tank, British Future, found that a third of the British public would see an Asian prime minister as a good thing for our country. At least eight in…

India and the Philippines supply the majority of nurses to…

IN 2021, nearly half of the new nurses and midwives registered to work in the UK have come from abroad, with India and the Philippines supplying the most, a media report said.  Last year, a record high of more than 23,000 nurses and midwives joined the workforce when the country…

Immigration rules: Hundreds of overseas-born trainee GPs face deportation

THE leader of NHS GPs has written to the home secretary Priti Patel demanding to scrap “bureaucratic” hurdles as hundreds of overseas-born trainee GPs are at risk of deportation because of immigration rules, according to a report.  Prof Martin Marshall, the chair of the Royal College of GPs, pointed out…

UK cost of living crisis to peak later this year

BRITAIN'S worst cost of living crisis in three decades won't peak until the tail end of this year but the Bank of England will be more aggressive in raising interest rates than was thought as it battles soaring inflation, a Reuters poll found.Renewed coronavirus lockdowns in China and Russia's invasion…

UK unemployment hits 48-year low but inflation squeezes pay

BRITAIN'S unemployment rate fell to its lowest since 1974 in the first three months of this year, but soaring inflation led to the biggest annual fall in real earnings for most workers since 2013, official figures showed on Tuesday (17).The jobless rate dropped to 3.7 per cent from 3.8 per…

Terror links: Dr Mukul Hazarika faces extradition to India

A GP in north-east England is facing extradition to India over alleged links to a terrorist group. Dr Mukul Hazarika is a manager at a practice in Billingham, on Teesside, but the Indian government has reportedly laid charges against him accusing him of running a banned unit. He appeared in…

‘More Asians stay back in family homes amid cost of…

THE cost of living crisis is leading to more British Asians from poorer backgrounds being unable to own a home and living with their parents for longer, say experts. They have also noted many from middle class backgrounds are staying in the family home after marriage to look after their…

NYIFF 2022: Once Upon a Time in Calcutta and Shoebox…

Once Upon a Time in Calcutta received two awards - best director for Aditya Vikram Sengupta and best actress for Sreelekha Mitra - at the 2022 edition of the New York Indian Film Festival, which also honoured Faraz Ali's Shoebox with the best film trophy.  The seven-day film gala, which…

Delhi University graduate appointed to Bank of England

CHANCELLOR Rishi Sunak has appointed a Delhi School of Economics alumna as an external member of the monetary policy committee (MPC) of the Bank of England.Swati Dhingra's appointment to the central bank comes amid the UK’s fight to tame the post-pandemic inflation, amplified by the Russian invasion of Ukraine. Dhingra,…

Australian all-round great Symonds dies in car crash

AUSTRALIAN cricket was reeling Sunday (15) after swashbuckling former all-rounder Andrew Symonds was killed in a car crash -- another tragic blow after the recent deaths of fellow greats Shane Warne and Rod Marsh. The 46-year-old, who played 26 Tests and 198 one-day internationals from 1998 to 2009, was involved…

Racism in cricket: Lord Patel says some at Yorkshire Club…

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club chair Lord Kamlesh Patel said a “very small minority” of people at the organisation are still in denial about what went wrong with it.Yorkshire members approved a package of reforms last month following a racism scandal, paving the way for lucrative England matches to be played…

McCullum to turn England Test cricket’s fortunes around

FORMER New Zealand great Brendon McCullum Friday (13) admitted to "bittersweet" emotions when he agreed to take on the role of turning around England's cricket fortunes. The 40-year-old, renowned for a "smash or crash" approach during his 101-Test career, which only ended six years ago, was Thursday (12) named as…

Former world champion Amir Khan retires from boxing at 35

FORMER boxing world champion Amir Khan announced his retirement on Friday (13) from the sport after a 17-year professional career. Khan, 35, is the former WBA and IBF light-welterweight champion and won silver at the 2004 Athens Olympics. He was beaten by fellow Briton Kell Brook in a sixth-round stoppage…

Tributes paid to ‘warm and generous’ Lady Aruna Paul

LADY ARUNA PAUL, who died suddenly at her home in London last Tuesday (3) at the age of 86, was married to the industrialist Lord Swraj Paul for over 65 years. After her passing, Lord Paul, who is 91 and the founder and chairman of the Caparo Group, told Eastern…

Rising student debt: Young Britons in deep crisis

RISING student debt is severely affecting students across Britain, who are already struggling with a cost-of-living crisis. Britons heading to university next year face major changes that critics argue will worsen the financial pain. The pressure is "exhausting, especially for someone in their 20s who has just started thinking about…

Pakistan paceman Shaheen returns home ahead of West Indies series

Pakistan paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi is returning home immediately ahead of next month's one-day international series against the West Indies, Middlesex County Cricket Club announced on Thursday. Shaheen was due to leave the county side in early June to prepare for his international commitments but the club said they supported…

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…

Briton faces hit-and-run charges in Cyprus

A BRITON has been accused of running down a Swedish woman while he was driving a beach buggy in the Mediterranean resort town of Ayia Napa in Cyprus.Manraj Singh Sidhu, 25, believed to be high on drugs when the incident took place, is facing seven charges, including death by dangerous…

Paul Chowdhry’s father Darshan Singh Chowdhry passes away

Award-winning English stand-up comedian and actor Paul Chowdhry’s father Darshan Singh Chowdhry passed away on Wednesday, May 4th. Chowdhry took to social media to share a touching post remembering his father. “On Wednesday, May 4th, my father transcended from his mortal life, leaving an incomparable legacy,” he wrote. In his…

Queen misses parliament opening for the first time in nearly…

HEAD of state Queen Elizabeth II missed Tuesday's (10) ceremonial opening of the UK parliament for the first time in nearly 60 years, handing the duty to her heir Prince Charles in a clear sign of the looming transition of power. The 96-year-old monarch usually presides over the pomp-filled event…

Anurag Kashyap’s Dobaaraa to open London Indian Film Festival

Filmmaker Anurag Kashyap’s upcoming thriller Dobaaraa, which stars Taapsee Pannu in the lead role, was on Tuesday confirmed as the opening night movie at the 2022 London Indian Film Festival (LIFF) on June 23, ahead of its Indian release on July 1. Female filmmakers will be at the forefront of…

Organisations call for ‘culture change’ in legal profession

MENTAL WELLBEING charity LawCare and the Law Society of England and Wales on Monday (9) joined forces to call for a “change of culture” in the legal profession, as they marked the start of Mental Health Awareness Week.A LawCare report in 2021 examined the culture and working practices in law…

Dea-John Reid’s family plans to campaign for diverse juries

THE FAMILY of a schoolboy who was stabbed a year ago is planning to launch a campaign for making juries ethnically diverse.Dea-John Reid, 14, was chased down by a “lynch mob” in Kingstanding, Birmingham where he was stabbed to death in May 2021.Birmingham Crown Court on Friday (6) sentenced a…

Dame Sara Khan urges to ban Patriotic Alternative for racially…

A top government adviser on extremism has urged to ban Britain’s biggest far-right organisation Patriotic Alternative for racially abusing the England footballer Raheem Sterling, according to a report.  Dame Sara Khan, the first counter-extremism commissioner and No 10’s independent adviser for social cohesion and resilience has made the demand as footage…

Queen to miss UK parliament opening

QUEEN Elizabeth II will miss Tuesday's (10) ceremonial opening of Britain's parliament, as prime minister Boris Johnson tries to reinvigorate his faltering government by unveiling its plans for the coming year. The 96-year-old monarch, who usually presides over the pomp-filled event and reads out her government's legislative programme from a…

Morrisons beats Issa brothers to take over McColl’s

UK SUPERMARKET giant Morrisons announced on Monday (9) it had agreed a rescue deal for British convenience store chain McColl's that will preserve all 16,000 jobs.Morrisons, Britain's fourth-largest supermarket chain, beat off competition from forecourt giant EG, whose co-owners - the billionaire Issa brothers - also run UK supermarket group…

Starmer to ‘offer to resign if fined for Covid rule…

BRITAIN'S opposition Labour Party leader Keir Starmer will offer to resign if he is found by police to have broken Covid rules at a gathering last year, Sky News reported on Monday (9) without citing sources.The 59-year-old, who previously served as the country's top prosecutor, has led calls for prime…

Nandy declines to rule out another attempt at Labour’s top…

LABOUR politician Lisa Nandy has not ruled herself out of contention for her party’s top position even as its leader Keir Starmer is facing a police probe for potentially breaching lockdown rules a year ago.The alleged offence involving Starmer took place at a gathering in Durham, northern England, in April…

Queer Britain museum opens in London

QUEER BRITAIN, the UK's first LGBTQ+ museum, opened its doors in London this week, promising to bring the history and culture of the community to a wider audience. Housed in a 19th-century building in a redeveloped area behind King's Cross railway station, the museum has been four years in the…

Lucknow on top of IPL table

FAST BOWLER Avesh Khan helped Lucknow Super Giants hammer Kolkata Knight Riders by 75 runs on Saturday (7) to go top of the IPL table as teams jostle to secure a play-off spot. Lucknow bundled out Kolkata, who were chasing 177 for victory, for 101 to replace fellow newcomers Gujarat…

Sterling falls to fresh lows against dollar

BRITAIN'S battered pound fell to its lowest level since June 2020 for a third straight day on Monday (9) against a broadly robust dollar. The British currency also depreciated against the Indian rupee from Rs 100 levels about a month ago to Monday’s 95.28. News that Irish nationalist party Sinn…

Pharmacies offer ‘extra’ services as funding falls

PHARMACISTS are being forced to offer extra services including botox and skincare in order to survive amid a drop-off in government funding. Chemists are turning to providing ear wax removal, lip fillers and travel vaccination clinics to “make ends meet”, and have urged more financial support as they deal with…

‘Inheritance in a multigeneration household needs careful attention’

IT IS quite common for southeast Asian families to live together in inter-generation households in the UK, but what does this mean in terms of inheritance and how can we ensure everyone in the family is included in the estate? If you live in a blended or large family and…

Johnson loses ‘crown jewels’ in UK vote

PRIME Minister Boris Johnson was on Friday (6) left reflecting on a string of losses at local elections in England, in a mid-term test of his popularity after a string of scandals. Johnson conceded Thursday's (5) vote had produced a "mixed" set of results for his ruling Conservatives, including the…

Merseyside police commissioner admits to ‘institutional racism’

EMILY SPURRELL, the elected police and crime commissioner for Merseyside in north-western England, has said the force is “institutionally racist” and called for admitting the generic bias to mend its ways.However, the Labour politician said she did not mean individual officers were racist but referred to the force as a…

Ben Stokes to Bat at the No6 Position in the…

Ben Stokes has announced that he would be returning to his previous position of No. 6 in England's batting order now that he has been appointed as the team's captain. Stokes began his international career at No6 when he was called up nine years ago, but he was promoted to…

Racist comment: £50,000 fine for Essex

ESSEX have been fined £50,000 by an independent Cricket Discipline Commission panel after the English county club pleaded guilty to two charges in relation to a racist comment made at a board meeting in 2017. Essex chairman John Faragher resigned from his role in November 2021 after the allegation that…

Local elections: Johnson suffers heavy losses in London

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson's Conservative Party lost control of traditional strongholds in London and suffered losses elsewhere in local elections, early results on Friday (6) showed, as voters punished his government over a raft of scandals. Johnson's party was ousted in Wandsworth, a low-tax Conservative stronghold since 1978, part…

UK local elections facts

Local elections for councils and cities will be held in England, Scotland and Wales on Thursday, and polls for the devolved Northern Ireland Assembly in Belfast. Here are details about the voting and what's at stake: - When does voting take place? - Polls open at 0600 GMT on Thursday…

Bangalore beat Dhoni’s Chennai to end three-game IPL losing streak

Royal Challengers Bangalore ended a three-match losing streak in the Indian Premier League as Josh Hazlewood and Harshal Patel inspired them to a 13-run win over Chennai Super Kings on Wednesday. Bangalore scored 173-8 after Mahendra Singh Dhoni's Chennai won the toss and chose to field first. CSK slipped away…

A musical book of teenage love, friendship and songs

IN 2021, a lot of great debut authors announced themselves to the literary world with fabulous first books and that fantastic trend is continuing in 2022 with exciting new writers like Christine Pillainayagam. The singer-songwriter’s debut YA novel Ellie Pillai Is Brown is published on May 5 and features songs…

UK voters head to polls with historic N.Ireland result predicted

Polls opened across the UK on Thursday in local and regional elections that could prove historic in Northern Ireland and heap further pressure on embattled prime minister Boris Johnson. The contest for the devolved assembly in Belfast could see a pro-Irish nationalist party win for the first time in the…

EXCLUSIVE: Did judge ‘bully’ Asian interpreter?

This is a story the judiciary tried to dismiss. It is one which those in power hoped they would pressure Eastern Eye into not publishing. But after a four-month investigation we can reveal that South Asian and white judges have demanded a detailed investigation into one of their colleagues whom…

Kohli hits 58 but Bangalore lose to high-flying Gujarat

Superstar cricketer Virat Kohli struck form with his first half-century of this Indian Premier League season on Saturday, but failed to inspire Royal Challengers Bangalore who slipped to their third straight loss. After a string of low scores including two golden ducks, Kohli hit 58 off 53 balls to guide…

Nearly three million people receive lifesaving NHS cancer checks

A record three million people have received vital NHS cancer tests from March 2021 to Feb 2022 compared to 2.4 million people referred before the pandemic, the latest data revealed.  Even at the peak of the Omicron wave, referrals for suspected cancer were at 116 per cent of pre-pandemic levels…

Azeem Rafiq takes part in the March of the Living…

FORMER Yorkshire cricketer Azeem Rafiq has urged everyone to do their bit to end discrimination in the world, according to a report.  He made the appeal while taking part in the March of the Living to Auschwitz-Birkenau, an annual walk between the original labour camp at Auschwitz and Auschwitz-Birkenau, the site…

Local polls: Embattled Johnson faces mid-term test

VOTERS go to the polls in Britain on Thursday (5), in a mid-term test for the Conservative government that could determine beleaguered prime minister Boris Johnson's future.The local election results will be seen as a barometer of support for the Conservatives nationally, as well as an indicator of whether the…

Jordan Flynn-Dhanjal wants to become first Sikh world champion in…

BRITISH INDIAN boxer Jordan Flynn-Dhanjal has said that he wants to be the first Sikh world champion.  Flynn-Dhanjal, who loves Indian food, has racked up four professional wins, with his fast hands attracting large crowds. He is all set for his fifth fight on Saturday (30) at Bracknell Leisure Centre,…

Pakistan’s Afridi relishing Lord’s ‘dream’ with Middlesex

Pakistan paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi says he will be living a dream when he makes his Middlesex home debut at Lord's on Thursday. The towering left-arm quick has signed to play for the English county club, based at the London ground -- the game's spiritual home. "It's every cricketer's dream…

Will the ECB preside over a ‘hand-wringing-wrist-slapping racism debacle’?

When we heard the compelling testimony of former Yorkshire cricketer, Azeem Rafiq, in front of the sport select committee last November, few people of colour would’ve been surprised. We know the racism we face on an almost daily basis. We know the fact our complaints are excused as banter. We…

Being Covid-safe during Ramadan

APRIL is a time of many religious and cultural celebrations. As many of us come together to celebrate our different faiths, some have questions about how we can see our loved ones, without passing on coronavirus. Riyadul Karim, assistant director of primary care, Enfield, at NHS North Central London CCG,…

Johnson faces major test in local elections on May 5

IN 2019, Johnson upended conventional British politics by winning in both the traditional Conservative southern heartlands and more industrial areas in central and northern England. But his support has waned as the government grapples with a cost-of-living crisis and revelations about his conduct. Now many Conservative lawmakers are wondering if…

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…

Fraud investigators raid GFG Alliance offices

BRITAIN'S Serious Fraud Office has raided the offices of metals tycoon Sanjeev Gupta's UK operations of GFG Alliance, in a probe into its links with the collapsed financier Greensill.The raids come almost one year after the SFO launched an investigation into suspected fraud and money laundering by the Indian-British giant…

Tories probe reports of MP ‘watching porn’ in Commons chamber

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson's Conservative Party said it was looking into reports that a lawmaker watched pornography on his phone in the House of Commons debating chamber. Two newspapers reported that a male Conservative MP was seen by colleagues watching pornography in parliament. The issue of sexism in parliament has…

Supreet Bedi: Being the voice of change

WHETHER it is in the workplace, at home, while meeting someone new, resolving a conflict or in everyday life; clear communication is key in this ever-changing world and why Supreet Bedi is making a huge difference. The communication trainer and pageant mentor’s transformative effect on others has included coaching Indian…

Afridi proud to be part of Pakistan’s English county contingent

Paceman Shaheen Shah Afridi hopes Pakistan will reap the benefits of their players' involvement in English county cricket as he prepares for his home debut with Middlesex. The young bowler is one of 10 Pakistani cricketers who have signed as overseas players for at least part of the 2022 season.…

Young solicitor dies from rare blood clot after AstraZeneca jab

AN East London solicitor died from a rare blood clot weeks after taking the AstraZeneca Covid vaccine, an inquest heard this week. Oli Akram Hoque, 26, from Ilford, received a dose of the vaccine on March 19 last year before suffering increasingly 'excruciating' headaches, reported the MailOnline. After a seizure,…

Lightning-quick Malik tipped for India after igniting IPL

Speed demon Umran Malik is being backed to win a place in India's bowling attack after lighting up the IPL with deliveries of more than 150kph (93mph) and wickets galore. The 22-year-old returned figures of 5-25, becoming the first player on a losing team this season to be awarded man…

Rashid’s last-over heroics pull off IPL heist for Gujarat

Afghanistan's Rashid Khan hit two sixes off the final two balls to pull off a sensational chase for Gujarat Titans after Sunrisers Hyderabad pace sensation Umran Malik took his first IPL five-for on Wednesday. Needing 196 for victory, Gujarat slipped to 140-5 but Rashid (31) joined Rahul Tewatia (40) to…

Stokes to be unveiled as England test captain today

ALL-ROUNDER Ben Stokes is to succeed Joe Root as England test captain and the appointment will be announced later on Thursday (28), the Guardian said. Rob Key would make the announcement in his first media conference since being appointed managing director of men's cricket by the England and Wales Cricket…

Minimum age for marriage raised to 18 in England, Wales

THE MINIMUM age for marriage in England and Wales has been raised from 16 to 18 years, making it illegal for anyone facilitating underage marriages.Under a bill cleared by the UK Parliament on Tuesday (26), religious or cultural marriages not registered with a couples' local council will also fall within…

Why it was ‘annus horribilis’ for English cricket

ENGLISH cricket has been through its “annus horribilis” partly due to the poor performance of Joe Root’s Test team, but mainly because of the revelations about the racism suffered by Azeem Rafiq at Yorkshire, it has been stated in Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2022. The expression was famously used by the…

Wisden: Almost a Test year of India’s dreams

INDIAN and Pakistani players have won high praise from Wisden Cricketers’ Almanack 2022, which has long been considered the sport’s bible. Two Indians, the batsman Rohit Sharma, and the pace bowler Jasprit Bumrah figure in Wisden’s “Five Cricketers of the Year”, which is a great honour. Meanwhile, Pakistan’s Mohammad Rizwan…

‘Fantastic cricketer’ Kohli will turn form around: Du Plessis

Royal Challengers Bangalore skipper Faf du Plessis is confident Virat Kohli will overcome his IPL batting slump. Kohli took his Indian Premier League tally this season to just 128 runs from nine matches after scoring a scratchy nine in the defeat to Rajasthan Royals on Tuesday following two golden ducks.…

Islamist takeover of prisons: UK to take strict action

THE UK government said Wednesday (27) it will clamp down on "no-go" areas in jails carved out by extremist Islamist inmates who have been imposing Sharia law including floggings on other prisoners. Justice secretary Dominic Raab accepted the findings of an official investigation, which said that other prisoners were at…

Dhawan hits 88 as Punjab prevail in tense IPL finish

Shikhar Dhawan smashed an unbeaten 88 for Punjab Kings who withstood a batting blitz from Chennai Super Kings' Ambati Rayudu to seal an 11-run victory in a hard-fought IPL match on Monday. Dhawan, playing his 200th match in the Indian Premier League, smashed nine fours and two sixes in his…

Britain launches urban port for delivery drones, flying taxis

A pop-up urban port for delivery drones -- and one day, potentially flying taxis -- launched Monday (25) in Britain, lifting a box of prosecco for a brief celebratory test flight hailed as groundbreaking. Air-One, a so-called "vertiport" for drones and future electric vehicles taking off and landing vertically, was…

Kohli flops again but Bangalore confident star ‘will come back…

Virat Kohli's second successive golden duck in the IPL saw Royal Challengers Bangalore crash to 68 all out and lose to Sunrisers Hyderabad by nine wickets on Saturday but the team insisted their star batter will bounce back. Kohli, who also fell to a first-ball duck against Lucknow Super Giants…

Kohli ‘anxious’ and ‘fried’ but will battle out of alarming…

Virat Kohli deserves more respect and will fight his way out of an alarming slump which hit a new low when he suffered a second successive golden duck in the IPL, fellow cricket stars say. It is the first time in the Indian's stellar career that he has got out…

Neil Basu frontrunner to head National Crime Agency

OUTSPOKEN counterterrorism chief Neil Basu is believed to be in contention to head the UK’s National Crime Agency (NCA).The Indian-origin assistant commissioner of the Met Police is likely to be interviewed for the role of director-general of the NCA later this week.The post became vacant after Dame Lynne Owens stepped…

Buttler smashes 116 as Delhi tempers boil over in IPL

Jos Buttler hit 116 as Rajasthan Royals defeated Delhi Capitals by 15 runs in a stormy IPL match on Friday which saw tempers boil over in the final over. England's Buttler hit nine fours and nine sixes in his 65-ball innings to set Delhi a steep 223-run winning target. It…

Police watchdog calls for safeguards from stop and search

BRITAIN’S police watchdog has called for safeguards from the stop and search powers to ensure that they are not disproportionately used against the people of ethic minority backgrounds.The Independent Office for Police Conduct (IOPC), which has jurisdiction over England and Wales, said an insensitive stop and search encounter can leave…

Covid-hit Delhi kept focus, says Pant after big IPL win

Delhi Capitals skipper Rishabh Pant on Wednesday said they overcame "nervousness" after a Covid outbreak in the camp to keep their focus and hammer Punjab Kings by nine wickets in the IPL. Delhi's New Zealand import Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 just hours before the start of the match…

Warner stars as Covid-hit Delhi crush Punjab in IPL

Australia's David Warner smashed an unbeaten 60 to lead the Covid-affected Delhi Capitals to a thumping nine-wicket victory over Punjab Kings in the Indian Premier League on Wednesday. Delhi's New Zealand import Tim Seifert tested positive for Covid-19 just hours before the start of the match at Mumbai's Brabourne Stadium.…

Home hero Hardik has newcomers Gujarat flying high in IPL

Surprise-package Gujarat Titans have taken the IPL by storm in their debut season with a cleverly assembled and astutely coached team led by the all-round talents of local star Hardik Pandya. Founded by global venture fund CVC Capital for $690 million, Gujarat on Sunday stunned four-time champions Chennai Super Kings…

Johnson gives Partygate apology, Starmer calls him ‘a man without…

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson on Tuesday (19) apologised to MPs after he became the first British leader fined for breaking the law, but faced opposition calls to quit for the sake of integrity in politics. Addressing parliament for the first time since the April 12 fine, he reiterated that he…

Overcooked Kohli risks ‘fried brain’ if not rested: Shastri

Out-of-sorts Virat Kohli could be lost to cricket with a "fried brain" if he is not given a break soon, said former India coach Ravi Shastri after the batsman's latest IPL failure. Kohli's extended lean patch in the Indian Premier League continued when the Royal Challengers Bangalore star was out…

Buttler ton, Chahal hat-trick give Royals edge in IPL thriller

Jos Buttler's 103 and a hat-trick by Yuzvendra Chahal helped Rajasthan Royals edge out Kolkata Knight Riders by seven runs in a nail-biting IPL contest on Monday. The England batter smashed his second IPL century this season to power Royals to 217 for five -- the highest total of this…

Pujara hits unbeaten double century

India Test batsman Cheteshwar Pujara hit an undefeated double century to help his English county side Sussex draw against Derbyshire on Sunday. The 34-year-old was unbeaten on 201 from 387 balls and shared a stand of 351 with Tom Haines who batted for almost 11 hours for his 243. Pujara,…

Johnson backs decision to send migrants to Rwanda despite outcry…

Britain's prime minister said Rwanda is well-equipped to 'resettle' migrants and asylum-seekers to the UK despite some human rights groups describing the project as 'inhumane'. The controversial deal, announced on Thursday, is part of the government's strategy to clamp down on record numbers of people making the perilous journey across…

Yanick Ghanty: For any actor doing more than one genre…

GRADUATING from top acting school East 15 kick-started an interesting journey for Yanick Ghanty that led him from performing in theatre to exploring diverse mediums of storytelling in all genres. The latest project to feature the British Asian actor is newly released Channel 4 sitcom Hullraisers, which revolves around three…

The rummy Game Online Study You’ll Never Forget

There is a rummy game called Rummy Game Online available online. You can play it online using a mouse, keyboard, and internet connection. You have to have some card game software installed on your computer to play the game. Once installed, the app (like any other app) will be listed…

Valneva’s Covid vaccine gets UK approval

BRITAIN has approved a new coronavirus vaccine by the Austrian-French drugmaker Valneva, the UK regulatory authority MHRA said on Thursday (14). "An approval has been granted after the Valneva Covid-19 vaccine was found to meet the required safety, quality and effectiveness standards," the Medicines and Healthcare products Regulatory Agency said…

Lord MacDonald: Judges need powers to force guilty offenders to…

FORMER head of Crown Prosecution Service has said that judges should be given powers to force guilty offenders to attend court and face victims' families, a media report said. Lord MacDonald has called for 'urgent change' to stop killers from insulting families by not attending court to face their sentencing,…

Call for evidence opens for 10-year mental health plan

THE UK on Tuesday (12) started a call for evidence to form a new 10-year mental health plan to level up mental health across the country and put mental and physical health on an equal footing. People with lived experience of mental health conditions and those who support people with…

UK inflation strikes 30-year high

BRITAIN'S annual inflation rate soared to the highest level in three decades last month as energy prices rocket, official data showed Wednesday (13), worsening the cost-of-living crisis.Inflation surged to 7.0 per cent in March from 6.2 per cent in February, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said in a statement."Broad-based…

‘What is working in adult social care like? Read Ajeesh’s…

AJEESH always knew he wanted to have a career where he could help others, which stemmed from memories of his mother supporting his grandmother with dementia in her later years. Ajeesh initially came to England from India to study, but like many students he also needed to find work to…

REVEALED: Judges’ Anger at “Whitewash” Hiring Review

An experienced south Asian Crown court judge has called on the body which appoints and promotes justices to investigate the culture of bullying and racism which exist in the profession. Judge Kaly Kaul QC’s comments coincide with a so called “independent review” of the recruitment process by the Judicial Appointments…

Rafiq racism row: ECB to charge up to 12 former…

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) will charge up to 12 former Yorkshire staff in connection with the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal, it was reported on Monday (11).  The ECB announced their investigation into Yorkshire's handling of Rafiq's allegations in November 2021 after receiving the club's report on the…

South Africa spinners wrap up crushing win over Bangladesh

South African captain Dean Elgar hailed the performance of a below-strength team after they completed a crushing 332-run win on the fourth day of the second Test against Bangladesh at St George's Park on Monday. Bangladesh captain Mominul Haque, meanwhile, bemoaned the failure of his players to perform with both…

Glasgow to return seven ‘stolen’ artefacts to India

GLASGOW will send seven ‘stolen’ artefacts back to India as city councillors have backed a proposal in this regard, according to a report.  Officials from the High Commission of India lodged a request in January for the return of six artefacts “stolen” from Hindu temples and shrines in the 19th…

CEO John Holland-Kaye: Heathrow airport coming back to life after…

THE PASSENGER traffic at London's Heathrow Airport in March this year was the highest since the pandemic began, driven by outbound leisure travel and the removal of all Covid restrictions.Heathrow, however, said in a statement on Monday (11) that inbound leisure and business travel had remained weak due to high…

Sabina Nessa’s killer Koci Selamaj jailed for at least 36…

A man was jailed for life on Friday for the brutal murder of a female teacher found dead a short walk from her London home in a killing that fuelled public anger about violence against women in Britain. Sabina Nessa, 28, was attacked and killed after leaving her home in…

Sailesh Mehta: Judiciary will improve when ‘it reflects the diverse…

THE Law Society of England and Wales, which represents 140,000 solicitors in the country, recently stated that there is virtually no chance of achieving a judiciary that mirrors diverse Britain, because the very recruitment process that claims to deliver that goal has failed. The first black president of the Law…

Metal plate removed from ex-India skipper’s skull 60 years on

Doctors have removed a metal plate from the skull of India's former cricket captain Nari Contractor -- 60 years after it was put in following a near-fatal bouncer by West Indies' Charlie Griffith. The nasty blow to the back of his head when facing the Barbados fast bowler in a…

Tributes paid to British family members killed in Australia landslide

TRIBUTES have been paid to a British lawyer who died in a landslide alongside his nine-year-old son while hiking in Australia’s Blue Mountains. Mehraab Nazir, 49, was on a day out with his family in the Wentworth Pass area of the Blue Mountains, a national park west of Sydney last…

Azam to Khawaja: Five things we learned from Australia’s Pakistan…

Australia's cricketers were heading home Wednesday after completing their first tour to Pakistan since 1998. Pat Cummins' side won the three-Test series 1-0, lost the one-day internationals 2-1 and rounded off an incident-free trip with victory in the lone Twenty20 international. Eastern Eye highlights five things we learned from the…

Ugandan Asian anniversary: Public art to be installed in Leicester

AN artwork will be designed and installed in Leicester to mark the 50th anniversary of the arrival of Ugandan Asians in the city, the BBC reported. Thousands of Ugandan Asians arrived in the UK in 1972, and the public art will be one of several anniversary commemorations being held in…

Mayor Khan looks forward to interfaith iftars

London Mayor Sadiq Khan said he is looking forward to sharing the joy of Ramadan with non-Muslims now that the pandemic restrictions are over. Khan will be taking part in a number of iftar gatherings with interfaith leaders and people from different religious backgrounds with the aim of 'building togetherness'.…

New Covid Variant in UK: Here’s what Health Security Agency…

The UK Health Security Agency (UKHSA) is studying XE, a mutation of the BA.1 and BA.2 Omicron strains, and 637 XE cases were detected in England as of March 22, according to official figures. A NEW Covid-19 variant called XE has been found in the UK and early indications suggest…

Kamlesh Patel: Yorkshire aspires to be a “beacon of hope”…

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club (YCCC) aspires to be a "beacon of hope" for diversity in English cricket, its chairman Kamlesh Patel has said. The club was rocked by a racism scandal last year after Azeem Rafiq, a former England under-19 captain of Pakistani descent, alleged that he had been a…

Karthik, Shahbaz power Bangalore to IPL win over Royals

Powerful knocks by Dinesh Karthik and Shahbaz Ahmed led Royal Challengers Bangalore to a four-wicket win over Rajasthan Royals in the Indian Premier League on Tuesday. Chasing 170 for victory, Bangalore were in trouble at 87-5 when Karthik (44 not out) and Shahbaz Ahmed (45) put on an attacking partnership…

Pujara’s stint at Sussex to be delayed

INDIA batsman Cheteshwar Pujara's debut for English county Sussex has been delayed by visa problems, it was announced Monday (4). Sussex had hoped to have Pujara available for their opening County Championship match at home to Nottinghamshire starting on Thursday (7). But delays in issuing the 34-year-old a visa mean…

UK launches Vitamin D review for south Asians

THE UK’s health service has launched a new review to promote the importance of Vitamin D and identify ways to improve intake across the population, especially among South Asians. Vitamin D deficiency is linked to rickets in children and bone pain and muscle weakness in adults. A call for evidence…

Pakistan’s Shadab Khan signs for Yorkshire as Ballance takes a…

Pakistan all-rounder Shadab Khan has signed to play for Yorkshire in the Twenty20 Blast, the English county announced Friday. The 23-year-old leg-spinner will be available for the club's first five and last six fixtures of the domestic T20 competition. Shadab has represented Pakistan in all three international formats, including 64…

Buttler ton helps Royals down Mumbai in IPL

England's Jos Buttler hit the first century of this Indian Premier League season to lead his side Rajasthan Royals to a convincing victory over Mumbai Indians on Saturday. Buttler smashed 100 off 68 deliveries before being bowled by Jasprit Bumrah off a toe-crushing yorker as Rajasthan finished on 193-8 after…

Ferguson, Gill power Gujarat to second IPL win

Lockie Ferguson claimed four wickets and Shubman Gill hit 84 to help newcomers Gujarat Titans remain unbeaten in two IPL matches after a 14-run win over Delhi Capitals on Saturday. Ferguson returned figures of 4-28 with his express pace in Pune to keep Delhi down to 157 for nine while…

Big-money Livingstone helps Punjab thrash Chennai in IPL

England's Liam Livingstone smashed 60 and took two wickets to lead Punjab Kings to an emphatic 54-run win over Chennai Super Kings in the Indian Premier League on Sunday. Livingstone, who became the most expensive overseas player in this season's IPL auction when Punjab bought the batting all-rounder for $1.52…

No-fault divorce: What it means

THE current divorce system in England and Wales has not changed for more than 50 years. It currently requires separating couples to prove fault based on specific factual conduct against their partner or otherwise, spend years still married before they can obtain a divorce. This is not ideal as it…

A police guide for Ramadan

An updated police guide for Ramadan has been issued for police in England and Wales to support officers observing the Islamic holy month. Ramadan is a blessed month for Muslims and is estimated to start this Saturday 2nd April 2022, the date is dependent on location and community. 'Policing guidance…

Law set to end child marriage in England and Wales

AT 16, Payzee Mahmod was coerced by her Iraqi-Kurdish family in London into marrying a man around twice her age.Two years later her elder sister Banaz, who had left a marriage she was forced into aged 17, was murdered by members of her family in a so-called honour killing.Laws in…

Javid extends cancer call for evidence

UK health secretary has announced an extension on the cancer call for evidence to inform an ambitious 10-year cancer plan, a statement said.  As part of the extension given by Sajid Javid, more people can share their experiences and views on how the country can lead the world on cancer…

Have spring booster jab this Ramadan, urge GPs

LEADING Muslim doctors have urged those eligible to have a spring booster jab this Ramadan as it does not break the daylight hours fast, NHS said in a statement.  Resident TV doctor Dr Nighat Arif, a GP in Buckinghamshire, and Dr Farzana Hussain, a senior GP in East London and…

600,000 more catch Covid in UK in a week

RATES of Covid infection have hit a record high in the UK, official data showed, just as free government testing ended for millions in England. Some 4.9 million people in the UK are estimated to have had Covid-19 in the week ending March 26, or 600,000 more than the previous…

Banned Pakistani film Javed Iqbal to premiere at UK Asian…

Banned, Pakistani film, Javed Iqbal: The Untold Story Of A Serial Killer, will receive its World Premiere as the Opening Gala at the 24th, UK Asian Film Festival – the world’s longest-running South Asian film festival outside India. The ‘Dare To Dream’ theme of this year’s festival commemorates 75 years…

Lewis stars as Lucknow down IPL champions Chennai

Evin Lewis hit an unbeaten 55 off 23 balls to star in Lucknow Super Giants' six-wicket win over reigning IPL champions Chennai Super Kings who scored 210-7 after they were asked to bat Thursday. It was the first victory for KL Rahul-led Lucknow who lost their opening match to Gujarat…

NHS: Nearly 900 patients with type 1 diabetes benefit from…

AS MANY AS 875 patients with type 1 diabetes in England have been given an ‘artificial pancreas’ by the NHS as part of the first nationwide test into the effectiveness of this technology, according to a statement.  The hybrid closed-loop system (HCL) – also known as an ‘artificial pancreas’ –…

UK Mango Mania: The only mango with a VIP waiting…

Indian mangoes first reached England in 1953, the year of the Queen’s coronation, travelling all the way from Mumbai’s legendary Crawford Market – now on the year of the Queen’s jubilee, Indian mango exports in the UK are worth nearly £7 million. Indian Mango season lasts only 3 months of…

Yorkshire can host internationals as board approves reforms

YORKSHIRE County Cricket Club can continue to host international cricket at Headingley after its members voted in favour of governance reforms on Thursday (31), meeting the conditions set out by the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB). Yorkshire were barred from staging internationals in the wake of a racism scandal…

NHS to give flash glucose monitors to all type 1…

NHS on Thursday (31) said that it will provide flash glucose monitors to everyone living with type 1 diabetes to check their glucose levels more easily and regularly. The wearable gadgets, the size of a £2 coin, have a sensor that easily sits on the arm, allowing patients to check…

Diverse casting has given Bridgerton global success

THE Netflix series Bridgerton with two British Asian actresses in lead roles – Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran play sisters Kate and Edwina Sharma, newly arrived from India – have upended the claims that English period dramas such as Downton Abbey cannot have multicultural casting because this would not be…

The joy and flavour of a henna night

LIVE PERFORMANCE SEVENS When: Saturday April 2 Where: The Place, 17 Duke’s Road, London WC1H 9PY What: An ensemble cast of UK-based Indian classical dancers and musicians share the stage in this triple bill show conceptualised by award-winning Bharatanatyam dancer and choreographer Nina Rajarani MBE, which explores the sacred, and…

Women’s Cricket World Cup: England will meet undefeated Australia in…

DANNI WYATT scored her second one-day international century and Sophie Ecclestone took six wickets as champions England crushed South Africa by 137 runs on Thursday (31) to set up a mouthwatering Women's World Cup final against heavyweights Australia. The English may need to lift their game again, however, to beat…

Tough action likely on south Asian chewed tobacco products

THE department of health and social care (DHSC) told the Parliament that it plans to regulate 'most harmful tobacco products' used by half a million British south Asians, a statement said. The cancer-causing chewed tobacco products are facing a clampdown 16 years after scientists warned of their dangerous contents, it…

Warmer nights may lead to ‘more cardiovascular deaths among men’

WARMER than usual summer nights appear to result in an increase in cardiovascular deaths in men in their early 60s, suggests new research.According to the findings published in the online journal BMJ Open, a 1°C rise in summer night-time temperature may be linked to around four per cent higher risk…

UK to continue free Covid tests for healthcare workers, vulnerable

BRITAIN said that healthcare workers, social care staff and the most vulnerable will still get Covid-19 tests without any charge when it ends free testing for the general public next month. When he announced all coronavirus restrictions would be scrapped in February, prime minister Boris Johnson said free tests would…

Queen pays tribute to Prince Philip

THE Queen on Tuesday (29) made her first major public appearance in months, at a thanksgiving service for her late husband, Prince Philip, who died last year aged 99. The monarch, who turns 96 next month, has not attended a high-profile event outside her homes since she spent a night…

Tata Steel UK uses bacteria technology to recycle emissions

TATA STEEL'S blast furnaces in the UK are using bacteria to convert its emissions into stock materials for other industries to make recycled products, the Indian steel major has said.A pilot project, led by the University of South Wales, has been set up at Tata Steel UK’s two ironmaking furnaces…

UK charity’s programme helps to tackle racism in football

AUTHORITIES are relying on an education programme by an anti-discrimination charity to tackle abuse in football, the BBC reported. The programme by Kick it Out has been running for more than two years and has dealt with people aged between 12 and 64 years. According to the report, it is the…

Moeen Ali gets India visa, to be available from second…

Chennai Super Kings' star all-rounder Moeen Ali has secured his India visa and will be available for selection from the second game of the upcoming IPL, the franchise's CEO Kasi Viswanathan said. Though the England player arrived in Mumbai on Thursday, the defending champions will missed the services of Moeen…

Chennai lose to Kolkata in IPL opener

M S DHONI rolled back the years with an unbeaten 38-ball 50 but his team Chennai Super Kings went down to Kolkata Knight Riders by six wickets in the IPL opener.  The 40-year-old Dhoni, who passed on the captaincy to Ravindra Jadeja on Thursday, lifted holders Chennai from a precarious…

Rochdale Crime: Four men jailed following burglary and ‘businessman’ death…

FOUR men have been jailed for their violent burglary attempt in Rochdale(England) more than a year ago that resulted in the death of a businessman.Ahmad Mirza, of Norris Street in Lincoln, and Blackpool residents Saman Ali and Ali Karimi are sentenced to 11 years in prison after they pleaded guilty…

Aus vs Pak: Pat Cummins ‘thrilled’ to claim test series…

Australian skipper Pat Cummins was thrilled to claim a historic Test series in Pakistan just months after their Ashes victory, on their first tour to the country in 24 years. "I think everyone is totally elated. Winning at home in the Ashes series and winning overseas doesn't happen very often,"…

Indian Premier League season 15: the teams, top players

The 15th edition of the Indian Premier League Twenty20 extravaganza begins on Saturday when holders Chennai Super Kings face Kolkata Knight Riders. Eastern Eye guides you through the 10 teams, including two new franchises, who will compete in the world's richest cricket championship. Mumbai Indians Key Indian players: Rohit Sharma…

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…

UK Covid cases ‘record high’ with 4.2m infected last week

CORONAVIRUS levels reached all-time highs in Scotland and Wales and are nearing record levels in England, with around 4.2 million people infected across the UK last week, official figures showed Friday (25).The steep rise in infections is due to Omicron BA.2, a more transmissible variant of Omicron, said the Office…

Businessman admits to falsification to secure Covid loan

AN INDIAN-ORIGIN soft drinks businessman from central England has been banned from holding any company directorship for nine years after admitting inflating figures to secure a loan under a Covid-19 pandemic support scheme.Inderjit Singh Dadial, whose ban comes into effect from this week, was the sole director of Cali Juices…

UK government to cut funding unless ECB tackles racism

THE British government has supported a parliamentary committee's recommendation to limit public funding for cricket unless the sport can demonstrate continuous progress in getting rid of racism, it said.  The government also said it expected to see "clear and lasting evidence of positive progress" across English cricket after a damaging…

Zahawi sets out plans to upgrade school WiFi connections by…

EDUCATION Secretary Nadhim Zahawi has announced a plan to connect all schools in England with “lightning-fast” broadband by 2025 as part of the UK government’s efforts to “level up education”.The Government also announced a £150-million funding to support schools most in need to upgrade their WiFi connections. In the next…

IPL starts on Saturday with limited crowds

THE Indian Premier League (IPL) returns for its biggest season on Saturday (26), with a galaxy of top names and two new franchises expanding the world's richest cricket competition to 10 teams for its 15th edition. But crowds in the cricket-mad nation will, initially at least, be limited to 25…

‘Bridgerton’ Stars dazzle on the red carpet at Season 2…

The world premiere event for Bridgerton Season 2 was held on Tuesday at the Tate Modern in London. The star-studded event saw the presence of the much-anticipated show’s lead stars, including Simone Ashley and Charithra Chandran. The duo posed together with Jonathan Bailey on the red carpet. The lead stars…

Exploring the ‘sacred’ number seven

LIVE PERFORMANCE MID-DAY MANTRA SPRING SERIES FINALE: SWATI NATEKAR When: Saturday March 26 Where: Jennifer Blackwell Performance Space, Symphony Hall, 8 Centenary Square, Broad Street, Birmingham B1 2EA What: Acclaimed singer Swati Natekar will present a special collection of songs celebrating Holi, ranging from semiclassical to film songs. She will…

Formal FA investigation starts against Edleen John

A formal FA investigation has been launched against England football team's diversity consultant over bullying allegations, according to a media report.  An internal probe started against Edleen John, the governing body’s director of international relations, corporate affairs and co-partner for equality, diversity and inclusion, the MailOnline reported. According to the…

Post Office scandal victims to get more compensation

BRITAIN said that it would increase compensation to postal workers wrongly convicted of fraud in one of England's biggest ever miscarriages of justices. Hundreds of Post Office workers were prosecuted between 2000 and 2014 after a software glitch in the IT system Horizon left holes in accounts. Some were sent…

Rishi Sunak unveils a mini-budget aimed at ‘cost-of-living’ crisis

BRITAIN unveils on Wednesday (23) a mini-budget update aimed at easing a cost of living crisis, as data revealed inflation spiking to a three-decade high on soaring energy prices.Annual inflation accelerated to 6.2 per cent in February from 5.5 per cent in January, the Office for National Statistics (ONS) said…

Alleged killer of David Amess was ‘Islamist terrorist’, court hears

BRITISH lawmaker David Amess was "assassinated" while meeting constituents last year by a "fanatical, radicalised Islamist terrorist," a court heard as the accused killer went on trial. Veteran Conservative MP Amess was stabbed to death at a Methodist church in Leigh-on-Sea in southeast England in October. Ali Harbi Ali, 26,…

Police officer, jailed for murder of Sarah Everard, charged with…

A former London police officer, who was jailed for life last year for a rape and murder that horrified the nation, was charged on Friday (18) with four new counts of indecent assault which took place just weeks earlier. Wayne Couzens, 49, whose job was to guard diplomatic premises, abducted…

Police officers accused of domestic abuse are still in service,…

NEW data has revealed that more than 1,000 police officers accused of domestic abuse are still in service, according to a media report.  Eight out of 10 such officers kept their jobs after the allegations, with a small fraction being disciplined or dismissed, the Guardian reported. A series of freedom…

Lakshaya Sen stuns world number three Antonsen

World Championships bronze medallist Lakshya Sen stunned world No. 3 Anders Antonsen of Denmark in straight games to progress to the men's singles quarterfinals of the All England Championships in Birmingham on Thursday. The 20-year-old from Almora, who had claimed his maiden Super 500 title at India Open in January…

Record-breaking Babar up there with the best after Pakistan heroics

Pakistan captain Babar Azam has long established his credentials in limited-overs cricket, but his 196 against Australia put him up there with some greats in the long form of the game too. Azam fought valiantly for 10 hours and seven minutes in an innings lasting 425 deliveries to help Pakistan…

England to roll out fourth Covid shot: NHS

ENGLAND will begin rolling out its fourth coronavirus vaccine shot this week, the National Health Service (NHS) announced Sunday (20), with millions of the country's most vulnerable people being offered jabs.The latest booster shot will be made available to care home residents, people aged over 75 and the immunosuppressed.Around five…

Lord Patel offers to quit Yorkshire over ‘bitter civil war’

LORD PATEL has threatened to quit Yorkshire over the bitter civil war to engulf the club since the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal, according to a media report.  He has written to the England & Wales Cricket Board (ECB) amid calls for him to resign over his handling of the fallout…

Arun Ghosh to launch new album

LIVE PERFORMANCE KATTAM KATTI When: Tuesday March 22 – Wednesday March 23 Where: Cambridge Junction, Clifton Way, Cambridge CB1 7GX What: The Pagrav Dance Company presents a contemporary Kathak production that taps into the competitive chaos, creativity, and colour of Uttarayan, the world-famous international kite festival of Gujarat. www.junction.co.uk NITIN…

Azam and Rizwan foil Australia as second Test ends in…

Pakistan skipper Babar Azam smashed 196 and Mohammad Rizwan 104 not out to deny Australia victory on Wednesday and force a dramatic draw in the second Test in Karachi. The Australians had sniffed victory on their first tour of the country in nearly a quarter of a century, but Azam…

Rise in Covid hospital admissions was ‘expected’, says Javid

UK health secretary has said that an increase in Covid infections following the easing of coronavirus restrictions was ‘expected’.  Sajid Javid told Sky News that there is no “cause for concern” despite the number of people in hospital with Covid climbing back above 10,000. Daily Covid cases in the UK have…

NHS launches Commonwealth project to increase organ donation

THE NHS Blood and Transplant has launched a new project bringing together Commonwealth nations to share expertise in organ donation and transplantation to increase ethical organ donation and transplantation.  The 'Tribute to Life' project, launched on Commonwealth Day on Monday (14) by health secretary Sajid Javid, is the culmination of…

Saqib Mahmood set for England test debut

FAST BOWLER Saqib Mahmood will make his test debut against West Indies in Barbados, the England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) said on Tuesday (15), after Mark Wood was ruled out of the second test with a right elbow injury. Mahmood, 25, has played seven one-day internationals and 12 Twenty20s,…

Queen urges the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times

QUEEN Elizabeth II has called on the Commonwealth to show unity in troubled times, as she sat out a major event for the organisation after a period of fragile health. The event on Monday (14) with some 1,500 guests at Westminster Abbey in central London had been due to be…

UK to lift all remaining Covid-19 travel rules

THE UK government will lift all its remaining Covid-19 pandemic-related international travel restrictions from Friday (18), including the requirement for travellers to fill in a compulsory Passenger Locator Form prior to entering the country.From 4 am GMT on Friday, arrivals into the UK will no longer be required to submit…

Historian tries to track down relatives of soldiers of British…

A public historian in England is trying to track down relatives of soldiers of the British Indian Army held as Prisoners of War (PoW) in Germany, Italy and France during the Second World War. Dr Ghee Bowman in South West England and author of the book The Indian Contingent: The…

Sri Lanka bowled out for 109 as Bumrah picks up…

INDIA extended their lead to 204 after Jasprit Bumrah took five wickets to bowl out Sri Lanka for 109 on day two of the pink ball Test on Sunday (13). Angelo Mathews was the top scorer with 43, while Niroshan Dickwella added 21. The hosts were 61 for one at tea…

Javed Khan-led review considers banning under-25s buying cigarettes

AN independent review of the government’s ambition to make England smoke-free by 2030 is considering a ban on under-25s buying cigarettes, The Times reported.  Javed Khan, a former chief executive of the children’s charity Barnardo’s, is leading the review. He is now scrutinising whether national action on smoking goes far…

Britain outlines inquiry terms as Covid-19 prevalence rises

Britain has outlined the terms of reference of its planned inquiry into the Covid-19 pandemic, looking into the preparedness of the country as well as the public health and economic response to the coronavirus. Meanwhile, England's Covid-19 prevalence rose to 1 in 25 in the week ending March 5, Britain's…

New film ‘life – saving conversations’ features South Asian women…

The Department of Health and Social Care (DHSC), with the support of NHS England and NHS Improvement, has launched a major new national campaign, to increase the number of those eligible attending their cervical screening in England. The new Help Us Help You – Cervical Screening Saves Lives campaign urges…

Gujarat Titans replace Jason Roy with Afghanistan’s Gurbaz

GUJARAT TITANS have signed Afghanistan's Rahmanullah Gurbaz as a replacement for England batsman Jason Roy in the Indian Premier League tournament starting later this month, the franchise said.  Gurbaz, a wicketkeeper-batsman, has played 20 T20 internationals, scoring 534 runs at a strike rate of 138. The Titans, who are making…

UK launches girls’ education drive for India on Women’s Day

THE UK government launched a girls’ education drive aimed at developing countries, including India to mark International Women’s Day.  The government will work with UNICEF’s Generation Unlimited (GenU) to implement the new Girls’ Education Skills Partnership which will be funded by Accenture, Standard Chartered, Unilever, Microsoft, and United Bank for Africa.…

Australia ready to host India-Pakistan series: Hockley

AUSTRALIA would be open to hosting Asian arch-rivals Pakistan and India in a series to revive a contest world cricket wants to see, board chief Nick Hockley said. Pakistan and India's rivalry has been confined to events sanctioned by the International Cricket Council (ICC) and the Asia Cup for the…

Bina Mehta among inspirational women recognised at the GG2 Leadership…

A NUMBER of remarkable women were amongst the winners at the annual GG2 Leadership and Diversity Awards, held at the Park Plaza hotel on Tuesday (8). Bina Mehta took home the coveted GG2 Hammer Award, presented to a BAME person who has smashed the proverbial glass ceiling, for her rise…

ECB to pay £1m to set up multi-faith prayer rooms…

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) have pledged around £1million to install multi-faith prayer rooms at every county cricket ground before the season starts, according to a media report said. The ECB is providing the grant as part of their attempt to improve the diversity of the sport, reported…

Doctor sacked after he ordered a junior to strip naked…

AN employment tribunal has heard that a senior NHS consultant was sacked after he ordered a junior doctor to strip naked in front of him in a hotel room as punishment, reported MailOnline.  Edwin Chandraharan was sacked from St George's University Hospitals NHS Foundation Trust in south London in February…

Jadeja hailed as great all-rounder after Test-winning exploits

Ravindra Jadeja was hailed Monday as one of the world's best all-rounders after his swashbuckling unbeaten 175 with the bat and nine-wicket haul with the ball propelled India to a first Test victory over Sri Lanka inside three days. The left-hander's match-defining knock in Mohali, his best in Tests, and…

Indian-origin shop manager jailed for cheating

An Indian-origin shop manager who tried to cheat an elderly man out of his lottery winnings of £130,000 has been sentenced by a UK court to 28 months in prison. Narendra Gill checked the numbers of a lucky dip lottery ticket for 81-year-old Frank Gowland at the shop she managed…

Shane Warne, the man who made spin sexy again

SHANE WARNE was not only one of the greatest cricketers ever to play the game but he can also probably be credited with saving the art of spin bowling in a sport that had become dominated by relentless pace. His extraordinary figures tell the first half of the story and…

Sachin, Kohli hail Warne ‘the greatest’

INDIAN cricketers past and present from Virat Kohli to Sachin Tendulkar led tributes Friday (4) to Shane Warne after the Australian spin maestro died suddenly of a heart attack at 52. "Life is so fickle and unpredictable. I cannot process the passing of this great of our sport and also…

Bangladesh name South African great Donald as bowling coach

Bangladesh on Friday named South African fast bowling great Allan Donald as the new pace bowling coach of the national side, the country's cricket board said. “Allan will join us as bowling coach and will work with the national side until Twenty20 World Cup in Australia this year,” the Bangladesh…

Shane Warne dies of suspected heart attack

AUSTRALIAN cricketer Shane Warne, one of the finest spin bowlers of all time whose talent and personality transcended the sport, died aged 52 on Friday (4). Warne, who ended his spell-binding international career in 2007 with a remarkable 708 test wickets, died from a suspected heart attack in Koh Samui,…

Contemporary Kathak production by The Pagrav Dance Company

LIVE PERFORMANCES BOTOWN - THE SOUL OF BOLLYWOOD When: Saturday March 5 Where: Mystique Banqueting Suite, 928a Melton Rd Brittania Way, Leicester LE4 8GR What: Concert featuring the acclaimed multicultural soul band that reboots Bollywood classics with a unique soul funk twist, which takes you on a musical trip from…

Study: Covid may reverse decades of progress on gender equality

A NEW study has revealed that Covid might reverse decades of progress made towards gender equality as women have been hit much harder socially and economically than men, according to a media report.  Published in the Lancet, the research by the Institute for Health Metrics and Evaluation at the University…

Exclusive: Captain Polar Preet and the misogyny of south Asian…

Much has been written about “Polar Preet” over the past few months. How she became the first woman of colour to trek solo in the Antarctic, reaching the South Pole. How she beat the -50-degree weather, suffering from sickness and diarrhoea, to complete her mission. But until now we do…

Research shows stark disparities in cancer rates between ethnic groups

NEW research has revealed stark disparities in cancer rates between different ethnic groups in the UK, reported the Guardian. According to the study published in the British Journal of Cancer, black people are twice as likely to get prostate cancer while white people have double the chance of getting skin…

No compulsory vaccination for health staff in England

NHS and social care workers in England will no longer have to have a Covid jab as a condition of employment from later this month, the government said. The UK government announced on January 31 that it intended to revoke the regulations that made vaccination compulsory, subject to the results…

FIFA expels Russia from Qatar World Cup

RUSSIA has been expelled from the Qatar World Cup after being suspended from all international competitions "until further notice", FIFA and UEFA announced in a joint statement, while European football's governing body also ended its partnership with Russian energy giant Gazprom. The men's team had been due to play in…

Sajid Javid launches England’s rare diseases action plan

HEALTH secretary Sajid Javid on Monday (28) launched England’s first rare diseases action plan which aims to speed up diagnoses and care.The initiative will allow the healthcare workforce to support patients better by leveraging the UK’s technology, Javid said.There are more than 7,000 rare diseases, affecting an estimated 3.5 million…

EXCLUSIVE: Don’t stop Covid tests

Business and doctors’ leaders have criticised the government’s decision to stop free lateral flow tests in April. The prime minister, Boris Johnson, announced the decision in his “living with Covid” statement to parliament on Monday (21). He told MPs that all Covid restrictions would end in England on Thursday (24)…

Report: Ethnic differences in Covid mortality change over time

THE excess covid-19 mortality among most ethnic minority groups in the UK has fallen over time compared with the White British group, according to a report in the British Medical Journal (BMJ).  During the start of the pandemic, mortality was highest in the black African group but in subsequent waves,…

Eastbourne man admits murdering Sabina Nessa

AN Eastbourne man has pleaded guilty to murdering primary school teacher Sabina Nessa at the Old Bailey on Friday (25), according to a media report.  Koci Selamaj, 36, beat and strangled Nessa, 28, as she walked through a park in Kidbrooke, south-east London, on 17 September. He will be sentenced…

Johnson unveils UK’s largest-ever sanctions against Russia

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson unveiled Britain's largest-ever package of sanctions against Russia on Thursday (24), targeting banks, members of president Vladimir Putin's closest circle and wealthy Russians who enjoy high-rolling London lifestyles. Western nations are coordinating action to impose tough sanctions against Russia in response to its all-out invasion on…

New campaign encourages South Asians experiencing mental health problems to…

A new NHS campaign is encouraging people struggling with their mental health to seek confidential help from NHS talking therapies. Research shows that nearly half of South Asians put off seeking professional help and the NHS is encouraging them to make use of a range of free services available for anxiety,…

Primary school exclusions in Birmingham twice national rate

THE rate of exclusions among primary school pupils in Birmingham was twice the national rate and twice the rate of core cities. There were 53 primary aged children excluded in the 2019/20 academic year – double the number Birmingham would have it was consistent with comparable cities. The permanent exclusion…

Lutfur Rahman launches re-election campaign

FORMER mayor of Tower Hamlets, Lutfur Rahman, has launched his campaign for re-election after being banned from office.  Rahman served as mayor of Tower Hamlets from 2010 to 2015, but was found to be “personally responsible” for electoral fraud while in office and banned from standing in elections for five…

UK court sets aside divorce over ‘forged signature’

AN INDIAN-ORIGIN couple's divorce has been set aside by a UK court after the judge concluded that the wife had no notice of the proceedings as her signature was forged 12 years ago.Rachpal and Kewal Randhawa were married at a registry office in Slough, south-east England, in August 1978 aged…

Midlands hit by earthquake

An earthquake shook homes across the West Midlands this morning. According to the British Geological Survey (BGS), a 2.8 magnitude earthquake hit Walsall as the epicentre at a depth of 4.35 miles (7km) at 22:59 GMT. It said the effect of the quake was felt over a 12-mile (20km) radius…

Johnson scraps Covid restrictions in England

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday said he would end all coronavirus restrictions in England including mandatory self-isolation for people with Covid-19 and free testing, drawing scepticism from some scientists and political opponents. Johnson's "living with Covid" plan has sparked alarm that it is premature and will leave the…

Manchester Museum to reopen next year

A POPULAR Manchester attraction reopens in a year’s time, following a £15-million refurbishment.Manchester Museum, a part of Manchester University, will reopen in February 2023 after completion of the final phase of its multimillion-pound “Hello Future” project.It will see the addition of a two-storey extension and reconfiguration of the building’s internal…

Queen catches ‘mild’ Covid

THE Queen tested positive for Covid-19 on Sunday (20) but her symptoms are "mild" and the 95-year-old  intends to continue with light duties at Windsor Castle, aides said. The news comes after Prince Charles tested positive on February 10, two days after meeting his mother at Windsor. No information was…

Britain to set out plans to scrap Covid self-isolation laws

PRIME minister Boris Johnson intends to set out plans next week to remove self-isolation requirements for people infected with Covid-19, his office said on Saturday (19).Britain would become the first major European country to allow people who know they are infected with Covid-19 to freely use shops, public transport and…

Indian batsman hits first-ever triple ton on first class debut

INDIA'S Sakibul Gani became the first batsman in world cricket to hit a triple century on his first-class debut when he made 341 in the Ranji Trophy tournament. The 22-year-old walked out to the crease for Bihar on Friday (18) against Mizoram in Kolkata on Friday, the second day of…

Storm Eunice: 150,000 British homes still without power

AROUND 155,000 British homes were still without power late on Saturday (19) after Storm Eunice knocked more than 1.3 million households off the grid the day before, energy companies said.The fierce Atlantic storm brought record winds of up to 122 mph (196 kph) to Britain, killing three people and causing…

Storm Eunice batters Britain, knocks out power

STORM EUNICE battered Britain and Ireland on Friday (18) with record winds of up to 122 miles per hour, killing at least one person, knocking out power for tens of thousands and shredding the roof of London's O2 arena.The storm, which brewed in the central Atlantic and was spun up…

Experts urge to address poor Covid vaccine access for children

EXPERTS have raised concerns around access to Covid jabs for young children as a school-based programme is not likely to be the primary route in England, according to a media report.   The Guardian reported that the jabs for kids will be offered from April at pharmacies, vaccination centres and, where…

UK retail sales recover more than expected from Omicron knock

BRITISH retail sales grew faster than expected in January, recovering about half the losses suffered when a wave of coronavirus cases caused many shoppers to stay at home during December. Retail sales volumes rose by 1.9 per cent in January after a 4.0 per cent decline in December, the largest…

British health chiefs urge Johnson not be to be ‘gung-ho’…

ENGLISH medical leaders on Friday (18) urged Boris Johnson not to be too "gung-ho" with the nation's health when he moves to end all pandemic restrictions with his plan to live with Covid-19 next week. Having scrapped virtually all Covid-19 restrictions in England already, Johnson on Monday (21) will set…

London gets first red weather warning as ‘Storm Eunice’ surges

BRITAIN'S meteorological service issued its first-ever "danger to life" weather warning for London and the army was placed on standby as Storm Eunice made landfall on Friday (18).Hundreds of homes were reported to have been left without power in Cornwall, southwest England, which Eunice hit overnight, bringing gusts of 90…

Police force apologises for racial abuse of former investigator

AVON AND SOMERSET POLICE has apologised to a former investigator of south Asian heritage for racial abuse and discrimination he faced when he was in the force.The officer, who wishes to remain anonymous, complained that his colleagues made fun of his accent but they were later promoted. He said he…

Sajid Javid visits North West and West Midlands healthcare services

UK health secretary Sajid Javid has thanked NHS staff across the North West and West Midlands for their tireless efforts to provide care during the pandemic during his visit to the region.  Javid as part of his ‘Road to Recovery’ tour across England on Wednesday (16) visited Deeplish Community Centre,…

Exclusive: “STOP CULTURE OF POLICE COVER UP”

There must be a root and branch investigation into the culture of racism, misogyny, and Islamophobia in every police service in England and Wales. That is the demand from south Asian and black MPs, as well as serving and past police officers. They have told Eastern Eye that they do…

England’s Mahmood relishing chance to make Test debut in West…

ENGLAND fast bowler Saqib Mahmood said he is relishing the opportunity of earning his first Test cap in the upcoming tour of the West Indies after James Anderson and Stuart Broad were both left out of the squad. Fast bowlers Anderson and Broad, who have taken a combined 1,177 wickets…

What makes comedy newcomer Farhan Solo want to stand up…

THE popular Arabs vs Asians comedy show returns for another series of live dates across England, from February 20 until March 19, with performances in Manchester (20), Birmingham (24), South London (3), Hounslow (5), Croydon (17) and East London (19). The laughter-filled shows have top stand-up talents delivering their own…

Study: Most deprived areas in England and Wales deadly affected…

A new study has revealed that the most deprived areas in England and Wales were more severely affected than first thought, reported The Guardian.  The north-west lost three times more years of life than the south-west due to the pandemic. According to the study led by the University of Manchester…

England must stop players from playing in IPL to improve…

ENGLAND must stop their players from participating in the Twenty20 Indian Premier League (IPL) to improve their Test side, former South Africa coach Mickey Arthur said on Wednesday (16). England's Test squad came under criticism after they lost the five-Test Ashes series 4-0 against Australia, a result which led to…

UK annual inflation hits fresh 30-year high

BRITAIN’S annual inflation has hit the highest level since 1992, data showed on Wednesday (16), adding pressure to the cost of living and on the Bank of England to keep raising rates.The Consumer Prices Index (CPI) edged up to 5.5 per cent in January from 5.4 per cent in December,…

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…

Report reveals racial health inequality in NHS

THERE are "overwhelming" minority ethnic health inequalities in the NHS, experts have said adding radical action is required to tackle the problem. The study for the first time has revealed the true scale as well as "vast and "widespread" inequality in every aspect of healthcare it reviewed. According to the…

Livingstone top overseas player at IPL auction, Mumbai pick Archer

ENGLAND'S Liam Livingstone on Sunday (13) became the most expensive foreign player in this season's IPL auction at $1.52 million (£1.13m), while fellow England international Jofra Archer also fetched a high price despite being doubtful for the upcoming edition. Livingstone went to Punjab Kings as the 10 teams splurged millions…

One death from Lassa fever in Britain

ONE person has died in Britain from Lassa fever, health authorities said, as they announced the first three cases of the disease in the country since 2009. The patient died on Friday (11) at a hospital in Bedfordshire, north of London. All three people infected were from the same family…

Zahawi reveals three vaccine doses saved his life

UK education secretary Nadhim Zahawi has said that vaccines prevented him from potentially dying after a bad case of Covid left him struggling to breathe last week, according to a report.  Zahawi told Sky News that doctors had told him he could have ended up in hospital on a ventilator…

ECB lifts suspension on Yorkshire hosting international matches

THE England and Wales Cricket Board (ECB) lifted an international match ban on Yorkshire County Cricket Club on Friday (11) subject to further requirements, in the wake of a racism scandal involving former player Azeem Rafiq. Yorkshire were barred from hosting any international games after Rafiq, a player of Pakistani…

Cricket: India’s Shreyas Iyer sold for £1.1m in IPL auction

INDIA'S Shreyas Iyer fetched the top price in the first round of the auction for the Indian Premier League - the world's most valuable cricket tournament - on Saturday (12).Iyer, who stood out with his match-winning 80 in India's 3-0 ODI whitewash of the West Indies on Friday (11), went…

NHS Pledges More Support For Victims And Survivors Of Sexual…

Victims and survivors of sexual and domestic abuse are being encouraged to come forward for NHS help and care, as part of a major campaign backed by a £20m boost to specialist services. Two new clinical lead roles for domestic violence and sexual assault are also being created, alongside dedicated…

Met chief’s resignation sparks row between Sadiq Khan and Priti…

THE dramatic resignation of the London Met Police chief has sparked a row between mayor Sadiq Khan and home secretary Priti Patel as Khan did not warn the Home Office or Queen he was going to get rid of the commissioner, according to a media report.  The MailOnline reported that…

Big hitters and a superstar namesake: Five to watch in…

Some of the world's top cricketers will be among 590 players in the two-day auction for the big-bucks Indian Premier League this weekend. AFP sport looks at five stars who could attract massive fees when the 10 franchises -- including two new ones -- place their bids in Bangalore ahead…

‘Lataji’s voice and soul are timeless’

FROM across the south Asian diaspora, the refrain was the same: Lata Mangeshkar, who died in Mumbai last Sunday (6), aged 92, may have gone, but her songs will live on forever. She had a special connection with the UK, where her first concert in 1974 was in a packed…

Twenty interesting facts about Pakistan’s superstar singer Atif Aslam

BIG-NAMED artists from India and Pakistan will be delivering huge live concerts across England throughout the year. The first of these popular singers to perform live in major arenas is Atif Aslam. The Pakistani superstar will be performing his greatest hits this week at ExCel in London on Saturday, February…

Rights and responsibilities of a private property landlord

Legal advice on resolving disputes with tenants and how the eviction process works DURING the lockdown due to Covid-19, private landlords were hindered from evicting their tenants for more than a year and-a-half due to successive bans, while notice periods were extended to take into account the impact of the…

Cricket players’ union admits failings in Rafiq racism case

PROFESSIONAL Cricketers' Association chief executive Rob Lynch told British lawmakers on Tuesday (8) that the organisation had made mistakes in how it dealt with Azeem Rafiq's allegations of racism against Yorkshire.The Pakistan-born former player delivered harrowing testimony to MPs in November in which he said his career had been ended…

Women’s IPL to start ‘soon’, says Jay Shah

A full-fledged women's Indian Premier League (IPL) could begin as early as next year, with the Indian cricket board (BCCI) saying it is working on delivering the tournament "soon". A three-team Women's T20 Challenge is staged alongside the men's IPL, but many believe women deserve their own expanded tournament with…

Lawmakers urge focus on tackling cost crunch to end Johnson…

SENIOR members of Boris Johnson's Conservative Party urged challengers to the prime minister to rein in their ambitions and focus instead on steering Britain through the biggest plunge in living standards in a generation. Johnson is battling for his political career amid a crisis which has gripped his government over…

India beat England to win U-19 World Cup for fifth…

INDIA clinched a record-extending fifth Under-19 World Cup title on Saturday (5) after a late partnership between Nishant Sindhu and Raj Bawa sealed a four-wicket win over England in a low-scoring game in Antigua. Set 190 to win, India's run-chase was dealt an early blow when opener Angkrish Raghuvanshi was…

Johnson on staff exodus: Change is good

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson invoked Disney's "The Lion King", insisting "change is good" as he rallied his dwindling inner circle in the fallout over lockdown-breaking parties held in his Downing Street office. Chief policy advisor Munira Mirza unexpectedly quit on Thursday (3), delivering a serious blow to the embattled…

Australia confirm first Pakistan tour in 24 years

CRICKET AUSTRALIA on Friday (4) confirmed its first tour of Pakistan since 1998, locking in a three-Test series despite lingering security concerns.Australia will play Tests - in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore - fresh off the back of a comprehensive home Ashes victory against England.They will also play three one-day internationals…

When you think you need A&E, contact NHS 111 online…

The NHS is encouraging the public to use NHS 111 online to get urgent medical advice quickly – in addition to existing services – ahead of what England’s top doctor has said will be a ‘winter like no other’. With more people predicted to suffer from flu this year and…

Australia confirm first Pakistan tour in 24 years

Cricket Australia on Friday confirmed its first tour of Pakistan since 1998, locking in a three-Test series despite lingering security concerns. Australia will play Tests -- in Rawalpindi, Karachi and Lahore -- fresh off the back of a comprehensive home Ashes victory against England. They will also play three one…

‘Outdated status quo’ blocking racism reform at Yorkshire, says chairman

Yorkshire chair Kamlesh Patel claimed on Thursday reform at the troubled English county is being derailed by a group concerned that the club will be "sacrificed on the altar of Black Lives Matter". Patel took charge at Yorkshire in the wake of the Azeem Rafiq racism scandal that rocked English…

Defending diversity in the Tory party

ALLEGATIONS of Islamophobia within the Conservative party have been deeply damaging. They go against the fundamental social fabric of what the party stands for – to promote equality of opportunity to all for a better life, regardless of colour, background or creed. Such allegations must quite rightly be investigated. There…

Johnson’s top aide Munira Mirza quits over his Jimmy Savile…

THE policy chief of Number 10 resigned on Thursday (3) afternoon over prime minister Boris Johnson's Jimmy Savile attack on Keir Starmer.  Munira Mirza, the Downing Street head of policy, worked with Johnson for 14 years, from the time he was the mayor of London. He previously named Mirza as…

Authorities struggle as nature of child sexual exploitation changes, report…

A NEW report has revealed that local authorities and police forces are struggling to keep pace with the changing nature of sexual exploitation of children by networks.  According to a report by the Independent Inquiry into Child Sexual Abuse, children are being sexually exploited by networks in all parts of England…

Giles leaves role as England managing director

ASHLEY GILES is to leave his role as the managing director of England's men's team, the England and Wales Cricket Board confirmed on Wednesday (2). Giles and coach Chris Silverwood had been under pressure after England lost the five-Test Ashes series 4-0, with former skipper Mike Atherton calling for a…

Amazon says creates 15,000 more UK jobs than planned

Amazon on Wednesday (2) said it created 25,000 permanent jobs in the UK last year, more than double the anticipated amount, as the coronavirus pandemic triggered a worldwide boom in online shopping. As the US e-commerce giant prepares to unveil another set of gigantic earnings Thursday (3), Amazon said in…

Polar Preet: My pride in being a woman of colour

What British Army captain Harpreet Chandi would tell her younger self about dealing with racism AN ASIAN Army officer who became the first ‘woman of colour’ to complete a solo trek across Antarctica last month, has revealed it took her many years to feel comfortable with the term. Captain Harpreet…

NHS race observatory welcomes plan to revoke mandatory jabs for…

BRITAIN plans to revoke its decision to make Covid-19 vaccination mandatory for health workers in England after warnings that an already-stretched service could face serious staff shortages. The NHS race and health observatory, which raised concerns last year that any mandatory Covid vaccination policy could be potentially discriminatory, welcomed the…

UK youth return to insecure jobs after pandemic, says study

BRITAIN'S young people were disproportionately hit by unemployment during the Covid-19 pandemic and many have since returned to work in more insecure jobs, a think-tank said on Monday (31). Three-quarters of Britons aged 18-24 who lost their jobs during the early stages of the pandemic returned to work by October…

Four top aides desert embattled Johnson

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson suffered four staff defections on Thursday (3) as pressure intensified on the embattled leader over lockdown parties and his loose-lipped style of politics.One of the departures – that of the head of policy Munira Mirza - was linked to an inflammatory remark made by Johnson,…

Life after boxing scares Amir Khan

THE thought of not boxing scares Amir Khan as many predict the grudge fight against Kell Brook on February 19 will be his last. But the former world champion is not sure and will take a call after the bout. "It does scare me, it does because boxing is what…

India-born priest becomes youngest Bishop in Church of England

AN India-born vicar, who grew up in a leprosy hospital in Bangalore where his mother was a nurse, has been consecrated as Bishop in the Church of England with a staff, or crozier, made of Indian rosewood. The Right Reverend Malayil Lukose Varghese Muthalaly, known as Saju, aged 42 became…

Mandatory Covid jabs for NHS staff in England under review

NHS workers and staff who work on the frontline in England have been asked to get fully vaccinated by April 1 or will be redeployed or dismissed. However, on Monday (31) the ministers will be meeting to decide whether or not to scrap mandatory Covid jabs for NHS workers in…

Britain to offer Covid vaccinations to vulnerable children aged 5-11

BRITAIN will this week begin offering vaccinations to children aged between five and 11 who are most at risk from coronavirus, the state-run National Health Service (NHS) said on Sunday (30). Britain has been slower than some other countries in offering the shots to 5-11-year-olds, and is not planning to…

Ratnayake, Malinga named Sri Lanka coaches for Australia tour

Sri Lanka's cricket board appointed two stand-in coaches Thursday to help the national team during their upcoming Twenty20 tour of Australia. Former Test player Rumesh Ratnayake, 58, was named interim coach, but will not travel with the team to Australia because he is in self-isolation after contracting Covid-19, the board…

Mahmood looks to inspire next generation of British Asian cricketers

WHEN English cricket is going through a rough patch tackling racism, a British Asian player Saqib Mahmood is making a name for himself by bowling fast. After his teammates Moeen Ali and Adil Rashid, Mahmood is the new face of British Asian cricketers trying to inspire the next generation with…

‘Tories have a problem with Asians’

As party faces Islamophobia allegations, Sunak touted as next leader THE Conservative party has a problem with black and Asian ministers, an influential Tory politician has said, after MP Nusrat Ghani’s claimed last week she was sacked in a reshuffle because of her ‘Muslimness’. Former junior transport minister Ghani, who…

England revives Plan A: living with Covid

ENGLAND on Thursday (27) lifted coronavirus restrictions imposed to tackle the Omicron variant, with masks no longer required in enclosed places and vaccine passports shelved. The number of positive Covid-19 cases has fallen sharply over the past two weeks, and although still at high levels, have plateaued in recent days.…

English cricket comes under fresh fire over racism

English cricket is back in the firing line over racism in the game after "stereotypical" and "outdated" views were expressed about the reasons for a lack of interest in the game among Britain's ethnic-minority communities. Former Yorkshire player Azeem Rafiq delivered harrowing testimony to lawmakers in November in which he…

Pakistan’s Shaheen Afridi wins cricketer of the year award

Pakistan paceman Shaheen Afridi was named player of the year by the International Cricket Council on Monday, with England captain Joe Root selected as the outstanding Test cricketer in 2021. Afridi's 78 wickets in 36 internationals across different formats secured him the Sir Garfield Sobers Trophy, with best bowling figures…

Middlesex chair apologises after lack of diversity comments

FORMER England player Ebony Rainford-Brent has called Middlesex chairman comments on black and south Asian interest in cricket as "painful" and "outdated". Mike O'Farrell said football and rugby become "much more attractive to the Afro-Caribbean community" and cricket for south Asian players was sometimes "secondary" to education. O'Farrell was speaking…

UK police arrest two more over Texas siege

BRITISH police said on Wednesday (26) they were holding two more men in connection with an armed hostage-taking at a Texas synagogue by a man from northwest England.Malik Faisal Akram from Blackburn took four people, including a rabbi, hostage at the synagogue in the small town of Colleyville on January…

UK to drop Covid test for vaccinated travellers from Feb…

FULLY vaccinated travellers arriving in Britain will no longer have to take a Covid-19 test, transport secretary Grant Shapps said on Monday (24), as the government sets out plans to move beyond restrictions and live with the virus. Currently, vaccinated people arriving in Britain are required to take a lateral…

Pharmacist brothers offer ‘Jabs with Kebabs’ to encourage Covid vaccine…

A pair of pharmacist brothers, who also own a popular restaurant in Kent, have started an innovative initiative ‘Jabs with Kebabs’ to encourage their community in England to come forward and take the Covid-19 vaccines. Rav and Raj Chopra, who own V’s Punjabi Grill, an Indian restaurant in Gravesend, established…

Luton mum urges people to get Covid jab

A WOMAN with Covid-19 and while in coma gave birth to twins, has encouraged people to come forward and take the jab. Sultana Ashiq, 34, from Luton, Bedfordshire, contracted the virus when she was nearly 31 weeks pregnant and had to remain in the ICU for 46 days, the BBC…

Vikram Solanki leaves Surrey for IPL role

SURREY head coach has left his role to be part of an unnamed Indian Premier League franchise as its director. Former England batsman Vikram Solanki, 45, joined Surrey as a player in 2013 before becoming its head coach after the 2019 season. With Solanki in charge, Surrey reached the finals…

Pandya, Rahul to lead new teams, IPL to begin in…

ALLROUNDER Hardik Pandya will lead Ahmedabad and batsman KL Rahul will captain Lucknow when the franchises make their debuts in the Indian Premier League (IPL) in March. The 15th edition of the world's richest Twenty20 league will be a 10-team affair with the inclusion of the two new franchises. "I…

Stupid to blame IPL for England’s Ashes debacle: Pietersen

Former captain and batting star Kevin Pietersen has said that it's "stupid" to blame the Indian Premier League for England's embarrassing 0-4 loss to Australia in the recently-concluded Ashes series. England great David Gower was "annoyed" after their Ashes defeat and said current skipper Joe Root had players who were…

Saqib Mahmood can’t wait to play Test cricket for England

WHEN England were getting battered in the Ashes series, an Englishman was doing well in the Big Bash League, featuring for Sydney Thunder. Saqib Mahmood, who plays for Lanchashire on his debut in BBL picked four wickets from 11 balls. He has taken 13 wickets in six matches for the…

India-UK trade talks will conclude quickly: West Midlands mayor

THE NEGOTIATIONS between India and the UK to strike a free trade agreement (FTA) will conclude quickly due to an "absolute agreement” at the senior political level, England’s West Midlands mayor has said.Andy Street, who is in charge of the West Midlands Combined Authority that covers some of England's major…

Johnson denies blackmailing Tory rebels

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has dismissed new allegations that his aides had tried to "blackmail" and threaten Conservative rebels, in a potentially criminal twist to Downing Street's "partygate" scandal. Senior Tory William Wragg disclosed the alleged intimidation campaign as Downing Street battles to shore up Johnson against calls from…

India, Pakistan to clash on Oct 23 in 2022 T20…

INDIA and Pakistan will lock horns in a blockbuster T20 World Cup group clash for the second year running after the fixtures for the October-November 2022 tournament in Australia were announced on Friday. The arch-rivals will lock horns at the Melbourne Cricket Ground (MCG) on October 23, a day after…

A diverse and inclusive future is possible for English cricket

AZEEM RAFIQ’S treatment at Yorkshire and the subsequent racism storm that engulfed English cricket can be a “watershed moment” for the game to addresses its mistakes and make meaningful long-term changes, according to the journalist who the cricketer first spoke to about his ordeal. James Buttler, of the Cricket Badger…

Inclusive approach needed for cricket’s equality drive

FEW Commons inquiries have had so dramatic an impact as the Culture Select Committee’s probe into racism in cricket published last week. Just announcing the hearings had proved a crucial tipping point towards regime change at Yorkshire County Cricket Club (YCCC), once the chair and chief executive has been invited…

Swindon Council faces fresh calls to find replacement temple after…

SWINDON COUNCIL faces fresh calls to reopen a Hindu Temple in the city, three months after the temple on Darby Close was forced to shut. The Advertiser reported last October how a Hindu community leader in Swindon expressed his sadness and shock after Swindon Borough Council ended the lease for…

Yorkshire appoint Gibson as coach after racism scandal

ENGLISH cricket club Yorkshire announced on Wednesday (19) they had appointed former West Indies allrounder Ottis Gibson as their new head coach on a three-year deal. The 52-year-old replaces Andrew Gale, who left the county club along with the rest of the coaching staff in the fallout from a damaging…

Texas hostage-taker ‘prayed for two years’ for attack

A BRITISH man who took hostages at a Texas synagogue told his family he had prayed for two years to carry out the attack, media reported on Thursday (20), as police made two arrests.Malik Faisal Akram, 44, from Blackburn in northwest England, was shot dead by the FBI during a…

EXCLUSIVE: “WE’LL END RACISM IN YORKSHIRE”

The chair of Yorkshire cricket has urged south Asian communities to trust that his team and he will stamp out racism at the club. Lord Patel of Bradford was speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye after the culture, media and sport select committee concluded there was “deep-seated racism in cricket”. The…

Most Covid rules in England to be scrapped as infections…

THE UK government announced Wednesday (19) that restrictions reimposed in England last month to fight the surge in Omicron coronavirus cases would be lifted, citing data that showed infections had peaked. Guidance advising people to work from home was lifted immediately, while from the middle of next week they will…

UK police arrest two men over Texas siege

BRITISH police on Thursday (20) arrested two men over their alleged role in a hostage-taking by a UK national at a synagogue in Texas last weekend.They were arrested in Birmingham and Manchester by counter-terrorism officers, Greater Manchester Police said in a tweet.The men are being questioned in custody by Counter…

Texas standoff: UK police release teenagers without charge

TWO teenagers, arrested in England in connection with the Texas synagogue hostage-taking, have been released without charge, police said.The arrests were on Sunday (16), a day after the 10-hour siege at Colleyville ended with all four hostages released unharmed and the captor, British national Malik Faisal Akram shot dead.Akram, 44,…

‘Partygate’ bites Johnson as Tory MP Wakeford defects

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Wednesday (19) suffered an embarrassing defection from his Conservative party over revelations of lockdown-breaching events in Downing Street but vowed to fight on.Seven Conservatives said they had filed letters demanding a Tory vote of no-confidence in the embattled Johnson, and more than 20 others…

Ministers to decide on lifting England’s Covid curbs

Prime minister Boris Johnson will meet with his Cabinet on Wednesday (19) to review restrictions to tackle the spread of Covid-19 in England as he seeks to move attention away from parties held at his residence during coronavirus lockdowns. The restrictions, known as "Plan B" measures, were introduced by the…

England to investigate post-Ashes party in hotel

POLICE had to intervene and break up an early-hours drinking session at the hotel where both the teams were staying. At the end of the Ashes series in Hobart, England and Australia players got together over drinks which went on until early morning. In a video, England captain Joe Root,…

Johnson prepares to let the UK live with the virus

UK prime minister Boris Johnson has signalled to his backbenchers that he is prepared to let the UK live with the virus, the Guardian reported.  All Covid restrictions in England could end in March as Johnson looking at ending mandatory self-isolation for positive Covid cases, the report added, quoting a senior…

Britain returns stolen 10-century idol to India

AN Indian idol dating to the 10th century, which was illegally removed from a village temple in Uttar Pradesh more than 40 years ago and which was recently found in a garden in England, was returned to India on the occasion of Makar Sankranti (14). India’s High Commissioner to the…

Deposed captains Kohli, De Kock gear up for one-day series

TWO deposed captains, Virat Kohli and Quinton de Kock, could play significant roles in a three-match one-day international series between South Africa and India, starting at Boland Park in Paarl on Wednesday (19). Both former skippers have the potential to be the leading batters for their respective sides. For Kohli,…

Texas captor had criminal record, says brother

THE BLACKBURN man who took four people hostage in Texas over the weekend had a criminal record and was known to the UK police, his brother said.The siege at a synagogue ended with the police intervention and the captor - Malik Faisal Akram - was killed in the incident, while…

Root ‘sacrifices’ opportunity to enter IPL mega auction

ENGLAND skipper Joe Root has "sacrificed" the opportunity to enter the IPL mega auction to "throw" all his energy into reviving the fortunes of his under-fire Test team. Considered one of the modern greats of the game, Root is yet to play in the Indian Premier League after going unsold…

Labour leader Starmer says Johnson ‘broke the law’

BRITAIN'S main opposition leader on Sunday (16) accused prime minister Boris Johnson of breaking the law, but the government vowed changes after an explosive series of revelations about lockdown-breaching parties. In the latest, Johnson's wife Carrie was photographed on the front page of the Sunday Telegraph embracing a friend at…

Texas hostage-taker named as British citizen as UK police arrest…

THE MAN who held four people hostage at a Texas synagogue was on Sunday (16) identified by US authorities as a British citizen while UK police later arrested two teens over an attack that president Joe Biden called an "act of terror."The captor, who died in the 10-hour siege in…

Contempt of court: TV expert solicitor Sophie Khan jailed

A High Court judge in the UK has jailed a prominent solicitor for refusing to hand over her clients' files after her firm was forcibly shut down, the BBC reported.  Sophie Khan describes herself as a legal expert on Tasers and has frequently appeared on TV and radio. Her Leicester-based…

UK points to lifting of Covid curbs

BRITAIN said Sunday (16) it hopes to lift its latest Covid restrictions for England later this month with the Omicron surge of infections apparently fading.Last month, England switched to "Plan B" restrictions, re-imposing guidance to work from home and a requirement for attendees to show vaccination passports on entry to…

Johnson set to scrap Plan B Covid restrictions

PRIME MINISTER Boris Johnson is set to lift Plan B Covid restrictions in England, the Telegraph reported on Friday (14), as government scientists warn on dropping of Plan B prematurely. Covid passports and work from home guidance are widely expected inside Whitehall to be lifted from Jan. 26 for England,…

UK economy finally bigger than before pandemic in November

BRITAIN'S economy grew strongly in November to finally surpass its size just before the country went into its first Covid-19 lockdown, official data showed on Friday. The world's fifth-biggest economy expanded by a much faster than expected 0.9 per cent in November - before the latest wave of Covid-19 infections…

English cricket must tackle racism to get public funding, report…

PUBLIC MONEY should be withheld from cricket unless the sport makes clear progress in rooting out "deep-seated" racism brought to light by a scandal at Yorkshire, British lawmakers said on Friday (14). Former player Azeem Rafiq, 30, delivered harrowing testimony to MPs in November in which he said his career…

Yorkshire Cricket Club could face financial crisis, Lord Patel warns

LORD PATEL wants international cricket to return to Headingley again or it would be a "catastrophe" for Yorkshire Cricket Club. After former player Azeem Rafiq accused the county club of racism during his two stints at Yorkshire, Lord Patel has since then put in charge to bring in the change.…

Funding boost to vaccinate vulnerable communities

BACKED by £22.5 million of government funding, volunteers will reach out to councils with low vaccine uptake and get hard-to-reach communities jabbed. Community Vaccine Champions from Bradford to Brighton will be tapping into their local networks and encouraging people in their community to come forward and get vaccinated. The funding…

EXCLUSIVE: Lord Bilimoria urges UK government to “lower taxes to…

The president of the organisation which speaks for UK businesses has urged the government to lower taxes immediately to help the country’s “very fragile economy”. Speaking exclusively to Eastern Eye, Lord [Karan] Bilimoria, founder of Cobra Beer, said that families and businesses were suffering from a triple whammy of higher…

Sidebottom apologises for ‘poor choice of words’ on Yorkshire racism…

YORKSHIRE'S interim coach Ryan Sidebottom has apologised for using "a poor choice of words" while discussing about the racism scandal at the club on Sky Sports. A former Yorshire player himself, Sidebottom joined Yorkshire's coaching staff to work under new directer of cricket Darren Gough. Sidebottom told Sky Sports News…

Lift ban on Yorkshire hosting internationals, says Rafiq

AZEEM RAFIQ said the ban on Yorkshire from hosting internationals over the handling of his racism allegations should be lifted as the county club is taking steps in the right direction to bring about change. In November, the 30-year-old former England under-19 captain, who is of Pakistani descent and played…

UK launches free trade talks with India

BRITAIN on Thursday (13) announced the launch of free trade agreement (FTA) negotiations with India, describing it as a "golden opportunity" to put the UK’s businesses at the "front of the queue" of the Indian economy.Prime minister Boris Johnson said an FTA would take the country's historic partnership with India…

What’s in a name? Top choices for Asian babies

ONS data reveals popular picks among ethnic minority parents THE most popular Muslim, Hindu and Sikh baby names in England and Wales have been revealed. Among the top 100 boys names in 2020 were Adam, Ibrahim, Muhammad, Mohammed, Yusuf and Sonny, according to new data from the Office for National…

Labour poll lead narrows versus Tories

THE Conservative Party has recovered some of its lost lead against the opposition Labour Party, an opinion poll showed, but prime minister Boris Johnson's personal ratings remain deeply negative as he faces ongoing ethics questions. Polling company Opinium said Labour's poll rating held at 39 per cent in a January…

Johnson under fire over ‘bring your own booze’ lockdown party

British prime minister Boris Johnson was under fire on Tuesday after it emerged his private secretary had invited over 100 people to a "bring your own booze" party in the garden of Downing Street during the first coronavirus lockdown. Johnson, who won a landslide victory in a 2019 election, has…

Britain puts private health firms on high alert as Omicron…

BRITAIN on Monday (10) put the biggest private health companies on high alert to deliver crucial treatments such as cancer surgery should Omicron overwhelm National Health Service hospitals in England. The United Kingdom's death toll from the Covid-19 pandemic stands at 150,154, the world's seventh worst official Covid toll after…

Stokes should replace Root as England Test skipper, says Ponting

ENGLAND'S allrounder Ben Stokes is the only player who can replace Joe Root as Test captain and turn their fortunes around following the team's meek surrender in the Ashes series, former Australia skipper Ricky Ponting said on Saturday (8). Root has come under pressure since England lost the third Test…

Police probe racist abuse of Cole during FA Cup match

POLICE are investigating racist abuse directed towards pundit Ashley Cole during Manchester City's 4-1 win over Swindon Town FC in the FA Cup, the fourth-tier club said on Saturday (8). Swindon condemned the abuse and apologised to Cole, who was at the County Ground in Swindon on Friday as part…

Ashes: England hold on in tense finish for draw in…

ENGLAND'S walking wounded defied Australia's pace attack to bat out a dramatic final day of the fourth Ashes Test for a morale-boosting draw at the Sydney Cricket Ground on Sunday (9). The hosts still hold an unassailable 3-0 lead heading into the final day-night Test in Hobart but England restored…

Sri Lanka lifts ban on cricketers who broke Covid rules

Sri Lanka on Friday revoked a one-year international ban on three top cricketers who were disciplined six months ago for breaching Covid-19 regulations while on tour in England. The trio -- vice-captain Kusal Mendis, opener Danushka Gunathilaka and wicket-keeper Niroshan Dickwella -- had paid the $50,000 penalty imposed on each…

Britain calls in military to help NHS Covid staffing crunch

BRITAIN'S Ministry of Defence on Friday (7) said that it had begun the deployment of the military to support hospitals experiencing staff shortages and extreme pressures due to record Covid-19 cases in the country. The government said that 200 Armed Forces personnel had been made available to support the National…

Khawaja toasts ‘special’ ton on Test return

Usman Khawaja scored a heartwarming century on his return from the cricketing wilderness to lift Australia into a powerful position in the fourth Ashes Test against England in Sydney on Thursday. Khawaja paid tribute to his Pakistani heritage as he drew a line under years of heartbreak following his sacking…

Johnson slams anti-vaxxers’ ‘mumbo jumbo’

British prime minister Boris Johnson on Thursday hit out at anti-vaccine campaigners' "mumbo jumbo" and "nonsense" in his toughest attack yet on those opposed to Covid-19 jabs. "I want to say to the anti-vax campaigners, the people who are putting this mumbo jumbo on social media: they are completely wrong,"…

Protesters acquitted over pulling down of slave trader statue

THREE men and a woman were cleared on Wednesday (5) of causing criminal damage for helping to pull down a statue of a 17th century slave trade magnate and throw it into Bristol harbour in southwest England during the 2020 Black Lives Matter protests. The bronze statue of Edward Colston,…

Britain reports record Covid-19 prevalence as Omicron surges

BRITAIN on Wednesday (5) reported record Covid-19 prevalence for the last week of 2021, with one in 15 people in England infected, as prime minister Boris Johnson said cases were increasing at the fastest rate ever. The increasing number of cases has put huge strains on public services such as…

Staffing crisis may derail attempts to solve hospital backlog, say…

ATTEMPTS to deal with record waiting lists for hospital treatment caused by the Covid-19 pandemic are at risk of being derailed by a staffing crisis, which is being exacerbated by the Omicron wave, a lawmaker report said on Thursday (6). Hospitals are facing extreme pressure as they try to catch…

Finding solutions to old problems in the new year

Building bridges across divisions in society will be key in 2022 EVERY new year is a time for optimism, but 2022 begins with that natural instinct checked by recent experience. Few expected this Covid-19 pandemic to go into a third year. In its first year, we pulled together rather than…

UK eases curbs for travel into England

THE UK government announced changes on Wednesday (5) to Covid travel rules for England, scrapping the need for visitors to have pre-departure tests and quarantine on arrival until they have tested negative. The new arrangements under which arrivals will be able to take a lateral flow in the first two…

Raab vows to stop violence against women by putting “fear…

Britain's justice secretary said Wednesday he wanted to put the "fear of God" into those who threaten women and that restoring women's faith in the legal system was his "top priority" following a string of high-profile murders in London. Dominic Raab said he was "shocked and horrified" by the recent…

Amid Omicron surge, Johnson resists another lockdown

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Tuesday (4) said that England could withstand a surge in Covid-19 infections without shutting down the economy as Britain reported another record daily high in cases, fuelled by the Omicron variant. Johnson has resisted imposing stringent lockdown measures in England, betting that a vaccine…

Starmer clashes with Sadiq Khan’s drugs policy

LABOUR PARTY leader Keir Starmer clashed with London mayor Sadiq Khan's drugs policy on Tuesday (4) as he distanced himself from a scheme to decriminalise cannabis use in parts of the capital, reported the MailOnline.  Starmer insisted he was against softening the law after it was revealed a proposed pilot…

NHS trusts declare “critical incidents” amid Covid staff crisis

MANY NHS trusts across England have declared “critical incidents” amid soaring staff absences caused by Covid-19, The Guardian reported.  More than half a dozen trusts have issued alerts over “internal critical incidents” in recent days, as concerns mount that some may be unable to deliver vital care to patients, the…

Johnson says hospitals face ‘considerable pressure’

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson on Monday (3) said that the UK's state-run hospitals will face "considerable pressure" in the coming weeks due to the steep rise in virus infections. Speaking during a visit to a vaccine centre, Johnson said "the pressure on our NHS hospitals is going to be…

British Army Captain Harpreet Chandi creates history in Antarctica

BRITISH Army Captain Harpreet Chandi has made history by becoming the first woman of colour to cross Antarctica unsupported. A message from the Sikh officer’s Twitter account said on Monday (3), “#polarpreet has just made #history becoming the first woman of colour to complete a solo expedition in Antarctica. She…

English children to wear masks in classrooms

CHILDREN in secondary schools in England will be told to wear face coverings when they return after the Christmas holiday next week to tackle a surge in cases of the Omicron variant of Covid-19, Education Secretary Nadhim Zahawi said on Sunday (2). "We want to maximise the number of children…

Kohli eyes historic series victory for India over South Africa

INDIAN captain Virat Kohli has every reason to be confident his team can seal an historic Test series win in South Africa when they face the hosts in the second Test at the Wanderers Stadium on Monday (3). India have yet to be beaten in a Test match at South…

Pietersen proposes Hundred-like red-ball tournament to ‘save’ Test cricket in…

A first-class competition modelled on the Hundred can help the English Test side "return to its former glories", reckons Kevin Pietersen. Pietersen, who won the Ashes in 2005, 2009, 2010-11 and 2013, said the existing County Championship has lost its sheen and is "not fit to serve the Test team"…

Omicron hospitalisation risk around one third of Delta, UK analysis…

THE risk of hospitalisation with the Omicron variant of coronavirus is about one-third that of the Delta variant, according to British analysis of more than a million cases of both types in recent weeks. Britain is experiencing a surge in Covid-19 cases driven by the highly-transmissible Omicron variant, with record…

England hospital staff absences double as virus surges

HOSPITAL staff absences due to Covid have more than doubled in a month in England as the virus surge puts strain on beds, according to data published Friday (31). The number of hospital staff ill or self-isolating due to the virus rose from 11,375 on November 29 to 24,362 on…

New Year honours: Kamlesh Khunti, Sara Khan and Nitin Ganatra…

By Nylah Salam Human rights campaigner and counter-terrorism commissioner Sara Khan, paediatric cardiology professor Shakeel Ahmed Qureshi, Leicester academic professor Kamlesh Khunti and actor Nitin Ganatra are among several British Asians who have been recognised in the New Year Honour’s List published tonight (31). Khan has been recognised with a…

Prioritise Covid tests for NHS workers, says Javid as UK…

UK health secretary Sajid Javid has urged to ensure priority for NHS workers for Covid tests or risk a “devastating” impact on patient care, The Guardian reported.  Javid conceded to MPs that the supply of lateral flow kits would have to be “constrained” over the next fortnight in light of rocketing…

As virus surges, England builds temporary hospitals

England is building temporary hospitals to deal with a potential overspill of inpatients as surging virus cases put the country's health service on a "war footing", officials said Thursday. Fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant, daily cases have ballooned, standing at more than 183,000 on Wednesday. NHS England said…

England builds temporary hospitals to tackle potential overspill of inpatients

ENGLAND is building temporary hospitals to deal with a potential overspill of inpatients as surging virus cases put the country's health service on a "war footing", officials said Thursday (30). Fuelled by the highly contagious Omicron variant, daily cases have ballooned, standing at more than 183,000 on Wednesday (29). NHS…

Rahul revels in India’s ‘greatest year’ in 2021

India opener KL Rahul believes 2021 will go down as one of the finest years in Indian cricket history after they claimed another famous away success with a comprehensive 113-run win nL1N2TF0EY against South Africa at Centurion Park on Thursday. India became the first team from the sub-continent to win…

Over 10,000 people hospitalised with Covid in England

THE number of people in hospital with Covid in England topped 10,000 on Wednesday (29), the highest total since March, as UK case numbers hit a new record. According to updated government figures, there were 10,462 people in hospital with Covid in England on Wednesday morning, the highest level since…

Michelin-starred chef accused of religious discrimination

A top chef in the UK has been accused of religious discrimination after he allegedly told a catering manager to remove a Sikh bangle so that it would not get caught in a ladle, The Times reported.  Niranjit Moorah Singh said that Herbert Berger, the former executive chef at the…

UK’s daily Covid infections hit record high of 129,471

BRITAIN reported a record 129,471 new cases of Covid-19 on Tuesday (28), a day after prime minister Boris Johnson said he would not bring in new restrictions this year to limit the spread of the highly transmissible Omicron variant of the virus. Johnson said on Monday (27) he would not…

UK seeks to mitigate workforce disruption from Omicron

THE BRITISH government has asked public sector managers to test their contingency plans against a worst-case scenario of 25 per cent staff absence as part of efforts to minimise disruption from the rapid spread of the Omicron variant of Covid-19. With daily infection numbers at a record high and people…

Root says England must find ‘inner belief’ after Ashes mauling

SKIPPER Joe Root said England must "front up" and somehow salvage some pride after surrendering the Ashes series in calamitous fashion on Tuesday (28), admitting Australia have outplayed them throughout. Pat Cummins' hosts ripped through the England batting to dismiss them for a paltry 68 and win the Melbourne third…

Botham ’embarrassed’ by England’s Ashes capitulation

FORMER England captain Ian Botham said he was "embarrassed" by the performances of Joe Root's side in the Ashes series after Tuesday's (28) thumping defeat in the third Test saw Australia retain the urn with two matches to spare. England were routed for 68 in their second innings on the…

Debutant Boland destroys England as Australia retain Ashes

AUSTRALIA retained the Ashes with a thumping innings and 14-run win in the third Test in Melbourne on Tuesday (28), with debutant paceman Scott Boland laying waste to England's hapless batsmen with a devastating six-wicket haul. Boland, only the second Indigenous Australian to play a men's Test match, came off…

No new Covid curbs for England this year

ENGLAND will not get any new Covid-19 restrictions before the end of 2021, health minister Sajid Javid said on Monday (27), as the government awaits more evidence on whether the health service can cope with high infection rates. Prime minister Boris Johnson continues to resist new measures, which would be…

London castle intruder ‘sought to avenge colonial-era massacre in India’

BRITISH police said Monday (27) they were assessing a video purportedly made by a man who tried to break into a castle where Queen Elizabeth II was spending Christmas in which he said he “wanted to kill her. In the video, obtained by The Sun tabloid, a masked figure in…

Johnson to examine hospital data before imposing additional Covid measures

BRITISH prime minister Boris Johnson will examine crucial hospital data on Monday (27) before making any new announcement on Covid measures, media reports said.  The Guardian reported that Johnson would “take stock” after being encouraged by improving data on Friday (24), a sign that No 10 is leaning away from…

England cleared to play after multiple Covid-19 cases hit camp

ENGLAND'S cricket team were cleared to play the second day of the third Ashes Test in Melbourne on Monday (27) after two members of support staff and two of their family members were forced to isolate after testing positive for Covid-19. A team spokesman initially reported only one positive test…

How cricket landed on Indian shores in 1721

Seaman's account reveals a few marines may have introduced the game MID-DECEMBER, 1721. Three hundred years ago this very fortnight, the first known cricketing on Indian soil took place. The reference comes in a confused, if lively, History of the Indian Wars (1737), composed by an unreliable able seaman, Clement…

Rules for wills and foreign assets

All you need to know about bequeathing overseas estates or wealth THE past 18 months have brought many things into sharp focus, including the importance of good health and the benefit of having a will in place so your assets are distributed according to your wishes, to your loved ones…

Patel says online racist abuse offenders to be banned from…

PEOPLE found guilty of online racist abuse against footballers will be banned from attending games for up to 10 years under new laws, Britain's home secretary Priti Patel said. Football Banning Orders, imposed to prevent violence or disorder at regulated matches, bar individuals from attending games for a minimum of…

Former England captain Illingworth dies at 89

FORMER England captain Ray Illingworth, who famously captained the team to an Ashes series victory in Australia in 1970–71, has died at the age of 89, county club Yorkshire said on Saturday (25). Illingworth said in November he had been undergoing treatment for oesophageal cancer. "Our thoughts are with Ray's…

Dravid urges India to seize their moment in history

INDIA coach Rahul Dravid has urged his players to seize the chance to claim a first ever Test series win in South Africa, a moment that could be career defining for many in the team. India have enjoyed recent success in Australia and England, but South Africa remains a mighty…

Crossbow-carrying intruder detained at Queen’s castle in London

A MAN armed with a crossbow who broke into Windsor Castle, where Queen Elizabeth II is spending Christmas, has been arrested and detained for mental health treatment, police said Sunday (26). "Security processes were triggered within moments of the man entering the grounds and he did not enter any buildings,"…

Kohli’s India seek to conquer final frontier in South Africa

VIRAT KOHLI bruised from being fired as India's one-day captain bids to rebound by leading his country to a historic triumph in South Africa in a three-match Test series which starts at SuperSport Park in Centurion on Sunday (26). South Africa is the only regular Test-playing nation where India have…

Organ donor family receives touching letter from recipient

THE family of a mother-of-three who died suddenly following a brain haemorrhage said they were touched to receive a thank you letter from someone whose life she saved. Leela Keshavji, from Nottinghamshire died at 47 in October last year, and her kidneys were used to help a 38-year-old woman with…

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…

AstraZeneca vaccine booster works against Omicron, Oxford study finds

A three-dose course of AstraZeneca's Covid-19 vaccine is effective against the rapidly-spreading Omicron coronavirus variant, the pharmaceutical company said on Thursday (23), citing data from an Oxford University lab study. Findings from the study, yet to be published in a peer-reviewed medical journal, match those from rivals Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna…

UK approves Covid jab for under-12s as new daily cases…

BRITISH regulators on Wednesday (22) approved Pfizer's Covid-19 vaccine for use in children aged five to 11, as the country reported more than 100,000 new daily cases for the first time as Omicron surged. The developments came after the government said it was cutting the isolation period required for positive…

British data indicate lower hospitalisation rate for Omicron

TWO studies from Britain published Wednesday (22) showed Covid infections with Omicron are less likely to result in hospitalisation compared to the Delta variant, the latest research confirming a trend first identified in South Africa. The preliminary studies - one paper from Scotland and the other from England - were…

Direct flights to Dhaka and Sylhet to resume on Boxing…

DIRECT flights to Bangladesh cities of Dhaka and Sylhet from Manchester airport will resume this weekend, on Boxing Day (Dec 26). Biman Bangladesh Airlines will re-commence services to Dhaka and Sylhet, and will fly twice a week until 28 March on the start of the art Dreamliner aircraft. With business…

Tata Steel’s products in Dogger Bank Wind Farm infra

TATA STEEL, the UK’s largest steel producer, said its products are being used in the ambitious Dogger Bank Wind Farm infrastructure. It said hundreds of tonnes of its products will be used in the first two phases of what will be the world’s largest offshore wind farm when completed in…

UK economy grew more slowly than thought before Omicron hit

BRITAIN'S economy grew more slowly than previously thought in the July-September period, before the Omicron variant of the coronavirus posed a further threat to the recovery later in the year, official data showed on Wednesday (22). Gross domestic product in the world's fifth-biggest economy increased by 1.1 per cent in…

UK reduces Covid self-isolation to 7 days for most in…

THE BRITISH government said that from Wednesday (22), it was reducing the Covid-19 self-isolation period to seven days from 10 days for people in England who get a negative result on a lateral flow test two days in a row. With the Omicron variant spreading rapidly in Britain and record…

Lloyd retires from commentary a month after Rafiq testimony and…

Cricket commentator David Lloyd announced his retirement from Sky Sports on Tuesday, a month after he was named by Azeem Rafiq in his testimony about a culture of widespread racism at his county club Yorkshire. Lloyd, a former England player and coach, has been behind the microphone with Sky Cricket…

IPL ‘next big step’ to grow women’s game, says NZ…

Franchise cricket has raised the profile of women's cricket and a full-fledged Indian Premier League (IPL) is the "next step" for its growth, New Zealand captain Sophie Devine said. The Indian cricket board currently hosts a short three-team women's competition along with the lucrative men's IPL which will welcome two…

Yorkshire link up with Pakistan Super League team after racism…

Yorkshire announced on Tuesday they had formed a partnership with Pakistan Super League team Lahore Qalandars that includes a player exchange programme following a damaging racism scandal at the English club. Pakistan-born former player Azeem Rafiq accused Yorkshire of failing to deal adequately with his allegations of abuse while at…

Sunak launches £1 billion support package for Covid-hit businesses

BRITAIN on Tuesday (21) launched a £1 billion support package for Covid-hit businesses, as staff absences from rising cases began to bite in the run-up to Christmas. Chancellor Rishi Sunak said some 200,000 firms would be eligible for one-off grants to offset losses from what is normally the busiest time…

Refereeing abuse at grassroots football, culture of under-reporting

RESEARCH says 90 per cent abuse experienced by grassroots referees have gone under-reported, but there have been instances where local football associations have campaigned against it through open letters and social media. This season so far has seen referee strikes, officials withdrawn for their own safety, teams expelled from tournaments…

New Zealand to tour Pakistan twice next season

NEW ZEALAND will tour Pakistan twice next season, including once to compensate for abandoning their tour earlier this year, the cricket boards of both countries said on Monday (20). New Zealand had abandoned their tour in September citing a security threat, a decision which came as a massive blow to…

Ex-South Africa captain Smith rejects charges of racism

Graeme Smith, South Africa's director of cricket and former Test captain, has hit back through his lawyer at accusations of racial prejudice contained in a report by an ombudsman. David Becker, former International Cricket Council head of legal and Smith's personal lawyer, issued a statement on Friday in which he…

New Zealand’s cricket team to return to Pakistan

New Zealand Cricket on Monday (20) announced back-to-back tours of Pakistan next season, after the abrupt and controversial decision to cancel this year's tour on security grounds. The Black Caps will tour Pakistan from December 2022 to January 2023 to play two World Test Championship fixtures and three one-day internationals,…

Javid doesn’t rule out new Covid curbs before Christmas

BRITAIN'S health secretary on Sunday (19) declined to rule out the chance of further Covid-19 restrictions before Christmas, saying the spread of the Omicron variant was a very fast moving situation. Britain has reported a surge in Omicron cases, which government advisers said could be just the tip of the…